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

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

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Pages 42-44<br />

Halls of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong><br />

Pages 20-22<br />

Jacks Tracks:<br />

Sandstone Trail<br />

Pages 46-49<br />

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

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accustomed to nipping off for a European<br />

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

year.<br />

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

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

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

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

home nations in a single year.<br />

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

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

a metal tube with a few hundred other souls isn’t an<br />

attractive one right now.<br />

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

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

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

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This month’s highlights<br />

20. Halls of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong><br />

Contents<br />

26. Puzzle Pages<br />

Try these brainteasers for size<br />

28. Books<br />

Books for Mother’s Day<br />

37. Recipe<br />

<strong>St</strong>icky Chinese chicken wings<br />

38. Health Section<br />

Core strength & motivation<br />

42. Events2Go<br />

16. Building for Books 34. Take the High Road<br />

<strong>St</strong>ay busy this <strong>March</strong>!<br />

50. Gardening<br />

Time to make a change?<br />

56. Home Services<br />

Find a local trader for you.<br />

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

45. Beef in Guinness<br />

54. Test Drive<br />

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

Advertising deadline - 20th <strong>March</strong><br />

Published - 2nd April<br />

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6 News & Features<br />

Young Artists<br />

The <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Youth Open Art Competition <strong>2020</strong><br />

opens for submissions this month!<br />

Young people from nursery-age through to Key<br />

<strong>St</strong>age 4 are all encouraged to enter, with separate<br />

categories depending on age group. There’s also a<br />

category for secondary school photography and<br />

digital art, which could result in a work placement<br />

at Vinyline Graphics for the lucky winner.<br />

Works are welcomed across all mediums, from<br />

sketches to sculptures; mixed media to short films.<br />

Submissions should be handed in at <strong>St</strong>. Mary’s<br />

Market on Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 10 or Wednesday, <strong>March</strong><br />

11, from 2pm-5pm. The works will then be exhibited<br />

from Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 21 until Friday, May 1 in The<br />

World of Glass and the market, with a prize-giving<br />

ceremony on Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 26.<br />

For more information or to download an entry form,<br />

visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/youthopenart or call<br />

01744 676498.<br />

Make her<br />

Mother’s Day special<br />

with a gift of flowers!<br />

Spring Into <strong>St</strong>yle!<br />

175th Celebration<br />

Bipsham Methodist Church on Crank Road in Billinge<br />

celebrates its 175th anniversary this month.<br />

The occasion will be marked by a series of events:<br />

on Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 7, the church will hold a Gift<br />

Day from 10am-12pm with refreshments, before<br />

Bispham’s Own Concert takes place in the evening.<br />

A night of music, poetry and quizzing awaits you<br />

from 6:30pm - tickets cost £7.50 including a hotpot<br />

supper, dessert and a glass of bubbly, bookable on<br />

07913 382258.<br />

A special Family Service takes place on Sunday,<br />

<strong>March</strong> 8, from Chair of the District Rev. Paul Martin,<br />

followed by a raffle and refreshments in the church<br />

hall. Finally, at 6pm on the Sunday, join a special<br />

service led by Rev Shaun Swithenbank in church.<br />

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Rainford Ride<br />

The Lancashire Lanes Sportive returns in April with<br />

a brand new route.<br />

<strong>St</strong>arting from Rainford High School, choose from<br />

a 45 mile or 75 mile fully signposted cycle route to<br />

help raise funds for the <strong>St</strong>eve Prescott Foundation.<br />

Entry to the longer race costs £20, or £16 for<br />

the 45 mile route, both including beans on<br />

toast at the finish. For an entry form, visit www.<br />

steveprescottfoundation.co.uk or call 07971<br />

792859. The event takes place on Sunday, April 26<br />

from 9am.<br />

Go Greenslate<br />

Greenslate Community Farm in Billinge will hold a<br />

monthly Farmers’ Market packed with local produce<br />

and delicious food.<br />

Beginning on Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 8, the market will take<br />

place on the second Sunday of the month from<br />

11am-3pm. Since the closure of the nearby Rainford<br />

Farmers’ Market, Greenslate saw the need for a<br />

permanent event in Orrell, to help support the local<br />

economy and environment.<br />

If you’d like to get involved with a stall, email<br />

Rhiannon at rhiannon@greenslatefarm.org.uk with<br />

details of what you’d like to sell.<br />

For more information, check out Greenslate Farm’s<br />

Facebook page or visit www.greenslatefarm.org.uk<br />

Charity Boot Sale<br />

A car boot sale in aid of Willowbrook Hospice will<br />

take place at the Living Well on Borough Road on<br />

Saturday, April 25 from 9am-12pm.<br />

Whether you’re looking for a bargain or want to<br />

shift some pre-loved goods, what better reason<br />

than to support a local hospice?<br />

Pitches cost £10 - secondhand sales only please.<br />

The on-site cafe and shop will be open to serve<br />

refreshments on the day.<br />

For more information or to book, call 01744 453798<br />

or email events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk


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Picnic in the Park<br />

Rainford’s premier music festival returns this<br />

summer - and tickets are already selling fast!<br />

Picnic in the Park <strong>2020</strong>’s line-up is already an<br />

impressive one. Headlining the show this year<br />

is tribute band From the Jam, featuring Russell<br />

Hastings - the only frontman other than Weller<br />

to have worked with both Bruce Foxton and Rick<br />

Buckler. The band will transport you right back to<br />

the mod days of your youth.<br />

Also on this year’s line-up is cover-singing trio<br />

Perfect <strong>St</strong>rangers, ABBA-tribute Masters of the<br />

Scene, and Ultra 90s, proffering an awesome mix of<br />

90s dance tracks.<br />

Four-piece rock band Days Above, based out<br />

of Ellesmere Port, bring a variety of upbeat and<br />

energetic covers from the 60s right up to the<br />

modern day, as well as original tracks, to the stage.<br />

Meanwhile, Wigan rock n’ roll band Boomin present<br />

a set of unpredictable original songs.<br />

The event takes place on Saturday, June<br />

6. Tickets this year cost £20 per adult<br />

or £10 per primary school child. VIP<br />

gazebo packages are also available for<br />

£140, including 6 standard tickets and<br />

a plot for your gazebo. Proceeds go to<br />

local sports teams and organisations.<br />

Wristbands are bookable now at<br />

www.rainfordfestival.co.uk<br />

the auction centre<br />

The leading Auctioneers and Valuers<br />

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

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

• Probate and Insurance valuation reports undertaken<br />

• Full house clearance service available<br />

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

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Valuation Days<br />

4th Wednesday of Every Month<br />

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

9.30 – 12 noon<br />

Check website for Details<br />

Call 01744 881 477 for more information<br />

Wigan Valuation Days<br />

2nd Tuesday Of Every Month<br />

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

12 noon – 2.30pm<br />

Check website for Details<br />

Call 01942 299 057 for more information<br />

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Telephone: 01928 579796 Email: enquiries@theauctioncentre.co.uk<br />

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when you book a Clarins Wellness Treatment in <strong>March</strong><br />

T&C’s - Available whilst stocks last on all treatments of 60 mins or more.<br />

Gift available on booking and purchasing the treatment.<br />

Gift vouchers available<br />

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Serves Up!<br />

Rainford Tennis Club is a fantastic venue to play<br />

tennis - and new members are always welcome.<br />

Along with team tennis leagues, one-on-one<br />

coaching sessions and access to all-weather courts,<br />

the club is a great place to socialise with fellow<br />

tennis enthusiasts. There are annual awards nights,<br />

BBQs, social nights and open days to take part in<br />

when you’re off the court.<br />

For more information and membership fees, visit<br />

www.rainfordtennisclub.co.uk<br />

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

A community cafe in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> has discovered a<br />

hidden bunker beneath its floorboards.<br />

Claire Rigby, owner of Momo’s Cafe on Westfield<br />

<strong>St</strong>reet, discovered a World War II air raid shelter after<br />

hearing rumours of one located somewhere on the<br />

street.<br />

The shelter was converted from a Beecham’s<br />

storeroom; once Claire had drained the water<br />

flooding the space, she uncovered original<br />

furnishings from the room’s use in the 30s and 40s.<br />

Claire hopes to eventually open the area to the<br />

public, though a lot of work would need to be<br />

undertaken in order to make it safe.<br />

Put Your Records On<br />

Free DJ workshops for young people aged 7-17 are<br />

taking place around the borough this month, in<br />

association with UC Crew.<br />

Join DMC finalist and two-times IDA champion DJ<br />

P-Nutz to learn the essentials of DJing including beat<br />

matching, scratching, mixing and turntable tricks.<br />

Workshops take place at Parr Library on Monday,<br />

<strong>March</strong> 9 at 5:30pm, at Darkstar Ultimate Laser on<br />

Friday, <strong>March</strong> 20 at 7pm or Thatto Heath Library on<br />

Friday, <strong>March</strong> 27 at 5pm. Spaces are limited to 15<br />

participants - just pop into the venue to book.<br />

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13<br />

Funding Available<br />

Community organisations across <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> are<br />

eligible to apply for grants of up to £10,000 for<br />

projects that help young people support each other<br />

during bereavement.<br />

Co-Op Funeralcare in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> are partners in<br />

this stage of the Co-Op Foundation’s #IWill fund,<br />

which aims to make social action a part of life for<br />

young people. Past grants have tackled improving<br />

community spaces and combatting loneliness; this<br />

particular project comes about in response to a<br />

survey that found 16-29 year olds are the most likely<br />

to bottle up grief.<br />

Around 5 grants are expected to be made in total;<br />

groups have until noon on Friday, April 3 to apply.<br />

For more info, visit www.coopfoundation.org.uk<br />

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

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

the look out for news<br />

stories from the local<br />

communities we serve.<br />

Are you raising money<br />

for charity? Are you a<br />

member of a community<br />

group with something<br />

to shout about? Maybe<br />

you’ve got an unusual<br />

talent, or have a claim to fame? If so, let us know<br />

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

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

sthelensnews@locallife247.co.uk


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April Arts<br />

Citadel Arts has a full programme of family events<br />

scheduled for the Easter holidays – here’s what to<br />

expect at the former Argos store on Church <strong>St</strong>reet.<br />

On Saturday, April 4, John Hinton brings his show<br />

‘Ensonglopedia’, bursting with science-themed<br />

songs and rhymes! Entry to the event is free, and<br />

performances take place at 11am, 12pm and 1pm.<br />

The next day sees a hilarious kid-friendly comedy<br />

show come to <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> in ‘Funny Looking<br />

Kids’. Tickets cost £5 or £3 concessions and the<br />

performance begins at 2:30pm.<br />

Babies aged 0-2 will love interactive opera ‘Meet<br />

Me a Tree’, featuring a blend of classical music and<br />

familiar nursery rhymes. Tickets cost £5 per child<br />

(adults go free) and the show starts at 11am, with<br />

optional free play at 10:30am.<br />

Take a magical musical bus ride with ‘Rolling Down<br />

the Road’, featuring singer-songwriter David Gibb.<br />

The whole family won’t be able to resist singing<br />

along! Tickets cost £5 or £3 concessions, and the<br />

pre-show crafts get underway at 12:30pm on<br />

Friday, April 17.<br />

Finally, catch the unmissable Comedy Club for Kids<br />

on Saturday, April 18 from 2pm. The show is perfect<br />

for ages 6+, and invites the best stand ups to cut out<br />

the rude bits and entertain the entire family. Tickets cost<br />

£5 or £3 concessions. Pre-show crafts kick off at 1:30pm.<br />

All tickets are bookable on 01744 753201.


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Choir Concert<br />

A special choral concert is taking place this month to<br />

commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Golborne<br />

Mining Disaster.<br />

Join the Golborne Ex-Miners and Parkside Colliery<br />

Male Voice Choir for a night of music on Saturday,<br />

<strong>March</strong> 21 from 7:30pm at <strong>St</strong>. Thomas’s Church on<br />

Church <strong>St</strong>reet, Golborne.<br />

Entry costs £6 with proceeds to financing the Edge<br />

Green No 9 Mining Memorial.<br />

Memories with Mum<br />

Meet Your Muslim Neighbour are hosting a special<br />

community event on Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 28. Try<br />

your hand at Arabic calligraphy, Henna hand art<br />

and more. There’ll also be a prize presentation for<br />

the winners of the Mother’s Day poetry and art<br />

competition.<br />

The event takes place at <strong>St</strong>. Mary’s Market in the<br />

town centre from 10am-4pm.<br />

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16<br />

Building for books<br />

A local college student is making a special<br />

trip to Ghana to help build a new library for a<br />

disadvantaged village.<br />

Alana Hesketh, whose mum Carla owns Billingebased<br />

independent travel agent Marken Travel, had<br />

dreamed of taking part in the voluntary Enliven<br />

Mama scheme since high school, but knew getting<br />

there would require plenty of hard work and<br />

determination.<br />

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

to Winstanley College,’ Alana tells me. ‘It’s a chance<br />

to be part of something completely life-changing<br />

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

they’re currently using a single pocket dictionary<br />

to teach an entire class English, so the<br />

new library should help!’<br />

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

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

hosted a fundraising bake sale at college and a<br />

tombola stall at Wigan Christmas Fair last year.<br />

She’s also hosting a Games Night on Friday, <strong>March</strong><br />

20 from 7:30pm-10pm at Rainford All Saints Parish<br />

Church Hall - expect bingo games and quizzes, plus<br />

a raffle with plenty of prizes. Tickets cost £5 and<br />

are available from Marken Travel. Attendees are<br />

welcome to bring their own drinks, with cakes and<br />

snacks for sale throughout the evening.<br />

You can donate to Alana’s cause at<br />

www.gofundme.com/f/1t3fj62t9c or hand in cash<br />

donations at Marken Travel on Main <strong>St</strong>reet, Billinge.<br />

Alana will head to the Ashanti region<br />

of Ghana, to a village near Kumasi,<br />

and get involved with establishing a<br />

new library filled with books donated<br />

by Orrell Book-Cycle, who will fill an<br />

entire shipping container to send over.<br />

Winstanley College are also providing<br />

old computers to furnish the new<br />

library. The two-week Enliven Mama<br />

project will take place at the end of<br />

June.<br />

Alana needs to fundraise a total of<br />

£2000 to pay towards the charity work<br />

and her own travel expenses – and to<br />

do so, she’s planning to conquer the 3<br />

peaks along with her dog Ava, helped<br />

along with her parents and friend Ruth.<br />

‘We’re going to be climbing Scafell Pike,<br />

Ben Nevis and Mount Snowdon,’ Alana<br />

continues. ‘I’ve done a lot of climbing<br />

in the Lake District before, and I used<br />

to be a Scout, which gave me the idea,


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People’s Plaques<br />

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

to commemorate geographical locations and their<br />

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

This month we’re looking at a blue plaque dedicated<br />

to <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>’ sporting history, found on the site of<br />

the former Saints ground on Knowsley Road.<br />

Now a housing estate off Dunriding Lane, the<br />

ground was home to the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> rugby team<br />

since 1890, pre-dating the birth of the Northern<br />

Rugby Football Union by five years. As a rugby<br />

union club since their conception in 1873, <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Helens</strong> only switched to playing rugby league<br />

after the inaugural meeting of the Northern Union<br />

in Huddersfield in 1895. Talks took place at the<br />

George Hotel, and resulted in 22 clubs breaking<br />

away from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to form<br />

their own northern committee – the first ever semiprofessional<br />

rugby football game founding modern<br />

CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF RUGBY LEAGUE<br />

On this site on 7th September 1895,<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> played their first home game<br />

under the rules of Rugby League<br />

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

day rugby league.<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> v Rochdale Hornets<br />

Saints continued to play at Knowsley Road until<br />

its closure in 2010 and subsequent demolition the<br />

following year. The ground was also home to <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Helens</strong> Town FC from 2002-2010.<br />

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

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

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

game’s conception in 2015.<br />

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Halls of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong><br />

By Jess Phillips<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> is full of hidden gems: picturesque nature<br />

reserves, impressive factories and awe-inspiring<br />

historic buildings. Set back in expansive grounds or<br />

hidden by trees, many of these buildings are easily<br />

missed by the untrained eye, and that’s only the ones<br />

that have managed to evade demolition.<br />

Perhaps an even unluckier fate is for the years to<br />

pass without intervention and the sites to fall into<br />

disrepair, as with Winstanley Hall in Wigan and <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Joseph’s Seminary in Up Holland. The years have<br />

been slightly kinder to Rainford Hall, Fairfield House<br />

and Birchley Hall - all located within 4 miles of each<br />

other – as they’ve all been redeveloped into usable,<br />

modern spaces. But what of their heritage?<br />

image credit: Carol Southward<br />

Birchley Hall<br />

On Birchley Road in Billinge you’ll find Birchley<br />

Hall Care Home, operated under the banner of<br />

Qualia Care. But the Grade-II* listed building has<br />

an illustrious history spanning centuries; first built<br />

around 1594 (though a house did exist on the site<br />

since 1202), Birchley Hall had an essential part to<br />

play during the Reformation of the sixteenth and<br />

seventeenth centuries.<br />

Christopher Anderton purchased the land for the<br />

Birchley Hall estate from Roger Wetherelt in 1558,<br />

during the rule of Queen Elizabeth I. Christopher<br />

died in 1593, and was succeeded by his son James,<br />

who followed in his father’s footsteps to become a<br />

lawyer. It was James who built the current Birchley<br />

Hall and set up an illegal Catholic printing press out<br />

of it during the persecution; as a Catholic stronghold<br />

during the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Helens</strong> in Lancashire was the ideal place for such a<br />

press to be established in 1604.<br />

Birchley Hall Press, including James Anderton<br />

and his cousin Lawrence, produced around 25<br />

titles including ‘One God; One Faith’, ‘The Christian<br />

Manna’ and ‘The Non-Entitie of Protestancy.’ Most<br />

were published under the pseudonym John Brerely<br />

to protect the Andertons from persecution, though<br />

the press was eventually discovered by a spy in<br />

1613 and all the books seized.<br />

Birchley Hall was also home to a secret chapel;<br />

erected around 1618 - perhaps just before James’<br />

death later that year - the chapel was built above<br />

one of the wings of the hall. A trap door was installed<br />

in the floor for priests to escape if necessary, while<br />

another concealed opening led out to the roof. It<br />

was here that a watcher would be stationed to<br />

alert chapel attendees to anyone approaching.<br />

In the 1940s, a pewter chalice, vestments and a<br />

few altar-stones were discovered in Birchley Hall,<br />

which would have been carried by priests. During<br />

the Reformation, celebrating Mass was punishable<br />

by death, so any Catholic priests who continued to<br />

preach took a great risk in doing so.<br />

Rumours have circulated of a hidden tunnel<br />

from Birchley Hall to Crank Caverns, for priests to<br />

escape out into the open, but these have not been<br />

confirmed.


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houses either side of the main building.<br />

In the midst of WWII in 1943, the Hall was<br />

requisitioned by the War Department for use in<br />

the war effort, and afterwards became a children’s<br />

home and a student hostel before its conversion<br />

into office space.<br />

image credit: Qualia Care<br />

The Gerard family eventually acquired Birchley Hall<br />

in the 19th century, letting it to a series of tenants,<br />

before it was sold to John Middlehurst in 1898. In<br />

1944 it was sold again to Vincent Wood, a relative<br />

of the Middlehursts, who lived there until the hall<br />

became a Sue Ryder care home in 1975.<br />

Not so lucky was the nearby Muncaster Hall, a<br />

uniquely Victorian building located at the top<br />

of Muncaster Drive in Rainford. The hall was first<br />

home to Richard Pennington in 1857; the heir to<br />

a wealthy cotton mill in Hindley, Pennington and<br />

wife Elizabeth took over several farms and houses<br />

in Rainford. Later, the Hall and its associated<br />

properties, which totalled 315 acres, were sold to<br />

the Earl of Derby for £37,000.<br />

Muncaster Hall was later leased to the Pilkington<br />

family, and purchased in 1940 by Richard Heyes for<br />

agricultural purposes. It was eventually demolished<br />

in the 1950s, just 100 years after its erection.<br />

In 1951 the Birchley Hall Press was resurrected,<br />

operating in the same building as the original,<br />

more rudimentary press. Vincent Wood took<br />

care of the actual printing through his company<br />

Wood Westworth & Co. Ltd., based in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>. It<br />

published a few titles including ‘Liverpool’s Hidden<br />

<strong>St</strong>ory’ and ‘This is the Faith’,<br />

until around 1960, and<br />

image credit: Carol Southward<br />

now exists as a publisher<br />

of online magazines in<br />

Hampshire.<br />

image credit: Carol Southward<br />

Rainford Hall<br />

Located on Crank<br />

Road, close to Fairfield<br />

Hospital, Rainford Hall<br />

was developed into office<br />

spaces in the eighties. The hall was<br />

first built back in 1782, purchased<br />

by Colonel Richard Pilkington from<br />

its previous owner Dr Alexander<br />

McKibbin in 1875. Pilkington was<br />

the first to redevelop the hall into a<br />

building better befitting the 19th<br />

century, adding various farms and<br />

image credit: Sue Adair


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image credit: David Dixon<br />

Fairfield House<br />

Now known as Fairfield Independent Hospital,<br />

Fairfield House began its life as yet another<br />

Pilkington family home. Old maps show Rainford<br />

Hall as the main property on the some 1,600 acres<br />

of land it occupied, with a building named Crank<br />

Hall slightly north and Fairfield House off to the<br />

west. Crank Hall ended up as a Macmillan Hospice<br />

before it was eventually demolished towards the<br />

end of the 20th century, but Fairfield House lived<br />

on.<br />

It was at Fairfield House in 1918 that Godfrey<br />

Pilkington was born. The son of Colonel Guy<br />

Pilkington, one of the directors of the Pilkington<br />

company, Godfrey went on to become a director<br />

himself: albeit not in the glass industry! From<br />

1953 until his death in 2007, Godfrey Pilkington<br />

was a director at Piccadilly Gallery in London and<br />

a devout art enthusiast, trading only the pieces he<br />

believed in. Godfrey was a trustee of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>based<br />

charity the Rainford Trust, set up to promote<br />

the arts in the local area, and gave his name to<br />

the Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery in the Gamble<br />

Institute. His artistic leanings were instrumental in<br />

securing Antony Gormley and Anthony Green to<br />

sit on the judging panel for the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Open Art<br />

Competition, which he chaired.<br />

Colonel Guy Pilkington made Fairfield House his<br />

home in the 1950s and 60s, lending his name to the<br />

building once it became a hospital, operated under<br />

the Guy Pilkington Memorial Home. It admitted its<br />

first patients in 1980.<br />

It’s easy for the historic buildings around us to fade<br />

into the background on our daily commute or when<br />

out and about in the local area. But lurking just<br />

beyond the surface are examples of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>’ rich<br />

heritage, just waiting to be rediscovered.<br />

image credit: Irene Garvey<br />

image credit: Sue Adair


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Take the<br />

High Road<br />

By Jess Phillips<br />

Rugged mountain ranges, verdant grasslands and<br />

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around every corner, the best way to experience the<br />

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It is the nearby village of Tarbet<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fresh Scottish elements.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While you’re there, visit Neptune’s <strong>St</strong>aircase: an<br />

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

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

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

quite breath-taking to stand at the bottom and<br />

look up at the vast staircase, but you’ll also find a<br />

convenient viewing platform on the second floor of<br />

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

viewpoint.<br />

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

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

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<strong>St</strong>icky Chinese Chicken Wings<br />

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Ingredients<br />

1.5 kg chicken wings<br />

2 level tbsp baking POWDER<br />

¾ tsp table salt<br />

½ tsp pepper<br />

3 spring onions, chopped<br />

<strong>St</strong>icky Chinese<br />

Sauce<br />

1 tsp vegetable oil<br />

pinch of salt and pepper<br />

1 thumb-sized piece of ginger<br />

peeled and finely chopped<br />

1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce<br />

2 tbsp honey<br />

4 tbsp dark brown sugar<br />

5 tbsp dark soy sauce<br />

1 tsp lemon grass paste<br />

2 cloves garlic peeled and minced<br />

1 tbsp sesame seeds (lightly toasted)<br />

Method<br />

1 Preheat the oven to 120C / 100C Fan Gas ½. Place a rack on a large<br />

baking tray.<br />

2 Cut each wing at the joint so you have a mini wing and a drumette. Dry<br />

these with kitchen roll (they mustn’t be too damp, then place in a large<br />

bowl and add the baking powder, salt and pepper. Mix to combine.<br />

Remove the chicken and place in a single layer on the rack, skin side<br />

up. Discard the remaining coating mixture. Place the chicken on the<br />

lower shelf of the oven for 30 minutes to dry.<br />

3 After 30 minutes, turn the oven up to 220C / 200 Fan / Gas 6, rotate<br />

the tray and place on the middle shelf in the oven for 45-50 minutes<br />

until the wings are golden and crispy. Remove from the oven to cool<br />

slightly.<br />

4 Place all of the sauce ingredients into a saucepan, stir and bring to the<br />

boil. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sauce reduces and<br />

thickens slightly. Turn off the heat.<br />

5 Place the cooked wing pieces in a large bowl and carefully pour<br />

over the warm sticky sauce. Mix to combine, then serve topped with<br />

chopped spring onions and some toasted sesame seeds.


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Right to the Core<br />

By Robert Grant<br />

Why core exercises are important<br />

We know that getting fit is important for a healthy<br />

life. Often, we equate fitness with running, cycling,<br />

walking or some other form of exercise. But<br />

there’s one aspect of fitness that is almost always<br />

overlooked; our core muscles.<br />

Whenever I talk about building muscle everyone<br />

pictures someone at a weight bench pumping<br />

iron until their biceps bulge out of their shirts.<br />

But strengthening and toning your muscles can<br />

be much more subtle. And even a small amount<br />

of work on your core strength can dramatically<br />

improve your overall fitness and well-being.<br />

What Are Your Core Muscles?<br />

Your core muscles form a ring around the middle<br />

of your body. Most people think of the six pack<br />

muscles in the abdomen, but the core includes<br />

a range of muscles in your sides and back as well.<br />

Their job is to keep the top and bottom halves of<br />

your body connected together whilst allowing<br />

them to move independently. They form a strong<br />

foundation that the majority of your other muscles<br />

depend upon when you move your body.<br />

When Do I Use My Core Muscles?<br />

Practically every movement you make and every<br />

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muscles. They are really important. Bending over<br />

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and sitting up in bed are more obvious moments<br />

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The gym is miles away, and there’s a TV program<br />

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interesting, and this sofa is ever so comfortable.<br />

My self-motivation tank is empty!<br />

Does your determination and energy to get fit<br />

after New Year’s Day seems to run out sooner each<br />

year? Do you need to get fit? Do you need to lose<br />

weight? Do you know you’ll feel better if you do? It’s<br />

so much easier to fall back into old habits than to<br />

actively make a difference to our health isn’t it? So<br />

how do we stay motivated?<br />

Motivation is all in the mind. There is no physical<br />

difference between those who get fit and those<br />

who get fat. The fit people are just those who<br />

manage to leave the house and move their bodies.<br />

Clearly, we need to help our mind overcome the<br />

inertia currently preventing us moving from the<br />

couch.<br />

Get up, get dressed, get out.<br />

It sounds simple but getting out of the door is<br />

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kit, walking to the door and out of the house you’re<br />

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standing outside dressed for exercise it’s harder


41<br />

to change your mind and sneak back inside for<br />

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Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 5, 6pm-9pm<br />

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organ music. Enjoy a meal at 6pm before the recital<br />

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World Day of Prayer<br />

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

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of Zimbabwe, followed by refreshments.<br />

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

WN5 7DT<br />

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

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

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Afternoon Tea<br />

Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 7, 2pm<br />

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a<br />

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Rainford Ladies Choir. Tickets £12.50 on 01942<br />

270159 with proceeds to local charities.<br />

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Model Railway Exhibition<br />

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

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

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Friday, <strong>March</strong> 13, 8pm<br />

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Spanish Evening<br />

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

Celebrate all things Spanish and look towards<br />

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Tribute Night<br />

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

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

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Friday, <strong>March</strong> 20, doors at 7pm<br />

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Games Night<br />

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

Help Winstanley College student Alana Hesketh<br />

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

Travel on Main <strong>St</strong>reet, Billinge.<br />

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

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Come Wine with Me<br />

Friday, <strong>March</strong> 20, 7:30pm-11:30pm<br />

Sample over 60 wines from all over the world, plus<br />

enjoy a hotpot supper, to raise money for the Tunza<br />

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Northern Soul Night<br />

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

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Garswood Sports & Social Club, Garswood Road,<br />

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Art Exhibition<br />

Fri, <strong>March</strong> 20 - Sun, <strong>March</strong> 22, 10am onwards<br />

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Family Fun Day<br />

Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 22, 11am-5pm<br />

A fun time for the whole family, including the fun<br />

dog show and dog walk event! The dog walk starts<br />

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Taylor Park, Grosvenor Rd, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, WA10 3HX<br />

WWII Talk<br />

Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 24, 6pm<br />

A look at life in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> during the Second World<br />

War, from a civilian’s point of view, by Sue Gerrard.<br />

Tickets £3 or £5 including hotpot supper, bookable<br />

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

Easter Egg Bingo<br />

Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> 25, doors at 6pm<br />

Join the Garswood Crochet Group for some Easterthemed<br />

bingo, with fabulous prizes to be won.<br />

Proceeds to Willowbrook Hospice.<br />

Independent Methodist Church, Victoria Road,<br />

Garswood, WN4 0RG<br />

Lenten Organ Recital<br />

Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 26, 6pm-9pm<br />

Hear beautiful songs on the organ performed by<br />

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United Reformed Church, King <strong>St</strong>reet, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>,<br />

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Thomas Beecham Talk<br />

Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 31, 6pm<br />

An informative talk about Thomas Beecham,<br />

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45<br />

READY<br />

in 3hrs 20mins<br />

Serves<br />

4-6<br />

Beef in Guinness<br />

with Herb Dumplings<br />

Ingredients<br />

For the stew<br />

2 tbsp oil<br />

1kg braising steak , cut into large<br />

pieces<br />

2 tbsp plain flour , well seasoned<br />

3 onions , sliced<br />

500ml Guinness<br />

2 sprigs thyme<br />

For the dumplings<br />

75g butter, frozen and grated, or<br />

75g suet<br />

150g self-raising flour<br />

1 small onion , grated<br />

2 sprigs of thyme , leaves stripped<br />

and chopped<br />

Water for mixing<br />

Method<br />

1 Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2.<br />

2 Heat a little of the oil in a large oven-proof pan.<br />

3 Lightly flour the pieces of braising steak and fry in small batches until<br />

well browned. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on<br />

a plate.<br />

4 Add the onions to the pan and fry on a fairly high heat until they soften<br />

and tinge brown at the edges.<br />

5 Pour the Guinness into the pan, letting it bubble up, then return the<br />

meat to the pan along with the thyme. Cover the pan and transfer to<br />

the oven for 2-2 1/2 hours or until tender. The sauce will sweeten and<br />

thicken during the cooking time.<br />

6 Make the dumplings (towards the end of the cooking time by mixing the<br />

grated butter or suet, flour, onion and thyme together and season well.<br />

7 Gradually add water to the dry ingredients until you have a soft dough.<br />

Divide into 12 balls. Place the dumplings on top of the casserole and<br />

return it to the oven, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Serve with shredded<br />

Savoy cabbage.


46<br />

Sandstone<br />

Trail<br />

by Chris Pearce<br />

Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Medium/Hard<br />

A head for heights and a sure-footed nature are<br />

necessary for this 7-mile walk which, in parts, follows<br />

part of Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail. The Trail stretches<br />

for 34 miles through Cheshire, it has been voted by<br />

ITV viewers as one Britain’s Favourite Walks, and it’s<br />

easy to see why. On the first half of the walk there are<br />

a couple of flights of steep steps to navigate, which<br />

are set in the sandstone cliffs, and some breath-taking<br />

sheer drops, but you also need to be aware of lots of<br />

protruding tree roots and random sandstone rocks.<br />

Park up at the free car park off Simons Lane (WA6<br />

6HQ) near Frodsham – look for the phone masts.<br />

At the entrance to the car park turn left and follow<br />

Simons Lane downhill until you see a bungalow<br />

(Overhill) and turn left up the shared driveway/<br />

footpath.<br />

Follow the footpath right up to and over the<br />

driveway to a care home (Heathercliffe), and carry<br />

on down a wooded path downhill. Once you reach<br />

Bellemonte Road, turn right and turn left when you<br />

reach the Bellemonte pub.<br />

Look out for the footpath sign on the right and<br />

follow this down into a wooden area. You’re faced<br />

with a fork almost immediately and you need to<br />

bear left. You’ll pass a Frodsham Hill Wood sign<br />

and straight after a fingerpost; head for Delamere/<br />

Beeston and carry on in that direction on the ridge<br />

of the wooden area, ignoring various turn offs<br />

(including one uphill for the Sandstone Trail).<br />

Tantalising glimpses of the Mersey coastline appear<br />

through the trees as you follow the path, and<br />

uninterrupted view are far and few between at this<br />

time of year. Shortly after passing Alf and Grace’s<br />

bench you’ll arrive at a fingerpost, go down the<br />

wooden stairway and then you’ll come to a fork;<br />

bear left if you want to clamber down some very


Lane<br />

47<br />

For those with the OS Maps<br />

app on your desktop, mobile<br />

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

JT-Sandstone-Trail<br />

JT-Worsaw-Hill<br />

Netherton<br />

Overton<br />

A56<br />

Overton<br />

Hill<br />

P<br />

Beacon Hill<br />

Simons Lane<br />

Fivecrosses<br />

Woodhouses<br />

Woodhouse<br />

Hill<br />

Higher Mickledale<br />

Farm<br />

Arboretum<br />

Dobers<br />

Manley Road<br />

Newton<br />

Cliff Farm<br />

Bushells Lane<br />

Kingswood


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steep and large steps set in the sandstone cliffs or<br />

carry straight on if you want to go the much safer<br />

route and follow the path down two flights of metal<br />

steps. Either way, you’ll arrive at another fingerpost<br />

and you should follow the sign to Delamere.<br />

A few yards further on you’ll cross a wooden bridge<br />

and come to sign number 596, indicating you<br />

need to climb up the steep cliff steps on the right<br />

(towards Whitchurch). Once you’ll get to the top,<br />

you’ll be by the 10th hole of Frodsham Golf Club.<br />

Follow the path until you come to another bench,<br />

this one dedicated to David Nicholls.<br />

At this point the Sandstone Trail itself weaves uphill,<br />

but instead carry on in the same direction until<br />

the wood opens up somewhat, and look out for a<br />

½ fingerpost sign; take a 90 degree left turn here<br />

and, when you come to a ‘proper tree’ sign, bear left<br />

uphill and when you arrive at the next fork, bear<br />

right staying on somewhat level ground.<br />

Once you arrive at the next fingerpost, take a<br />

90-degree right turn and follow the Sandstone<br />

Trail all the way downhill for over ½ mile until you<br />

reach The Ridgeway Road. Turn left uphill for 150<br />

yards and once you arrive at the Ridgeway Country<br />

Holiday Park, look for the footpath opposite. Climb<br />

up the steps of the footpath, then more steps<br />

downhill and bear left when you reach a brook<br />

follow the path parallel to the brook and cross the<br />

wooden footbridge a little further on.


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Take the path uphill and follow the path round the<br />

edge of the woods, bearing left until you reach<br />

Commonside. Cross over and, after a short climb<br />

up the hill, you’re following a footpath on the edge<br />

of more woodland. You’ll take a newly created<br />

diversion round Austerson Old Hall and arrive at a<br />

single-track road (Yarrangall Green), turn left and<br />

then turn left again when you get to the main<br />

Manley Road. Follow this busy-ish road uphill for<br />

250 yards and then turn right down a track to Claim<br />

Farm. Once you reach the dog-leg bend to the right,<br />

take a 90-degree left turn, go through the gate and<br />

head along the side of field.<br />

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

slightly and follow the overgrown path round the<br />

left-hand side of this field uphill towards a house<br />

in the distance. Once you’ve reached the road,<br />

cross and head up Bushells Lane until you reach a<br />

staggered crossroads; turn left up Waterloo Lane.<br />

At the end of Waterloo Lane, take a right turn. At the<br />

back end of a slight right-hand bend, you’ll need to<br />

take a track on the left and head up towards the<br />

ridge. Once you reach the next crossroads, take a<br />

left and follow the track past a covered reservoir<br />

until you reach Manley Road. Turn right and look for<br />

a gate built into the hedge approximately 250 yards<br />

on the left-hand side.<br />

Take the path which cuts diagonally through a field<br />

until you reach the driveway to Higher Mickledale<br />

Farm. Go straight across the driveway to another<br />

path and follow in same direction all the way to<br />

Simons Lane. Turn left and walk uphill; you’ll see<br />

the car park from where you started the walk on the<br />

right-hand side.<br />

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear<br />

whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure<br />

that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial<br />

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to<br />

any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions<br />

resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


50 Gardening<br />

“It’s time... time to make<br />

a change”<br />

by Angie Barker<br />

Do you remember that song “It’s Time” from the<br />

early nineties by the Winans? (Hubby doesn’t.<br />

But then he preferred Pat Boone to Elvis so its<br />

hardly surprising). It came to mind the other<br />

day when I was looking at our garden and<br />

wondering whether I should change the shape<br />

of our lawn. It has been a circular shape from<br />

the start of the garden when we moved in<br />

fourteen years ago and having the need to<br />

replace a path running off it, I wondered if it<br />

created an opportunity for a new approach.<br />

It often happens in gardening that what<br />

sometimes appears to be a disaster can actually lead<br />

to something better. A case in point is Monty Don’s<br />

treasured Box hedge falling subject to Box Blight, it<br />

turned out to be a chance for him to turn his borders<br />

into a space for grasses which he now loves.<br />

Take a good look at your garden and assess what<br />

is working well for you and what needs to go. Are<br />

those old Lavender plants that have been there for<br />

years now looking past their best? We think nothing<br />

of updating our décor in the house, painting a room<br />

a new colour for example so we should be more<br />

open to the prospect of making changes in our<br />

outdoor rooms. Just imagine the possibilities if that<br />

overgrown Conifer hedge was removed to make<br />

way for a new planting scheme filled with light and<br />

colour. Imagine the wildlife you could attract into<br />

your garden if you made part of your border into a<br />

pond...<br />

A great way to pick up ideas and view your garden<br />

with fresh eyes is to visit other gardens. There are<br />

lots of opportunities in our neck of the woods, from<br />

group openings by local gardeners, to the National<br />

Garden Scheme and RHS gardens and spring is the<br />

perfect time to visit.<br />

Another lyric from the song is “what we need is<br />

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54 Motoring<br />

Renault Grand<br />

Scenic<br />

Review<br />

Multi-purpose vehicles, once about as electrifying<br />

to look at as a soggy satsuma, are easier on the eye<br />

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especially the current Renault Grand Scenic.<br />

Inside the French-made machine, digital<br />

instruments replace the conventional speedo that<br />

the old model housed. There’s also a prominent<br />

infotainment unit in the middle of the dashboard. If<br />

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for you to use this. It all looks agreeably upmarket.<br />

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and toys. Picnic tables in the rear fold-out – and feel<br />

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There are lots of trims to choose from, and I drove<br />

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efficient commuter. Top speed is only 119mph, but<br />

in a country besieged by safety cameras, is a fast car<br />

even relevant anymore? Not really – what’s more


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significant is the 40.9mpg the Grand Scenic can<br />

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