Chorley Edition March 2020
Euxton Hall History
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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.
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with a passion anyway and the thought of flying in
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attractive one right now.
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the Med for windswept beaches of mid-Wales, and
forgoing cocktails in the Caribbean for the distilleries
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This month’s highlights
30. Euxton Hall History
12. Puzzle Pages
Try these brainteasers for size.
Reads to get you talking.
18. Home Interiors
Update your home for 2020.
33. Health Section
Treat pesky verrucas.
10. People’s Plaques 14. Planning Retirement
Fundraisers to festivals.
Overactive thyroids in cats.
Time to make a change?
42. Jack’s Tracks: Sandstone Trail
Cheap car finance options.
50. Home Services
Find a local trader for you.
24. Spring Cleaning
41. Storytime Schedule
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Come & Sing!
A special all-day event takes place for keen vocalists
in Bamber Bridge next month.
Singers will join the Rawstorne Singers for their
Come and Sing day, featuring choruses from Handel’s
Messiah and conducted by Marc Murray. Rehearsals
start at 10am, and culminate in a performance of
all the choruses. Everyone is welcome to attend the
performance at 4:15pm, but a donation is requested
The event takes place on Saturday, April 25 from
If you’d like to take part, entry forms can be
downloaded from www.rawstornesingers.btck.co.uk
– entry costs £15 per person including score hire and
a light lunch.
Clayton Thursday Club
Aged over 55, and looking to make new friends? Why
not join the Clayton Thursday Club? The group meets
every Thursday for games, guest speakers, bingo
and a good cuppa at Manor Road School Annex on
Manor Road in Clayton-le-Woods. Sessions run from
1pm-3:15pm each week.
For more information, contact Gill on 01772 313301.
Drop-in sessions for the newly launched West
Pennine Villages U3A take place every Wednesday
Ever fancied joining a U3A to learn new skills and
make new friends? Go along to Withnell Fold Sports
& Social Club to see the 24 groups up and running!
Duck Race Date
The annual Whittle-le-Woods Duck Race will take
place on the second May bank holiday this year
instead of the first to fit around VE Day celebrations.
This year’s race will take place from 2:30pm on
Monday, May 25 at Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall.
Entry costs £10 per duck for the first race or £1 per
duck for the second race at 3pm, and attendees can
also expect the usual BBQ fare, stalls and a tombola!
So save the date for your diary and get cheering on
Did you know that interacting with horses can
promote emotional intelligence and growth?
According to research, equine assisted interventions
help both horses and humans to develop
emotionally, including trauma recovery.
That’s exactly what charity HorseHeard believe;
it offers interaction with horses to boost selfesteem,
increase interpersonal skills and encourage
teamwork. A fundraiser takes place for the charity in
Euxton next month in the form of a jigsaw race.
Teams of up to four are invited to see who can
complete a 500 piece jigsaw the fastest. Entry costs
£20 per team or £5 per single entry to be paired up
within another team. The event takes place at Euxton
Community Centre on Sunday, April 26 at 2pm.
Call 07921 862567 to register your interest.
Be part of the Great British Spring Clean and help
keep Chorley tidy!
A litter pick will take place around Buckshaw Village
on Saturday, March 21 from 10:30am-12pm. Meet at
Buckshaw Tesco carpark, on the corner adjacent to
the train station (PR7 7EL).
Another litter pick takes place in Greenside, Euxton,
the following Saturday at the same time. Meet at
Greenside football and bowling site (PR7 6BL).
All equipment is provided - just bring yourself!
Feel Good Fest
Stalls are available to book for the Buckshaw Feel
Good Festival, which takes place in May.
The community wellbeing event boasts loads of live
music, food and craft stalls, dance demonstrations
and children’s entertainment in aid of Derian House.
The event takes place on Saturday, May 9 from
12:30pm-6pm at Unity Place Community Centre; if
you’d like a stall, call 07530 258253.
This month’s meeting of the Chorley & District
Natural History Society features a talk on Pennine
adders, amphibians and reptiles by David Alred. It
takes place on Thursday, March 19 at St. Mary’s Parish
Centre - for more info, call 01257 278759.
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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 we’re looking at
a blue plaque dedicated to
Charles Lightoller: a Chorleyborn
sailor and the most
senior officer to survive the
sinking of the Titanic.
Lightoller was the second officer
on board the RMS Titanic, and in charge
of loading passengers into lifeboats on the port
side. He remained onboard until the last, ending
up being sucked against a grate which held him
underwater for some time. The explosion of a
boiler released him, and he found refuge on an
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Second Offer on board the RMS Titanic and the most senior
officer to survive the disaster on 14th April 1912.
He was decorated for gallantry in 1916 and was awarded
a bar to it in 1918 after sinking a U-boat.
In 1940 he helped in the evacuation of Dunkirk using
his motor yacht Sundowner, now preserved
at the Maritime Museum, Ramsgate.
upturned lifeboat and taught his
fellow passengers how to balance
their weight to stay alive.
Lightoller served in WWI
as a commanding officer
in the Royal Navy, helping
to sink a German U-Boat,
and volunteered on a
smaller vessel during WWII
in his retirement years. He
was celebrated for his actions
at Dunkirk, where he sailed his
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Lightoller passed away in 1952, aged 78. His plaque
was unveiled in 2011 by his granddaughter Lady
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the site of his former dwelling.
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Planning to Retire?
Here’s a checklist of the essentials
If you’re thinking of retiring in the next few years it’s
a good idea to organise your finances well ahead
of time, so you can consider some of the big issues
without feeling too much pressure.
So what steps can you take to prepare? Here are a
few questions to think about and issues to consider
that could help you enter retirement with greater
financially stability, ready to enjoy this new and
exciting stage of life.
How much income will you have?
When calculating your potential income you should
include your state pension, occupational pension(s),
and any savings and investments. You can request
the latest figures in writing from your pension
provider, bank, building society, and investment
companies with which you have an interest.
Find out about the state pension
As far as your state pension is concerned, you can
request a pension forecast from the gov.uk website.
When the time comes to retire you’ll need to
proactively claim your state pension as it’s not paid
automatically unless you receive certain benefits.
Check your workplace pension
Your workplace pension provider should
have sent annual statements over the
years showing your accrued pension
at the time, plus a forecast of how
much your pension might be when
you retire. If you can’t find your latest
statement, you’ll be able to obtain one
by contacting your pension provider.
Check for forgotten pensions
have one or more ‘forgotten’ pensions. You can find
out by contacting the Pension Tracing Service – it’s
government-run and free to use.
What to do with your pension
Depending on your provider you may be able to
use your pension in different ways, including:
• Taking some or all as a cash lump sum (this has
significant tax implications).
• Purchasing an annuity.
• Using income drawdown, which allows you to
withdraw a sum from your pension and invest it
in a different product for an income.
• A combination of these options.
• Leaving your pension alone, and not withdrawing
any money for now.
The pension freedoms that were introduced by the
government in 2015 mean you now have far more
choice in how you use your pension. It’s even more
important, therefore, to obtain reliable professional
advice before deciding how to proceed.
Finding specialist advice you can trust is vital – it
ensures you don’t lose your hard-earned money,
and helps you enjoy a fulfilling life in retirement.
Will you have enough money to support your
When you are still working it can be
difficult to estimate how much you will
need. Online pension calculators can
help you get an idea of whether you’ll
have enough money, however – you’ll
just need a few facts and figures to
If you’ve changed employers a few
times during your career, you might
Books to get you talking
Looking for a novel for your book club?
Or just a book to discuss over dinner with friends or family? Take your pick…
In Emmett Farmer’s world, it’s
possible to forget the pain of your
past. All you have to do is tell your
story to a binder, who’ll lock it away
in a book. But as apprentice-binder
Emmett soon discovers, not all stories are meant
to be forgotten. A highly original book that deftly
combines fantasy, historical fiction and romance
into one captivating tale.
Three different women find their
paths crossing. Wealthy Blanche
has developed a compulsion for
shoplifting after being banned
from seeing her grandchildren.
Poet Nan is planning her funeral
and isn’t afraid to speak her
mind, but she has a blind spot when it comes to her
grandson. And then finally there’s shy Minna, who’s
in danger of losing the only person she really cares
about. A beautiful, quiet book that looks at family
life in all its complexities.
Our Planet: The One Place
We Call Home
Matt Whyman and Richard Jones
This children’s companion to
last year’s Netflix hit is sure to
prove popular with young nature
buffs. Stunning photography and
illustrations accompany short, easily digestible
paragraphs of text. Our Planet educates and
inspires in equal measure.
The Green Roasting Tin
A prefect book if you’ve been
inspired to eat more meat-free
meals. Each of the seventy-five
recipes is designed to make
cooking healthy, tasty meals as
easy as possible. In most cases,
each dish takes just ten minutes to prepare. Recipes
include ‘Miso Aubergines with Tofu, Sesame & Chilli’
and ‘Squash & Gorgonzola Tart with Figs & Pecans’.
The Book of Echoes
A young black man struggles to
come to terms with a devastating
tragedy in 1980s England.
Meanwhile, a girl in Nigeria tries
to build a better life for herself
against the odds. As the pair
resist following the paths laid out for them, they’re
watched over by the ghost of a murdered woman. A
gripping, thought-provoking debut novel.
Big Sister, Little Sister,
While it’s a bit heavy going in parts,
Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister
is a fascinating insight into three
of the most powerful women in
Chinese history. Ching-ling, wife
of Sun Yat-sen, became Mao’s vice-chair. It placed
her in direct opposition to her two sisters – May-ling
(Madame Chiang Kai-shek), who was the first lady
of Nationalist China, and Ei-ling, Chiang’s unofficial
main adviser and one of China’s wealthiest citizens.
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Breathe new life into your home with a few quick and inexpensive changes.
Dazzle with great lighting
It’s quick and easy to upgrade lampshades or replace
table or floor lamps, giving a great opportunity
to introduce some on-trend shapes, textures and
colours. Dimmer switches add flexibility but check
that your light bulbs are the right wattage, so rooms
are not poorly lit or dazzling. LED bulbs are kind to
the planet and save you money over time. Perhaps
consider smart lighting, controlled with a remote
control, an app, or a voice command.
Ring the changes with
Have a colour makeover
with paint or a change
of accessories – perhaps
some vases on a shelf,
a pile of fluffy towels,
storage canisters in
the kitchen or files in
your home office. Go
lighter and brighter for
spring and summer – Pantone’s colour of the year,
for example, is ‘Classic Blue’, a vibrant mid blue that
co-ordinates beautifully with saffron yellow, soft
pink or rich green. Add bright white for a clean, fresh
Create great style with cushions and throws
Uplift a sofa with a throw and new cushions, choosing
on-trend colours and patterns, complemented by
some inexpensive plains. Vary textures and include
interesting trims and fastenings. Simple square or
rectangular cushion covers are easily made and a
square metre of fabric should make four cushion
fronts, so why not create something eye-catching
A fresh look for flooring
Completely alter a
room’s look by removing
the carpet, sanding back
the floorboards and
applying two coats of
add or replace a rug
to change the look of
your floor and room
plus bring in texture
and cosiness. Choose complementary colours and
patterns and make sure the size and proportions of
the rug suit the size and shape of the room, with the
furniture fitting onto the rug comfortably.
Wonderful window treatments
Change the look of windows with ready-made
curtains. Floor length is usually best. Alternatively,
swap curtains for inexpensive clean-cut blinds for
an attractively modern and minimal look. Simple
slatted or roller blinds can be ordered to your exact
measurements and in a variety of colours and
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Whether you are designing and building your grand
dream home from scratch or just adding a small
extension to a terraced property, compliance with the
Building Regulations is an essential legal requirement.
We spoke to Graham Pryle and Mick Unsworth, Project
Managers at Quadrant Building Control in Wigan.
What’s the purpose of Building Control?
Building Control is the process of ensuring that
anything that is built in the UK, from a shopping
centre to a loft extension, meets certain standards.
These standards are called the Building Regulations.
What do the Building Regulations cover?
They cover everything from structure, drainage, fire
safety and accessibility. These days there is a much
greater emphasis on sustainability and carbon
emissions so this will affect things like energy
efficiency and the amount of insulation needed.
Say I’m building a new house – what would be the
First, we would notify the local council that we are
responsible for Building Regulations approval. We
then check any plans or drawings you have and
advise if anything needs to be changed. When
work starts, we make a series of site visits. These
might typically be to see the depth of foundations,
drainage, floor construction, insulation and roof
construction. If any problems arise during the
construction, we’ll help your architect and builder
resolve them. We’ll then do a completion site
visit and issue a Final Certificate to prove that the
building is compliant.
What if I start building without telling anyone?
You will probably get a very unpleasant visit from
the local council telling you to stop work and maybe
even take down anything that has been built!
How did you get into Building Control?
Graham - I started off in 2007
as a Trainee in Local Authority
covering small scale projects
and assisting colleagues
with their workload. After
qualifying as a Building
Control Officer, I moved into
the private sector and I joined Quadrant last year.
It’s such a friendly company – I love it!
Mick – I worked in Local
Authority for 32 years. I
decided to train as a Building
Control Officer and became
Building Control Team Leader
in 2017. I joined Quadrant in
2019 -it’s a great place to work.
Does Quadrant provide the same service as
the Local Authority?
Yes, we are what’s known as an Approved
Inspector. We are a private alternative to
your local council. We’re regulated by the
government and we’ve approved over 25,000
building projects! Our prices are competitive
with the Local Authority.
What the worst thing that can go wrong if the
Regulations aren’t met?
The Regulations cover issues like structural
stability and Fire Safety so there could be life
threatening implications if a building does not
What’s the best thing about the job?
It’s a great mix of office-based plan checking
and getting out on site to meet with architects,
builders and homeowners. The best bit is
helping people get a nice compliant building
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As the sun comes out, temperatures warm up and the days
get longer, there’s nothing nicer than a thorough spruce up
around the house, making sure that everything is squeaky
clean from top to toe.
Amber-glass spray bottles
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Reusable bottles, £27 for
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Pull out rack for under-sink area.
Sonchus 80cm cabinet liner, £9,
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• Start with a general clear out. Just tackle
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advance with some boxes and bags, so
that you can designate things quickly and
easily as rubbish, recycling, charity shop,
to sell, and so on.
• Gather your tools – brooms, scrubbing
brushes, buckets and cloths – and
cleaning products. You could make
your own natural cleaners using online
‘recipes’. To clean mirrors and windows, for
example, scrunched-up newspaper and
white vinegar will give them a wonderful
Set of two jute and cotton baskets, £12; grey laundry
powder tin, £10; microfibre kitchen sponges, £1.50 each;
rush natural storage basket, £18; grey and bamboo dish
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• Bear in mind the basic principles: work
from top to bottom (dust the light fitting
before polishing the table beneath) and
tackle dry before wet (vacuum before
mopping). Put some music on and really
throw yourself into it.
• Now is a good time to sort out those
less frequently required jobs such as
steam-cleaning the carpets or having the
chimney swept. And how about washing
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A Historic Hall
By Jess Phillips
Chorley is full of hidden gems: picturesque parks,
impressive former cotton mills and awe-inspiring
historic buildings. Remodelled to suit the modern
era, and often set back in expansive grounds,
many of these buildings are easily missed by the
untrained eye unless you’re a local – and that’s only
the ones that have managed to evade demolition.
Euxton Hall Hospital is one such building, escaping
a potentially uncertain future with its conversion
into a hospital in 1981. Unlike some nearby sites,
including Buckshaw Hall in Buckshaw Village and
Winstanley Hall in Wigan which have fallen into
disuse, the Hall has been redeveloped into a usable,
modern space fit for the 21st century. But what of
The first house on the Euxton estate is estimated to
date back to the early 16th century, but it was the
Anderton family who built the first incarnation of
the building known as Euxton Hall today. The plot
of land was purchased by Hugh Anderton in 1627,
but, as a staunch Royalist during the English civil
wars, Hugh was imprisoned at Lancaster Gaol and
his estate confiscated and sold. When King Charles
II marched from the north in 1651 Anderton was
finally released and his property reinstated, though
after the Royalists’ defeat at Worcester the estate
was sequestered once more.
Hugh was succeeded by his son William, who
wasn’t without his own strife; in 1689 William was
imprisoned at Manchester because of his part in
the Revolution. The Jacobite tradition did not die
with William either – his own son was outlawed
following the 1715 Rebellion. Eventually, however,
Euxton Hall passed back into the Anderton line.
In 1769 the original building was demolished and
replaced, and updated again in 1850 by William
Michael Ince Anderton, who added the Palladian
West Front in a series of extensive renovations. The
photo credit: Stuart Clewlow
floor. In 1950 it was sold to Colonel Stanley Bell of
Haigh Hall, a member of the Conservative Party and
County Councillor. Along with his wife Lady Bell,
Stanley transformed Euxton Hall into a cosy family
home and restored the old chapel, which had fallen
into disuse. Stanley died in 1972, leaving the hall
to his daughter Margaret, who eventually sold it to
become Euxton Hall Hospital in 1981.
hall’s entrance, which previously faced west, but it
was skilfully turned south, deemed by architects as
‘the best position’.
Also added was the chapel in 1866; designed by
architect E.W. Pugin, the chapel is now a Grade-
II listed building separate from Euxton Hall. The
chapel’s stained glass window and encaustic floor
tiles features the Anderton family coat of arms, with
William Michael’s wife Lady Emma Anderton also
depicted kneeling in prayer in exquisite detail in
the glass. When Emma died she donated all of her
jewellery to the Catholic church, with jewels set into
a chalice which used to be brought out of a vault
once a year to be put on show.
A bandstand used to reside to the left of where
the car park is now - complete with intricately
patterned Minton tiles and shaped benches. It was
sadly demolished, leaving only the remnants of the
When William Michael died in 1884 he
was succeeded by his son William Arthur,
a soldier who spent very little time at the
hall. Upon his retirement, however, he
married and settled back down in Euxton.
The last thirty years of his life were spent
in residence at the hall, which went to his
younger brother after his death as William
Arthur had borne no children of his own.
Local Life’s very own Design Manager Mary Anne
actually has ties to Euxton Hall. Her grandfather
Harry Barlow was employed as Stanley Bell’s
chauffeur, and lived in the Main Lodge at the estate
entrance. In later life, Harry was employed as the
hospital gardener, and lived on site until he passed
away. Mary Anne’s mum Anne Tomaniak worked
in catering at Euxton Hall Hospital throughout the
80s, 90s and 2000s, and has plenty of stories to tell.
Anne recalls an intricate tunnel system running
underneath the hall. ‘One tunnel started in the
cellar and headed up to Dower House on Dawbers
Lane,’ she says. ‘Another was uncovered by my dad
Harry and a surveyor while they were building an
extension to the hospital – it headed towards Both
Brook before dividing off into two branches, one of
which led towards Euxton St. Mary’s Church. The
tunnel was an escape route for priests during the
The cellar was home to an evacuated family during
WWII, with a roaring fireplace to keep them warm
during winter nights. Beyond it lies a bricked up
room whose origin remains a mystery to this day;
people have reported hearing babies crying from
In 1929 the upper storey was removed
from the hall and it was converted into a
bungalow-style building using the original
stone floor of the landing on the second
me shiver just thinking
Whether there’s any truth
to the stories remains
to be seen, but a house
as old as Euxton Hall is
bound to have its fair
share of spooky tales!
photo credit: Stuart Clewlow
With so much history
hidden within its walls,
Euxton Hall is so much
more than just a hospital.
photo credit: Stuart Clewlow
Perhaps the next time
you step through the
doors you’ll think back to Emma Anderton’s caring
nature or the priests scuttling underneath the
building to escape persecution in the 16th century.
behind the wall and from the rooms above.
‘When Lady Bell was alive she was always ringing my
dad up to come and look in the attic,’ Anne says. ‘She
said she could hear people walking about. I’ve been
up there and it still has some of the original rooms
– the wallpaper was beautiful, with bluebirds on it.’
Those weren’t the only ghostly encounters people
have experienced at Euxton Hall.
‘There was a patient there once who had been very
ill,’ Anne continues. ‘When she woke one morning
she was thanking the nurses, asking “who was that
nurse who sat with me all night holding my hand?”.
No-one had sat with her. My dad Harry always said it
was Emma Anderton – she was a very caring person,
still immortalised in the stained glass window of the
Anne also met a clairvoyant who had been visiting
a patient. ‘I took her downstairs to show her some
of the rooms that made me feel uncomfortable,’ she
tells me. ‘At the bottom of the cellar stairs there’s a
wooden door, and beyond it, a staircase that goes
nowhere. Judging by how worn the stone steps
are, it has obviously been used when the Hall was
a country house. She didn’t feel anything there,
but when I took her to the tunnel, which had been
locked up with a door, she stopped in her tracks
and warned “I wouldn’t open that door.” It makes
Health & Fitness 33
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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
A verruca is a wart which is growing on
your foot – officially termed a ‘plantar wart’
– and it’s caused by the Human Papilloma
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.
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
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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.
A liquid nitrogen spray freezes and destroys
infected skin cells. Clearance rates of around 65%
The Cochrane 2012 review concluded that
cryotherapy was no better than SA at treating
verrucas, was painful, and caused blistering and
scarring, hence SA is offered as a first choice.
Other Local Options
Many other agents have been used, such as silver
nitrate, Cantharidin, phenol, glycolic acid, pyruvic
acid and trichloroacetic acid (TCA).
Surgery is not usually advised because verrucas
often recur afterwards.
SWIFT is a new microwave treatment for the
verruca. It’s quick, relatively painless and research
has shown 76% of patients with stubborn verrucas
have clearance of verrucas after three treatments.
Different forms of laser treatment
Laser therapy aims to destroy the blood vessels
supplying the verruca. 80% clearance rates have
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These treatments stimulate the antibody response
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• Imiquimod 5% cream (Aldara)
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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: www.bupa.
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.
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Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8, various times
The fifth annual CrostonFest brings music and
live acts to pubs and venues across the village!
Wristbands gain you entry into every venue and
cost £5, with proceeds to local causes. More info at
Saturday, March 7, 6:30pm
A beetle drive and supper of homemade
pasties, mushy peas and sticky toffee pudding.
Tickets £9 per adult, £4.50 per child on 01257
Tunley URC Hall, Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington,
Sunday, March 8, 3pm-3:45pm
The next concert in the series of Light Classics is
Festivo Winds, including The Hebrides Overture,
Summer Music and Kleine Kammermusik. Tickets
£6 on Eventbrite or from the venue.
St. Laurence’s Church, Union St, Chorley, PR7 1EB
A Taste of Italy
Monday, March 9, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Get a taste of the lifestyle, food and culture of Italy!
Learn some Italian, hear about life in Italy, and
sample some food. Free, bookable at the library.
Tuesday, March 10, 10am-11am
Bill Nolan discusses Hatshepsut, the fifth pharaoh of
the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, in relation to Women’s
History Month. Free entry.
Adlington Library, Railway Rd, PR6 9RG
Saturday, March 14, 11am-4pm
Browse stalls of jewellery, clothing, crafts and much
more, with light refreshments available. Free entry.
Croston Old School, Church Street, Croston, PR26
Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm-9pm
Bestselling author Joanna Trollope discusses her
new book ‘Mum & Dad’, followed by a Q&A and book
signing. Tickets £20 including a book or £10 ticket
only on Eventbrite or from ebb & flo bookshop.
Chorley Library, Union Street, Chorley, PR7 1EB
Thursday, March 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Singers and musical instrument learners are invited
to come and share their talents with a friendly
audience! Any ages and abilities welcome, plus
refreshments. Free entry.
Hillside Methodist Church, School Lane, Brinscall,
Euxton Library, St. Mary’s Gate, Euxton, PR7 6AH
Easter Craft Fair
Saturday, March 21, 9:30am-12:30pm
Join the Friends of Eccleston Library for a seasonal
craft fair, and grab a bargain! Free entry.
Eccleston Library, The Green, Eccleston, PR7 5SU
Mother’s Day Market
Saturday, March 21, 11am-2pm
Browse plenty of stalls including Bodyshop At
Home, perfume stalls, candles and refreshments.
Free entry. Stalls £5 on 07842 650763.
St. Bede’s Old School, Preston Road, Clayton
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Sunday, March 22, 10am-4pm
Help out with gardening work to tidy the Walled
Garden and surrounding woodland – please
bring lunch and wear sensible shoes. Children
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Bank Hall, Liverpool Road, Bretherton, PR26 9AT
Sunday, March 22, 3pm-4:30pm
Enjoy accompanied and a cappella choral songs
from The Guild Singers, plus tea and cake. Entry £10
on the door.
St. Laurence’s Church, Union St, Chorley, PR7 1EB
Tuesday, March 24, 6pm
Enjoy a cracking evening of community fun and
games with great prizes up for grabs! Free entry, 6
bingo games £8 or £2 per flyer.
St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Royal Avenue,
Leyland, PR25 1BS
Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm
Local murder mystery author Chris Martin launches
his first young adult novel, ‘Inky Stevens’! There’ll be
a book signing and plenty of prizes to be won. Free
places bookable on 01257 481816.
Adlington Library, Railway Rd, PR6 9RG
Saturday, March 28, 11am-1pm
Stalls include toys & gifts, plants, crafts, tombola
and much more! Plenty of prizes in the raffle and
guess the name of the Easter bunny. Free entry.
Tunley URC Hall, Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington,
What’s Your Story, Chorley?
Saturday, March 28, 11am-4pm
A festival of words for all the family across various
venues! Follow the Book Bench Trail, hear stories
and poems, and meet various authors across the
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Bestselling children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce
discusses his latest book – Runaway Robot! There’ll
be a free entry talk and Q&A, followed by a book
signing and photo op for £6 on 01257 262773.
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Northern Soul Night
Saturday, March 28, 1pm-midnight
Help raise money for military veterans with a night
of Northern Soul music from guest DJs and a buffet.
Tickets £10 including a free raffle, bookable at the
St. Mary’s Club, Devonshire Rd, Chorley, PR7 2SR
Saturday, March 28, 7pm
Meet footballing legend Dean Saunders and enjoy
a 4-course meal, auction and raffle, plus comedy
from Chris McGlade. Tickets £48 on 07930 32523 or
Croston Sports Club, Westhead Road, Croston,
Saturday, April 4, 9:45am-1:30pm
Enjoy a guided tour of the Terraced Gardens, plus
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but suggested donations of £5 for the walk and £1
for the tower apply.
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Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 5, 11am-4pm
Plenty of Steampunk-themed stalls, stilt-walking
and circus workshops and delightful refreshments –
fancy dress welcome! Tickets available at the venue
Heskin Hall, Wood Lane, Heskin, PR7 5PA
Sunday, April 5, 10am-4pm
Plenty of Totally Locally stalls filled with Easter bakes,
gifts & plants, plus entertainment, children’s crafts
and games and donkey rides, plusompetitions for
best Easter cake, bonnet and more.
Chorley Town Centre
Family Fun Day
Sunday, April 5, 1pm-4pm
Raise awareness for the National Deaf Children’s
Society with a day of fun, including stalls, face
painting, crafts, children’s entertainment and
audiology advice. BSL interpretation available.
Leyland Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland,
Charity Comedy Night
Saturday, April 11, 6:30pm-11pm
Raise money for Chorley Guide Dogs with comedy
from Dominic Woodward, Stephen Cookson, Venn
Tracey and Jamie Sutherland, plus a raffle. Tickets
£12 including hotpot supper from the venue.
St. Chad’s Parish Centre, Town Lane, Whittle-le-
Woods, PR6 8AJ
Saturday, April 11, 1pm-4pm
Enjoy Easter activities for the whole family, with
superhero-themed egg crafts.
Buckshaw Community Centre, Unity Place,
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Sunday, April 26, 11am-4pm
Browse stalls of spiritual gifts, holistic treatments
and enjoy live talks and demos, £3 entry OTD.
Shaw Hill Hotel, Preston Road, Whittle-le-Woods,
bookish event returns
to venues across the
town centre this month!
The festival, which
takes place on Saturday,
March 28, invites
children and adults
alike to meet bestselling
authors, develop their
own writing skills, hear
stories or watch dramatic presentations in venues
including Chorley Library, Chorley Theatre, ebb &
flo bookshop, St. Laurence’s Church and the Union
Street Civic Offices.
Local primary schools have already been hard at work
creating this year’s Book Bench trail across Chorley,
with a quiz designed to help you locate each.
Don’t miss author visits from Frank Cottrell-Boyce (who
penned Millions) and Joanna Trollope (bestselling
author of seventeen adult contemporaries). Frank
will head to Chorley Theatre at 12pm on the day of
the event, while Joanna can be found at
Chorley Library on Wednesday, March 18
from 7:30pm. Tickets for both of these
events are available on Eventbrite or from
ebb & flo bookshop on Gillibrand Street.
Your Story; one on Friday,
March 13 and another
on Friday, March 20, both
at 10am. Pupils from St.
Laurence’s School will be in
attendance to read stories
to younger children, with
lots of arts and crafts to get
stuck into as well.
Children and families can
get crafty with book paper
crafts on Saturday, March 14 from 2:15pm - why not
help to decorate the library with some bookish art?
Finally, on Saturday, March 21, Blackpool author
Nathan Parker will visit Chorley Library to discuss
his young adult books in The Granville series. Go
along at 2:15pm to hear about his latest novel, due
to be published later this year, and ask any burning
questions you might have.
For more information and updates, follow Chorley
Council on Facebook or look out for the latest
What’s On guide.
Fancy showing your creative side? Go
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March 7 at 2pm for a Creative Writing
Workshop hosted by students from
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Two community storytime sessions take
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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
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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
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
For those with the OS Maps
app on your desktop, mobile
or tablet, this walk is named:
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.
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
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.
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This common condition of older cats can be lifethreatening,
especially if untreated. But thankfully
several treatments are available and effective.
Symptoms: Cats with an over active thyroid
(hyperthyroidism) often seem ravenously hungry,
but as their metabolism is working overtime,
they usually lose weight despite this. They can
also appear highly strung with a change in
temperament, and can be quite vocal. They may
have intermittent vomiting and/or diarrhoea, and
drink and urinate more than usual. Sometimes, but
not always, they have a palpable goitre (enlarged
thyroid gland) in the neck.
Why does it happen? Most commonly (98% of cases)
hyperthyroidism is the result of a benign tumour of
the thyroid gland, this can affect either one or both
of the glands either side of the neck. Occasionally,
cats may have a malignant (aggressive) tumour.
Thyroid tissue may also grow elsewhere in the body
– this is known as ectopic tissue.
Diagnosis: Your vet may suspect hyperthyroidism
after hearing their symptoms and examining your
animal. They will usually take a blood sample to
measure your cat’s thyroid level. They will also
want to check their liver and kidney function, as
well as blood glucose (this helps to check for other
diseases which can mimic some of the symptoms of
an overactive thyroid).
Treatment: There are several different treatment
options available if your cat is diagnosed, and your
vet can help you decide which one is the most
appropriate for you and your pet. These include
daily medication with tablets, liquid or a gel applied
to the ear, a specially formulated prescription diet
(suitable for indoor cats only), surgery to remove
the affected gland(s) or treatment with radioactive
iodine (which binds to and destroys thyroid tissue).
Whatever treatment option is chosen, your vet will
need to check your cat regularly to ensure that
their thyroid issue is under control. Treatment of
hyperthyroidism can sometimes unmask kidney
disease, especially in older cats, and so they may
well wish to check their kidney values regularly as
well as their thyroid level. With treatment, these
cats can do very well, living much longer and more
happily than they would have otherwise.
“It’s time... time to make
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
designer who will
plan your garden to
your needs from start
to finish, supplying
and the ideal plants.
Call Angie now for your free consultation!
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for less than a weekly shop
Offers correct at time of writing and are subject to change.
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.
£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 value.
£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.
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.
£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? This price is for the
low-powered 1.0-litre petrol admittedly, but it’s not
dangerously slow and performs well once up to
£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
the Qashqai. The original crossover from Nissan is
available with some enticing finance deals right
now, with a respectable mileage limit and wellspecified
versions coming in below £200.
You’re also saving almost £60 per month compared
with your monthly shop.
£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
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
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