Local Life - Chorley - March 2020

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LocalLife

Chorley Edition March 2020

Euxton Hall History

Pages 30-32

Storytime Schedule

Page 41

Jack’s Tracks:

Sandstone Trail

Pages 42-44

Courtesy of Lancashire County Council’s

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Change Lives - Volunteer!

Like many who have waved off kids into

adulthood, me and the wife have become

accustomed to nipping off for a European

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

year.

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

a minibreak in Ireland recently, and with trips to

the Highlands and to Wales scheduled for summer,

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

home nations in a single year.

With the notable exception of LJLA, I hate airports

with a passion anyway and the thought of flying in

a metal tube with a few hundred other souls isn’t an

attractive one right now.

And whilst swapping the sun-kissed beaches of

the Med for windswept beaches of mid-Wales, and

forgoing cocktails in the Caribbean for the distilleries

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

we’re going to give it our best shot!

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk

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This month’s highlights

30. Euxton Hall History

Contents

12. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size.

16. Books

Reads to get you talking.

18. Home Interiors

Update your home for 2020.

33. Health Section

Treat pesky verrucas.

38. Events2Go

10. People’s Plaques 14. Planning Retirement

Fundraisers to festivals.

45. Pets

Overactive thyroids in cats.

46. Gardening

Time to make a change?

42. Jack’s Tracks: Sandstone Trail

48. Motoring

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

upon entry.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 25 from

10am-5pm.

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.

Spring Sessions

Drop-in sessions for the newly launched West

Pennine Villages U3A take place every Wednesday

from 10am-12pm.

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!


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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

your duck!

Horse Help

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.

Spring Cleaning

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.

History Meeting

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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Green Fingers

Chorley Council is hosting a ‘Grow to Show’ event at

Chorley Town Hall this month.

Aimed at allotment holders and keen gardeners

alike, the event is a great chance to get information

and advice about displaying your flowers and

vegetables. There’ll be guest speakers, entry forms

for local competitions, and a talk on protecting

hedgehogs in your garden.

Go along to the Lancastrian Suite on Tuesday, March

10 at 6:30pm to find out more about showing off

your skills!

Entry is free, but places must be booked on 01257

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stories from the local

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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

People’s Plaques

CHORLEY CIVIC SOCIETY

This school stands on the site of Yarrow House, boyhood home of

COMMANDER CHARLES

HERBERT LIGHTOLLER

DSC*, RD, RNR

(1874-1952)

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

motoryacht to personally repatriate 127

British servicemen.

Lightoller passed away in 1952, aged 78. His plaque

was unveiled in 2011 by his granddaughter Lady

Louise Patten at Albany Academy on Bolton Road,

the site of his former dwelling.

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Puzzle Pages

CROSSWORD

ACROSS

1. Liquid used for rubbing on the body

to relieve pain from sprains and

strains (11)

9. Feeling of deep and bitter anger

and ill-will (7)

10. River flowing into the North Sea (5)

11. Front part of the human leg

below the knee (4)

12. Ancestry, lineage (8)

14. Relative by marriage (2-3)

15. Biblical shepherd who slew

Goliath (5)

DOWN

2. Large and imposing residence (7)

3. Uproar, disturbance of the peace (4)

4. Consortium of companies formed to limit

competition (6)

5. Device providing access to a computer (8)

6. Flexible twig of a willow tree (5)

7. Newspaper writers & photographers, collectively (5)

8. Central pillar of a circular staircase (5)

13. Ball game played with long-handled racquets (8)

16. Prehistoric metalworking period (4,3)

17. Three score (5)

18. Liqueur flavoured with anise (trademark) (6)

19. Tall tower referred to in the Bible (5)

21. Jewelled headdress (5)

23. Official symbols of a family, state, etc (4)

20. Global computer system (8)

22. State of deep unconsciousness (4)

24. Russian rulers (5)

25. Tell a story (7)

26. Trader who sells sewing and

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THEME: Cities

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

Accra

Amsterdam

Ankara

Athens

Beirut

Belgrade

Berlin

Bern

Bogota

Cairo

Hanoi

Kabul

Lima

Macau

Moscow

Muscat

Nicosia

Oslo

Ottawa

Paris

Riyadh

Rome

Seoul

Tehran

Tokyo

Tunis

Victoria

Warsaw

SUDOKU

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: Even a small

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important

Trace a path through

all the letters to find

the word or phrase

that fits the clue.

E V U O

R E N C

Y S T Y

P E N N

NUMBER BLOCK

The numbers in each row add up to totals to the

right. The numbers in each column add up to the

totals along the bottom.

The diagonal lines also add up

the totals to the right.

3 1 2 5

5 3 8 7

7 4 2 4

3 6 1 2

18 14 13 18

20

11

23

17

12

10

All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 55 of this magazine


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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

desired lifestyle?

When you are still working it can be

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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…

The Binding

Bridget Collins

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.

Grandmothers

Salley Vickers

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

Rukmini Iyer

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

Rosanna Amaka

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,

Red Sister

Jung Chang

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

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Update your home

for 2020

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.

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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

update.

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

and extravagant?

A fresh look for flooring

Completely alter a

room’s look by removing

the carpet, sanding back

the floorboards and

applying two coats of

varnish. Alternatively,

add or replace a rug

to change the look of

your floor and room

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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

patterns. Finally, replace nets but replace with stickon

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coordinating frames

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Residential

Building Control

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

process?

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

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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

comply.

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

with the minimum amount of fuss. People are

often surprised at how straightforward the

process can be!

Telephone:

01942 418 281

Email:

graham@quadrantai.co.uk

mick@quadrantai.co.uk

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GET FRESH INSIDE AND OUT

• Start with a general clear out. Just tackle

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• Now is a good time to sort out those

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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

its heritage?

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


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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

tiling behind.

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

Reformation.’

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


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me shiver just thinking

about it!’

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

chapel.’

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


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Top Tips for

Verruca Treatment

By Dr Daisy Mae

Gruesome, miserable, nasty, painful –

common words used when people describe

their verruca. But what is a verruca? Where

do they come from? What should you if you

have one?

A verruca is a wart which is growing on

your foot – officially termed a ‘plantar wart’

– and it’s caused by the Human Papilloma

Virus (HPV).

Surprisingly, it’s estimated that 14% of

the UK population have verrucas, most

commonly in children aged twelve to fourteen

years.

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.

Diagnosis

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

dots.

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

panel).

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

doing nothing as most veruccas will disappear

spontaneously.

However, note that you should seek medical help if

you have diabetes or a weakened immune system

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

Active treatments

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

to recover by itself, there are forty-one recognised

wart treatments. These either destroy local virusinfected

tissue, kill the virus, stop it reproducing, or

stimulate your body’s immune response.

First Choice Treatment: Salicylic Acid (SA)

SA kills off the outer skin layers, causing them to

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How to use SA:

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

• Soak the foot in warm water for five minutes.

• File the dead skin overlying the verruca –

you must remove the heaped-up skin, so the

treatment reaches the living cells underneath.

• Protect the skin around the verruca with Vaseline.

• Apply SA to the verruca. Let it dry.

• Apply a plaster.

• Do this daily for twelve weeks.

• Although there is some doubt on its effectiveness,

consider covering the verruca with duct tape.

Leave this in place for up to six days.

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

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

Second Choice Treatments

These are not routinely offered on the NHS.

Cryotherapy

A liquid nitrogen spray freezes and destroys

infected skin cells. Clearance rates of around 65%

are reported.

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).

Surgical removal

Surgery is not usually advised because verrucas

often recur afterwards.

Microwave Treatment

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.

See www.treatwithswift.com.

Different forms of laser treatment

Laser therapy aims to destroy the blood vessels

supplying the verruca. 80% clearance rates have

been reported.

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Immunotherapy

These treatments stimulate the antibody response

to speed up viral destruction.

• Imiquimod 5% cream (Aldara)

• Topical 5-Flurouracil (5FU)

• Bleomycin injections

Where to Obtain Verruca Treatments

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

one of the seventeen treatments it will no longer

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

• Visit your local Community Pharmacy

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

• Find a Chiropodist: iocp.org.uk

• Private Consultant Dermatologist: www.bupa.

co.uk/health/payg/dermatology

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

results

Reference: Plantar Warts – British Association of Dermatologists.

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Beetle Drive

Saturday, March 7, 6:30pm

A beetle drive and supper of homemade

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Festivo Winds

Sunday, March 8, 3pm-3:45pm

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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.

Egyptology Talk

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

Spring Market

Saturday, March 14, 11am-4pm

Browse stalls of jewellery, clothing, crafts and much

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Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm-9pm

Bestselling author Joanna Trollope discusses her

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Community Concert

Thursday, March 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Singers and musical instrument learners are invited

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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.

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Mother’s Day Market

Saturday, March 21, 11am-2pm

Browse plenty of stalls including Bodyshop At

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Sunday, March 22, 10am-4pm

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Sunday, March 22, 3pm-4:30pm

Enjoy accompanied and a cappella choral songs

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Tuesday, March 24, 6pm

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Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm

Local murder mystery author Chris Martin launches

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Saturday, March 28, 11am-1pm

Stalls include toys & gifts, plants, crafts, tombola

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Saturday, March 28, 11am-4pm

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Saturday, March 28, 12pm-2pm

Bestselling children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce

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Saturday, March 28, 1pm-midnight

Help raise money for military veterans with a night

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Tickets £10 including a free raffle, bookable at the

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Saturday, March 28, 7pm

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Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 5, 11am-4pm

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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,

PR25 1DH

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

Easter Event

Saturday, April 11, 1pm-4pm

Enjoy Easter activities for the whole family, with

superhero-themed egg crafts.

Buckshaw Community Centre, Unity Place,

Buckshaw Village, PR7 7HZ

Spiritual Fayre

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,

PR6 7PP


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Storytime

Schedule

Chorley’s favourite

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

along to Chorley Library on Saturday,

March 7 at 2pm for a Creative Writing

Workshop hosted by students from

Lancaster University. The event is open to

ages 16-30 and is the perfect way to get

your creative juices flowing.

Two community storytime sessions take

place at the library as part of What’s


42 Leisure

Sandstone

Trail

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Medium/Hard

A head for heights and a sure-footed nature are

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

part of Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail. The Trail stretches

for 34 miles through Cheshire, it has been voted by

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

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

a couple of flights of steep steps to navigate, which

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

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

protruding tree roots and random sandstone rocks.

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

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

At the entrance to the car park turn left and follow

Simons Lane downhill until you see a bungalow

(Overhill) and turn left up the shared driveway/

footpath.

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


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For those with the OS Maps

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or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Sandstone-Trail

JT-Worsaw-Hill

Netherton

Overton

A56

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Hill

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Beacon Hill

Simons Lane

Fivecrosses

Woodhouses

Woodhouse

Hill

Higher Mickledale

Farm

Arboretum

Dobers

Manley Road

Newton

Cliff Farm

Bushells Lane

Kingswood


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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.

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Farm. Go straight across the driveway to another

path and follow in same direction all the way to

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

the car park from where you started the walk on the

right-hand side.

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footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been

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Pets 45

Overactive thyroid

in cats

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.


46 Gardening

“It’s time... time to make

a change”

Award Winner

by Angie Barker

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

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

But then he preferred Pat Boone to Elvis so its

hardly surprising). It came to mind the other

day when I was looking at our garden and

wondering whether I should change the shape

of our lawn. It has been a circular shape from

the start of the garden when we moved in

fourteen years ago and having the need to

replace a path running off it, I wondered if it

created an opportunity for a new approach.

It often happens in gardening that what sometimes

appears to be a disaster can actually lead to

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

treasured Box hedge falling subject to Box Blight, it

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

into a space for grasses which he now loves.

Take a good look at your garden and assess what

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

those old Lavender plants that have been there for

years now looking past their best? We think nothing

of updating our décor in the house, painting a room

a new colour for example so we should be more

open to the prospect of making changes in our

outdoor rooms. Just imagine the possibilities if that

overgrown Conifer hedge was removed to make

way for a new planting scheme filled with light and

colour. Imagine the wildlife you could attract into

your garden if you made part of your border into a

pond...

A great way to pick up ideas and view your garden

with fresh eyes is to visit other gardens. There are

lots of opportunities in our neck of the woods, from

group openings by local gardeners, to the National

Garden Scheme and RHS gardens and spring is the

perfect time to visit.

Another lyric from the song is “what we need is

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

perhaps we should be applying to our gardens (and

Hubby of course).

Angie is a qualified

award-winning garden

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your needs from start

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48 Motoring

7 cars you can finance

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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.

Volvo S90

£229.55 per month x47

Initial rental: £2,065.95

Additional fees: £360

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a

Total over 48 months: £13,214.80

If you’re looking for a fairly large executive saloon

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

a predictable BMW or Mercedes-Benz – look no

further. The Volvo S90 has everything you could

look for, from a sophisticated road presence to

excellent on-board technology.

There are also great value leasing deals to be had –

providing you don’t mind keeping your mileage fairly

low. But if you don’t drive too far, just over £13,000

across four years for a Volvo S90 is good value.

Skoda Superb

£212.31 per month x35

Initial rental: £1,910.79

Additional fees: £298.80

Mileage limit: 8,000p/a

Total over 36 months: £9,640.44

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

keep below that mileage limit, the Skoda Superb

makes a fantastic alternative. It’s well-equipped

and has tonnes of space inside, making it perfectly

practical for most families – and unless you’re really

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

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

over the term of the lease, and have less restrictions

on distance you travel for good measure.

DS 3 Crossback

£134.79 per month x17

Initial rental: £1,213.11

Additional fees: £99

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a

Total over 18 months: £3,603.54

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

3 Crossback is a new crossover from the premium

French brand, sporting quirky styling and efficient

powertrains. However, it doesn’t quite have the

same brand cache as other premium rivals, so prices

tend to be a touch lower.

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.


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Honda Civic

£171.45 per month x47

Initial rental: £1,028.70

Additional fees: £360

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a

Total over 48 months: £9,446.85

Not quite ready to take the plunge into full EV

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

small family car nonetheless? This price is for the

low-powered 1.0-litre petrol admittedly, but it’s not

dangerously slow and performs well once up to

speed.

Nissan Qashqai

£181.55 per month x47

Initial rental: £1,089.30

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a

Total over 36 months: £9,622.15

Family cars don’t get much more ubiquitous than

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You’re also saving almost £60 per month compared

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Seat Ibiza

£135.41 per month x47

Initial payment: £1,218.69

Mileage limit: 8,000 p/a

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

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Jewels May is a wonderful independent jewellers situated with over 70 small rural retail shops at

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