Local Life - Wigan - July 2020

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LocalLife

Wigan Edition July 2020

Big Wigan Crossword

Pages 40-41

Jacks Tracks: Dalton

Pages 44-46

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Baking Special

Pages 14-15


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Welcome to

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Service

Thank you for your friendship and custom.

We are a local family business that has been serving the

community for sixty years. We can offer a wide range of

milk and goods with a friendly personal service, fresh to

your doorstep.

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Local and regional products available daily

• Online ordering available up to 9pm daily

• Easy payment option with direct debit, credit card

payment or your friendly milkman collection

• Special offers and promotions throughout the year

• Supporters of Wigan & Leigh Hospice

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Again we thank you for your support of our local family business

Yours faithfully

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4 Local Life

The ink was barely dry on all those optimistic

New Decade’s resolutions when along

came the virus which completely changed

the world that we live in. Everyone has been

affected by this to some degree, and our sincerest

condolences go to those who have lost loved ones.

There are so many who have put themselves in

harm’s way to tackle this virus and we are forever

in your debt.

If there is a sliver of a silver lining amongst all

this, it is the way that local communities have

pulled together in all sorts of ways to help each

other survive. As a community magazine, it is only

right that we highlight the efforts made by those

individuals and groups who have gone above and

beyond to help others. We would like to do this in

our September magazine, but we want your help!

Tell us which individuals or voluntary groups

brought a little light into your life and made a

difference in your neighbourhood and together we

will highlight their good work. Just email details to

editorial@locallife247.co.uk or post a message on

our Facebook page Local Life Magazines.

You will notice that this copy of Local life is slimmer

than normal and this is because the July and

August issues of our magazine are being delivered

via Royal Mail on a strict 100g weight limit – which

is equivalent to 68 pages. Many of the regular

editorial features have been suspended because

of this, as our priority right now must be to use the

available space to try and help local people get

their businesses back on track.

We know that many of you use our trades sections

at the back of this magazine to source good quality

local tradespeople and we have been working with

them to ensure that you are safe when they visit

your home. Where you see the logo illustrated on

an advertisement, you know that the tradesperson

concerned has confirmed to us that

they are following safe distancing

guidelines and will wear PPE when

appropriate to do so.

Going forward, we are going to spend the next few

weeks working on the re-launch of the new look

Local Life magazine. As from September, our new

look magazine will be different: a different feel and

a different size awaits you! Stay safe this summer

and see you in September.

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk

Keep in touch with the LocalLife Team!

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Local Life 5


6 News & Features

5 Reasons to

Shop Local

It’s no secret that the vast majority of local business

owners are anxious how the next few months will

unfold.

Buying patterns for customers have changed

enormously during the lockdown and those

business owners who were forced to close will be

worried that regular customers won’t return. Will

those businesses who successfully adapted their

working practices to keep trading during lockdown

manage to keep hold of their new customers?

Here are 5 reasons why shopping local matters, now

more than ever.

Helping the Community

When you support a local business, you are

supporting those friends, family, and neighbours

who need to use that business. The availability of

local shops is especially important for the elderly,

the vulnerable, young

people and those without

access to private transport.

The more local businesses

there are, the more money

that local councils make in

rates, the more they can

spend on supporting local

infrastructure and public

services.

Helping the Local Economy

When residents shop at

local businesses, profits

from their transactions

tend to stay within the

local economy, helping to

improve their community as

a result. Likewise, local small

businesses buy locally as well, pumping more of

the profits from their economic activity back into

the community than their global counterparts,

sparking economic development.

Better for the Environment

Shopping local means less mileage and fuel costs

for you, which helps reduce CO2 emissions. In

addition to this, local shops often stock locally

sourced goods, which have a low carbon footprint.

Job Creators

Small businesses are job creators, and most of

those jobs are local jobs. Rather than having to

commute to Manchester or Liverpool, employees

work closer to home. When a town or village has

a vibrant commercial centre, it also creates ample

opportunities for these workers to shop at other

local small businesses.

Community Involvement

Small business owners mostly

live in the local area and are

often help local clubs and

organisations, sponsoring

sponsor local sports teams,

donating to local charities and

participating in community

charity events.

We know it’s tempting to nip

to Robin Park or to Gemini,

or to buy online. But, by

choosing to spend locally

with independent shops and

by using local tradesman, you

can do your bit to help protect

jobs and keep money flowing

around Wigan’s economy.


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Streets Ahead

Congratulations to Pemberton Road in Winstanley,

the overwhelming winner of the Britain’s Friendliest

Street award. 5,000 of the 16,000 votes cast named

Pemberton Road as the outright winner, leaving the

other nine nominees trailing behind.

The competition was run by a not-for-profit group

called In Good Company which was looking to

find places in Britain showing examples of great

community spirit during the coronavirus lockdown.

When the COVID-19 started neighbours in

Pemberton Road were quick to start their own

Whatsapp group to help people who needed

support with shopping, they held mass birthday

celebrations and ran quizzes and bingo nights.

Neighbours on Pemberton Road coordinated

decorations for VE Day and even made their own

music video, based around the Madness hit, Our

House. To watch this, go to:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFp7xN3QeHg

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£2k Boost for NHS

Residents could be forgiven for thinking they were

hallucinating during the lockdown period, when

two dinosaurs roamed the streets of Winstanley.

Kris Clarke and Ian Yates toured Winstanley in

their dinosaur costumes for up to two hours a day,

collecting for NHS Charities Together and even

made a guest appearance at the shopping precinct

for the final Clap for Carers night.

Generous local residents donated approximately

£1,500 to the NHS Charities Together fund. This

was added to the £500 already raised by Kris in an

earlier fundraising effort to establish a fossil trail in

Blundell’s Wood.

Kris publishes the Winstanley Walks page on

Facebook, which carries details of walks, history and

various other Winstanley-related activities.

Life in Lockdown

Residents are being asked to record their experience

of life in lockdown to share with future generations.

There are lots of ways residents can contribute to

the project, either by keeping a diary, creating a

scrapbook, taking photographs or videos, writing

songs, poems, drawing, collecting leaflets and

more. Contributions can be submitted by email to

archives@wigan.gov.uk or delivered in person once

it is safe to do so. Pieces chosen for the collection

will be stored in the archives and shared in future

exhibitions.

Win an i-Pad!

Wigan Council are giving residents the chance

to win one of five i-Pads by filling in a survey on

their website. The survey looks at the impact that

Covid-19 had on Wigan residents, how the threat

of the virus has changed patterns of behaviour and

how residents feel about dealing with the virus

going forward. Responses to the survey will help

the council produce a re-shaped Deal 2030 strategy.

The survey will run throughout June and July. You

can complete the survey at this address: www.

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Pitch for Housing?

Land adjoining Nugent House school in Carr Mill

Road, Billinge has been listed for sale on Zoopla

for £4 million. The land has been used in the past

for football and rugby by both the school and by

local sports teams, and is sold subject to obtaining

planning permission.

The land is marketed as being close to Carr Mill Dam

and with good transport links to the East Lancs and

to Garswood railway station. This site has not been

listed for housing in the latest St Helens Local Plan.

J25 Public Inquiry

Plans to develop a 1.4 million sq. ft distribution

hub near M6 junction 25 have been put on ice after

the Ministry of Housing, Communities and local

Government ‘called in’ the planning application.

Wigan Council backed plans for the distribution hub

in January this year saying that it would help create

1,600 jobs, but many local residents, including

Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue, opposed the loss

of 135 acres of countryside.

Yvonne Fovargue MP said: “This decision will be

welcomed by campaigners who have fought a

decade long battle alongside myself and local

ward councillors to protect this greenbelt site

from destruction. I have consistently opposed any

development of this site and it is now important

that we redouble our efforts to stop ‘Big Shed’

development on this site.

There will be a Public Inquiry held to determine the

future of the site.

OSJ Funding Boost

The RL World Cup 2021 has awarded Orrell St James

£140,000 as part of InspirationALL legacy initiative.

The grant will be used for a new high-quality

clubhouse, brand new changing facilities and two

new playing pitches that will accommodate the

club’s expanding teams and players at the club’s

home base at Bankes Avenue in Orrell. Construction

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Staycation Treats

Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t splash out on some new skincare goodies…

Bring a touch of the exotic to

your staycation, with Elemis

Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (£40).

It absorbs almost instantly, and

leaves skin feeling softer and

moisturised, without any greasy

residue. And the exotic floral

fragrance lasts for ages. For the

best results, use it on slightly

damp skin straight after a bath

or shower. I also use love the fact

that it’s multipurpose. People

swear by it for treating split ends,

brittle nails and rhino heels. The

only downside is that it tends

to solidify at room temperature,

so during the cooler months you

have to melt it by warming the

bottle in hot water. A bit of a faff,

but worth it, see www.elemis.

com.

There’s no denying that

disposable face wipes are

handy. But they’re also terrible

for the environment. If you’re

looking for a more sustainable

alternative, I highly recommend

Ogato’s Face Eraze cleansing

pads. For £19.99, you get three

makeup remover pads and two

cloths, plus a headband and

wash bag. The best bit? They’re

designed to remove make-up

without cleanser. All you need

is warm water. And they really

do work, even on waterproof

mascara. Rinse them clean after

use and then just bung them in

the washing machine now and

then, and they should last you

for years. Find them at www.

amazon.co.uk.

I have pretty sensitive

skin, so tend to steer

clear of facial fake

tans. However, I

decided to risk trying

Bali Body’s Face Tan

Water (£25.95) and

have to say that I’m

impressed. It’s a face

treatment and selftan

in one, with ingredients

such as rosewater and hydrating

jojoba oil. It’s easy to apply and

results in a natural, even-looking

tan. If you want a lighter tan,

just mix a few drops in with

your moisturiser. I also tried

the Gradual Tan (£21.95) on

my body. Great colour, but less

‘gradual’ than I was expecting, so

if you try it make sure

you’re rather more

careful around knees,

elbows and ankles

than I was… See

uk.balibodyco.com.

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eczema as a child.

The experience led to a thirtyfive

year career in dermatology,

and the launch of skincare

brand Epionce (www.epionce.

co.uk). One of the brand’s newest

products is the Renewal Calming

Cream. At £61 it’s pricey, but has

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flare-ups and reduce itching.

You don’t need to go on holiday

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Selection is hard to beat. There’s

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bag to keep it all in. Not bad for

£17, see www.very.co.uk.


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stories of those

voluntary groups

in your community

who did (and

are still doing)

so much to help

us during these

difficult times. Are

you a member of

those groups or a recipient of some of this help?

We’ll help you say thank you.

Please email us

editorial@locallife247.co.uk

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Books for Bedtime

Clean sheets, a mug of hot chocolate, a new book… Bliss.

The Foundling

Stacey Halls

Bess leaves her newborn daughter

at the Foundling Hospital. It’s 1754

and as a single woman living on the

poverty line, she has no means of

supporting a child. Six years later,

Bess returns to claim her daughter,

only to be told she’s already been claimed. So begins

a tale of two mothers and the lengths they’ll go to

for their child. Gripping historical fiction at its best.

The Wives

Tarryn Fisher

Thursday loves her husband,

Seth. But she’s pretty sure his

other wives love him too. She’s

agreed to be one of three,

never meeting the others, but

always aware of their presence

in her husband’s life. Then one day Thursday has the

opportunity to meet the third wife, and sees her

bruises. Is Seth hiding more than she realised? An

enjoyable read with plenty of twists and turns, The

Wives will keep you on your toes until the end.

Body Positive Power

Megan Jayne Crabbe

The strapline for this book is ‘How

to stop dieting, make peace with

your body and live’, which is exactly

what it sets out to do. Megan

recounts her own struggles with

eating disorders and experiences

with weight-loss clubs, while delving into diet

culture and the Western world’s obsession with the

‘perfect body’. If you’re fed up of the endless dieting

cycle and ready to try something different, this book

could be just what you’re looking for.

The Water Dancer

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hiram is born into slavery. He

finds himself an agent of the

underground. While the people

he works with are focused on

ending slavery, they have little

interest in helping him to rescue

the people he loves who are still trapped. They want

him to move on, but as Hiram comes to realise, it’s

crucial that he doesn’t forget the past. The Water

Dancer isn’t an easy read, but it stays with you.

Coming up for Air

Sarah Leipciger

Three very different stories, one

common thread. First we meet

a young woman, driven to end

her life on the banks of the River

Seine in 1899. Years later, Pieter, a

toymaker by trade, is called on to

create the prototype for a resuscitation doll. And

then there’s Anouk, who wages a daily battle against

cystic fibrosis in present day Toronto, while finding a

sense of freedom in open-air swimming. Vividly real

characters and an engaging plot.

Can You Hear Me?

Jake Jones

If you enjoyed Adam Kay’s

This is Going to Hurt, then this

memoir needs to be next on

your reading list. Jones reveals

some of the cases he’s dealt with

as a paramedic, interspersing

the stories with his own life events. Humorous and

sobering, Can You Hear Me? will give you a newfound

appreciation for the people on the front line

of medicine.


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READY

in 1 hour

plus cooling

& setting

Peaches &

Cream Flan

Serves 8

A light sponge base topped with a vanilla filling, peaches and tangy jelly -

an easy-to-make summer dessert the whole family will love.

Ingredients

FOR THE SPONGE BASE

75g caster sugar

3 large eggs

75g plain flour

FOR THE TOPPING

135g pack pineapple or lemon jelly

200g full-fat soft cheese

1 tsp vanilla extract

25g caster sugar

150ml double cream, softly whipped

2 x 411g cans peach halves, drained

TIP: You can use any canned or fresh

fruit you like in place of the peaches.

Strawberries, apricots, plums or

raspberries will all work well.

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas mark 5. Grease a 23cm round

sandwich tin and line with baking paper.

2 To make the sponge base, place the sugar and eggs in a heatproof bowl set

over a pan of simmering water. Using an electric handheld mixer, whisk for

3-4 mins until the mixture is pale and thick – it should leave a trail on the

surface when the whisk is lifted. Remove the bowl from the heat. Sift over

the flour and fold in with a metal spoon.

3 Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 12-14 mins until risen,

golden and springy to the touch. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer

to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Grease a 23cm round springform

cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper. Gently press

the sponge into the base of the tin.

4 To make the topping, make up the jelly following the pack instructions and

leave in a cool place until cold and beginning to thicken and set.

5 Beat the soft cheese in a bowl with the vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.

Fold in the whipped cream and spread evenly over the sponge base. Arrange

the peach halves over the creamy layer then gently pour over the jelly. Chill

for 3-4 hrs until set. To serve, remove from the tin and slice.


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Makes 18 slices

READY

in 1 hr 10 mins

plus cooling

& setting

Iced Mocha

Traybake

Coffee and chocolate are the perfect combination

in this simple all-in-one tray bake recipe.

Ingredients

225g unsalted butter, softened,

plus extra for greasing

225g light muscovado sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp strong black coffee

4 medium eggs

225g self-raising flour

50g cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

FOR THE ICING

100g dark chocolate, broken

into pieces

25g unsalted butter

150g icing sugar

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 180C/160 fan/gas mark 4. Grease a 30cm x 23cm tray

bake tin and line the base with baking paper.

2 Place the butter, sugar, vanilla extract, black coffee and eggs in a large

mixing bowl. Sift over the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Using

a handheld electric mixer, beat for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy.

3 Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and gently level the surface. Bake

for 35-40 minutes until risen and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the

tin for 20 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

4 To make the icing, place the chocolate, butter and 4tbsp water in a

heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. When the chocolate

has melted, remove from the heat and stir until smooth. Sift over the icing

sugar and beat to make a smooth icing. Spread over the top of the cake in

a thin even layer. Leave in a cool place until just set. Cut into slices to serve.

TIP: For a quicker icing, warm 4 tbsp chocolate and hazelnut spread and

drizzle over the top of the cooled cake.


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Get Moving

for Mental Health

During the lockdown, with so little choice of

things to do, it may well be that a walk round

the block became part of your daily routine. That

should have reminded you of the physical and

mental benefits of fresh air and moving around.

But as lockdown eases, if you find you have reverted

to form and even the very word ‘exercise’ makes you

want to retreat to the sofa to binge watch Netflix,

we hear you!

It really doesn’t have to be a chore though. Any type

of exercise is useful, as long as it suits you and you

do enough of it. It should be something you enjoy

or it will be hard to find the motivation to do it

regularly.

As the saying goes: necessity is the mother of

invention and the last couple of months have

been amazing for introducing exercise that doesn’t

involve being in a gym. From martial arts in the

garden, online yoga and cycling to just that brisk

walk round the block.

Exercise to boost your mood

Aerobic exercises, where your heart rate is elevated,

have been shown to help depression. They reduce

your levels of cortisol (AKA the ‘stress hormone’).

You could try jogging (using the Couch to 5K app to

keep yourself motivated), a virtual exercise class or

just dancing in your kitchen.

Exercise to ease anxiety

Yoga and pilates can have a direct impact on your

nervous system, helping to calm it down and ease

anxiety. Some studies have shown that yoga can

also be beneficial for tackling depression, alleviating

stress and even reducing pain and blood pressure.

Exercise in nature

According to a study by the University of Exeter,

spending two hours a week in nature is good for

both your mental and physical wellbeing. This

could mean your local park, a field or even doing an

outdoor circuits session in your garden.

Virtual exercise classes

Joe Wicks runs weekday PE classes at 9am on his

YouTube channel and you don’t need to have

children to take part. If the family classes are too

energetic, try some of his other workouts, such as

the ones aimed at seniors.

Don’t fancy PE? You’ll find dance, martial arts and

more online. The dance troupe Diversity teaches

regular classes on www.20dv.co.uk. And you can

take part in Oti Mabuse’s free dance classes on her

YouTube channel whenever you want.

Exercising with a health condition

If you’re worried that exercise might make an

existing health condition worse, do speak to your

GP.

Finally the NHS offers more than 20 instructor-led

workouts at www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitnessstudio,

starting from just 10 minutes long. There’s

even a 30 minute workout using your sofa!

Keep motivated

Make a note of how you feel before and after your

workout. Try rating your anxiety and mood out of

10 and see whether the workout has had a positive

effect.


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Orrell Ward on Wigan Council

from 2004-2012 and from 2018

until his death. He left his wife

Marjorie and family.

Richard was known best as a

scramble champion racer in

the late 60’s-early 70’s national

motocross scene, whilst working in the family

butchers on Church Street during the off-season.

Fellow Orrell councillor Michael

Winstanley paid this tribute;

“Richard was never happier

than when helping people

with their problems. He was

a true champion of the local

community having been born

and bred in Orrell. Richard was

a larger than life character and

always had a really good sense

of humour no matter how

tough things got.

“Not only have I lost a ward

colleague, I have also lost a friend and we will all

miss him tremendously”.

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Putting together a child’s play space is a great opportunity for imaginative design.

Children need their own space so it is beneficial to

create a dedicated space in which they can work, play

and relax.

Where to begin

Is the room just going to

be a playroom, or will it

double as another room,

for example a child’s

bedroom? Consider

available space and its

shape, who will use the

room, your budget and

your child’s likes and dislikes. Sketching a floor plan

helps, or involve an architect or interior designer.

Design basics

Flexibility is key. Keep the basics plain and simple

– neutral walls, floor and major items of furniture,

with less expensive and easily changed items (such

as blinds, cushions or storage boxes) themed to

whatever colour or character will stimulate your

child’s imagination.

On the floor

The ideal playroom floor is non-slip, easy to clean,

hard-wearing and not too hard underfoot. Wooden

or laminate boards plus a soft rug (on an anti-slip

mat) is ideal, while vinyl, linoleum, cork or rubber

are good choices. A play rug with a design such as

hopscotch or a racetrack adds fun. Soft carpet will

break falls but can stain, so use a texture or pattern

and have a stain-resistant treatment applied.

Off the wall

Add interest to plain walls with your child’s artwork

in bright frames, removable stickers or good-looking

storage. Blackboard paint or colour-in wallpaper

allow for individual expression, or cover a wall

with maps, flags, cork tiles, pegboard, sheet music,

artificial grass, a hand-painted mural or a series of

LEGO base boards.

Furniture and fun

Leave space for whizzing around but perhaps add a

swing, slide, tunnel, indoor activity frame or climbing

wall. Floor cushions and beanbags are better (and

cheaper) than quickly outgrown miniature sofas and

chairs. Built-in bench seating along one wall, with

storage beneath, is a perfect dual-purpose solution.

A quiet corner for reading and a special spot for craft

activities or homework are essentials, while a den

or hideout of some kind is a great idea – even if it’s

simply a blanket slung over the back of two chairs.

Include a dressing-up corner with fancy dress outfits

on hangers and a low-level mirror to provide colour,

interest and fun.

Storage

To encourage tidiness, storage

should be plentiful and easy

to access. Incorporate it into

tucked-away spaces such

as chimney alcoves or

below a window. Low

shelving plus a variety

of boxes or baskets

is ideal. Avoid toy

chests that could

trap tiny fingers,

and suit the size

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contents. Peg rails,

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An innovative appeal to raise money

for Derian House Children’s Hospice has

now topped the £3,500 mark. The giant

rainbow was constructed by farmer

Gemma Crompton and her family to

raise money for Derian House.

The rainbow became an iconic image

of the early days of the COVID-19 crisis

and visitors flocked to Swiftgate Farm

on Winstanley Road to take pictures and

donate money to the appeal.

Billinge Rainbow

The charity looks after more than 400 children and

young people with life-limiting conditions, and

donations at the charity have been badly affected

by the coronavirus outbreak, with fundraising

events due to bring in £250,000 cancelled and

charity shops forced to close.

Gemma said: “Derian House doesn’t just provide

care for the child, but also for their parents, siblings

and grandparents. We decided to try to raise some

funds to help keep them doing the amazing work

that they are known and loved for.”

Sarah Proctor, Community Fundraiser at Derian

House Children’s Hospice, said: “It’s absolutely

mind-blowing in its sheer scale and we’re so grateful

to Gemma and her family for putting in such a top

effort to raise money for our children.”

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Bikes Wanted

A call for donations of used and unwanted bikes has

gone out across the borough in a bid to provide key

workers with bikes.

Inspiring healthy lifestyles, Gearing Up, Wigan

Warriors Community Foundation, Wigan Athletic

Community Trust and Wigan Council are teaming

up to keep Wigan moving on two wheels with a

‘Re-cycle to work scheme’.

Unwanted and unused bikes can be donated and

they will be refurbished and offered out to NHS staff

and other key workers for a low cost.

Simon Dale who is running the project with Gearing

Up said: “We’ve already handed out a huge number

of bikes. There are so many hugely important key

workers without a bike needing to travel to work.

We are grateful for all donations, but better quality

bikes means we can put them to good use faster”.

As well as the bike, key workers will receive a

helmet, bike lock, and multi-tool, along with advice

and guidance of cycling and bike maintenance.

Donated bikes can be delivered to Central Park,

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We examine some of this year’s hottest trends for bathrooms

Plants love the

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Range of pots,

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Retro-style coloured bathroom

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Update your bathroom with these

key looks and new technology

• BACK TO BLACK

Touches of smart black are very ‘in’ right now. Look out for black

brassware, towel rails, painted woodwork and accessories such

as plant pots or storage baskets. If you are doing a whole-roomrevamp,

you might even consider a black-framed shower panel

or metal ‘Crittall’ window.

• BOTANICAL BEAUTY

You can hardly have missed the trend to include plants in every

corner of the home. And that’s right – it’s time to add them to

your bathroom, too. Most plants will thrive on the humidity; just

be careful of light levels.

• PURE AND NATURAL

Keep things on the simple side with colour schemes that focus

on whites, creams and ivories, plus the natural textures of wood,

ceramic, sisal and rattan. This natural minimalism, building on

the trend for mindfulness and meditation, will create a calm

room that is perfect for de-stressing.

• COLOURFUL SANITARYWARE

There may be a micro-trend for avocado bathrooms (not for

the faint-hearted), but there is certainly an overall trend for

sanitaryware in other colours, ranging from pink to blue to

lemon yellow. It’s quirky, fun and definitely eye-catching.

This set of two woven

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and texture to any

room.

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• SMART TECHNOLOGY

High tech solutions aren’t only for the rest of the house;

the bathroom is getting smarter, too. Pre-programme the

temperature of your shower or bath, demist your mirror and play

music through a Bluetooth speaker – it’s all at your fingertips.

• LARGE-FORMAT TILES

Oversized tiles are really striking and, thanks to minimal grout

lines, make your space appear larger (less grout to clean, too –

bonus!). It’s time to go big.

• MARBLE AND METAL

Classic, timeless marble (or marble look-alikes) continues to be

a big trend in bathrooms. Combine it with gold or brass taps

and shower fittings for a sumptuous and upmarket style that

emulates that of a five-star hotel.

This set of two woven cord fabric storage

baskets adds pattern and texture to any

room.

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The Last Resort

If you’re a landlord and you’re wondering

about the current mood of the lettings

market, then the results of a recent Google

analysis will be of interest to you. A list

of the most common property questions

private renters typed into Google has been

compiled by a firm called Boiler Plan.

Here are the five most common questions

private renters asked Google.

1. Can landlords increase my rent?

2. Can my landlord evict me?

3. What are my responsibilities as a tenant?

4. Can letting agents charge fees?

5. Can a landlord keep my deposit?

What can landlords and letting agents learn from

these questions?

Put simply, tenants are feeling anxious.

Some renters are still on furlough but wondering

what will happen when the scheme draws to a

close. Others have lost their jobs and surviving on

savings, the kindness of others or the Bank of Mum

and Dad.

Many industry experts predict there will be an

increase in tenants falling into rent arrears and

evictions in the coming months. If as a landlord,

you find yourself in a tricky situation with a tenant,

the first thing to remember is that you must obey

the law.

There are clear rules about what you can and can’t

do, and significant fines if you mess up.

The fact private renters are googling the questions

above, shows that they are doing their research. So,

don’t cut corners. It’s the wrong thing to do, and, it’s

likely you won’t get away with it.

Evictions can be costly and time-consuming at

the best of times, but there is, of course, another

spanner in the works. Due to Covid-19, there is

currently a ban on all evictions.

This is due to be lifted, but when the court system

does get up and running again, expect a hefty

backlog of cases causing further delays. Remember,

evictions should always be a last resort.

If you are a landlord from Wigan and have any

concerns, then please talk to us. We have over 35

years of experience of dealing with these sensitive

matters, and we can represent you and find another

way of resolving any dispute.

Thank you for reading and if you have any questions

you would like me to answer please email me at

alan@alanbatt.co.uk or visit our brand-new website

and use the AskAlan section

Alan Batt is a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has

worked within the Wigan property market for over 30 years.

Alan Batt

For more of Alan’s tips, guidance and analysis on the Wigan property market, check out

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Wigan Property News

As I write this piece, it has been just a couple of

weeks since we were given the green light to reopen

the property market along with the rest of England,

and the first signs are remarkable. Wednesday

27 May saw more than six million people visit the

Rightmove website, its busiest day ever.

However the total Wigan housing sold in May 2019

was 320 properties, so you can see we still have

a long way to go before we reach 2019 activity

figures and we won’t fully appreciate the effects the

virus has had on the local property market until we

have some more data to analyse .

New instructions in May 2020 were 179 properties

(compared with 432 new properties in May 2019),

but what was remarkable is that the markets were

only opened on the last week of the month, and

we were still in full lockdown for the first 3 weeks

of May.

The sold figures so far this year from Wigan agents

are buoyant including these properties, some of

which have been sold from our Premier Collection:

£2,500,000 Parbold ~ £1,100,000 Newburgh

£550,000 ~ Gathurst Lane, Shevington

£500,000 Trevore Drive, Standish ~ £485,000 Orrell

Road ~ £360,000 Parkbrook Lane, Shevington

£360,000 Herons Wharf, Appley Bridge~ £350,000

Hall Lane, Aspull ~ £300,000 Lincoln Drive, Aspull

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Choose your Agent Wisely

Here is just one of many reports that illustrate the importance choosing your estate agent wisely.

I went to a traditional bay fronted house on Chorley Road in Standish, which was vacant and in need of a full refurbishment.

My advice to the owner was to invite offers over £140,000. Another local agent, who shall remain nameless, had advised him

to price the house at £155,000.

Long story short, swayed by an optimistic valuation and cheap fees, he took their advice and priced the house at £155,000. Then

after a while dropped the price to £150k. and then to £145,000, and finally took my advice and invited offers over £140,000.

We kept in touch with him over the months and he called one day, saying that the other estate agents had been in touch with

an offer of £135,000 and asked whether I thought he should take it. I told him that if we could not achieve more than £135k we

wouldn’t charge him a single penny.

We sold it in less than 2 weeks for £147,500, £12,500 more than he was about to accept with the other agent.

This is not a one-off, on average we achieve approximately 5% more than this agent. With the average house price in Wigan of

£154,817 that equates to £7,740, which is certainly not chump change these days.

The moral of this story: Don’t be swayed by estate agents offering optimistic valuations and cheap fees -

you could easily end up out of pocket to the tune of thousands of pounds.


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Navigate Your Way

Through the

Next 12 Months

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

It has been an extremely difficult few months for all of

us and particularly for those that run a small business.

However, there is no better time to take stock and

think seriously about your business and how to move

forward in the next 12 months.

Firstly though, let’s recap on the key support tools

that are still available to business.

• Job Retention Scheme – This scheme will run

through to October. Changes have been made to

make the scheme more flexible to allow part time

claims and employers will have to contribute to

the claims.

• SEISS – The self-employed grant scheme has

been extended and self-employed businesses

can make a 2nd claim in August.

• Time To Pay – Tax deferral schemes are available

for VAT, Corporation Tax and Self Assessment

tax payments. These have been very useful to

manage cashflow but these payments will still be

due in the next year.

• Government back loan schemes – Businesses

can still access both the CBIL’s and Bounce Back

Loan schemes to provide a loan with preferential

rates and payment holidays.

• Business Rates Holiday – Business rates holidays

and cash grants are available from the local

authorities.

These schemes have had tremendous impact on

businesses and in many cases have allowed them to

retain staff, and to buy time to assess and manage

the obvious impact that the lockdown has brought.

There is no question that business stability, in the

short and medium term, will be affected by this.

The steady stream of reliable revenue from regular

customers that you depend upon may be affected,

and there is no doubt that the global lockdown

has hit supply chains which could impact on your

ability to trade effectively and profitably.

Helping your business survive these turbulent

times and emerge as a stronger and more resilient

business must be your key objective: here’s three

tips to help you do that:

• Build a Business Continuity Plan – Developing a

plan will aid decision making, ensure you access

the right support and grants and maximise

opportunities to preserve your cashflow and

profitability.

• Prepare a 3-month cashflow – With all the

uncertainly around, a short term cashflow is vital.

This will ensure that you manage expenditure

by prioritising essential expenses, focus on

outstanding amounts owed by customers,

remembering to be considerate though. If you

are a business that has accessed a Bounce Back

Loan, don’t waste this on unnecessary expenses,

and use it wisely to build your business back up.

• Collate a 12-month Profit Forecast – Once you

have stabilised cashflow, you should prepare a

profit forecast for the next year. This should be

based on where you want the business to get to

in 12 months’ time. This will help you focus on the

amount of business that is required to get you

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At this crucial juncture for business, we feel it vital for

business owners to consult with their accountants,

to discuss problems before they get out of control

and identify and implement actions to overcome

these. Agreeing these actions is vital to keeping

your business moving forward and by regularly

reviewing performance with your accountant, you

can get knowledgeable and independent input on

how you and your business are performing.

If you’ve not yet met with your accountant since the

lockdown started and you’re uncertain of the value

that they can add to your business anyway, then

we are happy to arrange an free initial consultation

with you to discuss your future business needs.

We can meet in our office or over a Zoom call to

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forward. If you decide that we can help you

overcome the challenges ahead, you can choose

from one of these packages or design a bespoke

support package that meets your immediate needs.

And finally, we couldn’t finish this article without

mentioning the benefits of cloud accounting and

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clients tracked their cashflow, apply for loans and

discuss payments plans with HMRC. If you have any

questions regarding Xero, Making Tax Digital, Apps

or switching to an online accounting system please

do get in touch.

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Wigan, WN6 9DR

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Forty crossword entries, all about people and places connected with Wigan.

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1. Latics old training ground, 11,4

3. Diminutive Cabinet Minister, 3,9

4. Latics predecessors, 5, 7

5. FIrst name of Lady Mabel’s hubby, 7

7. Actor, Shameless, Scott & Bailey 3,4

8. Grade 2 Hall and Farmhouse, 8

9. British Bulldog, 5,3,5

12. Macabre-sounding Lane in

Appley Bridge, 5,5

14. Grade 1 Listed Church, 2,8

15. Sports shop, Market St, 1,1,9

18. Led Latics into the Football League, 3,7

21. His hand is preserved in Ashton, 6,10

22. Former owner of The Mount in Orrell, 7,5

23. One of the flashes, 8

26. Joel, Sam and Logan, 7

27. Kajagoogoo singer, 6

29. Numerically-named cinema, 4, 4

30. NUM Leader 1971-1982, 3,7

31. Investor in Orrell RU, early 2000’s, 4,6

32. Fruit associated with McGinty, 9

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2. Ancient Wigan Street, 3, 5

5. Reservoir, 11

6. South African winger, 5, 4

9. Street where Uncle Joe’s are produced, 7

10. First name, owner of Pemps, 7

11. Beech Hill’s TV Presenter 3,6

13. Tourist attraction, 3,3,2,4

16. MP, daughter of Dipak and Louise, 4,5

17. Scout estate in Billinge, 7, 4

19. Dad to Sean, Grandad to Owen, 6

20. Sport of original Wigan Warriors, 8

24. Arcade in town centre, 6

25. Scorer in FA Cup Final 2013, 3,6

28. Shevington’s Explosive Works, 8

33. RL’s Man of Steel 1980, 6,9

34. Station closed in 1964, 5,7

35. Martinez,Diaz & Seba, 5,6

36. Took Latics into the Premier League, 4,6

37. Upholland’s highwayman, 6,4

38. Family associated with Winstanley Hall, 6

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42 Legal & Finance

Investing & Retirement Planning in a

COVID-19 World

The last few months have been extremely challenging Diversification

for everyone as we adjust our lives to the new norm If diversification isn’t a term already familiar to

within a COVID-19 world. Businesses being forced to you, it refers to investing in different types of asset

close their doors and the deserted streets during the and in different sectors and regions around the

height of the crisis felt like something from a disaster world. These may each behave in different ways

movie. The media coverage of this pandemic was not as economic conditions change, so there’s a good

designed to scare us, but you’d be forgiven for thinking chance that if some of your investments are going

that this was the case.

down, others are likely to be performing better. It

As the economic wheels start to turn again and helps to balance out your risks overall. The personal

markets begin to adjust to the new world there’s service we provide is not just based on facts and

probably never been a more important time in logic either. There’s an emotional side to investing

recent years to review your plans to ensure that which may mean you are sometimes tempted to

everything is on track.

make short-term irrational decisions that may not

There are typical events in every economic be in your best interests over the longer term. At

downturn. Firstly, markets suddenly drop, which can such times, you may value an objective professional

be frightening because there is a reason they drop. opinion.

The market towards the end of February quickly To illustrate, Barclays mapped out the typical cycle

realised that a global pandemic was beginning of investor emotions as markets go up and down.

which started

the selloff but it

then accelerated

due to human

emotion or fear.

This happened

from the back end

of Feb to the end

of March.

The second event

is the bounce.

At the time of

writing this article

The cycle of investor emotions

Barclays Understanding the cycle of investor

emotions 26th November 2016

Exuberance Denial

Excitement

Reluctance

Fear

Optimism

Reluctance

Desperation

Depression

Indifference

Panic

Capitulation

Apathy

Despondency

(4th June 2020) we have seen the main UK index As markets rise, greed and overconfidence can

climb broadly 27% from its March low but we are make us take more risk or pay higher prices than we

still broadly 20% adrift of the highs of early 2020. logically should. As they fall, fear of losing money

Whilst clearly nobody has a crystal ball the first can make us panic, driving us to sell when prices are

step is to review your personal financial plan, which low, crystallising our losses and meaning we are out

incorporates your time horizon, income needs, of the markets when they start to rise again.

other assets and personal emotional risk tolerance.


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Downturn is followed by recovery

And rise again they inevitably do, because

economies and the markets influenced by them

are cyclical. They move through expansion, peak,

recession and trough and then back round again

on an ongoing basis. It’s more a question of how

long a recovery will take to come after a downturn,

and what that recovery will look like, than whether

recovery will come at all. The US National Bureau

of Economic Research (NBER) found there were 33

cycles between December 1854 and the summer

of 2009 . That period included events like the great

depression, two world wars and the bursting of

the dot com bubble in 2001. After the financial

crash of 2008 we saw over a decade of recovery

and expansion before the Coronavirus pandemic

moved the cycle to recession once again.

Understanding the cyclical nature of markets can

help you to screen out the short-term noise when

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investors with long time horizons may see recession

and downturn as a buying opportunity rather than

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by Chris Pearce

Distance: 7¼ miles Difficulty: Moderate

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Douglas Valley, away from the walking hotspots of

Parbold and Fairy Glen, to the leafy lanes of Dalton

and Roby Mill. The walk starts at Gathurst, near the

railway station (WN6 8HZ), but

parking can be tight, so you could

start this walk at Lafford Lane or at

Appley Bridge.

Go under the low railway bridge

to the Orrell side and you will see

two gates on the right; take the

right-hand gate and follow the path

towards the motorway bridge. Go

right under the bridge and follow

the path when it bears a sharp left

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Dalton-Circular


45

and crosses a green metal bridge. Bear left and

follow Dean Brook into Dean Wood, staying on the

right-hand side of the brook for ½ mile until you

reach the two bridges – one wood and one metal/

concrete. Stay to the right at this point and you will

climb out of the wood via some steep slate steps.

Once you are out of the woods turn left around

the field and you will reach a wide dirt track called

Whitley Road. Turn left and follow this track 1/3 mile

to the junction with Lafford Lane. Turn right up the

hill, go past Jollies ‘ith Dean and take the footpath

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Appley Bridge

Shevington

Vale

Lees Lane

River Douglas

Halliwell

Farm

Shevington

Long Heys Lane

Gathurst

Golf Club

Lees Wood

Lees Brook

Bank Top

Chisnall’s

Farm

Farley Lane

Roby Mill

Gathurst

Lafford Lane

Dean

Wood

Gathurst Road

Rickath

Farm

Jollies Dean

Farm

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Golf Club

Dean Brook

Orrell

House Farm

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46

on the left-hand side. Follow the path up to Stoney

Brow, turn left and cross the road. Go past the lodge

and entrance gates to St Joseph’s and then take the

next right.

Follow this single-track road uphill, and around 100

yards past the stone mews houses, take a right turn

where the steel bar gate is, follow this path as it

curves round to another steel bar gate. Go through

the gate and follow this path for almost ¾ mile.

Stay on the path, going in the same direction, as it

narrows. Go through a small glade, then bear left

and head towards the bungalow – the exit to Farley

Lane is on the right-hand side.

Once on Farley Lane, you turn left and head uphill

into Dalton. Once you arrive at a dog-leg bend take

a right turn down a wide track towards the Grade

2 listed Stone Hall. Walk past the Hall and bear left.

Follow this path as it curves into Stone Hall Lane,

which runs downhill parallel to Dingle Brook for

almost a mile. Once you cross The Dingle using the

stepping stones, carry on in the same direction until

you reach Lees Lane, and then turn left.

Follow Lees Lane past the scenic fishing lake

on the right until you reach a footpath sign by

Meadowbank Barn. Turn right and the footpath

follows a stream for ¼ mile; once the path opens

to fields on both sides, take the path that runs

diagonally across the field on the right-hand side.

This path exits out on the busy Appley Lane; turn

left, cross the bridge over the Douglas and then

cross over and take the canal towpath on the right

before the canal bridge. Please take utmost care

crossing the road at this point.

Follow the canal for 1.8 miles and exit near the Blue

Elephant at Gathurst. Turn right and the starting point

of Gathurst Station is 100 yards away on the left.

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

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

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

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

A5209

B5250

Open:

Dennis Goulding

J27

Shevington

A49

Standish

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Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

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Wrightington, WN6 9RS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A5209

B5250

Open:

Dennis Goulding

J27

Shevington

A49

Standish

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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

www.dglwindows.co.uk

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Business Park

off Miry Lane,

Wigan.

WN6 7TP

or

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Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A5209

B5250

Open:

Dennis Goulding

J27

Shevington

A49

Standish

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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

www.dglwindows.co.uk

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,

Wigan.

WN6 7TP

or

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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

www.dglwindows.co.uk

A5209

Standish

Shevington

B5250

Open:

J27

A49

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

...and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,

Wigan.

WN6 7TP

or

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk

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Y

R

E

S

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the clear benefit!

Slash your electricity and

water heating bi l

Protect your household from

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Reduce your household’s

E

X

H

A

U

S

T

S

impact on the environment

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07595 420237

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Joinery services include; gates, decking,

flooring, skirting handrails and balustrades,

kitchen makeovers, loft boarding and ladders,

fencing, external doors and garden buildings.

call Mike for a free quote

01695 356376 / 07988 260621

www.orrelljoinery.co.uk

01257 422317 or 07852 202867

www.mtjoinery.co.uk

All jobs

considered

Handy Andy

Building / Joinery

Plastering / Tiling

Plumbing / Roofing

Flatpack Assembly

Call Handy Andy on

01257 369 685

07899 752 225

tradesbyandy@gmail.com


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Facias, soffits, cladding,

dry verge and gutters - call us now

for all your roofline requirements!

We specialise in seamless aluminium gutters.

Clean, stylish and guaranteed for 25 years!

01942 735 515 / 07917 352 182 / 07917 352 183

www.orrellroofline.co.uk

• All aspects of home improvements

• one stop for all the trades you require

• Joinery, building, Kitchens & bathrooms

We design and manage

your project from

start to finish

Call Jonathan for a free quotation

K Stone

Building Services

All types of building

work undertaken

25 years

experience

• Brickwork

• Pointing

• Garden Walls

• Patios

• Roof Repairs

• Flagging

• Alterations

• Driveways

01942 495412 / 07974 496676

ALPINE LTD

Roofing & Building Services

Tel: 01257 401 243 / Mob: 0777 602 4045

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OAP

DISCOUNTS

SERVING

CHORLEY, WEST

LANCASHIRE &

WIGAN

Number One for House Maintenance!

• UPVC WINDOWS, DOORS & ROOFLINE

SUPPLIED AND FITTED MISTED UNITS

REPLACED

• GUTTERS AND UPVC CLEANING AND

REPAIR SERVICE

• FLAGGING, FENCING AND POINTING

• GARDENS CLEARED

No job too small!

Call Mike Darbyshire on

01942 513 584 / 07917 352 181

Orrell based

Your local roofing company

from repairs to re-roofs,

fascia’s, soffits & gutters.

• Flat roof specialists

• Damp proof specialists

• Quality workmanship

• Affordable pricing

• Quick response to all repairs

FULLY INSURED

Tel: 01942 410989

Mob: 07730 351523


Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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

www.dglwindows.co.uk

A5209

Standish

Shevington

B5250

Open:

J27

A49

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,

Wigan.

WN6 7TP

or

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk

First Class Workmanship

• All types of re-roofs

• Strip & re-slate or re-tile

• Built up felt/flat roofs, dormers etc.

• Insurance work undertaken

• Roofline uPVC fascias, soffits & guttering

W.Newman

ROOFING & REPAIRS

01695 627 212

MOBILE: 07774 943 706

52 HALLBRIDGE GARDENS, UP HOLLAND

Established Over 30 Years

Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01695 627 999

LocalLife

Gel

Nails

norma ly £20

now £15

Lashes

Spray Tan

Sunbeds

Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Billinge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

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

Closed Thursday & Sunday

Mo sy Lea Road

T

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Solar Thermal

& Solar PV

Book

your FREE

home survey

CAR & VAN SERVICING

FREE

Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for all residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

Book your FREE Car Health Check

Ca l now on

01772 603923

REPAIR & WELDING

Saving money is

the clear benefit!

Slash your electricity and

water heating bi l

Protect your household from

future energy price rises

Reduce your household’s

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X

H

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impact on the environment

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0843 224 9555

07595 420237

B.A. Berry

Building & Roofing Specialists

Call us now for a free,

no obligation quote

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•All building work undertaken.

• From a broken tile to a full re roof.

• Flat roofs renewed and repaired.

• Extensions, Alterations, Structural repairs

including Lintels.

Your local fully qualified tradesman with

30 years experience

01695 622 704 / 07968 652 320

www.baberry.co.uk

• WILSON BROS •

Est. 1985

Roofing & Roofline Specialists

• All aspects of maintenance & repair

• Fascia & soffit installation

• Guttering and felting services

Call us now for a free estimate

01695 633173

Colin: 07958 302 166

Brian: 07760 160 988

www.wilson-bros.co.uk

All aspects of roofing & roofline

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FASCIAS, SOFFITS & GUTTERS

Rubber Cover

Roofing Specialist

Guaranteed 50 years

Dormers

and

Garages

Call for free quote

M: 07894 687 384


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Car Paintwork Repairs

We’ll fix your;

Paintwork Scratches

Bumper Scuffs

Alloy Wheel Damage

Minor Dents

No VAT

charged!

Quality repairs with a lifetime guarantee.

Mobile Service – we come to you!

For your free estimate, call Dave on

07970 915 504

c/o JW Gaskell Garages,

Dingle Garage, Dingle Road, Up Holland, WN8 0EN

PCP or lease coming

to an end?

Call me now and save £000’s

SCuffS/SCratCheS mended

minor dentS repaired

alloy wheel repairS

no Vat Charged

we’ll beat any quote!

Call Chris on

01942 215 111 or 07969 357 751

www.cosmeticar.co.uk

Services

Repairs

Diagnostics

for all makes & models

MOT Testing Centre

for Class 4

ExperienceReliabilityExpertise

Dingle Garage, Dingle Road, Upholland, WN8 0EN

Telephone: 01695 624 261

www.jwgaskellgarageservices.co.uk

Open: Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm & Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm


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Come and visit the largest

showroom in the North West

®

Quality installations of windows,

doors, fascias, soffits and gutters

First for quality • First for service • First for reliability

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Office Number: 01942 871 777

Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Street, Leigh, WN7 5SE

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Tomorrow’s Home Improvements Today!

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Windows

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Manufacturers and installers since 2004

Contact us on 01744 891717 for a no obligation quote

Visit our showroom/factory at; Crows Nest, Ashton Road, Billinge, WN5 7XX (near Windy Arbour crossroads)

www.orrellwindows.co.uk

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