Local Life - Wigan - August 2020

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Wigan Edition August 2020

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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 next 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 this issue is 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.

As you can see from page 66, we will be spending

the summer working on changing the Local Life

magazine. After twelve years of publishing A5 sized

magazines, we’re all very excited about the change

of size, style and feel of the next magazine and we

hope you’ll welcome our new-look Local Life into

your home. If you want to promote your business

in Local Life then do call us on 01695 627999 or

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locallife247.co.uk) for more details.

Do stay safe – see you next time

Chris Pearce, Publisher

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6 News & Features

More Aldis on Way?

Discount supermarket chain Aldi is looking to open

new stores in Wigan, and on the list of target sites

are Shevington, North Wigan, Orrell and Ashton-in

-Makerfield.

Ciaran Aldridge, the national property director at

Aldi UK, said: “Aldi is growing rapidly and we are

welcoming around a million new customers into

our stores every year, but there are also hundreds

of towns across the UK where there is not an Aldi,

meaning there are hundreds of thousands of

people who can’t easily access the high quality,

affordable food our customers love”.

Aldi say each site should be around 1.5 acres and

able to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store with

around 100 parking spaces. The site should ideally

be on a prominent main road athat enjoys good

visibility and access. If you’re a developer and you

have a suitable site available for sale, call Aldi on

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Link Link Road Opens

The new link road from the A49 at Goose Green

to Westwood Park and the town centre is now

open. Designed to ease congestion in the area and

improve air quality along current routes, it includes

new highway and four bridges.

The road was opened by the leader of Wigan

Council, Councillor David Molyneux who said: “The

completion of the road is a boost for the borough

and will provide quicker journey times for those

commuting in and out of the town centre. I’m

delighted to declare the road officially open and

look forward to those who live, work and visit Wigan

Borough benefitting from this new infrastructure.”

The council has already started some advanced

works to prepare for the next road project, the M58

link road, which will run from the M58 at Orrell,

through Bankes Avenue playing fields and Leopold

Street to the old site of Pemberton Colliery and to

Smithy Brook Road, which in turn runs to the new

A49 link road. Work on construction for the M58 link

road is expected to start in 2021.

Life in Lockdown

Residents are being asked by Wigan Archive Service

to share their experience of life in lockdown for

future generations. Residents can contribute by

sharing a diary, photographs, videos or drawings or

by writing poems and songs about the lockdown.

Contributions can be submitted by email to

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

it is safe to do so.

Big Screen for Tatton

The Luna Drive-In Cinema opens in Tatton Park on

5 August with two weeks of screenings now on

sale. Expect state of the art sound and screens, food

hamper options and some of the best films ever

made that cater for all age groups – all from the

comfort and safety of your car.

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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

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Quarry Dilemma

The Environment Agency has confirmed that West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:

it has received an application to dewater East “It is deeply worrying that many refuse to heed

Quarry in Appley Bridge where, for the past few the advice from authorities to stay away from the

decades, there have been problems with hordes of quarry and not enter the dangerous water, where

trespassers during spells of hot weather.

young people have drowned in the past”.

The EA said it is not able to proceed to a decision yet “I am pleased to hear from the police that they have

on removing water, as it is awaiting an ecological increased patrols in the area and issued fines as a

survey to be submitted from the owner of the site, deterrence. The council have confirmed to me that

but said issues of people gaining access to the they are responsible for ensuring the landowner

quarry were matters for the police.

makes provision to ensure the fencing around the

Local residents reported hundreds arriving in quarry is secure and timely repairs are being made,

Appley Bridge during the recent spell of hot and they have contacted the landowner to remind

weather, intent on taking a dip in the quarry where him of his responsibilities.”

there have been two fatalities in the past twenty Whilst there is some support for the proposal

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from local residents and businesses to drain the

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has raised site, there are also worries from nearby residents

the concerns of residents with local police, West that the quarry would be used for landfill before

Lancashire Borough Council and the Environment eventually becoming a housing development.

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Tell Us Your Story!

In our next issue

we are going to

highlight the

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

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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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Tech for

‘the new normal’

Lockdowns may be largely lifted but we’re going

back to a very different world at work and at school:

many more of us are working from home at least

some of the time, and school pupils and college

students are getting used to doing more online

learning.

That can be a challenge, because when most of

us bought the things we have in our homes we

weren’t thinking about using them for work –

so for example dining tables may be great for

chatting with family or friends, but they’re not

ideal for long periods on a laptop.

If you or others in your household

are going to be spending longer

periods working, especially on

computers, comfort isn’t just

nice: it’s essential. Spending too

much time with poor posture or

awkward working spaces can be

bad for your health, as it increases

the risk of physical stresses and

strains. In some cases that can

lead to painful repetitive strain injuries.

The good news is that you don’t need to do much

to make your working or studying environment

safe. It’s all about right angles: when you sit,

your back should be straight, your feet flat on

the ground (or on a footrest) and your body at

right angles, so your forearms and your thighs

should be horizontal and your back, upper arms

and calves vertical. If you can afford

it, invest in a good quality chair with

back support and a decently padded

or sprung base – your back and bum will

thank you for it in the long term – and if you get

one with wheels, invest in a floor protector too.

Wheels can do serious damage to carpets and

laminate flooring.

Office chairs don’t need to look like

office chairs: this chair from IKEA

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white, so it doesn’t make your

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A powerful laptop with a clear,

large screen is essential. Techradar

calls the 14-inch Acer Swift 3 “the

best budget laptop in the world.”

Acer Swift 3, £533, Amazon UK

If your Wi-Fi is slow, the culprit

is probably the router: if it’s an

older one or came with your

broadband service, it probably

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TP-Link Archer C50 Router,

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No space? An unobtrusive

corner desk gives you space

to work without taking up too

much room in your room.

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When the days start to shorten

you’ll need a good quality light

to illuminate your work area. The

Anglepoise is a design classic and

these days it uses energy-saving

LED bulbs.

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• BACK TO BLACK

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

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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

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• 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

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Rotarian Rosemary Charles was recently

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President Mervyn Reeves whom Rosemary thanked

for his excellent though somewhat turbulent year

of office when he suffered personal loss, ill health

and then oversaw largescale planning changes and

cancellation of Rotary events.

Born and brought up in Downall Green, Rosemary

is the daughter of a coal miner. She worked in

industry and was the Finance Director of a Sheffield

Children’s Hospital NHS Trust, before moving back

to Wigan permanently in 2016.

Rosemary congratulated the Club on what they

had achieved this past year in raising and donating

around £15,000 recently to groups in the borough

who needed funds to help the most disadvantaged

due to the virus.

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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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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 -

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36 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

(23rd June) the UK index is up 25% from its March As markets rise, greed and overconfidence can

lows but is still 19% adrift from the highs of 2020. make us take more risk or pay higher prices than we

Whilst clearly nobody has a crystal ball the first logically should. As they fall, fear of losing money

step is to review your personal financial plan, which can make us panic, driving us to sell when prices are

incorporates your time horizon, income needs, low, crystallising our losses and meaning we are out

other assets and personal emotional risk tolerance. of the markets when they start to rise again.


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

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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

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

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that they can add to your business anyway, then

we are happy to arrange an free initial consultation

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

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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

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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!

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by Chris Pearce

Distance: 7¼ miles Difficulty: Moderate

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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

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or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Dalton-Circular


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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

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Gathurst

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Dean

Wood

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Rickath

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Jollies Dean

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Golf Club

Dean Brook

Orrell

House Farm

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Golf Club


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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.

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.

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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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The Beach tells the tale of

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the community who call the island

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This is not a light-hearted holiday read, but its

characters, story line and plot turns will stay with

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If you’re looking ahead to

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360 destinations might help. It lists some of the best

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If your finances are looking

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As the writer explains, a microadventure is “close to

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Melissa Hill

Looking for a feel-good story about

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Award Winner

The joy of

Gardening

by Angie Barker

There is no getting away from the fact that we

have all been through a really tough time over

the last few months. One of the things that has

kept me going, and indeed from what I am

hearing, keeping a lot of people going, is being

able to get out into the garden and connect

with the natural world.

Many studies have proved the health benefits

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physical health, it also makes you feel good.

It is fantastic all round exercise and it brings a

real sense of well being. Research has shown that it

relieves mental illnesses such as depression. I have

even heard of doctors ‘prescribing’ it to their patients.

You appreciate the workings of nature, wildlife and

the seasons in a way that you just wouldn’t notice if

you were sat inside. And that makes you feel good.

And what better way to encourage your children

away from computer games by showing them how

much enjoyment can be had from being outside in

the garden and growing plants and food.

Physically gardening activity can lower blood

pressure through aerobic activity. It involves

muscular activity which keeps you strong. We all

know that being outside in the fresh air is good for

body and soul. As I often say to hubby, if you want to

decline into old age, then stay sat on your back side!

I read recently that the numbers of people watching

TV programmes such as Gardener’sWorld has

rocketed during the lock down period and that

demand for on line sales of plants and seeds has

outstripped supply. The generous weather we’ve

had has enabled people, who perhaps previously

did not have the time, or inclination to spend time

in their gardens, has changed their outlook. Even

if you don’t have a garden, immense pride comes

from growing plants in a container on a balcony. If

anything good can come out of the horrible times

we’ve had, I like to think it is this. That increasing

numbers of adults and children are realising the

pleasure and joy that gardening can bring, and I

hope that continues well after we are back to our

normal daily lives.

Angie is a qualified

award-winning garden

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Eve: 01942 745 428

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