Local Life - St Helens - September 2020

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St Helens Edition

Sept/Oct 2020

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Rainbow

Glass Art

Meet the Chamber Chief

Pages 30-31

Free Eggs Offer

Page 35

Houghwood Heroes

Page 32

Prescot Festival Winner

Pages 42-43

Jack’s Tracks - Winter Hill

Pages 44-46

Camper Conversions

Pages 54-55

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Getting through the whole COVID-19 health

situation is turning into a bit of a marathon. And

as marathon runners know, there often comes a

time, usually at the 18-20 mile mark, when a runner hits

a “wall”.

The early gung-ho spirit displayed a few months ago has

been replaced by the weary realisation that there is still

some way to normality. For those who wonder if they

have enough in the tank to reach the finish line, here are

three suggestions to help you do that:

Remind yourself of the positives: Six months down the

line, you know a lot more about the virus and how to

reduce the risk of being exposed to it.

Re-commit to your end goal. For a marathon runner, it is

completing 26 miles & 385 yards. For you, it is being alive

and healthy when this is all over.

Don’t focus on the finish line. Just concentrate on getting

through the day. That’s all we can do, remain positive and

take one step at a time.

September is a great month for getting out and about

enjoying the last of the summer and, even if events are

far and few between this year, there is still some glorious

countryside nearby to enjoy. For some inspiration, visit

www.locallife247.co.uk, where you can download over 70

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Stay safe and see you at the finishing line,

Chris Pearce, Publisher

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This month’s highlights

30. Meet the Chamber Chief

Contents

12. Beauty

Boost your hair and skin!

18. Food Section

Peppered pork steaks & more.

22. Back to School Tech

... for the new normal.

32. Houghwood Heroes 34. WIN Rainbow Glass

26. Home Interiors

A new look for your windows.

48. Health

Good posture & migraine awareness.

52. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size.

57. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

44. Jack’s Tracks - Winter Hill

42. Festival Winner

54. Camper Conversion

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Kate Braves the Shave

Billinger Kate Martin is

Kate told Local Life,

shaving her hair off in October

“Macmillan nurses supported

to raise funds for Macmillan

my Mum throughout her

Cancer.

Kate, a Countryside Ranger

with the National Trust, is

braving the shave in honour

of her mum, Lesley Clarke

who sadly lost a five year-long

battle with the blood cancer

Myeloma, in March this year.

As Local Life went to press,

Kate had already raised an

amazing £2,100 of her target of £2,250.

Teacher Lesley was an active member of the Billinge

community and lived in the village for over 40 years. She

was a member of the congregation at St Mary’s church,

attending the church’s music group, and was a member

treatment at Whiston and St.

Helens hospitals, and they

did everything from helping

her to complete forms, to

organising beauty treatments

whilst she was in hospital and

finally helping to organise

the equipment needed so

that she could spend her final

weeks at home with us.

“All of this support helped both Mum and the family

immeasurably during a very difficult time so I want to

raise some money to ensure that Macmillan can keep

supporting people living with cancer and their families”.

To help Kate beat her target of £2,250, please visit her

of several local walking groups during her life. She left page here; https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/

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Heritage Open Days

England’s largest festival of history and culture, Heritage

Open Days, will return in September and is heading

outdoors to discover Hidden Nature.

Uncovering stories, sites, places and people that

traditional history has missed or forgotten has always

been at the heart of HODs. Although Heritage Open Days

have been scaled back somewhat from previous years, it

is hoped that the Hidden Nature events will encourage

people to spend time outdoors and discover green spaces

they were unaware of or had previously overlooked.

Events aren’t limited to those accessible in person

either. For the first time, the Heritage Open Days (HODs)

programme will feature digital events, enabling nature

lovers to take tours and explore the natural world from

the comfort of their sofa.

Heritage Open Days run from 11-20 September. To search

for local venues taking part, visit the website www.

heritageopendays.org.uk


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Give your Views

There is still time to raise your views on how to support

cycling and walking in St Helens.

A surge in cycling and walking for exercise and essential

travel has been seen in St Helens Borough since lockdown

started and a Liverpool City Region study found six in ten

people asked expected to walk and cycle more even as

lockdown measures are eased.

And with funding available to improve cycling and

walking routes to make them safer and support social

distancing now is the time to add your suggestions on

how to make a difference across the borough. By taking

part in the ‘St Helens Liveable Streets’ consultation,

residents can raise an issue by pinning a ‘virtual’ location

on a map and leaving suggestions on how active travel

and social distancing can be achieved.

Comments will help the council to secure emergency

funding to deliver walking and cycling facilities, and

support project delivery in the future.

St Helens Borough Council has already been awarded

funds from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

to improve the existing cycle lanes on Jubits Lane/

Chester Lane and Clockface Road in Bold with temporary

measures which help separate cycles and cars making it

easier to cycle and walk.

You can leave your views on this website; https://

sthelensliveablestreets.commonplace.is/

The consultation will close at the end of September.

Craft Fairs

Five Craft & Gift fairs in aid of raising vital funds for Age

UK Mid Mersey are scheduled to take place in September,

October and November at the splendid location of

Mansion House in Victoria Park, St Helens.

The first of the fairs takes place on Sunday 27th September,

running from 11am-4pm. Dates for the other Craft & Gift

fairs at the same venue are 24th and 25th October and

7th and 29th November.

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A Question of Taste

Have you ever pondered why your friend’s home

looks like something out of Homes and Gardens

magazine, and, despite your very best efforts, your

home just doesn’t? Is good taste in furnishing and décor

something that you’re born with or do you have to sit

through hour upon hour of TV makeover shows before

you can appreciate the finer nuances of interior design?

Well, don’t mention this in company, but it is possible

that your friend has the services of an interior designer.

Millan Interiors, who are based in the pretty village of

Parbold are Lancashire’s best kept secret when it comes

to interior design. Since the company was launched

over ten years ago, they have transformed some of the

finest homes in the area, and the business is going from

strength to strength.

The driving force and inspiration behind the company is

Debbie Peers who opened Millan Interiors in 2008. Her

mum was a seamstress and, even from her early years,

Debbie knew her creative path was carved for her. After

leaving school Debbie studied hard at Art and Design

and was rewarded with a career at ITV, where she stayed

for nearly 20 years. Initially hired to design sets for TV

shows, Debbie later was promoted to Producer before

she realised her dream of opening Millan Interiors.

Adele Headley, Debbie’s business partner, who lives in

Eccleston, worked for a lighting design company for

twelve years which gave her the inspiration to study

design further. She firstly completed a HNC Interior

Design and Architecture where she won the student

of the year award, and then continued her studies at

UCLAN to complete a BA Hons. Interior Design. With a

few more awards on the way, she completed her threeyear

course in two years before joining forces with

Debbie at Millan Interiors.

Millan Interiors is a one-stop shop; they supply paint,

wallpapers, bespoke curtains & blinds, tracks, poles,

cushions, carpets, furniture, lighting, and much more

besides. They even have their own in-house workroom

with a dedicated seamstress who has over 30 years

experience in high quality, hand finished soft furnishings.

Their knowledgeable curtain fitter with years of

experience is an integral part of their team. He offers

expert advice, helping you make informed choices.

Millan also provide an upholstery service carried out

by expert furniture craftsmen. Their services include

the re-cover

of sofas, chairs

etc as well as

in-house design

of headboards,

footstools and

much more.

Whether you

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You can choose from a plethora of the finest names in

home furnishings. Farrow and Ball and Little Greene

compete to offer you a huge selection of paints and the

staff at Millan Interiors are qualified paint consultants

for both companies. Looking for wallpaper or fabrics?

Choose from hundreds of sample books from the likes

of Zoffany, Harlequin, Anthology, Osborne and Little,

GP & J Baker, Sanderson, Mulberry, Romo and Designers

Guild to name just a few.

Not everything at Millan Interiors has a price tag though.

The inspiration and advice provided by Debbie and

Adele, who between them have decades of experience

in home furnishings, is invaluable to anyone wishing to

transform their home interiors.

So if you want to create a more impressive home, where

you can proudly entertain your family and friends, then

do call in and see Debbie and Adele. It doesn’t matter if

you haven’t got the first idea about design, or if you’re

well accomplished and just looking for some final

touches to your décor, this friendly, down-to-earth pair

will look after you and help you create the home of your

dreams.

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Amazing Mazes

After an enforced and prolonged summer break for many

parents, here’s your chance for you to finally tell the kids

to ‘get lost’ - at least for a while.

September sees the end of the maze ‘season’, but there

are still a few days left to enjoy a trip out. Here are three

options for your trip out:

Closest to home is Kenyon Hall Farm in Croft, just off

junction 22 of the M6. Here you can try out the themed

Superheroes Maize Maze, paying tribute to all the

superheroes who are helping us through the current

health trauma.

The maze is aimed at children aged 3 - 13 and most

people take around 30 minutes to find their way out.

Other activities at Kenyon Hall Farm include pick-yourown

fruit and there is a café and farm shop.

See www.kenyonhall.co.uk for more details.

A Maize Maze is just one of the many attractions at

Windmill Animal Farm near Burscough, an attraction ideal

for pre-school and primary school children.

In addition to the maze, attractions include close ups with

rabbits and guinea pigs, there’s a reptile area with a large

collection of reptiles from around the world, outdoor play

areas and a café.

There is also an on-site train which runs round the site

every hour, on the hour.

See www.windmillanimalfarm.co.uk for more details.

Brimstage Maze on the Wirral, just off junction 4 of the

M53, is open at weekends throughout September and

offers a great time for all the family.

Though the indoor play is temporarily closed, the outdoor

activities are all open. In addition to the huge maze,

other attractions include crazy golf, pedal karts, zip lines,

jumping pillows and laser battles.

See www.brimstagemaze.co.uk for more details.

You must pre-book at all these attractions via the relevant

websites.

the auction centre

The leading Auctioneers and Valuers

• Modern saleroom at Manor Park, Runcorn

• RICS and NAVA registered auctioneers and specialist consultants

• Probate and Insurance valuation reports undertaken

• Full house clearance service available

• Regional valuations centres around the north-west

St Helens Valuation Days

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9/10/20 Blackpool & Illuminations 4/HB £259

11/10/20 Jersey by Air 6/HB £499

18/10/20 Tenby 6/HB £369

25/10/20 Killarney, Ireland 6/HB £479

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9/11/20 Llandudno 5/HB £259

9/11/20 Bournemouth Turkey & Tinsel 5/HB £355

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20/11/20 London 3/B&B £159

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Beauty Boosts

It won’t be long until the weather

starts cooling down, but in the

meantime we’re still in for a few hot,

sticky days. If you’re struggling with

the heat, a face mist

can help, but they’re

often little more than

water with a splash

of artificial perfume.

I tend to use an

organic rosewater

(£12, www.akamuti.

co.uk) instead. If you

decant it into an old

spray bottle, you can

use rosewater as a face mist, toner

or cooling spritz. As well as helping

to beat hot weather (or in my case

hot flushes), rosewater is great

for your skin – boosting moisture

and leaving skin feeling calmer

and softer. It also smells gorgeous.

I’m planning to carry on using it

throughout autumn and winter to

counteract the drying effects of

central heating.

Looking for a more wallet-friendly

retinol? Dermaworks’ Retinol Night

Serum (www.dermaworks.co.uk) is

incredibly good value at just £14.95.

It’s 2.5% retinol (most high-street

retinol serums are only 1%) and

it’s packed with other ingredients

that your skin will love, including

moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid.

It’s also vegan, 100% natural and

cruelty-free. Over time, it’ll help to

repair cells and improve skin texture.

For best results, you’ll want to use

it for a few months, although you

should still see some benefits pretty

quickly. My skin feels noticeably

softer the morning after using it.

And, unlike a lot of other serums I’ve

tried, this one doesn’t feel greasy or

sticky.

Hand sanitisers are certainly handy,

but they can also be very drying

– leading to sore,

cracked skin. Green

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is a good alternative.

It’s free from alcohol

and sodium lauryl

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of its natural oils.

It’s even gentle enough for sensitive

skin. It’s over 90% organic, and the

antibacterial and antimicrobial

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essential oils, including tea tree.

And, even better, it’s a dual-purpose

foam. You can use it as a hand

sanitiser when you’re out and about,

and a foaming hand wash back at

home.

The benefits

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Cuppa for Macmillan

What’s not to like about an event dubbed the World’s

Biggest Coffee Morning - drinking coffee, eating cake and

raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity

that offers so much help to cancer sufferers each year. The

event raised over £27 million pounds in 2019 as people all

over the UK hosted their own coffee mornings.

With the COVID restrictions in place, it’s going to be

difficult to top that target this year so Macmillan are

urging as many people as possible to sign up to host their

own coffee mornings. Signing up is easy and you’ll even

receive a free Coffee Morning Fundraising Kit to get you

started.

Fresh on the menu this year are socially distanced

coffee mornings and virtual coffee mornings, and there

are plenty of ideas on the Macmillan website to help.

Take coffee mornings to your loved ones with doorstep

deliveries, host garden coffee mornings, hold online

quizzes are just some of the ideas for this year’s events.

The official date for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

is Friday 25 September, though many are held after

or before that date. You can sign up to host a coffee

morning or search for a coffee morning near you at www.

macmillan.org.uk

Festival Cancelled

Ashton-in-Makerfield Festival, the annual cultural and

musical extravaganza which has been running in the

town successfully for 26 years since 1993 has been

cancelled for 2020. The Festival was due to run from 12th-

26th September.

Gamble Future

A public consultation was held on the potential future

use of the Gamble Building back in March, and feedback

has shown an overwhelming desire by local people to

see the building used as a community arts, cultural and

educational space.

With this in mind, the council’s Integrated Care Services

and St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will

be potentially relocating to Forster House. The Archives

Service will remain in the building.

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Cremation Webcasting

A webcasting service at St Helens Crematorium which

was introduced in lockdown is to be made a permanent

arrangement. The webcasting service was brought in

to allow family and friends to pay their respects whilst

following government guidelines.

Since webcasting was introduced, more than 1,300

people have used this facility.

Councillor Andy Bowden, Cabinet Member for

Environmental Services, said: “We’re glad to now offer this

webcasting service for cremations on a full-time basis,

ensuring that family and friends who aren’t able to attend

in person, can pay their respects in a dignified way.”

Having a clear out?

We can clear your:

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If you are arranging a funeral at the Crematorium and

want the service to be webcast, speak to your funeral

director in the first instance. A consent form will need to

be completed and then you’ll receive an invitation to join

the streaming time slot, which you can forward via email

to others with joining instructions.

For more details about this and other services, visit www.

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Queens Award for Trust

St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust Voluntary

Services were amongst 230 community groups in the UK

who have been honoured recently with the prestigious

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award

a voluntary group can receive in the UK and equivalent

to an MBE.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in

2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and aims

to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to

benefit their local communities. Two members of the

group will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in

May 2021, alongside other recipients of this year’s award.

Over 450 people volunteer across Whiston, St Helens and

Newton Community hospitals, helping in many different

ways by visiting and spending time with patients,

supporting hospital staff and assisting the spiritual care

team.

The Trust holds a recruitment session every two months

where potential volunteers are invited to attend and

receive a number of brief presentations from key

members of staff about the Trust. If you would like to join

the Trust and book a place on the next available induction

please email volunteers@sthk.nhs.uk and provide your

name and contact details.

Light Up

One family event that is not expected to be affected by

COVID-19 this autumn is the Blackpool Illuminations.

Dubbed as the greatest light show on earth, Blackpool

Illuminations enthral millions of visitors every year.

Blackpool’s Illuminations season has been extended

by two months and will now run from September 4 to

January 3, 2021, for the first time in history.

However, there will not be a live switch-on event this year.

Instead the switch-on will be held in a closed set in the

Tower Ballroom and streamed live free on MTV at 8.30pm

on Friday 4th September. Performing at the event will be

Spice Girl Melanie C, Fleur East, Becky Hill, Tom Grennan,

Diversity and Blackpool’s very own Rae Morris.

You can find out more about Blackpool Illuminations,

including 2020 switch-on times and illuminated tram

tours at the website www.visitblackpool.com

Car Parking

If you’re a user of the Hardshaw Centre car park in town,

please be aware that the payment method has now

switched from a ‘pay on foot’ method to a ‘pay and display’

method, so you will need to pay when you initially park

the car. Cash payments will still be available and users

also have an option to pay via a Pay by Phone app.

Mawdesley Markets

Beautifully furnished

Stone Cottage

Holiday Let

– sleeps up to 4

Situated near Sedbergh,

in the Yorkshire Dales,

and also within easy

reach of the Lake District

Children & pets welcome

Call 01942 216 058

www.millthropcottage.co.uk

Markets at the Cedar Farm Galleries near Mawdesley have

returned. Fresh local produce and hand-made foodie

treats are available at the Farmers Market which runs from

10am-2pm on Saturday 5th September and thereafter on

the first Saturday of the month.

And if vintage is your thing then don’t miss the Handmade

and Vintage Market, where you can browse amongst

vintage goodies, clothing and accessories, handmade

jewellery, luxury candles, mosaics, soaps, gifts and other

beautiful things for the home. This market takes place

on Saturday 19th September and thereafter on the third

Saturday of the month.


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Huge selection of fires,

stoves & fireplaces

100+ displays over five floors

90% of our fireplaces are made to measure

- no need to re-decorate or re-carpet!

Traditional, Classic & Contempory styles

Local family business,

established over 30 years

18E Jackson Street, St Helens, WA9 1AN

01744 24190

www.flamesuk.co.uk

Opening Hours: Monday –Friday 9.30am-4.30pm (closed Wednesday); Saturday - 10am-4pm


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READY

in 35 mins

Serves 4

Peppered pork steaks

with sautéed vegetables

Pork steaks are great value and quick to cook.

Try them with this tasty vegetable and apple topping for a filling meal.

Ingredients

4 thick-cut pork steaks

2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried oregano

1 large parsnip, peeled and diced

2 small turnips, peeled and diced

1 tbsp olive oil

15g butter

1 onion, roughly chopped

1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced

100ml apple juice

1 tsp Dijon mustard

TIP: You can use butternut squash or

courgette instead of the parsnip and

turnips – you won’t need to parboil them

before sautéing.

Method

1 Place the pork steaks in a shallow dish. Mix together the pepper, thyme

and oregano, and sprinkle half the mixture over the pork steaks, turning

to coat. Set aside.

2 Parboil the diced vegetables in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for 2

minutes. Drain well. Heat the oil and butter in a heavy-based frying pan

over a medium heat. Add the onion and vegetables and sauté for 6-8

minutes until almost tender, stirring frequently.

3 Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Add the pork steaks

and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until seared and just cooked

through. Remove from the pan, cover tightly with foil and rest for 10

minutes.

4 Add the diced apple to the sautéed veg and cook for a further 3-4

minutes until tender and golden, then stir in the remaining pepper

and herb mix along with the apple juice and mustard, and bring to the

boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the liquid has reduced by half. Adjust

seasoning to taste. Serve the pork steaks topped with the sautéed veg

and any pan juices.


Cod, Prawn &

Parsley Pie

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READY

in 1hr 15mins

Serves 6

Cod and prawns in a smooth herby white sauce topped with fluffy mash,

– it’s the ultimate fish pie!

Ingredients

1.6kg floury potatoes, peeled and cut into

chunks

750g cod fillet

1L milk

1 bay leaf

Few black peppercorns

75g butter

50g plain flour

3 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

175g frozen peas, thawed

225g large peeled prawns, thawed if frozen

15ml olive oil

Sprig of fresh parsley, to garnish

TIP: You can use any white fish fillet for

this pie - haddock or coley will work just as

well. Alternatively, replace half the cod with

salmon fillet or smoked haddock, if liked.

Method

1 Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling, lightly salted water for 15-

20 minutes until tender.

2 Meanwhile, place the cod in a large frying pan and pour over the milk.

Add the bay leaf and peppercorns and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5

minutes then remove from the heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the

cod from the pan and set aside. Strain the milk into a large heatproof

jug.

3 Melt 50g of the butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in the flour and

cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in 850ml of the milk. Bring to the

boil, stirring all the time, then simmer for 3-4 minutes until you have a

smooth, thick sauce.

4 Preheat the oven to 200C, fan 180C, Gas 6. Flake the fish, discarding

any skin and bones, and stir into the sauce with the parsley, peas and

prawns. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Transfer the mixture to a deep ovenproof dish.

5 Mash the potatoes with the rest of the butter and milk and season to

taste. Spoon the mash over the fish mixture to cover. Drizzle over the

olive oil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden

and bubbling. Serve garnished with a sprig of parsley.


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Pear Tart

Bourdaloue

READY

in 1hr 30mins

plus chilling

Serves 6-8

This classic French tart has a lovely rich almond frangipane filling.

Choose pears that are firm, but not rock hard.

Ingredients

225g ready-made puff pastry

75g unsalted butter, softened

75g caster sugar

2 medium eggs, beaten

1 tsp almond extract

75g plain flour

100g ground almonds

3 firm pears, peeled, halved and cored

2 tbsp apricot glaze, warmed (see Tip)

TIP: Look out for small jars of apricot glaze

in the baking sections of supermarkets,

or make your own by pushing 3-4tbsp of

warmed apricot jam through a fine-holed

sieve.

Method

1 Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line a

23cm round fluted flan tin. Trim the edges and prick the pastry all over

with a fork. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

2 Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy.

Gradually beat in the eggs, then the almond extract. Sift over the

flour and fold in with the ground almonds to make a smooth mixture.

Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/Gas 6. Place a heavy baking sheet in

the oven to heat up.

3 Spread the mixture in an even layer in the chilled pastry case. Place one

pear half, cut side down, on a board. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice

widthways through the pear half about 10 times. Repeat with the other

pear halves, keeping them in their shape.

4 Arrange the sliced pears on top of the almond mixture, fanning them

out slightly. Place the flan tin on the hot baking sheet and bake for 30

minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/fan 160C/ Gas 4 and

bake for a further 20-25 minutes until golden. Cover the tart loosely

with foil for the last 15-20 minutes of the cooking time to prevent the

top from over-browning.

5 Leave the tart to cool for 10-15 minutes then glaze the top with the

warmed apricot glaze. Serve warm or cold with crème fraiche, if liked.


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IPAD

Apple’s world-beating

tablet is portable,

powerful and has all

the apps you need, and

with the latest software

update it’s also a real

alternative to many

laptops.

It’s £379 from Apple.com.

Back to

School Tech

for the new normal

Technology has always been an important tool

for schoolchildren and students, but it’s even

more important now: during lockdown it became

clear that children and teenagers with access to

appropriate technology were better placed for

remote learning. Lockdown may be over, but if

infection rates rise again then we could go back

to ‘blended learning’ where some or all of the

school week has to take place at home – and

older children are expected to use technology for

homework even when things are normal.

And of course, technology isn’t just for studying.

It’s also for having fun: video chatting with friends,

playing games, bingeing on TV box sets and

taking advantage of apps. And that means buying

tech can be a challenge: what should you buy if

you want something that’s useful for school or

college work as well as leisure time?

We think these products should be in your tech

shopping list. Apple’s iPad has no real rivals, so

if a tablet is your preferred option that’s the one

to go for: even the cheapest one is incredibly

powerful and flexible; however, it’s also eminently

breakable, so consider a protective case and

gadget insurance too.

Apple may seem like the go-to choice for laptops

too, but its Mac laptops are much more

expensive than equally powerful Windows

PCs. There are lots of really great

Windows laptops for very good

prices, and Microsoft’s Surface

range is stylish as well as powerful.

We’ve also given some thought to getting online

when there isn’t good broadband available, and

to something that’s as important as any PC’s

processor or tablet’s tech: the backpack it’s going

to be carried around in.

HUAWEI MOBILE WI-FI DONGLE

If your child can’t get a fast,

reliable internet connection for

studying this dongle connects

to the 4G mobile phone network

and creates a Wi-Fi network you

can connect multiple devices to.

It’s £65 from Logitech.com.

It costs from £22 per month at

three.co.uk.

MICROSOFT SURFACE GO 2

Many schools and colleges are based

on Windows apps and require a

Windows computer. Microsoft’s

Surface Go runs the full version

of Windows 10 and is desirable,

portable and affordable –

it’s £399

from

Microsoft.com.

LOGITECH CRAYON

Logitech’s tablet stylus is as

much fun as an Apple Pencil but it’s

an awful lot cheaper. It’s great for drawing

and note-taking, and it works on the current

iPad and the iPad Pro.

It’s £65 from Logitech.com.

FJÄLLRÄVEN KÅNKEN LAPTOP

BACKPACK

A sturdy, padded backpack is

important for carrying tablets or

laptops around, and while the

Fjällräven Kånken is one of the

more expensive ones it’s beautifully

made and very fashionable. Be

careful, though: this brand is widely

counterfeited so only buy from

reputable retailers.

It costs from £71 at Amazon.co.uk.


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OPEN EVENTS

WED 14 OCT 2020 5:30-8:00PM

TUES 3 NOV 2020 5:30-8.00PM

SAT 14 NOV 2020 11:00AM-1:30PM

TUES 2 FEB 2021 5:30-8:00PM

If we are unable to hold these events in college,

we will offer Virtual Events instead.

COME & STUDY

AT ONE OF THE

TOP 10

COLLEGES IN

THE COUNTRY*

“The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding.”

OFSTED 2019

Ofsted June 2019

Yasmin Baker

The Belvedere Academy

Biology - A*, Chemistry - A* Psychology - A*,

EPQ - A*

Now studying Medicine

at Imperial College London

“My time at Carmel has been absolutely

fantastic! My teachers supported, encouraged

and challenged my ability to help me reach my

potential. My experience has led me to excel

and secure a place at a top medical school.”

Jacob Burke

St Gregory’s Catholic High School

Chemistry - A, Physics - A* Maths - A*,

Further Maths - A*

Now studying Engineering (MEng)

at The University of Liverpool

“My time at Carmel has provided lots of

challenges and enjoyment. I feel it has left

me well equipped for university and my

future career.”

Bartosz Jablonski

St Gregory’s Catholic High School

Chemistry - A, Mathematics - A

Physics - A, French (AS - B

Now studying Physics at

The University of Manchester

“My time at Carmel has been amazing.

Alongside having such a friendly and welcoming

environment, the teaching here is fantastic and

has definitely given me the opportunity to

achieve what I’ve aimed for.”

Dona Josh

St Gregory’s Catholic High School

Biology - A, Chemistry - A

Maths - A, EPQ - A*

Now studying Biochemistry

at The University of Oxford

“The opportunities provided by the college have

allowed me to develop my passions and gain

valuable skills for the future. I have developed

both academically and as an individual.”

Prescot Road, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 3AG

Tel: 01744 452200 (Reception) 01744 452214 (Admissions)

Email: info@carmel.ac.uk

www.carmel.ac.uk

A Catholic College for the Community

*The Times % A* / A*-B Grades (16/08/19)


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Cycle Training

Free training is being offered to new cyclists to help build

confidence and improve bike riding skills.

Cycling has become the ‘new normal’ for lots of people,

and Merseyside Road Safety Partnership are working with

BikeRight! and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

to offer these courses as part of a package of measures

aimed at improving safety in the region.

Cycle training is also available for children aged ten and

above who missed the training delivered in schools due

to coronavirus. Courses will be accessible from across

Merseyside, with courses for residents of St Helens being

delivered at Newton-le-Willows Health and Fitness.

The courses are all run by qualified trainers, and are an

ideal way to boost confidence in adults and children alike.

Courses for adults run on Saturdays for 2 hours, those for

children aged ten and over are from 9am-3pm.

Demand is high, but more dates are being added. Book

online at https://www.bikeright.co.uk

Oktoberfest Arrives

It’s time to dust down your lederhosen and dirndls because

Oktoberfest is coming to Liverpool! This traditional

Bavarian festival will be held in the State Ballroom on

Dale Street, and will bring great beer and steins, Oompah

bands and performers, along with German pretzels and

bratwursts, all served on trestle tables, the Bavarian way.

Tickets for the event are available at www.eventbrite.

co.uk.

Shop Artisan

An Artisan street market is to be held in Ormskirk town

centre on the first Sundays of September and October,

offering visitors an exciting range of foods, clothing,

jewellery, homeware, crafts and gifts. The market moved

from nearby Burscough Wharf recently to the wider

spaces of Moor Street in Ormskirk town centre.

The Artisan market will be an additional market offer for

Ormskirk and the surrounding area and attract increased

footfall on the Sundays when it is held, which are 6th

September and 4th October, 11am to 4pm.


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Goodyear

Furniture Centre

One of the most

Inspirational Showrooms

in the North West!

We have over 20’000 sq.ft of

showrooms, displaying some

of the finest furniture.

Choice, quality, service

and value for money

Wide selection of quality lounge suites

in fabric or leather, Dining and Cane

conservatory furniture.

Large selection of occasional furniture,

mirrors, pictures, lamps and other

accessories.

Goodyear Furniture Centre:

18 New Street, Mawdesley, Lancashire. L40 2QP

Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm / Sat 10am - 4pm / Sun 11am - 4pm

www.goodyearfurniture.co.uk

01704 821577

Ample free

onsite parking

A highly recommended family name established in 1982


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A new look

for your

windows

Make a conservatory feel like a fully decorated

room with the addition of patterned Roman blinds.

Blinds in Frond Fennel fabric from the Observatory

Collection, from £67 per metre, ILIV.

CURTAINS, BLINDS, SHUTTERS and more

Not just for privacy, blocking light or keeping in the warmth, window treatments can complement a room’s

architecture, disguise a poor view, link the inside to the outside and add texture, colour and pattern.

• Usually considered the luxurious choice, curtains can

be made in a range of styles, from minimal to ornate. Its

heading determines how a curtain hangs, usually in the

form of a tape sewn onto the back of the curtain and

pulled to form pleats, gathers, ‘goblets’ or other shapes.

• For a less formal look, tap-tops, tie-tops, deep hems and

eyelets simply slide onto a curtain pole. They are often

found on ready-made curtains.

• The clean-lined look of made-to-measure blinds is no

longer the poor relation to curtains. And while they are

usually cheaper (since they use less fabric) they can still

be luxurious. Roller blinds are the most utilitarian, and

very practical in bathrooms, kitchens, conservatories

and perhaps even children’s rooms, while Roman blinds,

featuring softly draped folds, suit many types of room.

Interesting borders, hems and trims all add to the effect.

Venetian (or slatted) blinds are another option, available

in natural wood or an array of eye-catching colours.

• Good-looking but unfussy, shutters are great for privacy,

blocking out sound and light, and also add an extra layer

of security. Shaker-style shutters have a timber frame and

solid centre panel, can be natural or painted, and are ideal

for a Georgian or Victorian home. American shutters, with

tilting louvres for letting in the light, look upmarket and

work virtually anywhere.

• Used on its own or as an addition to conventional

window treatments, window film can be an inexpensive

option. Where a room is overlooked, for example, the

window can be covered (wholly or partially) in opaque or

patterned film which still allows in a lot of light.


Why not have a roller blind printed

in a unique design and made to

your specifications?

World map blind, £105, Artylicious

Home & Gifts.

Venetian blinds offer the

option of tilting the slats

to filter light as well as

raising or lowering.

Made-to-measure 50mm

textured wooden blinds,

from £22.50, English Blinds.

Stained glass designs

are printed onto

frosted (for privacy)

or clear film that is

easily attached to any

type of window for an

interesting effect.

Period stained glass

effect design, made

to your size, £65 per

square metre, Purlfrost

Window Film.

Curtain poles can be specially made

to fit bay windows, and while fulllength

curtains are not the cheapest

option, they do eminently suit a

period property.

Made to measure William Morris

Compton Midnight curtains, with

light filtering lining as standard,

plus optional blackout and thermal

upgrades, price according to size,

Blinds 2go.

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Solid-wood shutters

keep out the light and

noise while aiding your

security and looking

smart.

Classic wood shutters in

a custom colour, from

£66 per square metre,

California Shutters.

Add a pom-pom trim to the bottom of

a pretty Roman blind and you have a

lovely, decorative window treatment.

Custom-made Hardwick Apple Green

roman blinds, from £65.75, English Blinds.

Full-length curtains with a

large eyelet heading are both

elegant and modern.

Curtains and Roman blind in

Observatory Seaspray 05, from

£25 per metre, ILIV.

A series of roller blinds is a

sleek option when a minimal

look works best with the décor.

Made to measure roller blinds,

from £35.94, English Blinds.

This neat blackout blind is

motorised so can be controlled by

remote, app or smart home – no

dangling cords to fiddle with.

Custom-made roller blind in Regal

Natural, £136.13, 247 Blinds.


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Chamber’s new

leading lady…

St Helens Chamber’s new Chief

Executive tells Local Life how her

drive to help people landed her the

top Chamber role.

Sitting in the café at St Helens

Chamber of Commerce, it is almost

impossible not to notice how quiet

this usually bustling business

centre is. The Salisbury Street

headquarters is normally a hive of

activity with networking events,

business meetings and educational

courses. The current pandemic has

changed the way the Chamber team operates, for now,

but not even Covid19 can dampen their spirits.

Tracy Mawson is her usual welcoming self as she breezes

over to our table: “Oh we’ve missed the café serving time,

we could have had a brew!” she greets me. Tracy has

been announced as the new Chamber Chief Executive,

she will officially take the reins from the long-serving

Kath Boullen, on 1 September, following nine years as

deputy. “Yes, it will be like starting a new school year, I’ll

have my pencil case ready and the blazer dusted off. Kath

has trained me well and has been giving me some great

advice, the whole team has been so encouraging!”

says Tracy.

During her nine-year tenure as deputy,

Tracy has led the business services

department and more recently the

education and careers guidance

services. Tracy had a nervous wait to

hear about her new job. “I waited all

day and finally at about 7pm I got

the phone call; I was obviously really

pleased.” Tracy remembered. “I felt the

interview had gone really well but

the competition and the rigour of the

approach made it difficult to gauge,

I definitely could have done with an

earlier phone call.” she laughs.

Tracy grew up in Kent with her parents and brother and

sister, she also spent time in Somerset and Hertfordshire,

before moving up to Merseyside in 2003. Tracy added,

“This is my 17th year in the North West, I live in Liverpool

with my husband and two sons and have worked in St

Helens since 2011.

“In fact my favourite thing about St Helens is the people, I

have always found it a really welcoming place, especially

the business community. Everyone likes to

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see that in things like the creation of work experience

places and lots of charitable engagement; there is just a

really warm feeling that comes along with it.”

For Tracy, her dream job was always going to involve

working closely with people, “Careers advice when I was

at school was a bit mad – there’s no other way to say it.

When I had my careers meeting in secondary school, they

came up with a librarian or an archivist”, she laughs.

“I always liked books and I was academic but I’m really

sociable and I just didn’t think that was the full picture for

me. I thought I may become a politician or a councillor;

funnily enough my first job was in publishing at The

Oxford University Press, so they were pretty nailed on with

the book thing, they just hadn’t thought of publishing.

“I definitely didn’t get good careers advice and I think the

same can be said for a lot of young people today. That’s

why I love what we do here at the Chamber, helping

young people to see that there is a full range of options

available to them.”

Even after nine years, Tracy can still remember her first

impressions of the Chamber, “Oh I was blown away by the

size of the operation. To have this facility, the quality and

capacity of this building is still exciting. I think of it as a

real investment and a symbol of ambition for the town.

There have been many highlights in Tracy’s time at the

Chamber so far, but none more so than when the team

can recognise achievement. “My favourite part of the job

is getting the chance to meet people; in particular the

business fairs and the business awards. To see people,

succeed and reach their goals, knowing that we as a team

have provided a space in which they can thrive,

is a great feeling.

Tracy continues, “My proudest moment

as deputy has happened really recently,

helping our business community

navigate the impact of the pandemic has been an eye

opener. The business team mobilised within 12 hours

of lockdown and all services went online. They have

sustained that and have helped more than 1000 firms in

the borough.

“By having individual conversations, and tailoring advice

we have helped firms to apply for grants, handle their

staff and think about how they will reopen and recover.

We didn’t furlough anyone; we supported our businesses

and I am really proud of that.”

Tracy is fully immersed in St Helens life and its clear to see,

even when she casually mentions that she has completed

the St Helens 10k four years in a row. “I love to run, and I

try my best to keep fit and healthy in-between taking my

sons to their many commitments.” she says with a smile.

Talking about her vision for the future of St Helens and

the Chamber Tracy says, “Unfortunately we have to be

prepared for economically tough times, I really want to

fulfil our mission to help our community succeed, protect

people and identify green shoots of recovery around St

Helens.

“I think this is a chance for people to take stock and think

about what they would like to do, whether that’s starting

their own business, developing new skills, or simply

seizing opportunities. We will be working closely with

the council to build on this and enable the people of St

Helens to be prosperous and have the opportunities they

deserve.”

Chamber Fact File:

• The Chamber currently has 1020 members

• 20% of businesses in St Helens are members

• Membership starts from £135 + VAT a year

• The team won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise

in 2017

To find out about joining St Helens Chamber

Visit www.sthelenschamber.com

or call 01744 742125


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Houghwood Heroes

A group of local golfing fanatics swung for glory at

Houghwood in June to raise an astonishing £15,205 for

NHS Charities Together. The golfers met at the Billinge

course just before sunrise at 3.45am on 23rd June, going

on to play an exhausting 72 holes of

golf until the final group completed the

challenge by 8.30pm that evening.

The challenge of walking over 26 miles

of hilly terrain and taking an average

of 350 shots each wasn’t a new one, for

many of the group who had completed

a similar challenge in 2017 and raising

approximately £6,500 for the MS Society and Willowbrook

Hospice.

Organised by Spencer Anglesea, with the help of Neil

Steen and Mark Berry, the event nearly didn’t happen

due to lockdown restrictions. Spencer said: “We started

planning this event before the country and golf was

forced to shut down and it was only in late May that we

were allowed to play golf in groups of four which meant

all of a sudden we were ready”.

Spencer added: “We’d like to thank the directors at

Houghwood Golf, who very kindly loaned us the course

for the day and donated a free 12 month membership as

a raffle prize, and we couldn’t have done the challenge

without Neale and Sue Spence from Muffin Man, who

provided food for us throughout the day because the

clubhouse was still closed due to lockdown regulations”.

Well done to all those golfers who participated in raising such

an incredible amount of funding for NHS Charities Together:

Spencer Anglesea, Neil Steen, Mark Berry, Ben Anglesea,

Oliver Anglesea, Jonathon Whalley, Matthew Whalley, Paul

Mottram, Andrew Mottram, Alan Scott, Andy Ashton, Paul

Jones, Paul Miller, Steve Molloy, Steve Simmons, Tony Mather,

Simon Cutler, Payton Berry, Joe Webster, Lewis Derbyshire,

Tony Derbyshire, Jack O’Brien, Martin Johnson, Neil Bradshaw,

Andy Hampson, Harry Elliot, Gareth Leyland and Steve Peet.


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WIN

Rainbow

glass art!

If there’s a prize for the image of the year, the rainbow

would win hands down for 2020.

What started off as an idea to providing children with

some observational points during those daily walks

when schools were first locked down spread like

wildfire as the image evolved into a symbol of hope,

associated particularly with our beloved NHS.

Local glass artist Stephanie O’Brien, the co-owner of

Morpheus Glass who are based at the Love It Gallery

on Winstanley Road in Billinge, has created a range of

exquisite rainbow art to help people commemorate

2020 and we have got three pieces of this art to

give away to three lucky readers.

The first prize is a rainbow arch with a value

of £55, the second prize is a large rainbow

heart with a value of £20 and the third prize

is a rainbow bee, with a value of £17.95.

Other pieces in the Morpheus Glass Rainbow

collection include bowls, candle stands,

decorations and discs of various sizes. Prices

for the collection start at just £6.50.

There is little doubt that 2020 will be referred to in

years to come as a ‘before’ and ‘after’ time in history

and it’s well worth visiting Love It Gallery and browsing

through the rainbow collection which commemorates this

important time.

To win one of our fabulous prizes simply visit our website, www.

locallife247.co.uk, click on ‘free stuff’ and then on ‘competitions’ and

then answer the following question;

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Paradise

on Earth

Clinging to the southern tip of Croatia, Dubrovnik is a

lovely medieval jewel lapped by the blue waters of the

Adriatic. Framed by hills fragrant with rosemary and

thyme, the old town is enclosed by fortifications where

red roofs, spires and domes mingle their reflections in

a glistening harbour. Byron called it the ‘Pearl of the

Adriatic’ and graced by a sprinkling of emerald islands

just offshore, it feels almost like a dream. Dubrovnik long

prospered on maritime trade, ruled in turn by Byzantines

and Venetians until it became the Republic of Ragusa

in 1358, reaching its golden age in the fifteenth and

sixteenth centuries. Rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake,

it lost its freedom under Napoleon then was taken over

by the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918. Upheavals

continued in the former Yugoslavia and in 1991-92, the

city was besieged and heavily damaged during Croatia’s

war of independence.But today, finely restored and listed

by UNESCO, the old town fills you with delight. Steps and

cobbled lanes climb up the slopes, sunflowers bloom in

hidden courtyards and church bells ring all around. Main

highlights are easy to find, from Gothic and Renaissance

buildings to Italian fountains, monasteries and churches.

The Franciscan monastery boasts one of the oldest

pharmacies in Europe (1316) while the Baroque church

of St Blaise displays the patron saint holding a model of

the city. The cathedral claims a rich treasury of relics and

paintings and a connection with Richard the Lionheart.

Caught in a storm on his way back from a crusade, he

promised to build a cathedral where he reached land.

And so he did, though what we see today was rebuilt after

the earthquake. Other cultural sites include the Sponza

Palace, housing 7,000 volumes of the city’s archives,

and the Rector’s Palace, former home of the Republic’s

figurehead and now the History Museum.Time to relax?

Watch the world go by on a café terrace, stroll along the


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Film

Reviews

by Bill Robinson

Black Lives Matter

The current global, social and political upheaval

has made ever clearer the injustice and unfairness

that is shown to people of colour in all aspects

of life. This injustice extends to the film industry

where, depending where you do your research,

black directors make up only 10-15% of all directors

of the top grossing films. This is undeniably down

to major production companies’ total lack of faith

in films made by/about people of colour to be

critically and commercially successful, and so I want

to cover some of the best films that fall into the

underappreciated category.

Hidden

Figures (2016)

“Hidden Figures” tells the true

story of the unknown black,

female mathematicians that

were instrumental in the success of the NASA space

programme in the early 60s, particularly the famous

launch of astronaut John Glen into orbit. I still think

“Hidden Figures” is one of the most clever and descriptive

names ever given to a film, and the movie itself is just as

clever. It manages to highlight institutionalised racism

within STEM fields as a serious issue that is holding back

some of the world’s greatest minds from showing or

discovering their abilities, without creating a film that is

totally depressing in its tone. The dialogue can be witty

and light-hearted, whilst also being serious when it needs

to be. The performances also find this balance, with

the three main characters able to deliver humour and

sincerity in equal, effective measure. This is totally worth

a watch.

Available on Blue Ray

Uppity: The

Willy T. Ribbs

Story (2020)

The most recent film of these

three is perhaps my favourite,

and as a big F1 fan, it’s certainly the closest to my heart.

“Uppity” is the story of Willy T. Ribbs, the first prominent

black racing driver in the world. Decades before Lewis

Hamilton made a name for himself as the only black

F1 driver, Willy T. Ribbs’ story is one of insurmountable

odds and an absolutely steadfast dedication of the craft

of motor racing. The documentary charts Ribbs’ rise

through the ranks of the sport, from lower Formula cars

to top level NASCAR and even the fastest race on the

planet, the Indianapolis 500. Shamefully, motor racing

sorely lacks healthy numbers of black drivers even today,

making Willy’s struggle four decades ago, even more of

an incredible feat and a must watch documentary.

Available on Netflix

Get Out (2017)

I just absolutely love this film.

Its brilliant in so many ways. On

the surface, “Get Out” is about

young African American Chris

Washington being taken to visit is girlfriend’s parents for

the first time. Nothing sounds particularly untoward at

first, until Washington notices some strange things about

the all-white, wealthy property he has been taken to. “Get

Out” then descends into being one of the most effective

and powerful psychological horror films of the 2010s. The

film is a potent metaphor for the way echoes of the slavery

era still linger in modern, western society, held up by

iconic performances and writing that won director Jordan

Peele the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Focusing on

suspense rather than outright terror, “Get Out” is another

film that perfectly fuses the conventions of its genre, with

its important and powerful meaning. It is amazing.

Available on Blue Ray


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Water Sports

You and the family can make the most of the last of

the light summer nights by trying out a range of water

sports at Scotman’s Flash in Poolstock. Every Thursday

night in September, Inspiring Healthy Living (IHL) will

be hosting stand up paddle boarding sessions and

kayaking.

The stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) sessions run from

6.30pm to 8pm, and the cost per person is £15 with

equipment hire which consists of a board, paddle and

a buoyancy aid. If you have your own SUP, the cost is

reduced to £10. The sessions are suitable for everyone

aged 12 or over. These are instructor-led sessions so

are suitable for all levels from absolute beginners to

improvers.

If you have children under 12, then you’ll be interested

to hear that there will also be a supervised kayaking

session alongside the SUP session for ages 8 and over.

The cost of this session will be £10 and a discounted rate

of £7 is available for those who have booked onto the

SUP session.

You must pre-book for these sessions and you can do so

by visiting the website www.inspiringhealthylifestyles.

org/wigan/, click on ‘Services’ and then on Scotman’s

Flash. Other activities at Scotman’s Flash include rafted

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Rita takes

Festival Prize

The tale of a boy’s dreams underneath a magical night sky

has won the 2020 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition.

Rita Simpson (pictured) received £100 for the bittersweet

fantasy ‘When You Wish upon a Star.’

The contest was the only aspect of the local arts festival

that was able to go ahead this year, although music lovers

online enjoyed an array of archived video performances

from some of the acts scheduled for the festival.

The Prescot Festival has been at the forefront of the

renaissance of arts and music in the town since 2005 and

the festival’s celebration of culture includes not only the

10-day annual festival, but a year-round programme of

arts and music and a commitment to promoting other

arts groups and initiatives in the area.

The 2021 Festival will take place from Friday 18th to

Sunday 27th June 2021. For further details, visit www.

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When You Wish upon a Star

By Rita Simpson

A silver trail silently weaves its way around the tightly

packed, sleepy terraced streets, sometimes criss-crossing

itself as it returns to a missed courtyard or entry. Above, a

full moon illuminates the glutinous, shimmering ooze as

it journeys along, while inside, a young boy stands at his

bedroom window, staring out.

The lone figure dreams of travelling to the planets,

landing on the moon, being an astronaut, but tonight is

different, he is distracted. He watches in astonishment at

the moving spectacle below, on his very own street and

rubs his eyes, not certain of what he is seeing. Before he

can check, a hand gently pulls him back from the window.

“Back to bed Kelvin. School in the morning. It’s nearly

midnight.”

“But Dad, I need to tell you…”

Before Kelvin can finish his sentence, his frustrated dad is

at the bedroom door, shoulders hunched, thinking when

will his son ever sleep the whole night through, instead of

staring out of his bedroom window, star gazing.

“Night, son,” mumbles Kelvin’s dad.

Later he hears his father’s snores and creeps back to the


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window and there it is, all down the middle of the street,

the silver trail. He finally drags himself away, knowing he

won’t sleep a wink, tossing and turning, wondering where

this trail came from and where it is going. Tomorrow his

mum and dad will see it too.

But morning brings only daylight. Kelvin questions his

school friends, to find out if they have seen what he has

seen, but nobody mentions anything unusual. His mind is

racing, unable to stop the images in his head. Questioning

himself, did it really happen?

Midnight again, certain his parents are both asleep, Kelvin

goes to the window. The street, encased in moonlight, he

leans out of the open window, spotting in the distance

an approaching shimmering shape, low on the ground.

All ready dressed, he slips his boots on and sneaks

downstairs, unlocking the front door, pocketing the

key, before pulling the door closed. Moments later, he

watches, awe struck, as the rivulet of light unfurls its way

up the street. Kelvin runs alongside it, following the trail,

as it travels onward.

A constant, steady flow of luminous liquid wraps around

the timid streets, leaving Kelvin behind and he knows

now he won’t be able to keep up with it. Out of breath,

he stops running, and looks back down the street at the

silvery trail left behind and reaches into it. Transfixed, his

hand lights up, glaring in its intensity and he feels his

fingers tingling and the heat emanating from them. But

in seconds, the trail has gone, vanished. He finds himself

alone on an unfamiliar street, the magic has disappeared

with it and the moon is cloaked in darkness.

Fear, disappointment, and sadness overwhelm Kelvin and

he sinks to the ground, not knowing what to do next. He

doesn’t understand what has happened to him and he

has no one who will believe him. On the verge of tears, he

tells himself he must get up and go home. Running in all

directions, he finally finds himself at his own front door.

No one hears as he turns the key and creeps upstairs to

his bedroom.

He can’t rest, there are too many questions unanswered

and he blames himself for what has happened. In his head

he can’t stop repeating the words, I’ve spoilt everything,

I’ve spoilt everything, if only I hadn’t touched it.

writing stories and if there is time, to read out their own.

Kelvin loves reading and he can’t believe his luck, it is the

only thing that will stop him from thinking about last

night’s events.

They spend the first lesson in the library, picking a

favourite book, to share later with the rest of the class.

Kelvin scrambles to find Cosmic or his other favourite, The

Boy from Mars. After break, Miss Farthing wants them to

write a story. By the time she has finished talking about

story structure, Kelvin knows exactly what he’s going to

write. He scribbles away, spilling out his secret on to the

paper, only stopping when the dinner bell rings. But he

hasn’t written his ending. Don’t worry she tells the class;

you can finish them later.

But things don’t go to plan, Miss Farthing is called away

and when she does turn up, she apologises, their stories

will have to wait, instead she’s going to tell them a story,

one her father told her when she was growing up and was

obsessed with space.

Kelvin is thinking about his story ending, when he catches

the words, silver stream. He listens, astonished, as she tells

the story of the boy who sees a magical stream, flowing

through his town when everyone else is in their beds, fast

asleep. How he tried to follow it but couldn’t keep up and

on the second night when the boy dipped his hand into it

and the stream disappeared.

Kelvin’s whole body is tingling, as Miss Farthing recounts

the third night. How the desperate boy rushed out and

threw himself into the flowing mixture and was carried

along, all through the night until dawn broke and both

the stream and the boy had disappeared.

“But what happened to him, miss? “

The whole class is asking.

Miss Farthing pauses, people believe the stream only

reveals itself to the chosen, those who long to be in the

heavens. Jumping into the stream on the third night of

Full Moon will grant them their wish; to be carried away,

to live forever among the stars above.

Kelvin knows exactly what he is going to do.

In the morning, he struggles to get out of bed and only

for his father being off work, does he get a lift to school.

They have a supply teacher, a Miss Farthing. She tells the

children that today they will be involved in listening and


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Winter Hill

& Rivington

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 6½ miles Difficulty: Moderate

The vast majority of the Jack’s Tracks we have published over

the last ten years have one thing in common; at some point

during the walk, Winter Hill and its conspicuous masts are

easily visible. We’ve never done a walk that includes Winter

Hill though, and so we have put this right with a delightful

easy-to-follow 6½ mile walk that encompasses Winter Hill

and Rivington that offers wonderful 360-degree views of the

County Palatine of Lancashire and beyond.

Park in the public car park just the other side of Rivington

& Blackrod High School (BL6 7RU), walk back past the

school and take the left turn which runs by the tennis

courts. After 425 yards you’ll arrive at a three-way

junction; take the middle path which is heavily cobbled

and has the farm gate in the distance.

Follow this path up a gentle incline for ¾ mile, passing

the turn off to Rivington Terraced Gardens on the way.

Once you arrive at the new-ish looking fingerpost, take

a 45-degree right turn in the direction of Rivington Pike

and follow a shale path uphill past the site of Stone House

Lodge. Then make sure you take the path that branches

off of the shale path on the u-bend.

200 yards later you’ll arrive at a wide stony track. Instead

of carrying straight on up to the (very visible) Pike, turn

left and follow this track for 1/3 of a mile to the Pigeon


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For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

Quarry

(dis)

Moor

Bottom

Winter Hill

Flats

JT-Winter-Hill-Rivington

Belmont Road

P

Noon Hill Slack

Noon Hill

Winter Hill

Masts

P

Rivington Hall

Barn

Tower

Catter

Nab

Rivington Moor

TV Station

Rivington

Country

Park

Rivington

Terraced

Gardens

Tower

Rivington

Pike

River Douglas

Rotary Way

Brown Hill

Crooked Edge

Hill

Rivington Lane

Higher

Knoll

Wilder’s Moor

Rivington

Lodge

P

Jepson’s

Bridge

Rivington &

Blackrod HS

Wilderswood

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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Tower. Bear right at this point and the stony cobbled path

follows the natural curvature around the hills. One mile

further on, you’ll need to look out for some steps on the

left leading to a wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and

bear right shortly afterwards where the footpath sign is.

After ten minutes of climbing steeply up the hill, you’ll

arrive at a fork. Bear left at this point, hugging the lefthand

lip of the hill and once you pass the first mast, the

path bends rounds and changes to a tarmac path that

cuts through the various ironmongery on the summit.

Look out for the trig point which is situated in the lefthand

side of the path and there are also plaques marking

the 1958 plane crash and the demise of a 20-year-old

Scotsman who was ‘barbarously murdered’ on Rivington

Moor in 1838.

reach Pike Cottage. Tun right at the cottage onto Belmont

Road and head once again for Rivington Pike.

Follow Belmont Road for 1/3 of a mile until you reach a

steel bar gate, which bars vehicular access. Just before

the gate, there’s a stile on the left. Go through the stile

and walk on the path downhill through grazing land for

another 1/3 of a mile to the wooden gate. Carry on down

a tarmacked road in the same direction for a further 400

yards until you reach the three-way junction referred

to earlier in the walk. Turn left at this point and you will

end up back at the school and your starting point shortly

afterwards.

The tarmacked path bends to the right, you’ll pass directly

to the left-hand side of the TV mast and follow the path

for ½ mile, turning off the

path onto a grass track at a

footpath sign on the right.

Follow this grass path for a

further ½ mile as it eventually

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The Importance

of Posture

Posture can be defined as the way we carry and position

our body throughout our daily physical activities. Poor

posture can lead to a variety of muscular-skeletal issues

including chronic pain and joint degeneration. It is therefore

important that you are aware of best posture and aim for it,

particularly if you spend a lot of the day in one position, such

as sitting at a desk for example.

If you have had bad posture for a long time (and most of

us do) it will feel very strange and alien at first when you

try to correct it, as the body wants to keep doing what it

is used to. However, if you persevere, coupling this with

regular exercise to strengthen muscle tone, eventually

muscle memory will kick in and you will find that your

posture has improved without you having to constantly

think about it.

For a good seated posture your knees should be slightly

lower than your hips, so you need to position your chair

height accordingly. If you work at a computer,

ensure that the screen is at a comfortable

eye level and you are not having to

hunch forward or bend your neck.

Sit with your feet flat on the floor

facing forwards, a hip width apart, and straighten your

back so that your tailbone ‘sticks out’ rather than your

back being rounded. Your spine should form a gentle

‘S’ curve. Finally, make a conscious effort to lower your

shoulders, slightly pushing your shoulder blades back

and down at the same time.

You may need to do this more than once as we all tend

to naturally carry our shoulders in a raised, rounded

position, which over time can lead to muscle tightness,

tension headaches and back or neck pain.

Are you a fan of stilettos? If so, you may want to limit their

wear as high heels push the spine forward, over-arching

the back. They also put pressure on your knees and the

balls of your feet, which can cause joint problems later.

Save the shoes for special occasions rather than wearing

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Exercise and core stability are important when maintaining

good posture. Over time, without regular movement and

exercise, muscles weaken and muscle fibres shorten,

leading to potential joint and ligament issues.

Stretching exercises two or three times a week will help

relieve tension, increase circulation and maintain muscle

condition. Yoga and Pilates are two forms of exercise that

are excellent for improving tone, flexibility and posture.

There are classes available for all levels, and online

tutorials.

Ergonomic furniture and aids can also help with best

posture, for example by using a lumbar support cushion

in your office chair or in the car. Always ensure that your

furniture supports you adequately. A squashy chair that is

too low and difficult to get out of may not be ideal.

Likewise, your mattress should also support your back

properly when you sleep. To check this, notice if your

spine is straight when you lie on your side. If not, it may

be time to change your mattress. Your pillow should also

cradle your neck so that it is in alignment with the spine.

Bad posture not only physically impacts on our body: it

has also been proven to have a detrimental psychological

effect, even leading to an increased risk of depression.

Charles Darwin first scientifically proved the link between

movement and emotion in his studies of humans and

animals.

Try this experiment. Stand in front of a full-length mirror

and note how you are carrying yourself. If you are

feeling stressed, tired, or sad, it is likely that this will be

reflected in your posture: for example, your head may be

drooping, your shoulders hunched, your weight unevenly

distributed and your back rounded. Now close your eyes

and evenly distribute your weight, straighten your legs

(keeping knees soft) and then gently lengthen your spine

and neck as much as you are able, vertebra by vertebra,

tucking in the pelvis. Push your shoulders back and down

then slightly lower your chin. Smile and then open your

eyes. Not only will you be standing taller and straighter

but you will almost certainly look and feel better too.

If you have concerns about your posture and suffer

from chronic pain, visit your GP who can refer you to the

appropriate health professional, such as an osteopath,

physiotherapist or chiropractor.


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Migraine Awareness Week

It’s Not ‘Just’ a Headache

The World Health Organisation lists it as one of the most

disabling lifetime conditions. It’s more common than

epilepsy, diabetes and asthma combined. Yet migraine is

often poorly understood and trivialised. Migraine Awareness

Week, running from 4th–10th September, aims to educate

the public about migraine and reduce its stigma.

What is Migraine - and who is at risk?

Migraine isn’t ‘just a bad headache’. It’s a complex set of

symptoms, often including headache, that’s triggered

by physiological changes – and it affects over 8 million

people in the UK.

People with a family history of migraine are more at risk

and women are three times as likely to suffer as men are.

There’s no one known ‘cause’, but several triggers that can

precipitate migraine have been identified.

Prescot Chiropody Clinic

Migraine Triggers

Stress, anxiety or excitement.

• Hunger or lack of food.

• Dehydration.

• Sleep.

• Alcohol.

• Caffeine.

• Prolonged screen time.

• Smells.

• Hormonal changes in women.

• Environmental factors – changes in temperature,

humidity and altitude, loud noises, and flickering lights.

• Jaw tension or coughing.

• Unaccustomed exertion.

• Illness

Tyramine, found in some soft cheeses and wine, is no

longer considered a trigger by most experts.

Types and Symptoms of Migraine

Most migraines fall into these categories:

Migraine with aura: Previously known as focal or classic

migraine, this accounts for 10-30% of migraines. Migraines

with aura present as neurological symptoms that usually

last less than an hour and prior to a headache (although

the headache may not appear at all). The most common

symptoms are visual disturbances, including tunnel

vision, double vision, blind spots or temporary blindness,

flashing lights and sparkling/coloured spots, stars or

zigzags. However, some people may also experience:

• Weakness on one side of the body or partial paralysis.

• Dizziness or vertigo.

• Numbness or tingling.

• Disturbance to speech, hearing and memory.

• Feelings of fear or confusion.

• Fainting.

These more severe symptoms tend to occur most often

with rare subtypes of migraine, such as migraine with

brainstem aura and hemiplegic migraine.


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Migraine without aura: The most common type of

migraine, experienced by 70-90% of sufferers. Attacks

usually last between 4 and 72 hours if they go untreated.

The headache is usually a throbbing pain, often on

one side, which often worsens when you move or

exert yourself. It’s often accompanied by nausea and

sometimes vomiting and/or diarrhoea. You may become

sensitive to light or sound, too.

Menstrual Migraine is usually without aura and affects

fewer than 10% of women. It’s thought to be triggered

by falling oestrogen levels and/or prostaglandin release

during the menstrual cycle, so it’s most likely to occur

within the two days before, and the first three days

during, a period. It often lasts longer than other types,

recurring daily for a few days.

Preventing Migraine

Avoiding triggers and sticking to a regular routine of

exercise, sleep and healthy eating can help. If your

migraines are severe and/or frequent, your GP may

recommend preventative medications such as topiramate

and propranolol.

Treating Migraine

Take medications swiftly, as the stomach often stops

working effectively during a migraine. Over-the-counter

painkillers may help, but you may need something

stronger. Pharmacies can supply medications containing

pain relief and an anti-emetic that alleviates nausea and

vomiting and aids painkiller absorption. Your GP may

prescribe triptan medications, which reverse the blood

vessel dilation thought to cause migraine.

Botox injections are now licensed for treatment of chronic

migraine. It’s thought they work by interrupting the pain

feedback pathway to the brain.

Menstrual migraine sufferers may find relief from

hormonal contraceptives, oestrogen supplements and

mefenamic acid (an anti-inflammatory painkiller that can

also alleviate heavy periods).

Some people find that sleep or resting in a darkened

room is the only way to ease their migraine.

When Should You Visit Your GP?

• If you’ve never had migraine before.

• If you suffer from migraine more than 5 days in a month,

even if your pain is under control with medication; you

may require a preventative medicine.

When to Seek Emergency Medical

Advice

Finally, if you experience any of the symptoms below, it’s

important to be assessed quickly - they can also indicate

a stroke or meningitis.

• Paralysis or weakness in one or both arms or the face.

• Slurred/ garbled speech.

• A sudden agonising headache.

• Headache accompanied by a high temperature, stiff

neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision and

rash.

FOR SUPPORT AND MORE INFORMATION:

Migraine Action:

http://www.migraine.org.uk

info@migraine.org.uk Tel: 08456 011 033

The Migraine Trust:

http://www.migrainetrust.org/

Tel: 020 7631 6970

The National Migraine Centre:

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info@nationalmigrainecentre.org.uk

Tel: 020 7251 3322


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Camper vans are big business in the UK, with a lot of people finding the idea of having a mobile version of their own home

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Most people find the sound of

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Can we replicate this in our gardens?

The presence of water in the garden

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point. Running water in a garden produces negative ions

which are known to increase serotonin production in the

brain. Serotonin is the chemical that elevates our mood

and relaxes us.

There are many ways to introduce water into a smaller

space, including natural look ponds and waterfalls, but

you don’t need a deep ornamental pond; you can create

a small pond in a container, or create a toddler and petfriendly

pebble pond, or install a modern water feature

which uses reflective surfaces that bounce light around,

creating movement and life in the tiniest space.

Any water source will attract a wide range of wildlife.

I have a metallic sphere water feature on my patio that

seems to be a magnet for dragonflies, which are a delight

to watch. A shallow beached area or pebble pool will

attract bathing birds, and also frogs and toads, which

can shelter, breed, and stay out of sight of potential

predators. You may even attract a hedgehog or two. They

enjoy shallow pools with sloped edges, so they can drink

and bathe without falling in. A small barrel or container

pond will allow algae to grow which will attract water

invertebrates including snails, pond skaters and water

boatmen.

Kids love water so introducing a pond is a great way

to encourage them to learn about local wildlife while

having fun. Safety is crucial though; if you have young

children it might be better to wait until they are older

before creating a large pond, as it will require constant

supervision. A pebble pool with a small fountain effect

provides all the sound and fun of water with none of the

depth, and a large trug or half barrel can be transformed

into a tiny wildlife pond. If you do create a pond, position

it where it can be seen from the house, make sure the

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Planting around water features is half the fun. The

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edge of ponds. It has pretty blue flowers in late spring

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Irises and grasses look lovely planted around any water

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Water features in a garden are no longer the preserve of

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