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LocalLife

Wigan Edition

October 2020

WIN

Rainbow

Glass Art

Wigan’s

Ghostly Tales

Pages 20-23

Shevington’s Basket Man

Page 18

Parbold’s Community Champions

Pages 34-35

Then & Now -Standish

Page 50

Good Traders Celebrate

Pages 56-58

Halloween Activities

Pages 72-73

Winter Hill Walk

Pages 74-76

LOCAL NEWS | EVENTS2GO | FOOD | HEALTH | WALKS | COMPETITIONS | HOME & GARDEN SERVICES


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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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Getting through the whole COVID-19 health

situation is turning into a bit of a marathon isn’t

it? 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been replaced by the weary realisation that normality

could still be six months off yet. 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: Seven 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.

Now’s the time, weather permitting, to experience

the great outdoors before winter sets in. Autumn is a

marvellous time of year for walking and we are lucky to

have some glorious countryside nearby. For inspiration,

visit locallife247.co.uk where you can download over 70

free walks in the Lancashire area.

Stay safe and see you at the finishing line,

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk

Keep in touch with the

LocalLife Team!

LocalLife

Telephone: 01695 627 999

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This month’s highlights

20. Wigan’s Ghostly Tales

Contents

24. Recipe

Chocolate, caramel & chilli tartlets.

28. Monument Unveiled

Newest addition to Wigan’s landscape.

36. Tech

Prevent tech horrors this Halloween.

44. Home Interiors

Grandmillenial - or ‘granny chic’

18. History in a Basket 26. WIN Glass Art

64. Health

Coping with arthritis

70. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size.

74. Jack’s Tracks

Take a walk up Winter Hill.

50. Then & Now - Standish

78. Motoring

The ten cars with the biggest boots.

82. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders.

56. Good Trader

72. Halloween Activities

Want to

promote your

business in

LocalLife?

Next Issue - November 2020

Advertising deadline - 14th October

Published - 29th October 2020

01695 627 999

www.locallife247.co.uk


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Farm & Craft

After their successful events in August and September,

Applecast Farm in Newburgh are hosting another Farm &

Craft Extravaganza over the weekend of 10th and 11th of

October., opening between 10am-3pm. The Market will

have stalls selling homemade produce and handmade

gifts, and there is a café and garden centre on site also.

Children are welcome and can enjoy meeting the farm

animals and watching the birds of prey. Applecast Farm

is a registered charity and is based at Cobbs Brow Lane in

Newburgh, near Parbold (WN8 7SF).

Artisan Street Market

An Artisan street market is to be held in Ormskirk town

centre on the first Sunday in 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 held on Sunday

4th October, 11am to 4pm.

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Trail Club

If you’re a fitness fanatic looking for new challenges

every weekend, then the Saturday Morning Trail Club just

might be for you! Starting on Saturday 3rd October and

organised by The Endurance Store in Wrightington, the

Trail Club will take place every Saturday at 8:30am from

the store on Mossy Lea Road in Wrightington.

The intended route will be published each week in

advance on the Facebook training group and 2-3 groups

will go out depending on numbers.

Routes will be 10-13 miles in length, and you’ll need

off road shoes. For more information on price and how

to book please contact The Endurance Store on 01257

251217 or email on info@theendurancestore.com.

Ducks Date 2021

Appley Bridge Community Association have announced

Sunday May 23 as the date of the 2021 annual duck race

and village festival,

On this date 2,000 ducks will be launched into the Leeds

Liverpool Canal and if your duck comes across the line in

the top five you will bag yourself a nice prize!

The 2020 event was cancelled due to lockdown, but all

tickets already purchased for the 2020 duck race are

valid for the 2021 race. You can visit the Appley Bridge

Community Association Facebook page for further

updates.

Mawdesley Markets

Markets at the Cedar Farm Galleries near Mawdesley have

returned. Lots of friendly stall holders stock the best of

fresh local produce and hand-made foodie treats. The

Farmers Market runs from 10am-2pm on 3rd October 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

the stalls in The Barn selling vintage goodies, clothing

and accessories, handmade jewellery, luxury candles,

beautiful mosaics, soaps, gifts and beautiful things for the

home. This market takes place on Saturday 17th October

and thereafter on the third Saturday of the month.

Cedar Farm Galleries are on Back Lane in Mawdesley (L40

3SY), and entry and parking are free.


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Libraries Re-Open

Community libraries across Wigan and West Lancashire

have re-opened their doors to the public, and late return

charges have been waived in all areas.

Community libraries in Lamberhead Green, Marsh Green,

Shevington, Standish and other areas of Wigan will now

open from Mon to Weds 10am to 2pm; and from Thursday

to Friday 1pm to 5pm. Ashton Library remains closed until

the new year. The volunteer run library in Aspull will be

reopening its doors to residents from Monday but Hope

Library in Winstanley will remain closed.

Events and activities across Wigan’s libraries are currently

on hold due to social distancing measures but are due to

be reintroduced when it is safe to do so.

Parbold Library is open from 9am-1pm and 2pm to 5pm

on Tuesday and Friday, 9am-1pm and 2-7pm on Thursday

and 9am-1pm on Wednesday and Saturday, whilst

Skelmersdale Library opens 9am-7pm on Mondays and

9am-5pm from Tuesday to Saturday, with a 1-2pm closure

for lunch everyday.

Toddler Help

Shevington Toddler Group are looking for enthusiastic

people to join their voluntary team. The group provides

a safe place for parents with preschool children to meet

and socialise every Thursday at the Shevington Methodist

Church on Gathurst Lane.

Volunteer duties would include taking bookings, helping

to set up, and put equipment away. For more information

please contact Gail on the Shevington Toddle Group

Facebook page or email gailgriffiths@hotmail.co.uk.

Players Needed

The Aspull Avengers under 12’s team is looking to add

a couple of players to their squad. The team play in the

North League of the Wigan & District Youth Football

League on Sundays.

The club is based at Aspull Moor Sports Ground on Wigan

Road and any interested players need to contact Stuart

Law on 07875 195572. More information about the club

can be found at www.aspulljfc.com.

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PPE Funding

Wigan Rotary Club recently stepped in to help some

community groups to re-start their activities after

lockdown restricts were eased.

The club donated money to eleven community groups

to purchase PPE equipment such as hand sanitisers, antibacterial

wipes and masks.

As a result, eleven local groups, including Shevington

Gardening Club, have been given a donation to help

them with the cost of purchasing the items they need.

Jewels May is a wonderful independent

jewellers. The shop has recently expanded

so as to offer customers more on site

specialist services, one-to-one consultation,

specialist design and re-modelling advice and

manufacturing.

Their jewellery range is extensive from antique

and vintage to modern and one-off bespoke

luxury pieces, set with diamonds and precious

stones. They also boast an impressive range of

engagement and wedding rings as well as preowned

luxury watches.

Repairs & Alterations

Rhodium Plating

Cleaning & Polishing

Design & Manufacturing

Engagement & Wedding Ring Specialists

Insurance Valuations

Watch Servicing, Repairs, Refurbishing

& Batteries

Good Prices Paid For Your Scrap &

Unwanted Jewellery

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Wigan Rotary President Rosemary Charles said “I am

delighted we have been able to help these organisations

in their arrangements to meet safely and securely. This

initiative would not have been possible without the

generous donations of the Wigan residents especially last

December when we accompanied Santa and his sleigh

around the area.”

A full list of the donations together with more information

about the work of Wigan Rotary Club can be found on

their website www.wiganrotaryclub.org.uk or ring 07813

471000.

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The amazing views over

Scotman’s Flash have been

an unexpected bonus for

motorists travelling on the

new A49 link road at Goose

Green, and the range of

water activities held on the

Flash can be enjoyed by

you and your family this

autumn.

Every Wednesday in

October and November,

The Outdoor Adventure

Team at Inspiring Healthy

Living (IHL) will be hosting

stand up paddle boarding

sessions and kayaking.

Both the stand-up paddle

boarding (SUP) sessions and the kayaking sessions run

at various times through the day, and the cost is £10 per

Water Fun

person. The SUP sessions are

suitable for everyone aged

12 or over, and youngsters

as young as 5 can partake in

the kayaking, with the use

of a double kayak.

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 canoeing,

funboat sailing and topper

sailing.

You can also organise group

activities or one-on-one sessions. For more details email

outdooradventure@ihlmail.org.

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The friendly place in

the heart of Standish village

The Unity Club

• large function room or cosy

lounge room available for hire

• games room with a full-size

snooker table, pool table,

darts & dominoes

Cask Ale Club of the Year

awarded by CAMRA

9 Years running 2010-19

Open: Sun-Thurs: 7.30-11pm

Fri & Sat: 5.30pm-12am

GB Clean Up

Volunteers across the borough have been taking part in

the Great British September Clean, picking up litter across

the whole community and enabling residents to take

pride in their surroundings. More than 50 litter picking

volunteers were out in force in Appley Bridge, Shevington

Moor, Standish Lower Ground as well as the centre of

Shevington and Standish, targeting discarded rubbish.

If you are interested in becoming a member, hiring the function room

or using the facilities for meetings please call for further details.

01257 424007

Cross Street, Standish, WN6 0HQ

www.standishunityclub.com

Want to look the

part but don’t know

where to start?

That’s where the team at

Impressions comes in!

Cllr Marlaine Whitham who helped to organise the

Shevington litter pick told Local Life, “There are a number

of very committed volunteer litter pickers who help all

through the year, supporting Wigan Council and the

Parish Council. “They help to keep the area tidy week in

and week out, we are proud of where we live but wish no

one dropped any litter of course!”

That sentiment was echoed by Standish Cllr Deborah

Parkinson, who has seen teams out all week in Standish

collecting bags and bags of rubbish. She added, “I would

like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came out

to help with our litter pick. We had a fantastic turnout but

please bin your rubbish or take it home with you!”

So, we like to think we nailed ‘making uniform

shopping hassle free’ so we would now like to do

the same for our workwear customers.

If you are looking to wear your brand and stand

out from the crowd get in touch.

Workwear you can see before you buy, try on for

size & get the workwear that reflects your business

and your budget.

Call in, email us or ring.

Standish – 01257 400010

Golborne – 01942 587487

www.impressionsuniform.co.uk


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Standish Staycation

Foreign holidays might be a bit difficult to navigate at the

moment, but if you’re desperate to get away from your

own four walls, then MyLife in Standish have you covered.

The local charity has three fully accessible holiday lodges

open to hire. Set in 84 acres of beautiful Lancashire

countryside, each lodge sleeps up to 6 people and

provides the perfect short

break or alternative to respite.

The chalets are fully

equipped with a self-catering

kitchen and beautiful open-plan living areas. There are

also profiling beds, shower chairs and hoists available

upon request.

There are lots of activities to keep you entertained whilst

you’re there; on weekdays, you can get involved in a range

of activity sessions for a small charge, including floristry,

arts and crafts, drama, and horticulture.

There is also a small animal farm, with chickens,

goats, ducks, peacocks, pigs and rabbits and an

on-site fruit and vegetable shop, selling fresh,

local produce

MyLife helps people of all ages who need support

to live a good life, including children, young

people and adults with disabilities, people with ill

health or age-related problems, and people who

generally feel lonely or isolated within their communities.

Profits are reinvested into the work of MyLife, helping to

make a better life for everyone. To find out more about

the chalets please give them a ring us on 01257 472 900

to book .

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

4th Wednesday of Every Month

St Thomas Church, Peter Street, WA10 2EB

9.30 – 12 noon

Check website for Details

Call 01744 881 477 for more information

Wigan Valuation Days

2nd Tuesday Of Every Month

Purposed Life Church, Greenhough Street, WN1 3SU

12 noon – 2.30pm

Check website for Details

Call 01942 299 057 for more information

9 Berkeley Court, Manor Park, Runcorn, WA7 1TQ

Telephone: 01928 579796 Email: enquiries@theauctioncentre.co.uk

www.theauctioncentre.co.uk


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HOLIDAYS • SHORT BREAKS • DAY EXCURSIONS

Great Value Breaks

London - 20th November - Only £159

4 days/3 nights B&B - The International London

Christmas Shopping & Sightseeing

Includes transfers from our Docklands hotel into the City

Dumfries – 6th November – Only £169

3 days/2 nights Dinner B&B – Cairndale Hotel

Home of spectacular countryside and castles

WHY MEMORY LANE?

3 Home pick-up for holidays 3 Executive coach travel

3 Quality hotels 3 Local well-established operator

New 2021 brochure out now!

Call us now for your FREE copy on 01942 728960

Holidays below still available for this year - 2020

Holiday Diary NOVEMBER

6/11/20 Dumfries 3/HB £169

9/11/20 Llandudno 5/HB £259

9/11/20 Lake District Turkey & Tinsel 5/HB £319

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

13/11/20 Llandudno Turkey & Tinsel 4/HB £199

20/11/20 London 3/B&B £159

23/11/20 Torquay Turkey & Tinsel 5/HB £369

Holiday Diary DECEMBER

18/12/20 Edinburgh Xmas Markets/L. Lomond 4/AInc £269

23/12/20 Lake District Xmas Package 5/SMA £440

23/12/20 Dumfries Xmas Package 5/FB £430

23/12/20 Llandudno Xmas Package 5/FB £499

30/12/20 Lake District Hogmanay 4/SMA £459

30/12/20 Dumfries Hogmanay 4/HB £459

30/12/20 Llandudno Hogmanay 4/FB £399

Check out our October - December day excursions on our website

Call for more details on 01942 728960

or visit www.memorylanetravel.co.uk

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Young Achiever

Wigan Soroptimists are now welcoming nominations for

their Young Achiever Award for 2020.

This award is made each year to a to a local young girl/

woman aged 14-21 who has set a good example to the

local community. The winner will have her name engraved

on a trophy and will receive an engraved miniature trophy

together with a gift card valued at £100.

The group takes a broad view of achievement to

encompass service to the community. Acts of bravery,

overcoming life’s difficulties, being a young carer, having

business skills, or outstanding academic, sporting or arts

attainment. Previous winners include Caitlin Touhey,

Beatrice Taylor, Olivia Barrow and Olivia Garcia.

Anyone can make a nomination and the nomination

forms can be obtained on request from yaaward@ymail.

com or from any member of SI Wigan and it will be also

available on the club’s website http://sigbi.org/wigan

Nominees must be between 14–21 years and they must

come from anywhere in Wigan Borough, except for

Leigh, Tyldesley and Atherton. When completed, forms

should be returned by post to: Young Achiever Award,

10 Edinburgh Drive, Wigan, WN5 9ET or emailed to

yaaward@ymail.com by 30th October 2020.


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History in a

Basket

Shevington has a rich history

of industry and historically

residents earned their living

by weaving, agriculture,

mining, and basket making

– and it is the basket making

that used to play a large part

in the prosperity of the local

communities.

Shevington was part of an

estate system held by a Lord

of the Manor, from the first family of power, the Banastres

in 1288, to the last reigning family, the Heskeths in 1798.

By the end of the 18th century most of the common land

had been enclosed forming landed estates and tenant

farms where mixed farming was practised.

One of the biggest shifts in Shevington’s productivity

came in the late 1800’s when basket weaving became a

cottage industry in the village, an industry that provided

people with employment in their own homes. Basket

weavers from the village would utilise raw materials that

could be found in the area; trees in the nearby woods

were coppiced for twigs and reeds were grown from

Gathurst to Dean Lock between the River Douglas and

the canal.

Skills associated with basket weaving were taught by a

local resident, Harry Daines, who trained young people

in the art of basket weaving at his home, Shevington

Old Hall. Using reeds, willow, and alder shoots, all grown

within a three-mile radius, he was known to produce

both decorative and everyday items, such as shopping

baskets, structures, and firewood baskets. It was said that

at this time you could tell the occupation of a person by

the basket they carried; mill girls had small lunch baskets,

whilst railway workers had the biggest baskets so that

they could carry coal home.

There is still evidence today of the productive nature of

the village and none more noticeable than the metal

basket weaver structure on Gathurst Lane. The new

structure is affectionally known as Jake, after his creator,

local Blacksmith Jake Scorah. Sat proudly opposite the

Hospice shop on the Shevington Community Heritage

site, the new metal installation joins the plough and the

pit tubs.

The previous, Wicker Man was more than five-years-old

and was falling to pieces despite some restorative work.

The new metal basket weaver was installed on August

11, after a successful crowd funding attempt by members

of Shevington in Bloom. Showing that they are just as

industrious as their ancestors, the group successfully

raised £1,300 in just 55 days after the total was matched

by Wigan Council.

Margaret Carter, a member of Shevington in Bloom told

Local Life, “The in-bloom group are incredibly pleased

with Jake, the unique Metal Man. Shevington in Bloom

once again had the support of its community, who helped

to finance him and Wigan Council who match funded and

got us to our goal.”

She continued, “We have had such positive feedback

about Jake and the hope is that he will help to preserve

Shevington’s link with its industrial heritage and educate

future generations about the history of their village.”


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Wigan’s

Ghostly tales

Recounting legends, spooky stories, and

ghostly tales that have passed down

through generations is a rite of passage

for most children. And whilst many of us

love to scare ourselves witless with a good

haunted house story, some of us are left a

little unnerved by the things that go bump

in the night.

All Hallows Eve is just around the corner and

with the prospect of trick or treaters being

confined to their own homes, we probably

won’t be seeing many ghouls and spectres walking the

streets. Or will we? Local Life decided to investigate some

of the borough’s most infamous ghoulish apparitions.

Screaming Skull

Appley Bridge

Legend has it that if a skull unleashes great havoc when

it is removed from its pride of place or final resting place,

it becomes known as a Screaming Skull. The best-known

example of a Screaming Skull is right on our doorstep in

Appley Bridge. One of the oldest cottages in the village,

houses a Screaming Skull with a fearsome history. Whilst

we won’t disclose the exact whereabouts of the cottage in

question, you’ve probably guessed that it’s not a million

miles away from Skull House Lane.

According to the legend, one man threw it into the River

Douglas at the bottom of Appley Lane North. Shortly

after, the skull returned to the house and the offending

resident drowned in the river. Another tried to get it as

far away from the house as possible, and shortly after,

the skull returned once again and this time, the house’s

inhabitant fell down the stairs and severely injured

himself.

The skull still sits firmly on the mantelpiece of the

cottage and woe betides anyone who tries to move it.

Whilst we may never fully reveal the true history of the

skull, the current owners of the cottage tell us, quite

understandably, they are in no hurry to move it any time

soon!

The common belief is that the skull dates from the war

between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers, when Oliver

Cromwell ordered that the monks of England should be

driven out of their monasteries and killed. One monk fled

from his monastery and took refuge in a large cottage in

Appley Bridge. Eventually he was discovered and driven

out by fire. Ever since then, the monk’s skull has remained

on the mantelpiece of the house, in the living room.

Although there is no firm evidence as to how the skull

ended up in Appley Bridge, local residents tell that,

throughout the history of the house, there have been

many residents who have tried to get rid of the skull, and

all have experienced disastrous results.


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Rector Hutton

Standish Rectory

The former Rector of Standish, Charles William

Newton Hutton, is said to haunt the old textile

mill at Bradley Hall. In the summer of 1963, a

young cloth roller named David Elshaw was

working at Douglas Mill, he had heard the tales

of the ghostly goings on and they suddenly became very

real in the middle of his night shift.

David suddenly fainted in front of the whole work force,

once he regained consciousness, he managed to explain

that he had seen a ghost. The description he gave

detailed a figure in a long coat. It seemed to be floating

about two feet from the floor. It looked as though he was

wearing knickerbockers and there was something white

near its neck.

It is reported that the then Rector of Standish, Reverend

Charles Bramley, confirmed that the ghost seen by David

matched the description of Charles William Newton

Hutton the former Rector of Standish who had died

twenty five years before at the age of seventy nine.

There have been stories of a few strange things happening,

doors being left open when they were closed, the sound

of footsteps and one of a green light floating around.

How did the Reverend come to walk the halls of an old

textile mill? Well records show that he had a substantial

amount of money invested there and for many years was

the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Reverend Hutton died shortly after returning

home from a drive on 5th January 1938. He

was buried in Standish churchyard and it was

considered that he had made many positive

changes to the village during his lifetime. He

died without any family to call his own

and his possessions were put

up for auction.

the Rectory mansion he’d had built in Rectory Lane was

demolished and a new Rectory built on Wigan Road.

It seems that everything he’d known was gone, his

contributions to the village simply erased. Could this be

the reason he hasn’t yet left Standish?

The White Lion

Wrightington

The White Lion pub on Mossy Lea Road has many a tale

to tell. The most famous Landlord is Robert Mawdesley

known locally as ‘Owd Bob’. He ran the pub with his wife

Gwen from 1931 to 1976, strictly as an alehouse, so there

was no wine or spirits for sale, and the beer came in jugs

straight from the cellar.

On ‘Owd Bob’s’ retirement the pub was extended into the

adjoining cottages, which is now the restaurant. After the

extension was built it is believed that the pub by default

adopted the ghost of an old lady that died in the cottages.

Many have seen objects fly off the windowsills and

the temperature suddenly take a

dip!

Soon after his

death


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Lady Mabel

Haigh Hall

Now, most people have heard of the White Lady of Haigh

Hall. I’ve heard many a tale of a faceless apparition stalking

the upstairs rooms of Haigh Hall and the surrounding

grounds. The story that accompanies this phantom is one

of love, marriage and betrayal.

Mabel Bradshaigh was the lady of the manor at Haigh in

the early fourteenth century. She married

William Bradshaigh, who was a knight with

a less than gentlemanly reputation. Legend

has it that in 1315, he fled the country after

his involvement in a rebellion against the

Earl of Lancaster. Lady Mabel went many

years without hearing a word from her

husband, presumed dead, she eventually

remarried. In a twist to the tale, William

returned in 1322, he killed his wife’s new

husband and resumed his life with Mabel.

cross six miles away, now known as Mabs Cross. It isn’t

clear why Lady Mabel’s ghost is so malevolent, as she

didn’t appear to be an unlikeable person throughout her

life. Folktale has it that if you do happen upon her and try

to look where her face should be it will drive you mad.

So if you’re ever out in the plantations, enjoying a pint

along Wigan Lane or walking on Standishgate there’s

every chance you might bump into old faceless Mabel,

covered in rags, ready to drive you insane.

It was considered that Lady Mabel had

committed bigamy and to repent her sins

she took a daily barefoot walk to a stone


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Here are a few examples of other Wigan legends and ghost tales,

which can be found on www.paranormaldatabase.com

Father Arrowsmith’s Holy Hand

Location: Wigan - Bryn Hall

Imprisoned in Lancaster Castle and hanged in 1628 for

his religious beliefs, Father Arrowsmith begged that his

right hand be removed and preserved promising that

it had the power to cure illness. In 1736 it was said to

be used on a twelve-year-old boy who could no longer

use his limbs. After the hand was applied to the boy’s

back, he was once again able to walk. The miracles

attributed to the ‘Holy Hand’ led to Father Arrowsmith

being ratified as a Saint in 1929. The hand was kept

for decades at Bryn Hall before finally being moved to

the Church of St Oswald & St Edmund Arrowsmith in

Ashton-in-Makerfield, where it still rests today.

Tall Grey Figure

Location: Wigan – Old Fire Station

A tall grey figure was reportedly seen by several

people at different times, moving down the corridor

by the watch office. Disembodied footsteps were also

heard in the kit room.

Smart Man

Location: Wigan - The Mount & Premier Inn

One witness awoke in his room to see a man dressed in

a 1960s suit. The man vanished when the witness cried

out. A manager at the inn said that several figures had

been seen on the site, as the inn was built on the site

of a nunnery.

The White Crow

Worthington

The White Crow Pub in Worthington dates back to the

16th century, when it was the White Cross Coaching

House. Standing in Wigan countryside for all those years,

there is bound to be a ghostly tale or two.

The building’s namesake, The White Crow, sits proudly

above the dining area on the southern gable wall of the

pub. When you first see it right above the huge fireplace,

there is no denying that it is in fact, white. Apparently, that

is the result of a rare genetic mutation – but Beelzebub

as he is affectionately known, has a real reputation for

mischief.

No one really knows when he arrived at the pub, but

Beelzebub, faces into the wall; move him and the tradition

warns you to be prepared for trouble. Local superstition

has it that if Beelzebub is ever turned around, the pub

will be cursed with bad luck. Past catastrophes at the pub

went some way to confirming this after a mishap whilst

cleaning him; problems ranged

from floods, power cuts and broken

cameras.


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READY

in 1 hour

plus chilling

Makes 6

Salted caramel,

chocolate and chilli tartlets

A hint of fiery chilli complements a rich chocolate dessert perfectly.

Serve with a spoonful of thick cream for a really indulgent dessert.

Ingredients

Flour, for dusting

250g ready-made sweet shortcrust pastry

260g jar salted caramel sauce

25g unsalted butter

100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

1 small red chilli, deseeded and chopped

(see Tip)

Shredded fresh basil leaves, to decorate

(optional)

Icing sugar, for dusting

TIP: Blanch the chopped chilli pepper in

boiling water for 1 minute, then refresh

under cold water and pat dry with kitchen

paper. This will remove a little of the fiery

heat from the chilli. If you prefer, replace

the fresh chopped chilli with a sprinkle of

dried chilli flakes.

Method

1 Lightly dust a work surface with flour and roll out the pastry to about

3mm thickness. Use to line six 10cm tartlet tins. Prick the bases with a

fork and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan

180°C/gas mark 6.

2 Line each tartlet tin with a circle of baking paper and fill with baking

beans. Bake blind in the preheated oven for 7-8 minutes. Remove the

beans and paper and bake the tarts for a further 4-5 minutes until the

pastry is crisp and pale golden. Leave to cool completely, then remove

the pastry cases from the tins and place on a board.

3 Divide the salted caramel sauce between the cold tartlet pastry cases,

smoothing the surfaces level with the back of a teaspoon. Chill in the

fridge for 30 minutes.

4 Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of

simmering water and leave until melted. Remove the bowl from the

heat and stir the mixture until smooth. Cool for 20 minutes then spread

over the salted caramel filling. Chill for 1 hour or until set.

5 To serve, sprinkle the chopped chilli pepper over the set chocolate

topping and scatter over the shredded basil (if using). Dust with icing

sugar.


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What started off as an idea to providing children some

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

Morpheus Glass who are based at the Love It Gallery

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Monument

Unveiled

For those readers who haven’t yet seen the new addition

to the town centre arts landscape in College Street, we

reproduce the image of this impressive statue for you.

The memorial was unveiled in a somewhat informal

fashion during lockdown.

It was an underwhelming and undeserving end to a

tough fundraising campaign that started back in 2016

when a group of people from the local history group, set

up WHAMM (Wigan Heritage and Mining Monument)

to commemorate the thousands of Wiganers that were

affected by the town’s coal mining industry.

Donations were successfully secured, quiz nights, music

festivals and church festivals were held, merchandise

was sold, all with aim of raising funds for the memorial.

One generous benefactor, who remains anonymous,

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For more information about the memorial, visit the

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Parbold’s

Community Champions

By Nicola Gray

“In our 90-year history I don’t think we’ve seen anything like

2020 and this branch has even lived through a World War!”

If the impact of the COVID lockdown can be summed up in

one sentence, then Marilyn Walker from the Parbold branch

of the Women’s Institute manages it with aplomb.

Talking about their time during the national lockdown,

members Helen France, Sylvia Wright, Marjorie Salt and

Marilyn muse that this is the first time their members

have really been asked to step up to the plate and help

the community. And that is exactly what they achieved.

For four months their volunteers were a lifeline to the

village’s most vulnerable residents, offering grocery and

prescription collections to people who were shielding.

Helen adds, “People were

incredibly grateful for the

help. We had a lot of local

volunteers, not just

members, and

we organised

collections

of food

and

other supplies including medications, magazines or even

just a book to read.”

At one point the group were even taking referrals from

the local GP surgery and the Chemist as word spread

around the village and people made use of the service.

Sylvia added, “We worked together as a community,

Paolo’s Fruit and Veg shop, Reynold’s Butchers and the

local milk man all provided free delivery services during

lockdown.

She added, “We are keen to continue to help where we

can, we feel that lots of people have made sacrifices

during this time and it’s the least we could do. There

has been so much goodwill from our local community

and what we are trying to get across is that Parbold is

such a lovely place to live and everyone has rallied

together for the good of each

other.”


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As the magazine went to press, the service

has stopped, as people have slowly

started to return to everyday life, but

the ladies are ready to go at a moment’s

notice and will be prepared to help again

should the need arise. This is the first time

the annual WI programme has not taken

place as planned, but that didn’t stop this

tenacious group, during August they held

socially distanced gatherings in the park

for those members who wished to come

along for a picnic and the committee

got together by holding regular zoom

meetings.

This group of ladies are proud to belong to

the WI and their past members would be

proud of them today. The WI hall opened

in 1936 and before that was held in a barn

on Tan House Lane, ladies managed to

raise the money for a deposit so that they

could buy the hall. The only snag was, they

needed a mortgage but could not get one. Mr Stobart,

the husband of one of the original members, acquired the

mortgage for them and within six years, it had been paid

off. It is even rumoured that in the 1950’s, before the Fab

Four became known as the Beatles, they actually played

a gig at the hall!

Since the lockdown, the hall is not fully up and running

yet and usually plans are underway for a Christmas

pantomime, that unfortunately will not be happening

this year. Marilyn added, “All the members and volunteers

are so looking forward to when the hall is buzzing with

activity again. We hold luncheons, parties, dance classes

and we are hopeful that we will be able to recommence

our activities and regular meetings as soon it is safe to do

so.”

Visitors and new members can always expect a warm

welcome at the Parbold WI, so for more information

about the hall or becoming a member, please call 07984

274802 between 9.30am-4pm.

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Venue: Parbold WI Hall, WN8 7HA

What’s on Offer:

• Monthly Meetings with a speaker on 1st

Tuesday of every month

• Book Club

• Luncheon Club

• Knit & Natter

• Dominoes Outings

• Christmas Pantomime

• Exercise Classes

• Dance Classes

• Involved with Parbold Village Show

Picture left shows Parbold WI members Helen France, Sylvia Wright, Marjorie Salt and Marilyn Walker.


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Limited number of places available in most year groups

Ofsted 2017:

‘This school continues to be good.’

‘The curriculum provides a genuinely enriching experience for all

pupils.’

SIAMS 2017:

‘The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Appley Bridge All Saints

as a Church of England school are outstanding.’

Parent Quote:

‘A positive environment for children to learn. Led by approachable

and experienced staff.’

Attainment in reading, writing and maths is consistently higher than the

national average at both the expected and the higher standard.

Open Day

Monday 2nd november

Prospective parents can call the

office and make an appointment

to help us restrict the number of

people in school.

Email enquiries to:

bursar@appleybridgeallsaints.lancs.sch.uk

Visit our website at:

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READY

in 1 hour

Serves 4

Chicken and

pepper jalfrezi

Save a trip to the takeaway, cook up this deliciously spicy curry instead.

Serve with pilau rice, naan breads and some cucumber and mint raita.

Ingredients

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp each ground turmeric and ground

cumin

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1 tbsp grated fresh root ginger

2 green chillies, deseeded and chopped

1tbsp sunflower oil

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

2 tbsp tomato puree

500g chicken breast fillets, cut into

chunks

2 red and 2 green peppers, deseeded and

cut into chunks

4 tomatoes, chopped

4 tbsp freshly chopped coriander

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Strips of lemon zest, to garnish

Method

1 Heat a heavy-based non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add

the mustard seeds. Toast for 1-2 minutes until just popping. Place in a

mini processor or blender with the turmeric, cumin, garlic, ginger and

half the green chillies. Add 3 tbsp water and process to a paste.

2 Heat the oil in the frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion and

remaining green chilli for 10 minutes until the onion is soft and golden.

Stir in the spice paste, tomato puree and the chicken and cook, stirring,

for 3-4 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink.

3 Stir in the peppers and tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes then add

300ml water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and

cook for 20-25 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is

cooked through. Stir in half the coriander and season to taste with salt

and freshly ground black pepper. Serve garnished with the remaining

chopped coriander and the strips of lemon zest.

TIP: You can use butternut squash or courgette instead of the parsnip and

turnips – you won’t need to parboil them before sautéing.


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READY

in 55 mins

Serves 4

Leek, aubergine

and tomato gratins

Simpler to make than a vegetarian lasagne, but just as tasty.

Serve with crusty bread and green salad for a family supper.

Ingredients

1 large aubergine, trimmed and

thinly sliced

3 tbsp olive oil

1 large leek, trimmed and halved

widthways then cut into strips

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

600g bottle passata

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tsp dried oregano

Pinch of sugar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

200g ricotta cheese

150g mozzarella cheese, sliced

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas mark 7. Brush the aubergine slices with

2 tbsp of the oil. Heat a cast-iron griddle pan and cook the slices (in batches)

for 1-2 minutes on each side until lightly charred and just tender. Set aside.

2 Blanch the leeks in a large pan of lightly salted water for 1 minute then refresh

under cold water. Drain well and pat dry with kitchen paper.

3 Heat the rest of the oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the onion

and fry for 5 minutes then add the garlic and fry for a further 1-2 minutes. Add

the passata, tomato puree, oregano and sugar and bring to the boil. Simmer

for 15-20 minutes until reduced and thickened, stirring frequently. Season

with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4 Spread some of the sauce in the base of four shallow individual gratin dishes.

Cover with half the aubergine and leek then spread more tomato sauce on

top. Crumble over the ricotta cheese. Cover with the rest of the aubergine and

remaining sauce. Top with the mozzarella and the remaining leeks. Bake in the

preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden and bubbling.

TIP: Top with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan (or vegetarian Italian-style hard cheese) mixed with brown breadcrumbs before

baking to give a lovely golden crispy crust to the finished dishes.


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Grandmillennial

For the Millennial generation (roughly speaking, those in

their twenties and thirties now) the trend du jour harks back

to the cosy style of their mothers and even grandmothers – a

look that has been dubbed ‘granny chic’ or ‘grandmillennial’.

It is certainly a trend that is a welcome change from the

cold, monochromatic, minimalist looks seen in recent

years. Grandmillennial is nostalgic, though timeless rather

than outdated, combining a more-is-more approach with

a careful edit of traditional elements alongside modern

touches. It’s fun, pretty, and an expression of individuality.

Style

Furniture Essentials

Good quality dark wood furniture in polished walnut,

mahogany or rosewood, for example, all work with this

look. Wicker, rattan and cane pieces will also fit right in.

Choose the super-comfortable Victorian style of deeply

buttoned upholstery, in the form of sofas, armchairs and

ottomans. Velvet or chenille are both great fabrics to use.

Embellishments

Extravagant embellishments are your go-to for perfecting

the grandmillennial look. Tassels, fringes, gathered skirts,

pleats, scalloped edges, ruffles, braids and ribbons are the

little extras that make this look interesting and different.

Pattern and Colour

Pattern and colour are the heart of this design style.

Colours might be bright but they are also fresh rather

than overpowering, with designs often on a white or

pale background. Wallpapers are a big feature in the

grandmillennial room, but if an entirely papered room is

not for you, a good alternative is a framed panel. Favoured

colours are classic blue and white, pink, green and yellow,

with specific patterns to look out for including chinoiserie,

chintz or blowsy florals, toile de jouy and trellis.

Accessories

A selection of colourful, not too-well-matched cushions

is a good addition, as well as charming displays of

collections such as blue-and-white china, Staffordshire

dogs or milk glass. Finish off with some block-printed or

monogrammed napkins, botanical prints, an ornate mirror

and a cut-glass vase of hydrangeas, peonies or roses.

Colour and pattern – if you’re going for a granny chic bathroom,

this is the way to do it!

Shells And Pearls Wallpaper in lilac, £65 per roll, Catherine Rowe:

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This comfortable, colourful, chintzy

look could also be called ‘granny chic’

– and it’s the style of the moment for

youngsters and the young at heart.

Pile on the cushions

and the blowsy,

oversized, flower-print

textiles. Add a buttoned

sofa or armchair for

good measure.

Liberte chair, £899;

Isabella velvet scatter

cushions, £30 each; all

Sofology: 03444 81 81

81; sofology.co.uk.

The Rise of the Grandmillennial

The term ‘Grandmillennial’ was coined by Emma Bazilian

in an article for American House Beautiful in October 2019.

A self-confessed grandmillennial herself, she identified a

set of Instagram influencers who might post photos of

themselves wearing floral maxi dresses or with dining

tables carefully laid with block-printed napkins and white

hydrangeas. “Grandmillennials have an affinity for design

trends considered by mainstream culture to be ‘stuffy’

or ‘outdated’ – Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, embroidered

linens,” she wrote. “Unlike that of the late-aughts hipster,

their taste for the antiquated isn’t ironic, it’s less twee

than timeless.” She interviewed several young interior

designers about the trend, who described the rise in

interest in ‘old-school’ design, with layers of bolder

colours and patterns and a highly individual approach.

And as Manhattan-based designer Ariel Okin explained,

grandmillennials “appreciate the staying power of good,

well-edited design, while putting their own fresh spin

on it to make it feel updated and unique.” If you want to

find out more about the style, look at these Instagram

feeds: @grandmillenniallifestyle; @grandmillennialshop; @

grandmillennialdecor; @amyberryhome; @clarybosbyshell;

@arielokin; @lilsemckenna; @emilycbutler; @lycettedesigns

and @grand.millennial.

This playful lamp contrasts deep fringing with the soft

glow of a spherical bulb.

Atmosfera fringe table lamp by Slamp Lighting, £386,

Chaplins: 020 8421 1779; chaplins.co.uk.


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Bedrooms

on a budget

Kitting out a child’s bedroom can be

extremely pricey, but it doesn’t have

to be. Whether you’re starting with a

blank canvas or upgrading furniture

as your child grows, these tips from

Kate Duggan might help you to stick

to your budget…

Look for quality furniture second-hand

If you want furniture to last, look for plain, solidly built

furniture. We bought my daughter’s chest of drawers

when she was a baby. It’s plain white, but we stuck some

removable decals on to ‘prettify’ it. And, as it’s decent

quality, it’s lasted well (she’s now eleven). It was secondhand

and cost well under £50 – contrast this to the new

chest of drawers bought subsequently at twice the price,

but of nowhere near the same quality. So my top tip is,

buy decent furniture second-hand rather than cheap

furniture new.

Solid pine furniture lasts for years and is easily available

second-hand. You can paint it with chalk paint and

update it in different colours as your child’s tastes change.

I picked up an ugly (but well-built) bureau for £12 a

couple of years ago. The result of some chalk paint and

new handles is an attractive, unique piece of furniture

that could be passed down to future generations.

Facebook, eBay and Gumtree are good places to look for

furniture, as are Freecycle and local charity warehouse

stores. I’ve also picked up bargains at my local tip.

Look for customer returns

Prefer to buy new? Some stores offer customer returns at

a discounted price. Wayfair often sells returned furniture

at 25% off, for example, and most items are in perfect

condition.

At www.nnwarehouse.uk, you’ll find furniture from

children’s brand Noa & Nani at knock-down prices. In

exchange for accepting a minor cosmetic imperfection

(e.g. a small scratch or dent), you could save over 50% on

the RRP. At the time of writing, a grey single bed is on sale

at £39, rather than the usual £129. There’s also a bunk bed

for £89, a wooden toy box for £20 and lots more.

Think of resale value

If you’re buying for

the short term and

don’t fancy a customer

return, look for brands

that you can easily sell

on again. Ikea’s Kallax

storage units, for

example, seem to hold

their value well and

are robust enough to withstand a few knocks.

Decorating on the cheap

Pick up some wooden picture frames from a charity

shop and paint them in different coordinating colours. If

you’re decorating a baby or toddler’s bedroom, cut out an

applique from an outgrown or stained Babygro or T-shirt.

Once framed, it looks like a handmade (expensive) piece

of art. You could also try sticking colourful buttons on

some cardboard in the shape of your child’s initials and

then framing it. Or just use pictures from a calendar or

even a comic.

You may have a limited budget, but with a bit of

perseverance and imagination, you can give your child a

room to be proud of.


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must be

The Price is Right

(or you could lose thousands).

The UK’s stamp duty holiday, which benefits buyers up to the

tune of £15,000, finishes on 31st March 2021 and all house

purchases must be completed by that date. Most people who

are selling a house are buying another house and obviously

want to take advantage of this tax break. This leaves you six

months to benefit – that’s ages away right?

In fact, the average time taken to sell and buy a house in

the UK is…six months, so if you want to take advantage of

the stamp duty then you need to get a wriggle on.

The single most important piece of advice I would give

anyone who is hoping to sell their house and buy another

in this time frame is this; Make sure your house is up for

sale at the right price.

Rightmove has recently completed a study on how

important it is for sellers to price their house currently. The

internet property platform analysed 300,000 newly-listed

homes across four months and the data showed those

houses that were reduced in price had a 33% chance of

finding a buyer within the 4 month timeframe, compared

to a 63% chance if priced right from the start.

Furthermore, Rightmove say homes priced right first time

are on average getting an offer accepted 26 days more

quickly than those that have had to have at least one

reduction before they get an offer accepted. The average

time to find a buyer if a property is priced right is currently

21 days, rising to 47 days if it needs to be reduced.

Believe it or not, there are some estate agents who will

deliberately overvalue your house just to get their hands

on your business. It’s a self-centred strategy that is all

about the agent and not about the customer, and it can

have a disastrous impact on your ability to move quickly.

For most people, selling a home is the largest financial

transaction of their life. It’s essential to go through the

process with an

agent you trust

to achieve the

best price. Ask

yourself these

questions:

Does your

Agent have a

website full of

properties that have had their prices reduced?

Out of the Agents who have valued the property, has this

agent given you the highest valuation?

Choose your agent carefully, it could make the difference

between you being able to complete on your dream

house by 31st March, or not. Up to £15,000 is at stake.

Top Tips for Selling

1 List the house at a realistic price

2 Make sure the marketing photos are as good as

they can be and ensure exterior shots are taken on

a nice day.

3 Employ the services of a solicitor immediately

- bringing together the legal paperwork of the

property you are selling will save weeks between

the sale agreed and completion.

4 Galvanise your Agent – If your agent has a 4, 6 or

8 week notice period, serve it immediately and

get them to work even harder to find you a buyer

quickly.

5 Kerb appeal – paint the front door, gravel the

driveway if needed, use hanging baskets or potted

plants to make your house stand out.

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.

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

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Then & Now Standish

Walking Day banners are carried along the High Street. Straw hats

and Eton collars were obviously in vogue, and the tram cables

and lines are visible.

A single solitary vehicle at Standish’s main traffic lights is not a

sight often seen. Noel Chadwick’s butchers and the Williams

Deacon’s bank face each other

at the lights, whilst a timberfronted

shop stands out on

Market Street.

The year was 1963. The Beatles

release their first album, the

Rolling Stones release their

first single and Bob Dylan

records Blowin’ in the Wind. Here’s a pic of Lil’s Café on Preston

Road, surely the coolest hanging-out spot in Standish.

People waiting outside

The Palace Cinema on the

High Street in the 1930’s.

Local entrepreneur Ernie

Bentham opened the cinema in 1927 and ran it for 30 years until

1957 alongside his sons Ernest and Sidney.

Wigan’s Cultural and Heritage venues are open and

warmly welcome you with two new exhibitions….

RADICALS, REBELS & REFORM: Fighting for Change (Museum of Wigan Life, Wigan).

& We Will Always Be Together (The Fire Within, The Galleries, Wigan).

Please check website and social media for facilities, opening days and times.

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Festive Foliage

Christmas is a mere 12 weeks off and, as it looks like we’re

all going to spend more time at home than usual during

this festive period, so here’s your chance to enhance the

Christmas décor at your home by learning how to create

a Christmas wreath.

Local florist Olive Owl Flowers are holding a few

workshops closer to the festive season, but numbers

are limited due to social distancing, so it is well worth

booking early to secure your space.

The Full Festive Wreath 2½ hour workshop takes place on

Tuesday 24th November at The Posthouse bar at Orrell

Post and participants will be making a wreath with fresh

foliage, scented fruits, baubles and ribbons.

The Little Green Platter Company will be in attendance

with their scrumptious cheeseboards with extras, and the

cost for this workshop is £45. This workshop is repeated

on the 3rd,7th,10th and 17th December.

Other Christmas workshops held by Olive Owl Flowers

include a Dried & Textured Wreath workshop and also a

Modern Half-Wreath workshop, and they take place on

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Traders Celebrate

Back in 2008, when the world was undergoing the last

major recession, the Trading Standards department at

Wigan Council launched a scheme for residents that

would help undermine the rise in ‘cowboy’ traders within

Wigan Borough.

Fast forward to 2020 and with next recession looming

large, the Good Trader Scheme is now firmly established

as a real triumph, a scheme backed by Wigan Council

which has successfully united local residents with 187

local tradespeople, keeping them supplied with work and

helping the local economy thrive.

For residents, the scheme is a quick ‘go-to’ guide for

reliable and competent local tradespeople. Residents can

check out a tradesperson’s contact details and read what

his/her previous customers say about the quality of their

work.

For tradespeople, it’s a far cheaper way of promoting your

business than the likes of Checkatrade and its numerous


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competitors, and it’s a given that the work created by the

Good Trader Scheme is all local work, saving tradespeople

travel time and expense.

Whilst it isn’t an approval scheme, it is a register of

businesses in the borough that have signed up to the

Council’s code of practice. The scheme is promoted and

managed by the Council’s Trading Standards team. If

the team receives any serious complaints about a trader,

they will investigate and traders can be removed from

the Scheme permanently. Residents can be assured that

only reputable traders will be permitted to remain on the

Scheme.

Janet Nicols, a Trading Standards Enforcement Officer at

Wigan Council said “The Good Trader scheme is now the

3rd largest in the country at a fraction of the cost of other

similar schemes’.

“It’s promoted by the council and helps residents find

reliable local traders registered on the scheme. We also

offer support to our members to help with disputes and

enquiries, as well as ensuring they hear of grants and

funding opportunities for businesses”.

The Home Services section of the Local Life magazine has

been sponsored by the Good Trader Scheme for years and

many of our advertisers are members. We got together a

few Local Life advertisers, all of whom have just received

their 10 years membership award winners, and asked

them a few questions about the scheme.

Why should residents use the scheme?

Bob McWilliam from Manor House Carpet & Upholstery

Cleaning in Shevington said “We started on the scheme

ten years ago and we were vetted by Trading Standards

on joining the scheme. When we do jobs for customers,

they can leave feedback which residents can read to give

them peace of mind that we do the job correctly”. Bob’s

business partner and son Ben chips in “Open and honest

feedback, no paid for reviews etc, just genuine local

reviews”.

from further into Wigan and we do know that people are

looking at the website and checking people out’.

“I think it’s a very good scheme”.

Graham Collier from Top Coat Decorating Services in

Standish adds “My customers know they can trust me

because I’m a member of Wigan Council’s Good Trader

Scheme”.

What advice would you give to

tradespeople who aren’t on the

Scheme?

Phil Parsons of PP Building Services in Standish said, “The

price of joining the scheme is extremely reasonable”.

“The Good Trader Scheme gives people peace of mind

because all the tradespeople on the scheme have been

checked out by Wigan Trading Standards”.

Tradespeople looking to join the scheme can do so by

visiting the website at www.goodtraderscheme.com/

registration/.

Charges for the scheme are reasonable, with annual fees

of £85 for companies between 1-5 employees, £140 (6-

20 employees) and £340 (20+ employees). There is also a

one-off administration charge of £30.

Key Facts about the Good Trader

Scheme

• Launched September 2008

• 187 local tradespeople are members of the scheme

• Scheme website viewed over 39,000 times in 2019

• Annual cost for tradespeople – price starts from £85 for

small companies

• One Off administration charge of £30

• www.goodtraderscheme.com

What difference has it made to your

business?

Vince Brady from Garden Rescue Tree Services in

Upholland said “We’ve been going for twenty years now

and initially all our work was from word of mouth and

recommendations in our local area. Since they (Wigan

Council) started the scheme though we are getting work


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Award Winners for 2020

Good Trader of the Year

Wigan - KDM Electrical and Seddon Services Ltd

Leigh - Ferris Electrical and Lowton Aerials

Highly Commended

Wigan - Case and Young Ltd

Leigh - Gary Sanderson Carpets & Vinyls

Best Newcomer

Wigan - TS Lawns Ltd

Leigh - TS Construction

Special Recognition Award

Advanced Fencing & Gates Ltd

Certificate of Excellence Winners

2020

A&J Kitchen Fitters, A&P Windows, Advanced Fencing

and Gates Ltd, AJS Bailey Electrical, Angie Barker

Garden Design, Anthony Gorse Heating & Plumbing,

Bathek, Birchalls, Brian King Flooring, Case & Young

Ltd, Clifford Joinery, Direct Blinds & Shutters, D-Lux

UPVC, Expert Roofing & Guttering Ltd, Ferris Electrical

& Property Maintenance Ltd, FG Welch Central Heating

& Gas Services Ltd, Gary Sanderson Carpets and

Vinyls, Gerrard’s Specialist Cleaning Services Ltd, GHE

Electrical, Fire & Security Ltd, Greenscape Professional

Landscapes, Hobsons Roofcare, Jon Wright Electrical Ltd,

KDM Electrical, Lowton Aerials, Manor House Carpets &

Upholstery Cleaning, Marc Mulligan Brickwork & Property

Maintenance, Martin Howarth Home Improvements,

PH Profiles, PH Windows, Royal Home Improvements,

S. Walmsley Decorators, Seddon Services Ltd, Stephen

Heath Painter & Decorator, Stuart Pevitt Electrician, TS

Construction, TS Lawns, Vitreous Windows, Wigan Aerials,

Zest Plumbing & Heating.

10 Years Membership Award Winners

2020

A Dickinson Painter & Decorator, Able Plastering, AJ

Decorating Services, Angie Barker Garden Design,

Anthony Gorse Heating & Plumbing, Arley Cabinet Co

Ltd, Atherton Tiling Solutions, Birchalls, C&S Plastics,

Chris Smith Builder, Comfort & Care, Dave Atherton

Plumbing Services, David Charnock Joinery, D-Lux

UPVC, Exmet Roofing, G&L Fencing & Landscaping,

G Force Security Ltd, Garden Rescue, GC Multitrade,

GHE Electrical, Fire & Security Ltd, Hobsons Roofcare,

Howarth & Winnard Ltd, HTI Home Improvements, K

Stone Building Services, Kitsons Transport & Removal,

Makerfield Roof Solutions Leigh, Makerfield Roofing

Solutions Wigan, Manor House Carpets & Upholstery

Cleaning, Mark Copeland Architectural Services Ltd, P

Bradshaw Plumbing & Heating, Peter

Walford and Son Electrical, PLJ

Garden Services, PP Building

Services, Prescott TV, Robbie

the Window Doctor, Stephen

Heath Painter & Decorator, Sure

Fire Heating & Maintenance

Ltd, T&J Conservatory &

Window Centre Ltd,

Top Coat Decorating

Services, Traditional

Handyman,

the

Hairdresser.

Val

Mobile

For more information about Wigan Council’s Safe Trader Scheme visit

www.goodtraderscheme.com


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Choosing Your

Financial Adviser

A good financial adviser is like gold dust. Like your most

influential teacher at school, they should inspire as well as

reassure you in order that you can enjoy a better financial

future. A poor adviser will put their interests before yours

and will sell you a product you don’t really need and have

no interest in your future. It’s about them, their ego and

their sale.

Worryingly both advisers will be FCA registered, both have at

least a Level 4 qualification (it is now the minimum standard

to trade as a financial adviser), and both will sound plausible.

So how do you select the

right adviser for you?

The right qualifications

You want an adviser who takes professional knowledge

and development very seriously and is completely

independent. Look for an adviser who is a Chartered

Financial Planner or a Certified Financial Planner - or is

actively working towards these qualifications.

These are Level 6 qualifications - equivalent to a university

degree and are the “Gold Standard” amongst financial

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Going Electric:

Benefits and Drawbacks

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

In a world that is shifting towards new norms, a hot

topic with those looking to reduce costs is the benefit

of electric cars. Year-on-year sales of electric cars are

breaking records, and with several brands committing

new designs over the next 12 months, there is no time

like the present to be thinking about going electric.

The government have provided several incentives to

steer people into the electric car lane:

PLUG-IN

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Since 2018, there has been a grant available for

£3,500 towards the cost of a brand-new electric

car. If your electric car has CO2 emissions under

50g/km and an electric-only range of 70+ miles,

you will be eligible for this.

Cars that produce zero emissions, and cost

less that £40,000 are exempt from paying

road tax.

Electric cars are subject to the lowest Benefit-in-

Kind (BIK) rate of company car tax. From April

2020, the tax rate was cut to 0% of the car’s list

price, compared with 16% the previous tax year.

This will rise to just 1% in 2021-22 and 2% in

2022-23.

Cars that have CO2 emissions less that 50g/km

are eligible of 100% first year capital allowances.

This means that you can deduct the full cost from

your pre-tax profits, in the year you purchased

the car. On a car costing around £40,000, this

could amount to a tax relief of up to £7,600.

If you are looking at part-exchanging your

existing car for a new one, some manufacturers

offer generous scrappage discounts when trading

a petrol or diesel car in for an electric vehicle.

Despite the benefits, there are some drawbacks to electric

cars in a social and environment sense:

CHARGING

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CREDENTIALS

There is a government grant towards a home

car charger, so providing you have the space

available, keeping the car charged at home

shouldn’t be a problem. Public facilities leave

something to be desired at the moment but

charging points in the UK are increasing.

Despite the obvious positives related

to local air quality improvement, if the

electricity used for the batteries is not

from a renewable energy, it may not be as

beneficial as it first looks.

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Coping with Arthritis

Put simply, arthritis means inflammation of the joints and

can be due to numerous causes. Although it is thought of as

a disease of the elderly, it can affect people of all ages, even

children. There are more than a hundred different types,

including psoriatic arthritis, enteropathic arthritis and

reactive arthritis to name just three. Over 10,000 people in

the UK live with the disease.

Arthritic symptoms can be very debilitating, with

joint pain, stiffness, loss of movement, swelling and

bone deformity. Two of the most common forms are

osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

synovial fluid. Over time, this damages the joint. It can

also lead to systemic symptoms such as generalised

fatigue, loss of appetite and even anaemia.

Sadly, arthritis is not curable but there are treatments that

can help alleviate symptoms. The first step is to go and see

your GP, who can check your joint condition and range of

movement and refer you to a specialist for assessment.

A blood test can diagnose whether you have rheumatoid

arthritis, while X-rays and scans can detect osteoarthritis

with its telltale thinning of cartilage, swelling and the

bony spurs that can develop called osteophytes.

Treatments for arthritis aim to reduce pain and swelling

and help with movement. They can include medication,

physiotherapy, walking and other aids, steroid injections

into the joint, or in severe cases, either a full- or part-joint

replacement.

When it comes to alleviating pain, the following

medication can be prescribed: analgesics for pain; nonsteroidal

anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as

ibuprofen-based Naproxen

which reduces inflammation

as well as pain; topical

ointments; or steroidal

anti-inflammatory tablets

such as Prednisone and

Cortisone. There are also antirheumatoid

drugs available

that suppress the immune

system response.

Osteoarthritis can affect the knees, hips,

spine, and fingers. It occurs when cartilage

that acts as a shock absorber between the joints wears

away or becomes damaged through illness or injury. The

rate at which cartilage thins over time may also have a

hereditary factor.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that

causes the body’s immune system to attack its synovium

– the soft tissue around joints that produces lubricating

Targeted exercises that

strengthen the muscles

around the joint will help

alleviate pressure and reduce

pain. A physiotherapist will give you exercises to do

and monitor your improvement. One of the knock-on

effects of having arthritis is that it can cause imbalance

of movement, as you unconsciously put more weight on

the less affected knee or hip joint for example, resulting in

increased stress on other joints, which leads to more pain

and joint problems. Gentle strengthening exercises such


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as swimming, yoga and Pilates are all helpful.

A relatively new and effective treatment for osteoarthritis

is AposTherapy®, which works to realign your joints and

improve your gait or walking pattern through the daily

wearing of special customised footwear. Treatment can

take several years but results over time have shown

greatly decreased levels of pain in patients.

Applying heat pads or ice packs can also help temporarily

relieve pain and/or swelling. The most important thing is

to keep the joint moving as much as possible. Although

your instinct may be to rest, this will be detrimental in

the long term.

Your doctor may recommend you for surgery. This

most commonly involves having either a hip or knee

replacement. Currently knee replacements do not last

as long as hip replacements, so consultants are not as

willing to carry them out on younger people.

Another more extreme form of surgery undertaken in

certain cases is joint fusion. This can be done on fingers

for example, or the hip (known as a girdlestone operation)

where the diseased ball joint is removed and the femur

joined to the hip socket. This would only be offered when

the resulting lack

of movement is the

better alternative.

Losing weight will

help as it reduces

pressure on the

joints. You may

find that certain

foods exacerbate

your arthritis, so

omitting those

foods and choosing

a diet rich in antioxidants can be beneficial. Avoiding fatty,

processed and sugary foods often makes a difference.

There are also supplements available over the counter

that reduce inflammation and support joint health, such

as curcumin and glucosamine. It is now believed that

some people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis are

sensitive to gluten, so cutting this out of your diet may

be worth trying.

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The Importance of Posture

Posture is the way we carry and position our body throughout our daily physical activities.

If you have had bad posture for a long time it will feel very

alien at first when you try to correct it, as the body wants

to keep doing what it is used to. However, perseverance,

with regular exercise to strengthen muscle tone, will

result in your posture improving.

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 tail bone ‘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.

Likewise, your mattress should properly support your

back 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. Charles Darwin first scientifically documented the

link between movement and emotion in his studies.

Always consult your GP if you have any concerns.

You will probably need to do this more than once as we all

tend to naturally carry our shoulders in a rounded position.

Exercise and core stability are important when maintaining

good posture, as muscles weaken and muscle fibres

shorten without regular movement and exercise.

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.

Ergonomic furniture and aids can help with best posture;

for example, an orthopaedic mattress or a lumbar support

cushion. Always ensure that your furniture supports you.


MATCH

to Remember

WIGAN ATHLETIC 5

PORT VALE 3

MATCH FACTS

VENUE: Springfield Park

DATE: Friday 13th April 1979

CROWD: 8,542

WIGAN TEAM: Brown, Hinnigan, Smart,

Gore, Ward, Fretwell, Corrigan, Wright,

Houghton, Moore, Purdie Sub: Brownbill

SCORERS:

Wigan - Houghton(3), Brownbill, Moore.

Port Vale - Todd (2), Wright

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BACK DROP

Going into the game, Latics were in 5th place in Division 4, a single point away from

the promotion places with 8 games left to play in their inaugural season. Making

his debut for the Valiants that day (alongside his brother Neville) was 17-year-old

Mark Chamberlain, now an ex-England international and father of Liverpool’s Alex

Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Down 3-0 with just 20 minutes left to play, Latics staged an amazing comeback and

won 5-3 in front of a 8,542 crowd though, 41 years on, some fans will still be kicking

themselves after storming out of Springfield Park long before the match ended.

This match was described by respected football magazine When Saturday Comes as

‘The greatest comeback in the history of the game ever’ and rather inappropriately

for a resurrection, it all happened on a Good Friday.

VIEW FROM THE PITCH –

PETER HOUGHTON

I had scored in the previous few games so went into the match quite

confident. We were in the promotion chase; it was a Bank Holiday and

there was a good atmosphere at Springfield Park. It all changed when

they went 3-0 up and we heard the booing when we came off at half time

so the mood in the changing room was a bit deflated.

Ian McNeill changed tactics and brought on another forward, Derek

Brownbill. My first goal was like a consolation, then when my second and

third goal went in, everything changed. Every time we went forward it looked like we would score. Two further

goals from Derek and Mickey Moore finished Port Vale off.

On this particular day most of my family were in the crowd, and as it used to be quite difficult to get family into

the players’ lounge after the match, they all waited for me in the supporters’ club. I’ll never forget being carried

shoulder-high into the supporters’ club by some of the fans, though my wife was in the ladies at the time and

missed it!

Over the Easter period, we had 3 games in 4 days – Good Friday, Saturday and Monday. I took a knock on my

ankle on the Saturday game but still tried to play on the Monday. it didn’t work out and I didn’t play again that

season. Such is the highs and lows of playing football.


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1. Small measure (usually of food such as custard) (6)

2. Japanese woman trained to entertain men (6)

3. Country, capital Madrid (5)

4. Principal bullfighter (7)

5. Military knapsack (6)

6. Oil used as fuel in lamps (8)

12. Curved oriental sword (8)

14. Deep red (7)

16. Pearl-producing shellfish (6)

18. Mythical monster said to live in watery places like

swamps (6)

19. Drill used to shape or enlarge holes (6)

20. Formal school or college balls held at the end of a

year (5)

ACROSS

1. Integers (6)

7. Member of an ancient Jewish

sect around the time of Christ (8)

8. Hawaiian garland of flowers (3)

9. Fluid in the mouth (6)

10. Shared on-line journal (4)

11. Song used to praise the Deity (5)

13. Dog of mixed breed (7)

15. Dogmatism (7)

17. Yellow fossil resin (5)

21. Organs of locomotion and

balance in fishes (4)

22. Dark brownish-red colour (6)

23. Sweet potato (3)

24. Ribbon-like intestinal parasite (8)

25. Sharpshooter (6)

WORDWHEEL

Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten

minutes to find as many words as possible, none of

which may be plurals, foreign words or proper nouns.

Each word must be of three letters or more, all must

contain the central letter and letters can only be used

once in every word. There is at least one word that uses

all of the letters in the wheel.

TARGET

EXCELLENT: 35 or more words

GOOD: 26 words

FAIR: 20 words


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WORDSEARCH

THEME: Halloween

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

Bats

Broom

Cauldron

Creepy

Crypt

Dracula

Goblins

Groans

Haunted

Hoot

Howl

Monster

Moon

Mummy

Night

Potions

Pumpkin

Scary

Screech

Skeleton

Spiders

Spooky

Treat

Trick

Witch

SUDOKU

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: Exceptional or

outrageously bad at

something!

Trace a path through all

the letters to find the

word or phrase that fits

the clue.

A T S T

H T E H

T A K E

E K A C

NUMBER BLOCK

The numbers in each row add up to totals to the

right. The numbers in each column add up to the

totals along the bottom.

The diagonal lines also add up the

totals to the right.

5

1 8

3 5

2 7

14 16 18

18

11

17

17

18

14

18

All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 77 of this magazine


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Gingerbread

Skeletons

READY

in 1 hour

plus chilling

Makes 20

Kids will love helping to make and decorate these fun spooky Halloween treats!

Ingredients Method

115g butter

1 Preheat the oven to 170C / 150C fan / gas mark 3. Line 2 large baking

115g light muscovado sugar

sheets with baking paper. Place the butter, sugar and syrup in a saucepan

and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted.

100g golden syrup

2 Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and a pinch of salt into a large

450g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

mixing bowl. Add the melted mixture and the egg, and mix together to

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

make a dough (see TIP).

3 tsp ground ginger

3 Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a one

Salt

pound coin. Stamp out gingerbread people shapes with a cutter. Reknead

and re-roll the dough trimmings and cut out more shapes. Place

1 egg, beaten

on the baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Leave on

TO DECORATE

the sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack and leave to cool

400g black ready-to-roll icing

completely.

Icing sugar, for dusting

4 To decorate, roll the black icing out thinly on a surface lightly dusted with

75g ready-made royal icing

icing sugar. Use the cutter to stamp out shapes and attach to gingerbread

biscuits with a little of the royal icing. Spread a circle of royal icing on each

2 x 19g tubes white writing icing

biscuit to create a white face. Use the tubes of white writing icing to pipe

1 pink and 1 black edible writing pen

bones on the biscuits. Leave until the icing has set then use the pink and

black edible pens to draw skeleton features on the white faces.

Tip The dough may be a little sticky at

first, but should become firmer as it cools.

Add an extra sprinkling of

flour, if needed.


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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

falls steeply away and you


for

as

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Puzzle Solutions

CROSSWORD

ACROSS: 1. Digits, 7. Pharisee, 8. Lei, 9. Saliva, 10. Blog, 11. Psalm, 13. Mongrel,

15. Bigotry, 17. Amber, 21. Fins, 22. Maroon, 23. Yam, 24. Tapeworm, 25. Sniper.

DOWN: 1. Dollop, 2. Geisha, 3. Spain, 4. Matador, 5. Kitbag, 6. Kerosene, 12. Scimitar,

14. Crimson, 16. Oyster, 18. Bunyip, 19. Reamer, 20. Proms.

WORDWHEEL

ANSWER:

TREMBLE

WORDSEARCH SUDOKU WIGGLE

WORDS

That Takes The Cake

NUMBER

BLOCK

2 5 8 2

1 4 4 8

9 3 5 1

2 4 1 7

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18

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The Ten Cars with the

Biggest Boots

Practicality is an important factor when buying a car, so we’ve brought together

examples with cavernous boots from a variety of segments.

SKODA FABIA

330 litres with the rear seats up / 1,150 with the rear seats down

Skoda’s ethos is to build the most practical cars and that’s particularly

true of the Fabia, which offers cargo capacity similar to much bigger

cars. The estate has even more room – 530 litres with the rear seats up

and 1,395 with them down.

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN

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Carry on

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by Angie Barker

When I started out on my gardening journey many,

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following the increase in interest in gardening and

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• Kale plug plants – ‘Red Russian’ is a good one to

try

• Garlic bulbs – ‘Provence Wight’ – should produce large

tasty cloves

• Red Onion setts – ‘Red Cross’ – lovely colour

• Spring Onion seeds which can be sown under cloches

– give ‘White Lisbon’ a go

• Rhubarb which will be ready for harvesting next June,

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• Rocket – ‘Dentellata’ has lovely peppery leaves

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enough to plant in up until December or even into next

year if the winter is a mild one.

3 Get hold of a spring bulb catalogue or look on line.

There is nothing nicer than on a chilly autumn evening,

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(I have marshmallows in mine, Hubby has a shot of

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