Local Life - Wigan - November 2020

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LocalLife

Wigan Edition

November 2020

Catching up with the

Hotpots

Pages 44-47

Crafty Christmas

Pages 22-23

Then & Now Pemberton

Page 24

Education Section

Pages 34-41

Making an Entrance

Pages 56-59

Jack’s Tracks – Tontine

Pages 72-74

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


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Hands up if you feel like ‘doing a hedgehog’ and

going into hibernation for the winter, only

emerging when this madness ends?

Unlike the last lockdown, which took place amid some

glorious weather, the latest restrictions will take in a dark

and cold time of year and they could take a much heavier

mental toll on those who are feeling isolated or fragile.

Please do your best to recognise who these people are,

as it is not always obvious, and do your best to keep in

touch with them. A simple phone call, text or message

can mean a lot.

Let us also try and rethink the way we do Christmas this

year. Instead of starting our Christmas shopping in city

centre crowds, on the web and in the supermarkets, let’s

try the local option first. There are many local outlets with

imaginative ranges of Christmas gifts (some of them in

this magazine).

And despite everything that’s happening, please don’t

lose sight of the fact that things will get better in 2021.

The vaccines are already rolling off the production lines

and it’s just a matter of time before the human race

defeats this virus.

Yes, this Christmas is going to be strange but just look

forward to the party we’re going to have next Christmas

making up for lost time!

On behalf of all at Local Life, our best wishes for a happy

and safe Christmas and we’ll see you in 2021. Now where’s

the nearest pile of leaves?

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk

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This month’s highlights

44. Catching up with the Hotpots

Contents

24. Then & Now

22. Crafty Christmas

34. Education Section

12. Beauty

Gifts of Gorgeousness

28. Food

Cranberry, Orange and Nut Loaf

32. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size.

60. Books

Historical Fiction to Dystopian Lit.

64. Travel

Travel Insurance Advice.

68. Health

Managing your Stress.

76. Motoring

Vokswagen e-Up Review.

81. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

52. Pep Up Your Hallway

72. Tontine Walk

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Hospice Support

Hospice UK, the national charity

which leads Hospice Care Week,

estimates that UK hospices have

lost in the region of £70m in

income so far this year, with charity

shops closed throughout the

first lockdown and many major

fundraising events having to be

cancelled.

You can help Wigan and Leigh

Hospice face this unprecedented

financial challenge by buying your

Christmas cards from the Hospice

this year. The Hospice has a range of eight Christmas

cards and these are sold in packs of ten cards for £2.99

each online at www.wlh.org.uk.

You can also support Hospice’s annual Light for a Life

appeal, which provides an opportunity to celebrate and

remember those you love and have loved. A light is lit

on the Hospice Christmas tree

for every dedication made each

year and every name is featured

in a Book of Dedications which is

printed into a bound hard-backed

book and is available to view all

year round.

Dedications can be made to

anyone, there does not need to

be a connection to the Hospice.

It is a simple and moving way of

remembering those you love or

have loved at Christmas time. For

more details, visit www.wlh.org.uk.

The tree switch-on ceremony will be held this year on

Tuesday 8th December at 6.30pm, but the public are not

invited due to COVID-19 restrictions. You can watch this

on the Hospice’s Facebook page or on the Wigan and

Leigh Hospice YouTube channel. Please do not attend the

Hospice.


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Paddle & Pottery

Join the team for a paddle around Scotman’s Flash at

dusk. You will paddle out in rafted canoes, bellboats and

katakanus to see what spookiness lies on the water. When

you return to shore there will be a campfire to warm up

by and you will be able to paint a piece of Halloween

themed pottery from Haigh Stables Gallery to take home

with you.

If you fancy a bit of a treat you can even take your own

marshmallows, chocolate biscuits and flask of hot

chocolate to enjoy around the fire.

The session is suitable from ages 3+ and will take place

on Saturday 31st October from 3.30-5pm and the cost

is £12 per person. To book your place, please email

outdooradventure@ihlmail.org with the number and

ages of the people wanting to take part, preferred boat

and your contact number.

Big Bike Revival Returns

If your pushbike has seen better days or you just don’t feel

confident in giving it a bit of a tune up, then the Big Bike

Revival in Wigan might be just the thing you need. The

workshops are funded by Cycle UK and are delivered by

Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, you simply book a slot, take

your bike for a free check-up and repair and that goes for

bikes of all ages sizes and types.

Sessions will be available in 20-minute timeslots, with

fully qualified bike mechanics carrying out all work and

Covid-19 procedures in place to ensure everything is as

safe as possible. You might even be able to pick up some

cycling goodies and find some information about where

to ride and how to keep your bike in tip-top condition.

Gifts From £12

Complimentary Christmas

gift wrapping available

• Gearing Up Workshop, The Brick Works, Wigan

Saturday 31st October, 9am-1pm

• Ashton Leisure Centre

Friday 6th November, 4pm-7pm

• Standish Leisure Centre

Saturday 7th November, 10am-1pm

Booking is essential so for further information and to

book a time slot, get online and visit

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is

urging communities to do their bit this Autumn and stay

safe, as the Halloween and Bonfire season gets underway

this week.

Festivities will look very different this year as a result of

COVID-19 restrictions, with organised displays cancelled

across Greater Manchester.

With more people expected to celebrate at home,

firefighters are calling on people to take extra care and

remind themselves of Bonfire and firework safety advice

that is available at www.manchesterfire.gov.uk

GMFRS’ Chief Fire Officer, Dave Russel, said: “The

Halloween and Bonfire period will be as busy as ever

with the expectation that more families and households

will opt to host their own small firework display due to

organised events having been cancelled.

“Our advice would be to not have fireworks and bonfires

this year – instead, stay at home, stay safe and protect our

emergency services. If you do choose to purchase fireworks,

you must do so safely by checking for the CE mark, and you

Safe4Autumn

must follow the Fireworks Code when using them.

“Bonfires can be dangerous if not managed correctly and

they cause problems for our emergency services. If you

are going to have a bonfire in your garden, please do

so safely by following the advice on our website www.

manchesterfire.gov.uk. It’s more important than ever that

people across Greater Manchester celebrate this autumn

safely and responsibly.”

Dino Safari

Haigh Hall have launched a new Dino Safari attraction for

kids! They have teamed up with Love Exploring, which is a

free app that lets you explore your surroundings.

Activities to choose from include the Dino Safari, which

will help you and the kids track down dinosaurs with an

augmented reality game.

You can download the app now by searching for Love

Exploring in your App Store or Google Play Store.

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Gifts of

Gorgeousness

Beauty gifts that Santa will wish he thought of, from stocking fillers to luxury treats

Eco lovers will appreciate Biovene

Solid Shampoo and Conditioner

Bars (£4 each). They’re also a great

gift for anyone planning on going

travelling next year, as they take up

very little space in a suitcase but last

for weeks. The bars are free from

parabens, sulphates and other harsh

chemicals and use natural goodies

like macadamia oil and shea butter

to gently cleanse and nourish hair.

See www.justmylook.com.

Alternatively, the Eco Warrior Mini

Cube by the Little Soap Company

(www.littlesoapcompany.co.uk)

is as pretty as it is eco. For £8, you

get a Sensitive Facial Bar, Exfoliating

Bar, Shampoo

Bar and Shaving

Bar. They’re all

plant-based, free

from synthetics

and packed

with natural

ingredients such as essential oils,

pink clay, oatmeal and coconut oil.

What make-up lover isn’t a fan of

Urban Decay’s Naked Eyeshadow

Palettes (£43)? The Ultraviolet one

is likely to cause squeals of delight

on Christmas Day from any fan of

a bold smoky eye.

The twelve shades are a mix of

mattes, metallic and shimmers. The

focus is purple, from lilac to deepest

aubergine (but with names like

‘Euphoric’ and ‘Cyber Punk’…), and

there are complementary nudes and

golds to create the perfect dramatic

eye. As you’d expect from Urban

Decay (www.urgandecay.co.uk), the

shadows go on easily and stay put

for hours. Pair the palette with the

Lash Freak Mascara (£21) for extra

brownie points.

Most of us rarely treat ourselves

to a new make-up bag, but they’re

always nice to get. (Because, let’s

face it, how many of us ever get

around to cleaning out the powder,

lipstick stains and other gunk that

accumulates in them?) The Tierra

Palm Multi-coloured Makeup Bag

(£16.50) from Oliver Bonas is likely

to be well-received. If you’re feeling

especially generous, team it with the

coordinating Wash Bag (£24).

Do you make your own Christmas

crackers? Forget a plastic fish or

silver napkin ring, pop in a Leighton

Denny Back to Nature Nail Polish in

Peony or Forest (£12) instead. They’re

vegan, 75% natural and designed to

have a lower impact on

the environment than

most nail varnishes.

See www.LD-Boutique.

com.

Give someone the gift

of a good night’s sleep

with the Tonic Velvet

Eye Mask (£15 from

www.amara.com) and

This Works’ Choose Sleep Kit (£10

from www.thisworks.com). The

mask is velvet on one side and satin

on the other, so it feels lush against

skin. The Choose Sleep Kit contains

miniatures of two of This Works’

bestselling products – the Deep

Sleep Pillow Spray and Stress Check

Roll-On.

Know someone who loves

luxuriating in the bath tub? A

Biovene Hair Wrap Treatment (£3

from www.justmylook.com) would

make a great stocking filler. It’s easy

to use: just pop it over your hair, use

the sticky tab to keep it in place, and

then rinse off after twenty minutes.

It smells divine

and leaves hair

feeling softer and

healthier.


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Shop safe, stay local

We stock a wide range of Christmas

presents for both women and men.

Exclusive Christmas gift packs

from Clarins and Espa

You can order Christmas gifts or beauty products by phone, via email or

via our online store, with free delivery within a 7-mile radius of Billinge.

Gift wrapped options are available.

Socially distanced personal shopping trips to pick out your Christmas

gifts can be pre-booked, please call us to book a convenient time.

Looking for inspiration?

Christmas gift vouchers are available online or via our app.

Visit our website or Facebook page to check out the latest offers

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161-171, Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7PA

01744 894 214

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Heritage Survey

Wigan Council are looking for residents to complete

a survey about the Borough’s heritage environment.

This includes historic buildings, structures and ruins,

conservation areas, historic gardens and landscapes.

If you want to have your say about buildings such as

Winstanley Hall and Haigh Hall, here is your chance.

This consultation draft Historic Environment Strategy sets

out the Council’s vision and priorities for the protection

of the borough’s historic environment, together with a

robust framework to support the delivery of projects that

affect it.

The Council owns several heritage assets, but most are

owned and managed privately by people and businesses,

or by local community groups and voluntary bodies.

The council wants this strategy to be used by all those

groups, so that they can work in co-operation with local

communities and the council to help conserve and

enhance the borough’s historic environment.

This survey will close on Monday 9th November 2020

to have your say just visit; www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/

Consultations/Consultations.aspx


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Volunteers Needed

Wigan Borough Community Partnership are on the

lookout for volunteers. The Wigan Borough Volunteer

Hub is run by Wigan Borough Community Partnership, a

registered charity which exists to provide advice, training,

and support to the voluntary, community and social

enterprise sector of Wigan Borough.

The Hub is looking for people who would be willing to

support individuals in the community who are selfisolating,

by helping with a range of activities including,

personal shopping, food deliveries and care calls.

Can you help? If this sounds like something you might

like to get involved with please contact the Community

Partnership on 01942 363621 or by emailing info@

wbcommunitypartnership.org

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Souvenir shirts

Sporting memorabilia

Cross-stitching and Craft

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Wide choice of quality frames

Expert advice and efficient service

Call 01942 718602

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On-site Parking

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Despite the effect

that the current

health crisis is

having on the arts

and entertainment

industry, Jockey

Club Live are busy

lining up race night

events for the 2021

season at Haydock

Park and Aintree

racecourses. The

Jockey Club Live

events are renowned for combining a fun-filled evening

at the races with a spectacular evening concert in the

informal and relaxed open-air setting of the hallowed turf.

Confirmed events at Haydock so far are Tom Jones (19th

June) and Olly Murs (17th July), and the confirmed event

at Aintree so far is Nile Rodgers & Chic (11th June). Jockey

Club Live events are also held at Newmarket, Sandown

and Carlisle racecourses.

Tickets for all the events are now available at www.

thejockeyclublive.co.uk and the Jockey Club Live offer a

money back guarantee if cancelled.

Keep your eyes peeled for Local Life issues early in 2021

when we will be running a couple of ticket giveaways for

these events.


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Rememberance Sunday

Preparations have been made for Wigan Borough to mark

Remembrance Sunday in a different way this year. The

council usually arranges 14 events but a new format is

required in light of the global pandemic and to ensure

public health guidelines are adhered to.

It means officers will focus on supporting services at the

parish churches in Wigan and Leigh where restrictions on

the number of attendees will be in place. To avoid large

gatherings, no parades or outside services are being

organised.

At each cenotaph managed by the council, poppy signs

will be installed to help residents with social distancing

and there will be marshals in the areas during busy

periods. Residents who would like to lay wreaths or

pay their respects are asked to do so throughout the

day, rather than gathering at 11am. The council are also

encouraging residents and schools to display poppy

posters and designs in their windows.

The respective services at Wigan and Leigh parish

churches will have limited attendance with priority given

to Armed Forces organisations. Following the services,

which will be streamed live, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

will lay wreaths at the respective cenotaphs.

Local churches may organise their own services but

will be required to have their own risk assessments and

Covid-safety provisions in place.

Mini Makers

If you are looking for something to occupy your little

one, then why not have a go at the monthly mini makers

session at Wigan Steam? You and your budding artist can

enjoy a morning of crafty activity including messy play,

making, sticking, gluing and lots of creative learning fun!

There are two sessions a month and the next one will be

held on Wednesday 4th November at 10am. The cost of

the ticket is £2.50 and this admits one child and one adult,

to help the centre adhere to social distancing measures.

You can book your tickets by going online at www.

wigansteam.co.uk/events

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Situated near Sedbergh,

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and also within easy

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Children & pets welcome

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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

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A highly recommended family name established in 1982


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A Christmas like no other

With Christmas markets closed and many unwilling to risk the crowds in city centres and

large shopping centres, you may be wondering just how you can buy imaginative and personal

gifts for those family, friends and neighbours who have gone over and above to help this year.

The gorgeous Love It Gallery in Billinge has an excellent range of original gifts to suit all

budgets, made from craftspeople, many of them local. From Christmas cards, wrapping, advent

calendars and decorations, right through to gifts sets, accessories, jewellery, ceramics, and

soft furnishings, the Love It Gallery has got something for everyone this Christmas.

Demand is sure to be high this year, so call

in soon for a great selection of gifts.

Love It Gallery, Winstanley Road, Billinge WN5 7XG

Open: 9.30am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday

Telephone: 01695 622 332


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As the home of Morpheus Glass,

it’s not surprising that the range

of inspirational glass art at Love

It Gallery is huge, with clocks,

bowls, mirrors, vases, wall

panels and much more featuring

prominently, many pieces carrying

the rainbow theme of 2020.

On site at the gallery is the

Bag & Bean café, where

you can enjoy coffee, cake

and light lunches, socially

distanced style - with

additional outdoor and

undercover seating with

heating.


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Wishing you a

Crafty Christmas

By Nicola Gray

Is there anything more treasured or satisfying come to think

of it, than homemade Christmas decorations? There is one

sure-fire way to get into the Christmas spirit, and in my

opinion that is a bit of Christmas DIY. In our house we still

lovingly decorate our tree with past their best sourdough

decorations made in the 80’s and cardboard stars that

have long since lost their glitter. The pudding making starts

months in advance and we have been known to knock up

the odd Christmas cupcake.

Whether it is a reindeer cut out by your little ones or a

homemade festive wreath adorning your front door,

make-your-own decorations will always take pride of

place. These days the options are endless, with craft

fayres, wreath making courses and children’s craft kits,

you cannot fail to be inspired.

With social distancing threatening to put a bit of damper

on festivities this year, we thought we would take a

look at what is on offer, from decorating gifts, crafting

handmade gifts for your loved ones and getting the kids

involved with some scrumptious treats.

Wreath Making

Wreath making has become exceedingly popular over

the last few years, and what’s not to love? You can

craft your own front door decoration, match it to your

preferred colour scheme and have a mulled wine or two

whilst you’re at it! Here are a few wreath making classes

available in the area.

The Lily Pot – this is an online tutorial that you can

do from the comfort of your own home. The workshop

takes 2 hours and starts at £32.93 per wreath. Dates are

available from Monday 16th November right the way

through to Monday 21st December. For more information

go to www.thelilypotstandish.co.uk

Olive Owl – will be hosting wreath workshops at the

Posthouse and the Gelato House in Orrell starting from

Tuesday 24th November. There are variety of dates

available and you can book on to a traditional wreath

making class, a dried wreath class or if you fancy a bit of

a party try the wreath and rave workshops. Prices start at

£35 and tickets and information on social distancing

can be found at www.oliveowl.co.uk

Blossom Room – will be hosting a

Christmas Wreath class at Alberts

in Standish on Sunday 29th

November and Sunday 6th

December. They will also

be hosting a Christmas

Centrepiece workshop on

Monday 21st December

at their base at Windy

Arbour Farm in Billinge.

Prices start at £45 and

you can secure your

place by calling 01942

212900.


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Christmas Crafts

What could be better

than making your own

Christmas cards and gifts

tags? Getting the children

involved and ramping up the

Christmas spirit, that’s what!

Cedar Farm in Mawdesley will be

hosting a variety of Christmas craft

workshops great for adults and children

alike – sounds like festive heaven.

• The Christmas calligraphy workshop will take place

on 3rd December with a focus on making extra special

Christmas stationery. The price is £55 and all the materials

and kit needed are included in the price. To book your

spot email mellorandrose@icloud.com

• Also, on the list at Cedar Farm is a parent and toddler

Christmas craft session on Wednesday 2nd December

from 9.45am. You can spend an hour getting creative with

your little one making paper mosaics and decorations.

The cost is £7.50 per adult and toddler and this includes

refreshments. For more information or to book your place

please go online at www.cedarfarm.net

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covered and you too can have homemade festive treats

for Christmas Day.

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tube of buttercream, 4 printed toppers, a selection

of Christmas sweets and a bag of festive sprinkles.

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Then & Now Pemberton

The foundation stone for the Carnegie Library in Pemberton

was laid on 12th September 1906 and the grand opening took

place 15 months later on 11

December 1907, attended

by Lord Balcarres and Sam

Wood, the Mayor of Wigan.

A view of Pemberton

Station and assorted staff.

The station’s ticket office,

with its Billinge Road

entrance, is to the right-hand side of the bridge and the

waiting room is in the foreground on the left. Year unknown.

A Wigan-bound steam

tram and trailer near the

Lichfield Street/Ormskirk

Road junction, circa 1903.

Houses in the snow at Spring Bank, Pemberton, thought to

be in December 1899. The snowfall caused the first of four

postponements of the Wigan County vs. Southport in the

Lancashire Senior Cup at Springfield Park.

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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Cash for Culture

Arts at the Mill CIC has been awarded £945,621 as part

of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

(CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus

pandemic and to ensure that the organisation has a

sustainable future, the Culture Secretary announced

recently.

Arts at the Mill are one of 1,385 cultural and creative

organisations across the country receiving urgently

needed support.

£257 million of investment has been announced as part

of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants

programme being administered by Arts Council England.

Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage

sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Arts at the Mill Marketing & Communications Director,

Rebecca Davenport said:

“We feel lucky and extremely grateful to have been

awarded this grant. We had to make the difficult decision

to close our doors in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus

pandemic so this money will go a long way in covering

losses incurred in the organisation due to closure”.

Rebecca continued “We now broadcast live performances,

workshops, tutorials, seminars, vlogs and more several

times per week to continue to provide creative output

and to maintain cultural engagement for all. Doing

this has meant we’ve been able to continue offering

paid work in a time when opportunities for artists have

become extremely limited”.

She added “In addition, we’ve thankfully been able to

maintain employment for all our staff members with a

number of them continuing to work and some, having

been furloughed, using their time to volunteer for the

Covid-19 Community Response Team. We can’t thank

DCMS and Arts Council England enough for giving us this

incredible lifeline.”

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READY

in 1hr 45mins

plus cooling

Makes 8-10

Cranberry,

orange and nut loaf

This simple cake makes a delicious alternative to a classic Christmas cake.

Add the icing and fresh cranberry topping on the day of serving.

Ingredients

175g unsalted butter, softened

175g golden caster sugar

225g self-raising flour

2 tsp ground mixed spice

½ tsp baking powder

3 large eggs

75g sweetened dried cranberries

50g walnuts & 50g hazelnuts, chopped

Zest of 1 orange

1 tbsp orange juice

FROSTING

Half of a 400g tub ready-made royal icing

2 tsp snowflake sugar sprinkles

75g fresh cranberries

Fresh mint sprigs, to decorate (optional)

Icing sugar, for dusting

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, gas mark 3. Grease a 900g loaf

tin and line the base and up two long sides of the tin with baking

parchment.

2 Place the butter, sugar, flour, spice, baking powder and eggs in a large

bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 2-3 minutes until thoroughly

combined. Fold in the dried cranberries, nuts and orange zest and juice.

3 Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface. Bake for 1hr-1 hr 15

minutes or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the centre

of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then

turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

4 Spread the royal icing over the top of the cake. Scatter over the sugar

sprinkles and fresh cranberries, plus the fresh mint sprigs if using. Leave

in a cool place until set. Serve sliced.

TIP: Instead of the fresh cranberries you could scatter over more festivethemed

sugar sprinkles and add a dusting of edible gold spray for a really

sparkly finish.


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READY

in 30 mins

plus chilling

Serves 6

Potted

Smoked Salmon

This is the perfect starter for the lunch on the big day –

the recipe will easily double up if you are feeding a crowd at Christmas!

Ingredients

275g honey roast salmon flakes

250g smoked salmon slices, chopped

100g unsalted butter, softened

125g full-fat soft cheese

2 tsp creamed horseradish

1 tbsp lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fresh dill sprigs and green

peppercorns, to garnish

Slices of toasted brown or granary

bread, to serve

Method

1 Reserve about 25g of the salmon flakes for garnish (cover and chill in

the fridge until required).

2 Place the rest of the salmon flakes in a food processor with the smoked

salmon, butter, soft cheese, horseradish and lemon juice. Process until

smooth and creamy. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black

pepper and process for a further few seconds.

3 Divide the mixture between 6 small ramekin dishes and level the

surface. Cover and chill in the fridge until required. Garnish with the

rest of the salmon flakes, dill sprigs and green peppercorns. Serve with

toasted brown or granary bread.

TIP: Most supermarkets sell packs of ready-flaked honey roast salmon but if unavailable just buy ready-cooked smoked salmon

fillets and roughly flake the fish, discarding any skin and fine bones.


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Do try this

at home…

A homemade lava lamp

This lava lamp is short-lived, but

pretty magical.

You’ll need:

• A glass

• Vegetable oil

• Water

• A bright food colouring (e.g. red or

green)

• An Alka-Seltzer tablet

What to do:

• Fill the glass to about halfway with

vegetable oil.

• Add around a fifth of a glass of

water.

• Add around 10 drops of food

colouring.

• Drop in the Alka-Seltzer tablet and

watch the marvel unfold.

Why it works:

The oil floats on the water. When

you drop the tablet in, it reacts with

the water to make carbon dioxide

bubbles. They carry the coloured

water to the top, before popping

and sinking back down.

Iceberg

For this experiment, you probably

have everything you need already.

You’ll need:

• A glass

• Ice cubes

• Salt

• String

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• Dangle a piece of string in the

glass with one hand.

• Pop ice cubes into the glass so that

it’s at least half-full.

• Can you pull the ice-cubes out of

the glass using the string?

• Repeat the first two steps.

• Pour a couple of tablespoons of

salt over the ice cubes and the

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• Wait 10 seconds and pull the string

out.

• This time, the ice cubes should

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Why it works

The salt makes the edges of the ice

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Runaway milk

Fun science experiments that the whole family will enjoy

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You’ll need:

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• Washing-up liquid

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• Add a few drops of food colouring

in different areas. Not too many,

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Top Christmas Apps

Help your child or children discover the magic of Christmas by using these popular Christmas apps.

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Portable North Pole

Through the Portable North Pole (PNP)

app and website, parents can send

their kids personalised videos direct

from the North Pole. Video messages

are free, but for an additional fee parents can buy their

child more detailed personalisations, views of Santa’s

village and news of the naughty or nice list this year.

NORAD

For more than 60 years, the North

American Aerospace Defense

Command has been tracking Santa’s

whereabouts on Christmas Eve using

satellites and jet fighters. The 2020 NORAD Tracks Santa

website and app each offer a Christmas countdown,

games and other activities, in addition to NORAD’s iconic

reports on Santa’s travels come December 24.

Message From Santa

Parents who download the Message

from Santa app get unlimited

personalised calls from Santa and

can surprise their child with video

messages straight from the North Pole. Kids can also

leave Santa special voicemail messages or hold a text

conversation with him.

Elf Yourself

You can star in a series of personalised

videos featuring your face on dancing

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friends and family from Facebook

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For tech shoppers, November is Gadget Christmas.

That’s because the last Friday of the month, the

27th of November, is Black Friday. Black Friday is

when online shops and many high street retailers

offer amazing discounts on all kinds of products.

And the discounts can be massive, with hundreds

of pounds off high-end laptops, big TVs and other

big-ticket purchases.

The name Black Friday is a little misleading

because many of the retailers now run deals the

week leading up to Black Friday and/or the week

after.

Many of the deals are genuine, but it’s important

to do a little homework because some of them

are a little creative.

Some deals are rather like the supermarket wine

promotions where the price of a £6 bottle of wine

is briefly raised to £9; the shop then goes back to

the original price and sticks a ‘Save £3.00!’ sticker

on it. In tech, the same thing can happen with

prices going up just before Black Friday to create

a discount that isn’t really a discount.

Another common trick is to quote a recommended

retail price that nobody sensible ever paid. For

example, a TV supposedly reduced from £1,799

to £999 may well have been on sale for £1,099 for

the last six months. You’re still getting a saving,

but it’s not as exciting as the shop wants you to

think.

Technology can help here. Use Pricespy.co.uk

to see what other retailers are charging for

the same product, and for Amazon deals use

CamelCamelCamel.com to look at a product’s

Amazon price history to see if a deal is good or

just too good to be true.

As with any sale, don’t let the prospect of a big

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interest on some cards can easily wipe out your

Black Friday savings.

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Some of the best discounts are on the

most expensive models but you’ll find

good budget deals too.

Various prices,

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AMAZON ECHO

Black

Friday

Amazon’s smart speakers get discounted

for every Amazon sale event and Black

Friday is no exception. The third-generation

Echo delivers surprisingly great sound

despite its compact dimensions.

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INSTANT POT

We love the Instant Pot, a

programmable electric pressure

cooker that’s brilliant for soups,

stews, chilli, curries, rice and pretty

much anything else you can cook

in a pot. It’s usually Amazon’s Black

Friday bestseller.

Usually £84, www.amazon.co.uk

PHILIPS AMBILIGHT TV

There are always great Black

Friday discounts on smart TVs,

and some of the biggest we’ve

seen were on Philips’ clever

Ambilight range, which uses

coloured light to make the

room match what’s on screen.

Various prices,

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XBOX ONE X

Expect big discounts on Microsoft’s superb console and Sony’s PS4

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must be

The Price is Right

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

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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

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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.

Alan Batt

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

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Upholland Road, Billinge £550,000

Townfields, Ashton-in-Makerfield£330,000

• 6 Bed barn conversion

• Over 2,200 sq ft

• 4 Bed detached

• Over 3,300 sq ft

• Rural views to rear

• Ideal for entertaining

• Large secluded plot

• Gated access

SOLD

Orchid Close, Upholland £250,000

Kilburn Ave, Ashton-in-Makerfield £220,000

• 4 Bed detached

• Over 1,300 sq ft

• 3 Bed detached

• 3 Receptions

• 2 Receptions

• Not overlooked to rear

• Integral garage

• Large rear garden

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Newton Road, Billinge £200,000

Clapgate Lane, Goose Green £150,000

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• 3 Bed Semi

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I’m a working man from

Lancashire…

by Nicola Gray

Since first taking to the stage

in 2007, The Lancashire

Hotpots have been putting

a smile on our faces with

their light-hearted view on

life. Their brand of music has

a distinctly Northern edge

and it has gained them a

cult following over the years.

From playing Glastonbury to

writing jingles for Holland’s

Pies, the Hotpots have been

successfully entertaining the

nation with comedy songs

about chippy teas and how

to ‘mek us a brew’. We caught

up with Bernard, Bob, Kenny,

Ron, Billy and Dickie to see

what fun they’ve been having

during lockdown.

Dickie reliably informs me

that the tale of how the

band met is one of folklore,

“It’s a tale of mystery, one that involves Noel Edmond’s

helicopter, a break in at the Uncle Joe’s Mint Ball Factory

and an after-hours session with Elton Welsby in Billinge!”

From their first answer I can already tell that this is going

to be an interview like no other and I can’t wait for the rest

of the answers. Bernard added, “Like that Queen film we

watched at the cinema last year, he may have included a

bit of dramatic licence there. In reality, me, Bob and Dickie

had been in a couple of bands previously and Kenny, Billy

and Ron were all musician friends that we knew and

asked to join along the way.”

Bernard Thresher and Bob Wriggles met while working

at Knowsley Safari Park and formed their first rock band

together, Korova. Whilst working at St Helens College,

Bob met Dickie Ticker and

the three became interested

in working together. After

Korova disbanded, Bernard

and Bob joined forces with

Dickie to create electronic

dance music under the new

guise of Emmet.

Billy McCartney was in

Liverpool band Lyons and

Tigers who supported the

Hotpots numerous times

around the North West and

Kenny Body was in several

St Helens based bands

including Jessica’s Ghost

and Giant Root Attack. Both

were enlisted to play in the

band following the death

of original drummer, Willie

Eckerslike.

But what about their good

old Lancashire upbringings?

Bernard told me, “I think we all had a pretty normal

upbringing in St Helens, mine certainly was; mum, dad,

brother, given a guitar at an early age and potato waffles

and baked beans for me tea most nights.” “You can’t ask

for more than that can you? Bob laughs.”

Bernard added, “I was successfully excluded from nine

schools for a series of harmless and humorous incidents,

involving small fires and the occasional release of school

pets into the wilds. He does admit afterwards that he may

be slightly exaggerating here for comic effect, but in all

honesty that is what we love about the Hotpots.

Get the Hotpots talking about their hometown and the

interview conducts itself, it’s just fun to be able to listen!

Talking about their old haunts Dickie chirps in, “Have you


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ever been to the Three-Legged Fisherman in Heskin?

It’s just past Charnock Richard services, they serve the

best Chicken Kiev in Lancashire.” Bernard added, “Back

in the day when I’d just started drinking, I used to enjoy

a breath-taking night at ‘Jokers Bar’ in St Helens town

centre opposite Scala Snooker. Tuesday night’s there

were off the charts, especially when they had a 2 for 1

offer on MD20/20. Remember that?”

Although Bernard now lives in Coventry, (he really

does, it’s even documented in one of their songs, ‘This

Lancashire Town) it’s easy to see the love these chaps

have for their roots and how much it has shaped them.

Dickie, Kenny and Ron all still reside in the borough,

Kenny adds, “We love St Helens’ equidistance between the

throbbing metropolitan

hubs of Liverpool and

Manchester. That

and Burchall’s Pie

Shop on Westfield

Street.”

The band first dabbled with comedy music, producing a

remix of the Coldplay song “Clocks” for Radio One DJ Chris

Moyles in the style of the German dance group Scooter. In

a play on words they named the side project Moped. The

track proved popular with listeners of the show and they

went on to produce several more remixes. Then came the

idea of a folk band, who write songs and tell stories about

modern life and the rest, as they say, is history.

Music is in their blood; it makes them happy, but who are

their influences and who do they enjoy listening to? Ron

tells me, “The CD player in the Hotpots van will quite often

play a lot of Queen, early 80s pop, a bit of AC/DC and a

smattering of drum and bass…it’s a very broad church.

Bernard can’t remember the first record that he bought

but Dickie says, “My first record was The Smurf Song by

Father Abraham, this goes some way to explaining why

we make the music that we do.”

I am informed by the band members that all young men

in St Helens have the same aspirations growing up. Their


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Gigs and tours are renowned for being

tireless and unrelenting, but the band seem

to have this under control as well. It was hard

for them to pinpoint just one show that had

been their favourite. Bernard added, “I can’t

remember coming off stage and thinking,

wow that’s me favourite but looking back

there was one gig we did at the Manchester

Academy where we had KFC and champagne

backstage. How do you beat that?”

Speaking of gigs, and the lack of them

now due to the pandemic, I have always

wondered if musicians really have a favourite

song. Dickie wistfully informs me that is a

question that can only be answered at a

certain moment in time as it changes for

them on an almost daily basis. He added, “At

the minute we aren’t playing any live shows

what with the virus. I was enjoying a little

ditty we do called The Austerity Blues which

is about the prices of everything going up;

we’re nothing if not topical.”

dream job was not playing gigs up and down the country

but was strapping on their boots and playing for Saints.

Bernard added, “Sadly my League career was cut short by

a series of broken collar bones, weak knees and lack of

rugby playing ability. I like to think that rugby’s loss has

been music’s gain.”

With their rugby playing days firmly behind them and

song writing and all things music making keeping them

busy, do they have time for anything else? Billy said,

“Things are perilous for a lot of people at the moment

work wise, but currently you could find us involved

in such jobs as lecturing, website coding and vehicle

manufacture. One of us has been known to mix up the

crisps in those bags of Walkers Mix Ups too.”

There is always a laugh to be had with the Hotpots

and even when asked about their proudest moments

since starting the band, that old Northern humour is

evident. Dickie says, “There was one gig back in 2009

where I remembered all the words and had a fault free

performance and it’s been downhill from there. Kenny

added, “Playing big stages for festivals like Kendal Calling

will always be a thrill for us. Oh, and getting to play live

on Radio 2 for Zoe Ball last Christmas was a blast but a

4am alarm call and a 6am soundcheck is not something I

would want to repeat in a hurry.”

Speaking of the current pandemic, I want to know what

the band has been up to during lockdown and as I’ve

come to realise over the course of this interview, the

answer isn’t what you’d expect. Bernard told me, “We’ve

kept ourselves busy with needlework, Nintendo Switch

digital golf, research into flying saucers and Uno. We’ll

have to get round to writing some new songs eventually.”

Before I let them go, I wanted to know about any funny

stories or things that have happened to the band through

the years. The lads do not disappoint as they tell me

about being unfortunate enough to suffer a flat tyre after

a gig. Bernard said, “All the lads had to stand in the rain on

the side of the motorway for hours. I of course had taken

a limousine back to the Premier Inn and was nibbling

Ferrero Rocher and quaffing Labatt lager till the wee small

hours. We did laugh.”

With Lancashire Day just around the corner, I couldn’t let

The Hotpots go with our hearing some of their favourite

Lancashire phrases. Some responses weren’t suitable

for publication, but they quickly agreed, and Dickie

answered, “My favourite phrases are ‘Y’In?’ (are you at

home as I would like to visit) and ‘Y’Owt’? (will you be out

later to meet with friends for light refreshments).”


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17th July 2021

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September issue of Local Life were recently announced.

Janet Gray from Sandbrook Gardens in Orrell won the

main prize, which was a Rainbow Arch, Joanne Johnson

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Grove in Winstanley won the 3rd prize, a Rainbow Bee.

The main picture shows Janet’s granddaughter Jodie

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of the Love It Gallery. Also pictured are Joanne’s husband

Pete and Nicola with their prizes.

The pieces are just part of the collection of rainbow

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Pep Up

Your Hallway

Give your entrance a stylish update with new furniture or accessories.

SAY HELLO TO HALLWAY STYLE

• Choose a runner that leads guests from the front

door to the heart of your home. Consider how its

colours and patterns interact with adjacent rooms

– and avoid light colours that show the dirt.

• Shoe and coat racks, console tables, benches

and the like can be selected with an eye for style

as much as storage. An upcycled or vintage piece

could really make a statement.

• A hallway mirror is not only an essential but can

really up the fashion stakes. All sorts of designs are

available, and a rattan frame is very on trend.

• Include a row of hooks for more impact, whether

rustic or traditional, industrial or modern. They

come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colours.

• Add an accessory or two, such as a work of art, a

table lamp or a pot of succulents to complement

and enhance your hall’s colours and textures.

Ensure that the combination of pieces makes

you feel happy when you come home.

A clean-lined shape and subtle

colour makes this a useful piece

for any style of hallway.

Garden Trading Clockhouse hallway

storage bench, £260, Cuckooland.

In a soft colour palette and matt

finish, these striking hooks have a

minimal, Nordic feel.

MADE Essentials Apartment wall

hooks in tonal grey, £35, made.com.

With a small footprint but a big

impact, this glamorous lacquer and

brass cabinet is finished with solid

acrylic cabochons.

Globo console, £1,995, Jonathan

Adler.

Get the luxe look with a gilded

mirror that also offers convenient

space on the shelf below for bits

and bobs.

Medium Lene Bjerre Hildia mirror in

gold, £90, Sweetpea & Willow.

Handy for post,

reminders and

invitations, this wirework

display rack has an

appealingly functional

feel that would look

great in a modern space.

Farringdon memo

board, £30, Garden

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Generously sized hooks in a

traditional design will hold

coats, scarves and even hats

comfortably.

Country wall hooks,

£75, A by Amara.

This vintage-inspired piece will make

a bohemian statement in your home.

Bali rattan coat stand, £125, Oliver

Bonas.

A soft rug will welcome guests. This

runner is rich and inviting, in patterned

peach, nude and grey.

Nova Runner, £150, Cox & Cox.


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West Lancs Support

Clinically vulnerable residents of West Lancashire who

have no other support in place from their household,

support bubble or neighbours, and who may need

additional support to arrange online shopping or

prescription deliveries, are being asked to contact West

Lancashire Together on the free helpline 0800 616 667,

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Current advice for clinically vulnerable residents is to

stay at home as much as possible and significantly

reduce shopping trips, shopping online where possible.

West Lancashire Together can help signpost you to

online shopping for food and household items and for

prescription deliveries if no other support is available.

Further information about West Lancs Together is

available on the Council website www.westlancs.gov.uk

Wellfest Returns

Wigan’s wellness festival returns as a virtual event this

week. Wellfest is back with a brand-new online platform

making it easier than ever for residents to keep their

body and mind healthy this winter. Residents can browse

online to discover ideas how to eat well, along with

further information and support.

Live sessions will be streamed via the new events channel

– This is Wigan. You can follow This is Wigan on social

media channels for updates on the festival and for details

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Making an

Entrance

Greenwich large sideboard, £229,

Nala mango wood table lamp, £25;

Butterscotch rush basket, £22;

all Dunelm: 0345 165 6565; dunelm.com.

Colour and pattern for the walls

Choose a paint colour or wallpaper that you love, and that

coordinates with the colours visible in adjoining rooms.

While pale colours reflect light and emphasise space, dark

schemes can be cosy and interesting.

It’s sensible to protect the lower halves of the walls from

wear if you have young children and pets. Extra-tough

paint is a good choice, or consider a dado rail with tongueand-groove

panelling, tiles or vinyl wallpaper cladding

the walls below. Patterned tiles or embossed wallpapers

are appropriate for older properties with period features.

Choosing the right flooring

Flooring should be durable, non-slip, dirt-resistant and

easy to keep clean. Tiles are easy to care for, and options

include stone, ceramic or quarry, or colourful Victorian

encaustic. Floorboards or parquet need regular polishing

or waxing, but avoid cheap wood laminates that may not

last long. Good quality vinyl flooring is sturdy, cleanable

and comfortable underfoot. A luxurious dark wool carpet

in an 80:20 mix of wool and nylon with a twist pile should

withstand heavy usage, or how about tough natural

matting such as coir, sisal or rush?

Lighting makes all the difference

Halls should be welcoming, lead the eye into your home

and safely illuminate steps or thresholds. Consider a

specialist light-reflecting paint or wallpaper with a metallic

sheen, and add a large mirror. Wall lights are not ideal in a

narrow hall; recessed ceiling downlights are better or, if

ceilings are high, a pendant (or a row of them) works well.

Storage is essential

Built-in storage makes the most of every inch of space.

Shallow, floor-to-ceiling cupboards with doors the same

colour as the walls, or mirrored to maximise light, will

hold masses yet be barely noticeable. Alternatively, use

free-standing, perhaps vintage or upcycled, cupboards,

sideboards or benches. Umbrella stands, dog beds and

boot racks suit spacious, country-style halls, while narrow,

urban halls might benefit from a high-up bike hook and a

slim radiator shelf for post and keys.

Tegola Westminster traditional

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natural coir Bee doormat, £15;

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Add a finishing touch

In a hall with windows, choose blinds or curtains that

complement the space. A floor runner adds pattern and

texture on hard floors but needs a non-slip underlay.

Hang paintings or photographs in coordinating frames

on the walls, in rows or informal groupings. Perhaps add

plants, books or a lamp on a console table for a beautiful

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Your hallway needs to be a good-looking,

welcoming space for visitors and a practical

storage area for storage. Get the basics right,

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The Book Nook

From historical fiction to dystopian

literature plus new releases to older

books that deserve more attention,

there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck

into this month.

Gather the Daughters

Jennie Melamed

On the island, girls are little more

than wives-in-training – following

the decrees of the founding

ancestors and submitting to every

demand of their fathers. They have

one brief period of freedom over

the summer, when they live wild

and do as they please. The summers are short-lived, and

the girls know that they’re destined to be married once

they hit puberty. But one day they decide to take back

their freedom, at whatever cost. Gather the Daughters is

pretty disturbing and there are a lot of triggers, but as

dystopian literature goes, it’s one that will stick with you

for a very long time.

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

Whether you’ve watched the

Amazon Prime series or not, the

book is well worth a read. To the

outsider, Shaker Heights seems like

the perfect town. And no one is

more perfect than Elena Richardson.

Her daughter Izzy, on the other

hand, is impetuous and disinclined to follow the rigid

path laid down by her mother. When artist Mia Warren

arrives on the scene with her daughter Pearl, the fragility

of a ‘perfect’ life becomes all too apparent. A manylayered

read about motherhood, secrets, race and the

many nuances of right and wrong.

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig

Nora’s overdose doesn’t result in, as

she’d hoped, nothingness. Instead,

she’s transported to the Midnight

Library, where she gets the chance

to try the other lives she could have

led if she’d made different choices.

As she faces her regrets (from not marrying to not

becoming an Olympic swimmer), Nora discovers that the

path not taken isn’t always the panacea she thinks it is.

A Room Made of Leaves

Kate Grenville

A Room Made of Leaves is the

fictionalised account of a real

woman’s life – Elizabeth Macarthur.

It’s set in the late eighteenth century.

Women had few prospects beyond

marriage, so when Elizabeth marries

the cold, ambitious John Macarthur

she has little choice but to follow him wherever he decides

to go, even if that’s to the other side of the world to live in

a new settlement in Australia. A must for historical fiction

fans.

A Song for the Dark

Times

Ian Rankin

Rebus is back, but this time it’s

personal: his son-in-law is missing.

Rebus heads out to solve the

mystery. His daughter seems to be

the obvious main suspect, so which

role will Rebus prioritise – detective

or father? Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh, DI Siobhan

Clarke is on her own case, that of the murder of a wealthy

Saudi student. These two very different cases may turn

out to be part of the same tangled web. A Song for the

Dark Times is a gripping crime thriller with plenty of twists

to keep you turning the pages.


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Is Inheritance Tax

Voluntary?

It was the late Lord Jenkins that said, “Inheritance Tax is a

voluntary tax paid by people who distrust their beneficiaries

more than they dislike the Inland Revenue”.

Inheritance tax was always considered to be a tax on the

rich, but it really isn’t!

Levied at a fixed rate of 40 per cent, it is possible to become

a higher rate taxpayer after you die. If you are single or

divorced, UK legislation allows the first £325,000 (2020/21

tax year) of your estate to be free from Inheritance Tax.

If you are married, or in a civil partnership or widowed,

this amount could rise to £650,000. In addition to this, the

resident’s nil rate band will enable the nil rate band to be

uplifted further if you are living in your own property and

will be passing your estate on to direct descendants.

Inheritance tax can cost your loved ones hundreds of

thousands in the event of your death, yet it’s possible to

legally avoid huge swathes of it, or possibly pay none at

all. How do you manage this? Just by sensible planning.

The main exemptions

• Most transfers between spouses and civil partners.

• The first £3,000 of lifetime transfers in any tax year plus

any unused balance from previous year.

• Gifts of up to but not exceeding £250 p.a. to any

number of persons.

• Gifts in consideration of marriage or civil partnership of:

up to £5,000 by a parent, up to £2,500 by a grandparent

or great grandparent, or up to £1,000 by any other

person.

• Gifts made out of income that form part of normal

expenditure and do not reduce the standard of living.

• Gifts to charities, whether made during lifetime or on

death.

from when the transfer is made for the gift to fall outside

your estate. During the 7 year period the amount of tax

payable reduces each year. This is known as Taper Relief.

However, this relief only applies to the part of a gift which

is in excess of the nil rate band (£325,000).

Trusts

This method allows for the placement of monies out of your

estate into a suitable investment which is then wrapped

within a trust. You as trustee remain in control of the

investments on behalf of the beneficiaries and can decide

when and if any capital will be paid out in part or in full.

There are a wide variety of trust options available and

therefore careful consideration needs to be given to

ensure that the trust is suitable.

• Are you happy to waive your right to income and

capital from the trust?

• Would you prefer to receive a regular income from the

trust?

• Would you like access to capital from the trust?

Clearly, one size does not fit all and therefore further

advice should be taken.

Inheritance Tax is quite a technical area and therefore

before embarking on a course of action I would strongly

recommend that you seek professional advice. We

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than happy to guide you.

Should you wish to have a chat

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Making Gifts

In most cases, any direct gift either made direct or into

an absolute trust by any one person over the exempt

gift allowances, is a Potentially Exempt Transfer (PET).

This means that you as the donor, need to live 7 years,

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Travel Insurance

Advice

As thoughts turn to holidays in 2021, the issue of travel

insurance has never been more complicated. The disruption

from COVID-19 led many travellers to discover their policy

wasn’t quite as comprehensive as they assumed.

With local lockdowns, travel bans and quarantine an everchanging

situation in recent months, all too many people

have found planned trips either impossible or no longer

quite what they expected.

If you’ve got an annual policy, your first step should be

checking the date the policy began. The precise details

will vary between insurers, but as a general rule any

ordinary policy taken out after the start of April 2020 will

almost certainly exclude any claims related to COVID-19.

Instead, you’ll need to look for a policy that specifically

covers coronavirus. Most such policies will only cover

the medical effects, though a few policies will also cover

cancellation.

Whether you are relying on a pre-April 2020 policy or take

out a new one that includes COVID-19 cancellation, check

the conditions that will trigger a payout. Some policies

will only cover you getting COVID-19 while some will

pay out if a family member gets it. Some will only cover a

positive diagnosis while others will cover cases where you

are told to self-isolate, for example because you’ve been

in close contact with somebody who has tested positive.

Coronavirus has also brought much greater attention

to Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advisories,

something that’s normally only been an issue for people

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travelling to far-off war-torn nations. At the time of

writing, the FCO still had a default position advising

against any non-essential travel to any country that

wasn’t specifically exempted.

If you do travel to a country that’s under such an advisory,

your insurance is automatically invalid. However, a

travel insurance policy almost certainly won’t cover you

cancelling a trip because the FCO advice has changed.

If you decide against travel altogether, you can usually

cancel an ongoing annual policy and get a refund

in proportion to the remaining time, minus any

administrative fee. This won’t be allowed if you’ve already

made a claim on the policy during the cover period, for

example from a previous trip.

Despite the increased limitations, travel insurance may

soon be even more important in Europe. At the time of

writing, the UK and the European Union had yet to agree

an extension of the UK’s participation in the European

Health Identity Card program beyond the end of 2020.

The EHIC isn’t insurance, but rather a mutual agreement

that covers European Union countries, Iceland,

Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Anyone with an

EHIC is entitled to medical treatment on the same basis as

residents of the country where they fall ill.

EHIC has never been a substitute for travel insurance, as

it doesn’t cover disruption from illness or injury such as

having to rebook flights home. However, if the UK does

leave EHIC, travelling to the continent without travel

insurance could lead to hefty medical bills even for basic

treatment.

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Covid Support

for Businesses by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

It goes without saying that it has been an extremely difficult year for all of us and particularly those that

run a small business. This article will outline the measures taken in the Winter Economic Plan to support

businesses over the next 6 months.

JOB SUPPORT SCHEME

This scheme will replace the Job Retention or “Furlough”

scheme that ceased at the end of October. Under the new

scheme, commencing in November, the government

will contribute towards the wages of employees who are

working fewer hours than normal.

Basically, employers will pay the wages for the hours

an employee works, and for the hours not worked the

government and the employer will each pay one third

of their equivalent salary. This scheme is designed to

support viable jobs.

For businesses that have required by law to close, the

government has expanded the scheme. Where an

employee is unable to work for 7 days, a grant will be

available covering 2/3rds of their normal pay.

JOB RETENTION BONUS

This scheme is a £1,000 one-off taxable payment paid

to employers for each eligible employee that they

furloughed and kept continuously employed until 31

January 2021.

SELF EMPLOYED INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME –

SEISS

This grant for the self-employed has been extended for

the period from Nov 2020 to Apr 2020. Grants will be paid

in two lump sums, each covering a 3 month period and

will be worth up to 20% of their average monthly trading

profit, capped at £1,875 per claim.

TAX CUTS AND DEFERRALS

1. The temporary reduction of VAT to 5% for the tourism

and hospitality sectors has been extended to March

2021.

2. Businesses that deferred their VAT payment earlier this

year can now apply to pay this back in 11 interest free

instalments from April 2021 rather than in full in March

2021.

3. Self-assessment taxpayers will also be able to apply

from a separate 12-month extension meaning

payments deferred from July 2020 will now not need

to be paid until January 2022

FLEXIBILITY TO PAY BACK LOANS

Businesses who took out a Bounce Back Loan can use a

Pay as You Grow flexible repayment system to ease the

burden of repayments.

All the schemes introduced have had tremendous impact

on businesses and in many cases have allowed them

to retain staff and manage the obvious impact that the

lockdown has brought.

And finally, I just wanted to mention the benefits of

cloud accounting practices. These packages, in particular

Xero, have proved invaluable over the past few months

as we have been able to offer hands on support for our

customers, using up-to-date information to help clients

track their cashflow, apply for loans and discuss payments

plans with HMRC.

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Managing Your Stress

Persistent stress can affect our health and even cause

serious illness, so we need to know how to reduce stress

and its effects.

Stress can:

• Affect your mental health, causing depression and

exacerbating existing mental health issues.

• Affect your physical health by preventing proper

sleeping or eating, and causing excess cortisol and

adrenaline release. This makes you feel unwell and may

eventually lead to serious conditions, e.g. heart disease,

asthma, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.

What Causes Stress?

• Major changes or events: bereavement, moving home,

financial crises, exams, redundancy, retirement, job

change, marriage, relationship break-up, illness/injury,

pregnancy/parenthood. ‘Happy’ events put extra

pressure on us not to appear stressed.

• Continual pressure: job, health or relationship worries.

• Feeling out of control and unable to change situations.

• Uncertainty, e.g. potential redundancy.

• A life that lacks change, purpose or activity.

• Clutter and disorganisation, e.g. always running late.

Research shows just the sight of clutter causes stress.

Symptoms of Stress

• Avoiding the stress source.

• Irritability, impatience, aggression, restlessness.

• Depression or anxiety.

• An inability to enjoy yourself/take an interest.

• A sense of dread.

• Feeling neglected or tearful.

• Difficulty making decisions and concentrating.

• Poor lifestyle choices: biting your nails, smoking or

drinking, eating too much/too little.

• Shallow breathing/hyperventilating.

• Panic attacks.

• Insomnia or disturbed sleep.

• Muscle tension.

• Blurred eyesight or sore eyes.

• Loss of libido.

• Teeth grinding or clenching your jaw.

• Headaches.

• Chest pains.

• High blood pressure.

• Indigestion or heartburn.

• Constipation or diarrhoea.

• Nausea or dizziness.

• Fatigue.

DON’T

ignore stress

Tackle it

now!


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Reducing and Coping with Stress

Reducing your responsibilities and using timemanagement

or organisational techniques can help to

reduce stress in your life. You can find time management

tips at www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxietydepression/time-management-tips/

and www.mind.org.

uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/stress/

dealing-with-pressure/, which also has coping strategies

for specific pressures, such as being a student.

Reducing the causes of our stress is important, but

sometimes we can’t change stressful situations. However,

we can learn to improve how we react to them.

Self-help strategies include:

Complementary therapies

Therapies like yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, massage,

acupuncture and ecotherapy (time spent in nature) may

help you relax.

Lifestyle Changes

A healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep help.

Spend time with family and friends and talk through your

problems. Make time for hobbies and relaxation.

Changing Your Mind

Develop a more positive outlook. This video discusses

replacing negative thinking with positive: www.nhs.

uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/moodzonemental-wellbeing-audio-guides/

Breathing exercises

You can find instructions at www.nhs.uk/conditions/

stress-anxiety-depression/ways-relieve-stress/

Stress-busting apps and courses

Try the NHS’ Chill Panda apps.beta.nhs.uk/chill-panda/,

Silver Cloud apps.beta.nhs.uk/silvercloud/ and the Stress

& Anxiety Companion apps.beta.nhs.uk/stress-anxietycompanion/.

For further help, visit your GP, who can recommend:

Talking treatments

• Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you

understand your stress triggers and reaction to them.

• Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) combines

mindfulness, meditation and yoga to reduce stress.

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Are you

eating

enough

fibre?

Discover the benefits of increasing your fibre intake

by Guts UK charity

Fibre is the indigestible part of plant-based foods that does

not get absorbed into our body. Many of us are aware of fibre

and know it’s an important component of any healthy diet,

yet most of us don’t eat enough of it.

We used to believe that fibre didn’t do much at all,

assuming that because the human body couldn’t digest

it, it just ‘travelled’ through our digestive system. In fact,

fibre is absolutely vital for gut health, helping to prevent

constipation and even bowel cancer.

Fibre makes us feel full and affects the way that the small

bowel absorbs fat, but perhaps most importantly, fibre

is the food for over 100 trillion microorganisms that live

in your gut. This ‘good gut bacteria’ is vital to your wellbeing,

defending against harmful microorganisms and

easing absorption of some essential vitamins. Therefore,

it’s important that we feed it!

“The average person in the UK eats less than 20g of fibre

per day, or less than two-thirds of the recommended

30g amount. Through recent research, we know that

additional fibre in the diet reduces the risk of chronic

common conditions, such as bowel cancer, cardiovascular

disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes,” says Julie Thompson,

specialist dietician and information manager at Guts UK

charity.

Foods that are rich in fibre include wholegrain cereals,

wholewheat pasta, oats and wholegrain bread. Fruit

and vegetables such as berries, pears, melon, oranges,

broccoli, carrots and sweetcorn are also rich in fibre, as

are peas, beans, pulses, nuts, seeds and potatoes.

There are a number of simple steps you can take to

increase your fibre intake, like swapping white or brown

bread for wholegrain, opting for wholewheat pasta or

choosing potatoes with skins, such as baked potatoes,

wedges or boiled new potatoes. When snacking, try fresh

fruit, rye crackers, oatcakes and nuts or seeds.

Think about adding beans, lentils or chickpeas to stews,

curries and salads. If you’re struggling to encourage

your children to eat their vegetables, adding plenty of

vegetables to stews or curries is a good start.

Pay attention to food labelling, as pre-packaged food will

most likely include the amount of ‘dietary fibre’ included.

Don’t make assumptions – despite beans being known as


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a fibre-rich food, a small 200g tin of beans only

provides 7.4g of fibre.

“If you are planning to increase the amount of

fibre in your diet, you should do this gradually,”

Julie continued. “Increasing your fibre intake

dramatically and suddenly could cause

symptoms such as wind and bloating.”

The science never lies. A paper published

in the Lancet medical journal that analysed

185 studies and 58 clinical trials discovered just how

important fibre can be in contributing to a long and

healthy life. “The paper suggests that if you shifted 1,000

people from a low fibre diet (less than 15g) to a highfibre

one (25-29g), it would prevent thirteen deaths and

six cases of heart disease,” Julie explained. “The paper

analysed really robust studies that tended to follow

people and their diets for one to two decades. It’s simple

– the more fibre we eat, the better!”

under-represented for decades. With new knowledge

and research, we can diagnose earlier, develop kinder

treatments and ultimately, a cure. Learn more at

gutscharity.org.uk, call 01484 483 123 or email info@

gutscharity.org.uk – we’re here to help.

Guts UK is the charity for the digestive system. The

digestive system is truly fascinating, but it is very

complex. Millions are affected by digestive diseases,

yet our guts have been underfunded, understaffed and


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Tontine

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 6 miles Difficulty: Medium

For many, 2020 has been a year where we have spent more

time at or near to home than normal. Many of my prescribed

60-minute walks were taken on or about the area known

as the Billinge and Orrell Ridge and it is from there that this

pleasant 6.2 mile walk is located. The walk starts and finishes

at the Delph Tavern, an award-winning free house pub in the

West Lancashire enclave of Tontine. Walkers are welcome to

park in the car park there from Monday-Thursday, but do

pop in for a pint if you can.

Leave the car park at the Delph and turn left, then left

again at the mini roundabout. Take the first right up Lawns

Avenue and walk up past the houses and a children’s’

park to Lawns Farm. Carry on in the same direction when

you cross the farmyard, past the pigs and goats before

heading up the steep path.

Once you get through the gate, turn right and head out

into the open countryside. Coming into immediate view

is the three ventilation shafts known as the ‘pepper pots’,

which mark the route of the rail tunnel between Orrell

and Upholland. At a path-junction near the first ‘pepper

pot’ bear right towards the second, and once you reach

the third, bear left towards the stone farmhouses that

make up the hamlet of Higher Pimbo.

You’ll emerge from a small wooded section opposite

Higher Barn; turn right here and then take a left 50 yards

on. Follow the path for 300 yards until you reach the

entrance to Pimbo Bushes, home to a disused quarry and

a long-standing nature habitat.

Turn right at the gate and follow the path for 400 yards

until you reach a small pond on the left and then, on the


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edge of a field, you’ll have a choice of three paths; take a

90 degree right turn and follow the path which will take

you across fields, arriving at the track leading to Heaton

House. Cross the track and continue in the same direction.

Cross through some overgrown ferns into the next field

and follow the path round the perimeter leading to

Promised Land Farm.

Once you reach the farm, turn left through the farmyard

and follow that path for half a mile until you reach the

Shaley Brow section of Crank Road. Turn right and take

the footpath within 40 yards on your left, cross the bridge

and head across open fields.

The path winds to the left to run parallel to woodland

before you cross a bridge on the right. Follow the path

past the green corrugated shed, turn left and then follow

the path diagonally to the right towards the green chain

link fence, emerging from the path at a single-track road.

Turn right and follow the track for 450 yards down Red

Barn Road and, directly after Houghwood House, take the

footpath on the left and start the steep climb uphill. Once

you reach the tarmac road, (formerly the access road

to Billinge Quarry) turn left and carry on walking uphill

where the footpath path and road run parallel.

When the road and path diverge, follow the path to the

left and approximately 60 yards further on, take the left,

lesser-used path that runs parallel to woodland. The golf

course to the left is Houghwood which, on a clear day

boasts amazing views over the Mersey coastline

and Snowdonia. Once you reach the road (Crank

Road), turn right and take the footpath 50

yards up on the left. Just before you reach

the house turn right and follow the

clearly defined footpath.

Carry on in the same direction

for over ½ mile, crossing a stile

en-route. Just after the steep

flights of steps you’ll arrive at

Mountains Farm. Ignore the

public footpath sign directing

you to the left and instead

head right on a singletrack

road towards a new

housing estate.


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Well Cross Farm

Just after the Brickworks Fishery on the left

and before the new housing estate, turn

left through a gap between metal bars

Tontine

across what initially looks like wasteland

M58

but morphs into a footpath. Follow the

path and when the path forks, take the left

fork and follow for 300 yards until you reach

a hedge and then turn right for 175 yards.

Sandbrook Road

Once you cross over the Sandbrook into

the next field, turn left and head on the

Upholland

Far

Moor

path towards the ‘pepper ‘pots’ once again

and follow that path for over half a mile

until you reach Sandford Road. Follow the

Higher

Pimbo Farm

Higher End

road to its junction with Sandbrook Road

and turn left and your starting point of The

Delph is downhill on the right hand side.

Heaton

House

Mountains

Farm

Daisy Wood

Smethhurst Road

Oak Wood

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.

Hangman’s Wood

Promised

Land Farm

Brownlow

Shaley Brow Farm

Crank Road

Derbyshire

House

Crank Road

Billinge Hill

Rainford

Brook Farm

Red Barn Road

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Tontine


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Fireworks Phobia

If your pet becomes really distressed during bonfire

season, it could be that they have ‘firework phobia’.

RSPCA animal behaviour expert Dr Samantha Gaines

says: “Firework phobia in pets is a treatable condition and

we recommend planning ahead to help your pet cope.

For example, if your dog really seems to suffer, your vet

may suggest referral to a clinical animal behaviourist to

teach him/her to deal with the sounds, or suggest the use

of diffusers which disperse calming chemicals into the

room.”

It is also a good idea to provide your dog with a safe

haven – perhaps under some furniture or in a cupboard

– and it is best to get them used to this before the season

starts. Choose somewhere quiet and help him to learn

that being there is positive and that no harm will come

to him. You can do this by giving him toys or a variety of

chew toys.

Small animals that live outside should have lots of extra

bedding so they can burrow. Some of their enclosure

could be covered by a blanket for extra insulation and

soundproofing. If you are planning to bring them indoors

just before the fireworks are likely to start, then introduce

this a week or two in advance.

Finally if you are using fireworks yourself, try to stick to

traditional celebration dates like Bonfire Night, when

most animal owners will be expecting fireworks and will

hopefully have made preparations to help their animals

cope.

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First Drive:

Volkswagen e-Up!

Volkswagen has improved its electric e-Up! but how have things changed?

In the race to gain EV supremacy, it seems that many

manufacturers have forgotten that often the best

application of electric technology is in smaller city cars.

But the Volkswagen e-Up! is different. It’s quite small – as is

the standard Up! – and it doesn’t look too ‘out-there’ either.

VW has given the e-Up! bigger batteries to improve that

all-important range, but can this little car battle it out in a

segment dominated by leviathans?

What’s new?

The exterior of the e-Up! doesn’t look particularly

different from the car it replaces, nor does it appear all

too dissimilar to the standard combustion-engined car.

The bulk of the changes have been made under the skin.

As mentioned, Volkswagen has boosted the battery count

in the e-Up!, helping to extend its range and bolster its

appeal. The firm has also added the ability to fast-charge

the car, which should help to drive down the time you’ll

be waiting at the plug.

What’s under the bonnet?

The e-Up! has an electric motor linked to a 32.3kWh

battery. Power is sent to the front wheels through a

single-speed gearbox, and in total it pushes out 80.5bhp

and a healthy 210Nm of torque.

The e-Up takes 11.6 seconds from 0-60mph with a

maximum speed of 81mph. Volkswagen claims that you’ll

be able to do 159 miles between charges, while the ability

to use combined charging system technology means that

the car can be taken from zero to 80 per cent charge in

just an hour via a 40kW DC charger. A standard domestic

wall box does the same in four hours, while via a three-pin

plug needs around 16 hours for a full charge.

What’s it like to drive?

Despite weighing in at 1,160kg – well over the regular

car’s 926kg – the e-Up! is still a hoot to drive. That sense

of fun remains, with the zippy acceleration you only get

from an EV really adding to the whole experience. The


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steering is well-judged and nicely weighted,

while the ride is good too.

It’s nimble around town and unflustered

even at higher speeds on the motorway.

Surprisingly for an EV, acceleration from

50mph to 70mph isn’t bad at all.

How does it look?

We already liked the understated styling

of the standard Up!, so it’s fair to say that

we appreciate the undercover looks of

this electric version too. Only slim LED

running lights up front help to denote it as

something different to the ‘norm’, while the charging port

is integrated into the place you’d usually find the filler cap.

The compact proportions lend the Up! to town driving,

while the short overhangs and relatively slim wheel

arches make it a doddle to park. In terms of electric

vehicle design, it certainly rests on the conservative end

of things, but we’re sure that this will appeal to many.

What’s it like inside?

Like the exterior, the cabin of the e-Up! is business as

usual. There’s no main infotainment screen – just a cradle

for your smartphone – so the forward part of the interior

feels pleasantly uncluttered. The steering wheel has a

good amount of adjustment, while the seats are wellpadded

and comfortable. There’s good forward visibility

too.

Our five-door model granted easy access to the rear of

the car, and rear legroom is adequate – though of course,

the car’s size does have its limitations. Very tall passengers

will likely find headroom a hard-to-find aspect of the Up!

FACTS AT A GLANCE

Model: Volkswagen e-Up!

Price as tested: £20,905 (with grant)

What’s the spec like?

Our test car came in at £20,555 after the government’s

plug-in car grant, which doesn’t seem like bad value at

all given the kit on offer. Cruise control, parking sensors

at both front and rear and a rear-view camera are all

thrown in as standard, while a dinky five-inch colour

touchscreen system – essentially a small ‘strip’ screen –

houses Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio.

Volkswagen also – importantly – includes two charging

cables, one 16amp unit for use at wall boxes and charge

points and another 10amp cable for charging at the

mains.

Verdict

The plucky e-Up! has hit the nail on the head. No, it

can’t deliver the headline ranges boasted by larger

EVs, but with around 150 miles per charge it can offer

a genuinely usable range. Short trips to town and even

longer journeys will unlikely trouble the bottom end of

the range, while that ability to fast charge means that if

you do need to plug in, you won’t be waiting all that long.

Most importantly, however, the e-Up! is fun, and that’s

certainly an aspect that many EVs have missed from the

process of driving.

Engine: Electric motor with batteries

Power: 80.5bhp

Torque: 210Nm

Max speed: 81mph

0-60mph: 11.6s

Emissions: 0 g/km CO2

Range: 159 miles


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Many of the gifts we give or get at Christmas are

gadgets, and that means Santa has a few things

to think about in the days before the big

day. For example, if the kids have asked

him for a games console it’s highly

likely that the console will need to

download a big software update

before it can play online; the worst

possible time to do that download

is on Christmas morning when

everybody else in your street is trying

to do the same. If you can, connect any

new console to the internet in advance so

there’s no delay before the kids can play.

Another good idea is to prepare a bit of paper

with your Wi-Fi details and password on it: from

Amazon Echo speakers to Apple iPads and even

many kids’ toys, a Wi-Fi connection is needed

for them to work. Digging out the details in

advance will speed things up considerably on

the day.

It’s worth looking out any USB-ready charger

plugs (such as from iPhones or Kindle Fire

tablets), because to help reduce electronic

waste many USB-powered devices will come

with a cable but not the plug it connects to.

And of course, it’s a very good idea to check

what batteries any gadgets, toys or remote

controllers are going to need. If you don’t

already have one, a battery charger with a

couple of sets of AA and AAA rechargeable

batteries will come in very handy in the next

few days.

Last but not least, we’d recommend having a

multi-tool or a screwdriver set and some really

good scissors handy. We’ve found that many

kids’ toys come screwed to the packaging or

require very small crosshead screwdrivers to

open their battery compartments, and others

come in extremely strong clear plastic that’s

very hard to open.

Your

Christmas Tech

OCULUS QUEST 2

APPLE WATCH

Checklist

The top big-ticket Christmas gifts 2020

The Apple Watch is the best smartwatch ever

made. There are now three watches to choose

from, starting at £199 for the Series 3 and rising to

£399 for the Series 6.

£199, Apple.com

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Spring

Harbingers of

by Angie Barker

Award Winner

Long before most other plants start

to wake up in our gardens, spring

bulbs are putting on a show of

colour and delicate form which will

help to lift our spirits. Bulb planting

season should be well underway by

now. Snowdrops, Crocus, Narcissus

(Daffodils) and Iris reticulata to

name a few should all be planted

by now in pots, lawns or borders. If

not, then this is probably your last

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should be planted a little later in

November or even into December.

They benefit from a period of frost

which helps to avoid the fungal

disease Tulip Fire.

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and go for groups or drifts. The

odd spring flower placed here or there looks odd and a

little sad – the opposite of the effect you should be trying

to achieve. If you are planting in a lawn for a naturalistic

effect, remember you shouldn’t cut the grass until the

leaves of the flowers have died down as this will allow

energy back into the bulb for next year. You could plant

your bulbs in a pattern (say a heart shape) which will

emerge next spring and make you smile.

Here are some bulbs which I have planted this season and

which I’m already looking forward

to seeing in spring:

Crocus ‘Prins Claus’. I must admit

I picked this one for its name

(Christmassy) as well as the

stunning flower which is white

with purple shades on the outside

of the petals

Narcissus ‘Rapture’. This is a very

cute, small daffodil which has

swept back petals as if it is in a

wind tunnel. They always make

small children (and Hubby) giggle

Iris reticulata ‘Alida’. This only grows

to around 15cm in height so best

in a pot where you can really

appreciate its beauty. A mid blue

flower with splashes of yellow

Narcissus ‘Thalia’. Pure white daffodil flowers which are

scented. They are also one of Monty Don’s favourites so

they must be good

Tulip ‘Orange Emperor’. This is one of the earliest Tulips

to emerge and will produce gorgeous orange coloured

flowers in March

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to next year so get planting and get your 2021 gardening

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Mob: 07857 008 383

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Award Winner


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