Local Life - St Helens - Nov/Dec 2020

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LocalLife

St Helens Edition

Nov/Dec 2020

Catching up with the

Hotpots

Pages 28-31

Christmas Recipes

Pages 36-39

Making an Entrance

Pages 48-50

Crafty Christmas

Pages 58-59

Puzzle Pages

Pages 60-61

Jack’s Tracks – Tontine

Pages 62-64

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?

Keep in touch with the

LocalLife Team!

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Telephone: 01744 649722

info@locallife247.co.uk

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This month’s highlights

28. Catching up with the Hotpots

Contents

14. Beauty

Gifts of Gorgeousness

26. Books

Historical Fiction to Dystopian Lit.

56. Tech

Top big-ticket Christmas gifts 2020.

36. Christmas Recipes 42. Science Experiments

60. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size.

65. Health

Are you eating enough fibre?

69. Gardening

Pruning perfection.

72. Motoring

Vokswagen e-Up Review.

58. Crafty Christmas

75. Home Services

Find the best local traders for you.

52. Pep Up Your Hallway

62. Tontine Walk

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Craft Fair

For those of you looking for hand-crafted Christmas

presents for your loved ones, check out the World of Glass

Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 28th November starting

at 11am. This socially distanced Christmas Craft Fair

showcases work from local makers, crafters, and artists.

Entry is free for customers.

If you are looking to sell your handcrafted produce and

want to have a stall at the fair then please call Hannah on

01744 227766 or email curator@worldofglass.com.

Santa at Sherdley

Santa will be making three appearances at The Park Bar

& Kitchen in Sherdley Park ahead of the big day. He will

be stopping by for a Christmas lunch on Saturday 19th,

Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th December. You can

dine with the big man himself, you just need to book a

place.

Santa’s reindeers will also be making a flying visit to

St Helens ahead of the big day, and families are invited

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Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the crew will be spreading

a little bit of Christmas cheer from 10am-2pm on Sunday

6th December.

For more information or to book a place at these events

please contact Sherdley Park Golf Course on 01744

813149 or email info@theparkbarandkitchen.com

2021 Concerts

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 funfilled

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

Residents are urged to stand on their doorstep at 11am

this Sunday (8th November) to observe the national twominute

silence for those who have served our country.

This is in place of the normal Remembrance Sunday

Services which take place at cenotaphs and war

memorials across the borough.

The collective recognition is a way to bring the community

together safely and not impact on the restrictions the

borough is under, to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in

the community.

Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Public

Health, Leisure, Libraries and Culture, said: “Remembrance

Sunday is normally a time where our veteran community

and their families come together to honour those who

have served in the Armed Forces for our borough.

“It’s hugely important to them and many of us to have

this opportunity to remember and thank them for their

service. But this year it is only right that we look at an

alternative way to do this with the restrictions stopping

us from holding public events where social distancing

cannot be followed.

“We know it may disappoint some but with our rates of

infection high and continuing to rise everyone has a role

to play in reducing the risk of transmission.

“If you do still want to place your memorial at your local

Cenotaph or war memorial please do this over the course

of the weekend rather than on Sunday morning so that

we can reduce the risk of large numbers turning out to

pay their own personal tribute at the same time”.

Poppy Appeal

The Royal British Legion is anticipating a huge shortfall in

the funds they raise this year as a result of COVID 19.

You can download a Poppy window poster to display

on Remembrance Sunday from their website and make

a donation to support their work supporting those

vulnerable members of the Armed Forces.

You can also donate by phone, text and via post also. For

more details please visit the website www.britishlegion.

org.uk.

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Sale Complete for

Local Agents

St Helens-based Mikhail Hotel and

Leisure Group has announced the

takeover of David Davies Estate

Agents, creating 25 new jobs.

Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group

(MHALG) has become a major

player throughout various aspects

of hospitality, leisure and property

in the North West, namely,

Manchester, Southport, St Helens and Liverpool, with a

string of bars, hotels, restaurants and most recently one of

Europe’s biggest gaming arcades to its name. The Group,

whose business portfolio includes the Eccleston Arms in

St Helens plans to make its new acquisition into one of

the largest Sales and Lettings Agents in the North West.

David Davies Sales & Lettings Agent is one of the oldest

sales and lettings businesses in the North West and was

founded by the late David Davies in 1981. MHALG has

now joined this highly respected brand alongside David’s

wife, Paula Davies (MNAEA), who has agreed to remain in

place as an executive director of the company.

Andrew Mikhail, chairman of MHALG, said: “I am very

excited to have bought such a prestigious business in

St Helens and keeping Paula involved in the business

was crucial to me. Paula was David’s rock both within

and outside of the business for the last 21 years until his

untimely death last year.

“I got to know David and Paula extremely well in the later

years as I used their services and was so impressed with

the way that they conducted their business that it was

such an easy decision to make the purchase.

“When we were completing our due diligence, what

impressed me most was the sheer volume of lettings

that they manage across the region, together with

how efficiently they ran them for the landlords. The

professionalism and work ethic of the sales team to get

sales over the line also spoke volumes.

“It will be great to continue to work with the people of

St Helens who are already so supportive of one of my

other businesses, The Eccleston Arms, which grew a

very special bond with the town

and surrounding areas after we

transformed the venue into an

essential items store during the

lockdown alongside The Steve

Prescott Foundation and I have

seen what can be done when

people work together as a team.

“I will grow David Davies to

become one of the largest Sales and Lettings Agents in

the North West, growing a business on a 40 year solid

foundation, thanks to David and Paula Davies and their

team, makes my goal achievable.”

Following David’s death, Paula, her 12 year old twin sons,

Harry and Luke, his mother Joan and sister Nicola, state

that they are delighted to see David’s name live on and for

the business to continue to grow and are sure he will be

looking down with a smile on his face today.

Paula said: “David Davies is a great business with brilliant

staff who have worked with us for a long time, but we

have been through a lot in the last 12 months and it’s a

credit to the team that we are in such a good position

now.

“David and I have known Andrew for many years and

know he can offer the company a bright future. He has

a lot that he can bring to the business, but importantly

for us, he acknowledges the existing brand and wants to

take that further.

“It’s already a very strong St Helens brand but there are

now big plans for the business, and I’m delighted for the

staff because they really deserve for this to happen.”

Andrew Mikhail said: “I am grateful to Paula for choosing

us when I know she had so many other interested parties,

but she knows mine and my team’s track record and

we’re looking forward to working together and with our

expansion plans, creating 25 new jobs over the next 12

months.

“We’re very excited for the future of David Davies Sales

and Lettings Agent and the Mikhail Group.”


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Duo Team up for Playhouse

The creative masterminds

behind the renowned London

Olympic’s opening ceremony,

are teaming up once more

– this time in honour of The

Shakespeare North Playhouse in

Prescot.

Multi-award-winning Director

and Producer Danny Boyle, and

award-winning writer Frank

Cottrell-Boyce, who was brought

up in Rainhill, have both signed

up to act as Special Advisors for

The Playhouse which will open

to the public in 2022.

As Special Advisors both Danny

and Frank will bring to bear

their extensive expertise across

the arts and entertainment

industry. They will utilise their

own experience and learning

of what captivates and enthrals

audiences, to help shape

The Playhouse’s own artistic

programme.

The Shakespeare North

Playhouse is currently under

construction and is due to open

to the public in 2022.

At the centre of the new building

will be a flexible theatre with

capacity for between 320 and

472 seats, based on the iconic

17th century ‘cockpit-in-court’

design. This is particularly

apt as Prescot was the only

place outside London to have

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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, Love It Gallery has got

something for everyone this Christmas.

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 Bag & Bean coffee

shop, where you can enjoy coffee, cake

and light lunches, socially distanced style

- with additional outdoor and undercover

seating with heating.

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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Presents for every age, taste and budget,

all at Ellamora in Rainford.

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Gifts From £12

1. Jellycat Snug Berry Bunny - £13

2. Jellycat Yule Snowman - £20

3. Joules Peplow Make-up Bag and Purse Set - £29.95

4. Powder Gift Bag - free with any ‘Powder’ purchase

5. Powder Nutty Squirrel Socks - £7.99

6. Sparkle, Shimmer, Shine Joma Bracelet - £17.99

7. L’Occitane Verbana Gift - £12

8. Jellycat Leffy Elves – from £16.50

9. Sabbot Bobblehats – from £29.99

10. Powder Men’s Socks - £7.99

11. Katie Loxton Merry Christmas Candle Trio - £19.99

12. Luxury Pheasant Wrap by Powder - £39.99

13. Katie Loxton A Little Sparkle Reed Diffuser - £19.99

14. Katie Loxton Gift-Boxed Scarf - £24.99

15. Jellycat Leffy Elf & Book – Elf £22, Book £10

www.ellamora.co.uk

Complimentary Christmas

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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

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Making a

House a Home

JC Kitchens and Bedrooms in St Helens has long

been the go-to place for the highest-quality

kitchens in the North West. After relocating

to larger premises in 2017 and subsequently

decorating display units and expansive new

shopfront windows with unique accessories, it

quickly became apparent to proprietor Jo that

there could be a niche in the market.

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Existing shop windows filled with home

accessories led to daily questions about

whether such items were for sale. After realising

that there was, in fact, quite some demand for

local giftware, the decision was made to open

a shop just across the road from their existing

store.

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Jo and her son spent the last lockdown working

together with Johnny Vegas, Martin Blondel and

Andrew Mikhail delivering foodstuffs and other

essential items out of the Eccleston Arms to

those in need across the region, and the two

were keen to work together on a new project.

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Regalos – which is Spanish for gifts – is now

open on Tennis Street (just off Greenfield Road)

and across the road from JC Kitchens and

Bedrooms. Regalos has a range of striking and

original decorative accessories to give any

home a style upgrade and has an excellent

range of gifts suited for all occasions and price

points.

With new stock arriving each week, including

a range of hand-made items from regional

craftspeople, it is set to quickly become the goto

place in St Helens to buy home accessories

and giftware. Here is a small selection of what

you can expect from Regalos.

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1. Large & small Silver Ceramic Urns £45 & £30

2. Large & small Candleholders with wire

hearts £15 & £10

3. Large Candleholder with candle £30

4. Rudolph Christmas decoration £15

5. Pair of DCUKs £24 each

6. DCUK duckling and Christmas

duckling £17 each

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7. Pair of Boutique Candles £10 each

8. French Eggbox £12

9. Candleholder with silver loop design with

marble effect LED Candle £45 & £10

10. Milk Jug £10

11. Hedgehog Doorstep £20

12. Silver Ceramic Trinket Jar £15

13. Pink Christmas tree with matching pink

wreath £10 each

14. Timeless Clock £60

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Regalos Home Accessories & Giftware

14 Tennis Street, St Helens, WA10 6SJ • 01744 755105

Opening hours: 10am-3pm Wednesday to Saturday


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Competition Winners

The winners of our Rainbow Glass Art competition in

the Sep/Oct issue of Local Life were recently announced.

Joanne Murphy from Broadway in Eccleston won the

main prize, which was a Rainbow Arch, Melanie Lee of

Duxbury Close in Rainford was the first runner up and

won a Rainbow Heart and Helen Sumner from Chelford

Road in Eccleston won the 3rd prize, a Rainbow Bee.

The main picture shows Joanne picking up the arch from

Stephanie O’Brien, the co-owner of the Love It Gallery.

Also pictured are Melanie and Helen with their prizes.

The pieces are just part of the collection of rainbow

glass art available at the Love It Gallery, which is based

on Winstanley Road in Billinge. The Love It Gallery is

open from Tuesday to Sunday. For more details visit the

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Back Local Businesses

That’s the call from St Helens Borough Council as it

promotes a dedicated section of its website, set up to

inform residents of the businesses currently operating

amid the coronavirus pandemic. St Helens is Open is an

online portal which has been created by the council to

help advertise and support businesses.

Features include a directory for residents to search for

a particular type of business; printable resources and

guidance to help businesses trade safely; as well as public

information and advice.

To date, more than 100 businesses have registered for

free, with more encouraged to sign up. To register your

business for free, email mediateam@sthelens.gov.uk

St Helens Borough Council Leader David Baines said:

“Many fantastic local businesses in St Helens Borough

have changed the way they work so that they can offer

services and provisions to residents at this difficult time.

“The St Helens local economy is far more vibrant,

successful, and varied than many people give it credit for,

and now is the time to back local businesses. They need

us more than ever.”

For more information visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/

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Arts Grants Announced

The first round of grants from the UK Government’s £1.57

billion Culture Recovery Funds has been announced and

amongst the local recipients are St Helens Theatre Royal,

The World of Glass and the Heart of Glass. The grants

will support cultural and creative organisations over the

coming months with the on-going challenges due to the

Coronavirus pandemic.

The programme is administered by Arts Council England

and £409 million has already been earmarked, with more

funding rounds yet to be announced, and £50 million of

this was distributed to organisations in the North West of

England.

Regal Entertainments, who operate St Helens Theatre

Royal received £313,080, World of Glass benefitted to the

tune of £200,808 and Heart of Glass received £151,725.

Executive Director at The World of Glass, Ron Helsby said:

“This is fantastic news at a time when we need to give

our visitors confidence in coming to venues like ours. It is

also encouraging that there is a commitment of support

for the heritage, culture and arts sector from central

government at times like this and that what we do is seen

as an important part of the wellbeing of the nation”.

The World Of Glass re-opened in October after being

closed for six months, and the venue’s opening hours are

10am-4pm Monday to Saturday.

Theatre Royal Manager Chantelle Nolan said: “We are

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“We cannot wait to open our theatre doors again and

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can expect the same world-class entertainment that St

Helens Theatre Royal is renowned for.”

The theatre’s Christmas Covid-secure pantomime

production is the enchanting tale of Beauty and the Beast,

and this will be entertaining audiences from Friday 11th

December to Sunday 3rd January. For more information

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Markets Off & On

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The Book Nook

From historical fiction to dystopian

literature plus new releases to older

books that deserve more attention,

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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.

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Ian Rankin

Rebus is back, but this time it’s

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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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Chips & Giggles Tour 2021

There’s only one thing more satisfying than a visit to the chippy and that’s an

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5th March 2021 St Helens, Theatre Royal

24th April 2021

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Festive Drive-Ins

Christmas COVID-19 style doesn’t

include social gatherings, but

that’s not stopped the outdoor

entertainment specialists The

Parking Lot Social from pulling

together a whole host of

different drive-in shows, which

will all be hosted in carparks

at John Lennon Airport in

December in a socially distant

manner to help stop the spread

of coronavirus

The Parking Lot Social Winter

Festival, which runs from 9th to 13th December at JLA,

Includes Christmas movies, a Cinderella panto, party

nights for adults and for children and even stand-up

comedy.

There’s a 60 ft rainbow coloured Christmas tree and food

trucks, whilst two 40ft screens will show classic Christmas

movies including Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, Bad Santa,

Die Hard, Home Alone and

Love Actually, whilst the festive

parties include car-a-oke, bingo,

a quiz and a silent disco

There are also four screenings of

a new 2020 drive-in version of

panto classic Cinderella, which

will be performed with all the

essential elements that make

the tale so special, as well as a

few twists unique to the special

drive-in format. The specially

written show has song and

dance routines a-plenty, audience participation galore

and a script that takes a light-hearted dig at some of the

challenges thrown up by this strangest of years.

The Parking Lot Social will also be running a Festival

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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.

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


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READY

in 20 mins

Serves 4

Sesame chicken

and crunchy veg stir fry

Stir-fries are a great way to use up any left over veggies in the fridge.

Add crunch with red cabbage and a nutty sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp grated root ginger

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced

350g chicken breast fillet, cut into thin

strips

2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely grated

225g broccoli florets, blanched (see Tip)

2 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp runny honey

300g pack fresh noodles

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp sesame seeds

¼ of a red cabbage, finely shredded and

blanched (see Tip)

Lime wedges, to serve

Method

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until until almost smoking. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry for

30 seconds then add the onion and chicken and stir-fry for a further

2-3 minutes until the onion is tender and the chicken is almost cooked

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Apply for this training programme through UCAS:

http://www.ucas.com

Training Provider 13N | Course code 3BFS


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Secondary Mathematics

We are excited to offer a School Direct Secondary

Mathematics in school one-year teacher training

programme. You will be awarded PGCE with Masters

credits and QTS. The course is offered by the lead schools

Rainford High and Up Holland High in association with

the North West Learning Partnership and Liverpool John

Moores University. This unique training programme offers

exciting opportunities to be involved in:

• Working alongside specialists in Maths Mastery.

• Training with high quality relevant professionals with

an outstanding track record for delivering the highest

grades for young people at Key Stage 4 & Key Stage 5.

• Opportunity for leadership training and development

of strategic curriculum design.

• Commitment to develop examination expertise at KS4

and KS5

• Teaching opportunity across KS2,3, 4 & 5. Subject

specific and career impacting professional development

• High quality subject specific CPD opportunities with

nationally recognised speakers

• High quality guest speakers to support pedagogical and

subject specialism

Apply for this training programme through UCAS:

http://www.ucas.com

Training Provider 13N | Course code JL80

Secondary MFL

This course is offered by the lead schools Rainford High

and Up Holland High in association with the North West

Learning Partnership and Liverpool John Moores University.

Due to the outstanding teaching in our schools, results in

MFL are significantly above national average and both

schools offer unique and dynamic training and teaching

opportunities for the right teacher training candidates.

• Training with high quality relevant professionals with an

outstanding track record for delivering the highest grades

for young people at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 as well as

delivering exceptional transition for young people.

• Opportunity for leadership training and development

of strategic curriculum design.

• Commitment to develop examination expertise at KS4

and KS5

• The opportunity to take part in cultural language

exchange visits and programmes.

• Teaching opportunity across KS2, 3, 4 and 5.

• Subject specific and career impacting professional

development. Such as high quality subject specific CPD

opportunities with nationally recognised guest speakers

to support pedagogical and subject specialism.

Apply for this training programme through UCAS:

http://www.ucas.com

Training Provider 13N | Course code SD90

Primary: Kathy Carman - North West Learning Partnership School Direct Strategic Lead

kathy.carman@three-saints.org.uk

https://www.facebook.com/nwlpschooldirect/

Secondary: Alex Cooper

A.cooper@rainford.org.uk

Sarah Knowles - North West Learning Partnership Administrator

sarah.knowles@three-saints.org.uk

For further details of all programmes please see our website:

http://www.northwestlearningpartnership.co.uk/index.php/workstreams/school-direct


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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

What to do

• 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

string.

• Wait 10 seconds and pull the string

out.

• This time, the ice cubes should

come out with the string.

Why it works

The salt makes the edges of the ice

cubes start to melt but then they

partially refreeze, sticking to the

string as they do.

Runaway milk

Fun science experiments that the whole family will enjoy

Don’t worry, this is a lot less messy

than it sounds.

You’ll need:

• A plate or wide, shallow bowl

• Full fat milk

• Food colouring (ideally three

different colours)

• Washing-up liquid

What to do

• Pour some milk into the plate.

(You only need it to be around a

centimetre deep.)

• Add a few drops of food colouring

in different areas. Not too many,

there should be large gaps

between each one.

• Dip a finger in the washing-up

liquid and then touch one of the

spots of food colouring.

• Repeat with other spots of food

colouring.

• The colour will swirl away from

your touch.

Why it works

The milk and washing-up liquid

can’t mix. What you’re seeing is the

fat particles swirling away from the

washing-up liquid. Don’t have food

colouring? Try touching a felt tip

pen to the milk instead.


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Top Christmas Apps

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

These apps are now available on both Apple or Android platforms and are either free or modestly priced.

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

elves. Upload up to five photos of

friends and family from Facebook

or your camera. Then select a dance and the app

automatically generates your custom video you can share

to social media.

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outstanding teachers?

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Planning your

Financial Future

Who do you need when you are looking to get your financial

affairs in order - a Financial Planner or a Financial Adviser?

Both types of adviser will be registered with the FCA and they

will each be at least Level 4 diploma qualified, so what is the

difference?

A Financial Adviser generally focuses on selling you

products to meet your current needs. A Financial Planner

will talk with you about what your values, goals and key

relationships are and will work with you to ensure that

you have the best chance of achieving your financial aims.

The focus of a Financial Planner is very much on listening,

understanding, and planning your future.

Why are qualifications important?

Chartered Financial Planners will have achieved the Level

6 standard, which is the equivalent of a degree. It makes

sense before engaging with a firm to check if they are a

Chartered Financial Planner and/or a Certified Financial

Planner, as these are the highest qualified planners in

the profession. These qualifications show that they have

trained to the highest level and that they keep up to

date with any changes through continued professional

development, and this status shows that advisers at this

level can help plan even the most complicated of affairs.

What can you expect from a

Financial Planner?

A Financial Planner will invest the time to get to know

what makes you ‘tick’. The initial discovery meeting

involves listening to you and understanding your current

financial situation, and they will help to gather the

information needed to create a financial plan for you.

They will take the time to understand what level of risk

you will be comfortable with and make sure you are in the

most tax-efficient vehicles. They will also ensure your plan

has other protections in place like life assurance, wills

and a Lasting Power of Attorney where appropriate. The

financial plan they provide should link all this together

and be clear about the steps you need to take to build a

solid financial future.

A common worry amongst clients is having enough

money to fund their retirement plans. The best planners

are able to demonstrate using market leading technology

whether your portfolio is able to sustain you through your

retirement. They can also highlight potential shortfalls

and illustrate the action you need to take to rectify this.

This process can be illuminating - and in some cases

clients are able to retire earlier and start to enjoy the fruits

of their labour now.

It is also important that your plan is reviewed annually,

and additionally when any major life events happen, such

as retirement, redundancy or inheritances. Taking account

and adapting to these ‘course corrections’ is important to

ensure that your plan stays on target and that you are able

to enjoy the lifestyle and retirement you aspire to.

Relationships matter. You need to be comfortable that your

Financial Planner has your best interests at heart and that

they fully understand your goals and aspirations. Equally

important is the willingness of your Financial Planner to be

candid enough to challenge your thinking if it means that

your financial plan will benefit in the long run.

Clear & Transparent Fees

A Financial Planner will clearly explain to you exactly

how much it will cost for their services. The fees should

be easy to understand; and they should give you a

clear understanding what you will receive for the fees

paid. Remember the cheapest is not always the best!

Your decision should not be based on fees alone, but

experience, level of qualifications and the ability to build

an ongoing relationship with your Financial Planner.

If we can help you get your financial

affairs in order please contact our

office on 01744 881421.

Andrew Platt

CFP TM Chartered MCSI

The value of investments (including property) and the income derived from them may go down as well as up.

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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

oak wood flooring, £49.99 m 2 ;

natural coir Bee doormat, £15;

both Carpetright: 0330 333 3444;

carpetright.co.uk.

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

display that creates a lovely welcome to your home.


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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,

says Katherine Sorrell, and the rest will follow.

Wiltshire console table in natural solid oak, £299.99,

St Ives tallboy in natural and painted oak, £299.99;

both Oak Furnitureland: 0800 440 2254;

oakfurnitureland.co.uk.


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Light Up A Life

Tuesday 15th December 2020

Starts at 7pm online

Christmas is a time when we think about

our family and friends, past and present.

Due to Covid-19 we have to do things differently

this year so we would love you to join us for our

special online only service. Don’t worry if

you miss it live because it will be available to

view, or re-watch, at a time to suit you. All

tributes will be published on our website.

Almost all of our planned fundraising events

for 2020 have been postponed so we could

really do with your support more than ever.

Thank you.

Call the Fundraising Office on 01744 453798

or e-mail events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

Registered Charity No. No. 1020240 1020240

Every Contact Counts

Every Contact Counts

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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

Trading.

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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RL World Cup Ballot Open

The public ticket ballot for the 2021 Rugby League

World Cup is now open and will close on Monday 16th

November at 20:21. Fans will be able to apply for tickets

for each of the 61 matches across all three tournaments,

with tickets in each price band at every game available.

The public ticket ballot will be the last opportunity to

buy a ticket to the tournament at 2020 promotional rates,

ticket prices will increase from 1 January 2021.

To apply for tickets in the Public Ticket Ballot, applicants

must register an account via the official Rugby League

World Cup 2021 Ticketing website, which can be accessed

via www.rlwc2021.com/tickets

The Totally Wicked stadium in St Helens will play host to

three men’s fixtures when RLWC2021 comes to England

next year, Tonga vs. Papua New Guinea (26/10/21), Tonga

vs. Wales (1/11/21) and Australia vs. Italy (6/11/21).

The borough will also act as the training base for the

Tongan and Italian men’s teams.

Following the unprecedented demand during the Rugby

League family priority access sale, fans are encouraged

to apply for a wide selection of matches or use the

Powerplay option to have a better chance of seeing their

favourite team play during RLWC2021.

Should you miss out on tickets when your match ballot

is drawn, ‘Powerplay’ automatically puts you into the

ballot for tickets to the same match but in the next price

category up. RLWC2021 will run the lowest priced ballots

first so if you use Powerplay, your original choice will

always be given priority.

Haydock Craft Fair

An annual Christmas Craft and Gift Market at Haydock

Park racecourse will take place this year from 10am-4pm

on Sunday 15th November.

The event features a wide selection of craft and gift stalls.

Admission is £1.50 per person with children under 15 free.

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Your

Christmas Tech

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.

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

This is very geeky, we know, but the

Facebook-owned Oculus Quest delivers

an incredible virtual reality experience

without wires or the need for a computer.

£299, Oculus.com

PLAYSTATION 5

The next-generation PlayStation

is big, beautiful and it isn’t quite

as expensive as we feared: the

standard version is £449 and the

disk-free digital version is £359.

£449, Very.co.uk

FITBIT SENSE

If you or your loved one is a

fitness fan, the new Fitbit Versa

adds clever new features to its

tried-and-tested fitness tracking,

including EKG, temperature

sensing and even stress sensing.

£299, Fitbit.com

DYSON SUPERSONIC

If your time is money, then

Dyson’s high-tech hairdryer will

pay for itself very quickly: not

only does it make your hair look

amazing, but it does it in an

amazingly short time too.

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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.

Blossom Room will 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.

Zsa Zsa Flowers in Billinge will be hosting wreath

workshops on selected dates from Tuesday 24th

November until Thursday 10th December. Workshops are

held at the shop on Main Street, all your fresh materials

and decoration will be provided along with all the

equipment you need. Maximum of 5 people per booking

per date to follow COVID guidelines. The workshop is £40

per person and to book please call 01744 628890.

St Helens College will be running a Christmas Floral

Workshop suitable for students aged 19 and over.

Designed for those who may enjoy arts and crafts

and wish to create unique floral displays for over

the festive period, the workshop is suitable for

absolute beginners who wish to try a new

hobby or for those already familiar with

working with flowers. The course starts on

Wednesday 2nd December and Thursday

3rd December for one evening a week,

lasting for three weeks at The Flower

Studio at the town centre campus. The

cost of the course is £60, this includes

tuition and the supply of all basic

materials. To book please go to www.

sthelens.ac.uk and search for floristry.


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Christmas Crafts

Getting the children

involved in some

Christmas crafts is a

great way to ramp up the

Christmas spirit! Face2Face

Castings and Keepsakes will

be hosting a children’s Christmas

workshop at Playdays on Central

Street – sounds like festive heaven.

Starting on Wednesday 2nd December

at 4pm the fun and educational sessions will run

for three weeks for children aged 7+. So, if you’re ready

to make some new friends and let your little artists be

unlocked this is the place for you. The workshops will

be in groups of up to 8 people to comply with Covid

regulations. You will get to create and learn techniques

in painting and crafting just in time for Christmas and

every session you will have something to take away with

you. The price of the workshop is £20 per child and this

includes all art and craft materials, but you will need to

bring your own apron or oversized shirt. Bookings can be

made by going to the Face2Face Casting and Keepsakes

Facebook page and following the link to the events.

Christmas Craft Fayres

A great way to stock up on some Christmas presents and

craft supplies is to keep a look out for some Christmas

craft fayres. They are a great way to buy local and support

local businesses. Now, a lot of fayres won’t be able to

go ahead this year but local woman Elisha Bridge

has set up a virtual Christmas Market to help boost

sales for local businesses and raise much needed

funds for Willowbrook Hospice. You can pick up

a wide range of gifts and

craft supplies including

jewellery, candles,

paper goods and

‘make your own

kits’. To join the

market simply

search for St

Helens Virtual

Christmas Market

ion Facebook.


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Find the hidden words in the word search grid

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FONT

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HARDWARE

INPUT

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KEYBOARD

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MODEM

PORT

REBOOT

SAVE

SCROLL

SERVER

SOUNDCARD

SPYWARE

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USB

VIRUS

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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.

6

7 1

2 5

5 8

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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


Are you eating enough

fibre?

by Guts UK charity

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Discover the benefits of increasing your fibre intake

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. In fact,

fibre is absolutely vital for gut health, helping to prevent

constipation and even bowel cancer.

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 well-being, 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 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, melon, broccoli, carrots and

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

There are a number of simple steps you can take to

increase your fibre intake, like swapping to wholegrain

bread, opting for wholewheat pasta or choosing potatoes

with skins, such as baked potatoes, wedges or boiled new

potatoes. Think about adding beans, lentils or chickpeas

to stews, curries and salads.

“If you are planning to increase the amount of fibre in

your diet, you should do this gradually,” Julie continued.

“Increasing your fibre intake suddenly can 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 high-fibre one (25-29g), it would prevent

thirteen deaths and six cases of heart disease,” Julie

explained. “It’s simple – the more fibre we eat, the better!”

Guts UK is the charity for the digestive system. Millions

are affected by digestive diseases. 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.

Prescot Chiropody Clinic


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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.

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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.

Medication to reduce symptoms

E.g. antidepressants, sleeping pills, irritable bowel

syndrome treatments and high blood pressure medication.


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Puzzle Solutions

CROSSWORD

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Pruning Perfection

Winter is perfect for pruning and cutting back woody plants

(except if it is icy or frosty), so get stuck in now that deciduous

trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are bare of leaves.

For a small expanse of hedge or a shrub that needs

reshaping, a good, sharp pair of well-oiled shears should

do the job. When cutting along a hedge top, a guide line

– such as a taut string – will help you get a neat, level

surface. For larger hedges a powered hedge cutter or

hedge trimmer is preferable.

Use ‘loppers’ for removal of stems at various heights and

of varying thicknesses. These are available with various

handle lengths (some have telescopic handles), so that

you can reach higher. For relatively thick stems they are

better than shears or secateurs and allow for accurate

cutting. Wear goggles and ideally protective headgear if

you have to cut back branches above your head.

Create sloping cuts whenever you can

so that rain and moisture runs off

Everybody needs a pair of good-quality sharp secateurs

for pruning smaller woody stems. Always cut to an

outward-facing bud. Secateurs are good for removing

dead and dying stems, for formative pruning (to ensure

the plant grows in the right direction), and for pruning to

encourage flowering.

A proper pruning saw is necessary for pruning out or

tidying up larger branches on trees and shrubs and is

perfect for fruit trees. Use a sawing action for best results

and make the pruning cut a few millimetres or so away

from the main stem from which the branch you are

removing is joined. A cut like this will heal quicker and is

less prone to fungal rotting.

MORE PRUNING TIPS

Always check the best pruning time for your plants –

most hedges and many shrubs can be cut back now,

but you may impact the flowering potential of others.

Some trees, mainly those in the Prunus family – such

as edible and ornamental cherries, plums, apricots,

damsons, peaches and nectarines – are prone to the

potentially fatal fungal ‘silver leaf’ infection, and should

be pruned in the summer months.

Pruning tools must be really sharp – blunt tools mean

more effort and the risk of damage to the plant.


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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

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