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May/Jun 2021

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Jack’s Tracks visits

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Pages 46-48

St Helens’ Civic Pride

Pages 15-18

Rainford’s Music Maestro

Pages 44-45

Create a Relaxing Bathroom Oasis

Pages 26-27

WFH? Update your Home Office

Page 30

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Here’s a small sample of our luxury coach holidays and day excursions

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Isle of Wight

5 days £355

12th July ~ Dinner, B&B

Ocean View Hotel is an

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situated in a prime cliff top

location looking out across

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What’s included:

3 Home Pick Up

3 Executive Coach Travel

3 Indoor swimming pool

3 Entertainment every night

3 Excursions to Newport,

The Needles, Yarmouth and

Godshill

Luxury HoLidays

Norfolk

5 days £539

6th June ~ Dinner, B&B

Located in the picturesque

seaside town of Old Hunstanton

on the North Norfolk coast,

Le Strange Arms Hotel is the

perfect venue for the ultimate

relaxing seaside break.

What’s included:

3 Home Pick-up

3 Executive Coach Travel

3 Norfolk Broad Cruise

3 Coach excursions to Wells-

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3 Train Journey to Sandringham

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day Excursions

Springtime in York

Sunday 30th May ~ £20 p.p.

Arriving in this beautiful city

arriving at 10.30, we’ll have lots

of time to visit the attractions and

shops before leaving at 4pm.

day Excursions

Liverpool Bay

Cruise & Shop

Sunday 4th July ~ £29.50 p.p.

We start the day at Liverpool One

shopping centre and from there, we’ll make our way to

the Pier Head for the Liverpool Bay Cruise.

for more details about our day excursions, call 01942 728 960

for an Excursion Supplement or visit www.memorylanetravel.co.uk

All excursions will pick up from the closest main road to your home.

Please note that this is a tiny selection of our luxury coach holidays and day excursions

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With restrictions easing across the UK, life is

slowly returning to normal. More relieved

than most are the owners of businesses

that have had to close their doors during the lockdowns,

in particular those businesses in the hospitality, personal

care and non-essential retail sector.

Owners of small businesses like these often exist on next

to nothing in their business’s formative years with the

plan that rewards will follow if the business succeeds.

During the pandemic, many businesses, particularly the

newer ones, were faced with a life-changing ‘stick or

twist’ decision. Some threw in their cards whilst others

are hanging on in the hope that the easing of restrictions

brings a change in fortunes. Your support can help.

Let’s also be patient with our hospitality industry when

it opens up. Ordering perishable supplies when there is

no trading pattern of post-pandemic sales, training new

staff to replace those who left, keeping customers safe by

ensuring social distancing rules are in place, and having

to keep records of everyone who walks through the door

is not an easy task.

Walking into your favourite pub and restaurant and

expecting the quality of food and the ambience to be

perfect from Day 1 post-lockdown is like expecting your

team’s star player to be at peak form on the first day of

pre-season training. To achieve perfection takes time.

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This month’s highlights

15. St Helens’ Civic Spirit

Contents

28. Tech

Check out the best kitchen gadgets.

42. Puzzle Pages

Try out our new word ladder!

49. Outdoors

Cycling with bionic legs

50. Health

Cope with stress and anxiety.

26. Bathroom Oasis 30. Office Uplift

52. Health

Should you be taking supplements?

56. Gardening

Love your lawn.

57. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

46. Jack’s Tracks visits Crank

44. Music Maestro

53. Switch to Electric

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Libraries Re-Open

Five St Helens libraries re-opened on 12th April as

lockdown restrictions eased. St Helens Library, Chester

Lane Library, Eccleston Library, Newton-le-Willows

Library and Parr Library are now fully open for those

residents who want to browse, borrow books and use the

PC facilities.

In addition, Click and Collect facilities are now available

at Haydock Library, Moss Bank Library and Thatto Heath

Library. These three sites will all offer essential computer

access, which is available to book by appointment for up

to 45 minutes at a time during opening hours. This is to

assist with essential tasks such as study, access to benefits,

searches for work and training opportunities.

For library members wanting to use the Click and

Collect service, you can view the catalogue here; https://

sthlibrarieswp.koha-ptfs.co.uk/ and reserve up to 6 books

for free.

For latest information on the re-opening of other St

Helens libraries, visit the Facebook page; www.facebook.

com/STHLibraries

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Rainford in Bloom launched in 2014 and won awards from

In Bloom from 2015-2018, before landing a Gold award

in 2019 for the in the Large Village Category, the highest

individual award available.

The organising committee meets every month in the

Rainford Village Hall and is supported by more than

30 regular volunteers, including those from ‘Friends of

Rainford Station’. The volunteers work in groups that plan

and manage specific projects, planting schemes and

planters throughout the year.

Each year the team looks to improve new areas while

maintaining and developing existing projects.

Rainford in Bloom is self-funded by donations from the

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Volunteers don’t have to be expert gardeners. The team

has a diverse range of skills including experienced

gardeners and horticulturists, new gardeners, volunteers

with building experience and also those with business

expertise to help with fund raising and finance.

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Volunteers Wanted

St Aidan’s Church in Billinge is looking for volunteers to

help tidy and improve the grounds around the church.

The church’s aim is to make different spaces in the church

grounds more relaxing and pleasant for those people

who visit their loved ones resting places. They also want

to plant areas with spring bulbs and some trees and

shrubs.

As part of the eco-Church awareness strategy, the church

plans to erect bird boxes, bat boxes and other natural

habitat areas to encourage our local wildlife.

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Kickstart Placements

Local businesses are being encouraged to create job

placements for young people as part of a national

initiative backed by St Helens Borough Council.

The government’s Kickstart scheme provides funding

to employers to create six-month job placements for 16

to 24-year olds on Universal Credit at risk of long-term

unemployment, with St Helens Borough Council’s Ways

to Work team helping deliver the programme locally as a

gateway organisation.

The Government hopes that the scheme will give young

people the chance to build their skills in the workplace,

and gain experience that will improve their chances of

going on to find long- term, sustainable work.

For each placement, the government will fund salaries for

25 hours per week, paid at the national minimum wage

– as well as applicable national insurance and employer

pension contributions. Any additional working hours will

be paid by the employer.

Commenting on the benefits of local businesses taking

up the offer, Andrew Beresford, Delivery Coordinator

for the council’s Ways to Work programme, which has

supported hundreds of residents during the coronavirus

pandemic, said:

“The Kickstart scheme is a brilliant opportunity for

businesses of all sizes looking for additional staff

members to nurture young people so that they can

develop the skills and experience required to find work

after completing the scheme.

“As a gateway organisation, we will assist businesses that

register to the Kickstart scheme through us every step of

the way with a full wrap-around support offer.

“With more restrictions lifted, meaning businesses are

now able to open again, initiatives like this are vital to the

reset and recovery period as we look to build back better

for this pandemic”.

For more information about the support St Helens

Borough Council can offer, call 07872113654, email

andrewberesford@sthelens.gov.uk or visit sthelens.gov.

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Cricket for Kids

The English Cricket Board return this summer with their

popular cricket programmes for kids.

5 to 8-year-olds can play in the All Stars Cricket

programme, which is described as ‘An activity and gamebased

programme that is suitable for all skill levels,

providing your child with the foundations to begin a

lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making

friends in a safe and enjoyable environment’.

Meanwhile, 8 to 11-year-olds can play in the Dynamos

Cricket programme. This programme is described by the

ECB as ‘providing boys and girls from 8-11 years old with

6+ sessions of non-stop fun. Each week there will be a

focus on a different cricket skill to build their confidence

and ability, before they take part in a 60-ball countdown

cricket match’.

The programmes are running at the following Cricket

Clubs:

All Stars (5-8 years)

Earlestown CC on Mondays between 5.30-6.15pm

starting 10th May. Contact Karl Allan on 07434 904 904 or

email earlestowncc@hotmail.co.uk

Newton-le-Willows CC on Fridays between 6-7pm starting

21st May. Contact Ian Walkden on 07368 478 787 or email

ianwalky112@gmail.com.

Sutton CC on Tuesdays between 6-7pm starting 1st

June. Contact Gary Greener on 01744 812266 or email

suttoncc@uwclub.net.

Rainford CC on Fridays between 5-5.45pm starting 4th

June. Contact John Williams on 07767 441 978 or e-mail

johnawilliams1@btinternet.com

St Helens Town CC (Denton’s Green) on Wednesdays

between 6-6.45pm starting 28th July. Contact Matthew

Bielby on 07572 754 431 or email sthelenstowncc@ymail.

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Dynamos (8-11 years)

Earlestown CC on Mondays between 6-7pm starting

10th May. Contact Karl Allan on 07434 904 904 or email

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Newton-le-Willows CC on Fridays between 6-7pm starting

21st May. Contact Ian Walkden on 07368 478 787 or email

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St Helens Town CC (Denton’s Green) on Wednesdays

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Selected Dynamos sessions at Newton-le-Willows CC are

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St Helens

Civic Spirit

by Nicola Gray

Civic buildings have been used for generations as central

landmarks, symbols of power, dominance and authority,

providing public services and meeting points for local

people. Over the years buildings under the civic umbrella

have come to include libraries, town halls, concert halls,

theatres, public squares, government buildings and schools.

There are civic buildings in St Helens which are still

being used for their original purpose whilst others have

undergone a merry-go-round of re-purposing over the

years. Some are iconic and recognisable in equal measure

and a few are hidden in plain sight.

Local Life takes a closer look at some of St Helens’ best

examples of civic buildings, to try and understand the

history behind them and how important they were, and

still are, to our community.

The Town Hall

The first Town Hall, which was designed in the Italianate

style, was completed in 1839. It contained a large

assembly hall for holding legal courts, concerts, balls, and

public meetings, as well as a lock up for holding prisoners.

The Town Hall became the headquarters of the new

municipal borough of St Helens on 2nd February 1868,

but the building was badly damaged in a fire in 1871.

Civic leaders decided to build a new Town Hall on the

same site and the larger Victorian style building was

completed in 1876 and still stands on Bickerstaffe Street

in the town centre.

Although the town hall itself, which is still the headquarters

of St Helens Council, is not a listed building, there are two

telephone kiosks flanking the entrance which are listed.

The pair of kiosks

were designed by

Giles Gilbert Scott

in 1935 and are

constructed in cast

iron with a square

plan and a dome.

Old St Helens Town Hall

St Helens Town Hall


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Transport Depot

North West Museum of Road Transport

This red-brick building started life as home to the town’s

horse-drawn trams in 1881; the first horse tram service

began on 5th November that year.

It continued in use for public transport purposes, housing

steam and electric

trams, trolleybuses and

motor buses, with The

St Helens & District

Tramway Corporation

running steam trams

from 1889. They were

replaced by electric

trams a decade later and

the first ever motorbus

was stored here from

1921; with trolleybuses

running from 1927.

decker buses were introduced in the early 1980s.

The museum society was able to obtain a lease on the

premises, which remained in the ownership of St Helens

Council, and moved into building in 1986. In 1994 the

In 1930 a new garage

was added onto the

original depot and they

were later converted

into workshops. The

depot fell into disuse

when new large single

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poor condition of the roof meant that the facility had to

be closed to the public.

The building underwent renovation, the roof was

replaced, and the museum reopened in 2006. The

building is now home to over 60 heritage buses from

all over the North West including a trolleybus, open top

buses, coaches, and vehicles built by Daimler, Leyland

and Crossley.

Transport Depot Hall St

Victoria Square

Earlestown Town Hall

Earlestown Town Hall was designed in 1891 by local

architect, Thomas Beesley following a competition. The

two-storey brick building was constructed in 1892 at

a cost of £10,200 and is finished with stone dressings

and slate roofs. There is a five-stage clock tower on the

northeast corner complete with bells, produced by

Messrs Potts & Sons of Manchester.

It has been suggested that the cost of the hall was

provided as a gift for the community by William John

Legh, the local lord of the manor (Lord Newton), to

celebrate his rise to a peerage in 1892.

Through the years the Town Hall has been home

to events and community groups such as Newton

Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society. The hall even

had some famous guests in 1962, when the Beatles

visited and played a gig.

The Town Hall

closed its doors to

public use in 2008

but plans are

now

underway

to transform the

building

and

bring it back

into public use

once again. The

restoration of the

Grade II listed

building began last summer with the demolition of

two annex buildings and the caretaker’s house.

Earlestown Town Hall and its fascinating history are

now featured on information boards that have been

placed around the building, detailing some of the

building’s historic moments.

Earlestown

Town Hall


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Gamble Building

Gamble Building

Situated in Victoria Square in

the town centre, the Gamble

building was built in the late

1800s and officially opened on

5th November 1896, as a gift

to the people of St Helens from

Sir David Gamble. Built in brick

with terracotta dressings and a

slate roof, it began its life as the

Gamble Institute, housing both a

library and a technical school.

At the end of the 19th century,

the town had a few elementary

schools but lacked schools

capable of providing its pupils

with qualifications of a more

advanced technical nature

that would be needed by local

industries.

Sir David, a chemical magnate and first mayor of St Helens,

offered to build a technical school, donating £30,000 to

the project, around £3.5 million today. He stated that he

wanted to assist local people in making themselves equal

or superior to those countries where technical education

is already an institution.

Originally, the library housed in the Gamble Building

occupied the ground floor

complete with a ladies-only

reading room. The basement

was devoted to manual training

including engineering and

plumbing. The first floor was

home to various technical

classrooms, a laboratory, a

geometrical drawing room,

and cookery and laundry

departments. The second floor

was mostly used for chemical

works and art.

The Archive Service is still

based there, along with many

council staff, but the library

closed in 2017 due to water

damage, making that section of

the building unsafe. St Helens

Council has announced plans

to bring the Gamble building

back into full use and after engaging the public in several

drop-in events to talk about how the building should be

used in the future; senior councillors signed off on £1.4m

in funding for the restoration. January 2022 has been

earmarked as a potential date for the completion of work.

Images courtesy of St Helens Archives & Geoff Sandford of

The North West Transport Museum

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A Billinge horse owner is asking members of the public

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With country walks on the increase during the pandemic,

horse owners across the UK have reported incidents

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to well-meaning passers-by feeding them without

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Tuesday Tiddlers, a play group for toddlers in Garswood,

was just one community project which closed the doors

when the pandemic took hold last year, but thanks to

local resident Lauren Quinn, the popular toddlers’ group

has resumed.

The group now meets from 9am-10.30am every Tuesday at

St Andrews Mission Hall on Garswood Road in the village.

Lauren has two children, including a lockdown baby born

in May 2020, and she has experienced first- hand the

isolation that parents and children have suffered in the

past year.

She said “I am keen on giving back some normality to the

parents in our community, for them and the children”.

As the toys and equipment for the original Tuesday

Tiddlers group were disposed of last spring, an appeal

has gone out for help in re-stocking the toy provision for

the group.

Lauren said “If anyone is having a clear out and has any

unwanted toys that are suitable for young children, it

would be lovely to have them for the church.

“Due to COVID any toys we use have to be easy to disinfect

so this means no soft toys unfortunately.”

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This hybrid bath is designed for smaller rooms, allowing luxury,

comfort and choice to fit into even a modest space.

Mini Ebb shower bath, £1,495, Waters Baths of Ashbourne.

12 ways to make your bathroom a

Relaxing Oasis

Functionality comes first in the bathroom, but there’s no

reason why you can’t combine efficiency with aesthetics

– and gain all the benefits of a space that looks good and

feels good at the same time. Here are a dozen ideas to

start you off:

• Lighting is vital. Check that the bulbs in your light fittings

are giving off the light you prefer, though try not to mix

different light temperatures (warm or cool) in the same

room. Smart bulbs can be switched on and off and the

colour temperature changed or dimmed using a remote

control or an app. Or, if you have a light switch outside the

bathroom door, consider swapping it for a dimmer.

• Sort out your storage. Slim wall cupboards, shelves,

ladders, caddies, peg rails and over-door hooks are

options, while small storage items – such as wicker

baskets, pretty ceramics or bright plastic tubs – bring

texture, colour and interest.

• If your shower is pathetic, investigate whether you can

add a pump to make it more powerful.

• Add a large mirror – it’s not only useful and a focal point

but increases the feeling of light and space in the room.

• Buy a set of coordinating towels. The fluffier the better, in

clean, bright, hotel-white or a colourful pattern.

• Add plants, large and small, high and low – they usually

thrive in a bathroom’s humid atmosphere. Choose pots

that complement your overall scheme.

• Lay a woven cotton or ‘outdoor’ rug on the floor – it can

easily be washed or wiped down and will introduce a

softer feel, adding colour, pattern and texture, too.

• Change a dated pair of taps for some good-looking,

modern ones. Check that they will suit your water

pressure, and make sure the new spout extends the

correct amount over the bath or basin – they should

reach about as far as the plug hole.

• A chair or stool is always useful in a bathroom, even if it’s

just to throw clothes over or to hold soap and books next

to the bath.

• Get rid of the grunge and scrape out the old grout and

silicone between and around your tiles, especially if there’s

any mould. Redoing them will make an extraordinary

difference.

• Replace a shower curtain with a shiny glass shower

screen – the look is clean and minimally efficient (and

won’t need replacing regularly).

• Jazz up your windows. Options include decorative

window film, a beautiful blind (Roman or roller) or some

minimal wooden louvres.

Wooden blinds are elegant and practical, and

come in a range of natural colours, or brighter,

painted shades.

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Incredibly glamorous, these pink wall tiles have a glossy,

crackle-glazed finish, and fit right into this luxurious

bathroom, which features huge amounts of built-in storage.

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LONGER-TERM CHANGES

If you are rethinking your entire room, decide on basic

layout issues at the start. Should the WC be in a separate

room, for example? Do you need to knock down or add

partition walls? Or would you like a walk-in shower,

extensive fitted storage or perhaps a pair of his and hers

basins? Avoid moving existing plumbing, if possible, as it

will save money and effort. However, if the floorplan of

your current bathroom really isn’t working for you, this

one-off plumbing cost could be worth it in the long run.

When thinking about the overall room design, it makes

sense to build shallow false walls within which to hide

cables and pipework, while installing underfloor heating

Feel Great

allows you to remove a radiator, thus freeing up some wall

space for a statement towel warmer as well as providing

cosy, constant heat.

A brand new lighting scheme can provide a real upgrade

and, if you’re renovating the whole bathroom, it may be

possible to install two lighting circuits: one for working

lights and the other, on a dimmer switch, for soothing,

ambient lights. Some gorgeous new flooring is a must: for

the look of luxurious stone or marble on a lower budget,

lookalike porcelain tiles are a great option, while vinyl

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The best gadgets for

every kitchen

Now that many of us are cooking so much more at

home, there are lots of gadgets that promise to make our

kitchen time better. Some of them enable you to do much

more with much less washing up; others ensure brilliant

results for every meal; and still others enable you to cook

like the pros.

One of our favourite kitchen gadgets is the electric

pressure cooker. The most famous one is the Instant Pot,

but there are lots of rivals. It’s a one-pot machine that you

can use to make soup, stews, casseroles and even yogurt,

and unlike many multi-cook devices it’s good at all of

them. One of the best things about it is that it enables you

to slow cook quickly: pressure cooking means you get all

the flavour and tenderness of slow cooking in less than an

hour. And when you’re done, there’s only one dishwashersafe

pot to clean.

Another firm favourite in our kitchen is the air

fryer, which gives you deep fried taste

without the mess, smell

or unhealthiness. They’ve come a very long way in just a

few years and they’re brilliant for fantastic fried chicken,

amazing chips and quickly reheating takeaways: the only

thing they’re not great at is food with lots of runny batter,

which just falls off.

If you’re feeling really fancy, a Thermomix can do pretty

much everything: it can vacuum cook meat, fish and

vegetables for sous vide cooking; it can slow cook; it can

caramelise, brown, blend, boil, knead, emulsify and more.

It even has a display to show you video tutorials. It’s very

expensive but it’s an incredible device.

If you prefer to cook manually we’d thoroughly

recommend the Thermapen, an instant thermometer

that enables you to test the temperature of things like

large roasts. It takes the guesswork out of cooking times,

ensuring that every roast is perfectly done, and it’s also

really useful in barbecue season when you

don’t want to risk giving people

undercooked meat.

THERMOMIX TM6

The TM6 is incredibly expensive but it’s a truly

extraordinary intelligent cooking machine that’ll

replace many of your existing appliances.

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THERMAPEN

This instant-read digital

thermometer takes the

guesswork out of cooking

meat, fish and bread, and

while clones are cheaper

they’re not as accurate.

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incredible tenderness

and flavour, and the

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and produces amazing

results.

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Philips’ air fryers are easy to use,

easy to clean and deliver excellent

results. This is one of the larger

models, with a 1.2kg capacity that

makes it ideal for families.

£250, Amazon.co.uk

INSTANT POT DUO

EVO PLUS

This isn’t the cheapest Instant

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– but this is more flexible and

has a brilliant display that

makes it even easier to use.

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Working from home may not be

all fun and games, but there is no

reason why your home office has to

be dull. Add some personal touches

and transform it into a space in

which you actually enjoy spending

time.

To take your home office to the

next level, add some abstract

art, with prints featuring organic

shapes and complementary

monochrome colours

Selection of framed prints, all

Desenio.

Give your Home

Office an Uplift

Working from home at least gives you more

time to tend to your plant collection. If you

haven’t got one, now’s the time to start.

Terracotta plant pots, from £2 each,

Scaramanga.

Combine support and style

with an office chair that raises

and lowers to a comfortable

position, swivels easily and

looks good enough to fit into

your overall room scheme.

Calgary office chair in faux

leather, £164.99, Lakeland

Furniture.

A home office need never

be drab. Add some colour

with well-chosen shades

of paint.

Shown here: Greek Blue,

Louis Blue, Giverny,

Napoleonic Blue and

Athenian Black, all £5.95 per

120ml, Annie Sloan.

Add a spot of cheerful colour in the

form of an adjustable desk lamp.

Ginaz table lamp, £25, B&Q.

A HOME OFFICE ‘GLOW UP’

Colour is important. If a particular colour makes you

feel happy – add it! If you don’t want to go as far

as painting the whole room, just refresh the wall

behind the desk (that you spend the majority of

your time looking at) with a small pot of emulsion.

You can also add colour in the form of furniture and

accessories, from an office chair to the essential

adjustable desk lamp, as well as pen holders, clocks

or paperweights.

Personalise the walls with your favourite prints,

posters, paintings and photographs. For a formal

look, frame them identically and hang them

symmetrically. Alternatively, you could peg small

pictures to a string, stick postcards to a corkboard

with coloured drawing pins or prop them, facing

outwards, on a narrow shelf.

It’s all about comfort, so make sure you’re working

at the right temperature. A small desk fan for the

summer may be useful, while in the winter a heater

can be an essential. For an even cosier feel, choose a

woolly throw that looks pretty and feels soft.

A few plants dotted here and there go a long way

to making an office feel more homely. Increase the

sensory experience with a vase of fresh flowers,

scented candles or an aromatic diffuser.


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Invest Today.

Change Tomorrow

A Guide to Responsible Investing

Responsible, sustainable and environmentally friendly

investing is here to stay. However, while demand is

growing among all age groups, genders and income

bands, some savers and investors are missing their

biggest opportunity for responsible investing, which is

through their pension.

We all want to make responsible choices as more of

us are becoming aware of global challenges, such as

environmental issues, human rights and climate change.

We’re also starting to care more about how our behaviours

affect the planet and society.

Future Success

Taking ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance)

factors into consideration when investing is becoming

more mainstream. It is acknowledged that companies

that act responsibly to their employees, the environment

and the public have a better chance of future success

than those that don’t. Investing in these companies is

now a logical approach financially as well as ethically.

Many pension holders understand this approach and see

the value of it. In a recent survey, more than one-third of

respondents said that the option to invest their pension

only in sustainable companies is important to them.

Nearly two-thirds said having clearly branded funds for

investing in environmentally and socially responsible

companies is important to them.

Pension Investments

The same survey suggests that pension holders feel that

sustainable investing isn’t just important, but interesting.

More than half of respondents said that a fund focused

on clean energy and lowering carbon would make them

more interested in their pension. A similar number felt

that way about a zero-plastic fund.

But while pension holders feel these issues are important

and interesting, that isn’t yet affecting the way they invest.

Most people don’t manage their pension investments

personally so, more than two-thirds of pension holders

do not know how sustainable their pension is.

Environmentally Friendly

Many pension holders don’t know that they can choose

their own funds, and therefore that they can choose

sustainable or responsible funds. Around half are unaware

of ways to ensure their pension is environmentally

friendly.

Clearly, many pension holders would like to invest

pension funds more sustainably and responsibly but

don’t know where to start. There are plenty of options,

but without specialist advice, it can be difficult to

select those companies that are truly responsible and

environmentally friendly and will also deliver the financial

return you’re seeking.

Investing with Purpose

Responsible investors essentially take responsibility for

the impact that the companies they invest in have on the

world. Thankfully, investing with an ESG focus has moved

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Speak to us at Callisto about what responsible investing

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WIN

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Live Show!

Local Life has teamed up with Liverpool’s M&S Bank

Arena to give our readers a chance to win a pair of tickets

to one of three fantastic live shows taking place at the

waterfront venue after lockdown restrictions are eased

on 17th May.

X-treme Magic will be staged on Saturday 22 May;

Sleeping Beauty will run from Saturday 29 May until

Saturday 5 June; and audiences can look forward to

Circus Spectacular on Saturday 12 June. All shows will be

staged in The Auditorium at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena,

and tickets are on sale now.

X-treme Magic

Billed as The World’s Most Dangerous Thrill Show and

is packed with fire, illusion and death-defying

stunts. Master illusionist Richard Cadell will be

joined by a full supporting cast of magicians

including Pete Firman, Elizabeth Best and Craig

Christian, as well as fire artistes, speciality

acts and dancers. Highlights include making

a motorcycle appear from nowhere; Russian

roulette with sticks of dynamite; and even

trying to escape from a straightjacket

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Sleeping Beauty

Billed as the Pantomime

Of Your Dreams, Sleeping

Beauty will star singer

Gareth Gates, comedy star

Bippo, and Peppa Pig’s Emma

Grace Arends. When the

Evil Carabosse curses Princess

Beauty to die on her 21st birthday,

Beauty’s Fairy ensures she only falls into

a deep sleep which can be broken with

a kiss from her true love. A handsome Prince must come

to her rescue and save the day. The show also features

a live band, beautiful scenery and costumes, special

effects, and lots of laughs.

Circus Spectacular

Billed as Madness and Mayhem For All The

Family, Circus Spectacular is a circus variety show

bursting with fun for all the family,

starring comedy performer Bippo

The Clown and friends. The firstclass

artistes will also present

production numbers and

comedy to make the show a

fantastic experience. Every

show is unique as audiences

are given the rare opportunity

to choose acts of the show in

the ‘what’s next?’ section, with

both sets of artistes fighting

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Organisers are keen to reassure theatregoers that all

necessary safety measures – including social distancing –

will be in place to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable return

to indoor live entertainment.

Producer James Shone commented: “We are thrilled to

announce these new shows for Summer 2021. Audiences

have missed out on so many live experiences over the

last 12 months, so it’s a real privilege that we will be

presenting some of the very first shows once lockdown

restrictions are eased.

“The three spectacular shows promise fun, laughter

and magic – something we all really need right now.

We want to reassure theatregoers that social distancing

and safety measures will be in place to ensure Covidsecure

performances – audience, cast and crew safety is

paramount.”

To enter the competition to win one pair of the three pairs of tickets on offer, simply visit

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

then answer the following question;

In which city is the M&S Bank Arena located?

Please hurry, the expiry date for this competition is Friday 14th May 2021.

The expiry date for the competition is midnight on Friday 14th May 2021, and the winners will be

personally contacted within three working days and the results will be posted on our Facebook account

by 31st May 2021. Entrants must be over 16 years of age. Strictly one entry per household – multiple

entries will be disqualified. Local Life 247 cannot accept responsibility for entries that do not reach us.

Employees of Local Life 247 Ltd and their families are not eligible to enter this competition.

To book tickets for these shows visit www.mandsbankarena.com


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The On-Going War Against Litter

The Parish Council organised a litter pick on 11.04.2021.

Residents joined with Councillors, The Girl Guides and

the Boy’s Brigade & Girl’s Association and sadly collected

large quantities of rubbish from around Rainford.

Grateful thanks to all those who were involved and to all

those who created the need, please stop desecrating our

beautiful village by dropping litter. Use the many bins

provided or take it home.

Rainford PC will

be supporting

Rainford-in-Bloom

on the next assault

against litter, as

part of the Keep

Britain Tidy - Great

British Spring

Clean campaign.

Cllrs Reynolds, Lamb and Monk

Business Around Rainford

This Parish Council initiative had a virtual launch on

21.04.2021. It is a forum for Businesses in Rainford and

for Rainford residents who have businesses. The next

meeting will take place on 21.07.2021. If you would like

more information, please contact Victoria Swainbank on

01744 884709 admin@rainfordparishcouncil.com

The Parish Council is currently compiling a Business

Directory which will be on the Parish Council website.

Paper copies will also be available.

Parking in the Village

The Parish Council has received numerous complaints and

concerns from residents about the way some people park

their vehicles in and around the Village, particularly in the

vicinity of the schools. It is therefore involved in a number

of initiatives which will hopefully result in less thoughtless

and illegal parking.

Quiz Nights

KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE

Newsletter

The Village Hall bar, which had a complete refit just before

the first lockdown, will re-open for socially distanced

Friday night quizzes on 21.05.2021 at 7pm. These will

continue for 5 weeks and will be a good way for people

to ease back into social situations. Entrance to the quiz is

free and it will start at 7.30pm.

Boundary Commission Review

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England

issued draft recommendations on the new electoral

arrangements for St Helens Borough Council. There were

two parts of the draft recommendations that involved

Rainford. The Parish Council made a submission which

can be viewed at: www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk

Please contact the Clerk’s office if you would like a paper

copy.

Elections May 2021

There are elections for members of St Helens Council on

06.05.2021. Some people make a point of always voting.

Others choose not to. But if you’re not sure whether there

is any point, here are some points to consider:

1) It’s free and the polling station is a quiet place to make

decisions in peace.

2) It affects where you live. Westminster and European

elections can feel a little remote, but local councils are

where decisions are made that matter on a day-to-day

basis; schools, libraries, street cleaning, leisure centres,

the bins etc. Many of the services you need, love and

maybe despair of.

3) Councillors are important. It’s worth thinking about the

qualities each candidate would bring to the role as they

will be the people (along with the Parish Councillors), you

can get in touch with if you want to improve your lives

over the next few years. You will be able to vote for one of

three candidates for Rainford.

4) Lots of your money is at stake. Councils account for

a whopping one quarter of public spending. This equates

to billions of pounds. Even divided area-by-area, this is a

fortune. Have a say over how your money is spent.

5) It gives you the right to moan! You only have the right

to criticise the “powers that be” if you didn’t do your bit to

help choose them.

6) Voting can be fun. Polling stations are not dull. The staff

are usually very pleased to see you and will help with any

problems or concerns.

7) It’s anonymous. The candidate and party you choose

are not made public and you don’t have to tell anyone

how you voted. If you don’t want to vote for any of those

standing, you can make your point by “spoiling” your ballot

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8) You could be helping the prime minister of the future.

Who knows how far the political career of your chosen

candidate will go? You could be helping someone on their

way on a great political journey.

9) It should turn out nice. The weather is usually very

pleasant at the beginning of May, so why not take a stroll

to your local polling station. It will be open from 7am to

10pm, so plenty of time to get there.

10) It doesn’t happen often. We don’t get to vote on every

issue or even every year, so it’s worth taking advantage of

when we get the chance to have our say.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The Parish Council was saddened to learn about the death

of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The Chairman

attended a special service at All Saints Parish Church.

Wildlife Cameras

The Parish Council is exploring the possibility of locating

wildlife cameras around the Village.

Parish Council Meetings

Parish Council meetings are currently taking place via

Zoom but that doesn’t mean that you can’t join in. Please

contact the Clerk’s office for the link. 01744 884709.

Further details can be found on the Parish Council website:

www.rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

The Full Council meets on the fourth Monday of the

month and residents are encouraged to address members

on matters of concern to them.

The Annual Meeting of the Parish

Council

Not to be confused with the Annual Parish Meeting! This

will take place at 6.30pm on 24.05.2021 and is when the

Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected for 2021/22.

The Standing Orders and Code of Conduct are approved

and the Internal auditor is appointed. Additionally,

the committee structure is reviewed and members are

appointed to committees. Finally, the dates for the full

Council meetings for 2021/22 are decided.

Residents are very welcome to attend this meeting. It will

be decided nearer the time whether this meeting will be

held virtually via Zoom or in person. You can register your

interest by contacting the Clerk’s office.

Bookings now being taken

Rainford Village Hall is available to hire for classes,

parties, anniversaries, events and Wedding Receptions.

Please ring 01744 884709 and speak to the Event

Co-ordinator, Victoria Swainbank. email admin@

rainfordparishcouncil.com

If you are interested in getting involved, would like

further details of events or have suggestions for ways

the Parish Council can engage with the community,

please contact the Clerk, Sally Powell on 01744

884709 clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.com

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish meeting will take place on 10.05.2021

at 6pm. The meeting will be held via Zoom and residents

are encouraged to attend. Please contact the Clerk’s

office for the link. The meeting will also be streamed live.

If you have a question for the Parish Council you can ask it

at the meeting or submit it in advance to the Clerk: 01744

884709 clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.com

Please do take this opportunity to engage with your Parish

Council.

RAINFORD PARISH COUNCIL

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road Rainford WA11 8HB

01744 884709

clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.com

@rainfordvillagehall

@rainfordparishcouncil


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Puzzle Pages

CROSSWORD

DOWN

1. Father or mother (6)

2. Daphne du Maurier novel (7)

3. River which flows through Paris (5)

5. Fishermen (7)

6. Follower of a major religion (5)

7. Rough shelter at the side of a house (4-2)

8. Root used in the preparation of a sharp-tasting

condiment (11)

14. Underground prison (7)

15. Japanese paper-folding art (7)

16. French sweet blackcurrant liqueur (6)

17. With hands on hips and elbows extending

outward (6)

19. Compass point at 180 degrees (5)

21. Unprocessed thick sap from a tree (5)

ACROSS

1. Local church community (6)

4. US artist, Andy ___ (6)

9. Leader of a Jewish congregation (5)

10. Fabric made of silk (7)

11. Centre of an atom (7)

12. Spew forth lava and rocks (5)

13. Mythical container enclosing all human ills (8,3)

18. Malicious burning to destroy property (5)

20. Framework erected over an oil well (7)

22. Receptacles for cups (7)

23. Medieval and Renaissance wind instrument resembling

an oboe (5)

24. Statue with the body of a lion and the head of a man (6)

25. Colour of the rainbow (6)

WORDWHEEL

Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten

minutes to find as many words as possible, none of

which may be plurals, foreign words or proper nouns.

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

contain the central letter and letters can only be used

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

all of the letters in the wheel.

TARGET

EXCELLENT: 24 or more words

GOOD: 18 words

M

T

A

R

O

L

FAIR: 15 words


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WORDSEARCH

INSECTS

ANTS

APHID

BEDBUG

BEETLE

BUMBLEBEE

CATERPILLAR

CICADA

COCKROACH

CRICKET

EARWIG

FIREFLY

FLEA

FLIES

HORNET

LADYBIRD

LICE

LOCUST

MAYFLY

MOSQUITO

MOTH

SILKWORM

TERMITE

TICKS

WASP

WEEVIL

SUDOKU

WORD LADDER

Change one letter at a time (but not the position

of any letter) to make a new word - and move from

the word at the top of the ladder to the word at the

bottom, using the exact number of rungs provided.

HAND

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: an implausible

story used as an

explanation or excuse.

Trace a path through all

the letters to find the

word or phrase that fits

the clue.

T O R Y

S C O C

L B D K

L U N A

FOOT

All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 55 of this magazine


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Rainford’s

Music Maestro

by Nicola Gray

It has been said that self-doubt kills more dreams than

failure ever will; but for Rainford’s Ross Harrington, failure

simply wasn’t an option when it came to pursuing his

passion for music.

The 21-year-old, better known to the music world as

producer, NAVOS, has just been signed by Island Records

and is tipped to be the sound of the summer as his new

hit ‘Believe Me’, rockets up the official charts.

Ross’s story is a modern day fairy-tale backed up by

passion and lots of hard work. Ross grew up in Rainford

and has lived in the village all his life, attending

Rainford CE Primary, before moving on to Rainford High

Technology College and Sixth Form.

Ross added, “I’ve spent a lot of my time here and I love a

night out in Rainford, some of my favourite places to go

are The Golden Lion and the Junction Pub. I worked in the

Junction Pub, that was my first real job.

I like a good back story, so I wanted to know where Ross

came up with the name NAVOS, he laughs, “That’s a funny

one, when I was little, I wanted to be in the Navy so that

together with the last part of my first name gave me

NAVOS.

Ross’s name isn’t the only thing that has changed in the

last few months; he’s made the move from University and

Dunelm to the studio and the heady heights of the music

charts. Ross explains, “My work mates are always texting

to say I’m smashing it and that they’re really happy for me.

Everyone has been so supportive.

Life is quite a bit different, sometimes I can’t believe that

I’m doing interviews and going to photo shoots, but it’s

cool and I’m loving it.”

The pretext to all of Ross’ success is his hard work, when I

ask him about an average day his head is most definitely

Ross continues, “Music has always been my passion

though, since I was 12 or 13 years old. I have always been

into music, I played guitar in primary school and it just

grew and grew from there.

“I went to an Avicii show in Manchester in 2015 and I

thought that’s what I want to do as a job. From there it

started as a hobby, I got a computer for Christmas and the

necessary software and the rest is self-taught. It all comes

with a lot of time and effort.

And effort is exactly what Ross has in abundance; last

year saw him finishing his last year at Edge Hill University

and up until a few months ago was working in Dunelm

in Liverpool. Ross added, “It was a lot of work, I was

completing the last year of my Sport Therapy degree, so

there was a dissertation to write. I enjoyed University but

I’m concentrating on producing music, I think you get one

shot at this and I intend to give it my all.”


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Quiz

Theme:

Land and Sea

1. Which country is sometimes referred to as the

“land of the rising sun”?

2. Who used the stage name “the Sea Monster”

when she first began her career in stand-up

comedy?

on his music, “I just want this to happen, so I’m willing to

put the work in and that means putting the hours in at

the studio. I also like to get out for a walk and I’m looking

forward to being able to go for a drink with friends when

we can.”

Born in lockdown, ‘Believe Me’ became an instant hit and

currently stands at number 27 in the charts, with more

than 16 million streams on music site Spotify. Ross says,

“Lockdown has given me time to focus on my music,

being locked in the house, I got my head down and it

was a way for me to keep myself occupied and doing

something.

“I put aside quite a few hours a day and without that time

I wouldn’t be where I am today. This is the dream and I’ll

keep working hard for it.”

So, what is next for Ross and where would he like to take

his music career? Ross explains, “I would love to go on

tour, have a few top 10’s and to headline Creamfields or

Glastonbury.”

For now, though he intends to enjoy his success, work

hard and continue to keep his feet firmly on the floor, he

says, “My friends always keep me grounded, the banter

is always there and although they like my work they still

treat me the same, I’m still me; my hobby just turned into

my job!”

3. Which act won the 2004 Brit Award for Best

British Album for their debut album, Permission

To Land?

4. Marked by dropping a ring into the sea inscribed

with the Latin for “we wed thee, sea, as a sign of

true and everlasting domination”, the Marriage

of the Sea ceremony is an ancient ceremony

that is still performed today in which European

city?

5. What is the only landlocked country with a

name ending in “land”?

6. The Sea of Marmara separates the European

and Asian parts of which country?

7. The poem The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot begins

by saying that which month of the year “is the

cruellest month”?

8. The Suez canal links which two seas?

9. According to the book of Genesis, which “land”

was Cain exiled to by God after murdering his

brother, Abel?

10. Which famous fictional bar is located directly

below a restaurant called Melville’s Fine Sea

Food?

Quiz solutions can be found on page 55 of this magazine


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Crank

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 7.5 miles Difficulty: Medium

The landscapes of most walks have an element of ‘old’

and ‘new’ about them, and this latest Jack’s Tracks has

more than most. Ancient country estates, old railway lines,

attractive churches and beautiful countryside make this 7.5

mile walk around the northern villages of St Helens a real

treat for walkers.

Park up on Crank Hill (WA11 7SD) near the bend at the

higher end of Alder Lane. Follow the footpath away from

the village and up an incline. You’ll pass the reservoir on

the right as you arrive at the top of the hill; carry on in the

same direction downhill. The path bends as you enter the

wooded area and you’ll go slowly uphill again, rewarded

with great views of Billinge as you exit the trees.

Go through two stiles, pass Forsters Farm Shop and turn

right when you arrive at Moss Bank Road. The handsome

alms-houses appear soon after on the right, which date

back to 1725 and give you an idea of the rich history of the

hilltop village, followed shortly after by Moss Bank Mission,

which was built in 1855 and donated to the village by Lord

Daresbury for the education of local children.

Take the footpath that runs between the boundaries of 59

and 61 Moss Bank Road, and as you exit through a metal

turnstile you can expect to see great views from your lofty

position. You’re now on the Rainford Hall estate, which

is far off to your right and straight ahead on the top of

that hillock, you can see the rooftops of Windle Hall. Both

homes were once owned by members of the Pilkington

family.

Follow the path downhill and then turn right down the

wide bridleway, which in years past was the track bed for

the St Helens to Rainford Junction railway, opened in 1858

and closed to passengers 93 years later. Other stations on

the line included Crank Halt, Old Mill Lane, Rookery 1 & 2

and Rainford Village.


A570

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For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

Holiday Moss

Farm

King’s Moss Plantation

JT-Crank

Rainford

Myer’s

Farm

Red Cat Lane

Higher Lane

Rookery

Farm

Mill House

Farm

Alderley

Farm

Rainford

Delph Farm

Rainford Road

Mill Lane

Farm

Crank

Alder Lane

Farm

Fir Wood

Delph Cottage

Crank Hall

Farm

Crank

Farm

Clay Wood

Reed’s Moss

Rainford Brook

Crank House

Rainford

Hall

Shoots Delph

Farm

Moss Bank Road

Crank Road

Winstanley

Wood

Moss Plantation

Dagnals

Bridge

Farm

Poverty Plantation

Moss Bank

Berrington Hall

Golf Club

A570

Windle Park

Wood

Windle Hall

Follow the bridleway as it bends to the left and then

cross Rainford Brook via the metal footbridge on the left.

Follow the footpath to Crank Road, cross then turn left for

50 yards, then turn right into Berrington’s Lane.

Berrington’s Lane is just under a mile long and as you walk

away from the noisy East Lancs Road, the lane becomes

alive with wildlife. It was early morning when we did the

walk and we were lucky enough to spot a couple of deer,

a few rabbits and numerous songbirds.

At the end of Berrington’s Lane, turn right and follow Mill

Lane for 600 yards crossing Rainford Brook once more.

Look closely for a path on the left-hand side once the

Saint-Gobain site ends and in the vicinity of the bus stop.

Follow the path, which takes you down the back of the


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industrial site, for ½ mile until you arrive at Rookery Lane

in Rainford. Turn right, go straight past the junction for

Derby Drive and then turn left into Rainford Linear Park.

Once again, the walk returns to the track bed of the St

Helens to Rainford Junction railway. Rainford Linear Park

runs straight through the village like an arrow, bringing a

green sanctuary to the residents. The park is a real delight,

it’s so well kept and is a haven for walkers and cyclists of

all ages.

You’re going to follow the path for until you reach a

road called Cross Pit Lane (the site for the old Rainford

Village Station). Turn right here and walk up to the mini

roundabout at the top of the road. Turn left and just

after you pass the Rainford URC Church, turn right into

Muncaster Drive.

Follow Muncaster Drive for 650 yards as the walk opens

up to views of Billinge Hill. Once you reach the crossroads

of paths, go straight on for a further ½ mile and then turn

right at Fire Clay Farm and follow the path for a further

400 yards until you emerge on Higher Lane. Turn left.

Follow the road away from Rainford for just over ½ mile

until you reach Mill Lane Farm on a dogleg bend. Just

after the dogleg, turn right and follow the path at the side

of the field. Hop over a couple of stiles, then turn left and

follow the well-used path around the perimeter of the

field until you reach the driveway to Crank Hall Farm. Turn

left to reach Crank Road and then turn left again towards

Crank. Follow the road for 1/3 mile into the village.

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear

whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure

that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any

party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting

from negligence, accident or other cause.


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Cycling

with bionic legs!

Cyrusher

XF690 folding fat bike

£1,799 from Cyrusher.co.uk

An introduction to e-bikes

E-bikes are like normal bikes given super powers: you still

pedal them, but they have an electric motor that gives

you some extra help. It feels rather like having bionic legs:

you can pull away from traffic lights quickly and easily

tackle steep hills.

That makes them brilliant for commuting and urban

cycling, and a great choice for people who want to

improve their fitness and haven’t been on a bike for years.

What kind of e-bikes are there?

Commuter bikes are all-rounders while MTBs are

mountain bikes and road bikes are racing bikes. The

former have big tyres and great suspension, while the

latter use super-light materials and aggressive geometry

to achieve high speeds. Cargo bikes are for carrying loads

that are too big for panniers or a backpack, and usually

have bigger tyres and better brakes.

How do I get the right e-bike size?

E-bike sizes are usually expressed as S, M, L and XL. Small

bikes are generally suitable for riders up to 5’5” while

XL bikes are designed for six footers and above. Some

e-bikes have very adjustable seats and handlebars that

enable them to skip between sizes.

Swifty E-Mountain Bike,

£799 from Amazon.co.uk

Volt Metro Folding Commuter

Bike,

£1,599 from Voltbikes.co.uk

Is there more than one kind of

e-bike motor?

Crank drives connect directly to the bike chain, while hub

drives sit in the wheel hub – usually the rear wheel. Crank

drives are more energy efficient and feel more natural

when pedalling but hub drives are usually much cheaper.

What about gears?

E-bikes come with the same kind of gear systems as

ordinary bikes and the gears adjust how much pedalling

is needed.

With e-bikes you’ll usually be able to control the

assistance level the motor gives you. You might choose

Turbo for fast pulling away from traffic lights but Eco (or

equivalent) when on a relaxing country ride.

Which battery should I choose?

Most manufacturers provide a battery range estimate,

or you can calculate the range by dividing the battery’s

power by 20 – a battery with a 400Wh rating should give

about 20 miles on full assist, which is when the electric

motor is operating at full power. Most e-bikes have a little

bike computer that shows battery charge and the range

remaining before recharging is needed. When the battery

runs out of power, your e-bike behaves like a normal bike,

albeit a heavier one. Typical recharge time is three to four

hours and batteries typically last for two to four years.

How much should I spend?

You can get perfectly decent e-bikes for around £500,

or you can spend over £4,000 on a carbon road bike.

The more you spend the lighter the bikes become and

the better the hardware: where cheaper e-bikes are

designed for everyday use, the most expensive

e-bikes are serious bits of sporting equipment

with matching price tags. Whatever you buy,

make sure you acquire a very good U-lock:

sadly, all e-bikes are targets for bike thieves.


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Stress and Anxiety

Are you feeling stressed and anxious about the future?

During the pandemic, we are experiencing more stress and

anxiety than ever before. This is caused by uncertainty and

ever-changing information. According to the mental health

charity Mind, 60% of adults said their mental health became

worse during lockdown.

Stress and anxiety can manifest itself in many different

ways. Physical symptoms can include an increased

heart rate or muscle tension, ‘jelly’ legs or tingling in the

hands and feet, breathing too heavily or dizziness. You

may experience feelings that you might lose control,

faint, think people are looking at you and noticing your

anxiety. Dave Smithson from Anxiety UK says “Those who

are usually outgoing may become withdrawn or those

who are reserved may become erratic.

Everyone is different and anxiety can

be triggered by a range of things.”

Other symptoms can include

lack of concentration,

catastrophic thoughts,

poor memory, excessive

alcohol intake, under

or overeating, a short

temper and tearfulness.

A key indicator is

blowing things out of

proportion. As Lorraine

Collins, psychodynamic

counsellor, psychotherapist,

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

and member of the British

Association for Counselling and

Psychotherapy (BACP), says

“If you’re stressed, how you

view situations can become

altered and distorted due

to the brain not being able

to process information in

a more balanced way. It

can also be a cry for help

in communicating distress

that can be difficult to put into words, so is ‘acted out’ by

slamming doors, banging around, road rage and so on.”

If you are under threat of redundancy as a result of the

pandemic, this is additional stress as a job provides selfesteem,

purpose and a social network. Losing your job

unexpectedly affects all this, so stress accumulates.

Lorraine says “If there is a threat of redundancy, it’s quite

normal to feel stressed and anxious about your security

and future. It can be like a constant feeling of dread and

impending doom. You may experience a sinking feeling

in the stomach. There may be a tendency for catastrophic

thoughts about what the future might hold.”

If you are suffering from extreme stress, it may be difficult

to recognise it. Lorraine advises checking your

‘internal dialogue’, which will reduce the risk of

stress and tension building up. By that she

means asking yourself “Am I tired and

wired?” as a kind of self-monitoring.

“I often suggest to my patients

to use the HALT method – am

I hungry, angry, lonely or

tired? Getting into the habit

of addressing these things

can help to monitor your

levels of stress and keep a

more balanced sense of wellbeing,”

she says.

How To Manage

Stress and Anxiety

The good news is there are

plenty of practical and useful

tools to manage anxiety and

reduce stress:

• Getting back into nature is a

great way of calming your anxiety.

This can be a local park, woodland,

nature reserve or your garden.

Lorraine says “You can practice

naming what’s around you, the


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things you see and hear, and this will interrupt

the constant looping of anxious thoughts.”

• Looking after mind and body: “Go to bed

at a reasonable time without screens and

mobiles or other things that will decrease

the winding-down time we need to settle

into a relaxed state and leave the day behind,”

says Lorraine. “Watch your diet, as excessive

caffeine and refined sugars will only stimulate

an already stimulated body and mind.”

• Learning to relax: relaxation techniques can

include exercises to release the tension in your body by

easing your muscles. The Mind web site lists plenty of

options.

• Switch off the news: if you find it difficult coping with

news coverage, it may make you feel better if you limit

what you read, watch and listen to for a while.

• Connecting with other people: “Plan to have regular

chats with friends and family over the phone,” says

Stephen Buckley from Mind. “This is a vital way of

maintaining wellbeing.”

• Sharing the problem: talking to someone you trust

about what is making you stressed can be helpful. If this

isn’t possible, you could call a confidential helpline such

as Mind’s Infoline or those run by Anxiety UK and the

Samaritans. You could also join a support or self-help group

– talking to people in the same boat can be reassuring.

If these self-care techniques don’t work, it’s best to talk to

your GP about treatment options. This can include talking

therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

www.lccounselling.com

www.mind.org.uk

www.anxietyuk.org.uk


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Should you be taking

supplements?

We should be able to get all the vitamins and minerals our

bodies need from the food we eat. However, modern day life

is making it increasingly difficult to achieve a balanced diet.

That’s where supplements come in.

Supplements are considered ‘top-ups’ for the vital

vitamins and minerals our bodies require to function.

They can take the form of vitamins, probiotics, herbal

products, powders, drinks – and more.

There is still much debate surrounding their effectiveness.

However, although medical professionals insist that

supplements aren’t a substitute for a healthy diet, it’s proven

that some could have a positive effect on your health.

For example, many vegetarians and vegans will benefit

from iron and vitamin B-12 supplements, while those trying

for a baby are advised to take folic acid supplements until

twelve weeks into their pregnancy. It’s also recommended

that children aged between six months and five years take

vitamin A, C and D supplements every day.

Other supplements, however, could be a waste of money.

If you’re wondering whether supplements could benefit

your diet, it’s worth speaking to your doctor or nutritionist

first. But to start you off, we’ve put together a list of the

top five supplements people take in the UK, and what

they are taken for.

Magnesium Found naturally in foods such as

pumpkin, spinach, soy beans and brown rice, magnesium

is important for bone health and energy production. It’s a

known stress-reliever too, and studies have proven that it

can even help sleeping problems.

Omega 3 Swallowing fish oil first thing in the

morning might not sound appetising. But, there’s solid

evidence to suggest that omega 3 fatty acids can help

contribute towards a healthy heart and brain, while also

reducing inflammation.

That’s why omega 3 supplements, often in the shape of

fish oil capsules, are so popular. Vegans and vegetarians

can also top up their intake with algae oil supplements.

Iron Iron is responsible for making red blood cells. It’s

particularly important in younger women, but according

to the 2018 National Diet and Nutrition Survey, 27% of

women are deficient.

It’s predominantly found in red meat, which is why

many vegans and vegetarians take iron supplements to

make up for any potential deficiencies. However, smaller

amounts can be found in beans, nuts and fortified cereals.

Prescot Chiropody Clinic

Vitamin D A vital vitamin for regulating our bodies’

calcium and phosphate content, vitamin D is a key

contributor to healthy bones, teeth and muscles.

We get most of our vitamin D from the sun, but living in

the UK means we have limited daylight hours during the

autumn and winter. For this reason, many people in the

UK choose to take vitamin D supplements between late

September and early April, when the sunlight is weaker.

Zinc Best known for its ability to boost immunity and

fight off bacteria and viruses, zinc is another vital mineral

our bodies need to function.

Red meat, shellfish and dairy foods all have high levels

of zinc, as do chickpeas, lentils and beans. In supplement

form, you can top up your zinc levels with over-thecounter

capsules, tablets and lozenges.


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Making

the switch

to an

electric

vehicle:

what you need to know

Government announcements mean more EVs will be on

our roads, but what do you need to know about them?

Last year’s announcement by Boris Johnson that sales of

new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be phased out by

2030 means that electric vehicles are going to become a

more important part of our driving lives very shortly.

But even with this change, there remains a level of

mystery surrounding all things electric. Fortunately,

we’ve got some of the key things you need to know about

making the leap to an EV.

How much range do you need?

Range is a word which has great importance in the

EV world, as it’s what governs how far you’ll be able to

travel in between trips to the plug. However,

there’s no need to get worried about a car’s

range if you think carefully about how far

you travel.

If you’re someone who only does shorter

trips around town and does fewer than 100

miles a week, for instance, then a car with a

shorter range will suit you down the ground.

However, if you’re a driver who travels further

afield, then a car with a bigger battery might

make more sense. Don’t be scared of cars

with shorter ranges, though, as they’ll still

offer more than most people do on average

each week. Plus, cars with smaller batteries

offer quicker charge times.


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How do I add charge

when I get home?

Home charging is one of the crucial

aspects of owning and running an

electric car. Being able to add energy

to the vehicle while it’s at your home

really does make things a lot more

flexible – and cheaper, too.

Whenever you buy a new car, there

are incentives in place for charging

at home. Government grants and

even manufacturer schemes will

make installing a home wall box

much cheaper. Yes, you can use a three-pin socket, but

this isn’t as quick or as safe as having a wall box.

Will it actually be cheaper to buy

and run an electric car?

Of course, the initial upfront cost for an EV is often more

than an equivalent internal combustion-engined car.

However, as the technology progresses, this is becoming

less common. The new Renault Zoe, for instance, is priced

from £26,495, which though still relatively expensive is

more in line with the segment.

The Prime Minister also outlined up to £582 million in

extra grants to help those buying zero or low-emissions

vehicles to lower the cost.

It’s charging where the cost savings really come into play.

As with petrol, the prices do vary between chargers, with

some costing from around 25p/kWh up to around 35p/

kWh. For around 100 miles of additional charge, you’ll be

looking at about £6-7.

When it comes to charging at home, that really depends

on your own energy tariff. Plenty of companies are now

offering EV-friendly plans that take advantage of lowerpriced

charging times, such as in the middle of the night.

However, for an average EV with around 200 miles of

range and a 60kWh battery, you’ll be looking at around

£8.40 for a full charge. It represents good value compared

with petrol and diesel.

Are there any benefits that aren’t as

obvious?

Though the cost-saving benefits are quite easy to see,

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Puzzle Solutions

CROSSWORD

WORDWHEEL

ACROSS: 1. Parish, 4. Warhol, 9. Rabbi, 10. Organza, 11. Nucleus, 12. Erupt,

13. Pandora’s box, 18. Arson, 20. Derrick, 22. Saucers, 23. Shawm, 24. Sphinx, 25. Indigo.

DOWN: 1. Parent, 2. Rebecca, 3. Seine, 5. Anglers, 6. Hindu, 7. Lean-to, 8. Horseradish,

14. Dungeon, 15. Origami, 16. Cassis, 1.7 Akimbo, 19. South, 21. Resin.

ANSWER:

MORTAL

T O

M A

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WORDSEARCH SUDOKU WIGGLE

WORDS

PUB QUIZ

Cock and Bull Story

WORD

LADDER

Here is one possible

solution (others may exist)

HAND

band

bond

fond

food

FOOT

1. Japan

4. Venice

7. April

9. The land of nod

2. Jo Brand

5. Switzerland

8. The Mediterranean Sea

10. Cheers (in the TV

3. The Darkness

6. Turkey

and the Red Sea

sitcom Cheers)


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