Local Life - Wigan - June 2021

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Wigan Edition

Glasson Dock Walk

Pages 66-68

June 2021

WIN

a meal

for two!

Discover the Duggie

Pages 20-23

Pirates in Parbold!

Pages 26-27

6 of the Best – Walks

Pages 49-52

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


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After months of holding our collective breaths

waiting for the Sat Nav to malfunction on this

road map, it now looks likely that June will be

the month where most COVID restrictions in the UK will

be dropped. Finally, it is time to look forward and once

again enjoy life in full.

On that positive theme, this month’s Local Life has a new

feature series called ‘6 of The Best’ as we look forward

to visiting the region’s best venues for arts and culture,

leisure and shopping. As this magazine drops through

your letterbox, we’re not quite there on the road map, so

we’ve taken a safe option and kicked off this month with

6 of the best walks in the North West.

These walks are taken from our Jack’s Tracks archives and

available for free download at www.locallife247.co.uk.

I must confess to a feeling of trepidation whilst eating out

over the past few weeks, but it is important that we all do

our best to support the local hospitality sector.

Hospitality has been badly (and some say unfairly) hit by

the pandemic, so much so that that some businesses have

yet to open again. Our competition this month, featured

on pages 60-61gives you a chance to win a meal for two

at one of four local eating places!

After a long arduous journey, we’re coming out of the

tunnel now; it’s time to get out and enjoy life to the full!

See you next time.

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk

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This month’s highlights

20. Discover the Duggie

Contents

26. Pirates in Parbold

30. Island Escapes

14. Father’s Day

No socks please!

28. Outdoors

Cycling with bionic legs.

44. Home

Add colour to your kitchen.

56. Puzzle Pages

Try out our new word ladder!

60. Competition

Win a meal for two!

62. Recipes

A lemony risotto and glazed salmon.

64. Health

Let’s talk about the perimenopause.

66. Jack’s Tracks visits Glasson Dock

70. Motoring

Making the switch to electric.

73. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

38. Bold Summer Vibes 49. 6 of the Best Walks

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Pic Competition

It’s a fabulous time to be

out and about in Haigh

Woodland Park, with

lots of spring colour and

if you fancy yourself as

a budding David Bailey,

then here’s your chance

to win £50.

All You Knead, the

Lancashire-based

independent

bakery

and owners of a café at

Haigh Hall Courtyard,

are running a photography competition to highlight the

scenic beauty of Haigh Woodland Park.

The rules are simple; the competition is open to amateur

photographers only and photographs must be taken

within Haigh Woodland Park. You have until Monday

May 31 to submit your images and photographs can be

emailed to haigh@allyouknead.co.uk.

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The winner will be announced no later than Sunday

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Bridal Event

Wigan Bridal specialist Melissa Marie is holding a Trunk

Show for brides-to-be at their Library Street store. The

Trunk Show will feature creations from the Richards

Design 2022 collection and will run from Saturday

22nd May through to Thursday 3rd June, with fabulous

discounts and goody bags available for those who place

an order within two weeks of the show.

Brides can book an exclusive appointment to try on the

gowns, together with their wedding party if desired, by

calling 01942 826001 or by messaging via the store’s

social media accounts. For more details about the store

visit www.melissa-mariebridal.com.

Artisan Market

AppleCast’s monthly artisan market returns on Saturday

5th and Sunday 6th June from 10am-3pm. The Newburgh

farm will be host to lots of artisan stalls showcasing their

products, along with all the usual fun of the animal farm,

birds of prey, garden centre and gift shop. Entry is £3

per car which includes one free drink. More information

can be found online at www.castmw.net or by emailing

mary@applecast.co.uk

Swim Tots

If you’re looking to introduce your little ones to the water

and have some splashing good fun this summer; then

the Swim Tots classes at Wigan Life Centre are perfect for

you. The fun packed sessions help to introduce the basic

swimming techniques through nursery rhymes and are

ideal for children aged 0-2. The sessions are instructor-led

and aimed at helping children adjust to water.

Each session is £2.90, and this includes one child and one

adult, sessions run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and

Friday. For more information on times and to book, visit

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The team behind the Old Courts in Wigan is

looking to develop a community-led small scale

digital audio broadcasting (DAB) project. If the

bid is successful, this could mean over 20 new

community and local stations based in, and

focused on, the Wigan and St Helens area.

The team at The Old Courts, who will lead on

this project, are interested to hear from, existing

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opportunity to ensure that our local radio is inclusive,

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“Particularly over the past 12 months, we have seen just

how important radio is to keeping people in touch and

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AB Book Launch

Three local residents have written a book about life in

Appley Bridge during the war. Steven Smith, Barbara

Dix and Anne Fletcher launched ‘Appley Bridge and the

Second World War’ earlier this month.

The book carries details about life during WW2 in the

village and memories of those who lived through the war.

There are tales of bravery and kindness, and also details of

the men whose are named on the war memorial.

The book is available to order at a price of £6 and all profits

go to the Royal British Legion. For more information

about ordering a copy of the book please contact the

Appley Bridge Community Association by searching @

Appleybridgecommunitycentre on Facebook.

Summer School

The first days of secondary school have always been scary

for most kids, but an initiative at Shevington High School

aims to ease that anxiety this year. Pupils currently in Y6,

who already have a place at Shevington High School in

September are invited to register their interest in Summer

School 2021.

This is a fantastic opportunity for children to meet their

peers ahead of starting school in September. The week

will take place from Monday 26th July to Friday 30th

July, and places will be free due to the introduction of

government funding. Parents can register their interest by

following this link https://forms.gle/56FkR5jAtjLmcYFn9

and submitting the requested information, or call the

school on 01257 400900 for more information.

Tea & Tots

Wrightington Mossy Lea Primary School is home to a new

toddler group. The Tea & Tots group runs every Thursday

and Friday between 9.30am and 11.30am.

The playgroup is suitable from newborn to 4 years old

and also serves as a support group for parents. There are

toys and soft play for the children and some sensory toys

for the babies. The cost is £4 a family and this includes tea

or coffee for the adults.

The sessions need to be pre-booked now but will soon be

drop-in sessions. For more information or to book your

space please contact Amy on 07546 823772 or search for

@TheTeaandTotsPlaygroup on Facebook.

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specialist design and re-modelling advice and

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Their jewellery range is extensive from antique

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Men’s Health

A new group focused on improving men’s mental health

issues has been launched. Walk&Talk4Men (WAT4M) was

created in 2019 in Cambridgeshire and the Wigan group,

led by Ben Heaton, met for the first time in April.

WAT4M Wigan gets together a couple of times a month

for a stroll and a chat. The group promises to ‘give guys

the opportunity to offload, get things off our chest and

talk about how we are feeling rather than bottling it up

and suffering in silence’. The next event is this Saturday

(22nd May), meeting at Haigh Hall car park at 10.30am.

If you have a man in your life who you think is struggling

mentally and you want to find out more about the group,

please search for ‘Walk&Talk4Men’ on Facebook.

Rugby Recruits

Shevington Sharks are on the lookout for any budding

rugby players who would be interested in joining one of

their teams. Coaches are looking to welcome players of all

ages, from 4 years old to open age. With the club moving

into their purpose-built facility at Vicarage Lane, there’s

never been a better time to join this up and coming club.

Training is on Thursdays at 6pm at Vicarage Lane and

matches are played on Sunday mornings. For more

information, please get in contact by going online to

www.shevingtonsharks.co.uk or searching Facebook for

@ShevingtonSharksARLFC

Pink Link

A business networking group for women has launched in

Wigan. Pink Link was created in 2009 by Coral Horn and

now has 14 groups throughout the North West area.

Pink Link is a supportive community for all women in

business, and owners, freelancers, and employees are all

welcome. In addition to the local online meetings, you

can access an online business community which brings

together members to share news and tips.

Pink Link Wigan will be holding online networking

meetings, hosted by Pink Link Network Facilitator, Rachel

Riches. The next meeting is on Wednesday 2nd June

from 9.30am-11am. You can book your space here www.

pinklinkladies.co.uk/networking-wigan/.

Dance Returns

The floors at St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall in Standish will once

again resonate to the sounds of dancers, all making up for

lost time, as the restrictions ease.

Renown Wigan dance company Hurst Dance have just

restarted their sessions at all their Wigan venues including

St Wilf’s on Church Street. Children’s Strictly Beginner

Ballroom and Latin classes run from 5.30pm for 6-16 year

olds. Adults Latin Line classes run at 6.30pm and again at

7.30pm and Adults Strictly Ballroom and Latin classes run

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From pocket money treats to push-the-boat-out presents,

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Whether your father is an avid runner or needs

some encouragement to get off the couch, a Garmin

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A handcrafted, refillable pen will last for years.

If you’re on a budget, try the Wood Wirkshop,

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Glamis bat box, £8,

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If dad is hoping to indulge his

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A full 12 months of lockdown restrictions have taken

their toll on many local communities, with many people

desperately in need of something to look forward to.

With most restrictions now liifting, why not take the

initiative and celebrate by throwing open your doors, or

taking to your gardens, driveways, parks and community

spaces for a good old British knees-up?

The Big Lunch is an annual community-led event that

connects people over a love of food and fun; Big Lunches

come in all shapes and sizes,

small and simple or large and

loud, the how, where and when

are totally up to you.

The celebrations for 2021 are

set to be extra special this year

as the nation emerges from

lockdown and community

events and activities take on

a life of their own. This is great

chance to create a sense of

occasion where you live and a

chance to strengthen those neighbourly bonds.

This year the Big Lunch weekend will take place on

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June. All you need to do

is decide how you’re going to join in with the event; you

can have a natter and a nibble online, a socially distanced

BBQ, set up a food stall on your driveway, share recipes

with your neighbours, raise money for your chosen

charity or go the whole hog and arrange a street party.

Last year more than 6 million people took part in the Big

Lunch, with 4.5 million of those

people saying that the event

helped them to feel less lonely.

For inspiration to stage your

own Big Lunch, just visit the

website www.thebiglunch.com

and download the pack.

Don’t forget, if you want to go one

step further and apply to close

the street for a big party, you’ll

need to conact your respective

council in order to do so.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

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Discovering the Douglas

By Nicola Gray

River level

monitoring

station

Aqueduct

16

Parbold

Windmill

Bridge 37

Alder Lane

Bridge 38

The River Douglas, also known as the River Asland, can be found

flowing from the West Pennine moors at Winter Hill, past

the urban centres of Horwich and Adlington. It enters

Worthington Lakes and remerges from a tunnel below

Chapel

House

Bridge 39

the reservoir dam, passing to the East of

Standish.

River Douglas

Gillibrand

Bridge 40

Bridge over

River Douglas

Hand Lane

Bridge 41

The river continues

Southwards to Wigan,

where it passes under the

railway near the Wigan North Western

station and heads north-west closely

paralleled by the Leeds and Liverpool

canal. It is crossed by the M6 motorway and

the railway line at Gathurst, passes through Appley

Bridge and at Parbold, crosses the canal for the third

time.

The river then turns northwards through largely

agricultural areas and is joined by the River Tawd,

south of Rufford and the River Yarrow north of

Rufford. It meets the Ribble estuary north of Tarleton,

near Preston and the waters then flow northwards

towards the bathing waters of the Fylde Coast.

Local Life is taking a look at the history of the river,

the wildlife living in and around its waters and the

groups who work hard to maintain it. We pick up

the River at Wigan Pier and follow it through to

Aqueduct 16 at Parbold.

Aqueduct 16 at Parbold


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River Levels

In the section of the river, we are looking at, there are four

monitoring stations that consistently keep track of the

river levels and can help with flood warnings and flood

forecasts. There are monitoring stations at Parbold, Red

Rock, Appley Bridge and Wigan.

Parbold - The usual range of the River Douglas at

Parbold is between 0.10m and 2.93m. The highest level

ever recorded at Parbold is 3.60m, reached on Saturday

26th December 2015 at 4:15pm.

Red Rock - The usual range of the River Douglas at Red

Rock is between 0.11m and 1.10m. The highest level ever

recorded at Red Rock is 2.19m, reached on Saturday 23rd

June 2012 at 10:30am.

Appley Bridge - The usual range of the River Douglas at

Appley Bridge is between 0.37m and 3.35m. The highest

level ever recorded at the River Douglas at Appley

Bridge is 2.85m, reached on Saturday 26th

December 2015 at 2:00pm.

Wigan - The usual range of

the River Douglas at

River level gauge at Appley Bridge

Appley

Bridge 42

Appley

Bridge

Wigan is between 0.09m and 1.35m. The highest level

ever recorded at the River Douglas at Wigan is 2.55m,

reached on Saturday 26th December 2015 at 2:00pm.

River Douglas at Appley Bridge

with Herons Wharf in the

background

River level

monitoring

station

Finch Mill

Swing Bridge

43

Rannicars

Swing Bridge

44

Fishers

Swing

Bridge

45

Bridge over the River Douglas,

between Appley Bridge &

Parbold


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Viaduct M6

Motorway

Gathurst

Gathurst

Bridge 46

Leeds & Liverpo o l Canal

Rail

Bridge

45A

Gathurst

Weir

s

Ri ver D ougl a

Crooke

Bridge 47

Fact File

• The River Douglas is a tributary of the River Ribble.

• The river is 35 miles long and rises as a series of springs on Rivington Moor near to the summit of Winter Hill.

• The name Douglas is derived from the Brittonic elements ‘dub’ meaning black and ‘glẹss’ meaning watercourse.

• In 1720 Thomas Steer and William Squire started to make the River Douglas navigable by small ships, between Wigan

and the mouth of the river. Due to financial problems this wasn’t completed until 1742 and by 1772, it had been bought

out by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal company.

• Aqueduct 16 at Parbold was designed by John Longbotham and dates back to 1791 and allows the canal to flow above

the river.

• On the upper reaches of the Douglas, the riverbed is relatively steep, and the river level can change quickly because of

rainfall.

• The remains of several locks can be seen between Parbold and Gathurst.

• The last 10 miles of the river are tidal.

• In 1892 the river was diverted in Wigan to allow for the construction of Wigan Central Railway.

Groups

& Projects:

Canal & River Trust:

Website: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Facebook: @canalrivertrust

Parbold Flood Group:

Email: parboldfloodgroup@outlook.com

Douglas Valley Lions:

Website: www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/douglas_valley/

Facebook: @douglasvalleylions

River Douglas Catchment Partnership:

Website: www.groundwork.org.uk/projects/riverdouglas-catchment-partnership/

Twitter: @DouglasPilot

Your River. The River Douglas

Facebook: @douglasriverassociationcic

Twitter: @River_Douglas_

Email: douglasriverassociation@gmail.com

Appley Bridge Community Association:

Facebook: @Appleybridgecommunitycentre


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Wildlife

& Nature

Martland

Mill Bridge

49

49A Scot

Lane

Bridge

• Water vole

• Dragonfly

• Swans

• Moorhens

• Hedgehogs

• Minks

• Ducks

• Butterflies

• Fish including Chub, Roach, Dace, Pike, Perch

& Bream

• Birds including Dippers and Yellow Wagtails

Gathurst Weir

Rubbish at Green Street

Railway

Bridge

49A

Salmon used to be prevalent in the River Douglas, and it

is said that 150 years ago Wiganers would catch their own

Salmon for tea. The Douglas Catchment Partnership is

helping to build 8 fish passes, with 5 of those in our

River Douglas

area: Gathurst Weir, Pottery Terrace Weir, Scholes

Weir, Red Rock Weir and Worthington

Pagefield

Bridge 49B

Weir. This project, due to be fully

complete in 2022, will improve

the ability of fish populations to

spawn, reach a larger range of

food resources, and recover

from high flow or pollution

disturbances quicker than

before.

Le e ds & Liverpool Canal

Seven Stars

Railway

Bridge 49C

Seven Stars

Bridge 50

Wigan

Pottery

Terrace

Weir

Pottery

Road

Bridge 51

The River Douglas Association

CIC recently organised the Wigan

Plastic Challenge, which saw a big clean up of

the siphon at Green Street in Wigan Town Centre. The group

teamed up with Douglas, River Association, Stormwater Shepherds UK,

Douglas Catchment Partnership, Groundwork, Environment Agency, Canal and Rivers Trust, Wigan

Council, Bithels Skips and RAM Safety to fill 2 skips with plastic waste that had accumulated there for years.


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A popular community event in the town centre

returns this year thanks to Wigan Rotary Club.

A free stall is available in Wigan town centre

on Saturday 18th September for any local

community group or charity as part of Wigan

Rotary Club’s Community Day.

Rotary President Rosemary Charles explained,

“We are providing this ‘free of charge’ opportunity

for local groups to raise their profile, make

some money, and recruit new members. Every

participating group will be allocated a frontage

on Standishgate or Market Place to erect a table or

gazebo and benefit from this opportunity”.

Community Day

She continued “The Community Day gives

voluntary and community organisations the opportunity

to showcase the fantastic work they are doing in our local

communities. This is the eighth year we have organised

this event and each year it becomes more popular and

we have had some fantastic feedback. Wigan Rotary have

been helping the Wigan community since 1924 and this is

just one of the ways for us to carry on the tradition”.

More details and a booking form for community groups

can be found on Wigan Rotary Clubs website www.

wiganrotary.org.uk or for more information, just call

07813 471000 or email WiganRotaryCommuntyDay@

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Luxury Coach Holidays & Excursions

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

Luxury HoLidays

Cricket St Thomas

4 nights £459 p.p.

28th June ~ Dinner, B&B

Return to the scene of the TV

comedy To The Manor Born, now a

country hotel operated by Warners

Leisure and set in splendid parkland

with colourful gardens, lakes and a

unique woodland area. looking out across Sandown Bay.

What’s included:

3 Home Pick-up

3 Executive Coach Travel

3 Leisure Facilities

3 Nightly Entertainment

3 Excursions to Lyme Regis &

Honiton, and the Sidmouth

Vintage tram ride.

Luxury HoLidays

Isle of Man

6 days £539 p.p.

1st July ~ HB

The Rutland Hotel is located on

the sea front at Douglas and has a

full range of modern facilities and

accessories The Carvery restaurant

at the hotel offers both a buffet

breakfast and a hearty Manx roast in the evenings.

What’s included:

3 Home Pick-up

3 Executive Coach Travel

3 Leisure Facilities

3 Day excursions including,

Castletown, Peel, MER train

experience, Laxey Wheel

for more details about our luxury coach holidays, call 01942 728 960

for a holiday brochure or visit www.memorylanetravel.co.uk

Our SPACIOuS AND COMfOrTABLE

Luxury COACHES HAvE;

3 Full air-conditioning

3 Onboard entertainment system with DVD screens and WiFi

3 Individual Reclining Seats fitted with Seat Belts, Foot & Arm Rests

3 Toilet facilities, fridge, sink and boiler

3 Huge luggage space with driver assistance

day Excursions

Oswestry & Llangollen

Saturday 24th July ~ £19 p.p.

Arriving in the border town of

Oswestry in the morning to enjoy

market day, before moving on to

Llangollen for sightseeing in the afternoon, before we

return home via the majestic Horseshoe Pass.

day Excursions

Anglesey Circular

Saturday 31st July ~ £25 p.p.

A day exploring the beautiful island of

Anglesey: stopping off for coffee and

shopping at Pringles in Llanfair PG,

before travelling up the scenic NW cost to Amlwch Port before

calling at the pretty town of Beaumaris on the way home.

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

available – for more details call 01942 728 960 or visit www.memorylanetravel.co.uk

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Ooh Arrr, it’s u3a Day!

Ask the question ‘What is the u3a?’ to someone of tender

years and the answers might range from a religious

cult to a collective of Ugandan rappers. To those in the

know though, the u3a, whose ethos is ‘learn, laugh, live’,

is an organisation that can truly claim to have improved

the quality of life of thousands of its

members.

According to Wikipedia, the

University of the Third Age

(u3a) is an international

movement whose aims

are the education and

stimulation of those

no longer in

full time

employment, but it’s really taken off in the UK with over

1,000 u3a’s containing over 450,000 members. A typical

u3a will be home to many activity groups covering

hundreds of different subjects - from art to zoology and

everything in between.

The organisation is hosting its first ever national

u3a day in June and to mark the occasion

local groups are holding various events.

The only criterion to join this lowcost

organisation is that you

are no longer in full-time

employment, although many

members join pre-retirement

to sample a few groups as part

of the transition process.

Parbold u3a have organised

a Walking Treasure Hunt, which will

take place in the village on Saturday

6th June.

Families and groups will be able to

discover clues whilst exploring the

village, and prizes, including a large,

tinned hamper and various bottles, are up for

grabs too. All children dressed as pirates will

share in the bountiful treasure on offer, but

children under 16 must be accompanied

by an adult.

To whet your appetite, the group has

provided the first clue from the treasure

hunt;

‘What is the address of the

householder in Mill Lane who seems

to think that Parbold is close to the sea?’


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Because of Covid restrictions, groups will have to register

to get a time slot and the cost per group is £10. Time slots

are limited so please book as soon as you can to avoid

disappointment – call Chris on 01257 422238 for details.

All proceeds from the treasure hunt will go to the Derian

House, the children’s hospice in Chorley. Funding for

Derian House has dropped significantly during the

pandemic, and the organisation is in desperate need of

donations.

As restrictions ease, the Parbold u3a will be re-starting

a wide range of activities from their base at Hut-on-the-

Hill including, family heritage, bowling, walking, reading,

walking netball, trips out and much more. For more

details, check out their website www.u3asites.org.uk/

parbold-newburgh or contact the membership secretary

on 01257 463320.

Upholland u3a are hosting a Heritage Trail on

Wednesday 2nd June.

An open-air information display stand will be located by

the Co-op store in Ormskirk Road in the village from 10am

to 4.30pm. Visitors to the stand can also pick up a details

of a heritage trail for the Upholland area. Members and

their friends are invited to attend a virtual Variety Show in

the morning and a virtual quiz in the evening.

Wigan u3a has several groups including topics

as diverse as the members who enjoy them from local

history, theatre, IT for beginners, urban sketching,

photography and visits to places of interest. In Wigan u3a

there are also a couple of very active walking Groups, to

suit all abilities, as well as crown green bowls and cycling.

Whilst u3a has a very informal structure and is run by

members for members, there are also opportunities

in the Wigan u3a to join the committee and help with

membership support which fills a gap for those seeking

greater involvement.

“I first joined a walking group at Wigan u3a when I moved

to the area about 3 years ago”, said John. “I‘m now in

several different groups, most of which have continued

online via Zoom during lockdown and it has really helped

to boost morale. There’s something here to interest

everyone and we’re always looking for new ideas.”

Wigan u3a are holding several events locally on

Wednesday 2nd June, for more details visit www.u3asites.

org.uk/wigan/, email enquiries@u3awigan.co.uk or call

Alan on 01942 324430 or Ray on 07483 247 775.

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?

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

Theme:

Land and Sea

Quiz solutions can be found on page 75 of this magazine


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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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Island

escapes

in the UK

Islands are synonymous with holidays. But did you know

that you could get your dream island escape without

needing to leave the UK? It’s time to discover some of our

most beautiful islands.

The UK is home to not hundreds but thousands of islands,

big and small. From Scotland’s archipelago of rugged isles

to sun-soaked islands off the south coast, these hidden

gems could be perfect for your next escape. Here are

three islands you won’t need your passport for.

Isles of Scilly

If you’re looking for somewhere off the beaten track, the

Isles of Scilly are just the ticket, a peaceful pocket of paradise

just 28 miles off the coast of Land’s End in Cornwall.

With white-sand beaches, subtropical gardens and

some of Britain’s best weather, you could be forgiven for

thinking you’ve left the UK entirely. There are five main

islands: St Mary’s is the largest, followed by Tresco, with

very few people living on Bryher, St Martin’s and St Agnes.

Visiting the Scillies is

like stepping back in

time. Quiet, beautiful

and completely

unspoilt, you’ll have

almost every pristine

beach to yourself.

The walks are

outstanding and the

islands are popular

with nature-lovers

too, thanks to the

Isle of Wight

Atlantic grey seals

that breed here, not to mention the flocks of rare seabirds.

You can reach the islands by ferry or plane. Planes depart

from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter airports, or you can

take the three-hour ferry crossing from Penzance to St

Mary’s.

Isle of Wight

Easily accessible by ferry from Southampton, Lymington

and Portsmouth, a mere two-hour journey from London,

there’s no better place for a British bucket-and-spade

break than the Isle of Wight.

It may be our biggest island, but it’s still small enough

to explore in a few days. Start in the west with a walk to

the Needles, three stacks of chalk and a lighthouse rising

impressively out of the ocean. Soak up the views across

Tennyson Down before jumping on a speedboat at Alum

Bay to see the Needles up close.

Hugh Town Harbour, St. Mary’s, Scilly Isles


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Then there’s the magnificent Osbourne House in the

north, Queen Victoria’s family home, and Ventnor and

Shanklin beaches in the south. With zoos, dinosaur trails,

museums and adventure parks, there’s plenty for families

too.

Isle of Skye

Scotland has no shortage of beautiful islands, but most

visitors will agree on which is the most breathtaking: Skye.

Spanning 50 miles from top to bottom, Skye is adored

worldwide for its lush green moors, jagged mountains,

sparkling lochs and towering sea cliffs.

The weather up here is not always cheery, but the

frequent shrouds of mist only add to the island’s serene,

mystical presence. On good days, climb to the iconic Old

Isle of Skye

Man of Storr for one of the island’s best viewpoints, or trek

along the Quiraing, drinking in the outstanding scenery.

When the mist closes in, rest up in one of the island’s cosy

pubs or take a tour of a castle or two. Come rain or shine,

Skye won’t let you down.

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The Big Toddle

Big Toddle Week, the annual fundraiser for children’s

charity Barnardo’s, returns this year from 28th June – 4th

July and your family is invited to take part.

A Big Toddle is a short, sponsored walk for under 5’s. This

year, it is a safari-themed event that you can do either as

a part of a group (Toddle Together) or as a family (Home

Safari) to support Barnardo’s, the charity that protects and

supports the UK’s most vulnerable children.

You can apply for a digital Big Toddle fundraising pack

that is jam-packed with lots of free activities, resources

and games to help take your little ones on a wild

safari adventure. Resources also fit into the Early Years

Foundation Stage framework, providing some great

learning opportunities along the way.

Children taking part can use sponsorship forms or you

can help them to set up a JustGiving page for the event.

You’ll find all the information on how to do this in the

Fundraising Pack.

With lots of opportunities for inventive dressing up,

creative arts and crafts and heaps of indoor and outdoor

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How to Spot a

Committed Buyer

The Wigan Property

Market is on fire with an

average sale time of just

26 days!

With demand currently

outstripping supply, it

is truly a sellers’ market.

Interest levels are so

high, that sellers are

experiencing

viewing

fatigue and are closing

viewings early sometimes

before potential buyers

have had a chance to view.

What is also clear though is that the number of sales

falling through is rising, so it’s never been more important

to ensure your viewers are genuine committed potential

buyers.

In a hot market, it’s not uncommon for panicky buyers

to make an impulsive offer and go beyond their financial

limits. A buyer might do this because they fear that prices

are rising and the market is getting away from them. Or

perhaps they’ve been outbid in the past and don’t want

to lose out again.

Whatever the motivation, the end result is the same: the

buyer isn’t committed and drops out weeks or months

into the sales process. Not only is it hugely frustrating for

the seller, but it could also cost them financially if they’re

part of a chain which then collapses because the parties

involved grow impatient.

So here are some tips to help you identify genuine buyers.

Arrange a second viewing.

If the buyer makes an offer after the first viewing, your

agent should arrange a

second visit to see if they

are still as keen as mustard.

The buyer should be

quizzed about their plans

for the property to see if

they’ve thought through

the purchase.

Do the admin.

Ensure your agent gets

the buyer to fill in an offer

form that includes details

about their mortgage

provider and solicitor. It’s

preferable to go with a buyer who already has their ducks

in a row.

What’s their story?

Chat to the buyer about why they are moving. If they’re

expecting a baby and have family in the same street, it’s a

fair bet that they’re the real deal. If they know little about

the area or their story keeps changing, question if they

are committed to the sale.

Ensure the lines of communication are open.

Ideally, your buyer will keep you informed of their

progress on the survey, searches, and chasing solicitors.

Be wary if things go quiet quickly.

Work with an experienced agent.

Experienced agents sell hundreds of properties a year,

so it stands to reason that they’ll be good at spotting

the genuine buyers from the chancers. Even though it’s a

buyer’s market, a good agent can streamline the process

for you, and ensure you get the best possible price for

your home.

Alan Batt is a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has

worked within the Wigan property market for over 30 years.

Alan Batt

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

www.alanbatt.co.uk


Computers

for Schools

An industry-wide initiative by estate agents

to supply laptops/tablets to children without

access to a PC at home has been enthusiastically

supported in Wigan by Alan Batt Estate Agents.

The Computers for Schools initiative was spearheaded

by industry figures Stephen Brown at Stephen J Brown

Consultancy and Jerry Lyons at Estate Agent Content

and has raised more than £61,000 since being launched

in January this year. The money is being used to provide

free laptops and tablets to schools around the UK,

helping children without access to a home computer.

So far, 486 free laptops have been delivered to schools

throughout the UK, and Alan has already delivered free

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has 10 more tablets to deliver to these Wigan high

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Wigan Bandits

How do you fancy trying sport state-side style and playing

American Football? Wigan Bandits are an American

Football team, and they are looking for new players and

coaches to join their ranks.

All teams are now recruiting so anyone aged from ages

7-19, male or female, any shape, size and athletic ability

are welcome! You won’t need any experience of playing

American Football and all the equipment you will need

is supplied.

Subscription fees for U11s, U14s, U17s are only £5 a

month and the U16s and U19s are only £10 a month with

the full kit supplied.

Games start in June, so there is still time to join and start

training. Training takes place at Ashfield Park in Standish

and Leyland Park in Hindley.

Is 2021 going to mark the start of your American

Football Journey? if you are interested in coming along

to give it a try or want more information, please email

wiganbanditsyouth@outlook.com or visit @wiganbandits

on Facebook.

Babies & Beyond

The My Life charity, based at Thomson House Equestrian

Centre in Standish, is hosting a course to help babies and

small children to enjoy the great outdoors. The course will

run on Tuesdays 8th-29th June between 10am-12pm.

Sessions will take place in the beautiful orchard and are

designed for children of all abilities. Activities include

cloud watching, den building, making mud pies and

meeting the animals. The cost is £10 per session for the

family. Price includes coffee, juice and toast. For more

information, please call 01257 472 900 or email info@mylife.org.uk.

Hip Hop

If your child likes to dance, try out the new Hip Hop classes

at St Anne’s Parish Centre in Shevington. The classes are

run on Saturday mornings (10.30 & 11.30am) by the Carol

Barton School of Dance, and offer a free taster session.

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Fun at Heskin Hall

Heskin Hall on Wood Lane, Chorley, have announced a

string of dates for entertainment, leisure, shopping and

food events, aimed to brighten up our summer.

If you are a lover of open-air theatre, then there are a

couple of great performances coming up; A Midsummer

Night’s Dream on Wednesday 16th June at 6.30pm and

Little Red Riding Hood on Wednesday 18th August at

2pm. Tickets cost £15 for adults and £12 for children.

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June, the hall will be

hosting a festival of history from 11am -4pm each day. The

day will see re-enactors from WW2, the English Civil War

and Medieval times. There will be living history displays,

stalls and lots of entertainment for the children.

There will also be a five-course medieval banquet with

genuine 15th Century recipes to enjoy on the Saturday.

The cost of the banquet is £30pp, but those who opt to

dine will get free entry to the festival.

There will also be a Sunday Market on 13th June from

11am-4pm, with stalls selling a selection of goods,

children’s rides, birds of prey displays and a beer garden

for the adults!

For more information about any of the upcoming events

or to book tickets please call 01257 452044 or go online

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from an art shop and choose co-ordinating tester

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• The floor is one of the largest visible areas in any

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wide stripes or a geometric pattern is a great choice.

• If you are feeling particularly bold, consider

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grassroots and voluntary initiatives, the Our Community

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council’s 2021/22 budget.

A second round of applications – with allocations of up

to £500 available – will open on Monday 5th July and

all applications for this round will need to be returned

by Sunday 15th August. Further rounds are planned for

October 2021 and January 2022.

Potential recipients are being encouraged to show how their

projects will boost community spirit, engage volunteers

and align with important issues in their local area.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities,

said: “We want groups, clubs and organisations of all

kinds to come forward and tell us why they need help to

get back on their feet”.

Community organisations, groups and clubs can apply

for what they will need to help them get back up and

running following the COVID-19 pandemic and will

need to outline on an application form what they want

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If your kitchen is feeling bland and

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of interesting colour. Whether you’re

planning a major renovation or just want

a quick fix, there are plenty of ways in

which to introduce bolder, brighter shades.

Kitchen cupboards and appliances

Add colour with glossy, flat-fronted modern units or

commission a traditional painted kitchen in any paint

colour under the sun. Alternatively, just specify a coloured

island unit combined with plain cupboards elsewhere. If

replacing free-standing appliances, consider less usual

colours – ice cream-coloured retro fridges, for example,

or an Aga in a jewel-bright enamel. This look is best

teamed with neutrals in other areas of the room so as not

to overwhelm.

Worktops and splashbacks

Teamed with understated kitchen cupboards, a colourful

worktop or splashback can give a welcome lift. Sleek

toughened glass can be painted on the back in a range of

shades with some showrooms offering a colour-matching

service at extra cost. Others options include a dramatic

shade of natural stone, stone composites (often called

quartz), man-made solid surfaces (such as Corian), and

Painting free-standing furniture is a quick and cost-effective way to

change your colour scheme.

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Walls and floors

A simple way to add oomph is to paint a wall or two in

a strong colour, or replace wall tiles – choose dramatic

colours for impact even over a relatively small area.

Another cheap trick is to use plain white tiles with

brightly coloured grout (lemon yellow and sky blue are

great). One way to add instant colour for flooring is with

a small, washable rug with an underlay to stop it slipping.

If it’s a complete renovation, vinyl and rubber flooring

is available in many colourways, while poured floors –

polished concrete or resin – can be dyed in any colour.

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Free-standing furniture

Painting wooden furniture is straightforward but needs

preparation – sanding, cleaning and priming – and a

steady hand for painting. It can make a phenomenal

difference, especially with a change of knobs, handles,

hinges and other hardware.

Window treatments and soft

furnishings

Roller blinds are practical and inexpensive where

humidity and splashes are inevitable; alternatively,

wooden shutters can be bright and breezy. Add colour

to seating areas in the form of upholstery, fabric-covered

chair seats or scatter cushions.

Finishing touches

Create colourful displays in glass-fronted cabinets or on

shelving, perhaps cookbooks arranged in a rainbow or

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Six of the best

WALKS

to enjoy post-Lockdown

To mark the impending end

of the restrictions, we’ve

pulled together a ‘6 of the Best’

series, highlighting some of

the region’s best locations to

experience arts, culture, leisure

and shopping.

Here are our favourite circular walks

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DARWEN

This 3½ mile route is the shortest Jack’s Tracks we’ve ever done, but

as much of it is uphill it’s not an easy route. The starting point is by

the Royal Arms pub, from where you’ll dip into woodland surrounding

Roddlesworth’s reservoirs, before tackling a gentle incline prior to

walking around the perimeter of Earnsdale reservoir and you’ll also

pass close to Sunnyhurst Hey reservoir.

FACTS

Starting Point BB3 OPA

Miles 3.5

Difficulty Moderate to Hard

OS Maps Ref: JT Darwen

Points of Interest: Jubilee Tower,

Reservoirs, Royal Arms pub

Summary: Gentle at first, thigh-aching

breathlessness up the hill and a

deserved pint at the end.

Then comes the steep climb up to the peak of Darwen Hill, which is

1,220 feet above sea level, and you’re rewarded by amazing views of

the North West. The octagonal Jubilee Tower atop the hill was built in

1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and also to

celebrate the victory of the local people for the right to access the moor.

FACTS

Starting Point M29 7QP

Miles 4.5

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

OS Maps Ref: JT Astley Green

Points of Interest: Mining Museum,

Morley’s Hall, Bedford Moss,

Bridgewater Canal.

Summary: Not the prettiest

walking route around

but one that tries hard

with what it

has got.

ASTLEY

GREEN

The sight of the last surviving pit headgear (a Grade II monument) of

Lancashire’s coalfields at the start and end of the route evokes strong

memories amongst those above a certain age. A visit to the 15-acre

Colliery Museum site, now run by the Red Rose Steam Society charity,

is a great place to end the walk.

You’ll also see Morley’s Hall en-route, an early 19th century moated hall

site, which is a Grade II* listed building, and Astley Moss is a rare area of

peat bog, which is one of the last remaining fragments of Chat Moss.

Astley Moss was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1989.


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WINTER HILL &

RIVINGTON

There is so much to distract you on this walk on Rivington Moor. A

fairly gentle and steady ascent up Rivington’s slopes can easily be

interrupted by exploring the Terraced Gardens or popping up to the

Pike. Then once you have passed the distractions of Rivington, a short,

steep scramble uphill brings you to the site of mining activity, aeroplane

disasters, murders and (believe it or not) UFO sightings – Winter Hill.

Winter Hill is 1,496 feet above sea level. There is more hardware up there

than you can shake a stick at – numerous masts for TV transmission and

telecommunications – and there are a few historical plaques on the hill

too, one marking an air crash in 1958 where 35 people died.

FACTS

Starting Point BL6 7RU

Miles 6.5

Difficulty: Moderate

OS Maps Ref: JT-Winter-Hill-

Rivington

Points of Interest: Rivington

Terraced Gardens, Rivington

Pike, Historical plaques on

Winter Hill.

WHEELTON MOOR

FACTS

Starting Point PR6 8QU

Miles 6

Difficulty: Moderate

OS Maps Ref: JT Wheelton Moor

Points of Interest: Picturesque White

Coppice, desolate moorland and old

cottages, Brinscall village

Summary: Steep climb at start, levels off

on moor and a pleasant wander back

along The Goit to Brinscall.

The starting point for this walk is the traditional Lancashire village of

Brinscall, with its delightfully quaint swimming pool, two pubs and an

extremely tasty chippy. Leaving all that behind, you tackle the steep

incline to the desolate and hauntingly beautiful moors which are

littered with stone ruins. These derelict smallholding cottages were

issued with a CPO by Liverpool Corporation in the early 20th century

to protect the purity of the water in their nearby reservoirs.

After a slow descent from the moors, you emerge at White Coppice,

hailed as the most picturesque cricket ground in Lancashire, where you

have time to rest with refreshments available at the café at weekends

and back holidays during the cricket season. You return to Brinscall via

a gentle stroll along The Goit.


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PARBOLD

EIGHT

Parbold is known as the walking capital of West Lancashire and this

route epitomises why that is the case. Starts at Hunters Hill, a former

quarry that is known for its pleasant woodlands and its diverse wildlife.

You will then travel across open countryside and ancient woods to the

very popular Fairy Glen, with its waterfalls and cliff faces.

FACTS

Starting Point L40 3SR

Miles 7

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

OS Maps Ref: JT-Parbold-Eight

Points of Interest: Fairy Glen, Hunters

Hill Quarry, Parbold Hill

Summary: Leave the heights of

Hunters Hill and slowly fade down to

the Douglas Valley floor, and then you

face a steep climb back up.

Follow the route downhill until you reach the Leeds Liverpool Canal,

before then starting the steep climb up Parbold Hill and beyond. On

reaching High Moor, you travel up the Harrock Estate driveway and

climb to the highest point of the walk, Harrock Hill reservoir. The route

again fades downhill before another steep climb to the starting point.

FACTS

Starting Point L40 1TB

Miles 8

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

OS Maps Ref: JT-RuffordCroston-

Circular

Points of Interest: Picturesque Croston,

little-used stretch of Leeds &

Liverpool Canal, good pubs nearby.

Summary: Solitude central and flat

as the proverbial pancake – quiet

stretches of canal and Moss areas,

interjected by a stroll through

Croston.

RUFFORD &

CROSTON

CIRCULAR

If you like your canals to be without the hordes of fishermen and cyclists,

the Rufford branch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, which runs from

Burscough up to the Ribble estuary, is the place for you. A pleasant stroll

past Rufford Old Hall and up to Sollom on the canal is followed shortly

afterwards by an amble up the riverbanks of the Ribble to Croston.

After a walk round the outskirts of Croston, or if you prefer, a stop off at

one of the many village pubs, you’ll arrive at the big skies, open spaces

and total silence of Croston Moss before meeting up once more with

the Ribble which takes you back to Rufford.


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With businesses taking

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their staff to adapt to

new post-COVID trading

patterns, it’s expected

that more people than

normal will be leaving

the UK workforce in 2021.

Since the pandemic hit

in early 2020, we’ve seen

an increase in clients

needing advice around

the multitude of options

that are now available for

retirees when looking to

draw their pensions.

Specifically, we had approaches by clients that had been

offered and had accepted very attractive early retirement

and redundancy terms from their employers. Heinz,

Royal Bank of Scotland, British Aerospace to name

just a few... and for most of them this was the first time

in their lives that they been in possession of such large

capital sums.

Without exception, they all needed to make very

important decisions as to how best they should invest

their lump sums (£200,000 plus in some instances) to

meet their needs in retirement. Unfortunately, quite a few

approached us too late which ended up costing them

many thousands of pounds in unnecessary tax as they

had already taken their redundancy payments.

Any element of redundancy over and above £30,000

will be taxed at the employees marginal rate of tax.

Consequently a redundancy payment of say £100,000 to

a 40% tax payer is likely to result in a net payment of just

£72,000 after tax has been deducted. With some forward

thinking and sensible planning it is likely that in many

instances this tax liability could be avoided or at the very

least significantly reduced.

Additionally, many employees are normally presented

with a number of options as to how they want to draw

their pensions.

Pension with a tax-free lump sum?

Pension without a lump sum?

Annuity - Fixed or escalating with/without widows

pension?

Flexible access drawdown?

It is extremely important that individuals ‘look before you

leap’ as the wrong decision going into retirement could

cost them tens of thousands of pounds.

As soon as you receive your

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Puzzle Pages

CROSSWORD

DOWN

1. Person drafted into military service (9)

2. Activity of making things out of iron,

steel, etc (9)

4. Ringworm (5)

5. Two-wheeled horse-drawn battle vehicle (7)

6. Metropolis (4)

7. External structure of a vehicle (4)

11. Bird-frightening effigy (9)

12. Act of mass destruction and loss of life (9)

14. Tow boat (3)

15. Register of victims to be eliminated (3,4)

18. Flying insects with a formidable sting (5)

19. French for ‘father’ (4)

20. Sean ___, US film actor and director (4)

ACROSS

3. Block of compressed meat, fish or vegetable extract (5,4)

8. Call used three times by a Town Crier (4)

9. Less than average surge of the sea (4,4)

10. Meeting of spiritualists (6)

13. Tree also known as the mountain ash (5)

14. Leaves dried and prepared for smoking (7)

15. Temporary military shelter (3)

16. False hairpiece fashionable in the 17th-18th centuries (7)

17. Greta ___, film star (1905-1990) (5)

21. Tree with sharp thorns (6)

22. Branch of biology that studies heredity and variation

in organisms (8)

23. British explorer of the Arctic and Antarctic (4)

24. Enquiry into finances of a person applying for

monetary aid (5,4)

WORDWHEEL

Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten

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

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word or phrase that fits

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The Road to

Financial Recovery

By Kieran Fitzgerald – CMA Accountancy

As we pass the anniversary of the first lockdown there

finally appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel for

business owners. Now is the time to take an in-depth look at

your business and form a plan on how you envisage moving

forward in to a Post-COVID economy.

There are a number of support schemes that are now

available to businesses:

• Job Retention Scheme – The furlough scheme will be

continued for pay periods up to the end of September. The

government will continue to pay 80% of your employee’s

unworked hours until the end of June. From July employers

will have to continue 10% towards this, increasing to 20%

from August until the scheme’s end in September.

• Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – In a

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Lemony Pea and Broad

Bean Red Rice Risotto

Serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 49 minutes

A delicious, comforting dish. Red rice has a wonderful nutty flavour and

is rich in fibre and antioxidants, making it a healthier option than white

refined rice.

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 red onion, finely chopped

500ml hot vegetable stock

125g Camargue red rice

Zest of 1 lemon

1 tbsp lemon juice

100g frozen peas

100g shelled broad beans (fresh or frozen)

4 asparagus spears cut into 2cm pieces

1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Method

1. Heat the oil in a large shallow pan and sauté the onion and garlic for

5 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat in the oil.

2. Add the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil then simmer covered for

40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the lemon, peas, broad beans and asparagus and cook for a

further 4 minutes until tender.

4. Spoon into bowls and scatter over the Parmesan to serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING: calories 403kcal, fat 9.9g, carbohydrates 59.4g, protein 14g


Chilli Glazed Salmon

With Cucumber, Herb & Lime Salad

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Serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 7 minutes

Wild Alaskan salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fats and protein.

In this dish, fillets of salmon are marinated in a tangy Asian-style dressing

and accompanied by a light refreshing cucumber and bean sprout salad.

Accompany with some seasonal leafy greens.

Ingredients

1 pickled chilli (or ½ fresh deseeded chilli)

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp tamari soy sauce

2 tbsp xylitol or honey

2 boneless salmon fillets, skin on

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp xylitol or honey

1 tbsp mirin

Handful of bean sprouts or sprouted seeds

1 cucumber, halved and thinly sliced

Small handful fresh mint leaves, chopped

Small handful of coriander leaves, chopped

2 spring onions, finely sliced

1 tbsp chopped cashews

Method

1. Place the chilli, garlic, vinegar, tamari, xylitol or honey in a food

processor and process to combine. Put the salmon fillets in a shallow

dish, pour over the marinade and set aside in the fridge for 30 minutes.

2. Make up the dressing by mixing the lime juice, xylitol or honey and

mirin together (if using xylitol make sure it has dissolved). Put the

bean sprouts, cucumber, mint, coriander, spring onions, cashews and

the dressing in a bowl and toss until well combined.

3. Preheat the grill to high. Remove the salmon from the marinade. Place

the salmon on a lined baking tray. Grill for 7 minutes or until the fish

is golden and just cooked through. Place the remaining marinade in a

small pan and simmer to form a glaze. Pour over the cooked salmon.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING: calories 305kcal, protein 23.4g, carbohydrates 26.9g (of which sugars

24.4g), total fat14.9g(of which saturates 2.6g).


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Let’s talk about the

Perimenopause

By Kate Duggan

I was 39 when I started having menopausal

symptoms. By 42, hot flushes were a daily

annoyance: I was waking up several times a

night with joint pain or because I needed to run

to the loo, and I just felt generally old. In short,

the perimenopause was proving a royal pain in

the backside.

The average age of the menopause is 51. Before

45 is considered young, but the perimenopause

(the time leading up to the menopause when

levels of oestrogen and progesterone are

decreasing) can last for years.

Symptoms

If I listed all the possible menopausal symptoms

here, there wouldn’t be space to write about

anything else. The most common ones include:

• Irregular periods

• Hot flushes or night sweats

• Mood changes (e.g. feeling sad for no real reason or

having sudden rages)

• Fatigue

• Loss of libido

• Joint paint

• Urinary problems

HRT

Some types of HRT may slightly increase your risk of breast

cancer, but HRT could decrease your risk of other serious

illnesses, such as osteoporosis. Some studies have also

shown that it may help to protect against severe COVID

. Whether or not you take HRT is very much a personal

decision to be made in consultation with a doctor. Given

my age, my GP felt the benefits outweighed any risks.

Honestly, as my symptoms were pretty mild, I haven’t

seen a huge difference since being on HRT, but I do notice

myself dancing around the kitchen again, my joints

no longer ache and the hot flushes have gone (thank

goodness). I’m also sleeping better.

Dr Louise Newson is a leading menopause specialist and

the founder of the Balance app. She recommends seeking

help early: “The perimenopause is when hormone levels

start to reduce, so this is actually the best time to start

taking HRT. When hormone levels reduce, symptoms

commonly occur and also health risks start, such as an

increased risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.”

Supplements

If HRT isn’t for you, supplements may help to ease

symptoms. Before starting HRT, I took turmeric and

evening primrose oil, which did seem to help. Other

people swear by black cohosh or other herbal treatments.

However, there is little scientific evidence about how

effective supplements are, and some should not be used

if you have certain health conditions or are on medication.

So do your research, speak to your doctor and only buy

from a reputable retailer.


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Dealing with hot flushes

Hot flushes are vile. I kept a bottle of rose water in the

fridge to spritz on my face when the heat hit. An electric

fan can help, as can wearing layers that are easy to whip

off so you can cool down quicker. The NHS also advises

reducing alcohol and caffeine. (Neither of which I

succeeded at.)

If hot flushes are making your life a misery, do talk to your

doctor, as they should be able to prescribe something to

help.

Exercise

Weight-bearing exercise (such as running) can help to

strengthen your bones, thus giving you some protection

against osteoporosis. Exercise (particularly outdoors) is

also good for your mental health. I started Couch to 5K

a year ago. To begin with, 30 seconds of running was a

struggle. I’m never going to be a mega-fit gym bunny but

a few days ago I ran 7km (slowly), which would have been

unthinkable a year ago.

Ideally, find a running partner to keep you motivated.

Otherwise, try podcasts or music, and challenge yourself

by logging your progress on Strava. (And if you’re a fan

of The Walking Dead, you need to try the ‘Zombies, Run!’

app…)

If you’re not keen on running, there are thousands of

exercise videos on YouTube, from Yoga With Adriene to

high-energy dance workouts.

Useful info

• The Menopause Doctor website (www.

menopausedoctor.co.uk) has lots of resources on

everything from HRT to contraception.

• The Balance app (www.balance-app.com) can help you

to keep track of your period and symptoms.

• www.healthandher.com offers a wealth of advice and

relevant products, from vitamins to cooling nightwear.

• If your friends aren’t at the same stage, why not join a

forum? ‘Totes Merry Peri’ on Facebook is my personal

favourite.

(Please note that this article is intended to give a general

overview of the subject and is not intended as medical

advice.)

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Glasson Dock

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 5½ miles Difficulty: Easy

Finally let loose out of the parish after lockdown lifted, we

hot footed it up to the M6 to Glasson Dock, an interesting

little village in the Morecambe Bay area which is a curious

mix of leisure resort and working dock. The harbour at

Glasson opened in 1787 to replace the dock at Lancaster

and was, at its height, the largest port in the north west. This

pretty village has much to commend it for an afternoon out

and there are many great walking routes around this mainly

flat area; here’s a fairly easy 5½ mile one for you.

Follow the B5290 into the village and park up in the car

park on the left overlooking the marina (LA2 0BT). Cross

the swing bridge and walk up to the top of Tithebarn

Hill. As hills go, it’s not that steep but because the area

for miles around is flat as the proverbial pancake, you’re

rewarded with an impressive view of the Lune estuary

when you get to the top.

Turn left at the top of the hill and follow the road downhill

to a dog leg bend. Cross over and take the single-track

road called Marsh Lane. Pass the caravan park on the left

and go through the gate into the field beyond. Follow the

clearly worn path which veers to the left towards another

gate in the distance, right by a small pond.

Go through this gate and follow the path up a slight

incline and there, peering over the top at you is Plover

Scar lighthouse. A few yards further and you’ll pass by

Crook Farm and reach the coastal path, along with a

disused sea mine.

Turn left and follow the coastal path. At Abbey

Lighthouse Cottage (which is also the site of the old

Abbey Lighthouse) bear right to stay on the coastal path.

Round the headland and then, as you pass by the slipway,

take a diagonal path inland towards Cockersand Abbey.

Go past the Abbey and look for a stile that will help you

enter the farmyard. Follow the path through the farm and,

once you reach the front, go through the gateway and

follow the driveway to the road. Bear left onto Moss Lane,

which zigzags 1/3 of a mile until you reach a junction

with the brown Cockerham Sands sign. Bear left here, and

follow the road up to Abbey Lighthouse Cottage.

Turn right and follow the coastal path once more for 300

yards until you reach Crook Cottage. Turn right and cross

over the two high stiles onto and out of the property’s

boundaries and follow this path for ¾ of a mile, crossing

footbridges and switching field perimeters, but heading

in the same direction all the time, following the path all

the way.


Dobs Lane

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River Lune

Sunderland

Janson Pool

Glasson

Dock

Glasson

P

B5290

River Lune

Janson

Pool

Glasson

Marsh

Tithe

Barn Hill

Lancaster

Canal

Marsh Lane

Caravan

Park

Old Glasson

Crook

Farm

Kendal

Hill Farm

Kenhill

Lodge

Moss Grove

Abbey

Lighthouse

Cottage

Tomlinson’s Farm

Lancashire Coastal Way

Slack Lane

Gardner’s

Farm

Moss Lane

Moss Lane

Remains of

Cockersand

Abbey

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Glasson-Dock

Go through the green garden gate onto the farmyard

of Kendal Hill Farm and turn left, following the driveway

past Kenhill Lodge for 200 yards. Once you reach the old

Fresian sign, turn right onto a stony track. 300 yards later,

when you arrive at a right-hand bend in the track bear

left towards the brook and follow that path round the

perimeter of the field.

Hop over the stile onto Jeremy Lane and turn left. Follow

this single-track road for almost ½ a mile and, as it joins

with a larger road, carry on in the same direction up to the

canal bridge. Cross over to the left at the top of the bridge

and drop down to the towpath. Follow the tow path for 200

yards and you’ll arrive at the car park where you started.


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Cockersand Abbey

In 1180 this lonely spot, built on a low island

of clay in the middle of undrained marshland,

housed a hermitage occupied by Hugh Garth.

Garth’s reputation as a holy man prompted the

foundation of a hospital to care for sick people,

including lepers.

A decade later the hospital was enlarged to

become a priory. The priory attracted enough

endowments that it was raised to the status of an

abbey. Cockersand Abbey owned estates across

Lancashire and into what is now Cumbria.

In 1539, Henry VIII’s Reformation Parliament

passed the Proclamation of The Crown Act

which sounded the death knell for England’s

remaining monasteries and the last abbot of

Cockersand, Robert Poulton, and his 22 canons

signed the document of surrender, marking the

end for Cockersand Abbey.

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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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,

there are some other positives to owning an electric car.

One of them is simply refinement – EVs are quiet and,

therefore, relaxing to drive around in. You’ll notice quite

a difference compared with a petrol or diesel car, in fact.

Another positive is performance. Even lower-powered EVs

really zip away from the line, and they give acceleration

that regular cars simply can’t hope to match.

But isn’t the UK lacking in charge

points?

The number of charging stations in the UK has grown

enormously in recent years. According to ZapMap, there

are over 35,000 connectors across the country, made

up of around 20,000 charge points in about 13,000

locations.

In terms of how they’re spread out across the country, 26

per cent are in central London alone, with 13.5 per cent in

the south east and 12.3 per cent in Scotland. This figure is

only set to rise, too, as government funding looks to make

fast chargers more widespread across the country.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister has stated that an extra

£1.3 billion in investment will be rolled out in order to

improve the country’s charging structure and thus make

charging easier.

Doesn’t the energy for electric cars

only come from fossil fuels anyway?

Of course, an electric vehicle is only as environmentally

friendly as its energy source. However, many energy

and charger unit suppliers are working to ensure that

their energy comes from green suppliers. All of BP

Chargemaster’s charging stations, for example, are

certified as providing renewable energy, while home

energy providers like Octopus Energy provide power that

is completely green.


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Things that are

good for the soul

Award Winner

by Angie Barker

I recently came across an article entitled

10 things that are good for the soul. These

included:

• Breathing in fresh air

• Soaking up sunshine

• Turning off electronic devices

• Embracing seasonal moments

• Finding something inspiring

• Being in nature

Have you twigged yet? Yes! All of these things

can relate to being outside in a garden

I have previously banged on about the

health benefits of gardening I know but at

this moment in time when lots of us are struggling with

mental health issues, and no wonder after what we have

all been through in the last year and a half, I thought it

worth making the point again. First of all we all know that

gardening is good for your physical health but it also

makes you feel good. It is fantastic all round exercise and it

brings a real sense of well being. Research has shown that

it can help relieve mental illnesses such as depression.

You appreciate the workings of nature, wildlife and the

seasons in a way that you just wouldn’t notice if you

weren’t gardening on a regular basis. And all of that is

good for the soul. And what better way to encourage your

children away from computer games by showing them

how much enjoyment can be had from being outside in

the garden and growing plants and food.

Physically gardening activity, which includes digging,

raking, sweeping, lifting, bending, carrying, kneeling,

walking, stretching, and so on, can lower blood pressure

through aerobic activity. It involves muscular activity

which keeps you strong which, as you get older, is so

important. And we all know that being outside in the fresh

air is good for body and soul. As I often say to hubby, if you

want to decline into old age, then sit on your back side.

Yes gardening can be hard work and it is not the most

glamorous of activities (you will get dirty, achey, hot,

scratched and tired) but the rewards are immense and

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