Local Life - St Helens - Jul/Aug 2021

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LocalLife

St Helens Edition

Jul/Aug 2021

Making of Muncaster Hall

Pages 40-42

Days out with the Kids

Pages 44-47

Win tickets to Tom Jones

Pages 36-37

Bold Summer Vibes

Pages 20-21

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Haydock

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Life is always better when you have something to

look forward to.

Because of restrictions though, it’s been difficult to safely

plan for any overseas travel, big events or family parties.

Whilst everyone is surely grateful for the fantastic and

extremely efficient way that the vaccine rollout has

progressed, full freedoms remain elusive and that may be

the case for some weeks to come.

But as you read through the following pages, you’ll get the

impression that things are beginning to open up again;

village fetes, music concerts and sports matches are

amongst many more events scheduled for this summer,

I’m sure you would join us in saying a big ‘Thank You’ to

those event organisers who have bravely taken a chance

and decided to push forward with their plans. Every event,

big or small, gives us something else to look forward to.

And here at Local Life HQ, whilst we’re a bit sad at not being

able to travel easily to our favourite holiday destinations,

we’re all looking forward to doing something different

this summer in different parts of the UK that we haven’t

visited before.

So no matter whether you’re staycationing, birdwatching

in the South Sandwich Islands, or parking up on the front

at Southport with your butties and a flask - it might not

be the summer break of your dreams but it’s something

to look forward to and to be thankful for.

Til next time,

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This month’s highlights

44. Days Out with the Kids

Contents

32. Indoors Out

36. Win Tickets to Tom!

10. Beauty

Skin saviours.

18. Health

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20. Home

Bold Summer Vibes.

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48. Recipe

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40. The Making of Muncaster Hall

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Campaigning Carla

Hundreds of UK travel industry

professionals made a stand

outside Westminster recently,

rallying against the government’s

restrictions on global travel.

It is estimated that 195,000 travel

jobs have been lost during the

pandemic and the industry body,

ABTA is demanding that the

government eases the restrictions

on the traffic light system. At the

time of the protest only a handful of

countries had been granted green

status, making it difficult for people

to travel abroad.

Amongst the 800-strong crowd was

Carla Hesketh, owner of Marken Travel in Billinge. Carla

told Local Life, “I felt that it was important to come here to

show support for the travel industry and all of our fellow

partners.

“I didn’t really know what to expect,

I was a bit nervous, but I got over

my embarrassment and joined in

with the chants for an important

cause.”

ABTA wants the government to add

more countries to the green list

and remove testing and quarantine

requirements for fully vaccinated

people returning from green and

amber countries. It is also calling

for a package of tailored financial

support, including an extension

of the furlough scheme until April

2022.

Carla added, “Our customers have

showed us continued support throughout the last 16

months; they have kept our spirits high, and we are

so thankful for that. As an industry we have carried on

quietly, basically being ignored and now we need help.”

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Comp. Winners

There was a bumper response to the competition in the

last issue of Local Life and three lucky Local Life readers

each won a pair of tickets to a live show at Liverpool’s

M&S Arena.

Andrea Hurman of Tatton Way in Eccleston won tickets

to X-treme Magic, Sandra Spencer of Pintail Close in

Haresfinch secured tickets to Sleeping Beauty, and Steph

Fletcher of Saunderton Close in Haydock won tickets to

Circus Spectacular. Our thanks go to all who entered the

competition.

To enter the competition in this magazine to win one of

two pairs of tickets to the Tom Jones concert at Haydock

Park on Saturday 28th August, turn to pages 36-37.

parkrun Returns

Weekly parkrun events are due to return in July after a 15

month pause due to the pandemic.

The popular 5k events, which are held at 700 venues

globally, were due to restart in June but following the

UK Government’s announcement of a delay to Step 4 of

the restrictions, the events in England will now restart on

Saturday 24 July in England.

The local parkrun event is held at Victoria Park on City

Road, with the run starting from near the Bandstand. All

parkruns start at 9am every Saturday, runs are timed and

are suitable for all ages and abilities.

To join in the parkrun, first visit the website www.parkrun.

org.uk to register your details. Once you have registered

and have a number, all parkruns are free.

Out on the Floor

Northern Soul nights are returning to Garswood on the

3rd Friday of every month.

Hosted by Brian James, the next Northern Soul and

Motown night will take place at Garswood Sports and

Social Club on Garswood Road in the village on Friday

17th July from 7.30pm until late.

Admission is £3. For more information call Brian on 07974

306180.

Outdoor Theatrics

If you have been pining for a curtain call and a trip to the

theatre, why not treat yourself to a bit of outdoor theatre?

The Folksy Theatre company will be giving a rousing

rendition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at The Cherry

Orchard Tearooms at Inglenook Farm on the Rainford

bypass.

The performance will take place on Sunday July 18 at

7pm and is filled with live music, colourful characters,

enchantment and a little touch of magic!

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Kickstart for 16-25’s

St Helens Chamber have been working hard to fill

vacancies on the Government’s Kickstart scheme.

Each of these vacancies are exclusively available to young

people aged 16-25 who are unemployed and claiming

Universal Credit.

Working closely with DWP, St Helens Chamber aim to

successfully place local young people into these new

roles.

Aaron Unsworth, Kickstart Co-ordinator at St Helens

Chamber, commented: “With over 300 approved

vacancies so far, and 42 young people already placed into

roles, it’s really encouraging to see this kind of investment

from businesses as we move out of the lockdown.”

Businesses taking part in the Kickstart scheme benefit

from a range of funding and support, and the young

person benefits from a placement for at least 6 months

to help them boost their employability and get valuable

experience in the workplace.

To find out more about the latest Kickstart vacancies,

email kickstart@sthelenschamber.com

Grants for Junior RL

Grant awards of up to £500 have been made available to

local rugby league clubs by St Helens Borough Council.

The grants, made up from RL World Cup 2021 Legacy

Funding, can be used by clubs to purchase the necessary

equipment to enable youngsters in Under 7s and below

age groups to play the sport in a Covid-safe way.

The Council has committed to match fund £500,000 to

a ‘Createdby’ RLWC2021 legacy funding pot to deliver

at least one project at each of the 11 amateur clubs in St

Helens borough.

Blackbrook Royals, Clock Face Miners, Thatto Heath

Crusaders, Haresfinch and Haydock amateur clubs have

all been successful with applications.

Councillor Anthony Burns, the Council’s Cabinet Member

for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, said, “If your club is

in a position to help young players become fit and active

while encouraging them to get involved as the RL World

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Skin

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Whether you’re suffering from dry hands, cracked heels or sunburn, we might have the solution…

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lobster…

Ouch! Have a cool bath with a

handful of porridge oats tied up

in a thin cloth. The water will help

to cool your skin and the oats will

soothe irritation. Then apply aloe

vera gel. It’s sticky, but effective.

Don’t have any aloe vera or aftersun

to hand? Use a gentle moisturiser,

such as unscented baby lotion.

Avoid Vaseline and other petroleum

jelly, as it’ll lock the heat in. You’ll

want to drink plenty of water to

avoid dehydration and cover up

outdoors until the burn has gone.

When you’re ready to brave the sun

again, arm yourself with a decent

sunscreen and make sure you

reapply it regularly, even if it’s waterresistant.

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dry and sore!

First off, switch to a gentler soap.

Look for a more natural one that

doesn’t contain sodium lauryl

sulphate. Generally, bars of soap

tend to be kinder to skin than liquid

ones. You may also want to swap

your hand sanitiser for one with

added botanicals. (It’ll still need to

be at least 60% alcohol to work.) I

like Bramley’s Hand Sanitiser Gel,

which includes rosemary, spearmint

and peppermint essential oils. It’s

kinder to skin and smells gorgeous

(£4, www.bramleyproducts.co.uk).

It can be tempting to pile on the

hand cream, but some lotions can

end up irritating your skin even

more. Look for an unscented cream

designed

for

sensitive skin, or

just reach for a

natural seed or

fruit oil. Almond

oil is ideal, but

olive oil will also

do the job and

we’re

guessing

you may already

have a bottle in the kitchen. Just

massage a few drops of it into your

hands before bed.

My cracked heels look

awful in sandals

Soak your feet in warm water for

fifteen minutes before gently

exfoliating. You can use a loofah

or a homemade foot scrub (mix

a handful of brown sugar with a

tablespoon of olive oil). Avoid any

areas with open wounds.

Rinse and pat dry, then apply a thick

moisturiser or balm. Lyonsleaf’s

Calendula and Marshmallow Balm

(£10.95, www.lyonsleaf.co.uk) is

a good choice, as it’s designed to

soothe and repair dry, cracked and

irritated skin. It can also help skin

complaints such as eczema and

psoriasis. Pull on some thin cotton

or bamboo socks to keep the balm

from greasing up your bed sheets.

Do this every night and you should

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Friendship for All

As life opens up after lockdown, local friendship group,

St Helens and Warrington Oddfellows, are inviting people

new to the area to give one of its social events a try. As the

Society returns to holding face-to-face activities, it wants

to help those who have recently relocated to get to know

more people in their neighbourhood, something which

has been difficult to do throughout the pandemic.

The Friendly Society gets together regularly to enjoy

events such as coffee mornings, day trips and meals

together.

Julie Webster, District Social Organiser said: “The

Oddfellows is all about helping people forge local

friendships and offering others help in times of need.

She added: “Most of our members have lived here for

years and love to meet new people. So, if you’re looking to

explore the area in friendly company, we’re always ready

to welcome new members to our group.”

Julie added: “We’ve been very busy online during

lockdown, but now we’re able to run face-to-face events

again, we’re excited to welcome more people to the

group.”

Currently the group are meeting at Rhode Island Coffee

in Warrington, The Hotties Café located inside The World

of Glass and the Coffee Stop Café inside St Marys Market

St Helens.

On July 14th and July 20th the group will meet at Coffee

Stop in St Mary’s Market and on July 22nd they will meet

at Hotties in the World of Glass.

Due to COVID-19 Guidelines for events, booking is

required, so anyone interested in joining in should contact

Julie for information email Julie.webster@oddfellows.

co.uk or call 01744 895536. For more information about St

Helens and Warrington Oddfellows, or to find out about

events near you, go to www.oddfellows.co.uk/newstart,

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the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Organisers of the

Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative are encouraging

planting to start October 2021, but you can register for

your free tree/s now.

The Queen’s Green Canopy was launched by Prince

Charles earlier this year and will create a network of

individual trees, avenues, copses and whole woodlands

in honour of The Queen’s service. This will create a green

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Park Farm Activities

Now that lockdown restrictions are easing, Park Farm

Community Centre at Carr Mill has something for

everyone!

For the children there is a Dinky Dancers class every

Tuesday from 9.50-10.50am or 11.15–12noon and

Diddikicks pre-school football classes every Saturday

morning from 9am.

For the older children there is after school club for

ages 6-11 every Wednesday from 4.30–6pm, where the

children can get involved with arts, crafts, sports, games

and many more activities.

A youth project session takes place every Tuesday

between 6–8pm for ages 10-15. Over the course of six

weeks your child will be able to get involved with these

fun, creative and recreational sessions, aimed at boosting

confidence, self-esteem and team building skills.

If you’re looking to fill a bit of time and while away the

hours trying something new, there are adult art groups,

fitness classes, gardening sessions and Age UK meetings.

For more information about any of the sessions available

please visit www.parkfarmcommunitycentre.co.uk or call

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The award-winning Hip-Hop organisation UC Crew

have restarted their Break Games classes at Chain Lane

Community Centre on Hinckley Road in Blackbrook. The

classes are perfect for 4–6-year-olds that are full of energy,

love superheroes, enjoy spinning and want to dance.

The class runs every Saturday from 12.30-1.30pm. For

more details email hello@uccrew.co.uk

Village Fete

Nugent House in Billinge are holding a summer fete this

Saturday (10th July) at the school on Carr Mill Road (WN5

7TT).

Attractions for all the family include craft stalls, games,

morris dancing, a bouncy castle and live music from EXS.

Liquid refreshments will be served from a mobile alcohol

bar, and hot and cold food will also be available.

The fete runs from 11am-3pm.


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People are being urged to look beyond lockdown by

making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Every year around 42,300 people are diagnosed with

cancer in the North West and one in two people in the UK

born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime.

The Race for Life event for St Helens takes place at

Haydock Racecourse on Sunday 17 October. The event

includes a 3K, 5K and 10K and are open to people of all

ages and abilities.

Siobhan Byrne, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson

for the North West, said: “Race for Life offers the perfect

opportunity for people across the area to run, walk or jog

and raise money for life-saving research.

“All 400 mass participation Race for Life

events across the UK were cancelled

last year to protect the country’s health

during the COVID-19 pandemic. So this

year, more than ever, we need people to

enter the Race for Life - for the people we

love, for the people we’ve lost and for the

one in two of us who will get cancer.”

The Race for Life, which has been in

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which raise millions of pounds every year

to help beat cancer by funding crucial

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Willow Woofers 5k

An innovative new way of raising money for Willowbrook

Hospice takes place later this month in St Helens, and

your four-legged friends are invited too.

Willow ‘Woofers’ sponsored dog walk will take place on

Saturday July 24 at Victoria Park on Bishop Road.

The 5k walk will start from the bandstand at 11am, with

registration opening at 10am from Gamble Hall for

participants to sign in and sign out at the end of the walk.

There will be a quick pep talk before the walk starts

and then you’ll be set to complete three and a half laps

around the park.

Once the walk is finished you will be welcomed over to

Gamble Hall on City Road to attend ‘Fur on the Field’, a

family-and-dog-friendly fun day run by volunteers from

St Mark’s.

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1. The football team Red Star Belgrade are based

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2. What colour is the star on the flag of Israel?

3. Together with his wife, who owns and runs The

Hand And Flowers in Marlow, which, in the 2012

Michelin Guide, became the first ever pub have

two Michelin stars?

4. What type of animal goes before “star” to give a

name by which Sirius, the brightest star in the

night sky, is commonly known?

5. What is the main colour of the stars on the

Hollywood Walk of Fame?

6. What is the Queen’s star sign?

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healthier, happier lives, and gadgets range from the

relatively simple, such as smart scales, to all-singing

devices such as the Apple Watch with its built-in

heart rate monitor, blood oxygen monitoring and

fitness tracking – tracking that can include dancing

as well as more traditional forms of workout. There’s

a wide range of stand-alone health devices too,

such as Omron’s blood pressure monitor, and a

whole host of infrared thermometers that give you

instant results.

You don’t need to be an athlete in training to

benefit from a fitness tracker: a dedicated tracker

such as a Fitbit is a great way to motivate yourself

to walk more, and the kid-focused Fitbit Ace 3 has

our young ones charging around the garden trying

to beat each others’ step counts. More advanced

models for the grown-ups, such as the gorgeous

Fitbit Luxe, include a wide range of health-tracking

features including sleep tracking, menstrual cycle

tracking, GPS route recording and blood oxygen

saturation monitoring.

Smart scales can be a useful way to monitor your

progress, because weight alone is a terrible

indicator: if you start working out you’ll often

find you put on weight because muscle

is heavier than fat. Eufy’s Smart Scale C1

connects to your phone and to fitness apps,

enabling you to measure and track your

body composition over time – and with

support for sixteen different users you can

use it for the entire family. And you can team it

up with a smart measuring tape such as Bagel

Labs’ Pie, which you can use to measure and

track the size of biceps, bust, calves, hips, thighs,

waist and shoulders. It’s not cheap – it’s around

£70 – but it’s clever and there are similar, cheaper

alternatives that do much the same thing. As with

smart scales, smart tapes connect via Bluetooth to

an app on your phone, so you can track changes

over time as you become more buff.

The Apple Watch has evolved

into an elegant, powerful and

very useful health tracking

device thanks to its mix of

sensors and a world of healthrelated

apps. It looks great too.

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If you need to monitor

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are affordable, easy to use

and deliver accurate results

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The Pie is no ordinary tape.

It’s a Bluetooth tape with

an app designed to track

changes in specific bits of

your body, such as your

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FITBIT LUXE

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Bold

Vibes

Set the mood for summer with

gorgeous furnishings and accessories

in bright and cheerful shades.

Intentionally clashing colours and patterns add drama and interest.

Frida Kahlo-style Flower Crown canvas art, £102; Aziza gold console

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GO ALL OUT FOR COLOUR

• Update any room instantly with some vivid wall

art. There is a huge choice available both in the

high street and online, including very affordable

printable art that you simply download and print

out yourself. Alternatively, you might even want

to make some art of your own: buy blank canvases

from an art shop and choose co-ordinating tester

pots of paint for some modern abstract originals.

This colour collection by Dulux mixes standout pinks and

reds with subtler shades of the same tones – a palette that

will add verve and vitality to any home. dulux.co.uk

A colourful, marbled jesmonite lamp

base contrasts with a bright red fabric

cable. Immediately eye-catching.

Marbled jesmonite table lamp, £60,

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A rainbow vase handmade

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Brunswick vase, £39,

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• Accessories such as throws, cushions, vases, plant

pots or lamp bases can make all the difference,

even in a relatively neutral room, adding colour to

liven up your day. Group small items together for

greater impact, and don’t worry too much about

conventional good taste – a few clashing colours

can be exciting and uplifting.

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

room, so a new rug will have a dramatic impact and

can completely change the look and feel of the

space. A flat-woven rug in a single block or colour,

wide stripes or a geometric pattern is a great choice.

• If you are feeling particularly bold, consider

repainting wooden furniture, such as chairs,

wardrobes, chests of drawers or even kitchen

cabinets. To do the job properly, remove handles,

knobs or other hardware first, sand down

thoroughly and prime before painting. Use a mini

foam roller on any large, flat surfaces for a perfectly

flat finish.


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An eye-catching artwork in fresh, modern

colours will look great in any room.

Bold Jungle Tiger art print, £15,

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Group houseplants in a variety of pots

against a brightly coloured wall.

The range pictured is from dobbies.com

Add a bold throw to the back of a

sofa or chair for a pop of brilliant

colour and pattern.

Arizona terracotta throw, £23,

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A contrast trim helps accentuate vivid

colours.

Mardi Gras cushion in tangerine,

£19.99, dobbies.com

For real impact, add a large item of furniture upholstered

in a colour that you adore.

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New First Responders

Two Rainford residents have completed their training as an Emergency First Responder instructor in the

with North West Ambulance Service and are now the Caribbean before returning to Rainford, are the new CFR’s

fully-fledged Community First Responders (CFRs) for the for the village and Peter Gregory is to remain on hand in

Rainford area.

an administrative and advisory capacity.

The rural setting of Rainford and outlying villages of Crank

and Kings Moss means that the contribution of CFRs is

crucial but, after the untimely death of volunteer CFR

(Team Leader) Mike Olley in November 2019 followed

by the planned retirement from front-line service of

CFR Peter Gregory, the area has been without CFR

coverage for over a year.

If you’ve like to find out more about becoming a CFR

please email Peter Gregory at rainfordcfr@gmail.com.

In Merseyside, Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and

Cumbria, the Community First Responder scheme is

administered by the North West Ambulance Service.

Once trained and equipped, volunteer CFRs are

asked to be available for around 16 hours per month,

although in many cases that figure is considerably

exceeded.

Vicky Callaghan, a 41-year-old Mum of two from

Rainford and Christine Ball, who spent some time

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Celebrity authors

Actors and other celebrities often try their hand at fiction writing, with various degrees of success (and often

a lot of help from a ghost writer). The authors we’re looking at this month have all managed to prove their

writing skills to both readers and critics, in some cases carving out a whole new career for themselves.

Neil Patrick Harris – The Magic Misfits 1 & 2

The How I Met Your Mother star has written several books, including a choose your own

adventure-style autobiography. His children’s series follows a street magician who teams up

with other like-minded kids to stop villains in their tracks. Aimed at children aged eight and

up, The Magic Misfits series is ideal for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and Lemony Snicket. It’s

very well-written, very different and very funny.

Us Three – Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones brings her usual Gavin and Stacey wit and warmth to her second novel. Us Three centres

on a trio of women who became best friends at primary school. We follow their lives over the next 40+

years, through love and loss and all of life’s usual ups and downs. Like any relationship, friendship isn’t

always easy, and this one is stretched almost to breaking point.

Because of You – Dawn French

While Dawn French’s latest novel contains a dash of humour, it’s also heart wrenching, dealing as it does

with stillbirth, abduction and grief. Two women give birth at the same hospital. Only one mother leaves

with a baby. As the baby, Minnie, grows into a teenager, she becomes pregnant herself and discovers

that everything she thought she knew may well be based on a lie.

A Bright Ray of Darkness – Ethan Hawke

The actor Ethan Hawke has returned to fiction writing after a break of almost two decades. A Bright

Ray of Darkness draws on his own experiences and tells the story of a celebrated actor, William, whose

personal life is crumbling around him, much to the delight of the press. William turns to the theatre,

throwing himself into the world of Henry IV. A fascinating glimpse into the world of acting, privilege

and fame.

Troy – Stephen Fry

The third book in Stephen Fry’s series retelling the Greek myths centres on probably the most famous

myth of them all – the battle of Troy. Whether you think you know the full story or can just recall

something about a queen called Helen and a wooden horse, this book is well worth a read. Fry really

brings the tale to life, adding his own wry humour to the mix.

Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type is Tom Hanks’ collection of seventeen short stories. Most offer a slice of American life,

whether it’s from the viewpoint of a ten-year-old boy or a war veteran. Each one references a typewriter

and some characters appear in more than one story. Other than that, the stories are very diverse,

ranging from one about a bowling whizz who becomes an unwilling celebrity, to time-travelling sci-fi.


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St Helens Chamber are running two exciting study programmes

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Ambitious school leavers

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Each study programme is

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Murphy for Mayor

Billinge and Seneley Green ward

councillor, Sue Murphy, has been

sworn in as Mayor of St Helens

Borough for 2021-22.

Councillor Murphy, who was born

in Aigburth in Liverpool, moved to

Garswood in 1984 where she brought

her family up which has now been

extended to seven grandchildren.

Husband Mike will join Sue during

her year as mayor by carrying out the

role as consort.

Councillor Murphy has been involved

in local politics for the past 27 years

before being elected to represent

the people of Billinge and Seneley Green on St Helens

Borough Council 17 years ago.

Speaking of her pride to be given the opportunity to

represent St Helens Borough as mayor, Councillor Murphy

said:

“Being mayor is a wonderful honour

for me and my family. When we

emigrated all the way from Liverpool

we never imagined for one minute

that the people of St Helens would

open their arms embrace us in the

way they have, they are proud strong

hardworking people who I will

represent with great pride.”

During her mayoral year, Councillor

Murphy will look to raise money for

two causes very close to her heart –

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where

her 10-year-old granddaughter

Antonia recently underwent

successful brain surgery, and the Helen Marie Friends

charity which supports sick and disabled children.

This year’s Mayor Making ceremony also saw Councillor

Linda Maloney MBE, ward councillor for Blackbrook,

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Food & Fun

Families from St Helens that are in receipt of free school

meals can enjoy a range of fun, free events for their

children during summer as part of a government scheme

The Department for Education-funded Holiday Activities

and Food (HAF) programme will see St Helens Council

work with several partners, including Saints Community

Development Foundation, Cabbage Hall, and UC Crew, to

deliver an action-packed programme of events. As well

as fun activities, each session will include a healthy lunch.

Starting Monday 26 July, events have been designed to

appeal to children and young people aged 4-18, from

sports camps and arts and crafts – to animation and

coding classes, as well as treasure hunts, outdoor family

creative activities, and much more besides.

For more information, including an activity timetable and

how to book, visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/holidayfun

Volunteers Wanted

Willowbrook Hospice is searching for volunteers to work

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Shopping Centre and Sutton. If you can spare some time

to help out at any of these stores, then your generosity

would be appreciated.

You don’t need to have experience of retail work but

having a friendly and willing personality helps. If you

would like to learn new skills and meet new people whilst

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LED solar garden light,

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Made from recycled plastic

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Woven around a strong metal frame in

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This tiled table contains its own fire pit (or ice bowl) and is surrounded

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• If you’re planning on spending lots of time outdoors

this summer, and keeping those sunny days going well

into the evenings, think first of providing shady spots, and

then of some form of warmth. Pile up blankets and throws,

for sure, but consider a gas or electric heater or – more

romantically – a fire pit.

• To extend day into night you’ll need outdoor lighting:

some functional, simply to see what you’re barbecuing or

pouring into a glass, and some decorative, just to make

the space look and feel gorgeous. It may be relatively easy

to add a protected outdoor plug socket (ask a qualified

electrician), and add a dramatic floor lamp or set of fairy

lights. Alternatively, there’s a vast range of good-quality

solar lights to choose from these days and, of course,

candles and night lights look incredibly pretty, and can be

protected from breezes with lanterns and jars.

• Seating is all-important, whether it’s upright seats and a

table for dining, bar sets for informal drinks with friends

or sofas and squashy chairs for lounging. These days,

outdoor furniture can look just like your upholstered living

room furniture, but of course there are always the classics

of outdoor rattan, wood and metal. Look for versatile

furnishings such as rise-and-fall tables that take you from

coffee to dining, or pieces that are grouped around their

own fire table. Have fun by adding cocoons, hammocks

and swing seats as occasional spots for relaxation.

• Finishing touches pull the whole indoor/outdoor look

together, from patterned outdoor rugs to piles of cushions,

plus quirky outdoor eating sets and colourful glassware.

With imagination and flair you can have great fun setting

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When a real lawn just isn’t possible, a spot

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quirky sense of comfort.

Bute artificial grass, £14.99 per square metre,

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Hand-made in the UK using high-quality

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Win Tickets to

Tom Jones!

Summer just wouldn’t be the same without live

music from Haydock Park and, after a year-long

hiatus due to COVID, live music is back with a bang

with some huge names, including Tom Jones and

Olly Murs, to look forward to this summer. Local

Life have two pairs of tickets for the Tom Jones

concert on Saturday 28th August to give away to

readers!

But first up at Haydock Park this

summer is Olly Murs. Local Life

caught up with the legend

himself earlier his month

for a chat about his return

to Haydock Park on

Saturday 17th

July.

Are you looking forward to finally getting back out

on the road again?

Yeah, I can’t wait! I did Haydock Park a few years back,

great energy, great vibe so it will be good to get back

on stage, get my mic out, get my ears in, get my dancing

shoes on, and just get out there and perform. Can’t wait!

This has been the longest period that you’ve gone

without live shows or touring. How are you going

to get rid of the rustiness?

It’s been two years as I hadn’t toured since 2019, but I’m

born ready - there’s no rust here, get the WD40 out! I’m

actually excited to get out there again and start singing

- I think it’s just something that I’m born to do, I enjoy it.

What was it like to go out in lockdown wearing a

mask and not get stopped every five minutes?

I hated it because I like seeing people’s faces, it felt really

eerie. Everyone didn’t really speak and was really quiet,

you couldn’t really see people’s facial expressions, and I

didn’t enjoy it very much to be honest. I just get this

really weird vibe when I go shopping. I know we’re

all doing it for a good reason, but I can’t wait to see

people’s faces again. That’d be nice.

A lot of people know you from The Voice but you

have a new TV show coming soon, Starstruck

Yes, I’m hosting the show. It’s something I’ve wanted

to do for quite some time to get back on TV again,

on a primetime Saturday night. It’s pretty much a

modern-day version of ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ but it’s got

a new format, it’s got new ideas, we have a celebrity

judging panel on there.

Did you think back when you did your first audition

for X Factor you would, a decade later, become this

all-round entertainer doing television, voiceover

acting and of course singing?

I never expected any of this, I was very lucky. I knew

I was an entertainer more so than just a singer,

I knew there was a few more strings to my

bow, that I was a jack of all trades! Singing is


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obviously what I love doing, I never

chased being a presenter of a TV show

and I never chased being a voiceover

artist. These were things that people

just asked me to do and I was like,

“Yeah, why not? Let’s give it a go”.

So what can we expect from your

Haydock show?

Just a fun, energetic show - I’m going

to give everything, I want people to

be smiling again. I miss seeing lovely

smiles and that’s why we’re on stage.

It’s just so people having a good time,

enjoy themselves. You’ve had such

sadness over this last year, such difficult

times as a nation so it’d be great for me anyway, I’d love

to come to Haydock, have a great night with everyone

enjoying themselves everyone have a good time and I

can’t wait - bring it on!

A stellar line-up talent has been announced for

the Tom Jones concert on Saturday 28th August.

The concert, which will be taking place on a nonraceday,

will see Dublin-born Imelda May and

television personality-turned bona fide star Megan

McKenna joining the bill.

Tom Jones’ career has spanned over half a century and

has seen him win many accolades including a BRIT Award

for Outstanding Contribution to Music and a Silver Clef

Award for Lifetime Achievement.

A global star, who was knighted by Her Majesty the

Queen in 2006, he has amassed 36 top 40 UK hits and

has a continued worldwide reputation as one of the great

vocalists, earning the nickname ‘The Voice’. He continues

to be a coach on the hit ITV show of the same name.

Returning to Haydock Park he will be performing from his

huge repertoire of hits, spanning genres and generations

including ‘Kiss’, ‘Delilah’ and ‘It’s Not Unusual’.

Released last month, Imelda May’s sixth studio album

‘11 Past The Hour’ is a record that brims with sensuality,

emotional intelligence, spirituality and intuition,

marking a new chapter for Imelda and showcasing her

at her most authentic. Imelda has toured extensively

and performed with the likes of Van Morrison and U2,

appeared on multiple shows (notably some jaw-dropping

performances on Later… With Jools Holland), and hosted

her own programme on Irish TV, The Imelda May Show.

Megan McKenna first came to prominence as a television

personality on shows like ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ and

‘Celebrity Big Brother’. After her debut country album

Story Of Me’ was released in 2018, two singles from the

album debuted at #1 & #2 on iTunes and the following

year she won ‘The X Factor: Celebrity’. She has proven her

talents in the live arena too, completing two nationwide

headline tours and is booked to play the main stage at the

Isle of Wight Festival this summer.

To enter the competition to win one pair of the two

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 what year was Sir Tom Jones knighted by the

Queen?

The expiry date for this competition is midnight on

Sunday 8th August 2021.

The winners will be personally contacted within three working

days and the results will be posted on our Facebook account by

13th August 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.

Tickets are on sale now for these concerts via

thejockeyclublive.co.uk. There will be hospitality packages

available to suit all budgets and you can book with

confidence as The Jockey Club Live offers a money back

guarantee if cancelled. Please note that the Tom Jones

concert at Haydock Park is a standalone concert and does

not feature racing prior.


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Know who to Trust...

Trusts can be a very useful tool to protect assets, and to

ensure that the money you have set aside ultimately ends

up with the people you want to benefit.

We recently had an unusual case at the office that

emphasised the importance of partnering with the right

financial planning firm when considering something like

this yourself.

A solicitor referred a client to us last year. She had set up

a trust 15 years ago to avoid inheritance tax. Her adviser

had recently retired, and she wanted someone like us to

check what had been set up and review matters.

The first thing I noticed was how poorly the paperwork

was completed. The trust deed is an important document

and there were numerous mistakes, crossings out,

spelling mistakes and initials all over it.

The investment structure itself wasn’t great, with a

random set of funds that, in my opinion, lacked thought

into how these assets would interact and it was much too

risky for our client.

We managed to create a portfolio for her within the fund

range, which was quite similar to our own, following our

principles for investing safely.

However, during a change of circumstances for our client

it was apparent that a fundamental error came to light –

one that could have had catastrophic consequences for

our client’s family.

The old adviser had completed the trust form for the

client. The trust was a discretionary trust, which gives

flexibility by having a wide potential class of beneficiaries,

but they should either named individuals or detailed

as a wide class of potential beneficiaries, such as ‘my

grandchildren’.

The problem for our client was that the box where these

beneficiaries should have been named was left blank

by the old adviser and not picked up by the insurance

company. This meant that because our client was the

settlor, she was also a beneficiary. As there were no

named beneficiaries detailed on the form after our client,

the trust fund would then pass to children, spouses of

children and then to charity.

The critical point was that our client doesn’t

have any children.

Therefore, this trust fund that our client wanted to give

to her sisters and nephew after her death was at risk of

being left wholly to charity, because of a fundamental

error. To make matters worse, we found out that our client

was about to go into a care home the next day in the

middle of the Covid pandemic!

The solicitor who referred the client to us drafted a deed

of assignment straight away and we needed to have the

deed signed and witnessed. Thankfully, our client’s sister

was able to go to the care home and get this done with

some help from the care home manager.

Our client sadly passed away just two months later, so it

was very fortunate that this was spotted and acted on.

Trusts do have their place in financial planning and can be

invaluable in certain cases. It is, however, very important

that the people you are dealing with know what they are

doing.

At Callisto we have extensive experience in dealing

with complex cases and have the qualifications to back

this up. We also have several law firms, tax advisers and

accountants that we can bring in to help us to create the

right plan and to ensure that everything is completed

properly.

If you have a trust or are considering using a trust in

your financial affairs, then please feel free to call us for a

second opinion. It’s better to measure twice and cut once!

Andrew Platt

CFP TM Chartered MCSI

A pension is a long-term investment not normally accessible until age 55 (57 from April 2028). The value of your investments (and any income from them) can go down as well as up,

which would have an impact on the level of pension benefits available. Your pension income could also be affected by the interest rates at the time you take your benefits.

The tax implications of pension withdrawals will be based on your individual circumstances, tax legislation and regulation which are subject to change in the future. You should seek

advice to understand your options at retirement.


Planning for your future is hard if you don’t have the

necessary financial expertise.

Callisto Wealth Management will work with you to help you achieve your financial

freedom once you reach retirement.

Take the first step today towards enjoying the rest of your life.

Call us on 01744 881421 to arrange a

no-obligation consultation at Rainford Hall.

Remote consultations also available.

Call us now for your FREE Smart Money guide!

Callisto Wealth Management Ltd

Rainford Hall | Crank Road | St Helens | WA11 7RP

01744 881421

www.callistowealth.co.uk

enquiries@callistowealth.co.uk


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The making of

Muncaster Hall

by Nicola Gray

St Helens has its fair share of listed buildings and

notable properties dotted around the borough,

but the back story of Muncaster Hall, an elegant

Victorian property that once stood proudly on the

outskirts of Rainford village, is more fascinating

than most. This is a story of wealth, love, adultery

and foul play more befitting of an episode of

Downton Abbey, Local Life looks back at Muncaster

Hall’s colourful past.

Many Victorian homes didn’t have the modern comforts

that we take for granted today; poorer members of

society lived in cramped conditions in run-down houses,

often with whole families in one room. Homes for the

upper classes were much more accommodating, with

wealthy Victorians decorating their homes in the latest

styles; including flowery wallpaper, carpets and wellmade

furniture.

Driveway and entrance gate

Muncaster Hall lived up to the Victorian stereotype in

its styling and architecture, the origins of the building

however were steeped in somewhat of a scandal. In

1857 a young Richard Pennington, the son and heir of

Muncaster Hall & Pennington Family


Living quarters at Muncaster Hall

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be generous with his time and

money. Richard and Elizabeth had

seven more children throughout

their marriage, but the couple

separated in December 1874.

Three years later, Richard

discovered that Elizabeth had

formed a new relationship with a

former gamekeeper of the estate,

and they were divorced.

a very wealthy cotton mill owner from Hindley, Wigan,

was ordered by his family to find a suitable residence

away from his hometown. Richard was advised to move

away to set up home after he started a relationship with

Elizabeth Cash, a young mill girl he had fallen in love with.

The couple already had a child when they moved to the

Rainford area and their second child was born at School

Brow in January 1858. To accommodate their growing

family, Richard and Elizabeth bought a farm house known

locally as Mount Pleasant in October 1859, and their third

child was born shortly after. The story goes that Richard’s

mother disapproved of the relationship and so the couple

had to wait four years until her death before getting

married in Liverpool in 1861.

Throughout this time Richard continued the management

of the family cotton mills in Hindley

and eventually became the sole owner.

During the next five years he bought

several farms and houses in Rainford

and entertained his wealthy friends with

shooting parties on his land. In a bid to

keep up appearances, Richard started to

build a grand stone mansion house on

the site of Mount Pleasant and used his

neighbouring land to set out the gardens,

lake and parkland surrounding it. The

work on the hall was completed in 1866

and Muncaster Hall came into existence.

Richard died at the age of fiftyseven

on the 10th of July 1887

leaving all his estate in trust for

his children until they reached the

age of twenty-one. However, in

January 1895 the Rainford and Hindley properties were

put up for auction and the whole of the Rainford estate

including Muncaster Hall, the farms, cottages & houses

totalling 315 acres were bought by the Earl of Derby for

£37,000.

In February of the same year, one month after the hall

was acquired by the Earl of Derby, the furniture and other

belongings at Muncaster Hall were auctioned off in a

three-day sale which left the house empty and with no

trace of the family who once occupied it.

Plans show that in 1905, alterations were made to the

building, with the whole of the left wing of the hall being

demolished; even with the missing wing, Muncaster was

still a substantial property. Over the next few decades,

the hall and its surrounding parklands were leased by

Richard took an active part in village life;

he was the first chairman of the Local

Board, he rebuilt the old Church School

in Cross Pit Lane and was reported to

Entrance Hall & Staircase


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the Earl to several tenants, the last of which moved out in

1938 and the property was offered for sale. Unfortunately,

there was no interest in the estate, and it stood empty

until 1940, when Richard Heyes, who also owned

Mossborough Hall in the village, bought the estate to use

for poultry breeding and agriculture.

World War II had been begun in 1939 and almost as

soon as the sale went through, the hall was immediately

commandeered by the War Department as an officers’

mess and living quarters for the officers of the military

units which had been set up in the village. Due to the

size of the building, part of it was used as a Ministry of

Food office as well. After the war Richard Heyes and his

son James resumed their poultry business and the stately

home became the most magnificent hen house in the

history of egg production.

Plans were put forward in 1945 as to a number of potential

uses for the hall, and several schemes were considered

including a children’s home, an old folks’ home and even

as an extension to the current Rainford High School. None

of the plans were deemed cost effective and Richard

passed the property to James, who decided to use the

hall as a home for his growing flock of birds, producing

upwards of 12,600 eggs a week.

In the late 1950’s, James started to sell a few plots of land

for the development of homes for the village, and over

Member of the Pennington Family

the following years larger plots were sold until almost the

entire estate was covered with houses and bungalows,

known today as Heyes Avenue and Muncaster Drive.

As the land around Muncaster Hall was developed, the

hall itself and its outbuildings were demolished and by

1966, just 100 years since its foundations were laid, no

trace of the once elegant Victorian residence remains.

With thanks to St Helens Archive Service.

The Archive Service collects, preserves and

provides access to unique historic materials

that relate to different aspects of life across

the borough of St Helens.

Find out more information here -

www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries/archive-service/


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Six of the best

DAYS OUT

WITH KIDS

OF THE

SIX

B E S T

Here’s the second part of our ‘6 of the Best’ series, this time highlighting how to enjoy

some of the NW’s best days out with kids this summer without breaking into your

savings. Please note that there may be some COVID restrictions in place so please

check these with the venue before setting off.

MARTIN

MERE

WETLAND

CENTRE

There is a whole host of summer fun adventures for you and your family

to enjoy at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre. Enjoy splashing, dipping,

playing, feeding, paddling and getting up-close-and-personal hand

feeding some of nature’s most wonderful wildlife. This 800 acre centre is

home to thousands of rare birds; a cheeky family of otters; an all-star cast

of pretty pink flamingos and a group of white storks to mention a few.

Grab a paddle and try the award-winning canoe safari or delve into the

ponds and see what creatures are lurking beneath. You can build a den,

go on a wild walk adventure, brave the stepping stones or get a total

rush from the huge adventure playground with its zip wires, scramble

nets and treehouses.

FACTS

Address: Address: WWT WWT Martin Martin Mere, Mere, Fish Lane,

Burscough, Fish Lane, Lancashire, Burscough, L40 Lancashire,

0TA

Website: L40 0TA www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere

Costs Website: from: Child www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere

(4-16) £7.54, Adults

£14.09, Costs Family from: Child (2+2) (4-16) £36.77, £7.54, Under Adults 4’s

go free. £14.09, Family (2+2) £36.77, Under 4’s

Suitable go free. For: All ages. Adventure

Playground Suitable For: is 3-12 All ages. Adventure

Playground is 3-12


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DELAMERE FOREST

A shady oasis amid the agricultural landscape of the Cheshire Plain. Delamere, is a place to let off steam, escape the crowds

and find peace in the heart of the forest and has something for everyone.

There are easy-going walking and cycle trails for all abilities, bike hire is available and you can even hire a Segway for the

best fun you can have off-road without having to pedal!

You can try your hand at Gruffalo Orienteering, following a family map reading challenge to find twelve Gruffalo markers

hidden in the deep, dark wood. Or if you would rather get a bird’s eye view of the forest, treat your group to an outdoor

adventure at Go Ape!

FACTS

Address: Delamere Forest, Linmere,

Delamere, Northwich, CW8 2HZ

Website: www.forestryengland.uk/

delamere-forest

Costs: Free, certain activities extra

Suitable for: All ages

SCOTMAN’S

FLASH

ACTIVITY

CENTRE

If your kids love water adventure, there’s no need to travel far because

there’s a fantastic outdoor adventure centre just up the road in Wigan that

features lots of exciting experiences for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

The flashes in Wigan are a result of mining subsidence, and Scotman’s Flash

is the largest of the bunch – the perfect place for water sports, whether

you’re brand new to canoeing, sailing, kayaking or paddle boarding. The

site is run by Wigan Council’s Outdoor Adventure Team and the team also

run off-site activities including rock climbing, archery and mountain biking.

Booking the activities online is a bit clunky compared with other

commercialised operations but do persevere – the activities are great value

and just as much fun! Advance booking is essential.

FACTS

Address: Rushdene, off Poolstock Lane

in Worsley Mesnes, Wigan, WN3 5HJ

Website: www.wigan.gov.uk/BeWell/

Activities-sports/Scotmans-Flash-

Activity-Centre.aspx

Costs From: £11.37 p.p. depending on

activity

Suitable for: Ages 6+ depending on

activity


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HEATON PARK

The 640-acre Heaton Park in Manchester is Europe’s biggest municipal park, which is approximately 25% of the city’s green

space. An iconic outdoor concert and festival venue, Heaton Park can also boast an impressive selection of everyday activities.

A major attraction at Heaton Park is Treetop Manchester, which is an elevated woodland adventure for the whole family,

consisting of walkways, trampolines, treehouses, slides and ball parks. The less brave can visit the Animal Centre, or take

the tram to the tram Museum, try the sedate sport of bowls or even navigate your way across the lake in a boat or pedalo.

There are a couple of large play areas, a pitch and putt and a packed events programme that takes place each year

including outdoor concerts, dramas and plays.

FACTS

Address: Middleton Road, Higher

Blackley, Manchester M25 2GT

Website: www.manchester.gov.uk/

heatonpark

Costs: Free, certain activities extra

Suitable for: All ages

HOVER

FORCE

ACTIVITY

CENTRE

Hover Force is Cheshire’s number one Outdoor Activity Centre,

and can offer a huge range of adventurous activities, including

hovercraft racing, off-road karting, mud buggies, drone racing,

axe throwing, archery, crossbow, a shooting range and an

experience involving a DTV shredder (a cross between a jetski

and a mini-tank). The main activities for children are hovercrafts,

off road karting and axe throwing.

Hover Force welcome group activities such as family days out,

birthday parties and Stag and Hen activities, but theirs is no

need to come with a group, and the organisers we will mix you

together with other individuals in groups, depending on the

activity you choose.

FACTS

Address: Moorditch Lane,

Frodsham Marsh, Frodsham.

WA6 7BT

Website: www.hoverforce.co.uk

Costs: Varies by activity

Suitable for: Varies by activity


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FACTS

Address: Great House Barn, Rivington Ln,

Horwich, Bolton BL6 7SB

Website: www.goape.co.uk/locations/

rivington

Costs: £28 (10-15) £30 (16+)

Suitable for: 10+

GO APE –

RIVINGTON

Rivington’s rugged hills, picturesque reservoirs, terraced

gardens and woodland bustling with wildlife has been

a major attraction for visitors for over a hundred years,

but the addition of Go Ape has given the location added

impetus for adrenaline junkies.

Go Ape Rivington nestles high up in this open and

spacious site, and with the 13-metre-high platforms

and a free-falling Tarzan Swing, this is the only Go Ape

location in the UK to feature a zip wire over water!

And once you’ve landed back on terra firma, you can

explore the terraced gardens with its hidden paths,

caves, structures and lakes, climb the Pike (or Winter

Hill) or head over to the Great House Barn and Tearoom

for some refreshments.

OF THE

SIX

B E S T


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Flaked Trout with Rocket, Lychees

and Sweet Lime Dressing

Serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 seconds

Ingredients

225g hot smoked trout

150g mangetout

2 large handfuls of rocket leaves

½ cucumber, cut in half lengthways, seeds

removed and sliced

10 lychees, peeled, stoned and cut in half

Handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped

Handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped

Handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped

1 red chilli, deseeded and diced

½ red onion, diced

60g toasted cashew nuts

The oily richness of the trout contrasts beautifully with the sweet lychees

and peppery rocket leaves. Hot smoked trout requires no preparation,

making this an ideal speedy healthy lunch or evening meal. Use any

lettuce leaves in this dish and plenty of fresh herbs. You could use

smoked mackerel or hot smoked salmon instead of the trout if wished.

Method

1. Blanch the mange tout in boiling water for 30 seconds, drain and

refresh under cold water.

2. Place the mangetout in a bowl with the rocket, cucumber, lychees,

herbs, chilli and onion. Break up the trout and scatter over the top

with the toasted cashew nuts. Mix together the lime juice, xylitol or

honey and fish sauce.

3. Season the salad with a little black pepper and drizzle over the

dressing to serve.

Lime Dressing

Juice of 2 limes

2 tsp xylitol or honey

1-2 tbsp fish sauce to taste

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING: Calories 449kcal, protein 36.6g, carbohydrates 35.8g (sugars 30.5g),

total fat 20.1g (saturates 4g)


Quinoa and Feta Burgers

with Tomato Relish

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Makes 6 burgers

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

A vegetarian burger packed

with flavour and topped with

a simple tomato relish.

Ingredients

80g / scant ½ cup quinoa

2 tsp bouillon vegetable stock

powder or a vegetable stock

2 tbsp olive oil

½ red onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp ground cumin

1 x 400g can kidney beans drained

115g / 4oz feta cheese, crumbled

1 tbsp parsley, chopped

1 tbsp mint, chopped

2 tbsp cornflour

Salt and pepper

Tomato Relish

4 tomatoes, quartered

1 red onion, quartered

1 tbsp olive oil

½ small chipotle chilli, soaked in

warm water for 20 minutes

1 tbsp fresh coriander

2 tsp xylitol

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER

BURGER WITH RELISH (NO BUN):

215kcal, protein 8.5g, carbohydrates 24g

(of which sugars 6.2g), fat 9.7g (of which

saturates 3.4g)

Method

1. Add the quinoa to 250ml water with the bouillon powder or stock

cube and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer with the lid on

for 15 minutes until cooked. Keep the lid on and let the quinoa sit in

the pan for another 10 minutes. Place in a bowl.

2. For the relish, preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas mark 4 and place

the tomatoes and onion on a baking tray. Drizzle over the oil and cook

in the oven for 15 minutes until soft. Place in a food processor with the

remaining ingredients and pulse to form a thick and chunky puree.

Allow to cool.

3. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in frying pan. Add the onion, garlic and

cumin. Cook, stirring for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and

pepper. Add the beans, feta and cooked quinoa. Stir in the herbs and

cornflour and mash with potato masher to break up the beans. When

cool enough to handle, divide into 6 portions and shape into burgers.

4. Heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan on a medium-high heat. Add

the burgers and cook until browned on each side, about 5-6 minutes.

5. To serve, place the burgers into burger buns and arrange over the

toppings of your choice.


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KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE

Newsletter

Quiz Nights

The Village Hall bar, which had a complete refit

just before the first lockdown, will be open for

socially distanced Friday night quizzes on 02, 09 and

16.07.2021. Doors open at 7pm and the free quiz

starts at 7.30pm.

Parish Council Meetings

Parish Council meetings are back in the Council

Chamber at Rainford Village Hall. Full meetings take

place on the 4th Monday of the month. Members of the

public are very welcome to attend. Please contact the

Clerk’s office for further information on 01744 884709

or visit the Parish Council website:

www.rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Residents are encouraged to address members on

matters of concern to them.

The Annual Meeting of the Parish

Council

The Annual meeting of the Parish Council took place

on 24.05.2021. Councillor John Long was elected

Chairman of Rainford Parish Council for 2021/22

and Councillor Stuart Bardsley as Vice Chairman. The

committee structure was reviewed and members were

appointed to the following committees and Working

Parties:

• Community Liaison Committee

• Finance Planning & Administration Committee

• Executive Working Party

• Health & Safety Committee

Business Around Rainford

This is a forum for Businesses in Rainford and for

Rainford residents who have businesses. The next

meeting will take place on 21.07.2021 and COVID-19

restrictions allowing, it will be an in person breakfast

meeting at the Village Hall.

If you would like more information, please contact

Victoria Swainbank on 01744 884709 admin@

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

The Parish Council is currently compiling a Business

Directory which will be available on the Parish Council

website. Paper copies will also be available.

Parking in the Village

Parking continues to be an issue frequently raised by

residents. Please try to park legally and thoughtfully in

and around the Village and remember to display your

blue badge if using the disabled bay.

The Village Hall

Rainford Village Hall is gradually opening up and

is available to hire for classes, meetings, parties,

anniversaries, events and Wedding Receptions.

Please ring 01744 884709 and speak to the Event

Co-ordinator, Victoria Swainbank or email admin@

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

At present, essential building works are taking place on

the Village Hall. Please take care if you are visiting the hall.

Bench in Memory of Mike Olley

A bench in memory of Mike Olley has been placed on

the lawn in front of the Village Hall. Mike was leader of

the First Responders in Rainford and helped save many

lives. A dedication ceremony took place on 29.06.2021.


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Road Safety

The issue of Road Safety has long been of great

concern to the Parish Council, which has requested

numerous traffic calming measures within the Village.

Unfortunately, St Helens Council have not implemented

any of the initiatives so far. Given the recent tragic

collisions on the A570, Parish Councillors are renewing

efforts to effect changes by joining with the Borough

Councillors and leaders of local organisations to work

with St Helens Council to make our roads safer.

Everyone can do their part by observing the speed limits

on roads and driving with care and consideration.

Rainford Christmas Fayre

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that

Rainford Christmas Fayre will be back this year on

4th December 2021!

If you are interested in being a stall holder, please

contact Vicky on 01744 884709 or email clerk@

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

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.gov.uk

Annual Governance &

Accountability Return

The AGAR for 2020/21 has been submitted to the

external auditor. Further details can be found on the

website: www.rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Residents can make an appointment to view the

Parish Council accounts by contacting the Clerk,

Sally Powell on 01744 884709 or by emailing clerk@

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

RAINFORD PARISH COUNCIL

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road Rainford WA11 8HB

01744 884709

clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

@rainfordvillagehall

@rainfordparishcouncil


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Puzzle Pages

CROSSWORD

DOWN

1. Australian term for a young kangaroo (4)

2. State of extreme delight or exaltation (7,6)

3. Heavenly body also known as Sirius (3,4)

4. Small canoe made watertight with animal

skins (5)

5. Period of the French Revolution marked by

extreme repression and bloodshed (5,2,6)

6. Sleeveless dress resembling an apron (8)

12. Pile of waste matter from coal mining, etc (4,4)

14. Flower associated with alpine regions (7)

17. Craftsman who works with stone (5)

20. Singing jazz where nonsense syllables are

substituted for the words of the song (4)

ACROSS

7. Spanish dance in triple time (6)

8. Acid found in vinegar (6)

9. Funeral pile (4)

10. Chinese port city on the estuary of the Yangtze (8)

11. Receptacle used by smokers (7)

13. Non-metallic element, atomic number 5 (5)

15. Racing vessel (5)

16. Small falcon that hovers in the air (7)

18. Long-tailed game bird (8)

19. Red eruption of the skin (4)

21. Small, roofed building affording shade and rest (6)

22. Hooded waterproof jacket (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: 60 or more words

GOOD: 52 words

T

C

O R

N

U H

E

N

FAIR: 43 words


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WORDSEARCH

Sports

ARCHERY

BADMINTON

BASKETBALL

BOXING

CANOEING

CURLING

CYCLING

DARTS

DIVING

FISHING

GOLF

HOCKEY

JUDO

LACROSSE

NETBALL

POLO

ROWING

RUGBY

SAILING

SKIING

SOCCER

SOFTBALL

SQUASH

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.

B U S H

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: Someone who’s

recently arrived!

Trace a path through all

the letters to find the

word or phrase that fits

the clue.

L O C K

B W E N

E K I D

H T N O

T R E E

All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 60 of this magazine


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This is the history of the

Land Rover Discovery

The Discovery has been a core part

of Land Rover’s line-up for decades.

Incorporating premium touches and a

comfortable interior while retaining the

off-road prowess expected from a Land

Rover model, it’s little wonder why it has

proved so popular over the years.

The most recent Discovery model represents the greatest

evolution of the nameplate yet, but to see how it got

there it’s worth looking at how things have changed over

time. Let’s take a look at the history of the Land Rover

Discovery.

1989: The Discovery arrives

The late ‘80s proved to be a time when SUVs started

gaining in popularity. Though Land Rover already had

some offerings in this segment with both the Defender and

Range Rover, the firm didn’t have an option between them.

To address this, Land Rover introduced the Discovery.

First revealed at the 1989 Paris Motor Show, the Discovery

initially arrived as a three-door model but was quickly

offered with a five-door option too. It was facelifted in

1994 while at the same time a stripped-back Commercial

version was launched.

1998: The three-door version gets

dropped

Though the Discovery had been on sale for close to a

decade, the second-generation arrived looking more like

a mid-life refresh. However, with a comprehensively new

chassis and a five-door-only layout, it represented quite

the change from the earlier version.

This new model had a greater focus on practicality, which

was why the interior was made more spacious than

before. Again, Land Rover introduced a facelifted version

later on in 2002.


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2004: A whole new look

The arrival of the Discovery 3 really got the

motoring industry talking. Though it was still

square and boxy, the look of it represented a

radical departure from earlier models, while

every single component was new.

Incorporating a wheelbase that ran close to three

metres long, it offered plenty of space for seven

people yet was packed with high-end features.

Land Rover also fitted it with its most advanced terrain

response system to date, which meant that despite the

increase in quality the Discovery was no less capable offroad.

2009: Slicker than ever

The fourth Discovery hit the road in 2009 but, in truth,

was more of a facelifted ‘3’. The looks remained largely

unchanged - the headlights were more modern in their

design while the grille was more complex. Yet these subtle

updates ensured the Discovery continued to look fresh.

Land Rover made some big changes to the powertrains

available with the Discovery, while a range of special

editions was launched. One highlight was the XXV, which

was released to celebrate the car’s 25th anniversary in 2014.

2014: Discovery becomes a subbrand

The start of the 2010s represented a turning point for

SUVs. Gaining in popularity, off-roaders and four-wheeldrive

were being snapped up thick and fast, while all

manner of manufacturers were producing their own

high-riding options.

During this time Land Rover decided to scrap its

Freelander, replacing it with the Discovery Sport – a more

compact 4x4 that used the Discovery name to capture

some of the premium appeal of the larger model.

2016: The fifth generation arrives

Land Rover revealed its striking fifth-generation Discovery

at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, unveiling a car that was

substantially different to the car it replaced. Sales kicked

off from the start of 2017.

The interior made another shift upmarket, while a range

of Jaguar Land Rover’s latest Ingenium engines provided

more than enough performance. The level of technology

on offer was considerably improved, yet the Discovery’s

off-road abilities were retained, thanks to even more

complex terrain assistance systems.

Today, the 2021 Discovery update has brought electrified

powertrains to the seven-seater, in the form of mildhybrid

petrols and diesels.


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Make sure the soil is moist before you apply the mulch,

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and annual weeds from appearing.

Big Containers

Containers make for a lot more work than flowerbeds,

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Grow lots of bulbs; they are great labour-saving plants, as

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like dahlias, gladioli and

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were lifted and replanted

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Perennials

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