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<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Edition<br />

<strong>Jul</strong>/<strong>Aug</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

Making of Muncaster Hall<br />

Pages 40-42<br />

Days out with the Kids<br />

Pages 44-47<br />

Win tickets to Tom Jones<br />

Pages 36-37<br />

Bold Summer Vibes<br />

Pages 20-21<br />

Olly’s<br />

Haydock<br />

Return<br />

Page 36<br />

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


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4<br />

Luxury Skincare From Provence<br />

<strong>Life</strong> is always better when you have something to<br />

look forward to.<br />

Because of restrictions though, it’s been difficult to safely<br />

plan for any overseas travel, big events or family parties.<br />

Whilst everyone is surely grateful for the fantastic and<br />

extremely efficient way that the vaccine rollout has<br />

progressed, full freedoms remain elusive and that may be<br />

the case for some weeks to come.<br />

But as you read through the following pages, you’ll get the<br />

impression that things are beginning to open up again;<br />

village fetes, music concerts and sports matches are<br />

amongst many more events scheduled for this summer,<br />

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

those event organisers who have bravely taken a chance<br />

and decided to push forward with their plans. Every event,<br />

big or small, gives us something else to look forward to.<br />

And here at <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> HQ, whilst we’re a bit sad at not being<br />

able to travel easily to our favourite holiday destinations,<br />

we’re all looking forward to doing something different<br />

this summer in different parts of the UK that we haven’t<br />

visited before.<br />

So no matter whether you’re staycationing, birdwatching<br />

in the South Sandwich Islands, or parking up on the front<br />

at Southport with your butties and a flask - it might not<br />

be the summer break of your dreams but it’s something<br />

to look forward to and to be thankful for.<br />

Til next time,<br />

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This month’s highlights<br />

44. Days Out with the Kids<br />

Contents<br />

32. Indoors Out<br />

36. Win Tickets to Tom!<br />

10. Beauty<br />

Skin saviours.<br />

18. Health<br />

Best tech for healthy living.<br />

20. Home<br />

Bold Summer Vibes.<br />

24. Books<br />

Celebrity authors.<br />

48. Recipe<br />

Flaked trout with rocket and lychees.<br />

52. Puzzle Pages<br />

Try these brainteasers for size!<br />

57. Home & Garden Services<br />

Find the best local traders for you.<br />

40. The Making of Muncaster Hall<br />

49. Quinoa Burgers 54. Land Rover Discovery<br />

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Campaigning Carla<br />

Hundreds of UK travel industry<br />

professionals made a stand<br />

outside Westminster recently,<br />

rallying against the government’s<br />

restrictions on global travel.<br />

It is estimated that 195,000 travel<br />

jobs have been lost during the<br />

pandemic and the industry body,<br />

ABTA is demanding that the<br />

government eases the restrictions<br />

on the traffic light system. At the<br />

time of the protest only a handful of<br />

countries had been granted green<br />

status, making it difficult for people<br />

to travel abroad.<br />

Amongst the 800-strong crowd was<br />

Carla Hesketh, owner of Marken Travel in Billinge. Carla<br />

told <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, “I felt that it was important to come here to<br />

show support for the travel industry and all of our fellow<br />

partners.<br />

“I didn’t really know what to expect,<br />

I was a bit nervous, but I got over<br />

my embarrassment and joined in<br />

with the chants for an important<br />

cause.”<br />

ABTA wants the government to add<br />

more countries to the green list<br />

and remove testing and quarantine<br />

requirements for fully vaccinated<br />

people returning from green and<br />

amber countries. It is also calling<br />

for a package of tailored financial<br />

support, including an extension<br />

of the furlough scheme until April<br />

2022.<br />

Carla added, “Our customers have<br />

showed us continued support throughout the last 16<br />

months; they have kept our spirits high, and we are<br />

so thankful for that. As an industry we have carried on<br />

quietly, basically being ignored and now we need help.”<br />

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• Probate and Insurance valuation reports undertaken<br />

• Full house clearance service available<br />

• Regional valuations centres around the north-west<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Valuation Days<br />

4th Wednesday of Every Month<br />

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Comp. Winners<br />

There was a bumper response to the competition in the<br />

last issue of <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> and three lucky <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> readers<br />

each won a pair of tickets to a live show at Liverpool’s<br />

M&S Arena.<br />

Andrea Hurman of Tatton Way in Eccleston won tickets<br />

to X-treme Magic, Sandra Spencer of Pintail Close in<br />

Haresfinch secured tickets to Sleeping Beauty, and <strong>St</strong>eph<br />

Fletcher of Saunderton Close in Haydock won tickets to<br />

Circus Spectacular. Our thanks go to all who entered the<br />

competition.<br />

To enter the competition in this magazine to win one of<br />

two pairs of tickets to the Tom Jones concert at Haydock<br />

Park on Saturday 28th <strong>Aug</strong>ust, turn to pages 36-37.<br />

parkrun Returns<br />

Weekly parkrun events are due to return in <strong>Jul</strong>y after a 15<br />

month pause due to the pandemic.<br />

The popular 5k events, which are held at 700 venues<br />

globally, were due to restart in June but following the<br />

UK Government’s announcement of a delay to <strong>St</strong>ep 4 of<br />

the restrictions, the events in England will now restart on<br />

Saturday 24 <strong>Jul</strong>y in England.<br />

The local parkrun event is held at Victoria Park on City<br />

Road, with the run starting from near the Bandstand. All<br />

parkruns start at 9am every Saturday, runs are timed and<br />

are suitable for all ages and abilities.<br />

To join in the parkrun, first visit the website www.parkrun.<br />

org.uk to register your details. Once you have registered<br />

and have a number, all parkruns are free.<br />

Out on the Floor<br />

Northern Soul nights are returning to Garswood on the<br />

3rd Friday of every month.<br />

Hosted by Brian James, the next Northern Soul and<br />

Motown night will take place at Garswood Sports and<br />

Social Club on Garswood Road in the village on Friday<br />

17th <strong>Jul</strong>y from 7.30pm until late.<br />

Admission is £3. For more information call Brian on 07974<br />

306180.<br />

Outdoor Theatrics<br />

If you have been pining for a curtain call and a trip to the<br />

theatre, why not treat yourself to a bit of outdoor theatre?<br />

The Folksy Theatre company will be giving a rousing<br />

rendition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at The Cherry<br />

Orchard Tearooms at Inglenook Farm on the Rainford<br />

bypass.<br />

The performance will take place on Sunday <strong>Jul</strong>y 18 at<br />

7pm and is filled with live music, colourful characters,<br />

enchantment and a little touch of magic!<br />

Tickets are £15 per adult and £12 per child, to book<br />

your tickets, please call 07724 660079 or email<br />

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Kickstart for 16-25’s<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Chamber have been working hard to fill<br />

vacancies on the Government’s Kickstart scheme.<br />

Each of these vacancies are exclusively available to young<br />

people aged 16-25 who are unemployed and claiming<br />

Universal Credit.<br />

Working closely with DWP, <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Chamber aim to<br />

successfully place local young people into these new<br />

roles.<br />

Aaron Unsworth, Kickstart Co-ordinator at <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong><br />

Chamber, commented: “With over 300 approved<br />

vacancies so far, and 42 young people already placed into<br />

roles, it’s really encouraging to see this kind of investment<br />

from businesses as we move out of the lockdown.”<br />

Businesses taking part in the Kickstart scheme benefit<br />

from a range of funding and support, and the young<br />

person benefits from a placement for at least 6 months<br />

to help them boost their employability and get valuable<br />

experience in the workplace.<br />

To find out more about the latest Kickstart vacancies,<br />

email kickstart@sthelenschamber.com<br />

Grants for Junior RL<br />

Grant awards of up to £500 have been made available to<br />

local rugby league clubs by <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Borough Council.<br />

The grants, made up from RL World Cup <strong>2021</strong> Legacy<br />

Funding, can be used by clubs to purchase the necessary<br />

equipment to enable youngsters in Under 7s and below<br />

age groups to play the sport in a Covid-safe way.<br />

The Council has committed to match fund £500,000 to<br />

a ‘Createdby’ RLWC<strong>2021</strong> legacy funding pot to deliver<br />

at least one project at each of the 11 amateur clubs in <strong>St</strong><br />

<strong>Helens</strong> borough.<br />

Blackbrook Royals, Clock Face Miners, Thatto Heath<br />

Crusaders, Haresfinch and Haydock amateur clubs have<br />

all been successful with applications.<br />

Councillor Anthony Burns, the Council’s Cabinet Member<br />

for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, said, “If your club is<br />

in a position to help young players become fit and active<br />

while encouraging them to get involved as the RL World<br />

Cup comes to our borough later this year, then please<br />

email sportsdevelopment@sthelens.gov.uk for more<br />

details and an application form.”<br />

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OUR DIGITAL <strong>2021</strong> HIGHER EDUCATION GUIDE IS NOW LIVE!<br />

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• Engineering<br />

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10<br />

Skin<br />

Saviours<br />

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

I was aiming for bronzed<br />

goddess, but I got cooked<br />

lobster…<br />

Ouch! Have a cool bath with a<br />

handful of porridge oats tied up<br />

in a thin cloth. The water will help<br />

to cool your skin and the oats will<br />

soothe irritation. Then apply aloe<br />

vera gel. It’s sticky, but effective.<br />

Don’t have any aloe vera or aftersun<br />

to hand? Use a gentle moisturiser,<br />

such as unscented baby lotion.<br />

Avoid Vaseline and other petroleum<br />

jelly, as it’ll lock the heat in. You’ll<br />

want to drink plenty of water to<br />

avoid dehydration and cover up<br />

outdoors until the burn has gone.<br />

When you’re ready to brave the sun<br />

again, arm yourself with a decent<br />

sunscreen and make sure you<br />

reapply it regularly, even if it’s waterresistant.<br />

Sunscreen<br />

gives me spots<br />

Sunscreens<br />

are<br />

often too rich<br />

for facial skin<br />

so can lead to<br />

breakouts, redness<br />

and irritation. Try<br />

switching to a<br />

lighter face cream<br />

with a high SPF.<br />

Hello<br />

Sunday’s<br />

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www.hellosundayspf.com) is SPF<br />

45, lightweight, non-greasy and<br />

enriched with hyaluronic acid and<br />

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Help, my hands are really<br />

dry and sore!<br />

First off, switch to a gentler soap.<br />

Look for a more natural one that<br />

doesn’t contain sodium lauryl<br />

sulphate. Generally, bars of soap<br />

tend to be kinder to skin than liquid<br />

ones. You may also want to swap<br />

your hand sanitiser for one with<br />

added botanicals. (It’ll still need to<br />

be at least 60% alcohol to work.) I<br />

like Bramley’s Hand Sanitiser Gel,<br />

which includes rosemary, spearmint<br />

and peppermint essential oils. It’s<br />

kinder to skin and smells gorgeous<br />

(£4, www.bramleyproducts.co.uk).<br />

It can be tempting to pile on the<br />

hand cream, but some lotions can<br />

end up irritating your skin even<br />

more. Look for an unscented cream<br />

designed<br />

for<br />

sensitive skin, or<br />

just reach for a<br />

natural seed or<br />

fruit oil. Almond<br />

oil is ideal, but<br />

olive oil will also<br />

do the job and<br />

we’re<br />

guessing<br />

you may already<br />

have a bottle in the kitchen. Just<br />

massage a few drops of it into your<br />

hands before bed.<br />

My cracked heels look<br />

awful in sandals<br />

Soak your feet in warm water for<br />

fifteen minutes before gently<br />

exfoliating. You can use a loofah<br />

or a homemade foot scrub (mix<br />

a handful of brown sugar with a<br />

tablespoon of olive oil). Avoid any<br />

areas with open wounds.<br />

Rinse and pat dry, then apply a thick<br />

moisturiser or balm. Lyonsleaf’s<br />

Calendula and Marshmallow Balm<br />

(£10.95, www.lyonsleaf.co.uk) is<br />

a good choice, as it’s designed to<br />

soothe and repair dry, cracked and<br />

irritated skin. It can also help skin<br />

complaints such as eczema and<br />

psoriasis. Pull on some thin cotton<br />

or bamboo socks to keep the balm<br />

from greasing up your bed sheets.<br />

Do this every night and you should<br />

see an improvement pretty quickly.


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12<br />

Friendship for All<br />

As life opens up after lockdown, local friendship group,<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> and Warrington Oddfellows, are inviting people<br />

new to the area to give one of its social events a try. As the<br />

Society returns to holding face-to-face activities, it wants<br />

to help those who have recently relocated to get to know<br />

more people in their neighbourhood, something which<br />

has been difficult to do throughout the pandemic.<br />

The Friendly Society gets together regularly to enjoy<br />

events such as coffee mornings, day trips and meals<br />

together.<br />

<strong>Jul</strong>ie Webster, District Social Organiser said: “The<br />

Oddfellows is all about helping people forge local<br />

friendships and offering others help in times of need.<br />

She added: “Most of our members have lived here for<br />

years and love to meet new people. So, if you’re looking to<br />

explore the area in friendly company, we’re always ready<br />

to welcome new members to our group.”<br />

<strong>Jul</strong>ie added: “We’ve been very busy online during<br />

lockdown, but now we’re able to run face-to-face events<br />

again, we’re excited to welcome more people to the<br />

group.”<br />

Currently the group are meeting at Rhode Island Coffee<br />

in Warrington, The Hotties Café located inside The World<br />

of Glass and the Coffee <strong>St</strong>op Café inside <strong>St</strong> Marys Market<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>.<br />

On <strong>Jul</strong>y 14th and <strong>Jul</strong>y 20th the group will meet at Coffee<br />

<strong>St</strong>op in <strong>St</strong> Mary’s Market and on <strong>Jul</strong>y 22nd they will meet<br />

at Hotties in the World of Glass.<br />

Due to COVID-19 Guidelines for events, booking is<br />

required, so anyone interested in joining in should contact<br />

<strong>Jul</strong>ie for information email <strong>Jul</strong>ie.webster@oddfellows.<br />

co.uk or call 01744 895536. For more information about <strong>St</strong><br />

<strong>Helens</strong> and Warrington Oddfellows, or to find out about<br />

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

or visit the Facebook page oddfellows.sthandw<br />

Plant a Tree!<br />

Free trees are available in a tree planting initiative to mark<br />

the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Organisers of the<br />

Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative are encouraging<br />

planting to start October <strong>2021</strong>, but you can register for<br />

your free tree/s now.<br />

The Queen’s Green Canopy was launched by Prince<br />

Charles earlier this year and will create a network of<br />

individual trees, avenues, copses and whole woodlands<br />

in honour of The Queen’s service. This will create a green<br />

legacy of its own, with every tree planted bringing<br />

benefits for people, wildlife and climate, now and for the<br />

future.<br />

You can apply for trees as an individual or part of a<br />

community group, school or other organisation, and the<br />

trees can be planted between October to March.<br />

To apply for a free tree pack, visit www.woodlandtrust.<br />

org.uk.<br />

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13<br />

Park Farm Activities<br />

Now that lockdown restrictions are easing, Park Farm<br />

Community Centre at Carr Mill has something for<br />

everyone!<br />

For the children there is a Dinky Dancers class every<br />

Tuesday from 9.50-10.50am or 11.15–12noon and<br />

Diddikicks pre-school football classes every Saturday<br />

morning from 9am.<br />

For the older children there is after school club for<br />

ages 6-11 every Wednesday from 4.30–6pm, where the<br />

children can get involved with arts, crafts, sports, games<br />

and many more activities.<br />

A youth project session takes place every Tuesday<br />

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

weeks your child will be able to get involved with these<br />

fun, creative and recreational sessions, aimed at boosting<br />

confidence, self-esteem and team building skills.<br />

If you’re looking to fill a bit of time and while away the<br />

hours trying something new, there are adult art groups,<br />

fitness classes, gardening sessions and Age UK meetings.<br />

For more information about any of the sessions available<br />

please visit www.parkfarmcommunitycentre.co.uk or call<br />

01774 754367.<br />

Click and Collect service still available<br />

Same Day Delivery when possible<br />

National &<br />

International<br />

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Hip Hop ends <strong>St</strong>op<br />

The award-winning Hip-Hop organisation UC Crew<br />

have restarted their Break Games classes at Chain Lane<br />

Community Centre on Hinckley Road in Blackbrook. The<br />

classes are perfect for 4–6-year-olds that are full of energy,<br />

love superheroes, enjoy spinning and want to dance.<br />

The class runs every Saturday from 12.30-1.30pm. For<br />

more details email hello@uccrew.co.uk<br />

Village Fete<br />

Nugent House in Billinge are holding a summer fete this<br />

Saturday (10th <strong>Jul</strong>y) at the school on Carr Mill Road (WN5<br />

7TT).<br />

Attractions for all the family include craft stalls, games,<br />

morris dancing, a bouncy castle and live music from EXS.<br />

Liquid refreshments will be served from a mobile alcohol<br />

bar, and hot and cold food will also be available.<br />

The fete runs from 11am-3pm.


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People are being urged to look beyond lockdown by<br />

making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

Every year around 42,300 people are diagnosed with<br />

cancer in the North West and one in two people in the UK<br />

born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime.<br />

The Race for <strong>Life</strong> event for <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> takes place at<br />

Haydock Racecourse on Sunday 17 October. The event<br />

includes a 3K, 5K and 10K and are open to people of all<br />

ages and abilities.<br />

Siobhan Byrne, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson<br />

for the North West, said: “Race for <strong>Life</strong> offers the perfect<br />

opportunity for people across the area to run, walk or jog<br />

and raise money for life-saving research.<br />

“All 400 mass participation Race for <strong>Life</strong><br />

events across the UK were cancelled<br />

last year to protect the country’s health<br />

during the COVID-19 pandemic. So this<br />

year, more than ever, we need people to<br />

enter the Race for <strong>Life</strong> - for the people we<br />

love, for the people we’ve lost and for the<br />

one in two of us who will get cancer.”<br />

The Race for <strong>Life</strong>, which has been in<br />

partnership with Tesco for 20 years, is<br />

an inspiring series of 3K, 5K, 10K, Pretty<br />

Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events<br />

which raise millions of pounds every year<br />

to help beat cancer by funding crucial<br />

research.<br />

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lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s<br />

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Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer<br />

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treatment of cancer has been at the heart of the progress<br />

that has seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.<br />

People can visit raceforlife.org to enter. If any Race for <strong>Life</strong><br />

events are cancelled, people will be entitled to a refund<br />

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Willow Woofers 5k<br />

An innovative new way of raising money for Willowbrook<br />

Hospice takes place later this month in <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>, and<br />

your four-legged friends are invited too.<br />

Willow ‘Woofers’ sponsored dog walk will take place on<br />

Saturday <strong>Jul</strong>y 24 at Victoria Park on Bishop Road.<br />

The 5k walk will start from the bandstand at 11am, with<br />

registration opening at 10am from Gamble Hall for<br />

participants to sign in and sign out at the end of the walk.<br />

There will be a quick pep talk before the walk starts<br />

and then you’ll be set to complete three and a half laps<br />

around the park.<br />

Once the walk is finished you will be welcomed over to<br />

Gamble Hall on City Road to attend ‘Fur on the Field’, a<br />

family-and-dog-friendly fun day run by volunteers from<br />

<strong>St</strong> Mark’s.<br />

You can now sign up online for just £5 per family by going<br />

online at https://willowbrookhospice.enthuse.com/cf/<br />

willow-woofers-5k.<br />

Quiz<br />

Theme:<br />

<strong>St</strong>ars<br />

1. The football team Red <strong>St</strong>ar Belgrade are based<br />

in which European country?<br />

2. What colour is the star on the flag of Israel?<br />

3. Together with his wife, who owns and runs The<br />

Hand And Flowers in Marlow, which, in the 2012<br />

Michelin Guide, became the first ever pub have<br />

two Michelin stars?<br />

4. What type of animal goes before “star” to give a<br />

name by which Sirius, the brightest star in the<br />

night sky, is commonly known?<br />

5. What is the main colour of the stars on the<br />

Hollywood Walk of Fame?<br />

6. What is the Queen’s star sign?<br />

7. Released in 2016, Blackstar is the 25th and final<br />

studio album by which famous singer?<br />

8. How many “lucky star” numbers do you have<br />

to select when you buy a EuroMillions lottery<br />

ticket?<br />

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to the right and straight on till morning”?<br />

Quiz solutions can be found on page 60 of this magazine


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The best tech for<br />

healthy living<br />

From fitness to fat<br />

monitoring, smart trackers<br />

and smart tape<br />

APPLE WATCH SERIES 6<br />

Health technology is big business: we all want to live<br />

healthier, happier lives, and gadgets range from the<br />

relatively simple, such as smart scales, to all-singing<br />

devices such as the Apple Watch with its built-in<br />

heart rate monitor, blood oxygen monitoring and<br />

fitness tracking – tracking that can include dancing<br />

as well as more traditional forms of workout. There’s<br />

a wide range of stand-alone health devices too,<br />

such as Omron’s blood pressure monitor, and a<br />

whole host of infrared thermometers that give you<br />

instant results.<br />

You don’t need to be an athlete in training to<br />

benefit from a fitness tracker: a dedicated tracker<br />

such as a Fitbit is a great way to motivate yourself<br />

to walk more, and the kid-focused Fitbit Ace 3 has<br />

our young ones charging around the garden trying<br />

to beat each others’ step counts. More advanced<br />

models for the grown-ups, such as the gorgeous<br />

Fitbit Luxe, include a wide range of health-tracking<br />

features including sleep tracking, menstrual cycle<br />

tracking, GPS route recording and blood oxygen<br />

saturation monitoring.<br />

Smart scales can be a useful way to monitor your<br />

progress, because weight alone is a terrible<br />

indicator: if you start working out you’ll often<br />

find you put on weight because muscle<br />

is heavier than fat. Eufy’s Smart Scale C1<br />

connects to your phone and to fitness apps,<br />

enabling you to measure and track your<br />

body composition over time – and with<br />

support for sixteen different users you can<br />

use it for the entire family. And you can team it<br />

up with a smart measuring tape such as Bagel<br />

Labs’ Pie, which you can use to measure and<br />

track the size of biceps, bust, calves, hips, thighs,<br />

waist and shoulders. It’s not cheap – it’s around<br />

£70 – but it’s clever and there are similar, cheaper<br />

alternatives that do much the same thing. As with<br />

smart scales, smart tapes connect via Bluetooth to<br />

an app on your phone, so you can track changes<br />

over time as you become more buff.<br />

The Apple Watch has evolved<br />

into an elegant, powerful and<br />

very useful health tracking<br />

device thanks to its mix of<br />

sensors and a world of healthrelated<br />

apps. It looks great too.<br />

£379, apple.com<br />

OMRON H4 BLOOD<br />

PRESSURE MONITOR<br />

If you need to monitor<br />

your blood pressure at<br />

home, Omron’s products<br />

are affordable, easy to use<br />

and deliver accurate results<br />

very quickly.<br />

PIE SMART TAPE<br />

£66, currys.co.uk<br />

The Pie is no ordinary tape.<br />

It’s a Bluetooth tape with<br />

an app designed to track<br />

changes in specific bits of<br />

your body, such as your<br />

biceps or your thighs.<br />

£70, amazon.co.uk<br />

ANKER EUFY SMART SCALE C1<br />

Eufy comes from electronics<br />

giant Anker and the C1 is a<br />

typically well-made product that<br />

does exactly what you’d expect<br />

and does it really well. It’s great<br />

for tracking body composition.<br />

£29, shop.bt.com<br />

FITBIT LUXE<br />

Not all Fitbits are plasticky: the Luxe<br />

is gorgeous and looks great with a<br />

formal outfit as well as when you’re in<br />

activewear. It’s a superb fitness tracker.<br />

£169, fitbit.com


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Bold<br />

Vibes<br />

Set the mood for summer with<br />

gorgeous furnishings and accessories<br />

in bright and cheerful shades.<br />

Intentionally clashing colours and patterns add drama and interest.<br />

Frida Kahlo-style Flower Crown canvas art, £102; Aziza gold console<br />

table, £255; Marilyn Blush velvet armchair, £545; colourful Berber-style<br />

rug, from £172; all audenza.com<br />

GO ALL OUT FOR COLOUR<br />

• Update any room instantly with some vivid wall<br />

art. There is a huge choice available both in the<br />

high street and online, including very affordable<br />

printable art that you simply download and print<br />

out yourself. Alternatively, you might even want<br />

to make some art of your own: buy blank canvases<br />

from an art shop and choose co-ordinating tester<br />

pots of paint for some modern abstract originals.<br />

This colour collection by Dulux mixes standout pinks and<br />

reds with subtler shades of the same tones – a palette that<br />

will add verve and vitality to any home. dulux.co.uk<br />

A colourful, marbled jesmonite lamp<br />

base contrasts with a bright red fabric<br />

cable. Immediately eye-catching.<br />

Marbled jesmonite table lamp, £60,<br />

nineangels.co.uk<br />

A rainbow vase handmade<br />

from jesmonite.<br />

Brunswick vase, £39,<br />

concretecandy.co.uk<br />

• Accessories such as throws, cushions, vases, plant<br />

pots or lamp bases can make all the difference,<br />

even in a relatively neutral room, adding colour to<br />

liven up your day. Group small items together for<br />

greater impact, and don’t worry too much about<br />

conventional good taste – a few clashing colours<br />

can be exciting and uplifting.<br />

• The floor is one of the largest visible areas in any<br />

room, so a new rug will have a dramatic impact and<br />

can completely change the look and feel of the<br />

space. A flat-woven rug in a single block or colour,<br />

wide stripes or a geometric pattern is a great choice.<br />

• If you are feeling particularly bold, consider<br />

repainting wooden furniture, such as chairs,<br />

wardrobes, chests of drawers or even kitchen<br />

cabinets. To do the job properly, remove handles,<br />

knobs or other hardware first, sand down<br />

thoroughly and prime before painting. Use a mini<br />

foam roller on any large, flat surfaces for a perfectly<br />

flat finish.


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An eye-catching artwork in fresh, modern<br />

colours will look great in any room.<br />

Bold Jungle Tiger art print, £15,<br />

abstracthouse.com<br />

Group houseplants in a variety of pots<br />

against a brightly coloured wall.<br />

The range pictured is from dobbies.com<br />

Add a bold throw to the back of a<br />

sofa or chair for a pop of brilliant<br />

colour and pattern.<br />

Arizona terracotta throw, £23,<br />

albertandmoo.com<br />

A contrast trim helps accentuate vivid<br />

colours.<br />

Mardi Gras cushion in tangerine,<br />

£19.99, dobbies.com<br />

For real impact, add a large item of furniture upholstered<br />

in a colour that you adore.<br />

Reece armchair in orange velvet, £229.99, daals.co.uk<br />

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New First Responders<br />

Two Rainford residents have completed their training as an Emergency First Responder instructor in the<br />

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

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

Rainford area.<br />

an administrative and advisory capacity.<br />

The rural setting of Rainford and outlying villages of Crank<br />

and Kings Moss means that the contribution of CFRs is<br />

crucial but, after the untimely death of volunteer CFR<br />

(Team Leader) Mike Olley in November 2019 followed<br />

by the planned retirement from front-line service of<br />

CFR Peter Gregory, the area has been without CFR<br />

coverage for over a year.<br />

If you’ve like to find out more about becoming a CFR<br />

please email Peter Gregory at rainfordcfr@gmail.com.<br />

In Merseyside, Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and<br />

Cumbria, the Community First Responder scheme is<br />

administered by the North West Ambulance Service.<br />

Once trained and equipped, volunteer CFRs are<br />

asked to be available for around 16 hours per month,<br />

although in many cases that figure is considerably<br />

exceeded.<br />

Vicky Callaghan, a 41-year-old Mum of two from<br />

Rainford and Christine Ball, who spent some time<br />

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We have over 20’000 sq.ft of<br />

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Celebrity authors<br />

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

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

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

Neil Patrick Harris – The Magic Misfits 1 & 2<br />

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

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

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

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

very well-written, very different and very funny.<br />

Us Three – Ruth Jones<br />

Ruth Jones brings her usual Gavin and <strong>St</strong>acey wit and warmth to her second novel. Us Three centres<br />

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

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

always easy, and this one is stretched almost to breaking point.<br />

Because of You – Dawn French<br />

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

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

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

that everything she thought she knew may well be based on a lie.<br />

A Bright Ray of Darkness – Ethan Hawke<br />

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

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

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

throwing himself into the world of Henry IV. A fascinating glimpse into the world of acting, privilege<br />

and fame.<br />

Troy – <strong>St</strong>ephen Fry<br />

The third book in <strong>St</strong>ephen Fry’s series retelling the Greek myths centres on probably the most famous<br />

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

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

brings the tale to life, adding his own wry humour to the mix.<br />

Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks<br />

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

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

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

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


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<strong>St</strong>art your Digital Marketing<br />

or Accountancy Career<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Chamber are running two exciting study programmes<br />

starting September <strong>2021</strong> in Accountancy and Digital Marketing.<br />

Ambitious school leavers<br />

aged 16-18 can fast track their<br />

way to success with a mix<br />

of expert training, nationally<br />

recognised qualifications and a<br />

guaranteed interview for a Level<br />

3 Apprenticeship!<br />

Each study programme is<br />

designed with employers to give<br />

young people the skills they<br />

need to succeed in local roles.<br />

The programmes also introduce<br />

students to the world of work,<br />

and gives students access to<br />

employability training so they<br />

know exactly what to expect.<br />

Benefits of study<br />

programmes include:<br />

• 15 free driving lessons<br />

• All expenses paid study<br />

trip<br />

to <strong>St</strong>uttgart*<br />

• Industry field trips<br />

• Work experience<br />

placement<br />

• Fundraising opportunities<br />

• Financial support**<br />

• Free travel pass<br />

Places on these programmes are limited, so act fast to secure your place for September!<br />

Email apprenticeships@sthelenschamber.com<br />

or call on 01744 742045 for more information.<br />

*Subject to COVID restrictions<br />

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Murphy for Mayor<br />

Billinge and Seneley Green ward<br />

councillor, Sue Murphy, has been<br />

sworn in as Mayor of <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong><br />

Borough for <strong>2021</strong>-22.<br />

Councillor Murphy, who was born<br />

in Aigburth in Liverpool, moved to<br />

Garswood in 1984 where she brought<br />

her family up which has now been<br />

extended to seven grandchildren.<br />

Husband Mike will join Sue during<br />

her year as mayor by carrying out the<br />

role as consort.<br />

Councillor Murphy has been involved<br />

in local politics for the past 27 years<br />

before being elected to represent<br />

the people of Billinge and Seneley Green on <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong><br />

Borough Council 17 years ago.<br />

Speaking of her pride to be given the opportunity to<br />

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said:<br />

“Being mayor is a wonderful honour<br />

for me and my family. When we<br />

emigrated all the way from Liverpool<br />

we never imagined for one minute<br />

that the people of <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> would<br />

open their arms embrace us in the<br />

way they have, they are proud strong<br />

hardworking people who I will<br />

represent with great pride.”<br />

During her mayoral year, Councillor<br />

Murphy will look to raise money for<br />

two causes very close to her heart –<br />

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where<br />

her 10-year-old granddaughter<br />

Antonia recently underwent<br />

successful brain surgery, and the Helen Marie Friends<br />

charity which supports sick and disabled children.<br />

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children during summer as part of a government scheme<br />

The Department for Education-funded Holiday Activities<br />

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coding classes, as well as treasure hunts, outdoor family<br />

creative activities, and much more besides.<br />

For more information, including an activity timetable and<br />

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This decorative textured<br />

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• Seating is all-important, whether it’s upright seats and a<br />

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Win Tickets to<br />

Tom Jones!<br />

Summer just wouldn’t be the same without live<br />

music from Haydock Park and, after a year-long<br />

hiatus due to COVID, live music is back with a bang<br />

with some huge names, including Tom Jones and<br />

Olly Murs, to look forward to this summer. <strong>Local</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> have two pairs of tickets for the Tom Jones<br />

concert on Saturday 28th <strong>Aug</strong>ust to give away to<br />

readers!<br />

But first up at Haydock Park this<br />

summer is Olly Murs. <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

caught up with the legend<br />

himself earlier his month<br />

for a chat about his return<br />

to Haydock Park on<br />

Saturday 17th<br />

<strong>Jul</strong>y.<br />

Are you looking forward to finally getting back out<br />

on the road again?<br />

Yeah, I can’t wait! I did Haydock Park a few years back,<br />

great energy, great vibe so it will be good to get back<br />

on stage, get my mic out, get my ears in, get my dancing<br />

shoes on, and just get out there and perform. Can’t wait!<br />

This has been the longest period that you’ve gone<br />

without live shows or touring. How are you going<br />

to get rid of the rustiness?<br />

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

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

actually excited to get out there again and start singing<br />

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

What was it like to go out in lockdown wearing a<br />

mask and not get stopped every five minutes?<br />

I hated it because I like seeing people’s faces, it felt really<br />

eerie. Everyone didn’t really speak and was really quiet,<br />

you couldn’t really see people’s facial expressions, and I<br />

didn’t enjoy it very much to be honest. I just get this<br />

really weird vibe when I go shopping. I know we’re<br />

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

people’s faces again. That’d be nice.<br />

A lot of people know you from The Voice but you<br />

have a new TV show coming soon, <strong>St</strong>arstruck<br />

Yes, I’m hosting the show. It’s something I’ve wanted<br />

to do for quite some time to get back on TV again,<br />

on a primetime Saturday night. It’s pretty much a<br />

modern-day version of ‘<strong>St</strong>ars In Their Eyes’ but it’s got<br />

a new format, it’s got new ideas, we have a celebrity<br />

judging panel on there.<br />

Did you think back when you did your first audition<br />

for X Factor you would, a decade later, become this<br />

all-round entertainer doing television, voiceover<br />

acting and of course singing?<br />

I never expected any of this, I was very lucky. I knew<br />

I was an entertainer more so than just a singer,<br />

I knew there was a few more strings to my<br />

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


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obviously what I love doing, I never<br />

chased being a presenter of a TV show<br />

and I never chased being a voiceover<br />

artist. These were things that people<br />

just asked me to do and I was like,<br />

“Yeah, why not? Let’s give it a go”.<br />

So what can we expect from your<br />

Haydock show?<br />

Just a fun, energetic show - I’m going<br />

to give everything, I want people to<br />

be smiling again. I miss seeing lovely<br />

smiles and that’s why we’re on stage.<br />

It’s just so people having a good time,<br />

enjoy themselves. You’ve had such<br />

sadness over this last year, such difficult<br />

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

to come to Haydock, have a great night with everyone<br />

enjoying themselves everyone have a good time and I<br />

can’t wait - bring it on!<br />

A stellar line-up talent has been announced for<br />

the Tom Jones concert on Saturday 28th <strong>Aug</strong>ust.<br />

The concert, which will be taking place on a nonraceday,<br />

will see Dublin-born Imelda May and<br />

television personality-turned bona fide star Megan<br />

McKenna joining the bill.<br />

Tom Jones’ career has spanned over half a century and<br />

has seen him win many accolades including a BRIT Award<br />

for Outstanding Contribution to Music and a Silver Clef<br />

Award for <strong>Life</strong>time Achievement.<br />

A global star, who was knighted by Her Majesty the<br />

Queen in 2006, he has amassed 36 top 40 UK hits and<br />

has a continued worldwide reputation as one of the great<br />

vocalists, earning the nickname ‘The Voice’. He continues<br />

to be a coach on the hit ITV show of the same name.<br />

Returning to Haydock Park he will be performing from his<br />

huge repertoire of hits, spanning genres and generations<br />

including ‘Kiss’, ‘Delilah’ and ‘It’s Not Unusual’.<br />

Released last month, Imelda May’s sixth studio album<br />

‘11 Past The Hour’ is a record that brims with sensuality,<br />

emotional intelligence, spirituality and intuition,<br />

marking a new chapter for Imelda and showcasing her<br />

at her most authentic. Imelda has toured extensively<br />

and performed with the likes of Van Morrison and U2,<br />

appeared on multiple shows (notably some jaw-dropping<br />

performances on Later… With Jools Holland), and hosted<br />

her own programme on Irish TV, The Imelda May Show.<br />

Megan McKenna first came to prominence as a television<br />

personality on shows like ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ and<br />

‘Celebrity Big Brother’. After her debut country album<br />

‘<strong>St</strong>ory Of Me’ was released in 2018, two singles from the<br />

album debuted at #1 & #2 on iTunes and the following<br />

year she won ‘The X Factor: Celebrity’. She has proven her<br />

talents in the live arena too, completing two nationwide<br />

headline tours and is booked to play the main stage at the<br />

Isle of Wight Festival this summer.<br />

To enter the competition to win one pair of the two<br />

pairs of tickets on offer, simply visit our website,<br />

www.locallife247.co.uk, click on ‘free stuff’ and then<br />

on ‘competitions’ and then answer the following<br />

question;<br />

In what year was Sir Tom Jones knighted by the<br />

Queen?<br />

The expiry date for this competition is midnight on<br />

Sunday 8th <strong>Aug</strong>ust <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

The winners will be personally contacted within three working<br />

days and the results will be posted on our Facebook account by<br />

13th <strong>Aug</strong>ust <strong>2021</strong>. Entrants must be over 16 years of age. <strong>St</strong>rictly<br />

one entry per household – multiple entries will be disqualified.<br />

<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> 247 cannot accept responsibility for entries that do not<br />

reach us. Employees of <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> 247 Ltd and their families are<br />

not eligible to enter this competition.<br />

Tickets are on sale now for these concerts via<br />

thejockeyclublive.co.uk. There will be hospitality packages<br />

available to suit all budgets and you can book with<br />

confidence as The Jockey Club Live offers a money back<br />

guarantee if cancelled. Please note that the Tom Jones<br />

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Know who to Trust...<br />

Trusts can be a very useful tool to protect assets, and to<br />

ensure that the money you have set aside ultimately ends<br />

up with the people you want to benefit.<br />

We recently had an unusual case at the office that<br />

emphasised the importance of partnering with the right<br />

financial planning firm when considering something like<br />

this yourself.<br />

A solicitor referred a client to us last year. She had set up<br />

a trust 15 years ago to avoid inheritance tax. Her adviser<br />

had recently retired, and she wanted someone like us to<br />

check what had been set up and review matters.<br />

The first thing I noticed was how poorly the paperwork<br />

was completed. The trust deed is an important document<br />

and there were numerous mistakes, crossings out,<br />

spelling mistakes and initials all over it.<br />

The investment structure itself wasn’t great, with a<br />

random set of funds that, in my opinion, lacked thought<br />

into how these assets would interact and it was much too<br />

risky for our client.<br />

We managed to create a portfolio for her within the fund<br />

range, which was quite similar to our own, following our<br />

principles for investing safely.<br />

However, during a change of circumstances for our client<br />

it was apparent that a fundamental error came to light –<br />

one that could have had catastrophic consequences for<br />

our client’s family.<br />

The old adviser had completed the trust form for the<br />

client. The trust was a discretionary trust, which gives<br />

flexibility by having a wide potential class of beneficiaries,<br />

but they should either named individuals or detailed<br />

as a wide class of potential beneficiaries, such as ‘my<br />

grandchildren’.<br />

The problem for our client was that the box where these<br />

beneficiaries should have been named was left blank<br />

by the old adviser and not picked up by the insurance<br />

company. This meant that because our client was the<br />

settlor, she was also a beneficiary. As there were no<br />

named beneficiaries detailed on the form after our client,<br />

the trust fund would then pass to children, spouses of<br />

children and then to charity.<br />

The critical point was that our client doesn’t<br />

have any children.<br />

Therefore, this trust fund that our client wanted to give<br />

to her sisters and nephew after her death was at risk of<br />

being left wholly to charity, because of a fundamental<br />

error. To make matters worse, we found out that our client<br />

was about to go into a care home the next day in the<br />

middle of the Covid pandemic!<br />

The solicitor who referred the client to us drafted a deed<br />

of assignment straight away and we needed to have the<br />

deed signed and witnessed. Thankfully, our client’s sister<br />

was able to go to the care home and get this done with<br />

some help from the care home manager.<br />

Our client sadly passed away just two months later, so it<br />

was very fortunate that this was spotted and acted on.<br />

Trusts do have their place in financial planning and can be<br />

invaluable in certain cases. It is, however, very important<br />

that the people you are dealing with know what they are<br />

doing.<br />

At Callisto we have extensive experience in dealing<br />

with complex cases and have the qualifications to back<br />

this up. We also have several law firms, tax advisers and<br />

accountants that we can bring in to help us to create the<br />

right plan and to ensure that everything is completed<br />

properly.<br />

If you have a trust or are considering using a trust in<br />

your financial affairs, then please feel free to call us for a<br />

second opinion. It’s better to measure twice and cut once!<br />

Andrew Platt<br />

CFP TM Chartered MCSI<br />

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,<br />

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.<br />

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<br />

advice to understand your options at retirement.


Planning for your future is hard if you don’t have the<br />

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Take the first step today towards enjoying the rest of your life.<br />

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The making of<br />

Muncaster Hall<br />

by Nicola Gray<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> has its fair share of listed buildings and<br />

notable properties dotted around the borough,<br />

but the back story of Muncaster Hall, an elegant<br />

Victorian property that once stood proudly on the<br />

outskirts of Rainford village, is more fascinating<br />

than most. This is a story of wealth, love, adultery<br />

and foul play more befitting of an episode of<br />

Downton Abbey, <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> looks back at Muncaster<br />

Hall’s colourful past.<br />

Many Victorian homes didn’t have the modern comforts<br />

that we take for granted today; poorer members of<br />

society lived in cramped conditions in run-down houses,<br />

often with whole families in one room. Homes for the<br />

upper classes were much more accommodating, with<br />

wealthy Victorians decorating their homes in the latest<br />

styles; including flowery wallpaper, carpets and wellmade<br />

furniture.<br />

Driveway and entrance gate<br />

Muncaster Hall lived up to the Victorian stereotype in<br />

its styling and architecture, the origins of the building<br />

however were steeped in somewhat of a scandal. In<br />

1857 a young Richard Pennington, the son and heir of<br />

Muncaster Hall & Pennington Family


Living quarters at Muncaster Hall<br />

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be generous with his time and<br />

money. Richard and Elizabeth had<br />

seven more children throughout<br />

their marriage, but the couple<br />

separated in December 1874.<br />

Three years later, Richard<br />

discovered that Elizabeth had<br />

formed a new relationship with a<br />

former gamekeeper of the estate,<br />

and they were divorced.<br />

a very wealthy cotton mill owner from Hindley, Wigan,<br />

was ordered by his family to find a suitable residence<br />

away from his hometown. Richard was advised to move<br />

away to set up home after he started a relationship with<br />

Elizabeth Cash, a young mill girl he had fallen in love with.<br />

The couple already had a child when they moved to the<br />

Rainford area and their second child was born at School<br />

Brow in January 1858. To accommodate their growing<br />

family, Richard and Elizabeth bought a farm house known<br />

locally as Mount Pleasant in October 1859, and their third<br />

child was born shortly after. The story goes that Richard’s<br />

mother disapproved of the relationship and so the couple<br />

had to wait four years until her death before getting<br />

married in Liverpool in 1861.<br />

Throughout this time Richard continued the management<br />

of the family cotton mills in Hindley<br />

and eventually became the sole owner.<br />

During the next five years he bought<br />

several farms and houses in Rainford<br />

and entertained his wealthy friends with<br />

shooting parties on his land. In a bid to<br />

keep up appearances, Richard started to<br />

build a grand stone mansion house on<br />

the site of Mount Pleasant and used his<br />

neighbouring land to set out the gardens,<br />

lake and parkland surrounding it. The<br />

work on the hall was completed in 1866<br />

and Muncaster Hall came into existence.<br />

Richard died at the age of fiftyseven<br />

on the 10th of <strong>Jul</strong>y 1887<br />

leaving all his estate in trust for<br />

his children until they reached the<br />

age of twenty-one. However, in<br />

January 1895 the Rainford and Hindley properties were<br />

put up for auction and the whole of the Rainford estate<br />

including Muncaster Hall, the farms, cottages & houses<br />

totalling 315 acres were bought by the Earl of Derby for<br />

£37,000.<br />

In February of the same year, one month after the hall<br />

was acquired by the Earl of Derby, the furniture and other<br />

belongings at Muncaster Hall were auctioned off in a<br />

three-day sale which left the house empty and with no<br />

trace of the family who once occupied it.<br />

Plans show that in 1905, alterations were made to the<br />

building, with the whole of the left wing of the hall being<br />

demolished; even with the missing wing, Muncaster was<br />

still a substantial property. Over the next few decades,<br />

the hall and its surrounding parklands were leased by<br />

Richard took an active part in village life;<br />

he was the first chairman of the <strong>Local</strong><br />

Board, he rebuilt the old Church School<br />

in Cross Pit Lane and was reported to<br />

Entrance Hall & <strong>St</strong>aircase


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the Earl to several tenants, the last of which moved out in<br />

1938 and the property was offered for sale. Unfortunately,<br />

there was no interest in the estate, and it stood empty<br />

until 1940, when Richard Heyes, who also owned<br />

Mossborough Hall in the village, bought the estate to use<br />

for poultry breeding and agriculture.<br />

World War II had been begun in 1939 and almost as<br />

soon as the sale went through, the hall was immediately<br />

commandeered by the War Department as an officers’<br />

mess and living quarters for the officers of the military<br />

units which had been set up in the village. Due to the<br />

size of the building, part of it was used as a Ministry of<br />

Food office as well. After the war Richard Heyes and his<br />

son James resumed their poultry business and the stately<br />

home became the most magnificent hen house in the<br />

history of egg production.<br />

Plans were put forward in 1945 as to a number of potential<br />

uses for the hall, and several schemes were considered<br />

including a children’s home, an old folks’ home and even<br />

as an extension to the current Rainford High School. None<br />

of the plans were deemed cost effective and Richard<br />

passed the property to James, who decided to use the<br />

hall as a home for his growing flock of birds, producing<br />

upwards of 12,600 eggs a week.<br />

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

for the development of homes for the village, and over<br />

Member of the Pennington Family<br />

the following years larger plots were sold until almost the<br />

entire estate was covered with houses and bungalows,<br />

known today as Heyes Avenue and Muncaster Drive.<br />

As the land around Muncaster Hall was developed, the<br />

hall itself and its outbuildings were demolished and by<br />

1966, just 100 years since its foundations were laid, no<br />

trace of the once elegant Victorian residence remains.<br />

With thanks to <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Archive Service.<br />

The Archive Service collects, preserves and<br />

provides access to unique historic materials<br />

that relate to different aspects of life across<br />

the borough of <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>.<br />

Find out more information here -<br />

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


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West Lancashire Tailors ltd<br />

Serving the community for over 60 years<br />

We’ve finally re-opened<br />

..and we’re looking forward to welcoming<br />

customers old and new.<br />

New opening times: Mon, Tues, Fri 9am-4.30pm<br />

Thu, Sat 9am-1pm<br />

Great Dry-Cleaning<br />

Offers!<br />

3 x Trousers: Only £15<br />

2 x 2-piece suit: Only £20<br />

25% off household dry cleaning<br />

10% off all alterations<br />

DRY CLEANING<br />

EVERYDAY<br />

LAUNDRY<br />

BEDDING &<br />

COMFORTERS<br />

ALTERATIONS &<br />

REPAIRS<br />

Dry Cleaning Prices<br />

Suits from £12.95<br />

Trousers from £7.50<br />

Dresses from £11.95<br />

Wedding Dresses from £85.00<br />

Alterations & Repairs<br />

Garments<br />

Shortened from £10.50<br />

New Zips from £10.50<br />

Repairs from £5.00<br />

and so much more!<br />

Laundry & Ironing<br />

Services<br />

Garments ironed from £1 per<br />

item or 90p with a service<br />

wash<br />

Service Wash from £8<br />

1st for QUALITY 1st for HELPFUL & FRIENDLY SERVICE 1st for UNBEATABLE VALUE<br />

Call in today<br />

2, Ormskirk Road, Rainford, WA11 8BT<br />

T: 01744 883 444


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Six of the best<br />

DAYS OUT<br />

WITH KIDS<br />

OF THE<br />

SIX<br />

B E S T<br />

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

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

savings. Please note that there may be some COVID restrictions in place so please<br />

check these with the venue before setting off.<br />

MARTIN<br />

MERE<br />

WETLAND<br />

CENTRE<br />

There is a whole host of summer fun adventures for you and your family<br />

to enjoy at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre. Enjoy splashing, dipping,<br />

playing, feeding, paddling and getting up-close-and-personal hand<br />

feeding some of nature’s most wonderful wildlife. This 800 acre centre is<br />

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

of pretty pink flamingos and a group of white storks to mention a few.<br />

Grab a paddle and try the award-winning canoe safari or delve into the<br />

ponds and see what creatures are lurking beneath. You can build a den,<br />

go on a wild walk adventure, brave the stepping stones or get a total<br />

rush from the huge adventure playground with its zip wires, scramble<br />

nets and treehouses.<br />

FACTS<br />

Address: Address: WWT WWT Martin Martin Mere, Mere, Fish Lane,<br />

Burscough, Fish Lane, Lancashire, Burscough, L40 Lancashire,<br />

0TA<br />

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

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

(4-16) £7.54, Adults<br />

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

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

Suitable go free. For: All ages. Adventure<br />

Playground Suitable For: is 3-12 All ages. Adventure<br />

Playground is 3-12


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DELAMERE FOREST<br />

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

and find peace in the heart of the forest and has something for everyone.<br />

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

best fun you can have off-road without having to pedal!<br />

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

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<br />

adventure at Go Ape!<br />

FACTS<br />

Address: Delamere Forest, Linmere,<br />

Delamere, Northwich, CW8 2HZ<br />

Website: www.forestryengland.uk/<br />

delamere-forest<br />

Costs: Free, certain activities extra<br />

Suitable for: All ages<br />

SCOTMAN’S<br />

FLASH<br />

ACTIVITY<br />

CENTRE<br />

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

there’s a fantastic outdoor adventure centre just up the road in Wigan that<br />

features lots of exciting experiences for everyone of all ages to enjoy.<br />

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

is the largest of the bunch – the perfect place for water sports, whether<br />

you’re brand new to canoeing, sailing, kayaking or paddle boarding. The<br />

site is run by Wigan Council’s Outdoor Adventure Team and the team also<br />

run off-site activities including rock climbing, archery and mountain biking.<br />

Booking the activities online is a bit clunky compared with other<br />

commercialised operations but do persevere – the activities are great value<br />

and just as much fun! Advance booking is essential.<br />

FACTS<br />

Address: Rushdene, off Poolstock Lane<br />

in Worsley Mesnes, Wigan, WN3 5HJ<br />

Website: www.wigan.gov.uk/BeWell/<br />

Activities-sports/Scotmans-Flash-<br />

Activity-Centre.aspx<br />

Costs From: £11.37 p.p. depending on<br />

activity<br />

Suitable for: Ages 6+ depending on<br />

activity


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HEATON PARK<br />

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

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

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

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

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.<br />

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

including outdoor concerts, dramas and plays.<br />

FACTS<br />

Address: Middleton Road, Higher<br />

Blackley, Manchester M25 2GT<br />

Website: www.manchester.gov.uk/<br />

heatonpark<br />

Costs: Free, certain activities extra<br />

Suitable for: All ages<br />

HOVER<br />

FORCE<br />

ACTIVITY<br />

CENTRE<br />

Hover Force is Cheshire’s number one Outdoor Activity Centre,<br />

and can offer a huge range of adventurous activities, including<br />

hovercraft racing, off-road karting, mud buggies, drone racing,<br />

axe throwing, archery, crossbow, a shooting range and an<br />

experience involving a DTV shredder (a cross between a jetski<br />

and a mini-tank). The main activities for children are hovercrafts,<br />

off road karting and axe throwing.<br />

Hover Force welcome group activities such as family days out,<br />

birthday parties and <strong>St</strong>ag and Hen activities, but theirs is no<br />

need to come with a group, and the organisers we will mix you<br />

together with other individuals in groups, depending on the<br />

activity you choose.<br />

FACTS<br />

Address: Moorditch Lane,<br />

Frodsham Marsh, Frodsham.<br />

WA6 7BT<br />

Website: www.hoverforce.co.uk<br />

Costs: Varies by activity<br />

Suitable for: Varies by activity


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FACTS<br />

Address: Great House Barn, Rivington Ln,<br />

Horwich, Bolton BL6 7SB<br />

Website: www.goape.co.uk/locations/<br />

rivington<br />

Costs: £28 (10-15) £30 (16+)<br />

Suitable for: 10+<br />

GO APE –<br />

RIVINGTON<br />

Rivington’s rugged hills, picturesque reservoirs, terraced<br />

gardens and woodland bustling with wildlife has been<br />

a major attraction for visitors for over a hundred years,<br />

but the addition of Go Ape has given the location added<br />

impetus for adrenaline junkies.<br />

Go Ape Rivington nestles high up in this open and<br />

spacious site, and with the 13-metre-high platforms<br />

and a free-falling Tarzan Swing, this is the only Go Ape<br />

location in the UK to feature a zip wire over water!<br />

And once you’ve landed back on terra firma, you can<br />

explore the terraced gardens with its hidden paths,<br />

caves, structures and lakes, climb the Pike (or Winter<br />

Hill) or head over to the Great House Barn and Tearoom<br />

for some refreshments.<br />

OF THE<br />

SIX<br />

B E S T


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Flaked Trout with Rocket, Lychees<br />

and Sweet Lime Dressing<br />

Serves 2<br />

Prep time: 10 minutes<br />

Cook time: 30 seconds<br />

Ingredients<br />

225g hot smoked trout<br />

150g mangetout<br />

2 large handfuls of rocket leaves<br />

½ cucumber, cut in half lengthways, seeds<br />

removed and sliced<br />

10 lychees, peeled, stoned and cut in half<br />

Handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped<br />

Handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped<br />

Handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped<br />

1 red chilli, deseeded and diced<br />

½ red onion, diced<br />

60g toasted cashew nuts<br />

The oily richness of the trout contrasts beautifully with the sweet lychees<br />

and peppery rocket leaves. Hot smoked trout requires no preparation,<br />

making this an ideal speedy healthy lunch or evening meal. Use any<br />

lettuce leaves in this dish and plenty of fresh herbs. You could use<br />

smoked mackerel or hot smoked salmon instead of the trout if wished.<br />

Method<br />

1. Blanch the mange tout in boiling water for 30 seconds, drain and<br />

refresh under cold water.<br />

2. Place the mangetout in a bowl with the rocket, cucumber, lychees,<br />

herbs, chilli and onion. Break up the trout and scatter over the top<br />

with the toasted cashew nuts. Mix together the lime juice, xylitol or<br />

honey and fish sauce.<br />

3. Season the salad with a little black pepper and drizzle over the<br />

dressing to serve.<br />

Lime Dressing<br />

Juice of 2 limes<br />

2 tsp xylitol or honey<br />

1-2 tbsp fish sauce to taste<br />

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

total fat 20.1g (saturates 4g)


Quinoa and Feta Burgers<br />

with Tomato Relish<br />

49<br />

Makes 6 burgers<br />

Prep time: 15 minutes<br />

Cook time: 40 minutes<br />

A vegetarian burger packed<br />

with flavour and topped with<br />

a simple tomato relish.<br />

Ingredients<br />

80g / scant ½ cup quinoa<br />

2 tsp bouillon vegetable stock<br />

powder or a vegetable stock<br />

2 tbsp olive oil<br />

½ red onion, finely chopped<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

1 tsp ground cumin<br />

1 x 400g can kidney beans drained<br />

115g / 4oz feta cheese, crumbled<br />

1 tbsp parsley, chopped<br />

1 tbsp mint, chopped<br />

2 tbsp cornflour<br />

Salt and pepper<br />

Tomato Relish<br />

4 tomatoes, quartered<br />

1 red onion, quartered<br />

1 tbsp olive oil<br />

½ small chipotle chilli, soaked in<br />

warm water for 20 minutes<br />

1 tbsp fresh coriander<br />

2 tsp xylitol<br />

2 tsp balsamic vinegar<br />

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER<br />

BURGER WITH RELISH (NO BUN):<br />

215kcal, protein 8.5g, carbohydrates 24g<br />

(of which sugars 6.2g), fat 9.7g (of which<br />

saturates 3.4g)<br />

Method<br />

1. Add the quinoa to 250ml water with the bouillon powder or stock<br />

cube and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer with the lid on<br />

for 15 minutes until cooked. Keep the lid on and let the quinoa sit in<br />

the pan for another 10 minutes. Place in a bowl.<br />

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

the tomatoes and onion on a baking tray. Drizzle over the oil and cook<br />

in the oven for 15 minutes until soft. Place in a food processor with the<br />

remaining ingredients and pulse to form a thick and chunky puree.<br />

Allow to cool.<br />

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

cumin. Cook, stirring for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and<br />

pepper. Add the beans, feta and cooked quinoa. <strong>St</strong>ir in the herbs and<br />

cornflour and mash with potato masher to break up the beans. When<br />

cool enough to handle, divide into 6 portions and shape into burgers.<br />

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

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

5. To serve, place the burgers into burger buns and arrange over the<br />

toppings of your choice.


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KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE<br />

Newsletter<br />

Quiz Nights<br />

The Village Hall bar, which had a complete refit<br />

just before the first lockdown, will be open for<br />

socially distanced Friday night quizzes on 02, 09 and<br />

16.07.<strong>2021</strong>. Doors open at 7pm and the free quiz<br />

starts at 7.30pm.<br />

Parish Council Meetings<br />

Parish Council meetings are back in the Council<br />

Chamber at Rainford Village Hall. Full meetings take<br />

place on the 4th Monday of the month. Members of the<br />

public are very welcome to attend. Please contact the<br />

Clerk’s office for further information on 01744 884709<br />

or visit the Parish Council website:<br />

www.rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk<br />

Residents are encouraged to address members on<br />

matters of concern to them.<br />

The Annual Meeting of the Parish<br />

Council<br />

The Annual meeting of the Parish Council took place<br />

on 24.05.<strong>2021</strong>. Councillor John Long was elected<br />

Chairman of Rainford Parish Council for <strong>2021</strong>/22<br />

and Councillor <strong>St</strong>uart Bardsley as Vice Chairman. The<br />

committee structure was reviewed and members were<br />

appointed to the following committees and Working<br />

Parties:<br />

• Community Liaison Committee<br />

• Finance Planning & Administration Committee<br />

• Executive Working Party<br />

• Health & Safety Committee<br />

Business Around Rainford<br />

This is a forum for Businesses in Rainford and for<br />

Rainford residents who have businesses. The next<br />

meeting will take place on 21.07.<strong>2021</strong> and COVID-19<br />

restrictions allowing, it will be an in person breakfast<br />

meeting at the Village Hall.<br />

If you would like more information, please contact<br />

Victoria Swainbank on 01744 884709 admin@<br />

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk<br />

The Parish Council is currently compiling a Business<br />

Directory which will be available on the Parish Council<br />

website. Paper copies will also be available.<br />

Parking in the Village<br />

Parking continues to be an issue frequently raised by<br />

residents. Please try to park legally and thoughtfully in<br />

and around the Village and remember to display your<br />

blue badge if using the disabled bay.<br />

The Village Hall<br />

Rainford Village Hall is gradually opening up and<br />

is available to hire for classes, meetings, parties,<br />

anniversaries, events and Wedding Receptions.<br />

Please ring 01744 884709 and speak to the Event<br />

Co-ordinator, Victoria Swainbank or email admin@<br />

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk<br />

At present, essential building works are taking place on<br />

the Village Hall. Please take care if you are visiting the hall.<br />

Bench in Memory of Mike Olley<br />

A bench in memory of Mike Olley has been placed on<br />

the lawn in front of the Village Hall. Mike was leader of<br />

the First Responders in Rainford and helped save many<br />

lives. A dedication ceremony took place on 29.06.<strong>2021</strong>.


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Road Safety<br />

The issue of Road Safety has long been of great<br />

concern to the Parish Council, which has requested<br />

numerous traffic calming measures within the Village.<br />

Unfortunately, <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Council have not implemented<br />

any of the initiatives so far. Given the recent tragic<br />

collisions on the A570, Parish Councillors are renewing<br />

efforts to effect changes by joining with the Borough<br />

Councillors and leaders of local organisations to work<br />

with <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Council to make our roads safer.<br />

Everyone can do their part by observing the speed limits<br />

on roads and driving with care and consideration.<br />

Rainford Christmas Fayre<br />

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that<br />

Rainford Christmas Fayre will be back this year on<br />

4th December <strong>2021</strong>!<br />

If you are interested in being a stall holder, please<br />

contact Vicky on 01744 884709 or email clerk@<br />

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk<br />

If you are interested in getting involved, would<br />

like further details of events or have suggestions<br />

for ways the Parish Council can engage with the<br />

community, please contact the Clerk, Sally Powell on<br />

01744 884709 clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk<br />

Annual Governance &<br />

Accountability Return<br />

The AGAR for 2020/21 has been submitted to the<br />

external auditor. Further details can be found on the<br />

website: www.rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk<br />

Residents can make an appointment to view the<br />

Parish Council accounts by contacting the Clerk,<br />

Sally Powell on 01744 884709 or by emailing clerk@<br />

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk<br />

RAINFORD PARISH COUNCIL<br />

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road Rainford WA11 8HB<br />

01744 884709<br />

clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk<br />

@rainfordvillagehall<br />

@rainfordparishcouncil


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Puzzle Pages<br />

CROSSWORD<br />

DOWN<br />

1. Australian term for a young kangaroo (4)<br />

2. <strong>St</strong>ate of extreme delight or exaltation (7,6)<br />

3. Heavenly body also known as Sirius (3,4)<br />

4. Small canoe made watertight with animal<br />

skins (5)<br />

5. Period of the French Revolution marked by<br />

extreme repression and bloodshed (5,2,6)<br />

6. Sleeveless dress resembling an apron (8)<br />

12. Pile of waste matter from coal mining, etc (4,4)<br />

14. Flower associated with alpine regions (7)<br />

17. Craftsman who works with stone (5)<br />

20. Singing jazz where nonsense syllables are<br />

substituted for the words of the song (4)<br />

ACROSS<br />

7. Spanish dance in triple time (6)<br />

8. Acid found in vinegar (6)<br />

9. Funeral pile (4)<br />

10. Chinese port city on the estuary of the Yangtze (8)<br />

11. Receptacle used by smokers (7)<br />

13. Non-metallic element, atomic number 5 (5)<br />

15. Racing vessel (5)<br />

16. Small falcon that hovers in the air (7)<br />

18. Long-tailed game bird (8)<br />

19. Red eruption of the skin (4)<br />

21. Small, roofed building affording shade and rest (6)<br />

22. Hooded waterproof jacket (6)<br />

WORDWHEEL<br />

Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten<br />

minutes to find as many words as possible, none of<br />

which may be plurals, foreign words or proper nouns.<br />

Each word must be of three letters or more, all must<br />

contain the central letter and letters can only be used<br />

once in every word. There is at least one word that uses<br />

all of the letters in the wheel.<br />

TARGET<br />

EXCELLENT: 60 or more words<br />

GOOD: 52 words<br />

T<br />

C<br />

O R<br />

N<br />

U H<br />

E<br />

N<br />

FAIR: 43 words


53<br />

WORDSEARCH<br />

Sports<br />

ARCHERY<br />

BADMINTON<br />

BASKETBALL<br />

BOXING<br />

CANOEING<br />

CURLING<br />

CYCLING<br />

DARTS<br />

DIVING<br />

FISHING<br />

GOLF<br />

HOCKEY<br />

JUDO<br />

LACROSSE<br />

NETBALL<br />

POLO<br />

ROWING<br />

RUGBY<br />

SAILING<br />

SKIING<br />

SOCCER<br />

SOFTBALL<br />

SQUASH<br />

SUDOKU<br />

WORD LADDER<br />

Change one letter at a time (but not the position<br />

of any letter) to make a new word - and move from<br />

the word at the top of the ladder to the word at the<br />

bottom, using the exact number of rungs provided.<br />

B U S H<br />

WIGGLE WORDS<br />

CLUE: Someone who’s<br />

recently arrived!<br />

Trace a path through all<br />

the letters to find the<br />

word or phrase that fits<br />

the clue.<br />

L O C K<br />

B W E N<br />

E K I D<br />

H T N O<br />

T R E E<br />

All the puzzle solutions can be found<br />

on page 60 of this magazine


54<br />

This is the history of the<br />

Land Rover Discovery<br />

The Discovery has been a core part<br />

of Land Rover’s line-up for decades.<br />

Incorporating premium touches and a<br />

comfortable interior while retaining the<br />

off-road prowess expected from a Land<br />

Rover model, it’s little wonder why it has<br />

proved so popular over the years.<br />

The most recent Discovery model represents the greatest<br />

evolution of the nameplate yet, but to see how it got<br />

there it’s worth looking at how things have changed over<br />

time. Let’s take a look at the history of the Land Rover<br />

Discovery.<br />

1989: The Discovery arrives<br />

The late ‘80s proved to be a time when SUVs started<br />

gaining in popularity. Though Land Rover already had<br />

some offerings in this segment with both the Defender and<br />

Range Rover, the firm didn’t have an option between them.<br />

To address this, Land Rover introduced the Discovery.<br />

First revealed at the 1989 Paris Motor Show, the Discovery<br />

initially arrived as a three-door model but was quickly<br />

offered with a five-door option too. It was facelifted in<br />

1994 while at the same time a stripped-back Commercial<br />

version was launched.<br />

1998: The three-door version gets<br />

dropped<br />

Though the Discovery had been on sale for close to a<br />

decade, the second-generation arrived looking more like<br />

a mid-life refresh. However, with a comprehensively new<br />

chassis and a five-door-only layout, it represented quite<br />

the change from the earlier version.<br />

This new model had a greater focus on practicality, which<br />

was why the interior was made more spacious than<br />

before. Again, Land Rover introduced a facelifted version<br />

later on in 2002.


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2004: A whole new look<br />

The arrival of the Discovery 3 really got the<br />

motoring industry talking. Though it was still<br />

square and boxy, the look of it represented a<br />

radical departure from earlier models, while<br />

every single component was new.<br />

Incorporating a wheelbase that ran close to three<br />

metres long, it offered plenty of space for seven<br />

people yet was packed with high-end features.<br />

Land Rover also fitted it with its most advanced terrain<br />

response system to date, which meant that despite the<br />

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