Local Life - Wigan - August 2021

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LocalLife

Wigan Edition

August 2021

WIN

tickets

to Tom Jones!

Pages 46-47

Canoe Safari at Martin Mere

Days Out with the Kids

Pages 70-73

The Generous Gidlows

Pages 31-34

Camping Special

Pages 38-41

Bella & Brave

Pages 42-43

Tech for Healthy Living

Page 26

Bringing the Indoors Out

Pages 58-59

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


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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 foreign 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 months 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,

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk

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This month’s highlights

70. Days Out with the Kids

Contents

12. Recipe

Peach and passionfruit ice cream.

16. Beauty

Skin saviours.

26. Health

Best tech for healthy living.

50. Recipe

Flaked trout with rocket and lychees.

38. Camping Special 42. Bella & Brave

62. Books

Celebrity authors.

66. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size!

74. Motoring

History of the Landrover Discovery.

31. The Generous Gidlows

79. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

46. Win Tickets to Tom!

58. Indoors Out

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Village Fete Returns

Excitement is building in Shevington as

villagers look forward to the return of

the Shevington Village Fete in early

August.

The fete will run from 11am-

4pm on Saturday 7th August

and everyone is invited. The hub

of the show is once again the

Shevington Recreation Ground,

and the surrounding buildings,

namely the Youth Club, St Anne’s

Parish Centre & Shevington Methodist

Church, will also host numerous activities.

There will be lots of stalls, children’s rides and

entertainment, farm animals and birds of prey to keep

are planning the event to current Covid

restrictions and Wigan Council is offering

support to ensure that the fete is run

safely.

Chair Vicky Galligan said: “We will

be ensuring the area is Covid-safe

and will have all the measures

in place to make sure social

distancing can take place.

“We are looking forward to bringing

the community together again and

helping local business and organisations

to reconnect with the public.

“The fete is always a fun day out for all the family —

everyone is welcome!”

everyone entertained.

If you’d like to book a stall at Shevington Village Fete on

Musicians will play live in a music marquee, and there will

be plenty of opportunity to enjoy food and drinks.

Saturday 7th August for your business or organisation

then please email your details to Vicky Galligan at

Organisers Shevington & District Fete Committee shevingtonfete@outlook.com.

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Improvements on Way

Wigan Council have committed £1 million for

improvements to local district centres. The money has

been reserved for 12 district centres, excluding Wigan

and Leigh, the borough’s two main towns.

The funding will be earmarked for public realm, streetscene

and environmental projects, such as better street

signs, more litter or recycling bins and more attractive

shop fronts. The package includes replacement bins and

additional bins, repainting and replacing street signs and

benches, new or improved street lighting and repainting

road markings.

Each area will get a deep clean, including jet-washing,

weeding and pruning to tidy up the streets. New trees will

also be planted in each district and new flower planters

installed.

Work has already started on the schedule and workers will

be at each district centre for approximately three weeks.

Remaining locations where work is scheduled include;

Ashton (June/July), Lowton (July), Hindley (July/August),

Aspull (August), Orrell (August/September), Platt Bridge

(September), Tyldesley (September/October), Standish

(September/October).

Free Trees!

Free trees are available in a tree planting initiative to mark

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

legacy of its own, with every tree planted bringing

benefits for people, wildlife and climate, now and for the

future.

You can apply for trees as an individual or part of a

community group, school or other organisation, and the

trees can be planted between October to March.

To apply for a free tree pack, visit www.woodlandtrust.

org.uk.

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Family Fun Day

Haigh Woodland transforms into Jurassic Park on

Saturday July 10th when two life size dinosaurs – Raptor

and Roxy – arrive along with a brood of baby dinosaurs.

A family friendly event in one of the region’s best loved

woodland parks. Have a roaring good time with life-size

dinosaurs and their rangers roaming the park.

Raptor is the first animatronic Velociraptor in the UK,

measuring just over four metres long, whilst Rexy is a

juvenile T-Rex. She is a handful, but she loves to meet

people and sometime chase them.

The rangers will be on hand to share all their amazing

knowledge and facts for any aspiring palaeontologists.

Song and dance shows with the rangers and baby

dinosaurs will take place throughout the day.

You’ll be able to download an app which will help you

hunt down the dinosaurs on your phone and see them

come to life when you find them. There will be prizes for

the best photos submitted from the day. There will also be

20 dinosaur eggs hidden around the park and woodland.

outside so participants can paint clay models of dinosaurs

and fossils, though charges do apply for this activity.

Otherwise the event is free and car parking for the day

costs just £3.

Parbulele Returns

Parbold will once again reverberate with the sound of

ukuleles as Lancashire’s biggest and brightest ukulele

festival returns to the village this summer. Events take

place over the weekend of 30th July to 1st August at the

village’s pubs: The Wayfarer, The Stocks and The Windmill.

In addition, there will be music at the main festival venue

at Mill Leat and at the community café Café Etc. on Station

Road.

For those who fancy learning or improving their ukulele

skills, workshops will be running throughout the

weekend. All profits from the weekend will be donated to

NHS Charities Together.

For more details about the Parbulele Ukulele Festival,

please visit @Parbulele on Facebook.

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to hear from you. The Charitable Trust, which is based at

the old library at Orrell Post is seeking a local volunteer to

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Peach and Passionfruit

Yogurt Ice Cream

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Freezing time: 2-3 hours

Rich and creamy tasting, this is a simple healthy ice cream. Using full-fat

Greek yogurt creates a delicious rich texture without the need for eggs and

custard. For a dairy-free version use coconut yogurt.

Ingredients

4 passion fruit

4 fresh peaches (you can use bag

of frozen peach slices if wished)

300g full-fat Greek yogurt (or

coconut yogurt)

1tbsp / 15g honey or maple syrup

Method

1. Scoop out the insides of the passion fruit. Strain the juice into a bowl. You

can discard the seeds or use them to top the ice cream when serving.

2. Place the passion fruit juice, peaches, yogurt and honey in a blender and

process until really smooth. Churn in an ice cream maker according to

the instructions. Alternatively, pour into a shallow container and freeze,

stirring every hour to break up the ice crystals that form.

3. Allow the ice cream to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before

serving.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING: calories 148kcal, fat 7.7g, carbohydrates 13.8g, protein 5.1g


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Boundary Blues

Constituency changes proposed by the Boundary

Commission as part of a review into the sizes of

parliamentary constituencies have been unveiled and

have attracted a storm of local criticism. The Commission

was tasked with trying to make every constituency within

5% either way of the average number of electors (just

under 73,400) except for a handful of ‘protected’ seats,

such as Anglesey and the Isle of Wight.

Somewhat bizarrely, the proposed new constituency

boundaries for Makerfield excludes the entire town of

Ashton-in-Makerfield, which moves into a newly formed

Leigh South & Atherton constituency. Going in the other

direction from the old Leigh constituency is the west half

of Leigh. The Firs Lane and Plank Lane areas and half of

Leigh town centre will, as proposals stand, be part of the

Makerfield constituency.

Members of the public are encouraged to go online

to www.bcereviews.org.uk/ where they can provide

feedback before the consultation closes on 2 August

2021. People can comment on anything from where

the proposed new boundary lines are to the names of

the constituencies. There will be a further two rounds

of consultation in 2022 and following this entire

consultation process the Commission will look at all the

evidence received and form its final recommendations.

Community Day

Community groups and charities are being urged to

register for a free stall at the Community Day event in

Wigan town centre. A stall is available on Saturday 18th

September for any local community group or charity as

part of Wigan Rotary Club’s Community Day.

Rotary President Rosemary Charles explained, “We are

providing this ‘free of charge’ opportunity for local groups

to raise their profile, make some money, and recruit new

members. Every participating group will be allocated a

frontage on Standishgate or Market Place to erect a table

or gazebo and benefit from this opportunity”.

More details and a booking form for community groups

can be found on Wigan Rotary Clubs website www.

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

07813 471000 or email WiganRotaryCommuntyDay@

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Skin

Saviours

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

I was aiming for bronzed

goddess, but I got cooked

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.

Sunscreen

gives me spots

Sunscreens

are

often too rich

for facial skin

so can lead to

breakouts, redness

and irritation. Try

switching to a

lighter face cream

with a high SPF.

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Help, my hands are really

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

see an improvement pretty quickly.


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Pop Up for Jabs

Residents of West Lancashire have been urged to take

advantage of COVID-19 pop up sites and a vaccine bus

that is currently visiting the area.

The local NHS is working with GP practices and West

Lancashire Borough Council to provide the service in

areas where vaccine uptake is lowest in a bid to ensure as

many people as possible are protected against COVID-19.

Councillor Vickie Cummins, portfolio holder for Health

and Wellbeing at West Lancashire Borough Council,

said: “I would encourage anyone who is yet to make an

appointment for their COVID-19 vaccine to pop over and

get a vaccine at one of our pop-up sites or via our vaccine

bus, so they are protected against the virus.

We all want to see a return to normality and to make sure

as many people as possible are vaccinated”.

Bookings are not required for any of the pop-up sites or

vaccine bus and vaccines are available to anyone who is

18 or over.

that this is no less than eight weeks after your first vaccine

dose.

On Friday 2 July and Saturday 3 July between 9am-5pm,

there will be a pop up at the Food Court in the Concourse

Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale.

On Wednesday 7 July the Vaccine Bus will be at the Clock

Tower in Ormskirk from 10am–5pm and on Friday 9

July, the Vaccine Bus will be at The Artz Centre (formerly

Upholland Library) in Upholland between 2pm – 7pm.

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.

If you are attending for a second vaccine, please ensure


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Ashton Rocks

1. The football team Red Star Belgrade are based

in which European country?

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?

Quiz

Theme:

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?

Indie Rock hits Ashton-in-Makerfield this month when

the Brighton rockers Porridge Radio strut their stuff in the

sedate surroundings of Ashton Library.

Billed by The Guardian as one of the top 40 new artists of

2018, Porridge Radio were planned in for a huge US Tour

after their second album Every Bad was released early in

2020.

With COVID trashing those US plans, the group are due to

kick off a nationwide tour at Ashton Library on Saturday

July 17th, starting at 8pm. Ticket prices start at just £7

+ booking fees. For tickets visit www.seetickets.com or

www.ticketlab.co.uk.

The concert is part of an award winning project called

Get It Loud In Libraries, designed to give people who love

music the chance to see top-notch artists in their local

library.

Artisan Market

Bispham Methodist Church are running an Artisan Market

to support local businesses. The market will be held on

Saturday 3rd July from 10am to 3pm at the church on

Crank Road in Billinge.

On offer for visitors will be a variety of local crafts and

children’s games, food and refreshments will be supplied

too via a barbeque, cafe and cake stall.

6. What is the Queen’s star sign?

7. Released in 2016, Blackstar is the 25th and final

studio album by which famous singer?

8. How many “lucky star” numbers do you have

to select when you buy a EuroMillions lottery

ticket?

9. What is the name of the closest star to Earth?

10. In a 1953 film, what fictional land would you

reach if you followed the directions “second star

to the right and straight on till morning”?

Quiz solutions can be found on page 86 of this magazine

Fete Returns

St Luke’s Summer Fete returns to Orrell this year. The

annual fete, which takes place at the church hall next to St

Luke’s Church on Lodge Road, is scheduled for Saturday

3rd July between the hours of 11am-4pm.

Organisers promise a large variety of artisan craft stalls,

traditional fete fun and games and say that entertainment

will be running throughout the day.

There’s a grand prize raffle with a good variety of prizes

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Drinks Donation

The Brian Boru

Club has donated

crates of drinks

to residents at

Ashton View

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and residents at

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the drinks and

thanked the management team at the Brian Boru for their

generosity.

Demelza James, Care Home Manager, commented,

“These drinks will be used for our next party. Thank

you so much for the donation!” Wellbeing Coordinators

Stacey Sharples and Gary Grimes, along with domestic

Colleague Ann Marie are pictured with the management

team at the Brian Boru.

Ashton View is a welcoming, purpose-built care home

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‘It’s your Neighbourhood’ category, ideal for bringing

members of the community together to make positive

changes to they place where they live.

The group are expecting the judges to visit Orrell/Billinge

at the end July or early in August and want volunteers

to tidy, litter pick, weed, plant and water over the next

few weeks. If you can spare some time this summer then

please contact the group via the Facebook page ‘Brighter

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The group are also appealing for local businesses to get

involved in their drive to make Orrell/Billinge a cleaner

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Bat & Chat Expands

Wigan Table Tennis

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their successful Bat and

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the over 55’s. The Bat

and Chat sessions take

place on Mondays and

Thursdays from 11:00 to 13:00, and now from Sundays

9:30 am to 11:00. These sessions will also include input

from our team of coaches and are open to all abilities.

TV Presenter Dr Miriam Stoppard hailed the benefits of

table tennis in her blog, claiming that “Table tennis is the

perfect activity to keep you happy, healthy, active and

in good spirits”. Dr Stoppard continues “It doesn’t only

keep your body fit; it keeps your brain fit and all that

complicated hand-eye co-ordination works its magic with

brain cells and helps prevent dementia”.

The club also runs

informal general

practice sessions for

players of all ages and

abilities on Saturday

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all ages and abilities.

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On the Ball

A local football club is

appealing for new players to

join their Women’s Walking

Football sessions.

Women Warriors Walking

Football Club, who are based

at the Winstanley Warriors

football complex on Little

Lane in Goose Green,

launched earlier this year

and their Friday afternoon

sessions are now open to all

women, regardless of age

or ability, and sessions are free. Walking football is an

excellent way of staying fit and healthy and is one the UK’s

fastest growing sports.

Sessions are run by experienced female coaches who

are practiced at coaching from beginner level of walking

football. Each session will include a warm-up and

30-minute dedicated coaching session on a 4G pitch to

help you develop skills followed by a small-scale group

game. Free coffee, tea and biscuits are available after the

sessions.

As walking football is played at a slower pace with only

limited physical contact the aim of the club is to make the

sessions safe and enjoyable for all players.

Local Life caught up with Coach Paula Johnson at a Friday

afternoon session, who told

us, “Many of our players were

denied the chance to play

football at school and had

to play netball or hockey

instead. They love football,

they follow football and we

just give them the chance to

play football”.

Paula, an FA Approved

Playmaker Coach who has

played for Manchester

City Ladies, and has also

represented England at Women’s Walking Football, added

“Our hosts Winstanley Warriors have been so helpful and

have provided us with all the equipment we need, along

with a chance to play at these superb sporting facilities

at Little Lane”.

Sessions take place at the Little Lane Complex (WN3 6PZ)

every Friday between 2.30-4pm and all players from the

open age group (18+) are welcome to come along and

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The Generous

Gidlows

by Nicola Gray

From The 7th Earl of Balcarres to Margaret Park to

GH Bankes to Martin Ainscough, Wigan has been

blessed with its fair share of philanthropists over

the years. Pre-empting that worthy quartet though

were two sisters, born over 200 years ago, whose

philanthropy made, and continues to make, a huge

difference in improving the health of Wigan people.

Margaret Eleanor and Amelia Gidlow were born at

Derbyshire House, Amberswood, Ince. Their father,

William, was descended from Robert Gidlow of Gidlow

Hall in Aspull. It seems there was always wealth within

the family, but William also owned several collieries in

the town, including a three-storey cotton mill, he also

invested extensively in railway shares.

As a family they were understandably wealthy, the sisters

lived a life of education and refinery befitting of the

era. On his death in January 1851, William passed down

his portfolio of railway shares to the sisters, inevitably

securing them for life. The shares provided large sums

of annual income and gave Margaret and Amelia the

opportunity to donate to charitable institutions.

They later moved to Arley Hall, known today as the home

of Wigan Golf Club, with their brother William in 1856.

The focus, it seems, for Margaret and Amelia was always

their hometown. They ploughed money into various

institutions and services to better the lives of those who

lived around them.

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Wigan Infirmary - 1873

Their first recorded charitable act came in February 1856,

when the sisters gave a £10,000 loan to Wigan Council for

the improvement of the water and sewerage works in the

town. And later in February 1860 gifted more than £6,000

to the building work and redecoration of Christ Church

on Ince Green Lane, with Margaret laying the foundation

stone herself on Easter Monday.

Margaret and Amelia eventually moved out of the Wigan

area and the 1861 census shows them living together at

an address in Newton Abbot in Devon. Wigan evidently

meant a lot to the sisters, and the church opened in

1864 with a full house listening to the sermon of Rev

Canon Fergie. Other gifts to the church included a silver

communion plate, further funds to renovate the vicarage

and contributions to an Easter fund for the curates and

assistants.

Their biggest and most influential donations amounted

to more than £43,000 given to Wigan Infirmary, worth

several million pounds in today’s money. Access to

medical care isn’t something that we think too much

about, if we need help, we can walk into a hospital or be

straight on the phone to our doctor. This hasn’t always

been the case and life had the potential to be very grim,

especially if you were poor and sick.

When all this is considered, the sisters concern for the

health and welfare of the people of Wigan must have

impacted many lives for the better. Margaret and Amelia

made regular donations to The Wigan Dispensary, the

predecessor to the Infirmary, on King Street. It was a

place where the poor could get free medicines but only

if they were referred there

by a priest or other official

person.

There had been talk of

opening a hospital in Wigan

as far back as the 1830’s

and finally in 1866 after

substantial backing by

Margaret and Amelia things

started to happen. The idea

gained momentum and

a committee was formed,

chaired by Wigan MP John

Lancaster, alongside millowner

and Conservative

Party politician, Nathaniel

Eckersley. During one of

the initial meetings a letter

from the sisters was read aloud, in that letter they had

pledged an initial donation of £1,000, further donations

from various individuals amounted to £15,000, half of the

projected total cost of building the hospital.

The letter and promise of funds kickstarted the initiative

and Margaret and Amelia turned out to be the main

facilitators in the building of the Infirmary. Plans were

put into place; the foundation stone was laid by the Earl

of Crawford in 1870 and the hospital was opened by the

Prince and Princess of Wales in 1873.

There were many more additions to the hospital over the

years, including a children’s ward in 1877 and the hospital

also retained the name of The Royal Albert Edward

Infirmary and Dispensary until the creation of the NHS in

1948, when dispensary was dropped.

Little is known about the movements of the sisters during

the following years; Margaret died on 20th December

1877, aged 64 at her home in Eastbourne. Margaret was

brought home to Wigan in a saloon, she was then taken

by horse-drawn hearse to Ince Cemetery, where her coffin

was interred into a vault belonging to the sisters.

Amelia, who was living in Southport at the time, was

named as sole executor of her estate. Obviously not one

to rest on her laurels, Amelia went on to help add more

facilities to the Infirmary in the shape of the Gidlow Wing

extension in memory of Margaret.

In July 1883, Amelia was identified as the anonymous

donor of £6,000 that had been pledged to help build the

extension. The extension was officially opened on the


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20th August 1885, marked by an opening

ceremony and a garden party in the grounds

of the hospital.

Lord Crawford presented Amelia with a silver

key inscribed with the date of the opening,

telling her that this day, “would be long

remembered, not only in the history of the

Royal Infirmary but in the history of Wigan.

The new building would be a most useful

addition and would add very much to the

comfort of the patients and the nurses.”

Newspaper reports of the day mention that

Amelia accepted the address and gracefully

bowed her head before replying, “It is with

great pleasure that I give the Gidlow Wing

as an addition to the main institution, and I

hope that all sufferers who are brought here

will always find relief, comfort and kindness within these

walls.”

A large marquee was erected on one of the lawns and

guests enjoyed music from The Lancashire Hussars and

The Old Borough Band. Tours were given of the new wing

and other wards within the Infirmary, later that evening

the public were given tickets to be able to go in and view

it for themselves.

In the years to come Amelia, again at her own cost, would

renovate and refurbish the Gidlow Wing, with the local

press reporting that she, “beautified, the whole of the

Wigan Infirmary donation board

fabric, externally and internally giving great evidence

of a generous and sympathetic interest in the great

institution.”

On 29th July 1893 Amelia died at her home, Ince House

in Milverton, near Leamington at the age of 70. As her last

act of compassion, she left in her will, £3,000 to Ince Parish

Church and all her shares in the Manchester, Sheffield

and Lincolnshire railway companies to the Infirmary,

amounting to £32,135.

Amelia was laid to rest in the same vault as her sister

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Due to the enduring kindness

of the sisters, there were

various tributes bestowed

upon them in the places that

they donated to. The Wigan

Local History and Heritage

Society have been trying to

locate these historical pieces.

The Infirmary

In gratitude to Margaret

and Amelia, a stained-glass

window was commissioned,

and installed at the eastern

end of the inner corridor

of the Gidlow Wing. The

window was accompanied by

an inscription in memory of

Margaret from Amelia.

In addition, oil paintings of

the sisters were acquired by

the hospital board and hung

in the Infirmary board room.

Peter Fleetwood, from the

Heritage Society, told Local Life, “Initial enquires with

Wigan, Wrightington & Leigh NHS to locate the above

proved fruitless and the current map of the Infirmary

shows no reference to the name of Gidlow.

Brass plaques Christ Church

Wigan Local History

& Heritage Society

Christ Church Stained Glass Window

“Over the past few months,

we have been in contact with

Infirmary officials to somehow

get the airbrushed Gidlow

name back into the Infirmary.

And we are delighted that

the Gidlow name has been

resurrected by the naming of

the Gidlow Lounge.

“We would also appreciate

any help from the public in

locating the missing paintings

and the stained-glass window.”

Ince Church

In 1888, Margaret’s servant,

William Clayton donated a bell

to Ince Church while Amelia

paid for the renovations of the

church and the vicarage, two

brass plaques commemorate

the date.

In January 1892, a beautiful

stained-glass window was

installed at Ince Church, portraying ‘The Two Sisters of

Bethany’. Canon Fergie commissioned the window, paid

for by the church in recognition of the sisters and their

“substantial aid to the churches and schools in the village”.

For more details about the

Local History & Heritage Society

or to help with their enquiries

please go online at www.wiganlocalhistory.org/

With thanks to Wigan Archives and Wigan

Local History & Heritage Society


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Camping

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Top tips to making sleeping

under the stars a whole lot more

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Fly the flag

If, like me, you have the navigation skills of Nemo’s

best friend Dory, you may find yourself getting lost

occasionally. A telescopic flag pole and windsock is a

useful marker, particularly if you’re planning to give the

kids a bit more freedom.

To wee or not to wee

No one enjoys a 3am trek to the loo, so a portable toilet is

your friend. A potty is fine for younger children, but you’ll

need something a bit more substantial for older kids

(and adults). If you have room, a bucket style loo is ideal.

Otherwise, try a collapsible toilet. We recently bought

the Bivvy Loo, which folds down small, supports up to 23

stone and comes with biodegradable bags and powder

to transform liquid to gel.

Let there be light

You’ll need headtorches for after dark. A rechargeable

camping lantern is also useful for evenings (and 3am

toilet breaks). A string of solar fairy lights around your

door will help you to identify your tent at night.

A decent night’s sleep

If you’re only planning to camp occasionally, air beds are

usually fine. However, they do tend to deflate somewhat

overnight and don’t exactly have the longest lifespan.

While camping beds are more expensive, they can work

out far better value in the long run. And you’re likely to

get a much better night’s sleep.

Dress for the occasion

Even the hottest British summer’s day can turn cool at

night. Close-fitting PJs will help to keep the warmth in.

Make sure you pack plenty of layers. You’ll appreciate a

fleecy jumper when you’re huddled up sheltering from

the rain. Speaking of rain, it can be difficult to get dry in a

tent, so waterproofs are a good idea.

Eat, drink and be merry

A camping stove is essential for anything longer than

a weekend break. Stick to easy-to-cook meals, from

breakfast fry-ups to fajitas. Don’t have an electric hook

up? A cool box with ice blocks makes a useful fridge.

You’ll need to refreeze the blocks each day, which you can

usually do in the site shop.

My kids love ‘camping cereal’ (aka mini variety packs).

Pour the milk directly into the cereal bag. No bowl = less

washing up.

Ideally, start collecting condiment sachets a few weeks

before your holiday, so you have plenty of ketchup,

mayonnaise, vinegar etc. to see you through.

And what camping trip would be complete without

toasting marshmallows?

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• Washing line – string it

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to dry swimming costumes on

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• Gaffer tape for tackling leaks

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Haigh’s Back!

Ownership of Haigh Hall reverted to Wigan Council on the

18th June, and early proposals its future look promising.

Described as the ‘jewel in the borough’s crown’, early

proposals for the hall’s future will see it restored to its

former glory 150 years ago, say Wigan Council, when the

25th Earl of Crawford, Alexander Lindsay lived there with

his wife, Elizabeth, but unlike Lindsay, the council will

need to secure external funding to turn the proposals

into a reality.

In March the National Heritage Lottery Fund awarded

Wigan Council £256k to explore the second phase of the

Haigh Woodland Park project, which is hoped will result in

a £6m project of improvements to the visitor experience

in the woodland park.

Discussions are being held about the importance of the

Hall alongside that investment.

If funding is agreed, the proposals will reveal hidden

histories and resurrect lost stories.

From the Hall’s library which housed the largest private

collection of precious manuscripts, rare books and bibles

in Britain, all the way down to the underground network

of cellars which are a maze of medieval remains and

tunnels.

The Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux,

welcomed the plans, commenting: “I am delighted that

we’ve got the hall back in the hands of the people and

excited to see what the future holds. The hall is a special

place where many cherished memories have been made

and where they will continue to be made for years to

come.”

Over the next few months, proposals will be developed in

more detail in consultation with residents.

One of the first projects is the creation of a contemplation

garden next to the plantation gates, which if approved

will provide a quiet space for reflection, particularly for

those visiting the hospital opposite.

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Forest

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in north England and Scotland

From the starry skies of Galloway Forest Park to Kielder’s

wildlife-rich woodland, some of our country’s most magical

forests can be found in northern England and Scotland.

We’ve put together three of our favourites, perfect for your

next staycation.

Galloway Forest, Dumfries &

Galloway, Scotland

Where better to start than with the UK’s largest forest?

At 297 square miles, Scotland’s Galloway Forest Park is a

sprawling playground of ancient woodland, magnificent

scenery and an astonishing range of wildlife.

Light pollution is so low here that the forest has been

recognised as a Dark Sky Park – meaning that its skies are

perfect for stargazing. After a night camping out under

the stars, start your adventures from one of the park’s

three visitor centres.

Kirroughtree is your gateway to more active adventures,

including the award-winning 7stanes mountain bike

trails. If wildlife spotting is more your scene, look out for

roe deer and rare

red squirrels, or visit

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There are around

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When it comes to size, Northumberland’s Kielder Forest

is also a front runner. Spanning 235 square miles, it’s the

largest forest in England – and the second largest in the UK.

Kielder is also home to the biggest man-made lake in

Northern Europe, making it a popular spot for water sports

enthusiasts. With miles of beautiful trails, including forest

walks and adrenaline-boosting mountain bike tracks,

Kielder invites you to have your own mini adventure.

The forest is a haven for wildlife too. Around 50% of

England’s native red squirrels call it home, and rare wildlife

including ospreys, pipistrelle bats, roe deer, salmon otters

and water voles can also be found here.

Just like Galloway, Kielder is famous for its dark skies.

The forest’s remote location in Northumberland means

it’s virtually unaffected by light pollution, making

it a stargazer’s paradise. Don’t miss a trip to Kielder

Observatory, where you can book ahead to attend a

number of fascinating astronomical events.

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Glen Affric, Inverness, Scotland

A medley of native woods, glittering lochs, snow-capped

mountains and dramatic moorland, Scotland’s Glen Affric

could easily have been plucked out of Canada.

With over 30 miles of ancient pinewoods, the forest has

one of the largest ancient Caledonian pine woods in

Scotland. The woodland is so treasured, it’s become part

of the Scottish government’s regeneration project, with a

target of 25% forest cover to reach by 2050.

Wander amongst the pine trees to the sound of woodland

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Or tackle some of Affric’s hiking trails, punctuated

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Bella & Brave

by Nicola Gray

When we think about rehoming and

rescuing animals we think of homeless

dogs and stray cats; Bella & Brave

Animal Sanctuary have thought

outside the pen and set up a haven for

unwanted goats and sheep in the heart

of Newburgh village.

The sanctuary is a vegan-run

enterprise and the main aim of owner,

Alison Dennigan, is to educate the

local community on the true purpose

and potential of these animals. Alison

told me, “We believe that all life

matters and these animals can have a

space without being used by us.”

Alison & Freddie

before I started the sanctuary. There

was nothing particularly special

about Bella or Brave, but that’s

what our sanctuary is all about –

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She added, “Since February 2017

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people buy these animals with a view

to having them as family pets. Lots of

people ask me how old sheep usually

live to, and the answer is six months,

but naturally, they can live to 20 years

plus.

Alison, along with a few volunteers, set up Bella & Brave four

years-ago after caring for sheep of her own at home. She

was approached by the widow of an owner who wished to

rehome their animals and with eight elderly Soay sheep, the

sanctuary was born. Alison added, “Lots of people dream

about winning the lottery and starting an animal sanctuary,

but why wait? I already had eight sheep and I wanted to be

able to share that experience with others.”

“I named the sanctuary after two of the sheep that I lost

“My passion is giving the oldies somewhere to live out their

natural lives. It’s easy for people to rehome young sheep and

goats, who are still cute and bouncy, but I want to take the

animals no one else wants.

Most of the animals that come to Alison are old and need

care but along with a dedicated band of volunteers, they

ensure that the sheep and goats are vaccinated, fed, sheared,

receive medical care when needed, and most importantly,

that they live happy and peaceful lives.

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they’re like family. The time they spend with the animals is

important, because that’s how we pick up any problems,

and how we gain their trust.”

There are currently fourteen sheep and nine goats in

residence at Bella and Brave, located in three acres of land

behind the Red Lion Pub in the centre of the village. Alison

added, “We don’t always have someone on site, but people

are free to walk up to the gate to see the animals at any time.

They are free-roaming in the field, so it’s up to them if they

want to come up and have a nosey.”

So, with four years already under her belt, what does the

future hold for Alison and her beloved Bella and Brave?

Alison muses, “Our dream was to move to larger premises,

but I think we’ve found a permanent home in the Red Lion.

The pub has a big vegan menu, so people can go there for

food, and then see the animals. They can even sit on our

benches and eat and drink while watching the animals - it’s

perfect.”

Bella and Brave isn’t your run-of-the-mill animal farm, the

goats and sheep aren’t there to be put on show. It’s evident

that the setup is for the animal’s benefit, and not for human

entertainment, the education surrounding animal welfare is

a happy by-product.

Alison adds, “Rather than expanding into a larger site, I’d like

us to have several small sites, in different places. I want Bella

& Brave to be your local sanctuary, so you don’t have to travel

far to see rescue animals.”

So how can you help? Pop down and show your support,

enjoy the space, or simply make a small donation. Alison

added, “We are always very grateful for donations, shares,

likes and comments, hopefully you like what we do and will

support us to help these beautiful animals.”

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The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has

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that would see drivers of heavily polluting commercial

vehicles hit with daily charges. The Clean Air Zone will

cover all 493 square miles of Greater Manchester.

The CAZ was due to come into effect in 2021 but was

delayed due to a funding row. The GMCA have confirmed

that they have received £150m in funding and £120m of

this will help businesses pay for new cleaner vehicles or

upgrade their old ones, while the rest will be spent on

infrastructure such as cameras to monitor the roads.

For more details on the Clean Air Zone visit www.

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Youth Group

Shevington Youth Club is now open every Tuesday

evening for junior club for children in Y3-Y6 from 5.15

- 7pm and seniors club for children in Y7-Y8 from 7.15 -

9pm. Subs are just 50p a week. Organisers run different

activities each week and are currently following the

European Championships. Activities currently include

playing team sports, practicing football skills and trying

new games and challenges.

It’s not all football though, there are lots of different team

games and challenges, so come on and join in the fun.

There are 15 children allowed in each group, so to book

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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 four 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 four

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

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available to suit all budgets and you can book with

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having

First Homes

- An Overview

The Government have recently launched the First Homes

initiative, their latest scheme for prospective home

buyers, and one designed to give first-time buyers in

England, and key workers in particular, a chance to buy

homes within their local area for a 30-50% discount.

This sounded too good to be true, so I took a look over

the scheme and here’s an overview at what this means for

future homeowners in the Wigan area.

The background

First Homes is just the latest in a range of initiatives

that the Government has launched to help people buy

homes. The government’s target is to make 1,500 First

Homes available by the end of 2021, with a total of 10,000

eventually. Some previously frustrated homebuyers will

get lucky and gain a foothold on the property ladder, but

many will not as demand is likely to be fierce.

The first properties available through the scheme have

been put on the market in Bolsover in the Midlands,

and the government has asked developers to ring-fence

25 per cent of all new homes built, so most parts of the

country should have at least a few of these affordable

homes coming on-stream soon.

Are you eligible?

The scheme is only open to first-time buyers. If you’ve

never owned a property but your partner has, then you

won’t be eligible for the First Homes scheme. It must be

your first non-rented home.

The combined annual income of all the buyers can’t

exceed £80,000 (£90,000 in London).

You must have some sort of ‘local connection’. This is

where it gets a little bit hazy, and the criteria will differ

from area to area. It may be something as simple as

family in the area or being employed locally, but

each local authority will be able to set their own criteria

and they are also responsible for setting the discount

levels. However, it is expected that, in all areas, the priority

will be given to key workers, so if you are deemed as a

key worker, then you have a better chance of securing a

property.

Main benefit

According to a recent survey published by Dataloft using

the UK House Price Index, a 30% discount in the North

West would be worth £47,342 to first time house buyers

whilst a 50% discount would be worth £78,903.

These are substantial discounts for any person, but

massively so to a first-time buyer. Effectively this means

that first-time buyers may be able to secure a home for as

little as half the market price.

Main drawback

The discount is ‘for keeps’ – all subsequent buyers of the

property will receive the same percentage discount, not

just the first buyer. When a buyer comes to sell their First

Homes home, they must pass on the same percentage

discount that they themselves received, and the buyer

must also be someone who meets the eligibility criteria

at the time.

Most first-time buyers will not be deterred by this rule,

but it’s something to consider when looking at the longer

term. As there is less scope for making such a big profit,

buyers under the First Homes scheme may struggle to

climb the housing ladder as quickly in future.

Summary

Depending on your personal circumstances and the level

of discount you can secure, the benefits of the First Homes

scheme generally outweigh the drawbacks and any first

time buyer, particularly those already in the rental sector,

should carefully consider the scheme.

For details on this and other Government schemes

targeted at house buyers, check out

www.ownyourhome.gov.uk.

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

worked within the Wigan property market for over 30 years.

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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,

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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

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2 tsp xylitol or honey

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There are still around 140 businesses in Wigan Borough

that have been flagged as eligible for Restart Grant

funding that are yet to benefit from their award.

Over recent weeks, Wigan Council have distributed

more than £13m funding to over 2,000 businesses in the

borough to support them to re-open following easement

of the Covid-19 restrictions.

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the

non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and

accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen

safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

A national criteria has been set meaning Wigan Council

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However, there is a small pocket of businesses across the

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but haven’t been contacted, please check your email

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Moo Music

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The Unity Club in Standish will be filled with the best

of music from the West End and beyond on Saturday

9th October with Victor Michael and The Two Sopranos

performing a wide range of songs.

The performers are all full time professional singers who

have performed together for several years. And for one of

the sopranos it will be a special night, Pemberton born

Lisa Davis, a former Chetham’s School of Music pupil,

will be singing for the first time at The Unity Club having

performed all over the world.

Lisa said ”It will give all my family and friends the

opportunity to come and hear me sing, for some of them

it will be for the first time and I know that they are in for a

treat with the quality of my fellow performers”.

Organised by Wigan Rotary Club, the Club President

Santi Nandi said “All the singers perform regularly both in

public and at private functions. Just before the lockdown

Victor returned from a season in the Caribbean, so we are

confident of a great night of music”.

All the profits from the concert will go into the Rotary’s

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Bringing the

Indoors Out

Get truly comfortable in the garden

by turning it into a fully functioning

outdoor living room, warm and well-lit,

with relaxing seating and lovely

finishing touches.

This decorative textured

rope light has a warm

white solar bulb with an

amber filament. After

charging during daylight

hours, it works for up to

eight hours at a time.

LED solar garden light,

£65, ellajames.co.uk

Made from recycled plastic

bottles, this rug can withstand

moisture, mildew, mould and

UV light. Its design is reversible:

simply flip over for a new look.

Fab Hab Tokyo outdoor rug

in burnt orange, £59.95,

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Woven around a strong metal frame in

a smooth egg shape, this hanging

chair is made from durable

materials that look just like

rattan. It’s big enough to

snuggle up in with a book and

a glass of wine.

Indoor outdoor hanging chair,

£425, coxandcox.co.uk

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

by four low-level dining chairs with weather-resistant cushions.

Ava four-seater tile firepit outdoor living set, £899, dobbies.com

ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR AL FRESCO LIVING

• 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

up a welcoming garden ‘room’, a truly special place to

spend the days – and nights…


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A rust-resistant steel frame holds

a 3m polyester canopy for protection

from sun and rain. Elegant and practical.

Sail shade gazebo, £299, dobbies.com

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

of fake turf can add a splash of colour and a

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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Startwell Sessions

If you’re struggling to entertain your little one/s then

you‘ll be pleased to hear that the Startwell sessions run

by Wigan Council are now up and running again after the

pandemic.

There is a small selection of classes available to children

aged 8 months to 4 years, see what you fancy and book

your space, it couldn’t be easier!

Bookstart Corner runs at Standish Library on Cross Street

every Monday from 1.30-2.30pm.

The session is aimed at children aged 12-30 months and is

designed to help your child with language development

and pre-reading skills.

If you’ve got a budding scientist in your home then

don’t miss the Supersonic Science sessions being held at

Mesnes Park in the town centre.

This fun and engaging session will suit children aged

2-4 years where they can take part in lots of science

experiments every Thursday morning between 9.30-

10.30am.

Other sessions include forest school, diddi dance and

musical mayhem and as restrictions continue to lift more

sessions will be added.

Booking is essential for all sessions due to number

restrictions, so to book your place, please call 01942

767503 and select option 2.

Makers Market

Lancashire Mining Museum in Astley, near Leigh, will be

hosting a Makers Market over the August Bank Holiday

weekend.

The market will run on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

August 29th & 30th and is organised by SPG Events, with

profits going to the Museum.

In addition to the makers stalls, there will be children’s

rides and a birds of prey attraction. The train rides to and

from the museum will also be operational on those days.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm on the Sunday and

Monday and Lancashire Mining Museum is based on

Higher Green Lane in Astley (M29 7JB). For more details

about the Lancashire Mining Museum, visit www.

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Family Art Club

Wigan Steam have announced dates for their family art

club throughout July. The art gallery on Marsden Street

are arranging a fun art activity every Saturday, suitable

for all ages. You’ll be getting messy with paint, creating

sculptures, weaving and more – basically anything that

encourages self-expression and creativity is welcome.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 people, and

parents are required to stay for the whole session and

are encouraged to join in the fun! For these events,

household bubbles will be needed, each bubble can

consist of a maximum of three participants.

To book your tickets, please email hello@wigansteam.

co.uk.

parkrun Returns

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

month pause. The popular 5k events were due to restart

in June but following the delay to lift the restrictions, the

events will now restart on Saturday 24 July.

The free parkrun events are held at Haigh Woodland

Park, Pennington Flash in Leigh (with both runs starting

near the respective park’s children’s play areas), and the

Tawd Valley parkrun starts outside the Nye Bevan Pool. All

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

suitable for all ages and abilities.

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

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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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Keep Calm

and Carry On….!

2020 was a very challenging year for investors with most

markets falling heavily in March/April on the back of

Covid 19 only to see an incredible recovery assisted by

the vaccine announcement in November.

Covid 19, Brexit worries and the US elections created

significant uncertainty resulting in high levels of volatility

in portfolio values last year. Triggers for market volatility

can come in many different forms - policy uncertainty,

earnings reports, geo-political unrest and how could we

forget, global pandemics.

I fully understand that market swings can rattle even the

most seasoned investors however it is just part and parcel

of longer-term stock market investing. Whilst intuitively

the temptation is to ‘do something’ whether it is to

reduce risk, change the funds or dare I say move to cash ,

often the best advice is to sit tight if you have a properly

diversified portfolio and wait for recovery.

A well-defined investment plan tailored to your goals can

help you navigate the ups and downs of the market, and

to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Market

volatility should be a reminder to review your investments

regularly to ensure that the overall risk in your portfolio

fits your personality and allow you to sleep at night.

Keeping perspective

Market downturns may be unnerving, but history shows

that markets have been able to recover from declines and

can still provide investors with positive long-term returns.

In 2015 and 2016, this general pattern played out. U.S.

stocks experienced sharp drops in August 2015, when

China devalued its currency; in January 2016, as oil prices

dropped; in June of 2016, after the “Brexit” vote; and in

the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Still, during that 2-year period, the market was up close to

8% cumulatively.

More recently, despite the covid impact client portfolios

have not only recovered but are indeed showing a very

healthy profit due to the active management and the

strong market bounce. Those investors that ignored

the market noise and held tight have been very well

rewarded.

Be comfortable with your investments

If you are nervous when the market goes down, you may

not be in the right investments. Your time horizon, goals,

and tolerance for risk are key factors in helping to ensure

that you have an investing strategy that works for you.

Do not try to time the market

Attempting to move in and out of the market can

be costly. Studies from independent research firm

Morningstar show that the decisions investors make

about when to buy and sell funds cause those investors

to perform worse than they would have had the investors

simply bought and held the same funds.

If you could avoid the bad days and invest during the good

ones, it would be great - the problem is, it is impossible to

consistently predict when those good and bad days will

happen. The best days typically come very shortly after

the worst days.

The adage goes it’s ‘time in’ the market not ‘timing’ the

market which creates wealth. We’re here to make it as

comfortable as possible but the market’s gains are only

there for those who can ride out a few bumps on the way

The value of investments can fall as well as rise and

you may get back less than you invested

David Barton

APFS Cert CII (MP)

Chief Executive Officer

If you would like more

information, please feel free to

get in touch on 01257 423800.

Remember all investments can fall as well as rise in value so investors could get back less than they invest.


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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

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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 86 of this magazine


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Coming Soon

MTD for YOU!

By Kieran Fitzgerald AATQB

CMA Accountancy

Making Tax Digital, or ‘MTD’ for short, was instigated by

HMRC to digitise the tax administration process in the UK.

Significant changes have already been made, and will

continue to be made, to how businesses are required to store

and report on their taxes. MTD will make the tax reporting

process more efficient, effective and simpler for taxpayers to

get their taxes right.

Due to the pure size of the change, HMRC have broken

MTD into manageable chunks to allow them to develop

systems and manage queries, but also to give time to

businesses to implement the necessary changes before

the deadlines.

The Story So Far

After successful pilot schemes for Income Tax and VAT in

2018, it became compulsory in 2019 for all VAT registered

business with turnover over £85,000 to keep digital records

and submit returns using MTD compatible software.

MTD for VAT

It was then announced that by 1st April 2020, all VAT

registered businesses regardless of turnover were

required to comply with the requirements of MTD, a date

which has been extended to the 1st April 2022 due to the

impact of COVID-19. This means an end to cut and paste

data for VAT Returns, and a requirement to use functional

compatible software products to submit returns to HMRC.

MTD for Income Tax

Following the full introduction of VAT registered

businesses, the next stage in the MTD initiative is Making

Tax Digital for Income Tax. Self-employed individuals

and landlords with annual business or property income

exceeding £10,000 will need to comply with the

requirements of MTD for Income Tax from their first

account period starting on or after 6th April 2023.

If you are a self-employed business or landlord, you can

voluntarily use software to keep business records digitally

and send Income Tax updates to HMRC as opposed to

filing a Self-Assessment tax return, before the compulsory

deadline on 6th April 2023.

MTD for Corporation Tax

The UK government has published a consultation on the

future design of MTD for Corporation Tax and is actively

seeking views from companies and organisations within

the scope of Corporation Tax, agents and software

developers as to how best to proceed with these changes.

In the future, the government will provide businesses

with the opportunity to partake in a pilot for this stage

of the MTD roll-out, and will not mandate its use before

April 2026.

Our team of VAT experts are well equipped to help

you with your MTD requirements, and our website is

full of handy tips on the benefits of cloud software,

something you’ll need to migrate to in order to be

fully MTD compliant. CMA are cloud accounting

experts, and our Gold partnership status with Xero

allows us to best position you for MTD compliance

now, and in the future!

To keep up to date with the latest changes

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else in the world of accounting and business

be sure to check out our brand-new website at

www.cma-accountancy.com

and register for our weekly newsletters.

We offer a free consultation meeting to any individual

who would like to speak to us about these changes.

Feel free to give us a call and we can arrange to

discuss this further. Alternatively, stay up to date on

all of the latest developments via our website www.

cma-accountancy.com by checking out our blog,

and signing up for our weekly newsletters.

Kieran Fitzgerald – CMA Accountancy

39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan, WN6 9DR

01257 255521 info@cma-accountancy.com

www.cma-accountancy.com


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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

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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 off-road.

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, though 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.

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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

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2016: The fifth generation

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Land Rover revealed its striking fifth-generation

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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

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Some are evergreen, others not but they are all

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Thyme – there is a huge variety to chose from, generally

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Sage – again lots of types including variegated varieties,

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Characters requiring a more moist soil include:

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Mint – great with your Sunday roast and the spearmint

variety is even better in a Mojito cocktail. Be aware

however that Mint should only ever be planted in a pot. It

will take over your entire plot if allowed to

Chives – very useful as even the flowers can be added to

dishes as a garnish and they look very pretty in the garden

There are of course many more to chose from, for instance

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