Local Life - Wigan - September 2021

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LocalLife

Wigan Edition

September 2021

Museums

6 of the best

Pages 70-73

Past Forward - The Rewind

Pages 37-40

Education Special

Pages 23-27

A Guide to Wooden Floors

Pages 28-29

Cash for Clutter Ideas

Pages 46-47

Jack’s Tracks to Frodsham

Pages 59-62

Hybrid SUV’s - What’s Available?

Pages 74-77

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


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This summer has felt more like being out on

parole rather than the promised get-out-of-jailfree

status.

If you ‘staycationed’, you were rewarded with

quintessentially British weather which remained reliably

unreliable, whilst those who went overseas faced holiday

planning tasks that turned out to be as difficult as nailing

jelly to the wall.

Whilst I was sheltering from the rain in Northumberland,

I didn’t really appreciate Facebook reminding me where I

was holidaying on that date in previous years!

Let’s hope that September marks a big step forward in

getting back to some sort of normality, especially for

the travel and hospitality sectors. As you can see in this

magazine, there’s lots going on this month.

Remember, if you’re part of a local community group and

you want free publicity for an event, then just send details

involved to editorial@locallife247.co.uk.

See you next time

Chris Pearce, Publisher

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This month’s highlights

70. Six of the Best Museums

Contents

14. Beauty

Tailor your beauty products.

26. Food

Cooking with the kids.

31. Home

A rug for every room.

32. Health

Don’t suffer in silence.

20. Paprika Chicken 28. Wooden Floors Guide

46. Finance

Cash for clutter.

63. Parenting

Teaching kids to be savvy with money.

68. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size!

59. Jack’s Tracks to Frodsham & Helsby

74. Motoring

Hybrid SUV’s.

79. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

37. Past Forward 80. Garden Trends

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Bubble Festival

Fun for all the family is promised at a festival with a

difference; the Haigh Bubble Festival, which takes place

on Saturday 11th September. Hosted at Haigh Woodland

Park in the Walled Gardens and Walker Gardens by Haigh

Parish Council, the Festival runs from 11am to 4pm.

Come as a family, watch the show and join in making your

own bubbles. Experience the biggest bubbles you have

ever seen from some of the finest bubble performers in

England, and just maybe you’ll decide to unleash your

inner child and run through and pop them.

Or you can act your age and simply browse through

the stalls instead. The stalls will include makers, bakers,

vintage, craft and local community groups.

This is a not-for-profit event with any money raised going

toward the Haigh Parish Council’s nominated good

causes. The suggested donation is £1 per person and you

can pay the friendly bucket collectors at the entrance to

the Walled Gardens.

If you’d like a stall at the event then please email Haigh

Parish Council at clerk.haighpc@gmail.com for full details.

Big Gig

Upholland’s Big Gig is back this weekend. The Victoria

pub, on Ormskirk Road in the village, will host the twoday

festival on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August. A

total of 16 bands and artists will be performing over the

two days including Kinky Oyster, Hyena, Crimson Image,

Rivers of Rome, Richard Hart and The Figments.

The festival will be raising funds for Stable Lives, a Parboldbased

charity that uses horses and ponies that have

been exposed to mental and physical trauma, to help

individuals or children struggling with low self-esteem,

anxiety and depression. For more up to date details about

Upholland’s Big Gig, visit the venue’s Facebook page @

thevictoriapub12.

Bargain Grab

Don’t miss the Nearly New sale being held at the Bispham

Methodist Church this Saturday (28th August). The sale

runs from 10am-12 noon at the church on Crank Road in

Billinge. You can grab a bargain or two on the day and

indulge in a few refreshments too. Stalls include nearly

new clothes, toys, books jewellery and lots more.

Chance to Dance

Lovers of sequence dancing will be pleased to hear that

two fortnightly tea dance events have re-opened.

The tea dance at Our Lady’s Social Centre in Downall

Green Road in Bryn, which has been running for over

twenty years, re-started this month and the next date for

this event is Bank Holiday Monday 30th August and every

second Monday thereafter.

Tuesday

shevington

Shevington Methodist Church, 1 Gathurst Road, WN6 8HA

9am, 3.30pm, 5.00pm & 6.30pm

Wednesday

Billinge

Bispham Methodist Church Hall, Crank Rd, WN5 7DT

8.30am & 10.00am

Wednesday

Pemberton

Lamberhead Green WM Club, White St

(Behind White Swan)

3.30pm, 5.00pm & 6.30pm

For further details

call Karen on

07789 227 871

The event is mostly sequence dancing with a bit of line

dancing, it runs from 1-4pm, and the admittance cost of

£2 includes tea and biscuits.

The second tea dance takes place a short distance away at

the Methodist Church Hall in Victoria Road in Garswood.

This event, which offers strictly sequence dancing,

resumed at the end of July and the next date for this event

is Friday 27th August and every second Friday thereafter.

Admittance to the tea dance, which runs from 1.30pm-

4pm is again £2 and that includes tea and biscuits.

For more information, call Pat Chisnall on 01942 717883.


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Volunteers Wanted

The Wigan Diggers Festival Committee are looking for

volunteers to help at this year’s festival.

The Wigan Diggers Festival takes place from 11am to

9.30pm on Saturday 11th September in the Gerrard

Winstanley Garden’s near the Wiend, and celebrates

the life, ideas and influence of Wigan-born Gerrard

Winstanley.

Festival organisers need people to help build the festival

site on the Friday and help to take it all down again on

the Sunday.

On the day of the festival, volunteers are needed for

various jobs, including working behind the bar, help with

stewarding the festival site, collecting rubbish throughout

the day and helping behind the stage.

Any help would be appreciated, and volunteers can get in

touch with their full name and contact details by emailing

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Run to raise funds for a charity

that supports families grieving

the loss of a child, stillbirth and

miscarriage.

Debbie Beardsmore, owner of

Debbie’s Tan & Nail Salon on

Ormskirk Road in Pemberton,

was inspired to enter the Great

North Run to raise funds for the

4Louis charity after the loss of

her grand-daughter Scarlett

Dawber, who was stillborn just

before Christmas.

Debbie explained how she and

the rest of the family felt helpless

to support her daughter Fran and husband Aaron through

the traumatic later stages of Fran’s pregnancy and the

period following Scarlett’s birth.

“The twelve-week scan came back fine; it was only later

that the bloodwork showed up some abnormalities and it

was clear that Scarlett wasn’t going to survive”.

Debbie was informed in June that she had a place in the

September half-marathon and has spent every spare

minute since then building her fitness levels.

After initially setting a fundraising target of £250, Debbie’s

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Standish Show

Wigan Rotary

Club are hosting

‘A Night at The

Theatre’, a musical

show starring

Victor Michael and

the Two Sopranos

(Lisa Davis and

Hayley Bowen), at

the Standish Unity

Club on Saturday

9th October. Their

show includes

classics such as

Nessun Dorma and Time to Say Goodbye, alongside

songs from famous musicals such as Les Misérables and

Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

One of the performing trio, Lisa Davis, won’t have far to

travel on the night. Wiganer Lisa (pictured) told Local Life

that she is “delighted to be singing in her hometown for

all her family and friends”. Lisa studied Opera at Chetham’s

School of Music in Manchester, before going on to

perform in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Hey Mr Producer’

amongst other shows. She’s spent much of singing career

at sea, performing on cruise ships throughout the world.

Tickets for the show are priced at £12 and can be booked

via the Rotary Club’s website www.wiganrotary.co.uk

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The club has six newly refurbished courts, and they are

free to hire for members. The club has private and group

coaching sessions available, with regular mini social

tournaments throughout the year.

Kids can rally their way through a Friday evening at the

family fun night. These sessions take place between

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Healthwatch

Are you worried about how to access your GP? How easy

is it to get an appointment? Has your interaction with

primary care changed because of the pandemic? If you

want to share your views on the above questions, then

Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh want to hear from you.

The purpose of Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh is to

represent local people who use health and social care

services and to make sure that those running services put

people at the heart of care. They want to know the needs,

experiences and concerns of people who use local health

and social care services and to speak out on their behalf.

All the information you provide will be heard

confidentially and recorded anonymously to contribute

to a report published later in the year.

To contribute to that report you can either call Lisa

Armstrong on 01942 834666 or text ‘GP’ to this number

07939 061 872 and someone will call you back. You can

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Seven ways to tailor your beauty products so they work for you

1. Get your glow back. Missing

your summer tan? Add a few selftanning

drops to your favourite

body lotion and face moisturiser to

build up a natural-looking tan over

a few days. The more drops you add,

the deeper the tan.

2. Become your own mixologist.

Brands like The Inkey List and The

Ordinary have made it easier to

buy skincare ingredients without

breaking the bank. You can buy

everything from retinol to collagen

and Q10. Do be careful what you

add together though. Retinol should

never be mixed with vitamin C, for

example, as the

pairing is likely

to

cause

irritation.

So, do your

homework

and

then

have fun!

3. Create your own tinted

moisturiser. During the summer,

I couldn’t find a decent tinted

moisturiser with SPF, so I made my

own. Even now it’s autumn, it’s still

my daily face cream. Squeeze a little

moisturiser into the palm of your

hand. Add a dash of foundation

and mix it together. I also add a few

drops of hyaluronic acid to boost

moisture. Play around with what

works for you.

4. Boost your face mask. I’m a big

fan of Perl Cosmetics’ British Pink

Clay Mask & Illuminating Oil (£29.50

from perlcosmetics.com). Make a

paste with the powdered clay and

water, and then add a few drops of

the oil to suit your skin type (up to

ten drops for oily skin or twenty for

dry skin). Unlike some clay masks I’ve

tried, this one won’t dry your skin.

Instead, it leaves it soft, glowing and

healthy-looking.

5. Mix up your skincare routine.

While brands design their products

to work in harmony, that doesn’t

mean you can’t pick and choose

or mix things up depending on

the season. For example, if your

skin is dry, you might want to go

for a cleaning balm, followed by

a gentle toner and moisturiser –

all from different brands. At the

moment, I’m loving the Caring Face

Toner by Studio Botanic (£35, www.

level7beautyhall.com). It’s rich in

plant extracts and hyaluronic acid,

very refreshing and really boosts

hydration. When it’s time to put the

central heating on, I’ll likely use it

twice a day, rather than once, and

follow with a serum.

6. Try DIY. It’s pretty easy to make

your own body oil, bath salts, body

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Exhibition at ex-M&S

Members of Ashton Art Group have a new home for this

year’s exhibition, and it’s somewhere close to the heart of

Wigan shoppers – the old Marks and Spencers store.

The group usually hold their annual exhibition at

St. Thomas’ Church Hall in Ashton, but the church is

undergoing construction work, so the group is moving

temporarily for 2021 to a huge space in the Grand Arcade

in Wigan that was part of the former Marks and Spencer

shop.

From Saturday 2nd October until Saturday 9th October,

the exhibition will be open each day between 10am and

4pm and entry, as usual, is free.

Members of the group are looking forward to welcoming

their friends and supporters from Ashton whilst hoping

to attract new interest from Wigan and the surrounding

area.

Paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour, drawing, mixed

media and print will all be represented. Subjects include

landscape and local views, portrait, still life, figure study

and animals and may be figurative or abstract. Don’t

miss the chance to drop in to view the exhibition, chat

with members about their work and find out more about

joining in!

Most of the work will be for sale, so it’s a good chance

to pick up an early Christmas present for your family or

friends.

Ashton Art Group meets in the Childcare and Community

Centre (formerly YMCA) in Hilton Street, Ashton in

Makerfield on Tuesday evenings at 8pm. There is a varied

programme of portrait, figure and life study, still life,

outdoor sketching, demonstrations and workshops and

some lively social occasions.

New members are always welcome to join this friendly

group and there is always somebody willing to help

newer artists to develop their talents.

For more details about the group, visit their website www.

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Ashton Art Group

proudly present their

Annual

Exhibition

2021

at the

ex-Marks & spencer store

in the Grand Arcade, Wigan

Open 10am-4pm every day from

Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th October

Wide range of artwork available.

Most pieces are also for sale –

Come along and pick up an early

Christmas present or two!

For more details visit

www.ashtonartgroup.co.uk

or search for @AshtonArtGroup

on Facebook.

U3A Relaunch

Upholland and District U3A is having a relaunch event

between 10am-2pm Thursday 2nd September at St

Teresa’s Hall, College Road, Upholland.

If you’re no longer in full time work and you’d like to

explore new interests, skills and ideas then come along

for a coffee and find out more.

Current members will be in attendance, along with group

leaders, to discuss the many activities that you can get

involved with. With thousands of local members, the U3A

can give you a chance to stretch your mind and extend

your social life while you take part in some enjoyable

activities.

For more details about the activities on offer, visit the

website www.uphollandu3a.org.

Revival Course

If you’re looking to revive a tired piece of furniture and

don’t know where to begin then have a look at the

Boho Shed’s one day workshop! Joanna will be running

a workshop on Saturday September 18th from 10am to

3pm at The Boho Shed’s Workshop on Newton Road in

Billinge.

You can take your own small piece of furniture and

transform it into a fresh, elegant and creative piece in

a friendly and fun workshop using some beautiful ‘Re-

Colour’ chalk paint and accessories.

You will learn about different paint types and a variety

of techniques including preparation, painting, crackling,

waxing, dry brushing, stencilling and distressing.

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The winners of the Local Life competition in our July and

August issues have been confirmed as Megan Gallagher

from Standish, Melvin Levick, also from Standish,

Samantha Clinton from Highfield and Angela Fletcher

from Billinge.

The winners all received a pair of tickets for the recent

Tom Jones concert at Haydock Park.

Thank you to all those who entered.


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Young Achiever Award

Wigan Soroptimists are seeking a girl or young woman

who is worthy of their Young Achiever award for 2021.

Soroptimist International of Wigan is part of a worldwide

organisation of women who work via projects, fundraising,

and advocacy to advance the status of women and girls at

national and international level.

The Young Achiever award was launched in 2012 and

anyone can make a nomination. The nominees will be

judged on individual achievements such as service to the

community, acts of bravery, overcoming life’s difficulties,

young carer, business skills, outstanding performance at

school or college, or in the fields of sport or entertainment.

The winner will have her name engraved on the Club’s

large trophy. She will receive an engraved miniature

trophy, presented by the Mayor of Wigan, together with

a cash prize of £100. The age range for nominees is 11-19

years and they must come from the catchment area of the

Club, which is essentially the Wigan Borough excluding

the Leigh, Tyldesley and Atherton districts.

The nomination form can be obtained on request from

secretary.siwigan@gmail.com or can be downloaded

from the website www.sigbi.org/wigan. The deadline for

applications is 30th October 2021.

Business Breakfast

Wigan Athletic’s Chief Executive Mal Brannigan is the

guest speaker at Wigan Youth Zone’s Business Breakfast

event on Friday 3rd September.

This popular monthly networking event is being held

‘in person’ for the first time in 2021, and hot drinks will

be available from 7am, with breakfast barms following

shortly afterwards. The event finishes at 9am/9.15am and

is sponsored by rijo42 and Kings Fine Cooked Meats.

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Slow-roasted paprika chicken

with lemon and artichokes

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tsp sumac

3 tbsp olive oil

1 organic chicken, jointed

1 bulb of garlic (separated into unpeeled

cloves)

Sprig of thyme

2 unwaxed lemons, cut into quarters

150 ml chicken stock

Black pepper

1 x 400g can artichoke hearts

This is such an easy recipe. Everything is simply placed in a roasting dish

and slow-cooked in the oven, creating an amazing spicy lemony flavour.

Serve leftovers for lunch the following day cold with salad.

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/150°C fan/gas mark 3.

2. Mix together the paprika, sumac and olive oil. Put the chicken pieces

into a roasting tin and add the garlic cloves, thyme and lemon

quarters. Pour over the paprika oil and rub all over the chicken pieces.

3. Drizzle over the stock and season with black pepper. Cover the dish

with foil and cook in the oven for 2 hours.

4. Remove the foil from the roasting tin, add the artichoke hearts and

turn the oven up to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6. Cook for another 30

minutes or until the chicken is golden.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING: 387kcal, fat 27.8g (of which saturates 7g), carbohydrate 1.4g

(of which sugars 0.6g), protein 33.2g.


Quinoa and Feta Burgers

with Tomato Relish

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Makes 6 burgers

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

A vegetarian burger packed

with flavour and topped with

a simple tomato relish.

Ingredients

80g / scant ½ cup quinoa

2 tsp bouillon vegetable stock

powder or a vegetable stock

2 tbsp olive oil

½ red onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp ground cumin

1 x 400g can kidney beans drained

115g / 4oz feta cheese, crumbled

1 tbsp parsley, chopped

1 tbsp mint, chopped

2 tbsp cornflour

Salt and pepper

Tomato Relish

4 tomatoes, quartered

1 red onion, quartered

1 tbsp olive oil

½ small chipotle chilli, soaked in

warm water for 20 minutes

1 tbsp fresh coriander

2 tsp xylitol

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER

BURGER WITH RELISH (NO BUN):

215kcal, protein 8.5g, carbohydrates 24g

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

saturates 3.4g)

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allow to cool.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

toppings of your choice.


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Golf Fundraiser

It’s almost time to tee off for the Annual Golf Day to raise

funds for Wigan Youth Zone.

Listed below are the titles of ten films released

in the given years, where the first names of any

characters from these films have been replaced by

their surnames, and where only the initial letters of

all other words are given.

Can you give the correct titles of

these films?

1. T. S. A. Jensen (1998)

2. M. C. Gambini (1992)

3. M. Rockatansky (1979)

4. Heslop’s W. (1994)

5. Campbell’s W. (1992)

6. W. N. T. T. A. Khatchadourian (2011)

7. W. Burns M. Albright (1989)

8. Preston A. Logan’s E. A. (1989)

9. T. Burbank. S. (1998)

10. W. A. Lomax’s (1989)

Quiz

Names in

Film Titles

This year’s event, which is in being held in collaboration

with Clarkes’ Golf, is taking place on Friday 10th

September at Dean Wood Golf Club in Up Holland.

The cost is £200 for a team of four, and teams can be

gents or ladies or a mix of both. Tee times are staggered

and will be available from 9.00am to 3.15pm. Prizes will

be given for the best team score and for those who place

nearest the pin at all Par 3 holes.

Tee/Green sponsorship is also available at £50 per hole. If

you’d like to book a team or place sponsorship, and raise

money for Wigan Youth Zone contact David via email at

davidclarkegolf@hotmail.co.uk

Fubhub Meet Up

The ladies from the Wigan branch of Females Uniting in

Business would like to invite you to their next event on

Wednesday 8th September.

The ladies share ideas, help take the pressure off any

business issues and help each other secure business sales.

The cost of the meeting is £5 per person and all proceeds

go back into the group so that they can hold events and

raise money for local charities.

For more information about the next meeting or to join

the group please email enquiries@fubhub.co.uk

Shout Out

Charities such as the Samaritans have helped thousands

of people through the difficulties of the past eighteen

months, particularly those without family and friends.

The services that the Samaritans provide are funded by

retail shops throughout the UK and the local Wigan retail

shop is desperately short of volunteers.

Can you spare any time, even just a couple of hours a

week, to help at the Wigan shop, which is located at 39

Hallgate? If so, the Shop Manager Jean Ashby would love

to hear from you. Please give Jean a call on 01744 894122

or 0742 566 842.

Quiz solutions can be found on page 88 of this magazine


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Cooking with the Kids

Top tips before you start

This is a great time to start teaching your child about food hygiene and safety. Even toddlers can

quickly learn that they need to wash their hands before cooking and not to touch the hob when

it’s on. Older children can learn how to use an oven glove and knife, why it’s important to clean

surfaces and so on. Do always supervise kids when they’re cooking though.

All the recipes should feed four people for lunch or dinner.

Pepper and

tomato pasta

Bored of baking fairy cakes?

Help your kids’ cooking skills reach

the next level with our easy recipes.

Ingredients

• Half an onion

• Three large red or yellow salad

peppers

• Two cloves of garlic

• One tablespoon of olive oil

• One carton of passata

• One tin of chopped tomatoes

• A pinch of dried basil

• Approx. 400g of dried wholemeal

spaghetti

• Cheese to sprinkle on top

Method

• Chop the onion, peppers and

garlic. Warm the olive oil on a

medium heat in a large saucepan.

Add the chopped vegetables and

lightly sauté for a few minutes.

Add the passata, tinned tomatoes

and dried basil. Pop the lid on and

leave to simmer on a low heat for

15 minutes.

• Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in

a large pan of boiling water for 10

minutes (or as long as it says on

the packet).

• Blend the sauce until smooth and

spoon it over the cooked pasta.

Add grated cheese if required. If

there’s any sauce left, freeze it for

another day.

Cheesy egg

muffins

Ingredients

• 8 eggs

• 100ml of milk

• 1-2 slices of ham

• A handful of vegetables, e.g.

sliced mushrooms, chopped

tomatoes, tinned sweetcorn

• Approx. 120g of cheddar cheese

Method

• Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C

fan/gas mark 6. Lightly grease a

muffin tin with butter.

• Whisk the eggs and milk together.

• Tear the ham into small pieces. Add

the vegetables and ham to each

individual muffin cup. Pour in the

eggs and top with grated cheese.

• Bake in the oven for 20-25

minutes. (Use a skewer or sharp

knife to check they’re cooked.)

• Eat hot with fries or cold with salad.

Cheat’s pizza

Ingredients

• 2 part-baked baguettes

• 4-5 tablespoons of passata (or

just use ketchup mixed with a

dollop of tomato puree)

• Toppings, e.g. shredded ham,

cooked sweetcorn, pineapple

chunks, pepperoni

• Approx. 250g of grated

mozzarella or cheddar

Method

• Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/

gas mark 6.

• Cut each baguette in half

lengthways. Spread passata on

the long cut sides.

• Add your toppings, followed by

cheese, and pop the pizzas in the

oven for 10 minutes.


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A Guide to

Wooden

Floors

Laminate or solid, engineered or

reclaimed, timber flooring is a classic

choice that works in every room of

the house. It’s less cold and hard on

the feet than stone or tiles, better at

repelling stains than carpet and is

endlessly good-looking, whether in a

period property or a new home.

This reclaimed teak, available in random-width planks, has been

repaired and stained.

Woodworks by Ted Todd Rare Finds Dark Colonial Teak, £POA,

Ted Todd: 01925 284 496; tedtodd.co.uk.

Preparing for a new timber floor

Timber floors can be fitted anywhere in the house, on solid

or suspended floors, although – because wood expands

and contracts according to humidity – they’re often not

advised for bathrooms or other wet areas. In this case, it’s

best to stick to high-quality engineered wood. Insulate

the sub-floor before you start, and consider what effect

the new flooring will have on your final floor level – which

may affect thresholds and require doors to be cut across

the bottom so they will open and close. When fixing the

boards down, make sure to avoid any pipes and wires

that run beneath the existing floor. To keep your final

floorcovering pristine, avoid fitting it until all the ‘wet’ or

dirty building work is complete.

What type of timber floor?

Floorboards laid in a chevron pattern create a stylish base for a

sophisticated room scheme.

Lottie grand sofa in Isla Kingfisher with darkened oak legs, £2,425;

Brompton reading floor lamp in brass, £350; Matilda armchair in

Imogen Holkham Sand with pale oak legs, £795; Keswick square

coffee table, £500; all Neptune: www.neptune.com.

Laminate floorboards are usually made from a resinimpregnated

decorative paper surface layer (with

photographs of real wood), bonded to a thin MDF or

chipboard core. With cheap versions it can be easy to spot

the pattern repeat , and they’re not especially durable,

but more expensive brands are very tough and come with

long guarantees.


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Solid wood is exactly that – whatever type of wood it is

composed of goes all the way through the board, so it

looks and feels entirely natural and can be sanded again

and again.

Engineered wood (sometimes called multi-layer or,

confusingly, laminated) is made from layers of solid

timber or a veneer of solid timber on top of MDF, plywood,

chipboard or softwood, with a balancing veneer beneath.

Most are made up of either three or five layers, crossbonded

for greater stability. A top layer of at least 5mm

allows for limited sanding if necessary. The advantage of

engineered boards over solid ones is that they shouldn’t

warp, gap, cup or bow.

Reclaimed boards have a beautiful patina that simply

can’t be replicated, and are the environmentally friendly

option. They don’t come cheap, as they often require

work to remedy problems such as woodworm, ingrained

dirt and stains, dents and splits, variations in thickness

or colour, broken tongue and groove, and lots of old

nails. When buying, always ask where the wood came

from and how it’s been stored since it was reclaimed

– timber that has stood outside for any length of time

may be useless, and would need to dry out considerably

before it could be used again. As a rule of thumb, pine

is cheaper than oak, and narrower boards are cheaper

than wider ones.

Style and finish

Most timber floors sold in the UK are made from

European oak, which has a lovely grain and is very longlasting.

There are, however, many other choices, including

beech, maple, ash, walnut, merbau, cherry and, of course,

pine. As for finishes, options include stains, waxes, oils,

varnishes and limewashes, each of which can subtly

change the appearance of the final floor.

An important consideration is the form and laying

pattern of the boards. Both solid and engineered wood

flooring is available as boards (in varying widths), strips

(less than 10cm wide), smallish blocks (extremely strong)

and parquet (like blocks, but thinner). While boards

are traditionally laid parallel to one another, designers

are increasingly turning to the contemporary effect

of chevron and herringbone styles, while parquet has

had something of a renaissance in recent years, with

intricately patterned squares that look glamorous and

dramatic.

A white-oil finish creates a clean, fresh look in this bright entrance hall.

Oak White oiled brushed wood flooring, £72 per square metre, The

Natural Wood Floor Company: 020 8871 9771; naturalwoodfloor.co.uk.

LOOKING AFTER A WOODEN FLOOR

Wood floors don’t need a great deal of special

treatment. The main thing to remember is not to

let them get too wet, to install a good doormat

and take off stilettos, which will punch small holes

everywhere. Remove dust and grit regularly by

vacuuming or cleaning with a soft broom. Mop

occasionally, but don’t soak the wood or leave

water sitting on it – wring the mop head as much

as possible, then wipe over again with a dry mop.

Using a proprietary cleaning product will make your

floor look better and last longer – ask your retailer

for advice. And don’t forget that a new wooden

floor will naturally become darker or lighter as it

matures.


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Open for Everyone

Open Water Swimming has come to Wigan and you can

join this invigorating form of exercise at Three Sisters

Water-Ski Club, based on Landgate Lane in Bryn.

Swimming sessions take place every Wednesday

between 7-8.30pm and are hosted by the Endurance

Store in Wrightington. There are coached sessions every

week and are suitable for complete novices right through

to advanced swimmers.

Every third week is race night and there are a range of

distances to choose from, if you don’t fancy racing then

you can still attend and swim at your own pace. The

swims are limited to 120 people, wetsuits are compulsory

and under 16’s must have a swim float.

Places are £6 per session, so to book your slot or find

out more go online to https://theendurancecoach.com/

open-water-swimming.

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Foodie Fridays have returned to Haigh for the first time

since September 2019. The event, which takes place

within the Courtyard at Haigh Country Park, runs on the

last Friday of every month until 29th October.

Visitors can sample street food from different corners of

the globe and there’s music too. Foodie Fridays is a family

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It’s quick and easy to add softness

underfoot while introducing a stylish

element of colour and pattern.

Add bohemian style

to your living room,

dining room or bedroom

with this hand-tufted,

unusual wool/cotton

rug.

Dutchbone round pix

rug with tassels, £389,

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Get cosy with a

cream, textural rug

that’s perfect for

enjoying a fireside

mug of hot chocolate

while wrapped in a

blanket.

Teddy rug, £395, Loaf.

Spark a little one’s

imagination with a softer

take on the popular

rainbow motif, complete

with boho tassels.

Earth Rainbow rug with

tassels, £13, Sass & Belle.

Tap into the trend for

geometric statement

rugs with this

fashionable pure wool

rug, available in three

colours and two sizes.

Hackney handwoven

rug, wool/cotton blend,

Yellow Diamond, £159,

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Handwoven by Berbers in the Atlas Mountains, this soft and luxurious

rug is fully customisable to create your dream design.

Lozenge rug, jet black on natural wool, £899, Cosy Coco.

THE LOWDOWN ON RUGS

• Rugs look beautiful on wooden, stone and tiled

floors (always use an underlay to keep them safely

in place) and add welcome softness. Texture is

important, in terms of both material and weave –

piled wool or flat-woven cotton (which is thinner

but more easily put through the washing machine),

or perhaps nubby jute or sisal, tougher on the toes,

but durable and with a certain rugged charm.

• Gone are the days of choosing between only

rectangular or circular rugs. These days, anything

goes, from oval to rainbow-shaped and even

irregular outlines. Tufted rugs, too, play with

different heights of pile to introduce an intriguing

textural element.

• Add extra interest with some boho tassels (very

on trend) or a more restrained finishing edge.

This works well with a neutral rug that picks up a

contrast border colour from elsewhere in the room.

• Don’t make the mistake of buying a rug that is too

small for a room. In general, it is best to go as big as

possible, so that all the furniture (or at least its front

legs) can sit on the rug.

• For global glamour, look no further than a rug.

From Indian dhurries and Greek flokatis to Middle

Eastern kilims and French Aubussons, they each

provide wonderful style, colour, pattern and texture.


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Don’t Suffer in Silence

The ability to hear is one of our most important senses.

Hearing enables us to connect to and make sense of

the world. It’s the brain’s main connection to what’s

happening around us and our hearing is always on duty,

24 hours a day, every day.

How do we hear?

Hearing is complex and requires a series of actions and

reactions in order to work. The process involves many

parts of the ear working together to convert soundwaves

into information that your brain understands and

interprets as sounds.

Being able to hear well enables us to enjoy life to the

fullest. We’re adept at being able to quickly differentiate

between myriad sounds, what they represent and how

we should respond. Your sense of hearing also helps to

keep you safe and alert to possible dangers.

Hearing problems

Being able to hear well is something we tend to take for

granted, yet ear problems can develop at any time due to

blockages or infections. You might also find your balance

is affected. The good news is most ear conditions can

usually be treated and don’t lead to long-term problems.

Here are some of the common causes of ear discomfort.

Earwax build-up

Earwax is produced inside your ears to keep them clean

and free of germs. This usually passes out of the ear

harmlessly but sometimes too much wax can build up

and lead to blocked ears. It’s a very common problem

and can often be treated with over-the-counter (OTC)

ear drops. There are several types you can use, including

drops containing sodium bicarbonate, olive oil or almond

oil.

Some people naturally produce a lot of earwax leading to

regularly blocked ears. Other factors that can increase the

risk of too much wax building up include:

• Producing naturally hard or dry earwax

• Having narrow or hairy ear canals (this is the tube

between the opening of the ear and the eardrum)

• Getting older, as earwax becomes drier with age

• Bony growths in the outer part of the ear canal

• Frequently inserting objects into your ear canal, such

as cotton buds or ear plugs

If you have a build-up of earwax, you may experience

symptoms such as earache, hearing loss, tinnitus,


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itchiness, vertigo or develop an infection. Symptoms will

usually improve once the excess wax has been removed

but for this you may need to see a specialist.

Pressure in your ears

Your sinuses and ears are closely connected so when

you have sinus congestion, this can lead to pressure

in your ears. Having clogged sinuses can lead to pain,

dizziness, and a muffled sensation in your ears. Treating

the congestion in your sinuses is the first step. Try using

a nasal saline decongestant spray or hold a warm, moist

muslin cloth to your face – this can help to ease the

pressure and discomfort. Drink plenty of fluids too, as

staying hydrated can help to keep nasal mucus thin.

Swimmer’s ear

Despite the name, you don’t need to have been in the

pool to get this! It has the medical name otitis externa

and is an infection of the ear canal. Swimmer’s ear differs

from common ear infections that can occur in young

children after they have had a cold, such as middle-ear

infections. The condition is usually caused by bacteria,

although it can sometimes be brought on by a virus or

fungus. Symptoms include itching in the ear, pain, and

trouble hearing (sound may seem muffled as your ear

canal swells). You might also experience fluid draining out

of the ear. Prescription ear drops are the most common

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Hearing loss

This is a common problem that often develops gradually

with age, although it can also be caused by repeated

exposure to loud noises. Hearing loss affects around

12 million people in the UK. General signs of hearing

loss include difficulty hearing other people clearly or

misunderstanding what they say, asking people to repeat

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turned up higher. There are a number of treatment

options for hearing loss. What’s recommended will

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Who to ask for help?

A sudden change to your hearing is likely to need an

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Past Forward -

The Rewind

1991 will go down in history as a remarkable year. The World

Wide Web was rolled out to the public, the USSR ceased to

exist, the first Gulf War began and so did the Balkan war. And

in other 1991 news, Wigan Council launched Past Forward,

a magazine aimed at providing local history information for

residents of the Borough.

This year Past Forward celebrated its 30th birthday, and so

impressed were we with this achievement that we decided

to go behind the scenes at the magazine and highlight just

a few of the people behind the success story of Past Forward.

Alastair Gillies

Alastair was the first Editor of Past Forward and he

worked on the magazine from its first issue in 1991. Not

only was he instrumental in running the magazine, but

the magazine was also his idea! Alastair told me, “At the

time the heritage service was very new, and we had just

amalgamated the museum, archives and history shop into

one complete service. I thought it would be a good idea

to have a vehicle

whereby we could

pass on information

about the service to

staff and the local

community alike.”

Alastair went on to

explain that editing

a magazine and

writing articles are

two very different

things, and it wasn’t

his intention to

Alastair Gillies

write the magazine,

he needed contributions. Alastair continued, “The first

edition was very well received, lots of lovely comments

and after that I was inundated with ideas and stories, so

my job was really to piece it altogether.

“The support for the magazine was huge, the leisure

department really got behind it even though it was a

very new thing, and the readers have always been very

complimentary – all in all it was a success.”

Alastair retired in 2005 and is now living

in Formby. He likes to keep himself busy

with daily dog walks on the beach, church

activities, playing the organ, meeting up

with his local branch of the U3A and he

is even researching and compiling a local

family history book! Alastair clearly has a

passion for history and when I asked if he still

read the magazine, he told me that he had a

study full of back issues.

Alex Miller

The current Editor of Past Forward is Alex Miller,

the Lead Officer - Archives & Local Studies,

who is based at the recently renovated Leigh

Town Hall, a building that has recently been


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Alex Miller with the first copy of Past Forward


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transformed into a hugely impressive, state-of-the-art,

archive facility for the entire Borough. Alex joined Wigan

Council in 2007 from the archives at Unilever, which are

based at the multinational company’s historical home at

Port Sunlight on the Wirral.

I start by asking Alex how difficult it is to select what

content to use in Past Forward. “There’s a groundswell

of interest in Past Forward and we usually have plenty of

content to choose from, but the hard part is balancing

the content so that the content is from as many different

parts of the Borough and also making sure that we don’t

focus too much on a single subject, such as mining or

rugby, in one single issue”.

Alex goes on to explain how an annual history essay

competition, (sponsored for the past decade or so by

former Shevington Councillor John O’Neill and his late

wife Barbara), produces a flow of contributors to Past

Forward, “We have around a dozen regular contributors

and the content that they send us is supplemented by

those who enter the competition.

“Often the people who enter the competition go on to

produce other content for Past Forward on a regular

basis”.

I asked Alex whether there were any issues from his

time as Editor which he was particularly proud of and he

immediately highlighted the Women’s History issue and

the World War 1 issue.

“I worked with my colleague Hannah Turner on both of

these issues, and they stand out for different reasons”,

said Alex. “So much of history is written by men, from a


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male perspective, and the articles in that particular issue

were uniquely female-led and we received a lot of very

positive feedback.

“The WW1 issue carried so many powerful and emotive

pieces, and we had quite a few readers who, after reading

the issue, were able to jump into their own family histories”.

Before shooting off to avoid a parking ticket, I asked Alex

why he thought Past Forward had been so successful over

thirty years.

“We are 100% reliant on the passion of our volunteers and

the knowledge of our contributors” concludes Alex, “Past

Forward just wouldn’t exist without their contributions”.

Yvonne Eckersley

One of the volunteers at Archives: Wigan & Leigh and

an enthusiastic contributor to Past Forward is Yvonne

Eckersley.

Leyther Yvonne retired in 2008 as a primary school teacher

and wanted to ‘give something back’ to the community.

Yvonne told me that she has a lifetime interest in history

and that the Archives was a natural choice when she was

on the lookout for post-retirement activities.

“I felt the skills I had developed whilst studying for my

history degree would be useful to the Archives.

“I was specifically interested in ordinary people’s history,

the type of people whose lives weren’t accurately

represented in history books. The experience of writing

my dissertation on the rise of the Labour Movement in

Leigh convinced me of the need to research and reveal

the rich nature of our local history”.

A few years ago, the Archives service published an

anthology of all the pieces Yvonne has contributed to the

magazine and she is currently researching the life and times

of Helen Fairhurst (nee Silcock) who lived between 1865-

1951, in the Pemberton and Goose Green area of Wigan.

But Yvonne has not-so-fond memories of the first task

she was asked to complete at the Archives. She confesses

“My first job was cataloguing wills written in the 1600’s

which was very complicated and cumbersome, and I did

think that I was given that job to test out whether I had

‘stickability’, but I survived and lived to tell the tale!”.

The latest issue of Past Forward is available at the Borough’s libraries at a cost of £2, or you can buy an annual

subscription to Past Forward for £6 plus P&P via the Council’s website here;

www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Museums-archives/Subscribe-to-Past-Forward-Magazine.aspx

Archived issues of Past Forward are available online here;

www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Museums-archives/Past-Forward.aspx


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why your home hasn’t sold

In a perfect world, you’d list your home for sale, schedule

viewings, receive multiple offers, and sell your home fast

and above list price. Unfortunately, selling your house

isn’t always that simple and your home could end up

sitting on the market longer than you anticipated.

Let’s dive in and discuss four likely reasons your home

hasn’t sold and what you can do to fix the problems.

Your home needs improvements

Being a homeowner means keeping your home and

property in good condition. You may need to put a little

time and money into your home so you can receive more

offers and sell your house quickly. Furthermore, if you’ve

had buyers interested in your home, but maintenance

problems are encountered during the home survey, you

could end up losing the sale.

The solution?

Before listing your home for sale, start researching what

other similar homes are being sold for. If other sellers (in

close proximity) and in your price range have a recently

remodelled kitchen or bathroom, or new flooring

throughout, they’ll likely outshine your listing. Research

your options on which home upgrades will give you the

most ‘bang for your buck’ in your market. If you know there

are issues that will be highlighted in a survey, make sure to

address these before putting your home on the market.

Your home is priced too high

Pricing a house too high happens more often than you

might think. The longer your over-priced home stays on

the market, the more likely it is that you’ll need to drop

the asking price. Typically, if a home sits on the market for

a long time, buyers will assume it’s because something is

wrong with it.

solution?

Check what similar homes in your area are listed (and

have sold for) and use an online calculator for a home

value estimate. Your agent will also be able to work with

you to price your home competitively with an expertise

that can’t be matched with online tools. Don’t be tempted

to go with the highest offer, but rather the one that’s well

researched out – you can ask your agent how they arrived

at a certain price.

Your home is cluttered and dirty

It happens to all of us. Your daily mess just becomes junk

that you overlook day-by-day. But trust me – the piles of

paper, boxes of toys, and mounds of clothes will definitely

be noticed by potential buyers. Clutter will distract buyers

from your home’s best features and will make the space

appear smaller.

The solution?

As you’re decluttering, be sure to pack away family

photos, excess books and clothes. Instead of stashing

your stuff in closets, box up what you don’t need and store

it elsewhere. Then clean your house from top to bottom.

Wipe and dust every surface, decoration, and window

inside and out. Mop and vacuum carpets and floors.

Your kerb appeal isn’t appealing

Take a walk around your street – why do some homes

appear inviting and others less so? Is it the green lawn and

the neatly cut hedges? The fresh coat of paint? Now, walk

past your home and try to picture yourself as a potential

buyer. What needs work?

The solution?

Many buyers won’t even visit your home if it doesn’t

look nice from the outside. Your lawn, hedges and trees

should be neat and there shouldn’t be any visible weeds.

Have your windows washed and hire a power washing

company to clean driveways.

The longer your home sits on the market, the less appealing

it will become to buyers. Identify what is preventing potential

buyers from making any offers and fix the issues as soon as

possible. This way, you can sell your house quickly.

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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Pem Family Funday

Pemberton Community Association, with help from

Wigan Council, are holding a family fun day on Saturday

September 4.

The fun day will take place between 11am-5pm and

promises to be packed full of music, entertainment and

family fun; including Kevin the Klown, the Luna Lush fun

bus, a crepe stall, food stall, funfair rides and more!

The event is taking place as part of the Council’s ‘Our Town

LIVE’ initiative to welcome people back to shopping on

their high street. For more information about Our Town

LIVE and to see other areas and dates for events please go

online at www.wigan.gov.uk/OurTown.

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Cash for Clutter

eBay once dominated the online selling market, but

nowadays you’re spoilt for choice on where to sell your

unwanted clothes, furniture and homeware.

Whether you’re moving house, redecorating or just trying

to live more minimally, we’ve gathered together some of

the best websites and ways to rehome your clutter.

From sofas and desks to cars, pets and even rooms to rent,

Gumtree has it all.

Gumtree is used to look for items locally, so putting your

postcode in the listing is paramount. If you want your ad

to get some extra attention, you can put some money

behind it, but other than that it’s free.

Shpock sells itself as an online car boot sale: cheap,

local and full of surprises. It’s your place to get rid of

those smaller items that won’t get much attention on

bigger sites like Gumtree or eBay, from cushions to

children’s clothes and everything in between.

It’s completely free to list, unless you want to promote

an item. Shpock doesn’t get involved in the payment

process either. Once a price has been negotiated, it’s up

to the buyer and seller to arrange delivery and payment.

A must-download if you’re into vintage fashion, Depop

is a great place to sell homemade or vintage clothes,

shoes and accessories – the quirkier, the better.

Listing your items is free, but once an item sells, Depop

will charge a 10% fee on the sale price. Then there’s

also a small PayPal transaction fee to be aware of.

However, Depop can fetch you a high price and with

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Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is hot on eBay’s heels as the best

place to swap your clutter for cash. The best part is there

are no fees, so the profit is all yours.

Like Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace is used to sell locally.

It’s a platform many of us are already familiar with too, which

means you can keep up to date with friends and family, and

clear some space in your house, all from one website.

Similar to Depop, but with a slightly older target

audience, Vinted is a huge online marketplace for

selling clothes, with millions of users. Upmarket high

street brands tend to do better. Bagged a popular Zara

handbag that sold out within days? You can probably

sell it for twice the price on Vinted.

There are no fees for uploading or selling your items

on Vinted, but there is a small fee to the buyer.

Top tips

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Spend time taking good pictures

Photograph your items in a well-lit area of your

house or garden, and from multiple angles.

The more descriptive, the better

Pad out your listing with as much information as

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reason for selling.

Be honest

Reviews are key to building your online selling

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Heritage Open Days

Organised by volunteers every September, Heritage

Open Days is one of England’s biggest voluntary cultural

events. It attracts some 800,000 people every year and

allows people free access to historical landmarks, many of

which are either not usually open to the public or would

normally charge an entrance fee.

It’s your chance to find hidden places and try out new

experiences – all of which are free.

Heritage Open Days were established in 1994 as England’s

contribution to European Heritage Days, in which 49

countries now participate.

Amongst the events taking place locally is the King Street

Tour in Wigan. Billed as The Street That Was, this event

includes a tour around the King Street Heritage Action

Zone, explaining how the street has developed over the

centuries.

Tales of the lost buildings of King Street will be told enroute

to a number of stops at buildings and areas of

special interest including; Grimes Arcade, The Royal Court

Theatre, Timberlakes and Rowbottom Square.

This tour is available on Sunday 12 September (2pm),

Tuesday 14 September (10.30am), Thursday 16 September

(10.30am) and Sunday 19 September (2pm). No booking

is required. The tour starts at the Wigan Miners Memorial

outside the front door of the Life Centre South.

Two Heritage Open Day events are also scheduled to

take place in nearby Lathom. Dating back to 1500, the

beautiful Lathom Park Chapel will be opening its doors

to the general public on Sunday 12 September between

2pm-4pm.

And at the nearby Scout HQ on Hall Lane, there will be

an Outdoor Medieval banquet with living history and

historical displays based on medieval Lathom Park.

This event will take place on Saturday 11th September

between 12pm-6pm. Pre-booking is required for this

event so please email secretary-lathomparktrust@

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Places for Everyone

Wigan Council are working in partnership with the Greater

Manchester Combined Authority and all other Greater

Manchester districts (except Stockport) to prepare a joint

development plan called Places for Everyone.

This plan replaces the Greater Manchester Spatial

Framework which is no longer being taken forward

following the withdrawal of Stockport Council from the

joint plan in December 2020.

Places for Everyone is a long-term plan for jobs, new

homes, and sustainable growth and will help meet the

city-region’s needs up until 2037.

For further information on the Plan and the supporting

evidence, and to submit comments, please visit the

allocations, including the land at M6 Junction 25.

Land at M6 Junction 25 is proposed to consist of around

140,000 square metres of employment floorspace.

Planning permission for employment development was

granted on this site in July 2021. Delivery in accordance

with this planning approval is not dependent on the site’s

allocation in the Places for Everyone Plan. Its allocation

in the new plan will remove the site from the Green Belt.

To view the proposed policy, the site allocation boundary,

and a Topic Paper providing an overview of the J25 site

and a summary of the evidence supporting its allocation

in the new plan you can visit www.gmconsult.org or on

Wigan Council’s website.

consultation website of the Greater Manchester The other three proposed allocations affect Pocket Nook

Combined Authority www.gmconsult.org.

A hard copy of the Places for Everyone Plan can be viewed

at both Wigan Library and Leigh Library. This consultation

closes on the 3rd October 2021.

In relation to jobs and housing specifically within the

in Lowton, land north of Mosley Common and land west

of Gibfield in Atherton.

Place for Everyone also proposes to add six tracts of land

to the area’s existing Green Belt, the largest of which is the

Hope Carr Nature Reserve in Leigh.

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George’s Grandad, Bernard Birch, who financed the

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“George came to me

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A Winstanley-based charity shop is looking for volunteers.

The DEBRA shop on Winstanley Precinct helps fund

research into Epidermolysis Bullosa, a group of painful

genetic skin conditions that cause the skin to tear and

blister at the slightest touch. People with EB have a faulty

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Volunteers are expected to sort through donations, stock

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Staff from the Warrington, Wigan and St Helens Sling

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COVID Funding

Wigan Borough businesses working in the wedding,

events and entertainment sector will benefit from a

financial boost to help them recover from the pandemic.

Wigan Council will be distributing £1.5million of

government funding in three phases over the coming

months.

Phase one is now live and will target businesses working

in or supporting the wedding, events and entertainment

sectors who may have been ineligible for national

schemes or have not received grants since early 2020.

The council recently asked borough businesses to

complete a survey to understand how they had been

impacted by Covid-19, if they had received funding

previously and what future support they needed.

The Leader of Wigan Council, David Molyneux said:

“The survey was a vital exercise to highlight the barriers

businesses have experienced over the last 18 months.

“It was clear from the responses we received, as well as

conversations nationally, that the wedding, events and

entertainment sector felt forgotten, which is why we have

prioritised them with this first round of funding.”

Councillor Nazia Rehman, the local authority’s cabinet

member for transformation and finance added “We’ve

made a strategic decision to stagger the funds over three

rounds in the coming months, each of which will target

different businesses and will have different allocation

processes.

“Phase one has now opened, meaning that eligible

businesses will benefit from a fixed payment of £1,000

and the following two phases are expected to open later

this year after our teams finalise the allocation processes.”

Phase two will have two strands. The first will focus on

larger, established businesses in the borough with high

employment numbers and the second will be directed

at businesses who can demonstrate a future growth

opportunity. Further eligibility criteria applies.

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to apply now via the council’s website. www.wigan.gov.

uk/Business/Business-Support/Additional-Restrictions-

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by Chris Pearce

Distance: 6¼ Difficulty: Medium Plus

Frodsham

& Helsby

Occasionally when I collate a walk for Local Life, I get a

suspicion that there’s room for improvement. The Sandstone

Trail in spring 2020 was a case in point; the first half of the

walk was a cracker, the back half just ok, so I popped over

the Mersey again recently to scratch that itch. This wellsignposted

6¼ mile walk centres around two prehistoric

hilltops enclosures; Helsby Hill and Woodhouse Hill. There

are lots of climbs and some sheer cliffs on this walk, so

I would recommend that you leave the kids at home and

make sure you wear suitable footwear.

Start the walk at the car park for Frodsham’s

war memorial (WA6 6BG) and take the

steep road downhill. Turn left at the

Belle Monte Hotel and look for a

footpath on your right which

plunges you into

the woods. After a few short steps, the path forks so take

the left fork uphill.

After a few minutes walking – follow the yellow ‘S’ sign

and go up the sandstone steps and you’ll arrive at the war

memorial, the first of many impressive viewpoints on the

walk. Carry on in the same direction past the war memorial

and ease downhill for 200 yards – then take the lower path.

The track continues, hugging the side of the hill in the

shadow of sandstone cliffs until you ascend once more,

briefly arriving at an open area at the top and then again

sinking into the woods. You’ll soon arrive at a crossroad

of paths by some wooden steps, turn right here following

the NCW sign and you’ll arrive at multiple flights of steep

steel steps, Take the steps carefully to the bottom of the

sandstone valley and you arrive at a fingerpost – turn

right to Carriage Drive.


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Continue on the path downhill until you reach a

distinctive wall; turn left here and take the steps down

the steep hill. When you arrive at the foot of the

hill where all the ferns are, there’s two options;

turn right at this point.

Follow the path through the woods, close to

its perimeter with farmland for just under ¾

mile until you reach an exit marked Tarvin

Road. Take this exit and walk down to the

road; turn left and then first right into the

single-track Chestnut Lane.

At its conclusion Chestnut Lane

narrows to a footpath: take the

bridge across the stream and head

in the same direction up the

concrete steps. Follow this evernarrowing

footpath until you

arrive out in the open by a

house called Tong Dean. Go

through the gate opposite

and follow the clearly

defined footpath until

you arrive in Helsby on

Bates Lane.

Turn right and then

turn left at the

crossroads on the

Old Chester Road.

Look out for a

footpath sign

for ‘Helsby Hill’ on your left about 50 yards up that road.

Turn up the narrow footpath for a short steep climb

to an opening with three paths and a fingerpost.

Take the second path marked ‘Hill Top’ and

take a gentle enough climb, passing a cliff

top viewpoint on the way, until you reach

the summit of Helsby Hill, which is marked

by a trig point.

The views from the top of this hillfort are

pretty impressive, 360-degree views of the

Mersey Estuary and Liverpool, the mountains

of North Wales and also the Shropshire Hills

to the south.

Exit the summit via the path directly opposite

the path you took to arrive at the summit and

follow that path downhill for approximately

150 yards. Take a left turn at a fingerpost (partly

hidden on the left) towards ‘Harmers Lake’. 350

yards later, you’ll have passed the lake on the left

and arrived at the single-track lane. Turn right

downhill and once you’ve passed a secondary and

the primary entrance to Harmers Wood on the left,

there’s a signpost on the left to Tarvin Road.

Follow this path for 400 yards to Tarvin Road and

then turn left for 200 yards. Look for a signpost on

your right (Alvaney/Burrows Lane), which is partly

hidden behind a tree and take that path. Once you’ve

crossed a bridge, turn left along the field’s perimeter

in the direction of Woodhouse Hill.

Once you reach Burrows Lane turn left and, at the

T-junction, turn right and 350 yards later, take the left

fork down a footpath/bridle path. Follow this long

gentle incline for just under ¾ mile, ignoring

the turn offs to Snidey Moor on the

right and to Woodhouse Hill on the

left. Once you reach the T-junction


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For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Frodsham-Helsby

Hatley Lane

Netherton

M56

A56

B5393

Sandstone Trail

Beacon

Hill

A56

The Coppice

Helsby

Bates Lane

Hawthorn

Farm

Tarvin Road

North Cheshire Way

Woodhouse

Hill

Higher Mickledale

Farm

Helsby

Hill

Bates Lane

Arboretum

Manley Road

Harmers

Wood

Foxhill

Farm

Foxhill

Wood

Tower

Snidley

Moor

Burrows Lane

Home Farm

Elevation

100m

50m

0.0km 5.0km 10km

Lowest 23m

Highest 141m

Total ascent 425m


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with bench on the right and the fingerpost on the

left, turn left and then bear right at the next fork

taking the path round the edge of the woodlands.

Look for the path encased by a low sandstone

wall on your left and follow this path to the top of

Woodhouse Hill before sharply dropping down steps

to a bench and an info board ‘Ice and Sea’.

Turn right and follow the path gradually downhill,

parallel to the golf course. Just past the tee for the

10th hole, take care when climbing down some steep

sandstone steps. At the base, turn left, walk over the

wooden bridge and you arrive at the fingerpost from

earlier.

Tackle the flights of steel stairs once again and

retrace your steps for 100 yards or so until you

see a turn to the right which takes you through

undergrowth and onto the golf course. You need

to look hard to see a slight dip running diagonally

across the fairway heading to the left of the masts

in the distance. As you cross the fairways, you’ll see

a very apparent footpath in the distance that runs

firstly through undergrowth and then runs onto a

dirt track heading up to Simons Lane.

Turn left when you reach Simons Lane and follow

the road round a right-hand bend that runs downhill

past the Forest Hills hotel back to the starting point.

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TEACHING KIDS TO

BE SAVVY SAVERS

Most of us have made mistakes with

money at some point. Help your

children to avoid the same financial

pitfalls by giving them the knowledge

and skills to build on in the future.

Teach them the value of money

Rather than buying your children sweets each week, give

them pocket money, some of which they can use to buy

sweets and some of which they can save for a bigger

treat. It’s good for children to earn at least part of their

pocket money by doing chores. They’ll learn that money

doesn’t come for nothing and be less likely to waste it. To

make life easier, you could use an app and debit card like

RoosterMoney or Go Henry, which were created to help

children get to grips with their finances and earn money

through chores.

Help them to budget

Encourage children to save up for something they really

want rather than just waiting for Christmas or their

birthday. You could start by explaining how much they’d

need to save each week to achieve their goal. Younger

children tend to need quicker results, so start with a small

goal that can be achieved in a few weeks rather than

months.

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Give them responsibility

Part of appreciating the value of

money is learning through mistakes.

It’s tempting to step in and stop your

child from spending their pocket

money on things that you know they

will quickly discard. Offer advice but

let them make their own decisions on

low-value items. They may well then think

twice next time they want to buy a blind bag or an

expensive T-shirt. When older children are ready, you

could give them more responsibility for budgeting for the

things they need by giving them an allowance for clothes,

school dinners, travel expenses, toiletries, days out and

so on, and helping them to work out a monthly budget.

Again, they can earn more through chores if they want to

save up for high-value items.

Discuss money

Don’t be afraid to talk about money with your children.

You could share how much you’re setting aside each

month for next year’s holiday for example, and talk about

your own experiences with money. You can also help

your child to see that, while it’s good to shop around for

the best price, cheap doesn’t always mean best value.

However, try not to make your child worried about family

finances. It’s fine to talk about not being able to afford

something or how you’re saving up for a big purchase,

but you don’t want your child to lose sleep worrying that

you won’t be able to pay the bills.

Learn from the experts

Make the most of children’s love for online games. MyBnk

is a UK charity on a mission to help children build good

money habits. It has created a series of fun online courses

for ages 5 to 21. You can access them for free at learning.

mybnk.org/our-courses.


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Bouncing Back

Local Life recently caught up with David

Barton, Chief Executive Officer of Prosper

Wealth Management in Standish to ask

him about how the Covid pandemic

affected his business.

David, talk us through those first

few weeks when Covid hit;

“We secured new investment to grow

the business in January 2020, and

within a few weeks of that happening,

we were forced to close the doors and

rethink our working practices.

“Despite the early challenges from

a tech perspective of engaging with

new and existing clients via Zoom etc, and setting our

staff up to work from home, we did manage to operate

reasonably efficiently, and everyone did a fantastic job of

adapting to the challenges”.

And how has it changed since restrictions have

eased?

“It’s been great welcoming staff and customers back

through the doors, and I can honestly say that it’s been

a real tonic hearing laughter and general office banter

around the place.

“There are customers who are still shielding and others

who are understandably nervous about being out

and about, so it’s handy that many people have now

experienced communicating via Zoom etc, because we

can offer video conferencing and a telephone service for

those clients”.

Did Covid impact on your staffing levels?

“We actually managed to take on two new administrative

staff in February/March of 2020 at the height of the crisis,

and although it was very difficult to bed them in, they

adapted to their new roles well and are now valuable

members of the team.

“More recently, we have strengthened our advisory team

within the last couple of weeks with the appointment of

David Wilson (pictured with David Barton above) who had

previously worked for Standard Life in a senior role for the

last 20 years.

“I was delighted when David agreed

to join us - his skill set will be hugely

beneficial to the team and will enable

us to broaden our advisory capacity”

How has the pandemic affected

your plans to expand Prosper

Wealth Management?

“As you can imagine, talking with

business owners has been difficult over

the past 16 months or so, but despite

that, we have recently completed the

purchase of another North-West based

wealth management business which

will be integrated into the Prosper Wealth Management

Group, bringing our total funds under management to

just over £435 million.

“We are currently talking to other IFA’s, and I would

anticipate that our growth will accelerate towards our

objectives of achieving £1 billion under management

within the next three years as restrictions continue to lift”.

And finally, what are your wishes for the coming 12

months?

“My real hope is that everyone can start to live their lives

again without the constant Covid shadow hanging over

them.

“The travel and hospitality sectors in particular have had

a torrid time, and the sooner these sectors can start to

function again properly, the sooner the smiles will appear

on people’s faces and we can start to enjoy life again.”

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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CMA Accountancy

The Benefits of Xero & Add-Ons By Kieran Fitzgerald AATQB

We’re often asked by customers why we champion the

popular accountancy software Xero so much. There are

clear benefits to using Xero itself, but there are also a vast

array of external 3rd party software and apps that can

integrate effortlessly with Xero, ensuring that you have

the tools to manage your entire businesses accounting

and operations as efficiently as possible.

Here is a selection of our favourite apps that our

customers use, and we are always on the lookout for more

on the Xero App Store!

Bills and Expenses – Convert your receipts and

invoices into Xero data seamlessly!

• Dext Prepare: Scan, sort and publish

paperwork directly into Xero, using the smart

tools the software offers to analyse the tax,

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• Hubdoc: Reduce data entry by accurately

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Puzzle Pages

CROSSWORD

ACROSS

1. Closed political meeting (6)

7. Sweet almond paste used on Christmas cakes (8)

8. Black marine bivalve with a brownishblack

elongated oval shell (6)

10. Case for a knife or a sword (6)

11. Long oar mounted at the stern of a boat (5)

13. Drink given to people who are ill (4,3)

DOWN

1. Universe seen as an ordered whole (6)

2. Vehicles from outer space (inits) (4)

3. Extract (metals) by heating (5)

4. Light, plastic disc used as a plaything (TM) (7)

5. Unit of length equal to 1760 yards (4)

6. Large case of strong fabric for sleeping on (8)

9. Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea (5)

12. Heavy, woven fabric used in rugs and

bedspreads (8)

14. Apartments (5)

15. Short preview of a film or TV programme (7)

18. Capital of Zimbabwe (6)

19. Analysis of a substance such as gold

or silver, to determine its make-up (5)

21. Chief port of Yemen (4)

23. Friar associated with Robin Hood (4)

16. Tall stand with a sloping top to hold a book or notes (7)

17. Ngaio ___, writer of whodunnit stories (5)

20. Hindu Festival of Lights (6)

22. Title given to a nun (6)

24. Plant with soothing juice used to treat burns (4,4)

25. A bet on four or more horses in different races (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: 8 or more words

GOOD: 6 words

B

S

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D

I

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FAIR: 4 words


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WORDSEARCH

Car Parts

AIR BAG

AXLE

BATTERY

BODY

BONNET

BOOT

BRAKE

BUMPER

CAR SEAT

CARBURETTOR

CHILD SEAT

CLUTCH

DOOR

ENGINE

FUSE

HEATER

HORN

INDICATOR

MIRROR

RADIO

ROOF

SATNAV

STARTER

TYRES

WHEEL RIM

WHEELS

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.

BEER

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: Full of big talk

but lacking action!

Trace a path through all

the letters to find the

word or phrase that fits

the clue.

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Six of the best

MUSEUMS

OF THE

SIX

B E S T

SCIENCE

AND INDUSTRY

MUSEUM

The Science and Industry Museum is devoted to inspiring visitors

through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution

to today and beyond. Located on the site of the oldest surviving

passenger railway station, in the heart of the world’s first industrial

city – today it is alive with innovative discoveries in science and

technology.

Highlights include; the Textiles Gallery charting the history of the

cotton industry that fuelled the Industrial Revolution complete with working mill machines; a working replica of the

“Manchester Baby” – the world’s first stored programme computer; the Experiment Gallery where families can get handson

with experiments and puzzles; temporary exhibitions featuring everything from the early years of Factory Records to

the major new Cancer Revolution exhibition due to open in October; as well as events throughout the year celebrating

the science around us every day.

The museum is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound restoration programme. As well as the now-complete Special

Exhibitions Gallery, the much-loved Power Hall is being renovated, and improvement works are currently being made to

the historic 1830s Station and Warehouse, the world’s first passenger railway station and the oldest existing railway goods

warehouse respectively.

FACTS

Address: Liverpool Road, Manchester,

M3 4FP

Opening times: 10.00 - 17.00, Monday –

Sunday (school holidays), 10.00 – 17.00,

Wednesday to Sunday (term time)

(Please check website for details)

www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk


WORLD MUSEUM

Experience the wonders of life and the universe at World Museum, where millions of years of the world’s history are revealed.

Find out how humans have shaped the planet we inhabit, and how human behaviour is impacting our world today.

We will take you to the farthest reaches of our spectacular world, diving down into underwater life in the newly refurbished

Aquarium and blasting you off into the skies in the Space Gallery and our updated Planetarium.

Visit the Ancient Egypt gallery, which displays items from one of the finest ancient Egyptian and Nubian collections in

Europe, and immerse yourself in Sarah Howe’s magical poetry about survival and loss in the World Cultures Gallery.

Get up close to leaf cutting ants and other animals in the Bug House. Go back in time to see fossil bones and footprints of

animals that inhabited the earth millions of years ago.

Don’t miss AI: More than human (until 31 October), which explores the fascinating world of artificial intelligence. Bursting with

interactivity through immersive artworks and scientific developments, the exhibition gives visitors a thrilling vision of the future.

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FACTS

Address: World Museum, William Brown

Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday

10am–6pm

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/worldmuseum

www.facebook.com/worldmuseum

THE MUSEUM OF

LIVERPOOL

The Museum of Liverpool explores the city’s contribution to the world

through its unique geography, history and culture, with more than 6,000

objects and interactives. In 2019 the Museum won a public vote in the Kids

in Museums’ Family Friendly Awards in the large museum category.

The Little Liverpool gallery is a hands-on fantasy world especially for children

under the age of six to play and learn. Inside the gallery our youngest visitors

can create their own Liverpool - a city where they are in charge.

The museum opens its much-loved Wondrous Place gallery in November.

The gallery explores the city’s roll call of entertainers, writers, poets,

performers, musicians, visual artists, comedians and sports people through

around 650 objects, interactives and immersive experiences.

Visitors can also marvel at the land transport collection, which includes

more than 200 vehicles ranging from Lion locomotive, built in 1838, to a

Range Rover Evoque from 2011.

No Liverpool museum would be complete without a nod to the Fab Four.

Our collections includes material chronicling the band’s careers from the

early days to solo projects after the band split up.

FACTS

Address: Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head,

Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1DG

Opening Times: Tuesday - Sunday

10am–6pm

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/

museum-of-liverpool

www.facebook.com/museumofliverpool


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PEOPLE’S HISTORY MUSEUM

The People’s History Museum’s (PHM) exhibitions, galleries and collections bring together stories of those that have

campaigned for change, progress and equality; these ideas worth fighting for are the lifeblood of the museum.

As the national museum of democracy, it’s no coincidence that PHM’s home is in Manchester. This radical city has always

been led by its progressive spirit and this is seen in its role in campaigns such the right to vote, votes for women and LGBT+

rights – just some of the stories featured.

PHM combines the historic with the contemporary. Recent issues explored include Black Lives Matter, women’s rights and

migration, and it is renowned for its co-curation and the way in which it supports communities to use their voices to share

their experiences.

The museum is suitable and, as a holder of the Family Friendly Museum Award, this includes lots of family focused content. Two

permanent galleries, an active events programme and regular changing exhibitions means there is always lots to do and see.

And finally, look out for the brilliant museum shop and new cafe and bar serving a delicious, ethically sourced menu.

MARITIME MUSEUM

FACTS

Address: Left Bank, Spinningfields,

Manchester M3 2ER

Opening Times: 10am-4pm Weds to Sun

www.phm.org.uk

www.facebook.com/PHMMcr/

Maritime Museum explores Liverpool’s maritime history through the ages. Collections consist of objects and archives

connected to ships, boats, life at sea, the port of Liverpool and its connection to the world. Highlights include ship models,

paintings, works on paper and boats, as well as the largest object in the collection, the Edmund Gardner pilot ship, moored

at the dry dock opposite the museum

Explore the moving and fascinating stories of Liverpool’s seafarers and passengers, at the Life on Board gallery and

discover the history behind the tragic sinkings of Lusitania and Titanic.

Enter the dark and unseen world of smuggling, intrigue and danger in Seized! the Border and Customs uncovered. One of the

gallery’s key themes is anti-smuggling, which includes detective work, crime fighting, patrolling frontiers and investigation.

Discover the origin of Liverpool’s fortune, buried underneath Liverpool ONE on an Old Dock Tour Revealed during

excavations on the site in 2001, the story of the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock is explored on this guided tour.

You will discover how a brave idea and an innovative feat of engineering shaped Liverpool’s destiny forever.

FACTS

Address: Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, Liverpool

Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 4AQ

Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am–6pm

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime

www.facebook.com/merseysidemaritimemuseum


IWM NORTH

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Since opening on 5 July 2002, IWM North has welcomed over 4 million visitors. It is the fifth branch of the national Imperial

War Museums and the first outside SE England. IWM North tackles themes of war and conflict in innovative ways, using the

sound, photography and film archives of IWM to great effect.

It was the first building in the UK to be designed by Daniel Libeskind, the internationally renowned architect

of the Jewish Museum, Berlin, and the masterplan for Ground Zero, New York. The Museum’s three

interlocking shards are fragments of a shattered globe that signify conflict on land, water and in the air.

IWM North is also a museum for the people of Manchester. The site that IWM North stands on

today is where the Hovis Grain Silos once stood before they were bombed and burnt

down in the Manchester Blitz during the Second World War. Objects unique to

Manchester, such as a Manchester Blitz Fire Fighting Trailer Pump, are on

display. The Big Picture Show “Mightier Than War” combines the

powerful poetry of Mancunian Tony Walsh with poignant

imagery from our collection.

FACTS

Address: IWM North, The Quays, Trafford

Wharf Road, Manchester M17 1TZ

Opening times: 10am – 5pm. Open daily

from Monday 5 July – Sunday 5 September.

From 6 September IWM North will be closed

on Mondays and Tuesdays.

www.iwm.org.uk

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Hybrid SUVs: what’s available?

If you fancy a hybrid with more space there are plenty of options

The SUV lends itself perfectly to a hybrid powertrain. With

more space, it means there’s a little more wiggle room for

the batteries and, as a result, it allows for a better boot.

Needless to say, many manufacturers have clocked onto

this, which is why there are so many hybrid SUV offerings

available today.

With such a congested market it can be tricky to find out

which is right for you. Fortunately, we’ve picked out some

of the best options available today.

Kia Sorento PHEV

Kia is on a bit of a roll with its electrified powertrains, so

it came as little surprise when a plug-in hybrid version of

its latest Sorento SUV was announced. It uses a 1.6-litre

petrol engine linked to an electric motor and batteries,

and Kia claims you’ll get around 35 miles of electric-only

driving.

As well as a striking exterior design, the Sorento boasts

a well-made cabin that is fitted with a healthy level of

standard equipment.

BMW X5 xDrive45e

BMW’s X5 has been a core part of the SUV segment for

decades, but more recently it has been added to with

the introduction of a plug-in hybrid variant – badged

X5 xDrive45e. Where this car majors, though, is electric

range; at up to 54 miles, it far exceeds the vast majority of

other hybrids and allows for decent-length journeys to be

completed on battery power alone.

Plus, you still get the premium cabin and sharp looks that

you’d associate with the standard X5.


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DS 7 Crossback E-Tense

As it’s part of the wider PSA Group, DS can take advantage

of all manner of hybrid powertrains. It’s why the 3008 and

the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense appear so similar – they’re

essentially the same underneath. However, that efficient

hybrid setup is contained within a slightly more dramatic,

eye-catching exterior with the DS, while the interior is

flamboyant too.

Mercedes-Benz GLE350de

In a break from the norm, the GLE350de arrives as a dieselpowered

hybrid. Mercedes has a few in its line-up, but

across the wider segment, a hybrid paired with a diesel

engine isn’t a regular occurrence. Mercedes claims you’ll

get up to 256.8 mpg combined, too, which will certainly

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Peugeot’s range of electrified vehicles is expanding at an

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electric motors for a combined power output of 296bhp.

Four-wheel-drive means it’s got plenty of traction, too.

Peugeot claims an electric-only range of up to 36 miles.

On top of this, you get loads of standard equipment and

one of the sharpest exterior designs around.

Volkswagen Touareg R

A hybrid setup can be used for performance, as

demonstrated by the new Volkswagen Touareg R. It takes

the title of Volkswagen’s most powerful production car

to date, thanks to its V6 petrol engine and electric motor

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However the spread of box

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• Lonicera nitida has very similar

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• Euonymus japonicus ‘Jean

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• Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly)

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• Taxus baccata (Yew) can be used successfully to create

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• Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’ is a shrub which

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Passion for gardens has probably never been greater. Thanks to the Covid-19

pandemic and the restrictions that we were all obliged to follow, outside spaces

have taken on a whole new vibe. The trend for utilising even the tiniest of outdoor

areas is probably here to stay – at least for the next few years.

This fact is borne out by estate agents who have noticed that at least a quarter of potential property buyers are seeking

more green space. Flats with gardens are now hugely popular, whereas a few years ago most people purchasing an

apartment weren’t interested in owning outdoor space. Working from home has encouraged people to use every room in

their house and to value their garden equally. Many will continue to use their home office rather than commute, because

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In line with our new appreciation for gardens, many of us

have created garden ‘rooms’, where the inside flows into

an outdoor kitchen and dining area. The lines between

indoors and out have been blurred. It is no longer unusual

for people to install outdoor fridges, cookers, storage,

food-preparation surfaces and, of course, seating. The

latter will probably include a dining table with chairs

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Sometimes this can take up most of the garden, but

hopefully there will be some attractive planting to

provide screening, perhaps a soothing water feature

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Gardens need life

Treating a garden as an extension to the home is a

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for the right plants in the right places.

We can all learn from the experts. The re-scheduling of

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and soak up the excesses that the sky deposits. Plants

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Just relax by some lush planting and see how it makes

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The greatest garden trends

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• Extending interior decor into the garden. People now

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accessories, rugs and cushions. Some even sacrifice

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• Grow-your-own is a growing trend. At least fourteen

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• Dry stone walling, gabion walls using wire baskets

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• Porcelain garden paving is the surface of choice for a

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therefore it doesn’t turn green quite so easily. It’s

long-lasting, tough, slip-resistant and contemporary.

• Sowing seeds and planting for wildlife. There has

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Allow a little rewilding in your garden and consider it a

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