Local Life - St Helens - Sep/Oct 2021

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LocalLife

St Helens Edition

Sep/Oct 2021

Cash for Clutter Ideas

Pages 26-27

Garswood’s Crafty Church

Page 20

Jack’s Tracks to Frodsham

Pages 53-56

6 of the Best NW Museums

Pages 64-67

The Pioneering

Beechams

Pages 29-32

Image courtesy of St Helens Archive Service & St Helens Reporter

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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.

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This month’s highlights

64. Six of the Best NW Museums

Contents

29. Pioneering Beechams

44. Wooden Floors Guide

12. Beauty

Tailor your beauty products.

22. Health

Don’t suffer in silence.

26. Finance

Cash for clutter.

52. Parenting

Teaching kids to be savvy with money.

57. Food

Cooking with the kids.

59. Recipe

Chilli glazed salmon.

62. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size!

53. Jack’s Tracks to Frodsham & Helsby

68. Motoring

Hybrid SUV’s.

72. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

58. Paprika Chicken

70. Garden Trends

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Book Stop Update

The Book Stop will officially open on Bridge Street in Cage, his latest book, The Importance of Being Interested

October. Work on the community book shop has been – Adventures in Scientific Curiosity, is sure to go down a

ongoing all year since the group were successful in raising storm.

£45,000 through a community share issue.

Discussing the project, Managing Director of Housing

Trustee Brian Leyland told Local Life, “The build and fit out Maintenance Solutions, Paul Worthington, told Local Life,

has taken longer than anticipated as we encountered a “When we were approached to complete the project, we

few problems, but we are now meeting about the final simply couldn’t say no. It’s such a fantastic project and

design and the fit out and furniture will begin shortly. one that will benefit the community for years to come,

“Everything is really coming together, and we are hoping

creating a place people can go to learn, socialise and have

to have a soft opening at the end of September. We are

fun.

really grateful to our 300 shareholders who helped to “The Book Stop will be a real asset to the town, and we

raise the money for the project, however if people would think what they stand for is incredibly important - not

like to further support us, they can go to our website and just practically in terms of improving literacy levels –

purchase books via our bookshop.org link and we receive but socially, creating bonds and friendships across the

30% of the proceeds.”

community, which since COVID-19 has never been more

Comedian and broadcaster Robin Ince has been

important.”

confirmed as the first writer to appear at the shop and The Book Stop has also recently appointed a new

he will kick off a series of regular events at the shop on manager, Laura Goodchild. For more information about

Friday, October 8.

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Tea Dances Resume

Lovers of sequence dancing will be pleased to hear

that two fortnightly tea dance events have re-opened

following the lifting of restrictions.

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. 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.

A raffle and a bingo session will also take place at this tea

dance.

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 10th September 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.

Classic Cars

The 4th Classic Car and Bike show will be taking place this

Sunday (5th September) at the Lymewood Country Park

on Vista Road in Newton-le-Willows. The show will run

between 11am-4pm and admission is free, so if engines

and bodywork are your thing be sure not to miss it!

Refreshments will be available on the day. For more

information, please contact Jim Collier on 07799 685583.

Grande Debut

Hariana, dubbed the UK’s biggest tribute show to the U.S.

songstress, Ariana Grande, will be making her debut at

the Theatre Royal in St Helens on Sunday 3rd October. In

an afternoon show packed with Ariana’s biggest hits, and

sensational choreography performed by Hannah and her

dancers - you’ll be left starstruck as the hits come to life on

the Theatre Royal stage.

It’s a show that’s perfect for all the family and Hannah will

be meeting all the little ones in the foyer at the end of the

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Free Festival

Citadel Arts are inviting families to St Helens Town Centre

on Saturday 4th September for ‘In the Street’, a free family

festival.

From 10am – 4.30pm the local charity is presenting a

fun filled day for all the family as they bring some of the

best children’s and family shows to Church Street for a

completely free outdoor theatre experience that you’ll

never forget.

Throughout this special event families can: help create

the pinkiest pink in ‘The Lost Colour’, witness ‘The

Weather Machine’ make magic out of dance and weather,

celebrate classic rave music and nature in ‘Family Bird

Rave Live’, go on a heroic walk about adventure in ‘There

be Monsters’ and for those who love music, they’ll be able

to hear songs about all topics under (and above) the Sun

in ‘Now That’s What I Call A Lot Of Songs About Science’.

Performances start every 30 minutes so bring chairs &

blankets, pack a picnic and spend the whole day with

Citadel Arts. For more information and show times head

to the website www.citadel.org.uk

Chief Executive, Fay Lamb says: “At Citadel Arts we believe

the magic of theatre has the power to change people’s

lives. After what has been such a difficult period for

everyone, we wanted to come back with a bang and

provide the families of St Helens with a fantastic event

with something for everybody. We can’t wait to bring

the magical world of Citadel Arts back to the streets of

St Helens”.

Bouncers

It’s curtains up for Rainhill’s Musical Theatre Company

next weekend as they stage their first performance since

restrictions were lifted. One of the most celebrated plays

of the 20th century, Bouncers, a play that epitomises the

hedonism of Northern nightlife, is set in and around a

nightclub called Mr Cinders.

The action is focused on the exploits of the four doorman

and the nightclub’s customers. Bouncers runs on Friday

10th and Saturday 11th September at Rainhill Village Hall

on Dane Court.

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Rainford’s Picnic in the Park team are celebrating after

donating an amazing £6,000 to local sports and community

organisations from this year’s successful festival that was

held in June. The four organisations receiving £1,500

each from the festival’s profits are Rainford Rangers JFC,

Rainford Cricket Club, Rainford Tennis Club and Rainford

Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association.

One of the organisers, Phil Thomas, hailed the success of

the event, “This year was very hard as COVID caused so

many problems and obstacles for us, but we sold out for

the first time and it ended up being our best ever event!”

The Picnic in the Park team have confirmed that next

year’s festival will be held on June 4th 2022.

Soul & Motown Night

Park Road Café in Parr will be hosting a Soul and Motown

night in aid of the Liverpool Women’s Neonatal Unit on

Saturday September 18.

Entertainment on the night will include music from Soul

DJ, Chis Wilson, licensed bar, a raffle and a hot pot supper.

Doors will open 8pm-late, and tickets are £10 per person,

with all proceeds going directly to the charity.

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Rainford 10k

Keen runners and charity fundraisers are warming up The event is again being organised by BeUrBest, a local

for one of the Rainford community’s most inspirational training and coaching organisation headed by Terry

events – the Rainford 10K Challenge.

Bates, working closely in association with Rainford

Taking place on Sunday, October 3rd, it gives the

High Technology College, which is also the starting and

community a chance to raise money for charity while

finishing location for the race.

remembering teenager George Faulkner, a Rainford High There will be music and a carnival atmosphere to greet all

pupil who died aged just 17 in October 2008 after being finishers crossing the line, along with refreshments, stalls

hit by a car while crossing the East Lancs Road near the and activities for all the family and supporters. The winner

junction with Windle Island.

will see their name inscribed on the George Faulkner

The new route for this year’s race takes in scenic areas of

Memorial Cup.

Rainford, making best use of the Linear paths and trails as A 1k fun run for all ages will be held within the grounds

well as the roads to minimise the disruption to residents of Rainford High School before the main event (children

for the relatively short duration of the road race.

aged under four must be accompanied by an adult).

If you’d like to enter, visit www.therainford10k.co.uk or

www.beurbest.com

The event is being sponsored by Andy Reid and the

Standing Tall Foundation’, Communications Plus of

Rainford and Alpine Podiatry.

The Rainford 10K’s chosen charities this year are

Henshaws, TCF and Tommy’s.

The newly formed Rainford Runners and Multi Sports

(RRAMS) and St Helens Tri Club will be helping as

volunteers and marshals for the Rainford 10K.

If you have some time and would like to help the volunteer

team, please get in touch with Terry on 07799 033 323 or

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Fair Returns

St Helens Chamber Business Fair returns this autumn,

taking place on Wednesday 17th November at the Totally

Wicked Stadium, home of the Saints.

With a wide range of businesses exhibiting and attracting

hundreds of visitors, this is a great networking event for

all ambitious businesses who are looking to grow and

prosper.

Whether you’re an existing business looking to develop,

a business in the early stages, or are thinking of starting

your own business – you will find something of interest at

this networking event.

Exhibiting at the Business Fair is a great way to raise the

profile of your company and allows you to meet hundreds

of potential customers or suppliers, build face-to-face

relationships with new and old suppliers, network with

businesses from across the North West and raise your

brand awareness.

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1. Get your glow back. Missing

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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

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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

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a gentle toner and moisturiser –

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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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Gamers Dream

Rainford village now has a brand-new, state of the art

gaming lounge for enthusiastic gamers, and the man

behind it says that he’s only been able to launch the

facility due to the support his PC business has received

from the village since COVID hit.

Businessman Neil Smith, who lives in Billinge, launched

Tech Guys 360 Ltd back in 2018 after spending 20 years

working for a blue-chip IT company. Tech Guys 360

offers a complete solution to anything IT-related, from

computer problems to phone screen repairs to building

PC’s, and are based in Rainford Village Hall, above the

Parish Council offices and Police station.

When the first lockdown happened, Tech Guys 360

quickly implemented COVID-safe working practices and

carried on trading. Neil takes up the story; “With many

more people working from home, the demand for our

services increased. As a result, our revenue has more than

doubled since COVID hit.”

Earlier this year another office became available at

Rainford Village Hall, and Neil grasped the opportunity to

transform the office into a brand-new gaming lounge. For

£5 an hour, gamers can enjoy a wide range of computer

games on state-of-the-art gaming PC’s. For someone

trying out the gaming lounge for the first time, Tech Guys

360 offers a ‘buy one hour, get one hour free’.

Checks are in place to ensure that all gamers only get

access to age-appropriate games, and any unused time

will roll over until the next visit.

Neil also hopes to attract business from those looking to

organise events, “A birthday party in our gaming lounge

would be a fabulous experience for any gamer and it’s

also an innovative option for anyone looking to organise

a team building event.”

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Church for Crafts

A Garswood church recently

opened its latest community

project, giving a welcome

boost to local craftspeople.

The Independent Methodist

Church, located on Victoria

Road in the village, has

transformed a littleused

part of the church

building into a gift shop

that showcases the work of

locally based craftspeople

and other small businesses.

The shop complements

the community café, The

Orangery, which was opened

three years ago at the side of

the church after securing a

£70,000 grant from Biffa and

is now an established part of village life for Garswoodians.

Lisa Green, the Minister at the church, says that last

year’s lockdown sparked a chain of events that led to the

shop opening; “Once the Orangery community café was

complete, the rest of the church did look a bit tatty by

comparison, but it was only when lockdown happened

and groups weren’t allowed to use the church on a dayto-day

basis that we had the time to think about the

changes we wanted to make”.

Volunteer Alma Cooper takes up the story, “I was made

redundant from Debenhams in May 2020 so I had

more time to volunteer at the church. I ran a few craft

workshops last summer, and from there I came up with

three ideas, one of which was to open up a space for local

craftspeople to display their goods”.

Transforming the room was a challenge, Alma confirms; ”I

had an initial budget of zero. The room was decorated in

1970’s brown and orange, so we painted and decorated it.

“I then had to look for display cases, so I visited charity

shops and Facebook sites for low cost or free display

cases. Once people realised what it was for, they were

very kind and helped all they

could, and so too did local

businesses”.

The shop opened on 17th May

2021.

Initially ten craftspeople

agreed to supply stock to

the shop and this number

has now grown to fifteen,

and there is a waiting list of

craftspeople now eager to

display their goods at the

shop. Each craftsperson pays

a peppercorn monthly rent

to the church for their shop

display and many of them

volunteer to work shifts

during the shop’s opening

hours.

Alma said, “Sales trickled in at first but now they are

starting to build up, thanks to publicity on local Facebook

sites such as Garswoodians.

Hopefully when the rest of the church groups return in

September and more people get out and about, the shop

will be more popular”.

The wide assortment of goods sold in the shop includes

gifts and novelties such as greeting cards, wooden toys,

jewellery, children’s knitwear, hand-turned wooden

goods. There’s even a corner for pre-loved clothing and

second-hand books.

Volunteer Theresa White added ”For those who still feel

uneasy about shopping in town centres or big shops, it’s

a great place to pick up handcrafted gifts for Christmas

or birthdays”.

The Orangery Café and Gift Shop is open

every Monday, Wednesday and

Thursday from 10am-2pm and

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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

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

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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

treatment for this condition.

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

themselves or regularly watching TV with the volume

turned up higher. There are a number of treatment

options for hearing loss. What’s recommended will

depend on the cause of your hearing problems.

Who to ask for help?

A sudden change to your hearing is likely to need an

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Both won a pair of

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Tom Jones. Thank you to all those who entered.

Enjoy Singing?

The Celebration Choir have recently resumed normal

service and are looking to recruit keen singers of all ages

to their community choir.

Celebration Choir are a mixed choir that sings pop, gospel

and worship songs, and perform throughout the year at

various local events raising money for charity.

If you’d like to try a taster session, then do pop along

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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

for selling

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

you can, including dimensions, condition and your

reason for selling.

Be honest

Reviews are key to building your online selling

profile, so avoid the temptation to skim over any

defects in your listing.

Think seasonally

Certain items, like garden furniture, will fetch a

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The Pioneering

Beechams

by Nicola Gray

If there’s one characteristic

that St Helens is known for, it’s

the pioneering spirit that runs

through the town like a thick

coal seam. What other town of a

comparable size could boast of

achievements such as being the

birthplace of modern railways,

the location of the UK’s first

modern canal and the powerhub

of the glass industry?

Decoration above the entrance to the factory - courtesy

of St Helens Archive Service & St Helens Reporter

hard work was always in his blood,

and when he had to leave school

at the age of 8, he started work as a

shepherd’s boy. As fate would have

it, this is where he first learned about

herbal medicines, and he quickly

became adept in curing sick animals

and the occasional person. By his

mid-teens he had established quite

a reputation as an herbalist, one

who could treat all types of ailments.

That pioneering spirit deserves more than just a mention

in the story of the UK’s largest pharmaceutical company

GlaxoSmithKline. Their history runs directly back to a

company that was once the biggest employers in St

Helens - Beechams. Local Life looks back at the story of

Beecham dynasty.

The founder of the Beechams business, Thomas Beecham,

was born in Oxfordshire on 3rd December 1820. It seems

By 1840 he had already developed the formula for his

laxative pills but was still working as a postman and

gardener. In 1847 Thomas made his way North where

he married Jane Evans and the couple moved to Wigan,

opening their first shop at 120 Wallgate where they sold

groceries, pills and medicines. The Beecham’s services

were very popular in the town, in part down to the belief

held by Thomas that his pills could cure any ailment.

Men & women in the pill making

section - courtesy of GlaxoSmithKline plc


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Women packing Beechams ‘Hot

Lemon cold and flu sachets’ -

courtesy of St Helens Archive

Service & St Helens Reporter

‘guinea’ Beecham slogan was born around this

time, when a customer approached Thomas

at his market stall to tell him that his pills had

done her the world of good and were indeed

‘worth a guinea a box’. The business grew

rapidly over the next few years and Thomas

was able to give up his market stall. In 1863

the company bought premises on the corner

of Westfield Street and Water Street.

Thomas was a great believer in the power

of advertising, and he increased spending

on his advertising to take advantage of the

growing interest that the public had taken in

health products. Records show that by 1890

the firm was making one million pills a day

and spending upwards of £100,000 a year on

advertising; a massive £12 million in today’s

money. Indeed, at the turn of the century, he

was the largest advertiser in the country.

The couple sold

their

laxatives

at local markets

with an unrivalled

sales patter that

included a jar of

intestinal worms

as a visual aid.

Disaster

struck

in 1858 when

Jane

dispensed

allegedly

an

unlabelled

bottle containing opium and as a result a young boy

died. The locals weren’t forgiving, and the couple had no

choice but to move out of Wigan and in 1960 they set up

home in St Helens. This was beneficial to the Beechams as

the town had good road and rail links and a huge labour

force, which suited their growing mail delivery service

down to the ground.

Beechams Pills advertisement -

courtesy of St Helens Archive Service

Thomas made his pills at their home, 12 Milk Street,

not far from where the Citadel now stands. The famous

Going back to 1863 for a moment - this year

was a momentous year for the Beechams

in more ways than one; Jane and Thomas

separated, their son Joseph had joined the

family enterprise and business was booming.

Joseph was responsible for ramping up the

advertising and was publishing full-page adverts in

newspapers, plastering posters on billboards and popular

songs were given out as sheet music to really drive home

the Beecham name. So effective were Joseph’s campaigns

that the father and son duo started to look at expansion.

The business had grown, and this made it possible to

take on staff, two of the first to be employed were William

Moss, a teenage boy who started as a packer and an

eleven-year-old boy, Tom Oldham. They both remained

with Beechams for many years, with Moss working his

way up to becoming Works Manager and Tom Oldham

became personal groom to the family.

1876 saw Thomas buy up more property in Westfield

Street and work began on his new factory. It was at this

time that Thomas started to take a less active role in

the business; after the death of his first wife in 1872, he

remarried in 1873 to Sarah Pemberton and got married

again to Mary Sewell in 1879. Thomas moved away to

Buckinghamshire with Mary and left the business in the

hands of Joseph, it seemed he had swapped factory life

for the country, but this didn’t last long, and he moved

back to the North to resume his business duties.


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Prosperity for the Beechams soared for the

next decade and by 1884, nineteen staff

were employed in the business, rising to

fifty-seven by August of the same year. In

1887 a new factory was built in Westfield

Street costing £30,000, surmounted by the

now-famous clock tower. Thomas was a

world away from the boy who had a talent

for herbal remedies; he had single-handedly

created the first factory in the world built

specifically to produce medicine and one

that could turn out 3,000 boxes of pills a day.

By 1894 Thomas had left his wife and had

moved to Southport, within three years he

had fully retired and in 1889 Thomas gave Joseph a half

share in the business. He died at his home in Southport

on 6th April 1907 at the age of 86 and is buried in St

Helens Cemetery, Windle.

Joseph continued to be an important local figure and,

Advertisement for Beechams Lung Syrup - courtesy of GlaxoSmithKline plc

as well as running the family business, he was Mayor of

St Helens between 1889 and 1899 and again from 1910

to 1912. He died just four years later in October 1916

having outlived his father Thomas by a mere 10 years.

After Joseph’s death, the firm was managed by executors

Key Beecham Dates:

1842 Thomas Beecham went into business with Beecham’s Pills. Thomas became a travelling salesman, offering

his pills in different parts of the country.

1875 Beecham was exporting his remedies to Africa and Australia.

1876 Beechams opened its first factory in St. Helens – the factory was the first

to be opened solely to produce medicines.

1885 The Thomas Beecham company acquired headquarters on the corner of

Westfield Street and Water Street.

1887 The company’s new factory was the first in the area to have electricity.

1907 Thomas Beecham died, and his sons Joseph and William took over the

running of the business.

1913 Production of Beecham’s Pills reached one million a day.

1924 The business was sold to Philip Hill

1926 Beecham’s Flu Powders were launched.

1944 The company was renamed Beecham Group Ltd.

Westfield Street looking towards the Beecham’s

Factory - courtesy of St Helens Archive Service

1957 Company scientists discovered the penicillin nucleus 6-aminopenicillanic acid (6-APA).

1959 Beecham Group Ltd signed an agreement with Bristol-Myers to market the medicines in the USA

1961 A 35-acre complex was built at Worthing to produce 6-APA and there are 14,450 people now employed in

the business.

1989 The Beecham Group plc and SmithKline Beckman merged to form SmithKline Beecham plc.

1998 Production of “Beecham’s Pills” ceased.

2001 SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome merged to form GlaxoSmithKline.


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and in 1924 the firm was sold to entrepreneur

Philip Hill.

Offices at the Beecham Pill Factory - courtesy of St Helens Archive Service

The Beechams products continued to expand

both at home and overseas and the factory

was further extended in 1934 and again in

1947 and 1956. Under Philip’s leadership the

business began to buy up other companies

acquiring products and brands such as

Lucozade, Macleans and Brylcreem. Philip

took the company forward by improving their

research and development, after building

a laboratory in Surrey the company was

renamed Beecham Group Ltd.

That pioneering spirit was never far away

where Beechams was concerned and they

hit the headlines again in 1959 when their

scientists discovered a new penicillin nucleus,

This discovery allowed them to focus on

pharmaceutical development and eventually go on to sell

antibiotics worldwide.

In 1989 the Beecham Group and SmithKline Beckman

merged to form SmithKline Beecham and in 2000

they merged again to form what we now know as

GlaxoSmithKline. So embedded is the Beecham brand,

that GSK still uses its name for their over-the-counter cold

and flu products.

Beechams was a major employer for the people of St

Helens, for well over a century and the St Helens site

continued to produce pharmaceutical products until the

factory finally closed its doors in 1994.

Laboratory at Beechams Pills Limited - courtesy of GlaxoSmithKline plc

With thanks to St Helens Archive Service. The Archive Service collects, preserves and provides access to unique historic

materials that relate to different aspects of life across the borough of St Helens. Find out more information here -

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


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Craft & Gift Fair

Memory Lane Fairs will be bringing you their popular

craft and gift fair at St Marks Gamble Hall on Sunday,

September 12 from 11am-4pm.

The hall, on the corner of Bishop Road and City Gardens,

will be packed to the rafters with homemade and

handmade goods, including a wide range of craft supplies

for your own craft projects.

The fair is subject to Covid regulations, and you will be

asked to wear a face mask and sanitise your hands on

your way in.

There are still indoor and outdoor spaces available, so if

you are interested in taking a stall, please email marissa@

memorylanefairs.com or call 07460 304327.

Ghost Hunt

Dare you take part in the Rainford Village Hall Ghost Hunt?

The Saturday 2nd October event will be hosted by

Haunted Rooms UK and you can join them for a thrilling

night of real ghost hunting at the 115-year-old hall. Over

the years the hall has been used as a dentist, a baby clinic,

a dance hall and acted as a morgue around the time of

the First World War.

If you’re feeling brave, you can join the Haunted Rooms

team from 8.30pm-2am for an entire night of paranormal

investigation.

For more information about the event and to book your

tickets, please go online at www.hauntedrooms.co.uk

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Speak Now for 2023

If you’re involved in or enjoy arts and culture, St Helens

Borough Council wants to hear your views.

The Borough is in line to be the Liverpool City Region’s

Borough of Culture in 2023, and the Council have

organised two events for you to share your views on how

to make 2023 a successful year for arts and culture in St

Helens.

What would you like the arts and cultural programme to

say about the Borough in 2023?

Both sessions will be facilitated by St Helens Borough

Council Arts and Library Services in partnership with the

host venues. The first event is on Monday 13 September

from 6pm to 8pm at The Citadel Theatre, and the second

event is on Friday 17 September from 10am to 12 noon at

The World of Glass.

All are welcome to be involved. To reserve your ticket,

please search ‘St Helens Borough of Culture 2023’ on

www.eventbrite.co.uk. If you cannot attend either

session, please register your interest with cathshea@

sthelens.gov.uk.

Chance to Dance

Linedancers of all ages and abilities are invited along

to Rainford X Sports and Social Club on Bushey Lane in

Rainford Junction for fun on the dance floor. Hosted by

Graham and Jean Troughton, the line dance sessions

take place every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.00pm to

10.00pm.

The club has been running for approximately ten years

on a non-profit basis, and additional social nights are

organised at Christmas and other times of year for

members and their friends.

Complete beginners can be assured that the instructors

take time to teach easy dances too and there are always

people in the class willing to help. Those who have

danced before can expect a mixture of old and new

dances but nothing too difficult. The classes are all about

encouraging people to have some light-hearted and

enjoyable exercise as well as meeting and making new

friends.

The charge per session is just £3. For further details

contact Graham on 01744 883907.


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Autumn Quiz

Rainford Heritage Society will be hoping to test your

knowledge with their Autumn Quiz on Friday, September

17. The quiz is open to members and non-members

and will be held at Rainford X Sports and Social Club on

Bushey Lane from 7.30pm.

Tickets are £7 and this will buy you entry into the quiz

and a hot pot supper. There will be a raffle with lots of

great prizes up for grabs. For more information about

purchasing tickets, please contact Ray Waring on 01744

885547 or email rayw91141@gmail.com.

Rotary Plea

The Rotary Club of St Helens are looking for new members

to join their organisation. There are over 1.2 million

Rotarians worldwide, with club members enjoying a

varied and vibrant range of activities, from organising a

local fun run to helping with global disaster relief efforts.

The club meets every Monday at Grange Park Golf Club –

6pm for a 6.30pm start and you’re welcome to pop in to

find out more about the organisation and its members.

For more information about joining the St Helens Rotary

Club, visit www.rotarysthelens.org.

Donations Needed

A St Helens based charity is on the lookout for some

much-needed donations to enable them to carry on their

work in the community. Teardrops, based on Crab Street

in the town, is a non-profitable organisation set up to

support the homeless within the St Helens, Halton and

other surrounding areas.

Their aim is to support the homeless to give individuals

the chance to move from being homeless to one where

they will have the opportunity to integrate into day-today

society. Staff have put the call out for donations of

brand new and packaged men’s and women’s underwear

and men’s trainers in sizes 7, 8 and 9.

All items must be in a good, clean condition and can be

dropped off at the centre Monday to Friday between

9.30am-3pm. If you would like more information about

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One of the latest buzz words in the business world

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green credentials of their products or services.

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life of the object, which keeps it out of landfill and

adds value.

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Inglenook Farm.

Walk into the CASA-ANCORA Furniture studio

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The home décor ranges include quirky, industrial

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Fair Trade is a theme that runs strongly through

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As you browse through the variety of products on

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of vintage and contemporary furniture on display.

This is the heart of CASA-ANCORA Furniture.

Rachel takes pride in sourcing high quality furniture,

often those with a dated and dark appearance, and

then transforms the piece to produce furniture

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simply, CASA-ANCORA Furniture brings unloved

furniture back to life.

CASA-ANCORA also accepts commissions from

prospective customers looking to transform their

valued furniture by offering a furniture painting

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And for those customers looking to try their hand

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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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Wood has always been a reliable, durable and

functional choice for home furnishings, and recently

it has had a bit of a design rejuvenation; forget dated

and drab flatpack furniture, modern timber is all

about showcasing its many other features, including

style and versatility.

Local business, Funky Timber, based in Wharton

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sleek, neat, timber finishes can add a warming earthy

tone to your home. And with over 50 years of trade

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Funky Timber is a family run business, established

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Wareing. Since then, the business has continued to

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the finest bespoke furniture, timber cladding and

home accessories.

Daniel told Local Life, “We offer our clients a wide

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to bespoke Funky Timber branded furniture and a

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Mismatched cladding may sound like a questionable

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Daniel has over 18 years of carpentry experience,

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AIM for flexibility in

Inheritance Tax planning

As Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world, nothing is certain

except death and taxes.”

Inheritance tax sums this up perfectly. There is also a

quote from Roy Jenkins, “Inheritance tax is a voluntary

tax paid by those who distrust their heirs more than they

dislike the Inland Revenue.”

Inheritance tax (IHT) when first introduced was intended

to affect only the very wealthy, but over recent decades

more families have found themselves caught in the net,

mainly due to big rises in property prices and investments.

In the last six tax years, over £30bn was paid in IHT, with

the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasting 30,400

estates will be liable for IHT in 2020/21. With both the

Nil Rate Band and the Residential Nil Rate Band frozen

for a further five years, IHT receipts are forecast to rise to

£6.6bn in 2025/26.

Therefore, the need for financial advice on estate

planning, and inheritance tax planning, has become ever

greater. Events of the past eighteen months have brought

mortality fully into focus and the need to plan to avoid IHT

has become more important. IHT is levied on estates more

than £325,000 for an individual and £650,000 for those

married or in a civil partnership. There is also a residence

nil rate band of an additional £175,000 per person should

they leave their property to their direct descendants.

There are several well-established tax planning solutions

to mitigate IHT, each with their own pros and cons. These

include gifting, the use of Trusts and life assurance.

Another solution, which has been growing in popularity

in recent years, is the use of Business Relief by investing

in the shares of companies listed on the Alternative

Investment Market (AIM).

The AIM market celebrated its 25th anniversary last year

and has been a major success story for the UK, helping

nearly 4,000 smaller companies raise capital to fund

growth and development. Familiar names include ASOS,

Boohoo, Fever Tree and Jet2. Subject to qualification

rules, some AIM company shares may qualify for 100%

Business Relief. If an investor holds the shares for at

least two years, and held them at death, qualifying

shares will not be subject to IHT. Although as with any

form of tax planning there is always the risk that tax rules

may change in future.

Aside from IHT planning, AIM investment also offers

the prospect for capital growth over the longer term,

although this represents a much higher risk investment

for people nearing/in retirement.

AIM investment for Business Relief offers a wide range of

IHT planning options that can help clients in several ways.

• In contrast to making a gift and having to survive

seven years, the two-year survival requirement may

be attractive to those facing the prospect of a reduced

life expectancy, or who are in later life with inadequate

protection from IHT.

• The investor retains access to their capital. Keeping

control may appeal to clients reluctant to gift assets and

who wish to make capital withdrawals when required.

• Most ISA investors are familiar with the benefits of taxfree

income and growth, but less well known is that

after death their ISA will be included in their estate.

With many having accumulated substantial ISA pots

over the years, the prospect of a large IHT bill may

come as a shock. AIM investment is permissible in an

ISA, so switching or transferring ISA holdings into an

AIM IHT portfolio adds the prospect of IHT relief to the

favourable tax advantages already available.

Whilst it won’t be right for everyone, the versatility and

flexibility of AIM investment for inheritance tax planning

makes it an appropriate solution for a number of client

scenarios.

Andrew Platt

CFP TM Chartered MCSI

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

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

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

advice to understand your options at retirement.


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Money

Matters

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.

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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by Chris Pearce

Distance: 6¼ Difficulty: Medium Plus

Frodsham

& Helsby

Occasionally when I collate a Jack’s Tracks walk, 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.


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.

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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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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.


Chilli Glazed Salmon

with Cucumber, Herb & Lime Salad

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Serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 7 minutes

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

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

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

Accompany with some seasonal leafy greens.

Ingredients

1 pickled chilli (or ½ fresh deseeded chilli)

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp tamari soy sauce

2 tbsp xylitol or honey

2 boneless salmon fillets, skin on

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp xylitol or honey

1 tbsp mirin

Handful of bean sprouts or sprouted seeds

1 cucumber, halved and thinly sliced

Small handful fresh mint leaves, chopped

Small handful of coriander leaves, chopped

2 spring onions, finely sliced

1 tbsp chopped cashews

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

the dressing in a bowl and toss until well combined.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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There is currently a vacancy for a member of the Parish

Council to represent Muncaster Ward

Rainford Parish Council is made up of 15 Councillors,

3 in each of 5 wards: Crank, Junction, Mossborough,

Muncaster & Randle.

Councillors attend meetings of the full council and often

participate in committees that deal with specific areas of

council business. Councillors take collective decisions

that form the policy of the council. People of any political

or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor,

although their personal views should not extend into their

parish council work.

Good Communication and engagement are central to

being an effective councillor.

As well as being an advocate for your local residents, you

will also need to keep them informed about matters in

Rainford that affect them. In order to understand and

represent local views and priorities, you need to build

strong relationships and encourage residents to make

their views known and engage with you and the Parish

Council.

Being a Parish Councillor and serving and shaping your

local community can be an interesting and rewarding

experience. For further information please contact the

Parish Clerk, Sally Powell.

01744 884709 clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Parish Council Meetings

Community Liaison Committee

01.09.2021 and 06.10.2021

Health & Safety Committee

03.09.2021 and 01.10.2021

Finance Planning & Administration Committee

08.2021 and 13.10.2021

Full Council meeting

27.09.2021 and 25.10.2021.

All meetings take place in the Council Chamber at Rainford

Village Hall.

Residents are encouraged to address members on matters

of concern to them are very welcome to attend meetings.

Further information on the Parish Council website:

www.rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Business Breakfast

A breakfast forum for Businesses

in Rainford and residents who have

businesses. The next meeting is on

22.09.2021 from 8am – 9am at the

Village Hall and Gary Maddock will

talk about the new plans for St Helens Town Centre.

To book a free place call 01744 884709 or email admin@

rainfordparishcouncil.gov uk

The Future of the Library in

Rainford

St Helens Council is considering the future of the library

service. Rainford Parish Council wants to hear your

views about Rainford library and if you think a library

service should continue in the Village. Let us know

your opinion by calling 01744 884709 or emailing

clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk. We are particularly

interested in whether people use the library and if you

think a community led library would work in Rainford.

The Village Hall

Rainford Village Hall is available to hire for classes,

meetings, parties, anniversaries, events and Wedding

Receptions. Call 01744 884709 or email admin@

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk to discuss your requirements.


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Craft Fayre

September 12th 2021 will see local crafters and businesses gathering at

Rainford Village Hall for a Craft Fayre. Open between 10am and 4pm with

everything from cakes, cards and candles to wood work and even books and

children’s toys. Supporting local businesses has never been more important so

hope to see you there!

Road Safety

Parish Councillors are continuing to push for road safety initiatives and work

with the Borough Councillors, local organisations, Merseyside Police and

officers from St Helens Council to make our roads safer. Please do your part

by observing speed limits, driving with care and consideration and parking

legally. Please leave the parking spaces outside the shops for those who really

need them and observe the 2-hour parking rule.

Rainford Christmas Fayre

Rainford Christmas Fayre will take place this

year on 4th December 2021!

With Father Christmas in his grotto and a

variety of exciting stalls, you’ll have your

Christmas Shopping all wrapped up. You can

also treat yourself to some delicious food and

snacks. Entertainment throughout the day,

will make this a very special fun-filled event for

everyone.

If you are interested in being a stall holder, please

email admin@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Christmas Parties at the

Village Hall

Join us at the Village Hall on Friday 17.12.2021 or Saturday 18.12.2021 for a great Christmas Night Out with family, friends

or colleagues. Tickets are just £35 per person, for a 3-course meal and entertainment in a beautiful setting. Call 01744

884709 or admin@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk for further information and to book tickets.

RAINFORD PARISH COUNCIL

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road Rainford WA11 8HB

01744 884709

clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

@rainfordvillagehall

@rainfordparishcouncil


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Puzzle Pages

CROSSWORD

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

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bottom, using the exact number of rungs provided.

BEER

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but lacking action!

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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

www.facebook.com/iwm.north

OF THE

SIX

B E S T


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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

help with the fuel bills.

Plus, when you’ve run out of electricity – which should

still give you a decent 54 miles between charges – you’re

left with a smooth and refined 2.0-litre diesel engine.


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Inside outside decor

Garden Trends

WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT

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

it makes perfect sense.


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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

but also an outdoor lounge with comfortable furniture.

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

and definitely a firepit so that everyone can stay outside

during the evening.

Gardens need life

Treating a garden as an extension to the home is a

developing trend for those who can afford this impressive

display of luxury. But is it good for gardens? Paving over

lawns and restricting planting to very limited zones isn’t

great for biodiversity. Beware of creating a desolate,

cheerless space with little life to be found. Most people

love the softness that plants bring to hard landscaping,

therefore every opportunity should be taken for

prioritising plants over paving. Aim to develop a passion

for the right plants in the right places.

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

RHS Chelsea Flower Show invigorated people at a time of

year when interest is generally waning. We were wowed

by the array of plants that look stunning, even though

summer had passed. The show exemplifies the very best

combination of hard and soft landscaping and this is

what we should aspire to. A garden can, indeed, perform

many functions and a seating place amongst the planting

enables us to enjoy it to the full. Above all else we should

make provision for wonderful plants that will attract

pollinators, provide structure, movement, scent, colour

and soak up the excesses that the sky deposits. Plants

absorb pollution, they clean the air and produce oxygen.

Just relax by some lush planting and see how it makes

you feel – plants really are good for us.

The greatest garden trends

during the last two years

• Al fresco dining, often with built-in appliances and

heating and even a retractable canopy.

• Extending interior decor into the garden. People now

decorate gardens with lanterns, ornaments, colourful

accessories, rugs and cushions. Some even sacrifice

kitchen dressers, sofas and throws in a bid to make a

bold outdoor statement that creates a cosy space.

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

per cent of adults in the UK are following a meat-free

diet. Almost half the population now grows fruit and

vegetables at home. Not only is it fun and rewarding,

but it can be completely chemical-free too.

• Dry stone walling, gabion walls using wire baskets

filled with stones, and rocks, boulders and pebbles

are all increasing in popularity. These contemporary

features combine style with function and they

provide wonderful nooks and crannies that are

valuable for wildlife.

• Porcelain garden paving is the surface of choice for a

growing number of householders. It’s a rapidly rising

trend. Porcelain can look like stone but is less porous,

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

been a record demand for wildflower and other seeds

over the last eighteen months, with sales increasing

more than 600 per cent.

Allow a little rewilding in your garden and consider it a

compliment when spiders and insects populate your

space. Don’t be tempted to prune your hedge every

time it grows beyond the picture-book rectangle. Try to

change the way you see things and avoid the concept

of a tidy garden. These can be hostile places in terms of

nature.

Immerse your seating area within planting


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