Local Life - Wigan - October 2021


Wigan's FREE local lifestyle magazine.


Wigan Edition

October 2021


Light Trails

Pages 17-20

Hindley’s Bad Boy?

Pages 70-71

Beecham’s Brush-Off

Page 28-30

© Lightopia

Pendle Hill Walk

(and a sculpture trail too!)

Pages 73-76

Education Section

Pages 36-43

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Autumn is a favourite time of year for home

improvements, and whether it’s a coat of paint

or a major makeover, you can bet that the

latest looks and colours will influence your choices.

Pinning down personal preferences, with half an eye

on the latest trends, can leave you overwhelmed with

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This month’s highlights

17. Christmas Light Trails


24. Health

Under pressure.

38. Education

Schools and the pandemic.

44. Recipes

Indonesian chicken & roast beef fillet.

54. Home

A rug for every room.

28. Beecham’s Brush-Off 60. Fan the Flames

63. Look Back In Time

Events of the last 125 years.

66. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size!

72. Finance

Teaching kids to be savvy savers.

73. Jack’s Tracks to Pendle Hill

81. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

70. Hindley’s Bad Boy 78. Vauxhall Crossland

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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 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

Fright Night

There’s a Friday Night with a difference taking place at

Haigh Woodland Park on Saturday 30th October.

Wigan Council and Fylde Coast Runners have joined

forces to launch a brand-new series of night runs, and

this is the inaugural event.

The event is suitable for all abilities of runner or fast

walkers and is held on a mix of trails and pathways within

Haigh Hall, starting and finishing in the shadow of the


Entry is £25.00 per person which includes a glow in the

dark finishers medal, a commemorative fright night

technical t-shirt and digital event photographs! The

minimum age is 15 and over on the day of the event.

The event is strictly limited to 500 participants and

entries are only accepted via web in advance of the

event. Registration opens at 4pm on the day and the

event starts at 6.30pm.

To sign up, visit www.fyldecoastrunners.com

Competition Winners

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.


Phoenix Rises

Coping with the COVID restrictions has been particularly

tough for single people. If you, or your friends/family are

in this position, then there’s a local solution to loneliness.

The long-established Phoenix Club has risen from the

ashes and is now operating fully again. This national

organisation was established for friendship and social

nights, and the Wigan branch is based out of St Wilfrid’s

Parish Hall on Church Street in Standish.

In addition to the weekly sequence dancing, members

of the club enjoy days out, theatre trips and holidays.

The sequence dancing events run every Saturday, with

the doors opening at 7.30, and you are advised to bring

your own drinks. For more information about the Wigan

Phoenix Club, call 01257 421335 or 07971 956532.

Having a Ball

Fitness and fun don’t often go hand in hand but a ladies’

rounders team in Standish is putting a stop to that! The

team is currently open to women of all abilities over 14.

If you fancy having a go, then the team train once a week

on Wednesdays between 6.15pm-7.30pm at Standish

Cricket Club on Green Lane.

The ladies play in the Wigan and Leigh league, focusing

on staying active, making friends and having fun.

For more information, please message the coaches by

searching @StandishRoundersClub on Facebook

Critters are Coming!

Enjoy breakfast with a difference on 28th October at the

Wild Mint Café at Golden Days on Back Lane in Appley

Bridge. ‘Breakfast with the Critters’ will consist of a

breakfast and drink, plus a chance to get up close and

personal with bugs and beasts. The event is co-hosted

by Curious Critters, and their handlers will be on hand to

help. There are limited tickets available and pre-booking

is essential. Call 01257 472533 to book.


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Healthwatch Appeal

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 seek to understand

the needs, experiences and concerns of people who use

local health and social care services.

All the information you provide will be heard

confidentially and recorded anonymously to contribute

to a report published later in the year. Here’s how you can

contribute to that report:

Contact Lisa Armstrong on 01942 834666 or text ‘GP’

to this number 07939 061 872 and someone will call

you back, or you can email Lisa at Lisa.Armstrong@

healthwatchwiganandleigh.co.uk or alternately you can

complete a short survey online at www.surveymonkey.


Stitch Group Forms

A new creative stitch group has recently formed and is

looking for new members. The Douglas Valley Creative

Stitchers will be meeting on the second Saturday of each

month at Parbold Village Hall. The next meeting is on

Saturday 9th October and the activity is making a brooch

or pendant.

Newcomers with all levels of skill are welcome and the

session opens at 2pm for a 2.30pm start and a 4pm

finish. For more details about the group, contact Sue

Chisnall-Sumner on 01772 461714 or email suechisnall@


AB Playgroup

Keeping the children entertained and finding it a

struggle? All Saints Church on Finch Mill Lane hosts a

playgroup every Thursday from 9.15-11am. The cost

is just £1.50 a family and 50p extra for any additional

kids, and you can expect a warm welcome along with

tea, toast, biscuits and juice. Everyone is welcome. For

more info, please search for Little Saints Playgroup on



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Green Homes Grant

The Greater Manchester Green Homes Grant Local

Authority Delivery Scheme is still open for applications.

The grant allows homeowners who earn less than £30,000

and whose home is energy inefficient to apply for grants

of up to £10,000.

The grant can be used for low carbon heating measures

such as air source heat pumps as well as different types

of insulation. The local authority scheme is delivered

in partnership with E.ON. The scheme is also open to

residential landlords to apply for grants of up to £5,000.

To find out more about the scheme, visit www.eonenergy.


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Give it a Grow

Local community group, Give it a Grow Wigan are looking

for volunteers to help them tidy up the space for their

new hub at Mesnes Park this Sunday, October 3.

Members of the group have recently acquired some

allotment space in the park but they need your help!

The site has not been managed since before the Covid

lockdown hit and it’s pretty overgrown to say the least.

The volunteer clearing day starts at 11am, so if you would

like to get your gardening gloves out and lend a hand,

even if only half an hour, they’d really appreciate your

help. Tasks for the day will include; weed pulling, moving

pots, litter picking, restoring benches and strimming to

clear paths.

Please take strong gardening gloves, water and food as

necessary, and wear good sturdy footwear. If you have any

tools like pruning shears, trowels, forks and are comfortable

using them, you’re welcome to take those as well. The

allotment can be accessed at the top of Mesnes Park, by

the exit to the Pagefield site of Wigan & Leigh College.

Give it A Grow Wigan is a new non-profit community

group with the aim of bringing greater biodiversity and

wildlife to the urban spaces in Wigan Borough. The new

allotment area is an exciting opportunity for members to

grow plants to distribute, produce their own compost,

and possibly even host workshops in the future.

To find out more about the project and what the group

get up to, please go online at www.giveitagrowwigan.


Christmas Fair

The Woodlands Animal Sanctuary in Holmeswood will

be hosting a Christmas Fair at Parbold Village Hall on

Saturday, November 20.

The fair will take place between 11am-3pm and will be a

great way to help to raise funds for the cats, hedgehogs

and ponies that will be living at the shelter this winter.

At the event, there will be plenty of stalls to browse

around, delicious festive treats and a Teddy Tombola.

For more information about the fair or Woodlands

Animal Sanctuary please go online at www.

woodlandsanimalsanctuary.org.uk or call 01704 823293.

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Picture House

Parbold’s Picture House, based at the Village Hall on

The Green in Parbold, has released their listings for their

forthcoming Sunday night movie programme.

Screening on Sunday 10th October is Minari, a tender

and sweeping story about a Korean-American family

that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own

American Dream.

Screening on Sunday 24th October is The Father. The

film features an ageing Anthony (Sir Anthony Hopkins)

struggling with memory loss as he begins to experience

the symptoms of dementia. Refusing help from his

daughter Anne (Olivia Colman), Anthony increasingly

begins to lose his grip on reality as he experiences

hallucinations, battles traumatic memories and struggles

to identify his loved ones.

Screening on Sunday 7th November is 1917, a World War

1 drama directed and produced by Sam Mendes and

starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and Richard


The films all start at 7pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm.

Please note that the café is still closed at present.

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Pumpkin Fun

Windmill Animal Farm in Burscough will be getting

into the Halloween spirt with their pumpkin picking

adventure from Saturday 9th to Sunday 31st October.

Farmer Chris has planted more than 20,000 plants in the

pumpkin field, and you could be taking one home for the

family this Halloween.

Tickets cost £15.95 for adults and £16.95 for children

under 15, with under 1’s free. Each ticket includes a full

day of fun on the farm and access to the pumpkin patch,

where you get to pick your own pumpkin. Wheelbarrows

will be provided and don’t forget your wellies!

For more information or to book your tickets, please go

online at www.windmillanimalfarm.co.uk

Samaritans 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 Wigan 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.

Gym for Kids

Gymnastic sessions are available for pre-school children

at Robin Park Leisure Centre.

The sessions are a perfect introduction to gymnastics,

teaching kids how to do forward rolls, handstands and

splits, and then move onto using the vault, beams and

trampolines in subsequent sessions.

Your child will build strength, learn to develop their

hand-eye co-ordination and, most importantly, have lots

of fun along the way.

These structured lessons are taught by friendly qualified

coaches across a block of 8 weeks at a cost of £34.40.

For more information or to book your child’s place, please

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Christmas Light Trails


Christmas is all about traditions. From dressing a Christmas tree to putting

out a mince pie or two for Santa, for most of us Christmas represents

enjoying the same activities with the same people, year in, year out.

Because it’s such a busy time, new Christmas activities that are quickly

adapted as a mainstream activity by all the family rarely come along, but

one notable exception is the Christmas light trail.

There’s nothing more uplifting in the cold winter months than illuminations

and that’s why we think Christmas light trails are one of the most magical festive

experiences for the entire family at this time of year.

Don’t delay in booking your tickets though, these festive light experiences will sell out fast.

Chester Zoo


Chester Zoo has revealed its plans for its wintertime

celebration, The Lanterns, which runs from Friday 12

November - Thursday 23 December.

Now in its tenth year, visitors to the event are given the

unique opportunity to experience the zoo after hours on

a set trail in the dark – taking them through spectacular

illuminations and colourful lanterns, encountering

enchanting, costumed characters along the way.

Among the many new elements at this year’s festivities

will be brand new illuminated characters, featuring

orangutans, butterflies, caterpillars and wolves as well as

a 90th birthday light show, taking visitors on a journey

through time as they explore the zoo’s history.

Senior Admissions and Retail Manager at Chester Zoo,

Gemma Bamford, said:

“We can’t wait to welcome visitors back to our very

special Christmas event, The Lanterns. It’s become a firm

favourite and something of a family tradition for so many

people now and this year will be more magnificent and

magical than ever”.

The Lanterns has been created by the zoo in partnership

with multi award-winning outdoor arts producers, Wild


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Lightopia www.lightopiafestival.com

The award-winning Lightopia will return with its

flagship event in Manchester, for the third year on the

18th November until the 3rd January, with a brandnew

enchanting light and lantern festival; presenting a

Christmas Fantasy at Heaton Park. The never-before-seen,

illuminated trail will feature magical and multi-sensory

interactive lights, lanterns and installations, illustrating a

story of an imaginative and fantasy festive world.

This immersive experience is the perfect Christmas

adventure for family and friends, filled with wondrous

light installations and mythical creatures. From the

moment Lightopians step through the magical gates, the

fantasy land journey begins…

This year, the entry points to Lightopia will be via the Gate

of Guardians, protecting the enchanted land that awaits.

Shimmering walkways, decorative lights and projections

will guide the way, marking the familiar route direction

for this new make-believe wonderland.

A Christmas spectacular can be discovered at the Grade

I-listed Heaton Hall. Marvel at the 9ft bauble-inspired

Christmas tree and the immersive stand-alone giant

bauble, which Lightopians can walk inside. A fairy tale

awaits at this unique festive land, as the characters and

lights tell the tale of good vs evil, with the festive heroes

protecting Christmas. Thousands of immersive lights will

illuminate the Christmas land with a collection of vibrant


Lightopia 2021 will also feature a fantastical Magic

Circus display, a Time Travel zone, Fantasy Forest, Fantasy

Universe and Lakeside Water Show!




Bolesworth near Chester will be transformed

into an illuminated winter wonderland this

Christmas. The magical 1.2 mile trail, which

runs for 30 nights in between 26th November

to 24th December, promises a dazzling afterdark

experience for all of the family.

You’ll travel alongside the lakeside with the

backdrop of the castle lit to spectacular

effect, then you’ll follow the winding

pathways through the woods where you

may spot a reindeer or two, travelling

over bridges and through the spectacular


Pick up glistening gifts at the Christmas Market, wander

round the food stands as you sip on mulled wine or

hot chocolate, whilst soaking up the heart-warming

atmosphere of the evening. Or get your skates on and

head onto the Ice Rink with your friends and family. Set

against the iconic backdrop of Bolesworth Castle, you can

spin around to the soundtracks and afterwards head to

the bar for a warming drink.

Those looking for a dash of class with plenty of

champagne can visit Champagne Island, and you surely

won’t be disappointed by this very special and unique

experience. You’ll have a secret hideaway on a hidden

island where you can sit and watch the world go by.

And Bolesworth offer a very special experience where

the children are able to meet the man himself, leave their

Christmas present list and have their photo taken so you

can take home a memento of these magical moments.

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Delamere Forest www.forestryengland.uk/christmas-at-delamere

A brand-new Christmas trail featuring enchanting

illuminations and Christmas tunes, will illuminate Forestry

England’s Delamere Forest in Cheshire, from 26 Nov – 31

Dec 2021.

Wrap up warm and be transported into a winter

wonderland where you will discover sparkling tunnels

of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees

illuminated in Christmas colours.

Spend time together and create everlasting memories as

you wander between the specially chosen illuminations,

all choreographed to a soundtrack of Christmas classics.

Pause at the mesmerising flickering flames in the fire

garden and don’t forget to glimpse Father

Christmas along the way.

Independent street food vendors bring

a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer.

Have yourself a holly, jolly Christmas and

complete your walk under the stars with a

spiced winter warmer or a hot chocolate

shared with someone special.

Christmas at Delamere Forest provides a

special way to celebrate the festive season

with an unmissable outdoor experience.

The trail is designed for visitors of all ages

to enjoy.

Christmas at Delamere Forest is brought

to you by Sony Music in partnership with

Forestry England. The trail is created by

Culture Creative.


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Job Search

If you’re looking for a change of career, then My Life in

Standish might just have the opportunity you need.

You can get paid for sharing your skills with the people

they support. The charity is on the lookout for musicians,

gardeners, woodworkers, artists, screen printers,

warehouse operatives, hospitality workers, upcyclers

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There are full and part time roles available, and contracts

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Memory Walk

BeWell Wigan will be hosting a memory walk on Sunday,

October 10 to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Walk for a world without dementia and take the time to

remember the loved ones who are no longer with us.

You can join organisers on a 10-mile walk or a 1-mile

accessible walk, both starting at the Haigh Woodland

Park Visitors Centre. Registration will open at 10.15am

and the walks will begin at 11am, both walks are

signposted and walk leaders will be supporting people


Donations can be made by going to www.justgiving.


Boogie Bingo

Eyes down and get your dabbers ready for the ultimate

bingo event on Saturday November 6.

Boogie Bingo, organised by Lisa McAllister from the

Professionals of Wigan networking group, will take place

at the DW Stadium from 7pm till late in a bid to raise

much needed funds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

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Back with a Bang

The Old Courts is back with a bang this autumn, bringing

Wiganers live music, comedy, films, theatre and poetry

events to make up for the past 18 months of living with


The 2020 film Supernova, starring Colin Firth and Stanley

Tucci, will be screened on 10.30am on Wednesday 6th

October. The pair play Sam and dementia-stricken

Tusker, partners of twenty years who are travelling across

England in their old campervan visiting friends, family

and places from their past.

Court and Spark – The Joni Mitchell Songbook will be

performing at the Old Courts on Friday 8th October at

8pm. The act brings together five of the North West’s top

musicians to celebrate the kaleidoscopic musical world

of Joni Mitchell.

Described by Classic Rock magazine as ‘The most

authentic sounding Zep tribute in the UK’, the band

Mothership comes to town on Saturday 9th October with

their brand-new stage show celebrating the music of

the greatest rock band in history. You can expect all the

classics, but expect the unexpected, too!

You can come along and celebrate the 50th anniversary

of the children’s’ classic film Charlie and the Chocolate

Factory with a special screening at the Old Courts on

Sunday 10th October at 10.30am. This is an adaption of

the Roald Dahl book which tells the story of how a young

boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate

factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual man.

An award-winning musical comedian whose songs have

been heard on BBC Radio 4 and The One Show, arrives at

the Old Courts on Wednesday 27th October at 2.30pm.

Jay Foreman presents ‘Disgusted Rhymes for Revolting

Children’’, a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and

comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly


And on Tuesday 2nd November at 8pm, the writer, poet

and TV Producer Henry Normal performs The Escape

Plan, an evening of pure escape with stories, jokes and


There’s something for everyone at The Old Courts. For

more details and to buy tickets for these and other shows

this autumn, visit the www.theoldcourts.com.




It’s responsible for 60% of strokes and half of all heart

attacks, yet most people with high blood pressure

have no idea they are at risk. That’s because high blood

pressure typically has no symptoms. The British Heart

Foundation estimates there are up to 4.8 million people

living with undiagnosed high blood pressure in the UK.

It’s sometimes referred to as a silent killer because most

people don’t know they have it until they get their blood

pressure measured by a healthcare professional.

In good news, there’s now an easy way to get your blood

pressure checked and that’s via your local chemist. Every

NHS pharmacy in England will offer the free checks to

people aged 40 and over as part of a new deal between

pharmacies and the NHS. This will undoubtedly help to

increase detection of undiagnosed hypertension in the


Hypertension or high blood pressure is a level that’s

consistently at or above 140/90 and it’s something that

affects one in three adults in the UK. In most cases, it’s

not clear exactly what causes hypertension but there

are factors that can increase your risk of getting it. These


• Being overweight

• Eating too much salt and not eating enough fruit

and vegetables

• Not doing enough exercise

• Drinking too much alcohol or coffee

• Smoking

• Being a poor sleeper

• Being aged 65 and over

• Family history of high blood pressure or heart


• Ethnicity – being of black African or black

Caribbean descent

• Living in a deprived area

In around one in twenty cases, high blood pressure

happens as a result of an underlying health condition or

due to taking a certain medicine. Health conditions that

can lead to high blood pressure include kidney disease,

diabetes, a long-term kidney infection, obstructive

sleep apnoea, lupus and those experiencing hormonal

problems such as an underactive or overactive thyroid.

Medicines that can impact on your blood pressure

include the contraceptive pull, steroids, non-steroidal

anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and

naproxen, some cough and cold remedies and certain

antidepressants such as venlafaxine.

Everyone with high blood pressure is advised to make

healthy lifestyle choices. These include reducing your

salt intake, eating a low-fat balanced diet with plenty

of fruit and vegetables, being active, cutting down on

alcohol, losing weight, drinking less caffeine and quitting

smoking. Medication to control high blood pressure can

also be prescribed in some instances. If you’re under

55, you’ll usually be offered an angiotensin-converting

enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or an angiotensin-2 receptor

blocker (ARB). If you’re over 55 or are of African or

Caribbean origin at any age, you’ll usually be offered a

calcium channel blocker.

Speaking about the new high street pharmacy blood


about five minutes to complete. Knowing your blood

pressure levels will also mean you can discuss the

risks with a healthcare professional, who will signpost

you to the most effective source of treatment and

onward management of your condition. Prevention

is always better than cure, so it’s important that you

know your numbers and check your blood pressure.”

It’s also possible to have hypotension or low blood

pressure. Having a blood pressure check can help

to diagnose this too. A low blood pressure reading

is one that’s less than 90/60. Symptoms that might

indicate your blood pressure is too low include lightheadedness,

dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, generally

feeling weak, confusion and fainting.

pressure check scheme, the charity’s director of policy and

influencing, John Maringay, added: “This breakthrough

programme will also help with the devastating burden

of backlog of care left by the Covid-19 pandemic, which

could see the number of people waiting for heart care

and diagnosis peak at around 550,385 in January 2024,

according to our latest report.

“Having your blood pressure checked by your local

pharmacist is a simple and quick test that will only take

Our blood pressure can vary depending on what time it is,

as it gradually increases throughout the day. What we’re

doing and how we’re feeling can also affect it. There’s a

number of possible causes of low blood pressure. For

example, it can be low because you’re fit and healthy or you

may have inherited hypotension from your parents. Some

people will also find they naturally develop low blood

pressure as they get older. In addition, being pregnant,

having certain medical conditions such as diabetes and

some medications can cause low blood pressure too.


Wellie Walk

Join the team at Windy Arbour Farm in Billinge this

October for the returning Hallowe’en ‘Wellie Walk’ event!

Stroll the tracks of Windy Arbour, a farm dating back over

150 years, collecting puzzle answers, meeting special

‘guests’ and looking out for some spooky surprises! Plus

you can choose two pumpkins to take home and carve.

This is a family event so there’s nothing too scary or

dangerous, its perfect for everyone. Simply go to the

website, choose an event day and pick a time slot, it

couldn’t be easier! Refreshments will be available for

purchase back at the farm. This is a ticket-only event and

one ticket entitles you to bring one vehicle on site.

Tickets are now on sale and are priced at £25, including

a premium goodie bag containing special treats,

some local offers, a route map and more. The walk will

take around an hour and is suitable for small children,

however toddlers may need to be carried as the walk is

not suitable for prams or bikes. Well behaved dogs on

short leads are welcome.

For more information or to make a booking please go

online at www.windy-arbour.shop

Halloween Party

There will be some spooky goings on down at the Wigan

Armed Forces HQ on Saturday, October 30!

A Halloween party will take place at the HQ on School

Lane from 1pm-5pm. There will be a disco, games, food

and crafts for all the family to enjoy. There will also be a

prize for the best fancy dress.

Tickets are £3.50 per person or a family ticket costs £15

and can be purchased from HQ reception. For more

information please call 01942 821 293.

Fostering in Wigan

Do you have a spare bedroom, and time and

commitment? Then why not consider fostering and

change a child or young person’s life. Sunbeam Fostering

urgently need more foster carers to help provide loving

and safe environments for children and young people.

If you are considering fostering or would like some more

information, please contact the recruitment team on

02087 990 930 or visit www.sunbeamfostering.com

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The Beecham’s


by Nicola Gray

Wigan’s connection to ‘Big Retail’

is well known throughout the

town. Michael Marks of M&S

fame is an ex-Wallgate resident

and opened a Penny Bazaar in

the Market Hall in 1891, before

he launched M&S with business

partner Thomas Spencer in 1894.

Less well-documented is Wigan’s

connection with ‘Big Pharma’ fifty

years earlier. Thomas Beecham

made his home in the town and, if

his wife hadn’t miss-sold a remedy

to a child, the town could have

enjoyed the long-term benefits

of being home to Beechams. This

month we look at the Beecham

Bust of Thomas Beecham - courtesy of

GlaxoSmithKline plc

dynasty and their humble

beginnings in the town.

The founder of Beechams,

Thomas Beecham, was born in

Oxfordshire on 3rd December

1820. It seems 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 interested in curing

sick animals and the occasional

person. By his mid-teens he had

established quite a reputation

Men & women in the pill making

section - courtesy of GlaxoSmithKline plc


as an herbalist, one who could treat all

types of ailments.

By 1840 he had already developed the

formula for his own brand of laxative

pills but was still working as a postman

and gardener. In 1847 Thomas made

his way North to Liverpool where

he met and married Jane Evans, a

Welsh woman who was eight years

his senior. They did appear to have

a lot in common and hit it off when

Beecham discovered that Jane was

the maid to a chemist. It was soon

after he decided to set up in business

selling his herbal remedies but at

the time Liverpool was deemed too

poor and the couple moved to Wigan.

Towards the end of 1847 the newlyweds rented a room in a

slum on Wallgate and sold their wares, gradually building

up custom through family and friends, later moving onto

local market stalls. Thomas regularly referred to himself

as ‘Dr Beecham’ much to the displeasure of the qualified

professionals in the town.

The Beechams welcomed their first child, Thomas on 8th

June 1848, followed by daughter Sarah two years later.

The family was going up in the world and thanks to a great

few years in business they moved to a house on Hallgate

and again to a much bigger property on Standishgate.

Beecham, ever the entrepreneur, wasn’t satisfied with the

market stalls and he opened his first shop at 120 Wallgate

in 1858, 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. The couple continued to sell

their homemade laxatives at local markets and in the

shop, with an unrivalled sales patter that included a jar of

intestinal worms as a visual aid.

By 1858 the couple now had four children; two boys and

two girls, life was running smoothly until the unthinkable

happened and rumour has it that Jane, who was known

to be illiterate, dispensed a mislabelled bottle containing

opium to a customer. The contents of the bottle had the

potential to be fatal for children and tragedy struck when

a local boy was given a spoonful of the opium by his

mother, believing it to be his regular medicine. As a result,

the young boy died from convulsions, and the coroner

returned a verdict of accidental death.

Although the Beechams were cleared of any charges,

Advertisement for Beechams Lung Syrup - courtesy of GlaxoSmithKline plc

public feeling and tightening legislation throughout

the country made it impossible for Thomas to continue

trading in Wigan. The locals weren’t forgiving, and the

couple had no choice but to sell up and move out of the

town, it isn’t clear why but Thomas put the shop along

with all its contents up for auction and in 1860 they set up

home in St Helens - the rest, as they say is history.

And history is exactly what Thomas made; he continued

to produce his pills at home, and it is around this time

the famous ‘guinea’ Beecham slogan was born, 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’.

Thomas was a great believer in the power of advertising,

and records show that by 1890 his new factory 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; and at the turn of the century, he was the

largest advertiser in the country.

Going back, 1863 was a momentous year for the Beechams

in more ways than one; Jane and Thomas separated, and

their son Joseph had joined the family enterprise. Joseph

was responsible for ramping up the advertising and was

publishing full-page adverts in newspapers, plastering

posters on billboards, popular songs were given out as

sheet music and educational pamphlets were delivered

to schoolchildren to help with times tables, to really drive

home the Beecham name.

In 1876, Thomas started to take a less active role in the

business; after the death of Jane in 1872, he remarried in

1873 to Sarah Pemberton and got married again to Mary


Sewell in 1979. Thomas moved away to Buckinghamshire

with Mary and left the business, but it wasn’t long before

he moved back to the North and resumed his business


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 run the family business and he

died in October 1916 having outlived his father Thomas

by a mere 10 years. After Joseph’s death, the firm was

managed by executors and in 1924 the firm was sold to

entrepreneur Philip Hill.

The Beechams products continued to expand both at

home and overseas and 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 by building a laboratory

in Surrey and the company was named Beecham Group


Notoriety was never far away where Beechams was

concerned and they hit the headlines again in 1959

when their scientists discovered a new penicillin nucleus,

allowing them to focus on pharmaceutical development

and go on to sell antibiotics worldwide to treat a wide

range of bacterial infections.

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.

Key Beecham Dates:

1840 Thomas Beecham developed the formula for his herbal laxatives

1842 Thomas Beecham went into business with Beecham’s Pills.

Thomas became a travelling salesman, offering his pills in

different parts of the country.

1847 The Beechams moved to Wigan

1858 Beecham open his first chemist on Wallgate, Wigan.

1860 The Beechams were forced out of Wigan and moved to St Helens

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

the first to be opened solely to produce medicines.

1875 Beecham was exporting his remedies to Africa and Australia.

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

over the running of the business.

1924 The business was sold to Philip Hill

1926 Beecham’s Flu Powders were launched.

Westfield Street looking towards the Beecham’s

Factory - courtesy of St Helens Archive Service

1944 The company was renamed Beecham Group Ltd.

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 at Worthing to produce 6-APA and there are 14,450 people now employed in the


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.

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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It’s Coming Home

Council bosses have approved plans for football hubs at

two locations – William Foster playing fields in Ince and

Laithwaite Park in Wigan - as part of a national initiative

led by the Football Foundation.

There will be five full-size floodlit third generation (3G)

pitches across the two sites along with changing rooms

and community facilities.

Councillor Nazia Rehman, cabinet member for resources,

finance and transformation, said: “Providing facilities like

these will have a significant health and wellbeing impact

in our communities and making sport available to all is an

important part of the Deal 2030.”

Cabinet members voted in favour of the schemes at a

meeting earlier this month, meaning the council and the

Football Foundation will share the development costs.

Works are expected to start next month with a provisional

opening date of September 2022.

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football

Foundation, said: “Funding from the Premier League,

The FA and the Government, through Sport England, has

played a vital role in making this project a reality”.

The hubs will be managed on a charitable basis by a new

national football trust, with council representation at a

local level.



Stairways to Heaven

As the saying goes,

you never get a second

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For many people, the

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and now have just opened their new staircase

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This family firm, run by the Wilson family – Shane,

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lockdown productively, lining up a deal for the

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The pandemic has been incredibly challenging for the

education sector. There was no blueprint for schools to

follow, no guide telling head teachers how to provide

remote learning. Some schools were at a digital

disadvantage, unable to deliver lessons to pupils remotely,

either because the school did not have the resources, or

because pupils did not have the right devices or reliable

internet access.

Those schools that were able to deliver remote learning

successfully still faced challenges. Laura Castree, a

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accordingly; this became incredibly difficult when

teaching remotely, and we had to overhaul resources,

teaching styles and priorities practically overnight.”

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2021, 43% of teachers were experiencing

all four of the main symptoms of burnout.

It’s hardly surprising that teachers

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pressures they were under. Geoff Barton,

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School and College Leaders, commented,

“Our teachers have had to rapidly adapt

to changing circumstances on many

occasions. They have: rapidly become

experts in delivering remote learning; run

on-site provision for the children of key

workers and vulnerable children during

lockdowns; managed complex Covid safety

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It may take years before we understand the long-term

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As Laura Castree explains, “It has been apparent that

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Indonesian Chicken

with Buckwheat Noodles

Serves 2

Prep time: 15 minutes

Marinate: at least 1 hour

Cook time: 18 minutes


1 lemongrass stalk, chopped

Handful of coriander leaves

1 small onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 cm piece of root ginger, grated

1 tbsp coconut sugar or honey

1 tbsp tamari soy sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce

½ tsp turmeric

1 tsp garam masala

400ml coconut milk

Salt and pepper

4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs or

2 chicken breasts, cut into large chunks

1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil

1 red chilli, deseeded and diced

1 bunch of pak choi cut into strips

100g mangetout

4 shitake mushrooms, sliced

60g cooked buckwheat noodles or rice


Handful of bean sprouts

2 spring onions, chopped

A hearty meal in a bowl, lightly spiced and packed with nutrient-rich

vegetables. This dish contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory ingredients,

including ginger, garlic and turmeric together with immune-supporting

shitake mushrooms and coconut. Buckwheat noodles, also called soba,

are a nutritious staple in Asian dishes.


1. Place the lemongrass, coriander, onion, garlic, ginger, coconut sugar

(or honey), tamari soy sauce, fish sauce, turmeric, garam masala and

coconut milk in a blender and process until smooth. Pour over the

chicken. Season with a little salt and pepper. Marinate for at least one


2. Heat the coconut or olive oil in a wok or frying pan. Drain the chicken,

reserve the marinade and stir fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes. Add the

chilli, pak choi, mangetout and mushrooms and cook for a further

minute. Add the marinade and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the

chicken is cooked. Toss in the noodles. Sprinkle over the bean sprouts

and spring onions to serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 394kcal, fat 16.5g (of which saturates 7g), carbohydrate 29.2g (of

which sugars 24.1g), protein 32.3g.

Roast Beef Fillet

with Roasted Garlic,

Tomato and Herb Sauce


Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Marinate: 2-3 hours or overnight

Cook time: 65 minutes

Succulent beef served with a delicious rich

and tangy garlic and herb sauce makes a

sensational feast. Any leftover meat can be

served cold with salad the following day.


500g beef fillet (one piece)

1 tbsp oil, for searing


1 tsp ground cumin

1 tbsp oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

Herb Sauce

1 bulb garlic

1 tbsp olive oil and a little for drizzling

1 shallot, diced

250g cherry tomatoes, halved

4 anchovy fillets

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

25g sultanas

1 tbsp capers, drained and rinsed

50g blanched almonds

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

100ml passata

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Small bunch of parsley, chopped

Small bunch basil, leaves picked, to garnish

Bag of baby spinach leaves, to serve


1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and rub all over the fillet.

Leave to marinate for 2-3 hours or overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas mark 4.

3. Slice off the top quarter of the garlic bulb. Put the bulb on a piece of

foil, drizzle over a little oil and season. Wrap up in the foil and roast

for 40 minutes. Cool slightly then squeeze out the garlic bulb into a

food processor.

4. For the sauce, heat the oil and sauté the shallot, tomatoes, anchovy

fillets with the caster sugar and vinegar. Cook for 5 minutes. Add to

the food processor with the remaining sauce ingredients except the

herbs and blend to form a thick sauce. Add a little water, if needed,

to thin the sauce slightly. Place in a pan and add the parsley.

5. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas mark 6.

6. Remove the beef from the marinade. Heat the oil in a heavy based

frying pan and sear the beef on all sides. Place in an ovenproof

roasting tin and roast for 20 minutes until cooked through. Allow to

rest for 10 minutes before carving.

7. Heat the sauce and spoon over the beef to serve. Accompany with

spinach and basil leaves.

Nutritional information per serving: 442kcal, fat 31g (of which saturates 6.4g), carbohydrate 9.6g (of

which sugars 8.6g), protein 31.3g.


Best Home for your Money?

In the UK, private renting is fast becoming the norm. The

rental sector has more than doubled since the dawn of the

new millennia, rising from 2.03 million to a massive 4.44

million privately rented households in the UK in 2020.

And this trend is predicted to continue, with a further 1.8

million households becoming private renters by 2025.

So with ‘Generation Rent’ on the rise, is it time you gave

serious thought to becoming a landlord?

Investing in property can be a great way to make the

most of any money you have to invest. Granted, it’s best

if you’re prepared to invest over a long period of time,

but as you can see from the table below, owning a rental

property can be a fantastic home for your money.

The table illustrates the increase in value of a 2 bedroomed

terraced house in the Wigan Borough area over a twentyyear

period from 2001-2021.

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July 2001 July 2006 July 2011 July 2016 July 2021


So, why is right

now a great

time to get

into property?

High Demand

According to


a respected

estate agent

industry organisation, the latest stats from May 2021

showed that numbers of prospective tenants continue

to increase. The average number of tenants per Letting

Agent has jumped from 82 up to 97. In 2020, the highest

average number in May was 70.

Lower Supply

The average number of properties managed by each

letting agency branch for this year was at 203 in May. The

year before, it was 208. This seems like a small reduction

per branch but that’s an average and multiplied across

the whole of the UK, it has a significant impact.

Where demand is high and supply is low, there’s only one

direction that rental prices will go and that’s upwards.

Mark Hayward, the Chief Policy Adviser for Propertymark,

said: “Yet again, we continue to see incredible demand

from home seekers. There has been a record-breaking

number of people registered per branch for the month

of May. This demonstrates the continuation of a booming

rental market”.

If you’ve accrued savings during the past year or so, or

you want to move your money into property but are

not sure where to begin, please give me a call for a free,

no-obligation chat about how to take the first step in

developing a property portfolio.

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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Artisan Market

Apple Cast in Newburgh will be holding an artisan market

this weekend, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October from


As well as over 20 stalls selling a variety of hand-crafted

products and gifts, you can also look forward to getting

up close to the resident birds of prey. The bravest amongst

the visitors will have a chance to handle the birds and

purchase framed photographs of your experience.

Making an appearance on both days will be Jasper, a

Malaysian wood owl, Burdock, an African spotted eagle

owl and Gizmo, an Indian scops owl. There is no need

to book, just simply turn up on either day, but for more

information please contact Apple Cast on 01257 463012.

Crowdfunder for Church

All Saints Church in Appley Bridge has launched a

crowdfunding page to help repair the church car park.

The car park needs to be resurfaced, and there is a

shortfall in funds available to carry out the work. The

target is to raise £4,000 which will be matched by the

Diocese of Blackburn.

Whilst maintenance is primarily the responsibility of the

church, the car park is made freely available to the local

community, including the school. Any support towards

the fund would be greatly appreciated, and if you would

like to donate, please go online at www.justgiving.com/


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Standisher up for Award

Alex Winstanley, a social

entrepreneur from Artisan

Close in Standish, has

been shortlisted for the

Entrepreneur for Good

Award category in the

Regional Finals of the Great

British Entrepreneur Awards.

Alex has been recognised

for the positive impact that

his not-for-profit social

enterprise, Happy Smiles Training CIC, and his bestselling

children’s books has had on communities.

Founded in 2013, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards

acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of

entrepreneurs and businesses in the UK. Previous winners

include the founders of Grenade, Tangle Teezer, The LAD

Bible, Clearscore & The Cambridge Satchel Company.

Happy Smiles Training CIC was inspired by Alex’s

experiences as a teacher and carer, where he grew tired

of seeing disabled people he knew being undervalued

and stigmatised. Alongside one of the young men he

supported outside of his teaching role, Alex developed a

team of Inclusion Champions, all disabled young adults,

to deliver diversity and inclusion training to schools,

community groups, businesses and more.

On top of this, Alex has written a series of children’s books

about a range of long-term health conditions, with his

first book, ‘My Grandma Has Dementia’, recently winning

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books are informed by real

people and experiences,

written in rhyme and use

engaging illustrations by

Adam Walker-Parker, to open

up conversations about

topics such as depression,

cancer and cerebral palsy.

Alex said: “It is an

unbelievable honour to have

our work recognised on such a scale. It is a dream come

true – for people to value the important work that we are

doing in empowering people with a platform to use their

experiences in order to create positive social change.

Hopefully this recognition will help us to increase the

impact that we can have!”

Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards,

Francesca James, said: “We have seen some incredible

finalists over the years, and this year is no exception. It

really is one of the strongest shortlists we’ve ever had,

and the fact that so many exceptional people have

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Hole in One for Houghwood

Houghwood Golf in Crank has achieved the SafeGolf club

accreditation from England Golf.

The 18-hole course has just received the SafeGolf

accreditation, demonstrating the club’s commitment

to safeguarding children and young people, as well as

adults in risk in the sport of golf.

The Ladies Section at Houghwood led by Lady Captain,

Dee Griffiths, and Charter Champion, Ali Starrett, have

recently initiated a successful drive to introduce new lady

members and girls to the game and the club.

Tony Mather, Welfare Officer at Houghwood said,

“Houghwood is a great club, it’s very friendly, welcoming

and forward-thinking. This award helps us to spread that

message and to tell people that children are safe and

secure here and that we understand about beginner


The SafeGolf partnership consists of members from the

golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has

been established to help golf respond to the issue of

child protection in sport.

Anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player, or

the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser,

parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding

officer at their national governing body by going online

at www.safegolf.org.


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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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Students Celebrate

Students and staff at Wigan & Leigh College celebrated

an outstanding 100% pass rate in A Levels this year with

51% achieving the coveted A*-A grade.

Combined with an excellent 99% pass rate in vocational

courses (BTECs) students secured the very best places

at university, or the most competitive apprenticeship


During the second year of assessments being adapted

because of COVID 19, students excelled with the

opportunity to raise their grades in a variety of ways.

Unlike last year, they were able to attend College in person

to collect their results and celebrate their achievements

with friends and teachers.

A Level student Rebecca Duffy achieved an A* in

Psychology, A in Sociology and A in Biology. The former

Ladybridge High School pupil is off to The University

of Manchester to study Cognitive Neuroscience and


Rebecca said, “I’m really excited, I wasn’t expecting to do

so well, and I can’t wait to start university. The course has

been really good, all the tutors are super willing to talk to

you about university opportunities and give advice.”

There was more success for BTEC Level 3 Health & Social

Care student Bethany Neafcy who achieved the highest

grade of Distinction Star.

The former Standish Community High School pupil is

planning for a career as a radiographer and has accepted

a place at University of Liverpool to study Therapeutic

Radiography and Oncology.

Bethany said, “I worked very hard, and our tutors were

amazing. I couldn’t be happier with my results – I’m over

the moon!”

Principal, Anna Dawe, added, “The class of 2021 have

studied their A levels and BTECs in the most difficult and

testing of circumstances. They have been without doubt

exceptional, showing great resilience, working hard

and remaining focused on their career aspirations and

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Fan the Flames

Even though 95% of UK homes are

centrally-heated and a fire isn’t necessary,

there is something mesmerising and cosy

about a flickering flame.

Deco Fireplace: £1,395, www.haddonstone.com

An open fire or a wood burner will give the best aesthetic,

but both options come with a number of downsides:

wood-burning is the single biggest source of smallparticle

air pollution in the UK, you need to store wood

and coal, there’s the mess and you will need to do a

certain amount of maintenance e.g. chimney sweeping.

Modern technology to the rescue then!


If you have a fireplace and chimney breast, the fire

surround is going to be an important feature in your

room. This should reflect the style of your house, with

Victorian and Georgian styles best suited to homes from

that period, and less fussy contemporary styles better in

more recently built homes.

There are many homes with chimneys in the UK so the

corresponding large number of fireplace buyers means

there’s a plethora of options. You can certainly gain

inspiration from looking at choices on the internet, but

for such a prominent feature in your living room, a visit to

a fireplace retailer is a must.

For the fire itself, both gas and electric options are

available to replicate the real fire look and many are

incredibly realistic, with some even making crackling

sounds and emitting steam to replicate smoke.


The beauty of modern electric fires is that you don’t have

to have a chimney at all. They don’t create any emissions

and therefore do not need to be vented like gas and

wood fireplaces.

These modern designs aren’t intended to pass for a real

fire at all and many are sleek and minimalist. It’ll be very

obvious that you haven’t been piling up logs and coal, but

you will still have a similar ambience and they are very

effective. Particularly in well-insulated modern homes, a

real fire can overheat the room and it’s only the flame that

you want.

A further benefit has to be the safety aspect. If the flame is

just an effect and isn’t emitting significant heat, there are

no concerns about young children touching the fire or a

spark setting the carpet alight.

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One further idea is to move your fire

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bioethanol option you won’t need an

electric connection, so you can have

flames on your coffee table or in a corner of

the garden, and even have more than one.

Media Walls

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Media walls are very ‘on-trend’. This is where you have

a television and speakers installed above an electric

fire. One advantage of this design is that you will just

have one focal point in the room. If you are very costconscious

you can buy predesigned media walls, but

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Give your home the

Timber treatment

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

Street in St Helens, is a perfect example of how

sleek, neat, timber finishes can add a warming earthy

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

experience under their belts, you’re in safe hands!

Funky Timber is a family run business, established

in July 2019 by Daniel Slater and partner Lauren

Wareing. Since then, the business has continued to

grow and they now employ a team of dedicated staff,

including joiners and fabricators, to offer customers

the finest bespoke furniture, timber cladding and

home accessories.

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

range of products from internal and external timber

cladding with various colour and design options,

to bespoke Funky Timber branded furniture and a

fabrication unit where all aspects of steelwork can

be offered. Every piece of furniture is handcrafted

in house meaning each single item is individual to

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Mismatched cladding may sound like a questionable

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or reclaimed timber creates an eye-catching

update, brimming with coolness and character, it

even caught the eye of designers from DIY SOS and

the Funky Timber team were called in to help on a

recent project.

Daniel has over 18 years of carpentry experience,

and he prides himself on being able to offer quality

products to transform any room at competitive

prices. Daniel added, “We source top quality

materials with wood and steel, and every item

is prepared in our warehouse. We also offer a full

fitting service for all our products and all our work

is carried out to the highest standards. We offer all

aspects of joinery for home and commercial jobs

including shop fitting.

“We will provide a free quote on request, all you

need to do is send over your measurements, address

and what colours you are thinking of, and our team

will send over your quote as soon as possible.”

Alternatively, customers can come to our unit and

go through their designs or bespoke requests.

Funky Timber is a vibrant company serving all

corners of the UK with their stunning designs; so,

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or business premises with a stunning wooden wall or

bespoke furniture, you can rest assured that Funky

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in Time



The first non-stop trans-Pacific flight took

place. American aviator Clyde Pangborne

and co-pilot Hugh Herndon, Jr. flew from

Japan to Washington, USA in 41 hours.



The Locomotives on Highways Act 1896

came into effect in the UK. It raised the

speed limit for motor vehicles from 4mph

to 14mph.

Remembrance poppies were sold for

the first time to commemorate military

personnel who died in the war. In the UK

they are sold by the Royal British Legion to

raise funds for current and former members

of the British Armed Forces. Around 30 million

are sold each year.





Winston Churchill

became British

prime minister for the

second time.

Premium Bonds went on sale in the

UK, with the first one being sold to

the Lord Mayor of London. They were

designed to encourage people to

save and offered cash prizes instead

of interest. As of early 2021 there were around 107.75

billion bonds held, each worth £1.



A man using the alias Dan Cooper hijacked

a plane flying between Portland, Oregon

and Seattle, Washington, USA. After

extorting a $200,000 ransom he parachuted

from the plane. He has never been located

or formally identified.

Project Gutenberg was founded. The volunteer organisation

digitises out-of-print books and makes

them available to the public at little

or no cost.

The Montreux Casino in Switzerland

was destroyed by fire when a fan set

off a flare gun during a concert by

Frank Zappa. The band Deep Purple – who

were there at the time – wrote ‘Smoke

on the Water’ based on this incident.





The first Tamagotchi

handheld virtual pets

were released by

Bandai in Japan and six

months later in Europe.

General Motors released the EV1 electric

car. It was the first modern electric car

from a major manufacturer. 1,117

cars were produced but production

ceased in 1999 and the majority of

them were taken back and crushed.

This means the car is now one of the

rarest in the world.

Apple released the first iPod. A

combination of long battery life

(approximately ten hours), small form

factor, excellent

design and good marketing meant

that within three years Apple had

70% of the portable media market in

the US, despite the iPod’s hefty initial

price tag of $399.




Death of Steve Jobs (56 years old),

co-founder of Apple Inc.


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


“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”.

“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


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

again without the constant Covid shadow hanging over


“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.”

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.

If you would like more

information, please feel free to

get in touch on 01257 423800.

David Barton


Chief Executive Officer

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


Puzzle Pages



1. Collection of facts (4)

2. Sacred word or syllable repeated in prayer (6)

3. Wither, especially due to loss of moisture (7)

4. Sediment that has settled at the bottom of

a liquid (5)

5. Crescent-shaped yellow fruit (6)

6. Raging and rapidly spreading conflagration (8)

11. Item used to dry dishes (3,5)

13. Meat chopper (7)

15. Metal ring for lining a small hole (6)

17. Carpenter’s tool (6)

18. Projection at the end of a piece of wood (5)

21. Shallow basket used when gardening (4)


7. Miscellaneous articles needed for a particular

operation or sport (13)

8. Pre-decimal coin worth one quarter of a penny (8)

9. Verdi opera with an Egyptian theme (4)

10. Cooking utensil (7)

12. Point directly opposite the zenith (5)

14. Smooth surface (as of a cut gemstone) (5)

16. Piece of cloth sewn under a zip or a pocket (7)

19. Hemispherical roof (4)

20. Grow thin and waste away physically (8)

22. Diverse in character or content (13)


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.


Excellent: 40 or more words

Good: 38 words








Fair: 30 words































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.



CLUE: cause a difficult

situation to worsen

Trace a path through all

the letters to find the

word or phrase that fits

the clue.






All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 83 of this magazine


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Bad Boy?

by Nicola Gray

This month, Local Life goes all the way back to the 1850’s to

chronicle the colourful world of Hindley’s original romantic

rogue, Richard Pennington. This story of wealth, love,

adultery and his ultimate heartbreak created a backdrop

worthy of an episode of Downton Abbey, and shocked both

his family and the local community to the core.

Richard Pennington was born into a wealthy Wigan family

who made their fortune employing handloom weavers

and later went on to build cotton mills. Richard grew up

to work in the family business and eventually became the

sole owner of both the Hindley Twist Company at Lowe

Mill and Worthington Mill in Hindley.

Richard’s road to the head of the family company was

a bumpy ride to say the least and much of his early life

was steeped in scandal. Richard had a promising future

of his own to look forward to, when in 1853 he qualified

as a magistrate for the county. However, in 1857 he was

ordered by his family to find a suitable residence away

from his hometown. Richard was advised to move away to

set up home after he started a relationship with Elizabeth

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

The couple already had a child they moved to Rainford

later in the same year, and their second child was born

at School Brow in January 1858. To accommodate

their growing family, Richard and Elizabeth bought a

farmhouse known locally as Mount Pleasant in October

1859, and their third child was born shortly after. The

Muncaster Hall & Pennington Family - courtesy of St Helens Archives

Hindley Lodge, Market Street from

inside grounds, 1900 - courtesy of

Wigan & Leigh Archives

story goes that Richard’s mother disapproved of the

relationship and so the couple had to wait four years until

her death before getting married in Liverpool in 1861.

Throughout this time Richard continued the management

of the family cotton mills in Hindley and during the next

five years he bought several farms and houses in Rainford

and entertained his wealthy friends with shooting parties

on his land. In a bid to keep up appearances, Richard

started to build a grand stone mansion house on the site

of Mount Pleasant and used his neighbouring land to set

out the gardens, lake and parkland surrounding it.

The work on the hall was completed in 1866 and

Muncaster Hall came into existence. Muncaster Hall

lived up to the Victorian stereotype in its styling and

architecture, including flowery wallpaper, carpets, wellmade

furniture, a lake and extensive gardens.

Although he now lived in Rainford, Richard always

maintained his strong links with Hindley and throughout

his lifetime, he worked tirelessly on behalf of the

community and was generous with both his time and his


He was instrumental in the creation of Hindley Local

Board, serving as Chairman for 20 years. The town saw

significant progress during his time in office, acquiring

its own gas facilities, water supply, a library and public

park. Richard was also Chairman of Hindley Board of


Worthington Mill - courtesy

of Wigan & Leigh Archives


Health, Chairman of Rainford Local Board and Chairman

of Hindley Conservative Club. Records also show that

Richard was largely responsible for the building of

Hindley Parish Church where he held the post of senior


Richard and Elizabeth had seven more children

throughout their marriage, but the couple separated in

December 1874. Three years later, Richard discovered that

Elizabeth had formed a new relationship with a former

gamekeeper of the estate, and they were divorced in 1878.

He subsequently moved back to Hindley and the 1881

census show him living at Hindley Lodge on Market Street.

Richard died at the age of fifty-seven on the 10th of July

1887 leaving all his estate in trust for his children until

they reached the age of twenty-one. However, in January

1895 the Hindley and Rainford properties were put up for

auction and the whole of the Rainford estate including

Muncaster Hall, the farms, cottages & houses totalling 315

acres were bought by the Earl of Derby for £37,000.

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

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

belongings at Muncaster Hall were auctioned off in a

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

trace of the family who once occupied it.

Richard’s empire may have been no more, but he left a

rich legacy in the communities that he called home. His

eulogy referred to ‘his affection for his native places and

his lavish expenditure of time and money on behalf all

good objects’.

With thanks to Wigan & Leigh Archives and 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 boroughs. Find out more information

here – www.archives.wigan.gov.uk and



1. According to the lyrics of the 1989 hit single The

Magic Number by De La Soul, what is the magic


2. In a TV series first broadcast in 1997, who

worked as a creative consultant to a stage

magician called Adam Klaus?

3. What sport do Orlando Magic play?

4. Who would often tap his magic wand to

perform magic when he heard the catchphrase

“izzy wizzy, let’s get busy”?

5. What was the title of the 2015 sequel to the

2012 film Magic Mike?

6. In the story of Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves, a

cave full of treasure was sealed by magic. What

two-word phrase allowed access to this cave?

7. In the Harry Potter novels, what magical object

can change all metals to gold, and can also be

used to make a potion called the elixir of life

that makes anyone who drinks it immortal?

8. In the fairy tale Jack And The Beanstalk, what

does Jack exchange to get the magic beans that

cause the beanstalk to grow?

9. Who recorded the album 24K Magic, which

won seven awards in total at the 2018 Grammy


10. On the TV show The Magic Roundabout,

Zebedee would often close the show by saying

what threeword phrase?

Quiz solutions can be found on page 83 of this magazine






Most of us have made mistakes with

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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

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Pendle Hill

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 3.9 miles Difficulty: Hard

The Pendle area is well known for its connection to witchcraft

and the supernatural, and the story of the Pendle witches is

a prominent example how England viewed witchcraft back

in the 17th century.

However, Pendle Hill itself is the stage of a more uplifting

story from the same period. The founder of the Quakers,

George Fox, was so moved by his climb up Pendle Hill in 1652

that he created the religion, and, in his autobiography, he

wrote, ‘From the top of this hill the Lord let me see in what

places he had a great people to be gathered’.

Though we can’t guarantee you’ll have an epiphany like

George’s, the views from the top of Pendle Hill on a clear

day will provide you with stunning views of the North West


At a shade under 4 miles long, this Jack’s Tracks starts from

the main car park (BB12 9JX) in the pretty village of Barley.

Exit the car park via the path behind the café/toilets and

within a few yards you’ll be on the main road through

Barley. Turn right along this road and you’ll pass the

village’s two pubs, Pendle Inn on the left and the Barley

Mow on the right.

Look out for the Methodist church by a small bridge over

the stream. You’ll need to turn left up the footpath that

runs parallel to the stream. Follow the path for 300 yards

and just past the oddly shaped tree (see picture), you’ll

cross the stream again and arrive on a single-track road.

Turn left and shortly after, you’ll reach a fork in the road, so

take the right fork. Within seconds, you’ll see the entrance

to the footpath on the right, so turn up this cobbled

path. Follow this well-defined path for ¾ mile, uphill past

Brown House Farm and Pendle House, and in clear view of

the steep ascent awaiting you next.

As you go through the gate to start to

climb the hill, there is a curvier, longer

(but less steep) route to the top

on the left hand side, but we’ve

gone for the steeper and

shorter route taking you up

the right hand side of the

Big End, as Pendle

Hill is known in

these parts.


The bad news is it’s very steep indeed, but on the plus side,

the climb is made easier by the fact that the many steps

are robustly built and help a safer ascent. It’s certainly a

challenge, but when you stop, turn and look at the views

behind you, you’ll want to take a photo break or three!

Once the sharp gradient subsides, you’ll be faced with a

drystone wall. Turn left just before you get to the wall and,

shortly afterwards, you take the left fork of a path away

from the wall towards the trig point uphill in the distance.

When you’ve posed for the obligatory selfie at the trig

point, carry on walking in the same direction for 1/3 of

a mile. You’ll reach the signpost indicating a dog-leg

left turn to Barley (down the curvier route mentioned

previously). Ignore this and go straight on. The path’s

gradient gets steeper, but never overbearingly so as you

descend for a further ½ a mile, enjoying great views of the

Ogden reservoirs on the way down.


You arrive at some wooden gates. Take a 90-degree left

turn and then, almost immediately, take the right fork and

follow that path downhill until you reach a small wooden

gate. Go through the gate and follow the path downhill

along the left-hand perimeter of the field. Carry on in the

same direction down a track that joins up with a second


At this point the path becomes less well-defined, but

head straight on in the same direction, initially towards

the field to the left-hand edge of the wooded area and

then carrying on in that direction up Barley Hill and

through a succession of fields for 1/3 of a mile.

Once you get to the field just past the end of the Lower

Ogden reservoir, look out for a wooden gate on the right

hand side. Go through the gate and straight downhill,

looking out for the footpath sign on the left. Follow the

footpath through another gate and you’ll end up by the

village hall. Turn left and then first right into the car park

from where you started the walk.


Big End




Pendle House




Barley Lane

Foot House

Gate Farm

Lower Black

Moss Reservoir

Upper Black

Moss Reservoir

Stang Top


y Moor






Pendle Way


Under Pendle


Barley Hill





Lower Ogden Reservoir

Upper Ogden


Fell Wood

Cross Lane

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:


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walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to

loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.



Lowest 215m

Highest 556m


Total ascent 346m

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Pendle Sculpture


The other main attraction in the Barley area, on the

opposite slopes to Pendle Hill, is the Pendle Sculpture

Trail. Contained within Aitken Wood, this family tourist

attraction brings together art, nature, and the history

of the Pendle area.

There are fifteen unique and intriguing sculptures

located on the wooded trail along with ten plaques

symbolising the ten witches of Pendle. The sculpture

trail was inspired by Pendle’s infamous association

with witchcraft, culminating in the trial of the Pendle

Witches at Lancaster Castle in August 1612.

Nineteen prisoners stood trial – nine from Pendle,

eight from Samlesbury, one from Padiham and one

from St Helens. The prisoners were not allowed to have

defence counsel to plead for them, nor could they call

any witnesses to speak on their behalf.

All nine defendants from the Pendle area, along with

Isobel Robey from St Helens, were sentenced to death

and were subsequently hanged on the moors above

the town.

The Pendle Sculpture Trail is located in Aitken Wood,

near the Black Moss Reservoirs. The nearest parking is

about a mile away in the main car park in Barley – it’s a

fairly easy walk to the wood, but the start of the trial is

a short, fairly steep climb.

For more information about the Pendle Sculpture

Trail in Barley, you can visit www.visitpendle.com

and download a trail map.



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First Drive: Vauxhall Crossland

Vauxhall has tweaked its popular crossover, but is it for the better?

What is it?

Crossovers are big business for just about all car

manufacturers these days – not least Vauxhall, with

its high-riding Crossland X, Mokka X and Grandland X

models all proving hugely popular and even stealing sales

from traditional bestsellers like the Astra and Insignia.

It’s the Crossland X that’s the most affordable Vauxhall

model of this kind, taking a more practical stance than

the similarly sized Mokka, which instead favours design.

Yet despite the Crossland X’s impressive sales, it actually

was one of the worst cars in its segment, with a poor

driving experience and low-quality cabin letting the

side down. Can Vauxhall improve it as part of this midlife

facelift, though?

What’s new?

One of the first things to note here is that it’s now called

the Crossland – the ‘X’ part of its name being dropped

for simplicity, though there are various places where this

letter still appears…

But most notable is the updated design, especially the

front end, which gets Vauxhall’s new ‘Vizor’ design – as

seen on the new Mokka – that wraps the badge and

headlights behind one main panel. Changes to the

steering and damping also aim to improve the way the

Crossland drives.

What’s under the bonnet?

The engine choice remains the same as before, with an

option of naturally-aspirated and turbocharged petrol

engines, as well as a turbo diesel – quite a rarity these

days in the small crossover class.

Our test car uses the Crossland’s most powerful engine –

a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine that

produces 128bhp and 230Nm of torque. Power is sent

to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. This

allows for a 0-60mph time of 9.5 seconds and a top speed

of 125mph.

Though the diesel is the most efficient Crossland available,

this model still offers decent efficiency – Vauxhall claim

almost 50mpg, with CO2 emissions of 132g/km.

What’s it like to drive?

The previous Crossland X’s driving experience was really

what let the side down before, and though changes here

aren’t huge, they certainly improve things.

It’s now a far more accomplished cruiser at higher speeds

with a more comfortable ride and more refined driving

manners, while around town – where these Crosslands are

more likely to be found – good visibility and light steering

will tick plenty of boxes for buyers. This turbocharged petrol

engine is also a good match, and though it can sound quite

coarse at times, it delivers a decent amount of shove that

enables the Crossland to get up to speed quite quickly.

Facts at a glance

Model: Vauxhall Crossland

Base price: £19,355

Model as tested: Vauxhall

Crossland SRi Nav 1.2

Turbo 130PS Manual

Price as tested: £24,040

Engine: Turbocharged

1.2-litre petrol

Power: 128bhp

Torque: 230Nm

Max speed: 125mph

0-60mph: 9.5 seconds

MPG: 48.7-49.5mpg

Emissions: 130-132g/km


While the Crossland’s lifeless steering and rolypoly

handling fall quite significantly short of

the class best, these updates are certainly a

step in the right direction, if not bringing the

model in line with the segment rivals.

How does it look?

Vauxhall is going bold for this new Crossland.

The appealing Vizor helps to bring a far more

modern design, but there are also new standardfit

LED headlights and a new silver-effect front

bumper that give a more rugged look.

At the rear, Vauxhall have the new ‘Crossland’

name sprawled out across the boot, while a new glossblack

panel around the badge and lights also gives the

model a more stylish look. It’s certainly a successful

facelift, to our eyes at least.

What’s it like inside?

Inside, Vauxhall has added extra flair with new redpainted

dashboard trim, while our SRi-spec test car got

some appealing red stitching and dual orange stripes

for the seats. However, nothing else has really changed,

with the same familiar layout and displays being used

as before. That’s not all bad, with the same easy-to-use

touchscreen with smartphone mirroring included, along

with an ergonomic layout. But ultimately it continues to

lag behind rivals when it comes to technology and quality.

The Crossland is one of the more practical cars in this

class. Adults can sit quite comfortably in the rear, while

sliding rear seats let you adjust occupant and boot space

as needed. The boot measures up to 520 litres with the

seats slid fully forward.

What’s the spec like?

Regardless of version, all Crosslands get a decent amount

of equipment, with entry-level SE models still coming

with a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and

Android Auto, cruise control and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Our mid-spec SRi Nav delivers the best blend of value and

equipment, adding a larger eight-inch touchscreen with

satellite navigation, rear parking sensors and dual-zone

climate control, along with styling changes like larger

alloys, a contrast-colour roof and tinted windows.

There are notable omissions on the safety side of things,

though, with even autonomous emergency braking

being optional across the range – disappointing given it’s

basically fitted to all new cars on sale now.

As for pricing, the Crossland starts from £19,355, or

£21,705 for the SRi Nav. You’ll want to spend more to avoid

the lethargic 83bhp engine, though, which knocks the

price up further, our test car being available from £24,040.


This Crossland is better to look at and is improved behind

the wheel, too. A relatively low starting price and plenty

of cabin space add to the appeal – especially for families.

But despite these changes, it still doesn’t excel in any

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