Local Life - Wigan - November 2021


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Wigan Edition

November 2021

WIN a Lancashire

Day hamper!

Pages 76-77

Jack’s Tracks visits


Pages 73-75

Panto Special

Pages 20-21

Sculpture Trail

Page 46-47

Christmas Markets

Pages 51-54

Bonfire Guide

Page 62-64

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You’ll probably notice a definite Lancashire

bias about this month’s Local Life. To celebrate

Lancashire Day on November 27th, we’ve

included a remarkable sculpture trail from the village

of Barley, in the shadow of Pendle Hill. We have a super

Jack’s Tracks from Clitheroe, the hub of the Ribble Valley,

and we are also giving a lucky reader the chance to win a

hamper stuffed with Lancashire produce.

Forty-seven years after Wigan was dragged out of the

county, many of us still doff our flat caps to Lancashire.

In my view, Wigan has the best of many worlds; the

metropolises of Manchester and Liverpool are wonderful

places to visit and easily reachable too, but a quick trip

up the M6 brings Lancashire in all its glory.

I saw a Yorkshire tourist board poster recently, that had

been cheekily doctored by their Lancashire counterparts.

With a scenic countryside view as a backdrop, the text

read: Lancashire. It’s like Yorkshire, only nicer.

Happy Lancashire Day!

Chris Pearce, Publisher


Keep in touch with the

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Telephone: 01695 627 999



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This month’s highlights

51. Six of the Best Christmas Markets


28. Health

Six tips for a healthy winter.

36. Education

Tutoring - what to consider.

40. Tech

Brand new retro.

58. Home

Snuggle up and get cosy!

20. Panto - it’s Back! 46. Pendle Sculptures

60. Food

Christmas Mincemeat Slice recipe.

70. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size!

78. Motoring

Eco-friendly advancements.

73. Jack’s Tracks to Clitheroe

82. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

62. Bonfire Guide 76. Hamper Comp

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Theatre Resumes

Lines are being diligently rehearsed, sets are being

carefully built and costumes are being stitched. It’s almost

curtain up time at Wigan Little Theatre and the stage is

set for a bumper new season at the popular theatre.

2021 marked Wigan Little Theatre’s 75th anniversary at

their Crompton Street home, and the COVID-19 recess

forced the theatre to close its doors for most of the year,

but theatregoers are set to return for the Dick Whittington

pantomime, which runs from 2nd-18th December.

A full programme has been announced for 2022, starting

with the John Godber comedy, Teechers, which runs from

26th January to 5th February.

This is followed by the Agatha Christie drama, Towards

Zero, which runs from 9th March to 19th March.

You can book tickets for Wigan Little Theatre at www.

wiganlittletheatre.co.uk. You can also call into the Box

Office on Crompton Street between 7pm and 9pm on

Friday, Monday and Tuesday before and during each

production, or you can call 01942 242561 during the

same period to reserve tickets.

Artisan Markets

Dean Wood Golf Club are hosting a couple of weekend

Artisan Markets in late November at their Lafford Lane

base in Upholland.

Their Christmas Artisan Markets will take place from

11am-4.30pm on the weekend of Saturday 20th and

Sunday 21st November and also on the following

weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November.

The markets will be held on the car park adjacent to

Lafford Lane, and the clubhouse will be open for food

and drinks during the markets. Santa will be visiting at

2pm on both Sunday afternoons.

Stalls will be selling Christmas gifts of all kinds including

handmade pottery, glass art, soaps, skincare, handmade

gemstones, scents and candles, bathbombs and seasonal


For those looking to stock up on food, there will be

Christmas fruit cakes, cupcakes, brownies and sweets.

There is a small number of stall spaces still available,

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Bispham Christmas

Bispham Methodist Church, based on the corner of Crank

Road and Upholland Road in Billinge, is inviting the local

community to visit an all-day Christmas Fair on Saturday

4th December from 10.30am to 4.30pm. A fun-packed

day is planned. You can pick up some Christmas gifts from

artisan stalls, there will be activities for children and there

will be street food available, and a Festive Café open all


There will be a Modern Nativity performance, Father

Christmas will be calling in twice throughout the day and

the Trinity Girls Brass Band will perform between 2pm

and 3pm. The event comes to a climax with the Christmas

Tree switch on at 4.00pm.

Other traditional events planned at Bispham this

Christmas include a Christmas Family Service with

toy donations to a local charity on 12th December at

10.30am, followed by a craft corner for the children. The

Carol Service will be on Sunday 19th December at 6pm

with traditional mince pies afterwards. For more details,

check out the website www.bisphammethodistchurch.

org nearer Christmas.

Green Homes Grant

The Greater Manchester Green Homes Grant Local

Authority Delivery Scheme is still open for applications

following an extension to December. 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 which will source all installers to

carry out the work. 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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Santa’s Zooming In

Wigan Rotary Club have announced that Santa will be

out and about again from the 1st December, both on the

streets of Wigan and appearing online from Santa’s HQ in

the North Pole.

Following last year’s successful launch of their Santa

zoom sessions, children will once again be able to Zoom

with Santa this Christmas. Full details of the sessions

will be available the Wigan Rotary Club’s website and

Facebook page from Monday 22nd November, and you’ll

be able to book your slot there too.

Santa will also be touring the streets of Wigan in December

and will make the occasional guest appearance at the

Tesco Extra at Central Park, Wigan.

Full details of the routes he will cover and the days at

Tesco’s Central Park will be on the club’s website and

Facebook page towards the end of November

All the profit from these events will be used to provide

support for local community and voluntary groups, and to

aid organisations involved in humanitarian work overseas.

If you fancy volunteering to be one of Santa’s Little Helpers

for 2/3 hours during December to help the club with

these events, then please either email wiganrotary1924@

virginmedia.com or ring 07813 471000. The Rotary

would welcome any form of help from individuals and


Christmas Fair

Volunteers from 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 get yourself into the festive spirit and help

to raise much needed funds for the cats, hedgehogs and

ponies that will be living at the shelter this winter.

There will be plenty of stalls for you to browse around,

delicious festive treats to keep your energy up, not to

mention a Teddy Tombola. So why not get your Christmas

shopping off to a flying start and bring the family for a

day out?

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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Funding Opens

The third round of funding for Wigan Council’s

Community Recovery Fund is now open. The fund gives

community organisations who require support due to

being affected or disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic a

chance to apply for up to £2,000 in funding. The fund will

support projects that aim to promote community spirit

and bringing communities back together.

After the first two rounds of funding, this initiative has

supported an impressive 178 projects totalling a funding

amount of over £84,000. Successful applicants include

Ashton Bears, Ashton Park JFC, Garswood Hall Bowling,

Highfield Grange FC, Hawkley Hall Residents Association,

Cherrybrook FC, The Storehouse Project, Greenslate

Community Farm, Ashton Deaf Club, Friends of Three

Sisters, Brighter Better Orrell and many more.

Applications for the latest round of funding for the

Community Recovery Fund closes on Sunday 14th

November. You can apply for the funding now by visiting

this web address; https://communityrecoveryfund.


However, the Deal for Communities Team at Wigan Council

have advised groups to contact them before submitting

an application, just to ensure that it meets the funding

criteria. Their email address is thedealforcommunities@



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Bonfire & Firework


Friday 5th November

Gates Open: 5:00pm

Bonfire Lit: 6:00pm

Fireworks: 7:00pm

Burger Van, Treacle Toffee, Children’s Fun House,

Bar and Hot & Cold Drinks

Entrance £6

Children £2 when with parents

Supported by your Local Councillors and Brighter Borough

Located off Winstanley Road, opposite Hewitt’s Business Park


The gorgeous Love It Gallery in Billinge has an excellent range of original

gifts to suit all budgets, made by British designer/makers. From Christmas

cards, wrapping, advent calendars and decorations, right through to gifts sets,

accessories, jewellery, ceramics, and soft furnishings, Love It Gallery has got

something for everyone this Christmas.

There’s a huge range of inspirational glass art at the

Love It Gallery, which is also the home of Morpheus

Glass. From seasonal decorations to clocks, bowls,

mirrors, vases, wall panels and more, it’s a great place

to find presents for all the family.

Comfort and style abound in the Bag & Bean coffee

shop, a perfect pit stop when you’re all shopped out.

Excellent coffee, gorgeous cakes and tasty light

lunches are served indoors and outdoors in

a safe, warm and undercover environment.

Love It Gallery, Winstanley Road, Billinge WN5 7XG

Open: 9.30am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday

Telephone: 01695 622 332


Wrap Up Wigan

Residents are being urged by The Brick to clear their

wardrobes of any unwanted coats and any other

unwanted winter clothing to help the homeless stay

warm this winter. The Wrap Up Wigan campaign has

been launched by The Brick, which supports people

facing homelessness and poverty in Wigan and Leigh.

In particular, The Brick is looking for people to donate

new or good quality coats (adults and children’s sizes),

winter clothing, shoes, toiletries, hats, gloves, scarves,

socks and underwear.

If you have any suitable donations, then please drop

them off at their shops at 160 Gidlow Lane in Wigan or 13

Railway Street in Leigh or you can drop them at The Brick

Works at 4 Hodson Street, Wigan.

If you would like to access a winter coat or other clothing,

then please call The Brick on 01942 236953 or email


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.

You can look forward to an exciting combination of

fun, a live show, a raffle and a serious game of bingo!

Tickets cost £25 per person, and this includes light bite

refreshments on the night.

For more information or to book your tickets go online to


Festive Ashton

All roads lead to Ashton-in-Makerfield on Sunday 5th

December when the market square on Garswood Street

plays host to Ashton Christmas Markets. You can enjoy

family fun with festive stalls and music.

One of the many attractions on offer is the chance to visit

Santa in a magical winter wonderland. The event runs

from 1-6pm and the light switch on will take place later

in the afternoon.







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First and Last

1. What was the surname of the Vietnam War

veteran who was the main character in 1982

film First Blood?

2. The Last Frontier is the official nickname of

which US state?

3. The 2017 Christmas special of Doctor Who

saw actor David Bradley play “the First Doctor”.

Which other actor originally played this role

when the TV show was first broadcast?

4. The Last Night of the Proms normally takes

place on the second Saturday in which month?

5. Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters To The

First Pets was a children’s book written in 1998

by which famous woman?

6. Published in 1956, The Last Battle was the

seventh and final novel in a series set in which

fictional land?

7. The 2018 film First Man starred Ryan Gosling as

which real life person?

8. In which European city would you find Leonardo

Da Vinci’s mural painting “The Last Supper”?

9. Name the last football team to win the old First

Division before the creation of the Premier

League for the 1992-93 season?

10. The TV comedy show The Last Leg was originally

broadcast during which event of 2012, with

each episode looking back at the day’s events

from this?

Wigan Women’s Friendship Club re-opened recently

after being closed for eighteen months due to COVID-19.

The Club celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and a

Founder Member of the club, Joyce Holmes, gave a talk

at the meeting about its inception.

The club is on the lookout for new members to shape

the next forty years. Meetings are held every Thursday

at Penson Street Community Centre on Penson Street in

Swinley, except on the first Thursday of the month which

is set aside for the occasional outing. The doors open

from 1.30pm with notices at 1.45pm followed by a talk or

activity, and there’s also time for tea and a chat.

If you are interested in joining the club, please contact

Margaret Rowe on 01942 247403 or Christine Abbott on

07929 381171, or just come along to the meeting.

Start Well

The Start Well Centre in Ince still have places on a wide

range of their activity sessions – perfect to keep your

little one stimulated and entertained.

On offer are a wide range of children’s sessions and

community events ranging from Bookstart Corner at

Mesnes Park Bowling Green on a Thursday between

11.15-12pm to the Well Baby Clinics at Ince Start Well

Family Centre every Thursday between 9.30am-12pm.

Bookings are available to registered families living in

Wigan. For a full timetable of events or to book a slot,

please call the centre on 01942 767503 and choose

option 2.

Halloween Party

There will be some spooky goings on down at the Wigan

Armed Forces HQ this Saturday, October 30 in the shape

of a family Halloween party!

The 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. And to help you really get into

the Halloween spirit there will be a prize for whoever

wins the best fancy-dress competition.

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.

Quiz solutions can be found on page 88 of this magazine

The Old Courts in Wigan want to hear from you about

their plans to host and support up to 24 new digital radio

stations for Wigan and St Helens.

Wigan and St Helens Community Media CIC is a new,

not-for-profit Community Interest Company led by The

Old Courts and backed by local and community radio


The group are proposing to operate the Wigan Small-

Scale (SSDAB) multiplex for community benefit - to

support the development of local and community

radio in our area, and therefore increase the amount

of volunteering, skills, and social impact opportunities

available for people in Wigan and St Helens.

For many years, it has been difficult for community and

grassroots groups to get onto radio because of the high

cost and scarce availability of FM frequencies. Small-Scale

DAB represents a more affordable opportunity to reach a

high percentage of people across Wigan and St Helens.

Jess Rotherham, Head of Development at The Old Courts,

told Local Life, “We are proposing to bring the UK’s most

Radio Re-Do

Looking for some

listened to platform into our area and manage it in a way

that encourages more local people to create and listen to

locally-led content.

“Making digital radio more accessible for all is important

and doing it in a way where all profits are reinvested

into the local area means that broadcasters and listeners

Wigan and St Helens will benefit long-term.”

The approach to supporting local has already been met

with praise from people and organisations who already

run internet-only stations and want to expand onto DAB,

or who are keen to start something new in their local


In their proposal, the group outline what Small-Scale

DAB is, the communities that stand to benefit and how

they propose to establish the service. Comments and

feedback are invited to support the application for a

licence to Ofcom.

For more information or to leave your comments please

go online to www.theoldcourts.com and search for

broadcasting under the projects tab.


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Read Easy

Did you know that around 16,500 people in Wigan

struggle with everyday life due to their poor reading


Read Easy UK is a registered charity that supports

volunteers to set up Read Easy groups in their own

communities. These groups provide free, confidential,

one-to-one support for adults and coaching can be face

to face or remote.

The charity is now working towards establishing a Read

Easy group in Wigan and are looking for a range of

volunteers, from individual reading coaches to someone

to lead the Wigan team.

You can visit the charity’s website at www.readeasy.org.

uk for more information, and to hear from volunteers and

readers the difference this work makes to their respective


Full training is given to all. There is a huge range of

resources to support volunteers and there is a Regional

Adviser on hand to support volunteers and groups.

For more information contact Karen Wood, the Regional

Adviser 07763 442 924 or email karen@readeasy.org.uk.

Blackhearts in Town

The Blackheart Orchestra come to Wigan this Saturday

(30th October) to perform at Wigan Baptist Church in

Scarisbrick Street in Swinley.

Fresh from their critically acclaimed album Mesmeranto

entering the official rock charts at number 18 , the awardwinning

electronic prog-folk pioneers consists of vocalist

Chrissy Mostyn and multi-instrumentalist Rick Pilkington.

The Blackheart Orchestra are two voices and thirteen

instruments that create a unique musical experience.

The doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £13.20 and are

available from www.seetickets.com.

Beat Stress

Mindfulness classes are now available in Wigan. If you’re

struggling with stress and anxiety in your life, then the

advice from Mindfully Mend is don’t suffer in silence and

instead pop along to one of their sessions. The sessions

are run at Ashton Library every Thursday from 5.30-

6.30pm, and at Shevington Library from 10.30-11.30am

also on Thursday. Sessions are priced at £5 per hour.



Panto It’s back!

By Nicola Gray

Last year, COVID-19 played the part of biggest panto villain ever and the

Christmas pantomime season was decimated last year as a result. Booooooooo!

Well, its behind you (cue laughter) and Local Life have put together a guide to

this year’s most exciting panto experiences in Wigan and beyond.

Wigan Little TheatrE

Dick Whittington

Wigan Little Theatre, Crompton Street, Wigan, WN1 3SL

01942 242561


The tale of Dick Whittington features singing, dancing,

comedy sketches and, as usual, there will be a crazy dame

to add to the fun.

• Dates: Thursday December 2 to Saturday December 18

• Ticket Information: Standard tickets from £10 other

tickets £12. Online bookings subject to a 7.8% fee per


The Old Courts


The Old Courts, Gerrard Winstanley House,

Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA

0343 208 6015


Get ready to cheer Buttons, the Fairy Godmother,

Cinderella and Prince Charming, but do remember to boo

every time you see the Ugly Sisters up to their evil ways.

• Dates: Thursday December 9 to Thursday December 23.

• Ticket Information: Adult tickets - £17.50 and child

tickets - £13.00

St Helens Theatre Royal

Goldilocks & the

Three Bears

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street,

St Helens, WA10 1LQ

01744 756000


Goldilocks and the Three Bears come to town this

Christmas with a mix of unbelievable circus tricks, madcap

comedy capers and a smash-hit selection of chart hits to

sing and dance along to.

• Dates: Friday December 10 to Sunday January 9

• Ticket Information: Tickets from £16. Online bookings

subject to a 50p fee per ticket.

Octagon Theatre

Peter Pan

Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton, BL1 1SB

01204 520661


This swashbuckling rendition of Peter Pan takes you to

Neverland and join Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys for an

awfully big adventure.

• Dates: Friday November 26 to Sunday January 9

• Ticket Information: Adult tickets from £15.00 and under

16s tickets from £15.00


Albert Halls Bolton

Beauty & the


Bolton Albert Halls Theatre, Victoria Square,

Bolton, BL1 1RU

0343 208 0500


The Albert Halls spellbinding festive family pantomime

this year is Beauty and the Beast, featuring spectacular

scenery, glittering costumes, amazing special effects and

plenty of audience participation!

• Dates: Saturday November 27 to Friday December 31

Manchester Opera House


3 Quay St, Manchester, M3 3HP

0161 828 1700


Aladdin will feature a lamp-load of comedy, jaw-dropping

special effects, sensational song and dance and plenty of

boos and hisses the whole family will enjoy.

• Dates: Saturday December 11 to Sunday January 2

• Ticket Information: Tickets available form £13.00 per

person. Online bookings subject to a booking fee of

£3.65 per ticket.

• Ticket Information: Adult tickets - £20.00, senior citizen

tickets - £16.00, under 16s tickets - £16.00

The Atkinson Southport


The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB

01704 533333


This spellbinding panto pits Cinderella against her wicked

Stepmother and the jealous stepsisters; will Prince

Charming and the Fairy Godmother come to the rescue?

• Dates: Friday December 10 to Sunday January 2

• Ticket Information: Adult tickets from £18, concessions

from £16 & family tickets from £59

Grand Theatre Blackpool

Snow White & the

Seven Dwarfs

33 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HT

01253 290190


In true rags-to-riches style, Snow White manages, with the

help of her madcap friend Muddles, to meet a handsome

Prince and make her dreams come true.

• Dates: Friday December 3 to Sunday January 2

• Ticket Information: Adult tickets from £20.50 and under

18s tickets from £18.50


Feel Good Friday

Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre has set up a new initiative

launched specifically for carers.

One Friday every month, Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre

in Hindley will be hosting their feel-good Friday sessions,

working to boost the health and wellbeing of unpaid


Feel-good Friday is a concept which fuses many things;

each month the group will be offering a mixture of selfcare

and wellness activities such as relaxation therapies,

mindfulness, exercise and healthy lifestyle practices that

will give a much-needed boost to young and adult carers

across the borough.

The next session will take place on Friday, November 5

at the centre on Frederick Street in Hindley. For more

information or to book your slot, please call 01942


Bump & Buggy Walks

Calling all new parents, grandparents and furry friends –

Be Well from Wigan Council would like to invite you to

join them for their weekly bump and buggy walks.

The walk is free and is ideal for soon to be parents and

anyone with children. It’s a great way to get out into the

fresh air, meet people and stay active.

The group meets every Friday between 10.30-11.30am

at Haigh Woodland Park, outside the golf shop, or every

Tuesday between 10-11am at the Three Sisters Recreation

Area near Ashton, meeting at the Hamlet café.

Everyone is welcome, and you could even stay for a drink

afterwards. For more information, please call 01942

488481 or email wellbeing@bewellwigan.org.

Bookcycle Fair

The Bookcycle Christmas Fayre returns this year on

Saturday 4th December and runs between 12-4pm.

There are a variety of stalls to shop at, refreshments will

be available and there will be other activities happening

on the day.

Bookcycle is based at the former library on Orrell Road in

Orrell. For further details please call 01942 665646.

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The GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority)

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Manchester wide transport system, and they want to

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The Bee Network aims to transform how people travel

in Greater Manchester by joining together travel by bus,

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The Bee Network would be accessible, affordable and

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GMCA want to hear your views on this and you can

complete a survey online by Friday 12th November at


The Bee Network bus is currently touring Greater

Manchester and residents are invited to drop in for a chat

about the integrated transport plans. The bus will be

visiting Wigan on Wednesday 3rd November and will be

parked up at Queen’s Hall on Market Street from 10am

to 4pm.

Fright Night 10k

There’s a Saturday Night with a difference taking place

at Haigh Woodland Park this 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 by the hall.

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. Event 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.

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Healthy Winter

The shorter, darker, colder, wetter days of winter can leave even the fittest and chirpiest of us

feeling mentally and physically run-down. To keep you feeling better through the winter:

1. Reduce your infection risk

Colds and flu are rife at this time of year, and while being

cold cannot give you a cold (only a virus can do that) it

can stress your body and lower your immunity. Take extra

care with hygiene and take antibacterial hand gel with

you when you go out. Sadly, not everyone who touches

shop door handles and uses public transport practises

good hygiene.

If you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine, or are in an atrisk

group for whom the vaccine’s recommended, make

sure you get it early, before flu season gets underway.

Ignore those who claim the vaccine gives you flu; it can’t,

as it contains no live viruses. People who get flu after

the vaccine may have a rarer flu strain not covered by

the vaccine or may have already had a flu virus before

their vaccination became fully active (10-14 days after


3. Get enough daylight, fresh air and

vitamin D supplements!

Tempting as it might be, hibernating indoors isn’t great

for your health. Your body uses sunlight to regulate your

body clock and create vitamin D, an essential vitamin for

building strong teeth, muscle and bone. However, while

daylight helps, between October and early March in the

UK there’s not enough of it for you to make sufficient

vitamin D, even if you regularly spend time outdoors;

nor can you make up the deficit by eating vitamin

D-rich foods like oily fish (e.g. salmon, sardines, herring

and mackerel), red meat, liver, egg yolks and fortified

foods like fat spreads and breakfast cereals. So while

getting some winter sun and eating vitamin D-rich foods

can help, the NHS recommends that everyone should

top-up with a daily 10mcg vitamin D supplement during

the autumn and winter.

2. Keep exercising

Exercise can boost your immune system, release

endorphins that make you feel better and warm you up,

too. If you’re normally an outdoor exerciser, cold, wet

weather might put you off. If it doesn’t, bundle up and

stay safe by avoiding exercising when its icy and wearing

bright, reflective clothes if you’re out in the dark.

If the winter weather does put you off, consider indoor

alternatives: swimming, indoor climbing, exercise classes,

short-term passes for a local gym, a new exercise DVD or

even some home gym equipment like an exercise bike or


The NHS has some great free exercise routines. Check

out www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise and click on ‘fitness

guides’ for a range of ten-minute workouts and exercises,

or www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio for

online exercise videos. The range covers yoga, Pilates,

strength exercises, aerobic workouts and more, so there’s

something for everyone.


4. Stay warm

Being too cold puts stress on your body. When the

temperature drops below 8°C, some people are at

increased risk of mental or physical illness, especially if

they’re over 65, disabled, pregnant, have young children

(under school age), have a mental health condition or have

a long-term health condition. Low temperatures increase

vulnerability to heart attacks, stroke, flu, pneumonia,

hypothermia, falls and injuries, and can worsen mental

health conditions like depression and dementia.

It also increases the symptoms of Raynaud’s Disease,

a relatively common condition that interrupts blood

supply to the extremities, causing symptoms such as

pain, numbness, stiffness and pins and needles. It most

commonly affects the fingers, and you may notice them

go white or even blue and then turn red as blood flow


Keep your home heated to at least 18°C and use hot

water bottles, heat packs or electric blankets if you need

them. Try a hot bath rather than a shower, have hot drinks

and eat for warmth (hot cereals, soups and stews are

good options). Pre-warm clothes on a radiator or in your

airing cupboard, and once you’re outdoors try to breathe

through your nose, as this warms air before it reaches

your lungs. Wear layers, warm gloves and a hat. If you

have Raynaud’s Disease, use hand dryers for a warmth

top-up while you’re out, wear an extra pair of gloves and

socks, and avoid heavy carrier bags that restrict blood

flow to your fingers.

5. Eat healthy comfort food

Comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Stews and

soups are great winter foods, but watch your fat and

salt intake and include plenty of vegetables. Homemade

soups are easily made with a cheap, simple blender, and

cooked fruit with low-fat custard makes a great winter

pudding. The NHS website has some healthy, warming

recipes for dishes like fish pie, lemon chicken and

vegetable soup. Just visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well

and click on recipes.

6. Look after your mental health

Stay active, warm and sociable: exercise, time spent

outdoors and the company of others can all help stave

off winter blues. However, if you think you may have fullblown

SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), see your GP for

help. Don’t suffer in silence.


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What to Consider

After-school tutoring can be an

invaluable part of a child’s education.

A tutor can offer support in areas that

your child might struggle with, such

as maths or English, or help your child

to further improve in subjects that

they already excel at. Tutoring is also

available in subjects that your child’s

school might not offer, e.g. Mandarin

and philosophy.

You can appoint a tutor at any time in your child’s

education, but tutoring can be particularly valuable in the

run-up to exams, such as GCSEs or the 11-plus. As well as

helping with subject-specific knowledge, tutoring can be

useful if your child suffers from exam-related anxiety or if

they’re not used to sitting tests.

The one-to-one basis of tutoring means your child can

learn at their own speed, rather than being led by the

wider needs of the class. It also allows extra time for

questions or diving deeper into a subject.

Tutors usually come to your home, although some

operate out of an education centre. Many also offer video

tutoring, which is helpful if you’re searching for a tutor in

a less common subject.

Choosing a tutor

After-school tutoring can feel like a punishment. Few

children want to add more studying to their weekly

timetable. So look for a tutor who will be able to build a

good rapport with your child. Not only is your child likely

to learn more, they’ll also be happier and will put more

effort into their learning. A good tutor should help to

increase your child’s confidence in a subject and, ideally,

boost their enjoyment for learning.

Before committing to a tutor, you’ll want to check

references, qualifications and ID.

Finding the right tutor

Ask your child’s school if they have any recommendations,

and put the word out in your friendship circle that you’re

looking for a tutor.

You may also want to register with sites such as www.

firsttutors.com, which helps to connect private tutors

with parents. Some of these sites check the IDs and

references of the tutors they promote, which gives you

additional peace of mind.

The cost of tutoring

A tutor’s hourly rate will depend on a number of factors,

including their experience, location and what subject your

child needs help with. In most cases, you’ll pay between

£20 and £40 an hour for an experienced tutor. If your child

is at primary school, a tutoring session will generally last

for no more than an hour. An A-level tutoring session

might be as long as 2.5 hours.


Tutors don’t have to be DBS checked, but it’s wise to

choose one who has been. A parent or guardian should

also be present during every tutoring session.


Could you be one of tomorrow’s

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Individuals who are

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Join us at our open evenings

Monday 1st November 2021 4-5:30pm

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Monday 6th December 2021 4-5:30pm

Monday 17th January 2022 4-5:30pm

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With a wide catchment area, our children travel from near and far to

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other year groups, come and visit to secure your place.

We offer both breakfast club and a wide variety of

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Tuesday 9th November between 2-6pm

Thursday 11th November between 2-6pm

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Have you considered the School Direct route

to becoming a Primary or Secondary

school teacher?

North West Learning Partnership School Direct is an

established School Direct Provider. Our link with North

West Three Maths Hub means we are able to provide

outstanding training at the forefront of developments

in Mathematics education. Our affiliation to NWLP

means trainee teachers receive outstanding training

from us, our placement schools and LJMU who achieved

Outstanding in Primary and Good in Secondary during

their recent Ofsted inspection.

The one year in-school training for graduates is provided

by serving Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, specialised

Lead Practitioners and other specialists in their field

in close partnership with Liverpool John Moores

University. Most of your time in training will be spent

in your “home school” which is your main placement

school from September 22. Training with us also means

that you will benefit from:

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• Placement schools are across the North West

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Placements are allocated in your local area.

• Highly effective school-based tutors. All of a senior

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Leaders in their field of expertise

• Personal support structures in place

We are committed to the ongoing development of

all trainees for a further 2 years after completing the

course. Trainees have access, free of charge, to training

with the North West Learning Partnership.

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Secondary Modern Languages SD 90

Secondary Biology W082

Secondary Chemistry A830

Secondary Physics W322

Secondary English Y290

Secondary Geography V479

Secondary History X871


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Brand New Retro

Classic devices

given a high-tech


We love our digital devices, our smart bulbs and

our personal digital assistants. But sometimes

we wish our various gadgets and gizmos had a

bit more personality. In the future, few of us are

likely to look back on our Amazon Echos with the

nostalgia we have for the Sony Walkman, and

digital timekeeping is never going to be as exciting

as watching something pop out of a cuckoo clock.

So we’re delighted to see some firms embracing

modern technology with a distinctly retro twist.

Roberts is a great example of that. The £229

Revival iStream 3 looks like a proper old-school

AM radio, complete with faux-leather covering

and a distinctive golden grille. It’s beautiful and

wonderfully old-fashioned, but it’s packed with the

latest digital radio tech: it can play DAB radio and

stream from the likes of Spotify and TIDAL. It even

works with Alexa.

Vinyl has been making a comeback for some

years now and there are some very retro-looking

turntables available, but it might be sensible to stick

with something less tacky, such as the Sony PS-

LX310BT Bluetooth Turntable. This £194 turntable

has proper hi-fi heritage, looks like it was made in

1970 and streams wirelessly to compatible audio

systems and smart speakers.

Cassette tapes are back too, and you can pick up

Bluetooth tape players for as little as £24. Some

include USB drives you can copy your music

onto; others simply connect to your Bluetooth


If you would like a rotary phone, Amazon’s virtual

shelves include classic rotary models such as the GPO

746, which is a homage to the enormous phones of

the pre-digital era. Expect to pay around £40.

If you miss the warm glow of filament bulbs,

technology can help: Philips’ Hue smart bulb range

now includes long-life, low-energy LED filaments

that look ancient. And as for the cuckoo clock

mentioned earlier? John Lewis currently sells a

‘Tweeting’ cuckoo clock for £74. Don’t worry, the

tweeting refers to its sound: it doesn’t post things to

your Twitter account.

Philips Hue Filament light bulb

Old-fashioned lighting meets modern

LED technology. Like the rest of the Hue

range these bulbs are controllable via

phone, tablet or smart speaker if you

have a Hue Bridge.

£20, meethue.com

GPO 746 retro


Phones like this are

widely available and tick

all the boxes: curly cords,

just the right amount of finger

resistance and, of course, a range

of eye-popping colours.

£40, Amazon.co.uk

Roberts Revival iStream 3

It looks like it should only play

you the shipping forecast but

Roberts’ digital radio can stream

from Spotify and play tunes

from TIDAL.

£229, Roberts.com

RED5 Retro mini arcade


We hate to break it to you, but the

arcade cabinets this little console

looks like are over 50 years old. It

comes pre-installed with over 200

arcade games.

£20, Argos.co.uk

Sony PS-LX310bt Bluetooth Turntable

Classic looks meet cutting-edge technology in this

very clever turntable for vinyl records old or new.

£194, sony.co.uk



Say Ta Ta to Old Tat

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the

New Year, you’ll be interested to know that

there’s a simple way to add thousands of

pounds to the price you achieve – and that’s

to get rid of your clutter. By being a little bit

ruthless with yourself, and those you live with,

you really can achieve a quicker and more

lucrative sale.

Don’t dilly-dally and put this job off until after

Christmas, start upstairs with the bedrooms

and bathrooms now, and once you have

seen the twelfth night of Christmas is in your

rear-view mirror, have another big push and

prepare your downstairs living space for prospective

buyers in 2022.

Here are five ways to say ta ta to your old tat.

Make a start

The first step is often the hardest, especially if you

have a strong emotional attachment to the property.

Make things easier by focusing on a single cupboard

or box – and building up from there. Move on to other

boxes, cupboards or shelves in the same room before

progressing onto other rooms in the property.

Be honest

You don’t have to bin everything, but you do have to be

honest. Will a buyer be impressed by your fishing rod

collection, or your stash of Queen Mum memorabilia?

Probably not. Buyers are looking for a property they

can put their stamp on and might be turned off by your

‘special interests’. Put your beloved items into storage.

When did you last use it?

It’s amazing how many items we never use but keep

‘just in case’. Exercise equipment, camping gear, and

sewing machines top the ‘I swear I’ll use it one day’ list.

If you haven’t used an item for the past 12 months, then

consider selling it online. That way it’s out of the way and

you’ll earn some extra cash – win/win.

Take before and after photos

Before you start decluttering the first room, take a quick

snap of it in all its crowded glory. Once you’ve finished

that room, take an ‘after shot’. You’ll be surprised at how

much more spacious the room looks and this will provide

some useful motivation to crack on with your decluttering

mission until you’ve done every room in the house.

Reward yourself

It can be stressful – and even emotional – getting rid of

things that you’ve had for a long time. When you finish

decluttering a room, reward yourself with a nice meal out,

a walk with a friend or trip to the cinema.

For more information on how to add value to your

house before selling it, please contact us.

Alan Batt Estate Agents, 78 Market St,

Wigan WN1 1HX

01942 233999


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

worked within the Wigan property market for over 40 years.

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1st Flag for Flight

The Green Flag Award celebrates its 25th anniversary

this year as the international quality mark for parks and

other open spaces.

After 18 months that have seen green spaces become

lockdown lifelines, playing a vital role for people across

the country as places to relax, exercise and meet friends

and family safely, the news that a record number have

achieved the Green Flag Award standard is testament

to the hard work and dedication of those tasked with

looking after these national assets.

A total of 2,127 parks and green spaces nationwide have

collected a coveted Green Flag Award for 2021,

including Mesnes Park in Wigan town centre, Jubilee Park

in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Alexandra Park in Newtown,

Pennington Hall Park in Leigh, which are all looked after

by Wigan Council, and Beacon Park in Upholland, which

is looked after by West Lancashire Council.

Wigan has gained an additional Green Flag Award this

year, in the form of the ‘Wigan Flight’, a series of locks

on the Leeds Liverpool Canal stretching from the town

centre up to Top Lock in Aspull.

This stretch is under the control of the Canal & River

Trust, a charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of

waterways in England and Wales.


Pendle Sculpture


Contained within Aitken Wood and on the opposite

slope to Pendle Hill, 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.

This association reached a peak in March of that

year when Alizon Device supposedly cast a curse

on a travelling pedlar for refusing her some pins,

and the pedlar later became lame. Alizon was the

granddaughter of Elizabeth Southern, known as Old

Demdike, who had practiced witchcraft for over 50

years in the village of Newchurch-in-Pendle.

Though Lancashire at the time was regarded as a

wild and lawless society with strong affiliations for

the Catholic church, witches were an accepted part

of village life, where they acted as village healers who

practised magic and dealt in herbs and medicines.

The local Justice of the Peace got involved in the case

of the lame pedlar and, when he became aware of the

familial relationship between Alize and Elizabeth, the


investigation quickly ratcheted up,

fuelled by religious persecution, into

a show trial against the use of witchcraft.

Ten people from the Pendle area, along with ten others

from across Lancashire, were sent to Lancaster Castle

to await trial. Two local families were at the centre of

the Pendle case, and both were headed by elderly

widows; Elizabeth Southern and Anne Whittle. By the

time the trial began in August 1612, Elizabeth had died

amidst awful conditions at the castle.

The nineteen remaining 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. The

chief prosecution witness against the Pendle prisoners

was nine-year-old Jennet Device, the younger sister of

Alizon and the granddaughter of Elizabeth Southern.

At the end of the three-day trial, all the Samlesbury

defendants were acquitted, whilst the ‘Padiham Witch’,

Margaret Pearson, was sentenced to be pilloried on four

consecutive market days in Padiham, Clitheroe, Whalley

and Lancaster, and then serve one year in prison.

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 nearest parking to the Pendle Sculpture Trail 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.



Stairways to Heaven

As the saying goes,

you never get a second

chance to make a first


For many people, the

staircase is the first

thing your visitors see

when they enter your

home, but sadly, it’s

one of the last home

improvements lined up

when people improve

their homes.

A staircase is a staircase, do I hear you say? Well, I

can guarantee you that if you take a trip to a brandnew

staircase showroom just opened minutes away

from Robin Park, you’ll soon change your mind!

Vale of Wigan have been operating in Wigan for

almost twenty years from a workshop/showroom

hidden away in Wood Street, near The Range,

and now have just opened their new staircase

showroom on Horton Street, off Woodhouse Drive

near Beech Hill traffic lights.

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

Janice and their son Chad – spent their time in

lockdown productively, lining up a deal for the

building, which used to be the home of Douglas

Printers, and now it’s been totally transformed to

a staircase wonderland

with a large selection of

stylish staircases to suit

modern and traditional


The company also

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wooden doors and

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including nursing and residential homes, we are providing

education and training.

Every year our teams care for over 1,000 people from our

towns who are living with a progressive illness including

cancer, neurological and respiratory illnesses. We also

provide care for those people closest to our patients.


“I know the Hospice needs donations and I wish I could

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knowing I’ll be helping even

when I’m no longer there.”

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It’s time to wrap up warm and head off to a Christmas

Market to experience a festive array of sights, smells and

sounds. Nothing gets us in a seasonal mood more than a

visit to the Christmas Markets, partaking in a glass or two of

Glühwein or mulled wine, whilst attempting to decimate

your present list with a bit of Christmas shopping.

Here’s our recommendations for your annual Christmas

Market trip – all tried and tested destinations plus a

surprise debut to the world of Christmas Markets from

the entertainment centre of the North West - Blackpool!


The original and biggest Christmas market in the

country, Manchester Christmas Markets is the place

to go. Arriving in the city in 1999, the market has

grown every year since, now attracting more than

nine million visitors each year to the heart of the

buzzing city centre.

Its 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets

offer a dazzling array of hand-crafted Yuletide gifts

along with a mouth-watering range of international

food and drinks. Follow the market trail as it winds

through the city centre, with stall holders tempting

you with gifts, crafts, jewellery, toys and much more.

And don’t forget the food! Manchester’s Christmas

Markets are known for traditional bratwurst, but

visitors can also try Hungarian goulash, Spanish

paella or a good old-fashioned hog roast.

The Manchester Christmas Markets run from Friday

12th November to Wednesday 22nd December.







Chester’s Christmas Market, situated outside the

handsome Town Hall in the heart of the city centre, has

a range of over 70 stalls selling Christmas gifts, arts and

crafts goodies, fudge, local spirits, and stocking fillers.

Chester’s food and drink scene really comes alive at this

magical time of the year and the market is no exception

with a small selection of stands selling food ranging from

hot dogs to hog roasts.

The Chester Christmas Market runs from Thursday

November 18th to Wednesday December 22nd


For a small market town in North Yorkshire, Skipton

punches well above its weight when it comes to their

eight day Christmas Market.

The stalls will be packed full of hand-made gifts including

Christmas decorations, wooden furniture for the home

and beauty products like bath bombs and hand-made

soap. There will also be plenty of food and drink products

from local artisans including baked goods, Belgian

chocolate, craft beer and chilli sauces.

The market stalls can be found throughout the town

centre and live entertainment helps to spread the

Christmas cheer. At 4pm each day, the market closes and

there is a procession up the high street to the church

grounds where a traditional carol is sung to mark the end

of a magical day at a Christmas market.

The Skipton Christmas Market runs from Sunday 5th

December to Sunday 12th December



Birmingham’s popular Frankfurt Christmas Market

returns to New Street and Victoria Square to bring

some festive cheer back to the city centre, with stalls

selling a tempting array of food and drink, traditional

toys, ornaments and gifts.

In nearby Centenary Square, the big wheel and ice

rink will return and run until 9th January, between

10am and 10pm. To book tickets to these attractions

visit www.iceskatebirmingham.co.uk.

Don’t miss a chance to visit Chris Moose, Birmingham’s

singing Christmas moose, at the Christmas market

who has become a festive attraction in his own right

and a Twitter sensation @thechrismoose.

The Birmingham Christmas Market runs from Thursday

4th November to Thursday 23rd December



The hugely popular St Nicholas Fair returns to York this

year. The charming alpine chalets will once again line

the streets, with local businesses selling everything

from handmade gifts to delicious treats. Soak up the

atmosphere visiting the outlets along Parliament Street

and in Sampson Square , many staffed by traders in

Victorian costume

Many of York’s restaurants, shops and attractions will be

beautifully decorated and will provide a wonderful winter

experience. Don’t miss out on a visit to Shambles with its

cobbled streets for a full festive atmosphere.

The York Christmas Market runs from Thursday 18th

November to Thursday 23rd December.


Making its debut on the Christmas Market list this year is


The brand-new Winter Gardens Wonderland will host a

Bavarian style Christmas Market within and outside the

magnificent Grade II Listed Winter Gardens, linking the

town centre to the Festival Village.

The Festival Village will feature an Ice Rink, a Magical

Forest, Festive Light projections and more, whilst the

world-famous Illuminations have extended their season

and will stay switched on right through to the New Year.

Blackpool Christmas Market runs from Thursday 9th

December to Monday 3rd January.

Details on these events were correct at the time of going to press – these events are subject to

change or cancellation, should Covid restrictions come back into effect.



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Lake District & Holker Hall Winter Market

Sat Nov 6 ~ Adult £24 Child £10

Harrogate & Harewood House

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Sat Nov 20 ~ Adult £34 Child £20

Birmingham Christmas Market

& Flagship Primark store

Sun Nov 21 ~ Adult £25 Child £15

Ulverston Dickenson Festival

Sun Nov 28 ~ Adult £23 Child £15

York Christmas Market

Thu Dec 2 ~ Adult £23 Child £15

& Sun Dec 11 ~ Adult £25 Child £15

Lincoln Christmas Market

Sat Dec 4 ~ Adult £28 Child £18

Trafford Centre & RHS

Bridgewater ‘Glow’

Thu Dec 2 – Adult £26 Child £15

Manchester Christmas Markets

& East Lancs Railway Santa Special

Sat Dec 4 ~ Adult £44 Child £25

Skipton Christmas Market

Sun Dec 5 ~ Adult £19 Child £10

Altrincham & Festive Lunch

Tue Dec 7 ~ Adult £34

Buxton & Chatsworth House

Wed Dec 8 ~ Adults £48 Child £35

Panto Time in Southport

Sun Dec 12 ~ Adult £34 Child £20

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Pull on your PJs and make a mug of hot

chocolate: it’s time to get cosy. And for

that extra-inviting touch, just add a few

irresistible items made from sumptuous

fake fur.

Lift your interior with a brightly

coloured, snuggly cushion.

Burnt orange faux-fur cushion cover,

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Sink into a sumptuous faux sheepskin bean bag and you’ll never

want to get up again.

icon® Yeanling faux-sheepskin bean bag, £99.99,


Who needs glass baubles when

you can add fluffy ones?

Faux-fur hanging bauble,

£2, habitat.co.uk.

Affordable and ethical, this fauxsheepskin

rug will also be cosy on

your toes.

Faux-fur rug, £34.99, homesense.com.

A graphic pattern makes this cushion

as eye-catching as it is tactile.

Madison faux-fur cushion in rust,

£10, bmstores.co.uk.

To appreciate the tactile quality

of fake fur, the bedroom is a

great place to start.

Faux-fur throw, £20; fur-trim

cushions, £8; bedding set, from

£20; all bmstores.co.uk.

The gorgeously shaggy pile

of these faux-fur Mongolian

cushions will add texture,

trend and a pop of colour to

your room.

Mongolian faux-fur cushions,

£14 each, juliancharles.co.uk.

Using faux fur in your home

• Faux fur adds a sense of luxury and opulence

without concerns about animal cruelty. Add it to

any space that is lacking in texture for an instant

feeling of cosiness and richness.

• Fake fur in interiors can take various forms, from

small rugs to inviting throws, cushion covers to

bean bags – and even entire stools or chairs. A little

tends to go a long way, however. Just a couple of

furry accents is probably the ideal number, though

at Christmas you may want to go a little more over

the top and add in some fluffy baubles, stockings or

even a furry tree ‘skirt’.

• If realism is an important consideration, look for

longer hair and a variety of tones within the fur.

Natural shades are, obviously, the ones to choose,

bearing in mind that creams and ivories look more

lifelike than bright white. Faux furs also come in a

wide range of interesting artificial colours and, in

winter, brighter, jewel-like tones can add welcome

notes of warmth.

• To make sure your faux-fur rugs, cushions, throws

and other items last as long as possible, always

follow the instructions on the care label. Usually,

you’ll be able to put them in the machine on a cold,

low-spin, delicates cycle, with mild detergent, then

press excess water out and air dry to ensure they

remain the right shape. You can detangle and tease

the pile back into fluffy softness, either before or

after washing, by using a wide-tooth comb or brush.




Mincemeat Slice

This delicious festive slice

can be served warm as a

pud with custard, thick

cream or brandy butter or

simply cool completely and

serve instead of mince pies.

Makes 12-14 slices

Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes,

plus chilling and cooling


225g plain flour

165g unsalted butter, chilled and diced

1 egg yolk blended with 1 tbsp cold


75g caster sugar

300g good quality mincemeat

50g ground almonds

2 tbsp flaked almonds


1. Sift the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips

until the mixture resembles very fine breadcrumbs (alternatively pulse in

a food processor until fine breadcrumbs).

2. Remove 100g of the breadcrumb mixture and cover and chill in the fridge.

Stir 25g of the sugar into the remaining mixture, then stir in the egg and

water and mix to a firm dough (adding a little more water if needed).

Knead lightly then wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6. Roll out the dough on

a lightly floured surface and use to line a 23cm square tart tin. Prick the

pastry all over with a fork. Line the pastry case with baking paper and

baking beans and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the lining paper and

beans and bake for a further 5-7 minutes until the pastry is crisp and pale

golden. Cool slightly. Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas

mark 4.

4. Spread the mincemeat in the pastry case. Mix the rest of the sugar and the

ground almonds into the reserved pastry crumb mixture and scatter over

the mincemeat to cover completely.

5. Return the tin to the oven and bake for a further 25-30 minutes or until the

crumble topping is pale golden. Scatter over the flaked almonds and leave

to cool before removing from the tin and cutting into 12-14 thin slices.

TIP: Add some finely chopped toasted hazelnuts or walnuts to the crumble topping for an extra nutty flavour.



Bonfire Guide

Everyone, apart from owners of nervous pets, loves a The top ticketed event in Wigan is held at Haigh

community Bonfire Night! Piling on all those layers, Hall, an event which promises a fantastic night of

listening to the ‘oohs’ and the ‘aahs’ from young and fireworks and fun for all the family, featuring more

old that accompany the fireworks, the smell and the family entertainment than before. Included in the

warmth of the fire, indulging in seasonal foodstuffs line-up is an award-winning magic and LED Puppet

like black peas and treacle toffee and the sheer fact Show, a high energy light spinning show along

that everyone is there to have a good time. Here’s a with live music from Banjaxed and from Joe Astley.

guide to a few of those community bonfire nights Climax of the night is the colourful musical firework

happening in the local area.

finale from National Firework Champions – SM ART

Orrell’s Community Family Bonfire and Firework

Pyro. The Kitchen Courtyard will be open and there

spectacular takes place on Friday 5th November.

will also be street food available. Tickets are £11.37

Gates open at 5pm, the bonfire is lit at 6pm and the

(Adults) and £9.21 (Children 4-15) including booking

fireworks start at 7pm. Run by the local YMCA and

fees. You can secure yours at https://www.eventbrite.

the cricket club, this long-established event is hugely


popular. On site there’s a Children’s Fun House, hot

food and sweets, and the adults can enjoy a tipple or

two from the bar. Entrance is £6 per adult, and £2 for

children when with parents.

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Aspull RU’s Bonfire Night also takes place on Friday

5th November. The club on Woodshaw Park will

be hosting their bonfire party from 6pm, with the

firework display starting at 7.30pm. The bar will be

open, food will be served from the BBQ throughout

the night, and there will be sweets to keep the kids

happy. Entry is £5 for adults, £2 for children or £10 for

a family ticket.

Leigh Cricket Club plays host once again to the long

running Fireworks Extravaganza, which is a ticket

only event and takes place from 4pm on Friday 5th

November. Those who attend can enjoy the fun fair

and street food when the gates open at 4pm and

children’s entertainer Louby Lou will appear from

5pm. The kids display starts at 7pm and the main

event starts at 8pm. The after show party then starts

and runs until 1am. Tcket prices range from £7.50 per

adults and £5 for under 14’s plus additional booking

fees. Tickets are now going fast at www.leighcc.org.

Garswood Sports and Social Club will be holding a

Bonfire and Fireworks night at their Garswood Road

site on November 5th. The gates open at 6.30pm and

the hot drinks and food are available. Prices are £5

for adults, £3 for children and a family ticket is £12.

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Golborne Parkside Sports and Community Club

are holding their Bonfire Night show on Friday 5th

November at Rivington Ave, Golborne. The show

starts at 6pm and choreographing the firework

display will be the 2019 winners of the British Musical

Championships. Advanced tickets are now on sale

at £6 for adults, £4 for children and £15 for a family

ticket (2+2). You can purchase your tickets from the

club, via email at parkside.events@outlook.com or via

the club’s Facebook page.

Friday 5th November starting at 6.30pm. This is a fun

event for all the family with the bonfire lit at 7pm and

the fireworks display at 7.30pm. This is a free event,

however donations are welcome on the night for

the Mayor’s charities. On the night there will be a

range of food and drink stalls, along with a number

of children’s rides. Free parking will be available from

5pm in Chorley town centre.

Chorley’s main Bonfire and Fireworks Night takes

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As a result of the pandemic, we

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Today, most people’s hopes and

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the state pension isn’t enough to allow them to achieve

their vision of a comfortable and active retirement. And,

increasingly, income from other pensions is not enough


The Retirement Challenge

Pensions have been hitting the headline in recent years,

but the focus has generally been encouraging people

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attention has been given to an equally pressing issue that

many approaching (or in) retirement face - making their

pension savings last all the way through retirement.

This is more of a concern now than it has ever been in

the past with interest rates being so low and standard

annuities offering poor value. It is highly likely that the

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that pay a guaranteed income for life are less likely to

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In short, there is a good chance that individuals financial

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Building up a pot of money for retirement and making

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carved into a tree – it’s the latest project

from HMRC and it could affect you. Read

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We’ve covered Making Tax Digital (MTD) extensively in our

Local Life articles. It’s been a big success story for HMRC,

and following that success, HMRC are working towards

the next step on their plan, MTD for Income Tax & Self-

Assessment (MTD for ITSA).

So, what does MTD for ITSA actually involve? Individuals

who are subject to income tax on the profits of their sole

trader or property business will be required to keep their

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In a statement issued on 23rd September 2021, the

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MTD for ITSA is not optional if you fall within its scope

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1. Shade of blue tinged with green (4)

4. Japanese movie monster (8)

8. George Lucas film of 1977 (4,4)

9. Vegetable known as lady’s fingers (4)

10. Spencer ___, actor who appeared in many films

with Katharine Hepburn (5)

11. Highly-prized edible subterranean fungus (7)

13. Person who is tricked or swindled (6)


2. Arab country which achieved independence

from the UK in 1971 (5)

3. Fruit resembling a small peach (7)

4. Largest and most southerly island in the

Marianas (4)

5. One who runs away from service in the armed

forces (8)

6. In snooker, to pocket the cue ball after hitting

another (2-3)

7. Siren of German legend (7)

12. The food of the gods (8)

14. Popular chilled beverage (4,3)

16. Goat-like antelope (7)

18. Throbs dully (5)

20. Watery discharge from the eyes or nose (5)

21. Support for sails (4)

15. Greek mathematician (the ‘Father of Geometry’) who

wrote The Elements (6)

17. Port city in northern France (2,5)

19. Military chaplain (5)

22. Corrode, as with acid (4)

23. Flavoured with herbs and spices (8)

24. Rotating part of an engine (8)

25. Oil reservoir in an engine (4)


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: 35 or more words

Good: 28 words

Fair: 21 words



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by Chris Pearce

Distance: 4.3 miles Difficulty: Easy

This month Jack’s Tracks visits the market town of Clitheroe,

the flagship hub of the Ribble Valley. This delightful 4.3-

mile walk constitutes countryside and the River Ribble,

the thriving town centre and a walk up to the magnificent

centrepiece of the town, Clitheroe Castle. For those who

fancy coupling the walk with a bit of Christmas shopping

and a few drinks, the starting point of the walk is right next

to Clitheroe rail station. Please be aware though, that there

are a couple of very steep stone stiles on the walk, so it may

not be suitable for those walkers with larger dogs.

Leave the car park opposite the Royal Mail building on

Chester Avenue (BB7 0BD), then turn right and bear right

through the semi-pedestrianised area (Corbridge Court).

Once you reach the T-Junction, turn right again, then go

past Albion House onto the single-track Back Commons


Follow this track and turn right at Commons House. When

you reach the dog-leg bend, you’ll need to take the stile

on the right, and, immediately afterwards, another stile

on the right. Walk along the right-hand perimeter of the

field towards the stile in the corner. Don’t cross the stile

though; instead turn left and follow the footpath around

the same field.

At the corner of that field, cross another stile and head

across the field diagonally towards a manor house

(Waddow Hall) until you hear the rushing sound of water

from the nearby weir. Go down the steps to the right

and follow that footpath for 1/3 mile to the handsome

Brungerley Bridge. Exit the path, turn left and cross over

the bridge carefully.


Once over, cross the road and turn right down the

footpath that’s signposted West Bradford (look for private

fishing sign). Follow the path and once you have passed

the slurry storage tank, take the left fork uphill. Go round

the left-hand bend just afterwards, and then follow the

well-defined path, ignoring the steel bar gate to the left.

The views open up at this point, all remarkably

picturesque, until you see the eyesore of the cement

works to the right. The trail then runs for over ½ a mile,

through several fields and over a few rickety stiles,

roughly following within 200/300 yards of the (mainly

unseen) Ribble, but always within the same distance from

the cement works.

You’ll end up at the corner of a field with two choices of

stile about 40 yards apart. Choose the one on the right,

and once you pass through a small wooden area, you

carry on in the same direction to the river. Turn left and

head along the river towards Bradford Bridge.

Turn right, cross over the bridge and take the footpath

on the right, returning to the opposite bank of the river.

You’ll follow the path along the winding riverbank for

almost a full mile until you go through a stile just before

you enter Cross Hill Quarry nature reserve.

Immediately afterwards, take the left-hand

path uphill to the otter statue and then turn

right. Follow the path in the same direction

for ¼ mile – there are a number of paths that branch off

the main Ribbe Way path but they all end up at the same

place – Waddington Road.

Once you reach Waddington Road, turn left.

Follow this busy road towards the town centre for 1/3

mile. Once you’ve passed under the railway bridge, turn

right into Railway View Road and then fork left into

Railway View Avenue. Turn left at the junction with King

Street and then turn right into Castle Street. There in the

distance you’ll see Clitheroe Castle, perched proudly atop

the town looking down on its shops and residents.

Once you reach the end of Castle Street, turn

right into the entrance of Clitheroe Castle.

Bear left and take the winding footpath

upwards to the castle, museum, and cafe. The

museum is rated highly on Trip Advisor, and

the views from the top of the castle over the

Ribble Valley is nothing less than spectacular

on a clear day.

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:


Coplaw Hill



Once you’ve finished at the castle go through

the gate below, turn left and take the path to

the left-hand side of the amphitheatre, which

takes you out to Parson Lane. Turn left and,

directly after the railway bridge, take the

immediate right down Castle View.


Waddington Brook



Castle View continues into a modern culde-sac;

walk on through this road and onto

a footpath and you’ll arrive at the Royal Mail


building, with a clear view of the station on

the right-hand side. Turn left and walk the

few yards to the starting point on Chester




Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing

and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every

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care has been taken to ensure that the walk is

accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim,

any liability to any party to loss or damage

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caused by errors or omissions resulting from

negligence, accident or other cause.


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Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness Fells

to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the Pennines, this

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distinction - true Lancastrians, proud of the Red Rose and

loyal to our Sovereign Duke.

Even with much local opposition, on April Fool’s Day

in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, the

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The car

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Climate change is a hot topic in the car industry and

manufacturers are racing to bring electric cars and plugin

hybrids to market to reduce tailpipe emissions.

But it’s not just the powertrain that’s been the focus. Many

manufacturers have been working to make the whole

car-building process more eco-friendly, whether it’s the

materials used inside or the production process itself.

Here, we take a look at some of the ways cars are getting


Mini Strip

The Mini Strip is a one-off concept car built in collaboration

with fashion designer Paul Smith. Based on the firm’s

Electric Hatch, it prioritises sustainability above all else.

Features include a body that has not been painted, except

for a film to protect it from corrosion, recycled Perspex for

the panoramic roof, all but the necessary interior trim

removed, and cork used throughout.

Though the Mini Strip will remain as a concept, the British

firm says it can be used as a “catalyst for more sustainable

use of resources in automotive design”.

Synthetic fuel

Although electric vehicles are considered the future, there

are some alternatives being worked on. One example

is hydrogen cars, but a less talked-about alternative is

synthetic fuel.

Also known as e-Fuels, they are essentially no different

from the petrol and diesel that comes from crude oil,

but they are instead produced from carbon dioxide and

hydrogen using renewable energy.

Porsche and Siemens are two big companies working

together on this technology. Although they admit that

currently it is more efficient to use that renewable energy

to charge an electric vehicle, e-Fuels are a sustainable way

to fuel the millions of petrol and diesel vehicles currently

on the world’s roads.

Volvo’s wool interiors

Volvo has been one of the manufacturers most

committed to electrifying its line-up, but it’s also focused

on sustainability elsewhere. We’ve become used to seeing

synthetic or ‘vegan’ leather alternatives from a variety of

manufacturers, but Volvo offers a unique

wool upholstery.

It’s a blend that’s 30 per cent wool and 70

per cent recycled polyester, available as a no

cost extra on some of the firm’s vehicles.

Seaqual Yarn

Volvo isn’t the only manufacturer

experimenting with interesting eco

materials. Last year, Fiat became the first

manufacturer to use Seaqual yarn for its seat

upholstery, with the Cupra Born’s bucket

seats also using the material.

Seaqual is an initiative based in Italy that


focuses on fighting plastic pollution in the ocean. Its ‘Yarn’

product is made from 100 per cent recycled materials, with

about 10 per cent coming from upcycled marine litter.

Eco-friendly production

Pretty much every major car manufacturer has

announced plans to electrify its range and set targets for

carbon-neutral production at its factories. This is being

achieved in various ways, such as powering factories with

renewable energy.

Toyota builds more cars than anyone else globally, so

improvements can have a major impact at its factories.

Measures include using water-based paints on cars,

removing pollutants before they are released through

smokestacks, cleaning wastewater on-site before it is

released, and growing forests inside its factory sites.

Last year, the Japanese company announced plans to

build a “prototype city of the future” at the base of Mount

Fuji. It will be fully connected and powered by hydrogen

fuel cells.

Bentley of the future

Bentley is a luxury car firm, and it has made it its mission

to make sure the cars it builds in the future are more

sustainable. In 2019 it revealed the EXP 100 GT concept

car, an autonomous electric vehicle.

Everything about its construction had sustainability in

mind. For example, some of the furnishings used a dyeing

process that strives to achieve zero discharge of chemicals

into the environment, while others come from a material

called Vegea, which uses the by-products of winemaking.

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