Local Life - St Helens - Nov/Dec 2021

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Nov/Dec 2021

Christmas

Markets

Pages 19-22

Panto Special

Pages 44-45

Street Pastors to Return

Page 56-57

Jack’s Tracks visits Pendle Hill

Pages 65-68

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wreaths and table arrangements.

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You’ll notice a definite Lancashire bias in Local

Life this month. To celebrate Lancashire Day on

November 27th, we’ve included a Jack’s Tracks

from Pendle Hill, a feature on the nearby sculpture trail -

which marks a link with an infamous ex-Windle resident

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

a hamper stuffed with Lancashire produce.

Forty-seven years after St Helens was dragged out of the

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

In my view, we have the best of many worlds; the

metropolises of Liverpool and Manchester 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

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This month’s highlights

19. Six of the Best Christmas Markets

Contents

44. Panto - it’s Back!

48. Rug for Every Room

28. Education

Schools and the pandemic.

32. Parenting

Tutoring - what to consider.

36. Health

Six tips for a healthy winter.

69. Food

Christmas Mincemeat Slice recipe.

70. Gardening

Winter Hanging Baskets.

72. Motoring

Eco-friendly advancements.

74. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

65. Jack’s Tracks to Pendle Hill

77. Crossword

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50. Turkey Burgers

60. Hamper Comp

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Brass is Back

When St Helens Sinfonietta last welcomed Cobalt Brass

in January 2020, the audience went away impressed with

this quintet of young, Manchester-based musicians who

played a varied range of music for everyone.

The group returns to the United Reformed Church in

Ormskirk Street next month and they will again be

performing an eclectic programme of pieces, with a few

seasonal favourites thrown in for good measure.

The concert takes place on Saturday 5th December. The

doors open at 5.20pm, and the concert starts at 6pm. To

book tickets visit www.sthelenssinfonietta.co.uk.

Star Film

Rainford Community Cinema are showing the heartwarming

animated 2017 film ‘The Star’ next month.

Voiced by some impressive Hollywood glitterati including

Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, and Kelly Clarkson, The Star

tells the story of a time when a small but brave donkey

and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the

first Christmas.

‘The Star’ is showing at Rainford Village Hall on Church

Road in Rainford on Sunday 12th December at 3.30pm,

and the doors will open at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £5 and will include a drink and a snack. Email

office@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk or phone 01744

884709 to book your tickets.

Business Fair Returns

St Helens Chamber Business Fair returns on Wednesday

17th November at the Totally Wicked Stadium, home of

the Saints. With a wide range of businesses exhibiting,

the event is sure to attract a multitude of visitors.

Whether you’re an existing business looking to develop,

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

your own business – you will find something of interest at

this networking show.

The event runs from 10.30am-3.30pm and entry is free.

You can register for a free ticket here; https://www.

sthelenschamber.com/business/st-helens-business-fair/

For more information on exhibiting at the St Helens

Chamber Business Fair, contact the Events Team on

01744 742028 or email events@sthelenschamber.com.

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St Helens Valuation Days

4th Wednesday of Every Month

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Dolittle Musical

Rainhill’s Musical Theatre Youth Section are staging

their latest production from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th

November at Rainhill Village Hall.

Dr Dolittle – The Musical tells the classic tale of a kind

but wacky doctor who can talk to animals, taking the

audience on a journey from the small English village of

Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world.

When Doctor Dolittle attempts to help a seal named

Sophie, he’s wrongly accused of murder and stands trial

before General Bellowes.

Once pronounced innocent, Dolittle is free to continue

with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail — the oldest

and wisest of the creatures on earth.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £7 for children. To book

tickets for the shows, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/

rainhillmtc or call 07399 031655.

Winter Ball

The Totally Wicked Stadium will host a winter ball on

Saturday, November 20, to raise much needed funds

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to a 3-course meal, live entertainment, a charity auction,

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compere and comedian, Pete Emmett.

Tickets cost £50 per person or £450 for a table of 10.

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Willowbrook Fundraiser

St Mary’s Club in Billinge are hosting their annual

fundraiser for the Willowbrook Hospice on Saturday,

November 20. The evening will kick off with live music, a

disco, hot supper followed by entertainment from James

Norton, the sensational Neil Diamond tribute.

Tickets are £10 per person and are available to buy from

the club on Trent Road. For more information, please

contact the club on 01774 892836 or go online at www.

stmarysclub-billinge.co.uk


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Christmas Market

The Billinge Christmas Market will take place at The

Masons Arms on Carr Mill Road on Sunday 5th December

between the hours of 12pm and 4pm, and there’s a whole

lot planned for this event!

You’ll be able to buy local produce and Christmas

presents there. The stallholders include numerous local

arts and crafts designers/makers, local travel agents

Marken Travel, Greenslate Farm, animal rescue charities

and cosmetic stalls too. Food will be available from

Steve’s Soul Food Kitchen and the wonderful Phoenix

plant-based eatery.

The market will be opened by St Helens Mayoress, Cllr

Sue Murphy and the market will be raising money for the

Mayor’s Charity, which supports Alder Hey and the Helen

Marie Friends charity, MIND St Helens and Willowbrook

Hospice. Father Christmas will also be making an

appearance at the Market.

If you’d like to book space at the Market or you’d like to

donate goods to be used for a tombola to raise money for

the charities supported by the Market, please message

the Billinge Christmas Market group on Facebook.

Volunteers Needed

Willowbrook Hospice are seeking volunteers to help in

their retail stores throughout the St Helens and Knowsley

areas. Volunteers are needed on most days at St Mary’s

Arcade in the town centre, at Four Acre Lane and at

Prescot Shopping Centre, whilst their Stockbridge Village

shop needs volunteers on Saturday and their Rainford

shop needs help on Monday mornings.

If you can help out then please contact their Volunteer

Hub on 01744 453798 or apply via their website at www.

willowbrook.org.uk.

Calendar Orders

Rainford Heritage Society are now taking orders for

their new calendar. You can plan your life in 2022 whilst

enjoying pictures of scenic landscapes in and around

Rainford, while raising funds for the society.

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delivered locally. To order your copy of the calendar,

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Christmas Fayre

Rainford’s traditional Christmas Fayre takes place in the

village centre on Saturday 4th December. With over

40 stalls selling a wide variety of goods, it’s the perfect

chance to cross off a few entries on your present list.

Special guests will open the fayre at 10am, food and

drink will be available all day, and visitors can enjoy

live entertainment provided by talented locals. Father

Christmas will be putting in a shift in his Rainford grotto

that day and he’s promised to bring a few elves too.

There will be a raffle which contains some fabulous prizes

donated by local businesses and you can try your luck in

a bottle tombola. If all else fails in your quest to win a

prize, there’s the hook-a-duck game to fall back on!

At 4pm, when the Fayre ends, the village’s Christmas

lights will be switched on by a special guest – the winner

of the Christmas in Rainford poetry competition.

This competition has been staged by Rainford Parish

Council and it’s open to all children of primary school

age. The winner will receive a gift and the honour of

turning on the Christmas lights.

All entries to the poetry competition must be received at

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford, WA11 8HB

by Friday 19th November.

In case of bad weather on the day, the Fayre will be

switched to Rainford Village Hall.

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Draft Plans Approved

St Helens Borough

Council has approved

draft plans for the

transformation of St

Helens town centre and

Earlestown.

An initial Phase 1

planning application

for the town centre

is anticipated to be

submitted early in

2022 and will see

a new mixed-use

development including a new market, a hotel, a cutting

edge office space, a redesigned bus station and improved

connectivity. These changes are expected to be delivered

in the first five years of the programme. It also includes

space for new high-quality homes for families to live and

grow.

The longer-term proposals for St Helens town centre,

expected to span the next 20 years, divides the town

centre into four zones. These zones are; the Central Retail

Zone; the Civic and Heritage Zone; the Discovery Zone;

and the Education and Entertainment Zone.

In Earlestown, the vision is to bring the town centre back

to its former glory as an historic market town by creating

a thriving and vibrant high street and marketplace.

Both town centres are the subject of separate draft

Masterplan Development Frameworks, and these have

been prepared by

St Helens Borough

Council in partnership

with regeneration

experts, the English

Cities Fund (ECF).

Councillor David

Baines, Leader of

St Helens Borough

Council, said: “These

plans will make our

town centres child and

family-friendly, safe

and sustainable places thriving with local businesses,

shoppers, visitors and residents, something we have

committed to delivering for residents.”

Leon Guyett, development director at The English Cities

Fund, said: “We’re proud to receive confirmation from

the cabinet on our draft masterplans. This signals the

shift in focus to the delivery stage of our borough-wide

partnership, starting with the regeneration of both St

Helens and Earlestown town centre.

To see the plans visit www.sthelenstowncentre.co.uk and

www.earlestown.co.uk.

The consultation into the draft masterplan frameworks

includes pop-up shops in each town centre, stalls at

various community locations and you can find a full

schedule of events by following St Helens Borough

Council’s @sthelenscouncil on Twitter and Facebook.

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Family Vogue Ball

Here’s something a little different for your Saturday

afternoon; a Vogue Ball presented by St Helens Borough

Council’s Library Service, in partnership with Citadel Arts.

Billed as part theatre show, part Vogue Ball, this is an

event where glamour, glitz and grace come together in

a fabulous celebration of self-expression in the new St

Helens Library at the World of Glass.

Whether you just want to join in the fun or have a passion

to pose, get dressed in your finest with the rest of your

house, come learn the moves and then you can take to

the floor.

A performer from each house will catwalk, dance and

lip sync and hope to be crowned by the audience as the

winning house.

Tickets for the Ball, which is being staged on Saturday

13th November starting at 2.30pm, can be purchased

at St Helens Library or via The Citadel’s website at www.

citadel.org.uk.

Tickets are priced at £3 per person, and it’s £9 for a family

ticket, which admits 4 people.

Programme Fair

If you’re a long-standing Saints fan with an interest in

rugby league history, then the place to be on Saturday

20th November is at the Totally Wicked Stadium where

there is a Programme, Memorabilia and Collectors’ Fair

being staged in the Red Vee Bar.

All are welcome, entrance is free and the fair runs from

10.30am-1.30pm.

Chance to Dance

The Crickettes Morris Dancers are looking for new

members. The troupe meets every Thursday from 5pm

at Wonderland Community Centre on Canal Street, St

Helens.

Dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome and the

attendance at the first session is free, with a £2.50 weekly

subscription charge thereafter.

If you’re interested, call Chelle on 07596 918 294, email

crickettesmorrisdancers@gmail.com or turn up on the

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Presents for every age, taste and budget,

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1. Joma Jewellery bracelet in cracker £17.99

2. Katie Loxton chunky grey scarf £29.99

3. Leffy Elf £23.00 & Leffy’s Xmas book £10.00

4. L’Occitane Hand Cream Trio £21.00

5. Powder Mens Socks (3 prs) £29.95

6. Marmalade Of London reed diffuser £22

7. L’Occitane Verbena gift set £35

8. Katie Loxton Chunky Scarf £29.99 & Hat £17.99

9. Powder ladies socks £8.50

10. Katie Loxton reed diffuser/candle set £19.99

11. Sabbot fleece lined hats from £29.99

12. Jellycat large Teddy Snowman £37.50

13. L’Occitane Cherry Blossom gift set £35.00

14. Jellycat Nutcracker £26

15. L’Occitane Verbena Christmas Ornament £12

16. Marmalade Of London Glass Candle £22

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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.

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Six of the best

CHRISTMAS

mARkETS

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!

manCHESTER

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.

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CHESTER

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

SKIPTON

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


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BIRMINGHAM

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


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YORK

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.

BLACKPOOL

Making its debut on the Christmas Market list this year is

Blackpool!

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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Festive

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Lake District & Holker Hall Winter Market

Sat Nov 6 ~ Adult £24 Child £10

Harrogate & Harewood House

at Christmas

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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Remember, Remember..

..the 6th of November. That’s when the Rotary Club

of St Helens will be organising the Rainford Bonfire

and Fireworks event after a hiatus in 2020 due to the

uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

Advanced tickets, priced at £5 each, are on sale now at

Rainford News & Gifts, REDS Cafe and Wendy’s Flowers

and, because of the anticipated demand, buying tickets

is highly recommended by the organisers. Children

under the age of five go free.

As usual, the event is being held on Rainford Parish

Church field, near the Cricket Club off Church Road in

Rainford.

There will be various stalls open on the night, providing

refreshments options to suit all the family, and there will

be several children’s fun rides in operation.

The gates open at 4.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at

6.30pm and the fireworks start at 7pm.

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The pandemic has been incredibly challenging for the

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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

secondary school teacher, told us, “A huge part of teaching

is deciphering what your pupil needs and planning

accordingly; this became incredibly difficult when

teaching remotely, and we had to overhaul resources,

teaching styles and priorities practically overnight.”

Many children fell behind with their schoolwork during

the lockdowns. When pupils returned to school, teachers

were then faced with classrooms of children all at different

stages of their learning. Disadvantaged children fell even

further behind their peers.

Even more worrying was the effect of the pandemic on

children’s mental health. When surveyed, most schools

said that some of their pupils were suffering from Covidrelated

anxiety. OFSTED found that some children had

lost physical fitness, others showed signs of mental

distress, and there was an increase in eating disorders

and self-harm.

It hasn’t just been pupils who have struggled with

mental health. The pandemic came on the back of years

of per-pupil spending cuts, increased class sizes and

numerous curriculum changes, so thousands of teachers

were already suffering from work-related stress. A 2019

survey by the teachers’ union NASUWT found that 70% of

teachers felt their job had adversely affected their mental

health. By September 2020, more than half of teachers

said that their mental health had declined further. By April


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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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“Our teachers have had to rapidly adapt

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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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pupils to return to classrooms; and, most

recently, taken responsibility for assessing

students following the cancellation of public exams.”

It may take years before we understand the long-term

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sense of optimism in the education sector. Both pupils

and teachers experienced a much more normal return to

school this year. Extra-curricular clubs have restarted and

children have more freedom to socialise again.

As Laura Castree explains, “It has been apparent that

some pupils fared better than others during lockdowns,

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Tutoring

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

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Safety

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Six Tips for a

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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

vaccination).

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

weights.

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

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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

returns.

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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You must bring with you some experience of the game,

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badminton abilities.

The cost is just £2 per session and it’s strictly leisure

play as the club don’t play in local leagues. For more

information, search ‘Billinge Badminton Club’ on

Facebook or just turn up on the night.

Comedy Club

The newly-established Comedy Club at Inglenook Farm

off the Rainford by-pass has announced that the next

Comedy Club night will be held on Sunday, December

12 from 6-8pm.

Two hours, five stand-up comedians and a whole lot of

laughs. There will be a licenced bar and snacks available,

all you need to do is bring your own chair.

The event will be held under cover for the duration of

winter.

Tickets for the event are £10 and can be bought by

calling Inglenook Farm on 07396 618212 or emailing

cherryorchardevents@hotmail.com.

Activity Sessions

The St Helens Children’s Centre, in Parr 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 at the centre on Ashtons Drive,

ranging from Mini Melodies on a Monday between

10-12.15pm to the sensory group every Wednesday

between 10am-12.15pm.

To secure a place on any of the activities please contact

the Central Link Children’s Centre on 01744 673445 or

Parr Children’s Centre on 01744 671788 to book.

Alternately you can book using their Facebook page.


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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 Saturday 20th, Sunday

21st, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November.

The markets will be held on the club’s car park, and the

clubhouse will be open for food and drinks. 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, candles, bath bombs and seasonal

décor. For those looking to stock up on food, there will

be Christmas fruit cakes, cupcakes, brownies and sweets.

There are a few stalls still available, please contact

annemolys58@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Christmas at Nugent

Don’t miss the Christmas event at Nugent House School

in Billinge next month.

You can visit Santa and his elves in the grotto and stroll

through the market whilst listening to carols. You’ll also

be able to indulge in some festive food and mulled wine,

whilst children can make gifts in the craft area.

The event runs from 5pm until 9pm on Friday 3rd

December at the school which is located on Carr Mill

Road in Billinge.

Book Club

If you consider yourself a bit of a bookworm, then you

might be interested in attending the monthly book club

organised by Willowbrook Hospice.

The light-hearted group is a great place to share your

thoughts and views on selected books on the second

Wednesday of every month.

It’s also a chance to read a genre of book that you may

not have chosen before or simply an opportunity to

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The next meeting will take place on Wednesday,

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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, and you can pick up some Christmas gifts

from artisan stalls. There will also be activities for the

children and refreshments will be available all day from

the Festive Café.

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,

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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 St Helens and beyond.

St Helens Theatre Royal

Goldilocks & the

Three Bears

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street,

St Helens, WA10 1LQ

01744 756000

www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com

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

Wigan Little Theatre

Dick Whittington

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

01942 242561

www.wiganlittletheatre.co.uk

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

ticket.

The Old Courts

Cinderella

The Old Courts, Gerrard Winstanley House,

Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA

0343 208 6015

www.theoldcourts.com

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

The Atkinson Southport

Cinderella

The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB

01704 533333

www.theatkinson.co.uk

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


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Everyman

Robin Hood

5-11 Hope St, Liverpool, L1 9BH

0151 708 3700

www.everymanplayhouse.com

Regular writers Sarah Nixon and Mark Chatterton have

put their own marvellously mischievous spin on the

classic tale of heroism, social justice and… tights!

• Dates: Saturday November 20 to Saturday January 15

• Ticket Information: Stall tickets between £17-£20 and

Circle tickets between £12-£20

Manchester Opera House

Aladdin

3 Quay St, Manchester, M3 3HP

0161 828 1700

www.atgtickets.com

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.

M&S Bank Arena

Cinderella

King’s Dock, 16 Monarchs Quay, Liverpool, L3 4FP

0344 800 0400

www.mandsbankarena.com

Cinderella dreams of leaving her dull life as a servant to

meet a handsome Prince and after the announcement

that Prince Charming is going to hold a royal ball, it seems

she may get her wish!

• Dates: Saturday December 18 and Tuesday December

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• Ticket Information: Silver performances - Adult tickets

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Grand Theatre Blackpool

Snow White & the

Seven Dwarfs

33 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HT

01253 290190

www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

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


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Job Support

St Helens Chamber’s Guidance Services Team is offering

redundancy support to local people who need it.

The redundancy support service ranges from help

accessing funding for training to CV and interview

preparation, and is delivered by qualified Careers

Advisers at St Helens Chamber.

Mike Unsworth, Career Guidance Manager at St Helens

Chamber, explained: “Unfortunately, as the furlough

scheme ends, we are expecting to see more redundancies

being made by companies who can’t afford to keep staff

on.”

St Helens Chamber’s support is completely free and

impartial, as the National Careers Service for St Helens.

Their advisers can help people write or update their CV,

brush up on their interview skills, and apply for jobs, as

well as providing free short training courses which add

valuable skills to any CV.

Mike continued: “We understand that this time can

be traumatic and upsetting, but I would say to anyone

facing redundancy to try not to panic – there is support

available to help you back into work as soon as possible.

“Our National Careers Service team keep up to date on

the latest labour market information and can match

up your skills to industries you might not have even

considered before. We will work with you as much as you

need to get you back on your feet.

“As the National Careers Service for St Helens we can

also help people access Rapid Response Service funding,

which can be used to pay for short training courses to

help find new employment; for example, Sage training,

HGV training or Prince2.

“This funding can only be accessed through the National

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The Lowdown on Rugs

• Rugs look beautiful on wooden, stone and tiled

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in place) and add welcome softness. Texture is

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piled wool or flat-woven cotton (which is thinner

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

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• Gone are the days of choosing between only

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Ingredients

Burgers

250g turkey breast mince

½ red onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, grated

1 egg, beaten

1 small apple peeled and grated

1 tsp smoked paprika

Salt and pepper

Olive oil (to cook)

Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw

125g Brussels sprouts, trimmed

½ red onion

1 carrot, peeled

50g Greek yoghurt

30g mayonnaise

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp lemon juice

Salt and pepper

¼ tsp ground cumin

Handful of chives, chopped

Handful of parsley, chopped

Rolls, lettuce and cranberry sauce, to serve

Fed up with the usual turkey recipes? Try these

delicious turkey burgers topped with cranberry

sauce and a Brussels sprout coleslaw.

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Method

1. Place the mince in a bowl with the remaining ingredients for the burger

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for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas mark 5. Place the burgers on a

lined baking tray and brush the tops lightly with the olive oil. Bake in

the oven for 20-25 mins, turning halfway through cooking, until cooked

through.

3. To make the coleslaw, grate the Brussels sprouts, onion and carrot in a

food processor. Place in a bowl. Mix together the yoghurt, mayonnaise,

mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Pour the yoghurt

mixture over the vegetables and coat thoroughly. Stir in the herbs.

4. Serve the burgers in buns with lettuce, a spoonful of cranberry sauce

and the coleslaw.

Nutrition per burger with coleslaw: 340kcal, fat 14g (of which saturates 2.9g), carbohydrates 15g (of

which sugars 13g), protein 36g, fibre 3.8g


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New era of broadcasting

The Old Courts, a successful not-for-profit multi-arts

centre in Wigan, want to hear from residents of St Helens

about their plans to host and support up to 24 new

digital radio stations for the St Helens and Wigan areas.

The group are proposing to operate a 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 St Helens and Wigan. Small-Scale DAB represents a

more affordable opportunity for broadcasters to reach a

high percentage of the population across St Helens and

Wigan.

Jess Rotherham, Head of Development at The Old Courts,

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

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 in St

Helens and Wigan 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

area.

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

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licence to Ofcom.

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Faith on the Streets

By Nicola Gray

When people say, ‘charity begins

at home’ they often mean that

you should look after your

own circle first and then

extend your kindness

to people in the

wider community.

St Helens Street

Pastors work on a

much larger scale

though; their mission

is to rescue vulnerable

people on the streets of St

Helens and make their whole

community safer.

I caught up with co-ordinator Hayley Harrison to find

out more about this group of good Samaritans and how

they are helping to make St Helens a safer place. Hayley

told me, “Street Pastors is basically the Church in action

on the street, responding to a crisis. It is about volunteers

rolling up their sleeves and practically responding to the

problems of crime and safety in their area.”

The group’s role is to provide a

calming presence, a listening

ear and practical help to

vulnerable people in the

night-time economy of

St. Helens, showing

God’s love to anyone

and everyone they

meet. Being a street

pastor can look like so

many things, but what

does this help look like in

a practical sense?

Hayley added, “We often

find ourselves being a listening ear for

someone who in that moment really needs it; or just

providing some practical help by giving out water, flip

flops and space blankets to help keep people warm.

“We are often able to signpost people to services that can

really help them; and other times we are just making sure

that people get home safely. Ultimately it is a tool that we

use to be the hands and feet of Jesus; to show kindness

and compassion and the love of God to those around us.”

The St Helens faction is a growing team of volunteers from

local churches, the group currently stands at 10 active

members and is growing

all the time. Helen added,

“Our first team undertook

their first patrol on 23rd

December 2016 and here

we are almost five years

later, with 3 teams and

looking to expand even

further to reach more

people in a vulnerable

position.

Up until last year the team

had been patrolling the

town centre streets from


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Quiz

First and Last

10.30pm to 3.30am on the first Saturday and second

Friday night of each month. The group were getting

closer to starting a third patrol on the fourth Friday of

each month and then COVID hit, and everything stopped.

Hayley added, “The pandemic obviously stopped us from

going out as we couldn’t put our volunteers at risk. We

are now in the process of starting our re-training and are

hoping to be back out on the streets at the end of this

year or the beginning of January.

“We run largely on donations from the church and with

services being stopped and starting to come back slowly

we have felt a real financial hit, any donations or financial

support would be greatly appreciated.”

The aim for the future is to recruit and train more

volunteers, so the team will be able to increase their

patrol to go out every weekend. The group is also looking

to launch their school initiative and are in talks with local

schools to be able to work in schools and provide a similar

support service to pupils.

If you would like to learn more about the Street Pastors

and their initiatives, become a trustee or if you would like

to donate, please get in touch and see how you can help.

Donations

www.stewardship.org.uk/partners/20215289

St Helens Street Pastors

Ormskirk Street URC, Ormskirk Street, St Helens,

WA10 1BQ

Telephone: 07927 390281

Email: sainthelens@streetpastors.org.uk

www.streetpastors.org

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?

Solutions 1. Rambo (first name James) 2. Alaska 3. William

10. The Summer Paralympic Games

6. Narnia 7. Neil Armstrong 8. Milan 9. Leeds United

pets that lived in the White House when she was First Lady)

Hartnell 4. September 5. Hillary Clinton (referring to the two


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Hamper!

To celebrate Lancashire Day on Saturday 27th November

Local Life is bestowing one of our readers with a custombuilt

luxury hamper, chockfull of goods produced in

Lancashire.

Some of the contents are made by producers who are

household names, such as Uncle Joe’s in Wigan and

Bartons in St Helens, whilst others are less well known.

All the goodies have one thing in common though; they

are produced within Lancashire’s historic county palatine,

which includes the large cities of Manchester and

Liverpool as well as the Furness and Cartmel peninsulas

in the Lake District.

As you can see from the main image, the goods include

cheeses, cakes, chocolate, jams and local honey, biscuits,

seafood, pudding, sauces and pickles, crisps and, of

course, Bury’s best black pudding. Lancastrians with

a thirst can indulge in gin, beer or a glass of locally

produced dandelion and burdock!

Lancashire Day is celebrated on the 27th November every

year because 726 years ago in 1295, it was on this day that

the first elected representatives from Lancashire were

called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what

later became known as ‘The Model Parliament’.

A proclamation is read out by town criers throughout the

county on Lancashire Day and part of this proclamation

quotes the following;

Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness Fells

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

day shall ever mark the people’s pleasure in that excellent

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

southern part of the geographic county was transferred

to the two newly established metropolitan counties of

Merseyside and Greater Manchester. On the same day,

the county of Cumbria came into being and Warrington

was incorporated into Cheshire.

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their families are not eligible to enter this competition. The picture is

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The Village Hall

KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE

Newsletter

Free Friday Quiz Nights

29 October 5 November 12 November

Special Christmas Quiz 3 December

Doors open at 7pm and the free quiz starts at 7.30pm.

Book a table for up to 6 team members by calling 01744

884709 or email office@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Parish Council Meetings

Community Liaison Committee

03.11.2021 and 01.12.2021

Health & Safety Committee

05.11.2021 and 03.12.2021

Finance Planning & Administration Committee

10.11.2021 and 08.12.2021

Full Council meeting

22.11.2021 and 13.12.2021.

All meetings take place at Rainford Village Hall. Residents

are encouraged to address members on matters of concern

to them and are very welcome to attend meetings. Further

information on the Parish Council website:

www.rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Business Around Rainford

The next breakfast forum for

Businesses in Rainford and Rainford

residents who have businesses will

take place on 24.11.2021 from 8am –

9am at the Village Hall. Steve Smith of

The Business Doctor will give a short

talk.

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

rainfordparishcouncil.gov uk

Rainford Village Hall is available to hire from just £10 per

hour for classes, meetings, parties, anniversaries, events

and Wedding Receptions. Call 01744 884709 or email

admin@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk to discuss your

requirements.

H eritage Lottery Grant

Thanks to the hard work of Councillor Rob Reynolds,

the Parish Council has secured Heritage Lottery funding

of £9160 to fund a project about Rainford’s industrial

heritage. As part of this, we have started interviewing

people who have memories of Rainford’s industrial past

and acquiring copies of relevant photos. If you think you

can help in either regard, or know someone who could,

please do let us know!

One discussion has taken place with Rainford resident Eric

Winstanley and his brother Jimmy. This is a fascinating

recording and

Eric has also

supplied some

photos he took

of steam trains

passing through

Rainford village

along what is now

the Linear Park.

Additionally, Heritage Boards and replica station names

will be sited along the Linear Park and at the sites of the

old railway stations and the Parish Council is very grateful

for the assistance and information provided by Rainford

Heritage Society.

The last part of the project is to design and install a

memorial to Rainford residents who lost their lives in

industrial accidents.

The Parish Council is delighted that staff and students

from Rainford High School will be involved in completing

the project.

Parish Council Accounts

The Parish Council mainly raises funds through the

precept (paid by households as part of the Council Tax)

and by hiring out the Village Hall. Additionally, it organises

events such as the Beer Festival and Christmas Fayre and

Christmas parties.


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Resources are spent on subsidising community events,

community projects such as 50% of the School Crossing

Patrol on Cross Pit Lane and support for Rainford in Bloom.

Income also covers the cost of the administration of the

Parish Council and the Village Hall through the Clerk’s

office. Additionally, the Parish Council covers all the costs

for the Village Hall which have included extensive repairs

to the structure of the building this financial year.

Community Speed watch

Having been stalled by COVID restrictions, the speed

watch volunteers are finally out and about in the village,

looking out for speeding vehicles and illegally parked

cars. The aim is to make it unacceptable to break the

speed limit, and stop inconsiderate and dangerous parking

throughout Rainford.

Rainford Community Cinema

Join us at Rainford Village Hall on

Sunday, 12th December for ‘The

Star’!

This heart-warming film shows us

that it takes many tails to tell the

greatest story ever.

Tickets are £5 and include a drink and a snack. And you

never know, someone special might put in an appearance

at the end!!

Email office@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk or phone

01744 884709 to book your tickets!

Doors open at 2:30pm

Film showing begins at 3:30pm

Rainford Christmas Fayre

Rainford Christmas Fayre will take place

this year on 4th December 2021 from

10am – 4pm!

With Father Christmas in his grotto and a

variety of exciting stalls, you’ll have your

Christmas Shopping all wrapped up. You

can also treat yourself to some delicious

food and snacks. With entertainment

throughout the day, and some fantastic

raffle prizes, it will be a very special fun-filled

event for everyone.

Christmas Parties at the

Village Hall

Some tables are still available for Friday 17.12.2021, but the Saturday night is all sold out!

Join us at the Village Hall for a great Christmas Night Out with family, friends or colleagues. Tickets are just £35 per person,

for a 3-course meal and entertainment in a beautiful setting. Call 01744 884709 or admin@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

for further information and to book tickets.

RAINFORD PARISH COUNCIL

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road Rainford WA11 8HB

01744 884709

clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

@rainfordvillagehall

@rainfordparishcouncil


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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

coastline.

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.


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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.

Barle

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

track.

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.


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Big End

Pendle

Hill

Beacon

Pendle House

Windy

Harbour

Farm

Barley Lane

Foot House

Gate Farm

Lower Black

Moss Reservoir

Upper Black

Moss Reservoir

Stang Top

Moor

y Moor

Aitken

Wood

PENDLE

SCULPTURE

TRAIL

Pendle Way

Barley

Under Pendle

Cottage

Barley Hill

P

Barley

Green

Buttock

Lower Ogden Reservoir

Upper Ogden

Reservoir

Fell Wood

Cross Lane

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Pendle-Hill

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every 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 caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.

Elevation

400m

Lowest 215m

Highest 556m

200m

Total ascent 346m

0.0km 2.0km 4.0km 6.3km


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Pendle Sculpture

Trail

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.

Isobel Robey from Windle was charged with ‘felonious exercising and using

devilish and wicked arts’ at the Pendle Witch Trials. This charge was brought

after accusations from her goddaughter’s husband, Peter Chaddock, which

were backed up by various accounts from Isobel’s neighbours, Margaret Parr,

Jane Wilkinson and Margaret Lyon. Isobel strongly disapproved of her god

daughter’s choice of husband and wasn’t shy in sharing those views with the

family, a trait for outspokenness which led to her tragic and brutal execution.

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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Christmas

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

Ingredients

225g plain flour

165g unsalted butter, chilled and diced

1 egg yolk blended with 1 tbsp cold

water

75g caster sugar

300g good quality mincemeat

50g ground almonds

2 tbsp flaked almonds

Method

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.


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Winter

Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets are a great way to create a miniature

gardening space with your choice of colours. Once

established they make even the gloomiest back yard

look more cheerful, or the prettiest patio look even more

gorgeous.

Plenty of plants make for a colourful basket and your local

garden centre or nursery should have a good selection,

including winter-flowering pansies (I am fond of the

purple and yellow varieties) and heathers, Gaultheria

with its waxy red berries, dianthus for late autumn into

early winter and assorted miniature shrubs, including

variegated Pieris, Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ and

variegated euonymus, to help give structure and colour.

The shrubs will look great in a container for a year or two,

before being planted in the garden.

A thicker, almost felt-like liner provides insulation in cold

weather as well as keeping the compost and plants in

place. I suggest a 35cm (14”) diameter basket as it can

take more plants and, because it is larger, resists cold

better. You’ll also need compost.

Stand the basket in a large flowerpot before you start to

prevent it rolling about. Once the liner is in place, remove

the chain at one anchor point to stop it getting in the way.

The liner will protrude above the basket edge at this stage

but this helps to keep the compost in place. Use good

quality multi-purpose compost, firming it gently, and fill

the basket about half full.

Mesh baskets allow for easy side planting. Cut holes in the

liner then insert small plants such as pansies at regular

intervals around the sides of the basket, inserting them

from the outside inwards to reduce damage. Nestle the

roots into the compost and make sure that the liner is

back in position after the last plant is in place.

Add more compost to cover the roots of the side plantings

and firm again gently. Next get the central plant in place

and add three more upright plants such as miniature

shrubs, equally spaced around the edges.

For extra colour, add more winter bedding plants around

the very outermost edge of the basket. Pinch out any

faded flowers and add more compost, carefully filling in

any gaps before watering thoroughly.

Your hanging basket will soon fill out but stand it in

a sheltered spot for a week or two to allow the roots

to establish before hanging it in position, watering if

necessary. Regular deadheading and removal of faded

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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

greener.

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


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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

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into the environment, while others come from a material

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

It also uses wood from naturally felled trees.


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