Local Life - Wigan - December 2021


Wigan's FREE local lifestyle magazine.


Wigan Edition

December 2021

The Season

of Giving

Pages 15-17

Christmas Markets

Pages 40-41

Village Roots

Page 34-36

Panto Special

Pages 56-57

Christmas Books

Page 32

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Around this time last year I sat down to write

the intro to the final Local Life of 2020,

commenting that it was a year ‘that everyone

was glad to see the back of’.

A few days later, on December 8th, Margaret Keenan

received the first COVID vaccine in the UK and an entire

nation cheered.

Although 2021 has itself been a challenging year, we now

know that we have the vaccines to combat COVID-19.

And yet the amazing achievements by the scientific

community continue to be overshadowed by a world

still coming to grips with the effects of the pandemic.

Much of the current news coverage focuses on antivaxxers

protesting freedom curbs, with not so many

column inches devoted to those still waiting to be

offered access to vaccines. Make of that what you will.

Despite these constantly negative headlines, the world

is slowly returning to normal, so lets be grateful for that

and enjoy the festive period with family and friends.

Happy Christmas to all our readers!

Chris Pearce, Publisher


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This month’s highlights

40. Six of the Best Christmas Markets


22. Health

Fighting colds and flu.

32. Books

Great reads make great presents!

46. Food

A recipe for Festive Turkey Burgers.

52. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size!

15. Season of Giving 34. Village Roots

58. Greener Christmas

Show Planet Earth a little love.

62. Motoring

Hybrid SUVs - what’s available.

65. Gardening

Up the garden path.

59. Jack’s Tracks to Frodsham & Helsby

66. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

44. Setting the Scene

56. Panto - it’s Back!

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Museum Re-Opens

The Museum of Wigan Life re-opened last weekend after

being shuttered throughout the pandemic. In addition

to the permanent exhibitions featuring Roman Wigan,

Egyptology and early local trade, there will be two

temporary exhibitions for visitors.

gerrumonside! celebrates the passion of rugby league

past, present & future. Learn how Wigan, Leigh and

Tyldesley broke away from the Rugby Football Union in

1895 and formed the Northern Union.

You can see original memorabilia never seen before, and

more unusual items from the world of Rugby League

including an original turnstile from Central Park.

Rebels, Radicals, Reform: The Fight for Better is the second

temporary exhibition and brings to life the many causes

the people of Wigan Borough have campaigned and

fought for over the past 600 years, from the Jacobites,

Diggers and Peterloo, to the miners strike of the 1980’s.

Entry to the museum, which is based on Library Street,

is free of charge and the opening hours are Tuesday to

Saturday 10am-4pm.

Fayre Returns

Wigan and Leigh Hospice’s annual festive fayre is back for

2021. The fayre will be held in the grounds of the hospice

on Kildare Street in Hindley, this Saturday 4th December.

In addition to the 30-ft tall Light for a Life tree, you’ll be

able to see the 5000 Lights project featuring 60 Christmas

trees in the hospice grounds. Each tree is available to

sponsor, and either features a plaque dedicated to

someone special or is sponsored by a local business.

Admission is free and the fayre runs from 12noon to 6pm.

For more information, please contact the fundraising

team on 01942 525566 or email: fundraising@wlh.org.uk.

Libraries Back

Standish and Shevington Libraries have now fully reopened

– albeit with changed opening hours – after

library staff were temporarily relocated to help with the

pressures on Wigan Council during the pandemic. Both

libraries now open from 10am to 2pm Monday, Tuesday

and Wednesday and from 1pm-5pm on Thursday and


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Santa will be making a special appearance at Scotman’s

Flash on Saturday, December 11, taking one of the

powerboats out for a ride!

You will be able to paddle out in rafted canoes to find

where Santa is on the flash. When you return to shore,

you can warm up around the campfire and you can bring

your own hot chocolate and toast marshmallows. There

will also be a chance to paint some festive pottery , which

has been provided by Haigh Stables Gallery.

The rafted canoes are suitable for families and can seat

between 4 and 8 people, however there must be 2 adults

to paddle the rafted canoes and katakanus, and four

adults if booking the bellboats.

This activity is suitable for ages 3 and upwards and tickets

start at £13.52 and can be booked at www.eventbrite.

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Art School

A brand-new Art School for children and adults has

opened in Standish offering a schedule of regular classes,

as well as Art parties and festive crafts.

Mino Art school will be offering Saturday Art club for

children aged 6+ at their studio on Oak Avenue in

Standish from 9am.

The hour-long sessions are fun, creative and a great way

to pass a Saturday morning with watercolours, dyes,

mixed media, textiles and acrylics.

Delivered by a qualified, registered and experienced

Art and Design teacher, the cost is £7.80 per child and

all you need to bring is an old t-shirt or apron. For more

information or to book your child’s place, please go to


Choral Christmas

Open your ears to the Christmassy sounds of the Wigan

Choral Society at their festive concert, which takes place

this Saturday (4th December) at St Michael’s Church in


The concert starts at 7.30pm and will feature Verdi,

Faure, selections from ‘Elijah’ and ‘Messiah’, and carols

too. Tickets are priced at £10 (£8 for concessions) and are

available on the door.

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Rotary Santa on Way

Wigan Rotary Club have announced that Santa will be out

and about on the Club’s Santa Float in December visiting

selected housing estates in Wigan. He will also be paying

a few visits to the Tesco Extra in Wigan and appearing

online via Zoom from Santa’s HQ in the North Pole.

Full details of the routes that the Santa Float will cover

are now on the club’s website (www.wiganrotary.co.uk)

and their Facebook page but will mainly cover the larger

housing estates in Standish, Shevington, Appley Bridge,

Swinley and Whitley.

Following last year’s successful launch of the Santa zoom

sessions, you will again be able to Zoom with Santa this


Full details of the zoom sessions are now available on the

Wigan Rotary Club’s website (www.wiganrotary.co.uk),

and you’ll be able to book your slot there too.

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


Lonely this Christmas?

Book Cycle’s Christmas Fayre takes place this year on

Saturday 11th December from 12-4pm at their Beech Hill

branch in Buckley Street West.

Santa will be on site at the fayre, meeting children in

his grotto, and live music will be provided by John

Paul Melling, who will be crooning his way through a

repertoire of Elvis songs. Customers at the fayre can

also browse through gift stalls, try Christmas treats and

indulge in a glass or two of mulled wine.

Coffee Morning

A Christmas Coffee Morning will take place at St Wilfrid’s

Parish Hall on Church Street in Standish this Saturday

(4th December) from 10am-2pm. You can enjoy a bacon

barm for breakfast, pick up Christmas cards and presents,

stock up on homemade cakes and pies and catch up with

friends and neighbours.

For those with plenty of time to spare, there’s a good

selection of jigsaws and DVD’s on offer, and you can also

try your luck at the tombola and raffle. Admission is free

and all are welcome.

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Outdoor Therapy

Hospice patients, along with family and friends, who have

counselling, bereavement support and complementary

therapy are all being offered sessions outdoors in the

gardens of Wigan and Leigh Hospice at Kildare Street in


Wigan and Leigh Hospice’s wellbeing teams are offering

the sessions as a response to Covid-19 and the advice

to meet outdoors wherever possible, but also because

of the unique benefits nature itself can offer in therapy


Hospice Counsellor Lindsey Caplan said, “Someone I

know told me she had started doing therapy outdoors

as research has proven that connecting to nature can be

very calming and therapeutic. Over the past 18 months

or so all our sessions have been by telephone or video

call and that will continue for now for most clients.

However, some clients said they would prefer to do faceto-face

sessions, so when I heard about outdoor therapy,

I wanted to give it a try.”

Lindsey continued, “Complementary therapy can be

either done outdoors - such as a shoulder or a hand

massage - or in a complementary therapy room next to

a window. From one of our rooms, you can see our pond,

trees, reeds swaying gently in the breeze, and it means

your whole body just slows down.

“That connection to nature helps with mindfulness –

which is to be fully aware of where we are and what we

are doing. When we’re walking, we can focus on what we

can hear, smell, touch and this helps to ground us and to

focus on ourselves.”

Ann Darcy, a client of Lindsey’s who is taking outdoor

therapy sessions, said: “My experience of outdoor

therapy was literally a breath of fresh air; a chink of light

after all these dark, lonely, isolated grief filled days. To

connect with nature with a caring, listening ear was just

wonderful and I’m so grateful and I’m grateful to have

another session.”

For more information about Wigan and Leigh Hospice

and how to access the Hospice’s services, please contact

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Free after Three

The importance of supporting the local economy has

been regularly emphasised during the pandemic, and

to help residents in their efforts to support local traders,

Wigan Council have announced an extension of their free

parking scheme at most council car parking facilities over

the festive season.

Free parking at weekends is already in place, and now

residents can also park free after 3pm during the week.

The ‘Free after 3’ scheme will continue until Friday 7th

January, whilst the free weekend parking continues until

Sunday 27th March 2022.

Please note that the car park near the Civic Centre and the

one on Chapel Lane are not included in this offer.


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Season of Giving

By Nicola Gray

Christmas has always been the season of giving. Amidst the

hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping though, it’s easy to

overlook the fact that there are many people who don’t have

the resources to ‘do’ Christmas. With food banks expecting

their busiest Christmas to date, the festive season is a perfect

time to donate to help those people who are struggling to

provide a happy Christmas for their families. This month,

Local Life spotlights the charitable efforts of two local

organisations – The Brick and Skelmersdale Foodbank – to

provide for those in need, and highlights a few initiatives

they run that can help you give something back to others.

The Brick Works

The Brick, 10 Arcade Street,

Wigan, WN1 1LU

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The Brick Project offers a huge range of services to people

who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis. This

includes crisis intervention, asset coaching and Wigan’s

largest Foodbank. As its name suggests, it provides a safe,

solid building block for people in crisis

to begin rebuilding their lives. The

group also runs a charity shop and offers

training to those who are unemployed.

As well as running the foodbank they

are running numerous initiatives to

make it even easier to give back – look

at just a few of them!

Wrap Up Wigan Campaign

The Brick are inviting people to donate

coats and warm clothing to ensure

everyone stays warm this winter. All

donations will be given to people in

Wigan and Leigh who may struggle to

keep warm during the winter months.

As well as winter coats, they would

appreciate donations of hats, scarves,

socks, men’s and ladies winter shoes

and toiletries.

Donation Points:

Wigan Shop, 160 Gidlow Lane, Wigan

WN6 7EA Monday to Friday 9.30 –

4.30pm, Saturday 10am-3pm

• The Brick Works, 4 Hodson St, Wigan

WN3 4EN Monday to Friday 9.30 –


• Leigh Shop, 13 Railway Road, Leigh

WN7 4AA Monday to Saturday 9.30 –



This Christmas is likely to be a very different kind of

Christmas for everybody. And sadly, for many in Wigan and

Leigh, instead of it being a special time to look forward to,

it will be just another cause for anxiety and stress.

Wish For Wigan

Make a difference this

Christmas and donate a

wish. Your donation will not

just be giving someone a

Christmas meal – for some, Christmas could be the new

beginning they need, and your donation might be the

first step to help change someone’s life.

Donate by going online to www.justgiving.com/campaign/

WishforWigan2021 or text BRICK followed by your donation

amount to 70480 stress.

Food Bank & Christmas Hamper


This Christmas families and individuals in the local

community need help. You can donate Christmas food

items, children’s toys and gifts for adults to the Brick’s

hamper appeal. The last day for donations is Friday,

December 10th.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

• Asda Robin Park

• Sainsbury’s Marus Bridge

• Tesco Wigan

• Tesco Hindley

• Lidl Wigan

• Lidl Standish

• Co-op Shevington

• Co-op Upholland

• Standish Health Centre

• Go Outdoors Wigan – clothing & sleeping bags only

If you would like more information about how to donate or

need help, access to winter clothing or food, please email

enquiries@thebrick.org.uk or call 01942 236 953.

5K Santa Dash

Join the Brick team for

the festive 5K Santa

Dash at Pennington

Flash on Sunday, December 12th at 1pm. Walk, jog or run

the 5K route dressed as Santa and raise money for The

Brick. Its £5 to enter, which includes a mince pie and drink

for everyone taking part. Any money raised goes directly

to The Brick, so, bring your family, put your Santa outfits on

and help spread some festive cheer this Christmas.

You can raise donations by giving sponsors the details for

the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/campaign/

Santa-Elf-Dash-forTheBrick or you can set up your own.

For more information about these events please contact

Jane Webb, by emailing jane.webb@thebrick.org.uk or call

01942 236 953.

Skelmersdale Foodbank

The Ecumenical Centre, Northway,

Skelmersdale, WN8 6LU

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The Skelmersdale Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust

Network and opened in 2013. Founded by local churches

and community groups, volunteers work together

towards stopping hunger in the local area. The project,

like many others, relies on voluntary donations, goodwill

and support to fund their vital work.

Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The

Trussell Trust network is donated by the public and are

vital to providing everyone referred to them a balanced

and nutritious three-day supply of food.

Food items can be dropped off at Tesco Wigan Extra,

Central Park Way or the Ecumenical Centre in Skelmersdale

on a Monday or Thursday 9am-1pm. Items that are in

short supply include:

• Long life milk

• Powdered mash / tinned potatoes

• Tinned fruit

• Tinned carrots

• Small bags of sugar

• Coffee

• Rice pudding / custard

• Sponge puddings

• Toiletries

Their distribution centres are currently operating a closeddoor

collection service. You will need a valid voucher code,

obtained from one of their referral agencies. When you

contact a referral agency, they will take some basic details

from you to complete the voucher.

This will help them to identify the cause of your crisis and

offer practical guidance. It also means they can prepare

suitable emergency food for the right number of people.

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The stage is set for a bumper new season at Wigan Little


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 until 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 or you can call the Box Office

on 01942 242561 between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm Friday,

Monday and Tuesday before and during each production.

Christmas Markets

Nothing says Christmas spirit like getting wrapped

up warm, enjoying a mulled wine and browsing a few

festive stalls. Well, the Crown at Worthington have got

you sorted; make your way down to the pub on Platt

Lane for two days of Christmas markets.

The markets will be running on Saturday 18th and

Sunday 19th December between 10am-3pm; there will

be a range of stalls on both days so turn up and enjoy!

For more information, please call The Crown on 01257


On the Trail

The Appley Bridge running group is on the lookout for

new members for their social Sunday get-togethers.

The group meet every Sunday at 9.30am at the Gasket

Coffee shop on Skull House Lane before tackling some

of the local trails.

So, if you’re looking for a good chat, a nice warm brew, a

tasty Gasket treat and perhaps a little bit of running, then

these are the people for you!

All they ask is that you come prepared and make sure

you bring your trail trainers! For more information or to

register your interest, please go to Facebook and search




Fighting Colds and Flu:

Myths & Magic Cures

Colds can make life miserable and flu can make us quite ill.

But which cold and flu facts are true, and are there really any cures?

If you have a high temperature, then

it’s the flu – not a cold.

MYTH. Colds can sometimes cause a high temperature,

although it tends to be short-lived and mild (not above

38oC). However, if you’re suffering from sweats and chills,

it’s probably flu.

It’s pointless to avoid someone with a cold or flu. You’re

bound to get it anyway.

MYTH. Flu and colds are highly contagious, spread by

both airborne and direct contact methods, but they’re

avoidable. Avoid sufferers if you can, but if you can’t, you

can still stay germ-free if you both practise good hygiene.

This means:

• Clean high-contact surfaces regularly (e.g. phones,

door handles, touch screens).

• Clean hands regularly and thoroughly, especially after

touching the nose or mouth

• Don’t share cutlery, cups or towels.

• Ensure the contagious person has tissues close by to

catch coughs and sneezes, and bin them immediately.

They should use the ’vampire’ cough (into the inside of

their elbow) if they’re caught tissue-less.

The flu vaccine doesn’t always prevent

flu, so it’s not worth having.

TRUTH and MYTH. It’s true that you may still get the

flu. Flu vaccines are produced in advance, so experts

must try to predict the three or four flu strains that will

be prevalent next winter. This means you may catch an

unexpected or rarer flu strain you’re not protected from.

However, the vaccine is still worth having, as it will protect

you from most strains you’ll encounter. It’s particularly

recommended if you’re vulnerable or have low immunity,

e.g. if you’re a carer, over 65, pregnant or have an existing

medical condition.

Getting very wet and/or cold can give

you a cold or the flu.

MYTH. Since both colds and the flu are caused by viruses,

it’s pretty obvious that cold or wet conditions can’t give

you either. But what cold and wet can do is put your

body under stress, making it more vulnerable to germs

it encounters.

The flu vaccine gives you flu

MYTH. Inactive viruses are used in the vaccine. But

you may have a temperature and ache for a short time


If you’ve had a cold or flu for a

while, you should ask the doctor for


MYTH. Your doctor may give in and prescribe them,

although they know antibiotics won’t work; antibiotics

don’t kill viruses. Patients sometimes take antibiotics for

a week and declare smugly that they’re cured, when in

reality, that extra week was all their body needed to finally

fight off their virus. Antibiotics are only of use if you get a

secondary bacterial infection.


Magic Cures

Prevention is the best cure. Cold and flu viruses are

highly contagious and most of us touch hundreds of

communal surfaces every day, so practice good hygiene

and keep your hands squeaky clean – research shows this

can work. Research also shows that stress and poor sleep

can make us more prone to colds, so take positive action

to reduce your stress and ensure you’re getting enough

good-quality sleep.

Boosting your immune system may help you resist colds

and flu or fight them off more quickly. There is evidence

that taking zinc regularly can reduce the number of colds

children get each year, and although there is less reliable

research on adults, it’s reasonable to assume it can work

for them too. Regular intake of probiotics and garlic may

also have some preventative effect, but the research

so far isn’t reliable enough to confirm it. Vitamin C and

echinacea have now been researched extensively and the

consensus is that they don’t provide cold or flu prevention

– and any lessening or shortening of symptoms is mild to

non-existent. However, Vitamin C may be of negligible

benefit to people already under physical stress (e.g.

marathon runners).

Decongestants and antihistamines: apologies to your

wallet, but when used separately, research indicates

these medications have very little or no effect. However,

when used together, particularly with painkillers too,

there seems to be a slight improvement in symptoms.

Ipratropium bromide (Rinatec) nasal spray does seem

to help alleviate symptoms, particularly a runny nose.

Over-the counter cough suppressants: the jury is out,

as much of the research is poor quality. But it seems that

any benefits are negligible.

Vapour rubs do seem to help a little in alleviating night

time cough and improving sleep, but a review of clinic

studies showed that over a quarter of users reported

burning or itching at the application area.

NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, e.g.

ibuprofen) can reduce fever and help with aches and


If you have a cold or flu, stay hydrated, alleviate the

symptoms and take heart; researchers are working to

modify naturally-occurring peptides with properties

that can combat cold viruses. A cold cure may be on the

(distant) horizon.

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1. In which fictional land is it always snowing, but

never Christmas?

2. According to the famous nursery rhyme, when

Little Jack Horner put his thumb into a Christmas

pie, what did he pull out?

3. The first ever Royal Christmas Message was

delivered by King George V, but which famous

author wrote it?

4. In a famous novel set around Christmas time, who

lived on Mount Crumpit with his pet dog Max?

5. Who wrote the 1997 novel The Hogfather, where

the Santa Claus-like title character would grant

children’s wishes and bring them presents on

December 32nd?

6. Who wrote and illustrated the 1984 children’s

book Mr Christmas?

7. Although originally published anonymously

in 1823, Clement Clarke Moore is generally

thought to have written the poem called A Visit

From Saint Nicholas. Also used as an alternative

title for this poem, what are its first five words?

8. Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter, who wrote the

2012 book The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas,

are best known as members of which pop band?

9. Which famous author recalled his Christmas

memories as a child in Swansea in the 1954 book

A Child’s Christmas In Wales?

10. “God bless us, every one”, the final line of Charles

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is said by which


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Having a Ball

Over 50’s in Wigan can net a new experience and get fit

with walking football sessions taking place every week.

Age UK and Be Well Wigan have joined to offer the slowpaced

version of the beautiful game which is aimed at

helping over 50s to keep fit and healthy.

Organiser Steven Edwards, of Age UK Wigan Borough,

said: “Walking football is a great way to get out and meet

new people, have fun and keep fit and healthy. It follows

the traditional rules of football but without any contact

and you walk instead of run.

“We play on a smaller pitch with smaller goals that are

similar to those on a five-a side pitch, and the ball stays

below head height. It doesn’t matter what your ability is

we are open to all men and women over the age of 50.”

The sessions run at Howe Bridge Sports Centre, in

Atherton, every Monday from 10.30am until 11.30am

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Hotpots In Wigan

The undisputed kings of musical comedy, The Lancashire

Hotpots, are back to bring you another night of madcap

music and laughs on their Big Night Out tour!

The lads will be raising the roof at The Monaco on

Atherton Road, Hindley on Friday, December 10. Tickets

are available from £16 per person, and you can expect

to hear Hotpot classics including Chippy Tea, Has The Bin

Mon Bin Mon as well as Egg, Sausage Chips & Beans!

Brace yourself, it really is going to be a big night out! This

is a standing event and suitable for ages 8+ but under 14s

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Christmas Market

Up Holland Community Hub, the Village Club and The

White Lion are hosting the Upholland Christmas market,

which will take place on Church Street this Saturday,

December 4 from 1pm-6.30pm. Entertainments include

story time with Santa, a carol service, Santa’s grotto and a

Christmas tree light switch on.

There will be more than 30 stalls offering craft supplies,

gifts, food and drink, so why not pop down and show

your support. There will be parking available at the

Village Club at a cost of £2 for the day.

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Books to Gift

Books make great presents, especially when you can borrow them back in January…

Big Panda and Tiny


James Norbury

Fans of The Boy, The Mole, The Fox

and The Horse, and other illustrated

books will love this new offering by

James Norbury. Each of the handdrawn

illustrations is accompanied

by a short conversation between a panda and a dragon,

offering words of wisdom we can all learn from. A book

to treasure and to dip into time and time again.


Cecilia Ahern

Allegra has made a life for herself in

Dublin, working as a traffic warden

with a sideline as an artist’s model.

She enjoys the routine and the rules,

but she’s in Dublin for a reason and

needs to pluck up the courage to

see her mission through. A chance

encounter with an angry driver makes Allegra re-evaluate

her life and gives her a new purpose. A light-hearted,

humorous tale with some darker undertones, Freckles is

sure to appeal to a range of readers.

The Exiles

Christina Baker Kline

Buying for a fan of historical fiction?

Exiles is a solid choice. Several

characters’ lives become entwined

when pregnant Evangeline is

sentenced to hard labour in Australia

in 1840. On the ship, she meets

teenage Hazel. Meanwhile, Mathinna

is faced with losing her family and indigenous community

when the governor and his wife decide she needs

‘refining’. A rich, multi-layered story with some shocking

plot twists, The Exiles is the perfect book for curling up

with on Boxing Day.

All In

Billy Jean King

Former tennis pro Billy Jean King

famously defeated Bobby Riggs

in what would become known as

the ‘Battle of the Sexes’. Since then,

King has fought many more battles,

from striving to be taken seriously

as a female athlete to campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights.

Her long-awaited autobiography also reveals the more

personal challenges King has overcome, from an eating

disorder to near-bankruptcy. A must for tennis fans and

autobiography lovers.

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen:

Shelf Love

Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad

If you’re buying for someone who

loves poring over recipe books, you

can’t go wrong with Ottolenghi.

For his latest book, Ottolenghi has

partnered with head chef Noor

Murad. The result is a book packed with recipes to help

home cooks to impress with less stress. The recipes are

also adaptable, so the reader can bring their own twist

to a dish or use up leftovers. Just make sure the person

you’re buying for promises to make you the Upside-Down

Lemon, Maple and Vanilla Pudding…

The Replacement

Melanie Golding

A delicious thriller for a reader to sink

their teeth into on a cold winter’s

night, The Replacement centres on

Ruby and her sister, Joanna. The book

starts as Ruby claims a seemingly

abandoned child as her own. Soon

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attempted murder of Ruby’s neighbour. Elements of folk

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Village Roots

By Nicola Gray

History is who we are and why we

are that way; it has been said that

a people without the knowledge

of their history, origin and culture

is like a tree without roots. Proud

Standisher and historian, Stan

Aspinall has one hell of a set of

roots, and they have been firmly

planted in the village since the

day he was born.

Stan is considered an authority

on all things Standish and his

efforts haven’t gone unnoticed!

He was recently awarded an

outstanding contribution to local

history award from The British

Association for Local History,

who honour just six people every year for their significant

voluntary contributions.

I recently sat down with Stan, off the back of his latest

recognition, to dig a bit deeper and find out what makes

him tick.

Stan was born in the post-war baby boomer era of 1947

and came into the world in a house on Church Street. Stan

adds, “I grew up in number 43, it was a comfortable place

to live. I didn’t know until much later that I was living in a

house where a double murder involving an axe had been


“The culprit was never brought to trial and I’m still

wondering what happened to him. My bedroom was

where one of the murders took place and so it’s perhaps

best I didn’t know about all of that until much later.”

Stan first went to nursery on Rectory Lane, and he still has

photographs from his time there. He continues, “Next, I

moved up to the infant’s school just further along Rectory

Lane and then, around eight years old, I moved on to the

boys’ school in Green Lane. It was a scholarship factory,

and I wasn’t selected to be in the class preparing for the

eleven plus.

“My mum came to the school to

argue my case and got a positive

result. I was moved into that

special class and passed the exam.

I opted to go to Chorley Grammar

School and my life-long friends

all went to the newly opened

Shevington High School.”

Stan attended Chorley Grammar

School between 1958-65. “I did

‘A’ level history and was awarded

an ‘A’ grade, but Geography was

always my first interest, and I

gained a 2.1 degree in Geography

at Birmingham University.”

Stan tells me that all he ever

wanted to do was become a

teacher, he continues, “It is hard to describe how proud

I felt when I got my first teaching job, despite an annual

salary of £440 per year. I was appointed as assistant

teacher of Geography at Ashton in Makerfield Grammar

School in September 1969.”

Returning closer to home, he accepted the position as

head of Humanities at Shevington High School and his

foray into local history started when he developed an

integrated course for year 7 pupils. Stan adds, “It included

an exploration of our local history and pupils were asked

to follow the ‘Trail of the Owls’; the ancient crest of the

Standish family that is present in so many unexpected

places around Standish, including on the old water tower

at Prospect House, the Boar’s Head pub and St Wilfrid’s

Church on the top of the church spire.”

Stan was later appointed as Deputy Head at the newly

opened Standish High School, he has many anecdotes

from his time there but one that stands out in his memory

centres around his then new boss. “I remember we were

both new to our roles in 1978, Martin Butler was the new

Head and I was the new deputy.

“Martin was sometimes a bit forgetful; I once went into


Stan has written several books about Standish as well

as regularly contributing articles on Standish Voice and

local Facebook groups. Even though Stan left the village

in 1984 for Broughton-in-Furness in Cumbria, his ties

to the local community and obvious affection for the

village haven’t abated over the years. Stan told me, “I

left Standish many years ago and my memories are of a

long time ago; I remember Green Lane when it really was

green, and I fondly remember the old Rugby Union club

before it became a housing estate.”

He continues, “Some of my proudest moments are

wrapped up in the village. During my time at Standish

High, I was appointed chair of the Duke of Edinburgh

Association in Wigan and getting more pupils through the

Stan with his first class at Ashton

in Makerfield Grammar School

his office, and he was there with

a crowbar trying to open the

examination store cupboard. I

asked was there a problem and

he explained the exams were

starting in 15 minutes, but he

couldn’t find the key! We got it

open enough to get the exam

papers out.”

Stan really started to take a

vested interest in the local

history of his home village and

the opportunity for greater

research came from his job as

deputy. Stan added, “We were

contracted to offer an evening

class for adults in lieu of a half

day off. I offered a local history

class and in my research at the

Wigan archives for that class, I

discovered the Standish Papers!

They were the genesis for two of

my books.”


scheme than any other school in Wigan Metro was special.

“During that time, I had two meetings with the Duke and

both were very memorable to say the least. At Chester

Racecourse, I was escorting him around and he went in

the wrong direction, which meant he would miss scores

of anxious youngsters eager to meet him. I had to stop

him and redirect him, respectfully of course!”

Stan took retirement in 2012 and has been enjoying

Cumbrian life with wife Kath, his three children and three

grandchildren. He added, “One of my great joys is to go

walking in the Lake District, I do this most weeks. It’s also

good to share local history with others and before Covid

I was giving talks most months and that seems to be

starting once again.”

Stan has also taken his love of local history with him to

Broughton-in-Furness and has also produced four books

about the area. Some of his work has featured research

covering topics such as the First World War, listed

buildings and local scandals.

Stan added, “My recent award from the National

Association for Local History was special as well, the

acknowledgement came for helping to make history

come alive for the people of the Duddon Valley.

“I’d done research into the place where I now live, and

people had given me photos and other information. But

it was lockdown that really set things moving, from the

first day of lockdown I began to post on our local website.

Each day for the next 58 days I posted stories and photos

of the past. People added comments and the stories I’d

written became very detailed; one post attracted more

than 200 replies.

Stan decided to put all his hard work to good use and

wrote everything up into a hard copy. He stood in the

local square selling copies himself. He added, “I managed

to sell 400 copies, raising £2,350 for local and national


Stan’s enthusiasm for local history in both Standish and

Broughton will help future generations to know about

their roots and their history, but what is he planning

next? Stan contemplates, “I’m content now to explore

my own country, I’d love to explore the Outlander sites

in Scotland, revisit the Culloden Moor heritage site and

go back once more to Orkney and see what comes of it.“

Stan selling his latest book in

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Should you Buy in 2022?

What will the New Year bring

for potential first-time buyers?

Always a vital part of the housing

market, that importance of firsttime

buyers has increased now

that the stamp duty holiday is

over, which has removed the

incentive of a tax saving for

other types of buyers.

So will 2022 be a good time to

take your first dive into Wigan’s

housing market pool or will you be sat on the side lines,

fidgeting indecisively with your arm bands? Here’s five

reasons why I think first-time buyers should consider

taking the plunge in 2022.

No Stamp Duty

Most first-time buyers are still exempt from paying any

stamp duty on their first purchase, due to the permanent

stamp duty holiday that’s been in place since November

2017. This means that First Time Buyers can purchase

property of up to £300,000 without paying any stamp


House Prices (and Sales) Increase

Property prices are predicted to rise by 3.2% during

2022, and there is now no sign in the forecasts of prices

falling. Despite rising inflation and likely interest rate rises

in 2022, the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget

Responsibility predict price growth will continue, albeit

at a more sustainable level, through to 2026.

More people are buying houses too. Sales volumes to

date in 2021 are 16% above the 5-year average (Zoopla)

and sales volumes may well eclipse 2007 by the year end.

Sales in 2022/23 are estimated to be in the region of 1.3

million, 8% higher than the longer-term average (2015/16

to 2019/2020).

Inexpensive Wigan

After Rochdale, Wigan is the

second cheapest place to buy

your first home in Greater

Manchester. With good

transport links with Manchester,

Liverpool, Warrington and the

wider area, an excellent range

of state schools, and with easy

access to open countryside,

Wigan is increasingly becoming

a desirable option for first time buyers.

The Wigan housing market is up 10.2pc since 2020, and the

average house price in the borough is currently £145,560.

Better Mortgage Rates

During the height of the pandemic, low deposit

mortgages become more difficult to come by as lenders

prioritised the security of a large deposit. Since the easing

of restrictions though, rates that would have seemed

laughable just months ago are now available.

According to Which?, it’s possible to secure a 90%

mortgage with a rate of less than 2%, or a 95% mortgage

at below 3%.has seen low deposit mortgages return with

a bang. Mortgage rates for First Time Buyers are tumbling,

with lenders battling for business from borrowers with

small deposits.

More Incentives

Eager to turn Generation Rent into Generation Buy, the

government has a number of schemes that are suitable for

first time buyers. The Help to Buy scheme offers an equity

loan for those who want to buy a new build property,

the First Homes scheme offers discounted homes for key

workers, and the Shared Ownership scheme helps those

who can’t afford to buy 100% of a home. You can find

out more details on these schemes and others at www.


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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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 until

Wednesday 22nd December.

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.






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.


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 until Wednesday 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.

The York Christmas Market runs until Thursday 23rd



Making its debut 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.


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.


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 until Thursday

23rd December.


Santa at Applecast

Santa will be calling in at AppleCast in Newburgh on the

18th, 19th, 20th and 21st December. Children are invited

to come along each day between 10.30am-2.30pm for a

bit of festive fun. There is no booking necessary, children

will be seen on a first come, first served basis. For more

information, visit www.castnw.net.

Yoga Classes

If you need a bit of zen in your life, then why not roll up

your yoga mat and head out to Shevington Village Hall?

Classes are suitable for all levels of fitness, including

beginners, and no previous experience in yoga is

required. The classes take place on Mondays at 6.30pm

and Wednesdays at 6pm and 7.30pm, the cost is £8 for a

drop-in class or £28 for a four-week block.

For more information or to book your place, please

contact Karen from Gemini Yoga on 07545 884958.

Players Wanted

Appley Bridge Football Club is on the scout for boys and

girls to join a new under 9’s team for the 2022 season.

The club is an FA Charter standard development club

and the focus for the children is on enjoyment and

development. If you would like more information, call

Neil on 07971 082051 or visit the Facebook page by

searching @AppleyBridgefc.

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Whether you eat turkey and all the trimmings at 2pm

or prepare a nut roast in the evening, a lavish meal is

often the centrepiece of Christmas Day – not to mention

other get-togethers around the dining table before the

day itself. What could be nicer than enjoying a festive

meal with your family or closest friends – perhaps with

seasonal music and scented candles in the background

adding to those Christmassy vibes?

Carefully setting and dressing the dining table for a

Christmas meal can be as much a part of the ritual of

Christmas Day as putting the turkey in the oven or

opening gifts. To prevent it being a time-consuming chore

it is best to plan ahead, consider how you will achieve the

look you want and what key ingredients are required.

First, decide on an overall theme. It could be something

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A classic look is always a good option, employing red, gold

and deep green, perhaps with a touch of tartan, while

for a modern effect you might choose pretty pastels or

even bolder neons. The key is to stick to the theme pretty

tightly so it all looks unified rather than thrown together.

If your dining table is not up to scratch, use a tablecloth

to disguise scratches, stains and separate tables butted

together – plain white cotton or unbleached linen are

classics. Decorate with a lace, embroidered or scalloped

trim, or opt for a festive all-over Christmas pattern.


Perhaps add a slim runner along the table, either of readymade

fabric or with a narrow row of suitable decorations

along the table – such as an evergreen garland with pine

cones and berries, micro lights, tea lights in saucers,

lanterns with candles, or floral displays.

An alternative to a runner is a centrepiece, perhaps a

classic wreath with candles, an arrangement of fresh

flowers and foliage, or containers with Christmas bulbs.

Other variations are a grouping of lanterns or pillar

candles, a pile of small presents, a bowl of coloured-glass

baubles or a Christmas ornament.

If you can hang something above the table, ideas include

a selection of greenery entwined around a slim metal

frame, a scattering of metallic-paper origami stars, a

mobile made from baubles on ribbons hung from a

wooden bough, or a simple swirl of fairy lights.

Similarly, wreaths, baubles, pine cones, even small

wrapped gifts, can be tied to or hung from the backs of

wooden chairs for a pretty look.

Place mats and napkins are important elements and

napkins can be folded or rolled and prettified with

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125g Brussels sprouts, trimmed

½ red onion

1 carrot, peeled

50g Greek yoghurt

30g mayonnaise

1 tsp Dijon mustard

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Can You Afford to Retire?

As a result of the pandemic, we

have seen a significant increase

in new clients who have now

decided against ‘putting off’

their retirement any longer and

would like to know if they can

now afford to retire.

Today, most people’s hopes and

expectations for retirement

are very different to those

who were retiring in the past.

Retirees now have much grander plans, such as travelling

the world, spending more time on hobbies or spoiling the


To enjoy all the things on their wish list, retirees need

to have the income to afford them. For most people,

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

to save and build a fund for retirement. Not enough

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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on sources of income which are not guaranteed for life in

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Building up a pot of money for retirement and making

sure that money lasts them for the rest of their life are two

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Risk One

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defined because you have/had

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people don’t know how long

their retirement will last.

There are several specific risks

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Living longer than expected

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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

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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)

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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

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

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24. Rotating part of an engine (8)

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CMA Accountancy


By Kieran Fitzgerald MAAT

No, this isn’t an inscription in a heart

carved into a tree – it’s the latest project

from HMRC and it could affect you. Read

on for details…

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

accounting records electronically (either using suitable

software or on a spreadsheet) and file quarterly returns

to HMRC with details of their income and expenditure

together with any other information that HMRC specifies.

In a statement issued on 23rd September 2021, the

Government confirmed that MTD for ITSA will be

introduced from April 2024 onwards and will affect

individuals who fall within the criteria and have gross

income from these sources over £10,000.

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

– you cannot simply choose not to take part.

Currently it is unclear when you will be able to apply for

the scheme but keep your eyes out to avoid stress as the

deadline approaches. In the meantime, get yourself set

up on a cloud-based accounting software as soon as you

can. This will help you avoid the admin overload when the

launch date comes, iron out the kinks and get to know

how the software works in plenty of time before the start

of MTD for ITSA!

Before migrating your bookkeeping on to the cloud,

it is best to get up to date with your records and Self-

Assessment Returns, and there is no time like the present!

The deadline for the Self-Assessment Return for the Year

Ending 5th April 2021 is fast approaching. You need to

ensure you have submitted your return online by 31st

January 2022, or if you submit by paper, by the 31st

October 2021.

Remember, a Self-Assessment Return isn’t purely for the

self-employed, you may have a full-time employment

elsewhere with a side hustle to earn some extra income

on the side, or some rental income from a 2nd property. If

you earn more than £1,000 from these sources then you

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as soon as possible if this applies to you!

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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 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


‘Less is more’ is a mantra that’s rarely heard around

Christmas. This year, show Planet Earth a little love with

these five eco-friendly Christmas tips.

Rent, reuse or recycle a tree

Every December, up to eight million Christmas trees are

bought in the UK alone, most of which are dumped at the

end of the season. That’s a lot of waste!

Plastic trees last for years but take enormous amounts of

energy to manufacture. Buying pre-loved ones on eBay,

Gumtree and Freecycle, however, is a great way to reuse

what would otherwise be thrown away.

If Christmas isn’t the same without that authentic pine tree

scent, why not rent a tree from a local farm? After you’ve

used it, it’ll be picked up and replanted, ready for next year.

When buying new, look out for the ‘Grown in Britain’ label

or FSC ‘seal of approval’, and find drop-off points in your

area where it can be recycled once Christmas is over.

Buy second-hand

Gifts don’t have to be new to bring a smile to someone’s

face. Suggest a second-hand present rule this year, where

you only buy each other pre-loved gifts.

These could be from a charity shop or websites such as

eBay. If you’re feeling crafty, you could even whip up

some gifts from home. Candles, jams and chutneys or

knitted hats and scarves: get creative and see where your

talents take you!

Source locally grown food

We’re all guilty of buying – and eating – a little more food

than we need at Christmas, so it’s important to make sure

it’s coming from a sustainable place.

Instead of fighting over groceries in the supermarket

aisle, source your Christmas lunch from local farm shops

and choose an organic, free-range turkey. Food tastes a

lot better when you know where it’s come from!

Sadly, Christmas is also the most wasteful time of the year,

so make sure you only buy things that you know will get

eaten. If you get carried away, turn your leftovers into new

meals, see how much you can fit in the freezer or donate

to a local food bank.

Rethink your decorations

From Christmas lights to candles, who would have thought

that decorations could be bad for the environment?

Fortunately, something as simple as switching your

incandescent lights to LEDs can cut energy usage by up

to 80%! You don’t have to give up your candle collection

either; look out for soy or beeswax candles, which don’t

contain harmful paraffin wax.

The chances are you have Christmas decorations rattling

round in your attic, so don’t waste money – or materials

– buying new ones. If you do, head to charity or vintage

shops to find some pre-loved styles.

Wrap sustainably

We use over 8,000 tonnes of wrapping paper over

Christmas, much of which isn’t recyclable!

It’s depressing, but don’t lose hope. Try wrapping presents

with old wallpaper, posters or newspapers, and save the

wrapping paper on your own gifts for next year.

A great way to test if wrapping paper can be recycled is to

scrunch it up in your hands and then let it go. If the paper

stays crumpled it can be recycled, but if it unfolds by itself

it probably contains non-recyclable elements.


by Chris Pearce

Distance: 6¼ Difficulty: Medium Plus


& Helsby

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

suspicion that there’s room for improvement. The Sandstone

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

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

the Mersey again recently to scratch that itch. This wellsignposted

6¼ mile walk centres around two prehistoric

hilltops enclosures; Helsby Hill and Woodhouse Hill. There

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

I would recommend that you leave the kids at home and

make sure you wear suitable footwear.

Start the walk at the car park for Frodsham’s war memorial

(WA6 6BG) and take the steep road downhill. Turn left at

the Belle Monte Hotel and look for a footpath on your

right which plunges you into the woods. After a

few short steps, the path forks so take the left

fork uphill.

After a few minutes walking – follow

the yellow ‘S’ sign and go up the

sandstone steps and you’ll arrive

at the war memorial,

the first of many

impressive viewpoints on the walk. Carry on in the same

direction past the war memorial and ease downhill for 200

yards – then take the lower path.

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

shadow of sandstone cliffs until you ascend once more,

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

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

of paths by some wooden steps, turn right here following

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

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

sandstone valley and you arrive at a fingerpost – turn

right to Carriage Drive.

Continue on the path downhill until you reach a distinctive

wall; turn left here and take the steps down the steep hill.

When you arrive at the foot of the hill where all the ferns

are, there’s two options; turn right at this point.

Follow the path through the woods, close to its perimeter

with farmland for just under ¾ mile until you reach an

exit marked Tarvin Road. Take this exit and walk down to

the road; turn left and then first right into the single-track

Chestnut Lane.


At its conclusion Chestnut Lane narrows to a footpath:

take the bridge across the stream and head in the

same direction up the concrete steps. Follow this evernarrowing

footpath until you arrive out in the open by

a house called Tong Dean. Go through the gate

opposite and follow the clearly defined footpath

until you arrive in Helsby on Bates Lane.

Turn right and then turn left at the crossroads

on the Old Chester Road. Look out for a

footpath sign for ‘Helsby Hill’ on your left

about 50 yards up that road. Turn up the

narrow footpath for a short steep climb

to an opening with three paths and

a fingerpost. Take the second path

marked ‘Hill Top’ and take a gentle

enough climb, passing a cliff top

viewpoint on the way, until you

reach the summit of Helsby Hill,

which is marked by a trig point.

The views from the top of this

hillfort are pretty impressive,

360-degree views of the

Mersey Estuary and

Liverpool, the mountains

of North Wales and also

the Shropshire Hills to

the south.

Exit the summit via

the path directly

opposite the

path you took

to arrive at the

summit and follow that path downhill for approximately

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

on the left) towards ‘Harmers Lake’. 350 yards later, you’ll

have passed the lake on the left and arrived at the

single-track lane. Turn right downhill and once

you’ve passed a secondary and the primary

entrance to Harmers Wood on the left,

there’s a signpost on the left to Tarvin


Follow this path for 400 yards to Tarvin Road

and then turn left for 200 yards. Look for

a signpost on your right (Alvaney/Burrows

Lane), which is partly hidden behind a tree

and take that path. Once you’ve crossed a

bridge, turn left along the field’s perimeter in

the direction of Woodhouse Hill.

Once you reach Burrows Lane turn left and, at

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

take the left fork down a footpath/bridle path.

Follow this long gentle incline for just under ¾

mile, ignoring the turn offs to Snidey Moor on

the right and to Woodhouse Hill on the left. Once

you reach the T-junction with bench on the right

and the fingerpost on the left, turn left and then

bear right at the next fork taking the path round

the edge of the woodlands.

Look for the path encased by a low sandstone

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

Woodhouse Hill before sharply dropping down steps

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

Turn right and follow the path gradually downhill,

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

10th hole, take care when climbing down some steep

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

wooden bridge and you arrive at the fingerpost

from earlier.

Tackle the flights of steel stairs once

again and retrace your steps for 100


yards or so until you see a turn to the right which takes

you through undergrowth and onto the golf course. You

need to look hard to see a slight dip running diagonally

across the fairway heading to the left of the masts in

the distance. As you cross the fairways, you’ll see a very

apparent footpath in the distance that runs firstly through

undergrowth and then runs onto a dirt track heading up

to Simons Lane.

Turn left when you reach Simons Lane and follow Elevation the

road round a right-hand bend that runs downhill past the

Forest Hills hotel back to the starting point.

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.



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Hybrid SUVs: what’s available?

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

The SUV lends itself perfectly to a hybrid powertrain. With

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

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

Needless to say, many manufacturers have clocked onto

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

available today.

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

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

of the best options available today.

BMW X5 xDrive45e

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

decades, but more recently it has been added to with

the introduction of a plug-in hybrid variant – badged

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

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

of other hybrids and allows for decent-length journeys to

be completed on battery power alone.

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

you’d associate with the standard X5.

DS 7 Crossback E-Tense

As it’s part of the

wider PSA Group, DS

can take advantage

of all manner of

hybrid powertrains.

It’s why the 3008 and

the DS 7 Crossback

E-Tense appear so similar – they’re essentially the same

underneath. However, that efficient hybrid setup is

contained within a slightly more dramatic, eye-catching

exterior with the DS, while the interior is flamboyant too.

Kia Sorento PHEV

Kia’s plug-in hybrid

version of its latest

Sorento SUV uses a

1.6-litre petrol engine

linked to an electric

motor and batteries,

and Kia claims you’ll

get around 35 miles of electric-only driving.

As well as a striking exterior design, the Sorento boasts

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

standard equipment.


Mercedes-Benz GLE350de

In a break from the

norm, the GLE350de

arrives as a dieselpowered


Mercedes has a few in

its line-up, but across

the wider segment,

a hybrid paired with a diesel engine isn’t a regular

occurrence. Mercedes claims you’ll get up to 256.8 mpg

combined, too, which will certainly help with the fuel bills.

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

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

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

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid

Peugeot’s range of

electrified vehicles is

expanding at an everquickening

rate and

the 3008 plug-in hybrid

is one of its latest. It

uses a 1.6-litre petrol

engine hooked up to two electric motors for a combined

power output of 296bhp. Four-wheel-drive means it’s got

plenty of traction, too.

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

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

one of the sharpest exterior designs around.

Volkswagen Touareg R

A hybrid setup can be

used for performance,

as demonstrated by

the new Volkswagen

Touareg R. It takes the

title of Volkswagen’s

most powerful

production car to date, thanks to its V6 petrol engine

and electric motor combination producing 456bhp and

700Nm of torque.

But it remains a practical and well-sized option, while a

claimed fuel economy figure of 94.2mpg should make it

a little cheaper to run than a conventional Touareg, too.

Audi Q5 TFSI e

Audi’s Q5 has proved

to be a popular choice

in the SUV segment

thanks to its premium

interior and good level

of standard equipment.

A plug-in hybrid

version has recently been added to its list of powertrains,

mirroring other cars in Audi’s line-up.

You should get 26 miles of electric-only range in the

Q5 too, allowing for plenty of driving without having to

trouble the petrol engine.

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