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<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Edition<br />

<strong>December</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

The Season<br />

of Giving<br />

Pages 15-17<br />

Christmas Markets<br />

Pages 40-41<br />

Village Roots<br />

Page 34-36<br />

Panto Special<br />

Pages 56-57<br />

Christmas Books<br />

Page 32<br />

LOCAL NEWS | EVENTS2GO | FOOD | HEALTH | WALks | competitions | home & garden SERVICES


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Around this time last year I sat down to write<br />

the intro to the final <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> of 2020,<br />

commenting that it was a year ‘that everyone<br />

was glad to see the back of’.<br />

A few days later, on <strong>December</strong> 8th, Margaret Keenan<br />

received the first COVID vaccine in the UK and an entire<br />

nation cheered.<br />

Although <strong>2021</strong> has itself been a challenging year, we now<br />

know that we have the vaccines to combat COVID-19.<br />

And yet the amazing achievements by the scientific<br />

community continue to be overshadowed by a world<br />

still coming to grips with the effects of the pandemic.<br />

Much of the current news coverage focuses on antivaxxers<br />

protesting freedom curbs, with not so many<br />

column inches devoted to those still waiting to be<br />

offered access to vaccines. Make of that what you will.<br />

Despite these constantly negative headlines, the world<br />

is slowly returning to normal, so lets be grateful for that<br />

and enjoy the festive period with family and friends.<br />

Happy Christmas to all our readers!<br />

Chris Pearce, Publisher<br />

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk<br />

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<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong> Team!<br />

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Telephone: 01695 627 999<br />

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publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss<br />

or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause. No part of<br />

this publication may be copied or reproduced without the prior written consent of <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> 247 Ltd.


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This month’s highlights<br />

40. Six of the Best Christmas Markets<br />

Contents<br />

22. Health<br />

Fighting colds and flu.<br />

32. Books<br />

Great reads make great presents!<br />

46. Food<br />

A recipe for Festive Turkey Burgers.<br />

52. Puzzle Pages<br />

Try these brainteasers for size!<br />

15. Season of Giving 34. Village Roots<br />

58. Greener Christmas<br />

Show Planet Earth a little love.<br />

62. Motoring<br />

Hybrid SUVs - what’s available.<br />

65. Gardening<br />

Up the garden path.<br />

59. Jack’s Tracks to Frodsham & Helsby<br />

66. Home & Garden Services<br />

Find the best local traders for you.<br />

44. Setting the Scene<br />

56. Panto - it’s Back!<br />

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Museum Re-Opens<br />

The Museum of <strong>Wigan</strong> <strong>Life</strong> re-opened last weekend after<br />

being shuttered throughout the pandemic. In addition<br />

to the permanent exhibitions featuring Roman <strong>Wigan</strong>,<br />

Egyptology and early local trade, there will be two<br />

temporary exhibitions for visitors.<br />

gerrumonside! celebrates the passion of rugby league<br />

past, present & future. Learn how <strong>Wigan</strong>, Leigh and<br />

Tyldesley broke away from the Rugby Football Union in<br />

1895 and formed the Northern Union.<br />

You can see original memorabilia never seen before, and<br />

more unusual items from the world of Rugby League<br />

including an original turnstile from Central Park.<br />

Rebels, Radicals, Reform: The Fight for Better is the second<br />

temporary exhibition and brings to life the many causes<br />

the people of <strong>Wigan</strong> Borough have campaigned and<br />

fought for over the past 600 years, from the Jacobites,<br />

Diggers and Peterloo, to the miners strike of the 1980’s.<br />

Entry to the museum, which is based on Library Street,<br />

is free of charge and the opening hours are Tuesday to<br />

Saturday 10am-4pm.<br />

Fayre Returns<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> and Leigh Hospice’s annual festive fayre is back for<br />

<strong>2021</strong>. The fayre will be held in the grounds of the hospice<br />

on Kildare Street in Hindley, this Saturday 4th <strong>December</strong>.<br />

In addition to the 30-ft tall Light for a <strong>Life</strong> tree, you’ll be<br />

able to see the 5000 Lights project featuring 60 Christmas<br />

trees in the hospice grounds. Each tree is available to<br />

sponsor, and either features a plaque dedicated to<br />

someone special or is sponsored by a local business.<br />

Admission is free and the fayre runs from 12noon to 6pm.<br />

For more information, please contact the fundraising<br />

team on 01942 525566 or email: fundraising@wlh.org.uk.<br />

Libraries Back<br />

Standish and Shevington Libraries have now fully reopened<br />

– albeit with changed opening hours – after<br />

library staff were temporarily relocated to help with the<br />

pressures on <strong>Wigan</strong> Council during the pandemic. Both<br />

libraries now open from 10am to 2pm Monday, Tuesday<br />

and Wednesday and from 1pm-5pm on Thursday and<br />

Friday.<br />

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powerboats out for a ride!<br />

You will be able to paddle out in rafted canoes to find<br />

where Santa is on the flash. When you return to shore,<br />

you can warm up around the campfire and you can bring<br />

your own hot chocolate and toast marshmallows. There<br />

will also be a chance to paint some festive pottery , which<br />

has been provided by Haigh Stables Gallery.<br />

The rafted canoes are suitable for families and can seat<br />

between 4 and 8 people, however there must be 2 adults<br />

to paddle the rafted canoes and katakanus, and four<br />

adults if booking the bellboats.<br />

This activity is suitable for ages 3 and upwards and tickets<br />

start at £13.52 and can be booked at www.eventbrite.<br />

co.uk. If you need any more information, please email<br />

outdooradventure@bewellwigan.org<br />

Art School<br />

A brand-new Art School for children and adults has<br />

opened in Standish offering a schedule of regular classes,<br />

as well as Art parties and festive crafts.<br />

Mino Art school will be offering Saturday Art club for<br />

children aged 6+ at their studio on Oak Avenue in<br />

Standish from 9am.<br />

The hour-long sessions are fun, creative and a great way<br />

to pass a Saturday morning with watercolours, dyes,<br />

mixed media, textiles and acrylics.<br />

Delivered by a qualified, registered and experienced<br />

Art and Design teacher, the cost is £7.80 per child and<br />

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

information or to book your child’s place, please go to<br />

www.bookwhen.com/minoartschool<br />

Choral Christmas<br />

Open your ears to the Christmassy sounds of the <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Choral Society at their festive concert, which takes place<br />

this Saturday (4th <strong>December</strong>) at St Michael’s Church in<br />

Swinley.<br />

The concert starts at 7.30pm and will feature Verdi,<br />

Faure, selections from ‘Elijah’ and ‘Messiah’, and carols<br />

too. Tickets are priced at £10 (£8 for concessions) and are<br />

available on the door.<br />

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Rotary Santa on Way<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Rotary Club have announced that Santa will be out<br />

and about on the Club’s Santa Float in <strong>December</strong> visiting<br />

selected housing estates in <strong>Wigan</strong>. He will also be paying<br />

a few visits to the Tesco Extra in <strong>Wigan</strong> and appearing<br />

online via Zoom from Santa’s HQ in the North Pole.<br />

Full details of the routes that the Santa Float will cover<br />

are now on the club’s website (www.wiganrotary.co.uk)<br />

and their Facebook page but will mainly cover the larger<br />

housing estates in Standish, Shevington, Appley Bridge,<br />

Swinley and Whitley.<br />

Following last year’s successful launch of the Santa zoom<br />

sessions, you will again be able to Zoom with Santa this<br />

Christmas.<br />

Full details of the zoom sessions are now available on the<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Rotary Club’s website (www.wiganrotary.co.uk),<br />

and you’ll be able to book your slot there too.<br />

All the profit from these events will be used to provide<br />

support for local community and voluntary groups,<br />

and to aid organisations involved in humanitarian work<br />

overseas.<br />

Lonely this Christmas?<br />

Book Cycle’s Christmas Fayre takes place this year on<br />

Saturday 11th <strong>December</strong> from 12-4pm at their Beech Hill<br />

branch in Buckley Street West.<br />

Santa will be on site at the fayre, meeting children in<br />

his grotto, and live music will be provided by John<br />

Paul Melling, who will be crooning his way through a<br />

repertoire of Elvis songs. Customers at the fayre can<br />

also browse through gift stalls, try Christmas treats and<br />

indulge in a glass or two of mulled wine.<br />

Coffee Morning<br />

A Christmas Coffee Morning will take place at St Wilfrid’s<br />

Parish Hall on Church Street in Standish this Saturday<br />

(4th <strong>December</strong>) from 10am-2pm. You can enjoy a bacon<br />

barm for breakfast, pick up Christmas cards and presents,<br />

stock up on homemade cakes and pies and catch up with<br />

friends and neighbours.<br />

For those with plenty of time to spare, there’s a good<br />

selection of jigsaws and DVD’s on offer, and you can also<br />

try your luck at the tombola and raffle. Admission is free<br />

and all are welcome.


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Outdoor Therapy<br />

Hospice patients, along with family and friends, who have<br />

counselling, bereavement support and complementary<br />

therapy are all being offered sessions outdoors in the<br />

gardens of <strong>Wigan</strong> and Leigh Hospice at Kildare Street in<br />

Hindley.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> and Leigh Hospice’s wellbeing teams are offering<br />

the sessions as a response to Covid-19 and the advice<br />

to meet outdoors wherever possible, but also because<br />

of the unique benefits nature itself can offer in therapy<br />

sessions.<br />

Hospice Counsellor Lindsey Caplan said, “Someone I<br />

know told me she had started doing therapy outdoors<br />

as research has proven that connecting to nature can be<br />

very calming and therapeutic. Over the past 18 months<br />

or so all our sessions have been by telephone or video<br />

call and that will continue for now for most clients.<br />

However, some clients said they would prefer to do faceto-face<br />

sessions, so when I heard about outdoor therapy,<br />

I wanted to give it a try.”<br />

Lindsey continued, “Complementary therapy can be<br />

either done outdoors - such as a shoulder or a hand<br />

massage - or in a complementary therapy room next to<br />

a window. From one of our rooms, you can see our pond,<br />

trees, reeds swaying gently in the breeze, and it means<br />

your whole body just slows down.<br />

“That connection to nature helps with mindfulness –<br />

which is to be fully aware of where we are and what we<br />

are doing. When we’re walking, we can focus on what we<br />

can hear, smell, touch and this helps to ground us and to<br />

focus on ourselves.”<br />

Ann Darcy, a client of Lindsey’s who is taking outdoor<br />

therapy sessions, said: “My experience of outdoor<br />

therapy was literally a breath of fresh air; a chink of light<br />

after all these dark, lonely, isolated grief filled days. To<br />

connect with nature with a caring, listening ear was just<br />

wonderful and I’m so grateful and I’m grateful to have<br />

another session.”<br />

For more information about <strong>Wigan</strong> and Leigh Hospice<br />

and how to access the Hospice’s services, please contact<br />

the team on 01942 525566 or visit their website at www.<br />

wlh.org.uk.


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Free after Three<br />

The importance of supporting the local economy has<br />

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to help residents in their efforts to support local traders,<br />

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parking scheme at most council car parking facilities over<br />

the festive season.<br />

Free parking at weekends is already in place, and now<br />

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The ‘Free after 3’ scheme will continue until Friday 7th<br />

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Season of Giving<br />

By Nicola Gray<br />

Christmas has always been the season of giving. Amidst the<br />

hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping though, it’s easy to<br />

overlook the fact that there are many people who don’t have<br />

the resources to ‘do’ Christmas. With food banks expecting<br />

their busiest Christmas to date, the festive season is a perfect<br />

time to donate to help those people who are struggling to<br />

provide a happy Christmas for their families. This month,<br />

<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> spotlights the charitable efforts of two local<br />

organisations – The Brick and Skelmersdale Foodbank – to<br />

provide for those in need, and highlights a few initiatives<br />

they run that can help you give something back to others.<br />

The Brick Works<br />

The Brick, 10 Arcade Street,<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1LU<br />

01942 236 953<br />

enquiries@thebrick.org.uk<br />

www.thebrick.org.uk<br />

The Brick Project offers a huge range of services to people<br />

who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis. This<br />

includes crisis intervention, asset coaching and <strong>Wigan</strong>’s<br />

largest Foodbank. As its name suggests, it provides a safe,<br />

solid building block for people in crisis<br />

to begin rebuilding their lives. The<br />

group also runs a charity shop and offers<br />

training to those who are unemployed.<br />

As well as running the foodbank they<br />

are running numerous initiatives to<br />

make it even easier to give back – look<br />

at just a few of them!<br />

Wrap Up <strong>Wigan</strong> Campaign<br />

The Brick are inviting people to donate<br />

coats and warm clothing to ensure<br />

everyone stays warm this winter. All<br />

donations will be given to people in<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> and Leigh who may struggle to<br />

keep warm during the winter months.<br />

As well as winter coats, they would<br />

appreciate donations of hats, scarves,<br />

socks, men’s and ladies winter shoes<br />

and toiletries.<br />

Donation Points:<br />

• <strong>Wigan</strong> Shop, 160 Gidlow Lane, <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

WN6 7EA Monday to Friday 9.30 –<br />

4.30pm, Saturday 10am-3pm<br />

• The Brick Works, 4 Hodson St, <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

WN3 4EN Monday to Friday 9.30 –<br />

4.30pm<br />

• Leigh Shop, 13 Railway Road, Leigh<br />

WN7 4AA Monday to Saturday 9.30 –<br />

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This Christmas is likely to be a very different kind of<br />

Christmas for everybody. And sadly, for many in <strong>Wigan</strong> and<br />

Leigh, instead of it being a special time to look forward to,<br />

it will be just another cause for anxiety and stress.<br />

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beginning they need, and your donation might be the<br />

first step to help change someone’s life.<br />

Donate by going online to www.justgiving.com/campaign/<br />

Wishfor<strong>Wigan</strong><strong>2021</strong> or text BRICK followed by your donation<br />

amount to 70480 stress.<br />

Food Bank & Christmas Hamper<br />

Donations<br />

This Christmas families and individuals in the local<br />

community need help. You can donate Christmas food<br />

items, children’s toys and gifts for adults to the Brick’s<br />

hamper appeal. The last day for donations is Friday,<br />

<strong>December</strong> 10th.<br />

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:<br />

• Asda Robin Park<br />

• Sainsbury’s Marus Bridge<br />

• Tesco <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

• Tesco Hindley<br />

• Lidl <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

• Lidl Standish<br />

• Co-op Shevington<br />

• Co-op Upholland<br />

• Standish Health Centre<br />

• Go Outdoors <strong>Wigan</strong> – clothing & sleeping bags only<br />

If you would like more information about how to donate or<br />

need help, access to winter clothing or food, please email<br />

enquiries@thebrick.org.uk or call 01942 236 953.<br />

5K Santa Dash<br />

Join the Brick team for<br />

the festive 5K Santa<br />

Dash at Pennington<br />

Flash on Sunday, <strong>December</strong> 12th at 1pm. Walk, jog or run<br />

the 5K route dressed as Santa and raise money for The<br />

Brick. Its £5 to enter, which includes a mince pie and drink<br />

for everyone taking part. Any money raised goes directly<br />

to The Brick, so, bring your family, put your Santa outfits on<br />

and help spread some festive cheer this Christmas.<br />

You can raise donations by giving sponsors the details for<br />

the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/campaign/<br />

Santa-Elf-Dash-forTheBrick or you can set up your own.<br />

For more information about these events please contact<br />

Jane Webb, by emailing jane.webb@thebrick.org.uk or call<br />

01942 236 953.<br />

Skelmersdale Foodbank<br />

The Ecumenical Centre, Northway,<br />

Skelmersdale, WN8 6LU<br />

07989 052832<br />

info@skelmersdale.foodbank.org.uk<br />

www.skelmersdale.foodbank.org.uk<br />

The Skelmersdale Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust<br />

Network and opened in 2013. Founded by local churches<br />

and community groups, volunteers work together<br />

towards stopping hunger in the local area. The project,<br />

like many others, relies on voluntary donations, goodwill<br />

and support to fund their vital work.<br />

Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The<br />

Trussell Trust network is donated by the public and are<br />

vital to providing everyone referred to them a balanced<br />

and nutritious three-day supply of food.<br />

Food items can be dropped off at Tesco <strong>Wigan</strong> Extra,<br />

Central Park Way or the Ecumenical Centre in Skelmersdale<br />

on a Monday or Thursday 9am-1pm. Items that are in<br />

short supply include:<br />

• Long life milk<br />

• Powdered mash / tinned potatoes<br />

• Tinned fruit<br />

• Tinned carrots<br />

• Small bags of sugar<br />

• Coffee<br />

• Rice pudding / custard<br />

• Sponge puddings<br />

• Toiletries<br />

Their distribution centres are currently operating a closeddoor<br />

collection service. You will need a valid voucher code,<br />

obtained from one of their referral agencies. When you<br />

contact a referral agency, they will take some basic details<br />

from you to complete the voucher.<br />

This will help them to identify the cause of your crisis and<br />

offer practical guidance. It also means they can prepare<br />

suitable emergency food for the right number of people.<br />

• West Lancashire Borough Council - 01695 577177<br />

• West Lancashire Citizens Advice - 03442 451294


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Curtains Up<br />

The stage is set for a bumper new season at <strong>Wigan</strong> Little<br />

Theatre.<br />

<strong>2021</strong> marked <strong>Wigan</strong> Little Theatre’s 75th anniversary at<br />

their Crompton Street home, and the COVID-19 recess<br />

forced the theatre to close its doors for most of the year,<br />

but theatregoers are set to return for the Dick Whittington<br />

pantomime, which runs until 18th <strong>December</strong>.<br />

A full programme has been announced for 2022, starting<br />

with the John Godber comedy, Teechers, which runs<br />

from 26th January to 5th February. This is followed by<br />

the Agatha Christie drama, Towards Zero, which runs<br />

from 9th March to 19th March.<br />

You can book tickets for <strong>Wigan</strong> Little Theatre at www.<br />

wiganlittletheatre.co.uk or you can call the Box Office<br />

on 01942 242561 between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm Friday,<br />

Monday and Tuesday before and during each production.<br />

Christmas Markets<br />

Nothing says Christmas spirit like getting wrapped<br />

up warm, enjoying a mulled wine and browsing a few<br />

festive stalls. Well, the Crown at Worthington have got<br />

you sorted; make your way down to the pub on Platt<br />

Lane for two days of Christmas markets.<br />

The markets will be running on Saturday 18th and<br />

Sunday 19th <strong>December</strong> between 10am-3pm; there will<br />

be a range of stalls on both days so turn up and enjoy!<br />

For more information, please call The Crown on 01257<br />

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On the Trail<br />

The Appley Bridge running group is on the lookout for<br />

new members for their social Sunday get-togethers.<br />

The group meet every Sunday at 9.30am at the Gasket<br />

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22<br />

Fighting Colds and Flu:<br />

Myths & Magic Cures<br />

Colds can make life miserable and flu can make us quite ill.<br />

But which cold and flu facts are true, and are there really any cures?<br />

If you have a high temperature, then<br />

it’s the flu – not a cold.<br />

MYTH. Colds can sometimes cause a high temperature,<br />

although it tends to be short-lived and mild (not above<br />

38oC). However, if you’re suffering from sweats and chills,<br />

it’s probably flu.<br />

It’s pointless to avoid someone with a cold or flu. You’re<br />

bound to get it anyway.<br />

MYTH. Flu and colds are highly contagious, spread by<br />

both airborne and direct contact methods, but they’re<br />

avoidable. Avoid sufferers if you can, but if you can’t, you<br />

can still stay germ-free if you both practise good hygiene.<br />

This means:<br />

• Clean high-contact surfaces regularly (e.g. phones,<br />

door handles, touch screens).<br />

• Clean hands regularly and thoroughly, especially after<br />

touching the nose or mouth<br />

• Don’t share cutlery, cups or towels.<br />

• Ensure the contagious person has tissues close by to<br />

catch coughs and sneezes, and bin them immediately.<br />

They should use the ’vampire’ cough (into the inside of<br />

their elbow) if they’re caught tissue-less.<br />

The flu vaccine doesn’t always prevent<br />

flu, so it’s not worth having.<br />

TRUTH and MYTH. It’s true that you may still get the<br />

flu. Flu vaccines are produced in advance, so experts<br />

must try to predict the three or four flu strains that will<br />

be prevalent next winter. This means you may catch an<br />

unexpected or rarer flu strain you’re not protected from.<br />

However, the vaccine is still worth having, as it will protect<br />

you from most strains you’ll encounter. It’s particularly<br />

recommended if you’re vulnerable or have low immunity,<br />

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

medical condition.<br />

Getting very wet and/or cold can give<br />

you a cold or the flu.<br />

MYTH. Since both colds and the flu are caused by viruses,<br />

it’s pretty obvious that cold or wet conditions can’t give<br />

you either. But what cold and wet can do is put your<br />

body under stress, making it more vulnerable to germs<br />

it encounters.<br />

The flu vaccine gives you flu<br />

MYTH. Inactive viruses are used in the vaccine. But<br />

you may have a temperature and ache for a short time<br />

afterwards.<br />

If you’ve had a cold or flu for a<br />

while, you should ask the doctor for<br />

antibiotics<br />

MYTH. Your doctor may give in and prescribe them,<br />

although they know antibiotics won’t work; antibiotics<br />

don’t kill viruses. Patients sometimes take antibiotics for<br />

a week and declare smugly that they’re cured, when in<br />

reality, that extra week was all their body needed to finally<br />

fight off their virus. Antibiotics are only of use if you get a<br />

secondary bacterial infection.


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Magic Cures<br />

Prevention is the best cure. Cold and flu viruses are<br />

highly contagious and most of us touch hundreds of<br />

communal surfaces every day, so practice good hygiene<br />

and keep your hands squeaky clean – research shows this<br />

can work. Research also shows that stress and poor sleep<br />

can make us more prone to colds, so take positive action<br />

to reduce your stress and ensure you’re getting enough<br />

good-quality sleep.<br />

Boosting your immune system may help you resist colds<br />

and flu or fight them off more quickly. There is evidence<br />

that taking zinc regularly can reduce the number of colds<br />

children get each year, and although there is less reliable<br />

research on adults, it’s reasonable to assume it can work<br />

for them too. Regular intake of probiotics and garlic may<br />

also have some preventative effect, but the research<br />

so far isn’t reliable enough to confirm it. Vitamin C and<br />

echinacea have now been researched extensively and the<br />

consensus is that they don’t provide cold or flu prevention<br />

– and any lessening or shortening of symptoms is mild to<br />

non-existent. However, Vitamin C may be of negligible<br />

benefit to people already under physical stress (e.g.<br />

marathon runners).<br />

Decongestants and antihistamines: apologies to your<br />

wallet, but when used separately, research indicates<br />

these medications have very little or no effect. However,<br />

when used together, particularly with painkillers too,<br />

there seems to be a slight improvement in symptoms.<br />

Ipratropium bromide (Rinatec) nasal spray does seem<br />

to help alleviate symptoms, particularly a runny nose.<br />

Over-the counter cough suppressants: the jury is out,<br />

as much of the research is poor quality. But it seems that<br />

any benefits are negligible.<br />

Vapour rubs do seem to help a little in alleviating night<br />

time cough and improving sleep, but a review of clinic<br />

studies showed that over a quarter of users reported<br />

burning or itching at the application area.<br />

NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, e.g.<br />

ibuprofen) can reduce fever and help with aches and<br />

pains.<br />

If you have a cold or flu, stay hydrated, alleviate the<br />

symptoms and take heart; researchers are working to<br />

modify naturally-occurring peptides with properties<br />

that can combat cold viruses. A cold cure may be on the<br />

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Christmas<br />

Literature<br />

QUIZ<br />

1. In which fictional land is it always snowing, but<br />

never Christmas?<br />

2. According to the famous nursery rhyme, when<br />

Little Jack Horner put his thumb into a Christmas<br />

pie, what did he pull out?<br />

3. The first ever Royal Christmas Message was<br />

delivered by King George V, but which famous<br />

author wrote it?<br />

4. In a famous novel set around Christmas time, who<br />

lived on Mount Crumpit with his pet dog Max?<br />

5. Who wrote the 1997 novel The Hogfather, where<br />

the Santa Claus-like title character would grant<br />

children’s wishes and bring them presents on<br />

<strong>December</strong> 32nd?<br />

6. Who wrote and illustrated the 1984 children’s<br />

book Mr Christmas?<br />

7. Although originally published anonymously<br />

in 1823, Clement Clarke Moore is generally<br />

thought to have written the poem called A Visit<br />

From Saint Nicholas. Also used as an alternative<br />

title for this poem, what are its first five words?<br />

8. Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter, who wrote the<br />

2012 book The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas,<br />

are best known as members of which pop band?<br />

9. Which famous author recalled his Christmas<br />

memories as a child in Swansea in the 1954 book<br />

A Child’s Christmas In Wales?<br />

10. “God bless us, every one”, the final line of Charles<br />

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is said by which<br />

character?<br />

Quiz solutions can be found on page 71 of this magazine<br />

Having a Ball<br />

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with walking football sessions taking place every week.<br />

Age UK and Be Well <strong>Wigan</strong> have joined to offer the slowpaced<br />

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helping over 50s to keep fit and healthy.<br />

Organiser Steven Edwards, of Age UK <strong>Wigan</strong> Borough,<br />

said: “Walking football is a great way to get out and meet<br />

new people, have fun and keep fit and healthy. It follows<br />

the traditional rules of football but without any contact<br />

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“We play on a smaller pitch with smaller goals that are<br />

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The undisputed kings of musical comedy, The Lancashire<br />

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The lads will be raising the roof at The Monaco on<br />

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Christmas Market<br />

Up Holland Community Hub, the Village Club and The<br />

White Lion are hosting the Upholland Christmas market,<br />

which will take place on Church Street this Saturday,<br />

<strong>December</strong> 4 from 1pm-6.30pm. Entertainments include<br />

story time with Santa, a carol service, Santa’s grotto and a<br />

Christmas tree light switch on.<br />

There will be more than 30 stalls offering craft supplies,<br />

gifts, food and drink, so why not pop down and show<br />

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James Norbury<br />

Fans of The Boy, The Mole, The Fox<br />

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Freckles<br />

Cecilia Ahern<br />

Allegra has made a life for herself in<br />

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with a sideline as an artist’s model.<br />

She enjoys the routine and the rules,<br />

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The Exiles<br />

Christina Baker Kline<br />

Buying for a fan of historical fiction?<br />

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when pregnant Evangeline is<br />

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Village Roots<br />

By Nicola Gray<br />

History is who we are and why we<br />

are that way; it has been said that<br />

a people without the knowledge<br />

of their history, origin and culture<br />

is like a tree without roots. Proud<br />

Standisher and historian, Stan<br />

Aspinall has one hell of a set of<br />

roots, and they have been firmly<br />

planted in the village since the<br />

day he was born.<br />

Stan is considered an authority<br />

on all things Standish and his<br />

efforts haven’t gone unnoticed!<br />

He was recently awarded an<br />

outstanding contribution to local<br />

history award from The British<br />

Association for <strong>Local</strong> History,<br />

who honour just six people every year for their significant<br />

voluntary contributions.<br />

I recently sat down with Stan, off the back of his latest<br />

recognition, to dig a bit deeper and find out what makes<br />

him tick.<br />

Stan was born in the post-war baby boomer era of 1947<br />

and came into the world in a house on Church Street. Stan<br />

adds, “I grew up in number 43, it was a comfortable place<br />

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

house where a double murder involving an axe had been<br />

committed.<br />

“The culprit was never brought to trial and I’m still<br />

wondering what happened to him. My bedroom was<br />

where one of the murders took place and so it’s perhaps<br />

best I didn’t know about all of that until much later.”<br />

Stan first went to nursery on Rectory Lane, and he still has<br />

photographs from his time there. He continues, “Next, I<br />

moved up to the infant’s school just further along Rectory<br />

Lane and then, around eight years old, I moved on to the<br />

boys’ school in Green Lane. It was a scholarship factory,<br />

and I wasn’t selected to be in the class preparing for the<br />

eleven plus.<br />

“My mum came to the school to<br />

argue my case and got a positive<br />

result. I was moved into that<br />

special class and passed the exam.<br />

I opted to go to Chorley Grammar<br />

School and my life-long friends<br />

all went to the newly opened<br />

Shevington High School.”<br />

Stan attended Chorley Grammar<br />

School between 1958-65. “I did<br />

‘A’ level history and was awarded<br />

an ‘A’ grade, but Geography was<br />

always my first interest, and I<br />

gained a 2.1 degree in Geography<br />

at Birmingham University.”<br />

Stan tells me that all he ever<br />

wanted to do was become a<br />

teacher, he continues, “It is hard to describe how proud<br />

I felt when I got my first teaching job, despite an annual<br />

salary of £440 per year. I was appointed as assistant<br />

teacher of Geography at Ashton in Makerfield Grammar<br />

School in September 1969.”<br />

Returning closer to home, he accepted the position as<br />

head of Humanities at Shevington High School and his<br />

foray into local history started when he developed an<br />

integrated course for year 7 pupils. Stan adds, “It included<br />

an exploration of our local history and pupils were asked<br />

to follow the ‘Trail of the Owls’; the ancient crest of the<br />

Standish family that is present in so many unexpected<br />

places around Standish, including on the old water tower<br />

at Prospect House, the Boar’s Head pub and St Wilfrid’s<br />

Church on the top of the church spire.”<br />

Stan was later appointed as Deputy Head at the newly<br />

opened Standish High School, he has many anecdotes<br />

from his time there but one that stands out in his memory<br />

centres around his then new boss. “I remember we were<br />

both new to our roles in 1978, Martin Butler was the new<br />

Head and I was the new deputy.<br />

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


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Stan has written several books about Standish as well<br />

as regularly contributing articles on Standish Voice and<br />

local Facebook groups. Even though Stan left the village<br />

in 1984 for Broughton-in-Furness in Cumbria, his ties<br />

to the local community and obvious affection for the<br />

village haven’t abated over the years. Stan told me, “I<br />

left Standish many years ago and my memories are of a<br />

long time ago; I remember Green Lane when it really was<br />

green, and I fondly remember the old Rugby Union club<br />

before it became a housing estate.”<br />

He continues, “Some of my proudest moments are<br />

wrapped up in the village. During my time at Standish<br />

High, I was appointed chair of the Duke of Edinburgh<br />

Association in <strong>Wigan</strong> and getting more pupils through the<br />

Stan with his first class at Ashton<br />

in Makerfield Grammar School<br />

his office, and he was there with<br />

a crowbar trying to open the<br />

examination store cupboard. I<br />

asked was there a problem and<br />

he explained the exams were<br />

starting in 15 minutes, but he<br />

couldn’t find the key! We got it<br />

open enough to get the exam<br />

papers out.”<br />

Stan really started to take a<br />

vested interest in the local<br />

history of his home village and<br />

the opportunity for greater<br />

research came from his job as<br />

deputy. Stan added, “We were<br />

contracted to offer an evening<br />

class for adults in lieu of a half<br />

day off. I offered a local history<br />

class and in my research at the<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> archives for that class, I<br />

discovered the Standish Papers!<br />

They were the genesis for two of<br />

my books.”


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scheme than any other school in <strong>Wigan</strong> Metro was special.<br />

“During that time, I had two meetings with the Duke and<br />

both were very memorable to say the least. At Chester<br />

Racecourse, I was escorting him around and he went in<br />

the wrong direction, which meant he would miss scores<br />

of anxious youngsters eager to meet him. I had to stop<br />

him and redirect him, respectfully of course!”<br />

Stan took retirement in 2012 and has been enjoying<br />

Cumbrian life with wife Kath, his three children and three<br />

grandchildren. He added, “One of my great joys is to go<br />

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

good to share local history with others and before Covid<br />

I was giving talks most months and that seems to be<br />

starting once again.”<br />

Stan has also taken his love of local history with him to<br />

Broughton-in-Furness and has also produced four books<br />

about the area. Some of his work has featured research<br />

covering topics such as the First World War, listed<br />

buildings and local scandals.<br />

Stan added, “My recent award from the National<br />

Association for <strong>Local</strong> History was special as well, the<br />

acknowledgement came for helping to make history<br />

come alive for the people of the Duddon Valley.<br />

“I’d done research into the place where I now live, and<br />

people had given me photos and other information. But<br />

it was lockdown that really set things moving, from the<br />

first day of lockdown I began to post on our local website.<br />

Each day for the next 58 days I posted stories and photos<br />

of the past. People added comments and the stories I’d<br />

written became very detailed; one post attracted more<br />

than 200 replies.<br />

Stan decided to put all his hard work to good use and<br />

wrote everything up into a hard copy. He stood in the<br />

local square selling copies himself. He added, “I managed<br />

to sell 400 copies, raising £2,350 for local and national<br />

charities.”<br />

Stan’s enthusiasm for local history in both Standish and<br />

Broughton will help future generations to know about<br />

their roots and their history, but what is he planning<br />

next? Stan contemplates, “I’m content now to explore<br />

my own country, I’d love to explore the Outlander sites<br />

in Scotland, revisit the Culloden Moor heritage site and<br />

go back once more to Orkney and see what comes of it.“<br />

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Should you Buy in 2022?<br />

What will the New Year bring<br />

for potential first-time buyers?<br />

Always a vital part of the housing<br />

market, that importance of firsttime<br />

buyers has increased now<br />

that the stamp duty holiday is<br />

over, which has removed the<br />

incentive of a tax saving for<br />

other types of buyers.<br />

So will 2022 be a good time to<br />

take your first dive into <strong>Wigan</strong>’s<br />

housing market pool or will you be sat on the side lines,<br />

fidgeting indecisively with your arm bands? Here’s five<br />

reasons why I think first-time buyers should consider<br />

taking the plunge in 2022.<br />

No Stamp Duty<br />

Most first-time buyers are still exempt from paying any<br />

stamp duty on their first purchase, due to the permanent<br />

stamp duty holiday that’s been in place since November<br />

2017. This means that First Time Buyers can purchase<br />

property of up to £300,000 without paying any stamp<br />

duty.<br />

House Prices (and Sales) Increase<br />

Property prices are predicted to rise by 3.2% during<br />

2022, and there is now no sign in the forecasts of prices<br />

falling. Despite rising inflation and likely interest rate rises<br />

in 2022, the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget<br />

Responsibility predict price growth will continue, albeit<br />

at a more sustainable level, through to 2026.<br />

More people are buying houses too. Sales volumes to<br />

date in <strong>2021</strong> are 16% above the 5-year average (Zoopla)<br />

and sales volumes may well eclipse 2007 by the year end.<br />

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

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

to 2019/2020).<br />

Inexpensive <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

After Rochdale, <strong>Wigan</strong> is the<br />

second cheapest place to buy<br />

your first home in Greater<br />

Manchester. With good<br />

transport links with Manchester,<br />

Liverpool, Warrington and the<br />

wider area, an excellent range<br />

of state schools, and with easy<br />

access to open countryside,<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> is increasingly becoming<br />

a desirable option for first time buyers.<br />

The <strong>Wigan</strong> housing market is up 10.2pc since 2020, and the<br />

average house price in the borough is currently £145,560.<br />

Better Mortgage Rates<br />

During the height of the pandemic, low deposit<br />

mortgages become more difficult to come by as lenders<br />

prioritised the security of a large deposit. Since the easing<br />

of restrictions though, rates that would have seemed<br />

laughable just months ago are now available.<br />

According to Which?, it’s possible to secure a 90%<br />

mortgage with a rate of less than 2%, or a 95% mortgage<br />

at below 3%.has seen low deposit mortgages return with<br />

a bang. Mortgage rates for First Time Buyers are tumbling,<br />

with lenders battling for business from borrowers with<br />

small deposits.<br />

More Incentives<br />

Eager to turn Generation Rent into Generation Buy, the<br />

government has a number of schemes that are suitable for<br />

first time buyers. The Help to Buy scheme offers an equity<br />

loan for those who want to buy a new build property,<br />

the First Homes scheme offers discounted homes for key<br />

workers, and the Shared Ownership scheme helps those<br />

who can’t afford to buy 100% of a home. You can find<br />

out more details on these schemes and others at www.<br />

ownyourhome.gov.uk<br />

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

worked within the <strong>Wigan</strong> property market for over 40 years.<br />

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It’s time to wrap up warm and head off to a Christmas<br />

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visit to the Christmas Markets, partaking in a glass or two of<br />

Glühwein or mulled wine, whilst attempting to decimate<br />

your present list with a bit of Christmas shopping.<br />

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The original and biggest Christmas market in the<br />

country, Manchester Christmas Markets is the place<br />

to go. Arriving in the city in 1999, the market has<br />

grown every year since, now attracting more than<br />

nine million visitors each year to the heart of the<br />

buzzing city centre.<br />

Its 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets<br />

offer a dazzling array of hand-crafted Yuletide gifts<br />

along with a mouth-watering range of international<br />

food and drinks. Follow the market trail as it winds<br />

through the city centre, with stall holders tempting<br />

you with gifts, crafts, jewellery, toys and much more.<br />

And don’t forget the food! Manchester’s Christmas<br />

Markets are known for traditional bratwurst, but<br />

visitors can also try Hungarian goulash, Spanish<br />

paella or a good old-fashioned hog roast.<br />

The Manchester Christmas Markets run until<br />

Wednesday 22nd <strong>December</strong>.<br />

Details on these events were correct at the time of going to press – these events are<br />

subject to change or cancellation, should Covid restrictions come back into effect.<br />

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YORK<br />

The hugely popular St Nicholas Fair returns to York<br />

this year. The charming alpine chalets will once<br />

again line the streets, with local businesses selling<br />

everything from handmade gifts to delicious treats.<br />

Soak up the atmosphere visiting the outlets along<br />

Parliament Street and in Sampson Square , many<br />

staffed by traders in Victorian costume<br />

Many of York’s restaurants, shops and attractions<br />

will be beautifully decorated and will provide a<br />

wonderful winter experience. Don’t miss out on a<br />

visit to Shambles with its cobbled streets for a full<br />

festive atmosphere.<br />

CHESTER<br />

Chester’s Christmas Market, situated outside the<br />

handsome Town Hall in the heart of the city centre, has<br />

a range of over 70 stalls selling Christmas gifts, arts and<br />

crafts goodies, fudge, local spirits, and stocking fillers.<br />

Chester’s food and drink scene really comes alive at this<br />

magical time of the year and the market is no exception<br />

with a small selection of stands selling food ranging from<br />

hot dogs to hog roasts.<br />

The Chester Christmas Market runs until Wednesday 22nd<br />

<strong>December</strong>.<br />

SKIPTON<br />

For a small market town in North Yorkshire, Skipton<br />

punches well above its weight when it comes to their<br />

eight day Christmas Market.<br />

The stalls will be packed full of hand-made gifts including<br />

Christmas decorations, wooden furniture for the home<br />

and beauty products like bath bombs and hand-made<br />

soap. There will also be plenty of food and drink products<br />

from local artisans including baked goods, Belgian<br />

chocolate, craft beer and chilli sauces.<br />

The market stalls can be found throughout the town<br />

centre and live entertainment helps to spread the<br />

Christmas cheer. At 4pm each day, the market closes and<br />

there is a procession up the high street to the church<br />

grounds where a traditional carol is sung to mark the end<br />

of a magical day at a Christmas market.<br />

The Skipton Christmas Market runs from Sunday 5th<br />

<strong>December</strong> to Sunday 12th <strong>December</strong>.<br />

The York Christmas Market runs until Thursday 23rd<br />

<strong>December</strong>.<br />

BLACKPOOL<br />

Making its debut this year is Blackpool!<br />

The brand-new Winter Gardens Wonderland will host a<br />

Bavarian style Christmas Market within and outside the<br />

magnificent Grade II Listed Winter Gardens, linking the<br />

town centre to the Festival Village.<br />

The Festival Village will feature an Ice Rink, a Magical<br />

Forest, Festive Light projections and more, whilst the<br />

world-famous Illuminations have extended their season<br />

and will stay switched on right through to the New Year.<br />

Blackpool Christmas Market runs from Thursday 9th<br />

<strong>December</strong> to Monday 3rd January.<br />

BIRMINGHAM<br />

Birmingham’s popular Frankfurt Christmas Market returns to<br />

New Street and Victoria Square to bring some festive cheer<br />

back to the city centre, with stalls selling a tempting array<br />

of food and drink, traditional toys, ornaments and gifts.<br />

In nearby Centenary Square, the big wheel and ice rink<br />

will return and run until 9th January, between 10am and<br />

10pm. To book tickets to these attractions visit www.<br />

iceskatebirmingham.co.uk.<br />

Don’t miss a chance to visit Chris Moose, Birmingham’s<br />

singing Christmas moose, at the Christmas market who<br />

has become a festive attraction in his own right and a<br />

Twitter sensation @thechrismoose.<br />

The Birmingham Christmas Market runs until Thursday<br />

23rd <strong>December</strong>.


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

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Classes are suitable for all levels of fitness, including<br />

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Whether you eat turkey and all the trimmings at 2pm<br />

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Carefully setting and dressing the dining table for a<br />

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If your dining table is not up to scratch, use a tablecloth<br />

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1 egg, beaten<br />

1 small apple peeled and grated<br />

1 tsp smoked paprika<br />

Salt and pepper<br />

Olive oil (to cook)<br />

Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw<br />

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½ red onion<br />

1 carrot, peeled<br />

50g Greek yoghurt<br />

30g mayonnaise<br />

1 tsp Dijon mustard<br />

1 tbsp lemon juice<br />

Salt and pepper<br />

¼ tsp ground cumin<br />

Handful of chives, chopped<br />

Handful of parsley, chopped<br />

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

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the oven for 20-25 mins, turning halfway through cooking, until cooked<br />

through.<br />

3. To make the coleslaw, grate the Brussels sprouts, onion and carrot in a<br />

food processor. Place in a bowl. Mix together the yoghurt, mayonnaise,<br />

mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper and cumin. Pour the yoghurt<br />

mixture over the vegetables and coat thoroughly. Stir in the herbs.<br />

4. Serve the burgers in buns with lettuce, a spoonful of cranberry sauce<br />

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that pay a guaranteed income for life are less likely to<br />

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In short, there is a good chance that individuals financial<br />

wellbeing in retirement could depend to a large extent<br />

on sources of income which are not guaranteed for life in<br />

the way that traditional pensions are.<br />

What are the key risks to your income in retirement?<br />

Building up a pot of money for retirement and making<br />

sure that money lasts them for the rest of their life are two<br />

very different challenges. The former challenge is easily<br />

Risk One<br />

Risk Two<br />

David Barton<br />

APFS Cert CII (MP)<br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

defined because you have/had<br />

a definite end date in which to<br />

save for. The latter challenge is<br />

much more difficult because<br />

people don’t know how long<br />

their retirement will last.<br />

There are several specific risks<br />

that need to be considered<br />

when deciding how to generate<br />

an income from retirement<br />

savings, as noted below.<br />

Living longer than expected<br />

Inflation: rising prices will eat into the<br />

value of savings<br />

Risk Three Will the mix of investments be the right<br />

ones?<br />

Risk Four<br />

Risk Five<br />

Withdrawal risk: taking too much, too soon<br />

Long Term Care funding<br />

How can we help?<br />

Planning for retirement when considering all the<br />

above risks can be a daunting task. The future can be<br />

very difficult to predict, and that’s why people use<br />

Independent Financial Advisers. Whilst we do not have<br />

a crystal ball, we do have many years of experience of<br />

helping clients approaching/in retirement achieve their<br />

retirement dreams.<br />

If you are moving into<br />

retirement, please do not<br />

hesitate to give us a call on<br />

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


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Puzzle Pages<br />

CROSSWORD<br />

across<br />

1. Shade of blue tinged with green (4)<br />

4. Japanese movie monster (8)<br />

8. George Lucas film of 1977 (4,4)<br />

9. Vegetable known as lady’s fingers (4)<br />

10. Spencer ___, actor who appeared in many films<br />

with Katharine Hepburn (5)<br />

11. Highly-prized edible subterranean fungus (7)<br />

13. Person who is tricked or swindled (6)<br />

down<br />

2. Arab country which achieved independence<br />

from the UK in 1971 (5)<br />

3. Fruit resembling a small peach (7)<br />

4. Largest and most southerly island in the<br />

Marianas (4)<br />

5. One who runs away from service in the armed<br />

forces (8)<br />

6. In snooker, to pocket the cue ball after hitting<br />

another (2-3)<br />

7. Siren of German legend (7)<br />

12. The food of the gods (8)<br />

14. Popular chilled beverage (4,3)<br />

16. Goat-like antelope (7)<br />

18. Throbs dully (5)<br />

20. Watery discharge from the eyes or nose (5)<br />

21. Support for sails (4)<br />

15. Greek mathematician (the ‘Father of Geometry’) who<br />

wrote The Elements (6)<br />

17. Port city in northern France (2,5)<br />

19. Military chaplain (5)<br />

22. Corrode, as with acid (4)<br />

23. Flavoured with herbs and spices (8)<br />

24. Rotating part of an engine (8)<br />

25. Oil reservoir in an engine (4)<br />

Wordwheel<br />

Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten<br />

minutes to find as many words as possible, none of<br />

which may be plurals, foreign words or proper nouns.<br />

Each word must be of three letters or more, all must<br />

contain the central letter and letters can only be used<br />

once in every word. There is at least one word that uses<br />

all of the letters in the wheel.<br />

target<br />

Excellent: 35 or more words<br />

Good: 28 words<br />

Fair: 21 words<br />

p<br />

i<br />

e A<br />

t<br />

t<br />

d<br />

u


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WORDSEARCH<br />

Family<br />

ANCESTOR<br />

AUNT<br />

BOND<br />

CHILDREN<br />

CLAN<br />

COUSINS<br />

DAD<br />

DAUGHTER<br />

FATHER<br />

GENEALOGY<br />

HALF BROTHER<br />

HUSBAND<br />

KIN<br />

MARRIAGE<br />

MUM<br />

NEPHEW<br />

NIECE<br />

PARENTS<br />

PROGENY<br />

SIBLING<br />

SISTERS<br />

SON<br />

SPOUSE<br />

TWINS<br />

UNCLE<br />

WIFE<br />

SUDOKU<br />

word LADDER<br />

Change one letter at a time (but not the position<br />

of any letter) to make a new word - and move from<br />

the word at the top of the ladder to the word at the<br />

bottom, using the exact number of rungs provided.<br />

BACK<br />

WIGGLE WORDS<br />

CLUE: discuss a<br />

matter without<br />

coming to the point.<br />

Trace a path through all<br />

the letters to find the<br />

word or phrase that fits<br />

the clue.<br />

B O E B<br />

A U H U<br />

T T T S<br />

A E B H<br />

FIRE<br />

All the puzzle solutions can be found<br />

on page 71 of this magazine


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CMA Accountancy<br />

MTD 4 ITSA<br />

By Kieran Fitzgerald MAAT<br />

No, this isn’t an inscription in a heart<br />

carved into a tree – it’s the latest project<br />

from HMRC and it could affect you. Read<br />

on for details…<br />

We’ve covered Making Tax Digital (MTD) extensively in our<br />

<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> articles. It’s been a big success story for HMRC,<br />

and following that success, HMRC are working towards<br />

the next step on their plan, MTD for Income Tax & Self-<br />

Assessment (MTD for ITSA).<br />

So, what does MTD for ITSA actually involve? Individuals<br />

who are subject to income tax on the profits of their sole<br />

trader or property business will be required to keep their<br />

accounting records electronically (either using suitable<br />

software or on a spreadsheet) and file quarterly returns<br />

to HMRC with details of their income and expenditure<br />

together with any other information that HMRC specifies.<br />

In a statement issued on 23rd September <strong>2021</strong>, the<br />

Government confirmed that MTD for ITSA will be<br />

introduced from April 2024 onwards and will affect<br />

individuals who fall within the criteria and have gross<br />

income from these sources over £10,000.<br />

MTD for ITSA is not optional if you fall within its scope<br />

– you cannot simply choose not to take part.<br />

Currently it is unclear when you will be able to apply for<br />

the scheme but keep your eyes out to avoid stress as the<br />

deadline approaches. In the meantime, get yourself set<br />

up on a cloud-based accounting software as soon as you<br />

can. This will help you avoid the admin overload when the<br />

launch date comes, iron out the kinks and get to know<br />

how the software works in plenty of time before the start<br />

of MTD for ITSA!<br />

Before migrating your bookkeeping on to the cloud,<br />

it is best to get up to date with your records and Self-<br />

Assessment Returns, and there is no time like the present!<br />

The deadline for the Self-Assessment Return for the Year<br />

Ending 5th April <strong>2021</strong> is fast approaching. You need to<br />

ensure you have submitted your return online by 31st<br />

January 2022, or if you submit by paper, by the 31st<br />

October <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Remember, a Self-Assessment Return isn’t purely for the<br />

self-employed, you may have a full-time employment<br />

elsewhere with a side hustle to earn some extra income<br />

on the side, or some rental income from a 2nd property. If<br />

you earn more than £1,000 from these sources then you<br />

fall within the criteria to submit a return, so get in touch<br />

as soon as possible if this applies to you!<br />

You may have all of this in hand but allow us to take the<br />

burden from you and complete this on your behalf. We<br />

might be able to help you claim certain tax reliefs you<br />

have not previously considered and reduce your tax bill!<br />

Our expert team of accountants are ready to help with all<br />

aspects of MTD for ITSA, your Self-Assessment Return and<br />

migrating over to a cloud-based software.<br />

Check out our website at www.cma-accountancy.com for<br />

the latest and greatest tips, and you might want to sign<br />

up to our weekly newsletters whilst you’re there!<br />

Kieran Fitzgerald – CMA Accountancy<br />

39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN6 9DR<br />

01257 255521 info@cma-accountancy.com<br />

www.cma-accountancy.com


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Panto It’s back!<br />

By Nicola Gray<br />

Last year, COVID-19 played the part of biggest panto villain ever and the<br />

Christmas pantomime season was decimated last year as a result. Booooooooo!<br />

Well, its behind you (cue laughter) and <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> have put together a guide to<br />

this year’s most exciting panto experiences in <strong>Wigan</strong> and beyond.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Little TheatrE<br />

Dick Whittington<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Little Theatre, Crompton Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 3SL<br />

01942 242561<br />

www.wiganlittletheatre.co.uk<br />

The tale of Dick Whittington features singing, dancing,<br />

comedy sketches and, as usual, there will be a crazy dame<br />

to add to the fun.<br />

• Dates: Thursday <strong>December</strong> 2 to Saturday <strong>December</strong> 18<br />

• Ticket Information: Standard tickets from £10 other<br />

tickets £12. Online bookings subject to a 7.8% fee per<br />

ticket.<br />

The Old Courts<br />

Cinderella<br />

The Old Courts, Gerrard Winstanley House,<br />

Crawford Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1NA<br />

0343 208 6015<br />

www.theoldcourts.com<br />

Get ready to cheer Buttons, the Fairy Godmother,<br />

Cinderella and Prince Charming, but do remember to boo<br />

every time you see the Ugly Sisters up to their evil ways.<br />

• Dates: Thursday <strong>December</strong> 9 to Thursday <strong>December</strong> 23.<br />

• Ticket Information: Adult tickets - £17.50 and child<br />

tickets - £13.00<br />

St Helens Theatre Royal<br />

Goldilocks & the<br />

Three Bears<br />

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street,<br />

St Helens, WA10 1LQ<br />

01744 756000<br />

www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com<br />

Goldilocks and the Three Bears come to town this<br />

Christmas with a mix of unbelievable circus tricks, madcap<br />

comedy capers and a smash-hit selection of chart hits to<br />

sing and dance along to.<br />

• Dates: Friday <strong>December</strong> 10 to Sunday January 9<br />

• Ticket Information: Tickets from £16. Online bookings<br />

subject to a 50p fee per ticket.<br />

Octagon Theatre<br />

Peter Pan<br />

Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton, BL1 1SB<br />

01204 520661<br />

www.octagonbolton.co.uk<br />

This swashbuckling rendition of Peter Pan takes you to<br />

Neverland and join Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys for an<br />

awfully big adventure.<br />

• Dates: Friday November 26 to Sunday January 9<br />

• Ticket Information: Adult tickets from £15.00 and under<br />

16s tickets from £15.00


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Albert Halls Bolton<br />

Beauty & the<br />

Beast<br />

Bolton Albert Halls Theatre, Victoria Square,<br />

Bolton, BL1 1RU<br />

0343 208 0500<br />

www.alberthalls-bolton.co.uk<br />

The Albert Halls spellbinding festive family pantomime<br />

this year is Beauty and the Beast, featuring spectacular<br />

scenery, glittering costumes, amazing special effects and<br />

plenty of audience participation!<br />

• Dates: Saturday November 27 to Friday <strong>December</strong> 31<br />

Manchester Opera House<br />

Aladdin<br />

3 Quay St, Manchester, M3 3HP<br />

0161 828 1700<br />

www.atgtickets.com<br />

Aladdin will feature a lamp-load of comedy, jaw-dropping<br />

special effects, sensational song and dance and plenty of<br />

boos and hisses the whole family will enjoy.<br />

• Dates: Saturday <strong>December</strong> 11 to Sunday January 2<br />

• Ticket Information: Tickets available form £13.00 per<br />

person. Online bookings subject to a booking fee of<br />

£3.65 per ticket.<br />

• Ticket Information: Adult tickets - £20.00, senior citizen<br />

tickets - £16.00, under 16s tickets - £16.00<br />

The Atkinson Southport<br />

Cinderella<br />

The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB<br />

01704 533333<br />

www.theatkinson.co.uk<br />

This spellbinding panto pits Cinderella against her wicked<br />

Stepmother and the jealous stepsisters; will Prince<br />

Charming and the Fairy Godmother come to the rescue?<br />

• Dates: Friday <strong>December</strong> 10 to Sunday January 2<br />

• Ticket Information: Adult tickets from £18, concessions<br />

from £16 & family tickets from £59<br />

Grand Theatre Blackpool<br />

Snow White & the<br />

Seven Dwarfs<br />

33 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HT<br />

01253 290190<br />

www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk<br />

In true rags-to-riches style, Snow White manages, with the<br />

help of her madcap friend Muddles, to meet a handsome<br />

Prince and make her dreams come true.<br />

• Dates: Friday <strong>December</strong> 3 to Sunday January 2<br />

• Ticket Information: Adult tickets from £20.50 and under<br />

18s tickets from £18.50


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‘Less is more’ is a mantra that’s rarely heard around<br />

Christmas. This year, show Planet Earth a little love with<br />

these five eco-friendly Christmas tips.<br />

Rent, reuse or recycle a tree<br />

Every <strong>December</strong>, up to eight million Christmas trees are<br />

bought in the UK alone, most of which are dumped at the<br />

end of the season. That’s a lot of waste!<br />

Plastic trees last for years but take enormous amounts of<br />

energy to manufacture. Buying pre-loved ones on eBay,<br />

Gumtree and Freecycle, however, is a great way to reuse<br />

what would otherwise be thrown away.<br />

If Christmas isn’t the same without that authentic pine tree<br />

scent, why not rent a tree from a local farm? After you’ve<br />

used it, it’ll be picked up and replanted, ready for next year.<br />

When buying new, look out for the ‘Grown in Britain’ label<br />

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

area where it can be recycled once Christmas is over.<br />

Buy second-hand<br />

Gifts don’t have to be new to bring a smile to someone’s<br />

face. Suggest a second-hand present rule this year, where<br />

you only buy each other pre-loved gifts.<br />

These could be from a charity shop or websites such as<br />

eBay. If you’re feeling crafty, you could even whip up<br />

some gifts from home. Candles, jams and chutneys or<br />

knitted hats and scarves: get creative and see where your<br />

talents take you!<br />

Source locally grown food<br />

We’re all guilty of buying – and eating – a little more food<br />

than we need at Christmas, so it’s important to make sure<br />

it’s coming from a sustainable place.<br />

Instead of fighting over groceries in the supermarket<br />

aisle, source your Christmas lunch from local farm shops<br />

and choose an organic, free-range turkey. Food tastes a<br />

lot better when you know where it’s come from!<br />

Sadly, Christmas is also the most wasteful time of the year,<br />

so make sure you only buy things that you know will get<br />

eaten. If you get carried away, turn your leftovers into new<br />

meals, see how much you can fit in the freezer or donate<br />

to a local food bank.<br />

Rethink your decorations<br />

From Christmas lights to candles, who would have thought<br />

that decorations could be bad for the environment?<br />

Fortunately, something as simple as switching your<br />

incandescent lights to LEDs can cut energy usage by up<br />

to 80%! You don’t have to give up your candle collection<br />

either; look out for soy or beeswax candles, which don’t<br />

contain harmful paraffin wax.<br />

The chances are you have Christmas decorations rattling<br />

round in your attic, so don’t waste money – or materials<br />

– buying new ones. If you do, head to charity or vintage<br />

shops to find some pre-loved styles.<br />

Wrap sustainably<br />

We use over 8,000 tonnes of wrapping paper over<br />

Christmas, much of which isn’t recyclable!<br />

It’s depressing, but don’t lose hope. Try wrapping presents<br />

with old wallpaper, posters or newspapers, and save the<br />

wrapping paper on your own gifts for next year.<br />

A great way to test if wrapping paper can be recycled is to<br />

scrunch it up in your hands and then let it go. If the paper<br />

stays crumpled it can be recycled, but if it unfolds by itself<br />

it probably contains non-recyclable elements.


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by Chris Pearce<br />

Distance: 6¼ Difficulty: Medium Plus<br />

Frodsham<br />

& Helsby<br />

Occasionally when I collate a Jack’s Tracks walk, I get a<br />

suspicion that there’s room for improvement. The Sandstone<br />

Trail in spring 2020 was a case in point; the first half of the<br />

walk was a cracker, the back half just ok, so I popped over<br />

the Mersey again recently to scratch that itch. This wellsignposted<br />

6¼ mile walk centres around two prehistoric<br />

hilltops enclosures; Helsby Hill and Woodhouse Hill. There<br />

are lots of climbs and some sheer cliffs on this walk, so<br />

I would recommend that you leave the kids at home and<br />

make sure you wear suitable footwear.<br />

Start the walk at the car park for Frodsham’s war memorial<br />

(WA6 6BG) and take the steep road downhill. Turn left at<br />

the Belle Monte Hotel and look for a footpath on your<br />

right which plunges you into the woods. After a<br />

few short steps, the path forks so take the left<br />

fork uphill.<br />

After a few minutes walking – follow<br />

the yellow ‘S’ sign and go up the<br />

sandstone steps and you’ll arrive<br />

at the war memorial,<br />

the first of many<br />

impressive viewpoints on the walk. Carry on in the same<br />

direction past the war memorial and ease downhill for 200<br />

yards – then take the lower path.<br />

The track continues, hugging the side of the hill in the<br />

shadow of sandstone cliffs until you ascend once more,<br />

briefly arriving at an open area at the top and then again<br />

sinking into the woods. You’ll soon arrive at a crossroad<br />

of paths by some wooden steps, turn right here following<br />

the NCW sign and you’ll arrive at multiple flights of steep<br />

steel steps, Take the steps carefully to the bottom of the<br />

sandstone valley and you arrive at a fingerpost – turn<br />

right to Carriage Drive.<br />

Continue on the path downhill until you reach a distinctive<br />

wall; turn left here and take the steps down the steep hill.<br />

When you arrive at the foot of the hill where all the ferns<br />

are, there’s two options; turn right at this point.<br />

Follow the path through the woods, close to its perimeter<br />

with farmland for just under ¾ mile until you reach an<br />

exit marked Tarvin Road. Take this exit and walk down to<br />

the road; turn left and then first right into the single-track<br />

Chestnut Lane.


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At its conclusion Chestnut Lane narrows to a footpath:<br />

take the bridge across the stream and head in the<br />

same direction up the concrete steps. Follow this evernarrowing<br />

footpath until you arrive out in the open by<br />

a house called Tong Dean. Go through the gate<br />

opposite and follow the clearly defined footpath<br />

until you arrive in Helsby on Bates Lane.<br />

Turn right and then turn left at the crossroads<br />

on the Old Chester Road. Look out for a<br />

footpath sign for ‘Helsby Hill’ on your left<br />

about 50 yards up that road. Turn up the<br />

narrow footpath for a short steep climb<br />

to an opening with three paths and<br />

a fingerpost. Take the second path<br />

marked ‘Hill Top’ and take a gentle<br />

enough climb, passing a cliff top<br />

viewpoint on the way, until you<br />

reach the summit of Helsby Hill,<br />

which is marked by a trig point.<br />

The views from the top of this<br />

hillfort are pretty impressive,<br />

360-degree views of the<br />

Mersey Estuary and<br />

Liverpool, the mountains<br />

of North Wales and also<br />

the Shropshire Hills to<br />

the south.<br />

Exit the summit via<br />

the path directly<br />

opposite the<br />

path you took<br />

to arrive at the<br />

summit and follow that path downhill for approximately<br />

150 yards. Take a left turn at a fingerpost (partly hidden<br />

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

have passed the lake on the left and arrived at the<br />

single-track lane. Turn right downhill and once<br />

you’ve passed a secondary and the primary<br />

entrance to Harmers Wood on the left,<br />

there’s a signpost on the left to Tarvin<br />

Road.<br />

Follow this path for 400 yards to Tarvin Road<br />

and then turn left for 200 yards. Look for<br />

a signpost on your right (Alvaney/Burrows<br />

Lane), which is partly hidden behind a tree<br />

and take that path. Once you’ve crossed a<br />

bridge, turn left along the field’s perimeter in<br />

the direction of Woodhouse Hill.<br />

Once you reach Burrows Lane turn left and, at<br />

the T-junction, turn right and 350 yards later,<br />

take the left fork down a footpath/bridle path.<br />

Follow this long gentle incline for just under ¾<br />

mile, ignoring the turn offs to Snidey Moor on<br />

the right and to Woodhouse Hill on the left. Once<br />

you reach the T-junction with bench on the right<br />

and the fingerpost on the left, turn left and then<br />

bear right at the next fork taking the path round<br />

the edge of the woodlands.<br />

Look for the path encased by a low sandstone<br />

wall on your left and follow this path to the top of<br />

Woodhouse Hill before sharply dropping down steps<br />

to a bench and an info board ‘Ice and Sea’.<br />

Turn right and follow the path gradually downhill,<br />

parallel to the golf course. Just past the tee for the<br />

10th hole, take care when climbing down some steep<br />

sandstone steps. At the base, turn left, walk over the<br />

wooden bridge and you arrive at the fingerpost<br />

from earlier.<br />

Tackle the flights of steel stairs once<br />

again and retrace your steps for 100


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yards or so until you see a turn to the right which takes<br />

you through undergrowth and onto the golf course. You<br />

need to look hard to see a slight dip running diagonally<br />

across the fairway heading to the left of the masts in<br />

the distance. As you cross the fairways, you’ll see a very<br />

apparent footpath in the distance that runs firstly through<br />

undergrowth and then runs onto a dirt track heading up<br />

to Simons Lane.<br />

Turn left when you reach Simons Lane and follow Elevation the<br />

road round a right-hand bend that runs downhill past the<br />

Forest Hills hotel back to the starting point.<br />

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear<br />

whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure<br />

that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial<br />

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to<br />

any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions<br />

resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.<br />

Elevation<br />

100m<br />

Lowest 23m<br />

Highest 141m<br />

50m<br />

Total ascent 425m<br />

0.0km 5.0km 10km<br />

For those with the OS Maps<br />

app on your desktop, mobile<br />

or tablet, this walk is named:<br />

JT-Frodsham-Helsby<br />

Hatley Lane<br />

Netherton<br />

M56<br />

A56<br />

B5393<br />

Sandstone Trail<br />

Beacon<br />

Hill<br />

A56<br />

The Coppice<br />

Helsby<br />

Bates Lane<br />

Hawthorn<br />

Farm<br />

Tarvin Road<br />

North Cheshire Way<br />

Woodhouse<br />

Hill<br />

Higher Mickledale<br />

Farm<br />

Helsby<br />

Hill<br />

Bates Lane<br />

Arboretum<br />

Manley Road<br />

Harmers<br />

Wood<br />

Foxhill<br />

Farm<br />

Foxhill<br />

Wood<br />

Tower<br />

Snidley<br />

Moor<br />

Burrows Lane<br />

Home Farm


62<br />

Hybrid SUVs: what’s available?<br />

If you fancy a hybrid with more space there are plenty of options<br />

The SUV lends itself perfectly to a hybrid powertrain. With<br />

more space, it means there’s a little more wiggle room for<br />

the batteries and, as a result, it allows for a better boot.<br />

Needless to say, many manufacturers have clocked onto<br />

this, which is why there are so many hybrid SUV offerings<br />

available today.<br />

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BMW’s X5 has been a core part of the SUV segment for<br />

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the introduction of a plug-in hybrid variant – badged<br />

X5 xDrive45e. Where this car majors, though, is electric<br />

range; at up to 54 miles, it far exceeds the vast majority<br />

of other hybrids and allows for decent-length journeys to<br />

be completed on battery power alone.<br />

Plus, you still get the premium cabin and sharp looks that<br />

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As it’s part of the<br />

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the DS 7 Crossback<br />

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Kia Sorento PHEV<br />

Kia’s plug-in hybrid<br />

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linked to an electric<br />

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and Kia claims you’ll<br />

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As well as a striking exterior design, the Sorento boasts<br />

a well-made cabin that is fitted with a healthy level of<br />

standard equipment.


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Mercedes-Benz GLE350de<br />

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its line-up, but across<br />

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a hybrid paired with a diesel engine isn’t a regular<br />

occurrence. Mercedes claims you’ll get up to 256.8 mpg<br />

combined, too, which will certainly help with the fuel bills.<br />

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Peugeot’s range of<br />

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A hybrid setup can be<br />

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Audi’s Q5 has proved<br />

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and the pink variety) a good gardening book, new pjs<br />

and I’ll be a happy lady. Enjoy the forthcoming festivities<br />

everyone and here’s to a new gardening year filled with<br />

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