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St Helens Edition

Jan/Feb 2022

WIN

Saints

2022

Memberships

Go Active in 2022

Pages 38-43

Win Ed Byrne Tickets!

Page 30

Reduce your Meat Intake

Pages 16-17

Adventure of a Lifetime

Pages 34-36

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As I sit here re-writing this on the 16th December,

the nation’s plans for Christmas are quickly

disintegrating due to the new Covid variant. I

hope that, by the time this magazine reaches you, you’ll

be looking back at an enjoyable Christmas period which

wasn’t as disastrous as many initially feared.

Right now, my heart sinks for those local businesses

who have again had Christmas obliterated by events

out of their control. During the lockdowns, many local

businesses went over and above to help those customers

who needed their products and services. Many attracted

new customers as a result, but as the pandemic eased,

these customers drifted away.

Once the wave recedes and restrictions lift this year,

please consider #shoplocal as your resolution for the

new year. Whilst variants of this damn virus come and go,

many vulnerable people need local businesses to survive

and thrive, so please #shoplocal when you can.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy

New Year.

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk

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This month’s highlights

38. Go Active in 2022

Contents

16. Reducing Meat Intake

30. Win Ed Byrne Tickets

10. Beauty

Resolutions you’ll want to keep!

14. Recipe

Chilli and lemon seafood spaghetti.

18. Tech

Now we’re cooking.

19. Baking

Blueberry custard tarts.

24. Education

Choosing a nursery.

26. Health

Is sitting the new smoking?

46. Home

Fresh new year & choosing neutrals.

52. Win 2022 Saints Memberships

64. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size!

70. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

34. Icelandic Adventure

66. JT to Darwen Moor

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New Choristers Appeal

If pursuing a new pastime is on your list of New Year’s

resolutions, you might be interested to know that

Haydock Male Voice Choir are looking for potential new

members?

This award-winning choir were founded just after the

First World War and they celebrate their centenary next

year in 2023.

No previous experience is required from new members

and it’s an excellent opportunity to boost your singing

skills. Other benefits include the chance to get fitter and

healthier, and to have some fun along the way with this

friendly group.

The choir rehearse on Tuesdays at Haydock Conservative

Club and on Thursdays at the United Reform Church in

St Helens.

You can check out some audio of their performances

on www.haydockmvc.com. For more information

about rehearsals call 07742 312565 or email secretary@

haydockmvc.com.

Hamper Winner

The competition

to win a

Lancashire Day

hamper, featured

in the Nov/Dec

issue of Local

Life was won by

Georgina Wilding-

Platt from Bushey

Lane in Rainford.

Here’s Georgina

pictured with her

twin daughters,

Nyla and Eliza. Thank you to all who entered.

In this issue, we have two competitions for you! You can

win a pair of Saints 2022 Memberships worth over £600 –

check out pages 52 and 53.

And on page 30, we have a competition to win a pair of

tickets to the Ed Byrne concert at St Helens Theatre Royal

on 25th January.

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Time to Talk

The Time to Talk Day, an initiative that encourages

everyone to talk about their mental health, takes place

this year on Thursday 3rd February 2022. The day is

about creating supportive communities by having

conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about

mental health.

Seneley Green Parish Council, and in particular Cllr

Pete Peers and their Health & Wellbeing Group working

alongside Kate Andrews, a Mental Health Professional at

Garswood Surgery, will be leading the way by hosting an

event for Time to Talk Day.

The event will take place, subject to Government &

NHS England regulations at the time, on Thursday

3rd February between 10am-1pm at Seneley Green

Community Hall on Billinge Road in Garswood.

The Parish Council is also open to facilitating further

events for people suffering with their mental health and

their friends and families. For details about this and a

list of mental health support agencies, please visit the

website www.seneleygreenparishcouncil.org.uk.

New Hall for Billinge PC

After almost 3 years of negotiation, Billinge Chapel End

Parish Council has secured the purchase of the former

Methodist Church in the centre of the village. The site of

the former Public Hall on Pingot Road will be developed

into two bungalows.

The new Public Hall is next to the Millennium Garden

which the Parish Council already owns. The small

graveyard on the site of the church will be maintained by

the Parish Council.

At the first Parish Council meeting at the new Public

Hall, Parish Chair Cllr Dennis Mc Donnell said “This is an

historic occasion and I sincerely hope that, in a hundred

years’ time, our successors in the Parish Council will be

celebrating the centenary of the site”.

He also thanked the Councillors for their efforts to secure

the site and, in particular, the previous Parish Clerk, Tom

Kelly and present Clerk Hazel Broatch.

The Parish Council will be consulting with residents on

proposals to develop the site for community needs.

Any suggestions or ideas would be welcome for

consideration as part of the process. The Parish Council

meets at 7.30 pm on the third Monday of every month.

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The outstanding achievements of over 180 students from

University Centre St Helens were celebrated at St Helens

Parish Church. Graduates from the class of 2020 and 2021

put on their caps and gowns before processing through

the town centre led by the Parr Band, Valley Brass Band

and Town Crier, bringing Saturday morning shoppers to

a standstill.

Class of 20/21

At the ceremony, Simon Pierce, the CEO and Principal

of SK College Group, introduced motivational speaker

and published author, Andy Grant. Andy, a former Royal

Marine, who was severely injured by an IED that left him

with life changing injuries during his service in Iraq and

Afghanistan, told graduates: “As you enter the next stage

of your life, try to remember life is 10% what happens to

you and 90% how you react to it.”

Each year, St Helens Rotary Club present an award to

a graduate who has demonstrated dedication and

commitment in overcoming adversity to obtain their

qualification. This year’s winner was Joanna Leech,

who graduated from FdSc Applied Microbiology with a

distinction. Joanna managed to find the time to study,

alongside working full-time and juggling family life.

Special recognition for outstanding achievements was

also awarded to graduates; Ashutosh Neerunjun Mohun,

Jessica Denson, Lucy Kelly, Priya Luxmee Murphy, William

Hayes and Christine Moles.

Those people considering a career change, or looking

for career progression can apply now for 2022 entry on

a range of full and part-time degree courses, including

flexible evening study. Visit www.sthelens.ac.uk/ucsh for

further information.


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7 Easy

You’ll want to keep

Supercharge your bath

Who doesn’t love

a soak in the bath

on a cold winter’s

night? Make yours

a treat for your

skin and senses

with a handful of

fragranced bath salts. Dove’s are a

good choice. They’re made from

pure sea salt to ease aching muscles,

with added natural moisturisers

to boost hydration. And you have

a choice of three aromatherapyinspired

fragrances, at £6.99

from www.boots.com and www.

superdrug.com.

Use SPF

Your skin doesn’t need to be at risk

of burning to be damaged by UV

rays. So it’s important to protect it all

year around. A good facial sunscreen

shouldn’t feel greasy or block pores.

Alternatively, you can just opt for a

moisturiser with added SPF, but to

get the full benefit, you may need to

use more than usual.

Give your nails a break

Gels and acrylics

are great, but your

nails do need a rest

now and then to

recuperate. If your

nails are feeling

brittle, file them short

to reduce the risk of breakage. Treat

them to a weekly nail-strengthening

treatment and a daily cuticle oil. If

you want some colour, choose a

gentle nail polish. Nailberry polishes

(£15, www.nailberry.co.uk) are

breathable and free from alcohol,

phthalates and harsh chemicals.

Treat your hair

If you struggle to find

the time for a weekly

hair mask, try an

overnight one. JOICO’s

Defy Damage Sleepover

Treatment contains

moringa seed oil to

add shine and softness,

along with other natural

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hair and protect it from further

damage. It’s non-greasy and you

don’t even need to rinse it out the

following morning. It costs £20 at

www.lookfantastic.com.

Try something new

It’s all too easy to get stuck in a

beauty rut. If you fancy trying

something new, book yourself in

for a skin consultation or mini

makeover at a cosmetics

counter. Or visit a few

counters and ask for their

recommendations. You

could also sign up for a

beauty box subscription,

like those by Birchbox, Glossy

Box and Look Fantastic, which will

give you the chance to sample lots

of different brands.

Switch to green beauty

It’s simpler than you might think

to make more eco-conscious

choices. To start with, look for easily

recyclable, zero-waste packaging.

Check that the brands you use are

certified cruelty-free. And swap

disposable products for reusable

ones, such as a bamboo razors,

refillable deodorants and washable

cleansing pads. To make life easier,

buy from retailers that have strict eco

policies, like www.biggreensmile.

com, www.naturalcollection.com

and www.lovelula.com.

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Make her day special

with a gift of flowers!

Valentine’s

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14th February

If you heard the sound of wedding bells last Christmas

and Santa left an engagement ring for you under the

tree, then you’ll be interested in the Bridal Fayre that

takes place on Sunday, January 30 at the stunning

Lancashire Manor Hotel on Prescott Road, Pimbo, near

Skelmersdale.

This is a great chance to view everything on offer,

including the beautiful banqueting suites and bridal

suites. There will also be a chance to have a chat with

the team’s preferred suppliers who can help you with

everything from photography, venue dressing, hair,

make-up, entertainment and not forgetting the allimportant

bridal gown!

On the day there will be a fashion show put together by

Trudy Smith Bridal Boutique, to give you all the latest

ideas and trends in bridal gowns and grooms wear.

Pop down between 12-3pm on the day and make your

wedding dreams a reality.

For more information, please call the hotel on 01695

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30 Years for Anne

A Prescot music teacher is celebrating 30 years of

coaching some of the area’s brightest prospects.

Anne Turner, from Columbia Road, teaches piano, voice,

keyboard and music theory in everything from folk to

music theatre and classical.

Since 2011, Anne has also taken up the role of Music

Director for several local singing groups, many of whom

have taken part in charity events, raising money for good

causes, and promoting health and wellbeing through

music.

Anne said, “I’m pleased to have served the local

community for so many years and would like to thank

students past and present for their loyal and continued

support.”

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Madness Return

The Jockey Club Live have announced

three 2022 dates for the return of their

popular live music nights at Haydock

Park Racecourse. Paloma Faith will

be appearing on Friday 1st July, Olly

Murs will return on Friday 5th August

and iconic 80’s band Madness will be

appearing on Saturday 16th July.

2021 saw a season of incredible live shows at The Jockey

Club racecourses, ranging from a sold-out show for

Tom Jones at Haydock Park to an afternoon of joyful

singalongs with McFly at Newmarket Racecourses.

Despite the challenges of staging a

season in 2021, the events marked the

return to live music for thousands of fans.

Having last headlined at Haydock in

2015, Madness have become one of

the music industry’s best loved British

bands. Fronted by the charismatic

Suggs, Madness’ ability to write songs

that sparkle with the stuff of British life, that find poetry

in everyday reality, has led them to their many hits.

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Chilli & Lemon Seafood

Spaghetti

Serves: 4

Ready in: 20 mins

Ingredients

400g spaghetti

2 tbsp virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

Small pinch of dried crushed chillies

2 whole dried chillis, halved lengthways

Zest and juice of 1 large lemon

100ml dry white wine

150g raw king prawns

150g squid rings, thawed if frozen

Handful fresh mussels, cleaned (see TIP)

2 tbsp fresh finely chopped coriander,

plus extra sprigs to garnish

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Handful fresh basil leaves, to garnish

On the table in less than 30 minutes, this is a a great

speedy supper to serve any day of the week. Serve

with slices of toasted ciabatta and a rocket salad.

Method

1. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook

for 12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until just tender.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, deep pan over a medium heat. Add

the garlic and stir for 2–3 minutes until soft, but not brown. Add the chilli

flakes and whole chillies and cook for 1 minute then stir in the lemon

zest and juice and wine. Bring to the boil and let the liquid bubble for 1

minute.

3. Add the prawns, squid and mussels to the pan and cover and simmer for

5-6 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the prawns are pink and

the mussels have opened (discard any that remain closed).

4. Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the chopped coriander. Toss well

to coat the pasta in the pan juices. Season to taste with salt and freshly

ground black pepper. Serve in warmed pasta bowls garnished with the

coriander sprigs and basil leaves.

TIP: Scrub the fresh mussels clean and pull away the straggly ‘beards’. Discard any that don’t shut tightly when

firmly tapped.


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Reducing your

Meat Intake

The headlines about meat-eating are

all about why you shouldn’t. The main

focus is on how rearing animals for

food is a major contributor to climate

change, but you don’t have to look far

to understand that animal welfare and

personal health are also significant

motivators for the increased adoption

of a more plant-based food intake.

It was recently reported that over the last decade, the UK’s

meat consumption dropped by 17%. That’s a great start,

but although we know why we should consider this new

way of eating, the how seems to have less attention. Let’s

look at some simple changes that might help in making

your diet less focused on animal products.

Cooking from scratch

The easiest option is to eat pretty much as you always did,

but to use meat-free alternatives.

Mince, burgers,

sausages, fish and

chicken all have

vegan substitutes

available and in

some cases it’s really

quite difficult to spot

the difference. Even when it’s not a perfect replication

of meat, it’s just as tasty so you won’t mind the change.

Beyond Meat burgers are a good example of this and are

available in some supermarkets and in many pub and

restaurant chains.

Giving up dairy and eggs takes a bit of getting used to.

Oat milk is the winner for its sustainability credentials,

with almond milk now generally frowned upon. Butter

substitutes have been around for years; vegan cheese is

available but is a bit of an acquired taste. Replacements

for eggs depends on the recipe, so you’ll have to do your

research.

If this way of eating is going to stick, you’ll want to try

some new recipes. The internet is full of vegetarian and

vegan cooking ideas, but you’ll notice they typically have

considerably more ingredients than meat-based meals

do, including herbs and spices. If you love cooking and

have lots of jars of flavourings in your cupboards you

won’t mind this. Otherwise, you might want to consider

a ready-to-cook option.

For this, the booming market of recipe boxes is a great

start. British company Gousto offer around 60 recipes

each week, with 20% vegan and a further 30% vegetarian

(meaning over half the meals don’t contain meat).

Around 80% of HelloFresh meals contain meat so they are

not a great choice but their sister brand GreenChef and

another company Mindful Chef are both worth a look.


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Ready-to-eat

The supermarkets have a selection of plant-based ready

meals, which is particularly good if you need something

quick or are eating alone. Frozen meal deliveries are

available from a number of companies, including Planty

and Allplants.

Take-away food is a bit more challenging – chicken,

pizza and kebabs feature at the top of the list of the most

popular purchases. It is possible though and the online

menus should offer a clear indication of which of their

options are vegetarian and vegan.

Eating out

What you don’t want is to go to a pub or restaurant where

there are just a couple of non-meat choices tucked away

at the bottom of the menu. You should be offered many

of the same options as usual but in a veggie version, and

some recipes that are specifically targeted for non-meat

eaters. Even better is a restaurant that has a specific vegan

menu, and Wagamama deserve recognition for having

introduced this at the start of 2021.

Ideally, choose a vegetarian restaurant that is guaranteed

to have vegan choices too. You can search on TripAdvisor

for ‘Vegetarian friendly’

and ‘Vegan options’

from the dietary

requirements. However,

the eatery can qualify

for this even if they only

have a couple of dishes.

A better place to start

would be Happy Cow

(happycow.net) as

there’s far more of a

focus on plant-based

restaurants and cafes.

A general Google search is also useful, or your local

Facebook group will have lots of people giving you

recommendations (or ‘avoids’).

Be realistic

Like any new regime, a wholesale overnight change will

be challenging and will often lead to failure. But even

if you could just do one no-animal-products day each

week, you will have cut your meat intake by 14% and

in time you’ll realise that you often prefer the veggie or

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Cooking

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If you haven’t tried Instant Pot

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Sage The Smart Oven

This brilliant multi-cooker is

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Thermomix

It’s not cheap but when you consider all

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Brilliant buys for every kind of cooking

From setting alarms on our smart speakers to using

an instant-read digital thermometer to check our

roasts are the perfect temperature, technology has

helped us make countless meals.

Some of the cleverest tech is also very simple.

Take the Meater, for example. It’s a thermometer

with a built-in Bluetooth connection that sends

temperature information to your phone and rings

an alarm when it’s time to take your roast out of the

oven or barbecue; its case doubles as a charger so

it’s always ready to help.

Technology has revitalised lots of devices. The

Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC is a newer version of

BBC Good Food’s favourite bread maker, with

programmes not just for bread but for pasta and

pizza dough and cake too, while the £22 Stirr gives

the humble wooden spoon an upgrade: it’s an

automatic stirrer you put in your pot to prevent

your soup sticking or your gravy getting lumpy.

If you prefer do-everything devices, you’ll love

the Vitamix. It’s not so much a gadget as an entire

food preparation system that’s capable of doing

pretty much anything: weighing ingredients,

blending vegetables, grinding spices, boiling and

simmering, kneading dough, whisking sauces,

grating vegetables and cheese, chopping meat,

caramelising onions and much more.

Two kinds of device have become incredibly

popular in the last few years: the Instant Pot and

the air fryer. The former is a programmable one-pot

electric pressure cooker that can do multiple kinds

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sautéing, yoghurt making, soup making and much

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An air fryer uses heat and air to get the same effects

as deep frying without the oil: instead of immersing

the food in a vat of boiling oil you just give it a little

spray with cooking oil. The results are superb for

almost everything apart from wet batters, which

tend to fall off, and there are stacks of models: our

current favourite, Sage’s The Smart Oven, is an air

fryer, oven, grill, toaster, pizza oven, slow cooker and

much more. You can even get an Instant Pot with a

second lid that turns it into an air fryer: the Instant

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Blueberry

Custard

Tarts

These fruity tarts have a rich

creamy custard filling with a

crisp pastry case. If you prefer

you can use shortcrust pastry.

Makes: 8

Ready in: 1 hour, plus cooling

Ingredients

75g caster sugar

3 medium egg yolks

2 tbsp cornflour

1 tsp vanilla extract

350ml milk

500g puff pastry, thawed if frozen

Flour, for dusting

100g fresh blueberries

Method

1. Whisk the sugar, egg yolks, cornflour and vanilla extract together

in a heatproof bowl until smooth. Heat the milk in a pan over a

medium heat until almost boiling. Whisk the hot milk into the egg

mixture then pour back into the pan. Gradually bring the mixture to

the boil, stirring all the time, until a smooth custard forms.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and cover the surface closely

with greasproof paper to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool

completely.

3. Meanwhile roll the pastry out on a lightly dusted surface to a 3mm

thickness. Stamp out eight 12cm rounds of pastry and use to line

eight 8cm fluted tartlet tins. Prick the bases with a fork and chill in

the fridge whilst the custard is cooling.

4. Preheat the oven to 200C, 180C fan, gas mark 6. Divde the cooled

custard mixture between the pastry cases and scatter over the

blueberries. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and

golden. Serve warm or cold.

TIP: Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up then place the filled tartlet tins on it for baking. The extra burst of

heat will help to ensure a crisp pastry base.


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Hall to Convert

Rainford Hall in Crank, developed

by Colonel Richard Pilkington in

1875, is to be converted into a

luxury residential retreat with 19

guest rooms, gymnasium, spa, two

beauty rooms, therapy programmes

and wellbeing services for those

suffering with stress, depression,

addiction and anxiety.

Steps Together Group has signed a 20-year lease for the

hall which, up until a couple of months ago, was the base

for several local businesses on short term leases. The

building and surrounding estate continues to be owned

by the Pilkington family.

TJM Projects of Jackson Street, St Helens are one of the

main contractors working on the conversion of the hall.

The Steps Together Group have vowed to safeguard the

stunning features within the building, and Steve Jones,

the Deputy CEO of Steps Together, issued this statement;

“Rainford Hall is the perfect environment for our work,

and we are delighted to be working

alongside our local contractors to

sympathetically convert the Hall for

our business needs.

“During the coming months we

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Choosing a nursery

Looking for the perfect nursery? Here’s a few things to keep in mind…

Decide your priorities

Everyone wants their child to be safe and happy. Beyond

that, what are your main priorities? Are you looking for

a small nursery where all the children play together or

one where the children are split into groups depending

on their age? Do you want your child to go to a nursery

that follows the government’s EYFS framework, or one

that follows a different approach, such as Montessori or

Steiner Waldorf? Perhaps you want a nursery with plenty

of outdoor space?

It’s OK if you don’t have all the answers just yet, but it’s

a good idea to have at least a rough idea of what you’re

looking for.

Consider location

People tend to focus on nurseries near their home, but

it may actually make more sense to choose one that’s

nearer to your workplace. However, do consider what

will happen if you move jobs or want to work from home

more often. If you and your partner work in different

locations, it may be easier having a nursery that’s closer

to home, so that you can take turns dropping off and

picking up. A nursery close to home may also mean your

child moves up to primary school with a

group of friends, which could make

the transition easier.

Ask around

The best recommendations

usually come from friends,

as they’ll likely share many

of your views on childcare.

However, it’s also worth

asking for opinions on

your local Facebook

group and other social

media channels, and checking

websites such as www.

daynurseries.co.uk.

Once you have a shortlist

of nurseries, you’ll want to read each one’s OFSTED report

at reports.ofsted.gov.uk.

Check the small print

Scrutinise the different policies and websites of the

nurseries you’re considering. You’ll want to compare:

• Fees and any extra costs, such as meals and

penalties for late pick-up

• Opening and closing times

Staff-to-child ratios

Staff qualifications

• Holiday policies

• First aid training

(It’s also worth downloading the checklist at www.

childcare.co.uk/information/nursery-is-your-child-ready.)

Visit your shortlisted nurseries

Even if you have your heart set on one particular nursery,

it’s worth visiting at least three so that you can compare

them. Write down any questions you have before you go.

You’ll want to see whether the children look happy and

engaged, how friendly and knowledgeable the staff are,

what different activities the children are offered

and how clean and safe the setting

seems. You’ll also want to check

where and when your child

will take their nap, what

type of food they’ll eat

and whether there are

quiet areas they can

retreat to if they’re

feeling overwhelmed.

Ultimately, you want

to be armed with all the

information you need

to make the right choice.

However, there’s also a lot to

be said for trusting your

gut instinct. Which nursery

feels right for your child?


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Is sitting the

new smoking?

According to a growing number of experts, sitting is

the latest health hazard to look out for. But why is a

sedentary lifestyle so bad for us, and what can we do

about it?

Working from home, online shopping and periods of

self-isolation: since the first lockdown struck, many of us

will have noticed that we’re sitting down more than ever

before.

Unfortunately, this change of lifestyle comes at a cost.

Evidence suggests that excessive sitting can expose us to

a range of health issues, from backache and varicose veins

to diabetes. The reason? Humans were built to stand, with

the heart, cardiovascular system and bowel functioning

far more efficiently when we’re upright.

Now, this isn’t great news for the thousands of us that

have desk-based jobs – but don’t lose hope just yet. There

are lots of things you can do to help:

Invest in a standing desk

If you work in an office or from home, one of the easiest

ways to reduce your sitting time is to invest in a standing

desk.

Standing is certainly better for us than sitting. However,

there is evidence to suggest that standing still for long

periods of time isn’t hugely beneficial to our bodies either.

Balance is key; start by standing for 30 to 60 minutes a day

and gradually increase until you’re alternating between

standing and sitting every hour.

Take regular breaks

It can be hard to motivate yourself to leave your desk

during the working day. However, taking regular breaks

– even if it’s just to grab a cuppa – can make a world of

difference.

In the office and need to send an email? Get away from

your desk and relay the message in person. Working from

home and fancy a coffee? Treat yourself by taking a walk

to your local cafe. And on days when you’re too busy to

take a lunch break, set a timer to remind you to stretch or

have a little walk around.

Sit the right way

If you’re spending much of your working life at a desk, it’s

important to invest in an office chair that will help you

perfect your posture.

Choose a chair with lumbar support to ensure your lower

back curves to the shape of the chair, and make sure it’s

adjusted so your feet are resting on the floor. You should

also avoid crossing your legs and try to keep your back

straight as much as you can. Doing so will make the hours

you do spend sitting as comfortable as possible.

Get some exercise

Evidence suggests that we need between 60-75 minutes

of moderate-intensity activity per day to combat the

dangers of excessive sitting – but the more frequent the

better. You’ll be glad to hear that this doesn’t mean you

have to hit the gym every day. Moderate exercise could

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even those slightly more exerting cleaning duties, such as

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A household name teetering

on the brink of national

treasure status, awardwinning

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enjoys worldwide acclaim for

his stand-up. With 25 years

under his belt, Ed is a regular

on Mock The Week and The

Graham Norton Show, and

has recently co-presented

Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure

and its follow-up Dara & Ed’s

Road To Mandalay.

Ed’s new stand-up show,

‘If I’m Honest’ arrives at the

Theatre Royal in St Helens on

Tuesday 22nd January and

we’ve got a pair of tickets

to give away in our latest

competition.

Photo credit: Idil Sukan

A quarter of a century at the

comedic coalface has equipped Ed with a highly evolved

story-telling ability and a silky mastery of his craft. Yet his

wit, charm and self-deprecatory observational humour is

often underpinned by a consistently hilarious vitriol and

sense of injustice at a world that seems to be spinning

ever more rapidly out of control.

Ed’s new show digs ever deeper into a father’s sense of

responsibility, what it means to be a man, and whether he

possesses any qualities whatsoever worth passing on to

his two sons. Whilst Ed is occasionally accused of whimsy,

If I’m Honest is a show with a seriously steely core.

As ever, Ed manages to provoke without being overly

polemical, a balancing act that only someone of his huge

experience can really pull off. ‘I did stuff about Trump

and the Pizzagate right wing conspiracy,’ he says, ‘and a

couple of the reviewers said, “Oh, I would have liked to

have watched a whole show of this”. And I think, ‘well you

might have, but the average

person who comes to see me

would not like to see that’.

‘People who come to see

me are not political activists

necessarily, they’re regular

folk. If you can make a

point to them, in between

talking about your struggles

with aging, or discussing

your hernia operation or

whatever it is, you can toss

in something that does give

people pause as regards to

how men should share the

household chores.’

Age, it seems, has not

withered him. Especially now

that he’s figured out how

to head off ailments before

they become a problem.

‘You see comics who are my age and older but are still

retaining a level of “cool” and drawing a young crowd. I

can’t deny that I’m quite envious of that. But there’s also

something very satisfying about your audience growing

old with you.’

To enter the competition to win a pair of tickets to Ed

Byrne’s show at Theatre Royal in St Helens, simply visit

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and then on ‘competitions’ and then answer the following

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January 2022 and the winners will be notified within 48 hours. Entrants

must be over 16 years of age. Only one entry per household. Local

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Employees of Local Life 247 Ltd and their families are not eligible to

enter this competition.

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Review Of

The Year

QUIZ

1. Which computer pioneer and codebreaker

features on the new Bank of England 50 pound

note that entered circulation in 2021?

2. Before later admitting it was an April Fool’s joke

to help promote its upcoming electric cars,

which car manufacturer said in a press release

that it was changing the fourth letter in its name

to a “t”?

3. At the 2021 Brit Awards, who became the first

ever all-female group to win the Best British

Group award?

4. Which online fashion retailer bought the brand

Debenhams in January and the brands Burton,

Wallis and Dorothy Perkins in February?

5. Name the only two players to score for England

in the penalty shoot-out of the UEFA Euro 2020

Final.

6. Which British city was stripped of its UNESCO

World Heritage status in 2021 due to

developments along its waterfront?

7. In 2021, El Salvador become the first country in

the world to make what legal tender?

8. Instead of its usual course on the River Thames,

the 2021 University Boat Race was held in

Cambridgeshire on a stretch of which river?

9. 2021 saw which 83-year-old become the oldest

ever person to win an Academy Award for acting?

10. Name the three countries who finished above

Great Britain in the medal table at the 2020

Summer Olympics.

Engineering Centre Open

St Helens College recently welcomed Steve Rotheram,

Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, to officially unveil

their new Centre for Precision Engineering at the STEM

Centre, Technology Campus.

The £1m investment, partially funded by the Liverpool

City Region Combined Authority, supported the

installation of brand-new industry standard machinery

and equipment such as Wi-Fi enabled Haas CNC

Machines, Axis Lathes, Milling Machines and Haas

Simulators, to provide students and apprentices with the

opportunity to develop their skills and learn all aspects

of modern precision engineering including design,

testing, manufacturing and operations.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region,

said: “As someone who is especially passionate about

skills and technical subjects, it’s fantastic to see our £1m

investment in the college paying off. The new equipment

is absolutely world class; I’m sure that our young people

will benefit from it.” Hopefully they will develop a passion

for STEAM subjects and go on to be the engineers of

tomorrow!”

Rebecca (pictured, a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice

at Cheshire Seals and Components, commented: “It’s an

incredible environment to learn in – you are learning

to use real machinery and equipment that meets the

training and knowledge requirements expected by your

employer, so it means that I’m able to train effectively in

my role and hopefully, progress forward in my career.”

Simon Pierce, CEO and Principal at St Helens College,

said: “The Centre for Precision Engineering is a great

asset for the College and our community. It will enhance

our students’ learning and career prospects, support

local businesses to grow and expand and support the

growth of our local economy.”

Quiz solutions can be found on page 80 of this magazine


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Adventure of a Lifetime

Experiencing travel in the

past few months has been

like riding a rollercoaster.

The excitement of once

again being able to travel

has been thwarted by the

need to produce passenger

locator forms and adhere

to ever-changing traffic

light guidelines.

If there’s one upside for

those who have reduced their travel in 20/21, it’s that

most have increased funds available to spend on future

holidays. The expectation of the travel industry is that

we’re likely to be more discerning when choosing future

holiday locations.

So, who’s ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Welcome

to Iceland.

One of Europe’s most magical and unforgettable spots,

Iceland is a picture-perfect destination for travellers.

Dubbed the land of fire and ice, Iceland is a captivating

country where volcanoes, glaciers come together to

create a landscape that is like nowhere else on Earth. With

friendly locals, spectacular scenery, lots of adventure, and

a lively party scene, everyone should experience Iceland

at least once in their life.

From the seasoned city

break traveller looking

for something new, to

the adventurous family

set on a road trip round,

and the hedonistic party

lover looking for an

‘Instagrammable’ hotspot

– Iceland is a destination

for all.

Iceland is also becoming

an increasingly popular cruise destination, especially for

those who want to reach Iceland’s natural wonders and

wildlife. A selection of cruises from Fred.Olsen depart

from Liverpool and allows tourists to explore Iceland’s

most incredible highlights.

Here’s eight places that should be on your ‘Must Visit’ list

for Iceland:

Reykjavik blends Nordic heritage with a contemporary,

distinctly unique style, and this lively city is compact,

cosmopolitan and refreshingly different. Its charming

downtown of painted timber homes is watched over by

the soaring and unforgettable spire of the Hallgrimskirkja

church, while oodles of hearty Scandinavian vodka bars

and taverns litter the streets.

Mt. Kirkjufell


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Seljalandsfoss Falls

Twenty-five miles from the capital is Iceland’s most visited

tourist attraction, The Blue Lagoon. Despite its

volcanic nature, the site was formed from the remnants

of a geothermal power plant in the 1970s. The mineralpacked

waters, – the reason for the shimmering, whitish

hue of the lagoon – is the driving force behind the spot’s

famed healing powers.

The majestic Gullfoss Waterfall roaring over the

escarpments and bluffshas long been a highlight for

tourists. It’s famous as one of the world’s most dramatic

waterfalls, and cascades over a series of stepped rocks

and terraces before plunging over a 100ft high gap

seemingly disappearing into the Icelandic subterrane.

The waterfall can often be arched over by rainbows

or shrouded in plumes of mist, added to the graphic

effects.

As the self-proclaimed capital of Iceland’s North,

Akureyri boasts one of the most beautiful harbours

in the country, whilst the town and its surrounding fjords

and mountains make it one of the most charming places

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Husavik

Skaftafell Ice Cave

the Hafnarstraeti shopping street offers up countless

boutiques and craft stores.

An easy 50-minute drive from the capital, Strokkur

Geysir (after which all geysers are named) is the most

popular fountain geyser in Iceland. This highly active hot

spring area lies by the Hvítá River and is a popular stop for

tourists. Boiling mud pits and around 100 other smaller

geysers are waiting to be explored here. ‘Hot Spring’

bread is popular with visitors too, rye bread that’s been

baking in hot springs for 24 hours.

Fully expanding on the multitude of attractions in

Iceland would have filled this issue of Local Life and a

few more besides. If there’s anything that the past two

years have highlighted though, it’s the importance of

making the most of your holiday time. In fact, it’s time

to ditch holidays and go on adventures instead – and

Iceland certainly qualifies as an adventure not to be

missed!

Vatnajökull National Park is one of three national

parks in Iceland and consists of glaciers and stunning ice

caves. The best time to visit Skaftafell Ice Cave is during

winter after heavy rain has washed the top layer of the

glacier away. If seen at the right time, the cave is bathed

in spectacular blue light. If you are in healthy shape, you

might consider doing a glacial trek in the park with an

experienced guide.

Grundarfjördur is approximately 2½ hours from

Reykjavik and is a small town centrally located on the

north coast of Snaefellsnes peninsula. The town lies in

a picturesque fjord, surrounded by mountains, with

Mt. Kirkjufell looming as a striking landmark. Eyrbyggja

Heritage Centre holds exhibitions on Grundarfjördur’s

seafaring history and this is the information centre for the

whole peninsula.

Húsavík is known as Europe’s number one spot for

whale and dolphin watching; in most summers, the tour

operators have 100% sighting rates. This picturesque

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Active

2022!


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It’s been almost two years since

Covid-19 entered our lives and

changed them for the worse. A

Covid-free world doesn’t appear

to be happening any time soon,

so we’ve been out and about

looking for some inspirational

activities for you to try in 2022.

As the saying goes, life is not

a dress rehearsal, so let 2022

be the year when we embrace

activity, healthiness, and

happiness!

A rt

Where better to start our 2022 awakening than

art? Ashton Art Group are a well-supported

and established group, and this is a great place to discover

your inner artist. The group meets weekly every Tuesday

evening at 8pm until 10pm at the Community & Childcare

Centre in Hilton Street in Ashton-In-Makerfield (formerly

the YMCA). There is no formal tuition, but the group runs

demonstrations and workshops which help to develop

skills and ideas, and also run regular life model sessions.

www.ashtonartgroup.co.uk

B adminton

In the world of theatre in the United States, all

roads lead to Broadway. Equally, in the world of

badminton in St Helens, all roads lead to Broadway - that’s

the Badminton Centre in Grange Park.

The Broadway centre hosts no less than eleven group

sessions of badminton each week. Men, ladies, children,

able-bodied, disabled, family groups and four local clubs

all play at Broadway Badminton Centre. And if you don’t

fancy playing as part of group, you can turn up and ‘pay

and play’ with a partner of your choice.

www.facebook.com/broadwaybadminton/

C

ooking

Colours, St Helens College’s fully operational,

training restaurant on Waterloo Street has a

Cookery School which offers a varied selection of themed

short courses, run on evenings and weekends, for aspiring

cooks, chefs and bakers at all levels?

Anyone up for Chinese? Italian? Mexican? Curries of the

World? Tapas? Colours Cookery School runs all these

short courses and many more, all taught by passionate

and experienced chefs. They even do Gin and Wine

tasting masterclasses!

www.sthelens.ac.uk/colours

D

ance

Surely one of the world’s most enjoyable

forms of exercise, dance has health benefits of

varying degrees. Operational since 2005, the Silhouette

Dance Club in Boundary Road is one of the town’s longest

established dance club and has classes for all styles of

dance to suit all ages. The dance genres taught at the club

include ballroom, Latin, salsa, sequence and rock and roll.

For the more enthusiastic and flexible, there’s pole

dancing! Rock ‘N’ Pole is based at the Hamma Gym on

North Road in St Helens, pole dancing classes run on

Tuesday and Friday evenings, and the occasional Sunday

session too.

www.facebook.com/silhouettedanceclub/

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ducation

There’s a whole host of opportunities to further

your education and expand your knowledge

with St Helens College, St Helens Council and Carmel

Street. Then you made that drink-fuddled resolution to

get fit in 2022. Now what? For many people Couch to 5K,

which aims to get someone to run 5km continuously after

nine weeks of training, is the beginner plan of choice.

However, if you’re not in great shape, you might want to

try a ‘lite’ version of this idea called None to Run, which is a

free alternative that takes things at a slower pace. There’s

also a paid-for app which can guide you through each run

on your iPhone or Apple Watch.

www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-byweek/

www.nonetorun.com/

University Centre, to name a few! You’ll be faced with an

assortment of ways to gain qualifications and improve

your career, but there are also a multitude of openings

to enhance your life too. With everything from digital

skills, short online courses to jewellery making and

photography on offer, you’re sure to find something that

fits your brief. Check out the websites for more details:

www.sthelens.ac.uk/adults/adultcourseguide

www.sthelens.gov.uk/schools-education/adult-andcommunity-learning

or

www.carmel.ac.uk/carmel-university-centre

F oraging

You can take part in foraging and other

sustainable activities with the Green Town St

Helens crowd. Bee workshops, planting trees, making

terrariums, blending herbal tea and making bug hotels

are just some of the actions taken by the group. Join the

Facebook group below or pop along to Momo’s café on

Westfield Street on the last Friday of every month at 11am

for an informal meeting and presentation.

www.facebook.com/greentownsthelens

Go Active

If sport and fitness is a big part of your life then

you should already be aware of Go Active, the

sports facilities run by St Helens Council. Queens Park

Health and Fitness has a swimming pool, a fitness suite with

sauna & steam rooms, plus a host of fitness classes. Sutton

Leisure Centre has a multitude of racket sport and athletic

facilities, and a brand new 3G pitch too. Visitors to Newtonle-Willows

Health and Fitness can enjoy a 90-station fitness

suite, a 25-metre swimming pool, a cycling studio, a group

exercise studio and an outdoor pitch!

Best of all, there’s a range of membership options where

you can take advantage of all the facilities across all the Go

Active sites! Membership starts from just £13.95 per month.

www.goactive.sthelens.gov.uk

H iking

If you think that local walking groups are

generally populated by walkers who have,

quite literally been round the block a few times, you’d

be right. Fillyaboots however, is a popular Merseyside

walking group with a difference. Most of the 1,000+

members are in their 20’s and 30’s and they relish their

walks, enjoy socials, making new friends and the odd

weekend away too.

www.fillyaboots.org.uk

In Bloom

This horticultural competition, first established by

the British Tourist Board, has been running across

British villages, town and cities for almost 60 years. But

In Bloom is more than a competition, it gives residents

a chance to work with their neighbours to make their

neighbourhood a more aesthetically pleasing place.

There’s a group already established in Rainford, but if you

want to set up a group in your area, you can do this via the

RHS at www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/britain-in-bloom/

register

www.facebook.com/RainfordinBloom

J ogging

You’ve spent the entire Christmas holiday bingewatching

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K

arate

St Helens Shotokan Karate Club was formed

in 1966, and over the years has launched the

careers of many martial arts champions at different levels.

But if your ambitions aren’t that lofty, that’s fine too,

most members share goals of fun, exercise, and fitness at

their base at Sutton Leisure Centre. Adults and children

welcome – check out the Facebook page for details.

www.facebook.com/StHelensSKC

Litter Picking

If you’re looking for inspiration to make your

community tidier by picking up litter, just

check out the story of one man and his litter picking

experiences in St Helens. Ian Roberts’ Facebook page, ‘St

Helens #LitterHeroes’.

If you are interested in getting involved in litter picking,

the council can help you to set up your own community

litter group or put you in touch with an existing group

within the borough. To book litter pickers, orange bin

bags, and a waste collection, please email:

loveyourstreet@sthelens.gov.uk or call 01744 676789.

Musical Theatre

Any budding thespian should check

out these community theatre groups.

Pilkingtons Musical Theatre Company have been

performing in the town for almost a century and are

now based at St Luke’s Church in Eccleston. The Rainhill

Musical Theatre Company have been around in one guise

or another since the 1950’s and are based at the Village

Hall in Dane Court. For more details visit:

www.pilkingtonmtc.co.uk

www.facebook.com/RainhillMTC

N etball

If you know your Goal Attack from your Goal

shooter then you’ll know how to play netball,

but did you know that there’s a thriving Netball Club in St

Helens? The Capricorn Netball Club has teams stretching

from Under 11’s right through to Open Age that all play

within the local leagues. The club train on Monday nights

at Sutton Leisure Centre.

www.facebook.com/capricornnetballteam

O ddfellows

If making friends, helping people and getting

out and about is on your list of things that

you like to do, then the St Helens and Warrington branch

of the Oddfellows Society is right up your street. For

over 200 years, the Oddfellows has helped its members

forge friendships and offered help in times of need. You

can enjoy social events, go on holidays, volunteer, get

membership benefits and much more besides.

www.oddfellows.co.uk

Pedal Power

If you’re new to cycling or looking for moderate

exercise only, then check out Pedal Power

Experience. This council-backed club operates regular

rides from six venues in St Helens, even supplying bikes

and cycle helmets. If you’re looking for a more highpowered

challenge, then check out the St Helens and

Warrington CTC Cycling Club, which operates twiceweekly

rides, mainly round quieter roads in Cheshire.

www.pedalpowerexperience.co.uk

www.sthelensandwarringtonctc.org

Quiz Nights

Not the most active of pursuits admittedly,

but the return walk to the local pub,

and the mental efforts in recollecting the year

when Saints won their first Challenge Cup etc. is

better than sitting on the couch watching Corrie.

Roller Skating

Getting fit can be a tedious slog sometimes, but

here’s one imaginative way to achieve fitness

and have fun too! Roller-skating has wheeled through

many dips and rises since its beginnings in the 1880’s

but is undergoing a new surge in popularity. The IWF

Rollerdome opened on Regent Street in Liverpool in 2021

and Wigan Roller Rink boasts Europe’s biggest indoor

wooden rink. Both venues run lessons for learners.

www.iwf-rollerdrome.com

www.wiganrollerrink.com


S nowsports

You can depend on snowsports venues being

all year-round fun, no matter the weather.

Nearby Runcorn Snowsport Centre offers skiing and

snowboarding lessons, including ski, boot and helmet

hire, for those intent on learning how to hit the big slopes.

www.runcornski.weebly.com

Table Tennis

A recent study showed that table tennis improved

more brain function than dancing, walking or

gymnastics. Not only that it’s a great way to keep fit all year

round. Rainford has a vibrant table tennis club with over 60

members, and a proposal is currently on the table to build a

permanent base in the village.

https://www.facebook.com/Rainford-Table-Tennis-

Club-161863097198835

U

3A

If you take one thing away from this feature it’s

this: If you’re no longer in full time work and you

want to get (or stay active), then join the St Helens U3A!

U3A is a UK-wide movement of locally-run groups that

provides a wide range activities for its members. The St

Helens U3A, founded just five years ago, has hundreds

of members and acts as a gateway to dozens of activities

taking place across St Helens, far more than we have room

to list here. Members also can enjoy social events and

coffee mornings. Membership is just £15 a year and you

pay an additional £2 for every

activity you participate in.

www.u3asites.org.uk/st-helens

V olunteering

There are dozens of groups in the St Helens

area that are looking for volunteers to help

them do their good works. Check out the website below

to help you choose from a selection of local volunteering

opportunities.

www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

W I Forget the jam-making and Jerusalem

image, today’s Women’s Institute is a

modern organisation suitable for all ages. During the

pandemic, members rushed to support foodbanks,

arrange book deliveries and create craft kits for families

home-schooling their children. Local WI’s meet in

Rainford, Rainhill, St Helens, Eccleston and Burtonwood.

www.thewi.org.uk

X-perience Days

Fancy ticking off a few things on your bucket

list in 2022? This website contains a glut of

active experiences. Fancy a flying lesson, doing Britain’s

highest bungee jump, rock climbing, quad biking… you

can find these and thousands of other experiences on the

website below.

www.experiencedays.co.uk

Y

oga

The benefits of Yoga are well documented, and

you too can improve your strength, balance

and flexibility in 2022 by completing a yoga course. You

should try a few sessions at different venues to find an

instructor that you’re comfortable with. Yoga Steve is well

established in St Helens and runs classes at a number of

town centre venues.

www.yogasteve.vpweb.co.uk/classes

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Experts believe sleep and exercise have a bidirectional

relationship. In other words, the

more active you are during the day, the better quality

of sleep. And getting an adequate amount of sleep may

promote healthier physical activity levels during the day

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Fresh New Year

January is a great time to catch up on all those household

chores and get going with an early ‘spring’ clean. Make

it more enjoyable and planet-friendly by choosing goodlooking

tools and eco-conscious supplies.

This coconut fibre scourer

has a bamboo handle, both

of which are plant-based and

biodegradable; the stainlesssteel

wire is easily recyclable.

Bambaw reusable bamboo

dish brush, £6, beaumonde.

co.uk.

Good-looking storage makes organisation

more enjoyable.

Matt black steel and bamboo caddy, £10;

all-purpose hob cleaner, £3; bamboo and

plastic scrubbing brush, £2; bamboo round

dish brush, £2; all dunelm.com.

Make light work of house cleaning

• If you can’t bear the thought of tackling all the

cleaning at once, divide it into manageable tasks,

and devote perhaps an hour a week – or else tackle

one room at a time, maybe over a weekend.

Generously sized and made from pure

cotton, this gingham apron features a pair

of handy patch pockets.

Auberge apron in Wedgwood blue,

£16.99, waltonshop.co.uk.

Take the effort out of everyday cleaning.

Long-handle dustpan and brush, £25,

gardentrading.co.uk.

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way to clean dirty

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compost when

finished with them.

Natural latex

rubber gloves, £3,

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• Be prepared. Have a thorough clear-out and tidy,

change into old clothes and rubber gloves, and

gather the necessary equipment and products.

This is where a sturdy caddy, a tool belt, or an apron

with plenty of large pockets becomes invaluable –

keeping everything with you as you go will save lots

of time.

• As you work, try to be organised, whether it’s one

room at a time or one task at a time. The chores will

generally divide into five main areas: vacuuming,

dusting, mopping/scrubbing, washing and wiping,

and polishing, so bear this in mind when planning,

so as not to miss anything out.

• Don’t forget specific tasks such as turning

mattresses, spot-cleaning upholstery, deepcleaning

the oven, defrosting the freezer, descaling

the shower head and steam cleaning carpets.

• Work from the top of a room to the bottom (in other

words, dust the pendant light before polishing the

table beneath it). Prioritise the hardest-to-clean

item in the room to do early on – then the rest of

the room will be a breeze.


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This eco-friendly cleaner works on a range of high-gloss

surfaces, and comes in a reusable aluminium bottle along

with a microfibre cloth.

Glass cleaner starter pack, £6.99, wearthlondon.com.

Make light work of dusting without the need for toxic

chemicals.

Living Nostalgia genuine natural ostrich feather duster,

kitchencraft.co.uk.

These heavy-knitted cloths can be used, washed, and used again.

Bleached stockinette dishcloth, £1.79, waltonshop.co.uk.

This lemon-scented washingup

soap bar is 100% natural,

biodegradable, plastic-free and

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Dish-washing soap bar in lemon,

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Handmade in the UK, this love seat is composed of Scandinavian

birch, with feather-wrapped foam cushions for squishy comfort.

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For a look that is classically stylish, easy

to live with and works in every room,

choose a subtle palette of whites, greys

and browns.

In a room decorated with neutrals, you will always feel

at home. With an almost infinite range of colours, from

the purest white to pale, mid and deep tones of grey,

beige and brown, they work well for both old and new

houses, and for small or large spaces. Think of the glow

of polished wood, the texture of rattan, the variations

of natural pebbles – these luscious shades, chosen and

combined with care, can be full of character.

This table teams two planks of tactile and sustainably sourced

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First, the basics. Pale can definitely be interesting: shades

of not-quite-white offer a surprising range of options,

from fresh, bright and airy to rich, warm and restful. Rooms

painted in pure white can appear bigger and brighter,

thanks to the way the colour reflects light around. A clean

white wall is a great background for vibrant paintings,

for the coloured spines of books, or for a simple jug of

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with a pink or yellow undertone that warms the space

and is more flattering against the skin.

Beyond white, pale neutrals vary in hue from cream to

sand, through taupe to stone and bleached-timber tones,

while darker neutrals vary from charcoal and ebony to

chocolate – and there is a whole rainbow in between to

choose from, including beautiful greys, from palest dove

to darkest steel. Many people love the laid-back, fresh feel

of a room that puts white on white, or combines a range

of very pale tones, but with neutrals it is also possible

to employ counterpoints of darker tones against lighter

colours, or even to go dark and dramatic all over.

Choose colours by trying them out in situ, using small

tester pots before committing to a bigger purchase. Paint

at least two coats on several pieces of card, and stick them

up on every wall around the room in question. Observe

the colours at the times you’ll usually be in the room, and

with your lights both on and off, as lighting

has a marked effect on neutrals.

soft cotton, warm wool, floaty muslin, fluffy sheepskin,

and so on. Bring out the cosiness of a small bedroom, for

example, with a shaggy rug, matt-painted walls, velvet

curtains and soft woollen throws. Or emphasise a light

and airy living room with satin-varnished floorboards,

glossy woodwork, sheer curtains and silk cushions.

While there is inherent pattern in many of these textures

(the weave of a rug or a wicker basket, for example)

you may wish to introduce some surface pattern, too.

In rooms that are, on the whole, relatively plain, small

pattern features will stand out as focal points. Checks and

stripes, chevrons and zigzags, damasks and geometrics

can all look particularly good. Similarly, the occasional

spot of colour, whether it’s a pale pink cushion, a

turquoise vase or a mustard-coloured lampshade, may

be the perfect finishing touch for an all-neutral room,

adding just a touch of drama and personality to the calm

and welcoming vibe.

The trick is to select layers of colour rather

than just one, creating an interesting, subtly

varied effect. When combining neutrals,

avoid using different hues that are all of the

same tone. An easy way to choose is to take a

colour chart and go up or down (dark to light)

within the same colour family, rather than

working across from colour to colour. You

could use darker tones for woodwork, with

lighter ones for walls or, if you have features

such as cornices and dadoes, perhaps vary

the wall tones with lighter ones above and

darker ones below the divisions. You can also

use different neutrals to provide a gentle

visual link from room to room: perhaps a very

pale colour in a narrow hallway, with slightly

darker hues in a living room and a warm tone

in a dining room, for example.

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The Super League and Challenge Cup winning Head

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and he’ll be leading the charge for another tilt at even

more silverware to follow the team’s ‘three-peat’ of Super

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Kristian will oversee a team that’s filled with top-level

talent, including a host of exciting new recruits such

as Curtis Sironen, Konrad Hurrell, James Bell and Will

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There’s no doubt that Saints will again be the team to

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Home Security:

How safe is

your home?

The ways in which we protect our homes have changed.

From CCTV systems to good old-fashioned burglar

alarms, the list of home security gadgets is endless. But

just how safe is your home?

Last year there were more than 260,000 cases of home

burglary in the UK, the majority of which were conducted

by amateur thieves. Statistics show that your home is

five times more likely to be targeted if no visible security

measures are in place.

How do I know if my home is secure?

With an understanding of basic theft prevention and

an assessment of your property’s security, you will

be in a better position than most to know if security

improvements are needed.

Keep valuables out of sight

Removing valuables from an outside viewpoint gives

thieves no reason to target your property. This includes

car keys, smart devices, bags and jewellery. Even the

packaging of expensive items shouldn’t be left outside as

this acts as an advertisement to criminals.

Check for vulnerable entry points

Forcing entry to a doorway is the most common tactic

for burglars to enter your property. Ensure all entrance

points are secured with suitable locking mechanisms.

Windowless doors with a minimum of two locks are best.

Keep sheds and garages secure

Thieves will often enter a rear garden to obtain tools from

a shed or garage. Never give an intruder the opportunity

to use your own belongings against you.

Think like a thief

Attempt to gain access to your own home without using

a key. Understanding your home’s weaknesses will help

you to understand what improvements are needed.

Don’t make it easy for them

If you lose your house keys, replace the locks immediately.

You should never leave house keys under the doormat or

flowerpot; this is the first place intruders will check.

The most effective methods for

protecting your home

Under lock and key – the simplest solutions are always

the most effective. Over 70% of home intruders gain

access to properties by entering the front door.

Always ensure it remains locked, along with all other

entrances, windows, gates and garages.

Let there be light – outdoor security lighting on

timers or infrared motion sensors are a low-cost

solution for deterring would-be intruders. Make sure

you focus on dimly lit areas, which are hotspots for

attacks, muggings and altercations with criminals

who can take possession of your house or car keys.

Smile for the camera – an alternative option to a full

CCTV system without breaking the bank is a wireless

doorbell camera. Burglars tend to knock on the front

door before entering a property, to check if anyone is

at home. With a door camera you will naturally deter

intruders, be able to see who is knocking on your

smart device and have the added benefit of recording

their face should future evidence be required.

Home and away – the longer a house is uninhabited

the more vulnerable it becomes. Use automatic

lighting and timers for electronic devices to come on

in the evenings, to give the illusion that your house

remains occupied.

Play it safe – if all of the above fails and an intruder

has managed to enter your property, fear not. With

a simple safe box your goods

stand a better chance of

remaining in your home. Fixing

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Fresh starts

Give your New Year’s resolutions a helping hand…

Running Made Easy – Lisa Jackson and Susie Whalley

Whether you’ve got your mind set on running a marathon this year, or you just want to

complete Couch to 5K, this book could prove as invaluable as the right pair of trainers. Within

its pages, you’ll find plenty of tips, running plans and advice, mainly aimed at beginner

runners. Perhaps most importantly, however, you’ll also find lots of motivational real-life

stories of people who’ve used running to dramatically improve their lives..

The Book of Hopes – Edited by Katherine Rundell

This book brings together poems, short stories, essays and illustrations – all designed to ‘comfort,

inspire and entertain’. It’s perfect for dipping into on a coffee break or when you’re in need of a moment

of solace. While it’s aimed at children, there’s no reason why The Book of Hopes can’t be enjoyed just as

much by adults. A beautiful book to give or receive.

Everyday Cook – Donal Skehan

Is your New Year’s resolution to cook more meals from scratch? Most of the recipes in Everyday Cook

are designed to take you from fridge to table within half an hour. (Some dishes can be whipped up in

just fifteen minutes.) There are also meals to freeze for days when you really don’t have the energy to

cook. The recipes might be simple, but they’re far from boring. Think Cheat’s Spring Risotto, Kung Pao

Chicken and Aubergine, and Spicy Prawn Aglio e Olio.

The Wildlife Gardener – Kate Bradbury

British wildlife has declined dramatically over the last few decades. Once common species, such as

the hedgehog, are under threat. If you want to play a role in helping to reverse the decline, this book

is a good starting point. It’s packed with practical tips on encouraging all manner of wildlife into your

garden. You’ll find step-by-step projects, ideas for plants and plenty of gorgeous photography. And

you’ll also be taught how to identify some of your new garden visitors.

Farrow & Ball Recipes for Decorating – Joa Studholme

Planning to refresh your home in 2022? Before you go anywhere near a paintbrush, get some advice

and inspiration from the experts. Farrow & Ball’s no-nonsense guide covers everything from creating

different moods using colour, to tackling common problems such as dark rooms and small spaces.

There are several case studies and tons of photos. Whether you’re craving an ultra-modern living room

or want to bring some country-cottage comfort to your kitchen, this book is for you.

The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide – Jen Gale

Going green can feel pretty daunting, but this book sets out small steps we can all take to help combat

climate change, reduce plastic and cut waste. It’s about making more conscious, informed choices –

from small swaps that you’ll barely notice to more impactful life changes. There are no lectures, no guilt

trips and no preaching – just relatable, easy-to-read advice and ideas.


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Parkside Plans Go Ahead

Almost thirty years since its closure in 1993, Parkside

Colliery in Newton-le-Willows is about to be transformed

as a major industrial estate and logistics hub.

The Parkside development has been hailed as a project

that will bring ‘significant economic benefit’ by the

Government. In his response approving the plans

Michael Gove agreed with the inspectors that the first

phase of the regeneration of the former colliery site in

Newton-le-Willows would help deliver great benefits not

just for the borough but the entire region.

The announcement also saw approval of the Parkside

Link Road, which will create a direct link between the site

and the nearby M6.

The first phase will cover a 93,000 square metre site,

bringing almost 500 jobs during the construction and

the potential of more than 1,300 new jobs offering a

variety of skills in the completed buildings.

St Helens Councillors are ‘keen to get moving’ on turning

Parkside plans into reality as they approve plans that will

see its transformation start early next year.

St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet have approved the

next steps for the development which will see Balfour

Beatty start work on the site in early 2022 to create the

Parkside Link Road.

Councillors also approved plans as part of the joint

venture that will support the bringing forward the

construction of phase one of the development.

Councillor Richard McCauley, Cabinet Member for

Regeneration and Planning, said: “Parkside has significant

regional importance as a large scale economic growth

opportunity and will put St Helens back on the map as

an economic power.

“Michael Gove on his approval of the plans last month

highlighted the significant economic benefits of a site

at the sweet spot between Liverpool and Manchester.

It is also why Parkside has been identified as the largest

custom and tax site in the Liverpool City Region Freeport

plan.”

Cabinet also approved the release of funding for the link

road along with the necessary additional land acquisition

to make junction improvements at the junction of

Southworth Road and Parkside Road to comply with

planning conditions.

What’s on at

Willowbrook

For further details, events and bookings,

please see willowbrook.org.uk/events

January 2022

Thurs 6th-Fri 14th (weekdays only) –

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING

March 2022

Weds 9th – AFTERNOON TEA **

Sat 19th – BLACK KNIGHTS SKYDIVE

April 2022

Sun 3rd – THE BIG, BIG TEA PARTY

and BOUTIQUE MARKET

– at St Helens Hotel

May 2022

(date tbc) ANTIQUE VALUATION

WITH ADAM PARTRIDGE **

Sat 7th – BORN SURVIVOR

MANCHESTER

Weds 11th – AFTERNOON TEA **

Fri 20th – PLANT SALE **

June 2022

Sat 25th – WILLOWBROOK 25th

ANNIVERSARY MOONLIGHT WALK **

July 2022

Sun 3rd – LIVERPOOL TO CHESTER 50

MILE BIKE RIDE AND 5 MILE TUNNEL

RIDE

Sat 9th – LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL

ABSEIL

Sat 16th – OPEN GARDENS –

at Willowbrook Hospice

** denotes event at Willowbrook – The Living Well,

Borough Road, St Helens, WA10 3RN

Registered Registered Charity No. Charity 1020240 No. 1020240

Every Contact Counts


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KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE

Newsletter

Friday Quiz Nights

Free Quiz nights will continue in the New Year on 7, 14

& 28 January 2022 and 11 & 18 February 2022. Doors

open at 7pm and the free quiz starts at 7.30pm. Book a

table for up to 6 team members by calling 01744 884709

or email office@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

The Christmas Quiz night on 03.12.2021 was a great

evening. Congratulations again to the winning team and

a great big thank you to Andy who sets and presents the

quizzes, assisted by Rob.

On 04.02.2021 there will be a special quiz night to raise

funds for the Parish Council’s Chairman’s charity for the

year, Rainford Heritage Society. Tickets are £7 each

including a hotpot supper. Teams of up to 6. Please

call 01744 884709 to book your table or email office@

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Parish Council Meetings

Community Liaison Committee

05.01.2022 and 02.02.2022

Health & Safety Committee

07.01.2022 and 04.02.2022

Finance Planning & Administration Committee

12.01.2022 and 09.02.2022

Full Council meeting

24.01.2021 and 28.02.2022.

All meetings take place at Rainford Village Hall.

Residents are encouraged to address members on matters

of concern to them and are very welcome to attend

meetings. Further information on the Parish Council

website:

www.rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk or call 01744 884709

The Beer Festival is Back for

2022!

The ever-popular Annual Beer Festival will be held at

the Village Hall 11 – 13 February 2022. As in previous

years, we will be showcasing beers from around the

region and, of course, the Gin Table will be available for

those not partial to a pint. Entrance is £3 per person

with tokens for beer available separately. If you are an

individual or business interested in any of the sponsorship

deals available, please contact Vicky Swainbank on 01744

884709 or email admin@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Business Around Rainford

The next breakfast forum for Businesses in Rainford and

Rainford residents who have businesses will take place on

26.01.2022 from 8am – 9am at the Village Hall. Come

along, have some breakfast and meet other business

owners in Rainford.

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

rainfordparishcouncil.gov uk

The Village Hall

Rainford Village Hall is currently undergoing some major

renovation works. The Parish Council have commissioned

work from stonemasons as some of the stone work on the

front of the building is delaminating. Over the past 12

months, the Parish Council have paid for extensive repairs

to our lovely Village Hall, which is now 115 years old.

The decorative brickwork above the entrance to the bar

area had to be removed as it was leaning at a dangerous

angle and the chimney stacks have been repointed.

Additionally, work has been undertaken on the main roof

and brickwork on the bar side of the building. Although

the hall doesn’t look so good with the scaffolding across

the front, the facilities are the same inside and it shouldn’t

be there for much longer.

Rooms are still available to hire from just £10 per hour

for classes, meetings, parties, anniversaries, events and

Wedding Receptions. Call 01744 884709 or email admin@

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk to discuss your requirements.

Rainford Community Cinema

In the New Year, we will be putting together a programme

of Cinema showings for the year. Watch out for the upand-coming

films in the next issue of our newsletter.


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Rainford Christmas Fayre

The Parish Council, in conjunction with St Helens Rotary

organised the Rainford Christmas Fayre which had to be

moved into the Village Hall at the last minute because of

the adverse weather conditions. Despite this, the Fayre

was a great success with some wonderful stalls, fabulous

entertainment from Rainford Band and The Ladies Choir

and, of course Father Christmas in his grotto accompanied

by some fantastic elves. It was great to have photographers

from Rainford High School keeping a record of the event

for us. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day

a great event.

New Councillors

Rainford Parish Council welcomes 2 new members who

were recently co-opted:

Councillor Tracey Denton (Mossborough Ward)

Councillor Andy Griffiths (Muncaster Ward)

There is still a vacancy on the Council for Junction Ward,

so please contact the Clerk if you would like to know

more about the role and responsibilities of being a Parish

Councillor.

St H elens Borough Local Plan

Main Modifications public

consultation

The schedule of proposed main modifications for the

St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020 – 2035 submission

draft and supporting documents have been published for

consultation.

St Helens Council submitted the draft for examination

in October 2020. 2 planning inspectors were appointed

and a series of public hearing sessions were held in May

and June 2021. The Inspectors have now considered

all the evidence put before them and have identified a

number of Main Modifications to be made to the Local

Plan Submission Draft in order for it to be found ‘sound’

in accordance with national policy. Consultation is now

being undertaken on them.

For further details on the consultation, please visit www.

sthelens.gov.uk/localplanmodifications

Community Speed Watch and

Road Safety

The speed watch volunteers are finally out and about

in the village, looking out for speeding vehicles and

illegally parked cars. The aim is to make it unacceptable

to break the speed limit and stop inconsiderate and

dangerous parking throughout Rainford.

Most of the speeding vehicles recorded so far are

Rainford residents! One driver was even caught

speeding twice in the same session!! So, to any

Rainford drivers who think it’s OK to speed through

our lovely Village and park inconsiderately and

illegally, it is not.

To try and get vehicles to slow down, the Parish

Council have wheelie bin stickers for 30mph roads

and 20mph roads. Although these only get put

outside houses once a fortnight, they have been

shown to be very effective in slowing vehicles down.

The stickers are available free of charge from the

Clerk’s Office in the Village Hall. If you and your

neighbours all use them, this will be another way to

tackle speeding vehicles.

If you would like to get involved in the Speed Watch

scheme, please contact 01744 884709 or email

clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

RAINFORD PARISH COUNCIL

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road Rainford WA11 8HB

01744 884709

clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

@rainfordvillagehall

@rainfordparishcouncil


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Missing out on Higher-Rate

Tax Relief?

Are you a higher rate taxpayer and investing into a pension?

Did you know that you need to claim the additional higherrate

income tax relief for your pension? A recent study has

found that up to 80% of higher-rate taxpayers have missed

out on a significant amount of available pension tax relief

between the tax years of 2016/17 and 2018/19.

An estimated total of £810 million went unclaimed by

more than 1.5 million higher and additional-rate taxpayers

in the 2018/19 tax year. This unclaimed tax relief, between

the tax years of 2016/17 and 2018/19, totals £2.5 billion.

Tax relief is one of the advantages of using a pension to

save for retirement. It can add a real boost to your pension

and incentivise you to save for the future.

Here’s five things you should know about tax relief;

1. Higher and additional-rate taxpayers must

claim their additional relief

The basic rate of pension tax relief is 20%. So, a £100

pension contribution would cost you just £80, with the

government adding the remaining £20. If you have a

relief-at-source pension, your pension provider will claim

this tax relief automatically. However, it is only the basic

rate of tax relief that is added automatically.

Higher-rate taxpayers are eligible for 40% tax relief.

Additional-rate taxpayers are eligible for 45% tax relief.

This added tax relief is not given automatically.

If you are a higher or additional-rate taxpayer, you will

most likely need to complete a self-assessment, even if

your pension is handled by your employer, to claim your

extra 20% or 25% tax relief. According to research, some

80% of higher-rate and 53% of additional-rate taxpayers

may have failed to claim this additional tax relief.

2. How to claim back the additional tax relief

If you are a higher- or additional-rate taxpayer, you can claim

your pension tax relief through online self-assessment.

In the relevant section of your online tax return, simply

state the exact amount of your pension contributions.

This should be a gross calculation that includes your

contributions and the basic-rate tax relief of 20%.

Alternatively, you can write to your HMRC tax office,

outlining how much you have paid in pension

contributions, and you will also need to provide personal

details so that you can receive the tax relief. You will need

to contact them every time you have changes to your

pension contributions or your salary.

You’ll receive your tax relief as a rebate at the end of the

tax year or a reduction in your tax liability or a change to

your tax code.

3. You can claim back tax relief from the

previous four years.

You must make your claim within four years of the end of

the tax year you are claiming from.

4. Everyone is entitled to tax relief up to the

Annual Allowance

Each tax year, there is a limit on how much you can

contribute into your pension and still benefit from tax

relief. This is known as the Annual Allowance. In the

2021/22 tax year, the Annual Allowance stands at £40,000

or 100% of your earnings, whichever is lower.

It’s also worth noting that once you start to draw flexibly

from your pension, the Money Purchase Annual Allowance

is triggered. This reduces your Annual Allowance from

£40,000 to just £4,000. If you plan to continue paying

into your pension, you may want to avoid drawing from it

early to maintain the maximum amount of tax relief you

can claim.

5. A financial planner can help identify and

manage all your available tax relief

At Callisto we’re here to help you get the best out of your

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contact us for a complimentary review of your finances.

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which would have an impact on the level of pension benefits available. Your pension income could also be affected by the interest rates at the time you take your benefits.

The tax implications of pension withdrawals will be based on your individual circumstances, tax legislation and regulation which are subject to change in the future. You should seek

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Puzzle Pages

CROSSWORD

across

3. Onyx marble (9)

8. Crack in a lip caused usually by cold (4)

9. Pretending one set of feelings and acting under

the influence of another (3-5)

10. Glacial period in Earth’s history (3,3)

13. Greek muse of love poetry (5)

14. Painfully desirous of another’s advantages (7)

down

1. Copyist, scribe (9)

2. Implanted device that controls heartbeat (9)

4. Milky plant substance that coagulates on

exposure to air (5)

5. Sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol (7)

6. Unwanted email (4)

7. Fencing sword (4)

11. Mental illness in which the mind is dominated

by a single thought or idea (9)

12. Of a triangle, having two sides of equal length (9)

14. Container used to store jam, dried fruit, etc (3)

15. Facility caring for the terminally ill (7)

18. Make cloth by interlacing threads (5)

19. Strong, forceful wind (4)

20. Mammal having partially webbed feet; valued

for its fur (4)

15. Ugly, evil-looking old woman (3)

16. Citizen who has a legal right to vote (7)

17. Devoutly religious (5)

21. Breathe out (6)

22. Early Christian church (8)

23. Bake in a kiln so as to harden (4)

24. Apiarist (9)

Wordwheel

Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten

minutes to find as many words as possible, none of

which may be plurals, foreign words or proper nouns.

Each word must be of three letters or more, all must

contain the central letter and letters can only be used

once in every word. There is at least one word that uses

all of the letters in the wheel.

target

Excellent: 20 or more words

Good: 16 words

W

T

N

R

I

E

Fair: 12 words


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WORDSEARCH

Music

Banjo

Drum

Bass

Flute

Bodhran

Guitar

Castanet

Harp

Cello

Mandolin

Chimes

Oboe

Cittern

Pennywhistle

Clarinet

Piano

Cornet

Cymbal

Didgeridoo

Sitar

Tambourine

Trumpet

Viola

Violin

SUDOKU

word LADDER

Change one letter at a time (but not the position

of any letter) to make a new word - and move from

the word at the top of the ladder to the word at the

bottom, using the exact number of rungs provided.

FOOT

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: to talk

nonsense and say

things that aren’t true.

Trace a path through all

the letters to find the

word or phrase that fits

the clue.

R I A T

T F H O

O O L L

B E F U

YARD

All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 80 of this magazine


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Darwen Moor

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 5 miles Difficulty: Medium

To help those of you who are working hard to get yourself

fit for the new year, we headed out to Tockholes for a walk

that is sure to get anyone’s cardiovascular system racing.

At just over five miles, this Darwen Moor walk dips into

the area around Higher Roddlesworth Reservoir, levels

out at Earnsdale Reservoir before the climb to Darwen

Moor, and enjoyed wonderful views across Lancashire.

We start at the car park next to Vaughns Country

Café at the foot of the Moor (BB3 0PA). Please

make sure you use the rear of car park, which

is for the use of walkers, rather than the

front of the car park which is for the Royal

Oak pub next door.

Take the public footpath opposite the

pub and head down the steps, passing the

ruins on the right, and carry on downhill

where you’ll see glimpses of Roddlesworth

through the trees. Once you reach the

wooden fence at the bottom, turn

right to walk around the right-hand

side of Roddlesworth.

After 300 yards, you’ll approach a

fork – take the lesser-used uphill path to the right. Follow

this through the woods until you reach the Tockholes

Road. Turn left and follow the road until you reach Fine

Peters Farm. Cross over and go through the gate at the

left-hand side of the farm, following a track.

The track (Dean Lane) starts to climb, affording super

views, and then dips to a crossroad of paths. Carry

straight on down the cobbled path (Donkey Brow)

and this will eventually bring you out at Earnsdale

Reservoir. Follow the path round Earnsdale and

stay on the tarmacked road uphill until you

reach Waterhouse (1897). Carry on in the

same direction for 50 yards and then take a

right turn up the concrete road.

Just before the second bend on the concrete

road, there’s a gap in the safety barrier; go

through the gap and follow the well-defined

path until you come to a gate, set in a drystone

wall. Go through the gate and

follow the path for 150 yards until you

arrive at a wider path. Turn right and go

through the entrance to Darwen Moor.


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Further up the path you reach a fork, here you take the

main left fork and climb the hill until you get to the tower.

Go round the tower to the left and you’ll see a path

running away southwards towards the mast; take this

path and when you reach a junction (look for the bench),

turn left for 150 yards until you reach a marker that

indicates the West Pennine Way/Witton Weavers Way

junction; here you take a sharp right uphill along Witton

Weavers Way.

Tockholes Road

Green Hill

Houghton Farm

Witton Weavers Way

Sunnyhurst

Clough

Sunnyhurst

Tockholes Road

Earnsdale

Reservoir

Higher

Roddlesworth

Reservoir

Tockholes

Number 1

Plantation

Sunnyhurst Hey

Reservoir

Sniddle

Hill Farm

Ryal Fold

Jubilee Tower

Tockholes

Number 2

Plantation

P

Stepback Brook

Higher Wenshead

Darwen

Hill

Tockholes Road

New Barn

Waterfall

Tockholes Road

Duckshaw Clough

Darwen Moor

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Darwen-Moor

Cartridge Hill

White Hill


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junction; here you take a sharp right uphill along Witton

Weavers Way.

Darwen Tower can get pretty busy with walkers

sometimes, but once you get up onto the top of Darwen

Moor the crowds start to thin out and you can appreciate

the amazing countryside views. Follow the path for almost

a mile until you reach a gate with a bench just the other

side of it. Go though here and wind your way downhill

until you reach a stone marker by a wooden gate.

Go through the gate and take the path that cuts a visible

green swathe through moorlands. Follow this somewhat

muddy path uphill again and immediately after you

have gone through a second gate, bear left downhill and

follow this muddy path down to New Barn Farm.

Bear right when you have reached the farm, so through

another gate and follow that path for ¼ mile until you

once again reach the Witton Weavers path. Take a sharp

left through a gate and then follow that path for a further

½ mile downhill until you return to the car park where you

started.

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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A history of

Darwen Tower

Darwen Tower is a Grade

II listed structure which

was built in 1897/98 to

commemorate Queen

Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee,

but to the people of Darwen

it symbolises something

more fundamental – the right

to access to Darwen Moor.

Back in the 1870’s, the Lord

of the Manor, a Reverend

called Duckworth who lived

in Somerset, instructed his gamekeepers to

block the ancient rights of way onto the Moor.

Coal supplier William Ashton took exception to

this move, he had to supply farmers who lived on

the Moor, and when Duckworth’s gamekeepers

blocked his way, he unblocked it. After a few

bloody skirmishes, the issue went to court and by

1896 the townspeople had

regained the right to use the

moorland footpaths. Ashton

had died a couple of years

earlier, but his three sons led

a celebratory procession up

on to the moors to the spot

where the Tower now stands.

The victory coincided with

the town’s desire to celebrate

Queen Victoria’s diamond

jubilee. An anonymous letter

to the local paper suggested a landmark be built

on the Moor to commemorate the Jubilee and

also to celebrate the freeing of the Moors. The

townspeople rallied behind the idea and the

tower was opened in September 1898 by the

Reverend William Duckworth himself.


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All the colours of the rainbow

Joy in the winter garden

Create orange and yellow sunshine in

The start of a new year is the perfect time to review your

patch of outdoor space to ensure it fills you with joy. You

need either strong structural design or a wonderful array

of rainbow shades, punctuated by architectural forms.

Planting a rainbow

Aim to provide something that fits into the chart of the

seven visible spectrum colours: red, orange, yellow, green,

blue, indigo and violet. Almost certainly, you will already

have some green, but there are many different shades.

The secret is to have one shade of green set off against

another – dark and light is the classic combination. You

can play with greens all year round, but January is the

month they can really bring the show alive.

Reds for the winter garden

Think about stems and bark as well as flowers, foliage

and berries, and there is a feast of red opportunity. The

fiery stems of Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ or Cornus

alba ‘Sibirica’ will set the border ablaze, particularly if you

prune down your cornus in late winter or very early spring

so that the new growth is pleasingly vertical. The rich

mahogany bark of Prunus serrula, or Tibetan cherry, can

look stunning against a backdrop of dark green hedging

or the brown leaves of winter beech. Lower to the ground

you might consider heuchera such as H. ‘Forever Red’ or

H. ‘Paprika’. Then we have rhododendrons, some of which

can be adorned with a blousy show of scarlet this month.

the garden

With ornamental grasses in borders or pots, January

will glow. Clumps of tall miscanthus with its warm,

yellow-orange stems and seed heads will look dignified

in January, providing structure and colour. Choose an

orange-stemmed cornus for vertical accent and dot these

plants around in repeated forms to bring the picture

together. Plant Eranthis hyemalis, the winter aconite,

under deciduous shrubs to create a spreading, golden

carpet and consider Mahonia ‘Winter Sun’, a magnificent

structural shrub with yellow, scented winter flowers to

transform a shady corner.

Beat the winter blues with garden blue,

indigo and violet

Blue fescue is an evergreen grass that can create winter

blues and there are plenty of conifers and shrubs with

steely-blue foliage to provide structure and colour,

including Juniperus ‘Blue Star’ and Pittosporum ‘Wrinkled

Blue’. Eucalyptus gunnii, with its strikingly blue juvenile

leaves, can be tamed by clipping for winter beauty. For

an indigo or violet hue, consider the conifer Cryptomeria

japonica, which turns a pleasing shade of purple in winter.

Evergreen heucheras can provide low mounds of purple

foliage to line paths and provide a safe haven for wildlife.

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the models that are escaping

the big price rises

In recent months, with new car production badly affected

by a shortage of components – namely due to limited

supplies of semiconductors, which are used in everything

from reversing cameras to safety assistance systems –

buyers are flocking to used cars like never before.

It’s having a huge knock-on effect on the prices of used

cars too – especially on the models with long waiting

times for a brand-new version. In fact, recent data from

automotive analysts Cap HPI showed that values rose

by 20.3 per cent in a five month period, with some cars

jumping in value by nearly 50 per cent in that time.

It means that used cars are now pricier than they’ve

ever been. However, there is still a range of models that

continue to offer great value for money. Here are the used

car bargains still available.

BMW X3 M Competition

BMW’s M division is best known for its sports saloons

like the M3 and M5, but these days the brand’s sporty

SUVs play an equally important part. Take the X3 M

Competition, for example, the brand’s entry-level M

model in the SUV line-up – though with its 503bhp twin

turbo 3.0-litre engine under the bonnet, it’s far from basic

in terms of performance.

If you wanted a new model it would set you back an eyewatering

£83,000 (and that’s before you’ve chosen any

optional extras). But by looking at used versions instead

you can save a considerable chunk of money. We found

a 2020 car with just 5,000 miles on the clock for £60,000,

which is a vast saving off the original list price.

Vauxhall Astra

Though Vauxhall’s

Astra might not be

the most aspirational

car in its class, that

has never harmed

its popularity. And it’s this that works to its advantage if


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you’re looking for a bargain, as with the huge choice of

models available, it helps to guarantee you a great deal

on a used example.

So while the soon-to-be-replaced Astra might cost you

£20,000 new, by looking at nearly-new versions you can

quite easily save yourself well in excess of £5,000. We

spotted a 2020 car with under 10,000 miles on the clock

for just £13,495 – you’d struggle to find a new city car for

that price. While it’s often overlooked, the Astra is still

good to drive, looks good and has a practical interior that

is ideal for families.

Volkswagen

Arteon

Sometimes the best

trick to finding a

used car bargain is

to choose a car that

flies under the radar,

and one great example is the Volkswagen Arteon. It’s the

brand’s most ‘executive’ model these days, yet despite its

striking design it’s often cast aside by buyers who favour

a more premium badge.

By doing so they’re missing out on its refined driving

experience, upmarket interior and efficient engines,

though. However, you can use this to your benefit, as

a 2020 car in high-spec R-Line trim with low miles is

available from around £26,000 – an almost ridiculous

£13,000 less than the list price of a new example. So, while

used car values might be rising at a silly rate, there are

most certainly still bargains that can be had.

Audi e-tron

Due to the increased

popularity of electric

cars, it often means

bargains are quite

rare. One exception to that rule is the Audi e-tron – the

brand’s flagship SUV – which, despite its high-quality,

tech-laden interior and comfortable drive isn’t holding its

value quite as well as you might expect.

But that just makes it a terrific used buy, especially as a

2020 car with under 10,000 miles on the clock can be had

for £45,000 – a huge £15,000 saving on what you’d pay

for a brand-new model. Just be aware that this applies to

the ‘50’ model with the smaller battery option, which only

allows for an electric range of around 200 miles.

Mercedes SL

While Mercedes

might be gearing

up to launch its new

‘SL’ as its convertible

flagship, its recently axed predecessor is well worth

your attention. Though more old-school in its character,

this glamorous drop-top is still dripping in class, with a

punchy engine that would prove effortless on the longdistance

trips this Mercedes is meant for.

Though no longer available to buy new, a factory-fresh

version would have set you back upwards of £80,000. But

today, you could expect to find a one-year-old example

with just a few thousand miles on the clock for around

£65,000. Granted, that’s still a lot of money, but a very

generous saving off the original asking price.


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Contact us on 01744 891717 for a no obligation quote

Visit our showroom/factory at; Crows Nest, Ashton Road, Billinge, WN5 7XX (near Windy Arbour crossroads)

www.orrellwindows.co.uk

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