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LocalLife

St Helens Edition

Mar/Apr 2022

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Memberships to

Pages 58-59

Labour of Love

Pages 34-35

Rainford & Billinge

Parish Newsletters

Pages 60-62

Jack’s Tracks to Cheshire Castles

Pages 64-66

New!

Alan Titchmarsh Column

Page 67

Top Five Cruising Destinations

Pages 52-54

Colour your Home Happy

Pages 46-47

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


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Nicola Robinson

Monday

Eccleston

Lester Drive Community Centre, St Helens WA10 5ES

5.45pm & 7.15pm

Tel: Nicola 07526 555012

Email: nicola.robinson@hotmail.co.uk

Alison Lee

Tuesday

Haydock

Haydock New Life Church, Pythian Street, WA11 0UH

8.45am, 10.15am, 5pm, 6.30pm & 7.45 pm

Tel: Alison 07828 974312

Email: alijlee@hotmail.co.uk

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Thursday

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4.45pm & 6.15pm

Tel: Dean 07388 207838

Email: choose.health@icloud.com

SATURday

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7.45am & 9.15am

Tel: Dean 07388 207838

Email: choose.health@icloud.com

James Holden

Thursday

Rainford

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5.15pm & 6.45pm

Tel: James 07891 027831

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I’m far from being a Royal cheerleader, but I have, I

suspect like many readers, an enormous amount of

respect for Her Majesty the Queen.

For someone to pledge, as she did in 1947 to the nations

that make up the Commonwealth, ‘that my whole life,

whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your

service’ was a substantial commitment from a 21-yearold,

and remarkably, one that the Queen has adhered to

in the 75 years that have passed since.

Not sure about you, but I don’t remember much about

being 21 (apart from the hangover from hell the day

after my birthday), but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have

had the presence of mind to promise anything of that

magnitude and still be able to uphold that promise 75

years on. Would you?

There’s lots going on to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum

Jubilee, but if you’re planning to host a local celebration

then we’d love to help you publicise it in our next

issue free of charge. Just email details of the event to

editorial@locallife247.co.uk along with your name and

contact number.

See you next time

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk

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This month’s highlights

34. Labour of Love

Contents

14. Beauty

16 genius beauty hacks.

24. Health

The dangers of ultra-processed foods.

48. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size!

56. Food

Seared lamb fillets with garlic dressing.

40. Front Door Facelift 46. Colour Your Home

63. Baking

Gluten-free chocolate caramel tarts.

67. Greenfingers...

New!

The Alan Titchmarsh column.

68. Home & Garden Services

Find the best local traders for you.

64. Jack’s Tracks - Cheshire Castles

70. Motoring

Range Rover rivals.

52. Top 5 Cruises

58. WIN Memberships!

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Planning a Platinum Party?

There’s a double Bank Holiday weekend being held in

June (2-5 June) to commemorate The Queen’s Platinum

Jubilee. The country and the Commonwealth will be

celebrating her 70 years of service.

This event, and the end of those damned restrictions,

give us a great opportunity to party like we never have

before!

Street parties have long been associated with times of

national celebrations, and if getting together with your

neighbours at bunting-covered tables laden with food

and drink to chat, laugh, sing, and dance the day (and

night!) away is your idea of fun, then this is an opportunity

not to be missed.

Good planning is essential for any party, and the larger

the party, the more planning is needed.

The first thing you’ll need to do is ask the council’s

permission to close your road (or part of your road), so

that everyone can enjoy the celebrations safely, and it’s

best to do this as early as possible.

As long as your road isn’t a major transport route it should

be a smooth process.

Any resident interested in applying for a Street Party will

need to contact St Helens Council via events@sthelens.

gov.uk or by ringing 01744 676789.

Councils generally recommend that you take insurance

cover for street parties, and if you plan to do so, then you

can expect to pay at least £50, depending on the scale of

the party. They may ask you to check with other residents

on the street to make sure there are no objections to the

party.

There are a number of organisations including www.

streetparty.org.uk and www.edenprojectcommunities.

com who can provide free packs offering ideas,

inspiration, and tips to help you get the party started and

can also help you overcome any obstacles.

Any finally, if you’re holding a larger celebration and you

need free publicity to promote your party, then email

details to editorial@locallife247.co.uk.

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Rock & Roll Bingo

Are you ready for Rock & Roll Bingo? Tickets are now on

sale for Willowbrook Hospice’s first ever music bingo

night on Friday, April 1 from 7pm-late at the Living Well

Marquee on Borough Road in St Helens (WA10 3RN).

Instead of numbers on your bingo card, there’s a

selection of chart-topping hits from all eras! Listen to

short clips and mark off the song on your bingo card. It’s

fun and you are guaranteed lots of laughter and dancing.

Tickets cost £15 per person, and this will get you 4 games

of music bingo as well as entry into the raffle for a chance

to win some great prizes, including tickets to Haydock

Park, fizz, vouchers and much more.

For more information or to book your tickets, please visit

www.willowbrook.org.uk/events or call 01744 453798.

Dolittle in Rainhill

The latest Junior production for the Rainhill Musical

Theatre Company, Dr Dolittle, will run from 8th-10th

April. The musical tells the classic tale of a wacky, but

kind, doctor who can talk to animals.

When Doctor Dolittle attempts to help a seal named

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

before General Bellowes. Once pronounced innocent,

Dolittle is free to continue with his search for the Great

Pink Sea Snail — the oldest, wisest creature on earth.

The production takes place at the Rainhill Village Hall

on Weaver Avenue in Rainhill (L35 4LU). Tickets are

priced at £10, with concessionary tickets priced at

£8. To book tickets, call 07399 031 655 or visit www.

rainhillmusicaltheatrecompany.co.uk

Craft Fair

St Peter’s Church in Newton-le-Willows will be hosting

a craft fair on Saturday, April 23 and they are on the

lookout for any local crafter or craft business, who might

like to sell their wares.

The event, on Church Street in the village, is always well

attended and is a great opportunity to sell and have a

browse of all the other craft supplies. The fair will run

from 10am-3.30pm.

If you are interested in booking a stall, then please

register your interest by emailing stpeterscraftfairs@

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Work has started on the external refurbishment of the

iconic Gamble Building in St Helens.

Dating back to 1896, the Grade II listed building has been

closed to the public since 2017 due to structural issues

caused by water damage making the lower levels of the

building unsafe.

In 2019, the council announced its commitment to bring

The Gamble – a gift to the people of St Helens by Sir David

Gamble, the first Mayor of St Helens – back into use.

With scaffolding now up, work is underway as part of

a £1.5m restoration project which includes replacing

windows, as well as repairs to the roof, downpipes and

external decoration - with brickwork and terracotta

repairs being carried out by local firm, Stone Central.

There is also a repurposing exercise underway to look

at future use of the building, with residents keen to see

a library return to the landmark building which was

originally designed as a library and technical school.

External works are expected to be completed in Spring

2022, following which plans for internal refurbishment

Gamble Work Starts

of The Gamble will be advanced and funding sources

secured, including the related Town Deal allocation, to

secure earliest possible reopening for public use.

Councillor Richard McCauley, St Helens Borough Council’s

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said:

“The Gamble is close to the hearts of many in St Helens,

so it’s great to see the ongoing works to restore such a

beautiful building.”

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Picnic in the Park

Rainford’s leading music festival, Picnic in the Park, will be

back with a bang this summer with a stellar line up of live

music – and tickets are already selling fast.

Saturday, June 11 is the date for your diary, so get set

for a day of music, food, and merriment. Headlining the

show this year will be the one and only Chesney Hawkes,

followed by Blackpool acoustic country band Five O’clock

Somewhere, Ultra 90’s who will be performing the best in

classic dance and club anthems followed by Ska tribute

Mainly Madness, an Oasis tribute, Oaces, and local lad,

singer/songwriter Bradley Johnson.

In addition to the music line-up there will be children’s

activities, a range of stalls and various food outlets. No

alcohol is sold on site, but you are welcome to bring your

own.

Tickets this year cost £25 per adult or £15 per primary

school child. A Gazebo pack costs £170, including 6

standard tickets and a lot for your gazebo. And this year

you can also book a VIP Gazebo pack for £750, bagging

you the use of a festival gazebo at the front of the stage,

10 tickets and drink and nibbles on arrival.

Proceeds from the festival will be shared between

Rainford Rangers, Rainford Tennis Club, Rainford Boys’

Brigade and Girls’ Association and Rainford Cricket Club.

Tickets are bookable now at www.rainforddfestival.co.uk

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Advertising Feature

Ewe will love this new

local Estate Agent!

An estate agency with a difference has opened in St

Helens. EweMove is rated as the number one estate

agent in the country by the reviews site Trustpilot, and

when Rainhill’s Jon Davies was looking to build on his

experience and start an estate agency, the multi-award

winning EweMove was his number one choice.

Jon said, “I’ve always been impressed by EweMove’s

marketing and their use of technology. But what

impressed me most about them was their core values

of honesty, integrity and always putting the customer

first. This is something that is really important to me.”

“I knew from my research that the majority of people

think all Estate Agents are the same, but EweMove

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Selling your home is often described as being one of

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death and divorce. Given that many people are selling

a house in tandem with buying one, and sometimes

depend on similar transactions up and down a housing

chain going smoothly in a simultaneous fashion, it’s not

surprising that stress levels are so high.

It’s times like this when you need a knowledgeable

estate agent who is always on hand personally to

help you sell your home, and that’s where Jon can

help. Jon is your personal estate agent from the very

start of your moving process to the very end. He is

on hand to deal with your initial valuation, marketing

plan, viewings, offer negotiation and sales progression

through to completion, meaning your sale is always

handled professionally and puts your interests first.

Jon’s really excited about helping as many local people

as possible. He said, “I have lived in St Helens all of

my life, went to school at St Edmund Arrowsmith in

Prescot and played football for Rainhill Rockets for

many years. I really am a local agent! I am very excited

about the future and the opportunity to help as many

people as possible.

“I believe my role is to give honest, expert advice, and

get your property to be seen by as many people as

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and more offers which will get you the best price for

your property.”

Whether you are looking to sell or let your home (or if

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contact Jon on 01744 419 310 or visit:

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You can also be first in the queue to check out new

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Competition Winners

Our January/February issue carried a couple of great

reader competitions. The main one was, of course, the

amazing chance to win two Saints Memberships for

2022, and this was won by Jason Rigby of Eccleston.

Just a couple of days before the season started, Jason told

Local Life how happy he was to win the Memberships.

“Me and my Dad, Brian, normally get the memberships

anyway, but we just

haven’t got round

to buying them for

2022. So, happy

days!”

via the in-magazine competition and Matthew Webster

from Orrell won the second pair via our Facebook

competition.

Thank you to all who entered.

Turn to pages 58/59 in this issue for a chance to win a

three-month membership for GoActive in St Helens – we

have two memberships up for grabs!

We also gave away

two pairs of tickets

to see comedian Ed

Byrne at the Theatre

Royal in St Helens.

Neil Sayer from

Pinfold Drive, also in

Eccleston, won a pair

Jason Rigby

Neil Sayer

Matthew Webster

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• Probate and Insurance valuation reports undertaken

• Full house clearance service available

• Regional valuations centres around the north-west

St Helens Valuation Days

4th Wednesday of Every Month

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Choir Celebrates

Members of the Haydock Male Voice Choir are excited

to be entering their centenary year, starting on March 1.

The group has come a long way since their inaugural

rehearsal at the Haydock Conservative Club back in 1922,

when just twenty local men turned up.

To kick the year off with a sense of occasion, a concert

has been arranged to take place at the St Helens Town

Hall on Saturday March 26.

This concert will involve not only Haydock Male Voice

choir but members from the Rossendale Male Voice

Choir, as well as musicians from The Parr Band. It is certain

to be an evening of excellence for those who enjoy high

quality muscial entertainment.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets, priced at £8

per person, can be purchased by contacting 07890

023563.

For more information about the concert or about how

you can get involved with the choir, please call 01942

602856 or go online at www.haydockmvc.com

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From make-up tips to haircare advice,

these tips could make your life easier.

When you paint your nails, start from your little finger

1 rather than your thumb. You’ll lower the risk of

smudging your freshly painted nails.

2

Matte lipstick is on-trend but very unforgiving. Before

using it, mix a dash of olive oil with half a teaspoon of

brown sugar to treat your lips to a DIY lip scrub.

Clean your make-up brushes regularly with facial

3 cleanser or a mild shampoo. Rinse thoroughly and

leave to air dry.

Don’t test foundation on your hand – you won’t get

4 a good colour match. Instead, try it on your jawline.

Wrap a small scoop of porridge oats up in a muslin

5 cloth and tie the ends to secure. Drop it in your bath

while the water is running. The oat oils work wonders on

dry skin.

Leave at least a day between shaving/waxing and

6 applying fake tan. Otherwise, you risk causing

irritation and ending up with a patchy tan.

Not keen on heavily fragranced body oils? Switch to

7 pure almond oil. Add a few drops of essential oil if you

want a hint of natural fragrance.

8

Leave your facial cleanser

to soak in for a few minutes

before wiping it off. It’ll act as a mini

face pack. This works particularly

well with balm cleansers.

Apply eye cream with your ring

9 finger. It’s the weakest so you’re

less likely to pull at the skin. Dab

(rather than rub) the cream in.

If you often forget to apply SPF in the cooler

10 months, try swapping your foundation for a

tinted SPF cream.

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Hair feeling lank or lacklustre? Try switching to a

shampoo that’s free from sulphates and silicones.

Sulphates can strip hair of its natural, healthy oils, while

silicones can build up over time and weigh hair down.

12

Put wet hair in multiple plaits before bed for easy

curls the next day. Brush through if you want

looser waves.

Freshly washed hair is

13 harder to style. So if you

have a big night out coming up,

wash your hair the day before.

It’ll then hold its style better for

your evening out.

14

Rather than splashing

out on expensive travelsized

products (they can be

more than double the price per

ml), decant your usual products

into small reusable containers.

15

Do you subscribe to Birchbox or a similar

subscription box? Save the products you don’t

fancy throughout the year. By Christmas, you’ll have a

stack of cracker prizes and stocking fillers. You could

even use them to fill a personalised advent calendar for

a friend.

Skin and hair changes as we age, so what worked

16 for you a few years ago may not be as effective

today. Embrace the chance to try something new!


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Family Fun Day

It’s ten years since Greenslate Farm in Billinge opened as

a Community Farm, and the members will be celebrating

its 10th anniversary by holding a series of events

throughout the year. The Farm has a long-standing

reputation for staging vibrant, engaging community

events, and members promise a return to those events

now that Covid restrictions have eased.

The first of these events is a Family Fun Day, which is being

held on Sunday 10th April from 10 am to 4 pm. This will

consist of an

artisan market,

an Easter

Egg Hunt for

the children,

live music

throughout

the day and

many more

attractions.

Delicious coffee

and cakes, tasty

snacks and wholesome meals will all be available at the

Straw Bale Cafe and, of course, the donkeys and other

animals will be welcoming visitors, just as they do every

weekend.

If you are a local person looking to sell your craftwork or

produce at the Family Fun Day, or you’re a musician who

could help to entertain the visitors, please contact the

Greenslate Community Farm Community Nurture Team

via patdavies99@icloud.com or bowyer21@hotmail.co.uk

Art Club

Members of the St Helens Art Club would like to invite

you to expand your creative horizons and join them

at their weekly meeting. You don’t have to be a great

painter and it doesn’t even matter if you’ve never picked

up a paint brush before, just turn up and join in.

The group meets every Saturday, between 10am-12pm,

on the 2nd floor in the World of Glass Museum on Chalon

Way in the town centre. For more information, please

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Easter Family Day

Don’t miss the Easter Family Day being held at Haydock

Park Racecourse on Saturday, April 16. Kids can enjoy

bouncy castles, a helter skelter, an inflatable carnival,

rodeo bull, face painters, a balloon modeller and more.

Oh, and there’s some horse racing going on too.

The day runs from 11am-4pm and you can secure your

tickets at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Stage & Screen

Rainford Band will be performing music from stage and

screen at a concert being performed at Rainford Village

Hall on Saturday, March 26. The concert is being held

in aid of the Rainford Parish Council’s Chairman’s Fund,

which is, this year, to benefit the Rainford Heritage

Society.

Doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 8pm.

Tickets are £15 and you can buy yours by calling the

Parish Council on 01744 884709 or emailing admin@

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Billinge Picnic

Billinge Residents Association have secured a National

Lottery grant of £1,250 to help throw a Picnic in the Park

event on the Queen’s Jubilee weekend in June. Billinge

Parish Council have also provided funding for the event.

You’re invited to bring along your own food and drink to

Bankes Park for the event which will run between 1pm-

6pm on Sunday, June 5. The St Helens Concert Band

will be providing muscial entertainment, and there will

also be a childrens’ disco, craft stalls, a small funfair for

children and various other attractions.

Organ Recital

The Ormskirk Street United Reform Church will be awash

with the sounds of music on Wednesday, Apil 6 when

organist Peter Kwater delivers his Lenten organ recital.

Tickets cost £10 per person, and this includes entry to the

recital and a meal. The meal will be served at 12pm and

the recital begins at 1.30pm. Tickets can be purchased

from the Church office (WA10 2JZ ) between 9am-

1.30pm. For more information, please call 01744 28314

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Business Boost

St Helens Borough Council has teamed up with St

Helens Chamber and Business Doctors, to launch a new

Business Advocates initiative to help local independent

businesses recover from COVID-19.

Over the next three months, the Business Advocates will

be visiting local businesses to understand issues they

are currently facing, and providing support through an

advisory service, training workshops and networking

events. They will also host regular ‘open drop-in surgeries’

for businesses and host face-to-face seminars.

Councillor Kate Groucutt, St Helens Borough Council’s

Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Business, said:

Local independent businesses are the heartbeat of any

town and district centre, and we recognise the difficulties

they have faced during the coronavirus pandemic, which

is why we have put a number of initiatives in place to

support them during this tough time.”

The Business Advocates will provide regular

updates through their social media platforms and

for more information on the project, please email

businessadvocates@sthelenschamber.com

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More than half the calories we eat in

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health, and how can we cut back?

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makes up more of your shopping trolley than you’d think.

The term is often used interchangeably with ‘processed

food’ but they’re not the same. So, what exactly are ultraprocessed

foods, how are they affecting our health and

what can we do to cut back?

Generally, most of the food we eat has been processed in

one way or another. Milk is pasteurised to make it safe to

drink, beans are dried and canned to extend their shelf

life, and seeds are pressed to produce oils. However, this

doesn’t necessarily make these foods unhealthy. Ultraprocessed

foods, on the other hand, contain ingredients

you wouldn’t typically find in your kitchen cupboard.

Chemicals, colourings, sweeteners, preservatives – ultraprocessed

foods are littered with them.

Some of the foods that fall into this category are

unsurprising. Crisps, fizzy drinks, biscuits and ice cream

are all highly processed, but did you know that even

breakfast cereals, white bread and ready meals are too?

It can be hard to detect highly processed foods, which

unfortunately makes us even more likely to add them to

our shopping basket. But what damage does this do to

our bodies?

Created to be convenient, cheap and tasty, ultraprocessed

foods are typically high in sugars, refined

grains, fats and salt. They also have very little nutritional

value and are highly addictive, which explains why they’re

so prevalent in our diets. They’re hard to resist! Recently,

highly processed foods have also been linked to heart

disease, diabetes, obesity and even some cancers.

As with anything though, moderation is key. There’s

nothing wrong with a biscuit dipped in your cup of tea or

a takeaway every now and again. The trick is to eat ultraprocessed

foods as part of a healthy balanced diet. So,

how can we limit the amount of highly processed foods

we consume?

Check your labels

One of the easiest ways to check whether a food product

is highly processed is to read the ingredients list. A label

full of long words you can’t pronounce is one sign that a

food is highly processed. You can also check the Nutrition

Information Panel to identify foods with high amounts of

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Find substitutes

There are plenty of substitutes to ultra-processed foods

on the market. Instead of crisps try low-fat popcorn,

which is wholegrain and a good source of fibre. Swap

sugary cereals for unsweetened oatmeal, and replace

white bread with a homemade or granary loaf.

Cook more meals from scratch

When you prepare a meal from scratch, you have more

control over the ingredients you’re consuming. You can

also pack in plenty of whole foods, such as vegetables,

beans, legumes and whole grains. Start compiling a list of

quick and easy meal ideas to prepare when you’re feeling

lazy. Salads, omelettes and stir-fries require little effort,

and are super tasty too.

Be wary of false advertising

Don’t be fooled by phrases like ‘fat-free’, ‘natural’, ‘no

added sugar’ and ‘sugar-free’. Foods that are advertised

as healthy often contain artificial ingredients or other

chemical additives, such as artificial sweetener, which

make them significantly more processed – and unhealthy

– than they might first appear. Remember to check the

ingredients list!

Keep healthy

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If you’re in a rush, grabbing

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However, keeping your

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easier to make healthy

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boiled eggs are all good examples of simple but tasty

snacks that’ll keep you energised throughout the day.

Take it slow

If ultra-processed foods constitute a large portion of your

diet, it’s a good idea to reduce your intake of these foods

slowly at first. This is because going cold turkey increases

your likelihood of craving the high-fat, high-sugar foods

your body has become accustomed to. Plus, sometimes

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trying to enjoy one unprocessed or minimally processed

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Art Springs Up

This spring, a series of exciting new artworks

commissioned by Heart of Glass will bring the streets of

St Helens alive with colour and creativity as communities

and artists make their mark on public spaces.

As part of the collaborative arts organisation’s Arts

Council funded Creative People and Places programme,

several internationally renowned artists, supporting

partners and residents will work together to

create striking art pieces across the borough.

Angharad Williams, Head of Creative People and Places

Programme at Heart of Glass said, “At Heart of Glass we

believe art is for everyone and belongs everywhere.

Through our CPP programme, and thanks to the artists,

partners, and communities we work with, inspiring

projects such as these create empowering cultural events

that connect us all.”

Meanwhile, Arriva North West will give

people from across St Helens the unique

opportunity to experience ‘art on the move’

as its local buses are transformed with

artworks made in collaboration with young

people, members of Buzzhub St Helens CDP

and the borough’s LGBTQI+ community.

Finally, after the huge success of last year’s

murals by residents and Nomad Clan in

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area will be transformed over the coming

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Shops

QUIZ

1. What name would be used in the UK for what

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Zealand?

2. The 2018 BBC TV documentary series Flatpack

Empire went behind the scenes of which retailer?

3. A 2021 Christmas TV advert for Tesco was

cleared of causing widespread offence after over

5,000 complaints were made regarding a scene

in which Father Christmas proves he is what?

4. In the film Notting Hill, Hugh Grant’s character

owns a shop that sells what?

5. Which well known retailer has a logo that

features a yellow arrow going from the first letter

in its name to the fourth to represent the wide

variety of products it sells?

6. In January 2021, which online retailer bought

the Debenhams brand and website for 55 million

pounds?

7. Specialising in home shopping, the letters in the

name of the company QVC stand for what three

words?

8. In the Harry Potter novels, Ollivanders is a shop

that sells what?

9. Which of the following retailers started life as a

“penny bazaar” in 1884, using the slogan “don’t

ask the price, it’s a penny”?... a) John Lewis; b)

Marks and Spencer; or c) Sainsbury’s?

10. In 2019, who launched an online shop called

Gross Domestic Product, with a disclaimer

saying it “may prove to be a disappointing retail

experience - especially if you’re successful in

making a purchase”?

Quiz solutions can be found on page 80 of this magazine

St Patrick’s Parade

The Brian Boru Club in Ashton are hosting their 36th

annual St Patrick’s Day parade On Sunday, March 13. After

missing the last two parades due to the pandemic, club

members are determined to make this the biggest and

best parade they’ve ever had.

Members will be holding a St Patrick’s Mass from 12pm at

the club on Bryn Street, followed by the parade around

the town, leaving from Ashton market square at 1pm.

You can enjoy the best craic in town with outstanding

Irish entertainment, including the Liverpool Irish Pip

Band, the Comhaltas musicians, Wet the Tea and Michael

Coyne. For more information, please contact the club on

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New Voices Needed

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The main Sunday service is at 10.30am, and there is

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Christian festivals throughout the year.

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Free Health Checks

Garswood Pharmacy on Billinge Road in Garswood are

now offering free blood pressure checks to promote

healthy living to their patients.

The checks will be free if you are aged 40+ and don’t

currently have a diagnosis of hypertension. You will

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family history of high blood pressure, or your GP had

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To book your appointment please either call in to the

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#OK2ASK

A free online course is being offered to St Helens

residents in a bid to save lives and encourage people that

it’s #OK2ASK.

The Zero Suicide Alliance online course guides people

how to have the vital conversation about whether

someone is having suicidal thoughts and the next steps

if they need the help.

The course already has proven results in the shape of

local resident, Frankie, who works for a charity in St

Helens promoting healthy living activities and support

services. Over the Christmas period, she was given the

opportunity to save someone’s life via text message.

Frankie said, “I’d received a text message from a man

reaching out about support services in the local area, I

felt in my gut from his texts that something was wrong.

I’d taken the free training online, and I think the training is

what had given me the confidence to dig a little further.”

“I recognised triggers and I sent him information from

the council’s #OK2ASK campaign, which listed support

numbers such as the Samaritans. After becoming

concerned I contacted Samaritans, and asked them to

reach out to him, and they helped him get the support

he needed.”

To take the Zero Suicide Alliance free 20-minute training

visit: www.zerosuicidealliance.com, or to learn more about

how to intervene if you are worried that someone might

be feeling suicidal, visit www.oktoaskcampaign.co.uk.

Care for Children

If you are a parent or already support a family with young

children, then understanding how children develop is a

great skill to have. The Adult Community Learning in St

Helens has a free course available that will help you to

hone these skills.

Their ‘Working with Children’ workshop will introduce

the course and the opportunities available, followed by

a 12-week, Level 1 caring for children course. This will

cover all aspects of how children learn, how different

activities play an important role in development and will

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Labour of Love

Thirty years ago this month, on Friday 13th March 1992 to

be exact, approximately 600 miners reported for their last

shift at Bickershaw and Parsonage Colleries, leaving just

Parkside in Newton-le-Willows as the last pit standing in

the Lancashire Coalfield. Parkside closed just a year later

in 1993.

Careful environmental management, along with Mother

Nature, has hidden the black landscapes, spoil heaps and

other excesses, and nowadays many residents enjoy the

legacy of the Lancashire Coalfield by walking round the

woodlands of Sutton Manor and Colliers Moss.

Nowadays, the largest physical reminder of the Lancashire

Coalfield is in Astley Green, a tiny village off the A580

near Leigh, which hosts the last surviving headgear and

winding house in Lancashire at the Lancashire Mining

Museum.

The museum is on the site of the Astley Green Colliery,

close to the Bridgewater Canal, and was opened in 1908

by Edward and Alfred Pilkington. Astley Green was finally

closed in 1970 by the National Coal Board, who cited

that the pit was uneconomic to operate. The headgear

and winding house, both of which now have scheduled

monument and listed building status, and since 1980, a

group of dedicated volunteers called the Red Rose Steam

Society Limited have run the 15 acre-site.

Currently the site is a work in progress. The winding

house is at the centre of the attraction, with many historic

exhibits and visitors can also browse round the miner’s

cottage, the vintage tea-room and ride the narrow-gauge

railway.

Plans also include the opening up of the area between

the site and the canal to facilitate tourism and to link

up with other attractions, such as the historic Worsley

centre, Spinners Mill in Leigh and the new RHS centre at

Bridgewater.

For the hardworking Red Rose volunteers, many of whom

are retirees, developing the Mining Museum site has

become a labour of love. Bidding for pots of money from

various sources to fund restoration and development of

the site has become an ongoing task, but if future plans

come to fruition, the museum will become a fitting tribute

to those miners who worked the Lancashire Coalfield.

The Lancashire Mining Museum is operating on

winter opening times until 31st March and is open

from 1pm-4pm on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and

Thursdays. For more details, visit the website www.

lancashireminingmuseum.org

Peaky Blinders

Fans of the hit show Peaky Blinders will recognise the

backdrop of the museum site from series 4 – some

dramatic scenes were filmed there. A Set Dresser for

the show, Alan Shaw, came back after filming was

complete to produce an amazing reproduction of a

miner’s cottage, which is now used as a feature for

the museum.

The museum also hosts an increasing number of events

such as markets, Santa rides, a community bonfire, all

of which raise the profile of the site and raise funds. You

can check on future events on the Facebook page @

TheRedRoseSteamSocietyLtd1.

The far-reaching vision for the Lancashire Mining

Museum is illustrated in a five-year plan which is available

on their website www.lancashireminingmuseum.org, but

highlights include the creation of an archive and library

centre, an heritage education centre, a Miners Memorial

Garden and the creation of an underground experience.


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Billingers Boost for Willowbrook

The latest annual social event by a Billinge group to raise

funds for Willowbrook Hospice has raised over £2,400.

In November, despite all the difficulties caused by the

pandemic, the BOFFO group, together with St Mary’s

social committee, held their latest event which packed

St Mary’s Social Club to the rafters and a great night was

had by all.

This traditional autumn fund raiser at St Mary’s in Billinge

was launched in 2005 by a group of villagers who wanted

to mark the passing of Dave Gore, a musician in a local

band, H & The Avons. Dave spent his last days in the

Willowbrook Hospice and his friends felt the need to try

and repay the hospice in some way for the wonderful

care and treatment that Dave received.

from Whitehaven to Newcastle.

To date, it is estimated that since the concept of the idea

for the fundraising night in 2005, the Billingers have

raised over £57,000 for the Willowbrook Hospice.

Pictured with the cheque are Roger Kirkby, Paul Cronin,

Paul Webster, Father Paul Harris, John Moriarty, Stan

Newell, Marcus Wright, Ged Kennedy and Dave Cairns.

In 2017, the original fundraising group called it a day,

and as a result, the BOFFO (Billinge Old Fellows Football

Organisation) group took on the fund-raising activities.

The group have continued with the autumn fundraiser

along with other events, including charity bike rides from

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surroundings, then we have the Saturday Social for you!

My Outdoor Classroom will be running a Saturday group

at Greenslate Farm in Billinge for children aged 4-11.

Children will be given the chance to learn forest survival

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Night of Brass

Prescot Festival is holding a concert on Friday 18th March

at Prescot Parish Church on Church Street (L34 3LA).

A Night of Brass features a performance by Skelmersdale

Prize Band, and the event is a fund-raising evening for

this summer’s Prescot Festival.

Tickets are £5 on the door, but please ensure you have

the means to pay by cash.

For more information about the event, email Laura

l.j.bonnett@gmail.com.

New Mothers’ Plea

If you’ve had a baby in St Helens or at Whiston Hospital in

the last 6 months, St Helens Maternity Voices Partnership

would love to hear about your experience.

They’re a group of families and health care providers who

gather feedback from people who’ve used maternity

services in St Helens. They use it to understand what’s

good and where things could be even better.

How was it for you? What was good? What could have

been better?

You can share your story via their online survey www.

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stability with a cool, industrial look.

Sometimes it may be appropriate to include some glazing

with your new door – ideal for introducing extra light

into a dark hallway. Consider whether you would prefer

clear, frosted or perhaps even stained glass, depending

on the overall style, how much privacy you require and

whether security is an issue. Double-glazed, laminated

glass is the best option to ensure intruders can’t gain

access. Speaking of security, an upgrade to your locks

may also be a good idea – check with your insurers, but a

five-lever mortice is usually best for timber doors, while a

uPVC door should have an anti-snap lock and multipoint

locking system.


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Any door should fit well within its frame, but it may still be

an idea to improve its energy efficiency by adding seals

around the edges, and a brush strip along the bottom. An

internal letterbox flap or brush is also a great idea.

Good lighting is vital for when you’re struggling to find

your keys or simply need to see the front path on a dark

evening. It should not be too difficult for an electrician

to swap your existing light for a swanky new one – or

perhaps a pair, one on either side of the door. Again,

you will probably wish to coordinate your lighting with

the architectural style of your property, whether it’s

a carriage, lantern or bulkhead model, a decorative

hanging pendant or a sleek and minimal wall washer.

If possible, add a motion sensor and always ensure the

fitting is suitably rated for safe exterior use.

The fastest way to transform an existing timber door is

to give it a fresh coat of paint. What colour? It’s a matter

of personal preference, of course, unless limited by a

planning restriction, but it’s always a good idea to try to

coordinate the colour with the style of your property and

to take account of local approaches. A garish pink in a

historic terrace where everyone else’s door is neutral may

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A local walking netball group has moved to a bigger

location due to a growing demand. The ‘Wiggle & Giggle’

session has moved from Peter

Street Community Centre to De

La Salle High School in Eccleston

to allow more court space for a

growing number of players, and

now runs from 5-6pm every

Thursday.

If you’re interested, just turn up on the night or email Jewel

Uchegbu, the Netball Development Community Coach for

Merseyside at Jewel.Uchegbu@englandnetball.co.uk.

Walking Netball has been

designed so that anyone can

play it, whatever their level of

ability and fitness. The ‘Wiggle &

Giggle’ group, pictured here and

led by Joan, promise a friendly

welcome to newcomers, and do

also provide opportunities to

socialise off the court. Members

of the group often meet for

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Home Happy

Lift your spirits and freshen up your

space by introducing bold, clear shades

Go for a tropical vibe with a bright and

breezy accent lampshade, featuring

abstract palm trees, a gold lining and

looped fringing.

Ravenala lampshade, £180, mindtheg.com

Use colour in unexpected places – such as on a staircase,

dado rails or skirting boards. This cheering yellow makes

a great contrast to a grey sofa that’s adorned with fun

cushions.

Harlow grey L-shaped sofa, £999.99, furniturechoice.co.uk

This cool lamp, in a ‘mootard’ glaze, would

liven up any desk, table or shelf.

Nellie table lamp, £112, with 35cm

straight empire shade in Heraldic Ikat,

£79, pooky.com

Nothing beats a blanket or throw

as an easy way to introduce fresh

new colour, texture and pattern,

whether over a sofa, chair or bed.

Manhattan reversible super-soft

merino lambswool blanket, from

£150, thefinecottoncompany.com

Replacing some cushions

is one of the easiest ways

to introduce personality

and pops of colour.

Combine plains with bold

patterns for variety and

interest.

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Choosing and using bright colours

• Choose shades that are fresh and clear rather

than muted or muddy, and neither too pale nor too

dark. Mid-spectrum brights such as sunny yellow,

fuchsia pink, emerald green and brilliant blue will

make your home sing.

• For this look, keep things simple with a backdrop

of white or a pale neutral, which will allow you to

experiment with adding pops of bold colour here

and there as you wish. Some say it’s best to keep

the area that’s covered by bold colours to around

a quarter of the room at most, so as to let the eyes

rest and not be overwhelmed.

• Choose two, or maybe three, bold colours and

add them in gradually – an accent sofa or chair,

a cushion or throw, a vase or candlestick, and so

on. Alternatively, make bold colour part of the

architecture by painting or papering a feature wall,

or even sections of woodwork. See how things look

together, and move them around (or even take

them out again) as necessary.

• Lovers of pattern may feel confident enough to

mix pattern-on-pattern with brights; most of us,

however, will prefer to play a little safer and stick to

plain colours plus the occasional minimal pattern.

Simple geometrics look great with this look, and

have a mid-century style that works really well.


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Coloured glass is one of the

prettiest things – and this

delightful vase is very ontrend,

since Pantone’s colour

of the year 2022 is Very Peri,

a dynamic violet-blue.

Small cushion vase in

amethyst, £27, dartington.

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The smallest accessory in

the right combination of

colour and pattern can

make all the difference, and

a distinctive piece such as

this terracotta vase, hand

made in Portugal, is a great

example.

Tangerine Bold pitcher,

£42.99, softstore.co

Bold colour probably won’t

work all around the room,

but used on a small

section can create an eyecatching

feature.

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across

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4. Native North American tribe (6)

9. Pear-shaped fruit with green skin ripening to black (7)

10. Writing material (5)

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12. Volatile liquid used chiefly as a solvent (7)

13. Narrow strip of rubber formed into a loop for holding

objects together (7,4)

18. Book of the New Testament (7)

20. Long, narrow passageway (5)

22. Measuring stick (5)

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25. Insect which rests with forelimbs raised as if in

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Wordwheel

Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten

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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

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Approaching Retirement?

5 Ways a Financial Planner can help.

If you’re approaching retirement, you may be thinking about

whether your pension pot and other investments are able to

support your income needs. Here are five different ways that

an experienced, well-qualified financial planner can help you

to better understand and prepare for your retirement journey.

They can help you understand what you want

from retirement

A planner will be able to help you work out your plans for

retirement, whatever they are, and assess whether they

are financially feasible. They can act as a sounding board

for your retirement goals, and help you decide how to

approach them. Whether you want to go travelling, pay

off your mortgage, give money to your family, or look for

ways to flexibly take income, your planner can be there to

help you work it all out and plan with confidence.

They can give you a greater sense of confidence

and reassurance

A common worry for retirees is that they might not have

enough to live the lifestyle they want. Fortunately, a good

financial planner like Callisto can provide you with a longterm

written financial plan to help to reassure you that you

have the money to achieve your financial goals. Tools like

sustainable income planning software can help you to rest

easy, knowing that you’ll have enough money to enjoy

your future lifestyle. By mapping out your expenditure

and income, a planner can make a reliable forecast and

see how long it should last while enjoying the lifestyle you

want.

They can reassess your exposure to investment

risk

Throughout your investing life, you may have had a higher

risk tolerance, and as you approach retirement you want

the returns on your money to be a little more stable.

Alternatively, perhaps you’ve always preferred to be safer

with your investments, but your money isn’t growing at

the rate you were hoping, and you may not have enough

to see you through. In these cases, speaking to a planner

can be vital in helping you assess your investments and

your risk profile and working with you to see whether your

investment strategy needs to change.

They can help you to draw your income in a taxefficient

way

If you draw too much of your pension too quickly, you may

accidentally trigger additional tax charges. Once you turn

55 you can access your pension. Once you do, you can

typically only take 25% of your savings tax-free, and the

rest could be subject to Income Tax.

This could be an issue if you want to take a large amount

from your pension in a lump sum and you may push

yourself into a higher tax bracket paying more tax on

your pension than you had initially thought. By working

with a financial planner, you can avoid any potential tax

implications and ensure that you get the most out of your

wealth.

They can help you with your estate planning

Estate planning is one of the most difficult financial

situations to prepare for, but a planner can help you take

the steps needed to reduce your Inheritance Tax (IHT)

bill and ensure your wealth is passed to those you want.

While it isn’t easy to think about, it’s crucial to plan for.

A good financial planner like Callisto will break down

important considerations surrounding IHT and establish

whether you’re likely to have an IHT liability that you could

plan to legitimately avoid. From there, they may advise

you to make gifts in your lifetime to reduce the overall

value of your estate. They may encourage you to write

or revise your will so that they know who you want your

beneficiaries to be. Then they can work out a plan to taxefficiently

manage your estate.

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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

advice to understand your options at retirement.


Planning for your future is hard if you don’t have the

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Top five

Cruise

destinations

Is there anything more idyllic than waking on a cruise ship and

drawing your blinds to reveal an endless expanse of ocean? Add

in cocktails by the pool, daily entertainment and shopping galore,

and you have all the ingredients for the perfect holiday. That’s not

even touching on the destinations you stop off at along the way!

From the Greek Islands to Scandinavia’s Norwegian fjords, cruises

can take you all over the globe. To give you some inspiration, here

are five of the world’s most popular cruise destinations for 2022.


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The Norwegian Fjords

If you’re more interested in adventure than sun,

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deliver. These narrow inlets make up the majority

of the country’s northern coast and boast some

of Scandinavia’s most exceptional scenery.

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Exploring from a cruise ship promises to bring

you close to Norway’s tumbling waterfalls and

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The Greek Islands

With more than 6,000 Greek islands

peppering the Aegean and Ionian

seas, it’s no surprise that islandhopping

cruises around Greece are

some of the most popular cruises

around. This is a corner of the world

made for exploring by ship.

Start in Athens and spend your first

couple of days exploring the capital

before embarking on your journey.

Top cruise destinations include

Mykonos with its waterside cocktail

bars and white-sand beaches, Rhodes with its Old Town

and uninterrupted swathes of sand, and Santorini, where

the sunsets are world-renowned. Many cruises will also

take you to the archipelago’s lesser known islands too,

Chania and Thessaloniki being good examples.

European Rivers

For bags of culture, river cruising is a great option. Two

popular cruising choices are the Rhine, which flows from

Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam, passing primarily

through Germany along the way, or the stretch of the

Danube between Budapest and Passau, Germany, that

runs primarily through Austria.

A cruise here will make you feel like you’ve walked straight

into one of David Attenborough’s documentaries. Sail

past gigantic glaciers, snap photographs of sea lions from

the ship, take a shore excursion to see brown bears and

witness breaching whales; the cruise itineraries around

Alaska’s largely untamed landscape are hard to beat. You

can also expect visits to Alaska’s state capital of Juneau,

only reachable by air or by water, Glacier Bay National

Park, and Skagway, a compact city saturated with history

from the Gold Rush era.

Cruises along the Rhine and the Danube meander

through a mix of big city culture, small town sleepiness

and a few stretches of genuine rural scenery. On the

Rhine, the big cultural capitals are energetic Amsterdam

and Cologne, with Strasbourg and Basel also included,

whilst on the Danube, you have Budapest and Vienna.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean’s wealth of white-sand beaches washed

by turquoise seas make it an incredibly popular cruise

destination for sun-seekers.

Thanks to the islands’ close proximity, you could be

snorkelling with turtles in Tobago one day and dancing

to reggae beats in Jamaica the next. Although equally

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Seared Lamb Fillet

with Beans and Garlic

Minted Dressing

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Marinate: 1 hour or overnight

Cook time: 50 minutes

Succulent beef served with a delicious

rich and tangy garlic and herb sauce

makes a sensational feast. Any leftover

meat can be served cold with salad the

following day.

Ingredients

500g lamb fillet

1 garlic clove, crushed

Grated zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tbsp olive oil plus a little extra for frying

150g green beans or sprouting broccoli,

trimmed

250g mixed green leaves, baby spinach or

rocket leaves

150g cherry tomatoes, halved

½ red onion, finely diced

Dressing

1 bulb of garlic

Drizzle of olive oil

200g Greek yoghurt

Handful of mint leaves

1 tsp honey or maple syrup

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Pinch of cumin

½ tsp Dijon mustard

Method

1. For the lamb, mix together the garlic, lemon zest, cumin and olive oil

and rub over the lamb. Leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 1

hour or overnight.

2. For the dressing, place the garlic bulb in a piece of foil and drizzle

over a little oil. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Cool slightly

then squeeze out the garlic pulp into a blender. Add the remaining

ingredients for the dressing and blend together. Season to taste.

3. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas mark 7. Sear the lamb in a

frying pan with a little olive oil so that it is brown all over. Place in

the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.

Slice thinly.

4. Blanch the beans or broccoli in boiling water until al dente, drain

and refresh under cold water. Pile the green leaves on a platter and

top with the beans, tomatoes and onion. Arrange the lamb on top

and drizzle over the dressing to serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 437kcal, fat 33g (of which saturates 15g), carbohydrates 6.7g

(of which sugars 5.7g), protein 28g, fibre 1.9g.


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KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE

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You are invited to

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call 01744 884709

or email

admin@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Beer Festival

You are invited to celebrate

H.M Queen Elizabeth’s

Platinum Jubilee

Royal

Afternoon Tea

with Prosecco

Sunday 22nd May

Rainford Village Hall

£10 per adult / £5 per child

Bookings start from 2pm

To book your table

call 01744 884709

or email

admin@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who attended, the

beer festival was a great success. One person commented

that their only complaint was that it was only on once a year!

Next year’s festival will take place 10 – 12 February 2023.

Upcoming Events at the Village Hall

26.03.2022 Rainford Band Concert for the Chairman’s

Fund for Rainford Heritage Society

13.03.2022 Afternoon Tea for the Chairman’s Fund for

Rainford Heritage Society

20.03.2022 Craft Fayre

For further information and tickets contact admin@

rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk 01744884709

Village Hall Restorations

The emergency repairs have now been completed and an

on-going programme of preservation works will be put in

place as funds allow.


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Local Elections – 5th May 2022

All the seats on the Parish Councils in

the borough and St Helens Council will

be up for election on 5th May. If you

have a desire to improve life in Rainford,

then this is your opportunity to actively do something

about it and stand for Rainford Parish Council. Here is

some further information about what’s involved:

What is the Parish Council?

Rainford Parish Council is the first tier of local government,

and it makes decisions on behalf of residents who live in

the Rainford parish. For this reason, it is a vital part of the

Rainford community. St. Helens Borough Council is the

next tier up of local government.

Why become a Rainford Parish Councillor?

Rainford Parish Councillors have the opportunity to

influence decisions to help and support the people

they serve. Seeing their community change for the

better because of decisions they have helped to make,

is something that gives Parish Councillors a sense of

achievement and pride.

What decisions does Parish Council make?

It makes all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the

local community. It can negotiate with, and has the power

to, influence those other organisations that make wider

decisions (such as the borough council, health authorities,

police etc). The Parish Council gives the best reflection

of how the community feels about something, and so its

views are invariably taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?

Rainford Parish Council usually meets once a month

in the evening. Additionally, some Councillors also

attend committee meetings. You may also be asked to

attend other meetings to represent the council, but such

meetings won’t happen every day, so it’s not going to

take over your life! However, Councillors are expected

to attend meetings and must give a valid and acceptable

reason for being absent.

How long does a Parish Councillor serve for?

Once elected, Parish Councillors sit on the council for

a maximum of four years. You can then stand for reelection,

if you want to. You do not have to be connected

to a political party to stand for election as a Rainford

Parish Councillor, but if you are elected you will have to

sign up to the Code of Conduct.

The best way to find out what it’s like to be a Parish

Councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now. Come

along to a Rainford Parish Council meeting, or speak to

one of our Councillors.

Preparation for Elections

St Helens Borough Council are holding two sessions

for those candidates and agents, who are interested in

standing for elections at either Parish Council level or

Borough Council level. The sessions will be held in Room

10 in St Helens Town Hall on 16th March at 5.30pm and

17th March at 10.30am.

If you want to attend a meeting, either in person or virtually,

email your intentions, along with your name and address,

to elections@sthelens.gov.uk. The sessions will cover all

you need to know about the elections, and nomination

papers and registers will be available for collection.

Road Safety

The battle with speeding drivers and badly parked cars

continues. The primary schools are designing banners to

go outside the schools to remind those dropping off and

collecting that it is not OK to park on the pavement and

yellow lines. Wheelie bin stickers showing the speed limit

are available free of charge from the Clerk’s office at the

Village Hall. These are particularly effective when lots of

households on the same street use them.

The speed watch volunteers are also out and about as

often as possible.

Please drive safely in Rainford and park legally and with

consideration for other drivers and pedestrians, particularly

those who use wheelchairs and have pushchairs.

RAINFORD PARISH COUNCIL

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road Rainford WA11 8HB

01744 884709

clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

@rainfordvillagehall

@rainfordparishcouncil


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DICO CUM IGNIS

Billinge

Beacon

Zero % increase in the Parish

Council Precept for 2022/23

Parish Councillors were aware that removal of the

energy cap and other cost of living increases would

greatly impact on the income of Residents when they

decided to not increase the Precept.

The Chair of the Parish Council Cllr Dennis Mc Donnell

praised the efforts of the Parish Council to control

finances.

The Parish Council is proud that over the last 12 years

the Parish Precept has only had one increase. This has

been achieved at the same time as the Council has

managed to deliver high profile improvements in the

Parish such as Community Allotments, Bridleway from

near the Masons Arms to Carr Mill Dam and a new

Public Hall & Community Centre.

School Crossing Patrol Service

The Parish Council will also continue to fund 50% of the

cost of the School Crossing Patrol Service for St Aidan &

Chapel End Schools.

This will help to keep the Service going and our children

safe.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Celebration Sunday 5th June 2022.

Billinge Residents Association and the Parish Council are

jointly working together to have a ‘Picnic in the Park’

(Bankes Park) on Sunday 5th June to celebrate. The

plans are that the event will include Bands, DJ, Dancing,

Displays, Stalls, Food & Drink, and Entertainers.

Flooding Inquiry

The sad news is that exceptionally heavy rain 8th

December 2021 saw flooding in Carr Mill Road near the

East Lancs traffic lights, Merton Bank Road and Collage

Street and by the evening Brownheath Avenue & Powell

Drive, Billinge.

Garden fences between Brownheath Avenue and

Powell Drive holding back flood water gave way. For

the first time in living memory residents were flooded

out of four houses. This broke the hearts of those

residents in the run up to Christmas.

23 residents attended the Parish Council meeting on 17

January to register their concerns about the flooding and

to ask what action is being taken.

The Chair of the Parish Council reported that he had

attended Brownheath Avenue on the evening of the

flooding and had received a report from the Commander

of the Emergency Services that blocked water culverts

had been found on land behind Brownheath Avenue.

The Chair has reported the flooding to the Chief

Executive Officer of St Helens Council and the Portfolio

holder for Highways. St Helens Council Engineers have

been tasked to identify the Landowner (where the

culverts are) and gain permission to enter the site and

inspect the culverts with a view to finding engineering

solutions. The Parish Council will continue to monitor

this issue.

New Clerk

The Parish Council

welcomed Hazel

Broatch as the new

Parish Clerk.

Tel:

07483 325064

Email:

clerk@billingeparishcouncil.gov.uk

Billinge Chapel End Parish Council

The Public Hall, 216 Main Street, Billinge WN5 7PE

The Parish Council next meets at 7.30pm on 21.3.22 and 11.4.22.


Gluten-Free Chocolate

Caramel Tarts

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Makes 8 or 12 tartlets,

or one 20cm tart

Serves 8-12

Ingredients

Pastry

200g gluten-free plain flour

¾ tsp xanthan gum

100g butter, cut into small pieces

1 egg

Caramel filling

150g pitted soft dates, soaked in hot

water for 10 minutes then drained

40g maple syrup

2 tbsp peanut butter or almond nut

butter

3 tbsp coconut oil

2-3 tbsp boiling water to blend

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Ganache

50ml double cream or coconut cream

200g dark chocolate chips

If you love Snickers this is the dessert for you! With a gorgeous caramel

centre and topped with chocolate, this is a rich indulgent treat. For smaller

portions, use a pastry cutter and line a 12-hole tart tin in the same way as

if making jam tarts.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas mark 5.

2. Make the pastry. Place the flour and xanthan gum with the butter in a

food processor and whiz to form breadcrumbs. Add the egg and a little

water, if needed for the mixture to come together, to form a moist,

slightly damp dough.

3. Roll out the pastry between two sheets of cling film – this will make it

easier to roll out.

4. Line either 8 individual tart tins or a 12-hole tart tin, or one 20cm / 8-inch

fluted tart tin. Ideally use tins with removable bases to make it easier to

remove the tarts when baked.

5. Prick the bases all over with a fork and line with baking paper, then fill

with baking beans and bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are just

browning. Remove the baking beans and paper and bake for a further

5-10 minutes or until golden brown all over. Cool completely before

using. If using a 12-hole tart tin bake them for around 5-10 minutes until

golden.

6. To make the caramel filling, simply place all the ingredients in a food

processor and blend to form a thick paste.

7. Spoon the caramel into the tart cases then chill for 1 hour to firm up.

8. Place the cream and chocolate in a small saucepan and warm gently.

Beat well until the chocolate has melted and you have a thick ganache.

9. Pour the chocolate over the caramel filling and place back in the fridge

for 1 hour to set.

Nutrition per serving (one tartlet of eight): 470kcal, fat 30g (of which saturates 19g), carbohydrates

42g (of which sugars 24g), protein 7.6g, fibre 2g

Nutrition per serving (one tartlet of twelve): 314kcal, fat 20g (of which saturates 13g), carbohydrates

28g (of which sugars 16g), protein 5.1g, fibre 1.3g


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Cheshire Castles

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 4½ miles Difficulty: Easy

When choosing Jack’s Tracks to feature in Local Life, we

usually opt to choose the Lancashire area, often to the

Trough of Bowland or the West Pennine Moors. However,

Cheshire has its fair share of notable walks too, and it’s there

that we turn to this month for the Cheshire Castles walk.

At just over 4½ miles, this walk takes in two very different

castles. Peckforton Castle was built in the 1840’s by the

Tollemache family within their 36,000 acres of Cheshire

countryside. It’s now best known as a hotel/wedding venue

and features regularly on TV shows such as Cheshire

Housewives.

But we start the walk from the car park at nearby

Beeston Castle (CW6 9TX). Beeston Castle was

built by Ranulf, the 6th Earl of Chester in

the 1220’s, and the castle ruins and the

woodland park are now looked after by

English Heritage. Members of English

Heritage can use the car park free,

otherwise the cost is £3.

Leave the main car park opposite the castle entrance, turn

right, and head up the footpath between the castle wall and

the overflow car park. Stay left at first as you enter the pine

woods, and the path eventually drops to Tattenhall Lane,

from where you can see Peckforton Castle in the distance.

Turn left on the road, and after a few yards you’ll pass

Tabernacle Cottage; at this point turn right on a footpath.

Follow the footpath into the distance until you come to

a stream. After you cross the wooden bridge, the path

splits. Follow the path denoted by the ‘S’ marker, which

heads away from the stream through a field towards

Peckforton Castle.

After 200 yards, the path splits again; go right

through the steel gate and head towards the

black and white timber framed houses in

the distance. When you exit the field by

the houses mentioned, turn right down

the single-track lane (Horsley

Lane) for 240 yards.


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Elevation

150m

100m

50m

0.0km 2.0km 4.0km 6.0km 7.5km

Lowest 64m

Highest 173m

Total ascent 139m

For those with the OS Maps app on your desktop,

mobile or tablet, this walk is named: JT-Cheshire-Castles

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/11130280/JT-Cheshire-Castles

Castleside

Farm

Beeston

Castle

Tattenhall Lane

Ettley

Hill

Castlegate Farm

P

Beeston

Crimes Brook

Gregory’s

Wood

Peckforton Road

Sandstone Trail

Moathouse Farm

Peckforton Castle

(Hotel)

The

Table Rock

Horsley Lane

Willis’s

Wood

River Gowy

Peckforton

Mere

Pennsylvania

Wood

Stanner

Nab

Stone House Lane

Eddisbury Way

Barracks Lane

Hill Lane

Peckforton

Higher

Burwardsley

Waste Hill

Peckforton Hall Lane


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Just past Ivy Cottage, there’s an entrance on the left to the

Peckforton Estate. Take this path, again denoted by the ‘S’,

and after a bit of a climb, the path flattens out and you’re

treated to great views over the Cheshire plains. Eventually

you’ll arrive at a junction by a black barrier – take the path

that goes straight on.

A little further on, the path forks; take the lower path that

is denoted ‘Cheshire East’ and head downhill. You’ll exit

the woodlands shortly afterwards and head uphill on a

quiet single-track road, which merges into Pennsylvania

Lane. Pass the Pheasant Inn and then turn left at the

crossroads into Fowlers Bench Lane. 40 yards further on

and you’ll take a left into Rock Lane.

Rock Lane forks shortly afterwards; take the right fork

and follow this single-track road for over half a mile.

You’ll pass a barrier as the road becomes a

path going through woodlands, which

eventually bears left as you reach

a disused railway bridge.

Once you’ve

passed under

the bridge,

carry on down the cobbled lane heading towards a

barrier. Forty yards on from the barrier, take a left turn by

the yellow salt bin and then, ten yards after the turn, look

up and take the path on the right that’s on a higher level.

Follow the path downhill, over the stile and directly through

the next field until you reach a stone stile that takes you

down to Stonehouse Lane. Turn left and follow the road for

¾ mile past the grand entrance to Peckforton Castle until

you reach a T-junction. Bear right onto Peckforton Road

and follow the road for a further 1/3 of a mile into Beeston.

Turn left at the Smithy Cottage into Tattenhall Lane, and

then turn right 100 yards later into Chapel Lane. Follow

the road uphill and round a right-hand bend and you’re

back at your starting point.

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear

whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure

that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to

any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions

resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


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Greenfingers…

the Alan Titchmarsh column

He’s a brilliant presenter, accomplished

gardener, talented novelist and all-round

horticultural inspiration. This month,

Alan Titchmarsh talks about how our

gardens can move us to a place of peace.

While gardens mean different things to all of

us, it’s when I venture into these tranquil spaces

that I truly get a sense of their calming and healing

power, and I find that hugely enriching. Most gardens

and landscapes naturally come with a real feeling of

gentleness – from the choice of flowers and plants, to

gentle sweeps and curves that guide the eye onwards, to

a softness and subtlety that may be a world away from

some of the physical or emotional struggles we are going

through; and I feel it is this dramatic contrast that really

transports someone back to a place of comfort, even if

just for a little while.

What is also really important for me when I visit gardens

at hospices and hospitals, is the reminder that these

spaces are not just for those who are residents. They also

give hope, clarity, peace and a sense of calm to visiting

families and, most importantly, the people who work

there. Certainly, with everything that has happened

over the past couple of years with Covid, and the

realisation that we need to consider and protect

workers and staff who look after us, I would like

to think those on the frontline can wrestle

back their own sense of contentment

when soaking up the fresh air and beauty

of a garden, where they can move away

from a job that’s very hard and

emotionally draining.

I would like to see more attention given to gardens

and outdoor spaces in our health institutions, and in

workspaces in general. They are more important than we

imagine. Simple sweeps of flowers, plants and foliage are

inspiring; the sight of an olive tree can move our minds

to far-off places; and we all know how calming a cascade

of water can be. It’s all very peaceful and there’s nothing

complicated or frenetic.

Gardens are evolving, living things that are always

changing – in fact they’re much like us in that respect!

For me, on those days where I feel everything’s a bit

fraught and frantic, and when I just can’t get to grips with

anything, I go to sit in the garden or potter about to find

myself, and it really works!

Life is a compromise, and you can’t always

be on top of things, but gardens truly

prove to me the healing qualities

that exist within nature, and we’re so

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technological advancements, the new Range Rover looks set to be the most futuristic to date, while a series of plug-in

hybrid powertrains – alongside traditional petrol and diesel options – means that it’s more electrified than ever.

But the Range Rover’s job isn’t an easy one. There are more rivals for it than ever, so let’s dive in and check out what this

latest Range Rover is up against.

BMW X7

The X7 sits at the top of BMW’s SUV range, effectively sitting

as a high-riding version of the firm’s luxurious 7

Series saloon. It’s a hard car to miss, too, with

its ultra-large front kidney grilles giving it

a whole lot of presence out on the road.

It’s also got space for seven, so it does

have a focus on practicality, too. With

a huge amount of interior space, it’s a

really comfortable choice for longer

journeys.

Bentley Bentayga

The Bentayga has proved to be a real hit

for Bentley, encapsulating the luxury feel

of the firm’s saloon and coupe models but

in a high-riding SUV body style. Much like

the new Range Rover, it’s available with a

traditional petrol engine but also a plugin

hybrid option, giving zero-emissions

running at lower speeds.

Bentley recently added a more sporty ‘S’

version too, kitted out with a powerful

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Audi Q8

Though we could opt for the popular Q7 in this list, it’s the Q8 that stands out in Audi’s range of SUVs. Bringing a coupe-like

design, the Q8 looks truly futuristic on the road, with its full-width rear light bar giving the car a really cool appearance at

night.

It’s just as futuristic inside, too, with a good range of materials ensuring that the Q8 feels particularly upmarket.

Aston Martin DBX

Aston’s first SUV – the DBX – has really

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experience alongside a level of quality

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Outdoor Adventures

Spring Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior

In your home, you’ll realise when maintenance jobs need

doing and rooms need cleaning. But particularly during

the winter months, any deterioration to the outside of

your property is likely to go unnoticed until the brighter

spring days.

The Roof

If any part of your roof is north facing, near trees or both,

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If your roof is at a low level or can be accessed from an

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The Gutters

Some debris in your

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A professional will have a camera on a pole to see where

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winter debris. Ask about having gutter guards fitted, too

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There are two options if your facias and soffits look tatty

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Pathways

The inexpensive way to clean your path is a bucket of

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pressure washer hose or sweeping a brush.

Windows

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outside is much more

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who will usually have a pole system to reach the heights.

They normally use purified water, meaning that the

windows dry sparkling clean.

In Summary

There are many jobs around the home that you are

probably capable of doing yourself to save the pennies.

But these external tasks don’t need to be done very

often and a specialist will have the equipment, the safety

training and the insurance to do the job efficiently and

quickly.


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