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If you are a regular reader of Gr8 Life you will


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Contents 9

Curtain Call


A look at one of Southport’s oldest drama societies

13 In the Frame We explore the work of a local photographer

17 Blooming Marvellous


The Southport Flower Show 2010

23 Perfect Properties Four beautiful but very different properties

41 Simple but Luxurious The Autumn fashion forecast


47 Sweet Memories An old-style sweet shop in Southport

51 Just a stone throw away A visit to Wales

55 Drivers Delight


We test the new Mazda MX - 5

59 Spotlight on Success A look back on the career of Scarisbrick Hall’s retiring headteacher, Eric Borowski

64 Something for Everyone We discover what Lakeside Christian Centre has to offer

67 What’s On?


Up coming events to look out for

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Curtain Call


ith such a rich and colourful history, the Birkdale Orpheus Society are gearing up

Since they first formed, the Birkdale

for the performance of their lifetime. The group

Orpheus Society have seen more curtain

are working round the clock to perform Andrew

calls, heard more ‘break a leg’ wishes and witnessed more standing ovations

Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s The Likes of Us at Southport Little Theatre in October. Liz Clarke, show director says: “There is a

than most other drama companies in the

huge cast with over 50 people and 17 of these

Sefton and West Lancashire area. Gr8Life

are children. I believe we have discovered some

finds out about their latest production.

real talent.” The now award winning society was formed in 1959, with the first meeting taking place at St John’s Hall in Wright Street, Southport.


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“We are like a huge family, ” Since then, they have staged two

from view, the show is an Oliver!-esque

operatic musical productions each year.

musical that is best known for the much

The members range from young children

quoted lyric, ‘Here I have a lovely parrot

through to their grandparents.

sound in wind and limb, I can guarantee

“It’s like a huge family,” adds Liz. “We

that there is nothing wrong with him.’

all get on so well as we are so close -

The Likes of Us, written by Lloyd

and we find that younger members of

Webber at the tender age of 17, with the

people’s families join us eventually as it’s

help from then 21-year-old lyricist Tim

such a great group to be a part of.”

Rice, has been secured by the Birkdale

Over the years the society has






produced a variety of shows catering for

move by Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful

all tastes from traditional blockbusters

Group, in conjunction with the National

to the modern day musical. They pride

Operatic and Drama Association (NODA),


to release the musical to amateur theatre





continually strive for excellence.

across the region.

Aside from musical productions, their

Andrew says: “I am absolutely thrilled

concert party regularly perform for

that NODA is working with the Really

community and charitable organisations.

Useful Group on The Likes of Us.”

They have an active social membership

“It’s a very exciting project,” Liz tells

and are well known for a friendly and fun

Gr8Life. “We have worked hard as a team


to put it together and it’s going to be






absolutely fantastic - what better way

years have catered for all tastes, with

to mark the society being over half a

performances of Annie, Kiss Me Kate,

century old? ”

Scrooge and West Side Story being just a few to go down a storm in the town.

The Likes of Us will run at Southport Little Theatre in Hoghton Street from

The group have kept a record too. Since the early days, pictures and quotes

October 9 - October 16. For tickets call 01704 530521. 

have been collected and recently archived in a huge bound book telling stories and tales from the past from the people who were there at the time. The Likes of Us tells the story of the life of Dr Thomas Barnardo and his




philanthropic crusades to rescue children living on the streets. A musical that has existed for 40 years hidden away


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Another Place by Ian Homewood

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They say a picture tells a thousand words. With recent technology developments, the possibilities of creating a good photograph are endless... but there are some things that can’t be edited. Rebecca Keegan speaks to photographer Ian Homewood.

The Inspection by Ian Davies


good photographer is as skilful as

joined him with the same vision.

a good painter, but photographs

Ian spent several years as a professional

say more to me than paintings.”

photographer, but when the recession hit

Ian Homewood says.

trade was affected and he could no longer

“Looking at a landscape photograph for

sustain the business, so has since returned to

example, you know that the photographer

salaried employment. However photography

really did get up before dawn to catch the

remains his passion and main hobby.

light, or ventured out in conditions when most

Since launching the website in February

sane people are wrapped up in front of a fire.”

2008, the image library has grown to almost

The 52-year-old Lancashire born man,

3,000 pictures...but what’s so special about

who now lives in Southport, is on a mission to share beautiful photographs with the world.

a photograph? “Unlike a painting, in which the artist has

“There is a glut of cheap, mass produced,

total control over perspective and light, a

prints on the high street. I wanted to provide

photographer is largely dependent upon the

a top quality product at a reasonable price

circumstances” Ian says. “Editing software

and, at the same time, allow people to hang

can only go so far and the best photographs

something on their walls that they weren’t

are usually those which have had very little

going to see in every shop window.”

‘post processing’ work done on the computer.”

Two years ago he launched a website

This said, computer programmes have

selling limited edition prints, and within

provided photographers both professional and

months, more than 100 photographers had

amateur with an effective platform for editing


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images to the extreme, enabling even the most inexperienced of us to improve our snaps.

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those without. “Skilfully used, a darkroom allowed a

“I love the fact that digital technology

tremendous range of alterations to be made

has brought the enjoyment of photography

to a photograph. Much of the terminology

within reach of so many people, however

used in programs such as Adobe Photoshop

although anybody can take a photograph, not

originate in the darkroom and digital editing

everybody can be a photographer.

is the modern equivalent of a darkroom,

“To a photographer, the photograph is

nothing more, nothing less.

the purpose of the journey, not simply a by-

“Used wisely it can add the final polish

product of a day out. Ignoring the technical

to an already good image, but if the original

aspects of photography, a good photograph

image is poor no amount of editing will

is as far removed from a good holiday snap as

change it.”

a Picasso is from one of my feeble attempts at drawing.”

Ian’s motto is ‘hang something different on your walls’. “There is so much out there

But the enhanced technology that makes

that people just don’t see - I urge people to

a snap a photograph hasn’t always been

look about more, and give themselves the

around, and photographers used to work in

chance to really appreciate fine photographs

a very different way to play with their work.

rather than mass produced pictures.”

Ian adds: “Before the advent of digital

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Blooming marvellous Thousands of people flocked to Southport’s annual flower show in August and the renowned event was a success as always.


ctress Suranne Jones was this year’s

choir and advice sessions throughout the day.

celebrity guest and declared the show

Everyone who visited had a fabulous time and

officially open. There were over 200

it will be a hard act to follow next year!

trade exhibitors, experts at the ready to help

Gr8life was lucky enough to get an

with all your garden needs, brass and steel

exclusive interview with Suranne Jones

bands, birds of prey and every type of eatery

which will be in an upcoming edition of

you could think of. There was also a male voice

the magazine.

Southport based Chris Ashcroft celebrates his success winning Best in Class, Best Outdoor Garden, runner up Best in Show and Large Gold for his Island Castaway design

Coronation Street stars Sue Cleaver and Anthony Cotton

Sue Cleaver

Gr8life editor Louisa Austin with award winning actress Suranne Jones


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Ladies Day Although raining on and off most of the day, the weather didn’t manage to dampen any spirits at Southport Flower Show’s Ladies Day.


r8life was there to greet all the

said: “We would like to thank the flower

beautifully dressed guests as they

show organisers, everyone who donated

arrived and present them with

raffle prizes and everyone who attended

a bright pink rose, generously supplied

for their support. It really was a fantastic

by David Beckham Doyle Flowers. All the

day and we are so pleased with how much

ladies had a fantastic time at the event,

we have raised.” Coronation Street actors

which included at three-course meal,

Antony Cotton and Sue Cleaver were also

fashion show, entertainment and raffle.

there and mingled with the glamorous

The event was in aid of NorthWest Cancer

guests throughout the day. We captured a

Research and raised £3530 for the charity.

few of the ladies while they enjoyed the

Joan Pettitt, President of the local branch

successful event.

Amanda and Kathy Brooks

Doreen Hutton, Sarah Pimlott and Barbara Edmonson


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Olwen Ennis, Margo Isherwood and Linda Edge

Johanna Wrennall, Denise Broadbent and Elizabeth Wainwright

Christine Rimmer, Eleanor Worthington and Margaret Cadley

Ruth E Ridehalgh and Carol Cowell

Coronation Street stars Anthony Cotton and Sue Cleaver with Joan Pettitt and Olive Cutts

Colette Edwards, June Clarke and Norma Molloy

The beautiful roses and Gr8Life magazines given to guests

Olive Cutts, Val Charlesworth with Miss Southport Abi Bridgeman


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Crosby Landscapes

Gardens Galore One of the reasons, among others, that people visit the Southport Flower Show is to take a look at the beautiful gardens designed and created by local businesses.


he theme this year was ‘Coast,’ to celebrate Southport’s fantastic seaside location and the gardens showcased

the designers’ fabulous skills and creativity. Here is a selection of the beautiful displays on show.

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Tarleton Specimen Plants


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Winning garden designs of the School Garden Competition

A View from Within

Jackie Knight Landscapes

A. Jackson landscapes

Chris Ashcroft Landscapes

Student garden design competition winner


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With so many fantastic properties around this area we have decided in this edition to devote a special section to the amazing homes this region has to offer. We have chosen four, which are all very different in style, from a house bursting with original features, to an ultra modern new build. With such different properties there is certainly something to suit everyone’s taste 

Telephone: (01704) 878855 Fax: (01704) 872147 Carrs Crescent Formby £695,000

Only by interior inspection can the extremely versatile and spacious family accommodation on offer in this detached double fronted residence of character be fully appreciated. The property, which is situated in an established sought after neighbourhood convenient for Range High School and St Lukes Primary School, has been totally refurbished and thoughtfully extended by the present owners and now offers stylish contemporary living with the advantage of large rooms and high ceilings associated with character residences. The accommodation comprises an enclosed vestibule, hall, cloakroom/w.c., front entertaining room with beautiful feature fireplace and ‘Bose’ sound system, dining room with parquet flooring, study with parquet flooring and mood lighting, large playroom, small gymnasium with ‘Bose’ sound system, family room/sun room with ‘Bose’ sound system, splendid dining kitchen/family dining room with units in country cream and integrated ‘Neff; appliances, laundry room, 6 bedrooms over two floors one with home cinema and one with dressing room, 4 en-suites and a family bathroom, gas heating system, double glazing, alarm system, double garage, gardens.

Bispham Hall, Hall Lane, Bispham Green, Nr Parbold £1,250,000

Rookery Road

We are pleased to offer for sale this ‘Grade II listed’ stone country house circa 1710 which has been lovingly restored and renovated by the present owners and is set in approximately 2.75 acres of land with beautiful aspects looking over open farmland. The accommodation with is many features has a large reception dining hall, cellar, cloakroom, drawing room with stone fireplace, sitting room with inglenook fireplace, conservatory, indoor swimming pool complex, wet room, study, large breakfast kitchen, utility room, master suite with dressing area and bathroom, three further bedrooms, family bathroom. To the rear of the property there is an original water well, cobbled seating areas, paddock and garden. There is a decked seating area directly behind the garage and a stone seat provides an excellent view over the tennis court.

‘Sandiholm’, Sandy Lane, Lathom £2,200,000

Rosefield Hall

A stunning contemporary detached house which has been completed to an exacting standard by the present owners and provides superb spacious family accommodation with state of the art sound, lighting and security systems. This individually designed property offers opulent living to the discerning purchaser and occupies an enviable rural position set in beautiful landscaped gardens with open views. Accommodation comprises reception hall, study, large sun room, snug/family room with integrated plasma t.v., elegant dining room, superb contemporary breakfast kitchen to include ‘Corian’ working surface, ‘Blanco Master-s’ mixer tap and vegetable spray, ‘Quooker’ instant boiling water tap for tea/coffee and ‘Miele’ appliances, laundry room, cloakroom/w.c., annexe/games room with aluminium double glazed bi-folding doors to side front and rear, wet room with w.c., master bedroom with balcony overlooking open farmland, ‘Villeroy & Boch’ en-suite bathroom/wet room, 3 further bedrooms, en-suite wet room, family bathroom. The house also benefits from under floor heating, solid walnut pocket sliding doors to ground floor, double glazed windows with solar glass throughout, sophisticated sound, light, t.v. and security systems and ipod docking units throughout. The property is set in approximately one acre of immaculately landscaped gardens and is approached via twin electrically controlled gates.


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Amazing contemporary home situated on a private plot having wonderful views over the National Trust Red Squirrel Reserve. Orientated living to the West, this new 5,000 sq.ft. home enjoys an open aspect over the rear swimming pool towards the thatched garden house featuring open flame fire and bi-fold doors. This modern interior designed villa enjoys a large open plan entrance living area, 5 bedrooms/ 5 bathrooms, modern fully fitted kitchen incorporating dining/ chill out area, snug, dining room and games room. Also the property includes fabulous covered and open terraces and balconies, a solarium terrace, pergola and barbecue area with hot tub all homed within the Balinese themed gardens. The intelligent wiring system throughout the house uses the latest technology with 'Clipsal' L.E.D wall mounted controls, which enables the user to switch on or off any light (whether ceiling or floor mounted) or T.V. or electric blinds from any control anywhere in the house as well as your mobile phone anywhere in the world !Very few homes encapsulate the feeling of true 'living' like ‘Sandhills’.


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A Glass Palace

Louisa Austin visits a property so contemporary and chic any film star would be proud to call it their home.









outside when we built the current house and

Sandiholme. This fantastic family home

used the glass we couldn’t believe what the

in Lathom has been designed from

views were like looking out. All of it had been

scratch by the present owner Jane Price and

hidden previously. You buy in the country to

her husband. Glass surrounds the property

have nice views so what is the point when you

and has been used fantastically to bring light

cannot see them.”

into the rooms and give amazing views of the countryside around the house.

The house has been designed so it is completely open plan, however areas can be

Jane explains, “We bought the property in 2006 when there was an existing bungalow

sectioned off with sliding doors if privacy is needed.

there. There was planning permission for

Jane says, “We have had some fantastic

a dormer bungalow but we spoke to the

parties here since it was built. Family parties

planning department and explained what we

with the children and parties with friends. It

wanted to do and they agreed.

suits both older and younger generations and

The bungalow had very high windows and

if adults want a bit of privacy from the kids

you couldn’t really look out through them

etc, it is very easy to separate the rooms of

and so although we knew what it was like

the house.”


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As well as the actual design of the house you find yourself marvelling at the appliances on show. The kitchen is so up to date it is almost space age with every conceivable mod con you could imagine and the property is complete with state of the art sound, lighting and security systems. The bedrooms have amazing views and the master bedroom has one wall which is entirely made up of glass panelling. Although the whole of the house is magnificent, the wow factor really comes from the bathroom. A solitary bathtub sits at the end of the room in front of a triangle shaped window and the effect is simply breathtaking. Beautiful chandeliers adorn every room, sparkling and twinkling as the light bounces off them and mirrors strategically placed enhance bright rooms. Although fabulous inside, the property is






landscaped gardens which offer an open view to the fields around and a perfect place to relax in nice weather. This new build is fantastically spacious and airy, bang up to date with technology and really shows how a modern property can be every inch as stunning as an older, more traditional one. If you are interested in this property please contact Collette Gunter on 01704 878855 or Arnold & Phillips on 01695 570102. n 27

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Space without compromise Large rooms, stables, an arena and acres of land. As Louisa Austin discovers space is something this property is not without.


here isn’t much grander an entrance than the one that greets you at the grade II listed Aughton Hall in Halsall.

Firstly, visitors have to get past the huge wrought

iron electric gates and hope they will be accepted by the intercom into what can only be described as a sprawling estate. The drive is more a road than a driveway and when you come to the building, or rather buildings, you have your pick where to park. After all, there are five acres of land to choose from. The property itself is a fantastic three storey, six bedroomed house which in parts dates back to the 17th century. It is rumoured to have Saxon foundations and Oliver Cromwell is said to  29

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have stayed at the hall during the battle of Ormskirk which took place in 1644. It has had various owners since then and was in complete disrepair for a time before life was breathed back into it in the 1970’s. If a building dripping in history and original features isn’t enough for you then add stables fit for five horses and a full sized floodlit arena. That should do you. The first thing you notice when you step into the entrance hall are the exposed beams, which adds to the overall grandeur of the property. The living room, which leads on from the hall is homely and like the rest of the house packed with original features. “The house, and especially this room has a very relaxing family feel to it, we loved the large sized rooms when we came to view it, so many properties have rooms which are so pokey and small,” owner Norma Molloy says. The beams continue in the living room and Norma says: “This bit of the house was added on a bit later than the original but the theme was carried through. Apparently the beams in this room were from old Viking ships.” Well, you don’t get much more authentic than that. Even the beams have a story to tell. Following on from the living room is the snooker room which is one of the original parts of the house. In the far right hand corner there is a huge imposing fireplace which Norma tells me is a listed feature. 30

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The kitchen is a large family room kitted out with top of the range appliances and is large enough to house a dining table, making it the primary place the family eat. “We normally all eat in here rather than the dining room as it is large enough and everything is to hand. It is nice to have a kitchen big enough to eat in.” As you move to the upper levels of the house you come to various immaculate spare bedrooms, rooms a size most people would be more than happy with for the master bedroom. Talking of the master bedroom, Aughton Hall’s is huge. There is no other way to describe it. And in the middle of it sits a beautiful four poster bed. The size most people couldn’t fit in the biggest room of their house. Norma says, “I love this room as it’s so big.” It goes right up to the eves.” “Even though the bed is huge the room can take it and there is still lots of space to move around.” The master on suite bathroom isn’t bad either. Top to toe in marble with granite tops this really is pure luxury in a nutshell. It is a surprise to see something so modern in such a traditional environment but it works perfectly. The extensive gardens and stables are so vast you would expect to be deep in the countryside somewhere and yet, as Norma’s husband Phil says: “It is so close to everywhere, Southport is twenty minutes away, Ormskirk is ten and the motorway is down the road. We are in a perfect location but still so conveniently near all the major towns and cities.” You would think with such a handy location, right next to the hustle and bustle of suburbia you would have to compromise on outside space somewhere but Aughton Hall proves this is not the case.

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Bluebell Woods by Cerri Jones

A room with a view With all the mod cons of a modern apartment inside, but the splendour of a grand historic building outside, Rosefield Hall has the best of both worlds topped


osefield Hall was somewhat of a building site when I visited it this summer. However no amount of scaffolding

could hide the beauty of this property. It is a fantastic, rather imposing building

off with an amazing view.


Louisa Austin visits to take a look.

and history.






Built in 1908 as a large residential home for a local MP, it boasts Winston Churchill as a regular visitor when he was in the area and George Rose, founder of Great Universal Stores, lived in the house for a short period in the late 1920’s. After being used as a children’s hospital during the Second World War and again as a residential home after that, this unique building fell into disrepair and was desperately calling out for a developer to transform it for many years.



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available to view when I visited were both two

Developments, a family business based

bedrooms and finished to a very luxurious

in Chorley decided to

do last year. The

standard. Both kitchens are full to the brim

company’s design ethos is “to strive to

with top of the range appliances and feature

renovate and restore some of our grandest yet

granite worktops. Sat proudly in each main

neglected buildings, in order to create luxury,

bathroom is a Villeroy and Boch three piece

contemporary homes with traditional room

suite and little details like soft closing toilet

proportions.” They have certainly achieved

lids add to the appeal.

that with Rosefield Hall.

The interior design of these properties is

The grand communal mock Tudor entrance

fabulous which is all good and well, however

porch features a Victorian-style quarry tiled

there is something they both have which

floor, as near to the original as possible,

really seals the deal. The view. What could

and the original reconditioned front door. It

be better than to look outside your bedroom

is all very grand and makes you feel rather

window every morning to a view of Hesketh

important as you step in, add the chandeliers,

Golf Club’s greens. Beautiful fairways go

corniced ceilings, deep skirtings and pillars

back as far as the eye can see and with the

and you feel positively noble. And to think

communal back gardens right next to it you

that Winston Churchill frequented the very

really feel as though you are actually on the

same area all those years ago.

golf course. The equivalent of an infinity

Upon completion of the renovation Rosefield Hall will have 15 apartments over four floors ranging from a one-bedroom right up to a three-bedroom penthouse.

pool in a five star hotel right next to the beach perhaps. The views from the front of the property aren’t too bad either. The drive is so long

The finished apartments which were

that you can hardly see the road and the


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landscaped gardens really are a joy to look at. Or rather, they will be when they are finished. There are garages at the properties, however, they are underground to a point and covered with greenery so you would never know they were there. The living rooms of the two apartments I visited are so achingly stylish you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a trendy designers own home. From the furnishings to the wavy wall in apartment six there is always something to feast your eyes on. And the good thing is, if you want all the furnishings, exactly how they are, you can have them. Or not, whatever you fancy. If you want a contemporary apartment but don’t want to compromise a traditional façade then you’ve got it right here. Rosefield Hall has a view a manor in the middle of the country would be proud of, but with Tesco Express a stones throw away. If you are interested in this property please contact Halsall Estates on 01704 533766. n 35

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Restored with love

Tucked away in a secluded spot in Churchtown lies a piece of local history lovingly restored to its former glory by its present owner. Louisa Austin is given the guided tour.  37

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lthough not the size of a cottage,

features as I could in the house.� He has

9 Rookery Road certainly has that

certainly succeeded and everywhere you look

feel. Behind high walls and a remote

is a little piece of history lovingly designed by

controlled wooden gate is a beautiful property

the first owner.

bursting with original features. David Cope

In stark contrast to the traditional style are

bought the property in 2005 when it had no

state of the art modern appliances throughout

gas, electricity or running water, let alone

the house including a Bang and Olufsen sound

central heating. He then, over the next few

system and a lighting system which requires

years painstakingly restored it section by

no more than a hand wave to switch them

section to the property it is today. The grade II

on. The marble, which covers all bathrooms,

listed building was built in 1928 and designed

compliments the modern look these rooms

and originally owned by local architect George

have acquired and gives them a luxurious feel.

Henderson. As you walk through the front

Outside are magnificent south facing

door a beautiful original carving greets you. In

gardens that have been preened to perfection

fact the eyes feast on all the splendour in the

and three garages, which currently house

entrance hall. The whole house has a wooden

a snooker table and gym equipment. The

theme and every door to the fitted wardrobes

development potential is never ending

in the master bedroom are a perfect match

however, with an upper floor to the garages

and are beautifully finished with walnut or

and fully functioning gas and electricity

dark oak.

which makes the building completely self

David says, “All these features are exactly the same as the originals and I have simply

contained and a possible one bedroom flat in the future.

restored and refurbished them. I wanted to

There are also two stables which lend

keep as much of the original character and

themselves to storage or will give that


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beloved pet a home a stones throw away to the main house. Looking up from the garden the magnificent roof becomes the main feature of this unique property. Made from Green Westmoreland slate, it was put together by a team flown in from Germany when originally built in the 1920’s. David was so keen to keep the authenticity and originality when he built the garages that he sourced exactly the same slate for their roof. “It took me twelve months to find someone who could fit and supply this slate for me. I really wanted the same type and it cost me over £100,000 just to add the roof.” As you walk around you can see how the original styles have been embraced by David and the house has kept its individuality but








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From classic cuts to sophisticated simplicity Louisa Austin outlines the fashion trends predicted this Autumn.


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ummer is disappearing rapidly and so it’s out with the light floaty tops, maxi dresses and flip-flops and in with the warm winter coats, scarves and knee high boots. Simplicity and luxury seem to be the key words this Autumn with an emphasis on classical elegance and pared-down chic. There is an air of timeless sophistication based around clean lines and a good cut which is a departure away from the floaty prints and loud designs fashion has sported of late. In fact it appears the industry is doing a 360 degree turn and leaving fussy complicated styles behind in favour of a minimalist (but far from clinical) look. Faux Fur is returning this winter as it did last, and a good quality faux animal print jacket is well worth the investment as it is set to be a key wardrobe essential for many years to come. Vampy red is a great alternative to black.

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If you want to add a little spice to your outfit and would prefer some detail, fabrics embellished with jewels and threaded with rich embroidery are also a big hit this season. Nudes, greys and blacks will be at the forefront colour wise and will go hand in hand with the classic and simple cuts.

If you don’t want to shy away from dark colours, why not give petrol blue a go.

If you do fancy an injection of colour to your wardrobe however, as not everyone fancies such simple shades, colours of the moment are petrol blue and scarlet red, perfect for evening wear when you may want something a bit more glam. Skirts and dresses will either be very short or calf length with long lengths, so popular this summer, fading into the background. The new season sees trousers which are elegant and flattering, no less than a perfect cut will do this Autumn with wide leg and boot cut making an appearance. A nice change from Faux fur is big again this season.


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the ‘suck in’ skinny jeans fashion houses have

If you like an outfit with some detailing why not opt for a simple dress with some added bling.

favoured so much in recent years. Fabrics making an appearance are heavy and luxurious, perfect for keeping that chilly wind at bay. Cotton and jersey textures will be forming the basic materials for key pieces and wool will be popping up rather prematurely as winter trends filter through. Silk is the front runner for evening fashion with lace popping up every now again to texture and complete a look. Old faithful Coast, stocked at Broadbent’s and Boothroyds in Southport, have come up trumps again with a beautiful Autumn collection that captures all the latest trends but is practical and wearable.

Well cut trousers paired with a simple nude top is the height of sophistication.


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Never compromising fashion for quality they have concentrated on the simple clean lines and light nude colours, daring to use the blue and red for some of their evening pieces. Jaeger has also designed their collection around the simple classical look with many of their pieces picking up the grey and black hues. Both collections hit the nail on the head when it comes to catwalk fashion, but make a seamless transition to the high street so any extreme styles seen on the runway are avoided. If you shy away from bright colours and live in your neutrals this could well be the season for you. â–

Comfy but tailored wide leg trousers are a must for a fashionistas wardrobe

Chunky jewellery sets off a simplistic outfit perfectly.


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It is a rarity to come across a sweet shop these days with no Mars Bars or Milky Ways in stock, and instead jars full of boiled sweets you buy by the quarter. Southport however, is home to one. Natasha Young visits to investigate. 

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uying confectionary wasn’t always as straightforward as strolling down to the nearest supermarket and grabbing whatever pre-packed sugary mix will keep the sweet-tooth cravings at bay. For those of some generations it was once an occasional treat to face a rainbow wall of candyfilled glass jars, as they ummed and aahed over which of the delights on offer would make it into their quarter of pick and mix. Together with her husband Andrew, Christine Clarke had owned shops before, but it had long been her dream to bring that enjoyable traditional experience back to Southport. The Lancashire couple opened their shop, Sweet Memories, at the resort’s Wayfarers Arcade in February last year, and since then they have had to move to a bigger store within the building to keep up with the popularity it has attracted. Having space to store the confectionary was what mainly triggered the move, as Andrew tells Gr8 Life: “If we haven’t got a sweet that people ask for then we try to find it. We’ve probably ended up with about 100 extra sweets since we got here.” Their current premises are decked with a wooden interior and well stocked with all the sticky treats you can imagine, from decorative candy canes and swirly lollypops to a display of tempting homemade chocolaty delights. Not to mention the array of wicker baskets and jars filled to the brim with classic sweets and the inviting candy aroma that hits you as soon as you walk through the door. These traditional touches in the shop - which happens to be in keeping with the rest of the Victorian arcade’s boutique stores - provide a blast from the past for its older customers, while 48

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for younger people it’s not far removed

enjoyed as a child and may not have come

from the sweet shop scene in Willy Wonka’s

across since. During their visit, they often

Chocolate Factory.

feel compelled to take a trip down memory

“It’s the novelty of asking for an ounce

lane and Christine says: “People go back to

of sweets again,” Christine tells Gr8 Life, as

their past and everyone remembers sweets

she explains how the shop has a real feel of

from when they were at school. I know

authenticity to it. “Then there’s the noise of

there’s things that I can remember from my

the sweets as they are poured into the old

childhood when I eat certain sweets.

Avery scales. Customers can taste the sweets and then see them weighed out.”

“It’s usually people aged 35 and onwards who go back through their childhood, and

And the selection varies from the Grey’s

people say when they come into the shop

Teacake, which the couple say is probably

it’s like being a child again. You see different

their most popular treat on offer and it spans

generations going for different sweets too.

back to the war, to sweet tobacco - made

“We get kids standing in the corner while

with chocolate and shavings of coconut - as

the older ones are running around the place

well as hard boiled sweets, lollipops, chews

for ages.”

and sherbets.

According to Christine, Sweet Memories

“Things have got to be of the era, there’s

has become a hit with local shoppers as

no Kit Kats or Mars Bars,” adds Christine. “We

well as tourists to the town, with monthly

won’t get things in with packaging that’s too

customers to customers who come in once a


week, and people who have said they’ve come

The old fashioned look of the shop and

to Southport just to visit the shop. “When you

the range of sweets on offer are what sets

were young you’d only have enough money

Sweet Memories apart from typical modern

to buy a small bag of sweets,” she says.

confectionary shops.

“I just love getting up and coming in and

Adult customers walk through the door and are instantly surrounded by treats they

hearing people’s memories. I get a kick out of it.” n


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Queenscourt Hospice is an independent charity providing specialist palliative care for people with a life-limiting illness in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire areas. It has a 10-bedded in-patient unit comprising two 4-bedded bays and two individual rooms. The Hospice has a Day Therapy Service where patients can access, among other services, creative and complimentary therapies and a hairdressing salon. It is funded mainly by voluntary contributions and the work done by the ‘Sponsor A Bed’ committee, and all the members of the scheme continue to provide Queenscourt with a regular monthly income that helps it to provide the high quality of service for all its patients and their families.

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Queenscourt Hospice Sponsor a Bed Appeal has so far donated over £130,000 to the Hospice.

Some of the one thousand supporters who took part in this years Ladies Star Trekk walk. The appeal started by Mr Jim Robson in 2006 to help the Hospice to have a sustained regular fundraising income stream has exceeded the remarkable figure of £130,000. Queenscourt is at the heart of our community and provides specialist palliative care to adults from Southport, West Lancashire and Formby with advanced progressive diseases (usually cancer). The majority of its funding comes from voluntary subscriptions such as the membership fees paid by each of the Sponsor a Bed supporters.The annual £120 they pay plays a significant part in funding the continued work of the Hospice, we are indebted to all of them. At Queenscourt we pride ourselves on being able to treat all our patients and their carers with dignity and respect. We are always prepared to listen and consider what is in the best interests of each of our patients to ensure that the quality of our care remains at the highest level. We now offer an ‘at home’ service to take Hospice care into our patients own home if that is where they want to be at the end of their lives, this service is called Queenscourt at Home. Every penny generated for the Hospice by our Sponsor a Bed Group will go directly towards patient care.

On behalf of Queenscourt Hospice we would like to say THANK YOU! We simply could not do it without you.

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Sunday 5th December Annual Lights of Love Services at the Hospice and Ormskirk Parish Church. Sunday 12th December Our now very popular ‘Santa Sprint’


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Queenscourt Annual Bike Ride This year we changed the route from Manchester/ Blackpool to Liverpool/ Chester riding through the Queensway Tunnel, over fifty riders took part to benefit Queenscourt. The weather wasn’t kind but it did not dampen the spirits of the fifty riders whose only shelter from the elements was when they rode through the Queensway tunnel. Congratulations to every one of them you did Queenscourt proud.

Hospice Mistletoe & Wine Ball Once again this very popular social event is to take place on Saturday 27th November 2010 in The Floral Hall Southport. Tickets as usual are expected to be much in demand, to avoid disappointment and to reserve tickets, please call the fundraising team at the Hospice in plenty of time to guarantee yours. 01704 544645

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Just a stone’s throw away

To experience real travel and different values, you don’t have to travel hundreds of thousands of miles, says David Simister.


he last thing I’d want to do to suggest is going to the pub - but Llangollen’s best view is from the beer garden.

When you’re perched, pint in hand, on the

wooden planking just outside the Welsh town’s Corn Mill pub you’re presented with all the town’s wonders at once. Immediately in front you’ll catch canoeists getting catapulted along the River Dee, and alongside that the nostalgic charm of trains about to chug their way right up the valley. It’s a scene surrounded by stunning crests and crags for miles around, including one with an enchanting ruin of an old castle atop it. All that before you turn around and catch the town itself. Llangollen is one of those hidden gems you can’t help but love; a stone’s throw from the urbanely English cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, but ever so Welsh without wandering into clichés. If the serenely scenic region of North Wales is a crown of Britain’s countryside, then surely this is one

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I was lucky enough to actually work as Llangollen’s local news reporter for six months, when I wrote for its Vale Advertiser newspaper, and I completely fell in love with the place. Chances are you will too, but first you have to get there. Part of the reason why Llangollen lies unspoilt in the North Welsh countryside is because it’s trickier to get to than Rhyl or Prestatyn, its competitors for tourists in the county of Denbighshire. It was cut off from Britain’s rail network more than half a century ago, but catch a bus from nearby Ruabon station itself not far from Wrexham and Chester - and the town is a ten minute trip. If you’re already in North Wales, another option is to head towards Carrog, park up and take a steam train on the lovingly preserved Llangollen Railway. At £10 per return ticket, it’s not cheap, but it does give you the chance to experience a real throwback to the steam heyday of Britain’s railway past, and all while travelling through the breathtaking backwaters of the Dee Valley. Getting off the bus in Llangollen is turning up, but showing up by steam train is truly arriving! I often arrived in a rush to report the latest breaking story, usually on Castle Street, the town’s


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Just a stone’s throw away

main thoroughfare, but it’s worth just

museum closed its doors almost a decade

stopping to take in the sheer beauty of the

ago, ironically missing out on the inevitable

place. Lush forests cover the hills surrounding

popularity the BBC’s recent revival of the

you, and on a summer’s day the water rushing

series would have created. You might not be a

below you in the River Dee is blue, balmy, and

fan of the Doctor’s time-travelling work, but

inviting. Picturesque hardly does it justice.

driving around Britain’s only town with Dalek

There’s a string of shops, cafes and tourist

road signs made for a surreal experience!

centres vying for your attention, but it’s

But the there’s still plenty of top tips if

well worth taking the extra trek to visit Plas

you’re one of the town’s tourists, and not

Newydd, home of the Llangollen Ladies, two

just the bewildering array of arts and music

Victorian writers who eloped to the town and

offered each year by the International

became two of its icons.

Musical Eisteddfod event. The town’s balloon






festival, which attracts flight fanatics from

maintained gardens you can catch a glimpse

across the UK, is growing in popularity, and

of Castell Dinas Bran, the ruined hilltop

speed freaks will love the town’s affinity with

overlooking Llangollen itself, and if you’re

motorcycling, particularly at the Ponderosa

feeling energetic it’s well worth the effort

café, on the nearby Horseshoe Pass.

of paying a visit. Aside from the inevitable

What I learned from reporting on

historical charm, you always catch views of

Llangollen is that everyone who lives there

the town at its best, as well as looking further

regards it as one of Denbighshire’s most

afield to the rolling hills of the Clwydian

delightful places, and they’re determined to

Range, which dominate this part of the world.

keep it that way, for everyone to enjoy.

It’s just a shame that one of the town’s

With so much on offer and some of the

quirkiest attractions has been consigned to

region’s most stunning scenery, it shouldn’t

the history books; the national Doctor Who

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Motoring mogul David Simister takes the small but speedy Mazda MX-5 out for a birthday ride in the picturesque countryside of North Wales.


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ou might not know it yet, but

a birthday bash, because it’s 20 years

there’s a reason why they call the

since the first examples of Mazda’s MX-5

limestone cliffs that linger over

started arriving on our shores. Time flies

Llandudno the Great Orme.

when you’re having fun.

The official website of the café complex

You have to remember what small

sitting at the top of this stunning piece

roadsters were like in 1990 to appreciate

of seaside geology recommends that you

the original MX-5’s impact - apart from

reach it either by a Victorian tramway or

the front wheel drive Lotus Elan, there

Britain’s longest cable car ride, but both, I

weren’t any - and after years of no sports

reckon, sell the place short.

cars at all drivers were suddenly treated

If you want to enjoy the journey then

to a soft-top, rear wheel drive roadster

you’ve got to head for the twists of turns

which reminded us of decades ago when

of the access road instead. That’s what

everybody drove around in MGBs, Triumphs

makes it great, and there’s no better way

and Austin-Healeys. It might have been a

to enjoy it than in an open-top sports car.

shameless copy of the original Lotus Elan,

St Tudno’s Drive is like a stretch of tarmac

but nobody cared because they loved it.

that’s been stolen from a mountain pass

Two decades later and almost every

in the Alps by people who love driving and

car company now offers its own sports

then draped over a British backdrop for our

car, but even though the latest 2.0i

own enjoyment, so exciting are the series

Sport Tech version is a little flabbier than

of crests and hairpins which catapult you

the lithe original it’s still an absolute

from sea level to an eatery almost 700

delight to drive. It’s something it actually

feet above. It’s places like these that make

seemed keen to show off on the way up

motoring exciting, and the whole of North

the Horseshoe Pass, an inviting road

Wales is awash with them.

heading between Ruthin and Llangollen.

Don’t think my trip to one of the most

By combining its flick-of-the-wrist gear

captivating corners of the British Isles

change with inspiringly precise steering, it

was just for fun, though; I was here for

just goes where you want it to. 56

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If anything I reckon it’s actually better

But you’ll forget all of them on a cross-

than Britain’s own old sports cars, because

country blast, because even when it’s not

unlike them the MX-5 actually works and

its birthday the Mazda’s partying, and

means you can spend your weekends in

you’re always invited.

the countryside, rather than the garage.

That’s the feeling I got when I spotted

Just make sure you share the driving

a group of MX-5 owners out on their own

with whoever you take along for the ride,

adventures in one of Snowdonia’s more

otherwise they’ll forget it’s a driver’s car

remote valleys, because they all smiled the

and start going on about the interior

smile you get when you’ve got a sports car

being too cramped, the boot too small and

at your disposal. Even though they owned

the ride too firm.

MX-5s from the model’s early days they

It’s also got the same problem most

all agreed that what they own is so much

convertibles have when it comes to roof-

more than a way of getting to work and

up visibility, but I reckon the Mazda’s

back. It’s a go-kart with a CD player.

folding fabric roof is easier and faster

There are roomier, comfier cars out

than the metal most of its rivals come

there but if you drive simply because you

with. You can have metal origami as an

enjoy it you can’t go far wrong with an

optional extra, if you insist, but while you

MX-5, particularly if you’re the sort of

get added security it’s slower to shelter

person who deliberately takes the long

you and it weighs the little lightweight

route just so they can go over the Llanberis

roadster down.

Pass on the way.

While it does have just the two seats

It might be 20 years old, but the Mazda

it’ll still do everything you’d expect a

MX-5 isn’t as good as the British sports cars

£20,145 car to do, and although I wasn’t

of yesteryear. It’s much better than that.

expecting it in something so singlemindedly sporty it was great to have toys like cruise control, a CD autochanger and a Bluetooth system at my fingertips.

Photography by Cornelia Kaufmann


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SPOTLIGHT on success


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ric Borowski has had a challenging

of challenges. “The first challenge when

time as headteacher of Scarisbrick

I became a headteacher in 1983 was to

Hall School, but he leaves the post

bring four separate schools together to

with the school in a strong position.

After 27 years as

make one school,” Mr Borowski says.

He has retired after 27 years as a head

The four schools were Saxonholme Girls

a headteacher Eric

and today Scarisbrick Hall School is going

Preparatory School, St Wyburn’s Girls Senior

Borowski has finally

from strength to strength.

School, Kingswood Prep School for Boys

decided to hang up

Mr Borowski tells Gr8Life, “The number

and Kingswood Senior School for Boys.

of pupils is on the increase. Our present

He adds, “The next most satisfying

the towel and enjoy

school population is approximately 260

achievement was the introduction of


boys and girls and is growing daily now.

teaching to children with dyslexia.

Henry James goes

With planned progression we can have a

“Then in 1998 was the challenge of

bigger school community, but without

merging Kingswood School with Scarisbrick

destroying what we are trying to create and

Hall School to form Kingswood College.”

along to Scarisbrick Hall School to find out more.

that is a personalised learning approach,

Mr Borowski believes his most difficult

where small class sizes are vital. We take

challenge in the position was in 2007, when

children from birth through the nursery,

Gems, who owned the building, said they

Beautiful Beginnings, to 16 and we have

were selling up meaning that the school

plans to take pupils over 16 in the not too

would close.

distant future.”

He says, “I got a group of parents

But to get Scarisbrick Hall where it is today Mr Borowski, parents, staff and pupils have had to overcome a number

together to help us save the school and initially we set up a charitable trust. “It was with great satisfaction and


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delight for all concerned when the Headley

a learning environment few pupils are lucky

family, who are from Southport and have

enough to encounter in their school days.

connections with the school, bought the

The directors of Scarisbrick Hall have

building back for us. They have invested in

recognised the efforts of Mr Borowski and

us in a big way.”

have set up a new scholarship for academic

So Scarisbrick Hall has a new owner, and







the retiring headteacher wants to stress

scholarship and a boy from St Helens is the

how well-equipped they are to prepare

first recipient and will have his fees paid.

children for the 21st century.

“We offered it to bright children in the area

“We now do E-learning and the amount

whose parents could not afford private

of technology in the classroom is incredible.

fees,” the 64-year-old explains. “We had

The children have to access the technology

a number of applicants for the scholarship

and have access to the internet to do

and it was a stringent set of assessments,

their research. They are learning skills for

both academic and otherwise.”

life. The children will end up in jobs that

Mr Borowski may have retired, but he will

don’t even exist today, therefore we have

continue to be involved at the school. He

to prepare them and give them the skills

tells Gr8Life: “I have been offered a position

for those jobs.” All the modern computers

on the board, which means I will still be

and technology are in stark contrast to the

actively involved in future developments.”

grandeur of the school buildings and the

So a fond farewell it is to the position

beautiful original carvings which adorn the

of headteacher but by no means is it the

walls and ceilings. The school appears more

end of Eric Borowski’s relationship with

like a beautiful stately home than a school,

Scarisbrick Hall School. n


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Something for


In light of it’s recent relocation, Gr8Life takes a trip to the Lakeside Christian Centre to discover what it has to offer.


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everyone is welcome to sample the culinary

from the outside, inside, the centre

delights of the centre.






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Reverend Richard Vernon, one of the two

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He adds, “The créche is particularly

the most fantastic views across the Marine

handy for mums who want to take part in an

Lake, so you can enjoy your cappuccino or

exercise class and want somewhere safe to

lunch while watching the resident swan

leave their children for an hour or so.”

family enjoying a day out on the lake. Again,

The centre also has an OFSTED registered


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Bluebell Woods by Cerri Jones

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in May this year as we had used our

Every room is bright and airy and the

previous premises on Manchester Road, in

pre-school has a fully enclosed grass play

Southport, to their maximum capabilities

area where children can get some fresh air

and were having to turn away groups who

in nice weather.

wanted space to put on their groups and clubs. We felt we needed to move to a more spacious building.” Although the church has now moved to larger surroundings plans have already been drawn up to extend the current building and add a five hundred-seater auditorium to the side. Reverend Vernon says: “We would like the Lakeside Christian Centre to really expand and for people to know it is a

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A Classic event



veryone had a fantastic time at the annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Classiqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ball held in July. The event, held at the Floral Hall, was to honour the


dance profession including Ballroom, Latin and Freestyle and was organised by dance teacher David Bullen.


The evening included a four course dinner and entertainment, an awards ceremony and dancing.


Music was provided by Todd Miller & The World Famous Joe Loss Orchestra.


Ben Hardwick and Lucy Jones



David Bullen, Madam Mayor of Sefton Councillor Maureen Fearn, Carol Parry and Consort Frank Winrow

Robert and Wendy Hinton with Angela and Michael Hayten

Taylor Brow, Tamara Smith, Laura Daley and Dionne Gemmill

Margaret and Peter Anderson

Annette Baker, Linda Cook, Judith Thompson and Derek Young

Lenford Hatcher, Sheilagh Connolly President of BATD with Carol and Peter Parry

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Stunning Showcase T

he Brigham Young University World Ballroom Dance Champions put on a show at Southport Floral Hall recently.

The showcase included solo dance routines as

well as big ensembles in the style of a Broadway

Sister Bullock, Cheryl Hindley and Betty Drummond

production with performance styles ranging from the graceful glide of evening gowns and tuxedos to the upbeat and energetic sizzle of Latin-style dance. Event promoter Cheryl Hindley said: “It was a spectacular event - simply beautiful. “I have received lots of comments from people who attended saying how brilliant it was. “The dancers looked fantastic in their costumes and their performances were so polished. “It was an evening to remember. Pam Turner in particular did a fantastic job in organising things

JR and Gail Thompson

Cheryl and Camellia Hindley

behind the scenes and looking after the dancers.”

Gill Cuthbertson and Alf Doran

Jennifer, David and Kathleen Bullock

Freda Whiteley and Alma Perry

Ann Hindley, Vera Atkinson and Gill Hughes

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Celebration Ball


he West Tower Hotel provided the perfect setting for Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School Year 11 pupils to

celebrate the end of their GCSE examinations. All eyes across Lancashire were trained on the young women in their stunning outfits, with their dates from their sister school Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ measuring up to the task. Event organiser Angela Wadsworth said: ‘After the examination season this is a really joyful event with both the girls and boys relishing the opportunity to celebrate in style.’ George Johnson, Nina Martin, Joy Harris and Laurence Harper.

Danni Kenny and Jayne Hill.

Rebecca Allen, Edward Leonard, William Edwards and Jess O’ Shaunessy.

Alice Sergeant, Andrew Rigby, Ethan Hughes and Ammar Salih.

Laura Bowman, Josh Parrott, Alex Branton, Tom Lavelle, Sam Oakes, Georgia Mason.

Lauren Bainbridge and Ben Scott.

Wei Wang, Emily Crockett, Ross Cahill, Clair Rimmer, and Gina Morrisey.

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Rugby Club


outhport Rugby Club’s annual ball was held in the town’s Floral Hall recently. The event saw more than 250 people

turn out smartly dressed for a sit-down meal before live entertainment. Organiser Michelle Roberts says: “We raised more than 3,000 for the club at the ball. It was a really good night.”

Club Captain John Roberts with his wife Michelle, who organised the event

Gary Harrison and Carolynne Edwards with Elaine and Graham Cooke

Alex and Thomas McKevitt

Nick and Clair Fellows

Colin Toohey and Heather Hughes

Sarah Fitzpatrick, Gemma Boland, Joanne Wilkinson and Rhian Monteith

Nick Fellows, Sean Bowen, Mark Astwood, Matthew Astwood, Mike Dale and Nick Ions

Liam McDonnell, Dara Wesley, Rachel Darby and Alex Kenny

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Abbey Sefton A

Womens’ Health Evening took place at Formby Hall in June, seeing a record number of guests turn up.

Margaret Haris, Patricia McArthur, Julia Metcalfe and Gina Hudson

The event, run by Abbey Sefton Hospital

included a buffet supper, raffle and a goody bag. £700 was made on the evening and donated to the NSPCC. There were talks from experts including Mr Ash Alam, consultant gynaecologist, Dr Arun Ghosh on prescribed medication and Dr Richard Sturgess, consultant gastroenterologist. Ann Jordan of Abbey Sefton says: “Once again the health evening was fantastic. We hold the evenings regularly, giving women a chance to hear talks from experts in different fields, each time varying.”

Margaret Carden, Pam Stubbs and Jean Carden

Kerry Stannard, Margaret Brooks and Mary Allen

Guest speaker Consultant Gynaecologist Mr Ash Alam with Stephanie Adams

Sandra Cunningham, Pat Gill, Jenny Moody and Hazel Symondson

Amanda Welsh and Karen Rafferty

Dr Richard Sturgess, Angela Williams with Dr Arun Ghosh

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New President T

he new president of the Southport Inner Wheel Club was formally announced at a lavish lunch recently.

Carol Cookson was inaugurated as former

president Maureen Fearn stepped down.

President elect Carol Cookson, Immediate past President Maureen Fearn with former President June Newby

The event was held at Hesketh Golf Club, and more than 50 guests attended. Carol Cookson says: “I wish to thank all guests for their good wishes and this year the club will work together to raise money for the Sefton Women and Children’s Aid (SWACA) as well as other local and international charities.”

Ann Brown, Megan Allen and Anita Leggett

Sheila Tissot and Dorothy Culton

Meg Reilly, Ruth Taylor and Freda Howard

Peggy Jones, Margaret Livingstone with Thelma Foster

Ruth Bottomley and Kathleen Robinson

Margaret Dearnley, Betty Maddison, Shirley Dwyer and Binnie Davey

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Farnborough Road Ball A

ball was held at Southport Floral Hall in June for Farnborough Road Primary School.

The event saw parents, teachers and special

guests dress to impress. They were entertained by Michael Jackson tribute act Mitch Mimms, as well as young band Pose For The Camera. One of the organisers, Elinor Ball, tells Gr8 Life: “It was a great event and we raised almost £6,000 to put towards the new sports area at

Dan Johnstone and Emma Johnstone with Matt and Alex Collins

Farnborough Road School.”

Wendy Cheetham, Adrian Antell, Adele McKee and Elinor Ball

Phil and Katy Porter

Helen Guest, Ruth Halstead, Alison Johnson, Lindsey Joyce, Jodie Marcucci and Rachael Farmer

Nicky Hennessy, Eleonora Widders, Angela Puckley, Ruth Leney and Jacqueline Mellor

Anu Vickers, Mak Naidoo and Usha Naidoo Anita Linstead, Karen Jones and Jane Clark

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All that Jazz


midsummer jazz evening was held at Meols Hall, seeing the venue fill up with music lovers.

Everyone enjoyed the lively music of the

Bourbon Street Roof-Raisers, with feet tapping and heads bobbing in time to the music. The event was in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and raised more than £1,500. Pam Walmsley of Macmillan tells Gr8 Life: “The event was attended by many regular supporters,

Michael and Val Molyneux with Edna and Eric Welch

some of whom have been coming for at least five or six years, together with others who were attending for the first time. “The band members say they always enjoy doing this event as it is the highlight of their year when they turn up as a full team of seven musicians. “We are grateful to the Hesketh family and the staff at Meols Hall for their support, and to everyone who attended to make the event such a success. The money we receive will be used to provide care and support to cancer patients and their families in our local area.”

Organisers Pam Walmsley and Val Martyn Beck

Judith and Robert Schmuhl

Francis Shepard and Janet Mann

Elaine Purcell and June Knight

Doreen Davies, Sheila Leach, Maureen Wilking and Ann Slattery

Members of The Bourbon Street Roof Raisers with Pam Walmsley and Val Martyn

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Spectacular Day


carisbrick Hall hosted its annual Ascot Ladies Day in the summer. The event, which is organised

every year by school head teacher Eric Borowski, was a great success with beaming sun on the day. Marketing officer for Scarisbrick Hall, Kathryn Maguire says: “About 180 ladies Pilot in charge Rob Jones with Rebecca Kay, Annie-May Johnson & Hailey James-Gannon

Sue Field, Sarah Davies, Jan Webster, Joanne Long, Gill Hanson, Shelley Burchell and Sue McGregor

attended the day. They were met at the main gates of the hall and escorted further in horse drawn carriages and limousines.” Entertainment at the event included maypole





four-course lunch, Jedward impostors, performances by school pupils, evening dancing and much more. A hot air balloon Chris James, Amanda Neale, Alex McKevitt, Leesa Knowles and Karen Cackett

Pamela Lewtas, Patricia Davies and Janet Kay

was also on site. This was the final of these events to be organised by Mr Borowski, as he will retire as headteacher this year. Kathryn adds: “Mr Borowski certainly excelled himself this year - his final event was the best yet. “The weather was wonderful, the ladies looked beautiful and everyone had

Guests arriving in style

a fantastic time. This year’s event will stay in people’s memories forever.”

Jedward performed by Aron Headley & Luke Wilkinson

Would be Rappers - Young pupils from the reception class performing their Rap routine

Emma Roycroft and Chloe Bass of the Fantasia Dance Co.

Retiring Head of Scarisbrick Hall, Eric Borowski who organised the day for the ladies

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Thank you S t Joseph’s Hospice (Jospice) held their annual volunteers evening in June. The





guests enjoy a buffet, wine and Irish Dancing performance. The guests are people who have spent the year volunteering to help raise money for the hospice,

Pat Murphy, Albert Smart, Collette Tunney and Cathy Cusack

including shop workers, gardeners and even organisers. Pat Murphy, Director of Fundraising at Jospice tells Gr8 Life: “We like to hold a special evening once a year as a little thank you to the people who are behind keeping Jospice going - those who work so hard to raise vital funds.”

Necia Barton, Kathy Lockwood, Joyce Tshuma and Maureen Roberts

Debra Gleave with Barbara Deus

Bev Cannon, Keith Cawdron and Anne-Marie Whitaker.

Marie Slower and Jean Dickinson

Betty Robinson, Mike Fraser and Beryl Ramsey.

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Glittering evening T

he Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport

charities represented and it gave us a fantastic

launched their new charities package in

opportunity to showcase our new fundraising

style in July with a lavish ball.


The event took place in the grounds of the

venue as the sun shone on 120 special guests. Events manager at the hotel, Karan Maguire, says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a wonderful evening, there were 27

A raffle took place for a charity to win a special charity package, which includes drinks, dinner and entertainment for 150 guests. The winner was Annie Ives from Homestart.

Annie Ives from Homestart receives her charity night voucher. (Picture by Zoomphotography)

Belinda Jones, Wendy Hannan, Chris Shorten and Tina Parfitt

Mark and Joanne Fowler with Emma and Julian Williams

Karan Maguire, Eileen Smith and Carolyn Tasker

Sheena Childs, Jane Walker, Paula Morris and Jan Assheton

Pam Walmsley, Jean Lilley and June Knight

Vigy Martins, Kamit Mistry and Alison Sinnott

Shirley and Colin Balmer

Chris Blower, Mary Wren and Gill Stevenson

Pat Murphy and Linda Byrne

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Cheers Guests at the Drink Cellar official opening day

Simon Gregson with David, Dionne and Linda from the Drink Cellar






Simon was supporting his friend


and owner of The Drink Cellar John


the opening of The

Drink Cellar at Churchtown and

Siddeley. For two hours Simon signed

to have their photographs taken



photographs with the public.







Simon Gregson who plays Corrie Linda Lamb, Lorraine and John Clark, Joan Hewitt and Bob Withers

businessman Steve McDonald.


Birthday Ball

treatham House School celebrated its 85th year with a Spring Ball held at the West Lancashire Golf Club.

The four-

course meal was followed by dancing to music by The Chills and a disco. The evening was a great success, enjoyed by all. Members of the Parents, Teachers and Friends Society

Former Chairmen of the PTFS

Former pupils of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Class of 71â&#x20AC;?

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Gr8 Life - Autumn 2010  

The lifestyle and social event magazine for Sefton and West Lancashire residents

Gr8 Life - Autumn 2010  

The lifestyle and social event magazine for Sefton and West Lancashire residents