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Inside this issue... 06 coffee break Take 5!

08 recoMMended reads

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12 travel

18 celebrating 15 successful years

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21 local post office awarded

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Tamil Nadu - top UNESCO site in India.

with Allison’s Financial Planning.

Dentons Green PO wins stamp of approval.

22 Motoring tips

The 10 best electric cars of the moment.

24 cover story

Our Guinness World Record holders.

28 tech for tweens

Kid-friendly technology.

32 Mid-week recipe

Pepper-stuffed mushrooms.


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Prescot Parish Church Musicians in Concert Friday 27th September 7pm-8.15pm Prescot Parish Church Church Street, Prescot. L34 1LA Tickets ÂŁ5 on the door All monies in aid of church funds

Parish Organist Tim Hall’s 40th Anniversary Recital Plus instrumental & vocal items from Prescot Parish Church Choir Programme to include items by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Elton John, Lionel Bart & Robert Howard Wine/juice & homemade cake included in the ticket price.


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Leading North West Financial Adviser

CELEBRATES 15 SUCCESSFUL YEARS IN RAINFORD You have seen incredible success over the last 15 years. What makes the company stand out amongst its competitors? Professional The personal touch and professional approach are two key components of why our clients return to us for advice. We listen to each client on an individual basis and get to know them and their family so we are able to provide the best advice to suit their personal situation.

Knowledge & Experience Our highly skilled professional team have years of knowledge within the financial services industry which makes us leaders in delivering the best outcome for clients.

Reputation We build our business largely from referrals from our existing clients, which has been the major factor in the continued growth and success of the company. We have recruited specialists in each financial sector to enable the company to grow and we continue to advise clients both locally and nationally.

Service We aim to provide the highest level of service to all clients. We have our ‘treating customers fairly policy’ continually reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis.

Your mortgage department has doubled in size. Why do you think people continue to seek independent mortgage advice? Feedback from our clients suggest the minefield and jargon used within the industry makes it so complicated to source the best possible mortgage or life insurance; especially with constant criteria changes. We have DEDICATED specialist advisers on hand to guide clients through the process, this is invaluable and can save the client time, money and stress.

“It was our first mortgage and needed someone to remove the jargon and help us understand the process. As my husband was a student, our situation was a little bit more difficult than the average application and we wanted to make sure we were getting the best deal. Allie was very friendly and easy to talk to on meeting, as was her assistant Kirsty. With both our first mortgage and re-mortgage, Allie and Kirsty were extremely efficient and always on hand to answer any questions, no matter how silly they seemed. Being able to go through the process over email made things much quicker and I never once had to worry or chase up a query as I knew it was being dealt with by people I trust.” Kimberley, Merseyside


How have you grown over the years? When I started 15 years ago, my office was my back bedroom at home. The business swiftly grew enabling us to move to offices in Rainford. We also now have our regional office in Devon and in addition we have developed our online portal for our clients convenience. The business has grown to include a fantastic team of people who are professional and experts in their field.

Plans for the future... To continue providing the high level of service and expand further on our technology to provide the best possible financial journey to the client. We are also proud of our success in helping our clients plan for the future!  This has never been so key as more people are choosing early retirement and need help and our advice to ensure they have enough money to enjoy their later years. We are looking forward to the next 15 years, continuing to manage our existing clients’ portfolios well, and expanding the corporate side focusing on advice for local businesses.

“I needed advice regarding long term savings / saving for retirement. Explained everything in plain English, didn't over promise and gave me a clear understanding of what I need to do to achieve my goals. An investment strategy has been put in place and I am happy with and understand the plan.” John, Merseyside

A sincere thank you to all our clients for their continued support and recommendations.

The School House, 3 Cross Pit Lane, Rainford, Merseyside, WA11 8AH 01744 885 555 19


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Local Post Office wins stamp of approval at Retail Awards Dentons Green Post Office, located at 208 Greenfield Road, St Helens was recognised as a top performer in the banking services category at the 2019 Post Office Retail Awards. The awards, which celebrate the hard work, community spirit and excellent levels of service provided to customers by teams and individuals working in over 11,500 Post Office branches, were held at The Vox conference centre in Birmingham on Saturday 22nd June 2019. Commenting on recognition Helen Thaker Postmaster of Dentons Green Post Office said:  “It was fantastic to attend this event, we’re really proud of our banking services achievements as we work work really hard to offer our customers a great service and we’re pleased the Post Office has recognised our efforts.” Debbie Smith, Post Office CEO of Retail said: “People working in our branches such as Dentons Green are passionate about what they do, working incredibly hard every day, providing services that really matter to our customers. We are really pleased to be presenting them with this award as they are key to ensuring our branches thrive at the heart of communities across the UK, not just for today’s customers but for future generations too."

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PAINT RAINFORD PINK - 19th to 26th October Wendy’s FloWers are sponsoring Paint rainford Pink again this year, in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer. Prevent Breast Cancer is the only UK charity funding ground-breaking research solely aimed at preventing breast cancer for future generations. residents and businesses of rainford have been a wonderful help in raising over £10k in 3 years for this essential charity. There is now a plaque at the Wythenshaw Hospital nightingale Centre celebrating the Come and join us for TEA, CAKES AND A fundraising success of Wendy’s NATTER and we’ll Paint Rainford Pink! For Flowers and rainford businesses. further details contact Wendy’s Flowers on 01744 885363. 19th to 26th October - scout Hut, on the car park opposite the Village Hall, Church road, rainford.

A NOTE FROM PHIL THOMAS... On the 1st June, Rainford’s Picnic in the Park attempted the world record attempt for ‘The largest number of people taking part in the ‘Oops Upside your Head dance’ 12 weeks later, we have officially been informed that our attempt was successful and that Rainford’s Picnic in the Park are the new Guinness world record holders!


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Paws crossed for a forever home HARRY, 2 year old male, Mastiff

We have teamed up with Dogs Trust Merseyside to help find a new home for HARRY and the other dogs like him. Follow the doggy ‘tails’ on Twitter @DT_Merseyside

2 year old Mastiff Harry is a big ol’ boy who loves to be out of his kennel. He loves to meet people outside and is very friendly, particularly if you have a ball or some treats! Harry is toy mad and will happily entertain himself. He is fine with dogs at a distance, but he doesn’t enjoy interaction with them. He’s looking for a home with an adult family who are experienced with large dogs, and don’t have other pets. Harry was underweight and not in the best condition when he arrived at Dogs Trust, and has had a few pain related issues to deal with. As a result, let’s say he isn’t fond of vet trips! His carers have worked very hard to get him more accustomed to the vet, but training will need to be continued in the home, for which you'll have full support from the centre’s Behaviour team.

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CAN YOU OFFER HARRY THE HOME HE NEEDS? If so, you can find out more about him at or call 0300 303 0292. You can also pop along to the centre on Whiston Lane, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 6HP. It’s open every day except Wednesdays, when it is closed.

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