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SPRING IS HERE! Hi All

Welcome to our 17th edition of Wirral Focus. Now spring is here I hope you are all enjoying the better weather. All the team at Focus hope you have all had a wonderful Easter. There is so much to look forward to over the coming months. Well done in advance to all those taking part in the annual 15 mile Wirral Coastal Walk in May and raising much needed money for your chosen charities. We are proud to announce that Wirral Food and Drink are presenting The Farm Feast Festival. Get down to Claremont Farm, Higher Bebington on 25th-26th May for a fun packed day for all the family (see page 26 for details). To fit in with our food & drink theme, see our feature on local celebrity chef Simon Rimmer (page 20). As usual, you can find great deals on our website www.focusbestdeals.co.uk. Don’t miss out. I hope you enjoy the latest edition- thank you for your continued support. Happy reading! Antonia - Editor

FEATURES Beautiful from the inside

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Fitness Queen hints and tips.

Port Sunlight

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Local Heroes

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Spotlight on a Business - Jabula

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We take a look at the beautiful place and what its got to offer.

Simon Rimmer.

Jabula creates magical South African dishes - find out more about them.

Farm Feast

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In the area between Lower Bebington and New Ferry on the Wirral lies the picturesque suburb of Port Sunlight. Built at the end of the 19th century, Port Sunlight was known as ‘The Workers Village’. William Hesketh Lever and his brother James Darcy Lever entered the soap business in 1885. Starting out by buying a small soap works in Warrington, they collaborated with a Chemist from Bolton named William Hough Watson, a new type of soap was created by Watson, this catapulted Lever Brothers into great success. Lever Brothers were one of the first in the soap industry to use vegetable oils and also the first in producing individually wrapped blocks of soap. Their products were so popular that the company had no option but to expand. Business boomed and The Lever Brothers set up new, larger premises in Bromborough Pool. William was the main drive for the business and took a huge interest in his employee’s welfare. In 1888, he began personally overseeing the creation of the village that he had developed for the workers in his factory. Named after the Lever Brothers most successful line of produce ‘Sunlight’ cleaning products, Port Sunlight began to take shape. William Lever used thirty different architects to create the workers village, each block of houses in Port Sunlight was designed by a different architect and each house is unique in its own way. Lord Lever not only provided clean and sanitary conditions of homes for his workforce, he also introduced welfare schemes for his workers and provided means of education and entertainment. It is safe to say that William Lever spared no expense when it came down to the well- being of his workforce. He believed in a profit sharing idealism that dates back to a time when hand labour was prominent. He believed in ploughing the profits back into the workers to in turn, create a happier and more efficient workforce. Any successful businessman is aware of the importance of advertising and marketing their product and William Lever was no exception. He knew that he was not the only big player in the soap industry and he followed his competitors lead in using art as a marketing tool. A&F Pears was the Lever Brothers biggest rival and Andrew Pears used a work of art aptly named ‘Bubbles’ by John Everette Millais to promote his soap product. Lever followed suit by buying the painting ‘The new frock’ by William Powell Frith which he used in a promotion for his product Sunlight Soap. In 1929 Lever Brothers merged with Dutch margarine producer, Margerine Unie to create Unilever. Unilever is a global success to this day and own brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Slim Fast, Knorr and Helman’s, to name but a few.

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Hulme Hall Host to many a famous face including the Beatles and ex Prime Minister Tony Blair, Hulme hall is a Wirral’s largest wedding, banquetting and conference hall. A beautiful, grade II listed building that was originally used as a girls dining hall, Hulme Hall is the ideal reception for those wanting a traditional setting for their big day. The team at Hulme Hall offer a personalised service to tailor your wedding to the way you want it. For more information, visit their website www.hulmehall.com

Port Sunlight Garden Centre Taken over from Unilever in 1995 by husband and wife Andy and Helen, Port Sunlight Garden Centre is a family run business that caters to all your gardening needs. The personal touch they provide keeps their customers coming back for more. Offering a range of products from gardening tools to outdoor plants, Port Sunlight Garden Centre is an absolute must for any green fingered enthusiast. If you become a frequent visitor at the garden centre you can enjoy the privilege of 10% off your purchases by joining the gardening club. So now that Spring is here and the flowers are beginning to bloom get yourself down to Port Sunlight Gardening Centre, The Causeway, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, CH62 5DY for all your horticultural needs.

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It is thanks to William Lever that Port Sunlight is the beautiful village it is today, he was, in short a man of many talents and a very powerful one at that. Not only was he a successful business man, he was also a philanthropist and a politician. Sitting as a Liberal MP for Wirral and later as a peer, he was known as 1st Viscount Leverhulme. The hulme at the end of his original Lever name was derived from his wife’s maiden name. Lord Leverhulme died aged seventy four of pneumonia in May 1925. His funeral was attended by over thirty thousand people. A phenomenal turn out, for the son of a grocer.

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Local Heroes..... ....Simon Rimmer

Born on 5th May 1963 in Wallasey, celebrity chef Simon Rimmer is one of our very own. Rimmer is a self-taught cook. He became renowned for his vegetarian dishes that were served up in his award winning restaurant Greens in Didsbury, Manchester. Upon opening Greens, Simon Rimmer had no idea how to cook. His role was originally going to be front of house but just like any new business, finances had to be considered and there was not enough money to employ a chef. Equipped with just two cook books and a flaring passion, Simon’s persistence to keep his restaurant afloat led him to take the brave yet risky step of taking on the kitchen and cooking the food for his restaurant himself. Just two years after opening, Greens was recognised as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the whole of the UK. An amazing achievement for a man who, two years previously had little experience of cooking. Although he is not a vegetarian himself, Rimmer believes that carnivores could enjoy vegetarian food just as much as a vegetarian and he is right. This is evident by the fact that 70% of Greens customers are meat eaters and the restaurant has been going strong for over twenty years. Due to the success of Greens, Simon proceeded to open a second restaurant ‘Earle’. Opened in 2006 with the help of his business partners that included his wife, his friends, football agent Dave Lockwood and a face from Simon’s favourite football team Liverpool FC’s ex player Jason McAteer, the non-vegetarian brassiere ‘Earle’ was a great success. Situated in Hale, Cheshire, Earle is a fantastic place to eat and it also has meat on the menu.

Local lad Simon has also written numerous successful books including ‘The Accidental Vegetarian’, ‘The Seasoned Vegetarian’ and ‘Lazy Brunch’. The books have outstanding reputation and have been given fantastic reviews by vegetarian’s and meat eaters alike. The success of his books are mainly down to the exciting recipes that annihilate the myth that vegetarian food is boring and bland. Unlike many cookbooks, the recipes are easy to follow for those even with the most basic of culinary skills. When it comes down to ingredients, Simon likes to use local and regional produce as much as he possibly can. His favourite ingredient of them all is beetroot. He states that the reason for this is because it is so versatile. He likes beetroot so much that he even uses it in chocolate cake. Although Simon is extremely successful within his vocation, let us not forget, it was an accidental discovery. Before Simon was a chef or television personality he studied fashion and textile design and worked hard to gain his degree within the field. Simon never gave up on his original chosen career path and although his success in cooking and television is on the rise, he still stays true to his other passion. During his free time, he works as a freelance textile designer and ceramic decorator.

community in which he grew up. In 2011, Simon took part in a cook in with James James kitchens in West Kirby to raise funds for local children’s charity Claire House. Other charities that Simon supports include; Francis House Children’s Hospice, When you wish upon a star, Liverpool FC Foundation, Christie’s, Brainwave, The Princes Trust and The Wirral Toy Library. The latter two Simon is also a patron of.

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WHO ARE YOU? We are Jabula! ‘Jabula’ is an African word that means joy/happiness or to be happy. When I first came to the UK, I was unable to find a restaurant that could serve the food & flavours that I was brought up on in South Africa – so I made my own 11 years ago. I am Annemarie Groenewald, the owner and head chef of Jabula Restaurant. Our restaurant aims to bring not just an authentic taste of South Africa to the North West but would like you to experience the whole package, the decor, the music, the personal friendly service with the waterfront setting. With Live African drumming on a Friday evening, you can take part in the drumming or some dancing during the evening. If it is your birthday we have a traditional Jabula Challenge that include a bush tucker trial as well.

WHAT DO YOU SERVE? We serve authentic South African food based on recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. This includes traditional South African street food on the lunch time menu. Our authentic dishes include bobotie, curry, potjie pap en wors, Vetkoek & bunny chow (one of Mr Mandela’s favourites). The menu also serves exotic game like kudu, springbok, ostrich and crocodile. We cater for all tastes, with steaks, fish, poultry and vegetarians available for the less adventurous. Our drinks menu also contains a range of exclusive South African beers and wines.

WHERE ARE YOU? Situated on the waterfront of the Manchester Ship Canal, we are close to junction 9 of the M56 and only 3 minutes’ drive from Cheshire Oaks, Blue Planet and Chester Zoo, with parking allocated for the Restaurant customers in front of the building. We are ideally located for residents across the Wirral, Cheshire & Wales.

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