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Hello Lovely Readers and Happy New Year Don’t save it for best…. I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday at Christmas and as ever my small but perfectly formed family did really make a big effort and I was a very lucky girl! They even wrapped my birthday presents in birthday paper (a pet hate as a child, if I did get a separate birthday present rather than ‘we’ve bought you a bigger one’ it was invariably wrapped in Christmas paper). And do you know what… I am absolutely making sure I am using every thing I received NOW! That posh candle is burning every night, that new perfume opened and sprayed liberally every morning, the spa treatment booked and the gift vouchers spent! So many times I’ve heard of people saving things for best… and then sadly not getting to use them. So I reckon right now is our best day, so my advice to you would be - dig out your best china, your unused designer body lotion, your best shoes and get some pleasure out of them, here and now! Good luck with any resolutions you’ve made for 2019! Looking back at last years editors letter I see I had two: firstly to declutter my paperwork and that gets a big tick and the second was to get a bit fitter… one out of two isn’t bad, is it?? Better luck this year hey? Congratulations to Peter who won our last competition, well done. See page 6 for details of how you can win a fab £100 - good luck!.

Contents Home Interiors p22

Declutter for the New Year

Health p18 Realistic Resolutions for a Happier, Healthier New Year

‘til next time Enjoy your best…

Jody xx and the team

Gardening p28 Winter Colour

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Local Groups & Clubs Monday Birchwood Lions Club (Incorporating Culcheth) Alternate Mondays – 8.00pm Held at Cinnamon Brow Community Centre, Fernhead. Call 01925 817825 for a chat, www.

Gemini Musical Theatre Company Every Tuesday 7.30pm to 10.00pm Held at Hood Manor Community Centre, Dorchester Road All welcome. Contact Liz Priest 07710 235896.

Warrington Bridge Club Duplicate Bridge Every Monday & Thursday 7.30pm Meet at Belong, Loushers Lane, Warrington. Contact: Carol Bingham 01925 262534 New MembersWelcome.

Spectrum Striders Running Club Birchwood Every Tuesday & Thursday 6.45pm Contact Chairman Liz 01925 271301 or Membership secretary Graham 01925 766550. New members welcome.

Warrington Athletic Club Every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday - 6.30pm Held at Victoria Park. Contact Dave Spencer 01925 261999 Tuesday Warrington Round Table 2nd & 4th Tuesday We’re a social society that also fundraises for local charities, we meet the, at various locations depending on the event, and run a full programme throughout the year. New members always welcome. 07775 540059. Newton & District Jubilee Rotary Club Every Tuesday (except after Bank Holidays) – 7.00pm to 7.30pm Held at Culcheth Sports Club (Daten), evenings. New members welcome. Call 01925 733893 or 01942 671563 for more details.


Wedensday Birchwood W.I. Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month 7.30pm All women are welcome to come along at just £2 for a visit (tea and biscuits included!). For more details call Jane on 01925 821565. Held at Birchwood College, (next to the High School) Brock Road, Birchwood, WA3 7PT. Thursday Embroiderers Guild Warrington 1st Thursday of the Month (except January & August) 7.30pm to 9.30pm Meetings are either led by a speaker talking on a technique or can be ‘hands on’ where the members learn a new technique/skill. Held at Padgate Methodist Church, Padgate Lane. Contact Cathy Johnson. Tel: 01925 815932.

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Warrington Tangent Ladies Group 4th Thursday of Every Month Varied events programme. For more information email Thursday Thelwall Crafters Every 2nd Thursday - 8.00pm Held at The Quays Community Centre. Stitchers. Crafts Every 4th Thursday - 8.00pm Held at The Quays Community Centre. Saturday Warrington Craftworkers’ Guild 3rd Saturday of the Month (except June & August) 1.00pm to 4.00pm This friendly group of craft workers meet at Fairfield Neighbourhood Hub, Old School, Fairfield Street, WA1 3AJ. A small admission fee applies. Visitors and new members of all abilities are welcomed. Tel: Miriam on 01925 815646 for more details or simply drop in to see what you are missing! Sunday N & M C Ramblers Association Warrington Group Fortnightly on a Sunday Do you like walking, want to get fit or enjoy a day in the countryside? Join us on one of our coach outings. For more information ring Peter Hathaway on 01925 262340.

What's On? Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link Are looking for volunteers for their new project, Homesafe, who support people over 50 who just discharged from hospital. Call 01942 261753 for more information. St Rocco’s Christmas Tree Collection Saturday 12th January A great way of disposing of your real Christmas tree in an environmentally responsible way and with the minimum of fuss. We will collect your real Christmas tree in return for a donation (of your choice) and the tree will then be recycled. Contact 01925 579211 to book. Leigh & District Family History Society - AGM 19th January – 7.30pm AGM Followed by “Update on the Archives” by Alex Miller. Held in the Derby Room of Leigh Library. Contact 01942 729559 for further details. Bridewater Players Cinderella Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th February – 7.15pm Doors A Pantomime by Ian Hornby. Held at Thelwall Parish Hall, Bell Lane, Thelwall, WA4 2SX.

Big Garden Birdwatch Sunday 28th January 11.00am to 2.00pm Budding young ornithologists can join the Rangers at Risley Moss Nature Reserve. For more information call the Rangers on 01925 824339. Warrington Disability Partnership Quiz Night Friday 1st February – 7.30pm A fab quiz night - only £2 admission on the door! Held at St Oswalds Club, Padgate Lane, WA1 3LB. Lowton WI 7th February - 7.15pm Starting off the New Year by a keep fit session of walking netball. Held in Lowton Social Club, Newton Road. For anyone interested in joining Lowton WI and would like to arrange a visit please phone Lin Hayes on 01942 207764. Culcheth Players – Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs Friday 15th to Sunday 17th February – 2.30pm & 7.30pm A pantomime by Ben Crocker held in Culcheth Sports Club. Tickets may be purchased on the door, or in advance at the club bar. Alternatively, please call: 07943 517 710.

Revival 80s Night Saturday 16th February 9.00pm to 12.00am Held at Oak Tree, Newton le Willows. Risley Moss Action Group Workday Sunday 18th February 10.00am to 2.00pm Meet at the Visitor Centre. Please have warm, weather proof clothing and appropriate footwear and a packed lunch. Tools and essential safety gear (e.g. gloves and protective glasses) will be provided. Leigh & District Family History Society 19th February – 7.30pm A Talk - “Artefacts of Folk Magic” by Peter Watson. Held in the Derby Room of Leigh Library. Contact 01942 729559 for further details. Cheshire Children’s Market Culcheth Sunday 10th March 10.00am to 11.30am Grab yourself a bargain with tables full of gently used baby and children goodies, while also visiting local baby & children businesses! Held at Culcheth High School, WA3 5HH.


Ovenu Warrington To Help ‘Set The Tone’ For 2019!

Ovenu Warrington, the town’s leading oven valeting firm, is advising people to ‘set the tone’ and get their cleaning priorities in order for 2019, as Christmas and the festive period comes to an end.

Paul and Andrea Clark, owners of Ovenu Warrington

As the decorations are packed away, the oven valeting specialists are urging homeowners to act now and not put off their domestic cleaning, which can be easily done! The oven will have been the focal point of the celebrations over the Christmas period, with many meals cooked as people hosted family and friends and, of course, indulged in the Christmas Day feast. Paul Clark, who owns Ovenu Warrington, along with his wife, Andrea, is warning homeowners not to neglect their ovens after such prolonged use to guard against potential health and safety risks. He said: “Cleaning the oven is often forgotten about among household chores, but it mustn’t be ignored. Given its extended use over Christmas, 10

grease, grime and fatty deposits can create unpleasant smells or could even cause a kitchen fire.” The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of the oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses noncaustic environmentallyfriendly products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes between two and three hours and leaves the oven in immaculate condition. Ovenu is accredited by the

British Accreditation Bureau to ISO 9001 and all cleaning products used by Ovenu are environmentally friendly, biodegradable and conform to the latest government REACH regulations. Ovenu’s Carbon Remover is also approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association. Ovenu is a full member of the Approved Franchise Association (AFA.). Paul added: “It is important to set the tone for the year ahead, whether a New Year’s resolution or a specific goal you’ve set yourself, and the same applies to keeping the house in order!”

For more information about Ovenu, or to make a booking with Paul or Andrea, call 01925 453377, email or you can visit www. You can also like the company’s Facebook page by visiting

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Slimming World Beef Stew & Dumplings

Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 2 hours 35 minutes Syns per serving: 4½ Ingredients Low-calorie cooking spray 700g lean beef steak, visible fat removed, cut into bite-sized pieces 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 onions, roughly chopped 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks 2 turnips or 1 swede, peeled and cut into chunks 600ml hot beef stock 2 tsp dried mixed herbs for the dumplings 50g plain flour 25g vegetable suet Small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 14


Preheat your oven to 160°C/fan 140°C/gas 3.


Spray a large non-stick casserole pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the beef and stir-fry until browned. Add the garlic, onions, carrots, turnips or swede, stock and dried herbs. Season lightly, cover tightly and cook in the oven for 2 hours.


Meanwhile, put the flour, suet and parsley in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and 2-3 tablespoons cold water and mix well to make a soft dough. Season well and divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each one into a ball and set aside.


When the stew has been cooking for 2 hours, remove the lid and place the dumplings on top. Cook uncovered for a further 20-25 minutes.


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Realistic Resolutions for a Happier, Healthier New Year New Year resolutions sound like a great idea: a fresh year and a fresh start. So why do they often fail? Setting Yourself Up for Failure At New Year, festive goodwill and New Year enthusiasm can entice us into making a multitude of overly ambitious resolutions, setting ourselves up to fail and often, give up completely on our goals. So let’s turn three popular, doomed-tofailure aspirations into realistic resolutions. More Exercise Your Resolution: I’ll go to Pilates, do my dance DVD and walk two miles every week! You didn’t manage any of these things every week last year - ask yourself why. Identify activities you enjoy and can most easily fit in. A Better Resolution: I’ll do at least an hour’s exercise every week. Weather too bad for walking? Missed Pilates? Resolve to do your exercise DVD instead. Anything else is a bonus. Better to do some exercise consistently than none. Less Alcohol Your Resolution: “I won’t drink on weekdays/at home/EVER AGAIN!” Recent research shows that even alcohol intake under the recommended limits of 2-3 units daily and 14 units per week increases your risk of many serious conditions, including dementia and some cancers, so reducing your intake is great – but tough if you’re a regular drinker.

A Better Resolution: Think about when and where you drink alcohol, and reduce your intake gradually. Try:

A Better Resolution: Try the options below and keep going until you find a strategy that works.

• Matching every alcoholic drink with a soft drink, or buying a large soft drink later in the evening to last until home time.

• Visit your GP. They can prescribe some nicotine replacement products and refer you to counselling. You can also buy nicotine replacement products; experiment and see what works best for you.

• Finding other ways to relax if you always have a drink on returning from work (or make it a Friday-only treat). Feeling you ‘need’ a drink is a warning sign; consider if you need to make changes in your work life. • On alternate nights, swap that wine with dinner or beer with friends for low-alcohol or nonalcoholic versions. No Smoking Your Resolution: “I smoke 30 a day, but I’m quitting for good at New Year!” It’s probably quicker to list conditions not aggravated or caused by smoking than to list those that are, and accepting you’re addicted to nicotine can be hard. But that twitchiness you feel – the need for a cigarette to ‘calm your nerves’ - is nicotine withdrawal, which can occur very quickly. This can make smoking hard to kick, particularly for moderate or heavy smokers. While a few successfully go ‘cold turkey’, gradually reducing your nicotine intake is the most reliable and angst-free method.

• If you don’t already, make yourself smoke outside; it takes more effort. Toxins from your cigarette linger in the air (second-hand smoke) and settle on surfaces, where they’re re-released (thirdhand smoke), so you’ll be improving the health of housemates and visitors too. • Smoke to a timed schedule and gradually increase the time between cigarettes. Even if you smoke 25 a day and only drop one daily cigarette per fortnight, you’ll still be a non-smoker in under a year. • Keep nicotine but eliminate cigarette toxins like cyanide and arsenic by swapping to e-cigarettes or vaporisers. ‘Resolution’ has an array of scientific and historical meanings, including ‘reduction to a simpler form’. So keep your resolutions simple – and realistic!


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Has Your Double Glazing Steamed Up? Established for over a decade Cloudy2Clear windows have become a leading company for glass replacement. Issues with double glazing can often be gradual and may only be noticed during a clear sunny day or during the winter. A failed glass unit may no longer provide you with the protection you need or be energy efficient. Why not spend a few minutes checking your home to see if you have any failed double glazing? If you act now you can avoid these problems. Now, you may think you need to replace the

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Home Interiors

Declutter for the New Year

What could be a better New Year’s resolution for your home than to eliminate mess, create space and generally have a good sort out? 22

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If too much mess and clobber has built up in your home over the past year, then it’s time to declutter your stuff and sort your storage, so that your home will be mess-free and superstylish in time for 2017. First, grab some rubbish bags and a few boxes or baskets. Work methodically through each room and sort out obvious rubbish, things that can go to a local charity shop, items that could be sold second-hand, anything that needs mending, little-used things that can be put away in the garage or loft, and genuinely great stuff that you want to keep. Try to get rid of as much as possible, only holding onto things that you really need and/or love. With what’s left, it’s now time to work out where it will go. Label your storage if necessary, and make sure the whole family knows what’s meant to go where. If you still need extra storage after your clear-out, look for all the areas where you could fit more in, whether built-in or free-standing: from backs of doors to under the stairs, tops of wardrobes to under the bed. Think racks, hooks and shelves as well as conventional cabinets

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and chests of drawers and, where possible, ensure they coordinate with existing furniture. You can also relocate some storage; for example by adding a storage unit in the living room to avoid having to tidy toys away upstairs every day. There are a few rules of storage that might be helpful. First, store like with like and match the size and shape of the container to what’s being kept inside (in other words, find small, lidded boxes for things like Lego and big squishy baskets for teddy bears). Store as much as possible

Easy ways to banish clutter • Write a list of where you want to declutter. • Have an intensive declutter workout and spend five minutes clearing as much as you can in one area. You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make. Repeat as often as you can. • Hang your clothes up with the hooks all facing one way, and only turn the hook the other way when you wear something. After, say, six months, you can easily assess which items you never wear. You could try the same idea in the kitchen (turn mug handles in one direction, put glasses upside down, and so on), the playroom, the living room… • Make it a family competition with prizes. Who will be the fastest to find three things to throw away, three things to give away and three things to tidy away? • If what you need is some emergency decluttering, pop everything into a big box and hide it somewhere until you have time to go through it properly. near to where it’s most needed, but don’t store frequently used items below knee level or above shoulder height, especially if they’re heavy. Avoid storing things on surfaces such as tables or desks, and allow yourself room to expand – but only within reason. If you have allowed extra space, and then filled it… it’s time to start all over again. ç Tickety shelves, £545,



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Tackle your tax return sooner rather than later! Filling in your online tax return before the deadline on 31st January isn’t the best way to start a year, so wouldn’t it be great if you could submit it sooner rather than later? Tax Manager at accountants Leavitt Walmsley Associates, Nickie Antley-Slater, has compiled some top tips to make the whole process easier, so you can enjoy a start to the New Year.


Organise your paperwork Before beginning, gather all your paperwork - it will make life a lot easier, but hopefully you’ve kept your paperwork organised throughout the year! Claim expenses Making sure you claim for all the expenses you’re entitled to is an easy way to reduce your tax bill. If you work from home, you can even claim for part of the cost of running your home as a business expense. Check your tax code Every tax code is based on assumptions made by HMRC, so it’s easy to end up paying the wrong amount of tax. If your circumstances have changed or you have been given the wrong tax code, contact HMRC.

Claim back money on charitable donations If you’re a higher-rate taxpayer and have made gift-aided charitable donations during the year you can claim back the higher-rate tax you have paid. If all of this sounds too much, consider using an accountant! If your stress levels are rising alongside the mound of paperwork, you may want to consider the help of an accountant to remove the unwanted stress of submitting your tax return. You can rest assured it will be filled out correctly, meaning no scary surprise visits from the tax man in 2019!

If you have any queries regarding your tax return, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Nickie in our Birchwood office on 01925 830 830 or by emailing

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Winter Colour Happy New Year to you! Despite the winter weather, with planning and strategic planting your garden can still look gorgeous, with colourful plants to add interest to your plot.

Dogwoods or Cornus are great winter stem-colour plants. Planted in a moist sunny spot, the crimson-red stems are stunning during winter, plus in autumn you’ll get red and purple foliage. To keep these colourful stems coming, cut them back to ground level in late spring every alternate year.

and grey buds. These stems also need to be cut back to ground level every two years.

Winter classic good looks come from hollies, either green-leaved or in variegated form, such as ‘Argentea Marginata’ with silvery leaf edges, ‘Golden Queen’ with golden-yellow leaf edges, or ‘Ferrox Argentea’ with silveredged leaves covered with prickles!

Christmas Roses or hellebores, including Helleborus argutiflorus, have cup-shaped green flowers with prominent stamens, are tough and perform well. The classic Christmas rose proper is white-flowered (developing a pink tinge as they age), and look stunning against the central cluster of golden-yellow stamens. The variety ‘Potters Wheel’ has flowers up to 10cm in diameter.

Some willows can be kept quite small, and have stunning coloured winter stems. For eggyolk yellow stems go for Salix alba ‘Vitellina’, for scarlet-orange stems there is ‘Britzensis’, or Salix acutifolia ‘Blue Streak’ has purple stems with a slivery-grey bloom 28

The ghost bramble, Rubus cockburnianus, a relative of the standard bramble, has arching white stems that look great in winter sunshine. In summer it produces sprays of small purple flowers.

Snowdrops in single and double forms look great planted in drifts or naturalised on a grassy bank.

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Buy ready-to-flower snowdrops in pots now, plant them out, and then plant them ‘in the green’ in a month or two’s time, when you can get the bulbs, complete with leaves, ready for planting by mail order. Winter aconites have bright yellow, shiny petals and

At you can join ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ for great vegetable plants and weekly advice, practical and pretty plant supports, the fantastic SpeedHoe, gardening tools, signed books and more! Or why not book Pippa for a talk at your gardening club?

flowers like golden stars, and produce a superb display when planted close to and amongst snowdrops. Plenty of moisture without waterlogging is key. Winter flowering pansies make a splash of colour in any garden, with just about every conceivable colour available.

Even when struck by frost, the flowers soon perk up again. Clematis cirrhosa is a winterflowering climber with yellow to white bell-shaped flowers and a delicate lemony perfume. The inner surface of the petals is delicately freckled, with variety ‘Freckles’ having the best dark

spotting. The flowers last from early winter until the start of spring. Winter-flowering jasmine can be loosely trained against a wall for a great winter display of bright yellow starry flowers, and will remind you that spring is coming!


Essential Index of Local Businesses... Auctioneers

Computer Maintenance

Warrington & Northwich Auctions 25

AED Computer Services

Cafe 7

Car/Vehicle Services Birchwood MOT

13 5

Risley MOT & Truck


Carpentry & Joinery 15 17 12

Courtyard Property


Leavitt Walmsley Associates


Smart Furnishings


Danmarque Garages


Magnetix Jewellery


More Than Loft Ladders

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Lady Plumber Neptune Plumbing & Heating

20 1

Property Maintenance PCG Property Maintenance


Sewing Machines J&P Sewing Machines


Slimming Group Slimming World


Conrad Executive Travel


Tuition 20

Loft Ladders 2


Taxi Services

Health Products

College of Further Education Priestley College

Estate Agents

Garage Refurbishment

Cleaning Services Just Clean UPVC



Chiropodist Park View Centre

Simply Act


Plumbing & Heating

Financial Advisor

Childcare/Nursery Risley Day Nursery


Drama School

Lowton Motor Co

Abbott-Wade Joinery

Cloudy 2 Clear

CindyBMellor Mortgages Oven Cleaning

Double Glazing Repairs

Planet Cafe Catering


Mortgage Broker 11

3Rs Tuition


Yoga Tuition 12

Foxy Yoga



Winter SALE


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Carpets & Furniture HUGE DISCOUNTS



Cheshire 2019

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Take advantage of 50% OFF* our sales fees on all properties instructed in January 3 Beds Needed 4 Beds Needed

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Birchwood - Jan/Feb 2019  
Birchwood - Jan/Feb 2019