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January is a horrid month so I always find that the new academic year is a better time to set yourself a new challenge or some new goals. I read just yesterday that we have 50,000 thoughts EVERY day, so if you are looking to set yourself a target then it’s definitely a good idea to write it down, otherwise it will remain just one of those many, many thoughts. If you are thinking a weight or health goal then Autumn is (almost) certainly a better time than January. With 16 or so weeks until Christmas there’s lots of time to get where you want to be or certainly make a massive impact on your goal in time for the big day. And chances are you can make a good groove with your new habits and practices well before the cold and dark nights hit us! I can hardly believe it but this is the last issue before our Christmas edition, so until then, take care.

In this issue Take the heat out of the kitchen this Summer!

8 Do You Want To Take Part In A Truly “Bucket List” Experience?

11 Courgette & Red Onion Crustless Quiche

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The Essential Guide Team All enquiries: 01925 670 731 enquiries@essentialguidemagazine.co.uk Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advert. All artwork is accepted on the strict condition that permission has been given for use in the publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. Hawk Publications Ltd does not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form – electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise – without the prior consent of the publisher.

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Locking Stumps

Early Years Nursery • Nursery located within the school grounds. • We offer a caring, fun learning environment for 2, 3 and 4 year olds • We teach and prepare all children with an aim of being school ready.

Offering FREE funded childcare for those eligible alongside none funded places, sessional or full day

Morning session 8.45am-11.45am Lunch 11.45am-12.30pm Afternoon session 12.30pm-3.30pm

Sunday 30th September 7pm Padgate Community Centre

Tickets £7.50 Child tickets £4

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Purchase from group members directly or via the link below: https://ringandsingatpadgate.eventbrite.co.uk

All funds raised to be donated to The Eye Fund, a charity providing counselling and support for people who have lost their vision. & Myeloma UK, supporting research into treatments for the blood cancer Myeloma.

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Take the heat out of the kitchen this Summer! Warrington’s Shop Local ‘champions’, Paul and Andrea Clark, are preparing to take the heat out of the kitchen in homes across the town and make peoples’ holiday plans all the more easier. Ovenu Warrington, the town’s leading oven valeting specialists, is on hand to offer its professional service to homes and businesses in the town, amid brighter and warmer weather throughout summer. Paul said: “It may be barbeque season, but people must not forget about their ovens! They are the focal point of many homes and with autumn around the corner, there will be a greater emphasis placed on hot, home cooked meals. It’s best to stay ahead of the game and safeguard the oven from any potential health and safety risks in good time before it is used even more when temperatures begin to drop. “People would much rather be enjoying days out in summer with family and friends, than cleaning their ovens!” Paul and Andrea were recently awarded The Essential Guide’s Shop Local accolade, which is is presented to a Warrington business that receives the most nominations by members of the community. The pair were recognised for their commitment to delivering excellent customer service and going above and beyond for clients. Over the last 11 years, Ovenu Warrington has completed more than 10,000 oven valets and amassed 3,000 testimonials, as well as more than 90 5-star reviews on Google. 8

Paul added: “We have continued to enjoy a great deal of success and happiness operating throughout Warrington, and we can’t thank our loyal customers for their invaluable support. It was a proud moment for the family when we received the Shop Local award, and we are now looking to kick on and enhance our service even more!” The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses environmentally-friendly, non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes between two and three hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition. Ovenu is accredited by the British Accreditation Bureau to ISO 9001 and all cleaning products used by Ovenu are environmentally friendly, bio-degradable and conform to the latest government REACH regulations. Ovenu’s Carbon Remover is also approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association. For more information about Ovenu, or to make a booking with Paul or Andrea, call 01925 453377, email ovenuwarrington@hotmail.co.uk or you can visit www.ovenuwarrington.net. You can also like the company’s Facebook page by visiting www.facebook.com/ovenuwarrington. Remover is also approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association. The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. Ovenu is a full member of the Approved Franchise Association (AFA.)

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Do You Want To Take Part In A Truly “Bucket List” Experience? Warrington Youth Club will be opening a brand new Youth Zone in October 2019. To raise awareness of the zone, they are running an amazing cycling event aimed at anyone in the Cheshire area regardless of cycling ability. The ride is a four day event in July 2019, from Salzburg to Vienna – some 270 miles. Amazing scenery, fantastic company, tour guides, food, drinks and accommodation is all included. You will fly to Saltzburg on Tuesday 2nd July and be met by the tour company. Everything you need will be catered for, during the week and you will finish riding on the 6th July and fly back home on the 7th (or stay a few days if you want to take in this amazing place).

You will need: • A good road bike • Flights to and from Saltzburg and back from Vienna • Cycling clothing • A sense of humour • To raise £1500 as a minimum between now and 30th April 2019.

For more details of the ride, or how you can be involved, visit the Warrington Youth Club facebook pages or website here: www.warringtonyouthclub.co.uk

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Courgette & Red Onion Crustless Quiche Why not try this slimming and colourful quiche which boasts fabulous flavours?

Ingredients • 2 courgettes • 2 red onions, halved and finely sliced • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Low calorie cooking spray • 100g low fat natural cottage cheese • 6 large eggs • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs • Small handful of finely chopped mint

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. 2. Coarsely grate the courgettes and place in a large sieve. Press down to remove as much liquid as possible and set aside. 3. Lightly spray a 20cm round, shallow baking dish with low calorie cooking spray and set aside. 4. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onions, courgettes and chilli and stir-fry for 10 minutes. Season well and transfer to the prepared baking dish, spreading evenly across the base. Spread the cottage cheese over the vegetable mixture. 5. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, season and add the dried mixed herbs and mint. 6. Pour the egg mixture over the cottage cheese. 7. Place in the oven and cook for 30 minutes or until set and golden. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for about 15 minutes before cutting into wedges. 8. This can be eaten warm or cold. If serving cold, cool, cover and chill until ready to eat.

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And the Winner is... It’s official – Bumblebee Heating & Plumbing is the Regional Boiler & Heating Installer and Contractor of the Year! On 3rd July, local Warrington firm Bumblebee Plumbing & Heating Ltd was awarded the Boiler and Heating Installer & Contractor of the Year 2018 at the Northwest Regional Energy Efficiency Awards, held at the Mercure Hotel, Haydock. Owner Ross Coen said, “We’re delighted to have won this award. It’s recognition of our commitment to our professionalism and high standards of customer service. We invest time and money into our apprentice schemes, creating a workforce that we can be proud of in the future.”

Judges considered the nature, scale and scope of the work carried out, and special emphasis was placed on any successful integration of any local or National Government Energy Efficiency schemes in the nominee’s projects.

The judges also looked at the impact their work has had within the local community; what their customers and local community have to say about them and what level of expertise the nominee had.

"We aim to give back to the community"

To be considered for the award, nominees had to outline what set them apart within their field, and demonstrate how they achieved clear energy savings.

Ross commented: “We aim to give back to the community and are offering to supply and install a free boiler to someone within the local community. We want to help transform the life of someone in the community, who otherwise might not be in a position to buy a new boiler themselves.”

If you know of a family or someone who has had a change of circumstances or needs help, you can nominate them on the Essential Guide website. Search for Bumblebee Heating and Plumbing Ltd. Simply fill in the form, stating who you’d like to nominate, and the reasons why they should be chosen. The decision will be made by Bumblebee Heating & Plumbing in conjunction with Essential Guide Magazine Ltd, with the installation taking place in August.

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1. What were the first names of the Wright brothers, who are generally regarded as having invented the world's first successful aeroplane?

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2. What three consecutive letters in the alphabet give the name of the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands? 3. What was the intended destination in the 1982 film Airplane 2: The Sequel? 4. On a plane he nicknamed Glamorous Glennis, who was the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight? 5. What is the air traffic control call sign held by any United States Air Force aircraft carrying the US Vice President, but not the US President? 6. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh made the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight on a plane called the Spirit of St. Louis. In which city did he take-off and in which city did he land?

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7. Making its only flight on November 2nd 1947, what was the two-word rhyming nickname of the Hughes H-4 Hercules, which was the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history? 8. If you flew due east from Edinburgh airport, what would be the first country you would fly over after leaving Scotland? 9. Is the airline Cathay Pacific the flag carrier of… a) Hong Kong; b) Singapore; or c) Malaysia? 10. In which 1960s film does the title character fly to a fictional European region called Vulgaria?

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New Email Scams Are On The Rise – Don’t Get Caught Out Fraudulent activity is on the rise with tricks that leave victims with no legal right to get their money back. In this article, Nickie Antley at LWA provides some tips to help protect your finances and personal information.

Authorised Push Payment Fraud

Fake HMRC Email

What happens: A fraudster poses as someone you’ve been in email communication with such as a builder, having hacked or cloned their account. The email asks for a payment, but as the payment is blocked when the transfer is attempted, your bank calls to query the transaction. If you assume all is correct, your bank authorises the payment and this means you cannot get your money back.

What happens: Email are being sent with a subject that reads “You have received new messages from HMRC” and using a from name such as “Gateway Confirmation”. Although the body of the email will have the HMRC logo - this is not a genuine email from HMRC. These emails will normally ask for an immediate financial transfer or personal details.

What you can do: • Contact the genuine sender of the email independently of the email thread, by phone or in person to verify the request for payment. • If you attempt to make a payment and it is blocked, do not try again and trust your instincts - contact your bank. • Do not respond to the email with any personal or financial details. • Do not click on any links within the email.

What you can do: • Check the email address that you have received the email from. If it is not @gov.uk or @hmrc. gov.uk then it is probably a scam. • HMRC will never ask for any personal, or financial details over emails or text messages, so if you receive an email, do not respond or reveal any of your personal information and instead report the email to HMRC directly at phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

Common scams are occurring when people are buying a house, during building work, planning holiday lettings and when buying cars or caravans. If you would like some advice on protecting your finances from fraud, call us on 01925 830 830. 22

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d r a o b e c i t o Local N Essential Numbers Warrington Borough Council 01925 444400 Birchwood Town Council 01925 819440 Warrington East local Community Action Team - 0845 458639 Birchwood Library - 01925 827491 Warrington Hospital 01925 635911 Police Non Emergency number - 101 Police - 999 Crime Stoppers - 0800 555111 Warrington Bus Station 01925 634296 Train times/Enquiries 0845 7484950 Utilities Electricity-faults - 105 BT Faultline - 0800 800 151 Gas-Emergency - 0800 111 999 United Utilities - 0800 33 00 33 Schools Birchwood Community Primary 01925 823316 Gorse Covert Community 01925 825070 Locking Stumps Community Primary 01925 819076 Birchwood High School 01925 853500 24

The Birchwood Walking Group No need to book a place just pop along but if you would like to find out more please contact Bernadette Bell on 01925 856680 Gemini Musical Theatre Company Tuesdays 7.30 – 10.00 pm Hood Manor Community Centre, Dorchester Road All welcome. Contact Liz Priest 07710 235896 Birchwood W.I. Every second Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm at Birchwood College, (next to the High School) Brock Rd, Birchwood, WA3 7PT. All women are welcome to come along at just £2 for a visit (tea and biscuits included!). More details from Jane on 01925 821565. Birchwood Youth Club (Delenty Drive, Birchwood) The club runs on Monday and Wednesday evenings 7pm to 9pm and offers a range of activities for young people. Ideal for children’s parties and business meetings. please contact Carol on 01925470825. Warrington Round Table New members always welcome. We’re a social society that also fundraises for local charities, we meet the 2nd & 4th Tuesday, at various locations depending on the event, and run a full programme throughout the year. Contact Colm Buteux: colm.buteux@ntlworld.com 07775 540059 Warrington Tangent Ladies group meets fourth Thursday of month. Varied events programme. Contact warringtontangent@gmail.com

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Spectrum Striders Running Club Birchwood We meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with sessions beginning at 6.45pm or 7pm. Contact Chairman Liz 01925 271301 or Membership secretary Graham 01925 766550. www.spectrumstriders.org.uk New members welcome Embroiderers Guild Warrington branch meets on the first Thursday of the month (except January and August) at Padgate Methodist Church, Padgate Lane, Warrington WA1 3JU. Meetings commence at 7.30 pm and last approximately 2 hours. Evening meetings are either led by a speaker talking on a technique they work with or can be ‘hands on’ where the members learn a new technique/skill. It is not necessary to sew some of our members come along to appreciate different styles of embroidery. Contact Cathy Johnson. Email: cathyjohnson@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01925 815932 Birchwood Lions Club (Incorporating Culcheth) Meet 8.00pm on alternate Mondays at Cinnamon Brow Community Centre, Fernhead - call 01925 817825 for a chat, or see www. birchwoodlions.co.uk Warrington Athletic Club Victoria Park - Mon, Wed, Thurs 6.30pm Contact Dave Spencer 01925 261999 www.warringtonathleticclub.org Culcheth Croquet Club at Culcheth Sports Club. New members welcome. All equipment is provided free of charge along with instruction. Contact Alan 01925 765945 or Anne 01925 765194

Warrington Craftworkers’ Guild This friendly group of craftworkers Meet at Fairfield Neighbourhood Hub, Old School, Fairfield Street, Warrington., WA1 3AJ on the 3rd Saturday afternoon of the month 1-4 pm (except June and August) to share skills, experience and have fun with a wide range of crafts. Join us at 1pm for tea and biscuits, followed at 2pm by a craft speaker, demonstration or mini hands on session. 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! N & M C Ramblers Association Warrington Group Are you stuck for something to do on a Sunday? Do you like walking, want to get fit or enjoy a day in the countryside? Join us on one of our fortnightly coach outings. For more information visit www. nmc-ramblers.org.uk or ring Peter Hathaway on 01925 262340. Thelwall Crafters & Stitchers The Quays Community Centre. Crafts - every 2nd Thursday 8.00pm, Stitchers every 4th Thursday, 8.00pm Warrington Bridge Club Duplicate Bridge Monday & Thursday 7.30 pm Meet at Belong, Loushers Lane, Warrington Contact: Carol Bingham 01925 262534 New Member Welcome. Sands Staff Dining Room at Spire Cheshire Hospital, Fir Grove Close, Stretton, Warrington. Meetings held on 2nd Thursday of the month, trained befriender on hand from 7.30pm, meetings start at 8pm til about 9.30pm. Contact details: warringtonsandsgroup@gmail.com or 07454100951, www.uk-sands.org

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Bank Park Pavilion Launch

centre base as a focal point for activities, events and campaigns. The location is perfect for yearround events within easy reach of thousands of people. There are already plans afoot for teddy bear picnics and World War 1 commemoration events.” Guests at the Monday 30 July official opening were introduced to the prominent public health campaigns including ‘Know your numbers’ blood pressure checks and the Change4Life ‘Train like a Jedi’ summer activity programme, while the Warrington’s Wellbeing service offered tips and support for making lifestyle changes and improving mental health. For more information about opening hours, or to find out about hiring the pavilion for your meeting, contact the community centre team at communitycentres@warrington.gov.uk or call 01925 818017.

L-R: Cllr Tony Higgins, Ella Bennicke,12, Mayor of Warrington Cllr Karen Mundry, Amy Carter, 11 and Maureen McLaughlin.

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There’s another welcome addition to Neighbourhoods in Warrington’s portfolio of community facilities.

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Bank Park Pavilion is situated next to the town hall and adjacent to the park’s all-weather bowling green, and is available for hire to local community groups and private parties.

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Boasting a café and large, adaptable interior space, the pavilion also gives Warrington Borough Council’s neighbourhoods team an ideal central Warrington venue for hosting community health and wellbeing events throughout the year.

1. Orville and Wilbur 2. KLM 3. The Moon 4. Chuck Yeagar 5. Air Force Two 6. New York City and Paris 7. Spruce Goose 8. Denmark 9. Hong Kong 10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Early Autumn September Gardening

Plants are in bloom earlier this year due to the dry weather which brings on flowering before the “normal” season.

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Colour this autumn comes from Rudbekia fulgida Goldsturm, a jolly yellow daisy like flower with a black centre which flowers for weeks if kept watered. They do best in a heavier soil that retains moisture and need to be split and replanted every few years to maintain their flowering. Another flowering perennial that is doing really well this year is the Penstemons. These produce foxglove shaped flowers for a long period from summer to autumn, especially if you dead head them. They have bright green leaves and the flowers come in red, white, all shades of pink and mauve/blue. This year they have performed well in the heat when other plants have wilted. The smaller leaved variety Garnet with dark red flowers is very good for hot Abelia weather.

If you are looking for colour from shrubs, then the Hydrangeas of all varieties are performing well if kept watered! They like a damper soil but if the leaves wilt, throw a couple of buckets of water on the roots and they should perk up. Although I love the Lacecap varieties, the mophead types are giving bold colour this year as you can see from the photo. Another late flowering shrub is Abelia Grandiflora. This needs a bit of shelter so a windswept site is not ideal. It has small neat glossy green foliage and in autumn has masses of small white scented flowers. Can get to 2m tall if left unpruned but cut it back after flowering or in spring and it will form a neat shrub about 1m tall. Work to do in the garden. Let your pumpkins and squashes harden off in the sun before bringing them in to a cool garage to store. Protect your brassicas with robust netting to avoid pigeons eating them over winter. If the soil is damp enough, perennials can be dug up and split and replanted. Crocosmias need this as after time they become congested and cease to flower well. Replant a few in soil enriched with well rotted manure for a good show next year.

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If you would like to visit gardens look out for gardens open under the National Gardens Scheme where all proceeds go to charities including Marie Cure Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support. Mount Pleasant Gardens, Kelsall open on 1st and 2nd September, has 10 acres of gardens to discover including a sculpture trail.

Janet Weeds

Garden Mentor Email: janet@gardenmentor.co.uk 01244 318258

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Summer’s here and as I write this Black Thursday have just two more gigs before our summer break. As usual we will be taking August off, giving ourselves a complete break from gigging and rehearsal, allowing us to recharge our batteries in time for the Autumn and beyond. If our last gig was anything to go by we certainly deserve that rest! In June we played at the wedding of some friends and it turned into a mammoth set and a great evening. We were the last of three bands on stage, with our two support bands entertaining the crowd superbly until it as time for us to hit the stage. Inevitably timings always don’t go to plan at events like this and our anticipated start time slipped back for an already late 10.30pm to sometime shortly after 11.00pm. Having been there since around 6.00pm the guests were well fed and watered by this time and

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ready for a dance. We had given the bride and groom our full set list some weeks before, so they could pick all their favourites. It was, therefore, a somewhat different selection of songs to our usual set, also the previous band, BBGM, had already played two or three of our regular numbers. We had originally planned two sets of around an hour each, allowing us a short break in the middle to recharge our batteries – and glasses! From the start to finish the dance floor was packed with guests dancing the night away to our tunes. As we approached what would have been the final song of the first set, Lee suggested that we carry on for a bit longer to keep the crowd in the moment with us. In the end we played non-stop for around two and three-quarter hours. What a great night!

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Classic Rock Band Next up for us is a first visit to the First and Last Bar None in Leigh, followed by a welcome return to the Musketeer, also in Leigh the following week. Strictly speaking it’s not our first visit to the First and Last as we have played in the building before, in fact one of our very first gigs was at the Avenue – the previous name of the First and Last. That would have been about seven or eight years and two singers ago! Then it will be time for our summer break and holidays abroad for some of us, but we’ll be back ready to rock in September!

If you want to know more about Black Thursday you can follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/blackthursdayUK) and if you’ have a party or other event coming up that you’d like us to play at, please get in touch either through the Facebook page or by phone on 07881 521150.

Popular rock music from the ’60s to the present day

Available for Birthdays, Parties, Weddings, Celebrations

Listen to us at www.myspace.com/ blackthursdayuk

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Essential Index of Advertisers Auctioneers Warrington Auctions

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Cafe Planet Cafe Catering

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Car/Vehicle Services Birchwood MOT

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Lowton Motor Co

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Risley MOT & Truck Ltd

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Childcare/Nursery Busy Nought to Fives

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Locking Stumps Day Nursery 6 Chiropodist Park View Centre

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Digs for Dogs

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Double Glazing Repairs Cloudy 2 Clear - Warrington 19 Estate Agents Courtyard Property

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Leavitt Walmsley Associates 23 Health Products

Partnership

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Warrington Disability 21

Loft Ladders More Than Loft Ladders

Oven Wizards

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OvenU 9 Plumbing & Heating

Bumble Bee Plumbing & Heating

Lady Plumber

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Neptune Plumbing & Heating 1 Property Maintenance

PCG Property Maintenance 30

Financial Advisor

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Oven Cleaning

Dog Boarding

Magnetix Jewellery

College Priestley College

AED Computer Services

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Clothing Alterations J&P Sewing Machines

Computer Maintenance

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Dragonfly Delights Slimming Group

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Slimming World - Birchwood 12 Tuition

3Rs Tuition (Culcheth) Ltd Yoga Tuition Foxy Yoga

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CHRISTMAS IS ONCE AGAIN THE CATALYST FOR THE SEPTEMBER RUSH... Well the general thought process is that spring is the best time to sell and to those who thought it... you’re correct! Due to Courtyard’s research, the majority of sales activity occurs end of February to March and concluding in June/July. Many think that spring is the best time to sell and if they miss this time than they are doomed for the rest of the Year. However I can assure you that all is not lost, in fact September is also one of Courtyards busiest months confirmed by historical statistics. Why September? It won’t come as a surprise if I told you that during the term time holidays many of us are busy getting ready for our summer breaks or we are arranging friends and parents to mind are children so our mindsets are not focused on buying a house. Furthermore during this time we seem to be forever dipping in our pockets for activities, toys and ice cream so our purse strings are a little tight. However once the children are back in school and we are free to think, then we begin to get moving before Christmas. Courtyard had 68 recorded viewings in September 2017 and 39 offers as a result between September and October so if you’re looking to move then NOW is the time to book your valuation ready for the September rush and let’s get you in your new home for Christmas.

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Victoria Head of Courtyard Homes

Birchwood - Sept/Oct 2018  

Birchwood - Sept/Oct 2018

Birchwood - Sept/Oct 2018  

Birchwood - Sept/Oct 2018

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