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turn 21 This is a very special year for P&A Morgan Opticians, since it marks the 21st anniversary of the practice being founded. To celebrate this notable occasion a unique incentive is being offered for a limited period-a 21% reduction on the price of spectacle frames. Having substantially increased the choice of frames, there is now a comprehensive selection of affordable styles in stock, from quality budget frames through to competitively priced designer brands.

Regardless of your current sight levels or circumstances, Paul and his dedicated team look forward to welcoming you to P&A Morgan Opticians practice. For more information on the products and services available, ask in store or visit the web site at: www.morganopticians.co.uk

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ISSUE 26 May 2011

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EDITOR’S LETTER... A very big welcome as usual to your local mag – Runcorn Local, packed full of ads for every service you could need! With lots of useful community information (that’s completely free!) and really interesting and relevant editorial features, we really are the Resident’s Handbook. Well what a month April was hey? Rammed with Bank Holidays with glorious weather instead of the usual cold and rain. What more could we ask for – well a fantastic Royal Wedding! I must admit I’ve been glued to the TV for this last weekend, I’m completely smitten with our new Royal Couple! I feel very proud to be British, I feel like I’ve rediscovered my national identity in some way, what about you? I’m really excited about our new Gardening writer – Pippa Greenwood, who’s going to be writing for us on a regular basis. How’s your garden looking? Maybe we should have a best garden competition? Mmm.. something for us to think about, let me know what you think. I’m also liking the look of the Asparagus Bruschettas in our cooking feature this month. I quite often choose an Asparagus dish if we’re eating out, but have very rarely cooked at home, but think I’ll try and pick some up and give it a go. I’m not the greatest of cooks but even I

COMPETITION CORNER Congratulations go to Evonne Nichol who won our competition in March! Evonne correctly spotted on which advert the symbol was hidden in and is now the proud winner of a £25 Marks & Spencer Gift Card. This month’s competition: This Union Jack is hidden in the magazine somewhere! All you have to do is find which advert it is hidden on and let us know: 1. Your name 2. Your postcode 3. Your contact number 4. Which advert the symbol is hidden on! Email us at info@runcornlocal.co.uk or call us on 01928 739607 to enter.

couldn’t mess this up.... Well done to our monthly competition winner - Evonne Nichol who correctly found the symbol back in March! It’s really easy to enter as all you have to do is email or phone the ad and page number where we’ve hidden the Union Jack (we’re still celebrating the wedding) in the magazine and you could win a £25 Gift Voucher for M&S. If you’re a local business and want more customers, and want to reach them directly through their letter box – give us a call, rates start from just £20 per month. Remember we’re completely independent, not part of a large corporation or a franchise, we’re simply local people who want to encourage local communities to use local businesses!

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to have to manoeuvre around a dining table every time you need to get from the cooker to the sink. In technical terms, experts recommend a ‘work triangle’ between the cooker, sink and fridge (in practice, this doesn’t always work, but aim to leave uninterrupted space between the areas you use more frequently). An island unit is great for maximising space, but needs to be well designed – within one step of the other worktops, not so deep that you can’t reach across it and, ideally, positioned so that the cook can see what else is going on in the room. In addition, room to cook in the way you want and enough cupboards and shelves to store everything tidily but accessibly are vital, while even seemingly small things matter a lot, like providing an area on which to dump shopping bags before unpacking, or ensuring that the bin is close to the chopping board. Ultimately, of course, what defines a really great kitchen is much more than a set of guidelines. Avoid fashion fads, invest in quality and do your planning but, above all, go with what feels right for you. Instinct, inspiration and imagination are the secret ingredients in this recipe, helping create a room that’s comfortable and functional, as well as homely, hospitable and heart-warming.


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2 How will it be used - for semi-professional cooking, regular family meals or the occasional microwave dinner? And what about other activities - homework, watching TV, doing the washing or ironing? 3 Do you like using high-tech appliances? What wiring and plug sockets will be required? Will you keep small appliances out on worktops, or hidden in cupboards? 4 How much storage do you need, and of what type? For cupboards, do you prefer solid or glass doors, or maybe lots of open shelves? Will you have some unfitted elements, such as a dresser or sideboard? And would you prefer built-in or free-standing appliances? 5 What about worktops - wood, stainless steel, composite, stone or laminate? And flooring - ceramic or stone, brick, rubber, wood, cork, vinyl or lino? Collect as many samples as you can, and lay them out together to give an idea of the overall effect.

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May In Your Garden! It’s great to be joining you on a regular basis, especially when the subject is gardening! I’ll be giving you some hints and tips for what to be doing in your own gardens, letting you know what I’m up to in mine, and in the process hopefully inspiring you to get out in to the garden more, enjoy everything it has to offer, and achieve some pretty impressive results yourself. Welcome to May, one of the fastest moving months in the gardening year. May is the month when plants just keep on and on growing and developing. New transplants, recently allowed to enjoy the ‘great outdoors’ after an early start in a greenhouse, wait a week or two and then POW! they’re off, and showing you their potential. Old established garden friends, their roots well down in the soil, put on new leaves, stem growth, flower buds maybe even flowers and enjoy the fact that whilst the weather has warmed up, they’ve not yet been hit by growth-restricting drier conditions of summer. It’s a month when it is hard not to feel a regular desire to grab a trowel (or perhaps a fork, spade or cultivator) and get out there and enjoy yourself while at the same time giving the

garden and its plants the TLC that’s deserved. What better way to spend an hour or two….or perhaps even a day or two? With the massive surge in interest in growing your own vegetables, vegetable plants and seeds are available just about everywhere, so there are no excuses for not giving it a go. Even if time is short or space at a premium, it really is worth growing a few crops – the feeling of self-satisfaction when you make that first harvest is just SO good....not to mention the taste of the crops themselves. At this time of year you can sow seeds of many vegetables direct into the soil or large pots of multi-purpose compost. Try your hand at climbing French beans, dwarf French beans, runner beans, carrots, salad leaves, spinach or peas. I also adore home grown sweetcorn; this too can be sown direct now, but make sure you sow the seed in a square e.g. four rows of four seeds, formed in to a square (it is a wind pollinated crop and this is the way to get good, well-filled cobs). It is a bit late to raise your own courgettes, squash, tomatoes or peppers from seed, but there should be plenty of young plants available in local nurseries or garden centres – just make sure you buy a variety of tomato or pepper suitable for growing outdoors if you don’t have a greenhouse (the label should make this clear). It is worth spending a few minutes to check flower beds and borders, however small or large, as at this time of year they are a hive of activity. I just have masses of twiggy pea-sticks (well branched prunings will do) and have driven them in around the edges of several herbaceous perennials. So many of these lovely plants are inclined to flop disastrously later in the year, but supported subtly now, they’ll remain upright. As I do this I always spot a few other things that need seeing to as well. All the lovely lush growth means that (in my garden at least) slugs and snails are having a fantastic time devastating the

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CAR companies turn over billions of pounds every year and bank millions in profits – but which cars are the most profitable? It’s a question we’ve been pondering for some time. All car manufacturers can flog a car, but what makes the difference between a bumper profit margin and a tiny one? Well, we asked a host of industry experts, professors and insiders to help us come up with this list. They told us cutting costs and maximising returns in the automotive world is all about sharing expertise and platforms – do that and car manufacturers can dramatically increase their profits. Here are some of the cars that our experts believe are real cash cows for their makers...

BMW 3-Series

It’s the salesman’s mile-muncher, but its premium price and relatively cheap production costs mark the 3-Series out as a winner for the marque. Our experts said it was mostly down to excellent cost control, the fact cars are often highly specified and usually sold for a premium over similar-sized cars like the Ford Mondeo.

McLaren MP4-12C

One of the shock cars to emerge from our research was the new McLaren. Although development costs are high, the actual car is relatively inexpensive to make in relation to the high retail price. Our experts said the carbon chassis could be the cheapest to produce ever while many physical components have been replaced by more cost-effective electronics. If they sell the numbers forecast at between £160-170k it could be one of the most profitable cars ever!

Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport benefits from all factors that make a model profitable: It’s based on an existing chassis (Defender) which keeps build costs low. It’s sold for a premium with lots of added extras. And it’s been kept on sale for a long period of time without a major redesign. All these add up to a holy grail in terms of profitability.

VW Golf

Described by our experts as ‘the daddy’ of platform sharing, VW isn’t one of the most profitable makers without good reason! The Golf is responsible for two million units a year and currently provides underpinnings for a huge array of Seat, Audi, Skoda and other VW models. Many are sold for a premium but cost no more to make, adding a healthy balance to VW’s bottom line every year.

Aston Martin Cygnet

Ok, we know this hasn’t arrived yet, but the baby Aston has the potential to be a real profit centre for the maker. Essentially rebadging a Toyota iQ and charging £30kplus for it – and that’s before buyers have shelled out on extras – could spell happy times for the marque. However, despite its potential, our experts warned this would only be possible if buyers like it…


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Life With Liz... Runcorn Local’s student columnist Liz is a Year-9 pupil at The Heath School, Runcorn. This month she discusses Proms, School Holidays and The Fair coming to town...

Well, saying that this month has been hectic would be an understatement! I’ve been to concerts, for meals out and had my hair re-done; it’s been hectic and I’ve only just had time to write this article! I went and saw The Wanted live at the Apollo on the 29th March with my gorgeous cousin Chloe; as it was the first concert I’ve been to I was a little nervous. They were amazing! And I managed to reach out and touch Siva’s – one of the singers’ – face! It was a great evening, and I enjoyed myself very much. For mothers’ day, I went out for a meal with my aunt, uncle and two cousins. We went to a Chinese restaurant. The layout was lovely; and I was full before we got to the third course! And now, I’m no longer blonde! I’ve had my hair dyed dark brown with purple highlights; they were originally meant to be red but went purple. I love it though!

Now, onto the more pressing topics. What did I have planned to write? Oh, I don’t know! See, when I write I tend to blabber on... much like I am now. I did have something to write about... aha, the Year Eleven Prom! Now, I have quite a few Year Eleven friends and they all seem hyped up for their prom. So far, I’ve heard hummers, pink limos, firetrucks and many other crazy ways of arriving in style! I love the prom dresses that shops display in their windows, they’re so beautiful and elegant. I know that prom could also be considered to be the last step of childhood before we are thrust into the real world, the adult world. This can often be intimidating; my good friend Ben seems to be somewhat dreading the pressure and the thought of being expected to do so much at such a young age. This realisation may not hit the students for two, maybe three days, but soon enough they would realise that it was time to finish maturing and be thrust into adulthood as the last part of growing up. So, while we are

still young, bring on the mascara and eyeshadow, I say! Another topic I thought would be amusing to discuss was the lack of school days in April. 6 days, roughly, was the amount we were in school. It’s not even a break for some; the Year Elevens are constantly revising and stressing out over exams and mocks that they are studying for. So, it’s not a break - some still have to go in through the holidays! I think that the spring break is a great chance to catch up with my southern friends, even if it’s only over Skype. The fair is also down! My Facebook news feed is filled with statuses every evening about the fair. It seems to be a laugh; not my taste, personally, but as long as my friends are having fun I think that the fair is a good idea! Well, that’s all I have to talk about this month, really. I hope to hear from you next month!

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This month’s selction of local books...

Adventurous Pub Walks in Cheshire by David Dunford Spring is in the air, and what better way to brush off the cobwebs than take a walk through the leafy lanes of Cheshire? And after the walk, whether long or short, there is always a need for refreshment. This book, priced at £8.99 is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to get out and about in their local landscape. Offering twenty circular walks covering areas from the Dee estuary, Helsby and Frodsham Hills right through to Congleton, Mow Cop and Lyme Park, the beauty of the county can be admired in sandstone bridges, cottages and tranquil canals. Which ever pub you choose to relax in, the day is sure to put a spring in your step.

We are all curious about the history of where we live and Curiosity Bookshop in Runcorn has a huge and fantastic selection of books about the local area. Here is just a small selection of the best...

Liverpool Characters & Streets by Colin Wilkinson

Liverpool Characters and Streets: The Photographs of C.F. Inston, by Colin Wilkinson, price £9.99, reveals the abject poverty of Victorian Liverpool through the people who lived and worked on the city streets. Charles Frederick Inston was born in Birmingham in 1855 but by the age of 24 was living in Liverpool working as a printer. Turning to photography he has left us a treasury of iconic pictures of the way life used to be for millions. From George’s Dock with the newly built Overhead Railway to street ‘arabs’ at Steble Fountain and traders at the back of St John’s Market all life is there and if you could play a penny whistle or try your hand as a pavement artist you could maybe scrape a living. Times wuz ‘ard indeed!

Fancy a Pint? by Ian Bailey

For those preferring a stroll from the comfort of their armchair, two books offer an historic pub crawl that is bound to bring memories flooding back. Fancy a Pint? by Ian Bailey, price £8.95, details the pubs of Widnes over the last 250 years. Long gone are the Griffin Beer House and the Beehive Inn, but one or two, like the Church View Inn have so far weathered the storm....

A History of Prescot Union Workhouse by Pauline Hurst

“Last Orders!” Runcorn Pubs

For some in Victorian times hardship meant going into the Workhouse, though this was the last place poor people wanted to enter. This book, priced £9.99 gives a valuable insight into the conditions within such establishments. Families were split and the sexes segregated. Parents rarely saw their children, some of whom were encouraged to emigrate. Those able to work were set to cooking, cleaning and laundry work while others were loaned out to local farms. In addition, some were employed mending shoes, making clothes and shown the rudiments of nursing, learning skills as they worked for their keep. Produced by the St Helens Townships Family History Society the book is a welcome addition for those wishing to understand just how our forebears kept the wolf from the door.

...Not so the pubs described in Last Orders! Runcorn Pubs Volume 1 by Alex Cowan, price £5.99. Sadly the establishments in this very informative book have all been consigned to history. With the town situated first on the River Mersey and later on the Manchester Ship Canal it is not surprising that many of the names had a nautical flavour. The Sloop Inn, The Ship, The Mariners Arms, the Navigation and the Lord Nelson sat comfortably alongside the Duke of Wellington and the Cholmondeley Arms. If Granddad was a publican his name is sure to be listed for posterity!

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‘Don’t you know who I am?!’

If you are in a band, were once in a band, or are in any way into bands, the chances are you’ve seen the excellent Rob Reiner mockumentary ‘This Is Spinal Tap’. For those who haven’t had the pleasure, the film charts the highs and lows (but mainly lows) of a long-haired, leather-trousered rock band whose star is rather tragically fading. Musicians love Spinal Tap. It is our Bible. And we see that it is good. The sentence ‘How Spinal Tap is this?’ would be printed on page one of The International Touring Rock Band Phrasebook, if such a thing were ever written. Finding oneself hopelessly caught up in the midst of a Spinal Tap Moment (let’s coin the abbreviation ‘STM’ for convenience) is pretty much an occupational hazard for our species. Basically, if it causes acute embarrassment, exposes the fundamental absurdity of trying to act like a rockstar - or otherwise just makes you look like a twit - it’s an STM. One of my favourite Lightyears STMs occurred shortly before a gig we played at Wembley Stadium in Spring 2010. I had been asked by the production team what size stage we required and had responded with a lovingly-constructed diagram featuring meticulous footnotes and little pictures of all the band

members. When we arrived on the pitch for our soundcheck, however, we were directed towards a tiny white podium roughly the size and shape of an upturned bath-tub. Turns out that the headline act, Right Said Fred (I know, you couldn’t make it up), had demanded a stage of those precise dimensions and there was basically nothing we could do about it. Never mind that there’s only two of them (and four of us) and they were using just one guitar (whilst we had a drum-kit and a piano, amongst other things). It is at times like these that the exclamation ‘Don’t you know who I am?!’ rises like a terrible bile in your throat. And when that happens, you know you’re having an STM. Last year, whilst on tour in South Africa, we turned up in Cape Town and checked into the city’s finest hotel, The Table Bay. As we were waiting for our rooms to be prepared it was brought to our attention that, following our debut visit to the city the year before, the Table Bay had erected a ‘Lightyears stayed here’ plaque in our honour and positioned it on the Golden Seal statue in the hotel grounds. My oh my, did we milk that baby dry. We sauntered around the city with massive, smug grins all over our newly-tanned faces, telling anybody who would listen

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Vision Support is a local charity providing a wide range of services to those with sight loss. Services include, low vision aids and advice, benefits advice, befriending services, technology training, counselling and social/recreational clubs. 01928 582 946

Bookstart Rhymetimes Activities designed to encourage parents & carers to share rhymes & songs with babies. Halton Bereavement Drop In If you are feeling low and would like someone to talk to then drop in for a coffee and a chat.

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Halton MP Derek Twigg MP is Member of Parliament for Halton He can be contacted as follows: Derek Twigg MP House of Commons London, SW1A OAA Tel: 0151 424 7030 Email: derek.twigg.mp@parliament.uk

Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans MP is Member of Parliament for Weaver Vale. He can be contacted as follows: Graham Evans MP House of Commons London, SW1A OAA Tel: 01606 350 323 Email: help@grahamevansmp.com

Library Opening Times Runcorn Library 01928 574495 Egerton Street, Runcorn, WA7 1JL Opening Hours Mon&Tues: 09:30 - 17:00 (Closed between 13:00-14:00) Weds: Closed Thursday: 09:30 - 19:00 (Closed between 13:00-14:00) Friday: 09:30 - 17:00 (Closed between 13:00-14:00) Saturday: 09:30 - 16:00, Sunday: Closed

Astmoor Primary School Beechwood Primary School Brookvale Primary School Castle View Primary School Gorsewood Primary School Hallwood Park Primary & Nursery Halton Lodge Primary School Hillview Primary School Our Lady Mother of the Saviour Palace Fields Primary School Pewithall Primary School Runcorn All Saints CofE Primary St Augustine’s Catholic Primary St Berteline’s CofE Primary School St Clement’s Catholic Primary St Edward’s Catholic Primary St Mary’s Halton CofE Primary The Grange Infants School The Grange Junior School The Park Primary School Victoria Road Primary School Westfield Primary School Weston Point Primary School Weston Primary School Windmill Hill Primary School Woodside Primary School Halton High School St Chad’s Catholic High School The Grange Comprehensive School The Heath School

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School Term Times Spring Term 2011 Monday 21st February - Friday 1st April Easter Term 2011 Monday 18th April - Friday 27th May Summer Term 2011 Monday 6th June - Wednesday 22nd July All term times taken from www.halton.gov.uk/education

Council Numbers 24 Hour - Halton Direct Link Halton Housing Trust (Not council) Planning Services Police Station (Non Emergency) Social Care (Adult) Social Care (Children) Transport & Highways Waste Management Division

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Health & Beauty Elliot's Barber Shop Main Street Dental P&A Morgan Opticians The Denture Centre Windmill Hill Medical Centre Home Furnishings Armchair Reupholstery BW Furniture Clarion Floors & Blinds Panda Blinds Home Improvements Classic Home Improvements John Bunting P&D KB Joinery & Locksmith Ken Leach Joinery Kirbys Roofing Lock-It Security North West Skips Plans Drawn SDS Roofing Sparta Skip Hire Stuart Phelan (Decorator) TWS Improve Kitchens & Bathrooms Classic Home Improvements Flag Ship Kitchens JDC Ceramics

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NYK Leisure AIM Higher Dance Forest Hills Hotel Tae Kwon-Do Nordic Walking Runcorn Angling Centre Runcorn Golf Club Warrington Car Boot Pets Best Friends Dog Grooming Bow Wow Dog Grooming Plumbing Gas Store GasMarc Heatcare Group JS Domestic Quality Services Ringway Plumbing Supplies RS Heating & Plumbing Woodhouse Plumbing Shops Aaron Jewellers Acer Florist Cheshire Curiosity Bookshop Neil & Barker Widnes Model Centre

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I’ve been advertising in the Widnes magazine for over a year now and have been really pleased with the business that it’s generated for us... so much so that I now take a full page ad in both magazines every month. In addition, I get the Widnes mag through my door without fail and use the local businesses in it whenever I can. Jeff Chesters - JDC Ceramics To advertise your business this established magazine, contact us on: E: info@runcornlocal.co.uk T: 01928 739607

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