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Local Events with Pete Pinnington A Selection Of Great Local Books Student Column by Laura Daley August Garden Advice Delicious Roast Monkfish Recipe And of course: Bursting With Local Businesses

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Motor Nation Widnes If you’re anything like me buying a new car can be a little bit daunting, but a trip to Motor Nation Widnes Car Supermarket will soon dispel all the myths about buying a used car.

Steve Bellis and his team of 25 local staff members , the majority of whom have worked them for more than 5 years pride themselves on delivering an outstanding customer motor experience through honesty and trust. Their approach on a buying experience is to try and make it fun and friendly in a relaxed atmosphere. So what does mean to you as a customer? It means you will be treated fairly and with integrity, and won’t experience any hard sell! They’ll offer expert advice, which will ensure that you get the best deal on your purchase. Motor Nation Widnes have been on the current site as a Motor retailer, and became part of Vertu Motors in 2007. Vertu are the fasted growing automotive retailer in the country, growing from 35 sales outlets in 2007 to 80 sales outlets to date. They are unique in the local area as they offer a huge selection of all makes and models on site display with over 3000 vehicles within Group stock, which means if they don’t have the car you’re after on site, they can pretty much find what you want from within the group. Part exchange appraisals are carried out with the latest current market values offered. They do offer something for all budgets, and have a huge range of used cars for sale from £2,995 to £29,995. In addition they offer an after sales operation offering servicing from £99.00. PLUS they offer a FREE 7 day drive away insurance.

If you’re wondering how to pay for your fab new car, well they offer low start finance and Low rate finance also in some cases 0% finance, all subject to status based on car and customer profiles. And they also have a 3 Year tailored service plan promotion from £9.99 per month! This will really help you to budget more wisely. In August they are having a fabulous BID & BUY Used Car Event , I had to ask Steve to explain this to me, he said ‘We are going to invite the customer to make us an offer (Bid) on what they would like to pay for a car of their choice and we are promoting a “No sensible offer refused” approach.’ What local people are saying about Motor Nation Widnes… “This is the 3rd or 4th car that we have bought from Widnes and we have always found the staff to be helpful, friendly and honest, making our car purchasing experience much easier.” Paul “This is the third car in a month we have purchased from your Widnes branch. We have received excellent customer service from John and Dave. I and my two sons are delighted with our new cars. “We would definitely recommend you to our friends and family and look forward to doing business with you in the future.” Mrs Thomas Why not go and have a look for yourselves? They really do have a great deal more for you…. Call them on 0151 423 3342.

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EDITOR’S LETTER... A big hello to the August edition of your fab local mag – Widnes Local, your first port of call to find a local tradesperson or business right on your doorstep.

Beattie, CJ Duggan Electrical and Dirtbusters to name a few – we’ll continue to do editorial features on our great advertisers.

We’ve got a FAB edition for you this month, with lots of local editorial content for you to enjoy. I’m particularly pleased to welcome Pete Pinnington (what a lot of P’s!). I’m sure you all know Pete from his fab Wire FM weekday afternoon and Saturday shows, and Pete’s going to be writing a regular feature promoting what’s on in the region. Not only that, he’ll be promoting what’s going on during his radio show! How Exciting is that? Why not let him or me know what event – absolutely anything (as long as it’s legal…) is happening and we’ll both do our best to help you make your event a success if we can.

Our latest competition winner is Jean Pierce – well done! Jean wins a £25 M&S voucher. This month we’re still celebrating summer and our hidden symbol is a sun. It’s really easy to enter as all you have to do is email/or phone the ad and page number of where we’ve hidden the symbol in the magazine and you could win a £25 voucher for M&S. You’ll also need to give us your name, postcode and phone number.

The Summer holidays are now in full swing, and I hope that you do get to enjoy some time off, either at home or maybe a little further afield. We sneaked a week in Greece in June, and will try to get a few days away during August, but not go so far. We’re quite lucky living so near to the coast and within a very short time we can be having an ice cream on a choice of lovely proms – let me know where you like to get to! We’ve got some great new advertisers this month too – a big welcome to Motornation – a car dealership with a difference. See the editorial feature on page 3 to find out a bit more. Or better still pop in and have a look round and say hello, Steve’s team will make you most welcome. Welcome to some other new businesses too… Nyland &

COMPETITION CORNER Congratulations go to Jean Pierce who won our competition in March! Jean 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 Strawberry 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!

We’re now in our 3rd great year and during that time we’ve become a trusted source for both residents and advertisers alike. So if you’re a local business and want to get into 115 letterboxes for the same price as a first class stamp, just give us a buzz and we can tell you just how easy it is. Why waste time and money when we’re on hand to do advert design and distribution for you?! Just one last point, remember to keep hold of your Widnes Local until the next one comes through your letterbox – you never know when you might need it. Until next month take care

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Life With Laura... Widnes Local’s new student columnist

Laura Daley is currently studying English, History, Theatre Studies and Psychology at Cronton Sixth Form. Her ambition for the future is to become an English teacher at a sixth form and hopes to write a fantasy novel.

During the summer of 2010, I found myself becoming bored of doing the same thing over and over again. No matter how much time we have, we still find ourselves getting bored easily! So here are some ideas of what you can do, in and out of the north west, to keep yourself a ‘happy chappy’ this summer.

sponsor you to go on trips and holidays depending on the activities available. Youth clubs are a good way to spend your evenings if you have nothing to do and can easily access it; you may pick up a new hobby!

to write more. When I started to write journals, I discovered my love for writing. You never know… you could develop into a very promising author, just by recording what has happened to you during the summer!

Take advantage of what you are good at. Maybe you have a hobby that was too difficult to pursue during your time at school or college. Maybe you wanted to start a band but your friends were not available due to college assignments. The summer is a great chance to set up a club or a band and find out what you are good at.

Do things you have never done before. Seeing as you are free to do as you wish, you might decide to stay up all night and play games with your friends. Whether you are playing online, or actually playing a game or a sport with friends in the real world, make sure to spend some time socialising. Go to the cinema, go to the park. Fresh air and company are important, and make sure to take a camera with you.

If you want to stray away from Widnes or Runcorn, then don’t be afraid to as long as your destination is within reason. Get permission from your parents, get some money and book a holiday with some friends. Whether you find yourself in a caravan in Wales or lying on a beach in Spain, getting away with friends (or with family) can be a great experience.

There is a stigma attached to youth clubs, in that a lot of teenagers think they are a waste of time. In fact, youth clubs, such as the club at St. John’s Church in Widnes, are good for multiple reasons. They can help you make new friends, and build your confidence, and sometimes

The summer is there to give you lots of memories that you can keep and cherish forever. As well as taking a camera, you might find yourself wanting to write something in a journal, or a diary. Don’t be afraid to do this! This will improve your writing skills, and you may find yourself wanting

My last tip for you all is simple: relax. You’ve been working hard all year, it’s time to get a playlist of your favourite songs together, grab a glass of Coca Cola and put your shades on. Or, alternatively, stay in bed all day!

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Local Events With Pete Pinnington... Pete Pinnington is a radio presenter on Wire FM and keen supporter of local events. In this piece he fills us in on what’s happening soon... You can hear Pete on 107.2 Wire FM Mon-Fri 3-7pm and Sat 10am-2pm Hi there readers... Well firstly I must say what a pleasure it is to feature in & sponsor this fantastic FREE local magazine for your area! If you’re an avid listener to 107.2 Wire FM (No.1 Radio station for Halton) you’ll be aware that I’m a Presenter on this station and have been since it launched in Sept 1998! During the show I also inform my listeners as to the range of local events happening across the area and help raise the profile of charity led ones. This is something I plan to continue to do within this magazine. We’re into August which of course also means, summer holiday time for the kids! It’s all about parents & the family getting to spend even more quality time with their kids……….mmmmmm you know you want to!! Well of course there’s plenty of great local places and events to enjoy within a short distance across Halton! One key activity is keeping the kids fit & active and you’ve got all

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The sun may have only been out for a little bit, but with the sunburn and the smell of barbecues comes that annual hankering for a cheap convertible. There’s nothing quite like a spot of top-down motoring when the temperature manages to haul itself into double figures – and the good news is it won’t have to cost you a second mortgage. Here, we delve into the online classifieds to find you five bargain summer sizzlers that you can put on your drive for less than £2,000. Just remember to save some cash for the Factor 50…

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The MX-5 is a perennial soft-top favourite and rightly so. It’s been around for 21 years now which means there are plenty of cheaper examples knocking about. Our £2,000 budget can get a well-looked after original model, not an import, with relatively low mileage. The Mazda is brilliant to drive, cheap to run and repair and the perfect entry into convertible ownership. Yes, you read that right. Saab 9-3 Convertibles can be had for under £1,000. That’s a huge amount of car for the money. You’ll be able to seat four in comfort, it’s built like a tank and will go on forever. And that’s handy because for this money you’re looking at a 150,000-miler plus. We found one with 180k, a 2.0-litre turbo petrol lump, service history, tax and MOT for six months at £850 on Auto Trader. Be quick as we’re tempted ourselves… This has to be the cheapest way into Italian 2-seater softtop ownership. The little Barchetta only comes in left-hand drive, which bring values down. If you can live with that, you’ll be rewarded with a cracking drive, good looks and a zesty 1.7-litre engine. Some drivers will find the cabin cramped, but you’ll soon forget that when you’re blasting along country lanes with the top down. A 1998 model with 50,000 miles and service history can be found for £2,000. You’ll have to hunt pretty hard, but Audi A4 Cab models do crop up within this price bracket. That might mean looking in the depths of winter when the last thing people want is a soft-top, but canny buyers will be rewarded for their efforts. The A4 is solid, well packaged and usually comes with a high spec. For this money you’ll find a tired petrol model with intergalactic mileage but have it looked at by an independent and you could be onto a winner. Ok, so it might be a little over our budget but we think with a little hard negotiating you could pick up an SLK for under £2k. We spotted an R-reg model in black with 120k miles, 6 months tax and four months MOT at a dealer for £2,295 ono – easily negotiable within budget. The Mercedes is a timeless design, has a folding metal roof and, although not the quickest, is still great to drive.


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Fun Quiz... Famous Quotes 1. In 1973, who famously said “I don’t think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime” on the BBC TV show Val Meets The VIPs?

the famous quote “to be or not to be, that is the question”?

2. Often misquoted as “Houston, we have a problem”, the quote “Houston, we’ve had a problem” was famously spoken on which lunar mission?

8. In 1998, who was Bill Clinton referring to when he said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”?

4. In a line often misquoted as “play it again, Sam”, what song is Sam famously asked to play in the film Casablanca? 5. In his acceptance speech of nomination for U.S. President, who said “Read my lips - no new taxes”? 6. In which Shakespeare play would you find

9. What famous four word quote was said on November 10th in 1871 near Lake Tanganyika in Africa? 10. In 2005, the American Film Industry listed their top 100 quotes from the history of American cinema. What eight word quote was at the top of this list? 1. Margaret Thatcher, 2. Apollo 13, 3. Thomas Edison, 4. As Time Goes By, 5. George Bush (Snr.), 6. Hamlet, 7. Chanel No. 5, 8. Monica Lewinsky, 9. Dr Livingstone, I presume? (spoken by explorer Henry Stanley), 10. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” (from Gone With The Wind)

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Machu Picchu ...Lost City of the Incas... Led by a local lad, American explorer Hiram Bingham first set eyes on Machu Picchu in 1911, an exhilarating moment still shared today by the daily quota of 21st century visitors. Some arrive on foot on the old Inca trail, others by special bus from the valley but all are equally awestruck when the city is finally revealed in its splendid isolation. At over 8000 feet, high above the roaring Urubamba river, Machu Picchu sits on a saddle in jungle-clad mountains, enclosed by cliffs plunging 1500 feet into a precipitous gorge and in the distance, the glistening ridges and glaciers of the High Andes. The city was built in the 15th century, most likely for Pachacutec, the greatest of all Inca emperors, but mysteriously abandoned within a hundred years. Fortunately the Spanish invaders never discovered it and framed by its green iconic peaks, it was preserved, now a UNESCO site for posterity. It’s a steep climb up Huayna, the main peak, but even if you don’t reach the top, the view is stunning, mountains rising all around and

the lost city spreading at your feet, outlined like an Andean condor. Imagine over 100 flights of steps, a festival square, farming terraces cut into the slopes, irrigated by sacred springs, and 140 Inca buildings with dry stone walls, rounded corners and tapering frames designed to withstand earthquakes. There were royal and sacred grounds and residential quarters, home to potters, stone masons and weavers. All worked for the nobility and their priests in exchange for protection in this world and the next. The sun is blisteringly hot, the path rough and the steps high but wandering through the maze of alleyways is full of wonders; here the watchman’s hut at the highest point, there the sacred stone, shaped like the mountain behind it to draw positive energy, the Temple of the Condor where rocks are carved like the bird in full flight or the House of the Mortars where small basins were filled with water to catch the stars. You can explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, protected by a 30 tonne door, the

Princess House, the Main Temple with a small stone chiselled with 32 angles (though no one knows why) and the Temple of the Three Windows symbolising the three worlds of Andean cosmology. The Incas worshipped many gods – mountains, lightning, rainbow, earth, moon – but most important to them was the Sun God, at the heart of farming cycles and religious rituals. The Temple of the Sun has a semi-circular tower where on the solstice, the first rays of the sun are in perfect alignment with the altar. It’s no wonder Machu Picchu has a special aura in the early morning when there’s time to sit and stare and only the dawn chorus disturbs the peace. It’s bitterly cold, crowds are few and as the peaks slowly creep out of the shadows, the ritual stone of Intihuatana begins to glow, marking the spot where on the shortest day of the year, the Incas would ‘tie up the sun’ for fear it may not come back. Llamas graze by the gate, orchids shed the morning dew and you can almost see the Virgins of the Sun shuffling along the old Inca walls.


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Fancy a fun-filled activity all the Family can enjoy? Then give Geocaching a try... “Why don’t you switch off your TV set and go and do something less boring instead?” was the irritatingly catchy theme-tune from popular children’s television show “Why Don’t You?” Nowadays, “TV” would have to be replaced with Games-console/ Laptop/Mobile phone or the latest must-have electronic gadget we can’t live without. But there is a way to convince the whole family out of the house with an electronic device whilst enjoying a good walk or bike ride in the countryside: Geocaching. This involves tracking down hidden items, or caches, with a GPS device and recording your find. You log-on to the Internet to find the coordinates of the cache, and then use your eyes to locate its exact whereabouts – like a good old-fashioned treasure hunt. Look online and you’ll find videos of cleverly hidden caches – inside sawn-up logs in forests, stuck-up pipes by rivers and even stuffed in plastic bricks as part of the wall of a disused building. They’re usually made up of a logbook sealed in a plastic box or ammo-case, along with small trinkets

to keep or swap for something of similar value, and are always found outdoors. And if you’re really lucky, you might come across a “trackable” – a numbered coin or dogtag that’s moved from cache to cache. Each time it is moved, its serial number is logged on-line so it can be tracked. Bought online for a couple of pounds, some have been known to travel more than 10,000 miles over 3 continents. Geocaching started in the US after early GPS-enthusiast Dave Ulmer planted a bucket filled with videos, books, software and a slingshot, together with a logbook and pencil, in woods near his house. After posting the coordinates online on May 3rd 2000, his package was found twice within two days after word spread rapidly among the online community. The official Geocaching website launched in September 2000 with the coordinates for 75 caches across the world listed on it. The craze soon took-off and today there are over 1.3m caches hidden in over 100 countries across the globe, with 5 million registered users.

And it’s really simple to start Geocaching – just create a free membership on www.geocaching. com, type in your postcode to find caches near you, invest in a GPS device or mobile phone with GPS capability and that’s it, you’re ready. Most GPS devices take you within 6-20 feet of the object so be prepared to spend a while looking for the cache when you arrive there – this is the bit that the kids always love the best. And remember to always respect the countryside where the cache is found – don’t leave litter or damage the environment. So for a fantastic family day out that doesn’t cost a fortune, often set in stunning countryside, why don’t you give Geocaching a go? It’s certainly less boring than watching TV. Be careful of Muggles near a cache though – Muggles are non-geocachers who are sometimes near caches, such as people innocently walking their dog. Cachers try not to reveal what they’re doing to Muggles!


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What’s Inside This Issue? WIN £25 M&S Vouchers! A Great Selection of Fathers’ Day Books Chilli, Prawn & Tomato Linguine Recipe All About Norton Priory Museum Our Regular Local Schoolgirl Column & Of Course: Bursting With Local Businesses

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booksreview The Changing Face of Runcorn

This month’s selction of great books...

by Dave Thompson

For all those who didn’t manage to get a copy six years ago we now have a new delivery of Dave Thompson’s brilliant book The Changing Face of Runcorn. (£11.99) A few of the photos may be familiar but there is a wealth of pictures rarely seen in other books. The section entitled The People’s Century is particularly fascinating, with groups of Brownies and Scouts, members of Cooper Street Mission assembled for their summer trip to New Brighton and parades and processions full of our ancestors. Can you spot Granny in the crowd?

The Curiosity Bookshop in Runcorn have kindly supplied us with a list of five great reads for this month...

On Your Bike – Cheshire by Sheila Simpson

Canal 250 - The Story of Britain’s Canals by Anthony Burton

With summer at its height and everyone trying to do their bit for the environment perhaps it’s time to get “On Your Bike – Cheshire” by Sheila Simpson (£7.99) and look a bit further a-field than Halton. With rides ranging in length from 16 miles to 33 miles and covering the whole county from the Wirral in the west to Marple and Gawsworth Hall in the east and as far south as Wrenbury , Cheshire has never looked so picturesque. Local rides include Delamere, Manley Mere, and Little Budworth.

Canals are coming into their own as leisure facilities these days despite being built originally to transport goods in an industrial age. The Duke of Bridgewater’s first canal, used first to transport coal from his mines near Manchester, began a trend that resulted in Britain being covered by a network of waterways essential in the Industrial Revolution. This book (priced £17.99) describes 250 years of history on the canals, including such great names as Telford, Brindley and Jessop. Meet the men who dug the canals, the men and women who ran the boats and the workers who kept the canals running. The book is a must for those who love canals, and for those who want to find out more about them.

Atlantic by Simon Winchester

How the Girl Guides Won the War

Simon Winchester’s book “Atlantic” (£9.99) covers a little more than the width of a canal! It is a dazzling biography of an ocean from the moment it was created 190 million years ago until its eventual extinction millions of years in the future. Simon delights with captivating stories from the age of exploration, colonisation, slavery and some of history’s greatest sea battles. Once the province of brave adventurers and viewed with awesome terror, the Atlantic has now become a safe and elegant passageway for those enjoying the luxury of cruising between Europe and the Americas. For the rest of us this book is an engrossing armchair cruise through the history and the science of an ocean.

by Janie Hampton

What did the Girl Guides do in the war? More than simple badge-work if Janie Hampton’s book “How the Girl Guides Won the War” (£8.99) is to be believed. For a start, they raised huge sums of money, all of which went to improve the lot of those in war-torn Britain. They dug bomb shelters, constructed kitchens from bombed out houses and even carried on the spirit of the Guides when interred by the Japanese and made prisoners in Auschwitz. They ran soup kitchens, collected jam pots and welcomed refugees… The list of the work is endless. And all carried out with smiles and determination.


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20 WAYS TO GET A FRESH LOOK FOR SUMMER Want to give your home a quick, easy and inexpensive makeover for summer? Interiors expert Katherine Sorrell offers 20 inspiring solutions... 1. Pop some fresh flowers

in a vase. Even casual arrangements of garden flowers in a jam jar, milk bottle or enamel jug will brighten up all but the most formal of rooms. 2. Light a scented candle or line up a set of multicoloured tea lights. 3. Change your cushion covers. For the most up-to-date look, choose vivid but co-ordinating colours, in a variety of quirky patterns. 4. Disguise a tired sofa or a boring bed with a pretty throw.

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or light fittings: Quick, easy & cheap. 6. While you’re at it, check that your light bulbs are the right wattage for the room – there’s nothing worse than poorly lit rooms, or ones that are so dazzling they look like a lamp shop. 7. Use paint to transform your home from top to bottom. Floors, walls, window frames, skirtings, shelves, freestanding furniture and even kitchen and bathroom tiles can all be refreshed and revived with a lick of paint. 8. Flooring sets the tone for any room, and if your carpet is looking tired, you’ll be amazed at the effect a change can have. One option is to remove the carpet entirely and renovate the boards beneath. To strip away old stains or surface coatings, hire a professional sanding machine and follow the instructions carefully, before sealing, staining, liming, waxing, bleaching or painting. 9. Adding or replacing a rug is another instant way to change the look of your floor. Think bold texture, pattern or colour. 10. In a girl’s room, suspending a corona over the bed, with some sheer curtains draped around, will go miles towards that fairytale room she’s always wanted.

Appliqué chintz cushion, £30, John Lewis; 08456 049049 www.johnlewis.com 11. Flower lights wrapped around

the bedhead are a lovely touch, too. A boy might prefer camouflage netting or a giant map of the world on the wall behind the bed. 12. Create a fabulous display of pictures. Instead of dotting them around in an ad hoc fashion, frame them all the same and hang in orderly rows for super-duper impact. 13. Look at your light switches. If yours are of the bog-standard, white plastic type, check out the alternatives – stainless steel, nickel, chrome, brass, even ‘invisible’ acrylic, with a rocker, dolly or even neat little push button switch. The same goes for switch plates, TV aerial sockets, even shaver and electric toothbrush plates. 14. Do the same for door handles, blind and light pulls, cupboard and drawer pulls, and any


other knobs or handles you can find. Substituting ordinary ones with something interesting, tactile and goodlooking can make a world of difference. 15. Take down dodgy nets and preserve your privacy with stick-on plastic film instead. It’s easy to apply and much less expensive than having your windows sandblasted. Patterns range from lace to

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graphic spots. 16. Flouncy, fussy curtains have to go. Replace with simpler versions (no pelmets, thanks). Practically every high-street store has ready-made curtains at reasonable prices. 17. New bath and basin taps will go a long way towards giving your bathroom extra pizzazz. Replacing them is a doddle for a plumber (or even a DIY dad). 18. The most ugly-duckling bathroom can be turned into a beautiful swan with the right towels. Soft, neutral colours have a timeless look, while bold patterns are ‘in’. 19. The latest look for walls is to use specially designed stickers to create a graphic, funky pattern. Just peel and position for an instant new look. 20. Last but by no means least, clean your windows – it really will add a sparkle to the room.

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CAJUN ROAST

MONKFISH WITH POTATO ROSTI

Monkfish has a wonderful firm flesh with a meaty flavour and is well suited to roasting, however cod loin or a thick piece of salmon fillet will work just as well. If you prefer a less spicy coating, replace the Cajun seasoning with a sprinkling of dried Italian herbs.

Serves 4

Ready in 60 mins

1. Cut the monkfish into large chunks and place in a shallow roasting tin. Mix together the oil and lemon juice and pour over the fish. Sprinkle over the Cajun seasoning. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

700g (1lb 9oz) monkfish fillet

2. Place the unpeeled potatoes in a large pan of salted water. Bring to the boil and boil for 5 mins. Drain and leave to cool for 10 mins.

2tbsp olive oil 1tsp lemon juice 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning 8 medium-sized waxy potatoes, such as Desiree Salt and freshly ground black pepper 225g (8oz) cherry tomatoes 1 lemon, sliced Sunflower oil for shallow frying

3. Peel the skins off the potatoes and coarsely grate the potato flesh into a bowl. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using your hands, divide and shape the grated potato into about 8 flat cakes. 4. Place the lemon slices in the roasting tin with the monkfish and cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for a further 5-8 minutes until the fish is just cooked through and the tomatoes are tender. 5. Heat 30-45ml (2-3tbsp) oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Fry the potato rosti, in batches, for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown, adding more oil as necessary. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. 6. Arrange the potato rosti on serving plates and top with the roast monkfish, lemon slices and tomatoes. Pour over any juices left in the roasting tin and serve immediately.


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A Summer Barbecue My husband’s cooking barbecue, he says it will be great, He’s invited all the neighbours, and invited his best mate, He’s gone shopping for utensils; bought a massive knife and fork, Some music to add atmosphere – I’m praying they like Bjork, He’s bought sausages and fillet steak; he only buys the best, He’s bought a plastic apron; he now sports a pair of breasts, Fifty cans of lager are all piled up on the side, He’s swigging one already and his grin is big and wide, He wanders to the garden, all decked out in new attire, He rubs his hands with glee “Now...time to light this little fire,” Fifteen minutes later, and I’m totally amazed, It’s taken twenty firemen to douse our garden blaze, And I’m viewing, somewhat differently, the husband I adore, His eyebrows are all singed; his breasts have melted to the floor, He holds his fork defensively; convinced he’ll shift the blame, “It’s not my fault at all; the wind took hold of all the flames,” But the firemen are all chatting; their words reach me, crisp and clear, “What idiot poured this petrol on? You get ‘em every year!” ©Jan Jack’s Perfect Verse 2011 www.perfectverse.co.uk

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Regular Local Events

Local Groups

Soroptimist International Widnes Last Monday of each Everglades Hotel, Derby Road month at 6pm Contact: Sheila Guthrie on 0151 510 (Excluding Bank Hols, 2658 or Linda Redhead 01928 716807 August & December.

Warrington Road Bambini Day Care Centre offers a high standard of quality childcare and education. The 44 place Day Care centre has provision for children aged 3 months up to 4 years 11 months. Contact: Steph Speakman, Phone: 0151 422 0049 Email:daycare.warringtonroad@halton.gov.uk Halton Voluntary Group is a group whose aim is to help the people who have diabetes. We hold our meetings on the 3rd Weds of each month, when we have speakers who give a talk on the care of diabetes. At St. Paul’s Church Hall, Vicarage Road, Widnes and the Old Police Station, Mersey Road, Runcorn starting at 7.30 pm 0151 424 9432 HALDS (Halton Adults with Learning Difficulties Support) Support group for parents/carers of adults with learning difficulties. Contact: Pam Roberts Tel: 07583 694671 Email: p.roberts@ntlworld.com Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Centre 21-23 Alforde Street, Widnes, WA8 7TR Tel: 0151 423 5730 Email: dee.graal@tiscali.co.uk www.widnesruncorncsg.co.uk HAFS (Halton Autistic Family Support Group) Trinity House, 78-80 Victoria Road, Widnes, WA8 7RA Tel: 0151 495 3540 Email contact@hafs.org.uk Halton Haven Hospice Barnfield Avenue, Runcorn, WA7 6EP Tel: 01928 712728 Halton Parkinson’s Support Group Helps improve quality of live for people with Parkinson’s disease, we meet once a month. Contact: Margaret Smith Tel: 0151 257 7954 ChAPS – Cheshire Aspergers Parents Support Aims to support parents and carers of dependants with Aspergers Syndrome or Autistic Spectrum Disorder whether diagnosed or not, living in Cheshire. Contact: Jo Garner Tel: 01928 722384 Mind in Halton Halton Association for Mental Health Sep up with the aim of providing day care and residential services to those people living in Halton who had or were experiencing some form of mental distress. Widnes Tel: 0151 495 3991 Runcorn Tel: 01928 563612 Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action Help grow and strengthen the voluntary, community and faith sector in both Halton and St Helens Halton Voluntary Action - Sefton House, Public Hall Street, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1NG. Tel: 01928 592405 Halton Nightstop For Young People Aged 16 – 25 years Nightstop believes that all young people have the right to access safe and secure accommodation that is appropriate for their needs. The service is committed to making this happen wherever possible through Volunteer Hosting and Family Mediation. Ship Canal House, Percival Lane, Runcorn Contact: Terri Tel: 01928 238420 The Kings Cross Project The Kings Cross Project exists to enhance the lives of children, young people and families in areas of Halton by working alongside local people through community development principles to find local solutions to locally identified needs. Tel: 0151 420 4905

Widnes Kids & Dads A group for Dads & male carers of children. Contact: Jacqui Meadows Tel: 0151 495 3958 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. Widnes Rotary Club Hilcrest Hotel, Cronton Lane, Widnes, WA8 9AR Contact: Dale Kenningham widnesrotaryclub.webeden.co.uk

Every other Saturday morning, 10am-12pm at Warrington Road Children’s Centre Every Wednesday 10am-11.30am at Ditton Library Every Tuesday 4.30pm-7pm at Widnes Fire Safety Centre, Lacey Street Every Monday 5.45pm-7.15pm

Live Country Music & Line Dancing United Services Club Prescot Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 424 4978

Every Monday night

Live Country Music & Line Dancing Our Lady’s RC Social Club, Mayfields Ave, Widnes Tel: 0151 424 3437

Every Thursday night

Line Dancing Chapelfield Community Centre Liverpool Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 423 3121

Every Friday 7:30pm-9:30pm

Live Country Music & Line Dancing The Village Club, Appleton Village Tel: 0151 424 3657

Every Thursday from 8:30pm

Nearly New Sale St Mary’s Parish Community Centre, West Bank, Widnes Tel: 0151 423 3881

Every Saturday 10am-11am (excl Bank Hol weekends)

Tae-Kwondo Chapelfield Community Centre Liverpool Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 423 3121

Every Monday and Thursday 5:30pm-7:00pm

Yoga Chapelfield Community Centre Liverpool Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 423 3121

Every Thursday 7:00pm-8:45pm

Nifty Fifties Upton Community Centre, Hough Green Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 423 1386

Every Monday & Wednesday 10am-11am

Table Top Sale St John’s Church Centre, Greenway Road, Widnes Tel Sue on: 0151 423 6375 Zumba Dance Upton Community Centre, Hough Green Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 423 1386

Every First Saturday of the Month 10am-12pm Every Thursday 8:30pm-9:30pm

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Doctor Numbers

School & College Numbers

NHS Direct (24hr Helpline)

0845 46 47

Widnes GP Health Centre Health Care Resource Centre Oaks Place, Caldwell Rd, WA8 7GD

0151 495 5249

The West Bank Medical Centre 2 Lower Church Street, WA8 0NG

0151 424 3113

Peelhouse Medical Plaza Peelhouse Lane, WA8 6TN

0151 424 6221

Appleton Village Surgery 2-6 Appleton Village, WA8 6DZ

0151 423 2990

Highfield ENT Clinic Highfield Road, WA8 7DJ

0151 511 5732

Upton Rocks Surgery Widnes Rufc Car Park, Heath Road Widnes, WA8 7NU

0151 422 9794

The Beeches Medical Centre 20 Ditchfield Road, WA8 8QS

0151 424 3101

The Upton Medical Centre Bechers, Hough Green, WA8 4TE

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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

Library Opening Times Widnes Library 0151 907 8383 Victoria Road, WA8 7QY Opening Hours Mon-Thurs: 09:00 - 21:00, Friday: 09:00 - 17:30 Saturday: 09:00 - 16:00, Sunday: Closed

Local Vets Andale Veterinary Centre Ditchfield Rd, Widnes, WA8 8RF Companion Care Vets Inside Pets at Home, New Mersey Retail Park, Speke, L24 8QB Halton View Veterinary Centre 208 Warrington Rd, WA8 0AX Deacon Rd Veterinary Surgery 61 Deacon Rd, Widnes, WA8 6EF

0151 423 1388 0151 427 7902 0151 423 3557 0151 424 2852

Local Entertainment The Brindley Theatre High Street, Runcorn, WA7 1BG Catalyst Museum Mersey Road, Widnes, WA8 0DF Norton Piorory Tudor Road Manor Park, Runcorn, WA7 1SX

0151 907 8360 0151 420 1121 01928 569 895

Riverside College (Kingsway) Riverside College (Cronton) Fairfield High Saints Peter & Paul Catholic College The Bankfield Wade Deacon High All Saints Upton CE Ditton Primary Fairfield Infant Fairfield Junior Farnworth CE Hale CofE Primary School Halebank CE Lunts Heath Primary Moorfield Primary Oakfield Community Primary Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Simms Cross Primary Spinney Avenue CE St Basil’s Catholic Primary St. Bede’s Catholic Infant St. Bede’s Catholic Junior St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic St. John Fisher Catholic Primary St. Michael’s Catholic Primary West Bank Primary

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School Term Times

Summer Term 2011 Monday 6th June - Wednesday 22nd July All term times taken from www.halton.gov.uk/educationandlearning

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Household Waste Johnsons Lane 0151 495 1251 Widnes, WA8 OSJ Opening Hours 1st October - 31st March: 8am to 6pm 1st April - 30th September: 8am to 8pm For any large items, contact the Waste Management Disivion of Halton Borough Council on 0151 907 8300 to arrange collect, fees from £10 per item.

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Widnes Local - August 2011  

Widnes Local - August 2011

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