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...and welcome to your latest LOVE LOCAL! As ever a great big sunshiney welcome to the latest edition of our magazine! It’s almost May as I write, and we’ve already had a good few nice days, even over the Bank Holiday, which never normally happens does it? Let’s hope it bodes well for a nice May and June! This time round I’m very excited about the fab content we’ve got for you! This year, June sees the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, see Ted Bruning’s fascinating piece on this. Counterbalancing this we have as ever the fabulous Unwidow Jackie’s feature causing much hilarity in Local HQ, she does make us laugh. I felt it unfair to publish the recipe untested, so can report that the Chicken Kebabs and Sweet Potato mash was bloomin’ delish. And I don’t feel it was too unhealthy really; the kebabs would be fab on the BBQ too. Congratulations to our competition winner Brian Fisher! Have a look for the £50 heart in this month’s magazine, and £50 could be winging its way to you soon. This month philosophical bit is all about challenging yourself… I decided earlier on in the year I wanted to do something to really push myself, get myself right outside my comfort zone.. So will be very soon be competing in my very first 10K run! Yes, me run! I’ll let you know how I get on next time… if you’re feeling generous you could always sponsor me? It’s for a fab cause, MacMillan Cancer Support, see Editor & Lover of Local e: Til next time…X

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D-Day 1944:

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On 6 June we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of democracy over tyranny. And while most of the coverage of this great day will rightly focus on the unflinching selflessness of the 50,000 Allied soldiers, it’s worth sparing a moment to contemplate why democracy won. The young men confronting the Third Reich on D-Day may not have known it, but the soldiers opposing them had already been fatally undermined. A leadership that was corrupt, incompetent, divided, toadying and alternately swollen with pride and prostrated by fear, had made so many idiotic decisions over the past two years that no heroism on the part of its troops could redeem it. And at the heart of all the double-dealing, betrayal, and rottenness stood Adolf Hitler. After the invasion of Russia, Hitler more or less retreated to his Eastern HQ, surrounded by a small cadre of placemen, yes-men, courtiers and cronies who told him only what they thought he wanted to hear. He governed via a maze of overlapping bureaucracies fighting for his favour. And despite his remoteness he insisted on making even the smallest tactical decisions himself. This chaos effectively crippled the Germans defending Normandy. They


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accepted bad advice that chimed with his preconceptions and fantasies and ignored sound advice that didn’t, are too numerous to relate; but they cost the Germans dear on D-Day, and they probably cost Germany the war. And here’s the contrast between tyranny and democracy. Churchill wasn’t short of bad ideas himself, trying to stop Nazi bombers by dropping parachute mines on them being one. And the Allied leaders argued bitterly. But Churchill and Roosevelt surrounded themselves with strong, capable advisers who weren’t afraid to argue their corners. Dowding, in charge of Fighter Command, threatened to resign in May 1940 when Churchill proposed to send more fighter squadrons to prop up the French. And Churchill bowed to his superior judgement! The Allies made mistakes. But the reason that the 159,000 troops who landed in Normandy broke through with fewer than 5,000 killed was that their leaders weren’t driven by fear of a despot; laid rational plans based on professional expertise and sound intelligence; and represented a society that could bury its differences and make sacrifices in defence of shared values. On D-Day, democracy proved to be strong and tyranny weak.

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You’re far more likely to visualise that fluorescent spider diagram you did, with underlined keywords, than to a closely written page of one-colour, linear notes. Try using post-it notes in eye-catching places, or make ‘washing lines’ across your room. Make good use of your ears too - record key phrases and equations; march around first whispering facts, then increasing volume until you’re shouting.

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Revising with friends can be more fun and help you fill gaps or understand tricky topics. Make question cards and ask parents or friends to play Trivial Pursuit with you.

Gather relevant facts and write an outline for essay answers, or design a multiple-choice quiz. Some websites feature worryingly inaccurate quizzes and facts uploaded by students. Stick to reputable ones with contributions from teachers, e.g. BBC’s Bitesize.

Parents & Helpers Be interested and positive – ensure nagging isn’t your only input, and don’t impose your own anxieties and ambitions; they have their own. Don’t compare them to others. Listen to their worries and reassure them that exams are important, but not the end of everything; your affection isn’t dependent on exam results. Don’t expect them to work every waking hour – brains need time to sort and assimilate information. Ensure they get enough rest and relaxation. Be an active helper – Test them, play quiz games or time their practice runs.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa On 5th January 1172, a widow named Berta di Bernardo passed away in Pisa, a prosperous city bristling with thousands of impressive towers. Yet, the cathedral didn’t have one of its own so the pious Berta left 60 ‘soldi’ in her Will to put things right. The foundations were laid 18 months later. Problems arose almost straightaway. The marshy ground struggled to accommodate the heavy marble blocks and for the next two centuries, it was all stop and start for the free-standing tower. Completed at last in the 1370s, it is the only monument in the cathedral ground which does not bear a signature. The tower kept on leaning throughout the ages, though little was done until the belfry of St Mark’s in Venice collapsed in 1902. The time had come to keep a close eye on Pisa and after long years of deliberations, it was decided that the tilt would be checked every year in June on the same day with the same instrument. All sorts of plans were hatched, injecting 90 tons of liquid cement, which almost led to disaster, lifting the tower to strengthen the foundations, which never came to


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293 marble steps spiralling inside, slippery and smooth, hollowed out in the centre by millions of footprints. The incline takes you by surprise before you even step through the door and is most apparent on the lower floors as you lean one way then the other, but the view from the top is superb, the entire piazza at your feet, the cathedral and baptistry gleaming on extensive lawns, the red roofs of Pisa, the Tuscan hills and the blue waters of the Mediterranean glistening in the distance. But whether you climb up or stay on the ground, the tower remains a unique focal point in this superb World Heritage site. Rising to a lofty 56 meters, it looks like a giant wedding cake, eight creamy tiers decorated with a total of 207 delicate columns. Yet, it is an amazingly resilient building with over 32,000 marble blocks encircling a hollow cylindrical centre. Monitoring continues on a daily basis but experts are confident now that the tower is safe for at least 200 years. The pious lady of Pisa would be pleased.

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Water, water, everywhere By Pippa Greenwood A water-feature adds magic to any garden. The sound of tinkling water and the movement of light on its surface can be just the finishing touch you need either for a patio or for a much larger garden. There’s a plentiful choice of water-features of all shapes, styles, and sizes; but before you commit yourself, what are the main points to bear in mind? First, position. For moving water, your feature will use an electric pump, so there has to be a power-point nearby – something often overlooked. Do you want an eye-catching centrepiece for a formal garden, or just the music of running water as the soundtrack to your alfresco Sunday lunch? In either case, you need to consider carefully the appropriate position.

Water-features can turn bright green in summer due to the build-up of algae. You can go a long way towards preventing this by positioning them away from direct sunlight. Make sure they’re well away from deciduous trees, too, as falling leaves will clog everything up. For smaller spaces you’re best off with a self-contained feature. There are lots of lovely ones available such as terracotta or glazed pot stacks with the water continuously pumped from one container to another, so you’ll only need to top it up in the hottest weather. Spouts and fountains are great fun. A spitting fish, frog, or gargoyle adds a touch of art – or humour – while oxygenating a pool, reducing algae and keeping the pond-life happy. If you want moving water but perhaps have toddlers, a millstone with a low, centrallypositioned jet is both beautiful and safe. Plants are integral to any pond. Surface-floating plants such as waterlilies not only look gorgeous but their leaves also shade the water – again, reducing algae. Waterlilies need still water, so are best avoided if you have a fountain; but a single spitting feature at one end of the pool shouldn’t create too much turbulence. Plants around the edges of a pools and

ponds are called marginals and do best in shallower water or boggy ground. Use plenty: they look gorgeous, they hide the liner and they’re a haven for wildlife. Marginals to consider include yellow-flowered marsh marigold (caltha palustris); white-flowered bog arum (calla palustris); miniature reed-mace (typha minima); pale blue water forgetme-not (myosotis scorpioides); and purple-bloomed water and bog iris (eg iris laevigata). You’ll need about two plants per metre. For a more formal look choose shapely rushes or ferns. Water-features attract wildlife, and in summer you might be visited by dragonflies or mayflies. Birds may also come to drink and bathe. And even a small pond needs a safe exit-route in case hedgehogs pop by for a drink and tumbles in. A shallow beach of pebbles should do the trick. If your feature has a sizeable surface, net it in the autumn to catch falling leaves. Garden netting stretched taut is ideal. Remove it as necessary to tip off the leaves. Left in the water they’ll both clog the pumps and produce methane, which is toxic. In winter, don’t let the water-feature freeze up. If extreme cold is forecast smaller features are best emptied, and the pump cleaned and stored in the shed. Fish need an ice-free area on the surface or they’ll be killed by methane building up under the ice. Floating a football on the surface helps.

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Thread the chicken cubes and onion wedges onto four wooden skewers. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and brush all over with sunflower oil. Cook under a medium preheated grill for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is just cooked through.


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Tumbling down from the Peak District and the wild moors of the Pennines the rivers Tame and Goyt merge seamlessly in what is now the centre of Stockport to form the great River Mersey. This book – “River Mersey from Source to Sea” (Phil Page & Ian Littlechilds. £15.99) covers its journey through industrial landscapes and leafy suburbs across 70 miles to where it enters the Irish Sea at Liverpool Bay. Illustrated in full colour the book contains new and original photographs along with maps and charts. A tribute to one of the world’s most iconic rivers.

With the weather picking up and the sun getting warmer it is time to get out and about again, especially to encourage youngsters to experience the great outdoors. “Kiddiwalks in Cheshire “ (John and Anne Nuttall - £7.99) is a book of twenty safe walks devised with children in mind. It is packed with things both to see and do and each walk features a stop for refreshments. Venues range from Delamere and Frodsham Hill to Lyme Park, Tatton Park and Alderley Edge with nature trails, caves and quarries to explore and miniature mountains to climb.

Still on the theme of travel, Bradshaw’s Handbook, promoted by Michael Portillo on his TV program Great Railway Journeys, and for those enthusiast who like to study a subject in detail, Old House Books have reproduced the “Bradshaw’s Railway map 1907” (£9.99) At the turn of the 20th Century the British railway system extended to over 23,000 miles and this map is a record of the rail network in its heyday. It comes complete with an introduction by Geoffrey Kichenside, who tells us that the map is taken from the 1907 edition of Bradshaw’s Railway Manual.

For those who like a good crime thriller, you can’t go far wrong with the first novel by local author Brian Formby. “Dark Side of the River” is set in Liverpool and tells how Detective Sergeant John Bridle finds himself caught up in the murder of a local shipping magnate. The investigation moves through the slums and street gangs of Liverpool in the 1930s to the elegant country houses of the Wirral. As personal issues conflict with the investigation the result is a violent and fatal confrontation… (£7.99) Signed copies available while stocks last.

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Water Water everywhere! Nor any drop to drink! By The Unwidow

But first, as promised. This is me. My name is Jackie, and there’s not a lot left to drink in that glass! But I think It’s your round! So mine’s a white wine and then let us drink to the Unwidowhood we are beginning to achieve around here! It was raining, windy and cold. So, deciding to shelter indoors and to paint my nails brightest pink I repaired to the kitchen to make coffee. OH NO! Water is running down the walls in torrents… (Well, three drips every minute) indicating that I have a leaky roof! Bucket and Roofer needed. Operation Pink Manicure Suspended. Roofers are part of the building fraternity who wear jeans that reveal their ample bottoms, have smartphones welded to their ears, elevate their price mid wreckage and cause World Teabag Famine. Their sucking of breath through teeth, stroking of chins and head shaking strike peril into householders with leaks and they come with ladders the legs of which leave craters in lawns. Nevertheless, my search brings Walter to me. Walter… Water with an ‘L’ of a lot of remuneration required before he gets out of bed. His Mum knew a

thing or two about naming aspiring millionaire roofers! I called him and Walter promised to come and quote his price to keep me sheltered from rain. And I promised myself not to start whimpering till he’d gone. Back to the manicure and contemplations. Trepidation yielded to relief. I shall not drown. Do I not own a cheque book and pen, the sight of which light up the life of Roofers? They say, the pen is Mightier than the Sword! You need a pen to write the cheque which would make Walter mightily content, whereas he could be rendered quite uncooperative by a sword. So that verifies that part of the theory. Round one to Pen! Swords, though, do have their uses, for instance, should one encounter a burglar. Waving a pen at an intruder, however sternly, would probably not trouble the scallywag at all, but brandishing a sword menacingly whilst looking fierce and making a thunderous Samurai style racket could chase the scoundrel off. He almost certainly wouldn’t take a cheque and go home! It’s about fitness for purpose. Round two to sword then?

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Beach Ready Beauty By Helen Taylor Sumptuous Skin

The three important steps which you should follow at home are cleanse, tone and moisturise, and it’s even more important on holiday. Regularly apply and re-apply sunscreen. Ensuring that your entire body is protected against damaging UV rays is a must. Use a high factor, and remember to re-apply after swimming. And use a nourishing balm for your lips too. Wear a large hat on the beach. Not only will you look chic, you’ll also be protecting the delicate skin on your face too. Always apply after-sun lotion. A long day on the beach calls for plenty of after-sun when you get back to the hotel.

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Winter pale skin does not look great in a bikini, so you’ll need to fake the golden glow. Head to the beauty salon (for best results) or to the shops (if on a budget) and prepare your skin. Thorough exfoliation is key and it’s best done the night before. Concentrate on those areas prone to dryness like knees, ankles and elbows. Allow at least 24 hours between waxing and tanning. If you tan too soon after waxing your pores and hair follicles will still be open and you may find that the product builds up leaving you with dark dots. Be really generous with your moisturiser and put plenty on your


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If your hair is a bit dry, or has splitends, a couple of weeks in the sun and in sea-water or chlorinated pools will make the matter far worse. Book a trim before you head off. At the poolside, slather a leave-in conditioner onto your hair. This will help to protect against sun damage and will leave your locks looking thoroughly shiny, as the heat makes the product even more effective. Always rinse your tresses with fresh water after swimming in the sea or pool. Both salt and chlorine will really dry your hair out. If your hair is long enough keep it pinned up during the day and preferably covered up too. Not only will this protect your hair, put it will also protect your head which can easily burn along a parting line.

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Emergency Phone Numbers because you never know.. Medical Numbers NHS Direct (24hr Helpline) Appleton Village Surgery Halton General Hospital Highfield ENT Clinic Hough Green Health Park Peelhouse Medical Plaza The Beeches Medical Centre The West Bank Medical Centre Upton Rocks Surgery Warrington General Hospital Whiston Hospital Widnes GP Health Centre Whiston Hospital


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May & June Local Events Halton Open Art Exhibition This is an opportunity for all visual artists living, working or studying in Halton to share their creativity with our audience. Works in all media and styles welcome. The Brindley, 10th May – 21st June. Spring Choral Concert The Brindley Theatre, present a SPRING CHORAL CONCERT featuring Highfield Male Voice Choir and St Chad’s School Choir. Saturday 10th May 2014 – 7.30pm, Tickets: Adults £10 – under 16s £5 – Available from the Brindley box office – Tel 0151 9078360 and on-line at Put SPRING in your step and head for ‘ the Brindley for a great evening of choral experiences. Blood Donation Session Blood Donation, The Foundary 65 Lugsdale Road. 13th May, 10:00-12:00 & 13:35 -15:45 Riverside College Open Evening 13th May, Kingsway Campus, 5:30-7:30pm Widnes Vikings 17th May 14:45 kick off. Widnes Vikings vs Salford Red Devils, the Etihad stadium. Plant Sale Halton British Legion is holding their annual plant sale. 24th May 12:00pm- 2:00pm Main Street, Runcorn. Dig Detectives Have a go at being an archaeologist in a mini dig. Norton priory, 26th & 27th May Disco through The Decades - sounds from the 70’s & 80’s Themed DJ & dancers and Cabaret, 4-course carvery meal at £19.95 per person Everglades Park Hotel, 30th May. Car Boot Sale Sunday 8th June 2014 8 a.m. Sutton Fields – Sutton Weaver Village WA7 3EY For enquiries: Call Mob No 07940 549242 E-mail National Garden Scheme Open Day Explore the walled gardens at Norton Priory, open in support of the National Garden Scheme. 8th June, 12:00- 4:00pm Widnes Vikings 18th June 8:00pm kick off. Widnes Vikings vs Wigan Warriors, DW Stadium. Craft and Gift Marquee A regular event at a very popular Cheshire Garden Centre. Friday 27th June – Saturday 29th June, 9.30am -5:00pm.Rivendel Garden Centre, Widnes, Tel: 07966 499748 for more information. Rihanna & Bublé Live entertainment, 4-course carvery meal and disco at£21.95 per person Everglades Park Hotel, 27th June

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Alzheimer’s society Weekly Activity group for people living with dementia and their carers. Every Tuesday 9am - 1pm Wednesday - Friday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm. Contact Tel 0151 4208010. Bookstart rhymetimes Activities designed to encourage parents & carers to share rhymes & songs with babies. Every Wednesday 10am-11.30am at Ditton Library Bosom Buddies Breast care support group a ladies only group, or for men with breast cancer. Trinity Church Hall, corner of Albert Road/Peelhouse Lane. Meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month 7.00 pm - 9.00pm circuit training Tuesday 8.15pm, Sunday 10am at Upton Community Centre. Tel: 0151 423 1386 classics reading group Enjoy classic literature? Then this is your chance to revist some old favourites and share your enthusiasm! Meets at Widnes Library on Wednesday, 3rd week of every month, 17:45-18:45 dog training class Friday 8pm at Upton Community Centre. Tel: 0151 423 1386 fantastic plastic Join our hands-on workshop and find out about a smart material called CAPA. Make a key-ring to take away! Catalyst Museum every Saturday & Sunday 11:00pm –1:45pm

gog’s club Known as ‘Grumpy Old Gentlemen’ Club is for men who have been affected by cancer in any way. Have a chat, a joke and generally put the world to rights! Cancer Support Centre, Alforde Street, Wednesdays 12:00pm – 2:00 pm . hAfs (Halton Autistic Family Support Group) Trinity House, 78-80 Victoria Road, Widnes, WA8 7RA. Tel: 0151 495 3540 Email 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. Every Thursday 4.30pm - 7pm at Runcorn Fire Station. Please ring 01928 791221 for details. 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 423 4782 hugs club A group for men and women affected by cancer, It is also for people who are caring for a relative or friend who has or has had cancer. Every Thursday1.00 pm - 3.00 pm , Cancer Support Centre Alforde Street. live country music & line dancing Every Monday night at United Services Club Prescot Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 424 4978 live country music & line dancing Every Thurs night at Our Lady’s RC Social Club, Mayfields Ave, Widnes. 0151 424 3437

line dancing Every Friday 7:30pm 9:30pm at Chapelfield Community Centre Liverpool Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 423 3121 nearly new sale Every Saturday (excl Bank Hol weekends) 10:00am - 11:00am. St Mary’s Parish Community Centre, West Bank, Widnes. Tel: 0151 423 3881 nifty fifties exercise class Class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am at Upton Community Centre. Tel: 0151 423 1386 soroptimist international widnes Meet last Monday of each month at 6pm (Excl Bank Hols, August & December) Everglades Hotel Contact: Sheila Guthrie Tel: 0151 510 1245 or Linda Redhead Tel: 01928 716807 table top sale Every First Saturday 10:00am – 12:00pm at St John’s Church Centre. Tel: 0151 423 6375 tae-kwondo Tuesday 6.30pm - 8pm junior/senior class; Thursday 4:30pm – 5:45pm Tigers class (4years+); Thursday 6:00pm -8:00pm Junior/ Senior class. Upton Community Centre. Tel: 0151 423 1386 the highfield male voice choir Our ambitious choir is constantly looking for new voices, both experienced and new starters. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at 7:15pm Halton Village, Runcorn. Great Music-Great Singing-Great-Social Life! Call John on 01928 788063 for more details.www.

tots time Stories and songs with a break in the middle for a drink of water whilst the children do some colouring in or other activity. Widnes Library, Every Wednesday 1:30pm – 2:30pm widnes family history group The aims of the group is to encourage likeminded, family historians and to transcribe local records and make them available to members and the public at large. Meetings are on the last Wednesday of every month at John Dalton Community Centre widnes Kids & dads A group for Dads & male carers of children. Contact: Jacqui Meadows Tel: 0151 495 3958 Every other Saturday morning.10am-12pm Warrington Road Children’s Centre, Widnes widnes rotary Meet on Mondays at 5:45pm – 7:15pm at the Hillcrest Hotel. Web: yoga class Every Thursday 7:00pm – 8:45pm at Chapelfield Community Centre Tel: 0151 423 3121

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Upton Rocks Avenue

Keats Close

Presented in show home condition, this semi-detached house offers lounge, kitchen/dining room, three bedrooms, new contemporary bathroom, large conservatory, gardens, UPVC double-glazing and parking.

Immaculate mews house offering well appointed dual aspect kitchen/dining room, cloakroom, lounge, two bedrooms, modern four piece bathroom, gas central heating, UPVC double-glazing, well maintained front and rear gardens and detached garage.

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Widnes Local - May/June 2014  

Widnes Local - May/June 2014

Widnes Local - May/June 2014  

Widnes Local - May/June 2014