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Nov & Dec 2012 Issue 41

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. . . r e d a e r o l l e h ...and welcome to the very latest edition of Widnes Local. As we hinted at in our last magazine we’ve got some very exciting news for you this time! The Local Magazines have just launched a brand new free mobile app, Local Mags On The Go! So if you have a smart phone then why not download it now? This means you will be able to connect to any of our advertisers at any time from your phone! You will be able to find their phone number, address or website wherever you are. Some other exciting news – I’ve told you before that we get 100’s of entries to our competition every time and interestingly the majority comes from the female side of the population but this time it’s been won by a man! Philip Higgins made me laugh when he thanked us on behalf of all the male readers. Well done Phillip – it just shows you’ve gotta be in it to win it! Keep your entries coming in, you never know you might start the year £50 richer! Good luck. I’m indulging myself again by ending my introduction with YET another inspirational message, this one is very simple, not as ‘design led’ as my usual choices, but I love the sentiment.. .what do you think about this? Let me have your favourite motivational thought or quote – maybe we could use that next time? The Local Magazines – the only local magazine that can offer 3 ways to connect – via the magazine, via our website or via our own fab new phone app! And that makes us unique! Until next time…

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Spotlight on... About Flowers About Flowers are approaching their 8th birthday in January and Paula, the owner, can’t believe where the time has gone. “It seems only two minutes ago that I opened the doors to the public as a one man band, and now 8 years on we have a team of 4 plus casual staff”. The business, which covers 75-80 weddings and events a year, has fast become the ‘go to place’ for brides in Widnes and surrounding areas. It is not surprising as the shop boasts extensive displays

they offer. You only have to look at their website or facebook page to see the fabulous feedback they receive on their funeral tributes and gift bouquets.

of wedding related floral work and also entices brides with a diverse range of additional wedding accessories for sale including wedding stationery, floral jewellery, and venue decoration. Coupled with a very delicious looking display from Cakes by Kerry and a second to none balloon decorating and chair cover service, it really is a one stop shop for all things wedding related.

If you would like to book an appointment to see Paula about your wedding call 0151 424 7444 or call into the store Warrington Road, Halton View, Widnes to see the shop for yourself. Alternatively, check out their extensive galleries at: vwww.about-flowers.co.uk

However, whilst weddings are their speciality, it is by no means all

Spotlight on... Cakes by Kerry Situated at the top end of the town, Cakes by Kerry has built up a following of customers that any small business would be proud of. And, on tasting one of her cupcakes from her Cupcake Heaven Counter, you can certainly see why it is difficult to walk past without popping in. It is equally as hard to escape the glowing reports that she gets daily on facebook with brides and customers alike posting pictures of their cakes.

cake for the men, to a Hello Kitty Cake for the children, they take on most challenges!

Together, with her team, Kerry also makes sure that the flavours of their cakes are not the only things enticing. Their quirky decorations make their novelty cakes amongst the very best in the town, from a fishing

Not to be forgotten are their spectacular wedding cake designs and the wow factor that they bring to any wedding. From a traditional fruit cake to a chocolate orange sponge or even a lemon curd, each wedding cake is made with professional regal icing and the finest quality marzipan, even the petal paste is deluxe. And, whilst they are thrilled to do a traditonal stacked or layered cake, Kerry is finding lately that her topsy turvey quirky designs are a favourite with the brides.

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When asked about their speciality Kerry is adamant that it is their handmade approach to each and every cake that sets them apart from their competitors. And, true to form, you will not find any ready made models in the store. Every model is bespoke. To talk to Kerry about your wedding or a celebration cake, phone 0151 420 0269 or call in and see her at 121 Albert Road, Widnes WA8 6LB. See www.cakesbykerry.co.uk for more details and the extensive gallery of images.

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Open for four years and continuing to grow and improve... Enjoy the finest hairdressing in luxury surroundings... DARREN TYRER was previously a Senior Style Director at Andrew Collinge for 23 years before opening his own salon in Cronton. You know you will be in safe hands as Darren’s whole team have previously worked alongside Darren or enjoying senier positions at other leading city centre salons.

We are delighted to announce that our luxurious Mythic Oil Shampoo has been chosen as the ‘Readers’ Favourite’ Shampoo winner in the coveted ELLE Beauty Awards 2012!

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MEET CLAIRE... Claire was trained at Andrew Collinge and has now been hairdressing for over five years! She absolutely loves chocolate and couldn’t go through a day without her fix! Claire likes to spend her weekends with her family and her boyfriend and loves a nice meal out occasionally. She loves doing big curly blow drys and also putting hair up. A cut and blow with Claire is from £22.50.

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THE UNICORN GALLERY LTD One of the UK’s leading Fine Art Galleries, with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. A family business run by Peter Hart and daughter Rebecca. The Unicorn Gallery offers a unique selection of the highest quality paintings by the most talented artists.

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Colin Halliday, Original ‘Borrowdale’ £695 framed

Kerry Darlington, Original £585 framed We offer a bespoke framing service to conservation standards. Whether it’s reframing a painting you have seen in the gallery to suit your decor or a precious family photo, we have the expertise along with a large variety of mouldings to help you pick the perfect frame.

Rozanne Bell, Original £495 framed

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(Left) David Renshaw, Original ‘New Arrival’ £825 framed

(Right) Neil Faulkner, Original, ‘Narrow Canal, Venice’ £1450 framed

Opening Times: 9am - 5pm, Closed Sundays & Thursdays 38 Victoria Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7RJ, Tel: 0151 495 1194

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Party Perfect Make-Up We all know that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, so don’t hold back this Christmas: find a glamorous party look that’s guaranteed to make you the belle of the ball.

Gorgeous hair and make-up is essential for whatever social gathering you’re attending and it’s the finishing touches that make you look really special. December’s party season is the one month in the calendar where you can really embrace a strong makeup look - so make the most of it. We’ve found one that will look great with whichever little black dress you’ll be wearing: it’s classic, sophisticated and perfect for Christmas, and here’s how to achieve it.

Sophisticated Christmas Glamour: Get the look Porcelain skin, flushed cheeks, berry stained lips and defined eyes make fabulous make-up at this time of year. Embracing your natural complexion and choosing a foundation shade that’s close to it can give incredible results and a really classy finish. If you’re used to applying bronzer though, leaving it off - even in the winter - will take a little getting used

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to, but it’s always good to step out of your cosmetic comfort zone and try something new. Skin really has to be flawless for this look. Use a primer first, then apply a covering foundation using a foundation brush. Choose a light-reflecting loose powder to apply on top of your foundation for a radiant glow that helps to set your base. Although glittery cosmetics are everywhere at this time of year, it really is best to stay away from them, because shimmer and glitter show up every line and wrinkle and aren’t flattering unless you’re a teenager. If you do fancy some sparkle, opt for a dazzling nail varnish instead. Sculpt cheekbones by applying a blusher in a dusky pink hue. Remember not to place the colour too close to the centre of your face - smile as you apply it, to see the apples of your cheeks, and sweep upwards and outwards. Next, lightly define your eyes. Use a neutral eyeshadow across the lids and brow bone, then apply a light brown shade in the socket, and a deeper brown in the far corner.

Brush your brows into shape using a brow brush, pluck away any stray hairs and emphasise them with a hint of colour. Use a brow powder to add definition and shape - it’s worth doing this even if you don’t usually, as strong make-up calls for more defined brows - and finish with a slick of gel to set them. Choose a liquid liner in black and line your top lid. Extend the line out to create a small flick if you want to. Wait for it to dry fully before curling your eyelashes and apply lashings of mascara. For extra definition use false eyelashes, but make sure that they are natural looking. Use a soft black eye-pencil under your eye, and on the inner rim choose black liner for a smoky look or white for a wide-eyed look. Finish with a touch of mascara. Use a lip liner in a shade that compliments your lipstick and create a great shape. Using a lip brush, apply your lipstick. Choose a berry-red hue for instant glamour and finish with a dab of lip gloss in the centre of your lips for a really full look. Remember, Christmas comes but once a year - so enjoy every minute.

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Our award winning MIGHTY MATT’S programme is specifically designed to help teach 3 to 6 year olds the important qualities of Respect, Discipline, Self control and Confidence. They will also learn great character and self-defence skills.

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HAIRDRESSING BEAUTY THERAPY MAKE UP Relax and enjoy everything Kyasha Hair & Beauty Spa has to offer with our highly trained therapists. Private use of the salon for Children and Adult pamper parties.

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Do You Have Dry or Watery Eyes? – Help Is At Hand... Colin Jones FBDO(Hons)CL Contact Lens Optician & Dry Eye Specialist of Merton Beck Opticians Discusses a Common Eye Problem... Do your eyes often feel dry or irritated, particularly on waking or last thing at night? Do certain activities, like reading or working on the computer, make your eyes feel scratchy? Are you wearing your contact lenses less and less because they become uncomfortable? Do your eyes water more than they should?

eyes does not always help depending on what the cause of your symptoms are. The condition is related to the quantity and quality of your tears, which can be affected by numerous factors. Sometimes the ingredients of your tears are out of balance and the balance needs to be redressed. There are tiny glands in your lids called meibomian glands which should secrete an oily solution into your tears to prevent evaporation of your tears. Sometimes these don’t work as well or become blocked.

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may have what eye care practitioners and doctors call dry eye syndrome. It’s a common problem, but you don’t have to live with it. I know it sounds daft if you are told you have dry eyes when your eyes water a lot, but this is often a reaction to the dryness.

Your eyes can become dry in centrally heated or air-conditioned rooms. Long stretches working at a computer can dry your eyes because you don’t blink as often as normal. In tests it has been shown that someone who would normally blink 36 times in one minute may only blink twice per minute when working on a computer!

Tears are complicated... Tears are not just composed of water, therefore just adding fluid to your

What can I do about it? Give your eyes a rest. Take breaks while reading or working at a

computer. Follow the 20-20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds and give 20 blinks. Dryness with Contact Lenses? Check with your Optician that you are wearing the best lens material for your eyes in conjunction with the best cleaning solution. Just as important is that you are cleaning your lenses in the correct way, which usually requires a rub for at least 20 seconds and then a rinse before soaking over night. This is a cleaning step which many wearers forget about when they have been wearing contact lenses for a number of years. Book an appointment for a tear assessment. I have seen a lot of people recently who have had irritable eyes for a long time, used drops from the chemist or GP but not really resolved the problem. I give a half hour consultation and put together a programme which we then work through together in order to manage the condition.

The new range of Ana Hickmann frames are exclusively available at Merton Beck opticians. A feature of many Ana Hickmann frames is the ‘Duo Fashion’ temple. This exciting new technology with reversible arms affords the wearer the luxury of changing their style to suit each occasion without having to change their glasses! We also have one of the largest stocks of frames in Widnes, from budget to designer, for adults, teens and children. We are close to Asda with easy access – drop off outside and parking in the side roads.

With great service and comprehensive eye examinations including retinal photography, why would you think of going anywhere else? 39 Widnes Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6AZ

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WESTBROOK TANNING 9 Westbrook Centre, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 8UG

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State of the art, luxurious, air conditioned tanning salon with: • Surround sound playing latest music • Clean towels & personal amenities • All sunbeds offer different power/individual prices

Why not buy one of our SPECIAL OFFER COURSES to be used on any Sunbed? Prices start at £24 for a £35 Course SAVING YOU £11

Come in and see us for all of our latest offers. Spray Tanning – the latest choice for the ‘natural just off the beach look’ • Full body takes only 5 minutes • Lasts from 4-10 days (depending on skin type/after care) • Choice of shades • Natural tone EVERY time

Full Body Spray Tans £15 • Special Offer 2 Full Body spray Tans £25 Gift Vouchers available OPENING HOURS:

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THE MEN’S ROOM Wishing all our customers a Happy Christmas The Men’s Room state-of-the-art Barber Salon now open in Widnes! Our second Salon has been designed to offer Gentlemen a place to come to de-stress and enjoy a haircut and a relaxing hot towel shave - whilst never missing that all important goal on Sky Sports!

No appointments necessary just walk in for the next available Barber.

Why not try a Swedish Massage at our Treatment Rooms at Westbrook – call for appointments.

• American Crew Grey Blending (match to your own natural hair colour and blends any unwanted grey away – in minutes!) • Hot Towel Shaves • All aspects of Men’s Colouring • Massages

American Crew products and Gift Sets available • Complimentary Drinks • Sky Sports • Gift Vouchers Available

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www.themensroomwestbrook.co.uk Open: Mon, Tues, Wed 9am-6pm, Thurs & Fri 9am-7pm Sat 8am-6pm

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Cut & Finish ..............................£6.50 The Men’s Room rewards our Loyal Customers with our Hair Cut Loyalty Scheme.

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Venison is a lean and flavoursome red meat which is in season from October through to February. For the best quality, buy from a trusted butcher or farmers’ market. This warming casserole is perfect for a weekend supper served with creamy mashed potato and a glass of full-bodied red wine.

WHAT TO DO... • Place the venison in a bowl and pour over the wine. Add the juniper berries and bay leaves, cover and marinate in the fridge for 4-5 hours or overnight. Remove from the fridge 1 hour before starting to cook the casserole. • Preheat the oven to 150ºC/300ºF/Gas Mark 2. Strain the venison from the red wine (reserving the wine). Heat half the oil and butter in a large flameproof casserole dish and fry the venison in 2-3 batches until browned all over, adding the rest of the oil and butter when necessary. Remove the venison with a slotted spoon and set aside. • Add the onions to the casserole and fry for 6-7 minutes until golden, adding the garlic after 3 minutes. Sprinkle over the seasoned flour and fry for a further 1-2 minutes. Gradually stir in the wine and stock and bring to the boil, scraping any sediment from the base of the casserole.

INGREDIENTS REQUIRED... • 1.3 kg diced venison • 425ml red wine • 1 tsp juniper berries • 2 fresh bay leaves • 2 tbsp olive oil • 25g butter • 350g shallots or button onions, peeled • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed Food & Drink

• 2 tbsp seasoned flour • 300ml hot beef stock • 2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks • 3tbsp redcurrant jelly • few sprigs fresh thyme • salt & ground black pepper • creamy mashed potato

• Add the venison, parsnips, carrots and half the thyme sprigs to the casserole and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for 1½ – 2 hours until the venison and vegetables are tender. t • Remove from the oven and stir in the redcurrant jelly. Return the casserole, uncovered, to the oven for a further 20-30 minutes. Serve garnished with the rest of the thyme sprigs and with creamy mashed potato, if liked. To advertise please call us on: 01928 739607


Grow your love of food this Christmas.

At Dobbies we know all about quality produce. That’s why our Farm Foodhall offers everything for the perfect festive feast. Our stores are brimming with delicious seasonal produce from local suppliers who share our passion for naturally good food. You’ll find everything from seasonal favourites to gourmet delights. And, you can also choose from our luxury selection of pre-made hampers, or even create your own – making the perfect gift for friends and family. All in all, our Farm Foodhall has everything to make your Christmas magical. Cheese Counter | Quality Fresh Produce | Butcher | Bakery | Delicatessen Wines & Ales Dobbies Garden World | Speke Hall Avenue | Liverpool | L24 1UX Tel: 0151 728 3070

To view our full hamper range visit www.dobbies.com

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Forthcoming Events...

Book Your Christmas Party Now! Call Tracey or Charlotte on: 01928 735255 Dinner Dances from £25pp, Strictly Christmas Come Dancing £27pp, Thanksgiving Lunch, Sunday with Santa and lots more…

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£35pp to include ½ a bottle of House wine Per Adult. £15 Per Child Hot & Cold Family Buffet, with Disco through till 2am!

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Now taking bookings for the Christmas Period for both the Cu Restaurant & our Trafalgar Suite Book early to avoid disappointment

Cu Restaurant at the Hillcrest Hotel 75 Cronton Lane Widnes WA8 9AR For bookings please call

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Ford B-Max Ford has ditched its forgettable Fusion and replaced it with a bold car sporting no B-pillars, but is it any good? We find out. What is it? It is the first car in a massive product offensive from the Blue Oval, designed to keep the car giant profitable in Europe. The B-Max replaces the forgettable – but muchloved among certain UK buyers – Fusion and goes up against rivals from Vauxhall, Honda, Nissan and Citroen in the B-segment MPV market. But to steal sales away from these firms, the B-Max has a party-piece – no B-pillars. What’s under the bonnet? Petrol buyers will be able to choose between the new 1.0 litre Ecoboost engine with 99bhp or 118bhp. There’s also a 1.4 litre Duratorq with 89bhp and a 1.6-litre Ti-VCT unit with 104bhp and an automatic gearbox. Diesels include a 1.5 with 74bhp and a 1.6 with 94bhp. What’s the spec like? The range kicks off at £12,995 for the Studio 1.4-litre petrol which comes with electric mirrors and electric windows front and rear, while prices top out at £18,895 for the Titanium 1.6-litre diesel. That model comes as standard with 16-inch alloys, auto headlamps and Ford system – a clever voice control and device integration system. It’s a £250 option on all models bar the Titanium.

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Vauxhall Meriva should get down to their Ford dealers and take a look.’ We asked Ford of Britain MD Mark Ovenden how much of a change the B-Max is over the old Fusion. ‘It’s a completely different vehicle. Fusion did pretty well for us and our dealers, but with B-Max the wow is the door system. B-Max also has lots of style, a large range of clever features and, of course, there’s the 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine. The B-Max is an excellent car – whereas the Fusion was essentially just a high-riding vehicle. B-Max has a got a lot more strength to it. As one of my younger colleagues said to me, the B-Max is more of an automotive app than a car!’ What do we think of it? This could well be the new classleader as it makes other cars in this sector seem terribly conservative. Without having the benefit of trying all the engines and specifications, we can only really recommend the 1.0-litre Ecoboost 118bhp Titanium model which retails at £17,595. It’s not cheap but probably worth the money. Model: Ford B-Max Price: £17,595 (as tested) Engine: 1.0-litre, petrol. Power: 118bhp, 169Nm Max speed: 109mph 0-60mph: 13s MPG (comb’d): 55.4 Emissions: 119g/km Residual values (three years): 37%

What’s it like to drive? At launch we drove the 1.0-litre Ecoboost 118bhp and the 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.0-litre is a blast yet still offers agreeable fuel economy figures – 55.4mpg combined is quoted – while the 1.6-litre diesel is sluggish. It has light steering and the ride is supple. What do the press think of it? The Telegraph said: ‘After the execrable Fusion, Ford has worked hard to produce something different and worthwhile. This is a wellengineered car, safe and good looking.’ Honest John adds: ‘And anyone already contemplating a Citroen C3 Picasso, a Hyundai ix20, a Kia Venga, a Toyota Verso S or a

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Winter Planters Even if you’re sure you’re not going to venture out in to your garden much in the colder months, make sure you have every possible encouragement by creating a winter planter or two. A pretty planter on the front steps or gracing the patio will not only look gorgeous from the warm comfort of the house, but will also help to coax you outside from time to time. Grab a container, some compost and a selection of plants and be creative.

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Warm undergarments are all the rage for winter planters. A lining of bubble-wrap polythene or even a few layers of old fabric or carpet, sandwiched between the sides of the container and the compost will help to keep both compost and roots warm. I always save packaging materials from parcels for this sort of thing; why not pull out the bubble-wrap inner lining from a large padded envelope and use that? If you live in a particularly cold area, or simply want to decrease the risk of winter damage further, try to position winter planters out of the windiest areas. If possible place them fairly close to a house wall on the south or west side as this will help to provide a little extra warmth. A visit to your local plant nursery or garden centre at this time of year should fill you with inspiration as you’ll be amazed at the range of plants available for adding winter colour and interest to pots and planters. Some of my favourites are the universal or other winter flowering pansies or even hardier smaller flowered violas. For some seriously sturdy winter colour, try the winter flowering heathers as these make a good base for the display and you can, if you wish, add trailing plants such as variegated ivies to help provide extra colour, texture and interesting leaf shapes. All these plants will last for years, not just the winter months. At this time of year you are likely to find many garden centres offer very tiny versions of shrubs such as skimmias, Pieris or hollies and many of the dwarf conifers. Although these obviously have the potential to grow considerably larger, they will provide good colour and interest in a container for a year or two and can then be

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The Great Wall of China Did you know that in 2012 the Great Wall of China more than doubled its length? After a five year survey by state archaeologists, it is now estimated to be over 20,000 km, and rising. Only 8% is reasonably well preserved but it is still considered the largest manmade structure on earth.

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Stars in the making... LIPA 4:19 students including three pupils who attend the Heath School in Runcorn performed in a show at the Warrington Parr Hall on Friday 5th October 2012 alongside leading West End Artists in ‘West End Stars’. The concert was in aid of Radio City’s Cash for Kids charity and features all the theatrical showstoppers from musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables and many more.

Kate Allerston, who is the Principal of LIPA 4:19 would like to take this opportunity to say: “Many congratulations to everyone who took part in what was a truly wonderful evening filled with talent and huge commitment from all!” The ‘West End Stars’ show follows on from a successful summer show that LIPA 4:19 produced called “Somethings Coming”. The entire show was based on musical movies and as you can see from the photographs, it was a brilliant spectacular.

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LIPA 4:19 at the Heath’ is a part time performing arts academy which is part of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. The academy is based at the Heath School, Runcorn and has been operating in Halton for the past 3 years. We currently have students aged from 4 - 19 at the academy, which runs on a Saturday morning during term time, but we have spaces for new recruits. Classes are in Singing, Dance and Drama and operate on a rotational system of 1 hour each for 7-19 years from 9.30am -1pm. Early Start Classes (4-6 years) run from 10 - 11.30 am each week. For all age groups, classes are fun and stimulating and provide challenging, inspiring lessons structured around technique and performance skills. Since beginning LIPA 4:19 we have performed and produced 9 shows in venues, such as an outdoor Shakespeare performance in Liverpool Sudley Manor, an 80’s Rock version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. More recently we performed a show based on musical movies at the Brindley Theatre and the Heath School.

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

Brief Lives Brief Lives by Arthur Smith (£9.50) looks at fifteen inhabitants of Frodsham and their families. From John Fothergill, 17121780, eminent Quaker, Physician and Botanist, to Prince Warabo, the twelve year old son of King Jaja of Nigeria. Also included is the story of a local hero, George Hutchinson, an electrician on Cunard liners. In 1915 he joined RMS Lucitania, sunk by a German U-boat. He gave up his lifebelt to a woman struggling in the water and tried in vain to keep Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, the American millionaire alive. Finding a plank he was able to save the lives of two men and two women before they were picked up after four hours in the water.

Charles Dickens With the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens comes a beautiful red and gold bound copy containing some of the great writer’s lesser known works. Included are the five Christmas Books, including Christmas Carol, as well as fourteen ghost stories and thirty seven other tales and sketches. Crammed with Victorian trials and tribulations and mysterious, inexplicable happenings, these shorter Dickens stories bring the whole period in which he lived to life. Two centuries later we still have no explanation for ghostly events - and binge drinking is as bad as it ever was. (only £11.99)

Runcorn Calendar 2013 Now in stock – the Runcorn Calendar 2013. Much of Runcorn has disappeared into the mists of time and this year’s calendar gives a glimpse of the past, with tugs at Old Quay and a fisherman waiting patiently for a bite in the top lock. Who is he? Can anyone remember the grocer’s shop run by Alice Ann in Church Street? No supermarkets then! And the crowd at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day in 1949 has to be seen to be believed. Price £3.99

Eyeballs With Christmas on the horizon the stocking fillers are arriving thick and fast: “Quips and Quotes” (Richard Ingrams, our price £7.99) is full of pithy sayings such as “Never try to keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level” “From Ration Book to ebook” (Paul Feeney, our price £10.39) looks at the changes in the lives of post war baby boomers, from the austerity of a tin bath in front of the fire to the luxury of smart phones and iPads. And for more chuckles than there are pages comes “Eyeballs” from Private Eye (our price £6.39) For example, in the Olympics section: “I never dreamed I’d be flag bearer, so yeah, it’s a dream come true!” (Chris Hoy) “Mistakes will be made tonight, make no mistake.” (Garth Crooks) “And today at the Olympics we have men’s cockless four.” (Newsreader, Jazz FM)

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giving Emma a call. For all of her clients, she takes the time to listen and understand their business. She will come out and visit you to see how things work. That way she can ensure that any advice given gives consideration to your specific situation. Another great idea that Balance has implemented is their offering of a unique payment structure to their clients. Instead of one large end-of-year bill that arrives from most accountants, Balance put together one sensible monthly retainer. This will cover all of your required financial work throughout the year and also any advice that you may need in the interim period. Emma says “It’s not uncommon for my clients to just ring up to check a fact or ask my advice on an issue – I think it’s so important that an accountant is approachable for their customers and I make sure that all of my clients know that I’m

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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 (Excluding Bank 510 2658 or Linda Redhead 01928 Hols, August & 716807 December. Widnes Kids & Dads Every other Saturday A group for Dads & male carers of morning, 10amchildren. 12pm Contact: Jacqui Meadows Warrington Road Tel: 0151 495 3958 Children’s Centre Bookstart Rhymetimes Every Wednesday Activities designed to encourage 10am-11.30am parents & carers to share rhymes & at songs with babies. Ditton Library Halton Bereavement Drop In Every Tuesday If you are feeling low and would like 4.30pm-7pm someone to talk to then drop in for at Widnes Fire Safety a coffee and a chat. Centre, Lacey Street ...or Every Thursday 4.30pm-7pm at the Runcorn fire station please ring 01928 791221 for details. Widnes Rotary Club Every Monday Hilcrest Hotel, Cronton Lane, 5.45pm-7.15pm Widnes, WA8 9AR Contact: Dale Kenningham widnesrotaryclub.webeden.co.uk Live Country Music & Line Dancing Every Monday night United Services Club Prescot Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 424 4978 Live Country Music & Line Dancing Every Thursday night Our Lady’s RC Social Club, Mayfields Ave, Widnes Tel: 0151 424 3437 Line Dancing Every Friday Chapelfield Community Centre 7:30pm-9:30pm Liverpool Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 423 3121 Live Country Music & Line Dancing Every Thursday The Village Club, Appleton Village from 8:30pm Tel: 0151 424 3657 Nearly New Sale Every Saturday St Mary’s Parish Community Centre, 10am-11am West Bank, Widnes (excl Bank Hol Tel: 0151 423 3881 weekends) Tae-Kwondo Every Monday and Chapelfield Community Centre Thursday Liverpool Road, Widnes 5:30pm-7:00pm Tel: 0151 423 3121 Yoga Every Thursday Chapelfield Community Centre 7:00pm-8:45pm Liverpool Road, Widnes Tel: 0151 423 3121 Nifty Fifties Every Monday & Upton Community Centre, Wednesday Hough Green Road, Widnes 10am-11am Tel: 0151 423 1386 Table Top Sale Every First Saturday St John’s Church Centre, Greenway of the Month Road, Widnes. Tel: 0151 423 6375 10am-12pm

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 423 4782 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

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Doctor Numbers NHS Direct (24hr Helpline) Widnes GP Health Centre Health Care Resource Centre Oaks Place, Caldwell Rd, WA8 7GD The West Bank Medical Centre 2 Lower Church Street, WA8 0NG Peelhouse Medical Plaza Peelhouse Lane, WA8 6TN Appleton Village Surgery 2-6 Appleton Village, WA8 6DZ Highfield ENT Clinic Highfield Road, WA8 7DJ Upton Rocks Surgery Widnes Rufc Car Park, Heath Road Widnes, WA8 7NU The Beeches Medical Centre 20 Ditchfi eld Road, WA8 8QS Hough Green Health Park Hough Green Road, WA8 4NJ

School & College Numbers 0845 46 47 0151 495 5249

0151 424 3113 0151 424 6221 0151 423 2990 0151 511 5732 0151 422 9794

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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

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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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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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Estate Agents Abbeyfords 64 Fitness Halton Stadium Fitness 13 Zumbalievable Flooring Cheshire Flooring 32 Treadwell Carpets 35 Florist About Flowers 7 Furniture Branches Warrington 34 Clayton Furniture 44 Comfort & Style 46 Garage Doors Amazon Garage Doors 27 Garden Centre Dobbie's Garden Centre 21 Cronton Garden Centre 55 Garden Services Brian Humphries Gardens 41 Gas Services Express Gas 49 Hair Salon Darren Tyrer Hairdressing 10 Health Products Newlyn Healthcare Ltd 19 Heating & Electrical Engineering Blueshield Heating Care Ltd 8 Home Improvement Specialist DJ Home Improvements 37 Hotels & Inns Forest Hills Hotel 24 Insurance Services NFU Mutual 38 Interior Design Namaste Interiors 8 Jewellers Neil & Barker 1,2,3 Kitchen & Bathroom Fitters Flag Ship Kitchens 37 Landscaping Landscape World 41

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