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. . . r e d a e r o l l e h ...and welcome to the very latest edition of Warrington West Local. As per the last magazine I’m going to start with my inspirational quote as this captures our current thoughts in Local Mags HQ… I don’t mean you should live your life your life in a reckless or thoughtless way, spending all your time and money with no thought of tomorrow, but that we should really enjoy the things we have here and now. I think it’s really important to tell the people you love and care for how much they mean to you, and cherish every single moment. Life is very precious. Phew, that was a bit deep wasn’t it??!! I don’t know how this happens, but out of the hundreds of entries we get in our fab cash competition – we always seem to pick a lovely winner! This time it’s Joe Wilde – who said he was going to treat his family to a nice meal out with his winnings! Love it Joe, well done!. Keep your entries coming in, you’ve got to be in it to win it! Have I heard that somewhere else? 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!

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The True Cost of a Kitchen Designing your kitchen Using an architect or interior designer is the most expensive option. Check whether they price per hour or for the job, and what’s included – from simple outline sketches, to detailed drawings, assistance with planning applications, specifying suppliers, appointing contractors and supervising the entire process. At the other end of the scale, you could design it yourself for free, as well as source all components such as units, worktops and appliances. Many people go for the middle option of using their kitchen supplier’s design and installation service. If you’re asked to take your own measurements, be careful: even in a new-build, walls are not always true and the surfaces flat. Take at least three measurements at floor, work-surface and wall unit height, and work to the smallest width. Alternatively, if you are using a midrange or luxury kitchen supplier, you may be asked to pay a few hundred pounds for them to measure up and produce a set of accurate drawings. Comparing prices What’s included when you buy a kitchen? It varies widely, from a basic delivery of flat-packed cupboards to an all-encompassing service. When comparing prices, ensure that you know exactly what you’re buying – a cheap option can cost considerably more if you end up paying for extra work. Ask the right questions. Will they dispose of existing fittings? Prepare plumbing and electrical work? Carry out associated building work? Fit floor and wall finishes? What about final decorating, electrical work and other carpentry such as shelving? Who will fit worktops, sinks, appliances and extras such as plate racks? Is there a guarantee and after-sales service?

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Checking for quality The main difference between buying an off-the-shelf kitchen from one of the budget suppliers and a pricier kitchen from a mid-price or luxury supplier is that the former will give you machine-made units that come off a factory line, whereas the latter offer hand-built cupboards by cabinet-makers. Machine-made units are not necessarily poor quality, though they will have “plant-on” doors that sit in front of the frame, rather than “in-frame” doors, which are individually made to fit perfectly. Doors Solid-wood doors with traditional mortise and tenon joints are often considered the highest quality. Inframe doors may expand and contract with the humidity (though the thicker they are, the less chance there is of this). A good supplier will offer an

So you’re planning to fit a new kitchen. But how do you ensure value for money? Here’s the lowdown on where to start, what to look for and all the questions to ask. ...by Katherine Sorrell

after-sales service to check their fitting after a few months. Veneered doors are usually cheaper, and are easier to maintain. Check whether painted doors are machine-sprayed, or brush painted by hand. Carcasses Top-of-the-range carcasses are made of solid wood. Next-level-down ones are usually made from plywood or MDF veneer, while cheaper ones are made from chipboard, sometimes with just hardboard backs. Check the thickness of the chipboard – 1820mm is a good guide. Hinges Poor hinges are usually made from thin metal and will wear so thin that the doors hang unevenly. While many people are happy with good quality Blum or Blumstyle hinges (concealed, adjustable & available in a variety of specs), solid brass butts are better.

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Cooke & Lewis high gloss walnut veneer kitchen, from B&Q. Worktops At the budget end of the market, very cheap laminate worktops can burn, scratch and wear out quickly. Highpressure laminates are more durable than low-pressure ones; check that the underside is sealed to prevent water damage from appliances beneath. In a more luxurious kitchen package, you’ll be offered solid wood, granite, man-made solid surfaces or

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wise to use the company’s own fitters. Otherwise, finding a good fitter is, as always, a question of recommendation. Local options There are a great deal of fantastic local businesses who can offer any of the options we’ve mentioned in the article above - flick through the magazine to find our favourites.

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There is nothing more satisfying then having a squeaky clean bathroom! A new bathroom may well be at the bottom of your to-do list along with tidying the kids’ rooms and the dreaded spring clean! Spring however is a great time to get all those odd jobs done – and what if we told you that you can have a gleaming new bathroom without having to rip out the old one? Total Bathroom Restorations are experts in restoring baths and shower cubicles to their former glory and all at a price that will keep your bank account happy. Owner Ian Read believes that your bathroom doesn’t have to be the enemy – and that any bathroom can be saved from the clutches of unsightly mould and mildew that occur naturally over time. So whether its mouldy silicone, cloudy shower screens or grout failures that make you shudder, Total Bathrooms can put the gleam back into your bathroom. Ian and his team have bathroom restoration down to a fine art; cloudy shower screens are returned to crystal clear, tiles are polished to perfection and there will be no more scrubbing at mouldy silicone. You can be back in your bathroom in no time at all – and most importantly the work won’t cause you any added disruption. Don’t let a dull and lacklustre bathroom give you a case of March madness, give it the wow factor with a Total Bathroom mini-makeover. Think ice-white silicone & grout, perfect tiles and a bathroom to be proud of. Book now to give your Bathroom a new lease of life by calling the team on 01942 375201 or 0800 998 7778 or for more details visit the website at www. totalbathroomrestoration.co.uk

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Beds Fit For A King... Anita Needs and her husband George set out a little over six years ago with one intention in mind: this was to provide comfort and service for those looking to enhance their sleeping experience. Bruce the Bed King is a family run business focused around the customer’s needs and unlike larger bed retailers they pride themselves in top quality service within their local area. This could be why they have been nominated two years running for the Warrington Business of the Year award as they offer insight and interest in pairing up customers of all ages with their dream beds. A value that can be found close to the heart of the business is one that’s derived from

the importance of supporting the local community. Bruce the Bed King offers the best price and product satisfaction in Warrington, with a delivery service so speedy many customers have written back to the business expressing their gratitude and as such, these letters can now be found on display on the wall of fame. Bruce the Bed King are now stockists of Myers beds and Harrison Brothers furniture along with a vast array of many other suppliers and whether it be a children’s bed you’re after or an orthopaedic memory foam mattress, Bruce the Bed Kind stocks a variety of products all designed to enrich your personal sleeping experience. With so many

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product lines and suppliers in store there is bound to be something to match everyone’s style and taste, with up to 50% off on selected items! Since 2007 the business has gone from strength to strength encouraging people to once again shop at their local retailers. Over the past six years Bruce the Bed King has built up a solid clientele through their attentive approach to customer care and their excellent eye when it comes to quality as they understand what it takes to create a fantastic night’s sleep. So you’re encouraged to pop down into the shop and meet the team, or simply visit them online for an experience guaranteed not to disappoint!

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Seed Sowing on the Cheap If you want your garden full of colour, interest, perfume and perhaps even tasty crops, there’s no doubt that the least expensive way to do it is to raise your plants from seed. But what can be done to ensure the results in the garden are just as impressive? Start with a little self-restraint. It’s all too easy to buy enough seed to fill a tennis court when you have an average-sized garden. Make a list of what you actually need and put a limit on how many un-planned purchases you’ll allow yourself. Think about sharing. Each packet of seed often contains tens or even hundreds of seeds, so why not agree to swap a few with friends and relatives. This will not only save you money, but will also

maximise the range of plants you can grow without increasing your outlay. Don’t be tempted to sow too many seeds at one time. By sowing little and often you’ll maximise flower time of annual flowers and cropping time for vegetables and herbs. It also means that if the conditions are not right for germination on one occasion, all is not lost. You may not need to buy what you want. Collect seed from your garden or from gardens of friends and neighbours, making sure that the plants are healthy and that they’re ready and ripe or they won’t germinate. Seeds labelled as ‘F1’ will produce flowers whose seeds will not ‘come true’, meaning that the

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offspring will not be the same as the original plant and will often be less productive. Try to harvest the seed when the plants and the weather are dry, remove any bits of plant debris and allow them to dry off naturally, not becoming too warm or cold. If you can’t sow the seeds immediately, make sure you store them, well labelled, in a cool, dry place. A small heated or even unheated propagator can help you reliably raise a far wider range of plants from seed. Choose one which is sturdily built and has proper ventilation in the clear plastic lid, otherwise seedlings may die on hot days. We stock some of the lovely UK-made Stewart propagators at www. pippagreenwood.com. Seeds do best if not sown too closely, and by sowing thinly you’ll also save yourself time and money. Wider spacing makes for less thinning out but if you do

have to thin out a bit, remember that most seedlings will perform well if looked after properly. Many herbaceous perennials can successfully be divided into several new plants. Indeed most herbaceous plants do better when occasionally divided as the plant does not become so congested and you can dispose of the grotty bits and plant the good sections into fresh soil. Many plants are also easily propagated from cuttings, and over the next few weeks, you could get some great cuttings from summer favourites such as fuchsias for virtually no cost at all. They’ll be flowering later this year too. Visit www.pippagreenwood.com and sign up for ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ where you can choose from a fantastic selection of vegetables for planting AND receive an email

each week telling you all you need to know to ensure great results – from just £29. You can also sign up for Pippa’s newsletter and receive a free ebook on organic gardening, and buy Nemaslug and other garden products.

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Why not grow some great vegetables in 2013? Visit www.pippagreenwood.com, sign up for ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ and choose from a fantastic selection. Pippa sends them to you at just the right time for planting AND each week you receive an email with advice on ensuring great results; from just £29 for up to 66 garden-ready plants and the advice. You can also sign up for Pippa’s newsletter, receive a free e-book on organic gardening, buy Nemaslug and other biological controls and a hand-picked selection of garden products from her website.

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Perfect Designs to Your Door Perfect Floors and Interiors in Frodsham was established in 1989 by John Davies and over the twenty four years since then, they have built up and maintained a brilliant reputation for service, quality and value. Recently, after noticing an increase in requests for home visits, PF&I have invested thousands of pounds in designing and fitting out a stateof-the-art mobile showroom. No more worrying about finding their showroom or parking – it can now come to you! Another of the super advantages of this is that if you see some samples in their mobile showroom that you think may look great in your home, but you’re not sure, all you need to do is pop inside and see how they look in situ. This is also a convenient time for one of the team to measure up for you, whilst they are at your home.

brands at the moment is Alternative Flooring who have a great range of Coir, Seagrass and Sisal carpet designs. There are even carpets who are looking for something a little special: Van Besouw offer luxurious Lama wool and also 100% cotton, allergy-free carpets. It’s not just flooring samples that you will see in The Mobile Showroom – there are also blinds from the innovative company Luxaflex along with all types of blind types including rollers, vertical, pleated, conservatory, venetians, woodslat Perfect Fit blinds, insect screens and shutters. And as if all of that wasn’t enough, there’s even something for the bargain hunter in you – there are samples to view of warehouse stock carpets and

vinyls that you can get at up to 50% off! The Mobile Showroom has all you need to improve your home. If you are interested in having The Mobile Showroom visit you at your home, just give PF&I a call and arrange an appointment time to suit you. There is also the back up of our 14,000 square foot retail shop if you want to see an even bigger range including thousands of fabrics, wallpapers, curtains and bay poles in addition to the flooring and blinds on The Mobile Showroom. Can’t believe they’ve managed to get all of this (and more!) into a Mobile Showroom? Well give them a call and see for yourself on 01925 205516.

Whilst this is a mobile showroom covering far and wide, it is a local workforce that is providing this service. In the showroom you can find the latest flooring designs from major brands such as Karndean, Amtico and Quickstep. If it’s a new carpet that you’re looking for, The Showroom has Ulster, Brockway, Adam, Ryalux, Cormar, Axminster and Westex for you to view. Whether it’s a plain, patterned or striped carpet that you’re after, there are samples to suit every taste. Another of the most popular

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Some kind words from our customers... “I am absolutely delighted with the end result and thank you for undertaking what I am sure was rather a small refurbishment project for your organisation. Everyone at all times was polite and professional, reacted promptly, worked efficiently and provided clear and regular updates throughout the whole project. From my experience, it is clearly evident that PF&I understand the true meaning of “customer service/satisfaction” and the whole team work hard and consistently to achieve it.” – J Sutton “Thanks for your help over the last few weeks and all of your advice – it has proved invaluable. As a token of my appreciation, I thought I’d get you a bottle to share with your wife. It’s my favourite – hope you like red!” – L Beaumont

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WHAT TO DO... • Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas 5. • Push a lemon slice under the skin of each chicken thigh. • Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken over a medium-high heat until golden brown all over. • Transfer to a shallow roasting tin and arrange the rest of the lemon slices around the chicken. • 2 Mix together 1 tbsp of the lemon juice with the honey and pour over the chicken. Roast for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. • 3 Meanwhile, place the bulgar wheat into a bowl and pour over enough boiling water to cover. Leave for 30 minutes until grains are soft. Stir well and drain off any excess water.

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• 4 Stir in the rest of the olive oil and lemon juice and season with plenty of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the cucumber, spring onions, mint and coriander and mix well. • Serve the hot roast chicken on the tabbouleh with any juices from the roasting tin poured over.

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All About Brows

- How To Pluck Like a Professional by Helen Taylor You might be surprised to read that there is a quick, simple and easy way to look years younger and all you’ll need is a pair of tweezers. Well-groomed eyebrows are essential for creating a youthful look, but it’s easy to forget them. Many women spend a great deal of time - and money - on trying to improve their skin, hiding lines and wrinkles and emphasising their best features, without giving their brows a second thought. Eyebrows serve as a frame for your eyes and by creating the right shape you can instantly lift your face, draw attention to your eyes and look altogether more beautiful. It is crucial to do it correctly however, because the wrong shape, size or even colour eyebrows can have a dramatically different effect and leave you looking permanently surprised, confused or angry. It’s important to think before you pluck so here’s our guide to making sure you have beautiful brows: Work With What You Have The key is to work with your natural brow shape - whatever that may be. Some people are lucky enough to have brows that naturally sweep up to an arch, whereas others are born with much straighter eyebrows and need to do a little more work to create the desired look.

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Trimming You might not think it, but eyebrow hair is often quite long. A little trimming is essential for allowing the hair to lie nicely and fall into shape easily. Remove any hair that grows beyond your upper brow line - do this by brushing your eyebrows up - with a brow brush - and snipping off the long ends. Next, brush the hair downwards in the opposite direction and cut the hairs that extend past the lower brow line. To finish, brush the hair into place. Your eyebrows should already be looking much better. Time To Tweeze Tweezing can be a little painful at first, so it’s a good idea to open up your pores before you start by holding a warm facecloth over your brows. Ensure that you’re working in good natural light and determine where to begin. It’s good to start by holding a pencil vertically against the side of your nose and observe where it meets the brow - this gives a guide to where your eyebrows should begin. Pluck any hair away that grows before this point. Take a few hairs at a time and do the same on your other brow. Looking straight ahead, hold the pencil against your nostril and move it diagonally across the outer half of

the iris of your eye - the point at which the pencil is lying is where the arch of your brow should peak. To create the best shape for your brow, gradually tweeze a line that tapers when you reach the peak of your arch. Again, take a little at a time from each brow and keep them both looking even. To finish the shape, place your pencil back against your nostril and this time extend it diagonally to the outer corner of your eye. This is where your brow should be at its thinnest. Pluck from the arch to this point, tapering the line gradually, so that it is at its thinnest at the far corner. Don’t be tempted to pluck away too much hair - remember that the fuller your brows are, the more youthful you’ll look. Work slowly and steadily, tweezing one hair at a time and be sure to keep standing back from the mirror to check how the shape is progressing. Define Your New Shape When you’re finished you can enhance your new shape by applying a little colour to make your eyebrows really stand out. If your hair is fair, choose either a brow powder or pencil that’s a shade lighter than your hair colour. For dark hair, choose one that’s a shade darker. Gently sweep the product over the brow hair and set using a clear eyebrow gel.

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Six and Two Threes! By The Unwidow

It is over a year ago now since I placed one of the nicest guys thatever needed feeding, into the ground and left him there with my parents. He is safe, till I see him again, because when he was taken, I hadn’t finished looking at him. I shall never, ever forget him, and that is how it should be, but now I will become unwidowed. So, with grim determination I perused the local papers, the Internet and asked just about everyone I knew ‘what does an ‘unwidow’ do around here?’ ‘Volunteer!!!!!!’ Was the cry from sundry friends (and enemies I suspect). ‘Cast off thy skinny Jeans, thy biker boots and thy lip gloss...and act as the seventy years old widow that thou art!......Be Appropriate!’ ‘Think ye not of dinner parties, 5 star hotels in Turkey, taking part in activities designed for and exclusive to couples!.....join something Widowey!...or Volunteer! Believe me, good folks, I did try! I searched diligently for weeks around the town to find that every place I found was inhabited by really lovely people who made me so very welcome...but one

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delightful gentleman’s greeting was ‘OOH! So You’re the NEW WIDOW…you’re a good looking woman...I’m on me own...I’ll take you for a drink if you like!’… I think he was one of Nature’s Volunteers!) I almost drove into the wheelie bins outside that establishment in my haste to escape! A Yoga Class Seemed like a good idea! Never done Yoga! Three elderly ladies and me! A rather camp, but somewhat delicious instructor with a false tan had us lying on the floor of a chilly room for three hours, to the sound of little bells ringing and charged six pounds fifty!....If I had a yen to do that, I could spend my six poundsfifty on a drinkable bottle of wine and go and lie down in my garage...until I realised the folly of my ways, at which time I could take the remains of the bottle ( like, almost all of it!) indoors and listen to some decent music...not bells ringing! Weight Watchers? I weigh seven and a half stones...there isn’t much of me to watch! Zumba, Line Dancing, BINGO! Methinks Not!....the first two lack dignity, and I reckon I would lose the will to live at all after ten minutes of the latter.

I know one widowed man who suddenly lost all his ‘mates’ when his dear wife died, because their wives didn’t like their husbands going out for a drink with him...in case they ‘met women’....he is shy! And he won’t go out alone...in case women meet him!...and we women thought WE were the only ones embarrassed to go out alone! So, I thought, I cannot be the only live fish in this pond! I have struck up conversations in the Supermarket and at college with two other people like me...NOT bar flies, NOT Knitters and Natterers Not Volunteers...they too want to get together with others, go to a decent restaurant, book a holiday in a warmer place than Widnes, see a show, get dressed up and GO!...but it’s Six and two threes...if you are by yourself, you have noone to share it with, and if you have no-one to share it with, you are by yourself! Here’s a thought though...When there’s no light at the end of the tunnel…go and switch one on yourself! Come on guys...Let’s do it!...70 is the new 50! If you would like to get in touch, please email her on unwidow@thelocalmags.co.uk

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UPCOMING EVENTS... Saturday 16th March 7.30pm Live at St Wilfrid’s 2013 - Craig Ogden (Guitar) For tickets/information: Tel. Joyce Walker 01925 263183 Saturday March 16th 7.30pm to 1am Warrington Youth Club’s St Patrick’s Day Ceilidh Traditional Irish food £25 per head. For further information please contact Zoe on 01925 581 224 or zoes@warringtonyouthclub.co.uk Until 18th March Exhibition: Tracy Hill: Terrains @ The Gallery at Bank Quay House, Sankey Street. Saturday 30th March 7pm till midnight WELLCHILD FUNDRAISING NIGHT Penketh & Sankey Conservative Club, Meeting Lane WA5 2BG. Tickets: 07875 588817 or email emma.boyd@bbc.co.uk Thursday 18th April 7.30pm Live at St Wilfrid’s 2013 - Piatti String Quartet For tickets/information: Tel. Joyce Walker 01925 263183 Sunday 21st April 9am – 5pm Cycle 60 miles for 60 years of Warrington Youth Club. Registration fee £20, minimum sponsorship £100, Registration closes 31 March. To register please contact Zoe Slater on 01925 581 224 or email zoes@warringtonyouthclub.co.uk

REGULAR EVENTS 2nd Tuesday of month 10.30 – 12noon Reading Group at Westbrook Library Every Tuesday 2.15 – 2.45pm Thyme-time for under 5’s at Padgate Library Every Wed 10 – 12noon OWCH (One Wednesday Cannot Hurt) Pain Support Group @ Fearnhead Community Centre, Station Road south Padgate WA2 0QS Tel: 01925 240064 Email: lrs@disabilitypartnership.org.uk Web: www.disabilitypartnership.org.uk Every Friday 2 – 2.30pm (during term time only) Storytime for under 5’s at Westbrook Library

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LOCAL GROUPS Warrington & District Arts Council has been set up to encourage involvement in the Arts and act as a co-ordinator and liaison point for local individuals and organisations. Meet once a month. For details of next open meeting, please contact the Secretary, Dr Michael Murphy 07730 567138 or mikemm@talktalk.net Oriental Friendship Group, brings the oriental communities in Warrington together. We organise gatherings throughout the year, celebrate and raise awareness about our cultures. Both oriental and local families welcome. Contact: Candy Lai 01925 572264 (Cantonese) Email: orientalfriends@btinternet.com The Wednesday Club is a community group who aims to help promote the well-being of people aged 50 or over, by the use of mental and physical exercise. They have a chair based exercise group, crafting group, watercolour painting group, gaming group. Regular day trips are organised for those who are interested. For more info contact: Brian on 01925 573135 or email wedclub2907@aol.co.uk Visual Impaired People’s (VIP) Centre is the new home to the former Blind Society (Warrington, Widnes and District). The new centre will offer much of its existing programme and more. Fairfield and Howley Neighbourhood Project (Old Fairfield CE Primary School), Fairfield Street Contact: John Taylor Tel: 01925 632700. Radio Warrington is a community radio station broadcasting on the internet from Warrington for Warrington. Local programmes presented by local volunteers, supporting all local charities, bands and sports, playing a massive selection of songs and specialist shows. No advert and more music. www.radiowarrington.co.uk Warrington District Camera Club welcomes everyone with a camera of all abilities, who want to get more from their photography. The club is very friendly and you will learn much from our more experienced members. Meets throughout the year, every other Monday 7.30pm at the GYCA, Bellhouse Lane Grappenhall. Till 930pm continues in the adjacent real ale bar. See www.thewdcc.org.uk or telephone 01925-653244. Penketh & Old Hall Angling Society Based in Old Hall with two pools located in Old Hall. Organised matches throughout the year for adults and in Summer for Juniors members. ClubMark accredited and we have our own Level 1 and Level 2 coaches. All ages welcome. For more info contact Paul Bryan – 07803 662159 web: www.pohas.co.uk Friendship Group is a local group which enable people to enjoy company of other like-minded residents in the Latchford area. The group meet once a week and attend different local events to raise money for good causes. Westy Community Centre, Bridgewater Avenue, Latchford, Warrington WA4 1TA Contact: Sarah Watson on 01925 572072 Email: sarahwatson1@nhs.net Planet Blue Youth Club is a drop-in youth club for young people, meet weekly at The Peace Centre, Peace Drive, Great Sankey. For disabled people, up to age 25 welcome. A chance for all to interact, make friends, have fun and socialise. Contact: Rachel Hanlon on 01925 240064 Warrington Light Opera is an amateur operatic society, established in 1970. Produce one stage show each year, usually around Easter. Members come from all walks of life. Some tread the boards and others work backstage as crew, make-up, costumes, front of house and production team. Welcome new members in any capacity and would love to hear from you. For info call Jackie Moore on 01925 812015.


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Barrow Hall Comm Primary School

01925 728197

Causeway Medical Centre 01925 630282 166-170 Wilderspool Causeway Warrington WA4 6QA

Bewsey Lodge Primary School

01925 632730

Callands Primary School

01925 444795

Stockton Heath Medical Centre 01925 604427 The Forge London Road Stockton Heath WA4 6HJ

Dallam Community Primary School

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Latchford Medical Centre 01925 637508 5 Thelwall Lane Latchford Warrington WA4 1LJ

Evelyn Street Primary School

01925 495567

The Medical Centre 01925 417247 Folly Lane Bewsey Warrington WA5 0LU

Great Sankey High School

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301 Westbrook Centre 01925 654152 Westbrook Warrington WA5 5FU

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Park Road Community Primary Schl

01925 723550

Penketh Community Primary School

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Penketh High School

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Hood Manor Surgery 01925 571858 Winstanley Close Surgery 31 Winstanley Close Great Sankey Warrington WA5 1XR

Penketh South Community Primary

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Sacred Heart Catholic Primary

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Warrington GP Health Centre 01925 398545 30 Sankey Street Golden Square Warrington WA1 1TD

Sankey Valley St James’ CE Primary

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St Gregory’s Catholic High School

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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

01925 723340

St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary

01925 224686

St Philip (Westbrook) CE Aided Prmry

01925 445391

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

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Sycamore Lane Community Primary

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Warrington St Barnabas’ CE Primary

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Westbrook Old Hall Primary School

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Penketh Medical Centre 01925 725644 Honiton Way Penketh Warrington WA5 2EY Guardian Medical Centre 01925 650226 Guardian Street Warrington WA5 1UD

WARRINGTON MPs Helen Jones MP (Labour) Warrington North House of Commons London SW1A 0AA Tel: 01925 232480 Fax: 01925 232239 Email: jonesh@parliament.uk David Mowat MP (Conservative) Warrington South House of Commons London SW1A 0AA Tel: 0207 219 7178 Fax: 0207 219 5067 Email: david.mowat.mp@parliament.uk

LOCAL VETS Four Paws Veterinary Clinic Lingley Road, Great Sankey WA5 3ND 01925 723966 Johnson & Wood 7 Green St, Warrington WA5 1TW 01925 413106 Beech House Veterinary Centre Wilderspool C’way WA4 6OP 01925 445 500

SCHOOL TERM TIMES Spring Second Half Term First Day: Monday 25 February 2013 Last Day: Thursday 28 March 2013 Summer First Half Term First Day: Monday 15 April 2013 Last Day: Friday 24 May 2013 Summer Second Half Term First Day: Monday 03 June 2013 Last Day: Tuesday 23 July 2013 Autumn First Half Term First Day: Monday 02 September 2013 Last Day: Friday 18 October 2013 Autumn Second Half Term First Day: 28 October 2013 Last Day: 19 December 2013


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