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Issue 154 - February 2018

The voice for local business

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Time to Get Pruning by Pippa Greenwood At this time of year the weather is often perfect for pruning and cutting back woody plants, and there’s a good chance that there are many pruning jobs that have built up over the last year and could bene t from your attention now - so take advantage of the fact that deciduous trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are now devoid of leaves and get stuck in. Here’s how to make sure your pruning will really bene t your plants:

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Bog Snorkling Not your bog-standard kind of sport by Kate McLelland Fancy navigating your way along a cold, muddy bog, wearing a snorkel and ippers If your answer is an emphatic o! you may be surprised to hear that there are hundreds of people not just in Britain, but across the globe who would be happy to take your place. Bog snorkelling is a slippery, slimy sport popular in the U , Australia, Ireland and Sweden, and in the travel publication onely Planet included it in a list of the world’s top fty ‘must do’ activities. Competitors are required to travel two consecutive lengths along a yard ( metre) trench cut into a peat bog, completing the journey in the shortest possible time. Conventional swimming strokes are not allowed and competitors must rely on ipper power to propel themselves forward.

snorkellers appearing as sharks and other sea creatures as well as fairies, superheroes and spacemen. Comic wigs and hats abound in fact there’s a pri e for the ‘Best ressed Helmet’ for people taking part in the Triathlon, which combines bog snorkelling with bike riding and running. A ROU STORY Bog snorkelling’s pro le received a boost last year thanks to the BBC’s neness campaign, which featured active community groups from across the U . Amongst the skaters, cavers and bhangra dancers included in the campaign, you may have spotted a small gathering of snorkellers clad in fancy dress, posing on a grassy bank before plunging, fullyclothed, into the water below.

bog snorkelling’, as the sport was invented there in , following a pub conversation between a few locals intent on nding a new tourist attraction. lanwrtyd Wells’ ambition to become a national hub for quirky sporting events took another step forward in , with the creation of the World Alternative ames. Although the ames were inspired by the ondon lympics and claim to uphold the ‘Corinthian spirit’ in all their events, the activities on offer at lanwrtyd Wells are about as far removed from the lympic programme as it’s possible to get. As well as bog snorkelling, medals are awarded for bathtubbing, belly- opping, worm charming, wife carrying and husband dragging. ast year’s events even included a category entitled ‘Saving onald Trump’, which featured an in atable version of the US president.

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Although it is a relatively new ‘sport’, bog snorkelling has all the good humour and anarchic energy of other quintessentially British events such as pancake racing, tar barrel racing and cheese rolling, and just like those activities it requires a certain amount of skill and effort to compete successfully.

As my dad has been so good-humoured throughout, we wanted to do something in good humour for him. oshua explained to local media site The eader. oshua also ruefully admitted that the success of this fundraising initiative had back red on him, as he was forced to honour his pledge to swim in a ‘mankini’ if

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now features in the ational Curriculum and many schools offer basic coding clubs from ey Stage . Paul yons, IT irector at Ebuyer.com, explains, Even if your child has no interest in becoming a software developer, they will bene t from skills such as problem solving and following instructions - which can be applied to other areas. Many parents may not know where to begin, but introducing educational aspects into children’s technology use at home can have a real impact on a child’s ability. There are lots of resources available to help your child at home. Useful websites include: scratch.mit.edu, which lets children aged six and up learn the basics of creating games online. codecombat.com: while this American site is mainly aimed at teachers, you can sign up as a parent or student to access a free short course. www.codeclub.org.uk, which lists coding clubs for year olds across the U .

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Don’t Leave Your Clutter To The Kids! by Kate McLelland

If you have children, you’ve probably thought about what you might leave them when you die. Maybe your home, if you are lucky enough to own a property Some money r perhaps there are much-loved family heirlooms that you’ve planned to share out between them Most of us are happy to make a will, setting out how we will dispose of these assets, but not enough of us stop to consider what will happen to the rest of our possessions: the bits and pieces we accumulate throughout our lives. Every item, including furniture, clothes, ornaments, framed pictures, souvenirs, books and papers not to mention boxes of stuff that you’ve been meaning to sort out for years will need to be picked over and subsequently sold, given away or discarded.

W When a person dies, a grant of probate is needed for the executor of the will to act on important nancial matters, but there is no of cial framework in place to handle the disposal of household items and possessions legally known as ‘chattels’ or ‘ ttings’. While chattels may have little monetary value, they can nevertheless hold great signi cance for family members on an emotional level. If two or more family members can’t agree what to do with mum or dad’s possessions, it may lead to arguments and even to the break up of relationships. While it’s unreasonable to expect older people to clear out possessions that they still need and value, over time we all accumulate items that we seldom use, or even look at. If that applies to you, start by working systematically through cupboards and drawers, making three piles things you want to keep, things you can recycle or give to a charity shop, and items you can throw away.

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By Catherine Rose by banquets over owing with roast meat and washed down with endless tankards of mead. In fact, there were many cookery books kept at this time and dishes were often surprisingly complex, served with a great deal of visual wit.

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Take for example the cockentryce. A capon, or castrated cockerel, was boiled, cut in half and sewn to the rump of a piglet. This was then stuffed and spit-roasted before being ‘gilded’ using egg yolk, saffron and (edible) gold leaf! The cockentryce was by no means unusual as rich and royal households loved nothing better than a chimera - combining the cooked meat of different animals and presenting the whole complete with head, tail and feet! Possibly the closest we get to this kind of combination today is our threebird roast sometimes enjoyed at Christmas.

Medieval foodies loved nothing better than to combine fruit with their meat dishes. For example, sh sausage made from a mixture of sh, currants, cloves, mace and salt, all squee ed into the traditional sausage skin of an animal intestine, was another favourite. Puddings were equally creative, and some had wonderfully poetic names like ‘a dish of snow’ which was a concoction of whipped egg whites and apple pur e. A Tudor recipe from The Proper ewe Booke of Cookerye describes how to make ‘Egges in Moneshyne’ (eggs in moonlight) by poaching them in a syrup of rose water and sugar to resemble moons. Some of the dishes that were routinely served would probably not be considered very palatable today. For example, in the s, cows’ udder was a norm, either roasted or boiled with spices and served cold in slices coated with sugar or ‘white bread crum’. In his famous diary, it is mentioned as being much enjoyed by Samuel Pepys.

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The hedgehog was a omany favourite and would have been widely eaten in midBedfordshire where there was once a thriving omany gypsy population. The hedgehog would be caught, packed in clay and baked on the open re. nce the clay had hardened it was broken away, which took the skin and spines with it, to uncover a meat said to look and taste like roast pork (hence the ‘hog’ perhaps). Beestings (or beastings) pudding was another rural dish that was certainly eaten in this area and one that, post pasteurisation, most people will never have heard of. A milk pudding, it was made at home from the rich colostrum of a cow that had recently given birth.

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Although property remains a popular long-term investment, lending restrictions make it difficult for first-time buyers to secure a foothold on the property ladder. Furthermore, the introduction of a buy-to-let stamp duty surcharge, and reduction of mortgage interest tax relief, have made buy-to-let less lucrative. So are there any other options that could be suitable if you’re interested in property investing Here are a few alternatives that might appeal, but as with any other form of investment, it’s crucial to carry out plenty of research. Property crowdfunding involves investing in property itself, as opposed to peer-to-peer lending where you invest in the mortgages provided to buyto-let landlords and property developers. So how do these systems work

ou receive a return on your investment via rental payments and also, potentially, capital gains. ou can spread your investment across a number of different properties. Fees include a fundraising finder’s fee, along with property management fees. A share of the profits is also deducted by the crowdfunding platform at the end of each investment term. If you want a ‘hands-off’ property investment, equity crowdfunding could be a good choice - it’s a quick and easy way to invest, but you must do your research beforehand. There’s no need for a large deposit, no landlord responsibilities, and no exposure to the risk of interest rate changes. rawbacks include a lack of control over practical aspects such as setting the rent, choosing tenants and property maintenance.

to tie up your money for too long. ou don’t have to consider capital gains tax liabilities with this option, and although the risks can be increased if you’re lending to developers rather than buy-to-let landlords, the rewards are also potentially higher. RE T O ER A RO ERTY U S ou can invest in commercial property via unit trusts or openended investment companies ( EICs), but you should seek professional advice on the best investments for your particular circumstances. our money is combined with that of other investors and fund managers decide on the best investments. These could be solely in the U or internationally, depending on the property fund you’ve chosen, and may be in retail, office or industrial property. ou’ll pay a fee for the fund to be managed. Capital gains tax and tax on dividends received will need to be taken into account. ou may be able to hold a property fund within a stocks and shares ISA. ou can either pay a monthly amount or a one-off investment sum.

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secure investment over the long-term. ou won’t be able to access your money quickly, however, should you need it. The concept of small investments spread over a diverse property or loan portfolio runs through these options, but what if you do want to purchase an entire property rather than use these ‘handsoff’ alternatives UR S E O AY ETS Buying a property as a furnished holiday let avoids some of the drawbacks of buy-to-let investment. It offers specific tax advantages and can bring a higher overall return than buy-to-let. Holiday let mortgage providers generally require a deposit of . The amount they’ll lend depends on the existing rental income, or the income as estimated by an experienced local holiday letting agent.

To be classed as a furnished holiday let, you need to: Make the property available for a minimum of days a year. et it out for at least days annually, for periods of less than days. Furnished holiday lets haven’t been affected by the clampdown on tax relief faced by buy-to-let investors. Although they require more work in terms of regular marketing, they’ve become a popular way to earn money from property. ou can use the services of a holiday lettings agency to market and manage your property if necessary - they’re likely to charge a percentage of each booking, plus fixed costs for other services such as cleaning and laundry at changeover times.

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In the look-at-me stakes, Honda’s new Civic Type screams attention-seeker louder than an Instagram in uencer. With trying-toohard ns, wings and ice-white paintwork, it’s the sort of car you need to be sure you don’t mind people pointing out, and sometimes laughing at, when you’re driving it down the street. ou see, when it comes to looks, Honda appears to have added needless frippery to its new Type . The manufacturer will tell you it’s about aerodynamics and downforce, but does that really matter on the A o, what matters is the fact people will think you’ve added the adornments yourself after a binge credit card spending spree in Halfords. Inside, it’s far less shouty and much more traditional Honda formula. It’s a combination of harder plastics, an infotainment system that isn’t up to the standards of rivals and a seating position you’ll either love or hate.

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We warmly welcome anyone to come and try our monthly Lunch Club. We meet for a couple of hours on the first Wednesday of each month in Frodsham Methodist Church all from twelve noon, eating at 12.30. Our light lunch of home cooked soup and a pudding is followed by a uiz over coffee. We have space for new folk to join us, so if you know of anyone who is on their own and may appreciate the chance to get out and have some lunch with us, please give me a ring on 0192 732067, or email lunchclub frodshammethodist.org, and I can give a bit more information. There is no set price for lunch, but a suggested donation of £3 to cover our costs would be welcomed, although not necessary. We may be able to help with transport locally. I’m happy to visit anyone who would like to join us to introduce myself. We would love to see some new faces joining us for what is a good chance to rela and enjoy a bit of company. Marg acks on behalf of the Lunch Club team Frodsham Methodist Church, ingsley Road, Frodsham WA6 6BA

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Contact Andy Bennion Alvanley Cricket Club encourages players to join of any standard. Our teams range from Boys and Girls teams at nder 9s through to adult. Our youngest group is from reception children. Our pitch and ground are among the best in the county with e cellent practice facilities, 13 ECB Level 2 coaches and there is even an England player amongst the ranks. ou can also hire the pavilion for your special event. Further information can be found at or look for us on Facebook and Twitter

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E uipmentbought were as follows Mud itchen, water wall, chalk board, black board, sand pit, mirror, bucket pulley and a sun canopy. Manager Sue untbach and her staff would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund for giving them this amazing outdoor area that serves our community. orn’s Mill Pre School is a charitable organisation based on the site of orn’s Mill Primary School and has children aged 2 to 5yrs of age. The Pre School have also received a che uefrom Waitrose Chester branch for £265 towards a specialist swing which they intend to purchase for the children with additional needs at the setting .

elsby Golf Club’s Powered Wheelchair Appeal recently held their annual Black and White evening at the Towers Lane club. There were around 100 Appeal supporters who followed the dress code of black, white and a touch of red and they enjoyed an evening of great food, drink and music. owever the undoubted highlight of the evening was the presentation of three powered wheelchairs to local deserving youngsters. The presentation party photo shows Alfie Richards, aged 6 from Colwyn Bay and asmineBeadles, aged 15 from St elens with their families. Also on the back row are the Powered Wheelchair Chairman Steve Cunniffe, Lady Captain Gill Smith, Captain eil ohnson,President imPotter and Master of Ceremonies Roddy Snedden. A third wheelchair was also presented to 3 year old Vance Parker from Weaverham. On the night Vance was fascinated by the Christmas tree and missed the official photos but we managed to get one of him! The presentation of the chairs brought the total to date to 36 and a raffle on the evening raised £700 for the Appeal. Thanks go as always to our fantastic supporters! supporters! fantastic Please mention Helsby to Hand when responding to adverts

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TV broadcaster and writer Gyles Brandreth and poet Ian McMillan head up an impressive programme of talks, events, workshops and competitions for Frodsham’s fourth Supported by the Arts Council England, the Marshes Community Benefit Fund and Frodsham Town Council, the festival will again feature two writing competitions. £500 prize money is on offer for writers of the best adult flash fiction story under 300 words and for local children, patron Tim Firth will again be judging the Great Weaver Words Writing Prize. Weaver Words chair, Prof Sue losnik said We are proud to have assembled a great line up for Frodsham’s fourth literature festival. We are e pectingthat Gyles Brandreth, Ian McMillan and Sunny Ormonde will be very popular as well as some of the more unusual events like the Literary Cruise sailing along the River Weaver. We’re very keen to engage with younger readers too. There is a special pre school story and activity session for very young children taken by the wonderful Emi Lou owe, who has written a new story especially for the festival. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their kind support. We are still looking for more volunteers to join us so if you could spare a few hours to help out during the festival, do get in touch. Email pm weave rwords.org.uk. A free 2 page Weaver Words brochure is available to collect from Frodsham Community Centre, Dandelion Gifts, Castle Park and other publicity points around the town. Booking opens on

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CHEAPEST IN THE LOCAL AREA City Centres 1-8 Passengers Frodsham - Liverpool

£27.50

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£18.00

Helsby - Chester

£15.00

Elton - Chester

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All prices are set before 11pm Prices are based on 1 pick up and one drop off. Prices may vary with e tra drop off or pick up points (365 days per year)

Airport Prices 1-8 Passengers From Frodsham to Manchester Airport 1-8 passengers £28.00 On the return journey, Terminal 1 & 2 there is a car park charge of £4.00

From Frodsham to Liverpool Airport 1-8 passengers £18.00 Plus a car park charge of £3.00

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