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Burscough & Villages Edition

May/Jun 2014


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Pupils’ Star Turn More than 20 children from a number of local schools have been selected to make up a choir to star in a new musical production of Noah.

perfect the new songs for the show. The musical has been written by Doug Horley and Mark Read from the band A1. The children will be supported by a cast and crew from the Saltmine Theatre Company for the show at The Charter Theatre, Preston, on Friday, May 9.

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A local history talk on Rufford New Hall – Now and Then by John McKie is being held at Tarleton Library on Mark Square. All are welcome to the event on Tuesday, April 29, from 10.30am-11.30am. Tickets are free.

Locals are being given the chance to brush up on their badminton skills every Tuesday from 7pm-9pm at Tarleton Academy on Hesketh Lane. Call Barbara on 01772 814255 for more information.

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A dinner dance fundraiser is being organised by Queenscourt Hospice’s Tarleton Support Group. It will be held at Capricci Bar and Grill, Station Road, Hesketh Bank, on Thursday, June 5, at 7pm. Entertainment will be provided by Giles Miller and Chloe Dent. Tickets are £20, including a two course meal. For tickets, ring Rose Wood on 01772 815821 or visit the Tarleton shop on Church Road.

Mere Brow Local History Society’s programme for 2014 continues with a talk from Pamela Porter on Lancashire Links from Medieval Banquets to Fish and Chips. The talk will take place on Wednesday, May 21, from 7.30pm at Mere Brow Village Hall, The Gravel. Admission is £2.50 to non-members, including refreshments, or you can take out an annual subscription for £5, which then incurs a 50p entrance charge. Ring Mrs J. Ayres on 01772 815905 for more information.

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Scrum On Down! A rugby tournament is being held in memory of a Tarleton sporting giant who passed away three years ago. Jonathan Skofic died in 2011 aged 52. He was chairman of Tarleton Rugby Union FC and his five sons Jack, Max, Archie, George and Frankie all play for the club. The Jonathan Skofic Invitational Sevens Tournament takes place at the Carr Lane club on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8. Tournament committee member Maggie Edmondson said: “This is our third year and we are growing each year. We raise funds for Tarleton Rugby Club and this year’s tournament will have Seniors Colts and women’s competitions.”

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A craft and gift fair held in Lakeside Christian Centre, Fairway, Southport, over two days on Thursday, May 29, and Friday, May 30. It is open from 10am to 4pm each day, and is a good opportunity to browse wood crafting, ceramics, knitted goods, model boats, handmade cards and many more. For more information, contact Jill on 07792 196379 or Chris on 07867 504390.

There are two arts and crafts events coming up at the Old People’s Club on Lord Street, Burscough. The first is on Sunday, May 4, while the next is on Sunday, June 1. Items for sale will include knitwear, wooden items, blankets, jewellery and craft books. Entry is free and both events are from 10am-4pm.

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Big Talk Some of life’s big questions are being posted on alternate Thursday afternoons at Hesketh Bank Christian Centre. The Moss Lane centre runs an Alpha Course which delves into topics such as what happens when we die, is forgiveness possible and why do people suffer? For more information, visit or call 01772 816727.

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Newburgh Women’s Institute meets on the third Monday of the month at 7.30pm to chat over a cup of tea and listen to a wide range of speakers. The WI branch also arranges outings and theatre visits. The topic for its next meeting, on Monday, May 19, is The Other Black Beauty, a talk by Jack Morris. For more information, contact Kath Thomas on 01257 463409 or Patsy Hey on 01257 463171. us now on 01695 627 999


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Open Gardens The popular Holmeswood Open Gardens event is back after a three year wait. The is being held on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 15, to raise money for major roof repairs needed at the village hall. The event lasts from 11am5pm and there will be six beautiful gardens available to visit. Lunches will be served from noon onwards with teas, coffees and cakes served all day. Maps will be made available nearer the time from local shops.

Three local patchwork and quilting groups will be exhibiting their work at Parbold Village Hall, The Green, on Saturday, June 7. This is the second exhibition where the three groups - Croston Quilters, Douglas Valley Quilters and U3A Quirky Quilters - have got together and this time proceeds will be donated to the North West Air Ambulance. The exhibition opens at 10am. Tombola, raffle and lots of handmade crafts to purchase will be on offer along with refreshments. For more information contact 01704 894757.

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Spring Festival The highlight of this year’s Spring Festival to be held at Christ Church Newburgh on the weekend of May 10 and 11 will be a concert at 7.30pm on the Saturday evening given by Wingates Band, an elite member of the brass band world. Admission is by ticket only costing £10. This is the church’s second festival when windows and prominent places in the church will be decorated by local organisations and individuals. The church, situated in Back Lane, will be open for viewing from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday when refreshments will be available. There will be the usual services on Sunday at 9am and 10.30am. Tickets for the concert can be obtained by contacting 01257 462629 or 01704 896391.

Spanish Course Buenos Dias! ¿Cómo estás? If you’re nonplussed by that, then you need to get yourself along the new adult Spanish classes for beginners which starts on Monday, April 28, at Parbold Village Hall on The Green. There’s a free taster session available and lessons, at £15 a session, will be held on Mondays from 10am-11.30am. For more information, call Nina on 07454 403400 or email

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What’s On in the North West Sunday, May 4, and BH Monday, May 5 Scarisbrick Food Fayre - Vincents Garden Centre Tantalize your taste buds with the food on offer from artisan producers and local food heroes, selling freshly harvested vegetables to homemade pies, cakes, jams and relishes. There will be fun for all the family with a children’s play area and food-related activity stalls. 10am–4pm. Vincents Garden Centre, 300 Southport Road, Scarisbrick, PR8 5LF. Free entry. Sorry no dogs. Monday, May 5 Bank Holiday Heritage Day Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine will host a bumper Bank Holiday Heritage Day including classic cars, traction engines, funfair rides, canal trips arts and crafts and street drama. Refreshments available at the Red Pepper Cafe in Wigan Investment Centre. Free parking available at the centre as well. Some activities will incur a small charge. 11am-5pm at Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine, Wigan Pier Quarter, Heritage Way, Wigan, WN3 4EF Call 01942 828128 for more information. Friday, May 9 Noah - A Musical Adventure Saltmine Theatre Company presents Noah, a musical adventure with Doug Horley playing the title role. This musical re-telling of the Noah’s Ark story features an engaging script with original music and lyrics by Doug Horley and Mark Reed. The show will be performed by a full cast and will include amazing puppets, dance and innovative scenery. The Guildhall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT. Tickets £12 for adults, £8 for children and a family ticket costs £35 via Saturday, May 10 Bolton Symphony Orchestra David Greed returns to the Albert Halls concert stage, minus his violin, to conduct an all Tchaikovsky programme with the exciting young violinist Rakhi Singh performing the ever popular violin concerto. 7.30pm-10.30pm at The Albert Halls, Bolton, BL1 1RU. Cost is free for under 19s (must be booked), £9 for ages 20 to 59 and £8 for aged 60-plus. Telephone or 01204 334400 or email Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11 Chorley Food Festival Chorley’s very first Food Festival is set to take place in town on the weekend of May 10 and 11. It is due to take place along Market Street and Fazakerley Street with cookery demonstrations and an entertainment stage. Among the guests includes top BBC Fusion chef Aazam Ahmad. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding this year’s carnival and to local charities. Further details can be obtained from www.


Sunday, May 11 Swan Lake - Vienna Festival Ballet One of the best known love stories, performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed. Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL. Performance starts at 2.30pm. Tickets range from £11.50 to £18.50 via www.

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The Lion King Since its opening on Broadway in 1997, The Lion Ling has been seen by over 52 million people in 15 countries and translated into five languages. One key to its success is the universality of the story. Liverpool Empire, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JE Tickets from £10-£55. Performances at 7.30pm and 2.30pm. Call 0844 844 0444 or visit www. Friday, May 16 Light Night Liverpool This is the city’s annual one-night arts and culture festival - over 50 city centre galleries, museums and venues open until late, staging around 100 special cultural events for visitors of all ages. Visitors can look forward to spectacular light projections, street theatre and a vibrant myriad of walking tours, open studios, live music, hands-on workshops and much more. Liverpool City Centre from 4pm-late. Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18 The Tatton Park Country Show Set in the beautiful parkland at Tatton, the family-oriented Country Show really will have something for everyone with a range of arena entertainment including jousting, birds of prey, terrier racing and lots more. 10am-5pm at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN. Adult £7.50, Child £3 (ages 5-16), Concession £6, Family £19. Visit: www.oakleighfairs. or call 01206 263088. Car entry charge applies.

Sunday, May 18 Merchant of Hoghton Farmers Market One of the first historic houses in the country to recognise the importance of promoting high-quality local produce through a market. 10am. Hoghton, near Preston, PR5 0SH. Admission £1 per car to the market. Pedestrians 50p. House open for guided tours including family-friendly tours. Separate charges apply.

Monday, June 16 Formula Fun Family Cycle Event Dig your bike out of the shed and join in this event to celebrate National Cycling Week. Visit the bike doctor, undertake timed laps, tackle the climbing wall and there’s a kiddies bike agility course. From 3pm-8pm at Three Sisters Race Circuit, Three Sisters Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 8DD. Call 01942 488481 for more information.

Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26 Crafty Vintage Bank Holiday Weekender at Hoghton Tower With over 70 stalls packed with all things crafty and all things vintage, an outdoor artisan and street food market, live music from Kiki Deville and Baxter Rhodes, magicians, DJs, classic cars, vintage pony dressage and rides, not forgetting a pop-up cocktail bar with signature cocktails, there really is something for the whole family to enjoy. Starts 10am. Hoghton, near Preston, PR5 0SH. Admission to the fair is £1 per person with under 5s free. Free parking. Friday, May 30, - Sunday, June 1 Southport Food & Drink Festival Pop along to Victoria Park for three days of chef demonstrations cake decorating. You can also drop the children off at the ABC Family club marquee for some arts and crafts, face painting, football or ballet; while you shop around the local producers and continental markets. Whether you stay an hour or stay all day there will be plenty for you to eat and enjoy. Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport, PR8 2BZ. 11am-6pm on all days. Free entry. Friday, May 30, - Sunday, June 1 Southport Country Fair The main attraction takes place on the Sunday with the Broke FMX Freestyle Motorcross display team’s high fly jumping, but there are plenty of other things to see and do. Activities include a Fun Dog Show, food hall, donkey rides, air rifle shooting range, ferret racing and duck herding. Leisure Lakes, The Gravel, Mere Brow, PR4 6JX. Price is £4 per adult, children go free. Friday, June 6, to Sunday, June 8 Chorley Carnival The weekend’s events kick off with a ‘70s Cabaret night in the marquee with Eurovision winners Brotherhood of Man. Saturday will see the Big Parade through the streets making its way to Astley Park. On the park there will be a huge Fun Fair, Catering facilities, Trade Stands, craft fair and demonstrations. Saturday night is live band night featuring Red Moon Jo plus others. Sunday will feature all the same show-ground attractions plus a mystery TV celebrity. Astley Park

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Roy Stuart Clarke: The Northern League The latest exhibition from the Homes of Football collection by Stuart Roy Clarke features the players and fans of the Northern League. Commissioned to celebrate the league’s 125th year, Clarke travelled between the league’s two divisions and 45 clubs. His photographs capture the spirit and dedication that survives in amateur football, at the 10th tier of the English game. A film about Stuart’s work will accompany the exhibition in the Hall of Fame, daily at 2pm. National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG. Call 0161 6058200. Free entry, open daily. Friday, July 4, to Sunday, July 6 The Northern Home Show Held at Manchester Central, it’s the perfect place to find the right products and services to create your dream home. If you’re keen to learn a new skill then the DIY Workshops should be your first port of call. The show’s workshops are ideal for anyone wanting to learn how to tackle DIY projects around the home as well as learning preventative maintenance skills. Manchester Central, Windmill Street, M2 3GX. Tickets are only £8 per person on the door and children under 16 go free. For more information and advance tickets, visit us now on 01695 627 999


Class from the Past - Rufford CE School

This month’s Class from the Past is from Rufford CE School in the mid to late 1960s. It’s believed those pictured will be in their 50s now, but unfortunately we weren’t provided with any names.

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Free Burscough Walks The Burscough Heritage Walking Festival takes place in June thanks to a partnership between the Parish Council and VISIT Sefton and West Lancashire. All of the walks will be free and guided. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day. Walks take place on the following dates and times from Burscough Wharf: - 6pm on Tuesday, June 17 - 6pm on Friday, June 20 - 3pm on Saturday, June 21 - 2pm on Sunday, June 22 Each walk will take a different theme including details of Burscough’s military history and the history of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Walks will be led by Lathom and Burscough Military Heritage Society and Burscough Heritage Group.

You are advised to wear sensible clothes and footwear as it might be muddy. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. For more details please contact Derek on 01695 733737.

All Talk! Parbold, Newburgh and District University of the Third Age has unveiled its list of guest speakers for upcoming meetings. The speaker for the group’s Horizons meeting on Tuesday, May 27, is Gordon Medlicott who will be talking about The Last Lighthouse Keeper. On Tuesday, June 24, Roger Blaxall will be asking ‘Shall I Go or Shall I Stay?’ in his talk about wartime Liverpool. The talks are from 1pm-3pm at The Hut on The Hill at Parbold Hill. For more information contact membership secretary Pam Ashton on 01257 400254 or visit parbold-newburgh

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Ringtail House, 5 Ringtail Place, Burscough Industrial Estate: Change of use to pet care services including dog grooming, canine education and training and associated sales. Removal and addition of none structural partitions to ground floor (ref: 2014/0273/COU). The consultation deadline is May 1.

Hesketh Bank NWWA Sewage Treatment Works, Marsh Road: County Matter - Construction of a standby generator with fenced compound (ref: LCC/2014/0053). The target decision date for a West Lancs Borough Council response is June 3. 76 Moss Lane: Part two storey, part single storey extension to rear and single storey extension to side (ref: 2014/0333/FUL). Consultation deadline is May 1.

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19 Poppyfields: Single storey rear extension and conversion of existing attached double garage to living accommodation to provide parents’ annex facility (ref: 2014/0320/FUL). The consultation deadline is April 29.

1 Rose Bank, Flash Lane: Proposed new roof light to bathroom and patio doors to replace existing window to dining room (ref: 2014/0299/FUL). The consultation deadline is April 30.

96 Becconsall Lane: Retrospective application for the conversion of existing garage to living space and additional parking space to front (ref: 2014/0274/FUL). The consultation deadline is May 1.

Tarleton Land opposite 2 Avondale Drive: Erection of detached dwelling (ref: 2014/0297/FUL). The consultation deadline is April 30.


Land to the south-east of Middle Meanygate: Construction of wildlife pond (ref: 2014/0281/FUL). The consultation deadline is May 5.

30 Acres, Gouldings Farm, Hall Lane: Erection of a replacement dwelling (ref: 14/00356/FUL). The consultation deadline is May 2.

Parbold 6 Lathom Avenue: Application for determination as to whether prior approval of details is required - extension of dwellinghouse. Dimension from rear wall of original dwellinghouse - 3.27m Maximum height of extension - 3.5m. Height to eaves of extension - 2.8m (ref: 2014/0334/PNH ). The consultation deadline is April 29.

Rufford 19 Whitefield Close: Certificate of Lawfulness Proposed use of property in connection with private hire operator’s licence (ref: 2014/0312/LDP). The target decision date is June 4.

Workshop adjacent to 1 Meolsgate Avenue: Two residential dwellings and associated works following demolition of existing buildings (ref: 2014/0270/FUL). The consultation deadline is May 1. Site of Ashcroft Farm, Park Lane: Replacement two storey dwellinghouse (ref: 2014/0264/FUL). The consultation deadline is May 5. Long Shoot, Gorse Lane: Construction of a replacement agricultural building, glasshouse and improvements to existing highway access (ref: 2014/0268/FUL). The consultation deadline is April 30. More details on these applications can be viewed at, apart from the Mawdesley application. Information regarding this can be accessed via

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Spring Walk

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Parbold Wildlife Group’s next outing is a Spring Wildlife Walk at Rufford on Sunday, April 27. Non-members are welcome to go along to the walk, which meets at 2pm in the Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve Car Park off Holmeswood Road. For more information on the Group, including details about how to join, contact the treasurer Gabrielle Hardman on 01257 462153.

Here’s a date for your diary – the Parbold Village Festival takes place on Saturday, July 12, this year on Alder Lane playing fields. The theme is ‘A Day at The Beach’ and there will be lots on offer to keep everyone entertained. If you want to book a stall for the event, or simply want more information, contact Anne Pryor on 01257 462176 or Steve Morgan on 01257 463772.

Folk Concert

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A fundraiser for Bakindik Junior School in Gambia is being held by Mawdesley Folk U3A on Saturday, May 3. They will be performing in the Barn at Bimpson House, Jacksons Lane, which is off Bentley Lane, in Bispham Green. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 and you are asked to take your own drinks and nibbles. More details are available by calling 01704 822550.

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Walk On? They’ve been a focal point for rural community life for 150 years, but are our traditional Village Parades under threat? David Sudworth reports... Oliver Cromwell’s name rarely gets mentioned in public debate these days, but some fear the ghost of a man who seemingly revelled in spoiling people’s fun is looming large once again. As Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, Cromwell was the original misery guts. Throughout his five year reign from 1653, it’s said he banned sports, shut down pubs and put people who offended his puritanical streak in the stocks. His attitude towards enjoyment and frivolity leads Malcolm Barron to half-jokingly compare him to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) for their stance on patrolling traditional village parades. Malcolm, a retired agricultural supply industry specialist who went to Tarleton Primary, is concerned that the ACPO guidance may lead the local police to withdraw their involvement in marshalling the annual parade in Hesketh Bank. In his role as the village’s County Councillor, he raised the matter at a recent Full Council meeting in Preston, and received widespread support.


“I’ve had all the churches raising this as an issue with me,” says Malcolm. “The parades aren’t very long, an hour at the most, and it’s a good opportunity for the police to be seen in the community when most people complain about their lack of visibility. “The parade is the highlight of the year, and it’s a chance for people who have perhaps moved into the area to get to know their neighbours.” The tradition of Village Parade goes back around 150 years in the Hesketh Bank area. As a phenomenon, they are most prevalent in the north west of England. However, over the past 30 years, many have died out, which for people like Malcolm means that preserving those which remain is even more important. Vicar at All Saints Church on Station Road, the Rev Bill Sloan, agrees they are the glue which holds the Rev Bill Sloan community together: “ The three churches, All Saints, the Methodist Church and Moss Lane Christian Fellowship, all work very closely together to ensure the day is a success. “We have floats and the farmers come out and dress up their tractors. It is a fabulous occasion. There was some talk about three years ago of the parades stopping altogether but I think they are so ingrained in the local area that they will always carry on in some form.” For their part, Lancashire Police have not given a cast iron guarantee

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either way, saying they will review each event on its merits across the county. A spokesman added: “We understand there has always been a perception and expectation that it is the police’s role to provide resources and manage the events, however this is not the case and it is the responsibility of the event organiser to ensure the safety of those attending and to undertake all stewarding and traffic management requirements. We are more than happy to continue our engagement with event organisers who require guidance on their responsibilities when organising a community event or parade.” This year’s Hesketh Bank Parade is on Sunday, June 8, starting at 2pm at Hesketh Bank Methodist Chapel, on Chapel Road. Photos are of Hesketh Bank Parade in the 1950s, courtesy of Lancashire County Council’s image archive: http:/lanternimages.lancashire.

Green with Envy! Rufford Cricket Club’s outfield turf should be looking even better this season after the parish council agreed to help fund the purchase of a new mower. The Parish Council unanimously agreed to a £500 donation for the Cousins Lane venue. As the 2014 season is almost upon us, the club is also looking for fresh talent of all ages. Call Debbie Kelly, secretary, on 01704 821054 for further details.

Young Shakespeare Join Rufford Old Hall staff and Liverpool University as they continue the celebrations of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary with a special event on Friday, May 2 at Rufford Old Hall. What Would a Young Shakespeare Have Performed? is


being held to give a glimpse of what the Bard may have done in his early years. They will be explaining how the space in the Great Hall was used for entertainment, as well as performing a Tudor interlude called Youth. Gates open at 6.30pm and the last admission time is 7pm. All tickets are £5 and booking is advisable. For more information, contact 01704 821254 or email

What A Picture… Parbold Picture House, at the Village Hall on The Green, screens the 2013 film Nebraska (Cert 15) on Sunday, April 27, at 7pm. It starts Bruce Dern, June Squibb and Will Forte, and follows the story of a father and son on a trail of dubious fortune across America. It starts at 7pm and all seats are £3.50, payable on the door.

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Roadworks Planned There’s expected to be an increase in traffic on the A59 through Burscough for a couple of weeks due to the closure of Manor Road. Highways bosses at Lancashire County Council are advising local residents that they will be closing part of the road from its junction with the A59 to the junction of Manor Avenue to allow sewer works to take place. The prohibition will start on 9.30am on Monday, April 28, until 5pm on Monday, May 12, at the latest. As a result of the temporary closure, traffic will be diverted along the A59 and Mill Dam Lane.

It is held at Parbold WI Hall on The Common at 8pm. Visitors welcome. For more information, contact David Pennington on 01704 821894.

Cancer Fundraiser A charity night has been organised on Saturday, June 7, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Local ladies Cindy Robertson and Margaret Gardner are aiming to raise £10,000 for the charity, and have previously done extended walks including a 127 mile trek of the LeedsLiverpool Canal. Thanks to the generosity of Heather Gawne and the talented group 2nd Generation, they have held a cabaret night for the past two years. Their third one is to be held at The Stanley Club, on Liverpool Road North, Burscough on June 7. Tickets are £10 and available from Margaret on 01704 892492 or Cindy on 01704 895186.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Pest Control Even the best kept garden will be teeming with critters all conspiring to sabotage your growing efforts and you could spend a lot on named chemicals to combat various problems but it may be worth having a go with more environmentally friendly remedies first. For instance, the cabbage-white butterfly, as its name suggests will home in on your cabbages and other brassicas, lay its eggs and, two weeks later, a mass of caterpillars will be eating holes in the leaves. Pick them off by hand, inspecting the plants carefully every day or two and try spraying them with salty water to deter


them. To combat greenfly, try crushing a clove of garlic in warm water, leave for about 6 hours, strain into a hand spray and spray over the plants. It’s very effective. If you find aphids on your rose buds, a disgusting but effective treatment is to rub them out with your fingers. Cats can be deterred with old-fashioned moth balls although the effects don’t last very long. After a wet night a local cat had buried all of ours! Of all the pests that will drive you up the wall, slugs and snails are at the top of the list, particularly when you have young seedlings or are growing hostas or sunflowers. For plants in pots, Vaseline or grease smeared round the pot can help, as can copper strips which cause electrochemical shocks. Otherwise, try sharp mulches around the plants that need protection, such as sharp gravel, crushed eggshells or broken seashells. Some say hair clippings work (see your local hairdresser) and caffeine is supposed to be lethal to molluscs so try coffee grounds. Half fill a dish with beer (I don’t think they are particularly fussy about the brand!) and sink it in the ground to attract the slugs which fall in and drown. Of course, nothing really beats a size 10 boot and a thorough search of the garden with a torch in hand on a damp night might pay dividends. Happy hunting!

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Bretherton The villages of rural Chorley and West Lancashire are among the prettiest in the county. Steeped in history, the landscape is virtually unchanged for generations. Coupled with the fact there are no steep hills to contend with, going for a stroll around these parts is always a pleasure.


We park up by the 19th Century St John’s Church on South Road, Bretherton, and take a very short walk westwards until we see the signage for the public footpath. This path runs on what appears at first glance to be a private driveway, but it soon veers off onto what is unmistakeably a public right of way. It is a little narrow and overgrown in parts so take care. Eventually, the view widens before our eyes and we follow a straight line directly south until we hit Back Lane. Continue across Back Lane and go straight on, where you will be greeted by the full expanse of Lancashire countryside. The best thing about this walk can be found in the fact it’s so versatile. When we went, it had rained almost constantly for a week, yet the fertile soil in these parts did a sterling job to absorb it. Save for a few large-ish puddles, evidence of precipitation was mostly hidden. About half way down, we took a right hand turn which eventually met up with Eyes Lane.

It’s easy living in built up areas to assume certain things. For instance, electricity cables are always underground, yet here in the agricultural belt, it’s transmitted via pylons. I sense some may think I’m mad, but rather than labelling them as metal monstrosities which detract from nature, they actually add something to the landscape. I’m not saying I’m ready to go all in and join the Pylon Appreciation Society (yes, it does exist apparently – established in 1999 and I’m told membership is £15 a year) but I can understand the attraction. With the right weather, they can also make for some dramatic photo opportunities.

tarmacadam, we crack open an energy replenishing choccie bar as a reward. It’s not long before we come across the delightful hamlet of Sollom, complete with mini village green, beautiful stone cottages and horses grazing in a nearby paddock. You’ll see from the map that we took the Back Lane track between Sollom and

We carry on to the bridges which traverse the River Douglas and the Rufford branch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, but not before we do our good deed for the day and help some poor fella whose car got stuck in mud just off Eyes Lane. Once he was sent on his merry way, wheels now firmly planted on some good old



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Tarleton. If you decide to follow suit, then I’d sound a word of caution – there’s a fair amount of hard core debris on the ground, so you may want to think about crossing over the A59 to use the roadside pavement if you have small children or a dog with you.

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Soon enough, we arrive at St Mary’s Church, Tarleton, a small chapel which in many ways gives a glimpse into what life must have been like in these parts before the advent of the motor car and ensuing thunderous traffic which rolls past it each day. The traffic on this part of the A59 is relentless but respite is within sight as we go across Bank Bridge which takes us back over the Douglas. We come across the old Bank Hall estate Lodge on the right hand side which, in the early part of the year, is set in a landscape dotted with snowdrops. The adjacent field has a public footpath via a stile which we use to make our way towards the main Bank Hall Estate. It’s worth bearing in mind that the Hall is usually only open a handful of Sundays a year – see www.bankhall. org for more details. After a brief stop, we step back on to Eyes Lane before turning left at Rose Grove Farm and heading north on Back Lane. At the junction, turn right on to South Road and carry on straight back to the car – easier said than done for us as we came across the quaint Old Bakery and its enticing display of cakes, breads and shelves stuffed with preserves. I could hear my belt breathing a sigh of relief when I realised I had no cash with me… I won’t make the same mistake next time though!

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At first glimpse, St Mary’s looks like any other functioning church. However, it was last used in 1980 and for the past 32 years has been looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust. Built in the 1717, the site itself was consecrated in the early 1500s when a chantry chapel was erected there. It was eventually demolished and it 1719, Henrietta Maria Legh of Bank Hall donated the land on which the church stands today. It’s said the Grade II listed Georgian building has no electricity but has a number of oil lamps as part of its unspoiled interior, which includes box pews, open benches, stone flagged floors, a reading desk and a west gallery that extends along the south wall, all lit by clear glass in large round-headed windows.

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Full Steam Ahead The Riverside Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally rolls back into West Lancashire over the weekend of April 26 and 27. Held at Riverside Holiday Park on Southport New Road, Banks, it promises fun for all the family including over 500 steam, vintage and classic vehicles, a fairground, live music, a beer tent and donkey rides, plus much more. The entrance fee is £7 for adults, £6 for OAPs, £3 for children and under 11s go free. All proceeds go to charity. Visit for more information.

New Members Prospective new members are welcome to go along to Mawdesley and Neighbouring Villages U3A’s community morning held every Wednesday from 10.15am-11.45am at Mawdesley Village Hall, Hurst Green. It is an informal get-together where new members are made welcome and have the chance to talk to group leaders and other members to find out what is going on, when and where. Formed in 2006 and with currently around 700 members, it caters for interests ranging from books to boules; philharmonic to pilates; computers to crafts plus a wide selection of music and dancing. For more information, visit

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Paws For Thought Every wondered how assistance dogs are trained? Deborah Cornwell is giving a talk on the subject at Tarleton Library, Mark Square, on Tuesday, May 6, from 10.30am-11.30am.

Make A PACT The next Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting for Hesketh Bank residents is being held at Booths supermarket coffee shop, Station Road, on Thursday, May 1, between 1pm and 1.30pm. The public are invited to go along and raise nonemergency policing matters.

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Stroll along the peaceful nature trail or take to the water on a Canoe Safari or guided boat tour for some amazing natural encounters. Watch birds from the comfort of the hides, discover mini-beasts at the pond zones, meet the family of otters, see flamingos, splash and dash in the adventure play area and explore the new interactive wetland wildlife exhibit ‘WoW’, is it Weird or Wonderful? You’ll be amazed at how close you can get to fantastic wetland wildlife. To celebrate new life emerging, WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is holding its annual Downy Duckling Week from Saturday, May 24, to Sunday, June 1. Join in with this award winning egg-to-duckling experience. Take part in fascinating ‘candling’ workshops (where a light is used to look inside an egg), watch chipping eggs in anticipation and meet the newlyhatched fluffy ducklings in the nursery. The event is taking place between 11am and 4pm and included in the normal admission price or free to WWT members. For more information on events and activities taking place at Martin Mere visit or call 01704 895181. Martin Mere is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm during the summer months and 9.30am to 4.30pm in the winter and car parking is free. The centre is situated off the A59, signposted from the M61 (J8), M58 (J3) and M6 (J27), and is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston lines by train from Burscough rail stations.

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