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At last summertime is here and with it comes the chance to enjoy the great outdoors and spend some quality time with family, friends and neighbours. When you’re out there enjoying yourself at the many fairs, fetes and carnivals in West Lancashire, do spare a thought for the hard working volunteers who have beavered away organising these events – their efforts to bring together the community should be commended.
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Speaking about those who do good for the community, it was a great privilege to be at the opening of the new Villages in Partnership shop in Burscough last weekend. This Croston-based charitable organisation raises money from the local community via its shops in Longton and Hesketh Bank, and helps fund community groups in 25 villages in West Lancs, Chorley and South Ribble. If you have any clothes, books or other goods that you’d like to donate, do pop along to the shop which is based on the main A59 near the Post Office. As per usual at this time of year, we’ll be recharging our batteries with a quick break, during which we’ll be thinking about how to improve Local Life. We’d like to know what you like about Local Life, what you don’t like, and what else you’d like to see included in the magazine, so if you have any comments, please email them to email@example.com. Hope you have a great summer, see you in late August.
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Croston in Bloom Croston is gearing up to take part in the North West in Bloom competition and if you are a local resident your village needs your help! Judging will take place on Thursday 11th July and Croston Parish Council is looking for people living in the village to lend a hand and really wow the judges. Any assistance you can muster would be greatly appreciated; such as floral displays, keeping gardens and areas around your property tidy. Good luck Croston!
Open Gardens Trail Mere Brow Methodist Church will be hosting their annual Open Gardens Trail on Sunday 14th July from 12noon-5pm. There are seven gardens in Mere Brow and Holmes that will be opening their gates for you
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Knit & Natter If you like knitting then we have found the place to go – Burscough Library on Mill Lane holds a knit and natter group every Friday from 1.30pm-4pm. Everybody is welcome, there is no fee and you can stick around afterwards to enjoy a cup of tea. For more information please call the Library on 01704 892334.
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Charity Bike Ride Luke Holden from Gorsey Lane in Mawdesley recently cycled the length of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal in aid of funds for Mawdesley Methodist Church. It has been Luke’s wish to do the ride for a couple of years and he successfully completed it with two friends – Steve Kingsford and Neil Thompson, also from Mawdesley. Luke told Local Life, “I decided years ago that I wanted to complete this journey and the fact that I have been able to do it and raise £820 for the Church is fantastic!” The biking trio set off on the 128-mile ride and cycled for three days, stopping overnight in Barrowford and at home in Mawdesley along the way before finally arriving in Liverpool.
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Burscough Raft Race Visitors to Burscough Wharf over the May Bank Holiday enjoyed a host of entertainment including music, comedy and family fun. The star of the show was the annual raft race and competitors really went to town this year! The raft race took place on the Sunday organised by the team at M.Bar.K. Eleven teams competed as the crowds lined the route from Wheat Lane swing bridge to the finishing line at the Wharf. The winning team, ‘Not too far from a Bar’ crossed the finish line in an impressive 14 minutes, followed by last year’s winners who came a close second. Money raised on the day was donated to the Alfie Lund Fund.
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Charity Shop Champions To many people a charity shop is just a charity shop; somewhere you can drop off your unwanted items with no hassle. But if you ever stopped to think about the causes behind them you might realise the amount of people these organisations can reach out to – some of them right on your doorstep! Villages in Partnership (V.I.P) is a charity based in Croston that was set up in 2005 to improve the social, environmental, health and economic quality of life for the residents in the surrounding 23 villages. This includes residents in Burscough, Rufford, Parbold, Hilldale, Mawdesley and Scarisbrick. The charity provides a range of services for local residents including; community projects, support and advice and securing funding for local community groups. Some of their past projects have seen them help to refurbish Croston Community Centre, Bretherton Ancient Crosses, and work closely with Coppull Parish Council. Each year there are a variety of community grants available from the charity and applications are always welcomed from local groups and organisations within the represented villages. The maximum grant is £500 – so keep your eyes peeled for details for 2014. There are lots of ways you can join and benefit from V.I.P; they even host their own coffee mornings, held on
the first Friday of every month. For more information about venues please check the village notice boards for updates; then all that’s left to do is pop along, have a brew, buy a raffle ticket and browse the regular stalls. V.I.P also runs two charity shops to help support their work, with the third shop opening in Burscough just last weekend. If you are a local community group that would like some help finding possible funds or help with completing funding application forms – just give V.I.P a call! Volunteers are needed to help with sorting
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If you’re worrying about what on earth you’re going to do to keep the little ones happy over the summer, The Grove Community Association in Burscough has the answer. The team is now busy planning their summer programme, which will be full of fun activities, for young people between the ages of 8 -13 during the summer school holidays.
Do you care for or know anyone who cares for someone with Dementia? There’s no need to feel isolated; Crossroads Friendship Circle can help you to make friends and talk to people who find themselves in the same position as you. The group holds a monthly meeting that consist of activities and sometimes outings to places of interest. The people you care for will be looked after by their experienced carer support workers, so you don’t have to worry. The group is supported by Chorley Borough Council and Crossroads Care – for more information please contact Joanne or Susan on 01257 230698.
The programme will offer varied activities on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday based at The Grove on Station Approach from 9.30am to 4.00pm. Daily activities will include arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor sport, cooking, swimming, music, dance, drama, archery, outdoor adventure activities, workshops and much more. This will all be available for a basic cost of £8 a day - free registrations are now being taken for young people between these ages, who live in, go to school or are cared for in Burscough, Newburgh, Rufford, Holmeswood, Scarisbrick and Lathom. Dates for pre-booking sessions and activities will be held at The Grove between 2pm and 6pm on Tuesday 16th, Thursday 18th, Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th July. Places will be kept for people who just wish to come along and pay on the day. For further information and up to date news please visit the website at www.thegapburscough.org.uk or call Liz, Lou or Sue on 01704 896424 (option 3).
Expedition Force The summer holidays are upon us and like many parents the dread starts to creep in as to how we are going to entertain the children during their time off! Fear not, the Parbold Holiday Club is here to help. Their children’s club runs from Monday 22nd July until Friday 26th July and is perfect for children aged 5-13 years old; better yet it’s FREE! The activities will be held at Parbold Evangelical Church on Chorley Road in Hilldale from 10am-12.30pm each day. For more information please contact David or Rosalyn on 01257 463423.
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Park Hall Re-Launch Next Sunday, (7th July) will see the launch of a brand new Antiques & Collectors Fair at Park Hall Hotel in Charnock Richard, Chorley. Park Hall has been an internationally recognised venue for world famous antiques and collectors fairs since the 1970’s, once hosting Europe’s largest with over 500 traders and thousands of visitors to this weekly one-day attraction.
Jeanette Marshall, Marketing Manager for Park Hall Hotel commented: “We are delighted that the new weekly antiques and collectors fair at the Hotel is being re-launched with Kerry and Paul, both of whom have the full support of Lavender Hotels. It is anticipated that other activities will be developed to support the antiques including a craft fair and specialist hobby style events and we are open to suggestions should someone approach us with an idea.” To enquire about a stall at Antiques & Collectors Fair at Park Hall Hotel, please contact Paul on 07944 433666.
Charnock’s Antiques & Collectors Fair is partnering with Park Hall Hotel to re-launch everyone’s favourite Sunday day out, opening its doors to national and international traders and savvy public looking for that timeless investment. The Fair will run from 9.30am-3.30pm every Sunday in Park Hall’s Lancastrian Suite, which will be its weekly Sunday venue, supported by Lavender Hotels. Antiques industry entrepreneurs Kerry and Paul, co-owners of Charnock’s Antiques & Collectors Fair, have been regular traders at Park Hall for the last 20 years, both boasting successful businesses in this niche market. The launch will feature a range of up to 150 stalls filled with mixed antiques and collectables including jewellery, pottery and crockery, silverware, furniture, paintings, military ware, clocks and watches, retro and nostalgia. Food and beverages will be served on site or you can enjoy a meal in the Park Hall Hotel from their special Sunday menu. Heskin’s Kerry Welsh, a business partner in this new
Costume jewellery, as any lady will know, is a perfect accessory to liven up any outfit. Here’s your chance to learn how to make your own. The one day jewellery workshops at Cedar Farm Galleries are the perfect place to make inspiring pieces that you can keep forever. Heather Scott will show you the art of stringing – there will be a range of semi-precious beads and clasps for you to choose from and you will be left with your very own beaded necklace.
As you may be aware, West Lancashire is twinned with Cergy-Pontoise in France, just North of Paris. You may not be aware that the West Lancashire Footpath Group has been running a successful exchange for ten years with a walking club there. A visit by the French group is scheduled for the weekend of Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October - arriving on Friday evening and returning to Paris on the Sunday evening. Walks will be arranged for both days and you would be expected to provide packed lunches for your guests and evening meals.
The next course will be held on Saturday 27th July between 12pm-3.30pm at a cost of £42.50 plus the cost of materials. The workshops are very popular so be sure to book in advance – for more information please contact Heather on 01704 823355 or e-mail info@ heatherscottjewellery.co.uk
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Come and join the Mawdesley Summer Fair at St Peters School for a whole lot of family entertainment this Sunday (30th June). You and the kids can enjoy face painting, a bouncy castle, sweets, beat the goalie and wet the teacher! There will also be refreshments available including hot dogs, bacon baps and Pimms. The fair will be held on the school grounds on Hurst Green from 12.30pm-2.30pm, entrance is £2 for adults, £1 for concessions and children go free.
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Mum2mum Market Following the successful launch of Mum2mum Markets in West Lancashire earlier this year the award winning indoor pop up sales are moving to a new larger location at Christ Church Ministry Centre on Long Lane in Aughton. Mum2mum Market organise nearly new sales of baby and children’s clothes, toys, books and equipment. Mums book a stall through the website and sell their outgrown kids’ stuff to other mums. Buyers can expect to find a huge variety of second hand baby and children’s clothes, toys, books and equipment, in great condition and at a fraction of the high street price. The next mum2mum market will be held at the Ministry Centre this Saturday (29th June) from 10am-12pm, admission is £2 on the door or a 2 for 1 voucher can be downloaded from the website – for more information please visit www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
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Summer Serenade Parbold Chamber Choir will be singing a Summer Serenade at Parbold Village Hall on Saturday 13th July at 7.30pm. The tuneful travels set off to Eastern Europe with folksongs by Bartok, Seiber and the Estonian composer, Veljo Tormis. The choir will then head home for some familiar melodies with Celtic connections, before setting sail across the Atlantic for stylish show songs and standards. There’s something for everyone and a delicious buffet will be on offer too. Please bring your own drink, but glasses will be provided. Tickets cost £10 (including buffet) and can be booked by calling 01704 821303, 01772 491121 or via the website at http://www.parboldchamberchoir.co.uk
Methusala Music Festival Mawdesley’s biggest and best music festival is making a welcome return on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August. After the resounding success of the music festival in 2010 and 2011, the organisers are re-charged and primed, ready to go for the 2013 shindig. The only difference to proceedings this year is a change of venue; the festival is bigger and needs more space and will now be held at Rock and River Outdoor Pursuits at the Cliffs Farm Activity Centre on Wood Lane. If you haven’t heard of the Methusala Music Festival you might be wondering what it is all about. The music festival is based on family fun, held over three days and nights; featuring the best and eclectic organically grown music, the music this year will be diverse and as exciting as ever. There will be a chance to get involved with some outdoor pursuits, including canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, hope ropes, archery and much more. There will also be a wide range of stalls for you to explore as well as real ale and cider bars, theatres, workshops and children’s areas! For more information about ticket prices and how to purchase yours have a look online at www.methusala.co.uk
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The popular village festival is back for 2013 and looks to be bigger and better than ever before! This year’s theme is Monsterfest and there will be lots of entertainment to be enjoyed on the day including, face painting, Punch and Judy, Tug-o-War, children’s fairground rides and a bouncy castle. There will also be refreshments, stalls, a beer tent and a raffle. The festival will be held at Alder Land playing fields from 1pm-5pm – entrance is £1.50 for adults and children go free.
Burscough Junior FC will be holding a fun day on Saturday 20th July at the Thomas Galvin playing fields on Abbey Lane. The club is hoping to be able to take over the fields as their own and would like to take the opportunity to share all the information with parents and the local community. The fun will start at 11am and run through until 4pm, there will be lots of activities on the day including mini soccer games, football contests, a bouncy castle, face painting, Beer tent for the adults and a Hog roast. Everyone is welcome so make sure you pop by and show your support.
Green Fayre Beacon Country Park is the place to be if you’re looking for a day out on Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st July. The Green Fayre will be held at the park in Up Holland between 11am-5pm and there will be lots of activities to capture the imaginations of the whole family. You can watch a dog display team, falconry displays and even some sheep dog trials. If you’re more into arts and crafts then take a peek at some chainsaw wood carving, coppice crafts or some clog making. Other attractions will include live folk music featuring the Long Hill Ramblers, a climbing wall and various children’s rides and entertainment. Admission is free – for more information please contact 01695 622794.
Kathryn’s Festival After the success of last year’s event, the Parbold Pink Panthers will be hosting their 2nd charity run in memory of Kathryn Curran. The run will take place on Saturday 13th July, starting at 2pm from the Parbold Village Festival. The run will take the group on a multiterrain route of approximately 5 miles, finishing back at the festival. There will be medals and cupcakes for all the finishers as well as some prizes to be won! If you would like to take part in the run then please register at the Festival on the day from 1pm-1.45pm – places are limited to 100 and is only suitable for over 16’s, the entry fee is £5 and all proceeds go to Queenscourt Hospice.
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The annual Westhead Carnival will be making a welcome return on Thursday 4th July. This popular three-day event will kick off on Thursday with a car boot sale and bingo on the school field at Westhead Lathom St James’ on School Lane. The fun will continue on Friday 5th July with a fancy dress ball, this is a ticketed event so please make sure you book yours.
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The carnival will finish on Saturday 6th July with a traditional carnival – starting with a procession at 12.30pm. The route will begin at Crosshall Brow ending on the school field where there will be some great attractions including displays and funfair rides. Admission is £1 for adults and 50p for children each day. For more information about times and tickets please contact Peter on 01695 577217.
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Shakespeare Classics Rufford Old Hall will be the setting for the Handlebards during July as they perform two of Shakespeare’s classics. The performance includes four actors, four bicycles, 40 characters and 926 mile adventure. For two months the Handlebards will be travelling from Glasgow to London by bike, carrying with them all of the necessary set, props and costumes needed to perform some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Join them on their journey as they reach Rufford Old Hall, where they will be performing Romeo and Juliet on Tuesday 23rd and Twelfth Night on Wednesday 24th July in the Great Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm and the performance starts at 7pm – tickets are £12 for adults and £8 for children. Booking is essential so to reserve your seat please call 01704 821254.
Summer Fayre Fun for all the family is promised at Trinity Methodist Church in Westhead when they hold their annual Summer Fair this Saturday (June 29th). There’s all the traditional favourites on offer such as tombolas, raffle, afternoon tea and a trail quiz. There will also be a street dance performance by pupils of Trinity and St Michaels at 2.30pm and a demonstration of the great highland bagpipe. The event runs from 2pm-4pm this Saturday.
Bretherton Gardens Bretherton Gardens is a group of five beautiful and varied gardens spaced across the pretty conservation village of Bretherton. This year their owners will be throwing open their garden gates to visitors to raise funds for the National Gardens Scheme charities and for St Catherine’s Hospice at Lostock Hall. As well as a chance to peep behind the hedges at the wonderful array of plants, there will also be live entertainment, plants and produce for sale, plus the chance to stop for home-made tea and cakes at the Congregational Church on South Road. Combined entry to all five gardens will be £5 for adults and children go free. Opening times are 12pm-5pm, and the next open days are Sundays 9th June and 14th July. For more information please contact 01772 600896 or visit the NGS website at www.ngs.org.uk
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Early Pension Release - Be on your guard! Pension release is when you agree to transfer your pension savings to an arrangement that will allow you to access your funds before you reach the age of 55. In rare cases, such as terminal illness, it’s possible to access pension funds before the age of 55. There are a number of companies(most of which are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that are now cold calling individuals with promises of immediate tax free cash . Whilst this may sound tempting it is fraught with potential issues. For most people, promises of early cash are false and are likely to result in serious tax consequences. Transferring your pension early can result in tax charges and penalties of more than half the value of your pension savings, and those being targeted are usually not told about these potential tax implications. You need to understand the risks of releasing or ‘cashing in’ your pension before 55, when it’s fraud, how you might be targeted with illegal pension transfer or pension loan offers and who to contact if you suspect it. Some pension transfer schemes that offer to release
your pension before the age 55 can be illegal if you are misled about the consequences of entering into one of these arrangements. This could be because you’re not informed of the tax consequences, fees involved or how the remainder of your pension savings are invested. An increasing number of companies are targeting individuals claiming that they can help them release their pension cash early. You may be targeted through websites, mass texting or through cold calls offering pension loans or opportunities to cash in your pension. You should be very wary about giving out information in response to a text or cold call. You should always make sure that you know who you’re dealing with. You should always take appropriate financial advice before using pension release websites and be aware of the potential for charges being imposed by HMRC. Converting your pension into cash before the age of 55 might sound very attractive if you urgently need money. However, if something sounds too good to be true, it often is. The risks of cashing in your pension early include: •
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You may be hit by unexpectedly high fees. As part of the release transaction, you will probably have to pay the organisers a ‘commission’ or ‘arrangement fee’ and these can typically range from 10–30%.
You may be misled as to the consequences of the transfer. You may not be informed or misled as to the huge tax consequences of making such a transfer.
You may be hit with significant charges by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If you release your pension, you need to tell HMRC and will have to pay tax. If you fail to tell HMRC and HMRC contacts you first, you may be charged penalties and interest in addition to the tax.
It is important to also watch out for the alternative names given for forms of pension release, including pension loans, pension transfers and pension liberation.
pension as a tax free lump sum. Unlocking your pension will almost certainly mean you will have less income in retirement and, as a result, unlocking is only suitable for a very limited number of people and circumstances.
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Summer Pops Concert Ormskirk Music Society is bringing you a selection of music from the stage, screen and wireless at their Summer Concert, to be held this Saturday (29th June 2013). The programme will include film music such as the “Raiders March”; songs from musicals and shows and theme music from TV and wireless – including, of course, The Archers. Another highlight will be the return of popular young pianist Tom Kimmance, who will be playing the “Cornish Rhapsody” and the “Spellbound Concerto” from Hitchcock’s 1945 psychological thriller. The orchestra will be conducted by Jim Cooke; and the choir will be conducted by Ian Shirley. The concert will be held at The Ormskirk School on Wigan Road, commencing at 7.30pm. Admission is £9 for adults and £5 for children and tickets can be obtained at the door.
Simply Sinfonietta The Lancashire Sinfonietta is celebrating their 17th anniversary with their latest offering Simply Sinfonietta. The group will be celebrating with some of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire including Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven. The concert takes place at 7.30pm this Saturday (29th June) at The Minster on Church Street in Preston. Tickets cost £15.50 for adults, £14.50 for concessions and £5.50 for students – book your tickets now by calling 01524 594151 or go online at www.lancs-sinf.com/events
Art Workshops The popular art workshops are back at the Angel Gallery, on The Common in Parbold Colour. Whether you are seasoned artist or would like a bit of help to discover your creative flair there is a full mix of workshops that you can choose from. You can choose from; Mixing (paint provided) on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July, Proportional Drawing on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July, Observational Drawing Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July or Watercolour Textures, using different techniques on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July. The workshops are priced at £60 each or you can book two workshops for £110. If none of that floats your boat, why not try the Figure Painting workshop (clothed model) on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July – this course is a one of fee of £70. All of the workshops are tutored by Tina Martin, so for more details or to book your place please call 07708 082797.
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Patchwork of Life The Croston Crafters will be hosting their annual flower and quilt festival from Friday 26th July until Sunday 28th July at St Michaels & All Angels Church on Church Street. Members of the group will be on hand to display their work and offer any advice and the flowers will be displayed by the Becconsall Flower Club. The event will take place each day from 11am-4pm and refreshments will be available to purchase – entrance is £2 and children under 16 go free. All the funds raised will go towards the refurbishment of the church.
Illumination in Ormskirk Ormskirk Parish Church will be host to a new play on Tuesday 30th July Written by Donna Worthington and directed by Edge Hill’s Bill Hopkinson, lllumination celebrates the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels. The play asks the question: which selves do we need to let go of in order to find redemption and celebrates the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels, illuminated holy manuscripts from around 700 AD, to their northern home this summer. The themes of the Lindisfarne Gospels’ journey are at the heart of a play which explores death, resurrection, and the search for the truth and nature of who we are. The play weaves visual images from the Gospels into a contemporary story to temporarily return the ancient pictures to the churches’ walls. The play starts at 7.30pm
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Recipe of the month
Salmon and Watercress Tart
Preparation time 30-60 minutes Cooking time 25 minutes Serves 4-6
Salmon and peppery watercress make a great combination for a tasty quiche
Method You can make the pastry in a food processor according to the manufacturer’s instructions or if you prefer, rub the butter into the flour in a bowl with your fingertips. Add the egg yolk and just enough water to bring the dough to a firm ball. Roll the pastry out large enough to line a loosebottomed 24cm wide, 3.5cm deep tart tin. Lightly butter the tin, and then dust it with a small amount of flour, knock out the surplus then lower in the circle of pastry making sure you push it right into the edges. Be careful not to make holes or tear it. Trim the excess pastry and place in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes. Set the oven at 200C/Gas 6. Put a baking sheet in the oven to warm. Line the pastry case with kitchen foil and baking beans or a saucer and slide onto the hot baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and carefully lift the beans or saucer and foil out. Return the pastry case to the oven for five minutes or so, until the surface is dry to the touch. Remove from the oven and set aside. Turn the oven temperature down to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
few seconds, then remove from the heat, cool under cold running water and squeeze dry. Tuck the watercress into the tart case in between the salmon pieces. Gently whisk the eggs and cream, pour into the case and bake for 25 minutes, or until set. Serve warm.
Ingredients • For the pastry case • 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting • 100g butter, cut into small pieces, plus extra for greasing • 1 egg yolk
For the filling, place the salmon in a baking dish, brush with oil or butter, season lightly with salt and pepper and bake for 15 minutes, or until the flakes break apart easily. Remove from the oven. Leave to cool a little, then break into large pieces. Place the pieces of fish in the tart case.
• A little water
Wash the watercress leaves, removing and discarding the thickest of the stems. Put the wet watercress into a saucepan, cover tightly with a lid and place over a high heat. Cook for a couple of minutes, or until the leaves wilt a little. They should keep their colour. Turn the watercress over once with tongs, let it steam a further
• A little butter or groundnut oil
For speed, or if you don’t like making pastry, use a pack of the ready-made variety.
For the filling • 400g salmon fillet • Salt and black pepper • 2 large handfuls watercress • 4 eggs • 400ml double cream
Win tickets to The UK's largest independent flower show, Southport Flower Show, returns this summer for its 84th year from 15-18 August 2013. Attracting around 70,000 visitors, the four day event will feature the very best in garden design, gourmet foods and entertainment and we have got FIVE pairs of tickets to give away to our readers!
Carol Vorderman will be launching this year’s show and there will be a host of celebrities in attendance during the event from celebrity chefs like Simon Rimmer to gardening experts such as Channel 4’s Landscape Man, Mathew Wilson. The theme for 2013 will be 'Pride', with proud gardeners, growers and designers, showcasing their talents.
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The Inspirational show gardens this year will offer unique features, exquisite furniture and plants leaving visitors buzzing with ideas on how to transform their own garden, whatever its size. There is also a dedicated allotment section for those who want their gardens to be productive as well as pretty.
Visitors will be surrounded by over a million blooms, more than 350 exhibitors and approximately 18 show gardens. The show also boasts the North West Food and Book Festival as well as live music and entertainment.
There is a stunning Grand Floral Marquee which will be packed with spectacular displays from some of the country’s top independent growers, competing to be the best in show. The show can also be enjoyed whatever the weather, thanks to the variety of covered marquees, and Victoria Park's purpose built drainage system and level surfaces. The show also has the largest amateur growers’ marquee in the country with classes in excess of 370 which are open to anyone willing to put their growing skills to the test. Amateur gardeners can showcase their skills alongside the most talented professional grand floral growers and be in with a chance of winning part of a £50,000 prize fund. Over the past few years, the Southport Flower Show has expanded and now includes a wide programme of food, books and entertainment, with the inclusion of the North West Food Festival, North West Book Festival, and a significant feature on Edible Gardens with a special Honey and Bees section.
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What’s On in the North West Morpheus Glass Open Studio
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At the open studio sale weekend there will be a wide range of pieces on show and many items will have up to 70% off plus all orders placed on the weekend will receive 30% off the normal RRP. All their work is handmade by glass designer Stephanie Bowen at the studio and pieces can be made to order to suit any space including splashbacks.
Travel back in time at Speke Hall near Liverpool this summer! Back by popular demand, this is your chance to see beautiful veteran, vintage and classic vehicles on display, chat with their owners, and visit the amazing Vintage Market for timeless bargains. You can chill out to the retro sound of live performers and enjoy delicious food cooked on site at the Festival. When: Cost: Details: Where:
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The event will feature a fantastic array of Hot Air Balloons of various shapes and sizes. There is a giant funfair, helicopter rides, licensed bar, and the event would also feature a special Glow Night on the Saturday, where the balloons light up to a choreographed musical display. There’s also a full program of family orientated entertainment, including mini circus performances, with clowns, jugglers and magic.
Cheshire Steam Fair Held at Daresbury, near Warrington, the Cheshire Steam Fair is one of the largest events of its kind. Attractions include: 40 Steam Engines, 300 Classic Cars, 150 Vintage Commercials, 150 Classic Motorcycles and 50 Tractors. There are bouncy castles, Quad Bike rides, birds of prey, a miniature railway, fairground organs, arena attractions, trade stands, a Craft & Fine Food marquee, fairground rides and lots more. When: Sat 13th July & Sun 14th July (10am-5pm) Cost: Adult £8, Over 65 £7, Under 16 £4, Family £20 Details: 01751 200839 www.outdoorshows.co.uk Where: WA4 4AG
Green Fayre at Beacon Park The Green Fayre at Beacon Park near Up Holland is West Lancashire’s premier countryside event, celebrating the great outdoors and countryside life. Don’t miss demonstrations in a variety of woodland crafts including, chainsaw carving, willow weaving, basket making and hooping. The show arena will also include sheepdog trials, Viking battles and birds of prey displays. A music marquee houses a variety of folk and traditional music performers. When: Cost: Details: Where:
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RHS Flower Show Tatton Park The North’s greatest garden party has lots of fresh ideas for visitors. Check out the Great British Allotment area, or if ornamental plants are more your thing, head to the Floral Marquee to find a huge choice from some of the UK’s top nurseries. Don’t miss some fascinating show garden designs. Ladies Day returns by popular demand on Friday 26th July. When: Cost: Details: Where:
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Knowsley Flower Show The Knowsley Flower Show celebrates their 15th year! The Floral Marquee will be a blaze of colour and scent, and this year they have classes suitable for anyone, every age and capability including some special classes for children and young people themed around their crystal anniversary. Also new for 2013 is a Food for Thought area sponsored by Love Food Hate Waste with lots of advice on healthier eating and free recipe giveaways and lots of tips on how not to waste food.
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Blackpool Air Show Blackpool Air Display is a magnificent seaside air display for all the family. Every year sees bigger and better displays as crowds gather along Blackpool’s Golden Mile. From the Spitfire to the ultra-modern Typhoon there is something for everyone and the Blackpool Air Show. The main action takes place between Promenade Point and South Pier. When: Cost: Details: Where:
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Southport Flower Show Located in Victoria Park, the Southport Flower Show features stunning show gardens, the finest flower and vegetable displays, specialist foods and books, celebrity guests and much more. Every day there is something new happening, from talks and lectures to cookery presentations in the kitchen. The main arena entertainment brings you jousting medieval knights and free flying birds of prey, dog displays and the fun of what happens when sheepdogs meet Indian Runner ducks. Don’t miss it!
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Family Fun Raceday Haydock Park’s fabulous family fun race day returns in the summer holidays and this year’s theme is ‘Under The Sea’. Join them for an action-packed family day out not just with fantastic racing, but with FREE children’s activities ranging from face-painting to bouncy castles, craft workshops to funfair rides ... but best of all it’s FREE for children 17 and under, accompanied by a paying adult. When: Thur 8th Aug (gates open at 12.10pm) Cost: £32.40 Details: 01942 402624 www.haydock-park.co.uk Where: WA12 0HQ
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Southport Town & Country Fair This popular event moves to a new home at the Leisure Lakes in Mere Brow. Attractions include the 360 bicycle stunt team, horse carriage driving, a shopping mall, craft marquee, sheepdog displays, duck herding, children’s entertainment and a bouncy castle. Also for the children there will be a bee, worm and reptile house, donkey rides and you can even enter your own dog into the daily shows at 1pm. Sat 24th - Mon 26th August (10am-5pm) Adult £5, Senior £4.50, Child £1 Family Ticket £12 (2 Adults, 3 Children) Details: 01704 212734 www.garden-festivals.com Where: PR4 6JX When: Cost:
Darwen The sun was shining and it was a Bank Holiday weekend, so we loaded up the dogs in the car and set off on a 30 minute drive to the West Pennine Moors. Today, we were about to tackle a walk which includes an historical landmark that celebrates the public’s right to roam those moors – the Darwen Tower – which overlooks the Lancashire town of Darwen. The good news is, at just over 3½ miles long it’s probably the shortest Jack’s Tracks we have ever published, but the bad news is that most of the walking seemed to be of a somewhat vertical nature! However, once you get to the top of Darwen Tower, you are amply rewarded with amazing views stretching, on a clear day, as far as the Isle of Man! Darwen Hill stands at a height of 1225 feet and the paths leading up to it are extremely steep in parts. If you do have mobility problems, this isn’t a walk for you.
To get to the starting point take the M6 North, and then head east on the M65 to junction 3. Take the third exit on the roundabout, heading south to Bolton. Follow that road for 4 miles and then take a left turn into Tockholes Road. The Royal Arms pub (BB3 0PA) is 1½ miles down that road on the right hand side.
Royal Arms – Fine Peters Farm Park up near the Royal Arms pub, either in the public car park near the bus-turning area or in the car park adjacent to the Royal Arms private car park. Cross over to the other side of the road, heading for the bridleway sign and negotiate your way through the wooden barriers. Ten yards further on, turn right at the wooden sign for the woods and water trail and head downhill. The path bears to the left, and you’ll go down some steps and then head downhill for approximately 350
yards. As you reach the end of the path where the wooden fences are, you’ll see Upper Ruddlesworth Reservoir through the trees in front of you. Turn right at the wooden fence and go immediately down a small dip and as you are heading back up the hill, take the small path that forks off to the right. The path bears uphill through the woods, generally winds to the right, and you’ll eventually reach a wooden gate, beyond which is the main road. Go through the gate and turn left and head towards a farmhouse in the distance. Once you’ve passed the farmhouse (Fine Peter’s Farm), which dates back to 1757, turn right where the bridleway sign is and head up the path at the side of the farmhouse. Fine Peters Farm – Water House At this point you’ll clearly see Darwen Tower, sometimes known as Jubilee Tower, in the distance on the right. The path takes you uphill and then you’ll drop in the direction of Earnsdale Reservoir down below. You’ll come to a junction at the bottom of the path; go straight on down the cobbled pathway. A few yards later you’ll emerge out of the wooden area. In front of you is the entrance to Sunnyhurst Wood, but you’re going to turn right at this point in the direction of the reservoir. Walk along the straight path with the reservoir on the right hand side. Once you reach the other side of the reservoir, the path turns into a dirt track and bears round the left and then the right and uphill. Once you
along the way to rest and enjoy the fantastic views of Darwen. Follow the main track which starts to wind right in the direction of the Tower until, just before the Tower you’ll reach a crossways of paths – take a deep breath and go straight on and up towards the Tower. Upon your arrival at the crest of the hill, you can actually (if you have enough energy that is!) go up the stairway to top of the tower. Once you’ve finished taking in the majestic views and have got your breath back, head away from the Tower down the path located on the left hand side of the white pillar. 50 yards further on you’ll arrive at another path; turn left at this point and follow this path for 475 yards. Ignore the downhill dogleg path on your right hand side at this point and carry straight on for a further 200 yards. Once you’ve passed a bench and the path swings to the left, take the second opening in the fence on the right hand side. Head across the middle of the field and when you reach the other side the path bears to the right and you go down quite a steep stony path. Go over the wooden stile, and take a direct left turn and head down the stone steps. Higher
reach the cattle grid when the path bends to the left again, you’ll see a wooden gate; go through the gate and head up the very steep hill. Jump over the stile at the top of the hill onto a wide track. Turn left and go downhill until you reach a house on your left called Water House. Opposite Water House there is a concrete path that forks away from the track – head up this concrete path. Water House – Royal Arms
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The concrete path has steel barriers running alongside the left hand side of it. Once you’ve reached the second gap in that barrier – just by the wooden telegraph pole – turn left, leaving the concrete path. As you walk on the left hand perimeter of that field the pathway forks; go down either path and you’ll end up at the same destination – a disused quarry. Turn right and head up toward the metal bar gate.
When you reach the path at the bottom of the steps turn left here and follow the path as it swings back to the right and into the a wooden area. You’ll soon reach a pair of wooden gates - go through the one on the right hand side. Follow this path for almost ½ a mile until you reach a wooden gate on the left hand side of a row of terraced cottages. Go through the gate and you’ll be back at your starting point near the Royal Arms.
Darwen Tower Darwen Tower is a Grade II listed structure which was built in 1897/98 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, but to the people of Darwen it symbolises something more fundamental – the right to access to Darwen Moor. Back in the 1870’s, the Lord of the Manor, a Reverend called Duckworth who lived in Somerset, instructed his gamekeepers to block the ancient rights of way onto the Moor. Coal supplier William Ashton took exception to this move, he had to supply farmers who lived on the Moor, and when Duckworth’s gamekeepers blocked his way, he unblocked it. After a few bloody skirmishes, the issue went to court and by 1896 the townspeople had regained the right to use the moorland footpaths. Ashton had died a couple of years earlier, but his three sons led a celebratory
procession up on to the moors to the spot where the Tower now stands. The victory coincided with the town’s desire to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. An anonymous letter to the local paper suggested a landmark be built on the Moor to commemorate the Jubilee and also to celebrate the freeing of the Moors. The townspeople rallied behind the idea and the tower was opened in September 1898 by the Reverend William Duckworth himself.
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The Jewel in Mawdesley’s Crown The picturesque village of Mawdesley, set in the rolling Lancashire countryside, is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Every year 11 of the best kept and pristine gardens swing open their gates so that visitors can marvel at herbaceous borders and wonder at the ingenious designs of local gardeners. Mawdesley Open Gardens will be holding its 11th annual event this week; devoted gardeners will put down their secateurs and trowels, and welcome visitors into their gardens to view all their hard work. There is a huge range of gardens within the village; some are large areas which incorporate mature trees and exotic plants, whilst other gardens are more manageable, with a courtyard atmosphere growing herbs and salad leaves in planters.
There are afternoon teas served at several gardens, offering homemade cakes and scones. So why not stay and while away some time admiring the colours and scents from the flowers. Local people will be displaying their craft wares too, and there is always the opportunity to pick up that plant for you’ve always had your eye on. Refreshments and toilets will be available throughout the tour of the gardens. All proceeds raised from the event will go towards maintaining the village’s Millennium Green. The running costs for the Millennium Green total around £5,000 a year, which pays for the upkeep of this local prized possession. The Millennium Green provides a haven for local people; dog-walkers, skateboard enthusiasts, nature lovers, football kick-about, picnickers and barbecue fans, kiddies on the slide or just plain strollers. Five acres of field, wooded coppices, wild flowers, walks and play areas all combine to create a jewel in Mawdesley's crown.
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Whether youâ€™re a keen gardener after inspiration for your own garden or you just fancy having a nosey around, then the Mawdesley event is definitely for you! This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a tour of the local gardens, rich in various styles and planting; and perhaps pick up or pass on some gardening tips. If you want to find other local Open Garden events please take a look at the Open Gardens website at www.opengardens.co.uk
This year the Mawdesle y Gardens will be open to the public this Sunday (30 th June) from 12.30pm to 5pm. The cost of adm ission is ÂŁ3 per adult and children under 16 go free; this covers all 11 gardens in Mawdesley. Programmes will be on sale at the Mawdesley Village Londis on New Street or at any garden on the day - visitors can also enjoy a cream tea in som e of the gardens. Money raised from the event goe s towards maintaining Mawdesley Millennium Green. For more information ple ase contact Susan Anderson by e-mailing susananderson123@ hotmail.com. Sat Nav refe rence is L40 2QT.
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Right plant, right place When visiting peoples’ gardens I often hear the words “nothing will grow there because it is too shady”. People assume that a shady spot in their garden is doomed to be boring and unable to support plant life when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. A shady spot in your garden is an opportunity to grow a wonderful range of plants. The first thing you need to assess is whether your shade is dry shade or moist shade as this will determine which plants you can grow successfully. For example ferns such as Polystichum munitum (Sword fern) and the Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) thrive in moist shade. Some hardy Geraniums such as Geranium nodosum, Dicentra formosa (Bleeding Heart) and Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) do well in dry shade. Plants which produce white flowers are brilliant in shade because they shine out. Examples include Geranium phaeum ‘Album’, Polygonatum odorata (Soloman’s Seal), Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’ and Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’ (Elephants Ears). If foliage is your thing – and you have the space - then Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ and Fatsia japonica would be ideal. Angie is a qualified award-winning garden designer who will plan your garden to your needs from start to finish, supplying reputable contractors and the ideal plants.
…and the Chelsea Flower Show For those of you who are regular readers, I thought I would report back on this year’s visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in May. As usual it was wonderful, the show gardens were impeccable, the planting sublime and hubby, well hubby was very patient whilst I trawled the stands looking for my little piece of Chelsea to take home with me as I do every year. He was remembering with trepidation the year I bought a 6 foot high metal sunflower and the fun we had getting it into a taxi and then onto the train! He was therefore pleasantly surprised when I purchased a sweet little white bird to sit above the flowers in our tiny little patch of garden which I wistfully call the white border. Yes it was a wonderful day and it also coincided with our silver wedding anniversary and so a glass of champagne in front of the bandstand was duly called for. Bliss. Call her now for your free consultation! Author: Angie Barker Dip GD (Inst GD) BA (Hons) Garden Design For All Seasons Tel: 01942 522 405 Mob: 07857 008 383 www.angiebarker.co.uk
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