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hen British summertime gets into full swing, there’s a lot to appreciate on our isle. We usually have lush green landscapes, sparkling seas and lakes, and with long summer evenings come endless possibilities. I for one am at my happiest when the days are warmer and we have a little sunshine, and for the most part, I think the people I pass when out on a walk share this heightened sense of happiness with me. The summer is the time to get outside whether that’s sitting in the garden, going for an adventure on our bikes, or even attending a festival. And the joy of attending a festival in Britain is come rain or shine we get stuck in and have a ball. Take Botany Bay Canal Fest for example. On Sunday, August 26 and Monday, August 27, the third annual festival will bring even more life to Botany Bay. There’ll be boat rides, heritage boats, classic car display, official Silcocks Fun Fairs and Benny’s Bumper Boats! Plus local musicians, artists, The Lancashire Society and more. Now I’m not saying we don’t deserve an evening or two relaxing catching up on our favourite TV shows, or binge-watching some brand new ones. But I hope you’ll join me in having an adventure in the great outdoors too, because summer only lasts a season after all. See you next time.
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Chorley will soon see its brand new digital office park come to life at the Strawberry Fields development on Euxton Lane. Chorley Council won over £4.1m funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which will be used towards creating the £8.4m advanced digital office park. The 54,000sq ft space will provide jobs for hundreds of people and will put Chorley on the map. Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council said: “This is a very exciting and important development, and now work has begun residents and visitors will start to see a difference to the area.
“We are looking forward to seeing the finished development which is due to be completed early next year.” There will be an intensive business incubation facility for start-up businesses with onsite business advisors and university researchers giving businesses support in setting up and developing. The businesses will be offered space which includes hot desks, micro pods, flexible desks and more traditional office suites and a training room on site offering workshop facilities as well as a networking zone. The council will be working closely with Chorleybased developer and property company Primrose Holdings to ensure that the vision for the whole development is delivered as quickly as possible. Simon James of Primrose Holdings commented: “Primrose is very happy to be working alongside Chorley Borough Council to ensure the quick and effective delivery of this exciting development, of
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Rising above Planning permission has been sought to erect a three-storey apartment block in Chorley. If given the go ahead, the land at the rear of 63 and 67 Bolton Road, Chorley could soon feature a threestorey block with associated parking and additional parking. The building will house nine two-bedroom apartments, with a shared parking area comprising 18 proposed car parking spaces and six cycle spaces. Vehicular access and parking would also be provided for dwellings 65 and 67 Bolton Road, and an access for 63 and 71 Bolton Road. Neighbour, Mr Jonathan Borer said: “I am very concerned about the impact this will have to the traffic and the look and feel of the estate.
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One group of horticulturists are looking forward to the Chorley Flower Show. Now in its fourth year at Astley Park, Chorley Flower Show features a wide range of competitors, exhibitors and special guests from the gardening world. Tom Atherton, co-ordinator of the North West group of the National Sweet Pea Society is looking forward to the regional competition that will be held at the show. Tom Atherton said: “The NW Region is holding its annual Sweet Pea Flower Show at Chorley Flower Show.
“There will be graded classes for sweet peas, meaning someone who grows only a few sweet peas can compete against someone who grows hundreds. “This is the second year at Chorley Flower Show, and it’s only the second regional flowers show we’ve ever had. “Last year there were 37 different competitors, and between them they had quite a lot more entries.
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“It gives members a chance to compete at a more local level, not as bad as travelling to some of the far away locations. “Adam Frost from Gardener’s World will present prizes on the Saturday. “It’s fantastic for Chorley to be hosting the summer show and it really is proving we are the Northern Flowerhouse. “There will be plenty of advice on offer with fun activities and demonstrations so if there’s anything you’ve ever wanted to know about sweet peas come along and see us over that weekend. “It’s a sweet pea extravaganza.” To find out more about the Sweet Pea Society, please visit www.sweetpeas.org.uk/membership/ regions/
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Botany Bay Canal Fest returns for a third year this August Bank Holiday weekend. Everyone’s invited on Sunday, August 27 and Monday, August 28 to enjoy festivities and entertainment on land and water. There’ll be boat rides, hook a duck, classic car display, hawks and owls, vintage bus rides, swing boats and bumper boats. And this year, Botany Bay will welcome the return of
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A new sporting event could be on the way to Chorley in 2019. The council has asked the people of Chorley about introducing a possible ‘Chorley 10k’ running event. Chorley Council said on Facebook: “We’re looking at our events programme for next year and wondered what people would think about us introducing a ‘Chorley 10k’ running event? We’d love to know as we put on the events for you to enjoy and take part in. “The rational for looking at this type of event is partly because they are successful elsewhere but it also ties in with one of our priorities to improve people’s health and wellbeing. And it could attract quite a lot of people into the borough and therefore
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Planning Matters Chorley Bonners Furniture Unit 22 Highfield Industrial Estate North Street: Change of use from retail (class A1) to storage (class B8) and subdivision of unit to form two separate units with associated alterations (ref: 18/00655/FUL). Oâ€™Riordan And Co. Solicitors, 1 Queens Road: Change of use of offices to 3 flats. Alterations and raised decking to the rear, including external staircase (ref: 18/00603/FUL). Land at the rear of 63 and 67 Bolton Road: Erection of building comprising nine apartments with associated parking and additional parking for 65 and 67 Bolton Road (ref: 18/00586/FUL).
Parklands High School, Southport Road: Erection of extension to sports hall to house multigym (ref: 18/00580/FUL). Coppull Chapel Lane Business Park, Chapel Lane: Erection of new industrial building (ref: 18/00417/FUL). Croston Drinkhouse Farm, Drinkhouse Road: Application for prior determination for the demolition of 3no. steel portal framed buildings (ref: 18/00599/ DEMCON). Heskin 81 Wood Lane: Erection of two detached dwellings following demolition of existing garages and outbuildings (ref: 18/00598/FUL).
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t’s summer and thankfully the weather this year has been good to us after a cold and wet spring, allowing us to enjoy our lawns. However, it is still important to maintain your grass and following a few simple procedures will keep your lawns in tip top condition. Local lawncare specialist GreenThumb has treatments to help. Keep Mowing... Cut the lawn weekly. Keep it at 2.5cm (1” approx) in length. It the temperatures are high or there is little rain adjust the length to 3.75cm (1.5” approx) as this provides important shade to the root zones helping the plants to retain moisture. Try to avoid always cutting in the same direction. This can lead to the grass lying flat and when teased up it will be much longer than it appears. Better to cut on a four week cycle. First week straight, second, at 90 degrees, third and fourth week diagonally. You will be amazed at the improvement in finished look. Ensure your mower blades are sharp as blunt blades will tear the grass as opposed to a clean cut. Torn leaves will make the grass appear to have brown tops and render the lawn unsightly. Continue to Feed and Weed... Maintain your fertilising cycle even if the lawn is dry. High quality fertilisers such as used by GreenThumb are carefully designed to have no scorch technology so can be applied and “watering in”, is not necessary. They will only start working as sufficient water is present. If rain is awaited then fertiliser applied these lawns will be at least three weeks later recovering than the ones that fertiliser was in place when it rained.
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he kids have skipped out of the school gates with beaming smiles ready for their six-week summer break. We realise that’s a long time to try and keep the kids entertained, so to make the holidays more bearable (and to ensure parents and grandparents retain their sanity) we’ve compiled a bunch of suggestions we hope you will enjoy.
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An award-winning, family friendly attraction in Kirkby where you can meet a wide range of animals, many of which you can feed and stroke. There is also horse rides throughout the summer holidays and many special events throughout the year. The farm also has two outdoor play areas, a woodland walk, plant sales centre and a farm shop, where you can buy many items produced on the farm.
Blackpool Zoo is still going strong and is home to more than 1,000 animals plus birds and reptiles.
Apple Jacks Adventure Farm Stretton Road, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4NW 07980 973 475 www.applejacksfarm.co.uk A family farm on the outskirts of Warrington with attractions aimed at children with the addition of rides and zip-wires for older children. There’s also a massive maize maze (subject to availability) to challenge your powers of direction. The park has a big free car park and places to eat but feel free to being a picnic with you if you prefer.
Providing fun and education for all ages, the zoo is a short ride from the Promenade. The scenic 32 acre park is set amongst mature trees, lakes and spacious lawns where the kids can burn off their excess energy. The elephants are always a big draw and there are also giraffes, sealions, gorillas, orangutans, camels, zebras and many, many more. The Orangutan Outlook allows visitors to get up close and personal with the apes.
Botany Bay Canal Mill, Botany Brow, Chorley PR6 9AF 01257 261 220 www.botanybay.co.uk Botany Bay has some wonderful family days out awaiting you. Parents can explore the variety of shops while children adventure through Puddletown Pirates play area. To conclude the summer holidays join Botany Bay as they host their annual Canal Fest. Relax over the August Bank Holiday weekend with entertainment and festivities such as boat rides, classic car displays, hook a duck, birds of prey and much more.
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Chipping, Preston, PR3 2QT 01995 61075 www.wildboarpark.co.uk This family run animal park has something for the whole family. You can discover and learn about animals while hand feeding them; enjoy walks, tractor and barrel rides and even stay overnight in one of their camping pods.
Brimstage Maze Behind Brimstage Hall Courtyard, Brimstage Road, Brimstage, Wirral, CH63 6JA 07709 339490 www.gregorysfarm.co.uk The maze is a three dimensional puzzle and offers an exciting new design every year. As you find your way around the maze you will discover clues and puzzles to help you get out.
Cedar Farm Back Lane, Mawdesley, L40 3SY 01704 822038 www.cedarfarm.net There’ll be multiple workshops, events and demos throughout the summer for all the family to enjoy. . There are many friendly farm animals for children to feed including goats, sheep and chickens.
Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Trafford Way, Stretford, Manchester M41 7JA 0161 749 2222 www.chillfactore.com Enjoy thrills and spills of an indoor snow park which has age specific attractions to ensure nobody is left out. There are also other activities such as a climbing wall, indoor skydiving, shops and restaurants.
Crocky Trail Cotton Abbotts, Waverton, Chester, CH3 7PH 01244 336084 www.crockytrail.co.uk Get the whole family outdoors and enjoy a mile long adventure of pure adrenaline drenched fun as you run along the famous Crocky Trail scrambling through trees, climbing over crooked bridges and swinging over the fast flowing Crocky Stream.
East Lancashire Railway Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, BL9 0EY 0333 320 2830 www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk The East Lancashire Railway is an immaculately preserved slice of British history. Trains run every weekend and Wednesday to Friday until September along the 12-mile route from Rawtenstall to Heywood.
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If you’re a Lego fanatic, the Legoland Discovery Centre provides you with the ultimate playground.
With special summer events such as Birds of Prey, sheep racing, archery, Farmer Ted’s Agility Trail, an adventure maze, and free tractor rides. Make sure you plan a day out to Farmer Ted’s.
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Martin Mere Fish Lane, Burscough, L40 0TA 01704 895181 www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere Join Dusty Duck and team for lots of exciting adventures this summer. There’ll be GIANT Bionic Bugs invading Martin Mere this summer too.
Greenslate Farm is an up and coming community farm with its very own Straw Bale Café. Come and meet the animals that live at the farm and learn many new skills too. With special events going on throughout the summer months there is lots of fun to be had down on the farm.
There is 3,000 hectares of wetland with some of the rarest birds in the world.
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Museum of Science & Industry 0161 832 2244 www.mosi.org.uk
Designed for families with children aged two to 13. The rides and attractions make Gulliver’s one of the best days out for toddlers and older children.
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The National Football Museum is the biggest football museum in the world. The unique museum brings the history of the sport to life across four floors of interactive games and displays. More than 2,500 objects are on display.
The Old Courts Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA 01942 834747 www.theoldcourts.com Find something to enjoy this summer at The Old Courts. There’s art exhibitions, regular music, dance and exercise classes and of course the oneoff music events in the Grand Vault. The venue ensures a range events and activities that the whole community can take pleasure from.
Red House Farm Red House Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 5RL 0161 941 3480 www.redhousefarm.co.uk The Red House Farm maze will be in full swing from mid-July. The site is open 7 days a week all year round. It’s always free to access the site, including the free play area, tea rooms and deli shop, and it is free to park. Please check the website for prices and opening times.
Singleton Maize Maze Mount Farm, Carr Ln, Singleton, Blackpool FY6 8LG 01253 895154 www.singletonmaizemaze.co.uk The maze at Mount Farm will be open from July 21 until September 2; this year’s theme will be safari themed, entitled ‘Wild Maze.’ Activities in and around the maze will include searching for furry and feathered friends. Also on offer is a large indoor play area with pedal go-karts, basketball, trampolines and pedal tractors. Please check the website for prices and opening times.
Summer Reading Challenge Libraries nationwide https://readingagency.org.uk/children/quickguides/summer-reading-challenge/ The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to read six library books during the summer holiday. The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers too. The annual challenge helps get three quarters of a million children to keep up their reading skills and confidence. If youngsters aged 13-19 want to get involved, the summer challenge always needs volunteers!
Tatton Park Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG 01625 374400 www.tattonpark.org.uk Set in 1,000 acres of open parkland, the former Egerton family home is regarded as one of the most complete historic estates in the country. You can uncover centuries of history at the Tudor Old Hall and wander through the impressive gardens as well as the working farm. In the stable yard there are shops and restaurants, and there’s plenty of space around for picnics, cycling, and sailing. There are more than 100 events each year at Tatton with many of them during the school summer holiday period. Meet the newly-hatched chicks in the hatchery and learn more about where your food comes from with the Field to Fork story. Or you could enjoy one of the Traditional Tales like Cinderella – little boys and girls can meet the princess!
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At home with the
Charnocks Niamh Ollerton delves into the history of the Charnock family
hrough genealogy we can trace back our family history for generations. From skeletons in the closet to anarchy and treason, there’s no end of things to discover from centuries before. Many of the old families of Lancashire and Cheshire can trace their ancestries back to the Norman Conquest of 1066. Although we haven’t travelled back in time quite as far, we have found the Charnock family of Astley Hall’s history to be an interesting one. The ancient Charnock family bloodline featured numerous subsidiary branches of the family, including the Charnock’s of Astley and the Charnock’s of Leyland. Ancient descendants of Richard de Charnock - the Charnock’s of Astley - also took their name from the township of Charnock Richard where they had their original home – the location once famed as the home of Camelot Theme Park - now Park Hall as we know it today.
35 Sometime after 1576, the first part of the grand hall of Astley Hall, Chorley was built by Robert Charnock of Charnock and Astley when their original home in nearby Charnock Richard burnt down. Britain at this time, similar to the burning down of the Charnock’s family home was in turmoil. In 1586, during the reign of Elizabeth I, a list of persons ‘ill affected to the state’ was released. And unfortunately for the Charnock family - several Charnock’s made the list, including Robert Charnock. However, luckily for Robert Charnock, he obtained a general pardon on the accession of James I. Sadly for Robert’s younger brother John, he was not granted the same pardon, and was executed for high treason in 1586 following his involvement in the ‘Babington Plot,’ the abortive attempt to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary Queen of Scots. Although unlucky in politics and religion, you could say Robert was lucky in love, as he was married no less than five times. In fact, through his five marriages Robert was connected with three of Lancashire’s most Catholic gentry families - Norris of Speke, Gerrard of Bryn and Fleetwood of Penwortham, proving to only enhance the family’s standing in Catholic Lancashire. Robert had two sons, Thomas and Roger, and following his death in 1616, Thomas inherited the impressive country manor Astley Hall. This wasn’t Thomas’ only monetary gain, as Thomas’ wife, Bridget, was the ward of the crypto-papist Sir Richard Molyneux I of Sefton. As the sole heiress of John Molyneux of New Hall, her inheritance considerably bolstered the Charnocks’ ailing finances. Unfortunately good fortune could not continue forever, as financial troubles in the 1620s forced Thomas to sell off inherited land, with the exception of Astley and the manor of Charnock Richard. Like many other Catholic Lancashire families, the Charnock family were fined heavily for their support of King Charles. Alas, the family did not learn their lesson. as Thomas’ son Robert, known as ‘Captain One Eye’, continued to offer support for the Catholic faith. His portrait still hangs in Astley Hall today,. Robert is said to have lost an eye during the Civil War, at the siege of Lathom House near Ormskirk, while he was defending it against the parliamentary army. Robert’s estates were confiscated for his actions and he had to pay a £260 fine to have them returned to him.
36 The Charnock family male blood line ceased to exist following the death of Captain One-Eye in 1653. His daughter and sole heir, Margaret, married her first husband, 13-year-old Richard Brooke from Mere, Cheshire in 1665. The teen groom then moved with his father to live at Astley Hall with his wife. Therefore Astley Hall passed ownership through this marriage to the Brooke family, and more than a century later to the Towneley-Parkers in 1787. Astley Hall features Tudor, Stuart and Georgian architecture that reflects the times and building tastes of the three families that owned it throughout most of its history.
Robert (Captain One-Eye) Charnock
Reginald Tatton inherited Astley Hall in 1906. He conveyed the Hall and park to Chorley Corporation in 1922 who dedicated it as a War Memorial in accordance with his wishes. And of course Astley Hall still remains in use as a public park for all to enjoy.
Health & Fitness
By Niamh Ollerton
here are so many reasons for us to ensure we keep active. Whether it’s swimming, running, or cycling, there are lots of health benefits that come with exercising. But, mark Wednesday, August 15, on your calendar, because it’s time to get physical.
But why cycle? Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it’s also a form of transport. It burns calories, gets your heart pumping and works your legs and abs. It can also lift your mood, put a smile on your face and improve your general health and wellbeing.
Every year since 2012, Cycle to Work Day has been the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event, and thousands of enthusiastic riders have hit the streets to celebrate everyday cycling. It’s a free event that everyone can join in.
We all know the best way to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle is to try and be active: • Cycling is proven to raise your metabolic rate, which can help to keep weight off
39 • Moderate pedal-pushing burns up to 500 calories per hour, which is more than walking or swimming • A 20-minute bike ride to work could use the same amount of calories as a cappuccino, a bar of chocolate or a 175ml glass of wine Cycling can also save you money and helps the environment. You can’t say no to hopping on your bike now can you? The low-impact exercise is easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobics activities, but it will still help you shift the pounds and get in shape. The best way to build your cardiovascular fitness on the bike is to ride for at least 150 minutes every week. For example, you could do a couple of shorter rides during the week with a longer ride at the weekend, or cycle to work a few days a week.
Dread the gym but want to tone up and improve your wellbeing? Join us at Revival Pilates for classes at Lancaster Way Community Centre, Buckshaw Village. • Led by a Chartered Physiotherapist • Small & personal classes • Tailored to your individual needs • Suitable for all ages & fitness levels • 6 week programme £48 • All equipment provided
Class timetable on www.revivalpilates.co.uk To book call Andrea on 07956 260 617 or email email@example.com
40 And that’s where Cycling to Work Day comes in. The annual event further demonstrates the benefits of cycling to work, including: 1) You’ll sleep more deeply – An early morning ride might tire you out in the short term, but it’ll help you catch some quality shut-eye when you get back to your pillow. 2) Beat illness – Forget apples, cycling will keep the doctor at bay. “Moderate exercise makes immune cells more active, so they’re ready to ﬁght off infection,” says Cath Collins, chief dietician at St George’s Hospital in London. 3) Live longer – King’s College London compared over 2,400 identical twins and found those who did the equivalent of just three 45-minute rides a week were nine
41 years ‘biologically younger.’ 4) Increase your brain power – Cycling helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus — the region responsible for memory, which deteriorates from the age of 30. How to get involved with Cycle to Work Day. All you need is a bike – new or old – and the desire to ride. You can go solo or be the change your workplace needs and organise an event for you and your colleagues. Whatever you do, however far your ride – have fun! If you don’t have a bike yet, there’s no need to worry. The scheme’s website offers exclusive deals with a big saving from www.cycletoworkday.org/ save-on-a-bike/ Pledges make prizes Every year, the Cycle to Work Day organisers track how many miles the Cycle to Work Day cyclists pledge to ride. And this year, 369,627 miles pledged so far, and counting…
Since the event began over 2 million miles have been ridden! All you need to do is contribute your saddle time for the 2018 event and pledge your miles. To make it worth your while, everyone who pledges has the chance to win some incredible prizes. When you get on your bike on Wednesday, August 15, you could secure your place in the huge prize draw. To win, tell organisers how many miles you’re planning to ride and pedal like the wind. And as it’s Cycle to Work Day, who better to get involved than employers? Add the health and wellbeing event to you HR calendar and get employees in the saddle. Employees can give cycle commuting a go, with support and advice on the way, and you can discover how cycling is great for business. To find out everything you need to know about Cycle to Work Day, please visit https://www. cycletoworkday.org/
Amanda is the Registered Care Manager for Independent Living – she answers your questions.
How much should we be paying for mum’s care at home? How does pricing work? ANSWER. Independent Living is ethical and upfront about our care prices because we feel you should know at the outset the likely cost of care. We charge £19 per hour and £13 per 30 minute call. If you contact our office in Chorley we will be clear about the cost. We know you are making difficult decisions about care and you deserve to know all the costs involved. If our prices are acceptable to you we are more than happy to visit your home to complete a free no obligation care assessment. As a company we do not pressurise anyone in to using our services – you decide in your own time.
a company should always be able to provide an hourly charge rate.
A number of care companies refuse to give prices out over the telephone, they say until they understand the tasks involved they cannot provide a price. They then reveal the price when they visit a person’s home. It is usually very expensive, over £20 per hour! We believe this is wrong and that
If you need care and want a company who is upfront with care prices please call me on 01257 696 050
Other care companies provide what looks like value for money care, for example £15 -£16 per hour. However, this often includes “travel time”. This means that you are charged for 1 hour’s care but you only get 40 minutes at your home because the remaining 20 minutes of the hour is travel. When you work it out this care is often more expensive per minute of contact time because you are paying £15 for 40 minutes.
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Our services include; Companionship Spending time with our clients; taking them out & about, on trips to the shops, doctors and other places
Personal Care Washing, bathing and dressing our clients, and providing overnight care if needed.
Housekeeping Ensuring our clients homes are clean and safe, and have enough of food and drink
Specialist Support For those clients who suffer from Parkinsonâ€™s, memory loss, strokes, cancer and need post-hospital support
Well established Chorley company. Local office on Eaves Lane. Kind, well presented carers with calls of 30 minute or more. A bespoke service to suit each individual client. Clear and upfront pricing structure. Fully insured and regulated for social care. Experienced office staff dedicated to serve your needs.
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Cool for It’s that time of the year again... yep, soon the kiddies will be off school for their summer holidays. And as sure as night follows day, by day seven most will have said “I’m bored” at least once. Fear not though - here’s your ever-dependable Local Life to the rescue!
During the school year, it’s hard to find time to bake with the kids, so now is the perfect opportunity to dig out your apron. To inspire you, here are some recipes you can use to keep the little ones from climbing the walls.
Banana Muffins Ingredients
Strawberry Lollies Ingredients
• 200g plain flour • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda • 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 350g strawberries
• 3 large mashed bananas
• 4 tbsp strawberry jam
• 150g caster sugar
• 200 ml double cream
• 1 egg
• 6 tbsp Greek yoghurt
• 75g melted butter
Take the tops off the strawberries and slice them into a bowl.
Preheat the oven to 180°c/Gas 4 and pop 12 paper baking cases in a muffin tin.
Add the jam.
Mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl.
Mash them with a potato masher. Whisk the cream in another bowl until it makes stiff peaks. Fold in the yoghurt. Stir the two mixtures together and put in the lolly moulds. Put them into the freezer and enjoy once they’re solid.
In another but larger bowl, mix together the bananas, egg, sugar and melted butter. Fold in the flour mixture and stir until smooth. Spoon the mixture evenly into the baking cases. Carefully put the muffins into the oven and bake for between 25 and 30 minutes. Allow to cool a little and then enjoy!
Kids Apple Pancakes Ingredients • 1 beaten egg • 2tsp baking powder • 100g plain flower • 3tbsp caster sugar • 25g butter • 150ml milk • 2 thinly sliced apples
Method Pop the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Make a dip in the middle with a spoon and pour in a bit of the milk and all of the egg. Mix it up to make a smooth paste.
Choccy Coconut Ball Ingredients for 5 servings • 250g digestive biscuits
Slowly add the rest of the milk and beat the mixture so that it makes a soft liquid (this is the batter).
• 45g desiccated (dried) coconut, plus a bit extra for rolling the balls in
Stir in 1 tablespoon of the caster sugar.
• 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
Heat a little bit of oil in a frying pan and put a large tablespoon of the batter into the hot pan. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes until it’s golden brown underneath and almost set on top. Then flip it over until the other side is cooked.
• 1 tin condensed milk (397g)
Keep the pancakes warm in some kitchen roll while you’re cooking the others.
Method Crush up the biscuits in a food bag (you can bash them with a rolling pin) and pop into a mixing bowl. Add the cocoa and coconut and stir together.
Then melt the butter into the pan and fry the apple slices until they’re nice and golden. Add the remaining sugar and stir until dissolved.
Pour in the condensed milk.
Put some of the apple slices inside two of the pancakes for a super sweet treat!
Keep making balls until all the mixture is gone then pop into the fridge for 30 minutes to set.
Scoop out a small handful of the mixture and roll into a ball then roll in the extra coconut.
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Chorley Flower Show 2018
Space Fact and Fiction
Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 10am-5pm
Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, September 2, 12pm-4.30pm (Saturday to Wednesday)
Celebrity gardeners, exhibitors and traders, lots of displays and the tasty food court. For 20% off gate price tickets, visit www.chorleyflowershow.com Astley Park, Chorley, PR7 1NP
Outdoor Cinema Saturday, July 28, 6pm-11pm Battle Mountain follows cyclist Graeme Obree’s quest to challenge for the world land speed record. After a meal you’ll head outside to watch the film. Tickets £22 from www.wegottickets.com Twin Lakes Velo Café, Brickcroft Lane, Croston, PR26 9RF. Tel: 01772 603894
Buckshaw Indoor Market
Space Fact and Fiction is an exciting, informative and fun exhibition all about space. Tickets available on the door. Entry fees are; Adults £3, Children (aged 6-15) £1.50, age under 5 free, family ticket (up to 2 adults and 2 children) £7. Access to the Art Gallery is via stairs only. Astley Hall’s Art Gallery, Chorley, PR7 1XA. Tel: 01257 515151
Summer Show Saturday, August 4, 9am-12pm Chorley and District Model Railway Club are holding a Big and Little Train Summer Show at Clayton Green Library.
Sun, July 29 & Sun, Aug 26, 1.45pm-5.30pm
Clayton Green Library, Library Rd, Clayton-leWoods, PR6 7EN. Tel: 0300 123 6703
A great variety of stalls. Keeping it local, supporting local businesses from the area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Buckshaw Village Community Centre, Unity Place, Buckshaw Village, PR7 7HZ. Tel: 01772 623969
St Laurence’s Light Classics Sunday, July 29, 3pm-5pm Enjoy a afternoon recital by Alison Davies (mezzosoprano) and Brian Williams (baritone). £5 including tea and cakes after the recital. Children go free. St Laurence’s Church, Union Street, Chorley, PR7 1EB. Tel: 01257 231360
Sunday, August 5, 12pm-3pm Raising money for Ronald McDonald Alder Hey. The talent competition is open to all ages and any talent, with an entry fee of £5. Entry tickets are £4 adult, £3 children, and you’ll get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize. Book to reserve your place. Coppull British Legion, Springfield Road North, Coppull, PR7 5EG. Tel: 01257 791242
Theatre in the Park Sunday, August 12, 5pm Pack a picnic, camping chairs and get family and friends together for Heartbreak Productions’ performance of The Railway Children. Tickets are £14 for adults, £9 for children or a family for £40.
SAFE - CLEAN - RELIABLE Coopers Taxis have available: • 16 seat minibus with free hi-speed Wifi • Large fleets of 6 & 8 seaters • Large fleet of cars & executive cars
Easy ways to book and pay:
Astley Park’s Walled Garden, Chorley, PR7 1NP. Tel: 01257 515151
Botany Bay Canal Fest Sunday, August 26 and Monday, August 27 Boat rides, heritage boats, classic car display, Official Silcocks Fun Fairs and Bennys Bumper Boats! Plus, local musicians and more. Free entry & mooring. Email CanalFest@botanybay.co.uk for more info. Botany Bay, Canal Mill, Botany Brow, Chorley, PR6 9AF. Tel: 01257 261220
24 hour recital Sunday, August 26, 4pm Come and listen to Fr Neil play the organ and piano in a sponsored 24 hour recital. St Laurence’s Church, Union St, Chorley PR7 1EB
Scarecrow Festival Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9
01257 261666 01257 266666 Julie [NT Live] Sunday, September 9, 7pm-10pm A new version of the classic play, Miss Julie, starring Vanessa Kirby and directed by Carrie Cracknell. Shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London. Tickets £10 (Loyalty Card Holders £8) online www.ticketsource.co.uk/ date/499138 or from 01257 264362. Ages 15+ Chorley Empire Community Cinema, Dole Lane, Chorley, PR7 2RL. Tel: 01257 264362
Save the date, bring your family and enjoy the weekend! The best free weekend in Chorley, all provided by volunteers.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A live broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Company. John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Tickets £10 (CADOS and Cinema Season Ticket Holders £8) from www.ticketsource. co.uk/event/FDLEDL
Doll, Teddy & Dollhouse Fair Saturday, September 8, 10am-3pm 38 Stalls of mainly antique and vintage dolls, doll house and Teddies. Food available, parking, disabled access and toilets. £1 admission. Robertafairs, Barton village hall, Barton, Garstang road, A6, PR3 5AA. Tel: 01772 828561
Wednesday, September 12, 7pm-10pm
Chorley Empire Community Cinema, Dole Lane, Chorley, PR7 2RL. Tel: 01257 264362
Night at the movies
Pop Up Autumn Fair
Sat, Sep 22, 7.30pm to Sun, Sept 23, 1.30am
Sunday, September 30, 1.45pm-5.30pm
Grab your friends and have a night out at the movies. Enjoy your favourite songs from Dirty Dancing, Grease, Fame, Footloose, Flashdance and more. Performed live! Visit lavenderhotels.co.uk/allevents for more information and to book.
An afternoon browsing craft and gift stalls inside Buckshaw Village Community Centre. Free Entry. Stallholders, please email craftandgiftfairs@gmail. com for booking information.
Best Western Park Hall Hotel, Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, PR7 5LP. Tel: 01257 455000
Leyland Band Matinee Sunday, September 23, 2pm-4pm The third event in the popular matinee series. Ticket are: Patrons £8, In Advance £10, On the Door £12, Under 16’s/Students £5, Under 5’s Free. Tickets available from Electra Hough Lane Leyland, Malcolm’s Musicland Chapel Street Chorley and Jan Doran on 01772 813895. Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, PR7 1DP. Tel: 01257 515151
Buckshaw Village Community Centre, Unity Place, Chorley, PR7 7HZ. Tel: 01772 623969
St Laurence’s Light Classics Sunday, September 30, 3pm-4pm Enjoy an afternoon recital from James Cairns (flute) and James Smythe (piano) which will last approximately 45 minutes. £5 to include tea and cake following the recital. Children free. St Laurence’s Church, Union St, Chorley PR7 1EB
Chorley Live Friday, Oct 5 & Saturday, Oct 6, 5pm-11pm
Come along and enjoy coffee and cake to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
With over 30 venues featuring some amazing performers. The family friendly community event in its sixth year promises to be value for money. Wristbands cost £5 and get you into every venue over the weekend. For more info on wristbands and venues, visit http://chorleylive.com/
St Laurence’s Church, Union St, Chorley PR7 1EB
Chorley Town Centre
A Celebration of Creativity
Charity Fun Day
Saturday, September 29, 10am-4pm
Saturday, October 6, 11am-2pm
The first exhibition between two Patchwork/ Quilting Groups and a Watercolour Painting Group. Watercolours on display by the Chorley Watercolour group members. Raffle prizes, gifts to buy, refreshments in aid of St George’s Church. Free Entry. Contact Helen Worthington on 01257 267172.
Charity event for Owen McVeigh Foundation which helps children who have cancer and their families. Characters are Marshall Paw Patrol Poppy & Elsa. Door charge: children up to age 1 £2, children age 1-16 £5, adults £2.
Macmillan Coffee Morning Saturday, September 29, 10am-12pm
St George’s Church Hall, Halliwell Street, Chorley, PR7 2AL
Coppull British Legion, Springfield Road North, Coppull, PR7 5EG. Tel: 01257 791242
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nowing the Wirral like the back of my hand, I jumped at the chance to do the latest Jack’s Tracks in this beautiful part of the north. With stunning sunsets and views of the striking Liverpool skyline across the River Mersey why wouldn’t you want to spend a hot summer’s day taking it all in? However I must shamefully admit that the 15-mile Wirral Coastal Walk is not something I have ever completed. But I and my colleague Niamh decided to have a fair go at it and managed a good six miles, give or take (it was a hot day). The scorching sun made the relative easy flat stroll somewhat arduous, making it imperative to carry those water bottles and top up that sunscreen. We parked the car at the starting point at Seacombe Ferry Terminal - opposite the £10m space-themed attraction, Spaceport. The free parking here made the walk ahead less stressful.
by Gemma Sherlock With our jackets tied firmly around our waists and our sunglasses poised for action we set off midmorning to begin the coastline walk and beat the sun before it entered its hottest time of the day. On paper the North Wirral section of the Circular Trail takes you from Seacombe Ferry Terminal to West Kirby, via the rejuvenated New Brighton Resort with its Floral Pavilion, Fort Perch Rock, Lighthouse, Marine Lake and new Retail Park. The route continues along the promenade to Wallasey Beach and into North Wirral Coastal Park. The route then turns inland at The Gunsite, the location of World War II gun emplacements, to follow the Birket Cycle Route. Pedestrians can if they wish carry on along the embankment past Leasowe Common where in 1864 the oldest skeleton in Merseyside was found. We did a section of this from the terminal - once parked we headed towards the opening of the
51 walk, to the left of the River Mersey ferry terminal. Then it’s a straight route along Egremount, Magazine and Tower Promenade, towards Tower Grounds and New Brighton. Don’t worry, it’s difficult to miss points of interest along the route – it’s straight, flat and easily accessible for both pedestrians and cyclists.
Perch Rock Fortress
Wallasey Town Hall greets you in its grand glory, a quarter
The Black Pearl Pirate Ship
Vale Park & Vale House Café New Brighton War Memorial
Wallasey Egremont The Ferry (Pub)
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of the way down the promenade. The hall was built to replace the old Town Hall and its foundation stone was laid into position by means of electricity, by King George V in 1914, while 9,000 school children sang in the choir. Its nickname ‘back-to-front’ town hall arose as it was built to face the river and has a fine flight of steps leading up from the promenade. Situated at the entrance are the memorial gardens, commemorating the 96 Liverpool FC fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster. Walking past the hall you are then treated to Guinea Gap Baths, the oldest pool in the Wirral. Between 1908 and 1957 no fewer than 205 world and national swimming records were achieved here. Its name is derived from the days before the promenade was built where there was a break in the riverbank known to locals as Guinea Gap. This was a popular place for anyone wishing to go for a swim as it was free from dangerous currents that lurk in the river itself. Carrying past Guinea Gap Baths you shortly come to a black post sign, pointing to areas north, east, west and south – head for Vale Park and New Brighton. Before you come to the entrance of Vale Park along Magazine Promenade you will notice the war memorial which sits proudly to your left. Once you come to the signs for Vale Park take a welcome break – the café in the park sells homemade ice cream and cakes – plenty of tempting treats.
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The gorgeous views to the right of you are enough to fulfil your interest, and the colourful houses to the left change appearance as the cascade down the promenade.
The area surrounding the park was established in the 1750s when the Port of Liverpool set up the major gunpowder and weaponry storage magazines in the local sand dunes. Opened in 1889, Vale Park became a public park in 1899 and was one of the best small parks in the north. With its excellent acoustics and striking appearance the bandstand is the main feature of the park. Come back out from the park through its entrance and turn
52 left, you will be back on the promenade heading for New Brighton. Along the way you may notice a pirate ship on the beach – don’t worry this hasn’t washed up from afar rather it’s a piece of interactive artwork enjoyed by all age groups. The permanent tourist, known as The Black Pearl, was originally made by a local man using a single piece of driftwood which washed ashore. Carry on walking and you will find yourself in the Tower Grounds area, just before the hustle and bustle of the main area of New Brighton. The area is where the Tower Ballroom and New Brighton Tower itself used to be. The tower was completed in 1900, 10 years after Blackpool Tower and, at 567ft (173m), was 49ft (15m) taller. It was modelled on the Eiffel Tower, attracted more than 500,000 visitors a year in its heyday and featured one of the largest ballrooms in the world. Sadly, due to the First World War, the Tower became neglected and was finally dismantled in 1921.
Brighton, a seaside resort for nearly 200 years. It was created and named by Liverpool merchant, James Atherton in 1830 as a seaside retreat for the gentry.
Now nearly halfway through the walk you will reach another tourist attraction in New Brighton, Fort Perch Rock. Located to your right on the beach, Fort Perch Rock was completed in 1829 as a permanent fortification to protect the Port of Liverpool in times of war.
You can also take a trip to the arcades over the road to your left, or check out what’s on at the Floral Pavilion theatre before turning back around for the walk back along the promenade. All in all, a lovely way to spend a hot summer’s day, with plenty of stops and welcome distractions on the way.
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hen clients are asked whether they wish to vaccinate their dogs against “Kennel cough”, we frequently receive the response “but he/ she doesn’t go into kennels”. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean your pet isn’t at risk. Kennel cough is caused by two main agents – parainfluenza virus and Bordatella bronchiseptica. These are spread via aerosol – tiny droplets from infected dogs, like colds in humans, and are very contagious. It can also be spread by shared water bowls. So whilst it’s true that kennel cough can run rampant in situations where lots of dogs are housed in close proximity, like boarding kennels and doggy daycare, it’s perfectly possible for your dog to pick it up anywhere. Symptoms include, obviously, coughing - usually a honking or hacking cough, as well as bringing up white froth. The cough can be sudden in onset, sometimes sounding like they have something stuck in their throat. Your dog may also be a little subdued or off their food, although some remain perfectly well in themselves. If you think your dog may have contracted kennel cough, don’t panic. In healthy dogs, kennel cough is a self limiting, if irritating, illness. Whilst rarely fatal, kennel cough can be dangerous for very young, very old or already unwell dogs though – and so preventing the risk of spread via isolation and vaccination is important. It may be worth visiting your vet who will usually be able to confirm your suspicions. Don’t be offended if your vet asks you to wait outside until you can be seen, this is to reduce the risk of transmission to other dogs. Your vet may suggest anti-
inflammatories or medication to help soothe the cough. The majority of dogs do not need antibiotics – they have limited effect and the disease passes with time. Annoyingly though, the cough can persist for up to three weeks, although it should be significantly better after the first few days. The most important thing is to ensure they are isolated form other dogs as much as possible until their cough has resolved to prevent it spreading. Finally – vaccination for kennel cough is available, given via a syringe directly into the nostril. Although not 100% protective, it should limit the severity of the disease in your dog. It ideally needs to be given at least three weeks before they go into any kennels etc, to give time for immunity to develop. As it is a live vaccine, your dog may develop a cough afterwards, but this is usually mild and of short duration. The vaccination need to be given yearly to remain effective. It’s certainly worth considering if your dog comes into regular contact with others in any situation - not just if they are going into kennels.
i30N by Tim Barnes-Clay
outh Korean motoring giant, Hyundai, has created a brand new ‘N Division’, which has sparked the awesome new i30 N.
The regular variant gets a 251PS petrol turbo unit, but it’s the 275PS Performance Package i30 N that I was handed the keys to. This car gets bigger brakes to scrub the extra speed off. At the front of the model, there’s also a no-nonsense electronic differential, which decides all sorts of smart things to keep the front wheels biting into the bitumen. The i30 N’s chassis is electronically damped - and the arrangement has been designed to supply all-out precision. At the same time, the system doles out a good dose of refinement, meaning comfort is not in short supply. What’s more, the car has state-of-the-art electronic dampers at each corner that empower it to do things some other challengers can’t even consider - both on tarmac and on track. The i30 N also belts out a banging tune of its own. Seriously, the car sounds incredible. And when the pedal is pushed to the metal in third gear, all sorts of crackles and pops fire from the tailpipes. What’s most extraordinary, however, is how the i30 N handles, turns and comes to a halt. The steering is outstandingly precise, and the car doesn’t feel edgy at the
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