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Chorley Rural Edition

Apr/May 2014

Free Music Taster Session in Brinscall Class From The Past in Mawdesley

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Here comes the Sun

In this issue

At this time of year, I catch myself inadvertently humming The Beatles’ paean to the changing seasons, Here Comes The Sun. It’s a simple, upbeat little tune which always makes me smile because the sentiments behind it resonate. We are now heading towards Easter, lighter nights are finally here and the worst excesses of winter are hopefully behind us.

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Driving along the area’s rural highways and byways recently, the advent of spring is evident in the fields, with new crops starting to appear, and the cheerful daffodils adorning the grass verges. It almost makes you feel sorry for people who live in big cities. Imagine being confined to a concrete jungle where the only daffs you’ll see are in pots and the only crops you’ll encounter are in supermarket chill cabinets. It’s also a time of year when, due to the longer days there is simply more to do, more opportunities to get into the great outdoors. There’s nothing quite like a stroll on a lovely evening, ambling along a country lane and discovering a welcoming pub. The age old of conundrum of “should we/shouldn’t we” as you watch others sip a glass of chilled white as the sun goes down. Being easily persuaded, I tend to do less walking as a result. Best laid plans etc.

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This month’s edition is once again packed with local community events, so why not resolve to pop along to a few? After all, you can’t use the ‘dark nights’ excuse again now until October…

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Step to It! Buckshaw children teamed up with other schools and organisations to help brighten up the grounds of Astley Park. Pupils from Buckshaw, St Laurence’s and Astley Park joined members of the Friends of Astley Park group, the Astley Walled Gardeners, Chorley Day Care Centre and the Find Your Feet Walkers to plant the snowdrop trail alongside the historic steps as a lasting legacy for other visitors to enjoy year after year. The steps, which were thought to be originally constructed in the 1920s, had nearly disappeared completely due to weather damage and general wear and tear.







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The Chorley & South Ribble Branch of Parkinson’s UK meets at 2pm on the first Tuesday of every month at Tatton Community Centre, Silverdale Road, off Eaves Lane, Chorley. Its meetings provide support, friendship, education and entertainment for those with Parkinson’s Disease, their carers, families and friends. For further information, please contact Jean Ralph on 01257 671208.

Works from Chorley’s Lodge Artists Society are on view at a number of locations over the remainder of this year.

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The society has been established 35 years and always welcomes new members. Meetings are held every Wednesday, at Brinscall & Withnell Social Club, School Lane, Brinscall, from 7.30pm-9.30pm. Painters of all standards are welcome. Visit www.lodgeartistschorley. for more information.

New membership applications for Charnock Richard Rambling Club’s 2014 season are now being accepted. The group holds walks every fortnight with experienced leaders in locations such as the Lake District, Yorkshire and Derbyshire. It has a coach laid on which picks up from Euxton, Charnock Richard, Clayton-le-Woods, Leyland, Bamber Bridge and Chorley. For more details, call 01772 436494.

Among the venues hosting paintings include Avant Garden Centre, Wigan Road, Leyland (until Wednesday, April 23), Barton Grange, Preston, (Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8), Chorley Ramblers Circular Walk painting event at Astley Park (Sunday, July 27) and Astley Hall 36th Annual Exhibition (Saturday, November 8, to Sunday, December 14, from noon-4.30pm).

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Making His Mark… He’s a cricketing ace, winner of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing… and now Mark Ramprakash is set to do a star turn in Mawdesley this summer! The 44 year old ex-Middlesex batsman has been named among the England Cricket Legends Team who will take on Mawdesley Select XI at Rectory Field on Friday, July 11. The 20/20 match is being held to celebrate the opening of Mawdesley Cricket Club’s new pavilion. The marquee opens at noon on the day, with lunch served from 1.30pm and the Pavilion opening ceremony being conducted at 4.15pm. The game itself starts at 4.30pm. Ground tickets are available from Londis on New Street or by calling 01704 821867. For marquee lunch tickets or sponsored tables, call Paul Steadman on 01704 821867 or Dan Rear on 01704 822984.

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In Concert The Rawstorne Singers will be in concert at St George’s Church, on St George’s Street, Chorley, on Sunday, April 6, from 7.30pm. Admission is £10 each or two for £15. Accompanied under 12s go free. Light refreshments included in the price. For more information, contact 01772 462202 or visit or

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Chorley’s very first Food Festival is set to take place in town on the weekend of May 10 and 11. It is due to take place along Market Street and Fazakerley Street with cookery demonstrations and an entertainment stage. Among the guests includes top BBC Fusion chef Aazam Ahmad, who will also be visiting local schools promoting a Schools’ Healthy Food Cook-Off competition. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding this year’s carnival and to local charities. Further details can be obtained from www.ChorleyFoodFestival.

The latest exhibition at Chorley independent Ebb & Flo bookshop, on Gillibrand Street, is ‘The Camera Doesn’t Lie… But Photographs Can!’ and showcases the work of Lancashire-based photographer Graham Dean. The photographs consist of a mixture of North West landscapes and cityscapes, along with a collection of photo montages and visual puns. The exhibition is available until Saturday, April 26. Telephone Diane on 01257 262773 or email for further details.

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It All Adds Up… Domino drives are held at Croston Methodist Church, on Westhead Road, every Saturday from 7pm-9pm. All welcome. For more information, call 01772 600914.

Club Together Bretherton Over-55s Club is appealing for new members. The club meets at the Parish Institute, off South Road, on alternate Wednesdays from 1.45pm until 4pm. For more information, contact Mrs H. Bullen on 01772 601881.

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Summer Decision? Villagers in Eccleston and Heskin who are protesting against plans for up to 420 new homes on the old Camelot Theme Park site may have to wait until summer to see if their campaign has been successful. Chorley Council told Local Life that the application from Story Homes is likely to be considered by its Development Control Committee on Tuesday, June 10. A number of objections have already been received by the council, and placards have been placed around the area by residents protesting about the possible redevelopment. Camelot closed in 2012 after 29 years and the site is now derelict. But one representation received by the council states: “As a resident of Eccleston, I would like to object due to the impact on the surrounding villages. Schools, doctors etc would not be able to cope with this number of additional residents. The impact on the roads, which are already in a poor state, and sewers can only be negative.” However, representations on behalf on the applicants, Story Homes, say using the site for housing limit the need to release greenfield sites in other locations to meet housing targets. They also say that financial contributions will be made towards local infrastructure, such as bus services and increasing capacity at Eccleston Primary School.

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Role Offer Are you interested in helping to make Mawdesley a better place to live? A vacancy has arisen for a Parish Councillor role in the village. Any resident aged over 21 who is interested in finding out more about the role should contact Angela on 01704 821703 before April 30.

Open Gardens Five gardens in Bretherton are being opened up to the public on Sunday, May 25. Glynwood House, Hazel Cottage, Owl Barn and Pear Tree Cottage, on South Road, and Hazelwood, on North Road, are all are open from noon to 5pm in aid of National Gardens Scheme and St Catherine’s Hospice. There will be a sculpture demonstration at 2pm at Hazelwood Garden, live music at Glynwood and Hazelwood, homemade teas at Congregational Church. To locate them easily, follow the large yellow arrows in the village. A ticket costs £5, including village map, and they are available from any garden. The gardens will be open again on June 15, July 20 and September 7. For more information, call 01772 600896 or visit

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Croston folk are ready to protect their homes and businesses from flooding after being trained to use a temporary pump. Residents formed the Lower Yarrow Flood Action Group to develop a community flood plan and will now be able to pump flood water from Spent Brook into the River Yarrow after being given training.

Egg Hunt An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Mawdesley Millennium Green on Saturday, April 19, between 11am and 1pm. The cost is £1 per child, with cakes and refreshments available.

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Eccleston Brass Band presents a concert entitled We’ll Meet Again to commemorate the beginning of World War I. The event will be held at St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Eccleston, on Friday, May 16, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for children, including light refreshments. Money raised will be shared between the band and the Friends of St Mary’s. Tickets are available from Eccleston Post Office at the Carrington Centre or by calling Gill on 01257 451863.

Euxton Women’s Institute meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the PCC Rooms, Wigan Road. On April 9, the WI is holding its spring lunch. Tickets are £7 and all are welcome. For more details, call Val Hough on 01257 270874.

Sewing Classes Sewing classes are being offered by Stella & Co on Eaves Lane, Chorley. They are held on Fridays from 2pm3.30pm and cost £5. You need to take your own sewing machine and essentials with you. To book a place, contact Stella on 01257 412655.

Rural Crimewatch Chorley’s Neighbourhood Watch scheme has been expanded for rural areas. Using the same principles as street-based watches, the Open Spaces Watch encourages people to keep an eye out while in the countryside. This can be done while out jogging, rambling, fishing, birdwatching and so on. Anyone interested in helping out should call Margaret Rushton, the Community Crime Prevention Officer for Chorley Police, on 01257 246384.

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Sewing Course A six week sewing course is being held at Cedar Farm on Back Lane, Mawdesley. Starting on Thursday, May 1, you are invited to go along and learn a new skill, make clothes and soft furnishings from scratch or alter your clothes. It will be led by two former Marks and Spencer designers and it is suitable for all levels. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 2pm-4pm and cost £120 in total. Contact Caroline on 07752 703356 or Louise on 07845 902999. Alternatively, email

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The next Police and Communities Together meeting for Euxton takes place at the library on St Mary’s Gate on Monday, May 12. The meeting starts at 6pm and all welcome to go along and raise non-emergency policing issues.

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Chorley and District Natural History Society presents ‘Dragonflies’ on Thursday, April 24, at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Devonshire Road, Chorley. This is an illustrated talk by Rick Parker and will be the group’s last indoor meeting for the 2013-14 season. Meetings resume on Thursday, September 18, with a return visit from David Winnard who will talk to members about “Foraging for Edible Fungi and Plants”

White Coppice Women’s Institute is looking to boost its ranks with new members. The group meets at the White Coppice Room, St Barnabas Church, Chapel Lane, Heapey, on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Contact the secretary on 01254 832149 or just turn up.

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Novelist Anna Hope will be talking about her debut book Wake at Chorley Library, Union Street. She will be there at 7pm on Wednesday, April 30. Tickets are £3 and available from Ebb & Flo book shop, Gillibrand Street. Call 01257 262773.

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Chorley Pensioners’ Association is on the lookout for a new Speaker Secretary. The role entails finding and booking speakers for monthly meetings. Full guidance will be given. For more information, contact Margaret Moore on 01257 267270.

A new arts and crafts group could be set up in Euxton soon. If you are interested in getting involved in the group, which will probably meet every two weeks at Euxton Methodist Church, Wigan Road, you are asked to email

Classic Songs A celebration of the music of Simon & Garfunkel performed by Tim Chu and Ian Bailey comes to Euxton in April. They will be belting out classics such as Mrs Robinson at Euxton War Memorial Club, Wigan Road, on Friday, April 11. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are £10. Contact Steve on 07740 112587 or email steveseaty@

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Lovely Surprise A disabled children’s charity in Mawdesley received a surprise visit from local folk and ukulele groups. Over 30 members gathered at The Legacy Rainbow House charity on Salt Pit Lane to play and sing for the children of the charity and The Legacy Nursery. Richard Cresswell, from the ukulele group, and Neil Thompson, from the folk group, who have supported the charity at different events, have raised a combined total of £1,058 They arrived at the charity and presented the cheque but also played for the children and sang well known songs and nursery rhymes A spokesman said: “The children joined in and played on tambourines and bells . Everyone including the staff had a wonderful afternoon and afterwards some of the children were able to play some of the instruments.”

Looking Back Euxton: Then and Now is the subject of the next coffee morning talk at Euxton Library. The presentation will be given at the St Mary’s Gate venue by Susan Balshaw and Stuart Clewlow on Thursday, May 1, from 10.30am11.30am. All welcome.

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Copeland Lodge, Flag Lane: Demolition of the existing garage, rear outbuilding, link and porch and erection of a new garage and rear outbuilding plus link on the same footprint. Alterations to the eastern end elevation on the main house (ref: 14/00298/FUL). The consultation deadline is April 16.

54 The Fields: Erection of single storey side and rear extension (ref: 14/00272/FUL). The consultation deadline is April 9.

Land 250m south of Glynwood House, Eyes Lane: Covered agricultural liquid fertilizer lagoon for agricultural use, including associated earthworks and access track. The consultation deadline is April 15 (ref: 14/00262/FUL).

Coppull 1 Moss Lane: Erection of a single storey rear extension following the demolition of the existing conservatory. Erection of a single storey front extension to the existing porch (ref: 14/00295/FUL). The consultation deadline is April 10.

Croston 99 Station Road: Dormer to side/rear (ref: 14/00247/ FUL). The consultation deadline is April 8.

Euxton West Of Central Avenue And south Of Worden Brook, Euxton Lane: Proposed erection of 20 dwellings and associated landscaping and highway works (further replan of part of site previously approved by permission ref: 13/01144/REMMAJ). The consultation deadline is April 9. 2 Meadowcroft: Removal of two trees located in front garden (ref: 14/00172/TPO). The consultation deadline is April 9.

Mawdesley 2 Smithy Lane: Erection of a first floor rear extension over the existing rear kitchen (14/00302/FUL). The consultation deadline is April 10. Heathfield House, Rufford Road: Single storey rear extension measuring 7m in depth, by 2.5m to the eaves and 3.7m to the ridge (ref: 14/00301/PDE). The consultation deadline is April 10.

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We used the free Burbo Bank Road North car park, directly facing renowned artist Antony Gormley’s 6ft 2ins Iron Men statues, officially called Another Place. Ironically, they were actually in another place when we arrived as the tide was right up to the sea wall, thus submerging these pieces of modern art under the choppy foam.

This Jack’s Tracks marks a mini milestone – the first one this year where we’ve had to don shades for the occasion. Yes, the sun (finally) got its hat on and came out to play on the day we headed over to the Sefton coast. At 5.5 miles long, it’s a fair distance for the casual walker but can be tailored to suit your own tastes. There’s even the option of hopping on a train for part of it, strongly advised for those with children or dogs. It’s Jacks ‘Tracks’… but not as we know it!


More of them later though as we made our way past the coastguard station and straight down Hall Road. Walking down a residential street usually doesn’t prompt much comment but the vast array of architecture on display make this a fascinating start to walk. Everything from 1890s to the present day can be seen, all of them done to the highest standard. Indeed, some of them wouldn’t look out of place on Kevin McCloud’s Channel 4 programme Grand Designs.

Hall Road is bisected by a rail crossing and station. From here you can get the train to Hightown; highly advisable if you don’t want to tackle the busy, footpath-free country road which lies ahead. Right at the end of Hall Lane, we took the public footpath continuing eastwards over the fields and in the direction of Little Crosby. Suddenly we were away from the seaside and

Moss Lane, which we were now on, leads onto the Hightown Bends, a rural route with a distinct lack of pavements. The traffic is also quite heavy at times as people use it as a cut through to Crosby. I’d strongly advise not to take children or pets along this route. Instead, after enjoying the splendour of St Mary’s, there’s the option of heading back to Hall Road

into a rural idyll. The path was in reasonable condition for the time of the year and we didn’t have to play Dodge Puddle Hopscotch too much.

Station and catching one of the regular services up to Hightown.

Eventually, we arrived on the residential part of Dibb Lane with the pretty, 167 year old St Mary’s Church directly in front of us. Admittedly, despite its grandeur my eyes did wander to the advertising billboard to the left for the Courtyard Café. I rarely pass up the opportunity for a sit down snack (it was Afternoon Tea time I hasten to add!) but even I couldn’t convince myself I’d burned enough calories at this stage to warrant such an intake.

For the purposes of this walk, we continued up Moss Lane until we reached Gorsey Lane. To be honest, it was a blessed relief to be off Moss Lane and back onto the tranquil rural route to which we are accustomed. We carried on until coming to a large barn and cottage on the left hand side. Directly opposite was a green sign denoting Sandy Lane footpath, we went down here and through the fields until arriving at Sandy Lane itself. We took a right and head past the football and cricket pitches, beyond which is the main settlement


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of Hightown. Pacing left turn at Alt Road, the railway bridge became almost instantly visible. Once over the bridge, we headed across the War Memorial roundabout to our right and followed Lower Alt Road down to the bottom where we discovered a boat yard on the right and the Alt Centre on our left. Down the side of the centre is a public footpath which runs adjacent to the River Alt. Once over some boggy marsh land, we came across possibly one of the most bizarre sights I’ve ever witnessed on a Jack’s Tracks walk – piles and piles of bricks acting as a buffer between the sand dunes and the open beach. It was a bit like being a kid again as we hunted out names showing where the bricks came from. Once we’d finished our Famous Five adventure, we made our way across this large expanse and found our way onto the main pathway heading south. By this time, the tide had gone out so the Iron Men were now visible. The sun was also starting to set, creating atmospheric, almost eerie, silhouettes as 100 Iron Men looked out towards Liverpool Bay. It certainly makes you stop and look… a welcome opportunity after two hours of toil. Once I’d been wowed by the Gormley statues, my mind wandered back to the eatery in Little Crosby I passed up on earlier. So as recompense, I allowed myself a minor luxury, a good old 99 from the ice cream van conveniently parked within staggering distance of the Local Life charabanc. It may not have been the civilised afternoon tea I was hankering after, but boy it didn’t half taste good! Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.

Tipping The Balance Brick tipping started on the beach in 1942 in a bid to stem coastal erosion. Initially, debris from bomb-damaged buildings in Liverpool was used. Tipping continued up until the early 1970s when spoil from the construction of the second Mersey Tunnel was used. Over the years, the sea has smoothed out many of the bricks but the merchants’ names are still visible, including Huncoat Plastic, Accrington; Rock Brick Co, Buckley, Wales, and R.P.B (Ralph Platt Barker) of Blaguegate Colliery, Lathom.


Have A Go

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Did you attend last year’s Croston Flower, Produce and Craft Show? If you were impressed with the exhibits and fancy having a go yourself, why not go along to the Community Centre, Castle Walks, on Sunday, April 27, for the village’s first Have A Go event. You will be pick up some hints and tips from previous winners and exhibitors together with displays from invited guests. On the day there will be a raffle with proceeds going towards putting on the Show.

Interested in acting or helping out backstage? Mawdesley Amateur Dramatics is looking for new members to get involved. The drama group is based at Mawdesley Village Hall and meets on a Wednesday night from 7:45pm. It normally produces three shows a year; a play, a pantomime and either a variety show or a murder mystery. If you are interested in getting involved, email or visit

Parish Meeting The annual parish meeting for Croston takes place this year on Wednesday, April 9. It will be held at 7pm in the Old School, on Church Street. This is an open meeting for local residents to raise issues and all are welcome.

Organiser Ian Coggin with the overall winner of last year’s show, Sue Green This year’s Croston Show is being held on Saturday, September 6. Details to be confirmed nearer the time. For more information, email crostonvillageshow@ or call Ian on 01772 601168.

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Where The Art Is… David Sudworth meets Chorley-based professional artist Glynis Kidson

Her work is feted on the international stage, but for Glynis Kidson home is where the ‘art’ is… and luckily for us that place is Chorley. As a professional artist for more than three decades, Glynis can turn her hands (as she paints with both her left and right) to many different subject matters. Her Picture Shop business on Pall Mall gives you an idea of her talents. She can easily switch between oils and watercolours, capturing the mood of a particular view or the character of an individual. Born in Manchester, Glynis’s family are of Irish descent – a fact she is very proud of as she regularly exhibits there. “I was interested in art from an early age. I remember that I was 11 years old when I got my first commission,


for a window display at the Co-op Shop in Sale. It was my first paid work.” Having studied art and design at Manchester University, she then became a teacher of human biology in Bolton. It was while off on maternity leave that the mother-oftwo decided that she wanted to pursue a career as an artist. She came to this part of the world just over 30 years ago, and laid down roots in Brinscall. In those years, she’s had many high profile commissions from the likes of the BBC as well as in the brewing, design, advertising and architectural practices. Her private work is now collected across the world. Among her works is a 30 inch by 20 inch image depicting the success of Heskin-based cyclist Bradley Wiggins as he crossed the line for his Tour de France

Win a Kidson Picture Worth £100! You could be the proud owner of this beautiful Glynis Kidson framed print worth £100. The print is of the historic Pigeon Tower at Rivington Pike. Built in 1910 by Lord Leverhulme as part of his extensive Rivington estate, the first two floors of the Pigeon Tower were home to ornamental doves and pigeons, while at the top was a small sitting room that was used as a lookout over the boating lake. It is said it was also used by Lady Lever as a sewing and music room. To be in with a chance of winning this picture, all you need to do is answer the following question: victory in 2012. She’s also well known for her pictures of local scenery, many examples of which adorn the walls of her shop. They include images of Astley Hall, Wheelton, White Coppice and Rivington.

How old was Glynis when she got her first commission?

“It is a lovely part of the world so it naturally lends itself to painting,” says Glynis.

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However, her passion for portraits is evident: “Faces interest me immensely. Your job as an artist is to obtain a likeness of the sitter, to give a feeling of that person’s character. It needs to be realistic and almost speak to the person looking at it. You should be able to look at a portrait and come away smiling.”

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Garden Diary - by Angie Barker

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If there is one piece of advice I can give at this time of year, it is to get outside into the garden because the more time you spend now getting the garden into shape, will mean you have more time for relaxing in it when summer comes – and after all that is what we all long for. The lighter days coupled with warmer weather and April showers mean there is an incredible surge of growth in the garden. You can almost hear the perennial shoots pushing up through the soil and the leaves unfurling on the trees. It’s a fabulous time of year to be outside in the garden so don’t miss a moment of it. Even Hubby has been known to poke his head out of the conservatory doors come April. If you’re not sure where to start and this is the first time your thoughts have turned to the garden since winter, it can be helpful to make a check list of some simple jobs which will help to transform your garden from a dismal winter space to a vibrant spring garden. • Pick up the last of the winter debris, leaves and twigs which have fallen onto borders, lawns and paths • Cut back and tidy dead perennial leaves to reveal new growth • Prune out frost damaged shoots and stems

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• The taller grasses such as Miscanthus sinensis will have started growing now so if you haven’t already trimmed away last years dead stalks, this is your last chance • Give the lawn a hair cut and tidy up the edges to give a crisp finish • Lightly fork over the borders and lay a mulch of compost or bark chippings between shrubs and emerging perennials • Pop down to your local garden centre to get some spring bedding to add instant colour to borders and pots by your back door. Don’t be tempted by any summer bedding that may be appearing in the garden centres now unless you are prepared to keep it under protection until the end of May I hope this inspires you to get out into your garden – when you admire your efforts you’ll be so glad you did!

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Mawdesley Mawdesley Parish Council St Peter & Paul Catholic School St Peter’s Primary School

01704 821 703 01704 822 216 01704 822 657

General Medical Chorley & South Ribble Hospital NHS Direct

01257 261 222 0845 623 334

General Council Chorley Borough Council Lancashire County Council

01257 515 151 01772 221 600

Police Local Policing (Bretherton, Croston & Mawdesley) Lancashire Police

01257 246 103 01257 246 225

Other Useful Numbers Chorley Library Local Life

01257 277 222 01257 498 329

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