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Chorley Rural Edition

Oct/Nov 2013

Chorley’s Lord Sugar

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Looking at local Farmers’ Markets Jack’s Tracks visits Anglezarke Class from the Past Adlington CP

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Local. Valued. Trusted.

Chorley’s ‘Lord Sugar’

In this issue

In an age of instant celebrity, you have to wonder whether the concept of longevity will soon be a bit ‘old hat’. However, back in the pre-television world of the 1800s, to have achieved recognition beyond the confines of your own town was something of a rarity.

12 Chorley Live 26 Chorley’s ‘Lord Sugar’ 30 Class From The Past 32 Jack’s Tracks - Anglezarke 36 Recipe 38 Planning Ahead 39 Puzzle Corner 40 Farmers’ Markets 43 Puzzle Corner Solutions 46 Test Drive 48 Home Services 51 Useful Numbers

This month, we look at the life of one such man, Chorley born Sir Henry Tate, on pages 26-27. What is fascinating about Tate’s life is how he sought out and used emerging technologies of the day to make his fortune, and provide convenience to the consumer in the process. Many thanks to Doreen Jolly for sharing her archive information with us. At Local Life, we know you like nothing more than keeping your finger on the pulse of what’s happening, so that’s why we’ve launched a new column, Planning Ahead, which gives you a round-up of the latest planning applications in the area on page 38. We’ve also introduced a new Class from the Past section, featuring an old school photo. If you have an old picture you’d like to share, email it to us at editorial@ Talking of getting in touch with us, we’re now steadily edging towards Christmas. As you’ll notice in this edition, we’ve starting carrying some adverts from local businesses promoting their Christmas offers. It’s a great time of the year to start this as people’s attentions are now turning towards December 25. So if your business wants to its tills ring this Christmas, we can help you ensure your message gets to our growing numbers of loyal readers. For more information, contact us using the details on the right hand side of this page. Until next time… Happy Reading!

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Members of Lodge Artists Society, Chorley, are extending a warm welcome all artists of any ability to join them. They meet every Wednesday, except for the second Wednesday in the month, at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods , to paint, sketch, discuss each other’s work and also learn from guest speakers. They also have an active events calendar and are currently holding an exhibition at Avant Garden Centre, Leyland, until October 30. The society also holds its 35th Annual Exhibition at Astley Hall from November 8 to December 8 on Saturdays and Sundays between noon and 4pm. The preview evening will be held on Friday, November 8, from 7.30pm and all are welcome.

Mawdesley U3A Folk will be performing songs from their repertoire at Bimson House, Jacksons Lane, Bispham Green, from 8pm on Saturday, October 5. Doors open at 7.30pm – take your own drinks and nibbles. Tickets are £5 each and all proceeds go to The Legacy Rainbow House. Call 01704 822550 or 01704 822221 for more information.

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Croston Folk Folk band Nothing to Prove will be appearing at Croston Old School on Friday, October 11, at 8pm. They are promising traditional, modern and self-penned songs. Tickets are priced at £8 and available from Favourites, Town Road, on 01772 600142 or Croston Old School on 01772 603600. Alternatively email crostonoldschool@

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Art Sessions Three Art in Adlington sessions are available for local people to attend on Tuesdays. They take place at 9am, 11.15am and 1.30pm at Fairfield Youth and Community Centre, Highfield Road North. All are welcome. For more details, contact honorary secretary Gwen Howells on 01257 482825 or email

Bird Survey Local folk are being encouraged to take part in Chorley and District Natural History Society’s annual Winter Garden Birds Survey. A total of around 50 different species are usually recorded, but a few individual gardens get over 30 species. Ring Phil Kirk on 01257 266783 for more details on how to take part.

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Chorley Live Chorley will be buzzing will the sights and sounds of live entertainment across town on Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5. A total of 20 venues across town will host more than 150 performances during Chorley Live, which is open to all ages, including families. There will be performances at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm in each venue lasting, 45 minutes with a 15 minute changeover. People will be able to come and go as they like in any of the venues. Entry to the venues will be via a wristband that costs £5, which gets people into every venue over both nights. Under 12s are free and don’t need a wristband. The types of performances will be a wide variety ranging from rock and soul bands to magicians, pianists, drumming groups, dance groups and singers. The community event is being jointly run by Chorley Council and the Creative Network.

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John Kirk’s Dracula. Family story teller. Crossbill. Acoustic pop-rock band Rhythm Alley. Percussion group Sing It Big. Choir

Connor Banks. Acoustic pop singer/guitarist Neil Banks. Acoustic pop singer/guitarist Katy Cottrell. Modern acoustic pop Ewan Mulligan. Acoustic rock singer/guitarist

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7pm Fit for Purpose/Mr Turtle. English ceilidh duo/ accordion 8pm Tom Turrican. Singer/songwriter 9pm Katy Cottrell. Modern acoustic pop 10pm Eskdale Quintet. Smooth jazz band

Celloids. Classic and folk chamber music Alex Hardcastle. Blues/alt signer David Tingle’s Pink Floyd. Acoustic tribute Well-Dressed Gentlemen. 1920s American and English Jazz

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7pm Chris Jones. Classical guitar 8pm Pummerla Anderson. Rock and bluegrass band 9pm Throwing Pandas. Acoustic folk duo 10pm Sarah Beattie. Folk singer/songwriter

Amy Hardcastle. Piano-based pop/ballads ZunZun Afro Cuban. Percussion group. Oak & the Elephant. Roots music band Matthew Cogley. Singer/songwriter

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Joe Bradbury. Classical guitarist. Bill Orrick. Folk pop singer/guitarist Daniella Gallagher. Pop singer Catherine Sullivan. Pop, rock and jazz singer

Ebb and Flo Bookshop - Friday 7pm 8pm 9pm 10pm

Sarah Jasmon. Author reads Les Malheureux. Stories set to music Millie-Mae Hill. Modern pop Tanya Smalley. Solo piano

St George’s Church - Friday 7pm 8pm 9pm 10pm

The Beckers. Folk group Hungry Bentley. Singer/songwriter Longton VM Choir Ivor Novello to Gracie Fields. Nostalgic singerpianist

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Margot Wright. Soprano An Equal Duo. Piano duo The Bennett Choir Chris Jones. Classical guitar

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Worldwise Samba Drummers Hungry Bentley. Singer/songwriter Joe Bradbury. Classical guitar Ivor Novello to Gracie Fields. Nostalgic singerpianist

Town Hall - Friday 7pm Ribble Valley Jazz Collective. Big band jazz 8pm Grupo SambAfriq. Samba & African percussion 9pm Red Rose Chorus. Male barbershop choir 10pm TBC Town Hall - Saturday 7pm 8pm 9pm 10pm

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Cakes By Ruth Award winning cake decorator, Ruth Potts of Cakes by Ruth has just opened her new store at 20 St Georges Street, Chorley, PR7 2AA. Ruth is an ex school teacher turned cake maker who started her business three years ago and it has gone from strength to strength. In March 2013 she won a Gold Medal in the prestigious Cake International show and was presented with her prize by John Whaite, the winner of last year’s Great British Bake Off. At the shop Ruth will be making bespoke Celebration cakes for Weddings, Birthdays, Christenings etc,. The shop will also provide a home for her popular Cake Decorating Classes that have been running in Chorley for some time. As well as making cakes and teaching classes Ruth has stocked the shop with a wide range of Cake Decorating Equipment to ensure local amateur bakers have everything they need in a one stop shop.

Wedding Fair Shaw Hill Golf & Spa Hotel is holding a wedding fair on Sunday, October 27. Doors open at noon and the event finishes at 3pm. There’s free entry with a fashion show from The Wedding Room at Bolton as well as various stalls. All welcome.


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Mawdesley Matters Live in Mawdesley and like to keep your finger on the pulse of local issues? The village’s Parish Council meets every second Wednesday of month except for June and August. The next meeting is on October 9 at 7.30pm in Mawdesley Village Hall. All welcome to attend and listen to the debate.

Quiz the Cops Police officers are holding their next Euxton Neighbourhood Surgery between 11am and noon on Saturday, October 12, at Euxton Library. Locals are being invited to go along to raise issues and discuss how to make the area even safer. The team also provides a free bike security coding service, but an appointment must be made beforehand with library staff.

Shop Reopens A popular charity shop is making a return to Eccleston. The Villages In Partnership charity (VIP) will be re-opening its charity shop, previously sited in the Carrington Centre, this October. A precise date is yet to be confirmed but donations will be accepted at its new location, 265 The Green (formerly The Bridal Shop) when it opens. Sarah Johnson, VIP’s finance and administration manager, said: “We were very sad to lose our shop within the Carrington Centre last year. However exciting times are now ahead with the return of our new shop on The Green. This now means we are back up to running three shops in the area and we would love to see our customers in all of them.” VIP is a charitable organisation based in Croston which opened in 2005. The charity now serves residents in some 23 surrounding village communities in South Ribble, West Lancashire and the Borough of Chorley. VIP’s aim is to improve the social, environmental and economic quality of life for residents of those communities. Twice a year, VIP offers grants of up to £500 to local community groups, helping fund groups such as playgroups, scouts, brownies, over 60s clubs, and village halls. As such, money raised in VIP’s three shops is pumped back into local communities. For more information on VIP, visit https://www.facebook. com/villagesinpartnershipcharity or follow it on Twitter at @VIPartnership

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Chorley Council says the consultation period for neighbour representations is October 9 and the target date for making a decision is November 6. Full plans and associated documentation on the proposals can be found at – the application reference is 13/00854/FUL.

Amateur Dramatics Coppull Memorial Plan Plans for a new war memorial in Coppull in time for the centenary of World War I are gathering pace. The Rev Laurence Mayne, of St Oswald Church, on Tansley Avenue, has submitted a planning application to place a monument in the cemetery at the rear of the church. If passed by Chorley Council, the memorial will be a brick structure with stone dressings and a slated roof, built to house a crucifix. It will also bear two plaques of the names of parishioners who died in the two World Wars. Mr Jeffrey Thompson, the agent for the planning application, told Local Life he expects a decision to be made soon and, if permission is granted, for construction work to commence prior to Christmas. It is hoped works will be finished by early 2014, weather permitting.


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. Currently, the group is busy rehearsing for its annual pantomime which this year is a new panto version of ‘Treasure Island’ to be performed in the Village Hall from December 5 to December 7. If you are interested in getting involved, email mawdesleydrama@ or visit

Get Online Just getting started with computers? If so, Euxton Library is holding a free course to get you started. It takes place every Monday between 10am and 11am. For more information call 01257 265430.


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Fundraiser for Jack A fundraising evening is being held at Shaw Hill Golf & Country Club near Chorley in a bid to tackle a terminal illness. The event is being held by the Joining Jack charity, inspired by Jack Johnson, the four-year-old son of ex-Wigan rugby star Andy Johnson. Jack was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) two years ago. The muscle wasting condition means that by the time he reaches adolescence, he will no longer be able to walk, and may need ventilation to help him breathe. Eventually, his heart and lungs will fail and he will die from DMD. The night takes place on Saturday, November 2, starting at 7pm. Carriages at 1pm. It will be hosted by Granada Reports presenter Paul Crone, and includes a Champagne reception, four course dinner, auction, raffle and entertainment. Dress code is formal.

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Eyes to Skies The North West Bird Watching Festival is being held at Martin Mere near Burscough on Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, November 24. For full details log onto

Practical Gardening Are you green-fingered? Fairview Youth & Community Centre, Highfield Road, Adlington, hosts practical gardening classes on Thursdays from 10am-noon. For more details, call Marguerite Hughes on 01772 601376.

Stop Smoking Euxton Medical Centre, on St Mary’s Gate, holds an appointment-only one-to-one clinic for smokers who

are looking to kick the habit. The Stop Smoking Service team is on hand from 8.30am and 12.30pm on Mondays. Call 01772 644474 to make an appointment.

Croft Field Croston residents are being given the chance to have their say about long-term plans from Croft Field. The church council, which owns the field, is proposing to develop a long-term management plan for the site, with the emphasis on retaining it as a community asset, managed and maintained by volunteers. The church council says this will be done while recognising the recreational, historical , environmental and educational value of the site. The consultation takes place between noon and 2pm on Sunday, October 13, at The Croft. All are welcome to attend.

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Millennium Green Mawdesley Millennium Green Trust is on the lookout for volunteers and fundraisers to keep the village looking sparkling. Alternatively, locals who are unable to help with giving their time are being encouraged to join the 50/50 Club at a cost of £24 per year. This helps support the Green and gives participants the chance of scooping a prize in the monthly draw. For more information, contact either Sarah Miskell via email at or Ian Paterson on

Free Course Living Waters Church on Bolton Street, Chorley, is offering free weekly course in helping people “look at life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups”. It seeks to offer a fresh

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Euxton Parish Council’s next meeting is on Thursday, October 17. It is being held in the Annexe and Euxton PC Community Centre and starts at 7.15pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. An agenda will be published nearer the time. For more information, visit

The Pines Hotel & Restaurant, Preston New Road, Clayton-le-Woods, is holding a wedding fair on Sunday, October 20, from 11am until 4pm. Amelia’s of Clitheroe presents a catwalk show at 2pm on the day. Admission is free, and includes entry to the prize draw. For further details visit

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Home Start Chorley & South Ribble is holding a charity ball in the Lancastrian Suite at Chorley Town Hall on Friday, October 18, from 7pm. Tickets are priced at £30 each including a buffet supper and live music. For more details, email or call 01257 241636.

Adlington’s police officers will be on hand to deal with non-emergency issues at the latest Police and Communities Together (PACT) meetings at Adlington & District Community Centre, Railway Road. The next one is Thursday, October 3, and then again on November 7, starting at 6.30pm on both dates.

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Chorley’s very own ‘Lord Sugar’ Chorley’s most celebrated son earned his fortune from introducing the humble sugar cube to the UK. David Sudworth looks back at his life… There’s possibly no greater posthumous honour than having an establishment named in recognition of a person’s achievements. Walk into any large town and it’s rare not to find buildings or recreational areas baring the name of a late, local worthy.

“The building of the Chapel House commenced in November 1823 and it was completed on June 14, 1824. When built, it was said to have a fine view of the town towards the south and everything was done to make it attractive; rose beds were laid out and lilac trees, laurels and hollies were planted about the church yard. “Henry would have been five years old when the family moved there. When his education began, he attended classes taught by his father and it is said this is the

Sir Henry Tate is one such example, with an eponymously named bar on New Market Street in the heart of Chorley. But anyone examining Sir Henry’s story will quickly discover that, despite relatively humble beginnings locally, he had his eyes firmly fixed on the international stage. Born on March 11, 1819, to Agnes Booth and the Rev William Tate, a minister at Chorley Unitarian Chapel, Sir Henry was the 11th child of a family of 12 siblings. Doreen Jolly, a member of Chorley Historical Society as well as the Unitarian Chapel, has spent some time researching the history of the Chapel and the Tate family’s association with it. She explained: “Rev Tate was a minister here from 1799 to 1836, and is buried in the chapel graveyard, as is the family of Henry's brother, Joseph. “The Tate family contributed towards the cost of alterations to the interior the chapel in 1902 and at this time they also donated a pipe organ in memory of Sir Henry who had died a few years earlier. “Soon after Henry’s birth, the family had to move from what was described as a large and comfortable house in Terrace Mount and take up temporary residence in a house in Water Street until they moved into the Chapel House.


only formal education Henry ever received. Along with other children in the class, Henry would have been taught reading, writing and a little arithmetic. Henry was luckier than the other children in the class as he had the use of his father’s library and often he would have been witness to many interesting and informing conversations that took place at the Chapel House when visiting clergymen spent the night there as they passed through the town.” Sir Henry began his career as a 13 year old as an apprentice grocer to his older brother, Caleb, who was based in Liverpool. But why did he leave his native Chorley and head towards Liverpool in the first place?

“It’s probably because he had tired of the sheltered life he had been leading at the Chapel House,” says Doreen. “His father’s reaction to this decision would not have been unfavourable as the family were not in a position to support Henry indefinitely and at 13 he would have to be thinking about some kind of occupation.”

still produced under Sir Henry’s name to this very day. Aside from his sugar business, Sir Henry had started collecting paintings by British artists. It was his £80,000 donation which led to a new art gallery opening at Millbank in 1897, with both works from the National Gallery and Sir Henry’s own personal collection in the initial display. The following year, Sir Henry was knighted but died a year later in 1899 upon which his collection of paintings was bequeathed to the nation. Although it’s been more than 110 years since his death, Sir Henry’s name lives on through the Tate Britain art galleries and his sugar company which later became Tate & Lyle. Meanwhile, back in Sir Henry’s hometown, regulars at the Wetherspoon watering hole which bears his name can raise a glass in celebration of a local man who made it big on the international stage – bringing him the sweet taste of success in the process.

Under Caleb’s watchful eye, the young Sir Henry began to learn his trade. This eventually led to him striking out on his own, and 16 years later he was a successful, local entrepreneur with six shops to his name. Not one to rest on his laurels, Sir Henry was by now starting to become more interested in the actual production of food from raw produce. He formed a partnership with a Liverpool sugar refiner, John Wright, and honed his skills even further. Eventually, his sons Alfred and Edwin, joined their father in business. By now, trade was going well and during the construction of a refinery in Liverpool, Sir Henry adapted the plans which lead to a large increase in the yield of white sugar. By the time it was operational in the early 1870s, it was producing 400 tonnes per week. It was around this time that Sir Henry made a decision which was to secure his place as one of the 19th Century’s great entrepreneurs. German industrialist Eugen Langen, working in partnership alongside David Martineau, had invented the modern day sugar cube. Sir Henry immediately saw an opportunity and bought the rights to the technology, thus introducing it to the UK mass market. The ambitious Lancastrian was set about eying up a move into the more lucrative London market. In 1879, he opened up a refinery in East London where sugar is

DID YOU KNOW…? The company’s famous Golden Syrup was first made in 1883. Initially made in small wooden casks and only sold to employees and local customers, they were eventually put on mass sale in tins a few years later. Sir Henry made a number of anonymous, charitable donations including to libraries and hospitals both in the North West and London. He consistently refused a knighthood but finally accepted the year before his death after apparently being told the Royal Family would be offended if he continued to reject the offer. An English Heritage blue plaque is situated on the site of Sir Henry’s first shop in Birkenhead, Wirral, where he traded from for 10 years until 1861. It was erected in 2001.



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Anglezarke & Rivington As part of the West Pennine Moors, which in itself has around 90 square miles to explore, Anglezarke has plenty to offer the energetically-minded. However, today we were just going to explore a small section of it, a circular walk comprising of around 4.8 miles around Yarrow and Anglezarke reservoirs. First thing to say is this is not a walk for a complete beginner, as the steepness in the early stages can be challenging. However, once you overcome that, you are rewarded with wide-ranging views spanning from the Welsh mountains right across to Blackpool Tower. Notwithstanding the fact it was a pretty overcast day in early September, our views were fairly clear. To get to the starting point, head to Moor Road car park, sandwiched between Anglezarke Reservoir and Yarrow Reservoir (nearest postcode is PR6 9DQ). Don’t forget to take some loose change as it is a Pay & Display car park. It also closes at 5pm each day, so that needs to be borne in mind before setting off. It took us three and a half hours, but I’m not a regular walker and we included a 15 minute break, plus time for taking photographs. Once the ticket was on the dashboard, we headed off – Jack speedily so in search of his first ‘fetch’ stick – down the path and into the wilderness. To be honest, you


could spend all day picking the blackberries which were in abundance and not get much beyond 500 yards, but we were feeling slightly more active so carried on northwards, with Anglezarke Reservoir appearing through the trees on the left. Nature lovers can have a field day in these parts with mallard, tufted ducks, sparrow hawks and coots all inhabiting the area. Eventually, once we passed the quarry stone, we veered away north eastwards towards the perfectly manicured banks of High Bullough reservoir. Just past that is a small wooden bridge on the right which we trekked over, with Jack still a good 50 yards ahead. This is where the walk starts to get steep, and it didn’t help that the air and ground was quite moist. At the top, the ground was quite boggy and unfortunately had a slightly unpleasant whiff to it. The good news is it didn’t last long and we soon had Manor House, a beautiful Grade II listed building dating back to the 17th Century, to marvel at. It’s at this point your energy-sapping endeavours begin to be rewarded with lovely views. Bear right after Manor House onto the main Moor Road towards Winter Hill to continue on your way.

Thankfully, the walk now starts to get a little flatter as we head southwards. Eventually, we got to a small bridge but instead of crossing it, we followed the stream and ended up coming across two points of historical interest. The first, on the left hand side, are the stone remnants of a waterwheel and pumping station – a legacy from the area’s lead mining which can be traced back to the 1690s. The mines were finally abandoned in 1837, and it was only in 1982 that excavations uncovered the only brick work which can now been seen from behind a fence, erected due to the fact they could be susceptible to collapse. The second point of interest is on the steep pathway directly behind the old waterwheel, and it’s a memorial to a Wellington Bomber aircraft which crashed there during World War II. Once viewed, come back down the slope, across the river at the next footbridge and you will now be heading towards Alance Bridge. If you’re feeling a bit weary at this point, or time is running out on your vehicle ticket, you can always tail off back to the car park. Jack was in no mood to call it a day at this point, although admittedly I was wavering, but we soldiered on.

Anglezarke Plane Crash Memorial This monument, erected by the Rotary Club of Horwich almost 60 years ago, marks the spot where six men lost their lives during World War II. On November 12, 1943, the crew of Zulu 8799, a Wellington Bomber, took off from Wymeswold in Leicestershire on a training exercise. It would never return. The aircraft started to get into difficulties across Lancashire, causing its engines to start making loud noises, and eventually it came down on Hurst Hill. All men on board, pilot Flight Sergeant Joseph B. Timperon, from Australia, and Sergeants Eric R. Barnes, Matthew Mouncy, Robert S. Jackson, Joseph B. Hayton and George E. Murray, were killed instantly. A subsequent investigation found that the weather conditions that day was the most likely cause. Each year on Remembrance Sunday, a service is held there to pay tribute to the six who lost their lives.


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And respite was soon forthcoming as we stumbled upon Village Green Tea Room, a converted chapel in the heart of Rivington, which offers a good selection of drinks and food. I opted for a fresh orange and vanilla slice while Jack quenched his thirst with a free bowl of water just by the doorway. Once our batteries had been recharged, we set off onto the home straight, heading down Sheep House Lane/Horrobin Lane and then taking a right before the road crosses Upper Rivington Resevoir. It’s a fairly staright route from there and, as we saw, is popular with joggers and cyclists. Poor Jack was now showing signs of flagging but from somewhere he managed to sniff out a tennis ball and in no time he was back to his bouncy self. One of the final features of the walk was the manmade river between the Yarrow and Anglezarke reservoirs. Although completely dry, and by the looks of it that has been the case for a good while, it’s really fascinating and provides an ideal spot for some last minute photos. Once done, we headed back to the car. By this time, having spent hours playing ‘fetch’ and dipping his paws in the various streams, Jack was feeling a bit lazy and wanted to be lifted up into the car for the drive home. What followed was a bit of a human/hound stand-off, but I persevered and eventually, albeit begrudgingly, Jack climbed in under his own steam. And that’s the lesson I learned from this walk, if you are a beginner but willing to persevere, in the end you will be rewarded with an enjoyable day which shows that, when put together, Mother Nature and man’s hand can actually come together and provide quite a stunning result.


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Meal and Entertainment

An opera night cabaret dinner show is being held at Shaw Hill Golf & Spa Hotel on Friday, October 11, at 7pm for 7.30pm. There will be performances from Amore Voce duo and a four course dinner show, at a cost of £27.50 per person. More information can be found at

A three course evening meal with musical entertainment is being held at St Michael and All Angels Church in Croston on Saturday, October 12. The price is £12.50 and that includes a soft drink. People wishing to consume alcohol need to take their own. For more details, call Jean on 01772 601113.

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Euxton residents are hoping their efforts in keeping the area sparkling will be rewarded this month. North West In Bloom judges visited earlier this year and the winners are due to be announced at Southport’s Floral Hall on October 24.

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129-133 Station Road: Rear extension and internal alterations to two existing residential properties (application reference 13/00859/FUL). The neighbour consultation deadline is October 10. Lord Nelson Hotel, Out Lane: New opening formed between lounge and bar area. Insert new steel beams, encase to 1hr fire protection. Make good all associated surfaces on completion (application reference 13/00861/ LBC). The neighbour consultation deadline is October 10.

BRETHERTON Jumps Barn, South Road: Erection of double garage (resubmission of planning application 12/00344/FUL with amended plans). Application reference is 12/00830/ FUL. The neighbour consultation expiry date is October 4. 190 South Road: Removal of one horse chestnut, one ash, one cherry, one rowan and one birch tree, removal of a conifer hedge all within rear garden and crown thinning/lifting of one ash tree within the front garden (application reference 13/00829/TCON). The neighbour consultation expiry date is October 4.

CHORLEY TOWN CENTRE The Community Church, 12-16 Halliwell Street: Ground floor and first floor change of use from existing mixed use comprising B1(a) (offices) and D1 (place of worship) use to form six, one bedroom apartments. External works to include renovation of external elevations to insulate and render the building, alterations to windows and doors and alterations to the existing ground floor access ramp (application reference 12/00867/FUL). The neighbour consultation expiry date is October 11.

EUXTON Woodcock Farm, Runshaw Lane: Erection of covered midden and general purpose store (application reference 13/00863/FU). The neighbour consultation expiry date is October 11. 8 Primrose Hill: Erection of single storey rear extension and rear dormer (application reference 13/00855/ CLPUD). Chorley Business & Technology Centre, East Terrace: Construction of a grass overflow car parking area to


Jepps Cottage, Stocks Lane: Demolition of existing house and garage and erection of new dwelling (application reference 13/00828/FUL). The standard consultation expiry date is October 14.

MAWDESLEY Mawdesley Village Hall, Hurst Green: Erection of 10, 10m high floodlight lighting columns in place of 12 existing columns (four of which are floodlit) to existing tennis courts (application reference 13/00777/FUL). The final date for neighbour representations is October 15. Spring Cottage, Ridley Lane: Raising the ridge height of the bungalow, insertion of front dormer windows, velux windows to front and rear and rendering of external walls and erection of front porch. (Resubmission of 12/00692/FUL). The final date for neighbour representations is October 14.

Drinks Plan Co Op Village Store and Post Office, at 6 Station Road, Croston, is applying for a licence of the retail sale of alcohol. The proposal is for sales to be able to take place between 6am and 11pm, Monday-Sunday, for consumption off the premises. The application reference is 13/01602/LAPLA and the deadline for consultation responses to Chorley Council is Thursday, October 10. More details can be found via

Licensed Refreshments Mama Mia, at 17 Market Street, Adlington, is applying is for a licence for late night refreshments. The proposal, currently being considered by Chorley Council, does not include permission for the sale of alcohol, but would allow for the consumption of alcohol on site if people took their own. This would be applicable on the following days and times: Thursday to Saturdays, 11pm to 12.30am, Sundays from 11pm-12am (midnight), and Monday to Thursdays, 11pm – midnight. The application reference is 13/01567/LAPLNA and the deadline for consultation responses to Chorley Council is Saturday, October 5. More details can be found via www.chorley.

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Market Forces Farmers’ markets experienced a boom for many years prior to the recession, but how are they faring in the current climate? David Sudworth reports… TV has an uncanny knack of tapping into the mood of the times, but in certain circumstances it can actually promote change from almost out of nowhere. Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall’s 1999 series, Escape to River Cottage, was one such example of a broadcast which in some ways was out of place in a nation that was seemingly obsessed with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

One market which has endured though can be found at Cedar Farm on Back Lane, Mawdesley. Every first Saturday of the month, traders and shoppers come from far and wide to browse, buy and swap tips about cooking and drinking. And it’s not just established businesses which can be found there, a number of fledgling enterprises have also set up stall in recent months. One of those is Wigan-based Lady Mabel’s Ales, run by teacher Paul Christopherson. Paul, who brews in the kitchen of his home on Chorley Road, Standish, hit on the idea purely as an extension of his hobby.

The concept of ‘grow your own’ was not new though; it was the sort of philosophy to which The Good Life’s Tom and Barbara were aspiring to back in the mid-1970s, albeit presented in a lightly mocking way. Before that, it was how many families survived during the war. However, both programmes, although shown almost 30 years apart, in their own ways helped start a trend which culminated in the birth, or perhaps rebirth, of the Farmers’ Market. And once the craze took hold, no place was deemed out of bounds - city centres, village halls and even busy roadsides were all given over to large groups of cheery souls milling in and out of smartly dressed tables offering traditional cheeses, artisan breads and freshly harvested vegetables. Even the lure of cut price ‘everything under one roof’ supermarkets couldn’t tempt them… farmers’ markets were by and large able to retain their faithful devotees with minimum effort. Then the financial crash hit hard; prices started rising, jobs were put at risk and savers were hit with rock bottom interest rates. Almost overnight, people became more price conscious. This led to some markets either being postponed or cancelled altogether. Indeed, in researching this article, I turned up at one venue only to be told the market had ceased some months previously. In another case, I phoned in advance and was told the same story.


Paul Christopherson, from Standish, with his daughter, Tess, at their Cedar Farm stall “I’ve been brewing for four years but decided to give this a try so have been selling since April,” says Paul. “I’m interested in ghost stories so the enterprise is named after Lady Mabel who did penance for bigamy by walking barefooted from Haigh Hall to Mabs Cross. The beers are named after ghosts so we have Bigamist, Red Clogs which was a Pemberton ghost, and Headless Horseman. “We really like this market. People who come here like to know they are buying local, maybe items they can’t buy anywhere else, and importantly where it comes from.” Milling around the stalls, it’s evident that part of giving people what they want includes branching out from offering just the traditional farmers’ market fayre.

Mandy Costick and Matt Brice, from Chorley, recognised this and sell homemade snacks…. for dogs. The inspiration came from raising money for the shelter their German Shepherd rescue dogs, Zara and Dino, came from and from that Zara & Dino’s Doggie Cakes was born.

So are farmers’ markets here to stay? John believes they have a bright future, provided they keep pace with customer demands. “We’ve been coming to Cedar Farm for four or five years now, “ he said. “This is well established market, it has quality produce so the numbers of people coming has been consistent. “Some markets have died off and we have dropped markets because they are poor. Providing markets can evolve and give the customer what they want, they will be here to stay.”

Mandy Costick and Matt Brice, of Chorley-based Zara & Dino’s Doggie Cakes Matt maintains they are a niche brand but one that fits in well with the farmers’ market offer: “Programmes like River Cottage and Jamie Oliver have made people more aware. The prices at farmers’ markets have nudged up, but for us it is about the quality of the produce. People want to know what they, and in our case their pets, are actually eating.” Fellow trader John Kirby, of Lancashire-based Reedy’s Naturally jams and chutneys, agrees that provenance is a big plus, especially in the post-horsemeat scandal era. “For instance, our beetroots and onions come from Banks, and our tomatoes and rhubarb come from Kirkham Prison,” reveals John. “The newer customers do ask quite regularly.”

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‘People becoming entrepreneurial’ Sarah Rodriguez and mother Barbara Cobain host markets at Inglenook Farm, just off the Rainford Bypass, between St Helens and Ormskirk, every second Sunday of the month. One aspect which has been noticeable in the 18 months they’ve been running, says Sarah, is how the recession has actually inspired some people to set up their own enterprises. Sarah told Local Life: “You notice people who have been made redundant who have now decided to be entrepreneurs. For instance, we know someone who used to be a financier but is now making his own chocolate which we stock here at Inglenook.

John Kirby, of Reedy’s Naturally jams and chutneys, sources some of his produce from West Lancashire

“We get up to around 40 stalls full of foods and crafts, and it’s thriving. The economic situation has made people wanting to buy local, supporting local businesses as opposed to large corporations. There’s a huge presence on social media such as Facebook and Twitter around this.”


Garden Diary - by Angie Barker

Great balls of… Box ! After quite a few disappointing summers at last we can say that we’ve had a good one! The warmest and driest summer since 2006 and it was great to be able to use our gardens as outside rooms for relaxing in, entertaining and cooking. I believe the latest trend is the pizza oven – not for us though, Hubby is not a fan of pizza. Having reflected on summer now is the time of year to be giving some thought to winter structure in your garden because there is nothing more disheartening than seeing plants disappear below ground, with nothing left standing. Some perennials like Rudbeckia and grasses such as Miscanthus, will actually withstand all that winter can throw at them so don’t be tempted to cut them down until the spring. They will give structure and look really pretty with a frost and some winter sunshine.

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One of the best shrubs for winter is the Cornus (Dogwoods). This group of plants provide colourful winter branches in a range of shades from bright red through to yellow and green. I have to say however that my favourite plant for winter structure is Buxus sempervirens - or Box. Low hedges and topiary look lovely with a dusting of frost or snow. And if you ever visit my garden you will see that I have a fetish (oh Hubby starts to look interested now – no dear not that kind of fetish). I’m referring to Box balls – or spheres to use designer parlance. I can’t get enough of them. I have over a dozen of them – in pots and planted in borders. They make brilliant focal points, accentuate entrances and can look very contemporary or contrast beautifully with softer planting in a cottage garden scheme. So get down to your local garden centre and experiment with them – they are not cheap plants because evergreens are slow growing – but you could always buy a smaller, less expensive Box plant and nurture it yourself into whatever shape you like. You can even buy wire structures to help you. Call Angie 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

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Competition Winners Congratulations to Local Life readers Rachel Robertson, of South View, Bretherton; Jean Whitford, of Longmeadows, Chorley; Gillian Wright, of Langton Brow, Eccleston, and Sharon Aspinall, of Holly Crescent, Coppull, who all won a family ticket to Gullivers World in our recent competition. Sharon is pictured with her neighbour’s children, who she is taking to Gullivers.

Over 50s Club Euxton Over 50s Club welcomes guest speaker Fred Jones to its October 17 meeting. Mr Jones will give a talk entitled ‘What A Carry On’ as part of the meeting at Euxton Community Centre. It starts at 1.30pm for 2pm, and finishes at 3.30pm. For more information, contact 01257 411858.

Sock It To ‘Em! Knitting enthusiasts are invited to attend a Creative Knitting Workshop at Cedar Farm, Back Lane, Mawdesley, on Saturday, October 12, between 10am and 3pm. The cost is £48 and all materials are provided, including self-patterning sock yarn. Call Mary Walton on 07851 062782 or email

Poppy Launch A coffee morning and Poppy Appeal launch takes places at Mawdesley Village Hall at 10am on Saturday, October 26. Tickets are £3 and all are welcome to attend.


Nature Talk Chorley and District Natural History Society is inviting locals to a talk entitled Red Squirrels and Water Voles by Brian Ashworth. The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 17, at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Devonshire Road, Chorley, at 7.30pm. Non-members are welcome to attend. More information is available at www.

Bit of Brass Brass tuition is available through Eccleston Brass Band and is open to players of all ages and abilities. The tuition is provided by Danny Brooks, a past student of the Royal College of Music. They meet in the band room on Drapers Avenue, Eccleston, on Fridays at 6.30pm. The cost is £1 per week. Contact Carolyn Musgrave, the band secretary, on 01772 424487.

Croston Issues Interested in local issues? Croston Parish Council’s next meeting is on Tuesday, October 9, at 7.30pm in The Old School on Church Street. All are welcome to attend.

Guild Concert The Guild Singers aim to be in fine voice on Saturday, October 5, when they stage a concert at the newlyrefurbished Chorley Methodist Church. The conductor for the evening, which starts at 7.30pm, will be Philip Davenport. Admission is £5, which includes light refreshments. Children go free. Tickets are available from Marshall’s Florist, Pall Mall, Chorley, or from choir members.


Money Saving - by Martin Lewis If you live in rented accommodation, you don’t need your landlord’s permission to save money. There are many things you can do to slash bills around the house. With the numbers of tenants rising, rents are fiercely expensive in many areas, so never has it been more crucial. Here are my top tips for renters: Renters have a right to switch and save on energy If you pay the gas and electricity bill directly (not via the landlord), and it isn’t specifically banned in your tenancy agreement, you can and should compare and switch. Don’t stick with the previous tenants’ supplier, as it can be costly. Always do a meter reading as soon as you move in. To find your cheapest deal, use an Ofgem Confidence Code comparison site, where you simply plug your details in and it gives you the answer. Even if you’re on a prepaid meter, you can still switch supplier and save. Yet if you want to convert from a prepaid to a normal meter, it’s best to get your landlords permission in writing, as it physically changes the property. Cheap contents insurance If you rent, your landlord is responsible for buildings insurance, so you only need contents cover. As for what each covers, a quick way to picture this is to think of all the stuff that’d fall if you turned your home upside down. If only you and/or your family live in the home then getting the cheapest cover is quite simple. Simply combine and to bag the maximum number of quotes in the minimum time. Then check and, which they miss.

Furnish for FREE! If you’ve gone unfurnished or part-furnished, then online giveaway sites can help you for nothing. Hundreds of top-quality goodies are available daily for free from web communities like and Some is tat, but some is treasure. Check letting fees Renters can be hit by huge and unfair fees. Some reported to me include £120 for permission to buy a dog or £60 for photocopying a contract. Sadly, there’s little regulation over these charges, but at least make sure you know what they are so you avoid them. Do I need my own TV licence? In shared homes, this usually depends on the tenancy agreement. Joint tenants can usually share, but if you have your own tenancy, you need your own licence. For exact rules (including lodgers), see www. FREE boilers Four big energy providers—EDF, Eon, Npower and Scottish & Southern—are giving away boilers (typically worth £2,300) for nothing, plus loft and cavity wall insulation. You don’t have to be a customer to qualify. You need to have an inefficient/broker boiler and be on a low income/get income-related benefits or pension credit. To check, call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 (England and Wales). Check your driving licence If you’re stopped with incorrect information on your driving licence, it can result in a £1,00 fine. Over 2.6 million have the incorrect address. Few know your photo licence must be renewed and updated every 10 years (the 4B date on your licence). Renewing costs £20, but is cheaper than a fine.

Each month, Martin will be writing a feature for Local Life - advising our readers how to save thousands of pounds every year! Don’t miss it! Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert, is an award-winning campaigning TV & radio presenter, newspaper columnist and a best-selling author. An ultra-specialised journalist, focusing on cutting bills without cutting back, he runs and founded the UK’s biggest money site, with 13 million monthly users.

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Test Drive - by Andy Enright

Detect this A Honda SUV with a small and efficient diesel engine? It doesn’t seem the likeliest thing but here it is; the CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC. Let’s face it, diesel seems to have been a dirty word for a long time at Honda. Initially it was convinced that variable valve timing and petrol engines were a combination too good to ignore, but people still wanted the economy of diesel. Rather grudgingly, Honda inserted a 2.2-litre diesel into its line-up that was never clean, economical or refined enough to really cut the mustard. It’s only in recent years Honda has belatedly got with the program. The fourth generation CR-V is the recipient of a 1.6-litre i-DTEC unit. It’s a perfect fit for the CR-V; clean, economical and with just the right power and torque figures - throwing into sharp relief how badly Honda missed the target down the years with diesels. Still, that was then and this is now and the company is entitled to look very smug indeed.


This version directs drive to the front wheels only, so perhaps we should be a little wary of the ‘4x4’ label, preferring ‘light SUV’ instead. It’s fitted with a manual gearbox only and handling is helped by the fact this is the lightest diesel engine of its type. Care has also been taken to achieve a significant reduction in the engine and road noise entering the cabin. Sound insulation material has been applied to the floorpan below the passenger compartment, while sound absorption material has been fitted to the rear door, rear wheel arches, door frames, front bulkhead and bonnet. The doors now also feature a double seal. With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1,648 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is a capacious 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1,570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to load heavy or awkward items. The boot of the CR-V can now accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.

Prices for this 1.6 litre diesel variant have been kept quite competitive, starting at just under £23,000 for the S model. This variant is reasonably well equipped, featuring a DAB Radio, dual zone climate control air conditioning, cruise control, electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, USB connectivity, steering wheel remote audio controls, a five inch Intelligent Multi Info Display, 17” alloy wheels as well as all the driver safety aids such as ABS, driver seat power lumber support and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard. If you can stretch to a £25,000 budget, the plusher SE variant adds in front and rear parking sensors, a rear view camera, Bluetooth Hands Free connectivity, a CAT 1 alarm with ultrasonic sensor, a leather steering wheel, a leather gear shift, rain sensing auto wipers, dusk sensing auto lights and an auto dim rear view mirror. With both trim levels, there’s the option of satellite navigation for just under £800 more. Top of the range is the leather-lined SR model, priced at around £27,000. Here, you also get heated front

seats, a premium audio with subwoofer, painted roof rails, privacy glass, Bi-HID xenon headlights with auto levelling, active cornering lights, the High Beam Support System that dips your lights for you at night, headlight washers, front fog lights, driver and passenger seat power lumber support and 18” alloy wheels. Honda needed this engine and it probably needed it three years ago. Although it might at first seem a powerplant better suited to a family hatch than a fairly sizeable SUV, 300Nm of torque ought to be enough to shift a CR-V without feeling too sluggish. So good is this engine that it seems a little odd that Honda is positioning it quite so coyly with only a limited amount of options for the buyer but if you like things kept simple, this is the best buy in the CR-V range. What you do need is something really well built and desirable but which won’t cost the earth. That’s exactly the formula the CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC sticks to. It’s long overdue but now it’s here, you know what to do.


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