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It’s hard to believe we’re already heading towards mid-January – officially the most depressing month of the year. After the joys of Christmas, it’s back down to earth with a bump. So we hope this edition of Local Life will perk you up with some great features, such as our A-Z activity guide for 2014. And if that isn’t enough, why not enter our competition which gives you the chance to win an annual all inclusive gym, swim and workout classes membership?
14 Puzzle Corner 16 Get Involved A-Z Of Local Activities 26 Class From The Past - Southlands 28 Jack’s Tracks - Rivington 32 Recipe Of The Month 34 Trading Aces 35 Planning Ahead 36 Win! Fitness Membership 38 Motoring 40 Garden Diary 41 Home Services 42 Useful Numbers
There’s much to be positive about this year; the economy appears to be getting better after a tough few years, the Commonwealth Games are coming to these shores, and in the summer England may not lose on penalties to Germany in the Brazil World Cup. Ok, perhaps that is stretching my optimism a little too far but we can all dream, can’t we? Joking aside, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we made 2014 the Year of Optimism? As a country, we can have a tendency to be a bit downbeat, always waiting for something to go wrong. After all, only in Britain could characters such as Basil Fawlty and Victor Meldrew be so celebrated! Perhaps if our collective attitude was more positive, we’d be further up the league tables for national happiness, rather than languishing behind the likes of Norway (1st), Holland (9th) and Germany (14th). The happiness of a nation was once something to the baulked at, but now it seems to have a direct correlation to prosperity. And who knows, if we did exude more positivity, it might also galvanise our national team to lift the World Cup in Rio on July 13 … penalties or no penalties!
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Community groups in Buckshaw Village are being urged to contact Chorley Council which is launching a review into facilities available in the village. The council says it wants to speak to organisations so it can weigh up just what facilities are likely to be needed.
A new organisation has been set up to mark 100 years since the start of World War I. Chorley In The Great War held its inaugural meeting at the Coach House, Astley Hall, recently. Its aim is to research, study, record, publish, exhibit, promote and preserve the history and involvement of the area in the 1914 – 1919 conflict. Membership is £10 per year. For more details, visit www. chorleyinthegreatwar.org.uk or call 0845 474 1418.
Cllr Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, explained: “As the village is now nearing completion and we are facing increasing requests from groups for support, we thought it was a good time for us to review what facilities are in the village and what the demand was likely to be in the future from groups and organisations. If they can get in touch with us, particularly those which haven’t yet found somewhere to meet, we can find out what the demand is for facilities. They just need to phone us on 01257 515151, or email contact@chorley. gov.uk.”
Band Quiz A quiz night is being held in Buckshaw Village Community Centre, on Unity Place, at Saturday, January 25, at 7.30pm. It is being organised by Leyland Band and tickets are £6 in advance. Call Colin Doran on 07803 610650 or Leyland Band Patrons on 01772 813895.
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Get your chuckle muscles active with an afternoon of stand up at Chorley United Reformed Church, on Hollinshead Street. Comedian Tony Vino is headlining an event there from noon on Sunday, January 12, to raise money for International Aid. Tickets are adults £7.50, children £5 and a family ticket (2 adults 2 children) is £20. Ticket prices include a hot pot lunch and are available from the International Aid Shop on Market Street.
VIP is a charitable organisation which works in the rural communities within the boroughs of Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire. It also has shops in the area, including those in Eccleston and Croston. Further details and an application form can be obtained from: Villages in Partnership, 265 The Green, Eccleston, PR7 5TF, telephone 01257 452698 or email vip@ villagesinpartnership.org.uk. The closing date is noon on Thursday, February 6.
Buckshaw WI Members are being sought for the newly-formed Buckshaw Women’s Institute. The WI meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7.30pm at Trinity Primary School, Unity Place. Visitors welcome. For more information, call or text Leah Maguire on 07961 115441.
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Runshaw College is advising that bus services 553 and 866 to the institution may be delayed slightly by roadworks in January. Possible delays are as follows:
Euxton residents are being urged to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, January 22, on the issue of whether the area needs a Neighbourhood Plan. It takes place Euxton at PC Community Centre’s main hall, on Wigan Road, from 6.30pm. At the meeting, residents will be able to ask questions of an independent advisor and discuss whether Euxton should have a Neighbourhood Plan. All welcome.
Moss Lane on January 17 affecting the 553 service. Hugh Barn Lane from January 17-22 affecting the 553 service. Wham Lane from January 23-27 affecting the 553 and 866 service .Gill Lane from January 28-31 affecting the 866 service. Please allow extra time in case of delays.
Go Green! Chorley Council is urging locals to recycle their Christmas trees this year. Old trees can be taken to the recycling centre at Coppull Road, Chorley, from 9am - 6pm, 7 days a week, or chopped up and put in household green waste bins for kerbside collection. Meanwhile, Lancashire County Council is urging all residents to think about composting. The authority has teamed up with www.getcomposting.com to offer compost bins for under £25 including £5.49 delivery, with a buy one, get one half price offer currently available. For more details call 0844 571 4444 or look online at www.getcomposting.com
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Exhibition On Trees & Shadows - An Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings is being held in Chorley until Friday, February 28. Hosted at Ebb & Flo Bookshop on Gillibrand Street, this free exhibition will be open to the public for viewings at most times throughout the week. Please ring 01257 262773 to check viewing times.
Sound of Music The Semi-Quavers music for babies and toddlers group meets on Tuesdays during term time at Buckshaw Community Centre, on Unity Place. There are two classes; for 0-1 year olds at 9.45am and for 1-3 year olds from 10.15am. Admission is £1 and refreshments are served at 10.15am. Email info@buckshawvillagechurch. org.uk for more information.
At The Drive In Four family movies will be shown over one weekend to raise funds for this year’s Chorley Carnival at Botany Bay’s American Drive-In Movie Theatre. On Friday, February 14, Monsters University will be showing at 6pm. At 8pm, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will be bopping away in the 1970s classic Grease. On Sunday, comedy animation Despicable Me 2 is being shown at 6pm. At 8pm, the Abba-inspired musical Mamma Mia will be shown starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.
Ramble On New members are now being sought for Charnock Richard Rambling Club. Walks are held every two weeks on a Sunday with a choice of four walks, all with experienced leaders. The coach picks up from Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, Charnock Richard, Euxton and Leyland on the A49, as well as Bamber Bridge. For further details, contact 01772 436494.
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Just do it!
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, as John Lennon once said. So for 2014, why not make some plans to do what you want instead! Local Life has compiled an A-Z guide of activities which you can take part in close by. You could discover a hidden talent by taking yourself out of your own comfort zone. What have you got to lose? Just do it... and enjoy it!
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Has the Great British Bake Off got you hooked? Then the classes run by Cakes by Ruth, on St George’s Street, Chorley, could be for you. On Saturday, January 29, she’s holding a course in basic frost ing from 9am-11am where you will learn how to use diffe rent nozzles for different effects when piping frosting onto cupcakes. All materials, cupcakes and equipme nt are provided. Suitable for adults and children over 12 (must be accompanied by an adult). Contact 01257 469 358 or 07814 656 833.
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This is one activity where you certainly won’t mind plunging the depths! Chorley British Sub-Aqua Club offers potential new recruits a TryDive where you’ll be taught some basic diving skills before plunging into the underw ater environment. For further details contact Branch Div ing Officer David Sheridan on 07810 435623 or em ail firstname.lastname@example.org g.uk
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Freecycle One man’s waste is another man’s treasure. And right across the area, there’s people now offering perfectly good items for free. Freecycle is an internetbased community which matches people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them. The goal is to keep usable items out of landfills. Will you land a real bargain? Log onto http:// uk.freecycle.org/ and find out!
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Fancy going underground with Chor ley Historical and Archaeological Society to unco ver the mysteries which lay beneath our feet? They hold meetings on the second Tuesday of the month except July at Chorley Library, Union Street. Mee tings start at 7.30pm. Annual membership fees are £7.50 or £12 for couples with a £1 charge on the door for members (£2 for guests), including tea and biscuits. New members are welcome . Visit www. chorleyhistorysociety.co.uk for more details.
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Zumba-mania is sweeping the natio n so why not get in step for 2014? Local classes are held at Bretherton Endowed School, South Road, on Mon days at 8pm; Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre, Brind le Road, at 6pm on Tuesdays and at 11.15am on Satu rdays. There’s also a 10am class on Fridays at Park Hall Leisure Club and Spa, on Park Road, Charnock Richa rd. More information at www.janedouglas.zu mba.com
Older people in Chorley who struggle to pay their heating bills or have difficulties travelling to medical appointments can get free help from Chorley Council. The authority is running its Warm Homes, Healthy People campaign until the end of March and has four key elements:
Are you boot-struttin’ crazy? If so, you may want to hotfoot it down to Dave and Kath’s line dancing classes at the St John Ambulance building on Library Street every Wednesday afternoon. A learners’ class takes place from 12.30pm-1.30pm and then there’s an improvers’ class from 1.30pm-3pm. Call 01253 352591 or 07870 556440.
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Parish Council Clayton-le-Woods Parish Council’s next meeting takes place at Clayton Green Library on Monday, January 20, at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome.
Mums ‘n’ Tots Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at St Peter’s Mum ‘n’ Tots group. It meets every Thursday from 1pm2.45pm at St Peter’s Meeting Room, behind the church, on Harpers Lane, Chorley. Admission is £1 for an adult and a child, with additional adults or children being charged 30p. There’s also a special price of £1.50 for one adult and three children.
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Reclaim Your Being able to look out at your garden on a Sunday morning whilst you relax with the papers and a cup of tea is one of life’s pleasures, but at this time of year, your conservatory lets you down by hosting temperatures more suitable for penguins than us human beings! We all bought into the home improvement revolution, seeing a conservatory as a costeffective way of adding space and value to a home. Sadly though, research shows that in the UK, a conservatory is unlikely to provide more than two hours of comfortable temperatures per day, which usually happen when we’re all out at work. Conservatories overheat in summer and they resemble a see-through fridge in winter. Our hard-earned cash has been invested into conservatories which, for many of us, have become, quite literally, white elephants. But now, with the help of long-established local company Freedom Conservatory Roof Conversions, you can re-claim your dream conservatory and the sunshine lifestyle to go with it. With their innovative celling modiﬁcations, they can make your conservatory up to 95% warmer in winter and up to 75% cooler in summer. Not only that, but you’ll even save money on those ever-rising energy bills!
The conversion work transforms the internal appearance of your after conservatory roof and you’ll be left with a clean, crisp new plastered and painted ceiling with modern spot lighting inside instead of an ugly plastic roof. Customers can even opt to have a slated roof built on top of their old roof, so that the external view of the conservatory is transformed too! The owner of Freedom Conservatory Roof Conversions, Paul Stubbs, says “The conversion process takes around ﬁve days and there will be minimal disruption to your home. In addition to the roof conversion, there are all sorts of extra options available; we can convert your conservatory into a cinema room, or even an
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Class from the Past - Southlands, Chorley
This month’s Class from the Past photograph is from Southlands School in Chorley. We think it was taken in the late 1960s, which would put some of those pictured in their mid to late 50s now.
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all elements of this walk, I really would recommend a bright, slightly chilly day. If it was too hot, novices like me could find themselves coming a cropper later on when the terrain becomes much steeper, and the low sun lights up the moorland in a way no computer programme could ever hope to achieve.
OK, I will make a confession; the ‘healthier eating plan’ for Christmas didn’t quite work out. It’s the same every year; as soon as someone cracks open the tin of sweets, I’m unable to stop my hands wandering towards the orange creams. Perhaps I should spend next Christmas in blissful solitude up Rivington Pike, where the only temptation is to stay longer and enjoy the beautiful views. At this time of year, the low sun bathes the moorland in the sort of golden glow which is usually reserved for midsummer. We parked in one of the numerous spaces available near Go Ape on Rivington Lane. At the back of the wooden Go Ape building, there’s a path heading towards the reservoir, bounded by some metal fencing. Before long our feet were kicking up the blanket of brittle leaf fall which had carpeted the floor of the woods. Standing proudly ahead are rows of perfectly vertical trees, behind which lie the wide expanse of water. For
When down by the waterside, it is tempting to pitch up for a few hours with your flask and butties but this would be a mistake as greater treasures lay further down the trail. We followed the pathway adjacent to the reservoir until we reached the ‘ruins’ of Liverpool Castle. We must have spent a good 10 minutes there snapping away quite happily before realising that time is pressing on, and the glorious sunshine will only be out for another couple of hours or so.
Stepping away from the castle, we took an easterly direction onto a straight, ‘boulevard’ clearing before reaching the junction with Rivington Lane. Bearing right onto the lane, we started noticing sports pitches on the right through the trees. On the left, there’s Rivington and Blackrod School. We went right past the school
Designer Ruins The ‘ruins’ of Liverpool Castle stand on the banks of Lower Rivington Reservoir, and is a quirky feature of the walk. It was built by local landowner Lord Leverhulme in 1912 to remind him of the original castle which, as the name might suggest, was originally situated on the banks of the River Mersey. before taking a straight left onto Roynton Road. This is where the ‘fun’ really starts as it’s the most energysapping part of the walk. The gradient gets steeper and steeper as we started our ascent up to the Pike. Eventually, we came to a fork in the road so we bore right at the Electricity North West sub-station and made our way up onto the knoll. We came across a few sheep happily grazing away. After my previous experiences with cows in Parbold, I was slightly apprehensive.
The original castle is now long gone and what stands at Rivington is a scaled replica showing what it looked like after being severely damaged during the Civil War. The reservoirs here were created to provide water to the city of Liverpool, hence the strong connection. Lord Leverhulme commissioned the replica and never intended it to be finished, therefore recreating the ‘ruins’ look.
However, relief was forthcoming as some stared curiously but the majority didn’t even raise their heads from the lush pasture to acknowledge our existence. The bridleway slowly snaked towards the Pike. This is where the mind plays tricks as the Pike was seemingly close enough to touch, but due to the steepness, it appeared to take ages before I felt I’d got closer to it,. Ahead of us lay the classic walkers’ dilemma; do you take the nice, level but longer path to the summit or do you take the short, but craggy and much steeper route. Being a glutton for punishment, I chose the latter and soon cursed every drink and ounce of food I’d digested over the previous two weeks. It was I guess the ultimate detox I suppose, but boy did I feel it!
imported direct from Reykjavik purely for my benefit, began to cool my throbbing joints. The sun was now starting to set over the distant horizon, and there were a few others up there taking the opportunity to saviour nature’s matinee. It seemed almost a waste to leave so quickly but at this time of year, once the sun has decided it’s going to bed, then it does so fairly rapidly, and we wanted to get back to the car park before dark. From here, it’s all downhill in the literal sense which, for all my complaining about the steepness going up, was actually hard on my knees and calf muscle. Once past the purpose-built steps, the terrain heading northwards is quite rough, although there is some brief respite around the Pigeon Tower, an elaborate summerhouse built in 1910 which looks onto the Rivington Terraced Gardens.
Once at the summit, the heat generated from my toils slowly started to ebb away and the wind, seemingly
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By now, we were on the home straight towards Rivington Hall. Past here, it was literally a straight route back to the car park. More by fluke than anything else, by the time we got back to the car, darkness had just about descended. In total, the walk took us two and a half hours and was five miles long. We were slowed down by the gradient and also the beautiful views, but that is no bad thing. So having now experienced the solitude of Rivington Pike, it is most definitely on my list for Christmas destinations next year. But the big question Iâ€™m now grappling with is can I resist the temptation to take a tin of sweets with me? I can imagine going two weeks without TV, my phone or other earthly possessions, but a Christmas season without the odd orange cream? That could be one New Year ambition too farâ€Ś
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Recipe of the month
PORK & LENTIL BAKE WITH APPLE This meal goes a long way for a small budget, warming and delicious - perfect for a winter supper. Good butchers and some supermarkets will sell pigs cheeks - they’re a great economical cut and become deliciously tender with a long, slow cook. Diced pork is a great substitute.
Ingredients • 180g unsalted butter • 6 sticks celery, washed and chopped • 2 medium sized onions diced • 450g or 8 individual pigs cheeks • 450g cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered • 3 carrots peeled and batoned • 2 parsnips peeled and sliced thickly • 500ml apple juice • 500ml good stock • 200g puy lentils, rinsed and picked over for any stones • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
Equipment Large casserole dish
Oven Gas Mark 2 1/2, 150°c
Method Fry the celery and the onion together in the sunflower oil until softened in a large casserole dish. If using pigs cheeks remove any tough membranes or fatty tissue and cut each cheek into 4. Add the pork to the celery and onion and cook until the meat is browned on all surfaces. Add the apples, carrots, apple juice and stock. Finally add the lentils and stir together making sure the meat and the lentils are submerged in the stock. Cook in a slow oven (150ºC/ Gas Mark 2 1/2) for 2 hours. You can cook it for longer and the meat will become even more deliciously tender. If using diced pork keep an eye on it, but 1 hour to 1 and a half hours should be perfect. Taste for seasoning before serving. Adjust as required.
Recipe courtesy of Diane Johnson
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Trading Aces! Rogue traders are being driven out of town thanks to the Safer Trader Scheme. David Sudworth reports… Neil Greenwood knows how to respond to important situations. For 10 years, the father-of-two was a police officer in West Lancashire's armed response unit. Nowadays, Neil, 46, is still responding to incidents albeit of a slightly different kind, through his Chorleybased business A2P Plumbing, Heating & Property Maintenance. Neil set the business up after leaving Lancashire Constabulary. A stickler for quality, he joined the Safer Trader Scheme, and just over 12 months ago he was the toast of Lancashire after being crowned Trader of the Year. Since being set up in 2009 by Lancashire County Council Trading Standards, more than 1,200 businesses from across the county have signed up. The attraction is simple; in a world with TV programmes such as Rogue Traders, Watchdog and Rip-Off Britain, it’s a way of trying to ensure the deeds of a few cowboys don’t affect the many local firms which are honest. Neil has hailed the Safer Trader scheme as “brilliant,” adding: “I worked in the police for 17 years and tried to help people avoid being ripped off, so the scheme was up my street for obvious reasons. To receive the recognition was superb. Not only do I get work from it, but I also get a sense of doing
something really good for the community. What I like most of all is that my customers know that I will treat them honestly and fairly." Another local company reaping the benefits of the scheme is Poppies, a cleaning service which celebrates 18 years of being based in Ormskirk this spring. Headed up by Chris Wootton, 49, the Burscough Street company has a strong focus on customer satisfaction, meaning that having the 'Safer Trader' stamp of approval gives people added confidence. Former Jaguar employee Chris, who is also involved in Love Ormskirk and the Ormskirk & West Lancs Business Focus (OWLs) group, told Local Life: "It's a great scheme because Trading Standards do really check you out before you join. They put us through the wringer with things like looking at our T&Cs and ensuring they complied with legislation. It's all about giving the consumer confidence to make that first contact with
Planning Ahead Buckshaw Village Unit 7 And 9, Revolution Park, Buckshaw Avenue: Erection of two externally illuminated fascia signs (application reference 13/01183/ADV). The target decision date is Monday, February 10.
Chorley 14 Oakwood View: Bay window to ground floor front window (application reference 13/01064/FUL). The target decision date is Tuesday, February 11. 15 Rotherwick Avenue: Erection of two storey side extension with attached garage (application reference 13/01162/FUL). The target decision date is Monday, February 3. 111 Park Road: Proposed single storey side extension and alterations to fenestration to rear of existing rear extension (application reference 13/01154/FUL). The target decision date is Wednesday, January 29. The Oaks, 69 Preston Road: Change of use to convert existing NHS offices into a new Dental Surgery. Erection of new white powder-coated aluminium glazed entrance canopy with automated door to newâ€™ externalâ€™ ramp. Formation and enlarging of several windows within external fabric. Replacement of existing timber windows with white UPVC type, fenestration to match those removed (application reference 13/01146/FUL). The target decision date is Wednesday, January 29.
Clayton-le-Woods us. We have 55 cleaners and do about 250-300 cleaning services a week, so we are accountable. It's great to have this integrity recognised by Lancashire County Council. We're proud to display the Safer Trader logo as it represents protection and assurance." County chiefs are pleased the five year old scheme is delivering on its original aim of giving consumers confidence when choosing local services. Cabinet member for public protection, Cllr Janice Hanson, said:" Being cheated by a fly-by-night tradesman can have a terrible effect on people's lives beyond the money they lose, particularly if they're vulnerable to begin with. Safe Trader is a way of cutting out some of the rogues that operate on the doorstep. It's proving to be a real success." To find out more about the scheme visit www. safetrader.org.uk or contact Help Direct on 0303 333 1111.
33 Lancaster Lane: Erection of single storey rear side extension (application reference 13/01151/FUL). The target decision date is Wednesday, January 29. Back Lane Reservoir: Application to discharge conditions 4 (material samples), 5 (ground surfacing materials), 6 (fence details), 9 (landscaping), 10 (tree felling), 11 (driveways), 14 (Design Stage Assessment), 17 (surface water regulation system), 18 (disposal of foul and surface waters), 19 (ground contamination) 22 (bat roosting and bird nesting opportunities) and 24 (external lighting) attached to planning approval 13/00452/FULMAJ - application reference 13/01159/DIS. The target decision date is Friday, February 28.
Whittle-le-Woods Whittle-le-Woods Cricket Club, Kem Mill Lane: Retrospective application for retention of container for storage of cricket equipment (application reference 13/01094/FUL). The target decision date is Wednesday, February 5. High Trees, Shaw Hill Drive: Erection of single storey rear extension (application reference 13/01153/FUL). The target decision date is Tuesday, February 4.
Get your New Year off to a healthier start with South Ribble Leisure... Let’s get fit together. The facilities at Leyland Leisure Centre, Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre, Penwortham Leisure Centre and South Ribble Tennis and Fitness Centre boast the latest gym equipment from Life Fitness and expert help and guidance from our fitness instructors in a friendly environment. Leyland Leisure Centre offers a variety of workout classes from feelgood Zumba and Pilates to energizing Body Combat and Body Pump. The facility is now open from 6am Monday – Friday, for those keen to get in an early morning exercise routine! That’s in addition to swimming pools at Leyland, Bamber Bridge and Penwortham Leisure Centres, offering ASA affiliated swimming lessons, gymnastics and trampolining courses. With memberships starting from just £19.99 per month by direct debit, getting fit in South Ribble has never been easier! To help kick start your new fitness routine, Local Life have an annual gym, swim and classes membership to be won at one of the South Ribble Leisure Centre
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Test Drive - by Tim Barnes-Clay
People carriers just aren’t sexy. That’s a fact. But SEAT’s Alhambra is a perennially popular one – for a very good reason.
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As an authentic Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV), the almighty Alhambra’s adaptability fits just as well to family necessities as it does to the needs of the milemunching business driver.
The sizable SEAT’s sporting spirit and driving enjoyment certainly go hand-in-hand with common sense and originality. And thanks to its unexpectedly lively handling and hi-tech equipment, you can look forward to every mile behind the wheel. With a combined fuel consumption figure of around 50 mpg, the Alhambra SE 2.0 TDI CR Ecomotive 140 PS won’t rob you at the pumps either.
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• Max speed: 120 mph • 0-62 mph: 10.9 secs • Engine: 1968cc, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, turbo diesel • Max. power (bhp): 138 at 4,200 rpm • Max. torque (lb/ft): 240 at 1,750 rpm • CO2: 146 g/km • Price: £26,910 on the road
The present incarnation of the motor, launched in late 2010, is longer than its forerunner - and wider. There’s plenty of breathing space for adults to sit happily, even in the third row of fold-away seats, whilst the big sliding doors allow fantastically easy access. The load area is charitable, too. When configured as a five-seater the Alhambra has 885 litres of luggage space available, which swells to a vast maximum of 2,297 litres if only the front two seats are in use. In other words, this car could help clear out a large swathe of a white goods department! Aesthetically, the MPV has an undeniably broad, powerful presence, but its slightly overstuffed looks won’t be to everyone’s taste. Beneath its so-so skin, the Alhambra’s TDI engine, on test here, generates 138bhp. It produces good, low down pulling power for such a large vehicle, and efficiency measures such as a StartStop system and brake energy recovery technology come as standard.
WhatCar? Car of the Year 2011, 2012 and 2013! Such a good vehicle comes at a cost though. This car, bought new, isn’t that far off the £30,000 mark. That’s an awful lot of cash to splash for room and versatility. But, let’s face it, when it comes to transporting your family around, safety is priceless. For more information about the SEAT range visit http://www.seat.co.uk
The stock safety equipment is, like much of the Alhambra, impressive. It involves seven airbags, including a driver-side knee airbag, and electric child locks on the rear doors. Also standard is electronic braking assist, tyre pressure monitoring, and stability aids. Indeed, the award-winning SEAT Alhambra is an MPV with some truly decent features. So it’s no shocker it was not only named Best MPV by Diesel Car, but voted Best MPV in
Garden Diary - by Angie Barker
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Never mind, I’ll turn my thoughts to the garden and this is a great time of year for planning ahead. One of the biggest problems I hear about from clients when they are assessing their garden is the lack of seasonal interest and colour. All garden designers have a favourite list of plants which will appear in their designed gardens time and time again. To some extent this will be down to personal preference but it will also be because those plants bring something to a planting scheme, whether this is structure, colour, movement, scent and so on. I thought I’d give you a glimpse of my own list of plants which I simply could not be without in my own garden and which I include in many of my planting plans - I wonder how many of these you have in your borders ... • Buxus sempervirens or Box – for evergreen structure • Bergenia ‘Bressingham Beauty’ or Elephants Ears – good seasonal interest Angie is a qualified award-winning garden designer who will plan your garden to your needs from start to finish, supplying reputable contractors and the ideal plants.
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Happy New Year everyone – how are your New Year resolutions going? I’ve been busy taking back the pressies Hubby bought me for Christmas - you would think after 25 years of marriage he would know what size I am. And I’m sorry and I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but why would he ever think I’d like a CD by Will.i.am (or William to the older and more cynical amongst us) – Michael Buble – now that’s a different kettle of fish.
• Geranium nodosum – long season of colour and great in shade • Heuchera mic. ‘Palace Purple’ – great texture • Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ – scent and makes a lovely small hedge • Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ – colour and fabulous for bees and butterflies • Sarcococca confusa – scent • Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ grown as a half standard height It’s been very difficult to pick the above as there are so many other brilliant plants to choose from. Perhaps next Christmas I should give Hubby a list of plants he can buy me – then I wouldn’t need to take them back in January! 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 www.angiebarker.co.uk
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