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Ormskirk & Aughton Edition


Jun/Jul 2014

Class From The Past Bickerstaffe School

Photo: St Michael and All Angels Church, Altcar

The history of Westhead Carnival

Jack’s Tracks visits Burtonwood

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St Anne’s Monday Club in Ormskirk is looking for new members. The group for pensioners meets every Monday afternoon at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Prescot Road, Ormskirk, for refreshments, talks, games, quizzes, parties, lunches, companionship and conversation. Meetings start at 2pm and finish at 4pm. All are welcome to go along.

Bickerstaffe Summer Fair is being held on Saturday, July 12, this year. It’s a traditional family event which raises money for the local church and primary school. It takes place on the parish field on Hall Lane and attractions include the crowning of the Rose Queen, a reptile show, vintage cars, the Wigan Ukulele Band , raffle, a tug o’ war, face painting, cake stalls, tombola, and more. Proceedings start at 2pm and all are welcome.

Singing for Over 50s

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Singing for over–50s classes are being held on the Age UK Wellbeing Centre on Moorgate, Ormskirk. They are held every Tuesday from 1pm for an hour. For further details, call Vicky or Karen on 01695 586515.

Lancashire Youth Performing Arts presents Guys and Dolls Jr at Edge Hill University’s Studio Theatre on Saturday, July 5, at 1pm and 7pm. Tickets are £8 for adults and £6.50 for children. Contact Sharon on 07801 965104 or email




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Open Weekend Scarisbrick Marina on Southport Road is holding an open weekend on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. There will be bouncy castles, local brass bands, a barn dance, a tea room, ice cream, folk music and dancing by Gallimaufry. Also in attendance will be North West Air Ambulance and Lancashire Fire Brigade who will be doing a demonstration of a water rescue. For more information, call 01704 841924.

Prize Bingo The next prize bingo at Haskayne Village Hall on School Lane will be held on Wednesday, June 4. It’s eyes down at 7.30pm and all are welcome.

Purist’s Delight A regular panellist on the BBC satirical quiz show Mock The Week is coming to Ormskirk. Gary Delaney is bringing his tour, Purist, to the Civic Hall on Southport Road on Friday, May 30. Gary, who is the husband of comedienne and South Shields-born star Sarah Millican, has written for a variety of TV and radio programmes including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Russell Howard’s Good News, Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks, and Radio 4’s The News Quiz. Tickets are £12, concessions £10 and are available by calling 0844 884 2920.


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Halsall Outing Halsall Sunshine Club is organising a summer trip to Llandudno in North Wales on Tuesday, June 24. It leaves Halsall at 10am and includes a three course lunch at the Queens Hotel. Departure from Llandudno will be at 5.30pm. All residents of Halsall who are over 60 can go for just £5, while non-village residents will be charged £20. For more information, call Betty Knowles on 01704 840611 or Eleanor Wore on 01704 841216.

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Great Bails of Fire! Have you got what it takes to step up to the crease for Halsall West End Cricket Club? The team, which was formed 12 years ago through a merger between the old Halsall CC and West End CC, runs two teams which play in the Southport & District Amateur Cricket League, the Premier Division and Division Five. New players are genuinely welcome as the club seeks to build its squads at each level. Outdoor training is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm at Halsall Memorial Fields, Cross Lane. Practices and training sessions are open to everyone. For further information, visit com

The football may have finished for the summer, but Aughton’s Town Green FC already have their eyes on next season. They have launched an appeal for new players for their under sevens team. Players must already be aged six, but under seven, by August 31. Training and trials are now being held every Thursday, from 6.30pm-7.30pm, at Winifred Lane Playing Fields, near to Town Green Station. Boots and shin pads should be worn and all children attending must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For more information, call 01695 421212 or goals@

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Aughton & Ormskirk U3A present their next play In The Mood by Frank Gibbons on Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28, at Aughton Village Hall on Winifred Lane. This comedy play is followed by a musical revue ‘Continental Journey’, the start time is 7.30 pm and tickets are £6.50 each. The audience are seated cabaret style and are encouraged to bring their own drinks and nibbles. Booking is advised by calling 01704 880068.

Free tennis coaching is being offered to young people aged 14 and over. Ormskirk Tennis Club, on County Road, is able to offer this thanks to grant funding from Tennis Lancashire and the Council for Voluntary Service. It is held on Thursdays from 5.30pm-6.30pm throughout the summer, and participants will learn basic skills and rules of the game. For more information, ring Rob on 07916 139342.

Goods Appeal

Kids’ Coaching

The Salvation Army charity shop on the pedestrianised part of Aughton Street, Ormskirk, have made an urgent appeal for clean clothing, shoes, handbags, jewellery and DVDs. Donations can be taken to the shop from 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Junior coaching sessions have started at Aughton Town Green Tennis Club. The Winifred Lane venue holds three sessions on Saturdays; under sevens from 9.30am, under-10s from 10.30am and under-13s from 11.30am. Each session lasts one hour and the cost is £3 a time. All equipment provided.

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Spirits Show

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Spirit medium David Traynor is appearing at The Villa, Southport Road, Scarisbrick, over three nights from Friday, May 30, to Sunday, June 1. Tickets are £15. Call 01457 870036 or log onto for more information.

Ormskirk Primary School’s summer fair this year will be held on Saturday, June 21. It starts at the Greetby Hill venue at noon and all are welcome.

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Class from the Past - Bickerstaffe School

Many thanks to Edward McCarthy, of Taylors Cottage, Back Lane, Bickerstaffe, for sending in this photo of pupils in the 1989/1990 year set at Bickerstaffe School. It’s believed those pictured will be in their 30s now, but


unfortunately we weren’t provided with any names. Maybe you can spot a familiar face? Remember, if you have a photo you’d be willing to share, email us or call 01695 627999.

Charlie’s Challenge! Little Charlie Parkins looks mesmerised by the new exhibition at Ormskirk’s Chapel Gallery! The two year old enjoyed the Beastly Machines exhibition, a brand new collection of kinetic mechanical sculptures by artist Johnny White. The work is at the St Helens Road venue until Saturday, June 28. Each piece influenced by current affairs, media stories and playful puns – described as a magnificent menagerie of larger than life animals and mythical creatures by organisers 20-21 Visual Arts centre. If you fancy seeing some of your work on display at the gallery, entries for the West Lancashire Open Exhibition 2014 are now open. Entry forms can be downloaded from or uk/chapelgallery, or requested by calling 01695 571328. Alternatively, call into the gallery, which is open from 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.


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Recipe of the month

Nectarine & Raspberry Semifreddo with Raspberry Coulis The Italian name semifreddo refers to the fact that this is a semi frozen or half cold dessert. The fruit can be replaced with any soft fruit such as peaches, mango or apricot and the cream can be replaced with yogurt or crème fraiche.

Method Line the loaf tin with cling film. Don’t worry about wrinkles it adds character to the finished dish! Leave 5cm overhang on each side. This helps to release the freddo when serving. Drain the raspberry juice from the can into a small pan.

Ingredients Freddo • 4 good sized very ripe nectarines • 50g caster sugar • 1 egg • 3 egg yolks • 15ml lemon or lime juice • 300ml double cream Raspberry Coulis

Heat juice with the sugar until slightly thickened. Taste raspberry juice and add more sugar if it’s a little too sharp. Sieve raspberries and discard the seeds from the sieve. Stone nectarines, no need to skin, blitz in processor. Mix raspberries and nectarines. Whisk egg and egg yolks together with the caster sugar in a bowl over hot water until at least double in size and thick and creamy. Gently beat the cream until thickened, but not stiff, and fold into egg mixture.

• Small tin of raspberries

Finally add nectarine and raspberry puree.

• Tablespoon of caster sugar

Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin. Pop into freezer and leave for 5 hours.

Equipment Food processor and large sieve. 2lb loaf tin (this will comfortably hold 1 litre of water if you’re unsure of sizing).


Remove from the freezer, pull gently on cling film. Run water over the bottom of the tin if it’s being obstinate and sticking. Place freddo loaf onto serving dish, pour over some raspberry coulis and serve the rest in a small jug.

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Beer We Go! Real ale lovers will raise a glass to this news - the Ormskirk Beer Festival is back! It’s being held at Ormskirk Rugby Club on Green Lane on Saturday, June 14. It’s being held in association with the popular Burscough Brewing Company.

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Serving staff at the 2013 Ormskirk Beer Festival The day starts at noon and will feature a full schedule of events suitable for the whole family. During the afternoon there will be a fancy dress tag rugby sevens competition. There will also be music and other fun entertainment. The evening will see performances by P. J. Stokes who has previously performed on Stars In Your Eyes. At 11pm, screens will show England’s first football World Cup match against Italy live from Brazil. A full range of food and snacks will be available during the day to compliment the range of 16 cask ales from around the country. The festival finishes at 1am. For more information, visit

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Open Bowls An open bowls session is being held at Coronation Park, Ormskirk, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26, at 2pm. All the family can play crown green bowls from kids to grandparents and it’s a great sport for making new friends. If you can’t make this one, a similar bowls event takes place at Richmond Park, Junction Lane, Burscough, on Wednesday, May 28, at 2pm. © Charles Rawding

Pendle Walk West Lancashire Ramblers are off to Pendle for a circular nine-mile walk on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26. Those interested in attending should contact Geoff Wright on 01772 812034 or email Alternatively, log onto ramember.htm

Garden Society Lancashire and North West Cottage Garden Society meets once a month for informative talks or garden visits at Haskayne Village Hall, School Lane.Nonmembers are welcome. For more information, visit

All children under 16 require adult supervision. For more information, call 01695 570258 or email jessica.

Local Vocal A new singing group, Local Vocal, has started up in Ormskirk. They meet every Wednesday from 8pm9.30pm at Emmanuel Church House, Derby Street. The first week is free, then it’s £3 a time or £10 if paying in advance. There are no auditions, you’re simply invited to go along and start singing. Ranges include ballads, jazz, musicals, classical, rock, opera, gospel, choral... and maybe even flash mob! For more information, contact Gladys Pilkington on 01695 576180 or email

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Armed Forces Day

Mental Health

Show your support for our Armed Forces in Southport over the weekend of June 28 and June 29. Organised by the Veterans’ Fund, it takes place at Princes Park, Rotten Row, and features military vehicles and displays, entertainment, stalls and children’s rides, starting at 11am on each day. On the Sunday, there will be a parade on Lord Street starting at 10.30am.

Do you access support from mental health services within West Lancashire? The Oasis Group meets every Thursday from 1.30pm-3.30pm at Church House, at Ormskirk Parish Church, on Park Road. People can go along for a drink, chat, play games and generally socialise. Once you have become a member, you can take family and friends along as well. Entry is £1 and drinks are 20p. For more details contact Rachel Jenkins on 07507 853612.

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Planning Matters Aughton


10 Cromfield: First floor/two storey extension to side, and extension to porch with canopy to front (ref: 2014/0432/FUL). The consultation deadline is June 5.

12 Aughton Street: Conversion of second floor to student accommodation with external rear access stairway. Alterations to front elevation including replacement upvc windows and new upvc panels (ref: 2014/0381/FUL). The consultation deadline is May 28.

40 New Lane: Single storey rear extension (ref: 2014/0405/FUL). A decision is due in July. 183 Long Lane: Erection of one single detached dwelling (ref: 2014/0391/FUL). The consultation deadline is May 30. 9 Turnpike Road: Demolition of existing detached four bed dormer bungalow and construction of five bed detached dwelling (ref: 2014/0329/FUL). A decision is due in June. Laburnum Cottage, Bowkers Green Lane: Single storey extension to side (ref: 2014/0368/FUL). The consultation deadline is May 30.

Bickerstaffe Higher End Farm, Coal Pit Lane: Agricultural livestock building (ref: 2014/0373/FUL). A decision is due in July.

Downholland Rose Croft, Broad Lane: Application for determination as to whether prior approval of details is required - Change of use to a dwellinghouse from agricultural building (ref: 2014/0420/PNC). A decision is due in June.

Halsall New Moss Farm, Heathey Lane: Erection of portal frame building to provide hay storage barn (ref: 2014/0339/FUL). A decision is due in July.

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37 Knowsley Road: Replace glazed roof with slates to match existing roof. Replace single door with a pair of double timber painted doors, to front elevation (ref: 2014/0424/FUL). The consultation deadline is May 29. 45 Stone Mason Crescent: Conversion of double garage to provide habitable room and single garage (ref: 2014/0324/FUL). The consultation deadline is May 28. 31 Yew Tree Road: Non-material amendments to planning permission 2013/1069/FUL - Side elevation to be facing brickwork to match rear elevation (previously rendered) and rear elevation bi-fold doors altered to patio doors (ref: 2014/0487/NMA). A decision is due in June.

Scarisbrick Hurlston Hall Golf Club, Hurlston Lane: Non-material amendments to planning permission 2012/1161/ FUL - Main balcony extended outwards to enable free flowing plan; Structural wall linked with existing line of steelwork; Balcony to run from corner to corner; Amendments to windows on SE and NE elevations including connecting ground and first floor windows to form one window; Highlight opening lights on windows (ref: 2014/0158/NMA). A decision is due on May 28. For more information on these applications and others, visit us now on 01695 627 999


Go West…

One of West Lancashire’s most popular events, the Westhead Carnival, celebrates its 40th year. David Sudworth looks back at its history... It’s one traffic jam which few seem to mind getting stuck in. Every first Saturday in July, Wigan Road and Cross Hall Brow in Westhead closes to traffic and comes alive in a blaze of colour as the village carnival procession gets under way. Young and old throng down the centre of buntingbedecked A577 towards School Lane field. This year’s spectacle will mark the resurrected Carnival’s 40th year. Although Westhead Carnival procession going up Cross Hall Brow in the 1950s the village did have shows before 1975 the idea of a proper, regular Carnival came Moira Maciver, of Greenacre, is secretary to the from locals including John Aspinwall and the vicar and 23-strong committee. Under the chairmanship of Phil headteacher at Lathom St James’ School. Hale, they start planning the event about seven months before the big day. Despite a few mishaps over the One of the earliest Carnival Queens was Carol Marsh years, not of the committee’s making, the Carnival has Pritchard, who is now on the organising committee. always managed to remain a real crowd-puller. Other stalwarts still involved include Peter and Sue Arnold, and Kath Lockley. In 1980, it was made into a three-day event with the introduction of the Marquee, which remains a focal point all these years later. Shortly afterwards, the date was changed to the first Saturday in July so that it wouldn’t compete with the similar celebrations in Newburgh ee Village. 2014 committ


“We’ve had to deal with various problems, the most notable for the present committee members being in 2007 when the marquee blew down!” says Moira. “The fancy dresses were displayed in the pubs on the Friday and as many activities as possible were transferred to the village hall on Saturday. We still managed to have the procession and it was possible to have a few activities on the school field. “2012 was another fairly disastrous year as the fairground attractions could not get on the waterlogged field and wellingtons and bales of straw were needed for the dance and the Saturday event as the marquee leaked!

“Then again, some years it has been so hot we’ve had to go to Asda to buy bottled water. We are totally dependent on the weather.” Moira moved to Westhead in 1984, having lived in Nursery Avenue, Ormskirk, for 15 years. She says the Carnival’s success is down to the village’s community spirit: “It’s an amazing place, there is a real camaraderie. The committees have changed over the years but we have always managed to have enough volunteers to keep going. Every so often, if we are getting short on members, we send letters around the village and people do respond. That’s how I got involved.

Carnival Queen Cathy Blackledge in 1995 “We also keep it very family-orientated, with no alcohol allowed on the field, and attractions like the classic cars and Punch and Judy. The processions have always had floats pulled by tractors from local farms and there is very keen competition between the classes at the school and the playgroup to win the prize for the best float! We get people coming from miles around. It’s just grown like Topsy, and long may that continue.”

Liverpool FC star Ian Callaghan crown Lynne Cocks in 1976. Also pictured are Paulette Houghton, Clifford O’Connor, Tracy Hutton and Michelle Rimmer

This year’s three-day Carnival starts on Thursday, July 3, with a car boot sale on the school field, School Lane, from 4pm onwards. On Friday, July 4, there’s a ticketonly fancy dress dance in the Marquee. And the Carnival Fun Day itself starts at 12.30pm on the Saturday, with the procession, led by Skelmersdale Prize Band, from the top of Cross Hall Brow to School Lane field. The carnival is opened with the crowning of this year’s Carnival Queen, Anna Anderson. Attractions include fairground and pony ride, vintage cars, Sporting Edge, Kirsty Moss Dancers, a dog display team, horse dressage, Newburgh Morris Dancers and Ormskirk Ukulele Club. Entry is £1 or 50p for concessions. Proceeds go to local charities. For more information, contact Phil Hale on 01695 577190 or Moira Maciver on 01695 575397.

Westhead Carnival Queens 1975 - Paulette Houghton 1976 - Lynne Cocks 1977 - Carol Marsh 1978 - Susan Cocks 1979 – Susan Shute 1980 – Elizabeth Birchall 1981 – Jennifer Ashcroft 1982 – Vicky Harris 1983 – Jane Smith 1984 – Vicky Pritchard

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Roof Appeal The local community is being urged to help raise money for roof repairs at St Anne’s Church in Prescot Road, Ormskirk. Church leaders say they need £500,000 to restore the 164-year-old community hub back to its former glory. If you have any ideas or want to help, email or search for St Anne’s Church Roof Appeal on Facebook.

Dimmock at Edge Hill For male gardeners of a certain age, she remains their number one pin up… and now Charlie Dimmock is heading to Ormskirk! The 47-year-old presents her Passion for Gardens show at Edge Hill University’s Arts Centre on St Helens Road on Friday, June 13, at 7.30pm. Charlie, who shot to fame when she joined BBC’s Ground Force programme in 1997, will be talking about her unique life in gardening, theatre and television. She’ll also be taking questions from the audience. The evening is expected to be hosted by BBC Radio’s Paul Harris. Tickets are £16, £15 for concessions and £5 for Edge Hill students. Call the box office on 01695 584480 or log onto

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Park Praise This year’s Park Praise, organised by Churches Together in Ormskirk, takes place on Saturday, June 28. As usual, it will be held at Coronation Park from 11am-4pm. Organisers say it promises to be a fun day for all the family, and hope as many people as possible will attend.

A Revolution in Family Law. On 22nd April 2014 there was a very quiet, but none the less monumental change in this country’s family law system and it passed most people by completely. Over the last few years there has been an onslaught of changes in family law. First, all the procedural rules for family cases radically changed. Then the Ministry of Justice took the opportunity to significantly increase the court fees. Last year, legal aid was abolished for the vast majority of people. What remains is available for a limited few (largely those who have suffered relatively recent domestic violence at the hands of their former partner). Fewer and fewer firms are now conducting legal aid work so even if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself eligible for legal aid you may have to travel a considerable distance to find a solicitor willing to assist you. Now, the whole family court system has changed. The Government has introduced a single unified Family Court – for the first time in this country’s history, we have a court designed for and dedicated to family issues. Previously, if you had a family issue you could find your case allocated to the local Magistrates Court, County Court or, if especially complex, to the High Court.

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01695 574 201 or email: the Family Court can halt proceedings and direct you to go to that meeting. Good advice from solicitors still firmly has a place however. Mediators cannot give legal advice, but can be invaluable at guiding people towards a mutual resolution of their difficulties. It is still always recommended that you seek help from a solicitor to get any agreement drawn up properly so as to be binding on the two of you. Mediation is not suitable for everyone or just might not sort out the problems. Therefore the court is still there to adjudicate on issues that mediation or solicitors cannot sort out. Solicitors regularly make referrals to mediators – we have good links with local reputable firms and can assist you in a ‘twin track’ approach. If you need help in any of these issues, then contact me, Alex Fowler at Dickinson Parker Hill to discuss your needs.

Now the court is described as “the Family Court” and will be administered in various hub locations (for us our local hubs will be Liverpool and Preston) but sitting at various hearing centres dotted around the region. For many, in practical terms, they will see little difference but there has been one fundamental change introduced – the requirement for mediation. Whereas previously, mediation between parties to family disputes was recommended, it has now become a mandatory requirement to attend an information and assessment meeting to explain mediation before court proceedings are issued – and if you do not,

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Jack’s Tracks

Burtonwood If you’re looking for a handson history lesson about the North West’s 20th Century industrial past, Jack and I would heavily recommend a trip out to Burtonwood.

Situated between St Helens and Warrington, its rich coal mining past is now largely hidden under landscaped parks and trails, but look closely enough and you’ll get a glimpse of what came before. More evident are the area’s Victorian-era structures such as the canals and viaduct. Put these together and you get not only a bracing walk, but an interesting step back in time to boot.


We start just by the Chapel House pub on Chapel Lane, Burtonwood, and head west towards Clay Lane where we then almost immediately head over the playing fields onto Wheatacre community woodland. It was here that we felt able to let Jack wander of his own free will. The path curves round to a T-junction, where we took a right and headed north towards Bold Lane. No sooner is Jack back on the lead than he’s off it again as we head over Bold Lane and into the deep woodland of the old Bold Colliery site. It’s virtually unrecognisable from its mining heyday, however like I say, there are small reminders to be found underfoot. Every so often, we come across some old capped pit shafts which usefully have the individual names on them, such as ‘Lower Florida’. A glamorous-sounding name for a very unglamorous, dangerous job. On coming out of the park, we make our way down to Penny Lane, which housed many of the mining families associated with Bold. Date stones are very much evident in this area, so it’s not hard to think about all the changes these properties have seen over the years. One example is a row of terraces which, when they were built, were named Railway View… not that there’s much of a view nowadays though as another row of homes was built directly opposite shortly afterwards, thus obstructing the view. At the top, turn left onto Penkford Lane, go under the railway bridge and then straight on. Our map sent us off Penkford Lane onto something of a dirt track leading to a couple of homes. To be honest, it was more hassle than it was worth, especially as some of the resident hounds didn’t appear to be over the moon at our Jack muscling onto their patch, so my advice is stick to the main road.

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Eventually, we ended up at the A572 Pennington Lane for a short while before dropping down into Sankey Valley Park. Here, we see the somewhat half-hearted attempt made to fill in this part of the Sankey Canal. It’s quite a strange, disorientating feeling to be standing in the middle of a canal, looking towards water and a towpath either side. It gets even stranger further up when we were greeted with what resembled the world’s largest snooker table – a perfectly smooth green plain on top of the water formed from associated debris and vegetation. The Sankey Viaduct was now in our sights, and what a fantastic spectacle it was as well. Built between 1828 and 1830 by celebrated civil engineer George Stephenson, it’s a Grade I listed structure and said to be one of the earliest major railway viaducts in the world. For us, this was the big photo opportunity and we patiently spent about 10 minutes waiting for a train. Just as we were about to give up the ghost, we hit the jackpot when a choo-choo came trundling past. Following the canal again, we take a right to jump across Sankey Brook and head through the flat fields of Bradley Lane and Hall Lane. At the junction of Fir Tree Lane, we crossed and made our way onto the us now on 01695 627 999


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A stroll around Halsall is first up in a series of walks for members of West Lancashire Footpath Group in June. They will be meeting at the Saracen’s Head pub, Summerwood Lane, at 7pm on Wednesday, June 4. On Saturday, June 7, there’s a walk starting from the Rainford Junction pub, News Lane, in the village, from 1.30pm while on Wednesday, June 18, they’ll be hopping over to Parbold, meeting at 7pm at the Railway Hotel on Station Road. Their final walk of the month takes in the splendidly serene surroundings of St Michael & All Angels Church, on Lord Sefton Way, Great Altcar, where they’ll be meeting at 1.30pm on Tuesday, June 24. Daytime rambles are approximately five miles and easy to moderate while the Wednesday evening walks are around four miles long. For more information, contact Ann Robinson on 01695 571303 or Ron Cheetham on 01704 892453.

Parish Invite Villagers are welcome to attend the next meeting of Scarisbrick Parish Council on Monday, June 2. It starts at 8pm in the Village Hall on Smithy Lane. The photo is of the Cockbeck Tavern, Town Green Lane, Aughton

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Open Golf Tickets! Get close to the heart of the action as the greatest players in the world descend on Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Wirral for The Open Championship. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and even the legendary three-time winner Sir Nick Faldo will be at Hoylake this year as The Open Championship returns to Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Broadcast to an audience of 500 million worldwide, The Open Championship, which is played this year from Sunday, July 13, until Sunday, July 20, is the most international of the Majors with qualifying taking place in nine countries. Last time The Open was at Hoylake in 2006, Tiger Woods won it in style in his first competition since the death of his father. The victory made him the first back-to-back Open Champion since Tom Watson in 1983. The Open Championship also offers the chance to see some emerging home-grown amateurs and young professionals competing alongside more established players such as defending champion Phil Mickelson and former winners Ernie Els and Darren Clarke. Spectators can even test their own skills at the HSBC Golf Zone or improve their swing with the help of PGA professionals at the R&A Swingzone.


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The Open will also be the first fully connected Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Spectators will have access to a free Wi-Fi mesh covering the grandstands, tented villages and other areas throughout the golf course. Users will be able to connect using their mobile devices and follow the location of their favourite players on the course, view live scores and tune in to TV and radio coverage of The Championship. Scoreboards will also be placed around the course to provide up-to-date results and a wide range of digital content. The Open has seen strong ticket sales this year, with fans pre-booking practice day tickets and contest day tickets early. Prices start at £10 and under 16s can see The Open Championship for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Purchase tickets before May 31 for early season prices. See or call 01334 460010 to book tickets and for full terms and conditions.

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On Your Plot

Expand Your Horizons Every year it amazes me how the plants respond so dramatically to the arrival of the warm weather. Of course the lawn is no exception and if you don’t already have a composting system in place then why not set one up now and make use of some of those endless grass clippings? Ideally you want to have two (or even three) compost bins so that when one is ready to use for the garden you have another filling up and rotting down. You can buy allsorts of nifty looking, ready made, compost bins - some even have clever devices that make it easy to turn the whole bin to help the waste break down - but you don’t need anything fancy. You can just start a compost heap in an out of the way corner, enclosing it with old pallets, or wire mesh wrapped around four stakes if you want to keep it looking a little neater. So what should you compost? Well any dead organic matter will decompose naturally but you should aim for a good mix of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ ingredients. Lawn trimmings, veg leaves and peelings provide the green element and you should add a reasonable balance of brown items such as shredded paper, straw, eggshells and even the contents of your vacuum cleaner bag. Turning the heap occasionally will accelerate the breakdown and covering with an old carpet when it is full will also help. Leave for several months and you should have some great compost! Time to expand your horizons and make full use of containers and of your borders. Look at the different varieties of lettuce and salad crops - many of these, along with cabbages, can add a splash of decorative, coloured foliage to your borders (and be eaten too!!!). Grow bags are wonderful for crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.


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Jobs for June Take off the side shoots from tomato plants to avoid them becoming too bushy and overburdened with fruit. Water regularly. Garlic that was planted in the Autumn should be maturing now. Lift when the leaves start to shrive l and leave to dry in a warm spot. Keep planting - the moist soil, higher temperature s and long days are ideal growing conditions. French beans, courgettes and salad crops can all be sown now. Watch out for pests! Think about protecting brassi cas before caterpillars start to become a problem.

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