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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ll know that sporting history was made at Wimbledon last weekend. Can you believe that there wasn’t a spot of rain on finals day!? Seriously though, it was a nail biting match at times and as a pregnant woman there were moments I had to get up and walk away from the T.V or I was in danger of going into early labour!
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As this latest issue goes we have a few champion features of our own; I am pleased to announce that as of this issue Local Life has managed to bag some very coveted cooking time with Masterchef finalist Jay Tinker. Jay appeared in the popular show in 2012 and made it all the way to finals – so you know he’s got the goods when it comes to cooking up a storm. Why not send in pictures of your attempts and see if they are good enough to make them on to our Twitter feed? For those of you who don’t want to be chained to the kitchen in this glorious weather; there is plenty more going on in this issue to get you out and about and enjoying the summer. Jack recently paid a visit to Bickerstaffe so make sure you catch up with his walk starting on page 28, there’s a great feature on how to keep the kids entertained with a summer bucket list on page 20 and the What’s on section is packed with ideas for great family days out. Anybody else out there who would like some free publicity for their community event be sure to let us know by e-mailing the details to editorial@locallife247. co.uk See you next time,
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Methusala Music Festival Mawdesley’s biggest and best music festival is making a welcome return on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August. The only difference to proceedings this year is a change of venue; the festival is bigger and needs more space and will now be held at Rock and River Outdoor Pursuits at the Cliffs Farm Activity Centre on Wood Lane. If you haven’t heard of the Methusala Music Festival you might be wondering what it is all about. The music festival is based on family fun, held over three days and nights; featuring the best and eclectic organically grown music, the music this year will be diverse and as exciting as ever. There will be a chance to get involved with some outdoor pursuits, including canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, hope ropes, archery and much more. There will also be a wide range of stalls for you to explore as well as real ale and cider bars, theatres,
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Costume jewellery, as any lady will know is a perfect accessory to liven up any outfit. Here’s your chance to learn how to make your own! The one day jewellery workshops at Cedar Farm Galleries are the perfect place to make inspiring pieces that you can keep forever. Heather Scott will show you the art of stringing – there will be a range of semi-precious beads and clasps for you to choose from and you will be left with your very own beaded necklace.
Vintage is all the rage at the moment and if you would like a blast from the past get yourself down to the vintage market at Christ Church on Lord Street, Southport. Billed as a true vintage market, you will find more than 30 stalls selling ladies and gent’s vintage clothes, jewellery, home wares, collectables, antique tools, gifts, toys and much more! The market will be held on Saturday 27th July from 12-5pm – entry is free so don’t miss out.
The next course will be held on Saturday 27th July between 12pm-3.30pm at a cost of £42.50 plus the cost of materials. The workshops are very popular so be sure to book in advance – for more information please contact Heather on 01704 823355 or e-mail info@ heatherscottjewellery.co.uk
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Treasure Island This swashbuckling musical will be entertainment for the whole family on Sunday 4th August as Rufford Old Hall prepares for a mutiny. This great day out promises to have you and the kids rolling around on your picnic blankets with laughter; the musical starts at 6pm and will be preceded with a workshop for the kids from 4.30pm. The cost of tickets is £13 and £9 for concessions with under 4’s going free – for more information or to book your tickets please call 01704 821254 or go online at www. cambridgetouringtheatre.co.uk.
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Illumination in Ormskirk Ormskirk Parish Church will play host to a new play on Tuesday 30th July. Written by Donna Worthington and directed by Edge Hill’s Bill Hopkinson, lllumination celebrates the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels. The play asks the question: which selves do we need to let go of in order to find redemption, and also celebrates the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels, illuminated holy manuscripts from around 700 AD, to their northern home this summer.
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It’s Time for Ted Time for Ted is a music and movement group for preschool children aged from 6 months -5 years. The classes are educational as well as great fun and can help your child to build on self-confidence, self-esteem, numeracy, physical development and creative music and dance. Time for Ted co-owner, Julie Goldman told Local Life, “Time for Ted follows the early learning foundation stage national curriculum and the classes are great for your child’s development; but most of all our classes are fun and we’re never sure who enjoys them more the children or the adults.” As well as Time for Ted classes Julie and her partner Julia Johnson also provide sessions for nurseries and schools and also personalised parties for up to 20 children. Julie added, “We host our parties across the whole North West region and we were recently nominated for a best party award and a best local children’s pre-school class award too. “The reason that Time for Ted is so successful is down to the people and the educational tools we use to deliver the classes; products we use include puppets, instruments, books, props, dance and much more. “ All of the Time for Ted classes are run during term time, but Julie recognises that for a lot of parents everything seems to stop in the summer holidays just as you need something to entertain the kids! That’s why there is a full schedule of summer classes available from Friday 9th August through to Friday 30th August. The summer sessions are very popular so if you do want to book make sure you get in touch, as places are allocated on a first come first served basis. So whether you’re a mum at the end of her tether, a school or nursery looking for some entertainment for the new term or just looking for some fun summer activities make sure you get in touch today – Ted and the Team are looking forward to meeting you!
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Going Walkabout You can put your best foot forward, enjoy the fresh air and step out for summer with the help of the West Lancashire Rangers. This yearâ€™s walking festival, organised by West Lancashire Council, is back and will be better than ever! The organised walking events will run from Thursday 1st until Wednesday 14th August.
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For all of the walks you are advised to wear sturdy footwear and clothing to suit the weather conditions. Your four-legged friends are also welcome just remember to bring a lead. For more information about any of the walks please contact the Rangers on 01695 622794 or visit the website www.westlancsdc.gov.uk
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Summer Sport Club The Children Active Through Sport Club will be holding their annual summer club from Thursday 25th July until Wednesday 4th September. The sessions will run each day at Edge Hill University from 8.30am-5.30pm and are perfect for entertaining children aged 8-12 years. The kids can get involved with everything from cricket, football, basketball, rugby and tennis for £18 a day. For more information and availability please contact 01695 684745 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Ormskirk Health Walks Let your feet hit the street and get active with the Ormskirk health walks – all the walks are suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to return to exercise. All you need to do is turn up at the Coronation Park
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Soup Stop Everybody needs a friendly face or two, so if you are looking for some good company why not call in at the Soup Stop in Ormskirk? Everyone is welcome and you can enjoy some fabulous company and conversation over a bowl of soup and bread. The meetings are free and take place every Tuesday (except the last Tuesday of the month) from 12pm-2pm at the New Church House at Ormskirk Parish Church.
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Pensioners United The new pensioner’s forum in Ormskirk is looking for anyone who is interested in joining their group as a member. The group is held on the third Tuesday of the month at 1.30pm at the Community Centre next to the Chapel Gallery on St Helens Road. Members are a group of pensioners who are trying to get a better deal for all pensioners in the local area! For more information please contact Sheila Owen on 01695 575504.
Countryside Walks The Canal and Countryside walking scheme in West Lancashire is now in its 19th year – organised jointly by West Lancashire Borough Council and the West Lancs Footpath Group, each walk is a gentle 3-4 mile stroll along and around the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The next two walks will take place on Wednesday 24th July
from the Running Horses Pub on Bells Lane in Lydiate and Wednesday 7th August from the Railway Hotel on Station Road in Parbold. All walks start at 7pm and the meeting place is the car park of the designated location.
Volunteers Wanted Could you spare two hours each week, or would you like to do something rewarding with your time? If you have answered yes to any of those questions then the West Lancashire Carers Centre would like to hear from you. The carers centre is looking for people to help carers get a break with the help of their sitting service – there will be no personal care, moving, handling or administration of medication required. Full training will be given and out of pocket expenses will be paid – for more information please call 01695 711243 or e-mail Helen@ westlancscarerscentre.org.uk.
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Care from the Air Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it’s the North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) and their bright yellow chopper has been caring for local people since 1999. You may not know a lot about the NWAA and hopefully you won’t ever need their services in your lifetime; but with two helicopters they fly life-saving missions seven days a week, 365 days a year. On average the helicopters and their crew are deployed five times a day, with this number rising to ten during the summer months. The doctors and paramedics on board provide rapid treatment, hospital transfers, and ultimately, give the gift of time to patients across the entire North West region each year. Since it launched in 1999, the charity has flown over 11,000 missions across the region. It costs in excess of £4.2 million per year to maintain the aircraft and with almost no central government funding they rely on the generosity of their supporters. The NWAA has recently launched a new appeal for local volunteers to help at the family fun events throughout this summer. The Charity is not only seeking donations but would now like to hear from local volunteers to help raise awareness of their work and raise vital funds for its service at a variety of events up and down the region. The new recruits will act as ambassadors for the charity on the day, supported by North West Air Ambulance
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Night Rider No, we’re not talking about David Hasselhoff and his talking car KITT, but the Manchester to Blackpool night ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation. This ride will take you through starlit lanes and see you leaving the city behind you whilst the Blackpool illuminations lead you to the sea for sunrise. This event will take place on Saturday 28th September and registration is open now – for more information please contact 0300 456 8355 or go online at www.bhf.org.uk/m2bnight.
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A Fete Worse Than Death Music in the Park This is the latest offering from the Ormskirk Theatre Company on Saturday 17th August and let me tell you, you’re in for a fright! This murder night is written by Gary Simpson and when the vicar agrees to abseil off the church tower for charity you just know he is in for a fall. The play will be performed upstairs at Disraeli’s on Church Street in Ormskirk, doors open at 7pm and the production will start at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £6 for concessions – you can book your seat by calling into Disraeli’s or by going online at www. ormskirktheatrecompany.co.uk
Summer Fun Day One Voice West Lancs will be holding a spectacular summer fun day on Saturday 27 July from 12pm-4pm at Hesketh Bank Christian Centre on Moss Lane. The charity aims to help all children and young people with disabilities or additional needs and would like to invite their families and friends to join in the fun - the invitation is open to all Lancashire families. The day will include gift and craft stalls, raffle, tombola, guest characters, music, games, scrumptious food but more importantly fun, fun, fun! Entrance is £1 for adults and 50p for children, for further information please contact Victoria on 07423 392694.
Ormskirk Coronation Park will be the setting for a great musical extravaganza during weekends in July and August, as local bands prepare to perform a series of summer concerts. Pop groups will entertain the masses on Saturdays and Sundays will see something a little more traditional with entertainment from local Brass Bands. Tarleton Brass Band will take centre stage this Sunday (14th July). The final concert will take place on Sunday 25th August where Skelmersdale Prize Band will be providing some live entertainment. For more information and for a full rundown of the summer concerts please go online to www.westlancs.gov.uk and search for events.
Vintage & Retro Fayre If you are looking for a fayre with a difference you might want to pay a visit to the Vintage & Retro Fayre at Briars Hall in Lathom on Sunday 4th August. This fayre will have a great mix of vintage and vintage inspired items for sale including, Bridal wear, fashion and accessories and an array of home ware and decorative items. Plus there will be some great vintage cars on display too; so don’t miss out on finding some vintage treasures. The fayre will take place from 10am-4pm, entrance is £1 and children go free – for more information please contact Christine Clarke on 07789 484429.
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French Visit You are probably aware, West Lancashire is twinned with Cergy-Pontoise in France, just North of Paris, but did you know that the West Lancashire Footpath Group has been running a successful exchange for ten years with a walking club there. A visit by the French group is scheduled for the weekend of Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October - arriving on Friday evening and returning to Paris on the Sunday evening. Walks will be arranged for both days and you would be expected to provide packed lunches for your guests and evening meals. The group is also trying to organise a function for the Saturday evening. If anyone is interested in joining the walking group and perhaps playing host to the visitors please contact Liz Littler by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01704 543674.
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Summer Bucket List
30 fun things to do with the kids during the summer holidays! The summer holidays are nearly upon us; six glorious weeks stretched out in front of us and let me guess no ideas on how to keep the kids entertained. I bet you can hear the echoes of ‘I’m bored’ already! But, spare a thought for the
kiddywinkles, being stuck at home every day can get really boring so here are thirty ideas for summer activities that won’t break the bank. Have a look at our summer checklist and see how many you can get through.
Make a scrapbook
Host a sleepover
Make ice cream sandwiches
Get the kids to tidy their rooms and sell the surplus stuff at Burscough’s Car Boot.
Make a bird feeder and wait for the local birds to stop by and check it out
Swim - see how many laps you can swim in a row. Keep practicing and then see how many you can do by the end of the summer
Go up to Beacon Park in Dalton, climb a tree and roll down a really big hill
Pitch a tent in the garden and spend the night camping out.
Build a den in Ruff Woods
Run around in the rain - this shouldn’t be too difficult with our weather!
Fly a kite
Catch a fish with a net
Go on a really long bike ride down the canal
Make a mud pie
Make a daisy chain
Play pooh-sticks in the Brook on Brook Lane
Empty out the loose change jar, catch the bus to Southport and spend an hour on the Penny Falls machines in the amusement arcades
Go to Claytons Strawberry Farm pick-your-own in Newburgh. Pick some blackcurrants or gooseberries and make a pie or crumble
Go star gazing
Hunt for bugs
Take your camera round all the local sights and make a local calendar
Go on a nature walk at night
Visit Rufford old Hall and take some photographs of the gardens
Take binoculars or a telescope up Devils Wall on a clear day and point out the sights
Find a geocache – you can read more about it at www.geocaching.com
Find a maize maze – find the nearest one at www.maize-maze.com
Catch the train to Liverpool and visit the World Museum
Create some art with things you find on your nature walk
Toast some marshmallows on a campfire
Go on a Jack’s Tracks and explore the local countryside
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Formby Festival Formby Festival will be marking its opening year with a bang – the first ever Formby Food and Drink Festival will be held in Duke Street Park on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July. The family weekend event will also be fundraising for Help for Heroes. This is set to be a fantastic weekend with entertainment for everyone including, stalls of exotic and local food and beverages, celebrity chef demonstrations, live music and entertainment – there will even be a musical firework display. The festival will also play host to the final of the Merseyside Young Chef of the Year Competition – with professional chefs and food producers judging the
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What’s On in the North West Green Fayre at Beacon Park
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The Green Fayre at Beacon Park near Up Holland is West Lancashire’s premier countryside event, celebrating the great outdoors and countryside life. Don’t miss demonstrations in a variety of woodland crafts including, chainsaw carving, willow weaving, basket making and hooping. The show arena will also include sheepdog trials, Viking battles and birds of prey displays. A music marquee houses a variety of folk and traditional music performers.
The North’s greatest garden party has lots of fresh ideas for visitors. Check out the Great British Allotment area, or if ornamental plants are more your thing, head to the Floral Marquee to find a huge choice from some of the UK’s top nurseries. Don’t miss some fascinating show garden designs. Ladies Day returns by popular demand on Friday 26th July.
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Speke Hall Vintage Festival Travel back in time at Speke Hall near Liverpool this summer! Back by popular demand, this is your chance to see beautiful veteran, vintage and classic vehicles on display, chat with their owners, and visit the amazing Vintage Market for timeless bargains. You can chill out to the retro sound of live performers and enjoy delicious food cooked on site at the Festival. When: Cost: Details: Where:
Sat 20th July & Sun 21st July (11am-5pm) Free www.nationaltrust.org.uk.speke-hall L24 1XD
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Thur 25th July – Sun 28th July £23.50 www.rhs.org.uk WA16 6QN
Knowsley Flower Show The Knowsley Flower Show celebrates their 15th year! The Floral Marquee will be a blaze of colour and scent, and this year they have classes suitable for anyone, every age and capability including some special classes for children and young people themed around their crystal anniversary. Also new for 2013 is a Food for Thought area sponsored by Love Food Hate Waste with lots of advice on healthier eating and free recipe giveaways and lots of tips on how not to waste food.
Aintree Hot Air Balloon Festival The event will feature a fantastic array of Hot Air Balloons of various shapes and sizes. There is a giant funfair, helicopter rides, licensed bar, and the event would also feature a special Glow Night on the Saturday, where the balloons light up to a choreographed musical display. There’s also a full program of family orientated entertainment, including mini circus performances, with clowns, jugglers and magic.
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Family Fun Raceday Haydock Park’s fabulous family fun race day returns in the summer holidays and this year’s theme is ‘Under The Sea’. Join them for an action-packed family day out not just with fantastic racing, but with FREE children’s activities ranging from face-painting to bouncy castles, craft workshops to funfair rides ... but best of all it’s FREE for children 17 and under, accompanied by a paying adult. Sat 20th Jul & Sun 21st Jul (Sat 12noon-10pm – Sun 12noon-6pm) Cost: £3 (children under 1.2 meters free) Details: 0161 6220555 Where: L9 5AS When:
When: Thur 8th Aug (gates open at 12.10pm) Cost: £32.40 Details: 01942 402624 www.haydock-park.co.uk Where: WA12 0HQ
Blackpool Air Show
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Blackpool Air Display is a magnificent seaside air display for all the family. Every year sees bigger and better displays as crowds gather along Blackpool’s Golden Mile. From the Spitfire to the ultra-modern Typhoon there is something for everyone and the Blackpool Air Show. The main action takes place between Promenade Point and South Pier.
This popular event moves to a new home at the Leisure Lakes in Mere Brow. Attractions include the 360 bicycle stunt team, horse carriage driving, a shopping mall, craft marquee, sheepdog displays, duck herding, children’s entertainment and a bouncy castle. Also for the children there will be a bee, worm and reptile house, donkey rides and you can even enter your own dog into the daily shows at 1pm. Sat 24th - Mon 26th August (10am-5pm) Adult £5, Senior £4.50, Child £1 Family Ticket £12 (2 Adults, 3 Children) Details: 01704 212734 www.garden-festivals.com Where: PR4 6JX When: Cost:
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Southport Flower Show Located in Victoria Park, the Southport Flower Show features stunning show gardens, the finest flower and vegetable displays, specialist foods and books, celebrity guests and much more. Every day there is something new happening, from talks and lectures to cookery presentations in the kitchen. The main arena entertainment brings you jousting medieval knights and free flying birds of prey, dog displays and the fun of what happens when sheepdogs meet Indian Runner ducks. Don’t miss it!
When: Thur 15th Aug – Sun 18th Aug Cost: £16-£21 Details: 01704 547147 www.southportflowershow.co.uk Where: PR8 2BZ
This is the biggest musical and cultural event in the town – the event is held on Lytham Green, next to the iconic windmill. Over the course of the weekend you can enjoy live performances from Jason Donovan, Tony Hadley, Russell Watson, Rita Ora and Conor Maynard. When: Cost: Details: Where:
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The Garstang Show This is the 198th Garstang Show this year, with 15,000 visitors expected it’s set to be a fantastic day out for the whole family, with entertainment for all ages and tastes. There will be a number of free events for children, as well as the popular horticultural & agricultural exhibits. The Galloping Acrobatics are booked for this year, so come and see all manner of trickery on horseback!
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Bickerstaffe & Scarth Hill
This month’s walk is just shy of 6 miles, starting out from the Stanley Gate car park, passing through the village of Bickerstaffe and up over Scarth Hill, on what is mostly quiet country lanes and farmland. Apart from the pub where you start out from, there isn’t anywhere on route to stop for refreshments, so do carry water and snacks to keep you going until you return to the Stanley Gate, where you can rest your legs and enjoy a good meal. On the walk, there is one point to bear in mind. At the far end of Bickerstaffe Plantation, there is a very narrow wooden bridge (a plank basically) crossing the brook. If this bothers you, then bypass the woods by walking
straight to the A506, then turn left along it until picking up the route again. This alternative route is marked in orange on the map.
Stanley Gate to Bickerstaffe Plantation Leaving the car park, cross the A570, turn to your left and walk to the traffic lights. At the junction turn right into Liverpool Road and continue walking for about 130 yards to where you’ll see a public footpath sign is on the opposite side of the road. Cross over the road and take the path through the field and then take a right towards the old windmill. When you reach the main road turn left and keep going until you come to the Holy Trinity church in Bickerstaffe. From the church you go directly across the road, continuing round the corner and down Hall Lane for about 330 yards, passing the school and the entrance to Hall Farm. You will eventually come to a lane on your right. As you go down the lane you’ll pass the Keepers Cottage on your left. Keep going down the lane; you’ll soon see the footbridge that you’re aiming for that crosses the M58. You go along the left hand side of the hedgerow, over the bridge, following the path down, across Bickerstaffe Brook on to the end of Long lane. If you’d like to avoid the narrow plank bridge at the far end of the woods, take the alternative route (shown in orange on the map) up the lane and left onto the A506. Bickerstaffe Plantation to Scarth Hill From the lane, take the footpath opposite the fenced off area, that leads into the woods. After about 120 yards you’ll see a path to your left. Follow it over the brook and continue on down through the woods. The path gets quite vague in places, but it’s obvious enough for you to follow until emerging at the plank bridge. Having bravely negotiated the plank, make your way through the long grass and continue along the right hand side of the field toward the A506. On reaching the main road, cross over and turn left. You then continue along the road for about 180 yards until reaching the footpath sign on your right.
Water Tower Built around 1974, the water tower at Scarth Hill has a water capacity of around 400,000 gallons and replaced the previous ‘pepperpot’ tower of 112,000 gallons, built in 1879. As soon as the new tower came into service the old one was demolished. The nearby pump house, built on the site of an old windmill, still stands, but has been sold and converted into homes. Turning right walk up the left hand side of the hedgerow, then at the end of the first field switch to the right hand side of the hedgerow and continue up towards the woods. On reaching the woods, cross back to the other side of the hedgerow and continue
along the side of the woods until reaching Grave yard Lane. If it’s a clear day, stop for a moment, look to the southwest, and try to pick out some of the landmarks in the centre of Liverpool. On Grave yard Lane you go right and walk all the way up the lane until reaching Long Lane. You turn left onto Long Lane, walk for about 100 yards, then at the footpath sign take the track on your right up the hill. Ahead of you, and sitting at the top of the climb is Croppers Farm, situated on the junction of Croppers Lane and Poppy Lane. Passing the farm, you carry straight on up Poppy Lane towards the water tower. The lane joins Scarth Hill Lane before emerging at the A570. You go right along the main road for about 50 yards. Here, you cross the main road and take the public foot path that appears to lead down a private driveway. Just a few metres into the driveway the footpath turns off to the right. You’ll find the grass here is quite long, but it soon thins out as you reach the highest point of the walk. Scarth Hill to Stanley Gate As you continue along the path, go down past the side of Delph Farm and along the grassy track until
emerging on to Whiteley’s Lane. Now you go right and stay on Whiteley’s Lane for about 650 yards, until reaching the sharp left hand bend. You leave the road here, taking the track on the right. Follow this to the first hedgerow on the right, then, keeping to the left of the hedgerow go right along the public footpath. At the end of the hedgerow you cross the wooden footbridge and continue along the track, across the field towards the left of the woods (Alcock’s Plantation) ahead of you. Passing the woods you go slightly to your left and follow the right hand side of the hedgerow until reaching the main road. The pavement is on the other side of the road, so cross over and go left, following the road back to the Stanley Gate. There, cross back to your starting point. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.
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Garden Diary - by Angie Barker
The National Gardens Scheme Do you know, Hubby does have a lot to put up with and he never complains but recently, when I announced that I wanted to see if our garden was good enough to be accepted into the National Gardens Scheme, I could see he was a little crest fallen. He must have been thinking, oh lord she will be spending even more time in the garden now – and what if the garden doesn’t make the grade – will she start re-designing the garden from scratch – and how much will that cost! Well, the morning of the NGS visit I was very nervous. One of the criterions for acceptance is that your garden
must hold 45 minutes of interest. My garden is not a large one by any means, it is nestled in the middle of a modern housing estate, was this really something that the NGS were looking for? Well Hubby needn’t have worried because I was delighted when the officials from the NGS who came to inspect the garden accepted it into the scheme. For those of you who don’t know, the NGS is an organisation which encourages privately owned gardens to open to the public on certain days throughout the year. A small admission fee is charged and cups of tea are sold and all monies collected go to charity. Have a look on their website – www.ngs.org. uk – to see if there are any gardens open near you – it is a fantastic way of picking up ideas from ordinary gardeners, as opposed to swanky show gardens. So if you’ve ever wondered what my garden looks like, next year (around the end of June) you can come along and see it for yourselves. In the meantime, this photo taken on the day the NGS visited in June gives you a little preview. Hubby by the way is much relieved – but he knows that come next June he will, as ever, have a lot to put up with.
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The original version of the fourth generation Nissan Micra supermini singularly failed to hit the spot. That model has had some hefty revisions to bring it up to scratch. With slicker exterior styling, a much-improved interior, more equipment and better value for money, Nissan’s latest MK4 Micra has turned over a new leaf and has quietly morphed into a wholly respectable supermini. Originally launched in the early Eighties, the MK2 Micra became the very first Japanese model to win the European Car of the Year award. Nissan decided to build the car in Britain and style the MK2 and MK3 models with a daring flair that perfectly suited an ever-more image-conscious small car market. That’s been less the case though, with the Micra MK4, which arrived here at the very end of 2010. Out-sourced for build in India, the original MK4 model
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The interior has come in for a rethink too, with the instrument graphics ahead of the driver improved for greater clarity, while there’s a totally new centre console with restyled air vents. Gloss black finish on the centre console and a silver look to the gear selector finisher combine with retextured door armrests and better quality seat and door pad fabrics. Storage space elsewhere in the cabin is generous with no shortage of pockets, boxes and cubbies.
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Nissan has demonstrated that you don’t need to go to the expense of shelling out for a hybrid or even for a modern turbodiesel engine. The DIG-S will manage 95g/km, which means a free road fund licence. Fuel economy is similarly excellent with a manual Visia model returning an astonishing 68.9mpg.
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