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So this is Christmas!
In this issue
You can keep the presents, the TV oﬀerings and even the visits from relatives; for me the highlight of this time of year is always the annual emergence of that good old indomitable Christmas spirit. It matters little that the country isn’t having the best of times and that there are people suﬀering real hardships; somehow, at this time of year , we all seem to develop the ability to rise above the problems of everyday life and focus on the brighter side of life!
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Total strangers exchange greetings in the street, churches fill to the rafters with people and song, and children gasp in awe at the Christmas decorations. Wouldn’t it be great if you could bottle that Christmas spirit and use it throughout the year as the need arises, say on a wet Monday morning when Merseyrail are running late due to ‘track adhesion’ problems!
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Do take time out in the next couple of weeks to join in all the activities going on locally, in particular in Ormskirk town centre, where the Love Ormskirk team and the local council have worked hard to make Christmas shopping in Ormskirk a fun time for all the family – see pages 8 & 9 for details. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing this Christmas – do have a very Merry Christmas and an enjoyable New Year too. See you next year!
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Carols at Christmas
The selection boxes are on the shelves, the shops have started playing their festive CD’s on a loop and TV channels have started to shower us with their Christmas repeats. But for many of us, the Christmas spirit only kicks in properly when you have sung your heart out in a good old Carol session! Ormskirk Music Society are inviting you to join in their Christmas Concert, which is held this year on Saturday 15th December, at the Ormskirk School on Wigan Road, Ormskirk. The concert begins at 7.30pm, and includes a selection of Christmas music performed by the Choir and Orchestra, as well as audience carols – for you to join in. Mince pies and wine/soft drinks for everyone will follow the end of the concert and tickets are priced at £9 for adults and £4 for children, and may be obtained at the door. For any further information, please call Margaret Sackville on 01695-575808.
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The date for the 2013 MotorFest has been conﬁrmed as Sunday 25th August. This popular event, which brings hundreds of classic cars and bikes to parade around the town centre streets of Ormskirk, brought over 15,000 people into the town this year and was deemed a massive success by all. Aintree Circuit Club will again be working alongside West Lancashire Borough Council to make the event a success. Any other organisations, companies or individuals who are interested in sponsoring the Motorfest event should contact the Council’s Technical Services Manager Colin Brady on 01695 585125.
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This year sees the tenth anniversary of The Ormskirk Reading Group (formerly the Reading Circle) and the group are throwing open their doors to invite new members to the Group. The Group, which used to meet at Ormskirk Library, now meet every month at the Grey Hound pub on Aughton Street in Ormskirk. If you’re an avid reader who would like to get together with others with a passion for print, then you’re welcome to join the group who meet in a private room at the pub on the third Friday of each month, starting at 7pm. The Group is open to suggestions by the members as to reading material – a recent read was Fifty Shades of Grey - and if you want any further information then please call Christine on 07752 088 251 or email the. email@example.com.
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The Christmas programme at Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk opens this weekend, when the annual Christmas event is held on Friday (30th November) and Saturday (1st December). This two day event showcases over 35 stalls, each offering unique gift ideas such as jewellery, accessories, cards, decorations, prints, textiles, glass, ceramics - and much more! To make the event extra special, on the Friday evening the gallery will keep its doors open from 6pm-8pm for late night shoppers who can also enjoy a glass of mulled wine and live entertainment as they browse.
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Once the schools start to break up for Christmas, family activities start at the Gallery. There’s a workshop on Wednesday 19th December where visitors young and old can join artist Jane Coyle to create their own Christmas decoration for the tree or a special gift. If you prefer to get your imagination flowing in a more literary sense storyteller, Sue Allonby, will enthral you with festive tales that are bound to get you in the Christmas mood on Friday 21st December. Then on Saturday 22nd December, Edge of Your Seat Productions will perform ‘A Magical Winter’s Tale’ incorporating songs, puppetry and audience interaction. Nearly all the events are free. To ﬁnd out more information call the gallery on 01695 571328 or visit www.chapelgallery.org.uk
Swing Gig The West Lancs Big Band is performing at Briars Hall in Lathom this Sunday (2nd December) and spectators can expect a session of music and song from the Big Band era. The concert starts at 8pm and tickets are just £3.50 on the door. For further information about the gig, please call Ruth McDonald on 01695 575816.
Festivities start on 30th November 2012 at 6pm and carry on throughout December including: • Christmas Lights Switch On • Ice Rink • Christmas Food & Drink Festival • Santa’s Grotto • Giant Puppet Nativity • Live entertainment in the courtyard every Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm • So much to enjoy – visit www.burscough-wharf.co.uk for details. Also, all our retail, food & drink, health & beauty and arts & craft outlets are offering a range of seasonal delights. We’re open daily from 10am ‘til late and with FREE parking Burscough Wharf has so much to offer.
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Like Christmas? Love Ormskirk! You can forget the lure of Liverpool One and the lights of nearby Southport, for there are bags of festive attractions right here in Ormskirk for all the family! The fun starts next week right in the heart of Ormskirk when a three day continental market comes to town. You can try tasty treats from all corners of the globe and you’ll have the chance to browse through some high quality goods from all over the world. Stallholders will be dressed in their national costumes, so do come along and celebrate Christmas in Ormskirk! The continental market runs from 9am-5pm on Sunday 9th December and from 9am-7pm on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th December. And now for some family fun! The Love Ormskirk group, a collective of Ormskirk retailers, have organised Ormskirk’s very own ice skating rink on selected dates in December! The ice rink, which will be based in Moor Street, will be in town on the 9th-11th December (the same days as the town’s continental market) and also on the following Sunday (16th), Monday (17th) and Tuesday (18th). The opening times for the ice rink are from 11am-5pm on Sundays and from 11am-7pm on the Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets for the ice rink are priced at £5 for adults, £4 for children and £15 for families and the tickets are available from Pandora’s Box and Vanilla on Burscough Street, Premier Sports on Aughton Street, 02 on Church Street, and The Bicycle Lounge on Moor Street. Katie Givens, the owner of Pandora’s Box and the driving force behind
the Love Ormskirk campaign told Local Life that the attractions promised to make Ormskirk’s Christmas the best yet for local residents, “Love Ormskirk is all about making Ormskirk more appealing so that people feel excited about their town again and consequently visit regularly. Love Ormskirk at Christmas is all about offering a magical experience to visitors of Ormskirk and encouraging businesses to work together and give the people what they want such as late night opening, promotions and discounts. We are very excited about Love Ormskirk Christmas and we have lots of exciting plans for the New Year.” Other attractions in the town centre over Christmas include a local food stall, which will be manned by the Love Ormskirk team and will be offering food and drink from local stores and producers such as Belpasso, Our House of Cupcakes, Fiveways, The Green Room and Cocoa Barista. Children will also be able to post their letters to Santa at the Love Ormskirk post box by the Clock Tower on Monday 10th December between 3-5pm and Sunday 16th December between 11am-2pm. And last, but certainly not least, is the welcome news that the West Lancashire Borough Council have also chipped in to ensure that Christmas shoppers in Ormskirk will pay less for their parking from 9th-24th December! All the Council’s pay and display car parks in Ormskirk (except Two Saints) will offer an extra two hours parking free, which means that if you pay for one hour, you’ll get two hours free! It all adds up to a Christmas experience par excellence right here in Ormskirk town centre, and the fun starts on the 9th December – see you there!
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Frohe Weihnachten! If there’s one thing the Germans do well (aside from scoring penalties and upsetting Greeks), it’s Christmas celebrations! But you don’t need to go to the Christmas Markets in Manchester to experience this – you can enjoy an afternoon of traditional German hospitality this Saturday (1st December) at a German Christmas Bazaar being held at the German Church in Liverpool!
Liverpool’s Swing King Asa Murphy is coming to the Aughton Institute and we’ve got two tickets to give away! Asa, whose repertoire includes hits from Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin, has performed to sell-out crowds at the Echo Arena and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. He is one of the foremost vocal talents in the UK and he is in Aughton for one night only!
You can look forward to stalls with traditional German Christmas arts and crafts, delicious home-made German cakes and biscuits, mulled wine, hot soup and bratwurst. The Bazaar is opened at 12pm by the German Hon. Consul and runs through to 3pm. The German Church is based on Bedford St. South (L7 7BT).
Carol Concert Ormskirk will ﬁll with the sound of festive carols on Monday (3rd December) when the district scouts join together with the Salvation Army to host their annual carol concert. The concert will take place at the bandstand at Coronation Park in Ormskirk, starting at 6pm. For more information, call 01695 622794 or email chris.horsfall@ westlancs.gov.uk.
The Aughton Institute, known locally as The Tute, is hosting the Asa Murphy Christmas Special at the venue on Sunday 23rd December; starting at 8pm. Tickets are just £15, which includes a hot buffet and a late disco. As you would expect, tickets are selling fast - to secure your tickets call Martin on 07909 465512 now.
Winter Arts The annual Winter Arts Market takes place at St George’s Hall in Liverpool next weekend (8-9th December). This event has become a staple event in the Merseyside arts calendar, and last year over 6,000 shoppers browsed through a veritable treasure trove of locally made gifts and artworks from over 120 stallholders. The market runs from 10am-5pm on both days and entry is just £1.50 (children free). For more details, please call 0151 478 4550 or visit the website www.culture.org.uk.
We also have a pair of tickets to give away; simply answer the following question – The Aughton Institute is known locally as The _____. Please text your answer to 07909 465512 – the closing date for this competition is Saturday 15th December. The winner will be informed by Monday 17th December and details of the winner will be published in the next issue of Local Life.
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Christmas is just 4 weeks or so away, and an essential part of the season of goodwill is the traditional pantomime! Ormskirk will be hosting Aladdin at the Civic Hall on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th December and tickets are sure to in hot demand, so book yours now!
Grab your coat and pop up to the annual Christmas Craft and Gift Fair at Holmeswood Primary School which takes place this Saturday evening (1st December) from 6pm-9pm. The fair features many small local businesses selling goods such as cakes, traditional toys, Christmas stockings, handmade gifts, Christmas trees. Homemade hot pot and mince pies will be served, along with the odd glass of mulled wine too!
The pantomime stars Laura Handley (aka Candy from Hollyoaks) and Grace Adams-Short, an ex-Big Brother contestant, and also features the Skelmersdale School of Dance. There’s a 7pm performance only on Wednesday, and Thursday sees performances at 10am, 1pm and 7pm. Tickets are priced at £6 (£7 for evening performances) and are available from www.trio-entertainment.co.uk.
Old Hall On Sunday 16th December 2012, Old Hall Brass is hosting their annual Christmas Concert at St Teresa’s Social Club in College Road, Up Holland. It’s a 2pm start, and tickets are priced at £6 or £2 for under 16’s and are available from Debbie Sudworth on 01942 715684 or 07752 003834. For more information about Old Hall, visit the website www.oldhallbrass.co.uk.
Christmas Magic! For a magical Christmas story to enthral and entertain the kids this weekend, you’ll be delighted to know that the Arts Centre at Edge Hill is hosting a production of The Elves and the Shoemakers! Skint shoemakers can’t even afford to buy each other a Christmas present, but on Christmas Eve, as the snow starts to fall, two little elves arrive and sprinkle a bit of Christmas magic! The shows run this Sunday (2nd December) with performances at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets are priced at £5 each, and family tickets are priced at £18 and are available from the box ofﬁce on 01695 584480.
Spirit of Christmas The Spirit of Christmas comes to Ormskirk later this month with the Christmas Festival at Emmanuel Methodist United Reformed Church. The church, which is situated across the road from Ormskirk Railway Station, will have market stalls and will be serving refreshments on Friday 30th November, Saturday 1st December and Sunday 2nd December. Decorated and illuminated Christmas Trees will ﬁll the Church, together with Nativities scenes from all over the world.
A Christmas Concert will be staged on the Friday at 7pm and additional attractions on the Saturday include Father Christmas, a group from the Ormskirk Family History Group and a demonstration entitled Living History, which will illuminate crafts, cooking, and weaponry of medieval times. Admission is £2 and children go free. Proceeds for the event go to Church Funds to pay for the refurbishment of the church. For more details please call Lilian or Bob Graham on 01695 423119.
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For a Christmas shopping day that’s guaranteed to satisfy your appetite for presents, come along to the Christmas Fair at Parbold Village Hall this Saturday (1st December)! The stalls will ﬁll the main hall and you’ll be able to pick up some wonderful gifts such as jewellery, handbags, scarves, toys, decorations and craft items. Skip your breakfast and ﬁll up on the fabulous bacon and sausage barms you can buy at the Fair or simpy take home the homemade cakes and mince pies! All proceeds from staging the Christmas Fair will go to The Hut on the Hill and the event is organised by the local Guides and Scouts. Please come along to the event, which is held between 11am-2pm at the Village Hall, have some lunch and do your shopping locally in the company of friends and neighbours.
The Ormskirk Pleasure Folk present their annual pantomime next week at Ormskirk Civic Hall. Their production of Alice in Wonderland runs from Wednesday (5th December) through to Sunday (9th December) and tickets are available from the Lancs County Council Information Centre next to the bus station or call 01695 580755. The Ormskirk Pleasure Folk are an amateur dramatics and musical society that was established in 1971, and this pantomime is one of the highlights of their calendar. The group welcomes members of all ages to participate or help out with their three annual productions. For more details call 01695 733945 or visit the website www. pleasurefolk.co.uk.
Homeward Bound If you’re a fan of the works of Simon and Garfunkel, you’ll be interested to hear that the famous duo (well ok, two blokes that sound like them!) are performing at the Village Hall in Ince Blundell next Sunday (9th December). A Celebration of the Music of Simon and Garfunkel, otherwise known as Tim Chu and Ian Bailey, deliver the music of Simon and Garfunkel in their own unique way and are very popular throughout the North West. The concert runs from 7.30pm to 10.30pm; to book your £10 tickets please call 01257 450363 of visit the website www. sandglive.moonfruit.com. If you’re a member of a community group and you want to publicise your next event free in Local Life, then just email details along with a contact name and number to email@example.com
Victorian Fayre St Thomas the Martyr Church in Up Holland will host its annual Victorian Fayre this year on Saturday 1st December from 1pm – 4pm. This event is one of the highlights of the church’s year and is always a big attraction for local residents. The numerous stalls inside the church will sell the likes of cakes, toiletries, sweets, fancy goods, Christmas gifts, books and mystery parcels. There will be a raffle on the day and refreshments will be served too. Everyone is welcome to join in and celebrate the beginning of the festive season.
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1. Is your photocard valid? Even though your licence may be valid, you risk a £1,000 fine if the photo is out of date. These need renewing every 10 years and 1.8m are out of date. To find out if yours is one of them, take a look at section 4b on your licence to see the renewal date. If it’s expired renew it ASAP, though it will cost £20 to do.
2. Don’t use a comparison site, use two If you are looking to compare car insurance, make sure you use more than one comparison site. Each comparison site looks at different firms, so visit Gocompare and MoneySupermarket, and then visit Aviva and Direct Line, and Admiral if you’ve more than one car in the home.
3. Avoid hideous young driver insurance costs. The average price for a 17-22 year old male is £3,200, but you can cut £1,000s with the right approach. Try adding a second named responsible driver to lower the risk average. Then do full comparisons on the comparison sites (see point 2). Then check specialist young driver policies that use black boxes to monitor your driving. You can pay per mile with Coverbox, pay how you drive with Co-op and pay less for driving during the day with iKube.
You can also find the cheapest forecourt with www. petrolprices.com and use the top credit cards offering cashback to get 3% back on all fuel spending. Combine these techniques and many regular drivers could save £500+ a year.
Use www.carrentals.co.uk and www.kayak.co.uk comparisons to find the best deals - £10 a day’s sometimes possible. When you pick-up, hire firms will try to flog “excess insurance”, but it’s possible to do it for less than half the cost via www.moneymaxim.co.uk
6. DON’T assume 3rd party insurance is cheapest Bizarrely, the lowest level of cover isn’t always cheapest. Sometimes, comprehensive wins, as choosing it means you’re considered a lower risk and the discount for this sometimes outweighs the discount for getting lesser cover. So if you were going for 3rd party, also get a comprehensive quote as well.
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Santa Dash It has to be seen to be believed, so don’t miss Liverpool’s Santa Dash this Sunday (2nd December). The Santa Dash, which is organised by RunLiverpool, creates a unique atmosphere as around 8,000 runners in Santa costume converge on Liverpool city centre. Everyone attends in full costume, so you will see them throughout the day on buses, trains, in cars and walking along the streets of Liverpool! The warm up begins just before 9.30am at the Pier Head, and the excitement builds as a sea of red floods the city extending as far as Lime Street and London Road, before heading back toward the ﬁnish line along Dale Street.
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Christmas celebrations at Rufford Old Hall are themed around the Twelve Days of Christmas this year. There are themed displays throughout the ground floor of the house linked to the famous Christmas carol and only the eagle eyed amongst you will be able to ﬁnd them all! Father Christmas will be visiting Rufford each weekend until 16th December – so make sure all the good children in your care take along their Christmas lists along and let him know what they want! He’ll be waiting for you near the ﬁre keeping nice and warm! And for those who like Christmas shopping without the hassle of crowded shops then you can enjoy the Christmas shopping days at Rufford Old Hall. These shopping days were introduced for the ﬁrst time last year and were very popular. The shopping days run from 11am until 3pm on Weds 5th to Friday 7th and from Weds 12th until Friday 14th. The tea-room and garden will also be open, so when you’ve ﬁnished shopping you can treat yourself to lunch and browse around the gardens. For full details of the Christmas programme go to www. nationaltrust.org.uk/ruffordoldhall or call 01704 823812.
We were inundated with entries to the Win a Spa for Two competition in the October issue of Local Life! There could only be one winner though and this was Mrs Bruce (pictured) of Cottage Lane in Ormskirk. Turn to pages 4041 for your chance to win one of three luxury Christmas Hampers that we are giving away on the 15/16th December. Don’t miss out – three lucky West Lancs readers will be winners, and their details will be published in the January issue of Local Life.
Wills & Probate Benjamin Franklin famously said that two of the few certainties in life are ‘death and taxes’. Whilst neither subject is particularly pleasant to talk about, both are issues that need addressing and the sooner they are, the better placed you and your family will be to deal with them. Planning for the future and making a will is one of the easiest and most important steps you can take to ensure your affairs are in order. Most people in England and Wales do not have a valid will in place. If you fall into this category, then on your death your estate will pass in accordance with the intestate succession laws which are a set of rules, laid down by the government, stating how your estate will be distributed. These rules may not reﬂect your wishes and can make the administration of your estate much more complicated than it would be if there were a valid will in place. Making a will can also lead to Inheritance Tax savings and a discussion of other issues such as Lasting Powers of Attorney and organising your estate in such a way to reduce the likelihood of having to sell the family home to pay for care home fees. When somebody does die, the surviving family will often have to administer the estate of the person who has died. This process is commonly referred to as ‘Probate’. Dealing with the estate of somebody who has died can be stressful and there are many pitfalls that somebody, who is not experienced with administering estates, can fall into.
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Put the dried fruits in a bowl and pour over the whisky. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the fruit to plump up. Briefly blend the ginger and its syrup in a mini food processor until ﬁnely chopped. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan140°C/gas 3. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin. Sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients except the cherries. Beat with a hand-held electric whisk for 2 minutes until pale and fluffy. Fold in the soaked dried fruits and any whisky, the blitzed ginger and the cherries. Spoon into the baking tin and level off. Bake for 1-1¾ hours (this depends very much on your oven. My fan oven is super-quick whereas my mother’s aga is slower). If you’re unsure I recommend you check after an hour then every ﬁfteen minutes after that, until the cake is ﬁrm and golden brown. To check, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean the cake is cooked. You can cover it loosely with foil after 1 hour if the centre needs more time. This prevents the surface darkening too much. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool. Remove a thin slice from all sides of the cake and discard. Cut the cake in half to make 2 rectangles. Top with marzipan and white fondant icing and decorate with a sprig of holly.
Starting a Business in a Recession We are often approached by clients who are considering starting a new business. Some people are forced into this decision due to redundancy, while others reach a stage in life where they decide that they want to be their own boss. We currently act for a number of clients who have left public sector employment, as the Government seek to reduce the size of the public sector. People who have worked in employment for many years are often nervous about starting a business. You would need to decide whether to trade as a sole trader, in partnership, or as a limited company. If you are seeking ﬁnance from a bank or elsewhere, it is essential to prepare a detailed business plan which is where we can help you. There is a large volume of paperwork involved in establishing a new business but we try to take the pain out of this process. We have often found that, once over the initial hurdle, clients come to relish the independence that working for themselves provides. Most people think of banks as their ﬁrst port of call when it comes to raising ﬁnance to start a business but there are other sources available, some of which are described below :-
Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme This is a Government scheme speciﬁcally designed for start-up companies which can raise up to £150,000 within the scheme. The scheme provides signiﬁcant tax beneﬁts for investors. Example of a Successful Start-up Business An example of a successful local start up business is our fellow Malthouse Business Centre tenant Andrew Dodd, owner of StampDesign4U ( see photo above ) who design and supply a comprehensive range of rubber stamps to clients all over the UK and abroad. Andrew was employed for many years before taking a voluntary redundancy package and working from home for one year before he was conﬁdent enough to move into rented ofﬁce premises. He now employs 2 people and expects to double his turnover this year. Andrew can be contacted on 01695 575135 or andrew@stampdesign4U.co.uk.
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All Aboard The SHIP! If you’re looking for a smidgen of old school charm when it comes to dining out then head off the beaten track to discover one of Lancashire’s great British pubs. That is exactly what we did one Sunday afternoon as we made our way to The Ship at Lathom – this traditional pub does exactly what it says on the tin, but boy does it do it in style!
The spacious interior has been stripped back to exposed brickwork and striking original features; there are perfectfor-winter ﬁreplaces, and the warming plum, chocolate brown and sage green colour theme is carried throughout. And outside the view could be something straight out of a Turner watercolour; rolling hills, picturesque surroundings and the pretty canal bank make it easy to understand why The Ship is so popular with locals and walkers. We took the opportunity to sit back, relax and take our time to look through the superb choice of dishes. We were spoilt for choice with dishes like Lancashire tapas, Haddock goujons with a lemon mayonnaise, Moroccan Lamb or 28 day matured Rump Steak – or did we opt for a full blown Sunday Roast with all the trimmings, including that all important Yorkshire pudding. The menu has been thought out carefully to cover everything from a snack or small supper to a three-course meal. Ben opted for the fresh mussels and clams marinere – this dish was reminiscent of an outdoor café in the south of France; elegant, reﬁned and the ultimate dish for any shellﬁsh lover. The tender mussels and clams were steamed in a classic sauce of garlic, onions and cream, it worked perfectly as a ﬁrst course, topped off with a generous hunk of bread to mop up all the scrumptious sauce. I however, had unleashed my inner cheese lover and gone for the whole baked Camembert with toasted French bread and red onion chutney. This dish was a showstopper - a sizeable feast on a wooden serving board, the whole baby cheese looked too good to eat in its rustic wooden box. But eat it I did and to the joy of my taste buds, I found total molten loveliness nestled under the baked rind and there was more than enough bread to do it justice. I would have gone home with my appetite sated with this starter alone! This was followed by one of my favourite comfort dishes from the specials menu, Prime Beef Bourguignon cooked
in Malbec red wine with baby onions, mushrooms and herbs. The hearty, tender beef arrived in an adorable pot accompanied by seasonal vegetables and golden roast potatoes. After lifting the lid I found that the meat was sumptuous and worked perfectly alongside the juicy mushrooms and onions. The tenderness of the beef was offset nicely with the gutsy red-wine sauce – the ﬂavours were intensely savoury and this crock-pot dish was a deﬁnite winter warmer. Ben plumped for the homemade burger with a twist – this 8oz Mexican burger came complete with chilli con carne, jalapenos, sour cream, onion rings and chips. The beef was quality meat and juicy to boot; this was a gourmet offering and an interesting one at that! Ben informed me that the kick of the chilli and jalapenos was just enough to add another world of deliciousness to his meal. I always like to rate burgers by how messy they are to eat – and judging from my view across the table, Ben was having a whale of a time! The test of the perfect meal is often in the dessert and, at the ﬁnal hurdle, The Ship did not let us down. Vanilla panacotta, sticky toffee pudding and iced citrus parfait; we were spoilt for choice. In the end we opted to share the gooey chocolate brownie with warm white chocolate sauce. This was wonderfully made, perfectly baked – the sweet taste of heaven! We left with smiles on our faces, stomachs full and an eagerness to shout about just how fantastic The Ship really is. I can say with conﬁdence that this is Country Inn dining at its best, whatever you pick from the menu, it will be delicious! The Ship at Lathom 4, Wheat Lane, Lathom, L40 4BX 01704 893117 www.shipatlathom.co.uk
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Granny waving through the window and Dad’s running down the path holding a small child just so they can get a glimpse of Santa. Members of both branches of the Rotary would like to say a big thank you to all the communities they visit and to those who donate to their collections. Use our guide below to find out when Santa is coming to a street near you! The float dates are subject to change in the case of inclement weather. The Rotary is always on the look-out for worthy causes that could benefit from their help so if you would like some more information please have a look at the website at www.ribi.org where you will find your local contacts.
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Last Boxing Day we loaded up the dogs and set oﬀ on the short drive down the M58 to Lydiate, just north of Maghull, where there was a 4.8 mile walk waiting for us!
Lydiate Let’s face it; we all over-indulge at Christmas, so what about shaking oﬀ a bit of your festive inertia, lacing up your boots and taking part in a Jack’s Tracks walk.
Lydiate is the gateway to the flat Lancashire Plains, and is a place steeped in history, so the walk was both fairly easy and interesting too. The walk is tailored to take you round the more historical parts of the village, so if you’ve got time, explore the ruins of St Catherine’s Chapel and Lydiate Hall, and don’t forget your camera! If you’re running low on sustenance, then call in at the tea rooms/farm shop on the main Southport Road, which is approximately at the half way point of the walk. The New Running Horses at the start/finish of the walk is quite an attractive pub too.
Lydiate Hall and St Catherine’s Chapel Lydiate Hall was built by as a home for the Ireland family, the Lords of Lydigate, around 1470. The eastern part of the Hall was destroyed in 1780, and only ruins exist today.
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Nearby St Catherine’s Chapel, known locally as Lydiate Abbey, was built c.1500 as the Ireland family chapel, but was abandoned in 1550 when King Henry 8th prohibited the practice of Catholicism. The Chapel is now a Grade 2 listed building. Rumour has it that the two buildings are linked by a tunnel, where the local priest hid out when the Dissolution of the Monasteries Act was passed.
Bell’s Lane to Trans Pennine Trail Park up on Bell’s Lane, near the New Running Horses pub. Head away from the canal and at the outside perimeter of the pub’s car park, turn left where it is signposted ‘1/3 mile Green Lane’. Follow the path round the outside perimeter of the ﬁeld until you reach a bridge over Maghull Brook. Cross the bridge and go straight ahead, heading away from the brook. 350 yards further on, you’ll reach Green Lane. Turn right and follow this country lane for approximately 1/3 of a mile until the road bends sharply to the left. On the right, just before the sharp bend, is a track which is signposted the ‘Trans Pennine Trail’. Take the track, heading towards the 6-bar gate, and 250 yards later, you’ll reach the Trans Pennine Trail, which is often referred to as the Cheshire Lines and is part of the old Liverpool to Southport railway line. Take a right turn towards Southport.
Trans Pennine Trail to Southport Road The flatness of the Lancashire Plains is evident and you’ll be able to see for miles. Look out for the planes landing and taking off from Ince Blundell Airﬁeld near Formby, and also the wind turbines off the coast at Crosby. After walking for approximately one mile you’ll come to the Station Road junction, which consists of a car park and a notice board with information about the Trans Pennine Trail. Carry on in the same direction for a further 550 yards, and turn off the trail at the very next junction. Turn right and head 200 yards towards Acres Lane, hopping over the stile by the gate on the way. Turn left onto Acres Lane, and turn right almost immediately afterwards at the signpost (Southport Rd ¾ mile). Follow the path for approximately 0.4 miles, heading for the wooded area, and then follow the path around the right hand perimeter of the wooded area, which is the grounds of Lydiate Hall, built in the 16th century by the Ireland family, who were Lords of Lydiate at that time. Leaving behind the wooden area, follow the pathway to the busy Southport Road (A5147). If you look to the right just before you reach the end of the path, you’ll clearly see St Catherine’s Chapel, a private chapel for the Ireland family and worth a small diversion if you have the time. (The chapel can be reached via Southport Road).
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Southport Road to Bell’s Lane On reaching Southport Road, turn left and then take the ﬁrst right down Hall Lane. After 0.2 miles, you’ll see the public footpath to Lollies Bridge signposted clearly on the right. Follow the pathway 100 yards up a slight incline and you’ll come across the gallops of the local equestrian centre. If you’re walking a dog, it’s best to put them on a lead at this point. Hop across the stile and cross the gallops carefully, looking out for horses. Stay to the right hand perimeter as you walk across the ﬁeld in the centre of the gallops. Cross the stile at the other side of the gallops, again looking out for horses and head towards the practice jumps. Take the clearly marked path on the right hand side of the jumps. After 200 yards you’ll reach a bridge over the canal. Descend the brick steps just before the bridge to the towpath beneath and turn right at the bottom of the steps. Walk approximately 0.9 of a mile and you’re at the ﬁnishing point of Bell’s Lane.
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My Christmas wish list... To enjoy your garden at this time of year it pays off to have put a bit of thought into it during the year, for example: Planting – achieve the right balance of planting between summer and winter plants so that you still have plenty of structure and interest during December, foliage and ﬂowers Good design – your garden should invite you outside – even when the temperature drops. A good design will make you want to go outside to explore it on sunny winter days Good structure - low evergreen hedging can add a crisp ﬁnish to a garden layout which really comes into its own during winter months. Try Buxus sempervirens (Box) or Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ Lighting – it is crucial to get the lighting right. You want just enough light to guide you to your seating area and then some subtle up lighting of plants. And in December of course, some fairy lights! Heating – whilst I’m not a fan of patio heaters, a ﬁre pit can really add warmth whilst enjoying your glass of mulled wine outside
Turning my thoughts now to Christmas, Hubby always says I am difﬁcult to buy for and he never knows what to get - so I thought I would publish my wish list - Hubby take note: Perfume, any books on the subject of gardening or vegetable growing, earrings - in fact any jewellery would be gratefully received, champagne (I love ﬁzz), a surprise trip to David Austin’s Rose nursery next summer - in fact a surprise trip anywhere would be lovely, a CD by Michael Buble, some new pjs for cosy winter evenings, a box of After Eight chocolates - in fact any chocolate would be nice. Shall I go on? Difﬁcult to buy for - I don’t think so! On a ﬁnal note, I would just like to wish all my clients, past and present, and all readers of Chris’s wonderful Local Life magazines, a lovely and joyous Christmas and a very happy New Year. Author: Angie Barker Dip GD (Inst GD) BA (Hons) Garden Design For All Seasons Tel: 01942 522 405 Mob: 07857 008 383
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Every Christmas for the past ﬁve years Local Life has run a Christmas Hamper competition which has proved hugely popular with our readers in our Wigan and St Helens titles. Thanks to the recent launch of Local Life in your area, we’re giving the readers in West Lancs the chance to win one of three luxury Christmas Hampers! Each Christmas Hamper will be ﬁlled to the brim with luxury produce and much of this produce is made in Lancashire. Our main supplier is our local farm shop, Windy Arbour Farm Shop in Billinge, which is located just down the road from our ofﬁces in Orrell. Windy Arbour Farm Shop carries a great range of tasty local and regional produce, particularly in the run up to Christmas, and the service there is second to none. For more details about their store, visit their website www.windy-arbour. co.uk. We would like to thank Windy Arbour for supplying these goods at cost price. The ﬁnished contents of the hamper was still being ﬁnalized as we went to press in late October, but we can tell you that each hamper will include Christmas cake, chocolates, mince pies, cheese, shortbread, wine, real ale, nuts, sweets and lots more besides! The goods are packaged in an attractive and sturdy wicker basket and expertly wrapped in cellophane and ribbons. Even if you’re not a ‘foodie’, these hampers would make a wonderful present for someone special in your life. Each hamper is full of luxury items and will bring a little extra to their Christmas. To win one of these three Christmas hampers, simply complete the Christmas Carol Crossword on the right and return your entry to; Local Life 247 Ltd, Unit 8 - Hewitt Business Park, Winstanley Road, Orrell, Nr Wigan WN5 7XB. Or email the answers along with your name and contact number to crossword@locallife247. co.uk. Your entry must be with us by midnight on Thursday 13th December 2012, and the lucky competition winners will be presented with their prizes on the weekend of 15/16th December. Good luck - and a happy Christmas to all!
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Christ�as Events Guide Saturday 17th Nov to Sunday 23rd Dec Manchester Christmas Markets
Don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit – it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Markets. No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of the markets. This year the market will be celebrating its 13th year and will take over eight different spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere. The array of over 200 stalls is mind-boggling, with mouth-watering delicacies from all over Europe. The choice is getting bigger and bigger and includes gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and an array of food and drink. The markets run until Sunday 23rd December. Contact: www.manchestermarkets.com
Thursday 22nd Nov- Monday 24th Dec Chester Victorian Christmas Market
Chester’s Victorian Christmas Market offers a wide range of beautiful ceramics, jewellery, hats, gloves and scarves. Bestselling toys will feature and the festive food offer will include Christmas cakes and puddings, mince pies, cheeses, meats, sweets, ﬁne wines as well as the winter warming treats of mulled wine and hot chestnuts. Move inside to Chester Market for the best local Christmas produce and more excellent gift ideas. Stalls and attractions will remain open to 24th December. Time: 10am – 6pm (Thurs 10am-8pm) Cost: Free Contact: www.christmasmarkets.com
Thursday 29th November Parbold Christmas Shopping Night
This popular annual event runs from 5pm-9pm and attracts shoppers from miles around to enjoy the ambience of this traditional Lancashire village. Most of the businesses are taking part and you can pick up some thoughtful and imaginative gifts for all your family and friends, take advantage of discount vouchers and one-night-only special offers, as well as indulging in some festive fayre! Time 5pm-9pm
Saturday 1st, 8th & 15th December Grassington Dickensian Festival
See the Christmas lights, the village square and the cobbled streets transformed into a traditional Victorian market, as shopkeepers, villagers and even some visitors dress in Victorian costume. Enjoy the musicians, dancers, street entertainers and exhibitions of traditional country crafts. There is no car parking in Grassington, so use the Park and Ride at Swinden Quarry on the B6265 Skipton to Grassington road. Cost: Free, but £8 a car for the Park and Ride Contact: www.grassington.uk.com Sat Nav Ref: BD23 6BE
Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd & Saturday/ Sunday 8th/9th December Victorian Christmas Weekends
Come to Speke Hall for a true Victorian Christmas experience. Admire the ground ﬂoor of the house decorated for Christmas with greenery and foliage from the Estate. Hear a selection of carols and festive music in the Great Hall, and then treat yourself to some delicious treats from the Restaurant. Event held on Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December. Time: 1pm - 4pm Contact: 0151 427 7231 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/spekehall Sat Nav Ref: L24 1XD
Saturday 1st - Wednesday 19th December Delamere Forest - Santa’s Grotto
Visit Santa this Christmas in his magical grotto at Delamere Forest! Take a train ride around the forest on our musical land train. Stay for lunch at our Victorian themed food and drink street, and go home with your amazing Christmas tree for your house. Site is free entry and free parking, though charges for trees and Santa apply. Tree sales are open every day 9am-5pm & late nights Friday 7th & 14th, Santa’s grotto is open weekdays 3-5pm, Fridays until 8pm & weekends 9am-5pm. Contact: www.forestry.gov.uk/delamere Sat Nav Ref: CW8 2JD
Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd & 8th/9th & 15th/16th December plus 20th to 24th Dec Santa Steam Specials on the East Lancashire Railway
The East Lancashire Railway’s Santa Special is bigger and better with more trains to choose from and a longer steam train journey from Bury to Rawtenstall. Climb aboard and join us on a festive train ride surrounded by the most magniﬁcent winter scenery. Soak up the magical atmosphere as the railway comes alive with hundreds of Christmas trees, twinkling lights and festively decorated carriages. Get into the spirit and join in the carol singing and listen to the brass bands. Meet Santa and his helpers who will be making their way through the carriages to hand out a present to each child and a mince pie and sherry to the adults. Time: 9.30am - 4pm Cost: Child £10.50, 16+ £13.50 Contact: 0161 764 7790 or www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk Sat Nav Ref: BL9 0EY
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Step into a winter wonderland and see the Hall near Preston transformed into the magical Narnia. Make the perfect start to the festive season and come and see Father Christmas himself! Entrance to the hall is £3 adults / £1 children. To meet Father Christmas is £6 which includes child’s entrance to the Hall, craft and a gift. The hall is open from 11am to 4pm. Father Christmas is available between 12 and 2pm.
The traditional Lancashire village of Croston will hold their very successful annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 9th December from 1.00pm to 5.15pm. In addition to a Land Train to Santa’s Grotto there will be a street magician and a magic show, brass bands, singers, morris dancing, circus performers, a piper and much more. Children will love the donkeys and dogs while their parents can shop for last minute gifts at the many craft stalls. Food and drink will be provided by stallholders and local hostelries. The event will end with a torchlight procession. Parking available at Bishop Rawstorne School.
Father Christmas at Samlesbury Hall
Contact: 01254 812010 or visit www.samlesburyhall.co.uk Sat Nav Ref: PR5 0UP
Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th & 15th/16th Dec Blakemere Christmas Food & Craft Market
Pick up a festive bargain at the Christmas Market at Blakemere Craft Centre in Northwich. On offer is local food produce, handcrafted gifts and Christmas decorations. Santa’s Grotto will also be open on these days. Enjoy magical snowﬂakes from our snow machine and small carousel rides, hot chestnuts and candyﬂoss. Ride on the Santa Express – the festive land train which runs each Saturday and Sunday up to Christmas, at just £1 per passenger. Time: 10am - 5pm Cost: Free admission to the market. Grotto Tickets: £5.50 per child Contact: 01606 883261 or visit www.visitblakemere.co.uk Sat Nav Ref: CW8 2EB
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December Christmas Open Studio Weekend
Glass designer and manufacturer Morpheus Glass hosts a Christmas Open Studio weekend at their base on the Hewitt Industrial Estate in Orrell, near Wigan. Pick up some fantastic hand crafted presents, such as jewellery, sculptures, bowls and coasters. Stock on sale at up to 70% off normal retail prices. Refreshments available too. Time: 10am-4pm Cost: Free
Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th, 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd December Walton Winter Wonderland
A Victorian-style Christmas celebration set in a traditionally decorated cobbled courtyard at Walton Gardens near Warrington. Step back in time and enjoy Christmas as it used to be. There will be entertainers, live music, Christmas markets, Yule log making, festive fayre, nativity scene and of course, Santa in his enchanting grotto. If that wasn’t enough there’s a new queuing system that should half waiting times! Time: 10.30am - 4pm Cost: Free access - Grotto £5 per child with a gift from Santa Contact: 01925 601617 (option 2) or visit www.warrington.gov.uk/waltongardens Sat Nav Ref: WA4 6SN
Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th & 15th/16th Dec Southport Christmas Markets
Come and spend the day at Southport’s Christmas Markets picking up those last minute Christmas gifts from stalls on Chapel Street selling food, toys, jewellery to name but a few. Enjoy the Traditional Entertainment which will consist of choirs and bands. Time: 9am-5pm Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday Cost: Free Access
Croston Village Christmas Fair
Cost: Free access Contact:www.crostonfestivities.co.uk Sat Nav: PR26 9HH
Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th December Garstang Victorian Christmas Festival
Step back in time with the ancient market town of Garstang’s popular Victorian Festival which is held on Monday and Tuesday evening. The main High Street is closed to trafﬁc and is ﬁlled with thousands of people roaming freely to grab last minute presents and enjoy the atmosphere of the true ‘spirit of Christmas’. The festivities start with children singing and meeting Father Christmas! There is so much going on; many street entertainers, dancers, Punch and Judy, Choirs, Morris Dancers and a Brass Band too! Time: 6pm onwards Contact: 01995 606682 or visit www.garstangchristmas.co.uk Sat Nav Ref: PR3 1FU
Wednesday 12th December Penwortham Christmas Market
Being held on the main street through Penwortham, there will be fairground rides, many Christmas stalls, Father Christmas, Brass Bands, Christmas Carols and lots and lots of community festive spirit. Time: 6pm - 9pm Contact: www.penworthamtowncouncil.gov.uk Sat Nav Ref: PR1 9EQ
Friday 14th December - Sunday 6th January Liverpool Christmas Family Festival
The Liverpool Christmas Family Festival is a magical Christmas festival taking place in The Waterfront Big Top at the Echo Arena. Enjoy a spectacular Christmas Pantomime of Sleeping Beauty and the Christmas experience. There will be a Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Market, a junior Fun House, Funfair Rides and much more. Please pre-book your place via the website or call the number below. Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult over 18. Festival tickets are £5 and there is an additional charge for some attractions in the Family Festival. Contact: 0844 8000 400 or visit www.echoarena.com Sat Nav Ref: L3 4BB
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