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LocalLife St Helens Edition

August 2018

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hen British summertime gets into full swing, there’s a lot to appreciate on our isle. We usually have lush green landscapes, sparkling seas and lakes and with long summer evenings come endless possibilities. I for one am at my happiest when the days are warmer and we have a little sunshine, and for the most part, I think the people I pass when out on a walk share this heightened sense of happiness with me. The summer is the time to get outside whether that’s sitting in the garden, going for an adventure on our bikes, or even attending a festival. And the joy of attending a festival in Britain is come rain or shine we get stuck in and have a ball. Take Ruskin Beer Festival for example. The weekend of Friday, August 3, 5pm-11.30pm and Saturday, August 4, 5pm-11.30pm will feature real ales, ciders & world beers, prosecco and gin as well as live music and live sport. The festival is raising funds for St Helens Autism Support. Now I’m not saying we don’t deserve an evening or two relaxing catching up on our favourite TV shows, or binge-watching some brand new ones. But I hope you’ll join me in having an adventure in the great outdoors too, because summer only lasts a season after all. See you next time.

Niamh Ollerton, Deputy Editor


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St Helens and Stuttgart celebrated its 70th twinning anniversary, and the celebrations were a huge success. The towns’ twinning dates back to 1948, making the partnership special as it was the first of its kind in Europe following WW2. As a leading manufacturer of glass, St Helens could support the rebuilding of parts of Stuttgart which had been destroyed or damaged by bombing during the war. More than 80 visitors from the German town visited St Helens, including the town’s Deputy Mayor, Dr Martin Schairer, along with councillors from the main political parties; Stuttgart University; two

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high schools, the Leibniz Gymnasium and the Ferdinand-Porsche-Gymnasium and football team, TSV Uhlbach. They attended the International Food and Drink Festival as part of the borough’s 150th anniversary celebrations on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, and also visited Cowley International College and a tree planting ceremony at Victoria Park. The group also visited the Dream, the World of Glass and with a nod to the World Cup, watch a friendly match between Stuttgart football team TSV Uhlbach and St Helens Town AFC. Real ale fans were able to discover the special beer, called Seibzig (meaning 70), which was created in a collaboration between Stuttgart brewery Dinkelacker and local brewers Connoisseur Ales. Deputy Mayor of Stuttgart, Dr Martin Schairer said: “I think for peace in Europe and understanding each other, the best way is that people meet together in the frame of the twinning-ship that we have done for 70 years. “It’s one of the first in Europe so the partnership between St Helens and Stuttgart is very important and very unique.”


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As St Helens celebrates its 150th anniversary, we thought it necessary to commemorate local talent. Thank you to Local Life reader Eric J. Watkin who sent in this image of Grange Park Secondary Modern School’s soccer team. He said: “Grange Park was an outstanding rugby school. In the late 40s soccer was introduced by the sports master Mr Twiss. “This photograph is from the first competitive match!” The men standing from L-R are: John Travis, Reg Stimpson, Rob Molony, Ray Maskery, Reg Gibson. Sitting on the middle row from L-R are: David

Harrison, Forber, Roy Welsby, Chritchley, Dave Seddon. And sitting on the floor are Jones and Watkin. Mr Watkin praised the success of his fellow sportsmen including David Harrison, who went on to play for Saints as a fullback.


Beating the The Grind 5 took to the streets of St Helens for its fourth annual competition. On Sunday, July 8, 250 adults and 101 children took part in this year’s Grind 5 - which incorporated a 5 mile race/fun run and a kids 1k run - in support of the Isabella Rose Foundation. The foundation was formed in 2011 in memory of Isabella Rose Parr who was stillborn at 31 weeks old. This year’s event was run in collaboration with Violet-Grace’s Gift - set up in memory of Violet-Grace Youens who tragically died after being hit by a speeding car on Prescot Road in March 2017. In the men’s 5 mile race, Jon-Jo Doherty of Striders reigned supreme at 28.00 minutes, followed by Kane

grind Green with 28.24 and Anthony Lawler with 28.33. Kelly Hamilton bagged first female place once more with her time of 33.27, followed by Emma Callery in 35.41 and Lisa Cheers in 36.43. Winners Jon Jo and Kelly were awarded medals, trophies and £100 worth of sport vouchers courtesy from sponsors Qualitas Kitchens for winning for a second consecutive year. Chairman of the charity and team leader David Pope said: “It was a brilliant run. “The best bit for me is seeing the children take part in the 1 mile run, it was lovely to see my grandsons (Isabella-Rose’s brothers) take part. “I’m really proud of everyone who took part and congratulations to Jon Jo and Kelly.”

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Success in Ruskin Drive recently hosted one of the North West’s biggest school sports festivals. The event, at the redeveloped Ruskin Drive sports complex saw over 500 pupils from over 30 schools across St Helens taking part. Weekend festivities kicked off on Friday, June 29 – coinciding with National School Sport Week – with the inaugural Year 6 Celebration Sports Festival. Sports included girls’ football, tag rugby, Boccia, Futsal and cricket. The event was delivered by the School Games

sport team as part of the wider St Helens Sports Festival organised by St Helens Council’s Sports Development team. Then on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday June 31, the excitement excelled as the annual sports festival got underway. Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Based and Focused Services, including leisure, said prior to the event: “For some pupils, this may be the first time that they have represented their school and could be the spark that ignites their interest in leading a healthy and active lifestyle. It’s a huge confidence booster too.”


Class from the past This month’s Class from the Past is from Grange Park Secondary Technical School. The photograph features the class of 1966. Can you spot a familiar face? Do you have an old class photo you’d like to share? If so, we’d be delighted to receive it - simply email it to sthelensnews@


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Land at Portland Centre, Sutton Road: Development of one warehouse containing 2no B2 units, with parking and associated works (ref: P/2018/0472/FUL).


Parish C of E Primary School, Charles Street: Entrance infill extension (ref: P/2018/0453/FUL).

Valluga Old Lane: Erection of replacement dwelling (ref: P/2018/0466/FUL). 533 Warrington Road: Erection of new dwelling with attached garage (ref: P/2018/0456/FUL). St Helens 18 - 22 Ormskirk Street: Change of use from public

Ashtons Green Allotment Gardens, Chiltern Road: Replacement of 1no CCTV camera on an existing pole and installation of 2no CCTV camera mounted on a 2.69m high pole and 1no CCTV cameras mounted on a 3.17m high pole (ref: P/2018/0441/FUL).

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Simply outstanding A St Helens children’s home celebrated its outstanding Ofsted report in the sunshine.

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Life’s a beach Summer has come to St Helens with the launch of the summer beach. On Friday, July 27, 12pm, the children of St Helens and their families are invited to the official launch of the summer beach in Church Square. But there are some special guests for the little ones to see too. Children will be able to meet characters Bing & Flop from the children’s TV series ‘Bing’ every hour on the hour from 11am-3pm. To find out more information, please telephone 01744 676360, visit facebook. com/whatsoninsthelens or whatsonsthelens It’s time to enjoy some seaside fun in the centre of St Helens.

13 The council-run respite centre provides short breaks for children and young people with complex health, learning and social communication needs. It was visited by inspectors earlier this year and scored ‘outstanding’ across the board. The Ofsted inspector was full of praise for the ‘inspirational’ and ‘ambitious’ leadership and management team who support their ‘high calibre’ staff in providing an excellent quality of care. Paul Spencer, registered manager said: “This is a fantastic outcome for the service, which over five years has seen several changes to service delivery. “Our challenge now is to aspire to maintain our outstanding status and continue to offer a quality service in the future to people in St Helens.”

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The tiring 3,000-mile trek saw the squad of exrugby league stars, triathletes and ex-road cyclists battle high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Cyclists battled from northern France, through Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France again and into Spain before reaching the finish in Gibraltar. Completing the Race Across Europe in record time, the SPF said cyclists finished the mammoth task in six days, 19 hours and seven minutes, beating the previous record by two days. Steve’s brother Neil Prescott; former Saints winger Steve Hall; former rugby league players Gareth Ellis, Steve Hampson and Ewan Dowes; and Darren Harrison, Phil Ellison and Kev Humphries made up the team. After the cycle, Ewan Dowes wrote on Instagram: “We’ve done it The K3 Zadara #raceacrosseurope team have won the race and smashed the record. “We’ve managed to continue the great man, Steve Prescott’s, legacy which I’m very proud of I’ve met some great people who I now consider friends for life.

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he kids have skipped out of the school gates with beaming smiles ready for their six-week summer break. We realise that’s a long time to try and keep the kids entertained, so to make the holidays more bearable (and to ensure parents and grandparents retain their sanity) we’ve compiled a bunch of suggestions we hope you will enjoy.

Acorn Farm

Blackpool Zoo

Depot Road, Kirkby, L33 3AR

East Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 8PP.

0151 548 1524

01253 830 830

An award-winning, family friendly attraction in Kirkby where you can meet a wide range of animals, many of which you can feed and stroke. There is also horse rides throughout the summer holidays and many special events throughout the year. The farm also has two outdoor play areas, a woodland walk, plant sales centre and a farm shop, where you can

Blackpool Zoo is still going strong and is home to more than 1,000 animals plus birds and reptiles.

buy many items produced on the farm.

Apple Jacks Adventure Farm Stretton Road, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4NW 07980 973 475 A family farm on the outskirts of Warrington with attractions aimed at children with the addition of rides and zip-wires for older children. There’s also a massive maize maze (subject to availability) to challenge your powers of direction. The park has a big free car park and places to eat but feel free to being a picnic with you if you prefer.

Providing fun and education for all ages, the zoo is a short ride from the Promenade. The scenic 32 acre park is set amongst mature trees, lakes and spacious lawns where the kids can burn off their excess energy. The elephants are always a big draw and there are also giraffes, sealions, gorillas, orangutans, camels, zebras and many, many more. The Orangutan Outlook allows visitors to get up close and personal with the apes.

Botany Bay Canal Mill, Botany Brow, Chorley PR6 9AF 01257 261 220 Botany Bay has some wonderful family days out awaiting you. Parents can explore the variety of shops while children adventure through Puddletown Pirates play area. To conclude the summer holidays join Botany Bay as they host their annual Canal Fest. Relax over the August Bank Holiday weekend with entertainment and festivities such as boat rides, classic car displays, hook a duck, birds of prey and much more.


Blue Planet Aquarium

Chester Zoo

Longlooms Road, Cheshire Oaks, CH65 9LF

Moston Rd, Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1EU

0151 357 8804

01244 380280

Home to one of Europe’s largest collections of sharks, Blue Planet offers the chance to get up close and personal with a world of underwater action.

There’s so much to see. There are over 15,000 of the world’s most exotic and endangered animals to discover in 125 acres of award-winning gardens.

Bowland Wild Boar Animal Park

Crocky Trail Cotton Abbotts, Waverton, Chester, CH3 7PH

Chipping, Preston, PR3 2QT

01244 336084

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Get the whole family outdoors and enjoy a mile long adventure of pure adrenaline drenched fun as you run along the famous Crocky Trail scrambling through trees, climbing over crooked bridges and swinging over the fast flowing Crocky Stream.

This family run animal park has something for the whole family. You can discover and learn about animals while hand feeding them; enjoy walks, tractor and barrel rides and even stay overnight in one of their camping pods.

Brimstage Maze Behind Brimstage Hall Courtyard, Brimstage Road, Brimstage, Wirral, CH63 6JA

Farmer Ted’s Worrall House Farm, Flatman’s Lane, Downholland, Ormskirk, L39 7HW 0151 526 0002

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With special summer events such as Birds of Prey, sheep racing, archery, Farmer Ted’s Agility Trail, an adventure maze, and free tractor rides. Make sure you plan a day out to Farmer Ted’s.

The maze is a three dimensional puzzle and offers an exciting new design every year. As you find your way around the maze you will discover clues and puzzles to help you get out.

Cedar Farm Back Lane, Mawdesley, L40 3SY 01704 822038 There’ll be multiple workshops, events and demos throughout the summer for all the family to enjoy. . There are many friendly farm animals for children to feed including goats, sheep and chickens.

Greenslate Greenslate Road, Billinge, Orrell, Wigan, WN5 7BG 01695 632290 Greenslate Farm is an up and coming community farm with its very own Straw Bale Café. Come and meet the animals that live at the farm and learn many new skills too. With special events going on throughout the summer months there is lots of fun to be had down on the farm.


Gulliver’s World Shackleton Close, Warrington, WA5 9YZ 01925 444888 Designed for families with children aged two to 13. The rides and attractions make Gulliver’s one of the best days out for toddlers and older children.

Legoland Discovery Centre Barton Square, Trafford, Manchester, M17 8AS 0871 222 2662 If you’re a Lego fanatic, the Legoland Discovery Centre provides you with the ultimate playground.

Haigh Hall Woodland Park

Martin Mere

School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE

Fish Lane, Burscough, L40 0TA

01942 828280

01704 895181

Haigh Hall has it all. There’s Adventure Golf and the Kitchen Courtyard is complete with brewery, bakery, chocolatier and even their own ice cream maker. Adults can relax while the kids climb their way to the top in the adventure playground.

Join Dusty Duck and team for lots of exciting adventures this summer. There’ll be GIANT Bionic Bugs invading Martin Mere this summer too. There is 3,000 hectares of wetland with some of the rarest birds in the world.

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The Old Courts

NW Transport Museum

Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA

The Old Bus Depot, 51 Hall Street, St Helens, WA10 1DU

01942 834747

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Find something to enjoy this summer at The Old Courts. There’s art exhibitions, regular music, dance and exercise classes and of course the oneoff music events in the Grand Vault. The venue ensures a range events and activities that the whole community can take pleasure from.

The museum houses a large collection of historic road transport vehicles including buses, cars, lorries and motorbikes. Take a journey back in time and enjoy a free ride on one of our heritage buses on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. With classic shows and events throughout the year.

Red House Farm

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0161 941 3480 The Red House Farm maze will be in full swing from mid-July. The site is open 7 days a week all year round. It’s always free to access the site, including the free play area, tea rooms and deli shop, and it is free to park. Please check the website for prices and opening times.

Singleton Maize Maze Mount Farm, Carr Ln, Singleton, Blackpool FY6 8LG 01253 895154 The maze at Mount Farm will be open from July 21 until September 2; this year’s is safari themed, entitled ‘Wild Maze.’ Activities in and around the maze will include searching for furry and feathered friends. There is also a large indoor play area with pedal go-karts, basketball, trampolines and pedal tractors. Please check website for more details. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to read six library books during the summer holiday. The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers too.

Tatton Park Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG 01625 374400 The former Egerton family home is regarded as one of the most complete historic estates in the country. You can uncover centuries of history at the Tudor Old Hall and wander through the impressive gardens as well as the working farm. In the stable yard there are shops and restaurants, and there’s plenty of space around for picnics, cycling, and sailing. There are more than 100 events each year at Tatton with many of them during the school summer holiday period.



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Cool for It’s that time of the year again... yep, soon the kiddies will be off school for their summer holidays. And as sure as night follows day, by day seven most will have said “I’m bored” at least once. Fear not though - here’s your ever-dependable Local Life to the rescue!

During the school year, it’s hard to find time to bake with the kids, so now is the perfect opportunity to dig out your apron. To inspire you, here are some recipes you can use to keep the little ones from climbing the walls.

Banana Muffins Ingredients

Strawberry Lollies Ingredients

• 200g plain flour • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda • 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 350g strawberries

• 3 large mashed bananas

• 4 tbsp strawberry jam

• 150g caster sugar

• 200 ml double cream

• 1 egg

• 6 tbsp Greek yoghurt

• 75g melted butter



Take the tops off the strawberries and slice them into a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 180°c/Gas 4 and pop 12 paper baking cases in a muffin tin.

Add the jam.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl.

Mash them with a potato masher. Whisk the cream in another bowl until it makes stiff peaks. Fold in the yoghurt. Stir the two mixtures together and put in the lolly moulds. Put them into the freezer and enjoy once they’re solid.

In another but larger bowl, mix together the bananas, egg, sugar and melted butter. Fold in the flour mixture and stir until smooth. Spoon the mixture evenly into the baking cases. Carefully put the muffins into the oven and bake for between 25 and 30 minutes. Allow to cool a little and then enjoy!


Kids Apple Pancakes Ingredients • 1 beaten egg • 2tsp baking powder • 100g plain flower • 3tbsp caster sugar • 25g butter • 150ml milk • 2 thinly sliced apples

Method Pop the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Make a dip in the middle with a spoon and pour in a bit of the milk and all of the egg. Mix it up to make a smooth paste.

Choccy Coconut Ball Ingredients for 5 servings • 250g digestive biscuits

Slowly add the rest of the milk and beat the mixture so that it makes a soft liquid (this is the batter).

• 45g desiccated (dried) coconut, plus a bit extra for rolling the balls in

Stir in 1 tablespoon of the caster sugar.

• 5 tablespoons cocoa powder

Heat a little bit of oil in a frying pan and put a large tablespoon of the batter into the hot pan. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes until it’s golden brown underneath and almost set on top. Then flip it over until the other side is cooked.

• 1 tin condensed milk (397g)

Keep the pancakes warm in some kitchen roll while you’re cooking the others.

Method Crush up the biscuits in a food bag (you can bash them with a rolling pin) and pop into a mixing bowl. Add the cocoa and coconut and stir together.

Then melt the butter into the pan and fry the apple slices until they’re nice and golden. Add the remaining sugar and stir until dissolved.

Pour in the condensed milk.

Put some of the apple slices inside two of the pancakes for a super sweet treat!

Keep making balls until all the mixture is gone then pop into the fridge for 30 minutes to set.

Scoop out a small handful of the mixture and roll into a ball then roll in the extra coconut.


Health & Fitness


power By Niamh Ollerton


here are so many reasons for us to ensure we keep active. Whether it’s swimming, running, or cycling, there are lots of health benefits that come with exercising. But, mark Wednesday, August 15, on your calendar, because it’s time to get physical. Every year since 2012, Cycle to Work Day has been the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event, and thousands of enthusiastic riders have hit the streets to celebrate everyday cycling. It’s a free event that everyone can join in. But why cycle? Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it’s also a form of transport. It burns calories, gets your heart pumping and works your legs and abs. It can also lift your mood, put a smile on your face and improve your general health and wellbeing.

27 We all know the best way to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle is to try and be active: • Cycling is proven to raise your metabolic rate, which can help to keep weight off • Moderate pedal-pushing burns up to 500 calories per hour, which is more than walking or swimming • A 20-minute bike ride to work could use the same amount of calories as a cappuccino, a bar of chocolate or a 175ml glass of wine Cycling can also save you money and helps the environment. You can’t say no to hopping on your bike now can you? The low-impact exercise is easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobics activities, but it will still help you shift the pounds and get in shape.


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The best way to build your cardiovascular fitness on the bike is to ride for at least 150 minutes every week. For example, you could do a couple of shorter rides during the week with a longer ride at the weekend, or cycle to work a few days a week. And that’s where Cycling to Work Day comes in. The annual event further demonstrates the benefits of cycling to work, including: 1) You’ll sleep more deeply – An early morning ride might tire you out in the short term, but it’ll help you catch some quality shut-eye when you get back to your pillow. 2) Beat illness – Forget apples, cycling will keep the doctor at bay. “Moderate exercise makes immune cells more active, so they’re ready to fight off infection,” says Cath Collins, chief dietician at St George’s Hospital in London. 3) Live longer – King’s College London compared over 2,400 identical twins and found those who did the equivalent of just three 45-minute rides a

29 week were nine years ‘biologically younger.’ 4) Increase your brain power – Cycling helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus — the region responsible for memory, which deteriorates from the age of 30. How to get involved with Cycle to Work Day. All you need is a bike – new or old – and the desire to ride. You can go solo or be the change your workplace needs and organise an event for you and your colleagues. Whatever you do, however far your ride – have fun! If you don’t have a bike yet, there’s no need to worry. The scheme’s website offers exclusive deals with a big saving from save-on-a-bike/ Pledges make prizes Every year, the Cycle to Work Day organisers track how many miles the Cycle to Work Day cyclists pledge to ride. And this year, 369,627 miles pledged so far, and counting…

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nowing the Wirral like the back of my hand, I jumped at the chance to do the latest Jack’s Tracks in this beautiful part of the north. With stunning sunsets and views of the striking Liverpool skyline across the River Mersey why wouldn’t you want to spend a hot summer’s day taking it all in? However I must shamefully admit that the 15-mile Wirral Coastal Walk is not something I have ever completed. But I and my colleague Niamh decided to have a fair go at it and managed a good six miles, give or take (it was a hot day). The scorching sun made the relative easy flat stroll somewhat arduous, making it imperative to carry those water bottles and top up that sunscreen. We parked the car at the starting point at Seacombe Ferry Terminal - opposite the £10m space-themed attraction, Spaceport. The free parking here made the walk ahead less stressful.

With our jackets tied firmly around our waists and our sunglasses poised for action we set off midmorning to begin the coastline walk and beat the sun before it entered its hottest time of the day. On paper the North Wirral section of the Circular Trail takes you from Seacombe Ferry Terminal to West Kirby, via the rejuvenated New Brighton Resort with its Floral Pavilion, Fort Perch Rock, Lighthouse, Marine Lake and new Retail Park. The route continues along the promenade to Wallasey Beach and into North Wirral Coastal Park. The route then turns inland at The Gunsite, the location of World War II gun emplacements, to follow the Birket Cycle Route. Pedestrians can if they wish carry on along the embankment past Leasowe Common where in 1864 the oldest skeleton in Merseyside was found.

31 We did a section of this from the terminal - once parked we headed towards the opening of the walk, to the left of the River Mersey ferry terminal. Then it’s a straight route along Egremount, Magazine and Tower Promenade, towards Tower Grounds and New Brighton. Don’t worry, it’s difficult to miss points of interest along the route – it’s straight, flat and easily accessible for both pedestrians and cyclists. The gorgeous views to the right of you are enough to fulfil your interest, and the colourful houses to the left change appearance as the cascade down the promenade. Wallasey Town Hall greets you in its grand glory, a quarter of the way down the promenade. The hall was built to replace the old Town Hall and its foundation stone was laid into position by means of electricity, by King George V in 1914, while 9,000 school children sang in the choir. Its nickname ‘back-to-front’ town hall arose as it was built to

popular place for anyone wishing to go for a swim as it was free from dangerous currents that lurk in the river itself. Carrying past Guinea Gap Baths you shortly come to a black post sign, pointing to areas north, east, west and south – head for Vale Park and New Brighton. Before you come to the entrance of Vale Park along Magazine Promenade you will notice the war memorial which sits proudly to your left. Once you come to the signs for Vale Park take a welcome break – the café in the park sells homemade ice cream and cakes – plenty of tempting treats.

face the river and has a fine flight of steps leading up from the promenade. Situated at the entrance are the memorial gardens, commemorating the 96 Liverpool FC fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster. Walking past the hall you are then treated to Guinea Gap Baths, the oldest pool in the Wirral. Between 1908 and 1957 no fewer than 205 world and national swimming records were achieved here. Its name is derived from the days before the promenade was built where there was a break in the riverbank known to locals as Guinea Gap. This was a

The area surrounding the park was established in the 1750s when the Port of Liverpool set up the major gunpowder and weaponry storage magazines in the local sand dunes. Opened in 1889, Vale Park became a public park in 1899 and was one of the best small parks in the north. With its excellent acoustics and striking appearance the bandstand is the main feature of the park. Come back out from the park through its entrance and turn left, you will be back on the promenade heading for New Brighton. Along the way you may notice a pirate ship on the beach – don’t worry this hasn’t washed up from afar

32 rather it’s a piece of interactive artwork enjoyed by all age groups. The permanent tourist, known as The Black Pearl, was originally made by a local man using a single piece of driftwood which washed ashore.


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Carry on walking and you will find yourself in the Tower Grounds area, just before the hustle and bustle of the main area of New Brighton. The area is where the Tower Ballroom and New Brighton Tower itself used to be.


modelled on the Eiffel Tower, attracted more than 500,000 visitors a year in its heyday and featured one of the largest ballrooms in the world. Sadly, due to the First World War, the Tower became neglected and was finally dismantled in 1921. Now nearly halfway through the walk you will reach another tourist attraction in New Brighton, Fort Perch Rock. Located to your right on the beach, Fort Perch Rock was completed in 1829 as a permanent fortification to protect the Port of Liverpool in times of war. Inside today lies a cornucopia of exhibits ranging from World War II aviation to naval history displays of the doomed submarine HMS Thetis, the Lusitania and the Titanic. Even Beatles and Elvis Presley memorabilia is on show inside this unusual fortress at the mouth of the Mersey Estuary. You will now find yourselves in the heart of New Brighton, a seaside resort for nearly 200 years. It was created and named by Liverpool merchant, James Atherton in 1830 as a seaside retreat for the gentry. You can also take a trip to the arcades over the road to your left, or check out what’s on at the Floral Pavilion theatre before turning back around for the walk back along the promenade. All in all, a lovely way to spend a hot summer’s day, with plenty of stops and welcome distractions on the

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10 mile bicycle ride past Whiston Hospital, with motorcycles continuing onto Alder Hey Hospital and back. All funds raised will be going to VioletGrace’s Gift. Violet always wanted to help people, and wanted to grow up to become a doctor, nurse or school teacher. St Helens RLFC, Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens, WA9 3AL. Tel: 01744 455050

Tea, Toast and Talk Thurs, Jul 26; Thurs, Aug 23; Thurs, Sept 20, 10.30am-12pm

This summer, get singing, acting and dancing lessons from professional teachers right on your door step with a showcase at the end of the week. It’s £15 per day for ages 5-15. For tickets and info, visit summer-school-2018 Rainford Vocal Academy, The Scout Hut, Church Road, Rainford, WA11 8HB. Tel: 07867 410048

Ruskin Beer Festival 2018 Fri, August 3 and Sat, August 4, 5pm-11.30pm

Everyone is welcome to come along to the monthly gathering for hot buttered toast, unlimited tea/ coffee and a good chat. The gatherings are very informal and you can just turn up. It’s free but donations towards refreshments are appreciated. Contact organiser Julie Webster on 01744 453650.

A weekend of real ales, ciders & world beers, as well as live music and live sport. The bar is also open for those who prefer a prosecco or a gin. The festival is raising funds for St Helens Autism Support. If businesses are interested in sponsoring a barrel, contact

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Manor Fest Saturday, July 28, 12pm-9pm and Sunday, July 29,

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There will be 12 bands to watch. Closing Saturday’s performances is ‘Made in Liverpool’ a Beatles tribute band & on Sunday Little Mix tribute band ‘Little Chix’ will be closing. There’ll be a juvenile fairground, face painting, and food stalls making it a great family day out. Free event.

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Hosted by Friends of KGV, Brown’s Field and Carr Lane Woods. Meet your neighbours, have some drinks and a chat while raising funds for your park. It’s £5pp with hot pot supper, raffle and DJ included. Over 18s only. Message FriendsofKGVCarrLaneWoods/ for tickets.

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Liverpool Cathedral Abseil Saturday, August 11, 8am-9am Fancy taking part in a 150ft Freefall abseil down Liverpool Anglican Cathedral? It’s a once in a life time opportunity, that you don’t want to miss out on! There’s a £30 registration fee and then pledge to raise at least £100 for Zoe’s Place. Call organiser Mark Pilkington on 01512280353 Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, Liverpool, L1 7AZ

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Foxy Fest Saturday, August 11 Organised by the Daniel Fox Foundation, this event will be held on Danny Fox’s birthday who lost his life in 2016 due to a fatal knife wound. The music festival will feature Olivia Parr, Kiera Weathers, Caution and more. Please call the hotline on 07791 051539 for tickets. Over 18s only. Saints’ Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, WA9 3AL. Tel: 01744 455 053

Rainford Heritage Society are hosting a Summer Quiz at the X Sports & Social Club. Tickets are £7pp including Hotpot. All are very welcome.

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Led by The Citadel, there’ll be pop up performances, music events and drop-ins. Plans to include “work in progress” performances, linking St Helens to work in Hamburg, Melbourne and London are underway, St Helens Town Centre

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Friday, August 10, 3.45pm-10.15pm Paloma Faith is just one of the artists for the 2018 summer season at Haydock Park Racecourse. With her Number 1 album ‘The Architect’ in the charts and a BRIT nomination, she’ll be bringing hits old and new to the course. For tickets, and to see who else is on visit

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Sunday, August 19, 10.30am-4.30pm This fun show is back and it’s even bigger and better. There’ll be exciting new activities along with fun classes, stalls & displays. Enter on the day.


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Get ready for a quiz night, raffle and disco fundraiser! All proceeds made go towards costumes for DanceBeatz Academy annual show.

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Sunday, August 26, 11am-7pm There’ll be lots of artists performing and craft and food stalls will line the front of the park. The community can help complete the Mosaic Wall on the day. Bring a picnic and drinks to the free event, paid for by Friends of Eaton Street Park.

Footy Holiday Camp Healthy Active Lifestyles presents ‘Rainhill Footy Factory Summer Holiday Camp’ for boys/girls aged 5-11. The camp is run by FA Qualifiedcoaches. Prices are £55 for 4 days, £45 for 3 days, or £17 for 1 day. Email visit www. or call 07479 953465 for tickets. Ashton




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Free entry with free parking. Exhibitors can set up Friday evening and 8-10.15am Saturday. It’s 20p to enter. There are competitive classes including flowers, fruit, photography, baking, jam, classes for children, and a tombola and raffle. Contact Show Secretary Angie Murray on 07921 864290. Penkford School, Willows,WA12 9XZ

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Sunday, September 9, 12pm-4pm Rainford Heritage Society is holding an Open Day. Entrance is free; the theme for this year is ‘Rainford through the Ages.’ All are very welcome to the fun day out for you and the children. Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford, WA11 8HB


Haunted Mansion Challenge Saturday, Sept 8, 8pm to Sunday, Sept 9, 2am Are you feeling brave? Fourth Element Paranormal Research is the resident team at the Mid-Mersey Age UK building. £20pp and the event will raise money to be split between the NSPCC and Bone Cancer Research Trust. Email enquiries@themansionhouse. for more info. The Mansion House, Victoria Park, St Helens, WA10 2UE. Tel: 01744 752644

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outh Korean motoring giant, Hyundai, has created a brand new ‘N Division’, which has sparked the awesome new i30 N. The regular variant gets a 251PS petrol turbo unit, but it’s the 275PS Performance Package i30 N that I was handed the keys to. This car gets bigger brakes to scrub the extra speed off. At the front of the model, there’s also a no-nonsense electronic differential, which decides all sorts of smart things to keep the front wheels biting into the bitumen. The i30 N’s chassis is electronically damped - and the arrangement has been designed to supply allout precision. At the same time, the system doles out a good dose of refinement, meaning comfort is not in short supply. What’s more, the car has stateof-the-art electronic dampers at each corner that empower it to do things some other challengers can’t even consider - both on tarmac and on track.

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The i30 N also belts out a banging tune of its own. Seriously, the car sounds incredible. And when the pedal is pushed to the metal in third gear, all sorts of crackles and pops fire from the tailpipes. What’s most extraordinary, however, is how the i30 N handles, turns and comes to a halt. The steering is outstandingly precise, and the car doesn’t feel edgy at the rear whatsoever. This is some feat, considering that it takes the Hyundai a mere 2.2 turns from lock to lock. The handling is unreservedly razor-sharp, even in ‘Normal’ setting. Things get spicier in ‘Sport’ mode, and there’s a ‘Custom’ choice in which you can alter the car’s specific characteristics. The i30 N also has, perhaps unsurprisingly, an ‘N’ mode. This is only meant for using on a track really, so the ride quality is stiff and hard-nosed. But if you’re in the right frame of mind and the weather and road conditions


Fast Facts • 0-62 mph: 6.1 secs • Combined mpg: 39.8 • Engine layout: 1,998cc four-cylinder petrol turbo • Max. power (PS): 275 • CO2: 163 g/km • Price: £27,995

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