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LocalLife West Lancashire Edition

March 2018

My uncle the


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BloodBikes Page 11

March for men Page 32

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Hope springs



his has got to be one of my favourite times of the year. I love changing seasons, but spring is a special time of year in my eyes. It’s all about regeneration – out with the old and in with the new. We can see it before our eyes. Fields across West Lancashire are bursting into life. Crops are blooming, leaves are emerging and lambs are leaping. To me, spring symbolises hope. And the ethos of hope could not be more apt than in this month’s main story. I was introduced to the heart-wrenching story of HMS Narwhal, a submarine sank in action during World War II, which for 77 years all hope had been lost to find the crew including Burscough lad George Lawson. On July 23, 1940, the crew of 60 men perished in what must have been unparalleled terror for those not killed on impact. And up until 2017, the whereabouts of its watery grave was a mystery. Although the submarine was ‘rediscovered’ by accident, the story symbolises the importance of never giving up, and keeping the memories of loved ones alive. George Lawson’s nephew, George Clandon, knows that; and his years of hard work and perseverance has paid off. As we edge our way into warmer evenings, longer days, and greener countryside, we hope you make the most of this special time of year and enjoy every minute of spring.

Niamh Ollerton, Deputy Editor


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Yet another local pub has been lost as the Red Lion Pub on Liverpool Road South in Burscough is demolished. On Wednesday, January 31, the bulldozers came in to knock down the Red Lion to make way for a nursing home. Local residents and visitors of the pub have expressed their anger as yet another local pub is torn down. Paul Stewart Merrills on Facebook wrote: “Heartbroken. Can’t believe we are going to build another nursing home on the plot of the Lion, what we need is affordable housing for local people, not another nursing home where people are ripped off.”

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Diane Edwards: “So sorry to see such an old building being flattened. We are not taking care of our heritage for future generations. Every place will end up looking the same and totally lacking in character.” Nigel Paice: “It was my local. The problem was the pub company charging the tenant excessive rent and tying them to buying beer only from them and then pricing it at twice what it could be bought for on the open market. Same sad story over and over I’m afraid.” The pub is steeped in history and tradition which makes the loss of the establishment even more cutting. On the 27th August 1838, ‘The Loyal Rose of England’ Lodge was established at Burscough and the first meetings were held at the Red Lion Inn. The Burscough pigeon shooting and gun club established an annual event in 1852, which took place at the Red Lion Inn. In 1859 the prize was a ‘fat bullock’, valued at £15, and the winner could choose the money or the bullock. Around 1860 there was a small brewery which was run by Mr John Norris the innkeeper.

Michael Dawson from Burscough who captured the images of the Red Lion said: “Sad to see such a local landmark go, but I made sure I captured its final hours.”


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The speed limit is to be cut on a Newburgh road following a fatal accident. Highways bosses have agreed to make Briars Lane, Course Lane and Lowry Hill Lane a 40mph stretch. It is currently a National Speed Limit road but statistics reveal that there have been 17 collisions between 2014 and 2017. A report to councillors said: “(A5209) Briars Lane, Course Lane, and Lowry Hill Lane is a semi-rural strategic route carrying approximately 10,000 vehicles per day comprising 1,000 Heavy Goods Vehicles between junction 27 of the M6 and the Burscough and Rufford area.

“During the period 2014 to 2017 Lancashire Constabulary has recorded 17 collision incidents including one fatal event along this section of national speed limit highway. An informal consultation exercise carried out between County Council officers from various highway disciplines and the Police revealed a high level of support for the proposal and recommendation that this should be progressed. “A formal Speed Limit Order was advertised in the local press and prominently in the local area between November 30, 2016 and December 28, 2016. No objections were received and a substantial level of local support was received.”


Movement on ground


Burscough FC say plans for their new stadium are starting to gain traction. The Linnets board confirmed new stadium plans are moving along following the purchase at land that will see their current location move away from Victoria Park. Legal requirements and planning consent was granted last year, and so the club is able to continue with proposed plans. Chairman Mike Swift said: “With the three key preliminary elements now settled, we can again move forward to design details, preparing for construction tenders and debating a couple of temporary issues.” Burscough FC will abandon the traditional grass pitch to make way for synthetic turf at the new

stadium. Steve Haliwell, released a statement on behalf of the board to the club website, and thinks the change of turf may displease some fans. The statement said: “Traditionalists will no doubt have strong views on retaining a grass pitch. “But with new technology, an accommodating FA and specific league rules, artificial turf playing surfaces are both attractive and viable.”

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“By raising those funds we deliver life and in doing so we save the NHS in the NWBB-LL area alone £625,000 a year. “Since I joined we’ve made it a family affair as Toni has joined as a fundraiser and we have even added the group’s mascot, Cariad our ‘blood-hound.’” For more information on BloodBikes please visit


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Burscough Priory has vowed to improve after getting an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating. The Trevor Road school’s senior leaders were criticised, saying they “do not systematically monitor the quality of what happens in the school.” Its governors were also found not to have an accurate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. Consequently, they have failed to challenge school leaders effectively.” Oftsed also said the behaviour of pupils is “inadeqauate”.

The school has now implemented an action plan: “We are disappointed by the judgement however, we accept the issues raised by the inspectors’ findings and, with the support of the local authority, have already started to make improvements where they are needed. We are developing a long-term improvement action plan with clear timescales to address the issues identified. “As a result of the Ofsted judgement the school received a letter from the Regional Schools Commissioner stating that they will act to convert our school into an Academy, once they have identified a suitable sponsor.”



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‘Images of Burscough and Surrounding Areas’ is back once more to turn back the clock. Michael Dawson, Lol Critchley and friends are once again putting on an exhibition dedicated to ‘Keeping the Past Alive.’ The two day exhibition will be held on Saturday, March 3, 10am-4pm and Sunday, March 4, 10am4pm in the main hall at the Stanley Club, 1 Liverpool Rd N, Burscough, L40 5TN. The Deputy Mayor, Noel Delaney will be opening the exhibition which will feature 600-plus photographs and a wide variety of local memorabilia including from the former Naval Air Station, HMS Ringtail.

Admission is free, and other local groups will show their own displays including; Paul Smith’s Ormskirk Museum (Sat), Burscough Heritage Group (Sun), Lathom & Burscough Military Heritage Society and Ormskirk & District Family History Society (Sun). The exhibition also covers Rufford, Lathom, Newburgh, Parbold, Scarisbrick and Ormskirk. Local books, photos, mounted prints, DVDs and other gifts will be on sale to raise money for the groups. The group is always looking for old local photos to add to the archive, so if you have any tucked away in old photo albums, please take them to the event or visit for more information.


Image of original Lordsgate School unearthed A 30 year hunt for a photo of the original Lordsgate Township Primary School has ended with success. The school, orginally on Lordsgate Lane, opened on 18th February 18, 1878. The adjacent school house was built in 1880. It all was demolished in April 1943 to make way for HMS Ringtail. Local historians have been scouring for a photo of the original site for years, but without success. Michael Dawson, of Images of Burscough and Surrounding Areas, said: “I was given access to the Ernest Rosbottom collection last year by Stuart and

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My uncle, the war


Niamh Ollerton talks to the Burscough family whose loved one was found after 77 years...


think we’ll all have a few drinks tonight boys, because we won’t be back.” George Lawson’s pronouncement to his drinking pals in the Farmers Arms pub in Burscough was as haunting as it was accurate. Submariners in World War II didn’t have an easy task ahead of them, and naval engineer George knew that. Less than a week later, his premonition came true.

28 The 26-year-old perished alongside his HMS Narwhal crew on July 23 1940. But it wasn’t until 77 years after its final voyage that his watery grave was discovered off the coast of Norway. “He almost knew what was ahead of them because of the precarious nature of what they were doing. If they dived, they only had 64 miles, so they had to have a very astute captain to get away, and they were virtually right under the noses of the Germans.”

“Virtually right under the Germans’ noses” George’s nephew George Clandon, 72, retells the heart-breaking, yet all-too-common a tale of warfare that changed his family forever. Born in 1914, George Lawson was the eldest of seven children. His parents, May and Harry Lawson, lived at 9 Victoria Street in Burscough, adjacent to the Leeds Liverpool Canal. He was said to be a very popular boy growing up, and matured into a strapping lad, who was a very keen sportsman, playing cricket and football for the village teams. Aside from his family sharing their local roots, George Clandon and George Lawson’s story are all too similar. “I was christened George after him. I went to the Methodist school in the village and that’s probably where he went too. “I joined the navy and he was in the navy. He was in the same job as me as an engineer, and we were both on submarines. It really is unbelievable.” Mr Clandon’s almost identical background with his uncle - who he never met - may explain his interest in researching his life.

Submarine HMS Narwhal was found near the southern Norwegian coast by Polish undersea explorers known as the ‘Find the Orzel’ team. And soon the ties between Polish and British submarines would become even more apparent.

29 Around 2015, George began writing about his uncle. Then, a year or so later, he read a book about the Polish submarine Orzel lost at sea during World War II. “In late October/early November 2017 I came across a story about the desecration of nautical war graves in The Guardian. And I’m thinking ‘what’s going on here? This is odd this. Something is leading me somewhere.’ “I commented on the web article and the Polish dive team replied, stating they had inadvertently discovered the Narwhal in May 2017 while looking for the Eagle. “And then it just took off. I was invited to London to meet the Polish dive crew and other families from the crew of the Narwhal. “The two stories are uncannily interlinked. Even

George Lawson

Thomas Strachura the dive CEO, surveys the wreck site of HMS Narwhal.

30 though it’s two different countries they’re both fighting the same war, for the same cause.”

and she seemed to suppress any talk about her eldest son.

Although events of World War II may seem like history now, for the family of George Lawson, life would never be the same.

“I emailed the submarine museum in Gosport, Portsmouth, and received an email back and was told my grandmother’s story couldn’t have been any further from the truth.

The heart-breaking news was relayed to George’s parents, May and Harry Lawson, via telegram. It would have informed the loss of the boat with some sort of condolence. It would also relay George’s name, rank, service number, what submarine, what service, the date of his death and who his parents were. But for the parents who had lost their eldest son from the futility of war, this telegram would have brought no comfort.

“The bomb landed in the engine room” Years after the war, George Clandon’s eldest sister Linda said their grandmother May (George Lawson’s mother) kept to the story that there had been an accident on the Narwhal and a torpedo or mine had accidentally exploded. “My grandmother stuck to that story until she died,

“I was told everything, the pilot’s name, and what plane he was flying. The bomb landed in the engine room, and if George was there at the time it would have been a blessing.” George Lawson has his name on the roll of honour in St John’s Parish Church in Burscough and on the war memorial on Junction Lane. His body will never be removed from HMS Narwhal, and moves are now afoot to officially declare it a war grave. George, a retired plumber, is hoping to visit the site and maybe lay a wreath in memory of his uncle. “It wasn’t good or easy being a submariner, as submarines were limited during World War II and could only make limited trips, compared to modern ones which can go round the world and stay under water for a colossal amount of time. “The crew who perished deserve a shout as they did a terrifying job.”

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he big C. No matter what type, the word ‘cancer’ still sends a shiver down many spines, and those who have been personally affected by the disease know the difficulties and heartache that occurs at the hands of cancer. New figures released by Prostate Cancer UK in early February 2018 found prostate cancer is now a bigger killer than breast cancer – about one in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives – meaning the male-only disease is now the third most common cancer to die from, after lung and bowel cancer, with one man dying every 45 minutes.

The research from Prostate Cancer UK revealed that 11,819 men now die from prostate cancer every year in the UK, compared to 11,442 women dying from breast cancer. Only men have a prostate gland which sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube men urinate and ejaculate through. It is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. When cells in the prostate begin to grow in an uncontrolled way, prostate cancer can develop. The cancer often grows slowly to start with and may not cause problems, but in some cases the cancer

33 is more likely to spread and treatment is necessary to stop it spreading outside the prostate. If contained within the prostate (localised prostate cancer or early prostate cancer) there usually are no symptoms, but some men may suffer from urinary problems. These can be mild and happen over many years and may be a sign of a benign prostate problem, rather than prostate cancer. The risk Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and the risk increases with age, and the average age for diagnosis is between 65 and 69 years. Men under 50 can get it, but it isn’t common. But, you may also have a high risk if you’re over 45 and have a family history of prostate cancer or are a black man. If you’re worried about your risk, do speak to your GP.

You are two and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer if your father or brother had it, compared to a man who has no relatives with prostate cancer. And the chance may be greater if your father or brother, or more than one close relative was under 60 when diagnosed. If your mother or sister had breast cancer, and were diagnosed under the age of 60 and had faults in genes called BRCA1 or BRCA2 your risk of getting prostate cancer is higher. Although your risk of getting prostate cancer may be higher due to the factors given above, it doesn’t mean you will get it. March for Men Official fundraising events will be held across the summer months in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

34 known as ‘March for Men.’ After last year’s amazing charity walks by Jeff Stelling and thousands of our supporters, it’s time to march again in 2018. On Sunday, June 10, March for Men will be making its way to Wythenshawe Park, Manchester. Walkers of all abilities are invited to take park in the short (2k), medium (5k) or long (10k) walk through one of Manchester’s finest parks. The event site opens at 10am and the walk starts at 11am. It’s £10 to register with a £50 suggested fundraising target. So step up on Manchester’s March for Men and help raise the £120 million needed to create better testing and treatments that will halve prostate cancer deaths by 2026. There’s also the Liverpool March for Men taking place on the same day at Croxteth Hall and Country Park. Again you can take on either the short, medium or long, walk making your way around one of Liverpool’s most important heritage sites.

The short route on both walks are fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. So round up your loved ones and register now to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. For more details and to register for either walk visit Prostate Cancer UK is the largest men’s health charity and they aim to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life, so the aim in March is to raise awareness and invite the public to join the fight against prostate cancer by fundraising, campaigning and donating.


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Saturday, March 3, 2pm-4pm

Sun, March 4, 7pm (106mins) (doors open 6.30pm)

Have a loft full of outgrown, unused baby and children’s goods and equipment? Book a stall and turn that clutter into cash! Stalls available to book at £2 on the door, children free (241 voucher on the website), free entry for the final 30 minutes.

‘Death of Stalin’ follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death. The filmmakers capture the comedy and paranoia in everyday life under the dictator. Ricks Café is open for tea, coffee and refreshments for 30 minutes prior to screenings. Entry is £4.

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Saturday, March 3, 10am-1pm

Friday, March 9, 7.30pm

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Singer songwriters Tim Chu and Ian Bailey will be performing “A Celebration of Simon & Garfunkel – The UK’s leading tribute show.” Ages 18+ and tickets start at £12+fees from

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Old Photos & Memorabilia Saturday, March 3 - Sunday, March 4, 10am-4pm An exhibition of 600+ old memorabilia and films. Free entry.


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Antique & Vintage Fair Sun, March 4, 10am-4pm; Sun, April 1, 10am-4pm Up to 40 stalls selling antiques collectables plus postcards, coins and stamps. Rufford Village Hall, Flash Lane, Rufford, L40 1SW. Contact Hillfairs: 07976915220

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Quiz Night Friday, March 9, 7.30pm St John the Evangelist is having another popular quiz night. It’s £2pp and you pay on the door. Everyone is welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks to the family event, and teas and coffees will be available in the interval. St John’s The Evangelist RC School Hall, Chapel Lane, Burscough, L40 7RA. Tel: 01704 892205


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Join Hardeep as he gives his unique take on the political climate combined with his trademark ‘quick witted patter’ (The Skinny). Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £5 for EHU students from

Gracious Grub Club is offering a take on some of the delicious foods from across the Irish Sea. There’ll be Guinness gravy cottage pie topped with colcannon mash, fresh vegetables, and vegan ‘Baileys’ brownies served with pouring cream. It’s £12.50 for 2 courses. Booking essential and payment to be made before the event. BYO drinks.

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Terracotta Warriors Tuesday, March 13 Reserved for U3A trip to see the Terracotta Warriors in Liverpool. To book, please ring Dave Sweatman on 01257 464353 or Pam Leaning on 01257 462958.

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Parbold Duathlon Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 8:30 AM - 12 PM

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The founder of Peer Power, Anne-Marie Douglas, will discuss her organisation’s partnership work with the NHS, influencing the development of health and justice pathways for children and young people in the criminal justice system. Faculty of Health and Social Care, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP.

Movie the Night Away Sat, March 17, 7.30pm to, Sun, March 18, 1am

Give Blood Thursday, March 22, 2pm One of the regular blood donation sessions. Book your appointment now at Ormskirk Civic Hall, Southport Road, Ormskirk, L39 1LN. Tel: 01695 576607

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Re-live the magic of the movies with this all singing, all dancing tribute show. Featuring some of the best loved soundtracks including Grease, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever and more! There’ll also be a 4 course dinner and disco with resident DJ. Tickets are £28pp from www.

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‘Julius Caesar’ is a National Theatre Live screening. Caesar returns to Rome and the people celebrate. Alarmed by his popularity, the élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Admission £12.50. Box Office telephone is 01257 463878.






he Jockey Club Live are excited to reveal three incredible performers – Craig David, The Lighting Seeds and Plan B who will be coming to the North West in 2018, and THREE lucky Local Life readers are going to each win a pair of tickets for the Craig David concert at Aintree Racecourse on Friday 15th June. Having sold over 15 million albums, achieving 16 Top Ten hits and multiplatinum status in more than 20 countries, taking over festival stages around the world, selling out headline tours in seconds to securing a residency at the iconic Ibiza Rocks Hotel… it’s official, Craig David is back and in a big way! Initially rising to success with hit singles including ‘7 Days’, ‘Fill Me In’ and ‘Walking Away’, sixteen years later Craig was catapulted back into the charts and in to the nation’s hearts with Big Narstie on the gold certified single ‘When The Bassline Drops’, marking the beginning of his triumphant return.

39 Liverpudlian Legends The Lightning Seeds open the season on Friday 18th May with a special hometown show at Aintree Racecourse. Ian Broudie’s Lightning Seeds have made an astonishing impact on the nation’s musical consciousness. Formed in Liverpool in 1989, the band went on to have commercial success throughout the nineties with hits including ‘Pure’, ‘The Life of Riley’ and ‘Lucky You’. Their biggest and most unforgettable hit came in 1996 with ‘Three Lions’ which is fondly remembered by football fans as sending the England football team off to Euro ’96, and was a number 1 hit in both ’96 and again in ’98. Not to be left out, The Jockey Club Live is returning to Haydock Park Racecourse with the BRIT Award winner, cultural commentator, critically acclaimed director and actor, and musical maverick Ben Drew aka Plan B on Saturday 21st July.

boldly addressing socio-political issues with his often brutal cultural commentary, seeing Ben nominated for his fifth BRIT Award, nominated for his first Mercury Music prize, and once again hitting #1 in the UK album chart. The Jockey Club Live are leading promoters on the NW music scene, delivering performers such as Tom Jones, Deacon Blue, Jess Glynne, the Kaiser Chiefs, Culture Club, Olly Murs and The Jacksons to Aintree and Haydock Pack racecourses in recent years. The events are renowned for combining a fun filled evening at the races with a spectacular evening concert in the informal and relaxed open-air setting of the hallowed turf.

To win one of three pairs of tickets for the Craig David concert, simply visit our website www.locallife247., click on ‘free stuff’ and then on ‘competitions’ To enter the competition just input your answer to the following question; Which racecourse will Craig David be performing at on Friday 15th June? The expiry date for the competition is Monday 30th April.

Plan B’s sophomore album, The Defamation Of Strickland Banks, achieved quadruple-platinum status and it won a BRIT and three Ivor Novello Awards. Following this, his 2012 directorial debut (and accompanying album) iLLManors saw him smashing boundaries with his creative style of overlapping stories and interweaving rap-narrative,

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This is the first supercar event of the 2018 Season! There’ll be lots of stalls and entertainment, food on site, as well as on site public parking. It’s dog friendly too, but they must be on leads. Strictly a static show. Free event.

English Comedian of The Year – Nick Page will be headlining. Opening the show is George Rigden. Plus Matt Watson and Morgan Rees. Tickets are £10. Arts Centre at Burscough Wharf, 2 Smithy Walk, Burscough, L40 5UU. Tel: 01704 896590

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Pyrenees to Blackpool Tuesday, March 27, 1.30pm start, 2.15pm speaker Come along and listen to Vic Heaney’s talk “Walking from the Pyrenees to Blackpool”. To book, please ring Dave Sweatman on 01257 464353 or Pam Leaning on 01257 462958.

Clieve in Concert Saturday, April 21, 7pm Tenor soloist Philip Clieve will be giving a concert with Andrew Lamb and local singers. £5 entry. Christ Church, Long Lane, Aughton, L39 5AS. Tel: 01695 424530

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Good Friday Concert

All proceeds go to Cancer Research. There will be various stalls available to browse from around 11 am. Tickets are £26 available from Barbara’s of Standish on 01257 425480

Friday, March 30, 7pm Performance of Olivet to Calvary by Maunder. Singers wanted for performance! Rehearsal is at 4pm, followed by the performance at 7pm. Organist Dr Ian Sharp. Tenor soloist is Philip Clieve. And Baritone soloist is Barry Moult. £5 for singers and donations are welcome from the audience. Christ Church, Long Lane, Aughton, L39 5AS. Tel: 01695 424530

Easter Egg Hunt Fri, March 30 - Mon, Apr 2, 11.30am-4.30pm Two locomotives in steam. Frequent steam rides. Children’s playground Hot & cold refreshments. Free entry. Cost of train rides to be announced. West Lancashire Light Railway, Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6SP. Tel: 01772 815881

Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Woodland Suite, Ribby Hall, Ribby Hall Village, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, Lancashire PR4 2PR

Ladies’ Night Out Monday, April 30, 7pm-10pm This event is raising money for The Jack K Johnstone Foundation. There’ll be over 30 stalls and a fashion show by Guest Boutique. Entry fee is £1. Wellington Park, Burlington Gardens, Leyland, PR25 3AB. Tel: 01772 432881

Teddy Bears’ Outing Sunday, May 20, 10.30am-4.30pm There’s a children’s playground, model railways, and hot and cold food. Unlimited train rides: Family £12, Child £3, Senior £4.50. West Lancashire Light Railway, Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6SP. Tel: 01772 815881


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eing too young to appear on the TV show Krypton Factor, I always thought I’d missed the chance to tackle its famous assault course. Although I wouldn’t go as far as saying this walk resembled it, there are certainly some more ‘challenging’ parts to it. Not that this should deter you. Simply think of it as ‘forewarned is forearmed’. We park up at Yarrow Valley Country Park at Birkacre. From the car park head out along Birkacre Road, crossing the B5251, and continuing along to Butterworth Brow. Here go right and then cross over the road to enter the field. This is where your wellies come in, as a large part of this section is very wet and extremely muddy in places. I don’t mind mud, but after a few miles it can get tedious. Pick a day when the ground is likely to be firm and you’ve got no worries.

Continue along the footpaths, heading north between the River Yarrow and the B5251. After about three quarters of a mile you should be walking around a large meadow area, and you need to head for the northwest corner, where there’s a footbridge to carry you over the river. It can be difficult to get your bearings here, so pay close attention and you will be fine. Follow the path up the hill, past Yarrow Farm and onto the lane. I always feel a sense of unease going through farms, mostly because it feels like you’re loitering in someone’s private space. However, we got a cheery hello from someone working close by so I imagine it’s something they’re used to! You pretty much cross straight over the lane and follow the path around the field. As you go from one field to the next, make sure you keep to the right

43 of the tree line until you reach Parkers in the Fields Farm. Follow the track through the farmyard and once out and onto the lane, take the footpath on your left. Here, there’s a little more mud as you enter the field. Continue along the left of the field to the path that runs along the perimeter of Yarrow Valley 9-Hole Golf Course. The path soon takes a sharp left, leading you down into a woods and down to the river. As you make your way along this section you’ll find a few fallen trees blocking your way, and again it can be muddy. As our fearless photographer Peter said at the time, it’s kind of bordering on an assault course at this point, but that’s what makes it fun, right? Eventually you’ll emerge on to Butterworth Brow, where you go right, up the hill. Just as you’re reaching the top of the hill, cross over and into Sharratts Path. Follow the lane down and into the path, that takes you down to the B5251 and crossover the main road, going right a short distance, until you reach the footpath on your left. Take this path and follow it through the woods to Birkacre brow and back to the car park.




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45 All in all, this is a short walk at just 3.25 miles but you do get a sense of having really explored the area. Some of these routes don’t seem particularly well used so there is a feeling of discovery as you literally beat a path through the landscape. Yarrow Valley is a beautiful part of Chorley, and even in the darkest of months, it brings enjoyment to many. So long as you’re prepared for the patches of mud, you’ll get as much enjoyment out of it as we did. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear while walking. While 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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