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LocalLife West Lancashire Edition

August 2018

Bickerstock 2018 Page 8 - 9

School’s Out Pages 28 - 30

New Brighton Walk

Making an

Pages 42 - 45

impression Pages 10 - 12

Local News Gardening Health Food Events2Go Home Services Puzzles locallife247.co.uk


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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 Bickerstock 2018 for example. On the weekend of August 4 and August 5, the 15th annual festival will bring Bickerstaffe to life once more. There’ll be local talent performing – both old and new – delicious food on the barbecue, and of course friends and families together enjoying the festival experience. Now I’m not saying we don’t deserve an evening or two to relax and catch 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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In this issue Bickerstock

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Regulars 17 Planning 21 Puzzle 20 Class From The Past 38 Events2Go

Sections 6 Local News 24 Food & Drink

46 Gardening 48 Home Services

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Sacrifice

remembered

West Lancashire honoured the service and sacrifices of the armed forces at a special event. On Monday, June 25, a special event was held in Coronation Park, Ormskirk to commemorate Armed Forces Day. The ceremony was attended by service veterans, Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire Mrs Gail Stanley, the Mayor of West Lancashire Councillor Noel Delaney and Mayoress Ann Stubbert, and councillors and officers. Local uniformed groups also attended. Skelmersdale Prize Band performed from 4.45pm, before the ceremony started at 5pm when Father Godric Timney, the Mayor’s Chaplain said a short prayer.

War memorial at Coronation Park The Ministry of Defence flag was raised at the War Memorial in Coronation Park to the sounds of Skelmersdale Prize Band. Mrs Stanley presented the flag to the Mayor of West Lancashire. Councillor Delaney said: “We are honoured to receive this flag as a tribute to all our Armed Services, who have served in the past and are serving today. “It is with pride that the Borough of West Lancashire shows its support by dedicating this moment to them.” A veteran said: “We have great pride in paying tribute to the men and women who defend Britain. “I hope you will join me in paying homage to our armed forces who serve our country.” The council said: “The Armed Forces Day event was a great success with nearly 100 people attending.” Councillor Noel Delaney, Mayor of West Lancashire, said: “It is very important that we recognise the sacrifices made by veterans and those who are currently serving in our armed forces. I was delighted to see so many people at the event, particularly young people from uniformed groups.”


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Luxury in

Lancashire

One of West Lancashire’s restaurants with luxury rooms has made it onto an awards list. Moor Hall in Aughton, made it onto the 2018 Luxury Lifestyle Magazine Readers’ Travel Awards for the UK. It was awarded the number one position as ‘Best Newcomer’ and also made it onto the ‘Best Hotel for Food’ at number 21 and number 30 for ‘Best Hotel for Romance.’ Moor Hall is set in five acres of gardens with views of a lake said to be the remains of a medieval moat. The grade II* listed gentry house of mid-sixteenth century origin was first recorded in 1282 and in 1533. It was acquired by Peter Stanley of Bickerstaffe, who

built the present manor house. Andy & Tracey Bell acquired the site in 2015 and underwent a multi-million pound renovation. With their friend and business partner Mark Birchall, the duo created the restaurant with luxury rooms.


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Bickerstock 2018 Bickerstaffe’s annual free festival makes a return. On Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, Bickerstaffe Parish Fields, Hall Lane will hold the 15th annual festival. The festival aims to promote live music, bring the community together and of course raise money for charity. There’ll be stalls where attendees can buy jewellery, wood crafts, soaps, vintage fabrics, and other crafts. A licensed bar offers everything from wines to locally brewed ales. Come along and see the famous Piano Bar. The Barbecue is run by Barrow Nook Community

Barbecuers, long standing Bickerstaffe residents who’ll provide burgers, hot dogs and bacon butties, all made from high quality locally sourced meat. The Trinity Tea Shop also offers a range of fresh food to enjoy. Up-and-coming local musicians perform alongside established musicians, giving the people of West Lancs the opportunity to hear local talent. Over the years Bickerstock has raised thousands of pounds for local good causes and charities, including Bickerstaffe Pensioners’ Day Trip Fund; Bickerstaffe Amateur Football Club; St Joseph’s Hospice; Skelmersdale Sea Cadets; Rainford Young Farmers; Animals in Need and Ormskirk Hospital neo-natal unit.


9 If anyone would like to run a stall at Bickerstock, please visit www.bickerstock.org/ stallapplications.html to be taken to the terms and conditions page. Camping facilities are also available. Two Bickerstock veterans Sara and Ian Cassidy will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at the festival. Their mums will conduct the vows and their wedding breakfast will be bacon butties from Barrow Nook Community Barbecuers. The couple who attend Bickerstock every year will also open the festival too.

For more information visit www.bickerstock.org For other summer events visit our Events2Go guide on pages 38-41


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Making an

impression Niamh Ollerton speaks with the Ormskirk man with many voices

“L

ondon is home but Ormskirk is proper home.”

These are the words of celebrity impersonator Jon Culshaw who hasn’t lost sight of his northern roots. The impressionist and comedian’s career in entertainment spans more than 30 years since he landed his first job at Red Rose Radio (now Rock FM) in Preston in 1987. But his true calling was impressionism, and with a catalogue of over 350 voices and impersonations including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Professor Brian Cox, Barack Obama,

Photo by S Pakhrin

Alan Carr, and Michael McIntyre, it’s easy to see why. Jon celebrated his 50th birthday this year and so it was only fitting to pick his brain to see how much life has changed since his early life in the market town. But with fondness still in his heart for West Lancashire, Jon bought his Victorian home a decade ago just a few minutes’ drive from where he grew up. Although he divides his time between Lancashire and London, Jon admits: “Ormskirk is my home town, I get back every few weeks. “I still have ties, my siblings, family, friends, everyone is still there. It’s always so rewarding to get back. I lived with my mum and dad, brother Jim and older sister Rosemary on Holborn Hill on the A59, that’s where I grew up. And I went to St Bede’s (High School) where there’s a large statue of the fellow.” In July 2017, Jon returned to St Bede’s for its 60th anniversary extravaganza. The ‘Old Boy’ entertained the guests on stage with his impressions of wellknown characters and even some former teachers.


11 His first Saturday job in 1984, when he was 16, was at a Currys PC World electrical shop in Ormskirk, where he looked after the computer shelf. Proud of his hard work at Currys, Jon kept his tie and badge - and that’s not his only memento, as in his Ormskirk home he still has the Binatone TV game and Galaxy Invader game he bought with his first wage. Now retro classics, he described them as cutting-edge at the time. Jon continued: “From St Bede’s I went to John Rigby Sixth Form, where I got interested in radio and started to volunteer at Ormskirk hospital station. I was constantly sending out demo cassettes, and eventually I got a job on the radio in Preston when I was 19.”

Photo by Emma Samms

Although Jon landed his first radio gig as a teenager his talent for voices was obvious when he occasionally read the weather in the voice of Frank Bruno.

Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare


12 While working at Capital Radio in 1998, Jon rose to fame by calling the switchboard of No. 10 Downing Street and fooling operators with his William Hague impression. He was put directly through to Prime Minister Tony Blair where they had a lengthy chat. With spells at different radio stations, he continued to do voice over work and his big break came when he landed his slot on Spitting Image – the satirical puppet show – from 1994-1996 where he voiced around 40 characters including John Major. But Jon is best known for his work on the popular Radio Show ‘Dead Ringers,’ he said: “I started working on ‘Dead Ringers’ in 2000 for Radio 4. “That was a chance to really get going. The way the audience took to that show; there hadn’t been anything like that. There was something so naughty about it.” I asked if he had a eureka moment, he said: “I think once I started to do the R4 programmes doing impressions and being invited to do my approach, you start to think things are beginning a wee bit.”

Photo by Richard Mathias

Jon’s been awarded a number of academic awards. He’s received an honorary fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire; an Honorary Doctorate from Edge Hill University; an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Leicester.

Jon Culshaw with George Mathias

Jon said: “It’s a lovely honour, especially from my home town and UCLAN, and the University of Leicester. That was lovely, as Leicester was a city I didn’t come from geographically.”

Currently Jon and Bill Dare (creator of Dead Ringers) are touring the country with their show ‘The Great British Takeoff.’ The duos tour incorporates “an evening of unscripted, unrehearsed, spontaneous comedy and conversation as politicians, sports personalities and celebrities old and new are all up for a roasting.” But what is Jon’s advice to aspiring impressionists like himself? Jon admits: “Lots and lots of practice. Record your voice and really learn your characters. “Try to choose the characters no one else is doing; everywhere you can, do your characters in your own way. Always find your own take.” Jon was quoted saying in the Visiter: “Ormskirk is a town that is very content with itself and when I walk through I still get that same sort of feeling of a sensibility, like I am walking through my childhood memories.” As I thanked Jon for taking some time out of his busy schedule, he signed off with, “It’s good to have a good old natter sometimes isn’t it?”


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Motorfest

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This year’s Ormskirk’s Motorfest will take place during the August Bank Holiday. On Sunday, August 26, Ormskirk will be dressed with cars as far as the eye can see for the annual festival. Aintree Circuit Club, organisers of the fifth annual Motorfest, is delighted to announce that entries for the Town Centre Parades and the Coronation Park displays are open. All motorised transport and competition machinery of all ages, and contemporary racing cars, racing motorcycles and rally cars are welcome. The entry fee/admin charge for the parades is £10 per vehicle, which covers event operational costs including safety provision.

The Ormskirk Motorfest Concours d’Elegance in Coronation Park is supported by Carequick Air Conditioning, Halsall. There will be 12 classes for period defined car and motorcycles and one special class and Trophy for cars or motorcycles manufactured or registered in 1958. Entries are received on a first come first served basis. For more information, or if you’d like to get involved, visit the website www.ormskirkmotorfest.com


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Planning Matters Aughton Lime Tree Barn, 59 Winifred Lane: Change of use of barn to pet crematorium, including 1000 litre fuel tank and additional hardstanding to rear of building (ref: 2018/0003/COU). Ormskirk Warbreck Garden Centre, Lyelake Lane: Proposed new entrance building, restaurant extension, relocation of outdoor seating terrace and parking alterations and additions at existing garden centre site (ref: 2018/0466/FUL).

Scarth Hill Mission Church, St Helens Road: Refurbishment and replacement extension of former Mission Hall to create 2 bed dwelling house (ref: 2018/0087/FUL). Scarisbrick 11 Bescar Lane: Erection of 1 no. detached two storey house and 1 no. detached bungalow (ref: 2018/0580/FUL).

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Class from the past

This month’s Class from the Past features Ormskirk Grammar School’s class of 1959 or 1960. Do you recognise a familiar face?

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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

Method

Method

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!


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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.


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School’s

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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

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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 www.applejacksfarm.co.uk 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 bring 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 www.botanybay.co.uk 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.


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Blue Planet Aquarium

Chester Zoo

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

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01244 380280

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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

Chill Factore

Chipping, Preston, PR3 2QT 01995 61075 www.wildboarpark.co.uk 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 07709 339490 www.gregorysfarm.co.uk 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 www.cedarfarm.net 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.

Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Trafford Way, Stretford, Manchester M41 7JA 0161 749 2222 www.chillfactore.com Enjoy thrills and spills of an indoor snow park which has age specific attractions to ensure nobody is left out. There are also other activities such as a climbing wall, indoor skydiving, shops and restaurants.

Crocky Trail Cotton Abbotts, Waverton, Chester, CH3 7PH 01244 336084 www.crockytrail.co.uk 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.

East Lancashire Railway Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, BL9 0EY 0333 320 2830 www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk The East Lancashire Railway is an immaculately preserved slice of British history. Trains run every weekend and Wednesday to Friday until September along the 12-mile route from Rawtenstall to Heywood.


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Farmer Ted’s

Legoland Discovery Centre

Worrall House Farm, Flatman’s Lane, Downholland,

Barton Square, Trafford, Manchester, M17 8AS

Ormskirk, L39 7HW

0871 222 2662

0151 526 0002

manchester.legolanddiscoverycentre.co.uk

www.farmerteds.com

If you’re a Lego fanatic, the Legoland Discovery Centre provides you with the ultimate playground.

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.

Greenslate Greenslate Road, Billinge, Orrell, Wigan, WN5 7BG 01695 632290 greenslatefarm.org.uk 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.

Martin Mere Fish Lane, Burscough, L40 0TA 01704 895181 www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere 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.

Museum of Science & Industry Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M43 4FP

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My colleague Peter and I arrived at the quaint shop just off King’s Street in Southport and I was pleasantly surprised with the wide selection of bikes Glenn had available. Owner Glenn doesn’t mess about when it comes to electric bikes as he explained if the bikes don’t have a branded battery or two years’ guarantee then he won’t take them onboard. Basically, he’s looking at the product from a consumer’s perspective;


33 ensuring customers always purchase top quality electric bikes. The whole point of an electric bike is to allow riders of any age, ability and fitness to enjoy cycling even when the route isn’t as flat as a pancake. Glenn told me that over time, his fitness improved and he got stronger thanks to his electric bike. So there’s an added health benefit too. Firstly, we needed to pick two cycles to test, from the generous selection. Peter and I selected different bikes to cater to riders of different ages, and after Glenn had explained how the motor worked – pedaling automatically kicks the motor in, but once you use the brakes or stop pedaling the motor cuts out – we were off on our “ambitious” 35-mile route through West Lancashire. and picturesque as we cycled through the fields, and so there was minimal exertion needed on both our parts. That was until we got to the Saracens Head adjacent to the founding site of the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Glenn said I’d be fine with the motor on the lowest setting, but when it came to bridges over canals on our route, I was very happy to have the extra assistance when I kicked the setting up to maximum.

We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day as we set off towards Southport promenade – making sure we were happy and comfortable with the bikes. And let me tell you, if you’re worried about getting around a roundabout on a bike, put your motor on a higher number and you’ll whizz around no problem. Peter and I cycled along the coastal route towards and through Birkdale village, where we admired the quaint shops and cafes, then made our way towards Halsall. This part of the route proved to be quite flat

From Halsall we made our way to Ormskirk, which included a very easy uphill ride, before making a pit stop in the market town. It was market day, so it was a little too hectic to ride our bikes, but pushing the bikes is not a difficult feat either; The bikes have a walk assist function so wheeling them along is really very easy & doesn’t require much effort at all. After leaving Ormskirk we coasted down the hill and on towards Burscough. You can’t help but feel like a carefree child when you soar downhill can you? As we were on the flat once more you’re able to do a little more cycling without fear of the electric assistance/battery running dry. Making our way


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towards Burscough Wharf we needed the electric assist up high again as we cycled over the canal bridge and made our way into the Wharf courtyard before continuing our adventure on the canal. I was amazed at how comfortable my bike was even on the canal towpath. It felt no different than a regular bike, but if you listened very carefully you can hear the low buzz of the motor kicking in when the path was quiet. With canal boats galore (including a barge café) as we cycled towards Burscough Farm for a spot of lunch, this was one of the most peaceful sections

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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. • 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. Electric bikes also make cycling possible for a wider range of people. They make it possible for less fit people to bike commute long distances – and improve their fitness. Assistance only kicks in once you pedal, usually in proportion to how hard you pedal. Electric bike commuters can choose their level of assistance.

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

The low-impact exercise is easier on your joints than running or other high-impact activities, but it will still help you shift the pounds and get in shape. Riding for at least 150 minutes every week is the best way to build your cardiovascular fitness. You could do a couple of shorter rides during the week with a longer ride at the weekend for example.


36 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 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 www.cycletoworkday.org/ 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…

Since the event began over 2 million miles have been ridden! All you need to do is contribute your saddle time for the 2018 event and pledge your miles. To make it worth your while, everyone who pledges has the chance to win some incredible prizes.


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This FREE countryside festival is a great family day out. There’s wood crafts, dog displays, birds of prey, jousting, archery, funfair, live music and lots more!

Great live music performances, stalls, a licensed bar, barbecue and more; bringing the community together and of course raising money for charity

Beacon Country Park, Upholland, WN8 7RU

Bickerstaffe Parish Fields, Hall Lane, Bickerstaffe, L39 0EH

Soccer School Tues, July 24, to Thurs, July 26; Tues, Aug 21 to Thurs, Aug 23. 10am-3pm daily Football fun for boys and girls age 5-12. £30 per course, or £75 to sign up for all 3 days. Call 01695 550426 or email info@jmosportspark.com for info. JMO Sports Park, Blaguegate Playing Fields, Liverpool Road, Skelmersdale, WN8 8BX

Collectors Fair Sun, Aug 5, 10am-4pm; Sun, Sept 9, 10am-4pm; Sun, Oct 7, 10am-4pm Guests are invited to attend Rufford’s very own antique and vintage collectors fair on the first Sunday of every month. Rufford Village Hall, Rufford, A59, L40 1SW.

Parbulele Ukulele Festival

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Fri, Aug 3, 6.30pm-late; Sat, Aug 4, 11am-5pm and 6.30pm-late; Sun, Aug 5, 11am-5pm

Tuesday, August 7, 7pm-9.30pm

Features 2 evening concerts in the Village Hall on Fri & Sat with bands and a meat feast barbecue. Tickets £3 per day or £5 for the weekend, and concerts are £15, available from Gary Smith gs.svs-ltd@live.co.uk or 07495 332770 or pay on the day Village Hall, 2 The Green, Parbold, WN8 7DN

Reptiles at Rufford Sat, Aug 4, 11a,-4pm; Sat, Oct 27, 11am-4pm Come along and meet them and find out some interesting facts. Venue admission charges apply. Rufford Old Hall, 200 Liverpool Road, Rufford, L40 1SG. Tel: 01704 821254

The Three Inch Fools present their take on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ - a comic tale of runaway lovers, beguiling potions and an unfortunate individual turned into a donkey! Adult tickets are £14 and child tickets cost £12.50. Call 0344 249 1895 for booking info. Rufford Old Hall, 200 Liverpool Road, Rufford, L40 1SG. Tel: 01704 821254


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Secret Garden Festival

Summer School

Saturday, August 11, 10am-6pm

Mon, Aug 13 to Fri, Aug 18 (10am-3pm daily)

A family friendly yoga and wellness event. There’ll be yoga for all ages, live music, circus skills, vegan & vegetarian food, ECO face painting, massage, reflexology, storytelling and stalls. Tickets on sale now at www.bodysoulbalance.co.uk

A fun and exciting week of singing, dancing and acting for 5-15 year olds! It’s £15 per day and a deposit is required to secure a place (due to limited numbers). Get tickets from www. rainfordandormskirkvocalacademy.com

Scarisbrick Village Hall, Smithy Lane, Scarisbrick, L40 8HH. Tel: 01704 840075

Ormskirk Vocal Academy, Ormskirk Civic Hall, Ormskirk, L39 1LN. Tel: 07867 410048

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Multi Sports Course

Sat, Aug 11 to Sun, Aug 12, 10.30am-4.30pm

Tuesday, August 14 to Thursday, August 16

All locos in steam as well as visiting engines will be there in all their glory, as well as additional attractions! Why not try driving one of the diesel engines? Fares: Adult £5, child £3.50, family £15, concessions £4.50

There’ll be athletics, handball, dodgeball, netball, gymnastics, quik cricket, mini golf and rounders. The courses run 10am-3pm daily. It’s £30 per course, or £75 to sign up for all 3 days. Call 01695 550426 or email info@jmosportspark.com for more info.

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Thurs, Aug 16; Fri, Aug 17; Sat, Aug 18; Sun, Aug

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Entrants are invited to enter exhibitions at Leyland Garden Society’s Grand Show. Entry fees are 20p per adult and free for children. It’s a flower and veg show with just over 100 different classes. Entry to show by donation. Contact Ione/Derek Westall on 01772 433210 or derek.westall@tiscali.co.uk

Southport Flower Show is the largest independent flower show in the country, attracting over 50,000 visitors across 4 days. The 2018 theme is Once Upon a Time. For tickets and to find out what’s on, visit www.southportflowershow.co.uk/ Victoria Park, Southport, PR8 1RX

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Aughton Women’s Institute was established in 1925 and currently has 50 members. There are different speakers each month, and the group enjoys many activities, regular outings and events. To see what happens at the meetings, drop in for a visit, you’ll receive a warm welcome.

Sunday, August 26, 10am

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Wednesday, August 22, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Thurs, Aug 30 and Fri, Aug 31, 7.30pm-10pm

Ormskirk and District Family History Society member Dr Andrew Scarisbrick will give an illustrated presentation on Scarisbrick Lodge, the Southport property owned by Sir Charles Scarisbrick. All welcome. £1 donation is requested from non-members. Refreshments available.

Annie Jr. features everyone’s favourite redhead in her very first adventure. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Awardwinning Best Musical. Pleasure Folk Juniors are an award-winning society of 30 children aged 7-17. For tickets, visit www.pleasurefolk.co.uk/tickets.php

Guide HQ, Moorgate, Ormskirk, L39 4RT

Ormskirk Civic Hall, Southport Road, Ormskirk, L39 1LN. Tel: 01695 576607

Crooners Friday, August 24, 7.30pm-10pm A witty and exhilarating comedy music show, full of satirical energy, hilarious one-liners, laugh out loud silliness and more than 25 musical numbers with 9-piece The Mini Big Band live on stage. Get tickets at www.atgtickets.com/shows/crooners/ Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, The Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ. Tel: 0844 871 3021

There’ll be displays of 400 classic cars, motorcycles, stock, racing and rally cars; a Concours d’Elegance in the Park; vehicle parades around Town Centre 1 mile closed road ‘circuit.’ Park Pool AutoSolo Competitive Driving Test! Free to attend.

Ormskirk Historic Walk Monday, September 3, 1.30pm-3.30pm A member of the Ormskirk and District Family History Society will lead a tour through the streets of Ormskirk to find out more about the stories that shaped the town. There is no charge, but donations to the society would be appreciated. Court No.8 sign, near Morrisons, on Aughton Street, Ormskirk


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Gin & Music Festival

Motown Party Night

Saturday, September 8, 4pm

Saturday, September 22, 7pm-12am

Live entertainment and a host of gin sampling, a welcome G&T on arrival, food tent and street food available. Ticketed only event at £15pp.

A mix of Motown, Club Soul and a bit of Northern Soul... brought to you by the Vinyl players. Tickets £11 (includes buffet) from Toby Carvery in Ormskirk.

Jack & Gin, Unit9/10 Burscough Wharf, Liverpool North Road, L40 5RZ. Tel: 01704 895564

Toby Carvery, County Road, Ormskirk, L39 1NN. Tel: 01695 579755

Don’t Panic

Viking Festival & Market

Thursday, September 13, 7pm

Saturday, September 22, 10am-5pm

Don’t Panic is a variety tribute show in the style of Dads Army.

The Annual Viking Festival & Medieval Market returns for its sixth year.

Ormskirk Civic Hall, Southport Road, Ormskirk, L39 1LN. Tel: 01695 576607

Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby, Liverpool, L37 3NG. Tel: 01704 872279


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New Brighton by Gemma Sherlock

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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.


43 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. 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 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 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


44 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.

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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.

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Along the way you may notice a pirate ship on the beach – don’t worry this hasn’t washed up from afar 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. 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. The tower was completed in 1900, 10 years after Blackpool Tower and, at 567ft (173m), was 49ft (15m) taller. It was 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

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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,


45 Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.

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Collecting plant seeds ready for next season is a reasonably easy job if you know what you’re doing. Collect ripe seed on a dry day when you can see the seed heads have changed colour from green to brown, black or red. You need to collect them before they open and shed their contents. Lay them out to dry in a warm place such as a windowsill or greenhouse. Once dry, gently crush the pods and release the seeds. Store in paper packets or envelopes in an airtight container.

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