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LocalLife Wigan Edition

June 2018

Wherever they may

Rome Pages 18 - 20

Local Life Turns Ten

Pages 64 - 65

Hindley Walk Pages 74 - 77

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can hardly believe I’m writing the June intro, can someone just update me whether spring actually sprung this year or did I sleep through it? Whilst we’ve been shivering under a duvet watching dross telly, the organisers amongst us have been planning local events - and working out how to publicise these events. Whilst social media is a great way of sharing information, there’s always the worry that your event won’t be shared beyond your social circle or, depending on the strength of your local friendship group, achieve good coverage at a very local level. However, there is an additional FREE way of publicising your events and that’s in the pages of Events2Go, our events guide. Simply log onto our website, www.locallife247. co.uk, click on ‘Events2Go’, select ‘Upload your Event’, and you’re all ready to tell us the what, where, when and how of your event. As long as you’re organised and you do this before 7th of the month previous, we’ll most likely include the event in the next magazine. So to publicise an event in August, you’d need to upload information before 7th July. Most likely? Well, if you’re organising a Neo-Nazi rally in downtown Standish, we’ll give it a swerve if that’s all the same, but the vast majority of events uploaded to our website in time are publicised in the magazine. We deliver our Wigan magazine to over 26,000 homes - that’s a lot of coverage for your event and it’s all FREE! See you soon at a Village Fete / School Fair / Art Exhibition / Fashion Show / Street Market / Foodie Festival near you…

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In this issue Wherever they may

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Regulars 40 Planning 69 Events2Go 46 Puzzle Corner 81 Garden Diary 48 Class From The Past 86 The Lump

Sections 18 Save your

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6 Local News 52 Health 58 Legal & Finance 60 Property

62 Business View 66 Food & Drink 81 Gardening 86 Home Services

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Wigan constituences Standish-withLangtree and Shevington both have new councillors. Conservative Adam Marsh won the Standish with Langtree ward election in an incredibly close result. Adam received 1,200 votes to Labour candidate Debbie Parkinson’s 1,185, while former councillor Debbie Fairhurst got 872 votes. He took the seat from Independent councillor Debbie Fairhurst, and the vote was so tight that a recount was called. On his election, Adam acknowledged there were only 15 votes between himself and Debbie Parkinson, saying: “This vote was extremely close. What it shows is that we all have to come together now for the benefit of Standish.”

In Shevington with Lower Ground, Independent candidate Janet Brown won with 1,107 votes, while Labour’s Mike Crosby got 1,045 votes, Conservative’s Allan Atherton received 487 votes, and the Green’s Joseph Rylance got 120 votes. Standisher George Davies held his Labour seat of Wigan Central with 1,518 votes and, in second place Lewis Evans polled 834. Other participants included: Lib Dem Caroline Waddicar who received 163 votes to take third spot with Gareth Fairhurst receiving 130 votes and Tony Spencer raked in 89 votes. In Aspull, New Springs and Whelley, Labour’s Ron Conway got 1,708 votes, while Michael Owens, the Conservative, got 764 votes and Lib Dem Andrew Holland received 308 votes.

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Smith steps down Lord Peter Smith announced he is stepping down after 27 years as leader of Wigan Council. Lord Smith has served as leader of Wigan Council since 1991 and over the past three decades has gained a reputation as one of the most influential council leaders in the UK. Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, led the tributes, saying: “Peter Smith is an exceptional local government leader. “In his period of office, Wigan has been a consistently high performing council and through the Wigan Deal it has built a relationship with its citizens that is the envy of the local government world.

“Beyond that, for almost two decades he was the glue that held Greater Manchester together and without his leadership we would not have achieved a devolution deal with more decisions now being taken locally than anywhere else in England.” Councillor David Molyneux, who has been the council’s deputy leader since 2008, was voted in as council leader by his fellow Labour Party councillors. He said: “He said: “I am incredibly proud to have been chosen as leader of Wigan Council.”


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Standish High School rugby players have won a prestigious trophy.

opponents on the day had played in the National Cup Final (the NatWest Cup) just a few weeks before, so the task in front of our boys was huge.

Standish High’s Year 10 faced Manchester Grammar in the final of the Lancashire Cup at Fylde RUFC and won 24-22.

“It was a huge achievement for a team that only two years ago were playing in the Tier 3 Final, the Emerging Schools Cup.

Players were awarded the prestigious Lancashire Cup trophy – the first time for a Wigan school.

“To come so far in such a short amount of time, and to beat some of the schools they have in the last two years is incredible.

Man of the match was the captain Sam Parker. PE teacher Mark Devine said: “In all the years the competition has run, no Wigan school has ever reached a main Lancashire Cup Final, and the

“Now the challenge is to go back as Y11s and retain the Cup.”

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Dates for the North West in Bloom judging 2018 have been released. After a break from the competition, this year Shevington in Bloom will be judged twice. Wigan Council will bring their judges to Shevington on Monday, July 9, and for the first time ever, other in Bloom Community Groups in the borough will journey to Shevington to meet Wigan’s judges. Shevington will also be judged on Wednesday, July 11, for 2 1/2 hours. The “In Bloom” group are busy with several new projects underway, the main one being five new bespoke metal planters at Shevington Library. If you’d like to join, e-mail shevingtoninbloom@ yahoo.com or phone Sandra on 01257 401997.

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Local Wigan businesses can take part in the ‘Coaching to Success’ bus tour once more this year. Businesses will be taken on a bus tour trip around the borough to build relationships with the local community. As part of Wigan Council’s Deal for Business, local businessmen and women are encouraged to take a seat on the bus so they can see first-hand how community groups make a difference to residents’ lives and how they can get involved. Last year, more than a dozen businesses got involved in the borough-wide tour, visiting groups including Wigan S.T.E.A.M and Fur Clemt. And this year, even more are expected to board one

of the two tours that have recently been announced in June and November. Kerry McKenna, business centre manager from Office Bay went on the tour last year, she said: “We found the bus tour very beneficial. “As a new local business, we were able to make connections, meet council members and see how

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Wherever they may

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David Sudworth meets the people trying to find Wigan’s secret historical roads

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t’s a bright sunny day as we make our way down Gidlow Lane on the old Standish/Wigan border. Apart from a few dog walkers, it’s a blissfully quiet spot. 2,000 years ago, it would have been quite different. In fact, had we been here in 50 AD, the peace would have been shattered by the sound of hundreds of Roman soliders making their way through the farmland.

“It’s quite something when you think about it,” says my guide, Bill Aldridge, who, as a founder member of Wigan Archaeological Society, has studied the possible routes for over 30 years. “The road would have been used by the Roman military on their way between Wigan, which was a Roman fort, and their next fort at Walton-le-Dale.”


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“Who has bragging rights to Coccium?” Cemetery, it cuts across the A49 at Standish, going past the Parish Church and continuing its journey north until Hic Bibi Well, at the bottom of Hic Bibi Lane in Coppull Moor. It then crosses Spendmore Lane in Coppull, Clancutt Brook and then Chorley Lane and Church Lane in Charnock Richard. From there it veers towards Pincock and off out to Leyland. So that’s one route which almost every expert can agree on. But there is another which does divide opinion. And in mostly centres on who has bragging rights to the Roman town name of ‘Coccium’. Bill, from Appley Bridge, takes up the story: “It is generally accepted that there were three Roman

Excavations at Brimelow Farm in the 1980s Roads leading into Wigan. These were traced and identified in the 19th century, including one between Ribchester and Manchester. “Wigan is not on the direct route between these two places so, not surprisingly, over the years other places, such as Blackrod, have claimed Coccium. “The existence of this road is based on an Itinerary which mentions a distance of 20 Roman Miles between Bremetennacum (now Ribchester) and Coccium. “Various alignments in the direction of Ribchester have been looked at over the years. In the early 1980s, Chorley Society thought they had found the road on Healey Nab being possibly four yards wide, although they only excavated one side). They uncovered kerbing travelling for some distance in the direction of Heapy; this is where previously a hoard of Roman coins were found and a silver necklace which is now in the British Museum. “So it’s thought this road would have gone through places like Adlington and White Coppice. “A few pieces of evidence point to the existence

The Romans in Wigan: Did You Know..? First evidence of Roman activity in Wigan was undercovered during the building of Darlington Street Gas works between 1822-1830. Roman coins have been recovered from various places including Boars Head, Library St and Millgate During the building of the Grand Arcade, remains of a Roman Bath House were uncovered. Evidence was also found at The Wiend in the early 1980s. Wigan was used by the Romans as it sits on top of a hill, making it a good vantage point to spot invaders


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of this road. On the direct route there are four occurrences of ‘street’ or ‘causeway’ names. The first at Rivington was regarded as a Roman road continuing further north along Heapey Fold Lane. The next is at Causeway House Farm at Heapey. Finally at Causeway Farm near Riley Green – an old raised road is reported descending to a ford across the River Darwen below Lodge Farm – it is apparently known as the ‘Roman Ford’.” While the argument is logical, there are still some sceptics. David Ratledge, (pictured) a former civil engineer, uses Lidar - a form of 3D technology - to trace old Roman roads. He’s used this to more or less pinpoint most of the Wigan-Walton-le-Dale route, but he is less enthusiastic about a second, ‘secret’ route. He said: “There is the possibility that is all, a possibility that there was such a road. However, as yet I have not found any convincing Lidar data supporting this route so it is still very uncertain.“ For further reading, visit www.wiganarchsoc.co.uk and www.romanroads.org

Roman mining at Arley? It is well documented that coal has been mined in the Wigan area since the 14th Century, but could it be possible that the Romans were doing it first? In 1982, excavations in the centre of Wigan revealed extensive evidence of Roman occupation dating to the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. This tallies with a 1930s map which shows ‘supposed Roman workings found’ in the area which is now part of the golf course of the Wigan Golf Club at Arley. The map was commissioned by the Geological Survey of England and Wales (Lancashire Sheet 85SE) and shows the various coal measures and where they outcrop, including the famous Arley seam, whose quality is renowned throughout the South Lancashire area. Victorian geologist Edward Hull mentions ‘ancient workings’ at Arley in his memoirs published in 1860./ He describes finding “a series of polygonal chambers, with vertical walls opening into each other by short passages.”


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Fresh faces Two popular pubs in Standish and Wigan Lane are now under new management.

“And we’ll be refurbishing the place, so look out for the changes later this year.”

Customers at Boar’s Head and Bel Air Hotel will see some new faces running the establishments.

Whereas the previous landlords Rene and Russ left the Boar’s Head after 10 years to run the former Bel Air Hotel.

The Boar’s Head has been taken over by brother and sister combo Janet Jones and Peter Cavanagh, who opened for business on Friday, May 4. Janet works the bar and restaurant, and Peter does the marketing. Janet said: “It’s going good, we’ve worked together before. The customers are lovely, and there are lots of regulars. We’ve put in a new menu, with nothing processed or frozen.

Rene and Russ said: “It’s with great sadness, that after 10 wonderful years we have left the Boar’s Head Inn Standish. “However, we are so excited about our new venue ’Forbes at Wigan,’ restaurant, bar & boutique hotel.” The former Bel Air Hotel is undergoing a major refurbishment and will welcome guests at the end of May.


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Pomp and

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Wigan Rotary Club will be presenting the Last Night of the Proms this summer. On Saturday, June 16, the Mill at the Pier will come alive with the sounds of the Last Night of the Proms concert. Organised by Wigan Rotary Club, the concert will feature the award winning Pemberton Old Wigan DW Band and Shevington based mezzo soprano, Vicky Little, who will lead the audience through traditional favourites as well as performing solo items with the band.

great night of music. “Last year’s concert was very enjoyable and this year’s promises to be the same. All the profits from the concert will be donated back into the local community’s worthwhile causes.”

Wigan Rotary President Gwyneth Millard said “The Proms is probably the most famous celebration of classical music, with the’ Last Night’ being the most famous of all and thanks to its exuberant and celebratory atmosphere is guaranteed to get everyone smiling and singing along.

There will also be a licensed bar, and attendees will be seated while enjoying the music. Concert tickets are £10pp and are available at www.ticketsource. co.uk/alra

“Flags will be supplied on the night so all we need is for you to come and join in what promises to be a

For more local events, please turn to our E2G section on pages 69-73.

For more information, contact PO Box 507 Wigan WN1 9AB or telephone 07813471000.

Female friends Wigan Women’s Friendship Club is on the lookout for new members to join.

And of course there’s always time for a cuppa and biscuit with time to chat to others.

The friendly group of ladies enjoy sharing an afternoon at the Community Centre in Penson Street, Wigan with others for numerous experiences.

The group’s upcoming programme is as follows: May 31: Pat Ashcroft ‘The Last Adventure;’ June 14: ‘A Floral Demonstration;’ June 21: “In Mind;” June 28: ‘A Male Voice Choir.’

Sometimes speakers talk about their travels or special interests with items which they have collected over the years or a slide show.

Meetings are held on a Thursday (not the first of the month) from 1.30pm-3.30pm.

But the talks by members aren’t sprung on them, a date is arranged in advance for volunteers to speak.

The group invites all possible members to come down and they’ll be delighted to see you.

There are groups for singing and playing instruments; also speakers who pass on very useful and helpful information. Other weeks there may be games or quizzes.

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A Shevington support group is celebrating another year supporting carers. Shevington Dementia Carers Support Group recently celebrated its 13th birthday, and the group has grown substantially since its launch in March 2005. There were only four people at the group’s first ever meeting which was held at the local garden centre, where listening, empathy and bacon baps were in order. Those four original members still attend. Beryl and Joan started the group and facilitate it, while Dorothy and Mary give a warm welcome. Since October 2012, the Dementia Carers Group

falls under the umbrella of Shevington Doctors Surgery, Patients Participation Group, who pay overheads and support the Group. The group offers knowledge and support for members. Carers appreciate meeting with others who understand, as caring for loved ones with Dementia is demanding and can feel quite lonely. There are regular outings and events, enjoyed by the carers, funded by donations and fundraising. The Group meets every last Monday of the month 10.30am-12.30pm in the lounge in the Methodist Church in Shevington. For more info, please contact: Beryl on 01257 424826 or berylsmith02@gmail.com; Joan 01257 252001 or wadken68@gmail.com; Elaine on 01257 253826 or elaineellams@aol.com


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Work on the anticipated Standish Line project is underway. The planned works by Wigan Council as part of The Deal will see ‘The Line’ revamped to a surfaced and lit bridleway, which will make the former railway track accessible all year round. The work is due to take 14 weeks so it should be ready for when children return to Standish High. It will be implemented over five phases: 1) Brookfield Road to Rosebay Gardens; 2) School Lane to Aldi Car Park; 3) Aldi Car Park to Bradshaw Close; 4) Bradshaw Close to Foxglove Close; 5) Foxglove Close to Rosebay Gardens. Diversions will be clearly signed to aid navigation and information will be uploaded to the Council’s

website (www.wigan.gov.uk/cycling). Cllr David Molyneux, deputy leader at the council, said: “This is the long-awaited good news we have been hoping for. We know how much residents in Standish want The Line project to happen and we’ve been working extremely hard to find a suitable contractor to get the project moving. “The upgrade will provide a quick, walking and cycling route into Standish village centre which should take traffic off the local roads by encouraging more people to leave the car at home.”


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Eastern flavours Standish could soon be home to a new Thai restaurant if a planning application is approved. The Siam House on Church Street has applied for permission to create a restaurant by taking over the house next door to create upstairs and downstairs restaurant seating for around 45 people. Ed Jennings opened the popular takeaway last summer and now wants to create a restaurant. Plans feature an extension at the rear and a change of use for the house, which is currently unoccupied. The decision target date is Friday, June 15. For more details on the application, please visit https://apps.wigan.gov.uk/PlanApps/Plan AppsDetails.asp?passAppNo=A/18/85358/CU

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for the four-day excursion with the Hingemakers Arms’ support. Malc Deluce said: “We all live in Ashton and have lost friends and family to cancer. “Willy Roberts who is walking the 100 miles with us has been diagnosed with cancer twice, but as it stands he has been given the all clear. “With every penny we raise, it gives someone else a chance to beat cancer. Please donate as much or as little as possible. Nearly everyone who reads this will have been affected or know someone who has been affected by cancer. Together we can beat it.” If you’d like to donate, please visit justgiving.com/ teamhinge or Text - HINH61 TO 70070

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the 1930s. He was very fond of the people from Wigan and seeing how much support the council and local community have given to his legacy is touching.” Smith’s plaque will be displayed at Wigan Town Hall as a nod to his political career; recognising him as the first parliamentary candidate to stand for women’s suffrage. His plaque was unveiled by local historian, Tom Walsh, and historian and archives volunteer, Yvonne Eckersley. Tom Walsh said: “I have been passionate about Thorley’s life being recognised and am really glad to see the council honour him.” For more information about Wigan Archives and Local Studies, visit www.wigan.gov.uk/archives


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Biking Association, who we made cupcakes for as they cycled to raise money for Breast Cancer last year. “We did the Macmillan cupcake day and are also looking at doing the Alzheimer’s cupcake day on the Saturday, June 16 to raise more money for charity. “We have had such positive responses regarding our Tearoom and it has given people more reasons to walk along the canal.”

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Class from the past

This month’s Class from the Past is of Standish High School, Form 8. It’s believed the photo was taken in 1988. Maybe you can spot a familiar face?

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Equality for all Wigan Pride returns to Wigan Town Centre once again this summer. On Saturday, August 11, everyone is invited to the third annual Wigan Pride, which is growing year on year. The annual celebration of equality and diversity held in the town centre is free and open to all ages. There’ll be entertainment throughout the day on the stage and the town will be bustling with a range of market stalls. Attendees also won’t want to miss the exciting parade from Mesnes Park into Wigan town centre either.

Special arrangements are being made to cater for autistic guests or those who might just want a bit of quiet but still be involved, as the autism friendly zone in Wigan Life Centre North returns. Wigan Pride organisers said: “Thanks to the amazing support from across the borough which made Wigan Pride 2017 unforgettable. “This year we are celebrating equality and diversity while encouraging everyone to get involved in their communities, be that attending social groups, volunteering or getting involved in local projects.”

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infection that four out of five sexually active adults will come into contact with in their lives.

Cervical cancer forms in the cells that line the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb) which joins to the top end of the vagina.

Most women will clear high-risk HPV infections themselves without it causing any harm. However, in a small number of women it can remain ‘dormant’ (inactive) or persistent, sometimes for many years. In these cases high-risk HPV can cause cervical abnormalities (changes to the cells of the cervix) to develop, which, if left untreated, can develop into cervical cancer over time.

Cervical cancer may not have symptoms in its early stages, but it can be prevented through regular cervical screening (smear test) (a procedure in which a sample of cells are taken from the cervix and examined for abnormalities under a microscope or tested for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV), depending on where in the UK you live). There are some recognised symptoms associated with cervical cancer that you should be aware of. These include: Abnormal bleeding: during or after sexual intercourse, or between periods; post-menopausal bleeding: if you are not on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or have stopped it for six weeks or more; unusual vaginal discharge; discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse; lower back pain. Almost all cases of cervical cancer (99.7%) are caused by infections with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a very common

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A new service has been launched in Wigan Borough to support residents returning home from hospital. Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link have been awarded the three year contract for the Home Safe service, which will offer vital support to residents. Home Safe will provide personal and friendly support during people’s discharge from hospital, helping them to settle and improve their connection with their local neighbourhood. They will work collaboratively with partners from Wigan Council and Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. Paul Roughley, manager at Wigan and Leigh Pensioners Link, said: “We have been supporting

the elderly residents of Wigan Borough for the last thirty years. “This new service is an extension to what we do, which strengthens our partnership with Wigan Council and WWL Trust for borough residents.” Joanne Willmott, assistant director for provider management at the council, said: “A good experience of discharge supports longer term recovery, rehabilitation and helps people to reconnect with their community.” Pauline Law, Executive Director of Nursing at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospital, said: “I am really delighted to be able to offer the Home Safe Service to WWL patients. “Some patients can lose their independence while in hospital, so it is extremely important to ensure that we have services such as these in place.”


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Expansion at

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mongst the local gossip recently was news that Prosper Wealth Management had bought a property next door to their offices on the High Street in Standish, so I popped up to see the company’s owner David Barton David Barton to find out what his future plans were for his business. CP Why did you need to buy the house next door? DB We didn’t (laugh…) As this wasn’t available we got permission from the council to extend to the side and rear of the existing premises. We’re growing really quickly as more and more prospective clients are engaging with us for financial planning services, both for investment and for retirement planning, and we needed the space for extra staff that will strengthen our research and administrative functions. CP Was it easy recruiting the extra staff? DB In a word, no! We really needed to invest in additional high quality staff with a particular skill set and a high level of technical competence to ensure that our new and existing clients benefit from both our initial planning advice service as well as our ongoing guidance. We started looking for staff in May 2017 but it wasn’t until February this year that we secured three new experienced professionals, two Para-Planners/Researchers and a Senior Administrator.

CP Why didn’t you just move to a bigger place? DB All of us at Prosper Wealth Management live locally and the majority of our clients live within a 5 mile radius, so we didn’t want to inconvenience them by moving out of the area. More importantly, I live 5 minutes away from the office and I like the sandwiches at Kaz’s kitchen… CP How will the changes affect you in the short term? DB The build is scheduled to start in May with a view to finishing by the end of summer. Don’t be put off by the scaffolding; we will still be open and working hard. The interior designer’s brief is to create a contemporary space with a relaxed, yet confidential feel, so we’re all looking forward to working in the new offices. CP So what are the plans for the future? DB Well, we’re currently attracting £2m to £2.5m of pension and investment money per month from local clients and our business plan is to grow the funds under management from £140m to £250m within the next three years. CP And how confident are you that will happen? DB We were the first Independent Financial Adviser in Wigan to achieve Chartered Financial Status, and people know that they can depend on us for quality advice in the areas of investments and, more specifically, pension planning, so yes, I’m quietly confident we can achieve that target. CP Good luck David, all the very best!


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demand by Alan Batt

asic economics dictates that if there is too much of a commodity and little demand, then prices will drop. Over 85% of towns in the UK have seen an increase in the number of properties for sale from a year ago, and the local property markets in those towns have fallen as a result. But not in Wigan. Here there were 850 properties for sale 12 months ago, and today that stands at 733, meaning there are 14% less properties for sale in Wigan today than a year ago, meaning the property market is holding its own locally. At the start of 2007, there were 1,326 properties for sale in Wigan, but by February 2008, when the credit crunch was really beginning to bite, that number had risen to 2,228 Wigan properties on the market at a time when demand was at an all-time low, thus creating an imbalance in the local property market. In fact, house prices dropped between 15% and 20% depending on the type of Wigan property between the end of 2007 and Spring 2009.

Alan Batt Alan Batt is a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has worked within the Wigan property market for over 30 years.

However, over the last five years, we have seen a steady decrease in supply of properties coming onto the market for sale and steady demand, meaning Wigan property prices have remained robust. A stable housing market is one of the foundations of a successful British economy, as it’s all about getting the healthy balance of buyer demand with a good supply of properties. Since the Chancellor announced the stamp duty rule changes for first time buyers (FTB), my fellow agents in Wigan say that the number of FTB’s registering on the majority of agents’ books have increased year on year. That has still to follow through into more FTB’s buying their first home, but with the heightened levels of confidence being demonstrated by both Wigan home owners and those potential FTB house buyers, I do foresee the Wigan Property Market will show steady yet sustained improvement during the first half of 2018. What does this mean for Wigan landlords or those considering dipping their toe into the buy to let market for the first time? Landlords will need to keep improving their properties to ensure they get the best tenants. Even with the new landlord tax rules, buy to let in Wigan still looks a good investment, providing Wigan landlords with a good income at a time of low interest rates and a roller coaster stock market. If you are thinking of investing in bricks and mortar in Wigan, it is important to do things correctly as making money won’t be as easy as it has been over the last twenty years. With a fewer number of


61 properties on the market, comes less choice. Don’t buy the first thing you see, buy with your head as well as your heart.

As always, all my articles on the Wigan Property Market can be found at http://wiganpropertynews. blogspot.co.uk

Catchments Influence

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Rents Rise

he rents paid by Wigan tenants are now standing at £470 per calendar month, a rise of 1.05% year on year. However, this attention-grabbing monthly rent figure masks stark differences in the various different parts of the Wigan rental market. Demand in Wigan for high quality family homes with two or three bedrooms in good catchment areas for schools remains really robust due to tenants wanting access to the schools. Other influencing factors that make certain areas popular are the proximity to transport links, such as rail stations. With the new tax rules for landlords, many believed that the number of rental properties would drop throughout 2017, as landlords sold up their Buyto-Let properties and looked to invest their money elsewhere, but evidently this hasn’t happened. Demand remained strong in 2017 for Wigan private rental properties, meaning the rents being achieved were at a decent level for landlords. However, I have noticed a drop in demand (and thus rents achieved) for property where the landlord hasn’t kept the property fresh; in terms of decoration, carpets, replacement windows and poor heating.

For those existing landlords who are looking at expanding their property portfolio, I’ve taken a look at the Wigan property market, specifically at the lower of the market where buy-to-let landlords tend to buy their rental properties and over the past 12 months flats/apartments have risen in value by 2.37% whilst terraced properties have risen by 1.16%. However, most landlords can start to feel assured that as capital growth in Wigan remains at a more realistic figure (good for long term stability in the property market) and long-term rents are on the rise, the overall corresponding annual return on investment has stabilised in all areas and is now starting to grow. With additional people seeing renting as a longterm option, even with the challenges of the new tax regime, Wigan landlords, with the support of a good advice and opinion, should continue to see renting as a good investment vehicle. If you are looking for an agent that is well established, professional and communicative, then contact us to find out how we can get the best out of your investment property. Email me on alan@ alanbatt.co.uk or call on 01942 233999

For more of Alan’s tips, guidance and analysis on the Wigan property market, check out www.wiganpropertynews.blogspot.co.uk


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Making Tax

Digital

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

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MRC have recently updated the timescale that Making Tax Digital, MTD, will come into effect.

• Increase accuracy: fewer mistakes and errors

If you have a business that is registered for VAT and has a turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000, you’ll be required to keep digital records and submit your VAT return to HMRC through compatible software from next April.

• Better security by keeping all your data on password protected software

Online filing of VAT returns has been in place for a number of years, but now your business will need to also send the audit trail between primary records and the VAT return, details of supplies made and received and more information also. This change represents a major difference in the level of information being sent to HMRC. The best way for a business to prepare for this is to implement a cloud accounting solution that will be compatible with Making Tax Digital, and as this needs to be in place by next April our advice is to take steps now to ensure your business is compliant. Xero and QuickBooks are two software systems that are MTD-compatible, and CMA are official partners with both these systems, so we are in a good position to help you choose which software is best for your business. For a limited period we are offering all new clients Xero or Quickbooks software free of charge for 6 MONTHS if they sign up for our services. Many of our clients are already enjoying the benefits of online accounting, which include: • More efficient systems: reduced administration time and cost

• Smarter business tools resulting in accurate reports, real time data and higher tax savings

There are also lots of tools and Apps being developed which dramatically reduce the time spent on bookkeeping and improves accuracy. For instance, receipts and invoices can be scanned using your mobile phone and these receipts are then sent automatically for processing in your accounts software and matched to a record that has been imported from your bank account. If you have any questions regarding Making Tax Digital or switching to online accounting systems please do get in touch. We offer a free consultation for anyone that would like to speak to us about these changes. Feel free to drop by the office on Skull House Lane in Appley Bridge and we can discuss these further over a coffee. Contact Details Chris Alcock ACMA CMA Accountancy 39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan, WN6 9DR Tel: 01257 255521 Email info@handsonaccounting.co.uk web www.handsonaccounting.co.uk


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Making Tax Digital Do you have a business that’s VAT-registered and has a turnover of £85,000+? Are you aware of the Making Tax Digital changes due to start next April? Would you like your business to enjoy the benefits of online accounting? Plan NOW for the 2019 changeover and call us today for a free consultation.

Free software for 6 months when you use CMA Accountancy.

Call CMA Accountancy today www.cma-accountancy.com info@cma-accountancy.com Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge. 01257 255521


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Turning

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Local Life is 10 years old this month!

Founded in a back bedroom on Sandy Lane in Orrell, Local Life now produces five magazines a month (Wigan, St Helens, Chorley, West Lancs and Leigh & District) from our Orrell offices and we also deliver over 750,000 leaflets a year too.

I’m pleased to say that every customer we have introduced to Local Life has had a direct and noticeable response. Both us, and our clients, love the publications and they are now one of the first types of local advertising we suggest when putting together promotional campaigns.

We’re proud of the fact that many of our customers stay with us, year after year, so here’s what our advertisers have to say about Local Life.

It’s been a pleasure being part of your magazines 10 year growth, long may it continue.

Previous to advertising in Local Life, just 10% of our work came from Wigan itself and now, two years after advertising in Local Life, over 50% of our work is local. We get lots of enquiries every month from Local Life, it’s a great magazine which people read and use.

Elaine Rimmer – Platinum Advertising & Design Ltd

Bob McWilliam - Manor House Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning It’s a great pleasure to be associated with your magazine. I advertise my brickwork company in Local Life and feel it offers me great value.

Shane Wilson – Vale of Wigan Local Life covers areas that we just can’t reach with any other publication. We know when it has been delivered as our phone never stops ringing. It’s always our first choice for advertising. Sharon Lee – Expressions of Beauty I have advertised in Local Life for over 8 years now and it has consistently been my main source of new business. It is a fantastic, quality magazine which, as well as supporting local businesses, gives its readers an interesting and informative read. I would thoroughly recommend it. Angie Barker Garden Design

Marc Mulligan Brickwork As a frequent advertiser and reader of Local Life, it has made a big difference to my business with a vast number of customers coming from looking at the magazine, here’s to another 10 years! Graham Collier- Top Coat Decorating Service We love that little magazine. It makes a difference to customers visiting our showroom and our sales. Andrea Hampson - Cabinet Masters


65 We continue to move forward and have taken on another person to help with the workload generated from the advertisement in Local Life. Chris Linnet – CL Bathrooms Having worked with other advertising mediums over the last 15 years the Local Life publication remains our partner of choice and continues to generate extremely positive responses from clients, both existing and new. David Barton – Prosper Wealth Management Local Life is the best local print advertising media around, without a doubt, and it’s the only publication we advertise in. We also use the leaflet distribution service on a regular basis and it’s very reliable and also quite cheap compared to other distribution companies. Ian Johnson – GreenThumb Wigan

I’ve been advertising with Local Life for most of the last decade. It’s the only advertising I need to do and it reliably brings me good quality local jobs every single month. Chris Banks – Cosmeticar Around 80/90% of our work comes from Local Life and it’s all local work, we don’t have to waste hours sitting in traffic each day. As of today (10th April), we’re already booked up until August; that’s how successful Local Life is. Colin Wilson – Wilson Bros. Building and Roofing In my view, Local Life offers my company the most comprehensive coverage of Wigan’s strongest housing areas and I’m delighted to be able to offer my customers the chance to display their homes in this popular local magazine. Alan Batt Estate Agents

If you’d like to promote your company in Local Life magazine or use our leaflet distribution service, call Nicola or Chris on 01695 627999 or pop into our offices at Unit 8 - Hewitt Business Park, Winstanley Road, Orrell WN5 7ZB. www.locallife247.co.uk


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Food & Drink

A very British

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orget cigarettes, alcohol and even drugs, there is a new addiction sweeping the nation - snackoholism. We were brought up being told not to eat between meals but now it seems that we literally can’t help helping ourselves, with four percent of Brits admitting to being addicted to snacking and finding it impossible to quit. A survey by Diet Chef has uncovered some shocking truths about British snacking behaviour - not least that more than one in 10 of us would rather snack than have sex. And it seems our need to snack is taking over our lives as six per cent of us even admit to snacking in bed. A third of us would rather give up alcohol than snacks and 13% of smokers said they’d rather kick their nicotine habit than give up chocolate, biscuits and crisps. As a nation, the number of snacks we are consuming has reached colossal proportions. Our snack of choice is crisps - 61% of Brits admit to eating at least one packet a day and some scoff as many as five or six. This equates to a staggering 48 million packets of crisps being consumed every day by the UK’s adult population. Add to this 45 million chocolate bars and the 78 million biscuits and cakes we eat every day and it is no wonder we have an obesity crisis. One in 10 of the people surveyed have either a burger, a pizza or a portion of chips as a snack every day, showing we no longer understand the


67 difference between a snack and a meal. Yet only 14% of the people surveyed knew how many calories something as basic as an average portion of chips contained. Diet Chef’s nutritionist Caron Leckie says: “Our survey shows the extent to which snacking has got out of control. Most of the people we surveyed said they snack out of habit or boredom, which shows people are eating without thinking, not out of necessity. “It can be difficult to curb or change snacking habits as there are many different components involved - sometimes we snack out of hunger, boredom, cravings or just pure habit. Identifying our snacking ways and preparing ourselves is the first step to snacking success.” Caron’s 10 steps to avoiding snacking:

* Identify when - Knowing when you snack can reveal the trigger. When you’ve sussed out your snacking patterns, you’re ready to confront them. * Find a healthier alternative - Try a low calorie chocolate drink instead of chocolate or popcorn instead of crisps. * Distract yourself - Occupy your mind with other things - go for a walk, phone a friend, get busy cleaning or ironing, read a book, take a bath, paint your nails etc to get your mind off those treats. * Avoid tricky situations - Take a packed lunch to work to avoid the temptation of shops, and cut back on tea or coffee if you usually have biscuits too. * Cut the portions - You can make anything instantly healthier by cutting the portions - this way you get a little of what you fancy, just in a smaller package.

* Identify what - Keeping a food diary can help you identify your snacking reality.

* Fill up on fruit and veg - Aim for at least 5 a day, so if you feel yourself reaching for a snack, make it fruits or vegetables instead.

* Identify where - Once you know what your snacks are, you need to consider where you are most likely to snack - then clear out your snack stash.

* Make small changes - If you deprive yourself of everything that you like and that is habitual, it’s much harder, and is likely to end in a cycle of deprivation and bingeing. * Don’t forget drinks - Whether it’s a fizzy drink, orange juice or the mid-morning caramel latte - they add up, so choose a healthier alternative like green tea or water.


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Tuna Burgers Tuna is a great staple and part of a healthy diet, so this twist on the traditional burger makes it a great way to integrate more oily fish into a family diet.  Serves 4

Ingredients

Method

1 (170g) can tuna, drained

Combine tuna, egg, bread crumbs, onion, celery, red pepper, mayonnaise, chili sauce, dill, salt, pepper, hot pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.

1 egg 60g Italian seasoned bread crumbs 55g minced onion

Shape carefully into 4 burgers as the mixture will be very soft. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to make the patties easier to handle, if desired.

35g minced red pepper

Coat a non-stick frying pan with cooking spray. Fry tuna burgers for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. As they are fragile, be careful when turning them.

60ml mayonnaise

Serve on buns with onion slices and lettuce leaves, if desired.

30g minced celery

15g chili sauce 0.5g dried dill 2g salt 0.3g ground black pepper 1 dash hot pepper sauce 1 dash Worcestershire sauce 4 hamburger buns 1 red onion, sliced 4 leaves of lettuce (optional)


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Wigan Comic Con 2018

Vintage Tea Dance

Saturday, May 26, 10am-4pm

Monday, May 28, 1pm-5pm

Funky Figures presents Wigan’s Comic Con. Collectibles, cars and cosplay will be featured alongside celebrity guests from TV film and comics. There’ll be a retro gaming area and arcade machines with a little chill out area for younger kids. Tickets available from http://funkyfigures.co.uk/

Elderly Dementia/Alzheimers sufferers across Wigan and their loves ones are invited to a free vintage tea dance. Spend the day in the 1940’s, indulge in vintage treats, sing wartime tracks and have a good old’ jive. For reservations, please email us at chantelle@personal-careservices.co.uk

Wigan Comic-Con, Loire Drive, Robin Park, WN5 0UH. Tel: 07772 201119 (event planner)

St Anne’s Church Shevington, Standish Lower Ground and Crooke, Church Lane, WN6 8BD. Tel: 07968 021641

Car Boot Sale Sunday, May 27, 9am-2pm A car boot sale at the hospice. It’s £10 per car. To book your pitch please call the fundraising team on 01942 525566 or email fundraising@wlh.org.uk Wigan & Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Wigan, WN2 3HZ. Tel: 01942 525566

The Wilfs Car Boot Sale Monday, May 28, 9am-4pm A car boot sale on May Bank Holiday Monday. If you wish to book a stall it is £6 for cars and £10 for vans. Why not join in the fun at The Chadwick’s Emporium Car Park? The Chadwick Family’s Emporium, Wellington Place, 51 High Street, Standish, WN6 0HD. Tel: 01257 421137

May Market Monday, May 28, 12pm-5pm Join in the fun with stalls, live music, DJ, barbecue, kids’ attractions and more! Supporting Macmillan. Free Entry. If you’d like to book a stall just give them a call. Hungry Horse (The Mount, Wigan), Orrell Road, WN5 8HQ. Tel: 01942 219740

Half Term Holiday Karting Monday, May 28 until Friday, June 1 Family Arrive ‘n’ Drive karting sessions for ages 8+, Junior Arrive ‘n’ Drive karting sessions for ages 8-15 years and Sisley Kart School sessions for ages 8-15 years. Prices start from £25. Visit www. threesisterscircuit.co.uk or contact the sales team to find out more. Three Sisters Circuit, Three Sisters Rd, Ashton-inMakerfield, Wigan, WN4 8DD. Tel: 01942 719030


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Creepy Crawly Critter

Dressage League

Monday, May 28, 11am-1pm

Sunday, June 3, 11.45am-4.30pm

Come and meet our critter friends. There’ll be snakes, spiders, snails, lizards and more. £10 per child including a picnic box.

A fun way to focus on riding development. There are classes for all. After each competition, riders will get a feedback sheet and a rosette if placed. There’s a chance of a trophy for the rider with the most points after the final. It’s £10 to enter. For more info visit www.parboldequestriancentre.co.uk

The Red Robin, Robin Park, 1 Anjou Blvd, Wigan, WN5 0UJ. Tel: 01942 218965

Midweek MTB Madness Wednesday, May 30, 6.30pm-8.15pm Popular midweek grassroots MTB series, expect rooty climbs, fast sections and maybe a bit of mud. Racers, Enthusiasts, Youth, Juvenile all race in one event. Entry fees range from £5-£15. Details on British Cycling www.britishcycling.org.uk/ events/?series_id=283 Haigh Woodland Park, Haigh, Wigan, WN2 1PE

Wedding Open Evenings

Parbold Equestrian Centre, Bradshaw Lane, Wigan, WN8 7NQ. Tel: 01257 462814

Canal & Countryside Walk Wednesday, June 6, 7pm Enjoy a gentle three to four mile stroll along and around the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. For more info contact West Lancashire Footpath Group on 01695 421408 or visit www.westlancsfootpathgroup.org.uk The Boat House, Herons Wharf, Mill Lane, Appley Bridge, WN6 9DA.

Wed, May 30, 5pm-8pm (last Wed of the month until Wed, Nov 28, 5pm-8pm)

Pizza and a Pint

You’ve fallen in love with that special someone; now it’s time to find the perfect wedding venue. Meet the experienced and dedicated team who will work with you to ensure your day runs seamlessly.

Fri, June 8, Fri, July 13, Fri, Aug 10, 6pm-10pm

Macdonald Kilhey Court, Chorley Road, Standish, WN1 2XN. Tel: 0844 879 9045

Storybook Yoga Friday, June 1, 1pm-2pm and 3pm-4pm Join the team for classic stories, yoga and creative play. Stories are brought to life while learning a little yoga too. The Gruffalo is at 1pm and Green Eggs & Ham is at 3pm. Cost: £10 Suitable for one adult and one child, £5 for additional children via www. studiooneyoga.net/standishschedule Studio One Yoga, 1B, High Street, Standish, WN6 0HA. Tel: 01257 424855

The award winning Two Left Feet Tap is back. Enjoy slow proved sourdough wood fired pizza, while the beer sommelier pairs each menu with a selection of craft beer, hand crafted gins and fine wines. Two Left Feet Tap & Brewery, Haigh Hall, WN2 1PE. Tel: 07985 409365

Junior Sailing Courses Saturday, June 9, 1pm-4pm, to Saturday, June 30, 1pm-4pm (Saturday afternoons) The six week courses follow RYA and BCU training schemes for beginners in Sailing, Windsurfing and Kayaking. New participants will get free membership to the Tuesday evening activity club. To book, email outdooradventure@wlct.org or telephone 01942 828508 for more info. Cost: £60. Scotmans Flash, Rushdene, Wigan, WN3 5HJ. Tel: 01942 324870


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Artisan Market

The Post

Saturday, June 9, July 14, August 11, 10am-4pm

Sunday, June 10, 7pm

There’ll be stall holders selling organic meat and dairy, homemade artisan pies and cakes, arts and crafts, bespoke handmade children’s’ clothes, vintage traders, vinyl records and more. Free entry.

Based on true events and the Washington Post’s battle to uncover the truth about Vietnam. Starring Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks; directed by Steven Spielberg. All seats £4, and pay on the door. More info on: www.parboldpicturehouse.org

Wigan Auction House, Miry Lane, Wigan, WN6 7TG. Tel: 01942 230460

Parbold YFC Saturday, June 9, 3.30pm-11.59pm As a part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, Parbold YFC will be hosting an old-school type rally! There’ll be plenty of competitions from tug-of-war to machinery identification, and more. There’ll be a barbecue and then a ceilidh and disco to dance the night away! Fred A Ollerton, Home Farm, Back Lane, Appley Bridge, WN6 8RR. Tel: 01257 426683

Greyhound Walk Sunday, June 10, 11.30am-1pm Global groups of greyhound lovers will meet, walk and show what wonderful pets greyhounds are. This year’s theme is “Love Is All Around” - Fall in Love with a Greyhound. Please note: this walk is for Sighthounds only. To donate please visit www. greatglobalgreyhoundwalk.co.uk The Balcarres Arms at Aspull, 1 Copperas Lane, Haigh, WN2 1PA. Tel: 01942 833018

Sunday Sessions Sunday, June 10, 8pm-10.15pm; Sunday, July 22, 8pm-10.15pm Live music with Darren K Robinson who’ll be playing songs from six decades. Get your requests ready! The Black Bull, 25 Market Street, Standish, WN6 0HW. Tel: 01257 427161

Parbold Picture House, Parbold Village Hall, The Green, WN8 7DN. Tel: 01257 464333

Youth Group Explosion! Sat, Jun 16, Sat, Jul 21, Sat, Aug 18, 3pm-5pm For kids aged 9-13 to have fun, chat, relax, create crafts, debate, pray, enjoy indoor & outdoor games, tuck shop and more. All young people must be registered by an adult before entry. £1 entry. St Andrew’s Parish Centre, 120 Woodhouse Lane, Springfield, WN6 7LZ. Tel: 01942 741499

ARC in the Park Sunday, June 17, 11am-7.30pm Watch the VIVA L.A. COLDPLAY tribute band; No.1 Little Mix tribute band “A Touch of Little Mix,” and So Green - Liverpool Indie band. Tickets on sale now; £10 for adults; children 14 & under £5; toddlers free. Prices on the gate are £13 for adults and £7 for kids. Charity Farm Fisheries, Smithy Brow, Wrightington, WN6 9PP. Tel: 01257 451326

Canine Body Language Monday, June 18, 10am-5pm (9.30am registration) and Tuesday, June 19, 9.30am-5pm (9.30am registration) Learn how to read signals, sort out the meanings and use Canine Body Language in your interactions with your dog. Tickets are £149 from www.dog-andbone.co.uk/seminars/brenda-aloff-canine-bodylanguage-2018 Britannia Hotel Wigan, Almond Brook Road, Standish, WN6 0SR.


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Wigan Flower Club

Haigh Foodie Friday

Wed, June 20, Wed, Jul 18, Wed, Aug 15, 7.15pm

Friday, June 29, July 27, August 31, 6pm-10pm

Wigan Flower Club meets every third Wednesday of the month. Floral demonstrations are done by a qualified NAFAS demonstrator. There is Tea and Coffee on sale, a raffle and a trash and treasure stall. There is always a warm Wigan welcome to all.

Foodie Friday is back every month until October. There’ll be food from a variety of street food traders old and new. Free parking after 5pm and free entry; lots of music and dog friendly. Adventure Play, Adventure Golf and High Ropes Course open.

St Michael’s Hall, Shaw Street, Wigan, WN1 2BQ.

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE. Tel: 01942 828280

Summer Fair Saturday, June 23, 11am-2pm Raise money for much needed playground equipment for the school. There’s lots planned including: guest appearances (including Lightning McQueen), barbecue, bouncy castle and slide, donkey rides, face painting, Morris dancers, penalty shoot-out, plus many more stalls and games to play. Marus Bridge Primary School, Kelvin Grove, Marus Bridge, WN3 6SP. Tel: 01942 248129

Scrufts Dog Show Sunday, June 24, 11am-4pm Furry friends will be judged on waggiest tails, biscuit catching prowess, party tricks, cutest outfits, and more. With live music, street food, doggy demos, celebrity judges, and family activities. Entries are £3 from Haigh Kitchen Courtyard, with a percentage of profits going to an animal rescue charity. Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE. Tel: 01942 828280

Brass in the Park Sun, June 24, 1pm-3.15pm (Set 1: 1pm, Set 2: 2.30pm) Bring along your picnic, set your blanket on the ground and enjoy the music of local brass bands. An afternoon of traditional brass sounds by Standish Brass Band. A great, free family event. All Woodland Park attractions open as normal. Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE. Tel: 01942 828280

Midsummer Ball Saturday, June 30, 7pm for 7.30pm start, bar until 1am, carriages 1.30am Wigan MS Therapy Centre Ltd will be holding the ball to raise funds for their projects. Tickets are £30 and include live entertainment, DJ and a 3-course meal. Call 07702 025280 or 07759 735301 for details and tickets. The Marquee, DW Stadium, 15 Loire Dr, Wigan, WN5 0UH. Tel: 01942 774000

Masquerade Party Night Saturday, June 30, 7.30pm DJ Danny returns for another spectacular party night, filled with dinner and dancing until late. Bring your own liquid refreshments. Tickets are £15, and all profits go to ABCA reg. Charity 515110. Appley Bridge Community Centre, Appley Lane North, Wigan, WN6 9AQ.

Community Fete Saturday, June 30, 11am-4pm With stalls, rides, games, live music, food, craft fair, community info and more. Games, tug ‘o’ war, races and entertainment areas will be held on the Recreation Ground. For more info on how to get involved, email elaineellams@aol.com or for stall bookings shevingtonfete@outlook.com Gathurst Lane, Shevington, Wigan, WN6 8HW


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Special Service

Barking Mad Dog Festival

Saturday, July 7, 6pm-7pm

Saturday, July 14, 10am-6pm

A special day for Rector Andrew as he celebrates his 25th anniversary to the job. This is an open invitation for all to attend.

It’ll be a packed day family day out with displays, an agility race for you and your pooch, Flyball, dog show, Microchipping and health checks with one of the on-site vets. Grab a drink at the bar and your favourite food. Kids can spend their time on the fair and bouncy castle and slide.

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by Niamh Ollerton opposite side of the road; the path in is just past the last house on the that side of the road. We follow the main path through the woods until it takes us across Borsdane Brook and out on to Danes Avenue, where we turn left. Continue along Danes Avenue and turn right when you reach the main road, and on towards the junction of Market Street and Ladies Lane. Cross over Ladies Lane and turn left down Market Street until you reach Darby Lane (immediately after the Summat To Ate restaurant) where you turn right. It has to be said the most prominent stores available seemed to be antique shops, so if you’re


75 in the mood to go antiquing, I’d recommend a little browse to see what’s available. Follow Darby Lane through to its junction with Pennygate Close, where you go straight across and on to the public footpath. As you walk along the footpath you’ll see Hickory Brook to your left which is green and lush. Head along the footpath all the way up to the old railway footbridge, and when soaring up the bridge you’ll see two big beautiful lagoons on your left. You’d presume by the grandeur of the bridge it was once a station. 8

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76 Continue making your way down the beautifully broken cobbled road, on the downward slope which you would think was once a downward hill for handcarts or horses, then continue along to Hemfield Road, and turn left, following the rough road out on to Makerfield Way. There was a beautiful horse on the left of the fields where white birds were flying around making the setting look like something out of a film. Crossing over the road, go right to where the old road (now a public footpath) forks off to the left. This public footpath is a continuation of Hemfield Road, which you follow as it passes between industrial units and out and on to the other end of the street. Here turn left and head down Belle Green Lane to where it crosses National Cycle Route 55. Here we go right on to the cycle path for a short distance through the arch of trees which would be the perfect protection on a warm summer’s day, before taking the first right in to Kirkless Greenheart; which was once the site of Kirkless Iron & Steel Works. Follow the path in until you reach the top of the wooden steps. Here go left and take the path that heads up across rolling mounds along the ridge of the spoil heap. Admire the great green landscape


77 to your right, which features some trees similar to great green lollipops. But don’t get too close to the rock tops on the right hand side, there’s a great big fishing lake awaiting at the bottom.

over and head straight on to the public footpath, heading out across the fields and round into Borsdane Wood, where you’ll take the path down to the right.

At the far end you are rewarded with views over the canal locks and across Wigan. Now take great care in descending from your viewpoint down to the canal lock – you’ll pick up some momentum at the end like I did – where you cross over and turn right, heading up past the locks. Here you will see the canal in all its glory, where the rippling effects of the water are so calming.

As you head into the wood you’ll be parallel to the water which is idyllic, Borsdane Wood is an amazing example of ancient woodland, featuring natural history as it was 7,000 years ago when Britain was covered with native trees. It was very atmospheric with birds chirping, with beams of light breaking through the gaps of the spindly trees that almost marry each other reaching up to the light.

As you wander up, look out for Kirkless Hall, an old Tudor style building on your left. After that you’ll pass under Cale Lane, via a bridge which was built in 1816. Peter being a good few inches taller than I am quipped ‘I think people were smaller back then.’

Following the path back to the tunnel under the railway line, where you’ll continue along the road, round to the left and back to your starting point.

You’ll pass by Kirkless Hall Inn which I’m sure does a killing in the summer until finally emerging onto Withington Lane at Top Lock, where you go right, heading over the two canal bridges. You’ll wander past some beautiful pristine cottages. Once you pass the long row of white pained terrace houses, look out for the bridleway on your right. Take this path and follow it through Hindley Hall Golf Club to Hall Lane, where you take the left fork in the drive. On reaching the main road, cross

This walk certainly gets more beautiful with every passing step, and with a companion by your side to help you put the world to right, it’ll be a very pleasant and enjoyable stroll. 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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he E-Pace is diminutive when compared with the F-Pace, and it doesn’t look much like it. It has more in common with the Range Rover Evoque, because it uses the same chassis. There are other Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) models rolled into the mix, too. The new SUV’s headlights are reminiscent of the two-seater Jaguar F-Type, possibly hinting at the athletic potential of the E-Pace. There are two petrols and three diesels on offer. I drove the most potent diesel, the D240 twin-turbo. As the numbers in its name suggest, the SUV churns out 240PS, and it’s fitted with an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive only. There are a couple of model line-ups: regular and R-Dynamic; the latter of which gets twin tailpipes, front fog-lights and bodycoloured door cladding. Then there are four trim levels within each range. I drove the ‘S’ trim in R-Dynamic form, which boasts fat alloys, navigation, electrically-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery.


79 Behind the wheel, the E-Pace isn’t mindblowing, but it’s very good - as far as small SUVs go. The car’s steering weights up well at speed and the baby Jaguar feels planted, inspiring some confidence in corners. Zero to 62mph is achieved in 7.4 seconds and the top speed is 139mph. Unsurprisingly, I found myself enjoying lacing the E-Pace down Corsican roads; perhaps even more so than if I’d been at the tiller of a German-made machine. The jewel in the E-Pace’s crown is undoubtedly its ride quality. The car feels refined on every road surface, behaving better than an SUV has any entitlement to, even at a snail’s pace. Potholes are soaked up so well that there are times when you wonder if the Jaguar has metamorphized into a hovercraft. The D240 produces just a smidgeon of diesel clatter on start-up, but it soon settles. Give it the beans with your right foot, though, and the oil-burning musical score returns. To be fair, the car’s sound insulation masks this most of the time, to the point where you start to question which fuel type the Jaguar drinks. The E-Pace’s ZF nine-speed automatic ‘box changes smoothly, and on the R-Dynamic, gearshift paddles make things more fun. Rather than staying in ‘auto’ mode, you can dance through the cogs yourself using the shifters behind the steering wheel. The cabin is a lovely place to spend time. It’s even grin-inducing at times, with neat touches, like the ‘cub’ image in the windscreen frame helping to raise a smile. The general effect is elegant enough, with skilfully placed sections of leather and double stitching to remind you you’re in a quality motor. Only some hunks of dark plastic here and there rain on the parade.

Room-wise, you’re laughing in an E-Pace. The car will sit four-up, no problem, and tall occupants in the back seat won’t have cause to moan about legroom or headroom. There’s plenty of that. The practical side of things continues to the Jaguar’s boot. At 577 litres, it offers more cargo capacity than most other small SUVs. And things become positively van-like with the rear seats folded down. In place of human cargo, there’s 1,234 litres to knock yourself out with. JLR has every right to look like ‘the cat that got the cream’ with this fresh product. The E-Pace will be popular, no doubt about it. It has a near-flawless mix of comfort, practicality, power and refinement. Not every premium compact SUV can do that.

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ront gardens can be challenging, sometimes small spaces with awkward aspects. A front garden however is an opportunity to show your property off to its best and be a welcoming site, for visitors and for people coming home at the end of a long day. It can be tricky to get it right but the following ideas may be helpful. Plant a cheerful climber near your front door in a container. Few climbers do well in pots however there are some compact varieties of Clematis which do. Clematis ‘Cezanne’ (blue flowers) and ’Chantilly’ (pale pink flowers) are two. Height is important in a front garden. Try and incorporate at least one half standard (Lollipop tree). Laurus nobilis (Bay) is popular although be aware it does not tolerate cold, shade or wind. Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ is a much tougher option plus you get the added bonus of scented flowers in winter. Consider the amount of maintenance your design and planting will need. If you’re like me I prefer to do my pottering in the privacy of my back garden so keep your front garden simple, that way it will only need a tidy up every now and then.

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Scent is important in a front garden and is really welcoming. For a shady spot try Sarcococca confusa. A smallish evergreen shrub, which produces the most wonderfully scented white flowers in winter and if your front garden is sunny, well you can’t beat Lavender. Large pots are a great way of brightening up the front garden – used to frame a front door is a classic statement. Get large ones and half fill with gravel – the plants will get good drainage and the pots are less likely to go missing overnight! Evergreen structure is important too, so that the garden looks good in all seasons. Buxus sempervirens (Box) is brilliant for this and tolerates shade well. My favourite flowering plant for this time of year – Lavender! Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ is great for low hedging and ‘Munstead’ has the best scent. Just remember to trim it after flowering in early September to stop the plant looking like Hubby does after a few glasses of wine – tired and straggly!

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