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Wigan North Edition

Jun/Jul 2013

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uzanna’s Pub and Restaurant is a beautiful restaurant and pub (formerly known as Gallaghers) only five minutes drive from the A49 at Standish. After a full and sympathetic refurbishment, Suzanna’s opened for business in September 2011, and has already gained a regular clientele from both near and far. The pub is open every day and food is served every day except Monday. A single menu ranges from pub classics such as fish and chips, burgers and sandwiches to full three-course à la carte dining. Vegetarian options are a specialty, as is our Sunday afternoon Roast. Real ale beer and a range of lagers are available, as well as an extensive wine list. Happy Hour (heavily reduced drink prices) runs every afternoon. Suzanna’s is also available for private functions and conferences, with a complete range of set menus and buffets and full audio-visual facilities. We also run special evening events from time to time, for example a Royal Ascot Ladies Day on the afternoon of Thursday 20th June. Full details of this and all our events and functions are listed on our website.

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Heinz Surprise

In this issue

To paraphrase Forrest Gump, a life watching Latics is like having a ‘Heinz Surprise’ for your tea – you never know what you’re going to get!

22 Too Good to be True? 34 Effortless Fun! 50 What’s On 52 Puzzle Corner 54 First & Last – Derek Acorah 57 Your Pets 60 Jack Track’s visit Martin 64 Garden Diary 67 Recipe of the Month – Bailey’s Ice Cream 68 Win Family Tickets to Farmer Ted’s 70 Test Drive – The Ford Eco 72 Saving Money with Martin Lewis 73 Motoring 74 Good Traders Section 76 Useful Numbers

I’m sat here on the morning after the Arsenal match wondering where it all went wrong, but let’s face it, it’s been a hell of a rise for Wigan Athletic, which culminated in that unbelievable FA Cup Final win against City! Every neutral supporter in the land was supporting Wigan that day and Latics did the town proud! The pundits will rightly point out that the team’s inconsistency was the reason why Wigan were relegated, but that’s history now. Relegation isn’t the end of the story, just a blip in the history of the club that, let’s not forget, were in the Northern Premier League just 35 years ago, playing the likes of Runcorn and Buxton. Their biggest challenges lie ahead and we wish them all the very best for next season. Anyway, we got really excited earlier this month when we realised that Local Life was about to turn five years old, but even that news was eclipsed when we found out that the first Local Life baby was on the way! Residents of Wigan Road in Standish beware - because if this baby’s got a pair of lungs anything like his mum, then your sleep patterns are going to be severely disrupted from October for some time to come! Seriously though, best wishes to our resident journalist, Nicola Gray and her husband Ben on their fantastic news!

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Celidh For a night out with a difference, come along to the Celidh being held on Monday 24th June at St Teresa’s Church Hall in College Road in Up Holland. The event is being held by members of the Thistle Society, which is a local Scottish Country Dancing Group. You can look forward to music and singing, displays of Highland and Scottish dancing and you’ll also be able to shake a leg on the dance floor as well! Bring a bowl of food for the table and join with others for supper. There is a bar at the venue. The cost is £2 for adults and £1 for children and payment can be made on the door.

Brass Band Concert On Sunday 7th July, at 2pm, Pemberton Old Wigan DW Band is holding a concert at The Rose Club, Atherton Road in Hindley. The concert will comprise of performances from all three Pemberton Old Wigan DW bands. The Youth band, conducted by John DonDuncan, will start off events, followed by the ‘B’ Band, conducted by Peter Ashley. The concert will conclude with a performance from the Senior Band, who currently play in the National Championship section. If you would like to come along to the event, tickets will cost £8 for adults, £6 over 60’s and £3 for children under 16. Visit the website at www.pembertonoldwigan.co.uk for details.

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Petition Plea Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has waded into the row about the Planning Inspector’s decision to allow further housing development in the Rectory Lane area of Standish, where plans are in place for an additional 1,000 homes. Criticising the decision of the Inspector, Ms Nandy has backed a petition – Save Standish Greenbelt - started by George Davies which currently has approximately 400 signatures of people who oppose the development. A similar petition – Save Standish – was initiated by Gareth Fairhurst and has a similar number of people opposed to the plans. To sign the two petitions online, visit www.ipetitions.com and search the term ‘Standish’.


Choir Call

Glorious Gathurst

St. John the Divine Church in Pemberton is looking for anyone who is interested in joining the Church Choir. The church is looking for Sopranos, Tenors and Bass singers, and also for anyone who can sing Alto (male or female). They would also like to hear from boys and girls over the age of 11 years. You do not need to be a trained singer and you will have help with reading the music.

If you’re a regular visitor to Manchester or Southport by rail, then the chances are that you’re familiar with the positive changes being made to Gathurst Station. For the past 12 months, the volunteers at Shevington & District in Bloom have been working to improve the Southport-bound platform at Gathurst Railway Station.

The Choir sing at the 10 am Sunday Eucharist every week and are required to sing at special services throughout the Church’s Calendar. The Choir also sing at baptisms on the first Sunday of the month at 11.15am. If you’re interested, then do come along to choir practice which starts at 7.30pm every Thursday at the church, which is based on Church Street in Pemberton or call Anne or David on 01942 621701.

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The In Bloom group would like to start a Friends of Gathurst Station group to continue the work there and maintain the work already completed. A meeting will be held at 3pm on Friday 14th June in Shevington Library to assess the interest in forming a Friends of Gathurst Station group, and the meeting will hear from Sheila Davidson from Friends of Hindley Station, who will detail how they began their Hindley group and the progress they have made since. For a sneak preview of the efforts made by Friends of Hindley Station visit http://fohs.sharepoint.com/.

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Family Fun Day A family fun day in aid of charity will take place this Sunday (26th May) at the New Inn and The Crown in Bentinck Street, Goose Green. The fun day starts at 1pm and the event is in aid of the Neuroblastoma Alliance UK, on behalf of Braiden-Lee Prescott, a 3 year old Wigan boy suffering from cancer. Activities on the day include a mobile party bus, live music, a bouncy castle, face painting, stocks and a waxathon! There will also be an auction and a raffle to raise money for the charity and the prizes and lots on offer include a VIP day with the Red Arrows, VIP tickets to Bliss, tickets to Chester Races, tickets to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, a signed Wigan Athletic shirt, and a signed Wigan Warriors rugby ball. Entry is free and refreshments will also be available. Don’t miss it!

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Summer Fair

Flower Club

Fun for all the family is promised at Newfold School in Orrell when the Friends of Newfold hold their annual Summer Fair on Sunday June 23rd. There’s all the traditional favourites on offer such as tombolas, a craft stall, lucky dips, a coconut shy, the hook a duck stall, face painting and tattoos. There will be a 2nd hand uniform stall, a rock shop and a fossil hunt.

Put a bit of colour into your life and visit the Parbold & District Flower Club who meet at Parbold Village Hall on the second Wednesday afternoon of every month (except August, December & January). The meetings start at 1.30pm and finish as approximately 4pm. The next meeting is on Wednesday 12th June and the guest will be Diane Fair from Chester who will be doing a demonstration called ‘Solace of the Sun’.

In addition though, there are a range of activities that are guaranteed to wear out the most active of kids; an assault course, a bungee run, a bouncy castle, the crossbar challenge and zorbs – the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off! DJ Danny will provide the entertainment, and there will also be a wide range of refreshments including a cake stall, a barbeque and a bar. The event runs from 11am-2pm on Saturday June 23rd – Don’t miss it!

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New members and visitors are welcome. So come along and visit the club, it’s an opportunity to make new friends, have a friendly chat and a cup of tea or coffee during the break. Should you like to learn more, the club also runs optional member workshops to encourage the art of flower arranging. If you would like to know more about the club please call Eileen Martin 01704 893124.

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Summer Fayre The folks of the Parent Teacher Association at Marus Bridge Primary School are holding their annual Summer Fayre at the school in Kelvin Grove on Saturday 22nd June from 11am to 2pm, and what an event it’s going to be! In addition to the usual stalls, there will be fairground rides, a bouncy slide and donkey rides too. In attendance on the day will be a fire engine and the police. There will be a BBQ for those feeling a bit peckish and lots of fabulous prizes to be won in the raffle and the tombola. The Fayre runs from 11am-2pm, so do come along and bring the family too! Admission is just 30p per person. Any donations of prizes from businesses or individuals for raffle prizes will be welcomed, however small and regardless of value. If you’re willing to donate to this event in anyway please contact either Victoria Borrett on 07730 507769 or Sharon Damary on 07985 130518.

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Wigan’s Mega Irish Festival is taking place this weekend (24th, 25th, 26th May) at The Orwell in Wigan. The weekend consists of three days of Irish entertainment starting on Friday night and is organised by The Ryans, a top Irish Band voted Best Duo by the Irish Music Association. The festival will include singing, dancing, and a Gaelic football exhibition match. Stalls will sell CD’s DVD’s, jewellery and Irish foods. For more details visit www.theryansirishband.co.uk.

The WRVS at Wigan Infirmary is in desperate need of volunteers (male or female) to man the shop at this busy hospital. If you can spare 4 hours a week between the hours of 7.30am-8pm on weekdays or between 12.30pm-4.30pm at weekends and you enjoy meeting people and making a difference, then the WRVS would love to hear from you. All travel expenses will be paid. If you can help, please call the WRVS on 01942 822453.

Musicians Wanted If you are interested in learning to play a brass instrument, or already an established player, then Pemberton Old Wigan DW Band could be the place for you. The organisation is currently looking to recruit players across the three bands. The Senior band who play in the National Championship section, ‘B’ Band playing in the 2nd Section and also a youth band, comprising of around 30 children. Don’t worry if you do not own an instrument, the band are able to provide free use from their own supply. If you are interested, please visit the website at www. pembertonoldwigan.co.uk.

Spring Fair The Standish Royal British Legion is holding their Spring Fair at Standish Community Centre on Church Street in Standish this Saturday (25th May). This table top sale runs from 10am-2pm, so do pop in and pick up a bargain! Admission is free and refreshments are available too.

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Daddy’s Duck Race A four year old Wigan boy is planning a charity duck race in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice two years after his father passed away. The event will be held along the Leeds Liverpool Canal at the Wigan Investment Centre, to generate funds for the hospice, where little Corey Coggins receives support and guidance. The charity event, which will take place on Sunday 30th June, will also aim to raise awareness of Bowel Cancer, the illness that claimed the life of Corey’s dad, Ric Coggins, when Corey was just two years old. The toddler suggested the fundraising idea to his mum, Carrie Coggins, whilst watching a duck race on one of his favourite TV shows, Mr Tumble. Ric, a local PR executive, was diagnosed at 32 and lost his fight just ten months later. Corey is appealing to individuals and businesses to purchase a duck to take part in one of two races throughout the event. The ducks cost just £2 each for the family races, whilst ducks for the corporate race can be purchased by local businesses for only £25. The races will take place between 12pm and 4pm, there will also be plenty of family fun on offer with fairground style events, charity stalls, a range of refreshments, music and much more. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for each race which Corey hopes will be donated by local businesses.

Carrie said: “From the day he was diagnosed Ric wanted to raise awareness of the disease in order to prevent others going through what he had to. By fulfilling Corey’s fantastic idea of a duck race, we hope to raise as much awareness of bowel cancer as possible and honour Ric by carrying out one of his last wishes and keeping his memory alive. All funds raised from the event will be donated to Wigan and Leigh Hospice. Wigan and Leigh Hospice provides specialist care, for those who are living with a life-limiting illness, to over 1000 people every year. It is a registered charity in its Pearl Anniversary year, that has to raise over £4,500 daily from charitable sources. The ducks are now on sale and are available to purchase online at www.daddysduckrace.co.uk To keep up to date with the event and find out more about what will be happening on the day please follow @ DaddysDuckRace on Twitter or like www.facebook. com/riccogginscharityball on Facebook.

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Car Boot

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A Car Boot is being held this Saturday (25th May) at St Bernadette’s School on Church Lane in Shevington. The event runs from 9am-12 noon and will be inside the school if the weather is wet. Proceeds go to parish funds and local charities. If you fancy having a clear out then pre-booking is £7 per car and an ‘on the day’ booking will set you back £8. For details, please call 01257 425347.

Now that the weather’s a bit warmer, local walking group Wigan Walkers have renewed their popular Pub Walks series. The next walk leaves from the Robin Hood pub on Sandy Lane in Orrell on Tuesday 11th June, when the group will completes a 2 hour evening walk in the Orrell area. The group complete a pub walk every Tuesday in summer; see the website www. wiganwalkers.com for details.

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Wigan Walkers also take part in coach rambles, and the ramble this month is on Sunday the 30th June when the group visits Keswick in beautiful Borrowdale in the Lake District. There will be a choice of 3 different walks for you to choose from.

Bring the children along to Parbold Library on Friday 31st May and join in with the Kindermusik Playdate. The kids can discover their favourite stories come to life through music, singing and dance. The playdate will take place from 10.30am-11.15am and is suitable for 0-5 year olds.

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Formula Fun For fun on wheels for all the family, check out the Formula Fun event being held at the Three Sisters Race Circuit on Monday 10th June between 3pm-8pm. Cars and motorbikes are not allowed to this special event – it’s just bikes, bikes and more bikes!

Family Day The Independent Living Family Day will take place at Pennington Flash in Leigh on Saturday 29th June. The day will highlight the resources available for disabled people living in Wigan Borough. Although the organisers will be addressing some very serious issues, they promise that the day will be a fun way to obtain lots of advice - a fun-filled informative day for all families in the local community and a great day out. Entertainment includes singers, wrestlers, children’s fairground, school choirs, birds of prey and lots more. There will be refreshments and a beer tent available, and Wish FM will be presenting on the day. The event is free of charge and runs from 11am-4pm.

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Too Good to be True? Just imagine that someone stopped you in the street and offered to replace the old banger you’ve been driving around in with a new Mercedes. After checking you weren’t expected to swallow drugfilled condoms and drive the car through the nearest customs point, you’d snatch their hand off wouldn’t you? After all, it sounds too good to be true. But there are exceptions to every rule and, boy oh boy, there is a new Government scheme called ECO which drives a boiler-sized hole through that theory! Not only can those who qualify get a brand spanking new Worcester Bosch boiler with a seven year guarantee, but they can also get loft insulation, solid wall insulation and other improvements free too!

So what’s this ECO scheme all about? The ECO scheme is part of the Green Deal initiative and it’s all to do with reducing carbon emissions from the UK’s housing stock. The Government has to reduce the UK’s total carbon emissions and are working with the big energy companies to make homes more energy efficient. ECO helps low income households living in areas of higher fuel poverty to become more energy efficient and lower their heating bills. And even if you don't qualify for a 100% boiler grant, ECO can provide a loan, as an alternative, enabling you to carry out energy efficient home improvements at no upfront cost.

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Check the list below to see if you qualify for free energy saving measures; Are you receiving state pension credit? Are you receiving income related benefits, with a child and a household income of less than £15,860? Are you receiving disability benefits, with a household income of less than £15,860? You must live in your own home or be a private tenant (Not Housing Association), or you must be the Landlord of someone who meets the qualifying criteria. If you have ticked any of the above boxes, you are eligible for free energy saving measures, though your boiler must be 8+years old (or G rated) to qualify for a free replacement boiler. Other energy saving measures available to you include cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and boiler repairs. If you’re not eligible yourself, then have a think about your friends and family – could they benefit from ECO? You’d be doing them a massive favour by alerting them to the scheme as soon as possible. If you remember, the Government has got a track record with this kind of stuff. Extremely generous ‘feed-in’ tariffs were on for those householders who installed solar panels, until the take up rate went through the stratosphere and they cut the tariff for new applicants to the scheme because it was costing the country too much. So you need to act now to take advantage of this offer; One of the best known local companies involved in the ECO scheme is Shevington-based F.G. Welch Ltd. Established in 1985, FG Welch Ltd has brought warmth to thousands of Wigan homes and has a reputation


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History & Hotpot Come along to Mesnes Park in Wigan for a history event that includes a hotpot! You’ll be taken on a short history walk around the park and you’ll be able to find out all about the restoration of this handsome Victorian legacy. The walk will be followed by a hot pot lunch in the Pavilion. If you have any mementos of the park, then please bring them along and share them with others. The event runs from 10am-12pm on Wednesday 29th May, and the cost is £4 which includes the hotpot lunch. Booking for this event is essential – please call 01942 487098.

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The plotline for The Audience is based around Queen Elizabeth and the weekly meetings she holds with successive Prime Ministers; the story imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen, and charts the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Admission cost is £12.50 and the show starts at 7pm.

Lunch Club The Audience National Theatre Live is a ground-breaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas around the world. Each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre and cameras are carefully positioned throughout the theatre to ensure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time. The Parbold Picture House is part of this project and the next production is screened on Thursday 13th June at the Village Hall in Parbold. The production which is broadcast live from London’s Gielgud Theatre is The Audience, starring Helen Mirren. The show recently made headlines when Ms Mirren stepped out of character, and out of the cinema itself, to admonish drummers on the street for making too much noise.

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Trekkers Walk Coming up shortly is the annual fundraiser for Wigan and Leigh Hospice – Star Trekkers. Each year around 600 people take part in this special evening under the stars and raise approximately £40,000 for the Hospice in the process. This year’s walk takes place on Saturday 8th June and there’s a choice of an 8-mile route or a 5-mile route for those who want something a little less strenuous. Everyone who makes it back is welcomed with a medal. The Hospice, who have just received £510,000 from the Department of Health towards their new £1.5m new outreach facility, is also looking for volunteers to help make the evening run more smoothly - people to work as marshals, man stalls, distribute items to walkers and help us with the pit stop. For more information about

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Summer Fair Mark Saturday 29th June in your diary folks, because that’s when Wood Fold Primary School is holding their annual Summer Fair! The event takes place at the school on Green Lane in Standish and runs from 2pm-4pm. Entry is free and stalls include a Play your Cards Right stall, a Fizzy Wheel stall, a Can Hoopla and an Alcoholic Hoopla. Forget your usual Sunday roast too because refreshments, including a BBQ, are available at the event and other attractions include a bouncy castle, a tombola, a raffle and face painting.

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Summer Ball Dressing up, having lots of fun and raising money for a worthwhile charity. Sounds like a great night out doesn’t it? Then don’t miss the ChildLine Midsummer Ball which is taking place on Saturday 15th June 2013 in the Lion of Vienna Suite at the De Vere Whites Hotel in Horwich. Tickets for the Ball will cost £49, which includes a Champagne and Pimms reception and a four course dinner. Music and dancing will be provided by the fabulous Stephen Bayliss and Janette Monroe. There will also be an auction, raffle and casino tables on the night. ChildLine was launched in 1986 as the first national helpline for children in the world and since that launch, ChildLine has counselled over one million children. In 2006, the charity became part of the NSPCC. All proceeds from the event will be used locally to support

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Ladies Night A charity night in aid of the British Heart Foundation will take place at the Pemberton Central Labour Club in Enfield Street, Pemberton on Friday 21st June, starting at 7pm. The main highlight will be a fashion show from by Kat Lou Chelle Online Boutique, and clothing from the boutique will be available on the night. Also in attendance will be numerous stalls including a Halsa Healing stall, a bag stall, cup cake stall, jewellery stall, handmade card stall and more. Tickets are £5 and includes a buffet. To buy your ticket contact Kate or Michelle on 07716 255055.

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Get Active – by Peter Bretherton

Effortless Fun Wouldn’t it be great if you could jump on a bike and enjoy long lazy summer days exploring local places of interest and the beauty of West Lancashire, without getting all hot, sweaty and out of breath? With an e-bike you can do exactly this, so here I am on a sunny Wednesday morning outside UCYCLE2 at Heskin Old Hall Farm, off Half Penny Lane in Heskin. I’m here with my work mate Sally to take two of UCYCLE2’s electric bikes out for the day and give you a taste of e-biking. I’ve been cycling regularly for twenty five years and in addition to cycling to work most days, I also go on 60 mile rides most weekends. In complete contrast, Sally hasn’t been on a bike for years.

Instant Smiles We are given a quick explanation of the controls and within no time at all we’re off, heading towards Croston. A mile into the ride and I’ve still got the bike set at 3 out of a possible 6 levels of assist, whilst Sally has upped her bike to level 5 and she’s whizzing along!. After a quick stop to take some photos in Croston we’re off again and soon on a quiet back road that winds its way past Bretherton and into the little hamlet of Sollom. From Sollom we take the A59 south, at which point Sally decides to try out assist level 6. This doesn’t require any peddling at all and before I know it there’s a gap of about 40 metres between us and I’m struggling like crazy to keep up! We make short work of the 2 miles to Rufford Old Hall, reaching the dizzy speed of 17 mph! Here we lock the bikes up next to the car park attendant’s hut and take a look around. Now this place is well worth a visit and meandering around the outside of the Hall gives you chance to stretch your legs. If you’re feeling a little parched at this point you can take advantage of the excellent tearoom and there are toilets there too. Back at the bikes I check the battery level on the display and it’s still almost full, whilst Sally has only used a little more. The bikes have a range of around 20 to 25 miles on a full charge, without the need to peddle at all; great for commuting, going to the shops or just exploring the countryside. And if the battery does run out you still have a good range of gears to ride back home in at your own pace. From Rufford Old Hall we continued on to our planned lunch stop at The Owd Barn Farm Café to enjoy some great food and

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We were greeted by Sue at UCYCLE2, who remarked that everyone returns with a big smile on their face …and she’s not kidding. I’ve never been paid to have so much fun before, and both Sally and I are really impressed with the e-bikes and what they have to offer; all the benefits of cycling without the sweat and shortness of breath. I rode the Batribike Granite and Sally rode the Batribike Diamond. If you’d like more information about e-bikes then do contact UCYCLE2.

lovely hospitality. To our delight there are cycle parking hoops there too, so you can lock the bikes up safely. 30 minutes later we’re fully refuelled and heading towards Parbold. We took the long way round though, taking a quiet back road through Hoscar and Newburgh. Entering Parbold we head for the old windmill to take a look at the Mill House Gallery. After a quick tour we’re off again, this time heading towards Mawdesley and Cedar Farm. It doesn’t matter if you’re 17 or 70, going uphill on assist level 6 is a piece of cake…which is exactly what we enjoyed when we got to the café at Cedar Farm. Again, there are cycle parking hoops available to lock up the bikes whilst you’re browsing. We are on the last leg of the journey and there’s now just 1½ miles back to UCYCLE2. After winding our way along more quiet lanes we soon arrive back at Heskin Old Hall Farm.

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Ride Directions Leaving UCYCLE2 take a right out of the farm and head down to the bottom of Tannersmith Lane. Go left, then immediately right into Sid Brook Lane. Entering Croston go left on reaching the A581. Where the road takes a sharp left, go straight on into Station Road and up to mini roundabout, turning left onto the B5249. Before reaching the village of Bretherton turn left into Back Lane. At Sollom turn left onto the A59 and after about 2 miles turn left into Rufford Old Hall. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst cycling. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the ride 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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Singing Workshop If you can hold a tune with the best of them and you’d like to develop your singing voice further, then you’ll be interested in an open day workshop which is being held in June by the Wigan Community Choir. This fabulous whole day open workshop is being led by singers from the Glaswegian folk singing group Muldoon’s Picnic who sing a cappella style. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their ability to sing this catchy style of music with confidence and to improve their

general singing and performance skills. Muldoon’s Picnic will perform a range of folk music during the day and the workshop will conclude with a short concert, by participants for family and friends. The cost is just £6 per person (£4 concessions), but prior booking is essential as places are strictly limited. The event will be held on Saturday 8th June between 10am- 4pm at Sacred Heart Primary School on Springfield Road in Wigan. There are no requirements to be a member of a choir or to be able to read music. For more details about the day please contact Jo Hunt on 01942 824923 or email wigancommunitychoir@hotmail.com.

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Art Exhibition The Standish Art Group is holding an exhibition at the Great House Information Centre in Rivington Lane in Horwich from June 30th to August 3rd. The paintings displayed will be of various styles and media with most of the artwork for sale. Entrance is free. For opening times, call 01204 691549.

Summer Fayre Appley Bridge Pensioners Social Club is having a Summer Fayre on Wednesday 12th June at 2pm in the village hall, which is located on Appley Lane North in Appley Bridge. There will be many stalls, selling cakes, plants, gifts and more. Refreshments will be available and there will also be a tombola. Admission is free. For details, contact Mrs Clare Melling on 01257 255108.

Summer Concert Wigan Choral Society, a mixed choir, will perform a Summer Concert of madrigals and part-songs, instrumental solos and duets on Saturday 8th June from 7:30pm. The concert takes place at Trinity United Reformed Church in Milton Grove in Wigan. Tickets are £8, concessionaries pay £7 and children are admitted for £3 – to buy your tickets please call 01942 830766.

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Your Health - by Dr Mike Paull Chiropractor

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surprise you to learn that there are many charities whose professional clowns regularly visit hospitals to entertain children in cancer wards.

As you will be aware, I always take the health of both readers of this column and my patients very seriously. That said, I believe in finding light hearted, even, fun ways to improve one’s health. With this in mind, I’d like you to have a look at how good laughter is for your general health and well being.

Laughter is a profound tonic and restorative for our psychological and emotional well-being. It’s easy to appreciate that whilst you are laughing, it is difficult to be afflicted by the more negative emotions such as anxiety, worry, stress and sadness. Laughter is a natural way to relieve stress and tension. It is not for nothing that we laugh at those situations in life which can be difficult to face.

I think that we all are intuitively aware of how good laughter is for us. We are all familiar (I hope) with how good we feel after hearing an amusing tale or watching our favourite stand-up comic. I believe that it’s a very basic human need to laugh and smile and I certainly encourage this with my patients (though how funny they would say I am is another matter entirely). As a treatment for physical pain, laughter is second to none. Groucho Marx is famously reputed to have said “A clown is like an aspirin except that it works twice as fast.” It is well known that laughter releases endorphins, which are the body’s own rather powerful yet natural painkillers. These endorphins exert pain relieving effects on the parts of our brain which perceive pain. Even in serious ill health such as cancer, laughter still has a role to play alongside conventional medicine. It may

The prevention of ill health can also be achieved with the use of laughter, with many studies showing that it (even in a laboratory setting would you believe!) boosts immunity via the activity of certain chemicals in your body which fight disease such as infection. So how do we best receive our dose(s) of laughter? I think most of us instinctively know that any joke is much funnier when shared with someone else, and so I would say try to make sure that someone else is quite literally infected with your laughter! Your prescription might include watching or visiting a comedy show, doing a childish activity with your kids (they know how to laugh), or watching some comedy. Go with whatever tickles you! Keep laughing and keep healthy, Dr Mike Paull, Chiropractor

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Money & Investments - by David K Barton APFS Cert CII(MP)

Avoiding Investment Mistakes In Retirement Do you manage your own investments and have you been happy with their performance? Whilst investors have endured a roller coaster ride over the last few years the investment fundamentals have remained unchanged. There are a number of common errors that investors make and therefore I thought it useful to familiarise Local Life readers with just a few of the mistakes that investors often make when attempting to manage their money.

Investment Objectives and Portfolio Strategy

Time Horizons

Overlooking Unintended Risk Factors

How long do you think you will live? Usually investors are far too conservative which can be a problem when planning their futures. With medical treatment becoming far more effective most people are now living far longer than they imagine they will. Clearly the danger is that funds will be depleted before their lives are over. It is important to have a sound financial strategy that will provide stability and provide income needs throughout ones life.

Managing a diversified portfolio of assets can be fraught with hidden risks. Too often portfolios are overexposed to certain risk factors that were never properly recognised. Unintended concentration produces excess risk. This exposes a portfolio to larger fluctuations and the possibility of accelerated losses. Factors such as sector, country, currency all play a roll in a sensibly

Aligning your objectives with your portfolio strategy is critical to determining your long term investment success. A common error is misjudging risk .Generally, the longer the investment time horizon, the more risk one is able to take on. Too many investors focus on short term volatility rather than long term probabilities of achieving their objectives. Those with a short time horizon objective that overly expose themselves to risk can create a real danger of asset loss during a short term period of volatility which can put their entire financial future in jeopardy.

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diversified portfolio. Quite often two different securities that “on the face of it” appear different can have similar correlation and consequently market factors such as interest rate movements or commodity price changes can affect both holdings in the same way. Too high a concentration of any of these can expose your assets to risks you never intended Ignoring Global Markets As a result of globalisation there are a significant number of investment opportunities to take advantage of. Try not to make the common mistake of sticking to the domestic market. If you suffer from a home country bias (even with diversification across different sectors) the returns are still in part linked to the overall economic performance and political climate of the

your assets. Investing abroad can help strengthen your portfolio by creating a larger pool of opportunities from which to find worthy investments. Over Confidence It is only natural to experience emotional fluctuations as you watch the ups and downs of the market each day, after all it’s your financial future. This can cloud judgement and hamper the ability to make rational decisions. Many investors focus on their successes and forget the mistakes they have made. Creating these barriers that block mistakes and over exaggerate success can build an air of over confidence. This may lead to taking on excessive portfolio risk. That is why it is vital to create an environment that is detached from emotion, one that relies on data and impartial analysis to make the right decisions for your financial future. Have you made any of these mistakes? It is very difficult to avoid all of the investment pitfalls – even for the most experienced of investors. Many investors simply do not have the time or resource to process the vast amount of data available and then to apply it to their personal investment requirement. If you need help please do not hesitate to give us a call.

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Competition Winners The lucky winners of our competition to win family tickets for Gulliver’s World were Tracey Lloyd from Heyes Street in Appley Bridge (pictured with daughter Poppie Jayne), Mr Groombridge from Dowling Close in Standish Lower Ground, Cyril Barnett from Whitley Crescent in Wigan and Vicki Loftus from Harswell Close in Orrell. Well done to all the winners! You can win a family ticket to Farmer Ted’s, the children’s activity park near Ormskirk, in this month’s competition; check out the details on pages 68 and 69 of this magazine.

Social Night All Saint’s Church in Appley Bridge is holding a Social Night in June to raise money for church funds. The night takes place on Friday 14th June at the school hall of All Saints School on Finch Lane. Running from 7pm10pm, the evening will involve a talent show, a quiz, a sandwich supper and a raffle. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £1 for children and you’ll need to bring your own drinks for the event. For more information on the evening, please visit the church’s website at www. allsaintschurch.co.uk.

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Accountancy - by Chris Alcock ACMA

Hands-on Guide to the Budget This month we are reviewing the recent budget and looking at how this will impact you. 1 Personal Allowances increase to £9,440 for everyone from 6th April 2013. It is important to check that you have the correct tax code on your wage slip. From April 2014 this will rise to £10,000! 2 Child benefit to be partly removed – There are important rule changed from 06 January 2013 that will affect you. Where at least one person earns over £50,000 you could end up having to pay back some of the money you have received. 3 Changes to Child Tax Credits – Payments depend on your circumstances and the thresholds have changed. If you are unsure about how these changes may affect your please contact us for advice. 4 Company Car Drivers – The tax paid on the benefit of having a company car will increase. There are incentives for choosing a car with low CO2 emissions and these should be looked at when selecting your next car. 5 Business Capital Allowances - The amount of money a business can spend on capital equipment has increased to £250,000 per year. This is a very important area for tax planning if you are a small business and can save you £000’s if implemented correctly. 6 VAT – The main rate of VAT remains at 20%. If you are a business, the threshold for registering for VAT has increased to £79,000. If you run a business and need

any advice on VAT please contact us as we can advise you on what is the best scheme for your business. If you’d like to find out more about any of the issues discussed above CMA offers a free initial consultation, either at our office or yours, at a time to suit you. If you would like to see how we can help please get in touch.

Tax Tips of the Month Are you a business and employ staff? Real Time Information (RTI) will require all employers to report PAYE/NI deductions to HMRC on a real time basis. In order to meet the requirements of RTI most businesses will need to review their software to make sure it is up to date. CMA can provide an outsourced payroll system.

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Village Festival Parbold’s Village Festival takes place this year on Saturday 13th July at the playing fields off Alder Lane between 1-5pm. Prizes are up for grabs in the following sections; Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables, Domestic (Food), Handicrafts, Art and Photography. There are also 24 different classes for children’s efforts too. If you’re interested in entering an exhibit, please pick up a Festival Schedule from the DIY Centre on The Common or from Parbold Library.

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Making a claim and your “No Claims Bonus” Often after being involved in a road traffic accident people are concerned that pursuing a claim for injury and vehicle repair may mean their insurance premiums are increased when renewal time comes around. Insurance is not optional, and with the cost of the same increasing with every year it is important that you do all that you can to keep this cost as low as possible.

If you choose to instruct us to help you with your personal injury claim we guarantee that your claim will only be dealt with by an experienced member of staff who will listen to your concerns and deal with your claim as quickly and efficiently as possible. We act on a “no win no fee” basis. If you have been involved in an accident call us on 01942 211670 to discuss any potential claim with our local, experienced team.

If the fault for your accident clearly lies with the other vehicle then your insurance company may not even need to be involved. You do have an obligation to report any accident you are involved in to your insurance company, but you do not need to use their recommended garage, or panel solicitor to pursue your claim for losses. As you are not relying upon your insurance company, your No Claims Bonus will remain intact. If the other vehicle is disputing responsibility for the accident your insurance premiums may well be affected. This does not mean that you should resign yourself to a permanent hike in the cost of insurance. If a claim is pursued against you it is important that you co-operate fully with your insurance company. Give them a very detailed response to all questions asked, and ensure that you get your version of events across to your insurance company. It may be that your premiums are altered while a disputed claim is resolved, but when a case has been resolved in your favour, any increase in premiums will be reduced again. Another problem you may face after an accident is that the person who was responsible for the accident was not insured.

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This means that there is no insurance company to pursue for your losses and ultimately this will affect your insurance premiums, even though the accident is not your fault. It is therefore advisable to take out a cover with your policy to protect your premiums from an accident with an uninsured driver in order to protect your no claims bonus. The best way to protect your no claims bonus is to always co-operate fully with your insurance company, and get independent legal advice if you are ever unsure or want a second opinion. At Craig and Co we specialise in personal injury claims of all types, and can help you with any queries you may have about any aspect of making a claim.

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What’s On in the North West Southport Food & Drink Festival

Summer Pops 2013

The Southport Food and Drink Festival at Victoria Park has an abundance of fresh produce, a wealth of local restaurants, plenty of drink, plus a selection of the region’s finest chefs demonstrating their kitchen skills.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The James Bond Night is on Wednesday 12th June and Last Night of the Summer Pops is on Tuesday 25th June. Concessions and group discounts available.

Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June (11am – 6pm, Fri 12pm-6pm) Cost: Free Details: 01704 533333 Where: PR8 2BZ When:

Southport Country Fair This popular family event moves to a new home at the Leisure Lakes at Mere Brow. In previous years, attractions and displays have included: alpacas, archery, paintballing range, bug house, dedicated dog arena with shows and agility demonstrations, donkey show and rides, falconry, ferrets, gun dog displays, gymnastics, homing pigeons, honey bees, horse logging and much more.

Wednesday 12th June & Tuesday 25th June (7.30pm Start) Cost: £6 Details: 0151 709 3789 / www.liverpoolphil.com Where: L1 9BP When:

The Northern Home Show

Friday 31st May - Sunday 2nd June (10am-5.30pm) Cost: Adults £5, Child £1 Details: 01704 212734 / www.garden-festivals.com Where: PR4 6JX When:

Chorley Carnival After 20 years Chorley Carnival is back for 2013 at Astley Park with a fun filled weekend for the whole family. There will be a carnival procession, arena entertainment, marching bands, Morris Dancers, a dog show; also it’s a Knockout, a Fun Fair, a Craft Fair and so much more. Great laughs for all! When: Friday 7th June - Sunday 9th June Details: www.chorleycarnival.com Where: PR7 1NP

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If you’re interested in inspirational design ideas and the latest products and services for the home then look no further than the Northern Home Show at EventCity near the Trafford Centre. The Show features free seminars, live demonstrations and advice from the experts. Friday 14th June - Sunday 16th June (10am - 5pm) Cost: £8 per person (Under 16 free) Details: www.northernhomeshow.co.uk Where: M41 7TB When:

Leyland Festival Leyland Festival 2013 at Worden Park will have a USA theme. It will offer a good value day out for all the family, celebrating local people, businesses and community groups who pull together to make sure the festival continues to go from strength to strength. When: Saturday 15th June Details: 01772 625441 / www.visitleyland.co.uk Where: PR25 3DH


Cheshire County Show

Classic American Car Show

Cheshire County Show celebrates its 175th anniversary with another action-packed event. With its rural theme, the main focus of the show will once again be livestock, horses and dogs in competition. There will be a Countryside Experience Area where the public will pursuits such as falconry and ferreting. Visitors will also be able to sample to culinary delights and see demos at the Food Hall.

One of the UK’s premier Classic American car shows is at Tatton Park Gasp in awe at the Wild West Shoot-out, the Wall of Death, cheerleaders, live bands and lots more!! This event has a very busy trade area with stands selling all things American plus general trade stalls. There’s a beer tent, food bars and refreshments. National Trust parking charge £5 per car.

When: Tue 18th June - Wed 19th June (8am-6pm) Cost: Adult £17, OAP £14, Children £8 Details: 01565 650200 www.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk Where: WA16 0HJ

When: Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July Cost: Adults £7.50, U/15 £5, U/10 free Details: 01565 723863 / 07915 221737 www.cheshireautopromotions.co.uk Where: WA16 6QN

Wigan Festival of Transport

Green Fayre

This new festival, which is held at the DW Stadium site in Wigan, will include a range of vehicles on static display, including classic, vintage and commercial vehicles, fire engines, military trucks, and a variety of specialist car clubs and trade stalls. There’s also a craft fair, a traditional fun fair, and a model engineers’ tent too.

The Green Fayre, which is held at the Beacon Country Park, is West Lancashire Borough Council’s premier countryside event, celebrating the great outdoors and countryside life. Don’t miss demonstrations in a variety of woodland crafts including, chainsaw carving, willow weaving, basket making and hooping. The show arena will also include sheepdog trials, Viking battles and birds of prey displays. There will even be a music marquee housing a variety of folk and traditional music performers. When: Cost: Details: Where:

Sat 20th July & Sun 21st July (11am-5pm) Free 01695 622794 WN8 7RU

RHS Flower Show

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Saturday 22nd June - Sunday 23rd June Adult £4, Children £2 01942 496855 / www.festivaloftransport.co.uk WN5 0UH

The North’s greatest garden party returns to Tatton Park with lots of fresh ideas for visitors who enjoy growing their own fruit and veg. See them at the Great British Allotment area, or if ornamental plants are more your thing, head to the Floral Marquee to find a huge choice from some of the UK’s top nurseries.

The Secret Garden What lies behind the mysterious door in the garden wall? Classic children’s tale by Frances Hodgson Burnett, retold by The Bookworm Players, Liverpool’s premier children’s theatre company. Outdoor theatre on the iconic North Lawn at Speke Hall. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear, don’t forget your picnic! Gates open 6pm, performance starts 7pm, booking is essential. When: Saturday 29th June Cost: Adult £10, Child £5 Details: 0151 427 7231 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/spekehall Where: L24 1XD

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Don’t miss our Galaxy Gardens, which look set to create some fascinating show garden designs. And there’s more than a touch of glamour thanks to Ladies Day, which returns by popular demand on Friday 26th July. When: Cost: Details: Where:

Thursday 25th July – Sunday 28th July £23.50 www.rhs.org.uk WA16 6QN

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Guess where? Photo courtesy of Wigan Heritage Services http://wiganimages.wlct.org/ Answers are on page 80 of this magazine airport beach bistro break cafe camping caravan coast cottage cruise ferry fishing flight haven hiking

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Fun Weekend The Late May Bank Holiday is set to be Burscough Wharf’s biggest fun day yet with a host of family entertainment planned including; music, dance, face painting, stocks, locally produced beers, BBQ and displays from local dance schools. For budding singers there will also be an open mic opportunity organized by Adam Christopher’s School of Musical Excellence. From 12pm on Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May, taste buds are set to be tickled as a host of locally produced ciders, beers and sausages will be on sale along with a hog roast prepared by the Blue Mallard. There will be live music and family entertainment throughout the afternoons and evenings.

On Sunday 27th May the return of the hugely popular Burscough Wharf Raft Race will take place as teams of local groups, businesses and friends compete to stay afloat. Donations for entry will be given to the Alfie Lund Fund; forms can be collected from M.Bar.K. For those who don’t want to risk getting wet, there’s a drier option of taking part in the duck race. Ducks can be purchased for £5 and all proceeds go to the Alfie Lund Fund. Admission is FREE so pop down and join in the fun!

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First & Last - by Nicola Gray

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Derek

Derek Acorah was born in 1950 in Bootle, Liverpool – born as Derek Johnson he later changed his surname to his grandmother’s maiden name. His early career was playing football under the legendary Bill Shankly at Liverpool FC. After leaving Liverpool he played for clubs such as Stockport and Wrexham before leaving the UK to join the Australian team USC Lions. Derek is a now a professional medium; he is best known for his work on Most Haunted, broadcast on Living TV, and recently presented the series Derek Acorah on Sky Real Lives. Derek’s first supernatural experience happened when he was a child and the spirit of his late Grandfather visited him. He currently lives in Scarisbrick with his wife Gwen and their two dogs Jack and Penny. Derek is a keen fish-keeper and also enjoys looking after his flock of chickens and ducks. First Memory My first memory is living at my grandmother’s house in Bootle where my family stayed whilst my father was away at sea – we had a great time!

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First School

The first school that I attended was Holy Ghost Infant School in Bootle. I enjoyed it very much and my lasting memory was the kindness of the teachers. First Job My first job was as an apprentice professional footballer with Liverpool Football Club. I felt privileged to be there with the great Bill Shankly as manager. I was paid £10 per week plus bonuses. There were always high jinks going on with the players and us apprentices! First Car The first car I ever bought was a Triumph Courier Estate. I bought it for £25 and sold it 12 months later for £100. I remember it with fondness as it was the only time I ever made money on a car. First House The first house I ever bought cost £2,800 when I was married to my first wife Joan. We had many happy memories there even though our residence was brief as we travelled to live in Australia after I left Liverpool FC for Australian premier side USC Lion. First Pub or Club The first pub I ever visited was the Sefton Arms Pub in Aintree, not too far from the racecourse. It had a warm and sociable atmosphere and was visited by many of the people I knew from home. The first club I ever visited was called The Beachcomber on Seel Street in Liverpool city centre. It was a place where all the Liverpool and Everton football players used to congregate on a Saturday night if we were playing at home. It was considered to be the place to go in the late sixties!


First Record

Last Disagreement

The first record I ever purchased was Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles and I bought it from NEM’s in Whitechapel, Liverpool. NEM’s was the place where everybody bought their records in those days; it was almost a social occasion going along there to listen to your records in one of the booths. I enjoyed listening to all the Mersey Beat but I have a particular soft spot for Gerry Marsden and his music.

I don’t recall having a disagreement over anything in particular, unless of course it was with my wife over the TV controls!

First Friend My first friend was Frank Dowd who lived on the same housing estate as our family. Frank still lives in Liverpool and I still speak to him sometimes. First Kiss My first kiss was with a girl who I had a big crush on at the time; her name was Linda Nixon and she lived in the Old Roan area of Liverpool. It was just one kiss and I have no idea where she is now. Last Restaurant The last restaurant I visited was an Italian restaurant in South Sea whilst I was on tour. The only place I would visit to eat whilst at home is Master McGraths in Scarisbrick; I travel all over the country and eaten in some wonderful places but none of them compare with the food and the service you receive at Master McGraths. Top marks to Jim and Trudy Simes!

Last Shopping Trip My last shopping trip was a couple of weeks ago when I went to Southport to buy some clothes. I do enjoy strolling around the shops and often visit either Southport or Ormskirk. Liverpool One is also a good place to go if you want more choice but I prefer somewhere closer to home. Last Holiday We are fortunate enough to own a property in the South Costa Blanca, and we tend to spend our holiday breaks there. It’s a wonderful place to go because it is out in the Spanish countryside and well away from the tourist areas; we are completely cut off from our working life, its bliss! Last Sporting Event This was my favourite game – football! We went to watch a match at Anfield, I really enjoy it there. I also enjoy watching rugby and boxing, although I have never been to a boxing match.

Last DIY Task My wife bought me a dozen chickens for my birthday in 2012; so the last DIY task that I completed was building a chicken coop prior to their arrival. I think it was reasonably successful; I don’t normally enjoy DIY at all. I’d much rather watch somebody else do it! Last Film To be honest I don’t visit the cinemas at all; if ever I watch a film it is at home on the television.

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The Green Thing Whilst taking the weekly shop through the tills at the local superstore, it was suggested to a customer by the young cashier that she should bring her own grocery bags in future because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The customer explained, ‘We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days’ and the cashier replied, ‘that’s our problem today; your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations’. So was she right? Back then, we returned bottles to the shop or to the ‘pop man’, who returned them to the plant to be washed and sterilised and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. We carried our own plates to the chippy every Friday for our tea. We didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go up the road. Back then, we washed the baby’s nappies because we didn’t have disposable nappies. We dried clothes on a line using wind and solar power, not by throwing them in an energy gobbling machine. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not throwaway clothing from Primark. When we were thirsty we drank corporation pop from a tap instead of opening a plastic bottle and we refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen. Back then, we had one TV in the house – not one in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of a small football pitch. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because

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we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used to push a mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working, so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. Back then, kids walked or rode their bikes when they went to school or visited their friends, instead of turning their parents into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical socket in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pub. But isn’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then? If only they knew….. Despite our best efforts, the author of this article remains unknown.


High Society Orrell Musical & Dramatic Society are due to perform the bright and breezy musical High Society from Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th July at St Michael’s Parish Hall in Shaw Street, Swinley. Adapted from the 1956 film High Society fizzes with a selection of Cole Porter songs including ‘True Love’, ‘Who Wants To Be a Millionaire’ and ‘Well, Did You Evah?’ The story follows wealthy socialite Tracy Lord as she plans a lavish summer wedding to George Kitteridge. However, when ex-husband, Dexter Haven and then charming reporter Mike Connor arrive on the scene the audience is left guessing which groom the bride will choose. Tickets are priced at £7.50 (concessions available for £6.50 on Wednesday and Thursday) and are available from Carol on 01695 622713.

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Jack’s Tracks

Martin The scarcely populated area north west of Burscough was traditionally known as Martin, or Marton, and this name is survived only in place names such as Martin Mere, Martin Hall and the Martin Inn. Generally the more hills a walk has, the more interesting it is, but this six mile walk is completely on flat terrain and yet has lots of points of interest. Do take a camera or binoculars with you; there are a few hides on the section of the walk that passes by Martin Mere and it’s worth pausing there for a few minutes. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to refreshments on the walk – you’ll pass 5 pubs, two tea shops and an ice cream parlour en route!

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The Farm – Martin Mere Park up at The Farm, on Martin Lane in Burscough (L40 0RT). If you fancy an early start to hear the dawn chorus round Martin Mere, then this place is a 4 star B&B and has a campsite too. Whilst I can’t testify how comfortable The Farm is, I can tell you that the breakfasts are legendary! Exit the car park and turn left and carry on down the track. Within a couple of minutes, the track forks near some greenhouses on the left; go straight on and then about 50 yards later turn right where the footpath symbol is. Head down that track for 500 yards until you reach the railway crossing. Taking great care, negotiate the gate or the stile and cross the railway line. Please close the gates behind you too. Once you have safely crossed the line, carry straight on down the track for another 250 yards. If you look over to the right you can see the hides at Martin Mere and in the distance in the left is the Windmill at the Windmill Animal Farm.


Martin Mere - Burscough Once you reach the decrepit green tin shed, turn right and head towards Martin Mere. In the distance you’ll see some wooden gates. Go through the gates and turn right. The path bears left following the boundaries of Martin Mere. Have a peek through the hide at the Long Horn Cattle grazing in the next field. Once you’ve passed by a couple of ponds on the right, you’ll come to a wooden gate; turn left at this point, cross over the brook and turn left again through wooden gate and then take a direct right turn down the track.

Once you’ve reached Fish Lane, cross over and turn right. Follow the main road for 500 yards through the hamlet of Tarlscough, and past Marsh Moss Lane and Brandreth Barn Tea Rooms. Once you reach the public footpath sign just after the Tea Rooms, turn right and go through the farm yard. Head toward the opening between the last farm building (look for the small footpath sign) and a fishing pond and turn left after the pond down a track. You should see Burscough in the distance.

Heading up this track, the waters of Martin Mere are on your left hand side and you will see a couple of hides up ahead. Take a few minutes breather in the hides and you’ll see some wonderful sights! Once you’ve reached the end of the track, go through the wooden gate and you’ll have a multitude of paths to choose from. Take the path directly ahead which runs parallel with the metal fence – the fence should be on your left as you walk down this path.

You follow this track in the same direction for ½ mile, following the signs towards the Burscough Bridge Interchange. Just after you’ve passed a bench on the right hand side, you’ll come to another set of signposts on a bend. Follow the sign in the direction of Moss Nook and cross the field until you reach Moss Nook.

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Cross the railway bridge and head through Burscough village. Burscough – The Farm Cross over at the pedestrian crossing and then turn left into Lord Street, taking an immediate right into Burscough Wharf. If you’re flagging a bit at this point, there are seats at the Wharf and toilets too, and you could also stop for a cheeky pint or an ice cream! Head out of the wharf towards the canal, and turn right along the canal for the last leg of the walk. ¾ of a mile further on you’ll see the Slipway Pub on the other side of the canal. Cross Crabtree Lane and carry on in the same direction down the canal towpath. After 450 yards you’ll reach New Lane and the recently refurbished Farmers Arms, which is again on the other side of the canal. Cross New Lane and carry on in the same direction down the canal towpath. Watch out for the hen and turkey which will chase you down the towpath! Follow the towpath for almost a mile until you reach Martin Lane Bridge (Bridge 29) - go under the bridge and then turn directly right up to the main road, turn left away of the bridge and carry straight on down Martin Lane. 300 yards further on, you’ll reach the Martin Inn, cross over and carry on in the same direction down Martin Lane for a further 250 yards and you’re back at The Farm. 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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A front garden is an opportunity to show your property off to its best, make a statement 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. They are also brilliant with Christmas fairy lights wrapped around them 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. 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 English

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Lavender. Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ is lovely. Large pots are a great way of brightening up the front garden – used to frame a front door is a classic statement. Use large ones and half fill with gravel – the plants will get good drainage and the pots are less likely to go walkies! 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. Buxus sempervirens spheres look stylish and contemporary. (Just had to explain to Hubby that’s Box balls to him!) And just think - when you’ve got your front garden right, you’ll look forward to going out – and to coming home again!

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Method Pour the milk into a medium size, heavy bottomed saucepan. Add 100g of the sugar. Place over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture registers 77C on a cooking thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer the milk should be just bearable to dip your finger into…be careful! In a crock or stainless steel medium-size bowl, whisk together the 4 egg yolks and remaining 50g of sugar until foamy and slightly thick. Very slowly add half of the hot milk to the eggs, whisking continuously. Pour this egg mixture back into the sauce pan with the remaining hot milk and return to the stove top on a lowmedium heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon or heatproof rubber spatula until the mixture reaches 85C on the thermometer or if you have no thermometer is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon or spatula. Take care to make sure the mixture does not boil. Remove from the heat. If it’s not completely smooth whisk it well before proceeding. Pour the double cream into a clean, large stainlesssteel or glass mixing bowl set over an ice bath. Pour the heated custard mixture through a fine mesh sieve or strainer into the cold cream. Add the vanilla extract and stir until fully incorporated. Stir occasionally until the mixture has fully cooled. This should take about 1/2 hour. Remove the mixing bowl from the ice bath, dry off the bottom of the bowl if necessary, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight. Stir in the Baileys. Pour this chilled mixture into the ice-cream maker follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have no ice cream maker, don’t worry, you can still make ice cream though it will take a little longer.

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Pour the chilled mixture into a large container. Pop it in the fast-freeze section of your freezer. Check it after 45 minutes. It will have begun to crystallize around the edges. Use a hand whisk, wooden spoon or electric hand whisk to break the crystals up and incorporate them into the mixture, then refreeze. Keep checking and beating the mixture every 30-40 minutes and within 3 hours you will have ice cream. Enjoy. NB. Alcohol lowers the freezing temperature of ice cream so this ice cream will be quite soft. Don’t be tempted to add more Bailey’s otherwise it might never set!

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During the summer, Farm Ted’s provides fun for the whole family. Take a journey round the farm and meet Larry the Llama and Molly the Shire horse, not to mention plenty of cows, sheep, hens, Shetland ponies and you can even spot a pair of water buffalo splashing about! A huge animal barn is home to pigs, goats, lambs, chicks, ferrets and guinea pigs and the farm is also developing a Mini Beast Centre where you can get up close and personal to lots of creepy crawlies from a boa constrictor, tarantula and scorpions to giant snails and Madagascan hissing cockroaches! You can explore the fields by tractor, and hop on the 100ft long quad barrel-train ride. There’s also a 400m long field trail where you can learn more about nature. Farmer Ted's also specialises in providing educational day trips for the North West's schools teaching the children about farming, animals and food. Afterwards your kids can let off steam in the adventure play area. Set in a two-acre field, there’s swings, pedal go-karts, a huge spider’s web to get tangled up in and Charlie the Combine climbing frame. It’s a great attraction for kids, whatever the weather, as Farmer Ted’s boasts huge farm sheds providing indoor play areas to explore including an undercover sandpit. Meanwhile, parents can relax and enjoy a cuppa and some delicious home cooking at Farmer Ted’s Grill where all the food is freshly prepared. Farmer Ted’s Grill was recently accredited with Recipe 4 Health status by West Lancashire District Council for providing a healthy and balanced menu and has a five star hygiene rating.


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Motoring - by Andy Enright

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As Ford's Kuga SUV has become bigger and more expensive, there's room for something else to slot in beneath it. Say hello to the EcoSport. The Ford EcoSport uses tried and tested Fiesta mechanicals to offer UK buyers a front-wheel drive car with added ride height and chunky good looks. It sounds like a simple recipe but sometimes simple works just fine. Ford has had a distinctly patchy record with SUVs in this country, only finally hitting form with the Kuga in 2008. The vehicle that Ford has deemed correct to slip in beneath it here in Britain is the EcoSport, a Fiesta-based model already sold in developing markets like India and Brazil. It doesn't sound like an ideal recipe, but if there's one thing we've learned, it's that the car-buying public is more tolerant of an oddball affordable car than an oddball expensive one. The EcoSport is offered with Ford's innovative 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, claimant of the 2012 International Engine of the Year award. Plus there's a 110 PS 1.5-litre petrol unit. For those that prefer to go diesel, there's a 90 PS 1.5-litre diesel powerplant. It also offers a comprehensive package of driver assistance technologies, including Electronic Stability Program and Hill Launch Assist. The chunky looks and high ground clearance suggest a small 4x4 but wriggle under the EcoSport and you'll find a singular lack of rear driveshafts. It is, in effect, a Fiesta on stilts but many drivers find the raised driving position more desirable than the requirement for any actual all-wheel drive capability.

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Once you've got over quite how bluff-fronted the EcoSport is, it's actually quite an accomplished piece of design work. The almost Aston Martin-style front grille that debuted on the Fiesta makes its way over to the EcoSport and although the side profile looks a bit pinched, Ford have been very clever with the way they've managed to make a short, tall vehicle look so interesting. The glasshouse is elegant, the headlights and wheel arch treatment is very deft and the stance of the car is better than it has any right to be. Ford claims that the EcoSport has been designed to cope with terrible third-world road conditions, so it'll be right at home in the UK. Potholes, busted water pipes and rough roads are its bread and butter and a 200mm ground clearance coupled with a 550mm water wading ability should be able to see off most wet weekends in the North West. The side-hinged tailgate opens to allow access to a load space that Ford reckons is big enough to swallow a 560-litre washing machine - once the 60/40 split rear seats are folded, that is.


The compact SUV will be one of the first Ford vehicles in Europe to offer Ford SYNC AppLink, which enables customers to voice-control smartphone apps from the driver's seat. Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance directly connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the region using information from the vehicle's on-board GPS unit and mobile network to pinpoint the accident location.

The Ford EcoSport doesn't at first seem the most promising of recipes. For one thing, it's an SUV from another very different market that's now being sold into ours. For another, it's 'Fiesta-on-stilts' approach seems the same as that used by the less than fondly remembered Ford Fusion. Even so, despite these ill portents, we're quietly optimistic about the EcoSport. For a start, it looks the part. That may sound superficial it is - but it's a big part of why people buy cars.

If Ford can get the pricing right, the EcoSport could be a hit. Although it might seem odd that after a spell of bad winters an SUV without all-wheel drive might be popular, a run of snowy weather seems to have taught British drivers that a front-wheel drive car on snow tyres can get almost anywhere other than the toughest rural roads.

There's also the fact that this time round we're getting a modern chassis and state of the art engines, not some ill-suited hand-me-downs. The EcoSport might not feature al-wheel drive and it won't go round corners with quite the poise of a Fiesta but don't rule out the attractions of pert good looks and an elevated driving position. Keep an eye on the Ford EcoSport. This one's going to be interesting, if nothing else.

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Money Saving - by Martin Lewis

Motoring The cost of running a new car, not counting the purchase price, is nearly £4,000 a year – and older cars aren’t too far behind. It’s easily the second biggest cost in your life after the mortgage or the rent. Here are my 10 tricks to save motorists, bikers and van driver’s big bucks. 1. Private parking firms can’t fine you Tickets at supermarkets or private car parks may be disguised to look like fines. But, in reality, they’re just invoices, a claim you broke a contract with the landowner. Like any invoice, if it’s genuinely unfair, explain why and tell them you won’t be paying. The only way they can enforce it is by going to court. If that does happen (often it doesn’t), then a judge can decide. Full help and template letters at www.mse.me/ privateparking. 2. Get 3% cashback at petrol stations The Santander 123 credit card pays 3% back on petrol spending (max £9 a month back), 2% in department stores and 1% in supermarkets. It has a £2/month fee, but that’s easily covered for heavy drivers. Yet only do it if you’ll set up a direct debit to repay it in full each month. 3. Insurance Comparisons First combine comparison sites, as different sites search

different insurers. To get the most quotes in the least time, use a few at once (do in multiple windows). For most people, www.moneysupermarket.com and www. tescocompare.com should do the trick. Then add www. aviva.co.uk and www.directline.com, two major players they miss. If you’ve more than one car, add Admiral Multicar (www.admiral.com). 4. Named Drivers Young drivers can pay astronomical rates. Adding a safe second driver can slash price. As one 20-year-old tweeted me: “£1,600+ on my own, £550 with two named drivers.” If that’s still too costly, you can get incar ‘black box’ tracking from the likes of coverbox.co.uk, co-operativeinsurance.co.uk and ikubeinsurance.com. With these, you either pay per mile or based on how and when you drive. Full help at www.mse.me/youngcar. 5. Third party or Fully Comp? Most who want dirt cheap insurance choose third party. Counter-logically, comprehensive can be cheaper for some, as opting for it can statistically indicate to insurers you’re a lower risk, and that can outweigh the fact it’s better cover. There’s no hard and fast rule, so do check both. 6. Has your licence photo expired? Photo-card driving licences started in 1998, and while the licence itself may be valid, the photo needs renewing every 10 years. Those driving on expired cards risk a £1,000 fine - the update costs £20. Urgently check the end date (section 4b) and if expired, sort it.

Each month, Martin will be writing a feature for Local Life - advising our readers how to save thousands of pounds every year! Don’t miss it! Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert, is an award-winning campaigning TV & radio presenter, newspaper columnist and a best-selling author. An ultra-specialised journalist, focusing on cutting bills without cutting back, he runs and founded the UK’s biggest money site, www.moneysavingexpert.com with 13 million monthly users.

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