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Jun/Jul 2014

The Laxey Wheel Made In Wigan? Picture Special -Shevington Where Are They Now? Colin Clarke

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In Memory of A Hero A fundraiser is being held in memory of a Wigan Royal Marine who was killed protecting his troops during a gun battle with the Taliban. Sgt Steven Darbyshire, 35, was shot in the neck in the Sangin district of Helmand province. Sgt Darbyshire’s troops were crossing a small canal using an extendable footbridge. He waited until all his men had crossed so he could retract the bridge. He was shot as the squadron came under attack. A coroner later hailed the Springfield sergeant “a hero”. The fundraiser is being held at Wigan Cricket Club on Bull Hey, Parsons Walk, near the college, on Saturday, July 19, from 4pm to midnight. Entrance is £2 for adults and free for children. There will be face painting, bouncy castles, a buffet and an auction, including a signed Wigan shirt and a holiday to Tenerife. All proceed will go to the 40 Commando Royal Marines, and everyone is welcome.




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The next meeting of Crooke Village Residents’ Association takes place on Monday, June 9. It starts at 7pm and will be held as usual in the cellar bar at The Crooke Hall Inn. All residents and tenants of the village are welcome to go along to offer their support or voice any concerns, opinions or issues they might wish to raise. Suggestions as to what the village could do as a community would be welcomed.

If you want to look good on the dance floor, shape up your skills at the Dance Fusion festival which is taking place in Wigan this month. The annual celebration, which ends on May 31, offers a series of sessions for people to tap into everything from ballet to break dance.

All Welcome Newburgh Women’s Institute meets on the third Monday of the month at 7.30pm to chat over a cup of tea and listen to a wide range of speakers. All welcome and for more information, contact Kath Thomas on 01257 463409 or Patsy Hey on 01257 463171.

Vicky Fletcher, from WLCT, which organises the festival, said: “We’re going out in to local communities to offer budding dancers the chance to try out a variety of styles including street dance, ballroom and Latin, disco and rock ‘n’ roll. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to come along so take a look at the timetable and get ready to get moving!” For a timetable of dance classes, visit the community arts wellbeing pages at or call 01942 827404.


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A top Wrightington venue is playing host to a charity event on Saturday, June 21. JJ at the Gee Gees will be held at Derby House equestrian centre, Mossy Lea Road, from 1pm. The day aims to raise money for the Joining Jack charity. It was set up by Jack’s parents, ex-Wigan rugby star Andy Johnson and his wife Alex, as Jack suffers from a terminal condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Thursday, June 5, sees a coffee morning held at Tunley United Reformed Church hall, Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington, from 10.30am until noon. There will be a talk on arranging flowers from your garden, so you are encouraged to take along some flowers and your favourite vase. All welcome.

The day begins at 1pm with a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival. Make sure you turn up in your finest though as ‘style spotters’ will be on the look-out for the best dressed couple. The racing gets underway at 2.30pm with big screen coverage from Royal Ascot. There will be a live Irish band to keep the tempo high between races. Once the racing is over, there’s entertainment from 5.45pm-7pm, featuring a hog roast, live performances and a selection of Pemps classics, so don’t forget to take your dancing shoes! The tickets are £40 each, inclusive of a £5 bet courtesy of Betfred who will be there to take your stakes throughout the day. To reserve your tickets, call the hotline on 07876 860401.

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Orrell’s Book-Cycle library is holding a fun day to celebrate its first anniversary. It takes place on Saturday, June 28, from noon. Entry is free at the Orrell Road venue, between Orrell Post and The Mount hotel, and attractions include stalls, a barbecue and face-painting. All welcome. Call Margaret Dean for more details on 01942 665646.

St Joseph’s RC Church, on Crow Orchard Road, Wrightington, is holding its annual summer fair and fun day on Sunday, July 6, at noon. There will be children’s games, bouncy castle, archery and a selection of stalls including cakes, craft, books and tombola. In addition, there’s a raffle, tickets for which will be on sale from the church, and will be drawn on the day. Admission is by donation.

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Wigan Rambling and Climbing Club is holding an Evening Pub Walk on Tuesday, June 3. It meets at 7.20pm at the Cherry Gardens pub, Wigan Lane. On Sunday, June 29, members are going on a ‘Coach Ramble’ to Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia. The coach leaves Mesnes Park Terrace at 8am prompt but picking up from Standish and Shevington Moor en route. For further details contact Jill Shilladay on 01257 421926 or visit

A charity table top sale and tea party takes place on Saturday, June 21, at St James Social Centre, St James Road, Orrell. The sale will be on between 9am-noon and admission 50p for adults. While children go free. Tables cost £10 and must be pre-booked. All proceeds will go to funding Marie Curie nurses in the local area. To book or for further information, contact Pauline (07595 822875 or email or Marion (07803 133034 or email mazzie13@hotmail.

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Floral Gathering Wigan Floral Art Club meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7.15pm at St Michael’s Church hall, Shaw Street, Wigan. All welcome.


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Change of Date The date of this year’s Newburgh Fair has been altered to fit in with its celebration theme of education. It will be on Saturday, June 21, and celebrate Newburgh School’s 300th anniversary. The fair attracts up to 3,000 people and still has a traditional procession as well as events on the field and in the marquee. The procession starts from Back Lane at noon, travels round the village and returns for the crowning of the Rose Queen and opening of the fair. Earlier in the week the marquee on the school field, Back Lane, will be hosting other special events. On Tuesday, June 17, it’s eyes down for a bingo night and on Wednesday, Douglas Valley Lions hosts an eightpiece Swing Band Evening. The Thursday is a ‘Sparkle and Shine’ Ladies Night and on Friday, there’s the ever-popular Newburgh’s got Talent. On Saturday evening, locals can continue the theme with the over-18s only Newburgh Prom. Tickets are £25 each. Hazel Flight, committee chairman, explained: “We changed the date to a week later to fit in with school

holidays and make sure everyone can be there. We know people come from a wide area to enjoy the fair so we wanted to let them know early about the change.” For information on all the events, including how to book stalls, contact Hazel on 01257 463239/07801.427856 or e-mail

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Class from the Past - Shevington County Mixed School

This month’s Class from the Past is from Shevington County Mixed School in 1955.

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The photo, from the WLCT archives, forms part of a fabulous exhibition of old photographs of the area which is on at Shevington Library, Gathurst Lane. Unfortunately, there are no names supplied with the

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A Standish artist is exhibiting her work at Shevington Library until Saturday, May 31. Czesia Manifold has lived in Standish for nearly 30 years and is a keen member of the local Art Group and Bolton Art Circle. A collection of her originals and prints will be on display at the Gathurst Lane facility during normal library opening hours. Call 01257 252618 or email Shevington.Library@ for further details.

St Bernadette’s CAFOD Group is holding its annual sponsored walk from Crooke to Parbold and back on Saturday, June 14. Those who want to take part should put their names on the walkers’ list at the back of the church on Almond Brook Road, Standish.

Standish Soul Legendary Wigan Casino DJ Russ Winstanley hosts a Motown and Northern Soul Night every second Thursday of the month at Standish Unity Club, Cross Street. The evenings start at 7.30pm and entry is £2. For more information, call 01942 615883.

Music Extravaganza Wigan Music Festival, in aid of the town’s hospice, takes place on Saturday, June 28, at The Kaff Nightclub, off Wallgate. It starts from 7pm and features acts such as Mid Life Crisis, Rif Riders, Shannon Gillespie, Mossleys Banned, Kirsty Fouracre and Malc Kay. There’s also a special performance by Exley’s Dance Academy. For tickets, contact 07977 689099 or email

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Lifesaving Advice A leading Wigan business has welcomed tough new standards aimed at stopping child deaths from looped cords on window blinds. Harmony Blinds, on Ormskirk Road, says the new European directive will save lives, but also hopes it will raise awareness among those who have older style blinds already fitted. Research shows there have been at least 27 blind cord deaths across the UK since 1999 - 14 of which have occurred since the start of 2010. The new standard amends a previous European edict so that it covers not only venetian blinds, roller blinds, vertical blinds and pleated blinds, but also honeycomb blinds, Roman shades, Austrian/Festoon blinds, panel blinds, plantation shutters and roll-up blinds. Gary Parrish, owner of Harmony, told Local Life: “As a company, we wholeheartedly support these new standards which require that new blinds must be ‘safe by design’ or be supplied with the appropriate child safety devices installed. This means that where there is a loop present in a blind, it must be fitted during manufacture with a safety device that will break under pressure. Safety devices will also be supplied to secure the cord to a wall and the standard also imposes a maximum cord and chain length.

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Members of Parbold Wildlife Group are holding a field meeting on Tuesday, July 15, at 7pm. It meets at Bramble Way car park before making its way to Chapel Lane Biological Site. This will be followed by an informal discussion at the Red Lion, Ash Brow, Newburgh, at approximately 8.30pm. For more information, contact treasurer Gabrielle Hardman on 01257 462153.

Parbold, Newburgh and District U3A’s next Horizons meeting is on Tuesday, May 27, with Gordon Medlicott who will be talking about The Last Lighthouse Keeper. On Tuesday, June 24, Roger Blaxall is giving a talk on wartime Liverpool. The talks are from 1pm-3pm at The Hut on The Hill at Parbold Hill. For more information contact membership secretary Pam Ashton on 01257 400254 or visit

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Appley Bridge Women’s Institute meets at the Village Hall, Appley Lane North, every second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. For more information, contact Carol Hooley on 01257400075 or Joan Haresign on 01942 222338.

Newfold Primary School on St James’ Road, Orrell, is holding its summer fair on Sunday, June 22, from 11am to 2pm. Attractions include a barbecue, tombolas, hook -a-duck, coconut shy, bouncy castle and face painting. All welcome.

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That’s My Mum! John Roby got a pleasant surprise when he opened up a copy of Local Life recently… and found a photo of his mum from over 100 years ago! John, from Kitt Green, spotted his mum, Maggie Evans, on a photo on our popular Puzzle Corner page. The picture is of the LeedsLiverpool Canal bridge with Appley Lane North in the background. In front of the wall is a little girl crouching down – and that girl was Maggie.

she was probably a bit worried about what it was. It was taken by someone called Miller of Orrell Post and the image used on postcards.” It transpires that Maggie, who was born in 1898 and lived to the ripe old age of 96, was born in some cottages on the canal side, just yards out of shot. John added: “The cottages are long gone now, which is a shame. She loved Appley Bridge very much. Later on, she married my dad Norman and moved to Sefton Road in Orrell. She died in 1994 and is buried in St Luke’s.”

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Last Orders, at 71 High Street, Standish, could soon have the option of staying open longer. Nectar Taverns Plc has applied to Wigan Council’s licensing department to extend the hours for serving alcohol, playing recorded music and hosting live music. Bosses want to open until 11.30pm between Monday and Thursday, until 2am on Friday and Saturday and until 12.30am on Sunday . There’s also a proposal to add an additional hour to the finishing time on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of all Bank Holidays, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, St Patrick’s Day and St George’s Day. The public consultation deadline is Wednesday, May 28. Further details can be viewed at http://kinnear.wigan.

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Are you Shevington’s answer to Monty Don or Carol Klein? Local green-fingered folk are being given the opportunity to enter the area’s Best Garden Competition. Shevington Gardening Club is helping to organise the event, which is open to every household and business premises within the administrative area of Shevington Parish Council. This includes Shevington, Shevington Moor, Shevington Vale, Appley Bridge, Crooke and Lower Ground.

Three local patchwork and quilting groups will be exhibiting their work at Parbold Village Hall, The Green, on Saturday, June 7. This the second exhibition the three groups - Croston Quilters, Douglas Valley Quilters and U3A Quirky Quilters - have got together and this time proceeds will be donated to the North West Air Ambulance. The exhibition opens at 10am.Tombola, raffle and lots of handmade crafts to purchase will be on offer along with refreshments. For more information contact Liz Owen on 01704 894757.


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Fundraiser Success A fundraiser in memory of a Standish man netted more than £1,600 for the Myeloma Foundation Appeal. Alan Carr, 72, of Edale Drive, died in April 2013 as a result of the condition, which is a cancer of plasma cells in bone marrow. An event was held at Standish Unity Club exactly one year and a day since Alan died. Alan had close ties to the Cross Street venue as he helped establish the club and was treasurer for over 10 years. Alan’s widow thanked Local Life for publicising the event in our previous Wigan North edition, and also to all the local businesses and people who so generously donated gifts and vouchers as raffle prizes Rita added: “The entertainment provided by the Paul Hayes Collection was fantastic, as was the whole evening. It was a complete sell out and consequently we raised the magnificent sum of £1,610 for the Myeloma Foundation Appeal. “I am very grateful to everyone who took part and those who attended.”

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that Lancashire’s first steam locomotives were built there in the early 1800s for Winstanley Colliery Railway. One of Haigh’s more famous customers the celebrated engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In 1838, Brunel ordered two locomotives from Haigh, called Snake and Viper, for his new Great Western Railway linking London with Bristol and Wales.

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Haigh went on to produce swing bridges for the city of Hull and supplied iron work for Liverpool’s Albert Dock. In the absence of motor vehicles, the foundry’s finished products would be hauled up Leyland Mill Lane by teams of 50 horses. This practice only ceased when a rail line was built in 1860.

“reputation for quality” By the time the debate started over the Laxey Wheel, the foundry had been closed for the best part of 50 years, as had Laxey’s mineral mines. As Haigh had gained a reputation for quality, claims that the Wheel had been built there were not in themselves outlandish. And testimony at the time appeared to add weight to the argument. In September 1938, Mr T. Livingstone Lace, a director of English Tools Ltd, wrote a letter to the local press claiming: “I have visited the foundry in the Isle of Man where it is claimed the Wheel was made. I

had a long talk with the manager who said the Wheel was not made in the Isle of Man, that they couldn’t have made it either at the time or today. “The late Mr Samuel Melling JP, a governing director of the Ince Forgery and Worsley Mesnes Iron Company, told me he knew the man personally responsible who went to the island to superintend the erection. He was Tom Sharrock, a Haigh Foundry man. In confirmation, a woodworker named Dick Rowe said he had worked on the Wheel in Haigh Foundry.” Livingstone Lace added that he had spoken to other retired foundry workers, including 83-year-old Joseph Whittaker, of 42 Duke Street, Wigan, and 77-year-old Robert Chamberlain, of 30 Duke Street. He claimed both men had verified the story, with Mr Chamberlain announcing he “will bet anybody a sovereign that the Wheel was made at Haigh Foundry.” Moreover, it was claimed the shaft for the Wheel axle was forged at Brock Mill, part of the Haigh Foundry and about half a mile up the River Douglas. Mr Chamberlain added: “Wigan has never laid claim that Haigh Foundry invented the Wheel, but the man who invented it, or anyone else, could not make a wheel of these dimensions on the Isle of Man.”

Another person who appeared to add weight to the story was Eleanor Prestt, of 42 Avondale Road, Wigan, who said her late father, James Ellis, recalled that

“the streets were thronged with people” having worked on the Wheel, it was too big to get out of the door so it had to be partly taken to pieces and reassembled in the Foundry yard. And Mr E. Bradley, of 25 Thomas Street, said: “I remember the Wheel being brought down from Haigh Foundry one morning on the way to the island. My father was the then licensee of the Dog-I’-Th’-Thatch, in Wigan town centre. A lot of men who worked on the Wheel used to frequent the house. I remember one of them, Charlie Taylor, falling from the bedroom window in Church Street, reaching to see it pass; he was very badly hurt. It went on a very large road engine to Liverpool; the streets were thronged with people who had come to see this big engine.” News of this ‘claim’ on the Wheel eventually reached the Isle of Man. Among those who disputed Wigan’s version

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of events included none other than the inventor’s grandson, John W. Casement. He told the media in 1952: “The Lady Isabella was not built at Wigan. It was designed and built by men under him at Baljean Farm in Laxey where they used a big barn as their workshop.” More than 80 years on and the debate rumbles on. We put the claims to the owners of the Wheel, Manx

The cast iron gate posts mark what was once the entrance to the old Haigh Foundry National Heritage. Matthew Richardson, the social history curator, told Local Life: “Anyone who has seen the wheel up close will understand that it would simply not be possible for something this large to be transported across the Irish Sea in one piece. The confusion has arisen because many people do not now appreciate that, in its heyday, the Laxey Wheel was

but one of many wheels operating in this valley. Water power was used for everything from pumping the mines dry to crushing ore. However all of those other wheels were eventually scrapped, which was also the intended fate of the Laxey Wheel. “It is quite possible that a wheel was indeed made in Wigan for the Isle of Man, but it was not the Laxey

“was this the wheel in question” Wheel that we know today. Research has revealed three other wheels of 50-plus feet diameter were in operation, one each at Snaefell, East Laxey and North Laxey mines. The first two can be shown to have been made at Hawarden Ironworks, Flintshire. However, no maker has yet been identified for the latter, named ‘Florence,’ which opened in 1867. By coincidence, this date tallies quite closely with one of the claims made by an eyewitness in Wigan, so perhaps this was the wheel in question?” As it’s exactly 160 years since the Wheel was erected, with the characters involved now long gone, it’s doubtful if we’ll ever find out for definite whether the Wheel was made in Wigan. In some ways, it would be nice to think that Wigan had a hand in creating what is now the largest functioning Victorian waterwheel left in the world. There’s only one thing that’s stopping anyone saying that for certain; cast iron proof…

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Local people are being asked if they would be willing to join a new Friends of Standish Library Group. The library is on the look-out for people who can help with fundraising activities which will support the library and who can act as ambassadors to support the library in the local community. There will also be an opportunity to have a role on the committee and the library service will support the group as it becomes established. For more information, please call in to the Cross Street library.

Are you a former pupil of Shevington Community Primary School? The Miles Lane facility starts its 200th birthday week on Monday, June 23, and is on the lookout for old artefacts relating to the school. If you also have any old memories as a past pupil, you are also encouraged to get in touch.

Tea and Dance Afternoon Tea and Dancing takes place at Standish Community Centre on Moody Street on Fridays at 1.30pm. Call 01257 421048 for further details and specific dates.

Once known as Broad O’Th’ Lane School, it has a proud history which pupils have recently been studying… including the old punishment books! If you can help, please contact the school on 01257 252859 or email enquiries@admin.shevingtonprimary.

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Dog walkers have been warned over a deadly disease which has already killed two Wigan pets. Council officials have received official confirmation of two cases of Alabama Rot in the borough, with further possible incidents now being investigated.

Children are being encouraged to go along to a spring craft session at Standish Library, Cross Street, from 10.30am-noon on Tuesday, May 27.

Experts say Alabama Rot is very rare but there has been a recent outbreak in southern England. Dogs with the disease can suffer kidney failure and/or skin lesions. The cause of the disease remains unknown. You should contact your vet for advice if you notice a wound, lesion or blister on your dog’s leg or face, your dog becomes quiet, starts vomiting or stops eating.

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Until June 30 Roy Stuart Clarke: The Northern League The latest exhibition from the Homes of Football collection by Stuart Roy Clarke features the players and fans of the Northern League. Commissioned to celebrate the league’s 125th year, Clarke travelled between the league’s two divisions and 45 clubs. His photographs capture the spirit and dedication that survives in amateur football, at the 10th tier of the English game. A film about Stuart’s work will accompany the exhibition in the Hall of Fame, daily at 2pm. National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG. Call 0161 6058200. Free entry, open daily. Friday, July 4, to Sunday, July 6 The Northern Home Show Held at Manchester Central, it’s the perfect place to find the right products and services to create your dream home. If you’re keen to learn a new skill then the DIY Workshops should be your first port of call. The show’s workshops are ideal for anyone wanting to learn how to tackle DIY projects around the home as well as learning preventative maintenance skills. Manchester Central, Windmill Street, M2 3GX. Tickets are only £8 per person on the door and children under 16 go free. For more information and advance tickets, visit

Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8 Open Studio Sale Weekend All work is hand made by glass designer Stephanie Bowen at the studio and pieces can be made to order to suit any space including splashbacks. There will be a wide range of pieces on show with many having up to 70% off. Orders placed on the weekend will receive 30% off the normal retail price. 10am–4pm on both days at Morpheus Glass, Unit 11, Hewitt Business Park, Winstanley Road, Orrell, Wigan, WN5 7XB. Monday, June 16 Formula Fun Family Cycle Event Dig your bike out of the shed and join in this event to celebrate National Cycling Week. Visit the bike doctor, undertake timed laps, tackle the climbing wall and there’s a kiddies bike agility course. From 3pm-8pm at Three Sisters Race Circuit, Three Sisters Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 8DD. Call 01942 488481 for more information. Sunday, June 22 Lancashire Classic Car and Motorcycle Show Classic Shows are proud to present the 31st Classic Car and Motorcycle Show at Hoghton Tower. If you wish to bring a classic car or motorcycle and take part in the show, please contact Andrew Greenwood on 01484 667776. Starts 10am. Hoghton, near Preston, PR5 0SH. Admission: adults £7, children £2.


Sunday, July 5 Symphony at the Tower with Katherine Jenkins International classical superstar Katherine Jenkins is set to appear at our Symphony at the Tower concert in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Starts 6pm. Hoghton, near Preston, PR5 0SH. Prices range from £36.50 (up to and including the day before the concert), £40.00 (on the day) and VIP tickets at £149.00, all plus booking fee. Tickets are available from

Saturday, July 5 Chris Packham’s Wild Night Out Chris goes wild across the country with an entertaining and informative look at some of nature’s most popular and interesting species. Illustrated with his superb photographs from around the world and from his beloved UK, he explains the fascinating ecologies and behaviours or a range of creatures from Leopards to Barn Owls, from Cheetahs to Pond Skaters, from Polar Bears to Peregrines. 8pm at The Albert Halls, Bolton. All tickets £16 through The Albert Halls’ Box Office 01204 334400.

Wednesday, July 16, to Saturday, July 19 Disney’s Little Mermaid Presented by Chorley Youth Theatre and based on the Hans Christian Andersen story. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. 7.30pm-9.30pm at Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Lane, PR7 2RL. 2.30pm performance on Saturday, July 19. Adults £8, children £5, family (two adults and two children) £22. Tickets on sale from Malcolm’s Musicland on 01257 264362. Wednesday, July 16, to Thursday, August 28 Cinderella Enjoy Cinderella by the seaside at it shows at Blackpool’s North Pier. Starring Britain’s Got Talent finalist Stephen Hall as The King. A fun filled day for all the family guaranteed! Tickets cost £11.25 via www.northpierblackpool.

Thursday, July 10, to Sunday, July 13 Wigan International Jazz Festival Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are among the top names to feature at this year’s festival. A very limited number of returned tickets are being released on the Monday, June 16, and Friday, July 4, subject to availability. The tickets will be in the general seating (£36.50) and bench seating areas (£33). Call 01942 828271. For the full Jazz Festival programme, visit www. Sunday, July 13 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Young is acclaimed as one of the most important composers and performers of all time. His work ranges from the beautiful and moving folk sounds he has produced as a solo artist and with Crosby, Stills & Nash to the powerful & energetic rock as a result of his collaboration with Crazy Horse. Starts 7.30pm at Liverpool Echo Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool waterfront, L3 4FP. Tickets from £35 to £55 by calling 0844 854 1355.

Friday, July 18 Toploader Formed in 1997, Toploader achieved over two million album sales. Their cover of King Harvest’s song ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit for the band. They’ve supported the likes of Coldplay, Paul Weller, Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi. The band line-up is four of the five original members; Joseph Washbourn, Dan Hipgrave, Rob Green and Matt Knight. St Helens Citadel, Waterloo Street, WA10 1PX. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 via the Box Office on 01744 735 436. Thursday, July 24, to Saturday, July 26 The Gruffalo Don’t miss Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of the award winning picture book, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. It is the perfect family treat with plenty of songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3-plus and their grown-ups. 10.30am & 1.30pm at the Charter Theatre, Preston Guildhall, Lancaster Road, PR1 1HT. Tickets £11, schools/groups £8.50 available via Sunday, July 25 The Sooty Show Izzy Wizzy Lets get busy – It’s The Sooty Show! Direct from CITV, Sooty heads into town in a fabulous new show to delight the whole family. Joining the nation’s favourite bear will be Sweep, Soo and Sooty’s TV partner, Richard Cadell. 11am and 2.30pm at Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL. Tickets £13.65 on 0844 847 2277.


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Lovers of Volkswagens are in for a treat as a VW Car Show and Fun Weekend is being held in Aspull. On Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, there will be a display of VW camper vans and cars which form part of the Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show. Other entertainment includes an It’s A Knockout-style sports day and bouncy castles.

Wigan’s local RSPB group’s Wednesday Bird Watching Visit takes place in Standish on June 11 at 9.15am. This is an opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car or arrange a lift with leader and share petrol costs. Non-members always most welcome at all events. The exact meeting point is to be confirmed. Booking is essential via Tom Morton on 01942 832383.

It lasts from 10am-6.30pm on both days and is being held at Aspull Rugby Union Club, on Woods Road, Aspull. A day pass is £3 and under-16s are free when accompanied by a paying adult. For further details call 01942 207760.

Support Offered Do you suffer from visual impairment? The Macular Society support group meets every first Wednesday of the month from 10.30am-noon at MS Coffee bar in The Galleries, Wigan. Contact Carole on 01257401834 for further details.

Regular Meetings Parbold & District Flower Club meets on the second Wednesday afternoon of the month throughout the year, with the exception of January, August and December, at Parbold Village Hall, The Green, Parbold at 1.30pm. Guests are very welcome throughout the year at £6 and can join the club at any time (annual fees are £34). Call Eileen Martin 01704 893124 or Marie Hitchen 01942 825851 or visit

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Parbold Festival This year’s Parbold Village Festival takes place on Saturday, July 12, on Alder Lane playing fields. The theme is ‘A Day at The Beach’ and there will be lots on offer to keep everyone entertained. If you want to book a stall for the event, or simply want more information, contact Anne Pryor on 01257 462176 or Steve Morgan on 01257 463772.

Saturday Concerts St Wilfrid’s Church in Standish is holding regular Saturday morning concerts. On May 31, there’s Classics Alla Standish, piano and organ music presented by John Walton. On June 7, there’s Music of the British Isles presented by Angela Pennington, Jean Stone, Katherine Massey and John Walton. And on June 14, there will be a piano recital featuring music by Mendelssohn and Schubert, presented by John Walton. Performances start at 10am and admission is free. For more information, contact the parish office on 0257 422538.

Fun Day Join in the fun – it’s free! That’s the message to local community groups and charities from Wigan Rotary Club, who will be taking over Wigan town centre on Saturday, July 12. There will be music all day from a stage in Market Place including the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, Wigan Community Choir and Willpower Theatre Group. The event will run from 10am to 4pm. The Rotary Club of Wigan meets every Thursday at noon in The Owls, Rectory Lane, Standish. Visit or call 07813 471000 for more information.

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Consultants Honoured Four orthopaedic consultants at Wrightington Hospital have been honoured for achieving the very highest professional standards. The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) has chosen to acknowledge the following surgeons: Gold Award – Professor Peter Kay; Silver Award – Professor Raj Murali; Silver Award (Renewed) - Ian Trail; Bronze Award – Anthony Clayson (pictured). Wrightington’s chief executive, Andrew Foster, said: “It is testament to the calibre of the Wrightington orthopaedics team that just five orthopaedic surgeons in England received new awards this year….and three of them work at Wrightington.”

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Shevington’s Past Do you recognise anyone in these fabulous photos? Then why not go along to the exhibition at Shevington Library, on Gathurst Lane, which has these, and many more, local photographs currently on display? It is part of WLCT’s current theme for demonstrating health and wellbeing in the area over the years. Other pictures on display include photos from Wrightington Hospital, a photo of the nurses’ home at Billinge Hospital’s Roy Hartley Maternity Unit and a page from the 1911 census showing a staff list from Wigan Infirmary. Shevington Library is open daily except Thursday and Sunday. To check opening times, call 01257 252618.

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The 8 most important points to remember from the March Budget What were the real big announcements during The Budget 2014? As a refresher we have summarised the key areas below: 1. Changes to pensions mean many more options than just buying an annuity In measures to be introduced in April 2015, pensioners will have complete flexibility on how much of their pension they want to take at retirement. This opens up many more options for what to do with your pension in your retirement years and increases the need for advice. 2. ISA revisions are great for savers The ISA limit was increased to £15,000 a year and it was announced that Stocks & Shares ISAs and Cash ISAs would be merged into a New ISA. Again, this gives savers much more flexibility and potentially allows more of their income to be shielded within the tax free accounts. 3. New additions to the bonds market A new Pensioners Bond will be introduced at the start of 2015 with what were described as ‘market leading rates’, thus giving pensioners another option for what to do with their newly released pension savings! There were also changes to Premium Bonds, with an increase in winners promised.

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APFS Cert CII(MP) Until April 2015 for any small pension pots currently held, there was an increase in the total amount to £30,000 that can be taken as a lump sum, or up to 3 individual pots of up to £10,000.

6. Flexible drawdown limits reduced In yet another pensions related matter for what was a busy Budget for the industry, savers now only need to have £12,000 (as opposed to £20,000) pension income in order to access flexible drawdown immediately. 7. Small measures for individuals and businesses; fuel duty, minimum wage and apprenticeships Whilst these might not be the headline grabbers, they will have an impact for many individuals and businesses. Fuel duty has been frozen in another attempt to get the current high costs down, whilst both the minimum wage and the number of apprenticeships were increased. 8. The new pound coin!

4. Personal tax allowance increase

Perhaps it’s not actually one of the most important points, but it will certainly be one of the more visible ones when the new coin starts to enter circulation at some point around 2017.

The personal tax allowance was confirmed as increasing to £10,500 in April 2015, with the increase at the start of the tax year in April going to £10,000. Good news in that a little more of our money is saved away from taxation!

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Wigan Council has been nominated for one of the most prestigious prizes in local government. It is one of six authorities in the country shortlisted for the “Best Achieving Council” prize at the annual MJ Awards. The council’s joint adoption service, WWiSH, has been shortlisted for a prize at the awards – organised by the Municipal Journal and backed by the Local Government Association. Judges were also impressed by the high-profile “Believe” campaign relating to the town’s sporting successes.

A self-help group for the blind and partially sighted, called The Optimists, meet at Hallgate House, Wigan, every other Wednesday of the month from 1pm-3pm. During the year, they organise a variety of functions including speakers, outings, quizzes and other leisure activities. For further information, call Dave on 01942 239396 or Edna on 832586.

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David Alker, 33, from Orrell, found a new job within the council when his previous team was restructured. He said: “I worked within the housing benefits team for nine years until 2012. I then joined the customer services team and opened the new reception desk at the town hall. I enjoy my current role as every day is different. The award nomination confirms the council is making the right decisions, although perhaps sometimes very difficult ones.” The awards will be presented to winners by actor and comedian Hugh Dennis at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday, June 19.

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Somme Trip A Wigan charity is offering local people the chance to visit the D-Day Beaches and The Somme. BETA (Basic Education & Training for Adults), on King Street, was set up in 1991 by Eileen Bithell and Eileen Walsh to teach adults basic skills. As part of its basic skills teaching, students chose a project researching World War I from a local perspective. The three-day trip, which departs on October 14, is open to all and costs £299 per person. For more information, contact Eileen on 01942 829474 or email



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Hands On Guide to Business Finance CMA is a proactive accountancy firm based in Appley Bridge. We provide the usual services such as company accounts, personal tax, VAT and payroll services. We can also help you with your bookkeeping if you prefer to focus on growing your business and hate doing this!! This month we are reviewing a few recent announcements that affect individuals and businesses. • Personal Allowances increased to £10,000 for everyone from 6th April 2014. It is important to check that you have the correct tax code on your wage slip. The personal allowance will rise to £10,500 in April 2015. • RTI Penalty Update – Some employers are struggling to get up to speed with this and therefore HMRC have delayed implementing automatic penalties until October 2014. CMA offers a full outsourced payroll service for businesses who wish to hand this responsibility over. • Homeworkers and Travel Expenses– A recent HMRC tribunal held that some journeys for homeworkers may not be allowable for tax purposes. If you fall into this category and need advice please contact us for more information. • 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 into when selecting your next car. • Business Capital Allowances - The amount of money a business can spend on capital equipment has

increased to £500,000 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. • VAT – The main rate of VAT remains at 20%. If you are a business, the threshold for registering for VAT has increased to £81,000. If you are starting a new business then don’t forget to consider the flat rate vat scheme as this could save you both time and money.

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Tax Tips of the Month Are you a business and employ staff? From 06 April 2014 all employers qualify to receive a £2,000 Employers Allowance that may be offset against Employer’s NIC, so reducing the cost of employing staff. If you need details of this scheme please contact CMA for further advice. If you would like to find out more about any of the issues discussed in this article 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.

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Nectarine & Raspberry Semifreddo with Raspberry Coulis The Italian name semifreddo refers to the fact that this is a semi frozen or half cold dessert. The fruit can be replaced with any soft fruit such as peaches, mango or apricot and the cream can be replaced with yogurt or crème fraiche.

Method Line the loaf tin with cling film. Don’t worry about wrinkles it adds character to the finished dish! Leave 5cm overhang on each side. This helps to release the freddo when serving. Drain the raspberry juice from the can into a small pan.

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Heat juice with the sugar until slightly thickened. Taste raspberry juice and add more sugar if it’s a little too sharp. Sieve raspberries and discard the seeds from the sieve. Stone nectarines, no need to skin, blitz in processor. Mix raspberries and nectarines. Whisk egg and egg yolks together with the caster sugar in a bowl over hot water until at least double in size and thick and creamy. Gently beat the cream until thickened, but not stiff, and fold into egg mixture.

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Finally add nectarine and raspberry puree.

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your spouse / former spouse. This includes not only assets which either party may have at the time of their separation, but also, assets that can be acquired in the future, such as a lottery win, an inheritance, or pension entitlement. These claims remain open, even after divorce, until such time as an order is made by a Court providing for the express dismissal of those claims known commonly as a “clean break”. The effect of a Clean Break order is to avoid future financial claims being made by either spouse against the other now and in the future. When a financial settlement is reached, be it with the assistance of legal advice, or whether you and your spouse have managed to reach an amicable agreement between yourselves, this agreement must be embodied within a formal document known as a Consent Order. If you are unable to reach an agreement by negotiation, a Court has the power to impose several different financial orders such as a lump sum order, a maintenance order, a pension sharing / attachment order, or an order transferring the ownership or tenancy of a property / other assets which would ultimately try to achieve a clean break. Another consideration that many clients are unaware of is the potential implication of remarriage to a new partner before financial matters have been resolved with your spouse / former spouse and an order has been obtained from the Court. We appreciate that addressing financial matters following a relationship breakdown can be overwhelming and worrying, but our aim is to make the process as stress free and as cost effective as possible. Wigan Office The Old Bank, 47 King Street, Wigan WN1 1DB

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Foster Drive A Wigan couple are backing a campaign to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers in the area. Hilary, 62 and John Logan, 63, have been fostering on and off for 28 years. During that time the retired couple,

The couple received a call from their social worker and agreed to take Katy and her unborn child in. 24 hours later and Katy arrived on their doorstep. After the little boy was born, another baby was placed in Hilary’s care so she was able to show Katy how to change nappies and feed the baby. A year later and Katy and Dave, the baby’s father, found a house of their own. Hilary and John mucked in with the decorating and helped the couple set up their first home. Hilary said: “Fostering an older child is very different to a baby. With older children you tend to stay in touch and continue to play a part in their lives after they’ve left. We see Katy and Dave quite regularly – it’s great to see how happy they are.” With record numbers of children going into care, and the need to recruit 50 more foster carers in Wigan, the council is asking residents if they have what it takes to consider becoming a foster carer.

from Winstanley, have tended to foster young babies, but a few years ago they decided to step out of their comfort zone. Katy was 16-years-old and had been disowned by her family after she became pregnant.

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Where Are They Now? - by David Sudworth Most rugby players would claim to have given blood, sweat and tears for their club, but how many modern-day stars could add teeth and bones to that list? During his time at Central Park, Colin Clarke lost a fair few gnashers in the 400-plus bruising encounters he played in the 1960s and ‘70s. He’s also without a scaphoid bone in his wrist, and still bears the scars from the operation.

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Colin, now 68, simply shrugs it off: “It’s what happened in those days. Nobody wore gum shields and as a result I had to get a few new teeth. I’ve had broken legs, three cartilage operations and a new knee. I lost the scaphoid bone when my thumb was pushed right back. When they took it out they gave it me in a little bottle but I’ve lost it, which is a shame.” We meet at Colin’s home not far from Haigh Hall. With fantastic views of Winter Hill and Bolton Wanderers’ stadium behind us, it’s been the home he’s shared with wife of 47 years, Margaret, originally from New Springs, for the past 20-odd years.

Born on June 28, 1945, Colin grew up in Wigan’s ‘Potteries’ at 23 Letterewe Street, which stood just off Pottery Road before being demolished in the 1970s. He was the youngest of six and went St Thomas’ School on Caroline Street before going onto All Saints on Frog Lane (now The Deanery) which he represented at rugby as well as Wigan Town Team.

“It was a privilege to be part of both” By sheer coincidence, our meeting is just two days before Warriors play Hunslet – the very same club Wigan only just beat in the ‘classic final’ of 1965. Colin was part of the Wigan side that day, as were legends such as Billy Boston, Eric Ashton, Brian McTigue and Roy Evans. Wigan then had to wait a further 20 years to lift the Challenge Cup, and Colin was there again this time as the coach. “These days, it would be unheard of for Wigan not to win the cup for 20 years. The 1965 match was dubbed the ‘classic final’ and then the 1985 match was also referred to as the ‘classic final’. It was a privilege to be part of both.”


Colin (front row, second from left) with All Saints’ rugby team “We were a rugby family; my eldest brother Ken ran Potteries Amateurs. They played behind the Tippings Arms in Worsley Mesnes and had players like David Bolton and Keith Holden. The Potteries team also formed the nucleus of the Blackpool side. “I had a teacher at All Saints called Derek Hurst who was absolutely fantastic, he really encouraged me and it was

through him I spent two years at Orrell Colts from around the age of 15.” Aged 17, Colin attracted the attention of Wigan scouts and he was invited to sign on for three trials. His first match was against Blackpool’s ‘A’ side on December 1, 1962. However, a few days later, temperatures plunged across the country, which led to rivers freezing solid. It was this cold snap which prompted the setting up of the Pools Panel to determine the results of cancelled football matches. Rugby also suffered, and Wigan didn’t play a game from Boxing Day 1962 until March 7, 1963. Colin recalled: “This was in the days before undersoil heating and it meant that I couldn’t play the other two trials. It was so bad I remember the Central Park groundsman Billy Mitchell was pictured in the press using a pneumatic drill to break the ice on the pitch. “Despite not being able to play the other two games, Wigan signed me and my first match was against Castleford away on the Easter Monday.” By Colin’s own admission, his first three games, which also included contests against Hull and Warrington, were a baptism of fire: “I wouldn’t say the games were violent, but you had to stand up for yourself. You learned how to be a man very quickly. “At the time, I was a 17-year-old. Only a few years earlier, I’d have been asking Boston, Ashton, McTigue and Evans for their autographs, and here I was playing alongside my idols.” But did he ever feel

Boarding the bus for the 1965 final overwhelmed? “Not really, I always felt confident in my ability and in the end, there are only six or seven players who made more appearances for Wigan.” As a reminder of how the game has changed in the past 50 years, Colin tells how he used to walk alongside fans from his Letterewe Street home to Central Park on match days: “It was great, all the fans would be shouting out ‘good luck’ and that would pump you up for the game. There was a lot more mixing with the fans back then and you had good banter with them.” Having bagged the Challenge Cup in 1965, Wigan returned to Wembley the following year to play arch-rivals Saints but Colin was serving a suspension and therefore unable to play: “I was really gutted that I couldn’t play. The reason was that I’d been sent off the week before for ‘hooking’ offences, but being a hooker it was an occupational hazard. I appealed against it but wasn’t successful. It was


28 years on and Colin is still involved in the business. Despite it being his 69th birthday soon, he’s no plans to retire: “I’m certainly not ready for that. I still like to keep active. I do the gym and enjoy having the family round.”

Wembley blues in 1966 bad enough I couldn’t play but to make it worse we lost. There was a picture of me, sat on the Wembley bench, with my head in my hands, and that summed up how I felt.” By the late 70s, having notched up 417 appearances, Colin was sold to Salford. His tenure there was shortlived as he picked up an injury in his first match and was subsequently released after just 12 games. A chance meeting with Leigh secretary John Stringer saw him move to Hilton Park as player-coach in the second team and he spent two years there. After a short spell outside the game, he was lured back to Central Park by Maurice Lindsay in a coaching role, a chance which Colin says he grabbed with both hands: “I never wanted to leave Wigan in the first place as a player. The only reason I left is because they sold me.”

Of course, his youngest son, Phil, 43, followed Colin into rugby and played 154 games for Wigan between 1988 and 1995. He now commentates for Sky Sports and lives close by, as does Phil’s sibling Andrew, 44. Together, the brothers run The Sports Office, which specialises in performance management computer software for sports clubs and is based in Wigan. Colin also has four granddaughters; Sophie, 10; Anna, 7; Francesca, 7 and Martha, aged 4. It’s clear he’s proud of his family, but given his own father’s sad passing aged just 58, he is especially proud of seeing Phil’s rugby career blossom: “My dad, Bernard, died in December 1962 of lung disease and I signed for Wigan in January 1963. I always wished my dad could have seen me play for Wigan, he would have been very proud. That’s why it made me especially proud to see Phil play for Wigan, because my dad couldn’t do the same with me.”

It wasn’t long before Colin found himself in the managerial hot seat alongside Alan McInnes. They were brought in after Alex Murphy was sacked following a row with Maurice Lindsay. “It was only a few weeks before the start of the season and I suspect the thinking was that Alan and I would be like ‘good cop, bad cop’. We had different styles but it worked well, and we ended up bringing the Challenge Cup back to Wigan after a 20 year wait. It was special for me as I’d played in the last team which won the cup in 1965.” By 1986, Wigan were turning professional. But knowing how uncertain management could be, Colin, who by this point was running his own business, C & D Reconditioning, on Bradley Hall Trading Estate in Standish, left the club and was replaced by Australian Graham Lowe.


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Appley Bridge, West Lancs 18 Glenside: Application for determination as to whether prior approval of details is required - extension of dwelling house (ref: 2014/0479/PNH). The target decision date is June 9. 13 Finch Lane: Raise height of roof to provide first floor living accommodation including dormer extensions to front. Single storey lounge extension; porch to front and pitched roof to replace existing flat roof over sun lounge. (Alterations to planning permission 2013/0396/ FUL). A decision is due in June.

Parbold Building to the rear of 10 Tan House Lane: Demolition of existing buildings and re-build as variation to current permission 2011/1120/FUL to provide a two storey detached studio apartment (ref: 2014/0343/FUL). A decision is due in June.

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Burtonwood If you’re looking for a handson history lesson about the North West’s 20th Century industrial past, Jack and I would heavily recommend a trip out to Burtonwood.

Situated between St Helens and Warrington, its rich coal mining past is now largely hidden under landscaped parks and trails, but look closely enough and you’ll get a glimpse of what came before. More evident are the area’s Victorian-era structures such as the canals and viaduct. Put these together and you get not only a bracing walk, but an interesting step back in time to boot.


We start just by the Chapel House pub on Chapel Lane, Burtonwood, and head west towards Clay Lane where we then almost immediately head over the playing fields onto Wheatacre community woodland. It was here that we felt able to let Jack wander of his own free will. The path curves round to a T-junction, where we took a right and headed north towards Bold Lane. No sooner is Jack back on the lead than he’s off it again as we head over Bold Lane and into the deep woodland of the old Bold Colliery site. It’s virtually unrecognisable from its mining heyday, however like I say, there are small reminders to be found underfoot. Every so often, we come across some old capped pit shafts which usefully have the individual names on them, such as ‘Lower Florida’. A glamorous-sounding name for a very unglamorous, dangerous job.

On coming out of the park, we make our way down to Penny Lane, which housed many of the mining families associated with Bold. Date stones are very much evident in this area, so it’s not hard to think about all the changes these properties have seen over the years.

One example is a row of terraces which, when they were built, were named Railway View… not that there’s much of a view nowadays though as another row of homes was built directly opposite shortly afterwards, thus obstructing the view. At the top, turn left onto Penkford Lane, go under the railway bridge and then straight on. Our map sent us off Penkford Lane onto something of a dirt track leading to a couple of homes. To be honest, it was more hassle than it was worth, especially as some of the resident hounds didn’t appear to be over the moon at our Jack muscling onto their patch, so my advice is stick to the main road.

Eventually, we ended up at the A572 Pennington Lane for a short while before dropping down into Sankey Valley Park. Here, we see the somewhat half-hearted attempt made to fill in this part of the Sankey Canal. It’s quite a strange, disorientating feeling to be standing in the middle of a canal, looking towards water and a towpath either side. It gets even stranger further up when we were greeted with what resembled the world’s


largest snooker table – a perfectly smooth green plain on top of the water formed from associated debris and vegetation.

we patiently spent about 10 minutes waiting for a train. Just as we were about to give up the ghost, we hit the jackpot when a choo-choo came trundling past.

The Sankey Viaduct was now in our sights, and what a fantastic spectacle it was as well. Built between 1828 and 1830 by celebrated civil engineer George Stephenson, it’s a Grade I listed structure and said to be one of the earliest major railway viaducts in the world. For us, this was the big photo opportunity and

Following the canal again, we take a right to jump across Sankey Brook and head through the flat fields of Bradley Lane and Hall Lane. At the junction of Fir Tree Lane, we crossed and made our way onto the public footpath which winds its way through the dense residential areas until we end up back at the start.





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The interesting thing about this walk is that within a 5.5 mile radius, you get a diverse flavour of the area’s past from the 1700s right up until the 1980s. The trick is to do a bit of research beforehand to appreciate what’s in front of you. If you can invest 30 minutes doing that, you’ll be sure to reap the rewards not only physically, but intellectually as well.

No Sinking the Sankey! For just over 150 years, the Sankey Canal was a key transportation link between St Helens and Widnes, where it connected to the Mersey. Following an Act of Parliament in 1755, the canal was constructed over two years and first used in 1757 to transport coal from the Lancashire mines to the chemical industries in Liverpool. In its later years, it transported vast quantities of raw sugar from Liverpool to the Sankey Sugar Works in Earlestown. This ended in 1959 and in 1963 the canal was closed altogether. For the past 30-plus years, the canal has been regenerated in parts. The Sankey Canal Restoration Society was formed in 1985 and works closely with local councils to continue proving this historic piece of heritage. For more information, visit

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.


wYour Pets - by Dr Shams Mir Rescuing a butterfly: why not call the vet?


As I was driving to work the other day, an elderly lady whose cat is under my care called for some advice. I pulled over at the first convenient parking spot and returned the call. It was not about the cat. The lady had a butterfly hovering in her bed room for a couple of days and having left the window open thought that it would fly away, but it didn’t. Quite concerned, she called to ask if I could advise how to catch and let the butterfly out safely.

had made of up her mind that rather than having the vets prescribe medications about which she had read “horrendous reports”, she tried various oils and creams for over eight weeks! I am glad to have got to see the dog and hopefully the medication prescribed will safely alleviate his suffering and gradually restore his skin back to normalcy. Just as a part of her research, had the owner called a vet to seek some advice, the possibility is that she would have been told the dog’s immune system had launched an aggressive response to something in the skin and set it ablaze, and unless that “friendly fire” was extinguished, little respite could be expected from oils and creams, and the dog would have not suffered that long. Internet is a great place to look up for information. However, it needs to be used with great caution regarding medical conditions. With all their training, knowledge and diagnostic tools, vets and doctors do not always find it easy to make diagnoses and hit the best treatment regimens straightaway because of the intricate nature of disease development and treatments. When in doubt about something regarding your pet, it may be worthwhile sometimes to give a ring and check with a vet, at least as part of the research one may be doing.

Obviously, I wouldn’t say that this was not something I was taught at the vet school. So, challenging my common sense to deal with this delicate situation, I came up with some ideas to help. No news is good news, I’m glad she didn’t call back to report how it went!

Like most other vets, I would be glad to give some advice, even if it is regarding rescuing a butterfly! Dr Shams Mir BVSc&AH,MVSc,DrMedVet,MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon

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Ellerbeck Narrowboats prides themselves in their training and is RYA Inland Waters Helmsman certified. When you arrive, staff will conduct a safety brief, demonstrate how the boats works, offer everyone in the group buoyancy aids and will offer to come out with you to show you how to steer the boat, turn it around, moor up, tie up and explain the rules of the waterways. Once finished, you’ll be able to get underway on one of Ellerbeck’s three narrow boats, Ruston, Mirlees or Crossley, and enjoy some of the local attractions. Enjoy the fantastic country between Wheelton and Wigan, stop off and browse round the shops at Botany Bay, sample the beer and food at the Spinners Arms at Cowling, stop off for an ice cream at Frederick’s or maybe let the kids burn off some energy at Haigh Hall… the possibilities are truly endless. Each of the narrow boats can hold up to ten people. It’s perfect for that special family day out, relaxing with friends or even perhaps doing some team-building with work colleagues. Alternatively, why not gift the experience to someone as a birthday/Christmas present or even for a wedding anniversary? Unsurprisingly, those who have had the experience with Ellerbeck narrowboats, based at Rawlinson Lane, Heath Charnock, have given it rave reviews. One past user said: “Great day out with the most helpful, friendly staff you could wish to meet, who were more than happy to answer my four year old nephew’s questions!” Another happy customer commented: “Fab evening for my husband’s birthday. Thank you so much, we will definitely return – it sure beats sitting in a restaurant for hours with three small kids for a birthday meal!” Prices start from £15 per hour for 3 hours evening hire in Summer, to £115 for full day hires (£145 weekend day hire). Log onto www. or call 01257 480 825 for more details.


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Garden Diary - by Angie Barker

Take a peek! If you’ve ever wondered what a garden designer’s garden might look like, you are welcome to take a peek at mine on Sunday, 29th June. I am opening my garden for the first time as part of the National Gardens Scheme. This organisation has been opening private gardens to raise money for nursing and cancer charities since 1927 and how much the NGS is able to donate is driven by the number of visitors that go to the gardens. The ‘Yellow Book’ is a directory of all the open gardens, there are several in Lancashire which open throughout the year and if you don’t have a copy of the Yellow Book, go on line at . There are all manner of gardens from village openings to roof gardens; tiny cottage gardens to rolling acres; allotments and even barges! I have to admit I am beginning to wonder why I ever proposed my garden for opening, as if I don’t have enough to do running a busy design business, but I Angie is a qualified award-winning garden designer who will plan your garden to your needs from start to finish, supplying reputable contractors and the ideal plants.


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Quality cars are identifiable straight away. Even if a premium vehicle had its badges taped over, all you’d need to do is sit in it. Instantly you’d sense the difference between an ‘average’ and a top class motor. Take the latest Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Inside, it’s positively palatial.

The German brand is famous for its refinement, but the A-Class is almost the runt of the litter – and therefore you might expect a more undeveloped set up inside and out. But that’s not the case at all. It may well have been the argument when the old model first appeared on our roads. It was upright, careful and dull. It certainly wasn’t a car you’d list as captivating. Nonetheless, it did sell – and that’s because it was affordable – for a Merc – and practical for parents on the rug-rat run desperate to roll up outside the school gates in a Benz. Then the A-Class was completely re-thought for 2013. It rolled off the production line a totally different car – not


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