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Wigan North Edition

Oct/Nov 2013

Looking at local Farmers’ Markets Lathom’s War Horses Standish Arts & Music Festival Class from the Past -Shevington High School Jack’s Tracks visits Anglezarke


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 audiovisual facilities. We have free live singers ‘One Night Stand’ on Sunday afternoons and alternate Thursday evenings, and a pub quiz every other Thursday. See our website for details.

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In this issue

It seems only a few weeks since BBQ weather was the order of the day and here we are - Christmas is just twelve weeks (and three pay packets) away! Our next issue in this area is out in late November so if you have any community events you’d like to publicise or you’d like to promote your business at this busy time of year, please get in touch with us as soon as possible on 01257 498329.

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Housing development is always an emotive subject, with the recent decision to earmark extra housing for Standish causing uproar in the village recently. Whilst big developments are usually highlighted in the local press, it’s easy for smaller developments to slip under the radar of the local community. That’s why we have launched a new section designed to update you on planning developments in your local area – we hope you find it useful. On a lighter note, we have launched a Class from the Past feature, which is a look at a class from the local schools of yesteryear. If you have any class pictures for your schooldays, then email them to editorial@ or call David on 01257 498329. Finally, we couldn’t let this issue go to press without mentioning our big news – our Editor Nicola Gray (nee Shallicker) gave birth to a baby girl called Evie earlier this month. Evie arrived a few weeks earlier than planned (she’s obviously inherited her mum’s ability to never miss a deadline!) weighing in at a tiny 3lb 4oz, but mum and baby are both ok now and dad Ben is recovering well from all the stress of it all too! Nicola has promised to return in 2014 and in the meantime we welcome our temporary Editor David Sudworth, the ex-News Editor of the Ormskirk Advertiser.

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Shevington with Lower Ground Councillors Paul Collins, Michael Crosby and Damian Edwardson hold surgeries at Shevington Library, Gathurst Lane, every Saturday from 11am –noon. Residents who live in the ward and have a council-related issue they would like to discuss are invited to go along.

Jack (played by Paul Dawson) is a cabaret star while his parents, Charlie (Colin Hurst) and Beatrice (Ellen Fitton), are old Music Hall stalwarts.Maggie performs with Jack in the evenings and regularly visits his house to rehearse or tell the sorry tale of her latest romantic disaster. Jack’s housekeeper, Geraldine (Caroline McCann), copes masterfully with the disruption caused by the visiting parents but then Beatrice unexpectedly disappears. Will anyone find their true love? Are there such things as happy endings? What do performers do once the spotlight goes out? For ticket prices call the Booking Office: 01942 242561.

Senior Moments Villagers in Wrightington will have the chance to see Tunley United Reformed Church Music Group’s concert production, The Senior Moments, on October 19. It starts at 7.30pm in the church hall. Admission is £5, including tea, coffee and cakes. Call 01257 430386 for tickets.

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Shevington In Bloom Shevington folk will be finding out soon how their community has fared in the North West in Bloom competition. The results are announced on October 24 at Southport’s Floral Hall, and locals are keeping their fingers crossed that their efforts will be rewarded. The In Bloom Team say they worked even harder this year to improve the judging area with three Heritage Baskets with their Interpretation Board and the antique plough being installed in time for judging. Also a new ‘beehive’ shaped planter was installed by the In Bloom Team between the two beds at the corner of Church Lane and Shevington Lane. Shevington WI and Shevington & District Community Association funded the plough from events they arranged for Shevington in Bloom. Further funds came from a donation from a member of the public,


councillors’ Brighter Borough funding and Wigan and Leigh Housing Fund. The In Bloom Team fund raised funds throughout the year for all the other beds in the Village and they would like to thank all those who participated in the events.


Festival Programme The Standish St Wilfrid’s Arts & Music Festival runs from October 12-19 this year, and a host of events have now been unveiled. The schedule is as follows: Saturday, October 12: Concert by Wigan Music Services (band and string orchestra), in church at 7:30 pm, Tickets £6, with £5 concessions, and £2 for children/students. Sunday, October 13: Patronal Festival – Church Services 8am, Holy Communion 10am, Family Services including communion, 11.20am, Matins and 6:30pm Evensong with the combined choirs of Shevington, Appley Bridge & St Wilfrid’s – retiring collection.

Tuesday, October 15: Church Tour conducted by Mr Joe Bazeley and Mr Alan Stone – donations. Carol Wareing and her Young Musicians, in church starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced at £6, £5 concessions and £2 children and students. Wednesday, October 16: Schools Day – Junior schools of Standish, Woodfold, St Marie’s and St Wilfrid’s, commencing at 2pm in church – retiring collection. Standish High School and St John Rigby Sixth Form College in church, starting at 7.30pm – retiring collection. Thursday, October 17: Church Tour conducted by Mr Joe Bazeley and Mr Alan Stone at 2pm – donations.


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Monday, October 14: Eucharist in St Wilfrid’s Church at 12:15pm.

Friday, October 18: Wigan Ukulele Society in church, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £6, £5 concessions, £2 for children and students. Saturday, October 19: Church Tour conducted by Mr Joe Bazeley and Mr Alan Stone at 10.30am – donations. Parkside Male Voice Choir in church, starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets priced at £6, £5 concessions, £2 children and students.

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Piano Fundraiser Douglas Music Parbold is holding a fundraising evening in aid of its appeal for a Steinway concert grand piano on October 5 at 7.45pm in Parbold Village Hall. All proceeds will go to Douglas Music’s Piano Appeal, which is nearing its target. The evening will feature Parbold Chamber Choir, pianists David Daniels and Kyle Harrison-Pope and local folk musician John Mumby. John will be joined by guests the Barrel Scrapers together with Billy Hackney and Chris Nelson from the Bothy Folk Club in Southport. Parbold Chamber Choir is well-known to local audiences, and will be performing under their conductor Jim Cooke. Their programme on the night will include the popular Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, and The Lord’s My Shepherd by Howard Goodall, which will be recognised by many as the theme

tune to the BBC’s Vicar of Dibley. The choir will also be treating the audience to lesser-known works including the madrigal Din Dirin Din, in which the voices echo the sound of bells. Mezzo-soprano Vicky Little will sing Rusalka’s Song to the Moon by Dvoràk, and the choir will be accompanied by pianist Peter Kwater. As well as his solo piano work, David Daniels has a fascinating career as a piano tuner and has worked on pianos for artists including Martin Roscoe, Michael Buble and Barbara Streisand. Kyle Harrison-Pope is a young pianist currently studying music at Leeds University, with strong local connections. He continues to sing in Holy Trinity Southport’s choir when at home. Tickets for the fundraiser evening at £10, and include interval refreshments. Children and student tickets are free. For further information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 01257 498452 or 01257 462382.

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New Members Parbold, Newburgh and District U3A is on the lookout for new members – especially those from the Standish, Shevington and Appley Bridge areas. The group holds a twice monthly ‘Horizons’ meeting, which is a social event open to everyone aged over 55 who wants to go along and find out what is on offer. Its meetings are held on every second and fourth Tuesday of the month

between 1pm and 3pm at the Scout Hut on Parbold Hill, next to Christ Church. Current groups include Country Walks, Crown Green Bowls, French Conversation, Music Workshop, Digital Photography, Tablet Computers and Tai Chi, and many more. New groups starting in autumn include Basic PC/Laptop Computing, Theatre Trips and a Humour Group. The next meeting with a speaker is on October 22 when Mutsumi Birtwistle will be sharing and talking about some examples of Japanese cuisine. For details call Pam Ashton on 01257 400254, Dorothy Nelson on 01257 254331 or visit parbold-newburgh

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Ramble On Parbold Ramblers are welcoming new members to their club. They meet on the first Sunday of each month and membership is £16 per year. Alternatively, you can ‘try before you buy’ with a Day Membership offer of £1.25. For more details, call Jimmy on 01257 463057 or Liz on 01257 462121.

Tea And Toast Shevington Methodist Church welcomes locals in for tea, coffee and toast every Friday from 10am-noon and one Sunday a month from 10am-noon. All are welcome to attend.

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Panto Help St James Panto Group in Wrightington is looking for new members to help either backstage or front of house at its next pantomime season. Current members are already working on their production of Jack and the Beanstalk, which will be unveiled to the public in January and February at the Church Hall at St James Church, Church Lane, Wrightington. Anyone interested in helping with scenery, props, costumes, make-up, checking tickets, refreshments, selling raffle tickets, or any other activities would be more than welcome. Contact Pauline Chapman on 01257 453087 for further details. The shows will be performed nightly on Friday, January 24, Saturday, January 25th (afternoon matinée also offered), Thursday, January 30, Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1. Tickets are priced at £6 for adults and £4 for schoolchildren and the over 60s. A special family ticket of £25 for six people will also be available.

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Autumn Serenade Standish Chorale is hosting an ‘Autumn Serenade’ on Saturday, October 5. The musical director for the event is Mel Levy and the accompanist is Stephen Reynolds. The ‘Serenade’ will be held at St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall at 7.30pm. It’s a ‘bring your own drinks’ affair but glasses and nibbles are provided. Tickets are £8, £7 and students £2. For more information, call 01257 427284.

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Planning Ahead Wigan Central Ward Haighfield Nursing Home, 241 Wigan Road: Erection of balconies to side and rear (application reference A/13/78462). Neighbour consultation ends October 6. 44 Wallgate: Change of use at ground floor and basement from amusement centre to A2 Betting Shop, also to include new shop front and air conditioning units (application reference A/13/78468). Neighbour consultation ends on October 3. 103 Dicconson Street: To use existing house of multiple occupancy as three self-contained apartments (application reference A/13/78527). Neighbour consultation ends on October 10. Wigan Council Town Hall, Library Street: External Alterations including new doorway to north east elevation, external bridge access from Hewlett Street to first floor, installation of roof mounted air handling equipment and alterations to existing external door openings together with internal refurbishment and alterations (application reference A/13/78471). Neighbour consultation ends on September 27.

Shevington with Lower Ground Ward 16 Ayrefield Grove, Appley Bridge: Householder retrospective application to retain decking area at the Vincents_Ad_Layout 1 10/09/2013 15:58 Page 1 rear of the property (application reference A/13/78493). Neighbour consultation ends on September 30.


Standish with Langtree Ward Former Langtree Garage 283 Preston Road: Erection of fourteen 2.5 storey dwellings with associated access, parking and landscaping (application reference A/13/78169). Neighbour consultation ends on September 30. 27 Thirlmere Avenue, Standish: Application to extend dwellinghouse, single storey to side and rear (application reference A/13/78482). Neighbour consultation ends on September 27.

Parbold Ward Langdale, Brandreth Park: Two storey side extension (application reference 2013/0941/FUL). Standard consultation ends on October 1.

Newburgh Ward 3 Spencers Bridge, Back Lane: Part two storey/part single storey rear extension (application reference 2013/0965/FUL). Neighbour consultation ends on October 3. More information on planning applications in Wigan Central, Shevington with Lower Ground and Standish with Langtree wards can be obtained from the Wigan Council website at; for Parbold and Newburgh visit the West Lancashire Borough Council website at

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Battle Drive Steven Spielberg's film ‘War Horse' sparked huge interest in the role Lathom Park played in the 1914-18 war effort. However, having been given ‘the Hollywood treatment’, some misconceptions have now taken root about the work of West Lancashire’s ‘war horses’. Local historian Richard Houghton separates fact from fiction…

and mules passed through Lathom Park. Given that the war ran for another year, 300,000 is not an excessive final number. Lathom Park, Lord Lathom’s ancestral home, was 15 miles from Liverpool and he offered his spacious hall and parklands to the War Department should no other nearer, suitable location, be forthcoming. Canada Dock in Liverpool, along with the ’landing stage’, became the focal point for importation of horses and mules in the north. Transported by cargo ship across the Atlantic hoping to evade the German U-Boat threat,

Prior to The Great War, no British Army had ever gone into conflict without the horse. However, in summer 1914, no-one could have foreseen the scale on which it was to become reliant upon an animal that epitomizes all the characters connected with the bravest of men; courage, steadfastness, determination, strength and, above all, loyalty. The army of 1914 was small and ill prepared for war, but it was the best trained in the world.

Horses being unloaded at Ormskirk Station circa 1915

By August 1914, there were around 26,000 horses within the army, but within two weeks that had increased by 140,000 following instigation of an Act of Parliament which commandeered horses from farmers, businesses, livery yards and private owners. That number was to prove small when compared to the number that was evidently needed to prosecute the coming war to end all wars. War Office statistics indicate that between September 1914 and November 1917, 215,000 horses


this was indeed a perilous journey packed into the holds of ships. It is an unfortunate, but sad, fact of war that many horses and merchantmen crews perished with their valuable cargo. Horses were transported by rail from Liverpool into Ormskirk Station goods yard. After unloading they were ‘driven on the hoof’ down Derby Street then through the country lanes of Lathom, exiting out at Hall Lane at the crossroads with Cranes Lane into Lathom Park.

Work commenced at Lathom in September 1914 under the guidance of Sir John Jackson, and was set out originally as a civilian establishment with an ’army’ emphasis on the lay out. The depot had an Army Regimental Headquarters staff formed from Army Service Corps troops. It was this Regiment the Army Service Corps (ASC) that was the major unit at the depot, assisted by a ‘detachment’ from the Army Veterinary Corps (AVC) whose local HQ was at Scarisbrick Hall.

Remount officers at Lathom Park In January 1915 the civilian personnel at the depot became ‘militarized’ overnight with most men enlisting in either the ASC or AVC. The reason was that it was much more economical to pay a soldier directly than as a contractor, albeit that person was the same man. All the foremen became NCOs (Non Commissioned Officers) within a few weeks, much of the civilian existence retracted and a military establishment much larger than its predecessor resulted. However, it's entirely untrue that civilian employment ceased as no camp could function without them. With the advent of conscription in 1916, men of soldiering age were compulsory enlisted, thus ‘over age’ men and domestics were still employed in many instances within the depots of the military. Add the existence of the ‘established’ Army Ordnance Depot at Burscough since 1910, the area resembled a ‘rural garrison’ and the economic and social impact of this was enormous on this part of Lancashire. The pubs of Lathom, Burscough, Skelmersdale and Newburgh villages would be well frequented by troops, while Ormskirk and its business environment would be far richer for the army on its doorstep. The Remount Depot was primarily for breaking/ training horses to work in ‘teams’ - four, six or eight for the purpose of hauling guns and wagons. The human

portion of this was the training of men to ‘drive’ the said horse teams. Not all these men had previous experience, they had to be trained to handle the horse, hence schooling at an environment best suited to do so. Indeed, some horses were broken for being ridden as Officers' Mounts, and some were dispatched to reserve units of cavalry elsewhere in the UK. The romantic indiscretion of ‘War Horse’ depicting The King Edwards Horse ‘charging’ the German maxims is fanciful. Mounted cavalry indeed did exist but were mainly employed to protect the lines of communication between rear depots and the front. In truth, they saw very little action. – indeed the use of the horse as a cavalry mount into battle in the Great War occurred just four times on the Western Front, one of those was by Indian Cavalry in 1916, with one charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba. War Office archives inform us that some 5,600 men had passed through Lathom Park to November 1917, before going onto affirm “that there have been significant shortages of personnel owing to; (a) To the dispatch of squadrons and reinforcing drafts overseas, (b) To the drafting of ’A’ category men to combatant units.“ I believe the statement is ambiguous because, given the number of regiments employed in recruiting within South West Lancashire (12), add to that the location of many recruiting places nationally, it is unlikely that Lathom Park would have lent itself for ‘recruiting’ to such a large number when it had an important strategic focus directed towards horses. I believe the papers show actually a number ‘passed through’ Lathom Park rather than ‘passed out’. Next time, I’ll be looking at the stories of the men who enlisted at Lathom Park and why, based on new evidence, I believe Lathom Park had another, but little known, function during the Great War. Richard Houghton is secretary of Lathom & Burscough Military Heritage Society, created in 2011 with the sole intention to recognising the military heritage and contribution of the part played by the establishments/memorials of this district. Visit or email for further information.


Credit Union

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Unify Credit Union holds a weekly session at Shevington Community Centre & Youth Club. Unify was established in 2002 by the formation of three small community credit unions. In 2009 the last remaining community credit union, Worsley Mesnes Credit Union, joined forces with Union – making Unify the largest credit union in Wigan Borough.

A charity evening of mediumship with Howard Davison and Jenny Moore to raise funds for the Polysystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Charity is being held at The Boulevard, 17-19 Wallgate.

Credit Unions are community savings and loans co-operatives, owned and run by the members. Membership is available to anyone who lives or works within Wigan Borough. Any profits at the end of the financial year are given back to the members in the form of an annual dividend. In 2010 the dividend was 2.5%. All members receive the same dividend and junior members are paid interest on savings equal to the adult members’ dividend. The weekly session is held on Saturdays between 10.30am-11.30am.

Homes Plan Outline planning permission is being sought to build four homes at 89 Gathurst Lane, Shevington. It’s anticipated a decision will be made by Wigan Council in October. Further information on the plans can be viewed at

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PKD is the most common genetic renal disorder. In the UK, it accounts for around one in 10 people on dialysis and one in eight with a kidney transplant. PKD affects between 1 in 400 and 1 in 1,000 people worldwide. It occurs equally in both men and women, across all ethnic groups. The event takes place on October 17. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £5 each and can be purchased from the Boulevard or via Alternatively you can pay £7 on the door.

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Four new affordable homes could be built on land north of 7 Broadhurst Lane, Wrightington. An outline planning application has been submitted to West Lancashire Borough Council. The formal consultation process has now ended and a decision is expected to be made by the end of October. Further details about the application can be viewed at

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If you want the crowds to come along to your next community group event, school fair or charity fundraiser, email the details to Local Life. Not only can we publish the event free in our four magazines in Wigan, St Helens, Chorley and West Lancashire, but we can also tweet about your event to our 1500+ followers on Twitter!

A local organisation is celebrating a string of major successes in delivery of services to West Lancashire residents. Over the last five years, South West Lancashire Independent Community Advice Network (ICAN) has delivered a Big Lottery funded Advice and IT Project. At the core of the project were five main service delivery themes, including improving residents’ access to quality, free employment law and welfare rights advice, increasing access to quality ICT facilities, training and support and helping people boost their knowledge, confidence and transferable skills in a range of areas.

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A spokesman said: “Over the lifetime of the project we outperformed our main targets; assisting over 7,309 clients, trained over 350 in employment law, benefits and debt, generated almost £6 million pounds in to the local economy, assisted over 1,048 clients overcome ‘the digital divide’ and assisted 128 clients to gain employment.” For more information on ICAN, visit www. or telephone 01695 726269.

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Wigan Expo 2013 The best of the borough will be on show at Wigan Business Expo Twenty 13 in October.

Fibre Fest The Fibre Festival is returning to the area for the second year running. Organised by Carole and Col Wareing, of The Wool Boat, there will be a wide range of knitting and crafting yarns for sale with at least five local commercial yarn retailers, three independent spinners and dyers, and a felt maker along with crafters with finished garments for sale. In addition, there will also be demonstrations of spinning and lace making, with an area set aside for a good old knit and natter. There is still room for one or two more exhibitors, either yarn and fibre sellers, or local crafters that would like to sell their creations - tables cost £10 for the day. It is being held at The Grove Youth & Community Centre, Station Approach, Burscough, on Sunday, October 20, between 10am and 4pm. For more information, call Carole or Colin Wareing on 07931 356204 or visit www.

More than 140 firms, including Local Life, will have stands at the event, which is held at the DW Stadium. The aims of the Expo include enabling local businesses to showcase their goods and services to buyers from across the region and beyond, strengthen the local supply chain and support borough based businesses during these difficult economic times. Wigan Business Expo is not-for-profit, with every penny generated used to pay for the event, which takes place between 8am and 3pm on October 11. More information can be found at Business/Business-Expo/index.aspx

History Talks Douglas Valley Historical Society welcomes Janet Bradshaw to its October 15 meeting. Janet will give a talk entitled ‘Nine Lives’ - Saxon Times to World War II at Tatton Park. On November 19, Veronica Massam will delve into the Lancashire Jacobite Network and the Consequences of the 1715’. Both events are held at Parbold Women’s Institute, The Common, starting at 7.45pm. Visitors pay £2 per meeting or can take out an annual subscription for £12.

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St Anne’s Groups St Anne’s Church in Church Lane, Shevington, holds regular groups which are open to the whole community. Details are as follows: • CAMEO - A group for widows and widowers. Includes lunch and a talk. Meets on the third Thursday of every month, 11.15am in St Anne’s Church Parish Centre • Mother’s Union - A group for Christian Women to support each other and make a difference in the world. Meets every other Wednesday evening in St Anne’s Church Parish Centre • JAM Club - A group for primary age children. Meets on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, 9.45am to 11am. Meets in St Anne’s Church

• Tiddlywinks - A group for pre-school children. Meets on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, 9.45am to 11am. Meets in St Anne’s Church • Scamps - A Christian toddler groups. Meets every Tuesday afternoon at 1.30pm during term time. Meets in St Anne’s Church Parish Centre • Saturday Special - A group for primary school aged children, on the third Saturday of the month, 10amnoon. Meets in St Anne’s Church Parish Centre • One Way - A group for teenagers aged 11-15 every Tuesday night during term time from 7pm-8.30pm. Meets in St Anne’s Church Parish Centre • Messy Church - Open to everyone, a service for the whole family. Meets on the first Saturday of every month, from 4.30pm-6.30pm, in St Anne’s Church Parish Centre For further details log onto

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Mums & Tots Little Saints Mum and Tots Group meets every Thursday during term time from 9am-11 am at All Saints Church, Finch Lane, Appley Bridge. The cost is £1 per family including tea and toast. Contact Shelley Spence on 07779 933309 for more details.

Dementia Cafes People with dementia and their carers are invited to attend three ‘Dementia Cafes’ in West Lancashire this month. One will be on October 4 in Meeting Room Two at Skelmersdale Library between 10am and noon. Another will be held at Parbold WI, The Common, on October 11 between 10am and noon. And on October 30, a café will be held at Age UK’s Wellbeing Centre on Moorgate, Ormskirk, from 10am-noon.

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The cafés are open meetings, providing an opportunity to meet with other people in a similar situation. For further information, contact Amanda Boult on 01772 788700.

WI Meetings Appley Bridge Women’s Institute is inviting locals to its regular meetings. The organisation meets every second Wednesday of the month at Appley Bridge Village Hall, Appley Lane North, at 7.30pm . A spokesman said: “The meetings are friendly with some good speakers and lots of interesting things going on. There is also a monthly walking group, a book club, an open garden scheme and the occasional trip out. So do come along, a warm welcome awaits you.”

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A fundraising evening is being held in a bid to tackle a terminal illness being battled by the son of ex-Wigan star Andy Johnson. The event is being held by the Joining Jack charity, inspired by Jack Johnson, aged four, who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) two years ago. The muscle wasting condition means that by the time he reaches adolescence, he will no longer be able to walk, and may need ventilation to help him breathe. Eventually, his heart and lungs will fail and he will die from DMD.

Live in Standish with Langtree Ward and got a local issue which needs looking into? Cllrs Gareth Fairhurst and George Fairhurst hold surgeries for residents at Standish Library every Saturday from 10am-11am. Cllr Emma McGurrin holds surgeries at the library on the third Tuesday of the month, from 5pm-6.30pm, and then at Standish Labour Club from 8pm-9pm on the same day.

The night takes place at Shaw Hill Golf & Country Club near Chorley on Saturday, November 2, starting at 7pm. Carriages at 1pm. It will be hosted by Granada Reports presenter Paul Crone, and includes a Champagne reception, four course dinner, auction, raffle and entertainment. Dress code is formal.

Car Volunteers Lancashire Community Car Scheme is looking for volunteer helpers in the local area. If you have a car and an hour or so to spare each week, they need your help in assisting people in the community. For further details call Julie on 01772 516208.

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On Yer Bike! Adults of all ages are being invited to take part in a series of local cycling outings in the Wigan area. Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust Active Living is offering everyone from beginners to experienced riders to get in the saddle. The sessions are aimed at supporting adults with everything from keeping your balance to ensuring confidence on the road. The leisure rides take place on traffic free routes and some even include refreshments after the ride to continue the social side of cycling. Cycles and helmets are provided or people can take their own. For more information on Active Living’s off-road Health on Wheels Programme call 01942 488 481 or visit www.

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Library Activities

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Standish Library holds a wide range of activities which local residents can take part in. Flower arranging classes take part on October 31, £6 for the session. Art classes are held every two weeks on Thursdays from 10amnoon at a cost of £2. An adult craft and knitting group meets every Friday from 2pm-3pm. On the first Tuesday of the month, German classes are held from 2pm and 2.45pm. And if you are looking for help with getting a job or employment training, a work club is held every Monday from 2.30pm-4.30pm.

Action for Business Forum Wigan is holding a networking lunch at Haydock Park Racecourse on October 23 between noon and 2pm. The event includes a chance for 10 of the day’s attendees to give a 60 second pitch for their business to the assembled audience. The 10 companies will be selected on the day from a draw. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking.

History Talk Join author and historian Elizabeth Roberts for an illustrated talk about women’s experiences in the Lancashire textile industry on Tuesday, October 8, at the Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street. Did your grandmother or great-grandmother work in the cotton mills? What were their working lives like? How did they manage work and family life? Find out more about their experiences, based on oral history interviews from the early twentieth century. The talk, entitled “A woman’s Place: working wives and mothers in the textile industry”, takes place between noon and 1.15pm. Entry is £2.50 including tea/coffee.

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Home Front Museum of Wigan Life is inviting locals to its interactive heritage workshop on October 22 from 10.30am until noon. That’s when attendees will have the opportunity to learn, discuss, reminiscence and enjoy a slice of cake with tea or coffee about life on ‘The Home Front’ during the war. Booking is essential as places are limited so people are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. For more information, call 01942 828128.

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An ex-smoker from West Lancashire is backing a campaign aimed at people trying to kick the habit. Kerris Doyle. 30, visited the West Lancashire stop smoking service in October 2012. At eight weeks pregnant she was desperate to quit. Kerris has now teamed up with Lancashire County Council as part of Public Health England’s ‘Stoptober’ campaign.

Community groups in Wigan are being given the opportunity to bid for grants of up to £250. The Wigan 4 Good Fund is a new small grants fund for voluntary and community groups, local charities, and other not-forprofit organisations with charitable objectives based in the borough.

She said: “I’d been a heavy smoker for years and was desperate to give up. I saw the adverts in the doctor’s surgery and contacted my stop smoking service. It was really difficult at first and there were bad side-effects from quitting. I contacted the service again and they helped me through this. Having quit, I now feel much better. My advice to anyone thinking of quitting would be don’t do it on your own, visit your nearest clinic and get help.” Contact West and Central Lancashire stop smoking services on 0800 328 6297.

The fund will provide grants of up to £250 and will pay out twice a year – once in December and again in June. It has the capacity to fund up to four groups each funding round. The application for the first round of funding will close on Monday, October 28, at 5pm. Find out more about the fund and download an application form and guidelines by visiting www.

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F. Scott-Fitzgerald’s iconic The Great Gatsby is being shown at Parbold Picture House in the Village Hall on October 13 at 7pm. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, the film is rated 12A. The entry fee is £3.50 on the door. For further information, call 01257 464533.

The deadline for nominations to the Shevington and District Community Association Achievement Awards is looming. If you know of individuals or groups, who live locally and have made a real difference to the community, have achieved excellence in sport, the arts or fundraising or have achieved despite significant personal difficulties, they can be nominated. The awards will be presented at the end of November as part of the association’s Lancashire Day celebrations.

Quiz Night Parbold Women’s Institute is holding a quiz night with peas and pie supper in the WI Hall on October 8 at 7.30pm. The cost is £7.50 per person for teams of four. Tickets are available from Sylvia Wright on 01257 463411.

Nomination forms are available from Shevington Library or from members of the Community Association. Return them to the library or e-mail by October 10. For more information, email ShevingtonandDistrictCommunity_, search on Facebook under ‘Shevington and District Community Association’ or phone Sheila Milnes on 01257 253735.

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Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society welcomes a talk by from Maurice Appleton on cuttings and propagation at its October 9 meeting. On November 20, Philip Dunnett will give a talk on soft fruit. All meetings are at Parbold WI Hall at 8pm. Visitors welcome. For more information, contact David Pennington on 01704 821984.

In the UK it is thought that around one person in a hundred has autism, or one of the related conditions, known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ASDs are a group of syndromes affecting communication, relationships, social and adaptive skills, academic and vocational attainment. They are usually diagnosed in early childhood, and practically every website and academic textbook regards ASDs as a permanent, lifelong diagnosis. However, there has been research emerging that suggests, for some people, the diagnosis of ASD may not be lifelong after all. Recovery (and significant partial recovery) from ASD started to seem more plausible in 2008 when a researcher called Molly Helt and her team reviewed a number of pieces of ASD research and reached the conclusion that 3-25% of children indeed recover. The possibility of a small amount of people recovering from ASD has just been highlighted again in February 2013 by a research team headed by Deborah Fein involving a number of American universities. This US study identified a group of 31 people who had made a full recovery from ASD, in that when tested on a number of skills (social, communication, language and face recognition) they matched what is considered typical or normal for people without ASD. This most recent study gives hope because it took considerable care to ensure accuracy and was ran to extremely high standards. The researchers do point out however, that at this stage, some subtle symptoms may remain. However, they definitively identified the fact that some people diagnosed with autism can and do make a recovery to the point where they no longer demonstrate any significant autistic impairments. For further information, Google : 1) Can children with autism recover? If so, how? Molly Helt et al. in Neuropsychology review, Vol. 18, No 4, pages 339-366; December 2008 2) Optimal outcome in individuals with a history of autism. Deborah Fein et al. in Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, Vol 54, No. 2, pages 195-205; February 2013 Dr Mike Paull, Chiropractor.


Rock On! The Topspots, The Wigan Krew and The Delawares will all be rocking out for charity on October 19 at Standish Unity Club, Cross Street. There will also be a special guest appearance of drummer Harry Prytherch of The Remo Four. Admission isÂŁ1 on the door and the organisers are promising a great night out.

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Ten Years On What a summer! Record temperatures, Murray wins at Wimbledon, The British Lions turn over the Aussies, England retaining the Ashes and last but not least Prosper IFA Ltd has just had its most successful year since launching 10 years ago. I guess the last fact has probably slipped under the radar for most of you but you can’t blame me for giving it some air time. How the Murray win, the comprehensive retention of the Ashes and British Lions successes have been achieved are well documented. So why has Prosper had a record year in attracting new clients and funds? Whilst it is difficult to pin point the reasons I believe that one or a combination of the following has played a significant part; • Financial Conduct Authority Changes The retirement of other advisers and closure of a number of local financial advice firms due to the rule changes introduced in January 2013. Clients of these advisers still needed “independent” professional financial advice from a local firm. • Financial Advisers moving their businesses overseas Some advisers have moved into a non-UK Jurisdiction e.g. Cyprus for example, to avoid the impact of the new regulation. Clients of these firms really wanted to maintain the comfort of having the

more robust UK regulatory protection and therefore wanted to move their existing investments and pensions to a UK based adviser. • Banks Withdrawing from the Advice Market Following the changes introduced at the start of 2013, most of the High Street banks stopped offering investment advice, meaning many clients who have invested through their bank no longer receive any guidance on their investments. • Poor Interest Rates Traditional savers have become frustrated with the low interest rates and have decided to accept an element of risk in order to potentially improve their returns. • Prosper achieved Corporate Chartered Status in 2012 Since Prosper achieved this prestigious award in July 2012, an increasing number of local law and accountancy firms are now introducing their clients who require wealth management services to us • We’re on the High Street Having been on the High Street in Standish since 2007, new clients tell us that they have taken comfort in the fact that we have maintained a strong presence despite a number of other businesses coming and going in the local area during the last few years

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• Improving Market & Economic conditions The concerns around systemic failure in 2008/9 now seem to have abated and central bank policy to support the markets has resulted in stock market recovery and improving economic data. Whatever the reasons I am delighted to report that we intend to continue growing the business and we are currently in discussions with a number of industry professionals that are looking to join and strengthen our team. So what about the future for the financial advice firms and their clients? All Local Life readers that have been left without an adviser, are considering changing their adviser or wish to take up the services of a financial adviser for the first time really need to do their homework before making their final decision. When choosing a financial adviser, it’s important to understand what type of service you’re getting. Independent versus ‘restricted’ advice From 1st January 2013, professional financial advisers fall into two categories - independent and restricted. It’s important to understand the difference - it can have a big impact on the type and range of advice you’ll get. Find out what this means and how the adviser charges for their services Qualifications and experience All financial advisers must have a qualification at Level 4 or above of the National Qualifications and Credit Framework. In addition, they must hold a Statement of Professional Standing, which confirms that they are suitably qualified, that they subscribe to a code of ethics and have maintained competence through continuing

professional development. Ask your adviser what level of qualification they hold. If you have any doubts, check with the relevant body. Where should you start? is a very useful website. It will provide you with details of advisers in your area and more importantly allows you to critique your selection on the basis of type of advice and the qualifications held by the advisers. In brief: We offer “Independent” Financial Advice. Prosper are Wigan’s first and only Corporate Chartered Financial Planners and we look after £75million on behalf of 350 personal and corporate clients. Should any Local Life readers who have investable assets over £75,000 want to talk to us or would like a copy of our corporate brochure please do not hesitate to get in touch. The first meeting is without obligation and is at our expense.

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Are you struggling to find space for the kids’ new toys? Are your drawers and cupboards overflowing with barely-used baby clothes you no longer need? The Wigan and St Helens branch of parents’ charity NCT is appealing for items for its Nearly New Sale, which will enable you to make cash from your used clothes, toys and equipment. The sale is on Saturday, October 12,between 11.30am-1pm at St. David’s Church, Eskdale Avenue, Carr Mill, St Helens. Admission is a donation of £1 per adult in aid of the NCT.

A by-election is to be held in Parbold Ward on Thursday, October 10, following the death of local West Lancashire Borough Councillor for the ward, Barbara Kean. The candidates are Clare Gillard (Labour), Damon Noone (UKIP) and David Whittington (Conservatives). Polling will take place between 7am and 10pm.

Sarah Underhill, the local branch’s Nearly New sale co-ordinator, said: “These sales are a win-win situation for parents. They can make a bit of cash by selling items they no longer need and pick up a bargain. Whether you’re buying, selling or both you can be sure you’re helping to support other local parents. Proceeds help to provide face-to-face support to parents in Wigan and St. Helens, as well as funding national helplines, breastfeeding counselling, training antenatal and postnatal teachers and many more services. The Sales are open to everyone, not just NCT members.” For more information and to register as a seller contact Sarah on 0844 2436325 or email wigannearlynewsale@

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Accountancy - by Chris Alcock ACMA

Top Tax Saving Tips Everyone likes to save money and it is surprising how few people actually take any steps to reduce their bills. However, if you take a pro-active approach to tax there is no reason why you can’t make significant savings.

10 Top Tax Tips 1. Check Your Tax Code – Most individuals pay their tax via the PAYE scheme. Your tax code determines how much tax you pay each time you are paid so make sure it is correct. The basic code the current year is 944L. 2. Business Mileage – If you incur business mileage as part of your job make sure you are claiming these back at the correct rate. The approved mileage rate is 45p per mile and if your employer reimburses at a lower rate you can claim tax relief on the difference. 3. Other Business Expenses – There are some expenses that you can claim tax relief against if you don’t get them reimbursed, such as teacher’s union subscriptions. These claims can be back dated for up to 4 years. 4. Consider Salary Sacrifice Schemes – There are a number of schemes where employers could offer you a benefit other than a salary. These include child care vouchers and even a scheme to help you buy a bike to travel to work on. 5. Company Cars – If you enjoy the benefit of a company car, consider a car with a low CO2 emission value or look at the option of a car allowance rather than the car itself. Also, if you

receive the benefit of private fuel, then do look at whether this is actually worth the tax that you pay on the benefit. 6. Use your Pension Contribution – Pension contributions are exempt from tax, so you can reduce your income tax by putting extra cash into your pension. 7. Rent a Room – If you are a home owner with a spare room you may be able to benefit from the rent-a-room scheme where you can receive up to £4,250 tax free. 8. Buy to Let Expenses – If you rent a property out, remember to claim all your expenses incurred in connection with the property. This includes mileage expenses visiting the property, the cost of gardeners and repairs and the interest on a mortgage. If you make a loss on letting property, remember to offset it against future profits. 9. Working From Home – If your employer asks you to work from home you can claim an allowance of £4 per week towards the cost. 10. Choose Tax Efficient Savings – Simple steps like using up your ISA allowance can save considerable money.

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Money Saving - by Martin Lewis If you live in rented accommodation, you don’t need your landlord’s permission to save money. There are many things you can do to slash bills around the house. With the numbers of tenants rising, rents are fiercely expensive in many areas, so never has it been more crucial. Here are my top tips for renters: Renters have a right to switch and save on energy If you pay the gas and electricity bill directly (not via the landlord), and it isn’t specifically banned in your tenancy agreement, you can and should compare and switch. Don’t stick with the previous tenants’ supplier, as it can be costly. Always do a meter reading as soon as you move in. To find your cheapest deal, use an Ofgem Confidence Code comparison site, where you simply plug your details in and it gives you the answer. Even if you’re on a prepaid meter, you can still switch supplier and save. Yet if you want to convert from a prepaid to a normal meter, it’s best to get your landlords permission in writing, as it physically changes the property. Cheap contents insurance If you rent, your landlord is responsible for buildings insurance, so you only need contents cover. As for what each covers, a quick way to picture this is to think of all the stuff that’d fall if you turned your home upside down. If only you and/or your family live in the home then getting the cheapest cover is quite simple. Simply combine and to bag the maximum number of quotes in the minimum time. Then check and, which they miss.

Furnish for FREE! If you’ve gone unfurnished or part-furnished, then online giveaway sites can help you for nothing. Hundreds of top-quality goodies are available daily for free from web communities like and Some is tat, but some is treasure. Check letting fees Renters can be hit by huge and unfair fees. Some reported to me include £120 for permission to buy a dog or £60 for photocopying a contract. Sadly, there’s little regulation over these charges, but at least make sure you know what they are so you avoid them. Do I need my own TV licence? In shared homes, this usually depends on the tenancy agreement. Joint tenants can usually share, but if you have your own tenancy, you need your own licence. For exact rules (including lodgers), see www. FREE boilers Four big energy providers—EDF, Eon, Npower and Scottish & Southern—are giving away boilers (typically worth £2,300) for nothing, plus loft and cavity wall insulation. You don’t have to be a customer to qualify. You need to have an inefficient/broker boiler and be on a low income/get income-related benefits or pension credit. To check, call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 (England and Wales). Check your driving licence If you’re stopped with incorrect information on your driving licence, it can result in a £1,00 fine. Over 2.6 million have the incorrect address. Few know your photo licence must be renewed and updated every 10 years (the 4B date on your licence). Renewing costs £20, but is cheaper than a fine.

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, with 13 million monthly users.

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Class from the Past - Shevington High School

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companies try to force you into their recommended garages – which may not even specialise in your vehicle make or model – without a solicitor you face following an internal complaints procedure, which may ultimately may not give you the end result that you are hoping for. A solicitor on your side means that you have someone who will fight for your rights and compensation all of the way to a Court room if necessary and this means you are much more likely to get what you actually deserve as quickly as possible.

So why bother to instruct a solicitor or take this further if all it is going to mean is that you will be hassled by strangers and spend precious hours in your already busy day dealing with it? The first and most important piece of advice is do not accept the offer made to you over the telephone without seeking legal advice. If you accept this offer you cannot go back and ask for more compensation, even if it later transpires that you have a permanent injury. The next issue may be the repairs to your car. It is often the case that these are not done to a high standard, or an insurance company may claim that you can only have your repairs undertaken at their own recommended garages. This is just not correct or acceptable; however as an individual against a large corporate insurance company fighting just this sort of treatment you will be facing an uphill struggle.

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A solicitor would never advise you to settle an injury claim without obtaining a medical report. This is because the symptoms of whiplash type injuries (which are the most common in road traffic accidents) can vary and fluctuate. You may feel fine for a day or two after a collision only for pain to creep up on you in the week after the incident. These symptoms may then go on to be present intermittently for several months or even years.

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Market Forces Farmers’ markets experienced a boom for many years prior to the recession, but how are they faring in the current climate? David Sudworth reports… TV has an uncanny knack of tapping into the mood of the times, but in certain circumstances it can actually promote change from almost out of nowhere. Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall’s 1999 series, Escape to River Cottage, was one such example of a broadcast which in some ways was out of place in a nation that was seemingly obsessed with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

One market which has endured though can be found at Cedar Farm on Back Lane, Mawdesley. Every first Saturday of the month, traders and shoppers come from far and wide to browse, buy and swap tips about cooking and drinking. And it’s not just established businesses which can be found there, a number of fledgling enterprises have also set up stall in recent months. One of those is Wigan-based Lady Mabel’s Ales, run by teacher Paul Christopherson. Paul, who brews in the kitchen of his home on Chorley Road, Standish, hit on the idea purely as an extension of his hobby.

The concept of ‘grow your own’ was not new though; it was the sort of philosophy to which The Good Life’s Tom and Barbara were aspiring to back in the mid-1970s, albeit presented in a lightly mocking way. Before that, it was how many families survived during the war. However, both programmes, although shown almost 30 years apart, in their own ways helped start a trend which culminated in the birth, or perhaps rebirth, of the Farmers’ Market. And once the craze took hold, no place was deemed out of bounds - city centres, village halls and even busy roadsides were all given over to large groups of cheery souls milling in and out of smartly dressed tables offering traditional cheeses, artisan breads and freshly harvested vegetables. Even the lure of cut price ‘everything under one roof’ supermarkets couldn’t tempt them… farmers’ markets were by and large able to retain their faithful devotees with minimum effort. Then the financial crash hit hard; prices started rising, jobs were put at risk and savers were hit with rock bottom interest rates. Almost overnight, people became more price conscious. This led to some markets either being postponed or cancelled altogether. Indeed, in researching this article, I turned up at one venue only to be told the market had ceased some months previously. In another case, I phoned in advance and was told the same story.


Paul Christopherson, from Standish, with his daughter, Tess, at their Cedar Farm stall “I’ve been brewing for four years but decided to give this a try so have been selling since April,” says Paul. “I’m interested in ghost stories so the enterprise is named after Lady Mabel who did penance for bigamy by walking barefooted from Haigh Hall to Mabs Cross. The beers are named after ghosts so we have Bigamist, Red Clogs which was a Pemberton ghost, and Headless Horseman. “We really like this market. People who come here like to know they are buying local, maybe items they can’t buy anywhere else, and importantly where it comes from.” Milling around the stalls, it’s evident that part of giving people what they want includes branching out from offering just the traditional farmers’ market fayre.

Mandy Costick and Matt Brice, from Chorley, recognised this and sell homemade snacks…. for dogs. The inspiration came from raising money for the shelter their German Shepherd rescue dogs, Zara and Dino, came from and from that Zara & Dino’s Doggie Cakes was born.

So are farmers’ markets here to stay? John believes they have a bright future, provided they keep pace with customer demands. “We’ve been coming to Cedar Farm for four or five years now, “ he said. “This is well established market, it has quality produce so the numbers of people coming has been consistent. “Some markets have died off and we have dropped markets because they are poor. Providing markets can evolve and give the customer what they want, they will be here to stay.”

Mandy Costick and Matt Brice, of Chorley-based Zara & Dino’s Doggie Cakes Matt maintains they are a niche brand but one that fits in well with the farmers’ market offer: “Programmes like River Cottage and Jamie Oliver have made people more aware. The prices at farmers’ markets have nudged up, but for us it is about the quality of the produce. People want to know what they, and in our case their pets, are actually eating.” Fellow trader John Kirby, of Lancashire-based Reedy’s Naturally jams and chutneys, agrees that provenance is a big plus, especially in the post-horsemeat scandal era. “For instance, our beetroots and onions come from Banks, and our tomatoes and rhubarb come from Kirkham Prison,” reveals John. “The newer customers do ask quite regularly.”

Sarah Rodriguez, from family-run Inglenook Farm


‘People becoming entrepreneurial’ Sarah Rodriguez and mother Barbara Cobain host markets at Inglenook Farm, just off the Rainford Bypass, between St Helens and Ormskirk, every second Sunday of the month. One aspect which has been noticeable in the 18 months they’ve been running, says Sarah, is how the recession has actually inspired some people to set up their own enterprises. Sarah told Local Life: “You notice people who have been made redundant who have now decided to be entrepreneurs. For instance, we know someone who used to be a financier but is now making his own chocolate which we stock here at Inglenook.

John Kirby, of Reedy’s Naturally jams and chutneys, sources some of his produce from West Lancashire

“We get up to around 40 stalls full of foods and crafts, and it’s thriving. The economic situation has made people wanting to buy local, supporting local businesses as opposed to large corporations. There’s a huge presence on social media such as Facebook and Twitter around this.”


Flower Power Parbold & District Flower Club’s October 9 meeting will see Elizabeth Murray present a talk entitled ‘To Autumn’. On November 13, Liz Broad will be giving a talk on ‘Festive Festivities’ while on November 19, there will be a Gala Evening – Patti Dawson and Kate Russell with ‘A Christmas Carol with Apologies to Charles Dickens.

Sporting Challenge A West Lancashire group enjoyed a fun-packed day thanks to funding secured from Skipton Building Society. Sporting Challenge, which supports people with learning disabilities and their carers, arranged a day at Rock and River Outdoor Pursuits in Mawdesley, where members were able to take part in climbing, archery and canoeing.

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Anglezarke & Rivington As part of the West Pennine Moors, which in itself has around 90 square miles to explore, Anglezarke has plenty to offer the energetically-minded. However, today we were just going to explore a small section of it, a circular walk comprising of around 4.8 miles around Yarrow and Anglezarke reservoirs. First thing to say is this is not a walk for a complete beginner, as the steepness in the early stages can be challenging. However, once you overcome that, you are rewarded with wide-ranging views spanning from the Welsh mountains right across to Blackpool Tower. Notwithstanding the fact it was a pretty overcast day in early September, our views were fairly clear. To get to the starting point, head to Moor Road car park, sandwiched between Anglezarke Reservoir and Yarrow Reservoir (nearest postcode is PR6 9DQ). Don’t forget to take some loose change as it is a Pay & Display car park. It also closes at 5pm each day, so that needs to be borne in mind before setting off. It took us three and a half hours, but I’m not a regular walker and we included a 15 minute break, plus time for taking photographs. Once the ticket was on the dashboard, we headed off – Jack speedily so in search of his first ‘fetch’ stick – down the path and into the wilderness. To be honest, you


could spend all day picking the blackberries which were in abundance and not get much beyond 500 yards, but we were feeling slightly more active so carried on northwards, with Anglezarke Reservoir appearing through the trees on the left. Nature lovers can have a field day in these parts with mallard, tufted ducks, sparrow hawks and coots all inhabiting the area. Eventually, once we passed the quarry stone, we veered away north eastwards towards the perfectly manicured banks of High Bullough reservoir. Just past that is a small wooden bridge on the right which we trekked over, with Jack still a good 50 yards ahead. This is where the walk starts to get steep, and it didn’t help that the air and ground was quite moist. At the top, the ground was quite boggy and unfortunately had a slightly unpleasant whiff to it. The good news is it didn’t last long and we soon had Manor House, a beautiful Grade II listed building dating back to the 17th Century, to marvel at. It’s at this point your energy-sapping endeavours begin to be rewarded with lovely views. Bear right after Manor House onto the main Moor Road towards Winter Hill to continue on your way.

Thankfully, the walk now starts to get a little flatter as we head southwards. Eventually, we got to a small bridge but instead of crossing it, we followed the stream and ended up coming across two points of historical interest. The first, on the left hand side, are the stone remnants of a waterwheel and pumping station – a legacy from the area’s lead mining which can be traced back to the 1690s. The mines were finally abandoned in 1837, and it was only in 1982 that excavations uncovered the only brick work which can now been seen from behind a fence, erected due to the fact they could be susceptible to collapse. The second point of interest is on the steep pathway directly behind the old waterwheel, and it’s a memorial to a Wellington Bomber aircraft which crashed there during World War II. Once viewed, come back down the slope, across the river at the next footbridge and you will now be heading towards Alance Bridge. If you’re feeling a bit weary at this point, or time is running out on your vehicle ticket, you can always tail off back to the car park. Jack was in no mood to call it a day at this point, although admittedly I was wavering, but we soldiered on.

Anglezarke Plane Crash Memorial This monument, erected by the Rotary Club of Horwich almost 60 years ago, marks the spot where six men lost their lives during World War II. On November 12, 1943, the crew of Zulu 8799, a Wellington Bomber, took off from Wymeswold in Leicestershire on a training exercise. It would never return. The aircraft started to get into difficulties across Lancashire, causing its engines to start making loud noises, and eventually it came down on Hurst Hill. All men on board, pilot Flight Sergeant Joseph B. Timperon, from Australia, and Sergeants Eric R. Barnes, Matthew Mouncy, Robert S. Jackson, Joseph B. Hayton and George E. Murray, were killed instantly. A subsequent investigation found that the weather conditions that day was the most likely cause. Each year on Remembrance Sunday, a service is held there to pay tribute to the six who lost their lives.


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The clouds were now parting, enabling the sun to put in an appearance. Before long we found ourselves literally at a fork in the road; bear left across the stream for a well-earned cuppa and rest, or keep to the main asphalt pathway and get back to the car quicker. We mused about it for a couple of minutes and decided the lure of refreshments and a sit down too hard to resist. However, having had my fill of steep paths for one day, I groaned inwardly at the sight of yet more of the blighters. However, this path was purpose built, not ‘au naturel’, and even had a sturdy metal handrail to clasp onto to pull my weary bones onwards and upwards – such luxury!

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And respite was soon forthcoming as we stumbled upon Village Green Tea Room, a converted chapel in the heart of Rivington, which offers a good selection of drinks and food. I opted for a fresh orange and vanilla slice while Jack quenched his thirst with a free bowl of water just by the doorway. Once our batteries had been recharged, we set off onto the home straight, heading down Sheep House Lane/Horrobin Lane and then taking a right before the road crosses Upper Rivington Resevoir. It’s a fairly staright route from there and, as we saw, is popular with joggers and cyclists. Poor Jack was now showing signs of flagging but from somewhere he managed to sniff out a tennis ball and in no time he was back to his bouncy self. One of the final features of the walk was the manmade river between the Yarrow and Anglezarke reservoirs. Although completely dry, and by the looks of it that has been the case for a good while, it’s really fascinating and provides an ideal spot for some last minute photos. Once done, we headed back to the car. By this time, having spent hours playing ‘fetch’ and dipping his paws in the various streams, Jack was feeling a bit lazy and wanted to be lifted up into the car for the drive home. What followed was a bit of a human/hound stand-off, but I persevered and eventually, albeit begrudgingly, Jack climbed in under his own steam. And that’s the lesson I learned from this walk, if you are a beginner but willing to persevere, in the end you will be rewarded with an enjoyable day which shows that, when put together, Mother Nature and man’s hand can actually come together and provide quite a stunning result.


Test Drive - by Andy Enright

Detect this A Honda SUV with a small and efficient diesel engine? It doesn’t seem the likeliest thing but here it is; the CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC. Let’s face it, diesel seems to have been a dirty word for a long time at Honda. Initially it was convinced that variable valve timing and petrol engines were a combination too good to ignore, but people still wanted the economy of diesel. Rather grudgingly, Honda inserted a 2.2-litre diesel into its line-up that was never clean, economical or refined enough to really cut the mustard. It’s only in recent years Honda has belatedly got with the program. The fourth generation CR-V is the recipient of a 1.6-litre i-DTEC unit. It’s a perfect fit for the CR-V; clean, economical and with just the right power and torque figures - throwing into sharp relief how badly Honda missed the target down the years with diesels. Still, that was then and this is now and the company is entitled to look very smug indeed.


This version directs drive to the front wheels only, so perhaps we should be a little wary of the ‘4x4’ label, preferring ‘light SUV’ instead. It’s fitted with a manual gearbox only and handling is helped by the fact this is the lightest diesel engine of its type. Care has also been taken to achieve a significant reduction in the engine and road noise entering the cabin. Sound insulation material has been applied to the floorpan below the passenger compartment, while sound absorption material has been fitted to the rear door, rear wheel arches, door frames, front bulkhead and bonnet. The doors now also feature a double seal. With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1,648 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is a capacious 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1,570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to load heavy or awkward items. The boot of the CR-V can now accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.

Prices for this 1.6 litre diesel variant have been kept quite competitive, starting at just under £23,000 for the S model. This variant is reasonably well equipped, featuring a DAB Radio, dual zone climate control air conditioning, cruise control, electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, USB connectivity, steering wheel remote audio controls, a five inch Intelligent Multi Info Display, 17” alloy wheels as well as all the driver safety aids such as ABS, driver seat power lumber support and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard. If you can stretch to a £25,000 budget, the plusher SE variant adds in front and rear parking sensors, a rear view camera, Bluetooth Hands Free connectivity, a CAT 1 alarm with ultrasonic sensor, a leather steering wheel, a leather gear shift, rain sensing auto wipers, dusk sensing auto lights and an auto dim rear view mirror. With both trim levels, there’s the option of satellite navigation for just under £800 more. Top of the range is the leather-lined SR model, priced at around £27,000. Here, you also get heated front

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Stay Ahead of Snails and Slugs Slugs and snails can transmit potentially deadly lungworm infection to dogs. With our weather becoming warmer and wetter, we are likely to see more of them around. If we appreciate the nature and implications of the link between dogs and these slimy creatures, we can act to protect our pet dogs. The adult lungworm Angiostrongylys vasorum measures up to an inch long. They live inside the major vessels carrying blood from the heart to the lungs and sometimes in the associated chambers of the heart. They breed in these vessels and lay eggs which reach the finer blood vessels where they hatch into first stage larvae. The larvae penetrate the vessel walls and enter the tissues of the lung from where they are coughed up, swallowed and eventually expelled with faeces. Foxes are known to contribute to the spread of this infection. The larvae in the dog faeces find their way into some slugs and snails, which if consumed by dogs transmit the infection. Dogs may eat slugs and snails voluntarily or accidentally when rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, by drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls or picking them up from toys. It is also suggested that live larvae can be present in the slime track left by the snail and thus dogs eating such slime covered grass can be infected. The larvae eaten with slugs and snails


mature in the bowel and ultimately reach the blood vessels of lungs to complete the life cycle. Symptoms may vary depending on the level of infection. Some dogs may show no symptoms if the infection is very light. Others may display vague symptoms like weight loss or intermittent lethargy and vomiting. In others it may develop into prominent cardio-respiratory symptoms like cough, exercise intolerance, difficulty breathing, nose bleed and coughing up of blood. Some dogs develop neurological signs like spinal pain, paralysis and fits. Confirmatory diagnosis depends on demonstration of larval worms in faeces, which is a tedious test. At Sunrise we use an in-house modern and very specific laboratory test to facilitate diagnosis of this disease. The lungworm infection can be prevented and treated by using appropriate worming medication. However, such medicines are not available over the counter. There is no point in giving worming treatment to a dog just for the sake of it. It is important to ensure that the worming treatment given is really effective and broad spectrum to address all potential worm related threats. Let us be at least a step ahead of slugs and snails. If I can be of any help in this regard, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01257 463 142.

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RSPB Meetings An illustrated talk on ‘Wildlife of the Shetland Islands’ by David Tolliday is being hosted by Wigan RSPB on Tuesday, October 8. Further dates for your diary include Brian Anderson’s talk on Tuesday, November 12,on ‘Petrels, Paddys and Penguins’. And the group’s last meeting of 2013 is on Tuesday, December 3,which sees John Power give his talk ‘Where Birds Draw Me’ . All meetings are held at St Anne’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Shevington, starting at 7.45 pm. Non-members are welcome, entry fee is £2 payable at the door. In addition to the indoor meetings, the group has a full programme of bird watching trips to both local bird watching sites and sites further afield. New members are always welcome and no experience is necessary. For more details log onto or email

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What’s On in the North West Blackpool Illuminations Autumn just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Blackpool’s world-famous northern lights. The magical Blackpool Illuminations will keep the resort aglow for 73 nights and offer a host of different experiences. Hop aboard an open top tram for the clearest view of the lights, or perhaps a horse drawn carriage could be a special romantic treat. If the weather is fine, why not walk the 10km along the front, accompanied by a bag of chips and some candy floss! When: Friday 30th August – Sunday 10th November Cost: Free Details:

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Billed as the most prestigious craft fayre in the North, this event showcases more than 150 of the UK’s leading designers and makers. This is a great chance to pick up some stylish homewares and unique fashion accessories including, ceramics, glass, textiles, furniture and jewellery. When: Cost: Details: Where:

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British Musical Fireworks Championships Southport’s skies burst into light as seven magnificent firework displays entertain you over three nights. The music starts, the fireworks are fired and the audience ‘Oooh’ as they realise the fireworks are dancing with the music. Watch some of the country’s top pyrotechnic teams compete with stunning firework displays to try and win the prestigious title of UK Champions. This year’s show has moved to Victoria Park – so prepare yourself for some jaw dropping displays. Three day passes are available and also single day tickets – they can be purchased in advance via telephone or from the Southport Tourist Information Centre. When: Cost: Details: Where:

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Farmageddon Farmageddon is a ‘Scream Park’, an interactive horror experience based at Farmer Ted’s tourist attraction in Downholland, near Ormskirk. The whole park is themed with roaming zombies and creatures of the night. A lot of the attractions have been revamped for 2013 – they’ll see you coming, they’ll hear you screaming but you won’t see them until it’s too late! Warning – this isn’t for the faint hearted and under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. This is a timed event and booking is essential. When: Friday 4th – Thursday 31st October Cost: from £16 Details: 0844 736 0152 Where: L39 7HW


Open Studio Weekend Glass manufacturer and design company Morpheus Glass hosts an Autumn open studio weekend at their base on the Hewitt Business Park, off Winstanley Road in Orrell. There will be a wide range of pieces on show with stock on sale at up to 70% off normal retail prices. Plus all orders placed on the weekend will receive 30% off the normal RRP. Refreshments will be available. When: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October Cost: Free Details: 01695 624182 Where: WN5 7XB

Disney on Ice – Dare to Dream Disney on Ice returns to the Manchester arena this autumn! Dare to Dream is a celebration of 75 years of Disney Princess stories. Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and watch as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming. All your favourite Princesses will take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime! When: Wednesday 16th – Sunday 20th October Cost: £22 - £41 Details: 0844 847 8000 Where: M3 1AR

Ghosts in the Garden Go ghost hunting in the gardens at Tatton Park this half term but be prepared to be (slightly) scared as you track them down. There’ll be spooky story telling in the eerie Tower Garden at weekends and a visit to the gardens at this time of year isn’t complete without the gardener’s amazing annual display of autumn vegetables. When: Saturday 19th October – Sunday 3rd November Cost: Adults £6, children £4 or a family pass £16 Details: 01625 374400 Where: WA16 6QN

Halloween at Speke Hall Speke Hall is the perfect day for all the family with lots of spooky Halloween entertainment on offer. Can you feel a chill? Did you hear that bump? Join the Woman in Black in the Great Hall for some ghoulish ghost stories that will make your hair stand on end! There will be two performances each day available from 6.30pm and 8pm and booking is highly recommended. When: Saturday 12th & Saturday 19th October Cost: Adults £10, children £6 Details: 0151 427 7231 Where: L24 1XD

Halloween at Samlesbury Hall Will you take up the nightmare quest this Halloween? With puzzles to solves, suspects to interrogate and clues to decipher; you will be flung into your own adventure game at Samlesbury Hall. Where only you can be the hero, will you rise to the challenge and become the super sleuth of the day? The Halloween event will take place from 6pm-10pm, so don’t be late! When: Thursday 31st October Cost: £6 per person or £20 for a family of four Details: 01254 812010 Where: PR5 0UP

Chester Antiques Show This is a traditional quality Antiques Fair on 3 floors of Chester Racecourse’s County Grandstand. 45 specialists assemble every February and October to offer visitors a wide selection of antiquities from medieval furniture to Deco jewellery and contemporary art. When: Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th October Cost: £3 (complimentary E-Tickets available via website) Details: 01825 744074 Where: CH1 2LY

North West Food Lovers Festival The Northwest’s largest indoor Food and Drink Festival is coming to EventCity next to the Trafford Centre. The Festival will feature all the best chefs from across the North West and UK, as well as all exhibitors showing some of the very best produce available. There will be kids cooking classes, wine seminars and of course, chef’s cooking up some of the best meals you have tasted. So book your tickets now – it’s a foodie’s heaven. When: Cost:

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Bonfire & Firework Fiesta Don’t miss Chorley Carnival’s annual Bonfire & Firework event this year, as it moves to its new home at Astley Park in the centre of Chorley. The whole family can enjoy a bonfire, professional fireworks display, fun fair, lots of yummy food and live entertainment. The event is open from 5pm but call to check for the latest times and any cancellations. When: Friday 1st November Cost: Minimum donation of £1 per person Details: 01942 496855 Where: PR7 1QS


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Garden Diary - by Angie Barker

Great balls of… Box ! After quite a few disappointing summers at last we can say that we’ve had a good one! The warmest and driest summer since 2006 and it was great to be able to use our gardens as outside rooms for relaxing in, entertaining and cooking. I believe the latest trend is the pizza oven – not for us though, Hubby is not a fan of pizza. Having reflected on summer now is the time of year to be giving some thought to winter structure in your garden because there is nothing more disheartening than seeing plants disappear below ground, with nothing left standing. Some perennials like Rudbeckia and grasses such as Miscanthus, will actually withstand all that winter can throw at them so don’t be tempted to cut them down until the spring. They will give structure and look really pretty with a frost and some winter sunshine.

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