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Wigan West Edition

Jan/Feb 2014

Taste Test in Tontine Jack’s Tracks visits Rivington Where Are They Now? - Frano Botica Old School Ties - Up Holland Grammar www.locallife247.co.uk


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Local. Valued. Trusted.

Cup Of Cheer

In this issue

Welcome to 2014 - and hello to the newer, fitter, healthier and happier you! That’s right, remember all the promises you made to yourself about a month ago? Well, it’s now time to put those fine words into action. Forget that most resolutions are all but distant memories by the third week in January, compounded by the miserably dark nights and the obligatory winter sniffles. Now is the time to keep the glass half full; remember the days are starting to get longer and Spring is within touching distance.

20 Class from the Past 26 Panto Roundup 52 Puzzle Corner 54 Planning Ahead 56 Recipe 62 Where Are They Now? 66 Jack’s Tracks visits Rivington 69 Garden Services 72 Your Pets 74 Motoring 79 Good Trader Guide 86 Useful Numbers

2014 promises to be an interesting year for a number of reasons; the economy looks to be getting better after a tough few years, the Commonwealth Games are coming to these shores, Scotland will decide whether it wants to stay in the UK and in the summer England may not lose on penalties to Germany in the Brazil 2014 World Cup (ok, perhaps that is stretching my optimism a little too far!) Joking aside, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we made 2014 the Year of Optimism? As a country, we can have a tendency to be a bit downbeat, always waiting for something to go wrong. After all, only in Britain could characters such as Basil Fawlty and Victor Meldrew be so celebrated! Perhaps if our collective attitude was more positive, we’d be further up the league tables for national happiness, rather than languishing behind the likes of Norway (1st), Holland (9th) and Germany (14th). And who knows, if we did exude more positivity, it might galvanise our national team to win the World Cup in Rio on July 13 … penalties or no penalties!

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Quality service comes as standard at Borron Shaw! Here’s a few quotes from our customers; "I bought my first home through Borron Shaw they made the whole process easy. They liaised with the developer regarding viewings and the purchase, and they even arranged my mortgage and took away all the stress of chasing lenders and solicitors.When I contacted the office all the staff were friendly and went out of their way to help me” Jack Hughes (Wigan Warriors) “A fantastic team, offering an end to end service. From the moment we went to view our new home to completion, they were always available and happy to answer any queries we had. We would recommend Borron Shaw to anyone looking to buy or sell their home” Ade Gardner (St Helens RLFC) “We sold our home and bought our new home through Borron Shaw and I would definitely recommend them. The accompanied viewings took away a lot of the stress associated with selling and when it came to looking for our new home they went the extra mile in finding our dream home. A professional service - ten out of ten!” Sue (Local Business Woman)

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The housing market is on the move, so 2014 will be a great year to sell your home and move up the housing ladder! ‘The latest Halifax House Price index shows that prices continued their upward march in November, rising by 7.7 per cent in the three months to November compared to 2012.’ Daily Mail 5th December 2013

If you have a house to sell in Orrell, Billinge or Up Holland, call Borron Shaw today for a free valuation. We are the area’s leading estate agent and you can be assured of quality customer service and satisfaction.

We are delighted to announce that Borron Shaw in Orrell have been nominated as the Best Estate Agency of the Year award 2013 thank you to all of our customers for their feedback, and a Happy New Year to you all!

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New Year – New Home? Move into your dream family home in 2014 Yarwood Way consists of just 14 contemporary homes situated in an exclusive gated development in Orrell. Our homes offer great value for money. They have been designed with the modern family in mind, offering flexible living space and the highest standard of build. The M6/M58 motorways are within easy reach, and there’s an excellent choice of top quality schools and colleges in the area.

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New Year, New Home.

Part Exchange available*

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Brook Lane, Pemberton Wigan WN5 8JE A popular development of 3 and 4 bedroom family homes located adjacent to greenbelt in the popular village of Pemberton Prices from £179,950

4 bedroom Showhomes (left) The Jenner (right) The Scott

Plot 16 The Wordsworth 4 bedroom detached home This fabulous double fronted home is one of the most popular Wainhomes designs and is constructed to a high specification throughout. The 3 storey property, situated on a corner plot with views across greenbelt land consists of a fitted kitchen/family room and spacious lounge including French doors opening onto the garden. The home also features four well-proportioned bedrooms with two benefitting from En-suite, a family bathroom and a single detached garage.

All for just £199,950 - includes Carpets†

4 bedroom Scott, Nelson and Jenner Showhomes available to view For further information contact the Sales & Marketing Suite open Thursday to Monday inclusive 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Telephone 01942 621493 Tuesday & Wednesday please contact Head Office on 01925 859650

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House of the Week Just a 5% deposit required with the Government backed Help to Buy scheme; if you have a house to sell 95% mortgages are available with the NewBuy scheme. *Part Exchange subject to status, terms and conditions apply, full details will be provided on request; not available on Help to Buy. †Carpets included to Plot 16 only. Prices correct at time of going to press. Photographs shown are for illustrative purposes only.

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Top Draw! Three lucky Orrell schoolchildren proved they were top draw after winning prizes in a poster competition. Amelie Galbraith, aged 9, from Holgate Primary, came top in the challenge to create a message aimed at deterring irresponsible dog owners who allow their pets to foul in the area. Jack Ashcroft, aged 8, from Newfold Primary, was second and Milly Smith, also aged 9, came third out of a number of entries. The competition was run by Orrell & Billinge Network after concerns were raised about incidents of dog fouling on paths and pavements near local schools. Year 4 pupils were invited to take part in the competition. First prize was £50 for Amelie, £50 to the school and an art set, sponsored by the Network. The second prize was £25 for Jack, courtesy of Local Life, and an art set, and the third prize was £25 for Milly, also courtesy of Local Life. Among those on the judging panel was David Sudworth, Temporary Editor of Local Life, and Network members. Dorothy Walls, Network Chairman, said: “A number of entries were received and they were to a very high standard. The judges had a difficult task in choosing just three winners. On behalf of the Network, I would like to congratulate Amelie, Jack and Milly as well all everyone else who entered the competition.”

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Stars in their Pies

Library App

Children and teenagers are being given the chance to hone their acting skills. Pie (Passionate Inspiring Entertainment) Youth Theatre holds a class for 5-16 year olds on Fridays between 6pm-7pm at Hope School, on Kelvin Grove, Marus Bridge. Sessions cost £3 each. No booking is required – simply pay on the door. For more information, call 07515 647751 or 07897 591052. Alternatively, visit www.pieyouththeatre.tumblr.com

Wigan’s bookworms can take advantage of new technology that makes using local libraries easier than ever before. The libraries app is free to download on Blackberry, Android and iPhones and offers customers a range of services, from finding their nearest library and checking its opening hours to searching for books in the library catalogue and placing reservations.

Timebank Project An innovative new self-help project is being set up in the area. Billinge & Orrell Transition Group members have decided to create a Timebank, which works on the principle of giving your time towards something in order to get some help in return. For example, participants may be able to spend three hours helping out at Greenslate Community Farm in Billinge in return for three hours’ worth of babysitting from a CRBchecked neighbour. Anyone and everyone can get involved in the Timebank, both as individuals or as an existing group/organisation. To find out more, visit the Timebanking UK website at www.timebanking.org or to sign up and get swapping contact Mandy on 01695 632825 or email info@ billingeorrelltransition.org.uk

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Rob Sanderson, service development manager, said: “The app allows customers the complete library experience with added benefits. Not only can they check their accounts, they can also find quick links to resources and follow us on social media. “And on top of all this, if you find a book in a shop or a library that isn’t run by us, you can scan its barcode using your smartphone and check to see if it is one we stock.”

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Doubles Now Served! Members of Winstanley Tennis Club ‘love’ their new clubhouse and function room which is now open for business. The licensed facility, on Winstanley Road, netted £1,800 from Wigan Borough Sports Council which allowed the club to lay a new floor and install a new bike rack to encourage parents and children to pedal down to the venue. It is now available for hire on most evenings apart from Fridays. An open evening is due to take place at 7pm on Friday, January 24, and members of the community are welcome to go along. For further information, contact Elliot Bradshaw on 07713 113943. Pictured presenting the cheque to Bill Dow, from Winstanley Tennis Club, is Liz Fisher of Wigan Council.

A January treat for you £25 off complete spectacles

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Allotments Allocated

Different Strokes

The first batch of allotments at Greenslate Community Farm in Billinge has now been allocated. Names of interested people were drawn out of the hat by the Rev Peter Whittington, vicar at St Luke’s Church, during an event at Book-Cycle on Orrell Road.

Winstanley Art Group is offering local drawing and painting enthusiasts the chance to brush up on their skills. The group meets on Tuesdays between 7pm-9pm at The Grange Community Centre on Highfield Grange Avenue, Marus Bridge. Sessions are £3 and all welcome. For further details contact Bill Ingham on ingham.bill@ yahoo.co.uk

The names drawn out were as follows: Louise Dewsnip of Billinge, Andy Skinner of Billinge, Jackie Donaldson of Orrell, Lorraine Lee of Billinge, Andrew Peacock of Orrell, Les Phillips of Billinge, Andrew O’Loughlin of Highfield, David Smalley of Billinge, Donald McQueen of Billinge, John Raynor of Billinge, Robin Bennett of Winstanley, Pauline Roue of Billinge, Helen Holland of Billinge, Ryan Hamilton of Billinge, Rod Hughes of Billinge, Stephen Melling of Billinge, Clive Pitts of Billinge, Fred Rigby of Billinge and Carol Birchall of Orrell. The allotments are part of a larger project set up by Billinge & Orrell Transition Group, whose aim is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and to foster an ethos of resilience within the local community.

Luncheon Invite St Aidan’s Pensioners’ Luncheon Club in Winstanley is offering a friendly welcome to those wanting to join them every Wednesday from 10.30am-2.30pm. Members meet at St Aidan’s Social Club and events include bingo and raffles plus hot meals. For more information call Pat on 01942 496770.

Book Sale Bispham Methodist Church on Upholland Road, Billinge, will be holding a book sale on Saturday, January 28, from 10am to noon. Refreshments are available, including sausage and bacon sandwiches. All welcome.

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FITTER. HEALTHIER. HAPPIER. Three local ladies who separately joined one of the Rosemary Conley classes run by Franchisee Chris Whistlecroft and her employee Annette Lord are testament to what benefits can be achieved in making changes towards a healthier lifestyle…and what fun can be had along the way! Chris who runs 10 classes each week in and around Wigan says. “Each of these ladies have a different story to tell, but apart from the obvious weight loss, they have benefitted from better health, improved self-esteem and more confidence. I felt they all deserved a little bit of pampering so I took them for a make-over and photo shoot to show them off in all their gorgeousness!” This is their story: HELEN ASTLE (Centre) Since losing two stone with my local Rosemary Conley classes, my life has changed for the better. I feel much more confident in how I look, I enjoy shopping for new clothes and I have much more energy! They are the only classes I have ever stuck with; almost 3 years now and still attending! JULIE CONNOR (Left) My whole world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately after a number of years of surgery and treatment, I seem to have responded well and, touch wood, there will be no re-occurrence. The downside of the excellent health care I

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received was that my weight ballooned due to the side effect of the drugs. I discovered Rosemary Conley and in a short space of time I reached a target by losing 3 stone. For me it is ‘weight loss by laughter’ as I never laugh as much in my life, as when I am in class. MAUREEN MCINTYRE (Right) I am now 4 stones lighter than when I started and the size I was when I was in my twenties, but I feel much fitter, healthier and more toned too! I now know that this exercise is not just helping my physical health, but my mental health also. Both Chris and Annette have given me so much more than a fitness regime. These two ladies are very special and I am sure that Rosemary herself must be very proud to have these ladies as part of her team. What fantastic ambassadors for her classes they truly are. Chris continues, “Losing weight is one of life’s hardest challenges. Research demonstrates that those who chose to do this with the support of a group have a greater success rate than those who go it alone. Whilst taking part in a group exercise class can sometimes be quite daunting, Annette and I work hard to make our classes motivating, educational and most of all fun! Any new, prospective members can be assured that all of our groups are friendly and supportive and I’ll even offer support between classes if members need it”. “Everyone is welcome, whether you want to weigh and exercise, just weigh, or just exercise with us. Come along and give it a try!” To book a place at your chosen class contact Chris on 07968608861 or Email christine.whistlecroft@rosemaryconleyclasses.com


‘I FEEL FITTER, HEALTHIER & HAPPIER THAN I’VE EVER BEEN’ “It’s brilliant. You start with small steps, eating better and more healthily, getting a little bit fitter and a lot more energetic. I can’t believe something this good for you is so much fun.” Nina Williams-Kemp, fab at 42, 3st lighter, much, much happier

FOOD & FITNESS FITTER. HEALTHIER. HAPPIER.

APPLEY BRIDGE Appley Bridge Village Hall, Appley Lane North, WN6 9DX Wednesday 6:15 - 7:45 pm - FITSTEPS® Weds 8th January this class will be held at All Saint’s Primary School, Finch Lane, WN6 9DT ASHTON IN MAKERFIELD Byrchall High School, Warrington Road, WN4 9RQ Monday 6:00 - 7:30 pm GARSWOOD Rectory CE Primary School, Rectory Road, WN4 0QF Thursday 5:45 - 7:15 pm Thursday 7:15 - 8:30 pm - FITSTEPS®

HIGHFIELD Highfield St Matthew’s Primary School, Billinge Road, WN3 6BL Tuesday 5:45 - 7:15 pm SHEVINGTON Shevington Youth Club & Community Centre Highfield Avenue, WN6 8HB Thursday 6:15 - 7:30 pm - FITSTEPS® STANDISH St Marie’s RC Primary School Avondale Street, WN6 0LF Tuesday 5:45 - 7:00 pm Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm - FITSTEPS®

Call Chris on 07968 608 861

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STANDISH St Marie’s Parish Hall Almond Brook Road, WN6 0TB Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 am WINSTANLEY St Aiden’s Social Club Highfield Grange Avenue, WN3 6TB Monday 09:30 - 11:00 am

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Carer Support

Doctor Honoured

Carers in the Up Holland and Roby Mill areas are being offered support. West Lancashire Carers Centre helps people in the area with accessing advice and guidance, providing emotional support and help with form filling. For more information, call 01695 711243 or log onto www.westlancscarerscentre.org.uk

A Wigan medical boss has been named as one of the top healthcare professionals in the country. Dr Umesh Prabhu, medical director at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, was listed among the Top 50 UK Pioneers in his field who are from a Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) background. Dr Prabhu features in the inaugural edition of the Health Service Journal (HSJ) BME Pioneers.

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Dr Prabhu said: “I am very proud to receive this unexpected but very welcome recognition from the Health Service Journal. There remains much to do in the changing structure of the NHS and I plan to continuing using my experiences to support and guide BME health professionals while promoting fair and open cultures throughout the NHS.”


Marie Cure Help Marie Curie Cancer Care is appealing for people in Billinge and Orrell to join a new fundraising committee. The group particularly needs a treasurer to keep a record of the monies raised by the group, and event helpers with duties such as welcoming guests, helping serve refreshments and preparing rooms for events. Previous events have included Blooming Great Tea Parties and an Annual Blouse and Bling event. Marion Logan, chairman, said: “Throughout the year we do supermarket collections, distribute and collect daffodil boxes during our Great Daffodil Appeal. We also co-ordinate collecting tins in various locations, and we only have four members! The reason why we fundraise is evident - it really is so important. I feel quite privileged to be doing my bit, I am humbled and extremely proud to be part of a great team.� If you think you have a few hours spare every few weeks

and would like to get involved with the fundraising group, please contact Anne-Marie Wynne, community fundraiser for Greater Manchester, on 0161 2552809 or email anne-marie.wynne@mariecurie.org.uk

NEW CLASSES START 6TH JANUARY 2014 Monday 6.45pm NEW Starters Ladies Dance-Fusion (Dance For Fitness) 7.45pm Beginner / Improver Ballroom / Latin / Salsa 8.45pm Beginner Ballroom / Latin / Salsa Tuesday 6.45pm Improver Ladies Dance-Fusion (Dance For Fitness) 7.45pm NEW Absolute Beginner Ballroom / Latin / Salsa Thursday 6.45pm Improver Ladies Dance-Fusion (Dance For Fitness) 7.45pm Beginner / Improver Ballroom / Latin / Salsa 8.45pm NEW Absolute Beginner Ballroom / Latin / Salsa

Trinity Church Hall, Fleet Street, Pemberton, Wigan WN5 0DS

Classes hosted by Tony and Margaret Long, British and International Dance Champions. Private lessons for all levels available on request.

E-mail: LongsWayDance@me.com

Dancers of all ages and abilities welcomed

(All Classes 60 minutes) The Longsway Dance Centre offer: classes, private tuition, practice sessions, party nights, weekend breaks & dance holidays ...for dance lovers of all levels.

Call: 07763 465569

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Nikki Long Fitness Zumba Mondays 7pm & 8pm, Venue - Hope School, Marus Bridge WN3 6SP No booking required. Wednesdays 6pm & 7pm. Venue - Hope School, Marus Bridge WN3 6SP No booking required.

Balls & Bands Pilates Wednesdays 8pm Venue - Hope School, Marus Bridge WN3 6SP Booking essential - limited places Tuesdays 10am Venue – Ryu Do Karate & Fitness Academy Wigan Road, Landgate WN4 0AB Booking essential - limited places

Lunch Bunch! St Luke’s Church Hall in Orrell was a hive of activity when local over-75s gathered for a festive lunch. Organised by the Orrell & Billinge Network, it saw a team of volunteers serve up a sumptuous two-course meal with sherry to start. Afterwards, there was a visit from Father Christmas who presented everyone with a gift, as well as a raffle. One of the prizes was a Local Life hamper, which was won by Bill Horrocks.

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Class from the Past - Roby Mill CE School

This month’s Class from the Past photograph is from Roby Mill School and was kindly submitted by David Robinson, a former pupil now living in Hindley Green. It’s believed the picture was taken around 1959.

Les Robinson, Roy Gore, Kevin Smith, Dennis Darbyshire, Stephen Grayson. Front Row - John Boyers, Joyce Darbyshire, David Abbott, Sandra Smith, Peter Foster, Janet Smith. Seated – Gillian Darbyshire.

David has also sent us the following details: Back Row - Mrs Pennington (Teacher), Geoff Bond, Harry Gaskell, John Bond, Dennis Smith, David Robinson. Middle row –

Don’t forget we’re always on the lookout for old class photos to, so if you have one you’d be willing to share, please email editorial@locallife247.co.uk

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A stunning collection of occasion wear for the sophisticated mother of the bride, mother of the groom and guests. We have a large and varied collection catering for Weddings, Cruises, Races, Parties and Balls. Also, hats and fascinators to complement your perfect outfit. We now offer an alterations and repairs service!

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Beat It If hip hop or freestyle dancing is your thing, then you can strut your funky stuff at Fusion Dance Academy’s classes at The Grange on Highfield Grange Avenue, Marus Bridge. There are four sets of classes available; under 5s on Wednesdays (4.30pm-5.30pm), over 11s on Wednesdays (5.30pm-6.30pm), aged between 5 and 8 on Fridays (4.30pm-5.30pm) and aged 8-11 on Fridays (5.30pm-6.30pm). For further information, please contact Anne-Marie on 07854 615604.

Response Praised A vicar has praised local people for their generosity following a plea in Local Life. The Rev Peter Whittington, vicar at St Luke’s, launched a ‘Sponsor A Slate’ campaign to raise money for a £20,000 roof repair bill. The appeal was featured in our November edition, and Mr Whittington says the response has been positive.

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He added: “I’d like to thank Local Life for featuring our appeal, which prompted a positive response from local people.” To donate to the church’s appeal contact the Rev Peter Whittington on 01695 623410 or email st.luke.orrell@ btinternet.com

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Patient Group Are you a patient at Hall Green Surgery in Up Holland? Members of the Patient Participation Group will be present in the foyer of the Up Holland Library, Hall Green, on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-noon to explain more about the group and gain feedback from patients. The group was set up by Hall Green Surgery to act as representatives of patients of the surgery. Its aim, along with the doctors, practice management and staff, is to work together to improve the services by reflecting the needs of patients. Anyone unable to attend on the day is encouraged to write to the practice manager so the group can discuss these and hopefully continue to represent patients. However, people are asked to note that the group represents patients as a whole group so personal issues cannot be discussed.

By George! Avid Local Life readers George and Christine Lawrence got more than they bargained for while at a veteran’s lunch in Highfield! They were the lucky recipients of a Local Life hamper which they won in a raffle. George and Christine, from Holmes House Avenue in Winstanley, were among the 150 guests at the event for armed services veterans hosted by Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue at St Matthew’s Parish Hall, Billinge Road. A thrilled Christine told Local Life: “We are big fans of Local Life – we always look forward to getting it so winning this hamper is a lovely surprise. We had a great time at the lunch and want to thank Yvonne for organising it.” MP Yvonne said: “It was great to see old and new faces alike. Our veterans have served their country and local communities with honour, it is a thank you from all of the people of Makerfield for the contribution and sacrifice they have made.”

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Oh Yes It Is...! Christmas may now be over, but the Pantomime season is still running! Here’s our round-up of those family favourites which are still packing in venues in the local area. Details were correct at the time of going to press and, as always, please check with the venue regarding pre-booking. Photo © Robert Day/Belgrade Theatre

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St Michael's Parish Hall Shaw Street, Swinley

Jack and the Beanstalk presented by St Michael’s Amateur Dramatic Society. Runs from Friday, January 10, to Sunday, January 19. Contact: June on 01942 236260

WI Hall, Parbold Jack and the Beanstalk will be performed on Tuesday, January 28, 29, 30 and 31, and Saturday, February 1. Contact: 01257 462370

Epstein Theatre, Liverpool Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Chrissy Rock, Amanda Harrington and Paul Danan. Runs until Sunday, January 5. Contact: 0844 888 4411 www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk

Liverpool Empire Peter Pan starring Ray Quinn (Grease, Dancing on Ice) and Louis Emerick (Brookside). Runs until Sunday, January 5. Contact: 0844 871 7627 www.liverpoolempire.org.uk

Southport Little Theatre Aladdin, presented by Southport Dramatic Club. Runs until Sunday, January 5. Contact: 01704 530521/530460 www.littletheatresouthport.co.uk

Opera House, Manchester Dick Whittington, starring Jodie Prenger, Britain's Got Talent stars Ashleigh Butler and dancing dog Pudsey! Runs until Sunday, January 5. Contact: 0844 871 7627 www.manchesteroperahouse.org.uk

St John’s School Hall Church Street, Pemberton

Cinderella presented by St John’s Pemberton Dramatic Society. Runs from Friday, January 31, until Saturday, February 8. No performances on February 3 or 4. Matinee performance Sunday, 2nd February 2, but the society have decided to add another Matinee performance on February 8 starting at 3.30pm. Contact: Anne Parfitt on 01942-621701

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Peter Pan, starring Brian Fortuna (Strictly Come Dancing) and Nick Cochrane (Coronation Street). Runs until Sunday, January 12.

Cinderella, performed by All Souls Dramatic Club. Runs until Sunday, January 19.

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10 Year Anniversary A local company has celebrated a decade of serving the community. Lifestyle Financial Services, based at Borron Shaw estate agents on Sefton Road, Orrell, marked its 10 year anniversary recently. Lifestyle started out across the road in Church Street and in 2009 moved into its current premises. The staff has a combined level of experience totalling around 75 years, offering a complete end-to-end service for its customers. Principal Partner Steven Ball told Local Life: “Our mantra is that we treat people the way we’d want to be treated ourselves. Our location helps because we are local. People still want face-to-face advice, they like to see the whites of your eyes because people buy from people. We offer an end to end service and really do our best to pull out all the stops for our customers.”

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Go Green! Local folk are being urged to recycle their real Christmas trees this year. Residents can put chopped up trees in their green bins, or take them to local household waste recycling centres. For Wigan residents, these are at Kirkless, Makerfield Way, Higher Ince (Open Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm, weekends and Bank Holidays from 9am-6pm); Slag Lane, Leigh, and Chanters Industrial Estate, Atherton (both open daily from 8am till 9pm). For West Lancashire residents, green

recycling facilities are available at Glenburn Road, Skelmersdale, and Abbey Lane, Burscough. Both of these are open 9am-6pm every day. Meanwhile, Lancashire County Council is urging residents to think about composting. The authority has teamed up with www.getcomposting.com to offer compost bins for under £25 including £5.49 delivery, with a buy one, get one half price offer currently available. For more details call 0844 571 4444 or look online at www. getcomposting.com

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Old School Ties

Up Holland Grammar School may have closed 36 years ago, but its spirit lives on. David Sudworth reports… Wherever Alan Swift goes, reminders of his old school never seem far away. When buying his house, he discovered the person selling it was former Up Holland Grammar School metalwork teacher Eric Anderton. A coincidence maybe, but living next door was Stan Melling, the teacher who he credits with getting him through his chemistry O-Levels! Not that he minds one bit as Alan, 64, of Crank Road, Billinge, is proud of his days at UGS. “It was a really good school. People who went there are now living in all four corners of the world, and some have done very well for themselves.” Indeed they have. Among the school’s alumni includes Cathy Ashton, who was appointed to the House of Lords in 1999 where upon she given the title Baroness Ashton of Up Holland. She received widespread praise at the tail end of last year for her role as EU policy chief in bringing about a nuclear deal with Iran, which many hope will eventually pave the way for peace in the Middle East. Former pupils are now being invited to a reunion where organisers are hoping as many people who went the school will be able to attend.

David Robinson, who grew up on the old College Farm in Roby Mill, went to Up Holland Grammar between 1961 and 1966. Now aged 63, and living in Hindley Green, he oversees a website dedicated to the old school: “I started it around 10 years ago when Friends Reunited was a big thing. At first, it was just for people from my year but it’s now grown beyond that. Our first reunion was in 2005, and we had another in 2010. But people aren’t getting any younger so we decided to only wait four years for this next one. “I enjoyed my school days. Back then, the teachers were real characters. We had a biology teacher and on the first day she came in and said ‘My name is Miss Penman – P.E.N.M.A.N and don’t you forget it.’ As she spelt it out verbally, she wrote it in big letters on the blackboard. Everyone remembers her saying that. She had white hair with a yellow nicotine streak in it because she always had a cigarette in her mouth when she wasn’t in class.” Alan, who grew up on Claremont Road in Billinge, added: “They were good teachers and we respected them. At the last reunion our old headmaster Brian Ellis wanted to say a few words and, as you do at reunions, everyone was chatting away and as soon as he said ‘Quiet!’ everyone stopped immediately. It may have been 50 years since

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he taught us, but the respect is still there.” However, that’s not to say the children weren’t averse to getting up to a bit of mischief. Emboldened by contemporary programmes such as That Was The Week That Was and the launch of Private Eye magazine, the pupils launched their own journal called The Weekly Scandal, which included jokey references to teachers and artistic caricatures. Unsurprisingly, after the teachers found out, its tenure was short-lived! However, both David and Alan acknowledge the teachers were, for the time, not oppressively strict and in fact encouraged the pupils socially as well as academically. “We had something called Penny Socials where you could take your pop records in at lunchtime and you’d pay a penny for entry, which would go to charity,” recalls David. Alan also recalls that, following Education Secretary Barbara Castle’s abolition of grammars, UGS actually became more popular. One of the reasons was that when surrounding councils started closing implementing Government policy, parents who disagreed had a choice of sending their children to different grammars further afield or to the new local comprehensives. Consequently, UGS started welcoming pupils from areas such as St Helens, Kirkby and Chorley. All these memories and more will be rekindled at the reunion on Saturday, March 15, at St James’ Social Club, St James Road, Orrell. Tickets are £10 each including buffet supper.

300 Years of Service Up Holland Grammar served the community for over 300 years before closing in the late 1970s. It opened its doors in 1661, and was initially based in a building on School Lane which exists to this day. It was known for its traditional curriculum based on Latin, and for part of the year the school day ran from 7am-5pm. In the late 1800s, the junior part of the school moved a short distance to Church Street. Shortly afterwards, the school decamped to Ox House Road, which is now the site of Up Holland High School. It was due to merge with Ashton Grammar School but the plans were ditched following the outbreak of World War II. In 1944, Squire Bankes of Winstanley Hall set aside 20 acres of land for the new Grammar School site. It opened its doors in 1953. Eventually, following the abolition of grammars, the site became home to Winstanley College. Its first Principal was Brian Ellis, who was the final headmaster at Up Holland Grammar School. For more information, visit www.mugs61.co.uk

David and Alan are keen to stress that anyone who attended UGS is welcome to attend, that partners are invited and seating for larger parties can be reserved. People who want to go but are on their own are especially guaranteed a warm welcome and will be well catered for. To buy tickets, contact David on 07904 593540 or email davidrobinson7@blueyonder.co.uk. Alan can also be contacted on 07989 151312.

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Had a baby and looking to get back into shape? Buggyfit classes are held on Mondays at Hope Children’s Centre at The Grange, Highfield Grange Avenue, Marus Bridge, from noon until 1pm. There are also classes every first Friday of the month at 11.30 at the Three Sisters Recreation Area in Bryn. For this session, participants are asked to take a packed lunch. For more information call 01942 777545.

Book-Cycle, based at the old Orrell Library, hosts a series of groups during the week. On Mondays, it has ‘Interior Design’ from 3pm-6pm. On Fridays, it holds Afternoon Tea between 2pm-4pm. On the second Saturday of the month, it holds a Book Club between 3pm-6pm. On Sundays there’s a Knit & Natter group from 12.30pm3pm. All groups are run by donation, and people are advised just to turn up and join in.

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Bird is the Word Wigan’s RSPB Group has announced a packed January and February programme. Details of the various activities are as follows: Saturday, January 11, 8am: A visit to Hoylake and Hilbre Island. Details are available from Jimmy Meadows on 01942 209304. Tuesday, January 14, 7.45 pm: A Shot of Wildlife from 2011/2012 - An illustrated talk by Pauline Greenhalgh. Held at St Anne’s Church Hall, Shevington. Cost is £2 for non-members. Wednesday, January 15, 9.15 am: A visit to local bird sites. Details are available from Tom Morton on 01942 832383. Tuesday, February 11, 7.45 pm: Birds of South West Lancashire and a Little Beyond - An illustrated talk by Ronald Jackson. Held at St Anne’s Church Hall, Shevington. Cost for non-members is £2. Wednesday, February 12, 9.15 am: A visit to local bird sites. Details are available from Tom Morton on 01942 832383. Saturday, February 22: A visit to the North Wales Coast. Details are available from Neil Martin on 01695 624860. Further more information on the group, visit www.rspb. org.uk/groups/wigan

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Members Plea

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Up Holland & District Probus Club is on the look-out for new members. The club is for retired professional and business people, or those working fewer than15 hours per week.

The louder you cheer, the faster they go! That’ll be the rallying cry for the Charity Race Night which is being held at The Crown at Worthington, Platt Lane, Standish, on Saturday, January 18. The fun starts at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 per ticket. Contact 01257 401009 or 07745 531752. Email johnhewitt171@btinternet.com

Membership is open to men who have such a background and members include master butchers, builders, headteachers, accountants and managers from a wide range of occupations. Although based in Up Holland, the club has members from Orrell and Winstanley. Members meet on the second Wednesday of each month at St Teresa’s Club, College Road, Up Holland from 9.30am. Meetings usually have a guest speaker and some members go to a local pub afterwards. Enquiries and applications should be made to any of the following: Bill Pearson, Honorary Secretary, 7 Wellcross Road, Up Holland, WN8 ONU. Telephone: 01695 624351. Brian Donaldson, Honorary Treasurer, 57 Sandy Lane, Orrell, WN5 7AY. Telephone: 01695 632713. John Gardner, Chairman, 119 Hallbridge Gardens, Up Holland, WN8 0EP. Telephone: 01695 622792.

Governor Drive Wigan Council is now recruiting for school governors. Vacancies are available at a number of schools across the borough, and education chiefs are looking for community-minded volunteers to fill the roles. Applicants should have time to spend a couple of hours a month to go to meetings and read documents and reports, be motivated and interested in education and be passionate about making a positive impact on communities. If you would be interested, or would like further information, contact Governor Services on 01942 486091 or e-mail governorservices@wigan.gov.uk

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A Wigan-born actress is hoping to pass on her experience to a fresh generation of artists. Helen Noble, who played the role of Abby Davies in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks for five years, is the creative director of Tread, which has classes starting at The Mill at The Pier this February. All students will be offered the chance to develop their stage skills, voice work and confidence building.

A series of monthly orienteering events are taking place at Pennington Flash Country Park and Haigh Hall Country Park. The Night Challenge is for people aged 11 and above. There must be a minimum of two people per team, and at least one must be aged 16 or over. Cost is ÂŁ2 per person. Each participant must take a torch and wear hi-visibility clothing (vests can be supplied).

Classes will be on Thursdays from 4.15pm but places are limited. For more information, email info@ treadproductions.net or call 07739 289995.

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Wigan Date Former Spice Girl Mel C is coming to Wigan. She will perform at Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre on Thursday, July 10, as part of Wigan International Jazz Festival. Also starring alongside her will be former Soft Cell singer Marc Almond as a special guest of Jools Holland. Mel started her career as ‘Sporty Spice’ and has since achieved over three million album sales as a solo artist as well as starring in shows including Blood Brothers and Jesus Christ Superstar. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Prices range from £33 to £79 for a VIP Experience which includes front of stage seating and a meal with wine. You can book by visiting the box office at https://boxoffice.wlct.org/ or by calling 01942 828271. A booking fee of £2 will apply for online transactions. For further information, visit www. wlct.org

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Reclaim Your Being able to look out at your garden on a Sunday morning whilst you relax with the papers and a cup of tea is one of life’s pleasures, but at this time of year, your conservatory lets you down by hosting temperatures more suitable for penguins than us human beings! We all bought into the home improvement revolution, seeing a conservatory as a costeffective way of adding space and value to a home. Sadly though, research shows that in the UK, a conservatory is unlikely to provide more than two hours of comfortable temperatures per day, which usually happen when we’re all out at work. Conservatories overheat in summer and they resemble a see-through fridge in winter. Our hard-earned cash has been invested into conservatories which, for many of us, have become, quite literally, white elephants. But now, with the help of long-established local company Freedom Conservatory Roof Conversions, you can re-claim your dream conservatory and the sunshine lifestyle to go with it. With their innovative celling modifications, they can make your conservatory up to 95% warmer in winter and up to 75% cooler in summer. Not only that, but you’ll even save money on those ever-rising energy bills!

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The conversion work transforms the internal appearance of your after conservatory roof and you’ll be left with a clean, crisp new plastered and painted ceiling with modern spot lighting inside instead of an ugly plastic roof. Customers can even opt to have a slated roof built on top of their old roof, so that the external view of the conservatory is transformed too! The owner of Freedom Conservatory Roof Conversions, Paul Stubbs, says “The conversion process takes around five days and there will be minimal disruption to your home. In addition to the roof conversion, there are all sorts of extra options available; we can convert your conservatory into a cinema room, or even an

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Skipton Walk Step into the New Year with Wigan Rambling and Climbing Club who are heading to the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday, January 26. Organisers are inviting locals to go and enjoy an invigorating winter walk in Skipton. The coach leaves Mesnes Park Terrace, Wigan, at 8am prompt and picks up at Standish and Shevington Moor on the way. There is a choice of three different walks to suit all tastes. Booking essential However, if trekking over the Pennines doesn’t take your fancy, the club is holding a six mile walk starting from Fairy Glen, in Wrightington, on February 9. This is a car ramble so members share transport. Meet at Mesnes Park Terrace at 9.30am. In addition, the club also has social nights every Tuesday at 8.15pm at Wigan Cricket Club. Contact secretary Jill Shilladay on 01257 421926 or email Jill.shilladay@btinternet.com for more information.

Book ‘n Brew! Congratulations to Tommy Egan, of School Lane, Up Holland, who won a copy of Dave Dutton’s ‘Lanky Spoken Here’ book. Tommy’s name was drawn out of the hat after he entered our recent Lancashire Day competition. In addition to the book, Tommy also received a Local Life mug and some tea which he can sit back and enjoy when perusing future editions of our magazine!

Fair Thanks Organisers of the Bispham Church Craft Fair on November 16 have thanked local folk who attended. A total of £413 was raised for the North West Air Ambulance.

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

My Wish List... Firstly, happy New Year! Let’s hope you will all ‘Prosper’ throughout 2014! 2013 has been an excellent year for our investors. With the FTSE 100 and Dow Jones registering YTD gains of 11.1% and 23.8% respectively at the time of writing it is little wonder that portfolios have done well (past performance of course is no guarantee to future returns and the value of investments and any income from them can fall as well as rise). Investors now need to decide whether the strong performances registered by most equity markets will continue throughout 2014. I see three main drivers that are likely to determine market performance. U.S Tapering - In other words if Quantitative Easing (QE) is tapered, can equity markets continue to deliver gains for investors? Euro Crisis - The majority of the peripheral European countries have not registered any meaningful recovery and debt ratios remain stubbornly high. China Slowdown - Can China smoothly adjust to a slower rate of growth and move towards a more consumption led economy. Whilst there are lots of things for investors to mull over there is a great deal of economic confidence in developed economies. The evidence suggests that the global economy is in a stronger position to improve growth and fight off the deflationary pressures that still exist. So what should investors do? If your list of New Year’s resolutions doesn’t mention an

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Accountancy - by Chris Alcock ACMA

It’s not too late to complete your Self Assessment Return Hello and welcome to the latest article from CMA, a proactive accountancy firm based in Appley Bridge. Now that Christmas is over attention turns to completing self-assessment returns. The deadline for submitting your 2013 return to HMRC is 31 January 2014. Any tax that is due for payment must also be made by this date. So who needs to complete a tax return? The following are the main reasons for completing a return: • Anyone who is selfemployed, that is they are not employed and pay income tax via PAYE. • If you are lucky enough to have savings income above £10,000. • If you receive rental income from a property. • Company directors must complete a return. • You have Capital Gains Tax to pay as you have sold an asset.

• You have received income from overseas such as pensions that are liable to UK tx. • If your employed and want to claim for expenses or professional subscriptions. • The recent changes to the Child Benefit system means that any household with someone earning more than £50,000 lose a proportion of the benefit. Households where the highest earner has a salary of £60,000 lose the benefit entirely. Parents who are in this situation must register with HMRC and complete a tax return before 31 Jan 2014. You may have this in hand but if you need any help with this we can complete your SA Return for a special rate of £99 + vat if you contact us before 15 January. The deadline is 31 January so you can’t wait any longer than this. Please contact us if you would like to discuss anything in this article. Alternatively drop by the office on Skull House Lane in Appley Bridge and we can discuss these further. Tax Tips of the Month • Mechanics – Have you purchased tools for £1000 or more in the last 4 years? – If you have you could be eligible for a tax rebate. Please contact us so we can see if you are eligible. In our next article we will discuss how to plan for your business to have a really successful 2014.

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Planning Ahead Orrell 28 Oxford Road: Proposal To extend existing bungalow, dormers to front and rear (application reference A/13/78782). The target decision date is January 22.

Pemberton Former Pembway, Leopold Street: Outline application for residential purposes, seeking approval of access and scale (application reference A/13/78799). The target decision date is January 22.

Up Holland 22 Dingle Road: Approval of details reserved by condition number 7 of planning permission 2013/1374/ FUL relating to materials/details of windows (application reference 2013/1266/CON). The target decision date is January 21. A.E.M.S, 44B Ormskirk Road: Redevelopment of

existing site including demolition of buildings and the erection of one pair of semi-detached houses (application reference 2013/1252/FUL). The target decision date is January 20. Land to the rear of 69 to 101 Chequer Lane: Approval of Reserved Matters - Substitution of house type ‘Wren’ for house type ‘Scott’ to Plot 59 and re-orientation of the detached double garage to Plot 60 together with all associated works (application reference 2013/1249/ ARM). The target decision date is January 20.

Winstanley 26 Netherwood Grove: Proposal to extend dwellinghouse, single storey to side and rear (application reference A/13/78775). The target decision date is January 20. For more information on the Winstanley, Orrell and Pemberton applications, visit www.wigan.gov.uk. For more on the Up Holland applications, visit www. westlancs.gov.uk

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Recipe of the month

PORK & LENTIL BAKE WITH APPLE This meal goes a long way for a small budget, warming and delicious - perfect for a winter supper. Good butchers and some supermarkets will sell pigs cheeks - they’re a great economical cut and become deliciously tender with a long, slow cook. Diced pork is a great substitute.

Ingredients • 180g unsalted butter • 6 sticks celery, washed and chopped • 2 medium sized onions diced • 450g or 8 individual pigs cheeks • 450g cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered • 3 carrots peeled and batoned • 2 parsnips peeled and sliced thickly • 500ml apple juice • 500ml good stock • 200g puy lentils, rinsed and picked over for any stones • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil

Equipment Large casserole dish

Oven Gas Mark 2 1/2, 150°c

Method Fry the celery and the onion together in the sunflower oil until softened in a large casserole dish. If using pigs cheeks remove any tough membranes or fatty tissue and cut each cheek into 4. Add the pork to the celery and onion and cook until the meat is browned on all surfaces. Add the apples, carrots, apple juice and stock. Finally add the lentils and stir together making sure the meat and the lentils are submerged in the stock. Cook in a slow oven (150ºC/ Gas Mark 2 1/2) for 2 hours. You can cook it for longer and the meat will become even more deliciously tender. If using diced pork keep an eye on it, but 1 hour to 1 and a half hours should be perfect. Taste for seasoning before serving. Adjust as required.

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Taste Test - by David Sudworth

Delph Delights Pub food has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years. That said, there are still places which still think it is 1985, and doggedly stick to serving prawn cocktail garnished with limp lettuce as standard. Thankfully, The Delph Tavern isn’t one of them. Situated in Tontine, on the outskirts of Up Holland and Orrell, The Delph has already established itself as a great venue for real ales, as evidenced by its listing in this year’s Good Beer Guide. As I made the short trip from Local Life HQ with my colleague Sally, we pondered as to whether its food can scale equally heady heights.

push the boat out further when it comes to the mains. And impressed I was, especially with the exceptionally tasty toasted croutes and tomato chutney. What was even more amazing is that, without even noticing, I started eating the salad alongside it. Normally, the salad is left untouched at the side, but not this time. Sally fancied something a bit different so went for Confit Chicken Wings. Likewise, she was impressed with the succulent, fall-off-the-bone meat, encrusted with a sage and chilli crumb and the accompanying mint leaf salad.

It’s no secret The Delph is very much a traditional pub with matching values as instilled by proprietor Ian Roscoe. Our table was situated away from the

The starters did what any good starters ought to; set us up for the main course. I was intrigued by Rob’s Hotpot, described on the menu as consisting of pan seared lamb rump, hotpot potatoes and a rich, red wine gravy. It didn’t sound like the usual, watery fayre which some places serve up, and when it arrived, I wasn’t disappointed. The lamb was pink, as requested, and rested alongside a delicious selection of sliced

main drinking area, but not too far to lose the genial atmosphere. The menu got the taste buds tingling straight away. Some places simply offer too much choice, a mistake which clearly the head chef, Rob Miller, has no intention of making. For our starters, I chose Chicken Liver Pate, my logic being that it’s such a simple dish and, if I’m impressed with it, I’d feel confident to

potatoes with flecks of carrot. The gravy was extremely flavoursome and, crucially, wasn’t salty unlike at many other places. Sally’s curiosity got the better of her and opted for the tantalisingly named The Tontine, a 6oz homemade burger loaded with bacon, chillies, cheese, egg and red onion marmalade. She was not disappointed, in fact even the day afterwards she was

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still commenting to our other office colleagues on the vast array of tastes coming out of just one bun! The burger was complemented by a generous portion of fries, cooked to perfection with just the right amount of crispiness. We were initially tempted to forgo the desserts, but we somehow managed to find room for a Chocolate Brownie with cream and, my personal favourite, cheesecake with ice cream. I commented to Sally about how I hoped it wasn’t a sugar-laden slice of stodge, and I think she equally had similar concerns about hers. We needn’t have worried as once they appeared from the kitchen, it was evident to see these were the more delicate variety aimed at complementing rather than crushing the preceding course. A few mouthfuls later and our worries were cast aside as they gave way to the pleasant, unobtrusive textures. I simply scribbled in my notebook: ‘A pleasant end to a pleasant afternoon’. Having never been to The Delph in my life, over the last few months I’ve now visited it twice and I have to say I have been impressed both times. As I’ve previously proffered, pub food can be a bit hit and miss, so sometimes you can tend to play it safe. To do that at The Delph would be a mistake, as I can confirm the food is as good as you will find in any restaurant. In fact,

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Roby Mill Plan Plans for 10 new homes in Roby Mill are set to be considered soon by West Lancashire Borough Council. Morris Homes, Margaret Rita Lyons and Eileen Agnes Lambert have applied for planning permission to demolish the Carmelite Convent on Stoney Brow and develop the area with 10 detached homes which are 4 and 5 bedroom. Also included in the plans are associated infrastructure and landscaping works. The formal consultation process has now ended and the Borough Council has indicated it hopes to make a final decision on the matter by the end of February.

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Jack’s Tracks

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all elements of this walk, I really would recommend a bright, slightly chilly day. If it was too hot, novices like me could find themselves coming a cropper later on when the terrain becomes much steeper, and the low sun lights up the moorland in a way no computer programme could ever hope to achieve.

OK, I will make a confession; the ‘healthier eating plan’ for Christmas didn’t quite work out. It’s the same every year; as soon as someone cracks open the tin of sweets, I’m unable to stop my hands wandering towards the orange creams. Perhaps I should spend next Christmas in blissful solitude up Rivington Pike, where the only temptation is to stay longer and enjoy the beautiful views. At this time of year, the low sun bathes the moorland in the sort of golden glow which is usually reserved for midsummer. We parked in one of the numerous spaces available near Go Ape on Rivington Lane. At the back of the wooden Go Ape building, there’s a path heading towards the reservoir, bounded by some metal fencing. Before long our feet were kicking up the blanket of brittle leaf fall which had carpeted the floor of the woods. Standing proudly ahead are rows of perfectly vertical trees, behind which lie the wide expanse of water. For

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When down by the waterside, it is tempting to pitch up for a few hours with your flask and butties but this would be a mistake as greater treasures lay further down the trail. We followed the pathway adjacent to the reservoir until we reached the ‘ruins’ of Liverpool Castle. We must have spent a good 10 minutes there snapping away quite happily before realising that time is pressing on, and the glorious sunshine will only be out for another couple of hours or so.


Stepping away from the castle, we took an easterly direction onto a straight, ‘boulevard’ clearing before reaching the junction with Rivington Lane. Bearing right onto the lane, we started noticing sports pitches on the right through the trees. On the left, there’s Rivington and Blackrod School. We went right past the school

Designer Ruins The ‘ruins’ of Liverpool Castle stand on the banks of Lower Rivington Reservoir, and is a quirky feature of the walk. It was built by local landowner Lord Leverhulme in 1912 to remind him of the original castle which, as the name might suggest, was originally situated on the banks of the River Mersey. before taking a straight left onto Roynton Road. This is where the ‘fun’ really starts as it’s the most energysapping part of the walk. The gradient gets steeper and steeper as we started our ascent up to the Pike. Eventually, we came to a fork in the road so we bore right at the Electricity North West sub-station and made our way up onto the knoll. We came across a few sheep happily grazing away. After my previous experiences with cows in Parbold, I was slightly apprehensive.

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The original castle is now long gone and what stands at Rivington is a scaled replica showing what it looked like after being severely damaged during the Civil War. The reservoirs here were created to provide water to the city of Liverpool, hence the strong connection. Lord Leverhulme commissioned the replica and never intended it to be finished, therefore recreating the ‘ruins’ look.

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However, relief was forthcoming as some stared curiously but the majority didn’t even raise their heads from the lush pasture to acknowledge our existence. The bridleway slowly snaked towards the Pike. This is where the mind plays tricks as the Pike was seemingly close enough to touch, but due to the steepness, it appeared to take ages before I felt I’d got closer to it,. Ahead of us lay the classic walkers’ dilemma; do you take the nice, level but longer path to the summit or do you take the short, but craggy and much steeper route. Being a glutton for punishment, I chose the latter and soon cursed every drink and ounce of food I’d digested over the previous two weeks. It was I guess the ultimate detox I suppose, but boy did I feel it!

imported direct from Reykjavik purely for my benefit, began to cool my throbbing joints. The sun was now starting to set over the distant horizon, and there were a few others up there taking the opportunity to savour nature’s matinee. It seemed almost a waste to leave so quickly but at this time of year, once the sun has decided it’s going to bed, then it does so fairly rapidly, and we wanted to get back to the car park before dark. From here, it’s all downhill in the literal sense which, for all my complaining about the steepness going up, was actually hard on my knees and calf muscle. Once past the purpose-built steps, the terrain heading northwards is quite rough, although there is some brief respite around the Pigeon Tower, an elaborate summerhouse built in 1910 which looks onto the Rivington Terraced Gardens.

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By now, we were on the home straight towards Rivington Hall. Past here, it was literally a straight route back to the car park. More by fluke than anything else, by the time we got back to the car, darkness had just about descended. In total, the walk took us two and a half hours and was five miles long. We were slowed down by the gradient and also the beautiful views, but that is no bad thing. So having now experienced the solitude of Rivington Pike, it is most definitely on my list for Christmas destinations next year. But the big question I’m now grappling with is can I resist the temptation to take a tin of sweets with me? I can imagine going two weeks without TV, my phone or other earthly possessions, but a Christmas season without the odd orange cream? That could be one New Year ambition too far‌

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Where Are They Now? - by David Sudworth

Frano Wigan RLFC (1990-1995)

To be a record holder at Wigan Rugby, you’ve got to be a little bit special. The list reads like a Who’s Who of All-Time League legends; Boston, Offiah, Edwards and Farrell all feature prominently. Among those is ex-All Black Frano Botica, whose record of 186 goals in one season hasn’t been bettered since being set 19 years ago. It was the culmination of years of hard work for Botica, who joined Wigan in 1990 as part of an exodus of union players switching codes. By the time he left five years later, Botica’s on-field skills and off-field personal charm had won him a special place in the fans’ affections. He’s still regarded as one of the best, if not the best, goal kicker Wigan RL has ever seen. Local Life tracked down the 50-year-old former Central Park favourite to his native New Zealand. Despite not being back to Wigan since leaving, he has very fond memories of the town and its people.

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“We had already lived in Italy for two years so we enjoyed the travel and experience of living in other cultures around the world - although I draw the line at mushy peas, pies, chips, gravy and vinegar! “We lived in a quiet cul-de-sac in Hawkley Hall so it was safe for the kids to play. I was a little worried about my reception when I arrived at Wigan but found the public were great, and made me and my family feel at home. This helped to settle into everything and made us feel like we had made the right decision.” During his time at Central Park, Botica notched up 179 appearances, scoring 66 tries and 827 goals in the process. He also became the fastest British-based player to reach 1,000 points, notching up the landmark by his 93rd game. It was during this time he represented his country at League level, including in the 1993 tests which pitted the Kiwis against Great Britain – a match which was, coincidentally, held at Central Park. “I didn’t really know all the rules of League so that was a little difficult, but I loved being part of the success that Wigan had.” Sadly for Botica, his career at Wigan was cut short by a broken leg he sustained while playing for Auckland Warriors in the 1995 off season. Typically, he’s philosophical about it: “When I broke my leg at Auckland, Wigan weren’t that keen on signing a one legged player, so that’s why I ended up moving to Castleford - they took a gamble on me. I ended up


Botica with the Yorkshire side, he played for Orrell, Welsh side Llanelli and Biarritz in France before hanging up his boots in 2001. He also had a spell playing for Croatia on account that his grandfather, who married a Maori, was from the former Yugoslavia.

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Voters in Up Holland and Roby Mill are being reminded to return their recently delivered registration forms. They were recently delivered to every household as part of the annual canvass. If all of the details on the form were correct, you could register online, by phone or by text; if you wanted to make changes to the details on the form, all you have to do was amend the details and return the form by post in the envelope provided. If you haven’t received your form or had a personal visit by January 31, you can contact the council’s electoral registration office on 01695 585014 or email elections. office@westlancs.gov.uk

The annual Burns Night Supper organised by Wigan’s Thistle Society, will be held on Friday January 24, at The Rose Centre (formerly Lowton Civic Hall) on Hesketh Meadow Lane this year. The evening includes a three course meal, with vegetarian and coeliac options. The society president, Margaret Rowe, will welcome everyone and to start off the event the piper will pipe in the haggis. There will be short speeches with the toastmaster keeping order, and a soloist entertaining guests. A bar is available and after the meal there will be dancing for everyone.

Berkeley Ensemble Wigan Music Society is hosting a concert featuring the ‘Berkeley Ensemble’. Led by Sophie Mather on the violin, it will be held at Trinity United Reformed Church, Milton Grove on Saturday, February 15, starting at 7.30pm. Sophie, who comes from Wigan, is a member of Manchester Camerata and also plays with other leading orchestras. The concert will include music for strings and piano. Tickets are £ 10 for visitors, £9 for members and £1 for students.

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Happy New Year everyone – how are your New Year resolutions going? I’ve been busy taking back the pressies Hubby bought me for Christmas - you would think after 25 years of marriage he would know what size I am. And I’m sorry and I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but why would he ever think I’d like a CD by Will.i.am (or William to the older and more cynical amongst us) – Michael Buble – now that’s a different kettle of fish.

• Geranium nodosum – long season of colour and great in shade • Heuchera mic. ‘Palace Purple’ – great texture • Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ – scent and makes a lovely small hedge • Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ – colour and fabulous for bees and butterflies • Sarcococca confusa – scent • Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ grown as a half standard height It’s been very difficult to pick the above as there are so many other brilliant plants to choose from. Perhaps next Christmas I should give Hubby a list of plants he can buy me – then I wouldn’t need to take them back in January! Call Angie now for your free consultation! Author: Angie Barker Dip GD (Inst GD) BA (Hons) Garden Design For All Seasons Tel: 01942 522 405 Mob: 07857 008 383 www.angiebarker.co.uk

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