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It has been a memorable summer, and even though the Olympic flame has now been extinguished, I suspect that our memories of the Olympics will burn on for some time to come. We’ve all got our own favourite moments, but mine were reading about some of the incredible journeys that some of the athletes had to undertake in order to compete. The inspirational story of Guor Marial, in particular, stood out. One of four ‘independents’ running under the Olympic flag, running was how Guor saved his life in war-torn Sudan. He was kidnapped by gunmen when he was just 8 years old and was forced to work in a labour camp, so he ran, first to Egypt, then to the United States, and 20 years later he was running once more, this time in the London Olympics. What an amazing story that was! If the Olympics has inspired you to take more exercise, then we’ve got lots of stuff to do in this issue of Local Life! Try the Jack’s Tracks walk in beautiful Rufford, visit the Village Show in nearby Mawdesley, reach for the skies in Southport with the famous Air Show or wave your flag at the new Proms in the Park event in the renovated Mesnes Park in Wigan. Even though the weather has been hit and miss, there’s plenty of summer left in September so do make the most of it before the nights draw in! See you next time,

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Or, you could join the coach ramble to Sedbergh in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on Sunday 30th September. The club leaves Wigan at 8.00 a.m. and pick up at Boars Head, Standish and Shevington Moor en route. There is a wide choice of walks and social activities to suit all tastes at the club so if you are interested, please contact the club’s secretary, Jill Shilladay on 01257 421926 or email Jill on Jill.shilladay@btinternet.com. Alternately, visit www. wiganwalkers.com or visit Wigan Rambling and Climbing Club on Facebook to find out more about the club.

Walk Appeal If you’ve been sitting round the telly all summer watching the Olympics and you fancy being a bit more active in the Autumn, then join up with the Wigan Rambling and Climbing Club. The club’s next car ramble is round Tockholes near Darwen in the West Pennine Moors on Sunday, 9th September. The club meet on Mesnes Park Terrace opposite Mesnes Park at 10.00 a.m. prompt. These walks are usually about 6 miles long and are not strenuous.

Parables and Miracles If flower arrangements are your thing, you’ll be interested to know that St John’s Church in Pemberton are holding a flower festival from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September. Billed the ‘Parables and Miracles Flower Festival’, the doors will open to festival-goers at this lovely church between 10am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday between 11am to 3.30pm. Entrance is £3, under 16’s go free and refreshments are available too. To mark the end of the Festival, there will be a songs of Praise” in the church at 6pm on Sunday, when the Pemberton DW Brass Band will be performing many favourites.

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If you’re interested in tracing your family’s history, pop along to the Museum of Wigan Life on Library Street on Saturday 22nd September. There’s a new family history road show consisting of specialist talks and demonstrations at the Museum, and these are suitable for both new and expert family historians. These road shows will now be held every quarter, so do look out for further details in future issues of Local Life. The road show runs between 11.00am and 2.30pm and it’s free admission for all.


Coffee, Cake & Culture This event does exactly what it says on the tin; you can immerse yourself in times gone by at the Museum of Wigan Life’s regular heritage workshop and enjoy a slice of cake with tea or coffee. The topic this month is Lotions, Potions & Poultice – just like your Granny used to make! The workshop takes place on Tuesday 25 September at the Museum of Wigan Life on Library Street between 10.30am and 12.00pm. Booking is essential for this event, and the cost is £3 per person. For further information on activities please call 01942 828128

Book & Coffee Morning If you live in the Orrell Post area and you’ve got time on your hands on Monday mornings, then do pop along and support the new regular book and coffee mornings

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being held at Orrell Post Methodist Church on Orrell Road (opposite the Co-Op). The Book & Coffee mornings are now being held on the first Monday of every month between 10.30 and 12 noon, and there’s a good selection of second hand books covering all tastes and subjects costing 50p each, or you can part exchange a book for just 30p each. Over the last few months, this increasing popular event has raised money for Leprosy Mission, Action for Children and Firm Roots Cancer Charity. The next Book and Coffee Morning is on the 3rd September.

Feel the Beat Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Beat Extravaganza, which is being held at St James Club in Orrell on Friday 19th October, starting at 7.30pm. The previous two Beat Extravaganza events, which are run by Pauline Lloyd, have raised thousands of pounds for Dr Naqvi and MacMillan Nurses. Once again, the Redundant Rockers, Ronnie Carr, Alan Parkinson and Andie Dee will be performing at the event, which is an evening of 60’s music, guaranteeing an enjoyable night for everyone. At £10 each, tickets are expected to disappear fast, so order as soon as you can from Pauline on 01695 623427.

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Flying High Eagles Dance and Fitness Club established in 2007, is celebrating its 5th Anniversary. Proprietor Mandy Clark (pictured), has danced Ballroom and Latin competitively for 35 years and taught over a 25 year period both in the UK and USA.

Talking the Talk Congratulations to St. Peter’s Catholic High School on winning the Youth Speaks event sponsored by Wigan Rotary Club. This is an annual public speaking competition for teams of three. The St. Peter’s team of Freya Oxton-Grant , Joe Dandy, and Eleanor Bliss (pictured) gave an excellent team performance, which was praised by the chief judge David Grainger. Their topic “Theatre - A Place of Education or Exploitation?” presented a very strong argument for children to have access to discounted seats at the theatre and thus encourage them to become theatre goers as they become adults. Shevington High School secured the runnerup spot, and Hawkley Hall and St. John Fisher also gave very good speeches. If you would like more information about the Rotary Club of Wigan or one of the other 100+ Rotary Clubs across the Greater Manchester area please visit www.rbi.org. For all other enquiries and further information contact 07774 993959 or enquiries@wiganrotaryclub.org.uk

Boot Sale Billinge East & West Residence Association will be holding a car boot sale at St Mary’s Club on Saturday 13th October at Trent Road between 9am-1pm. Entry for cars is just £8, anyone wanting to book a space please contact Janet on 01744 603210 or Anne on 01744 893260. The Residents Association are hoping to raise funds through the car boot sale to put towards the over60’s and children’s Christmas party.

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The fitness side of the dance school came into play 17 months ago with the explosion of Zumba, and now as Bokwa Fitness is sweeping the nation, Mandy is proud to be one of the first in a handful of instructors in the Wigan area to be qualified in offering this new dance fitness craze. From September, due to popular demand, Eagles Dance and Fitness Club will be running three dance and fitness nights between the Up Holland and Orrell areas, offering: Bokwa, Zumba, Modern Jive, ‘Strictly Solo’ Latin, Ballroom and Latin. For details of all classes, please visit our website www. eaglesdanceclub.co.uk.

Wigan Concert Wigan Music Society is presenting a Recital by John Cunningham on Saturday 22nd September at the Trinity United Reformed Church in Milton Grove, Wigan. A Bass/Baritone, John spent his younger years in Wigan and sang a principal role in The Marriage of Figaro with Heritage Opera at Haigh Hall in August. He has recently performed principal roles at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he returns in 2013 and was latterly a solo performer with Opera North. The recital starts at 7.30 pm and the cost on the door on the night is £10.00 for adults and £1 for students. For more details please contact 01257 462138.

Teddybears Return Tickets are now on sale for the Chicago Teddybears concert which is being held at St Luke’s Parish Hall on Lodge Road in Orrell on Friday 5th October. Tickets for this very popular event are priced at £7.50 which includes a hot pot supper. Please bring your own drinks along to this event. To secure your tickets, please call Margaret on 01695 622380 as soon as possible.


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Orrell’s Royal Visit With the state of the global economic climate being what it is, the phrase ‘Worst depression since the 1930’s is bandied around in the media almost on a daily basis. So what was life like back then, and why was the little enclave of Tontine in Orrell in the news with a scheme judged so notable that royalty came to town to check its progress? The 1930’s had hit Northern England hard. The North was the home to most of Britain’s traditional heavy industries which bore the brunt of the depression. Millions of unemployed and their families were left destitute, at the mercy of the humiliating means test. A government report in the mid-1930’s estimated that around 25% of the UK’s population existed on a subsistence diet, often with signs of child malnutrition such as scurvy, rickets and TB. In his book The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell described life for the unemployed in 1930’s Northern England: “Several hundred people scrabble in the mud for hours searching eagerly for tiny chips of coal in slagheaps so they could heat their own homes. For them, this arduously-gained ‘free’ coal was more important almost than food.” Along with the rest of Wigan, the coal mining village of Orrell suffered much hardship but amongst its residents was wealthy landowner Mr Laithwaite. Laithwaite, a

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Quaker, catapulted Orrell into the national spotlight when he launched the Lawns Farm Scheme, a smallholding scheme for 40-50 unemployed men who worked on a plot whilst still living in their own homes. Cobblers, tailors and joiners workshops were also set up. The men could take home produce from the scheme equal to the time they put in, without it affecting their dole money. Home-grown vegetables, potatoes and bacon were also sold to the public. The scheme was later expanded and the Wigan and District Subsistence Production Company was born with the objective of reducing unemployment by placing workless men on the land. This Quaker organisation managed 300 acres of dairy farm at Parbold Hall, 18 acres of tomato houses and pig sties in Billinge, 54 acres of poultry, pigs and greenhouses at Stephens Farm, Pemberton, and 60 acres at Ashfield House, Standish, where bakers, joiners, tailors, butchers and jam-makers worked. On Tuesday 9th July 1935, the future Queen Mother, then the Duchess of York came to visit the project. The photograph shows Laithwaite escorting the Duchess and the rest of the royal party along the side of the field and back to the car for the trip to Wigan rail station and on back to London. The Wigan scheme was ultimately judged to have failed, possibly because of the 40-mile daily round trip between the farms on the scheme, although a similar scheme in South Wales was hailed a success. The Wigan and District Subsistence Production Company closed in 1939 at the onset of World War 2. Local Life would like to thank Pam and Peter Hewitt for their help with this feature.


Flower Show Winners Congratulations to the winners of our Southport Flower Show competition in the July issue of Local Life. There were five pairs of tickets up for grabs for Local Life readers in the Wigan area and the winners were; Hannah Chambers from Milton Grove and Margaret Redrobe from Orrell Road, both in Orrell, Linda Higgins from Bransfield Close in Hawkley Hall, Monica Brien from Tennyson Drive in Billinge (pictured), and Anthony and Rita McAleavey from Denshaw in Up Holland (pictured).

Many thanks to all who entered for this very popular competition; to enter this month’s competition turn to Pages 58-59 where you can win a family pass to Martin Mere Wetlands Centre in Burscough.

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Dance for Matthew They say charity begins at home and for a local Billinge family this is definitely the case. Family and friends of local toddler Matthew Valentine are rallying around to raise much needed funds after it was discovered that he suffers from Neimann-Pick disease – this is a rare metabolic condition that leads to loss of motor skills, difficulty with walking and epileptic seizures. Matthew visits the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital every six months to monitor his progress and, to the delight of his family, is doing exceptionally well. Matthew is just like any other three-year-old boy; he goes to nursery and loves to play with his brother and friends. He is doing really well at the moment, but there is no cure for his condition. The Neimann- Pick Disease Group UK is there to support families and helps to fund research to find a cure – so fund raising events like this are a lifeline for the charity and for sufferers across the country. Much needed funds will be raised for the charity on Saturday 6th October as family and friends will be helping

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to host an event at St Mary’s Club on Trent Road, Billinge. On the night you will be able to enjoy live music from local band Change of Key – the barn dance band will have you up on your feet having a ball with traditional British, Irish and American tunes. The bands caller will be on hand to show you the moves so everyone can join in and have a go. The entertainment kicks off at 8pm, tickets are £5 and every penny raised will be given to the Neimann-Pick Disease Group UK. To purchase your tickets please call 07779 935190 or 01744 892236 or alternatively you can e-mail valentinesfarm@hotmail.com. For more information about the charity please have a look at the website at www.niemannpick.org.uk

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Wiggo Arrives Post-Olympic fever is set to hit Billinge and Garswood on Monday September 10th when the Tour of Britain passes by. Britain’s cycling heroes Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be spearheading Team Sky as the ninth tour hits the streets. The Tour of Britain is a multi-stage cycling race across Great Britain where competitors race to complete the stages in the fastest time. The race will enter Garswood at about 13.30pm travelling from Billinge Road to Newton Road into Billinge; from there riders will pass down Main Street then onto Rainford Road towards Rainford, through Crank and onto Higher Lane through Rainford onto Ormskirk Road, then taking the Rainford By-Pass for Knowsley Safari Park. For more details about the race please log on to www.tourofbritain.com.

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Does your son or daughter like to throw a few shapes on the dance floor? If they do and you would like to find somewhere for them to practice, then the Chapel End Labour Club in Billinge might just be the place you’re looking for. The popular street dancing classes are held every Thursday and are split in to age groups. 6-8 year olds dance from 5pm, 8-10 year olds from 6pm, 10-12 year olds from 7pm and 13-18 year olds from 8pm. Classes are just £2 and places are filling up fast, so for more details or to secure your child’s place please ring Jane on 01744 603031 or Anne on 01744 893260.

The largest Air Show in the North West is back and it’s right on your doorstep! Southport Air Show returns on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September so if you’re looking for some family fun this is just the ticket. As well as the fantastic flying programme there is plenty to do for the entire family including flight simulators, children’s activities and plenty of stalls selling goodies. Daily tickets are £7 in advance and £9 on the gate and group rates are available – for more information or to book your tickets please call 01704 533333 or check out the website at www.southportairshow.com

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Heritage Open Weekend For one weekend a year, as part of the Heritage Open Days, old buildings from all over the UK throw open their doors and invite visitors in. Some of these buildings are normally closed to the public, others usually charge for admission, but on one September weekend – everyone is welcome and it’s all free!

of the Church Plate, Altar Cloths and other interesting Archive Material will be displayed. A Photographic Display, Video Display and Organ Recitals, will be given as Background Music from our Magnificent Organ. The Organ was installed in 1919 and dedicated to the Memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War. Open Saturday 8th September from 10.00am until 4.00pm and on Sunday 9th September from 12.00pm until 4.00pm. Light Refreshments will be available. St. Wilfrid - Situated in the centre of Standish, this ancient Church houses many artefacts and monuments. Outside, in front of the Church sits the rebuilt Standish well, the village cross, and stocks, plus a new monument to celebrate Her Majesty’s 60th Jubilee. Open Thursday 6th and Friday 7th 10.00am-3.00pm. Open Saturday 8th 11.15am-12.15pm for a concert (free admission, but voluntary collection) All Saints Parish Church - Serving the people of Wigan for over 100 years and standing in the centre of the town,

This year, Heritage Open Days falls between 6th and 9th of September. Weekend highlights in the Wigan area include the ‘What a Building’ Super Saturday at the Museum of Wigan Life on Saturday 8th September between 11am and 3pm. An actor will take on the role of the

access to this ancient site is easy for all to visit and enjoy. Some of the many artefacts and monuments inside the Church are currently undergoing refurbishment, and information on this process is available inside the Church. Open Saturday 8th 10.30am-2.30pm building’s designer Alfred Waterhouse taking people on tours, there will also be craft activities and historic building related documents on display. Whilst on Sunday 9th September visitors can check out the mighty Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine at Wigan Pier, with demonstrations taking place at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Many churches in the local area also throw open their doors for visitors – here is a selection of churches and chapels which will be open as listed between Thursday 6th and Sunday 9th September. St. James (Orrell ) Built in 1805, this Grade II listed Church was extended to double its size in 1841 and boasts an unusual domed top to the tower. Open Saturday 8th 11.00am-2.00pm St Aidans (Billinge). There will be guided tours (if required) or just browse around on your own. Several

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Park Lane Unitarian Chapel (Bryn). Built in 1697 by local subscription, this well-maintained chapel boasts many historic features. To complement Open Days, ‘bric-a-brac’ stalls open and refreshments available. Open Saturday 8th 10.00am- 1.00pm. St. John the Divine (Pemberton). The interior of this Church has been re-appointed to a high quality in its design and decoration, and its brickwork has been repaired and sympathetically re-pointed to the original specification. Open Thursday 6th 10.00am-1.00pm St. Pauls (Goose Green) Built from 1913-1915, this Church was constructed by W. Chason Ralph & Son in red sandstone in the style of Paley and Austin. Open Saturday 8th 10.00am-1.00pm. For more information about Heritage Open Days location further afield, please visit the website www.heritageopendays.org.uk


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Intrada will be performing music from Gershwin, Handel, medieval dance music and more from the world of musical entertainment. The evening will take place at the Parbold Village Hall from 7.45pm; admission is £12 per person and £5 concessions for more information or to book you tickets please contact the Society on 01257 498452 or on-line at www.parbolddouglasmusic.org

A great family day out in September is a visit to the Animal Magic weekend at Martin Mere, near Burscough. The annual event, which takes place on the weekend of 22/23 September, is one of the tourist attraction’s highlights of the year.

Bottoms Up! Real ale aficionados should clear their diaries on the weekend of 25-27th October, because that’s when the 13th Sandgrounder Beer Festival takes place! There are more than 50 beers, plus various ciders, perries and fruit wines, to sample at the Festival, which will take place for the first time at St Johns Hall on Wright Street in Southport.

In addition to the usual attractions, visitors can get up close to a huge selection of animals, such as meerkats, skunks, ferrets, alpacas, greyhounds, chinchillas and a Kune Kune pig, to name but a few. There will also be vultures, owls and eagles on show, plus a range of reptiles and some bats and hedgehogs.

Organised by the Southport & West Lancs CAMRA and sponsored by the Burscough Brewing Company, the festival’s sessions run on Thursday 25th (6pm-11pm), Friday 26th (12pm–11pm) and Saturday 27th (12pm11pm). Admission to each session is £3, but card-carrying CAMRA members enter free. For more details about the festival, check out the website www.tinyurl.com/beerex12

The canoe safari and den building will appeal to those with more adventurous children, and there’s also pond dipping and face painting too. For more details on the event, visit www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere

Medley of Music If you’re partial to a bit of live music at the weekend you’ll be pleased to read that the Douglas Music Society in Parbold will be treating audiences to a Brass Ensemble on Saturday 6th October. The 10-piece brass formation,

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Mawdesley Show

Watch out for the 35th annual Mawdesley Show, which will be taking place next Saturday (8th September) at Mawdesley Village Hall on Hurst Green. The event is a traditional village show with classes for flowers, fruits and vegetables, handicrafts, confectionery, preserves, floral art and photography. There will also be special junior classes that parents may find the useful for providing activities for their children to do in the run up to the show.

Whether you are an experienced exhibitor or someone who is trying their hand at showing you will be given a warm welcome at the Mawdesley Show. Completed entry forms along with your exhibit must be returned to the Village Hall by 8.30pm on Friday September 7th. Schedules and entry forms are available at the Village Hall and a selection of local shops. For more information please contact Marion Frayne on 01704 821377 or Barbara Nichols on 01704 822468.

Even if you don’t fancy getting your hands sticky with craft type activities, you can enjoy a great family day out, sample some fantastic local produce and browse lots of arts and crafts. The doors open at 2pm with the awards presentation at 3pm; from 3.30pm you can fill your boots and snap up some great local produce as items go on sale.

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Our Day Out Wigan Little Theatre kicks off their new season with some Musical Mayhem from Willy Russell, with Our Day Out, a funny and heart-warming story about Mrs Kay’s ‘Progress Class’ – a bunch of illiterate pupils on board a coach and bound for Alton Towers ... until Mr Briggs joins them! The authoritarian Deputy Headmaster changes the destination to a zoo in North Wales but there is no stopping the fun on a trip for the class that always gets left behind. This newly updated musical is from the creator of “Blood Brothers” and “Shirley Valentine”. The show runs from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 15th September at the Crompton Street based theatre. For tickets, please call the box office on 01942 242561 or visit the website at www.wiganlittletheatre.co.uk.

Phoenix Nights If you’re feeling a bit lonely and you want to make new friends or even a suitor, then the Wigan Phoenix Club can help you. The club isn’t a dating agency, but a social organisation for the over 45’s who are single, divorced or widowed, providing a safe friendly environment to make friends with people in a similar position.

On Saturday nights, the club meets at St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall in Church Street, Standish for a Sequence & Ballroom Dance with a little bit of Line Dance too. There is no bar at St Wilfrid’s so please bring your own drink and have a great night out. The dance starts at 8pm and there is no admission after 9.15pm. Admission costs £3.00 for members and £4.00 for visitors.

Distributors Required Local Life requires a distributor (aged 13+) for the following area – Upholland Road, Crank Road and the Coleridge Road estate in Billinge. We would also welcome applications from potential distributors for our waiting lists. Distributors will typically work for 2/3 hours every 8 weeks, delivering in their own neighbourhoods. You must be fit, enthusiastic and reliable. Please e-mail your name, address, landline number and date of birth to sallyb@locallife247.co.uk If you’re a member of a community group and you want to publicise your next event free in Local Life, then just email details along with a contact name and number to editorial@locallife247.co.uk.

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Retro Revival The Retro Revival Day Festival takes place at Haydock Park Racecourse on Saturday 22nd September 2012, running from 10.00am – 11.30pm. This fabulous all-day event has live bands and super-star DJS, playing all your favourite hits from across the decades, plus some very special guest appearances. There’ll be a Show and Shine, so bring along your classic cars and bikes. All hot rods, pick-ups, military vehicles and muscle cars are welcome, with free entry to all those coming in a classic car. Of course there’ll be all your favourite vintage stalls selling Ladies and Men’s fashions, Jewellery, Accessories, Homewares, Antiques, Books, Music, Militaria & Collectables;

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You can get all this for the recession-busting entrance price of £5.00, which you can pay for on-the-door and stay for the whole day and evening. Even better, if you’re a serving member of the armed forces then bring along your ID and you’ll get in free! If you’d like a trade stall at this event, then please call Stella on 07848 924509.


Butcher’s Block is Back

Art Group

Windy Arbour Farm Shop in Billinge continue their popular series of ‘Butcher’s Block Sunday’ events with another visit from David Green, this time on Sunday 9th September from 10am. As always David, of K&J Green, Heskin will be serving fresh Lancashire meat to your personal requirements on the day. Get down to the shop early on the day and make sure you don’t miss out on a tasty dinner!

The Winstanley Art Group is calling out to budding artists to come and join them at their weekly get-togethers. The group meets every Tuesday night between 7pm-9pm at the Grange Community Centre in Marus Bridge. The group will help you work with different mediums, show you the tricks and tips of the art world and offer advice on what materials to buy.

Another fine mess…. For an afternoon out with a difference this Saturday (1st September), take the kids along to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Laurel and Hardy official fan club, The Sons of The Desert. This is a one-day Laurel & Hardy convention with a mixture of classic Laurel and Hardy films, quizzes, a raffle, an auction, a musical sing-a-long and lots of fun and games for all the family. The event is being held at The Masonic Hall on Bryn Road in Bryn (WN4 0AA) and adult tickets are £5 each on the door. Children under 14 are free but must be accompanied by one paying adult. Food and drinks are being served all day, and the event runs from 12.30-7pm.

Don’t worry about buying paints, just come down to the first meeting with a drawing pad, pencils and a rubber. The cost per meeting is £3 and teas and coffee is available. For more information, please call Bill on 01942 225525 or email ingham.bill@yahoo.co.uk.

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Wigan St Judes If your son is rugby-mad and he’s keen on playing competitively, Wigan St Judes would like you to get in touch. The club is busy recruiting children aged between 5 and 7 for their junior teams. The club currently trains on St Judes field on Worsley Mesnes Drive from 6.45-8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more details please call Scott on 07824 492851 or Kevin on 07828 440475, or visit the St Judes website – www.wiganstjudesrlfc.com.

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A Question of Taste The good thing about bad taste is that you don’t know you have it, says designer Sam Becker. Could this possibly be the reason why your friend’s home looks like something out of Homes and Gardens magazine, and, despite your very best efforts, your home just doesn’t? Is good taste in furnishing and décor something that you’re born with or do you have to sit through hour upon hour of TV makeover shows before you can appreciate the finer nuances of interior design?

Well, don’t mention this in company, but it is possible that your friend has the services of an interior designer. One such interior design company is Millan Interiors, who are based in Parbold. Millan Interiors are Wigan’s best kept secret when it comes to interior design. Since the company was launched in 2009, they have transformed some of the finest homes and businesses in the area, and the business is going from strength to strength. The company is run by partners Debbie Peers and Adele Headley. In Debbie’s case, an appreciation of good interior design was something she inherited. Her mum was a seamstress and her dad, a painter decorator. Raised in Pemberton, Debbie studied Art and Design before landing a plum job with ITV, where she stayed for nearly 20 years. Initially hired to create sets for TV shows, Debbie later was promoted to Producer before she realised her dream of opening an interior design company in 2008. Adele worked for a lighting design company for twelve years which gave her the inspiration to study design further.

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She firstly completed a HNC Interior Design and Architecture where she won the student of the year award, and then continued her studies at UCLAN to complete a BA Hons. Interior Design. With a few more awards on the way, she completed her three year course in two years before joining forces with Debbie at Millan Interiors. Millan Interiors is a store of two halves. The front of the shop is stocked with a beautiful range of furniture and lighting, and a large selection of unique hand-picked accessories. It’s an ideal place to source those finishing touches to complement any room and also to pick up thoughtful presents for family and friends. The rear of the store though is where dream homes are created; this section houses the entire Farrow and Ball paint collection, along with hundreds of sample books from décor specialists such as Osborne and Little, GP & J Baker, Sanderson, Mulberry, Romo and Designers Guild

to name just a few. This is where Debbie and Adele provide inspiration and advice to customers wishing to transform their home interiors. This is a one-stop shop; Millan Interiors can supply paint, curtains, wallpapers, carpets, furniture, upholstery, cushions, lighting, blinds and accessories. Whether you want a tin of paint, a complete house makeover, or just a browse, you’ll be made welcome in the relaxed environment of Millan Interiors. So if you want to create a more impressive home, where you can proudly entertain your family and friends, then do call in and see Debbie and Adele. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t got the first idea about design, or if you’re well accomplished and just looking for some final touches to your décor, this friendly, down-to-earth pair will look after you and help you create the home of your dreams.

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KU-MON you Saints!’

Many Wigan Warriors fans last week had to change their allegiance as they attended the KUMON Regional Prize Giving at Hope Academy in Newton-Le-Willows. Paul Wellens, international rugby star, captain of St Helens and supporter of Kumon was there to present the prizes to students in recognition of their success and continuing development, studying on the KUMON maths and English programmes. Around 300 students, ranging from 3 - 18 years old, and their parents attended the award ceremony which had an Olympic theme. The proceeding started with an impressive warm up by the Shevington percussion group and an Olympic quiz.

Paul’s message was for each individual to strive to be the best, then the success of the team will follow. As with Olympic athletes he still has had to make sacrifices, turning down nights out with friends, to put his training first. Some days he does not feel like training, but it is all worth it in the end. This message was echoed by Jen Griffith, a long term student of Kumon who is now off to University to study dentistry. “My short bursts of daily maths study have really stood me in good stead as I progressed from having no confidence in maths at primary school to gaining A* at GCSE, and I have just completed my A level. Kumon is the best thing I have ever done!’ For further information about Kumon’s maths and English study programmes, call Pauline on 01942 203847 or visit www.kumon.co.uk.

Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work to unlock your child’s potential, building their confidence and independent study skills. To unlock your child’s potential, contact your local instructor for a FREE Assessment; Wigan Winstanley Study Centre Pauline Cooper 01942 203847

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Hope & Glory It’s been a year of Union Flag waving celebrations across the nation and the fun goes on in Wigan on Saturday 15th September, when a Proms in the Park event is held in Mesnes Park. Performances will take place in the newly restored bandstand, part of Phase One of Mesnes Park’s multimillion pound refurbishment.

Joanne Ramdewor from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s parks team said: “It’s been an absolutely wonderful year of celebration across the country, so we’re hoping people will come out in their full flag flying force for our end of summer celebration.”

The borough’s own particular version of Last Night of the Proms will feature the Tyldesley Band playing a repertoire of favourite ‘Last Night’ music such as Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and the National Anthem. Local male vocalist Chris Stacey, is returning by popular demand, with a selection of modern favourites.

If you’re away for this event, then you might want to consider attending the Proms in the Park event at Pennington Hall Park in Leigh Saturday 8th September. Tickets are on sale now for both events which start at 6pm. Tickets are priced at £7.50 for adults and £5 for children. For your tickets, please call 01942 828 508.

Joanne added: “Whether you’re a classical music fan or not Proms in the Park is a must see event. This is a fantastic opportunity to get together with your friends, pack a picnic and enjoy a feast of music that will invoke national and local pride.

More than just books Up Holland Library in Hall Green has announced a whole host of events in September that may interest you? On Friday 14th September the library launches a new Craft and Chat Group. This will be held weekly every Friday at the library from 2.30pm onwards. Come along and knit, crochet, make cards or whatever else is your craft in the company of like-minded crafters. There’s no charge for these sessions, and the library will even serve you tea and biscuits too! Always worth a look at is the latest Art Exhibition from the Up Holland Art Society which is being held at Up Holland Library on Friday 21st September between 7pm- 9pm. There will be work for sale, admission is free and wine and nibbles will be served too! And the library extends an invite to The WordHeard - a live literature and open mic evening which is being held

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on Monday 24th September from 7pm-9pm. Special guests on the evening are Wigan Community Theatre Company and award-winning poet Joy France. Audience members are welcome to bring their own work to share in the local writers section. Again, admission is free, and teas and biscuits will be served. Finally, a reminder that Toddler Rhyme Time has moved to Thursdays, starting from this Thursday (6th September). From 2.15pm to 2.45pm, mums, dads, grandparents and carers are all welcome to bring along your under 5s for a rhymes, a story and a craft.


Table Top Sale If you want to bag a bargain or get shut of some clutter, look out for the Table Top Sale on Saturday 6th October at St Matthew’s Parish Rooms in Highfield. The event runs from 9am-1pm, and tables are £8 and must be pre-booked. Refreshments will be available at the event, and you can park on the Church and Church Hall car parks opposite the parish Rooms. All proceeds from the event go to the Parish Rooms. To book a table at the event, please call 01942 222905.

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Your Health On your bike! It’s been a tremendous summer for British sport, especially where cycling is concerned. Local hero Bradley Wiggins ushered in the peals of victory, comfortably winning the 99th edition of the Tour De France. This conferred him not only the first British winner, but the first from Wigan as he is an honorary member of the Wigan Wheelers bike club! And from thereon we cheered many British cyclists on to claim medals at our Historic Olympic games. Cycling is something that almost all of us have tried at some point or other and anyone who can ride a bike never really forgets the skill once learned. As a Chiropractor I always recommend cycling as it is means to stay active, fit and healthy for almost all ages, whilst being gentle on the bones, joints and muscles. Make sure you have an approved safety helmet, which should be on your head and fastened before you move your bike. If you are going to cycle on the roads, make sure you don fluorescent high-visibility clothing, and enough lights to be mistaken for a rolling town square Christmas tree. The roads are generally very busy these days, and you might find the country parks such as Haigh Hall or Pennington flash to be much safer alternatives. These are also good for younger people who are learning to cycle and offer a family day out into the bargain. There are many dedicated trails around the country which offer off road cycling – just look online. If you prefer the roads, then pick the quieter times and roads – there are many in and around the Wigan area, and perhaps consider riding as part of a cycling club to take advantage of safety in numbers. Almost as much fun as riding a bike is buying one. They tend to come in an ever-increasing range of eye-catching paint schemes, as well as various styles too. If what has been dubbed the ‘Wiggins effect’ is compelling you to buy a shiny new bike, I would personally recommend visiting Alan’s Bikes on Wallgate, Wigan. They offer a nice range of bikes and are both friendly and very helpful. Thanks for reading, Dr Mike Paull, Chiropractor.

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Winstanley Girl Wins Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club (LPRC) picked up a trio of titles at the recent National Sprint Championship, one for 16 year old Winstanley girl Natalie Craddock (pictured). Natalie battled hard to keep her driving steady and consistent throughout three races to land the award. In the first race, Natalie had to settle for third place, but she romped home in the second and third race to land the 2012 RYA Powerboat GP GT30 National Title. After claiming her National Title a beaming Natalie said: “I had a disappointing start to the season while the team struggled to get the new boat performing at its best. Going into the Sprint Championship, we have been doing lots of testing and I knew the boat was now running and handling well. I hoped we had done enough to crack it, so then it was over to me to drive at the best of my ability. “In the race, I knew I had to stay focused as the competition out there was tough. It was a great race and it was really good to get back to my winning ways. I am now really excited about the rest of the season and I’m looking forward to the next race.”

Nearly New Sale Cash-strapped parents and parents-to-be will be pleased to hear about the latest nearly new sale where you can find a wide range of top quality baby clothes, toys and equipment at discount prices. The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) will be holding the sale on Saturday 13th October between 11.30am-1pm at St David’s Church on Eskdale Avenue, Carr Mill. Admission will be a donation of £1 per adult and all money raised will be in aid of the NCT charity. For more information about the sale please contact Sarah on 0844 243 6325 or email wigannearlynewsale@yahoo.co.uk.

Flower Show The Newton-le-Willows Flower and Vegetable show takes place this Saturday (8th September) from 2pm at Penkford School on Wharf Road; this event usually attracts 50-60 exhibitors so you can expect to see some weird and wonderful entries in the competition. There will be competitive classes for flowers, pot plants, vegetables, fruit, art, photography, baking and flower arranging. There will also be stalls selling plants, spring bulbs, second-hand books, a tombola and a raffle. The show will end at 4.15pm with a presentation to the winners and an auction of the produce. For more details about the show or any other events organised by the Newton-le-Willows Gardeners’ Association please contact Chantelle Seaborn on 07708 589912 or chantelleseaborn@gmail.com.


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How can you help me? We always start off with a 45 minute consultation and examination to find the underlying causes of your problem. We then use gentle, safe hands-on treatments to relieve your pain.

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There – I’ve said it! All those glossy colour Sunday supplements extolling the virtues of having a conservatory; extra family space to relax in the sunshine without actually braving the outside elements are just an overblown sales campaign to sell conservatories. Whilst they are high on our wish list when it comes to improving our homes; conservatories rarely live up to expectations. A conservatory is supposed to be a calm and tranquil space, one that lets us linger over the Sunday papers without having to put on an extra layer or jumping up to retrieve the lifestyle section from the rose bushes. In reality you probably have a love hate relationship with what can only be described as your glass box. They overheat in the summer and winter temperatures rival the North Pole during the winter months; all in all you start to feel like you haven’t benefited from the extra room you paid for. In fact, research shows that, in the British climate, a conservatory is unlikely to provide more than two hours of comfortable temperatures per day.

the problems associated with plastic ceilings. Freedom has already helped people save on their energy bills and given them a room that they can use 365 days of the year. The process does not alter the external appearance of your roof or remove any part of your conservatory causing a minimal amount of disruption to your home and because the work is internal there is no need for any planning permission. Paul says “Following our three-day installation you will no longer need to look at an ugly plastic roof, you will have a plastered and painted ceiling with a bespoke lighting and audio package of your choice. Before we plasterboard we lag the plastic roof with insulation that helps to deflect heat away and keeps heat in and the material we use meets all the current building regulations and fire certificates.” Paul is dedicated to designing new Conservatory concepts and is constantly looking at other ways of improving your Conservatory living. In a short space of time his team have now created a Plasma TV wall, which will carry your TV and give you extra floor space; cables can be hidden were possible

Well, before you seal those French doors shut for good we’d like to tell you about a local company who might just have the answer to all your conservatory woes. Freedom Conservatory Roof Conversions promise to give you back the extra room you have always dreamt about. With their innovative ceiling modifications they can make your conservatory up to 90% warmer in the winter and up to 75% cooler in the summer! After suffering with the same problems in his own conservatory, the Billingebased owner of Freedom Conservatory Roof Conversions Paul Stubbs came up with a revolutionary idea to combat

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Conservatory roof before “Conservatory overheats in summer and winter temperatures rival the North Pole!”

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and they can fit full surround sound cinema systems using ceiling speakers and mood lighting. Paul added, “We have also designed a Wood Burner that can be safely vented through either our roof conversion or existing polycarbonate; this will not only heat your conservatory but save you money on energy especially in the winter months. All the burners are DEFRA approved and fitted by approved tradesman.”

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Money & Investments

Making managing your investments easier! Do you have ISAs, Unit Trusts, Investment Bonds and Pensions dotted around with different companies and are you fed up with receiving countless statements and information from each of them? Are you unsure as to how each investment is performing? And finally, would you like to simplify your investment affairs whilst still having access to some of the leading investment houses and insurance companies in the UK and beyond? Photo: BC Arts Photography

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For those of you who have answered yes to one or more of these questions I would suggest that you read on. As a result of the turmoil experienced since 2008 in the investment markets, I believe that the focus has very much sharpened on three things for investors. 1.

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The majority of our new investment clients have told us that they had become totally frustrated with


the volume of paperwork they were receiving from their investment providers and that they had lost track of where they were up to with regards to their portfolios. They had lost touch with their previous advisers and when I asked them about the risk profile and the performance of their underlying investments, without exception the response was very much a scratch of the head or “I don’t really know”.

they should be doing with their investments. If this sound like you and you need help to make managing your money a little easier please do not hesitate to give us a call. If you invest in the stock market the value of your investments can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount invested.

This is really quite scary. Your money is important, it needs to be looked after and managed sensibly. I am pleased to say that all of these clients now know exactly what their investment risk levels are, where their money is invested, and more importantly how it is performing. In addition, for the majority, they can now obtain valuation details of all of their investments by either making one phone call or better still (for the techies amongst you) pressing a button on their home computer. Because of the fragile recovery in the economy the bad news for savers is that interest rates are likely to remain low for some time to come and consequently bank accounts remain very poor value for the majority of investors. In today’s fast changing economic / investment environment it is vital that investors keep abreast of the latest developments and that they have access to unbiased investment expertise at a competitive price. As market opportunities come and go it is imperative that portfolios are correctly positioned to either seize the opportunities or to mitigate the potential threats. Too many investors adopt a passive stance and consequently remain in funds or sectors that have long since fallen out of favour. In my experience time and access to the right information can be a constant headache for the majority of investors. Most people would prefer to spend time on hobbies, holidays and with family rather than pouring over financial information and worrying about what

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Up Holland Opening The Mayor of West Lancashire heard how a local woman has beaten the recession to open up a new business on the high street. Cllr Paul Greenall, accompanied by the Mayoress, Louise Greenall, officially opened Let Me... Lettings, on Ormskirk Road, Up Holland, during an event recently. The independent property lettings business is the brainchild of Linda Vella, who started out the business working from her home less than a year ago. But her business has now been so successful, she has moved onto the high street and is now employing two members of staff. Although based in West Lancashire, her portfolio now includes properties in St Helens, Wigan and Liverpool. Linda, a former Up Holland High School pupil, said: “I was really privileged that the Mayor came to officially open my new shop at the weekend. This time last year, Let Me... Lettings didn’t even exist and in the past 12 months we’ve gone from my street to the high street. It has been a lifelong ambition of mine and I couldn’t be happier.”

Wigan Business Expo Organisers of Wigan Borough’s biggest ever business event are delighted at the response for their October conference. The Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 is welcoming firms and individuals from across the borough to hear keynote speakers, take part in one to one advice sessions and network with over 100 guest organisations who will be at the DW Stadium on 12 October. In fact, the Expo is proving so popular that all the exhibition spaces were snapped up within just eight weeks of being made available, and, for the first time, Local Life will be there, so if you are attending, do stop by for a chat! Cllr David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council and portfolio holder for regeneration, says: “We have been overwhelmed at how quickly the stands for Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 have been taken. This year, the Expo is three times the size of our first event in 2010 and 50% bigger than last year. With nearly half of this year’s exhibitors having stands at last year’s event, it’s a testament to the growing reputation of Wigan Business Expo.” Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 will take place on Friday 12 October, 8am to 3pm at DW Stadium. For more details on the event, please visit www. wiganbusinessexpo.co.uk.

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CMA Accountancy Guide to Credit Control CMA is a firm of Chartered Management Accountants based in Appley Bridge. We provide the usual services such as annual accounts and tax returns etc but we also work with our clients on a deeper level and look behind the numbers to help them grow their businesses to give them the competitive edge to stay ahead of their competitors. This month we are looking at ways to manage your customers so that they pay you on time. Cashflow is the lifeblood of any business. All profitable businesses will struggle without positive cashflow. Where margins are tight it is vital that you collect your payments when they are due. Many businesses go bust every year simply because they are owed money. Systematic, well planned credit control practices must be put in place before your start giving credit terms to customers. The following tips can help your stay in the black: 1 Set out your terms and conditions – This is your opportunity to clearly state when payment is due and what will happen if payment is not received 2 Get to know your customer – It’s vital you know the background of the person you’re working with. This information can help you decide what credit limit to set, or whether to stay away from certain businesses altogether. Providers such as Creditsafe or Experian can help you get this information. 3 Check references – There is no better way to get a sense of character than by word of mouth. Business associates will be pleased to sing the praises of good contacts. 4 Invoice on a timely basis – Credit control starts with the invoice. Send it out promptly, accurately and to the right person! 5 Payment chasing should be a tight operation – Use a good system such as Sage or Xero to send reminders when payment is due. Be sure to make a telephone call or send a letter as soon as an invoice becomes due.

7 Flexible payment methods – Modern businesses should offer a range of payment types. Options include credit / debit card payments, paypal, and other website payment methods. There may be a small charge to pay but the payment could be received earlier. These are just a few tips that we give to clients to help them stay on top of their cashflow. Every business is different and some methods work better than others depending on your circumstances. Please contact us to discuss any specific issues you may have with collecting money.

Tax Tips of the Month • File your self-assessment return on time - HMRC have introduced a new penalty structure this year, which will mean that a tax return that is over six months late will incur a minimum penalty of £1,300! • Consider incorporating your business - If you are currently running a small unincorporated business there may be a substantial tax saving available on converting to a Limited Company.

If you would like to find out more about any of the issues discussed in this article CMA offers a free initial consultation, either at our office or yours, at a time to suit you. If you would like to see how we can help please get in touch. Contact Details Chris Alcock ACMA CMA Accountancy 39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan, WN6 9DR Tel: 01257 255521 Email info@handsonaccounting.co.uk www.handsonaccounting.co.uk

6 Employ an experienced credit controller – If you have the resources, employ a credit controller, or outsource to a company with expertise. Don’t leave it to the sales team.

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There are countries that you visit where a single visit would suffice. A few attractions are all they have to offer.. box ticked, move on. But there are other countries which are so vast and have so many attractions, that you wouldn’t even scratch the surface with a single holiday - welcome to America! New York, Boston and New England, Florida, Vegas, Alaska, Hawaii all offer very different types of holidays...and then there’s the Deep South, which is completely different yet again, but is fast growing in popularity. Marken Travel has teamed up with Collette Worldwide Holidays to offer you the chance to take an eight day escorted tour to America’s Music Cities. Collette, who have been running high quality escorted holiday tours since 1918, will be at Marken Travel on Thursday 27th September from 6.30pm onwards to answer any questions you have about the America Music City tour. The company are highly recommended, with many satisfied customers returning to the UK singing the praises of the quality of these escorted tours.

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According to current travel guides, New Orleans is one of the top ten most visited cities in the United States, and it’s here in the Big Easy that we begin our tour! This soulful city abounds with rich history and you’ll be spending 3 nights in The Inn on Bourbon, an elegant, renovated hotel in the heart of New Orleans’ historic French quarter. During your stay, you’ll discover all the highlights of the city on a leisurely walking tour and you’ll also have time explore at your own pace. You can find out why New Orleans is known as the Birthplace of Jazz with a visit to a local jazz club, and you’ll roll up your sleeves at a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, and learn how to cook New Orleans style! On day 4, you’ll travel north to Memphis, the home of blues, soul and rock n’ roll, and you’ll stay the next two nights in the Memphis Marriott Downtown. You’ll feast on southern cuisine on


Memphis’ world famous Beale Street and immerse yourself in Memphis’s energetic musical scene. Musicians from Memphis join you on a tour and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage. One of the undoubted highlights is a trip to Graceland, the 14 acre estate and palatial home of Elvis Presley. You can catch a glimpse of this private corner of Elvis Presley’s world, and also visit the Mediation Garden where Elvis and other members of his family have been laid to rest. You will then take the short journey to the music capital of the world – Nashville. Take your seat for the Grand Old Opry, which was started as a local radio show in 1925 and has now grown to an entertainment complex that attracts fans from all over the world. You’ll be staying for two nights in the awesome

Gaylord Opryland Hotel, with its nine acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and an indoor river with a Delta flatboat! You’ll enjoy a special dinner at the Wildhorse Saloon, home of a ginormous dance floor which is used every night of the week by dancers, and also tour Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio, RAC Studio B, where Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton once recorded some of their classic hits. You can also explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is the largest museum of pop music in the world. Sadly you’ll then have to fly back from Nashville; the end of a magical music tour full of fascinating experiences that will leave you smiling (and singing!) long after you touch down in the UK. Don’t miss the holiday of a lifetime – call Marken Travel now on 01744 893308 and ask for a free brochure on the Magical Music Tour and the other tours offered by Collette Worldwide Holidays. If you want to find out more about the Tour, do come along to the Open Evening on 27th September. See you there!

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What’s on in the North West... Friday 31st August

Saturday 8th September

Make sure you don’t miss out on Blackpool’s award winning illuminations, which start on Friday 31st August. The Illuminations offer you a host of different experiences and ways to view Blackpool’s glittering spectacle; hop aboard an open top tram for the clearest view of the lights, or perhaps a ride in 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! The illuminations run until the 4th November.

This year’s show is celebrating its 21st year! Come and enjoy a family day out at the biggest event of its kind in the North West. Witness pure magic in the sky as skilled pilots demonstrate some truly stunning aerobatics. As well as these thrilling aerial displays, there’s a fun-packed show village on the ground where people of all ages can enjoy the displays and attractions from a variety of exhibitors and traders. The Air Show opens from 9am and we encourage you to arrive early to maximise your day out – the show also runs on Sunday 9th September.

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Saturday 1st September Morecambe Seaside Festival

Also running on Sunday 2nd September. There is plenty to do for the family all weekend, from a full programme of live music, to spectacular airshows and a fireworks display. The animatronic polar bear ‘Bjorn’ will be appearing at the Platform. There will be a showcase of live music from local bands, with stalls and activities available in the Platform and along the Promenade. Saturday evening will end in a stunning firework display launched from the Stone Jetty, whilst Sunday will offer a spectacular Battle of Britain flypast, culminating in a display by the Red Arrows. Cost: Free Time: 12.30pm to 9.30pm Contact: 01524 582808 or visit www.lancaster.gov.uk Sat Nav Ref: LA4 4DB

Friday 7th September Preston Proms in the Park

Katherine Jenkins, the world’s most prolific classical artist is to sing with José Carreras in a world first at Preston Guild’s Proms in the Park. Preston Proms in the Park at Avenham Park will attract 10,000 people and is expected to be a sell out as it will be a unique opportunity to see these two international classical stars perform together at a one-off open-air concert as part of the Preston Guild 2012 celebrations. Cost: £65.00 each Time: 7pm (gates open 5pm) Contact: 0845 344 2012 or visit www.prestonguild2012.com Sat Nav Ref: PR1 3TD

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Cost: £7.00 Time: 9am – 5.30pm (the air show commences at approx. 12pm on both days) Contact: 01704 533333 Sat Nav Ref: PR8 1RY

Sunday 9th September

Walton Hall Gardens Country Fayre There are lots of craft stalls at this country fayre, plus a children’s fun fair, dog displays, narrow boat rides, live music, a re-enactment by the civil war society and much more. And what’s more entry is free! Walton Gardens is located just off the A56, 2 miles from J11 M56 and are adjacent to the Bridgewater Canal. Cost: Free Time: 11am - 4pm Contact: 01925 601617 (option 2) or visit www. warrington.gov.uk/waltongardens Sat Nav Ref: WA4 6SN

Thursday 14th September Harrogate Flower Show

Running until Sunday 16th September, this popular flower show sees top chefs from across the region will be sharing a daily menu of mouth-watering ideas for turning home grown produce into delicious meals with visitors to the Cookery Theatre. Thousands of top-quality garden products, more than 70 unique craft and gift stalls, and dozens of specialist food outlets provide unrivalled early Christmas shopping opportunities. Cost: £11.50-£15 Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm Contact: 01423 546157 or visit www.flowershow.org.uk Sat Nav Ref: HG2 8PW

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Saturday 29th September

Glass manufacturer and design company Morpheus Glass hosts an open studio weekend at their base on the Hewitt Business Park, off Winstanley Road in Orrell with stock on sale at up to 70% off normal retail prices. Refreshments available. This event also runs on Sunday 16th September. Time: 10am-4pm Cost: Free Contact: 01695 624182 or www.morpheusglass.co.uk Sat Nav Ref:WN5 7XB

Also running on Sunday 30th September, this a great free day out with fun for all the family at Victoria Park in Widnes! Hundreds of classic cars and bikes, vintage machinery, vintage funfair, model boats, miniature steam engines, entertainment arena - this year featuring 3SIXTY mountain bike display team and much more! Free car parking is available at the municipal building with a free shuttle bus to the park.

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Saturday 22nd September Animal Magic

The Burscough Wetlands centre hosts the popular Animal Magic event on the weekend of 22nd/23rd September. In addition to the centre’s usual attractions, visitors can get up close to a large selection of other animals, such as meerkats, ferrets, skunks, chinchillas, vultures, owls and eagles. A great day out for all the family! Cost: Family £25.55-28.10, adult £9.50-10.45, child £4.64-£5.10. Under 4’s -free Time: 9.30am-5.30pm Contact: www.wwt.org.uk/visit/martin-mere or 01704 895181 Sat Nav Ref: L40 0TA

Friday 28th September

British Musical Fireworks Championships Southport’s sky bursts into light as the three day British Musical Fireworks Championships returns over the weekend of 28th to 30th September. Watch as some of the country’s top pyrotechnic teams compete with stunning firework displays synchronised to music, to try and win the prestigious industry title of UK Champions. Three day passes to the event are available and also single date tickets or Priority Viewing tickets to buy via telephone or at the Southport Tourist Information Centre. Cost: from £5 to £20 (children under 5 free with a paying adult) Time: 7pm – 10pm Contact: 01704 533333 Sat Nav Ref: PR8 1RX

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North West Vintage Rally

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Friday 5th October Farmaggedon

Running until Saturday 3rd November, Farmaggedon 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. Warning – this is not for the faint hearted and under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Fancy Dress is allowed but masks must not be worn inside the houses. This is a timed event and booking is essential. Time: 7pm until 8.45pm Cost: £15, £16.50 & £17.50 Contact: 0844 736 0152 or visit www.farmaggedon.co.uk Sat Nav Ref: L39 7HW

Wednesday 31st October Halloween Raceday

Haydock Park is the perfect day out for all the family with lots of spooky Halloween entertainment. The first day of the jumps season includes an action-packed afternoon of top-quality jump racing plus plenty of free Halloween entertainment for children. Remember, children aged 17 and under gain access to the course for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Cost: tickets from £13.00 Time: gates open at 11.10am Contact: 0844 579 3006, 01942 725963 or visit www.haydock-park.co.uk Sat Nav Ref: WA12 0HQ

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cardboard While most people’s relationship with cardboard goes as far as skimming it into the blue bin, local artist Mark O’Brien takes recycling to another level. This innovative artist from Golborne uses tons of the brown stuff to create original eye catching pieces of art which is increasingly being appreciated by a global audience. Mark’s love affair with cardboard started when he was a college student, he told LocaI Life, “I have always enjoyed making things by hand but I started off using cardboard because I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on materials. “It was interesting to use a common material which can be found everywhere for free, since then I’ve been very interested in re-using objects and materials. Mark added, “I learned that cardboard is actually a very good material to work with and finished pieces had some really nice illustrative styles with corrugated curves and lots of straight edges and sharp corners.” The business took off after Mark posted some pictures of his work online and has gone on to create pieces for a shop window in London, an art gallery in Chicago and a London themed exhibition for a Hong Kong shopping centre. Mark’s biggest market comes from personal commissions. In the past he has made everything from a giant chicken to wedding cakes! As well as this he also runs a number of school workshops with children, getting the pupils involved in recycling cardboard and other materials into fun art and prop pieces. So if you’re interested in crafting with cardboard and other recycled materials or would like to talk to Mark about his cardboard creations please have a look at his website at www.mark-obrien.co.uk or follow him on twitter @markocardboard.

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This is a 5 mile walk on mostly traffic free tracks and paths, taking in Rufford’s own quiet branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve and lots of dog friendly farm tracks, which Jack always enjoys. Do take a camera and some binoculars with you, especially if you intend making more of your time at Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve, and don’t forget a change of footwear if you plan on looking in on Rufford Old Hall.

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We started out from the Rufford station car park. Heading up the steps we turned left onto Church Road, walking towards the canal bridge. Here’s where the walk really starts, as we turn left down the path and onto the towpath. In the marina there are dozens of narrow boats all with their own beautiful paintwork that adds a vibrance to the still waters of the canal. Continuing on beyond the marina we pass one of the very few locks on this section of canal, whilst to our right a train clatters by on its way to Ormskirk. The canal takes a gentle turn to the right before sweeping back to the left, and as it straightens out we can see the small swing bridge that we soon cross to lead us down to the A59. Keeping Jack on a short lead we cross over the main road


and turn right, walking up to, but not crossing over, the stone bridge that spans the Rufford Boundary Sluice. Instead we take the public footpath by the side of the bridge and follow the sluice ditch. As we do, we come to Sluice Lane where we turn right, then left to continue following the ditch along a very narrow path until it emerges on to Brick Kiln Lane, by the side of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. Again we cross the road, turning left and then right, as a much better boarded walkway continues the path beside the ditch. On reaching Cousins Lane we cross the road, turn right and then left, taking the track down past the cricket club. This follows on along the edge of a farm field until reaching a gate on the south-east corner of Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve.

Mere Sands Wood to Park Farm At this point Jack is back on his lead as we enter the reserve. We are aiming for the Northwest corner of the reserve and decide to turn right; well Jack did, so we followed his lead, so to speak. The path stays close to the edge of the reserve as it works its way round towards the car park and visitor centre. On reaching the entrance road we cross straight over and pick up the path again as it continues to wind its way through the woods to an exit on the right marked for Holmeswood Road. This crosses over a little foot bridge and out onto farm land. Keeping to the left we follow the path to the corner of the field and turn right continuing along the edge of the field until we emerge on to Holmeswood Road. Crossing the road to the pavement on the other side we turn left. It’s only a short walk before the turn right in to Hunters Lane (opposite Sandy Lane). This is a farm track, which means Jack is running free again, as we follow the track until passing two ponds on the left, at which point we take the track to our right, which is Birch Lane. The fields here are full of various crops; we see lettuce, potatoes, leeks, onions and barley. A flight of swallows appear to follow us on our walk, stopping for a moments rest on a wire fence before taking flight again. We continue along the track until reaching the corner of a surfaced road. Here we keep to the left and follow the road up towards Park Farm.

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Park Farm to Rufford Just before the gate the path turns off to the left and continues round until it picks up Croston Drive. We follow this to its junction with the A59 (yes Jack’s on his lead again), crossing over and into Spark Lane. This road curves round to the left and up onto Croston Road, emerging by the side of Sparks Bridge. Turning left we cross the bridge and take the steep narrow path on the right that leads down to the canal towpath. This section of towpath appears to be little used and Jack was happy running free again along its grassy surface. After a short while we pass another swing bridge and the path changes to a more compacted surface with the occasional muddy bit. Here you can see Rufford Old Hall on the other side of the canal and the remains of the bridge that once stood there. Emerging from the shelter of the trees that line this part of the canal we‘re soon heading up the sloped path that brings us out onto Church Road. Turning left we head back towards the station car park and tick off another of Jack’s Tracks.

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Woof! My name is Jack and I’m in charge of walks here at Local Life. I’ll be bringing you a series of circular walks from the local area, one in each issue of Local Life. The humans at the office tell me that you will also be able to get these walks from something called the web, whatever that is, when they get round to it. I’ve been doing one walk a month for Local Life for the past two years and I love my job, although the pay isn’t much to bark about. I was found as a puppy wandering around in a bit of a bad way on Jacksmere Lane in Scarisbrick, (which is why I was christened Jack), and I was taken to an animal rescue place in Ormskirk to be nursed back to health. I now live in Billinge with my master, Bill, and a lady called Alison, whose job is to remind Bill to take me for a walk. When the idea for featuring local walks was first raised at Local Life, a Jack Russell bitch called Rosie (the boss’s dog) was lined up for my role, but the boss changed his mind at the last minute and said that a border collie was more suitable for the job. So I get my picture in the magazine each month and Rosie has made my life a misery ever since – she really is a bitch in every sense of the word! Apart from these walks, my other interests include chasing balls of any description. I can sniff any abandoned balls within sixty paces, which makes

me quite useful when I walk around Dean Wood and Gathurst Golf Courses. Frustratingly though, my master keeps giving away the balls I find in exchange for shiny bits of metal; I will never understand you humans. Anyway, if you have a favourite walk that you would like me to feature in Local Life, then please email me the details at jackstracks@locallife247.co.uk, or write to me at Local Life 247 Ltd, Unit 8 – Hewitt Business Park, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7XB. If I feature your walk in a future issue, I’ll even send you one of our free drinking bowls for humans, also known as a Local Life mug!

Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall is a glorious Tudor manor located in Rufford, Lancashire and is a treasured National Trust property. The Great Hall was built around 1530 and has been owned by the Hesketh family for nearly 500 years. It is a Grade I listed building and is set amongst beautiful Victorian and Edwardian gardens and it is even claimed that a young Shakespeare visited and performed within the Hall in the 16th Century. Access within the house provides the opportunity to behold the marvels of the Old Hall, from fantastic furniture to armour and tapestries, there is something for everyone to appreciate. As the Hall is located in such an idyllic setting a scenic walk is a must! There are formal gardens to enjoy but also woodland to explore. Or why not visit the shop or browse the plant centre? When lunchtime comes there is the option of dining in as the Victorian tea-room provides all the scones and confectionery one could want.

Address: 200 Liverpool Road, Rufford, L40 1SG Email: ruffordoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk Telephone: 01704 821254

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All facilities, including the house, garden, shop and tea-room are open from 11:00am til 5pm for 6 days of the week as the Hall is closed on Fridays. The price of admission is £3.35 for a child, £6.70 for an adult, £5.70 for a group and £15.50 for family admission.

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Wake up and smell the Roses!

I must admit it took me a while to appreciate the joy of growing roses but when I think about it, my interest was sparked many years ago when I was growing up in London. Back then you had one telly per household, you had to get up to change the channel (of which there were only 3 to choose from!) and your Dad decided what you watched. Hence my introduction to Grandstand on a Saturday afternoon and when I was allowed to stay up late, Match of the Day on Saturday night. All this led to my introduction to Georgie Best - simply the most gorgeous footballer EVER! What has this got to do with roses? Well a few years ago I was reading an article about a new rose introduction called George Best - well of course it was a red one (sorry any City fans who are reading this) and well I just had to have it. That was the start of my love affair with roses. My most recent purchase is David Austin’s ’Falstaff’ - it has the most fabulous, intoxicating fragrance and I love it. You can buy bare root roses from the end of next month so if you’re not yet a lover of roses - give it a go - you’ll be very pleasantly surprised. This is a photo of ‘George Best’ in my garden - see what I mean - dreamy!!!

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For a great family day out this Autumn, you just can’t beat Martin Mere!

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This popular Wetlands centre near Burscough is where wilderness and family-friendliness combine. Its yearround attractions include a beaver lodge, otter enclosure, pond dipping zone, an inspirational eco-garden and the opportunity to enjoy close-up encounters with around 100 species of international water-birds as they swim, feed and wander in wetlands custom-designed to mimic their natural homes. A survey in 2002 recorded well over 2,000 different species of birds, mammals, insects, ďŹ sh, amphibians, reptiles and minibeasts living in and around the mere which gives the site its name.


Autumn is a special time of year at Martin Mere, and Local Life have got our hands on ten family tickets worth over £250 to be won in this month’s competition! Simply complete the crossword and return to Local Life Crossword, Unit 8 - Hewitt Business Park, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7XB or email your answers along with your name, address and contact number to crossword@locallife247.co.uk. The closing date for this competition is 30th September 2012.

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To start the Autumn with a bang, WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is holding its most popular annual family event - Animal Magic! This wildlife spectacular is being held at the centre on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September.

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Hug a greyhound, cuddle a skunk, watch meerkats, Asian short-clawed otters and alpacas play, get close to a variety of birds of prey, stroke a chinchilla, see Shetland ponies and Kune Kune pigs or be scared by lots of reptiles and insects. Most of the displays will be indoors so whatever the weather you are guaranteed a great day out. The event is taking place from 10am to 4pm and normal admission prices will apply to enter the Centre.

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Across 4. WWT stands for Wildfowl and Wetlands _ 5. Martin Mere event on 22nd & 23rd September, Animal _ 6. Take this boat out on Safari

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If you haven’t been to Martin Mere for a while, don’t forget to try the guided boat tours, or if you are feeling adventurous, the Canoe Safari. This self guided canoe safari offers families and adults a safe and fun way to explore the recently created reedbed habitat and its rich biodiversity. Adults and children alike will be able to enjoy spotting some of the UK’s most threatened species ranging from water voles to reed buntings whilst having plenty of fun! The canoes can have up to three people in them and the charge to use the safari is £5.00 per boat. The attraction will be open every day until 31 October from 10am to 3.30pm.

1. Semi-aquatic rodent, the _ vole 2. Martin Mere is near which Lancashire village? 3. Toothy favourites, live in lodges

For information on these events and other activities happening at the centre visit www.wwt.org.uk/ martinmere and click on events, or call 01704 891220. WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6. The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations.

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All-new Skyactive engines, then: a 2.0-litre petrol unit and the twin-turbo 2.2-litre diesel we look at here in 150PS form. Intriguingly, both share a 14:1 compression ratio, which is a very high value for the petrol motor, but said to improve economy, and lower-than-average for the oilburner to reduce NOx. Thanks to the lower compression, the diesel’s block can be made out of aluminium rather than iron, saving 25kg. It comes in two power outputs (175PS as well as 150PS) and both meet the superstringent 2014 Euro-6 pollution regulations without the need for a Nitrogen Oxide trap. The chassis has some impressive moves, too, in some respects feeling more like it belongs to a well-sorted family hatch than a high-riding SUV, even if the steering is a little dead around the straight ahead. There’s plenty of grip, a pleasing reluctance to run wide when negotiating tight bends and tautly controlled body movements. The suspension system is refreshingly straightforward - MacPherson struts up front, multilink at the rear and passive dampers - with none of the ‘adaptive’ electronics found on some rivals. The ride is on the firm side but, even rolling on 19-inch alloys, never uncomfortable. Refinement is very good indeed, wind- and road-noise only becoming notably intrusive at higher speeds, and the engine’s contribution is well suppressed, too, especially on the motorway. It’s a good-looking little SUV, the CX-5. Very much in the current Mazda idiom, it’s a tautly contoured, cohesive design with a minimum of brightwork. It’s exceptionally well packaged, too. Although significantly smaller than the CX-7 on the outside, there’s actually more leg room in the rear and the materials used in the cabin are of higher quality. Not only is the rear seat roomy enough to carry two full-sized adults or three children without


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