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August 2018 Issue 16

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Welcome to the August Issue of Local Living In typical English style I have to mention the weather! What a fabulous ‘Summer’ we’ve had so far. Fingers crossed the lovely sun will stick around. For those of you looking towards the long Summer hols fear not. We have a couple of ideas on Page 5. Kickabouts is a brand new multi sports venue. Head over to the open day on the 19th August. Or if you are more of a drama type Palms School of Dance have their Production in a week. There are free slushes on offer at Tramp2lean to cool you down (Page 6). For those that favour the furry variety there are some ideas of Pet friendly cafes and pubs and a couple of lovely walks on Page 8. Along with all our fantastic local advertisers it’s looking like a good read! Have a fantastic August. September is booking up nicely so please get in touch asap if you want to feature your business in there. .

Tracy Leach, Editor



July and August have long been the traditional months for a week’s or fortnight’s seaside holiday. I recall as a boy, living in Preston, the local butchers, greengrocers and newsagents closing for the Wakes Weeks, with daily newspapers sold by some friends of the newsagents with a table outside the closed shop, and near empty buses, pubs and, on Sundays, our church. One Wakes Weeks fortnight, when I was a student in the 1960s, I even got a job helping clean out the inside of the huge boiler that produced the steam for one of the town’s great cotton mills. Today Wakes Weeks are largely a thing of the past, and only those involved in education – teachers, students and the parents of students – seem to consider July and August the main holiday months. And with foreign destinies, where the climate can be better guaranteed, why have the main holiday in summer when the weather here can be so nice? And if you are a keen gardener, can you go away leaving your garden for a week or more? As I write this in early July we are in the midst of a prolonged drought with no sign of rain on the horizon. Already I have lost some plants because of the drought and must water my vegetable plot at least weekly, and greenhouse, container plants and seed beds daily. Learn from this hot spell. Do you have enough water butts? If your ground dries out and established plants start to suffer – as have hydrangeas and azaleas in one of my beds – next late winter put a 4” deep mulch of leafmould, or compost made from kitchen and garden waste on the bed. Do you need another compost bin? Some people think that lawns should be well watered in dry spells by using a sprinkler attached to a hose pipe. That is not true, for even a lawn that turns a dry straw-brown in a long drought (as we had in 1975 and 1976…was that over 40 years ago!?) quickly greens-up when the rain eventually comes. And in a mega-drought, hosepipes are banned. August is a great flower month. When a flower fades, whether on things like rose bushes, dahlias in the flower beds, or geraniums in hanging baskets, remove the old bloom to encourage more flowers. At the same time, give the plants a bit of a feed with a liquid fertilizer. Those containing seaweed extract are particularly good.


On the vegetable plot there is still time to get in some lettuces and radishes, and August is a great month for sowing a crop of spinach to enjoy later in autumn. The first apples will be ready this month, but don’t be in a rush. Test to see of the fruit is ripe by gently lifting it; if the fruit stalk comes away from the branch easily, it’s ripe. Beware: some apples and pears you pick will seem ripe but a bit hard. Leave them a month and they will become much more juicy and sweet. Most folk think of clematis as having big, brightly coloured flowers that have a fairly short season. There are, however, some cracking clematis that, given support such a trellising will cover a fence or unsightly wall and be in flower from early summer to the first frosts. Two I would recommend are Bill McKenzie (has a mass bright yellow flowers) and Lady Di (the finest deep pink). Leave the faded flowers and, through the winter, the plant is covered with white feathery seed heads. In early spring, just cut the lot back to a couple of feet from the ground and it will zoom quickly back. Southport Flower Show is on 16-19 August and a visit is worthwhile, especially for two good gardening reasons. Work out which spring bulbs you want and buy them there. Look out for plants that are in flower now, like the clematis Bill McKenzie and Lady Di and, if you like them, buy them if container grown or make a note to buy them later in the year.

Malcolm Greenhalgh

Newton-le-Willows Gardeners’ Association Sales and Advice Hut, on Rob Lane, is open Saturday and Sunday mornings, 10.30-12 noon. New members welcome.



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Hannah hits the Target Local junior archer Hannah Gardiner has been hitting the target with great success in 2018. The Golborne High Student, who is a member of Wigan and Orrell Archers, has scored a number of notable successes this year including winning the Lancashire U12 individual title and being part of the winning junior team at the Lancashire County Championships. At the start of July Hannah also competed in the Junior National Outdoor Championships at Archery GB’s HQ at Lilleshall where she finished 7th in the Country for her age group. Despite missing out on the silverware Hannah achieved her Junior Master Bowman classification and so qualified for the prestigious Junior Masters in early 2019.

#believeinher #thisgirlcan If you are interested in taking up archery and doing a beginners course you can find out more information on the Wigan and Orrell club website:



Gifted Mason Bennett, who has overcome meningitis twice, is a little big shot for a second time!

Mason Bennett from Lowton has survived meningitis twice in his short life. Once at 6 months and again at 7 months . Shortly after his parents Craig and Suzanne were told he had suffered brain damage. They were left wondering what the future would hold for them all. Fast forward 4 years and Mason became the youngest member of Mensa in the northwest. In this amazing turnaround the mini scientists was invited on little big shots in 2017 hosted by Dawn French. On the programme, aired in 2017, he got to play periodic punch with his father local business man Craig . Unfortunately Craig came off a lot worse as every question mason got correct he got to punch his dad! After seeing the show the producers of the American version got in touch and wanted Mason for their program. They asked Mason what would he like to talk about? Straight away he replied “SPACE!!!". On the show Mason has a general chat with Steve Harvey then he goes on to talk all things space from blackholes , exo planets to the formation of stars . His knowledge is amazing and, with a quick guest appearance from Craig (just in the audience this time, no punches were thrown!), he shows the audience just how clever he is. The picture on the right shows Mason’s face when Steve Harvey announced they had named a star after him. The show aired in the US in July . The show will hopefully be on UK screens this Autumn. You could always check out you tube for Mason’s previous appearance and some preview clips from the US version.




We all know our doggie walks need a ‘pit stop’. We have put together a list of local places that welcome your furry friends Amanda’s Pantry, Crow Wood Road, Lowton Jolly Thresher, 229 Higher Lane, Lymm WA13 0RN Saracens Head, 50 Paddock Lane, Lymm WA13 9TH Spread Eagle, 47 Eagle Brow, Lymm WA13 0AG Swan with two nicks, Little Bollington WA14 4TJ The Culcheth Arms, 1 Church Lane, Culcheth The Leigh Arms, Warrington Road, Northwich CW8 4QT The Red Lion, Newton Road, Lowton (snug) The Pet Café, Bents Garden Centre, Glazebury The Firkin, 65 High Street, Newton (beer garden) Travellers Rest, Newton Road, Lowton (beer garden) Trebaron Dog Café, 174 Southworth Road, Newton

For a comprehensive list of lots of local café’s and pubs visit

There are lots of amazing walks in and around our area but these are three ‘hidden gems’ for you to try...

WHITE COPPICE, The Green, White Coppice PR6 9DE. Start your walk at White Coppice Cricket Ground car park. This is a base for some absolutely wonderful walks. It has stunning views and gentle walks. You can choose to go higher or stay along the lower paths. There are quite a few sheep around so just be prepared, like on most walks, to pop your dog back on a lead if required.

MOORE NATURE RESERVE, lapwing lane WA4 6XE. Since 1991, this site is managed as a nature reserve. The reserve has extensive wooded, meadow and wetland areas and five large lakes. A great place to explore with the family. In summer find wildflowers and a range of dragonflies. For full details on lots of walks visit

FAIRY GLEN, Appley Bridge, Wigan WN6 9EQ. Described as ‘dog heaven’ this magical place , nestled on the side of Parbold Hill, has a tranquil and secluded atmosphere. The site follows Sprodley Brook which has cutdown over time to create the steep Fairly Glen Valley. It is a linear site but there are plenty of links to wider countryside through the public footpath system.


Every Monday Men wanted for Parkside Colliery Male Voice Choir. Meet every Monday at 7:30p at Congregational Church, Hilton Street. Ashton

Tuesday 8pm The Three Towns Operatics Society rehearse at Tyldesley Methodist Church, Elliott Street, Tyldesley M29 8JE For more information contact Ursula Lightford on 01942 6670287

Wednesday 10:30 Coffee morning St Thomas Church. Thursday 8:30 - 12. Coffee and chat at Lowton St Mary’s,

Rainbow Trust Family Day 9th August 2018 Haydock Park annual Summer Family Day Opens 12:10, First race 14:10, Last race 17:10

Newton Road.

Thursday Lowton and Golborne art group meets every Thursday at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club from 10 till 4 and enjoy not only the freedom to express their artistic talents but also engage socially with other members with similar interests.

Last Tuesday of the month 7:30pm Lowton West Residents group meet on the last Tuesday of the month at Parkside Club, Rivington Avenue. Have your say about what is happening locally and help improve our area. All welcome.

Second and fourth Friday of the month Knit and natter held in St Luke’s church on Slag Lane. 2-4pm. Lots of chatting and cup of tea and a biscuit 50p towards costs.

Third Wednesday of the month Leigh Arthritis Care Support Group meet every 3rd Wednesday in the month at Kingsleigh Methodist Church Community Building, free car park for those attending the meeting to rear of church in Cook Street off Railway Road. 1.30-4pm Supporting people with arthritis, family and carers with information, support and a warm welcome. Contact John 01942 704704.

Fourth Wednesday of the month Golborne & District Townswomen s' Guild meet at Northfield Court, Lowton Rd. Golborne from 7pm. - 9pm. We provide speakers, and social activities. Please contact Avril on 01942 726 033 for further details.

First Thursday of the month Lowton WI had our second meeting in our new home at Lowton Social Club, we welcomed some new ladies who came along to "give it a go" hopefully they will have enjoyed their evening listening to Joanne Halliwell who tells the story of Betsy, who was a scullery maid but is now married and trying to adapt to a new life with some comical and touching moments. This story and was entitled "Betsy is happy ever after" we're looking forward to the next time Betsy visits to tell of the next chapter in her life. Lowton WI meet at Lowton Social Club on Newton Road on the first Thursday of the month at 7.15pm.If you are interested and would like to visit please phone Lin Hayes on 01942 207764 for details.


Marilyn celebrates 50 years as a Girl Guiding leader Marilyn started guiding as a brownie leader In 1968 ,in the 50 years she has been a county indoor holiday advisor, Marilyn became the first Rainbow advisor in our county when Rainbows was introduced ,and has been with Rainbows ever since. She also has been a guide leader and a mentor. Pictured below with the County Commissioner and County President presenting Marilyn with her award in June 2018. Congratulations Marilyn what a fantastic achievement.


Three Sisters Arrive and Drive Sessions No need to book; just arrive 'n' drive!

Looking for the ultimate experience during school holidays and weekends? Arrive 'n' Drive karting sessions for ages 8 to 15 years offer twenty minutes of karting fun in our Biz, Honda powered Junior karts. No previous experience is necessary to join in the fun, and we have different circuits to suit different ages: 8-11 yrs on the Cadet Loop and 12-15 yrs on the Junior Circuit. You can turn up on the day, or, if you would like to reserve a place within a specific session, please visit the website. Why not come along as a family to one of our Family Arrive 'n' Drive Days, where Mum and Dad can join in too!

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8-11 yrs: £25 for 20 minutes using Biz 120cc singleengined karts. Minimum driver height: 1.2m.

Following the completion of the repair and restoration of the War Memorial we will be holding a special re-dedication service on SUNDAY THE 9th SEPTEMBER at 3pm to which everyone is invited to attend. We would love to get in touch with any descendants of those commemorated on the War Memorial to hear any stories they wish to share. We would like to thank the War Memorials Trust, Wigan Council Brighter Borough Fund, Rotary Club of Newton and District Jubilee and Easy Funding for their grants, which has enabled us to carry out the work, and to MONO MASONRY of Oldham who so skilfully and expertly restored the monument. This is a comment from a Lowton resident, ”The refurbishment of the War Memorial is a superb example of 21st century craftsmanship and is a fitting reminder of the 100th anniversary of the end of the great war, with the names of local people who made the ultimate sacrifice. The whole of Lowton can be proud of the efforts made by the people involved in this undertaking. I believe the War Memorial will stand for a further 100 years as a reminder of the fallen. I wish to express my appreciation as a Lowton resident for the magnificent work undertaken on our behalf

12-15 yrs: £25 for 20 minutes using Biz 160cc singleengined karts Minimum driver height: 1.35m.

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS Lowton St. Luke’s , in the Deanery of Win wick, was consecrated in 1733 and as part of the’ HERITAGE OPEN DAYS SCHEME’ the church will be open to visitors on SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER from 10am to 3pm. There will be displays of photographs, artefacts and documents relating to the history of the church. Light refreshments will be served all day and members of the congregation will be on hand to answer questions and give more detailed information. For info contact Geoff Maines 01942 671505



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LGN COMMUNITY CHOIR CELEBRATE THEIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY The Lowton, Golborne and Newton Community Choir more commonly known as the LGN Community Choir is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in October this year with a concert at St Matthews Church in Stretton, followed by a formal dinner at the Park Royal Hotel. It was on October 8th 2008, when Olwyn Rowlinson from Lowton, inspired by the T V show Last Choir Standing, decided she would like to start a choir with Kevin Noone, acting as accompanist . Local advertising brought 23 people to the first rehearsal at Cross St Methodist Church in Earlestown, all keen to join a community choir that had the strap line ‘Singing for Fun and Friendship’. This philosophy still holds true today and the membership has now risen to 90! The choir still rehearses in the Earlestown venue every Wednesday evening from 7.30 until 9.30pm. Shade Black is now the Principal Accompanist and Muriel Fowler is the Musical Director, Tony Hodgetts her Deputy, whilst Olwyn takes up the role as President and Founder of this amazing and highly successful Community based choir. The choir sings a wide range of music from pop, ballads, songs from the shows, traditional choral pieces and classical favourites. Concerts are held throughout the year at different venues, as local organisations invite them to put on a concert to help them fund raise. Over the ten years the choir has raised £10,000 which has benefitted such charities as Wigan & Leigh Hospice, Wigan & Leigh Young Carers, Age UK Wigan, Wigan & Leigh First and many other local charities. For many mixed choirs there is usually a dearth of men…..not in the case of the LGN! There are currently 24 men singing with the choir and new recruits are welcomed throughout the year. There is no requirement to read music or audition and there is a free four- week trial, where new members can see if they would like to join. The cost of membership is £10 a month for 10 months of the year and this pays for room hire, music, access to professional singing workshops, as well as automatic membership to a range of interest groups, which include Book Club, Walking Group, Coffee Club and Ukulele Group. The advantages of singing in a choir are well documented in relation to general health and well-being as well as being an excellent way to make new friends with the same interest. There is a real sense of ‘Community’ in the LGN and its members have regular social events and interest groups ,such as a very successful LGN Ukulele Group, led by Chris Newill, which started up after being successful in putting together a bid for some funding from Wigan Borough. This group is now made up of 15 LGN members, who regularly go out into the community putting on ‘sing-a-along’ concerts in Care Homes and other local venues. The choir welcomes adults of all ages and from all walks of life. It does seem to attract those who have recently retired from full-time work and want to get involved in a hobby, which is rewarding, develops and improves their singing, gives opportunity to meet new people and is most certainly, a lot of fun! Olwyn, the founder stated that “Ten years have absolutely flown by with the choir going from strength to strength. When I started it on that October night, little did I realise what a great organisation was being formed. There is a truly happy and caring feeling about it all. Since Muriel took on the role of M D four years ago, the choir has advanced and developed further. After a hugely successful first decade, the LGN now looks forward to many more years of wonderful music-making as a family of friendship and fun." If you are interested in joining or would like further information, then please visit the choir website or phone the Secretary Janet on 07805 415 090.


St Catherine of Siena RC Primary School School PTA want to purchase much needed equipment for school Handmade With Love for Angel Babies To send little blankets, hats & clothes to parents 1st Golborne (St Thomas) Scout & Guide Group To replace worn out mess tents

Lowton West Residents Residents in Lowton West (west side of Slag Lane, and adjacent roads, including Scott Road estate) have decided to form a non-political neighbourhood group to discuss local issues and work together to improve our area. A Constitution has been agreed, and a committee formed with all posts being filled by volunteers. Meetings will take place on the last Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm at Parkside Club in Rivington Avenue and elected representatives will be invited along regularly to address residents’ concerns. Why not come along, find out what is happening in our local area and make some new friends?

Lowton St Mary’s village show Saturday 8th September There's going to be a village show at Lowton St Mary’s community hall this year, It's all for fun, and for all to take part, SO now is the time to put your seeds in if you grow fruit , veg or flowers, and bring them to the show . If you like baking ,sewing craftwork ,or making jam bring it for us to see you could go home with a trophy. All information and times you can pick up from the church, schools, the Robin Hood and at coffee and chat (coffee and chat is every Thursday from 9am -12pm at St Mary’s community hall ) or just ring June on 01942 275507 for information.

Marriage Allowance What’s it worth to you??

Are you married / in a civil partnership? Have you “elected to transfer” this year to claim your marriage allowance? Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,190 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner - if they earn more than you.

This REDUCES their TAX by up to £238 in the tax year (6 April to 5 April the next year). If you do not use all of your Personal Allowance and your partner is a Basic Rate Tax Payer this applies to YOU!! This Allowance can also be backdated to 2015. Call HMRC on 0300 200 3300 OR for help and advice call Swiftbooks on 07484 660588

Julie is Fitter than ever over 50 Golborne Consultant Julie Woodward will be celebrating her 11th year in September and says, “ I’m loving my life and my job more than ever before”. Julie opened her first group in 2007 at Heath St Methodist church and since then has gone on to open another 6. Every week I am inspired by the recipes and the love and support members have for each other. Julie says, “over the years I struggled with my own weight and on 1st Feb 2016 I joined a Slimming World group myself. I was 49 and was determined to be “fit at 50”. I reached my target in December that year after losing over 2 stone and celebrated my 50th in the following January.” Once I felt healthier, I started to increase my Body Magic (Slimming World’s word for activity), and joined the Lose Weight Feel Great Couch to 5k jogging sessions. I only managed 30 seconds before stopping but with the encouragement of Julie Barton, an activity leader I persevered. This year I have run the Wigan Half Marathon and also climbed the Yorkshire 3 peaks, something I thought I would never do.


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ARCHITECT SERVICES Lowton based architect for your property conversion designs including submission to local authorities for planning and building regulation consideration. Excellent service with quality drawings at competitive prices. Ring Gavin Pinion at Goldcrest Design Services Ltd on 01942 729832 or 07958102874


Time served roofer. (25 yrs. exp). All roofing and gutter repairs from a broken tile to a full re roof. Insurance work undertaken, special rates for OAP’s. Call Alan on 01942 576183 or 07930 110031 for free estimate


Atlas Upholstery Design Services. Specialist in the re-upholstery of Settees, Easy Chairs, Dining Chairs etc. Headboards recovered and made to order. Spring repairs etc. Do you need new foam cushion? Pubs, Clubs, Caravans recovered etc. 40 years In the trade. Workmanship guaranteed. Free Estimates. Call David on 01942 29978




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