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ISSUE 6

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Spring into action ■ WELL, it’s that time of year again when Cheshire villages magically springs into life. After a long winter hibernation, the whole region starts to look greener and fresher as the leaves start to unfurl on the trees and new -born lambs blink into the sunlight. People start to really come alive again in Lymm, with charities and organisations planning lots of events for you to get involved in. Check out our local news section (page 4) where you can find out what’s going on. And there’s a real buzz in the air as local businesses start to refresh their shop windows and services in time for summer. And Lymm is certainly no exception. Local shops have a real vibrancy about them displaying the latest fashions and products for spring. If you’re looking to give your home a re-vamp, check out our features on fireplaces (pages 0809) and our spring decor design tips (pages 06-07) which will give you all the inspiration you need. But if you need a little hand getting those DIY jobs done, check out the services in My Local Tradesman (page 22). And don’t forget the outside too. Imogen Sawyer from Lane End Nursery has

some brilliant advice for you budding gardeners (pages 14-15). And if you’re feeling a little sluggish after all those Easter eggs, why not take up a new hobby? Golf is a fantastic way to get fit and enjoy the outdoors and this issue we visit Drivetime driving range to find out how we could improve our swing (page 17). Spring is also a time when we can shrug off the woolly jumpers and give our wardrobes an overhaul. But at this time of year, you can always expect a few April showers so we show you how to be stylish whilst staying warm and dry at the same time (pages 18-19). But if all that shopping has made you hungry check out the gourmet delights at Duck Egg Bluu (page 21). Lastly, with St George’s Day looming, we come over all patriotic and have set you a special quiz for the occasion (page 23). So have a go for the chance to win some Argos vouchers and so you can really splash out this spring!

Local news 04 Editor’s choice 05 Spring trends 06 - 07 Fireplaces 08 - 09 Gardening 14 - 15 Drivetime 17 Fashion 18 - 19 Duck Egg Bluu 21 My Local Tradesman 22 Competitions 23 Editor Michelle Rushton Art Editor Anne Hankinson Ad Creation Lorraine Darnell Advertising Sales Manager Viv Morgan Sales Executives Rebecca Stanley Tanya Leyshon Gemma Hopper Catherine Eades Feature Writers Paul Baker Sarah Hooley Michelle Rushton Charlene Ugbode Photography Alan Smith, Michelle Rushton Published by Trinity Mirror Cheshire Ltd Printed by Delmar Press

If you would like to advertise in our My Local Village Lymm guide, please contact Rebecca Stanley on 07714 429 635, Tanya Leyshon on 01928 736 214, Gemma Hopper on 01928 736 210.

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Local news Got a story? Contact My Local Village, Charlene Ugbode, at charlene.ugbode@liverpool.com or telephone her on 0151 330 5016 ■ THE Rotary Club of Lymm will be hosting a fantastic charity concert to raise money for Christies Hospital and the North West Air Ambulance. The concert will take place on Friday, May 9 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and you can purchase tickets from the box office by calling 0161 907 9000 or visit the website at www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk Tickets cost between £15 and £20 and doors open at 7.30pm, so make sure you don't miss the fabulous line-up at the show. ■ IF you're in search of a local handyman to make your house a home then you should contact Warrington's own Home Improvement Agency (WHiA). This fantastic service is available to all Lymm residents, and offers support to the elderly and vulnerable people. WHiA gives all residents the opportunity to have a trusted and skilled tradesman to help with house repairs as well as a gardening service. More services will also be added to cater for all customers. So if you're in need of a handyman call 01925 246 812. ■ HAVE you been searching for a traditional pub with a delightful beer garden to enjoy this fabulous spring time weather along with home-cooked grub that the whole family can enjoy? Well look no further then the Parr Arms pub on Church Road. This wonderful little escape is the perfect place to enjoy a real ale with some home-made food. There is also a car park and a children's menu with lots of treats for kids to enjoy. Discover your green fingered talents at Lymm Floral Art Group

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■ THE Bridgewater Players of Lymm are treading the boards for yet another fantastic performance. This entertaining, local theatre group will be performing in Thelwall. The play, “Sleepers Awake” is about a couple who are preparing their finances for their daughter's wedding when a gas and electricity man comes calling. Is this stranger who he says he is? And will the couple have more to worry about than paying for their daughter’s wedding? The play will take place on April 24, 25 and 26 at 7.15pm at Thelwall Parish Hall. Come along to find out. For ticket information visit www.bridgewaterplayers.co.uk, or you can contact Mrs Avis Shaw on 01925 730 390. ■ ARE you making the most of your artistic talents? Well if not then take yourself along to the Maple Lodge Art Group on Pepper Street. You can exercise your creativity every Wednesday when the group meets. New members are always welcome so to get more information call 01925 755126. ■ IF you have green fingers and an interest in floral art then you can be sure of a warm welcome at Lymm's floral art group. There are training workshops for people at all levels so go along to have fun with friends. Guests are always welcome and there is a fee of £5. Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month at 7.30pm, at the Village Hall on Pepper Street. The next meeting - Memories Are Made of This, by Lesley Smith will take place on April 21.

WIN £25! Editor’s choice ■ DO you love where you live? Perhaps you feel it could be improved somewhat? Or do you feel that someone in your community deserves a big pat on the back? Whatever you have to say, we would love to hear your views on life in Lymm. This gives you the ideal opportunity to flag up all that is good about Lymm - or get things off your chest as the case may be. And what’s more - we will pay £25 to the writer of the best letter! So there’s no excuse for not putting pen to paper. Plus, we also want to hear about your local events and gossip for our local news section. It’s the perfect noticeboard for publicising parish and council news. We also want to hear from local schools, organisations, businesses and community groups.

We welcome your opinions, whatever you have to say, so don’t be shy and get in touch with us via letter, email or fax. Write to us at: Michelle Rushton Editor’s Choice My Local Village Lymm Trinity Mirror Cheshire Commercial Editorial Unit PO Box 48 Old Hall Street Liverpool L69 3EB Alternatively, you can email michelle.rushton@liverpool. com or fax 0151 330 4924 We look forward to hearing from you!

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Fresh start Sarah Hooley sheds light on how to inject style into your home this spring...

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■ SPRING heralds a new start to the year and if you’re looking to update your home, fear not, as this season’s hottest design trends have now arrived. Just like the high street, interior decor trends change with the beginning of each season and if you want to inject some style into your home, taking a trip to your local DIY and furnishing stores, or getting the decorators in, is a must. Starting inside the home, designers are finally rebelling against the strict rules and stark, cold whites of minimalism and are instead brightening up our lives with eclectic combinations, bold colours and interesting textures. Tipped by industry insiders to be the key look for 2008, it’s easy to achieve and from using a splash of bright paint to highlight one feature wall,

combining coarse rugs with opulent chandeliers, to using larger than life stencils or murals to create a real “wow” factor, imagination is your only limit. Pattern power is also predicted to be a hit within the home and whether it’s just a couple of stylish accessories and cushions decorated with intricate motifs to large Jacquard patterns on chairs or wallpaper, this stylish trend lends itself to most rooms but just remember that it’s best kept in moderation. Going ‘green’ is also an increasingly popular trend, and with many designers becoming more and more conscious of environmental issues, you can expect an even bigger shift towards eco-friendly ideas. An intensifying theme throughout our lives, it’s not so much about

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buying particular products, but more about attitudes and choosing companies that echo environmental issues by using recyclable or sustainable products. As for colours, soft, shimmering greys, as well as fruity lime yellows, kiwis and tangerines are expected to be some of the most popular choices to adorn walls, while warm reds and blues also look set to remain firm favourites. What’s more, thanks to this season’s penchant for combining the weird and the wonderful, homeowners looking to update their house with some new furniture will find an assortment of materials ranging from soft and chic leather, to traditional solid woods and even sumptuous suedes. So remember, for a stylish home this spring and summer tear up that rule book - as anything and everything goes.

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â–  WITH fashions constantly changing, make sure you don't leave your fire surround in the dark ages by creating a fresh focal point this spring. Traditionally the heart of the home, a fireplace is a simple but effective way of bringing warmth and a focal point to a room. Fashions have evolved greatly over recent years and now, whether it's a contemporary ultra modern flat fire you're after, or a Victorian style cast iron centre piece for your room, there are a whole range for you to choose from. Most people will opt for Living Flame fires, this realistic fire effect is highly popular in modern houses and city apartments, as they give off heat and provide a view of a 'real fire.' You can choose from deep red glowing coals, dark coals, logs for a more conventional look, or alternatively, there are modern styles such as crushed crystal and pebbles. More contemporary fireplaces often have a metallic finish. Choose from bronze, brushed steel and chrome for that fabulous designer look. Surrounds and mantelpieces add an important and dominating final touch and there are all kinds

of styles and varieties available to suit modern and traditional decor. Cast iron Victorian styles are well liked but wooden surrounds are seeing a current surge in popularity in light spring/summer shades such as pine and beech. One of the most fashionable current designs is a simple solid wooden mantel with a chunky top shelf. Plus light stone style surrounds are also proving to be a hit if you have the space. Even if you don't have the facilities for a fire then you can still create an excellent focal point with a fire surround and hearth then create your own centre. You can use an array of candles still giving you the feel of a fire, although do ensure they aren't going to be knocked over, especially if you have children or pets. You could also use an arrangement of flowers, with spring on its way, this is a perfect

way to refresh your home as well as creating a beautiful focal point. Plus you can get fire bowls, which you can put in different areas of your room or even in the middle of your fire surround maybe with some pebbles. The choice currently available is excellent and you can benefit from a blend of the latest technology and the best in classic or contemporary design. There's something to suit all tastes and styles, and the combination of smooth warmth and the transfixing effect of the flames is perfect for soothing away the stresses of a busy day.

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Colour explosion Imogen Sawyer at Lane End Nursery explains what we should expect to see in our gardens this spring... ■ APRIL is the month when plants really seem to shake off the winter and burst out into fresh growth. New shoots appear on trees and shrubs, some green but some spectacular colours of orange, red, pink or yellow. Acer Palmatum hybrids have a wonderful colour range with the new shoots gradually changing as they open to the full sized leaves. Acer Brilliantissimum pictured left) has shrimp pink shoots which turn to yellow then green leaves. It is a small tree with a rounded dome shaped canopy and fits neatly into smaller gardens. Pieris, particularly Pieris Forest

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Flame, is covered in bright red new shoots for several weeks. A sharp frost will damage the shoots and turn them brown, but the plant soon recovers and puts out new growth once the weather warms up again. Pieris are shade tolerant so try to plant them under a tree canopy which will help shelter them from the worst of the cold. Other shrubs are busy producing flowers rather than new shoots. Many Viburnums are spring flowering, producing heads of pinkwhite strongly scented flowers. They are also good for a shady spot so tuck one away in a gloomy corner and enjoy the scent in the whole of the rest of your garden.

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Viburnum Plicatum Maresii (pictured above) has large heads of creamy white scented flowers in spring and good autumn colour. The branches grow naturally in layers on a wide spreading plant so this one needs more space. Many trees are in blossom particularly apples, pears, crab apples and cherries. Most are suitable for small gardens and are useful as well as beautiful. If you are tempted to plant a tree now, remember that it will need regular watering over the summer even if we get the same sort of ‘summer’ as last year! If you choose an ornamental cherry, try to choose one with good autumn leaf colour to provide two seasons of interest, or one with a dark purple leaf to contrast with the white or pink blossom in spring. Crab apples have blossom, autumn colour and fruit. Many are grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock making them suitable for the smallest garden or patio pot.

(Pictured above) is Malus Royalty with very dark pink blossom followed by purple foliage and deep pink fruit in autumn. There is still time to plant summer flowering bulbs such as Lilies, Camassias and Galtonias. Some of the dwarf pot varieties are not scented so plant Asiatic Lilies for perfumed summer evenings. They usually need staking but it is a small price to pay in order to have such beautiful plants. Watch out for bright red lily beetles on the plants once the weather warms up. Kill the adult beetles immediately before they have time to lay eggs on your plants. The eggs hatch into larvae that munch away at your lilies until there is hardly anything left.

Don’t bother with a spray or chemical. We find that the heel of a Wellington boot to be 100% effective! Plant your hanging baskets and pots now with plugs or starter plants but only if you can keep them frost free in the greenhouse. The small plants grow on nicely and by mid May, the basket will have filled out and be starting to trail over the edges. If you don’t have a warm spot, wait until May when the night time frosts have gone. You’ll then be able to plant your basket up and put it straight outdoors.

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Drivetime in Warrington

Improve your swing ■ DRIVETIME is the perfect place for you to work on your swing with a two tier, 60 bay driving range, together with private teaching bays with video and computer analysis that will have you hitting shots like Tiger Woods in no time. Whether you are at beginner level, intermediate, or even if you

consider yourself a pro, Drivetime in Warrington will welcome everyone. Golf tuition is also available and Drivetime instructors specialise in providing advice on all aspects of the game to improve your technique. There will be a number of events running throughout the spring and summer months. Free demonstration days will provide keen and aspiring golfers with the opportunity to try out the latest, top-of-the range golf clubs on the driving range before you buy. So if you’re unsure which brands, shapes and styles will work best for you, then visit one of these fantastic events. Drivetime has a free car park for up to 100 vehicles so you won’t have to struggle with your clubs. There is also a restaurant onsite with an exciting menu where

you can enjoy a light bite. Try one of the club's appetising sandwiches, a Mediterranean tapas, traditional burger with chips or a tasty dessert. And if you want your meal to be ready when you are then you can pre-order. Drivetime also has wonderful facilities to cater for weddings, conferences, Christmas parties and other celebrations. So if you want somewhere extra special to enjoy your big day then contact the club to see what it can do for you. The website also has a price guide so you can see how much you will pay, and with a service that is second-to-none, you’ll be sure to enjoy your day. To book your golfing lessons or a special event call Drivetime on 01925 234 800 or visit the website at www.drivetimeuk.com for more information.

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Splash out ■ WE may well be in the throes of spring but we're not out of the woods yet weatherwise. April is prone to the odd downpour but don't let that dampen your spirits or your fashion sense. Be prepared for April showers and make a splash with these great fashion ideas guaranteed to make you look hot come rain or shine!

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The perfect venue ■ FINDING the perfect venue for your special event doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you choose Duck Egg Bluu restaurant on Warrington Road in Culcheth. This modern British and European restaurant serves freshly prepared home-made food, with the best British produce and ingredients only ever used. There is something for everyone at this chic restaurant, and the international wine list makes a visit ever more so appealing. There is also a takeaway wine list available, so if the party is going to continue after you leave the restaurant you can pick up a couple of extra bottles to finish the night off at home. You can enjoy a selection of mouth watering dishes including succulent fillet of seabass served on crayfish fettucini, tender duck breast with fondant potato and blueberry chutney or a tastebud tantalising pea and ham risotto with a poached duck egg and hollandaise sauce.

This fresh food will certainly leave you satisfied, but if the main course isn’t enough to curb those dessert pangs then try the restaurant’s famous vanilla bean ice cream with a shot of espresso and a shot of Pedro Xmenez. If you’re a real chocoholic then why not indulge in some home-made profiteroles filled with granmarnier cream covered with a chocolate sauce? There is also a good selection of local Cheshire cheeses available served with fruit cake and artisan biscuits if you are more savoury than sweet. Duck Egg Bluu can seat up to 85 people and can cater for large parties. So if you want to celebrate a birthday, engagement, anniversary or any other event, give the restaurant a call to see what it can do for you. The restaurant has a small car park area for guests to use, and there is also extra parking. So whether you’re celebrating an event, catching up with friends

and family or even if you want to enjoy a quiet romantic meal, then visit Duck Egg Bluu where you can enjoy truly exquisite cuisine in a contemporary and relaxing atmosphere. For more information or to make a booking call the restaurant on 01925 767 555.

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My Local Tradesman ■ THE sunlight has started to slowly seep back into our homes casting a spotlight on those problem areas that need a little attention. It’s time to clear out the clutter and spruce up our homes and gardens to enjoy during the summer months. Whether, you need to embark on a little light decoration and general maintenance work, or more dramatic projects, such as extending your property, a loft conversion, or landscaping your garden, you will find everything you could possibly need on your doorstep. For home DIY projects, local shops will stock all the tools and equipment you need from paints and brushes to tiles and grouting. But for those larger projects – it’s time to bring in the experts. Local businesses can lend a hand when it comes to plastering, guttering, electrical, insulation, flooring, double glazing and much more. Contractors in your area will ensure that your home improvements are carried out safely. And if you are a local firm and wish to advertise your services in this section, telephone My Local Village sales executives Tanya Leyshon on 01928 736214 and Gemma Hopper on 01925 736210. ASSOCIATED GAS Energy Efficient Central Heating & Gas Appliances 5 Year Guarantee available on all Worcester boilers until the end of February • Boiler repairs • Replacement Combi Special Offer - Potterton Performa 24kw, fully fitted inc 2 year guarantee - £1099 • Servicing special offer 2nd appliance half price CORGI/ACOPS Approved Ex-BG 01928 710380

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Competition time! ■ HOW many of you know that St George's Day is this month? Not many is our guess. So, to boost your English spirit we have devised a quiz that should get you feeling ever so patriotic. There are a couple of easy questions to get you started, but be sure to do your research as they get a little more difficult. The prize is a £20 Argos Gift Card, so get your thinking cap on and get ready to celebrate being a part of England.

St George’s Day Quiz 1) Which country in the United Kingdom is St George the patron saint of? 2) What year did St George become a patron saint? 3) What country was St George born in? 4) What date does St George's Day fall on? 5) St George is best known for slaying a dragon, but what country was he a soldier in? 6) What colour horse did St George ride when he killed the dragon? 7) Where would a red nose be traditionally worn to celebrate St George's Day? 8) Which famous English writer shares his birthday with St George's Day? 9) Which king made St George a patron saint? 10) What do people in Barcelona traditionally give as a token of St George's Day?

Send your answers on a postcard to: Charlene Ugbode, My Local Village Lymm, Trinity Mirror Cheshire,Commercial Editorial Unit, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB or email them to charlene.ugbode@liverpool.com

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