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Announcement As of 1st July 2013, Your Local Journal is now under new ownership. Firstly, we would like to say a huge thank you to Sally Mills – and her faithful ‘office dogsbody’, Daisy – for all their hard work and commitment since Your Local Journal’s inception four years ago. Since that time, they have done a terrific job supporting our local community throughout Blundellsands, Crosby & Waterloo and we will carry on the good work that has been started. With new ownership comes many new challenges and we are endeavouring to overcome them all whilst looking to create further opportunities to improve our service where we can. One improvement is the introduction of our local landline number 0151 324 3888 where you can access our Call Back Service, which is just another way we help you save money. In addition to this, we also have more than twenty years experience in the design, marketing and print industries and as such, we can now offer professional graphic design, advertising and marketing, print and web services too. This means less fuss for you, as now you can have one trusted local company to manage every aspect of your marketing. We are also currently working on some cost-effective small business marketing packages which we hope to be launching soon, so watch this space. In the meantime, we look forward to meeting or speaking with you all in the hope of strengthening the existing relationship between Your Local Journal and the members of the local community it serves. Yours sincerely, Lee Finney Editor of Your Local Journal

LATE SUMMER 2013 Distribution Your Local Journal is delivered to 10,000 homes and businesses throughout Blundellsands, Crosby & Waterloo. Next Booking Deadline Autumn Edition: 13th September Advertising & Editorial Email. Call-Back Service. 0151 324 3888

Contents FEATURES 4 Crosby Loyalty Card 5 Independent Retail 10 Want more business? 11 Crossword Competition

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REGULARS 6 Down Memory Lane 8 Health & Well-Being 13 Around the House 16 Travel Section 18 Garden View

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20 What’s On locally 24 Recipe: Bailey’s Ice Cream 25 Useful Contacts 26 Advertisers Guide 27 Kid’s Page




Crosby launches Loyalty Card Scheme Local businesses and rretailers are inspired by the recently successful Independent Retailer Month


number of local businesses recently lined up a month of activities and promotions to celebrate Independent Retailer Month, which called all residents to rediscover their local high street and show their support. The scheme hoped that the events encouraged residents to shop locally, rather than doing all of their shopping with big-name supermarkets, online, or at out-of-town centres. July marked the UK’s third Independent Retailer Month, which aimed to raise awareness of thousands of local businesses and increase footfall into town and village centres, helping retailers to stay open for business, and to eventually reduce the number of empty shops on the high street. Independent Retailer Month was a really important time for shops and businesses, and called on shoppers to go along and see what there was on offer locally. The number of empty shops on British high streets has hit an all-time high this year, and the only way to stop that happening is for people to visit them, and support them. While many people do shop for convenience online, or at onestop centres, there’s no substitute for great customer service and that sense of community that comes with shopping close to home. Ali Hulse from Tilly Mint in Cooks Road, Crosby said “We teamed up with Pritchards who were already part of the scheme and together we decided to run a Crosby Loyalty Card Scheme. The idea is that customers collect stamps every time they shop in an independent shop in Crosby and when the customer collects ten stamps they can claim £5.00 off in the shop of their choice (assuming it is a participating shop/business). So far those participating are Tilly Mint, Encore, Pritchards, The Grapevine, Crosby Wills and Mo Joe’s. Any shops or businesses wanting to take part can contact me for the Crosby Loyalty


Cards. Obviously the more businesses take part the better it will be and the hope is that this will become a permanent scheme within the area. Many towns and cities across the country are getting involved and doing things locally and it’s just a really great way to show locals just what they have on their own doorstep”. To find out more about the Crosby Loyalty Card Scheme, please contact Ali Hulse at Tilly Mint on 07979 143390 or email Alternatively, you can check out the Independent Retailer Month website for further details:

The recent Independent Retailer Month poster campaign

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Celebrate independent retail Local businesses and rretailers are inspired by the recently successful Independent Retailer Month


or every £1.00 you spend with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into your local economy.

Sadly it really is a case of ‘use it or lose it’. So, thank you to all of you who chose to spend with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Shopping locally supports local traders, their suppliers and the people they depend on to run their businesses. Buying locally boosts your local economy, rebuilding confidence in the community, enabling local businesses to prosper and grow. Shopping online or out-of-town may save you a little time but for every £1.00 you spend, only 5p trickles back into your local economy. When you shop with your local independents you are doing ‘your bit’ to keep your high street, town or village centre ‘open for business’. ‘Beautifully appointed’




he Blundell offers a first class experience in a beautiful Edwardian House. All rooms are en-suite and have excellent facilities. Our top suite includes a secluded balcony, and a full breakfast is included with all rooms.


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Moor Lane, Crosby Pt 2/3, by Barbara Thomas of Crosby Past & Present


rom 1936 Moor Lane shopping area steadily expanded. Bobby Owen’s tobacconists and general store was established in the early 1950’s. The building was later demolished to make way for the smaller Telegraph House and Kwik Save supermarket which occupied the larger premises in 1974 and is now Home Bargains. Richmond Road was finally linked to Moor Lane with the demolition of Liver Terrace and the construction of Avon Court in 1970. Avon Court having been built on part of the land of Liver Terrace and the old tennis courts that originally belonged to the Hoare family and later Campion Tennis Club took them over. There are three other blocks of shops. Glenn Buildings, Telegraph House and the old Co-Op building. Glenn Buildings is an art deco building dating back to the 1930’s and was built by A W Glenn, a well known local builder of the time. Telegraph House is the newest block of shops and only dates to around the 1970’s. These shops were built on derelict land, that was once home to Liver Terrace and The Grove which was a row of Victorian terraced houses.

Moor Lane, Crosby


Glenn Buildings, circa 1960’s Telegraph House is similar to Glenn Buildings in that there are two blocks. The first shops to occupy the buildings were Tesco’s, The Farm Shop, The Gas Board and Sayers. Telegraph House is a block of eight shops and four shop units. The block that contains eight housed the old Gifts In House a double shop unit now empty and among a few other shops in Moor Lane is up for let including Lloyds Chemist. The two blocks are now home to Bet Fred, The Card Factory, The Post Office, Claire House, Home Bargains and Wynsor’s Shoe Shop. The third retail building is the old Co-Op and for many years was the only supermarket in Moor Lane. The old Co-Op building is now home to Crosby Cards & Balloons, Super Drug and Costa Coffee. Though over the years we’ve had a launderette, Super Savers, Body Care, Zig Zag and more besides. There are two other buildings; one which stands on its own, once a paper and decorator suppliers, later

Liver Terrace to the right

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Motor World and is now Ladbrokes Betting Shop. The other building attached to the larger Glenn Buildings for many years housed Woolworth’s and is now occupied by Best DIY. As previously mentioned, The Grove, which is situated just opposite Avon Court and contained more ornate terraced houses than Liver Terrace. The houses were eventually converted into flats, apart from one, sadly now all boarded up along with the detached house nearer to the roundabout opposite The Village Dental Practice.

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Restless Legs Syndrome By Sarah Davey


o you feel the need to move your legs frequently because of uncomfortable or unpleasant sensations? Are the unpleasant sensations worse when sitting still or lying down? Do the unpleasant sensations disappear or reduce when you’re walking or stretching? Does the problem get worse or only occur in the evening or at night? If you answered yes to all four questions you may be suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), also known as Ekbom syndrome after the professor who first named it. RLS is a disorder in which the brain incorrectly combines and interprets sensing and movement. The sufferer feels an irresistible urge to move their legs, (and sometimes other limbs) in response to the perceived discomfort. RLS can interfere with sleep, making sufferers drowsy and irritable the next day. It can cause problems at work if the sufferer is required to spend long periods sitting at a desk, and in the worst cases it can result in job loss and relationship problems. RLS is a common condition. Up to 10% of people are believed to suffer with it, yet many health professionals don’t really understand what it is and how to treat it. It is now believed to be caused by an imbalance of dopamine, a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain. It is likely to be genetic because about 60% of people with restless legs also have a family member with the condition.

TOP TIPS FOR RELIEF The severity of RLS varies between individuals. Most cases are mild and can be alleviated by: � � � � �

Walking or stretching Taking a warm or cool bath Relaxation exercises Massage Distraction ... having a conversation or playing a game

For more severe cases medication may be helpful, particularly iron tablets in the presence of anaemia, or sometimes dopaminergic drugs similar to those used in Parkinson’s disease. Certainly, you don’t have to suffer in silence. If you think you might have RLS talk to your GP and visit the support site

Anyone can suffer with RLS, but it is more common in older adults and women. In fact, about 40% of pregnant women report the symptoms to some degree. Health conditions such as diabetes, iron deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney failure can also trigger restless legs syndrome.


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Hands up who wants more business? By Lee Finney, Editor of Your Local Journal


et’s be honest, I bet at one time or another you have said that you could not afford to advertise. In fact, it is generally true that most small to medium enterprises (SMEs) slash their marketing budget in order to survive in difficult economic times. However, this is a fatal mistake and one that successful businesses have learnt from. In fact, exactly the opposite is true: never stop marketing especially in a recession. This is because logic says that if we don’t keep shouting about our business when things are tough, that things will get even tougher. In fact, your competition will pick up all the available business if they have the sense to market themselves whilst you are not. Think about it, if you were flying an aeroplane through a turbulent storm would you purposely cut one of your engines? Of course not. Having heard this, you may justify your position by saying “well, it’s okay for them, they have lots of

spare cash and I don’t”. Thing is, you obviously don’t need to have pots of money to be effective. You’ve got to be clever instead as consumers too are more savvy than ever before. If you don’t give them a reason to buy from you, they won’t. It’s as simple as that. Just your business name and phone number just doesn’t cut it any more. You need to offer them an incentive to come to you, or else why should they bother? No doubt, you do exactly the same when you go shopping. So, if your customers are not listening, it’s not their fault, it’s yours. Learn from the big brands and get creative with your marketing in order to capture some attention and remember that all successful businesses see marketing as an investment in business as opposed to the first business cost that should be culled when times are tough. You may well be the best business in the world, but who actually know’s you’re there? Just a thought.

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WIN a date with Edwina Currie S Spons ored by Blundellsands Ward Conservatives


his really is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Win a date for two to meet Edwina Currie, famous author and former British Member of Parliament, at The West Lancashire Golf Club in Blundellsands, Merseyside on Sunday 20th October 2013 courtesy of Blundellsands Ward Conservatives. To qualify for this fabulous prize, all you have to do is complete the crossword below correctly and then take a photo with your smartphone or scan your entry and email to Cllr Sean Dorgan at Alternatively, you can post your entry to Cllr Peter Papworth at 34 Dowhills Road, Blundellsands, Merseyside L23 8SW. Please include your name, address and contact details. One entry per person allowed. Completed entries should be received by end of September 2013. Good luck! ACROSS 1 Afternoon snooze (6) 5 Small restaurant (6) 8 Agitate (4) 9 Exciting, intense (8) 10 Sudden eruption (8) 11 Welsh symbol (4) 12 Break away (6) 14 Pay attention (6) 16 Famous public school (4) 18 Strong, formidable (8) 20 Mid-Western US state (8) 21 Incline (4)

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What’s the catch? Well, there isn’t one. It’s not often we get something free, but we’ve all paid into the energy companies and now they’re finally giving something back. The ECO (Energy Companies Obligation) is sponsored by the Government and funded by energy companies to reduce consumption within the UK. For further details on the ECO please contact Denis Murphy:

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Blocked drains By Debbie Singh-Batti

J OURNAL SUD O K U Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box, contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition.


toilet that won’t flush, sinks that won’t empty, grates that overflow, and an unpleasant smell are all tell-tale signs that there is a blockage or damage to the pipes, drains or sewers that service your property. But who is responsible for carrying out the work? Since October 2011, homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of pipes or drains on their own property. Once they cross the boundary line onto the pavement or road, they become the responsibility of the water company and they are liable for all shared sewers (i.e. drains that meet from more than one building) even if they are on private land. So, how do you find out where the blockage is? A chat with a neighbour or a quick look into the inspection chamber should give you a clue. Most blockages can be easily cleared and you could have a go yourself with drainage rods, but as it’s a dirty, smelly job, or if you are struggling to locate the source, you might want to call in a specialist. Occasionally, blockages occur due to a collapsed or broken drain, in which case you will need a professional to inspect the damage and quote for remedial work.

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What can I do for free this Summer? By Susan Brookes-Morris


hen the summer holidays are long but funds are short what are the options?

You could take a trip to your local museum. Many areas have Council run museums and art galleries with no entrance fee. Frequently in school holidays, themed activities are run to help engage visitors. In addition to these general history and local interest venues, there are also many specialist free museums in the UK. Some of the most famous are in London and include the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Childhood. You might be surprised what you find as there are museums for all manner of things, including cheese making at Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, and Shoes at Street, Somerset. Or you could venture outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. Beaches offer a unique environment often with rock pools to explore and the opportunity to make sandcastles or play beach games. Even if the weather is less than favourable, if you wrap up warm you can still have lots of fun. You could organise a family game of rounders in your local park, take a picnic, sit and sketch the wildlife, trees or passers by, or maybe venture to a larger park or nearby forest and explore new paths, wildlife trails and exciting play areas.

With a little creativity the whole family can enjoy something for free colourful floats with occupants dressed up and have interesting displays from local clubs. These events can offer the opportunity to get a real sense of your community and many have been running for hundreds of years. They may incorporate traditions such as Morris dancing, well dressing, or the newer trend of Scarecrow trails. You may find yourself contributing to charity, buying some local produce or even an ice cream if the sun is shining, but there is generally no entrance fee as they take place on the streets. There are also many free festivals. These are often music based, but also include riverside festivals and a Watercress festival in Arlesford. Find more free festivals and ideas for cheap days out at

You could take a bike ride along your local canal towpath, riverside or perhaps a disused railway track. There are now many special traffic free routes for cyclists. A trip to the local carnival or village fayre can also offer lots of fun. Many incorporate parades of


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Can you find all the Eighties’ pop acts? A-ha Baltimora Bananarama Billy Idol Cyndi Lauper Erasure Five Star Genesis Go West Kajagoogoo Kate Bush Kim Carnes

Kim Wilde Madonna Men at Work Mike Oldfield Mr. Mister Nik Kershaw Prince Soft Cell The Waterboys Thomas Dolby Toto Ultravox

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Designer gardens By Lee Bestall


t is estimated that just 3% of the UK population employ a professional garden designer, with most people opting to design their own outdoor space, or adapt one they may have inherited. The first decision to make when starting a plan is whether to make it look ‘designed’ or not. By this I mean do you like a structured garden with big sweeping curves and strong lines, formality and symmetry, or do you prefer a more informal space that looks like it ‘just happened’, almost by mistake, (these are much harder to achieve as you are often trying to recreate something nature does best). There was an industry debate recently which explored the idea of modern gardens being ‘over designed’. Just like in clothing fashion, there’s a revival of a certain era every so often, and it’s the same with design outdoors. Once up on a time, formal terraces were all the rage with prettycoloured bedding schemes and clipped hedging. Then, decades later, these were dug up and replaced with sweeping natural ‘landscapes’, where trees and lakes were carefully located to make them appear as though they had always been there. Which is right? Well, neither, it’s personal taste and as long as it fits with the house style and surrounding landscape, I think you should do what makes you happy. After all, that’s what gardens are for, to be enjoyed.

In 2008/2009, laws were introduced regarding things like changing levels in your garden, such as only being allowed to raise decking by 30cm above ground level, any higher would require a protective rail or balustrade; and also the consideration of sustainable ways to manage water, and where possible retaining it within the garden. So, before planning any major works to your garden, check with your local planning department that you don’t need permission. Happy gardening.

TOP TIPS FOR DESIGNING YOUR GARDEN � Keep things simple and don’t over complicate the basic design layout � Use pergolas to add height and shade � Consider hedges instead of fencing to add structure � Make space for at least one small tree � Consider the maintenance of the new garden – decking and gravel are cheap, but require more maintenance in the long term Contact Lee Bestall at

Once you’ve decided on a style, take some measurements of the boundaries, starting with the house. Use circles, curves, squares and rectangles to make some nice shapes on the plan, then choose a material to fill them in with. Usually the largest space will be the lawn, then patio or deck, and pathways, then fill the gaps with plants. Next month is the perfect time to plant, so we’ll be looking at planting plans in detail then.


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What’s On Local classes, clubs, groups and societies

Coming Events SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST CROSBY PAST & PRESENT FUNDING DAY 11.30am - 12.00pm and 1.30pm - 2.00pm at the Rotary Garden, Liverpool Road. Presenting Balloon Man Dave Workshop. £2.50 per child which includes a balloon animal to take home.

13TH September • 11TH October • 8TH November

FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER ST NICHOLAS SCHOOL BLUNDELLSANDS, SCHOOL REUNION For those born 1930-1955 at Hightown Club 2pm-6pm. Admission by ticket only, includes Buffet. Price £12.50 from Roy Green, 46 St Anne’s Road, Formby L37 7AT. Cheques made payable to Roy Green. Further information from Jeanette Smith (nee Compton) on 01704 873709. SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 17TH ANNIVERSARY OPERA SUPPER & CONCERT with Una Voce Opera Company (6.30pm for 7.00pm) St. Edward Hall, Sacred Heart Catholic College, Crosby L23 6SA. Tickets: £19.00 (£16.50 all concessions). Inclusive of a 2-course Buffet Supper. Licensed Bar. 0151 924 8972.

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Dance & Drama ASPIRATIONS THEATRE SCHOOL Classes in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Street, Baby Ballet, Boogie Babies, Singing and Drama. Classes held at our own studios, with changing rooms, reception and waiting area, school shop and baby changing facilities. 45 Mersey View, Waterloo 0151 931 5143. LUCILLA DRAMATIC SOCIETY The society has its own club house, with a studio theatre and members’ bar. We need new members of all ages to act and help backstage. If you are interested then access our website to download a membership application.


Arts & Crafts CREATIVE BALANCE ART CLUB introduces their new ‘Mini Art Club’ for 0-3 year olds in Waterloo Community Centre. Starting every Thursday from 11th April 1-2pm. They also have two weekly Art Clubs nights for 3-12 year olds in both St Lukes Church Hall Crosby & Waterloo Community Centre. To book a place on any of our workshops please call Sarah on 07594 154431 or 0151 538 8216 or visit CROSBY ART GROUP Crosby Art Group comprises of a variety of local artists with their own styles and is open to new members whatever their level. Meetings are held on a Tuesday evening from September to April, and then there is a summer program of outdoor on location events. Why not join us? For further details contact our secretary David Atherton on 0151 924 7072.

BLUNDELLSANDS EVENING TOWNS WOMEN’S GUILD The Guild meets at 7.30pm in Blundellsands Methodist Church Hall, Bridge Road, Crosby on the first Tuesday of the month. We meet our friends, have a cup of tea and a talk or some form of creative activity. If you are interested do come along. To find out more please call 0151 474 9285. CROSBY & DISTRICT LIONS CLUB Are you interested in making a difference in your local community? What about having fun and making new friends at the same time? Lions have made a difference. In the last year we raised and donated over £6300 to local charities. Why not come along to one of our meetings held on 2nd Monday of every month at 8pm in Marine F.C. College Rd. Crosby. For more info please call Gordon 924 3686 or Lynne on 924 5855. CROSBY ROTARY CLUB We are an active Rotary Club in the South Sefton area who meet on Thursday evenings upstairs at the Pioneer Restaurant, Liverpool Road at 18:45. Please see our website for more details.

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History CROSBY AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY meet in the Methodist Church Hall, Moor Lane at 7.30pm generally on the fourth Monday of the month. Cost £2 per meeting or £13 for the year. All are welcome. For more info please call 0151 924 7889 or visit CROSBY PAST & PRESENT / Weedkiller / Crafty Lot CPAP is a local history and community group based on Facebook, but is an active group that works within the community. We can be contacted via the website, phone 07890 181233 or email ST JOHN’S LOCAL HISTORY GROUP meets at 2pm on the 1st Tuesday of every month in St. John’s Parish Centre. The Parish Centre is colocated with St. John’s Primary School at the end of Denmark Street (off St. John’s Road) Waterloo. For more information on our programme for 2013 please call Paul Baker, Secretary. Tel: 07759 427644.

Motoring SEFTON ADVANCED MOTORISTS The group is devoted to raising standards of driving through the “Skill for Life” course leading to the Institute of Advanced Motorists Advanced Driving Test, meetings are the third Monday of the month at the Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport at 8pm.


Music & Song CROSBY CAPRIOL SINGERS New members welcome at rehearsals. When: Tuesdays 19.4521.45. Where: Christ Church CofE Church, Waterloo. Contact details Telephone: Dennis Morley (Secretary) on 0151 931 2346. Email: CROSBY GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY A Society who meet every Thursday evening and perform one show each year and also several concerts. So we would welcome any voice to come along and see what we do. For more information please ring Margaret 0151-924-5977. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Music & Song CONTINUED

Sports & Fitness CONTINUED

MAGHULL RECORDED MUSIC SOCIETY Our members love music, meeting every two weeks at St. George’s Social Centre, Station Rd, Maghull, Mondays at 7.30. First meeting: 30th September. Guest/Member presenters play their musical choice - with tea and a chat. Contact Joe on 0151 526 4317.

HARMONY HOLISTICS SPECIALISED YOGA CLASSES Pure Beginners 6.15pm. General Class 7.30pm. Tuesdays at Streatham House School Blundellsands. Specialised small group classes - pre booking essential. For details phone Angela: 0151 494 1727 or 07729 132965

Sports & Fitness B-FIT PERSONAL TRAINING Boot Camps. Mondays at Merchant Taylors Boys School Sports Centre and Thursdays in Hightown at the NEW Hightown Club, L38 3RQ in term time at 7pm (til 8pm) Fun, fat burning fitness and nutrition sessions for all fitness levels and ages (over 13+) with an expert personal trainer and weight loss coach. Trial session £5. Call Gaynor on 07748 298728 or go to BLUNDELLSANDS LAWN TENNIS CLUB is beautifully situated in the heart of Blundellsands Key Park and offers members 4 astro and 2 hard courts (playable all year), a club house with bar, lounge area, kitchen, changing facilities, all with full disabled access. A full coaching programme is available throughout the year plus Easter and Summer holiday tennis camps. Details for hire, please phone Bernadette Parkes on 0151 924 4624. CAMPION TENNIS CLUB FUN CAMPS 5 day Fun Camps for kids aged 4-14yrs. You can drop off your children between 9-9.30am and pick up 45pm. The day includes lots of fun ‘n’ games/sports. Rounders, Tennis, Football, Basketball. Dates: W/C- 29th July, 5th Aug & 12th Aug. Call Ben on 07843 38 43 46.

PIONEER FITNESS GROUP EXERCISE Cardiofit Monday 18:30, £5. Ladies circuit Wednesday 18:30, £5. Spartan training Wednesday night 19:30, £5. Boxercise Thursday night 18:30pm (must book) £5. Tabata & Crossfit Saturday 10am, £7. All classes are held at Waterloo Rugby Club. To book your place, text or call Daniel on 07917 865144. YOGA 4 YOU Local Yoga class on Thursdays 18.30 - 19.30 at the Ian Robinson Sports Centre at Merchant Taylors’ Boys School. Yoga will exercise your whole body, you will maintain and improve your posture/strength and flexibility. Breathing exercises and relaxation included! 07982 21180. For more details, please see our website ZUMBAGOLD 50+ Beginners Dance Fitness Class Mondays 1.30pm Waterloo Community Centre Great George’s Rd, L22 1RD. Easy to follow, fun and friendly 1st class £1 includes social time Tea/ Coffee. Call Lou 07954 101863. Come & Try!

Writing CROSBY WRITERS CLUB which was founded in 1946, meets twice-monthly on Thursday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm. All who write or who wish to write are welcomed. For further details please contact 07784 925415.

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Whip up a Bailey’s Ice Cream A delightful treat for Summer

INGREDIENTS 480ml whole milk 150g granulated sugar 4 large egg yolks 240ml double cream 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 4 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur METHOD Pour the milk into a medium size, heavy bottomed saucepan. Add 100g of the sugar. Place over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture registers 77C on a cooking thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer the milk should be just bearable to dip your finger into ... be careful! In a crock or stainless steel medium-size bowl, whisk together the 4 egg yolks and remaining 50g of sugar until foamy and slightly thick. Very slowly add half of the hot milk to the eggs, whisking continuously. Pour this egg mixture back into the sauce pan with the remaining hot milk and return to the stove top on a low-medium heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon or heatproof rubber spatula until the mixture reaches 85C on the thermometer or if you have no thermometer is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon or spatula. Take care to make sure the mixture does not boil. Remove from the heat. If it’s not completely smooth whisk it well before proceeding. Pour the double cream into a clean, large stainlesssteel or glass mixing bowl set over an ice bath.


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PREPARATION Serves: 6-8 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Chilling time: Over night + freezing time (30mins 3 hours depending on method used)

Alcohol lowers the freezing temperature of ice cream so this ice cream will be quite soft. Don’t be tempted to add more Bailey’s otherwise it might never set! Pour the heated custard mixture through a fine mesh sieve or strainer into the cold cream. Add the vanilla extract and stir until fully incorporated. Stir occasionally until the mixture has fully cooled. This should take about 1/2 hour. Remove the mixing bowl from the ice bath, dry off the bottom of the bowl if necessary, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight. Stir in the Baileys. Pour this chilled mixture into the icecream maker follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have no ice cream maker, don’t worry, you can still make ice cream though it will take a little longer. Pour the chilled mixture into a large container. Pop it in the fast-freeze section of your freezer. Check it after 45 minutes. It will have begun to crystallize around the edges. Use a hand whisk, wooden spoon or electric hand whisk to break the crystals up and incorporate them into the mixture, then refreeze. Keep checking and beating the mixture every 30-40 minutes and within 3 hours you will have ice cream. Enjoy.

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