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To our Celebration Edition of VIEW St Helens





In this edition we are celebrating all things ‘home-grown’! If you are still basking in the warmth of the recent jubilee celebrations; are immersed in the Euro’s or waiting with anticipation for the up and coming Olympic games, then, like us, you must be feeling very proud to be British. With a typical View mix of fabulous fashions, great ideas for you home and fun things to do in and

around town, this edition is simply packed with the very best ideas from our local businesses and beyond. We hope you enjoy our nod to all things British – my advice would be to grab a glass of ever-so-English Pimms, dust of your bunting and settle down for a right good ‘British’ read! Enjoy....

Paula Brown, Editor

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British of

With the recent Jubilee and impending Olympics now almost upon us, thoughts turn to all things ‘patriotic’. As you have guessed we are big ‘foodies’ here at View, and love nothing more than tucking into some fab local fayre from our favourite restaurants and producers. In this edition we bring you some of the best food and drink ideas from our local food heroes to help get your patriotic pallets in gear and help us celebrate THE BEST OF BRITISH GRUB!

Bottoms Up! Head Above the Rest! Founded in 2005 the team have been producing and selling a wide range of fine quality beers and ales from what

Celebrating The Great British Pint

is probably the most advanced

Nothing could be more synonymous

brewery based in Rainford. Owned

with British life than the great British

and run by award winning brewer

beer – and you’d be hard pushed to

Keith Wright the brewery produces

find a better, more well crafted brew

a wide range of beers and ales

than the outstanding creations of

available in Cask and Bottles.

the George Wright Brewery.


microbrewery in the UK. George Wright’s is a small independent craft

The Taste of the Empire Liven up a traditional Ploughmans with St Helen’s own iconic Bartons Piccalilli. Favoured

To grab your glass of one of these

by HRH The Prince of Wales himself, this delicious

One of our own – this award winning

award winning brews, call into one

blend of herbs and exotic spices originated in

micro brewery, heralded as the

of the many real ale establishments

India at the height of the Empire and the secret

finest in the UK by those in the know,

in the area or log onto

Barton family recipe has been named as the

boasts a sublime selection of ales

‘Worlds finest piccalilli!’

that is second to none.

and order direct.

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Foodie Farm The farm shop at Rainfords very


Wine Anorak

own rural retreat Inglenook Farm, stocks some of the finest local produce from across our region. With a mouth-watering selection of the freshest seasonal fruit and veg and an impressive range of

David has spent a life-time appreciating wine, ever since he was introduced to the delights of good quality Bordeaux at the age of 16. He has travelled extensively in wine growing regions such as Burgundy, Italy and Australia to improve his knowledge. After many years as an amateur wine-buff he has now turned it into a profession. His other great love is Opera.

home-grown delights including jams, pickles, preserves and even English wines, you really will be spoilt for choice...

It’s The time for Garden Parties and Barbecues! Make sure your party goes with a Pop! Gurgle! Fizz! by choosing the right wines.


Our resident wine expert

2 x white Prosecco 2 x Pink Prosecco 2 x Bordeaux Rose 2 x Kabinett (Nahe) 2 x Fleurie (Gamay Medal D’Or) 2 x Chilean Merlot Reserva

David Palmer of Shawbury Vintners explains how. It seems like summer has arrived at last, and maybe you want to treat your friends and family to an afternoon in the garden with some lovely food, and some great drinks.

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So you want the party to go with a swing, you want to impress your friends and keep Aunty Doris happy.

The key is choosing the right wines. There are some general principles to follow;


Have a wide range to suit everyone’s taste If it is an afternoon party have more light fruity wines, including plenty of rosé. Keep the alcohol levels down so that people can enjoy the afternoon without a head-ache in the evening or setting fire to the patio. What do I mean by light fruity wines? Well a good rosé is essential-typically with a strawberry aroma. Well chilled this is a great party drink.


Also do not ignore German wines. The trouble with German wines is that the worst are terrible and we in Britain Start with fizz. Nothing is more guaranteed to get the afternoon off to a flying start than some perfectly chilled sparkling wine. Prosecco from Italy gives every party the perfect start and at about half the price of champagne.


...and not just whites and rosés, don’t forget to match luxurious reds with the steak’s and burgers on the BBQ this summer...if we get one!

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Bring on the great

British BBQ

Celebrate the best of British summer with a fabulous selection of offers from Asda. Whether you are still in Jubilee mode, immersed in the Euro’s or counting down the days until the Olympics, the team at Asda St Helens have some mouth-watering offers to tempt you to eat Al Fresco!

hers Butc que arbe B e c Choi ibs nd R a s k Pac £6.00 s for k c a 2p – June 18th ! July! 23rd

Whol Sea e Brea m Hal Portions: 4 portions


Preparation: 15 minutes

1. Sea bream: Make slashes around 3cm apart on

Cooking: 15-20 minutes Ingredients • 2 x 650g whole Sea bream, scaled and gutted

Spicy Barbecued Sea bream


f Pric e from 23rd June – 17th July! !

either side of the fish. Place 1/2 a lemon grass stem and 1 garlic clove in the cavity of the fish. 2. Marinade: Place all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Rub the marinade into the fish, making sure it gets well

• 1 lemon grass stem, halved

into the cuts. Wrap the fish in foil and refrigerate

• 2 garlic cloves, bruised

for 30 minutes to 2 hours (the fish may be


cooked directly if you wish, the marinating of

• 5 tbsp finely chopped

the fish just allows the flavour’s to develop).

coriander • 5 tbsp shredded basil

3. To Cook: Preheat a barbecue to medium-high or cook in an oven a moderate-high oven.

Whole barbecued fish are simple to

• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

prepare and cook. Wrap the fish in foil

• 1 tbsp grated ginger

sealing in all the flavour of the fish and

• juice of 1/2 lime

marinade. This recipe will work just as

• 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce

well in an oven.

• 5 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

sauce and lime wedges. Accompany with a

• 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

light salad, rice or a noodle salad.

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Place the fish on the barbecue and cook for 7-10 minutes on either side. 4. To Serve: Serve hot with a little extra sweet chilli

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British food is very much on the up. It may be a while before some of our European friends give British cuisine more than a disdainful glance, but I remain convinced that some of our classic combinations are hard to beat. When it comes to comfort, British recipes are the culinary equivalent of a great big hug. From hotpots, pies and pasties, to fruity crumbles and puds; our great roast dinner and of course our belly busting breakfasts. We have teamed up with some of our regions purveyors of great British grub to bring you a guide to some of our finest culinary traditions from breakfasts, to afternoon tea and our much loved pubs.

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Great British Pubs DON’T M ISS The legendary Sunday Roast – Hand carved roast meats with oven roasted potatoes, superfresh veg, fluffy Yorkshire puds and their secret recipe gravy. Britain on a plate!


The Wheatsheaf Where?

Mill Lane, St Helens Merseyside WA9 4HN 01744 813994


Signature Dishes

Classic British pub with all the cosy

This place offers some of the finest ‘pub

charm you would expect. This gem of

grub’ in the region. Traditional home

a place is packed with old English style

cooked classics such as beer battered

and boasts a selection of traditional bar

cod, chips and mushy peas, a superb

sports including pool, dominos and darts

steak pudding and legendary roast.

and has one of the finest crown green

They even have a delicious Tea Room

bowling greens in the region.

menu with speciality English teas, fresh

Enjoy fabulous home-cooked classics in

sandwiches, scones and clotted cream.

the sunny, south facing beer garden –

Quintessentially English – extraordinarily

what more could you want!


DON’T M ISS The fabulous Wine and Dine Menu just £29.95 - for two people. Includes a three course gourmet meal with a bottle of house wine.


The Victoria Where?

507 Warrington Road Prescot, Merseyside L35 0LR 0151 426 3694


Signature Dishes

This quintessential English village pub and

Think gastro-pub here...the eclectic

restaurant oozes charm and has a real

menu is rather special and boasts a wide

‘gastro pub’ feel that is second to none.

range of superb British and international

The super-cosy interior boasts a charming restaurant area and all the trappings of a traditional pub at its best.

favourites with a real twist. Check out the sublime slow roasted lamb shank with corned beef hash and flavoursome red wine rosemary jus; or for a fresh take

There is a charming outdoor eating area

on fish try the delicious pan seared red

and a fabulous function suite which is

snapper served on a bed of Chinese

free to hire when you book one of the

style vegetables - simply divine.

bespoke buffet packages.

Why not take your weekend chill-out to

All in all, a true British gem just waiting to

a whole new level (or cure your hang

be discovered.

over in style) with signature ‘Full-English’, served Saturday and Sunday 10 – 12.


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Great British Classics DON’T M ISS The show-stopping ALL DAY BREAKFAST! All the classic ingredients with a host of added extras from black pudding to onion rings. Perfect!


The quirky coloured cutlery and

Established over 20 years ago, this place

feel, and with plenty of seating both

is the epitome of a Great British cafe.

inside and out there really is no better

Nestled in the heart of Earlstown, its no

place to soak up the atmosphere and

surprise that this outstanding cafe has become the focal point of the bustling

charming crockery gives a real vintage

enjoy a great bite to eat.

market town.

Signature Dishes

The quaint decor gives customers a real

Children are really well catered for here

taste of the past and the impressive

too, with a fabulous array of dishes to

collection of historical photographs

suit their little taste buds, all served with

adorning the walls is a real trip down

their own special character plates and

memory lane.



Crumpets Cafe


59 Market St reet Newton-le-W illows, Merseyside W A12 9BJ 01925 220 43 5

DON’T M ISS Traditional Favourites – Hand battered scallops and spam fritters – like Granny used to make. Add a buttered barm for the full feast – you just can’t beat it!


Signature Dishes

Superb ‘old-fashioned’ British chippy

Chose from cod, haddock or plaice all

showcasing our national dish at its best!

served in the most delicious, light, home-

Spotlessly clean and with service that is

made batter; or ring the changes with

second to none, expect mouth-watering

some super scampi or hearty burger.

classics with a few European extras thrown in for good measure.

The menu here combines taste and tradition perfectly with a full range of

Nestled in the heart of picturesque

iconic Hollands pie products and chips

Rainford, this highly acclaimed eatery is

that are, quite simply, the best in town!

perfect for lunch and even better after a couple of ‘lemonades’ at one of the village’s fine pubs!

For you late night diners, don’t miss the great range of kebab dishes and of course the obligatory curry sauce to give your hangover cure that added kick!


The Village Chippy


6, Ormskirk Ro ad Rainford St Helens 01744 889933

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Great British Afternoon Teas Pomeriggio te :


Quite simply Afternoon Tea! Includes tea, choice of fresh sandwich, homemade scone with freshly whipped cream and preserve for £4.95


Signature Dishes


High quality, contemporary

Absolutely everything! Café bocboc is

Café bocboc

surroundings... Its different and British with

certainly different and stands out from

a European flair, it is Café bocboc.

the rest with its surroundings, location and


In the leafy suburbs of Eccleston, St

168 Kiln Lane Eccleston,St Helens WA10 4RB 01744 24480

services on offer. There is almost certainly something for everyone at Café bocboc

Helens Café bocboc has an extensive

from country breakfasts, freshly cooked

menu with daily specials on offer. When

pasta dishes to homemade fishcakes

the sun is shining you can relax outside

literally something to suit every taste.

with a delicious ice cream and an authentic Italian coffee. This certainly is

The luxury patisseries, loaf bakes are

the place to be and enjoy the vibrant

just pure indulgence served with award

hospitality. Our recommendation to all is

winning ice cream or fresh cream.

to try the freshly prepared food and our

A favourite by far is the light and homemade

very own blend of freshly ground Italian

fairy cakes that are regularly on offer with

coffee – rich, smooth coffee at its best!

are quite simply mouth watering!!

DON’T M ISS Tea For Two! Indulge in a sumptuous Afternoon Tea for 2 people. Includes tea, sandwiches, homemade scones and Reedys handmade jams

£10.95 for 2 people



Signature Dishes

Inglenook Farm

Take ‘tea’ in the most idyllic location

Absolutely everything on the menu is

imaginable. Housed in the original

homemade here – with daily specials,

farmhouse, the Inglenook Farm Cafe is

breakfast, lunches and more on offer,

about as quaint as it gets.

there is something to suit every taste.

On sunny days you can chose to dine

The cakes, bakes and afternoon tea’s

outside in the farmhouse garden,

are on another level, make sure you

surrounded by the sights and sounds of

are hungry as the portion sizes are very

this busy rural retreat. Look out for Whitey

generous and the taste, well, this is British

the Donkey and friends and don’t

baking at its best.


Moss Nook Lane Rainford Bypass (A570) WA11 8AE 01744 886812

forget to visit the charming farm shop and quirky shops in the courtyard for a perfect afternoon of Great British fun.

Delicious homemade Victoria Sandwiches jostle for position with giant, fluffy scones and mouth-watering pastries. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the destination cafe for you!


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Make Time... For the Clock Face, more than just a pub. For years the Clock Face pub has been synonymous with great service and warm welcome for the whole family. From iconic kids play area to the cool new BBQ terrace, this place really does sum up a true family pub. Family Fun

With summer now well upon us, you would have to search hard to find a better place to enjoy a cold pint or a nibble with friends or family. The beer garden shouts classic British boozer at its best! There is a packed calendar of

From the oldest to the youngest,

events across the season, from

The Clock Face caters for

classic car clubs, to BBQ nights

everyone. With a super-kids

and more, so call in soon, grab a

menu, great pensioner deals

bite of something delicious and

and a very ‘grown-up’ separate

make sure you are in the know.

restaurant for evening dining, you really can’t go wrong. The food here is hearty, beautiful cooked and made with as much local produce as possible. Whatever your culinary favourite,

408 Clock Face Road, WA9 4QS Clock Face, United Kingdom 01744 602306

We  Summer.

you are sure to find something to suit on the extensive menu and with a 5 Star hygiene rating to boot, this is really great food in wonderful surroundings.

See you there!!

Don’t Miss!!! Earlybird Specials Great Home cooked meals from just £2.99 per head!

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with Inglenook

Next Dates Sunday 8th July & Sunday 12th August 10am-3pm

Celebrating... Marvellous Markets

May saw the launch of Inglenook’s now monthly Artisan markets. The Mayor of St Helens Councillor Tom Hargreaves officially opened the event and what a great time was had by all! A wide variety of stalls sold everything from artisan breads, local honey, handmade jewellery, vintage curiosities to art & crafts. There was entertainment in the form of the fabulous Cotton Town Hot Club with their unique swing music and dancers - a few light footed visitors even joined in the fun and jived away! The things to do and see continued with live traditional sign writing and fascinating wood carving demonstrations, face painting and of course the art gallery and shops. Whitey the Donkey, and his animal friends at the farm lapped up the abundance of attention they received and the chickens clucked noisily as they meandered in and out of the stalls!

Moss Nook Lane Rainford Bypass (A570) WA11 8AE

All in all it was a very successful day, with a superb turnout and an even better atmosphere. Bring on the next one we say! With even more stalls to come it

Tel: 01744 886 812 12

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should become a fantastic, not-to-be missed day!

Our New Arrivals

There are some new faces dow n at month. April the Pygmy goat, and Bugsy arrived two weeks

Inglenook this and her 2 kids Billy

ago and are settling in nicely to their pond side pen . They were joined by Perry & Mia, two gorgeous Shetland Ponies this weekend – after a short stay at Blackpool Zoo! All the new little residents are gett surroundings, and enjoying all attention they have been rece

ing to know their

the cuddles and

iving so far. They are

still babies, so need lots of care

and attention but love to meet new people so why not pay them a visit?!

LOCAL | Celebration Edition

Best of British at Inglenook Enjoy some of the finest local produce from our local food heroes and help keep food local. We stock one of the widest ranges of artisan food and fresh local produce in the area...why not call down to our farm shop soon – it’s a mouth-watering experience!!

The Chocolate Cellar – handmade chocolate made in Liverpool. From £1.95 | Lancashire Crisps – made on a farm in Rufford, from 70p | 3 Choirs Vineyard – English wine, from £9.50 | George Wright Brewery real ales – Brewed in Rainford, from £2.99 | Fitzpatricks Traditional Cordials – Made in Rawtenstall, from £3.95 | Brew Tea Natural Teas – Produced here in Rainford by a Liverpool based company – from £3.50 | Cartmel Puddings – Cumbria. From £3.50 | Lancashire Sauce - £1.70 | Reedys Naturally Jams, Chutneys & Preserves – Blackburn, £2.75 | Honey – from hives in Bickerstaffe making them perfect for hayfever sufferers – from £3.50 | Red Rose Cider – Lancaster, £2.25

A Midsummers Murder Fancy a night of mystery &

Enjoy a 3 course meal & a glass

Intrigue? Inglenook Farm will be

of wine in the wonderful, intimate

hosting a Midsummers evening to

& atmospheric setting of a


Midsummers Eve on the farm.

A grizzly murder has taken place on the detectives, you will be tasked with answering three questions. Who committed the murder? How was the murder committed? Why was the murder committed? You will need to watch and listen very carefully, as you will soon confront the suspects “face to

With genuine interaction and the emphasis on fun, and professional actors in all roles you are guaranteed an evening to die for.

Body Exfoliation

Perfect for groups for a unique

A refreshing treatment to sloug h away dead skin leaving your skin soft & smooth.

evening event you will never forget! Booking essential! The evening commences at 7pm on 19th June, £35 per person including 3 course meal

face” and interrogate each one. As your investigation gathers momentum more evidence will be presented, until you & your fellow detectives are able to determine the motive & the killer.

Summer Offer

Prepare your Skin for summer & holidays with these refreshing & relaxing treatments.


Full Body Aromatherapy Massage with Hot Stone Therapy Ideal after exfoliation, this trea tment nourishes your skin, aids relaxation & eases stress & tension - bliss!

£40 per Person until 31 July 2012 Contact Ruth Rushworth on 01695 577842 or 07738 935348

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Ladies Night 19th June Virgin Vie Make-up Stall Ooh LaLa Accessories

£6 Ticket H


Dine, Drink and Dance the Night Away....

Gin O’Clock Celebrate all things British with a fab ‘All English’ gin based cocktail. Call in soon or try our great recipe at home!

At St Helens’ Number One Bar

Cocktail Ingredients The ‘jewel in the crown’ of the St Helens bar scene and a true ‘Chameleon’ bar in

- 2 shots of gin

every sense, The Venue really does have something for everyone.

- 1/2 shot of roses lime cordial

This very ‘grown-up’ bar offers a relaxed yet vibrant spot to grab a coffee, indulge

- Top up with ginger ale

yourself with a tasty bite to eat or enjoy a couple of ‘cheeky’ drinks with friends.

Method Pour all ingredients in to an ice filled glass and stir.

Great Food. Great Prices With an ever changing selection of specials and great offers throughout the

afternoon live entertaiment

week, a plate of fab grub and a pint never made more sense. Monday & Saturday 2 Curries and



Any 2

Any 2

baguettes £8

burgers £9

soft Drink £10

Wednesday 27th June Martin Greyors Lambert @ 3:30 Sunday 1st July Lee Martin @ 4:30

Tuesday Any 2 speciality salads £10


Wednesday 4th July Mike Moon @ 3:30

Free Garlic

Sunday 8th July Johnny Roxx @ 4:30

Bread with any Pasta dish

Wednesday 18th July David Kidd @ 3:30

Soup & Sandwich £5.00

Burger & Beer £5.00

Delicious homemade

¼ burger with

soup and any

fries and a beer**


Sunday 22nd July Josh Adams @ 4:30 Wednesday 25th July Sheila Diamisne @ 3:30 Sunday 29th July Tony Duval @ 4:30

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Wednesday 11th July Tam Ryan @ 3:30 Sunday 15th July Joe Wall @ 4:30



Sunday 24th June Joe Tilly @ 4:30

the venue operates a loyalty card for food and hot drinks.

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Things are hotting up more than ever this summer at your Venue. With a packed programme of landmark events, you really won’t want to miss a thing. Join the beautiful people every weekend for top tunes from our resident DJ’s and special guests and of course dance Royalty...

Get Cool. Get Down. Get Coco’s. St Helens original Boutique Bar Not part of the Coco’s crowd yet? Well you should

By Royal Appointment The King of Dance – His Royal Highness, Judge Jules.

be. This uber cool little bar offers more discerning party-goers that added bit of sophistication and style. With the perfect mix of super-cool tunes from every era, great staff and an eclectic crowd who love to party, what’s not to love about this place?

Coco’s – Exclusively Yours

Back for another visit, the legendary Judge Jules joins us again for a night you will not want to miss. Tickets are on sale now, but you had better move fast, the night will be a sell out and tickets are going like the proverbial hot-cakes!

If you have a special event coming or just want to impress your friends, why not hire the hottest bar in town, exclusively. Tell us what you want and we will make it happen. From the coolest DJ’s to top class entertainment and mouthwatering food, we can really make your event one your guests will NEVER forget.

Drink promotions on Thursday and Friday nights from 10pm

5 Westfield Street St Helens WA10 1QA

DJ Jay Balmer (Buying tickets online does not guarantee entry)

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h s i t i r B l u f i t Beau

s m o o l B

...with bocboc

As we slide into summer in style, thoughts turn to brightening up our homes and embracing the sights and scents of the season.


With that in mind and to help continue our celebration of the Best of British life, the team of acclaimed florists at bocboc Creative in Eccleston, St Helens, give us their guide to the best British Blooms...

Flower Fanatics The team at bocboc Creative have a real passion for seasonal and British flowers. They really do provide their customers with beautiful floral designs that reflect their enthusiasm for colour, texture, and the best nature has to offer. They offer an exceptional variety of fresh flowers, foliages and plants, and design an exquisite range of hand-tied bouquets, modern arrangements and event flowers that can be delivered across the region.


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bocboc Creative’s Guide to...

The Best of


British Blooms

Stocks have single or double flowers with a 1-inch diameter and a

Laurel or Bay as it is more commonly

pleasing clove-like scent.

known is beautifully rich looking and can look absolutely spectacular just

The romantic beauty

by itself in a simple arrangement.

of this flower brings texture to garden designs, and its sweet, spicy

Special Care : Not much – these

fragrance is an added attraction.

stems are pretty hardy, just make

Colours range from white, cream, yellow, peach, lavender, pink, purple and burgundy. Special care: Change the water frequently and be sure to remove any foliage below the water line.


sure you don’t add too many


and drown out the beauty of your

The most iconic of all British blooms,

Vintage Vows

traditional varieties are best, with dusky tea roses and vintage pinks coming out on top if you really want to get that ‘cottage-garden’ feel.


Getting married soon? Looking for a theme or need help bringing your ideas to life? Look no further. As

Special Care – always cut the tips

one of the regions most acclaimed

With a recorded

and ‘bash’ slightly to encourage

wedding and event specialists, the

history that dates back

long life. A good flower food or

team at bocboc creative can help

thousands of years,

even a drop of lemonade in the

make your big day one you will

it’s not surprising that

water can make these beauties last


even the mythology

a little longer.

surrounding the origin of the peony has multiple versions. Synonymous with the English country garden, the flowers have large, blousy heads that open to create a real rustic look

Laurel Leaves There used to be a time when foliage was used simply

Special Care:

to fill in the gaps!

Don’t leave

But these days

the stems too

foliage is far more

long –

than just a filler.

Why not embrace the Best of British theme and go all vintage… think traditional English rose meets a right Royal garden party. The possibilities are endless… Book your FREE design consultation soon and turn your big day dreams into reality, and if you book your full wedding flower package before 31st July receive 15% discount of your total order! (subject to terms & conditions)

Super-Summer Blooms

More Than Just Flowers Don’t Miss – the show stopping

Think scented garden roses we

especially love the old fashioned varieties, cottage garden flowers, traditional British herbs and hedgerow flowers for that real country feel.

range of gifts, accessories and collectables also available in store…..and finish off your visit with a cup of your favourite freshly roasted Italian Coffee and a delectable bite to eat at the Café bocboc. Perfect!

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Step Inside The Parlour When you step inside The Parlour, Rainhill’s new homes

A myriad of fabulous

Primrose Hill or even the Kings

accessories for you and your

Road, offering everything

home, wondrous gifts and

from Rococo grandeur to

and interiors emporium, its hard

exquisite designer pieces

shabby-chic perfection.

not to be enchanted.

await – and with items to

Paula, who has been at

suit every taste and budget,

the cutting edge of fashion

there really is something for

for most of her working life,


turned her attention to her

Heavenly Interiors

true passion of interiors two

The brainchild of local style

years ago.

guru, Paula Allen, The Parlour

‘I’ve always loved interior

epitomises the very best of

design, ‘commented Paula,

individual style and oozes

so the shop and design side

high-end chic.

of the business is really like

With a stunning array of

realising a life-long dream

super-stylish accessories and

for me.’

an über inviting interior, this magical little place would not look out of place in


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finishing touches, Paula


and her team can work alongside clients to help turn their interior dreams into reality. Whatever the size, scope or budget, The Parlour team can use their creative flair to transform tired living spaces into show-stopping rooms that really have the wow factor.

Creating Beautiful Homes The shop is the backdrop for the main driving force of the business, Paula’s highly acclaimed interior design service.

Personal, Professional and Unique The key message here is forget the ‘Cheshire Set’, move over Manchester… if you want a unique gift, transformation, Paula and

collections in the shop

her team are ready and

to work with the various

waiting with some of the

on-trend approaches I use

most fabulous stock and

when creating beautiful

freshest ideas in the region.

living spaces,’ said Paula.

What next?

advice on colour schemes, wallpaper, paint, minor building and refurbishment work, soft furnishings and , of course the all important

PiP a designer from the Netherlands, creates the products that she has always wanted but could never find, and was inspired to create this gorgeous collection by memories of her grandmother who always made

one off piece or full interior

‘I have themed all the

From full room make-overs to

The PIP Collection

Call into the super-stylish shop in Rainhill, browse, get inspired and start making your interior dreams come true…..

everything right with a good cup of tea. You can also find strong ‘outdoor’ influences with beautiful, birds, butterflies and flowers adding a delightful splash of colour to any scheme. Many items available in store now!

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Patriotic Plush

3 Piece Breakfast Set £19.95 - bocboc

Set of 3 Silver Plated Frogs £10.99 - The Parlour

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Bulldog Paper Weight £4.99 - The Parlour

Gold Rusted Frame £4.99 – The Parlour Gold rusted crown coat hanger £9.99 – The Parlour

Union Jack Wind Mill £9.95 - bocboc

Fleur De Leaf Wall Art £29.95 The Parlour

Time to Drink Framed Poster £29.95 – The Parlourr


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In this edition, we thought we would turn our attentions to that somewhat ‘neglected’ fashion and accessory grouping – you guys! Whether fashion rocks your boat or comfort is your things, the team at Tyrers really do have something to inspire the most discerning gent.

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Step inside the stunningly appointed menswear department and immerse yourself in a superb selection of fashion brands,

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designer must-haves and classic tailored creations. Store Manager Mike Duff and his team have brought together an eclectic and super-stylish range of labels that really does have something for every age and occasion. Add to that the perfectly sourced range of gifts, accessories and collectables and you have a haven of cool, right here in the heart of the town...




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We had a fantastic day ‘down on the farm’ with our gorgeous models, Beth, Becky and Adam, helping us showcase a fantastic range of clothing from Tyrers in St Helens. The sun shone and so did our team….Gorgeous Guys!

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Just a few thank-you’s to all the wonderful people who helped us on the day.... Location Thanks to Sarah and all the team at Inglenook Farm for making us so welcome Hair Big thanks to Ian Black for his artistry Make-Up Thanks to the talented team at Renaissance The Dogs Thanks to the gorgeous Tilly from Omero Buldogs for being so well behaved and to her owner Tiffany Moore for bringing her along! Photography Thanks once again to our St Helens photographer, Anthony Parr, for the amazing Shots.


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Career Ladder

In this edition our St Helens girl about town Sue Haunch catches up with charismatic local fashion guru, Chris Griffiths.

Chris, who has held a lifelong passion for all things fabulous has built an impressive career in the fashion industry, much of which he has spent at the helm of his beloved Vivienne Westwood’s business here in the North West. We are delighted that Chris will be joining us in each edition as our new Fashion Editor, bringing you the low


s I set off to meet Chris, I have to say I

was full of anticipation. I had heard so much about this lifelong fashion fanatic and couldn’t wait to find out more about his life


Lets start at the beginning Chris, tell me about your background growing up here in St Helens?

and experiences in this

Chris: Well I was born

glamorous industry.

and bred in Sutton Manor,

When I arrived, I found the

went to primary school

man himself doing a spot

then onto Sutton High

of gardening. His obvious

(now Academy). I can

eye for detail and design

honestly say I think I was

was even apparent in

born with an interest in

his garden, and when I

fashion, but when I was 6

stepped inside his home I

years old I landed upon

was blown away.

a book called ‘Female

With Westwood

Fashion At The Court of

memorabilia and stunning

King Charles II’ and I can

designer furniture and

honestly say from that

accessories, the whole

moment I was hooked.

place is like a shrine

I loved the lavish detailing

to style. Stunning,

and opulent fabrics

tasteful and absolutely

from the time, but didn’t


quite know where to

As I settled down amidst

go with it until I saw

the opulent Westwood

Vivienne Westwood being

soft furnishings, Chris

interviewed on Wogan

started to tell me his story,

back in the late Eighties.

and for the next two hours

I remember the audience

I was totally entranced by

jeering her because of

his fascinating tale....

her eccentric style and I

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got really quite upset....I was totally mesmerised by her and wanted to find out more.

So how did you develop your interest, it must have been quite difficult in an industrial town like St Helens? Chris: Well the strangest thing happened. When I was about 11, I went on holiday with my Gran to Canturbury and literally badgered the life out of her to take me to the Vivienne Westwood shop on the Kings Road in London. I eventually wore her down and used all my pocket money to buy my very first piece, a t-shirt, I was elated. As we left the shop, who pulled up outside on her legendary bicycle but the lady herself – Vivienne and her little dog both in matching head scarves. I have never forgotten that day! Back in St Helens, I started working part time in Sutton Labour Club, and although

In the handwritten note she my clothes made me stick

thanked me, telling me how

out a mile, I progressed

she had read the book from

through the ranks to

cover to cover and it had

become the manager and

actually inspired the design

so embarked on a career

of her next collection. I was

in hospitality, but my love of

literally bowled over.

fashion never left me.

So tell us what happened next...... how did you actually start working for Westwood herself?

From Catwalks to Cocktails Although still very much ensconced in the heady world of high end fashion,

Chris: After a few years at

Chris keeps a hand in his

Sutton, the bright lights of

hospitality background

Liverpool beckoned and I

organising celebrity launches

landed a job at super-club

and functions at Liverpool’s


uber-cool Kingdom nightclub.

Again I progressed quite

His latest venture see’s him

quickly through the ranks,

team up with Kenny Everett’s

but when Hervia announced

one time side kick, to super-

the opening of their first

glamorous Cleo Roccos;

Vivienne Westwood franchise

the pair are in the process

in Liverpool I spotted my

of launching a brand new

chance and secured a part

Tequila brand’ creating a

time job there. It felt like I had

range of ‘Skinny’ cocktails

finally arrived.

(very few calories and

In 2007 my journey came

no hangover, sounds like

full circle when I organised


a Fashion Show at St Georges Hall. Vivienne was

It was an absolute pleasure

in attendance and I took my

to meet Chris – and I felt that

chance to grab a moment

we only scraped the surface

with her and thank her for

of his colourful and exciting

the immeasurable influence

career. Luckily he will be

she had had on my life. I

joining us on every edition

presented her with the copy

from now on, pursuing his

of the ‘Female Fashion in the

dream to make high end

Court of King Charles’ book

fashion more accessible and

and some weeks later she

allowing us a glimpse into

sent me a personal letter of

his fascinating world of style,


cool and creativity!

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with Howards Opticians


Great British Brands

The Science Bit‌

Nothing sums up true Britishness quite like

Sunglasses are not just a fashion

a spot of national pride, a jug of Pimms

accessory, they play an important role

and a punnet of strawberries and cream.

in protecting the eyes from UV damage

In the celebration of all things British it

and should be worn by everyone.

seems fitting that this should extend to

The range of both prescription and non-

sunglasses too. Sunglasses are a must this

prescription designer sunglasses frames

season, whether it’s for sun protection,

at Howards include Versace, Armani and

to conceal a hangover or to avoid

Radley to name but a few. The team are

being caught staring at celebrities,

also able to order in frames from different

every self-respecting fashionista must

manufacturers if required, subject to

be armed with sunnies. And why not


have wonderful sunglasses from some of the British greats, including the iconic Vivienne Westwood and classic brand Radley. The lenses are all fitted with the best in UV protection and offer brilliant clarity so you can avoid squinting whilst watching the tennis, football or Olympic dreams unfold. Fingers crossed for

For more specialist requirements, the expert team at Howards also offer some bespoke packages on sunglasses which include single vision lenses with a selection of colours and depths of the tint for the lenses, with the option to upgrade to varifocals or bifocals.



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With the Jubilee celebrations still fresh in our minds and Wimbledon and the Olympics almost upon us, thoughts turn to how to look good and enjoy the best the Great British Summer has to offer.

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sunshine everyone!

For top quality eye care and one of the finest range of lenses and designer frames in the region, make your choice the clear choice.

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With Jones & Hoffman Jewellers

Become a customer of Jones and Hoffman and you can be assured of 3 key things... Outstanding Service, Exquisite Designs and Unmatched Value. With one of the widest selections

Owner Sharon Jones-Hoffman

of fabulous jewellery, diamonds

commented, ‘ We have an

and timepieces in the town, along

important role to play at the key

with a stunning range of designs

times in customers lives as the

and a personal approach that is

items they purchase from us often

as precious as their stones – what’s

have a strong emotional meaning

not to love about this gem of a

to them. From Christening gifts to


engagement and wedding rings,

With a huge range to suit every

these items are often with them for

budget and the most perfect

life and we are thrilled to be part

combination of classic, modern

of that.’

and contemporary styles, you are sure to find your perfect piece.

Diamonds to Die For

A Lifetime of Service

From the vast selection of engagement and eternity rings,

Designer Timepieces Guess, Rotary, D & G, Skagen, Breil, Police....

Founded over 10 years ago as

to simple gifts and show-stopping

‘Trilogy’, the team have recently

signature pieces, Jones & Hoffman

re-branded as Jones & Hoffman

stock one of the widest ranges

to reflect the unique ‘family run’

of certified and non-certified


diamonds jewellery in the region.

They are passionate about developing long-term relationships with clients, and realise that they often play a key role in the

Why not treat the Queen in your life?

memorable landmarks of family life.

need we go on? If you want a timeless timepiece that will really impress, check out the stunning range now.

2011 Trilogy Jewellery | 22 Church Street, St Helens, WA10 1BD | 01744 738 010

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Paul Smith, lets the sunshine in... Synchronized Recovery Complex Use this formula every day to help improve your skin’s appearance while helping protect it from the ageing effects of our environment. Prevention: Helps neutralise environmentally-generated free radicals before they can damage skin and cause it to look older. Hydration: long-proven Hyaluronic Acid locks in moisture, creating the optimal environment for renewal.

Synchronized Complex All the proven repair of our #1 Serum. Because the skin around your eyes is thinner than anywhere else on your face, it’s more vulnerable to environmental damage. It is also where you’ll see the signs of ageing to be most 34

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exaggerated. Now, see a significant reduction in the look of every key visible sign of eye ageing – fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven skin tone Prevention & Hydration: A powerful blend of anti-irritants plus high levels of Hyaluronic Acid work together to create the optimal environment to help improve and protect the look of the delicate eye area.

Beautiful Skin. It’s in our DNA. At Estee Lauder, we believe every woman can have beautiful skin. We study women’s skin of all ages to gain a deep understanding of exactly how and why skin ages. Research that has led to our expertise and innovation in skincare technology.

Paul Smith’s Sunshine Editions were introduced last month with feminine fragrance featuring bergamot, pink grapefruit, peach, jasmine, white peony, Bulgarian rose, musk, sandalwood and cedar wood. Launched at the same time was Paul Smith Rose Summer with accords of white peony and tea rose, white musk.

Whatever your concern, whatever stage of life you’re in, our simple, targeted systems of highperformance Repair and Moisturiser formulas are developed to work synergistically for measurable results. It’s why millions of women everywhere wont trust their skin to anyone other than Estee Lauder.

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Award Winners Do It Again!! John Beirne Avanti Hair Team 35 Westfield Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA10 1QA 01744 25185

Avanti Team triumph at Blackpool Hair Championships 2012

Award Winning Styles For Summer

A big congratulations goes out to the

ready’ with a superb colour and cut from

whole Avanti team as they have landed

John and the team.

yet another prestigious award to add to

‘This season it’s all about natural looking

their already bursting awards cabinet!

waves, and healthy looking, beach

Awarded the high profile – ‘Super-stylist’

ready hair,’ said John’

award at this years glittering ceremony,

‘We recommend teaming a good

the team now boast over 300 awards to

cut with one of our super-conditioning

their name, a magnificent achievement

treatments then going for a relaxed curly

and reflection of the teams hard work

blow-dry to get that ultimate beach

and creativity.

goddess look.’

Blackpool – Towers Above The Rest This 2 day annual event is one of


the largest and most high-profile competitions in the hairdressing calendar. With £1000’s in prize money up for grabs,

Make sure you get your hair ‘beach

Snapshot of Our Awards 1st Place Naturelle Trophy

1st Place Cheshire Mens ‘Best Barber’ Competition

Henna and Seaweed Conditioning Treatment

the competition attracts some of the UK’s

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and competition director. John, who has

£5 OFF

the competition moving along nicely,

Cheshire Mens and Ladies Champions Regional Champion L’orea l Colour Trophy

whilst making a few jokes at the judges

Blackpool International ‘Su per-stylist’

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finest young and aspiring hair talent. This year our very own John Beirne took to the stage as the events main compare won a whole host of awards himself, kept


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Notebook Welcome to the brand new Beauty Notebook with St Helens very own skincare and beauty guru, Tricia Ackers owner of the award winning Renaissance salons. Here at Renaissance myself and the whole team have a real passion for all types of skincare and offer a fabulous selection of treatments that really deliver the WOW factor from our gorgeous salons in St Helens and Prescot. In each edition I will be bringing you my pick of the top treatments for the season as well as some handy hints and tips and great product recommendations. Hope you enjoy!

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Your One-Stop Beauty Shop! We use Dermalogica, MD Formulations and Elemis together with our advanced facial treatments using IPL, Crystal Clear and Caci to give you the best treatment and skin care routine for your skin. With Aromatherapy Associates, Endermologie, Fake Bake, St Tropez and our Pamper Packages you can get that perfect body treatment and using Jessica, OPI, Minx and Shellac, and treatments including waxing, tinting, HD Brows, Hollywood lashes and Cry Baby Semi Permanent Mascara we make sure all your beauty essentials are covered! Under the guidance of Dr Winter, Cosmetic Physician, we also provide an advanced Skin Care Clinic which includes IPL, Semi Permanent Make up, Botx, Fillers, Sclerotherapy, Medical Grade Skin Peels and Teeth Whitening treatments.

Diamond Jubilee ’60 Year’ Offer! 2 treatments for £60

Choose one 1hr treatment PLUS one ½ hr treatment for £60 - ½ hr treatments include – 30 min massage; crystal clear flash; endermology; manicure, pedicure, Elemis taster facial; ½ hr Indian head massage, 1 hr treatments include – caci facial, moisture defence facial, 60mins massage, Elemis skin specific facial; holistic hand treatment; holistic foot treatment.

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Tricia’s Top British Buy!

Aromatherapy Associates is an iconic British brand and this treatment is simply fit for a queen!

Tricia’s Top British Treatment!

Aromatherapy Rose Hydrating Cocoon

Elemis best of British limited edition box set Includes: Tranquil Touch Indulgent bath Elixir 300ml Wild Lavender Hand and Body Lotion 50ml Pro Collagen Marine Cream 30ml Melting Cleansing Gel 20ml Tranquil Touch Body Polish 50ml Treat you Feet Foot Cream 20ml Limited edition Best of British box Worth £83.10 – Cost £49

Indulge in this nourishing and deeply moisturising full body treatment. Beginning with a gentle olive grain exfoliation, regenerating Damask rose gels, nourisihng oils and moisturising creams are smoothed on to the body before being left to deeply penetrate with the body’s own heat. Together with an ayurvedic scalp massage and body massage this unique pampering treatment is also ideal for expectant mothers.

Right Royal Reds Go all retro on us and dazzle this June with Coronation inspired red Shellacs. This super-long lasting nail treatment can be done in just half an hour, so a perfect lunchtime pit-stop for all you glamour queens!

Statement brows are back!

“Well-groomed brows are the unsung heros of the face” writes Times fashion editor Laura Craik. And with model Cara Delevingne sporting them, we can see why! Statement brows have been a fashion accessory since Audrey Hepburn and more recently Isabella Rossellini made them part and parcel of their movie screen

image. With the Scouse Brow being high maintenence, the new brow on the block espouses the virtues of looking as natural as possible. Laura writes that “Dr Jay Watts, a chartered clinical psychologist, thinks that fashion diktats are only part of the reason for the eyebrow resurgance. “It seems related to mimickry of a few muchphotographed women, looking fabulous with heavy eyebrows. It’s also a way to express oneself on the cheap in difficult times, in the same way that lipstick and nail polish becomes more popular during recessions.”

And our make-up guru Tricia thinks the statement brow’s return is part of the growing trend for the more natural look... Tricia says, ‘If your brows are a decent width and you simply want to maximise them, try brushing them upwards with an old mascara wand for a more untamed look” For perfectly tamed brows the Unique 7 Step HD Brow Treatment will be landing at Renaissance in early June. Booking are now being taken with Beth and Sophie, and a sensitivity test is needed before your treatment. For more information on HD Brows check out our website and book your HD Brow treatment NOW!

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DISCOVER your skins individual needs with a complete Dermalogica 1/2 hour skin mapping session – FREE with this advert throughout June

Give your skin a make-over and get a super-glow this season courtesy of St Helens No1 Skin Specialists...


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In this edition our editor catches up with the highly acclaimed, charismatic hairdressing guru, Ian Black and finds out about his background and what has driven him to the very top of his profession....

When you first meet Ian Black, celebrated hairdresser and all round creative genius, its hard not to be taken in by the obvious passion he has for his profession. From Horses To Hair As a young lad, Ian had a real passion for horses and dreamed of becoming a top NATIONAL Hunt jockey. Discouraged by his anxious parents, he eventually got his first job working at his uncle’s barbers, and the rest, as they say is history.... ‘Working in the barbers lit a spark in me,’ said Ian. But it was to be his next employer that would change his life forever. Ian went to work for the acclaimed Professor of the British Hairdressing Academy, Eileen Speakman at her salon in Leeds. It was here that his passion for his craft reached new

King of Cuts ian


heights and at the tender age of 19

given me the confidence I needed

he opened his very first salon under

and I have really never looked back.’

Eileen’s guidance. The shop quickly gained n unrivalled

Master of His Craft

reputation, and a chance meeting

Now a true legend in the field, Ian

with a French bride to be led him

has won almost every conceivable

onto his next adventure....

professional title and as a Professor of Hairdressing he has travelled the

An Englishman in Paris!

world to pass on his skills to a new

After setting the hair of a young


French girl at his salon in Newton

He has rubbed shoulders with

(she was marrying a local chap),

hairdressing Royalty including Vidal

the mother of the bride was so

Sassoon and Raymond Bessone

impressed with the stunning chignon

and yet still provides his world class

he created, she took photographs

skills at his two salons in Newton and

back to her native Paris and showed


them to iconic hairdresser Alexander de Paris. The great Alexander invited Ian to take up residence in his Paris salon and after a whirlwind season creating styles for the likes of Dior and a host of celebrities, Ian came back to Newton with a bump. ‘it was at this point I started to

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It’s all about the...

Smile at Kiln Lane Dental..... Looking After Your Dental Health….Completely. Kiln Lane Dental has been providing

treatment’. After all, Private dental

dental care in St Helens and the

treatment is all that they provide so

surrounding areas for over 45 years

where better to go than Kiln Lane if

but what do they actually do?

you are considering it?

Well, according to Kiln Lane’s

Happy To Help

Practice Manager and Director Jo Murphy ‘We don’t see ourselves as

Janis, a member of the Reception

just a dental practice; we are the

team at Kiln Lane added ‘we get

interface that can help restore your

quite a number of calls on a daily

confidence when you eat, speak

basis from people who tell me that

or laugh by providing a range of

they want a particular treatment that

routine, general and cosmetic dental

their own dentist simply doesn’t do.

procedures that are tailor made to

They just want to come along, have

suite your needs, wants, expectations

the treatment they need or want,

and budget’. Jo continued ‘Many

in the case of cosmetic treatment,

people believe that they have to see

and then return to their own dentist

the dentist they are ‘registered’ with

for their routine treatment and

for all of their dental care but what

examinations and we are pleased

if that dentist doesn’t provide the

to be able to provide this service for

treatment they want? Where does


that leave them? That’s where we can help. We would be delighted

So what dental treatments could

to see you just for those ‘one off’

you expect to find at Kiln Lane?

cosmetic treatments such as Tooth


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Whitening, crowns or implants and

Well all of the treatments you would

we offer free consultations as we

expect to find and some you may

believe this gives anyone wishing

not (see our list of services above

to explore the possibilities of private

right). In addition to these we offer

dental treatment the opportunity to

membership at our practice for

discuss their needs and wants without

adults and children with the adult

any obligation so they can make a

plans from as little as 45p per day

more informed decision about their

and children from just 17p per day.

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Their Services § Routine Dental Health Examinations § Hygienist Services § Digital x-rays § Tooth coloured fillings § Crowns & Bridges § Implants § Dentures § Tooth whitening § Invisible braces (Invisalign) § Facial rejuvenations procedures § Reiki

“Private Dental Care from as little as 45p per day for adults”

Help is at hand for nervous patients

regularly for many years but were always very nervous. The results were

Reiki! But that’s a holistic therapy

truly amazing and the patient, feeling

isn’t it? You wouldn’t expect to find

very relaxed after the Reiki, happily

that in a dental practice would you?

completed their treatment without

Indeed it is a holistic therapy and Jo

the feelings of anxiety that they

explains why it is such an important

would have normally experienced.

and free service that they offer to

We were so pleased to be able to

their patients.

make their visit much more pleasant that we began to offer Reiki to all of

‘Our Reception Manager Jane Kelly

our patients including those new to

is a Reiki Master/Teacher and I am

the practice and it has pretty much

a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner.

snowballed from there. We are now

After seeing the benefits of Reiki

providing Reiki treatments regularly

not only in our own lives but to the

with some lovely testimonials from

people we treated Jane offered it

grateful patients’.

to one of our longstanding patients. They had been coming to see us

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Reach For The Stars! Support helps students reach their potential Feeling supported, safe and happy during your time at college is key to helping you reach your full potential and achieve your goals. Carmel has invested a great deal of thought, commitment and resources into providing a comprehensive programme of support and personal development for every student ensuring they achieve their very best both academically and personally. So what support does Carmel offer? All students have a Personal Tutor who they meet with every week. They monitor their students’ academic and personal progress and provide them with guidance and support. The Personal Tutors are also the link between college and home. Study Support including help with coursework, planning and time management, revision, essay and report writing; skills that will also be useful after college at university and work. Careers Guidance helps all students make informed decisions about progression routes after Carmel. Guidance is tailored to individual 42

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needs and aspirations and therefore covers a wide range of options including university, apprenticeships, job seekers, further study as well as volunteering and taking a gap year. The High Achievers programme supports the most able students with additional teaching, activities and events to enable them to reach their potential. The Learning Support Team work with individual students across the college. They are experienced in helping students with a wide range of disabilities and support needs.

The Student Services Team provide a wide range of help, advice and information from exams and finance to IT services and travel information.

“I can see immediate ly what makes this college so special. Not only is it focused on achieving the highest educational standards, but also on the deve lopment of the whole person. It is a strong, thriving community wh ere students and staff enjoy learn ing and the determination to succeed is palpable.” Christine Gilbert, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector

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FEEDBACK “Carmel gives you the opportunity to achieve anything. The support from teachers can make a real difference to your work which gives you confidence especially during exam time.” Rachel Evans, Broughton Hall High School “Carmel has a diverse and challenging atmosphere which gives you the opportunity to reach your full potential. The teachers are knowledgeable, encouraging and inspiring, meeting the individual needs of each student.” Keanu Court, Newton-le-Willows Community High School

Financial Support for Students

A Helping Hand

Taking Technology to New Heights As well as the fantastic support available to students from the team of dedicated staff, student life at Carmel is also enhanced by the use of technology. Students are kept informed through the information screens around college and each student also has a college email address and access to the college’s intranet site. Carmel also supports students’ learning by providing outstanding facilities. During the last 3 years the college has invested over £22M in a brand new, technology-rich learning environment. Buildings are wi-fi enabled allowing internet access across the college campus. Every teaching room has an interactive whiteboard. There are student workbases

and ICT areas for students to use during their free time, as well as tutorial rooms with space for individual student advice and guidance.

Carmel’s IT facilities include: è 1000 Student PCs with internet access

è Colour printing and scanning facilities across campus

è 200 student laptops è 3 Apple Mac suites è 20 computer suites

over two years for Carmel College offers a Bursary Scheme of £1000 worth up to £212 per full time students and a 50% subsidy for a bus pass, financial support page on year! (subject to meeting certain criteria - visit the the website for more details

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Vive La France! Carmel Continues the 20th French

Carmel’s Good

Citizen LJMU’s Foundation for Citizenship recently held their Good Citizenship Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of young people in the North West. Established in 1997, the Good Citizenship Award scheme recognises the often overlooked contributions that young people from different cultures and communities make to society. Hosted by Professor, Lord David Alton of Liverpool and LJMU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill, the event was attended by the award winners, their tutors, families and


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friends. Carmel student Joseph Cashman won his award for being a very committed and active member of the Justice & Peace Group, helping to raise several thousand pounds for a variety of charities and raising awareness of the Fair Trade campaign, homelessness and other local and national issues. He is also an active member of the Student Council and his local youth club. Congratulations Joseph!

Exchange Celebrations Carmel recently embarked on the second leg of their 20th French Exchange with their partner school in La Roche-sur-Yon. To mark the occasion Principals from both colleges took part and special celebrations were held. The group were lucky enough to have glorious weather during their visit and everybody appreciated the wonderful hospitality shown to them. The students stayed with their partner families and attended lessons at the college. They also visited the local bakery for a hands-on workshop and took a trip to the historic town of La Rochelle and its Aquarium. Students also got the chance to see a film set in the local area at the cinema. A formal reception with the Mayor of the town took place where speeches were made in French by Carmel’s Principal, Rob Peacock and one of the students. A bilateral agreement

was also signed by both Principals to promote future ventures. On the last evening the students from Jean de Lattre held a music concert which even included a performance from Carmel Principal, Rob Peacock and French Tutor, Frank Park! Another highly successful exchange concluded, but planning has already started for the exchange in 2013!

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Champion Swimmer Shines As Torchbearer Lower sixth student Alex Dunk took pride of place in the Olympic Torch Relay route on Friday 1st June. He carried the torch through Knotty Ash, near Alder Hey Hospital in the prestigious event. Alex, who came to Carmel from Rainhill High School, is currently part of the ‘England Talent Programme’ after becoming the North West Swimming Champion

at the 200, 400 and 1500m for the last few years. He trains 11 times a week and is currently 2nd in the UK in the 200m freestyle. He has the National and European Junior Championships fast approaching. His aim is to represent Team GB at the Commonwealth Games in Germany in 2014 and the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Keep up the magnificent work Alex!


Celebrations Inspirational Student Carries Torch in Cheshire Amie Kilkenny, who came to Carmel from The Heath school in Runcorn ran a mile with the Olympic torch through Macclesfield on Thursday 31st May. Amie is studying AS Levels in French, Maths, Chemistry and Biology and hopes to read Medicine at Cambridge University when she leaves college. But Amie has not had things all her own way in recent years. While she was studying for her GCSEs she was diagnosed with a serious abdominal condition which required a major operation and she has spent the last few years in and out of hospital. Next summer Amie, who is also a fully trained health care assistant at Aintree University Hospital, is hoping to spend six weeks helping povertystricken communities in Cambodia and

Vietnam as part of Carmel’s Enrichment Programme. To raise money for the trip she is taking part in the Manchester 100 mile bike ride this September. But true to her luck in recent times, her bike was stolen so she is also raising funds for a replacement, and looking for sponsors to help her reach her goal of raising £4,000. Amie’s mum Sue said: “Amie is an inspiration and fully deserves the accolade of carrying the Olympic torch. She feels honoured to be representing Runcorn. She has never let illness or any other personal problems get in the way of achieving her goals and she will be truly grateful to anyone who can help with donations for her expedition.”

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For many parents, the buzz-words and complicated jargon of todays education scene represent a mind boggling array of acronyms and abbreviations that are almost impossible to understand. Here, the team from Carmel College help us unravel some of the most common expressions used in the world of education…

Z A to



AS & A–Levels

Catchment Area


AS Levels (Lower Sixth year) are usually

The area from which a school traditionally

Further Education is education beyond

studied in 4 subjects and are worth half an

draws the majority of its pupils. It does

GCSE usually for students between the

A Level (Upper Sixth year).

not, however, take precedence over the

ages of 16 –18.

B – Tec Business & Technology Education Council is

published admission criteria for allocating places when schools are over- subscribed.

Basic secondary education for students

an independent body providing nationally


recognised work-orientated qualifications

A learning disability of which the main

which are an alternative to GCSE and A

manifestation is difficulty with reading and




Higher National Diploma is a vocational

aged 11 – 16 years of age.

Essential Skills

first 2 years of a 3 year degree course.

International Baccalaureate

Skills Agency

Mostly known in the UK as a sixth form

categorise as skills

course which students can study instead

for life – numeracy

of A-Level. Students choose 6 subjects

and literacy;

including Maths, English and a Foreign

reading, writing

Language, 3 at standard and 3 at

and arithmetic

advanced level.

(The 3 R’s)

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qualification, roughly equivalent to the

what the Basic

Essential skills are



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Joint Advisory Committee for Qualification

Office for Standards in Education - this

The organisation that handles most UK

Approval -This organisation advises

organisation’s aim is to improve standards

university applications

the Secretary of State about which

in schools. Inspections take place every

qualification are eligible for public funding.

6 years and the inspections cover 4 main

Vocational Courses

things; the quality of education in schools

Work related qualifications that prepare

and colleges, the educational standards

students for employment in a specific

provided, how finances are managed

trade, occupation or vocation.

Key Stages Curriculum areas for students from day

and the spiritual, moral and cultural

one of school through to the start of GCSE

development of students.


Key Stage l Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4

Learning Support Assistant Often known as Learning Support Practitioner or Teaching Assistant, this is a widely used job title for those providing inschool or college support for students.

Modular Some courses are divided into modules and students are required to pass a

Performance Tables


Published annually,these records

Work based learning programmes enable

document the performance of all schools

students to study around work.

and colleges in national tests.


number of these modules to successfully


complete their course. Modules can be

Qualification and Curriculum Development

developed by Oxford University Press to

compulsory or optional.

Agency leads development in the

help encourage boys to read.

curriculum and assessments


Project X is a reading programme

Year l - 13

National Curriculum

First class in Primary school for children

go from year l - ll. Years l2 and 13 are the

Originally developed by Margaret

aged between 4 and 5.

equivalent to lower and upper sixth

to ensure every child would be taught



the ‘basics’ with regular tests to monitor

Standard Attainment Tests in English, Maths

The Zone of Proximal Development was

progress. Over time it grew to include

and Science for Key Stage 2 and 3.

developed by psychologist Lev Vygotsky.

Thatcher, the concept was developed

l0 core subjects and now maps every student’s curriculum from day one to the


start of their GCSE years.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language -

School starts with reception, then pupils

Essentially,it is the gap between what the learner already knows and what they could learn with help / support.

this qualification allows the holder to teach English in the UK and abroad.

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Great reasons to choose Carmel These are just some of the reasons why so many people choose carmel Top Results & Exam Success 2011 A Level pass rate of 99.3% In the top 5% of schools and colleges nationally* (ALPS) Outstanding Support for Students Carmel provides a comprehensive programme of support and personal development for every student. Highly Qualified Teachers Students are taught in an atmosphere of mutual respect by our dedicated, enthusiastic and highly qualified teachers. Wide Choice of Courses Over 50 subjects/courses on offer. Choose from AS Levels, A2 Levels, Applied A Levels, BTECs, GCSEs and Foundation Learning. First Class Facilities £22M of investment has transformed Carmel’s campus into a truly inspiring place of learning.


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Reputation for Quality Carmel has Beacon Status for outstanding performance. The last Ofsted Inspection rated Carmel as “Outstanding in all aspects of its provision.”

Friendly, Welcoming Atmosphere On Open Evenings, many prospective students and parents comment on the ‘friendly and helpful staff’ and the warm welcome that is extended to everyone.

Excellent Sports Facilities Sports hall, multi-gym, rugby and football pitches plus two new floodlit 3G astroturf pitches.

Caring, Christian Community Carmel is a Catholic college where mutual respect and care for the individual lie at the heart of college life.

Spacious, Modern Student Facilities Student work areas, ICT areas and tutorial rooms. Library & Study Centre. Modern refreshment facilities in the Restaurant and Café. Exciting Student Life A varied Enrichment Programme will enable you to choose from over 60 extra-curricular activities from Sports, Music, Drama, Young Enterprise, the Student Council and many more.

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h At Holy Spirit, with Christ as our inspiration, our love of one another, love of learning and love of life itself We will soar to new heights.

 A loving, nurturing Christian community

 Warm and welcoming  Happy, friendly children who are excellent ambassadors for our school  Staff and governors with high aspirations for all our children  Children’s work and achievements valued and celebrated  A rich, creative and exciting curriculum

 Strong emphasis on Maths and

English in order for our children to achieve economic wellbeing

 High expectations of behaviour and conduct  Excellent pastoral support for families  Safe and secure learning environment  Wide range of extra curricular activities, including residential outdoor adventure visits

 Music tuition (brass instruments)

 Friends of Holy Spirit parent/staff group  Family learning courses  Sacramental preparation through our links with parish  Brand new purpose built foundation base  High quality, modern resources  School Council  Well equipped ICT Suite & Library

 Breakfast and Homework clubs Brunswick Street, St Helens Merseyside WA9 2JE 01744 678670 Head Teacher: Mrs. K Barlow

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News, views and reviews from the students of The Sutton Academy....

Building... For A Better Future As the exciting new developments at The Sutton Academy start to take shape, we catch up with the Principal, Dave Terry and find out what is in store for students, staff and the wider community across Sutton and beyond...


For Us...

We are delighted to have been

The whole academy learning

awarded the funds to undertake

environment will be improved and

a major redevelopment of the

community use facilities enhanced.

current academy site and can

The ‘new’ Sutton Academy will

now announce that construction

become a centre of excellence for

of the new building and learning

learning and particularly teacher

facilities along with landscape

training and education with our

improvements are already well

sponsors St Helens College and


Edge Hill University. The building

The whole academy community

phase is due for completion

New Facilities To Include:

will benefit from a ‘state of the art’

in June 2013 with all staff and

• Student Learning Plazas

new two storey frontage, learning

students working together to ensure

• State-of-the-art Maths, Science and English areas

plaza spaces to develop English,

continuity of success

• Purpose built Dance and Drama studio

Mathematics and Science, an

throughout the programme.

• Dedicated Year 7 ’Nurture Base’ Wing

The key driver behind this significant project is to create a superb learning environment for our students, encompassing an impressive combination of enhanced facilities, communal spaces and leisure areas. By harnessing the very latest, state-of-the-art technology, students will benefit from one of the most advanced learning environments in the region.

outstanding Dance Studio and

• Enhanced sporting facilities

new ICT systems across all classes.

• Leading-edge IT provision across the site

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Girl Power!

All Girl Academy Rock Band Reach New Heights! On the 11th May, our superstar

Sadly, the band’s bass player, Amy,

girl band, Tears Of Grace went

was unable to go to the recording

to Electric Mayhem Studios in

studio with the rest of the band.

Nottingham, to record two original

At the studio, Jess set up the drum

songs after winning a school

kit, and the band was introduced


to the producer, who has previously

The Band’s founder, Jessica Allerton,

worked with artists such as Dave

plays the drums and wrote the

Grohl and Ed Sheeran.

band’s second original song,

After a lovely dinner, the band and

‘Stopping Time’.

producer started to record the

Lauren Thompson and Melissa Lucas

songs, producing two amazing and

are the band’s singers; Melissa wrote

professional singles.

the band’s first song, ‘Going Crazy’.

The band had this to say, “It was a

Jodie Walker, who came up with

great experience, and we enjoyed

the band’s name and designed

every second of it. We’d love to

the logo, plays the guitar and

come again if we could, and we

sometimes sings. Danny Addison,

plan to come here when we go to

who also plays guitar, created an


epic guitar solo for ‘Stopping Time’.

Pensioners Kick Off the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

A group of local pensioners started the Royal celebrations in style at our special Diamond Jubilee party.

Young and Chloe Rigby. Following the quiz, all the guests enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch, which included a selection of pizzas kindly supplied by Domino Pizza and a wonderful array of tempting cakes baked by Ms Highet, Ms Tate

Guests were greeted by students

and Mr Huey’s cookery classes.

from Year 7 and shown into the Arts

It was ‘eyes down’ next as our

Centre which had been decorated

guests competed in a game of

with Union Jack bunting and flags,

bingo. With fab prizes such as a

the tables were also themed with

hamper of top British produce on

Union Jack cups, napkins and

offer, the atmosphere was tense,

table decorations to help create

but everyone had a great time.

a real street party atmosphere. An

All prizes for both the bingo and

impressive display of student’s work

raffle were donated by members

relating to the Diamond Jubilee

of staff and Renaissance Skincare

was also on display.

& Beauty. The party finished with a

The guests were shown to tables

rousing sing song of ‘Land of Hope

and provided with drinks before

and Glory’, ‘Rule Britannia’, and the

Mr Edwards opened proceedings

National Anthem. At the end of the

with a monologue about the

party all guests received a painted

Battle of Hastings, which was very

glass, which had been created

well received. The first prize of the

by Year 10 students and a picture

afternoon, a box of chocolates was

frame with their photograph as a

won by the winner of the Diamond

memento of the day.

Jubilee quiz which was prepared and presented by Year 10 girls Lucy

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ormk Review BookBWoo Brought to you once again by Mr Cunningham, Learning Director for ICT at The Sutton Academy

Logos Quiz Game (Publisher: AticoD) It’s amazing how a simple dash of colour, a silhouette or even a single letter can instantly make you think about a brand. As savvy consumers, we all know which company has the big yellow letter M (known in the corporate world as the Golden Arches), but how often do we stop to ponder how this association occurs? Well, it was certainly not done by accident or chance. Indeed, corporate branding is big business, with companies vying against each other to sponsor everything from popular sporting events to classical concerts. It is no real surprise then that AticoD’s highly addictive Logos Quiz Game aims to test your brand awareness as it presents an array of recognisable company logos; but only once they have removed any context that may help you to actually identify these everyday brands. At first, this appears a fairly easy task; simply click on a logo and type in the corresponding details. But then, like a shadow creeping across a clear blue sky, things suddenly don’t seem so ideal. If my experience is anything to go by, you will quickly become fustrated staring at symbols that you really should know. Oh sure, you could choose to share the screen with friends and colleagues, but surely no self-respecting brand-aware shopper should need to seek help. Well let me tell you, when it comes to this quiz, seeking help may be the only sure way of maintaining your sanity. The quiz does offer players a 3 hint system, but I often found them to be too obscure to offer any useful insight into the identification of the logo. Resorting instead to share the screen with my wife who, despite delving into her years of shopping expertise, quickly grew to share my frustrations as these oh-so-nearly recognisable logos sat teasingly on the screen before us. Appealing to young and old alike, this simple, multi-level game has already proven itself to have a winning formula. However, having an American developer has meant that some logos may not be as familiar over this side of the Atlantic.

John Green Sit back and enjoy another fabulous review from Lydia Patterson.... The most recent offering from best-selling author John Green will not disappoint fans of his previous books (such as the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Looking For Alaska, and the Corine Literature Prize/Edgar Award-winning Paper Towns). The book takes its title from the line, “the fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars but in ourselves”, from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar; the idea of destiny and the human condition is explored in The Fault In Our Stars. Green gives exceptional wit and depth to the charming protagonist Hazel Grace Lancaster, whose advanced thyroid/lung cancer is held at bay by a miracle drug. At a support group for victims of cancer, Hazel meets the charismatic Augustus Waters, and between the two romance blossoms... even in the face of approaching tragedy. There is no doubt that the characters of Hazel and Augustus and their story will win your heart and then break it, but such is the beauty of Green’s work that you will consider it a privilege. Much like The Great Gatsby, as reviewed in the last edition, The Fault In Our Stars is full of carefully-crafted metaphors. These give us wonderful insight into the fragility of life and our ideas about heroism, death, and leaving a mark on the world, as well as exploring the interpretation of a book by its readers and the ability of characters to live outside of it. The New York Times accurately summarised the book as being, “a blend of melancholy, sweet, philosophical and

My advice:

funny”; the characters will stay with you long after you

When playing this game drink plenty of juice

posed throughout.

and have the Paracetamol on stand-by!

Out now: Available on Apple and Android.

Cost: The game is free from both the Apple Store and Android Marketplace. 52

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Heads Up In this edition ou r editor catches up with the highly respected Principal at The Sutton Acade my. With exciting building works in progress a nd strong results a nticipated for later this yea r, there is a lot to talk a bout! So Dave, what first attracted you to teaching? Well I came from a very working class family in Manchester, and nobody in my family had ever gone on to university, so it was quite a big thing. I think the main reason behind my choice was the influence of some of the outstanding teachers I came into contact with at school. I actually failed my 11+ and ended up going to the local secondary modern, but was really encouraged to pursue my academic dreams rather than go down the technical route. I think it was the impact of these teachers, their encouragement and support that really changed my views on education and made me want to pass on my knowledge to the next generation – keep it going if you like.

Tell us about your first teaching role. It was at a school in Chattham in Kent. I had studied for a degree in English and Philosophy in Lancaster, so the move to

Kent was quite a departure and the school was in a pretty challenging area. I taught English and Drama, and it was quite hard to engage the students initially – until they found out about my party piece! Yes, I have to admit I did a pretty mean impression of Rick Astley – so much so I won the school talent contest and even featured on a kid’s Saturday morning show!

Well Mr Terry – we all love a bit of Rick. Any plans to revive this? Erm, no, I don’t think so!

It sounds as though teaching has been your true vocation, but what else would you have done? Only one choice really..I would have had to have played football for Manchester United – nothing else would have come close!

Quick Fire Five... Hot Holiday or Cold? Beach, no distractions and good book! Great Film or Good Book: Can’t chose! Love both! Late Night / Lie In: Well I’m an early bird (5am every day) , so late night I guess Favourite Food: Great British classics – Fish and Chips

I know it might seem like a pipe dream, but I was pretty handy when I was younger and I’m still obsessed with the great game today!

What makes Sutton Academy so special? I think it is the huge collaborative spirit we have here. The students and staff are great and we are part of an amazing community. With the new build on target to be completed around this time next year, we are full steam ahead to making this inclusive approach to achievement even greater.

So, for you, what makes a good leader? I think you have to have inner confidence in your ability, make definitive decisions and see them through, especially if it is for the greater good. I try and empower the people I work with, and praise and motivate them wherever possible. Most of all though, you must lead by example.

What do you do for fun? My family keep me pretty busy (3 daughters!!!) but , yes, you guessed it, football. If I’m not watching I’m playing! I still play competitively at 48 which I think is a great lesson – if you still love something, don’t stop!

Tha nks Mr Terry!

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DofE Adventures



In this edition we follow the progress of our intrepid students working hard for their Duke of Edinburgh Awards...

What’s It All About??

expedition season for D of E at Rainford

staff have given up an hour a week to

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

High. Almost every weekend it sees a

train a total of 23 groups at Bronze during

challenges young people aged 14 to

group of young people and volunteers

a 15 week course. Many volunteers

25 throughout the world to serve others,

set out on an expedition regardless of the

and parent helpers have given up

acquire new skills, experience adventure

weather! The Duke of Edinburgh Award

numerous weekends so the Day Walks and

and make new friends. Each award should

Scheme is a wonderful opportunity to

Expeditions can take place.

add purpose and pleasure to a young

develop vital skills for life and many of our

Over one hundred Year 10 students are

person’s life. Their achievements are widely

students have grasped that opportunity

currently taking part in the Bronze Award

recognised in education and employment.

from Years 10 to 13. Rainford is one of

and one student recently described her

Students may enter at Bronze, Silver and

the largest centres for D of E nationally;

experiences, on her return from North

Gold levels, usually from Year 10 and

a tribute to our students’ willingness to

Wales as;

upwards. As well as the time devoted to

engage with this challenging award.

‘D of E has been a fantastic experience

the scheme in the curriculum, participants

We can only provide this extra curricular

so far; the team work, challenges and

must also complete many elements in their

opportunity for such large numbers of

opportunities to learn. Some experiences

own time. Commitment is vital.

students because of the invaluable help

you hold in your heart forever – for me this

Team Rainford

and support provided by a small team

is one.’

We are now in the middle of the

of dedicated staff and volunteers. Ten

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An Expedition To Denbighshire.....


Mr Halewood - Bronze D of E Leader In early May a group of Year 10

group of polite young people!

students completed their practise

This Expedition is a real challenge

expedition to the Vale of Clwyd in

for our students, not only with the

North Wales.

distance they have to cover as well

With 45 students, this was the largest

as navigating without assistance

group we have ever taken away,

but also with having to carry a

they were fantastic. Their standard

heavy expedition rucksack. There

of navigation and timing were good

was the odd blister but they coped

and I was impressed with how well

amazingly well.

they conducted themselves. I don’t

The groups involved this weekend

sat an ‘A’ level exam, now 50 years later we are asking

think I’ve ever had a weekend

were a real credit to the staff, their

for any former students to get in touch to tell their story.

Expedition with so many mature,

parents and the School as well as the

impeccably polite and well behaved

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

students. In one of the villages we

These weekends take an incredible

walked through, someone asked one

amount of organising and could

of the members of staff if the children

not take place without staff and

they had seen ‘belonged to them’

volunteers giving up the whole of

- they were only asking in order to

their weekend

mention how they were such a nice


To our new Head Teacher Mr IanYoung...



Get in Contact... It was 1962 when Rainford High’s first Sixth Form student

We would like to record stories from each decade to feature in our prospectus and website.

If you studied at Rainford Sixth Form between 1962 YEARS 2012 and have a story to tell please get in contact…


T: 01744 885914 E: Rainford College The Sixth Form, Higher Lane, Rainford, St.Helens WA11 8NY

We are delighted to announce

“The school has a solid

months and years but I am

the appointment of our brand

foundation of committed staff

confident the school will become

new Head Mr Ian Young.

and amazing young people and

an outstanding institution that will

Speaking of his appointment Mr

I look forward to ensuring that

benefit the staff, students and

Young said:

the standards in the school reach


“I am delighted to have the

the highest possible levels of

“I look forward to working with

opportunity to lead Rainford

attainment and achievement.”

everyone to take Rainford High

forward at this exciting point in

“I am sure there will be a number

School to outstanding and

the school’s development.”

of challenges in the coming


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Grand Designs @ Rainford!


As many of you have probably noticed, we have been surrounded by building activity on site for some time.

Our exciting new build and

Collaborative learning it at the

refurbishment scheme represents

core of all we do, and our new

exciting new times here at Rainford,

spaces allow us to push the learning

and as students, staff and the wider

boundaries beyond the traditional

community start to see the changes

helping enthuse and inspire students

come to life, we are all looking

and staff and indeed, our whole

forward to embracing our stunning

school community...

new environment and everything it has on offer...

Space to Grow With a brand new dining


Snap-shot of Our Progress

experience, contemporary social

From stunning new teaching, social

areas and a teaching and learning

and community spaces to state-

environment that really does has the

of-the-art technology and ground-

WOW factor. Students can expect a

breaking learning spaces, our new

21st Century experience across the

build literally does have it all.

whole of their school life.

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MATHS, ENGLISH, ME DIA & GEOGRAPHY Super-stylish new cla ssroom suites along wit h more space for alternative learnin g activities and breako ut areas ideal for group activi ties SCIENCE AND TECHN OLOGY Dynamic new learnin g spaces driven by tec hnology – helping bring science and technology to life in real time. MUSIC & DRAMA Brand new theatre, amphitheatre and out door performance area, plus recital, recording and practice rooms – helping devel op the stars of the futu re! SPORT A brand new state-ofthe-art sports hall, imp roved hard court and re-vampe d playing fields. MODERN LANGUAG ES Brand new learning suites and access to the very latest language technolog y helping students co mpete in the global economy. SIXTH FORM Purpose built, state-ofthe-art Sixth Form bui lding taking further education at Rainford to a whole new level. DINE IN STYLE New contemporary dining hall with cashle ss payment system and relaxing outdoor dining space for when the sun shines!

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CELEBRATION DAY TO REMEMBER Children at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School enjoyed a day of celebration in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Pupils were cordially invited to join in the splendid festivities and were asked to wear red, white and blue or come as a king or queen themselves! During lunch-break, the children celebrated with a street party themed lunch. The children enjoyed a selection of classic British party foods, including sandwiches, wraps, sausage rolls and crisps with lashings of ice-cream for afters. Special lessons were taught throughout the special themed day helping to bring the significance of the Queen’s legacy

to life. Special dance and music were held, with children enjoying some classic British hits from across the ages. In the afternoon, children enjoyed hands-on activities such as making crowns, creating heraldic shields with their own jubilee emblem, making souvenir pom-pom key rings and much more. Finally, the school have also launched a unique competition to plan and design the contents of a special jubilee time capsule. Watch this space for more details! Head teacher, Paul Allen, notes, “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We want to bring learning to life, but most importantly, give children a memory they will never forget.”

Oak tree planting is triple celebration. Pupils at Legh Vale primary school in St.Helens have planted a Jubilee Oak Tree to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The planting also coincided with Royal Oak Day and the opening of the school’s new sustainable garden funded by Mersey Forest and St.Helens Council.

Pupils tend the new garden growing their own vegetables, learning how to make compost from recycled produce and the garden features its own water butt making it sustainable. The special day also included entertainment by pupils and also Chair of Governors, Dennis Marsh, plants the oak tree. sustainable rural crafts. Wood carving skills and entertainment provided by the pupils VIEW MAGAZINE Celebration Edition 2012


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ess Challenging minds, inspiring succ

All Things British

with St Theresas Catholic Primary School As we continue to celebrate the Queen’s 60thAnniversary, there has been a tangible feeling of celebration here at St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School: we are not merely celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but rather we are celebrating ‘All things British’. The photographs included in this article are a record of a day in the life of St. Theresa’s pupils on Friday 25th May 2012 celebrating all things British.

Long Live our noble Queen This is a very authentic model of Queen Elizabeth II which is situated in our history tunnel. The children were privileged to work under the direction of Trish Thompson a local artist, who has worked on various projects, which links art and the curriculum. In this topic the children worked on the history of the English Monarchy.

“It’s a celebration” As we finish this half term today for our Whit Holiday and we will not be in school to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, we are celebrating today: celebrating sixty amazing years and all that she has done for us and our country. Today as we celebrate all things British, we have left our uniforms at home and we are all wearing clothes of red, white and blue. Lunch time was especially exciting as Janet our School Cook prepared a special Street Party Lunch for the Jubilee.

Capital One Year 6 enjoyed a trip to London earlier this year whereby they celebrated in style…all things British and became more aware of important aspects of their heritage. Their trip included a tour of the Palace of Westminster, our School Councillors found this tour so helpful to them in their role as School Councillors and could not believe how similar the decision process in Government was to making decisions at School Council. Changing of the Guard and magnificent façade of Buckingham Palace and the breathtaking view down the Mall as the Horse Guards approached the Palace. The children also enjoyed a tour of the city taking in all the significant buildings celebrating all things British.

World War 2 This display depicts typical scenes from life at the time of World War 2 and the hard times that people endured for the right of their freedom. Again the children worked with Trish to create this very realistic scenario. The work undertaken around WW2 was followed up by trips to the Imperial War Museum and a peripatetic theatre group involved the children in WW2 workshops.


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A true hidden gem set within its own grounds in Victoria Park, many people are yet unaware of just what this exquisite venue has to offer. Our one-off venue with its walled gardens, ornate fountains and beautiful Orangery is a hub for local people andbusinesses to use as a special place to celebrate, meet, and even attend lifestyle classes.

Mansion House amber and black strip for the first time. The new kit for the Under 7s and Under 9s squads had been sponsored by the Mansion House, home to AgeUK Mid Mersey and its many services in support of the older populations of St Helens, Warrington and Halton. As the youngsters sported the new strip, Pilkingtons Recs Club Secretary Billy Dillon explained its importance to the teams. “It is something very special for each member of a side when they are all wearing the same colours. It makes them really feel like a team. It makes a big difference and you could see that the lads were absolutely over the moon with their new kit. We are very grateful for the sponsorship” The young squads train every Thursday at 5.30pm at Ruskin Drive and play on Sunday mornings, kick-off 10.30.

Mansion House sponsor brand new kit for Pilkington Recs It was a night of excitement for the youngest members of the Pilkingtons Recs Amateur Rugby League Club as they donned their brand new red,

Dino Moutsopoulos, Commercial Development Manager of The Mansion House, set amidst the leafy elegance of Victoria Park, St Helens, said: “It was good to be able to support the youngsters and to highlight the fact that the Mansion House is a superb function facility for every generation.”

Said Pilkingtons Recs Secretary Billy Dillon: “The Mansion House is fantastic. The parents who came to see the two sides in their new strip, were absolutely gob-smacked by what they saw inside the Mansion House. It made them realise that this is a facility for every function from kids parties to weddings.” Whatever your passion, there is sure to be a class or course to help you stay on top of your game!

Beer Festival – Big Hit! The Mansion House Beer Festival is now in its third year and going from strength to strength. Based in the newly refurbished Diamond Suite venue of The Mansion House, this years beer festival was bigger and better than ever before. With over 35 beers, lagers and ciders available the event was visited by over 1000 visitors sampling the best of British and world beers. Martin Malone, Partner at Canter Levin and Berg, this years headline sponsor commented, ‘ The event was absolutely spectacular. We had a great evening and our guests were very impressed with both the setting and the superb atmosphere. St Helens should be very proud.’ VIEW MAGAZINE Celebration Edition 2012


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Saint’ Andrew joins in rehearsals.

14TH JULY 2012 Fun for all the family!!

Saints player Andrew Dixon popped along to the Springfield Hotel in Thatto Heath on Monday to see for himself the exciting new Sing Along A Saints programme. He joined in rehearsals for a performance which will be taking place at the Warrington game in August.

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The initiative is a new partnership between Saints RLFC, St.Helens Council and Re:New and aims to make supporters’ chants the focal point of a new performance funded by the Arts Council of England. Delivered by the Citadel Arts Centre, ‘Sing Along a’

and much, much more!

Saints’ is open to all fans (over 18s only) and all they

* Refreshments available

have to do is attend rehearsals at the Springfield pub in Thatto Heath on Monday evenings between 6pm and 8pm. Said Andrew: “This project really gets to the heart of what it means to be a Saints fan – when we are playing at the fantastic new ground, we know when the fans

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are singing and cheering. This project really inspires people to develop new lyrics and songs for the fans ultimately helping us to usher in a new era of heritage in the new ground and I would urge anyone interested

is a fantastic project - which uses the power of the Saints brand

in helping to shape the songs sung at the ground and people

to get people involved in singing. St.Helens Rugby League Club

interested in creating a new legacy for a new era at the club to

are such an important part of the fabric and culture of this town

come on down on a Monday night.”

and ‘Sing Along a’ Saints’ is a unique way to express, capture

Councillor Barrie Grunewald, Deputy Leader and Cabinet

and display the passion which makes this town unique.”

Member for Urban Regeneration, Housing and Culture, said: “This

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Summer 2012 will be a ‘Time to Party’ – from the Queen’s

diamond Jubilee to the olympic Games, euro 2012 to Willowbrook hospice’s 15th Birthday – it’s all going on this year and we want you to celebrate with us. you decide how you want to party...tea party, street party, jewellery party, sports’s up to you. All we ask is that you try to raise as much money as you can to help us provide our specialist care to local people.

Join in and have fun! For more details on how you can get involved in our ‘Time to Party’ celebrations contact the Fundraising Team on 01744 453798.

Your Hospice needs you! Find us on Facebook by searching for ‘Willowbrook hospice’

registered charity number: 1020240

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Home Is Where The Hearth Is... There is no doubt that real fireplaces and wood-burners add a romatic focal point to the home, but did you know that many modern version can add real efficiencies to your heating options as well as boasting some pretty impressive green credentials. DeReve Stoves Fires Surrounds in Billinge are a family run stove installer company who take pride in offering a no-nonsense service with outstanding value for money. One of the most respected outlets in the region the team specialise in wood burning stove installation, flue installations, sales, spares, maintenance and repairs for residential customers who have purchased theirs appliances via eBay, internet stores or retail outlets including their own showroom. 62

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Paul is fully Land Rover trained which means your warranty is fully protected and service book stamped - all whilst saving you up to 40% on main dealer prices. As an added bonus, Paul has invested in the latest Land Rover technology, utilising in the SDD and T4 diagnostics systems so your vehicle receives the best possible treatment. There’s no fuss - just high quality, competitive, friendly service.

‘We get the job done and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.’ Their friendly team consists of experienced and fully qualified fitters who are HETAS Certified (official body recognised by the government to approve solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels and services), GAS safe registered(formally known as Corgi) & ICS Certified (Institute of Chimney Sweeps). Much, more than just a retail outlet the experts at DeReve, offer customers the best green products out there. Quality Where It Counts There is a real emphasis on quality here and the team only deal with leading and reliable manufacturers ensuring customers are 100% satisfied with the product before and after installation DeReve Stoves Fires Surrounds is the only place you’ll need to visit if you’re looking for classic, contemporary or traditional stoves, fires, fireplaces, accessories and installation service anywhere in the North West.

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In this edition, our local property expert Mark Gilbertson, updates us on local market news and gives vendors some top tips for marketing their properties online. Market News

Busy Year So Far

Considering the UK has officially entered its second year of recession, the St Helens are appears to be experiencing something of a Spring bounce. St Helens isn’t really as exposed to the full up’s and down’s of the market which is helping keep up a resoanable demand for property.

The first part of 2012 has been significantly busier than the same period last year. The greatest indicator of that is the growing numbers of new buyers we have registering. We have a fantastic stock of properties at the moment, covering a wide range of budgets, but demand is most definitely outstripping supply and we definitely need more!

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But is this shift to a more European attitude here to stay?

The Tenant Revolution is Here! We can all see that the economic climate in recent years has seen more and more people choosing to rent and the growth in the private rented sector has been pretty unprecedented.

If you look at the figures then yes, it most definitely is. Recent reports show that 17% of all British households are now in private rented accommodation and estimates show this could be over 20% by 2020.

Why? More and more people are embracing the continental model due to financial circumstances. Also, we are much more mobile as a workforce with the ‘job for life’ idea more a concept of the past.

So when is the best time to invest? Now! Our lettings office is seeing an unprecedented level of demand and most experienced landlords are looking to expand their portfolios There is a vast choice of Buy To Let mortgages out there – but beware interest rates will not stay favourable for long. If this is an area you are interested into looking into, call the office today for an informal discussion. Properly acquisition is our speciality and we will only be too happy to help.

How To Shine Online! Making your property stand out from the crowd on websites and portals can be tricky. The sheer size and complexity of the web can put many people off, but your agent should really be there to ensure you are getting your fair share of exposure to the right people, in the right way.

Online ‘Kerb Appeal’ Property websites work very much like search engines such as Google and Yahoo. You ask for a type of property and the website delivers a list of suitable responses. Here the likeness ends. Very few people look past the first page on a standard search engine, but on a property site, they will at least flick through the first few.

Making your property stand out amidst all the competition is YOUR AGENTS challenge. Some property websites have tools of their own to help Rightmove has premium listings for example, but at the end of the day it is really your agent who should keep you ahead of the game. Here at Mark Gilbertson we pride ourselves on going the extra mile when it comes to make our clients properties stand out. From fabulous photographs to quirky descriptions we work hard to make sure all our properties really do, STAND Out From The Crowd...

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7 Brotherhood Drive, WA9 3ZB £215,000

14 The Beeches, WA9 4SU £220,000

96 Dentons Green Lane, WA10 2QB £245,000

Forestry Commissioned! This lovely four bedroom modern detached house has all of the features you would expect, conservatory, utility room, en-suite shower room, but on top of all of this is the land it sits in. To the side is a fabulous area which is mainly lawned with a selection of trees. Being at the head of the culde-sac this just adds to the feeling of peace and quiet. The view from the lounge window is simply great. Be you a bird spotter or not you need to go spotting!

The Beeches is a lovely little development tucked away in Sutton Leach. This example of a four bedroom detached with a few extras. For starters there are two en-suite shower rooms in addition to the family bathroom. On the ground floor there is a nice amount of family accommodation with the expected utility room and ground floor cloak room. Of course the gardens are family size as well.

Hidden away on the corner! Set on a corner plot this four bedroom detached house has some real delights behind its walls. Staying outside for starters there is a great garden area to the rear which has been landscaped. Moving inside not only are there four bedrooms but a fantastic bathroom that really does have to be seen. Also on the “to be seen list” is the kitchen which is again fantastic, and it has a very nice seated area to one side. Come, don’t be shy, come find out these hidden delights!

24 Delph Hollow Way, WA9 5GP £229,995

17 Millfields, WA10 5NS £335,000

20 St Georges Avenue, WA10 6EX £225,000

Lots and lots to delight! With a modern detached house there are several features you would expect to find, with this five bedroom detached example you can go beyond expectation. The internal decor is both of a delightfully high standard and is very tasteful, the standard of fixture and fitting matches this, there are many many notable features, but the delightful kitchen and bathrooms are both worth viewing in their own right. All in all this is a delightful family home!

Just where do you start?, this double fronted three bedroom detached house has so many special features ... outside there is the carriage driveway, the very large lawned rear garden (and the odd fruit tree). Inside there are an abundance of rooms in which to hide the family, there is the great farmhouse kitchen, or the large conservatory with views across the garden. Yes there is lots to see, so make sure you give this one some special attention, it deserves it!

No growing pains here! This extended semi detached house has done all of the growing a family could wish for, with four bedrooms and the family requirement for two bathrooms as well as plenty of ground floor family space, you will be hard pressed to see what more this home could offer. Of particular mention are the stunning farmhouse style kitchen and the family size garden to the rear. Take the family along on the viewing so that they can start deciding who does what where!

56 Broadway, WA10 5DG £195,000

61 Ormskirk Road, WA11 8DQ £139,950

Ferndale, News Lane, WA11 8PQ £325,000

It goes on a bit! With three reception areas and a long kitchen this three bedroom semi detached house does have a lot of family accommodation. There are some twists as well, the extra room downstairs and the bathroom space upstairs. Nice gardens and a garage finish it off. Go on, have a look!

Character building! This lovely three bedroom semi detached house has some great character features. The kitchen and dining room to the rear have been refurbished over the years to create a great entertainment area with easy access to the garden. The three bedrooms are complemented by a loft room, so there is no shortage of space upstairs. And then add into the mix the proximity to the village centre, 10 minutes and you are to the shops and back with your paper!

A rural delight! Well that says it all, set in amongst farmers fields this detached house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms along with a some great family space on the ground floor. The gardens to both the front and rear are larger than the norm as well. Being rural doesn’t mean it is cut off though, the location does give easy access to both motorways and the local railway station. Great home, great location!

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Business The challenge starts on 29th June at Tynemouth and will hopefully be complete on Sunday 2nd July at Bowness on Solway.

Paul adds: “There are 21 of us from Longworth taking part and we have all been training most weekends for the last four months. This alone has involved lot of sacrifice,

Longworths build their stamina to take on Zoe’s Place Challenge

from all involved, but it was absolutely necessary given

St.Helens Council has scooped two regional awards at the Local Authority Building Control’s (LABC) Excellence Awards. The LABC Building Excellence

the magnitude of the task.

Awards recognise the importance

“We appreciate that times are

of building control in England and

tough, so we only ask that people

Wales in creating safe, accessible

The team at Chamber Members

give what they are happy with. Every

and sustainable buildings that are

Longworth Building Services Ltd, is

contribution is appreciated by us and

constructed to high standards.

taking time out of the day job in an

more importantly the Hospice and

This year’s finalists showcased how

effort to raise £15000 for Zoe’s Place

the people they care for.”

establishing close early working

Baby Hospice in Liverpool.

Zoe’s Place provides respite and

relationships between Building

To raise the money the group will

palliative care for young people

Control, architects and building

attempt to walk 90 miles in three

affected by life threatening or limiting

contractors can lead to better, safer

days, coast to coast from the

illness. Operating virtually without any

buildings with higher environmental

North Sea to the Irish Sea, generally

government or NHS funding, over

standards and more cost effective

following the route of Hadrian’s Wall.

£1.2 million is required to be raised


through fundraising activities such as

There were 14 different categories

these to keep the facility operational.

and therefore 14 winners within

walk says: “This is a huge challenge

To support Longworths to raise

the North West, there were also a

for us. We will be attempting to

their £15000 target and make their

number of projects that were highly

walk well over a marathon a day

foot pain, aching muscles and lost

commended due to the outstanding

for three consecutive days and the

weekends worthwhile, you can

calibre of work this year. All of the

route takes in the Northumbrian


finalists deserve recognition as being

Moors which is one of Britain’s most


the cream of the north west crop.

Longworth’s Managing Director Paul Smith, who will be taking part in the

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Council scoops two regional awards.

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St.Helens won the Best Large Housing Development for Newlands Grange

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and the Best Technical award for

employers is to start consulting

the transferee employer can take

Langtree Park.

employees as soon as it is clear that

another employer to tribunal.

Councillor Barrie Grunewald, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Urban Regeneration, Housing and Culture, said: “This is an excellent achievement. The awards promote the design and construction of safe, accessible, environmentally

a TUPE transfer is likely. It is no use leaving it to the last week prior to the transfer! An employment tribunal has the power to award up to 13 weeks pay to each employee who is entitled to transfer and who is not informed or consulted by their employer.

The message is clear, take legal advice, and take it early. TUPE is a minefield in which it is very easy to get your foot blown off if you don’t know what you are doing.

efficient buildings that comply with

It is also worth remembering

the Building Regulations. To be at

that the transferor employer, i.e.

the top of the game is tremendous

the employer who is losing the

New plans on Tesco site.

and a tribute to the hard work and

employees, is under a duty to

The former Tesco site on the linkway

dedication of our staff.”

provide the transferee employer,

in St.Helens town centre is to be refurbished and site owners Tesco are negotiating with another

Do you know your responsibilities under TUPE?

company to open on the site. Since the store closed to make way for its new superstore next to Langtree Park St.Helens Council has been running the car park as a pay on exit facility.

John Booth of Canter Levin and

Due to the new development the

Berg Solicitors, takes us through

council will now cease operating

the minefield of TUPE regulations...

the site with the last day of opening

Although the effect of the Transfer

i.e. the one who is receiving the

on June 9. It has proved popular

of Undertakings (Protection of

employees, with “employee liability

with both shoppers and rugby

Employment) Regulations 2006 is

information”, which, in broad

fans. But the council stress there

generally understood by many

terms means the basic terms of

is adequate parking in the town

employers, my experience is that

their employees’ contracts of

centre to cater for the demand.

employers are not taking advice

employment, plus details of any

about potential TUPE transfers soon

disciplinaries, grievances or tribunal/

enough. They are then getting into

court actions which are ongoing or

difficulties when they do not inform

which occurred within the two years

employees about forthcoming

prior to the transfer. If the transfer

transfers and/or do not consult them

or employer fails to do this and the

about the transfer and any resulting

transferee employee suffers loss as a

changes in terms and conditions

result, it is one of the rare situations

sufficiently early. My advice to

in which an employer (in this case

Councillor Barrie Grunewald, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Urban Regeneration, Housing and Culture said: “I am delighted that the site will be brought back into retail use. It is in a key position for town centre trading and this news is a welcome boost.” VIEW MAGAZINE Celebration Edition 2012


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Flooring For Life Step into style and let the team at Clock Face and Rainhill Village Carpets transform your home. Family run and with over 50 years experience, chose from a stunning range of quality laminates , vinyl flooring, tiles and carpets – and with options to suit every style and budget, you’re sure to find the perfect look for your pad.

CLOCK FACE CARPETS 401 CLOCK FACE ROAD, CLOCK FACE, WA9 4QL 01744 814295 / 07768586338 OPEN MON-TO FRI 9.30-5.00 SAT 10.00-4.00 CLOSED WED

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Law firm set to support vital work of road safety charity Canter, Levin & Berg Solicitors, based in Liverpool, has launched a new partnership with Brake, the national road safety charity. Brake, based in Huddersfield, works to prevent the five deaths and 65 serious injuries that happen every day on UK roads. Canter, Levin and Berg Solicitors cares passionately about preventing road crashes and provides legal support for road crash victims. The Liverpool law firm has donated more than £5,750 to fund Brake’s vital work saving lives and supporting people who have been bereaved or injured by a road crash. Young people between the ages of

17 and 24 are the most at risk group on the UK’s roads. Canter, Levin & Berg, with the support of Brake, will work with local schools to deliver life-saving road safety messages to Liverpool’s young people. Richard Coteau, Corporate Fundraiser at Brake, says, “Brake is delighted that Canter, Levin & Berg Solicitors has committed to supporting the charity, and to raising awareness about road safety in our local community. I applaud their dedication to educating local young people to keep them safe on the road. Their efforts are a fantastic example of how companies can get involved to

A Great British Charity As well as working to make our roads safer for everyone, Brake is the national provider of support for families affected by road crashes, offering a helpline (0845 603 8570) and care literature. Go to for more information.

& A Great British Firm

improve road safety and Brake looks forward to a long-lasting partnership with Canter, Levin & Berg.” Ian Fitzpatrick, Head of Road Traffic Accident Department said “Canter Levin & Berg is totally committed to helping victims of road traffic crashes and is delighted to support the invaluable work which Brake carries out with victims and their families, helping them through what is a very traumatic time. We are therefore proud to be Brake’s Corporate Sponsors in the Liverpool region”

Safety in Schools

Schools in the Liv

erpool area can sign up now to receive a fre e road safety pr es entation from a Canter, Le vin and Berg repr es entative by contacting th eir team on 0151 23 9 1000 or visit them online at www.canter-la

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Celebration Edition | ENTERTAINMENT

Park Life

Serious Sport…Serious Fun Its all going on at Haydock Park this season....from world-class horse racing, exhibitions and show-stopping music events, the schedule is jam-packed with fabulous fun events for all the family....

5, 6, 7, 8....It’s Steps! We are thrilled to announce that ‘come-

in 2011 and the love for Steps is still as big as

back’ kings and queens STEPS will be

ever. Their 4 part Sky Documentary “Steps

performing LIVE on stage after a fantastic

Reunion” has had the highest viewing figures

evening of first-class flat racing.

of any Sky show this year. Their Ultimate

This year not only marks the 10th year since their infamous split, but also celebrates the reunion and announcement of a UK arena tour of pop phenomenon Steps. The band

Collection flew straight to number one in the official album charts and the tickets to their National Tour sold over 80000 before they even went on sale.

who sung their way to success in the ‘90s soon became a household name as their dance routines & catchy lyrics captured the hearts of fans all around the world. In 2001 the Group decided to part ways,

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however ten years later, they have reunited

Thu 14th Jun 18:50 - 21:20 Sat 23rd Jun 18:50 - 21:20

Mid-Week Evening Racing Ladies’ Evening (The Christies Charity Raceday)

Fri 6th Jul 18:45 - 21:15 Sat 7th Jul 14:15 - 17:30 Fri 20th Jul 14:30 - 17:25 Sat 21st Jul 18:30 - 21:00

Music Evening - MADNESS bet365 Old Newton Cup/Lancashire Oaks Mid-Week Raceday Music Evening Racing - STEPS!

SPORT | Celebration Edition

Music Madness!

New Bus Service

for 2012

If you have recovered from the

Frontman Suggs and his fellow band

Noah and the Whale gig at the end

mates Chas Smash, Barzo, Chrissy

of April then don your trilby’s and

Boy, Thommo and Woody will be

join the gang for a fantastic evening

rocking the Park as the whole venue

A new ‘Peoplesbus’ Bus Service will start running from

of racing followed by the second

reverberates to pop classics such as

Liverpool City Centre to Haydock Park on racedays

LIVE Music Concert of 2012 with

One Step Beyond, Baggy Trousers

in 2012. The single decker bus service will use the pick

iconic pop band, Madness, playing

and It Must Be Love.

up stop on St Johns Lane (next to St Johns Gardens/St

LIVE after racing on Friday evening,

Georges Hall) and the bus stop opposite the Showcase

6th July 2012.

Cinema on the East Lancashire Road in Croxteth -

Book Now! Book Now! Book Now!

Music and horse racing fans alike are urged to book their places as soon as possible for what is confidently predicted to be a sell-out.!!!!

Entertain In Style Whether you are looking to

15-20 or larger suites with stunning

entertain your business clients,

panoramic views of the racecourse

enjoy a day out with friends or

accommodating up to 400 guests.

celebrate a special occasion, Haydock Park is the perfect location for your Hospitality Event.

the first race and Croxteth seventy minutes before and fares are £4.90 (single) and £8.50 (return). The bus will depart from the Racecourse back to Liverpool fifteen minutes after the final race. For more details of Peoplesbus service visit their website or contact their customer service team on 0151 523 4010.

atmosphere from the comfort of our exclusive surroundings and with 33 racedays in 2012, we offer

to suit all budgets and occasions

an excellent choice of first-class

and are available for each

flat and jump fixtures, giving every

raceday from a range of three

opportunity to experience the

restaurants with tables catering

excitement of a day at the races!

private viewing boxes for parties of

registered to leave Liverpool ninety minutes before

Your guests can soak up the

Packages and facilities available

for between 2 and 20 guests to

Haydock bound, near the petrol station. The bus is

See the website for more details.

‘Racey’ Hen & Stag parties Go all sophisticated for your hen or stag....enjoy a day at the races, dress up, have a flutter and enjoy the amazing facilities, great food and of course...a glass of


fizz or two! Thu 9th Aug 14:10 - 17:10 Fri 10th Aug 17:50 - 20:30 Sat 11th Aug 13:45 - 17:05

Summer Family Fun Day (TRC Charity Raceday) Ladies’ Evening Rose of Lancaster Stakes Raceday

For More information go to:

Stag and Hen Packages are available from only £75.00 per person in 2012.

This offer is subject to availability and only available on selected dates, please call Sonia Whitfield on 01942 402 605 for further details.

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Spotlight On... Saints Special Shirt Launched in support of our heroes‌ Saints will take to the field against Hull KR on Friday 29th June 2012 in a special one-off Charity Kit in the colours of the Army Benevolent Fund. A cause close to many at

This replica of the player shirt is

the Club, we are looking to

a reversal of the Home shirt with

raise awareness of the ABF

the white and red swapped

Charity, and in particularly

around to give a red body with

acknowledge the fantastic

a white Vee. Available in Sizes

work done locally through their

XS to 4XL .

Ambassador Andy Reid. A donation from each shirt sold The replica shirt is available

will go to the Charity so don’t

in strictly limited quantities

delay and pre-order your shirt

in Adults, Ladies and Kids.

today to show your support and

Each shirt will be presented

wear it with pride on the night.

in a specially commissioned commemorative box

Delivery Information:--

containing Logos of the club

Shirts are due to land in store

and the Charity.

1 week prior to the match so please allow 2/3 working

Each shirt box will also contain a

days for delivery. Any residue

Certificate of authenticity.

stock not pre-ordered will be available in the Saints

The night of the game will also

Superstore once all

feature numerous link ups with

pre-orders have been

the Charity who will be our


Guests of Honour.

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WHATs ON AT SAINTS Boogie Nights! 30th June

Cheerleading Project Takes Off

COME and join us and boogie on down...with some fantastic entertainment at Langtree Park - Perfect for a night out, family gathering or hen/stag do....

70s and 80s night Boogie Nights

Saints community development foundation support Cheerleading initiatives throughout the area, as like Rugby League it’s a great form of exercise, teamwork and discipline. Youngsters at the primary school

important as a foundation

have been learning basic skills

we offer varied activities for

of cheerleading for ten weeks

children and cheerleading is

with coach Kerrie Brogen.

one that has really captured the

Recently mascot Boots called

imagination of the community.

into the school armed with Saints

Saints Community Development

Pompoms to join the fun.

Foundation will continue to

Kerrie said, “I’ve been really

work with schools in the region

impressed with the attitude of

to deliver elite cheerleading

the children, they’ve listened

coaching to ensure physical

from the start and learned

activity in the community.

the basics really quickly. It’s

The weekend of the 30th June is officially Armed Forces Weekend – join us in supporting our brave soldiers from across the forces. They deserve our support.

Arrival cocktail

2 course meal with coffee Boogie Nights DJ Prizes for best dressed/best dancer 7.30pm start £20.00 per person inclusive of VAT



(A) KO 8pm

29th June


(H) KO 8pm

4th July

England v Exiles #2

At the Galpharm

8th July


(A) KO 3pm

20th July


(A) KO 8pm

27th July


(H) KO 8pm

Player Spotlight PLAYERJON WILKIN A REAL ambassador for Rugby League, Jon was signed from Hull KR in the summer of 2002 and has become an important part of the first team. A great passer with quick feet, strong defence and vision, he has racked up 68 tries since his debut in 2003 and scored two tries in the 2006 Challenge


Cup Final at Twickenham... with a broken nose. Since then he has become a complete player - being able to combine defence with attack and a great kicking game too. Last season he probably displayed his best form to date and was an integral part of the England Four Nations

side and the one that faced the Exiles. Although he doesn’t like the term, Jon is media savvy, a great asset to the sport and will continue to be the face of Rugby League for the foreseeable future. 2012 is his Testimonial season – and we wish him all the best, well deserved! VIEW MAGAZINE Celebration Edition 2012


Celebration Edition | THEATRE

The Citadel is the no.1 venue for live music, arts and community events in St. Helens

Love Music? Love the Arts? Live The Citadel

This Summer It’s All About MUSIC and DRAMA... Helens premier live music and arts centre. With a

Have a ‘Wiz’ of a time!

host of superb events on the calendar, you can

Grab your ruby slippers and head off down the

take your pick from classic musical theatre , to live

Yellowbrick road for a night of classic nostalgia with the

music and specialist music nights.

winsome Dorothy and friends. Enjoy iconic numbers such

Things are really hotting up this summer at St

The acclaimed under 18’s band night, Overload is back with a vengeance and the centre’s very own ‘Hands On’ theatre group will take you ‘over

as ‘over The Rainbow’ and ‘We’re Off To See The Wizard’ in a heart warming version of everyone’s favourite musical brought to you by the Hands-On Theatre Group.

The Rainbow’ with their interpretation of the much

There’s No Place Like Home,

loved musical, The Wizard of Oz.

There’s No Place Like Home,

With fun for all the family, there has never been a

There’s No Place Like Home.....!

better time to soak up some live talent, right here on our doorstep.......

5th-6th July Wizard of Oz £5


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Don’t Miss!!

The Beat Saturday 30th June 8.00pm Formed in the working class suburbs of industrial Birmingham in England in 1978 The Beat arose at a time of high unemployment and social upheaval. From the outset the band offered messages of hope and peace with an insight into sociopolitical topics would later alongside The Specials see them heralded as forerunners of the whole 2-Tone Ska movement.

Up and coming Bands!!! Friday 13th July Doors Open 7.30

UNDER18’S ONLY!!!!! Be the first to see some of the best up and coming bands from across the region. Forget TV talent shows, this is the place to catch the real talent and have a great night out at the same time!



2 Tickets to a selected event!

16th June

The Doors Alive £12/£10

30th June

The Beat

5th-6th July Wizard of Oz 14th July


£16/£14 £5

Simply Email jemma@cherrytbs with your details to be in with a chance to win!!

Whole Lotta Led £12/£10

20th July



21st July

Rubber Neck

£5 for more information or call 01744 735436

Proudly spronsored by

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St Helens Rugby Club give their support to

Stars From X Factor Arriving at The Echo Arena Liverpool

Baby Shower at Thornton Hall, Wirral with Zoe from Cherry TBS

Haydock Race Day with Cherry TBS

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