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The Best Of St Helens

Autumn 2012

Homes Special

Inspirational Interiors Countryside Chic Get The Equestrian Look

Fabulous Features Shades of Autumn The Style File Xmas Party Guide

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Relax and enjoy the perfect home made lunch or indulge in a delicious ice cream, fabulous milkshake or take afternoon tea. A delightful selection of tempting cakes and rich coffees await you.

Toast is a home from home where our meals and snacks are freshly made from quality ingredients. Soak up the atmosphere in our vintage inspired interior or dine “al fresco” in our courtyard – the choice is yours!

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To our Homes Edition

Another season, another reason to get out and soak up the best of St Helens! Autumn is one of my favourite seasons – as the nights

Celebrate...The Magic of Christmas


draw in, fashion goes all snug and cosy, hair shades go darker and for me my usual tipple of white wine

With exquisite decorations, charming

becomes a spicy red.

gifts and unique home wares;

It’s a great time to get outdoors and enjoy a walk on

The Parlour simply IS Christmas.


a crisp Sunday afternoon before settling down to a satisfying roast or delicious seasonal casserole,. Our hedgerows are overflowing with goodies too at this time of year, so look out for abundant berries and more elusive sloe’s – they both make super jams! As ever, this edition is full of inspirational ideas for you, your home and your family; from some great interiors ideas to our annual Christmas Party Guide, so you should find something that is perfect for you. We have got all our usual school and community news too, so grab a nice glass of red and settle down and enjoy!



2 View Road, Rainhill, St Helens L35 OLQ Paula Brown, Editor

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Home Style



Christmas Party Guide

Yes guys, it is that time of year again when

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Every Smile Tells A Story

Or so the saying goes! If this is the case, then what do your photographs say about your smile?

family, planning show-stopping parties and generally getting all ‘festive’


Shades Of Autumn


Fashion With Passion


Cuthies News

In this edition we step inside the fashion


Press Gang

The exciting new developments at The Sutton

paradise that is the newly refurbished EB Couture in Prescot.


Inglenook Artisan Christmas


Equestrian Chic

In this edition Paula Allen from top interiors specialists The Parlour, shares her design secrets as we take a peek inside one of her most recent interior commissions.

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EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY! Yes guys, it is that time of year again when thoughts turn to meeting up with friends and family, planning show-stopping parties and generally getting all ‘festive’. To help you decide whether a traditional countryside Christmas or glamorous City centre bash is your thing, we have gathered together a selection of the finest seasonal offerings – but get your bookings in early, Santa never like s to disappoint!

Thistle What: 4 Star luxury hotel just a mile from Haydock Park. Set in beautiful landscaped gardens and designed around a stunning central courtyard, this contemporary Georgian mansion-style building offers a super-modern Christmas with real style. Why: You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to celebrating the festive season here. From traditional family lunches to full-on lively party nights, this place has something to suite everyone. Festive Feel: Dine in the beautifully decorated Beechers Restaurant or dance the night away in the stunning marquee or Racecourse Suite. Whatever your perfect party package you can be sure of excellent service and superb value for money here at one of the region’s top hotels. Don’t Miss: Why not combine your Christmas celebration with an overnight stay. Perfectly positioned for a Christmas Shopping break or for those of you in need of a festive de-stress opt for a chill out session in the gorgeous Optium Health Spa. Contact / Booking: Penny Lane Haydock, Merseyside, WA11 9SG Tel: 0871 376 9044





Afternoon Tea With Father Christmas! What: Afternoon Tea With Father Christmas! There is no better way to capture the excitement of this special time of year for little ones than by meeting Father Christmas! You can join him and Tilly the Elf at the towns most adorable café bar and bistro. Why? This is a unique opportunity to combine a delicious afternoon tea experience for your little ones with meeting the ‘man himself’. With festive stories, singing and great opportunities


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for photographs, this is an experience not to be missed. Festive Feel: With exquisite Christmas decorations, the beautiful candlelit courtyard and twinkling fairy lights everywhere, Christmas at Toast is just magical. Add to that the mouthwatering selection of delicious home-made cakes and of course the obligatory mulled-wine - means there is plenty to keep the grownup’s satisfied too! Don’t Miss: The indulgent hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows, winter spice tea or homemade sticky toffee cake, served warm with gingerbread ice cream - well it is Christmas! Contact / Booking: 149 Dentons Green Lane, St Helens WA10 6RG Tel: 01744 730 999

Unique and Intimate private dining with Toast What: Entertain family, friends or colleagues in real style with a bespoke private dining experience. Allow the charming surroundings of Toast to become ‘exclusively yours’ and take the stress out of seasonal entertaining with a fabulous selection of tempting menu’s. Why: Gorgeous surroundings, attentive staff, mouth-watering food and best of all, you can bring your own alcohol! All the best elements of a private dinner at a top restaurant perfectly combined! Festive Feel: From the gorgeous twinkly fairy lights to impressive candelabra, this place is really special. The fabulous vintage crockery and quirky décor add to the eclectic feel and the food is quite simply, outstanding. Choose from a mouthwatering selection of dishes, or create your own bespoke menu packed full of your personal favourites. Perfect! Don’t Miss: Why not theme your evening and make it one your guests will never forget. Lisa and the team are full of fabulous ideas,

are Dates nd a limited gs in book t subjec r st ictly ability il to ava

so allow them to inspire you! Contact / Booking: 149 Dentons Green Lane, St Helens WA10 6RG Tel: 01744 730 999




Houghwood Golf Club What: This super-stylish Golf Club is situated on the edge of the Lancashire plain with stunning views of the Welsh hills. Elegant surroundings, first class dining and superb surroundings make this place an ideal location for your festive feast. Why: The location makes this place really special. You and your guests can really ‘get away from it all’ and celebrate in style in the beautifully appointed clubhouse, surrounded by lush greens and the beautiful Lancashire countryside. There is plenty of choice too with everything from intimate seasonal lunches to full-on party extravaganzas on offer throughout the festive season. Festive Feel: Exquisite cuisine meets party central! Whatever you want from your Christmas party, these guys can deliver. The stunning seasonal menu’s boast everything from traditional favourite’s to mouth-watering modern classics and the entertainment is second to none. Don’t Miss: The fantastic value Festive Lunches. 3 Course mid-week indulgence from just £18.50 per head

Billinge Hill, Crank Rd, Crank, St Helens WA11 8RL Tel: 01744 894754

Re-Nu @ Inglenook Farm What: This wonderfully relaxing spa is housed in the delightful surroundings of Inglenook Farm. Nestled away in the eaves of the original farmhouse, this place oozes festive tranquility and is an ideal get-away for ‘stressed-out’ shoppers. Why: Imagine hosting a Christmas Pamper Party with a difference...great for a seasonal get-together with friends and family or a quirky twist on the office party, immerse yourself in total calm and relaxation at this exquisite little retreat. Festive Feel: Get away from it all and immerse yourself in an aromatic haven of peace and allow your therapist to soothe away the stresses and starins of Christmas with some much needed ‘You-Time’. Combined your visit with a trip round the Inglenook retail outlets and embrace Christmas – Country Style. Don’t Miss: The Full Festive Package! Includes five different massages and a range of fabulous relaxation therapies. Just £32.50 including refreshments (4 – 8 people) Contact / Booking: Call Ruth: 07738 935 34 Moss Nook Lane, Rainford Bypass (A570) WA11 8AE




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Celebrate the Festive Season in Style at one of our fabulous party events...

Robbie Williams Tribute Night and Disco - 17th November Michael Buble Tribute Night and Disco - 5th / 12th / 19th December Neil Diamond Tribute Night and Disco - 6th / 13th / 20th December

All Include 3 Course Dinner and Coffee £25.00 3 Course Festive Dinner 4th / 11th / 18th December £21.00 Festive Lunches Available From £18.50

Billinge Hill, Crank Rd, Crank, St Helens WA11 8RL Tel: 01744 894754 Email:

Wedding Open Evening Haydock

Thursday 4th October 2012 Tour the hotel with our dedicated Wedding Planners 5.30 - 8.00pm. Bucks Fizz on arrival.

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£39.00 per person.

Friday 30th November Friday 7th December- Sold Out Friday 14th December Friday 21st December

Saturday 1st December, Saturday 8th December Saturday 15th December Saturday 22nd December

Celebrate christmas Las Vegas style and have a spin on the roulette or try your hand at Black Jack before enjoying a 3-course meal. Situated by the lounge area and with a large dance floor, there is no excuse for not dancing the night away to the sounds of our resident DJ.

Festive Menu

£25.00 per person.

Available from Friday 30th November to Saturday 22nd December

Tribute Act Party Nights Grand Marquee £43.00 per person. Friday 30th November Saturday 1st December Friday 7th December Saturday 8th December Friday 14th December Saturday 15th December Friday 21st December Saturday 22nd December

Haydock Thistle Haydock Hotel, Penny Lane , Haydock, Merseyside , WA11 9SG Tel 01942 272000 Selected dates only | Subject to availability | Terms & conditions apply | Applicable to new bookings only

Beechers Restaurant

Robbie Williams Soul and Motown featuring Lionel Ritchie Soul & Motown with Local Legend Josh Adams Michael Buble Sold Out Tom Jones Robbie Williams Soul and Motown with local legend Josh Adams

Have a Thistle Christmas to Remember......

Thistle Haydock Hotel, Penny Lane , Haydock, Merseyside , WA11 9SG Tel 01942 272000 Selected dates only | Subject to availability | Terms & conditions apply | Applicable to new bookings only



Fashion In this edition we step inside the fashion paradise that is the newly refurbished EB Couture in Prescot. Formally the much loved Elle Boutique, this style

Black Woven Hand Clutch £44.99

with passion

with EB Couture

treasure-trove has been dressing the region’s most discerning fashionistas for years. The sumptuous new store (which has been owned and managed by the super-stylish Pam Marren for over 4 years now) stocks an impressive range of ‘to-die-for’ designer brands and amazing accessories, perfect for those of us who like something ‘a bit different.’

Head To Toe Style With exquisite European labels and top designer brands as well as up and coming British designers, EB Couture’s range is hard to beat. Whatever the occasion, you are sure to find a glamorous number that really fits the bill. From glittering occasion and prom wear to on-trend casuals and everyday essentials, this place really does have it all!


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Don’t Miss

This seasons ‘must-haves’ – Posh Welles! Gorgeous Range in store now!



Leather & Suede Boots £61.00

Kevan Jon Fitted Dress £245.00





Butler & Wilson Small Bracelet £68.00

Fuchsia Knitted Shrug £49.00

Navy Print Silk Dress £61.00 & Feather Gilet £49.50

THIS SEASON’S AUTUMN ESSENTIALS Kat Von D White Label Military Coat £318.00

Butler & Wilson Frog Ring £48.00 Kat Von D Leather Blazer £292.00 EB Suede Court Shoe £40.99

EB Couture Berry Tote Red Bag £40.99

Butler & Wilson Cuff From £68.00

Green One Shoulder Jumpsuit £275.00

Scull and Roses Print Scarf by Kat Von D White Label £68.99

UGG Boots £150.00

Butler & Wilson Drop Earrings £68.00

Ugg Purse £95.00


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CHRISTMAS Ingleno Moss Nook

Lane, Rain

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ford Bypass

(A570) WA 11 8AE Telephone 01744 8868 12 no




Market Last May saw the launch if Inglenooks monthly Artisan Market. Held the 2nd Sunday in each month, the market has something for everyone, from crafts, jewellery, antiques and art to fine local food & produce. With swing music and dancing in the courtyard, the market is proving extremely popular with a unique atmosphere and a bustling crowd. On the back of this success, Inglenook are now gearing up for their biggest ever market this December. With up to 50 stalls of great gift ideas, Christmas trees for sale, carousels, mulled wine, music and dancing, this 2 day market is shaping up to be a miss-it-miss-out weekend! Running on the 8 & 9th of December, from 10am into the evening, it will be a great day out for all the family, and full of festive cheer. And what’s more, Santa is scheduled to be exclusively at Inglenook for the whole weekend – meeting & greeting all the good boys & girls. With free entry it will be a stunning event, so follow them on facebook or check their website for more details















our certification

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> For the skin – Roman Chamomiles anti-

So what makes Organic Essential oils

that we have received Soil

septic qualities make Essencia’s Organic

better than the same oils grown using

Association Organic certification for

Chamomile skin cream an excellent toner,

conventional methods?

all the Chamomile & Lavender grown here at Inglenook Farm, and we are

reducing red & puffiness and aiding in a wide range of skin conditions from eczema to sunburn or rosacea. As the signature

very proud to be one of the only UK

product, customer after customer comes

Certified Organic growers.

back for more!

Roman Chamomile is the main crop grown at Inglenook Farm. Each summer, the daisy like flower is harvested in and distilled in the on site steam equipment to extract the flowers light blue delicate essential oil. Roman Chamomile oil is a truly wonderful, versatile oil with many medicinal & emotional benefits to its use. > Roman Chamomile holds antiinflammatory properties, making it extremely effective in reducing pain in muscles & joins, similar to Arthritic conditions. Essencia Oils @ Inglenook produce a delicate massage oil, perfect for rubbing into to stiff, aching wintery joints!

> The oil itself is a stimulating, antidepressant which will help raise your spirit, eliminate feelings of sadness, sluggishness and disappointment by calming your nerves. A few drops in an oil burner or added to your bath with relax and revive your mood. Or why not spritz some of the hydrosol water around the room for an instant boost?

One major advantage of seeing the Soil Association logo on a product is that you can be sure the product has been certified to a standard you can trust. As many acres of crop are condensed down into one tiny bottle of essential oil, we cannot know if residual amounts of chemicals and pesticides find their way into the oil. The health hazards associated with these chemicals are little understood, and so we believe that if we are able to grow these amazing plants without the use of chemicals then why take the chance? This is a view shared

> Small amounts can also be very

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helpful when used in a babies nursery, or

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when used in therapies are greater than

relax and calm them, easy nappy rash or

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even help calm colicky babies!

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More than your average farm shop, this delightful country store stocks a wide variety of produce from some of the regions finest independent producers as well as an impressive selection of oil products made on site. From essences to great skin-care essentials and chill-out treats, the shop stocks a full range of the Farm’s award winning essential oil collection. There are some great little gift ideas here too – why not send a fab hamper this year or check out the lovely range of hand-made crafts. Christmas with a difference!


Moss Nook Lane, Rainford Bypass (A570) WA11 8AE

African Dream is investing in Africa’s future, contributing to help the


continuation of the outstanding traditional art forms. By selling these beautifully made products including wooden giraffes, ethnic jewellery made from pure copper & brass, beads, horn and bone. Bowls, vases, plates, candlesticks, statues handcrafted from stone, a selection of African Art, and a wide range of colourful Kikoy (or Kikoi) wraps and Kikuyu bags, the team are helping to keep the delicate art of African-crafting alive. Many of their unique products would make beautiful Christmas gifts, and can be delivered straight to your home.


FINE FEATHERS This unique little outlet sells a huge range of wild bird feed for all kinds of everyday and unusual garden birds, from robins to pigeons!! They also do a huge range of sculpted bird baths, tables, and garden ornaments plus much more As winter really starts to take hold, this is the ideal place to stock up

Boonric Gallery is home to professional artists, Joanne Boon &

on foodstuff for our feathered

Eric Fleming, Joanne tutors and demonstrates on a regular basis

friends and turn your garden into a

throughout the North West as well as at the NEC, Sardinia, Tuscany

real haven for wildlife this season.

and Corsica. Her work is popular in the current John Lewis portfolio

Their specialist food is particularly

and recently her watercolour demonstrations have been filmed

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by a Video arts group who distribute worldwide. Joanne,Eric and

to give specific nutrition to the

Steve, as well as having an opportunity to display their own work in

individual species they get in their

their gallery will be opening the space to individual artists or local


art groups who may wish to hire the space for their own exhibitions.





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Moss Nook La

ne, Rainford

Bypass (A570)


WA11 8AE 744 886812

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Pacifica Cantonese

In this edition our reporter Jemma samples the delights of St Helens most talked about restaurant... When arriving at Pacifica Cantonese

Seaweed. This is a great way for you to

on Westfield Street in St Helens Town

sample this authentic Chinese delicacy

Centre, we were greeted warmly and

and you could tell immediately these

ushered to our table. We were blown

were made fresh on the premises and

away by the fabulous décor and super-

steamed to order. The wine selected for

contemporary surroundings which gave

us was the ‘Corte Vigna Pinot Grigio,

the place a really relaxed feel.

Pavia.’ This racy little number was

Who knew we had a ‘hidden gem’

impeccable with its floral yet dry taste.

above the bars of Westfield Street!

The third course was the popular

The table was flawless dressed in white

favourite ‘Aromatic Crispy Duck.’ The

linen and gracefully set out for us

charming aroma makes this particular

with square cut dinner plates, crystal

dish the most anticipated. As the

glasses and a full set of Villeroy & Boch

waiting staff skilfully shred the meat for

tableware, along with white table

us at the table, we are left mesmerised

napkins neatly folded on the plate.

at how the meat falls off the bone and

We didn’t have to wait long for our order to be taken and picked the Banquet B, which offered a superb selection of the most popular dishes.

could not wait to get stuck in. The wine pairing for the duck course was a dry Riesling by ‘Cono Sur’ full of fresh citrus aromas.

We had three delicious starter courses

Every week the staffs at Pacifica

each, a main course, along with a

takes a photo of a new dish and

different wine carefully selected for

give it away as a little taster for their

us to try with each dish. For the first starter course, we had ‘Pacifica hors d’oeurvres,’ a selection of the most renowned Chinese appetisers; Sesame Prawns on Toast, King Do Ribs, Crispy Won Ton, Spring Rolls and Seaweed. All placed beautifully on a square cut platter. The wine chosen to go with this was

online followers. Not only do you get a sneak preview of what the dish looks like but you also get to try it for free if you make a reservation stating that they would like to give it a try. Your feedback will then determine whether the dish is added to the new season’s menu.

A Banquet to ‘Dine’ For The Banquet B menu offers a wide selection of main courses to choose from, so each of us had a different main, a perfect way to be able to sample all the delights on offer. I had ‘Deep Fried Spicy Chicken’ and my three guests had ‘Sizzling Fillet Steak Cantonese,’ ‘Sizzling Lamb with Ginger and Spring Onions’ and ‘Roast Duck with Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce.’ We couldn’t fault the food in any way, the presentation was incredible and the food simply melted in your mouth. Pacifica-Cantonese are well known for using only quality produce and only the freshest ingredients cooked to order, from wok, straight to the plate, all prepared by their highly trained chef’s which includes one Michelin Starred Chef Sam Yau. Overall the meal was utterly divine; each one of us enjoyed every aspect of the evening The staffs are superb and the food was cooked to perfection.

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The Parlour

Get the look





In this edition Paula Allen from top interiors specialists The Parlour, shares her design secrets as we take a peek inside one of her most recent interior commissions.

character property in question is

The Brief

home to a family of horse fanatics

When the family appointed Paula

who are as passionate about

and The Parlour Interiors team to

interior style as they are about their

style their home, they were very


keen that their love for all things

The beautifully refurbished

equestrian and passion for country The former cottage property was

living shone through the final

built in 1881. There has always

design, whilst still retaining a the

been a strong ‘horsey’ link to the

cool, contemporary & traditional

Always Make an Entrance...

house with the original owners

feel they love.

keeping prize shire horses which

‘It was a really interesting brief’,

were used to work the land

commented Paula. ‘The Equestrian

surrounding the property.

look is really strong; think bold

The team made great use of the limited space in the

Today, the original building has

leathers and animal prints, tactile

entrance hall with the clever use of a stunning reflective

been extended to create an

fabrics and statement accessories.

console table, statement mirror and silver accessories.

impressive family home, with

The home already had some great

The glitzy look also gave the space more light whilst

dedicated stables and a stunning

spaces, my job was to give the key

giving the whole space a real wow factor.

new glass room orangery to the

living areas a cohesive look, linking


the various room and making the most of the superb blank canvas.’

The ‘Horsey’ Set Paula’s main approach centred around adopting key colours throughout the main living areas. Cream walls act as a perfect backdrop for the slate, black, taupe and silver pallet; whilst the use of aged oak worked perfectly with the materials in the orangery, kitchen and dining areas.




The Parlour

A Lounge To Die For Paula’s design flair really shines in the main living area. Her clever use of stunning, indulgent fabrics, with rich throws and striking cushions to complement the gorgeous designer sofa work beautifully alongside the original brick fireplace feature. The show-stopping ‘Horse Hair Mirror’ creates one of the many focal points in the room, whilst the immaculate attention to detail with exquisite accessories really pulls the whole look together.

Make A Statement The super-spacious new glass extension area, which runs across the whole width of the house and overlooks the purpose built stables, has been dressed to impress with a collection of statement pieces, all in keeping with the overall ‘horsey’ theme. The show-stopping leather and cow hide bucket chairs look great as well as offering real comfort in the sunny extension. Beautiful vases and planters overflow with luscious plants and lilies, while the stunning chrome effect horse statue gives the whole space a really impressive feel. Everywhere you look your eyes are drawn to clever details and quirky accessories that not only make this home look amazing, they help reflect the characters and personalities of the whole family.

Thoroughbred Design Paula and her team have worked wonders transforming the space into a stunning family home that simply oozes style. Her keen eye for unusual pieces couple with her in-built ability to mix, match and style to perfection has made this project ‘best in show’! 20


All of the furniture, accessories and wall-coverings used in this interior project are available from The Parlour, retail base of Parlour Interiors.



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0151 426 1222

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Property Partner... All the latest property news, tips and views from St Helens leading independent Estate Agent, Mark Gilbertson...

Winter Warmers Tips

Find Your ‘Fixer Upper’ If you are looking to move, one of the joys of browsing through the properties is seeing the dream houses… those with the ‘Wow’ factor that appear to have everything we ever dreamed of! Then, of course, there is the other end of the scale. The houses that, although loved by their current owners , don’t quite meet up to modern tastes. Perhaps they’re the houses that are neglected, dated or in disrepair, and in desperate need of some love. Would you dismiss a house like this without a second thought, or, can you see the potential of the home that it could be. Do you see past the rickety old exterior and instead see a fresh frontage with new windows and glorious new drive? Instead of the box room upstairs, do you see a spacious walk-in wardrobe or an en-suite bathroom that will add real value to the property? Period homes, like many across St Helens can be great ‘fixer uppers’ . Retaining the character of an older house whilst embellishing it with all the modern comforts that today’s

discerning buyer looks for, is a process that’s all the easier to do when you invest in a property that needs a bit of TLC. If you want to balance the best of both-worlds, buying a period house and doing it up with the benefit of modern technology and finishes is an attractive option. And what about the satisfaction of giving life back to what was once an unloved and neglected shell? Priceless. Go Green The rise in popularity of Green Living can also be a factor when looking into a property that needs renovation. More people are looking to live energy-efficient lifestyles – a complete refurbishment means you can ensure heating systems, windows and insulation are helping reduce the carbon footprint of the house from the very start. And think of the fuel savings on an energy-neutral home. So next time you’re considering a move to a new home, have a look past the surface and let your imagination do the work.....

The days are getting shorter and colder, which means Jack Fro st is knocking at the door. If you are ‘out in the cold’ check out our tips to help keep you warm and protect your home from the jaw s of winter. Sort out your home insurance Check to make sure that your home insurance policy is up to scratch and that you’re covered for winter-relate d damage.

Keep your pipes all ‘wrapped up’ Burst pipes are common during winter due to rapid freezing and thawing, potentially causing massive damage. The best way to stop this from happening is to keep your pipes warm with their own foam cardigan or ‘lagging’

Get your boilers looked at A poorly maintained boiler was tes more energy and costs more, and it also runs the risk of leaking carbon mon oxide. Either get your boiler serviced before winter or change your old model for a con densing unit

Insulation – is good for the nation! About a quarter of the heat in your house is lost through the roof, so having good loft and wall cavity insulation cou ld keep the house warm with less energy used .

Bleed the radiators If your radiators are colder at the top than they are at the bottom, then your radiators have trapped air insid e them that’s stopping the heat from circulating properly. Bleeding the radiator s releases the air, allowing the radiator to run more efficiently.




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Green wellies and rose tinted specs! Primrose Cottage is a rural stone built property on the very edge of St. Helens. The building is detached and offers three bedrooms and a large amount of ground floor accommodation. Beyond that you will need to bring your imagination, the potential on offer is so varied you really could start with a blank sheet of paper. With open fields to the rear and over half an acre of your own gardens, you will be able to create your very own idyllic country cottage!

Let’s just double everything up! This double fronted modern detached house has plenty to double! A double garage, double size lounge, double bathroom / shower rooms and double the length of drive. Then there are the five bedrooms as well as the large fitted breakfast kitchen. The property is situated in a popular development in a popular area, and has the added benefit of being tucked away to one side! Have we mentioned double the land to the front?

An absolute classic! Situated in Grange Park this three bedroom detached house has some great original features for you to base your refurbishment around. As you would imagine all of the rooms are of the proportions this era provided. Of particular mention are the windows which, although probably original, have some great stained glass images. The right amount of imagination and time will create a great family home here.




A detached delight! Situated in Haresfinch this modern and well appointed four bedroom detached house has a genuine “ready to go” feel about it. The standard and style of the decor and fittings is both modern and tasteful. As you would expect it has all of the extras, an en-suite, a utility room and of course a conservatory. The gardens to the rear are nicely set out to complete the picture.

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!

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!




A family delight with lots of surprises! With four bedrooms you would imagine this detached house has the usual features, for example a fitted kitchen, an en-suite shower room, you would be correct with both of these, but they are planned, fitted and finished to a better standard than could be imagined. Then there are the surprises, the conservatory to the rear for starters creates that extra all important family space. Have a look for yourself to appreciate the delight.

A class act! High ceilings, original features, yet with many a modern touch this spacious three bedroom detached house has just about everything you might want. The living accommodation is both spacious and tastefully finished, the kitchen and the bathroom are both modern and functional, and then the bedrooms are all double. The property really does have a quality and classy feel to it!

With traditional proportions and traditional features! Beyond the front door of this extended semi detached house are some traditional features, the parquet flooring immediately springs to mind as one. Yet at the same time there are some modern touches, the way the extension provides some really great extra space is an example. This all goes towards making this a really cosy family home. You won’t be disappointed.

Our website contains full details of all of the properties available through us, either for sale or to let. VIEW MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012


& y t i n u m m Co News Business

Sports Heros! Sporting success in the town was celebrated at an annual sports club conference attended by more than 120 people from the world of local sport. The event, held at St. Helens Town Hall, started with the District Sports Council’s Destination 500 awards. A total of 23 sports volunteers from across the borough received certificates to recognise their efforts in giving 500 hours of their time to help with

The conference itself followed, with presentations from three key speakers from the world of sport. Interspersed throughout the evening were the St. Helens District Sports Council awards, including Sports Person of the Year and Sports Club of the Year. A full list of winners can be found on St. Helens District Sports Council website ( and on St. Helens Council’s website (

sport provision across St. Helens.

Michelle’s summer success St. Helens Council produced their annual summer activity publication detailing a wide range of activities during the summer holidays, with the aim being to publicise the vast amount of things going on across the borough for our young people. Michelle took time to fill in a feedback form seeking views from the public about the brochure and events. Michelle, whose son Adam took part in a wide range of activities detailed said “The Summer Fun guide made it so easy to plan activities for children in the summer holidays, by listing the events in one place on a daily basis. My son thoroughly enjoyed the activities that he attended.” Her family won kindly donated prizes including a family pass to Cineworld and the World of Glass, plus a three months membership to St. Helens Council’s Go Active leisure scheme. 28


Congratulations to Michelle Reeves, from Haresfinch, the winner of this year’s Summer Fun guide prize draw


Christmas Comes to St Helens! St.Helens Council is promising a Christmas to remember - as the countdown to the season of goodwill gathers pace. Christmas Craft Fayre Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th November Over 30 stalls selling a fabulous range of craft items.

Christmas Lights Switch On (supported by Merseytravel) Saturday 17th November Come and celebrate the launch of our new, magical Christmas lights -

A taste of things to come.

some of the most spectacular in the region. The Loveable Rogues, The Mend and the Lancashire Hotpots will generate lots of excitement as they prepare to light up the Town Centre.

Pupils from Wargrave Primary got a taste of things to come at Willow Park, when rangers gave them a preview of activities

Postman Pat’s Children’s Mini Shows Saturday 24th November

which will be on offer shortly in the Newton le Willows park. The popular park lake is scheduled to get a major clean up

Tickets are available by calling 01744 675492.

shortly and the youngsters were invited down to have a look

Festive Street Day Saturday 1st December

at the lake and listen to activities which will be open to them once work is completed. For further information contact St. Helens Council rangers on

Festive entertainment with a hint of humour. Come and see our joy-riding reindeers and dancing Christmas puddings plus much, much more!

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In a dream he dreamt it. In reality he did it. Ian Black presents his new collection of colours Autumn Sunset. Also the condition colours of Elumen which are at 25% discount.

We are also looking for people to act as models for fashion haircuts. Please call the salon for details. VIEW MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012


Every Picture

Tells A Story Or so the saying goes! If this is the case, then what do your photographs say about your smile? Do you hide behind your hand when you laugh or speak? Do you avoid photographs altogether or insist on smiling without showing any of your teeth? Fear not; help is at hand from Kiln Lane Dental…. The Art of Dentistry We all admire the work of great artists; from classical geniuses such as Michelangelo to modern day masters – a great picture tells a story, beautifully.

restoration. The Direct Composite Veneer System adds a completely new and interesting dimension to existing treatment options that keeps economy in mind. With a ‘Smile to Go’ you can be given a

using the right materials for the job is

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the advantages of composite

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can be amazing. There

prefabricated veneers enabling

are dentists who tackle

dentists to create a work of art for

veneers and composite

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a directly modelled composite

Any great artist will tell you that



a laboratory made veneer or

The beauty of Componeers is that they are as easy to use for single tooth reconstruction as they are for complete reconstruction of all of your front teeth - and all you have to do is lie back and let the dentist create your permanent piece of mouth-art that you will want to display for many years.


So why have veneers in the first place? For many years porcelain veneers and tooth coloured direct composite restorations have been used in dentistry. A dentist may use one veneer to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or is discolored, or multiple teeth

What’s the difference

porcelain veneers are very strong and look fantastic but any chips

to create a “Hollywood” type of makeover.

between Porcelain

Many people have small teeth resulting in

and direct composite

need the entire veneer removing

spaces that may not be easily closed by


and replacing. The direct composite

orthodontics. Some people have worn away the edges of their teeth resulting in a prematurely aged appearance, while others may have malpositioned teeth that appear crooked. Multiple veneers can close these spaces, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear, fill the black triangles between teeth caused by gum recession, provide a uniform colour, shape, and symmetry, and make the teeth appear straight and aesthetically pleasing.

Porcelain veneers are a two stage process where the teeth are prepared for the veneers before being made in a laboratory leaving the patient up to a couple of

or cracks normally mean that you

technique is convenient and can be placed in one visit but because of the porous nature of the material they can stain quite quickly and may need regular attention to remove the staining.

weeks with the inconvenience of having temporary veneers in the meantime. Once made and fitted

A Smile to Go! The Componeer system gives you

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the benefits of a porcelain veneer

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can be shaped for the perfect fit

amazing results. Because they are

and any mishaps that lead the a

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Red Hot Red Heads! Nicole Kidman Helga Esteb /

of Autumn

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The Colour Experts. With over a 100 colours from some of the industries leading brands in store, its definitely good-news that the team have been honing their skills at a specialist colour seminar this month.


The team headed up to Blackpool FC for an intensive training session with renowned stylist, John Peers. They got to grips with the very latest Matrix, Schwarzkopf and Indola offerings whilst updating their skills in all aspects of colouring technique.



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St Cuthbert’s Catholic Community College for Business and Enterprise.


Kieron Melling - winner of the prestigious ‘Spirit of St Cuthbert’s’ Award - with College Principal Mrs M. Gallimore and Fr. P. Swanson, our Chair of Governors


Students Shine at Awards Night St Cuthbert’s Annual Awards Evening took place at St Anne’s, Sutton on Thursday 18th October

Perrformance of Olly Murs ‘I just want you to dance with me’ by (left to Right) Chelsea Galavan, Daisy Shuttleworth, Daisy Hatton.

The school celebrated another fabulous Awards Evening at the Church of St Anne and Blessed Dominic, Sutton, on Thursday 18th October 2012. The evening provided students, parents and staff with a chance to look back on some of the special events and people that have worked with us over the past year. As a college we have been committed to carrying out the Olympic ideals of Equality, Excellence, Determination, Friendship, Courage, Inspiration and Respect in everything we have done this year. We were joined by the Lord Mayor of St Helens, Cllr. Geoff Almond and Mr Andrew Dempsey ,the Director of Children and Young Peoples Services at St Helens Council who joined many of the Heads from our feeder Primary schools and members of our Governing Body, in celebrating the achievements of our students. It was a truly memorable evening for our parents, who were rightfully proud of their children’s tremendous successes.

Lord Mayor with Year 11 Student of the Year Award - Sophie Chesworth

Open Afternoon Success St Cuthbert’s celebrated another hugely successful Open Afternoon on Thursday 25th September 2012. There were many amazing activities that students enjoyed, including our annual Olympkids Celebrations, won not surprisingly by the United Kingdom! Other highlights included the amazing exploding Jelly Babies and a World War 1 trench, ably manned by Mrs Aspinall; impressive gymnastic displays, exhibitions of students’ work, a Spanish cafe and much, much more. As ever the day was a huge success.







As the exciting new developments at The Sutton Academy start nearing completion, Principal Dave Terry explains just what students, parents and the local community can expect from this new state-of-the-art campus. ‘The building works, refurbishments and new facilities are all looking amazing’, commented Mr Terry. Students are already using many of the new Learning Plaza’s and the new frontage will be ready to be unveiled soon. The whole construction phase is on schedule and progressing rapidly. We hope to have all new facilities ‘good-to-go’ by June 2013’.


L I V E! For Stu

dents from September 2013

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If you are interested in the Future Teacher Programme please contact either the academy today… 34




Building for a better future.

New Build


The transformation of The Sutton

The New Frontage which

Academy site is now well underway

will house the new main entrance

with several key elements of the

along with the Year 7 Home Base ,

project nearing completion.

ICT Learning Plaza’s and super new

The Learning Plaza’s for both

Dance Studio will be ready to go in

Science and Technology are now in

early Spring.

full use with students benefitting from

Final Finishing Touches such

a host of new facilities including state-

as the new outdoor Boulevard,

of-the-art Apple computers and a fully

Bio-Dome and landscaping will all be

equipped Media Suite.

completed by June 2013.

Our new ‘biodome’ enviromental learning facility

For The Community... Superb facilities for the whole community... • ICT Learning Facilities • Dedicated Community Base • Community Conference Room • Dance Studio To find out more about how your community group can benefit from the brand new facilities contact Robbie Owens, Vice Principal

Jenny Lamb and Amy Bromilow.

From left to right: Sophie Gaskell, Charlotte Johnson, Emma Smith, Bobbie Brussels, Gemma Mangan, Rachel Roberts.

From left to right: Andrew Curran, Ryan Morris, Ben Etchells, Adam Lee, Daniel McGrail, Phil Curran, AdamHesketh

Class of 2012 Flying High! Congratulations to the Class of 2012 on their superb examination results. Both Year 11 and Year 13 have been outstanding groups of students who deserve their huge success and who have enriched the life of the academy in many ways over the last year. I am extremely proud of all the students and staff who have worked tirelessly to achieve so much. We look forward to a very bright future for Year 13 and to seeing so many Year 11 students in our thriving Sixth Form. Well done to you all. VIEW MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012



A thriving Sixth Form College Offering a wide variety of A-Level and BTEC subjects to suit your individual learning style. The Sutton Academy where the students are at the heart of everything we do. The evening starts at 6pm with a welcome talk in our Art Centre by the Director of Sixth Form and our Head Boy and Head girl.

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Rainford On The Road!


News, views and reviews from the students of Rainford High Technology College

Barcelona City of Culture Experience Recently, a group of Sixth

studying Art received

Form students were given the

the opportunity

opportunity to visit the city of

to observe and

culture, Barcelona! Both Year

analyse the artistic

12 and 13 students stayed

architecture of Antonio Gaudi

in Barcelona for a full week

who has been a popular

and were given the choice of

artist used for various levels of

activities on a number of days.

educational study. Barcelona

Quite a number of students

itself is an important city of

decided to visit the beach on a

culture, as it is full of historical

daily basis and soak up the sun,

buildings each containing a

while they filled the rest of their

vivid history of development.

days generally having fun and exploring the city.

The week offered a real escape to a beautiful holiday

Students stayed in youth

destination away from the dull

accommodation, which

weather of the UK, one which

enabled them to strengthen

most students can only usually

their international social skills

visit with their parents. The

and allowed them to make

timing of the trip also provided

friends with students visiting

students with a brief break from

from other countries. Students

their studies giving them chance

experienced other languages,

to have a rest so they would be

and generally learnt from others

ready to study hard again once

of the same age group about

they returned.

what culture is like from other countries. The trip itself also provided educational influences which proved useful, such as; students




Report by Rebecca Carsley Y ear 13

AS student Leah White has provided us with her take on the whole Barcelona experience: “We set off from Liverpool Joh n Lennon Airport at 7.30 am on a chilly Saturday morning and we were all very excited about our few days ahead of us in Barcelona! On arrival we got to our destina tion, the new Urbany Hostel in ElClot!!! We explored the surrounding area and venture d upon a terraced area, which was to become our haven for the next few nights. The hostel

was lively with lots of other stud ents from different countries and we all got on very well. We got to see lots of ama zing sights such as the Wine Caves, Nou Camp and Gaudi’s Cathedral. In the eve nings we went for meals at different restaura nts and then came back to the Hostel for more fun to commence. We all had the bes t time ever and arrived back shattered and devastated that the trip was over. We can ’t wait to go again next year!!!



Bieber Fever! enough to meet our idol, Justin

least 1 hour longer than expected

Bieber. We travelled by train to

because Justin was backstage

London and after arriving at the

munching on some French bread!),

secret venue ‘The Camden Centre’,

Kenny, his tour manager and former

three hours early, we queued

bodyguard, came out from behind

patiently for the book signing event

a big black curtain to announce

to begin.

that Justin was ready. We were

Suddenly and unexpectedly, a

then escorted by a number of

member of Justin’s crew walked

bodyguards behind the curtain

During the summer holidays,

along the queue to announce

to meet Justin himself who was

three Year 10 students entered a

that the doors were opening in five

patiently sitting waiting to meet his

WHSmith competition. The students

minutes. All the beliebers (aka Justin

Beliebers and sign his book.

had to purchase the latest Justin

Bieber fans) went wild and burst out

Floods of tears formed at corners of

Bieber book, read and complete

‘Believe’ songs. The atmosphere

our eyes as soon as we met Justin

research to be entered into a

was electric and gave us all a

and he signed our book whilst

draw. They were successful and

massive adrenalin rush. After a long

greeting us warmly and thanking us

received feedback that they had

wait, we were allowed into the

for our support. Finally our dreams

indeed won. All three students were

venue and we received our ‘Just

had come true after a long three

selected to attend a private book

Getting Started’ book by Justin

year wait!’

signing with Justin himself. Three

Bieber. But our experience was just

extremely excited young ladies!

getting started...

WE LOVE YOU JUSTIN! Report by Charlotte, Melissa

‘On 12th September we were lucky

After another 2 hours queuing, (at

and Rosie

Girls Win Private Book Signing with Idol

Rain ford Lads Kop LFC P Top rize Pupils from Year 8 enjoyed a day at Reduc@te

Liverpool Football Club and the

educational facility, located within Liverpool

team from METAL.

Football Club, as part of a celebration event for the

Tyler was awarded the outstanding achievement

Lads and Literacy programme.

award and was given a bag full of Liverpool goodies as

Ms Purcell and Mr Calderbank accompanied

well as a tour of Melwood and a meal for his family at

students and have also been running the highly

The Boot Room. Tyler has made exceptional progress

successful programme in school since January.

throughout the Lads and Literacy project, improving

Football Crazy! The football fanatics undertook several tasks which meant having to put their observational, listening and ICT skills to good use, learning valuable literacy skills and confidence building techniques along the way. They were also rewarded for their hard work with a tour of Liverpool Museum, Stadium, Press Room and Changing Rooms. Pupils then attended an awards event run by

his descriptive and persuasive writing skills as well as showing an increased enthusiasm for the English subject. Jack and Jake also received achievement awards including a tour of Melwood. All pupils were well behaved and went home with their own individual achievement certificates, awarded to them by John Anderson from Liverpool Football Club.

Ms Purcell - English Department VIEW MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012


Get Ready… For The Bronze Age!! Bronze Duke of Edinburgh 2012-13

Its that time of year again when the Bronze Award for Year 10’s gets moving!The Bronze

• Students attend weekly afte r-school

Award, as with the Silver and

training sessions with the rest of

Gold Awards, is highly regarded

group and follow a program whic

nationally by employers and

covers everything from navigat

recognised as one of the best

skills, the Countryside Code,

non-academic qualifications

identifying hazards, camp-craft

a young person could hope to

planning weekend expeditions


their h


• Attend four hours of first aid train and ultimately gaining a first aid

largest number of participants;


excess of 130 taking part. Although each Centre delivers the Award slightly differently, we are proud of the comprehensive training delivered to students by a small number of staff who give up an incredible amount of their time voluntarily.

Mr J. Halewood Bronze Award Leader VIEW MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012



At Rainford, Bronze has the we often have numbers in


So what does the Bronze Awar d involve?


• Attend an initial Day Walk at App



complete these activities over


year. Students must show real commitm ent and dedication if they are con sidering enrolling for the Bronze Award as they will face many challenges, alth ough I am pleased to say that the vast majority of students who began the

completed it.

Rivington Reservoir • Complete a weekend Prac tice Expedition in North Wales. • Finish the Award by complet ing a weekend Qualifying Expeditio




other sections of the Award; Voluntee ring, Skills and Physical. It should take students an hour a week to

Bronze Award last year, successfu

• Attend a second Day Walk at

to the Ribble Valley in the sum

• Organise and complete thre e


To find out more information about D of E, please look at









HEADS In this edition, we

Hailing originally from the North East,

and Mr Coates my History teacher,

catch up with Rainford

Ian spent most of his youth in the

they really inspired me to follow my

South Manchester area.

chosen path in education.

A keen sportsman, he attended

I think they made me realise that

Wilmslow County High School in

you can make a real difference by

Alderley Edge where he played

inspiring and encouraging young

rugby for both the school and the

people to be the very best that they



High’s charismatic new principal, Ian Young. With building works in full swing and as the transformation of the site almost reaches completion, Ian shares his hopes for the future of this well respected school, as well as taking

I went on to study a combined

So Ian, tell us a little bit about your own school days. I really enjoyed school, especially the sporting side of things ! I had

a look back at his career

some amazing teachers too; two in

to date.

particular really stand out to this day – Mrs George my English teacher



History and Geography degree at the University of Liverpool. I had an amazing time at Uni; played lots of rugby of course, but worked hard and took a lot away from the experience, in particular that it is vitally important to commit to things and grab every opportunity – you may never get a second chance!


Where was your first teaching post? My first job was at a high school in Rochdale. The school was the centre of a very tight local community – many generations had been born and bred in the area, so I felt my role was to really try and broaden the horizons of the young people I was working with. There’s a big world out there, I hope I helped bring it to life. After that I moved to a large City centre comprehensive as Head of Department before moving to my previous role at Shorefileds school in Toxteth.

What do see you as the main Rainford difference? Well there is fabulous potential here, so many of our students go on to do great things, and I want to encourage that ethos. Our new school mission statement really sums up what we are all about : Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps, Everyone Succeeds

What do you think makes a great leader? I think the ability to deliver a clear

What are your initial impressions of Rainford then?

message with honesty and integrity is key, but you also need to be able to inspire others to ‘follow’ your lead. Courage is also massively important –

Its a fantastic place! We have got

the courage to make tough decisions

some amazing students and truly

and stick by them.

committed staff. Add to that the warmth of the people and you have

buildings and class room refurbishment

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think you would be doing?

nearing completion, the next year

Being a teacher was always my dream,

promises to be an exciting one.

but I guess a rugby international would

the recipe for a really great school. There is s great heritage here too. The school has enjoyed an enviable reputation and with the new school

What do you do for fun? Play golf (Handicap 10), but rugby is still my great love. I’m happy to admit I have got frustrated ex-player syndrome!!

What was the last great book you read? Operation Mincemeat. It was all about a British SAS officer in the Second World War – gripping stuff!

...It is vitally important to commit to things and grab every opportunity – you may never get a second chance!

have been pretty good alternative.

Everyone Matters from staff to students and our wider community.

Everyone Helps

Everyone Succeeds

across our community and through our links with partner organisations

whatever your talent, we will ensure you reach your full potential

Quick Fire Five Hot holiday or cold? Hot! Ideally Spain pla ying golf Late Night / Lie In? Definitely late night, I’m a bit of an early bird! Sweet tooth or savo ury?

Savoury most definitel

y Rugby or football? Have you really just ask ed me that??




Love Live Events Love The Citadel this Autumn..... From Blues & Folk to groundbreaking theatre; renowned tribute acts and usual club nights thrown in for good measure, there really is something for everyone at St Helens top live entertainment venue.

Things are hotting up at the Citadel this Autumn with a brand new season of top live music, theatre and comedy lined up for your enjoyment.

Lets Go Crazy The Crazy World of Arthur Brown hits the road across the UK with

Arthur’s next band Kingdom Come performed as the main

a brand new live show including the now legendary fire helmet

act at the first filmed Glastonbury Festival in 1971 and in 1973

and rock n roll theatricals performing the album that includes

Kingdome Come was the first band to release an album using a

the massive hit ‘Fire’.

Drum Machine.

Arthur Brown first came to prominence in swinging London in

Artists such as Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper and Bruce Dickenson

1967, after spending some time on the Paris underground scene

site Arthur Brown as a major influence on them and in this

Arthur was quickly signed to Track Records at the instruction of

Arthur’s fifth decade in music the fire is far from out.

The Who’s Pete Townshend and released the single Devils Grip, regarded by some as the record that gave the birth of Heavy Metal.

Arthur’s most recent album Voices Of Love had major critical acclaim and Arthur received the Classic Rock magazine showman of the year award.

Arthur is best thought of for his 1968 Number one single Fire that still gets regular airplay all over the world and has been covered by the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Die Krupps, The Prodigy and The Who.





When the Stone Roses reformed back

accurate recreation of a classic Stone

band’s attention to detail is admirable, from

Roses gig. The Summer of 2012 saw

the clothes and instruments to the Manc

Madchester legends ‘The Stone Roses’

swagger and stage mannerisms, while

reform for a series of memorable shows,

the musical and sonic accuracy of their

most noticeably 3 nights at Heaton Park in

performance is second to none.

Manchester. The gigs are sure to go down

in the summer to play three shows at

in the memory as an ‘I was there’ moment.

Manchester’s Heaton Park, you can well

Their biggest show to date was at Brixton Academy in London, supporting ‘The

imagine that the demand for tickets far

But now the gigs have passed there is only

Happy Mondays’ and ‘The Farm’ in front

exceeded availability. Even if you are one

one option for fans who want to re-live ‘The

of an ecstatic crowd of over 4000 people.

of the lucky ones that did get a ticket,

Heaton Park’ experience. The Clone Roses

we are guessing that you still can’t get

are the closest thing you will find to recreate

enough of these legendary

the look and sound of these shows. The

Brit-Pop Gods! Enter the world’s premier

band include all the classics in their set such

Stone Roses tribute - The Clone Roses.

as ‘Waterfall’ ‘Made of Stone’ ‘This is the One’ and of course ‘I am the Resurrection.’

These four lads from the North West of

The Clones have been touring up and

England have been playing at sold out venues across the UK for almost a decade, delighting crowds with their uncannily

down the UK for over a decade, playing to sellout crowd’s week in week out. The

Still not sure? Inspiral Carpets keyboard player and XFM Manchester DJ Clint Boon has described them as the best Roses tribute in the business, and if your after a second opinion then why not get it from the horses mouth as Stone Roses bass player Mani said ‘ i can’t believe its not butter, the second best Stone Roses in the world.’

A Christmas Carol Community Christmas Show 10th – 15th December Convert the ‘Scrooge’ in your life and immerse yourself in this Dickens’s much-loved Christmas classic. Ebenezer Scrooge is the world’s most notorious miser, who even begrudges his staff a day off at Christmas until he’s confronted by the Spirits of Christmas – Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future – who use magic to show him the miserable consequences of his meanness. Then even Scrooge has to relent!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Dickens’ timeless and heart-warming tale.



Wilko Johnson Karnataka Urbanisations The Strawbs Electric Epochalypse Featuring Aqua Blakk (under 18s party night) The Clone Roses & DJ Clint Boon Hull Truck Theatre Presents: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Gemma Hayes The Crazy World of ARTHUR BROWN David Traynor – Spirit Medium Amplified (under 18s alt club night) A Christmas Carol for more information or call 01744 735436

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