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Change is Good! Publisher: Local Life 247 Ltd P.O. Box 631, Wigan. WN1 9HF

Like any other business, Local Life can’t afford to stand still so we’ve come up with a few new ideas for the magazine and had a bit of a revamp of some old favourites.

Contacts: Chris Pearce 01695 627999

In this issue we introduce Jack’s Tracks, the first in a series of fantastic local walks which serves to highlight how close we live to some of Lancashire’s nicest countryside. What could be better this Autumn than a nice country walk, fortified along the way with a lovely pub lunch and even some liquid refreshments too!

Samantha Gravestock 07790 095059 The next Wigan edition of Local Life will be published on Thursday 18th November. The copy deadline for this issue is Thursday 4th November. This Wigan edition of Local Life is published 8 times a year and delivered to over 13,000 private homes in Billinge Higher End, Highfield, Orrell, Up Holland, Winstanley and neighbouring villages. The magazine is also available to collect from Sainsbury’s in Marus Bridge and from local libraries. Local Life also publishes a St Helens edition which is delivered to over 24,000 copies to private homes in the St Helens, Prescot and Ashton –in-Makerfield area over a two month period. The magazine is also available to collect from Tesco Stores in St Helens, Prescot and Haydock, and also from main libraries within the St Helens area. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause. No part of this publication, including pictures, may be copied or reproduced without the prior written consent of Local Life 247 Ltd. For further information about Local Life, visit our website

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We’ve also put together an introductory piece for well-known Standish independent financial advisers, Prosper IFA Ltd, and as from the next issue, they will be advising readers on the way to achieve long term financial security. We also say hello to Borron Shaw, who, for the first time, are featuring a series of properties for sale in the magazine. There’s a new competition page too, just for children, and our popular Home Services section has had a bit of a makeover too, which should make it much easier for our readers to use. Don’t forget to let us know what you like about Local Life, what you don’t like and what you’d like to see in future magazines. And please remember, if you enjoy reading the magazine, please use the services of the advertisers within these pages, because without their unstinting support, Local Life wouldn’t even exist. You probably don’t need me to remind you, but Christmas is just 11 weeks away! If your community group has any events going on in the run-up to Christmas, and you’d like some free publicity, please email the details, along with a contact number, to and we’ll do our best to include them. Enjoy the read - see you next time!

In this issue Blinding offer from Harmony! Food Review – the Dicconson Arms Magical Madeira! Rock Gods apply here! Free Wine Offer from the Red Cat Property Section How to Prosper! Jack’s Tracks Orrell Roofline What’s On Kids Competition Page Party Central Sexy or 60, the new Volvo Angie’s Garden Diary Garden Services Win tickets to Gulliver’s World! Home Services Useful Numbers

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Perfect Harmony After a successful 18 years trading at their Pemberton showroom, Winstanley residents Gary and Shelley Parrish are about to open their second showroom! During the past few years, the demand for their products has surpassed their expectations and with the help of their son Chris, and Gary’s brother Glenn, they are opening the showroom in Chorley after Christmas. So what’s the secret of their success? Whilst many other blind companies just stick with a bog standard range of verticals, venetians and rollers, Harmony’s huge range of window furnishings includes Romans, wooden venetians, wooden verticals, pleated blinds, panel blinds, Perfect Fit blinds and even a wide range of curtains. And coming early next year is Harmony’s new range of window shutters! As each year goes by, the UK consumer becomes ever more discerning and inventive, developing different decor styles in their homes. Harmony Window Fashions is at the forefront of tomorrow’s window fashions, quickly adopting the new styles and introducing them to the local market. Perfect Fit blinds are the most attractive and innovative blinds on the market today, and are an Ideal solution for UPVC windows and doors throughout the house. Supplied within a made-to-measure frame that simply clips onto your windows or door frame, a Perfect Fit blind ensures a closer fit to the actual windows and so increases your privacy, ensures that window sills are clutter free and saves you money by reducing heat loss. The store on Ormskirk Road in Pemberton has just been extended upwards to fit in a purpose built conservatory which acts as a showroom for Harmony’s range of Perfect Fit blinds. Perfect Fit blinds are now available in venetian, roller, pleated and roof blinds. 

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Because there’s no drilling or screwing involved fitting a Perfect Fit Blind, these blinds are ideal for conservatories and French doors, but they are also suitable for windows and doors in other rooms around the house too. The latest big thing in roller blinds is the Senses range from Harmony, roller blinds with brakes that stop the material at pre-programmed lengths! Clever indeed, but the other attraction is that they can come without any cords or wands, and they have a pelmet-board type finish in matching materials – they look great! Whilst many of the top UK blinds companies offer a measly one year guarantee, Harmony Blinds are so confident in the quality of their blinds and their fitting, they have always offered a no-quibble five year guarantee on all their blinds – on both the manufacture and the fitting! Child safety is taken seriously at Harmony too. You can be sure that all their products are available with child safety controls free of charge, and existing Harmony customers can also benefits from free child safety solutions for existing Harmony blinds.

With home appointments available until 9pm seven days a week, a massive range of blinds and curtains to choose from, and a five year guarantee, dealing with Harmony is a joy. Even if your finances are tight, they offer interest free credit up to 24 months for your purchases! If you’re thinking of transforming a room or two in time for Christmas, visit their showroom in Pemberton for some inspiration!

There are some rooms in your house though that need that something extra that only the right pair of curtains can supply, Harmony can help you achieve that look with their range of made to measure curtains. Extensive curtain racks in their showroom display over 300 fabrics for you to choose from and within 7 days, the made to measure process is complete and your curtains are with you, ready to hang. For more information about the range of blinds that Harmony stock and for a demonstration on the Perfect Fit blinds, visit their new-look website www. And for a limited period only, when you order Perfect Fit blinds for your conservatory from Harmony Window Fashions, they will supply the Perfect Fit roof blinds at HALF PRICE!

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Lancashire’s Criminal Past

Come and learn about Lancashire’s criminal past! An illustrated talk is taking place at Up Holland Library next Tuesday (19th October), which will bring to light aspects of crime and crime-fighting from the Romans to the Victorians. It is set in the context of national laws and events, but focuses particularly on Lancashire and the life and death of Up Holland’s most infamous son, highwayman George Lyon, is mentioned. In addition, there’s a exhibition in the library about the man who called himself ‘King of Robbers’. George Lyon was executed at Lancaster Castle in 1815, along with his accomplices, David Bennett and William Houghton, and all three are now buried in the graveyard at St Thomas the Martyr Church. The talk starts at 2pm at the Library in Hall Green and, both the talk and refreshments are free, but please drop in to the library first or phone 01695 622368 to book your place.

Pram Push

Mums (and dads!) with babies and toddlers are invited to a Pram Push/Toddle every Monday at Orrell Water

Park! This family walk takes place between 1.30pm2.15pm, starting from the car park and finishing on the children’s playground. Please wear suitable footwear and bring a drink. For more information, call Nicola or Karen at WLCT on 01942 886802.

Heritage Weekend

Park Lane Chapel, next to ‘The Park’ pub on Wigan Road in Bryn, are holding their annual Heritage Weekend this weekend (9th and 10th October). The Chapel and School is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am-12 noon on Sunday, and there will be old photographs and displays to look at and various stalls set up. The Harry Latham Memorial Concert will take place on Sunday at 2pm, with a performance by the North Ashton Band. Refreshments are available and car parking is free, so why not pop in to this chapel this weekend, which is over 300 years old, to explore a bit of local history?

Christmas Issue

If your local church, community group or charity is holding a Christmas event, such as a Christmas fair or carol concert, and you’d like to publicise the event free in the next issue of Local Life, then please email details to, along with a contact name and number. If you’re not hooked up to the internet yet, then send details to Local Life, PO Box 631, Wigan WN1 9HF. The deadline date is Thursday 4th November and the magazine will be delivered on the weekend of 20/21st November.

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Eagles Soar

The latest classes for the Eagles Dance Club have opened at the Grange Community Centre in Marus Bridge every Thursday, catering for all ages of dancers. Mixed dancing, including Latin, ballroom, party and salsa is enjoyed by smaller children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old (4.30-5.15pm) and older children between 7-16 years old (5.15-6pm) every Thursday.

and the organisers are promising a fun and friendly workshop with lots of tips and ideas to achieve an enjoyable Christmas on a budget. Admission is free, but please book your place by calling Maureen on 01942 239253 or Laura on 01942 777545.

And in the evening at the Grange, the adults come out to play! From 7pm-7.45pm, there’s a Salsa session and from 7.45-8.30pm, there’s ballroom and Latin dancing. Children in Up Holland can take advantage of Tuesday’s classes at St Teresa’s Club on College Road. 4-6 year olds join the Uni Teds class between 5-6pm and children over 6 can join the beginners’ ballroom and Latin class which runs from 6-7 pm. All sessions are £4 each. The Eagles Dance Club is run by Mandy Clarke, who has been teaching dance for over 20 years in the Wigan area. For more details visit www. or call Mandy on 07837 043674.

Surviving Christmas

The national charity Action for Children are holding Christmas survival workshops at Hope Children’s centre in Marus Bridge on Thursday 4th and 11th November, from 1-3pm. The workshops are targeted at parents with children up to the age of 5 years old,

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Bonfire Event

Orrell’s big bonfire takes place this year on Friday 5th November next to the Red Triangle Cricket Club, off Winstanley Road in Orrell. Admission to this longestablished event, which is run jointly by the cricket club and the YMCA, is just £2 and the gates open at 6pm. There will also be a fireworks display, amusements and rides for younger children and a burger van selling refreshments. Liquid refreshments for adults will be available from the bar at the cricket club. All proceeds for the event go to the cricket club and the YMCA.

Brick Appeal

The Bricklayers Arms in the town centre of Wigan opened in July 2008 to provide homeless and

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disadvantaged people with a dedicated place where they could recover and get back on their feet. With the cold nights round the corner, organisers at the Brick are appealing for donations to keep the project viable. Especially welcome are donations of long life packaged and tinned foods, such as pasta, soups, beans, potatoes, rice and vegetables, and also tea, coffee, sugar and long life milk. Please call Trish Green on 01942 236953 if you can help. For further details on the Brick Project, visit

Stretch at the Grange

The Active Living team are running Stretch and Relax sessions at the Grange Community Centre every Friday morning from 10.30-11.30am. These sessions, which cost £2 per person, offer a fun and safe way of exercising, a mixture of Pilates and stretching that promises to energise you and improve your general fitness. The sessions are suitable for all ages. For further details, call the team on 01942 488481.

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Happy Ladies Triumph

The annual Ladies Fun 6-a-side competition took place recently at Goose Green Cricket Club’s ground at Pony Dick. Contestants included Goose Green Happy Ladies, Hung-over Honeys and Standish Liquorish Allsorts, and the winners on the days were the Goose Green Happy Ladies! The winning team is pictured with their trophy, which was presented with their trophy by Winstanley Ward councillor, Rona Winkworth. A barbeque and a beat the goalie competition kept the spectators entertained and a collection on the day was donated to the Mayor’s Charity.

Blue Bins on Pilot

Wigan Council has selected a local area to trial the introduction of the Blue Bin scheme, which, if successful, will replace the white bag paper recycling scheme. The pilot scheme begins in November for a six month trial period, and the areas included in the pilot will be the entire Mount Estate, Orrell Road from Pemberton to Orrell Post and all roads off Orrell Road, the entire Shelley Drive estate, and the Chapel Street area in Pemberton, including the Cromford Drive estate. The blue bins will be collected on a monthly basis, not a fortnightly basis as is the case at the moment.


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Hospice Charity Night

A group of swimmers from the Total Fitness pool in Marus Bridge are running a series of charity events to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, including a Charity Night at St James Club in Orrell. The Charity Night is being held on Friday 10th December and will effectively be a Christmas Party for those wishing to attend. Amongst the entertainment laid on will be Crawford @ Brown and the Catchafters, there will be a disco, a raffle and a hot pot supper included in the £7.50 ticket price. Tickets are on sale from the club (01695 623902) of from organiser Chris Kelly on 01695 627182 or 07849 444794. The team aim to swim the Channel in relay fashion next August, also to raise money for the Hospice.

Musical Evening

The Three Towns Operatic Society will be performing at St Aidan’s Church in Billinge on 16th October 2010 at 7.30pm. The Three Towns – Atherton, Leigh and Tyldesley, in case you’re interested – were formed back in 1968, and will be performing a selection of musical pieces, not just songs and choruses from past Operatic shows, but a mixture of musical delights across a broad section. Rod Dakin, the Society’s conductor points out that “The show will consist of songs that the choir have always wanted to sing, but very often they don’t have time to sing.” Tickets will be priced at £5.00 and this will include light refreshments at the interval. Tickets can be obtained from the wardens at the church or any member of the PCC.

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Best of Both Worlds Just recently, I’ve been taken to task by a local couple, who have criticised some of my choices of food reviews. They said, “If you’re looking for good places to eat, why haven’t you been to the Dicconson Arms?” So, we took the high road up to Appley Bridge to try out the food at this modest looking pub that’s situated on what’s known locally as Dangerous Corner. As far as I can recollect, the pub has always enjoyed a reputation for fairly good pub grub, but it’s been a good few years since we’ve last eaten here so we were interested to find out what had changed. We walked through the dining room, which has undergone a fairly hefty refurbishment recently and has now a much more modern and airy feel about it, and when we sat down, the waitress immediately drew our attention to the specials board, which consisted solely of fish dishes. She explained that the fish is 12

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delivered daily from Fleetwood, and the contents of the specials board depended on what the chef fancied from the overnight catch. Hang on a minute! This is a pub! Pub chefs just don’t go to this much trouble to create a menu, do they? So we looked at the menu on offer and that’s when the penny finally dropped! These people are serious about food. The menus are truly creative, carrying the sort of dishes that would bring out an average pub chef out in a cold sweat, and feature produce from the finest of local food producers. Is there more to this place than meets the eye? Before very long, my choice of the Smoked Fish Pot with the Greenfield’s Lancashire Cheese Glaze and Toasted Soldiers appeared. This was a wonderful salty, smoky, flaky mix of mackerel, haddock, trout and salmon contained in a ramekin, topped with breadcrumbs and a delicious cheese glaze. The biggest toasted soldiers I’ve even seen were stacked up besides the dish and every one of these crusty soldiers was utilised fully to scrape every last bit of pleasure from this outstanding starter!

Across the table, my partner was also tucking into a sea food dish, but one that contrasted wildly to the Fish Pot. A generous portion of Southport Potted Shrimps along with hollandaise sauce, were perched atop a chunky toasted muffin, and served with fresh spinach. This was a buttery and delicate dish, and the spinach provided a worthy backdrop to the sweet taste of the sauce. Word of warning here; if you’re one of these people who likes to show your appreciation of exceptionally good food by licking the plate, make sure you wear shinpads to deflect the kick you’ll receive from your dining partner! Clearly taken by the quality of the fish on offer, my partner tries the Pan Fried Sea Bass fillets as a main course, which is served with sautéed new potatoes, cherry tomatoes and artichokes, with a basil pesto. This colourful contrast was presented beautifully, and the dish was as good as it looked! The sea bass was cooked so delicately, crisping slightly at the edges, and seasoned just enough to bring out the delicate flavours. I opted for the Roast Pork Fillet wrapped in Woodhall’s Cumbrian ham, with sautéed potatoes, wild mushrooms, spinach and a garlic cream sauce. This consisted of two generous cuts of the most succulent lean pork I’ve tasted in years, an absolutely gorgeous mix of mushrooms and fresh spinach, and cream sauce you’ll want to dive into, it’s that tasty!

thinking that this sounds too heavy; it’s a light dessert with a beautiful texture. The other dessert we tried was a fig, walnut and treacle tart. This warm treat, which was rich, sweet and full of walnuts, was served with a heavenly vanilla Fredericks ice cream, along with a plump strawberry, blueberries and a raspberry coulis. It was a sweet and sticky end to a wonderful meal! Make no mistake, Dicconson Arms provide the finest of fresh food, cooked in an excellent and imaginative fashion and it’s all presented beautifully. Like I said before, the people at this place really are serious about their food, but they show it in an understated way though, there’s none of the food snobbery that you encounter at similar establishments. The place represents the best of both worlds - it’s as comfortable and unpretentious as a pub, with the quality of food you’d travel 50 miles for. Don’t leave it too long before you pay them a visit and make sure you call ahead first to book a table! Dicconson Arms 206 Appley Bridge North Appley Bridge WN6 9DX 01257 252733

Regular readers will know I’ve got a bit of bee in my bonnet about restaurants buying in desserts from suppliers and tarting them up just prior to serving, with a dusting of this and squirt of that. To the customer, it often means that the last impression they have of the place is something that began life at Costco earlier that week. We were delighted then to discover that the Dicconson Arms, all the desserts are made freshly on the premises. In fact, one of the desserts we ordered, the Dark and White Chocolate Pudding, is actually made whilst you wait. With the anticipation building during the wait, the dessert arrived with that ‘just out of the oven’ smell, which was topped by the sight of the white chocolate oozing out of the dark pudding, and was topped a third time by the mouth-watering taste! Don’t be

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Re-Birth for NCT Branch

A group of local parents have joined forces to re-start the Wigan and St Helens Branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). The NCT has been around as a charity for over 50 years and provides national and local support to parents and parents to be, through pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. On a national basis, this charity lobbies for parental rights, research, education e.g. antenatal classes, and support for maternity services, and at local level the groups provide support for new and future parents, as well as information and friendship. The group were successful in getting a National Lottery grant to support their first year and have already set up have a calendar of events and activities. The next few events will all be held at Billinge Family Church, on Crank Road in Billinge.


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The Launch Day is on Saturday 16th October, and consists of a baby fair and fun day! The event is free, and everyone is welcome to come along, bring their kids, enjoy lots of fun and games, and try some of the taster sessions on offer as well as the different stalls. Taster sessions include Jo Jingles and Tumble Tots, both fun classes to get kids active and moving. There will also be stalls offering advice and support to parents from local NHS and council groups as well as Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue, On Saturday 30th October, the branch are holding a Nearly New sale at Billinge Family Church from 12pm-2pm. NCT Nearly New Sales are a fantastic opportunity for parents to sell their used (and good quality) baby clothes, equipment, toys, maternity clothes etc that they no longer need. Parents to come along as buyers or sellers, for more information call 0844 243 6325. In addition to the events mentioned, the group have set up a sensory playgroup, established a lending library for parents, and are planning days out. Speakers will be talking about a range of subjects on the 1st Tuesday of every month, from 8pm at the Billinge Family Church, and the first three speakers will be talking about real nappies, baby slings and hypno-birth. For more details or to register as a seller, contact or call a local volunteer on 0844 2436325.

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Nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, almost 10,000 Jewish children were evacuated from Nazi Germany and brought to Britain in a rescue mission known as Kindertransport. This moving drama at Wigan Little Theatre highlights the Kindertransport operation and tells the story of Faith, a Londoner who discovers that her mother, Evelyn, was sent to England when she was nine by her Jewish parents. Kindertransport runs from next Wednesday until Saturday 23rd October at the theatre in Crompton Street. For tickets call the box office between 7pm-9pm, or visit the website


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Christmas Market

Orrell Methodist Church is holding a Christmas Market on Saturday 13th November, from 10am until 1.30pm. Various stalls will be set up at the church, which is located on Church Drive in Orrell, including craft stalls, groceries, fancy goods, cakes and chocolates, so it will offer you a great place to kick start your Christmas shopping.  Hot and cold refreshments and hot pot lunches will also be available at the market.

Last Chance Trial!

The children’s education provider Kumon, who run after school study sessions, are running a free two week trial until 20th October for any child who is interested in trying out their Maths and/or English programmes. Pauline Cooper is the local Kumon tutor, and she runs sessions at St Aidans Social Centre in Winstanley on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Pauline now on 01942 203847 to book your child’s free trial session. For session times, prices and further details about the Kumon courses please visit the website

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Macmillan Boost

Members of the Orrell and Billinge Community Network aND BriNg have agreed to donate the proceeds of their latest coffee morning to the Macmillan appeal, as part of the organisation’s national World’s Biggest Coffee Morning appeal on Friday 24th September. The amount raised for Macmillan from the Network was a noteworthy £238! The next coffee morning for the Network will be held on Friday 29th October at the Methodist Church on Church Drive in Orrell. The Network is always looking for donations of books, especially women’s fiction books, and unwanted presents. All donations will be gratefully received and we can organise collection if necessary. Please call 01695 627999 for details. Every mug will help improve the lives of people affected by cancer.


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Billinge ceramic painting studio, Just Pottering About, are hosting an adults-only evening on Thursday 25th November from 7pm to 10pm. The new Christmas bisque (pieces of pottery) will be in stock and guests will receive a free glass of wine and some nibbles. Numbers are strictly limited, so please call the studio on 01744 892028 to book your place as soon as possible. Entrance is free and there’s no studio fee – you just pay for what you paint.

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On the 17th October, the attraction is ‘Chinatown’, starring Jack Nicholson, and on 31st October ‘The Ghost’, starring Ewan McGregor, will be shown. Both films are certified 15. The village hall is located on The Green in Parbold and all screenings start at 7pm, with the doors opening at 6.30pm. All seats are priced at just £3. For further details, call 07976 913170.

Free Swim

A free swim session for dads and kids is being hosted by Ashton Leisure Centre next Saturday (16th October). Lots of toys will be available to play with and the objective of the session is to help to build children’s confidence in the water, and is targeted at children under the age of 5, though their older siblings are also welcome. The session runs from 2pm-3pm at the centre, which is based on Old Road in Ashton.

Polanski in Parbold

The big screen season continues at Parbold Village Hall this month with two Roman Polanski thrillers.

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Funding Fayre

If you belong to a voluntary or community group, you’ll know that belts are being tightened when it comes to funding for your group. Wigan and Leigh have organised a funding fayre for this Wednesday (13th October) at the Museum of Wigan Life in Library Street where you can get advice on funding for your organisation. There will be presentations from Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, Community Foundation for Greater Manchester and Wigan Council, and there will be various information stands available to visit. The event runs from 10.30am to 2.30pm. If you’d like to attend, please call Heather on 01942 686238 or email

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Standish Festival

All roads lead to Standish this week for the village’s popular Arts and Music Festival, which runs until next Saturday (16th October). Highlights include; Sunday 10th October – A ‘Songs of Praise‘ evening with the choirs of three local churches at St Wilfrid’s Church starting at 6.30pm. Monday 11th October – ‘Superstitions’ – Reminiscence sessions run by the Heritage Service at Standish Library starting at 10am Tuesday 12th October - An evening with crime writer Margaret Murphy at Standish Library, starting at 7.15pm. Friday 15th October – A Swing Extravaganza, with three Wigan youth bands at St Wilfrid’s church, starting at 7.30pm Saturday 16th October – Festival Finale, with Wigan Youth Band and Wigan Intermediate Schools Band at St Wilfrid’s Church, starting at 7.30pm

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Especially for children, there is a Stories and Craft session at Standish Library between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Thursday 14th, and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. This free event is open to 3-8 year olds and places are limited. There’s also a Padded Bugs craft session at the library next Saturday (16th October) between the hours of 10am11.30am and this session costs £2 per child. Please call Standish Library on 01257 400496 to book your places. For more details on the Standish Arts and Music Festival call St Wilfrid’s Parish Office between 10am and 12 noon Monday-Friday, call the library on 01257 400496 or to view the full Festival programme visit

PUTTING THE MERRY BACK INTO CHRISTMAS Why not let our Master Chef of Great Britain and his trained team of chefs prepare your Christmas Dinner for you? We will even drop it off at your door. Taking away all the hassle and leaving you with time to enjoy Christmas, priceless! Each Christmas Hamper will include; • Oven Ready, Freshly prepared, Seasoned and Stuffed Turkey • Homemade Sausage Meat and Chestnut Stuffing • Chateau Potatoes in Goose fat • Prepared and Blanched Sprouts • Carrot and Swede Puree • Peeled Chestnuts • Roast Turkey Gravy • Chipolatas in Bacon • Cranberry Sauce • Mince Pies with Brandy Butter • Christmas Pudding and Rum Sauce Christmas Dinner for 8 -10 people @ £250.00

For those of you feeling truly decadent add a starter; • Salmon Terrine with Herb Dressing For 10 People @ £50.00 Deliveries will be arranged for; 23rd December 9am - 5pm 24th December 9am - 12noon Payment must be made by cheque 7 working days prior to delivery; Delivery charges will apply. Carringtons Catering Ltd All Hallows Kitchen, Roby Mill, Upholland, Lancashire WN8 0QF

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Magical Madeira!

If your idea of holiday paradise is lying on a sun bed by a pool, then Madeira would be wasted on you. However, if you appreciate breathtaking unspoilt natural beauty, coupled with lots to see and do, then you simply must put Madeira on your ‘places to visit’ list. Known as the floating garden of the Atlantic, this Portuguese island is situated 450 miles off the coast of Morocco, and enjoys a stable climate all year round, averaging between 18 and 24 degrees. Madeira’s capital, Funchal is a fascinating place, with an extremely relaxed cosmopolitan feel. Wherever you go, tourists mix easily with the friendly residents, and unlike most capital cities, the crime rate in Funchal is almost zero. There’s a wide variety of cuisine here, with hundreds of restaurants providing al fresco dining from many types of cultures, though thankfully it’s not the type of place where you can get a full English breakfast every ten yards. A great day out is a trip to Monte, the mountain which overlooks Funchal. Take the modern cable car up to Monte for fabulous views, and you can visit the tropical garden located on the mountain top. Five minutes walk away from the garden is the ancient church of Nossa Senhora do Monte Church, which is worth a quick visit, but then let your hair down on a toboggan ride which takes you part of the way back to Funchal. Originally a fast means of transport down to Funchal for Monte residents back in the 19th century, thousands of tourists every year now make this exciting trip, sliding at high speed on narrow, winding streets, pushed by two men traditionally dressed in white cotton clothes and a straw hat. The vibrant market in the centre of Funchal is also well worth a visit, but do go early to capture the real flavour of the place. As you make your way round, stallholders will offer you slices of various mouth-watering fruit; you’ll never realise that fruit can taste so good! There’s plenty to see outside Funchal too! The bus services are excellent and cheap too, but car hire is recommended

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to make the best of Madeira. You’ll need to be a confident driver though to negotiate the steep and narrow roads out of Funchal to the motorway above the city. Walkers will love the island’s levadas, the island’s 2,500 kilometres-long irrigation system dating back to the 16th century, which enable tourists to discover an abundance of unspoilt areas of the island and its just a 30 minute bus ride from Funchal. The Maderia Theme Park at Santana isn’t a theme park as we know it, but is suitable for families with children of primary school age. Children will also love the numerous trips are on offer from the harbour at Funchal, to see the dolphins, turtles and whales at sea.

native forest, the Laurissilva. For views that will leave you gasping, you must visit Curral das Freiras (Nuns Valley), which is a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains in the heart of the island. A great, and inexpensive, fun day out for families is the brand new aqua park at Santa Cruz, which is

Despite visiting at the height of the school holidays though, we never felt that Madeira is overrun with children. Perhaps influenced by the cruise ships that stop off at the island regularly, tourist attractions on this unspoilt island are targeted mainly at the mature, more discerning holidaymaker. Whether by accident or design, this clearly works for Madeira. Regrets? As the song goes, we had a few, but the biggest was only booking for a single week. To appreciate the beauty of magical Madeira and sister island, Port Santo, you’d need at least ten days. But never mind, at least we can look forward to a return visit to magical Madeira!

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Free Taster Session! Could your child be part of the new Kings of Leon or the next Oasis?  Now they have the chance to learn to play in a band at Clive’s Easylearn Rock & Pop school!    

At over 70 branches of Clive’s Music School nationwide, children aged between 7-17 spend an hour each week learning how to play guitar, drums, bass guitar or keyboards. The lessons are split into two parts - ‘Easylearn’ and ‘Easyjam’.    During the Easylearn session, which lasts 45 minutes, your child, wearing headphones to focus fully on their playing, will be one of just two children taught by a single tutor. All tutors have CRB clearance and there are up to six teaching stations in action at the same time, with each of the tutors focusing on their specialised instrument.  26 Local Life

Experience shows that in this sort of an educational environment, children can learn to master an instrument far quicker than they normally do, and they have a lot of enjoyment along the way too!    After 45 minutes the headphones come off and the Easyjam session begins! The Easyjam session is 15 minutes of real fun, with tutors guiding their students to work in tandem with everyone else to experience the awesome excitement of playing in a band - right from the very first lesson!   Clive’s Easylearn Rock & Pop school are offering Local Life readers a free hour-long taster session at the Saturday morning sessions, which are held at The Grange Community Complex on Highfield Grange Avenue. There’s no need to bring your own instruments as they will be provided for the taster session and no experience is necessary, just bags of enthusiasm!  For those unable to make Saturday morning sessions, a sister school operates on Saturday afternoon in Lowton.  Due to limited numbers, taster sessions will need to be booked in advance so please call Chris on 07751 497488 now. For more details or to book a free taster online visit

Bunhead Visit

TV’s most extreme science presenter, Dr Bunhead, is visiting Skelmersdale this Saturday (9th October) to host a high-octane science show at the Woodley Park Centre. Dr Bunhead, who has appeared on TV programmes such as Brainiac and Blue Peter, will burn, bash and blast his way through various objects, all in the name of science. The show begins at 2.30pm and with the help of volunteers, Dr Bunhead will unleash the fire tornado monster, explode hot water bottles, create monster indoor clouds and put on a show full of science mayhem. Suggested donations on entering the show are £4 for children under 12 and £8 for those above 12. The event is part of the 30th birthday celebrations of the Transcendental Meditation Community’s arrival in Skelmersdale, and proceeds from the event will go to the Transcendental Meditation Young People’s Project, which is aimed at introducing the technique to young people in the North West.

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Once again the Artistry girls are delighted to be holding their Winter Art Exhibition & Sale at the John Eddleston Centre, Main Street, Billinge , WN5 7PA on Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st October from 10am until 5pm. This will be Artistry’s 8th Exhibition held at the Centre. The group consists of local artists Joanne Boon Thomas, Jean Delaney & Bron Lowe who annually host exhibitions of their work and that of other local artists. The Artistry Exhibition has proved more and more popular over the years with an ever increasing number of artists wishing to exhibit their work. This year there will be work from at least 12 local artists with work ranging from watercolour to acrylics and pastel with an array of styles to choose from whatever your taste may be. A raffle will also be held in aid of Artistry’s favourite local charity “Derian House Hospice” The prize is a framed watercolour by Artist Joanne Boon Thomas.  Complimentary cheese and wine and refreshments are also available. Be sure that you put this in your diaries to buy a unique and individual present this Christmas.

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Fallen Heroes

Skelmersdale’s Community Choir are hosting a concert for fallen heroes at the Ecumenical Centre in Skelmersdale in November. The concert will be based around songs from the 40’s, such as ‘Roll out the Barrel’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again’, and all proceeds will be split between Help for Heroes and Breast Cancer Research. Tickets are priced at £7.50 (£3.50 for over 60’s) and the cost will include a buffet of foods from the era. For tickets, call Alan Lewis on 07939 660048.


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Diving with Sharks

Local girl Suzanne Fallon-De Vares is doing a sponsored swim with a difference next month when she visits Blue Planet Aquarium to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Along with five others, Suzanne will be diving into the shark infested aquarium and coming face to face with Stingrays, Nurse Sharks, Tiger Sharks and Lemon Sharks (pictured), during a 30 minute session to discover the basics of scuba diving. 31 year old Suzanne, who lives on Dingle Road in Up Holland, has pledged to raise a minimum of £250 for the charity. If anyone would like to help Suzanne raise money for Muscular Dystrophy, please give her a call on 07504 054459.

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Spooky Halloween

Up Holland Library are running a family fun session with lots of art and craft activities with a Halloween theme in half term week. The event will take place on Thursday 28th October from 2.15 to 3.15pm at the library in Hall Green. Spaces are limited, so please book your space now by calling the library on 01695 622368.

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Local Life are always on the lookout for pictures to use in future editions of the magazine, and would particularly like to hear from amateur photographers who can supply scenic shots of the local area at various times of year, both in a portrait and landscape format. Please email high resolution pictures through to a JPEG format. We’d also like to hear from people who have old photographs (pre-1960’s) of the Orrell, Billinge, Up Holland and Winstanley area that we can use. These would perhaps be scenic shots, or pictures of friends and workplaces. Please email your details to editorial@ or call us on 01695 627999.

Just One Call... So how do you pick a good estate agent in the first place? Well, being the only estate agency based in the Orrell, Up Holland and Billinge areas gives Borron Shaw a distinct advantage over their competition, but what else sets them apart from other estate agents? Well, for a start, the Orrell branch of Borron Shaw is owned and run by two locals. Steven Ball from Orrell and Billinger Steve Tickle who took over Orrell’s Borron Shaw branch earlier this year. The duo own the long-standing local business, Lifestyle Mortgages which is now situated over the top of the Borron Shaw office at The Grapes traffic lights in Orrell. The move means that with JUST ONE CALL, you can deal with all aspects of selling and buying a home. That’s right, JUST ONE CALL brings you the peace of mind of dealing with professionals, who know the local area like the back of their hands and who both have decades of property and mortgage experience, both in the UK and overseas. With the majority of properties in the UK sold on the internet these days, a strong presence on the web is vital. All Borron Shaw’s properties are displayed on Right Move, the UK’s biggest property website, and Borron Shaw’s own website,, has a strong showing on Google, the internet’s number one search engine. The personal service that Borron Shaw can offer extends to accompanied viewings with all potential purchasers, they and you both benefit from having any financial queries answered immediately. They will cross reference your property with their clients using the services of Lifestyle Mortgages, your own dedicated contact at Borron Shaw and the opportunity of being featured in Local Life, which is the only magazine extensively delivered in the Orrell, Billinge and Up Holland areas.

When it comes to selling your home, ask Borron Shaw for a free market appraisal as they believe that they can offer you a complete deal, centred around a customer care package which is second to none, so if you’re thinking about selling, just pick up the phone and remember all it takes if JUST ONE CALL!

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The Copse, Orrell Road, Orrell. ► ► ► ► ► ►

4 bedrooms (3 with en-suite facilities) 3 reception rooms Large conservatory Private rear garden Gated for extra security Stamp duty paid

Rarely does a property like this become available, offering such beautifully appointed and spacious living accommodation. This executive, gated property is a real credit to our clients who have lovingly created a fabulous home with clearly no expense spared on its fittings, fixtures and maintenance. Offering four bedrooms, three reception rooms plus a conservatory, kitchen, utility room, downstairs wc, 1st floor, spacious landing area with four bedrooms, three with en-suite bathrooms and family bathroom. Externally, private rear garden area with patio area, spacious sweeping driveway leading to the double garage and the secure gates. Internal inspection is a must to appreciate this quality home on offer with no upward chain involved and the stamp duty paid by our clients.

Offers around £550,000

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3 bedroomed bungalow 2 reception rooms Loft conversion for bedroom / extra lounge Large rear garden, garage and summerhouse No chain involved

This 3 bedroomed semi-detached bungalow is situated close to the village and has central heating and double glazing. This property boasts an open-plan loft conversion which can be used as a master bedroom or an additional lounge. Externally, the driveway can accommodate up to four cars and also has a garage.

Offers in the region of £175,000 Moor Road, Orrell. ► ► ► ► ►

3 bedrooms 2 reception rooms Renovated to high standard 90ft rear garden No chain involved

Decorated to an exceptionally high standard, this is a lovely family home. Property comprises of two lounges, a beautifully presented kitchen with utility room, and a fully tiled contemporary family bathroom with overhead shower. Property is fully double glazed, central heated, carpeted and alarmed. Early internal viewing is highly recommended.

Offers in the region of £135,000 Lawns Avenue, Tontine, Orrell. ► ► ► ► ►

Three bedrooms Conservatory Open aspect to rear Excellent family home No chain involved

This beautiful 3-bedroomed semi detached property is situated on the popular Lawns estate in Tontine. Conservatory looks out over lovely gardens and an open aspect to the rear, this could be an excellent family home. The property has double glazing and central heating, but is in need of an upgrade.


Tower Hill Road, Up Holland.

4 bedrooms 2 reception rooms Cellar Wonderful views across open countryside ► No chain involved Situated in a much-sought after semi rural area overlooking farmland near Up Holland, this four-bedroomed end-terraced property represents a fantastic redevelopment potential for a self builder/developer. Full central heating, double glazing and alarmed, this property would make an ideal family home and it is priced to sell, with no chain involved. ► ► ► ►

Priced to sell at £195,000

Living in Uncertain Times. Hands up if you ever expected to see, here in the UK, people desperate to withdraw money out of their bank before its funds dried up? During those scary few days back in 2007, some of the nation’s best known and trusted banks were dragged into the mire, fighting for their corporate lives. Who knows how many hours or days away the country was from bankruptcy? Since then, matters have stabilised somewhat, but at an expense that will take the nation decades to pay off. And with stock markets around the world still deflated, it’s clear that many people are putting off making investment decisions for their future. Sticking your money in a bank and crossing your fingers just isn’t a viable option, as your cash savings are losing their value as each day goes by. With life expectancy increasing all the time, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to nurture your savings and investments to protect you and your dependents in future. Ongoing global financial uncertainty means that there’s never been a better time to enlist the help of experts to protect your future and your family’s legacy.

most appropriate financial products for your personal circumstances. Prior to setting up Prosper, David was UK Director of a National IFA firm and responsible for over 150 advisors throughout the UK specialising in the retirement sector. Using his contacts from over 25 years of financial services industry experience, David has assembled a team of experts at Prosper who have helped the company become, what he believes to be, the leading IFA for the Over 50’s market in the area. Not content with that, David who is a qualified member of the Personal Finance Society, is facing up to big changes ahead in the financial services industry and is aiming to achieve ‘Corporate Chartered Status’ for his firm. This will place them amongst a select band of IFA firms within the UK that can demonstrate the highest levels of technical knowledge, customer service and ethical practice across the entire financial advice community.

It was Oscar Wilde who said -

“When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life. Now that I am old, I know it is.” From our next issue, Local Life will be teaming up local independent financial advisers, Prosper IFA Ltd, to bring you independent advice on a range of financial matters. Prosper IFA Ltd, who are based on the High Street in Standish, specialise in financial advice for people aged over 50. Founded in 2003 by Managing Director David Barton, Prosper IFA Ltd now works on behalf of hundreds of local clients, including private clients, trustee and corporate investors, and has over £60 million invested on behalf of their clients. Prosper is an independent company with qualified advisers throughout the North West. They have no ties to fund managers, banks, or insurance companies, and this enables them to deliver bespoke and unbiased investment advice. So whether you need advice on investments or pensions, Prosper can provide you with clear, no-jargon advice on the 36 Local Life

So what can you expect when you contact Prosper? The initial consultation is free of charge. A highly qualified adviser will take the time to sit down with you and build up a profile of your financial situation, taking into account your savings/ investments, income/outgoings, tax position and attitude towards investment risk. They will establish your objectives and priorities before presenting you with their recommendations. Once investments are implemented a timetable for regular reviews is then agreed in order that the service dovetails exactly to your requirements.

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So if you’ve been putting off investment decisions, and you want to provide a more secure financial future for you and your family, act now and call David and the team on 01257 423800.

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Follow in Jack’s tracks and try this superb local walk. A 6½ mile walk that, on clear days, takes in breathtaking views of the North West coastline, the North Wales hills and the Pennies. You’ll walk up Billinge Beacon, which is the highest point in Merseyside (and of this particular walk) and affectionately known to locals as ‘The Lump’. Look out for the wind turbines off Crosby, Blackpool Tower, the round brick ventilation tunnels that mark the Tontine Tunnel and the wildflower meadow by Winstanley College. Make sure you pop into the Robin Hood, which has a deserved reputation for great food and the finest real ales, and also extends a warm welcome for four legged friends in the pub’s lounge area. And at the end of the walk, which takes approximately 3¼ hours, treat yourself to a De Roma ice cream at their parlour next to Bankes Park!

Bankes Park – Crank Road Park the car near Bankes Park in Billinge. Follow Beacon Road up the hill until you can go no further. Take the public footpath to the left hand side of the chain link fence and 120 yards later, bear right and then follow the shale path upwards towards the tarmac road. Walk past the electricity substation and directly after the sub-station, turn right and go through the gate into a wooded area. Continue uphill through the wooded area and eventually you will see Billinge Beacon on your right hand side. Once you’ve left the wooded area, turn right and climb the hill up to the Beacon. Once you have admired the views from the top, walk down the other side of the hill and take the path on your left hand side that heads in the direction of the masts. After the row of conifers on your right hand side, turn right down the overgrown path that runs between the conifers and the chain link fence for 100 yards. Then turn left and follow the path through the farmyard at Beacon House Farm. Turn right just after you pass the farm house and walk 150 yards down the driveway to Crank Road.

Billinge Beacon

Known affectionately by locals as the Billinge Lump, the beacon was the site of one of the Armada Beacons used to send warnings of invasion the length of the country back in the 16th century. The drab building currently on top of the Beacon was erected as a sea mark in the 18th century, even though the sea is 15 miles away. It’s the highest point in Merseyside at 587 feet, and you can apparently see up to 16 counties from this point on a clear day.


Tontine Tunnel Shafts

These three circular brick shafts were originally built for ventilation purposes when the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway steam trains ran through Tontine Tunnel, and were later capped when steam trains were phased out. The tunnel, which is 0.6 miles long, runs from the Higher Pimbo area to the Lawns Estate off Sandbrook Road in Orrell. Incidentially, it is believed that a mass grave at St James Church in Orrell contains the remains of Irish navvies who died whilst constructing the tunnel.

Crank Road – Higher Pimbo Take a left turn and head up Crank Road. Go past the ‘Welcome to Rural Rainford’ sign and follow the road round a left hand bend. Approximately 100 yards past the bend you will see a public footpath sign by a farm gate on the right hand side. Take this path, and 50 yards later branch off to the right. Follow the path along the right hand perimeter of the field for ¼ of a mile. Once you arrive at the gate with a stile on the left hand side, cross the stile and carry straight on down the path. Stay on the path for the next ¼ mile, crossing two further stiles until you reach some concrete steps descending to a dirt track. Go down these steps, cross the dirt track and go straight up some more concrete steps on the opposite side. Once you reach the front gated entrance to Mountains Farm, you’ll come to a crossroads. Take a left turn here. After 75 yards or so, you’ll come to a fork in the path. Bear right and after 50 yards you’ll come to another fork. Don’t turn right, carry straight on through the middle of the field. Once you’ve crossed the field go through the archway in the hedge and carry straight on down the pathway running to the left of a wooded area called Pimbo Bushes. When you get to the end of this path, you’ll see a gate with lots of barbed wire. Turn left here and follow the path for ¼ mile until you reach a gate. Go over the stile onto the gravel path and turn right into the hamlet of Higher Pimbo. Higher Pimbo – Robin Hood Pub Walk up the path 50 yards and when you reach Higher Barn, take an immediate left. Head up the hill through the centre of the field. Once you’ve gone up an incline you’ll come across a path on your left with a ‘Private

Road’ sign. Carry straight on for 100 yards and you’ll come to a crossroads. Turn left for 40 yards and then after you’ve passed the hedges, take an immediate right turn. Follow this pathway for 400 yards, take the left fork and 100 yards later you arrive in Newfold, a collection of stone houses centered around a courtyard. Go through the courtyard, bear left and then walk the 100 yards to Oxhouse Road. Cross Oxhouse Road and take the tarmac path between house numbers 13 and 15. Walk the 250 yards past the playing fields and down an alley until you reach St James Road. Turn right, cross the road and head up the hill. Turn left opposite the Running Horses pub down Sandy Lane. Walk down the hill and the Robin Hood Pub is 400 yards on the left hand side.

Geocachers Alert!

There are three geocaches to find on this walk. The references are;

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Longshaw – Bankes Park Take a left turn up Longshaw Avenue. At the bottom of Longshaw Avenue, the road bends to the right, but carry straight on up the path. At the end of the path, which is muddy in places, turn right onto Longshaw Common, and then immediately left up a similar path. Follow that path for 150 yards, then turn right again and follow the path up to the main road. Turn left onto the main road and follow this road for 500 yards. Just prior to a bus stop on the left, turn right up the pathway adjacent to Christmas Cottage. This winding pathway will eventually bring you out on Oakley Avenue. Turn left and turn left again when you reach Beacon Road and walk up to the Ice Cream Parlour at the top of the road. That’s it – well done!

Robin Hood Pub – Longshaw After some well-earned refreshments, continue to walk along Sandy Lane, which then bears left and on the right you’ll see the entrance to Orrell Water Park, so cross the road and enter the Water Park. Once in the park, turn right and head towards the bottom of the car park, then take the brown shale path to the left of the notice board at the bottom of the car park. Cross the bridge, and when you reach the play area, take a right turn along a path that runs parallel to the lake. After 300 yards, you’ll reach the sign for Greenslate Water Meadows, so take a left hand fork at this point.

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After 100 yards you need to take the path on the left that exits the Water Park into a field. Keep to the left hand side of the field, which runs parallel to a brook. Do not cross the brook at the top of the field, but carry on walking, keeping to the left hand perimeter of the field. When you reach the end of the field, take the right turn. This is taking you on an open track towards Longshaw. After about 250 yards, take the left fork towards the telephone mast. A little further on, you’ll need to follow the path as it bends 90 degrees to the left. At the end of the field (about 300 yards), take a right turn and then follow that path for a further 300 yards until you reach the road. Take a right turn and then follow the road into Longshaw village.


See It & Believe It! “You just don’t realise the difference until you see it with your own eyes” enthuses Sean McHugh, who is trying to convince me that there’s a big difference between UPVC gutters and Orrell Roofline’s seamless aluminium gutters. Now, comparing the respective benefits of various bits of roofline would normally hold my attention for about as much time as it would your average goldfish, so I agreed to go and see Orrell Roofline’s latest job to look at the evidence for myself. And Sean’s right - it really is true, there’s a huge difference in the look! The house they had just completed had clean and stylish gutter lines throughout, with no unsightly joins or any of those fiddly plastic clips which are so difficult to clean properly. Orrell-based Sean, and his business partner, Stephen Shaw, who have over 40 years of roofline experience between them, formed their own company earlier this year because they knew that there was no roofline

Our Happy Customers! We are delighted with the results and the house looks so much better, especially with the aluminium gutters. Great job, reasonable price, we will recommend you to all our friends. Mr & Mrs Peet – Winstanley Road We are very pleased with the job you did. There was no mess, you arrived on time and were very pleasant. It’s made a big difference to the looks and didn’t cost as much as we expected. Mr & Mrs Clancy As a builder myself I know how important good workmanship is and I must congratulate you on the work you did for me recently. Everything was completed as requested and on time with no mess left behind. This was very much appreciated, you did a top class job and I will have no hesitation in using Orrell Roofline in the future. Doug Steele complements the standard fascia board colours. Just about now, I guess that you’re thinking that there must be a catch somewhere in this? It looks better, lasts longer, its maintenance free, so it must be in the price, yes? Well, yes. Obviously you’re going to pay a premium for these aluminium gutters than you would for UPVC ones. Usually it’s around 10-15% more, depending on the quality of the UPVC. However, as a special exclusive offer for Local Life readers, Orrell Roofline have agreed to supply and fit aluminium gutters for the same price as UPVC gutters for orders taken up until the end of January 2011!



Oh, and by the way. Fascias, soffits, cladding, dry verge – yes, yes, Orrell Roofline do all that boring stuff too, but those aluminium gutters have to be seen to be believed, and that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write!

company in the immediate area that supplied and fitted aluminium gutters. These gutters are made to measure to on site by the duo, who use a nifty bit of expensive kit that forms the aluminium gutters to exact specification, eradicating the need to use any joins. And that’s not the only benefit! These aluminium gutters are guaranteed to least for at least 25 years. In comparison, you can expect UPVC gutters to last for just 10-15 years. The aluminium is powder coated, so will never need painting, just a quick clean with a jet wash every now and then. It comes in three colours, white, black and brown, which

Call Orrell Roofline now on 01942 735515 or 07917 352183.

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The What’s On Guide Saturday 9th October Blackpool Illuminations Britain’s biggest, brashest and best illuminations display runs until 7th November, so join the other 3 ½ million people who visit every year and pop doiwn the M55. The illuminations run for an amazing 10 km from Bispham to Starr Gate. Contact: Price: Free

Thursday 14th October Parbold Power Walk This strenuous 40 minute walk, starting from the Community Centre on The Green in Parbold, is not for those who can only manage a gentle stroll! This walk has hilly stretches and study footwear is recommended. This walk takes place at the same time every Thursday evening up until the end of November at the same location. Time: 6.30pm Cost: Free Sat Nav Ref: WN8 7DN

Saturday 16th October Charity Halloween Party The Millennium Centre stages a great family night out St Mary’s Club in Trent Road in Billinge. Fancy dress is optional and there will be a children’s’ magician and other entertainment. Bar facilities and food will be available. Time: 7.30pm Cost: £7.50 adults, £2.50 children Contact: Lisa on 01744 675132 or 07976 424111 Sat Nav Ref: WN5 7QT 44 Local Life

Craft Fair 80 craft exhibitors fill up two exhibition halls for this very popular event at Haydock Park Racecourse. Lots of british made crafts are available, plus a massive selection of greetings cards, scrapbooking and other crafting materials. Exhibition also runs on Sunday 17th October. Time: 10am-4.30pm Cost: £1 adults, U-16’s free Contact: 01744 750606 or Sat Nav Ref: WA12 0HQ Open Studio Weekend Glass manufacturer Morpheus Glass host an open studio weekend at their base on the Hewitt Industrial Estate in Orrell, with stock on sale at up to 70% off normal retail prices. Refreshments available. This event also runs on Sunday 17th October. Time: 10am-4pm Cost: Free Contact: 01695 624182 or Sat Nav Ref: WN5 7XB

Saturday 16th October Stool Making A new woodland craft training day hosted by the Rangers at Up Holland’s Beacon Park. You can learn the traditional art of stool making for just a small charge. Booking essential. Time: 10am-4pm Contact: 01695 622794 Sat Nav Ref: WN8 7RU

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Dry Stone Walling Join the Rangers and learn the ancient craft of dry stone walling at Hunter Hill Quarry in Hilldale near Parbold. This event also runs on Sunday 24th October. Time: 10am-4pm Cost: Free Contact: 01695 622794

Nature Walk Join the Active Living team on a 2 hour nature walk that takes in Orrell Water Park, Greenslate Farm and Billinge Hill. Meet at the Ranger’s House in the Water Park. This walk has hilly stretches and study footwear is recommended. Time: 11am Cost: Free Sat Nav Ref: WN5 7AT

Wednesday 27th October Me, Mo, Me Visit the Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk and transform clay into 3D models. This event is for 8-16 year olds and booking is required. Also look out for the Wizard’s Workshop for the same age group at the same place on Friday 29th October. Time: 10am-3.30pm Cost: £9 per session Contact: 01695 571328 Sat Nav Ref: L39 4QR

Friday 29th October Coffee Morning Visit the Orrell and Billinge Network coffee morning at the Methodist Church on Church Drive in Orrell for drinks, scrumptious home made cakes and a selection of second hand books, handmade cards and fancy goods. Time: 10am-12 noon Cost: Free, Sat Nav Ref: WN5 8EJ

Saturday 30th October Winter Art Exhibition & Sale Artistry holds their 8th exhibition at Billinge’s John Eddleston Centre in Main Street. There will be work from at least 12 local artists including Joanne BoonThomas, Jean Delaney and Bron Lowe at this exhibition which runs until Sunday 31st October. Complimentary refreshments available. Time: 10am-5pm Sat Nav Ref: WN5 7PA

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NCT Nearly New Sale This Nearly New sale at Billinge Family Church in Crank Road, Billinge represents a great chance for parents to sell their used baby clothes, equipment, toys and maternity clothes. Time: 12pm Contact: 0844 243 6325 Sat Nav Ref: WN5 7DT

Saturday 13th November Christmas Market Orrell Methodist Church hold a Christmas Market at their base on Church Drive in Orrell. Stalls galore and refreshments on offer, including hot pot lunches. Time: 10am – 1.30pm Sat Nav Ref: WN5 8EJ

Friday 5th November Orrell Cricket Club Bonfire and Fireworks The annual bonfire and fireworks display at Orrell Cricket Club returns this year. Event consists of bonfire, fireworks display, entertainments and the bar at the club will be open too. The club is situated off Winstanley Road in Orrell, oppostite Hewitt Business Park. Time: Gates open at 6pm (fire starts at approximately 7pm) Cost: £2 Sat Nav: WN5 7XE

Storytelling Join the Rangers at Beacon Park for an afternoon stroll around the park, punctuated by tales and fables of mystery and wonder. Booking is advisable as places are limited. Time: 2pm Cost: Free Contact: 01695 622794 Sat Nav Ref: WN8 7RU

Friday 26th November Spark in the Park St.Helens Council’s fantastic firework display will be lighting up the night skies above Sherdley Park once again this year. The spectacular display of fireworks starts at 7pm and will be choreographed to music, and there will also be a family funfair open until 9pm. Car parking is available at Lea Green, Sutton Leisure Centre and High School, and Sherdley Park. Time: 7pm - 9pm Cost: Free, but £3 per car for parking Contact: 01744 675326 46 Local Life

Puttin’ on the Ritz Welcome to the glitz and glamour of 1930’s Hollywood! Following the success of last year’s Out of Africa Christmas Parties, JD Parties return to Knowsley Safari Park with another Christmas Party season running until New Year’s Eve. Cost: Ranges from £57.50 to £75.00 per person Contact: Sat Nav Ref: L34 4AN

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c i v r Se James Norton After much persuading from friends and family, James Norton finally packed in his job two years ago to launch a full time singing career and he hasn’t looked back since.

Wedding Fayre at Haigh Hall on the 17th October. If you’d like to sample a CD of James’s work, give him a call on 01942 223539 or 07737 081458.

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James is a Neil Diamond tribute act, who also sings Rat Pack classics and other hits, and after starting with gigs in local pubs, word soon spread of his talents and James is now being booked by an increasing number of clubs and restaurants throughout the North West. On the horizon are several performances at the Royal International Pavilion, home of the Eisteddfod, and a possible visit to the Far East in 2011 For those of you planning a wedding, James can combine his singing talent with a disco set to offer a complete solution to wedding entertainment. To hear James at work, visit the

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Volvo’s S60 has the compact executive elite in its sights. Steve Walker reports. Volvos aren’t boxy anymore. The cars that gained the Swedish manufacturer its reputation for displaying all the design flair of an accountancy firm are long gone. The manufacturer’s recent output has shown progressively more stylistic innovation and the latest S60 aims to take the concept of the pretty Volvo to new heights. Volvos have tended to feel like the safe cars they are when you get them out on the road but with this S60, more emphasis than ever before has been placed on instilling some excitement. The steering ratio is 10 per cent faster than in previous models and the thick steering column is said to amplify the feeling of contact between the driver, the wheels and the road. The suspension is stiffer and was partially developed in the UK, the proud owners of some of Europe’s scabbiest road surfaces, so you can expect a polished performance on that B-road that usually loosens your teeth.

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The front-wheel-drive layout of the S60 will put it at a disadvantage in the eyes of some keen drivers but Volvo’s all-wheel-drive technology is available with some models and the Four-C active chassis technology is available across the range. This is an active chassis system that uses numerous sensors to monitor the car’s behaviour and adjust the dampers to best cope with the road conditions and the driving style. The driver can also select Comfort, Sport and Advanced modes as required. The engine line-up is topped by a 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine complete with turbocharger and this 304bhp unit will take the S60 to 62mph in 6.5 seconds. More realistic choices for the target S60 customers are a pair of five-cylinder diesels: the twin-turbo 2.4-litre D5 has 204bhp and the 2.0-litre D3 generates 163bhp for a 9.2 second 0-62mph sprint. Arguably even more impressive is the braking system which can detect an imminent low speed collision and brake automatically. The cabin is an area where the S60 should be able to lever an advantage over its competitors. The Volvo is simply a bigger car and this car increases rear passenger space even over the previous generation model. Volvo interior design has been impressing for a while and the S60 features brand trademarks like the floating centre stack with storage space behind

while adding more of a sporty flavour with its metallic trim and supportive seating. Technology features available on the S60 include the ACC Adaptive Cruise Control system that can maintain a set gap to the vehicle in front, a parking assist camera with front and rear sensors and a further camera on the front grille to help the driver see out of bind junctions. The specially developed infotainment system brings the various functions together on a five or seven inch screen mounted high on the dashboard. The S60 promises low running costs for a car of its size. The D5 diesel engine can return 48mpg which isn’t bad considering the performance it offers while the D3 2.0-litre diesel chips in with 54mpg. It means that the S60 can’t match the best of the BMW engine range for efficiency but has equivalent Audi and Mercedes models in its sights. Volvo executive cars have usually been safe, reliable and practical but sporty and stylish? Buyers with those as priorities may have felt inclined to look elsewhere. The S60 could be the car to change all that. On the road prices start from £23,295. For more details visit Rybrook Warrington, Off Silver Street, Warrington WA2 7DH. Tel: 01925 247190. Local Life 51

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Our resident gardening expert Angie Barker, provides us with some more gardening hints, tips and seasonal selections.

When in Rome … As we head towards winter, let’s be honest, the garden tends to take a back seat. People generally think the garden goes to sleep from October to March and there is nothing to be gained from giving any thought as to how we can make the most of our outside space. In reality, we are writing off a valuable asset for half the year. I have undertaken work this year for many clients who have extended their properties, invariably bringing light and space into their homes with increased views of the garden. It makes sense therefore that the garden should look good all year round. There are so many ways you can make the garden look appealing during the colder months. Structure, evergreen planting and winter flowering shrubs can all play a part. The shorter days also bring with them the opportunity to use subtle lighting in the garden. Visit www. moonlightdesign. for some inspiration and remember subtlety is the key. Lighting your garden up like a football pitch is not the desired outcome.

in the year and this time we are lucky enough to be going on a cruise for the first time. Hubby has always wanted to go on one but wouldn’t splash the cash as they say. So one very cold morning last January I booked the holiday on line with P & O and didn’t tell him for weeks. (Well you have to do these things sometimes!) The thing is, how do you book day excursions to places like Rome and Florence for someone who won’t queue for anything, doesn’t like heights, finds museums and churches boring and doesn’t like walking up hill! I’ll let you know how it goes … Author: Angie Barker (Dip GD) Inst GD BA (Hons) Author: Angie Barker Dip GD (Inst GD) BA (Hons) Garden Design For All Seasons Tel: 01942 522 405 Mob: 07857 008 383

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Win tickets to Gulliver’s World! Warrington theme park Gulliver’s World has been offering North West families a magical day out for more than 20 years. Surrounded by 100 acres of land, Gulliver’s World has a picturesque lake and is filled with family-friendly rides and play areas designed especially to suit children aged 2 to 13. Local Life have managed to scrounge a total of twenty tickets to Gulliver’s World so that you and your family can enjoy a visit to Gulliver’s World during October Half Term! Each of the five competition winners will receive four tickets each for a great day out. Simply complete the crossword on the opposite page and return to Local Life by Thursday 21st October. At Gulliver’s World, you’ll find the famous Wooden Antelope roller coaster as well as rides like the Joker, Dodgems, Billy Bob’s Bi Planes, a Log Flume and Pirate Ship. As well as the rides, children can enjoy fun-packed attractions like the Ghost House, Castle Play Area, Clown School and more. There are plenty of restaurants and shops located around the park in case you get peckish, or if you prefer to bring a picnic, there are lots of places you can sit and enjoy your lunch. Gully Town is an indoor play area where children can let their imaginations run 56 Local Life

wild – this miniature town has a garage, theatre, gym, post office and supermarket to keep children busy while parents relax in the café. Last year, Gulliver’s World opened its latest Warrington attraction – SplashZone. Situated next door to the theme park, this indoor water fun factory creates a safe environment to introduce younger children to the water. There’s no standing water, so children of all ages can enjoy it – even if they can’t swim yet. Already a huge hit with families, SplashZone is designed to offer parents a convenient place to take the kids any time of day, whether it’s a midweek treat, a birthday party or weekend fun. It’s open all year round, even when the theme park is closed, and


parents can choose to join in the splashing fun or watch from a nearby seating area/café. A separate entry fee applies to SplashZone. In 2010, Gullliver’s is hosting Nick Jr shows Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego Go! in special activity areas. Children who complete all the challenges will receive a special prize and there will be daily photo opportunities with Dora and Diego to capture a special memory of the day out! Join in with Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! everyday on Nick Jr and online at

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Gulliver’s Warrington is also home to Star Studios, where children can be a VIP for the day and record their very own song – with different birthday party packages to choose from, this is the ideal venue for budding performers. Gulliver’s is open during October half term for spooky Halloween fun. On selected dates throughout November and December, Gulliver’s Christmas packages are available with meal deals and an exclusive pantomime. For more information about Gulliver’s World, call 01925 444888 or visit

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