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Here’s the December issue of Local Life for you – full of things to do, competitions, news and other features. Once you’ve read our magazine – keep it handy – you’ll never know when you might need it! According to a report in last week’s Guardian newspaper, national retailers are still short-changing buyers of charity Christmas cards, using them to boost sales but passing on little to good causes. Before you dash off to buy your Christmas Cards this year, remember that Willowbrook Hospice shops will be carrying a great range of cards suitable for all budgets. We’ve given the hospice some space to promote their Christmas goods (see page 30), or for more information you can visit their shops in Rainford, Prescot, St Helens, Thatton Heath or Earlestown. For those of you who didn’t pick up November’s issue of Local Life from Tesco (it’s available at the Haydock, Chalon Way and Prescot stores), this is your last chance to enter our popular Christmas Hamper competition! This year we’re giving away no less than twelve of our fantastic hampers to readers of the St Helens edition of Local Life. Each hamper contains approximately £65 worth of the very best festive fayre. Be warned though; the closing date is 10th December, less than 2 weeks away! This is the last issue of Local Life before Christmas, so I’d like to pass on my thanks to the advertisers who make Local Life possible. The magazine depends solely on revenue from local advertisers and without their loyalty, Local Life simply wouldn’t exist. My thanks also goes to our distributors for the work they do throughout the year and last, but not least, I’d also like to thank you and the rest of our readers for your seemingly endless enthusiasm for Local Life! Have a lovely and peaceful Christmas!

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Prescot Parish Church are hosting the finale of their 400th anniversary celebrations tonight (27th November) at the church from 7.30pm. Foden’s Brass Band, one of the world’s leading brass bands who have won numerous trophies and have been the North West Area Champions for the past five consecutive years, will be performing at the church. A firework display after the concert will complete the finale of the celebrations. Tickets are £10 from the Wool Shop in Eccleston Street or from Prescot Parish Church.

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If you want to get the whole family in the festive mood then check out Cinderella; this year’s community Christmas pantomime at the Citadel in St Helens! The pantomime runs from the 8th until the 12th of December and tickets are now on sale from the Citadel’s Box Office on 01744 735436 or online at

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If there’s one thing Rainhill does well it is trains and the Christmas Model Railway Show, held by the Rainhill Model Railway Club, promises to be no exception. The show takes place today (Saturday 27th November) from 10am-5pm at Rainhill Village Hall, which is located behind the shopping precinct off Warrington Road in Rainhill. Admission is £2 for adults and £2.30 for children and you can expect to see model train lay outs and specialist traders at the show. Refreshments will be available and a very special visitor, who’s a little on the obese side, will be appearing at the show. No, it isn’t the Fat Controller, it is Santa Claus, who will be handing out presents to children at the show! For more information about the Rainhill Model Railway Club, visit their website www.

Victorian Fair

St Thomas the Martyr Church in Up Holland is the venue for the popular Victorian Christmas Fair, which takes place this year on Saturday 4th December from 1pm-4pm. This well attended event is one of the highlights for many local residents and really shouldn’t be missed! Stall holders will be selling home baked cakes, jams and chutneys, sweets, toys, toiletries, books, fancy goods and Christmas gifts. Always a hit for those with a sense of adventure are the £1 mystery gift stall, the tombola and the bottle tombola, and there will also be children’s activities at the Fair.

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Village Tree Festival

Residents of Knowsley Village are looking forward to the village’s second Christmas Tree Festival, which is being held at St Mary’s Church from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th December 2010. Opening the festival on Friday 10th will be the Countess of Derby, who will be welcomed by a Guard of Honour made up of pupils from Knowsley CP School and St. John Fisher. The school choirs will then sing at the opening ceremony. The Church will be open all day until 6pm for visitors and a £3:00 admission charge is payable, which includes a guide book which gives a short history of each of the trees on display. In the evening, starting at 7pm, the Community Choir from St John Fisher School will make their debut concert at the church. The church will be open to visitors from 10.30am to 6pm on Saturday 11th December, and at 7.30pm and then at 7:30pm there’s a Carols and Christmas Music concert by the St. Helens Youth Brass Band. Tickets are priced at £5.

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The following day, the church will be open to visitors from 1:00pm until the closing service of the Festival at 4pm. The service will be led by the Reverend Helen Blackburn, Chaplain to Willowbrook Hospice, and will feature Christmas music from the Lyndale Singers. Throughout the Festival, light refreshments will be served in Church and there will be displays and singing. The money raised at the Festival will be divided three ways between Willowbrook Hospice , Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice and St. Mary’s Church.

Tea Dances

Enthusiasts at the monthly tea dances at the Town Hall will have a real treat in December – there’s two dances to attend! The usual Tea Dance will take place on Thursday 2nd December at the Town Hall and a special Christmas Tea Dance will take place on Thursday 16th December. Hosted by Alf Christinson, these tea dances will run from 2pm to 4pm and will feature modern ballroom, sequence and old time music.

Christmas Concert

Local choral group, the Lyndale Singers, will be appearing at Zion Independent Methodist Church in Prescot for a Christmas Concert next Saturday (4th December). The concert, which will feature favourite Christmas songs and carols, will start at 7.30 at the church, which is in Kemble Street in Prescot. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For full details visit

Rainford Christingle

Preparations are well underway for this year’s service which is to be held on Sunday 12 December 2010 at 4pm at All Saints Parish Church in Church Road in Rainford. Christingle is a wonderful celebration, which places children at the heart of parish life, and is a way of welcoming your local community into the church. In addition to sharing the Christmas message, the money raised enables The Children’s Society to make childhood better for thousands of children and young people who face violence, poverty and neglect in their daily lives. Last year’s Christingle Service raised over £850 and similar initiatives nationally

raised over £1.2 million which supported projects such as the National Mentoring Initiative and SCARPA. More details of these and other projects can be found at

Our Day Out

It was a special day out for a bunch of illiterate Liverpool school kids back in the seventies – a trip to Conway Castle. The exhilarating novelty of being out of school for the day soon wears off as the children realise that, given their depressing lives, a day out is about as much as they can expect from life. This Willy Russell play was initially broadcast by the BBC back in 1977 and was developed into a musical in the 80’s. The production is being performed by De La Salle school in Eccleston from the 6th-10th December, and tickets, priced at £6.50 are now on sale from the school. For more information, please call Community Arts Officer Julia Cross on 01744 736412 or email

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Eyes Down for Heartbeat

St Helens Heartbeat are hosting a Prize Christmas Bingo night at the Unison Club on Bishop Road next Friday (3rd December). Doors open at 6.45pm and eyes go down at 7.30pm. Entrance is just 50p and there are great prizes to be won. The event is to raise funds for the St Helens Heartbeat, a charity that gives support to those who have had, or are about to have, heart surgery. For tickets, call 01744 734483 or just pay on the door.


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Charity Craft Fair

Members of the Loosethread Embroiderers are running a Christmas Craft Fair at St Helens Bowling Club this Tuesday (30th November) in aid of Willowbrook Hospice. The goods for sale include handmade cards, gifts and crafts, perfect for your Christmas shopping needs. Admission is £2 which includes refreshments, and the Fair runs from 10am2pm at the bowling club, which is situated on Regents Road near Taylor Park.

Toddler Fun

If you’re at a loose end with a toddler on Wednesdays and Thursdays, then take off to the Prescot Museum on Church Street and join the Hickory Dickory Toddler Group. The group meets from 10-11am and every week there’s a new craft activity with a story, and, of course, the singalong of your youngster’s favourite nursery rhymes. You can also look forward to a teddy trail at the museum with lots of exciting games too. Call Margaret for information on 0151 430 7787.

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Christmas Fun in St Helens!

For a great time this Christmas, make sure you take a trip into town – that’s loads of fun things going on in St Helens town centre this month! Next Wednesday (1st December), an authentic Victorian Carousel in Church Square will open for the Christmas period of advent (£1.50 per ride) and the Christmas Crib, a classic nativity scene, will be unveiled at the Gamble Building in Victoria Square. Next Saturday (4th December) will see the launch of ‘St.Helens on Ice’ - a fantastic ice rink in Church Square which will be hugely popular with all the family. The rink will open until 31st December and will operate from 11am-8pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sundays (except Bank Holidays). Prices are £2 for children under 16 and £3.50 for adults, but family tickets are also available.


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The following Saturday (11th December), the town centre will come alive with a variety of festive characters including frosted stilt walkers and breakdancing Santas. Lazytown characters, Sportacus and Stephanie will be performing in Parish Church, Church Square at 12pm and 1.30pm. On the same day, Central Library will be hosting craft workshops where you can make Christmas cards and decorations. A Grand Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday 18th December. The procession will leave Victoria Square at 4pm and wind through the around the town centre, reaching the Parish Church at 5pm. This fantastic and atmospheric parade features the popular Lantern procession, real reindeers, Christmas and winter themed characters including Raymond Briggs’ ‘Father Christmas’ and the ‘Snowman’. A Christmas carol service at the Parish Church will start at 5pm. So there you are - Great fun for all the family this December in St Helens, so don’t miss out!

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Struck Lucky!

The winners of the Gulliver’s competition in the last issue of Local Life were as follows; Lynn Garside from Holly Crescent in Rainford, Mrs Cunliffe from Avery Crescent in Haydock, John Harrison from Daresbury Road in Eccleston, Stephanie Appleton from Alder Close in Prescot and Angela Taylor from Goldsworth Fold in Rainhill. It’s the second time that Angela has struck lucky in a Local Life competition; she was one of the winners of our Christmas Hampers last year! Here she is, pictured with her children Ella and Ciaran. Don’t miss this issue’s Christmas Carol competition on pages 32 & 33, where you can win one of our twelve Christmas Hampers! Time is short – your entry needs to be with us by 10th December, so don’t delay; fill your entry in today!

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For some great fun with the kids on Christmas Eve log onto the website The site, run by the North American Aerospace Command in conjunction with Google Earth, tracks the whereabouts of Santa and his reindeer through the all the global time zones and is updated every few minutes on Christmas Eve to heighten the anticipation of children of all ages!





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A Kind of Magic Christmas is a magical time of the year defined by traditional festive highlights, such as decorating the tree, get-togethers with family and friends, attending the local carol service and the sheer feeling of joy from the giving and receiving of gifts. Such a highlight is Christmas lunch at Tyrers Department Store in St Helens. For the benefits of those who don’t generally visit St Helens, this familyowned department store enjoys an almost iconic status in St Helens and attracts shoppers from all over. Founded back in 1888 by William Tinsley Tyrer, this store now takes up five floors of premium retail space in Bridge Street.

So, one fine day, we set off for the 15 minute (7.5 miles) drive from Orrell to St Helens. Instead of taking the lift to the top floor at Tyrers, we took the stairs, browsing each floor as we ascend. Do take the opportunity to look round the store when you visit; It’s cleaner, more modern and better stocked than most High Street stores, with dollops of good old-fashioned customer service and an excellent range of Christmas gifts suitable for family and friends. The perfumery, in particular, is well worth a visit this Christmas. See for more details. The restaurant is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the store, and has a comfortable style of its own. Immaculately clean with fresh flowers on the table, we sit down for a festive treat! There are two different Christmas dinners on offer, one for the smaller appetite, but we opt for the full blown version.

Tyrers is famous for the quality of its freshly cooked food, much of which is sourced locally. This self service restaurant is one of only a handful of local establishments awarded the coveted 5 stars in a food hygiene scheme, designed to improve food safety (see


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served on a plain plate with a light dusting of icing sugar, but upon biting into it – oh my goodness!. This was heaven; never again, I am sure, will I taste a mince pie as splendiferous as this one! The pasty was so light it almost floated out of the window, and the filling was a mysterious mix of dried fruit and spices, and perhaps a hint of orange too? My dining partner, an accompanied cook herself with an experienced palate, asked the lady who alerted us to these sugar-dusted pieces of heaven for the recipe but her request which was politely declined by the lady, who proudly informed us that her daughter, a fellow Tyrers employee, made the pies that morning. A dark thought of kidnapping the proud mum and holding her to ransom in exchange for the mince pie recipe did cross my mind at that stage, but instead, we buttoned up and said our goodbyes.

All too often when tucking into a Christmas dinner; the turkey itself is an insipid disappointment. Not so on this occasion; the turkey is moist and succulent, besides the turkey is half a stewed peach topped with a scrumptious homemade cranberry sauce. An unusual combination granted, but one that works perfectly on the tongue, with the two fruits adding palatable interest to the delicious white meat.

If you’re looking for a new experience this Christmas, pop down to St Helens and check out Tyrers. Not only can you enjoy a Christmas shopping experience to remember, you can also enjoy the excellent food, freshly cooked for you, and those oh-so-delectable mince pies. The Christmas lunch is served from 1st - 24th December, excluding Saturdays. Don’t forget to take the voucher for your free mince pie! Tyrers Department Store 14-16 Bridge Street St Helens WA10 1NR 01744 26551

Two fat chipolatas, richly seasoned, were added to the mix, along with a tasty and substantial sage and onion stuffing. And if, like me, you can’t pass judgement until you’ve tasted the quality of the gravy; it’s just perfect, both in quantity and quality! Cooking roast potatoes is an art in itself, but these roasties were faultless; golden in colour with crispy exteriors and a memorably fluffy filling! Adding a splash of colour to the plate are the carrots and sprouts, which had that ‘just dug up this morning’ taste that you just don’t get at restaurants anymore. Our plates were both cleared quickly and just as we were wondering if it would be polite to undo a button or two, a friendly member of staff who was clearing tables asked “Have you tried the mince pies?” I have to confess, I’m not a great lover of mince pies, but when she explained that Tyrers mince pies had topped a taste test run last Christmas by a local newspaper, I relented. The mince pie didn’t look anything special; it was

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December Ramble

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The club organise fortnightly Sunday coach rambles throughout the year in prime walking locations, including the Lake District, North Wales, Yorkshire Dales & Derbyshire Peak. The walks range from 6 to 15 miles, and so are suitable for most walkers. For more information about joining this friendly club, contact our Membership Secretary on 07535 953488 between 6–8 pm.

Carol Concert

St Helens & District Rambling Club have just released their walking programme for the rest of the year; December’s trips are to Settle on the 5th and on the 19th they are off to Glossop.

If you’re looking for that something special for friends and family this Christmas, why not visit the Christmas Craft Fair that the World of Glass are holding next Sunday (5th December) ? At the fair, there will be plenty of gift ideas such as jewellery, glass, paintings, cakes and lots more. The Fair runs from 10.30am to 4pm. If you’re a designer or a craft person and you’re interested in displaying your works at the fair, please call the World of Glass on 01744 22766 as soon as possible. Don’t miss the Sinfonietta’s annual Carol Concert at the United Reformed Church on Saturday 18th December! This much loved events will be conducted by Alan Free and will feature the New Cross Singers and baritone David Usher. Tickets are priced at £6 and are available from the United Reformed Church on King Street, and booking is strongly recommended for this popular event. Telephone 01744 28314 for details.

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Essence of Egypt For the past 140 years or so, a cruise along the Nile has been a favoured option for tourists visiting Egypt. Since those days of steamships back in Queen Victoria’s reign, relatively little has changed on the banks of the Nile, but life on board modern cruise ships has come a long way, with the newer boats offering the highest standards of modern comfort and service, with fastidious attention to hygiene. Life on board is a civilised mix of sightseeing and relaxation. Most days will start early in order to avoid the heat of the midday sun whilst sightseeing, and most tourists relax later on in the day by reading in the shade on deck, taking a refreshing dip in the pool or soaking up some rays whilst admiring the views of the Nile. The banks of the Nile are home to many of ancient Egypt’s most fascinating treasures, so there’s no better way to explore the treasures of ancient Egypt than by taking a cruise. Egypt is an open-air museum, a land steeped in history, and the sightseeing options are almost endless. The ancient capital of Luxor (formerly Thebes) is the starting point for many cruises, and is home to the magnificent Temples of Luxor and Karnac, dedicated to the Theban deities and linked by the enigmatic avenue of sphinxes. Karnak is the largest of the Nile temples and the most impressive, comprising three

separate temple enclosure and the Sacred Lake. Don’t miss the Great Hypostyle Hall with its gigantic pillars! On the opposite side of the Nile to Luxor lies the World Heritage Site of the Theban Necropolis, the burial ground of ancient Egyptians, and the home of the Valley of the Kings. For a period of 500 years over 5,000 years ago, 63 tombs and chambers were constructed in the Valley of the Kings to contain the bodies of the Pharoahs and other powerful figures of the time. In modern times, the Valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen. The nearby Valley of the Queens is almost as impressive. These tombs hold the bodies of the wives and children of Royal descent and many of the tombs are stylish and lavishly decorated. Further south on the Nile is the busy market and tourist centre of Aswan, one of the driest places in the world and the home of Lake Nasser, the world’s largest reservoir. There you can see the ancient granite quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk, before going onto the idyllic island of Philae, with its Temple of Isis, set in a stunning and atmospheric location. Lying between the cities of Luxor and Aswan are two ‘must-do’ locations on any Nile cruise; Edfu and Kom Ombo. At Edfu, you can visit the ancient Temple of Horus, the falcon god, whose battle with his evil uncle is told in vivid pictures inscribed on the temple walls.

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At Kom Ombo, there’s an unusual double temple where the surface area is duplicated to honour two separate gods, the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god, Horus. But as awesome as the sightseeing is (and many people return to Egypt year in year out), soaking up so much history in a relatively short space of time isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. For a great way to discover the essence of Egypt, why not combine your cruise with a relaxing beach or city break?

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Quiz Night

The Millennium Centre are holding a Quiz Night next Friday (3rd December) at Ruskin Leisure Club on Ruskin Drive. This quiz is hosted by that fabulous quiz master, Bill Buckley and the ticket price includes a lovely Cottam’s hot pot supper, complete with red cabbage. Teams and individuals all are welcome and there will be prizes for the winning and losing teams. The night kicks off at 7.30pm at the Percival function room at the club and is scheduled to end at 11.30pm. Tickets are now available for purchase from the main reception desk at The Millennium Centre in Corporation Street or call Lisa Murray on 01744 675 131 or 07976 424 111.

Switch On

The switch on of Eccleston’s Christmas tree lights will take place next Thursday (2nd December) outside Eccleston Library on Broadway, starting at 11am. Carols will be sung by a local primary school and members of the public are invited to the ceremony, which will end at noon.

Loop Walk

There will be a Guided Loop Walk taking in Ravenhead Greenway, Sutton Brook Greenway and Pets Corner in Sherdley Park next Sunday (5th December) starting at 10.30am. Join the Rangers for an eight mile walk. Meet at Sherdley Park and walk the length of Ravenhead Greenway return via Sutton Brook greenway. Please bring along waterproofs in case of poor weather, a packed lunch and plenty of liquids to drink. You should also wear stout footwear suitable for walking long distances.

Rainford Walk

Why not shake off the cobwebs this weekend and take part in a 2 hour walk around the Rainford area? These volunteer-led walks are put together by the Halton and St Helens PCT to promote the health benefits of walking. Meet on Sunday (28th November) at 2 pm at the car park opposite the village hall and please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcomed, but you may have to lift them over a few stiles.

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It’s the thought that counts!

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Are you one of those people so organised that you bought your Christmas presents in the January sales? If you answered “yes”, then please turn the page – there’s nothing here for you. However, if you’re like me, Christmas has once again taken you completely by surprise. If you’re about to panic and snatch the first vaguely suitable gift from the nearest available shop; stop right there! Last minute gifts are never well thought out, are they? The adage “it’s the thought that counts” is actually incredibly important. People would rather receive a small, carefully chosen gift than a hastily grabbed box of bath products that scream “this will do”! No wonder people get stressed when buying Christmas presents, but Local Life comes to the rescue with a suggestion that could make your Christmas shopping experience a whole lot simple this year! In 2002 Stephanie Bowen was a student at Manchester University studying 3D design, and now, eight years on, she runs her very own glass design studio in Orrell, near Wigan. Trading as Morpheus Glass, Stephanie, along with her partner Ian, supplies fused glass work to galleries, shops, interior designers, architects and independent traders all over the UK and overseas. Many businesses have commissioned Stephanie to produce bespoke fused glass work in offices, contemporary bars and restaurants. Stephanie has also enjoyed working on numerous private commissions which have ranged from bespoke fused glass kitchen tiles and splashbacks to large sculptural works for the exterior and architectural fused glass panels. Every so often, Morpheus Glass stage an Open Weekend, where members of the public can visit their studios, inspect their collection of glass work and pick up some unbelievable bargains at 70% off retail prices! The next open weekend is on 4th and 26 Local Life

5th December from 10am-4pm, and you’ll be able to browse through some original pieces of glass art; ideal and unique Christmas presents for your family and friends. Gifts on offer will include handmade jewellery; earrings, bracelets and pendants, coaster sets, Christmas decorations, colourful hangings and beautiful vessels too. If your budget is a bit more considerable, you can pick up glass splashbacks, sculptures and wall panels at a fraction of the prices you’ll pay elsewhere!

And for the person in your life who really does have everything, why not consider a one day Glass Fusing Course at Morpheus Glass? Stephanie will use her teaching experience to guide you through the art of glass fusing and you’ll be able to display your work at your home or office, once it’s been fired in the Studio. For more details visit the website, www. So there you are - last minute Christmas gifts don’t have to come from the shops. Use your imagination and take some time to think about what they would really welcome. Have a happy and stress-free Christmas!

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Flower Demo

If you’re the creative type and you’d like to learn how to put together your own Christmas flower arrangements, then the place to be this Thursday (2nd December) is Rainford Library. Wendy Downey, from Wendy’s Flowers in Rainford will be hosting a demonstration on how to make a Christmas wreath and a festive table arrangement. Admission is free and the session runs from 11 am-12 noon at the library, which is based on Church Road. Refreshments will be served and the displays will be raffled off after the demonstrations are complete.

Coffee Mornings

If you’re out in town doing your shopping on Sundays in the run up to Christmas, pop into the Millennium Centre on Corporation Street between 9 am-12 noon for their weekly coffee morning! Admission is free and you’ll be able to choose from a selection of fresh cakes, toast and teacakes and enjoy them in the pleasant surroundings of the Centre’s drop-in lounge.

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Festive fun TREE of LIGHTS Christmas is a time for remembering our loved ones. The Tree of Lights campaign is a celebration of life and a symbolic light will shine on the Hospice Tree in remembrance and celebration of your loved one. Pick up one of our special Tree of Lights leaflets for more information.

“HO! HO! Send a personalised letter to your little one to tell them just how special they are. Pick up a leaflet from Willowbrook today!”

– Santa

TRee OF lIGHTS SeRVICeS: Monday 6th December 2010 at Prescot Parish Church Wednesday 8th December 2010 at St Mary’s Lowe House, St Helens

Santa’s Mailbox Willowbrook Christmas 2010 shopping guide CARDS & CAlenDAR We have a great selection of Christmas cards and, with our choice of designs, there is something to suit every taste. Here we show a selection of what is available. Christmas cards are available from our shops, the Hospice and the Fundraising Office. Our les Bott calendar is now available. Get your copy to see the fantastic images of the local area painted by Les.

GIFTS Looking for that special gift? Why not pop into one of our charity shops and the Hospice for some gift ideas? There is a great range of items from jewellery to home ware, all at fantastic prices.

BOOKS A special Christmas gift by Sue Gerrard is also available. Her

books ‘A Life with a View’ and ‘A Little Book of Christmas’ are on sale at £8 for the set and 60% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hospice.

neW! for this year... Willowbrook Watercolours – a collection of pictures painted in watercolours by Les Bott over the years. The book showcases the paintings

from the Willowbrook Hospice Calendar since the very beginning in 1995. Priced at just £5, a great little stocking filler.


It’s the ultimate team challenge – should you wish to accept it. A varied course of archery, air rifle shooting, climbing, abseiling and the assault course… oh yes, and a leap of faith! Have you got what it takes to be crowned... eXtremity Champions 2011? £50 team entry (4 per team). Please raise as much sponsorship as you can.


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Bispham Hall Scout Estate, Billinge

Saturday 26th March 2011 Your mission begins 12noon For more information contact the Fundraising Team on 01744 453 798 or email

Registered Charity Number: 1020240

Win a luxury Christmas Hamper! We put together some pretty decent competitions at Local Life, even if we say so ourselves, but the Christmas Hamper competition outclasses them all! This is the competition you’ve been waiting for all year! This year we have 24 luxury Christmas Hampers to be won! Every Christmas we join forces with some generous local companies who are kind enough to sponsor a prize hamper for our readers. Two years ago, we had over 500 entries and last year over 850 of our readers entered the competition to win a luxury Christmas Hamper. This year, in conjunction with local companies, we’re giving away twenty four Christmas hampers – twelve will go to readers in St Helens and twelve to readers of our Wigan edition. The hampers each carry approximately £65 worth of seasonal and local products, some sourced directly from local companies, but much sourced from Windy Arbour Farm Shop at Billinge. Our local suppliers include Greenfields of Goosnargh, George Wright’s brewery in Rainford, Mrs Ray’s of Prescot, Santus in Wigan, Connie’s Kitchen in Earlestown, Lancashire Tea in Newton-le-Willows and Barton’s of St Helens. The goods are packaged in an attractive and sturdy wicker basket and wrapped in cellophane and ribbons. Even if you’re not a fan of Christmas hampers, these make a wonderful present for your nearest and dearest, full of luxury items to bring a little extra to their Christmas. The finished contents of the hamper was still being finalised as we went to press, but we can tell you that 32 Local Life

each hamper will include Christmas cake, chocolates, mince pies, cheese, shortbread, real ale, local honey, goose fat, wine, brandy butter, crackers, nuts, sweets, smoked salmon pate and lots more! So pick up a pen and complete our Christmas Carol crossword on the opposite page! Your entry needs to be with us by the closing date of Friday 10th December 2010. Winners will be notified on Monday 13th and the hampers will be presented by their sponsor on either Friday 17th or Saturday 18th December – just in time for Christmas! You can either email the competition answers to us at crossword@ or send the completed entry form to Local Life 247 Ltd, PO Box 631, Orrell, Wigan WN1 9HF. Don’t forget – your entry must be with us by Friday 10th December at the latest. Local Life would like to thank the above suppliers for their help and also to Windy Arbour Farm for their invaluable assistance in putting together these Christmas Hampers. For more information about Windy Arbour Farm’s range of Christmas goods – which includes Christmas Trees, meats, vegetables, fruit and a wide selection of luxury Christmas items – call in the farm shop at Ashton Road in Billinge WN5 7XX (open seven days a week) or visit their website












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Crossword Competition Rules 1. Only one entry per household. 2. Entrants must be over 16 years of age. 3. The winners will be notified within 14 days of the closing date. 4. Winners names / photographs will be published in subsequent issues of Local Life and/or on our website. 5. Local Life 247 Ltd cannot accept any responsibility for entries that are delayed or damaged in the post. 6. Employees of Local Life 247 Ltd or their immediate relatives are not eligible to enter this competition. 7. Competition entrants accept that Local Life 247 Ltd may call them occasionally to check receipt of Local Life magazine. Please return completed entries by Wednesday 10th Dec to Local Life 247 Ltd, PO Box 631, Wigan WN1 9HF, or e-mail answers along with your name, address and contact telephone number to

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Merry Christmas Local Life would like to thank the following local companies for sponsoring the Christmas Hampers competition

Craig Pearce and the team at Century Motoring Solutions would like to wish all our past, present and future customers a very happy Christmas. For all your motoring needs – sales, servicing, MOT’s and car hire – Century offer the complete solution!

Designs for Life would like to thank you for your custom this year and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you’re looking for a new bathroom or kitchen in 2011, call into our showroom at 290 Church Road in Haydock.

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Custom Print in Liverpool are pleased to be associated with Local Life – we have printed the magazine for the past four years – and are delighted to sponsor a Christmas hamper. If your company needs quality print at reasonable prices from a local supplier, call Dave on 0151 236 0781.

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Sharon and the team of Expressions of Beauty wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Don’t forget, if you’re stuck for a present for your loved one, we sell vouchers and a wide range of Christmas gift packs at our salon on Main Street in Billinge.

Everyone at George Wright’s award-winning independent brewery would like to drink a toast to your health and wish you a Merry Christmas. For perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones, try a personalised Christmas gift pack of our ales. Call into the Brewery Shop on Thurs/Fri between 10-6pm or call 01744 886686 for details.

Just Mackintosh wishes all our customers a very happy Christmas. We supply high quality gifts, ideal for those last minutes Christmas presents.   Visit our website for inspiration – we stock a large range of jewellery, crystal ware, photo frames, mirrors, pens, and many more Christmas gift ideas, or call into our showroom at Unit 4 Catapult Too, Parade Street, St Helens.

Lancashire Tea would like to thank all its customers for the support given during a very difficult year. May we wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. email

Carla, Mandy, Vicki, Malcolm and Carly would like to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas! Don’t forget to call in and see us in the New Year, and explore our great selection of holidays, city breaks, cruises, tailor-made holidays and lots more.

Steph and Ian would like to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! If you’ve not been to one of our Open Weekends yet, call in next weekend (4/5th December) for some great Christmas ideas at fantastic prices. See pages 26-27 for more details.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Local Life readers! If you need any help with your PC or laptop, or you need help setting up your new Christmas present please give me a call on 01744 895139 or 07906 040212, or drop your machine into our workshop at 60a High Street, Golborne.

The staff at Tyrers would like to wish all their customers a joyous Christmas and a happy New Year. We hope you enjoyed visiting Tyrers in 2010 as much as we enjoyed serving you. Tyrers is open 7 days a week until Christmas, so do pop in and say hello, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome!

Windy Arbour Farm would like to wish their customers a very Happy Christmas! We are delighted to supply the Local Life Christmas Hampers. Call in soon and see our range of meats, vegetables and fruit – everything for that perfect Christmas dinner! Christmas Trees are now in stock – and we’re open 7 days a week!

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

Call me Monica No matter how old I get (no rude comments please from Hubby!) I still get a warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy when it comes to Christmas time. The decorations, present buying, candles, the atmosphere in the Manchester Christmas markets and the look on childrens faces when you ask them if Santa is coming, all contribute to that familiar feeling of well being that goes back to my childhood. Thanks Mum and Dad. As you might expect I include my garden in the Christmas festivities. With so many hours of darkness at this time of year, it is lovely to brighten up your outside space with strings of fairy lights and candles - and if it snows - wow! Sitting around a table with family and friends with some mulled wine, all wrapped up in coats and scarves - honestly try it and you will be hooked. As for plants which come into their own at this time of year, Garrya elliptica is a large evergreen shrub with silver grey

catkins. Elaeagnus x ebbingei ‘Gilt Edge’ will brighten up any winter garden with its evergreen leaves margined with bright yellow and Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Beauty’ is a Dogwood which produces bright red stems with the added bonus of autumn colour. And finally no winter garden should be without Bergenias (Elephants Ears) with ‘Bressingham Ruby’ providing glowing red winter foliage with dark pink spring flowers to follow. As a designer I admit the Christmas tree has to be dressed to perfection (call me Monica if you like - sorry if you don’t watch ‘Friends‘) but within the scheme are decorations which my daughter made at nursery and school, her ‘First Christmas’ bauble, and decorations which my Mum bought - although I have to admit they go round the back of the tree as they are now past their best - sorry Mum! Sentimentality reigns supreme but for me that is what Christmas is all about and I wish all of you a wonderful, very sentimental Christmas. 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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Christmas at

Pimbo Garden Centre

Once again Pimbo Garden Centre has been transformed for the festive season, with everything you need to create a spectacular show both inside and outside your home. • Inspiring collections of Christmas decorations, indoor and outdoor lighting, artificial trees, swags and garlands.

Work has now started on our New Coffee Shop due to open in Spring 2011. Serving freshly prepared food and drinks it will be a place for customers to relax and unwind.

• A fantastic choice of fresh Christmas trees and wreaths available from the end of November. • An excellent selection of wonderful gift ideas not forgetting our huge range of pots & planters, gardening accessories and water features. • Visit our new look website at;

Christmas Offer

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Winter Opening Times:

Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm

December Opening Times:

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 7.30pm Saturday & Sunday 9.00am - 5.30pm Christmas Eve 9.00am - 3.00pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 27th & 28th December & New Years Day

Please see instore for Christmas opening times

Pimbo Garden Centre, 32 Pimbo Lane, Upholland, Skelmersdale, WN8 9QQ Tel:01695622601

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The What’s On Guide Saturday 27th November Attic Sale The Friends of Rainford High are running a table top sale at the school/college on Higher Lane in Rainford. Time: 8am-1pm Cost: 50p admission Contact: Janet Hill 01744 887320 Sat Nav Ref: WA11 8NY

Tuesday 30th November Charity Christmas Fair A craft fair held by Loose Thread Embroiderers in aid of Willowbrook Hospice at St Helens Bowling Club on Regents Road near Taylor Park. Goods include handmade Christmas cards, gifts and other crafts. Time: 10am-2pm Cost : £2 (includes refrewsshments) Sat Nav Ref: WA10 3JA

Wednesday 1st December Christmas Bingo The Soroptimist Club of St Helens host their annual Christmas bingo session at the Unison Club in Bishop Road. Time: 7.30pm-10.30pm Cost: £3.50 Contact: Sat Nav Ref: WA10 6SX

Thursday 2nd December Tea Dance Alf Christinson hosts the popular monthly tea dance at St Helens town hall, sponsored by Lancashire Tea. Modern Ballroom and sequence dancing, and old time music galore. The Christmas Tea Dance will take place on 16th December at the same time, same place. Time: 2-4pm Cost: £3 including refreshments and entry to raffle Contact: 01744 676886 38 Local Life

City Centre Animation Programme If you want to experience Christmas shopping with a difference, head to Liverpool on Thursdays nights in the run up to Christmas. This Thursday sees the roller skating snowman, a Christmas Pudding and mistletoe stilt walkers, along with Messrs Scrooge and Scratchit trying to ruin the fun. Look out for the trolley dancing grannies and the magical mobile piano on the 9th December! Cost: Free Contact:

Friday 3rd December Christmas Pantomime Running until Sunday 9th January, this production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Theatre Royal will have the whole family in stitches! Times: Various Cost: From £11 (adults) and £9 (concessions) Contact: 01744 756000 or www. Sat Nav Ref: WA10 1LQ Quiz Night Quiz night in aid of the Millennium Centre at Ruskin Leisure Club on Ruskin Drive. Individuals and teams welcomed. Ticket price includes hot pot supper. Time: 7.30pm Contact: Lisa on 01744 675131 or 07976 424111 Sat Nav Ref:WA10 6RP

Saturday 4th December 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 5th December. Time: 10am-4pm Cost: Free Contact: 01695 624182 or Sat Nav Ref: WN5 7XB

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Winter Food Celebration A winter food celebration is to be held in Eccleston Street in Prescot, with market stalls selling a wide range of the best of the region’s food and produce.. Time: 9am-3.30pm Cost: Free Contact: 0151 443 5592 Christmas Food Fayre Witness the first ever Christmas Food Fayre at Port Sunlight, the finale of the Wirral’s Year of Food! A giant marquee on the Museum Green will house over 100 stalls selling a multitude of specialist food items, drinks and crafts. There will be cookery demos and music, plus a children’s’ fairground, a Santa’s Grotto and much more. This festival runs from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December. Time: 4-7pm Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday, 10am4pm Sunday Cost: Various Contact: 0151 644 6466 or www.portsunlightvillage. com Sat Nav Ref: CH 62 5DX

Sunday 5th December Christmas Craft Fair Christmas gift ideas galore at this craft fair being held at the World of Glass, including jewellery, paintings, glassware and much more. Time: 10.30am-4pm Cost: Free Contact: 01744 22766 Sat Nav Ref: WA10 1BX

Thursday 9th December

Events and Festivals

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Special Interest

Time: 6pm-9pm Cost: 50p Sat Nav Ref: WA11 0JG

Saturday 11th December Christmas Decorations Try your hand at making traditional Christmas decorations from natural resources at Sankey Valley Park. Also runs on Sunday 12th December. Time: 1pm Contact: 01744 677772 Sat Nav Ref: WA11 0AB Southport Christmas Festival This exciting festical is held over two weekends (11-12th & 18-19th December) and extends from Lord Street into Wesley Street and Tulketh Street. Entertainment includes a puppet show, jugglers, fire eaters, dancers and marmosets, and there will also be fairground rides and a hog roast. Time: Noon to 5pm Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday. Cost: Free Contact: 01704 533333 Sat Nav Ref: PR8 1AE

Saturday 18th December Grand Christmas Parade A magical lantern procession leaves Victoria Square in St Helens at 4pm and concludes at the Parish Church at 5pm with a festive carol service. Appearances by Raymond Briggs’ characters, Father Christmas and The Snowman. Time: 4pm Cost: Free Sat Nav Ref: WA10 1HQ

Christmas Fayre The Friends of Haydock Sports College host a Christmas Fayre at the Sports College tonight! Stalls, games, tombola, raffle and a visit from Santa himself should make for a great night for all the family!

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