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WN4 Local Link

December 2012

Your guide to local Businesses, Events and News in WN4.

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Hello and welcome to the Christmas edition of the WN4 Local Link.

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ith every room filled with fairy lights and the scent of cinnamon in the air, Christmas has definitely arrived in our house. There’s nothing better than closing the doors on the world and indulging in a cosy night complete with movies, which helps reserve energy for those festive impromptu 6 o’clock cocktails. I have just about perfected my mulled wine recipe ready for the masses, who every year insist on just “popping in” knowing they will be treated to carefully planned culinary delights. Once all the Christmas chaos is over I will be jetting off for my annual pre New Year holiday to the fantastic city of Amsterdam in order to get pampered and refreshed for the New Year ahead... We have lots of nice local events, shows and festive interests for you to have a nosey at, as keeping it local is definitely the key to a stress free Christmas. If you have something of interest or a passion that you would like to share then please get in touch as we are always looking for local interest stories to pass onto our readers. Why not have a look at page 6 and the see what the Town Green Residents are up to with their fantastic garden. Don’t forget to check out Park Life on page 22 with all proceeds going to Children in Need. If you play rugby, or are interested in starting to play then Orrell on page 8 might be of interest to you. Thanks to all my customers and delivery helpers for all their support over the last year. Have a great Christmas and I will see you all in 2013…

Sarah. WN4 Local Link Editor.

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contents Town Green R.A. Orrell R.U.F.C. Auntie Gels Recipe Day Tripping What’s on Guide Bexbella Useful Numbers Index of Advertisers

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contacts December 2012 to January 2013 Delivered to around 5,000 homes in the WN4 postcode area.

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Scan me with your phone Town Green Gardens, Bolton Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, are always looking for volunteers to help with the maintenance and upkeep of this RHS award winning garden. This is a purely voluntary run garden and self funding. No garden knowledge necessary, sense of humour and willingness to participate is a must! An hour a month or whatever you can give would be greatly appreciated. Most tools supplied but feel free to bring your own. We have no set times of work just give us a ring if you’re interested.

We are always looking for new ideas and would welcome people, who are generally interested in the garden, to join us as committee members and be influential in the decision making process. We are a constituted democratic committee who all live very local to Town Green. Any one joining the committee would also be expected to live in the very near vicinity. Contact Ruth on 01942 718 648 or Ann on 01942 730 794. Email: trevorruth4@hotmail.com www.towngreen.org.uk

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ORRELL

Rugby Union Club Orrell Rugby Union club was founded in 1927, but it was the move to its Edge Hall Road (now Wigan Warriors training ground) after the second world war that established the stable base for our subsequent successes on and off the field. The club has always been at the heart of the community and we continue working hard to strengthen our local links. We run 2 open age teams and have a thriving junior section. We have a blossoming community partnership with Upholland High School and play and train at Saint John Rigby sixth form college, Orrell.

age of 18 to come and join us. We welcome any age or skill level, former players, beginners, or rugby league players who just like to keep fit over the winter. The club has a tremendous legacy and is supported by over 300 members, sadly not all players these days. Whilst history is important we don’t dwell there but it does give us knowledge, experience and the strength to go forward with exciting plans for developing the game in the area and getting the club right back to the heart of the community. More details will be forthcoming soon. We need more open age players now! Contact: Tony Havlin tony.havlin@btinternet.com

Keith Roberts 07732 482 834 keith@orrelljuniors.co.uk

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Our aim is to get as many local young people as possible playing the game of rugby on a regular basis. Rugby offers a great way to have a lot of fun, make friends and opens up doors to the wider rugby community. We are calling all aspiring rugby players over the

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Are you having problems finding just the right gift?

Have you ever looked for something completely unique, but never quite found anything suitable?

You may have even seen and admired framed mementos in hotels, sports clubs, theatres and entertainment establishments, but never thought them available as personal gifts. ARTISAN offers a bespoke framing service and will frame almost any item. They manufacture a variety of 3D style frames. These can include sports memorabilia like, shirts, footballs or boxing gloves. Wedding souvenirs, all varieties of medals, or even baby items like a first shoe or bootees. The list is as endless as your imagination and ARTISAN are happy to take on any challenge.

Sue Heaps the proprietor has been with ARTISAN for 11 years, the framing work is carried out in their Bryn workshop, situated on Wigan Road behind GFS World of Furniture. ARTISANS technicians are able to help and advise before designing your bespoke work of art. The quality of work is exceptional and the pricing is competitive. This combined with the comprehensive range of designs and materials available make it easy to see why ARTISAN attracts business clients such as Haydock Park and Aintree Racecourses. The company also attracts custom from local art clubs and regular clients. So before spending money on a present that is not exactly right why not give ARTISAN a try and see what they can do for you. 01942 718 602 info@artisanframingservices.co.uk www.artisanframingservices.co.uk

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untie Gels Christmas Treat

Christmas Cake

Method

Ingredients

1. Lightly oil and line with silicone paper (baking parchment) a 8inch (20cm) round cake tin. 2. Pre-heat oven to Gas 3, Elec 160C, Fan 140C. 3. Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix together thoroughly with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer. 4. Place mixture into the cake tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 90 to 120 minutes, or until the centre of cake springs back when touched. N.B. If the cake is cooking too quickly cover the top of cake with a piece of parchment or foil. 5. Leave to cool in the cake tin. 6. Once cooled remove the parchment paper and store in an airtight tin.

1 jar of luxury mincemeat 250g (8oz) self raising flour 150g (5oz) softened butter 150g (5oz) dark brown soft sugar 2 eggs beaten 100g (4oz) sultanas 50g (2oz) glace cherries - chopped 100g (4oz) mixed chopped nuts

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www.wnlink.co.uk Most resorts offer ski chalets that can be shared with people you know, or people that you don’t. Making for an interesting holiday, just be sure to pack your PJ’s. Many chalets offer full board so you can really relax and not have to worry about cooking after a day on the slopes and the best bit is you have already burnt off all the calories you will eat and drink! There’s no better way to spend the winter months than on the piste, where the promise of heavy snow fall is welcomed. Heading out into the crisp cold air all wrapped up spending your days looking out over breath taking views and enjoying the odd cheeky bombardino at lunch time with the promise of a hearty meal at the end of the day is hard to beat.

Choose a location that has a chocolate box picturesque village, where browsing the festive streets gives a warm feeling inside. Enjoy people watching in one of the many cosy café bars whilst resting your ski legs, or make reservations for spa treatments.

If you have never skied before and fancy something different, it’s highly recommended and you could end up sacrificing your summer holiday for this fantastic winter getaway. Most resorts offer ski schools which allows you to ski while you learn and can be done as a group or private lessons. It is highly recommended if you have never skied as you will be guaranteed to get more out of your holiday.

For a more exclusive stay why not try a luxury chalet. See www.ski-boutique.co.uk for the optimum in luxury chalets at a wide range of European locations. For self catering chalets try www.alpineelements.co.uk. Or for those who prefer hotels then try www.scottdunn.com where there is a extensive range of both hotels and chalets to suite the mid to high end budget.

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New Years Eve 2012 Monday 31st December 2012 The New Year Ball Finishing off 2012 in true style. Wine reception and a 5-course dinner before welcoming in 2013 from the dance floor. Reception commences from 7:30pm. Strictly black tie - £49.95 per person. Haigh Hall, Wigan, WN2 1PE Call 01942 832 895 to book. Family Night in The Marquee An evening of family fun. Including; Children’s and adult buffet, childrens entertainer, family quiz, games, disco & bar. Plus free kids cordials all night long. From 7pm to 1am. Booking essential - Children £15, Adults £30.

Dinner Dance with Capone Enjoy a 4-course dinner followed by a great live band, disco and late bar. Capone cover all genres including; Rock n Roll, Mowtown, Soul, Disco and Pop. Booking essential - £45 per person.

The DW Stadium, Robin Park, Wigan, WN5 0UH. Call 01942 774 000 to book.

The DW Stadium, Robin Park, Wigan, WN5 0UH. Call 01942 774 000 to book.

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What’s on Guide We have done our best to check out all the activities in our ‘What’s on Guide’. But you are always advised to phone and confirm an event, before leaving home to attend. Some dates for your diary this winter;

December 2012 Baby Rhymetime Tuesdays from 9:30am to 10:00am Ashton Library. For more information call 01942 727 119 Under 5’s Storytime Wednesdays from 10:30am to 11:30am Ashton Library. For more information call 01942 727 119 Santa’s Grotto Saturdays from 10:00am to 4pm Wigan Market, Wigan. £3 per child (gift included). Christmas Festive Inspiration Evening Wednesday 12th December Bents Garden Centre, WA3 5NT. Your chance to pick up some great tips and advice for ceating your own Christmas masterpieces. Entertainment and music, plus food & drink tasting. Santa’s Tea Parties (4:15pm to 6:15pm) Weekdays from 3rd to 21st December Bents Garden Centre, WA3 5NT. Fabulous festive fun with Santa. Tea party includes food, balloons, crackers and fun & games. Present for each child. £11.50 per child (3 to 10 years old). To Book - 01942 266 300 Carols by Candlelight Wednesday 12th December at 7:30pm Haigh Hall, Wigan, WN2 1PE (01942 832 895). An evening of Christmas cheer and carols. Enjoy the Wigan Community Choir in the candle lit Grand Ballroom. Mince pies & mulled wine on arrival. Adults £10, Children £5, Family (2+2) £25.

Farmers’ Market Saturday 15th December, 9am to 1pm Bents Garden Centre, WA3 5NT (01942 266 300). Discover real food, passionately produced right on your doorstep. Real Reindeer & Santa Visit Saturday 15th December Church Square, St.Helens (01744 675 492). Santa arrives in St.Helens, along with his real reindeer and accompanied by his Christmas elves. Make sure Santa gets your letter by giving it to him yourself. Family Christmas Carvery Sunday 16th December from 12pm to 4pm Haigh Hall, Wigan, WN2 1PE (01942 832 895). A Sunday treat for all the family. Festive celebrations with a Christmas Brass Band, a carol sing-along and a visit from Santa. Booking essential - Adults £17.50, Children £9.95. The Snow Ball Friday 21st December Haigh Hall, Wigan, WN2 1PE (01942 832 895). The premium Christmas Party Night. Warm mulled wine served on arrival in front of the fire. Followed by a 4-course Christmas Dinner in the Grand Ballroom. Music and dancing ‘till late. Strictly black tie - £35 per person.

January 2013 Spanish Wine Tasting Evening Saturday 26th January Haigh Hall, Wigan, WN2 1PE. Viva Espana! A wonderful Spanish 4-course dinner accompanied by delicious Spanish wines and expert tasting advice. Dinner server from 8pm. £29 per person. To Book - 01942 832 895. This is just a snapshot of some of the many activities that are being run around your local area. Why not check out www.wlct.org or visit www.whatsoninsthelens.com for more winter activities. If you would like us to publicise your event, or activity just let us know. Either phone, email, or visit our website and complete our event form; www.wnlink.co.uk

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adies of Ashton.

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onestly the only kind of fur I feel affection for is the kind that can still purr. The fact remains if fur wasn’t forbidden, I would undoubtedly be prêt-a-porter. Damn my conscience, fur is so beautiful and primeval to boot. We were designed to wear it weren’t we? I haven’t seen PETA banging on any igloo doors recently. But I guess Eskimos get brownie points for their eco-sustainable lifestyle? Nope, no amount of rationalising will allow a furry skin to touch my animaladoring torso. But how can I be so hypocritical? After all I am a meat munching, leather lover. Is it just that we associate fur with cute, fluffy creatures or does our confused conscience not allow us to ask certain more probing questions?

How can we go fishing in the Whitsunday’s and condone whale hunting? Why is Spanish bull fighting so abhorred, yet we are happy to nourish our offspring with fatty cow burgers? Arguably the manner of death is a factor, but ultimately the bloody line seems blurred to me. Any fashion follower can see that fur is skulking back into the arena with its tail between its legs. It’s tiptoed onto totes and crept quietly onto collars and slept there for a few seasons. Now the hibernation is over, it is ready to reemerge, fatter and furrier than before. Fur is creeping back in, on trims and accessories with many major designers restyling fur into fashions latest trends. Without wanting this post to become a political broadcast: I urge people not to respond to a trend, these are real creatures that should be respected, not cruelly tortured. Fashion has a notoriously fickle relationship with animal rights depending on the season, which seems complicated and immoral. The fickle eighties heavyweights with their infamous “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaign: shelved, along with eighties neon, shoulder pads and Lycra clad aerobics instructors.

“fickle eighties heavyweights with their...”

How is it that certain animal products and practices are a social no-no, and others slip silently under the radar? Whale hunting –a barbarous big no, salmon eating - a yummy yes. Big hypocrisy?

Please don’t misconstrue my sentiments, I am horrified by the cruelty of man but I am also intrigued to understand why certain things are deemed socially acceptable and others a deplorable felony. How can we say hunting with dogs is wrong when the French eat horses? Foie gras is ripped from the fat body of a force fed goose and yet Westerners frown at Shark fin delicacies – how phoney.

I salute Stella for her continued anti-fur campaign “There’s nothing fashionable about a dead animal that has been cruelly killed just because some people think it looks cool to wear”. Maybe she ought to have a stern word with her mates?

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he stress has already started and the phrase “if you are not good, then Santa will not be coming” makes its way into our discussions on a daily basis (actually since June). Pre-children our home was decorated to perfection and usually resembled a John Lewis advert, now it’s decorated with Bailey’s paper chains and an angel that wouldn’t look out of place in a Grim Reaper film. Bailey takes after me and has a real passion for baking, he must be the only 3 year old who actually appreciates “The Great British Bake Off” as much as I do. So this year we have been baking Christmas treats in bulk. These homemade delights have slowly replaced the gift offering of champagne when invited to our friends, food and fizz parties... and everyone loves them, Result!

We made a rule when we had children that Christmas dinner would always be spent at home, as the stress of making any journey complete with dinosaurs, toys, bikes and babies would be overpowering to the most accommodating of family members. So, each year we open our doors to every man and his dog, but then promptly close them again at 2pm when it’s just our family time, usually accompanied by the Grandparents (they are great at washing up). The kids are dressed up in their best Baby Boden festive outfits and me in my Xmas cashmere complete with festive pinny and French Martini, this is when the party starts and Christmas memories are made! Merry Christmas.

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Useful Numbers Children Services Ashton Children’s Service 01942 723 965 YMCA Ashton 01942 274 684

Bryn Ward Cllr Gary Wilkes 01942 736 478 Cllr John Hodgkinson 01942 776 252 Cllr Margaret Rampling 01942 486 856

Wigan Council 01942 244 991

Councillors

St Helens Council

Ashton Ward

Police Non Emergency 101

Transport Arriva Buses 0871 200 22 33 National Rail Enquiries 08457 484 950

Utilities

Cllr Nigel Dennis Ash 01942 736 216 Cllr Anthony Haddley 01942 487 689 Cllr Bill Clarke 01942 487 673

01744 676 789 Leigh Walk in Centre 01942 264 000 NHS Direct National 0845 46 47

Gas Leaks 0800 111 999 United Utilities (Water) 0845 746 2200 Electricity 0800 404090

Billinge & Seneley Green Ward

Pharmacy

Other Numbers

Cllr Alison Bacon 01744 895 319 Cllr Joe Pearson 01942 743 021 Cllr Susan Murphy 01942 743 098

NHS

Morris (Ashton) 01942 727 498 Boots (Bryn) 01942 727 176 Billinge Rd (Garswood) 01942 719 879

Ashton Library 01942 727 119 Citizens Advice Bureau 0870 1264 459 Childline 0800 1111

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Hair & Beauty

WN4 Index of Advertisers

Advanced Skin Care Easy Tan Suncentre Hamilton Hair Indulge Hair Company Lilly’s Nail and Tan Studio Lilly’s Tan and Bodyworx

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Health & Fitness

Advertising Kevin Hayden Web Design WN4 Local Link

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Cleaning Services Maid2Clean

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Clothing and Fashion Elegance Fabulous Fashion by Hanya

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Clothing, Alterations & Repairs Tailor Maid

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Computer Services Computer and Laptop Repair Centre

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Dog Grooming Scizzor Yappy

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Driving Instructor Pass This Way

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Education Services Cansfield RJ Training

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Home Improvements GMH Heating Utilities Ltd

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Leisure & Entertainment Ashton-in-Makerfield Golf Club Room Four Ltd Sycamore Fisheries Sycamores Golf Centre

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Locksmith & Shoe Repair Ashton Lock and Key

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Mobility Services Millercare

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Motor Services Rye Motors

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Stepping Stones Photography

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Plumbing, Heating & Insulation

Food & Drink Ashton-in-Makerfield Golf Club Ashton Road Farm Baraq Indian Restaurant Lazy Daisy’s Milkshake Bar The Willow Tea Rooms

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Photography

Electrical Services CP Electrical

Ashton Protein Fabulous Feet Hypnochi Jeff Lloyd, Hypnotherapy Slimming World The Foot Clinic The Makerfield Eye Centre

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GMH Heating Utilities Ltd

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Web Design Kevin Hayden Web Design

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Other Florists Ashton Road Farm Bouquets

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Artisan Framing Services Instant Cash4Clothes Totally Wicked ELiquid

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