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11 In the home Night night, Sleep tight 17 Garden Have you got green fingers? 19 Garden Bulbs - It’s not too late ANIMALS & NATURE p20-23

20 Dogs Loving countryside kennels 22 Vets Advice Short back & paws - Grooming LEGAL & FINANCIAL p24-27

24 Finance Advice New account switching service 27 Local solicitors Remember a charity in your Will TRAVEL & MOTORING p28-34


28 Motoring Seat Leon 1.4 TSI SE 32 Travel Portugal’s wild west



35 Local challenge 5km Logstacle Challenge 36 Nutrition Have a nutritious winter 38 Treatment The origins of Hot Stone Massage 39 Health & Fitness Don’t let an old person move into your body 41 Breast Cancer Get breast cancer aware 42 Raising money Mont Blanc charity trek 45 Arthritis A painful joint condition BEAUTY & FASHION p45-54

52 Footwear For him and for her FAMILY & LOCAL INTEREST p52-66

55 Memories - Rajah the mechanical elephant returns 58 Lancaster’s Neuro Drop in Young volunteer of the summer 60 Halloween Creepy Castle events 62 Lancaster group Transition City Lancaster 65 Lancaster BID Promoting & improving Lancaster 66 Education When should children start school

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Home & Garden: Choosing a bed

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Lancaster Bed Company explains the most important factors when choosing a new mattress.

FACT- If the mattress is too hard or too soft, your

body will try to compensate by frequently tossing and turning during the night, up to 60 times, this will impair both yours and your partners sleep. A good mattress of the right tension can reduce this to about 15 times.

ADVICE - to the average person all mattresses’ look COMFORT- Please remember this at all times. Don’t lose sight of the main objective or get side tracked by searching for a great night’s sleep with an unrealistically low budget. DON’T COMPROMISE - A good mattress can last

up to 10 years, so it’s a serious investment. Cheap mattresses need replacing more often, perhaps as frequently as every 2 years. It seems absurd that the majority of people will spend 4 to 5 times more on a sofa that they sit on for a couple of hours an evening, than they will on a mattress, that they spend a crucial 8 hours on every night!

SUPPORT is a the next priority, for this you need to

try the mattress in the store. Think about your existing mattress, is it right for you, or are you wanting more comfort or more support. Try at least three different mattresses in the store by lying down on them as you would at home and if you are sharing a bed its vital that both of you try it out this way together.

MYTH - Very few people need a hard mattress,

unless they have a specific problem that their GP has indicated for them to use. For most people, particularly for lighter women, they will simply be uncomfortable, creating shoulder pain and pins and needles. Your body weight will largely dictate what sort of tension you require. A small lady will need less support than an 18 stone rugby player.

the same. To find the best mattress for you, talk to the professionals in the shop, tell them what you are looking for, they will help you find the best mattress to suit your needs.

MATTRESS TYPES OPEN COIL - these are the cheaper types made from

singles springs fixed together by one wire, because the springs move as one unit you will be disturbed by your partner moving around in the night.

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MATTRESS TOPPER - this item is usually put on top of a mattress ,because there is a problem with the mattress, ,or, its old and worn out, if you have to revert to one of these, then really you should be looking for a new mattress.

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Home & Garden: Green fingers

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Volunteer, get fit and help improve the local environment with the Greenfingers Conservation Project at Williamson Park! Come and join in this inspiring community project in Williamson Park called Greenfingers. The group runs every Thursday from 10am - 12 noon up until the Christmas holiday period for the new autumn block of activity sessions. Taking care of the 54 acres of park and woodland in Williamson Park, Lancaster is no mean feat. It takes a committed team of gardeners and volunteers to manage this huge task. Now in its fourth successive year, the project aims to clear and replant areas of the park with native species, whilst at the same time creating new wildlife habitats with removed plant material and new planting. Volunteers will benefit their health through the physical tasks associated with the project – there are lighter tasks for the less fit, and more strenuous work for the fitter - as well as derive the social benefits from participation. After

all the work, there’s a get together in the Pavilion Café with a free hot drink. The project has been devised by the University of Cumbria Sports & Physical Activity undergraduate programme team, in conjunction with the Lancaster City Council Parks Department. Students from the 2nd year of the BA Sport, Physical Activity and Health Development degree assist with the project alongside park officers. With the help of local residents, the aim is to create a lasting legacy for the benefit of all park users, and hopefully a long term and sustainable programme of co-operation between local residents, the council and the university. Without doubt, the work of volunteers has enabled more conservation work to take place. The Greenfingers project and the Friends of Williamson Park have helped with various

environmental improvements including removing the diseased rhododendron plants, planting 500 new trees, building bird hides and monitoring wildlife. Anyone can volunteer and the list of ‘things to do’ is growing in the 54 acre park. Becoming a volunteer can help you learn and develop new skills, as well as offering the chance to meet new people. There are a variety of activities to get involved in including: looking after the herbaceous beds, grounds work, carrying out litter picking, helping refurbish benches and painting fences, lamp posts, bollards and barriers. If you are interested in contributing some of your spare time, please get in touch with Elliott Grimshaw, Senior Outdoor Ranger at Williamson Park, Lancaster or telephone him on 01524 33318 or email williamsonpark@

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Home & Garden: Bulbs

B U L B S - It’s not too late Flower bulbs make anyone a gardener, no hassle planting and guaranteed colour, Julie from Ashton Hall Garden Centre explains. Although they have been in the shops since August, it’s not too late to buy and plant now. In fact, tulips are best planted at the end of October into November, Crocus and Narcissi can be planted in early December. Snowdrops though must be planted as soon as you get them as they dry out very quickly and always store bulbs in a cool, airy place until planting. Information comes on the pack but you can use your discretion as to whether you plant widely spaced to allow room to multiply the following year or closer together for a display with impact! Scatter randomly for a natural effect or close together for dense clumps, whichever, bulbs are fantastic! They should be planted in a sunny spot with good drainage although crocus and Daffodils last longer in part-shade. Don’t restrain yourself to planting in the border. Bulbs can be grown in a variety of containers and places. Naturalise snowdrops or dwarf narcissi in the lawn by scattering and planting where they fall. These must be planted deep and must be in a place where the grass can be left long through spring. Some bulbs can be forced to flower early indoors. Paperwhite narcissi are popular at Christmas as are hyacinths. These come ‘prepared’ which means they have been subjected to a period of cold to ensure quick root growth. Hyacinths can cause irritation so it is advisable to wear gloves. Bulb fibre which has added charcoal or coco shell to ‘sweeten’ should be used when the container has no drainage holes.

We automatically think of tulips as coming from Holland but in fact they made their way over from Central Asia, cultivated by the Turks for over 1000 years and adopted by Turkey as their national flower. They were associated with wealth and power in the Great Ottoman Empire. It was Carolus Clusius from the University of Leiden who brought the tulip to Holland in the early 17th Century and caused ‘Tulipmania’. The Netherlands now produce over 9 billion bulbs each year of which 7 billion are exported around the world. There is no difference between a daffodil and a Narcissi! Daffodil is usually reserved for those with a distinct trumpet. Narcissi having a flattened flower and shorter trumpet. Most daffodils are produced in Cornwall and Lincolnshire and there are an infinite number of varieties, coming in dwarf, fragrant, delicate and some with unusual colouring. It took over from the leek as the national flower of Wales. Planting in pots mean they can be moved out of the way whilst the foliage dies down after flowering. Snowdrops prefer semi-shade and reach their potential after 2-3 years. A more reliable way to establish is to buy them potgrown or ‘in the green’ whereby clumps have been lifted from the ground in full leaf. Although the bulbs of specie crocus are generally smaller than the larger-flowering Dutch crocus, they all give good results. Autumn-flowering crocus will have finished flowering by now but if you can still get them they can be planted ready for next year. These are just a few of the types of Springflowering bulbs. Be brave and think big! And buy in quantity as a pack of 10 can easily get lost even in the smallest garden!

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Animals & Nature: Kennels

Loving countryside kennels With lovely country walks, two lakes, paddocks and the odd cheeky sit by the fire, dogs are queueing up to stay! We, John and Lisa Tamlin and our children aged 13 and 11, bought Docker Park Farm and Kennels at the end of December 2010 in a terrible, dilapidated state and set about a large and expensive refurbishment and the farm is now a bright, cheerful place to visit and our kennels a happy, relaxing place for your dog. Our biggest surprise upon taking on the kennels was the discovery that it is not a legal requirement that your pet gets exercised when in boarding kennels. Our location ensures your dog gets lovely country walks and, as we have two lakes, for those breeds who like to leap in at any opportunity! All the dogs (subject to them getting

on with others) are let to run at least twice a day round the paddocks. The kennels, purpose-built 12 years ago, are comfortable, warm, safe and easy to keep clean! We have been involved in dog rescue and re-homing for years, currently have four dogs of our own - all rescues! We absolutely love dogs and cats and totally understand how you may feel about bringing your beloved pet for a kennel stay but we are getting a reputation for “turning round” dogs that have been scared by a previous kennels experience and we have lots of guests who have never been in kennels before. We never leave a dog to be scared or lonely and invariably have someone extra in the house who “needs a little more”! The Ridgebacks were getting a little chilly one winter’s afternoon so a place by the fire seemed the best thing!


Docker Park kennels are exactly how they have been described by our customers - a happy place for dogs and cats! We have four of our own dogs and consider yours as part of our family when they come and stay with us at the farm. Our location ensures your dog gets lovely country walks and, as we have two lakes, swimming facilities are there for those breeds who like to leap in at any opportunity!


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All the dogs (subject to them getting on with others) are let to run at least twice a day round the paddocks.We offer comfortable, heated accommodation for your pet but the thing that sets us is apart is how our guests are treated. All our guests are walked at least twice a day and each kennel has an open area.

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Animals & Nature: Pet grooming

Bay Vets in Lancaster explain how to keep your pet in tip top condition, from trimming hair between the toes to brushing their teeth! Grooming is a wonderful opportunity to bond with your pet. It is also an ideal time to check for parasites, wounds, lumps or bumps. It is always good practice to get your pet, from a young age, used to being checked - handling their coat, lifting their paws, looking in their ears and eyes and checking their teeth. COAT Brushing your pets usually makes them feel great. It will help remove any hair shed through the natural moulting process, which can help reduce mattes, knots and tangles and allow better ‘ventilation’ to the skin. Use clippers, not scissors, to cut out tangles and mattes commonly found at the base of the ear or around the bottom. Some breeds need regular clipping or ‘stripping’. Consider the coat condition – shine, oiliness, dryness, dirt, flakiness etc.



Checking nails are strong and not overgrown. Deformed, curly claws and dew claws need particular monitoring. Claws should just touch the floor when the paw is flat on the ground. Most dogs keep their nails short through regular walking on pavements and concrete. However overgrown nails should be trimmed sooner rather than later to prevent the quick (blood supply) from growing too long with the rest of the nail. In dogs, it is also worth trimming excess hair from between the toes to improve ventilation and improve hygiene. Cats continuously sharpen their claws to aid climbing. A scratching post tall enough to allow your cat to fully stretch upwards vertically can save the furniture and wallpaper from damage. Some people prefer to clip their cat’s claws but do remember claws aid grip and help cats defend themselves. Many rabbits also need regular nail clipping.

Most pets do not need frequent bathing; however when necessary use a specifically formulated shampoo for pets. Adult ticks and fleas are visible to the naked eye. Scabs, flaky skin and black specks of dirt are also indicators of mite or flea presence. To check for flea dirt, dampen a small piece of cotton wool and rub the dirt into the wet cotton wool. Flea faeces give a reddish brown tinge. 22

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Just like us, dogs and cats benefit greatly from regular tooth brushing. Introducing this from a young age helps. A dry diet helps to ‘scrape’ plaque from the teeth whereas wet food sticks to the enamel encouraging plaque build up and tooth decay. Bad breath (halitosis) usually indicates poor dental hygiene and dental issues. There are some good enzymatic toothpastes which help to break down plaque, particularly when used with a toothbrush. Rabbits are particularly prone to dental problems, which can normally all be attributed to poor diet. Get your rabbit’s teeth checked regularly and encourage them to eat lots of hay! EARS Odour, discharge, shaking or scratching of the ears should always be investigated. Sniff the ears and regularly look down the ear canals to ensure they are clean, wax and dirt free. Dogs with ‘floppy’ ears such as spaniels are more prone to problems, as the ear canals are poorly ventilated. Always dry your dog’s ears carefully, especially after bathing or swimming. Never use ear buds as you can damage the inner ear. Cotton wool around your finger will prevent protruding too far into the ear canal. Always get the ear drum checked to ensure it is intact before applying cleaning or liquid products into the ear canal.

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Legal & Financial: Account switching

New account switching service Joanne Atkinson, Branch Manager of Cumberland Building Society explains the new Current Account Switching Service, launched by the Payments Council. Switching current accounts is perceived to be a hassle. There are lots of things to do, including swapping direct debits, moving your salary, amending standing orders, getting a new debit card and cheque book, etc. Even though many people are dissatisfied with their bank, the thought of going through this process puts many people off switching their current account. In reality, it was never as bad as you feared, but it did take time, the process differed between the many banks and building societies, and there was no guarantee that the process would complete smoothly. As a result, the new Current Account Switch Service was launched in September by the Payments Council. The new service aims to give customers a first-class switching service, whilst increasing competition in the high street. The service is free-to-use for consumers, small charities, small businesses and small trusts and is designed to make switching current accounts from one bank or building society to another, simpler, reliable and hassle-free. It is offered by 33 of the UK’s bank and building society brands now, including the Cumberland, and more are expected to follow in 2014. The new, standardised Current Account Switch Service will reduce switching times to just seven working days. Customers will now have control over the date when their current account will switch from their old provider to a new provider. Crucially, they will now be protected by the new Current Account Switch Guarantee and supporting Trustmark. The new service will also remove the need for customers to liaise with their old bank or building society when they have made the decision to switch. The new provider will take full responsibility for delivering the switch and the customer’s old current account will close once the switch is complete. 24

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For 13 months from the switch date a new centralised redirection service will also capture any payments made to the old account by accident and redirect them to the customer’s new account. The Current Account Switch Service features a number of benefits for customers, including: • The customer can switch on a date that suits them, that they choose and agree with their new provider

• FASTER: The new service is faster. It will take seven working days to switch account using the new Current Account Switch Service – an improvement on the previous process which sometimes took between 18 and 30 working days. • GUARANTEED: The Current Account Switch Service is backed by a Current Account Switch Guarantee which details the key benefits of the switch and outlines what a customer is entitled to in the unlikely event of something going wrong.

• HASSLE-FREE: It is hassle-free for the customer; existing payment arrangements, those going out (e.g. Direct Debits and standing orders) and those coming in (e.g. salary), will be transferred automatically from the old account to the new account. • AUTOMATIC PAYMENT REDIRECTION: A new redirection service will ensure that any payments made to or requested from the old account will be redirected automatically to the new account, for a period of 13 months after the switch date.

The switching process is managed by the new current account provider so, if a customer has any questions or concerns, they have a single point of contact. Equally, if a problem occurs, the new provider is responsible for resolving the issue so that there is no need for the customer to speak to the different parties involved. Crucially, if a customer wants to leave a bank, they can do so simply by dealing with the new provider – there is no need to talk to the old bank as part of the process.


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Legal & Financial: Drawing up a Will

Remember a charity i n you r wil l Joseph A Jones Solicitors in Lancaster remind us that without a valid will your wishes may not be implemented. Here’s a remarkable statistic recently released by the Government: whilst 74% of Britons are generous enough to regularly support a charity in their lifetime only 6% have left a gift to charity in their Will. My experience of drawing up Wills over many years is that there is a significant amount of truth in this. There are some very generous folk who decide to mention a well loved charity in their Will, but many do not. Clearly, who you benefit in your Will is entirely a matter of personal choice and no one (and certainly not the Government) should interfere with that and yet there does seem to be a gap between our generosity in life and omission of charitable gifts upon death. Nationally, charitable gifts in Wills generate around £1.9 billion a year, which is the equivalent of 19 Comic Reliefs, Two out of three guide dogs and six out of ten life boats launches are paid for by gifts in Wills.

I have practised a solicitor in Lancaster for nearly 20 years and over that time I have administered many estates where gifts large and small have made a difference to many national and local charities. St. John’s Hospice, Galloways Society for the Blind, The Dukes, Lancaster & District Homeless Action, CancerCare, Animal Care, Lancaster & District YMCA and Age UK (Lancashire) are just some examples of charities operating locally who make a significant contribution to the well being of our district. All those I have mentioned and others rely on local volunteers and donations to keep going. We would all be poorer without them. So if you feel passionately about a charity which is local, national or international, why not give some thought to remembering your commitment to that charity in your lifetime by way of leaving a gift in your Will? You may have family and friends who you would like to inherit the lion’s share of your estate or you

may wish it all to go to charity. It’s your choice, but if you do not leave a valid Will, your choices, your wishes, will not be implemented. For most people making a Will with an specialist solicitor should cost no more than a couple of hundred pounds. A small price to pay for peace of mind. And if the value of your assets is such that Inheritance Tax is a concern then remember that gifts to registered charities are exempt from tax.

Gary F. Rycroft is a partner at Joseph A. Jones & Co Solicitors in Lancaster, which is a firm specialising in Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Estate Administration.

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Road Test: Seat Leon 1.4 TSI SE After a lot of investment from Seat, the new Leon hopes to be a serious contender for the Volkswagon Golf, having secured first rights to the new LED headlight technology. Long-term tests are about living with a car every day, doing all kinds of driving, and exposing the best and the worst of what real buyers will see for themselves. There are many things that a few quick hours behind the wheel on a new car launch just can’t tell you.

Pages upon pages have been written about the 104bhp 1.2-litre TSI turbocharged petrol and it’s fairly well known as a great unit. In light of that, I’ve opted for its big brother, the 138bhp 1.4 TSI. It’s going to be interesting to see whether it can justify the extra £1,050 over the 1.2. They share a road tax band but Seat has put a lot of investment into the new Leon in an the 1.2 is four insurance groups lower and allegedly attempt to cut the gap on the perennial sales bonanza 3mpg more frugal, so I’ll be aiming to see whether enjoyed by its sister car, the Volkswagen Golf. While the higher performance from the 1.4 is worth it. the Golf has become ever more straight-line sensible in its styling though, the Leon has brought together a In terms of options, OU13 YBM has got only the key stunning combination of curves, angles and overall ones Seat reckons will be most popular with buyers. poise to create something that looks much more Chief among them is the Technology Pack, which interesting. The question is: do its real-world talents brings with it full LED headlights - a first for any match up? C-segment car - along with DAB radio and sat-nav courtesy of a good-sized colour screen mounted This is what I’m aiming to find out by taking delivery reasonably high up on the dashboard. Initially Seat of a just run-in five-door Leon for the next six months. dropped the pack’s near-£1,100 price to £500, but I’ve picked the mid-range SE model, which has a lot of further down the line it became, amazingly, free of little touches over and above the base S grade version, charge. but is a healthy amount cheaper than the body-kitted and more ostentatious FR. I’ve also chosen a petrol The headlights are a big deal for Seat and the market engine, in light of the incredible work the Volkswagen in general and after much deal-making within the Group has done to improve the driveability and VW Group, the Leon has secured first rights to the efficiency of its unleaded-drinking powerplants. new technology, even ahead of the Golf and Audi A3.


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The idea behind LED headlights is not just that they use much less energy than traditional bulbs or high-intensity xenon lamps; the light the special LEDs create is closer in colour to natural daylight than any alternatives, allegedly making it easier for the human eye to distinguish contrast and movement within the beam. As the nights draw in later this year, I’ll have the perfect opportunity to test the theory. On top of the Technology Pack there are 17-inch alloy wheels, which certainly fill the wheel arches more convincingly but could also be more exposed to damage from kerbs. I’ll look into this and see whether the move was a wise one or not.

Other than that, the car is standard, so with the Golf lined up as a significantly more expensive option and the Skoda Octavia perhaps being bigger than some people want or need, the time has come for the Leon to prove itself within the VW Group. I’m going to pile the miles on it, encompassing driving at every time of day and night, motorway trips, urban scratching, Sunday afternoon blasts and of course the weekly shop. My partner, Laura, will also be driving it, and since most family cars are shared between parents, her opinion will be invaluable. It’s game on, Leon, so let’s see what you’re made of.

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Sharing the lesser known West coast of Portugal, with huge expanses of pristine coastline, activities for those on a budget and an abundance of wildlife. discerning European travellers pitch up there in September and October. Firstly, during the baking hot months (where temperatures can regularly reach 40ºC), the freshening easterly wind from the Atlantic can be a godsend. Secondly, the beaches are long and wide and clean; huge expanses of pristine white sand where space to sunbath and stretch out are never an issue if you choose the right area. Thirdly, the long Atlantic rollers that bless both Ireland and France also provide fantastic opportunities for Oeste’s recent growth leisure activity, surfing, which is proving to be just as popular out of the high season as it is during the height of summer.

Think holidays in Portugal and most people think of three places; the historic, charming and friendly capital Lisbon, or the anglophile, port-drenched northern city of Oporto, and of course, the sun-bleached beaches of the Algarve. These have been the traditional destinations for the British traveller for many years, yet it may be true to say that many Portuguese themselves ignore these delights and head elsewhere for their own vacations; in particular, perhaps due to its proximity to Lisbon itself, many of the locals choose instead their country’s dramatic and beautiful Atlantic west coast, just north of the capital. Head up from the resort of Cascais and the grandeur of Sintra, and you find wide, sandy expanses fringed by dramatic cliffs and dunes, where misty mornings often give way to blazing hot afternoons where, at any time of day, local fishermen (or even the odd frogman diver!) wash up on the beach with the catch of the day. Centred around the rapidly-expanding beach resort of Santa Cruz, and reaching up as far as Peniche, beaches such as Santa Helena or the enticingly-entitled Praia de Mexilhoeira (‘mussel’ beach) will satisfy anyone looking for some late summer sunshine before the gloom of winter descends in the UK. Atmospherically wind-swept and cool in winter, the region, known locally as ‘Oeste’ (pronounced ‘wesht’) may not quickly tempt a northern European traveler for most of the year, but there is a good reason why many Portuguese flock there in the key summer months of July and August, and why many 32

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Waves of 5 metres or more are regular, and regularly feature the super-tubos, terrifying tubular wave formations specific to the area. The surfing scene has exploded previously sleepy resorts such as Santa Cruz into vibrant and youthful towns where Ibiza-style bars are springing up, floating cocktails and DJ tunes out towards western sunsets to die for. Indeed, the Santa Cruz area is also a great place to learn to surf if you wish, with several English-speaking surf schools catering for all ages and abilities (kids love the classes!) dotted along the beach, all offering good, value for money tuition. Furthermore, wave surfing, paragliding and horse riding are also becoming very popular amongst local and foreign visitors, with again the weakened local economy providing the traveller with good opportunities to experience these activities at a relatively cheap price. As well as the reasons mentioned above, the area’s closeness to Lisbon is a huge plus. Cheap air flights from Easyjet for example have long since flown to Lisbon’s single airport Vasco de Gama, which benefits


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(unlike other European destinations served by no-frills airlines) from being close to the city centre and therefore easy to pick up onward travel connections. From here the Oeste region is within easy reach; Santa Cruz is around 40km away and Peniche, to the region’s north, is around 30 km further, both towns providing good links via the regional hub, Torres Vedras. In addition to the region’s reputation for clean, spacious, yet sometimes windy beaches, there is a variety of historical places of interest if you want to get away from the beach for a day or two, with very specific links to Britain. The area is still littered with the earthwork remains of Wellington’s famous Lines of Torres Vedras, huge man-made and natural fortifications used to destroy Napoleon’s invading French armies during the Peninsula War in the early 1800’s. There is a good museum also to his victory over the same French enemies at Vimeiro, and references to that crucial time in Portugal’s history dot the coastline at places like Porto Novo, where Wellington first set his fragile British army ashore. The nearby baroque palacemonastery at Mafra is also worth a visit, as is the medieval walled town of Obidos (a fortified town during Roman and Moorish periods) both of which sit a little

further inland. I read Jose Saramago’s novel Baltasar and Blimunda before I left and I certainly understood what a momentous undertaking it was to build Mafra’s pristine white and yellow facade, and at 28km from Lisbon, it represents a short hop from the capital. The area’s coastline also has another claim to fame; that of being the equivalent to England’s Jurassic south coast by being the site of several important dinosaur finds. Indeed, Portugal is only just waking up to this hidden gem and the attraction it can have for European tourists, but the establishment of a dinosaur museum in the town of Lourinha is currently flourishing, running workshops, tours, and trips to local digs (almost always with knowledgeable helpers speaking English). And if you, like me, have children obsessed with all things old and reptilian, their little paleontological whims are certainly satisfied by a trip to this excellent little museum.

Islands, a tiny archipelago of protected islands just off the coast, but certainly worthwhile visiting not only for the abundant wildlife on land, in the air, and below the surface, but also for one of the most spectacular and eye-catching beaches along the whole stretch of coastline. The tiny port on the largest island, Berlenga Grande, ferries passengers daily to the island, and just next to the port and small fort lies the beach, carved into a narrow furrow between looming cliffs, protected by Atlantic swells and producing a turquoise haven for swimming and sunbathing. If you ignore the cliché there really is something for everyone in the Oeste. You can, of course, as with the rest of the country, enjoy a round of golf and a very decent fish supper here; but this can also be found in many other parts of the country, even in (and whisper it softly here) the Algarve. However if you want to follow the route less travelled this autumn, you could do a whole lot worse than plot a path to Portugal’s wild west coast.

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Health & Fitness: 5km Logstacle Challenge


Logstacle Challenge comes to Williamson Park

Are you up for the challenge? This November brings Lancaster’s first Logstacle race! Normally you might have had sign on the dotted line with one of her Majesty’s Armed Forces to experience the type of challenge on offer at Williamson Park on November 3rd 2013. The days may be that little bit cooler and the leaves that little bit browner but those changes mark the start, to those in the know, of what is understatedly called OCR. Obstacle Course Racing is a new slant on the traditional 5km and 10km races where to many running such a distance alone is not enough. OCR’ers thrive on things getting put in their way, things they need to carry and things to get over or crawl through. GOATsports, organisers of Lancaster’s own urban obstacle race The Witches’ Revenge 10km, have created a second event in the city in the aptly named Logstacle Challenge.

the profile of the city in hosting unique events such as this. Challenge events such as this are becoming increasingly popular across the UK; be it mud runs, urban obstacle courses, zombie races or other niche events such as this one. They are a fantastic way to have fun with your mates, or raise some money for a good cause, and give people a reason and opportunity to get fit without needing to feel competitive. Simply crossing the finish line is an achievement in its own right, and podium places are often sought after by only a handful of serious runners, many often jogging or even walking the route.

Lancaster City Council are backing the event and the team up at Williamson Park have worked closely with GOAT sports to create “The log isn’t a telegraph pole a route that it as scenic as it The premise of the new race is tough. The event promises and the race is intended to bring to be great for spectators and is simple. Take one log, then smiles as much as groans.” solo, in a pair, or as a team , the organisers hope that many get it under, over or through people will turn out to cheer on whatever is put in your way on a winding 5km route those brave enough to take on the challenge with the through the city’s historic landmark park; be it horse cafe in the park providing refreshment to watchers and jumps, walls, steps, nets or some other obstacle. On finishers. paper this sounds tough, and it will be if you want to go fast and hard, but the log isn’t a telegraph pole and the So if you think you or your friends might be up for the race is intended to bring smiles as much as groans, and challenge go over to the GOATsports website at www. a donation from each entrant will go towards Cancer where you can find more details Care’s 30 in 30 campaign. What the event hopes to about this event, others like it and their outdoor fitness do is offer people a chance to try something different sessions in the park where you can get fit before you in one of the city’s most beautiful locations and raise line up at the start line. @Lancaster Community Magazine - THE best quality magazine in Lancaster


Health & Fitness: Winter nutrition

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Lancashire Nutrition’s Sylvia Poll gives us some great advice for a nutritious healthy winter. Having just come out of the most summery of summers we’ve had for a long time… are we ready for a very wintery winter? Forecasters would have us believe it’s going to be cooler and drier than average around the North West, so we need to make sure we’re ready!

instant chowder (thick soup). Or heat up the soup, and add some grated cheese so it just melts… my hubby’s favourite! Your skin also comes under attack in winter, so be sure to use a high quality moisturiser, especially on your hands and face – they’re the bits we’re most likely to be showing as we cover up! Keep some lip balm handy to top up regularly if you’re outdoors for a while.

No, I’ve not re-trained to become a central heating engineer – thought with our temperamental boiler I wish I was! We need to get our bodies as ready as we get our homes. GPs are advertising for flu jabs – if you qualify for one, be sure you don’t forget to go, and if you live or work with vulnerable people (elderly, very young, or those with a suppressed immune system), it may be worth getting one. This lowers your risk of passing on an infection when out and about. If in doubt, ask your pharmacist or GP for advice.

Your immune system takes a battering at this time of the year, so be sure you’re eating the right food, and taking the correct supplements, for your lifestyle. We all have different needs as we go through life, and if in doubt, it is best to check with a qualified Nutritionist who can guide you through the vast range on offer in the shops and online, “Your immune system takes and recommend what you specifically need. a battering at this time of

If you have young children in school, they are sure to come home with sniffles and colds at the year, so be sure you’re If you’re shopping for the end some stage. Whether they are well enough to go to school or not, of year celebrations, and are eating the right food” make sure they are well hydrated going in to warm shops and and nourished - warming soups and casseroles are a out into all sorts of weather, you are more likely to get good way of making sure they get those extra veggies. tired, as your body copes with the repeated changes in For a quick and easy meal, chop up and peel a variety temperature… so allow a bit of extra time for it. This of vegetables, cook them up in a pan with plenty of will also help you feel less stressed, and stress makes water, your favourite herbs, and a small amount of salt, you more likely to catch any bugs that are around! and then either serve as a clear vegetable soup, or use a blender to make a creamy soup. So, recipe for a healthy autumn: plenty of healthy foods, the right supplements, plan your shopping trips The good news? Almost any vegetable can make early, and if all else fails do it online! Going online a soup – we’ve recently had Carrot and Orange, doesn’t mean you can’t support local businesses – have Butternut Squash and Red Pepper with Ginger, Carrot a look at for a local delivery service of fresh and Courgette, just to name a few. If you have a fruit and vegetables, based in Halton. freezer make a big batch, and freeze in portion sizes. If you want a “full” meal, dry-fry some chicken, fish, For more in-depth winter readiness advice, be sure to or meat, add the soup to the pan, and you’ll have contact your Nutritionist, Pharmacist, or GP. 36

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Health & Fitness: Hot stone massage

The Origins of Hot Stone Massage Soulstar owner, Janie Clarke-Burns explains the origins of Hot Stone Massage and tempts us with this deeply relaxing treatment. Stones have been used for divination, warmth, healing and protection since the beginning of time. Native Americans used Hot Stones heated by their camp fires to sooth and calm aching muscles passing the treatment down from generation to generation. The Japanese use stones to warm their abdomens to aid digestion. The Japanese also utilized hot stones in Anma, the oldest word form of Asian Massage. The Japanese hot stone therapy techniques create similar issues to moxibustion, in that heat energy penetrates and stimulates the tsubo, or acupoints.

The Chinese have been using hot stones to relieve muscular pain for some 4,000 years, and from around 2000 BC used heated stones as a means of improving the function of internal organs. In Oriental Medicine hot stones are utilized in concurrence with the Elevation transmission channels to encourage a better flowing of energy around the physical structure.

other parts of the body. The hot stones we use are made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat throughout the duration of the treatment. River rocks are normally used. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles the combination of heat pressure and energy provides the client with a unique massage experience.

Today we use smooth, heated stones, that work as an extension of our own hands, or we place them on the body to energize specific areas while we massage

The question is, this cold autumn, can you resist a hot stone massage? Because we know once you have had one, you will definitely be back for more.

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Health & Fitness: Stay young

Don’t let an old person move into your body Research at the University for Medical Sciences, Arkansas, has shown that through exercise and healthy nutrition you can alter your bodies aging process by changing ten key elements, called Biomarkers, so let’s look at the first five.

Don’t give up on your health, strength and fitness as your age creeps up, 3-1-5 Fitness in Lancaster look at 5 ways to stop that old person moving into your body.

1. Control Your Blood Sugar Our ability to control blood sugar can decline with age causing the body’s insulin production to rise – the overworked pancreas often shuts down and stops producing insulin. By age 70, about 20% of men and 30% of women have an abnormal glucose tolerance, leaving them vulnerable to diabetes, and also contributing to high cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease. Decreased glucose tolerance is caused not by age, but by increased body fat, physical inactivity and a diet rich in saturated fat. Switching to a high fibre diet, combined with strength training, can improve glucose tolerance in a few weeks. 2 Keep Your Bones Strong There can be decline in the mineral content of your bones if you let it happen. It is called osteoporosis and it is not caused by a lack of calcium in your diet! Osteoporosis is caused by not using your muscles, which don’t pull on your bones, giving both nothing to do. This horrific disease where bones are so brittle they break, and cause you to fall over, can be prevented, and if required, helped by Lifting Heavy Things. Force your muscles and bones to stay strong by forcing them to lift heavier things than they are used to!! Swimming, walking, cycling, even running will not stop your bones from deteriorating – you have to lift things!! Just remember, exercise increases the demand for your body to absorb more calcium. Calcium on its own is like filling up your car with petrol and leaving it in the garage – it will not use any fuel!

3. Know and Control Your Total Cholesterol Lowering our bad cholesterol levels is good but we need to take our total cholesterol levels into account. To be safe, you must raise your HDL cholesterol (which cleanses your arteries), while lowering LDL cholesterol (causes a waxy build up). 4. Keep Your Blood Pressure Under Control As you get older, blood pressure usually rises. If your blood pressure rises above 140/90mmHg, you are considered hypertensive and your risk of a stroke or heart attack increases significantly. However, research shows regular exercise can help you keep blood pressure at safe levels as you get older. 5. Temperature Regulation The ability to control our internal body temperature can decline as we get older due to a reduction in our ability both to shiver (which raises body temperature) and sweat (which lowers it). Regular aerobic exercise and strength training enhances your ability to sweat more readily and also increases your total blood volume which will make you less likely to overheat or dehydrate in hot weather and keep you warmer in colder weather.

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Health & Fitness: Breast Cancer

Get BREAST CANCER aware Show your support for Breast Cancer Care this October there are lots of goodies you can buy to show your support. 1 in 8 of us will be diagnosed with breast cancer during our lifetime – so this month Breast Cancer Care wants people across the UK to show their support by organising a fun Pink Friday event at work or home. Having a Pink Friday is easy to do and can include anything from wearing pink at work while enjoying pink food and drinks, to a pink pamper party with your mates at home, or getting your class to wear pink to school. All the money raised will go towards supporting women and men affected by breast cancer. THE FACTS The number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing, but the good news is survival rates are improving. This is probably because of more targeted treatments, earlier detection and better breast awareness. The biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age – 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. Breast cancer also affects men, but it’s rare – around 400 men are diagnosed each year. Breast cancer is not one single disease there are several types of breast cancer. Not all breast cancers show as a lump, and not all breast lumps are breast cancer. Less than 10% of all breast cancers run in families, so having someone in your family with breast cancer doesn’t necessarily mean your own risk is increased.

THE STATS Every year nearly 55,000 people are diagnosed in the UK. That’s the equivalent of 150 people every day or one person every 10 minutes. 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. HOW DO I CHECK MY BREASTS? There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts. Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly. Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone. What changes should I look and feel for? Changes in size or shape. Changes in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling. Inverted nipple. A lump or thickening of breast tissue. Redness or a rash on the skin/around the nipple. Discharge from one or both nipples. Constant pain in breast or armpit. Swelling in armpit/around collarbone. ‘ I was worried removing my breast would remove my femininity. It took me three weeks to look in the mirror following the surgery, I just didn’t want to face the scar. My husband Martin was a brilliant support, constantly assuring me I’d still be me and still be beautiful.’ Michelle Ross, 26, Lancashire

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Tim Bell, General Manager at Lancaster House concludes his mission to reach the roof of Western Europe

If I’m honest, despite a perfect winter of preparation Carrying a week’s supplies on your back through here in the UK, the days leading up to my departure for deep, slushy snow was hard. But all the pain and Chamonix were full of ominously dark Omens. The fatigue falls out of the conscious mind when you’re long & unusually cold winter in the Alps had progressed greeted at dawn with the first rays of sunlight igniting suddenly into an un-seasonal, sun-baked sweat-box. The the Alp in front of you. A sight truly to behold. main lift which would take us from the valley bottom up to snow-level had been The acclimatisation exercises “Just 2 hours into the closed due to a major fire, and the day over, we returned to the ascent, and walking on now before departure, terrible news from the valley floor. The group of 6 were the bumpy terrain of a to be reduced to 4. One climber Alps. Two climbers had lost their lives in an avalanche on one of Mont Blanc’s fresh avalanche, we hit suffering intensive blisters, and lower peaks. Another grim statistic for another deemed by the mountain an impassable wall” the world’s deadliest mountain. leader as probably incapable of making the ascent of Mont Blanc. A cruel decision Despite this, the small group assembled were in to make, but in conditions such as these, safety is good spirits, and well prepared for the 5-day ascent seriously compromised when potentially carrying ahead. The first 2 days were dedicated to training and a weak link. One final night of quality rest and we acclimatisation and would take us on a full day trek set off from Chamonix for the Tete Rousse hut. The up to the Albert 1er hut before an “Alpine start” and a 3-day forecast wasn’t good. Our original plan to push tough climb to the summit of Petit Fourche at 11,548ft. further on this day and go to the Gouter Hut, 2000ft The weather was already against us though. further up the mountain was hurriedly altered. 42

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Health & Fitness: Mont Blanc charity trek Reaching the Gouter would be too dangerous as the raising temperatures of the day would make avalanche risk too high. Therefore we would climb to Tete Rousse at 10,500ft and make our final push the following night from this lower base. A longer and tougher option, meaning a 5000ft ascent and an eighteen-hour overall day, however, the safer option no doubt. This change of plan meant unfortunately came with the reality that no bunk-style accommodation was available at the lower hut. A cold and comparatively uncomfortable night in a tent at the foot of the Gouter slope was the only viable solution. The climb to Tete Rouse, made longer by the lift fire, was a relatively straight forward one technically. Roped up, and with the ice-axe and crampons piercing the mountain with every step, we made light work of traversing some difficult slopes, many with drop-offs hundreds of feet down. The progress was quick, but none of us could ignore the searing daytime temperatures and the danger it can bring to the steep slopes. And with the hut reached by early afternoon, our window of rest was spent watching the upper slopes of Mont Blanc haemorrhaging snow at an alarming rate. We all sat in awe and witnessed hundreds of tonnes of rapidly thawing snow and ice slide off the mountain. Areas the size of football pitches rapidly plummeting downwards accompanied with an almighty roar. Mother Nature, up close and personal like this, is an incomparable force when she’s in this type of mood. All one can do is watch, and respect her devastating and deadly power.

Indeed, after a nervy sleepless evening under canvas, we set off shortly after midnight to be faced with her after-effects. Just 2 hours into the ascent, and walking on the bumpy terrain of a fresh avalanche, we hit an impassable wall. The Grand Couloir, one of Mont Blanc’s most dangerous traverses, now bore a deep, slushy gully which we all stood silently and contemplated with an impending sense of defeat. The decision for the guide was an easy one. This could not be passed. Not without a genuine and substantial risk of death. We had to turn back. So the summit, just hours away, eluded us. The sense of frustration tangible, but relief that we were all safe. £1500 was raised for St John’s Hospice, and that was the primary objective. However, here and now, I’m plotting my return. Tim doesn’t take defeat too well, and rest assured, “I’ll be back”.

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Health & Fitness: Arthritis



A Painful Joint Condition

Physiofusion in Lancaster tells us about Arthritis and some methods to relieve symptoms. As the weather changes, we have started to see an increase in people suffering with their arthritis at Physiofusion. Arthritis is normally identified by inflammation in the joints, which causes pain, swelling and stiffness. The 3 most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and gout. The most prevalent is OA – this is where the cartilage in the joints breaks down, leaving the bone surface uncovered. The next type is RA, which is caused by the immune system attacking itself; the final type is gout, where the pain is caused by crystals forming in the joints (big toes are prime areas) which is caused by accumulation of uric acid.

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maintain a healthy weight – joints that are carrying more weight are likely to be more painful. As Physios, we help people with arthritis by spending a Hot showers or using a sauna can work to relieve lot of time building up the strength of muscles, tendons symptoms in a natural way, as can dietary changes and ligaments around the painful joints, which help – ask your nutritional therapist for information. support the joints better. If we also The use of non-steroidal antistretch these muscles, people often inflammatories can also be “ Exercise can also help find it can help to reduce pain too. appropriate – again, get advice maintain a healthy weight before you start taking them. In addition to building up the tissue around the arthritic joint, keeping – joints that are carrying core muscles strong can also help more weight are likely to Everyone will have a slightly to support the rest of the body. different experience of their be more painful.” Acupuncture for OA in the knee condition; the important thing is has been proven clinically effective, working out what works for you and we use accessory mobilisations – and then pacing your activity accordingly. There to get stiff joints loosened up again (preventing the are whole ranges of household items that have been ‘mortar and pestle’ effect). designed to make life easier around the house for Alongside physio-prescribed treatment / exercises, keeping moving is a key message – if you’re struggling with your knees, then non-weight bearing exercise such as swimming or cycling (and some yoga and Tai Chi) can help. If you’re not sure what exercises would be best for you, get in touch with either your physio or GP for specific advice. Exercise can also help

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Family & Local Interest: Rajah the elephant

Rajah the elephant’s triumphant return

Mechanical elephant Rajah makes it’s journey back to it’s place of creation over 60 years ago. The return of Rajah, one of Lancashire’s famous mechanical elephants, brought memories flooding back for many of the 250 people who descended on Halton near Lancaster last month for the reopening of Halton Mill as a low carbon workspace.

is providing office, workshop, studio and hot desk space to small enterprises and individuals. Eric Smith, whose father Frank Smith designed the Luneside mechanical elephant, turned up to see his father’s handiwork. “My father had been to Bellevue amusement Rajah, “One of Lancashire’s famous park and who was seen a real mechanical elephants, brought elephant, constructed memories flooding back.” at Halton and came Mill around back saying 1950 when it housed the Luneside he was going to make a mechanical Engineering works, spent three elephant, I was 16 then and more hours delighting children by interested in going out, but I couldn’t carrying them on his back, just miss the chance to see it today.” as he and his fellow mechanical elephants did on British seaside Stephen Fawcett, who worked at promenades for many years. Luneside Engineering in the 1980s alongside his father, was reunited Linda Smalley, from Morecambe, with about a dozen of his former remembered riding an elephant workmates. “I heard a lot about the as a small child. “I remember the elephants when I worked here but sensation very well but when I had never seen one before. It is great talked about it nobody believed me, to be here today and meet up with so it is lovely to see a mechanical all the others. Luneside Engineering elephant with children on it.” was a brilliant place to work, it had a great sense of camaraderie.” Rajah, who now belongs to the His father John Fawcett said they Crosby Lions, walked through a were all proud to have been part of ribbon made of paper elephants to the company: open the refurbished Mill which

“The work we did was of very high quality, we could turn our hands to anything. I saw the building a couple of years ago and it looked pretty rough so I’m pleased to see it being used and brought back to its former glory.” Lancaster Cohousing, the pioneering eco community that now owns Halton Mill, aims to recreate that sense of pride, creativity and camaraderie. “We want it to be a working community not just a place you come to work, to embody the kind of enthusiasm and ingenuity which produced the elephants,” said Alison Cahn, a film maker and director of Green Elephant, which is managing Halton Mill. “We already have a range of tenants including web designers and developers, engineers, a computer support service, campaigning organisations, artists and crafts people, even a magician and a children’s theatre. Many of them have been taking part in the opening today, so it feels that both the pride and community is already being created.”

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Lock them up! CYCLISTS in Lancaster are being urged to securely lock their bicycles away after a recent rise in bicycle thefts in the area. Although the number of bicycles stolen in the area so far this year has fallen compared to previous years, bicycle thefts are something that we have noticed is starting to become a problem, so we want to make sure residents are doing everything they can to keep their property safe. Nearly two thirds of the bicycles stolen recently have been insecure at the time, as they have been kept in an unlocked shed, out in the garden, or have been taken from the street where they’ve not been securely locked to a fixed object, such as a bike stand or railings Therefore, it is important to keep your bicycle securely locked indoors when not in use, and is secured to a fixed point with a strong lock when you are out and about. Sgt Guy Hamlett of Lancaster Police said: “It is very important residents know crime in Lancaster is low, and that theirs is a very safe area to live in but thieves will exploit every possible opportunity, so we all have to do everything we can to make it as difficult as possible for them.” Another way of doing this is also by registering your bicycle with the BikeRegister scheme. This is a scheme used by all UK police forces that allows us to search for outstanding stolen bicycles by their serial number nationwide. You can register your bicycle by visiting Locks can be bought from Destination Cycles, Lancaster.

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Family & Local Interest: Young Volunteer

Young Volunteer of the Summer

Without Volunteers Neuro Drop In Centre would be unable to function, our Bistro would remain closed and I would be at home wondering where it all went wrong! So, we value our Volunteers who come to us from all walks of life. We know many people could volunteer but not everyone

does which is why, when I met Lucy Clarke, who is just 8 years old, and she asked if she could volunteer I was overwhelmed and very moved that a little girl wanted to give her time to us especially in the School Holidays. I helped Lucy write this story but all the words are her very own. By Sharon Jackson and we got invited to go to it. Me. Dorothy, Mummy and Sharon all thought it might rain so we wore boots and raincoats and I even had my Me to You hat on but it was a very sunny day! I was asked to show a Gimmer (in case you don’t know a Gimmer is a girl sheep that has not had any baby lambs yet) and it was good, my one won. Because it was in a field Sharons scooter was no good so we got taken round in a Quad bike by Gemma, it was fun and I thought I want a go at that ! When we had done prize giving they asked me if I wanted to drive the Quad…. yes I did.

When Mummy (Melanie Clarke) started volunteering at Neuro Drop In Centre I was very happy and wrote about it in my ‘feelings’ book at school. I was very happy that Mummy had got a job.Mummy brought home a Bert Neuro Bear and said we should take him with us on holiday to Tenerife. When we got back off holiday I thought it would be a good idea to go with Mummy to the Centre. I liked everyone there and I liked the Centre and I wanted to help so I painted a bench with Graham. Sharon asked me if I would help set up the childrens play area and I said yes! I found some books that I had read and gave them to the Centre. Then we got a donation from the Lancaster Farms and we decided to spend the money on the childrens area, we bought a Pop Up Circus Tent and a reading chair. I enjoyed myself at the Centre and I liked helping the children who came to visit. One day I heard about the Hornby Sheep Show who had picked Neuro Drop In for Charity of the Year

It has been a fantastic summer and I was a bit sad when it was time to go back to school . On my last day everyone tricked me by saying they had forgot I was leaving. I was a bit surprised but then Sharon said ‘ everyone … can I have your attention please’ and then I got a certificate, maltesers, a necklace and I was very happy. I want to go back in my next holiday.

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Creepy Castle events

Lancaster Castle brings us a hub of exciting activities for all the family during the Halloween Half Term. Lancaster Castle will be the hub of an exciting week of activities during ‘Halloween Half-Term’. CREEPY CASTLE NIGHT The fantastic creepy castle night on Halloween itself, (October 31 from 5pm to 9.30pm) includes the chance for some scary but safe Trick or Treat fun. Fill your bag by knocking on doors and encountering spooky residents with lots of treats to give you. There’s loads more going on during the Halloween evening as well as lots of family events throughout the half-term week. LANTERN WORKSHOP Highlights include fun workshops during the daytime on Tuesday, October 29, when all the family can get together to make giant lantern puppets, which you can keep (£7 per lantern) and then display at the fantastic Family Lantern Walk at the castle on Friday, November 1 at 6pm. 60



And during the day on Thursday, October 31 there’s a visit from the excellent Wooden Spoon Theatre presenting Lancaster Castle’s Family Ghost Tour, an engaging theatrical experience for all ages. Tickets are £6 for adults, £3.50 for children up to 14 years old (Family ticket, 2 adults plus 2 children £14).

There’s lots going on and you can check all the details on Lancaster Castle’s Facebook page or by visiting www.nicebarandrestaurant. Keep checking the Lancaster Castle Facebook page (www. for more information on Halloween and all the other great events throughout the year.

For the Halloween night event and these other great family activities early booking is advised as numbers are limited and they’re sure going to be very popular! For Lantern Workshop and Family Ghost Tour tickets call 01524 848525 or email Francesca@ HALF TERM WORKSHOPS There’s also a host of other hauntingly hilarious activities during the week of Halloween Half-term with horror workshops, witches’ potion making lessons, broomstick training, ghosthunter workshops and lots more.

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And don’t forget, for a real insight into the history of this iconic building there are the fascinating guided tours of Lancaster Castle, run daily by Lancashire County Council’s museums service – you can book these by calling (01524) 64998. NEWS ABOUT CHRISTMAS There’s also going to be some particularly exciting news coming up about Christmas at the Castle – with a very special Santa’s Grotto!

Halloween Half-term This Halloween you and your kids can enjoy safe ‘Trick or Treat’ in spooky surroundings at Lancaster Castle.

Get dressed up in all your creepy costumes and join us for our HORRIBLE HALLOWEEN PARTY from 5pm-9.30pm on Thursday, October 31.


per child adults can come FREE

Mini lantern-making workshop


per lantern

• Trick or treat within the castle walls. Get your ‘trick or treat bag’, then fill it by knocking on the doors inside the castle and meeting our ghostly residents • Shadow puppet show and workshop • Children’s Halloween disco • Face-painting • Fancy dress competition (adults and children) • Bring your home carved pumpkins for our best pumpkin carving competition • Potion-making workshop £2 • Ghostly storytelling • Spooktacular art installation by local artist Sarah Hicks • Happy Feet Theatre School – Dance Display

Buying your party tickets in advance is advised as numbers are limited. Please call 01524 848525, email or pop into Lancaster Castle Café to get yours. The party is particularly suitable for primary age children .

Transition City Lancaster

Café at Hester’s Haberdashery in Gage Street, films at the Dukes, an Annual Potato Day, as well as projects to help sustain our local economy.

Transition Lancaster tell us what they do and how we can all contribute to a more sustainable future.. Lancaster’s Transition story began in 2008, in founding member, Margaret Lythe’s front room, when six people met to start some ‘transition’ activities in Lancaster. The transition movement is basically about ordinary, local people coming together to create some positive, practical responses to some of the big issues around climate change and dwindling natural resources. It is firmly established within the world-wide Transition Network, started by Rob Hopkins in Totnes. TCL now has eight groups and a mailing list of five hundred members. It costs nothing to join and be a member, and everyone is welcome. Members come from all walks of local life, such as: food, farming, keeping chickens, small businesses, creative industry, education, health and social care. Visit www.transitioncitylancaster. 62

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org/getinvolved.php for the free, monthly e-newsletter. Transition Lancaster covers more than just the City; it includes the whole district from Pilling to the Lune Valley, and has strong links with Transition groups in Garstang, and Morecambe which focuses on the Bay area. We have held countless films, talks, discussions, cafes, festivals, market stall, some with national speakers, to consider and learn about the big issues that we and future generations face: e.g. diminishing gas and oil, fracking, drought, feeding the planet, animal extinction, melting ice caps, pollution, food and air miles. We also run practical events, such as: tree planting, learning to sew, preserving and growing one’s own food. Current projects include: Fruity Corners, Garden Sharing, Draught Busting, a weekly Sewing |


A monthly get-together is held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Friends’ Meeting House, when members of different groups can share and swap news and ideas. All are welcome and more information can be found at www.transitioncitylancaster. org or email: info@  Transition Lancaster


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Transition City Lancaster hosts

Give and Take Morning

& Picture Framing Workshop

Reduce Clutter and Grab Treasure 10am to 12 Noon Sat 16 November 2013 Gregson Centre, Lancaster Unique & Individual Cards Gift wrap, Ribbons & Gifts... 66 Market Street, Lancaster (Near the Castle and Post Office)

01524 36636 As part of its bid to reduce waste and encourage recycling, Transition City Lancaster (TCL) invites you to come along and bring items you no longer want or need and take, without money, those that you do, such as:

Community Foster Care Registered Charity no. 1084124

Books, magazines and DVDs Toys, games, clothes (in good condition) Costume jewellery, bric-a-brac Kitchen equipment, small garden tools Plants: surplus gardens produce Preserves & Jams Sorry, no electrical equipment, furniture or video cassettes can be accepted.

Bring unwanted items 9.30 to 11 am Gather goodies 10am to 12 noon Entry: 50p for adults - Free for children

Food and drink will be available in the Gregson Bar

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Training, support & guidance Activites & days out 24 hour telephone support Up to £23,500 allowance per child*

Interested in fostering? * conditions apply

Call 0800


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Autumn Glory

in the City of Lancaster October is a wonderful month when produce is in abundance and in Lancaster the Charter Market est in 1193 still takes place every Wednesday and Saturday in 2013. The historical asset of the Charter Market sits this month alongside the following Autumn Events and Cultural activities. Fri 11 – 13 October

Lancaster Music Festival

Lancaster Literature Festival

Daren Andrews

Light Up the Waterways

Wed 16 – Sun 20 October

Tues 29 – Weds 30 October

Discover the stories and heritage of our waterways and their often overlooked ecology, with illuminated installations along the canal leading to the Grade 1 Listed Lune Aqueduct.

Halloween at Lancaster Castle

Thurs 31 October

Light Up the Streets

Fri 1 November

Take a stroll through the city for a unique night-time art experience animating our beautiful buildings and squares. Discover new stories along the trail, with a string of music, dance, theatre and �ilm events.

Light Up the Skies

Sat 2 November

Lancaster’s magical extravaganza of �ireworks, which lights up the historic landscape and skyline of the city, is one of the �inest displays in the north. This year the �ireworks will be �ired from the roof of Lancaster’s medieval castle. Lancaster BID (Business Improvement District) – promoting a city centre that is alive with culture and vibrancy



Lancaster Unlimited, Commerce House, Fenton Street, Lancaster LA1 1AB Tel 01524 381331 Email:

Family & Local Interest: Lancaster BID

Promoting & improving Lancaster @Lancaster meets with Suzi Bunting, Lancasters new Business Improvement Development (BID) manager. You are the new BID manager for Lancaster; please tell us what that this means? My job as the new Business Improvement District (BID) Manager is to implement the delivery plan to promote Lancaster as an exciting cultural destination. I want to make Lancaster a better place to do business, work, live and to visit. This is being delivered by Lancaster Unlimited. What is Lancaster Unlimited, are you Lancaster’s version of Mary Portas? No, I am no Mary Portas because this initiative is not built around the Mary Portas concept (which was government funded) The Lancaster BID is following a model that has been very successfully delivered within another 130 towns and cities throughout the country. Lancaster Unlimited is a partnership of private sector business who are working together to create and achieve common goals that will make a real difference to our City. How do you fit in with what the plans are for the Castle, Square Roots, Canal Corridor and other City Council initiatives? This is an exciting time for Lancaster, the Lancaster BID is here to compliment and to add value to these other establishing projects which are all improving the facilities within the city for local people and visitors enabling us to be proud, feel a great pride and sense of place amongst our community. I hear you are planning some events based around the seasons; can you give us some information? We will focus on the following four themes:  Winter Warmer, Spring Fling, Summer Alfresco and Autumn Glory in the City of Lancaster. The first event we are currently planning is Christmas in Lancaster – commencing on Sunday 24 November 2013 with the Christmas Lights switch on. Prior to Christmas however Lancaster BID are pleased to support the Lancaster Music Festival 11 – 13

October, 2013 and the Light up the Streetscapes on Fri 1st Nov, 2013 as part of the Light up Lancaster Festival. What difference can you make to us as locals shopping experience in Lancaster? For locals shopping in the City Centre Lancaster BID wishes to create a cleaner, safer environment, improved signage, and creative use of some of the empty shops in the City Centre. Who pays for all this? Will it increase my council tax? All defined business ratepayers in the identified Business Improvement District within the City Centre of Lancaster, known as the Levy Payers, who voted by a formal ballot to establish a BID for Lancaster pay a levy based on the rateable value of their property. Please tell us a bit about yourself, what do you do to relax? I have had a career in Tourism Destination Management for thirty years, working in rural Lancashire and Cumbria. ‘My Time’ is spent enjoying my family home, living in the countryside with my orchard, Greenhouse, Garden, Chocolate Lab, Spaniel and four hens.. How do you see Lancaster in 3 years towards the end of your project? I want to have delivered a successful project (measured on footfall, increased overnight stays and visitor spend within the City). I hope to then get another ‘yes’ vote to extend Lancaster BID forward for a further five years. The future of our wonderful City is looking good and the cultural legacy is vibrant and I want to put Lancaster on the national and international destination map for visitors and locals to be proud of what they have got on their doorstep.

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Family & Local Interest: School starting age

When should children start school? Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School shed light on the recent news discussion that children should start school at a later age. A group of academics, teachers, authors and charity leaders recently claimed that “school readiness” should not be put before free play. The claims came hot on the heels of talk about a test for five year olds in England and new qualifications for child care staff, which will not focus on learning through play. The letter was sent to The Telegraph newspaper. Senior figures including Dr David Whitebread, senior lecturer in psychology of education at Cambridge University, and Catherine Prisk, director of Play England were among 127 experts who called for a move for the age of formal schooling to be delayed, to give children more time to develop. Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School integrates three-year-old Nursery children with Reception and successfully involves them in school life from their first week, joining in with full school assemblies and sharing facilities with older children up to 13 years. But as Helen Dootson, Head of Lower School, points out, their experience allows plenty of opportunity for free play and individual development. She agrees that young children learn best through play: “Activities are child initiated and are varied to allow children to explore their own interests. Sometimes the fascination may be for digging, so the next few days would be centred on building and construction or the seaside. Children of this age learn best through play. They learn to explore, play and build confidence. They also learn to socialise, take turns and respect each other. The resources and activities we have on offer for them are tremendous, including an Astro-turf playground with ride-ons, a woodland adventure playground, a pirate 66

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ship, role play shops, sand and water play, Nursery ICT equipment and activities from swimming and singing to movement and Nursery French, always taught through play and it is held outdoors when possible. Children love the opportunity to learn if it is presented in a fun, lively and engaging way.” Headmaster Scott Carnochan says: “One of the real strengths of an independent prep school is not having the compulsion to engage with all government rhetoric and policy. Yes, there are certain aspects of the curriculum which must be adhered to but, on the whole, we enjoy the freedom to use government policy as the branches upon which to hang our leaves of education; sprouting new ideas, progressive pedagogy and allowing the necessary time for children to be children. Whilst it is important to study trees, it is also important to climb them!” Jan Ashbridge and Anne Renwick, Early Years teacher educators at the University Of Cumbria suggest that there needs to be a debate around the issues raised. “We agree that the signatories are right to raise concerns around school starting age, the term ‘school readiness’, appropriate curricula, and the impact of these on the wellbeing of our youngest and most vulnerable children. “Our experiences of working with early years children in schools and settings lead us to believe that children thrive best in an environment which supports their individual needs and interests as they grow and develop.


Engage. Excite. Educate.



OPEN DAYS Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November. Please contact the school for further information.


Art, Music & Drama: Light up Lancaster

FREE event for all the family Light Up Lancaster is a free event for all the family, taking place in outdoor spaces across the City Centre from 29th October - 29th November. Be surprised and delighted by music, film, projection, dance, art and fireworks lighting up Lancaster’s beautiful buildings and squares. Discover a corner of the city you’ve never noticed before, hear the rhythms and sounds at the beating heart of the city, see the skies illuminated with stunning fireworks… see the city in a whole new light!


LIGHT UP THE WATERWAYS Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 October Discover the stories and heritage of our waterways and their often overlooked ecology, with illuminated installations along the canal leading to the Grade 1 Listed Lune Aqueduct.

LIGHT UP THE SKIES The Fireworks Spectacular Saturday 2 November Join us for the host of daytime events preceding Lancaster’s magical extravaganza of fireworks, which lights up the historic landscape and skyline of the city. The fireworks will be fired from the roof of Lancaster’s medieval castle and can be viewed from a number of locations across the city.

LIGHT UP THE STREETS Friday 1 November Take a stroll through the city for a unique evening art experience animating our beautiful buildings and squares. Discover new stories along the trail, with a string of music, dance, theatre and film events.

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Selected Treasures Frid a y 1 0 t h O c t o b e r t o T h u r s d a y O c t o b e r 3 1 s t .

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Art, Music & Drama: Art exhibition

Selected Treasures In celebration of British artist Dan Baldwin’s fabulous London show ‘Fragile’ at Gallery 8 and the launch of his latest book, Bellwood & Wright are thrilled to present a selection of Dan Baldwin prints in their latest exhibition, “Selected Treasures”.

Dan Baldwin with some of his work

Dan Baldwin has enjoyed a stream of critically acclaimed sell-out solo shows and presented his work in art fairs in Basel, Miami, L.A, Tokyo, San Francisco, London and New York, winning international critical praise for his provocatively beautiful silkscreen prints, ceramics and paintings. He has exhibited alongside major artists including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin and his work has steadily gained in reputation and value as he has become a solid fixture at auction houses in recent years. He set a record at Bonham’s in 2008 when his piece Apocolypse Wow – The End of Everything sold for over £25,000. Dan Baldwin’s stunning, richly-coloured silkscreen prints reflect his own unique vision, which he describes as being “about the fine line between the sinister and the beautiful”. He layers and juxtaposes reality and the world of the imagination to form compositions which, while full of instantly recognisable images from modern culture, are somehow otherworldly. He plays with recurring motifs – skeletons, swallows, crucifixes, spiders, robins, cartoon characters, illustrations from children’s books –

many of which have symbolic meaning. These creatures interact in a strange, neon-lit world, often contradicting each other and creating a surreal, dreamlike atmosphere. With references to pop art and seventeenth century still life painting Baldwin explores human existence, life, death and love within the context of the twenty-first century. Other artists prints being exhibited in this show are Barbara Rae CBE, RA and Storm Thorgerson with originals from the estate of Donald Hamilton Fraser RA, We look forward to sharing these artists’ amazing work with you at our Penny Street gallery, where our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to advise and help you.

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Experience the magic Panoramic view of Silverdale©Tom Mayers

Local award winning potter Wyn Abbot brings back the magic of a working pottery studio to The Wolfhouse in Silverdale.

lies at The Wolfhouse Gallery    situated  the heart ofSilverdale;         to Jenny Brown’s Point in  close   an Area of Outstanding Natural    (AONB) Beauty it draws walkers,        tourists, shoppers & artists from      

all over the country to take in the stunning scenery, woodland & coastal walks and exploring the hidden gems of the area.

Wolfhouse allegedly gets its name due to the fact that it looks  to  over Humphrey Head where   legend has it the last wolf in     was England killed. 


Award winning Wyn Abbot Ceramics will take over the Wolfhouse Gallery from the beginning of October 2013, selling sculptures & pottery direct from the kiln plus a range stunning, unusual and unique items including: glass, textiles, photography, jewellery, artwork, cards, books and gifts from the gallery shop.

Wyn is well known in the area having lived here all her life. Her interests and travels have influenced her ceramic work enabling her to bring her own ideas to life in clay. Having received awards for her work in the past, this year Wyn was awarded the National Craft & Design Silver Award.

   doubt itis a very special  Without    has place, changed and evolved it   

over the years but it has never lost its magic or appeal; initially and for many years it hosted a working pottery studio, although this has been gone for many years the Wolfhouse has now come full circle with the re-introduction of a working pottery studio.

You will be able to see pottery being made first hand. Wyn creates wonderful Raku & Stoneware figures, plus beautiful and original pottery for your home & garden.

Also onsite is a wonderful café serving freshly prepared meals & home baked cakes, and an artist’s studio & shop run by the talented Janice McGloine set in the garden of the Wolfhouse. There is also a lovely children’s play area in keeping with the surroundings.

You can find out more about us via our website Twitter and our Facebook site and we would love to hear from you with your thoughts or memories about the Wolfhouse. Contact us via the website or telephone us on: 0800 988 2275 72

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wyn abbot From October 2013 Award winning Wyn Abbot Ceramics will take over the Wolfhouse Gallery. The gallery will be selling sculptures & pottery direct from the kiln plus a range stunning, unusual and unique items including: glass, textiles, photography, jewellery, artwork, cards, books, gifts and toys.

pottery | sculptures | gifts

cafe | shop childrens play area outside seating home baked cakes

ice cream dog friendly snacks | soups homemade lunches

t: 0800 988 2275 Wolfhouse, Lindeth Road, Silverdale, LA5 0TX


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Art, Music & Drama: Wedding Photography

Choosing a




Organising your big day can involve making a lot of decisions, and one of the most important choices you will make is who to hire as your photographer. Your photographs will be the single most effective way of rekindling memories of the happiest day of your life in years to come, so choosing the right photographer is as essential as the flowers, dress, food and venue, if not more so.

Price Wedding photography charges range from around £300 to thousands of pounds. This amount varies depending on: The skill and experience of the photographer, the amount of time they spend working on your wedding, The Package “Your photographs will be their equipment and what When you start your search for a is included in the package the single most effective wedding photographer one of the (album, prints etc). The way of rekindling memories most honest advice I can first things that you will notice of the happiest day of your give regarding how much is that there are many different packages available. Take some to spend is; choose the best life in years to come” time to really look at what is on photographer that you can offer and decide what elements appeal to you. A afford but most importantly hire a photographer photographer who values your custom should be because you love their photographs. happy to alter any package to suit your needs, so don’t be afraid to ask. Other Advice As well as the photographs, you have to like Style of Photography the photographer. When you have made a The style of photography is probably the most shortlist, arrange to meet your favourites. Most important factor when you are doing your research photographers won’t charge for this and it gives because every photographer is different. However, you a chance to see if you like them, look at a there are basically only two types of images: posed sample album and prints. and un-posed (or reportage). Both styles take years to master and are difficult for amateurs to pull off When it comes to the big day…. Don’t worry. convincingly. Some professionals will specialise in You’ve already done the hard work and spent the one or the other, but if you want a mixture of these time choosing the right photographer, and you styles for your wedding it shouldn’t be too much should be able to trust them to do their job. If trouble for an experienced photographer. you’re relaxed it will come through in the photos. @Lancaster Community Magazine - THE best quality magazine in Lancaster



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Dancing is ‘strictly ’ good for you It’s that time of year again, the weather is getting colder, the dark nights are drawing in and the ‘Strictly’ dancing bug is in the air once again. Judging from the high viewing ratings for the TV talent show, watching sparkling lycra-clad celebrities learning their dance steps helps get us through the winter months. Dancing is clearly fun! However, dancing has a range of health benefits too which are a fantastic incentive for getting out of the comfort of your home and into the dance studio! Isabelle Aubin, who attends weekly classes at Lancaster’s Ludus Dance company, explains: “Taking part helps me both mentally and physically. My flexibility has improved and I find it helps relieve quite a lot of the weekly stress you experience at work! I was a bit worried about going back to dancing at 41, but I’ve discovered that I’m not too bad at it still, and it’s really boosted my confidence to do more!” In the UK, reports have shown that we’re becoming generally less healthy and our ‘bad habits’ are forming from an early age. Attending regular dance sessions can help children get away from their computer games and give them the chance to make new friends whilst improving their physical health, balance and co-ordination. Dance is a form of exercise that anyone of any age or ability can take part in. Dance has always been a part of human culture and there are many forms to enjoy from urban Street to Stage Dance, Ballet or Contemporary. So, this year, why not choose a style suits you, pick up your dancing shoes and join the ‘Strictly’ stars! For more information on the wide range of dance classes on offer at Ludus Dance, visit their website at or call 01524 35936.

…you can too! Any age, any ability... from Ballet Tots and Jnr Stage Dance to ‘Ludus Lads’ and adult street dance, Stretch and Boogie, and Adult Ballet and Contemporary. Learn new skills, meet new people, improve your well-being in a warm and welcoming environment.

Come and see what we’ve got to offer in our new Autumn Term Studio Programme, visit: or tel: 01524 35936

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Something to brighten up those weekday blues BAR & DINING





Festive Feast - 2 courses £15.50 3 courses £20 Christmas Day - £55 per adult £25 per child Christmas Buffet - For large but infor mal parties New Yeas Eve - £32 per adult including entertainment HOW TO BOOK By phone or by email or in person.

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Early Bird Menu

20% off food 5-7pm Monday -Friday

The Meeting House is a family-run restaurant run by head chef and owner, Leann Smith and her father Eddie Smith.

Diners can enjoy a delicious menu of locally sourced produce in an informal and attractive setting in the heart of Lancaster.


Christmas Menu 4 COURSES £26 per head OPENING TIMES Monday to Saturday 5pm – 9.30pm

11-15 Meeting House Lane | Lancaster | LA1 1TJ 01524 848049 |

Celebrate Christmas at

The Longlands When planning this year’s Christmas celebrations, look no further than The Longlands. In addition to our popular Dance and Dine Evenings, and Traditional Christmas Lunches, we have put together a choice of parties with a difference. To celebrate in style and enjoy the chance to dress up, come along and enjoy great food, music and dancing at one of our special evening events. Choose between elegant Starlight Dinners, glamorous Diamond Parties and a sensational Masquerade Ball. For full details, and to receive a copy of our Christmas Party Brochure, call us on 01524 781256 or email

Murder Mystery Dinner

Christmas Comedy

Thursday 5th December 2013

Thursday 12th December 2013

Dress Code: Dress to Kill Celebration Menu Carol Singers and Mulled wine on arrival

Dress code: Stylish A glass of punch on arrival

£32 per person

A trio of stand-up comedians to entertain you while you enjoy The Longlands’ Celebration Menu £32 per person

To book or request a copy of our sparkling Christmas Party Brochure, why not pop in to The Longlands, or call our Christmas Coordinator on 01524 781256 or email us at

Longlands, Tewitfield, Nr Carnforth, Lancs, LA6 1JH

Lancaster Wine Company A new independently run

Wine Shop

on the A6 - South of Lancaster City Centre Offering the finest: Wines, Beers & Spirits, Ports, Whiskeys, Champagnes, Cigars, Gifts, Hampers, Local Oils & Vinegars, Chocolates, Cheeses, Biscuits, Jams & Chutneys GREAT CASE DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE Free Local Delivery (min spend applies)

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BORDEAUX Great Red Wines By Lancaster Wine Company

The wines of Bordeaux from the South-West of France centred on the city of Bordeaux have long been considered the Englishman’s tipple ever since the 12th century when Henry Plantagenet married Eleanor of Aquitaine and this part of France became English territory The wines from this area were then import to England in large quantities and their popularity continues to this day. They are nicknamed Claret which is a corruption of the word ‘Clairet’ which was the term used to describe the light bodied reds almost Rosé wines from this region. These day Bordeaux makes much more full bodied elegant Reds which are always a blend of grapes normally Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc with a little bit of Malbec and Petit Verdot sometimes used. The two main areas of red Bordeaux production are sometimes loosely called the left bank and right bank referring to the Gironde estuary around which this wine area is based. As a rough guide to the style of wines produced, the Left bank to the north & south of the city of Bordeaux (Medoc & Graves) makes wines that are Cabernet Sauvignon based with some Merlot & other grapes added which are big and full of blackcurrant flavours. Whilst the right bank to the east of Bordeaux (St Emilion & Pomerol) produces Merlot based wines with some Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend which tend to be softer and more approachable when young. Bordeaux is France’s largest wine appellation with 8,500 wine producers in the area producing on average 700 million bottles of wine per year, 90% of which is Red with the rest being Sweet & Dry White wines and a little Sparkling wine. The Bordeaux area produces a vast array of styles of red wines from the most basic easy drinking reds to some of the most expensive and long lived wines in the world with prices from £5-6 per bottle to many Thousands of pounds per bottle. 3 WINES TO TRY: Chateau de Blissa 2011 - Cotes de Bourg £9.49 Chateau Mayne-Vieil 2010 - Fronsac £10.99 Chateau Fourcas Hosten 1998 - Listrac-Medoc £19.99

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Food & Drink: Italian cooking


(Makes 1 small loaf)

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F), gas mark 6. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda together and set aside. This is the dry mixture.

Bread baking needn’t just be for the upper crust. The French fought for theirs. The Egyptians paid pyramid workers in it. And us Brits? Well we snap up the equivalent of 11 million loaves of it every day. Yes, bread is big business. Yet despite our apparent love of a loaf, breadmaking has acquired a reputation as a fiddly feat. But help is on hand in the form of Emmanuel Hadjiandreou. As the author of How To Make Bread, a judge at the Tiptree World Bread Awards and a tutor at the School of Artisan Bread, Hadjiandreou certainly knows his dough and is keen to pass on his enthusiasm. “Bread making requires no fancy ingredients and no expensive equipment, you just need time. All you need to remember is to leave your inner nit-picker at the door. “The most important thing about breadmaking is to take that perfectionist out of the equation,” says Hadjiandreou. “To become a perfectionist at baking bread you have to be consistent and the only way to do that is to practice,” says Hadjiandreou, who lives in Hastings with his wife Lisa and son Noah. “This is why I love teaching children because they listen - most of the time - they follow the recipe and trust what you tell them. Whereas adults question it and want to do it their own way.” @Lancaster Community Magazine

Plain soda bread 250g white strong/bread flour or wholemeal flour 1tsp salt 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 260ml whole milk or buttermilk 1 pie dish, greased with vegetable oil, or 1 baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Emmanuel shares his recipe for a bread baking beginners loaf.


A great beginners recipe from How To Make Bread to kick off your new baking hobby.


Pour the milk or buttermilk into the dry mixture. Mix until it just comes together. Do not overmix. Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Transfer the dough to the floured work surface. Shape the dough into a ball and flatten slightly. Roll generously in white or wholemeal flour. Slash a deep cross over the bread using a sharp, serrated knife. Place into a prepared pie dish or on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until baked through. To check if baked through, tip one upside down and tap the bottom - it should sound hollow. If not ready, return to the oven for a few minutes. Otherwise, set on a wire rack to cool. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown. How to Make Bread by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou is published by Ryland Peters & Small, priced £19.99. Readers can buy the book for £17.99, including postage and package, if they phone Macmillan Direct on 01256 302 699 and quote the reference GLR 5QB


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Christmas at The Stork Inn

Deliciously Different Food served every day from 12 am to 8.30 pm Christmas Specials available from Friday 29th November to Tuesday 24th December 2013

NO set menu, NO pre-ordering, NO deposit Quality fresh food & warm hospitality, you decide on quantity & spend! Bookings being taken now.

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Each symbol stands for a different number. In order to reach the correct total at the end of each row and column, what is the value of the circle, cross, pentagon, square Puzzle page: What’s it worth and Round Dozen. and star?

What’s it Worth

= 33

Each symbol stands for a different number. In order to reach the correct total at the end of each row and column, what is the value of the:

= 32 = 28


Answers on page 90.

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= 20 = 20

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First solve the clues. All of the answers begin with the letter in the centre of the circle. When the puzzle is complete, you can then go on to discover the twelve-letter word reading clockwise around the outermost ring of letters. 1. Christian religion headed by the pope 2. Australian parrot with a large crest 3. Knitted jacket 4. Branch of mathematics 5. Small pieces of paper thrown at weddings 6. Confuse, perplex 7. Agatha ___, crime writer 8. Traveller to work 9. Edible seed, usually dried 10. Underground cemetery with recesses for tombs 11. Extremely large 12. Disaster


Solution 1 Christian Circle = 5, cross = 7, pentagon = 3,religion square = 8, star =5 2.Small pieces of paper thrown at weddings headed by the pope

9 Edible seed, usually dried The twelve letter word = ...................................................................................................................................... 10 Underground 6 Confuse, perplex 2 Australian parrot cemetery with with a large crest 7 Agatha ___, recesses for tomb crime writer 3 Knitted jacket 86 @Lancaster Community Magazine | | 11 Extremely large

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COMMUNITY NEWS to go to a parent or trusted adult about a problem.

Police ask kids to ‘Trust Ed’ YOUNG people in Lancashire can now get information on drugs, alcohol, bullying and e-safety from a new website launched by Lancashire Constabulary. ‘Trust Ed’ is a one-stop shop for facts, advice and support on a wide range of crime-related issues for youngsters aged ten to fourteen.

better than cure and Trust Ed is a fantastic way of supporting our work with partners in educating young people about the risks that exist not just in the outside world, The site, which was developed in but online as well.” Young people consultation with young people are more at risk than any other age across Lancashire, will provide group of falling victim to certain up-to-date information on news and crimes, such as street robberies, issues affecting the age group and as well as being exposed to cyber will host live web chats with police bullying and other risks, such as officers. sexual exploitation. “Some young people may not feel Assistant Chief Constable Mark able to ask their friends questions Bates of Lancashire Constabulary for fear of looking stupid, and said: “We all know prevention is sometimes don’t feel or aren’t able

Activity session for only £10 a group!

Lancashire Boys and Girls Clubs have been providing fun with a purpose activities for young people for almost 80 years across the Lancashire Dirstrict in partnership with our clubs such as Lancaster Boys and Girls Club. Thanks to Lancashire County Councils Local Initiative fund from now until 31st March we 88

have a limited number of activity sessions available to all groups or communities that work with young people for just a £10 booking fee per activity (not per person). Activities available range from, sporting and outdoor adventure activities including caving, climbing, canoeing, mountain biking or our Quad biking road safety project to state of the art mobile youth club with games consoles, chill out space, coffee bar, T.V.s that can come to your venue. These fantastic opportunities are available to groups/communities that work with young people aged 11 - 18 in the Lancaster, Fylde and Wyre Districts.

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“We want ‘Trust Ed’ to become a reliable and trusted resource that young people in the county can go to for information and advice. We hope it will arm users with facts about how to stay safe, the law and the potential consequences of breaking the law, allowing them to make responsible choices as they go about their everyday lives.” “We also want the site to raise awareness of a number of different crimes, warning signs to look out for amongst friends who may be a victim, where to go to get help and how to report anything worrying or suspicious.” Trust Ed can be found at: You do not have to be a member of our organisation to take up this offer, and there are no catches, just a genuine offer to enable us to support providing more fun activities for more young people for a minimal booking fee. To enquire about booking or for more information, please do get in touch and please pass on this offer through your own networks so as many groups as possible can gain access to the sessions Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs Tel: 01524 65106 or email

Community News: Tell us your news, email

Girls’ Night Out Presented by Lancaster Footlights By Dave Simpson Worlds collide as all is laid bare in cheeky comedy at Lancaster Grand Theatre. Girls’ Night Out returns to Lancaster Grand Theatre this October after playing to sellout audiences more than a decade ago. In this all-new production a fresh spin is put on Dave Simpson’s hilarious script. This ‘revealing’ tale tells the story of pregnant Jane [Ceri Hamer] on the eve of her wedding day out for her Hen Party which has been organized by her Auntie Ivy [Debbie Stevenson]. Joining the girls are Sara [Joelle Campbell] and Nicola [Jessica McCormack] who love nothing more than a glass of Diamond White and a boogie to their favorite disco tunes. Meanwhile Tony [Dewey Lord] has been practicing for his first night as a male stripper for three weeks now and is soon introduced to seasoned ‘pros’ Phil [David Helm], Robbie [Anton O’Reilly] and Darren [Chad Dixon] at the ‘Feast of the Flesh’ nightclub. As the drinks flow and the evening progresses the girls find themselves in the very same club, but who exactly is stripping tonight? Before too long the worlds of Hen Parties and Male Strippers collide and many questions remain unanswered… Who is the father of Jane’s baby? What is Auntie Ivy’s dark secret? And what exactly is a ‘valance’? “If you love a ‘cheeky’ comedy then you can’t go wrong with Girls’ Night Out”, says director Kevin Foster, “it’s rude and raunchy and guaranteed to get your pulse racing!” “It’s Jeremy Kyle meets Blackpool on a Saturday night”, adds Greg Robertson (co-director), “there’s something for everyone; hysterical, naughty and with plenty of flesh on show!” Girls’ Night Out can be seen at Lancaster Grand Theatre from 15th to 19Th October 2013 at 7:30pm. Tickets available on 01524 64695 or online at Contains some strong language and adult scenes

Maximum capacity at local Animal Charity Animal Care has found it very difficult this year and without the strong team of dedicated staff and volunteers we would of really struggled to care for the huge amount of animals we have had abounded this year. Unnecessary breeding neglect and abandonment has been at its highest this year meaning the cattery, kennels and rabbit homes have run to their maximum capacity every day. The charity has been pushed at times with a lot of animals with serious health problems increasing the vet bills. Every month one of the largest costs the charity occurs is vets bills, spending on an average £5000 a month. Sadly owners are abounding their animals at our gates, which leaves us with the responsibility to provide medication food and care and we just cant keep up with the numbers. At present we have 52 dogs looking for homes 42 of them are in the centre the rest are with staff members and volunteers who have all been kind enough to take desperate cases into there own homes and work over time to ensure every animal gets the care it needs. We also have a huge waiting list with animals waiting for spaces to become available for many different reasons. A new charity shop will be opening in Lancaster on the 1st October to help raise vital funds for the charity. The new shop will be located at number 61 Market Street Lancaster (Old Sienna shop) and will be run be a fantastic friendly team of volunteers. We hope the shop does really well and can continue to help us care for the hundreds of animals. We are applying to anyone to help us with: FOOD DONATIONS VOLUNTEER DOG WALKING FOSTER HOMES DONATIONS FOR OUR CHARITY SHOP VOLUNTEER’S CHARITY SHOP WORKERS DONATIONS TOWARDS ARE VET COSTS  

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Float session @ Salt Ayre Tuesdays 5-6pm Salt Ayre Sports Centre have a wide variety of floats that are free to borrow in the pool during our float sessions. It’s a perfect time to introduce children to swimming or for adults who aren’t confident in water. saltayre or 01524 847540 Active Health Walks @ Salt Ayre Wednesdays 10.30-11.30am A FREE walk that is perfect for anyone who wants to keep healthy or just fit some gentle exercise into their day. Contact Donna 01524 847540 ext 206 Meet the Keeper Saturdays 11-11.30am Meet the Keeper and learn out about the life cycles and habitats of the inhabitants in the Butterfly House and Mini Beast Cave. Williamson Park Butterfly House 01524 33318 Homebirth Support Group First Tuesday of the month Open to all women and their partners. If you are expecting your first, second, third... child, or if you are not pregnant but simply want to talk about choices in childbirth Facebook: lancaster.birth. support or Ruth 07887 732547 90

Greenfingers volunteer group Every Thursday 10-12noon Come along and help with practical conservation work around Williamson Park Tel: 01524 582833 or e-mail: Facebook: williamsonpark Wildlife Explorers Club Saturday 5th October Find out more about all that crawls, flutters, and even slithers! Games, wild days out and more. 8 to 12 years old. To join this group, phone Rachel Verrall 07968 537998. RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve, Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale, Lancashire National Badger day Saturday 5th October Between 10am - 5pm Come and discover the brilliance of badgers and how you can help them. The group will be running an exciting badger themed self-led trail around the reserve for families. 01524 701601 RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve, Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale, Lancashire

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Warton Stock Car Club - 2Ltr Team Meeting Sunday 6th October Don’t miss out on this cheap and exciting family day out. See page 31 for details. Nature Tots Tuesday 8th October - 5th December 10.30-11.30am Whatever the weather, come along with your little nippers for this interactive wildlife trail. Play outdoor games and sing songs, followed by a story and a cup of tea or coffee (juice for the little ones). 01524 701601 RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve, Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale, Lancashire Lancaster Music Festival Fri 11th- Sat 13th October A community run festival that reflects the city of Lancaster’s musical abundance, excellence and diversity and is driven by more than 30 music locations, dozens of individual music promoters, music organisations and hundreds of musicians. See p76. Wedding Fayre Sunday 13th October 11am- 3pm Lancaster House has the biggest and very best selection of local exhibitors, a bridal fashion show, exclusive discounts, free entry, parking and a prize draw. See p51. Ring 01524 585175 Lancaster Castle: Kids activity tour Wed 30th October 2pm A special tour with the under 12s in mind. Join our costumed guides for an exciting trip around the castle. Activities include taking part in a mock trial (you could even be the Judge!) And every child receives a free gift Pre-booking advised (01524) 64998 Solution - Round Dozen 1 Catholic, 2 Cockatoo, 3 Cardigan, 4 Calculus, 5 Confetti, 6 Confound, 7 Christie, 8 Commuter, 9 Chickpea, 10 Catacomb, 11 Colossal, 12 Calamity. The 12-letter word is: CONSIDERABLY Solution - What’s it worth Circle = 5, cross = 7, pentagon = 3, square = 8, star = 2.

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Girls’ Night Out Tuesday 15th October to Saturday 19th October at 7:30pm The story revolves around a hen night, with the bride to be heavily pregnant. Secrets start to emerge which will affect them all. Box office: 01524 64695 Judges Lodgings Activities 12.30, 1.30 & 2.30pm Mon 18th October Meet Mr Jolly the Toymaker and join in with the fun and games. Tue 19th October Pinocchio story time and activity. Wed 20th October Make your own marionette puppet. Thur 21st October Museum toy treasure hunt. Fri 22nd October Pinocchio story time and activity. Booking is essential for all sessions (except Thursday Treasure Hunt). museums (01524) 32808 The Hothouse Ceilidh with Salt Pie Lane Saturday 19th October 7.30pm If you enjoy line dancing or barn dances then ceilidhs are for you. Open to all ages, everyone is welcome to have a dance and enjoy the great live music. More Music 01524 831997 13-17 Devonshire Rd, Morecambe.

Halloween fancy dress night Frday 25th October Fab food, raffle, scary surprises and entertainment. Seep56. Neuro Drop In 01524 840762 Cancer Care Charity Fashion Show at Leighton Hall with Renes-Lapelle Wednesday 23rd October from 7pm Only £20 per Ticket (includes fizz reception, canapes and a goody bag) See the latest Winter Collections. Hair & Beauty by D F Studio. For tickets call 01524 222313 Lancaster Castle: Lanturn Workshop Tuesday 29th October Get together to make giant lantern puppets, which you can keep (£7 per lantern) and then display at the fantastic Family Lantern Walk at the castle on Friday, November 1 at 6pm. See p60 Ring 01524 848525 Light up the Waterways Tue 29th & Wed 30th October Discover the stories and heritage of our waterways and their often overlooked ecology, with illuminated installations along the canal leading to the Grade 1 Listed Lune Aqueduct. See p64.

Lancaster Castle: Family Ghost Tour Thursday 31st October A visit from the excellent Wooden Spoon Theatre presenting Lancaster Castle’s Family Ghost Tour, an engaging theatrical experience for all ages. Tickets are £6 for adults, £3.50 for children up to 14 years old (Family ticket, 2 adults plus 2 children £14). November 1 at 6pm. See p60 Ring 01524 848525 Lancaster Castle: Creepy castle night Thursday October 31st 5pm 9.30pm Includes the chance for some scary but safe Trick or Treat fun. Fill your bag by knocking on doors and encountering spooky residents with lots of treats to give you. See p60 Ring 01524 848525

LANCASTER WALKING GROUP Walks throughout the month

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Don’t Forget to check event times and dates with the organisers before setting off. TELL US ABOUT YOUR EVENT Email:

Walks throughout the month. See website for September walks or for further information phone C. Pickles on 382980 or D Johnson on 811366

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COUNCIL SERVICES Lancaster City Council Customer Service Centre, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PG Tel: 01524 582000 Out Of Hours Emergencies Tel: 01524 67099 Domestic Waste And Street Cleaning Tel: 01524 582491 Council Tax Tel: 01524 582900 Highway Faults Tel: 0123 456 789 Electoral Registration Tel: 01524 582905 Planning Tel: 01524 582376 Pest Control Tel: 01524 582935 Stray Dogs Tel: 01524 582757 Bus Passes Tel: 01524 582958 Recycling Tel: 0800 0929705 Homeless Advice Tel: 01524 586827 Lifeline Care Alarm Service Tel: 01524 582527 Flooding Tel: 01524 582955 Handyperson Scheme Tel: 01524 586812 Sheltered Housing Tel: 01524 586858

DOCTORS Dalton Square Practice 8 Dalton Square Lancaster LA1 1PN Tel: 01524 842200 Ash Trees Market Street Carnforth Lancashire LA5 9JU Tel: 01524 720000 The Meadowside Medical Practice 1-3 Meadowside Lancaster LA1 3AQ Tel: 01524 32622 Queen Square Medical Practice 2 Queen Square Lancaster LA1 1RP Tel: 01524 843333

Owen Road Surgery 67 Owen Road, Lancaster, LA1 2LG Tel: 01524 846999 Rosebank Surgery Ashton Road, Lancaster, LA1 4JS Tel: 01524 842284 Galgate Health Centre Highland Brow Galgate, Lancaster, LA2 ONB Tel: 01524 751284 King Street Surgery 38 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RE Tel: 01524 541651 Halton Surgery 110 High Road Halton, Lancaster LA2 6PU Tel: 01524 811226

Scale Hall Surgery 1 West Drive Scale Hall LANCASTER LA1 5BY Tel: 01524 64135 Bailrigg Health Centre University of Lancaster Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4ZP Tel: 01524 387780 Caton Health Centre Hornby Rd, Caton, Lancaster, Lancashire LA2 9QS Tel: 01524 770718 Brookfield Surgery Bolton le Sands Carnforth, LA5 8DH Tel: 01524 822088



Service for people who need a GP outside their doctor’s surgery opening hours.

Central Dental Practice Telephone House Fenton Street Lancaster, LA1 1AB Tel: 01524 34778


GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ashton Road Lancaster, LA1 4RP

Tel: 01524 65944

Mayo Clinic Mayo House Meeting House Lane Lancaster, LA1 1GW Tel: 01524 33225 Bay Dental Partnership 6 New Street Lancaster, LA1 1EG Tel: 01524 32639 Brook Street Dental Practice 8 Brook Street Lancaster, LA1 1UU Tel: 01524 37324

Yourdentist Church Street, Lancaster Tel: 01524841196 Market Gate Surgery Market Gate Lancaster LA1 1JF Tel: 01524 32630 The Lancaster Orthodontic 3 Moor Lane Lancaster LA1 1QD 01524 848344

Directory of Local Services PLACES OF WORSHIP

Holy Cross Orthodox Tel: 01524 840759

Lancaster Priory and Parish Chuch Tel: 01524 65338

Christians Alive Church Tel: 01524 845554 St Lukes Vicarage Tel: 01524 63249

Christ Church Tel: 01524 34430

Grace Baptist Church Tel: 01524 841133 www.freegrace

St Thomas C of E Tel: 01524 590410 Lancaster fm Church Tel: 01524 841941

Christians Against Poverty Tel: 01524 61582 Moorlands

Lancaster Baptist Church Tel: 01524 39677

9am - 5pm

Telephone advice: 01524 400400 10am - 12pm 10am - 1pm 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 2.30pm

Lancaster Methodist Church Tel: 01524 32717 Lancaster Cathedral Tel: 01524 384820


King’s Community Church Tel: 01524 388490 Trinity United Reformed Church

You can also email your query to us, or phone us on the low-cost phone number weekdays (9am – 5pm) Or visit Alternatively, you can make an appointment to see an advisor at your local GP surgery:

Do you  provide   unpaid  support   to  family  or   friends  who   could  not   manage  without   your  support?  If  so  you  could  be  a   Carer.  If  you  would  like  to  access   information  and  support  that  may   be  relevant  Carers  Point!  can  help.     If  you  would  like  to  know  more   about  our  services  you  can   contact  us  on  0345  688  7113  

ONE VOICE DISABILITY SERVICE One Voice is a disabled person’s organisation providing services, project and support for disabled people, their families and carers. Find out more : 01524 34411 St Leonards House St Leonards Gate Lancaster LA1 1NN

Lancaster District Homeless Action Tel: 01524 842008

Help Direct is a service for all adults in Lancashire. We offer support, guidance and information to help you make the decisions you need to get the most out of life.  Call in and speak to an advisor any weekday at our office:   7 – 11 Chapel Street, Lancaster (9am – 5pm)

Shopmobility Tel: 01524 382764

Address: 87 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RH

Lancaster Salvation Army Church Tel: 01524 844234 E-mail: david. singleton@ St Paul’s C of E Scotforth Tel 01524 843135

You can hire a scooter, electric or manual wheelchair or walking frame. Lancaster on Wednesdays and Fridays or Morecambe on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Prices start from as little as £3

Drop in sessions

Monday Tuesday Thursday

Lancaster Quaker Meeting Tel 01524 62971 www.lancasterquakers.



Monday - Friday

Evangelical Church Tel: 01524 64146

LANCASTER Dalton Square , King Street, Meadowside, Owen Road, Queen Square, & Rosebank MORECAMBE MHC (Coastal), West End, Westgate, Yorkbridge Also at: Ashtrees, Windsor in Garstang & Carnforth. Drop in sessions at various locations across the district. Please phone for details.

0303 333 1111

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Directory of Local Services: Education PRIMARY SCHOOLS Caton Community Primary School Broadacre Road Caton, LA2 9NH Tel: 01524 770104 Scotforth St Pauls C of E Primary Scotforth Road Lancaster, LA1 4SE Tel: 01524 65379 Quernmore C of E Primary, Quernmore Lancaster, LA2 9EL Tel: 01524 66628 St Wilfrid’s C of E Primary Penny Stone Road Lancaster, LA2 6QE Tel: 01524 811230

TUTORS Martin Lowe Inspired Child tuition services. Maths English, Music, Languages and IT. 01524 841980 www.inspiredchild. Fredrik Holm MA(mus) Piano, singing, basoon, recorder and music theory 07780 623855 www.2b-intune. co,uk Miss J Meats Science Tuition missmeats@ 94

Lancaster Ridge Primary Keswick Road Lancaster, LA1 3LE Tel: 01524 841589 The Cathedral Primary Balmoral Road Lancaster, LA1 3BT Tel: 01524 64686 Christ Church C of E Primary School Derwent Road Lancaster, LA1 3ES Tel: 01524 60955 Ellel St John’s C E Primary Chapel Street, Galgate, LA2 0JS Tel: 01524 751320

Dolphinholme C of E Dolphinholme Lancaster, LA2 9AN Tel: 01524 791530 Moorside School Bowerham Rd, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4HT Tel: 01524 66516 Bowerham Primary Bowerham Road, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4BS Tel: 01524 63999 Dallas Road Primary High Street Lancaster, LA1 1LD Tel: 01524 64520 Ryelands Primary Torrisholme Road Lancaster, LA1 2RJ Tel: 01524 64626

Lancaster Royal Grammar East Road, Lancaster Girls Grammar Lancaster, LA1 3EF Tel: 01524 580600 Regent Street Lancaster, LA1 1SF Tel: 01524 32010 Our Ladys Catholic College Central Lancaster High Morecambe Road, Crag Road, Lancaster, LA1 2RX Lancaster, LA1 3LS Tel: 01524 66689 Tel: 01524 32636 www.our-ladys-rc. www.central.lancsngfl. SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Jonathan Gray. Expert History tuition for KS3, GCSE and A-Level students. Tel: 01524 298093

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Martyn Stringer Piano, Drums, Guitar/Bass, Accordion, Composition Tel: 07849 825821


Cockerham C of E Primary School Main Street Cockerham Lancaster LA2 0EF Tel/Fax: 01524 791550 www.cockerham.lancs. Caton St Pauls C of E Moorside Road, Brookhouse, Lancaster, LA2 9PJ Tel: 01524 770241 Thurnham Glasson Church of England Primary School Marsh Lane Glasson Dock Lancaster LA2 0AR Tel/Fax: 01524 751425 www. thurnhamglasson.lancs.

Jamea Al Kauthar Ashton Road, Lancaster, LA1 5AJ Tel: 01524 389898 Carnforth County High Kellet Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9LS Tel: 01524 732 314 Ripley St Thomas Church of England High School Ashton Road Lancaster, LA1 4RS Tel: 01524 64496 www.ripley.lancsngfl. Skerton Community High Owen Road, Lancaster, LA1 2BL Tel: 01524 65143 www.skertonhigh.

Directory of Local Services: Take-aways, Coffee Shops, Transport TAKE AWAYS CHINESE Wok Express 60 Penny Street Lancaster, LA1 1XF Tel: 01524 847575 Fired Wok Chinese Takeaway 98 Prospect Street Lancaster, LA1 5ES Tel: 01524 36000 The Woo Ping 16-18 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1NP Tel: 01524 64713 Bamboo Garden 30-32 New Street Lancaster, LA1 1EG Tel: 01524 849984 INDIAN Bombay Balti 16 China Street Lancaster, LA1 1EX Tel: 01524 844550 Nice and Spicy 2 Lower Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1NP Tel: 01524 33333 Urban Spice 21 Brock Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 847107 Iky’s Balti House 133 St Leonards Gate Lancaster, LA1 1NL Tel: 01524 34432 PNP Currys and Kebabs 154 Ryelands Road Lancaster, LA1 2RA Tel: 01524 555857 Moghuls 91 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RH Tel: 01524 36253

Sultan of Lancaster The Old Church Brock Street Lancaster, LA1 1UU Tel: 01524 61188 JAPANESE Miyabi 6 Cable Street Lancaster, LA1 1HD Tel: 01524 848356 OTHER Domino’s Pizza 20 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1NP Tel: 01524 848999 Subway 11 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1LP Tel: 01524 33351 or Ryelands Service Station Owen Road Lancaster LA1 2LL Tel: 01254 383605 or 99-101 Penny Street Lancaster, LA1 1XN Tel: 01524 599328 Pizzetta Republic 75 North Road Lancaster Tel: 01524 33332 Flames 1 Rosemary Lane Lancaster, LA1 1NR Tel: 01524 382399 Bowerham Chippy 2 Coulston Road Lancaster, LA1 3AE Tel: 01524 61230 Pizza Hut Kingsway Retail Park Lancaster, LA1 1DQ Tel: 01524 599222

Lancaster Fried Chicken 3 Rosemary Lane Lancaster, LA1 1NR Tel: 01524 66575 Supanova 18 Church Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 841488

Maxwell’s Cafe & Delicatessen 71 Penny Street Lancaster LA1 1XF Tel: 01524 388435 Casa Rastelli Marketgate Lancaster, LA1 1AL

TRANSPORT Coastal Taxis Tel: 01524 424424 or 01524 60000 A to B Taxis Tel: 01524 844922 32090 Taxis 35666 Tel: 01524 32090 or 01524 35666 8 4 8 Taxis Tel: 01524 848848 John’s Taxi Tel: 01524 845210 Lancaster Road Taxis Tel: 01524 844844 National Rail Enquiries Tel: 08457 48 49 50

COFFEE SHOPS The Old Bell Coffee House Bashful Alley Lancaster, LA1 1LF Tel: 01524 36561 Lewis Of Lancaster‎ 23 New Street Lancaster LA1 1EG Tel: 01524 389 642‎ Starbucks 19 Market Street Lancaster LA1 1HZ Tel: 01524 381 795 Cafe Nero 23 Market Street Lancaster LA1 1HZ Tel: 01524 36130 Sunbury Coffee House 28 Sun Street Lancaster, LA1 1EW Tel: 01524 843312 Local Bus Journey Planner 0871 200 22 33 Budgie Transport Provide a waterbus service on the Lancaster Canal. Tel: 01524 389 410. Lancaster Bus Station Timetable Stagecoach Northwest 0871 2002233 Lancaster Train Station Meeting House Lane Lancaster LA1 5NW Virgin Ticket Line: 0871 977 4222

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Directory of Local Services: Restaurants

RESTAURANTS Blue Moon Thai Restaurant 6 Rosemary Lane Lancaster, LA1 1NR Tel:01524 381111 Teatro Grill 60-62 Church Street Lancaster Tel:01524 380012 Wagon and Horses 27 St Georges Quay Lancaster, LA1 1RD Tel: 01524 846094 The Sultan of Lancaster The Old Church Brock Street Lancaster, LA1 1UR Tel: 01524 61188


Penny Street Bridge Penny Street Lancaster, LA1 1XT Tel: 01524 599900 Quite Simply Food 13 Moor Lane Lancaster, LA1 1QD Tel: 01524 34916 Quite Simply French 27a St Georges Quay Lancaster, LA1 1RD Tel: 01524 843199 1725 Tapas Bar 28 Market Street Lancaster, LA1 1HT Tel: 01524 66898 The Stork Corricks Lane Lancaster, LA2 OAN Tel: 01524 751234

The Litten Tree 33-37 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1LP Tel: 01524 541580

Bistro 26 26 Sun Street Lancaster, LA1 1EW Tel: 01524 846252

Greaves Park Bowerham Road Lancaster, LA1 3AH Tel: 01524 389335

Castle Balti 23a Castle Hill Lancaster Tel: 01524 388454

The Borough 3 Dalton Square Lancaster, LA1 1PP Tel: 01524 64170

Bella Italia 26-28 Church Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 36340

Miyabi (Japanese) 6 Cable Street, Lancaster, LA1 1HD Tel: 01524 848356

The Spaghetti House 18 Mary Street Lancaster, LA1 1UW Tel: 01524 846011

Pizza Margherita 2 Moor Lane Lancaster, LA1 1QD Tel: 01524 36333

The Mill at Conder Green Thurnham Mill Lane, Lancaster, LA2 OBD Tel: 01524 752852

The Sun Cafe 25 Sun Street Lancaster, LA1 1EW Tel: 01524 845599

The Water Witch Canal Tow Path Lancaster, LA1 1SU Tel: 01524 63828

The Sun Hotel & Bar 63-65 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1ET Tel: 01524 66006

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Mung Mee (Thai) 6 Chapel Street Lancaster, LA1 1NZ Tel: 01524 64107 The Merchants 27 Castle Hill Lancaster, LA1 1YN Tel: 01524 66466


The Meeting House Restaurant 11-15 Meeting House Lane, Lancaster , LA1 1TJ Tel: 01524 848 049 The Three Mariners Bridge Lane Lancaster, LA1 1EE Tel: 01524 388957 Moghuls (Indian) 91 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RH Tel: 01524 36253 The Gregson 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane Lancaster, LA1 3PY Tel: 01524 849959 The George & Dragon 24 St Georges Quay Lancaster, LA1 1RB Tel: 01524 62265


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