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PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS The summer holidays are here! The teachers breathe a sigh of relief and parents all over the district start to find things to keep their little people busy! Fingers crossed for some excellent weather because you will not have a problem finding places to explore in and around the district, from forests, beaches, waterfalls, splash parks, festivals and activities there is something for everyone.

in a publication that has over 40 articles every edition, is valued and kept by local residents and visitors, so they can find local businesses, services, events and news.

What will you choose to do this summer? Visit and sit in a helicopter cockpit at the Huey Open Day, have a picnic somewhere new, make raspberry & coconut lollies from our recipe, go to a wedding fair at the Royal Kings Arms, buy yourself a new piece of art from our SHOP LOCAL guide, go to Solfest Festival and play in Cumbria's biggest sandpit! Sample Italian food at Festa Italia. We could go on and on. We hope the magazine inspires you to make the most of the area we live in and to SHOP LOCAL, this edition includes SUMMER INTERIORS, AL FRESCO DINING, SUMMER FASHION & SUMMER INSPIRED ART. When you use local businesses, let them know you saw them in Lancaster District Magazine. They keep us in print. If you are running an event, you can submit it to our online events guide at (It’s FREE)



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8 HOME INTERIORS Lancaster Bed Company

40 HOME DIY Brewers Decorating Centre

64 LOCAL PICNIC GUIDE Local beach & picnic spots

102 WATERSPORTS Get out on the water

14 SHOP LOCAL Summer Interiors

47 LEGAL ADVICE Probate - Ratcliffe & Bibby

72 HEALTH Drink more water

104 STAY SAFE Float to live

18 HOME INTERIORS Choice - Domus by Design

48 MOTORING Electric Cars

75 YOUR POSTURE True Physio Lancaster

105 SAVING LIVES Morecambe Lifeboat

22 INTERIOR STYLE Home Office Style

50 LOCAL WALK Sleddale Reservoir

76 ACTIVE CHILDREN Dr Juliet McGratten

107 FAMILY FUN Ingleborough Cave

30 ARCHITECTURE Local Buildings

54 LOCAL WILDLIFE Tails from the Reedbed

78 LOCAL TEAROOM Bridge House Farm, Wray

108 LOCAL BUSINESS Conference & Events

32 LEGAL ADVICE Will & Inheritance Disputes

56 LOCAL VETS ADVICE Pet Medication - Bay Vets

80 SHOP LOCAL Alfresco Dining Products

109 LOCAL HISTORY Lancaster City Museum

35 HOME IMPROVENTS Garolla Garage Doors

58 LOCAL NATURE Westomorland Red Squirrels

82 SUMMER RECIPES Three summer recipes

111 LOCAL EVENTS Heritage Open Days

36 LOCAL PROPERTY 18% fewer homes for sale

60 PET RESCUE Bentham Pet Rescue

84 WEDDING VENUE Royal Kings Arms, Lancaster

113 WOODLAND WALKS 6 Local Walks

37 LOCAL PROPERTY Sell your home this summer

63 LOCAL HOTEL Lancaster House Hotel

86 LOCAL FOOD Foodie Foray

118 LOCAL BOOK By Lee Melcalfe

90 SHOP LOCAL Summer Fashion

120 LOCAL BUSINESS North Lancs Expo

92 SHOP LOCAL Summer Inspired Art

122 WHAT'S ON Events in the District

94 2ND BIRTHDAY Penny Street Collectables

124 YOUNG PEOPLE Carnforth Fire Cadets

96 LOCAL EVENTS Solfest turns 15

126 PUZZLE PAGES Kids & Adults Puzzles

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LANCASTER BED COMPANY Staying in the family

After years of making sure that their customers get the best night’s sleep possible, Bill and Christine at the Lancaster Bed Company are finally taking a well-earned rest. This summer, they are planning to pass on the reins of their business to the next generation. But don’t worry, they are passing on all their knowledge first. Features Writer Rob Bullock speaks with Bill and Christine. SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

John's in Kirkland, Kendal (also a family run business) so he has an excellent understanding of retail business. Louise has had 28 years as an Administrative Assistant at South Lakes Housing in Kendal so she has an excellent understanding of the behind the scenes running of the business.

After over eight years of working up to seven days a week, bed experts Bill and Christine have decided to take a well-deserved rest and pass their business, the Lancaster Bed Company, on to their son, Mark and his wife, Louise.

Even with their retail experience, for Mark and Louise, learning about what bed is best for an individual is imperative, this is something that Bill and Christine are experts in; “People with lighter frames need a mattress that is less firm to avoid back problems, while larger framed people need more support,” explains Christine. “You learn very quickly which bed suits which person.”

“It has been a big decision to pass on the Lancaster Bed Company,” says Bill. “But we are certain that the business couldn’t be going to two safer pairs of hands. Mark has 25 years of retail experience,16 years of that was at Cobbler


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LOCAL BUSINESS FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE A large part of Mark and Louise’s training will involve visiting the factories where their suppliers manufacturer the beds that are for sale in the Lancaster Bed Company; “Mark and Louise are going to have in-depth training with our manufacturers,” says Bill. “They’ll be able to see first-hand what goes into making a high-quality bed and pass on that knowledge to their customers.”

“We’re a family business here at the Lancaster Bed Company,” says Bill. “This is not just a job for us. We’ve got our feet firmly planted in the community, and we care about the products that we sell to our customers. Mark and Louise feel exactly the same way.”

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Over the years Bill and Christine have run the Lancaster Bed Company on the basis that customer service is their number one priority; “We’ve always treated our customers how we would want to be treated ourselves,” explains Bill. “And that has worked for the Lancaster Bed Company.” No doubt that will not change when Mark and Louise take over at the helm. A TRUE LOCAL FAMILY BUSINESS “We’re a family business here at the Lancaster Bed Company,” says Bill. “This is not just a job for us. We’ve got our feet firmly planted in the community, and we care about the products that we sell to our customers. Mark and Louise feel exactly the same way.” PASSING ON THE BATON “Although we are not rushing off into the sunset, we have got a lot of plans to get out walking a lot more. I’m also a keen photographer and would like to do more of that in my spare time. These are the things we have not had the chance to do over the last few years. Working seven days a week, you don’t get much free time. And I’ve got a set of golf clubs that I’m keen to dust off,” laughs Bill. “But seriously, we will be here for Mark and Louise for as long as we’re needed and we’re going to provide cover for them whenever they want it. We’ll still be there for our customers.” LANCASTER BED COMPANY 97 PENNY STREET, LANCASTER, LANCASHIRE, LA1 1XN T: 01524 874 382 BRANDS AVAILABLE:

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Domus in Bare Village was established in 2017 by Nanette Wilkinson who has a naturally creative flair and keen eye is for sourcing beautiful furnishings and accessories. In this article Nanette discusses whether too many options can be confusing.

"However large or small the work we do for you is, you will find us to be friendly yet professional and above all honest. We can also guarantee you a warm welcome when you call in."

Recently, I was sat in a seminar when the speaker retold a story of when she was looking after her five-year-old niece. It was a lovely day and they went to spend some time in the park. Whilst there she asked the little girl “Would you like some ice-cream?” To which the child replied, “Ice-cream, I want options !!!” There was, of course, a certain amount of laughter at the precocious little girls reply, but later on it got me to thinking about how often we apply that same principle to our own lives.


Don’t misunderstand me please, I’m all for options. I believe a carefully curated range of options is always helpful. However, too many, now that’s a different matter. For example, when I sit down in a restaurant and get handed a five-page booklet (not including the dessert section) as a menu and am also encouraged to consider ‘today's specials’ scribbled onto a large blackboard my heart sinks a little. Why? because too many options can threaten to overwhelm an already hungry person.



In almost every life situation we are just so used to having countless options that without them we naturally default to believing that we are missing out on something if we are not given enough from which to make our choice. Maybe, many of us have missed out on something good just because we wanted to keep our options open.

Similarly, I think the same can be said when you start to navigate your way through the complex World of Interiors. It is vast and can be overwhelming. It’s an area where the sky is the limit and, the options are endless, for some at least. Expensive glossy magazines, if you know which ones to buy, will offer up all sorts of information about how to create

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The Studio is a comfortable area with carefully selected designer wallpapers, fabrics, blinds and paint. We have a small selection on display of some of the types of flooring that we offer too. We are passionate about what we do and enjoy engaging with the people we work with. However large or small the work we do for you is, you will find us to be friendly yet professional and above all honest. We can also guarantee you a warm welcome when you call in. (Monday’s are by appointment only). SOMETHING UNIQUE

your perfect home. You can read about orientation, spatial awareness, perspective, rules, designs, trends, colours and so on or you can, or you can of course drool over the incredible pictures and often end up feeling more confused than encouraged about what you thought you wanted in the first place.

Interestingly, some of my most favourite places to eat are smaller restaurants with a more select menu and as such are able to offer something a little bit different. And yes, thankfully, there may be slightly less choice on the menu, but a carefully thought through and most delicious selection of options nonetheless. They never fail to please and my satisfaction is guaranteed. So……. ice-cream or options? It’s your choice.

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We also have the great and glorious internet, …, scroll… click, scroll…click. It can be fun for a while, but I find our customers are able to engage in the creative process much more easily when its possible to touch and feel what's in front of them. The internet is not and never will be a substitute for collaborative discussion and honest advice. DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE? Generally, I find that most people have some idea of what they would like or hope to achieve in their home, others not so, but either way, it’s absolutely fine. With many years of experience in home interiors we are here to help you have the home you always hoped for. We understand that when faced with too many options its easy to become overwhelmed. With our advice you can have the home you really want and avoid making those costly mistakes. CHOOSE IN PERSON Domus has a beautiful Showroom where you can make an immediate purchase from our stylish furniture, lighting and accessories if you like, or you can also consider some of our made to measure and bespoke furniture and soft furnishings.

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Make working from home less of a chore with our top tips for designing a room that’s both functional and attractive.



The old adage that you can never have too much storage is especially true in an office, where efficient organisation is key.

Make the most of the height of your room with wall-mounted storage. Pin boards, peg board, magnetic boards and hanging racks are ideal, and wiring one or two adjustable lamps into the wall above your desk also saves worktop space.

While a combination of shelving, files and boxes works well, why not seek out unique pieces to introduce a sense of character? Although chain stores and specialist shops sell office furniture at a range of prices, consider local charity shops and second-hand furniture stores for interesting alternatives, such as old school lockers, distressed wall cupboards, huge wicker baskets or old factory trolleys.

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Some stored items will need to be within easy reach, while those used less frequently can be stored on high shelves or in deep cupboards, or even in another room. If your office is an awkward shape, consider built-in storage to maximise space.

Good lighting is vital to avoid eye strain. Natural light is ideal, but glare from direct sunshine is not – experiment with the desk’s position and consider a blind for shading. Fit overhead lighting that doesn’t cast shadows over your working area – track lighting, inset ceiling spots and wall lamps are all options. Desk lamps look fantastic and can add indeividuality to your workspace.



Even in a small room, desk area will probably be more useful than floor space, so choose the biggest one possible. A desk with drawers or cubby holes is doubly practical, though minimalists may wish to consider a glass desk: perfect if you can generally keep it clear and tidy. With limited space, consider adding a small worktop to one side of your desk to create an ergonomic L-shaped workspace.

If necessary, ask an electrician to add plug sockets to minimise messy and inconvenient cabling. About three inches above the work surface is good, plus some lower down and out of sight. Sort the rest of the cables out with ties and clips and consider labelling plugs so you know which is which.


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DON’T BE AFRAID TO GET PERSONAL Add a pretty rug, a cushion, interesting desk accessories, a selection of plants, some colourful wall prints or a selection of framed photographs. Scent is important too – make the room fragrant with a vase of flowers, scented candle or reed diffuser,creating an area where you’ll enjoy spending time.

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Here are five examples of the rich history and architecture that we have in the Lancaster District. Each one provides insights into the importance of the place we live over hundreds if not thousands of years. Features Writer Rob Bullock looks at five buildings in our area.

St Patrick’s Chapel – Heysham Standing on a headland above St Peter's Church, in Heysham, is St Patrick’s Chapel. Although it is a ruined building and there is not a lot to see today, it does have an interesting and very long history. During the excavation that took place in the early 1990s more than 1,200 artefacts were recovered, indicating that the site has been occupied for around 12,000 years. The Chapel that we can see today, which consists of a north, south and east wall, dates from the 8th or 9th century, it is built of sandstone rubble and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The Chapter House, Cockersand Abbey Situated on the coast overlooking Morecambe Bay the Chapter House forms part of ruins of Cockersand Abbey. It is thought that the site could be up to two thousand years old as in 1718 two Roman silver statuettes were discovered on Cockersand Moss near the site. The Chapter House, with its vaulted arch interior and fascinating carvings, was built around 1230 and used as a family mausoleum by the Daltons of Thurnham Hall during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. In 2007 English Heritage made an £80,000 grant to the owner to help preserve the building and carry out vital maintenance. The Chapter House is open to the public on special occasions such as Heritage Open Days but there is very limited parking near this special building.


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LOCAL BUILDINGS During the excavation that took place in the early 1990s, more than 1,200 artefacts were recovered, indicating that the site has been occupied for around 12,000 years. Old Rectory – Warton Also known as Parsonage Court, the Old Rectory at Warton near Carnforth is thought to have been constructed in the early 14th century as the official residence of the rector at St Oswald's Church, probably by two of the younger sons of Marmaduke de Thweg. One particularly interesting architectural feature is the ogee quatrefoil window under the apex in the southern gable which provides much-needed light. Although it not known precisely when the rectory was abandoned, we do know that by 1721 it was a ruin. Because the gables survive to almost full height the Old Rectory is considered to be a well-preserved example of its type. Borwick Hall – Borwick The 16th Century manor house, Borwick Hall is mentioned in the Domesday Book as being part of the estates of the influential Roger de Poitou but the oldest parts of the building we can see today, date from the 14th century when a pele tower was built on the site. When the building was bought around 1590 by Roger Bindlosse he extended the property to form the manor house. The Bindlosse’s are an interesting family with Roger’s son Robert becoming High Sheriff of Lancashire, and his grandson, also named Robert being elected MP for Lancashire. After the Second World War during which the hall was used as a military base, the estate was sold to the Lancashire Youth Clubs Association, and it later passed into the ownership of Lancashire County Council.

Judges Lodgings, Lancaster This building is the oldest existing townhouse in Lancaster, and amazingly was also the first house in Lancaster to have shutters. It was used by judges when they attended the sessions of the Assize Court. When the use of the house by visiting judges ended in 1975, the building was converted into a museum which featured a museum of childhood, and the Gillow family furniture collection. In spring 2019 the museum reopened to the public after being renovated and hosts regular lectures and talks about local history which are fascinating. If you are intending to visit any of the above treasures, then please check for opening restrictions before setting out.

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If a dispute arises, it is very important to try and nip this in the bud as soon as possible, not least because the legal costs in making a claim against an estate can escalate very quickly.

WILL AND INHERITANCE DISPUTES When a loved one or friend passes away, this can be a very stressful and emotional time. Dealing with the wishes of the person who has passed away will be a priority and where there may be uncertainty or disputes as what those wishes were this can add to an already difficult time. Our specialist Lawyer Jenny Pearson has prepared a list of issues that may need to be considered in these circumstances. Prevention is always the best course of action – Do make a Will and consider making a Statement of Wishes No matter how difficult it may be to face the issue of our own mortality, it is always better to have taken the step to record your wishes in a will rather than not. In the majority of cases, when a Will has been made, the administration of the estate will be completed with no problems. However, if for any reason you do not wish to make provision for a gift in your Will for a particular family member, for example, due to falling out, you should always consider asking your solicitor to put a statement with your Will to explain why you have made this decision. This evidence that you have considered another person, and made a decision about any gift you may have made can help resolve disputes after death. Pick the right people to look after your estate. Give careful consideration to whom you wish to appoint as executors to deal with the administration of your estate. While this may seem insignificant, it is very important to bear in mind issues such as whether the people you are considering appointing are also beneficiaries under your Will, and whether they may have any reason to fall out with any of the beneficiaries. If this is the case,


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you may want to consider appointing alternative executors. Appointing level minded independent executors can help resolve any disputes that may arise much quicker and can, in fact, avoid some disputes. Nipping a dispute in the bud – Consider Mediation/ Settlement Negotiations as a priority If a dispute arises, it is very essential to try and nip this in the bud as soon as possible, not least because the legal costs in bringing/making a claim against an estate can escalate very quickly. You should seek legal advice and assistance as soon as possible. Solicitors who are experienced in dealing with these types of matters can help to address the validity of any potential dispute and guide you as to what steps may need to be taken to resolve the dispute as quickly as possible. Keeping a clear head. Losing someone close can have significant emotional effects. This is likely to be magnified where any disputes arise. It is very important that you seek the support of family and friends whilst dealing with this difficult time. As the issues that are involved in any dispute arising out of someone’s estate are likely to be highly emotive it can be difficult to keep a clear head and this can result in unnecessary delays and costs being incurred. It is important when seeking legal advice in respect of any dispute that you choose solicitors who are experienced in dealing with disputes of this nature and who place great weight in understanding the issues and helping you to reach a resolution as quickly as possible with the minimum emotional impact if at all possible. For further advice, please contact Mrs Jennifer Pearson, a lawyer at Baines Bagguley Penhale specialising in dealing with these types of dispute on 01524 401010.

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Take a seat let’s talk property 18% FEWER HOMES FOR SALE Local property experts, JDG in Lancaster investigates the speed of the property market in relation to property prices, and how this affects you buying and selling property. Both the number of properties for sale at any one time and how long properties are on the market before they sell are both important as a guide to how the property market is performing. So, let’s have a look at what is happening in Lancaster, both in terms of the number of properties for sale and how long they have been on the market compared to a year ago. 44% less detached properties on the market Interestingly, there has been a proportional decrease of 44% in detached properties on the market in Lancaster and a 4% reduction in apartments. Overall in the last year, there are 18% fewer properties on the market in Lancaster, compared to a year ago. Now, let’s look how long they have been on the market… 13% increase in the time taking to sell The type of property with the most significant increase in the length of time on the market, is apartments, from 194 days to 251 days, supply and demand at work again. Also, the length of time an average Lancaster property has been on the market has increased by 13% in the last year. Realistic pricing to sell So what does this all mean for Lancaster Buy To Let landlords and Lancaster homeowners looking to buy and sell? Well, if you are thinking of selling – as the number of properties on the market has decreased and the length of time Lancaster properties are on the market has increased – you will have to be mindful that realistic pricing is the key to get the property sold. If you are a buyer, that means you find yourself in a better position to negotiate a good deal on your Lancaster property purchase. Why won't my property sell? There is also an argument to suggest that property buyers see excessive days on the market as an indication that the seller is becoming desperate to sell because the property hasn’t sold. Buyers may also believe that there might be something wrong with the home, a defect that caused other buyers to pass it up.

Usually, both assumptions are wrong. A property can loiter on the market for several reasons. The most common reason for a property sticking on the market is overvaluing or overpricing. In an effort to get the property on the market, some estate agents may have deluded the seller into believing the property was worth more than the property market will bear. Don’t get me wrong – if you don’t ask, you don’t get, and homeowners naturally want to get the best price for their home and so test the market. If you aren’t getting a steady stream of viewers after a few weeks, then that testing can backfire. You see, by setting the asking price too high to see if they can find someone to pay that inflated price, then finding there is nobody in the market that will pay the price, here lies the biggest trap for house sellers on keeping the inflated asking prices for too long. Sellers can also get stuck on an asking price, and they are willing to wait out the market until it catches up to what they want for their property – yet we aren’t in that type of property market at the moment. Consumer champion Which have said that if you have to reduce your asking price by 5% or more, it adds an extra 64 days to the sales process meaning you might lose the property of your dreams. Also, I have seen countless times house sellers insist on an inflated asking price, reduce 12 weeks later, yet buyers think there is something wrong with it so the homeowner gets fed up and accepts a lower offer to get the property sold, whereas if the house seller had gone onto the market at the right asking price, they would have got much nearer to what they deserve for their property. So, if you are looking for a bargain to buy – all the Portals (Rightmove, Zoopla and On The Market) allow you to search and sort by the length of time on the market as well as the asking price. Who knows – there could be a bargain waiting for you! My name is Michelle Gallagher, and I am a marketing specialist and also property valuer at JDG Estate Agents. Why not call me on 01524 843322.

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SELL YOUR HOME THIS SUMMER The summer is here. The weather is hotting up and you are wanting to move. Everywhere looks brighter, everybody’s garden is looking its best. The question is what can you do to look better. How can you help your home sell? Here are JDG's 7 top tips for the summer months!

CUT YOUR LAWN Very simple but often overlooked or forgotten about. A neat lawn makes your home stand out. It enhances your garden. A freshly cut lawn makes your home looked love. Families viewing your house can imagine the kids playing out. Cut your lawn for your photo’s but please also keep it freshly cut for viewings! FRONT DOOR LOVE Imagine that your buyer arrives early and they stood waiting at your front door. What do they see? This is one of the first impressions buyers have of your home. My suggestion is to make sure your door is clean off traffic grime. If it’s wooden I would repaint it. Make sure your door number and letterbox shine, and your doorbell is working! BRING OUT THE SUMMER My parents used to have a winter set of curtains ( thick heavy and warm ) and a summer set which was much lighter in both material and colour. Looking back their curtains were to do with keeping

the warmth in, however, the idea is still great. We have clothes for winter and summer. Let’s do the same with your home. Brighten it up with light floaty curtains. Swap the cushions for lighter, brighter fabrics. Inject colour. Make your home scream Summer! ACCESSORIZE YOUR KITCHEN Everyone seems to be on a health kick in the summer so let’s make your kitchen look healthy too. Grow your own herbs on your kitchen windowsill. Fill a vase with limes and lemons. Add zesty looking accessories (Joseph has some fab ones). Make your kitchen look like summer! Remember to keep it looking sparkling clean. That means a gleaming oven and shiny taps too! WASH THOSE WINDOWS Clean windows are a simple but most effective tip. If you need to employ a window cleaner to pop by every 2 weeks. We want the light to stream in and enhance your home. You don’t want the sunshine to show every speck of dirt. Buyers often will stand at the window to admire the view. Don’t let them be distracted!

YOUR OUTSIDE SPACE Make the most of whatever outside space you have. Gardens are high up on wish lists with viewers this Summer. If you only have a back yard though don’t despair, add colour with plants and trees in tubs. If you haven’t got one buy a small outside table and chairs. You could paint the walls to brighten it up and give it a Mediterranean feel. Create a space where buyers can imagine themselves relaxing outdoors. Chairs, flowers, cushions, candles… little things can make a big difference. These are just a few of the tips we have to help your home sell. If you would like a free bespoke moving plan on how to enhance your home for sale, please give us a call. We want your home to sell and for you to get the best price for it. This is why we offer this service as part of your home moving consultation. Call us for your free market appraisal. Call JDG Sales & Lettings for advice 01524 843322.

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Lancaster Branch Manager Tony For over a hundred and fifteen years, the family firm of Brewers decorating supply shops have slowly but steadily grown using the simple strategy of giving their customers unmatched levels of stock and high-quality service. With more stores in the south of the country here in our region, they are not yet a household name. “Brewers started in Sussex in 1904 with one store selling decorating supplies, we then spread very slowly up the country, opening stores across the south, the Midlands and now the north,” explains Laurence Zing. “In the five years that I’ve been in the northwest we’ve opened seven stores, including one this year. So that’s more than one a year. It’s a steady but very healthy growth in our retail organisation, and we’re proud of all our stores.” FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Brewers aren’t just concentrating on opening new stores in new areas; they are making sure that they consolidate in their heartland the south and this year


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they have picked up the award for London and South East Family Business of the Year 2019. “Everyone at Brewers, whether they be in Lancashire or London, are very proud of this award,” says Laurence. “It goes to show that our ethos is working. We are not aligned to any one brand or manufacturer so we can offer a massive choice. Brewers have the feel of a small local business with their friendly staff, but with the benefits, customers get from a large reliable company.” EXCLUSIVE OFFERS FOR TRADE ACCOUNTS “One of the successful parts of Brewers business is that you can be sure of what we hold in stock when you come into one of our stores, it is the same if you are in the North West or South East. And, if you’re a tradesperson with a trade account, you can use it throughout the country at any store.” The trade account allows users to buy online using agreed trade prices, Click & Collect from 177 stores, have free delivery, access to previous orders and get exclusive offers/money off vouchers/competitions direct

HOME PRODUCTS to your inbox. Smaller businesses can apply for a Brewers cash card for the convenience of buying online with free delivery. INSPIRATIONAL REGIONAL MANAGER Speaking with the inspirational Regional Manager, Laurence Zing, it is easy to understand why Brewers are going from strength to strength in the North West; “My wife tells everyone that I talk for a living. I love what I do,” laughs Laurence who has been with Brewers for over thirty-five years working in every department and doing virtually every single job in the organisation. “I’ve been with Brewers man and boy! I was approached by the company ten years ago, about the move into the North West, and although you could say that I have a solid understanding of the company and the business, like everyone else, I am always learning.” THE FUTURE Each time Brewers opens a new store, they are determined not to dilute the

Tony and his team core values of the company; “maintaining our values is crucial to our success. We are always looking to expand, but we will continue to do this in a sustainable way, finding a market opening and providing the best possible service to new clients.” For more information about our local Brewers store please visit www. , call them on 01524 381978, email on or visit them at Unit 2, Eastgate, White Lund Industrial Estate, Morecambe, LA3 3DY

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PROBATE THE COMMON QUESTIONS Perhaps not the most cheerful topic of conversation to discuss over dinner but unfortunately it is one almost everyone will be faced with at some stage in their life. Local Solicitor Oliver McNamara in the Wills & Probate Department at Ratcliffe & Bibby explains. The purpose of this article is to answer the most common questions about Probate with the hope that these small nuggets of knowledge will help minimise unnecessary stress, confusion and upset during what is already a difficult and emotional time. ‘What is Probate’ is one of the most heavily searched questions on Google with more searches than ‘What is Brexit’ and even ‘What is Chlorinated Chicken’.    ‘Probate is the legal right to deal with an estate’ and following a successful application this right will be evidenced by one of two documents:• Grant of Probate - where the deceased left a Will • Grant of Letters of Administration - where the deceased did not leave a Will. The above two documents allow the right person (Executor in the Will or family member if there is no Will) to deal with the estate. The concept is therefore a fairly straightforward one, yet it is still a word that seems to carry with it so many burdensome connotations.  Personally, I have experienced many ‘head-inhands’ moments with clients by simply mentioning the P word, but why?! How do I get it & how long does it take? The probate application must be approved by the Court, which is perhaps one factor that causes angst amongst individuals who have never before had matters of this nature to deal with. In reality – these applications are sent to a Probate Registry Office which is a part of the court system used solely for the purpose of Probate applications, and the majority of applications are completed within a 3 week turnaround. (at the time of this advertorial – that department is running approximately 3 months behind)

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The upshot of the new regime is that probate fees will increase from £155.00 per application (no matter the value of the estate) to the fees given in the table below:-

Will my loved ones need it? Probate is needed to deal with assets of significant value held in the sole name of the deceased, such as: property, bank accounts, shares etc. As a result, for the vast majority of people the answer would simply be yes, a grant of probate will be needed.

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Size of estate (before inheritance tax) Proposed fees £50,001 – £300,000 = £250 £300,001 – £500,000 = £750 £500,001 – £1,000,000 = £2,500 £1,000,001 – £1,600,000 = £4,000 £1,600,001 – £2,000,000 = £5,000 Although I would not advocate trying to speed up your demise in order to take advantage of the lower probate fees I would urge everyone to seek professional legal advice to discuss your Will, estate planning and steps you could take to reduce your future Probate Fee liability.

There are tools that can be used to circumvent the need for probate such as lifetime trusts; however, such options give rise to various other issues to consider. It may be worthwhile taking advice from a solicitor in relation to the benefits and drawbacks of such tools to determine whether this is something that would be beneficial for you.

I would also urge you to deal with any outstanding applications at this time before the imminent increase. If you would like any help or advice in relation to a probate application, making a Will or any other estate planning matter please do not hesitate to contact our private client team at our Carnforth office on 01524 734 884.

What is this new Death Tax?! The Government introduced plans for a new probate fee structure in 2018 and journalists have coined this ‘Death Tax’ or ‘Stealth Death Tax’. The plan was originally due to be implemented in April 2019 but this has been delayed as a result of the recent period of uncertainty. It will now have to wait until the new Parliamentary season before it returns to the agenda, which means it may not appear until autumn 2019.

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The rise of the electric car can’t be underestimated. Each manufacturer is rushing its own plug-in car to market, and demand for these new models is increasing by the hour. Here is a selection of electric cars currently on sale.

Jaguar I-Pace


Hyundai Kona Electric

Capable of travelling up to 279 miles on a single charge, the new Kona Electric has one of the most impressive ranges of any new electric car available, and comes with funky styling and plenty of in-car technology too. As a compact package, it’s just as well suited to urban driving as it is to longer distance motoring. Jaguar I-Pace The British firm has customers queuing up to buy its all-electric SUV, and it's easy to see why – the I-Pace is fast when you want it to be but a comfortable cruiser when you want to relax. It’s far from cheap at £64,495, but that’s good value compared with the Tesla Model X, its biggest rival, and with almost 300 miles of range, recharging should be a rare occurrence.

Kia e-Niro

Renault Zoe

Ever since journalists first got behind the wheel of the e-Niro, they’ve praised the crossover for being good to drive and offering a battery capacity that can consign range anxiety to the past. Unfortunately, the e-Niro has been a victim of its own success. Kia hasn’t been able to source batteries quickly enough to meet demand for the car, so wait times are now up to about twelve months.

The Renault Zoe offers one of the cheapest entry points to EV ownership and is a great little supermini. The big battery version gives 186 miles of range, so most inner-city commuters will only have to charge it once or twice a week. Prices start at just over £17,000 with the plug-in grant.

The Ioniq Electric is a very appealing electric car. It’s practical, enjoyable to drive and surprisingly quick, too. The interior feels a little on the cheap side, but it’s far from disappointing. Although the Hyundai is hit by the same battery shortage as Kia, so if you want one, you’re going to have to wait.

Nissan’s Leaf is often one of the first cars that springs to mind when you think of electric vehicles. It was, after all, one of the very first all-electric cars to become popular, and has gone on to retain a lot of this popularity as the years have gone by. It’ll crack 239 miles on a single charge, and is spacious and comfortable too.

Audi E-tron

BMW i3s

Audi may be one of the largest carmakers around, but it’s actually been relatively late when it comes to an all-electric model. However, this – the E-Tron – is

BMW has taken time to refine its i3 all-electric city car, ditching its petrol range extender thanks to better range. The firm has also added this – the

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its first model, bringing a premium look and feel as well as impressive electric technology. Audi claims that it’ll do 248 miles on a single charge, but also provide plenty of space and practicality while it does so.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Nissan Leaf


i3s – which gives the car a little added performance. It comes with a tuned stability system and a slightly more dynamic look – but still encapsulates all the good qualities of the regular i3 too.


Tesla Model 3 Tesla could be classed as one of the founding fathers of the electric car. The Model S, its saloon car, has arguably been one of its most successful. But for many, it was just a touch too expensive. The new Model 3 is a bit more affordable, but still capable of delivering plenty of range and high technology levels too. Volkswagen e-Golf The Volkswagen e-Golf is a safe bet for an electric vehicle purchase, with the build quality and dependability you’d expect from one of the UK’s best-selling models. Its range of 144 miles is far from the best in the segment, but is perfectly acceptable for the typical commuter. With plugin car grant applied, prices hover around the £30,000 mark.


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SLEDDALE RESERVOIR WALK Set in the quieter eastern Lake District a walk around Wet Sleddale Reservoir offers a peaceful and secluded walk on well-marked paths, very conveniently close to Junction 39 of the M6. You can visit the location of cult film Withnail and I. Rob Bullock discovers more.

The Wet Sleddale Valley is part of the breeding wader project which helps to encourage wading birds such as Lapwings, Curlew, Redshank and Snipe. You may also see Red Squirrels, Red Deer and Otters.

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If you have ever watched the movie Withnail and I, you are in for a real treat on this gentle reservoir walk. If you pick a dry day, which is advisable, then the views are breathtaking. As always, when planning a walk, make sure you are prepared, check the weather forecast, plan your route in advance, wear the right clothing, take suitable refreshments, make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and tell someone where you are going.

reach a picturesque ruined stone barn. Follow the path through the left of two gates. The path to the famous stone bridge from the movie a third of a mile away is clearly marked with white wooden markers.


Cross the bridge used by Withnail for shotgun fishing and take the grassy path up the hillside opposite. Cross two stiles to reach the track by the stone barn. The route goes upwards opposite the barn, between a drystone wall and the stream. From here you can see Sleddale Hall above you on the left.

Following the road signs to Wet Sleddale Reservoir from the A6 near Junction 39 of the M6 you can park in the reservoir car park. From here, take the track along the reservoir. After half a mile you will

Cross two stiles. When you reach the gate in the drystone wall, cross the stream and continue following it upwards for a quarter of a mile until you reach a track.


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Bruce Robinson’s iconic film Withnail and I launched the careers of two of our best-loved actors Richard E Grant and Paul McGann, creating a special place in the hearts of moviegoers the world over for the beautifully remote Sleddale. As you meander around this reservoir walk, you will come across Sleddale Hall, where the two main characters ended up "on holiday by mistake". Very little has changed around Sleddale Hall in the thirty years since the movie was filmed there and each year film buffs descend on the area to experience the stunning remoteness of the place. But the area also offers an easy four-mile, two hour walk.

EDEN VALLEY VIEWS Turn right and climb over the stile. Continue straight ahead to the top of the ridge. Here you get some fantastic views across the Eden Valley. So, maybe stop for a short break and take it all in. Keeping reasonably close to the stone wall on the right and head for a kink in the wall just left of a clump of trees (about half a mile away). When you reach this kink, keep following the track alongside the wall. HEADING TOWARDS SLEDDALE GRANGE Look out for a gate in the wall just after passing a clump of trees. Turning sharp right, the path goes back under the trees and drops down to a stone barn (a quarter of a mile). Go through the gate on the right-hand side of the barn and follow the track for a quarter of a mile down to the road by the farmhouse (Sleddale Grange). Turn hard left on to the road and follow it down to another farmhouse on the right (half a mile away). TREE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD At the point where a track forks off to the farm itself, cut across the field on your right. Head towards the tree in the middle of the field, where there is a stile into the next field. Cross this field to the far corner, next to another house. Here there is a stile on to the road, cross and follow the road for a short distance.

RIVER LOWTHER Now cut down right to the footbridge over the River Lowther (this is easily visible from the road). The Lowther is a tributary of the River Eden which flows into the Solway Firth and is famous for its salmon and trout. Cross the Lowther and join the road on the other side. Turn right along this road, follow it past the Met Office weather station and back to the car park (threequarters of a mile) for a well-earned rest. This article provides a general summary of the route. It is advisable to take a copy of the relevant Ordnance Survey map. The route can be boggy and damp so waterproof walking footwear is advised.



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Otters are without doubt one of the most popular wild animals that we have here in Britain. They can be elusive, but one local nature reserve is a great place to seek out these aquatic mammals. Lucy Ryan, from RSPB Leighton Moss near Silverdale, tells us more.

Having grown up in the easternmost point of Kent in the 90s, the presence of wild otters in the UK seemed more like a fantasy than a reality. Otters are now much easier to find than they were in the 1970s, but until relatively recently they were pretty much restricted to the north-west coast of Scotland, western Wales and parts of East Anglia, Cumbria and the West Country. This theme continued well into my twenties, having never seen a wild otter despite many attempts to do so.

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Working in conservation for most of my life, there has always been a background of chatter around where they might be, opinions on reintroduction projects and those lucky people sharing amazing experiences of otter sightings. Leaning into the common misconception about the RSPB, I didn’t think that my first otter sighting would be at a site managed for rare birds like the bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit. Yet, this does stand to reason. One of the greatest threats to otters is poor water quality, and this is what contributed to their catastrophic decline in the 1960s. Habitat destruction, hunting and the use of now-banned organo-chloride pesticides were also significant contributors to their disappearance from much of England. Now, thanks to the European water framework directive (2000/60/EC) and major work by the RSPB and other environmental organisations, we are seeing positive changes. Managing a site means focusing on the entire food chain; what does the bittern eat? Fish, including eels, but what do those species need? Good water quality. It, therefore, makes sense that a species like the otter, that also eats fish would live somewhere like Leighton Moss. I have learned that some of my misconceptions were wrong, the RSPB doesn’t protect just birds. We protect all nature. Within a week of starting work at Leighton Moss, I saw my first otter. I walked into a hide on one sunny morning, greeted by the hoards of people waiting to see the marvellous bittern flights. But what was swimming around in the midday sun? An otter!


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Leighton Moss nature reserve provides arguably one of the best opportunities to spot wild otters in England. Regular sightings of a mother and her three playful pups have been wowing our visitors. Just like local author Elaine Prince, whose new book ‘Tails from the Reedbed’ chronicles ten years of otter observations from Leighton Moss, I felt the excitement of seeing that very first otter. Watching with amazement at the antics as they unfolded. So it may have been 24 years in the making, but I can tell you it was definitely worth it. There’s nothing quite like watching a family of wild otters playing and hunting right in front of you. What makes it even better is other people’s reactions, watching as a family spots an otter for the first time, or an adult who has been waiting years just like me to see these beautiful creatures, sees a head bobbing out of the water. Now found in every county in the UK, otters are more widespread than they once were, thanks to the enormous efforts to improve water quality across the country. But they are still rare, with very localised populations. Leighton Moss nature reserve provides arguably one of the best opportunities to spot wild otters in England. Regular sightings of a mother and her three playful pups have been wowing our visitors recently. Follow in Elaine Price’s footsteps and visit a reserve local to you, watch the antics unfold as wild otters play, hunt and grow up before your very eyes. For an amazing behavioural insight into a wild otter’s world, follow Elaine’s engaging first-hand account in ‘Tails from the Reedbed: A study of otters at Leighton Moss’ available from the RSPB Leighton Moss shop, local bookstores and online.

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CORRECTLY? Administering a medication correctly to achieve maximum effectiveness and a speedy recovery is more complicated than you might think. Bay Vets expains more. Strict adherence to the instructions outlined by the manufacturer in their product data-sheet and an awareness of the possible side effects is important. READ THE LABEL To ensure the safe use of a medicine, the UK has clear rules as to the information that should be included on a prescription label which must be on any medication classed under the Prescription Only Medicine (POM) category. Importantly, the label will state who the medicine is for - it should not be shared with other patients. The dosage will be calculated specifically for this patient, with suitability for that patient's condition professionally assessed and consideration of other treatments they may be receiving. HOW MUCH AND WHEN

starting the course. An example schedule for four times daily is 6 am, 12 noon, 6 pm and midnight, whereas 8 am, 2 pm, 8pm, and 2 am might suit better. Setting a repeating alarm on your phone is an excellent way to make sure you don't forget. The worst compliance tends to occur on days off and weekends where your daily routine changes. Ensure you give the medication for the length of time advised by the vet- especially if it is an antibiotic course. HOW TO GIVE THE MEDICATION The prescription label and data-sheets also give lots of other important information; Is the product for topical (onto the skin) use, to be given orally (via the mouth) or rectally (via the anus – thankfully rarely!), or injected, is it given with food or on an empty stomach. Some tablets have protective coatings to ensure they are not dissolved by digestive processes too quickly and therefore should not be split or crushed. Personal health and safety instructions such as wearing gloves, avoiding contact if pregnant,washing hands and safe disposal of waste should be followed. Unused medicines should always be returned to your vets for safe disposal.

Always read and adhere to the prescription label instructions: This will clearly state the dosing instructions - how much to give each time and how often the medicine should be given. Compliance with these timescales is important to ensure maximum effectiveness.


Drugs have a “half life” - a term used to describe the time it lasts in the body before it is half gone. When treating infections, for example, the antibiotic needs to be present long enough and at a high enough dose to kill the infection. Therefore knowing how quickly the body will process a particular drug is a factor taken into account when the vet is calculating the repeat dosing periods.


If the dose states twice daily, this means every twelve hours (say 7 am and 7 pm). Likewise, if four times a day is stated, then this means every six hours. Unfortunately, when medicating our animals, these timescales can be difficult to fit around our busy daily commitments and sleep patterns. Therefore it is important to chose a dosing schedule that best fits your routine before


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Lastly, always take special care that you give your pet the correct dose as stated on the label. It is too easy to accidentally overdose a patient. If you do make a mistake contact your veterinary practice for advice as soon as possible.

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THE RETURN OF THE RED SQUIRREL When did you last see a red squirrel in your garden or on a woodland walk around Lancaster? If you’ve only seen greys, does that matter to you? By Bob Cartwright Deputy Chair Westmorland Red Squirrels.

SUPPORT FOR THE REDS In Spring 2016, we launched an initiative to restore a viable and sustainable population of red squirrels in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – an area where red squirrels thrived until the 1980s. Some thought this a pipe dream: many more thought it worth a try. Since then, every major landowner, several smaller ones and a multitude of residents have supported the idea. In a variety of ways, not least through financial contributions, they have mobilised an enthusiastic group of local volunteers, each committed to creating the conditions that will allow the reds to return and thrive.

The Impact of grey squirrels on red squirrels • The grey is larger (the grey is twice the weight of a red), more aggressive and predatory in looking for food and shelter and can force the reds to retreat to conifer plantations.

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Such has been the project’s success that we’re now receiving reports of red squirrel sightings there and in and around Lancaster too. It’s so good to know that they’re still around. CONTROLLING THE GREYS Once it was thought that when grey squirrels arrive, any reds are on borrowed time. But evidence across south Lakeland, over more than 20 years now, is that reds can recover and re-colonise areas once thought lost. From Ambleside to Witherslack, and in many places in between, red squirrels are reclaiming their territory. In woodlands between Windermere and Coniston Water, for example, we’ve had more than thirty new red squirrel sightings through our Rusland’s Reds project, which has received much appreciated financial support from Logs Direct of Halton.


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Our campaign encourages people to report their red squirrel sightings. But humane control of grey squirrels is crucial to success. Grey squirrels carry squirrelpox virus, which is fatal to reds; they out-compete the reds for food and habitat; and they cause significant damage to trees by stripping bark. The key to success has been the support of landowners. Caravan site owners have also proved enthusiastic advocates: they recognise that their clients would much prefer to see a red squirrel on their bird feeders rather than a grey.

• Greys can eat a much wider variety of food than reds. Greys eat seven times more than reds and will outcompete reds in their pursuit of food. • Over 60 per cent of greys in England and Wales are estimated to carry squirrelpox virus, which is deadly to reds. Squirrelpox virus was first recorded in Cumbria in Spring 1998. Red or Grey? Colour: Greys can often have very red fur and reds’ coats can vary from a bright, rusty red to quite a dark colour, sometimes grey or almost black. Ear Tufts: Greys never have them, so if the squirrel you’ve spotted has ear tufts, it is definitely a red squirrel. But if they’re absent, it could still be a red that you’ve seen, so you should look for other distinguishing features.



Sarah McNeil Size: An obvious distinguishing factor is size, with greys generally being much bigger and stockier than reds. However, there are individual variations and young Greys will reach a similar size to adult reds before they become fully-grown. In mild weather and with a good supply of food greys will carry on breeding well into the autumn months, so young greys are not just seen in the spring. Tail: Another way to tell the difference is to look carefully at the tail. Each individual hair on a grey’s tail is made up of bands of colour, with each one having a white tip.  Together these white tips combine to create a distinctive white ‘halo’ effect around the tail, which is visible even in poor light. Reds can have tail colours varying from dark to almost white, but there is no ‘halo’ effect because their individual tail hairs are not banded like a Grey.


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New Isolation Pens at Bentham & District Pet Rescue Rescuing and rehoming cats in and around the Bentham Area, volunteer-run Bentham and District Pet Rescue has just had three new isolation units built that they hope will make life easier for everyone, our Features Editor and Chairman of Bentham Pet Rescue, Rob Bullock, explains the role of the charity and why these units were needed. TWENTY-TWO YEARS!


Last year Bentham and District Pet Rescue came of age, celebrating with past and present volunteers its twenty-first birthday. Over the years, the charity has helped rehome thousands of animals and supported vulnerable elderly members of our community to keep their beloved companion pets when times have been hard.

With the help of some very generous donations from our devoted supporters Bentham and District Pet Rescue earlier this year decided to purchase three isolation units that would enable us to separate animals that come in to our sanctuary whose backgrounds we are uncertain about and to isolate any animals with infectious diseases at the first signs of any problems. Even with the generous donations and a dedicated team of fundraisers, the project has been a major commitment for such a small local animal charity which is run entirely by volunteers. If anyone would like to make a donation to help us, please visit our website where there is a PayPal donate button. You don’t need a Paypal account to donate, you can just use your debit or credit card. All donations are gratefully received.

However, as the years have progressed various challenges have had to be met, and one, the problem of bringing infection into a sanctuary is something that all animal welfare groups will have to face at one time or another.



At the moment we have a variety of cats in our sanctuaries awaiting loving homes. We have kittens that are bundles of fun, young adult cats that are still lots of fun but who are less work than the kittens, and we have elderly animals who are just wanting a warm home and a bit of love as they reach their twilight years. If an animal is not suitable for adoption, we will consider fostering them and meeting any veterinary costs required.

Over the past few years the problems of disease have caused untold issues for our Sanctuary Manager, Pat, and her devoted team of volunteers, often necessitating the need to ‘farm’ cats out in order to control the spread of diseases like cat flu.

Nora is a ten week old kitten rescued from a home in Kirkby Lonsdale, she’s a bit underweight because of the hard start to her life, but she’s desperate for a loving home. The triplets of Candy, Loki and Leo, are about the same age as Nora, but a slightly bigger and more confident.

Cat flu is like a human cold – it can cause a runny nose and eyes, and a sore throat. Other symptoms include aches and pains in the muscles and joints, mouth ulcers, dribbling, sneezing, loss of voice and fever. Cat flu is not usually serious in adult cats, although they can be quite ill, but for elderly animals and for kittens it can be very serious and can cause death.

Molly (a tabby) and Ruby (a black cat) are an elderly mum and daughter. Molly is sixteen and a half, and Ruby is fifteen and a half. They were taken in by us when their owner had to go into a hospice. They are two loving cats who must be rehomed together. Lily is about six months old, a ginger and white girl with lots of energy and love to give her new owners. She’s quite slight and delicate for her age, but she is friendly and would make a lovely companion.

After much deliberation by an executive team of trustees the idea to consider isolation units was decided upon.


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LANCASTER HOUSE With the highest customer satisfaction rating of any hotel in the area, year after year the Lancaster House Hotel has been the best by focusing on delivering quality service. Features Writer Rob Bullock discovers just how they keep their lofty position. A WARM WELCOME From the moment you step into the Lancaster House Hotel, you are made to feel welcome. Whether you are staying in one of their quality rooms, having a drink in their bar or a meal in the Foodworks restaurant, attending a conference, using their state of the art leisure facilities or just having a quiet coffee you are welcomed by the friendly, attentive staff who help give the place a cosy atmosphere more akin to a small family run establishment than a large hotel. “We really do have the feel of a family run hotel,” explains the Hotel Manager Andy Lemm proudly. “We have excellent staff that are committed to the hotel. They are really what makes Lancaster House the success it is.” HAPPY STAFF, HAPPY HOTEL “The staff here are very dedicated, they’re just as much committed to the success of the place as I am,” says Andy before telling me that he knows all the names of his staff. “I suppose that’s unusual for a hotel of this size, but we’re like a family. We have one lady who works for us called Kath, who does the breakfasts. Kath’s great and helps make breakfast run like clockwork. In fact, if a customer returns to the hotel and Kath isn’t on duty, they really miss her.” KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY The staff at the Lancaster House Hotel do like to keep it in the family. Andy explains, “we’ve had two and in some cases three generations of family members working at the Lancaster House, mothers and daughters, and then even a grandchild too. I think that speaks for itself, Lancaster House is a great place to work. Our staff family are so welcoming that when first-year students from the University, which is just next door, come for a job in the first term away from home a lot of times they’re still here up and until they graduate. You could say that we’re a home away from home.” HOME AWAY FROM HOME Home away from home is definitely how visitors must feel when they stay in one of the ninety-nine luxury suites that the hotel has. “We do try and make everyone who stays at the hotel feel welcome,” says Andy, “they can relax in our beautifully appointed

rooms, enjoy a workout at our Sandpiper leisure facility, have a drink in our bar or a meal in our restaurant which serves as much local produce as it possibly can.” BRANCHING OUT When the Lancaster House Hotel opened in 1991 it started life predominantly as a conference centre for the corporate market. Over the years its business has broadened and developed, appealing to the leisure market with its state of the art leisure centre and as a wedding and events venue when they added the two hundred capacity Bowland Room to the one hundred capacity Dalton Room; “As well as corporate events we hold around fifty weddings a year at Lancaster House,” says Andy. “In fact, I actually met my own wife and got married here.” HONORARY LANCASTRIAN Although when you hear Andy’s accent you can tell he’s not from these parts he does consider himself an honorary Lancastrian; “I’ve been with English Lakes, the company that owns Lancaster House Hotel, for over twenty-five years. I actually came up north to study engineering but I got a job washing pots and then a bar job, and then the rest is history. You could say that I’ve worked my way up in the hospitality business to be the manager here. For me and my staff, Lancaster House feels like home.” For more information on Lancaster House Hotel please visit or Call 01524 844 822. For room reservations please call 0330 4042 923. For SatNav please use LA1 4GJ

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n o i t a r i p s Local In Summer is the time when we all want to head for the beach or go out and have a picnic in the countryside and with the Lancaster District being such a diverse area we’ve got plenty of fantastic beaches and beautiful picnic spots. Features Writer Rob Bullock takes a look at where to go in our biggest ever beach and picnic guide…

We have got it all in Lancaster District, seaside, countryside, castles, views and big skies. Summertime is the best time to get out and about and discover what is on offer. And, as the temperature rises, why not head to the coast for the day or relax at one of our scenic beauty spots and have a picnic! Here are a few ideas… CROOK O’ LUNE An enduring favourite for a picnic, you are spoilt for choice as to where to lay your rug or blanket beside the River Lune, as it meanders through a picturesque backdrop of hills, fields and trees. The Crook O’ Lune picnic site is understandably popular because of its fantastic views, cafe and toilets. Once you’ve eaten lunch, you can put the picnic basket back in the car because the car park is conveniently close for you to have a leisurely wander along the path to Gray’s Seat – where you can see the famous view immortalised by JMW Turner’s paintings.

We have got it all in Lancaster District, seaside, countryside, castles, views and big skies. As the temperature rises, why not head to the coast for the day or relax at one of our scenic beauty spots and have a picnic!

MORECAMBE If you are talking about beaches, you’ve got to start with Morecambe, our biggest seaside resort that has been loved by locals and visitors alike for centuries. With not just one but two beaches, why not try a visit. Morecambe North Beach – Is a lovely sandy beach perfect for paddling, and probably the most convenient for amenities. You are right next to the Clock Tower café and the ice cream parlours on the promenade, and you can park right next to the beach. The town is easily accessible, and the train station is just a stone’s throw away. There are no dogs allowed in the busiest months, and it is advisable to get there early on the sunniest days to secure the perfect spot.

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Morecambe South Beach

Morecambe South Beach – the best thing about South Beach has got to be the views, they are spectacular across Morecambe Bay. On a lovely day, you can spend hours sipping tea, licking your ice cream or enjoying a snack while enjoying one of the best views in the country. Behind you, there are the amenities of the long promenade along with ice cream shops, amusements and shops. You can’t take your dogs on the beach in summer time, but there are plenty of other places you can take them.

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HEYSHAM BEACHES Just a short distance south of Morecambe are the beautiful beaches around Heysham, especially Half Moon Bay. The beaches at Heysham are beautiful and unspoilt. You can get to Heysham in less than 10 mins from Morecambe, or you can enjoy a more leisurely but slightly longer journey on foot or bicycle from Morecambe, along the promenade. You can take dogs on these beaches all year round, and Half Moon Bay has a very convenient beach cafe right opposite the car park and overlooking the beach making it a popular spot come rain or shine.


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HEST BANK - GREAT FOR DOGS Heading north up the coast from Morecambe is Hest Bank with its natural grassy, sandy expanse on which to enjoy the good weather. There is a car park next to the shore and dogs are allowed all year round. This shore is a mix of grassy marsh and sand and home to a variety of wildlife. Don’t miss the spectacular flocks or wading birds that gather to roost at Hest Bank during the hour before high tide. As with all our beaches and shores, it is advisable not to head out onto the sandflats and saltmarshes without a guide. PLOVER SCAR LIGHTHOUSE - PEACE & QUIET On the southern edge of Morecambe Bay near Glasson Dock, at the mouth of the river Lune sits the modest but beautiful Plover Scar Lighthouse and its lovely unspoilt beach which is a perfect place to enjoy the good weather. If you are an artist or photographer, this is the place for you with some unmissable vistas that are just waiting to be captured. There is some off-road parking on the coast side of the road just before Cockerham Sands Country Park, opposite Bank House Farm. At this beach please be sure to check the tide times at www. .

It is famous for its amazing and unique wildlife, stunning scenery and superb walks.

RED RAKE, SILVERDALE COVE - OUTSTANDING BEAUTY This place is officially beautiful, as it has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is an extraordinary place. It is famous for its amazing and unique wildlife, stunning scenery and superb walks. Red Rake is a beautiful beach with views stretching across Morecambe Bay to the South Lakes and a perfect place to lay your picnic blanket and enjoy a meal alfresco. Refreshments and ice creams can be found in Silverdale just a short distance away. Please be aware of quicksands and fast tides.

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BEACH & PICNIC GUIDE cont. MILNTHORPE SANDS A beach of splendid views and vistas, anyone picnicking at Milnthorpe Sands has the pleasure of distant views of the Lakeland fells and the village of Levens as the River Kent meets the Bela here at the head of the Kent Estuary. This place is easily accessible and is just a short distance from the busy A6 that heads north from Carnforth towards Kendal yet, with its peace and quiet, you could be a million miles away. HAPPY MOUNT PARK, MORECAMBE

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Such a beautiful place to spend an afternoon or evening when the weather is lovely and warm, Williamson’s Park in Lancaster is home to the iconic Ashton Memorial, 54 acres of beautiful parkland and enchanting woodland walks. There are also play areas and breath taking views across Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. If you don’t want to bring your own food the park features a café! There is also a shop and the brilliant Butterfly House (formerly a tropical palm house). All over the park you will find picnic benches and vast areas of grass to relax on.

So why not lay your blanket on one of the lovely lawns at Happy Mount Park, enjoy the exquisite gardens while the kids run wild at the Natural Adventure Playground.

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Although this perfect picnic spot is just a stone’s throw from the beach it is a fantastic place to have a relaxing meal and it has the added bonus that the children are entertained – making it doubly relaxing for mums and dads, or grandmas and granddads! So why not lay your blanket on one of the lovely lawns at Happy Mount Park, enjoy the exquisite gardens while the kids run wild at the Natural Adventure Playground. Situated at the northern tip of Morecambe there is plenty of parking nearby and the park is full of amenities.





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SCORTON PICNIC SITE Heading south, you can munch your lunch along the banks of the River Wyre at this very pretty spot which is nestled between the Wyre and Cleveleymere Water. Not only is it a great place to lunch, it is an ideal spot to start exploring the Forest of Bowland. Scorton itself is a small rural village but is a very popular visitor site because of its location, popular restaurants and cafes and a boating lake at Wyreside Park. SILVERDALE, COVE RD BEACH Tucked along a country lane in Silverdale, just past Holgates Caravan Park you will find a gem of a pebble beach. Perfect for 'sand free' picnics, although beware of the sticky mud like sand as you head towards the sea, those with adventurous children may want to take water/wipes for the inevitable sticky feet. "Don't put your foot in the mu....., oh, too late" The beach is an idylic spot to watch the sunset and can be a little sun trap. There is no pub or cafe in the near vacinity so bare this in mind and make sure you have plenty of food & drink.


and Parlick Fell and if BBQ is your thing, then there’s a dedicated BBQ site at Carwags, on Carwags Lane. When you’ve finished eating why not have a stroll around the lovely woodland sculpture trail that takes around 40 minutes and has wooden creatures to find throughout the forest. There is even a larger than life new super slithering snake! A generation of children and adults alike enjoyed balancing along the tail of the 150 metre long wooden snake, installed 20 years ago as one of a number of exhibits along the park's sculpture trail. But the original log carving had to be removed for safety reasons around three years ago as, despite having withstood the Lancashire elements and countless footsteps for so many years, the wood had become rotten in places. Now thanks to the fundraising efforts of children at Cardinal Allen High School, a grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund, and a contribution from Lancashire County Council, a new generation will enjoy meeting the iconic Beacon Fell snake.


Rising to a height of 266 metres above sea level the Beacon Fell summit offers fantastic views. Dogs are welcome provided they are kept under close control and kept out of the wildlife ponds. There is a pay and display car park at the site.

With its outstanding beauty Beacon Fell Country Park is a popular place for picnic lovers, and because there are 75 hectares of woodland, grassland and moorland there are plenty of pitches for everyone. You don’t have to walk far to get panoramic views of the Bowland Fell

So, whether you chose the seaside or countryside, summer is the best time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the Lancaster District. As we have everything right on our doorstop it would be a shame not to get out and about and enjoy it!

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DRINK MORE WATER CHANGE YOUR LIFE Water is a fascinating, mystical, humbling substance without which we could not live. Dehydration is the start of every single health issue. Hydrating is the start of every single solution! Water is so crucial for health, but it is so easy to become dehydrated, stress being the most dehydrating thing of all, as often there is an emotional connection. When we are giving our bodies challenging liquids such as tea, coffee, fizzy drinks instead of plain, good quality water, then it will begin to turn off the thirst mechanism, and your body/mind moves into drought management. We can learn how to kickstart our natural thirst for water and begin to detoxify at a cellular level effectively. You can still enjoy other drinks but in moderation. The solution to pollution is dilution! Water connects every particle of us. Every drop of your blood travels through your liver every 3 minutes or so. Our blood is ideally made up of 85% water. Doesn’t it make sense to keep replacing that water with fresh, to replace the water in the cells that is becoming stagnant and dirty with waste products produced from body processes? Given that we have over 70 trillion cells, all needing to contain 70/80% water it explains how your current level of health is a perfect reflection of how your body, mind and spirit is responding to the environment and lifestyle you have created for yourself. Water helps rid the body of waste, maintain proper muscle tone, assists the muscles in contracting and prevents hydration of the muscle cells. It also facilitates healthy skin. Shrinking cells are buoyed by water, which plumps the skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient. Water helps relieve constipation. When the body gets too little water, it will divert water to vital cells function. It will take water from the colon and create a state of constipation. Drinking plenty of water ensures that cells, lymph, blood and liver are functioning and healthy, production of bile will soften and bulk up the stool.


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Water is the best answer to avoid fluid retention. When the body gets too little water, it will act as if there is a drought situation and will retain every drop. Water is stored in extra cellular places (lymph). This results in swollen feet, ankles, legs and hands. When the body is given a consistent hydration message, stored water is released. Up to 2 stone in weight can be stored mucky water. Excess sodium results in the body using water to keep the correct dilution. An intake of plenty of water will flush the excess sodium out of the cells, and the kidneys will excrete it. Drinking more water can enable weight loss. While sodium is being retained within the cell it needs calcium to buffer it which is leeched from bone tissue. These misplaced electrolytes have the knock-on effect of keeping magnesium and potassium outside of the cells instead of inside the cell membrane where they are needed, leading to a state of contraction and an inability to relax. Water suppresses the appetite and helps the body metabolise stored fat. A decrease in water intake causes fat deposits to increase. When the kidneys are not supplied with adequate water, the toxins back up to the liver. A function of the liver is to metabolise stored fat into usable energy. A toxic liver cannot operate at full efficiency and fat will remain stored in the body. When the body is supplied with plenty of water, its fluids are perfectly balanced. Endocrine gland function improves. Fluid retention is alleviated, and stored water is excreted. More fat is used as fuel as the liver functions at its optimal level. Natural thirst returns. Hunger is reduced as the body is no longer searching for water from food. So how are you going to change all of this? Drink more water! Initially, you will be visiting the toilet to pass more urine. This will cease once the body trusts that water is continually being replenished with fresh, filtered water and balance is regained. Clean, still water is essential for good health. Unfiltered tap water isn’t great. There are many types of water filters available. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. Gradually increase your water intake until you are drinking at least 4 pints (2 litres) of water EVERY SINGLE DAY. You will find that your natural thirst mechanism becomes reactivated as you begin to give your body the water it needs.

HEALTH Try not to drink the water with food. When water and food enter the stomach together, the water dilutes the digestive juices, thus interfering with the digestive process, causing incompletely digested food to move from the stomach into the small intestine. When water is taken 20/30 minutes before food, it actively aids the digestion.

Steadily work up to the following regime:One pint of water on rising. Wait 30 mins before breakfast. Glass mid-morning. One pint 30 mins before lunch. Glass mid afternoon. One pint 30 mins before evening meal. Glass during evening.

You can drink too much water, so never more than one pint in any hour and set an upper limit of around six pints until you know yourself very well! In the case of heart or kidney weakness, or any other condition that causes concern, please increase water only under supervision. Dawn Keyse RSHom |

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IS YOUR POSTURE CAUSING YOU PAIN? If you spend any time sat at a desk at work, chances are you’ll get some aches and pains in the neck and shoulders from time to time, and you might also suffer from regular headaches. Most people put up with them, but there’s actually no need to, True Physio in Lancaster explain. Most people we see at True Physio wish they had come sooner, because very quickly, they start to feel better, and more able to control their symptoms. The three tips to avoid pain at your desk: MOVE! Humans weren’t designed to sit in one position for extended periods of time, and so if you don’t move for a long period, you will inevitably get some discomfort. The problem is if you do this every day at work, then over the years that’s a whole lot of time you’ve spent not moving, and that’s why we see so many people in the clinic who sit all day in work. So, the first thing you can do to reduce aches and pains when you sit at a desk is to move regularly. Any movement will do, to be honest, just move your neck and shoulders regularly. You don’t even have to stop working necessarily, just look over each shoulder a few times while on the phone or circle your shoulders while writing an e-mail. It’s not difficult moving more, it’s difficult remembering to do it, so we suggest you put a post-it note on the bottom of your screen. Every time you see it, move! SET YOUR DESK SETUP Make sure that your desk is well set up for you. The most common issues we see when doing desk assessments are that people sit too far away from the desk, the screen is too far away and at the wrong height and the mouse is disappearing off to the right hand side somewhere. If you haven’t already, try to make adjustments to get more comfortable at your desk and make sure you’ve had your desk assessed to make sure it’s set up for you and the work you need to do at it. We are all different sizes, so desk set up is definitely not one size fits all!

Pain and injury can be very unpleasant to experience, so we make it our mission to improve your condition from the moment you walk through the door. WHAT IS GOOD POSTURE? The reason desk setup is so important is that it allows for the best possible posture. Good posture isn’t “sitting up straight” necessarily, but it is putting everything in the position it was designed to be in. That usually does mean sitting taller, pulling the shoulders back slightly and tucking the chin back a bit too. This means that the joints, muscles and ligaments around the neck, shoulders and the rest of the spine are under less stress and pressure than they would otherwise be in. Everyone knows what a good posture is really, but again we forget when we’re busy working, so use that post-it note again to remind you. Each time you see it, sit up taller. It might not last, but at least for a short amount of time, you’ll take the pressure off the structures around your neck and shoulders. Follow this advice, and you will very likely see an improvement in your aches and pains. If you need further help, you can come and see us. Physio and Massage can help, we can carry out a desk assessment, and we have self-treatment products that are brilliant for reducing pain at the desk. Our Lancaster clinic is spread over two floors and has treatment rooms for Physio, Massage and Acupuncture so whatever your condition, we are set up to help.

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KEEPING THE CHILDREN ACTIVE Keeping active when you have kids can be really hard. One of the best ways to get your daily dose of activity is to make it a family affair. This is particularly the case during school holidays.

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With a bit of imagination, you can turn any trip into a work out for every member of the family, without them even realising what you're doing! There's a serious side to this too though. The Health Survey for England 2012 found that children between age two and 15 are more sedentary at weekends than they are during the week. As parents, we have a responsibility to ensure our kids are fit and healthy to give them the best start in life. We can't blame school for weekend and holiday inactivity. When kids are happily engrossed looking at a screen, you aren’t usually met with excited faces and enthusiasm when you declare you're all going out for a walk. No, it's usually more of a groaning, "Do we have to?" The easy option would be to let them stay put and forget about it but as you know yourself, even when you don't feel like going out, you’re always glad when you do. With kids, once they're out they don't want to come home and they soon forget about the programme or game they were absorbed by.


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Just put yourself in your child's shoes and try to see the world through their eyes. We can learn a lot from children, they notice so much more than we do and their imaginations are incredible. All you have to do is provide the time, the environment and the encouragement and they'll do the rest. HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO TRY OUT TOGETHER. Sand art. Visit one of our local beaches and use a spade or stick to draw pictures in the sand or create a sand sculpture – a boat, a car or even a sand sofa. Digging will strengthen muscles and raise your heart rate too! Outdoor gym. There's always something you can hang from, climb or balance on if you look around you; trees, logs and low walls. Benches aren’t just for sitting on! Stop for some push-ups, tricep dips or step ups whilst you’re out on a walk Treasure hunting. Gather treasures as you walk. You can create pictures on the grass or take them home to make your artwork. Why not try geocaching? You can download a free app and you’ll discover that there are small hidden boxes all around the UK. Finding them is a brilliant family activity that turns any walk into a treasure hunt.

HEALTH - GET ACTIVE Exploring. Take a different turn, you never know where you'll end up or what you’ll find! It's a great opportunity to teach children how to use a map. If you don't know how, then learn with them. Look out for family orienteering events in local parks too. Den building. A family favourite, especially on a wet day when you can huddle inside and drink hot chocolate! Adults won’t be able to resist helping kids to gather branches, create a leafy carpet and try to make it waterproof.

It is all about being a role model and enjoying things as a family. Everyone will benefit from being more active. Don't take no for an answer, use your imagination, get outside and have fun.

Good old games. Football, rounders and mini-cricket are great for older kids and there’s duck-duck-goose and tig for the younger ones too. Ask them what they play at school in the playground and take your pick but prepare to get sweaty! Parkrun. We are spoilt in this area with both Lancaster and Morecambe parkruns. Every Saturday morning at 9am, parkrun is a free, timed 5k run or walk for all ages and abilities. Go along and watch if you aren’t sure, you’ll soon see that it’s for everyone and you’ll never have to worry about being last because there’s an assigned tail walker who takes that place. You don’t need to go far to be active, a plain open space will do. Just throw in a ball, some chalk to mark the ground and let the kids take the lead. The most important thing is that you join in.

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TEAROOM & GARDEN CENTRE Sitting in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Roeburn in the picture box village of Wray, Bridge House Farm Tea Room and Nursery offers visitors quality, reasonable prices and a warm welcome, Features Writer Rob Bullock went to have a cup of tea and homemade cake and to discover more…

It is not often these days that you come upon an undiscovered treasure, but I wouldn’t be out of place saying that a visit to Bridge House Farm Tea Room and Nursery in the Lancashire village of Wray, feels just like you’ve struck gold. Wray is undoubtedly a pretty picture box village, one of the most beautiful in the whole of Lancashire. With its lovely Main Street lined with flower clad cottages the place really feels like the quintessential English village. The tea room and nursery are a little hidden from view. You drive along Main Street, past the post office on your right and go over the river bridge. You’ll see the tea room on your left, but you need to drive a little further and turn left to park. As soon as you turn left, you enter lovely parkland which sits by the Roeburn. There is plenty of free parking. A short walk takes you to a tastefully converted barn which houses the tea room run by Aleisha, and just across a courtyard with plenty of outside seating, is Michelle’s nursery.


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OUR OWN MEAT AND EGGS “We’ve been here just over three years,” says Aleisha with a big smile. Aleisha lives at the farm just up the road which supplies all of the meat and eggs that are used in the tea room. “We know where all our meat and eggs come from, and it’s of the highest possible quality with zero air miles!” The food in the tea room is tasty, and there is a good choice; “The veggie option is changed every couple of days,” says Aleisha. “And we can cater for all dietary requirements.” BLACKCURRANT AND PROSECCO CHEESECAKE! But what it the big favourite? “The all-day breakfast is really popular, with almost everything on the plate from our own farm for just £7.95! And the Sunday roasts are fantastic. But the homemade quiches are great too, and then there are the puddings!” The puddings are something else! Honeycomb Cheesecake, Raspberry and Hazelnut Roulade, and good old Syrup Sponge are just some of the tempting offerings, but if you want to really tantalise your taste buds why not try the Blackcurrant and Prosecco Cheesecake!



Just a short hop across the courtyard lies Michelle’s nursery which is blaze of colour at the moment and a hive of bird and insect activity; “We’re very keen on encouraging wildlife, it’s important for the entire planet,” says Michelle. “There are so many insects buzzing about, and lots of birds.”

Bridge House Farm Tea Room and Nursery is the perfect place to hold events because there is plenty of space in the park. Between April and September both classis cars and motorbikes come to the site each month, on the first Thursday of the month for the motorbikes, and on the third Thursday for the cars. Everyone is welcome and there is a BBQ too. Doors open at 6pm and it sounds like great fun; “The motor events are brilliant,” says Aleisha, “anyone can come, eat some good food and enjoy classic cars or bikes.”

Michelle’s nursery is keen to be as eco-friendly as possible; “We are as organic as possible, we’re wildlife friendly so we don’t use sprays or chemicals and we recycle just about everything, even boxes and cartons from the café get recycled here! And we encourage customers to bring any trays and pots back to us to be re-used. ALWAYS HERE TO HELP AND ADVISE If you would like some help and advice, Michelle is happy to pass on her expertise; “We’re always here to help and advise,” she says. “And, if there are any groups who would like to come, we can arrange that too. We can do workshops to help people learn how to plant up containers and pots and they can even stay for a lovely lunch!”

It really doesn’t get much better than a visit to Bridge House Farm Tea Room and Nursery. The food is fantastic and local, the plants reasonably priced and good for the environment and the warm welcome is what you would expect from the best our area has to offer. Bridge House Farm Tea Room and Nursery are open from Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, at Bridge House, Wray, LA2 8QP, Lancashire. Tel 015242 37775. Coach parties are most welcome.

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The Ballroom & Library Whether the ballroom with its balcony and stunning chandelier is your dream venue, or you prefer the understated charm of the library, we will be delighted to show you round. The Ballroom can hold up to 80 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 100 for an evening party with buffet. If you are looking for a more intimate celebration, the library is ideal for up to 40 guests enjoying a formal meal or relaxed buffet.

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Local businesses and wild food enthusiasts from across the Forest of Bowland will be celebrating the area's natural larder this September – and inviting residents and visitors to tuck in with them. Running from Sunday 22nd to Sunday 29th September, the week of exciting events follows last year's successful Pendle Hill Foodie Foray and includes walks, foraging and feasting from Gisburn Forest to Goosnargh and from Abbeystead to Barley. Whether you fancy finding food for free amongst the hedgerows, tucking into a locally sourced feast, mixing up an elixir or bottling nature's bounty, there will be an event for everyone. Highlights of the week include: Foraging wild foods with Northwest Bushcraft & Seasonal feasting at Dalehouse Barn and B&B above Slaidburn A short (3 mile) wild foraging walk around Gisburn Forest with expert Adrian Rose from North West Bushcraft. Seek out wild foraged foods such as fungi, medicinal plants & trees. Followed by a 3 course foraged feast put together by the talented Dominque Ashford, owner of Dale House Barn and B&B.


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Pickling and preserves with the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

Afternoon tea at Sabden's Sanwitches café, plus a visit to the Milking Parlour

A practical workshop dedicated to making the autumn bounty last through the lean months of winter.

Enjoy an 8km guided walk followed by a hearty afternoon tea at the popular Sanwitches café at the Antiques Centre, ending the day with a visit to the Milking Parlour and a short talk by the Gills.

Fresh teas and tonics at the Gathering Fields, Abbeystead Enjoy a short walk around the beautiful gardens at the Gathering Fields to collect seasonal, edible fruits or plants for a fresh tea to enjoy on the evening. With Helen's expertise and guidance you'll then make your own tonic (elixir) to take home. Distil your very own botanical brew with Goosnargh Gin Meet with expert forager Ade Rose to identify and collect a range of seasonal local botanicals. It’s then back to the distillery to enjoy a light lunch, before finding out more about gin, recipe development and the distillation process. For the remainder of the day you’ll take charge of one of our mini stills to produce a 500ml bottle of your own botanical blend of gin to take home.


Herbal syrups and elixirs at the Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green Learn about some of the edible and medicinal plants growing in the local area with Danielle Kay Medical Herbalist. Danielle will lead you on a gentle route around Hurst Green, starting from the Shireburn Arms. Make a night of it by staying over at The Shireburn Arms and enjoying a seasonal dinner in this cosy inn. The Forest of Bowland AONB's Sustainable Tourism Officer, Hetty Byrne said, "Autumn is traditionally a time of plenty and these events are a great way to explore Bowland's breath-taking scenery and celebrate the amazing foods that are produced here." Information and booking details for each of the events, can be found on the Forest of Bowland AONB website at www. or by emailing

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To celebrate two whole years in business Penny Street Collectables will be having an exciting event on Saturday 7th September, starting at 10am.


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* Discounts available all week until Saturday 14th September Jess believes that quality and good design can make objects timeless. Customers often come in and leave with something they didn’t expect to find.

Two years ago, Jess decided to start her own business and open Penny Street Collectables. After years of buying and selling antiques and collectables online, she finally got her much talked about little shop in September 2017 - a real treasure trove at the top of Penny Street.

Jess says it has been a fantastic opportunity to meet the wonderful people of Lancaster and fellow business owners on Penny Street. She says it has been a real eye opener to experience how friendly and kind people in the Lancaster community are. She would like to truly thank all her customers and friends for their enthusiasm and support for her business.

Jess stocks a vibrant mix of Vintage, Collectables and new rustic Homewares. She wanted the shop to be somewhere you could find something a little bit different – a gift worth giving, something has to be either useful or simply beautiful. She is very conscious of ethical trading and being kind to the environment so sources from good companies with similar ethos.

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Solfest is one of Cumbria’s most beloved little festival’s, situated just off the Solway Coast with views of the hills of the Lake District and Scotland over the water it has a certain amount of magic to it. This year will be the 15th Solfest making it an extra special one. As ever the line-up is as diverse as ever with music and entertainment to cater for all ages and tastes. Indie favourites The Coral have been added to an already packed line up which also includes such acts as The Levellers frontman Mark Chadwick, he will provide some good sing along moments as will 'From the Jam' which features the original Jam Bassist Bruce Foxton. Dance tent headliner Krafty Kuts is an internationally renowned turntabalist who will have the tent bouncing. Other notable acts are Baka Beyond, The undercover Hippy, Funke and the two tone baby, Cockney Rejects, Dansi, Neck plus 100’s of other artists. Solfest has never just been about the acts but everything else that goes with it as one of the organisers Nathan Sutherland explains. “I started coming to Solfest as a punter from its second year and fell in love with the festival instantly. It had a relaxed, friendly atmosphere I had never experienced at any other festival, and never have to this day.


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We have decided this year to go back to our roots and recreate that same vibe. We have moved site as well to over the road next to the tarn and can’t wait to transform it into what will be an amazing Solfest experience. The new arena will have everything you have loved from the old site but just more intimate and picturesque. Last year we had fantastic feedback from the festival, but unfortunately, turnout wasn’t as good as it should have been putting the future of Solfest into jeopardy. This year has been billed as the last Solfest, and we have been quite bowled over by the support we have had. Ticket sales are doing great, so much so that the new directors of Solfest are contemplating continuing the festival if this year is the success, it looks like it may be. I think it would be great news for not only the local community but the festival circuit in general if we could continue the festival.

The more people that buy a ticket to this year’s festival, the more chance we have of saving this iconic event.” As well as multiple stages boasting a wide range of music and entertainment Solfest has one of the best kids areas at a festival you will have seen. This includes Cumbria’s biggest sandpit plus workshops, games and entertainment to keep the kids entertained all festival. As well as the kids area, the site boasts a whole host of food stalls, markets and local beer tents provided by Tractor shed brewing. Walkabout entertainment is on all weekend plus look out for the kite display. Each year the site turns in to the biggest fancy dress party in west Cumbria and this year is no different with the theme this year being wizards and all things magical. The 15th Solfest is shaping up to be one to remember. Adult tickets are £99.00, family ticket from £249.00 with Thursday camping available. Head to for tickets.

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Ciao! Lancaster Festa Italia is returning to Lancaster on Sunday 8th September, and bringing with it another day with a whole host of Italian themed fun, from 11am – 7pm, with street food, Italian music, dancing, children’s entertainment and even an Italian vehicle or two!

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There will be a range of stalls for you to sample and buy products from including pizza, pasta, flatbreads, Italian wines, sweet treats and Italian fudge! There will be a bar area serving top Italian beer brands and Italian gins and the odd fizz or two! Perfect if you fancy a little tipple on a Sunday afternoon! Lancaster Festa Italia will showcase a range of entertainment. You’ll be able to watch Voce, The Luca Brasi Four, The Juggler & Pizzaiola and The Georgio Moroder Takeover on the Melodrome Stage in Market Square. This entertainment will be complemented by Italian dancing from Turning Point and a string quartet from The Haffner Orchestra. There will also be lots of roaming street entertainment for you to enjoy, including the two fantastico singing waiters and keep an eye out for Gladiators but no brawling in the street please! For you motor enthusiasts, the Festa will also be welcoming the local Ducati Dealership, Lamborghini Ferrari Owners’ Clubs! You’ll be able to see a range of vehicles on display on Church Street and New Street. Families with children certainly won’t be bored at this event, with our Bambino Zone sponsored by Simply Baby where you will find lots to keep our younger visitors entertained such as diddi dance, Pyjama Drama and Creation Station. There will also be face-painting and an Italian selfie photo area available and Pebble Art will also be in attendance. You can join the Lancaster Pebble People to design your own Italian inspired pebble, and then hide it in the city centre!

You’ll have your final chance to take part in the ‘Bring On The Brollies’ trail. This trail will be launched

by Lancaster BID at the beginning of August, guides participants around Lancaster, counting the number of brollies they can find. Each time you find a ‘Brolly Bonus’ sticker, you can go into the business and claim your treat. What is the perfect way to finish your Italian day? By indulging yourself more in Italian culture of course! You can round-up your fabulous day of Italian fun by watching a screening of the opera ‘Aida’ at The Dukes Theatre or listening to some splendid music at ‘Italian Opera’ at the Shire Hall of Lancaster Castle! We think it’s the perfect way to finish off your Italian adventure! If all of this wasn’t enough, then why not make a weekend of it as many of the After Dark businesses which include the restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels in the city are getting involved and serving special offers on a variety of Italian dishes and drinks on Saturday 7th September as a precursor to the main event. New Lancaster BID Manager, Tony Johnson, said: “We are so excited for the return of the Lancaster Festa Italia this year. This will be one of the biggest events of the year and we are thrilled with the response from businesses and residents so far, the event this year will be even bigger and better. The increased footfall that events like Lancaster Festa Italia bring to the city centre really help businesses to capitalise on the influx of new and returning customers, as well as establishing Lancaster as THE place for innovative and cultural events. We look forward to seeing you on the 8th September!” To find out more about the main event and those taking part in the After Dark offers on Saturday search ‘Lancaster Festa Italia’ on Facebook LancasterFestaItalia/

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“If you believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing, half so worth doing as - simply messing around in boats!

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BAY SEA SCHOOL Ratty from the Wind in the Willows had it right! There is nothing - absolutely nothing, half so worth doing as - simply messing around in boats! Sailing on the sea offers a unique experience of Morecambe Bay. The exhilaration of the wind in the sails as the boat glides through the waves is totally absorbing. You can learn to sail in Morecambe, with Bay Sea School. They not only have the perfect little yacht for adult beginners but also an award-winning RYA ‘Instructor of the Year’ in charge. You can read more about the 2-day sailing courses on their website. Dates for August & September are listed at the bottom of the web page. If you'd like to have a chat about learning to sail just give John a call on 07721 891615 or email john@ -

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If you want to try sailing, there are sailing clubs at Arnside, Glasson and Morecambe. Bay Sea School offer yachting courses.

ARNSIDE SAILING CLUB Arnside Sailing Club are RYA North West Club of the Year. The estuary at Arnside offers outstanding sailing in beautiful surroundings. Alasdair Simpson for the club said "We are always happy to take people sailing on the estuary. We run sailing courses for adults and women and have a thriving children's programme.

Sailing courses for everyone With low membership fees and club boats that members can use for free there has never been a better time to start sailing at Arnside." For more information

We want all children to have access to this training, so all Swim Safe sessions are free.

SWIM SAFE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN Swim Safe is a fun and free water safety activity for children, created by Swim England and the RNLI. Children get to enjoy a fun, structured swimming session at a choice of open water locations – and learn all about how to stay safe in the water and what to do if something goes wrong. Swim Safe is funded locally by South Lakes District Council. There are both public and school sessions on offer at this site. School sessions ran from 24th June - 6th July. Public sessions run on Tuesdays - Saturdays from 23rd July - 3rd August. Public sessions will be available to book approximately 6 weeks beforehand. We want all children to have access to this training, so all Swim Safe sessions are free. Please bring old/perishable footwear/wetshoes to wear during the session. On arrival please report to the Swim Safe gazebo by the blue feather flags. A public car park is available at site, charges apply. Face and hand rinse facilities are available post

session. Chargeable public toilets can be found on site.There are no cafes or shops on site, so please be advised to bring your own refreshments. The site is a large open field with public lake access and children’s playground. Perfect for picnics. Kayak and canoe hire available from Windermere Outdoor Adventure. The 60-minute session is run by qualified instructors and lifeguards, and includes: - Open water safety advice provided on land. - Up to 30 minutes in-water tuition with qualified instructors. - Kit for swimming outdoors (including swimming hats, wetsuits, and flotation equipment). Windermere Outdoor Adventure, Rayigg Road, Rayrigg Meadow, Windermere, LA23 1BP

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BAYWATCH: SAVING LIVES AT SEA, MORECAMBE STYLE They may wear yellow wellies instead of red swimming costumes but the volunteers of Morecambe’s RNLI lifeboat crew are as critical to protecting the safety of those working and playing in and around Morecambe Bay as their fictional TV and movie counterparts. Operating from their two lifeboat stations, one located on the central promenade and the other by the Stone Jetty, the volunteers are on call 24/7 and 365 days of the year; prepared to stop whatever they are doing and respond to the pager whenever their help is required to save lives at sea. Equipped with an inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft, the crew have assisted with various incidents including boats whose engines have failed to walkers and vehicles cut off by the tide or stuck in mud/quicksand. Over the years, they have also gone to the aid of numerous animals including horses, bulls, deer, sheep, dogs and porpoises. The crew were tasked 57 times during 2018, responding to incidents on the Rivers Lune and Kent as well as in the 120 sq.miles of Morecambe Bay; saving 5 lives. Crew members, male and female, are drawn from a variety of backgrounds; with the large majority having no previous maritime history or experience prior to joining. In many ways this can be an advantage but a commitment to engage with the RNLI’s competency-based training scheme, and maintain a reasonable level of physical fitness, is therefore essential. Most of the training is delivered on station during the weekly crew night. All volunteers at Morecambe are initially trained to be members of the Shore Crew; responsible for preparing and assisting in the launch and recovery of the Station’s inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft. Once the required level of competence has been achieved, they can then apply to train as sea-going crew on both craft. Volunteers can join the Shore Crew aged 17 yrs old and remain on sea-going crew until aged 55; at which time many revert to shore-based roles. All the volunteers are trained to crew both the inshore lifeboat and the inshore rescue hovercraft; alternating between the two on a sixmonthly basis. Further training enables them to attain an ambulance technician level of Casualty Care and a VHF radio operator’s certificate. Equally committed to ‘Saving Lives at Sea’, and equally important, are the army of volunteers who dedicate their time to fundraising and staffing the two lifeboat shops. The RNLI is a charity and without their efforts, the crews would be unable to operate. Personal Protective Equipment worn by Morecambe’s sea-going crew members alone, costs £1800 per person. Again, the volunteers are drawn from a variety of backgrounds; the common denominator being a desire to serve their community by ensuring that the lifeboat crew are equipped to perform their role safely and efficiently.

Tragically, nearly half of all the people who die from drowning around the coasts of the United Kingdom and Eire every year were not involved in an activity from which they would expect to get wet, let alone lose their lives. They include people who have fallen into the sea whilst walking or angling, entered the water attempting to rescue a pet or become cut off by the tide. The RNLI has set itself the ambitious target of reducing this figure by 50% by 2024. Morecambe’s lifeboat crew aim to contribute to achieving that target through a Community Safety Plan. Among other things, the Plan sets out to provide education, advice and guidance to members of the local community about sea and beach safety by distributing literature, publishing media releases, giving presentations to local groups and schoolchildren and facilitating station visits. The volunteers participate in community events like the Carnival, Vintage Weekend etc by putting the craft on display for the public to see. They also hold an annual Open Day during which they demonstrate the equipment and techniques that they use to rescue people. This year’s Open Day is on Saturday 31st August 2019. You can follow the work of Morecambe lifeboat crew on their facebook page: Morecambe Lifeboat. Anyone interested in joining the crew should contact the Lifeboat Operations Manager: steve_wilson@rnli. Interested in volunteering in the shops - please contact: Interested in assisting with fundraising - please contact: 0771 7762 636 To arrange a Lifeboat Station visit or presentation/talk please contact:

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Family Fun in Ingleborough When visiting the Yorkshire Dales, a journey underground is a must on any bucket list, and there aren’t any more spectacular than Ingleborough Cave, a premier show cave in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A fun-filled day for all the family starts in the picturesque village of Clapham, where you park your car before heading to the start of the stunning Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail. This well-maintained lakeside trail, described by the esteemed author Alfred Wainwright as “the finest of all, a classic” stretches 1.3 miles through sprawling woodland littered with beautiful plants and flowers. The walk passes a majestic man-made lake, heading up through a wooded valley, past the iconic money tree and The Grotto, into the open valley, with a pretty little stream and a short distance to the imposing entrance to Ingleborough Cave. Join their expert guides and follow in the footsteps of the Victorian’s who first explored it in 1837, venturing 500 meters beneath Ingleborough mountain to explore a world quite different from anything you will have experienced. A journey through 450 million years of geology and history, and discover spectacular formations in one of the country's natural wonders.


A Premier Show Cave in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Vast flowstones drape off the limestone walls, stalactites hang invitingly from the roof and stalagmites protrude out from the limestone floor - just make sure you don’t get dripped on by the Witches Fingers! The Cave tour journeys 0.3 miles underground, so visitors will walk a total of 0.6 miles. There are two short stooping sections within the Cave, and there are no steps. The passages are well lit with floodlights throughout. The Cave is a cool 8 degrees centigrade throughout the year, so we recommend wrapping up appropriately. Please wear suitable footwear for a well-laid concrete path. Single width pushchairs can be taken through the Cave. Dogs are more than welcome, providing they are well behaved and are kept on a lead. A trip to Ingleborough Cave is suitable come rain or shine, and promises to be both enjoyable and informative to all who visit. One of the best all weather destinations in the north of England, a walk around Ingleborough Cave is a perfect way to enjoy the geological history of the Yorkshire Dales and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Visit for more information.

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LOCAL CONFERENCE & EVENTS FACILITIES Our campuses provide the perfect setting for a diverse range of events, from committee meetings or training sessions to residential retreats and international conferences.

The University of Cumbria Lancaster campus is a ten minute walk from the vibrant, historic heritage city centre of Lancaster, with a wide variety of facilities and services readily available including halls of residence, a sports centre, gym and a chapel. Our facilities offer dining with a panoramic vista of Morecambe Bay coastline and the Lake District fells. We provide exceptional catering, served by our dedicated teams on campus to complement your event. Our caterers use


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regional suppliers for all fresh produce, thereby supporting the local economy, reducing food miles and carbon footprint. • Lecture theatres seating over 200 delegates. • Flexi-meeting rooms. • Up to 300 single study rooms available depending on time of year. • Dining facilities and licensed bar with seating up to 300 guests. • Access to Sports Centre facilities. • Dedicated conference officer on hand to assist with your needs. • Self-catered services available. • All areas are fully accessible for wheelchair users. • Hearing-aid loops available.


LOCAL HISTORY Lancaster City Museum are currently planning our exhibition for summer 2020 which will focus on Lancaster's Workhouse (the site now used by Lancaster Grammar School) We are looking for objects that came from the Workhouse that you could loan to the museum.

The idea to create an exhibition about the workhouse began a number of years ago when a lady came into the museum, who was interested in finding out if we had any information about the old workhouse site, up on Quernmore Road. As it turned out, this lady had personal experience of the ‘workhouse’- she had been placed in the children’s home there in the 1930s. Though the name had changed; from Union Workhouse, to Parkside Institution then, to Bay View Hospital before the closure and redevelopment of the site by Lancaster Royal Grammar School in the 1960s, this lady still felt the stigma of having been a workhouse ‘inmate’. After this discussion, we decided that there must be others out there who had a connection to the workhouse, whether personally like our visitor or via an ancestor. Fast forward a number of years and we’re now getting the project underway. The aim is to curate an exhibition that will tell the story of how you could end up in the workhouse, what daily life was like in there and about the different types of people who found themselves in there. Inspired by our visitor, we’re supplementing our exhibition with real stories from people who lived and worked in Lancaster Workhouse, or it’s re-named later versions, so they will get to tell their stories in their own words. We’ve just launched an appeal, firstly to see if there are any objects or images out there from the workhouse. Lancashire Archives holds a fantastic range of documents, ledgers and journals from the workhouse but at present there are no objects in the museum’s collection that are known to have come from the Workhouse, despite there being a surviving inventory showing the entire contents of the site at the time of its transfer to the local authority in 1930. We’re hoping there may be people out there who have an object that was used in the workhouse that might like to loan it to the museum for the duration of the exhibition. The second part of our appeal is to find

We’re hoping there may be people out there who have an object that was used in the workhouse that might like to loan it to the museum for the duration of the exhibition. people who would like to take part in an oral history project. With their agreement, we would like the record their experiences; perhaps they or a close family member were a workhouse resident/inmate or staff member. We know there are also people out there who were involved in the building conversion too and we would be very keen to speak to them. We realise that there can be a stigma attached to having been in an institution so any recordings can be done anonymously and everyone will be treated with the greatest respect. If you would like further information or think you can help with our appeal- please contact the museum on the details below: Workhouse Appeal, Lancaster City Museum, Market Square, Lancaster LA1 1HT, 01524 64637 email:

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Come along and discover local hidden places, peek behind the scenes and try out new experiences as part of the Heritage Open Days. Heritage Open Days 2018 advert for Lancaster District Magazine June 2018.indd 1

ENGLAND’S LARGEST FESTIVAL OF HISTORY AND CULTURE. Lots of events will take place during the weekends from 13-22 September. Check what’s on when by picking up a leaflet from Morecambe or Lancaster Visitor Information Centres or online at:


Lancaster & Morecambe HERITAGE OPEN DAYS Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, and over two weekends in September, some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. For dates and timing of the events listed below visit the website Tour of the Grade II listed, 237 year old Lancaster Grand Theatre. The open days allow visitors to see areas that are not normally open to the public. There will be displays and written explanations with Footlights members accompanying the tours. Joe Grimaldi has been featured this year as he played an important role in establishing the current style of clown make-up and was the first person to play a "dame" in pantomime, a tradition which still carries on to the present day. Come and see one of the oldest buildings in Lancaster. Come along for a tour of The Friends Meeting House. Our Grade 11 listed building, built in 1708 is one of the city's most historic buildings. Our tours will guide you through the changes that have taken place over the centuries as the building and grounds have evolved to meet the needs of our Quaker community. You will hear also of our founder George Fox who visited the area in 1652 and was prosecuted for blasphemy and later imprisoned in Lancaster Castle. Volunteers from Global Link will be with us to present some fascinating 'hidden' stories. We will offer the usual warm Quaker welcome of tea and cakes to all who join us. Guided tours of Lancaster Castle. Tours run every half hour from 10am and visit the main courtyard, Chapel Yard, The Shire Hall, The Crown Court, The Drop Room, Hadrian's Tower, The Old Cells. Tours are available on a strictly first come first served basis. Visitors will be given tickets to the next available tour at the time of their arrival - no pre-booking is available for any free tour.

Guided tour of the Priory and demonstrations of bell ringing in the tower. There may have been a Christian church on this site as early as 180 AD. Archeological evidence suggests the presence of a significant Saxon Minster on the site in the 7th century, and the burial cross dating from the 8th century confirms that Christian burials have taken place here over 1,300 years. The tours will visit all parts of the Priory and the guide will explain the subsequent developments and changes which have taken place over the last thousand years. Quay Meadow Archaeological Finds Display. Have a look at and handle real archaeological finds, some dating as far back as Roman times. All were found at Quay Meadow by members of the Lancaster and District Heritage Group. See photographs from the dig and talk to some of the people involved. Icons & iconography - St Josephs Church A presentation of the history of Lancaster's Catholic community including guided tours of one of the last Pugin churches to have been built. The author of a new guiebook, creative writer, Ruth Baker, and architectural historian, James Crowley will be at hand to answer questions. The Church will be open to all visitors so that they can enjoy the beauty and peace of this exquisite church. Morecambe Heritage. A highly informative walk and talk around Morecambe celebrating Its wonderful Entertainment Heritage. Departing from The Heritage Centre in the Arndale at 11.30 am and returning to the Centre at 1pm for refreshments and a viewing of our current exhibition ‘ The Entertainment Experience’. Our historian Peter Wade is organising the ‘Walk and Talk’. Check what’s on when by picking up a leaflet from Morecambe or Lancaster Visitor Information Centres, or by visiting We you’ll join us to celebrate the 111 Lancaster District Magazine hope | unique heritage of Lancaster and


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in and around the district

Can anything be quite as wonderful than a woodland walk on a lovely day, and whilst no one wants to actually get lost, everyone knows that losing yourself in nature is good for you. Rob Bullock discovers more… A woodland walk is good for you. As you walk through the trees, you can enjoy breathing in the fresh air, take in the smells and scents, enjoy the sight of the perfect vegetation and revel in the sounds of birds and animals that live there. But apart from those benefits, a walk in the woods can help lower your blood pressure, help with stress or anxiety and get you fit. If you take Fido too, then they are both bound to have a great time. Around our area, we are blessed with some lovely woodland walks, here are just six woodland walk suggestions to consider. The Forest of Bowland It is not hard to understand why the Forest of Bowland has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is known for its dense broad-leaved woodland, which has been around since well before the 1600s, and even the odd deer. With more than 200 hectares of upland oak and mixed ash woodland habitat, located mainly within the valleys of the rivers Hindburn, Roeburn, Ribble and Hodder you can have your pick of woodland walks. The woodlands are dominated by oak, ash, birch and rowan, with significant amounts of wych elm and wild cherry too. Perhaps take a guide-book, and it will help you identify a tree or three! The area also consists of bluebells, dog’s mercury, ramsons, woodruff, enchanter’s nightshade and primrose. Apart from the spectacular Manchurian Sika Deer, who are exotic immigrants from the far east, walkers can often spot evidence of badgers, foxes and various species of bat, as well as birds including pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler, tawny owl and sparrow hawk. All of this and it’s on our doorstep!

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Beacon Fell

Beacon Fell, Goosnargh Head just south of our area, and you can enjoy the Beacon Fell Country Park. The park covers almost 192 acres and consists of woodland, moorland and farmland. Wildlife is abundant in the park including rabbits, Roe deer, stoats and weasels. As many as 11 species of dragonflies and damselflies may be seen around the ponds during this time of year. You won’t be disappointed. Because this is a country park it means that there are ample facilities including a car park, toilets and beautiful picnic areas. Wyre Estuary Country Park, Thornton Cleveleys A walk in the woods at Wyre Estuary Country Park can be both enjoyable, healthy and a learning experience too. The woodland and geology explorers trail offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the wildlife and native trees in the park. As well as walking there are cycling and horse riding facilities, as well as a mobility tramper and the Wyreside trail which has been specially adapted for the visually impaired. The park has a car park, toilets and a play area. Janet’s Foss Woodland Walk Malham Why not head out into the heart of the Dales for a magical woodland walk. And even on the busiest of busy days around picturesque Malham, you can find a spot of solitude on this woodland trail. Head towards Skipton on the A65 and take the turn off at the village of Gargrave.

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Forest of Bowland Image by JOAN MARTIN

Park up in the National Park Car Park and walk towards the village. At Anabelle’s Smithy (featured in a previous edition of the Lancaster District Magazine) cross the stream and double back. Walking back up the left-hand bank of the river you meander through flower-filled fields before entering the wood which will lead you to Janet’s Foss, the home of the fairies!

a half miles. There is a short section of climbing which can be a bit slippery if it is wet but is well worth the effort when you experience the scenic views of the Grizedale Valley that it offers. Head back down to the Forestry England buildings and café for a well-earned snack or full meal.

Just along from the waterfall is a van where you can buy a snack. From here you can either explore Goredale Scar or retrace your steps back through the woods.

Although residing in the Forest of Bowland, the woodland walk around Stocks Reservoir is well worth a mention in its own right. Stocks is rated as highly important for wildfowl and is high amongst the best sites for them in north west England.

Millwood trail in Grizedale Forest Head around the top of Windermere at Ambleside to get to Grizedale which lies near to the village of Hawkshead to the west of England’s largest lake. Starting from the visitor centre, the Millwood Loop (the longer loop) is an excellent introduction to the forest. Walking through some of the oldest trees in Grizedale forest and under the Go Ape course, you will discover some of Grizedale's famous sculpture collection as well as some amazing woodland views. The longer loop, which, along with all the trails are well signposted, is a moderate walk of around one and


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Woodland walk around Stocks Reservoir

There are a selection of waymarked forest walks throughout the forest area, and these connect with the broader network of public footpaths and bridleways on the surrounding land. A well-marked enjoyable circular footpath around the reservoir, through the woods, starts and finishes at the School Lane car park. Light refreshments are available to walkers, as well as fishermen at the Fishing Lodge. All of these six woodland walks offer very different days out, but the rules of the countryside apply to all of them. When walking on any of the woodland walks mentioned, please keep to the designated footpaths and respect livestock and wildlife.

Spectacular happenings Magnificent landscapes A free festival of contemporary arts and making throughout Kendal and the Lake District 6 – 8 September

You are invited to Kendal’s annual dining experience, music and merriment...

Jacob’s Join Friday 6 Sept 6pm Riverside Kendal Full programme:

3RD AUGUST 10AM - 4PM The only genuine Vietnam Veteran Huey Helicopter in Europe offering flights in the UK.


An Evening with Calum Best 30th August Illegal Eagles 6th September Beyond Therapy 11th & 12th September An Evening with Brian Blessed 18th September Dillie Keane 23rd September Monstersaurus 26th September The Russian Ballet – The Nutcracker 27th October Jasper Carrot & Alistair McGowan 5th & 6th December Andy Parsons 12th December

See our website for full show list

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IMAGES OF A HISTORIC CITY by Local Photographer Lee Melcalfe

Image by Lee Metcalfe

A ​s tunning first book from Lancaster based landscape photographer Lee Metcalfe is due for release in September 2019. This impressive first book embraces local landmarks and stunning images from around the surrounding areas, showcasing what a amazing area the Lancaster District is. "My photography interest started in my teens, messing around with 35mm film compacts, My first camera (aged 12) was a kodak 233 Instamatic which used 126 film. It was sq format, I kept this until I bought a second hand 35mm Zenith EM just after I started work." explains Lee. "I soon realised that he had an eye for composition and my camera skills came naturally. My photography knowledge is entirely self taught. I turned professional in 2008. I currently, exclusively use Nikon Professional digital equipment for my commercial and wildlife work and a Fuji Gx617 Panoramic and a Fuji GSW690 Film Cameras for all of my personal images". "My passion has always been for Landscape photography, favouring the rich colours of dawn and dusk. Landscape photography is not just about photographing the land, but capturing how the light falls on it. This requires pre visiting the


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location at varying times of the day and season, and then it's a matter of waiting for the perfect image. Lee is known for perfecting his images 'in camera', "I enjoy capturing magical moments authentically at the picture taking stage, creating stunning and natural landscapes. My photography is a mix of technical knowledge and creative vision; I am always looking for new locations and striving for the perfect image".

love that there is plenty to photograph from the Ashton memorial on one side of the city to the Castle and the River Lune winding its way through the middle. What's not to like.

"I travel extensively all over the UK and Europe, I have spent quite some time in Scotland producing large panoramic images for the Royal Bank of Scotland and Natwest banks."

In order to achieve my goal of producing a book of my prints, I set up a Kickstarter campaign to take advance orders of the book to raise the funds to cover the huge printing and publishing costs. Without this help, it wouldn't have been possible. I managed to hit the target a week early.

My photography is an ever-expanding business, from sales of prints, commissions and exhibitions, to talks, workshops and tutorials. Lancaster it self is a very photogenic city and is a perfect base for a landscape photographer, and in only 45 mins you can be in Yorkshire or the Lake District. But, Lancaster is my home city, I love its rich history and I


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My book 'Images of a Historic City' is a 160 page hardback full colour photobook of fine art quality. It measures 280mm x 219mm

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FUR N ESS ABBEY MEDIEVAL FAIR Saturday 31 August 2019 10am - 5pm

With: Iron Shepherds Living History Group Trouvere Medieval Minstrels Silverband Falconry Albert Harvey Alchemist & Brother John Herbalist Many more traditional crafts Parking at Barrow Sixth Form College In partnership with English Heritage

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The North Lancs Expo is the biggest exhibition in North Lancashire, and is designed to be different. The Expo which will take place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September at the Lancaster Brewery. Unlike most other Expos where the focus is solely on Business to Business, the North Lancs Expo will focus both on Business to Business and Business to Consumer, with the Sunday’s emphasis being on training, skills, education and the future workplace.

making, freebies and goodies as well as a special visit by the Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service.

The North Lancs Expo is free to enter for visitors. There is plenty of free parking, and food and refreshments available on-site.

The Friday will be a networking and information day for businesses. We will have special guest speakers, workshops and TAP talks touching on a range of current topics.The Saturday will be more of a community day, with interactive exhibits and displays, and face painting, a mini-zoo, and confectionary

The North Lancs Expo will showcase the range of industries and education establishments we have to offer across the region from IT, digital, professional, transport and logistics, to universities and further education colleges. So, whether you are looking to do business, enter or re-enter the world of education or find more companies to work with, make sure you pencil in the above dates to come and visit us. For the younger members of the family, it’s a great way to introduce them to the wonderful and diverse companies and education opportunities in the area.

Let's be different!

The biggest two day showcase for North Lancashire Businesses.

North Lancs is open for business Let’s look to the future Let’s invest in our workforce Let’s inspire and educate Let’s make this region great Let’s make business fun

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st September Let’s Talk

10am – 4pm, Lancaster Brewery Friday 20th Saturday 21st Lancaster Leisure Park,& Wyresdale Rd,September Lancaster LA1 3LA 10am – 4pm, Lancaster Brewery Lancaster Leisure Park, Wyresdale Rd, Lancaster LA1 3LA

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A Vicar of Dibley Christmas Lancaster Footlights presents

OCTOBER 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th & 19th at 7.30pm Sunday 13th October at 2.30pm Tickets £10 / £9 conc.


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or online from A stage play by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. With kind permission of Tiger Aspect Productions


3 Aug - NEAR PRESTON Helicopter Hangar Open Day

17 Aug - SILVERDALE Annual Charity Coffee Morning In support of National Trust, Lunesdale & Kent Estuary Group. 10am.

Come and see the aircraft, sit in the cockpit, bring a picnic or eat in our cafe. Book a flight! See page 116 for details.

20 July & 3, 17, 31 August MILNTHORPE Zoo BQs at Wildlife Oasis

3 Aug - GARSTANG Garstang Show

20 July - 1 Sept - BURSCOUGH Giant Bionic Bugs Join us for a Bug-Tastic Adventure this summer at Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

Summer evening BBQ's at the zoo during summer Saturday evenings.

27 July - CLAPHAM Clapham Street Fair Come along and enjoy stalls, street food, entertainment. Clapham Village

28 July - GRANGE OVER SANDS Hidden Gardens of Grange

Get your wellies on for a fun filled family day out! Join us on 3rd August for a day packed full of entertainment. 8.30am - 6pm.

3 Aug - INGLEBOROUGH Photography Tutorial Join local photographer Stephen Knowles in Ingleborough Cave & Nature Trail for a photography tutorial. 01524 251242

A garden open as part of the National Open Garden Scheme. 11.30am - 4.30pm

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7 Aug - LANCASTER Dinosaur Model Making

1- 4 Aug - MILNTHORPE Arts & Crafts Trail St Thomas' church is filled with over 600 exhibits by more than 200 artists. Refreshments in the Church during the opening times. Admission is free.

Design & make your own dinosaur using modelling clay! £2 each. 10.30-2pm. Lancaster City Museum

10 Aug - INGLEBOROUGH Guided Geology Cave Walk A 450 million year journey through time, with local caver and published author. 01524 251242

2 Aug - LANCASTER Wonderful Weaving Come and try your hand at weaving and create your own colourful mini hanging! £1 each. 10.30-2pm. Lancaster City Museum

2 August - LANCASTER Talks at The Dementia Hub

Gaskell Hall Silverdale, LA5 ORA Wesham PR4 3HD

10 Aug - COCKERHAM Cockerham Village Show Open to the public between 2pm & 4pm. Admission £1. Refreshments available. At Cockerham Village Hall

If you are affected by dementia or worried about your memory, come and find local information in one friendly place. At Lancaster Town Hall 1-3pm.

14 Aug - LANCASTER Make your own Flying Phoenix

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Create your own flying phoenix! £1. 10.30-2pm.

17 & 18 Aug - GRANGE OVER SANDS Tidelines Literary Festival Tidelines Literary Festival is a first in Grangeover-Sands where the world of words will be celebrated! Thornleigh Hotel, Grange-over-Sands

19 Aug - HORNBY Wind in the Willows


Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and the unstoppable Mr Toad as Attic Door arrive at the Hornby Institute. Tickets: 01524 222227

21 Aug - LANCASTER Beautiful Mini Beasts Create your own mini beast to take home! £1 each. Lancaster City Museum

23 Aug - LANCASTER The Murder Trial Live at Lancaster House For the first time in history we are taking a murder trial on tour, following an evening meal you will become the jury and the decision, quite literally will be yours. Book online.

23 Aug - LANCASTER Pebble Art Creation Come and create your own pebble art inspired by our two exhibitions. 50p per pebble. Lancaster City Museum

24 Aug - KIRKBY LONSDALE Big Sports Weekend 2019 Teams must be registered prior to the 31st July 2019 to gain entry. 07966 556944

25 Aug - TARNSIDE Solfest Farewell Festival See page 96 for details.


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28 Aug - LANCASTER Junk Beasties Modelling

6-8 Sept - KENDAL Lakes Alive Festival

22 - 29 Sept - FOREST OF BOWLAND Foodie Foray

Get creative and design your own Fantastic Lancaster Beast and recycle some junk too! Fun junk Modelling session for all the family. £1 each.

A packed programme of visual delights, fantastic performances and plenty of things to make and do.

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30 Aug - LANCASTER An evening with Calum Best At Lancaster Grand Theatre.

7 Sept - LANCASTER Penny Street Collectables 20% off

26 Sept - LANCASTER Monstersarus At Lancaster Grand Theatre. 01524 64695 01524

Pop in to celebrate 2 years of business from 10am, cakes & drinks & 20% off.


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28 Sept - KENDAL Kendal Torchlight Carnival

31 Aug & 1 Sept - MORECAMBE Vintage by the Sea Festival

7 Sept - MORECAMBE Dinosaur Day

A free family festival celebrating the brilliance of timeless design, fashion, art, vehicles, entertainment and culture in Morecambe.

Lots of dinosaur activiites. Children’s dino derby at 2pm plus birds of prey and dino disco!

The Carnival procession starts at Kendal Leisure Centre then winds its way through the streets and into the town centre.The Street Party takes place in the town centre the following day.


31 Aug & 1 Sept - MORECAMBE Vintage by the Sea Afternoon Tea


A celebration of the area's natural food larder, events, walks and foraging.

8 Sept - LANCASTER Lancaster Festa Italia

At the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.

A day of Italian themed fun from 11am - 7pm. See page 99 for details.

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1 Sept - COCKERHAM Jump for St John's

8 Sept - LANCASTER Tri-A-Tri at Lancaster University

In partnership with Black Knights Parachute Centre! Book your space online.

If you have ever felt the urge to Try-aTri now is your chance. You can enter as a team of three.

1 Sept - MORECAMBE Vintage Pooch Parade

13 - 22 Sept - LANCASTER Heritage Open Days

Roll up! Roll up! Join us for a splendiferous showcase of Morecambe’s most magnificent mutts! At The Midland Hotel, Morecambe.

Lots of events throughout both weekends. A celebration of history and culture. See page 111 for details.

28 Sept - MORECAMBE 'Riddle at The Casino Royale' Murder Mystery At the Midland Hotel, Morecambe. 01524 428370

29 Sept - LANCASTER Wedding Showcase at The Royal Kings Arms Free entry to you and your bridal party, 12 noon 3pm. See page 84 for details. 01524 32451

6 Sept - MORECAMBE Talks at The Dementia Hub If you are affected by dementia or worried about your memory, come and find local information in one friendly place. At Trimpell Sports and Social Club, Out Moss Ln, Morecambe LA4. 1-3pm

21 Sept - LOWTHER CASTLE Born Survivor Please contact local charity Unique Kids to sign up. See page 106. 01524 831132

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CARNFORTH YOUNG FIRE CADETS Local photographer Nick Dagger went along to the final Passing Out Parade for the Carnforth Fire Cadets The Cadets who completed an operation drill on the school yard before changing into uniform to deliver a quick speech in front of family and friends. A GROUP OF LOCAL 13-18 YEAR OLDS


Carnforth Fire Cadets is a group of 13 -18-yearolds who live in the Lancaster area. The Cadets attend a weekly two-hour session held at Carnforth Fire Station where they are treated as young firefighters and are expected to represent Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service at various local and district community events, including the Carnforth Christmas Light Switch on, Dementia Awareness Week Cafés in both Carnforth and Lancaster.

Although there are many fun and hands-on operational elements involved in being a Fire Cadet, every young person in the unit also completes a Skills for Justice Level 2 qualification in ‘Fire and Rescue Services in the Community’. During their first year Cadets complete an award, and in the second year, they build on their skills in order to gain a full certificate. The qualification includes learning about the Functions and Responsibilities of the Fire and Rescue Service, including the science of fire, water safety and rescue techniques, problem-solving, communication skills and drill ground exercise scenarios. Other modules include citizenship, community safety and life skills.

AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY The aim of the programme is to provide young people with an insight into a uniformed service where basic fire fighting skills are learnt alongside personal and social skills. It is an exciting and unique opportunity to experience a programme that combines key operational skills with invaluable knowledge of the Fire and Rescue Service. Joining our Cadet force allows individuals to build their self-confidence and resilience whilst developing their leadership and teamwork ability. It’s also lots of fun and a great way to meet new friends whilst gaining a respected qualification that is recognised by the Fire and Rescue Service.


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DEVELOPING SKILLS & RESPONSIBILITY Once the first and second years have been completed, Cadets have the option to stay on for a third year. This allows further development of their leadership skills as they are given the opportunity to take on the roles of Cadet Crew Manager and Cadet Watch Manager while supporting their unit in positions of greater responsibility. The Cadets from Carnforth have also been involved in running their own Dementia Café as well as a number of fundraising activities. Fire Cadets not only offers something to the young people themselves but also to the community through the on-call station and the opportunity for volunteers to become involved.

Cadet of the year 2019 Keeleigh Kennedy

Joining our Cadet force allows individuals to build their self-confidence and resilience whilst developing their leadership and teamwork ability. It’s also lots of fun and a great way to meet new friends whilst gaining a respected qualification that is recognised by the Fire and Rescue Service. Most Improved Cadet 2019 Matthew Kay

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