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Lancaster

Community Magazine

LANCASTER LIVING

Homeless at Christmas

FITNESS

Fourth in the World

NATURE

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FINANCE

Festive Debt

LIFE COACHING

New Year - New You

PET ADVICE

Surviving the Christmas Season

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INTRODUCTION Welcome to the joint Christmas and New Year edition of @Lancaster. By the time you are reading this we should have welcomed our new baby into the world, so Christmas will be an extra busy and special time. (We will let you all know in the February edition!)

LANCASTER LIVING

Homeless at Christmas

FITNESS

Forth in the World at aged 59

NATURE

The Big Garden Birdwatch

FINANCE

Festive Debt

LIFE COACHING

New Year - New You

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Christmas and New Year are special times for most people, surrounded by family and friends, but don’t forget those that are less fortunate than ourselves, see our article on page 12-13 on how you can help. Thank you to all of our customers for supporting us this year, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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8 3419 Editor Lisa Mason Tel: 07818 465 299 Email: info@atlancaster.co.uk @ Lancaster, 24 The Roundhouse, Nelson Street, Lancaster, LA1 1AF Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the Editor nor its contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. @Lancaster community magazine does not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form - electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without prior permission of the Editor. By entering our competitions you agree to opt into the mailing lists of @ Lancaster and the prize provider. We hold no responsibility for the failure of an advertiser to provide a prize.

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1st Call Chem Dry talks carpets Contemporary Luxury - The art of unique gift giving Homeless at Christmas - How you can help Style - Your image this festive season Marriage, Divorce and Separation New Year, New You - Life Coaching Debt - Christmas doesn’t have to cost the earth New Year Fashion - 3 Party outfits to suit your budget Fitness - 4th in the World at 59 years Big Garden Bird Watch with the RSPB Vets Advice - Surviving the festive season Gardening - Christmas Trees and festive plants Coffee Break - Sudoku & Codeword Travel - Where will you be this Christmas Kids corner - Write a letter to Father Christmas Personal Growth - Believe it or not Celebrate Klezmer Animal Care Learning for All across Lancashire Directory What’s on at The Storey The man who walks with ghosts

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Dave Barnsley, Lead Technician for 1st Call Chem Dry, Talks Carpets

DO YOU USE HARSH CHEMICALS TO GET THE STAINS OUT? The Chem-Dry patented solution is The Natural™ which is green-accredited, totally safe and non-toxic. In fact most of the products we use are the same and are exclusive to ChemDry. Of course in some circumstances we need to use other chemicals, for example in the case of spilled bodily fluids, but we always consult with the customer before using them. WHY NOT JUST REPLACE THE CARPETS INSTEAD OF CLEANING THEM?

TELL US ABOUT THE WORST CARPETS YOU HAVE HAD TO CLEAN? Wow where do I start. I remember going on a job shortly after I started working for 1st Call ChemDry. It was a house where there were 3 boys all under 7 years old. The carpets were a nightmare with biro, blu-tack, orange juice and virtually everything else you can think of. I remember being amazed by how clean the carpets came up. I still get amazed of how clean carpets can come up after a particular battering. Only this summer we were called to a job after the parents had gone away on holiday and the daughter had thrown a party which got out of hand. I always thought the Hollywood version of the after effects of a teenager party were exaggerated until I saw this one. We possibly just about saved the daughters life. The worst carpets however tend to be on commercial jobs. In my 4 years as a carpet cleaning technician I have dealt with the after effects of brain haemmorages, winter vomiting bug outbreaks, sewage spills, fires, and students. By far the worst are the students!! HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE CARPETS TO DRY OUT AFTER CLEANING? It can vary considerably depending on the type of fibres and the environment they are in. A wool carpet will always take longer than man-made fibres but the technician who visits will always advise on dry times. Usually carpets will dry in a few hours which is because we use a special patented solution that means we only use about a fifth of the water conventional cleaning companies use. On top of this we use truck-mounted technology meaning a deeper and drier clean.

Cost is usually an issue for most people especially at the moment. You can get your carpets, and upholstery, cleaned at a fraction of the cost of buying new. Another reason is the environmental impact of constantly looking for new items in our homes rather than making the existing ones last a little bit longer. Cleaning can in many cases restore the carpets to as good as new anyway so why not try it. WHAT DO WE DO WITH ALL OUR FURNITURE WHILE YOU CLEAN? We will move the light to medium furniture which will include your sofa and armchairs. We don’t move electrical items or valuables like ornaments. We place all furniture that requires it onto protective tabs following the clean to protect your furniture and carpets afterwards. CAN CHEM DRY REALLY CLEAN OFF STAINS LIKE RED WINE? Noone can guarantee to remove a stain as there are so many variables. The age and state of the carpet fibres, is the carpet protected, have other products been used to try and remove it. While we can never guarantee to remove a stain we will always give an honest assessment of the marks before we begin cleaning and offer a free, no-obligation survey and quotation service (in fact if you call before the end of January and have a free no obligation survey and written quotation then you will also get a free tin of professional strength spot remover). We do have a very good success rate of removing red wine stains from carpets and are confident in saying that if we cant remove a stain then no one else will either.


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FOOTLIGHTS PRESENT - SNOW WHITE This Christmas – be prepared to get into the festive spirit at the Lancaster Grand Theatre, St Leonardgate, with a fantastic, fun filled, family pantomime that is a treat for kids of all ages! Featuring songs, dance, laughs and puppets, you can join Nanny, Muddles, Snow White and her seven little friends in their quest to defeat the evil Fantora to stop her from taking over the world, and rescue the Fairy Queen from her prison inside the mysterious magic mirror! Cheer the good guys, boo the baddies, scream, shout and sing along in a show packed to the brim with everything you need to warm up those chilly December evenings. It’s a show you won’t want to miss! WHEN IS IT ON? The show runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from December 3rd, and through Christmas week until December 28th. Weekday evening shows are at 7.30pm; Saturdays, Sundays and Christmas Eve are at 2.30 pm and Boxing Day is at 5.30 pm. Tickets : £8.50 / £7.50 concessions. Family ticket : £28.50. Christmas Eve and Boxing Day : £9.50 / £8.50 concessions. Group bookings : One free seat with every 10 booked, and discounted ice creams may be booked in advance! All seats bookable on line , or at the box office tel 01524 64695 from 10am- 3.00pm daily. For more information - please visit our website www.lancastergrand.co.uk.

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HOMELESS HELP

HOMELESS AT CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS WHEN YOU HAVE NO HOME TO GO TO Lancaster & District Homeless Action Services is running its 24th Christmas Shelter at St. Thomas Church Lancaster. The shelter opens from the 24th December through to the 29th December. We offer food and a safe and warm environment for homeless people over the festive period. It is the only one of its kind in this area, and like us, I hope you believe that no-one deserves to be cold hungry and alone at Christmas. To help us make this Christmas special for our service users we need your support. Donations of time, goods, food and money are required! Anyone wishing to volunteer or donate, please contact Peter Williams on 01524 842008. HOW IT ALL STARTED The project was set up in 1987 by a group of local churches who were all providing a service for local people in housing poverty. The homeless Action Service was built in 1992 with a considerable amount of support from local people and churches. We became a registered charity in 1992 and a limited company by guarantee in 1999. WHAT WE DO We are a day centre based in Edward Street in Lancaster which provides a safe and warm environment, a hot meal, clothing, shower and laundry facilities for roofless people and those in housing poverty. We help them to find accommodation and set them up with furniture, bedding, pots and pans etc. We also help with benefits advice and to deal with their health issues.


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You can help by volunteering, donating food, goods, clothing or money

Our work with the long term homeless remains as focused as ever running classes and training to help them get back to work and cope with the issues which arise once housed. Training included art, numeracy and literacy, cookery and a job club preparing CV,s, interview technique etc.

As you will all appreciate the costs of providing the centre with the rent of the premises, electricity, gas, water and telephone have escalated over the years. 115 SLEEPERS AND 162 MEALS!

WHO PROVIDES THE SERVICE?

The shelter last year provided a warm place to sleep for 115 sleepers over the 5 days/nights it was open. We also served 162 meals over the period and provided television, books, games etc to make Christmas as cheerful as possible to those who would otherwise be cold, wet and alone over this time. 1298 CLIENTS WERE HELPED

This service is provided by a small number of staff and many dedicated volunteers. We also have an established team of workers providing Floating Support for people in housing under the Governments new Supporting People Programme. This provides advice and support with daily issues like debt, addictions or everyday worries. WHO DOES THE SHELTER HELP? Our clients are ordinary people whose circumstances have altered their way of life, people who have been in care, come from broken homes, have addictions, mental health problems, come out of the armed forces or out of prison. For twenty years we have run a Christmas shelter, 24/7 from Christmas Eve for 5 days and nights. There is nothing else in the Lancaster District which consistently gives this care. HOW YOUR DONATIONS HELPED IN 2010 Not only did your donations provide the necessary finances to enable the shelter itself to be provided but it also went towards paying the running costs of the Centre at Edward Street throughout the year. 13

As regards the day Centre we were able to help 1298 clients of which 59 were over 60 years of age and 85 under 25 years of age. The remaining 1154 were between the age of 26 and 59 who have no where else to turn but for the Centre. OVER 10,000 BREAKFASTS AND HOT LUNCHES We were able to serve 3838 breakfasts and 6995 hot lunches with the help of not only financial donations but also the food donations especially from the generosity of people at the Harvest festival. HOW YOU CAN HELP By Volunteering which provides an opportunity to help others less fortunate for the benefit ultimately of the local community. By donating food, goods or clothing. By donating money which pays the bills and enables us to offer the services we provide to the clients. By helping to empower the clients to strive to improve their lives has a beneficial effect on our local community. We are proud of the services we are able to provide the homeless and those in housing poverty but we can only continue with our work with the help and financial support of the local community at large.


YOUR IMAGE THIS FESTIVE SEASON

My hottest style tips and trade secrets for adding polish to your party look 2. Foam doughnut! - One of the best ways to achieve instant high voltage glamour is with a hair up, this season the catwalks were awash with clean sophisticated hair ups style, such as the top knot ala Grace Kelly. Want to achieve the look but don’t think your fine or shoulder length hair will allow you to reach those dizzy heights? You need a little boost with the greatest invention since a jammy dodger.

Local Style & Image consultant Sharon Gibson of company www.zipbuttonandtuck. co.uk - lets us in on her hottest grooming tip’s for adding polish to your party season look that will still leave you money in the kitty for that perfect party dress . As a Personal Shopper and Image consultant who works to update women’s wardrobes and Image, across the North West. I know that Christmas and the New Year can often be a busy time for most women and with the party season snapping at our heels, I thought I would play fairy godmother by sharing my hottest Style tips and trade secrets for adding polish to your party look without busting your budget. 1. Red lipstick has had a revival and helps create instant party glam, if your thinking of wearing a red lipstick this party season, follow my two foolproof tipsa) pull your lower lip out and match the colour red you select to the shade of the your skin tone on your lower lip. b) Remember to use a nude lip liner to stop any bleeding or feathering, apply your lipstick with a small flat lip brush for best coverage or cotton buds offer a great alternative, blot with tissue and then apply again. This is the most important part- Put the first half of your index finger in your mouth and pucker up your lips whilst removing your finger. This will ensure that any access lipstick appears on your finger and not on your teeth, when you smile!

3. Strong brows are essential for this seasons retro party feel and always add strength to the face, brow kits can cost £25.00 upwards. However if you own a good waterproof eyeliner in a shade lighter than your brows? Then why try this budget busting grooming advice, purchase a baby sized tooth brush I usually opt for pink! Lightly stroke on your eyeliner following the shape of your brow, brush hairs backwards and then brush back into shape dust with translucent powder and your good to go! 4. Full Length Evening Gloves. For top to toe grooming I often advocate a full manicure, however with this season being all about full on glamour, I have the perfect style solution that will save you time and rescue you from feeling guilty about forgetting take care of your hands! For uber glamour with a modern twist, ditch your washing up gloves, for full length evening gloves in this seasons bright colours! 5) Personalise your Tights by layering a thick opaque pair with a cheap sheer glittery pair over the top, great for when the temperature drops! Try purple tights with a glittery silver finish or black tights with a purple finish and dark grey with a silver finish , for a sophisticated after dark look. 6) Brightly coloured vintage style diamante brooches. Finally do you have a whole array of soft clutch bags but want to update them a little? Brooches add instant chic to your clutch or why not glue some black marabou trim to the bottom edge of your bag or even a wide black Alice band if you fancy adding a bit of Audrey sparkle to your up do! You shall go to the ball! Style Advice - by Sharon Gibson


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Love Lancaster is a local element of Love Culture which is a new online platform that brings arts organisations and audiences closer together. It is a community where you can make friends and share your views about art and culture.

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QR Codes are a type of barcode that can be scanned by a mobile phone camera. Each QR Code is a unique image that can be understood by downloadable mobile phone applications known as QR Code readers. The phone application will automatically detect an embedded link hidden in the image that will connect your phone to a website.

The QR Code featured here will link you to the fan page for folly on Love Culture. Each organisation listed on Love Culture has its own fan page, a discussion area and features content directly linked from their own website. Users can become fans of individual organisations, thus receiving updates, seeing who else is a fan and allows them to give organisations feedback on the work they do.

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MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND SEPARATION By Rebecca Butterfield - BSG Solicitors WHAT TO DO IF YOUR MARRIAGE IS ENDING Christmas is traditionally a time where families come together, but what do you do if your marriage is ending? Many people are unsure where to turn, and what to do. IS IT REALLY OVER? One of first things to think about is whether your marriage is really over. It is worth considering whether agencies such as RELATE, or other counselling services, could help you and your spouse work through your difficulties. If you do come to the decision that you wish to separate, a number of issues will need to be sorted out. SEPARATION OR DIVORCE? There is no obligation on separated couples to get divorced if that is not what they want, however for most people, this is a natural step to allow both parties to move on. Provided that the other spouse does not seek to defend the divorce proceedings, this is a fairly straightforward application to the Court, and there is usually no need for either spouse to attend before the Judge. At the conclusion of the proceedings, the Decree Absolute is pronounced, which brings the marriage to an end. CHILDREN For many people however, divorce is not the most pressing issue. For those couples who have children, their main concern will be making arrangements for their care. There is no right or wrong solution and every family is different. FINANCE The other major concern of most spouses will be sorting out the matrimonial finances, which can be very complicated.

WHEN YOU CANNOT AGREE In some circumstances where separated spouses cannot agree on important issues, mediation can be a good solution. Issues are discussed together with an independent mediator, and if successful, the mediator will help the parties to draw up an agreement. Sometimes mediation is not appropriate, particularly if one of the parties feels unable to talk to or be in the same room as the other. It is worth remembering that mediation can only be attempted where both parties agree to it. SEEKING LEGAL ADVICE Whether or not you decide to attempt mediation, you may wish to seek legal advice from a solicitor. Your solicitor will be able discuss the issues with you, and give you advice as to the way forward. This is likely to include writing to your spouse to see if an agreement can be reached. In certain circumstances, or if no agreement can be achieved, your solicitor may assist you making an application to Court. This can be in respect of your children or the matrimonial finances. Even once proceedings have begun, there is always the opportunity for the parties to agree, but if this does not happen the Judge will make a final decision. Your solicitor will advise you how much any proceedings are likely to cost, to help you budget for the proceedings. Some people on low incomes may be entitled to legal aid. It is important to remember that divorce affects everyone differently, and there is no one right solution that works for every family. Your solicitor can help you to make informed decisions to achieve the best possible outcome for you. If you would like further help or information please contact BSG Solicitors in Lancaster: 01524 386500 3 & 4 Aalborg Square, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1GG Email: info@bsglaw.co.uk 19


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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU?

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Are you stuck in rut? Do you feel like you are being pulled in different directions by demands of employers, Partners, family and friends? Are you feeling flat and generally out of sorts? Then Life Coaching could be the answer for you. WHAT IS LIFE COACHING? Life coaching is a future-focused practice with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve personal goals. Coaches are not therapists, nor consultants; coaching is unlike therapy because it does not focus on examining or diagnosing the past. Instead coaching focuses on effecting change in a client’s current and future behaviour. Coaching is a personal and powerful relationship focused on providing support, guidance and motivation to unlock personal potential and empowering the individual to achieve realistic goals much quicker than working alone.


Or we may know where we’re going and what we need to do, but we forget or get stuck in a limiting belief systems or experience an inability to focus. A coach gets us back on track by helping us identify limiting beliefs and ineffective habits and find more effective ways of being. Coaching will help you gain clarity; enable you to see more clearly and to turn obstacles in to challenges. HOW IT WORKS? Coaching works from the premise that we already have what it takes to get to where we want. Either we have the answers already (perhaps lurking somewhere deep down!), or with a bit of thought and planning we can figure out how to go about getting them.

Have you ever thought what it would be like if you could turn your dreams into reality?

Some of us don’t know where we’re going, what our lives are about, and what our values and goals are. Life Coaching helps us clarify our purpose, values, and goals.

The most common model coaches use is the GROW model. A useful metaphor for the GROW model is the planning you might make before a journey. First, you start with the map: With this, you decide where you are going (the Goal) and establish where you currently are (their Current Reality). Then you explore various ways (the Options) of making the journey. In the final step, establishing the Will, the coach will ensure that you are committed to making the journey and that you are prepared for the conditions and obstacles that you may meet along the way. Coaching can help with relationship issues, work life balance, Career change, getting back in to employment, Confidence and motivation issues, people who want to simplify their life or achieve a particular goal. Have you ever thought what it would be like if you could turn your dreams into reality? What would you attempt to do if you knew that you could not fail? Feel more confident positive and optimistic. Live the life you truly want and start the New Year with a new you!

A COACH CAN HELP FACILITATE CHANGE BY: • Asking thought-provoking questions that force you to examine your beliefs and motivations on a deeper level than you would if left to your own devices or chatting through your problem with friends. • Encouraging (sometimes challenging) you to take action – forcing you to take those necessary steps out of your comfort zone. • Providing an on-going structure. We all have good intentions but pushing past old ways of thinking and creating new habits is hard work. Regular sessions offer accountability and momentum to get you through the difficult first stages of any change.

Life Coaching is for people who wish to make some form of significant change happen within their lives. Through the coaching relationship you will receive support, guidance and gain motivation to unlock your personal potential and achieve your goals. We can help you: Design a life that fits who you are Create compelling goals Clear obstacles from your past Break through stuck thinking

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• Short-cutting any sticking points. Coaches are experts in what holds us back and are practised at helping people overcome the practical or psychological obstacles standing in their way.

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Christians Against Poverty is a UK wide debt counselling charity giving free help to people with spiralling debts by offering hope and a solution through church-based centres. The service is available for people of all faiths and backgrounds, not just Christians. The local centre helping people in Lancaster is based at Christians Alive Church. • If you need help with spiralling debts, contact the local centre on 0800 328 0006


CHRISTMAS DOESN’T NEED TO COST THE EARTH

Top Tips for avoiding debt or facing up to your debt

By Christians Against Poverty

With less than 1 month to go before the festivities, a debt counselling charity is advising people to that the festive season does not have to leave you counting the cost into the next year. Lancaster’s Christians Against Poverty centre, which help people climb out of the debt trap, says in difficult financial times no one wants to think about Christmas until it is too late. TAKING OUT LOANS “People panic at the last minute that they aren’t going to have a great time and that makes them do rash things, like take out loans for Christmas because they think that it has to be expensive to be good but that is simply not true.” said Lancaster’s centre managers Hannah. THE BEST THINGS COST NOTHING “We want people to remember that the most heart-warming things about Christmas like seeing your child in the school nativity, or singing carols in church, or getting together with family, cost almost nothing. “Putting a little money aside now will give you enough for small presents without giving you a terrible start to 2011. After all, your loved ones don’t want to think of you struggling all year just to give them something big to unwrap on the day.”

5 TOP TIPS FOR AVOIDING DEBT AT CHRISTMAS

5 TIPS FOR IF YOU ARE IN DEBT

1. Don’t avoid the problem. Burying your head in the sand will not make it go away.

1. BUDGET – Write down exactly how much you plan to spend on everything from stamps to chocolate to wrapping paper and stick to it!

2. Don’t take out further debt. Many people think they can solve their debt problems by taking out another loan- it doesn’t, it just means they is more to pay back.

2. BE CREATIVE – rather buying something that you’re not sure if they will like, why not make a gift , bake cookies or make fudge, time can show more love than pounds!

3. Prioritise the important things. Where possible keep up to date with your utilities bills, rent, council tax as these will have major consequences

3. TIME OR TALENT VOUCHERS – give friends and family vouchers for your time or talents. A meal at your house or 3 nights free babysitting can mean so much more than something they don’t want and its FREE

4. Be honest. There is no point saying, ‘It’s not that bad’ when it actually is, find out all the money that you know in your name whether its friends, family or creditors to see the true state your finances are in.

4. FAMILY GIFTS – Rather than spending vast amounts on individual gifts why not buy board games for the whole family which means you’ll be able to spend time together to enjoy and save money.

5. Don’t suffer alone- GET HELP. So many people push others away and suffer in silence, there are so many organisations like CAP who are ready and wanting to help.

5. PLAN AHEAD – so it may be late for 2010, but plan 2011 early, if you can bare it-get cards and decorations in the January sales, they are a lot cheaper! 25


By Lizzie Anderson

NEW YEAR FASHION

IN THE last issue @Lancaster gave you the lowdown on this season’s hottest party looks. From glitzy dresses and sky high stilettos; to the cutest clutch bags and accessories –there was certainly no shortage of sparkle. This time, with the countdown to Christmas well under way, we have turned our attention to the social event of the season. That’s right ladies –New Years Eve- the one night of the year where every girl deserves to look a million dollars. But what if you don’t have the cash to splash? What if you are like me you have spent all of your money on Christmas presents, mulled wine and Marks and Spencer mince pies? Well fear not fashionittas- help is at hand. The Great British high street has sensational occasion wear for every budget. Always up for a challenge, we hit the shops and found three fairytale outfits for less than £125.

Budget Outfit

Satin Panel Dress, £17, Primark Ruffle Peep Toe, £22.99, Internacionale Deep Red Velvet Satin Bow Purse, £9.50, Marks and Spencer Black and Gold Weave Bracelet, £14, Star by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams Total cost: £63.49

“Brighten up your monochrome with bright accessories –just keep jewellery to a minimum”


3 Outfits for less than £125 Mid range Outfit Papaya Sequin Shift Dress, £28, Matalan Envelope Clutch, £6, Matalan Angelic Shoe Boot, £60, ASOS.com Feather Stone Drop Earrings, £4.99, Internacionale Total cost: £98.99 “Show off those pins in a sexy shift dress”

Top Notch Outfit Blue Vicky Dress £69.99 River Island T-Bar Sandals, £35, Next Pewter Slouch Clutch, £6, Matalan Antique Treasure Ring, £12, Accessorise Total cost: £122.99 “Chiffon is a key fabric for Spring/ Summer 2011 –invest now and stay ahead in the style stakes” 27


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to if he could do it both physically and mentally. We look into this remarkable man and how he proved all wrong. WHY 100KM AND HOW DID YOU DO IT? Well Mark I did 45km last year and I remember saying never again. Then this year came and I decided to go for the 100km. It is a target set by Concept who build rowers and they have a leader board on the web. How came from you guys, your training guidance and nutrition helped a lot. Plus the motivation from all the trainers and members on the day. From your achievement many might assume you an athlete, training strictly for many hours for many years. However you did not start training until only a few years back when you came to us. WHAT STARTED THIS DESIRE TO TRAIN AT 55? Well Mark I was unemployed, bored and depressed. Hopeless and helpless was the feeling. I though that if I could get into training just to move myself an inch into something positive that I would feel better. WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE INSPIRE. Inspire has a warm, friendly atmosphere. My training is personally designed with little targets so I know I can achieve and no longer feel hopeless or helpless. I use Inspire as my third place. Home, work and Inspire. What is your advice to anyone of any age thinking that it is to late and they are to old too start improving their lives through exercise? 29 29

With our life expectancies so high nowadays people decide to “grow old” only half way into their life. People are always telling me at 59 I need to stop. That its the “downhill slope” now for me. Since Inspire I have more stamina, strength and fitness than I have ever had. I plan to continue improvement until I’m in my mid seventies. Don’t give in to the trend. Stay strong and feel great. Alex you are very goal driven, you set yourself ambitious targets. What would you advise in terms of targets and achievements? Success is relative to each person. Every goal achieved by someone is outstanding because that person has done it, and if we all did how much different the nation would be. Take yourself outside your comfort zone one inch. If you keep with this you possibilities are endless. WHAT NEXT? Well I have decided to up the antics and go for the John o’Gaunts to Lands end cycle. It will take a year to train for but will be alot of fun to do. Alex thank you for your time and well done again Thank you Mark. You can see Alex’s verified ranking at www. concept2.com in the 2011 individual ranking section.


MORECAMBE PARISH CHURCH TewitfieldTENTH Marina, Chapel Lane, Tewitfield, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA6 1 CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL The Festival first took place in 2001 and, from a comparatively small church-centred event; it has grown over the years into a community event, much supported by local organisations and business people. The church is very proud of this success as it means the Church is working with the community in a positive way. Trees are provided and dressed by local businesses and organisations both within the church and the local community. After expenses all proceeds go to local, national and international charities, both Christian and secular. During the festival the 11th Morecambe Scouts and Cubs stage a tableau supporting the Night Shelter for the Homeless at Christ Church, Lancaster. They have an “in house” collection which, in previous years, has led to around £350 going to this cause. The opening times are as follows: Wednesday 8th December 3pm-8pm Thursday 9th December 2.30pm-8pm Friday 10th December 2.30pm-8pm Saturday 11th December 10am-8pm Sunday 12th December 11.30am-2.30pm

Mince pies, tea, coffee, soft drinks available throughout and soup and sandwiches are available on Saturday between 12 noon and 2pm. The Trinity Handbell ringers and the Youth Section of Morecambe Brass Band will; play on Saturday between 11.30pm and 2pm. Admission is £1.00 and accompanied children are free. There will be a Memory Tree and a Prayer Tree. A corporate prayer will be said for all those remembered on the Memory Tree and the prayers on the Prayer Tree will be offered up to the Lord. Every year when the trees are lit in the darkening winter afternoon the “wow factor” is just that – WOW! The church is on Church Street, Morecambe LA4 5PR near Morecambe Police Station.

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January 20th & 27th

WEEK ONE

• Defining aspirations and creating action plans Fast Forward is a course designed to help those • Identifying skills you currently possess who have recently lost their job, or who are facing • Analysis of your individual offer – your strengths, redundancy and want to explore their options and weaknesses, opportunities and threats • Developing an effective CV acquire the knowledge to produce successful • Writing an application letter or speculative letter CVs, application forms and perfect interview technique in order to minimise their time out of WEEK TWO work. • Making your application form stand out from the crowd The course is delivered by Anne Oliver, who • Interview preparation and likely questions has over 20 years experience as a recruiter, • Sample interviews international and high street employment agent and back-to-work trainer. Anne utilises her range • Hidden Job Market - Networking of experience to deliver an effective course that Total cost of the course per person is £50. This will equip individuals with the tools they need to includes both sessions and all handouts. get back into work – fast. The first available dates are 20th and 27th January 2011. Venue: Help Direct, 7-11 Chapel Street, Lancaster, LA1 1NZ

The course takes place over 2 days, each set one week apart. This gives participants the chance to consolidate the previous week’s learning and bring any queries from that to the final session. There will also be the opportunity to arrange one to one follow up sessions with Anne after the course at the special rate of £20/hr for course participants.

For further information please contact Anne Oliver on 01524 387844 or email: anneo@loc.helpdirectlancs.org.uk

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If you have never taken part in the RSPB’s ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ then here is your chance to do something that really counts. Each year the RSPB wants to know what birds visit your garden To take part in the ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ all you need is a pen, some scrap paper (or, a printout of our handy bird ID sheet), and an hour to spend watching the birds in your garden on either Saturday 29, or Sunday 30 January. Then simply record the highest number of each bird species seen in your garden, or local park (not flying over) at any one time. If you’re not too sure what bird you’ve seen and to download a record sheet visit: www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or alternatively, call 0300 456 8330 to request a Big Garden Birdwatch form to be sent to you (calls charged at standard rate). The hotline number will be in operation from 15 November 2010 to 28 January 2011.

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Although the house sparrow is still our commonest garden bird it has declined by over 60% in the last 30 years. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom - these surveys might help us spot problems, but more importantly, they are also the first step to help aid a species recovery. It also helps us get an idea of just how bad weather affects bird populations over the winter. Smaller birds like the long tailed tit are particularly susceptible to the cold, having to eat almost continuously to stay alive. Long-tailed tits flew into the top 10 for the first time in 2009 suggesting they were getting used to feeding on seeds and peanuts in hanging feeders and on bird tables.

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By Michael Wilson Visitor Officer Intern at RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve at Silverdale.

This survey has been running for over 30 years and last January nearly 530,000 people took part, counting a whopping eight and a half million birds.

Long tailed tits are pretty little birds that are being seen more commonly in gardens WEATHER

The ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ is the biggest wildlife survey in the world and provides the RSPB with a fantastic snapshot of how garden birds are faring. This survey has been running for over 30 years and last January nearly 530,000 people took part, counting a whopping eight and a half million birds. 73 species were recorded in 280,000 gardens across the UK over the weekend.

The weather can be responsible for many more sightings of countryside birds like fieldfares, redwings, bullfinches and yellowhammers in gardens. More usually found in fields and farmland trees and hedgerows, these birds visit our gardens for food when they can’t find enough in their usual haunts. In colder weather more unusual birds like the bullfinch will venture into our gardens.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? We’ve lost more than half our house sparrows, and three-quarters of our starlings, and your results have certainly helped highlight these dramatic declines.

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HOW YOU’VE ALREADY HELPED US

THE BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH


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As well as redwings and fieldfares, other members of the thrush family, including song thrush, mistle thrush and blackbird, were seen in much higher numbers last year also looking for food. Blackbirds are a very common sight and last year only the house sparrow was seen in more gardens. GIVE BIRDS A HELPING HAND!

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During the winter it is extremely important to feed gardens birds. As days are shorter they have less time to feed and need as much energy as possible to help them survive the cold nights.

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Peanuts provide birds like blue tits with an important source of energy. There are lots of different types of food you can use and the wider the variety you put out the more spieces of birds you will attract to your garden. Providing a fresh unfrozen supply of water is important too, as birds need to drink and bathe to keep their feathers in good condition. Chaffinches and other ground feeding birds such as robins are attracted by seed scattered on bird tables or on the ground. Water is important for birds and starlings are one of the spieces that will use a bird bath.

VISIT THE RESERVE Why not visit your local nature reserve, RSPB Leighton Moss, in Silverdale, before the Big Garden Birdwatch and meet our friendly staff who will give you lots of advice about how to encourage birds into your garden. We stock lots of different types of feeders and bird food and while you’re here you can test your bird skills out at our woodland feeding station. There is also chance to join our special event to celebrate the Big Garden Birdwatch. LOVE YOUR GARDEN WILDLIFE: EVENING MEAL AND TALK Friday 28 January (7 – 9.30 pm) Join Alan Stamford to learn more about looking after the wildlife that visits your garden and how you can take part in the Big Garden Bird watch on the 29 and 30 January. Beforehand, enjoy a two course home-cooked meal (a pre-booked veggie option is available and B.Y.O bottle). Booking and payment in advance essential (tel 01524 701601). Cost: £16 (RSPB members £14). HOW TO GET TO LEIGHTON MOSS It’s really easy to get to by train from Lancaster, only a couple of stops away or why not get on your bike and take the National Cycle Route 6 or Regional route 90 (Lancashire Cycleway). There’s a bus stop right opposite the reserve visitor centre entrance too. If you travel by any of these ways then we offer you free entry to the nature trails and 10% off in our cafe! By car, the reserve is 4 miles/6 km north of Carnforth. Take J35 off the M6, then follow the A6 north (signposted to Milnthorpe). Brown Tourist signs direct you to the reserve off the A6. For more information about Leighton Moss see: www.rspb.org.uk/ leightonmoss or phone our visitor centre on 01524 701601


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SURVIVING THE FESTIVE SEASON By Bay Vets

CHRISTMAS TREATS

COLD WEATHER AILMENTS

Christmas is a time of giving, but remember whilst it is tempting to give your pet treats at Christmas, any sudden change of diet (a few leftovers, some turkey, the odd roast potato, lashing of tasty gravy) can lead to quite severe digestive upsets. Then for something sweet—chocolate can be lethal to dogs and fruit cake can cause renal failure!

With the cold weather upon us, now is the time when we all start to feel aches and pains and our pets are no exception. Look out for any limps, difficulties in rising after rest or a reluctance to jump; these are signs that your pet may have some joint stiffness—usually made worse by cold or damp weather.

WATCHING THEIR WEIGHT We are naturally less active in the winter and this together with a little Christmas over indulgence can lead to an expanding waistline for our pets too! As carrying excess weight is very bad for their health, one way to try to avoid this is to moderately reduce food levels when pets are less active and to keep an eye on your pet’s weight.

PETS THAT LIVE OUTSIDE Pets that live outside can find the winter months especially challenging. Rabbits and Guinea Pigs are very susceptible to the cold damp weather. It is important to ensure that their hutches are warm, dry, clean and in a sheltered position. Extra bedding should also be provided and water bottles checked regularly to ensure that they have not become frozen.

WEIGHING SURGERY Pop into our surgeries to use our weighing scales and keep a record of your pet’s weight on our computer. CHRISTMAS HAZARDS FOR PETS As well as food, pets are often on the look out for anything else they can eat! Christmas decorations—in particular ribbons and tinsel, are very attractive to pets, and if swallowed, may lead to an intestinal blockage. Christmas toys, glass baubles, lit candles and the new conquest— the Christmas tree are all hazards to the unaccompanied pet.

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CHRISTMAS TREES AND FESTIVE PLANTS

By Julie Lasseter - Ashton Hall Garden Centre REAL CHRISTMAS TREES Nothing compares to the fresh pine scent of a real Christmas tree. The Norway Spruce is the traditional tree of choice but in the last few years similar trees with better needle retention, for example, the Nordman fir, have risen in popularity. When choosing your tree, first check the space, measuring the height and width of where it is going to be put and don’t forget to take a tape measure with you to the garden centre. Choose a green tree with no sign of brown needles, a sturdy, straight trunk and an even shape. For a fresh cut tree, when you get it home, put it in a cool, dry place out of the wind. Saw an inch off the base of the trunk and put the tree in a bucket of water until you are ready to take it in and decorate. Use a suitable tree stand or if putting in a bucket, use pebbles instead of sand or soil as trees keep better in water. Top up with water as required. A tree may need up to 3 pints a day!

POT GROWN OR POTTED If you go down the route of buying a ready potted tree, make sure you ask whether it is pot grown or potted. There is a difference. Pot grown trees literally have been grown in their pots so establishing a good root system. Potted trees have been lifted with a root and put in a pot. A good way of telling the difference is pot grown can be twice the price! Choosing a potted or pot grown tree is essentially the same. The reason you have taken this option is usually because you want to keep it afterwards to plant out or re-pot. It needs to be indoors for as short a time as possible as it is a big shock to its system! Keep it in a cool dry place until you bring it in. All trees keep better away from radiators or other sources of heat. Make sure it doesn’t dry out, so you may need to place it on plastic or on a saucer to protect your flooring. After Christmas, put it back out into some shelter and when all signs of frost have passed, plant out or re-pot. Unfortunately, even with the best of care these trees don’t always survive. RECYCLE YOUR TREE Of course a cut tree is recyclable. St Johns Hospice in Lancaster are running their pick up scheme on the 8th and 9th January 2011. For a minimum donation of £4 you can arrange to have your tree collected. Use the booking form from their website, www.sjhospice.org.uk

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A beautiful houseplant which can add colour and decoration to your home at Christmas. They now come in a variety of colours from cream to deep burgundy as well as the traditional red and green. Leaf fall is a common problem but can be avoided to a large extent by keeping it well away from any draughts in a warm bright spot. Only water when the compost is almost dry and do not leave standing in water. Make sure your plant is well wrapped for the journey home. Place another bag over the top to ensure it keeps warm.

Many of these are bought as gifts but the bulbs are on sale early enough for you to have colourful showy flowers for Christmas. Plant the bulb up to its neck being careful not to damage its roots. Water sparingly until the stem starts to grow then as bud and leaves appear, then gradually water more. Bulbs usually flower after 7-10 weeks depending on whether planted in winter or spring. After flowering, cut off the flower stem but keep the compost moist, letting the leaves feed the bulb for as long as possible. By late summer, the leaves may have started turning yellow and wilting but even if not, stop watering and put the bulb still in its pot in a dry place until early winter. Bring into the warm and gently water to start the process over again. It is best not to re-pot for the first couple of years.

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We can’t hear sound waves below 20 cycles per second or above 20,000, but then hearing spiders digesting their dinner I might find distracting!

In Sense and Sense – Ability, we explored how we literally make sense of the information we receive using our representational system. The amount of information available is just incredible – from what’s in your immediate vicinity to the outer reaches of the universe. We don’t take it all in, however, as much of it lies outside our human capabilities as we can’t hear sound waves below 20 cycles per second or above 20,000, but then hearing spiders digesting their dinner I might find distracting! And we can only see light waves between 380 and 680 milli-microns…We know that light waves exist outside these parameters as being the little tinkers we are, we invented and made apparatus to assist us see beyond our physical possibilities, making the impossible possible. Our representational limitations help us to filter what would otherwise be a truly overwhelming amount of stuff to assimilate but we also have mental filters in operation too in the form of our beliefs and values. After all this information has been funnelled through these filters, what we’re left with is a greatly reduced but constant stream, bent and shaped by our distortions to form our reality. WHAT IS A BELIEF? A belief is something that for you is true and can be conscious as I believe I’m awake, I believe my name is Vivienne and I believe I live in a place called Bentham. Or beliefs can lurk like a malevolent pike below the surface of your consciousness, unnoticed until they strike as you react to situations in certain ways without you really understanding why. Beliefs can be your own or soaked up from someone else but what you chose to believe has an effect on your behaviour and ultimately how you feel

as beliefs can be helpful and empowering or limiting and crippling. SO HOW ARE BELIEFS INSTALLED? I was doing a conscious breathing exercise last week and a memory popped up from my middle school days and I saw myself hunched over and I had my arms folded tightly across my chest in an effort to hide my pre-teen development and my face was burning with shame after someone had made some comment about it, provoking laughter from my schoolmates. In that moment I formed a belief that my body was embarrassing and it’s something that has coloured and shaped my life, having affected my self-esteem, my relationships and even my health. CHANGING BELIEFS Beliefs about your capabilities are interesting. Ask your average 5 year old if they can paint a picture, sing a song, dance, roller skate, speak in gibberish or tell a story to 30 of their classmates and the answer is yes. They don’t even think about it, they just do it. Ask your average adult and it’s a different story as suddenly everything becomes conditional on whether you…dun, dun, dun…FAAAAAIL and look idiotic. THINKING YOU CAN - OR CAN’T Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right”. “Can” in the English language is “power”; the power to do something or the power to not do something and you have the power to choose which is true for you. NEW BEGINNINGS This time of year is typically a time of renewal and new beginnings – out with the old and in with the new. A time to change ourselves and circumstances and, therefore, change what we believe.

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How many of you will be making new year’s resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, save money, find a partner, be nice to your partner/kids, exercise more? How many of them will be forgotten by the 3rd week of January? Just resolving to behave the opposite – eat less, exercise more etc., is rarely enough and often ends in disappointment because limiting beliefs will have their say. Changing a belief about who you are and what you’re capable of is easy but your brain needs proof that it’s possible to believe something else and a direction in which to go and learn from.

strongly believe, we all have things that we doubt and we all have things that we don’t believe at all and we’ve all experienced times of learning, progress and achievement. Changing a belief from one thing to another is a simple process of constructing a path between these points. LIVING IN THE HERE AND NOW My 6 year old daughter has vague ideas of what we call the “past” and the “future” but she doesn’t concern herself too much with these. She lives in the here and now as she (rightly) believes that’s all there is. Being “present” really is a gift as you remember that a happy and prosperous new year aren’t just wishes for some vague future destination, but the journey of every day, to be celebrated in every moment.

TAKING ACTION IS THE KEY Being patient with yourself as well as kind and not too self-critical also helps. So, if you really did want to believe something that you feel is not possible for you right now, how do you change it if just telling yourself the opposite isn’t sufficient to do the job? Well, we all have things that we

Until the next time, love who you are and enjoy what you do. With warmest wishes, Vivienne

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People are invited to celebrate Klezmer music, dance and storytelling at a packed day of events on Saturday 11 December at Lancaster’s Gregson Community and Arts Centre. WHAT IS KLEZMER? Klezmer is: a musical tradition of the Jews of Eastern Europe. Originally played by professional musicians called klezmorim, the genre consists largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces. DANCING Organised by Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community and the WEA Folk to Folk class, the day culminates in a lively evening of Klezmer music and dance with Manchester band The Klatsh. You don’t have to know what you’re doing because callers Judith Plowman  and Sue Cooper will talk you round the dances – or you can just sit and listen! YIDDISH STORYTELLER In the interval spell-binding Yiddish storyteller Shonaleigh, who is the official consort to the Story-Teller Laureate, will weave a tale.    KLEZMER MUSIC WORKSHOP The day kicks off at 2pm with a Klezmer music workshop with The Klatsh.  Some tunes will be learned with music, others by ear, and all musicians are welcome.   Then at 6.30pm there will be a free showing of the short film ‘Hannah Frank, The Spark Divine’ by award-winning filmmaker, Sarah Thomas. The film introduces Hannah Frank, Glasgow Jewish artist.  Hannah Frank died in 2008 at the age of 100 and an exhibition of her distinctive black and white prints opens in the Gregson bar four days before the Klezmer day. Hannah’s niece, Fiona Frank, is one of the organisers of the day. 47

Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community welcomes this chance to bring Jewish culture to a wide audience. All are welcome, and children under 16 get in free.

CELEBRATE KLEZMER AT LANCASTER’S MUSIC, DANCE AND STORYTELLING EVENT

Fiona said: “This promises to be a fabulous event. We are particularly privileged to have storyteller Shonaleigh, who has been called a modern day Scheherazade, with us. She travels across the world drawing on her Yiddish, English and European culture, to entertain. We’re looking forward to welcoming back The Klatsh, who have run quite a few Klezmer music workshops at the Gregson. The music and dancing will be full of joy. Klezmer is the traditional music of East European Jews that’s been performed at celebratory events for generations.  It is music made for dancing and it speaks to my soul when I hear it.”   Under 16 years ALL ARE WELCOME FREE Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community welcomes this chance to bring Jewish culture to a wide audience.  All are welcome, and children under 16 get in free. Fourth Annual Klezmer Dance at The Gregson Community and Arts Centre, Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY. Saturday 11th December 2010. £7.50/£5.00 (lower price for Gregson members, concessions, and people attending in the afternoon sessions.) Afternoon workshops: £5.00/£4.00 (lower price for Gregson members, concessions) Further information email lancslakesjc@gmail. com or tel 07778 737681 To book tickets phone The Gregson on 01524 849959 or just turn up.


ANIMAL CARE By Abi Sadler

Animal Care is the largest animal rescue centre in the Lancaster and Morecambe area which means we are always busy with animals in desperate need which have been abandened or can no longer be cared for by there owners. We have a huge waiting list of dogs needing kennel space and we try are best to help as soon as we can. From unwanted puppies to X battery hens we try are best to help everything in hope to find them a new loving home. This year alone we have taken in 611 dogs and cats in need of our help. Each day all our animals are cared for in the best possible way by the staff and volunteers on an average day we have 95 animals to clean, feed, vet check and exercise. We rely on food donations in order to keep feeding all our animals and we are always very grateful for every donation we get. We also rely on donations and fundraising events to keep are animals housed and any treatment given if necessary we spend a huge amount on vet bills as many of the animals we take in have health issues in August 2010 alone we spent ÂŁ4,432 on vet care for the animals. NEW WILDLIFE AREA In August we also open our new wildlife area as we felt there was a need to provide help and care for any injured or orphaned wildlife this has shown to be a massive success and we have already helped 100s of birds and hedgehogs be released back into the wild.

STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS We have seven full time staff who work very hard to keep the animals happy and safe. All the staff start work at 8am and begins the huge cleaning task. Each dog is walked at least once a day by staff and our fantastic volunteers who give up there own free time to lend us a hand. IMPACT OF CHRISTMAS This time of year is always very busy for animal centres all over the country and with out the kind donations from the public we would not be able to carry on the good work. We often see an increase of puppies and kittens in the December / January period as people still see it fit to purchase puppies and kittens as Christmas presents which unfortunately are seen a few weeks later in rescues centres looking for a new home. We do our very best to place each animal in the best possible home and ask each new adopter to visit there new chosen friend a few times before he/she goes home. At present Animal Care is housing a lot of dogs which find it a little bit harder to find a new home weather it be the way they look or the training which might be involved, We work very closely with a dog behaviourist Gill Atkin who works along side the staff and any new adopters which may need a little guidance. HELP US Animal Care has been working as a charity for just over 30 years and have helped save 1000 of animals placing them in new homes all over the country, We are dedicated to helping animals in need and with continued support from the public we hope to carry on for many years to come, We encourage everyone to come and see the work we do and donate what ever they can to help. We often run fundraisers and welcome everyone to come and have a look round or any volunteers to help run stalls is greatly needed.


WE ARE VICTIM SUPPORT. We help people find the strength to continue after a crime. We give free and confidential help to victims and witnesses of crime across England and Wales, and their family, friends and anyone else affected by crime. Our service is confidential and our support is offered regardless of whether or not a crime has been reported to the police. You can call us any time after the crime has happened, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago. It is our volunteers who help restore a victim’s confidence so that they can find the strength to move on with their lives and right now we are looking for more volunteers help victims of crime in Lancaster and surrounding areas and as a Victim Support volunteer. You do not need any specific skills or experience to become a volunteer and as we provide training and guidance throughout your time as Victim Support volunteer. And by joining our network of local volunteers you will be able to meet new people from all walks of life and make a real difference to the lives of others. Lloyd, a community and fundraising volunteer says: “Volunteering at Victim Support in my

If you would like to find out more about our services area compliments the career path I’ve chosen or how to help in Lancaster please contact: and I find it incredibly rewarding to offer Aanika Dhillon on 01772 201 142 emotional support to people who don’t always have the social support networks they need.” or email Aanika.dhillon@victimsupport.org.uk.

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Courses in the Lancaster area include ... • Yoga, Tai Chi, Alexander Technique, Somatic Movement • Life Coaching, Counselling Skills • Easter Baking, Gluten & Dairy Free Cookery • Languages - British Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish & Spanish

• Creative Writing, Family History, Local History • Herbal Medicine, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology • Ceramics, Dressmaking, Soapstone Carving, Soft Furnishings • Computing, Digital Photography Courses • Qualifications for work incl. NVQs start from 24th January

Free brochure available from 8th December Call into The Adult College Lancaster or telephone 01524 581269 White Cross Education Centre, Quarry Road, Lancaster LA1 3SE. Email: adcollege.info@lancashire.gov.uk www.lancashire.gov.uk/adultlearning

Learning for All Across Lancashire Lancashire Adult Learning, the County Council’s adult education service, offers a broad range of courses across the region. As well as courses held at The Adult College in Lancaster city centre, we offer courses in community venues across the region - including village halls, schools, church halls and libraries - enabling thousands of adult learners in Lancashire to gain new skills, knowledge, interests and qualifications, and help people lead more fulfilling lives and develop their careers. With hundreds of courses on offer there’s bound to be something to interest you: Access to Higher Education offers a range of courses in sciences, English, maths, criminology, drug use and misuse, psychology and sociology to help you achieve the necessary qualifications to enter university. Employability Skills courses are designed for those looking for work and offer drop-in workshops and structured courses in applying for jobs, confidence building, working with children, working in an office, customer care, banking and budgets and many more.

Professional Development courses offer languages including British Sign Language, computing skills, counselling and bookkeeping to help you develop your skills in a workplace setting. We also offer a range of NVQs, apprenticeships, Certificate and Diploma qualifications and training in the workplace. Funding may be available for the following subject areas: Business & Management, Children’s Workforce, Cleaning/ Recycling/Hospitality and Health and Social Care. For information on funding please contact Sue Little on 01257 516468. General Interest courses offer a wide range of activities including silver jewellery making, calligraphy, stained glass, ceramics, music, soft furnishings and dressmaking, watercolour, digital photography, complementary therapies, yoga, cookery and keep fit. Our Spring 2011 brochure, listing all courses across the region from January to April, will be available from 8th December 2010. For a free copy, or for further information, please contact us on 01524 581269.


Welcome to the Community Directory where you can find out what’s on around Lancaster over the next month, as well as a huge selection of useful phone numbers from local services to restaurants and estate agents. If you know of a service that is not listed or know of an event happening soon please let us know by sending an email to: info@atlancaster.co.uk

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The listing of events is FREE. 52 What’s on this Season

61 Transport

54 What’s on at The Storey

62 Pubs & Restaurants

58 Local & Council Services

64 Education

59 Health care

65 Church & Community

60 Takeaways

66 How to Advertise

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Lancaster & District Choral Society Christmas Carol Concert 18th December 7.30pm Including musical feature from “Oliver” Longridge Brass Band Ripley St.Thomas School Choir Ashton Hall Lancaster Tickets from Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centres 01524 823053

StarLights Festive Flower Festival Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December 10am-6pm Sat - 10am-4pm Sun Festive flower demonstrations daily at 11am and 2pm. See advert on page: Tickets available on the door or call 01524 381820 www.starlights.org.uk

Lancaster Walking Group - Crook O Lune Sunday 19th December (9.30am) 7 mile easy walk. Meet at 10am Crook O Lune Car Park. Contact Chris (01524 382465) www.lancasterwalkinggroup.org.uk

Lancaster Walking Group - Roeburndale Sunday 5th December (10am) 5 mile easy walk. Contact Rebecca (01524 848767) www.lancasterwalkinggroup.org.uk Salt Ayre Table Top Sale Sunday 5th December 8am-2pm As part of Salt Ayre’s table top sale. A Christmas themed stall with games, prizes, christmas gifts and stocking fillers to raise money towards Errin Riley’s world challenge expedition to Ethiopia.

The film “Made In Dagenham” Saturday 11th December (7.30pm) Arnside Educational Institute, Church Hill, Arnside (certificate 15). Tickets on sale at The Little Shop, Arnside Promenade (£4.50). Walking Group - Dunnerdale Sunday 12th December (9.30am) 5 mile easy walk. Contact Mike (01524 734867)

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Candlelight Baroque Friday 10th December ( 7:30pm) The Lancashire Sinfonietta Tickets £10 (concessions £7.50) Tickets & Information available from: Tourist Information (01524 582394) Cathedral House (01524 384820)          www.lancastercathedral.org.uk

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Christmas Concert Wednesday 15 December (7:30pm) Lancaster University Music Society Tickets £5 (concessions £3) Tickets & Information available from: Tourist Information (01524 582394)

Snow White Pantomime Various dates between 3rd - 28th December Fabulous, fun, family pantomime. Family Tickets and group discounts available. Box Office (01524 64695) or book online: www.lancastergrand.com

Vintage & Han Sat dmade Festive Mark 4th et 10am - 5pm Storey Galle ry and Not Just are collabora Vintage UK ting to deliv er a vintage handmade and festive mark et. This oneevent will bring day together the the new, prov old and iding an oppo contemporary rtunity for artists, desig and vintage ners, makers, enthusiasts to sell their Twenty five wares. stalls are avail able in this amazing Victo rian gallery space, crea a unique festiv ting e shopping experience place where –a mem purchase objec bers of the public can ts, or even expe they could neve riences, r get on the Unique gifts high street. and festive decorations. Sat Adult Life Draw ing Class 4th 10am – 3pm

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Storey Galle ry Ilana Halperin: Talks on Art lecture abou A performance-based t a Lancaste 6pm r Volcano In 2007, Store – 10pm y Gallery com to develop a missioned artist proje geological phen ct in Lancaster. Her fasci Ilana Halperin research staff omena resulted in a relat nation with ionship with and students University. The in Vulcanolo gy result is an response to emotional and at Lancaster volcanic activ deeply pers ity. student Jacq onal ui Owen, who Ilana will be joined by PhD diary. will give a read ing from a drea m 9th- Whirlwind Prod uction: The Lion, The 11th Witch and The 6.30pm 11th Wardrobe extra perform The story start ance 2.00pm s Professor Kirk when four children are sent to live with to and rather scar escape the Blitz. Whil st hiding from y house keep a strict across an old er, Mrs Macr wardrobe that eady, they stum the adventure is the gateway ble begins. to Narnia, and Whirlwind Yout h now and have Theatre have been rehe arsin been working many challengin incredibly hard g for a while g as roles there are for all. The show songs, spec tacular stage contains num sets and mag masks. erous ical costumes We take on and new and see what members all the time so if you want we do you are to come As the thea very welcome tre company . does not hold are filled durin audit g includes desig the weekly workshop sess ions, parts n ions, that also Workshop base and prop making. year olds, 10.3 d rehearsals run every Saturday for 0-12.30at The 5 -14 Lane, Lanc StoreyCIC, aster Meeting Hous For more infor . e mation or for 812480 tickets, pleas e ring: 0152 4 Or email: enqu iries@whirl windtheatre.o rg.uk Tue The Man who walks with 14th 7.30p Ghosts m

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Fri Spotlight 17th 8.00pm – 11.30 pm Lancaster’s spotlight club is a li writing venu e dedicated to bring new and differ ent writers, perfor readers and musicians’ to the stage. With Pascal Desm ond on Prose, it’s sure to be a brillia For more infor nt ni mation, visit: spotlightlancas www. ter.co.uk

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Please check event times and dates with the organisers before setting off.


T H E S TO R E Y W H AT ’ S O N D E C E M B E R Vintage & Handmade at S Festive Market h t 4 10am - 5pm Storey Gallery and Not Just Vintage UK are collaborating to deliver a vintage and handmade festive market. This one-day event will bring together the old and the new, providing an opportunity for contemporary artists, designers, makers, and vintage enthusiasts to sell their wares. Twenty five stalls are available in this amazing Victorian gallery space, creating a unique festive shopping experience – a place where members of the public can purchase objects, or even experiences, they could never get on the high street. Unique gifts and festive decorations. Sat 4th

Adult Life Drawing Class 10am – 3pm

Always wanted to draw? Didn’t know where to go? Well The Storey joined with The Adult College are now hosting Life Drawing Classes every month. For more information, please ring: 01524 60141

Sat 4th

One day Bridal and Eveningwear sample Sale 10am – 4pm

Storey Gallery Talks on Art Tue Ilana Halperin: A performance-based 7th lecture about a Lancaster Volcano 6pm – 10pm In 2007, Storey Gallery commissioned artist Ilana Halperin to develop a project in Lancaster. Her fascination with geological phenomena resulted in a relationship with research staff and students in Vulcanology at Lancaster University. The result is an emotional and deeply personal response to volcanic activity. Ilana will be joined by PhD student Jacqui Owen, who will give a reading from a dream diary. Whirlwind Production: The Lion, The 9th 11th Witch and The Wardrobe 6.30pm 11th extra performance 2.00pm The story starts when four children are sent to live with Professor Kirk to escape the Blitz. Whilst hiding from a strict and rather scary house keeper, Mrs Macready, they stumble across an old wardrobe that is the gateway to Narnia, and the adventure begins. Whirlwind Youth Theatre have been rehearsing for a while now and have been working incredibly hard as there are many challenging roles for all. The show contains numerous songs, spectacular stage sets and magical costumes and masks. We take on new members all the time so if you want to come and see what we do you are very welcome. As the theatre company does not hold auditions, parts are filled during the weekly workshop sessions, that also includes design and prop making. Workshop based rehearsals run every Saturday for 5 -14 year olds, 10.30-12.30at The StoreyCIC, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster. For more information or for tickets, please ring: 01524 812480 Or email: enquiries@whirlwindtheatre.org.uk Tue 14th

Prices from £50 - £200. Telephone 01524 849936 for more information.

The Man who walks with Ghosts 7.30pm

The man acknowledged as the master story-teller of all things spooky and scary, television’s Simon Entwistle, is hosting a unique “Audience with…” event in Lancaster this month. See article on page 57.

Come and visit our new look website:

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THE STOREY r Thu Black Christmas h t 6 1 7.30pm onwards In celebration of the recent re-issue of the original ‘stalk and slash’ movie and because adults deserve a party at Christmas time, Enigma Promotions are proud to present Black Christmas. This exclusive party will be held at The Storey in Lancaster on Thursday the 16th December. The party will include a private showing of the Special Edition of Black Christmas (1974), Close-up Magic tricks, Raffles, an IceCream Buffet and a charity auction. Local artists have created works inspired by the film and these will be auctioned to raise money and awareness for the Help for The Heroes Charity. This Party will appeal to anyone who enjoys great atmosphere and the darker side of Christmas. Tickets are as follows £15 for a Single ticket - admits one person and two raffle entry tickets £25 for a Single plus One ticket admits two persons and three raffle entry tickets For further information about the event and/or book your places please contact either Enigma Promotions on 07921 990295 or 07595 300232 or alternatively enquire at The Storey 01524 509000. ri F h Spotlight t 17 8.00pm – 11.30pm Lancaster’s spotlight club is a live writing venue dedicated to bringing new and different writers, performers, readers and musicians’ to the stage. With Pascal Desmond on Prose, it’s sure to be a brilliant night! For more information, visit: www. spotlightlancaster.co.uk

C R E AT I V E I N D U S T R I E S C E N T R E Sat Improv Rejects h 18t 7.30pm – 22.30pm Join us for some giggles and belly laughs as we celebrate the festive season in style. A great way to relax with friends and even tipple some mulled wine, nibble on some mince pies. Let us improvise the night away at your request, so make sure you come armed with plenty of suggestions- good or bad, they are all welcome. It’s only £2 entry as well! Happy days!

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at S TEDx th 6 7.30pm – 9.30pm Come and join us in The Storey Lecture Theatre with world-class guest speakers, discussing contemporary issues that affect us all. Why not join in the debate and have your say on each different monthly topic. Our TEDx talks will offer free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and will combine a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

d We Enterprise 4 All workshop th 12 10.00am – 12.30pm Enterprise4All specialises in maximising engagement in enterprise, education and employment. We are a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee, and led by a panel of successful business professionals. We offer a range of consultancy services and deliver publicly funded programmes that assist new and established businesses and that help to build more dynamic, cohesive communities. For more information email:info@enterprise4all.co.uk

Tue Café 18th Scientifique 7.30pm – 9.30pm Café Scientifique is a world-wide programme in which guest speakers talk for 15 minutes on a scientific subject their passionate about. Intent on educating and entertaining at the same time, The Storey will host each Cafes every month, supplying a different topic – to suit all audiences. Although this months speaker is still to be arranged, please keep looking at our website to see this months exciting topic! Fri Spotlight t 21s 8.00pm Start Lancaster’s spotlight club is a live writing venue dedicated to bringing new and different writers, performers, readers and musicians’ to the stage. For more information, visit: www.spotlightlancaster.co.uk

For more information on any of the events please phone: 01524 509000 Or to join our mailing list, please e-mail: megan.marketing@ thestorey.co.uk

Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH


‘THE MAN WHO WALKS WITH GHOSTS’

My ghost stories aren’t ones you forget quickly,” he says. “They stay in the memory for ever. That’s the mark of a good story.

AN AUDIENCE WITH…

We all like a good ghost story, something to send a shiver down our spine and doublecheck that the doors are locked before we head off to bed! Now, the man acknowledged as the master story-teller of all things spooky and scary, television’s Simon Entwistle, is hosting a unique “Audience with…” event in Lancaster this month. Lancashire-born Simon presented the highly-acclaimed ‘Into the Unknown’ on British TV, but also worked more recently with a U.S. production company on ‘Ghost Hunters International’, taking his stories of Lancashire ghosts and witches to an American audience. Says Simon, “We’ve chosen an ‘Audience with…’ format so that the audience really can join in a conversation with me. Numbers will be limited so that we can have an intimate evening – an ideal way to share ghostly experiences. “And sharing is the theme of the evening. Those who come along can ask me anything they want about ghosts and the paranormal and I look forward to hearing their own stories. You’d be surprised just how many people have experienced paranormal events. “I’m also delighted to be coming to Lancaster – after all it is where the Pendle Witch trials were held in the 17th Century.” You will also be surprised to learn about another, less spooky, side of Simon – his ability to recreate amazingly accurate sound effects for radio and television. “Not everyone knows that, “ says Simon, “but in keeping with the style of the evening, people will learn much more about me than they perhaps thought.”

Nevertheless, the main theme of the evening will be Simon’s haunting tales told in his in inimitable style. “My ghost stories aren’t ones you forget quickly,” he says. “They stay in the memory for ever. That’s the mark of a good story.” And, of course, of a superb story-teller. “An Audience with…Simon Entwistle is on Tuesday, December 14th at the Storey Creative Industries Centre. Starting at 7. 30 pm. Tickets are £12.50 and are available from the Lancaster Visitor Information Centre or from the Storey Creative Industry Centre. www.thestorey.co.uk. 57


LOCAL SERVICES

Help Direct is a new service for all adults in Lancashire, 18 and over, aiming to be your first port of call to get support, guidance and any information you need to get the most out of life. You can call in and speak to an advisor in person on any weekday at our offices in Lancaster (9 – 5) or Carnforth (9.30 – 5). You can also email your query to us, or phone us on the low-cost phone number weekdays (9 – 5) or Saturdays (9 – 1). Alternatively, if you are registered with any of the GP surgeries below, you can make an appointment to see an advisor during their weekly session there:

Lancaster City Council Customer Service Centre Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PG Tel: 01524 582000

Out Of Hours Emergencies

Tel: 01524 67099

Domestic Waste And Street Cleaning Tel: 01524 582491

LANCASTER Queen Square - 01524 843333 - Mondays - 1 – 6 King Street - 01524 541651 - Wednesdays 2–5 Dalton Square - 01524 842200 - Tuesdays 1.30 – 5.30 Owen Road - 01524 846999 - Wednesdays 12 - 5 Rosebank - 01524 842284 - Wednesdays 1 – 5.30

Council Tax

MORECAMBE York Bridge - 01524 831111 - Mondays - 9 – 1 Morecambe Health Centre - 01524 405766 Thursdays - 1 - 6 Westgate 01524 832888 - Thursdays - 12.30 – 3

Electoral Registration

CARNFORTH Ashtrees - 01524 720000 - Wednesdays - 9.30 – 1.30

LIBRARIES Help Direct holds drop-in sessions at Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham libraries on Friday mornings, 9.30 – 12.00, on a 3-weekly rota. Please ask at the libraries for dates.

0303 333 1111

Drop in sessions Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Tel: 01524 582900

Highway Faults Tel: 0123 456 789

Tel: 01524 582905

Planning

Tel: 01524 582376

Pest Control

Tel: 01524 582935

Stray Dogs

Tel: 01524 582757

Bus Passes

Tel: 01524 582958

Recycling

Tel: 0800 0929705

Homeless Advice

10am - 4pm 1pm - 4pm 1pm - 4pm 10am - 1pm 10am - 1pm

Telephone advice 01524 66529 Thursday 1pm - 4pm

Tel: 01524 586827

Lifeline Care Alarm Service Tel: 01524 582527

NB: Last client seen ¼ hour before closing time (On occasions we may need to close early due to shortage of staff) How to contact Lancaster Citizens Advice Bureau

Address: 87 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1RH Email: enquiries@lancastercab.org Website: www.adviceguide.org.uk

Flooding

Tel: 01524 582955

Handyperson Scheme Tel: 01524 586812

Sheltered Housing Tel: 01524 586858


Shopmobility is back!

To become a member, find out more or make a booking contact:

One Voice, The Cornerstone, Sulyard street, Lancaster LA1 1PX Shopmobility Tel: 01524 382764 www.lmshopmob.org.uk

admin@lmshopmob.org.uk

8 Dalton Square Lancaster LA1 1PN Tel: 01524 842200

The Meadowside Medical Practice

1-3 Meadowside Lancaster LA1 4UH Tel: 01524 32622 (24 hour number)

Queen Square Medical practice 2 Queen Square Lancaster LA1 1RP Tel: 01524 843333

Owen Road Surgery 67 Owen Road, Lancaster, LA1 2LG Tel: 01524 846999

Rosebank Surgery Ashton Road, Lancaster, LA1 4JS Tel: 01524 842284

Galgate Health Centre Highland Brow Galgate, Lancaster, LA2 ONB Tel: 01524 751284

GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ashton Road Lancaster, LA1 4RP

Tel: 01524 65944

DOCTORS Dalton Square Practice

ROYAL LANCASTER HOSPITAL

King Street Surgery

38 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RE Tel: 01524 541651

Halton Surgery

110 High Road Halton, Lancaster, LA2 6PU Tel: 01524 811226

Scale Hall Surgery

1 West Drive Scale Hall LANCASTER LA1 5BY Tel: 01524 64135

Bailrigg Health Centre

University of Lancaster Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4ZP Tel: 01524 387780

Caton Health Centre

Hornby Rd, Caton, Lancaster, Lancashire LA2 9QS Tel: 01524 770718

Brookfield Surgery

Bolton le Sands Carnforth, LA5 8DH Tel: 01524 822088

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DENTISTS Central Dental Practice

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

Mayo Clinic

Mayo House Meeting House Lane Lancaster, LA1 1GW Tel: 01524 33225

Bay Dental Partnership

6 New Street Lancaster, LA1 1EG Tel: 01524 32639

Brook Street Dental Practice

8 Brook Street Lancaster, LA1 1UU Tel: 01524 37324

Lancaster Dental Centre Skerton Tel: 01524 66242

HEALTHCARE

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FOOD & DRINK

COFFEE SHOPS The Old Bell Coffee House Bashful Alley Lancaster LA1 1LF Tel: 01524 36561

Lewis Of Lancaster‎ 23 New Street, Town Centre, Lancaster LA1 1EG Tel: 01524 389 642‎

Starbucks

19 Market Street Lancaster LA1 1HZ Tel: 01524 381 795

Cafe Nero

23 Market Street Lancaster LA1 1HZ Tel: 01524 36130

INDIAN Bombay Balti

PNP Currys and Kebabs

Flames

Moghuls

Bowerham Chippy

Sultan of Lancaster

Pizza Hut

154 Ryelands Road Lancaster, LA1 2RA Tel: 01524 555857 91 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RH Tel: 01524 36253 The Old Church Brock Street Lancaster, LA1 1UU Tel: 01524 61188

Japanese Miyabi

6 Cable Street Lancaster, LA1 1HD Tel: 01524 848356

Other Domino’s Pizza

20 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1NP Tel: 01524 848999

16 China Street Lancaster, LA1 1EX Tel: 01524 844550 www.justeat.co.uk

KFC

Nice and Spicy

Subway

2 Lower Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1NP Tel: 01524 33333

110 Penny Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 381160

6 Lower Church Street Tel: 01524 68060

11 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1LP Tel: 01524 33351 or Ryelands Service Station Owen Road Lancaster LA1 2LL Tel: 01254 383605 or 99-101 Penny Street Lancaster, LA1 1XN Tel: 01524 599328

Iky’s Balti House

Pizzetta Republic

Urban Spice

21 Brock Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 847107

Niche Indian Delights

133 St Leonards Gate Lancaster, LA1 1NL Tel: 01524 34432

75 North Road Lancaster Tel: 01524 33332

1 Rosemary Lane Lancaster, LA1 1NR Tel: 01524 382399 2 Coulston Road Lancaster, LA1 3AE Tel: 01524 61230

Kingsway Retail Park Lancaster, LA1 1DQ Tel: 01524 599222

Lancaster Fried Chicken 3 Rosemary Lane Lancaster, LA1 1NR Tel: 01524 66575

Supanova

18 Church Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 841488

CHINESE Wok Express

60 Penny Street Lancaster, LA1 1XF Tel: 01524 847575

Fired Wok Chinese Takeaway 98 Prospect Street Lancaster, LA1 5ES Tel: 01524 36000

The Woo Ping

16-18 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1NP Tel: 01524 64713

Bamboo Garden

30-32 New Street Lancaster, LA1 1EG Tel: 01524 849984


TAXIS Coastal Taxis

Tel: 01524 424424 or 01524 60000

Tel: 01524 844922

32090 Taxis 35666 Tel: 01524 32090 or 01524 35666

8 4 8 Taxis

Tel: 01524 848848

John’s Taxi

Tel: 01524 845210

Lancaster Road Taxis Tel: 01524 844844

National Rail Enquiries Tel: 08457 48 49 50 Local Bus Journey Planner 0871 200 22 33 Budgie Transport

Provide a waterbus service on the Lancaster Canal.

Tel: 01524 389 410.

NowCard helpline on 0845 058 1069

A smartcard aimed at making travel on public transport simpler for those eligible for concessionary fares

COASTAL TAXIS

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TRANSPORT

A to B Lancaster Taxis

Traveline Public Transport Tel: 0870 608 2608


Wagon and Horses

FOOD & DRINK

27 St Georges Quay Lancaster, LA1 1RD Tel: 01524 846094

Bistro 26

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

Castle Balti

23a Castle Hill Lancaster Tel: 01524 388454

Bella Italia

26-28 Church Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 36340

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

The Sultan of Lancaster

The Old Church Brock Street Lancaster, LA1 1UR Tel: 01524 61188

The Sun Cafe

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

Penny Street Bridge Penny Street Lancaster, LA1 1XT Tel: 01524 599900

Quite Simply Food 13 Moor Lane Lancaster, LA1 1QD Tel: 01524 34916

Quite Simply French 27a St Georges Quay Lancaster, LA1 1RD Tel: 01524 843199

1725 Tapas Bar

28 Market Street Lancaster, LA1 1HT Tel: 01524 66898

The Stork

The Green Ayre

Brittania 101

Mung Mee Thai Restaurant

Corricks Lane Lancaster, LA2 OAN Tel: 01524 751234 Ullswater Road Lancaster, LA1 3PX Tel: 01524 849720

Verdes

46-48 Chapel Street Lancaster, LA1 1LH Tel: 01524 383436

The Gatehouse

Canalside, White Cross Lancaster, LA1 4QX Tel: 01524 849111

Greaves Park

Bowerham Road Lancaster, LA1 3AH Tel: 01524 389335

The Borough

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

Etna Pizza Pasta 22 New Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 69551

Miyabi Japanese Restaurant

6 Cable Street, Lancaster, LA1 1HD Tel: 01524 848356

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

The Water Witch

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

The Litten Tree

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

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63 North Road Lancaster, LA1 1LU Tel: 01524 585240

6 Chapel Street Lancaster, LA1 1NZ Tel: 01524 64107

The Merchants

27 Castle Hill Lancaster, LA1 1YN Tel: 01524 66466

The Lounge Bar

87 Penny Street, Town Centre, Lancaster, LA1 1XN Tel: 01524 555999

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

The Three Mariners Bridge Lane Lancaster, LA1 1EE Tel: 01524 388957

The White Cross South Road Lancaster, LA1 4XT Tel: 01524 33999

Moghuls Indian Restaurant

91 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RH Tel: 01524 36253

The Gregson

33 Moorgate Moor Lane Lancaster, LA1 3PY Tel: 01524 849959

The George & Dragon

24 St Georges Quay Lancaster, LA1 1RB Tel: 01524 62265


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PRIMARY SCHOOLS Caton Community Primary School

EDUCATION

Broadacre Road Caton, LA2 9NH Tel: 01524 770104

Dallas Road Primary High Street Lancaster, LA1 1LD Tel: 01524 64520

Ryelands Primary Torrisholme Road Lancaster, LA1 2RJ Tel: 01524 64626

Scotforth St Pauls C of E Primary Scotforth Road Lancaster, LA1 4SE Tel: 01524 65379

Quernmore C of E Primary Quernmore Lancaster, LA2 9EL Tel: 01524 66628

St Wilfrid’s C of E Primary Penny Stone Road Lancaster, LA2 6QE Tel: 01524 811230

Lancaster Ridge Primary Keswick Road Lancaster, LA1 3LE Tel: 01524 841589

The Cathedral Primary Balmoral Road Lancaster, LA1 3BT Tel: 01524 64686

Christ Church C of E Primary School

Derwent Road Lancaster Lancashire LA1 3ES Tel: 01524 60955

Caton St Pauls C of E

Moorside Road, Brookhouse, Lancaster, LA2 9PJ Tel: 01524 770241

Dolphinholme C of E Dolphinholme Lancaster, LA2 9AN Tel: 01524 791530

Moorside School

Bowerham Rd, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4HT Tel: 01524 66516

Bowerham Primary

Bowerham Road, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4BS Tel: 01524 63999

Skerton Community Primary Skerton, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 2AY Tel: 01524 63785

Thurnham Glasson Church of England Primary School Marsh Lane Glasson Dock Lancaster LA2 0AR Tel/Fax: 01524 751425 www.thurnhamglasson. lancs.sch.uk Cockerham C of E Primary School Main Street Cockerham Lancaster LA2 0EF Tel/Fax: 01524 791550 www.cockerham.lancs. sch.uk

SECONDARY SCHOOLS Lancaster Girls Grammar

Regent Street Lancaster, LA1 1SF Tel: 01524 32010 www.lggs.org.uk

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Central Lancaster High

Crag Road, Lancaster, LA1 3LS Tel: 01524 32636 www.central.lancsngfl. ac.uk

Lancaster Royal Grammar

East Road, Lancaster, LA1 3EF Tel: 01524 580600 www.lrgs.co.uk

Our Ladys Catholic College Morecambe Road, Lancaster, LA1 2RX Tel: 01524 66689 www.our-ladys-rc. lancsngfl.ac.uk

Ripley St Thomas Church of England High School

Ashton Road Lancaster, LA1 4RS Tel: 01524 64496 www.ripley.lancsngfl. ac.uk

Skerton Community High Owen Road, Lancaster, LA1 2BL Tel: 01524 65143 www.skertonhigh. lancsngfl.ac.uk

Jamea Al Kauthar Ashton Road, Lancaster, LA1 5AJ Tel: 01524 389898

Carnforth County High

Kellet Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9LS Tel: 01524 732 314

TUTOR Kip McGrath

Professional tuition for pupils aged 6-16 years old. Tel: 01524 61199


CHURCHES

Holy Cross Orthodox

Lancaster Priory and Parish Chuch

Christians Against Poverty

Tel: 01524 65338

Tel: 01524 840759 Tel: 01524 61582

Christ Church

Lancaster Cathedral

Lancaster District Homeless Action Service

Lancaster fm Church

St Thomas C of E

Moorlands Evangelical Church

Tel: 01524 34430

Tel: 01524 590410

Lancaster Baptist Church

Tel: 01524 39677 www.lancasterbaptistchurch. org.uk

Christians Alive Church Tel: 01524 845554

St Lukes Vicarage Tel: 01524 63249

Grace Baptist Church

Tel: 01524 841133 http://www. freegracelancaster.co.uk/

Tel: 01524 841941 www.lfmc.co.uk

Tel: 01524 64146 www.moorlands.org.uk

Lancaster Quaker Meeting

Tel 01524 62971 www.lancasterquakers.org.uk

Lancaster Methodist Church Tel: 01524 32717

King’s Community Church Tel: 01524 388490 www.kcc.org.uk

Trinity United Reformed Church High Street - service 10.30am Bowerham - service 6.30pm

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CHURCHES

Tel: 01524 842008

Tel: 01524 384820


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