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LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD & PANORAMIC VIEWS With its relaxing surroundings and modern facilities, including 21 stunning en-suite bedrooms, the Mill at Conder Green is the perfect place for all your needs. Whether it be for a homemade, locally sourced meal and a few drinks, a relaxing weekend away, Wedding, Christening or family get together. The canalside setting is perfect for productivity, creativity or simply unwinding after a long day. We can cater for any business needs, such a conferences; exhibitions and business lunches too. The Bowland Suite can be booked by the full or half a day, and also for smaller meetings we have the Glasson Lounge.

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Welcome to the Lancaster District We are very excited about this edition, featuring so many fantastic local businesses and over 40 articles, we hope you enjoy it as much as we have creating it. The Lancaster District is so diverse and packed full of amazing people, stunning scenery and fantastic things to do, if you are running an event make sure you submit it online to www.lancasterdistrict.co.uk (It’s FREE)

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We are always interested to hear from local people, if you have an idea for an article, know someone that inspires others in the local area, a group for local people or a charity that helps others, do get in touch, we would love to write an article for a future edition.

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New this edition we have: Tumble Tots, new classes starting - p115, Envirovent, help local people solve damp and mould issues - p34, Inspire gifts and gallery look forward to welcoming you to their shop in Lancaster - p94, and Aqua Bright Windows clean windows and a whole lot more - p10.

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LANCASTER DISTRICT MAGAZINE 12 Home Interiors - The perfect bathroom 14 SHOP LOCAL - Inspired Interiors 22 Property - Landlord Tax 24 Local property company - Mighty House, Lancaster 30 Home Interiors - Tile trends for 2018 37 Legal advice - Unmarried couples risk losing everything 38 Legal advice - Divorce and separation - without the court 40 Local club - Young Archaeologists’ Club in Kendal 44 Walking - Garstang Walking Festival 2018 47 SHOP LOCAL - Brighten up your garden 49 Garden Cafe - Newly renovated Pear Tree Cafe 50 Gardening Group - Fork 2 Fork gardening project 54 Local Nature - RSPB Millions of birds on the move 58 Local Nature - Local squirrel conservation 61 Local Event - Scorton Bikes & Barrows 63 Vets advice - Bunny Health 64 Travel - Thailand’s Temples 67 Health - Innocuous injuries - Physiofusion 69 Local Sport - Lancaster Bulldogs 74 Weekend Away - Isle of Man 78 Health - National Homeopathy Week 82 Local Food - Lancaster Food & Drink Festival 84 Local Restaurant - Thai cuisine at Blue Moon in Lancaster 86 Food - Tumeric Tea Recipe 89 Food - Swedish Meatballs with creamy gravy recipe 90 Food - Gluten free sunken chocolate Amaretto cake 91 Food - Home cooked delights at Daisy Clough 92 SHOP LOCAL - Treat Yourself 96 Local business - Joseph+Co 98 Local Artist - Rachel Thornton 100 SHOP LOCAL - Spring | Summer Fashion 103 Local Author - Joseph Delaney 105 Local Felt Artist - Yorkshire felt Artist Fiona Gill 108 SHOP LOCAL - Clocks and watches 111 Local shopping - Country Harvest Homeware Cabin 112 Local Group - 100 years of the RAF 114 Local Group - Aikido - Japanese Martial Art 116 Local Walks - Peter Wade’s local history walks 119 Local Singing - Lancaster & District Choral Society 121 WHAT’S ON - Local events in April & May 122 Local Group - Girlguiding in Lancaster 126 Puzzles - Sudoku, wordwheel, wordsearch & kids puzzle 128 Community Services Directory Would you like to submit an article? Please send your information to info@lancasterdistrict.co.uk 6

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THE PERFECT BATHROOM Designing the perfect bathroom for your home shouldn’t feel daunting. From beautiful freestanding baths to drenching showers and sparkling taps, Tina Robinson, Product Manager for luxury bathroom brand Heritage Bathrooms, reveals her top tips for creating your dream bathroom. PLANNING IS KEY

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“Consider the style of bathroom that you want - deciding whether to opt for a clean, crisp contemporary look or a more classic and timeless approach. It’s easy to get distracted by different trends, so it’s best to be clear on the style direction that you want to go in before shopping for all of the finishing touches to complement the look.

“If you have the space, the perfect bath offers a haven to retreat to after a busy day, allowing you to relax and destress with a long soak. Choosing a freestanding bath is a timeless investment as they work equally well in contemporary interiors as well as more traditional settings and pack a powerful style punch. Available in a multitude of designs, materials and finishes there is an option to suit every need.

“When heading to a showroom, it’s helpful to have specific information to hand to aid the design process. Details like connecting rooms, flooring type and ventilation are all valuable insights as these will enable the designer to plan your space around any weaker stud walls or flooring which could limit the weight of bath that can be brought in or whether underfloor heating can be installed.”

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“If you opt for a beautiful cast iron roll top bath, make sure you enquire about the design possibilities. Heritage’s range for example, come primed and ready to paint, so you can create a truly individual design. Also consider the weight of the product and seek advice on whether you will need your floors reinforcing to support it. “Alternatively, opt for a metallic effect acrylic tub in place of a traditional metal design. Our Hylton, Lyddington and Holywell acrylic baths are lighter than cast iron baths and all available in Stainless Steel, Copper and Gold finishes, meaning you get the iconic look you love without any additional worry about the weight. “For homeowners who favour more fashion-forward designs and are looking for a statement piece that steals the show, it has to be Heritage’s Alderley mock-croc design. A bath that demands to be

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HOME INTERIORS seen and begs to be touched, Alderley boasts a faux croc texture and rich brown hue that works in both dark and moody bathroom schemes, as well as providing an injection of personality within plainer schemes.” DELICATE DETAILS “If you can’t commit to a full bathroom refit, then breathe new life into your existing space with accessories. Think of brassware as ‘jewellery for your bathroom’- the perfect finishing touch that can instantly transform the room. To achieve an instant warm and opulent finish and give older sanitaryware a new lease of life, try incorporating subtle touches, such as our Hemsby rose gold taps, showers and handles for instant on-trend update.” INCORPORATE COLOUR “Don’t be afraid to add a splash of colour into an all-white bathroom space. In well-ventilated bathrooms or areas of the bathroom away from immediate sources of steam and splashes, treated or vinyl wallpaper can provide a gorgeous backdrop reminiscent of a luxury boutique hotel. “In areas which are subject to more day to day

Choosing a freestanding bath is a timeless investment as they work equally well in contemporary interiors as well as more traditional settings and pack a powerful style punch. humidity, you can still create a distinctive design with stylish tiling. Why not introduce a pop of pink, one of the biggest colour trends of the year, across subway tiles for an elegant and romantic effect? LOCAL HERITAGE RETAILER - BATHTIME With a commitment to providing quality materials and craftsmanship across its ranges and lifetime guarantees on all freestanding acrylic baths, cast iron baths and suites, with Heritage, you’re not only investing in a bathroom design that you’ll love now, but for years to come. Why not visit Heritage retailer Bathtime Northwest and begin planning the bathroom of your dreams?

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PROPERTY RENTAL

Recent figures show a sharp fall in buy to let mortgage applications and the situation is likely to get worse as landlords feel the squeeze as mortgage interest relief is phased down to the basic rate of income tax.

LANDLORD TAX Tax increases on the private rented sector are hurting tenants but failing to achieve their objective according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The warning comes following research by the Local Government Association (LGA) showing that the average private sector rent is now £852 a month across the country, average rent in the local area is a lot less than that but is still stretching affordability for most younger tenants. FEELING THE SQUEEZE Recent figures show a sharp fall in buy to let mortgage applications and the situation is likely to get worse as landlords feel the squeeze as mortgage interest relief is phased down to the basic rate of income tax. Recent research also suggests that just 19% of landlords plan to invest in new property over the next year, with 58% considering reducing further investment in their rental properties due to the increased financial burden brought about by recent tax changes. Although Ministers have sought to boost the number of homes for private rent by encouraging institutional investment in the sector, the London School of Economics last year said that individual landlords will remain the dominant players in the market. The supply of homes for private rent that the country needs can only be achieved by providing support for the majority of landlords who

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Andrew Parkinson, owner of Parkinson Property explains how the tax increases for private landlords have affected the market. are overwhelmingly individuals or small firms. There have been renewed calls for the government to scrap the decision to tax a landlord’s turnover, rather than profit, abandon the mortgage interest relief changes and to no longer apply the stamp duty levy on additional homes where a property is adding to the supply of housing available to rent. RENTAL HOUSING TAX HIKES RLA Policy Director, David Smith, said: “The research from the LGA shows clearly the problem being caused by the government’s tax increases in a softening economy. Individual landlords are stalling investment in new property as a result of the changes, whilst institutional investors are failing to come forward to provide the homes to rent we need. The government argued that the tax changes were about supporting first time buyers. What has happened is that tenants can’t find the homes to rent they need, whilst being unable to afford a home of their own. The rental housing tax hikes are simply hurting but not working for anyone. It is time to scrap them.” In a recent speech at an event hosted by think tank New City Agenda Professor David Miles a prominent economist suggested that Government has wrongly blamed landlords for rising house prices and a shortage of new homes available to first-time buyers. He said: “I think these measures to make renting less attractive were introduced in order to try to help make housing more affordable for people who want to buy them, but that they are wrongheaded. Making rental property more expensive, as is very likely if you reduce the attractiveness to suppliers of rented property, will probably make rents even higher. It is hard to see that as helping the people who are trying to become homeowners.” The boom for buy to let has definitely ended and time will tell as to how the new measures imposed by the Government will dampen the supply of much needed rental homes.

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Unmarried couples risk losing everything Local Family Lawyer’s from Ratcliffe & Bibby Solicitors call upon unmarried couples in Morecambe and Lancaster and the surrounding areas to take action to protect themselves legally, incase their relationship should ever break down.

The sad reality is that unmarried couples have very limited legal rights and responsibilities towards each other if the relationship breaks down

Wendy Wharton from Ratcliffe & Bibby Solicitors made the call as part of a National Cohabitation Awareness Week that is being led by Resolution (who campaign for a fairer family justice system) of whom Wendy is a member. LACK OF RIGHTS Cohabitation Awareness Week in November 2017 was aimed to raise awareness about the lack of rights that exist for unmarried couples who live together. There are about 7 million people in the UK living in this type of relationship, making this the fastest growing family type in the country. Wendy explained that most couples she worked with mistakenly believe that they acquire ”common law” rights after living with their partner for a certain amount of time or having children together. “The sad reality is that unmarried couples in our area and beyond have very limited legal rights and responsibilities towards each other if the relationship breaks down.

I regularly meet people who have been affected in this way, and because of the lack of legal protection, there are times when I simply cannot help them.

2018 to discuss how Parliament can change the law to give cohabiting couples more protection. David Morris MP said: ”I was delighted to meet with Wendy Wharton and Neil Anderton today at Ratcliffe & Bibby Solicitors to discuss the growing number of cohabiting couples In this area.”

PROTECT YOURSELF I urge all cohabiting couples in our area and beyond to consider taking out basic protection, such as a Cohabitation Agreement to protect both partners if they separate.

“It Is likely that the number of cohabiting couples will continue to grow in future, and that more people will be affected by these issues. This is why I would urge all cohabiting couples to consider their Iegal situation, and take the steps to better protect themselves. I will also be going back to Parliament to speak about this area of the law to see what can be done”

A Cohabitation Agreement provides protection by simply setting out what will happen to finances and property if the worst happens. It is also important to think about life insurance which is underwritten for the benefit of the specified common law partner. By setting out your intentions in these documents, you’ll be in a much better situation if the unexpected happens.”

At the very least, people cohabiting should find out about their rights or lack of them if they end up separating.

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Wendy would be delighted to assist anyone who requires advice and assistance In this area.

Local MP David Morris MP met with Wendy Wharton and Neil Anderton on Friday 26 January

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LEGAL ADVICE

DIVORCE & SEPARATION RESOLVING ISSUES WITHOUT COURT HEARINGS Many separating couples are wary of seeking legal advice because they do not want to have to face the emotional and financial cost of court proceedings, Baines Bagguley & Penhale Solicitors explains the alternative to court.

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Many couples know that either they or their ex can apply to the court for a decision about the arrangements for their children and/or resolving financial issues, for example whether the family home should be sold. They also know that court proceedings can feel like a “fight” and that even if they achieve the outcome they seek the process can be very stressful and damaging for future family relationships.

way that the couple want, with each person having the opportunity to consider and voice their long term goals., Goals such as wanting your children to feel comfortable inviting you both to their graduation or wedding can sometimes be lost in the traditional exchange of solicitors letters. Collaborative meetings help to identify and keep in mind goals such as these.

The good news is that there are other ways that a specialist family lawyer can support separating couples to reach an agreement and make it legally binding without anyone having to attend court.

At the outset of the collaborative process the solicitors and the couple sign an agreement, which makes it very different from other round table negotiations. This agreement commits everyone, including the solicitors, to work together with good faith, integrity, a commitment to truth, respect and kindness, patience, a focus on the future and the interests of their children or other family members and a desire to learn the other person’s perspectives and concerns.

FAMILY MEDIATION There is a great deal of information available now about Family Mediation. This involves a mediator helping a couple explore their options and reach agreements at meetings. Because the mediator can’t give legal advice, usually independent legal advice is sought by the couple separately in between meetings and at the end to prepare the documentation to make the agreement legally binding. Experienced family law solicitors can advise you whilst you are attending mediation and are sometimes invited to attend a mediation meeting with you if you both agree. They can also support couples who want to sit around a table with their lawyers instead of sending letters and emails which can inflame the situation and lead to misunderstandings. WORKING TOGETHER COLLABORATIVELY

The agreement also prevents the couple from instructing their solicitor to apply to the court if the negotiations break down. If they decide to apply to the court they have to change solicitors. This means that all those participating in the meetings have an interest in reaching a successful conclusion. Not all situations suit the collaborative process but if a couple want to achieve a respectful resolution of the issues arising from their separation, to retain control of making decisions and do their best to resolve issues with support, then the collaborative process can enable couples to separate and divorce with dignity.

Working collaboratively enables you both to enjoy the benefit of legal advice from your own solicitor at meetings as well as the advantage of sharing that advice and everyone working together to reach agreement at meetings.

Baines Bagguley Penhale’s specialist family lawyers, Barbara Richardson and Nicola Codd are trained collaborative lawyers and dedicated members of Resolution, a group of family law professionals who are committed to easing the pain and financial cost of family breakdown.

Each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and the couple and their lawyers all meet together in one room as many times and as often as the couple want. Together the lawyers work with the couple, legal advice is shared and the priority is to resolve the issues the

Based in Lancaster, Nicola and Barbara together have over 30 years’ experience of advising and representing clients on separation and divorce and the constructive resolution of family disputes. Contact them on 01524 401010 for a confidential, no obligation discussion.

This way of resolving family issues is less well known.

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Where family matters We know how difficult it can be when a relationship breaks down. Using our experience and expertise we can help you to resolve the issues that can arise at this time. Nicola Codd and Barbara Richardson specialise in providing advice and representation so that you can feel in control of the decisions that matter following separation. In particular we deal with the resolution of complex financial issues.

‘You have been fantastic in your support, guidance and handling of the processes and difficulties. I cannot thank you enough’ Ms M – Dec 2017

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YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS’ CLUB - KENDAL It’s no wonder the Young Archaeologists’ Club in Kendal is so popular, how many young people get the chance to explore the past in such an exciting, hands on way? .... Well, with 70 branches all over the country, it seems quite a few! We find out more about what local young people are getting up to in their Saturday morning club.

SUNDAY MORNING RE ENACTMENTS! A Saturday morning and Brythnoth stands surrounded by his thegns, the brave band defending Essex from attacking Vikings. Or rather fourteen young people are standing in the basement of Kendal Museum skillfully directed by a Young Archaeologist Club leader who is an experienced re enactor and who has advanced qualifications in Viking warfare. KENDAL YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS Kendal Museum has been a home to the Young Archaeologists’ Club for over twenty years having been set up in the 1990’s by the then curator Meriel Wainwright, under the wing of the Council of British Archaeology. Since then it has been led by a range of volunteers drawn from curators, Portable Antiquity Scheme experts, a re-enactor, Museum Skills Diploma graduates and the museum education officer. ARE YOU AGED BETWEEN NINE AND SIXTEEN? The club meets once a month at the museum, now a department of Kendal College, with members between the ages of 9 and 16, who, over the years, have been drawn from North Yorkshire, Lancashire , and North Cumbria as well as the Kendal area. The club appeals not only to those with a passion for history but also those who like to understand past worlds in a practical, and forensic way, and based at the museum we are surrounded by evidence; artifacts from prehistory, ancient Egypt, Rome and through modern times. We investigate the past with an attention to detail and many of the young members have a knowledge that seriously keeps the best qualified leader on their toes. MEET WITH LIKED MINDED YOUNG PEOPLE! Not everyone is an expert, though, and an active wish to explore the past and a willingness to share with others, are the best attributes in a member. It is their passion and curiosity which draws the young people together, and over the decades many parents have reported that the club provides an opportunity for their children to meet with like minded others who are as interested in more esoteric subjects, for example the coinage of Ethelred the Unready, the finer points of vampire traditions and cures for the plague, or basically any odd topic, as they are in the more popular subjects of teams, music and online games.

The conversation at the meetings is certainly lively. As a leader I have met many former members years later and I can guarantee they are interested and interesting people who have entered a broad range of future paths – not only in archaeology. WHAT WE GET UP TO Over recent years members have investigated artifacts, visited Roman and Viking sites, have had training in flint knapping from perhaps one of the best knappers in the country, taken part in research excavations ( although as these have to be led by professionals they are limited in number) , joined in with re enactors and had a lesson in archery - among many other activities. Perhaps this is why we always have a waiting list. YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGY CLUB Over the whole country there are some 70 branches and by contacting the YAC at the Council of British Archaeology: http://www.yac-uk.org/join-a-club you can access an interactive map to find the nearest branch to you. If you want to find us at Kendal Museum please contact info@kendalmuseum.org or anna.hall@kendal.ac.uk. Anna Hall, Museum Education Officer and one of the present YAC leaders.

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GARSTANG WALKING FESTIVAL 2018 The fantastic Garstang Festival is upon us once again, taking in a variety of walks and rambles for people of all ages and abilities, showcasing some of the most beautiful parts of our area. Features Writer Rob Bullock explores this year’s itinerary… The Garstang Walking Festival was launched over a decade ago by Wyre Council to encourage people to visit Garstang and the surrounding areas, enjoy the lovely countryside and to use and support local businesses and organisations. The theme of the festival this year is Moss, Meadows and Moorland. Walkers will be able to experience the best of springtime in the countryside around Garstang, the Forest of Bowland and the Fylde Plain. Enjoy bluebell woodlands, wildlife, upland views, local history and explore to the west of Bowland, the wetlands and the coast. The Garstang Walking Festival’s long-distance walks are famous for there varied scenery and interest. This year’s long-distance walk takes place from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 May and is a series of three walks exploring Wyre from the seashore to the Bowland Fells. This walk is a strenuous walk for the and is more suitable for the seasoned walker as each walk is between 14 to 16 miles long. A minibus/taxi will be provided to get walkers to the start for days 1 and 2 and ramblers are reminded to bring all-weather clothing, walking boots, packed lunch and drinks. Join the Friends of Garstang Walking Festival for the opening on Sunday 5th May. Enjoy a drink and a piece of celebration cake before the first Garstang walks set off at 9.15am – noon. A SELECTION OF THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS: Springtime Wildlife at Nicky Nook, Dog friendly (G6) Sunday 6th May, 10am – 12.30pm Area: Scorton Grade: Hard. Length: Approx. 5 miles Cost: £3.50 / £2.50 Enjoy a beautiful walk in search of springtime wildlife and you can bring your dog with you too but this is a very popular and so booking is essential. Please bring a drink, binoculars, dog leads and dog poo bags! Abbeystead Circular Walk (G14) Tuesday 8th May, 10am – 3pm. Area: Abbeystead. Grade: Moderate. Length: Approx. 6 miles Cost: £4.50 / £3.50 This is a circular walk encompassing the stunning River Wyre passing through woodland and pastures using footpaths that are seldom used taking in the Shepherds Church and returning via Lower Lee. Booking is essential. Please bring a packed lunch and drink.

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Glasson Dock and Cockersands Abbey (G24) Thursday 10th May, 9.30am – 1pm Area: Glasson Dock Grade: Moderate Length: Approx. 6.5 miles Cost: £3.50 / £2.50 A lovely circular walk to the coast via the canal, lanes and fields. Walkers pass Cockersands Abbey along the Lancashire Coastal Path beside the Lune Estuary. Booking essential. There is a WC at the start and a pay and display car park. Please bring a snack, drink and binoculars. Winding Ways in Wyre (G31) Friday 11th May, 10am – 3.30pm. Area: Churchtown Grade: Moderate Length: Approx. 8 miles Cost: £4.50 / £3.50 A ramble across the flat lands of the Fylde, through farm land and over streams, along some of the less-used paths. During the walk, walkers might be able to work out why these paths came into being and who used them. Booking is essential and please bring a packed lunch and drink. Of Roman Legions and Pendle Witches(G39) Sunday 13th May, 9.30am – 5pm Area: Dunsop Bridge Grade: Hard/Very Hard. Length: Approx. 14 miles Cost: £4.50 / £3.50 The walk skirts to the east of the Bowland Fells before picking up the Roman road up to the head of Whitendale, then following the River Dunsop back to Dunsop Bridge. Booking is essential on this very popular historical challenging ramble. There is a pay and display car park and a WC at the start. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. For more information please visit: discoverwyre.co.uk or call 01995 602125

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PEAR TREE CAFE NEWLY RENOVATED Ashton Hall Garden Centre is an independent garden centre combining the traditional with the best of contemporary trends in a unique setting. In March this year their newly refurbished cafe was re-opened and they look forward to your visit. With spring just around the corner, we are thrilled to be able to invite customers old and new to our newly reopened cafe. The cafe has been completely refurbished using a palette of calming greys, warm woods with Scandinavian crockery and lots of plants to soften and link with the garden outside. A new entrance from within the garden centre has really opened up the space to create a light, airy feel and a brand new extended kitchen will allow us plenty of scope for fresh new menu ideas plus lots more of our famously delicious cakes! Starting out from humble beginnings in a portakabin, the Pear Tree Cafe was named in honour of the last remaining pear tree from the orchard within the walled garden, which once supplied Lord Ashtons’ household with fresh fruit, flowers and vegetables.

The mellow brick walls which enclose the garden centre and the beautiful perennial garden form a charming, ever changing outlook for visitors to the cafe. We would like to thank our many regular customers who have borne with us through the building work – we hope they will agree that it was worth the wait! Of course, while you are visiting the new cafe you can also browse the enormous outdoor collection of bedding plants, trees, ornaments, pots and plants all displayed beautifully around the walled garden, a great place to spot butterflies and bees. We offer a large range of stylish home products with a strong emphasis on design, quality and innovation, from kitchenware, candles, clocks and ornaments. To complement our handpicked products, we create inspiring displays for fun and pleasurable shopping. Over the years, we’ve become well known for the range and quality of our greetings cards. Having the right tools for the job makes gardening even more of a labour of love and a joy. We stock a wide range of top quality garden tools – and at best value prices too. We look forward to welcoming you to our new cafe and we hope you will also enjoy our spring/summer displays.

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FORK 2 FORK LANCASTER

A home grown local forest gardening project in Lancaster has high hopes of changing lives for the better as well as setting the standard for food cultivation in the twenty first century. Features Writer Rob Bullock investigates what’s going on down in the woods today… Most people probably haven’t heard of ‘forest gardening’, but it is really nothing new. Actually, it is quite an ancient method of cultivating food crops. Forest gardens (which are often called home gardens) have been used for millennia in tropical regions where they still do, to this day. It can be a major part of the food producing systems which people rely on, even if they work elsewhere for much of the time. INFINITE SOURCE OF NUTRITION The reason why this type of horticulture is popular amongst the poorer parts of the world is because with forest gardening, the interdependent plants provide an infinite source of nutrition for each other to flourish, so the gardeners don’t have to.

A UNIQUE PROJECT IN OUR AREA Fork 2 Fork is a unique project in our area because it is free of charge and has no barriers to anyone joining in. Absolutely anyone can go along, work in the beautiful outdoor space, learn about sustainable gardening and help create something beneficial for the community, the environment and themselves. “Although horticultural therapy is not new,” explains Robin. “Fork 2 Fork is unique in this area. It is volunteer led and I’m just there to guide and advise.” GROWING PEOPLE NOT JUST PLANTS - anyone is welcome at Fork 2 Fork.

“Fork 2 Fork is as much about growing people as “Compared to a standard allotment you get much more growing food,” states Robin. “We’ve had some food per metre of space of food volunteers with us since we began from your effort,” explains Robin and have a volunteer retention rate Eyre from Lancaster’s Fork to of over 60%. Absolutely anyone can go Fork project. along, work in the beautiful Anyone can come along, people For those readers who like with learning disabilities, mental outdoor space, learn about technical explanations, a forest health issues, or people who just sustainable gardening and garden is a designed agronomic want to make a difference to their system based on trees, shrubs lives and the lives of others in the help create something and perennial plants. These beneficial for the community, communities. Some people struggle are mixed in such a way as to to get out of bed in a morning, with the environment and mimic the structure of a natural a project like this they’ve got a big forest – which, naturally, is the incentive.” themselves. most stable and sustainable INVALUABLE LOCAL SUPPORT type of plant ecosystem on the planet. You only have to look at the rainforests to see that Although accepting direct donations and doing they’re full of life. fundraising Fork 2 Fork is mainly supported by GB Antiques LTD Executive Pensions Scheme “Instead of planting our leeks each year, we’ve got and Lancaster Brewery, “they have been with us perennial ones, likewise with kale and rhubarb as from the start,” explains Robin proudly. “They are well as a huge variety of fruit and nuts. The food totally to committed to Fork 2 Fork, our volunteers providing plants are balanced by other trees and plants and everything the project stands for. We couldn’t that manage the soil, like Alder which puts nutrients have done this without them. They have been like nitrogen into the Earth, so we don’t have to use championing us since day one.” fertilizer.” For more information about Fork 2 Fork Lancaster… see us on facebook @ HELPING ITS VOLUNTEERS TO GROW STRONG TOO ForktoForkProject A forest is a cooperative system, with plants helping each To volunteer contact us through our Partner other to grown strong., In the same way, Fork 2 Fork also Piccadilly Support Services through info@ helps its volunteers to grow strong through hard work, piccadillygarden.com or 01524 847685 exercise, meaningful horticultural activity & support.

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MILLIONS OF BIRDS ON THE MOVE We birdwatchers are, on the whole, an optimistic bunch. As soon as we hear the word ‘spring’, our thoughts turn immediately to the potential of a new season bursting with life and exciting discoveries. Photo: Mike Malpass

Despite what the weather may throw at us, we can always look forward to a few developments out there in the natural world. Flowers come into bloom, buds appear on the trees, bees emerge from their winter slumber and of course, bird song reaches its impressive peak. START OF THE BREEDING SEASON

Given the right weather conditions we may witness mass-scale movements of some species, particularly those that move by daylight. This is referred to by birdwatchers as ‘visible-migration’ and at well-watched vantage points around the country bands of amateur and professional ornithologists alike will be out in force counting streams of birds as they pass overhead.

BIRDWATCHING For some of our resident birds March CONDITIONS Following ideal conditions, is the real start of the breeding season such as light southerly with territories being claimed and Many birds migrate at night, nests being built. Some species such and as a consequence early winds followed by a little as ravens and herons will already be morning vigils often reap morning drizzle, the first few rewards for the migrant-seeking well into the process of raising a brood hours of daylight can reveal birdwatcher. Following ideal while a few brave blackbirds may also be ahead of the game. The very first conditions, such as light a dazzling array of birds spring migrants will have arrived with southerly winds followed by having just made landfall. sand martins, chiffchaffs and wheatears a little morning drizzle, the amongst the first to make the long first few hours of daylight journey from their distant wintering grounds. On can reveal a dazzling array of birds having just made the coast, avocets will already be settling in on the landfall. These tired and hungry travellers will often saltmarsh at the RSPB’s Allen and Eric Morecambe ‘disappear’ pretty quickly so an early start really is Pools. essential if you want to increase your chances of catching up with them. MILLIONS OF BIRDS ON THE MOVE VISITORS TO LEIGHTON MOSS NATURE RESERVE But it is in April and May that things really start to heat up - both figuratively and, if we’re lucky, At the RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve in Silverdale, literally. Millions of birds will be on the move we will welcome the arrival of long-distance travellers throughout Europe, with the last of our winter such as reed and sedge warblers, cuckoos and ospreys. visitors having departed for northern nesting sites Some will pass through, while others will stay to breed and the bulk of our migrant summer breeders having in the mosaic habitats of the reserve. The dawn chorus arrived from south of the Sahara. on the reserve can be absolutely breath-taking.

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BIRD WATCH IN THE COMMUNITY These peripatetic birds don’t only appear at wellwatched nature reserves of course, and many species can turn up just about anywhere. Blackcaps, willow warblers and spotted flycatchers will often stop off in suburban gardens while swallows and house martins will stream overhead. In Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth and Kendal keep an eye and ear out for that classic urban visitor the swift, whose evocative screams ricochet from tall buildings from May through to late summer. It’s always worth getting out and having a root around to see what you can find for yourself. Bushes and gardens along the coast can offer a chance of finding your own common migrants but if you keep an open mind and sharp eye out there’s no telling what you might come across. A great way to keep up with what’s being spotted in the local area during this often frenetic period is to check the sightings page of the Lancaster & District Birdwatching Society’s website at: lancasterbirdwatching.org.uk If you’re interested in joining RSPB experts on a guided walk such as Birdsong For Beginners or Dawn Chorus Walk at Leighton Moss check the Activities and Events page at rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss

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EXPLORE NATURE’S AMPHITHEATRE ONLINE In support of the continued growth, visitors to Morecambe Bay will now be able to log onto a brand new website to find out about the Bay’s unique places and attractions available to visit.

The visitor economy is growing in the Lancaster District. It’s now worth £243million with over 7.4million annual visitors.

The website, www.exploremorecambebay.org.uk has been designed specifically for mobile and tablet use so visitors can get some inspiration and practical guidance for exploring this unique coastal area. The site complements the Lancaster visitor website www.visitlancaster.org.uk and provides everything a visitor would need to plan a short break with user friendly filter options to find the perfect place to stay, visitor attractions and restaurants. The website will work effectively alongside our Visitor Information Centres and social media feeds in promoting and responding to enquiries across a variety of channels.

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LOCAL NATURE

SQUIRREL CONSERVATION

Could Red Squirrels make their way back to the district? Alan Wright, Communications Manager, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside tells us more. A red squirrel recently spotted on a Cockerham caravan park might not be a sign that this endangered mammal is making a comeback in North Lancashire. Conservationists are always cautious about these kinds of sightings as they might just be a stray creature wandering out of its territory.

the greys. It wouldn’t be so bad if they could live together but the main problem has been the spread of a terrible virus. Squirrel pox is spread by greys and reds succumb to it. The squirrel pox wiped out more than 80 per cent of the Formby population in 2008.

SQUIRREL STRONGHOLDS

However, things are looking up for red squirrels with numbers now back to 80 per cent of that 2008 total in Merseyside. Reds are now being seen on the outskirts of Greater Manchester and on our Freshfield Dune Heath and Mere Sands Wood nature reserves. Of course, these outposts are linked by habitats and possible breeding groups of red squirrels. Much of this has been down to the Red Squirrels United project, the “biggest ever coalition of academics and delivery partners working together on a scientifically robust programme of conservation for the iconic red squirrels”.

At the moment red squirrels have strongholds around Formby in Merseyside and in large areas of Cumbria, Northumberland and Scotland. The gap between Penrith and Formby is unlikely to be filled without major habitat work. So the squirrels we have seen in Preston are likely to have wandered from Formby and the ones we might see around Lancaster will be the odd stray from Cumbria. For the reds to move back into North Lancashire and breed would mean larger areas of coniferous and mixed forest, where they can outcompete their grey cousins. This doesn’t simply mean the odd forest here and there, it means a proper network of habitats linking to the Cumbrian population further north. WHATS THE PROBLEM WITH GREYS? Grey squirrels were first introduced in the UK in the 1870s to brighten up people’s gardens but they spread and spread . . . and spread. The national population is estimated at more than 2.5million compared to just 10-15,000 red squirrels. To be fair it is easier to love a red squirrel because of its colour, its magnificent pointy ears and its bushier tail than

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The Lancashire Wildlife Trust plays a leading role with the Formby reds, and Cumbria and Northumberland trusts play a big role in ensuring the safety of our native squirrels in the north of England. Squirrel conservation does involve some control of greys to create buffer zones to protect red from the pox. Capturing and humanely killing a grey is seen as preferable to allowing reds to be wiped out by a horrible and painful disease. We are looking for other ways to deal with this. If you support our work please tell the Red Squirrel United project. And as our red squirrel population increases this beautiful native mammal will eventually return to make a home in the north of the county. For more details go to www.redsquirrelsunited.org.uk

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LOCAL EVENT

SCORTON BIKES & BARROWS FESTIVAL Established in 2010 as a way of showcasing the beautiful village of Scorton near Lancaster, the Bikes and Barrows Festival has fast become an annual treat for the droves of visitors who descend on it at the beginning of May each year. Features Writer Robert Bullock speaks to Mike Howes, Festival Chairman. A community coming together - working as one

10K Sherriff run

“The festival was originally set up as a way of pooling all the resources and fundraising for the village,” explains Festival chairman, Mike Howes, “instead of holding lots of smaller events, such as coffee mornings and cake sales we decided to create something unique. We came up with ‘Bikes and Barrows’ because we’re situated on National Cycle Route 6 and have a lot of visiting cyclists but we are also a small rural village, hence the barrows!”

The Festival’s 10K Road Run is known as the “10K Sherriff Run” in memory of Phillip Sherriff who lived in the village and died in 2012. The 10K event is extremely popular each year involving over 150 very keen runners who come from all over the North West.

Bikes and barrows like you’ve never seen before! Visitors to the festival can marvel at the bicycles and wheelbarrows that have been artistically decorated by local residents on a variety of weird and wacky themes and are scattered all around the village.

PLENTY TO SUIT ALL AGES This year in addition to the decorated bikes and barrows the festival offers: A Saxon / Viking re-enactment group – marvel at these battling ancient warriors! World War Two vehicles group with re-enactors Have-a-go archery – if you think your aim is good enough! Children’s fair activities

Raising funds for good causes Everyone involved in the organising the event are volunteers and funds are raised for local groups, associations, and the churches, to pay for things that benefit the community and to support other local good causes. Funds from previous events went towards paying for a Multi-Use Games Area and funds from this year’s event will go towards the upkeep of the playing field as well as enhancing the area for older children by installing a zip wire and larger swings.

All of this excitement takes place to the tune of music, song and dance events on the playing field, a peal of church bells, Morris Men dancing, and a ticketed Saturday evening concert in St Peter’s Church with the Lancashire Schools Jazz Orchestra and the Cotton Town Chorus Barber Shop group. And of course, refreshments are available every day together with the ever-popular beer tent! The festival concludes with a fun wheelbarrow race on Sunday afternoon!

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Fun bike rides – including a rickshaw– why not let someone else take the strain! Classic car and Emergency Service exhibits Art and flower exhibitions Local history displays in St Peter’s church with music recitals Village hall Spring Fair and food and craft fair

The festival is supported by many local business sponsors and last year’s good weather brought in around 3000 visitors over the three days of the event. So, why not pop over to lovely Scorton during the weekend of Saturday-Monday, 5-7 May, there’s so much to do for all the family. For more information go to www.bikesandbarrows.co.uk

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BUNNY HEALTH An article about rabbit health would be unworthy if the importance of diet (hay, more hay, 80% hay) and the need to maintain gut motility by eating went unmentioned! This article, however, will focus on contagious diseases which usually leads to rabbits’ early demise. Fortunately vaccinations are available for the main killers, but they do need to be given annually.

SWELLING & BLINDNESS - MYXOMATOSIS Deliberately introduced in the 1950s as an effective rabbit control measure this disease causes skin lesions, swelling of the head and genitals, acute conjunctivitis and blindness. Rabbits become lethargic, lose appetite and develop a fever. Secondary bacterial infections occur in most cases and death within 14 days is common. The disease is spread by direct contact with affected rabbits or insect bites (fleas, midges and mosquitoes) and there is no treatment. Palliative nursing care and treatment of infections to ease suffering can in some cases be given, but more often than not euthanasia is advised. Prevention is key - annual injections are given to protect from the virus taking hold and provides the ideal opportunity for a thorough health check. SILENT KILLER - VIRAL HAEMORRHAGIC DISEASE (VHD) VHD is a highly contagious disease caused by a calicivirus affecting wild and domesticated rabbits. It is a swift and sudden killer, giving little warning. Rabbits may die without showing any symptoms at all. Some bleeding from the nose, mouth and rectum is sometimes seen. The death rate of rabbits exposed to the virus is high and the few rabbits that survive are carriers that can shed the virus for at least 42 days. The virus is hardy, remaining viable in the environmet for up to 12 months - longer in low temperatures and resists freezing. Symptoms include loss of appetite, lethargy, high fever, spasm and sudden death. It can be spread by contact with inanimate objects contaminated by the virus (bedding, bowls, bottles, feed, clothing, shoes, tyres); direct contact with another infected rabbit or their faeces; indirect contact by insects, birds and animals such as rodents that transfer the disease between rabbits. For many years a vaccine for VHD-1 has been available as part of a combined injection given with the annual myxomatosis vaccine. However a second, newer strain of the disease, VHD2, was identified in France in 2010 and 2013 in the UK. A separate, additional vaccination should be given to help protect against this strain of the disease. It is thought we are seeing a greater number of deaths in the UK from the second strain VHD. This might reflect the fact that VHD-2 kills rabbits more slowly (seemingly over a 3-day period), giving the disease more time to

spread than VHD-1 (which was more likely to kill rabbits before they could pass it on), and so it spreads further. BRAIN & KIDNEY INFECTION - E CUNICULI E cuniculi is a microscopic brain and kidney protozoal parasite infection. It is widespread but despite around half of all pet rabbits carrying the infection, only a small proportion of these cases ever show any illness. Some rabbits carry the parasite without ever becoming ill whilst others show a range of symptoms. Signs of infection include a head tilt to one side; eyes tracking side to side or up and down; paralysis, shuffling or weakness on back legs; uncontrollable spinning or rolling; unexplained changes including seizures, deafness, cataracts or behavioural changes; drinking and urinating more than usual. Fenbendazole is the active ingredient used to rid your rabbit of intestinal worms and needs to be given orally every day for a 28 day period when E cuniculi is suspected. We do not recommend routine worming to prevent E cuniculi as, like any drug, it can be harmful and should only be used when necessary. It should be noted that some rabbits do not respond to treatment or have a partial response and are left with some central nervous system changes, for example a permanent head tilt. Some owners may choose euthanasia due to unresolvable conditions like urine scald or lack of mobility. The prognosis of E cuniculi in rabbits will vary greatly depending upon the severity and the condition of the individual rabbit. Prognosis can be good if the rabbit is treated early and responds well to the chosen therapy. Disinfecting your rabbit’s environment is crucial.

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TEMPLES OF THAILAND We explore 4 of the 40,000 temples in Thailand

Many people associate Thailand with crystal clear turquise waters, dreamy white sand beaches, Island trips, all night full moon parties, amazing mouth-watering taste-bud tingling food and warm glorious sunshine are just a few reasons why Thailand has over 32 million visitors a year. Thailand is a Buddhist country and so temples play an important role in everyday life for the Thai people. People go to the temple to Pray to Buddha for a good health, good fortune and wealth, celebrate festivals and perform rituals. They also seek advice from monks living in temples and teach children about life and Buddha. It is customary for young boys to ordain as a monk and live in the temple for a while, some for a short time, some for longer.

practicing Theravada Buddhists it might then not come as a surprise that Thailand has a staggering 40,000 temples.

TEMPLE RESPECT Many temples are open to visitors. It is important that, as when visiting the home of any different culture that we respect the traditions of local people and religion. What might be suitable attire on the beach for a full moon party is not respectable to wear when visiting a temple: Wear closed toed shoes, knees covered, no bare shoulders, no hats, no sunglasses, no chewing gum or smoking. Remove your shoes before entering areas of worship

It is believed that Buddhism was introduced to Thailand approximately 2,200 years ago when Ashoka the Great, the emperor of India, sent monks to a number of countries including Thailand to spread Buddhism. Nowadays, the vast majority of Thai people Buddhist. Thailand is unique as the most Buddhist nation in the world and with 95% of the population

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TRAVEL - THAILAND WAT ARUN TEMPLE - BANGKOK Wat Arun, known as the temple of dawn, is the most iconic temple of Bangkok, the spire stands an impressive 230ft (70m) and is one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks . Located in Bangkok, almost opposite to the Grand Palace, Wat Arun was built during seventeenth century. Its full name ‘Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan’. The distinctive shape of Wat Arun consists of a central ‘Prang’ (a khmer style tower) surrounded by a collection of spires that have been colorfully decorated. The stairs to reach a balcony on the main tower are quite steep, usually easier to climb up than to walk down, but the view from up there is really worth it, giving fantastic views of the winding river as well as local landmarks. Despite its name, the Temple of Dawn looks amazing especially when lit at night along the Chao Praya River.

WAT PHA SORN KAEW - KHAO KHO High up hidden in the hills of north central Thailand, Wat Pha Sorn Kaew is very striking, the five white Buddhas, nestled together in a meditation position, represent the traditional five Buddhas who visited the earth.

WAT BENCHAMABOPHIT - BANGKOK Classified as a first class royal temple, as the King ordered construction of the marble temple in 1899 nearby to a large complex of Royal Palaces and mansions. Wat Benchambophit is also known as ‘the marble temple’ and is a major tourist attraction. It has multi-tiered roofs, elegant bird-like decorations at the top and stunning gold carvings. There is a large stone lion on either side of the entrance, guarding the temple. Inside you will see a magnificent Sukhothai-style Buddha statue as well as 52 Buddha images from different periods and a Bodhi tree brought over from Bodhgaya in India, where Buddha reached enlightenment.

This relitively new temple was completed in 2004, and was elevated to the status of temple only in 2010. In its short history, despite its remote location, it has become a center for the foundation of mindfulness practice, one of the core Buddhist principles. Wat Pha Sorn Kaew is a relatively new temple, and is not widely recognised as a tourist attraction, therefore it can be quite difficult to visit. It is located about 5 hours north of Bangkok, between the towns of Lom Sak and Phitsanulok in the Phetchabun region. At present, the only way of reaching the temple is by your own transport or on a private tour.

WAT HUAI PLA KANG - CHIANG RAI A Buddhist monumental 9-stories chedi style temple, located in Chiang Rai (Northern Thailand) nicknamed the “9 tier temple” known for its spiritual design and its ornamental details. You can climb to enjoy the view. A staircase with impressive dragon heads leads you inside the apgode. Between the large white statue perched on a small hill and the 9 tier pagoda, there is a white hall. Next to the ‘9 tier temple’ sits a 23 story high white buddha!

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HEALTH

INNOCUOUS INJURIES As the better weather appears many people become more active, but it is important that we look after our bodies and seek help for injuries before we make them worse. As we move into spring – and the weather gets better - many of us will start to be a little more active, whether this is finally being able to enjoy some gardening, a little spring cleaning or just generally getting out and about a little bit more. In doing more, we can often put our bodies at a little more risk of those annoying innocuous injuries. This is common when we go from not doing too much to suddenly increasing our activity, doing something that our bodies aren’t used to.

It is important that we think about our posture and REMEMBER TO BEND OUR KNEES! If we are doing a little spring cleaning, we must be wary of the stress and strains put on our neck and shoulders, especially when we are looking up and working above our head. Taking regular breaks can have a huge benefit, as well as avoiding keeping our neck and shoulders in a static position for too long. IGNORING MAKES IT WORSE

Whilst it is certainly beneficial to increase our levels of activity, it is just as important to think about what we are going to do in order to minimise risk. For example; if we are involved in an activity that involves a lot of bending and carrying heavy objects, we must ensure that we are using the correct techniques and that we do the allimportant stretches. Stretching is very important! Don’t forget, we can ask our doctor or physiotherapist for advice beforehand so that we are best prepared.

Take advantage of a physiotherapists knowledge! That’s what they are there for. They are able to give in-depth explanations of problems along with practical advice and techniques on how to reduce the risk of recurrent injuries. Many of us can be tempted to ignore an injury and hope that it will improve. Whilst some conditions will heal fine in their own over time, leaving an injury can also lead to difficulties, as people tend to reduce their activity levels and use the injured body part less, leading to potential weakness, stiffness and longer term conditions which are more difficult to treat.

COMMON INJURIES

SEEK HELP ASAP

Common gardening injuries are usually occur in our back, for the simple reason that most gardening work is on the ground and involves a lot of bending and pulling.

Although Physiotherapists are known for treating the more serious injuries, they still get huge number of people that go for treatment because of an innocuous injury.

MINIMISE THE RISK

The sooner we are able to get an injury treated, the quicker and easier it will be. We shouldn’t be embarrassed about seeking advice and treatment from a physiotherapist on what seems like an innocuous injury. The physiotherapist will always be happy to treat you and will give you honest and useful advice. Being seen early can also enable the physiotherapist to be proactive in managing an injury before it has the potential to deteriorate or become a longer term issue. Ultimately the goal is always for you to be as active as possible and to do the things that you enjoy. If you would like professional advice for free before you decide on your treatment, use our online service Ask-A-Physio on our website, or call us on 01282 453 110.

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LOCAL SPORT

Moving up from Division 4 to League 1 in just four years, local wheelchair basketball team, Lancaster Bulldogs clearly have the drive and tenacity to get all the way to the top of their sport, but the Bulldogs aren’t just about success on the court as our Features Writer, Rob Bullock, discovered… “We’re very proud of our achievements, especially over the past few years,” explains Club Captain Andrew Hartley. “Anyone would agree that it’s quite something to go from Division 4 to League 1 in such a short space of time. Of course, we are aiming for the top, the Premier League, but at the moment our challenge is to remain in this division and build upon our success.” OPEN TO ANYONE It was a surprise to discover that anyone can play wheelchair basketball, not just people in wheelchairs; “Yes, absolutely anyone can come along and take part in our sport, it’s very inclusive,” says Andy. “We have a points system based upon levels of disability and this is meant to even things up. Able bodied people are rated five, and paraplegics like me are rated one. At any one time a team can have a maximum of fifteen points on the court made up of a number of players, so you’re always juggling your team.” Andrew was injured in a car accident at the age of seventeen and has spent the last twenty-one years in a wheelchair. He’s been playing wheelchair basketball for twenty years and enjoys both the competitive element and the social benefits. “The Bulldogs have a really great social scene. There’s always lots going on and you get to meet some really lovely people.” FAMILY ORIENTATED CLUB Lancaster Bulldogs are a very family orientated club too, with the Hartley clan heavily involved with coaching and support work as well as captaining the teams. Andrew’s wife Libby is a Table Official and Club Treasurer, his dad Michael is a Table Official and Kit Man and his mum Janice is a Kit Person. More than just competition. “We all enjoy competition,” says Andy. “It is great fun. But Lancaster Bulldogs are much more than that. The people in the team look after each other. We have a big support network and enjoy socialising together. In

the team we have members that have a lot of experience of dealing with mobility issues and they’re able to support other members and anyone who wants to pop along to a practice session. New members, in particular, are offered a very warm welcome.” PRACTICE SESSIONS Training sessions for the experienced players are held at the Salt Ayre Sports Centre on Friday evenings between 7.30pm-9.30pm. For the juniors, intermediates and newcomers the time to come is on a Sunday morning between 9.30am-12.30pm – everyone is welcome to come along on a Sunday morning. CHALLENGES Running any sports team can cost a lot, but with a sport like wheelchair basketball with its specialist requirements the running costs are high and new equipment expensive. “Fund raising is definitely a challenge,” says Andrew, “people would perhaps be surprised to discover that we need a minimum of £3000 a year just to play. It’s definitely not a cheap sport. We haven’t had any new kit in almost three years now and it desperately needs replacing.” CALL FOR SPONSORS The team members, support staff, family and friends can regularly be seen collecting at supermarkets around our area and running fundraisers month in, month out but what they are desperately in need of is a sponsor. “That would be the icing on the cake,” says Andy, “a sponsor for the team. It would make all the difference in the world.” to support a brilliant If you or your business would like who do much more dogs Bull r aste Lanc like local team ll, or if you are etba than just play wheelchair bask t why not get in spor the in part g interested in takin ldogs.co.uk rbul touch with Andy at www.lancaste

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ISLE OF MAN By Rob Bullock

Whatever your interests you’ll have great fun exploring the Isle of Man! Set right in the middle of the Irish Sea almost equidistant from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales the small island has got some of the most breathtaking natural beauty, ranging from rugged coastal cliffs to rolling moorland through to wide flat plains and sandy beaches, and there’s so much to do it’s the perfect destination for a weekend away.

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Castle Rushen

is one of Europe’s best preserved Medieval castles. Here visitors can find out how the Kings and Lords of Man lived.

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On the west of the island, where visitors can follow in the footsteps of Christian missionaries and Viking warriors.

The Laxey Wheel

A SMALL ISLAND WITH A BIG HISTORY

is one of the world’s largest working waterwheels. It was used to pump water to the mines. Visitors have the opportunity to find out what life was like for Manx miners.

For those of us history buffs, the Isle of Man is the perfect place to visit. A weekend away on the Isle of Man allows visitors to explore the unique Manx culture and fascinating heritage that stretches back thousands of years.

Tynwald Hill

One of the island’s most distinctive landmarks and will provide visitors with an insight into the island’s strong identity. As a signal of the Isle of Man’s independence as a self-governing crown dependency, the four-tiered hill is thought to be made with soil from all of the island’s 17 ancient parishes.

The Isle of Man has a unique and varied heritage which is as evident today as it was many thousands of years ago.

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WEEKEND TRAVEL MANX MUSIC, SPEECH AND DANCE FESTIVAL 20 Apr 2018 - 28 Apr 2018. This nine-day competitive festival has over 200 classes for drama, dance and music of all kinds. Taking place in the Villa Marina and St Thomas’ Church the 126 year old Festival brings around 4,000 participants of ALL ages together to perform and enjoy the arts giving entertainment both to the island’s population and its visitors.

EASY TO GET ABOUT – EVEN WITHOUT A CAR! It’s more than possible to see most of the Island by travelling on the impressive network of heritage railways powered by steam, electricity and even horsepower that the Isle of Man possesses. Many of the heritage attractions are located close to the railway stops making it an easy and mesmerising way to indulge in the Isle of Man’s colourful history. You can enjoy a ride along Douglas promenade on a horse drawn tram or take the Manx Electric Railway to Laxey to uncover the island’s mining heritage. Or how about riding on an impressive Victorian steam railway to the south of the island to explore the former home of the Manx Parliament at the Old House of Keys?

EVENTS NOT TO MISS! 7TH ISLE OF MAN CAMRA BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL! 12 Apr 2018 - 14 Apr 2018. - This popular three-day festival is organised annually by the Isle of Man Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. 160 beers, 50 ciders and perries plus fruit wines will be available in the Royal Hall at the Villa Marina. ISLE OF MAN CYCLEFEST PRESENTED BY ISLE OF MAN BANK 21 Apr 2018 - 22 Apr 2018. – This famous cycling event returns to the glorious grounds of Milntown Estate for its third edition in 2018 with a new spring date and its biggest programme of award-winning music, mouth-watering produce and family entertainment to date, not to mention some of the best cycling anywhere in the British Isles.

Peel Beltane Festival of Fun and Fire. 6 May 2018. This is a brand-new event to mark the Celtic summer and bountiful harvest. Fantastic family outing at Peel Beltane Festival of Fire with Viking games and Manx dancers, local bands and entertainment. There will be craft stalls, Manx food experiences with Viking torch lit procession, bonfire, fireworks, May Queen & King Blessing and Wishing Tree. Praying the Keeills Week 2018. 19 May 2018 - 26 May 2018. Visitors are made to feel welcome as ancient places of great peace and beauty are explored. A full range of events and activities throughout the week for all ages. Launch event at St Stephen’s Sulby on Sat 19 May 10:00am. ALWAYS BUSY FOR THE TT RACES! Taking place at the end of May/beginning of June the world-renowned TT Races see the island transformed from it’s normal, peaceful self to a beacon of speed and power. There is something about the TT races that captures the imagination of participants and spectators alike in a way no other race can. It is a sheer spectacle and is a unique event that sees thousands of fans flock to the island every spring for their annual fix. Unless you’re a fan, maybe avoid the end of May because the island can become heavily booked up and accommodation is hard to find. GETTING THERE! Visiting the Isle of Man from our area is easy, quick and convenient whether you travel by air or sea. Flights from Liverpool or Manchester are quick and cheap, whilst you can catch a Steam Packet operated ferry from Liverpool, Birkenhead or our very own Heysham. For more information about a weekend away on the Isle of Man please visit https://www. visitisleofman.com

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NATURAL HEALTH

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Each year, from the 10th to the 16th April, homeopaths, patients of homeopathy, and others interested in natural healthcare, come together to celebrate Homeopathy Awareness Week. Homeopathy Awareness Week is both a national and an international event. It provides homeopaths with the opportunity to organise a range of activities aimed at raising public awareness of the many benefits of homeopathy, a gentle and effective system of medicine. This makes it a really good time for you to find out more about what homeopathy is, who it can help, and where to find a qualified practitioner. It is also a commemoration of the birth date of Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, who was born on the 10th April, 1755.

Homeopathy is part of national health systems in the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, India and Brazil. In India, 100 million people depend solely on homeopathy for their medical care. Did you know that across the world, millions of people use homeopathy each year? In the UK, 12% of the population (that’s nearly 8 million people) already find homeopathy beneficial. Homeopathy is part of national health systems in the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, India and Brazil. In India, 100 million people depend solely on homeopathy for their medical care. In France, 56% of the population use homeopathy. 100 million EU citizens use over-the counter or prescribed homeopathic medicines. Over 200 million people around the world use homeopathy Why do over 200 million people choose to use homeopathy?

A number of high profile celebrities routinely use homeopathy to support their health, and enhance their overall wellbeing. During Homeopathy Awareness Week, they join in the national campaign to promote homeopathy, and share their positive experience of using this gentle system of medicine, through various media outlets.

- Homeopathy is a natural and gentle system of medicine. - Homeopathic medicines are prescribe according to the specific, individual needs of each patient. - Homeopathic medicines are non-toxic, and rarely produce unwanted side effects. - Homeopathy can be used by everyone, including babies, children, adults, the elderly, women during pregnancy and even animals, too, they can be used alongside conventional medicine and other treatments.

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3 Bridges 10k Race

Lancaster & Morecambe Athletic Club is now accepting entries for their annual 3 Bridges 10k running race on Sunday 15th April 2018. Lancaster & Morecambe Athletic Club is organising its annual 3 Bridges 10k running race again, with a slightly different but equally enjoyable route this year. The start and finish venue has changed to Lancaster Cricket and Sports Club, Lune Road, LA1 5QU still at 11am on Sunday 15th April. This is always a popular race with runners from all over the north-west taking part. It’s also very suitable for beginner runners, perhaps moving up from a Parkrun to a longer race. This year we are reducing entry fees to make it one of the cheapest 10k races in the region, but it will be the same quality race as in previous years. Please support our efforts to reverse the trend of ever increasing entry fees. Our fees are £9 for members of running clubs and £11 for non-members. An extra £2 is charged for entries on the day. No refunds once registered. Enter on www.bookitzone.com/angus_murray or by requesting an entry form from email: steveperry10park@tiscali.co.uk

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FOOD EVENT

A TASTY LINE UP at this year’s Lancaster Food and Drink Festival It’s thought that most people have ditched their New Year diet by now and any resolutions have long gone, so we say now’s a perfect time to add a tasty event to your diary.

5-7 MAY 2018 12-6PM

Good news for all food-lovers seeking a little post-winter inspiration to pop in their diaries, as May heralds the return of the blossoming Lancaster Food and Drink Festival at the city’s Leisure Park.

will be able to indulge in temptations including artisan bread, oils, chillies, herbs, fish, game, pies, preserves, chutneys, nuts and pasties, all available to take home for gifts or treats. FOOD, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

BIGGER & BETTER THAN EVER Springing forth with a cornucopia of culinary goodies, the perennially popular fixture in the food enthusiasts’ calendar kicks off the 2018 spring festival season over May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 5th to Monday 7th. Organisers forecast the three day food fest will be bigger and better than ever, as they prepare to tickle the taste-buds of over 10,000 visitors at their seventh annual gala of gastronomy.

And if you’re more Nadia than Nigella, there’s pastries, cakes and local farm ice-cream to delight every palate, washed down with locally-ground coffee, tea and cordials. The festival has an equally strong reputation for wine, cider and craft beer, also championed by the park’s own onsite brewery, who will be hosting music and entertainments into the evening. Lancaster is at the forefront of the current enthusiasm for quality local produce, featuring recently on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Food Programme’ and ‘Kitchen Cabinet’, and the Food and Drink Festival is firing on all hotplates to continue the momentum.

OVER 50 FOOD & DRINK PRODUCERS Over 50 quality food and drink producers will create a foodie paradise in the grounds of the Lancaster Brewery Garden at the Leisure Park, with the expanding popularity of the festival reflected in the increased multicultural cuisine on offer. There’s international inspiration from stalls selling Jamaican, Spanish, Indian and Italian foods. But it’s not all chorizo and churros, as the food festival is keen to celebrate strong regional pride showcasing the best North-West produce, from farm-fresh chops and cheeses to local seafood and salt-marsh lamb. TREATS TO TAKE HOME With stalls and marquees packed with demonstrations, advice, and free samples, visitors

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Running 12 noon to 6pm daily with free entry, free parking, plus the full range of the Leisure Park’s own attractions and children’s entertainment, Lancaster Food and Drink Festival will be a great May Bank Holiday day out, ensuring you’ll go home full of inspiration, as well as full of good food.

For more about the Lancaster Food and Drink Festival, or to book an exhibitor place, go to www. lfdf.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Kate Bowyer at info@lfdf.co.uk

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THAI CUISINE AT BLUE MOON LANCASTER You don’t need to travel all the way to south east Asia to get a real flavour of the tastes and aromas of Thailand because it is here on our doorstep in central Lancaster. Features Writer Rob Bullock went to find out more. From the moment you step through the door of the Blue Moon restaurant on Rosemary Lane in central Lancaster you are whisked half way around the world to Thailand. With Thai music gently playing in the background, a waiter, dressed in Thai clothes, who is from Thailand shows you courteously to your table. The restaurant is light and airy and it makes lunch or dinner a real pleasure.

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Being a vegetarian, vegan or gluten intolerant is not a problem to the Blue Moon as there are countless dishes on the menu to tempt even the most discerning pallet.

The atmosphere at the Blue Moon is relaxing and makes a lunch time break the chance to sample some of the healthiest, tastiest food for miles around. Evening dining has a very different, though still laid back, feel as the décor seems to come to life as the day shortens.

“Just about everyone here, apart from me, is Thai,” jokes the amenable and friendly General Manager Tahir, “the serving staff are all Thai and the chef is Thai. When people come to the Blue Moon they really are getting the authentic Thai experience and we know from our customers that they really like that.” REBUILDING AFTER THE FLOODS Like many businesses in Lancaster the Blue Moon has had to deal with floods, one which closed the restaurant for nine months, but they have managed to maintain the support of their loyal customers; “Our customers have been so great, so supportive,” says Tahir, “even when we were closed we got so many messages of support, and we were so grateful to welcome them back to dine with us again.”

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The highlights for me have to be; HED TOD which are deep-fried mushrooms in Chef’s special batter with sweet chilli sauce. TOM KHA, a delicious creamy coconut soup with mushroom, tomato, lemon grass, galangal and lime.

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The Blue Moon is proud that its chef uses only the freshest ingredients and are happy to cater for any dietary requirements; “Chef always listens to our customers and diners can actually watch him prepare their food as we have a window into the kitchen. We’re very proud of our cooking so why not show it off!”

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Blue Moon Restaurant is a refreshingly, modern Thai restaurant located in Lancaster OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: 12NOON - 3PM & 6PM - 11PM

We have an excellent Thai menu with a wide selection of Thai cuisine all prepared using the finest ingredients and by professional Thai chefs. You can choose from a selection of vegetarian, seafood and many other popular Thai dishes.

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SWEDISH MEATBALLS WITH CREAMY GRAVY

Ingredients

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1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs or Panko breadcrumbs 60 ml (1/4 cup) double cream 500 g (1 lb) minced beef Sea salt Freshly ground pepper Pinch of allspice 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 small red onion, finely diced 1 egg FOR THE SAUCE 250-375 ml (1 to 1 1/2) cups beef stock 125 ml (1/2 cup) double cream 1 teaspoon soy sauce, or to taste 4 teaspoons cornflour, mixed in a little water Parsley, finely chopped Chives, finely chopped For other recipes go to www.eatlittlebird.com

Remove the meatballs to a plate.

Soak the breadcrumbs in the cream in a large mixing bowl to which you will add everything else later.

Pour the stock into the saucepan and use a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits from the pan. Return the meatballs to the pan, and simmer gently for about 20 minutes.

Once the breadcrumbs have softened (this will take just a few minutes), add the remaining ingredients for the meatballs into the bowl. Mix everything together with your hands until it is well combined.

Remove the meatballs to a plate. Add the cream and soy sauce. Slowly whisk in the cornflour mixture to thicken the sauce to your desired consistency (you may not need all of the cornflour mixture).

Shape the meatballs. I prefer to keep the meatballs small, but make them as small or as large as you like.

Taste for seasoning. If the sauce tastes too concentrated, add a bit of water.

Heat some oil in a large frying pan which you will also use later to make the sauce. Fry the meatballs until they are golden brown all over. You may need to do this in batches.

Return the meatballs to the saucepan, and garnish with parsley and chives before serving. granulated sugar.

Don’t worry if the meatballs are not cooked through completely, as you will continue to cook them later.

Bake for about 1 1/2 hour. Remove the cake from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

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GLUTEN-FREE SUNKEN CHOCOLATE AMARETTO CAKE

(Serves 4-6)

Ingredients For the cake: 100g (3 1/2 oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa), roughly chopped 100g (1 stick) unsalted butter 4 eggs 125g caster sugar 75g ground almonds 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus extra 3 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). 2. Line a 20cm (8 inch) round cake tin with baking paper and butter the sides. 3. Place the chocolate and butter into a bain-marie (or a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water), and melt over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly. 4. Using a stand mixer or an electric hand whisk, whisk the eggs and sugar on medium to high speed until the mixture is pale and mousse-like. The mixture should have nearly tripled in volume by this stage. 5. Slowly mix through the ground almonds, cocoa powder, Amaretto liqueur, and melted chocolate mixture. The consistency of the batter should be similar to a raw chocolate mousse. 6. Pour the cake batter into the cake tin.

For the cream: 250ml (1 cup) double cream (heavy cream) 1 tablespoon Amaretto liqueur Amaretti biscuits for serving (the crunchy variety)

7. Bake the cake for about 25 minutes, or until a cake skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Unfortunately, a cake skewer will leave a hole in your cake and may even cause the top of the cake to crack. I would suggest giving the cake tin a gentle shake – if the centre of the cake wobbles, you will need to bake for another 5 minutes or so. I would use a cake skewer only as the last step.

8. Let the cake cool in the tin on a wire rack. 9. Carefully remove the cooled cake to a serving plate or cake stand. The cake is likely to crack during this process, if it hasn’t already done so upon cooling. 10. Generously dust some cocoa powder onto the cake using a fine sieve. 11. To make the cream, whisk the double cream with the Amaretto liqueur until it has thickened with soft peaks. Place the whipped cream into a small serving bowl and crumble over some crushed amaretti biscuits to decorate. 12. To serve, place a generous spoonful of whipped cream alongside a slice of cake, and allow guests to crumble more amaretti biscuits onto the cream. It is also not a bad idea to serve some small glasses of Amaretto liqueur alongside. Recipe from eatlittlebird.com

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HOME COOKED DELIGHTS at Daisy Clough Daisy Clough’s vision for their tearoom has been brought to life in the most enchanting way. A natural décor has been created with reclaimed, up cycled furniture, offering an industrial feel with a garden twist! With homemade dishes made from home grown ingredients, we headed over to Daisy Clough Nurseries to try out their new cafe, that opened late 2017. NEW CAFE IN SCORTON ‘Wow!’ Were my first words as we entered the newly built cafe, tucked behind the vast garden centre shop and established greenhouses bursting with home grown plants for sale. I was genuinely surprised at how spacious the cafe felt, the stunning modern but natural decor fits in perfectly with the surroundings. The cafe has two areas, both with plentiful windows overlooking the garden giving a natural open and airy feel. The first area houses the vast display of home-made cakes, and double doors open into the second area, beautifully decorated and sometimes used as a private function room.

DELICIOUS FOOD - 7 DAYS A WEEK We settled ourselves down and were greeted by very attentive staff who brought over menus and took our drinks order, the menu certainly has something for everyone, the cafe was filled with younger and older couples and a party of three generations enjoying lunch together, including a tot in a highchair. The food is delicious, and with a varied menu of breakfast, lunchtime favourites as well as a specials board, there was enough to keep everyone satisfied. We had homemade soup and a panini which came with a generous side salad with dressing, crisps and a homemade coleslaw, the decision on cakes was a tricky one, we were spoilt for choice, we settled on chocolate cake and the old favourite carrot cake. Everyone’s welcome in the tearoom; cyclists, walking groups and even four legged friends, who’ll get a treat if they wipe their feet!

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The ultimate shopping experience Set in the heart of Lancaster is Joseph+Co, a boutique shopping experience where the quality of the garment and customer experience go hand in hand. Features Writer Rob Bullock speaks to store owner Paul Cusimano…

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Quality clothing is in the blood for Paul Cusimano. His father Riccardo, or Ricky as he became better known, travelled to England from Sicily in 1958, was a professional tailor with an eye for creating detail and style that only an Italian can have. “Dad was the real expert,” says Paul proudly, “it was like watching an old master at work, creating bespoke suits that fitted clients beautifully and perfectly.” EXPERT ADVICE Paul and his colleagues at Joseph+Co have continued this tradition of both fitting clothes perfectly to clients, and clients to their clothes. “We advise clients of what looks right. Sometimes clients have perceptions of a certain look and we offer an independent opinion based upon our years of experience and knowledge of what will work for them.”

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It is this commitment to making shopping an experience to be enjoyed that sets Joseph+Co head and shoulders above the competition; “clothes shopping should be something to be enjoyed and when clients get home with their purchases, they should feel great about what they’ve bought, and how it looks on them.” ALMOST HALF A CENTURY… Joseph+Co has been a popular fixture on Lancaster’s North Road for over forty years, no mean feat in this age of out of town shopping emporiums and the growth of online shopping. The store is proud not to sell online and counts clients from as far north as Carlisle, and Wigan and Manchester to the south, in addition to local regulars. REASSURINGLY EXCLUSIVE Have you ever felt uncomfortable when you buy something you just love only to bump into someone wearing the exact same piece at a party or on a night out? Joseph+Co strive to minimise that happening. “We limit how many of any given garment we buy, choosing instead to offer a larger range, sometimes as few as three or four pieces. This offers more exclusivity and that is important.”

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LOCAL SHOPPING - JOSEPH+CO GOING THAT EXTRA MILE Loyal customers of the store will have their own stories of how Joseph+Co has gone that extra mile to save the day for them but there are some that merit sharing; “One Christmas day morning I noticed a Facebook post that we were tagged in.” explains Paul. “A customer was delighted with the presents they had been bought from us, but the jeans were the wrong size. This was the Christmas after Storm Desmond and because we had been flooded, I was checking on the shop twice a day whilst we were closed for the holiday. I private messaged her and arranged to swap the jeans for the correct size an hour later. She was delighted and that prompted another Facebook post from her.” It’s not just Paul who is committed to saving the day for clients. On one occasion when a regular from Wales was staying locally, he realised that he had forgotten to bring a suit for a business meeting the following day. He phoned Paul at 8pm, and Paul offered to open up the shop especially. They met at 8.30pm, a suit was chosen but it required some minor alterations. Mrs Holt, the tailoress who does all the alterations for Joseph+Co, collected the suit, carried out the alterations immediately and had returned it back to the store by 9.45pm. THE FABRICS ARE ONLY HALF THE STORY With Joseph+Co, the fabrics really are only half the story, it is also about the fit and the service which combine to make a luxury garment what it should be. Paul concluded our chat by pointing out “A garment doesn’t just happen. A lot of thought and innovation goes into the manufacture of fabrics and the use of colours. Designers work tirelessly with the fabrics creating the fits and styles. We are the privileged ones; we get to sell their work to our clients.” A WARM WELCOME Even if you’re shopping for one shirt or one tie, you will get the same professional service as if you were buying a Paul Smith or Giorgio Armani suit. One carefully chosen quality item of clothing can make all the difference to your look. Attention to detail and expert customer knowledge really set Joseph+Co apart from other retailers. Joseph+Co are proud not to sell online, theirs is a personal service because each client is different. Why not pop down to 54, North Road, Lancaster to experience the real pleasure of clothes shopping. Please see www.josephclothing.co.uk for more details, call 01524 63981 Nick Dagger Photography

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HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS Rachel Thornton Etty-Lilly

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At her studio on the outskirts of Bentham, Rachel creates delicate lino prints on wood of owls, hares, garden birds and other flora and fauna she sees on her morning walks with her dog. “When I’m out and about I take pictures of trees and I think ‘I’m going to draw that tree!’ I love Scotland as well with the amazing forests and the mists.” Now her work is set to get a wider audience as her pieces are being exhibited in Country Harvest’s new Homeware Cabin in Ingleton. Rachel, 27, has lived in Bentham since she was 10. She has enjoyed art since her schooldays - partly because her dyslexia made academic subjects challenging but it was only when she studied at Lancaster and Morecambe College that she discovered printing. “I loved my first experience and that hasn’t changed. I love the different textures, how printing shows up the textures which you would not notice at first,” she says. She went on to study Fine Art at UClan in Preston where she experimented with a range of styles and did her final project on memory, inspired by the time she worked at a care home in Ingleton. But these days she thinks more about what sort of art people want in their homes, than what’s going on in their heads. To see Rachels work pop into Country Harvest’s new Homeware Cabin on the A65 at Ingleton, open seven days a week.

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LOCAL AUTHOR JOSEPH DELANEY Aberrations is published by Puffin books and is available from… www.spooksworld.co.uk for more details about Joseph Delaney.

NEW Lancashire lad and best-selling author Joseph Delaney has always been interested by the county’s mythical and magical past. It has inspired dozens of brilliant books and even a Hollywood movie, and now his new novel, Aberrations, set in and around Lancaster, is set to beguile readers even more. Features Writer Rob Bullock gets a lesson in our county’s magical past and looks forward to the new story… WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW That’s what everyone tells you when you start writing fiction, write what you know, and as a Lancashire lad through and through Joseph Delaney has certainly put the magical history of the county on the world literary map with his stories that have inspired a generation of young readers. “Lancashire is what I know,” explains Joe, “and I’m very lucky that it is a place with a lot of atmosphere. There are some wonderful Lancashire folk tales, stories about witches, the devil and even boggarts.” WITCHES/BOGGARTS Most people have heard of Lancashire witches, especially the famous Pendle and Samlesbury Witches and the event of the Lancaster Assizes in August 1612 but few have heard of boggarts – unless you are one of Joseph Delaney’s millions of dedicated readers. A boggart is one name for a mischievous household spirit in English folklore. They are believed to have caused things to disappear,

for milk to turn sour, and for animals to mysteriously go lame. Boggarts, believed to inhabit marshes or holes in the ground are sometimes thought to cause nasty things to happen.

going back to study for his ‘A’ Levels at night school before attending Lancaster University to undertake a degree. He then went on to teach at Blackpool Sixth Form College where he spent 29 happy years.

“It all started for me with a boggart,” chuckles Joe, “in 1982 my wife and I moved into a house in a Lancashire village which was supposed to have one. At the time I didn’t really think much about it, but I remember writing down ‘boggart’ in an old notebook, then years later in the year 2000, when I was thinking of things to write about I came across the notebook again, and it inspired me to start writing my ‘Spooks’ series of books for children.”

“It is true,” says Joe, “I didn’t have instant success with my writing, in fact it took my agent twelve years to get my first book published. So, there’s hope for everyone. Don’t give up.” ABERRATIONS Joes latest book, Aberrations, which is out this spring will not disappoint his army of young, and not so young readers and will clearly also appeal to those not familiar with Delaney’s work.

SPOOKS The Wardstone Chronicles, set in the county of Lancashire, also known as the Spooks series of stories follow a character called Tom Ward, who is a seventh son of a seventh son, on his adventures as apprentice to a local “Spook” or master fighter of supernatural evil as he tackles ghosts, ghasts, witches and boggarts!

Aberrations is set around ancient Lancaster and local fans will be delighted to see our history at the heart of the pages of the writings of Joseph Delaney. Dark magic is at play in Aberrations as The Shole, an eerie magical mist, slowly creeps towards Lancaster Castle, enveloping everything in its wake, bringing eternal winter to its terrified inhabitants. We follow a young lad called Crafty on his journey from the midst of The Shole to Daylight World and his destiny.

LIFE BEFORE SPOOKS! As with many successful writers, literature was not Joseph’s first career. When Joe left school, he became an apprentice engineer and fitter before

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YORKSHIRE FELTING ARTIST FIONA GILL We get to know Fiona Gill, a self taught textile artist making beautiful floral and wildlife pictures from wool and soapy water. Fiona works under the namr ‘Marmaladerose’ from her home, high on a hill in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. She sell her work in galleries and at art events to lovely customers all over the world. HOW IT ALL STARTED I’ve always been a ‘maker’ for as long as I can remember. Art was always my favourite subject at school and at home I learned to sew, knit and crochet. I was a child of the 70’s brought up on TV programs such as Blue Peter, Vision On and Take Hart, so designing and making something from scratch was second nature to me. I learned to knit by making a long ‘Dr Who’ scarf and I’d make simple clothes for my Sindy doll with scraps of fabric on my mums old black Singer sewing machine. We were definitely a ‘Make do and mend’ family and I’ve always valued that. As a young mum I would make things for the home, knit and do cross stitch embroidery but I knew I wanted to do something more creative, something freer but I didn’t know what. Back then in the late 90’s knitting and embroidery weren’t trendy at all. Crafting back then could be quite a solitary pass time, so in 2005 I joined my local college’s textile group for one afternoon a week while the children were at school. It was only a couple of hours but I needed to be with other people who were interested in textile crafts like me...let’s face it...on a day to day basis there are not many people you can discuss transfer pencils with or the best place to buy water soluble fabric! It was the best thing I ever did! We’d try something different every week from melting plastic bags with an iron to making beads with paper and although the course finished after a couple of terms...it was enough to show me that there are no rules to creativity. It gave me my wings!

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It was at this time I discovered wet felting while on holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. I bought a felting kit for the children and of course had a go myself (if I’m honest the children didn’t really get a look in!) Although I didn’t really like the felting process, it was a bit messy and quite physical, I realised that it was a very simple way to make a piece of fabric at home. There were no chemicals or expensive pieces of equipment and the resulting piece of fabric was perfect for embroidery. The first thing I made was a felt bag, heavily embroidered with free motion machine embroidery and embellished with ribbon and beads. Once the course finished I realised I needed to keep up the creative momentum and the way I did it was to start my own blog documenting the things I made. I knew I was still very much floundering around in the textile world, I didn’t really know what I wanted to make let alone have my own style...but I did know that the only way I would find my own ‘thing’ was to keep making and making and making...and in time...it worked. I developed my own felting techniques and a very personal style to my work, which I believe stand out from other felters. I’ve not been taught by anyone else so I have no rules to abide by, or be influenced by. Nothing I do is wrong, I have only myself and my customers to please. Yes people have wet felted for centuries but very few have created realistic animal portraits by wet felting alone. My blog ‘Marmaladerose’ documents the building blocks I’ve used to get where I am now!

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LOCAL FELTING ARTIST It shows my creative development. It’s the story of a housewife and mum blundering around trying find her creative direction. DO YOUR FAMILY LIVE IN A SEA OF COLOURED WOOL!? Oh dear! Yes, my family are surrounded by a sea of wool and thread, teehee! I have a loft full of fabric and wool, my greetings cards, cushions and lampshades live under the spare bed, framed artworks lean against the wall in the hallway while the kitchen doubles up as my felt studio...I also have a basket of knitting next to the sofa in the sitting room! I think the bathroom is free of wool though! The felting process itself is simple... wool, water, heat and agitation make the fabric we call felt. We’ve all at some time shrunk a woolly jumper by washing it on a hot wash by mistake. Well, I want that to happen...only I do it by hand and very carefully. My pictures are completely wet felted from fine Merino wool tops. These are very fine loose wool fibres that I lay onto a

piece of bubble wrap to create not only a piece of fabric but also my picture on the surface. This results in a deep pile of floaty loose fluff. No one is allowed to open the back door and create a draft or it would blow away! With a piece of net laid over the top of the wool I next dowse the whole piece with hot soapy water and start agitating the fibres by rolling them back and forth inside the rolled up bubble wrap. The wool fibres are like our hair, they have little scales along them. The soapy water causes these scales to stick out so that as we agitate the wool, the fibres mesh together into a very tight strong fabric called felt. Of course while this is happening the wool is moving and shrinking, bits come loose and drop off and to be completely honest you never quite know how it will all look until you unroll it... That’s the magic of wet felting...you never quite know what you’re going to get and ultimately you never quite have complete control over it. HOW DOES A PIECE EVOLVE? Each piece does evolve, its a very free process. There is no way to draw or sketch your design out first... because your background is a layer of loose fluff you have to work straight on top of that, creating your picture as you go. You can’t trace guide lines to work to as you can with needle felting, which is a bit like paint by numbers with areas marked out on a base fabric and then filled in with the appropriate colour wool. For me creativity is responding to what’s in front of you. Every time I lay a piece of wool down, it’s changing what was already there so it’s very much how I feel on that particular day and how I respond to the textures and colours in front of me. I spend on average 3 or 4 days laying down fibres like paint, building up my picture in small wisps of wool, working from the background to the foreground. When I’m happy with the composition I wet felt it which can sometimes take a couple of hours. Once the soap has been rinsed out and piece has been dried naturally I spend a couple of days embellishing it with free motion machine embroidery. This is basically drawing with a sewing machine...but unlike normal drawing where you move your pencil over a static piece of paper; with the sewing machine, the fast moving needle stays in one place and you mover your fabric underneath by hand instead. This gives the felt a lovely undulating quilt like texture almost irresistible to touch.

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LOCAL FELTING ARTIST DOES EVERY PIECE ALWAYS GO TO PLAN? If you have a rigid idea in your head then no piece of wet felt will go to plan. The magic of wet felting is the element of nature. You’re working with natural materials that respond differently every time depending on many variables... how hot the water is, how thick the layers of wool are, which direction the wool is laid, how much pressure you use during the rolling, which direction you roll in and for how long and so on and so on. It’s almost like an artistic partnership with nature, I do my bit and then nature does it’s bit and if we’re lucky and we’ve responded well to each other, you end up with something quite magical. Although sometimes, after spending days creating a beautiful picture in dry wool fibres it seems a great risk... almost destroying it by soaking it in hot water and roughing it up in a piece of plastic! WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION? I’m a bit of a romantic. I want to live in a world full of blue summer sky’s and meadows full of flowers, dancing in a warm breeze. I want to be surrounded by natures beauty. I’m not one for great open landscapes. I love the overlooked areas, like the untidy spot at the bottom of a garden. The tangle of grasses and flowers that grow beside a gatepost or beneath a hedge. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST, AND WHAT IS DIFFICULT? The most rewarding thing about being an artist is seeing someones response to your work. To see their eyes open wide in astonishment and hear “Wow!’ when they realise the picture they’re looking at is actually made entirely from wool is priceless! To have a total stranger want to own something you’ve made, something that’s come from within you, is such an honour. It’s taken me a long time to have the confidence to call myself an artist. I often feel that textile art is the poor relation in the art world...often not valued as artwork. Surely it takes as much skill to ‘paint’ a picture with wool as it does to paint the same picture with oils or pastels? WHAT WOULD YOU NEED TO TRY FELTING? A piece of bubble wrap, some Merino wool tops, (easily sourced online and available in craft shops) soap and water and lots of elbow grease! Then just experiment and enjoy yourselves, it’s as simple as that. You can find more details about my work on my website www.marmaladerose.com or follow me on facebook at marmaladerose.art

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We are proud that our customers have remained loyal and each year has been more successful than the last; we have so many regular customers and we love the fact we are a destination point for so many people.”

COFFEE SHOP • FOOD • GIFTS The new Cabin includes Bronte by Moon cushions made from British wool; Voyage cushions; Gillian Arnold wallpapers and homeware; candlesticks from Bell Trees Forge; vases and glasses from Animo Glass; furniture; woollen throws and a wide range of home and garden accessories. The Cabin will also be used to promote the work of regional artists and craftspeople. G i l l i a n A r n o l d , f o u r s ta c k i n g m u g s . £ 3 8 .9 9

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100 YEARS OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

Easter Sunday will this year mark an unusual Centenary which, given its national significance, will also be remembered in our own District by both those who have served, or have other connections with the Royal Air Force. April 1st this year will mark exactly 100 years of the Royal Air Force, since its formation from the two air arms of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Army’s Royal Flying Corps. The arrival over England of German Gotha four engine bombers in 1917 led General Jan Smuts, supported by Viscount French, to formally propose that a new ‘air’ force should be created that would be solely responsible for conducting warfare in the air. Following this report, Parliament debated and passed the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917, which was given Royal Assent by King George V on the 29 November 1917. A remarkably rapid decision, but then the imminence of war, particularly when waged on home soil, does focus politicians’ minds! The very first Army interest in balloons for battlefield use was suggested in 1862, but it would be sixteen years before formal trials were conducted and another six before they were used on operations in South Africa. Over the following twenty five years the Army slowly developed an interest in the observation

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balloon, a remarkably slow development given the pace of change that the success of the first fixed wing powered flight was to have on the military mindset. Less than ten years after the first flight of an aircraft in Great Britain in 1908, flown by Samuel F Cody, the first independent military air arm was formed. What a ten years this had been. Before 1910 aircraft where at best experimental with a number of different control systems that were not well understood and crashes, occasionally fatal, far from unusual. Indeed Sam Cody died in 1913 taking off from the same airfield where he performed the first experimental flight. The Royal Engineers were the Army Regiment tasked with forming a fixed wing flying training school in 1912 and providing engineering support to the nascent Army flying effort. Meanwhile, Europe was slowly stirring to the possibility of war, already a reality in Ottoman territory and Central America. The pace of development was very rapid not just at home but in Europe and America. By 1912 the first aircraft was shot down in the Balkan War

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LOCAL RAF CELEBRATIONS and in Mexico the first dog fight took place! The new technology was initially seen as an extension of balloon activity, ie reconnaissance. But in a very short two years it developed into a fighting machine and gun platform in its own right. There is so much more to learn about this story and the hundred years that followed. Events to celebrate the Centenary will be taking place all over the country and can be found by logging on to the official website: https://www.raf. mod.uk/raf100/whats-on/. Locally, there are plans to celebrate the anniversary with a high profile speaker, Nina Hadaway, from the RAF Museum in Hendon, giving a talk entitled 1908-18: The Genesis of the RAF, in which she will retell the story of this incredibly significant decade leading up to the formation of the Royal Air Force. The lecture will take place in the Sentamu Theatre at the Lancaster Campus, University of Cumbria, on Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm. Places are free but it would be best to book a seat by calling 01524-384460 or email conferences.lancaster@cumbria.ac.uk. The local branch of the Royal Air Force Association (Morecambe & Lancaster) provides a forum for retired service members and works with RAF Cadet Units. They are also hosting a ‘Centenary Dining in Night’ on Thursday 20th April. Lancaster Military Heritage Group will be providing support to the above events and at the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Morecambe on Saturday 30th June. LMHG plans to provide a display of 100 years of the RAF. Local contributions to that display are welcomed; they can be contacted at lmhg@live. com . RAF Cadet Units in the District will also be celebrating the Centenary and would welcome assistance from interested adults and enquiries from young people from age 12+, who might want to learn more about life in a light blue uniform and the world of military aviation. An email to ACO-WHQCumbria-Lancs-WgExO@mod.uk will put you on the right track. At least two civic garden areas in Morecambe will be planted with a floral display reflecting the RAF 100 and it is hoped other towns and villages will also support the gardens initiative. A request has been made for RAF support to fly-past at the Morecambe Carnival; with the proximity of the Blackpool Air Show on the same august weekend (11-12August) it is hoped there will be ample opportunity to see aircraft of the RAF over our skies this summer. Sqn Ldr Brian Jefferson MBE, RAF (Ret’d)

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JAPANESE MARTIAL ART As a martial art that combines elements of other, older techniques Aikido is popular the world over as much for its spiritual embodiment as its combat techniques, Features Writer Rob Bullock has learnt more about this martial art from local club, Lancaster Aikido Club. As they go, Aikido is a relatively modern Japanese martial art created in the early 1930s by a man called Morihei Ueshiba who is usually referred to by practitioners as O’Sensei, or ‘great teacher’. In simple terms Aikido is a combination of elements of Jujutsu (which involves locks and throwing techniques) and other various sword and weapons training systems from other traditional Japanese martial arts. Aikido was adopted by Japan’s military as a powerful martial arts discipline and its popularity has attracted students from all over the world to visit the founder in Japan. Dedicated followers of Aikido have even been known to stay in Japan for years to live and learn the martial art from its source. Today Aikido has a truly international appeal, and has a dedicated global following, AIKIDO IN LANCASTER FOR OVER FORTY YEARS… Lancaster Aikido Club (formerly Lancaster Aikikwai) has been serving the Lancaster community since its foundation in 1976. It is one of the oldest martial arts clubs in the Lancaster area, overseen by Steve Nardone Sensei, 3rd Dan since its creation. As one of the largest and fastest growing Aikido clubs in the UK it is a thriving place which continues to provide a friendly, respectful environment for the study and practice of Aikido. The club is open to all, children, university students, women and men, whatever your reasons for wanting to practice Aikido. HARMONY OF SPIRIT For those who don’t know about this martial art, Aikido actually embodies non-violence, and the resolution of conflict through peaceful means. In Japanese ‘Ai-Ki’, is loosely translated as ‘Harmony of Spirit,’ a principle that some would say is reflected in the flowing, soft, but often very energetic and powerful movements seen in Aikido techniques. Participants of Aikido do not look to violence as a means to an end instead a spirit of selflessness and charity is learned as a way of self-improvement.

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DIFFUSING ATTACKS Students of Aikido quickly learn to diffuse incoming attacks by extending an opponent’s balance and intention beyond their control, they can then use the attacker’s own strength to subdue them, so size is of very little importance to this martial art, making it attractive to smaller people. Because Aikido discourages the reliance on physical strength, it is suitable for men and women of any size. YOU DON’T NEED TO BE FIT AND STRONG Anyone is welcome as no prior experience of martial arts or even physical fitness is required for Aikido. Everybody trains holistically, and they develop at their own pace. As practitioners become more advanced, both in their ability to perform techniques and receive them safely, more intensive powerful training will emerge. TAKEMUSU AIKIDO Takemusu Aikido is the system practiced by the Lancaster Aikido Club, although other practices are more than welcome. This is a system with a formal grading syllabus and was developed by Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan Aikikai) of the Iwama Dojo, Ibaraki Prefecture. Takemusu Aikido places great importance on weapons practice. Practitioners train with wooden bokken (swords) and wooden jo (staffs), to learn concepts and postures applicable throughout their practice. Weapons training provides added emphasis on timing and connection, again discouraging reliance on physical strength in favour of centred, well-balanced power. In addition to running the club for the last four decades, Steve has attended many training seminars with some of the highest ranked Aikido practitioners in the UK and also a weekend course in Paris with Steven Seagal Sensei. In addition, he has attended other seminars organized by the I.A.B.C. including one with the Russian Special Forces (SPETSNAZ)! Steve is delighted to find the club he has overseen in Lancaster since its inception now playing host to seminars with some of these same high ranked instructors, and more still from Europe and elsewhere. The club welcomes short term visitors to the area to come and practice with them, whatever your previous Aikido experience might be. | www. lancasteraikidoclub.co.uk

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PETER WADE’S LOCAL HISTORY WALKS Local historian and self-proclaimed Morecambe Sandgrown’un, Peter Wade, is a mine of useful information about our area. This spring Peter is guiding a number of walks where you’re bound to discover something you didn’t know about the place. WHAT IS A SANDGROWN’UN? “A Sandgrown’un is actually a person who was born by the sea,” explains Peter. “I’m proud to say that I was born and bred in Morecambe, actually born in the old Queen Vic Hospital, so I’m a Morecambe Sandgrown’un!” Peter’s local knowledge is unsurpassed, and a day spent with this well know historian will provide you with information about places we normally just walk past, about people who made our towns the great places they are and how our area has had influence far beyond our shores. “I’ve found that things I’ve known from my childhood have just connected with other things through my love of history,” says Peter “you can discover so much by just taking a walk, keeping your eyes open and doing a bit of background research.” LOCAL HISTORY WALKS

“I always look for interesting date stones,” says Peter. “Or curiously carved things, unique looking buildings, or previous inhabitants of buildings. I’m particularly interested in what a building or area was used for in a past life. One walk that people really find very interesting is Mawson’s Garden Village, which I will be doing on the 26th May and then again at the end of July. Sadly, very few people have heard of Thomas Mawson, but he really put our area on the map with his work, especially his work as a garden designer.” THOMAS MAWSON Thomas Mawson was born in Nether Wyresdale just south of Lancaster in 1861, the son of a cotton mill worker. Mawson’s early experience in both the building and nursery trade set him in good stead for his future achievements. With is two brothers he started the Lakeland Nursery in Windermere and then began a career as a garden designer working on projects in

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Each year Peter runs a series of informative walks around local places of interest. Demand is always high for a place on these events so booking is essential. During the walk you’ll discover things you never knew about places you pass everyday or have walked by for years.

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When Thomas Mawson lost a son in World War 1 he dedicated his project the Westfield Memorial Village near the railway station in Lancaster to those who lost their lives in the conflict. “Mawson created good quality housing which was always surrounded by his trademark green spaces,” says Peter. “And, his garden village was no exception. It had gardens and green spaces with statues to enable it to be a little oasis in the town.” Mawson actually lived in one of his buildings, close to the railway station and Peter Wade likes to recount how the man was so important railway timetables were altered for him: “It’s true, Thomas Mawson was a very important man. If for some reason he was running late, he would get his wife to telephone the station master and get him to hold the London train, and he did.” You can discover all about Thomas Mawson on the 26th May but whichever local walk you decide to go on Peter Wade is full of interesting stories and amusing anecdotes that really will help you make the most of your day walking around our beautiful and interesting local area.

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LOCAL SINGING GROUP

LANCASTER AND DISTRICT CHORAL SOCIETY This year, for its spring concert, Lancaster and District Choral Society will be commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One by performing The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins at the Ashton Hall, Lancaster at 7.30 on 14th April – Features Writer Rob Bullock discovered more about the Choral Society and The Armed Man… FROM NOVICE TO VERY EXPERIENCED Lancaster and District Choral Society is one of the leading non-auditioned choirs in the North West of England. It has an average membership of around 60 singers, ranging from novice to very experienced, and everything in between. The choir has its origins in the Lancaster Grand Theatre, which was built in 1782. The owner and local entrepreneur, Edmund Sharpe, decided the theatre required a choir to enhance its image, so in 1836 he created Lancaster and District Musical Society. This eventually became the Choral Society, as it is known today. MUSICAL DIRECTOR – JOHN PERRIN Since joining Lancaster and District Choral Society in 2002, John Perrin has brought his many years of musical experience to the Society. John passionately believes that music and singing are an important, all encompassing, experience for everyone. Music refreshes both mind and body in a holistic way, for the common good. The Society performs choral concerts that incorporate an eclectic mixture of classical, sacred and secular music. The smaller summer Chorale, gives a lighter, fresher feel to its repertoire and popular appeal. SINGING CAN HELP YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY, MENTALLY AS WELL AS PHYSICALLY!

Lancaster and District Choral Society provides a fun, supportive and comfortable environment in which to sing. They encourage new members to be part of an exciting group of people. - By singing in a group, members improve their musical ability and deepen their understanding of music. - Learning something new which helps boost self-esteem and confidence! LOCAL CHOIR CONCERT - APRIL 14TH 7.30PM The Armed Man was originally commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum’s move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Like Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem before it, it is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the fifteenth century folk song “L’homme armé” in the first and last movements. The Lancaster & District Choral Society performs the Mass for Peace “The Armed Man” by Karl Jenkins.Accompanied by Orchestra and Soloists and directed by John Perrin, LCDS Musical Director, with Julian Cann leading the orchestra. Soprano Rebecca Chandler is the soloist. The concert will be held at Ashton Hall, George Street, Lancaster, Lancaster THE PERFORMANCE INCLUDES: Crown Imperial Coronation March- William Walton Hymn to the Fallen - John Williams (Saving Private Ryan)

- Lancaster and District Choral Society provides a fun, supportive and comfortable environment in which to sing. They encourage new members to be part of an exciting group of people. - But singing will provide lots of other benefits too, including: - A great socialising opportunity with the chance to make new friends and meet others who have an interest in music. - A real bonding experience, with similar minded people. A recent study found that after just one singing class, people felt closer to each other than those taking part in other classes!

For the Fallen - Douglas Guest Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 Poetry by Wilfred Owen and the reading of a letter written by a Lancaster soldier during WW1 A presentation of standards(flags) by the Royal British Legion Tickets (£15 or Concessions for: Students/People in receipt of Benefits (with proof) = £12, Accompanied Schoolchildren under 18 FREE) are available from www.trybooking.co.uk/ book/event?eid=2578, Choral Society members, Lancaster Visitor Information Centre - 01524 582394, Morecambe Visitor Information Centre - 01524 582808 or on the door, on the night. www.ldcs.choral.weebly.com

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WHAT’S ON : APRIL

Until 12th May - LANCASTER Glad-Var Exhibition

7th April - NR PRESTON Plant Hunters Fair

14th April - LANCASTER Tennis Open Day

Gallery 23 art exhibition at Arteria.

Specialist Plant Fair at the wonderful Hoghton Tower with entry to the plant fair at just £1 – in aid of Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust.

Lancaster Tennis Club Open Day 2pm – 4pm for anyone interested in trying out tennis. This is for both adults and juniors, from aged 5 upwards, and is free of charge.

www.arteriashop.co.uk 01524 61111

April/May - CARNFORTH Pilates & Yoga Classes Versatile Physio Clinic offers a range of services throughout the week. www.versatileclinic.co.uk

April/May - CARNFORTH Baking classes Find out more on our facebook page. Kath 07908 110773 Madam Chocolate at Greenlands Farm

April/May - CARNFORTH Craft Courses Lots of craft courses throughout each month, see website or call for information.www.rowantreecrafts. co.uk 07590 60507

April - SILVERDALE Wild Challenge Family Trail Bring your team and take part in this self-led family trail to discover how you can do more for nature. www.rspb.org.uk 01524 701601

1st April- CARNFORTH Cancercare Duck Race A rubber duck race will be held at the Canal Turn pub on Lancaster Road in Carnforth at 2.30pm on Easter Sunday, April 1, to raise CancerCare funds. www.cancercare.org.uk

6th April - LANCASTER 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 Lancaster Library 1.30-3.30pm www.thebaydementiahub.org

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8th April - KENDAL Buddhist Open Meeting Meetings include: meditation, mindfulness, talks, discussion, Q and A and tea and biscuits. All welcome. Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH www.buddhistgroupofkendal. co.uk

11th April - HALTON Free Community Drum Circle Fun, stress-busting, energetic family-friendly fun! All ages and abilities welcome. www.haltonmill.org.uk

14th April - NATLAND Musica by the Voce Concert Fantastic group – Voce performing at St Marks Church Natland at 7.30pm. Proceeds are being split evenly with St John’s Hospice and St Mark’s Church, Natland Tickets 07909 9876219

. 15th April - HALTON 3 Bridges 10K Race Lancaster & Morecambe Athletic Clubs annual 3 Bridges 10k running race. The Clubhouse at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre at 11am. www.lancasterathletics.co.uk

20, 21, 22, 27 & 28th April - LANCASTER The Vicar of Dibley A stage play adapted from the original TV series. Tickets: 01524 64695 www.lancastergrand.co.uk

13th April - LANCASTER Renes in Store Fashion Show In store 23- 25 Common Garden Street Lancaster LA1 1XD. Raffle in aid of St John’s Hospice. Canapes & Prosecco at 7pm, Fashion Show 7.30pm www.renesfashion.co.uk

14th April - LANCASTER Vintage Charity Tea Party Vintage Tea Party in Aid of Friends of Chernobyl’s ChildrenLancaster Group. Various stall including Body Shop, Usborne Publishing, Crafty Vintage, nearly new children’s clothes and toys, tombola and raffle. Join us for tea and cakes while listing to live string/piano music. Facebook@focclancaster

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21st April - LANCASTER Laurel Bank Care Home Open Day Join us for our open day 12-4pm, our friendly team are on hand to offer advice and guidance. See our advert on page 45. Westborne Road, Lancaster 01524 925632

29th April - KENDAL Kendal Colour Dash Join us for our 4th annual Kendal Colour Dash on Sunday 29th April! Registration is now open! www.sjhospice.org.uk

22nd April - GARSTANG Garstang Colour Dash Join us for our first ever Garstang Colour Dash on Sunday 22nd April! Registration is now open! www.sjhospice.org.uk


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4th May - LANCASTER 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 from 1.30-3.30pm. www.thebaydementiahub.org

5-13th May - GARSTANG Garstang Walking Festival The theme of the Festival this year is Rivers, Meadows and Fells. 9 days of walks celebrating springtime. wyre.gov.uk garstangwalkingfestival

5-7th May - LANCASTER Lancaster Food.& Drink Festival

Over 50 quality food and drink producers will create a foodie paradise in the grounds on the Lancaster Brewery Garden. Free entry. www.lfdf.co.uk LA1 3LA

5-7th May - SCORTON Bikes & Barrows Festival Look out for the decorated bicycles and wheelbarrows all around the village. Live re-enactment event, archery, music festival, dog show, artisan fair, children’s games, beer tent, Sherriff 10k run, family cycle rides, Rose Queen day, wheelbarrow racing, pop-up cafes, morris dancing, brass band concert and classic cars. Facebook: @bikesandbarrows

11th & 12th May - LANCASTER St John’s Hospice Plant Sale

13th May - LANCASTER Bark in the Park

Taking place over 2 days at St John’s Hospice, there will be hundreds of good quality plants & hanging baskets. Take time to enjoy and explore the hospice gardens. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds to St John’s Hospice. FREE ENTRY.

Help raise funds for CancerCare and enjoy a Bank we understand finding the right care doggie day At outLaurel at Lancaster’s Williamson Park can be a daunting decision, that’s why our friendly te with our Sponsored Dog Walk, Fun Dog Show on hand to offer advice and guidance at a time to su and activities for all the family. Sign in from Our home offers a range of care services whilst supp 11am-11.45am | Dog show starts at 12noon | independence and maintaining individual interests. With Walk sets off at 1.45pm. activities programme and freshly prepared home-cooked

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12th May - SOUTH LAKES Walk or Run for St John’s Hospice

Help raise funds for Animal Care 10am - 3pm. Dog show starting at 1pm. A day of fun for the whole family.Road, 01524 65495 Westbourne Lancaster, LA1 5EF

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Join the hospice team taking part once again in this fantastic walk through the Lake District. Last year more than 100 people walked and ran for us and raised an incredible £17,000 for the hospice! www.sjhospice.org.uk

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25th - 27th May - LANCASTER 315 Free Entry for Everyone Free entry to our fun-filled events, offers and classes, as well as access to our pools and spa. Caton Rd, Mannin Way, LA1 3PE

11th & 12th May - LANCASTER St John’s Hospice Plant Sale

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Taking place over 2 days at St John’s Hospice, there will be hundreds of good quality plants & hanging baskets. Take time to enjoy and explore the hospice gardens. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds to St John’s Hospice. FREE ENTRY.

2nd & 3rd June - CROOKLANDS Country Fest A fantastic family event, with delicious food and drink, countryside activities, children’s workshops, daring stunt displays, live music and plenty more for the whole family to get involved in. www.countryfest.co.uk 015395 67804

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GIRLGUIDING IN LANCASTER They go to their first ever sleepover, canoe on rivers, learn about body confidence, lead their own camp, or simply have fun and try new things with girls their age.Girls take what they do in guiding with them as they grow up. GUIDES HIGHLIGHTS Lancaster’s newest Guide group (10-14 years) are exchanging Morse code messages describing their favourite activities of the previous year. Although a few characters get lost in translation, it’s clear that their October trip to a concert in Wembley Arena was a real highlight. During a packed day in London, the girls watched street performers and shopped in Covent Garden before attending the concert with 10,000 other excited Guides -- performances from Pixie Lott, Louisa Johnson, 5 After Midnight, Noodlerella and many others. This evening though, the girls follow their Morse code activity by sitting together to plan their next few weeks: an ice skating trip, American food and sports night, and a sensory awareness evening are all on the cards.

packed programme of fun activities. Making ladybird houses, writing to the local MP, working towards Arts Awards, learning street dance, and playing sports with local teams -- just some of the many things happening in our meetings from week to week. Our older members, Rangers (aged 14-26) are also strong with a mixture of relaxed meetings, skills development and working together to complete ambitious goals like the Duke of Edinburgh award.

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In a room next door, Rainbows (5-7 years) and Brownies (7-10 years) are preparing for next week’s nighttime welly walk.

Like the Brownies mentioned above, all of our age groups take part in exciting residentials -- a Garstang Guide group recently spent the weekend in Glasgow taking in a panto, picking up some Christmas shopping, and exploring the city’s treasure trail. Another Guide group is gearing up for a sleepover at an adventurous activity centre in Clitheroe, and one Brownie group is already excited for their summer Lake District holiday complete with a Swallows and Amazons style canoeing adventure to Wild Cat Island.

The Rainbows have spent the evening testing activities from the brand new Rainbow programme, while the Brownies have been challenging themselves with some first attempts at knitting. The Brownies will be putting their new-found skills into practice soon to knit tiny hats for the innocent big knit, helping to raise money for Age UK. Both groups already have a packed programme planned for the rest of the Spring term -- the Rainbows are keen to try blindfolded sandwich making, whilst the Brownies are looking forward to a visit from an astrophysicist and a magical Harry Potter themed sleepover.

WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS & VOLUNTEERS Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over 500,000 members. Our volunteer-run groups provide a space where girls can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations.

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Handyperson Scheme 01524 586812

Kirkby Lonsdale Tourist Information

Sheltered Housing 01524 586858

24 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AE 015242 71437

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Sedbergh Tourist Information

Lancaster Taxis

72 Main Street, Sedbergh, LA10 5AD 015396 20125

0800 320 23 23 or 01524 91 23 23

Ingleton Tourist Information

Coastal Taxis

Ingleborough Community Centre, Ingleton, LA6 3HJ 015242 41049 April to October 10am - 4.30pm Monday to Sunday November to March 11:00 - 15:00 Monday to Sunday

01524 424424 or 01524 60000 A to B Taxis - 01524 844922 32090 Taxis - 01524 32090 8 4 8 Taxis - 01524 848848 National Rail Enquiries

Bentham Tourist Information

Tel: 08457 48 49 50

Town Hall, Bentham. LA2 7LF 015242 62549 April to October 10:00 - 16:00 Monday to Saturday

Local Bus Journey Planner 0871 200 22 33 Stagecoach

Kendal Tourist Information

0871 2002233

Made in Cumbria, 48 Branthwaite Brow, Kendal, LA9 4TX Tel: 01539 735891

Virgin Ticket Line 0871 977 4222

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Dalton Square Practice | 01524 842200 | 8 Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PN Ash Trees | 01524 720000 | Market Street, Carnforth, LA5 9JU Meadowside Medical Practice | 01524 32622 | 1-3 Meadowside, Lancaster, LA1 3AQ Queen Square Medical Practice | 01524 843333 | 2 Queen Square, Lancaster, LA1 1RP Owen Road Surgery | 01524 846999 | 67 Owen Road Lancaster LA1 2LG Rosebank Surgery | 01524 842284 | Ashton Road Lancaster LA1 4JS Galgate Health Centre | 01524 751284 | Highland Brow Galgate Lancaster LA2 ONB King Street Surgery | 01524 541651 | 38 King Street Lancaster LA1 1RE Halton Surgery | 01524 811226 | 110 High Road Halton Lancaster LA2 6PU Scale Hall Surgery | 01524 64135 | 1 West Drive Scale Hall Lancaster LA1 5BY Bailrigg Health Centre | 01524 387780 | University of Lancaster, Lancaster, LA1 4ZP Caton Health Centre | 01524 770718 | Hornby Rd Caton Lancaster LA2 9QS Brookfield Surgery | 01524 822088 | Bolton le Sands Carnforth LA5 8DH Stoneleigh Surgery | 01539 563307 | Police Square Milnthorpe LA7 6PW Park View Surgery | 015395 63327 | Haverflatts Lane Milnthorpe LA7 7PS

Lancaster Charter Market Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a traditional outdoor market which pops up in the heart of Lancaster’s historic city centre every Wednesday and Saturday. Enjoy the waft of freshly cooked food as you meander through more than 40 stalls selling a wide selection of unique items and gifts for all occasions. Market Square, Market Street and Cheapside, Lancaster Wednesdays & Saturdays 9am - 4pm 2 Minutes walk from bus & train station www.lancaster.gov.uk/chartermarket or 01524 414251 Facebook/lancasterchartermarket

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Dentists

Milnthorpe Farmers Market Milnthorpe Square, Milnthorpe 2nd Friday of the month 9:30am to 2:30pm | 01539 563719

Central Dental Practice | 01524 34778 | Telephone House Fenton Street Lancaster LA1 1AB Mayo Clinic | 01524 33225 | Mayo House Meeting House Lane Lancaster LA1 1GW Bay Dental Partnership | 01524 32639 | 6 New Street Lancaster LA1 1EG Brook Street Dental Practice | 01524 37324 | 8 Brook Street Lancaster LA1 1UU Yourdentist | 01524 841196 | Church Street Lancaster Market Gate Surgery | 01524 32630 | Market Gate Lancaster LA1 1JF Lancaster Orthodontic Clinic | 01524 848344 | 3 Moor Lane Lancaster LA1 1QD University of Lancaster Dental Clinic | 01524 66242 | Bailrig House Lancaster Orthoworld | 01524 848344 | Telephone HouseLancaster LA1 1AB The Dental Surgery | 01524 831150 | 31 Princes Crescent, Bare, Morecambe, LA4 6BY Hest Bank Dental Care | 01524 825218 | 3 Marine Drive, Hest Bank, LA2 6DZ Kings & Associates | 01524 733867 | 46-48 Market Street, Carnforth, LA5 9LB Viva Dental | 01524 735431 | 29a Market Street, Carnforth, LA5 9JX Cottage Dental Practice | 015242 71930 | 6-8 Chapel Lane, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AL

Morecambe Festival Market With more than 100 stalls selling an enormous selection of products, some that you would expect to find in a market, others unique to Morecambe, you are sure to pick up a bargain or two at the Festival Market in Morecambe. There are two welcoming cafes serving homemade meals and cakes. All this just a pebble’s throw away from Morecambe’s stunning promenade. Central Drive, Morecambe, LA4 4DW Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - 9am to 5pm (4.30pm winter) and all Bank Holidays from Easter to August. www.lancaster.gov.uk/festivalmarket 01524 414251 Facebook/morecambefestivalmarket

Community Services North Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau 01524 400400 87 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1RH Drop in sessions & Telephone advice www.adviceguide.org.uk One Voice Disability Service 01524 34411 Outrageous Hub, Unit 701, Cameron House, White Cross, Lancaster LA1 4XF

Weekly Garstang Market High Street, Garstang Weekly market every Thursday 01995 605561

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