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Welcome to the Lancaster District It’s Christmas time! We try not to get so excited, but we really cannot help it. There is so much going on in the district and the shops are absolutely packed with unique, handmade and beautiful Christmas gifts. We have increased the size of this festive edition to fit in all of the fantastic local businesses, news and information that is going on in the District. There are 20 pages of SHOP LOCAL Christmas gifts for you to browse, our local shops really value your support by shopping local where possible, and of course the customer care can’t be beaten. If you run a local business and would like to reach out to readers all over the district, do get in touch, Lancaster District Magazine is now more popular than ever, so get your business seen, from Garstang to Kendal, from Ingleton to Morecambe Bay! See page 138 for further information.

Adverts start from £35 + VAT a month, reaching 35,000 people all over the Lancaster District, from Kendal to Garstang and Ingleton to . Morecambe. Call John on 01524 67447 to find out now we can help you promote your business. Photographer Nick Dagger Writer Rob Bullock

Have a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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Our family run company specialises in the import and retail of beautiful stone and porcelain tiles for the home. Our family run company specialises in the import and retail of beautiful stone and porcelain tiles for the home. We are one of the largest stockists of stone tiles in the North West of England and have a well appointed showroom We are one of the largest stockists of stone tiles in the North West of England and have a well appointed showroom which exhibits our full range of limestones, flagstones, marbles, porcelain tiles, wood flooring and lighting. which exhibits our full range of limestones, flagstones, marbles, porcelain tiles, wood flooring and lighting.


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LANCASTER DISTRICT MAGAZINE 10 Local business - Pure Stone, Kendal 14 SHOP LOCAL - Christmas Decorations 16 Local business - Lower fuel costs with oil heating 26 Local property - The Wonky House on the Quay 33 Home entertainment - Home electronics gift ideas 41 Local support - Loneliness Summit in Lancaster 44 Nature - A winter walk up Clougha Pike 46 Nature - Binoculars - Try before you buy 49 Animals - Award winning local dog shampoo 50 Nature - Cleaner seas for the North West coast 53 Pets - Physio for older dogs by Bay Vets 54 Weekend Away - Coniston, Lake District

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57 Get creative - Make your own festive wreath 59 Health - Ski injuries and recovery with Physiofusion 60 Health - Health tips from 3-1-5 Lancaster 63 Health - 10 years of Physiotherapy with Versatile Clinic 65 Dental treatments - Whiten your teeth in 2 weeks at Bay Dental 66 Meditation - Chenrezig Kadampa Buddhist Centre 69 Health - Morgan Method Hypnobirthing Classes 71 Local Salon - Real men do facials at Harvey’s of Hest Bank 74 Food & Drink - Making bread at Heron Corn Mill 76 Food & Drink - Christmas Party Food

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78 Food & Drink - The apple or the coffee bean 80 Food & Drink - Festive Stollen & Roasted Chestnuts 83 Food & Drink - Christmas Gingerbread 88 Shop Local - Put your money where your house is 90 SHOP LOCAL - CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 112 Christmas craft - Reindeer Origami and craft ideas 116 Local Theatre - Stagestruck Theatre Company 120 What’s on - Events in the festive season 122 Local group - Lancaster Singers 126 Local Artist - Terry Rawlinson 128 Local Organisation - A new fire station for Lancaster 132 Motoring - The future of Nissan Inteligent Mobility 134 Puzzles - Sudoku, wordwheel, wordsearch & kids puzzle 136 Community Services Directory Would you like to submit an article? Please send your information to 6

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Looks just like wood or stone

Moving to the new premises and a large showroom allowed Richard and Alexis to stock more choices of stone, porcelain and wood flooring, as well as antique radiators, baths and bespoke rugs.

“It is true, we do sell porcelain that looks like wood or stone. Tiles have come a long way in recent years and we expect that the flooring trends for 2018 will see a lot of innovations in porcelain flooring, from tiles that looks like stone and some that look like wood and some amazing new external porcelain floorings,” explains Richard Simons of Pure Stone, who runs the business with his wife Alexis, who attends trade shows in Bologna each year to keep up to speed on developments.

Why not the real thing? But why choose a porcelain tiled floor that looks like stone or wood, why not just chose the real thing? “We still sell more stone than anything else, however new porcelain floors are pretty much maintenance free and come in very large formats making them popular with people leading busy lives. And with the high tech computerised production techniques now available porcelain tiles can even have ‘flaws’ in them to make them look like the real thing. They’re amazing. Still, our best-selling flooring is the traditional manor stone.” Formerly the Sales Director for Kirkstone Quarries, Richard brought this expertise of stone to a new venture, Pure Stone, when he set the company up with his wife in 2006.

From small acorns “At first Pure Stone was primarily set up to cater for the wholesale market. We’ve always sourcing our products from the producers, cutting out the middle man and ensuring the lowest possible prices. In 2008 we opened our first retail outlet, applying the same direct sourcing principles and then in 2014 we bought our current premises on the site of the former Little Chef on the Kendal bypass.” As Pure Stone have expanded they continue to serve as a wholesaler and retailer but have always maintained the links with the producers wherever they may be in the world.

Direct from source

“We’re always looking for new sources, recently we’ve visited Turkey and Egypt for stone products and we get our porcelain from Spain and Italy. Because they ship directly to us we get top end products at reasonable prices. I think new customers would be quietly surprised at the prices we retail the quality products that we sell.”

More than just floors Moving to the new premises and a large showroom allowed Richard and Alexis to stock more choices of stone, porcelain and wood flooring, as well as antique radiators, baths and bespoke rugs; “We’re very pleased to be selling beautiful rugs by Crucial Trading, which are made from natural fibres, some quite stunning lighting options, antique radiators, and Hurlingham baths.” Hurlingham Baths offer some exquisite stand-alone baths with varied finishes including braided, brass and copper, gilded, leather upholstered, painted, polished and textiles which all make for some unique bathtime experiences.

Large showroom So, what does the large show room offer customers of Pure Stone; “Having a large showroom means we can exhibit our products in a larger setting. I think when you get a sample you can’t really tell what it’s going to look like down on your actual floor, and you can’t even do this with a metre square, what you really need is to see it in a larger setting, then you can make the right choice for your project.” Whatever your flooring, bathing, heating or lighting requirement Pure Stone are the perfect place to start with their stunning range and some of the best customer service you’ll find anywhere. Pure Stone, Prizet Court, near Kendal, LA8 8AA Or visit their website 015395 61307, 07909 674 385 or 07884 384 358 Email:


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The Bathroom & Kitchen Studio

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The Bathroom and Kitchen studio is a family run business with years of first class experience of providing a complete service to their clients – that’s why they’re so highly recommended. A visit to the website of the family run business in Carnforth will tell visitors that The Bathroom and Kitchen Studio is no ordinary business – it is leading the way in high end bespoke kitchen and bathroom design, supply and installation.

we are the only bathroom and kitchen company in the area who offer such a complete, turn key service. Customers can come to us and we can design, supply and create their perfect bathroom and/or kitchen.”

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When a customer contacts The Bathroom and Kitchen Studio, a member of the team is dispatched to visit the house to take measurements and these, along with Nathan’s ideas, are fed into the computers. The designs are then taken to the clients. Because the 3&4D software is so accurate it allows customers to know exactly what they’re creating. After a design is agreed the fitting team get to work on creating some bathroom or kitchen magic!

“Website visitors can see some of the stunning 3D and 4D designs we have created,” explains owner Gemma Weed. “When we design a bathroom or kitchen for a client our Sales Designer, Nathan Seward, creates a bespoke 3 or 4D design which means customers can actually walk around their virtual project. They can get a true feel of what they’re wanting. And, to make things even more like home, Nathan can even slip their favourite coloured towels into the design or even flowers. It’s amazing.” The whole package… Superior standards of service from initial enquiry, to supply, to installation is the hallmark of the Bathroom and Kitchen Studio: “We pride ourselves on offering the complete package, all at the highest possible standards, in fact I believe that


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Big or small – they do it all… No job is too big or too small for The Bathroom and Kitchen Studio, recently they quoted for a hot tub in a leisure centre, “it was the first time that we’ve done anything like that and it was very exciting,” says Gemma. “But we aren’t strangers to big jobs, recently we completed a £50,000 kitchen and we’ve also created a bathroom completely in Fylde Stone, which was stunning.”

SHOP LOCAL - KITCHENS & BATHROOMS As well as creating complete bathrooms and kitchens for clients, Gemma and her team have one of the biggest selections of tiles in the area in their showroom, sourced directly from suppliers in Spain and Italy. “We like to supply direct from source, that way we can get the very best quality products at the best possible prices.” Trends for 2018? “Grey has been popular this year as have traditional designs for customers, and I can’t see that changing next year,” explains Gemma. But whilst more traditional options are still popular The Bathroom and Kitchen Studio can offer some nice design twists to personalise projects: “We sell a lot of bright pink radiators,” laughs Gemma, “which are popular for children’s bathrooms and bedrooms. We have a lot of colour options available for customers.” But what does Gemma go for in a kitchen or bathroom? “I’m so busy that I like clean lines, lots of whites and no handles for my kitchen and for my bathroom I like a wet room.”

Whatever your dream bathroom and kitchen, why not take a visit to The Bathroom and Kitchen Studio, you’ll see your project even before it gets off Nathan’s computer! The Bathroom & Kitchen Studio Lancaster Road, Haws Hill, Carnforth, LA5 9DG Call 01524 720326 Email

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A wet room is a style of bathroom that has increased in popularity in the UK in recent times. It is a sealed bathroom – the walls and floors are “tanked” (sealed with waterproof boarding or layers of matting) which stops water from seeping out. Normally a bathroom designer like Nathan will also install a sloping floor leading down to a drain, so that excess water flows away.

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Households with oil heating are paying just £840 a year to keep warm. That’s 13% cheaper than mains gas, 44% less expensive than LPG and a substantial 127% lower than electric storage heaters.*

With winter still weeks away, it is easy for households to be put off checking their heating system until the cold weather arrives. However, waiting until the last minute could leave you in the cold with a costly repair bill. Cold snaps also put an extra strain on heating systems, but there are some things you can do to ensure your home heating system is working efficiently: - Make sure your boiler is serviced by an OFTEC registered technician so everything is working correctly and efficiently. - Top up your oil tank to avoid a last minute rush. - Check the timers on your thermostat to ensure your heating comes on at the correct time. - Adjust the thermostats on individual radiators and turn them off in rooms you are not using - Consider upgrading to a modern, condensing boiler which will reduce your fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 20% and help you make significant cost savings. It is a fantastic time to be on heating oil with households benefitting from significantly lower fuel costs. As a result, homeowners will be able to keep their heating on for longer to keep warm this winter. *Figures from OFTEC, August 2017

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be wonky,” declares Phil, “there are absolutely no problems it’s been made this way.” Why would anyone, apart from Will y Wonka want to build a house on a slant I asked. Phil chuckles, “well, that’s the big question and neither Claire or I would have a clue!”

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Sitting snuggly next to the George and Dragon pub on the historic St George’s Quay in Lancaster is the most amazing house you could ever want to stay in. Known affectionately as the Wonky House this unique property is being lovingly restored back to its former glory by Phil and Claire Bleazey and offers comfortable and quaint holiday accommodation to visitors who want history and comfort whilst being just a stone’s throw from the city centre.

With anything so peculiar there has to be a story behind it and the Wonky, or Little Crooked House (actually 23 St Georges’ Quay) story has it that the property was the pride and joy of an old sailor, who wanted somewhere to remind him of his life at sea. Built around 1780 the house has many quirky features that attract the eye and mak e you desperate to get a closer look.

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Stepping inside the house it certainly does have a maritime feel to it and reminded me of a rough sea crossing. With the tidal River Lune just across the road I really think that it appears that the sailor achieved his goal! But the house has not always been as loved as it is now. Before Claire and Phil bought the property it certainly needed some TLC.

LOCAL PROPERTY - THE WONKY HOUSE se has come back to “It’s fantastic that the Wonky Hou George and Dragon, the of life,” says Mike, the landlord dliest pubs in the city frien the of one as rs visito described by se is iconic. It’s Hou ky which is just next door. “The Won !” back even wonky at the

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for Claire and her The Wonky House is a labour of love e in February 2017. hous husband Phil who only bought the the house. We’ve still got “We’ve tried to be sympathetic to they are done the house n whe and do some renovations to le. At present it can will be able to sleep about ten peop accommodate four to six.”

Deceptively spacious, the Wonky House is like a Dr Who TARDIS, larger on the insid e than it appears on the outside. It has four floors and the views from the high levels across the tidal Lune and the Quay Meadows are quite breathtaking.

Perfectly placed

As well as the George and Dragon being next door, Quite Simply French is a few doors away and the brilliant Wagon and Horses less than a stone’s throw. You’re a five- minute walk from the hustle and bustle of the city but with the beau tiful Quay Meadows at the rear the Little Crooked House is a peaceful spot to lay your head and enjoy Phil and Claire’s hospitality.

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Perfectly unusual From the moment I stepped on boar d, the Wonky House had a distinctiv ely maritime feel to it and I’m sure visitors will also be instantly remi that nded of this when they step across the threshold. The slightly sloping reminiscent of being on board a ship floors are which is listing slightly in a rough sea swell but this certainly doesn’t from the comfortable welcome you detract receive from this most lovely of prop erties. I would highly recommend a stay at the Little Crooked House. booking Please visit http://www.bleazey.c to make your reservation!

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One of the large range of speakers that Robinsons Phil Punt, from Electrics Robinsons Electric talks in stock. about have the latest gadgets to hit their shops.

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The family firm with the personal touch Phil Punt owners of local business Robinsons We offer a wide range of home visual Electric brings us the latest gadgets, entertainment products from leading brands including great Christmas giftand ideas. such assome Panasonic, Samsung, LG, Humax Sony at very competitive prices. Domestic appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges and freezers are supplied from Aeg, Bosch, Hotpoint, Hoover and Whirlpool plus many more.

One of our accessory representatives appeared on the doorstop the other day and wondered if any of our customers had asked if we stocked Founded in the 1950’s, Robinson Electric are not only the latest 4K HDMI leads? I must highly experienced but trusted in their field. admit that I don’t remember any doing so and I doubt it was high on 01524 34291 01539 733497 their agenda, what with the current KENDAL LANCASTER Brexit negotiations and all, but what 33-35 KIRKLAND UNIT 606 ALSTON HOUSE I did say is that when our customers LA9 5AF WHITE CROSS, LA1 4XQ purchase a 4K Ultra High Definition TV and 4K UHD DVD player from us we would provide theELECTRICAL appropriatePRODUCTS | COMMERCIAL SYSTEMS | TV SALES, REPAIRS | CUSTOM INSTALL HOME 18 Gbps/60 frame compliant one so that they would actually get a 4K picture on the screen. It’s all part of the service you see and what our customers expect of us, which Fearne by Swan - a full range of superbly designed kettles, toasters, food is why they come to us in the first processors at extremely competitive prices. place. Next along was the Sonos man bearing news of their latest speaker sounding a bit like a football manager - the “Sonos One”. This special one based on the fantastic compact Play 1 speaker has Amazon Alexa voice control built in so playing music is even easier. I think it’s going to be a real hit for Christmas and by adding Google Assistant in 2018 will no doubt become one of our best sellers. In addition to that, available now via a free software upgrade, you can control the entire Sonos system with Amazon Alexa – all you need is a Sonos speaker and an Alexa-enabled device like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. It’s as easy as saying “Alexa, play music in the kitchen”, and it will play on your Sonos speakers in that room.

Sometimes our customers forget that we are a member of Euronics, a truly humungous company that supplies us with fridges, freezers, washing machines and so on. Just recently they have introduced a brand new range of small appliances designed in collaboration with Fearne Cotton. Called “Fearne by Swan” there is a full range of superbly designed kettles, toasters, food processors and so on all at extremely competitive prices. Have a look at for more details.

With lots more innovations from the company during 2018 it’s one to keep eye on. A bit like us, Roberts Radio is an old established company but they certainly keep up with the times. ORTUS [Noun] meaning Sunrise is a stunning new range of DAB/FM alarm clock radios that all bar one have USB charging for your smart phone, my favourite is the Ortus Time but there are 3 others to choose from. Then, not to be left behind with the resurgence of vinyl, their RT100 is a sleek and stylish turntable with built in stereo preamplifier that can be used on just about any audio product with a spare auxiliary input.

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Thanks to all who have supported us during 2017, have a great Christmas and what ever your wishes are for the New Year, all of us here at Robinsons Electric hope they come true.

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LONELINESS SUMMIT in lancaster Registered Charity No. 223438

Lancaster City Council and Age UK Lancashire would like to invite you to attend a Loneliness Summit at Lancaster Town Hall on Wednesday 6th December from 2.00pm – 5.30pm. This free event is being held in support of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and Age UK’s No One Should Have No One campaign to help start a conversation about loneliness in the Lancaster district, raise awareness of the support and activities available for those, whatever their age, who are feeling lonely and isolated and provide a one stop shop for councillors to hear more about the services available in their localities. The afternoon will be divided into two parts: 2.00 - 3.30pm - School Children will be invited 4.00 - 5.30pm - General Public, County, City, Town and Parish Councillors There will be a range of activities taking place to highlight the issue of loneliness and encourage individuals to be aware of its effect on individuals within their own communities. A wide range of clubs, groups and organisations are attending the event and there will be a room dedicated to stands, a video room showing films relating to loneliness and services in the district. There will be short presentations by people who have experienced the effects of loneliness first hand and by various groups who can offer activities to suit all ages. Anne Oliver, Community Engagement Manager of Age UK Lancashire said “This event has been organised to raise the awareness of loneliness amongst all age groups and we are delighted that the City Council has taken the initiative in planning this summit and provided space within the Town Hall. We hope that local people will come along to what promises to be an energising and informative afternoon.” This is also an opportunity for clubs, groups and organisations to promote their services to a broad range of people and network.

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A perfect winter walk right on our doorstep, perfect for a bright, crisp winters day. Find out more about Clougha Pike, one of the most geologically unique peaks in the North West.

Fantastic views! Situated close at hand in the stunning Forest of Bowland Clougha Pike is visible from as far away as Barrow-in-Furness, South Lakeland mountains such as the Old Man of Coniston, and even Blackpool Tower.

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It might not be the highest or most dramatic peak in the North West but it’s one of the most unique in terms of its geology. From the south-west, a series of notches or cloughs can be seen in Clougha’s flanks and it is these that gives the hill its distinctive name. These notches are thought to have been cut by meltwater flowing south-west from the area of Littledale, along the side of a glacier which occupied the Quernmore valley. They are known as marginal notch channels and are among the best examples of these features in the whole of Britain.

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It’s a wild walk to a deceptive summit but once there the determined walker is treated to unrivalled views overlooking the sweeping Bowland Fells. It’s a distance of 5.2 miles and takes around two hours, you climb to a height of 320 metres and the walk is quite hard going. So, you’ll need some stout walking shoes.


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The first part of the walk is quite flat. After crossing the little aqueduct called Ottergear Bridge, the route swings round and you start climbing a little. You then drop into a small, sharp-cut valley. This is the first of several curious channels, some of which cut right through the ridge of Clougha, those geological relics from the ice age that make the hill so important.

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Next the walk begins its steady climb over the broad flanks. This heather moorland is used for shooting grouse so make sure beforehand whether it’s shooting day or your access could be limited. When the rocky crest of the ridge is reached, that is the end of the climbing. The last stretch is fairly flat and when the summit of Clougha appears in front of you it is below you.

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From the summit you can see for miles to the Clwydian Hills in Wales and even, if you’re really lucky, the Snowdonian peaks. On a clear day the Isle of Man, over 60 miles away in the Irish Sea, can be seen. However, the eyes are mostly drawn to the stunning vista of the Lakeland mountains looming to the North West, the dark and dramatic Howgill Fells and the Three Peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Peny-ghent over in Yorkshire.

As your walk drops down, Little Windy Clough appears over your right shoulder, and then the much deeper Windy Clough appears. The stream draining Windy Clough runs underground where we cross it but comes back to the surface lower down the hill. Descend avoiding the prickly gorse then follow the duckboards that skirts the bog. Turn right along a track then keep left over a slight rise to the car park where you re-join your car. WINTER WALKING TIPS Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy, comfortable footwear suitable for the conditions and terrain. Take a good waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers. Wear a hat and gloves, and take a scarf – the westerly winds off the Irish Sea can find its way into every gap! A small backpack is more comfortable to walk with than an ordinary bag. Although this is not a long walk, take food with you or high energy snacks like flapjack, chocolate or dried fruit and nuts, and possibly a flask with a hot drink. Take a fully charged mobile phone and make sure someone knows where you’ve gone and when you expect to be back. The days are short in winter so consider wearing some reflective clothing.


Jon Carter, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Leight Moss & Morecambe Bay Nature Reserves, shares his experience of binoculars as a child, how technology has changed over the years and offers advice for those looking for a new pair of wildlife binocuars.

From a very early age it was apparent to my The standard and affordability of optics today by family that I had an innate interest in nature. I comparison is extraordinary. For a comparative price was fascinated by everything that crawled, crept, that I paid for those neck-breaking 1kg monsters one can swam or flew. I collected all the wildlife-themed buy waterproof, nitrogen-filled high quality binoculars Brooke Bond tea cards I could get that would enhance any (anyone under the age of 30 should excursion into the countryside. By the time I started secondary Many modern budget priced Google that…) I pored over books about plants and animals and kept binoculars for children are school my passion for nature old shoe boxes filled with bits of sharper, more reliable and more was so entrenched that I nature that I discovered on my comfortable than even those received my first ever pair of explorations. favoured by avid birdwatchers binoculars as a birthday gift. a few decades ago. I well The only optical equipment at remember the frustration of my disposal in those formative trying to identify distant waders days was a pair of ancient brass opera glasses. on Morecambe beach through steamed up lenses. Today’s I wandered through sun-dappled woods and novice birdwatchers rarely have such things to worry about. strolled across cowpat-filled fields, ambled along river banks and peered into rock pools inspecting While the technical improvements in binoculars and life wherever I found it. My antique glasses telescopes have been monumental, the increase in models barely helped. By the time I started secondary available on the market has been equally impressive. But school my passion for nature was so entrenched that brings with it another problem for those looking to that I received my first ever pair of binoculars as invest - how to choose what to buy? a birthday gift. They were Russian, massive and People often ask me for advice on buying binoculars and absolutely amazing. Birds filled my vision every my answer is usually the same; go and try out as many as time I stepped out of the house. These weighty possible and find the ones that best suit you and your needs. ‘binos’ were a constant companion into my early Most people have a budget in mind, so that’s a starting twenties after which I splashed out and bought point. Then there are other considerations such as what a second-hand pair of Carl Zeiss Jena 10x50s. they will be used for and how frequently. For a passionate Now these were ‘proper’ birding binoculars and birder who spends hours in the field in all conditions, the I felt like I’d really arrived. However, by today’s choices are often clear. The high-end manufacturers such standards they were absolute dinosaurs.


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as Leica, Swarovski and Zeiss undoubtedly produce the best products but they come at a premium price. However, a relative newcomer keen to develop an interest may start with a more modest purchase but the quality can vary enormously at this end of the market. Ergonomics are important too and finding a pair that just feel right is equally essential. That all important phrase ‘try before you buy’ is never more vital than when it comes to purchasing potentially expensive optical equipment. At our RSPB shop at Leighton Moss we stock the largest range of binoculars, telescopes and accessories in the area and we encourage people to try them out to ensure that they find the best product for their needs. Our team of knowledgeable staff and volunteers are also on hand to offer impartial advice and to answer any questions you may have. We also host demo weekends where you can try out the range of products in the reserve’s sensory garden.

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Things have changed quite a bit since I first discovered my love of nature through the lenses of those old opera glasses. The challenges facing the natural world today may be greater than ever but there have at least been vast improvements in the ways that we can enjoy and connect with it. A decent pair of binoculars can make a massive difference to the way we see the world around us and help us get closer to the wonders of nature on our doorstep. And the more we engage with it, hopefully the more we’ll be prepared to protect it.


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CLEANER SEAS FOR THE NORTH WEST COAST Please bag and bin dog mess…

Whether you swim, paddle, or simply enjoy a stroll on one of the region’s many beaches, you can be assured, once again, that the quality of the water is cleaner than at any time in the last 30 years. For the second year in a row the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that all 27 of the North West’s coastal bathing beaches meet the government’s required standards for water quality, with 7 meeting the even tougher standards needed for a Blue Flag. The water at our beaches has continually improved since 1988 when just 18% met the previous standards in 2016, for the first time, all of the North West’s bathing waters met the required standards. This year, this important bench mark has once again been hit, despite the influence of wet weather over the summer. The classifications of bathing waters across the North West (27 coastal, 4 in land) are; 11 are Excellent the highest, cleanest class and the required standard to quality for Blue Flag status, 14 are Good generally good water quality; 6 are Sufficient the water meets minimum standard and 0 are Poor. A range of participants have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and local authorities. In 2012, these partners came together to form the Turning Tides Partnership, ensuring effective co ordination of improvement


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works and to collaboratively develop and promote the ’LOVEmyBEACH’ …to help keep the sea clean campaign; the platform which engages the local community on how they too can contribute to improvements at their local beach. “Today’s results are evidence of how clean the water now is across the North West region. We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed towards making our seas cleaner from the National Farmers Union and Catchment Sensitive Farming project, to all the volunteers involved in the LOVEmyBEACH beach cleans, United Utilities’ investment in upgrading treatment works and building extra storm water storage, to every dog owner who bags and bins their dog’s mess to stop it getting in the sea.” Many people believe that leaving dog poo on the beach is OK because the tide washes it away, however this natural disposal technique isn’t the best thing for our beautiful beaches and seas. Bacteria present in dog poo is potentially harmful to beach users and can affect water quality in a negative way. Hundreds of residents from across the North West have played their part in keeping beaches and seas clean. There’s lots of information about how you can get involved at”.

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Bay Vets give their advice on recognising pain in your older dog and how to make adjustments to keep them comfortable. Physiotherapy is a specialist area of knowledge involving manual techniques (e.g. massage, range of movement exercises and stretching), electrotherapies and therapeutic exercise. It is hugely beneficial for both rehabilitation following injury and also in the management of chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis – which is very common in older dogs. Physiotherapy aims to improve mobility, relieve pain and restore function by improving muscle strength, suppleness and range of motion in a joint. The following advice can be very useful for helping your senior pets but these points should also be considered alongside your physiotherapist’s advice in cases of injury/post-surgical rehabilitation. They can also be useful to consider for younger pets with a view to improving fitness and reducing risk of injury in future. RECOGNISING SIGNS OF CHRONIC PAIN While dogs may respond to acute pain by vocalising or holding up a leg, the signs of chronic pain (such . as that associated with osteoarthritis) are often more difficult to detect. Some signs include: Reluctance on walks, Lameness, Stiffness following exercise or rest, Scuffing of nails when walking, Struggling with stairs or getting in/out of car, Preferring to sit or lie down rather than stand, Disliking you touching certain areas of their body, Licking excessively at a particular spot , Postural changes e.g. hunched back, low head / tail carriage, Weakness / loss of muscle, Sleeping more than usual, Struggling to get comfortable, Difficulty toileting – weakness in hindlimbs, Temperament changes Weight management – carrying excessive body weight is not good for osteoarthritis and can exacerbate the symptoms. There are multiple ways to help reduce your dog’s weight and this is something your vet or nurse will be able to advise you on. HOME MODIFICATIONS – your dogs environment can have a big impact on his physical condition and mobility. Raised feed bowls - feeding on a step can help with shifting weight off the forelimbs and encouraging increased weight bearing on hindlimbs. Use carpets instead of slippery floors. Avoid stairs and jumping on to furniture. Comfy bed - Memory foam or similar bed with easy access and well defined borders, no draughts.

APPROPRIATE EXERCISE – following a consultation, your physiotherapist will be able to advise you on more specific remedial and therapeutic exercises for your pet. Some general points on exercising older pets: Little and often is key, finding the balance of enough exercise to keep joints mobile and muscles working but not doing too much to aggravate osteoarthritis or cause injury. Slow lead walking is an important tool in any rehab programme. Your dog will naturally choose the easiest and most economical way of moving and will avoid using limbs which are weaker / stiffer. This leads to further muscle weakness and joint stiffness. Incorporating slow lead walking as a warm up and cool down is a good idea, the slow pace forces the dog to use and bear weight on each limb individually. Therefore helping to build and maintain muscle mass and help with joint mobility. Alternate which side you lead dog from - most dogs have a tendency to lean slightly away from the handler, therefore taking more weight on the outside limbs. It is important, therefore, to alternate sides in order to build and strengthen muscles symmetrically without overloading one particular side. The use of a harness can provide support and help stabilise and also avoids excessive strain on the neck. Walk your dog on soft surfaces that are easier for ailing joints and avoid ball play – sudden braking and sharp turns can lead to injury. As well as helping with management of chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, physiotherapy is an important part of rehabilitation following injury or surgical procedures such as cruciate repair or diagnosis of hip dysplasia or other orthopaedic conditions. For more information or if you think this applies to your pet please consult your vet or physiotherapist.

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A WEEKEND AWAY IN CONISTON The deep dark waters of Coniston Water sit a stone’s throw from one of the Lake District’s most unspoilt gems, Coniston Village, which offers culture, sightseeing, walking and hospitality – a perfect spot for a weekend away and especially in the winter time.

Mists hang low over the blackness of the deep lake waiting for the sun to rise over the high peaked mountains, the air is crisp and you can feel Jack Frost’s nip

WEEKEND AWAY - CONISTON Winter - the best time to visit Many consider that winter is the best time to enjoy the Lake District, there are less visitors and the vistas take on a bleak yet beautiful spellbinding outlook, in short, the place takes on an air akin to what the first Victorian tourists came to love about the place – its uniqueness and remoteness. Nowhere can that uniqueness be seen more than Coniston in winter time. Mists hang low over the blackness of the deep lake waiting for the sun to rise over the high peaked mountains, the air is crisp and you can feel Jack Frost’s nip and yet there’s many a roaring log fire in cafés, pubs and hotels luring the weary traveller in to rest awhile and warm up. And at less than an hour’s drive from our area, why not make Coniston your weekend away this winter.

Coniston Village With a population of less than a thousand, Coniston Village in winter is like a place where time has stood still. And, if you stand and listen you can even hear the sound of silence. Sitting on the western shore of the northern end of Coniston Water the village lies at the mouth of Coppermines Valley and Yewdale Beck, which descend from the Coniston Fells.

subsequent stillness of the water that lead the lake to becoming the site of many famous world speed record attempts in the last century. On August 19, 1939, Sir Malcolm Campbell set the record at 141.74 miles per hour in Bluebird K4. Between 1956 and 1959 Sir Malcolm’s son Donald set four successive records on the lake in Bluebird K7. And it was in Bluebird K7 that Donald was killed attempting a speed of over 320 mph on January 4, 1967. Both Bluebird and Donald Campbell laid in the cold waters of the lake until 2000-1. Donald was buried in Coniston cemetery on 12 September 2001 although his head has never been recovered.

Artistically Famous For centuries Coniston’s dramatic scenery and sleepy atmosphere has attracted writers, poets and artists. Famous Victorian philosopher, writer and art critic, John Ruskin, was so enchanted with the place that he made it his home, buying Brantwood House in 1871 and remaining there until his death in 1900. Such was his love of Coniston that he even turned down the chance to be buried in Westminster Abbey alongside Dickens, Kipling and Hardy. Instead Ruskin’s grave can be found staring up at his beloved fells from the village churchyard. Following his master, Ruskin’s pupil, fellow writer and artist WG Collingwood moved to Lanehead less than a mile from Brantwood in the 1870s and was able to spend quality time with his mentor and friend until his death. Collingwood died in 1932 and lies in the village cemetery. Swallows and Amazon’s author Arthur Ransome wrote five of those bestselling books, and an unfinished sixth, whilst living in Coniston. The stories are set on a fictional ‘lake in the north’ but it is well known that they’re inspired by the beauty of Coniston Water. Many an hour can be spent on the lake trying to discover the locations of the stories which have barely changed since the books were penned in the 1920s and 30s and to this day the books remain a good advertisement for the area.

Coniston Water Glacially formed, Coniston is the third largest of the English Lakes, measuring five miles long by half a mile wide, with a maximum depth of 184 feet. It is this depth and the

Places to visit If you want to do more than merely take in the beautiful scenery there is plenty to do at Coniston, although please be aware of winter opening times. The Ruskin Museum – is an award-winning Cabinet of Curiosities telling the story of Coniston from when the first Stone Age fellwalkers who made and traded stone axes made from the local rocks to the modern jet era of the 1950s when speedsters Malcolm and Donald Campbell used Coniston Water to set speed records. The Ruskin Museum is the ideal place to get a real feel for Coniston, the area and its history. Brantwood - offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin and the last 28 years of his life spent in the Lake District. Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident and visitors feel like they’re stepping back in time. Not limited to just the house, Brantwood also has extensive gardens that are open to the public and well worth a visit even in winter.

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WEEKEND AWAY - CONISTON continued The Coniston Boating Centre - is a not-for-profit attraction run by the Lake District National Park Authority. All profits from the centre go towards keeping the place special for future generations and you can discover how the Centre is making a real difference to this part of the Lakes. You can hire a boat, if you’re brave, or a bike, which is a great way to explore the village. There’s even a café that is open from 10am – 5pm.

Things to do Although boating and swimming are popular for visitors, mainly in the warmer months, most visitors to Coniston like to enjoy a day rambling, walking or hiking on the stunning fells, hills and mountains. Coniston Old Man dominates the skyline behind the village, also nearby are Wetherlam, Dow Crags, and Swirl How. Coniston Old Man The Old Man of Coniston is the inspiration for Kanchenjunga, the mountain in Swallows and Amazons and is one of the most popular fell walks in the whole Lake District, with good reason, it has some stunning views. You could take several routes but the circular route is always enjoyable. One of the main tracks runs up through the old mines. The views are breathtaking, especially if you choose to include Dow Crags, high above secluded Goatswater, in your plan. There is a car park on the fellside at the top of the steep lane climbing up from the village. This walk can take between 2 ½ – 3 ½ hrs.

Tilberthwaite to Little Langdale Just a short way from Coniston on the A593 heading towards Ambleside, you will see a turn for Tilberthwaite. The car park towards the end of this delightful little road allows you to start an ascent of Wetherlam through the former mine workings near the small hamlet of Tilberthwaite, but it also marks the start of a lovely lower-level walk to one of the Lake District’s gems, the valley of Little Langdale, which is best viewed in winter. You can make a circular walk, incorporating stops at The Three Shires Inn for refreshment, and at Cathedral Cavern, a spectacular product of slate quarrying with tunnels through the hillside that will fascinate children and adults alike. This walk provides tremendous views of the beautiful Langdale Pikes and takes around 2 – 3 hrs. As with any climb, ramble or walk, always check the weather forecast before your leave and be mindful that the weather can change quickly in the mountains and on the fells. Dress for the weather, make sure you tell someone where you are going, charge up your mobile and wear appropriate footwear. Tarn Hows A slightly more gentle walk than the Old Man this ramble is on a mostly, level, wide and well laid path that runs by the side of one of the prettiest tarns in the whole of the Lake District. Tarn Hows is delightfully set amongst trees on the high ground above Coniston, and offers an easy circular walk by the waterside. The beauty spot is part of the Monk Coniston Estate, donated to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter. There are also several routes that take in the tarn as part of a longer, more rugged ramble. Park at the large National Trust car park near the tarn. This walk takes around 1 hr. Whatever you decide to do, Coniston makes the perfect destination for a winter weekend away.

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Generously wrap moss around the frame and secure with reel wire. Wire individual pieces of conifer and attach around the outside.

Step 2 Wire individual pieces of holly and insert into the moss frame all around the top and sides to give the wreath shape and body.

Step 3 Decorate your wreath with wired berries and pine cones, Make a festive bow and attach securely to the wreath.

Step 4 Hang your hand made wreath proudly on your front door. Why not make them for your friends too.

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A number of our Physiotherapists are very keen skiers, one in particular being Holly, who, each year, spends 3-4 months practicing Physiotherapy on the ski slopes of Japan and she is most certainly kept busy! Specifically treating skiing injuries on a day-to-day basis for months at a time, has given Holly the opportunity to thoroughly study the most common injuries and also the best form of practice for a speedy recovery. The most common skiing injuries Holly treats: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture - usually occurs when the knee is twisted beyond its normal range of motion. Normally you’ll hear or feel a pop in the knee and the joint will then give way, giving sufferers the impression that they have dislocated their knee. In most cases, this will be a sudden sharp pain initially, however, it’s the instability of the affected leg that proves debilitating for sufferers. The knee will swell significantly. Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injuries - another knee injury. The MCL is damaged when force is applied to the side of the knee while it’s bent. They tend to occur when a skier is racing down a mountain and they fall over without changing their

body position. It can also be injured when falling over and your knee falls inwards. You will experience pain on the inside of the joint, followed by swelling and bruising.

diagnose themselves. As most skiers are typically holiday-goers, it’s not unusual for them to pick up an injury and self-diagnose themselves. Quite often I will be treating someone that has injured their self and tried to carry on as normal, only to have taken another fall and caused even more damage in the long run.

Shoulder injuries - often dislocations, occur when a skier falls directly onto the shoulder joint, or onto an outstretched hand and the force of the fall is transmitted up the arm to the shoulder. Sufferers will quickly need to have the shoulder replaced back into its joint and then kept in a sling for a number of weeks. During this period, physiotherapy treatment is needed to strengthen the muscles again. Rotator cuff injuries occur similarly to most dislocated shoulder injuries, however, the likely symptoms will be restricted motion, clicking and catching and weakness. Again, this is often and easily treated by a Physiotherapist.

Moral of the story - NEVER self diagnose. Always prepare and train sensibly beforehand, put your health first and learn to trust in the experts. Whether you feel you have a bodily imbalance that could lead to a possible injury on the slopes, or you just want some strengthening advice beforehand, we’d love to hear from you! We want to make sure you head out to the slopes in the best shape and return in good health. Send us a message using our FREE online Ask-A-Physio service on our website: Alternatively, call us 01524 874 649 to book or arrange any appointment with our Physiotherapists.

Holly ads… “It’s not unusual for most people to pick up injuries here and there while skiing, but an issue I come across quite often are the sufferers that tend to self-

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HEALTH TIPS - FROM 3-1-5 LANCASTER Whether it’s your pre Christmas target or your 2018 goal to get healthier, the X-Force Team at 3-1-5 have some top tips to get you started on your journey to a fitter you. WEIGHT TRAINING


Most people think they should just do sustained cardiovascular exercise to burn calories and lose fat and while it’s true that this will burn calories not all of those calories will come from your fat tissue. If you lose weight you are likely to lose both fat and muscle. Furthermore when you stop the cardiovascular activity the excess calories burn stops as well. Weight training on the other hand helps you retain your muscle mass and even add more lean muscle tissue to your body. With a well-designed weight training programme you will burn just as many calories as you would running or cycling and you will continue to burn calories for more than 24 hours after a workout. Build yourself a bigger calorie burning engine and you can be burning fat even as you’re deep into a Netflix binge!

High Intensity Interval Training is fast and to the point. The higher the intensity in the workout the shorter it becomes. An average HIIT session is 10 to 20 minutes and will keep your heart rate close to 90% MHR (maximum heart rate). A typical session will follow a pattern of high intensity for 20 seconds and a rest for a similar amount of time. The importance is the short bouts of high intensity immediately followed by rest. A recent study from Australia has reported that “a group of females who followed a 20-minute HIIT program consisting of eight-second sprints followed by 12 seconds of rest lost an amazing six times more bodyfat than a group that followed a 40-minute cardio program performed at a constant intensity of 60% MHR”. PORTION CONTROL

10,000 STEPS A DAY We humans love a simple fix. A few years ago 10,000 steps a day was revealed as target for health and fitness and a boom market in devices to track our steps developed. Some people do lose weight this way while for others it has had virtually no effect. Should we aim for 10,000 steps a day? Yes and No. Weight training might not register as any steps. A 3 mile run or a HIIT session would be fewer than 10,000 steps but are likely to contribute to more fat loss plus have all of the benefits of getting the heart rate up through intense exercise. What the research that underpins the 10,000 steps a day target actually indicates is that we should aim to move more, be generally more active. So push yourself to walk more, don’t take elevators and escalators use the stairs, have a walk after your midday or evening meal but also play with your kids, do work in the garden, dance, travel by bike, do some stretching while you watch telly, pace while you talk on the phone. Aim not to sit still for more than 60-90 minutes at a time.


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Do you know how many calories you at this morning? Are you worried that calorie counting is just too hard and eating all together will make you fat? Calorie counting is beneficial but a lot of the time we forget or don’t know where to start. A simple practice of portion control will make calorie counting more interesting and less like a chore. As we understand the amount of food we take in each day we will then know whether we are taking in the right number of calories. Protein - consuming enough protein in your diet is essential for a couple of reasons: - repairs your skin, hair, nails and muscles - helps ward of muscle loss (the more lean muscle we have, the more calories we burn at rest) - helps keep you fuller for longer Try and get between 1.5g-2g per kg of body weight in your diet daily DITCH THE JUNK FOOD Remove all the foods in your house that you may be tempted to overeat, such as crisps, chocolate or sweets. Anything is ok in moderation but many people struggle with tempatation and moderation. This works well, especially if you get ‘snacks’ during the evening. If it’s not in the house, you won’t eat it!

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CELEBRATING OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Versatile clinic part of Morecambe Bay Physiotherapy Ltd The place to come for total rehabilitation services in Carnforth, Lancashire Come and feel the difference with our professional friendly clinicians. From humble beginnings in Morecambe’s West End, Alex Burch (Director & Specialist Senior physiotherapist), aptly named her clinic Morecambe Bay Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, to reflect the area the practice would cover. When in 2012 she expanded to start a second branch in Carnforth, she wanted a new name that reflected what her physiotherapy clinic had become, “Physios help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice”, this helps to improve function for daily life. In a nutshell physios help people move freely and Versatile entirely encompasses this ethos.

to keep clients well, Alex and Anna also offer Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) classes and 1-2-1 sessions.

In a nutshell physios help people move freely and Versatile entirely encompasses this ethos

The team have been helping clients in the Lancaster and Morecambe District and the surrounding villages of North Lancashire and South Cumbria, with a range of treatments including, acupuncture, ante-natal & post-natal services, Pilates, Yoga, The Performance Matrix screening and Optogait analyses.

The team of Chartered physiotherapists, Alex, Leanne, Clare and Anna have over 40 years of experience between them. Our team also includes Pam who runs very successful yoga classes and Alasdair, who is a senior sports therapist and successful athlete. He offers sports massage to ease aches and pains, plus pre and post advice and rehab.

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COPING WITH STRESS Gen Kelsang Dema, resident teacher at Chenrezig Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Lancaster explains how meditation can help us cope with modern day stress, anxiety and depression. COPING WITH STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION In our modern world our lives have become increasingly busy and stressful. There seems little time to rest and relax. These are also very uncertain times creating conditions where we can easily develop anxiety or depression about aspects of our lives and what may happen in the future. In such a climate we need simple methods to lessen and free ourselves from these unpleasant feelings, discovering how to replace them with positive states of mind. We can achieve this through practising meditation. WHAT IS MEDITATION? When we engage in meditation we focus our mind on an object that causes us to develop a peaceful mind. For example, we may engage in different types of breathing meditation in which we focus on our breath to remove unpleasant feelings from our mind and experience some feelings of inner calm. When our mind becomes still we will find that a feeling of happiness naturally arises in our mind without depending on our external situation. ’When the turbulence of our distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.’ Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, How to Transform your Life. We can also engage in other meditations that help us to develop positive minds which protect us from developing unpleasant feelings. For example, we may develop minds of love, patience, compassion, etc – these are beautiful positive minds that naturally lead to a feeling of inner peace and contentment.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION? Just meditating for 10 minutes each day can help us to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, anger and other negative feelings. If we do not have a method to eliminate these unpleasant feelings from our mind our health can deteriorate. Through simple meditation practices we can experience a peaceful, positive mind which helps us to maintain a healthy body. Meditation also helps us to transform the adversities in our life into opportunities for growth and development. Instead of immediately responding in a negative way when things happen that we do not like, we can learn how to have a different perspective that helps us to respond in a positive way. For example, when we can learn to think about how many other people are experiencing the same problem, this helps us to accept our own situation more readily and develop the confidence to cope with it. Whenever we meditate we are creating the cause for inner peace in the future because we are learning how to control our mind. WHAT WE EXPERIENCE DEPENDS ON OUR MIND Meditation is essential in this modern world because our mind has the power to create all pleasant and unpleasant things. We know this from our own experience as when we are in a good mood people and places seem beautiful but as soon as our mind is disturbed we start to see faults in people and the things around us. If we want to really enjoy our life we need

to train our mind through meditation so that we can keep a positive mind all the time whatever happens. In this way we will appreciate everything and everyone in our life and avoid conflict with others. We all wish to live in a peaceful world but this can only arise when everyone learns how to have a peaceful mind. By practising meditation we can develop a peaceful mind and inspire our family and friends to do the same. In this way we can contribute to the development of world peace. Chenrezig Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Lancaster provides a range of classes to help people to let go of unpleasant feelings and gain more energy, joy and purpose in their life through the practice of meditation. There is a very harmonious and friendly community of people attending the classes who encourage and help each other to find the best ways to apply the teachings in their daily life. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and travel from as far as Kirkby Lonsdale and Kendal. The community also comes together for social events, walks and other enjoyable activities. A new term of meditation classes starts at the centre Tuesday16 January. Your first class at the centre is free. Details of classes and other events and to purchase gift vouchers for class attendance go to: www. Chenrezig Kadampa Buddhist Centre is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union. It was founded by the highly respected meditation master and author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in 1984 and the building at 93 King Street was opened as a Kadampa Buddhist Centre in 2004.

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HypnoBirthing® goes way beyond traditional childbirth classes and really makes the parents confident, trusting of the birthing body and become an active part of their birthing experience. Jean Anderson, a midwife of 30 years and Katy Redford, a teacher of 11 years offer Hypnobirthing classes in Lancaster. Katy shares her first birthing experience which involved gas and air and an epidural, laying on my back whilst being screamed at frantically to push and pant, bright surgical lights shining at me, surrounded by medical equipment, I felt exhausted, quite ill and, if I’m honest, in shock. It wasn’t how I’d planned it – I’d pictured bean-bags and lavender oils and dim lights, a water-birth and a very special experience for me and my baby. Don’t get me wrong, when my baby boy was placed in my arms, it was still the most amazing, special experience and one that I will never forget, but the part leading up to that – the pre-birth experience - was etched in my memory.

I remember saying shakily, ‘Never again’ to the auxiliary afterwards.

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When I found out I was pregnant again (over a decade later) I was determined to try and find everything I could to ensure that I would have a different birthing experience. The real turning point was a chance remark from the Consultant Midwife during my Active Birth Classes. She asked if anyone had heard of HypnoBirthing® because she had witnessed a young girl who had done HypnoBirthing®. She had come into triage extremely calm, saying she thought she was ready to birth her baby. The midwives were sceptical as she looked so calm and thought she would be about 2 cm dilated. On examination, she was 10 cm and gave birth in the same calm way an hour later.

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Welcome to Slick Unisex Hair Salon in Lancaster, Dalton Square. Caroline; the owner and professional hair stylist has over 15 years experience in the hairdressing trade. Slick have been trading since 2007 and have gained many valued clients due to the friendly atmosphere and quality of work.

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REAL MEN DO FACIALS at HOHB Harvey’s of Hest Bank (HOHB) opened its doors just over a year ago offering more than just your ‘normal’ men’s barbers haircut and trim, with an ambition to provide all aspects of men’s grooming. Harvey’s of Hest Bank was started by husband and wife team, Ben and Fiona D’Alton and they have now been joined by Ben’s sister Kate to fully realise their dream.

My first foray into men’s grooming was a nose wax, which turned out surprisingly pain free.

I went along to their salon in Hest Bank to experience a treatment or two. Now I’m not adverse to trying something new, however when Ben invited me to try out there newly refurbished grooming room I was I admit a little nervous. It turns out I need not have been nervous at all, after an excellent haircut (Ben’s years of experience shines through) my first foray into men’s grooming was a nose wax, which turned out surprisingly pain free. I was ready to go into the new ‘mans’ room. With a muted grey

colour palette, music playing and a fire crackling on the TV I was ready. Kate has many years of beauty experience, treating both men and women. I opted for a Luxury facial and a mini MANicure, they also offer foot treatments as well to get


you sorted from ‘head to toe’. I was soon put at ease as Kate explained the treatments at each step and just as important the products that would be used. HOHB skincare range To complement the treatments and services, they have developed their own skincare brand HOHB. The HOHB philosophy is that when it comes to skincare a one size fits all approach won’t do. Lifestyle, environmental and hereditary factors determine what your skin needs to look good, nourished and repaired. Whatever your age, skin type or shaving routine the products can be mixed and matched to your skins needs and lifestyle. To ensure the best care for the skin, all the products are natural, free of chemicals and are also suitable for vegans. As a first experience into men’s grooming I left feeling relaxed, ready to face a busy day and I will be back for more in the future. Check out the HOHB website at www. for a full list of services and give them a try.


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MAKING BREAD at Heron Corn Mill

Making​ ​bread​ ​at​ ​H eron​ ​Corn​ ​M ill Once​ ​u pon​ ​a​ ​time​ ​it​ ​was​ ​Westmoreland,​ ​now​ ​it’s​ ​C umbria.​ ​ With​ ​Lancashire​ ​j ust​ ​to​ ​the​ ​south, and​ ​the​ ​Yorkshire​ ​Dales​ ​just​ ​to​ ​the​ ​east,​ ​Heron​ ​C orn​ ​M ill​ ​ sits​ ​r ight​ ​at​ ​the​ ​heart​ ​o f​ ​B eetham village,​ ​where​ ​the​ ​r iver​ ​Bela​ ​r uns​ ​west​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​Kent. There’s​ ​been​ ​a​ ​mill​ ​in​ ​Beetham​ ​for​ ​eight​ ​or​ ​nine​ ​ hundred​ ​years,​ ​just​ ​where​ ​Heron​ ​Corn​ ​Mill​ ​is now.​ ​ It’s​ ​a​ ​perfect​ ​place​ ​for​ ​a​ ​mill,​ ​as​ ​a​ ​fault​ ​line​ ​in​ ​the​ ​ limestone​ ​has​ ​created​ ​a​ ​natural​ ​drop of​ ​several​ ​metres​ ​ in​​the​​river​​level,​​producing​​a​​sufficient​​head​​of​​water​​ to​ ​power​ ​the​ ​water wheel. Heron​ ​Corn​ ​Mill​ ​was​ ​a​ ​working​ ​mill​ ​until​ ​the​ ​mid1950s,​ ​producing​ ​animal​ ​feed​ ​in​ ​its​ ​later years.​ ​After​ ​ a​ ​period​ ​of​ ​neglect,​ ​it​ ​reopened​ ​in​ ​1974​ ​as​ ​a​ ​heritage​ ​ site,​ ​though​ ​a​ ​return​ ​to milling​ ​seemed​ ​unlikely. Early​ ​ this​ ​century​ ​the​ ​mill’s​ ​fortunes​ ​changed​ ​dramatically.​ ​ With​ ​some​ ​visionary​ ​thinking​ ​and a​ ​generous​ ​grant​ ​ from​ ​the​ ​Heritage​ ​Lottery​ ​Fund,​ ​the​ ​mill​ ​buildings​ ​ got​ ​a​ ​thorough make-over.​ ​​ ​A​ ​state​ ​of​ ​the​ ​art​ ​hydro​ ​ electric​ ​turbine​ ​now​ ​generates​ ​a​ ​reliable​ ​income​ ​ stream for​ ​the​ ​mill,​ ​supporting​ ​its​ ​many​ ​community​ ​ engagement​ ​activities.​ ​ Stuart​ ​the​ ​miller​ ​and​ ​his helpers​ ​restored​ ​the​ ​water​ ​ wheel​ ​and​ ​got​ ​all​ ​the​ ​machinery​ ​running​ ​again.​ ​ And​ ​a​ ​shepherd’s hut​ ​with​ ​cooking​ ​facilities​ ​took​ ​ its​ ​place​ ​next​ ​to​ ​the​ ​river. Stuart​ ​now​ ​does​ ​milling​ ​ demonstrations​ ​once​ ​a​ ​month.​ ​ Most​​of​​the​fl ​ our​​is​​for​​sale​​in​​the​​mill shop,​​and​​our​​ community​​bread​​group​​(“Bread​​of​​Heron”)​​snaps​​up​​ the​ ​rest​ ​to​ ​make​ ​bread​ ​in the​ ​shepherd’s​ ​hut.​ ​What​ ​ a​​delicious​​prospect​​-​​home​​made​​bread​​using​​flour​​ milled​ ​just across​ ​the​ ​lawn.​ ​And​ ​it​ ​really​ ​is​ ​delicious​ ​ bread​ ​too!


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Bread​ ​of​ ​Heron​ ​was​ ​the​ ​brainchild​ ​of​ ​Audrey​ ​and​ ​Nell,​ ​ the​ ​mill’s​ ​creative​ ​leads,​ ​and​ ​was funded​ ​by​ ​the​ ​National​ ​ Lottery’s​ ​Awards​ ​for​ ​All.​ ​We​ ​started​ ​with​ ​one​ ​group​ ​of​ ​ half​ ​a​ ​dozen bakers,​ ​and​ ​now​ ​have​ ​three​ ​groups,​ ​run​ ​by​ ​ Nell,​ ​Kate​ ​and​ ​me.​ ​ We​ ​each​ ​bake​ ​once​ ​a fortnight,​ ​and​ ​choose​ ​recipes​ ​which​ ​ reflect​o ​ ur​d ​ ifferent​b ​ aking​s​ tyles. We’re​​a​​very​​friendly​​ lot​ ​at​ ​Bread​ ​of​ ​Heron,​ ​and​ ​everybody​ ​gets​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​new​ ​ people​ ​and have​ ​some​ ​fun​ ​and​ ​a​ ​good​ ​natter.​ ​ For​​some​​people​​it’s​t​heir​​first​t​ime​m ​ aking​​bread,​​others have​ ​done​ ​some​ ​before.​ ​We​ ​all​ ​​ ​learn​ ​from​ ​each​ ​other’s​ ​ successes​ ​and​ ​dig​ ​each​ ​other​ ​out​ ​of trouble​ ​if​ ​we​ ​get​ ​up​ ​ to​ ​our​ ​elbows​ ​in​ ​sticky​ ​dough. The​ ​plan​ ​is​ ​to​ ​bake​ ​with​ ​ Heron​C ​ orn​M ​ ill​​flour​​where​​possible,​a​ nd​​to​m ​ ake​t​ wo​​ different loaves​ ​each​ ​time​ ​we​ ​meet.​ ​Not​ ​every​ ​loaf​ ​turns​ ​ out​ ​perfectly,​ ​of​ ​course,​ ​but​ ​people​ ​generally take​ ​home​ ​ something​ ​they​ ​can​ ​be​ ​proud​ ​to​ ​put​ ​on​ ​the​ ​tea​ ​table.​ ​ Sometimes​ ​people​ ​surprise themselves​ ​with​ ​what​ ​they​ ​ can​ ​achieve.​ ​Bread​ ​is​ ​quite​ ​forgiving​ ​-​ ​things​ ​usually​ ​turn​ ​ out​​fine. Many​​of​o ​ ur​​bakers​c​ ome​o ​ n​​their​o ​ wn.​​Some​​ don’t​ ​get​ ​out​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​they​ ​used​ ​to.​ ​A​ ​visit to​ ​the​ ​mill​ ​ might​ ​be​ ​the​ ​highlight​ ​of​ ​someone’s​ ​day.​ ​The​ ​warmth​ ​and​ ​ support​ ​you​ ​get​ ​from baking​ ​together​ ​is​ ​something​ ​really​ ​ special.​ ​Our​ ​bakers​ ​sign​ ​up​ ​for​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​six​ ​fortnightly bakes,​ ​ and​ ​it’s​ ​great​ ​to​ ​see​ ​people​ ​making​ ​new​ ​friends​ ​over​ ​time​ ​ -​ ​offering​ ​lifts,​ ​sharing ingredients,​ ​swapping​ ​recipes,​ ​and​ ​ of​ ​course​ ​baking​ ​and​ ​breaking​ ​bread​ ​together.

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Here are four Christmas party food ideas to get you inspired during the festive period, both children and adults will enjoy eating and making these mouthwatering treats.

Father Christmas Strawberries Cut the green top of the strawberries off, ensuring you leave a nice flat bottom for it to stand on. Cut the tips off, squirting cream on top of the base, replacing the hat. Decorate with cream as pom poms on the hat and jacket, use chocolate drops or sesame seeds for eyes. A Christmas treat that is one of your 5 a day!

Reindeer Biscuits 250g plain flour | 125g butter or margarine | 70g icing sugar | 1 teaspoons vanilla extract | 1 teaspoon milk Cook for 12 mins at 160 degree C - Then cool in a rack and decorate with a smartie nose and chocolate icing.

Reindeer Pancakes 100g plain flour | 2 Eggs | 300ml milk | Oil for frying To decorate: Chocolate spread, marshmallows, strawberry Whisk all the ingredients into a batter. Cook thick pancakes in a hot gently oiled frying pan. Trim into reindeer shape. Decorate with toppings to turn into a reindeer.

Reindeer Chocolate Cake Pops Crumble a cooked chocolate cake into a bowl, add a spoon of ready made icing and mix until it starts to bind. Roll into balls with your hands and pop into a stick. Use pretzels, smarties and marshmallows stuck on with icing, to make the faces.


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THE APPLE or the COFFEE BEAN? J. Atkinson & Co. source speciality coffee and tea from around the world which is then roasted or blended in our amazing old shop and roastery in Lancaster. When we think of Ethiopia, we think of the epicentre of humankind’s long walk out of Africa to populate virtually the entire globe. This could have been kickstarted by the local fuel to the brain of that psychotropic drug, known today as caffeine. Just down the Rift Valley from where this coffee grows, the earliest hominid skeleton, known as Lucy, was discovered curled up in some ancient mud, which revised all previous dating of our earliest hominid relatives by a couple of million years. In a Biblical context, the area is also synonomous with being the apocryphal site of the Garden of Eden. We all know of caffeine’s ability to oil the wheels of cognition, it follows therefore that the Tree of Knowledge was undoubtedly the Coffee Tree and its fruit, the ripe red coffee cherry,

Taste the difference! This year we have something new for you in the Atkinsons stable, something which won time and time again in blind cupping contests against all comers. There is a long anticipated reform going through their parliament to radically change the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange, in favour of greater transparency and traceability. This new ECX era should see better quality controls from farm gate to exporter. This has traditionally been a bit of a black hole in the supply chain, especially in Ethiopia. In future, with coffees being loaded and delivered to certified warehouses, coffee


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No wonder then, that the most exciting time in the coffee roasters’ calendar is waiting for the arrival of the new crop Ethiopians.

much more likely to have been responsible for igniting the cerebral cortex, than the rather Anglicised assumption that it was the apple. No wonder then, that the most exciting time in the coffee roasters’ calendar is waiting for the arrival of the new crop Ethiopians. It’s a Beaujolais Nouveau kind of moment, only with the coffees we have sourced, we anticipate a Grand Cru Vintage! Earlier in the year we tasted hosts of pre-shipment samples, going into more exhaustive detail than with any other Origin. We cupped table after table of contenders, some samples only minutely different, some farm or washing station names that were old friends, some new to us reflecting the intensive work being done on the ground by exporters & importers alike. For them too, I suspect, Ethiopia is a Talisman Origin.

processors and exporters can physically inspect lots before trading. (Just like they have done for years in the Nairobi Coffee Exchange.) In the future, we can add value to those producing better quality coffees, as we drill down deeper into their traceability, just like the wines from particular parcels of land in the Côtés de Rhône that can confidently command such premium prices.’ We have for the first time gone for a Washed & a Natural coffee from the same Terroir. So, if you try both, you will truly be tasting just the difference between Washed & Natural. The washed has a beautiful creamy body, its acidity is light and elegant but its juiciness comes through as passion fruit and apricot. As for the Natural featured here, well, see if you can taste the difference that those extra 21 days drying on raised beds can make… Soaking up the equatorial sun, intensifying those dried fruit flavours, turning its flesh into flavour!




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FESTIVE Stollen A rich fruity, nutty cake with all the sweet tastes of the festive season, flavoured with ginger, cardamin, cinnamon and dark rum, this really is a treat. 80 gm sultanas & 80gm currants ¼ cup of dark rum 400gm plain flour 2 tsp mixed spice 21 gm (3 sachets) dried yeast 45gm caster sugar 100ml lukewarm milk 250gm butter, softened, coarsely chopped 100 gm almond meal 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 lemon, finely grated rind only 2 tsp vanilla extract 100gm candied orange peel 50gm slivered almonds To dust: icing sugar r Soak the fruit in rum overnight. Combine flour, milk, yeast, sugar, salt and butter to form a smooth yeast dough. Incorporate almonds, candied lemon and orange peel, mace and raisins, one after another always kneading the dough thoroughly. Let rest for 1 hour. Knead the dough once more, divide into two and shape two Stollen loaves. Bake for about 1 hour in preheated oven at 350° F After baking the Stollen, brush them with melted butter and dust generously with confectioner’s sugar. Stollen has a long shelf life and can be made weeks ahead of Christmas.

EXPLODING Chestnuts ! You have been warned!!!

Always score the skin of fresh chestnuts before cooking them to allow steam to escape and prevent them from exploding. You really don’t want to forget this, I have, in the past not scored the odd few chestnuts properly, and the chestnuts explode with force, in the oven and deposit hundreds of chesnut crumbs all around your oven!!!!

ROASTED Chestnuts Sweet and slightly nutty, chestnuts are soft and absolutely delicious smothered in salty butter. I have fond memories of my Grandfather each Christmas roasting chestnuts in a huge pan over the fire and I loved the creamy sweet taste. Still not everyone has an open fire so how on earth can you cook chestnuts? Oven Roasting is the best way to bring out the fullest flavour although you can boil them in water, both boiling and oven cooking take around 30 minutes.


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Bookings are now being taken for an entirely homemade and delightful Afternoon Tea in our unique and cosy dining room.

BOOK NOW - CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEA Our menu can be found on our website at Please book by telephoning Gill on 01524 792399. We very much look Open Thursday forward to to welcoming you to Middle Holly Cottage. Saturday 11am-4.30pm

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Why not ring the changes this Christmas and treat your family to some well hung Lune Valley beef or a Mansergh Hall Farm free range pork joint? Naturally we will be stocking white turkeys and local free range bronze birds, not forgetting the ever popular bacon wrapped turkey crown – easy to carve and no waste! We can find something to suit everyone. The choice is yours – just make it with us!

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Blue Moon Restaurant is a refreshingly, modern Thai restaurant located in Lancaster. 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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Melt the butter, treacle and sugar in a pan over a low heat till the sugar dissolves and then set aside to cool.

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Dissolve the bicarbonate in the milk. Sieve the flour, ginger and cinnamon and then combine everything together mixing until it begins to crumb together. Kneed together to form the dough. Chill for a couple of hours before rolling into your desired shapes. Bake 10-15 mins depending on the size of your biscuits. Gas mark 5. Cool and then ice your gingerbread people.

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Christmas Party Nights Lancaster House is a luxury party venue known for putting on Christmas spectaculars. Combine our live entertainment, delicious food and outstanding service, and you’ve got the perfect Christmas party. Our evenings offer up a welcome drink, three-course menu and DJ as entertainment at Lancaster’s best 4 star hotel. Traditional Party Nights from £32.00 per person Band Nights from £42.00 per person For more information visit




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SHOP LOCAL put your money where your house is Children all over the district are bursting with excitement at the thought of presents under the tree come Christmas morning. But is it possible for us adults to have equal amounts of fun Christmas shopping? Well, it seems we can!!! When so many of us are short of time and often money, why should we shop local, what’s really in it for us, the community and the local shops we buy from? What’s fun about SHOP LOCAL? At the heart of our communities are our small and independent businesses and it’s now more important than ever for the community to get behind them and show our support. If we go back to the fundamentals of giving a gift, what do we want to achieve when we give a loved one a gift on Christmas morning. It could mean having quickly found something to buy online, you aren’t sure of its quality, or whether it will turn out like the picture on the screen, but you


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ticked that person off the list, so job done? Or was it? Why not show the people you love, that you have carefully selected their gift by hand, a gift that you know is excellent quality, and where to return it or change the size, should you need to. The thing about Christmas shopping, or any shopping at all, is that warm fuzzy feeling you get knowing that you have selected a gift that someone else is going to love. But knowing that you have supported your local community, growing a local business that creates jobs in your local community, that then goes on to support other local businesses, its like you have given two gifts.

But what if it costs a bit more to shop local? Wouldn’t I be better saving a few pounds and shopping online? In theory, you may be able to buy something cheaper online, from a large national shop, but factor in postage costs and possible return costs and we believe you will get far more quality presents for your money by shopping where you live. In contrast, we have actually found that many items stocked by our local shops represent excellent value and are often cheaper than online. How is that possible you say? Because local shops choose to give back to local people where they can, and not make quite as much profit as they could. Why? Because they really want to encourage you to SHOP LOCAL.

All photos ©Nick Dagger Photography

Independent shops often stock items that are made locally, sourced from unique places or that are not available anywhere else. Local shops also support local artists and designers, food producers and growers, so you could be buying products absolutely unique to your area. Locally you will find those amazingly diverse and quirky little shops that will stock the ‘where did you get that’ gifts, as well as all the other fun products you just can’t find anywhere else. Independent retailers are usually highly knowledgable about what they sell. Rather than shipping thousands of items from cardboard boxes each week without seeing the contents, your local shops will have carefully chosen each product they sell, and will have plenty of ideas, should you be feeling Stuck. Even Alexa won’t be able to tell you what Uncle Geoffrey would like for Christmas, but your local retailer will know their stock inside out. Local shop owners

community. Researchers have found that non-profit organisations receive on average 250% more support from small businesses than they do from large businesses.

will provide a much better quality of service because they are passionate and they really do care about their customer’s satisfaction. Try before you buy. There is nothing like hands on shopping, the fabric feels softer than you thought, the detail on the artwork is fascinating close up, the lining of that jacket is beautiful, that handbag zip slides so well, the speaker sounds amazing. We could go on. When you buy locally, you’ll be buying into knowledge and experience, ensuring you buy something you definitely want.

The rather sneaky thing about shopping locally for your Christmas shopping, or any other time of the year, is that not only will your family and friends be amazed at your unique thoughtful gifts, you can justify spending the day, or several, browsing your local towns and Villages. Treat yourself to a cooked breakfast at a local cafe, a mid morning coffee and cake to keep you toasty and warm, sample some local culinary delights for a spot of lunch and end the day sampling some fine local ale, and you’ll be supporting all those businesses too.

The local shop owners you spend your money with are also the same people that go to your local pub or café so will circulate the money throughout the community and help your local area thrive.

Adults really can have just as much fun Christmas Shopping as the children do at Christmas. Everyone is a winner. SHOP LOCAL.

Buying locally also means that you are indirectly supporting your own community because local businesses are known to be much more generous in terms of giving back to their own

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Christmas GIFT GUIDE


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Designer Style for Men & Women


JOSEPH+CO is Lancaster’s premier clothing retailer and we pride ourselves on offering honest advice to help you choose the right product, whether it is for yourself, or a present for someone else. We provide a full ‘made to measure’ service, to ensure that your chosen garments fit perfectly, as well as a “by appointment” service. We sell premium products, from premium brands, and to remain in keeping, we offer a premium level of service. We want you to have the complete personal shopping experience and this is why we choose not to be an online store.

Armani Jeans Bag £132

Armani Jeans Belt £ 75

Armani Jeans Bag £169

Pa u l S m i t h Gift Boxed S o c k S e t £4 0

W W W. J O S E P H C L O T H I N G . CO. U K 54 North Road, Lancaster T E L : 0152 4 6 3 9 81 Henr y Lloyd Down Jacket £139

Armani Jeans Hat & Scarf t S e t £9 9

Armani Jeans Sw e a t e r £155

H e n r y L l o y d J a c k e t £169

Pa u l S m i t h B e l t £110

Armani Jeans D o w n Co a t £ 339 Pa u l S m i t h S c a r f £9 5

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A e r o p r e s s Co f f e e M a k e r Discover one of the most ra d i c a l d e v e l o p m e n t s i n cof fee-brewing for decades £ 24


Gif e e off C & Tea

6 Cu p M o k a P o t St o v e To p Co f f e e Maker £34.99

At J. Atkinson & Co. we source ts speciality coffee and tea from around

Chinese Sencha - The sweet notes a n d s o f t m i l d ta s t e o f t h i s g r e e n tea are the result of only using the larger middle leaves, which c o n ta i n l e s s c a f f e i n e . 2 50 g - £ 7. 0 0

Timeless ClassicCast Iron Te a p o t £ 24


the world which is then roasted or blended in our amazing old shop and roastery. Their shop on China Street in Lancaster stocks a vast array of coffee and tea related gifts including hampers, coffee and tea pots. You will not be dissapointed in this unique shop, full of history, charm and amazing flavour. You can sample homecooked cakes and drinks in their own cafe next door. W W W.T H E CO F F E E H O P P E R . CO M 10 -12 C h i n a S t r e e t , L a n c a s t e r T E L : 0152 4 6 5 470

Rhino Co f f e e Grinder £34.99

Atkinsons Diner MugT h i c k , n a t u ra l c o l o u r e d ce ra m i c , a r e b a c k i n s t o c k £9.9 9

Tu r q u o i s e St u m p Te a p o t £ 26

s Outdoor & Garden gift

Give someone you love the gif t of caf feine enlightenment! Spendable in t h e s h o p & a l l o f o u r c a f é s . £10 Vo u c h e r


2 0 k g o f W i l d B i r d F o o d £11. 9 5

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Ascot Dove Co t e £19 9. 0 0

LED Lit Wo o d e n Festive H o u s e £ 5 .9 9

V i n ta g e K i d s ’ Te a S e t s £ 2 0 . 50

At Woodlands Garden Centre we stock a wide range of products to assist you in your garden through each of the seasons. As well as fantastic advice we offer a selection of gifts for all the family, pop along and see what we have to offer. W W W.W O O D L A N D S G A R D E N C E N T R E . CO M

Te d d y D o o r St o p £16 . 9 9

Crooklands, Milnthorpe, L A7 7NJ T E L : 0153 9 5 67 27 3


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Christmas Baubles from £3.30

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r, Menswear, Womenswea es Footwear and Accessori

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At Waterhouse this christmas we have some great and beautiful collections for you to check out from Superdry, Desigual, Skunkfunk, Fly London and some amazing Italian printed shirts from Claudio Lugli.


- LANCASTER Fly London Boots £110

We are also introducing four new brands into Waterhouse this winter 17. Sneaky Steve, a mens footwear brand from Sweden, Dario Beltran, a mens shirt collection from Spain, and Who’s that Girl and Wow to Go womenswear both labels from Belgium. This is an amazing collection of beautiful dresses, skirts and tops on stunning fabrics offering vintage inspired prints that will certainly get you noticed.

Dario Beltran Shirts from £49.99

Superdry bag £34.99

Desigual Bag £69.99

Superdry Beanie £19.99

Claudio Lugli guitar shirt £79.99

Sneaky Steve Boots from £135

Wow to Go dress £115 & Skunkfunk bag £34.99

Desigual Bag £price

Superdry Coat £99.99

Boots £179

Superdry Tshirt £24.99

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Amethyst Star Pendant and Chain £34

Recycled Aluminium Pickle Tray by Namaste £26

Silver Swirl Earrings by Poco Loco £19.95

Plum Puddle Bead Bracelet by Carrie Elspeth £12.95

Rainbow Moonstone Earrings £34.95

Labradorite Pendant and Chain £36

Beautiful design doesn’t have to cost the earth

Israeli Opal Ring £51

At Down to Earth you’ll find beautiful jewellery, ethically sourced clothing and interesting craft. All our products make perfect gifts so Christmas shopping couldn’t be easier here! We’ve got something to suit everyone from silver, aluminium, titanium or brass to resin or even ceramic jewellery. W W W. D O W N T O E A R T H C R A F T G A L L E R Y. CO. U K 12 S i r S i m o n s A r c a d e , L a n c a s t e r T E L : 0152 4 3 6 4 8 5

Merino Wool Dark Teal Scarf £39

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Silver and Opal Israeli Necklace £94


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Sophie Allport fine bone china flamingo mug £11

Christmas trees, from £25.99

For the pooch in your life, a bone wreath treat £14.99

Musical snowman ornament £190

A Coffee Shop/ Food Hall and NEW Christmas Cabin selling festive foods, unusual gifts, candles, games, Steiff cuddly toys, women’s and children’s clothing; jewellery and hundreds of wonderful Christmas decorations, trees and lighting. W W W. CO U N T R Y- H A R V E S T. CO. U K I n g l e t o n , N o r t h Yo r k s h i r e T E L : 0152 42 42 2 2 3


Decorative Christmas swan £29.50

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Strawberry Daiquiri washbag set £20

Unicorn rescue kit £9.99



Wreaths from £9.99

F loral Designers with F lair White Ice Bouquet from £29.99

Lancaster’s Premier Florist for bespoke hand-tied bouquets, arrangements, holly wreaths, door wreaths, grave pots, plants, gifts and Christmas tree decorations. Hand- made in store by our professional floral designers who are passionate about flowers and hand-delivered to your home or workplace. We have a large choice of quality fresh flowers arriving daily from Holland and a lovely selection of silk flowers are available too. Why not add a finishing touch to your flowers with a teddy, balloon or chocolates. All flowers made with love, diamantes and ladybirds!

Table Centres from £29.99

National and International delivery available through our partners at eFlorist & Direct2Florist. Pop in or give us a call for competitive prices and friendly service or if you prefer use our on-line shop.

Baskets from £29.99

Tree Decorations from 99p

Teddy Bears from £7.95

Plants from £4.99

W W W. DA LT O N S Q F L O R I S T. CO. U K 19 D a l t o n S q u a r e , L a n c a s t e r T E L : 0152 4 8 4 9 0 0 0

Chocolates from £6.99

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Excellent customer service, offering personal fit for footwear and clothing. Local knowledge for run groups, races or just a good route. Some great ideas for Christmas gifts from vouchers, clothing, shoes, hats and gloves or fitness tracking devices. Come and see us for your Christmas gift ideas.

R u n n e r s C e n t r e Vo u c h e r s Have a new pair of running shoes fitted j u s t f o r y o u . Fu l l v i d e o gait analysis and opportunit y to test the f i t a n d f e e l o f s e v e ra l s h o e s . Tr e a t y o u r s e l f o r y o u r p a r t n e r. Vo u c h e r s a va i l a b l e M o n ta n e M i n i m u s St r e tc h J a c k e t £170 Fu l l y w a t e r p r o o f and breathable.

gifts Unique Plant & Foodie

S i l va R u n H e a d t o r c h £4 0 . 0 0 12 0 l u m e n s

Af terShok z Headphones W i r e d £ 50 W i r e l e s s £110 W W W. R U N N E R S C E N T R E . CO M U n i t 10 K i n g s A r c a d e , L a n c a s t e r T E L : 0152 4 8 4 5559



Whether you’re buying something to satisfy the foodie of the family, or for the plant whisperer of the neighbourhood, here at Barton Grange Garden Centre, you’ll find unique gift ideas to make Christmas extra special. W W W. B A R T O N G R A N G E . CO. U K Retro coasters £2.99 Mugs starting at £6.99

Broughton Hamper £49.99 Wheelbarrow Planter Hamper £39.99

Amaryllis standard & premium Gift Sets £8.99 & £10.99

& bags Shoes, boots, slippers

Garstang Road, Preston T E L : 019 9 5 6 42 9 0 0



A great selection of products for a Christmas to remember.

W W W. B A N K S LYO N S H O E S . CO. U K Jewel encrusted shoe in black suede by Azuree £179


Patent and print loafer by Banks Lyon Shoes £120

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42 - 4 4 C h u r c h S t r e e t , L a n c a s t e r Modern brogue in rosewood calf and navy suede by Barker £230

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Gourmet Hot Chocolate £5.99

S i l va R u n H e a d - t o r c h £4 0 . 0 0 12 0 l u m e n s

Plants, Kitchen gifts, Clothes & Accessories


The Shop at Daisy Clough is brimming with great gift ideas! Something for their home, their garden, their kitchen or their senses, you’ll be able to find it here. We also have a choice of wrapping paper & gift cards, so you can get everything in one go! The bright and airy tearoom is brimming with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere making it the perfect place to unwind with friends and family when you come to shop. W W W. DA I S YC L O U G H . CO M Station Lane, Scor ton

R a t ta n R e e d D i f f u s e r £ 2 3 .9 5

H a r e Cu s h i o n £4 8

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D e w l i t To o l £ 55 . 4 9

Kent & St o w e Pruning Set £14 .9 9

L a r g e Fa t h e r C h r i s t m a s £ 2 9

Snow Globe £22.99

B u r l e i g h St o ra g e J a r £ 24

Log Basket £25

Wa t e r p r o o f b a c k e d p i c n i c r u g £ 24 . 75

K e w P o t s & B o w l s Va r i o u s s i z e s f r o m £13 . 50

ade Handpicked & Handm

B ra k e b u r n B u c k e t B a g £ 32

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A truly unique shopping experience; wonderful displays offering a handpicked collection of design led gifts and handmade crafts for all the family. W W W. A R T E R I A S H O P. CO. U K

Hygge Bergamot & Mahogany Soy Wax Candle, Paddywax £16

Rabbit Racer, 12+ Months Plan Toys £24

23 Brock Street, Lancaster Petit Hand Cream Trio, L’Occitane £9

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Viva Interiors stocks a huge variety of gifts, homeware, including funtiture, cushions, framed pictures, vases lampshades, throws, candle holders, bowls, childrens designer clothes & gifts. It really is an Aladins cave of beautiful gift ideas for Christmas and beyond. W W W. FAC E B O O K . CO M / V I VA . I N T E R I O R S

Moulin Roti Kiwi £38

B l a c k m o v i n g c o g s c l o c k £65

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e& Homewar Clothes s n e r d l i h C & gifts

St r e e t s i g n n o b o d y g e t s o u t s o b e r £ 2 9.9 9

M a y o ra l B l u e B o o t s £16

Blue elephant £ 55

Laughing D o g £ 37

S e t o f 3 c h e r u b s £4 9.9 9

S h h I n t e r i o r Cu s h i o n £43

& Gifts Wines, Beers, Spirits

L ANC ASTER WINE COM PANY An ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of personally selected wines, beers, spirits, speciality foods, gifts ideas galore from the UK & around the world. Local independent offering great quality & value for money. W W W. L A N C A S T E R W I N E CO M PA N Y. CO. U K

12 G i n s o f C h r i s t m a s G i f t S e t £ 74

G i f t w ra p p e d H a m p e r s from £20

gifts Creative and crafting

G ra h a m ’s S i x G ra p e s R e s e r v e P o r t £10 . 4 9 o r 2 f o r £19

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Rowan Tree Crafts welcomes you to our eclectic shop in Carnforth. In stock for Christmas we have a large variety of crafting materials, homemade gifts and Christmas decorations. We run courses to make Christmas wreaths, centre pieces and crackers. W W W. R O WA N T R E E C R A F T S . CO. U K

D K Wo o l £1.9 9


C h r i s t m a s P i c k s f r o m £1

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American Decor Chalk y F i n i s h Pa i n t £ 7. 50

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pecialities Seasonal Gifts and S

BAY VIE W GAR DEN CENTR E The whole centre becomes a winter wonderland for the season, decorated top to bottom. What’s more, we stock all kinds of seasonal gifts and specialities, and serve seasonal specials in our Allium Eatery. Come and see our Santa’s Grotto, where Mr. and Mrs. Claus perform their Christmas show all day, every day for groups of children, fourteen or so at at time. Tea with Santa is available at 4.30pm Mon-Fri in December. W W W. B AY V I E W G A R D E N C E N T R E . CO. U K M i l l L a n e , B o l t o n - l e -S a n d s

Pa r l a n e G o b l e t S i l v e r c a n d l e h o l d e r - £ 3 6 . 50

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Odette ‘Glad to b e m e ’ Cu s h i o n £17.9 9

Silver Glitter Sta g £12 .9 9

Wo o d w i c k c a n d l e s – H e a r t h W i c k P o m e g ra n a t e L a r g e s i z e £ 26 .9 9 S m a l l s i z e £18 .9 9

C h r i s t m a s D e c o ra t i o n s f r o m £1.9 9

Odette plush toy £ 2 5 .9 9

M e ta l S a n ta Tra i n £ 37. 9 9

Hanging Bells £ 3 .9 9

St o n e g l o w J u n i p e r a n d B e r r y r e e d d i f f u s e r £19.9 9

Pa r l a n e Silver Hear t Fra m e s – l a r g e £ 2 9.9 9, medium £ 21. 50

D o g & Tr e e S n o w G l o b e £19.9 9 Co u n t i n g C a r s C h i l d r e n B o o k £ 5 .9 9

St o n e g l o w J u n i p e r a n d B e r r y g e l c a n d l e £ 24 .9 9

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As a veterinary practice, we understand better than anyone just how much your pet requires from you. At Bay Vets we want to make your life as easy as possible; we’ve created Bay Vets Boutique where you will find all of the daily essentials your pet needs. Pop in and see what we have to offer. W W W. B AY V E T S . CO. U K / B O U T I Q U E

Soft pet toys from £2.99

Pet treats from £1.33

Baldrand House, Bowerham Rd, Lancaster

Christmas Dog Jumpers from £8.49

Gifts for nature lovers

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RSPB Window Feeder a n d Tr e a t s £19. 21

Explore nature and the great outdoors with our RSPB gift cards and gift memberships.

R S P B A v o ce t 8 x 42 Binoculars £13 0

W W W. S H O P P I N G . R S P B . O R G . U K Storrs Lane, Silverdale T E L : 0152 4 7016 01

W W W. S U E S H I E L D S . CO. U K 60 Lancaster Road, Carnforth T E L : 0152 4 7 2 0 3 6 9 Elemis Fra n g i p a n i Gift Set £38 (4 0 % Saving)

C l a r i n s M e n s G i f t S e t £4 0 (4 0 % S a v i n g )

Skincare & Treatment gifts


R S P B G u e s s W h o? G a m e £19.9 9


From award-winning skincare to luxurious face and body treatments, spoil yourself or someone you love with a gift from Sue Shields Spa this Christmas. Stuck for ideas? we have gift vouchers available for the perfect pampering treat plus gift sets ranging from £10. Gift wrapping service available if required. Join us on our Christmas Exclusive Shopping Night 12th Dec 6-8pm - Discounts and goody bags available Clarins - Eau Dynamisante Fra g ra n c e Gift Set £34 (4 0 % S a v i n g )

St . Tr o p e z C ra c k e r St .Tr o p e z e x p r e s s m o u s s e 50 m l Ta n a p p l i c a t o r m i t t - £10 . 0 0 Elemis Brilliant Beautiful Gift Set £ 65 (4 0 % Saving)

H D B r o w s L i p Pa l e t t e s & Co n t o u r St i c k s - P r i c e s s ta r t f r o m £ 2 2 . 0 0


N e o m H o m e Co l l e c t i o n 3 w i c k N e o m C a n d l e £ 35 - R e e d D i f u s e r £ 3 8 R o o m S p ra y s £18 ( A l l a va i l a b l e i n 3 d i f f e r e n t s ce n t s)

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PENNY STR EE T CO LLEC TABLES Susie Watson Christmas Robin Jug £18

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Penny Street Collectables is a hidden treasure in Lancaster a unique mix of handpicked vintage & contemporary items.

Local Wool & We have a delightful collection of silver jewellery, studio Emma ifts Gglass,

Bridgewater & Susie Watson, plus a cute selection of Jelly Cat!British

Constantly changing collections of Hidden TreasuresPenny Street Collectables isvintage findstreasure includeinMoorcroft, a hidden

Wool from £3 per ball

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British wool socks: £13.50

or treat yourwith feet to a pair of Northern Yarn iscounties; a wool shop packed Spinners locally sourced British West wool.Yorkshire Come and browsewool socks perfect for Christmas presents! No the beautiful yarns–from Lancashire and the air feet miles, good, honest surrounding counties;plastic, or treatno your to ajust pair of West Yorkshire Spinners wool sockswool. – perfect for Christmas presents! No plastic, no air miles, just good, honest wool.

Peace of Mind grey and rose gold feather scarf £10



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Ladies fashion & accessories


W W W. N O R T H E R N YA R N . CO. U K


WYS ‘The Croft’ Shetland wool

Huge variety of collectables

Beswick, Royal Doulton, Poole Pottery, Lancaster. We stock a unique mix of handpicked more. We also stock great vintage & contemporarySylvac items,and silver jewellery, cards, ribbons and wrap. studio glass, Emma Bridgewater & Susie Watson, plus a cute selection of Northern Jelly Cats!Yarn Ourisvintage a wool shop packed finds are constantly changing include with and locally sourced British wool. Moorcroft, Beswick, Royal Doulton, Poolethe beautiful yarns Come and browse Pottery, Sylvac and more. from Lancashire and the surrounding


Suzie Blue wooden necklace £10

Kitty Brown Boutique in Carnforth is brimming with an eclectic mix of fashions and accessories. You will find something for all ages and tastes, in warm and welcoming surroundings. Stockists of beautiful clothes from brands such as Seasalt, Adini, Lily and Me, Mistral and Nomads We also stock Kipling bags alongside others plus affordable jewellery and a huge range of gorgeous scarves.

Nomads wool and cotton wrap in magenta £68

Whether you are looking for festive gift ideas, a new outfit or special finishing accessories, you’ll find plenty of choice at Kitty Brown Boutique. W W W. K I T T Y B R O W N . CO. U K 2 A s h t r e e s Wa y, C a r n f o r t h T E L : 0152 4 7 332 4 3 Peace of Mind grey and rose gold feather scarf £10

Kipling Zamor bag in blue purple £54

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V i v i e n n e We s t w o o d , M i n i B a s R e l i e f E a r r i n g s , £ 75


Our large range of cutting edge jewellery is hand picked from selected designers. Pop in and browse our range of charms, bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings and watches. S I LV E R T R E E J E W E L L E R Y. CO. U K

A n a i s Pa r i s , n e c k l a c e s e t s s ta r t f r o m £10 0 withe genuine semi and precious stones.

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Brown & Newirth, Handmade Diamond and P l a t i n u m Tr i l o g y E n g a g e m e n t R i n g , £ 3 ,10 0

gifts Cards, decorations &

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Paper Gallery stock a huge range of beautifully crafted cards, and quality christmas decorations, advent calendars, gifts and gift wrap.

L i g h t U p U n i c o r n £ 21.9 9

Roger La Borde Folksy Reindeer L a r g e £9. 35 S m a l l £4 . 3 0

W W W. PA P E R G A L L E R Y. CO. U K 66 Market Street, Lancaster T E L : 0152 4 3 6 6 3 6

Pa p e r D ’A r t 3 D C a r d £4 .9 9

Gifts Fireside Accessories &


Pop into our showroom at Greenlands Farm, not only will you find a huge selection of Stoves to keep you warm this winter but a large range of accessories for your fire. We stock lots of perfect practical gifts for those who love to snuggle up to a warm winter fire.

St e e l a r c h l o g h o l d e r £45

Large faux leather log b u c k e t s £45

A s h b u c k e t l a r g e £17 K i n d l i n g b u c k e t s m a l l £11

sourced Fair trade & ethically


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Love & Light is a holistic hub situated in the heart of Morecambe. We stock fair trade ethically sourced gifts from singing bowls to Amethyst Geodes, mala beads to bed throws. We also have a therapy room and a hair stylist, all using natural products. A m e t h y s t £4 0 Fa c e b o o k : L o v e l i g h t m o r e c a b e

Angel Lightcatcher w i t h B e a d s £9.9 9

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K a r m a S ce n t e d Tra v e l C a n d l e s £4 . 8 9


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W W W. D O M U S BY D E S I G N . CO. U K 21 P r i n c e s s C r e s c e n t , B a r e T E L : 0152 4 417 3 0 0

house.home.residence Collins & Hayes Spruce Velvet Snuggler £1850

Thursday L AT E N I G H T

C hristma s O PENING

N ov 2 3 r d - D e c 21s t Until 8.30pm

Abstract Sculpture £62

World Time Clock £135

Candelabras from £47

Wall Sconces from £75

Large Stag cast in bronze finished in aluminium £360

We are an independent interiors showroom, full of beautiful things that will inspire you. Whether you’re setting the table to stun, trying to find a missing piece for your home or looking for that special gift for the one you love, add something fabulous to your festive season and visit domus this Christmas time. In addition to our normal times, we are opening late till 8.30pm every Thursday from 23rd November till 21st December. Gift Vouchers are available. Follow domusbydesign on Instagram

Wooden Dice Box £14.50

Pressed candles from £6

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Outdoor Clothing & Gifts


JC Country is a country clothing and supplies store selling top outdoor clothing brands such as Jack Murphy, Grubs, Aigle, Bergans, Toggi and Caldene.

Ladies Baleno Sally Fl e e c e G i l e t £ 55

We stock outdoor & lifestyle clothing and gifts for Men, Ladies and Children & a large pet & bird range including food & accessories. W W W. J CCO U N T R Y. CO. U K Cleveley Bank Road, For ton

Selection of Ladies Irelands Eye P o n c h o £ 75

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Selection of Ladies a n d M e n ’s S c a r v e s and Gloves

Selection of Little Life Bags s ta r t i n g a t £19.9 9

M e n ’s Irelands E y e 1/4 z i p Sw e a t e r £65

M e n ’s Lazy Jacks Wa t e r p r o o f £ 55

Ladies Tu l c h a n fully lined Wo o l s k i r t a va i l a b l e i n 2 c o l o u r s £ 55

S e l e c t i o n o f M e n ’s g i f t s- b ra ce s , cufflinks, belts, wallets & tool sets

Selection of Ladies H a t s Sta r t i n g a t £ 2 5

M e n s B r o o k Ta v e r n e r D o o l e y Wo o l Co a t £ 270


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Haberdashery Gifts


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Etty Lilly has been supplying customers in the North of England with sewing machines, wool, fabric and haberdashery products for over 8 years. We are a real shop, open to customers who can browse our lovely range of fabrics and wool at their leisure, with staff always on hand to offer the best impartial advice. We always have a full range of Janome, Bernina and Brother Machines available for you to try, and we will always ensure you buy the machine that is right for you. We encourage our customers to ‘play’ on our demonstration models until they feel comfortable using them.

Brother sewing machine innov-is 20le £299

J a n o m e s e w i n g m a c h i n e 52 5s £ 24 9

Lewis & Irene Fa b r i c

Overlocker B r o t h e r 103 4 D £19 9

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Katie Lox ton St e r l i n g S i l v e r B ra c e l e t £ 39. 9 9

B a y l i s & H a r d i n g Fu z z y D u c k M a n S i z e d S h o w e r G e l £14 . 50

C a t h K i d s t o n m u g s f r o m £6 . 50

Expressions of Lancaster do Christmas in style with their ever-popular personalised bauble collection, festive ornaments and home accessories whilst still offering a wide variety of designer jewellery, women’s accessories and handbags. They are also home to Lancaster’s longest established ear and body piercing studio.

Te d B a k e r M u l t i To o l g i f t s e t £ 37 C a t h K i d s t o n R u c k s a c k £ 55

Te d B a k e r L u n c h B o x £ 27

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Buy your gadgets and gifts from a local shop with over 60 years of experience, Robinsons are on hand to offer you advice about a huge variety of electrical products. Our gift ideas include, T.V’s, speakers, radios, alarm clocks, cameras, robotic cleaners, head phones, sound bars and a huge choice of kitchen applicances. W W W. R O B I N S O N S E L E C T R I C . CO. U K White Cross, Lancaster & Kirkland Kendal

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From gifts for loved ones, to last minute accessories for you home - M J Bird & Son have a wonderful selection of finishing touches. We are also one of the areas largest furniture and carpet stockists and have all you need to make your house into a cosy home for Christmas - from last minute beds for visitors, to a larger dining table for Christmas Dinner. Our showroom in Bolton le Sands has all you need this festive season. Gift vouchers also available. Wine box £29 W W W. M J B I R D. CO. U K T h e O l d M i l l , M i l l L a n e , B o l t o n - l e -S a n d s T E L : 0152 4 7 32 0 6 2

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Ashton Hall Garden Centre - combining traditional with the best of contemporary trends in a unique setting. Visit us for our very personal choice of wonderful plants plus beautiful gifts and a great Café. A pleasurable Christmas shopping experience.

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Expressions of Lancaster do Christmas in style with their ever-popular personalised bauble collection, festive ornaments and home accessories whilst still offering a wide variety of designer jewellery, women’s accessories and handbags. They are also home to Lancaster’s longest established ear and body piercing studio.

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Winter Weekends 14TH - 16TH december A Christmas Carol

16TH - 17TH december Christmas at The Castle

Lancaster Castle (Shire Hall) 7.30pm-10pm

Lancaster Castle 10am-6pm

14TH - 17TH december meet the makers

22ND - 23RD december Lancaster Priory Christmas Spectacular

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THE WITCHES Based on the fantastic story by Roald Dahl

8TH, 9TH, 10TH FEBRUARY 2018 A fun filled family show. Come along and see if you can spot a real witch! Reimagined by Liz Brewster with original score by Phil Allcock

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Hoping not to be

STAGESTRUCK by witches!

The Hest Bank based children’s theatre company, Stagestruck, have challenged themselves not to be too ‘stage struck’ by their adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Witches when they put on their next grand production at The Grand in February! Roald Dahl fan and children’s author Rob Bullock investigates further…



Each Thursday evening come rain or shine, you will find the devoted children and adults that make up the small theatre company Stagestruck practicing for their next big performance. In February they intend to put on Witches by Roald Dahl but, it is a little bit different as it has been adapted by their Liz Brewster. It looks to be something far too good to miss;

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“Our production is loosely based upon the brilliant book by Road Dahl,” explains co-founder Doreen Brookes, “but it’s been re-imagined by Liz Brewster and as usual there will be a few new twists and turns that we’re sure the audiences are going to love.” Established in 2005 by Liz, Doreen and friends, Stagestruck features children and adults from the Lancaster and Morecambe district. They have previously brought audiences such classics as Hansel and Gretel and Alice in Wonderland at the Grand, as well as the Wizard of Oz and Oliver at Morecambe Winter Gardens, among others, over the years. “We try and choose plays that feature a lot of children in their casts just so all our children can take part.”


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ALL INCLUSIVE… And Stagestruck is very much an allinclusive acting company: “that’s true, children from the age of five upwards, irrespective of ability, can come along and take part. As long as they’re prepared to put in the work and try their very best then they’re welcome. That’s all we ask. We have a very wide range of abilities and ages. We’ve got six and seven-year olds and sixteen-year olds, but we’ve also got adults that take part in the performances and productions.” Whatever their ability, if your son or daughter, has got a desire to tread the boards with Stagestruck, then there is always a place for them; “We really do want the children to enjoy the opportunity of performing. The only thing we ask from the children is their commitment. They might not be able to sing or dance very well but if they really, really want to join in then with a little bit of help and encouragement anyone can improve. If they give their very best that’s all we ask.”

OUR NEXT PERFORMANCE Normally performances are put on in the summer but the next performance will be at The Grand Theatre in Lancaster from the 8th to the 10th February 2018 and tickets are sure to sell like hotcakes so popular are the shows. “The Grand is a big theatre and it can be quite daunting. There’s no doubt that

putting on a show there is quite a feat, but it’s really worth it when you see what a difference it makes to the children. We have had children who really struggled with singing and dancing,” says Doreen, “but they worked so hard and in the end their performance s were brilliant. It’s so rewarding for everyone but especially for children like that, it really boosts their self-confidence and self-esteem.” Under the musical direction of teacher, musician and composer, Phil Allcott, this year’s production will no doubt feature some brilliant songs; “Phil is very professional and inspires the musical performances and we are so pleased to have his expertise again this year.” “Our choreographer, Hannah Doyle, started as a junior with Stagestruck and has played many different roles. She has now graduated in dance and drama from Edgehill University. Growing up with Stagestruck has enabled her to understand and emphasise with the children and she manages to get the best out of them.” Although the details of the Stagestruck performance of Witches is a closely guarded secret I understand that it will more than do justice to Roald Dahl’s story and will feature a school where the pupils don’t know who are the witches, lots of frightened children and a scary witches’ convention!

INFORMATION If you are interested in seeing if your child has a talent for treading the boards, please call Doreen on 01524 823377 or Liz on 01524 733877. You never know, you might even be sat in the audience watching them in the 2019 performance. In the meantime, tickets for Witches can be obtained by contacting the booking office at The Grand Theatre on 01524 64695, or emailing them ontickets@ or by visiting their website www.

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The Snow Queen - 21st January Gregg Wallace - 27th January Griff Rhys Jones - 2nd February Jason Donovan - 15th February Milkshake Live - 16th February Kerry Ellis - 17th February Dave Spikey - 22nd February David Baddiel - 1st & 2nd March Heatwave & Odyssey - 8th March Menopause the Musical - 11th March

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OPENING TIMES FOR 2017 Thursday 30th November 12noon – 5pm Friday 1st December 12noon – 5pm Saturday 2nd December 10am – 5pm Sunday 3rd December 10am – 5pm Monday 4th December 12noon – 5pm ★

Sunday Service 3rd December 10am Family Service Among the Trees ★

Christmas Carol Service Sunday 17th December 7.30pm & Christmas Crib Service Sunday 24th December 3.00pm ★

Refreshments available throughout opening times ★

Come and visit our beautiful country Church, lit up by Christmas Trees, decorated by our generous sponsors – local businesses, individuals and primary schools. The church will look wonderful and the atmosphere will be very special. For many reasons it can be hard to come into church, so we hope that this special event will provide a warm and welcoming place for everyone.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2017 St. Peter’s Church, Quernmore LA2 9EF See overleaf for opening dates and times

★ Trees and displays to enthral you ★ ★ Drinks and mince pies, soup and bread to warm you ★ ★ People to talk to ★ ★ An opportunity to sit and rest ★ ★ A Prayer Tree – for your prayers and requests ★ ★ A Remembrance Tree – with cards for names of loved ones ★


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Until 15th December- LANCASTER Ruskin Library Exhibition

2nd - 29th December - LANCASTER Dick Whittington Family Pantomime

7th December - KENDAL Carols by Candlelight

On Home Ground: Ruskin in England and Scotland. Open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.

A family pantomine adventure.

At Lancaster Priory 6.30pm. £7.50 includes mince pies and mulled wine. 01524 64695

Lancaster University 01524 593587

2nd & 3rd December COCKERHAM Art Exhibition & Craft Fair

Throughout December CARNFORTH Gingerbread Decorating

FREE admission to the exhibition and craft fair. Ellel Village Hall, Galgate. See page 106

Come along and decorate some gingerbread houses, jumpers and giant snowflakes. See page 81. 01253 799119

Kath 07908 110773

3rd December - COCKERHAM Kurloon Crafts Demo Day


10am - 4pm. Free admission.Refreshments including light lunches. Make & Take 1pm-5pm. Ellel Village Hall, Galgate.

Lots of craft courses throughout each month, see website or call for information. 01253 799119 07590 60507

3rd December - FORTON JC Country Christmas Fayre

1-31st December - SILVERDALE Creatures of the Night Family

Lots of stalls. Fashion, beauty, home & Pets. Warm mulled wine & minced pies. Fun dog show & raffle.

Drop in between 9.30 am - 3.30 pm Bring your team and take part in this selfled family trail. Half price entry see p47. PR3 1BY 01524 701601

3rd December - MORECAMBE 20th Anniversary Concert

1st December LANCASTER Talks at The Dementia Hub

At The Platform in Morecambe.

If you are affected by dementia or worried about your memory, come and find local information in one friendly place. At St John’s Hospice 1.30-3.30pm

01524 582803 LA4 4DB

6th December - CARNFORTH Cancer Care Christmas Fair

Annual fund raising event for Cancer Care. Up to 30 stalls located in this beautiful historic house, home of the renowned Gillow furniture making family. Ticket £4 includes coffee & mince pie. Ample Free Parking

1st December - LANCASTER Light up a life Service 7pm At Our Lady’s Catholic College, Lancaster

2nd December - LANCASTER St John’s Hospice Christmas Fair

6th, 13th & 20th December CARNFORTH Christmas by Candlelight classes

Lots of Christmas fun and goodies for the whole family including, Christmas Cards, Jewellery, Christmas Puddings, Elves on Shelves, Cakes, Knitted Goods, Chocolate Tombola, Crepes, Mulled Wine and even Santa comes along to say hello!

Move freely again with Versatile Clinic. 01524 733033

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At Daisy Clough Nurseries. 10am12pm & 1pm-3pm. Station Rd, Scorton, PR3 1AP (Enjoy our new cafe)

Madam Chocolate at Greenlands Farm


7th, 10th & 14th December SCORTON Meet Father Christmas

10th December - LANCASTER Meet Santa . at Animal Care

Kids Christmas activities, meet Santa £2 includes a present, send a letter to Santa. Pre book your Santa visit 01524 65495.

10th December - LANCASTER Christmas Reindeer in Lancaster 11am-3pm reindeer in Market Square, Reindeer crafts 11am-3pm in Lancaster Museum, Meet Santa & his Elves 11am-3pm in Market Square.

11th December - KENDAL Light up a life Service 6.30pm At Kendal Parish Church.

12th December - COCKERHAM Concert in aid of St John’s Hospice 6.30-9pm - Morecambe Brass Academy Band St Mary’s School Choir and more intro by Steve Middlesbrough and talk by Evelyn Archer Refreshments and grand raffle. Tickets £5 from 01524 409009

14th December - LANCASTER A Christmas Carol At Lancaster Castle 7.30pm-10pm See page 114



14th - 17th December LANCASTER Meet the Makers

16th & 17th December LANCASTER Christmas at the castle

22nd - 23rd December - LANCASTER Meet the Makers

At St Nics Shopping Centre. All day

At Lancaster Castle 10am - 6pm

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See page 114

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15th December - MORECAMBE Christmas Concert - Five in a bar

17th December - MORECAMBE Santa’s Christmas Wish

Ashton Memorial. 7.30-10pm. Tickets available from Williamson Park Gift Shop and Lancaster Visitor Information.

At The Platform in Morecambe.

At St Nics Shopping Centre. All day

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11am start, fun run for all ages, families welcome. Medals to all finishers. £5 Entry on the day. Salt Ayre Leisure Centre. Jayne 07752 736612

Call 01524 582394.

17th December - MORECAMBE Energy Kids Christmas Party

15th December - MORECAMBE The Merseybeats

Meet real life snow princesses Elsa & Anna, disco, presents, games and a visit from Father Christmas.

At The Platform in Morecambe.

01524 847540 Salt Ayre Sport Centre


27th December - LANCASTER Festive Fun Run

11th January - LANCASTER Hypnobirthing Classes New class starts 11th January. Free taster 9th January. www.hypnobirthinglancashire

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Free Parking

Domus Thursday nights until 8.30 p20 Barton Grange Mon-Fri 20-22nd Dec until 8pm p42 Daisy Clough Nurseries 7th & 14th December 4-7pm p43 Sue Shields Spa 12th December from 6pm p68

Late Night Christmas Shopping

Lancaster City Centre Shops - Thursdays from 30 Nov until 9pm Princes Cresent, Bare - Thursday 14th December 5-9pm Garstang - 11th & Tue 12th Dec Victorian Christmas Festival 6-9pm Carnforth Light Switch on 6th December 6pm



Free parking excludes all on street parking and Marketgate Shopping Centre Car Park.

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Free parking in all Lancaster City Council car parks and St.Nics Shopping Centre car park Thursday evenings after 6pm until 21st December. Parking is also free in the same car parks all day each Sunday from Sunday 26th November until Sunday 24th December.

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LANCASTER SINGERS With over fifty members, the Lancaster Singers regularly perform concerts in and around Lancaster. Their programmes feature old favourites as well as new, ground breaking classical pieces and they enjoyed taking part in the 2017 Lancaster Music Festival. Rob Bullock speaks with their Chair, Chris Haughton about a successful 2017 and what the future holds for the choir.

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For over forty years the Lancaster Singers have delighted audiences with the renditions of old favourites, but they have also gained something of a reputation for championing new modern pieces; “We are quite an experimental choir,” explains Chris Haughton, “we obviously enjoy performing the classics, especially at Christmas time, but we’re constantly challenging ourselves with new composers, new pieces and sometimes even different languages. We do this to make performances as interesting as possible for our audience.” Officially set up in 1975 by founder Ian Hare, the idea of a choir had become apparent from his arrival at Lancaster University in the early 1970s: “Although the first record I have of a concert involving the Lancaster Singers dates from 1975, the idea of forming a choir was conceived soon after my arrival as a Lecturer in Music at the University in September 1974,” recalled Ian in an interview in 2004 to mark the 40th anniversary of the singers. Most traditional choral pieces are sung in Latin, French, German and English, but recently the Lancaster Singers have branched out into different languages, such as Russian and even Japanese with the help of Musical Director Duncan Lloyd and accompanist Ian Tate, “it’s a challenge but we learn the languages phonetically and recently we had some Japanese people in the audience


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because they knew we’d be performing in their language,” remembers Chris, “it was quite something to see them singing along! Very satisfying.” With the help of Duncan and Ian, the choir are able to take on challenging pieces, “we’re very lucky to have both Duncan and Ian. Ian is such a talented accompanist and Duncan has some brilliant ideas that are constantly challenging us.” Taking part in the highly successful 2017 Lancaster Music Festival was an opportunity for the choir to let their hair down, as it were, and enjoy singing the music that they’ve performed already this year. “We really enjoyed playing at the Lancaster Music Festival, and The Storey was a very intimate setting, so much so that we were only able to get about a third of the choir on stage! We played a medley of the pieces that we’d performed in other concerts throughout the year, which was enjoyable. But it was a very different kind of performance and venue for us to perform in and the atmosphere was great.” Meticulous planning and preparation goes into the performance schedule of the Singers with events organised more than a year in advance. “Planning a concert is very complex. There are so many people that we need to make the performances a success so we have to get in there first, booking them up well in advance, just so we know they can participate.”


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Naturally, the festive season is a busy time for any choir, and for the Lancaster Singers this year is no exception. Christmas time 2017 sees two festive events on the 19th and 22nd of December; “everyone says that the concerts are the start of Christmas,” laughs Chris, “a chance for audience and choir to enjoy some festive favourites, mince pies and mulled wine.” But booking is essential for the Christmas concerts; “last year some people turned up on the night without tickets and had to be turned away. It was very sad. We strongly advise people to book on our website or through the Ashton Memorial Ticket Office to avoid disappointment.” 2018 sees a concert at St Peter’s Cathedral on March 17th featuring a whole range of music including strings and trumpets, then there are two major concerts in June. On the 9th June the Singers will be performing in the School Chapel in Giggleswick and then the following day at the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster. The intriguing theme for these performances is ‘Heroes and Villains’! Booking for all these events is essential.

“We prepare for about ten weeks prior to these events,” explains Chris, “each Tuesday between 7.30 and 9.30 we practise at the Chaplaincy at Lancaster University. A lot of work goes into making the performances as good as they can be.” At the moment Lancaster Singers comprises 54 members but this varies a lot because many members are students at the university, “although we do have, and always have had, a lot of members who are at the University we’ve also got some members who have been with us from the very beginning, or just after.” But it’s not just the members of the choir that ensure perfect performances, Lancaster Singers has a devoted group of friends who help with funding and administration for the choir. The highlight of 2018 has got to be a concert to commemorate the centenary of the armistice of World War One on 11th November; “we’re in the planning stages for this event,” says Chris, “and we hope to feature other musicians, performers and artists to create a truly memorable commemorative event.” For more information on the Lancaster Singers, please visit their website for details

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LOCAL ARTST Terry Rawlinson

Local artist and world builder, Terry Rawlinson might live in a house on a windy hill, but this doesn’t stop his work from being jam packed full of detailed wonders and his inspiration often comes from close to home…

Heavily influenced by Japanese artists such as Katsuhiro Otomo and Hayao Miyazaki. This oriental comic influence means there is an attention to precise detail that can clearly be seen in Terry’s creations like Bear House and Fox Town. If you spend some time looking at the minute details you will discover more and more in the pictures and find yourself understanding how impressive our local lad’s skills really are.

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For Lancaster born artist Terry Rawlinson, inspiration is all around him, not least from his house which is on top of a very windy hill, the name inspiring his website. It comes from all around him, from the people he sees in his daily life as a sign maker, and the movies he’s watched in his precious spare time, to the books and comics he enjoys. The artist even carries a sketchbook with him at all times just to makes sure he doesn’t miss a thing. “It’s true I do, I don’t like to miss anything so I carry a notepad with me everywhere I go,” says 37 year old Terry who is married to his manager and biggest fan Jessica. The pair have a three-year old daughter Luna who also provides lots of inspiration; “I know it sounds cheesy but Luna really does inspire me. We quite often make up stories at bedtime, rather than read from a book, and she has some surprisingly good ideas now and then.” Anyone who has seen Terry’s amazing art work couldn’t fail to agree that he’s full of inspirational ideas; “I really love the world building type of design,” he explains, “this is where I create a new world full of characters and then start creating back stories for each of them. It’s very detailed work.” But where does Terry start when he’s creating a whole new world full of characters? “An idea can come from just about anywhere,” he says, “for example about a year ago I seemed to keep losing my socks, as you do, which is really annoying. Anyway, I started to wonder where all my socks might be going and this grew into a project and stories based upon missing socks! From small acorns…”


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Terry doesn’t just work on his own, coming up with the ideas and then creating the worlds, at the moment he is illustrating a book for children by a Cheshire based author; “this writer was a friend of a friend and I really liked his work. Over the months, he kept sending me various drafts and for the two main characters I created around ten concepts, the author then told me which he preferred and I got to work creating the worlds for the concepts he’d chosen. Apart from world building I really enjoy this kind of character design.” Although his work is varied and eclectic, Terry prefers to limit the number of projects he’s working on at any given time; “generally I’m just working on two projects at a time. I like to work just on a project for someone else and then one of my own and leave it at that.” “I plan on doing a lot more sculpting, I’ve put some examples on my Facebook and Instagram pages where I’m under House on a Windy Hill. And I’d love to work on more commissions,” he says, “I’ve recently designed a ‘steam’ world which is on wheels and moves around. I want to continue to develop my work, ultimately with a view to having an exhibition of my own.” Examples of Terry’s inspirational artwork can be seen by visiting his website, the curiously named www. , and on Facebook and Instagram, but why choose such an unusual website name? “I chose House on a Windy Hill because to me it conjures an image of a strange and eccentric man, living in a mysterious house, creating fantastical worlds. That, and we actually do live on a hill, in a house, and it’s quite often windy.” Most people would not describe Terry as strange and eccentric, though he may be both of those things, perhaps ‘a man with a mind full of wonderful and whacky ideas’ would be a better description. Please visit Terry’s website www.houseonawindyhill. com to get a small taste of the eclectic artwork of Terry Rawlinson.

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As the final stage of drawing together Lancaster’s Fire and Ambulance Service into one purpose built blue light response building starts Station Manager Mark Warwick is proud that there hasn’t been a single interruption in service.

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“I’m very proud of that,” explains Mark, who is the Station Manager of Lancaster, Carnforth and Hornby Fire and Rescue Service, “our station has been undergoing alterations for almost a year now and we’ve not had one single interruption in the service we provide to the community.” Dedicated rescue hub Lancaster is currently home to a fire rescue team of forty people, including 28 firefighters who work in four watches, and by the time the project is complete late next spring they will be joined by approximately the same number of ambulance personnel. “There’s going to be plenty of space for everyone,” chuckles Mark, “and it will certainly make sense for everyone to be under one roof in a purpose built, state of the art building.” Lancaster Fire and Rescue has two fire appliances and one Land Rover vehicle, when the ambulance teams move in the number will be added to by seven ambulances and three response cars. Already complete As work on a new combined fire and ambulance station in Lancaster moves into its final phase, many aspects of the project already complete: “Staff have already decanted to the former council offices ‘next door’, which was thoroughly refurbished. Demolition of the old station continues, and work on the new build element of the project is in prospect,” explains Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Press Officer John Taylor.


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Fire Prevention “In my twenty-five years as a fire fighter there has certainly been a lot of changes and I put that down to the brilliant preventative work the fire service has done and continues to do,” says Mark. “Education is a massive thing as are the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms.” Clean your toaster! But fires can happen at any time, so care must always be taken? “Absolutely. Although the Fire and Rescue service attends more medical emergencies than in the past cooking remains one of the main causes of fires. Trends are changing – we see less chip pan fires due to oven chips and thermostatically controlled friers but we need to make people aware that even the simple act of cleaning your toaster, tipping the crumbs on to the garden for the birds, can make a massive difference to fire prevention.” Education. Mark is passionate about educating people to the risks of fire; “Fire prevention is something that the fire service has promoted over many years and we’ve seen big improvements but there is always

more that can be done, that’s why we’re keen to educate people in fire safety, it saves lives.” Community Room The new combined centre will house a community room that is available to any community groups to hire, free of charge; “when the centre is complete there will be the most amazing community room. The Fire Service is proud to be a part of the community and by providing a community room we feel we’re supporting them like they support us. We’re very conscious that we need to open our doors and be approachable and the community rooms are all part of this community outreach.” Although the community room in Lancaster is not yet available there is a room at Carnforth Fire and Rescue Station currently available. Please contact Lancashire Fire and Rescue via there website http://www. for details. Most people would be surprised to discover that Lancaster Fire and Rescue attend an average of 800 calls out each year, including medical emergencies, road traffic accidents and of course fires each and every time putting their lives on the line for us.

Wishing you a safe and happy Christmas

Some of the best firefighters in the country taking care of us. “Our prevention work has been the resounding success of the service,” says Mark, “but the service provides some amazing technology and the highest possible levels of training for firefighters. I can say that we’ve never been called out to something that we’re not equipped to deal with and we always do the best possible job for each turn out, the public can rest assured that they have some of the best equipped and trained firefighters, men and women, in the country at Lancaster.” FIRE SAFETY IN THE WINTER Did you know?

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Check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard sign.

Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch light easily.

Test your smoke alarms monthly and only remove batteries when replacing them.

Check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard sign.

Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch light easily.

Test your smoke alarms monthly and only remove batteries when replacing them.

Most fires start in the kitchen. Avoid leaving a cooker unattended. Avoid cooking when under the influence Most fires start in the of alcohol. kitchen. Avoid leaving a cooker unattended. Avoid cooking when under the influence HA P P Y C H R IS T M A S of alcohol.

Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.

Make sure cigarettes are put out properly.

Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.

Make sure cigarettes are put out properly.

Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights Decorations can or heaters. burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters.

Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach. Keep candles, lighters Never leave burning and matches out candles unattended. of children’s reach. Never leave burning candles unattended.

Never overload electrical sockets. Always switch Never overload Christmas lights off electrical sockets. and unplug them Always switch before you go to bed. Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.

Store fireworks safely. Never go back to a lit firework and Store fireworks safely. keep a bucket of Never go back to water nearby. a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.

Take care around open fireplaces as clothes may catch fire. Take care around open fireplaces as clothes may catch fire.

Take time to check on older relatives and neighbours this Take time to check Christmas as they on older relatives are at greater risk and neighbours this from fire. Christmas as they are at greater risk from fire.

Around 65 fires a year are caused by faulty electric blankets. Two fires a day are caused by heaters. In England on average, 7,700 chimney fires occur every year. Open fires Be careful when using open fires to keep warm. Make sure you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers. Make sure embers are under control and properly put out before you go to bed. Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained. Using portable heaters Keep heaters away from curtains and furniture. Never use them for drying clothes. Always unplug electric heaters when you go out or go to bed. Try to secure heaters against a wall to stop them falling over. Only use gas or paraffin heaters in wellventilated areas. Heaters consume oxygen so you could suffocate if a room is not properly aired.



Using electric blankets Never use hot water bottles in the same bed as an electric blanket, even if the blanket is switched off. Unplug blankets before you get into bed, unless they have a thermostat control for safe all-night use. Store electric blankets flat, rolled up or loosely folded to prevent damaging the internal wiring.Test electric blankets every 3 years. Age UK or your local fire and rescue service may be able to do this for you. Try not to buy second-hand blankets and check regularly for wear and tear. Replace your blanket when it is more than 10 years old. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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The future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility All-electric, fully autonomous concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility

The innovative concept vehicle provides a glimpse into the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s approach to changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated with society. It’s designed to strengthen the link between car and driver as a close, reliable partner that delivers a safer, more convenient and more enjoyable drive. By offering unprecedented enjoyment in motion and the ability to control the vehicle’s drive mode, the Nissan IMx aims to transform the everyday life of drivers. “The IMx zero-emission crossover concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business. “Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan is committed to changing the way people and cars communicate, as well as how cars interact with society in the near future and beyond.” Making travel more enjoyable: Nissan Intelligent Driving At the core of the IMx’s technological features is a future version of ProPILOT that offers fully autonomous operation. When ProPILOT drive mode is selected, the system stows the steering wheel inside the dashboard and reclines all seats, giving the driver more space and allowing the vehicle’s occupants to relax and enjoy their commute. When Manual drive mode is selected, the vehicle returns the steering wheel and seats to their original position, seamlessly transferring control back to the driver.


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Promoting the convenience and pleasure of electric driving: Nissan Intelligent Power The Nissan IMx zero-emission concept vehicle adopts Nissan’s new EV platform, designed for maximum efficiency. It allows the floor to be completely flat, resulting in a cavernous cabin and enhanced driving dynamics. With a low center of gravity, the chassis delivers sharp handling that promises to redefine the crossover segment. The powerful yet quiet powertrain delivers enhanced excitement. The IMx is propelled by a pair of high-output electric motors at the front and rear, giving it all-wheeldrive capability. They combine to produce 320 kW of power and an astounding 700 Nm of torque, sourced from a high-capacity battery which has been redesigned and reengineered for increased energy density. This new battery supports a driving range of more than 600 kilometres on a single charge, so occupants can enjoy an extended adventure without worrying about recharging. Becoming part of the social infrastructure: Nissan Intelligent Integration The Nissan IMx can also contribute to the social infrastructure like no other vehicle before it. For example, after transporting its owner to the airport, the IMx can park itself in a spot where the vehicle can connect to the local power grid and act as a “virtual” power plant by returning electricity to the grid, an extension of its vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-building features. Once the owner returns, the IMx can pick them up at the terminal and drive home. The whole process is carried out efficiently, thanks in part to the increased battery capacity and connected-car . technologies, including Seamless Autonomous Mobility.


New EV design philosophies for the autonomous era

Interior design: spacious and relaxing, with simplicity

Until now, vehicles have been designed with a clear differentiation between exterior and interior. Exterior design provides a sense of security from the outside, while the interior design gives drivers an appropriate environment for concentrating on driving.

The IMx concept vehicle’s interior adheres to the basic concept of space that can be found in a traditional Japanese house, suggesting a sense of openness.

This purpose-based differentiation is likely to change with the arrival of fully autonomous vehicles. Nissan’s designers sought to redefine the interior space of the IMx to create a sense of openness, while maintaining a feeling of privacy. To achieve this, they endeavored to design a space that links up the inside and outside of the vehicle. They also wanted to convey the key characteristics of electric vehicles – quiet and smooth with a sense of light, yet powerful and dynamic. They took inspiration from the Japanese concepts of ma, a sense of space and time, and wa (harmony), expressing the coexistence of two seemingly contradictory concepts – “stillness” and “motion.”

The car’s panoramic OLED instrument panel displays a view of the external environment in the background. A separate, wood grain-patterned display, positioned below the instrument panel and wrapping around the interior door trims, gives occupants a subtle sense of the outside, similar to a shoji, a traditional Japanese paper screen. The katanagare diagonal pattern on the seats has been delicately etched with a laser cutter. The head rest – patterned like kumiki, a Japanese interlocking wood puzzle – is made from silicon-material cushioning and a frame produced by a 3D printer. Artificial intelligence enables the driver to control the instrument panel with eye movements and hand gestures. This intuitive interface results in fewer physical controls and switches, making the cabin of the IMx simple yet highly efficient and adding to its supreme comfort.

Exterior design: showcasing the unique characteristics of electric vehicles The IMx’s styling conveys its clean and sporty electricvehicle attributes by incorporating Nissan’s signature design features. From the familiar V-motion grille, the supple character line rises and flows to the hood and rear end. The broad surfaces of the distinctively shaped front fenders start from the grille and expand seamlessly onto the body sides, creating a sense of layers. The vermillion accent color, contrasting vividly with the pearl white-colored body, is inspired by uramasari, which describes the beauty and extravagance found on the inside of traditional Japanese kimonos.

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Place a letter in each empty cell so that each row, each column and each 3x3 block contains all the letters of the word SNOWFLAKE to solve this tricky Sudoku puzzle.






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