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Welcome to the Lancaster District It is always nice to feel the warmth and light of spring heading our way, and while the weather may be far from perfect, you can certainly feel that spring is in the air. We have something for everyone, whether you are a gardener looking to tidy and freshen up your plot, a couple looking to get a better nights sleep, looking for somewhere to visit or a place to unwind. We are so proud to be able to showcase so many local businesses to our readers all over the district. We already have a very loyal following of readers from all over the Lancaster District and beyond, so many have built up in the last 9 years, our distributors have seen supermarkets empty in record time, so from this edition we have increased our circulation by 50% so that even more local people can now enjoy the magazine. Don’t forget to also check events online, they are constantly being updated and added. Submit your event for free at www. Have a lovely spring,

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12 Local housing - New senior Co-housing at Halton 15 SHOP LOCAL - Valentine’s & Mother’s Day 24 Local business - Parkinson Property 26 In the home - Reducing waste & landfill 28 Legal advice - Protet your family with a will 32 Gardens - Summerdale House, Garden & Nursery 37 Home - Home electronics by Robinsons Electric 38 Legal - Top tips for a dignified divorce 43 Internet - B4RN run by the people for the people 47 Gardens - Austwick Hall Gardens 48 Nature - RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 51 Pets - Three common behaviour problems 52 Nature - The return of the otter 55 Animals - The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre 56 Animal - Problems with hairballs 58 Travel - Rome - A perfect spring weekend 63 Health - Counselling at CancerCare 65 Health - Muscular knots - How to help 66 Outdoor clothing - Dressing for the occasion 69 Sport - John O’Gaunt Rowing Club 71 Health - Take control - Achieve results in 2018 73 Health - Stress, more tha a pain in the neck 75 Weekend Away - Harrogate 76 Sport - Running - Your first steps guide to shoes 79 Health - Recovering from winter slips or falls 83 Food - Rhubarb Custard Tea Cake Recipe 84 Food - Coffee - A kickstarter campaign 86 Food - Quorn Thai Green Curry Recipe 88 Food - The Courtyard Cafe at St John’s Hospice 90 Art - Spring exhibition @ Gallery 23 96 Local business - Style is in the genes at Renes 99 Art - Blossoming Art Exhibition & Craft Fair is back 100 Local craft group - Clapham knit & knatter 103 Shopping - Treat the special woman in your life 106 Local actor - Mark Isherwood 109 Acting - Creating stars of the stage 112 Local club - Morecambe Bay Kitesurfing Club 114 Energy - Supplying green energy 117 Motoring - Ford Transit Occasion Camper 119 Puzzles - Sudoku, wordwheel, wordsearch & kids puzzle 120 Community Services Directory

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NEW SENIOR CO-HOUSING Halton, a village on the River Lune just north of Lancaster has a thriving community centre and the Mill, both offering a wide range of activities for local residents. There is already a multigenerational co-housing community in Halton and now senior co-housing is being developed.

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.


MARCH 17TH At Halton Mill

For those who have never heard of co-housing, these communities are developed and run by the residents themselves. Interested people create a constitution and become a registered group for financial transactions. They choose an architect and start designing where and how they want to live. Each household is a private home but they have the added benefit of shared community space. Residents are free to socialize and share meals in the communal living/dining rooms. There is no need for each house to maintain their own laundry facilities or guest rooms as these are available in the “common house�. For the over 55’s, senior co-housing offers the security of knowing your neighbours and keeping active for as long as possible. If and when the time comes that several residents feel they need more support, the cost of carers might be shared. Other options would be discussed by the whole community to find the best solution. Meanwhile there is plenty of opportunity for shared


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activities like going for walks, watching films, gardening, and shopping. Interested members of the new senior community in Halton have met with Ecoarc of Kentmere, the appointed architects, on two occasions to begin the design process. Everyone is keen to be as environmentally friendly as possible and it was agreed to build to Passiv House standards. (Eden Insulation in Appleby are the local suppliers). This means they will be warm and dry, with fresh air circulated several times a day and utility bills will be minimized by the efficiency of this system. There is also the possibility of linking in with the hydro-electric project on the Lune and the wood pellet heating boiler in the Mill, already serving Lancaster Cohousing. It is planned for all homes to be lifetime standard. That means doors are wide enough for wheel chairs and adaptations can be easily put into place if needed, if residents become disabled as they age. The group, assisted by Ecoarc, looked at how many homes will fit comfortably on the land selected allowing for communal garden space and the common house. The layout will consist of 12 one bed flats, 4 two bed flats, and 4 two bed houses. There will be design workshops in the future to talk about the exterior design and the common house. The photos shown are of the nearby Lancaster Co-housing. The group has received a grant aimed at supporting community led housing schemes to help them get started. It is hoped that further funding will support affordable housing within the project. The formal launch of the project will be March 17, 2018 at Halton Mill LA2 6ND 10AM-4PM. For more information contact We are currently designing a web site which will soon be available.

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CLEAR PRICING AND PEACE OF MIND For landlords, letting out a property to an unknown tenant can be just as fraught with problems as a tenant renting from a landlord unaware of the rules and regulations of his business, but local letting business Parkinson Property has over thirty years’ worth of satisfied clients to prove that a good agency can benefit both sides. Nick Dagger Photography

DOUBLE ACCREDITATION Serving the Lancaster and Morecambe area since 1986 Parkinson Property are watchwords for peace of mind, for both landlords and tenants. Proprietor Andrew Parkinson is accredited with both the government backed National Approved Letting Scheme and The Property Ombudsman which means that tenants and landlords are protected.

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Parkinson Properties is looking to bring fairness back into their lettings operation, “there is an inherent unfairness of commission or rent based charges.”

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NO LET NO FEE? “With our letting service we can advise on compliance with all safety regulations, rental values, find a tenant, carry out credit checks, check references, draw up a tenancy and inventory, take meter readings, collect the deposit and first month’s rent, all for a flat rate fee of £390 including VAT. The fee is only payable when the first month’s rent is paid. No let no fee. You will find that is a very competitive rate.”

COMPETITIVE PRICING – UNBELIEVABLY GOOD VALUE. “We are also extremely competitive on our Property Management Service compared to commission based charges. The service includes collecting rent with prompt payments, monthly reports, arranging necessary repairs, advising and complying with safety regulations, arranging any necessary gas and electrical safety checks, inspecting the property on a regular basis, issuing notice of possession as required, taking and refunding deposits and a standard rate of £390.00 including VAT to find new tenants. We charge a flat rate of £44.40 including VAT per month for any size of property or rental value. This is only payable for the months when the property is let. The savings on properties with higher rents will be significant. Once again you will find that rate to be unbelievably good value.”

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REDUCING WASTE & LANDFILL At the British Heart Foundation (BHF), we do all we can to turn people’s quality unwanted clothes, books, furniture and household items into funds that can be spent on our life saving heart research. This inevitably prevents thousands of tonnes of unwanted goods going in to landfill every year. Last year alone, we turned 65,000 tonnes of generously donated items in to £25 million for our research. People can donate their unwanted items to our 730 shops nationwide. Our shops try to sell all donated items at the best price possible. If any items do not sell, we rotate them to several other shops in the hope that they appeal to a wider demographic. Any high value item donated to our shops is passed onto the eBay team who value the item and sell it at the highest price possible. The Charity Retail Association estimates that 320,000 tonnes of clothing per annum is pre-used and recycled and 15,000 tonnes of this is from the efforts of the BHF. Our statistics show that half of the UK population say they don’t have time to donate their unwanted clothes and household goods to charity. This is particularly concerning when you consider the frequency with which people are adding to their wardrobe [43% of UK

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PROTECT YOUR FAMILY WITH A WILL Rachael Waring, a Solicitor in the Wills, Probate and Estate Planning department at Holdens Solicitors explains why a Will is always nessacary to protect your family.

Most people would not want to leave to chance the potential for a long term partner to receive nothing for the want of a Will.

New Year planning The New Year is always a good time to take stock and ensure that all matters relevant to us have been considered and dealt with. It had previously been thought that 2018 may have seen the ‘nil rate band,’ the buffer before Inheritance Tax becomes payable raised but this is not the case. It would appear that it will stay the same at £325,000 until at least the end of 2021. One increase will shall see though is the ‘residence nil rate band’ which is increasing from £100,000 to £125,000 from 6th April 2018 and this is particularly useful if a main residence on death is passing to ‘direct descendants’; even if it is passing to a spouse or civil partner then much like the current ‘nil rate band’ the relief can be carried over and used by your estate when the time comes. Even if you do not think that such estate planning issues will be relevant to you, an issue that is relevant to us all is the need to make a Will. Whether you have children from a previous relationship, you are single or newly married, a Will can be invaluable in legally directing who you want to benefit. If you do nothing the ‘intestacy rules’ will determine to whom your estate passes; for example, if you co habit with someone but are not married to each other / in a Civil Partnership, then they will not automatically inherit anything from your estate. Whilst you may not wish them to inherit it everything, most people would not want to leave


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to chance the potential for a long term partner to receive nothing for the want of a Will. The final matter ‘not to be left’ is that of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) – There are two types, Property and Affairs and Health and Welfare. The general principle behind them is that you as the ‘donor’ complete the LPA, (a 16 page document) whilst you have the mental capacity to do so and within the LPA you legally appoint ‘attorneys’ for example a spouse or adult child, to act on your behalf should you ever lack the requisite capacity to do so yourself. If you do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney, suddenly lose capacity and then for example have to sell your home to be closer to loved ones, the process can be very difficult, costly and lengthy, all at a time when you / your family need a smooth way ahead. An LPA can be an invaluable document but as has been highlighted in recent months; their powers are wide so there must be careful consideration of whom one appoints as their attorney before they make and register their LPA. I would be happy to assist with any matters arising from the points above. Rachael Waring is a Solicitor in the Wills, Probate and Estate Planning department at Holdens Solicitors and is based at their Lancaster office. Rachael lives near Preston with her young family and is a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Agricultural Law Association. - 01524 32484

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SUMMERDALE HOUSE GARDEN AND NURSERY Nestled just off the A65 in South Lakeland lies the treasure of gold medal winning Summerdale House Garden and Nursery known for its fantastic snowdrops and offering an oasis of life springing out of the winter chill. Features writer Rob Bullock chats to owner David Sheals about this gem. Celebrated as a sign of the sunnier, warmer spring weather to come, bright white snowdrops when planted in profusion form beautiful, inspiring carpets of white that lift the soul after the long dark days of winter. At this time of year, one of the places in our area to see this bloom is Summerdale House which has a particularly impressive show of this bright little star. The pride and joy of retired doctors David and Gail Sheals, it is hard to believe that when the couple moved into Summerdale House in 1997 the house was derelict and the gardens a shadow of their former glory: “The house had been empty for over twenty years,” explains David, “and the garden extremely overgrown. You wouldn’t think it now. It had been a good garden in the 1930’s but over the years it had been completely neglected. When we moved in there were no birds in the garden, it was completely devoid of birdsong, now it’s full of life, birds, hedgehogs, frogs and newts. The orchids (the common spotted orchid) from Farelton Fells have even moved in. You don’t really need to do anything because the wildlife will come on its own.”

HOW TO ENCOURAGE ORCHIDS TO MOVE IN TO YOUR GARDEN? “You don’t really need to do very much to attract them. They grow wild on the nearby Farelton Fell and when we decided to leave an old abandoned grass tennis court uncut they just appeared.”

GROWING THEIR OWN PLANTS With a large garden like Summerdale it quickly became apparent that growing their own plants from seed was best, so fifteen years ago Gail set up the nursery and was quickly joined by their daughter Abi in 2005. Abi now runs her own nursery at Halecat near Witherslack with her husband Tom; “Abi and Tom are the real experts,” says David who gave up his job as a doctor just five years ago to join Gail working full time at the garden. ”It really doesn’t feel like we’re retired, there’s always so much to do in the


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garden and especially when you’re doing hard landscaping and walling. I do miss my colleagues and patients but we’re proud of everything that we’ve achieved here at Summerdale.”

GOLD MEDAL NURSERY “We started showing locally at the Holker Garden Show and now we go further afield,” last year they achieved success at the Spring Plant Show in London and the Malvern Spring Festival in Worcestershire where they were awarded a gold medal for their blooms.

SPRINGING TO LIFE WITH SNOWDROPS Not being a horticultural expert, I was surprised to discover snowdrops are not a native plant to the UK. Although it is often thought of as a British native wild flower, or to have been brought to the British Isles by the Romans, it is thought that it was probably introduced around the early 16th century and originates from the eastern Mediterranean and middle east. And there are more than one variety of snowdrop! “There are,” explains David, “in fact we have about fifty varieties here at Summerdale. The bigger varieties start appearing in January, with the doubles around mid-February carrying on until the middle of March.” So why not partake in some spring inspiration at Summerdale House Garden and Nursery this spring, there’s always a wide variety of plants on sale and plenty of expert advice. The first garden open day this year is Sunday 18th Feb, when refreshments available with hot soups and home-made cakes on that day. The garden is open from then until end of August, every Friday and Saturday (No refreshments). The nursery open Thursday-Saturday. Please see

COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID (DACTYLORHIZA FUCHSIA). The Common Spotted orchid is the most common of all UK orchids and the one you are most likely to see. Growing in many different habitats including woodland, roadside verges, hedgerows, old quarries, sand dunes and marshes there are sometimes so many flowers appearing together that they carpet an area with their delicate, pale pink spikes. It is in bloom between June and August. The Common Spotted orchid gets its name from its leaves which are green with abundant purplish oval spots. The flowers range from white and pale pink through to purple, but have distinctive darker pink spots and stripes on their three-lobed lips. The flowers are densely packed in short, cone-shaped clusters.

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Top Tips for a Dignified Divorce When you separate the process of getting divorced can seem like an expensive, out of control, minefield but it doesn’t have to be. Be kind to yourself and your children and access support. Family and friends or professionals can all be helpful depending upon the level of support your situation requires.

Contact our experienced solicitors for legal guidance and support. We can help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Here are a few tips from the specialist family lawyers at Baines Bagguley Penhale Solicitors to help you: CONSIDER A PARENTING PLAN If you have children consider a parenting plan. A parenting plan can help you consider, with a view to agreeing, the arrangements for your children now you have separated. If you can, talk together about what you are going to say to the children. Try to look at the situation from both sides and on the basis that you both want what is best for your children. There is a helpful booklet available online at YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION Start getting your financial information together. Look at your financial situation as soon as possible. You will need to contact mortgage companies, pension companies, banks and building societies to find out the amount of capital you have and you need to look at how to manage any changes to your income and outgoings. Don’t try and hide anything.


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It is much easier now to trace assets and when your ex finds out you have tried to do this it will be much less likely that you will be able to avoid court proceedings which are costly, stressful and time consuming.

the divorce (Petitioner) will have the most costs whether or not they use a solicitor as they are likely to have to pay a Court fee of £550.00. The Petitioner can ask the other person to pay or contribute towards these costs.



Think about who needs to know that you are separated. Whether or not you remain in the same house, if you receive benefits including tax credits you will need to let the benefits office know. If you are living in separate houses you will need to notify the council tax office and utility companies, change your address on your driving licence and contact your banks and building societies. You need to make sure that the mortgage, rent and house insurance are paid. Be aware that joint bank accounts can often be accessed by either of you without the other’s permission and so you may want to transfer or close these accounts.

Keep in mind that you cannot change the past but you can gain a better understanding by talking to each other and there is support available to help both of you. If you can focus on your future goals and the lives ahead of you it is much more likely that you will be able to keep your costs down, avoid having solutions imposed upon you and move on with your lives as soon as possible.

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B4RN – RUN BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE Now employing twenty-five local people, when B4RN started in 2011 it was run entirely by volunteers and was born out of desperation… “It really was born out of desperation,” explains B4RN’s Chris Conder who has been with the project from the start, to this day remaining a committed volunteer.

Since 2011 B4RN’s engineers and volunteers have laid thousands of miles of fibre in a fast, sustainable, resilient network connecting hundreds of new customers each year.


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“Isolated rural communities were desperate for reliable high-speed internet connections,” explains Chris, “before B4RN, communities either had unreliable dial up internet connections or satellite internet, which when a teenager gets their hands on could easily lead to bills of in excess of £1000 per month!”

FASTER BROADBAND THAN NASA “Now with B4RN our communities have got the best, the fastest broadband access in the world. Each B4RN connection has more internet power than the entire city of Aberdeen had in 2012, and we’ve got faster speeds than NASA feeding into our network!”

PASSIONATE ABOUT LOCAL RURAL COMMUNITIES From the start B4RN has been run by local people for local people, “we quickly discovered that as individuals we couldn’t do very much,” says Chris, “but as a group we could achieve great things. And I’m sure most communities would discover that they’ve got some talented members. We discovered that we’d got network designers, security experts, financial brains and even people with in depth working knowledge of health and safety. But for B4RN no one is any more valuable than anyone else. Everyone has a vital part to play. We couldn’t operate without people with expert knowledge and we certainly can’t do a day’s work without someone fuelling our staff and volunteers with cups of tea! Everyone is important to the success of B4RN projects.”

WHAT IS B4RN? B4RN is a professionally designed complete fibre optic broadband network, registered as a non-profit community benefit society, and run by a dedicated local team with the support of landowners and volunteers. Whilst others might offer “fibre optic broadband” most are operating on old telephone lines. And if your home or business is a distance from the local cabinet, you could find your service is slow and sometimes interrupted. This never happens with B4RN which offers speeds that other providers can only dream about; “Good broadband is boring,” jokes Chris, “it’s boring because it always does what it’s intended to do.”

Has over 4000 connected properties Is an equal opportunities employer with 25 staff and hundreds of volunteers Uptake averages about 65% of all properties in the communities they’ve completed Has investment from local communities totalling £4.8m in B4RN’s shares and loans Has over 1200 shareholders “There are so many key people in B4RN,” says Chris, “and everyone is vitally important. We were lucky to have networking expert, Barry Forde, with us along with Lindsey Annison and Monica Lee, from the start but everyone at B4RN is a vital cog in our machine. A lot of people who work for us could earn much higher salaries elsewhere but they’re committed to what B4RN is all about.”

THE BEGINNING “Initially when we started we couldn’t get financing,” explains Chris, “we applied for funding with Lancaster City Council from the RDPE, which we almost got, but eventually lost out to BT and because we hadn’t been operating for three years couldn’t get finance, so we decided to fund it ourselves. B4RN is owned by the people for the people. It’s a truly ethical organisation that supports local communities and employing local people.”

EVERYDAY CHALLENGES There are every day challenges for B4RN like hitting water pipes that are marked incorrectly on maps; “our teams always due their due diligence,” explains Chris, “that way if something such as a pipe or cable is not where it should be then we’re not liable if something goes wrong.” “Because B4RN is supplying broadband to the 3% of national customers who nobody else can or wants to reach there are challenges. A lot of B4RN’s customers are in isolated, hard to reach places and that makes for a lot of challenges for our teams. B4RN has and continues to meet the internet needs of the hardest to reach customers.” “Who knows where B4RN will go next, further into North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Scotland, other rural communities? We don’t know yet. It’s for the shareholders to decide. They may possibly decide to in fill some of the larger communities that our networks are encircling.” Please visit for more details.

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Austwick Hall Gardens From the moment they walk through the gates at Austwick Hall visitors just know that the place is steeped in history, what people don’t realise is what treasures a stroll through the gardens and woodland hold. Features Writer Rob Bullock went to find out… PICTURESQUE LOCATION Nestled at the top of the picturesque Dales village on the border of North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria lies Austwick Hall and its stunning gardens. Merely walking through the gates into the gravelled courtyard you can feel the history of the place. “Ever since we moved in twenty years ago we’ve been researching the history of the place,” explains current owner Michael Pearson, “so far my partner Eric (Culley) and I have discovered that some quite influential people have lived at Austwick Hall.” Dating from the sixteenth century, Austick Hall looks out across the top of the village of Austwick towards Pendle Hill to the south west.

IMPORTANT RESIDENTS In the mid sixteenth century influential London wool merchant Sir John Yorke owned the Hall, though due to his duties at the Royal Mint can’t have spent much time actually living in Austwick; “I think he must have spent most of his time in London,” explains Michael, “after he was knighted by Edward VI. But one important person we do know lived here was Sir Charles Ingleby who was related to the Ingleby’s of Ripley Castle.” It appears that Sir Charles had a chequered life, prior to being knighted by Charles II he was [James II] implicated, tried and found not guilty of treason; “I understand that in trials in those days the accused didn’t have lawyers. People had to fend for themselves. I think it probably helped Sir Charles cause that he was actually a barrister by profession.”

SPLENDID GARDENS Whilst Michael and Eric act as custodians to the historical house the splendid garden is down to their own hard work and vision. “Austwick Hall gardens are renowned for the lovely show of spring flowers, first the snowdrops, then daffodils and finally the bluebells. Our woodland walk is a sight to behold in spring and that’s why we took the decision to open the garden to the public about ten years ago.” When Michael and Eric moved into the Hall it was December and he had no idea what treasures his new abode held for him come spring time.

“It was something of a surprise,” he explains, “a lovely surprise, but we discovered that there were masses of clumps of snowdrops in the woodland part of the garden. Then the daffodils came and finally the bluebells made a stunning carpet.”

A LOT OF PLANTING Deciding to make a feature of the snowdrop walk around the wood, the Michael and Eric have planted in excess of 140,000 of these late winter gems; “It was a lot of hard work,” he explains, “but we wanted to join up the clumps to make a snowy white carpet of flowers. We still spend a lot of time lifting and splitting bulbs each year. So far we haven’t done this with the daffodils, they’ve done their own thing but they still put on a fantastic show each year.”

A BIT OF HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS “We have had a little help from one of the foremost experts on snowdrops,” says Michael, “John Grimshaw, who’s now the director at the Yorkshire Arboretum, has supplied a lot of varieties. We have hundreds [over fifty] of different types of snowdrops here and we’re very proud of that.”

THEIR OWN SNOWDROP – GALANTHUS NIVALIS At Austwick Hall they have even discovered their very own snowdrop the Galanthus nivalis (poculiformis), “it’s quite a stunning little flower with tinges of yellow on its petals which look stunning in the sunlight. We are so proud of our very own snowdrop that we commissioned artist Nina Krauzewicz to paint it for us. But we discovered it was quite a feisty little plant as well as being pretty. Nina likes to work from real flowers so we sent her some bulb for her own garden. The problem was she planted them and they didn’t flower for two years! So we had a bit of a wait for the painting of our own snowdrop!” Visitors to the gardens will be delighted that placed amongst the natural displays are sculptures by local artists, “we really love the pieces because when all the spring plants die back there is still something for visitors to see in the woodland. We have pieces by Sarah Smith from Newby, Andy Kay from Kirkby Lonsdale and even a piece by our dry stone waller Rob Watson.”

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RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch During the last week of January over half a million people took part in the world’s largest wildlife survey - the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch. This mammoth ‘citizen science’ project, now in its 39th year, gives conservationists a clear indication of the population trends for some of our most familiar and endearing birds. Photo: David Mower

Many of you will have taken part in the survey, helping provide invaluable information that will help the RSPB and others gain a better understanding of how our commonest birds are faring throughout the country.

If you haven’t yet sent your figures in, please do so as soon as possible. And, if like me, you hardly spotted anything during the allotted time do still submit the details –all information is valuable. To find out more about the Big Garden Birdwatch visit:

Anecdotally, we can see that the Now is a good time to start number of goldfinches has gone up While it might not feel like it thinking about putting up new some days, spring is definitely in recent years and that by contrast, nest boxes, or cleaning out greenfinches are fast disappearing around the corner and some of from many of our gardens and existing ones. February marks our local garden visitors will parks. But thanks to the data already be thinking about the National Nestbox Week. collected from the Big Garden breeding season. Blackbirds Birdwatch we can accurately plot are notoriously productive and the rates of gain and loss over successive years. By may start nesting as early as January while many resident collating the vast amount of information submitted by birds will have set up territory by the time we get to mideager garden watchers over almost four decades we March. can clearly see that we have lost three-quarters of our Now is a good time to start thinking about putting up starlings and more than half of our house sparrows. new nest boxes, or cleaning out existing ones. February But just what is causing these worrying declines? marks National Nestbox Week, an initiative started by Some people blame the increase in magpies or the the British Trust for Ornithology to try and encourage successful recovery of sparrowhawks but research more people to help birds in their local area. When one has shown that these predatory birds aren’t to blame. considers the dramatic declines being suffered by some In the same period blue tit numbers have gone up of our favourite birds it seems that we can all play a part by 20 per cent and the number of blackbirds and in trying to help to reverse some of these potentially robins continue to increase. These species are also catastrophic trends. Go to on the diet of hawks and crows so why aren’t they nnbw to learn more about the BTO’s National Nestbox declining? There are clearly other factors at work and Week. your contributions will hopefully allow conservation Providing a safe place for our feathered friends to build scientists to identify the causes. a nest, lay eggs and raise a brood is a relatively simple


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thing for us to do and yet it can have such a huge impact on the success rate of our breeding birds. It can also give us a great deal of joy, watching the whole process from start to finish. And what better way to encourage youngsters to appreciate the natural world than to let them experience it first-hand? Staff and volunteers in the shop at Leighton Moss are always happy to give you advice on what kinds of boxes to put up and where to place them. Of course, not everyone has a garden where they can encourage wildlife or give nature a home. But that needn’t be a barrier to enjoying the onset of spring and witnessing the excitement of the breeding season. Why not visit RSPB Leighton Moss in Silverdale, and enjoy the sights and sounds of our wonderful native wildlife as spring gets underway. The first wild flowers will be in bloom and birdsong will be revving up nicely as the males start to establish territories and try to attract a female. We also have loads of great activities throughout the year to suit adults, families and children. Join a Birdsong for Beginners walk, bring the little ones on a Tots Trek, go Pond Dipping or enjoy the Wild Challenge Family Trail!




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THREE COMMON BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS Animal Care in Lancaster and dog trainer Kathryn, share their tips on three common behaviour problems that dog owners face. As a busy rescue centre Animal Care take in many dogs that that have behavior issues, their owners have often tried a few things but have not sought profession advice which could in most cases help. Animal Care believe that owners getting the right level of support would be far less likley to give up on their pet, this would then reduce the number of animals that are surrendered to the charity each year. Animal Care has been working alongside Animal Trainer Kathryn for just over a year and have already seen a huge improvement in both the dogs in our kennels and those who have already been homed. The most common issues Animal Care and Kathryn encounter are; dogs pulling on the lead, dog to dog aggression and separation anxiety. All very different behaviors, but the most common reasons for dog owners finding it difficult to cope.

PULLING ON A LEAD Dogs pull on the lead for many reasons including; to get to somewhere faster, to greet another dog or to get away from something. All pulling can be remedied with enough training and commitment of time. Pulling on the lead can be solved with a few tweaks of training. One of the biggest factors of success is commitment, if you are going to work on your dog walking nicely, you need to commit to working on it every walk, no matter how you feel. The first thing I recommend owners to do is stop as soon as their dogs start pulling, don’t call them back to heel. Stop dead. Make it as boring as possible. Once they finally stop pulling, and you gain some

attention then reward that. Reward them looking at you, and wanting to engage, then walk forward, maintaining that attention. You should be the most exciting thing on the walk. Each dog is different, they need an individual method.

Don’t make the mistake most people make by suddenly turning the radio on when you leave, or only ever leaving them with a Kong when you go. They will end up serving as triggers you are going to leave to your dog, rather than providing comfort. Separation anxiety issues needs careful management of your time leaving them, and finding something that makes your dog happy that isn’t you.

DOG TO DOG AGRESSION Dog to dog aggression is very common, and often mislabelled. True aggression is rarer than most people think. Most dog to dog issues are based on frustration, barking at another dog to get their attention, to release the pent-up energy, or to let their owner know they want to play.

Providing a safe space for your dog to feel comfortable can help Enormously. Firstly teach your dog to go to this area with rewards, this makes it exciting and an area you will interact with you dog. A bed, or crate work best. Teaching your dog to stay on here for longer periods of time, while being distracted by food dispensing toys or chewy toys helps keep them here.

This can appear “aggressive” as not all owners, or other dogs understand this behavior. Whether it is true aggression or not, the main tip I can pass on to dog owners is to find what motivates your dog, is it food, toys or your attention. Whatever this is, add a command do it. E.g. if it is a toy, every time you play with it say something like “Ballie”, so they associate it with the toy. This over time will give you a tool for helping to reduce your dog’s frustration, and a reason to focus on you. It is a long road to get your dog to focus on you over something exciting or scary, but it is a step in the right direction.

Start to move around the area, and work at a distance to reassure your dog you are coming back, keep returning to them to reward them. Build up the time they are there, over days and weeks. This area will become a place where your dog knows you will return to, no matter how long you are gone, providing them with some predictability. Never rush this kind of training. If your dog’s separation issues are mild, it will aid them feeling more comfortable.

SEPARATION ANXIETY Separation anxiety is one of the hardest behaviors to work with, where your dog cannot cope with being without you. It is both lovely, and awful for you as an owner.

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By Jack Forrester

PASSIONATE ABOUT OTTERS TALK - Wednesday 28 February, 7:30pm - 9:30pm Dr Paul Yoxon of the International Otter Survival Fund will share his knowledge and expertise.Recommended donation £2 for adults. Cornerstone Community Church Rooms, Joss Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5AB

A ban on pesticides and hunting and numerous conservation projects since the 1990’s has seen the local otter populations increase, returning to their former habitats. Many of us have a soft spot for otters, which is easily understood when you consider some of the behaviours that they show. ‘Hand-holding’ so as to not drift away from each other, keeping ‘pet’ rocks for life and childishly sliding in mud are undeniably heartwarming acts. It is therefore easy to fall in love with these animals.

and hunting, as well as numerous conservation projects to re-establish loss of habitat, along with successful efforts to phase out many of the harmful chemicals in the waterways. As a consequence, populations have begun to recover. Now, as surveys indicate, otters throughout Cumbria are returning to their former habitats.

Recently a mother and her cubs have been spotted in Kendal town centre, on the River Kent. This conservation success story has not just been isolated to Cumbria, but has occurred nationally. For example, the species presence was There is still more work confirmed in Kent during 2011, showing that otters to be done to secure the are inhabiting suitable bodies of water in every otter’s future, and there county throughout the UK.

The otters found in Cumbria belong to the species of European are numerous conservation otter, which is the furthest ranging There is still more work to be done to secure the projects taking place in the subfamily. Their habitat otter’s future, and there are numerous conservation across the country. ranges throughout Europe to North projects taking place across the country to provide Africa and parts of Asia. However more habitats and build holts (the underground burrows the otter has not always been as successful as it is where they have their cubs). now, especially in the UK. Certain pesticides such as dieldrin would run off into rivers, poisoning fish, which the otters relied on for food. Coupled with the increase in human activities such as a higher number of cars on the roads, this led to the population being on the brink of disappearing by the 1980s. This continued in the next decade, with populations dwindling throughout Cumbria and the rest of England. However, during the 1990s a population of otters from the Scottish side of the Solway made their way over to the English side, colonizing the west coast. At this time there were bans on pesticides


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Otters can be seen throughout the year, but in spite of this, they remain elusive, even with the recent recovery in their population. An easily scared animal, the art of spotting them takes a great deal of patience, and requires a good deal of luck! For the best chance of seeing them, clean waterways with vegetated banks and a healthy supply of prey are a must. Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Plumgarths, Crook Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8LX 01539 816300

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The BTRC takes horses from around the country, and many who send their animals there also donate to running of the centre

THE BRITISH THOROUGHBRED RETRAINING CENTRE Like a human athlete, these Olympians of the horse racing world once competed at the pinnacle of their sport but, as Features Writer Rob Bullock discovers, with the help of some dedicated people and good organisation, there’s life in the old horse yet… “This is the perfect place to give thoroughbreds a new life,” explains Chief Executive Officer Gillian Carlisle as we stand on the high blustery fells looking down over Morecambe Bay. And with over two hundred acres at the aptly named Whinney Hill, the BTRC certainly has the space to give their thoroughbred horses a fighting chance. The horses that come into the centre, although often still very young, have been working all their lives. They’ve been up at dawn exercising on the gallops preparing for their sport just like every other athlete does. And when they come to the end of that part of their lives, like retired footballers or rugby players or athletes, they need a helping hand to train for the next chapter. That’s where the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre comes in. Horses are isolated and assessed when they first arrive at Whinney Hill by vets and the experienced team. Some have foot or back problems and in unskilled hands these can become real issues as they might not know how to deal with them. The BTRC takes horses from around the country, and many who send their animals there also donate to running of the centre, “we have some wonderful supporters like the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, The Racing Foundation and the British Horseracing Authority through the Retraining of Racehorses, plus a number of sponsors.” But what actually constitutes a thoroughbred? “A thoroughbred is a breed of horse with a long history, sometimes hundreds of years,” clarifies Gillian, “which means their lineage is traceable and trackable, they are registered in the Stud Book through Wetherby’s, are microchipped and have their own passports! Some of the horses we have here have raced all around the world.” Established in 1991, The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre was the UK’s first charity dedicated to retired racehorse welfare, retraining, rehoming and protection for life. As part of the 25th anniversary in 2016 the charity evolved and became The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre. Currently housing thirty-five magnificent thoroughbred horses, the centre has big plans for the future; “we’re hoping to expand to allow us to let more people

experience what thoroughbred horses are truly about,” explains Gillian who used to work in thoroughbred retraining in Hong Kong. “We give the horses new skills to allow them to take part in equestrian events or work just for pleasure. They are highly intelligent creatures who have spent their lives around people so they are perfect to retrain for something other than racing.” The BTRC never buys or sells horses. Once a horse comes into the centre we retain ownership, but what we do offer is a loan scheme. Under the loan scheme there is careful and thorough pre-homing vetting with the experts at the BRTC carefully matching prospective ‘loaners’ with the right horse ensuring that the needs of both horse and ‘loaner’ are met in terms of ability and requirements. A support network is also offered to ensure loaning success. The BRTC was founded by Carrie Humble M.B.E in 1991 with the late racing legend Sir Peter O’Sullevan agreeing to be a patron. Starting small with just eight boxes and five acres at Birkrigg Park Arabian Stud, near Kendal the organisation was able to purchase the 200-acre former dairy farm, Whinney Hill at Halton. Many readers will remember 1984 Grand National Winner, Hallo Dandy, but it was his subsequent neglect that raised the profile of the Thoroughbred Centre who took him in. “Hallo Dandy came to us in quite a state,” explains Gillian, In 1986 Hallo Dandy’s owners had retired him from racing to a hunting home. However, in 1994, aged 20, he was discovered badly neglected and in a terrible state. His horrified owners took him back and gifted him to the BTRC where he was returned to full health and remained as our flagship horse until his death aged 33. “We’re proud to say that Hallo Dandy is even buried here, so he will never leave us.” One of the biggest problems in this industry is the lack of horsemanship. “My hope is that centres like this one encourage people who are interested in horses and all things equine, to gain some experience of the thoroughbred. They are such wonderful animals.” If you are interested in the work of the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre or in loaning one of their beautiful animals please visit Tel: 01524 812 649 | Email:

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Hairballs can be quite firm and hard if they have formed over a long period of time, and can potentially cause a blockage within your cat’s digestive tract or intestine.

and something that your cat simply knows is necessary now and then, so if you find your cat eating grass and later vomiting, don’t be too distressed!

Problematic hairballs

Potentially any animal can be susceptible to hairballs developing in their gut, but cats being fastidious groomers are well renowned for regurgitating hairballs at the most inconvenient time and place. For those lucky enough to have been groomed personally by their cat will have noted a cat’s tongue is unlike our own. The surface of the cat’s tongue is covered by projections called papillae. In the middle of the tongue the papillae are large, spiny and point towards the back of the mouth. When your cat grooms their coat, they will naturally ingest a small amount of the fur that they lick. The amount of hair ingested is actually fairly minimal and is mostly passed naturally in faeces. However sometimes the hair that remains in the stomach forms a big matted knot, which is what we know as a hairball. Hairballs can be quite firm and hard if they have formed over a long period of time, and can potentially cause a blockage within your cat’s digestive tract or intestine. A hairball in your cat’s vomit will generally be sausage-shaped rather than round, and normally dark in colour. Most cats will form a hairball at some stage of their lives. Cats that over-groom are particularly at risk of problematic hairballs, and long-haired cats are likely to develop hairballs more regularly than short-haired breeds. A problem can potentially develop if your cat has a hairball in their stomach or intestine but is unable to regurgitate it themselves. It is thought that grass eating in cats can be connected to being able to regurgitate hairballs, and is actually a good thing

Prevention Generally, you won’t need to do anything, as most cats manage their own hairballs without a problem. All cats will regurgitate a hairball every now and then, and this is normal. However if your cat is regurgitating hairballs regularly, appears to be having problems bringing them up or has had previous issues with hairballs that have required veterinary treatment,


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these preventative measures can minimise the chances of hairballs developing. Feed a special anti-hairball cat food, which your vet can advise you on. Anti-hairball diets contain a mix of fibres which stimulate normal peristalsis and promote faecal hairball elimination.

If you are concerned that your cat has a hairball in their stomach that they are unable to pass naturally, it’s important to seek veterinary help right away. Your vet will perform some diagnostic tests and possibly an x-ray, to discern the presence of a hairball or other mass, and they may opt to remove it surgically or attempt to ease it’s passage by administering various medications. Some of the main signs and symptoms of a potentially problematic hairball in your cat include: Persistent vomiting, retching or coughing without producing a hairball Constipation Lack of appetite General depression Lethargy and unwillingness to move about Discomfort in the stomach or abdominal area.

Groom your cat’s coat on a daily basis to remove as much loose or shed hair as possible. This is particularly important with long-haired cats and around the changing of the seasons when cats naturally shed more. Consider using a special hairball treatment or supplement every now and then in consultation with your vet. Keep an eye open for over grooming and try to identify the potential causes and solutions.




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ROME - A PERFECT SPRING WEEKEND Rome – The Eternal City, the city of love, the city of history, architecture, culture and coffee and gelato – is the perfect destination for a weekend away and it is just a short flight from our region’s airports.

In Rome there’s something for every budget, whether Michelin starred restaurants to street vendors selling enticing treats. With a perfect mix of historical ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities in the world. Rome is the perfect place to wash away those cold northern winter days with the promise that spring is just around the corner. And with cheap flights from Manchester and Liverpool you could be basking in the early spring sun in just over a couple of hours, and with plenty of hotel deals to suit every pocket, what’s to stop you getting away for a weekend away in the Eternal City.

around picturesque streets, have a coffee at pavement cafes, watch the beautiful people from an open-air restaurant. Whatever time of day or evening you won’t fail to be impressed with what Rome has to offer. Restaurants and trattorias buzz with activity, so you’ll get plenty of opportunity to soak up the Roman experience. As well as cafés and restaurants, there are plenty of cocktail bars and late-night clubs to encourage you make the most of your weekend away.

FEASTING ROMAN STYLE… You won’t have to lie on couches to feast Roman style, you’ll be able to do it on every street corner. Eating out is one of Italy’s great pleasures and Rome is no exception. With the combination of romantic alfresco settings and some of the best food in the world there’s something for every taste and you’re bound to have a memorable experience.

HISTORY AROUND EVERY CORNER… Every visitor to Rome comments on the cityscape, it is an exhilarating and stunning spectacle and the result of over 3000 years building and development. Apart from the older architecture, ornate piazzas and stunning fountains add a baroque flourish to the city’s enchanting streets. It’s easy to see why Rome is called the city of love. Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon are around almost every corner and they remind visitors of the city’s golden age as capital of the world, while its many beautiful churches are a testament to Rome’s historical role as seat of the Catholic Church.

CAPITAL OF THE CATHOLIC WORLD. The centre of religious devotion for over a billion worshippers, St Peter’s Basilica is the Vatican’s central church. It is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and won’t fail to impress. It’s always busy at the Vatican but this time of year it’s slightly quieter.

ARTISTIC RICHES Very few cities can come close to Rome’s astonishing artistic heritage. The city is full to bursting with priceless treasures. Fabulous art is almost everywhere you turn - ancient statues in the myriad of museums, Byzantine mosaics and Renaissance frescoes dazzle in churches and baroque facades flanking medieval piazzas where you’ll certainly want to linger a while and breathe it all in. If you take a slow walk around the city centre you will stumble across masterpieces by the masters – sculptures by Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, Raphael frescoes and fountains by Bernini. Fabulous art is everywhere in Rome.

LA DOLCE VITA… Your weekend away in Rome is bound to give you a taste of the lifestyle of this beautiful city. Don’t rush, just meander

In Rome there’s something for every budget, whether Michelin starred restaurants to street vendors selling enticing treats. There are countless eateries but to experience a uniquely Roman meal why not head for a buzzing pizzeria or a friendly neighbourhood trattoria. These are where the locals go to dine with friends and indulge their passion for thin, crispy pizzas, humble pastas, and some of the most delicious local wines. And then there’s the coffee and ice cream! The perfect way to finish off the perfect evening in the Eternal City has to be coffee and ice cream. Gelato is part of everyday life in Italy when summer comes around. Rome is no exception. More than just ice cream, gelato is a way of life in Italy. Here are some of the best truly gorgeous gelato flavours;

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Bacio meaning ‘kiss’ is a delicious combination of chocolate and hazelnut. Pale brown in colour, it has a rich chocolate flavour tempered by the nutty taste of hazelnut praline. Sette veli, or seven veils, gelato is a chocolate lover’s dream and is a mixture of different kinds of chocolate from dark to light, hazelnut praline and crunchy biscuits. Stracciatella is a light vanilla ice cream packed with slivers or chunks of chocolate. Tartufo, or “truffle” often refers to a small ball of gelato made from two flavours covered with a chocolate shell. There are numerous delicious combinations to choose from. Zuppa inglese translates as “English soup” but it is not like any soup you’ve ever tasted! It is more of a tiramisu than a gelato and is based on sponge cake, egg custard and a scarlet-coloured aromatic liqueur, Alchermes. Coffee is big business in Italy and especially in Rome. But there are a few things you know before you order. Many coffee shops don’t have a menu and in most you enjoy your roasted bean beverage standing at a bar! Here are some of the possibilities… Caffè. Whilst meaning coffee, order a caffe and it will probably come as a shot of espresso. It is served


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in a miniscule fairy cup and drunk throughout the day. So, when ordering an espresso, ask for un caffè! Cappuccino is probably Italy’s most famous coffee and is renowned the world over. It’s basically espresso, steamed milk and foam. Italians consider a cappuccino a meal itself and won’t drink one after 11am. A Macchiato is like an espresso combined with a cappuccino but even more foamy. Since it isn’t as milky and frothy as a cappuccino, Italians consider it perfectly acceptable to have any time of the day. Marocchino is a shot of espresso, a layer of foam, and a sprinkle of cacao powder in a glass mug that has been dusted with cocoa powder. It’s slightly more-milky than a macchiato. Caffè Latte is ⅓ espresso, 2/3 heated milk, and a little foam. Because of how milky this type of Italian coffee is, Italians would also only have this before 11am much like a cappuccino. Perfect for a hot summer’s day a Shakerato is a chilled espresso poured over ice and shaken to a froth. Caffè d’orzo is a barley coffee and is 100% naturally caffeinefree. This is a great alternative late at night or if you have issues with caffeine. Wherever you fly from and wherever you stay a weekend away is a perfect opportunity to sample the delights of the Eternal City. Soak up the culture, imbibe la dolce vita and enjoy the fantastic cuisine. And why not finish the day with a delicious gelato and the coffee of your choice!

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City of Events HIGHLIGHTS 2018 Gregg Wallace- Greg on Food at Lancaster Grand 27 Jan Milkshake! Live The Magic Story Book at Lancaster Grand 16 Feb Lancaster’s Original Beerfest 1,2,3 March Lancaster Literature Festival 2-25 March The Taming Of The Shrew 18-21, 23-28 April Wray Scarecrow Festival 28 April-7 May Lancaster Food and Drink Festival 5-7 May Lunesdale Studio Arts Trail 19-20, 26-28 May Festival Bowland Walks, Various Dates May – September Lancaster Fake Festival 16 June Armed Forces Day 30 June The Dukes Play in the Park ‘The Three Musketeers’ 3 July-18 Aug Heritage Open Days 6-9, 13-16 September Lancaster Jazz Festival 13-16 September Light Up Lancaster 2-3 November Lancaster Christmas Lights Switch-On 25 November VISITLANCASTER.ORG.UK (01524) 582394



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COUNSELLORS GO THE EXTRA MILE for people affected by cancer A team of highly dedicated counsellors are making a huge difference to people affected by cancer in the Lancaster district. Nic Kerfoot, who has had counselling with CancerCare in Lancaster, sums up what the charity is all about for local people: “Without counselling from Cancercare I would not have been able to make sense of the effect cancer has on my life psychologically and emotionally. “It gives you a safe place to express your feelings without judgement. For me, it has been a life saver.” Counselling is one of the main services offered by CancerCare at the charity’s base at Slynedales on Slyne Road in Lancaster and can help people get their lives back during and after cancer. Now in its 35th year, CancerCare started offering counselling in recognition of the fact that there is a psychological impact to being diagnosed with cancer. Alison Dixey, Head of Client Services for CancerCare, says: “I think we are very fortunate that we have this service at a time that can be one the most difficult in a person’s life. “Our counsellors are amazing. They always go the extra mile for our clients. “There is still a lot of fear associated with cancer. While treatment is improving and many more people are surviving cancer, there is still the fear factor. People often tell us that when they are diagnosed their first thought is ‘I’m going to die’ and they start making plans because it is so scary. I think this will change over the next 20 years as younger people will have seen their grandparents and parents being successfully treated.” CancerCare offers free counselling to adults and children and has male and female counsellors. People diagnosed with cancer and their friends and family can access the counselling service. Alison explains: “People come to see us for three main reasons. Some people come as soon as they are diagnosed and others come when they have been discharged from treatment.They may be finding it hard to cope after being discharged and don’t know what to do next. Others come for counselling at the point of bereavement.

CancerCare’s counsellors take a ‘person centred’ approach to their clients. The service offers the opportunity to talk freely about concerns to someone impartial and professional. Alison says: “People often don’t want to worry their relatives and friends; they want to protect them.With our counsellors people can just get everything out. It’s easier in some instances to talk to someone you don’t know.” Another crucial thing about the service is that people are seen as soon as possible. Alison and the team ensure there isn’t a waiting list and people are quickly allocated a therapist. People are offered up to 20 counselling sessions with the therapy service. Some people need fewer sessions and it depends on the individual concerned. Therapy sessions are carried out at the client’s own pace and people choose what they want to share with the counsellor. CancerCare has 14 counsellors all of whom are selfemployed and are highly experienced in working with adults and children. People use the service for a huge variety of reasons. “When you’ve finished your treatment your friends and family can think everything is alright but there can be physical, emotional and psychological issues to deal with. We can also help children to understand what is happening when they have cancer or if a relative or friend has cancer.

“The service is for anyone affected by cancer or a lifelimiting condition. We have an additional bereavement counselling service for children.”

When counselling comes to an end some clients choose to keep in touch and join one of CancerCare’s support groups. Some people will also go on to use the charity’s free therapeutic services such as aromatherapy or the Alexander Technique if this is appropriate.

Anyone wishing to access the counselling service can contact the Therapy Coordination Team.

CancerCare’s Therapy Coordination Team can be contacted on: 01524 381 820

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KNOTS - HOW TO HELP Having a knot can cause a considerable amount of discomfort and at times can be very painful. So, what are knots, how do we know when we have got a knot and why are they so common?


First of all, muscle fibres run in all different directions in our body and our muscles are layered on top of each other - this is so that we can bend, twist and exercise in a variety of ways. Our muscles are meant to be flexible, strong, and challenged, but, sitting in the same position for long periods of time, lifting something incorrectly, even not being well enough hydrated, we can lose our mobility and flexibility. The various muscle fibres can start to stick together, forming a hard lump under our skin known as a knot. Although knots are incredibly common, don’t let that fool you into thinking they are harmless. If left untreated, the muscle tissue can continue to lose elasticity and cause postural problems, which can be very hard work to reverse. HOW TO PREVENT KNOTS? Hydration – drinking plenty of water is hugely beneficial. When muscles cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and the performance of that muscle suffers. Take breaks – we tend to spend a lot of our day either sitting in front of a computer or staring down at our phones. This can put huge amounts of stress on our back, neck and shoulders. Set reminders on your phone or computer to prompt you to take a break every hour or so.

Rest – when we’re in pain, it is our body’s way of saying it needs a break. The key is balance - our bodies need a mix of exercise and rest. Massage – massage therapy is not only a great preventative tool, but a good clinical massage therapist should help to relieve muscle pain and recommend self-care techniques that are specific to your particular issue. Exercise – regular exercise is important, however, if you are having recurring issues with knots. Get yourself assessed by a Physiotherapist so they can advise you on the most appropriate exercises for your specific issue. Massage – Massage therapy can help keep your muscles healthy, pliable, and oxygenated. Your Physio is able to assess you and help you select the most appropriate type of massage for your specific condition. Lifestyle – a life filled with stress and lack of sleep is the perfect pathway to injury. Even as little as 15 minutes a day of focused relaxation or meditation time can make a huge difference to the condition of your body.

Physiotherapy – if you have been in pain for a while, your Physio will help identify the underlying causes (looking at your posture, movements, biomechanics and habits) Stretching – gentle movements by going through your full range of motion can be very helpful. Always ask for your Physiotherapists advice on the correct stretches and techniques. We often over-stretch through lack of knowledge, and just because a muscle is hurting, doesn’t mean it needs to be stretched - sometimes the opposite is true! However, gentle, full-body movement is usually a good idea as long as it is pain-free. If you would like professional advice for free before you decide on your treatment, use our online service Ask-A-Physio on our website. Alternatively, you may call us on 01282 453 110.

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DRESSING FOR THE OCCASION It is always important to dress for the occasion, whatever that may be, taking into account every eventuality that you may meet along the way, JC Country, lifestyle clothing & footwear stockists explains. When venturing into the great outdoors this is especially true as there is nothing as beautiful yet can be so cruel as mother nature. When choosing our items for the shop we do take into account looks and a person’s need to be stylish, however the most important factor for us is the makeup of the garment, the materials used and the key elements it has to offer. We take into account how waterproof and windproof it is, has it got breathability does it come with a hood. What sort of material is it, will it sustain the kind of wear and tear that we would expect, is it fit for purpose and suitable for our customers and most importantly would we be happy to wear it and put the JC Country name on it. When choosing your footwear before venturing out you should think about several key factors: *The Weather and Temperature *The Activity *The Terrain These should help decide the right ones for the task ahead and allow you to remain comfortable, safe and dry and ultimately allow you to enjoy the experience. Whether its enjoying a family stroll along the river bank, walking the dogs, taking on the lake district fells or working out on the family farm, if your feet are warm and comfortable and you feel safe underfoot your far more likely to focus on the task ahead of you. We have several different brands of footwear at JC Country however they all have lots of things in common. All our Leather Country boots have a K-Dry Lining similar to Gore-tex and a multi terrain sole unit. All our wellies are made from a Natural rubber allowing suppleness and flexibility without them becoming brittle and also makes them comfy to wear and fully waterproof. The majority are lined with high quality neoprene providing warmth and additional comfort making them feel and fit like a slipper (the none lined ones are perfect for the warmer months and stop your feet overheating) and we also offer a large variety of sole units. Whilst it is important to choose a Wellie that is both warm, waterproof and comfortable, the sole unit is the most important factor for us as this is potentially the safety element.


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Choosing the right sole unit for the right type of terrain is paramount to keeping you on your feet which is why all our staff are trained to match the right sole unit to the job. Choosing the right sole unit for the right type of terrain is paramount to keeping you on your feet which is why all our staff are trained to match the right sole unit to the job. Whilst heavily cleated sole units representing that of the tread you would find on a tractor tyre may be perfect for being out in the grassy fields or on the mud they can become slippy on the concrete and therefore a wellie with a larger surface area on the sole making more contact with the ground may be preferred. Now your feet are taken care of it is time to start and think about your body. Firstly prepare for the weather you are setting off in but also think about all eventualities that may lay ahead. Whilst it may be mild when you set out and one of our lightweight wool jumpers and shirt combo may suffice, it may be worth packing a set of lightweight Flexothane waterproofs just incase. In the colder months its all about the layering. We like to have a selection of options for our customers starting with our merino wool base layers, great for keeping warm and starting off with before choosing your outfit. Then we have a number of lightweight fleeces, soft shells, wool jumpers and padded or fleece gilets that

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On a cold and frosty morning a nice filled padded jacket will be the perfect option teamed with your base and mid layers, however if its wet you need it to be warm, waterproof and windproof and would therefore need to choose a bit more carefully. We have a large selection of Outerwear from Jack Murphy Macs for men and women, which come in either ¾ length or full length and are fully waterproof and windproof with the advantage of a good sized detachable hood ideal for dog walking and riding, to some more fashionable yet practical jackets from Toggi, Lazy Jacks and British Country Clothing. Each boasting something different in its own rite be it a ripstop finish for those tougher more rural activities, durable water repellent finishes, waterproof fabrics, fleece linings, removable faux fur collars and trims and detachable hoods. There is always something new on offer each year something just that little bit different but the key elements remain the same. Warmth, Durability, practicality, waterproof and good fabrics that will stand up to the elements.

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JOHN O’ GAUNT ROWING CLUB Lancaster’s John O’ Gaunt Rowing Club is a community rowing club based at Skerton which serves Lancaster, Morecambe, Preston and the South of Cumbria. With countless Olympic medals arising from the sport Rob Bullock went to discover a bit more about rowing on the Lune. “Rowing is a very inclusive sport,” explains Club Vice President Neil Wigglesworth, “our club president and captain are both ladies and we’re all proud that multiple Olympic Gold medal winner Dame Katherine Granger is the current head of UK Sport.” Everyone knows that Britain is good at rowing. In addition to Dame Katherine’s sterling efforts, for many years Olympic medals have come from the sport in their droves. But on a freezing cold winter’s day it’s hard to imagine who would want to ever go out in a small thin boat and brave the icy winds blowing off the River Lune, however devotees of rowing have been doing precisely that for over a century and three quarters. “I suppose you have to be a bit of a headbanger to go out on to the water when it’s horribly cold and windy,” jokes Neil, “but because of this, rowers do have a strong camaraderie with other river users. However, as we’re celebrating our 175th anniversary at Lancaster most members would say it’s a wonderful sport open to anyone who wants to give it a try.” The intriguingly named John O’ Gaunt Rowing Club in Lancaster has been a fixture of local sporting life since 1862. Originally the club was a part of the more socially exclusive Lancaster Rowing Club which was established more than twenty years earlier in 1842. The split was less sporting than political, being due to a scandal that involved bribery at parliamentary elections. After the split, the newly founded Lancaster Rowing Club decided to cross the river and built a new boathouse just below the aqueduct whilst JOG retained the original boathouse at Skerton, but due to declining membership LRC went out of business in 1932. Over the years membership saw peaks and troughs, with John O’Gaunt at first benefiting from a lack of competition. After the economic slump of the 1870’s the sixty-year period from the 1880s to the outbreak of World War Two saw the membership reach a peak of 245 and the new-found prosperity allowed the construction of a new two storey boathouse at Skerton. “Today we have a hundred members,” says Neil, “the club is doing well at the moment with a strong junior section and good variety of ages, for example I often

go out with a team of men whose average age is seventy. Rowing is a superb all-round body exercise which works all the muscle groups as well as taxing the cardio vascular system.” With over 35,000 active participants in rowing, the future of the sport looks strong; “yes, rowing is in a good place in 2018, but if you compare participation numbers to football with over million people playing that sport then I suppose you could say it’s something of an elitist sport.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU WANT TO START ROWING? “JOG welcomes enquiries from all prospective new members,” says Neil, “they can either contact us through the website or call me directly.” The boats we see on the telly in the Olympics do look quite narrow though; “the boats do tend to be quite narrow but beginners start off gently in rowing. Firstly, prospective new members will given an induction in water safety as we don’t want anyone to drown. Then they will go out on the water in a wide skulling boat.

SKULLING/ROWING? “There’s a big difference,” explains Neil patiently, “Skulling differs from rowing because rowers only pull one oar each whilst skullers pull two. After skulling in the wide boat they are put into a coxless quad skulling boat with three other members. Eventually they work up to going in the eightperson boat which is similar to the ones you see in the Olympic games.” After about a year of coaching by Rowing Association qualified coaches, members are ready to compete if they want. “I suppose one crew from the club, at least, competes on around 35 to 40 weekends a year. Getting to and from regattas can be quite expensive but our membership fees are around £20 per month and we always let new members have a trial period before they join properly, and we do try and support any gifted rowers wherever we can.” John O’ Gaunt Rowing Club has had ups and downs through its 175 years but the future looks bright for our Lune rowers. If anyone is interested in trying their hand at rowing or skulling with John O Gaunt Rowing Club they should contact the club via their website www.lancasterrowing. or ring Neil Wigglesworth directly on 07403608214.

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TAKE CONTROL - ACHIEVE RESULTS IN 2018 Assessing your body performance can help improve your performance and prevent injury. The Versatile Clinic is very pleased to introduce ‘The Performance Matrix’ which is returning back to the clinic and is the only one of its kind in the local area. The Performance Matrix is a unique program which assesses how your body is performing, using a series of specific movement tests to identify the impairments responsible for injury risk. A bespoke TPM Active Report will be generated with your performance score including an in depth analysis of your results. Alex Burch, our clinical specialist, will work collaboratively to implement a bespoke re-training package individual to you. With regular ongoing assessment and progressive exercise regimes you can monitor your progress, beat your previous score and enhance your performance health.

If you have a pain or injury that stops you from doing the things you love, don’t suffer. See one of our excellent friendly physiotherapists. Whatever your age or background, TPM Active helps you do the activities you love and do them better: Increase your movement lifespan and release your full potential, improve your well-being and your performance, reach your personal and competitive goals, manage and reduce pain, predict and prevent injury, enhance your movement health deliver tangible results. VERSATILE SPONSORSHIP WINNER Announcing the winners of our sponsorship program for 2018: Representing the sports of Modern Pentathalon and Triathalon both Emma Whitaker and John Egner will be receiving physiotherapy packages and regular TPM analysis throughout 2018 to help them achieve their optimum performance. Follow their sporting journey on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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FEELING UNWELL? FLU? COUGH? PAIN? Call in to Dalton Square Pharmacy for great advice about treatments.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK & LATE NIGHTS WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT US Best Chemist in Lancaster The staff at Dalton Square are always friendly and courteous and very helpful and knowledgeable. since moving to lancaster 4yrs ago and having tried several other chemists Dalton Square is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of customer service. 29 December 2017

Excellent Customer Service The staff here are friendly, helpful, and efficient. Best of all the dispensing service given is fantastic. All the staff work extremely hard.

Excellent service always The owners of the pharmacy & their staff always go the extra mile . They give excellent free advice & offer cost effective solutions to common health problems . I go here for my flu shots & they also order my chemo meds for me . I have always been met with Kindness & courtesy .28 December 2017

FREE PHARMACY SERVICES Sign up to our electronic prescription service and prescriptions to will be sent directly to us from your doctor. Collect your prescription medication directly from us or have it delivered free of charge. We can also order, collect and deliver your repeat prescriptions FREE of charge. Call us or pop in to find out more. OPENING TIMES: Mon - Fri 7.15am - 10.15pm | Sat 8.00am - 10.30pm | Sun 10.00am - 8.30pm

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STRESS more than a pain in the neck! While stress affects people in different ways, believe it or not, stress can affect your oral hygiene, Bay Dental explains how and what you can do about it. While stress can affect your teeth, mouth and in turn your general health, in what ways does it affect you and what can you do about it?

the teeth, gums and even the bone around the mouth. Much of the time these can be brought on by stress, as your body’s defence mechanism which fights infection is compromised. While they might not cause long-term problems, it is always essential to visit your dentist or GP.

TRANSLUCENT TEETH Healthy teeth should be opaque, but while this is the ideal, you may notice the edges of your teeth become somewhat translucent, and even shorter. This is normally due to the grinding of teeth, otherwise known as Bruxism. Most of the time, people who grind their teeth aren’t fully aware they are doing it and some even do it in their sleep. Whether due to stress or not, the most successful way to deal with this is to invest in a mouth guard. ACHING JAW Around 30% of adults go through aching or a clicking jaw at some point in their adult lives. This is a common sign of stress and is commonly referred to as TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) or Myofascial pain disorder. While some people develop this without any obvious cause, stress is a major reason for it starting. The only way to treat this is to get special jaw treatment which relaxes the muscles. BLEEDING GUMS When your brushing your teeth, have you ever seen a small amount of blood? You may not think this is a big deal, and it may be nothing but

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BAD BREATH brushing too hard, but bleeding gums are in fact a symptom of gum disease which can be brought on by stress. Contact your dentist to make sure your brushing and flossing routine is right for you. You could need a gum treatment or a deep clean. Whatever you do, do not ignore constant bleeding gums. ROOT CANAL PROBLEMS While root canals can come from other problems in your mouth, they can be caused by stress if you grind your teeth. If you grind your teeth too much, it could expose the nerves of the tooth. Root canal treatment may be needed to remove the nerve. This is a great reason to kick up your feet and relax! ABSCESSES A dental abscess is essentially a collection of pus caused by an infection which can form inside

1 in 4 people are affected by bad breath in the UK, and while it may just be the garlic bread you had for tea the previous night, it can get severe and affect people’s lives. Otherwise known as halitosis, in times of stress it can cause a build-up of stomach acid, potentially leading to acid reflux and other compounds. If you are concerned about bad breath, just know you are not the only one, and a trip to your dentist or GP will most likely reveal the reasons why and offer a solution. STRESS REDUCTION Simple things such as a short walk in the fresh air or ten minutes to yourself can reduce your stress levels. By taking care of yourself and avoiding unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking and eating junk food, you can make your stress levels reduce and lead to oral health issues. If you are worried about any of these issues, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team here at Bay Dental. Posted in Denplan, Oral Hygiene, Patient Care.

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Looking for a true canyoning experience? Canyoning is the ‘big brother’ of gorge walking and ghyll scrambling. How Stean Gorge is now offering this new exciting opportunity to canyon down England’s highest cascading waterfall. Thrill-seeking is an understatement when you climb to the top of the waterfall surrounded by majestic views of the Yorkshire Dales then abseil down it’s 11 waterfalls with water gushing over head. If you are up for a challenge then

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The way to ensure you get the best advice for shoe fitting, isn’t from the internet but by visiting a specialist running shop.

First things first..... Get yourself a decent pair of running shoes and it’s not about the colour! It’s almost that simple. With the right footwear your runs will be far more comfortable and in some way the correct shoe will help you stay injury free.

With any impact sport including running, your landing leg can take as much as three times the body weight, and running specific shoes are built to absorb 80% of that shock. And the way to ensure you get the best advice for shoe fitting, isn’t from the internet but by visiting a specialist running shop. What some people don’t realise, is that brands will only allow their premium running shoes to be sold via these specialist outlets. It is worth paying that little bit extra for the customer service offered too. Most stores will have your size there and then, and will offer exceptional after sales service. The most important phase of running is through the mid foot. If the arch is less stable, the foot can roll inwards toward the hallux during the toe off phase. This can cause the knee to rotate inward and the pelvis to drop, potentially leading to lower back issues. Using video gait analysis, played back frame by frame, any inward rotation can be seen. Then shoes with the appropriate level of support and cushioning can be fitted. All shoes have different shaped lasts: It’s not about the foot size, but about whether the correct length


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THE RUNNERS CENTRE The original Lancaster running store

and width of shoe has been chosen. All brands have different width fits, some with a square toe box, some with a narrower pattern, going to a specialist shop will help you find the best shoe for your foots needs. Now you have your shoes you could join a group, especially if you’re a complete beginner. Locally and nationally there are many groups who will offer encouragement and support. You can also download the Coach to 5K app from the NHS. This is a structured 8 week program taking you from first steps to competing in your first 5k event. Don’t do too much at once, take your time, take in the views and enjoy it. Having the right shoe will help injury prevention, but some kind of stretching is key post run. It’s better to stretch the whole body not just the legs. Start from the head with a few neck rotations, moving down for shoulder rolls. Stretch your arms across your chest, not forgetting some triceps stretches too. Some hip curls, hamstring stretches and then finishes focusing on the calf. In the last 5 mins of your run reduce your pace and start a gentle cool down period. Equally the first 5 mins of your run should be very gentle too. Keep hydrated during


the day and on your longer runs. You’ll be surprised how much fluid you can lose even on a cooler day. Don’t starve yourself if you’re using running to lose weight. Eat a balanced healthy diet, exercise 2 - 4 times a week with a longer steady run at the weekend and your fitness levels will soar. The most important thing is too enjoy your running. Some days will feel harder than others, some days easier. Just go with it and enjoy, we live in an wonderful area to explore. You’ll be amazed what’s just on your doorstep and little further beyond. The Runners Centre opened its doors in September 2014, with a vision to offer only the best customer service and advice to the local running community. We understood from the beginning that its important to spend as much time with a customer that they needed. Ian, the business owner, has in the past won county medals and worn a GB vest, but is now happier running with friends or his dog. Louise, the prettier face of The Runners Centre, accoring to Ian, still competes locally and normally finishes high in the rankings for lady athletes, and has recently returned from a very successful team GB appearance in her age group, competing at a long course duathlon in Switzerland.


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RECOVERING FROM WINTER SLIPS & FALLS Leah Dalby qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1987, is registered with The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and has been helping local people for the past 20 years. It is good to invest in your health, wellbeing and peace of mind – many people give their cars extra attention for the Winter months, so why not something for you?

As well as being a time for new goals and getting out and about, Winter can be a cold, slippery time. If you or someone you know has fallen and is recovering from a broken arm or leg or nasty sprain, there is hope for you! The body knows how to heal and be whole.

Occasionally, people experience changes to their skin or have enduring “weird” or severe sensations after a traumatic incident. You may be interested to read up on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, the work of the NeuroOrthopaedic Institute and watch video clips with David Butler and Lorimer Moseley. And please, seek further medical advice if you are concerned about your symptoms.

Research shows that “use it or lose it,” is a reality. When we don’t move part of our body for a while, the ‘map’ of that body part in the brain changes. So if your forearm is in plaster for six weeks and your fingers are free to move about, enjoy moving them, keep your neck and shoulders free, look at your arm lovingly and remember how wonderful the body is to be healing itself even while we sleep! Watch sport or dance – any pleasurable activities where others are moving effortlessly and gracefully to nourish your brain while your body recovers. Excersises - Motion is lotion If the hospital have given you exercises, remember that “motion is lotion” and stiffness comes with its own pain, so enjoy moving when and where you are able to. Getting help from a Physio A session or few of physiotherapy may involve some ‘hands on’ work to help with swelling and tightness, advice with

Take extra care if you use a frame or stick when it’s wet, the rubber bits (ferrules) may not grip so well – and try to replace them before are bald!

When we don’t move part of our body for a while, the ‘map’ of that body part in the brain changes. exercise, stretching and skincare. Importantly, it can also give you confidence to use your limb again and work on balance, strength and stamina.

If you find yourself paddling your feet up and down, when you are sitting a lot, or in bed, this may be your way of keeping warm, as the calf muscle helps to “squeeze blood back to the heart,” encouraging blood flow – as well as strengthening your muscles.

If you are worried about your balance, managing stairs, getting to the toilet in the night safely etc, book a physio session sooner rather than later.

So take care, when you’re out and about. Walk as confidently as possible, breath well and book some physio if you want to optimise your recovery.

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‘High Street’ fashion show will raise charity funds Models will strut their stuff on the catwalk in high street style at a charity fashion show in Morecambe on 28th February.

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Georgie Whittle, a Therapy Coordinator and hypnotherapist at CancerCare in Lancaster, is putting on the fashion show as she is preparing to undertake a gruelling 80km trek across Cambodia. Georgie, who grew up in Morecambe and now lives in Halton, is hoping to raise at least £3,000 for CancerCare by doing the Cambodia walk in November 2018.

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She said: “The fashion show will be lots of fun and everyone is welcome to come along. There will be a glass of fizz on arrival and we’ll have a raffle, a ‘lucky dip’ and the bar will be open.”

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The fashion show is being co-ordinated by a company called Shop2Drop Ltd and sizes eight to 20 will be available.

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The CancerCare fashion show at Morecambe Golf Club at 7.30pm on Wednesday, February 28, will feature up to 75 per cent off clothes from River Island, Debenhams, Next, New Look, Topshop, Wallis, Evens, Miss Selfridge, EX Oasis and M&S.

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Georgie, who will be 60 years of age when she does her Cambodia trek, said she wants to support CancerCare’s work and sees it as an exciting challenge. She added: “I’ve been training in the gym and I’m going out with a fellwalking group in preparation for the trek. It will be 16km to 20km a day with some jungle terrain and a main ascent.” Tickets for the fashion show cost £5 and are available from Georgie at CancerCare at Slynedales on Slyne Road, Lancaster, or call 01524 381 820. Payments on the night can be made by cash, visa debit, credit cards and cheques. If anyone wishes to sponsor Georgie, please go to:

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Greaves Park is a majestic grade II listed building surrounded by lovely park land, right in the middle of Lancaster. We hold the Highest Quality Assured award from Taste Lancashire, The Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and we are members of Cask Marque so you can be assured of great food, great service and great beer! Our ‘field to plate’ ethos is ingrained in our menus and the quality ingredients are sourced locally and cooked fresh to ensure the flavour and presentation of our food is consistent.



First, make the custard by mixing together the custard powder and caster sugar in a small saucepan. Whisk in the milk and bring the pan to the boil, stirring frequently. The mixture will start to thicken very quickly and, when it does, take the pan off the heat. Whisk in the butter and vanilla extract. Place some clingfilm directly onto the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming and leave to cool.

Ingredients For the custard 2 tablespoons custard powder 55 g (1/4 cup) caster sugar 250 ml (1 cup) full cream milk 20 g (1 tablespoon) butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract For the cake

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).

200 g (6 1/2 oz) butter, softened 110 g (1/2 cup) caster sugar 2 eggs 185 g (1 1/4 cup) plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 40 g (1/3 cup) custard powder 1-2 fresh rhubarb stalks 20 g (1 tablespoon) butter, melted 4 teaspoons granulated sugar


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Line the bottom of a 20 cm (8 inch) springform cake tin with baking paper and grease the sides of the tin. Use a small spatula to spread half of the batter in the cake tin. Remember that it is a thick batter so you will have to make sure that it covers all of the surface. Spread the custard over the cake mixture. Dollop spoonfuls of the remaining cake batter over the custard and carefully spread the cake batter to completely cover the custard. Again, a small spatula works well here.

Cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.

Chop the rhubarb into 10 cm lengths and slice them lengthwise, about 1cm thick. Arrange the rhubarb as in the photo, trimming them where necessary.

Beat in one egg at a time, together with a tablespoon of the flour to help it all come together.

Brush the top of the cake with melted butter and sprinkle generously with granulated sugar.

Add the remaining flour, baking powder and custard powder, and mix well. The batter will be quite thick because there is no liquid, but it should still be spreadable.

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

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Ngu Shweli A kick starter campaign J. Atkinson & Co. source speciality coffee and tea from around the world which is then roasted or blended in their amazing old shop and roastery in Lancaster. Thanks to a kickstarter campaign, this fledgling coffee community in Myanmar has been given support where it needs it most. We are now getting some of the very first of what this brand new coffee producing country has to offer, and the results do not disappoint! Planning a coffee farm and all the processing that goes with it requires a huge investment of financial and human resources. To bring a community along where no coffee producing tradition exists requires a long term vision and the assistance of many different agencies.


So, when we heard that an enlightened group of individuals were looking for funds in a Kickstarter campaign for a new coffee producing initiative in Myanmar we were intrigued enough to invest. All this last year we have watched in horror on the global news media as the shocking events unfolded in the neighbouring province to our highland coffee growing communities. The new producers in this fledgling coffee initiative need our continued support now more than ever. They have been encouraged

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to go for quality over quantity with the planting of SL34 varieties, originally from Kenya in ideal coffee terroir and we, the Independent Speciality Roasters and our loyal customers are the target market. The flavours we are picking up are a super fusion of light clean apple acidity with underlying soft spice and a rich molasses sweetness. An elegant trace of toasted almond adds another element to this sophisticated new coffee.



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.



(Serves 4)

1. Marinate the Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces in the light soy sauce for up to 30 minutes.

Calories per serving: 250

2. Heat the oil in a wok, add the green Thai curry paste and cook for 2 minutes stirring frequently.

Ingredients 300g pack Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces, defrosted 2tbsp light soy sauce 1-2tbsp vegetable oil

3. Add the shallots, chilli and garlic and stir fry for 2 minutes. Stir in the marinated Quorn Pieces and fry for 1 minute.

2tbsp green Thai curry paste 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 green chilli, de-seeded & finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 400g tin coconut milk 125g baby corn, blanched 125g green beans, trimmed and blanched 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed & blanched 1 courgette cut into thin slices 1 red pepper, de-seeded & cut into thin strips 125g pak choi, leaves separated and washed 1tbsp lime juice Small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped 2 spring onions, trimmed & thinly shredded


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4. Pour in the coconut milk and bring to a simmering point. Add the blanched baby corn, green beans, asparagus, courgettes and red pepper. Cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the pak choi and cover with a lid for 1 minute to steam and wilt the leaves. Stir in the fresh lime juice and half the chopped coriander. 5. Serve sprinkled with the remaining coriander and the spring onions. Accompany with Thai Jasmine rice.


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THE COURTYARD CAFE - support the hospice

In September 2017, St John’s Hospice opened their doors to the public & invite you to come & enjoy The Courtyard Café. What words spring to mind when you think of a hospice? Quiet? Dark? Sombre? Sad? If those are the kinds of words you were thinking of, then you are not alone… But you are wrong!

Yet for many, the hospice is still a place that holds fear and trepidation. Many patients, and their families, initially feel reluctant to come, worried that it means admitting defeat, or that medical professionals are giving up on them. Of course, there are people who come to St John’s to spend their final days, but around half of our in-patients go home after their stay. Our Day Therapy Services help people, living with life shortening conditions, to get the most out of life, long before their end of days. There is a saying around here; “We can’t always add days to your life, but we can add life to your days”.

A hospice is a wonderful place where sad things can happen. There is no point denying that. But either side of those sad things there is laughter, positivity and hope within the walls at St John’s Hospice. To help bring these feelings out of the shadows and into the searing sunshine of public perception, we have opened The Courtyard Café. A café… Open to all… Right in the heart of our hospice. St John’s Hospice first opened its doors to the community in 1986. For every single second that has since passed, those doors have never closed. The amazing, resilient and dedicated nursing and support teams have been helping patients and their families, both here at the hospice, and in every corner of our community in peoples’ homes, around the clock ever since.


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The background in the perception of hospice care, and those barriers and fears that are instilled in people, is the driving force behind opening The Courtyard Café. So, did someone mention cake? Yes, and lots of it! Delicious homemade cakes, scones and tray bakes; a mouth-watering


menu of freshly prepared hot food and sandwiches; daily specials and freshly ground coffee, as well as kids’ menu. The feedback we have received from customers since we opened last September has been fantastic:“The cafe decorated and furnished to create a relaxing environment, to chat and have a catch up.” “had fish and chips it was absolutely amazing the fish the peas and the hand cut chips could not be improved as they were perfect..” “Outstanding service, food and value for money. Accommodated our requirements and also do kids meals. Lovely atmosphere.” So, the next time you are heading North out of Lancaster and are dying for a slice of cake, or your tummy is rumbling for some homemade quiche and triple cooked chips, drop in at The Courtyard Café at St John’s Hospice… It isn’t what you are expecting! The Courtyard Café is open 7 days a week from 10am to 3pm at St John’s Hospice, Slyne Road, Lancaster, LA2 6ST. For more information, like the café on Facebook or visit www.

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4. Gallery 23 @ Arteria introduce the artists featuring in their spring exhibition “GLAD – VAR” we wish you a “HAPPY SPRING” with a collection of artisan creations celebrating the change of the season. The show is a joyful mix of art and craft to uplift and inspire. 1. AMY QUINN



Glass as a material entices me due to the manipulative qualities that it has when in liquid form and the strength and tactility that it holds when solid. These qualities can also be found within nature – in the form of liquid water to solid ice and molten lava to solid rock. When travelling through Iceland - the country that is known as ‘the land of ice and fire’ - I became inspired by the ever-changing landscape.

Heather Shields is a textile designer and weaver specialising in vibrant, contemporary fabrics, home ware and accessories. Based in Kilcreggan on the west coast of Scotland, she designs her cloth using both traditional and electronic looms, hand weaving samples with carefully selected yarns in punchy colour palettes. Her striking patterns, strong graphic edge and playful approach to colour.

Award winning artist Tracy Levine is a painter and printmaker who works from her studio in the South Lakes area of Cumbria, with stunning views over the Kent Estuary to the hills of the Lake District.

Little Peche is a collection of jewellery and accessories by Staffordshire based designer Maxine Turnock. Each piece begins as intricate hand embroidery on hand dyed fabrics inspired by Maxine’s original sketches. These are then inlaid into specially designed, hand finished walnut pendants to create an original and one-off piece.

Forge Creative design and make bespoke furniture and products, specialising in woodwork but also incorporating other materials such as metal, concrete and glass. Forge Creative is the partnership of designer-makers Josh Kennard and Oliver Milne. “We are all about inspired design, stunning materials (responsibly sourced) and superior hand-crafted products. We love working with people to create something they will cherish. We are a two man team who work personally on every project insuring they are the highest quality.”


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5. LUCY ELISABETH Lucy creates sculptural illustrations. “I love the quality of line that wire creates; its shape, its shadow, its form. My work is inspired by natural forms: birds, foliage, human and animal anatomy. Some of my pieces are very realistic, involving days of intensive work.”


A selection of her signed limited edition reproduction Giclée prints are for sale. The exhibition runs from 11TH JANUARY TO 12th MAY 2018. For more information call 01524 61111 or email

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Her work is exhibited widely in galleries around the UK. Tracy has won several awards including first prize in the Cumbria Open 2009, the Peter Tyson painting award at The Lake Artists Annual exhibition 2011, first prize in Create Longridge 2016 and runner up in the peoples choice award for Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016.

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JEWELLERY, ACCESSORIES, BAGS SCARVES, CARDS GIFTS & MORE It’s that time of year to think about treating the special woman in your life. Valentines Day and Mothers Day! Expressions of Lancaster have the perfect gifts for both occasions.


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STYLE IS IN THE GENES AT RENES Fashions may come and go, but for over sixty years, Renes fashion boutique, now on Lancaster’s Common Garden Street, has been a haven for chic, style and good taste. The first shop was established in 1955 by Irene Newby along with her daughters Pamela and Brenda. Amanda, Brenda’s daughter has been in the business over 35 years and Tiffany, Pamela’s daughter joined Amanda a few years back.

very popular when the warmer spring weather arrives. Patterned trousers are going to be huge as will cold shoulder tops and bell sleeves.”

A third generation has now taken the reigns and is looking to the future.

As the cold of winter retains its grip on the lengthening days it might seem hard to imagine but the warmer days are just around the corner. Amanda and Tiffany are determined to make sure Renes offers the outfits to make their clients feel fantastic.

“The shop will be taken forward by Amanda and myself,” explains Tiffany, daughter of Pamela, The current boutique at 2325 Common Garden Street in Lancaster is just a stone’s throw away from the original King Street store.


Shopping at Rene’s is a relaxing affair with experienced staff always on hand to offer advice and support

CHERISHED CLIENTELE Shopping at Renes is a relaxing affair with experienced staff always on hand to offer advice and support, “Our customers actually enjoy their time here,” says Amanda, “they can enjoy a coffee and a chat whilst browsing the latest arrivals.” Tiffany adds, “we have a varied clientele from all walks of life and of all age groups. We love our customers.”

KNOWING CUSTOMERS INSIDE OUT With their years of experience Tiffany and Amanda know their clients inside out, what works for one might not work for another. It is this personal touch that put Renes in another league, “we understand that our clientele are looking for key, classical pieces with a difference which can be carried over from this season to the next and so on.”

THE CURRENT TRENDS FOR 2018 “This year we are looking at more casual, easy looks,” says Tiffany, “Bold colours, floral and stripes are very popular and will continue to be big. Trainers will be very big. We are currently stocking the fabulous Superga trainers which are really popular and look great with a variety of outfits. They’re going to be


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“Spring is going to be about colour, colour and more colour,” says Amanda, mixing it up with prints, dots, stripes and floral is going to be popular. And slogan t-shirts are back.”

GREAT FEEDBACK OF THE EVOLUTION OF RENES So how has the shop evolved under Amanda and Tiffany? “We are continuing to keep up with the times by introducing more social media interaction. We have recently updated our website and have had a very positive response so far from our customers. What better feedback do you need? Roll on into the next sixty-two years of great fashion advice! It’s easy to see that Renes is in safe hands with Amanda and Tiffany. For sixty-two years Renes has represented the best in boutique shopping in our city and the two granddaughters, although stepping into big shoes, seem more than capable of taking the shop into the future. “We are both keen to keep the shop “rolling” as it has done for the last sixty-two years.” Explains Amanda & Tiffany, “keeping our existing loyal customers happy and hopefully gaining new customers through the coming years.” You can find Renes Fashions on Facebook at www. on the web at www.

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RENES can be found at 23-25 Common Garden Street, Lancaster, LA1 1XD 01524 32971

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A unique mix of handpicked vintage & contemporary items, silver jewellery, studio glass, Emma Bridgewater & Susie Watson, plus a cute selection of Jelly Cats! Our vintage finds are constantly changing and include Moorcroft, Beswick, Royal Doulton, Poole Pottery, Sylvac and more.

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ART EXHIBITION IS BACK - after the floods Blossoming Art unfortunately had to cancel their last exhibition before Christmas, due to the local flooding, but they are back in March for another Art Exhibiion and Craft Fair. Firstly, we would like to say how devastated we were when our exhibition and craft fair in early December was cancelled at short notice by the Village Hall Committee as Ellel Village Hall had become the drop-in centre for all those in Galgate who had been flooded at the end of November. Obviously, this was totally understandable and unavoidable, and know from personal experience how horrific the consequences of the flooding were. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to anyone who did not hear of the cancellation until it was too late and tried to visit the hall. Due to the short notice cancellation our only method of informing people was to inform Radio Lancashire

a wide variety, including decorated eggs; hand-made jewellery; woodturned items; wooden beaded jewellery; hand-made cards, boxes and gifts; craft supplies including dies, embossing folders, the Gemini and Gemini Junior - many items on special offer.

and Bay Radio, which we did, but I understand that some people did go to the Hall for the exhibition and craft fair. Once again, our apologies for any inconvenience this caused. Our next Art Exhibition and Craft Fair is on 24th and 25th March 2018 at Bilsborrow Village Hall. This will be our third visit to Bilsborrow, which is an excellent venue - the glass roof giving wonderful lighting for the artwork on display.

On Saturday we will also be having a Crafter’s Companion demonstration with guidance, tips and advice together with hands-on crafting with a make and take.

We currently have 35 member artists, giving an extremely diverse range of subject, media and style – something for everyone. All artwork is for sale with prices for every pocket.

Whether you’re looking for yourself or a gift for a friends or family or simply fancy a day out why not pop down and have a browse, you won’t be disappointed. Refreshments including light lunches available throughout the day!

Alongside the Art Exhibition is the Craft Fair, where you can find beautifully hand-made crafts, once again, covering

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KNIT AND NATTERING CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE Knit and natter groups are everywhere, with dozens in our area alone. Sometimes the natterers knit just for themselves or for fun, but Features Writer Rob Bullock discovers that often they knit for some extremely good causes… You could call it a phenomenon, but you could never call it a fad. Knitting and crocheting has never been more popular than it is at the moment, and sharing the joy of these pastimes with others in our local communities can make creating all the more fun. These days people of all ages, ladies and men, novices and expert knitters regularly get together to knit and chat and unwind over a ball of yarn, tea and cake!


There are knit and natter groups in places as far distant as Willetton, Western Australia and Angers, France, from Jerusalem to Barcelona, from Geneva, Switzerland to Santa Cruz in California – knitting and nattering is now a truly global phenomenon driven by the opportunity to be creative, doing something

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CLAPHAM KNIT AND KNATTER Starting with just five members ten years ago, Clapham Knit and Knatter group currently has nineteen members, who are all ladies, with ages that range from 50s to 80s. The group meet on a Monday afternoon once every two weeks and everyone is welcome to drop in. Sometimes they go out for lunch together and sometimes they go out for afternoon tea, all the while knitting and nattering.


The natterers don’t just get together in our country either, I’ve discovered that knit and natter has gone global.


for somebody less fortunate and having a nice chat and a cuppa. More often than not delicious cakes are provided which makes the meetings even more enjoyable.

Meeting every two weeks in the local Bethal Chapel in their sleepy Dales village, the ladies of Clapham’s Knit and Knatter group sometimes knit just for pleasure but more often than not they like to make a difference with their clickety clacks. “We raise money for a local children’s hospice, Derian House,” explains chief knit and natterer Rosie Hull, who has been knitting and nattering in Clapham for over ten years, “natterers pay their twice yearly subs of £10 and then £2 every fortnight. All the profits from our group go to Derian House, but we also

knit hats to go into Christmas boxes for needy children around the world. We knit squares that help make up much needed blankets. Last year some of our knitting went to Syrian refugees who live in the most terrible conditions. Our knitting always goes to help those in need. It’s good to make a difference to those who are less fortunate than us.” She’s modest about her endeavours but for over ten years Rosie has been organising knit and natters, baking cakes and making delicious jams and chutneys to support Derian House; “for the past two years I’ve raised over £1500 each year, so I suppose over the last ten years I’ve raised more than £10,000 for the children’s hospice.”

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The children’s hospice needs dedicated fundraisers like Rosie. For more than twenty years Derian House Children’s Hospice has provided palliative and end of life care for children and young people with life limiting or life threatening conditions. They have a catchment area that covers the whole of Lancashire and the South Lakes. Currently Derian House is supporting more than 300 families who have a child or young adult suffering from a life shortening condition, as well as providing bereavement support for a further 200 families so each year Rosie’s hard work makes a big difference.

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As you might imagine running a children’s hospice is expensive. As a charity, Derian House receives very little statutory funding, so they rely almost exclusively on knit and natterers like Rosie and the other eighteen ladies in Clapham to help raise the £3.85 million they need this year to continue to meet the needs of children and families throughout Lancashire and Cumbria! Please see for ways you can help this good cause.

LIKE TO SEE MORE MALE KNITTERS Everyone is welcome at your local knit and natter group, and our Clapham group for one would like to see any men in their community drop in and show them their knitting skills; “we know of at least one excellent male knitter in our village and we’re trying to persuade him to join in.”

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BUT YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO KNIT! “It’s true,” chuckles Rosie, “you don’t have to knit to come to a knit and natter meeting. If you like cake and a cup of tea, then you can just come along for a natter!” Whether you can knit or not, a knit and natter group is a good way of making friends and finding out what’s going on in your community and there’s always delicious cake! Please see for details of your local knit and natter group.

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TREAT THE SPECIAL WOMAN IN YOUR LIFE With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to visit Lancaster. With the weather changing to a more favourable climate and blossoming flowers finally in bloom, it’s a great time to come and visit the picturesque Lancaster city centre. It can be difficult to find the right gift that says exactly what you want it to say, but in Lancaster, you’re sure to find it! There are a wide range of high street favourite and unique independent shops available in the city, to help you find the perfect gift for the most important person in your life. Whether you are looking for something sparkly for Mum, flowers for a Grandparent or somewhere to eat for the special person in your life, then Lancaster is the place for you to visit. In Lancaster you’re sure to find something to suit any budget. If you are looking for something extraordinary for that special someone why not visit one of Lancaster’s fabulous independent stores for that unique gift she’ll love. Arteria, Viva Interiors, Inspire Gifts & Gallery, Expressions of Lancaster, Gillisons Bag Shop, Gorrills of Lancaster and Kitchen Corner all have a range of amazing gifts that Mum will love, alongside exceptional customer service, at no extra cost. If you are looking for something that sparkles, Lancaster has an iridescent range of jewellers. Stunning pieces can be found at Down to Earth, Banks Lyon Jewellers, Firths, Stable End Curios, Cunningham Jewellers and Silver Tree – perfect for that gift she can treasure for years to come. Since Mum is always on the go, a bit of pampering might be just what the doctor ordered. Help her recharge with Lancaster’s vast range of hairdressers and beauty therapists, offering an array of pamper treatments including massages, manicures and hair treatments to make your mum feel a million dollars. Visit Annabel’s Beauty Spa, Guys and Dolls, Prestige, Salon Rachel Anne, Mason Brown, Pouts and Crowns, Tao, or Heaton Hair for the gift that keeps on giving! If you want to spend the day indulging in Afternoon Tea or treat the family to a meal, then Lancaster has eateries to cater to everyone’s tastes - whether you are

a pub grub seeker or fine dining eater, Lancaster has a range of eateries and cafes to appeal to all. Take her for a breakfast fit for a queen at Toll House Inn, Casa Rastelli, or the Sun Hotel and Bar. If ‘ladies who lunch’ is more your thing, you can find delicious food at Buccelli’s and The Royal Kings Arms Hotel. Indulge with your favourite coffee and cake at the Sunbury Coffee House, Atkinsons or Vincenzo’s Coffee House. Or treat the whole family to dinner at one of Lancaster’s many restaurants including Bar 1725, Quite Simply French, Blue Moon Thai, The Spaghetti House or The Sultan of Lancaster. If flowers are a favourite then Lancaster has the bouquet to put a smile on her face. Visit Dalton Square Florist or The Hanging Basket to find a floral gift made just for her. Psst just a little tip that gerbera daisies and sunflowers are some of the most popular ones! If you don’t have green fingers-don’t worry! Pre-made bouquets can be purchased at Mr Greens Fruit and Veg shop in MarketGate Shopping centre, as well as from all your high street favourite shops. Lancaster has Mother’s Day all wrapped up. Don’t Miss: Shrove Tuesday - Tuesday 13th February Valentine’s Day - Wednesday 14th February Mother’s Day - Sunday 11th March Peter Rabbit in MarketGate - Saturday 24th March The Big Easter Event in Lancaster - Thursday 29th March Spring Market - Friday 30th March Easter Sunday - Sunday 1st April

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RUSKIN LIBRARY The home of the Whitehouse Collection of Ruskin’s drawings, books and manuscripts.

2018 There will be new exhibitions starting shortly, along with our Seminar series ‘Thinking fast and slow’ … ring, email or check our website for details. ADMISSION FREE ENQUIRIES 01524 593587 Location: at Lancaster University, On A6, south of Lancaster

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Morecambe’s very own West End star Mark Isherwood has his mum Gwen to thank for the acting bug. Features Writer Rob Bullock speaks to MAMMA MIA!’s Father Alexander before one of his eight performances each week. IT’S ALL DOWN TO MUM!


“It is all down to my mum, Gwen Carter,” chuckles Mark, as he waits to be called for warm up before a Thursday afternoon matinee of the award winning West End musical MAMMA MIA! currently running at the Novello Theatre in London, “Mum was a Morecambe warbler and a member of the Heysham Parish Choral Society. She introduced me to the stage at a very young age, about five if I remember correctly. I was in the Mikado and then I remember being in a production of the King and I, I guess you could say that I was hooked after that.”

But even though he enjoyed amateur dramatics, Mark, a former pupil of Greatwood School in Bare and Ripley St Thomas, fully intended to take up a place and Lancaster and Morecambe College until he was talent spotted.

Mark also recalls appearing in a production of Joseph at school and taking singing lessons which have stood him in good stead, “I’m very lucky, I’ve got a very wide vocal range and that allows me to play all sorts of different characters.”


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“I remember, I was about eighteen and was performing as part of a summer school at the Dome in Morecambe. There was a talent scout in the audience who liked the look of me and gave me his card. I thought I would give it a go and went for a part in the Pirates of Penzance, which I got and I haven’t looked back.”

A STRING OF HITS Mark certainly hasn’t looked back, prior to MAMMA MIA!, he starred in The Jersey Boys for nine years, “it was amazing to be in the Jersey Boys from the very beginning,” he says, “that was really special. Normally actors slot into to existing shows with an existing cast but with the Jersey Boys it was brand new. The excitement just built up through rehearsals, previews and opening night. Just an amazing experience. I was so lucky.” Prior to Jersey Boys, Mark was in Zorba and before that Mark appeared in Les Miserables. Morecambe lad Mark has starred in a string of successful West End productions.

ENTERTAINMENT Mark has also graced our small screens too, appearing in the Royal Variety Performance, The Paul O’Grady Show, One Night Only, The One Show, The Late, Late Show, Strictly Come Dancing and Let It Shine. “I suppose I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve starred in some very special shows, a lot of actors don’t get the chances that I’ve had. If I was to give a young actor a piece of advice it would be to get used to rejection, but if you work hard and have talent then you can succeed, and you never know what’s going to turn up tomorrow.” “It’s not really a very glamorous lifestyle,” laughs Mark, “it’s my job, a really, really fantastic job which is like a dream come true, but a job, so my working day is pretty much like everyone else’s working day only in reverse. For a West End actor your performance doesn’t start until 6.55 in the evening (1.55 for matinees) when we do warm up. The day finishes much later than for most people though, I don’t usually get home until after 11.15 so I call it a working day in reverse.” Over his twenty year career Mark has starred in a number of pantomimes, “panto is such great fun,”

says Mark, “but they are so fast paced that you’ve always got to be on your toes. I’ve suffered a dislocated shoulder and been knocked unconscious during performances. Shows feature a lot of automated scenery so you need to keep your eyes open. My twenty years of experience have taught me that!”

DAY’S OFF “Theatre work is quite a hard schedule. We do eight shows a week, two on Thursdays and Saturdays and we have Sundays off, so I like to spend time on a Sunday with my eighteen year old daughter. I love going to the cinema and I love watching old movies. I think it’s something that my daughter and I share, a love for the big screen.”

THE NEXT CHAPTER? Maybe Mark’s love of the movies might just become the next chapter of his career in showbusiness? “Who knows,” he says as the bell rings for warm up, “I’m just thinking about making my own film. It’s very much at the fledgling stage but I’ll let the readers of the Lancaster and District Magazine know what develops.” Mark Isherwood is appearing in MAMMA MIA! the Novello Theatre in London.

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CREATING STARS OF THE STAGE Morecambe lad Mark Isherwood’s West End success is proof that our area can create stars of stage and screen. Now Ellie Singleton of the Grand Theatre, Lancaster, is determined to unlock the talent that the children of our area possess. Features Writer Rob Bullock investigates… SUMMER SCHOOL SUCCESS “We have run the ‘Act One Summer School’ at the Grand Theatre for eight years now, and it has been a real success” explains Ellie Singleton “We’ve brought in professional artistes, choreographers from London and professional singers to work with the children and it has been fantastic. But we’ve realised that one week is not enough, our local talent wants and deserves more! That’s why we’re setting up the Youth Academy.”

Youth Academy

Starting 22nd of February 4.30 - 6.30pm and each Thursday thereafter. Ages will be split starting from 6 to 18yrs. At King’s Community Church


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The Youth Academy is going to build upon the solid foundations of the summer school and sessions will take place at the King’s Community Church, Phoenix Street, Lancaster each Thursday afternoon from 4.30 to 6.30 with classes held each week. As there will be different age groups the sessions will be split.

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“We’re going to go into the whole profession of performing in a lot more detail than we could ever do at the summer school, but it’s going to be a lot of fun. We going to look at the principles of acting, diction, clarity of speaking, in short, we’re going to be teaching the core elements of acting/performing.”

set to deliver a full programme of theatre arts training including: Musical Theatre, Drama & Dance Script work & Improvisation Monologues Expression work Shakespeare Physical theatre Industry tips and Advice

STAR TEACHERS Although highly qualified in her own right, with a degree in theatre and creative writing, Ellie is keen to bring some other professional talent on board to inspire the local talent. “We’re really excited that Amy Jo Clough is going to be joining the academy to teach the children, Amy is a professional singer and has a lot of dance experience too. She’s going to be a fantastic asset.” “There is an awful lot of talent out there, our summer schools prove that. We are going to give our budding stars the chance to experience different aspects of the performing professions and then they can discover where their talents lie. It’s very exciting! And, we’re keen to open this opportunity out to the whole community.” So, if you think you son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, nephew or niece can sing, dance or act like Sheridan Smith, tread the boards and appear on the small screen like Aidan Turner, or follow our very own Mark Isherwood into a show like MAMMA MIA! Then why not go along to the Act One Youth Academy!

Auditions and Casting

Summer School Monday 13th to Friday 17th of August 10am-4pm - Friday Show 7pm At The Grand Theatre

To book the Youth Acadamy call

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To book the Summer School call

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Places are limited with many already pre-booked

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Until 12th May - LANCASTER Glad-Var Exhibition

10th February - LANCASTER St John’s Hospice Race Night

22nd March - LANCASTER Tom Allen: Absolutely

Gallery 23 art exhibition at Arteria.

A charity race night, disco, hot food and raffle in aid of St John’s Hospice. Organised by two of the St John’s Hospice Peru Trek team, all proceeds are going direct to our hospice.

The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn.

24th March - COCKERHAM Kurloon Crafts Demo Day

17th February - CONDER GREEN Murder Mystery Night

10am - 4pm. Free admission.Refreshments including light lunches. Make & Take 1pm-5pm. Bilsborrow Village Hall. 01524 61111

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

Are you being served Murder Mystery Night. £25pp


Lots of craft courses throughout each month, see website or call for information.


FREE admission to the exhibition and craft fair. Bolsborrow Village Hall. 07590 60507

22nd February - LANCASTER Act One Youth Academy

February - SILVERDALE Nature Homes Trail

First session of theatre arts training academy. Call to book. Kings Community Church 07989 595506

An exciting 2 hour show filled with Billy Fury’s greatest hits.

3rd February LANCASTER Talks at The Dementia Hub 01253 799119

24th March - LANCASTER Peter Rabbit in Marketgate Marketgate Shopping Centre

3rd March - LANCASTER The Billy Fury Years 01524 701601 01253 799119

24 & 25th March - COCKERHAM Art Exhibition & Craft Fair

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Ever wondered where an otter lives? How about an owl? What bird nests in a wigwam? Discover the many different places that nature calls home on this fun, self-led family trail.

29th March - LANCASTER The Big Easter Event 11-4pm Aerial performers, face painting, Easter crafts, Easter characters, fairground rides.

Market Square -

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 2pm

10th March - LANCASTER Bierkeller Night

Coming soon - LANCASTER Ruskin Library Exhibition

Unique Kids fundraiser night. £23

New exhibition starting shortly.

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Lancaster University 01524 593587


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MORECAMBE BAY KITESURFING CLUB Jonny Knowles Club Chairman of the Morecambe Bay Kitesurfing Club tells us all about the club and sport that can be seen in the Bay of Morecambe on a windy day. Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, is an adventure watersport that consists of using a large steerable kite to pull yourself around on a board on top of the water. People enjoy the versatility of the different discipline, some enjoy riding the waves, while others prefer propelling themselves into the air as high as 29m. Kitesurfers go out in winds ranging between 10kts and 45kts and have different kites to match the wind speed. Morecambe Bay Kitesurfing Club was established in 2002 by 3 local kitesurfers with the aim to safeguard the beach after a tragic kitesurfing accident in St Annes. The club grew from there holding a number of national events over the last 15 years. The club consists of around 40 members from all over the North West who join the club for a variety of reasons. Members currently range from our youngest, Jude 13, who is currently learning under his dads expertise, to our eldest Mark, 58, who just enjoys being out of the house. Members come from a wide range of professions including surgeons, taxi drivers, and master carpenters. The club members arrange the best times to go out and always go out in pairs in case you get into trouble.

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To kitesurf it is advised that people have some lessons to gain the basic grasp and safety protocols before taking to the water. This can be done in the North West at Ainsdale or Rhyll. Once you feel you have the basic grasp members of the club will be happy to give you advice at the beach. The club also has some trainer gear for members, which can be loaned out to aid progression of new members. To kitesurf in Morecambe you need good knowledge of the wind and tidal conditions as they both play a crucial part. You can kitesurf at both low and high tide and kitesurf from South Westerly round to a Northerly direction. Aswell as the kite, which is inflated so that it doesn’t sink, you also need a bar and lines which control the kite and connect to your harness, which is worn around your midsection. You also need a board and wetsuit, as well as gloves, boots and a balaclava in winter (It gets very cold). Kitesurfing offers you the opportunity to be free using the power of the wind to propel yourself around on top of the water or into the air. There is no feeling like been in the air 10+ meters only using the power of the wind. Others even take off their board at this high to put in a fancy trick.


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Kitesurfing is a fantastic sport for all ages and abilities and if you would like more information please contact us at the club


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Volunteers celebrated for their care and dedication to cancer charity in Lancaster.

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Volunteers at CancerCare in Lancaster were celebrated at a special recognition event.

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Neil Townsend, chief executive of CancerCare, said the charity simply could not do all the things it does for people affected by cancer if it wasn’t for the organisation’s many volunteers. The celebration event on Tuesday, January 23, was attended by around 30 volunteers from across the Lancaster district. Carole Stewart from Morecambe, one of CancerCare’s many dedicated volunteers, said she wanted to give something back after the charity helped her when she had cancer several years ago. Carole, who worked as a nurse with the Blood Service for 20 years and is now retired, has been a volunteer receptionist at CancerCare’s Slynedales base on Slyne Road in Lancaster for more than five years. She said: “Like many people who volunteer with CancerCare, I was diagnosed with cancer and I used the services. “I was so grateful for the help I received that I thought I would come and volunteer. “I think people should give volunteering a try. It’s not for everyone but you often find you get more out of it than you’d expect.” Neil Townsend added: “What I like about our volunteers is that they give us a rich tapestry of people. “If it was just the staff, CancerCare would be a very different place. The volunteers have a slightly different approach. They add a richness to our CancerCare family. Without them our team would not be as strong.”

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SUPPLYING GREEN ENERGY and supporting local communities

Situated just off our coastline outside Morecambe Bay, the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm which is currently under construction and expected to be completed by the end of this year looks set to become one of the biggest wind farms in the world. Writer Rob Bullock takes a look at what makes our area so popular for this renewable energy resource.

IT’S WINDY OUT THERE… Flying over the Irish Sea from the Isle of Man towards our region you cannot fail to be impressed by the sheer size of the wind farms just outside Morecambe Bay. Looking down, the light glistens as the turning blades reflect the precious winter sunlight even on the calmest of afternoons. Anyone who’s taken a winter walk along the sea front at Morecambe or the shore at Bolton le Sands will tell you that we live in one of the windiest parts of the UK and this is why some of the world’s biggest energy companies are continuing to invest in harvesting the energy of the wind.

2017 WAS GOOD BUT IT’LL BE EVEN BETTER IN 2018. 2017 was a good year for the planet from the point of view of meeting our energy needs. More than half of the electricity generated in the UK came from low-carbon sources for the first time ever, new analysis by Carbon Brief, a website that tracks climate change and energy policy, has concluded. Last year, renewables and nuclear provided more electricity than all fossil fuels combined, with wind generation alone supplying twice as much energy as coal. And with our coast being so windy, it’s easy to see why we’re at the forefront of this new, green economic revolution.


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WALNEY EXTENSION OFFSHORE WIND FARM Our coast already boasts some impressive wind farms, with Barrow, West of Duddon Sands, Walney 1 and 2 wind farms supplying reliable, low carbon electricity to millions of homes, by the end of this year we could be seeing wind power records tumble as the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm is completed.

IT’S ALREADY SUPPLYING US. Although only partly complete the Walney Extension is already supplying us with the ‘green’ electricity. Last September the first of the gigantic Siemens Gamesa turbines started powering up the grid; “We are delighted to have passed such an important milestone for the project. Exporting first power to the grid on schedule is the culmination of extensive onshore and off-shore works and is testament to the hard work of everyone involved,” says Andrew Cotterell, Walney Extension Programme Director at Ørsted Energy. “In general, construction is progressing well to bring this record-breaking project online.” Electricity generated by the wind farm is delivered to the National Grid at a substation in Heysham via miles of buried subsea transmission and onshore cables.

COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND. Ørsted has committed to a Community Benefit Fund worth up to £600,000 each year for Walney Extension’s 25-year lifetime. This fund aims to support the local region by supporting community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Lancashire and Cumbria. For more information, please visit: walney-extension-community-fund

Facts about Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm. Project is 100% owned by Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) It is located in the Irish Sea approximately 19km from the Walney Island coast in Cumbria The farm covers an area of 145km2 The extension will have a total capacity of 659MW It will be capable of powering more than half a million UK homes. Over 200 new jobs have been created in the north west during the 2016-2019 construction phase. Up to £2.2m of Gross Value Added will be generated per year in the region.

More than half of the electricity generated in the UK came from low-carbon sources for the first time ever.

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FORD TRANSIT Occasion Camper

Lesiuredrive are no strangers to building on most bases but the latest Ford Transit is now a base unit that Leisuredrive will be using and that’s something Leisuredrive fans will be glad to hear.


The Transit has in years past been used by Leisuredrive but the new version is one of the best yet so Leisuredrive have launched their Ford Transit Occasion at last years NEC show to a warm reception.

Kitchen is placed on the rear nearside of the Occasion and comes with stainless steel sink and two burner hob which also has a grill / oven combination. There’s a 3-way 60-litre fridge too, plus this area is well light by LED lighting plus it’s a good size and offers excellent storage. Glass tops are used to add to the work surface but overall it’s well designed and is practical to use. Storage to has been well catered for and every inch is utilised well.

EXTERIOR FINISH The Transit was finished in frost white colour and as a pre owned base van was in very good condition, the Occasion will be built on new Transits and cost around the £44,000 mark for a well equipped camper van which we think offers great value in this competitive market. But Leisuredrive will build a new unit on a pre-owned van and that’s what we had for our test. Overall condition as stated was excellent and with the smart graphics the Occasion looks good even though no alloys were fitted.

WASHROOM No washroom is fitted as such, but what the Occasion has is a discreetly stored away manual flush cassette loo. It’s ideal for emergencies with the emptying point being at the rear of the van inside. It’s nicely hidden away and yet is ready to use in seconds to access.


LOUNGE CONFIGURATION The Occasion is based on Leisure Drives popular Vivante, a wise choice as this is a well designed camper van. The side entrance door sends you straight into the lounge area which will seat two with ease, side windows allows natural light in though they are tinted for privacy. A swivel table is placed in the centre for meal times and LED lighting ensures you’re never in the dark! The lounge makes into a double bed or twin singles for the sleeping arrangements.

Driving the Ford is a real joy, it’s not VW but then it’s cheaper to buy and to be honest drives well. The popular Vivante styled Occasion will we reckon be a good seller for Leisuredrive buyers who want a new base vehicle and Leisuredrive’s camper van quality. This makes this example a steal at this cost and may mean that it may steal some sales from the Vivante though buyers of this model do like a VW T6 as the base. Good overhead storage and well equipped the new Occasion works out even new for £44,000 cheap to buy when you consider the quality of the Leisuredrive campervans which last many years.

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Tourist Information Centres Visit Garstang Centre

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Unit 1, Cherestanc Square Garstang, PR3 1EF 01995 602125 OPEN: April - October 10.30am - 4.30pm November to March 11am - 3.30pm

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Electoral Registration 01524 582905

The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster 01524 582398 OPEN: Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

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Stray Dogs 01524 582757 Bus Passes 01524 582958 Recycling 0800 0929705 Homeless Advice 01524 582257 Lifeline Care Alarm Service 01524 582257 Flooding 01524 582955

Old Station Buildings, Marine Road Central, Morecambe LA4 4DB, 01524 582808 OPEN: Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5pm (Closed 1pm - 1.45pm) Open selected Sundays throughout the summer + Bank Holidays

Handyperson Scheme 01524 586812

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Come and find out why we are renowned for great food and fantastic service in the heart of Lancaster. Serving homemade British classics and contemporary dishes, stop by for lunch or dinner. Awarded the ‘highest quality assured’ award from Taste Lancashire, our ‘field to plate’ ethos is well ingrained in our menus and quality ingredients are sourced locally and cooked fresh to ensure the flavour and presentation of the food is consistent.


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