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Welcome to the Lancaster District Welcome to our Festive edition of Lancaster District Magazine, our biggest magazine in 9 years and our favourite edition of the year, because Christmas is on its way! In this edition we have over 40 articles, including festive food recipes to wow and over 250 gift ideas from local shops in our Festive Shopping Guide, whether you are looking for a kids bike, a piece of jewellery, a trusty pair of socks or have no idea what you are looking for, our guide will help you choose gifts for everyone. We would like to wish our readers and local businesses a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to our 10th year in business in 2019. Thank you to the ever-growing thousands of readers for supporting our advertisers by using their services, they are what keep the magazine in print, enabling us to bring you the latest news and features from all over the district. If you are running an event, you can submit it to our online events guide at www.lancasterdistrict.co.uk (It’s FREE) If you would like to promote your business or event or have a news article to send in, do contact us to see how we can help. Have a fabulous winter,

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Nepalese Foothills Trek

13 Property Forge Weir View

53 Animals Hungry birds this winter

76 Food Three festive recipes

18 Home Furnishing MJ Bird & Son

54 Nature Four winter walks

79 Food & Drink Royal Kings Arms

21 Home Interiors Wood Burning Stoves

56 Pet Care Be wormwise

80 Food Meat you can trust

24 Property

58 Sport Fearless in Lancaster

84 Eating out Sunbury Coffee House

60 Health Hearing Tips

86 Festive Food From around the world

62 Dance JB School of Dance

91 Shop Local Gift Voucher Ideas

64 Health True Physio

92 Festive Shopping Explore our towns

66 Health Make successful changes

98 Local Wool Northern Yarn

Is your home winter ready? 27 Rental Property Rouge Landlords 32 Interiors Lancashire Stained Glass 37 Legal Advice The gift of giving 42 District News What’s happening locally 46 Gardening Winter in the garden 51 Nature District Wildlife in photos

70 Health Winter skin problems 72 Travel Hallstatt - Austria

128 Parenting 6 things to do with the children 130 Kids Puzzles Winter Word search 132 Local Band Passengers 136 What’s On Local events

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138 Local Charity A time for giving 139 Puzzles Adults Puzzles

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HEALTH - SLEEP

THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP Getting a good night’s sleep is something we all strive to do, the odd late night might not affect you too much, but eventually, you will feel the effects health-wise. So, let’s look at the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Problems caused by a lack of sleep come in many forms, and everyone is affected differently. Some people do need less sleep than others to feel fully rested, but even those lucky few will still need a good few hours of rest a night if they want to stay healthy. It’s not just your physical health either a lack of sleep can cause mental stress as well. If you’ve ever felt grumpy or agitated in the morning or seen a co-worker who is then it could be because of a bad night’s sleep. Let’s look at why getting a good night’s rest is so important in more detail, shall we? THE HEALTH BENEFITS Getting a good night’s sleep will do more than recharge your batteries helping you feel ready to face the day. It will provide a variety of health benefits which is why everyone should strive to get at least 8 hours a night. Regular sleep can benefit you in the following ways. IT BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNITY A lack of sleep has been shown to impair your immunity and I’ am not talking about repeated late nights only. Even a small loss of sleep can weaken your immune system. If you find yourself getting colds every few months or feeling sick, then a lack of sleep could be the cause. So, start getting yourself a good 7 to 8 hours a night. STIMULATES MENTAL WELLBEING A good night’s sleep won’t just keep your body healthy it will also improve your mood and mental wellbeing. If you’ve had a bad night’s sleep then you likely already know it can make you moody and grumpy the morning after. However, it can be more serious. A poor sleep routine can be linked to conditions like anxiety and depression. KEEP YOUR HORMONES REGULATED Studies have shown that a lack of sleep will increase your chances of putting on weight. There is a reason almost every diet or exercise regime will tell you to get a good night’s sleep. If you have too many late night’s, you are more likely to indulge in a snack or two during the daytime,

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which is not always helpful if you want to keep a healthy weight. Sleep deprivation disrupts the balance of hormones; ghrelin which tells the body it is hungry, and leptin which signals to the body that you are full. When you do not get enough sleep ghrelin increases and leptin drops leading to weight gain. IT IMPROVES YOUR SEX DRIVE Not getting enough sleep can significantly lower levels of testosterone in the body which can result in a lack of sex drive. IT IMPROVES YOUR PRODUCTIVITY Can you honestly say you would feel productive if you’ve only had a few hours’ sleep or even worse none at all? Many of us have had the dreaded experience of dragging ourselves through a day at work or our daily errands after a poor night’s sleep so you’ll know first-hand how difficult it can be. Without a good night’s sleep your concentration, cognition and productivity will all suffer. IT CAN HELP COMBAT ILLNESS Another great benefit to getting plenty of sleep is that it helps combat illness. Think about it how many times have you been told to rest and get plenty of sleep after seeing a doctor? It energises your body and has been shown to help prevent diabetes and even ward off heart disease. So, that’s a look at the many health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. Along with regular exercise and a balanced diet, a good 8 hours sleep is one of your pillars of health. Yes, the odd late night won’t do much harm but make sure you plan for it and have the time to recoup on your sleep.

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F O R G E W EI R V I E W HALTON, L ANCA S TER

Discover Forge Weir View, an exclusive development of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom family homes set in the village of Halton, just an eight minute drive from Lancaster city centre and two minutes from the M6 J34.

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HOW MANY BEDROOMS would you like?

Forge Weir View – Unique homes for unique people An exciting new housing development by local property developer Wrenman Homes looks to offer customers some of the most individual homes anywhere in the country, and this quality project is putting all things local at the very heart of it. The exciting new development, Forge Weir View, will consist of fifty exclusive 3, 4 and 5 bedroom family homes, alongside ten affordable properties in the pretty village of Halton where Warren and Vanessa Cadman of Wrenman Homes are based. A VERY SPECIAL PROJECT “You could say that this is a very special project to us at Wrenman Homes,” says Vanessa Cadman who is the Finance & Commercial Director. “We actually live in the village and are committed to making sure that this development enhances the village by offering unique homes. My husband Warren is so committed to making this new development perfect that he is based on site now.”

Our properties will offer the Lancaster District something completely unique in comparison to the typical new build developments we’re all used to seeing. further £250 to St Wilfrid’s Church to assist in their roof fund which will go towards the upkeep of the village church. Halton is just an eight-minute drive from Lancaster city centre and two minutes from the M6 J34. It is an idyllic semi-rural setting providing all you could want from village life, with woodland and riverside walks, parks and a thriving community centre, all set on the outskirts of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Forge Weir View is the first project undertaken by Lancaster-based Wrenman Homes, a local developer with over 20 years of building experience with commercial sister property firm VMC Developments. KEEPING IT LOCAL

COMMUNITY SUPPORT As a gesture of their commitment to the village Wrenman have already donated £250 to St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School and a

The development has placed emphasis on utilising the local suppliers and professionals with designs by JMP Architects, Siematic kitchens delivered by Mark Leigh and the showhouse interior design by MJ Bird & Son.

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“Both Warren and I have carefully considered each aspect of the Wrenman property development, ensuring that our houses are the perfect blend of modern design, fused with traditional, locally sourced materials,” explains Vanessa. “We’re confident that our properties will offer the Lancaster district something completely unique in comparison to the typical new build developments we’re all used to seeing.” SO MUCH CHOICE Unlike many modern developments where the homes are either all identical or with just a few variants Forge Weir View sees much more variation. “Out of the sixty properties, there will be twenty different layouts from open plan to closed lounges, to brick, stone and rendered facias. There is so much to chose from, and this makes it such a unique development for a unique village.”

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TRIED AND TESTED

Discover Weir for View, an and exclusive Although this is aForge new venture Vanessa Warren, they are nodevelopment strangers to high-quality Cadman of 3, 4local anddevelopment. 5 bedroomWarren family set up VMC in 2003, and for the past years homes setdevelopments in the village of Halton, just anfifteen eight they have specialised in commercial new build and renovation minute drive from Lancaster centre and with some bespoke domestic large barncity conversions, and twoVMC minutes from theofM6 J34. 20 years of home builds. is the culmination Warren’s experience in delivering and project managing works throughout the UK and Ireland. GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

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Much ofVisit the our success of VMCSuite has been put down to Warren’s eye Marketing located off Low Road, Halton, Lancaster, for detail and quality alongside and their focus on supporting Open Wednesday to Monday between 11am - 5.30pm all things local. This has led to repeat custom and while much of the construction sector struggled through the difficult years of the recession VMC and now Wrenman Homes have gone from strength the strength with a bright, exciting looking future. For more information, please visit www.wrenmanhomes.com or contact a member of our sales team on 01524 590510 or email sales@wrenmanhomes.com. Please see the VMC website www.vmcdevelopments.co.uk for more details.

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FURNISH YOUR HOME WITH MJ BIRD & SON On the shores of Morecambe Bay lies a hidden gem. Once a flour mill, but now a destination for those looking to furnish their homes with leading furniture and carpet brands. Spread over three huge floors of the mill they boast possibly the best view of any furniture store in the land - with views over the bay to the lake district hills. M J Bird & Son’s mission today is as simple as it was when they first launched way back in 1957; to celebrate great brands and sell them at a great price. Six decades later, and after several generations of the Bird family, they are still a favourite for people from all over the Lakes, Cumbria and Lancashire. For M J Bird & Son it’s quite simply all about family and furniture.

Michael Bird is the third generation of the family to head up the business. “ I am enormously proud of all that my family have achieved. Last year we celebrated 60 years in business. This is a massive achievement and is a testament to the tremendous hard work and dedication of my parents and grandparents. We also have long-serving staff who work tirelessly to make our loyal customers happy.”

Through the generations

“The beliefs of the whole team are the same today as they have always been. Priority is placed on good-oldfashioned service, and there is a deep sense of pride in the quality and value we offer to our customers. From helping customers choose the perfect bed, to guiding them on fabric choices for a new sofa - our knowledgeable team are here to help.”

The Bird’s story began when Michael Jeffery Bird - a trained upholsterer - opened a shop in Morecambe. Originally working from his garage he then took a shop on Euston Road. On leaving school at 15 his son, David joined the business. His parents, Jeff & Marina set standards of excellence and as the business grew other family members joined the business. Jeff & Marina’s guiding principles of service and quality have been honoured by David and his wife Helen, and now passed onto their son, Michael. Each generation has brought their own talents to the business, and today it is still very much a family affair with loyal, longserving staff. Many of whom have been part of the Birds team for well over a decade.

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Come and browse our 15,000 square foot showroom “We have a huge amount on display in our 15,000 square foot showroom, but we also hold stock in our warehouse so that we can get things out to customers quickly. We have a wonderful choice of bespoke products for our customer - everything from beds and headboards to chairs can be upholstered in any one of a choice of hundreds of fabrics. The customer can choose everything - from what

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HOME INTERIORS - MJ BIRD & SON We have a huge amount on display in our 15,000 square foot showroom, but we also hold stock in our warehouse so that we can get things out to customers quickly. as Axminster, Brintons, and Ulster - it is always very satisfying to see how they can transform a room.”

style and colour of leg to have on their sofa, to what design they would like their headboard to be. This means that we are able to provide customers with a truly one off piece of furniture that will look perfect in their home” Bringing you iconic British Brands The company has built a reputation of working with iconic British brands such as G Plan, Axminster, Silentnight and Brintons. They try and source as many of their products as possible from Great Britain and are very proud of the fact that many of the brands they stock are from the North West. With handmade Burgess Beds from Rossendale, Cormar Carpets from Greater Manchester, and Viscount headboards from Burnley being just some of the local brands available. Silentnight, the UK’s leading sleep brand based in Lancashire is one of M J Bird’s most popular bed brands. “M J Bird are the areas only Silentnight Official Stockist and have always been a loyal customer of the brand and support this by having the largest display of products on display in the area. Silentnight are proud to be associated with a customer of such professionalism, and the staff at M J Bird are always willing to learn about the Silentnight products, and their features and benefits to ensure that people visiting the store enjoy the experience and are offered products to suit their needs. M J Bird are a company that you can trust explicitly.” David Freeman, Area Business Manager, Silentnight Brands A local family business with a flexible approach “As a local, family business we can be far more flexible to our customers needs. Whether you are looking for a bed in a hurry for visiting guests or for one of our expert fitting team to lay a new carpet in a bedroom. We make the process as easy as possible for our customers. Once we have measured for their new carpets, we keep a record of the sizes so that when the time comes for a change of colour or style, we are quickly able to help them without the need to re-measure. As we have our own experienced and skilled team of carpet fitters we are also able to ensure that they work to very high standards. We stock leading brands such

“I started in the business fitting carpets, and although I spend most of my time in the shop, I am heavily involved in managing this side of things. I personally measure and estimate most of the carpet work we do, and between myself and my father we guide our team of fitters.” “We are fortunate to have such a large showroom. It means that we can offer a great choice of styles - some of our customers want more traditional furniture, but a lot of them want something more contemporary. We are able to offer something for everyone. Whether it be a young family starting out in their first home, or an expanding family looking for a larger dining table.” Looking to the future “ The business has changed a lot over the last decade or so and although we keep pace with technology and have invested in our website and other aspects of the business we still offer a very special, hands-on approach for our customers. We try to keep up to date, but not lose the values my grandfather held.’ The last few years have seen the business launch a new logo, new livery for its delivery vehicles and a brand new website. They are currently in the process of giving the mill a facelift and have also recently had one of the old mill wheels repaired. “It’s part of history - not only for the building but for the village. I think it’s very important that we look after our heritage.” “Looking forward to the future we will continue to update our ranges to make sure we can provide the best possible choice of styles for our customers. We are also working on some exciting commercial projects with a number of local developers, where we have been commissioned to furnish and style their show homes. We continue to work closely with other commercial clients such as hotels, restaurants and holiday villages and most of all maintain our promise, to always provide great brands at great prices.”

MJ Bird & Son - The Old Mill, Mill Lane, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, LA5 8ET www.mjbird.co.uk 01524 732062

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HOME INTERIORS - STOVES

WOOD BURNING STOVES WHY GET ONE With the ever increasing popularity of stoves, more and more homeowners are looking to invest in the perfect stove for their home. Lakewood Stoves explains why you should get one!

the heat your living room instead of the whole house, and so a wood burner will still save you money.

With many homeowners looking to save money on every increasing energy bills, it is no surprise that woodburning stoves are now more popular than ever.

Stoves not only make a beautiful focal point for any home, whether it be in the living room, the kitchen and even the bedroom, but they are also an excellent source of heat. During cold weather, rather than turn up your central heating, heating your whole house, you can directly heat the room you most spend time in, saving on wasted evergy in the rest of your property. How much will I really save? If you currently have electric heating, then you could save a considerable sum of money (3-4 times). If you have access to free wood from gardens and your local area then, after installation costs, you could heat your home for free. The majority of homeowners buy ready seasoned logs from local suppliers and this, penny to penny works out about the same cost a central heating, except, as we said before, you have the option just to boost

From an environmental point of view, you may be pleased to know that a wood burning stove is actually carbon neutral, the tree absorbs carbon dioxide from the environment when it grows, and then releases it when it is burnt. Whether you’re looking for a traditional stove or a more contemporary fire, we offer an eclectic range of styles to suit everyone,no matter if you live in a small flat or a townhouse, a cottage or a mansion, we’re here to guide your decision on what kind of stove suits your home and lifestyle. Call in and see us in our lovely showroom based at Greenlands Farm Village, near Carnforth. Lakewood Stoves offers a fabulous range of high-quality stoves to make your home cosy this winter.

THE NEW BAKEHEART WOOD-FIRED COOKING STOVE Based on our best-selling Ironheart, ESSE’s rugged new Bakeheart embodies everything we know about warmth and comfort in a compact cooking stove. Hand-built in the UK, the 5kW Bakeheart combines a graduated temperature cast-iron hotplate and 32-litre oven in an elegant upright stove engineered around a large glassfronted firebox. The Bakeheart can accommodate logs of up to 14” and with an energy rating of ‘A+’, this clean-burning stove is approved to burn dry, seasoned wood in smoke control zones.

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

IS YOUR HOME WINTER READY? Remember when you last had your gutters cleaned? Is your home ready for the winter chill? David Allen, owner of local cleaning firm, Ultimate Cleaning, shares his winter home maintanance check list. CLEAR YOUR GUTTERS

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Gutters, out of sight and out of mind, until they cause a problem that is. Blocked gutters and downpipes can cause damp and structural problems to your property. If you see water flowing down the side of your house when it rains, most likely your gutters need cleaning. Most gutter problems are caused by a build up of leaves, moss and debris that prevent the flow of rainwater into the drains. Easy to fix when you call out the professionals, they can swiftly clear all debris from your gutters and pipes without causing damage to them in the process. If you can’t remember the last time you had your gutters cleaned, book now from only £40!

Roof tiles can be prone to moss growth, lichen and build up general dirt and pollution, but does it matter if our roof looks a bit grubby? Dirt and plant build up on your roof can decrease the life of your roof by trapping moisture and causing decay of your roof tiles. Replacing a roof is a costly job running into more than £10,000 so looking after your roof will not only give your house a fresh look but will extend the life of your roof, saving you a fortune.

OUTDOOR SAFETY Giving your patio and driveway a winter clean will not only keep it looking fresh and tidy but will help stop it being slippery and dangerous, paving will often stay damp throughout the winter, causing unwanted dirt to remain slimy. Throughout the autumn, leaves will have fallen, moss grown and algae built up. Power-washing your drive and patio will remove stains and clear off slippery debris and ensure you are not tracking dirt into your house.

STAINED AND DIRTY CARPETS Carpets are subject to all sorts of dirt and grime, year round, as our carpets slowly get dirtier, sometimes we don’t notice, but move a piece of furniture, or lift a rug and you suddenly realise the difference in colour! What is really lurking in your carpets and will your visiting Christmas relatives really notice? Your carpet can be trapping airborne pollutants, dirt tracked in on shoes, bacteria, bugs, mites, food stains, dried skin and whatever your pet has on its feet (doesn’t bear thinking about!) Freshen up your carpets from only £80 for a whole house. David Allen at Ultimate Cleaning has over 10 years experience cleaning local properties, call him for a quote today on 07989 908567. Carpets are on offer in December and Gutters throughout December/January.

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LANDLORD BANNING ORDERS The government has introduced a range of new measures and guidance for local authorities that aim to tackle rogue landlords and letting agents in the private rental sector. Andrew Parkinson, owner of Parkinson Properties explains.

In introducing the guidance the government acknowledges that the private rented sector is an important part of the housing market, housing 4.5 million households in England.

The Government guidance also states that it wants to support good landlords who provide decent well maintained homes, and avoid further regulation on them which increases costs and red tape and also pushes up rents for tenants. The quality of privately rented housing has improved rapidly over the past decade with 82% of private renters satisfied with their accommodation, and staying in their homes for an average of 4 years. The new measures are aimed at the small number of rogue or criminal landlords who knowingly rent out unsafe and substandard accommodation. The new measures come as part of the government’s wider crackdown on substandard practice by landlords and letting agents. The measures include the creation of a new database containing details of landlords and letting agents convicted of a range of housing and immigration offences. Guilty landlords will be added to the new database so councils can share that information. Those convicted of other offences such as letting out overcrowded properties, fire and gas safety offences and unlawful eviction will also be added to the list. Landlords and letting agents who are found to be renting out substandard properties will now face tougher consequences. Housing and Homelessness

Minister Heather Wheeler said: “I am committed to making sure people who are renting are living in safe and good quality properties. That’s why we’re cracking down on the small minority of landlords that are renting out unsafe and substandard accommodation. Landlords should be in no doubt that they must provide decent homes or face the consequences.” Landlords convicted of offences under the Government’s new law may also be given banning orders preventing them from letting accommodation for a period of time, ranging from 12 months to life. Local housing authorities are expected to develop and document their own policy on when to pursue a banning order and should decide which option it wishes to pursue on a case-by-case basis in line with that policy. The government guidance suggests that local housing authorities will pursue a banning order only for the most serious offenders. The government guidance also suggests that where a local housing authority decides to pursue a banning order it should consider the scope for working together with other local housing authorities. For example, through using the rogue landlord database a local housing authority will be able to establish whether a landlord has committed offences in other local authority areas. Councils must record details of any landlord or agent who has received a banning order on the database. Landlords that ignore a banning order could face criminal sanctions including up to six months imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

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CREATION AND RENOVATION Lancashire Stained Glass brings the masterpieces of the past back to life and are at the cutting edge of the craft. According to expert and founder Claire Woodward, the biggest influences on her career are the people who taught her everything she knows, former Lancaster firm Abbotts. Features Writer Rob Bullock investigates.

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You might not think that you have seen the stained glass work of local company Lancashire Stained Glass, but you probably have because examples can be seen in and around Lancaster and the whole district. It is plain to see that one artisan glass worker from our area has more than made her mark on the city, the surrounding area and beyond.

Claire’s love of art and design was in evidence when she was at school, but it was the weekly visits to church on Sundays that cemented her passion for stained glass work.

“Yes, you can see my stained glass in quite a number of places locally. I’ve recently finished working on the Toll House in Lancaster and the John O’Gaunt pub, which are both wellknown buildings,” explains craftsperson Claire Woodward, founder of Lancashire Stained Glass. “And I’m hoping to start working on the Boys Grammar school very shortly.” METICULOUS WORK Just one look at the exquisite detail in stained glass tells you that this meticulous work is not a job for the impatient. ”It really is very painstaking work,” agrees Claire. “But I hope your readers will agree that it’s very worthwhile when they see the finished result.”

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“When I used to sit in church on a Sunday morning I used to find myself looking up at the stained-glass windows and being fascinated by them, by the designs, the colours, the way the light came through them and how they were installed.” HEAD FOR HEIGHTS Installing a stained-glass window is certainly not for the faint-hearted, many being high up on the side of our ancient churches. “Heights are something you get used to,” laughs Claire. “They are just part and parcel of the job. And every installation is unique, every time you do install a stained glass window you learn something new.” It is this on the job training that has been a significant feature of Claire’s career and the success of her company. “When I left school, I was lucky enough to become an apprentice for famous local stained-glass manufacturers, Abbots of Lancaster. I was able to work with their designers and their craftsmen. I have to say that Abbots are the biggest single influence on my career.”

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of trading were recently acquired by the Lancashire Archives in Preston where they can be viewed by the public.

“The designers at Abbots were really talented artists in their own right. Just one look at the designs tells you this.”

“I was honoured to be invited to the Lancashire Archives last year to see some of the designs that Abbots created. It really brought back the memories of my time with them especially since one of the roles I had at Abbots was to catalogue the designs. It was very unfortunate that because the designs were stored in the attic of the building, which was quite old, they were damaged by a leaking roof.”

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DISTRICT News What’s happening in and around the Lancaster District

70,000 Investment In Ambulatory Care Unit

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Customers and visitors to Renes on Common Garden Street, Lancaster were treated to a glass of fizz and given the chance to get a sneak preview at the new Joseph Ribkoff Autumn/Winter Collection.

Lancaster & Morecambe AC are organising their popular Christmas Festive Fun Run from their clubhouse on the athletics track at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, near Lancaster (LA1 5JS) again this year.

The Renes Team were joined by The Joseph Ribkoff Team and models to help customers explore the exiting new range.

It is aimed at families and fun runners as well as more regular competitors. There will be a great atmosphere and a super festive medal for all finishers and runners are very welcome to run in fancy dress.

Joseph Ribkoff has been successfully designing collections for women around the world since 1957 and it is one of the leading designers in the fashion industry for over 60 years and over 64 international markets. Renes is one of the select few retailers in the UK to hold the collections.

It’s still only £4 to enter with an extra £2 for registrations on the day. The route is flat and around 4k. Since this is a very popular race with a limit of 300 runners, we really recommend that people register in advance on-line at https://bookitzone.com/susan_ lucas_1/wX2FFX

Customer Ruth Chadwick said ‘This idea was the perfect showcase for the inspirational and innovative styles of both Ribkoff and Renes. Lancaster is lucky to have local retailers like this.’ The event was also an opportunity to raise funds for the St John’s Hospice

Queries to Steve Perry on email: stephenptherunner@gmail.com 07762 795605.

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Christmas Baking Workshop Madame Chocolate at Greenlands Farm Village Decorate a selection of cute and Christmassy cupcakes which would make perfect presents (although you may find it too difficult to give them away!) As well as piping, you will also learn how to model your own character cupcake toppers. £15 per person, booking essential. Call 07908 110773

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Patients referred by GPs and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary’s Emergency Department (ED) to the site’s Ambulatory Care Unit are being seen in a more timely fashion thanks to the Trust’s investment in three new consulting rooms. The Ambulatory Care Unit at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) sees around 500 patients a month who are suffering from conditions such as chest pain, chest infections, potential deep vein thrombosis, and cellulitis (a bacterial infection of the skin and tissues). It is currently in the top 25% of trusts nationally for same day emergency conditions – seeing patients within 24 hours. Work started at the end of June 2018 to transform an area of the unit into the three consulting rooms and was completed by the 6 August 2018, opening to the public shortly after. Lynne Lawson, Unit Manager, UHMBT, said: “The three new consulting rooms, along with our three treatment rooms means that patients are now seen in a more timely fashion and we have greater capacity to see more patients. “We truly believe the Ambulatory Care Unit is the future of medicine and we are excited for what the future holds.”


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WINTER in the garden Winter is often a time to take time off from the garden and enjoy the pleasures of a good book, a hot cuppa and a roaring fire. But there are things that need to be done in the garden in winter. Features Writer Rob Bullock discovers more. Our gardens may be lying dormant at this time of year, the trees are without leaf, and the lawns enduring the varied and sometimes harsh nature of weather in our area but if you are missing some bracing outdoor work there are jobs that can be done. Here are five tasks that might need doing in your garden this winter. 1. Protect your plants. If you have plants that are next to a road that is salted this winter then you will be aware that road salt wreaks havoc on them and the soil. In areas of heavy salt use, soil salinity rises significantly and your soil life can be affected, not to mention all those tender plant roots and evergreen foliage that simply can’t tolerate being exposed to salt on a regular basis. If this is the case, you need to protect roadside plants from salt spray with a shield of landscape fabric erected into a fence with wooden stakes. For planting areas adjacent to walks and drives, choose salt-resistant plants or rely on salt-free ice melters, like calcium chloride or magnesium chloride, instead. 2. Build a compost bin! Everyone should have one! Why not pop down to your local garden centre, DIY shop or builder’s merchant and ask them for some used wooden pallets to make yourself a new compost bin. Many garden centres are happy to get rid of extra pallets and some may even arrange to deliver them to your door for a small fee. Once the pallets arrive, use them to build one or more three-sided bins. Use extra-large plastic zip-ties to fasten them together, giving each bin

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a back and two sides. Locate your new composting system in a mostly sunny site, and you’ll be up to your elbows in ‘black gold’ before you know it! 3. Get rid of the dead tree that you’ve been meaning to deal with all year. This garden task is for an expert, but you can supervise! Winter is an excellent time to have a troublesome or dangerous tree removed from your property. With no foliage to cloud their work, many arborists are more than happy to cut down trees that need to go at this time of year. 4. Keep a close eye on winter crops. Year-round vegetable gardeners need to keep an eye on their season extenders, removing snow from cold frames and mini hoop tunnels after a storm. If heavy snow is allowed to accumulate, it blocks sunlight from reaching the crops, but it can also damage the structures. You can use a sturdy brush or plastic shovel to remove snow. 5. Prepare for a new gardening season. Perhaps you can do this by planning a new garden bed for next summer in an area where grass or weeds are currently growing. And you make a start right now. First, place a thick layer of newspaper or cardboard over the area, then pile on alternating layers of organic material like compost, leaves, pine needles, untreated grass clippings, and straw. In the spring, the grass and weeds underneath the pile will be dead, and your new garden bed will be ready to plant! Whatever work you decide to do in your garden wrap up well and enjoy some of our bracing northern fresh air!

Keep the birds happy this winter with homemade pine cone bird feeders, re-cycling at it’s best!

Make your bird mix. Allow the lard to warm up to room temperature, but don’t melt it. Then cut it up into small pieces and put it in the mixing bowl. Add the other ingredients to the bowl. Mix them together with your fingertips until the fat holds the squidgy mess together. Now group your cones together and loop the string around the top of them. Then pack the sticky bird mix around the cones with your hands, creating a ball shape. Put your cones in the fridge to set for an hour or so. After that, they’ll be ready to hang up and are bound to bring the birds flocking. Read more at www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/.org.uk

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HUNGRY BIRDS this winter With the colder conditions and longer nights the need for life-saving fuel is never more important for our birds than now, and here in the UK, we provide for our feathered pals like no other nation on earth. Jon Carter, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve explains. As I try to write this I can’t help but be distracted by the scramble of activity around the feeders here at RSPB Leighton Moss; a mob of hungry birds is battling for supremacy over the variety of food that we put out for them daily. Dazzling bullfinches, chaffinches, marsh tits, nuthatches and a host of other wild birds continuously come and go, much to the delight of the human onlookers. Our many gardens, backyards, parks and nature reserves are a haven for a wide range of bird species and these collectively vast green spaces are an essential home and feeding ground during the hard winter months. However, choosing the right food for our garden guests can pose something of a conundrum. With so much choice available, how do we know what’s best for our visitors? Do all birds eat peanuts? Which ones like mealworms? How about those fat balls? Basically, with native food harder to come by in mid-winter many birds will broaden their pallet, so to speak. Many species that eat insects and other invertebrates in summer switch over to a wider selection of foods in winter including berries and of course, bird food put out by us. Large-billed birds such as sparrows and finches will favour chunkier sunflower seeds and the like while finebilled goldfinches and siskins will prefer smaller oil-rich niger seeds. Mealworms are appreciated by most birds from robins to blue tits to blackbirds, and the good old fat ball or suet cake similarly attracts a wide range of avian diners. As with most things in life, quality can be something of an issue. For example the cheaper the feeder mix, the more ‘filler’ it will contain. This is often made up of bulky maize or wheat and is practically ignored by everything except for pigeons. Plus there may be issues for those who have concerns around how ethically crops are grown and how far they are transported – there are many UK producers of high-quality birdseed as well as cheap imports from overseas. It pays to check your sources if this is important to you.

As part of the RSPB’s conservation efforts, we have been creating bird food for over 120 years, and with every new bird food we produce, we make sure it has been rigorously tested to our highest quality standards. With only the finest ingredients containing no fillers, RSPB bird food recipes are specially formulated and tailored for particular birds. Each crop is thoroughly checked and cleaned. To help support our conservation work, the majority of our seeds are Conservation Grade, grown on Fair to Nature farms. You can find out more about our bird food sourced from Fair To Nature farms on the RSPB website. In my own small garden in Lancaster, I get relatively few visitors. The local house sparrows come to my feeders daily as do one or two coal tits. Starlings are regular but unpredictable, sometimes arriving in a garrulous gang to gobble up the scraps on the bird table or hack away at the dangling suet blocks. Occasional blue and great tits will flit by to grab a sunflower seed or peck at the fat balls while collared doves, robins, dunnocks and wrens make occasional sorties to see what’s on the menu. During really cold spells a blackbird or two will take advantage of the pieces of apple or sultanas that I may scatter around. I have tried in vain to attract the clearly audible goldfinches that seem to mock my efforts loudly from the telephone wires above while the once common greenfinches are notable only by their absence. As well as putting out a variety of different foods it’s also every bit as important to ensure a supply of fresh, clean water for drinking and, if space allows, bathing. This is particularly crucial during periods of hard frost or ice. Providing for garden birds brings not only an enormous amount of pleasure to us but also goes a long way in helping to ensure our birds have a higher survival rate during the harsher months. And with the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch coming up in January, it’s great to get the local and not-so-local birds used to a regular food source they can access when they really need it. Photos by David Mower


Kirkby Lonsdale by Photo North UK

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Winter time can be the best time to enjoy a good walk in one of the many beauty spots around our district. If you check the weather forecast and chose a nice dry, sunny day, you may well be able to enjoy one of those blue-sky days that reinvigorate and rejuvenate. Features Writer Rob Bullock picks four very different winter walks from around our area. BETTER THAN SUMMER Walking in the winter time can often be better than walking in summer. The bright light of a lovely winter’s day is hard to beat. And, if you make sure you’re well equipped and prepared, then you can enjoy a day out enjoying lots of fresh air, unbeatable views and the health benefits of a lovely winter walk. WHITTINGTON WITHOUT A CAT This curiously named walk starts and finishes in Kirkby Lonsdale and part of the time you get to walk along the banks of the beautiful River Lune. It is 4.8 miles long, on relatively easy terrain and takes around 2hrs 30min. From the west bank of the river, a few paces downstream from Devil’s Bridge, take the path signposted ‘Whittington’ across the small park with picnic tables to the A65. Cross

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over the A65, go through a narrow meadow and between houses and almost immediately cross the B6254. As you enter another field, go uphill, keeping the walled wooded area on your left. Yellow markers and a sign to Wood End help you find the route. From Wood End Cottages head south to Sellet Hall and then south again along Hosticle Lane towards Whittington village. Go through this pretty village, which has a pub, and along Burrow Mill Lane towards the Lune. Bear left to pick up the riverside walk - the Lune Valley Ramble – and back to the A65 bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale. HEYSHAM TOWERS TO HEST BANK This six and half mile bay side ramble features a beach walk, promenade and heathland and some interesting landmarks. It starts at Heysham Towers bus stop and finishes at Hest Bank foreshore car park (so if you park up here you can use public transport to get down to the start at Heysham). From Heysham Towers bus stop you will see the Old Hall pub across the road, formerly an Elizabethan manor house which has been a pub since 1958. From the bus stop turn to walk away from the main road and follow the short, narrow path towards the row of terraced houses on Middleton Road. When you reach

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Ribblehead & Jack Scout View by Photo North UK

Middleton Road turn left and then after a short while turn onto Smithy Lane. At Half Moon Bay turn right and walk north towards Morecambe. Follow the path through the wooden kissing gate to enter National Trust land. Meander along the beautiful heathland until you approach Whynnysty Lane. Here you can head towards the promenade. From here you can slowly meander up towards Hest Bank, stopping for a cuppa and a cake or fish and chips, the choice is yours.

WHERNSIDE FROM RIBBLEHEAD VIADUCT You will certainly want a calm winter’s day to do this walk because the weather can be very changeable so high up. This eight-mile walk features some very steep gradients and in places can be very challenging, so a good pair of boots is essential plus appropriate clothing and supplies. The walk is a circular hike from the Ribblehead Viaduct over one of the ‘Yorkshire Three Peaks’. The walk follows part of the ‘Three Peaks’ walk path for most of its route, but you probably won’t meet too many people doing this marathon in winter!

SILVERDALE LOOP VIA JACK SCOUT AND LINDETH TOWER This two hour, one-andthree-quarter-mile circular walk has easy walking conditions but some of the best views of Morecambe Bay. Starting at Woodwell car park in Silverdale turn to your right and follow the path alongside the field, then climb the steps to cross the road. Follow either of the two waymarked routes which bend to the left and then climb over a stone stile. In the next field, turn left to follow a permissive route through a gate to the top of the hill.

Initially follow alongside the Settle to Carlisle railway line, before heading up on the path in the direction of Dent. The path then steepens over Knoutberry Hill before following a wall along to the summit of Whernside.

Turn left down the slope towards the salt marsh, then turn right along the shore. On the shoreline, look out for the old ore-smelting chimney. From the chimney, take care over the rocks in front of the houses as you head towards the road as they can be slippery. Continue onwards until you see a gate on the left where you will re-enter National Trust land. You will now find yourself on the limestone grassland cliffs of Jack Scout which has some of the most stunning views over Morecambe Bay! So why not stop for a cuppa from your flask and enjoy a well- earned rest. At the north end of Jack Scout is a lime kiln. Behind the lime kiln is the gate back on to the road where you turn left. On your left at the end of the road is the stunning Lindeth Tower. If you have your camera with you why not take a picture of this intriguing building. At the road junction turn left and walk for about 200m, then turn right to return to the start point at Woodwell.

The panorama from the summit is breathtaking, and on a clear winter’s day, you can see for miles down to Pendle Hill to the South, round to Morecambe Bay and then the Lakeland Fells and the Howgills. The return walk is via a steep drop down to Bruntscar, before leaving the ‘Three Peaks’ path to turn left eventually passing Winterscales to come out through a tunnel under the railway. The outward path is then followed for the short journey back to the parking area. TOP TIPS: These are just four suggestions for a bracing winter walk in our area. Whichever walk you choose always remember to plan your walk in advance. Check the weather forecast, charge your mobile phone, try and take a hot drink with you and tell someone where you are heading. Get a map, download directions, buy or borrow a book of walks and make sure you are prepared for a day out in winter when the weather can change very quickly.

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BE WORMWISE by Bay Vets

Do you know when you last treated your pet(s) for intestinal worms? Veterinary professionals recommend pets are de-wormed at least every three months with a reputable, safe and effective multi wormer treatment, and they may recommend more frequent treatment for animals with a higher risk of ingesting worms, their eggs or larvae.

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HEATH RISK TO US AND OUR PETS Humans are at risk of ingesting worms and being affected by an infestation in the same way as animals. Although it is possible to pick up worms from your pets, thankfully this is not common. Good personal hygiene, regular de-worming of our pets and bagging pet faeces as soon as possible all help to reduce the numbers of eggs, larvae and adult worms in our environment. Symptoms for ourselves and our pets include sickness, diarrhoea and unexplained weight loss. The worms may migrate to organs such as the liver, lungs, eyes and brain. Contact with Toxocara canis and Toxocara cati can lead to reduced vision and blindness if left untreated; especially in young children who might ingest eggs when putting dirty fingers into their mouth. Ensure your children wash their hands often during the day and especially after playing with pets or soil. Pregnant ladies should be particularly careful when dealing with cat faeces, cat litter trays and garden soil to avoid the risk of toxoplasmosis. Protect yourself by wearing disposable gloves. If you have any concerns about your health, visit your doctor or pharmacist for advice. For your pet’s health and well-being have a chat with your veterinary nurse. THE NASTY PARASITES The three most common intestinal worms we find in the UK include: Roundworm (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina, Toxocara cati) – these are found in the faeces of infected dogs and cats. The eggs can be found in soil anywhere, from parks and playgrounds to gardens. Tapeworm – which can be found in infected animals and is also spread by fleas. The main types that tend to affect our pets are Dipylidium (the most common

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species which is spread by fleas), Taenia tapeworm (which can be caught by dogs who scavenge while out walking or cats that hunt mice and other prey) and Echinococcus granulosus (or sheep tapeworm, which can be caught by dogs but not cats). Lungworm (Angiostrongylus Vasorum) - These specific parasites only affect dogs and are carried by slugs and snails. If eaten by pets the infection can enter their bloodstream, infect the dog and in some cases the condition can prove fatal. There are other varieties of worms, including some not found in the UK. Wormers from veterinary practices usually have a broad-spectrum of protection and are less likely to irritate the stomach. HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO DE-WORM MY PET This is something that needs to be assessed by doing a risk assessment for each individual animal and could be as little as twice a year, every three months, every six weeks or in many cases every month as it depends on the animal’s lifestyle, daily routines and habits. In conjunction with the Wormwise project www.wormwise.co.uk, we would ask you to consider questions such as: Is your cat or dog less than 6 months old, exercised only in your garden? Ever catch animals such as rabbits or mice? Interact with children or the elderly? Does your dog exercise off the lead? Does your pet travel outside its local area or on holiday with you? Does your pet eat any raw meat or eat slug, snails or grass or dig in the garden? Please note we always advise monthly worming for puppies and kittens until they are six months of age to ensure no maternally derived worm infestation can affect their growth and development. An uncontrolled over-abundance on worms in a puppy or kitten can prove fatal. Ask your veterinary staff for personalised worming advice and find out more at www.wormwise.co.uk

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FEARLESS IN LANCASTER There’s a new running club in town! Our health expert Dr Juliet McGrattan tells us more and gives us the low down on the rapidly growing 261 Fearless global women’s running network. HISTORICAL INSPIRATION Back in 1967, on a damp, grey day, a twentyyear-old woman called Kathrine Switzer stood on the start line of the Boston Marathon in her baggy tracksuit. Alongside her was her University running coach. After he had regaled her with stories of how amazing it was to run this iconic marathon she said she wanted to do it. His response? “No dame never ran no marathon.” He finally agreed to take her if she could run a marathon with him in training. She did, and then she suggested they do another five miles, just to make sure. They did. He passed out. She was going to Boston. Together they checked the rule book, and there was nothing mentioning gender. It was just assumed that no woman would enter. As a wannabe writer (think H.G Wells) and because Kathrine’s father had spelt her name wrong on her birth certificate, Kathrine always signed her name as K.V Switzer. The Boston marathon entry form was no different. She didn’t set out to deceive the organisers. The men around Kathrine at the start were positive and encouraging, but a couple of miles into the race, an angry race director who was travelling on the press truck spotted there was a woman in his race. He leapt off the truck and ran towards Kathrine, charging at her, grabbing at her and shouting, “Give me those numbers and get out of my race.” She was terrified. She didn’t think she had done anything wrong and here was this irate man attacking her. As well as her coach, her boyfriend Tom was also running with her. Tom used his expert American football skills and huge strength to body block the official and literally catapult him off the course, allowing Kathrine, under the direction of her coach to, “Run like hell.” She spent the rest of the race worrying that someone else would try to stop her running or that she would be arrested. She knew she absolutely had to finish. If she didn’t, then people would think that women weren’t capable. She also began to wonder why she was the only woman to enter and run officially. Where were all the women? Running was such a big part of her life and helped her so much in feeling healthy and

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Photo:Boston He happy. Why was she the rald only woman on the start line? She realised that it was because women were not given the opportunity or the encouragement to run and as she crossed the finish line in Boston, she decided to do something about it.

Kathrine went on to achieve great success as an athlete, completing over 40 marathons and winning the New York Marathon in 1974. She also became a campaigner and advocate for women in sport. It was the Avon race series, a women-only event in 27 countries reaching over one million women that finally led to the inclusion of the women’s’ marathon in the Olympic Games in 1984. Kathrine’s bib number in Boston in 1967 was number 261. Women began contacting her to tell her that they write 261 on their arm when they go for a job interview or do something that scares them. Others said they had it tattooed on them, to remind them to be brave. Kathrine decided to turn something bad into something good. The number 261 was to be used to unite women and to represent being fearless in the face of adversity. In 2015, inspired by Katherine, 261 Fearless global women’s running network was born. JOIN YOUR LOCAL FEARLESS RUNNING GROUP The 261 Fearless network has been growing ever since, connecting women in their local communities and around the globe too with clubs in 11 countries. 261 Fearless Club UK was launched as a Community Interest Company in December 2017, and there are six clubs in the UK and three more starting soon. These are running clubs with a difference. There is no focus on time, pace or distance. There are no training programmes or milestones. Instead, women of all abilities (even complete beginners) are encouraged to come together, take time for themselves and have fun for one hour a week. Through running games and drills, women learn to associate moving their body with having fun and are instructed in women-specific, good running technique to ensure they can run injury free throughout their lives. There is a lot of laughter, members encourage and motivate one another, and the atmosphere is one of support and positivity; it’s completely non-competitive. Running really can change lives, and so many women believe they can’t do it or don’t want to because they hated it at school. You can be part of 261 Fearless, a community of women who know you can and want to support you. All you need is a pair of trainers. You won’t be judged, you won’t slow anyone down and you won’t regret it. Be fearless.

261 Fearless Club Lune Valley has just celebrated its first birthday. Meeting on Friday at 9.30am near Caton, the club is thriving. A member recently said, “The best thing is the friendliness and inclusivity. I’ve gained confidence and worry less about looking silly when I run.” For more information, you can find them on Facebook @261ClubLuneValley or email 261fearlesslv@gmail.com

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Top Tips to hearing well this Christmas Christmas is for spending time with loved ones and spreading good cheer. But for those with hearing loss who struggle to understand group conversations, large gatherings can be daunting and isolating. This sense of isolation is very common, especially around the festive season.

With one in six people in the UK now affected by hearing loss, you’re not alone. Christmas is for spending time with loved ones and spreading good cheer. But for those with hearing loss who struggle to understand group conversations, large gatherings can be daunting and isolating. This sense of isolation is very common, especially around the festive season. With one in six people in the UK now affected by hearing loss, you’re not alone. As a rule of thumb, you should try to sit in the middle where you are most likely to hear everyone, keep the volume down on the radio or TV, tell those around you about your hearing loss and face whoever you are talking directly. These will all help. However, if you really want to enjoy all the sounds of Christmas this year, make sure you do the following. WEAR YOUR HEARING AIDS They may take some getting used to, and you may be tempted only to wear them when you think ‘you really need them’ but using your hearing aids will ensure you get the most out of the festive period. 3 When you first start wearing them, you’ll be able to hear lots of background noise. But once you start 3 using them regularly, those sounds will gradually be moved into the background and become easier to 3 ignore as your brain adapts to all the new sounds you can hear.

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JB SCHOOL OF DANCE

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Everyone knows that dance, whether it be formal or spontaneous, is a great way to make new friends, gain confidence, learn the discipline of exercise and have a lot of fun. It is especially good at instilling confidence in shy children and laying the foundations for a healthy life. But for the pupils at JB School of Dance, there are formal qualifications and a bi-annual performance at The Grand to look forward to as well. PERFORMANCES AT THE GRAND “It is quite something when you see your pupils performing on the fabulous stage of The Grand Theatre in Lancaster,” says inspirational founder and owner of JB School of Dance, Joanne Bisgrove-Peel. “The children enjoy the performances so much, and I know friends and family love seeing the children up there on such a fantastic stage.” EXAMS ARE FUN? As well as performing on stage, the pupils of the dance school also get the opportunity to take formal dance exams which could allow them to enter into a dancebased career if they wanted. “The exams are actually really fun, they really are!” says Joanne. “An examiner from the International Dance Teachers Association comes to the school for a day and assesses the progress that the children have made. It is an excellent way of gauging how far the children have developed, and the exams provide the pupils with something to aim for.”

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DANCE PROFESSIONAL “I’ve always been really interested in dance and started dancing when I was 3 years old. At the age of 16 I went to the Northern Ballet School in Manchester to train as a professional dancer and at the same time gain my teachers qualifications. I then went onboard Carnival Cruise lines and worked all over the world. After a successful career as a dancer I decided it was time to pass on my knowledge and experience to other young budding dancers, and the school has been operating for 16 years. Since becoming a teacher I have also gained Fellowship status in ballet which is the highest accolade a teacher can gain. ” MORECAMBE AND CATON SESSIONS Currently, the school has around eighty pupils, and there are classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The Tuesday sessions are held at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare (just off Broadway) in Morecambe and the Thursday evening sessions are at Victoria Institute in Caton.

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LOCAL DANCE CLASSES DIFFERENT TYPES OF DANCE Five different types of dance are taught at JB School of Dance; Ballet, Tap, Funky Freestyle, Stage and Song and Gymnastics and Acro. Ballet is the most disciplined of all dance forms, and it encourages good posture and the development of strong bodies along with its renowned grace which can be seen in the quality of movement. It can form a good foundation for other styles of dance. Tap - We all remember Brucie’s brilliant tap dancing on Strictly which he made look so easy! But in reality, it does take a lot of practice. Tap dance is a type of dance characterised by the use of the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal “tap” on the heel and toe. Rhythmic and intricate, tap is one of the most enjoyable and erythematic forms of creational dance and is something the older generation will remember fondly. At the school of dance, there are age limits for Tap and classes are only held in Morecambe. Funky Freestyle- With its cool name who could resist this form of dance which involves Jo and her team using their choreography skills to create dance routines for specific pieces of music that the children love.

Funky Freestyle is a combination of pop video dance, hip hop, street, funky jazz plus much more all rolled into one lesson. Sounds fun! Stage and Song - These sessions are fun-filled and include song and action to everyone’s favourite songs including musicals, pop tunes and Disney. This type of dance is great for confidence building and who knows could lead to a life treading the boards like local West End Star, Mark Isherwood! Gymnastics and Acro - Designed to help build strength and condition body G & A offers pupils the opportunity to experience the gymnastic floor work that our brilliant Olympic gymnasts have made their own over recent years. This form of dance involves stretching, limbering and floor work along with learning the different tricks and skills. Jo and her dedicated team have already helped a number of former pupils advance their careers in dance, but whether your child wants to be a full-time dancer, go to ballet school, entertain on the stage or just enjoy a really fun lifestyle that keeps them fit and healthy, there is a place for them at JB School of Dance. Please see www.jbschoolofdance.co.uk for more details and how to contact Joanne. FIRST CLASS FREE.

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Our patients are often surprised by what we treat, and what Physiotherapy involves. Unless you’ve been before, chances are you won’t know what Physios do or what we can treat, and sometimes people have been put off coming because they didn’t think Physio was for them. . WHY SEE A PHYSIO? Put simply, if something hurts, for ANY reason, then that’s a good reason to see a Physio. Physios like us are known as musculoskeletal Physios because we deal with the muscles and skeleton (amongst other things including nerves, tendons and ligaments). That means that if you have pain, from a headache, right down to pain in your toe and everything in between, we can assess you and usually tell you what’s causing the pain, and what can be done about it. Pain happens for all sorts of reasons, and a lot of people seem to think they have to have had an injury to see a Physio. This is not the case. The majority of the people we see haven’t had an injury; the pain has simply come on and won’t go away! Equally, we do see plenty of people who have injured themselves doing something specific. Sometimes that will be a sport, but often it’s an activity around the house or at work. So that covers what we treat…pain for whatever reason, wherever it is in the body. Next up, a lot of people are put off because people think Physio will hurt. I won’t lie, some of the things we do are painful, but then again you’ve come to us because you’re in pain, so the techniques we use may be painful briefly, but they will help, sometimes immediately, sometimes over the following few days. An overwhelming majority of our patients wish they had come sooner and often it doesn’t hurt anywhere near as much as they think it will!

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So many of our patients tell us that they wish they’d come sooner and that they didn’t think anyone could help. IS PHYSIO JUST MASSAGE? Our patients are also often surprised as they think Physio is just massage. We do use massage, but we also have lots of other techniques we can use to help you improve quickly including mobilisations, manipulations, taping, acupuncture, specific exercises, and electrotherapy to name a few. Alongside this, we make sure you understand your problem, and that in itself can often help you feel better quickly. Lastly, a lot of our patients think we’re going to keep them coming back for a long time. Our job is to get you to your goal whatever that may be and get you back to the things you want to do, as quickly as possible. At your first session, we’ll talk to you about how long we expect your recovery to take and how many sessions it might take, so you know what to expect at every session. HOW WE CAN HELP YOU While we would never claim that we can fix everyone, there is usually something we can do to improve things at the very least. If you’re not sure whether we can help, don’t be shy, get in touch, and one of our Physios will happily discuss things with you over the phone. We can arrange an appointment usually within a couple of days if you have been in pain. Either way, don’t be someone who wishes they’d come sooner!

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HOW TO MAKE SUCCESSFUL CHANGES Our resident health expert Dr Juliet McGrattan shares her top tips on how to make changes in your life, working out what is holding you back and accepting relapse as part of the process.

Here are some points to consider to make successful, long-lasting changes: DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE?

Changing your behaviour is a challenging thing to do. How many times have you set a New Year’s resolution only to break it before the end of January? I’ve done this countless times. You have good intentions, and even when you think you’ve set a pretty realistic goal, you just don’t seem to be able to sustain it for any length of time. You can start out super determined and positive yet, within a matter of days, you’re justifying to yourself why it doesn’t matter if you make an exception on that day and you can start again tomorrow … except you don’t. I have become more and more interested in behavioural change as I realise how closely it’s linked to physical activity. If we want to help people get and stay active, we need to look at how to help them change their daily behaviours and not just offer them more and more activity options and tell them they should give it a go. But, whatever your desired change is, whether it is to exercise more, eat more healthily or stop smoking then the same principles apply.

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To form a new habit or behaviour, you need to want to do it, really want to do it. To be able to see why the change would benefit you and what might happen to you if you don’t make that change. If you’re ambivalent about it and can’t really see its value to you, then it’s going to be an uphill struggle which is unlikely to succeed. We can get frustrated when our loved ones don’t make the changes we think they should make but perhaps they are just not wanting or ready for change. The best example I saw of this as a doctor was people who didn’t want to give up smoking. I could explain the benefits of stopping and the harms of carrying on, but some people would simply say they knew all that, they liked smoking and didn’t want to stop. That’s fine. I would respect their decision. You can only make a lasting change if you really want to. But it may be that on enquiring again at a later time that they feel differently and are ready for change. Questions to ask yourself: How will I feel if I make this change? What are the consequences if I don’t make this change? How important is this change to me? WHAT’S STOPPING YOU? Change can be intimidating and scary. It can involve moving out of your comfort zone which some people find easier to do than others. Barriers can be simple, practical things involving health, time and other commitments. They can also be trickier psychological barriers such as poor self-worth, lack of confidence and fear. The thing I’ve discovered about barriers is that we often perceive them as

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immovable and permanent but usually they aren’t. With encouragement and support, the helpful eyes of someone else assessing the barrier, imagination and perseverance, they can be overcome. However, unless we find out what is preventing someone from making a change, listening to them, really understanding their point of view and, importantly, creating a workable solution with them, then behavioural change is unrealistic. Differentiating between an excuse and a barrier might seem hard, but if someone wants to change then through talking, it’s usually easy to identify what’s an excuse that can be quickly dissipated and what’s a barrier that needs a plan to resolve.

When I tried to make this change before, what went wrong? How can I make space for this change in my daily life? What can I do today to begin the change? RELAPSE IS PART OF THE JOURNEY. Behavioural change is an ongoing thing. It’s rare that someone decides to make a change and just does it, for the rest of their lives. It’s much more usual to keep with a change for a while and then come up against some barriers, perhaps drift in and out a bit. We’re often good at getting and giving support at the initial stages, helping someone to start their change and then feeling it’s ‘job done’ and walking away. Most people need some ongoing support and encouragement way beyond that start date. Even the most focused and motivated need a helping hand from time to time. A reminder how far they’ve come, a gentle push in the right direction, some re-energising. We need to recognise that in our own journeys too. It’s easy to think we’ve failed, fall into a negative thought spiral and beat ourselves up. Knowing that we’re normal, that it’s ok to ask for help to get back on target is all part of the journey of change.

Questions to ask yourself: What is stopping me make this change? What will help me make this change? Who can help me make this change? CHANGE IS HARD!

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What change have I made successfully before? What can I put in place to make this new change successful? How am I going to celebrate making this change? Change is complex and hard. This is only a small introduction to some basic principles of change that I’ve been fascinated by. I hope you can use it to set some goals for the year ahead. Remember to set realistic targets so you set yourself up to succeed. Good luck!

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WINTER ALLERGIES & SKIN PROBLEMS Allergies can be a real nuisance, and despite what you might have heard they can still occur in the winter. Rashes, sneezes, watery eyes and itchy dry skin are just some of the problems. Let’s look at the symptoms and the solutions in more detail. Allergies and skin problems aren’t problems that solely occur in the summer and spring because of pollen. Pollen is one of the few things you don’t have to worry about in the winter. Unfortunately, there is still a significant risk of allergies/ skin problems because of indoor allergens and the cold weather. The cold winter weather can also make familiar allergy symptoms like watery eyes, wheezing, sneezing and itchiness more commonplace. Let’s look at what allergies/ issues you need to know about when it comes to the winter. DUST MITES: Dust mites are just as active in the winter which means if you suffer a dust allergy it’s still going to be a problem and because you’ll likely be spending more time indoors during the winter you could see more frequent allergy attacks. Symptoms can be inflamed nasal passages, watery eyes & sneezing. Solution: Cleaning your home regularly especially the carpets and rugs is recommended because it will also help reduce the risk of allergies. Washing your bedding frequently during the winter at a high temperature will ensure dust mites are killed. MOULD: Mould can thrive in damp conditions, and they can trigger all kinds of allergic reactions like itchy skin, congestion, watery eyes and dry scaly skin. Solution: Ventilate your house if drying washing inside. Call a specialist company such as Envirovent on 01768 200 070. See page 24.

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DANDER: Dander is composed of little flakes from pet skin, saliva, dried urine and faeces. If you have pets, then this can cause allergic reactions to occur and with more time spent indoors during the winter the odds of an allergy attack of skin condition increase. Solution: Try to wash pets regularly or wipe their coat with a damp cloth to reduce the risk of dander. DRY SKIN: As it gets colder in the winter the moisture in your skin drops which can then lead to winter rashes & dry skin. Some people are more susceptible especially if they have an existing skin condition like eczema. While they are not often serious, they can be very irritating and uncomfortable to live with. Solution: In the winter time, we tend to spend more time with the heating and fire on, and this creates an arid environment which can irritate skin. A humidifier is an excellent investment for the winter because they pump out moisture in a controlled way, sometimes on timers. Ceramic humidifiers hung on a radiator are nonelectric and allow moisture to release into the air, even damp socks on the radiator will help, or a bowl of water in the room. Drink plenty of water and use a quality moisturiser. Some people swear by oatmeal baths, use a food processor to blend uncooked whole oats into a fine powder, sprinkle a cup into a lukewarm bath, the water should feel soft and silky. Don’t soak for too long though. You may not be able to stop allergies and skin conditions, but you can reduce the risks.

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The spectacular Alpine village of Hallstatt Often described as Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed village, one look at Hallstatt and you can see why. Nestled between the southwestern shore of the Hallstätter See and the towering Dachstein mountains you might be forgiven for thinking the place is a magical reflection in the water it looks so perfect. Features Writer Rob Bullock discovers more about this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One look with the naked eye at the town of Hallstatt tells lucky visitors that sometimes the camera really doesn’t lie. The place is an absolute picture. But you might have to blink once or twice to remind yourself that you are in one of the most beautiful, picture postcard places on the planet.


TRAVEL - AUSTRIA One look with the naked eye at the town of Halstatt tells lucky visitors that sometimes the camera really doesn’t lie. The place is an absolute picture. But you might have to blink once or twice to remind yourself that you are in one of the most beautiful, picture postcard places on the planet. The Austrian town of Hallstatt has got a very long history, and humans have lived in this place for tens of thousands of years. Easy to reach, Hallstatt lies in the Salzkammergut region of picturesque Upper Austria on the national road that links the major cities of Salzburg and Graz. People have been drawn to the area for a very long time, in the local museums, there are relics from when the first humans settled well before the pyramids were built and one reason for this is an item that we all have on our dinner tables, common or garden salt. Before tourism developed in the middle of the nineteenth century, it was salt that made Hallstatt famous, and it has got the world’s oldest salt mine to prove it. PLACES TO SEE In this pretty Austrian resort there is so much to do and see, and most of it revolves around the great outdoors. Here is just a small selection. Hallstatt Salt mine Everything has always revolved around the salty stuff in Hallstatt so why not start your visit to its salt mine museum. Visitors can follow the trail of the “Man in Salt” which is the oldest salt mine in the world and can go through the tunnels which have been hand dug by people over thousands of years, in fact some are over 3000 years old. This is a real family experience but seriously not for the claustrophobic! Skywalk Hallstatt viewing platform A breathtaking way to see Halstatt. You will need a head for heights on the ‘World Heritage Skywalk’ which hovers 350 meters above the roofs of ancient Hallstatt, but it is well worth the effort as it offers a unique panoramic view over Lake Hallstatt and the impressive mountain scenery. The Rudolfsturm (Rudolf tower) The former defence tower on the Hallstatt Salzberg (Salzberg is German for salt mountain) was built between 1282 to 1284 by Duke Albert I of Austria as a defence tower to protect the valuable mines and buildings of Hallstatt salt mines. It houses a restaurant and cafe with a panoramic terrace and is just a twominute walk from the top station of the Hallstatt cable car which is an experience in itself. Echern Valley Glacier Garden From manmade to the creations of mother nature, the extraordinary Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) with its monuments from the last Ice Age will take your breath

away and make you feel as if you are miles away from the hectic tourist destinations. This narrow valley between the powerful Hirlatz Mountain and the steep Echern Wall is a garden created not from the hand of humans but a force much greater, mother nature. Waldbachstrub Waterfall The waterfall at Waldbachstrub is sublimely beautiful as a mass of water plunges over the edge of a 90m high gorge and rushes roaringly and thunderously over three levels into the depths. To the locals it is known as a ‘Glücksplatz’ or place of happiness and is one of the most distinctive parts of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Whichever destination you chose to visit, make sure you’ve got a stout pair of walking shoes or boots as a visit to Hallstatt naturally includes a lot of walking. PLACES TO STAY Whether you are travelling on a budget or really pushing the boat out, there is somewhere to stay to suit all budgets. Here is a small selection of what is available. Seehotel Grüner Baum This truly elegant high-quality hotel sits in a perfect position overlooking the lake on one side and the picturesque village on the other. This hotel has elegantly furnished rooms with their fine furnishings, silk or brocade curtains, Persian rugs and heated oak parquet flooring. And the breakfasts are renowned through the whole of Austria. The Heritage Hotel This unique hotel melds three historic houses (house Kainz which is the main building hosting the reception/restaurant and sauna, house Stocker which is the oldest building in town and house Seethaler) into a luxury hotel with 55 rooms which will charm visitors with its unique flair and stylish appointments. Ferienwohnnung Aschauer This slightly lower priced guest house with its own garden and outside pool still offers accommodation of the highest quality. It lies further out of Halstatt but is still only a thirteen-minute walk to the centre of this pretty resort allowing visitors some precious time to really appreciate their surroundings. HOW TO GET THERE We are lucky that two of our regional airports fly to this part of Austria. You can fly to Salzburg from Manchester Airport with Lufthansa via Frankfurt or direct from Liverpool John Lennon Airport with EasyJet. If you have a little more time because several changes are involved and are feeling like an adventure you can travel via train from Lancaster all the way to Steeg-Gosau which is just a stone’s throw from your destination. You can then catch a local bus around the lake to Halstatt all the while enjoying the fabulous views!

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ROAST PORK LOIN with

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Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins

INGREDIENTS 454g sausage meat 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tbsp sloe gin 75g pistachio nuts 1.5kg pork loin joint skin removed 20g sage leaves 400g smoked streaky bacon Recipe from www.booths.co.uk

METHOD Pre-heat the oven to 160°C (fan) / 350°F / gas mark 4. Place the sausage meat, cinnamon, sloe gin and pistachio nuts in a bowl, mix well to combine. If tied, untie the pork loin joint, place skin side down on a board and cut a slit along the length of the meat to open it out like a book. Arrange the sage leaves along the loin in one layer. Spread the sausage meat stuffing along the length of the loin. Tightly roll the loin and tie with butcher’s string to secure. Wrap the pork loin with streaky bacon overlapping as you go. Reserve 8 rashers of bacon, use these to criss-cross over the bacon layer to decorate. Roast in a pre-heated oven for 1 hour 30 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving.

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WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER with Spinach, Cranberries and Chestnuts

Serves: 6 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS 1 large cauliflower A drizzle of olive oil 2 shallots, chopped 3 garlic cloves sliced 10g sage chopped 100g spinach leaves 50g cooked chestnuts chopped

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50g breadcrumbs 1 egg 25g dried cranberries 2 lemons, zest only Salt and pepper

METHOD Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan) / 400°F / gas mark 6 Trim away the leaves from the cauliflower. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and then place the cauliflower in the pan, stem side down and boil for 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Heat the oil in a frying pan and then sauté the shallots for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Then add the sage, spinach and 25g of the breadcrumbs, cook for 3 minutes. Place the mix into a blender, add the egg and blitz to a smooth paste, then add the chestnuts, cranberries

and zest from one lemon, mix well and season with salt and pepper. Spoon into a piping bag. Remove the core from the cauliflower to create a hollow. Pipe the filling into the hollow. Place the filled cauliflower onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and cook in the oven for 20 minutes Mix the remaining breadcrumbs and lemon zest together. After 20 minutes of baking, drizzle the cauliflower with olive oil and scatter over the breadcrumbs. Return to the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. To serve, slice into wedges and serve with all the Christmas trimmings.

PARSNIP & HAZELNUT SOUP with Blue Cheese Toasts

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Place a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the hazelnuts and toast for 5 minutes. Then add the butter, parsnips and garlic to the pan and sauté for 5 minutes. Then add the cream, milk and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and blend to a smooth consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper

25g butter 500g parsnips, peeled & chopped 2 cloves of garlic 250ml whipping cream 500ml whole milk 500ml vegetable stock Salt and pepper 6 slices fruit bread 75g blue cheese

Lightly toast the fruit bread slices on each side. Crumble the blue cheese over each slice and return to the grill to melt. To serve, ladle the soup into warm serving bowls, garnish with chopped hazelnuts, sprigs of thyme and a drizzle of truffle oil. Serve with the warm blue cheese toasts.


Christmas & New Year’s eve

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This is our favourite time of year, and our new management team are making the most of the hotel’s beautifully restored and refurbished surroundings by celebrating in style. With stunning garlands, mouth-watering menus, handsomely decorated trees and Father Christmas welcoming our younger guests as they visit him in his cosy sitting room, there will be no better place to celebrate this festive season. x Visit Father Christmas in his sitting room From 1st – 23rd December, Father Christmas will be welcoming individual family groups to his sitting room. With plenty of time to chat, take your family photos and make a special treat for Rudolph, we are offering a traditional Christmas experience. To make it extra special why not book the family in for Festive Brunch or afternoon tea for just before or after your visit?

a royal Christmas Fayre Fridays from 7th – 21st December 2018 Party nights in the Ballroom Join us for a delicious three course Christmas dinner and night of dancing for just £24.95 pp. Jazz nights in the Brasserie If laid back Jazz is more your vibe, we are offering Christmas Jazz Nights in the Brasserie for £29.95 pp. Champagne and Cocktails in the Crypt Christmas Dinner with bubbles and cocktails? Rude not to for £39.95 pp.

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Dine with us on Christmas Day Take the stress out of Christmas Day and join us for our exquisite 5 course Christmas Day menu. £65 pp includes a glass of champagne on arrival and the chance to relax while we take care of everything. new year’s eVe CeleBration A cabaret style night to remember. Live entertainment, 6 superb courses and a glass of champagne to get you in the party mood. £75 pp.


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Those of you who know Lancaster well can’t have missed the transformation that has been taking place at our much-loved hotel. The Royal Kings Arms, dating back to 1625, has been under new ownership since 2016 since when millions of pounds have been spent lovingly restoring it to its former glory. It is safe to say that this historic building, in the heart of Lancaster, has been reborn. With the work having been completed on the lower floors, including the fabulous Brasserie and iconic champagne and cocktail bar The Crypt, the hotel is celebrating Christmas and the New Year as never before. If like us, you love this time of year with its family gatherings, festive decorations, visits to Father Christmas, piping hot chocolate, afternoon tea, mulled wine and traditional fayre, head over to the Royal Kings Arms with your friends and family. A traditional Christmas awaits and is guaranteed to fill you with the festive spirit.

Party in style There is also a choice of Christmas party packages including dinner and dancing in the Ballroom, Jazz nights in the Brasserie and glamorous cocktail evenings in The Crypt. Saving the best until last – why not book your family in for a delicious Christmas Dinner or cabaret-themed New Year’s Eve Party? Kick back, leave the preparations to us and celebrate in style.

Legendary Sunday Lunches During the week the Brasserie is open from 7am – 10pm offering everything from an early morning breakfast which will set you up for the day, to a laid back ‘Brunch and endless Bubbles’, brunch without the bubbles, express lunches for busy people, the best afternoon tea in town as well as delicious à la carte dining. Customers come back time after time for our legendary Sunday lunches and generous portions. Private visits to see Father Christmas And there’s even more on offer throughout December. Father Christmas will be in his cosy sitting room at the weekends, ready to welcome you and your family for a private visit. Booking is essential, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy a family brunch or festive afternoon tea to make the most of the occasion? After all, making memories is what Christmas should be about.

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FOOD - LOCAL MEAT

MEAT from farms YOU CAN TRUST Hornby Butchers have been trading for over thirty years in the pretty Lancashire village where there has been an established butchers for over 100 years. They sell local high quality meat from farms you can trust, in fact, some meat comes from only a few miles away from their own doorstep. Hornby Butchers have been in business over thirty-one years, with the ethos that local meat offers unsurpassed quality to discerning customers who want the best at reasonable prices; “We try to use local meat as much as we can and this is the reason we took over the shop back in 1987 as it tied in with my husband’s family farming background,” explains owner Jill Towers. “Over thirty years later, we’re still here supporting local produce and helping to keep the village community alive alongside several other small businesses”. SUPPLIERS YOU CAN TRUST Whilst some people just want the cheapest possible meat regardless of its carbon footprint and where it comes from, many people are now much more concerned with the quality of the meat on their dinner plates, and this can only come from the people you trust, local farmers and butchers. “Trust is a very big thing in this business,” says Jill. “And this may explain why we are still here after all this time!” We know exactly where our beef comes from and we know the farmer personally. One of our butchers raises free range bronze turkeys, and we have a limited number of these available at Christmas, along with local farm reared turkeys from my nephew just up the road.”

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HOMEMADE As well as their locally sourced meats the master butchers at Hornby Butchers also pride themselves on their homemade products which offer unmatched quality and flavour and the assurance that you know exactly what is in them; “Alongside our famous steak pies, we make our own sausages and burgers and even cure bacon as well which is something you are not going to get at a supermarket” IN SEASON As we fast approach the festive season what is good to eat at the moment? “I can tell you that obviously game is in season right now, namely pheasant, partridge, grouse and wild rabbits and this carries on through to Christmas with the addition of goose in December. This is becoming more popular than in previous years but still remains more expensive than turkey which is fine for those with the confidence and know how to cook one! Hornby Butchers are at 70 Main Street, Hornby, Lancashire and they are open Tuesday to Friday from 8am to 5.30pm. They are open on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. For more details please see www.hornbybutchers.co.uk

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FOOD - LOCAL EATERIES

THREE GREAT FOOD HOT SPOTS Keeping it in the family

Winter Food to warm those bellies and tickle your taste buds.

All three within two miles, The Tavern, No 17 Restaurant and No 17 Chippy, all providing delicious local food whatever your taste buds are looking for. Milnthorpe’s popular No.17 restaurant, which opened in 2011, now has a brand new family friendly bar with outdoor terrace offering everything from freshly roasted morning coffees and afternoon teas through to tasty homemade pizzas. The new bar brings a more relaxed, casual experience to the restaurant with all food being overseen by No.17 Head Chef, Graeme Shuttleworth. www.no17parkroad.com/ 015395 64831

Still in Milnthorpe, the renamed ‘No.17 Chippy’ opened after a refurbishment at the end of October and the delicious scent of freshly cooked fish and chips is already attracting queues of visitors. www.no17chippy.co.uk/ 015395 62298 Two miles down the A6 toward Lancaster and the newly refurbished Tavern at Hale has been given a stylish, modern look but still retains the warm character of a traditional pub. A chef’s specials board has daily changing dishes including market fish of the day alongside pub favourites like homemade beef burger and surf & turf. www.thetavernathale.co.uk/ 015395 63203

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SUNBURY COFFEE HOUSE HOMECOOKED & VEGAN OPTIONS

Amazing food, wonderful service and nice cosy atmosphere. The Sunbury offers excellent vegan options, quite possibly the most delicious vegan platter I have ever tasted.

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The Sunbury Coffee House is a small traditional establishment that serves some of the best, authentic, locally sourced and inventive foods around whatever dietary requirements you have. Features Writer Rob Bullock discovers a treasure trove of traditional tasty treats and innovative modern dishes in the heart of Lancaster. Step through the door at the Sunbury Coffee House and you are made to feel welcome by the friendly staff and inspiring chef, Nathan. From the moment you enter you cannot fail to realise that this traditional tea room is proud of its Lancastrian roots

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with old prints dotted around along with modern bespoke pieces by local artists. LOCAL INGREDIENTS AND SUPPLIERS It is clear that the Sunbury Coffee House is proud to be in our area in more ways than one. Local pride is reflected in the sourcing of ingredients and supplies from the North West in general and our district in particular; “we do try and source as locally as possible,” explains proprietor Nathan Exley. “Our meat, fruit and veg come from local suppliers. It is really important to us to support the local economy, and our customers appreciate that.”

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LOCAL FOOD - SUNBURY TRADITIONAL COFFEE AND TEA ROOM “That’s the way our customers like it,” says Nathan. “We purposefully do not have Wifi so when you come in for a cuppa and a homemade cake you’ll have to put your phone or device away and enjoy the company of the person you’ve come in with or perhaps another of our patrons.” HOMEMADE Homemade is a big thing at Sunbury, in fact, almost everything is homemade, and because of this, the food tastes fantastic. From the delicious homemade cakes and mouth-watering bread to seven different kinds of homemade scone Nathan and his team strive to deliver proper food that appeals to many different tastes. And unlike some fast food chains, the ‘made from scratch’ food at Sunbury Coffee House is definitely worth waiting for. EVERYONE IS WELCOME The one thing that struck me about Sunbury Coffee House is that everyone is welcome whatever your dietary requirements and that you are never made to feel left out. They even serve vegan black pudding so that people enjoying the delicious vegan cooked breakfasts get to enjoy the same variety as people eating other full English breakfasts. “Often vegetarians and vegans do feel like the poor relations of meat eaters, and especially with regard to breakfast, but not in our café. The vegan black pudding, in particular, is a revelation and taste just as good as the real thing.”

can also enjoy your favourite tipple with your meal as a no corkage charge bring your own bottle policy is operated. From the tasty Korean spicy popcorn cauliflower with spicy barbeque sauce and pan Asian slaw to the mixed vegetable dumplings with pickled ginger and chilli jam to sweet potato and mixed bean tagine dining at the Sunbury in an evening will give your taste buds a treat. INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION OF CHEFS As well as providing customers with such a fantastic variety of food Nathan is now passing on his knowledge and experience to a new generation of chefs by teaching at Kendal College where he is inspiring others to make quality and taste central to cooking in the twenty-first century.

EVENING OPENINGS The Sunbury Coffee House is actually open two evenings a week as well as during the day with an extended menu. On Friday and Saturday evenings or by request for parties of eight or higher on other evenings you can experience some impressive fine dining. You

The Sunbury Coffee House is at 28 Sun Street in Lancaster and is open from 8 am until 4pm from Monday to Saturday. It is also open on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm until 8.30 with their inspiring evening menu. Please call 01524 843312 for more information.

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The perfect place for a relaxing lunch or tea & cake shopping break. We serve delicious home baked scones & cakes, a varied mouthwatering menu to cater for all, including; vegetarian, gluten free & dairy.

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FESTIVE FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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As well as getting presents and enjoying the company of our nearest and dearest, eating lovely food is one of the things that makes Christmas special. Here in the UK, our traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings is a great way of bringing people together on a very special day.

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a hot mince pie and a glass of mulled wine. After a bracing winter walk, nothing else will do to accompany your cuppa except a slice of homemade Christmas cake and a piece of cheese. But what festive food traditions do people have in other countries? Rob Bullock investigates… FRANCE - A SEAFOOD AFFAIR The culinary highlight of the French year is not for most families on Christmas Day, but late on Christmas Eve, and traditionally begins once folks have returned from midnight mass. The feast is called “Le Reveillon”, meaning “awakening” or “wake up” because it usually goes on until the early hours of the morning. You won’t be surprised to discover that some French people spend most of Christmas day sleeping! Seafood features prominently at Christmas in France with caviar, oysters and lobster being popular. When we lived in France the one dish we discovered which was a Christmas favourite was Coquilles Saint Jacques or scallops cooked in wine and cream served in a large shell with cheesy mashed potato. Even diners who didn’t like seafood could not help but like this festive treat.

A sweet treat is risengrynsgrøt which is a hot rice pudding served with sugar, cinnamon and butter. An almond is hidden in the pudding, and if the almond turns up in your portion, you win a marzipan pig! Strong hot coffee accompanies cake and waffles to welcome any visitors who may just pop in over the festive holidays. Like in France Christmas Eve is the main event in Norwegian Christmas celebrations. The first part of the day is often spent rushing around for the last Christmas presents, or in church for a Christmas service. At five the bells ring out for Christmas, and most people have Christmas dinner at home or with relatives. The Christmas presents have been placed under the tree and are opened after dinner. ITALY - EEL, PASTA AND ITALIAN CAKE According to tradition, the meal for Christmas Eve, La Vigilia, doesn’t have any meat in Italy. It’s all fish and vegetables. Culinary festive traditions differ in every region of Italy, and not just from one region to another, but even between cities, but there are some national favourites.

NORWAY - SLOW COOKED MEATS & FISH In Norway, it is not Santa Claus who brings the presents, but elves, known as Nisse, who are not altogether nice! The food, on the other hand, does tend to be nice and tasty with slow-cooked meats like ribs served throughout the festive period. A Norwegian favourite that we might not have tried before is lutefisk which is dried salted cod which is actually much tastier than it sounds.

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Traditionally in Southern Italy, especially in Naples, Capitone or eel is eaten. It is roasted and eaten on Christmas Eve. Across Italy oven roasted lamb and potatoes are enjoyed. This simple dish is a Christmas tradition that dates back before Christianity to the Roman festival of Saturnalia. From North to South, the typical dish of the Christmas

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FESTIVE FOOD & DRINK particular food item for Thanksgiving (which much more closely resembles a British Christmas lunch). Instead, they opt for ham or roast beef on Christmas Day. Even the vegetables are different in the US. Instead of mashed swede, you’ll be served mashed yams. Roast potatoes could very well be replaced with tater tots! And Yorkshire puddings are virtually unheard of, except of course on the tables of expats!

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dinner is pasta in broth. This is a hot and tasty dish that appeals to everyone, young and elderly. There are many types of pasta which can be combined with the broth: from the classic tortellini, typical of Bologna and EmiliaRomagna, to noodles, a variety of very long and thin pasta, similar to spaghetti. The Italians also love their sweet treats. Everyone has heard of panettone, but pandoro is less well known in this country. Pandoro is a typical Christmas cake from the city of Verona, and its origins date back to the 18th century. Many prefer the natural type, but those with a sweet tooth prefer to eat it stuffed with cream or chocolate! Panettone is more like a British fruitcake and originates from Milanese cake. It is a sweet soft sponge, stuffed with raisins and candied fruit. It is often served at the end of a hearty Christmas meal.

There are quite a lot of cultural similarities between the U.K. and the United States, but Christmas food traditions are very different on the other side of the Pond. While you might very well enjoy eggnog while sitting down to a traditional American Christmas dinner, don’t necessarily expect to eat turkey. Americans reserve that

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Moreover, traditional Christmas desserts such as Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and mince pies are not particularly popular in the U.S. More likely, your post-meal treat will take the form of either pumpkin pie, marzipan, fruit cake, apple pie, pecan pie, coconut cake or sweet potato pie.

Whatever treats you are enjoying for your Christmas meal and whether you enjoy it on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day the main thing is to try and share it with family and friends. HAVE LUNCH WITH OTHERS If you don’t have either, then there are places where you always be made to feel welcome. At the Methodist Church in Settle, a tasty lunch is prepared for older members of our community for a nominal charge, and this happens all across Lancaster District. VOLUNTEER Even if you have not been invited to lunch you could always volunteer to serve lunch to someone less able than yourself – you get to enjoy some good food and spend it with lovely people who might just become friends.

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Festive

SHOPPING Exploring our local towns

Shopping doesn’t need to involve long car or train journeys to massive out of town centres this festive season because there are a delightful variety of shops on our doorstep in some of our very own beautiful towns and cities. Features Writer Rob Bullock looks at how we can make shopping an enjoyable experience by keeping it local. Ingleton - Shopping, walking and log fires This beautiful Dales village right on the edge of our area has some lovely shops and boutiques where you can find unusual presents for loved ones and some of the best seasonal food our area has to offer. Parking is easy and just a stone’s throw from the centre of the village. All of this under the impressive shadow of Ingleborough. Set just off the A65, there is lots to do and see in the village. Why not combine a spot of shopping with a meander around the town’s waterfalls followed by lunch in one of the pubs beside a roaring log fire. If you don’t fancy a pub lunch, the village is blessed with some nice cafés and tea rooms where you can revive with a hot brew and a home-made cake. Kirkby Lonsdale - Independent shops galore Quaint shops dot the main street of Kirkby Lonsdale making it a destination for festive shoppers from across the north during the month of December. The town’s Christmas lights are a real sight to behold. It even hosts its very own festive weekend with a Christmas Market which is the highlight of the town’s year though it is probably the busiest weekend of the year with thousands flocking in.

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There are some excellent art shops in Kendal and these offer some unique gift ideas from local artists and crafts people. Thursday is market day in Kirkby Lonsdale and there are a delightful variety of stalls congregating in the picturesque market square to supplement the excellent variety of shops and boutiques. The indoor Country Market in the Institute also takes place on a Thursday morning from 10 until 12 noon where you can buy homemade produce (cakes, jewellery, eggs, plants depending on the season) and sample homemade cakes and teacakes as well as a hot drink. Carnforth - Easy parking & local shops Shopping in Carnforth really brings it home to you why you shop local. If you are coming from the south the views across Morecambe Bay are stunning. Parking is easy and everywhere is just a short walk away. There are two well stocked small supermarkets where the staff couldn’t be more helpful and a good variety of small shops and salons reminding you that you don’t need to go to Liverpool or Manchester for fashionable clothes or the best beauty treatment. If you have the doggies with you, why not take a short diversion at Bolton le Sands and give them a walk on the shore, the views are terrific and there are a couple of delightful places to stop for a reviving hot drink.

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Kendal - Everything you could need

Settle - A day trip on the train

This lovely south Cumbrian town really looks a treat all dressed up for the festive season. And with three supermarkets, DIY superstores and department stores as well as the smaller independent shops you can get absolutely everything you want in Kendal.

Just outside our area but always worth a mention Settle is easy to get to from our area either by car or train from Lancaster or Morecambe. There are lots of friendly cafés and pubs, a couple of fish and chip shops and a good selection of small independent stores where you can buy that perfect gift for that hard to please friend or relative.

The car parking is central and allows easy access to the shops and the pretty narrow streets. Christmas lights create a magical atmosphere to help you enjoy your seasonal shopping. There are some excellent art shops in Kendal and these offer some unique gift ideas from local artists and crafts people.

Settle’s market is mentioned in the Doomsday book and it is held every Tuesday come hail or shine. There is a small indoor market at the Victoria Hall along Kirkgate where you can enjoy a reasonably priced snack.

Eateries are everywhere in Kendal offering a range of snacks and meals to meet every budget and dietary requirement.

Three large car parks are just a stone’s throw from the market square and are perfectly placed for a bracing winter ramble in the stunning Dales’ countryside.

Lancaster - A vibrant shoppong destination

Garstang - Pretty Market Town

Everything is so close at hand in Lancaster and there is a good mixture of larger chains and small independent shops for you to peruse at your leisure. Lancaster might be a small city but it is a vibrant place to enjoy festive shopping as you meander along its mixture of ancient and modern streets.

This pretty, small market town is a true mixture of old and new. Its historic buildings and medieval streets which are also known as weinds are set amongst contemporary, independent shops, restaurants and cafes. The main shopping streets are High Street, Bridge Street, Church Street and Thomas’ Weind.

Shopping destinations within the city include Marketgate Shopping Centre and St Nics Arcade which have got all you need under one roof including fashion, beauty, gifts, food and drink. Those visitors looking to experience something unique should visit one of the many independent shops throughout the city which include fashion retailers, jewellers, gift shops, art galleries and various food and drink establishments to suit all tastes. If you are lucky enough to be visiting Lancaster on a Wednesday or Saturday you can experience the hustle and bustle of the city’s market where you can buy local produce and give in to the enticing aromas of the many food stalls.

Since 2000, Garstang has become known as the World’s First Fairtrade Town, and in 2008 Garstang was voted the best town in Europe so why not sample its festive delights this season? Garstang has a weekly market every Thursday and has run since 1310! The Market House is also open Wednesday – Saturday and stallholders sell a good selection of local produce including cheeses, meats and vegetables. The Thursday market along the High Street offer a large selection of stalls including shoes, children’s clothes, household goods, plants, books and lots more. Where ever you decide to do your festive shopping, remember you can get just about everything you want for Christmas locally and you can enjoy visiting some of the prettiest festive shopping destinations of the season!

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Northern Yarn

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We find out all about Kate Makin and her local shop Northern Yarn. Kate not only owns an independent local wool shop, but is a manufacturer of ‘Northern Yarn’ her own wool, farmed from local Quernmore sheep! Northern Yarn is an independent wool shop based at 74 Penny Street in Lancaster. Kate Makin started her business in 2016 after her local wool shop closed. Frustrated that there was nowhere to buy the British wool she loved to knit with, despite being surrounded by dozens of sheep farms, Kate sought to find a range of British yarns for knitters and crocheters. She started off selling these yarns at market twice a week, selling wool in wind, rain, and snow to customers who, like Kate, loved knowing the source of their yarns. Last year, Kate decided it was time to move into a more permanent environment. She’s packed her shop at Penny Street full of locally sourced British wool, patterns, accessories and knitting and crochet related luxuries. Kate doesn’t just stock British yarns though—she also produces her own. Her Northern Yarn line is all about following yarn from sheep to skein: finding quality fleeces from local sheep, paying farmers a higher price for them, and getting them scoured, combed, and spun into beautiful breed- and farm-specific yarns for

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makers to enjoy. Her first batch of yarn came into being from conversations with local farmers at the school gate: she bought the fleeces of Lynn & Michael Lund’s pedigree Poll Dorsets, who roam the fields of Quernmore, and had them spun into a 4-ply and DK weight yarns. The results were brilliant—the yarn sold out in a matter of weeks. Since then, Kate has sourced Zwartbles fleeces from Garstang, Lonk (a native Lancashire hill breed) fleeces from Bradshaw, and Mule fleeces from Yealand Manor. For her most recent yarn line, Kate’s again working with the Poll Dorsets in Quernmore. This time, Kate gathered a group of friends together and spent hours hand sorting the tufts of lambswool, making sure only the best fibres made it into the blend. The result is a much softer, but still bouncy yarn and its name—Jennett—has a very special story behind it. Kate first encountered the story of Jennett Cragg when she had just moved back north to Lancaster. She and her family quickly realised that the radiators were not going to keep their old house warm in the winter, so she invested in a stove and bought it from a farmer out in Quernmore (Bob

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Firstly – Don’t Panic! Help is at hand. Choosing a perfect present can be a tricky challenge, but finding it is a joy. With over four thousand products, local shop Down to Earth in Lancaster is on standby to assist you. Start by picking something that you like – the gift will be all the more special if it reflects the giver. With our gorgeous jewellery – the mainstay at Down to Earth – you can divide your options into earrings, a bracelet, pendant or necklace, or a ring. Next, think about which colour springs to mind for this special person. There are semiprecious stones aplenty: blue Lapis, Rainbow Moonstone, purple Amethyst, Amber (green, red and blonde) – the list goes on, including some unusual stones such as Watermelon Tourmaline, or Angel Hair Quartz. For earrings, could it be pretty studs or full “party strength” drops or maybe clip-ons for

those without pierced ears – all in sterling silver of course. Perhaps a pendant with lovely silver-work and a gorgeous gemstone, or even a silver creature – Down to Earth has Lancaster’s biggest selection of silver dinosaurs, dragons, hares, unicorns, bees in our “animal corner”! There are many fabulous twisted silver bangles or delicate silver chain bracelets and colourful beads to choose from.

We are here to take the stress out of present buying and are always happy to guide you through our vast stock, (we have currently over 4.5 thousand in stock, mostly unique pieces) and find the perfect choice for you and your special person. EXCITING TIMES!

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Penny Street Collectables is a hidden treasure in Lancaster. We stock 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. W W W. P E N N Y S T R E E T CO L L E C TA B L E S . CO M

Hidden Treasures Lush Designs Lampshade, B l u e Sta g £42

S u s i e Wa t s o n Snowdrop Cu s h i o n £4 8

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G i s e l a G ra h a m Christmas D e c o ra t i o n s £ 8 .9 5 Emma Bridgewater Te a p o t , £ 59

Jellycat Bashful F o x £17. 50 S u s i e Wa t s o n Snowdrop J u g , £ 32

Emma Bridgewater J u g £19. 9 5 J o n a t h a n H a r r i s St u d i o G l a s s £12 5

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Cu s h i o n s f r o m £12

B e d s & Fu r n i t u r e

M JBIR D & SO N

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From gifts for loved ones, to last minute accessories for you home - M J Bird & Son have a wonderful selection of finishing touches. We are also one of the areas largest furniture and carpet stockists and have all you need to make your house into a cosy home for Christmas - from last minute beds for visitors, to a larger dining table for Christmas Dinner. Our showroom in Bolton le Sands has all you need this festive season. Gift vouchers also available.

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W W W. M J B I R D. CO. U K T h e O l d M i l l , M i l l L a n e , B o l t o n - l e -S a n d s

A v r i l Fra m e £ 25

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E d e n S o f a & C h a i r ra n g e f r o m £49 5

To r r e n ce ta b l e £16 6

Co n s o l e Ta b l e £ 378

Festive cushions f r o m £10

D o o r s t o p s £16

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M i s t ra l Vn e c k Vick y Cardi £ 52

Plants, Kitchen gifts, Clothes & Accessories

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The Shop at Daisy Clough is brimming with great gift ideas! Something for their home, their garden, their kitchen or their senses, you’ll be able to find it here. We also have a choice of wrapping paper & gift cards, so that you can get everything in one go! The bright and airy tearoom is brimming with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere making it the perfect place to unwind with friends and family when you come to shop.

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Fa i r Tra d e S h o u l d e r B a g £45

C h a t r i Sta r s £ 59. 9 9 | £ 39. 9 9 S u z i Wa t s o n Cu s h i o n £4 6

DeWit Korean H a n d h o e £18 . 2 5 W i r e R e i n d e e r s £15 . 2 5 | £13 . 2 9

K e n t & St o w e Tr o w e l £11. 75

Silver Bird D e c o ra t i o n s £ 3 . 79

& bags Shoes, boots, slippers

R u s t i c m e ta l h a n g i n g p l a n t e r s £41/£ 52

BANK S LYO N SHO ES

- LANCASTER

Banks Lyon Shoes has been in the same family for over 125 years. Come and sample a unique shopping experience in Lancaster. We select the best brands from around the world for your enjoyment. W W W. B A N K S LYO N S H O E S . CO. U K

Luis Gonzalo Wo m e n ’s B o o t s £139

C a ra B u c k l e B o o t £16 0

C a p r i ce Wa t e r p r o o f B o o t £ 6 4 .9 9

Fabrics, patterns & habershashery ‘ S m a l l T h i n g s ’ c ra f t f a b r i c £13 p e r m e t r e

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FABR IX

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Fabrix stocks one of the largest ranges of dress materials, quilting and crafting fabric, patterns, haberdashery and prestige wool in the North West of England. W W W. FA B R I X L A N C A S T E R . U K

A p r o n p a t t e r n £ 7. 25 , F a b r i c p i c t u r e d £10 p e r m e t r e

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VIVA INTER IO R S

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Viva Interiors stocks a huge variety of gifts, home ware, including furniture, cushions, framed pictures, vases lampshades, throws, candle holders, bowls, children’s designer clothes & gifts. It really is an Aladins cave of beautiful gift ideas for Christmas and beyond. W W W. FAC E B O O K . CO M / V I VA . I N T E R I O R S 12 a D a l t o n S q u a r e , L a n c a s t e r T E L : 0152 4 8 4 3 0 0 0

Goose Feather Ta b l e L a m p £9 5

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

P e n g u i n Ta b l e £124

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D e c o ra t i o n s from £5

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E m e ra l d Ve l v e t A r m c h a i r £ 32 8

Fr o s t e d R e i n d e e r L a n t e r n £17. 50

Glit ter Dear £28

Peacock Feather a n d G l i t t e r M a s k £19 Pinocchio £22

Ananas Glass Lamp with velvet s h a d e £10 5

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A truly unique shopping experience; wonderful displays offering a handpicked collection of design led gifts and handmade crafts for all the family.

‘Edge’ Flip Alarm Clock & Light, Gingko £37

W W W. A R T E R I A S H O P. CO. U K 23 Brock Street, Lancaster T E L : 0152 4 61111

‘Northern Lights’ Festive Pop Out Scene £5

Almond Bauble, L’Occitane £12

Rains Messenger Backpack, Stone Grey £59

Nordic Gourmet Wine Gums, Festive Gift Box £8.50

aGROOVE, Bluetooth Speaker, Kreafunk £59 ‘Fox’ Handmade by Picca Loulou, Gift Boxed £22

Raindrop Hoop Studs Blueberry, Handmade by Wolf & Moon £24

THE LIT TLE BOW

For the Children

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The Little Bow is a leading Children’s Clothing Retailer online and in our store which is based in Kendal. We provide a selection of unique and quality products, an easy shopping experience, great shipping offers, and exceptional customer service.

W W W.T H E L I T T L E B O W K I D S . CO. U K 17 7 H i g h g a t e , K e n d a l - T E L : 0153 9 2 3219 0

10 % OFF QUOTE LANCASTER D I S T R I C T M AG A Z I N E

Nubuck Bow Boots £39.50

Girls Tutu from £24.99

Bobbl Hats from £32

Gert Gym Bag Panda £14

Motif Rompers £14 Christmas Teething Toys £20

Polka Dot Faux Fur Jacket £32

Leopard Print Sweatshirt £18

Leopard Print Muslin Swaddle Price£20

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K IT T Y BROWN

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Kitty Brown Boutique in Carnforth is brimming with an eclectic mix of fashions, accessories, shoes and boots. You will find something for all ages and tastes, in warm and welcoming surroundings. Stockists of beautiful clothes from brands such as Seasalt, Adini, Lily and Me, Mistral and Nomads. Now in our new shop right next door, we have shoes and boots from Rieker, Skechers, Ruby Shoos, Hush Puppies and Fly London among others. We also stock a huge range of beautiful jewellery, lovely bags and gorgeous scarves. Whether you are looking for festive gift ideas, a new outfit or special finishing accessories, you’ll find plenty of choice at Kitty Brown Boutique. Ruby Shoo Peri boots £68

Zelly fabric gloves £14 Seasalt Lanreath sweatshirt £55

White Leaf Delicate Feather necklace £14

Lunar long boots £80

Jo and Joe Shetland tartan slippers £14

Handbag organiser £6

Rieker black zip shoes £57

Hi-di-hi Everest shoulder bag £55

Ruby Shoo Rhea shoes in teal £55

Lily and Me Bathwick tunic in Winter Magnolia - £46

Adini Tiverton tunic £49

Thought bamboo socks £6

Nomads wool and cotton dress £75

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MOOR E N WIFE - C A R N F O R T H

Your family run local department store in Carnforth, Moore n Wife offer a huge variety of gifts for every age of the family, a true Aladdin’s cave of exceptionally selected homeware, kitchen tools, collectable soft toys and fine china.

W W W. M O O R E N W I F E . CO. U K 7 Market Street, Carnfor th T E L : 0152 4 7 32 0 53

Robert Welch knife block £299

Dora mouse door stop £35 Voyage Maison Collie dog picture £70

Robert Welch Cutlery Set £125

Steiff Peter Rabbit £79

Border studio Sheep Ornament £66

Voyage Maison Highland Cattle Footstool £90

Border fine arts Ornament £249

Voyage Maison doorstop Highland cattle £28 LSA Pair of Gin Glasses £28 Poole Pottery African Sky Vase £65 Dunoon Christmas Robins beaker £19 Steiff Anton Bear £250

LSA Moya Jug £42

LSA Serve tall comport £42

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DOWN TO E AR TH Mistletoe Pendant by Michael Michaud £92

Beautiful design doesn’t have to cost the earth

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Amethyst Sterling Silver Wavey Frame Earrings by Down to Earth £18.99

At Down to Earth you’ll find beautiful jewellery, ethically sourced clothing and interesting craft. All our products make perfect gifts so Christmas shopping couldn’t be easier here! W W W. D O W N T O E A R T H L A N C A S T E R . CO. U K 12 S i r S i m o n s A r c a d e , L a n c a s t e r Curly Dots Rainbow Moonstone Earrings by Down to Earth £29

Spiral Disc Burgundy Studs by Penny Warren £39

Dandelion Parka Jacket by Brakeburn £99.99 Sausage Dog Tunic by Brakeburn £39.99 Radiant Deluxe Bracelet by Carrie Elspeth £19.99 Pheasants Wellies by Brakeburn £44.99

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Silver Seahorse Amber Earrings by Down to Earth £46

Lapis Scarab Drop Pendant & Chain by Marjo £31

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BANK S - LYO N JE WELLER S - L A N C A S T E R

Banks Lyon are an award winning independent luxury watch & jewellery stockist with shops in Lancaster & Kendal. Our team of Personal Shoppers are passionate about the wide range of fine watches & jewellery we carry. We are an official stockist of brands such as Cartier, Omega, Breitling, IWC, Hublot & more. Astley Clarke Icon Aura rings in 14ct Gold and Diamonds, £450 each

Shaun Leane Rose Gold Vermeil & Diamond Hook Earrings, £695

18ct Yellow Gold, Diamond & Green Enamel Locket, £2,695

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Omega Diver 300m 42mm £7,200

TAG Heuer Link Watch with Pink Mother of Pearl, £1,350

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Sterling Silver & Sapphire Spaniel Cufflinks, £300

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Haberdashery Gifts

E T T Y LILLY

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

B r o t h e r I N N O V- I S A 50 £ 39 9

J a n o m e m o d e l 217-S £9 9

Lewis & Irene Fa b r i c w w w. e t t y - l i l l y. c o . u k 2 W h i n D r i v e , B o l t o n - l e -S a n d s B r o t h e r I N N O V- I S 15 £ 2 2 9

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ROBINSO NS ELEC TR IC

White Cross, Lancaster & Kirkland, Kendal T E L : 0152 4 3 42 91

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Buy your gadgets and gifts from a local shop with over 60 years of experience, Robinsons are on hand to offer you advice about a huge variety of electrical products. Our gift ideas include, T.V’s, speakers, radios, alarm clocks, cameras, robotic cleaners, head phones, sound bars and a huge choice of kitchen applicances.

R o b e r t s R a d i o “ O r t u s T i m e £9 9.9 9 Kitchenaid Hand Blender £ 8 2 .9 9

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Pa n a s o n i c Wireless Bluetooth Headphones £9 9.9 9

K i t c h e n a i d C l a s s i c Sta n d M i x e r £ 2 9 9.9 9

Linsar 2 S l i ce To a s t e r £ 2 9. 9 9

“ S o n o s O n e ” – Vo i ce Co n t r o l l e d S m a r t S p e a k e r £19 9 Sw a n Te a s m a d e £ 5 4 .9 9

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At Waterhouse this festive season we have some wonderful and beautiful clothing collections for you to check out from Superdry, Skunkfunk, Desigual and Who’s That Girl along with a fantastic selection of boots from Fly London, Sneaky Steve and Superdry. This Christmas we have sourced some great gift ideas from beautifully designed handbags, leather wallets, colourful socks, nice underwear, funky headwear, cool slippers and warm scarves & gloves. We also have a fantastic selection of great looking shirts from Spain and London that will certainly get you noticed from the crowds this winter.

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S n e a k y St e v e b o o t s £175

WATER HOUSE

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Superdr y H a t £19 .9 9 G l o v e s £16 .9 9 S c a r f £ 2 9.9 9

W h o ’s T h a t Girl dress £ 74 . 9 9

D a r i o B e l t ra n s h i r t s f r o m £4 9.9 9

Fl y London A n k l e B o o t s £119

Desigual Co a t £14 9

Fl y L o n d o n b o o t s £169 S k u n k f u n k d r e s s £ 8 9.9 9 Hymn shirt £ 5 4 .9 9

Superdry Accessories L e a t h e r w a l l e t £ 2 9. 9 9 Tw o p a c k b o x e r s £ 24 . 9 9 S l i p p e r s £ 24 . 9 9 S p o r t s w a l l e t £14 . 9 9 B o x e d s o c k s £16 . 9 9 B e l t / w a l l e t b o x £ 24 . 9 9 S u p e r d r y Co a t £135

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SUE SHIELDS SPA

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Elemis collections f r o m £ 27. 50

W W W. S U E S H I E L D S . CO. U K 60 Lancaster Road, Carnforth T E L : 0152 4 7 2 0 3 6 9

From award-winning skincare to luxurious face and body treatments, spoil yourself or someone you love with a gift from Sue Shields Spa this Christmas. Stuck for ideas? we have gift vouchers available for the perfect pampering treat plus gift sets ranging from £10. Gift wrapping service available if required.

Personal Shopping Experience 29th Nov & 7th Dec N e o m w i c k c a n d l e s , n a t u ra l a n d n o t o x i n s , r e e d dif fusers and bath oils from £38.00

Skincare, treatments & gifts OPEN LATE Monday Thursday 9am - 8pm

D o u b l e S e r u m Co l l e c t i o n 50 m l c o n ta i n s : D o u b l e S e r u m 50 m l , B e a u t y Fl a s h B a l m 15m l , I n s ta n t L i g h t L i p Co m f o r t O i l 01 Honey 2.8ml, All presented in a Festive Blossoms beaut y pouch. £ 75 , S a v i n g o f o v e r £17 *.

C h r i s t m a s G i f t Vo u c h e r s , b u y i n our salon or online.

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Magnif icent Man Gift Set Active Hair a n d B o d y Wa s h 10 0 m l Deep Cleanse Fa c i a l Wa s h 150 m l Daily Moisture B o o s t 50 m l £42 . 50 Wo r t h £6 8 . 50

THE RUNNER S CENTR E

W W W. R U N N E R S C E N T R E . CO M U n i t 10 K i n g s A r c a d e , L a n c a s t e r T E L : 0152 4 8 4 5559 Sunglasses £25

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Excellent customer service, offering a personal fit for footwear and clothing. Come to us for local knowledge for running groups, races or just a good route. The Runners Centre has some great ideas for Christmas gifts from vouchers, clothing, shoes, hats and gloves or fitness tracking devices. Come and see us for your Christmas gift ideas.

G a r m i n FR 35 £170 R i d e w a y P h o n e Wa l l e t £16

Tr i g g e r B a l l M a s s a g e S e t £14

C ra f t H i - V i z £ 3 0

M o r e B o u n c e - A d r e n a l i n e 19. £125 M o r e N o S l i p N o B o u n ce £ 31

A f t e r S h o k z H e a d p h o n e s W i r e l e s s £10 0

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R ENES

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At Renes Fashion you will find something for everyone! New Brands are continuously being sourced, so one thing for sure is it’s never boring… You can browse through all our brands at your leisure on our website or just give us a quick call and you can have that dress within 24 hours. Don’t forget to take a look at our BLOG page too. Fashion tips, on-trend items plus up and coming events in store. Come in and see us and take a look for yourself, our experienced staff are here waiting to help. W W W. R E N E S FA S H I O N . CO. U K 2 3/ 2 5 C o m m o n G a r d e n S t r e e t , L a n c a s t e r T E L : 0152 4 32 9 71

Te d B a k e r A n g e l Fa l l s Co m p a c t U m b r e l l a £ 39

S u p e r g a m e ta l l i c b l u e t ra i n e r s £6 0

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Te d B a k e r Fa u x Fu r P o m P o m S n o o d £ 59

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Pilgrim Jeweller y Necklace £30

Te d B a k e r A n g e l s Fa l l s Fr i l l B o d i c e Suit £229 Fr e n c h Co n n e c t i o n B r i g h t Baked Cherr y Cashmere B l e n d Co a t £19 0

White Choker by ZIGI £22

R o s e m u n d e o f Co p e n h a g e n V i n ta g e d u s k y p i n k & c ra n b e r r y c a m i s o l e £ 5 6

Black & White dress with p e a r l d e ta i l f l o w e r s b y J o s e p h R i b k o f f £ 27 7

“ C h e r i e ” S l o g a n Te e b y Fr e n c h Co n n e c t i o n £ 2 5

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PAPER GALLERY

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Paper Gallery stock a huge range of beautifully crafted cards, and quality christmas decorations, advent calendars, gifts and gift wrap. W W W. PA P E R G A L L E R Y. CO. U K 66 Market Street, Lancaster T E L : 0152 4 3 6 6 3 6

N o t e b o o k T i d y £9. 9 9

P o p u p C h r i s t m a s C a r d s £4 .9 9

Outdoor Clothing & Gifts

JC Country is a Lifestyle clothing and footwear store selling top outdoor clothing brands such as Jack Murphy, Aigle, Irelands Eye, Toggi, Brook Taverner, Muck Boots, Bogs, Baleno, Cabotswood, Lazy Jacks and more......

A r c t i c Ta n B o o t s £10 5

Fa i l s w o r t h H a t s £ 39.9 9 e a c h

Gilet £ 60

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JC COUNTRY

2 019 H u m m i n g b i r d D i a r y £14 -2 0 ( L a r g e s e l e c t i o n i n s t o r e)

We stock outdoor & lifestyle clothing for Ladies and Gents and a large range of footwear and gifts for all the family. W W W. J CCO U N T R Y. CO. U K Louise Scarf £ 24 .9 9

Cleveley Bank Road, For ton T E L : 0152 4 7 913 6 2

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H a r r i e t J a c k e t £19 5

M a r g u e r i t e S o c k s £17

Muckmaster B o o t s £115

Har vey Gilet £6 0 . 0 0

K a t r i e n H a t £19.9 9

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pecialities Seasonal Gifts and S B e f o r e ra i n

Co l i n Chameleon £18 . 9 9

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BAY VIE W GAR DEN CENTR E Our Centre becomes a winter wonderland for Christmas, with our Christmas shop and magical Santa’s Grotto. Find inspiration from our range of gifts and decorations and unwind with our Festive Fayre menu in the Allium Eatery. W W W. B AY V I E W G A R D E N C E N T R E . CO. U K

5t h D e c CHRISTMAS Co l o u r C h a n g i n g S p a ce s h i p U m b r e l l a £10 . 9 9

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S H O PPI N G EVENT

Wo o d e n Reindeer Scene Fra m e £19.9 9

L E D Sta g C a n va s £ 24 .9 9

O u t o f O f f i ce Tra v e l Wa l l e t £ 2 3 .9 9

R e s e r v e d f o r t h e D o g Cu s h i o n £11. 9 9

M e n ’s Tra v e l G r o o m i n g S e t £ 2 2

Handmade Luxur y C h r i s t m a s P l a n t e r s £6 .9 9

Sophia Unicorn Crochet Kit £19. 9 9

Sta r P o n c h o £ 3 4 . 9 9

E l e p h a n t Te a & C a k e S e t £17.9 9

C a k e Sta n d £ 24 .9 9

Wo o d w i c k C a n d l e s 3 0 % O FF a l l f ra g ra n g ce s

Nutmeg & Ginger Candle Dif fuser £ 21.9 9

Wo o d e n N a t i v i t y S e t £16 . 9 9

Wa r m i e s R a i n o w U n i c o r n £ 21.9 9

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WOODL ANDS NUR SER IES

- M I L N T H O R PE

Tr i v e t s Wa l l O r P l a t e Sta n d s £15 .9 5

Medium Size Christmas D e c o ra t i v e S u i tc a s e £ 7. 50

S n a i l C a s t I r o n S h o e B r u s h £ 21.9 9

Bird Feeding Sta t i o n £ 2 9.9 9

At Woodlands Garden Centre we stock a wide range of products to assist you in your garden through each of the seasons. As well as fantastic advice we offer a selection of gifts for all the family, pop along and see what we have to offer.

H o l o g ra p h i c m u s i c a l d e e r s ta r £18 . 9 5

Poppy Bird Bath Glass £ 25 . 9 9

W W W.W O O D L A N D S G A R D E N C E N T R E . CO M Co a l Scuttle £18

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

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S m i l e Sta r Tr e e D e c o ra t i o n £ 5 .9 0

HAL A PE T STO R E TUSCAN dog beds high luxur y faux l e a t h e r, f r o m 19.9 9

Pet bed with non slip r u b b e r b a s e f r o m 9. 9 9 Ancol E x treem Monsoon Dog Co a t f r o m 19. 9 9

- LANCASTER

Hala Pet Store near Booths in Hala offers everything you could want for your pets, food, treats, beds, tanks, accessories, toys and live pets for sale (birds, Guinea Pigs, hamsters, fish) with accessible free parking outside. W W W. H A L A P E T S T O R E O N L I N E . CO. U K 10 L e n t w o r t h H o u s e , H a l a , L a n c a s t e r T E L : 0152 4 8 474 3 4

Gifts Fireside Accessories &

L AK E WO O D STOVES

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Pop into our showroom at Greenlands Farm, not only will you find a huge selection of Stoves to keep you warm this winter but a large range of accessories for your fire. We stock lots of perfect practical gifts for those who love to snuggle up to a warm winter fire. W W W. L A K E W O O D S T O V E S . CO. U K

Jutland Fireside To o l S e t £ 8 5

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Teddy Bears from £7.95

Spruce Door Wreaths from £17.99

White Ice Bouquet from £29.99

DALTO N SQUAR E FLO R IST

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F loral Designers with F lair Lancaster’s Premier Florist for bespoke hand-tied bouquets, arrangements, holly wreaths, door wreaths, grave pots, plants, gifts and Christmas tree decorations. Handmade in store by our professional floral designers who are passionate about flowers and hand-delivered to your home or workplace. We have a large choice of quality fresh flowers arriving daily from Holland, and a lovely selection of silk flowers are available too. Table Centres with Candle from £29.99 Baskets from £29.99

Why not add a finishing touch to your flowers with a teddy, balloon or chocolates. All flowers made with love, diamantés and ladybirds! National and International delivery available through our partners at eFlorist & Direct2Florist. Pop in or give us a call for competitive prices and friendly service or if you prefer to use our online shop. Christmas Plants from £4.99

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Tree Decorations from 99p

Chocolates from £6.99

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FIR THS JE WELLERY -

At Firths, we always put our customers needs first, this is the reason we have been successfully serving Lancaster and the surrounding area for 65 years.

18 c t r o s e g o l d and diamond b u b b l e r i n g . 0 . 69 c t d i a m o n d t o ta l . £2,895

Platinum 0.64ct princess cut diamond ring. Set with diamond s h o u l d e r s a t 0 .10 c t . £ 3 ,19 9

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18 c t y e l l o w g o l d a n d 2 .13 c t ra r e o p a l s e t w i t h 0 . 21c t d i a m o n d . £ 2 , 79 5 P l a t i n u m a n d 1. 2 0 c t ta n z a n i t e a n d 0 . 32c t d i a m o n d r i n g £1, 8 9 5

Bespoke rings made in our workshop. Choose from a wide va r i e t y o f s t o n e s and mounts to design your own ring!

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Gifts, Toys & Art

INSPIR E G IF TS & GALLERY

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Inspire Gifts and Gallery offer a wide range of gifts and toys for any occasion and all ages. Our first floor gallery features the best in local contemporary art. 28 New Street, Lancaster T E L : 0152 4 8 4 6 0 9 7

A g n e s + C a t Fl a v o u r e d S o a p s £6 -7

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Ly n d e n S c a r f £13 . 75

Something practical Choose from the widest product range and find expert answers to your decorating questions. Gifts for all DIY enthusiasts.

BR E WER S

R S p a ce L a m p £ 79

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L i t t l e G r e e n e S a m p l e P o t £4 . 50

2 in 1 ex tendable CO B To r c h £ 5 . 9 9

W W W. B R E W E R S . CO. U K Unit 2, Eastgate, White Lund Industrial Estate T E L : 0152 4 3 819 7 8 Fa r r o w & B a l l Pa i n t S a m p l e £4 . 50

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& Gifts Wines, Beers, Spirits

L ANC ASTER WINE COM PANY An ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of personally selected wines, beers, spirits, speciality foods, gifts ideas galore from the UK & around the world. Local independent offering great quality & value for money.

G ra h a m ’s 2 012 L B V P o r t £9. 4 9 o r 2 f o r £19. 0 0 o r 3 f o r £ 26 . 0 0

W W W. L A N C A S T E R W I N E CO M PA N Y. CO. U K Boe Violet Gin 5 c l & G l a s s S e t £12 .9 9

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Homeware & Gifts

GO R R ILL S

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A independent family run shop in the heart of Lancaster, selling a huge selection of home and kitchenware, glasses, ornaments, cards, and gifts.

Dartington Glitz Gin glass £20 Jellycat U n i c o r n £18

The Snowman Ornament £28

B e a n z M u g £11.9 9

P u r s e ( Va r i e t y o f d e s i g n s a va i l a b l e) £ 5 St e i f f B e a r £4 0 W i l l o w Tr e e To g e t h e r £42

Dunoon Lancashire Born a n d B r e d M u g £19

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UK’s Largest Cycle Store

WHEELBASE

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W H Y T E 4 03 £ 59 9 T h e W h y t e 4 03 i s t h e p e r f e c t t r a n s i t i o n b i k e f o r y o u n g t r a i l r i d e r s . A 13 ” f r a m e c o m b i n e d w i t h 26” w h e e l s m a k e s s h r e d d i n g e a s y. T h i s MT B i s p a c k e d w i t h f e a t u r e s t o i n s p i r e conf idence and control.

C A N N O N DA L E CUJ O 2 0 £ 3 4 9 With the amazing grip and comfort of big tyres this lightweight Cannondale b i k e m a k e s t r a i l r i d i n g f u n a n d e a s y.

FR O G TA D P O L E M I N I £110 T h e F r o g Ta d p o l e M i n i i s a g r e a t f i r s t b i k e which is suitable for children aged 1 and 2, w i t h a m i n i m u m i n s i d e l e g o f 24 c m . H e l p them get their balance to cycle super early!

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Gifts for nature lovers

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- S I LV E R DA L E Suet Gif t Punnet £8 .99

Sta n d i n g R o b i n D e c o ra t i o n £ 3 . 9 9

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

(w h e n y o u spend over £4 0 . 0 0 )

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W i n t e r B i r d s Cu s h i o n £18 .9 9

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We are an independent interiors showroom, full of beautiful things that will inspire you. Whether you’re trying to find a new piece for your home or looking for that special gift, visit Domus this Christmas time.

Sculpture £80

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MOORE n’ WIFE

Armillar y £225

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FOOTHILLS TREK 2020 NEPALESE

In March 2020, St John’s Hospice will be taking on the formidable foothills of the Himalayas! They will explore the lush woodland valleys of the Pokhara region, conquering steep climbs, navigating across suspension bridges and enjoying phenomenal views across the unforgettable alpine landscape.

This will be the fourth overseas adventure that supporters of the hospice have taken on. The first challenge was the infamous Great Wall of China, followed by the treacherous trail to Machu Picchu, Peru. In 2019, 20 hospice trekkers will take to the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert and 2020 will see Lancaster’s local charity represented through the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. The treks, whilst a personal challenge that can me so emotional for the individual trekker, also provide vital funds to the hospice that ensure that St John’s can continue to care for the people of Lancaster and the surrounding areas. - The last three treks have raised almost £250,000 profit for St John’s!

Take in the life changing views of the fishtail peak of the Machupucchare Mountain, experience the sunset and sunrise glow against the glistening snow top peaks and explore the mountainous village of Tanting - all in the name of fundraising for St John’s Hospice. If you would like more information about this trek or future overseas challenges please come along to the Launch Night on 29th October 7pm – held at the Courtyard café at the hospice. For more info on the launch night and to reserve a place please visit www.sjhospice.org.uk/nepalinfoeve

To quote one of the Great Wall of China Trekkers “It was so emotional, it was the biggest adventure I had ever been on, having spent months and months planning and prepping for the trip to have finally finished and achieved what we all set out to do was brilliant and I can’t wait for the next one!” For some, the memories of loved ones who have received the outstanding care of the hospice was the driving factor - “My wonderful dad spent his final few days at the hospice. The care he received during that time was second to none, and the support given to the family was invaluable. Since then I have wanted to give something back and help the hospice to continue their wonderful care for others. It has been hard work raising lots of money including a BBQ with live music and a race night.” After receiving the emotional feedback from the previous trekkers, St John’s have decided to launch the 2020 overseas trek to Nepal. The 10 day trek will be led by an experienced team of Sherpa’s who will guide us through the stunning Sardi valley, over the Tara Hill Top wooded knoll and show us the 360 degree views of the Annapurna Range.

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SHOP LOCAL shop to skate The festive trading quarter, known as the ‘golden quarter’ is one of the most important trading times for retailers across the UK and beyond - and it has begun! By Lancaster BID

In the golden quarter, sales increase as people purchase Christmas gifts, decorations, food & drink and new festive outfits- and don’t forget the increasingly popular Christmas Jumper. Some businesses in the UK entirely rely on Christmas trade to see them through the rest of the year, including Christmas Cards and Christmas Tree companies.

a marketing strategy called ‘Winter In The City’ which saw us produce or support an event each weekend in the city centre throughout November and December. The aim behind this campaign was to keep people coming back to the city centre regularly, in the hope that they will do their Christmas shopping in local Lancaster businesses. This campaign has grown each year, with events being adapted or changed, to draw a greater number of consumers to the city. This winter we have already seen Light Up Lancaster, Chilli Fest, Find The Characters and the biggest ever Christmas Lights Switch On, with the launch of Lancaster On Ice! We still have lots left, including A Musical Affair in Market Square, Reindeer Day, Christmas At The Castle and Lancaster Priory’s Christmas Candlelit Spectacular.

Although footfall in the UK is declining by an average of 3.5% annually, mainly affecting the high street and shopping centres, the golden quarter tends to buck this trend. In the UK 74% of retailers state that they get 20% or more of their annual sales at Christmas, with approximately 13% of all sales in the UK taking place in December. It’s a fact that online retail is taking a lot of spending from the high street, with the growth of online purchases by computers, mobiles and tablets increasing each year. However, the good news for local businesses in Lancaster is that the majority of Christmas spending in the UK (80+%) still takes place in brick-andmortar retail stores. This does seem to reflect the picture in Lancaster. According to the Lancaster BID footfall monitoring systems on Penny Street and Market Street, the week leading up to Christmas consistently shows the highest footfall impressions in the city centre, compared to any other time of year or event.

SHOP LOCAL AND BE REWARDED WITH SKATING TICKETS! To complement the fantastic programme of events, we’ve teamed up with Lancaster On Ice. There is no doubt that the inaugural ice rink in Dalton Square will be an incredible draw for Lancaster, bringing people from across the District and beyond to the city centre, to join in the festive fun. To ensure that the businesses capitalise on the influx of visitors to the District, we’ve launched our ‘Shop 2 Skate’ campaign. Shop 2 Skate will encourage everyone to shop locally in Lancaster city centre this year, and in return for doing so, participants will be rewarded with two free ice skating tickets (whilst stocks last). By shopping locally, you will discover a range of fresh and exciting products, right here on your doorstep, so why go anywhere else? Look out for participating businesses, who will have Shop 2 Skate posters in their windows. This trading period is vital for businesses in Lancaster so make sure you shop local this Christmas in Lancaster and support your city centre businesses!

Here at Lancaster BID, we know how vital the golden quarter is to retailers in the city centre. In 2015 we started

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Lancaster On Ice 24 Nov – 6 Jan Dalton Square

WINTER WEEKENDS DECEMBER

A Musical Affair in Market Square 2nd December

Christmas at The Castle 15th - 16th December

City Centre

Lancaster Castle

Reindeer Day with Santa 9th December Market Square

Christmas Candlelit Spectacular Concerts 21st - 22nd December Lancaster Priory

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ACTITIVIES WITH KIDS

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The festive season is full of excitement for children, they can’t wait to break up from school, but 2 hrs later they are bored.....’what can we do today?’ Here are 6 ideas for quality ‘no tech’time with your children.

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GO ON A BIKE RIDE TOGETHER

BUILD A DEN TOGETHER

A fantastic skill to learn and an activity that kids and adults can both enjoy. Strengthen bonds with your child by taking them out on your bikes on some of the many bike paths in the Lancaster District. Bike equipment & advice available from Wheelbase in Staveley.

Parents are so busy these days, taking time out to build and enjoy a den with your child is worth more than the presents you will wrap under the tree, children want our time!

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Getting off the technology and hands on with cooking builds a variety of skills, kids love it and you’ll end up chatting about all sorts of things while you do it.

GET CRAFTY & GET SEWING Most children love making things, whatever their age. Make one of these fantastic Christmas Decorations together. Make your own Reindeer kits available from Fabrix in Lancaster.

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READ TOGETHER Spark your childs imagination and develop their vocabulary. Reading together strengthens bonds, helps your childs brain, social & communication skills. And, it’s so much fun getting lost in a book.

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6 GET CREATIVE - PAPER SNOWFLAKES Every snowflake is different, create different sizes and shapes, this low cost activity is a winner!

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AWESOME. KIDS BIKES HAVE EVOLVED. THEY ARE NOW LIGHT, EASY TO RIDE, COME IN GREAT COLOURS AND ARE SIMPLY AWESOME GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS.

CUBE KID 240 DISC

CANNONDALE CUJO 20

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CUBE ACID 200

FROG 48

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STAVELEY KENDAL RD

FROG TADPOLE MINI

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We have one of the UK’s largest ranges of electric bikes in store and online now. Whether you want a performance eMountain bike or a gentle eTouring bike we have it all at WHEELBASE.

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WINDERMERE RD

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3 STORES ACROSS THE NORTH OF ENGLAND

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A male Walrus is

KIDS PUZZLE PAGE

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Walrus Facts Did you know?

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They have aro un d 450 whiskers.

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Walruses can weigh up to 2000kg (Weight

Walruses can hold their breath for up to 30 minutes

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Walruses are an endangered species.

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Mucky Pups Pre School Telephone 01524 849106 Affordable, Flexible, Quality

PROFESSIONAL MATHS TUITION

Qualified and experienced teacher of secondary maths. Judith offers one to one home tutoring to build confidence, prepare for exams and boost grades. From fractions and ratios, to circle theorems and problem solving, Judith will personalise each lesson to develop your child’s understanding and engagement.

ONLY £29 A DAY! Open for full day care 8.30am to 5.30pm year round.

Covering the Lancaster and Garstang areas.

Mucky Pups takes children from aged 2 to 4 years and is fully OFSTED registered.

Daytime, after school & evening lessons available

As a social enterprise we aim to make childcare affordable and so have set full day fees at just £29 a day.

From Primary to GCSE including 11+

07791 378445 or 01524 752131 email: mathsright@yahoo.co.uk www.mathsright.co.uk

www.muckypupspreschool.com September bookings now being taken .

At Willow Lane every member of our school community (children, staff and families) is valued. We work hard to be an inclusive school, to celebrate diversity and to create a welcoming environment that encourages learning. • Through ‘teaching to the heart’ we encourage children to work hard, to develop their enjoyment of learning, to enhance their fascination of the world around them and provide artistic, cultural and sporting opportunities to support their learning.

• Our Values Education approach gives children the language to reflect upon choices, to explore their feelings and to recognise the impact of their actions on those around them. Visitors are always impressed by the children’s behaviour and we are rightly proud of them for this.

FOR FURTHER INFO SEE OUR WEBSITE OR FOR SCHOOL VIEWINGS PLEASE CALL US

Willow Lane, Lancaster LA1 5PR head@willow.lancs.sch.uk • www.willow.lancs.sch.uk

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We’re currently tracking the follow-up single to ‘Boundaries’, which will be out this year, before we lay our debut EP on you in the spring.

Lancaster District Magazine interview local band ‘Passengers’ member and vocalist Jed. Tell us a bit about your band and are you local? I’d definitely say we’re a local band! All the band members live in Lancaster and Morecambe – I’m the only one who doesn’t live locally per se (I moved back down to Bolton a few years back), but I still work in Lancaster as the in-house promoter at The Bobbin as part of the Rawkus Events empire. Jed - Vocals, Daryl - Bass, Aiden - Drums, Niall - Guitar, Mike Guitar Our bassist Daryl works with Music too, both at Lancaster & Morecambe College and as the Sound Engineer at the Yorkie. Aiden (drums) works at the local DW Gym (surprise surprise for a drummer hey) but also freelances in graphic design for bands/brands, oh and he also plays for a killer Electronic/Hip-hop/Grime fusion band called Askari OAM, Niall (guitars) works for local creative/ branding specialists Hotfoot Design and Mike (guitars) works for Persimmon Homes. As musicians, we’ve all been active in other projects locally – Aiden with local favourites The Bottlenecks, Ulcat Row and From The Ashes, Daryl in The Ashan

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Project, Niall in Cyferdyne, The Shipman Project, Gates To Masada and Callus, Mike in Gates To Masada and myself on bass for Indecisive Affection about five years ago. When and how did the band start? I (Jed, vocals) was actually the last piece of the puzzle. Niall, Mike and Aiden were jamming for quite a while and wrote the bones of what would eventually become our debut single ‘Boundaries’ before adding Daryl on bass and starting a hunt for the right frontman. Suffice to say what we do is fairly niche in the bay area, so finding the right fit from a small pool is hard. Where was the first venue you played at and how was the experience? Our debut show was at Rebellion in Manchester supporting Martyr Defiled’s last ever show – we were playing second out of about eleven bands on this insane lineup, it was a cracking way to kick this band off!

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How would you describe your music? It’s a bit of a tricky one – we’re heavy, no doubt. Some people go for the Metalcore bracket as a lazy go-to, but the music we’re writing is a bit different to what you’d be hearing from a straight up Metalcore project. There are these much more Post-Metal inspired melodic sections, Djent-leaning guitar structures and synths sat behind it all pulling strings. If people push me, I say we’re a Fake Djent band to watch them scratch their heads (and hopefully get on YouTube to figure out what I mean). Who writes your songs? It’s really a collaborative process. I write the lyrics, but when it comes to music writing it’s down to the others because I’m not at all accomplished on guitar or drums… my catchphrase is “play it again, but slower so everyone beats each other up” though obviously, I’ve sanitised that a bit for your enjoyment. The basis for the tracks generally comes down from Niall and Mike on guitars, they’ll coordinate with Aiden who’ll twist the structure a bit and stuff it full of killer drum riffs. Then everyone will slam it down as a demo, once they’re happy for me to disappear into the attic and come up with some barely comprehensible words. The system works. What has been your most memorable experience? Personally, I like seeing what I can get away with every time we play live. It’s pretty freeing being a mobile frontman and being able to roly-poly your way into a grooving audience. As a band, though, I think we all loved having the Alternative Scene show up in force to our local debut show at The Bobbin a few weeks ago. We were on first, and to have such a great crowd was special. Let’s do it again this December.

If you loved “WITCHES” you’ll be enthralled with Stagestruck’s magical retelling of the dark, sometimes scary, often hilarious tale of

Pinocchio.

Where do you play? At the moment, I’m working on blooding us with both bigger support slots (Martyr Defiled, Astroid Boys, The Algorithm etc) alongside local shows, so we can build a bit of a following and return to these areas with a bit of kick behind us in the future. Where should we be playing? You tell us.

Re-told from the original Carlo Collodi by Liz Brewster. Choreography by Hannah-Louisa Doyle with original and brilliant score by Phil Allcock

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What are your plans for the future? We have some ridiculous plans coming to fruition I wish I could tell you about – you’ll just have to wait and see over the next few weeks! What I can say is that we’re currently tracking the follow-up single to ‘Boundaries’, which will be out this year, before we lay our debut EP on you in the spring. Where can local people find you?

Saturday matinee 2pm Tickets £12 | £10 Concessions

BOX OFFICE 01524 64695 www.lancastergrand.co.uk

In the apoplectic scream of a bad-tempered toddler. Also Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Deezer

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Morecambe Community EDF Energy

Saturday 1st December 12 – 6pm Morecambe Town Centre Lights switch on 5pm


BOX OFFICE 01524 64695 Hal Cruttenden - Jan 25th Roy Hemmings Hits of Motown - Jan 26th Let Me Entertain You - Feb 1st Whitney - Feb 2nd Beauty and The Beast Ballet - Feb 10th Dear Zoo - Feb 11th & 12th The Christians - Feb 15th MilkshakeLive! - Feb 22nd Russell Watson - March 6th For our full show list go to:

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WHAT’S ON : FESTIVE

Christmas Baking Workshops

From11th October - LANCASTER Apricity - Seasonal Exhibition

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Gallery 23 art exhibition at Arteria. www.arteriashop.co.uk 01524 61111

Until Jan 6th - LANCASTER Lancaster on Ice Ice Rink at Dalton Square Lancaster.

Kath 07908 110773 - Madame Chocolate

11am - 3pm. Lots of stalls, books, clothes, crafts, jewellery and refreshments.

at Greenlands Farm

Ellel Village Hall

1st Dec - LANCASTER Christmas Book Fair

5th December - CARNFORTH Christmas Fair at Leighton Hall

Hundreds of used books for sale from a selection of north-west book dealers. Paperbacks and hardbacks, many good as new; out of print and older; also classical CDs.

www.lancasteronice.com

During December - LANCASTER Visit Father Christmas During December, Father Christmas will be welcoming young visitors and their families to his cosy Sitting Room in the newly refurbished Royal Kings Arms. £9.50

Lancaster Library

1st Dec - LANCASTER Christmas Fair at St John’s Hospice

Call into the hotel to book or phone

Lots of Christmas fun and goodies for the whole family including, Christmas cards, jewellery, Christmas puddings, elves on shelves, cakes, knitted goods, chocolate tombola and lots more, even Santa comes along to say hello! We will also be selling, for ONE DAY ONLY, premium grade non- drop Nordmann Fir Christmas trees, in a variety of sizes.The Courtyard Café will also be open as usual, with a special festive menu! All proceeds to St John’s Hospice. FREE entry for all the family.

01524 32451

25th Nov - LANCASTER Santa Dash, Dance & Prance Join hundreds of shimmying Santas all dancing to the beat of Christmas songs as we warm up for the annual Cancer Care Santa Dash, a 1 mile fun run through Lancaster. Entry includes a FREE Santa suit. Sign up now at: www.cancercare.org.uk

www.sjhospice.org.uk

25th Nov - LANCASTER Christmas Light Switch on

2nd December - ELLEL Animal Care Christmas Fair

Local handmade crafts, unique gift ideas, floral christmas decorations, carol singing, £5 entry includes coffee & mince pies. Leighton Hall, Carnforth, LA5 9ST www.cancercare.org.uk

7th Dec . - LANCASTER Paint a Christmas Angel Come along to this WEA taster day of self-discovery with Paint Box Fun and discover your Christmas Angel. All abilities, including complete beginners. Kendal Unitarian Chapel £9.30 0300 303 3464 Booking req.

7th Dec - LANCASTER Talks at The Dementia Hub If you are affected by dementia or worried about your memory, come and find local information in one friendly place. At Lancaster Library 1.30-3.30pm.

1st Dec - KIRKBY LONSDALE Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair

www.thebaydementiahub.org

Free park and ride. Guided lantern walks through the town. Light show. Father Christmas in his Grotto Parades through town. Festive food, drink crafts and activities. Indoor and outdoor markets, music, carols and festive cheer all weekend

9th December - LANCASTER Reindeer Day with Santa

Join everyone outside the Royal Oak for the traditional light switch on from 4.45pm.

Kirkby Lonsdale Town Centre

10th & 11th Dec - GARSTANG Garstang Victorian Festival

www.visitgarstang.com/christmas

1st Dec - LANCASTER Real Music Disco

A Christmas Delight, the Festival has something for everyone from live entertainment, stalls and late night opening. 6pm-9pm

A full day of entertainment for the whole family, join the crowds for the annual light switch on. Lancaster City Centre

27th Nov - GARSTANG Christmas Lights Switch on

Dec/Jan - CARNFORTH Pilates & Yoga Classes Versatile Physio Clinic offers a range of services throughout the week.

Come and get your glad rags on dance the night away!! Loads of fun with great company – a perfect way to kick start of weekend. 8pm start.

www.versatileclinic.co.uk

The Gregson Centre 01524 849959

December - CARNFORTH

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11am - 3pm. Come to Market Square, Lancaster. www.visitlancaster.org.uk

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WHAT’S ON : FESTIVE

11th Dec - LANCASTER Festive Door Wreath Workshop

15th - 16th Dec - LANCASTER Christmas at Lancaster Castle

27th Dec - LANCASTER Christmas Festive Fun Run

Join us for a great fun evening where you will make your own luxurious festive door wreath from scratch to take home. 7pm - 9.15pm. £35 booking req. Dalton Sq Florist 01524 849000

The Christmas at the Castle market and courtyard’s will be FREE to Enter, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December 2018. Open daily between 10.30am to 5.00pm.

From the Lancaster & Morecambe Athletics Club Clubhouse on the athletics track at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, near Lancaster (LA1 5JS)

The Gregson Centre, Lancaster

www.lancastercastle.com

12th Dec - KENDAL Shivers

16th Dec - BARROW IN FURNESS Tri-Island Frosty Triple Series Run

A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin.

The third day of the Frosty Triple Series is in aid of CancerCare! You can sign up at www.triislandrunning.co.uk/frosty-tripleseries. 5k, 10k, half or full marathon.

If you are affected by dementia or worried about your memory, come and find local information in one friendly place. At Trimpell Sports and Social Club, Out Moss Ln, Morecambe LA4 1.30-3.30pm.

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www.thebaydementiahub.org

18th Dec - LANCASTER Harpists at St John’s Hospice

27th January - CARNFORTH Warton Stock Car Club Racing

Please join us at The Courtyard Cafe for an afternoon of festive fun thanks to the talented ‘Mere Harpists’ who will be playing Christmas Carols. From 2pm

A great day out watching the racing - for all the family.

www.sjhospice.org.uk

27th January - LANCASTER Charity Yogathon

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13th Dec - LANCASTER . Carols by Candlelight Featuring festive choral music from St John’s Hospice Choir. Lancaster Priory 6.30pm. £7.50/ Tickets from the hospice or online: www.sjhospice.org.uk/carols

13th Dec - MORECAMBE Lancashire Lifesavers Join us for a FREE Lancashire Lifesaver session, held at venues across the county. 0333 003 1717 Book on eventbrite. co.uk St Barnabas Parish Church, Morecambe

14th Dec - LANCASTER Lancaster’s Midwinter Market

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Three different sessions 11am, 12noon & 1pm. Minimum suggestion £5, all proceeds to Friends of Chernobyl’s Children Charity. Just turn up.

Hauntings, Hangings & Horrid Happenings. Depart from Lancaster Castle’s main entrance – the John O’Gaunt Gatehouse - and last around 90 minutes. Adults £5 | Students £4

Lancaster Holiday Inn, LA1 3RA

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Its FREE

www.lancasterwalkstalksandtours.co.uk

21st Dec - LANCASTER Winter Solstice Party

Market Street, Lancaster

www.gregson.co.uk

14th - 30th Dec - LANCASTER Christmas Panto at Lancaster Grand

21st & 22nd Dec - LANCASTER Christmas Candlelit Spectacular

www.lancastergrand.co.uk

4th January - MORECAMBE Talks at The Dementia Hub

21st Dec - LANCASTER Lancaster, Walk & Tour

10am - 5pm. Lancaster’s Midwinter Market is the last of four seasonal markets being organised by LESS in 2018.

Footlight’s Annual, traditional family Pantomime adventure – “Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood” is coming to Lancaster Grand for the first time.

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Hosted by The Gregson Centre.

L ANC A STE R DI STR IC T.CO.U K

Lancaster Priory presents the annual Christmas Spectacular concerts on Friday 22nd December and Saturday 23rd December at 7.30pm. As these concerts are very popular, early booking is essential.

FILL OUT THE ONLINE FORM FIND MORE EVENTS IN THE L ANCA STER DISTRIC T EVENTS GUIDE ONLINE

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LOCAL CHARITY

‘No one has ever become poorer by giving’ Anne Frank

A time for GIVING We have many local charities and organisations that help and support the local community all year round, but Christmas really is a time for giving, to give back to those who are less fortunate. Here are some giving ideas.

SUPPORT LOCAL FAMILIES

COMMUNITY HUB - THE CORNERSTONE

St John’s Hospice is a local charity supporting patients and families in North Lancs and the South Lakes since 1986. We care for our community via our InPatient Unit, Day Hospice & our Hospice at Home team where we visit patients in the comfort of their own home to offer specialist palliative care at the end of life. Our amazing local community funds a whopping 2/3 of our running costs!

The Cornerstone, part of Lancaster Methodist Church, is a community hub and cafe. Our cafe serves freshly cooked, hearty food at reasonable prices, and is an inclusive and accessible venue with a fully equipped changing place. We support our community through partnership with the Council for Voluntary Services, counselling services and various mental health support groups. Our commitment to justice involves us in supporting ‘City of Sanctuary’, Morecambe Bay Credit Union, and Morecambe Bay Foodbank. In the period leading up to Christmas, please join us for our Fairtrade Christmas Fayre on December 1st, bring in some goodies for our Foodbank collection, or join us for carols and free gift-wrapping on December 20th.

If you would like to help St John’s this festive season, you can buy our Christmas cards, make a donation to our Light Up A Life Appeal or give in other ways, please visit our website. St John’s Hospice www.sjhospice.org.uk 01524 382538

MORECAMBE BAY FOODBANK

HELP LOCAL WILDLIFE Give a Christmas Gift to save lives! For over ten years Wolfwood has been caring for wildlife casualties, local rescue dogs & horses. It’s costly to keep and rehome the horses. Not everyone can deal with the breeds and problems of the many “least wanted” dogs. The much needed rewarding wildlife work rarely generates donations. Wolfwood’s future is immensely dependant on a regular income. Please, please consider donating or even better, setting up a standing order. Thank you. Wolfwood www.wolfwood.co.uk 07931220094

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01524 840027 Drop into the Cafe on Sulyard Street (Opposite the Borough Pub)

We provide three days of emergency food to people in crisis. Over Christmas, we work hard to help families who are struggling so please donate to us via our supermarket donation points at Sainsbury’s Lancaster and Morecambe, Asda Lancaster and Tesco Carnforth. You can take part in our Reverse Advent Calendar (see Facebook and our website for more information) or you can just donate some non perishable Christmas treats to us so that we can help people who are facing a difficult Christmas this year. Thank you! www.morecambebay.foodbank.org.uk Facebook @morecambefoodbank 01524 874 004 LANCASTER DISTRICT HOMELESS ACTION We always require sleeping bags, socks, hats, gloves but financial donations help us to support local homeless people at Christmas and throughout the year. www.ldhas.org.uk 01524 842008

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LOCAL SERVICES

Local Market Days Lancaster Charter Market

USEFUL NUMBERS

Market Square, Market Street and Cheapside, Lancaster Wednesdays & Saturdays 9am - 4pm www.lancaster.gov.uk/ chartermarket or 01524 414251

Tourist Information Visit Garstang Centre

Milnthorpe Farmers Market

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

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

Domestic Waste 01524 582491

Lancaster Visitor Information

Council Tax 01524 582900

The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster 01524 582394

Morecambe Festival Market

Lancaster City Council 01524 582000 Out of Hours Emergencies 01524 67099

Highway Faults 0123 456789 Electoral Registration 01524 582905

Morecambe Visitor Information

Planning 01524 582376

Old Station Buildings, Marine Road Central, Morecambe LA4 4DB 01524 582808

Pest Control 01524 582935 Stray Dogs 01524 582757

Kirkby Lonsdale Tourist Information

Bus Passes 01524 582958

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

Recycling 0800 0929705 Homeless Advice 01524 582257 Lifeline Care Alarm Service 01524 582257 Flooding 01524 582955

Sedbergh Tourist Information 72 Main Street, Sedbergh, LA10 5AD 015396 20125

Handyperson Scheme 01524 586812

Ingleton Tourist Information

Sheltered Housing 01524 586858 TRANSPORT

Ingleborough Community Centre, Ingleton, LA6 3HJ 015242 41049

National Rail Enquiries

Bentham Tourist Information Town Hall, Bentham. LA2 7LF 015242 62549

Tel: 08457 48 49 50 Local Bus Journey Planner

Kendal Tourist Information

0871 200 22 33 0871 2002233

Community Services

PHONE 111 if you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency ROYAL LANCASTER HOSPITAL Ashton Road, Lancaster, LA1 4RP

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

Kendal Street Market Market Place, Kendal Weekly market every Wednesday & Saturday

Kendal Indoor Market Upstairs in Westmorland Shopping Centre, Kendal Open Monday to Saturday

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

Stagecoach

LANCASTER POLICE 01524 63333

Central Drive, Morecambe, LA4 4DW Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - 9am to 5pm (4.30pm winter) and all Bank Holidays from Easter to August. www.lancaster.gov.uk/ festivalmarket 01524 414251

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Lancaster District Homeless Action Tel: 01524 842008 Animal Care Lancaster Tel: 01524 65495

One Voice Disability Service 01524 34411 701 Cameron House, White Cross, Lancaster LA1 4XF

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