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Welcome to the Lancaster District Autumn has arrived, and the countdown to Christmas officially begins. There are so many things to do this autumn, no matter what the weather; from shows, markets, festivals, fun days, trails, walks and talks, the district is buzzing with activity. If you are running an event, you can submit it to our online events guide at www. (It’s FREE) We are so proud to showcase over 90 local businesses this edition, and we thank you for supporting them too, our local shops offer fantastic hand-picked, quality gifts that you can browse in person knowing you are helping the community. Get inspired and SHOP LOCAL with our four local shopping guides within this magazine. 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.

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Visitors to the stunning new Broadway development in Morecambe are bound to notice something very familiar about the way these high specification apartments sit perfectly with the town’s bygone days and yet they confidently look forward to its resurgence. Features Writer Rob Bullock investigates. ART DECO There is something very familiar about MH Stainton’s beautiful new Broadway development on the site of the former Broadway Hotel on the front in Morecambe. The apartments offer a modern twist on the classy art décor style of the Midland Hotel just a stone’s throw away along the front. “The Art Deco look of the buildings are intentional,” explains Company Secretary Gail Stainton proudly. “Anyone who knows Morecambe appreciates what a beautiful building the Midland Hotel is, and we feel that the design of this new development sits perfectly on the promenade with it.” PERFECT WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY For over eighteen months the team at Stainton’s has been constructing The Broadway and it is due for completion next March, so now is the perfect window if you wanted to purchase and mould one of these high-quality residences exactly to your own specifications. “Now is definitely the perfect time to buy,” says Gail. “Because completion is getting closer we have only got a small window left for buyers to make the interiors exactly their own.” HIGH SPEC INTERIORS Regardless of whether you put your own stamp on one of the apartments, the interior specifications

are completely modern and of the highest quality with everything coming together to make The Broadway one of the most sought-after places to live in the North West. Over many years Stainton Bespoke Homes have developed an unrivalled reputation for providing the highest quality finishes to their homes. You only have to take a look at their previous award-winning developments in Morecambe, “The Parks” and “Elms Hall” to see this. BEST IN THE COUNTRY But you don’t need to take my word for it that MH Stainton developments are the very best. Their achievements speak for themselves, they have won award after award for their commitment to quality and finish. It is this attention to detail that has seen M H Stainton receive 18 Building Excellence Awards, including winning two national awards for the “Best in the Country”. NATIONAL INTEREST “Actually, we have had potential buyers coming from all over the country, south and north, and of course locally. In fact, one couple who have just signed spent an awful lot of time looking at locations all over the country, at coastal sites on the east, south and north coasts before settling on Morecambe, which they felt was just their perfect spot.” And demand for the new apartments is high. At a recent open weekend, there were over three hundred and fifty visitors to the show apartment.

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THE MILLION DOLLAR VIEW When you look out from any floor at The Broadway it is not difficult to understand why the vista over Morecambe Bay is described by many as the “Million Dollar View”. The views are truly breath-taking, looking out over the Lakeland Hills, Scafell, Coniston Old Man and the Langdale Pikes. Who could tire of such spectacular scenery as you look out over the vast 174 square miles of ever-changing Morecambe Bay. Who could argue that the Bay’s breath-taking sunsets are a sight to behold? LEGACY MH Stainton are committed to the town of Morecambe in more ways than one. Whilst they are committed to developing a bespoke project that compliments and adds to the town they are keen to make their own place in history taking inspiration from its past. Gail explains, “we at M H Stainton and my husband in particular, who is from Morecambe are really keen on creating a legacy for the town and we’re particularly proud that our developments sit in the great tradition of creating spectacular buildings in such a wonderful place. When we bought the land on the site of the old hotel we looked back at the person who built The Broadway Hotel and discovered another person committed to making Morecambe great, Maude Bourne. We were keen to make sure that what we created had as much of a lasting impact as Maude’s achievements.” MAUDE BOURNE When in 1933 Yorkshire businesswoman Mrs Bourne was driving down Morecambe promenade after the opening of The Midland hotel she noticed a vacant site on the corner of Broadway and Marine Drive at the edge of the old golf links. With astonishing vision, Maude bought the land there and then and built The Broadway Hotel. But she didn’t stop there, she also built The Strathmore and The Headway Hotels seeing the potential the seaside town had and creating a legacy for the future.


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VISION In a similar vein, M H Stainton are looking, with past and future achievements, to help Morecambe create a future even more successful than its past. Just one look inside The Broadway tells you with this development they’ve got it spot on. For more information about The Broadway please MH Stainton’s website email or call their helpful team on 01524 842729.


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HOME INTERIORS - WALLPAPER Almost since time began we seem to have had a fascination for decorating walls, with some of the earliest images dating back around 39,000 years. Nowadays drawing on walls or ‘graffiti’ as it’s more commonly called, is generally thought to be unacceptable. Unless of course, you are by any chance the elusive Banksy. Perhaps even some of our own ‘little darlings’ have practised their artistic flair on surfaces other than the paper we have provided (a car bonnet comes to mind, but let’s not go there)!!! The point is that we all like to express ourselves and our home is the perfect place to do that. Part of that expression includes what we do with our walls…. que Wallpaper. Popular since the 19th century and even then, predated by tapestries, what we do with our walls is important to us. Generally speaking, your home reflects who you are and within your home, it’s all about you. To quote William Morris…… Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls for they are that which makes your house and home, and if you do not make some sacrifices in their favour you will find your chambers have a kind of makeshift, lodging-house look about them…’ William Morris 1834 - 1896 I’m sure that most of us will have dabbled with wallpaper in some form over the years. Maybe you’re a fan of the feature wall or have used it in your bedroom or on a chimney breast. Well, I’m here hoping to encourage you to do a bit more with fabulous wallpapers. We know that the colours on our walls affect our mood, well wallpaper does this too and so much more as well. It can totally transform the feel of a room and can help change perspective regarding the size and shape of a room. Wallpaper personalises space and can sometimes even alleviate the need for expensive artwork.

The point is that we all like to express ourselves and our home is the perfect place to do that. Part of that expression includes what we do with our walls…. que Wallpaper. I love to be creative with wallpaper, set new limits, think ceilings, think high-level freezes, think panelling, think all four walls, think floor to ceiling, top to toe, corner to corner. Yes, I know that may well be an outrageous and scary thought for some, especially if you’ve never actually used wallpaper before, so let me make another suggestion. Start in the smallest room, often the downstairs cloakroom. Choose a wallpaper that makes you smile, something that you think is amazing, not just a…… well, it’s ok, it’s nice enough. Give yourself permission to get excited and use it, cover the whole room in it!!! Now let’s face it decorating can be disruptive so take the time to make sure it’s done well. Second only to choosing your perfect wallpaper but equally important, is the end result. And although it has to be said that actually hanging wallpaper isn’t in fact, a dirty job, like a lot of things in life, eventually that which is initially unseen actually becomes the most visible in the end. So, get some good professional advice regarding your walls etc. My decorating mantra goes a little like this…. preparation, preparation, preparation!!! I guess what this is really all about is, me championing Designer Wallpaper, encouraging you to think a little differently and make some changes. Make sure your home brings you joy, you don’t need to define yourself by a particular style or trend. Be a little braver, be a little bolder, claim your walls and fall in love with your home, you will not regret it. Oh, and I just love the Red Adair quote: “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait till you hire an amateur”. So, I end as I started W is for Wallpaper………. aka Clothing for Walls

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A HELPING HAND ON THE PROPERTY LADDER In the current climate of high property prices and strict rules for mortgage lenders, more and more people find it very difficult to take that first step onto the property ladder, or to move into larger accommodation as families expand. For families offering a helping hand the following factors should be taken into consideration : WHAT ARE THE TAX IMPLICATIONS ?

IS IT A GIFT OR A LOAN ? This is a very important decision and not just based upon kindness or affordability. If the money is to be loaned it is important to be clear about what those repayment terms are from the outset, as this avoids family members falling out due to misunderstandings of when the loan is to be repaid. A simple document recording terms can avoid substantial arguments and unnecessary expense trying to sort things out in the future. If the money is a gift this can still have complications particularly if the property is being purchased by a couple. It is important to be clear about whether the gift is to your family member or to the couple. If it is a gift to a couple then it cannot be taken back if the couple separate in the future. WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM ? All solicitors now have a duty to investigate the source of any funds used towards the purchase of a property. If, therefore, you are considering either gifting or loaning money to family members you should be aware that the solicitor acting for those family members will at the very least need to see a bank statement evidencing that those funds are held within an account in your name and copies of identity documents to prove that you are who you say you are. WILL IT AFFECT THEIR MORTGAGE ? We would always recommend checking whether the proposed gift or loan will affect a mortgage application. The existence of a loan in relation to deposit monies can affect the mortgage company’s decision as to whether the mortgage is affordable. If the money is a gift expect to be asked to confirm this in writing and you should be aware that once you have put it in writing you cannot later claim that it was a loan.


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Whether the money is to be a gift or a loan it is always important to take appropriate advice on the tax implications. Depending upon your circumstances and the arrangement reached you may be liable to Capital Gains Tax, payable on the value of the gift, income tax due on any interest payments, and Stamp Duty Land Tax, if you agree to take a legal interest in the property in return for the monies put towards the purchase price. WHAT HAPPENS IF THE RELATIONSHIP BREAKS DOWN? Where money is being advanced for the purchase of a property by a couple, careful thought should be given as to whether the gift is only to the family member or jointly to the couple. We would always strongly recommend that this is recorded in writing as this will avoid argument and the likely expense of legal fees should the relationship break down in the future. Alternative Arrangements In addition to gifts and loans, we regularly assist our clients with Trust documents recording who owns shares in the property. Where appropriate we also advise clients who are receiving a gift from parents, of the benefits of entering into either a cohabitation agreement or a prenuptial or a post-nuptial agreement. These agreements can protect a large gift from a family member to ensure that if the relationship does break down the gift does not get swallowed up as a matrimonial or jointly owned asset. Our advice would always be to spend time carefully considering what steps you are taking and at all times take legal advice before committing to any arrangement. For detailed advice and assistance contact our experienced property and family law solicitors Nicola Codd and Ikram Dola at Baines Bagguley Penhale’s office on 01524 401010.

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“The Warmth of the Sun in Winter” A Seasonal Gallery Exhibition @ Arteria The word Apricity is an obsolete English term from 1623 and simply means “The warmth of the sun in winter” A word we would like to revive for our latest Gallery exhibition.


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When the winter season sparks a chill in the air and the evening light becomes brief we find comfort in warmth and illumination, we find comfort in opposites. Whether it is the sun casting long shadows across a frosty landscape or the ambient glow from candlelight in an otherwise dimly lit room. Our winter exhibition at Arteria embraces the change of season and celebrates those delights that we find outdoors and within the home. We have lovingly sourced handmade gifts for all the family that are thoughtfully created by local and national artisans. From handcrafted decorations to wall art, in Apricity you will find a selection of truly unique pieces.


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STONE EFFECT WITH REES TILES Create amazing effects in your home with stone effect tiles, whether you want an eye catching feature wall, create the illusion of a larger room or something that is easy to maintain local tile specialist Rees Tiles explain more. Stone effect tiles are still our best-selling style of tile here at Rees Tiles. We believe they are extremely popular due to the fact they require very little maintenance, which isn’t the case with natural stone flooring. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are also a preferable choice as they absorb very little water. Low absorbency means they don’t stain and mark like natural stone, therefore there is no need to seal and treat them ongoing. All the beauty and look of natural stone without the hassle of maintaining it, just put install them and clean as you would clean any other surface. Tiles nowadays tend to be made from porcelain which is a very dense, white-bodied clay, denser than traditional red bodied ceramic, which for the record is still just as good as it ever was. Porcelain has increased in popularity as you can use it on both walls and floors, meaning you can use the same tile throughout your bathroom and you don’t have to use a separate floor tile which traditionally was square in shape. This means the design and consistency flow seamlessly creating an aesthetically pleasing space. Porcelain is also great for areas with high traffic because of its density so is an ideal flooring option for hallways,


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kitchens and living spaces, in fact, you can even use some porcelain tiles outdoors! EYE CATCHING FEATURE TILES Stone effect tiles come in a range of different designs and colours intended to replicate all the varieties of stone available. As well as being available in a variety of sizes starting for 30x30cm and going right up to 120x120cm, our stone effect tile collections have many feature styles. Split-face styles such as Adrenaline Décor Negro are proving to be very successful with our customers as they can be used in areas which can get wet such as decorative feature walls in bathrooms. Natural stone split-face tiles can’t be used in wet spaces as you can’t grout them, whereas tiles such as the Adrenaline don’t have any exposed space that water can penetrate and the edges can be grouted. Ribbed textures are another way to use stone effects to create an eye-catching element to a room. This texture is present on the décor tiles of collections such as Parthenon and Mondo in our showrooms. The ribbed effect creates shadows and highlights as well as draws your eye to the design and you can’t help but run your fingers over them when you walk past.

HOME INTERIORS - TILING Ribbed textures are another way to keep with stone effect but create an eyecatching element to a room. The ribbed effect creates shadows and highlights as well as draws your eye to the design and you can’t help but run your fingers over them when you walk past.

Lastly, we have tiles such as the Crossroads collection which have multiple sizes available. Crossroads has a standard tile of 30x60cm and additionally there’s a 15x60cm, 10x60cm and 5x60cm. These smaller tiles look stunning when mixed together and they create a feature wall or border without contrasting to the main tile as they carry the same stone effect as the larger tile and they don’t make the area look too fussy. MIXING IT UP - CREATING IMPACT A popular trend at the moment with stone effect tiles is to combine them with vintage looking tiles or patterned tiles to create a contrast. The impact of the bold patterns and designs against the natural look of stone effect tiles creates a real Wow factor. You can pick elements of

colours and shades out of the patterned tiles to assist with choosing what stone effect tile you’d like to combine it with to get the continuity but still create that contrast we mentioned. The Art collection has a variety of traditional and encaustic designs to them with colour elements in that would work with many stone effect tiles we stock. Maybe patterns aren’t your thing though? If not then some of the collections we have like Rainstone have enough shade and design variation on each tile that you don’t have to even think about combining it with other tiles or think about feature walls. Rainstone has more than 10 different pattern prints to it so it looks striking enough as it is! IS BIGGER BETTER? There’s no denying that big is better when it comes to tiles. The bigger the tile the fewer grout lines you have. This tricks the eye into thinking the area is much bigger as it creates a bit of an optical illusion. There also the bonus of less grout to keep clean. Large format tiles can sometimes be a bit of a daunting prospect but they are such a great option to consider. Tiles like the Shark collection we stock come in a 45x90cm format and even a 90x90cm and this particular tile has an option of a Laparto finish which is halfway between gloss and matt. Having a large tile shows off even more of the beautiful stone effect and as we said earlier, makes the space feel much bigger. However, if you’re after big but not that big, we have plenty of 60x60 tiles which still feel large such as the Anglia collection. Whether you’re looking for a stunning slate effect kitchen floor or a spa type limestone effect bathroom, stone effect tiles give that natural look without all the issues associated with natural stone. Rees Tiles have a great variety of tiles on display in both our Heversham and Lancaster Showrooms and we’d be more than happy to assist with your next project!

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Sound bars owe their existence to flat-panel Televisions whose tiny built-in speakers struggle to produce clear dialogue, much less deliver convincing action sound that keeps us riveted to our favourite movie. Not only are they under sized and under-powered, they’re almost always aimed in the wrong direction, firing sound downward or toward the wall behind the TV. So the goal of the sound bar is to provide a sonic experience that more closely matches the TV’s lifelike picture. A sound bar is an all-in-one speaker system that delivers high-quality TV sound that will enhance all aspects of the audio signal. Not only getting sound that’s louder and fuller than your TV’s speakers is pretty exciting, but most sound bars have a few other audio tricks up their sleeves. Actors’ voices will naturally sound much clearer thanks to bigger and better speakers, but many sound bars add dialogue enhancement features that make voices louder still and bring them forward in the mix. Where to put it? Knowing where you’re going to place your sound bar will immediately simplify your decision and narrow down your choices. If your TV is hanging on the wall you can mount the sound bar right below it for a neat, uncluttered look, on the other hand, if your TV is on cabinet you can set the sound bar in front of the TV. In that case you’ll want to measure your stand and your TV’s base to be sure the sound bar won’t stick out from the stand at all. Sound bars come in a wide

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THE WHITE LUND EXPLOSION Although Autumn 2018 marks the anniversary of the end of hostilities of World War One it also marks the 101st anniversary of one of the most severe events to hit our area during the war, the White Lund Explosion of 1st October 1917. Features Writer and Historian, Rob Bullock looks back on the contribution and sacrifices the town of Morecambe made for the war effort especially on that fateful night. Unlucky for some, the munitions factory at White Lund, Morecambe was designated National Filling Factory (NFF) number thirteen as the government built a new type of high tech, efficient and large output factory to supply the bullets and shells for the soldiers fighting at the front. NATIONAL FILLING FACTORIES Because of the lack of munitions in the opening months of the conflict, during World War One, the new National Filling Factories were being built all around the country, purpose-built to have the maximum production with the least risk of an accident. These sites were modular in their construction with different activities taking place in different rooms. This was both to contain the damage from any explosions or fires and in the event of any problems it should have made sure overall production was not affected. MUNITIONS ON AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE The National Filling Factories were munitions producers on a truly industrial scale with the Morecambe factory covering more than 400 acres and employing some 4,621 employees by September 1917 when they had reached peak production, most of whom were women workers, or Canary Girls. Most NFFs filled a range of shells with Amatol, which was a lethal a mixture of TNT and ammonium nitrate, but at Morecambe, they also produced extremely volatile gas shells. THE WHITE LUND EXPLOSION On Monday 1st October 1917 a fire started when the night shift had just started at around 10.30 pm on the upper floor of Unit 6c, where large amounts of TNT were stored. The lower level contained large 12-inch shells which were partly filled, and it was these that first exploded after about 20 minutes. The fire refused to be put out and the largest explosion of the night happened at around 3am. The main casualties of the incident were local firemen who were struggling to put the blaze out under hazardous and challenging conditions. Thankfully, most of the workers were in the canteen on their evening supper break and were able to escape.


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The quick thinking of a local policeman, J. Johnson enabled over 300 women workers to be evacuated from the charge-house. Naturally, there was some panic, and a general rush for the gates and women were reported as moaning and screaming. Some ran through the gate on the Lancaster side and fell into the flooded marshes before they could be rescued. The explosion could be heard as far away as Caton and the smoke seen from the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales as it formed a thick fog over the bay. In an account, by eleven-year-old Anne Spencer, she described how people gathered at the old pier on Morecambe seafront and watched exploding shells go over their heads and into the bay. The windows had been blown out of the back of their house in Morecambe and shrapnel was found several miles away. She had seen the girls who worked at the factory running ‘terror-stricken past our house. My mother tried to persuade some of them to come into the house, but they were much too scared.’ Some of the women were said to have run as far as Kendal they were so terrified. It took three days to secure the site after the fire was brought under control but the factory never re-opened. As compensation, workers were paid off and given a fortnight’s extra wages. COMMENDATIONS FOR BRAVERY The White Lund explosion did, however, bring out the best in our local people. Mary Agnes Wilkinson who was a telephonist at the Exchange in Cable Street, Lancaster, was awarded the British Empire Medal as she made her way to her post despite being blown off her bike twice en route. Four men were awarded the Edward Medal for their bravery including Thomas Kew, a train driver, and Abraham Graham, who shunted 49 ammunition trucks holding 250,000 live shells out of the danger zone to prevent further explosions at White Lund. Perhaps when we fall silent at 11am on 11th November to remember the dead on the battlefields of Europe during the great war, we should also take a couple of minutes to reflect on what contribution and sacrifices the town of Morecambe made for the war effort.

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The first Apple Day was held in Covent Garden, London in 1990 by a group called ‘Common Ground.’ It is an English autumn Festival to celebrate orchards and apples. It traditionally falls on 21st October but events take place throughout the month, and this year, the Garden Centre will be holding ours on Saturday 13th. As in previous years, we are hoping for sunshine, but whatever the weather, we are sure it will be a great day out for all the family with competitions, displays and stalls! Do you have an apple tree in your garden? Do you know what variety it is? Perhaps you inherited it when you moved or have simply just forgotten. Phil Rainford from the Northern Fruit Group will be on hand to help with identification, particularly older or heritage varieties as he is always very popular. He is always keen to find a ‘lost’ variety! Bring along an apple with some twig and leaves to show him.

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Could you give me a home? Patterdale cross , Male , 4 years 8 months old Chompie is still with us and still doing training with our dog behaviorist Kathryn. His issues are quite complicated and difficult to manage so he will need a very experienced and dedicated owner. Because walking on a lead is so difficult for him to cope with and makes him very stressed we would at the moment be looking for a new home with an owner who has a large secure garden where he can run off his energy until he is ready to walk on lead again. Kathryn is available to help the new owners from start to finish.

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Seasonal Changes in nature With autumn well and truly upon us and the chilly prospect of winter peering around the corner, how does our native wildlife prepare for these seasonal changes? Jon Carter, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve explains.

Fieldfare by Mike Malpass

It’s all very well being able to pop the central heating on, change your duvet to a heavier tog or wrap up in warm winter clothing but what if you’re a frog, a hedgehog or a bird? Unfortunately, the lives of the characters in the likes of Wind in the Willows or The Tales of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle are a far cry from the often brutal reality of the natural world. For many creatures, the easiest way to survive the long, cold nights is to merely crawl off, find somewhere safe and sleep it out. Some animals such as bats and dormice will hibernate throughout the season while others spend much of the winter in dormancy, emerging once in a while to feed or drink. Some insects and other invertebrates will also hibernate or survive only in sub-adult form as larvae while others will remain active throughout. And of course, many birds will migrate. Some species, having spent the summer with us will head to warmer climes in southern Europe or tropical Africa while others, having bred further north will arrive on UK shores to enjoy our relatively mild winter. A walk around the shores of Morecambe Bay or the River Lune at this time of year will often reveal large numbers of waders, gulls and wildfowl that are making their winter home in our area. Up to a quarter of a million birds will use the vast expanses of the food-rich bay between now and spring making it one of the most important sites in the country. Look out for curlews, oystercatchers and knots as well as eiders, shelducks, wigeon and pinkfooted geese. If the weather worsens and temperatures really plummet at any point during the winter, there will be another push, as birds head to the milder UK from the freezing continent. As well as ducks, swans and geese this can bring large numbers of thrushes pouring across the North Sea, such as fieldfares and redwings.

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In some years we will also see flocks of dazzling waxwings arriving en masse in search of fruiting trees and shrubs. These gorgeous nomads are guaranteed to bring pleasure on even the most miserable of days. The reason birds move around so much is mainly down to one simple thing; food. If you’re strictly an insect eater, such as swallows and most warblers, it makes sense to flee to warmer parts of the world where your food is always easy to find. If you happen to be omnivorous or at least able to switch diets to include fruit in autumn and winter as blackbirds and starlings do then you may move to more suitable locations, though this may not be quite as far. And then there are the resident species that seem to be able to get by without too much travelling at all by sourcing different foodstuffs on their doorstep or taking advantage of garden feeders. Some specialists such as the bearded tits at RSPB Leighton Moss go from an insect-rich summer diet to one of reed seeds in winter, allowing them to stay in one place all year round. To make this significant dietary change, the birds have to ‘eat’ grit in autumn. This helps break down the tough seeds in their gut, giving them to access the soft pulp within the hard shells. We support these rare birds by providing grit trays, which not only allow the bearded tits to easily find this essential ingredient but also allows birdwatchers to get great views of these otherwise elusive reedbed residents. As the temperatures drop and the frost begins to form, do spare a thought for our struggling wild neighbours; if you have space at home, please do what you can to help your local wildlife to survive the autumn and winter. Regular feeding and the provision of clean water can make a huge difference for many of our favourite garden birds while a well-placed hedgehog house or bug hotel will provide a safe haven for other garden visitors.

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Based in Barrow, Cumbria Animal and Hen Rescue also covers the Lancaster District and there’s almost no limit to their expertise and what they will rescue or rehome. Features Writer Rob Bullock speaks with the inspirational founder Eddy White about the challenges facing the organisation.

“Times are hard for people, and we understand that,” Eddy explains. “Added to that a lot of people don’t do their homework before getting a pet. If you take a Degu, for example, it is small and cute but people don’t appreciate that they can live for up to twenty years. That’s a long time and a big commitment for an owner.”


Eddy and his team also take in pigs and horses. But with pigs, it is not so much how long they live but how big they can grow! “A lot of people buy piglets under the impression that they are buying a micro pig. But in many cases, they’re not buying a micro pig, just a small piglet who is going to grow into a very big animal.” A grown pig can weigh up to 450 lbs, that’s over 32 stone! A big animal, especially when you thought it wouldn’t grow that much bigger than a Chihuahua!

With just a small core of dedicated helpers, life is a busy one for the people at Cumbria Animal and Hen Rescue (CAHR) especially as they are home to a wide variety of animals they have rescued. “At the moment we have got twenty white mice in,” says Eddy who has a family and home to look after in addition to his family of rescued animals. “Turtles, terrapins, fish, chickens, ducks, turkeys and degus which are cross between a squirrel and a rat.” SURRENDERED BY OWNERS Many of the animals at CAHR have been surrendered by owners whose circumstances have changed or who didn’t quite know what they were getting when they acquired the animal.


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“Pigs can get very traumatised too,” says Eddy. “They’re often very upset when they come into us and because of this, they can be dangerous. That is why I am the one who deals with all the pigs that arrive at the centre. I have a lot of experience of pigs and don’t want to put anyone else at risk. We once had a pig who was very upset when she arrived. For six months she would try and take a chunk out of anyone. But we worked with her and eventually were

able to rehome her. Now she lives at a petting zoo in Scotland and loves everyone tickling her belly!” CALL US ANYTIME Eddy explains that Cumbria Animal and Hen Rescue are happy to be called anytime. If there is an animal in need or danger, then they are available 24/7 to take it to safety. “We recently had a call from the people at the railway station in Barrow about a cockerel that they had been trying to catch for four days. I said to them that you can only catch cockerels at night. So, at 3 am the call came. They had spotted the bird. So, we went down and were able to catch him. Now he’s been rehomed and living the good life.” REHOMING AND EDUCATING Although Eddy and his team rehome as many animals as they can they are also keen to educate people so that animals do not have to be rehomed. “We’re keen to expand our education work. We’d like to go into schools and community groups and inform them about what animals are suitable to keep as pets and which ones aren’t and let them know the challenges and costs of keeping certain animals. We’ve got years of experience and we’d like to pass that knowledge on.”

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So, if there any schools or community groups out there that would like a free, informative and entertaining presentation, possibly accompanied by some unusual animals guests please contact Cumbria Animal and Hen Rescue on 07527366984 or through their social media pages – please see below.


CHALLENGES AHEAD Naturally, one of the biggest challenges facing Cumbria Animal and Hen Rescue is fundraising. Currently, the charity receives no support from the government and have to do coffee mornings and afternoon teas to help make ends meet. “As anyone who has pets knows, looking after animals is a very expensive business. And we never turn any needy animal away. So we’re always in need of funds.” VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Volunteers are also a bit scarce on the ground for a lot of small animal rescue organisations so if you have a bit of spare time and wanted to work with a wide variety of animals Cumbria Animal and Hen Rescue are the people for you. Cumbria Animal and Hen Rescue can be contacted through their Twitter and Facebook pages or you can call Eddy direct on 07527366984.

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LOST & FOUND family pets

Thankfully, following the change of law to compulsory microchipping for dogs, owners for the majority of dogs brought in can be traced through their microchip registration database details (as long as these details have been kept updated by the owner – let us know if you need help with this). If only everyone was so diligent in getting their cats microchipped too. AFFECT INDOORof WeTHESE are soDISEASES lucky to have the benefits AND OUTDOOR PETS social media these days in helping us to be reunited with our ever roaming cats and curious dogs. You wouldn’t believe how many animals are reported lost or brought in to us each week by caring members of our communities who want to ensure these animals are safe, healthy, looked after and loved.

Ask around if anyone knows the cat, put up posters with your contact details and use social media. Most vets have lost and found databases so give them all a call too. Picture how distressed you would be if your cat went missing and the feeling of uncertainty as to its well-being that haunts any loving owner.

If you are worried about an animal bring it into a veterinary practice to see if it has a microchip. This is a free service; do please be aware that if the animal is in good health and there is no microchip you will be asked to return the cat to the place where you found them so they can continue on home to their worried owners.

So how do we know if a cat is truly lost or if your house is just a cafe on route to be visited as part of their daily wanderings. Paper collars are a great way to send a written message – either if you want to know where your cat disappears to each day or if you want to know if a regular visitor has a home elsewhere. The Cats Protection League (CPL) website have paper collars that can be printed off to use.

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This is also particularly important for cats on a weight loss or veterinary prescribed diets as you might serious hamper the owner’s diligent efforts to treat a serious medical condition such as kidney failure, diabetes or urinary conditions. Elderly cats and cats undergoing medical treatment can often be underweight and appear unkempt and matted, so this is not always a good indicator of neglect.

Get your own cats neutered and microchipped, keeping your address, mobile and email details up to date with your microchip registration database.

Cats are roamers by nature. They cover surprising distances in their adventures out and about. Of course we will always have stray and feral cats. But some cats get themselves lost, for instance if they wonder into a delivery van or into a nice warm vehicle engine cavity (I kid you not), and commonly when they have moved house and can only remember their old address and how to get there. Some cats genuinely leave home taking nothing but their paws with them. This is usually due to an untenable change at home which can be as simple as the arrival of another cat, dog, partner, baby that they really don’t like and therefore they go looking for a welcoming, quiet home with treats, food and attention supplied on demand. We also get our greedy cats who like to play it safe by having a number of homes with dinning facilities, just in case. Then we get the un-neutered cats who like to meet up with other un-neutered cats and make babies.


Don’t feed a cat you believe to be lost or stray until you are sure that is the case. Once a cat realises it can get a free meal it will be hanging around all the time.


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NEW ANIMAL WELFARE REGULATIONS From 1st October 2018 there will be some important legislative changes implemented which will affect anyone who breeds, boards, sells or provides day care for dogs in England. The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) regulations require dog-based businesses to meet a set of defined minimum standards, and if they do so, be granted a licence which is issued by local authorities. After a transitional period, any business continuing to operate without a licence will be fined. Dog owners and prospective dog owners will be able to check if an establishment is licensed and to what star-rating they have been awarded. Who MUST now be licensed: Boarding kennels, At-home” boarding establishments, Breeders (anyone breeding three or more litters per year) Doggy daycare providers, Anybody selling dogs they did not breed themselves, including pet shops. Who does NOT need a licence: Dog walkers, Dog groomers, Dog hydrotherapists

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A brand new independent hearing centre was officially opened by The Mayor of Lancaster in September. The New Hearing Centre on St Leonards Gate is run by Bhavika Chauhan and her husband Pritesh Chauhan.

Bhavika began her Audiology career in 2013 after having graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc In Audiology. She worked for some of the leading Hearcare providers as an Audiologist before she began working with a global leader in hearing aid manufacturing as a Regional Sales Manager in 2015. She decided to open the Hearing Centre in Lancaster with a view to providing the local town with an independent hearing specialist. The clinic offers a range of services including Free hearing assessments with the opportunity to trial the latest hearing technology, Ear wax removal and a range of hearing protection. Bhavika said: “We are an independent hearing centre, we offer a bespoke service for our patients and we look after them with an ongoing service plan with follow up appointments. Our Ethos is customer focused and we aim to deliver the best level of care possible to each person that walks through our door.” “One of the most popular services we offer is micro-suction ear wax removal. Many people are unable to get it removed via the G.P or don’t like the idea of syringes so what we use is essentially a very low-pressure vacuum operated by a professional using a binocular microscope” “Being an independent means that after having carried out a full hearing consultation, I can recommend the best product for the patient, considering their individual hearing needs. There are a range of products that we offer, whether that be a small and discreet hearing aid or one that is rechargeable.”

One of the main reasons that patients choose to go private and to an independent is the after-care and service you get – you know you won’t be waiting around for appointments. I can often see people on the same day, and do home visits as well. In the Which 2018 consumer report survey of hearing aid providers; Local independents rated best for overall customer satisfaction. “One of the main reasons that patients choose to go private and to an independent is the after-care and service you get – you know you won’t be waiting around for appointments. I can often see people on the same day, and do home visits as well. “I offer a full 60-day money back guarantee to ensure that my patients are completely happy with their hearing system or device. This may not be guaranteed if they were to go elsewhere.”

Drop in for a chat or call Tailored Hearing Solutions on 01524 587 623 139 St Leonard’s Gate, Lancaster, LA1 1NL

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Local Sporting Star


This autumn a real sporting star of the future will be taking another step in his career when he competes in the Biathle World Championships in Hurghada, Eygpt. Features Writer Rob Bullock speaks to Anan Tiger Clarke’s proud Mum, Janie about his story so far. RUN, SWIM, RUN


Proudly spectating on the day in Hurghada will be mum, Janie Clarke, who explains how the event will pan out. “For Anan, it will be a 500m run to the sea where he swims 50 metres before quickly coming out and transitioning to the last 500m sprint finish. It is a short race, and this means that there is no time for mistakes.”

Perhaps few of us have heard of Biathle, which is not to be confused with the winter event of biathlon (Cross country skiing and riffle shooting). Biathle, which is sometimes called modern biathlon, is similar to the more familiar event of triathlon (Run, swim, bike) except it does not contain a bike ride.

DALLAM SCHOOL STUDENT Anan is 12 years old and a student at Dallam school in Milnthorpe. He swims for Lancaster city swimming club, and it is swimming that is his real passion. He only started swimming for Lancaster three years ago and to begin with, he was not very confident.

Consisting of a run then a fast swim and then a transition to another run, it would prove a real challenge to many adults. A young local lad, 12-year-old Anan Clarke from Lancaster is excelling so much so that he has qualified to represent Great Britain at the World Championships that will be held in Hurghada, Egypt at the end of October 2018.


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PROUDLY REPRESENTING HIS COUNTRY Our young superstar has come a long way in a short space of time and is already a veteran of numerous international events where he has proudly represented his country.


Anan earned his first place on the GB team in 2016 when he went to Sarasota in the USA with the Great Britain squad to represent his country for the first time. Anan earned his first place on the GB team in 2016 when he went to Sarasota in the USA with the Great Britain squad to represent his country for the first time. This was an experience of a lifetime, and modestly Anan commented at the time that he may not be the best in the world yet, but he now knows what it’s like to compete against them. 2018 SUCCESS This year Anan has gone from strength to strength, participating in and winning the National Biathle Championships in the cold waters at Salford Quay where he took the gold medal and ensured his place on the GB team for Egypt. The waters of the Red Sea might be a lot warmer than Salford Quay, but with competitors taking part from across the globe this will be a new challenge for our local lad. Anan spends many hours a week training, his Mum taking him all over the county for competitions and training sessions, it is Anan’s dedication and determination that has led to his success. Participating alongside Anan at the Biathle World Championships, will be 54 other GB team members, who will all support each other in the different categories they are competing in. RISING ABOVE CHALLENGES In his short life, Anan has already had to face up to some significant challenges. It has been a tough eighteen months for him. He recently lost his best friend in a house fire and has had to deal with racial abuse at school. But under the tutelage of Richard Mason at RMF in Nether Kellet Anan has learnt to channel his anger and frustrations at the world into his training. MUCH MORE THAN BIATHLE Anan Clarke is a boy of many talents. He’s not just successful at Biathle, this year he has reached county and regional level in pool swimming, has also become the Lancashire open water champion for his age and is ranked second at regional level. He has also made the national championships for open water swimming. AN EMOTIONAL TIME The Biathle World Championships in Egypt this autumn will no doubt mark the first steps in Anan’s ascent into sporting greatness. I am sure readers will be proud of what he has already achieved but also how he has turned his experiences into something that can act as an inspiration to us all. “It’s a hard tale to tell,” says Janie, “because Anan has come from nowhere and his success has come from grief and pain.” Anan Tiger Clarke shows us that with determination and dedication you can achieve your dreams. From everyone at Lancaster District Magazine: Good luck Anan!

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Golfer’s Elbow

Medial Epicondylitis Golfer’s elbow is very similar to, the more well known, tennis elbow. In fact it is the same injury only on the inside tendon of the forearm instead of the outside. What does this mean? It means that we will feel pain where the tendon (medial epicondyle) attaches to the inside of the elbow – that bumpy part that tingles when we knock it. The main symptoms of golfers elbow are pain and tenderness around the bony bit on the inside of the elbow called the medial epicondyle, particularly when gripping hard with the hand. It is also not unusual to experience a general weakness in our wrists, with pain occurring when bending our wrist palm downwards against any resistance. Golfers elbow is more of a gradual injury that is brought on over a period of time, generally caused due to stress on the tendon from repetitive actions, such as, those used in golf and tennis. Our tendons get aggravated by the resistance of wrist flexion, whereas a tennis elbow injury is aggravated by the resistance of wrist extension. The muscle groups that are affected by golfers elbow are the same muscles we use for gripping, so this is a good indication for spotting the condition if we find ourselves struggling to grip items. It is also important to remember that golfers elbow isn’t isolated to only those that play golf, this is just a name given to the issue that is commonly found in golfers. As the onset of the injury is often gradual, symptoms can persist for weeks or months before it can become an issue, so it is advised that we seek professional advice as soon as we notice any signs. TREATMENT Initially, the pain and inflammation can be relieved though the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin while applying the P.O.L.I.C.E principle;

If you think that you might be struggling with Golfer’s elbow or a similar issue, you can use our FREE Ask A Physio service online at www.physiofusion. Alternatively, you may call us on 01282 453 110 to book an appointment to see one of our therapists.

Protection – protect the forearm / elbow / wrist from being aggravated further. Optimal Loading – this means that rather than resting the elbow and waiting, recovery can be sped up by using the muscles affected at a restricted level to help stimulate the cells in the recovery process. This always prevents the muscles from weakening and shortening. Ice – Use ice immediately after the injury occurs to prevent inflammation. Compression – the use of a support or taping will help compress the affected area, immobilising and protecting it also. Elevation – elevate the hand /arm immediately to reduce pain and blood flow to the injured area.

Should your injury worsen over time or continue to cause you issues, Physiotherapy is encouraged. Physiotherapy aids the process of recovery through exercises that help extend the range of motion to the original state, helping you to rebuild the muscles and tendons safely and stronger than before. You will also be educated during your sessions so that we can reduce the chances of a similar injury reoccurring. Other treatments such as ultrasound, soft tissue release, deep frictions and acupuncture may also be used to help golfers elbow your therapists will be able to determine which treatment is best for you in order to give you the most successful chance of a full recovery.

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For more inspiration, motivation & information to help keep you active & healthy go to www. drjulietmcgrattan .com

SPORT Our resident health expert Dr Juliet McGrattan shares her top tips on how to stop thinking of exercise as a chore and enjoy fun activities for the whole family.

How to Make Exercise Fun My son said to me, “ I don’t understand why people don’t exercise when it’s so much fun. Why would you not want to do it?” He has a really good point. Exercise is often seen as boring, a chore, as something you ought to do. A bitter pill that has to be swallowed in the quest for good health. If something is fun however, then you go back for more, you make time for it and it enriches your life. The need for constant motivation, inspiration and encouragement diminishes and the whole ‘keeping fit thing’ becomes so much easier. So, how can you make exercise fun? 

Here are my top tips for a fun workout: DON’T FOCUS ON WEIGHT LOSS. If you’re using exercise to help you lose weight, then it’s easy to be disappointed because it doesn’t always happen. If the main objective of your workout is purely to burn the maximum number of calories, then you shift your focus towards using exercise as a punishment for what you’ve already eaten or are about to consume. Where’s the fun in that? Exercise should be a reward. Focus instead on how good it makes you feel. Once you’ve got the bug you’ll find that your main motivation for exercise won’t be to control your weight and you’ll see that as more of a bonus side effect. MAKE IT SOCIABLE. When do you have your best laughs? Often when you’re with friends. Sometimes a bit of solo exercise is what you crave and that can be fun too but there’s nothing quite like a shared workout. Whether it’s Parkrun, a family hike or a team sport, exercising with others leads to laughter, a shared satisfaction and a good chat. The time passes miraculously quickly and there’s also the added bonus that plans made with others encourage you to get out the door in the first place TRAVEL WITH IT Same old same old gets boring. There’s a whole world out there full of potential adventures. It might be the other side of the globe or just the next village but using exercise to explore is a great way to make it fun. Geocaching, city walks, new cycle

routes and running races. Perhaps a whole fitness holiday; the possibilities are endless. You’ll discover new places, often away from the main routes and with your phone as a camera you can record some memories too. TRY SOMETHING NEW It’s easy to just stick with what you know but mixing it up makes all the difference. There are so many sport taster sessions you can take advantage of. Try abseiling, trapeze or archery. Don’t think of exercise as purely traditional sports; gardening, dance or just messing about in the playground with your kids all count. It’s fun and empowering to try something new and who knows, you might uncover hidden talents - you don’t know until you try! JOIN A CLUB This goes along with making exercise sociable but it’s rewarding to ‘belong’ to something. Perhaps it’s a team or a sports club, feeling part of a group with a shared goal feels good. As well as motivation and support there’s the ‘apressport’ too! Suddenly Christmas parties and AGMs become a highlight and the exercise itself take a back seat but it’s all part of the fun. You’ll find you improve quickly when you’re part of a club with tips from others, coaching and just the fact that you’re inclined to do it more often. Don’t forget, a club can be a virtual, online one too. TURN OFF THE TECH  It’s great to record what you do and to get home and compare your own performance with your previous one or that of others, but sometimes you just need to go out without a watch or app. Just enjoy the exercise for what it is and how it makes you feel. Take the pressure off, just be, look about you, absorb it all without worrying that slowing down is going to affect your average pace or daily step count! MAKE IT CRAZY Not for the everyday but crank it up occasionally with something a bit unusual. A colour run where you get covered in paint, a tough mudder, a night hike, a naked cycle, a beer race. Look out for something that genuinely looks like fun to you and just get signed up. You won’t regret it and you’ll be so focused on laughing that you won’t even notice the exercise. CHALLENGE YOURSELF Be bold. Be brave. Set yourself a target. Reward yourself along the way. Measure your stats if you want, if you find it fun, to see how you’re doing but keep your eyes on the goal. Exercise is often a voyage of self-discovery and learning new things about yourself is empowering and fun. Plan a big celebration for when you rise to your challenge and include others who have helped you on your way, in that fun too. Fun is contagious and if we can all share the message that exercise is fun, we’ll be some of the way to solving the problems of inactivity that we have, because as my son says, “Why wouldn’t you want to do it?!”

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BIKE-PACKING THE HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 a personal account by Cumbrian Sue Walker After surviving a previous solo bike-packing trip East to West across Scotland I knew I could undertake this challenge even though I knew this would be a lot tougher. But a challenge was what I needed something that would stretch me both physically and mentally. We follow Cumbrian Lass Sue Walker, on her epic adventure. my bike up an almost vertical bit of mountainside for over a kilometre! Riding into a strong, cold wind as we dropped down the other side to Loch Stack froze my body and took my breath away. A warming bowl of Cullen skink soup at the Kylesku Hotel sorted us both out, but I don’t think anything could have made the many dour miles into a headwind along the rollercoaster of the B869 any better!

TWO’S COMPANY It ended up not being a solo trip after all with my biking buddies, Gav, deciding to join me. A solitary trip was what I’d originally set out for. But being able to share the highs and the lows would expectantly add more to the experience. We didn’t endlessly plan our adventure because we wanted the trip to have an impulsive feel But, would this be our downfall; “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”?! We would find out.

SHARING A DORM WITH FIVE! Funnily enough, sharing a dorm with five other people isn’t that conducive to a sound night’s sleep. However, having a full English breakfast the next morning is a great way to start another hard day on the bike! Leaving Lochinver with a full stomach, I was excited about what lay ahead. Today’s route took us through Glen Canisp, the bulk of Sullivan on one side, and Canisp on the other. The riding was hard won, but the scenery blew me away. I kept having to pinch myself as I couldn’t quite believe I was riding my bike through this Scottish glen. After picking many good lines through the natural rock gardens, we were soon enough back at the main road and spinning back to the Oykel Bridge Hotel. The formidable northern loop complete!

DIVIDED into THREE CHALLENGES The journey was divided up into a Southern, Central and a Northern loop, and by midday on Saturday 5th May 2018 we were leaving Tyndrum village hall in the drizzle, pedalling our laden bikes along the well-trodden West Highland Way. The first couple of days were relatively straightforward as we headed north and east up the Southern loop to Fort Augustus.


Day three, we woke to low cloud and to match the mood, the terrain was also grey, but our spirits were lifted by the excellent camping spot by Loch Vaich, which is part of the Alladale Wilderness Reserve. The reserve covers 23,000-acres. The reserve aims to rewild the estate by replanting lush forest and reintroducing original Highland plant & animal species. Camping here really lifted our moods and fortified our spirits. BEALACH HORN I will never forget day four, which on paper was described as one of the toughest with a climb up to the Bealach Horn. Although it was steep, the fantastic riding both before and after helped me quickly forget the event of pushing

Our seventh day was anticipated to be a toughie and probably our biggest adventure of the trip as we would need to negotiate the famous Fisherfield river crossing. A headwind made the going tough right from the start along the A835, and an almost vertical push up the Coffin Route set the tone for the day. However, the views of An Teallach reminded us that it’s all worth it. The sweet single-track descent into Dundonnell was bliss, reminding us both of an Alpine meadow through lush grass and bright flowers. Climbing again and into a headwind made the push over into Strath na Sealga brutal. Riding in the valley bottom was a little on the boggy side, but things were about to get a lot wetter… After checking out the river, we crossed just downstream of the outflow. I removed as much clothing as possible, Gav didn’t bother and just waded across! SWITCHBACKS The start of the Fisherfield descent were switchbacks with consequences! I must return under different circumstances.

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The hard graft, cursing and swearing now felt worth it. We gathered our thoughts, and we left the shelter of a rattily cattle shed aka Carnmore bothy, rode over the causeway at the southern end of Fionn Loch and decided to follow the 2017 route to Poolewe. Little did we know the trail that followed would be a flowing ribbon of single-track that would go on forever and ever!

Today was day nine on the bike, and having knowledge of the trail ahead, I knew it was going to be tough. It was one of those trails that as a walker you’d think it ludicrous to take a bike up there!

NOURISHED BY THE GLIMPSE OF A NEW DAY! One of the things I love about camping is opening your tent door and savouring those first glimpses of a new day. This morning I watched birds dancing, fish jumping through the mist rising from the river, and the bright orange glow of the sun slowing rising from behind the highest ground. CASTLE EILEAN DONAN This day was fantastic, so varied and the sun shone all day! After a few kilometres along the Glen Torridon road, we left the tarmac and headed along the wellmaintained estate roads of the Coulin Estate. A rideable stalkers path took us up and over to Achnaschellach. Buzzing at the bottom having just soaked up one awesome trail, it was back on the tarmac and manmade access tracks through the Attadale Estate and onwards to Kintail. It was a stunning evening as we approached the famous Castle Eilean Donan and Shiel Bridge. Today was day nine on the bike, and having knowledge of the trail ahead, I knew it was going to be tough. It was one of those trails that as a walker you’d think it ludicrous to take a bike up there! I was tired and the pressure of not reaching Fort Augustus tonight lay on our minds. I told myself to break the climb into small chunks, don’t think of it as a whole, and eventually, all those chunks will get me to the top. So, with that in mind, it was game on. GLEN AFFRIC I’d only ever seen Glen Affric in pictures until now. I had images of clusters of Scots pines decorating the islands on the Loch and some of the most beautifully sculptured Munro’s in Scotland. Glen Affric is a beautiful remote place with excellent and accessible land rover tracks. Life was good,


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and the end now finally felt in sight. Day 10 felt steady. We followed The Great Glen Way along the length of Loch Oich and Lochy, picking up the Caledonian Canal at Gairlochy through to Corpach. FORT WILLIAM Riding around the outskirts of Fort William we picked up the West Highland Way. A combination of forest roads and single-track, some of it a tad technical dropped us down into Kinlochleven where we decided to camp at the Blackwater campsite. The only downside with staying at Kinlochleven is it’s at the bottom of a steep hill! After a last ditch of anything we didn’t need and a good breakfast, we loaded up one last time. With strong legs and willing lungs, we were at the top in around 40 minutes. Riding alongside the busy A82 was a stark reminder that we were back in civilisation and almost finished. The West Highland Way turns just before the ski centre at Glencoe and peace was thankfully resumed again. PROUD ACHIEVEMENT I felt very proud of what we had achieved and all we had overcome. We’d pushed our bodies and minds, and I for one had learnt much about my own strengths and capabilities. We resisted the temptation of a beer at the Inveroran Hotel near Victoria Bridge, and as purists to the 2018 route, we stayed on the WHW to Bridge of Orchy. It was well worth the climb as a fun descent brought us out on the road at the back of the hotel. Second hotel temptation resisted, all we had to do now was pedal our bikes a little further, riding the very last bit in the opposite direction back to the start/finish at Tyndrum village hall. That’s it. We’d done it!!! 550 miles covered on a hardtail and a fat bike carrying all our own kit. I knew it would be hard, but easy is so boring!!

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September was gynae cancer awareness month, and in October and November, we will be asked to remember breast, pancreatic and lung cancer. Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy can have a massive impact for people with a cancer diagnosis – and also for those living with and loving them. People may describe themselves as “disfigured.” Treatment can help with the feel as well as appearance of scars, enabling you to move more freely and regain pleasure in your body again. It can also help with prevention of injury in the future by helping your body to move with more ease. Exercise can help you regain flexibility, stamina, balance and poise – perhaps delight and confidence in your body again. It is a physio’s job to find movements you can enjoy as well as that are helpful. Exercise can be both! Relaxation, breathing exercises and learning to pace yourself can help you

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New Family Support Workers in Cumbria provide much needed boost to Rainbow Trust in the North West. Rainbow Trust has welcomed two new Family Support Workers to the North West team to cover Cumbria, providing much needed support to families who have a child with a life threatening illness in this area. Wendy Thompson, Family Support Manager for the North West said: “The addition of Debbie Frith from Carnforth and Sophie Harris from Carlisle is a much needed to boost to the team and means we are now in a position to take on many more families in Cumbria who have a seriously ill child. “Cumbria is a very rural county and the feeling of isolation experienced by families can be intense. Between Debbie and Sophie we are now able to help families in the six districts of Cumbria from Carlisle in the North, across Allerdale and Copeland in the West, Eden in the East, down to Barrow-in-Furness and South Lakeland.” Who can we help?

Rainbow Trust enables families who have a seriously ill child to make the most of their time together by pairing each family with an skilled Family Support Worker are often split with one or both parents having to spend long stretches at hospital with their sick child and unable to get home for days or sometimes weeks. What do we do to help? “We help maintain normality and quality of life for siblings, often by doing the ordinary jobs like the school run, cooking or helping with homework allowing parents to focus on the child in hospital.” About our team

Rainbow Trust enables families who have a seriously ill child to make the most of their time together by pairing each family with an skilled Family Support Worker who provides expert emotional and practical support at home, in hospital and in the community, for as long as it is needed.

Sophie, a recent graduate from Cumbria University in Working with Children and Families, who joined Rainbow Trust in May, said: “I feel so well supported in the role of Family Support Worker. It’s my first full time job but the advice from other members of the Family Support team and the training provided has been amazing.

Debbie joined Rainbow Trust four months ago bringing with her experience from various roles working with families and children. She says, “I am so glad I applied for the job. I kept being drawn to the advert and after seeing videos of the work Rainbow Trust does on the charity’s website I understood the importance of Family Support Workers.

“I enjoy the variety the job provides - there is no such thing as a typical day, and although the travelling times can be long it is very satisfying to see the incredible impact you can have on family life by doing something very simple. The key to our work is tailoring what we do to what each family needs – that is why it works so well.”

“The work we do can seem small and insignificant to an outsider but for the families we help it can be life-changing. Due to the distances involved, families

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LOCAL SERVICES community such as the Community Nursing Teams, CLIC Sargent, hospitals and hospices. Do you need our services? It is wonderful that we now have the capacity to provide assistance to more families across Cumbria. Debbie and Sophie are ready to provide much needed help to families with a seriously ill child and alleviate some of the pressure and feelings of isolation.

Rainbow Trust is a national charity providing expert practical and emotional support to families, where they need it, to help them make the most of each new day. It relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and thanks to the generosity of its supporters helps over 2,300 families through its nine care teams in England. If you know of a family that would benefit from a Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker please contact the North West Care Team at the local office in Lancaster 01372 220 095.

Cumbria family raises £50,000 in memory of their daughter for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. The mother of a little girl, who passed away six years ago of a rare genetic disorder, has so far raised £50,000 for Rainbow Trust. Kelly Holliday and her husband Phil, from Workington, began fundraising after their four-yearold daughter Isla died of a rare genetic disease in November 2012. Now Kelly, who turns 40 next year, plans to mark her milestone birthday by raising more money for Rainbow Trust, which was such great support to her whole family. There has been little support available for families with a seriously ill child since 2012, but government cuts have reduced services even further. Rainbow Trust has recognised this and is doing everything possible to help Cumbrian families who desperately need it. Kelly said: “During Isla’s life we received huge support from our Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker, Marlene, so we wanted to raise funds to enable the charity to continue their amazing work supporting families.” Little Isla was just two months old when she was diagnosed with Schinzel-Giedion Syndrome, a genetic disorder with characteristic facial features and skeletal abnormalities. Her parents, Kelly and Phil, were told she would probably only survive until her second birthday but living until four years old made her one of the longest surviving children with the disorder at the time. Kelly said: “We were blessed that Isla shared our lives for as long as she did. She was such a massive part of our lives, but when she was born, there was limited support available locally. When Rainbow Trust made contact, it made such a difference as having help and support on hand whenever we needed it.

During Isla’s life we received huge support from our Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker, Marlene, so we wanted to raise funds to enable the charity to continue their amazing work supporting families. After Isla passed away, the couple, who have two sons, Isaac aged nine and Gabriel, three, set up Isla’s Fund, a year-long appeal to raise money in Isla’s memory. They raised a staggering £100,000 and split it between Rainbow Trust and the children’s ward at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. Crucially, setting up Isla’s Fund helped the family come to terms with what had happened. The whole family have got involved with the fundraising and have skydived, run marathons, held golf days and balls in memory of Isla and they hold regular bucket collections at various events to raise awareness. “I wanted to give something back to Rainbow Trust because I know how important it is to families like myself,” Kelly said. “If others can get out of it as much as I did it will really help them. Rainbow Trust is worth all the money in the world, and that’s why we support it. It is something very close to our hearts, and we will always do things for them.” If anyone thinks they might need some support or wants to find out more, they can contact the North West Care Team at the local office in Lancaster on 01372 220 095.

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4 oz butter or margarine 4 oz caster sugar 4 oz self-raising flour 2 eggs

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Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4 & line a 12 hole fairy cake tin with paper cases. 2. Put the butter or margarine, the sugar, flour and eggs into a bowl and mix until pale light and fluffy. 3. Spoon into fairy cake cases until they are half full. Bake in the oven for ten mins, insert a skewer and check it comes out clean - this means they are cooked. Leave to cool on a wire rack, while you mix the icing. 4. To make the buttercream, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft and creamy. Add half of the


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icing sugar and beat until smooth then add the remaining icing sugar, cocoa powder and one tablespoon of the milk and beat until creamy. Beat in more milk if necessary to loosen the icing. 5. Once the cakes are cool, spread the buttercream icing on top of the cupcakes one by one, dipping each one into a bowl of chocolate sugar strands straight after icing to ensure the strands stick, then stick on the eyes. 6. Chop the liquorice into 3-inch strands, then use a skewer to poke holes through the icing into the cake to insert the liquorice legs. Serve as a tasty halloween treat!!!

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RASPERRY CHIA PUDDING (Serves 2) Ingredients • 1 cup coconut milk • 1 tbsp rice or maple syrup • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 3 tbsp chia seeds • Fresh raspberries to decorate

Instructions 1. Blend all ingredients except chia seeds and raspberries, add more sweetener to taste 2. Add the chia seeds and stir well. 3. Leave to set in fridge overnight. Decorate with the raspberries before eating. You can also vary by blending 1 cup of raspberries at step 1, and reduce the lemon to half a tbsp. Also works well with mango or any other berry

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DEBUNKING THE MYTHS Ask any vegan the most common questions they get asked, and they will most probably say the top of the list is: ‘where do you get your protein from?’ PLANT BASED DIETS

based proteins contain all nine essential amino acids, which makes them complete proteins, but it is not actually necessary to eat one food that includes everything. Combining plant foods results in complete protein and gives precisely the same result nutritionally. The essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.

The truth is, everything we eat has a protein element to it, and really, as long as your plant-based diet is varied, it will most likely contain all the protein you need, including the full spectrum of amino acids. Almost every food source includes an element of protein - including all vegetables! Peas, kale, broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus are particularly good protein sources as, of course, are beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.

COMPLEMENTARY PROTEINS To give some examples of successful combining, grains are lacking in lysine, beans are high in lysine, therefore, combining these two foods gives a perfect amino acid balance.

WHAT ABOUT AMINO ACIDS? There is a lot of talk about getting the full spectrum of amino acids that is generally misunderstood. Vegans are lectured about this often too. Animal-


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So, grains and legumes are therefore known as complementary proteins. ‘Rice and beans’ is fairly commonly known as a complete meal. But lesser known is that nuts and seeds together with legumes

FOOD - VEGAN EATING Almost every food source includes an element of protein - including all vegetables! Peas, kale, broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus are particularly good protein sources. eat a combination of vegetables and plant proteins. Bear in mind that meat eaters and lacto vegetarians eat vegetables, legumes and grains too, so it is kind of irrelevant that their proteins are complete! HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO WE NEED?

are also complementary proteins. So, let’s hear it for hummus! This vegan staple is a complete protein chickpea (legume) + tahini (sesame seed). It turns out it is even easier than you thought to get the right protein balance - you don’t even need to eat your full spectrum of amino acids at the same meal. The liver can store essential amino acids, so as long as you eat a varied, plant-based diet that regularly includes all the aminos, you’ll be getting everything you need. Some plant sources are actually already complete proteins - soy, quinoa, chia, hemp and amaranth - but rather than focus on just those, it is far better to simply

We also don’t need as much protein as you might think. Men should get 56 grams, and women need 46 grams of protein daily. Most people eat almost double this, and it is actually detrimental to health and wellbeing. Your average pork chop contains approximately 20g of protein. This is precisely the same amount of protein as 1/2 cup tofu, or 1 cup cooked beans. Add your tofu or beans to vegetables, a sprinkling of seeds or nuts and you’ll be up to more than 30g - over half your RDA. In fact, it is actually easy for vegans to eat more than their RDA of protein without even trying. In the course of trying to ‘get enough protein’ many vegans are actually getting more than they need. PROTEIN DEFICIENCY Eating too much protein is a factor in weight gain since surplus turns to fat and we are generally far too protein-focused. Protein deficiency is rarely seen in affluent populations, and usually only seen in populations where ALL food is scarce. Simply put, where food is abundant, all people, regardless of their dietary choices, will be getting more than enough protein, and all the aminos they need. NUTS & SEEDS I am a firm believer in fresh, tasty plant-based foods with a decent proportion served raw, with a sprinkling of nuts or seeds at every meal is the way forward. If you like tofu and tempeh then great, if not then beans and lentils are great too. If you don’t like either then you’ll probably get enough from vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.

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Nori Rolls

Stem + Glory founder Louise has been experimenting with plantbased foods for more than 30 years and loves clean and healthy Japanese cuisine. It’s incredibly easy to ‘veganise’ many Japanese recipes, and these Nori rolls are a firm favourite at Stem + Glory.

For the noodles: 1 pack of fine rice noodles 2 tbsp sesame oil For the vegetables: 1 large carrot 1 red pepper 1 cucumber 100g white or red cabbage 1 baby gem or any soft leaf lettuce 1 pack Nori sheets

You can use different crunchy vegetables if you prefer, and they also work well without noodles. This recipe uses tofu, but at Stem + Glory we use marinated tempeh too if you have that to hand.

METHOD First, make the dip. Blend all the ingredients until the mixture is super smooth. Add more wasabi according to your preference.

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Next, cut the firm tofu into long square strips, approximately 1cm thick. Mix the remaining ingredients together to make a marinade, add the tofu and leave to marinate for 10 minutes. Bake the coated tofu in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Add the sesame oil and rice noodles to boiling water and cook or stand according to the instructions


on the packet. Stir to avoid the noodles clumping. Drain and rinse the noodles with cold water to quickly stop the cooking process. Peel the carrots. Thinly slice the red pepper, cucumber and carrot to 5cm in length and 2cm in thickness. Slice the cabbage and lettuce in fine strips on their side, to preserve the ‘wavy’ shape. Dampen a clean cloth slightly and then place the nori paper on top. Moisten slightly, and then place a handful of Rice Noodles, 3 batons of Red Pepper, 3 batons of Cucumber, a large pinch of Cabbage, the same of lettuce and two pieces of Tofu on a quarter of the sheet closest to you. To roll, fold the edge closest to you over the filling and tuck it under, then roll that over the remaining nori paper. To stick the ends down, wet the edge and press firmly. TO SERVE Slice the roll into four pieces at a diagonal and serve with the wasabi dip.


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AUTUMN PRODUCE IN OUR AREA Autumn might well be the season of mellow fruitfulness, but our gardens are full of all sorts of goodies that are at their peak of perfection right now, and it is not just the fruit that is mellowing, there is plenty of ready to eat vegetables too. Rob Bullock discovers more.

HARVEST TIME The days are getting shorter, the nights longer but things are still growing in our gardens, under the glass in our greenhouses and in the growing cooperatives that dot our area. And after a challenging summer with its Mediterranean climate, autumn has settled down into something a little better for fulfilling the harvest. “The hot weather and the drought certainly caused us, and gardeners throughout our area a lot of problems this summer. And that all came on the back of the challenging spring growing conditions,” explains Neil Marshall from Clapham’s community project Growing With Grace. “Thankfully things have settled down a little in the autumn, making growing better.”

Autumn is the season for gourds, which include squashes and pumpkins which roast beautifully in the oven or make some tasty soups. BUT WHAT OF THE VEGETABLES? “The courgettes and cucumbers are still going strong this season,” says Claire Louise from Growing Well the mental health charity and organic farm in Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria. “The green beans are cropping well along with cabbage, chard, spinach, and the onions. The salad crops are still producing excellent leaves, and in the greenhouses, the tomatoes are ripe for picking.”


Late potatoes are still being dug up around the area and leeks are right to pick. Why not combine both of these and make some comforting leek and potato soup.

A look in any garden or community orchard will tell you that apples seemed to have faired very well this year. The branches are bending under the weight of the fruit, and they’re good to pick now.

Cabbages are leafy and green and full of goodness, and the first crop of Brussel sprouts are starting to appear, though my Grandad always said the sprouts taste better picked after the first frost.

Blackberries have been slow to fill out this year, but they have rallied as the autumn months arrived. In my childhood, you always picked your brambles in September, but in recent years they have been ready in August. This year we have returned to September and October as the harvest time. Why not use your autumn fruit to make deliciously comforting hot pies and puddings made by combining blackberries with the first apples of the season. What a combination!



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Unlike my Grandad Fred, pumpkin growers are not keen on early frost. One look under the broad leaves that sprawl across the garden shows that the pumpkins and gourds are getting ready to be made in scary Halloween lanterns. “The pumpkin family are cropping heavily this season,” explains Neil Marshall, “we’ve got some great spaghetti squash, red kuri squash and butternut squash as well as the more traditional pumpkins.”

LOCAL COOPERATIVES - FOOD Autumn is the season for gourds, which include squashes and pumpkins which roast beautifully in the oven or make some tasty soups. And why not try the intriguing spaghetti squash with its pasta like flesh that makes a delicious, nutritious change to traditional pasta dishes.

If you have somewhere under cover, then you can grow yourself salad too.



“Salad leaves are our biggest seller,” explains Neil. “And they’re cropping all autumn heavily. To grow salad you just need a small space that is protected from the weather.”

Of course, in our northern climate growing under glass in a greenhouse, polytunnel or cold frame means that you can grow fruit and vegetables that we cannot grow outside.

Growing With Grace provides local communities with fresh, locally grown organic foods and has been producing and supplying organic vegetables for over ten years. Growing Well is a farm-based Mental Health charity near Kendal. They provide a safe, supportive working environment to nurture mental health recovery.

Growing With Grace cultivates six different kinds of tomato, and all of the vines are heavy with fruit. Aubergines are coming into their own after the heat of the summer, and the cucumbers have recovered and are still cropping.

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Wherever possible the produce is sourced locally representing some of the best food Lancashire has to offer. The Bowland beef is local, the South Lakeland chicken from just up the road and the Cockerham salt marsh lamb from the adjoining fields.

A LOCAL LANCASHIRE FARE - THE MILL, CONDER GREEN The Mill at Conder Green has great ambience and a stunning setting with lovely accommodating staff, but it is the food that steals the show, especially the puddings, especially the Sticky Toffee Pudding! Features Writer Rob Bullock samples its many delights… Delightful setting

Choosing is the hardest part

Sitting blissfully beside the Lancaster Canal as it drops slowly towards its start at Glasson Dock, The Mill at Conder Green overlooks Morecambe Bay and the Lune Estuary in one of the most picturesque settings you could want from a lunchtime venue.

Choosing what you want from the menu was the hardest part of our lunch, there were many options and possibilities. And whatever your requirements Head Chef Stuart is happy to meet all your needs with a smile.

Sitting in the dining room local and visiting birdlife drift by on the canal along with walkers, runners and cyclists who are enjoying a jaunt along the towpath as diners consider the many possibilities the menu has to offer. Relaxed atmosphere “We’ve got a heron who has been here as long as I’ve worked here,” says Restaurant Manager, Chris with a relaxed smile. “There are also ducks and swans.” Almost as soon as Chris had finished speaking, as if on cue, two swans paddle slowly past the spacious, airy dining room. Relaxed is something that sums up the atmosphere at The Mill, staff are attentive but subtle and the décor is modern but subdued. All of this makes eating here the perfect experience.


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Authentic cuisine For lunch, there is an excellent choice of dishes, plus a selection of sandwiches and homemade soup. We chose Curried chickpea, sweet plantain with baby spinach and Sugar snap pea and wild mushroom soba noodles. The noodles were delicious, so fresh and tasty. And the curry, eating this curry you could have been transported all the way to India! It was unbelievable! Afterwards, we learned that Sous Chef, Sanjit, is actually Indian! The best of local food The fish choices were plentiful and sounded mouthwatering with nearby diners enjoying the Oven roasted fillet of hake, Griddled tuna steak and the locally inspired Fleetwood fisherman’s platter which apparently is a real favourite amongst diners.


“There is an excellent menu, but the smell of a proper Sunday lunch compelled us to have the roast beef Sunday lunch! Slow cooked beef, roasties, fresh vegetables and even a Yorkshire pudding - it was excellent.” “Going for a Sunday roast at The Mill has become something of a tradition for us! Great Food!” Wherever possible the produce is sourced locally representing some of the best food Lancashire has to offer. The Bowland beef is local, the South Lakeland chicken from just up the road and most impressive of all, Cockerham salt marsh lamb from the adjoining fields and Port of Lancaster juniper woodchip smoked salmon! The Mill heartily supports local food producers and when you taste the food you can tell! Sunday Roast It is hardly surprising that it has been a busy summer for The Mill and the busiest time has been Sundays when they offer their renowned Sunday roasts. There are so many five-star reviews of the Sunday roast, here’s what just a few people have said;

“The roast potatoes at The Mill are worth going for on their own! Fantastic.” Delicious puddings I asked for the selection of deserts and first up was a Bakewell tart, homemade, warm and scrumptious. Next was the Creamy white chocolate rice pudding which was served with strawberry preserve which was delicately light and moreish. The Ginger and lemon curd spotted dick was not like any spotted dick I had ever tasted, it was light and delicious. The crowning glory – Sticky toffee pudding The Sticky Toffee Pudding was the crowning glory of the meal at The Mill. It was sweet, light and left me wanting more. The toffee flavour of the sauce was rich and fudgy and the sponge as light as a feather. You could travel a long way for a better Sticky toffee pudding. My wife chose the dark chocolate and raspberry brownie which was served with a lovely passion fruit sauce and Walling’s delicious coconut ice cream. My wife savoured every mouthful and pronounced it the perfect end to a perfect meal, although she couldn’t resist sampling my Sticky toffee pudding. Try it for yourself The Mill at Conder Green is one of the best places to eat in our area. It serves excellent food of an outstanding quality that showcases the best of local produce at reasonable prices.

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DATES FOR THE DIARY: Country Harvest is holding a LIGHTS SWITCH-ON from 5.30pm on Nov 1st and a CHRISTMAS FOOD FESTIVAL with free food tasting on Nov 30th

CHRISTMAS CABIN NOW OPEN Country Harvest Christmas Cabin Country Harvest’s Christmas Cabin is now open and is once again encouraging customers to experience a magical world of fairies and unicorns; winter wonderlands and Mardi Gras. Last year unicorns were one of the Ingleton store’s biggest sellers, and they continue to be a popular Christmas trend this year, other themes include Scandi, winter, dreams, country living, dreams and Carnival. Flamingos (some in snow globes) flowers, dragonflies and sparkly butterflies are popular this year, along with hot air balloons and glittery campervans and caravans. Another trend which remains popular is the Nutcracker soldiers. This year the Cabin is stocking even more decorations, lighting and trees, from traditional nativity scenes to a 7ft Ferris wheel which


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wouldn’t look out of place in the hit movie The Greatest Showman. Each area of the Cabin has been transformed into a different theme full of baubles, decorations, trees and more lighting than ever before. There’s also a lot more personalised items, from baubles with your name on, to Baby’s 1st Christmas. Cabin manager Samantha Sherwin has sprinkled her creative, glittery genius yet again and spent the long, hot summer transforming the building into a winter wonderland with the help of her team. “When we opened the Cabin for the first time last year, we asked for feedback from our customers, and the response was fantastic! But there were a few things people wanted to see so we have lots more angel tree toppers and reasonably priced trees,” said Sam. “The Cabin looks very different to last year, and I hope it’s even better! Pop in and let us know what you think!” In the main store, Country Harvest is stocking lots of gifts and has introduced a 3 for 2 section for the first time. In the Food Hall, there are festive foods for all, from turkeys, pies, cakes and cheese to chocolates, pork scratchings, pickles and delicious chutneys. Country Harvest is holding a lights switch-on from 5.30pm on November 1st with a reindeer, brass band and lots of free family entertainment. On November 30th it is holding a Christmas Food Festival with free food tasting. All welcome.

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BUSINESS & HOSPITALITY SHOW The next North West Business and Hospitality Show will be bigger than last year, organisers have pledged.The annual event showcases the very best the industry has to offer across the region.

Visitors from across the industry are invited to the free event which will offer exhibitors, discussions, talks and workshops designed to support and advise hospitality and cross-sector businesses. It follows on from the inaugural show held last February, which launched the concept of businesses working together, for the greater goal. Organiser Nick Hood said they had been building relationships with businesses and event partners over the past 12 months. “The North West has a reputation as an area of business excellence, which we are committed to developing and promoting. Last year we ran a hospitality only event, but we soon came to realise that not all of our 2018 exhibitors were 100 per cent hospitality focused businesses. Our region is blessed with so many fantastic and innovative companies and it was clear there was a wider range of opportunities available which would help maximise the full potential of the show. The newly expanded event is about much more than just the two days in February, it’s about creating longlasting connections which have real value.” Mr Hood is working with returning commercial partner The Family Business Network. Founder of the network Sue Howorth says “We are once again delighted to be working with Nick on the fantastic venture. We are all working together to bring out the best in everyone involved. The plan is to evolve the show year on year, and we are now growing on last year’s success.” The event is all about collaboration, and the 2-day show has a wealth of experience and knowledge in its Event Support structure. Agencies working with show organisers include Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce, The Federation of Small Businesses, The Lake District Foundation, Flock PR, Fell Tarn Friends, We Are Net, Inglewood Hospitality Associates, film producers Explainer HQ, Trybooking UK ticketing systems and Family Business United. Their role is to help promote the show across the North West through their own networks and members, making sure everyone has an opportunity to be involved. The show also includes a Market Street, designed for small independent food & drink retailers to introduce

themselves to the trade. Market Street sponsor, Paul Caunce from North West Food & Drink Means Business is helping organisers showcase the best that the region has to offer. “We are really excited about this project and are looking forward to bring together a selection of the regions finest food & drink retailers. Stand holders will have the opportunity to sell their products at the show so visitors will have an opportunity to take produce home with them.” Peter Armer, Partner at Show Sponsor RfM Accountants “When I was approached to see if I was interested in taking part in the show, I did not hesitate as the audience is almost exactly made up of the people we are trying to reach. Nick is very experienced in organising this type of event, and his involvement gave me the confidence to place part of our valuable marketing budget in his hands.” Mark Carr, Director at Show Sponsor Vaadhoo Limited “We are delighted to sponsor the expo. The opportunity it affords us to speak to premier clients in the business sector in the North Lancashire and Lake District makes this an important show in our marketing calendar. Having the show at this fantastic venue makes it a great opportunity for us to invite clients to come and see us without taking them away from their business for too long.” Sarah Elleray at Show Sponsor Fooser “Fooser are delighted to be an official sponsor of this year’s show. The region has really developed as a foodie destination, and locals & visitors are becoming increasingly discerning about where to eat. The North West Business & Hospitality Show brings the region’s businesses together, allowing visitors to the exhibition the opportunity to experience the quality and variety available locally. Andy Pearson, Field Sales Manager at Show Sponsor Bidfood “We will be bringing a selection of our top food retailers to the show and are really looking forward to having the opportunity to meet a broad range of trade visitors. Our distribution network is growing all the time, and we can now offer a stronger, more professional service to our customers than ever before.” For details on the show visit or call 015394 47692. The event runs on the 27th & 28th February in the Exhibition Hall at the Junction 36 Auction Centre near Kendal.

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Claire Potter We talk to Claire Potter who lives in Lancaster with her family and find out about her Little Blighters parenting books.

How did you come to write parenting books? I have two children: one adopted, one home-made; one boysy boy, one girly girl. (In fact, they have about as much in common as an orangutan and a butterfly!) I have always enjoyed thinking up quirky, outside-the-box ways to entertain them both, without constantly spending money on ready-made attractions or ‘stuff’. For example, activities like ‘Supermarket challenge’ where I gave them just £5 and 15 minutes to choose and buy the ingredients for a three-course meal, or ‘Dress me up’ where they got to completely reinvent the way I look by choosing an outfit of their choice from a large clothes shop – which I then had to wear out and about for the rest of the day! By the time my eldest was 12, I realized I had accumulated a whole bunch of out-of-theordinary activities and perhaps had the makings of a book. Amazingly, the second publisher (Bloomsbury) I pitched the idea to said “Yes!” and my first book Keeping the Little Blighters Busy – 50 refreshingly different things to do with your kids before they’re 12 ¾ came into being! Your second book is to help parents stop their children being fussy eaters. How did that come about? Fussy eating is such a common problem in the UK, and indeed my own childhood memories of mealtimes are full of battles, tensions and tears. When I had my own children, I was determined from the start to make the dinner table a happy place where my children approached all foods – not just things like chips and ice-cream – with a positive attitude. So I had a big think and came up


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with a cunning plan. It worked! Both my children are enthusiastic, open-minded and adventurous eaters (my son had no qualms about eating a woodpigeon’s heart on a bushcraft weekend and one of my daughter’s favourite snacks is – hold your nose! – dried squid). I was itching to share my approach with other parents in a book and so Getting the Little Blighters to Eat was published. It makes me so happy when I hear from readers who’ve tried the approach with their children and say things like “Last night my son who consistently says he doesn’t like rice or anything green willingly ate a plateful of pea and asparagus risotto!”. Your new book, out this month, is about improving children’s behaviour. Tell us about that. I was very struck by this quote that I once came across: What’s the point in having children if we don’t enjoy their company? It seemed to me that parents sometimes spend so much of their time nagging, bribing, threatening, negotiating with or shouting at their children to get them to behave that it makes it difficult to fully enjoy them. I was very interested in finding out exactly what parents can do to make their day-to-day life with their children easier. I interviewed child psychologists and sucked and squeezed the knowledge and expertise from their brains. I wanted to know what parents could do that would make a definite improvement to their children’s behaviour.


“ It seemed to me that parents sometimes spend so much of their time nagging, bribing, threatening, negotiating with or shouting at their children to get them to behave that it makes it difficult to fully enjoy them.”

“What really works?” I asked them. “What does the evidence show?” The result is Getting the Little Blighters to Behave, a little book that tells you in a nutshell all the techniques, tactics, tips and tricks you need to get your children to co-operate. In fact, you can read it in the time it takes to drink a large glass of wine at the end of another challenging day!

You only recently moved to Lancaster. What brought you here? This will sound crazy but we’d been thinking of moving to Lancaster for 12 years – ever since we’d come to the area one summer and seen the walkabout theatre production of Tom Sawyer in Williamson Park, with the sun setting over Morecambe Bay as the backdrop! We were living in a very pretty but very conservative Oxfordshire town that wasn’t a great match for us, but once our children were settled in school we somehow lost the momentum to make a move. Finally, when our daughter was about to start secondary school last September, we decided it was now or never! We love living here. It’s friendly, free-spirited, down-to-earth, small enough to walk everywhere but big enough to have a good arts, culture and music scene. In fact, it feels a bit like living in a village with the energy of a city. Then of course there’s the castle, the canal, the coast, the countryside… What’s not to like? (Oh yes…that’ll be the weather!) Nick Dagger Photography

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I’d like to tear my fingers away from the keyboard awhile and share the advice and information in Getting the Little Blighters to Eat and Getting the Little Blighters to Behave directly with parents through talks and workshops. I also have another idea for a book bubbling up: When my son turned 13 and was pushing for more freedom and independence, I set him 13 challenges to test just how grown-up he was – a sort of modern rite of passage that marked his change from child to teenager in a fun and memorable way: Buy yourself a whole outfit for £13.13; plan and cook a 3-course meal only using dishes from any page 13 of our recipe books; do 13 household chores from defrosting the freezer to putting up a shelf… He revelled in it. I would love to do a book to inspire and help parents do a personalized rite of passage for their own son or daughter. Link to all three of Claire’s books: & Claires Blog: www

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Improve your kids behaviour We found out a bit about local author Claire Potter in our article on page 108, now Claire gives us five top tips from her book Getting the Little Blighters to Behave. Let’s be honest. No matter how much we love our kids, being a parent day in, day out, can be exhausting and exasperating. They’re refusing to get dressed... they’re whining for a packet of sweets... they’re fighting with their brother or sister… Sometimes we might spend all day looking forward to their bedtime! So what can we do to make our lives easier? Here are five things you can do that research shows will have a powerful and positive effect on your children’s behaviour. #1 TOP UP THEIR ATTENTION LEVELS What your children want more than anything else in the whole world – more than that shiny new toy or ice-cream with sauce and sprinkles – is your attention! It makes them feel valued and special.


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The trouble is (particularly in these manic, multitasking, smartphone-dominated times) it’s all too easy to go through a whole day where they only ever half get your attention. And if this keeps happening, they will set out to get your full attention by behaving in ways you don’t like! They’d much rather you told them off than didn’t notice them. Try to give each child a period of one-to-one, focused attention every day – preferably doing something they want to do. You might get down on the floor and play with the train set with your threeyear-old or sit and properly listen to your nine-yearold tell you in detail about a computer game they played with their friend. It may be boring, but it’s worth it! Even if you’ve only got 10 minutes to spare some days, it really will make a difference to their overall behaviour.


“ When you hear a fight break out, it’s much better to sit tight and see if they can resolve it out themselves. If they come complaining to you, just say calmly, “I think this is something you two can sort out together.”



It’s so easy when your children are behaving well to just leave them be. Let’s say, for example, your child has been tricky all morning. You haven’t been able to take your eye off them. Finally they settle down and become absorbed in making an octopus with their play-dough. “Phew” you think and wander off to check your emails or put the washing away. What does your child learn? I get more attention when I behave badly!

Young children have a lot of tears and tantrums – often over things that seem trivial to us. For instance, maybe they’re upset because you threw away a stick they picked up in the woods. “Stop being silly,” you might say. “It’s only a stick – we can easily get another one.” But this often has the opposite effect to the one you wanted. Now they cry even louder or start stamping their feet!

Try instead to get into the habit of spotting good behaviour and pouncing with some positive attention. “Ooh, look at that octopus,” you could say, sitting down with them for a minute or two. “You’ve made five legs already and they’ve even got little suckers on. Let me see how you’re making them.” Remember, your attention really is precious to them so anything you do or say to show them you have noticed and are pleased with their behaviour will make them much more likely to behave that way again. #3 USE REWARDS, NOT BRIBES It can be all too tempting to use a bribe to get your child to do what you want. “Stop messing about! If you’re good while I’m doing the shopping, I’ll buy you that magazine you like,” for example. Bribes may work in the short-term, but all they teach your child is that when they don’t co-operate, it can pay off for them! “Mmm…last time I was difficult in the supermarket, I got a magazine,” they think. “Maybe I’ll try that again.” Long-term, it’s much more effective to flip things around. Instead of offering a bribe beforehand, reward good behaviour afterwards. Say, “You were great in the supermarket today! Thank you. I’m going to buy you a magazine for that.” This has a powerful effect on your child. “Ooh!” they think. “I wasn’t expecting that!” They are also able to feel genuinely pleased with themselves because they behaved that way of their own accord – and this in itself will strongly motivate them to repeat that behaviour in the future.

The secret is to take a very different approach. Instead of trying to swipe their feelings out the way, directly acknowledge them. It may seem ridiculous to you as an adult that they’re crying over a stick, but to your child at that moment, it may genuinely feel like the worst thing in the world. So try saying, perhaps with a hug, “I can see you’re feeling really sad and angry that I threw that stick away.” When your child feels that you understand and are on their side, they are likely to calm down much more quickly. In fact, the effect can be quite magical. #5 STAY OUT OF SIBLING ARGUMENTS Research shows that siblings argue and bicker twice as much when a parent is present! Why? Because we jump in and intervene – and make the situation worse! For example, suppose your children are fighting over which TV programme to watch. “Right, that’s enough!” you say. “You can watch your programme today, and you can watch yours tomorrow. Simple!” But what may seem perfectly fair to you may seem outrageously unfair to them. “But I let him watch his programme three days in a row,” yells one child. “But today’s programme is the last one in the series,” screeches the other. When you hear a fight break out, it’s much better to sit tight and see if they can resolve it out themselves. If they come complaining to you, just say calmly, “I think this is something you two can sort out together.” Only step in if they haven’t reached an agreement after a few minutes. Listen to both sides without bias and then gently help them find a solution. When you allow your children the time and space to resolve their own conflicts in their own way, they get better and better at it. Link to my behaviour book (comes out on 4th of October, 2018)

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A weekend away in THE PEAK DISTRICT Sitting less than an hour’s drive south of our area, traffic permitting, the Peak District offers visitors some of the most impressive upland scenery in the north of England and some of the prettiest towns and villages. It has plenty of tasty treats to sample and there is so much to do it is the perfect destination for a weekend away. By Rob Bullock

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JUST DOWN THE M6! With the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep, people from our area tend not to venture to the gem that is the Peak District just a few miles down the M6. Although it’s mainly in Derbyshire, it is easily reachable from Manchester, Sheffield and Lancaster!


trespassers were imprisoned. But these trespassers laid the foundations for the formation of the National Parks that we enjoy in the 21st century. A TALE OF TWO PARKS!


The Peak District may be classified as one National Park, but it actually has two very contrasting areas or, what many locals call ‘personalities’.

In 1951, the Peak District was the first areas to be designated as a National Park. This followed the infamous mass trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932. A group of determined ramblers exercised what they saw as their right to walk unhindered on the open moorland. Tempers flared and fists flew as they faced opposition from gamekeepers who were employed by local landowners. Many suffered minor injuries and five

In its northern personality, you’ll find the wild and wonderful Dark Peak which has inspired poets and writers for generations. The north has wide open spaces that are punctuated by clumps of unkempt heather, gloopy bogs and outcrops of black granite. It’s the kind of place where if you sit quietly and imagine, you might expect to see Mr Rochester from Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre, riding his faithful steed Mesrour.

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WEEKEND AWAY - PEAK DISTRICT In fact, Brontë is said to have based the character’s house on one in the Peak District. In the south, it is quite different with much softer landscapes known as White Peak territory. Here you’ll find limestone caves and lush green valleys – filled with iconic mill towns like Matlock. TOP PLACES TO VISIT INCLUDE: Bakewell is one of the most famous towns in the Peak District. It has even got a tart named after it. It is a pretty 19th century town with gritstone buildings and quaint cottages and the traditional starting point for anyone making a trip to the Peaks. Chatsworth House is among Britain’s finest stately homes and is well worth a visit. The house contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists.

Here you’ll find limestone caves and lush green valleys – filled with iconic mill towns like Matlock. DON’T MISS: Matlock Bath Illuminations – Running every weekend until the end of October the Matlock Bath Venetian BoatBuilders’ Association decorate themed models with an array of coloured lights which are then mounted on rowing boats and paraded on the River Derwent. Thousands of people line the banks of the river in Derwent Gardens, giving a magical carnival atmosphere to this unique and luminous display! Chatsworth Outdoors - Grounds for Sculpture every day until 9th November– Join the gardening team this autumn as they shine a spotlight on art and nature through the creation of ‘viewpoints’; points of interest on the Duke and Duchess’ favourite walks that may take you to new corners of the garden or offer familiar favourites from a new perspective. Ashover Vintage Festival of Light – Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October. Billed as ‘Blackpool in miniature in the heart of Derbyshire’ the pretty village of Ashover this year sees static displays of vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, tractors, stationary engines and steam, pressure lamps, models and bygones – these all light up putting on a fantastic light display in the evening.

Chatsworth Gardens are 105 acres of exquisite and varied landscapes and are the product of nearly 500 years of careful cultivation. Notable features include the Canal Pond, Cascade and 1st Duke’s Greenhouse. Haddon Hall, a medieval building, should be on every tourist’s to-do list. It is a stunning English Tudor and country house near Bakewell and has been described as some as one of England’s 1000 Best Houses! Parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Saturdays & Sundays 6 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018. Come along and pick your own pumpkin! Great fun with family and friends to go into the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins for Halloween festivities. There are lots of varieties to choose from the village pumpkins. Bakewell Tarts! No article about the Peak District can omit its most famous export, the Bakewell Tart. Consisting of a crisp shortcrust pastry base the tart has delicious layers of jam, frangipane, and a topping of flaked almonds. It is delicious for an afternoon treat with a cup of tea. PEAK DISTRICT VISITOR CENTRES If you are visiting the beautiful Peak District for a weekend away, please visit one of the Park’s four visitor centres for more information. There are centres at Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and Upper Derwent and the staff are more than happy to make your weekend one to remember. For more information about a weekend away in the Peak District please visit

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The women of WW1 This autumn sees the commemoration of World War One. On the 11th November this year it will be one hundred years since the guns fell silent over the battlefields of Europe. Everyone is fully aware of the sacrifices our menfolk made for their country but few really appreciate the role women played in the conflict. Features Writer and author Rob Bullock, explains in more detail.

CENTENARY At 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, this year marks the centenary of the end of the conflict that came to be called the war to end all wars. For over four years battles raged across Europe and millions of men from both sides died, often in the most atrocious conditions imaginable. Across our area villages, towns and cities will be marking the anniversary. Many events are planned, and the television channels will cover national and international events THE ROLE OF WOMEN When our men and boys left our area, they left a huge gap in our social and economic fabric, a gap that had to be filled or the entire economy would have collapsed. This was one-way women stepped in JOAN MARTIN and helped us win the war, they did the jobs that the lads away fighting at the front couldn’t. They drove buses, they delivered milk, whatever was needed they did and did well. NO BULLETS It was a catastrophic near miss that led to the role that women are most famous for in WW1, their work in munitions factories. Shortly after the commencement of hostilities the head of the army, General Kitchener, sent a letter to Winston Churchill, the head of the Navy, asking if the army could have the Navy’s spare ammunition. But the Navy did not have any spare, they barely had enough for themselves. In fact, there was a severe shortage in Britain. In short, they didn’t have enough bullets to wage a war. MUNITIONS FACTORIES Men like Leeds businessman, Joseph Watson, were tasked with building new, high tech factories to resolve arms problem but they still had a problem. Who would work in the factories? The answer was women. Women and girls, some barely older than primary school children were trained to work in these new factories and work they did. By the end of the war, our factories were producing more than 50 million shells a year.


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AT WHAT COST? Working in a munitions factory was dangerous. Injury and even death were a daily threat and great care was taken to minimise risks. However, accidents did happen, and lives were lost. A couple of years ago I attended a commemoration for the centenary of one horrific accident. This was at the Barnbow Munitions Factory (National Filling Factory No1) near Leeds. It happened just after 10 pm on Tuesday 5 December 1916 and several hundred women and girls had just started their shift at the factory. It was in Room 42 of the complex and it killed 35 women outright and maimed and injured many more. THE CANARY GIRLS The women and girls who worked in the munitions factories came to be affectionately known as the Canary Girls because of the yellowish tinge their skin developed. The jaundice was caused by the women’s exposure to the chemicals used to make the explosives. Many women complained of nausea and skin rashes or hives. Some had coughs or chest infections from TNT poisoning. BRITAIN’S UNSUNG ARMY It is clear from the varied and diverse jobs undertaken during World War One and the sacrifice they made British women did form a formidable home front, a second army and one that remains relatively unsung as we rightfully commemorate the sacrifice made for our freedom during World War One. To help raise funds for The Folly in Settle, which is regarded as one of the town’s finest buildings and of outstanding architectural and community importance, and the North Craven Building Preservation Trust, Rob Bullock will be giving a talk entitled ‘Women, Work, War: Women in WW1’, on Friday 5th October at The Folly. For tickets and further information please see html

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SPOOKY PLACES AROUND THE DISTRICT With Halloween fast approaching, autumn is the season for the telling of spooky stories and tall tales and our area has more than its fair share of real life scary stories that have been passed from generation to generation for hundreds of years. From the poor Pendle Witches to Joseph Delaney’s boggart that inspired his best-selling books our area is home to some scary stories. Features Writer Rob Bullock delves deep and tries not to be too terrified. JOSEPH DELANEY’S BOGGART


Only a few months back Joseph Delaney told readers of the Lancaster District Magazine that one of his first literary inspirations was a boggart that lived in his house.

Dating back to 1781 The Grand also boasts the restless spirits of its former performers who have been known when particularly cross or restless to express their own disappointment on their more successful modern-day counterparts. Eerie!

“In 1982 my wife and I moved into a house in a Lancashire village which was supposed to have one. At the time I didn’t really think much about it, but I remember writing down ‘boggart’ in an old notebook, then years later in the year 2000, when I was thinking of things to write about I came across the notebook again, and it inspired me to start writing my ‘Spooks’ series of books for children.” Not entirely knowing what a boggart was I looked them up. Apparently, a boggart is one name for a mischievous household spirit in English folklore. They are believed to have caused things to disappear, for milk to turn sour, and for animals to mysteriously go lame. Boggarts are believed to inhabit marshes or holes in the ground are sometimes thought to cause nasty things to happen. SPOOKY LANCASTER DISTRICT! When I recently started researching this article I discovered that it was not only Joe’s house that had a supernatural resident, there are many places in our area with spooky connections. LANCASTER CASTLE Naturally, the best place to start researching the supernatural in our area is Lancaster Castle. It is an ancient building dating back to the 12th century but with Roman ruins on the site and it has a long and interesting history. Even though they probably were nothing more than poor peasant women the Pendle Witches were tried at the castle. It appears that there are at least four spirits said to inhabit the building including a child and a monk. Brrr! WINTER GARDENS, MORECAMBE This old building has been the home of entertainment for decades and boasts the ghost of a seamstress who never fulfilled her ambition of performing on the stage. It is said that she still vents her disappointment on unsuspecting visitors to the building. Spine-tingling!

MUNCASTER CASTLE Heading slightly further afield, Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass is, it is claimed, one of the most haunted castles anywhere in the country with a tapestry room that plays host to a range of sounds, including a woman singing, mysterious knocks, footsteps and shapes. As it was once a nursery, the cries of a baby and giggles of children are also heard. Some of Muncaster’s other worldly residents have names and histories like Mary Bragg, who was a housemaid here in the 1800s. Mary fell in love with a footman, unaware that he was promised to another. Her rival arranged for Mary to be murdered and thrown in the river but her ghost still walks the castle grounds where she met her end. Apparently, even though poor Mary met such a horrible end she is a harmless spirit. Seriously scary! HURTLE AND SUNSET POT NEAR CHAPEL-LE-DALE, INGLETON It is not just buildings that can have a spooky past. Caves can too. Hurtle Pot Hole might just be an uninviting hole in the ground to most of us, but it is said to have its own boggart. More than one poor potholer has reported rocks being dislodged above their heads as they descended into the deep, damp depths of the ground. And it is home to a very strange metal statue! And nearby Sunset Pot also has a boggart, or maybe it is the same one who just travels about? A caver friend of mine recalls an experience in Sunset Hole; ‘It was quite a spooky experience in Sunset Hole abseiling down a pitch one day. I was convinced I felt a rush of air like something moving past me and whispering.” So, it is not just Joseph Delaney who has experienced a boggart, our local cavers have too. And maybe visitors to some of our best-loved theatres and buildings might think twice before returning to them in the dead of night this Halloween unless of course, they want to be frightened witless! Happy Halloween!

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From11th October - LANCASTER Apricity - Seasonal Exhibition Gallery 23 art exhibition at Arteria. 01524 61111

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

12th - 14th October - KENDAL The Lakes International Comic Art Festival The only event of its kind in the UK taking over the whole town of Kendal. Celebrating the amazing world of comic artists, creators and writers, we bring the biggest names in comic art to Cumbria with over 70 special guests from across the comic world.

Halloween - CARNFORTH Scary things cooking Workshops Find out more on our facebook page or page 77.. Kath 07908 110773 - Madame Chocolate at Greenlands Farm

3rd Oct - LANCASTER Renes Fashion Show in Store Canapes & Prosecco at 7pm, Fashion Show 7.30pm. Tickets £15. 23-25 Common Garden Street LA1 1XD

5th Oct - LANCASTER Talks at The Dementia Hub

13th - 14th Oct - LANCASTER St John’s Hospice Christmas Sale Get ahead of the crowds with our annual early Christmas sale! Sat: 10am – 4pm and Sunday:11am – 2pm at St John’s Hospice. The Courtyard Café will also be open serving some lovely winter warmers.

13th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 20th Oct LANCASTER Dracula at Lancaster Grand Theatre

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.

Bram Stoker, adapted by Jane Thornton and John Godber, presented by Lancaster Footlights.

16th Oct - KENDAL The Reel Films Paddling Festival World Tour 2018

7th October - CARNFORTH Warton Stock Car Club Racing A great day out watching the racing for all the family. See p44.

12th October - ARNSIDE Arnside Country Market 9.30 - 11.30. Delicious home baking, jams, crafts, home-grown plants, fresh fish stall and seasonal vegetables. Coffee and biscuits are also available. Arnside W.I Hall, Orchard Rd, Arnside.


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21st October - CARNFORTH Warton Stock Car Club Racing A great day out watching the racing - for all the family. See p44.

27th Oct - LANCASTER Free Family Friendly Walk Join us at Ruskin Library at 1pm for our free family-friendly nature walk through the University woodland, followed by an art workshop. Suitable for 4-11yrs, must be accompanied by an adult. - Lancaster University

27th Oct - LANCASTER . Halloween Fancy Dress Disco Spooky Halloween Disco fundraising event. From 7pm at the Skerton Liberal Club. Children are welcome until 9pm.

28th Oct - SILVERDALE Birding for beginners Join Andy Chapman on this wildlife walk to learn more about identifying wetland birds and why they choose Leighton Moss as their home. Warm up afterwards with a bacon or veggie sausage bap and tea or coffee. £15 (RSPB members £12) 8-10.30 am 01524 701601

31st October - MILNTHORPE Crafternoons

Be inspired as we explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes and embrace the paddling lifestyle, understand the environment and appreciate the wild places. 7pm

Join Kerry for Crafternoons, a FREE drop-in workshop and social group held in the barn at Heron Corn Mill. The group is for older people to meet up and try new crafts or just enjoy a good natter and a cup of tea! If you’d like to come but struggle with transport, give us a call on 01539 564271. - 015395 64271

20th - 28th Oct - SILVERDALE Spooky Species Trail

31st - Oct LANCASTER Tabby McTat at Lancaster Grand Theatre

Discover some nightmarish nature on our special Hallowe’en mini-trail! Drop-in between 9.30 am-3.30 pm

Tabby McTat is a cat with the loudest of meeeews and a best friend with a guitar, Suitable for children al ages. 01524 701601



2nd Nov - LANCASTER Talks at The Dementia Hub

10th Nov - GARSTANG Winter Wonderland Ball

24th Nov - LANCASTER The Crash - Murder Mystery

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.

At Garstang Country Hotek & Golf Club. Fizz on arrival, 3 course meal, live entertainmet & raffle. Tickets from St John’s Hospice.

It is 1929 and Harry Grimshaw is a self made millionaire. However, this weekend we learn that Wall Street has crashed and Harry could end up being destitute. Its at times like this you learn who your friends really are - and your enemies! Tickets for this event are £35.00 per person, inclusive of a 3 course dinner.

2nd - 3rd Nov - LANCASTER Light up Lancaster Enjoy a 2 night festival of art, light and fireworks illuminating the city’s historic buildings, charming streets and hidden squares.

. 4th Nov - KENDAL Family Fun Day 10am - 3pm at Kendal Leisure Centre. A fun day for all the family full of activities, demonstrations, indoor sports, quiet play areas and lots of information.

10th Nov - LANCASTER Lancaster Chillifest This venue will host a variety of some of the best chilli producers from around the UK exhibiting some of the best chilli products like mild to crazy extreme chilli sauces, naga cooking sauces, chilli plants, chilli merchandise and more, which cannot be found in local outlets.

15th -18th Nov - KENDAL Kendal Mountain Festval

Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage in this unforgettable concert spectacular.

Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts plus media industry specialists, athletes, top brands & equipment manufacturers, artists, photographers, adventurers, explorers and inspirational speakers gather every year to share adventures and celebrate the very best in outdoor and adventure sports culture.

8th Nov - SILVERDALE RSPB Lancaster Local Support Group

23rd Nov - LANCASTER Big Shots Band Night

01539 777337 Kendal Leisure Centre

7th Nov - LANCASTER ‘You Win Again’ celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees

10th Nov - GARSTANG Winter Wonderland Ball

Join us for a night of dinner and dancing. Dinner will be served at 8.00pm with The Big Shots Band playing until midnight. For those who want to stay over with us £159.00 for 2 people that includes, dinner, accommodation, breakfast and full use of the Sandpiper Health Club during your stay. Tickets for the event are £35.00 per person (without accommodation).

All proceeds to St John’s Hospice.

Meet at Leighton Moss car park or Arnside station. We will travel by train from Silverdale station to Arnside, returning on foot to Silverdale to see the wildlife of early winter. Price: Free - donations welcome! Telephone: 01524 241606

25th Nov - LANCASTER Christmas Light Switch on A full day of entertainment for the whole family, join the crowds for the annual light switch on. Lancaster City Centre

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:

27th Nov - GARSTANG Christmas Lights Switch on Join everyone outside the Royal Oak for the traditional light switch on from 4.45pm.

2nd - 23rd December - LANCASTER The Crash - Murder Mystery Join us for a festive lunch followed by children’s mini disco where we will be joined by a very special festive guest who will have a gift for each and every child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for the event are £15.00 per adult & £7.50 per child.

5th December - CARNFORTH Christmas Fair at Leighton Hall Local handmade crafts, unique gift ideas, floral christmas decorations, carol singing, £5 entry includes coffee & mince pies. Leighton Hall, Carnforth, LA5 9ST

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PETER & ANNE RANDELL Retirement from teaching was the just the start of their careers in literature for local couple Anne and Peter Randell, though their literary interests are very different. Features writer Rob Bullock discovers more. Although each a successful writer in their own right, husband and wife Peter and Anne Randell from Lancaster have very different literary interests with Anne writing crime novels and her husband historical books about his birthplace of Bruton in Somerset.


Anne has published her third book ‘Down, Out and Dead’ earlier this year and is working on a fourth. Her books are crime novels set in the North West of England. They are written from the point of view of each different character and weave intricate webs of deceit.

“It’s true,” says Anne. ”My books do often start as dreams, but they are also heavily influenced by this area. I did teach in America for a year though, and the area where I taught in the USA, Statesville in North Carolina in 2002/3 ended up in my second book, ‘Look right, look left, look dead’ which is about two identical hit-and-run incidents, both on October 15th. Two single fathers and their children mown down. One in Northumberland, the next, precisely two years later in a small town in North Carolina, with the date being the connection.

“I’m always working on a story,” admits Anne. “My next one is going to be called ‘The Push’ and is the story of a man, not a very nice man, being pushed off his bike and killed. The story will take readers back an hour before the incident, a day before and a week earlier.”

While Peter delves deep into archives and records his wife prefers internet-based research and admits that many her ideas for books start out as dreams:

LITERARY BRUTON A CHANGE OF CAREER Many readers will remember Peter and Anne. Both had long and successful teaching careers – Anne at Scotforth St. Pauls C. of E. school where she became deputy headteacher and Peter at Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale where he was a senior master. An Open University Creative Writing course inspired Anne to develop her writing skills; “When I retired I did the OU course and then another creative writing course for which I wrote the short story which became ‘Next Time It Will Be Perfect’.” Do people find it hard to believe that a primary school teacher writes about such crimes? “The subject matter that I write about is quite dark,” says Anne. “And the subjects not suitable for the age of children I used to teach but I just love telling a story from different standpoints.” Peter, who studied history at Oxford, has always been passionate about the history of his birthplace of Bruton and has written eight books on a broad period of history from the 1400s to the 1900s. He has given talks to the Bruton Historical Society. Although set in Somerset, Peter’s latest book, ‘Education in Bruton’, covers issues with a broader historical appeal.


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The small town of Bruton in Somerset was where Peter grew up and has inspired all eight of his books. It is a town with another impressive literary claim to fame apart from Peter. The town’s museum although small, houses a table used by the author John Steinbeck to write while he lived in Bruton for six months. Peter’s next book offers something of a change of direction for his readers. He is currently revising a book which he originally wrote in 1991 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale. AUTHORS WORKING TOGETHER Although writing in very different literary genres, Anne and Peter Randell do keep up to speed on each other’s work by proofreading; “We do,” explains Anne. ”We proofread each other’s work, and this helps us keep up to date with the other one’s current project.” Copies of Anne’s books can be borrowed from Lancaster Library, bought from Waterstones in Lancaster or online from Amazon. Peter’s books can be purchased from his Amazon author page www.

L A N C A STER H O USE E V ENTS We’ve got lots going on, from gripping murder mysteries, band nights, festive Sunday lunches and much more!

Big Shots Band Night Friday 23rd November, 7.30pm

Join us for a night of dinner and dancing. Dinner will be served at 8.00pm with The Big Shots Band playing until midnight. For those who want to stay over with us - £159.00 for 2 people that includes, dinner, accommodation, breakfast and full use of the Sandpiper Health Club during your stay.

Tickets for the event are £35.00 per person (without accommodation).

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The Crash - Murder Mystery Saturday 24th November, 7.30pm

It is 1929 and Harry Grimshaw is a self made millionaire. However, this weekend we learn that Wall Street has crashed and Harry could end up being destitute. Its at times like this you learn who your friends really are - and your enemies!

Tickets for this event are £35.00 per person, inclusive of a 3 course dinner.

Sunday Lunch with Santa

Sunday 2nd & 23rd December, 12.30pm

Join us for a festive lunch followed by children’s mini disco where we will be joined by a very special festive guest who will have a gift for each and every child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for the event are £15.00 per adult & £7.50 per child (under 12).



For over a decade a dedicated team has been building a brand-new LMS Patriot Class locomotive known as the ‘The Unknown Warrior’ which might one day be based in Carnforth. Features Writer Rob Bullock speaks to a local man who is one of a team of enthusiasts at the heart of this exciting project to discover more…

If readers would like to follow this project, get involved, volunteer or donate to help the locomotive be completed by November 2020 please visit the website


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LOCAL PROJECT Not always according to plan


A visit to Giggleswick reminds one that much of our area’s recent history has been tied to the railway. Sitting between two of the most beautiful lines in the country, the Settle – Carlisle and the Leeds – Morecambe, the small sleepy village is home to a man who has helped bring a new National Memorial Engine project to the edge of reality.

The success of the project to date has been down to the commitment of the volunteers involved. Many have raised much-needed funds for the project whilst others have given up their spare time to paint every single part of the locomotive. Whilst others in the organisation are hands-on with construction or ever important fundraising, Kevin is the person who steers the project making sure it meets the relevant rules and regulations of such a charity.

“Being that it is the ‘National Memorial Engine’ it would have been perfect if the ‘The Unknown Warrior’ had been ready for a launch this autumn,” explains Giggleswick resident Kevin Finnerty. “But as with anything to do with building such a complicated machine, things often do not work out as planned. This last delay has been because of issues with the boiler.”

Costs Steam Magazine ran an article about the project when it was first discussed in 1997 and initially put the total cost of the project in the region of £800,000. But, as with timescales, this forecast has not proved to be altogether accurate. By the end of 2017, the actual cost of the engine was £1.86m! It is estimated that by the time the project is completed the total is likely to be nearer £2.5m. Earning its keep

A decade in the making LMS Patriots are a class of steam locomotive engine that serviced Britain’s railway network in the middle of the last century. And, unlike many locomotives that are under construction, renovation or still in operation none of this particular class remained. So just over ten years ago a small group of enthusiasts David Bradshaw, Richard Sant, Andrew Laws and Neil Kinsey decided to put that right. Naming of the locomotive The LMS-Patriot Project was launched in April 2008 at the Llangollen Railway’s Spring Gala and a competition organised to find a suitable name for the locomotive. Over one hundred suggestions were made and then the list was narrowed down to five with ‘The Unknown Warrior’ a clear winner. The name was actually suggested by Kevin and his prize of a magnificent nameplate hangs proudly in his living room. “I am very proud of being the one who came up with the name,” says Kevin. “And with the locomotive being a Patriot, what more of a patriot could you get than an ‘The Unknown Warrior’?”

“The locomotive has to earn its keep,” explains Kevin. “We’re determined that it is going to give as much pleasure to as many people as possible so we need to make sure that it is based somewhere that is connected to the main line, and Carnforth is a real possibility. When ‘The Unknown Warrior’ is finished our hope is that it will be hauling passengers across the length and breadth of the country as steam engines did in their heyday!” The Unknown Warrior Although ‘The Unknown Warrior’ will, unfortunately, miss the World War One centenary commemorations this autumn it is hoped that the locomotive will be ready for the commemorations to mark the centenary of the return of the body of the actual Unknown Warrior on 11th November 2020. In 1920 the body of an unknown, unidentifiable soldier was brought back from France and taken by train to London. After a procession to the newly constructed cenotaph memorial, the body was taken to be buried at Westminster Abbey. Kevin explains, “although it is a great shame that our new locomotive won’t be ready for this autumn’s commemorations, I think it would be a fitting tribute to its namesake and everyone else who has died in conflicts around the world that the locomotive is completed by 11th November 2020.”

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Lancaster District Magazine Oct | Nov 2018  

Celebrating everything local in and around the Lancaster District, UK

Lancaster District Magazine Oct | Nov 2018  

Celebrating everything local in and around the Lancaster District, UK