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September contents Property - Abandoned property Heavenly hallways Health - Pain in your joints 1 biscuit = 7lbs weight gain Relax and be pampered Bad hair day Priadara Thai Massage Brows to wow Sun street - The forgotten street Fashion - More is more Artwork for your children Choosing the right nursery Horoscopes Lenny Henry and more Pots, pots and more pots Autumn artists and comedy

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Dinghies, yachts and cruisers Wine - To blend or not to blend Local food - Know your meat Cakes - Cooking in secret Spice up your lunchtime - Restaurant Review Travel - Sleeping up a tree The great garden tidy up Vets advice - Death within hours Motoring - Alfa Romeo Mito Twin Air Motoring - Check your tyres Solicitors advice - Half is mine Lancaster Businesses bid to improve city Financial advice - Financial MOT anyone? Puzzle Page What’s on this September Community directory

Welcome to the September edition, I am not quite sure where the summer got to! here is hoping for a bit less rain for September. After 6 weeks off with our lovely children it is that time again to pack them back off to school and start the countdown to Christmas....seriously, it is not that far away! Autumn is the time to get your body pampered, your wardrobe stocked up and the car and house checked before winter sets in. We are sure you can have some fun with those. Wishing you a September full of blue sky.


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Andrew Parkinson of Parkinson Property explains what a landlord must do to regain their property if they feel it has been abandoned. Landlords face lots of problems that have tricky legal implications and abandonment of a property is another minefield. A tenant can walk away from a property without notifying the landlord or without handing possession back to the owner or agent. This often happens when the tenant has fallen in arrears with the rent. Property owners must be extremely careful how they take back possession of their property. The following case is an example of what can go wrong. A 55 year old man was jailed for life in 2006 after being convicted of rape. After being jailed he applied for and was granted legal aid to launch an action against the owner of his rented property, claiming that she had unlawfully terminated his tenancy. The landlord explained to the court that she had made several attempts to contact her tenant but unsurprisingly was unable to track him down. When she eventually entered the flat, she found it in a terrible state. She said: ‘We had no contact from him and didn’t know where he was so we used a pass key to get into the flat which we found in a terrible condition’. ‘It looked as if he had done a runner and just left. There was no electricity and the food in the fridge freezer was rotten. Despite the circumstances she carefully packed his belongings and paid for them to be put into storage. Much to the shock and dismay of many interested parties the court declared the landlord’s action unlawful, awarded the tenant £750 and ordered the landlord to return his goods within 14 days. The judge said ‘He was not thrown out on the street and he may not have been physically removed but his belongings were’. The judgement received intense criticism and led many organisations to issue guidelines. So what must a landlord do to get his/her property back and stay within the law?

The Housing Act 1988 allows a landlord to take possession of the property if it is clear that the tenant has surrendered or given up the tenancy. However, seemingly unoccupied premises can cause difficulties. Has the tenant left for good? Is he or she away on holiday, in hospital or even prison perhaps? Unless the tenant has informed the landlord of his/her departure or returned the keys the landlord must ascertain beyond reasonable doubt whether the tenant has indeed abandoned the premises for good. This is because illegal eviction of a tenant is a criminal offence under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 and a breach of the tenancy agreement. The landlord should carefully follow the correct procedure to avoid any negative consequences. Even if the tenant has stopped paying the rent they are still entitled to protection. The landlord should make enquiries of neighbours obtaining written evidence where possible, look through windows to see if belongings have been removed and check with relatives if details are known. If, after making checks, it is absolutely clear that the tenant has gone for good the landlord is entitled to possession. You must keep as much evidence as possible. A written notice should be attached to the door or window stating that the landlord, believing the property to have been abandoned, intends to take possession unless the tenant contacts him/her within a certain period. The notice should also state the tenant’s name and address and ask people to contact the landlord if they know of the tenant’s whereabouts. It should also advise the tenant to seek legal advice, warn that the landlord has or may change the locks and state from where new keys can be collected. If possible, a witness should be present and photographs should be taken of the notice and the premises, for evidence. Not too much to ask to regain your property. You just have to hope that you don’t get squatters by advertising that your property is empty!

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Heavenly hallways

Our top ideas to clear up your hallway and bring it back to life, with stylish storage and colourful walls Admit it, does your hallway all too often become a dumping ground where bags, shoes and coats are quickly discarded en route to the sofa or kitchen? When it comes to stylish interiors, halls and landings are probably the most overlooked. But unused space in a hallway or landing could be transformed into a useful functional area, or simply embraced as an opportunity to display art, family photos, or to store your keys and coats in style. Warm welcome First impressions count, and your hallway will set the tone when you or guests enter through your front door. You want to feel welcome, warm and relaxed. You certainly won’t feel relaxed if you have to clamber over piles of shoes and coats as soon as you get in the door. 14

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Colours Hallways are transitional spaces so you remain in them less – this gives you a chance to be bold and experiment. Your choice of colour will depend on whether you want to achieve a sleek, contemporary look, or whether you’d prefer a softer, more traditional, homely feel. Vibrant and warm colours are welcoming and dramatic colours can transform an otherwise drab area. Try to think of your hallway or landing as a room in itself and design it with the same thought and passion as you would any other room in your house. RED - Stimulates the emotions and senses but be careful, too much and it could overwhelm you. PURPLE - Healing and calming, a spiritual colour.


Property: Heavenly hallways YELLOW - Lifts spirits, dispels negativity and focuses the mind. PINK - The colour of love and nurturing, great healer of broken relationships (after divorce) is also a great calmer of hyperactive children. GREEN - A peaceful, calm balanced colour that promotes the feeling of safety and security. Can reduce stress, migraines and balance mood swings. BLUE - The tranquil and soothing colour, can help you switch off, but too much blue can be depressing and cold. BLACK - Creates a magical feeling with great depth but needs to be used with care as too much can be oppressive and depressing. ORANGE - A welcoming colour assosiated with enthusiasm and optimism, used by colour therapists to reduce tiredness and pain. Light Mirrors can also help create the illusion of added space and depth, and it’s always handy to position one near your front door so you can check your reflection quickly before heading out!

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Health: Pain in your joints

Pain in your joints? explain how it is not just elderly people that get arthritis. Many other people are at risk, find out if you are one of them.

Think of a typical arthritis sufferer and you usually picture someone in old age, not an elite athlete like Paula Radcliffe. But the marathon runner is walking proof that the condition blights younger people’s lives too, as osteoarthritis forced the 38-year-old world record holder to pull out of the Olympics. A major factor in Radcliffe’s condition was clearly the repetitive foot stress caused by long-distance running. But you don’t have to be an athlete or elderly to get OA, which is the most common form of arthritis, affecting around eight and a half million Britons. What is it? Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage which covers joint surfaces and normally cushions movement is worn thin, leading to friction and pain. It can occur in any joint, but is most common in the hips, knees and hands. While it’s more common as people age, not everyone gets it. Symptoms Though many of the symptoms can be similar, OA shouldn’t be confused with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease (which occurs when the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells), which is unrelated to age and can affect multiple joints and organs. Pain and stiffness and restricted movement are the most common symptoms of OA.

Growing problem Arthritis Research UK estimates that about 50% of the risk of developing the condition is due to inherited genetic factors. Although the huge expected rise is because two of the main risk factors for developing the disease - being overweight and over 50 - are expected to increase massively over the next 20 years. How to cope Current treatments only relieve OA symptoms, and medication is usually painkillers and antiinflammatory tablets. Physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy can also help, and joint replacement surgery is a last resort for the worst cases. “While there’s nothing we can do about ageing, we can manage our diet and weight and minimise the stress on our joints,” says Judith Brodie, chief executive of Arthritis Care. Keeping moving is also important, as it helps manage the pain, 87% of those who exercised said they felt the benefit. That first step of movement if you’re in pain can be really difficult, but it can make a big difference. For people worried about causing additional damage to joints, opting for low-impact exercise, such as swimming, walking and aqua aerobics, will still give you the benefits of a work-out without straining joints. For more information go to www.arthritiscare. or phone Athritis Cares FREE confidential helpline on 0808 800 4050.

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With a new school year just around the corner, it’s time to make sure our children’s eyesight is in top condition. We all make sure that our family visits the dentist and the doctor regularly, so why not the Optometrist as well? Optometrist Tom Mackley at Vision Express Lancaster says, “Vision and learning are closely related, so diagnosing problems early is extremely important to ensure that children of all ages reach their full academic potential. We recommend that every child’s eyes should be checked at least once a year, as part of their overall health regime.” At Vision Express Lancaster, we know that having an eye test can be a bit daunting for younger children, this is why Store Partner Jaswinder Basi and her team strive to make the experience more enjoyable. Our range of children’s glasses offer exceptional durability and comfort. Plus, with our wide range of fun children’s frames, your child will always find a choice to suit their needs and personality. Our collections have been handpicked to offer the latest fashions with exclusive collections from brands including Ted Baker, Mr. Men, Guess and Skechers. Four good reasons to get your child’s eyes checked at Vision Express Lancaster: • 1 in 5 children in the UK have an undetected eye problem • Vision and learning are closely related - 80% of what children learn is through vision • Eye tests at schools are no longer mandatory • Under 16s are entitled to a free eye test and a contribution towards glasses on the NHS Plus for a limited period only, we are offering 2 for 1 on children’s glasses*. Offer includes single vision scratch-resistant lenses in both pairs at no extra cost. *Terms and conditions apply. See in-store for details.

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Health & Fitness - 1 biscuit = 7lbs weight gain

1 biscuit = 7lbs weight gain Sylvia Poll, Lancaster’s All About Weight Mentor explains how making small changes each day can make big changes over the year. Meat free burgers! First of all… apologies! The recipes in the summer magazine included some surprisingly vegetarian healthy burgers… this is because, despite rigorous checking, we managed to avoid mentioning the 250 g minced beef in the recipe! I hope you enjoyed trying out the recipes during the fabulous weather we had for part of the summer holidays! Inspirational Athletes As I write this, the Olympic Games have just finished and the Paralympic Games have just got started. A lot has been said of heroes, superstars, and other labels to say how fit a person is. I think we have done very well as the host country for the Olympic Games, and I am pleased that the people in the news are famous for achieving something worthwhile. No doubt during the Paralympic Games we will hear more about overcoming adversity and making the decision to “never give up”. I for one welcome these success stories, as they show us our fellow human beings at their best. Our successful Olympians will hopefully inspire not only our next generation of sportsmen and women, but also inspire all us adults in the population to get healthier. Although you don’t need Olympic style discipline, we can learn from the way these athletes approach their training. Immobile/Chair bound? Recently I met a lady who was chair-bound due to a number of medical conditions. Deciding to get fit, her physiotherapist recommended a set of stretch bands, which can be used sitting down, or lying down, to gradually build body strength. As you are working against your own body

weight, it is a great starting point. Of course the end objective is to be fit and a healthy weight, but if you have a long way to go, it can be helpful to break down the journey into smaller steps. If you are mobile Grab a pair or trainers and some comfortable clothes and you are ready. It is all about making small changes to our everyday life. A short walk to the park, walk to the shops instead of taking the car, go swimming once a week, get active with the housework, go for a bike ride, switch off the tv and get active. Everything adds up, no matter how small. Small changes in diet Elite athletes analyse how small changes, used together, can add up to big improvements. The same applies in your eating habits too. A digestive biscuit has around 70 calories. If you eat one of these each day that is above your calorie requirements, in one year you will gain over seven pounds in weight. In the same way, if you eat a small amount less than you need, you will lose weight. Small changes can add up to big differences. Do not cut out healthy food or cut down too much. If your body is not getting all the nutrients it requires, it will be reluctant to lose weight. This is a self-defence mechanism that has helped us survive famine times, but can be very frustrating if you’re trying to lose weight. If in doubt, consult your local Nutritionist or Dietitian.

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Relax and be pampered Rebecca and Michelle look forward to welcoming you to the beauty rooms situated within the Sandpiper Club part of the 4 star hotel Lancaster House.

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Bad hair day? Home hair remedies aren’t a new celebrity fad. They’ve been used for centuries so raid the cupboards for some DIY hair rejuvenation and rescues...NOW! DRY HAIR Olive oil for deep conditioning The latest Argan oil-based potions can be pretty pricey but traditional olive oil is handy on your hair as well as on salads. Apply extra virgin olive oil as a pretreatment. This can be used cold or heated to a relaxing warm temperature. Leave on for 20 minutes (wrap your hair up in a towel while you do something else) and then shampoo out. It may take a couple of washes but you’ll certainly notice the difference. If you have fine hair, an olive oil spray is a much lighter option for shinier, healthier tresses. Avoid any oil-based products if you have hair extensions as this may loosen the bonds. For really dry hair leave on the oil overnight, but dont forget to protect your pillow with a large towel.

DANDRUFF RELIEF Sea salt for exfoliation

You can banish those embarrassing flakes of dandruff on your shoulders with the help of this everyday condiment. Whilst your hair is wet, give your head a good exfoliation using sea salt (about 2 reaspoons should do it) Best do this in the bath or shower as it is a bit messy!!! This will get rid of all the dry flakes, whilst a good rinse afterwards with warm water and shampoo will make sure any residue is dissolved out.

DETANGLING Vinegar Fragile and colourtreated hair is particularly tangle-prone. If knots are your nemesis, all you need is a product with a low pH. To untangle tricky hair the best product to work its magic is white vinegar. If the smell reminds you of fish and chips, try pink grape juice as an alternative. Apply to your hair for 15 minutes and comb through with a wide comb, washing out well.

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GREY ROOTS Charcoal If you’ve got dark hair, salt and pepper roots are so noticeable. Strawberry blonde Nicole Kidman has regularly been spotted on the red carpet sporting grey roots, but the colour contrast is less obvious. If you have dark hair and struggle to cover your greys in between dyes or colourist appointments, try using charcoal. Apply to dry hair, being careful to blend it in, and nobody will ever know. GET SUPER SHINY HAIR Mayonnaise/Egg whites For super-shiny hair, a pure protein remedy is the answer. As a classic rescue remedy, apply mayonnaise straight from the fridge to penetrate your hair, or try whisking up an egg white mask. Leave on your hair and wrap it up for about 20 minutes. Wash out thoroughly with lukewarm water and your hair will look thoroughly nourished. INSTANT VOLUME Seawater Pack an empty spray bottle in your beach bag if you’re after the mermaid look. Bottle up the seawater and spray into your roots, giving you instant volume. Alternatively, scrunch it into your curls to get that summer-ready beach look. If you hate the smell of salt water, add rose water or petals to the mix, making you look and smell heavenly. HAIR HEALTH Honey Honey is all natural and contains a lot of vitamins and minerals that are good for overall health. Honey is an important ingredient in most beauty regimes, especially for nourishing hair. It can retain water and this makes it as a good moisturiser for the hair and for other parts of the body as well.

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Dead Sea salt is salt from the Dead Sea, which is located between Jordan and Israel. The Dead Sea is actually a lake, and is thought to be the lowest point on earth. It has been recognised for centuries as a centre for wellness and health. The shores are lined with hotels, resorts, and health spas. The water is filled with salt. So much, in fact, that swimmers simply float on the top of the water. The water that comprises the Dead Sea is like no other water on earth – it holds 33% salt, – 10 times the amount of salt found in other sea water, which holds around 3% salt. The salt itself is unique as well. Dead Sea salt tastes bitter when compared to the salt you buy at the supermarket because it has almost no sodium (10%) when compared to table salt (90%). The salts found in the Dead Sea are mineral salts. All ocean salt contains minerals, but the salts of the Dead Sea contain a much higher concentration. These minerals include zinc, iodine, potassium, calcium, bromides and are naturally occurring in the human body, crucial to many processes, and need to be replenished regularly as they are lost. BENEFITS OF DEAD SEA, SEA SALT Skin benefits- The magnesium and bromide cleanse and disinfect your skin, treating acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, scabies and seborrhea. Combats hair loss, Water retention & Cellulite Stress is greatly reduced when you take regular baths with Dead Sea salts. As your circulation improves, your heart rate decreases. The warmth of the water and the minerals of the salts work together to relax your mind, your body, and spirit. Dead Sea salt is also a fabulous treatment for insomnia.

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Treatment review: Priadara Thai massage

Priadara Thai massage Deborah Brookes experiences a priadara thai massage with Serenity Spa manager Megan Chesters Priadara Thai Style massage can help to unblock the energy channels in the body known as ‘Sen’. This treatment also creates detoxification (removing toxins from the body) which boosts the immune system.

After spending three weeks on holiday in Thailand and experiencing some of the most amazing Thai treatments out there, I longed for a Thai massage on my return home. That is when I came across the Priadara Thai Style Massage that is currently on offer at Touch of Serenity Spa at the Holiday Inn. Priadara Thai style massage is an enchanting aromatic treatment. Imagine relaxing, listening to soft music while the aches pains and stresses from your body are gently massaged away. The refreshing, fragrant perfume of Thai herbs, plants and fruits waft over you, clearing your mind of jumbled thoughts. Feel the relief as heated herbal compresses iron out the tension in your muscles and joints, making you feel as good as new. Priadara Thai-style massage combines traditional remedies with modern techniques. This treatment uses deep massage with a herbal heated compresses full of natural ingredients for example lemongrass, Indian Sarsaparilla. The compress is heated gently by steam to infuse the contents of the herbs and plants together ready to give an unfogettable treatment. Once the tools of traditional Thai Healers, the compresses are praised for their holistic approach treating the mind, body and spirit improving the body’s capabilities of self-healing. The Priadara massage is renowned for its invigorating, purifying, relaxing, tension-relieving effects along with reducing stress and the soothing of general aches and pains.

There are many benefits to having the Priadara Thai style which can help to: Give you a sense of well being, Improve blood circulation, Release stress, Improve lymphatic drainage, Encourage relaxation Relieve muscular tension, Stimulate and re-energise the body and mind. Take advantage of Serenity’s September £5 off a Thai massage and you will not be disappointed! Call Megan to book today.

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Beauty - Brows to wow

Brows to wow

Althletes are doing it, celebrities are doing it, come on Lancaster girls, it’s time to bring back the fuller brow.

Athletes have stepped up to the podiums as icons during London 2012 but despite the patriotic nail art, the beauty focus has been all about fresh faces. USA Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin revealed competing make-up free forced her to “focus on skin and well-groomed brows” to look her best. But she isn’t the only person championing the power of the brow. The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Keira Knightley and Lily Collins are all working a fuller eyebrow right now. ‘The’ face accessory of the season, big, bold, beautiful brows were the buzzwords being repeated backstage at fashion weeks, setting a new trend for antiplucking. 28

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Big is beautiful this season but the on-trend bushy brow isn’t always achievable. You might have fair hair, naturally sparse brows or an unhealthy tweezer addiction. Eyebrows also thin and lose definition with age but help is at hand for those in need of some brow TLC.

Shape up With solid structured brows high on the beauty agenda, it’s time to acknowledge them as a feature of your face to rival your eyes or pout. For the best results get your brows professionally shaped every two to three months. Visit a professional brow technician to keep the shape consistent and groomed.

If you want to return to a healthier, stronger looking brow, it is possible. Take supplements with vitamin A, C, B3 to stimulate hair growth.

You’ll need about 10 days of brow growth from your last plucking to restore them professionally. However, if you want a full reshape they will require a minimum of a month’s re-growth.

Gently brushing the eyebrows in the direction that they grow with a brow brush twice a day can also stimulate hair growth.

Big eyebrows won’t be for everyone. A good brow technician should match your shape to your age and lifestyle. Once your perfect arches are in order you can keep new stray hairs at bay with regular at-home tweezer grooming.

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Balance your face Far from just a fashion statement, the shape of your eyebrows can change the shape of your face, lift the eye and take years off you. Brow shaping can create the illusion of improved facial balance and proportion. Arched shape brows are perfect for a square or heart face shape. Oblique shaped brows are perfect for a round shaped face.

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Straight brows are great for an oblong shaped face Angular brows suit triangular shaped faces. If you’re unsure, a natural curve along the brow bone suits most people. Make-up Emphasise your eyebrows to their full potential with a brow pencil or powder in a shade best suited to your colouring. Apply with short, feather-like strokes while holding your skin taught. If any wayward brows need taming, use a clear gel for flawless brows. Permanent feature Sick of the sight of your brow pencil? Make a break from daily re-applications and aim for something more enduring. To keep the perfect shape or for a little cheat, all those fine extra strokes can be applied with permanent make-up so all you then need to do is tweeze and trim. It can be used to fill in sparse brows, augment brows or even lift them. Semi-permanent brow treatments typically last for around 18 months before fading when a colour refresher may be required. Eyebrow tinting is another low-maintenance option to take your eyebrows from barely-there to beautifully defined. Suitable for fair or dark hair, this semi-permanent treatment makes an instant impact and can last up to four weeks.

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Fashion: Sun street, the forgotton street

Sun street - the forgotten street

Collette Corcoran owner of The Vintage Boudoir has been taking sun street back in time, showcasing this seasons up and coming vintage trends. On Wednesday 1st August 2012 Sun Street became the street that transcended time. Owner of The Vintage Boudoir, Collette Corcoran, award winning photographer Gary Hill, fashion communications student Jessica Askham and makeup artist Laura Wilkins were set the task of capturing eight ages of fashion using the businesses of Sun Street as the back drop for the shoot.

Images include Jessica in a 1940s tea dress, pouring tea from the vintage china of the Sunbury Café. Hair set in rollers in a 1960s gown under the hair drying hood of the fabulous Kathy’s Salon which still has an aura of times gone by. Glamour oozes from Jessica in The Vintage Boudoir as she lounges on the chaise lounge in a vintage slip and sparkling diamante.

“Sun Street is a gorgeous street, brimming with some of the best cafes and restaurants in town, there are people in Lancaster who don’t even know the street exists” said Collette Corcoran. “We tried to use as many of the business on Sun Street as we could to capture images of fashion from the 30s through to the present time”.

The images are stunning; The Music Room, The Sunbury Café, The Vintage Boudoir, Kathy’s Hair Salon, The Sun Hotel, The Sun Café, Bistro 26 and the Street itself provide a fantastic backdrop for the photographs. “We are really lucky to have Sun Street- it provides the perfect setting for a vintage fashion shoot.” said Gary.

Most people are completely unaware of the plans for the regeneration of SUN STREET that have been put together by Lancaster Square Roots. The nine muses artwork adorning the walls of the street, a timepiece to draw people down the Music room alley and a sun fountain in the square; all will bring this street alive in the evening and the day time. This should be a street that everyone visits when they come to Lancaster, its full of history, seeps elegance and emits a feeling of class.

Gary Hill & will be exhibiting his Sun Square Sun Street collection of photography in Lancaster– details will be given on both www.the-vintage-boudoir. and www.gdhphotography. soon!

Sun Square is a unique space, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a hidden gem at the heart of the cultural

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Possible plans for the future of SUN SQUARE - created by LANCASTER SQUARE ROOTS Small formal square to the Music Room to accommodate cafe seating

Sun Square is a unique space, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a hidden gem at the heart of the cultural quarter. Today, the square has a neglected feel and buildings have turned their backs to it. Our proposals would see the square embraced as a vibrant garden that The 9 Muses creates a magical setting to the Music Room. Ornate planting, water and lighting would create a green oasis that will host small performances and events and be a focus for the city’s cultural festivities. N

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Lancaster Square Routes constitutes a programme for improving public realm in the city centre over time as opportunities and funding permits. At the present time, there is no funding available to implement the proposals for this element of the project but these visions demonstrate the council’s ambitions to make much more of the square as a calm oasis right in the heart of the city centre.





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Forget adding a few studs and a splash of sequins in an effort to jazz up garments: jackets, trousers, skirts, even humble shirts and t-shirts, have all been utterly drenched in the luxury of jacquard fabric and showered with the adornment of jewels, gems and metals. Fashion magpies will rejoice at the news that wearing more than one embellished item at once is to be encouraged: maximalism is the order of the day as the tasteful ‘less is more’ diktat is momentarily discarded. The key to working this trend successfully is to keep silhouettes classic and structured. Clean lines will allow the embellishment to do the talking and keep the look sleek: note that skinny trousers and understated shirts are to be layered with the more decadent pieces. Luckily for fashionistas on a budget, the high street has whole-heartedly embraced the trend and have nailed it with a heavily embellished and embroidered collections. For this autumn winter season, more is definitely more. @Lancaster Community Magazine - THE best quality magazine in Lancaster


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Situated on Penny Street in Lancaster, Bellwood and Wr ight Fine Ar t is the perfect location in whic h to view and purc hase or ig inal works of ar t. We have a constantly c hang ing display from local and national ar tists, showing original watercolour s, oils and acrylics, etc hings, lithog raphs and wood engravings. There is a wide range of ceramics including the work of Dar tington Pottery, beautiful glassware, eac h piece individually handmade by British designer s, and a large selection of jewellery and cards.

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Art: Artwork for your children

Artwork for your children

Sarah Bellwood, co-owner of Bellwood & Wright Fine Art in Lancaster tells us about the artist Peter Blake and why his work could be an excellent investment for your children Peter Blake Peter Blake is always an artist recommended to students studying Pop Art. Blake’s ‘Captain Webb Matchbox’ in 1962 predated Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup cans by several years and it can be strongly argued that Peter Blake was in fact the founder of the Pop Art movement, and it was through an ‘A’ Level project under taken by my son that I became particularly interested in Blake. His work is such a fabulously eclectic mix of brilliant collages of everyday objects and a joyful use of mixed media that it was hard not to fall in love with them. 20 minutes with Peter This affection was sealed at a preview of Blake’s work in London where the very lovely Sir Peter spent a magical 20 minutes with my son, talking about his collection of toy elephants, his love of Damien Hirst’s butterflies (which have gone on to influence his Vichy Butterfly Man series) and his excitement at the technical wonders now available to artists through advances made in screen printing. He spent so much time with my son, and even allowed me to photograph them together, this after giving very short shrift to some very important looking people! We purchased and absolute jewel of a screenprint, from a tiny edition of 75, which has appreciated in value over two years from £600 to £1080. It was presented to my son for his eighteenth birthday – having been the only thing he wanted and he is now studying painting at Wimbledon School of Fine Art.

The medium of Peter Blake Sir Peter has made etchings, wood cuts and wood engravings over the years and he has now replaced the meticulous cutting and carving or wood or metal plates for the obsessive cutting out of tiny images from reference books for his prints. Each fish in ‘Aquarium’, for instance, was immaculately cut out with the tiniest pair of sharp scissors during Sir Peter’s relaxation periods in the evening. Artwork as a gift for children When children are given access to or ownership of beautiful, enjoyable works of art (which can also be a very sound investment) it certainly strengthens their interest in visiting galleries such as Tate Britain and The Royal Academy. There is a feeling a of personal connection when you can say to your child “This is a painting by Peter Blake” you have one of his screenprints at home. Children sit up and take interest in art and have an increased interest in art at school. Buying an original work of art for you child is an amazing legacy to give them for both their education and in terms of investment. Seeing his work in Lancaster Sir Peter Blake is an iconic British Artist, the “Godfather of Pop Art”, whose screenprints can be viewed with us at Bellwood and Wright. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team who enjoy chatting to interested customers about the artists we exhibit. If you would like an opportunity to see the work by Sir Peter we are currently showing The Classroom Suite, The three remaining pieces from The Paris Quartet and the very beautiful Paris Suite. We look forward to seeing you. Sara h Be l lwood .

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Education: Choosing the right nursery

Choosing the right nursery

Anne-Marie Webster, Early Years Professional, Primary School Teacher and owner of the new Little Learners Nursery & Preschool in Galgate, gives some excellent advice on choosing the right nursery for you and your child. CHOOSING THE RIGHT NURSERY Choosing the right Nursery for your child is always a difficult decision for any parent to make. Fortunately there are some key aspects of a high quality Nursery that can allay any fears or pangs of guilt parents may feel about leaving their child to go to work. So, what sort of things should you look for in a Nursery that will not only ensure that your child is looked after fantastically but will also guarantee a safe, caring and educational environment in which your child can thrive mentally, physically, emotionally and behaviourally?

Is the Nursery Ofsted registered? Is the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in place? Ask if the nursery has a member of staff with Early Years Professional Status. Early Years Professionals are the key to raising the quality of Early Years Provision. Are healthy snacks, meals and drinks provided throughout the day? Your visit is the ideal opportunity to ask any questions you have that are pertinent to you and your child. Check that the Nurseries policies and procedures are displayed. This will ensure an open and transparent organisational set up.

Prior to the Visit Before making your decision as to which Nursery would best suit you and your child’s needs it is worthwhile undertaking some fact finding before your initial visit. Often a small amount of time spent before the visit will provide answers to many of your questions. The best place to start is the Nurseries website. This will give you information on matters ranging from the expertise of staff, the philosophy of the Nursery, opening times and fees, to the meals provided. Secondly, why not email or call, asking any burning questions prior to your visit.

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The Visit Next it is crucial that you visit the Nursery. How secure is the building (e.g. intercom, keypad locks, high fencing, locked gates), both for you to get into and to prevent children leaving? Was a member of staff present to check who you were? Ensure you take time to look around, speak to the staff and get a feel for the place. How qualified, knowledgeable, friendly and approachable are the staff? Did they interact with your child? How does your child react to the Nursery? Is it located on your commute to work? How easy is it to drop off and pick up your child? What to look for It is worthwhile spending some time to look at the cleanliness of the premises. Look at what resources are available both indoors and outdoors. Check the quality and variety of activities available.

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         



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           



          



         



          



           

           



           


          

           




         


Calendar Girls By Tim Firth


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Calendar Girls By arrangement with Samuel French - London, New York, Hollywood

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SUNDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 7.30-10.30pm MORECAMBE JAZZ CLUB More Music’s autumn programme begins this month with live gigs, events and music classes for all ages and abilities. Gigs and classes are held at the newly refurbished entertainment venue The Hothouse on Devonshire Road in Morecambe.

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Kicking off the new term is Morecambe Jazz Club featuring the Lancaster Royal Grammar School Big Band. Morecambe Jazz Club is a collaboration between Lancaster Jazz Festival and More Music and features the best in UK, local, and community jazz talent.

For tickets and more info contact More Music: 01524 831997

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Theatre: Lenny Henry and more

Lenny Henry and more...

The Lancaster Grand Theatre kicks off the autumn season with a September packed with shows, and some of the biggest acts. The Lancaster Grand still proves a big draw for some of the biggest acts! Despite the Lancaster Grand only being a 460 seater venue it has managed to attract some of the biggest names and this season will be no different, as two big names are set to be released in the next few months, so watch the web site for the latest information. The new season has something for everyone: quality drama, critically acclaimed children’s productions, top comedians, old favourites, opera, ballet and TV favourites are all set to deliver a fantastic programme of events worthy of a much bigger theatre. Lenny Henry one of the big names in show business, steps onto the Grand stage this October, he will be one in a long list of household names to perform at the venue this season. The new season starts with SEPTEMBER Gliding in on Tuesday 4th of September An Evening of Golf with Peter Alliss. Celebrating the bicentenary with A Taste of Dickens, this event will take place on Friday 7th of September. The evening of readings will be in two halves and during the interval will be a specially created Dickens Buffet. Brush off your dancing shoes and come to the amazing Hold Back the Night (Abba and the Bee Gees) on the 8th of September. Back by popular demand the ever lovable Hairy Mclary and friends will be paddling their way in on the 12th of September. With music, singing and several of the favourite stories, this show is a must for all the family. Another fantastic double bill The Houghton Weavers and Wingates Band, a must for all music lovers, striking a chord on the 15th of September. An evening with Sean Ruane and Ted Robbins follows, Lancashire born tenor Sean is one of the rising stars of Opera performing at Covent Garden and The Royal Opera House and most recently for the opening of 48

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the new Olympic Stadium. Ted Robbins the lovable rogue of TV, Phoenix Nights, Benidorm and The Slammer delivers a top class stand up. Sunday 16th of September. Lancaster Grand’s new Patron Pauline Fleeming, delivers a hilarious drama on dating. Everyone’s done it but not everyone has done speed dating. How could it go wrong! The production runs from Monday 17th to Friday 21st of September and all Monday tickets are on Buy One Get One FREE! The manager’s choice of September goes to the incredible Cregan and Co. Rod Stewart’s original guitarist and song writer Jim Cregan, and his band have teamed up with the incredible voice of Ben Mills former X Factor finalist. This band have worked with the best in the business including Pete Townsend, Ringo Starr, Joe Cocker, Katie Melua to name but a few. Saturday 22nd of September. As the manager’s choice the first 50 tickets purchased from this ad can claim them at £10 per ticket, please quote PRESS! Ballet Theatre Uk brings their internationally acclaimed company of dancers to the Grand on the 23rd of September with the enchanting production of Sleeping Beauty. Flying the flag for the National Curriculum KS2 Victorian History is The Runaway Apprentice. Lunch Box Theatre Company returns to re-enact true stories of the Cotton Mill Children of the Industrial Revolution. Dress up and join in on the 27th of September. Rounding up September with one of the funniest comedians on the circuit, Simon Evans. We have been trying for some time to confirm this comedian and if you don’t know who he is be ashamed, very ashamed! Google him on Live at the Apollo and he becomes compulsive viewing, live he trips those stories out with ease, do not miss him! Comedian of the season!


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Art & Crafts: Pots, pots and more pots

Pots, pots and more pots!

Earlier this month, as every August, Wyn Abbot from The Pottery at Greenlands joined over 100 Potter’s & Sculptors from across Europe in an annual pottery festival in Penrith, she tells us more.

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At Potfest creators from Lancaster to France, Carlisle to Germany all gather to exhibit and sell their work, demonstrate their skills and give newbie’s the chance to have a go. What is special about these events is not only to meet other Potters & Sculptors from near and far but to see the wonderful and diverse range of products all made from clay. I’ve said it before, in my mind clay is the most versatile substance on the planet; to be able to turn soft pliable wet clay into a stone like material that can be used from everything from building houses to fine ornaments is fantastic. This event sees new artists working alongside established veterans, fine delicate porcelain jewellery alongside earthy animal sculptures, bowls, cups, plant pots, castles, figures and so the list goes on. Although as a Sculptor & Potter I work with clay every day I still get a buzz from watching others turn a lump of mud into a huge pot or see a face come alive in front of you. It is also great to see so many people at the beginning of their career in clay keeping the craft alive and bringing still new ideas.

There is something magical and primitive about getting your hands in the clay, it takes us back to childhood and sandcastles but links us with the past when the first pots were made. I recently read about an early potter and how weeks of work could be ruined in one kiln firing, the pain and frustration of managing the kiln temperature seemed to be the bane of his life. All potters experience kiln disasters from time to time but fortunately we live in an era where kilns have progressed and we have far more control over our firings and can often take our good fortune for granted. We are all guilty of taking things around us for granted, the things we use, the places we go etc. but how often do we stop and think about where things originated, how they were named, who made them and how. For me it is a privilege to make something that I know is going to be used and loved in someone’s home, spending three days with other artists at Potfest I know many of them feel the same. So next time you make a cuppa, just think what your mug started life as.

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Entertainment: Autumn artists & comedy

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The Autumn programme for The Platform in Morecambe is out now and is crammed full of famous musicians and top class comedic talent. Lots of world famous acts will be taking to the stage including two bands from the USA this October.

autumn/winter The Platform is launching the brand new Morecambe Comedy 2012 Club which will take place on the last Thursday of every month and promises at least two top named comedians each time. Football fanatics will also enjoy a panel show with celebrity guests. ‘Off the Ball’ on 14 November features football mad comedians Bob Mills and Ian Stone, stars of BBC Five Lives’ Fighting Talk programme. Cricket commentator

Henry Blofeld will visit the Platform in December. His ‘Shaken not stirred’ tour promises name dropping in spades with lots of fun and laughter. Music lovers of every genre will be satisfied with this season’s line up. Following the runaway success of the first event ‘Later with Jools Netherland’ is back with six of the area’s prodigious bands across three separate stages – a non-stop mini festival featuring an eclectic mix of Indie, Classic, Punk and acoustic rock. The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers have established themselves as Europe’s leading

taiko drum group and they bring their thundering rhythms to the Platform in October. Top class tributes are lined up to perform spectacular shows that promise to be as good as the real thing. The popular Lunchtime Concerts are taking place throughout September and all performances are free to attend. More details about these acts and more are available in the Autumn/ Winter edition of The Platform brochure. The brochure is available to download online at



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MOrECAMBE COMEDy CluB Top class comedians are lined up to perform at the Platform’s new stand-up comedy club starting in August. In partnership with Hit & Run Comedy, the new comedy club will take place on the last Thursday of every month. The events will be hosted by Ste Porter, a comedian being hailed as Liverpool’s next big talent, who will take to the stage as MC for the evening along with Carl Hutchinson and Daliso Chaponda. Thursday 30 August 8pm 18+ £8.00.

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SEASiDE FESTivAl - BJOrN AND TiNy In conjunction with the Morecambe Seaside Festival the Platform will be hosting some special guests over the festival weekend. Get up close with a polar bear and a dinosaur in two amazing shows. This is innovative and interactive street theatre and extreme puppetry at its very best. Saturday 1 September - Bjorn the Polar Bear Sun 2 September - Tiny the Dinosaur Performance Time: 3 Shows per day 1.00pm - 2.15pm - 3.30pm £3 or £10 for Family of 4.

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luNCHTiME CONCErT - HOWArD HAigH - SOlO SPANiSH guiTAr Spanish guitar player and composer Howard Haigh has performed for and been introduced to the Queen; performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican Hall, London. He has appeared on national and international TV, radio, and toured throughout the UK and Europe to great acclaim. For his appearance at the Luchtime Concert, Howard will present a colourful and attractive programme of guitar music from, and inspired by, Spain and Latin America.


lAST NigHT OF THE PrOMS The Last Night of The Proms is brought to you by Wesley Methodist Church featuring The Pilling Jubilee Silver Band and Wendy Sharrock (Soprano). The Pilling Jubilee Silver Band has had great success over the last few years and has won trophies in many of the contests it has entered. Accompanying the band is Wendy Sharrock, who has sung with Opera North in Leeds. Her operatic roles included “Evadne” in Troilus and Cressida, “Azucena” in Il Travatore, “Ulrica” in A Masked Ball and “Amneris” in Aida. More recently Wendy has been a regular performer with the Northern based company Heritage Opera, appearing last year in The Magic Flute, Dido and Aneaus, and The Beggar’s Opera.




HOwaRd HaigH Solo SpaniSh Guitar Spanish guitar player and composer howard haigh presents a colourful and attractive programme of guitar music from, and inspired by, Spain and latin america.

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Outdoor activity- Dinghies, yachts or cruisers

Dinghies, yachts or cruisers Phil Preston, Commodore of Morecambe and Heysham Yacht Club tells us all about how to start sailing in Morecambe Bay.

Did you watch Ben Ainslie and the other top sailors in the Olympics? Or maybe someone like Ellen McArthur sailing round the world single handed has inspired you? You may also like the idea of bigger boats such as yachts and cruisers either in this country or abroad but the best way to start, is to try a little dinghy sailing on your local water. There is no doubt that sailing, like so many other sports and hobbies, can become addictive. Let us get one thing out of the way right from the start. Sailing can be as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it. Sailing and yacht clubs also vary greatly. Some are distinctly up market with strict hierarchies and dress codes while others, like the clubs around Morecambe Bay, are much more laid back with clubhouses more in common with village pubs than five star hotels. Water can be your best friend or a merciless enemy, especially when combined with the strong tides and currents of areas like Morecambe Bay. The same can be said of winds which can bounce off hills, cliffs and even high buildings. Safety is paramount. The best way to start sailing is to drop in on your local sailing club and see what it has to offer. Different clubs have different mixes of sailing activities. A club near a marina and/or good moorings may well have a stronger cruiser section

than one with just a jetty or slipway. The latter is more likely to concentrate on dinghy sailing. Virtually all clubs will also have a robust training programme for newcomers to the sport as well as personal kit and boats that can be borrowed at little or no charge. There is a strong case for following the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) training programme as, apart from high standards, an RYA qualification is often an internationally recognised pre-requisite for hiring or crewing sailing boats. RYA accredited courses range from complete beginners to ocean yacht masters. The classic route into sailing is to learn on dinghies, or maybe small keel boats, and then, if wished, on to larger craft or equally to enjoy the thrills and spills of dinghy sailing including racing. While specialised personal kit is available, basic kit can cover a range of water sports. Much is a matter of choice, but ‘essentials’ are a good wet suit or a dry suit to protect from cold water and a good, well fitted buoyancy aid. A pair of old trainers will do nicely for footwear, but a pair of decent wetsuit boots will be better. While a boat maybe on the shopping list, there is much to be said for leaving this until you have had the chance to try a range of boats and find a type that suits you. Why not join us? Further information from Phil Preston on 07919 572350 or

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Food & Drink - Wine- To blend or not to blend

To blend or not to blend? WineTime wineshop at Greenlands Farm in Tewitfield dispels the myth that wine made from a blend is of lesser quality. The range of wines available in the UK is vast and as we are a nation who haven’t been brought up with a culture of wine drinking and no real wine industry of our own, wine is a relatively new thing to a lot of us. Many new wine drinkers choose what to buy based on the grape variety described on the label which often means that they end up choosing a wine from one of the so called New World Countries such as Chile or Australia. If this is the main criteria for choosing there could be a whole range of excellent wines that might remain undiscovered. Often people believe that a wine made from a blend of grape varieties is of lesser quality than one made from just one type. This is certainly not the case and many of the worlds most famous and expensive wines, Champagne and Bordeaux being just two, are made from a blend of several varieties, up to thirteen in the case of Chateauneuf du Pape. You can liken it to a Michelin starred chef using a range of ingredients to create a perfectly balanced dish. In the world of wine the winemaker may also have a range of different varieties to choose from that will all add a different character to the finished wine, be it black fruit flavours, spice or floral aromas. That is not to say that blended wines are better than those made from a single varietal but they certainly should not be considered to be sub-standard. Here we recommend some great wines all made with a blend of grapes that provide excellent quality and value for money.

Langlois-Château Crémant de Loire Brut NV: This beautiful, creamy fizz from the Loire valley is infinitely more enjoyable than the majority of cheap Champagnes, which is not altogether surprising given that it is made by a Bollingerowned property. As with a lot of Champagne this is a blend of 3 different grape varieties but they have only got Chardonnay in common with Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc completing the combination. £14.50 Triade IGT Campania Bianco 2010: Falanghina, Fiano and Greco di Tufo are all really interesting white grapes that are indigenous to south western Italy, specifically the province of Campania. Triade (pronounced tree-a-day) is the first wine to combine all 3 in a classic example of ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’; equal proportions of the 3 varieties with 20% of the wine barrel fermented has resulted in a wonderfully rich, creamy-textured wine with a surprisingly complex, almost tropical fruitiness. £9.00 Head over Heels south eastern Australia Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2011: Many observers believe that a lot of the vineyards in Bordeaux that are planted to Merlot, Cabernet et al would actually be much better suited to growing white grapes, specifically Sémillon & Sauvignon Blanc which is regarded as the classic, white Bordeaux combination. This example hails from the other side of the planet but demonstrates just how these two varieties can work in harmony with each enhancing the other to give a fresh, vibrant pithy white. £8.25 Meerlust Estate Stellenbosch Red 2008: This classic Bordeaux blend (Cabernet/Merlot) is ostensibly a baby version of ‘Rubicon’, the flagship of the Meerlust Estate and widely regarded as one of the Cape’s finest wines, indeed the first release (1992) was actually a declassified Rubicon as it was felt that this difficult vintage had not quite allowed the quality expected for their ‘Grand Vin’. The entire parcel was offered to the UK market at a knock down price and the rest is history! £11.50

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Food: Know your meat

Know your meat Gregory Williams Butcher and Deli in Market Gate Shopping Centre, Lancaster is available to give you advice on cuts of meat to suit your cooking and budget. The family butcher is making a comeback! Most people are becoming conscious of what goes in their meals, and are returning to independent shops for fresh quality produce. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know which is the best cut of meat, and that of course depends on what you want to make.

A reputable butcher will be able to guide you around the choices available and suggest cooking times or even recipes, and should be able to tell you where your meat has come from if it is locally sourced. Of course, whatever choice you make, it is important that the meat is fresh.

It should have a good colour and be moist. In the case of chops, chicken fillets etc there should be a few you can choose from. For sirloin, fillet and joints you should be able to have these cut to your own specifications. Mince should be a rich red colour and liver should be a rich brown colour.

Beef - Chuck & Shin Lamb - Neck Chuck (often known as the The neck is best cooked slowly in shoulder) and shin beef (that casseroles or can be used for mince, it comes from the fore leg of is one of the cheaper cuts of lamb. the cow are both perfect Lamb - Shoulder for casseroles (ideal for the Shoulder makes a great traditional slow cooker) they are an joint but can also be cubed for lamb ideal natural thickener for curry or kebabs. the stock which will be full Lamb - Loin of flavour. Both Chuck and The loin comes from the back, perhaps Shin are two of the least the most tender part of the lamb and expensive cuts of beef. Shin can be joints, chops or medalions. beef can also be used for Lambs liver mince. Also incredibly rich in iron and Beef - Top Rump delicious friend or grilled. Top rump (from the back of the cow) can be cooked as a large piece of steak or cut into strips for a tasty stir fry. The rump is slightly less tender than the sirloin but has a strong flavour. Beef - Sirloin Sirloin (from the centre of the back) is also delicious and tender and both can be grilled or flash fried or roasted. They are Ask your local butcher particularly tender and is about different cuts one of the most expensive of meat to suit your cuts of beef. cooking & budget.

Pork & Chicken Perhaps more well known meats for healthy meals are the white meats, pork or chicken. These both come in a variety of cuts and can be cooked in many different ways, making them both very versatile. Venison However, another low fat but tasty meat is venison. This can be cooked in ways similar to beef and is now available all year round.

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Walking for Zimbabwe

On May 12th 2012 ‘The Lancashire Walking and Social Group’ tackled the Yorkshire three peaks to raise money for SIFE Lancaster.

Lancaster students raise money for Zimbabwe

Charity: Lancaster students raise money

ZOP’s next event will take place at the 6th and 7th of March, just before the University takes a break over Easter. Once again we will be holding a stall in Alexandra Square on campus from 10.00am-2.30pm, which will act as a drop off point for students and staff to donate unwanted items such as clothing, stationary, toys and books. After the collection, a member of the ZOP team will be taking the items over to Zimbabwe herself over the Easter break and distributing them throughout the orphanages we support.

of living, by learning skills which will allow them to work and earn their own money. There are a number of national projects working within the local North West area as well as elsewhere in the country.

Zimbabwe Orphanage Project, as part of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Lancaster is a small volunteering project made up of undergraduate students studying at Lancaster University Zimbabwe, located in the southern regions of Africa, is often celebrated for its natural beauty and opportunity and was once Africa’s wealthiest country. But in recent years, this potential has become hidden behind the images of poverty and violence we see in the media, preventing economic development and most worryingly killing hundreds of people every Day. The most significant cause of suffering comes from the AIDS crisis, with 25% of the adult population carrying the disease causing one in five children to become carriers of the HIV virus. Due to the lack of money and medical assistance many people are left to die.

children orphaned, forcing them to live on the streets without food and safety. For this reason, the many orphanages that exist around the country are a crucial part of communities, as they give all these vulnerable children a much needed home, providing shelter, warmth, education and food at such an important time in their lives. But even the orphanages themselves struggle to meet the needs of all the children with poor, crowded accommodation and low supplies of food and general resources.

The group, headed up by Chris Riley, decided to get involved to help SIFE Lancaster, and specifically the ‘Zimbabwe Orphanage Project’ after both appeared in the Lancaster Magazine in March of this year. Chris Riley and fourteen other dedicated walkers, a mixture of novices and experts, managed to raise an incredible £324 for SIFE Lancaster on this occasion. ‘The Lancashire Walking and Social Group’ arranges monthly walks and socials that are a must for both keen would be hikers and the more advanced alike, more information can be found at Zimbabwe Orphanage Project, as part of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Lancaster is a small volunteering project made up of undergraduate students studying at Lancaster University who work together to raise money and awareness for orphanages in Zimbabwe. The SIFE organisation is a society that runs throughout universities across the country to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of university students via student led projects that work to help improve the lives of others. The aim of the projects is to educate unprivileged organisations and people on how they can improve their standards

In 2001, Zimbabwe had their credit frozen by the USA following the controversy over land ownership which caused hundreds of farmers to lose possession of their land to the hands of the government who were led by Robert Mugabe. The economic development of the country came to a standstill and has slowly declined ever since.

The AIDS pandemic coupled with the dire financial state of the country has left an estimated 1.3 million


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SIFE Lancaster is the local stem of SIFE, ran by students at Lancaster University. SIFE is an international non-profit organisation that works with leaders in business and higher education to encourage university students to make a difference in their communities and abroad whilst developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. SIFE projects, such as SIFE Lancaster’s ‘Zimbabwe Orphanage Project’, must address a social need to improve the quality of life and standard of 62

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The Zeer pots can be decorated and sold at local markets which provides the wider community with a safe food preservation device whilst allowing the orphanages to produce financial income to use for building repairs, school supplies etc.

The Zimbabwe Orphanage Project, which began in October 2011, is one of the international projects within SIFE Lancaster. Our main aim is to raise awareness and improve the living conditions of the orphanages we support and better the lives of the orphans and their carer’s. With a close connexion to a project leader out in Zimbabwe, we are in constant communication with the orphanages in order to understand where our help is most needed. Our first event took place towards the end of last year, during the build- up to Christmas. We held a Christmas market stall on campus alongside the Farmers Market which visits the University every Thursday. In preparation for the event, all team members made jewellery, key rings, home-made cakes, biscuits and chocolate filled

So far, the project has been a great success and we are already noticing how our efforts are making a difference to the orphanages. We have also been nominated to take part in the SIFE regional competitions which sees SIFE projects from all over the country competing to become part of the SIFE UK National competition taking place in The Britannia International Hotel, Canary Wharf on April 18th and 19th 2012. The winning project will then go on to represent the UK in the 2012 SIFE World Cup in Washington DC, competing with projects from 39 others countries for the winning title.

living for others on a long term basis. There are 45 universities in the United Kingdom involved in SIFE and they all aim “to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business” (SIFE Mission Statement).

Christmas stockings to sell to staff and students. Despite the fact the weather being very much against us with strong winds and lots of rain, we had a very successful day raising a total of £190

Since then we have been working on another project, a instruction pack on how to make Zeer pots which will be sent over to the orphanages in the coming weeks. A Zeer pot is a food preservation device that allows perishable foods to last a lot longer in a hot African climate. It is made out of clay, sand and a small amount of water. The pots are designed to extract heat from the middle section of the pot which allows food to stay fresh for up to 75% longer. By providing the orphanages with an easy to follow instruction pack we have enabled them to produce these Zeer pots for personal use and also as a possible business venture.

The Zimbabwe Orphanage Project has a very busy few months ahead to continue making a difference in the lives of the children and orphanages we support and also work towards success in SIFE competitions. The help and support of the local community would be of great value to ensure our project continues to grow and will continue through to the 2012-2013 academic year. To show your support please visit our website and or email us with your thoughts and any suggestions at admin1@zim-orphans.c

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If you would like to find out more about SIFE Lancaster and the amazing work it does in the local community and internationally for people in need then please visit SIFE Lancaster can also be found on the social media networks Facebook and Twitter. SIFE Lancaster encourages partnerships and relationships with local people and businesses so please do not hesitate to get in contact. SIFE Lancaster would like to extend a massive thank you to Chris Riley and the ‘The Lancashire Walking and Social Group’ group for their support of the cause and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship in the future.


Community Clubs: Cooking in secret

Cooking in secret!

Lancaster has become one of the newest venues to have its’ own Clandestine Cake Club, organiser Lynne Molloy tells us more. The first Clandestine Cake Club was established in 2010 and there are over 150 now, with branches in Paris, Barcelona and Perth, Australia. Its been talked about on the One Show and a cook book, featuring cakes from members, will be out soon. So why would you want to come? First you need to love cakes and baking, but this club is limited – you can only bake BIG cakes (no cupcakes, muffins or tarts), with a theme for each meeting. Recently featured are Death by Chocolate, International Cakes (lots of Olympic themed events), Dairymaids Delight (supporting British dairy farmers) and Fruitful Gathering. Our first theme is “Favourite Things” encouraging baking your favourite cake or use favourite ingredients. The interpretation, is up to you, the baker. Why Clandestine? You don’t get to know the address of the venue for the event until a few days before. Don’t worry, you do get given some clues when the event is promoted, and an indication of the location. Lancaster gives many opportunities with venues not only in the city centre but also in the surrounding towns and villages, ensuring that all members have the chance of something near to them. The premises are usually coffee shops, but events have been held in community centres, wine bars, even on farms and I have some wonderful ideas, with related themes, lined up for the coming months. Commercial venues usually host the club for free, serving refreshments to keep us going. If we use a community location, we would make a donation to the organisers.

cakes, we all sample and share the cakes, with any leftovers (it is difficult to try all 15, or even 10, or even 5!) available to take home. (The limit on numbers is to try and ensure we all get a chance to socialise, its been found that too many spoil the party). Please don’t feel concerned, there is no element of competition either, we just want cakes we enjoy eating and maybe the opportunity to try something a little bit different. This is a photo of a recent event I attended hosted by South Lancashire CCC, the cakes and event was wonderful and the 2 hours we were there flew by. I made several new friends and as a result have travelled to parts of Lancashire I never knew existed. Join and come to one of our events All membership is organised through our website This is a wonderland of cakes, with listings for all the events with reports and photos of more cakes than you ever could imagine. There are no fees, no hidden charges. You register as a member, join the Lancaster group and if you want, sign up for one of our listed events, October booking now, November event very soon. If you do have any questions, please contact me, Lynne, at or Twitter: Overtonlady.

What happens during a meeting? The club meeting usually lasts 2 hours and you don’t have to come on your own either (but of course you would be made VERY welcome if you did. As long as you bake a cake, you can be bring a guest with you. And then the fun begins, with a recommended maximum of 15 bakers and their guests, and the 15 @Lancaster Community Magazine - THE best quality magazine in Lancaster


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Restaurant review: Blue Moon Thai Restaurant

Spice up your lunchtime!

Editor, Lisa Mason has lunch at Blue Moon Thai Restaurant in Lancaster, with such a tasty menu, you must give it a try. Ok, I do have to admit that I have never actually eaten Thai at lunchtime, it is not the food that traditionally springs to mind to have for lunch, but we fancied something spicy for a change and had heard that Blue Moon had an excellent lunch menu. Blue Moon is easy to find, down the hill from Boots on the left hand side just after the turning to St Nicholas Arcades parking. As soon as you step through the door, the bustle of the one way system is left behind you. We were greeted by Manager Kumjad and shown to our table by our waitress Tanya. The restaurant looks just as good in daylight as it does at night, impressive and contemporary, one that is full of charm and interesting Thai pieces that give it a real authentic feel. The most impressive though, in our eyes, is the 5 metre long viewing glass into the spotlessly clean kitchen. Watching the professional Thai cooks create your meal is certainly something special.

We started with satay chicken for me , my husband tried the vegetable spring rolls, both dishes were presented immaculately, the cooking skills are obviously high, the chicken was cooked to perfection and marinated in a deliciously subtle flavour, the satay sauce a must for peanut lovers! The spring rolls had a perfect crunch into the filo pasty, which melted into your mouth followed by a very tasty vegetable filling. The service was attentive and friendly and our main courses were swiftly brought over. A favourite with many, we had a Thai Green Curry which did not disappoint and Chu Chi Pla (deep fried Sea Bass topped with a mild curry sauce) which is the special for September. It was fantastic! Usually I choose chicken or prawns when ordering Thai, I had never tried a fish curry, what a treat I have been missing! The lightly spiced sauce was full of flavour, the sauce oozed over the super thin crispy batter on the

fish, perfectly complimenting the delicate flavour of the Sea Bass. Who can resist a pudding? Not us! We suggest the pancakes flavoured with Thai Pandan leaves packed with grated coconut and served with a quality vanilla ice cream. They certainly melted down with ease after such a delicious lunch. A Thai lunch makes a refreshing and extremely tasty change. So bypass that cheese sandwich my friends and get down to Blue Moon Thai Restaurant. With lunch from £7.95 per person, for a starter and a main, you can’t afford to miss out.

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Travel: Sleeping up a tree

Sleeping up a tree!

Against a backdrop of rolling hills, vineyards and lavender fields, I found a variety of adrenaline-fuelled activities, countless excellent bistros and home-from-home guesthouses. Growing up, the kids next door had a treehouse. Three planks of wood nailed across two chunky branches, but magical nonetheless.

Harriet and I waste no time dipping into the outdoor private hot tub with a pre-dinner drink, admiring the panoramic views and enjoying the silence.

When I heard Chewton Glen, the multi award winning five-star spa hotel in the New Forest, was opening 12 Treehouse Suites this summer, memories flooded back. So too did the childlike excitement, when my sister and I beat our way to the top of a waiting list and booked a weekend break.

When our stay comes to an end, there’s another bolt of childhood nostalgia - the gloom of playtime being over. Thankfully, I’ve grown out of tantrums, but treehouses haven’t lost their magic, and Chewton Glen’s are utterly enchanting.

But when we arrive at the high-end suites, it becomes apparent treehouse living has come a long way in the last few years. For starters, there’s no scrambling up a rope ladder. The adventure begins with a golf buggy ride from the hotel’s main reception, up the bumpy track into the surrounding woodlands. The suites are cleverly built into the side of a hill - with one half propped up with stilts - allowing guests to enter at ground level. Re-living the pure, unabashed joys of childhood is rare, but within seconds of entering our treehouse, my sister, Harriet, and I are running around, marvelling at the different features - and there are lots.

Chewton Glen’s Tree House Suites start from £600 per night including tax. To book, visit www. or call 0845 034 0700 FOUR MORE TREEHOUSES TO TRY... Best for... family fun - Center Parcs’ treehouses at Longleat Forest, Wiltshire. Reached via spiral stairs winding around a tree, these luxury log cabins on stilts sit among 400 acres of woodland - perfect for little explorers. Fitted with all mod cons (including 42-inch TVs and iPod docks), with an ensuite bathroom for parents, the treehouses can sleep up to eight and are ecologically heated by solar panels and ground source heat pumps.

A vast walk-in shower, flatscreen TV at the foot of the bath and a log-burning stove instantly grab our attention. But it’s the little touches that really make us warm to the place: a well-stocked fridge, freshly baked lemon drizzle cake on the coffee table, and jars of hot chocolate with marshmallows in the kitchen. With so much excitement indoors, it’s easy to forget we’re in a treehouse, but stepping out onto the balcony we’re greeted with a sea of green. Level with the treetops, we have a wonderful birds-eye view. Right now, the leaves are shimmering from recent rainfall, but it’s easy to imagine this setting would be stunning in any weather, at any time of year.

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Best for... fairytale fantasies - The branch-top, crooked wooden cabins at Les Alicourts. Just outside Orleans in central France, these branchtop cabins look like they’re straight out of the pages of a Hans Christian Anderson adventure. Ideal for families with kids aged two and above, they’re part of a park which offers a range of activities, including go-karting, biking, mini golf, a skate park for teens and a gym and spa for adults plus.

They may look a bit like alien spaceships, but they are actually works of architectural wonder commissioned by husband and wife team, Britta and Kent Lindvall. Nestled among acres of unspoilt, natural surroundings, the individually-designed eco treerooms (which include the Cabin, Mirrorcube, Bird’s Nest, Blue Cone and UFO) are ideally situated to see the Northern Lights.

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The great garden tidy up

September is an ideal time for a great garden tidy-up, while it’s still warm enough to work outdoors comfortably before the inevitable freezing weather sets in, Hannah Stephenson shares her tips. If you’ve returned from holiday to withered summer bedding and dried-up pots, bite the bullet and empty them on the compost heap, replacing them with a spring display. Plant bulbs, pansies, heathers and other winter and spring stalwarts to brighten up your outlook.

Pest control is also important. Be aware that many biological controls become less reliable when the temperature drops as the predatory insects which provide the control then multiply more slowly. Take off shoots on plants which are infested with greenfly or blackfly and dispose of them.

If you’re not going to use your containers for winter displays, clean them out, wipe them down and put them away. Don’t leave terracotta pots out or they may succumb to frost and crack.

Don’t leave garden debris lying around because slugs will shelter under it and are still capable of doing plenty of damage to your plants. It’s also important to keep up with the weeding because otherwise they are likely to shed seeds, creating a hotbed of more weeds next year.

Some gardeners tend to be more relaxed about pest and disease control at the end of the season, but ignore them at your peril or you may be storing up problems that will remain dormant until next year. Cut off or prune out affected parts of diseased plants and burn or dispose of them so that overwintering spores won’t survive until next year. 72

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Continue to deadhead roses and cut back finished summer-flowering perennials, removing supports which propped up the plants which have stopped flowering. These can be cleaned with a mild detergent and put away until next year.


Gardening: The great garden tidy up The vegetable garden should still be producing rich pickings of French and runner beans, salad crops, courgettes and sweetcorn, but if you have time, clear away spent crops to create vacant rows, dig over the ground and refill the spare space with autumn and winter crops as soon as possible. Give the greenhouse a spring-clean, emptying it of staging, plants and rubbish and give it a good clean with hot, soapy water, which will help flush out pests and diseases and prepare the area for any overwintering tender plants you may need to house. Remove greenhouse shading to allow in more light. If you’re putting plants back in there, try to space them out to allow good airflow around them which will help stop the build-up of diseases such as soft rot and mildew. Garden furniture can also be cleaned at this time of year on fine days, to save you a job next spring. Teak furniture can be washed with a mild mixture of soap and water and it is recommended that you use a soft utility brush to remove surface dust and dirt. Rinse the furniture thoroughly after cleaning and allow it to dry completely before putting it away for the winter. September is also a good time to prune cane fruits such as loganberries and tayberries, cutting off the fruited canes to about 6in (15cm) from the ground. Of course, once you’ve done all this, the sun may come out and you may have to unpack a newly cleaned deck chair or two if the summer turns out to be an Indian one - but you’ll be streets ahead when spring arrives.



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If you want a taste of the Mediterranean to remind you of your summer holiday, you could have a go at growing an olive tree. While mature trees will survive freezing conditions, to flower and fruit they need temperatures between 7.5C (46F) and 10C (50F), so they need to be brought into a cold greenhouse or conservatory in winter. They are often wind-pollinated, so growing more than one cultivar improves pollination. If you are starting from scratch, use small pots with loambased compost and added grit, with loads of crocks in the bottom and place the pots on feet to enhance drainage. Despite needing free-draining soil, they also need to be watered liberally and fed with a liquid fertiliser every month during the growing season. Cut watering back in winter but never allow the compost to dry out. They should be pruned in spring or early summer and the new shoots thinned each year to keep the plant compact.

While many gardeners will now be contemplating which spring-flowering bulbs to plant up this autumn, others will be sitting back to enjoy their summer bulb choices - and the nerine is one of the best late-flowering beauties. N. bowdenii produce beautiful pink funnelshaped flowers ahead of their strap-shaped leaves in September, bringing a welcome splash of colour to fading borders and patios.

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Nerines need plenty of heat in early summer while they are dormant. They should be placed in a very sunny, sheltered spot with well-drained soil - ideally by a house wall - and just be left alone to do their thing.


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Vets Advice - Gastric Dilatation Volvulus

Death within hours BayVets in Lancaster explain the symptoms and treatment of GDV (Gastric Dilatation Volvulus) a life threatening condition where time is of the essence. When the phone rings in the middle of the night our on-call vet prays they are not being called out to a GDV. This condition is life threatening, requiring immediate veterinary attention, and time is of the essence. Usually, but not exclusively, GDVs occur in deep-chested dogs such as Bullmastiffs, German Shepherd Dogs, Great Danes, St Bernards, Labradors, Newfoundlands and Weimaraners. One cause is thought to be the result of a large meal being consumed rapidly just before or just after heavy exercise. As many dogs eat their main meal in the evening, onset of the condition can occur in the early hours of the morning. Gastric dilation is a bloating of the stomach. Initially, as the food ferments and breaks down, the stomach begins to fill with gas and becomes distended. As the gas increases the stomach swells to an enormous capacity and this creates stress and pressure on major organs such as the heart, spleen and liver. The pressure inside the stomach is by now so intense that the stomach begins to rotate—either a partial or full twist (volvulus). SYMPTOMS • Attempts to vomit (usually unsuccessfully) which may occur every 5 to 30 minutes • Hunched up appearance • Bloated abdomen that may feel tight • Heavy or rapid panting • Drinking excessively • May refuse to lie down or even sit down • Looking at their side or other evidence of abdominal pain or discomfort CAUSES • Stress (for example a new addition to the family, being in kennels etc) • Rapid eating

• Exercise before and especially after eating • Build and physical characteristics - big, deep chested dogs • Fearful or anxious temperament PREVENTION • Avoid highly stressful situations (use of pheromone collars, diffusers can help calm dogs when exposed to new environments) • Do not exercise for several hours (2 or 3 hours) before and especially after eating • Do not permit rapid eating (special ‘gobble’ or ‘maze-shaped’ bowls are available to slow down the eating process) • Feed two or three meals daily, instead of just one • Do not give water one hour before or after a meal • Make meals a peaceful, stress-free time • Feed a high-quality diet • Do not give ice-cold water or feed ice • For tall dogs, raise the height of their bowls to aid ingestion. TREATMENT GDVs are medical emergencies. Although some animals may respond to having a stomach tube passed to let out the gas, many will require prompt surgical intervention to access the stomach and relieve the twist.

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First Drive: Alfa Romeo Mito Twin Air The new Alfa Romeo Mito Twin Air adds a bit of italian style to the super mini class of cars. The Twin Air engine adds zesty performance not found in normally aspirated petrol engines. The Mito TwinAir was announced right after Fiat, which owns Alfa Romeo, spilled the beans that more versions of the TwinAir are on the way, with a range of capacities and outputs. At least one won’t even have a turbocharger, in the manner of the original twin-cylinder Fiat 500 of ‘back in the day’, but for now the 84bhp turbocharged 875cc is the only choice among the Fiat Group’s small cars. Quite why it’s taken so long to migrate to the Mito is a question for another dinner, but it’s there at last - and with tweaks. The same engine is fitted to three or four other models already, the latest being the Fiat Punto. In shifting it across to the Mito Alfa’s engineers have done something, rumoured to involve a larger diameter exhaust and a change to the impellor blade angle within the furious little turbo. It’s worked wonders, reviving a verve that had started to wane. 78

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By modern standards the Mito isn’t a lightweight car. The entry level Peugeot 208, for example, is 975kg, while the Mito TwinAir is a comparatively tubby 1130kg. Expect a round of weight-saving technologies in its next major update, but the way the fettled TwinAir unit handles the weight is light years ahead of other small petrols. You probably know by now that the TwinAir is forcefed by a small turbo that spins faster than the lead woman in Street Dance, and it gives a kind of zesty performance you just don’t get in normally aspirated small petrol engines. Yes there’s a bit of turbo lag; you can’t get away from it. But the shove as the rev needle spins around the counter to a charismatic thrumming soundtrack is delightful. The engine seems smoother in the Mito than it has done in some of its other foster homes, but arguably even more fun. Should you be strong of willpower there’s actually a choice of how you want to drive it, courtesy of Alfa’s


Motoring: Alfa Romeo Mito Twin Air DNA drive selector switch. Going backwards, A is for All-weather, which basically means normal driving settings but allowing for a bit of wheelspin in slippy conditions, along with tighter control over sideways movement. N is now for Natural. It used to be ‘Normal’, but apparently that was tooector switch. Going backwards, A is for All-weather, which basically means normal driving settings but allowing for a bit of wheelspin in slippy conditions, along with tighter control over sideways movement. Well, that’s how it feels, anyway. In reality, the second of the six gears only just about reaches 40mph, so while you’re giggling away to yourself whacking the gear lever into third, you’re not actually going that quickly at all. It’s all part of the joy. Another of the happy spin-off factors from the TwinAir system is that even with all the extra turbo and vibration control gubbins it’s a good 10% lighter than other small petrol engines, so the Mito’s front end has a wonderful crispness of turn-in, darting into corners as if its life depends on it. It always feels so eager to please, and that makes it incredibly likeable. You can buy a Mito TwinAir in two trim levels; Sprint and Distinctive. Both post the same tax-free 98g/ km CO2 output and 67.3mpg fuel economy, but Distinctive cars are the real lookers. With 17-inch ‘sports’ alloy wheels, red-painted brake callipers, rear parking sensors and a truckload of silver and chrome-effect aesthetic details, it looks as good as the Mito ever has. Very, then.

But even Sprint models get cruise control, Bluetooth, an electronic limited-slip differential, seven airbags, stop-start technology, air conditioning, an alarm and immobiliser, front fog lights and more. It’s far from Spartan, but place the two models side by side and the extra £1,200 for the Distinctive starts to melt into irrelevance.

It has split personalities, with its economical, easy-going side dominating in Natural drive mode, but in Dynamic it gives you fun by the bucket. The fact that you can have both in one greatlooking car makes this little Alfa a real gem.

There are also myriad ways to customise the car, with colour variations on the outside and inside. Alfa limits it to try to avoid any hideous combinations and maintain residual values, but there’s a lot you can do to make it yours.


These days most cars are a bit too anodyne; a bit too sterile. But the Mito TwinAir, thanks to some inspired engine modifications and some styling genius on the higher Distinctive model, is a car with a life - a personality even. I defy anybody to buy one and not end up giving it a name.

Model: Alfa Romeo Mito TwinAir 85hp Sprint, £14,150 on the road. Engine: 875cc turbocharged twocylinder petrol producing 84bhp and 107lb.ft. Transmission: 6-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels. Performance: Top speed 108mph, 0-62mph in 12.5 seconds. Fuel economy: 67.3mpg. CO2 rating: 98g/km.

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Before the autumn/winter weather sets in, now is the time to check your tyres and replace them if needed. Going back to school is full of checklists for the children but this is now THE time to check your tyres. Signs that your car tyres may need changing are, your car doesn’t seem to grip the road as usual or it takes longer to stop in wet conditions. Before you notice these signs ideally you should be checking your tyres visually. Many manufactures now have Tread Wear Indicators but these are only a guide, a tread depth gauge should be used. Car tyres sometimes need to be replaced before they have reached the end of their life, mainly due to

rapid or unevan tread wear. The most common causes of avoidable tread wear are: Under-Inflating - Causing rapid wear along the edges of the tread. Over-Inflating - Causing rapid wear along the centre of the tread. Faulty brakes or shock absorbers Can cause flat spots around the tread of the tyre. Incorrect wheel alignment (tracking) - can cause rapid wear along the inside or outside edges of the FRONT tyres. If you strike a kerb or hit a pot hole - the delicate settings of the steering geometry may become misaligned resulting in uneven wear.

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Solicitors advice: Half is mine

Half is mine Michael Willey from BSG Solicitors in Lancaster explains where you stand as an unmarried couple when dividing up your assets. Naturally most people when starting a new relationship do not think about what will happen if it breaks down. Unmarried couples (of any sex) who separate do not have the same legal rights and remedies as married couples and can only rely upon the Court’s powers in relation to land law and trust law to divide their property between them. They cannot claim maintenance for themselves. If an unmarried couple purchase a house in joint names there is a presumption that they intend to own it equally and share the proceeds when it is sold equally. That applies whoever pays the mortgage. If they separate either can ask to the Court to order the sale of the house to ensure they receive their share. Obviously, if they both agree, either owner could sell their share of the house to the other. The Court’s powers are limited to ordering the sale and determining how the proceeds should be divided. This is the simplest situation in which couples find themselves on separation. Many couples find themselves in a much less certain situation. Sometimes at the start of the relationship one person moves into a house already belonging to the other. Also for various reasons couples sometimes buy a house that is only in one of their names. Years go by without discussion of who owns what. It is the last thing on their minds. Both contribute equally to the household costs.

Both assume that they own a share of the house. When things go wrong and they separate one of them suddenly finds out that they are left without a roof over their head. This could even happen if they had children. One way to avoid this situation would be for the couple to draw up an express Declaration of Trust saying who owned what. In the above situation the non-owning person could make application to the Court under Trust Law to determine if they own a share of the house. The Court would have to consider the evidence presented before it to discover the intentions of the couple. When the Court is asked to determine who owns what, its decision is based upon precedent cases that have established the principles to be applied and each case is decided on its own facts. Going to court is expensive, slow and stressful. If people take legal advice at the start of their property owning relationship they will know where they stand. In the event of separation the pain, worry and expense would be a lot less. At Blackhurst Swainson Goodier we can advise you on the best way to ensure that your interests are protected and ownership of property is clear. If you would like any further advice please contact Andie Brown, Rebecca Butterfield or Michael Willey at Blackhurst Swainson Goodier LLP on 01524 386500.

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Business: Businesses bid to improve city

Businesses BID to improve city Michael Willey from BSG Solicitors in Lancaster explains where you stand as an unmarried couple when dividing up your assetts

A group of businesses based in Lancaster’s City Centre are pursuing an initiative to raise money to help improve the City. With the support of Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, the group’s plans are well in hand to introduce a Business Improvement District (BID) in the City Centre. A BID operates through a levy on business rates and will cost 1.5% for those with property in the BID area with a rateable value of £10,000 and over. It is a big “ask” to expect businesses to add to their already growing overhead, particularly when the economy is in recession. But businesses know that the time to invest is when the market needs stimulation and the right investment will bring its rewards. This BID will raise over £600,000 in a 3 year period if the rate paying businesses are willing to vote YES in the BID ballot which takes place at the end of November this year. The idea of a BID is that businesses work together to improve the town as a whole. This may be by introducing marketing and promotional initiatives, special projects to utilise empty shops, holding 84

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events to attract more visitors, fund major clean up campaigns or other environmental improvements. The key is that all the activities funded by the BID will be in addition to what is already provided by the local authority or other public service bodies. £600,000 is a meaningful amount of money which will help create a vibrant centre alive with events and activities. So why is it a good thing, not only for businesses but for the community as a whole? The BID investment and activities will enhance the experience of Lancaster for visitors and locals. A city or town centre is not just a place to shop or do business, but is the heart of the community. It is a symbol of our history and the focal point for entertainment and leisure. The BID intends to make our City a better place to live, work, shop and encourage greater civic pride. With the opening of the Castle bringing increased tourism and a larger retail centre planned to be built on the canal corridor site, it is essential that the City Centre strengthens its offer and re-establishes its proud position.


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Finance: Financial M.O.T anyone?

Financial M.O.T anyone?

Charles Martin Finance in Lancaster talks us through our very own financial M.O.T, explaining the 70-20-10 rule and how we can be in a better financial situation just by taking charge. If we were to meet and I asked you – “how are you doing for money, are you okay financially?” you’d probably tell me to – well mind my own business. But what about your “FINANCES”? - When was the last time you thought – “are there any ways I can save money; make more money? “ This series of articles are designed to provide you, with ideas and plans to help you save money, and plan your “Financial Future”. Like a diet you have to stick to these plans. Easy to write, harder to do but if you persevere, then things will become easier. Step one - INCOME One the left-hand side of a sheet of paper write a list of all income received – cash, cheque, bank transfer. Include any bonuses or extra benefits i.e. “winter fuel allowance”, car allowance, etc. Check the following; is your “TAX CODE” correct. Are you claiming all the “State Benefits” you are entitled to? Many people, especially old age pensioners are not. If in doubt contact local Tax Office or “Citizens Advice Bureau” or try one of the firms on the internet i.e. “www.”. Step two – ASSETS LIST Underneath write a list of all assets: Value of property (be sensible); chattels (everything in the home and garden); Pension values; Any Savings and Investments. Step three - EXPENDITURE. On the right hand side write a list of all expenditure; include EVERYTHING – presents; holidays, car repairs. Important - Does your Income match your expenditure? If not - you need to quickly REDUCE what you spend. Step four - PRIORITISE. On this list prioritise those that are “essential”, those you want; then “luxuries”. Step five – Borrowings Which are the most expensive – credit cards; unsecured borrowing. Can you clear these with any savings?

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Kitty was shocked at how much the new study books had increased the childrens vocabulary over the summer holidays!

What’s on Listings: September 2012 LANCASTER WALKING GROUP

Glenridding Sunday 2nd September 10.15am (from Ullswater information centre) 7.5 Miles - Medium/Hard Contact Chris: 01524 382465 Slaidburn & Newton Sunday 9th September 10am 4.5 Miles - Easy Contact Rebecca 01524 848767 Jubilee Tower, Quernmore Sunday 16th September 10am 5 Miles - Easy Contact Philip 01524 822962 Helme Crag & Green Burn Sunday 30th September 10am 5 Miles - Medium Contact Mike 01524 734867 Jane’s Mystery Walk Sunday 7th October 10am 6 Miles - Easy/Moderate Contact Jane 07580 052963

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Complete Yoga Thursdays 7-9pm Yoni Yoga on the Bay Morecambe 07968 775306 Tangent Exhibition @ Gallery 23 25th July - 13th October Award winning Arteria with Gallery 23 unveils an artist’s exhibition set to intrigue and inspire. See page 42. For more information please call 01524 61111 or email info@ A Wonderfull Discoverie: Lancashire Witches 1612-2012 21st July - 29th September An exhibition to uncover tales of magic and mystery and explore the darker side of Lancashire’s past. Did witches really exist or were they innocent people wrongly accused? Page 53. Lancaster City Museum Me and My Panorama 1st August - 28th October 2012 Preston’s young creatives present panoramic photographs of how they see their city today. The young artists invite you to experience ‘a view that exists that we never see’. Prepare to be surprised, delighted, provoked and inspired! Musuem of Lancashire Wednesday Walkabout Migration Mysteries Wednesday’s 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th September 10.30-12.30 Find out about the amazing travels of our birds at this time of the year, and try to spot them on a relaxing walk. Leighton Moss Nature Reserve Telephone: 01524 701601

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FREE Lunchtime concerts Wednesday’s at 12.45 5th Howard Haigh 12th Trickle charge 19th Louise Jordan 26th The men from the musicals The Platform. See page 53 01524 582803 platform Hold back the night Saturday 8th September 7.30pm Get ready for the double bill that everyone is talking about. For the first time ever in one show, the two masters of the theatre scene to bring you the ultimate pop concert filled with the music of The BEE GEES and ABBA Telephone: 01524 64695

Morecambe Vintage Day Sunday 9th September 104pm A great day out for anyone wanting to reminisce. Vehicle Rally (140 vintage cars) Tea room, Bus ride, Art Deco guided walk, Classic Motor Cycle show and more. Telephone: 01524 582808 heritageopendays

What’s on Listings: September 2012 Warton Stock Car Club Club Championship Sunday 9th September A fantastic day out for all the family watching the races. See page 54. Telephone: 07709 746744

Hairy McClary Wednesday 12th September 10.30am With music, singing and several of the favourite stories, this show is a must for all the family Telephone: 01524 64695

Winetime Sherry Night at Greenlands Saturday 13th September We are excited to be hosting a Sherry Tasting Night with Javier Hidalgo from Bodegas Hidalgo. We’ll be tasting an excellent range of Sherries from the Bodega, with dinner included! To book your place simply call Winetime. Tickets only £29.50 See page 54 01524 784198 Email:

An evening with Rat Pack and friends - Lancaster House Hotel Saturday 13th October Join us for an unforgettable caberet show of pure class, with SAUL showcasing from the legendary Rat Pack and many other classics. See page 47 01524 844822 events

More Music Morecambe Jazz Club Sunday 16th September 7.30-10.30 Kicking off the new term is Morecambe Jazz Club featuring the Lancaster Royal Grammar School Big Band. Morecambe Jazz Club is a collaboration between Lancaster Jazz Festival and More Music and features the best in UK, local, and community jazz talent. See page 46 01524 831997

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Children’s Pottery Club Saturday 22nd September 10.30-12 The Pottery, Greenlands Farm Village. 01524 784197 Events & Leisure Hotel

Warton Stock Car Club Rose of Lancashire Sunday 23rd September A fantastic day out for all the family watching the races. See page 54. Telephone: 07709 746744 Gigantic Indoor Table Top Sale Sunday 30th September 8-4pm Come along to one of the largest table top sales in the area. This indoor event is a great opportunity for both stall holders and bargain hunters alike. At Salt Ayre Sports Centre Telephone: 01524 847540 Warton Stock Car Club 2LTR Team Meeting Sunday 7th October A fantastic day out for all the family watching the races. See page 54. Telephone: 07709 746744

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COUNCIL SERVICES Lancaster City Council Customer Service Centre, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PG Tel: 01524 582000 Out Of Hours Emergencies Tel: 01524 67099 Domestic Waste And Street Cleaning Tel: 01524 582491 Council Tax Tel: 01524 582900 Highway Faults Tel: 0123 456 789 Electoral Registration Tel: 01524 582905 Planning Tel: 01524 582376 Pest Control Tel: 01524 582935 Stray Dogs Tel: 01524 582757 Bus Passes Tel: 01524 582958 Recycling Tel: 0800 0929705 Homeless Advice Tel: 01524 586827 Lifeline Care Alarm Service Tel: 01524 582527 Flooding Tel: 01524 582955 Handyperson Scheme Tel: 01524 586812 Sheltered Housing Tel: 01524 586858

DOCTORS Dalton Square Practice 8 Dalton Square Lancaster LA1 1PN Tel: 01524 842200 Ash Trees Market Street Carnforth Lancashire LA5 9JU Tel: 01524 720000 The Meadowside Medical Practice 1-3 Meadowside Lancaster LA1 3AQ Tel: 01524 32622 Queen Square Medical Practice 2 Queen Square Lancaster LA1 1RP Tel: 01524 843333

Owen Road Surgery 67 Owen Road, Lancaster, LA1 2LG Tel: 01524 846999 Rosebank Surgery Ashton Road, Lancaster, LA1 4JS Tel: 01524 842284 Galgate Health Centre Highland Brow Galgate, Lancaster, LA2 ONB Tel: 01524 751284 King Street Surgery 38 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RE Tel: 01524 541651 Halton Surgery 110 High Road Halton, Lancaster LA2 6PU Tel: 01524 811226

Scale Hall Surgery 1 West Drive Scale Hall LANCASTER LA1 5BY Tel: 01524 64135 Bailrigg Health Centre University of Lancaster Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4ZP Tel: 01524 387780 Caton Health Centre Hornby Rd, Caton, Lancaster, Lancashire LA2 9QS Tel: 01524 770718 Brookfield Surgery Bolton le Sands Carnforth, LA5 8DH Tel: 01524 822088



Service for people who need a GP outside their doctor’s surgery opening hours.

Central Dental Practice Telephone House Fenton Street Lancaster, LA1 1AB Tel: 01524 34778


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Mayo Clinic Mayo House Meeting House Lane Lancaster, LA1 1GW Tel: 01524 33225 Bay Dental Partnership 6 New Street Lancaster, LA1 1EG Tel: 01524 32639 Brook Street Dental Practice 8 Brook Street Lancaster, LA1 1UU Tel: 01524 37324

Yourdentist Church Street, Lancaster Tel: 01524841196 The Dental Surgery 6 New Street Lancaster LA1 1EG Tel: 01524 32639 Market Gate Surgery Market Gate Lancaster LA1 1JF Tel: 01524 32630 The Lancaster Orthodontic 3 Moor Lane Lancaster LA1 1QD 01524 848344

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Lancaster Baptist Church Tel: 01524 39677

Lancaster Priory and Parish Chuch Tel: 01524 65338

Holy Cross Orthodox Tel: 01524 840759 Christians Alive Church Tel: 01524 845554 St Lukes Vicarage Tel: 01524 63249

Christ Church Tel: 01524 34430 Lancaster District Homeless Action Tel: 01524 842008

Grace Baptist Church Tel: 01524 841133 http://www. freegracelancaster.

St Thomas C of E Tel: 01524 590410 Lancaster fm Church Tel: 01524 841941

Christians Against Poverty Tel: 01524 61582 Moorlands Evangelical Church Tel: 01524 64146 Lancaster Quaker Meeting Tel 01524 62971 www.lancasterquakers. Lancaster Methodist Church Tel: 01524 32717

Drop in sessions Monday 9.45am - 4pm Tuesday 12.45pm - 4pm Wednesday 9.45am - 4pm Thursday 9.45am - 1pm Friday 9.45am - 1pm

Telephone advice: 01524 400400 Tuesday 10am - 1pm Thursday 1pm - 2.30pm Address: 87 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RH

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Lancaster Cathedral Tel: 01524 384820



King’s Community Church Tel: 01524 388490

You can hire a scooter, electric or manual wheelchair or walking frame. Lancaster on Wednesdays and Fridays or Morecambe on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Prices start from as little as £3 Shopmobility Tel: 01524 382764

Help Direct is a service for all adults in Lancashire. We offer support, guidance and information to help you make the decisions you need to get the most out of life.  Call in and speak to an advisor any weekday at our office:   7 – 11 Chapel Street, Lancaster (9am – 5pm) You can also email your query to us, or phone us on the low-cost phone number weekdays (9am – 5pm) Or visit Alternatively, you can make an appointment to see an advisor at your local GP surgery:  

LANCASTER Dalton Square , King Street, Meadowside, Owen Road, Queen Square, & Rosebank MORECAMBE MHC (Coastal), West End, Westgate, Yorkbridge Also at: Ashtrees, Windsor in Garstang & Carnforth.

ONE VOICE DISABILITY SERVICE One Voice is a disabled person’s organisation providing services, project and support for disabled people, their families and carers. Find out more : 01524 34411 St Leonards House St Leonards Gate Lancaster LA1 1NN

Lonsdale District Carers is a user led organisation that provides support and services for adult carers in the Lancaster and Morecambe District. 01524 418278 info@lonsdalecarers.

Drop in sessions at various locations across the district. Please phone for details.

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Directory of Local Services: Education PRIMARY SCHOOLS Caton Community Primary School Broadacre Road Caton, LA2 9NH Tel: 01524 770104 Skerton Community Primary Skerton, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 2AY Tel: 01524 63785 Scotforth St Pauls C of E Primary Scotforth Road Lancaster, LA1 4SE Tel: 01524 65379 Quernmore C of E Primary Quernmore Lancaster, LA2 9EL Tel: 01524 66628 St Wilfrid’s C of E

TUTORS Martin Lowe Inspired Child tuition services. Maths English, Music, Languages and IT. 01524 841980 www.inspiredchild. Fredrik Holm MA(mus) Piano, singing, basoon, recorder and music theory 07780 623855 www.2b-intune. co,uk Jan McCartney Professional tuition for pupils aged 6-16 years old. Tel: 01524 61199 94

Primary Penny Stone Road Lancaster, LA2 6QE Tel: 01524 811230

Dolphinholme C of E Dolphinholme Lancaster, LA2 9AN Tel: 01524 791530

Lancaster Ridge Primary Keswick Road Lancaster, LA1 3LE Tel: 01524 841589

Moorside School Bowerham Rd, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4HT Tel: 01524 66516

The Cathedral Primary Balmoral Road Lancaster, LA1 3BT Tel: 01524 64686

Bowerham Primary Bowerham Road, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4BS Tel: 01524 63999

Christ Church C of E Primary School Derwent Road Lancaster Lancashire LA1 3ES Tel: 01524 60955

Dallas Road Primary High Street Lancaster, LA1 1LD Tel: 01524 64520 Ryelands Primary Torrisholme Road Lancaster, LA1 2RJ Tel: 01524 64626

Cockerham C of E Primary School Main Street Cockerham Lancaster LA2 0EF Tel/Fax: 01524 791550 www.cockerham.lancs. Caton St Pauls C of E Moorside Road, Brookhouse, Lancaster, LA2 9PJ Tel: 01524 770241 Thurnham Glasson Church of England Primary School Marsh Lane Glasson Dock Lancaster LA2 0AR Tel/Fax: 01524 751425 www. thurnhamglasson.lancs.

Lancaster Royal Grammar East Road, Lancaster Girls Grammar Lancaster, LA1 3EF Tel: 01524 580600 Regent Street Lancaster, LA1 1SF Tel: 01524 32010 Our Ladys Catholic College Central Lancaster High Morecambe Road, Crag Road, Lancaster, LA1 2RX Lancaster, LA1 3LS Tel: 01524 66689 Tel: 01524 32636 www.our-ladys-rc. www.central.lancsngfl.

Jamea Al Kauthar Ashton Road, Lancaster, LA1 5AJ Tel: 01524 389898

Jonathan Gray. Expert History tuition for KS3, GCSE and A-Level students. Tel: 01524 298093

Skerton Community High Owen Road, Lancaster, LA1 2BL Tel: 01524 65143 www.skertonhigh.


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Carnforth County High Kellet Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9LS Tel: 01524 732 314 Ripley St Thomas Church of England High School Ashton Road Lancaster, LA1 4RS Tel: 01524 64496 www.ripley.lancsngfl.

Directory of Local Services: Take-aways, Coffee Shops, Transport TAKE AWAYS CHINESE Wok Express 60 Penny Street Lancaster, LA1 1XF Tel: 01524 847575 Fired Wok Chinese Takeaway 98 Prospect Street Lancaster, LA1 5ES Tel: 01524 36000 The Woo Ping 16-18 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1NP Tel: 01524 64713 Bamboo Garden 30-32 New Street Lancaster, LA1 1EG Tel: 01524 849984 INDIAN Bombay Balti 16 China Street Lancaster, LA1 1EX Tel: 01524 844550 Nice and Spicy 2 Lower Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1NP Tel: 01524 33333 Urban Spice 21 Brock Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 847107 Iky’s Balti House 133 St Leonards Gate Lancaster, LA1 1NL Tel: 01524 34432 PNP Currys and Kebabs 154 Ryelands Road Lancaster, LA1 2RA Tel: 01524 555857 Moghuls 91 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RH Tel: 01524 36253

Sultan of Lancaster The Old Church Brock Street Lancaster, LA1 1UU Tel: 01524 61188 JAPANESE Miyabi 6 Cable Street Lancaster, LA1 1HD Tel: 01524 848356 OTHER Domino’s Pizza 20 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1NP Tel: 01524 848999 Subway 11 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1LP Tel: 01524 33351 or Ryelands Service Station Owen Road Lancaster LA1 2LL Tel: 01254 383605 or 99-101 Penny Street Lancaster, LA1 1XN Tel: 01524 599328 Pizzetta Republic 75 North Road Lancaster Tel: 01524 33332 Flames 1 Rosemary Lane Lancaster, LA1 1NR Tel: 01524 382399 Bowerham Chippy 2 Coulston Road Lancaster, LA1 3AE Tel: 01524 61230 Pizza Hut Kingsway Retail Park Lancaster, LA1 1DQ Tel: 01524 599222

Lancaster Fried Chicken 3 Rosemary Lane Lancaster, LA1 1NR Tel: 01524 66575 Supanova 18 Church Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 841488

Maxwell’s Cafe & Delicatessen 71 Penny Street Lancaster LA1 1XF Tel: 01524 388435 Casa Rastelli Marketgate Lancaster, LA1 1AL

TRANSPORT Coastal Taxis Tel: 01524 424424 or 01524 60000 A to B Taxis Tel: 01524 844922 32090 Taxis 35666 Tel: 01524 32090 or 01524 35666 8 4 8 Taxis Tel: 01524 848848 John’s Taxi Tel: 01524 845210 Lancaster Road Taxis Tel: 01524 844844 National Rail Enquiries Tel: 08457 48 49 50

COFFEE SHOPS The Old Bell Coffee House Bashful Alley Lancaster, LA1 1LF Tel: 01524 36561 Lewis Of Lancaster‎ 23 New Street Lancaster LA1 1EG Tel: 01524 389 642‎ Starbucks 19 Market Street Lancaster LA1 1HZ Tel: 01524 381 795 Cafe Nero 23 Market Street Lancaster LA1 1HZ Tel: 01524 36130 Sunbury Coffee House 28 Sun Street Lancaster, LA1 1EW Tel: 01524 843312 Local Bus Journey Planner 0871 200 22 33 Budgie Transport Provide a waterbus service on the Lancaster Canal. Tel: 01524 389 410. Lancaster Bus Station Timetable Stagecoach Northwest 0871 2002233 Lancaster Train Station Meeting House Lane Lancaster LA1 5NW Virgin Ticket Line: 0871 977 4222

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Directory of Local Services: Restaurants BAR & DINING

RESTAURANTS Blue Moon Thai Restaurant 6 Rosemary Lane Lancaster, LA1 1NR Tel:01524 381111 Teatro Grill 60-62 Church Street Lancaster Tel:01524 380012 Wagon and Horses 27 St Georges Quay Lancaster, LA1 1RD Tel: 01524 846094 The Sultan of Lancaster The Old Church Brock Street Lancaster, LA1 1UR Tel: 01524 61188


Penny Street Bridge Penny Street Lancaster, LA1 1XT Tel: 01524 599900 Quite Simply Food 13 Moor Lane Lancaster, LA1 1QD Tel: 01524 34916 Quite Simply French 27a St Georges Quay Lancaster, LA1 1RD Tel: 01524 843199 1725 Tapas Bar 28 Market Street Lancaster, LA1 1HT Tel: 01524 66898 The Stork Corricks Lane Lancaster, LA2 OAN Tel: 01524 751234


FIXED PRICE MENU F I X E D PRICE PRICE MENU FIXED 1 Course MENU 1 Course 1£6.00 Course £7 £6.00 22Courses Courses £9 2 Courses £8.00 £8.00 3 Courses £11 3 Courses 3 Courses £10.00 £10.00

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The Litten Tree 33-37 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1LP Tel: 01524 541580

Bistro 26 26 Sun Street Lancaster, LA1 1EW Tel: 01524 846252

Greaves Park Bowerham Road Lancaster, LA1 3AH Tel: 01524 389335

Castle Balti 23a Castle Hill Lancaster Tel: 01524 388454

The Borough 3 Dalton Square Lancaster, LA1 1PP Tel: 01524 64170

Bella Italia 26-28 Church Street Lancaster Tel: 01524 36340

Miyabi (Japanese) 6 Cable Street, Lancaster, LA1 1HD Tel: 01524 848356

The Spaghetti House 18 Mary Street Lancaster, LA1 1UW Tel: 01524 846011

Pizza Margherita 2 Moor Lane Lancaster, LA1 1QD Tel: 01524 36333

The Mill at Conder Green Thurnham Mill Lane, Lancaster, LA2 OBD Tel: 01524 752852

The Sun Cafe 25 Sun Street Lancaster, LA1 1EW Tel: 01524 845599

The Water Witch Canal Tow Path Lancaster, LA1 1SU Tel: 01524 63828

The Sun Hotel & Bar 63-65 Church Street Lancaster, LA1 1ET Tel: 01524 66006

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Mung Mee (Thai) 6 Chapel Street Lancaster, LA1 1NZ Tel: 01524 64107 The Merchants 27 Castle Hill Lancaster, LA1 1YN Tel: 01524 66466


The Meeting House Restaurant 11-15 Meeting House Lane, Lancaster , LA1 1TJ Tel: 01524 848 049 The Three Mariners Bridge Lane Lancaster, LA1 1EE Tel: 01524 388957 Moghuls (Indian) 91 King Street Lancaster, LA1 1RH Tel: 01524 36253 The Gregson 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane Lancaster, LA1 3PY Tel: 01524 849959 The George & Dragon 24 St Georges Quay Lancaster, LA1 1RB Tel: 01524 62265

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