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Issue. 39 - January 2018 www.facebook.com/LancsLocal | www.Lancashire-Local.com | www.twitter.com/@lancslocal

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Inside this issue: weddings - Getaways - 2018 wall calendar

Second arrest in

Blackburn robbery investigation DETECTIVES investigating the robbery of a woman in Blackburn have arrested a second teenager. The 14 year old, from Blackburn, was arrested yesterday (Monday, January 8th) on suspicion of burglary and robbery and is currently in custody. A second 14 year old also arrested yesterday remains in custody. The 51 year old victim was attacked in Belper Street at about 7am on Friday, January 5th by an offender armed with a length of wood with nails protruding from it. She suffered serious injuries to her face and broken bones in her hands as she tried to defend herself. She is currently being treated in hospital. The offender stole the victim’s keys and mobile phone and used the keys to get in to victim’s place of work, a newsagent on

Pelham Street where they stole cash and made off. A weapon has now been recovered. Detectives have launched an investigation and are appealing for information. Detective Inspector Paul Barlow, of Blackburn CID, said: “This was a horrific and unprovoked attack on a woman which has left her with some horrendous injuries. “I would appeal to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or who has any information to contact us.” Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 225 of January 5th or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Man jailed for possessing

firearm and dangerous driving

A MAN has been jailed for six years for possession of a firearm and dangerous driving. Faisal Khan was spotted by police in December last year as he drove his Renault Megane towards Preston. A pursuit followed with Lancashire Constabulary’s Tac Ops resources and Khan was arrested after his car collided with a street lamp in Dundonald Street. Inside the car officers found a Russian made handgun, a magazine clip with live rounds, machete, cable ties, rubber gloves and a quantity of cash. A subsequent search of an address on Fishwick Parade in Preston revealed a further quantity of cash. Khan, 28, of July Street, Blackburn, admitted charges of possession of a firearm, possessing ammunition and dangerous driving and was jailed for six years at Preston Crown Court today (Wednesday, January 10th) Detective Constable Darren Caunce, of Preston CID, said: “We welcome today’s sentence which reflects the gravity of the offending. Khan’s intentions on that night may never be fully clear but it is thanks to some excellent proactive police work that led to him being stopped before he could reach his destination and carry out whatever it was that he was planning.”

Service honours Blackpool Officers

A MEMORIAL service has been held to remember three police officers and a member of the public who lost their lives in the sea in Blackpool – on the 35th anniversary of their deaths. Floral tributes were laid and a service was held to remember PC Angela Bradley, PC Gordon Alexander Connolly and PC Colin Morrison, who all died on 5 January

1983, close to Gynn Square. The three officers had entered the water while attempting to rescue Alistair Anthony, a visitor from Scotland, who also died in the incident. They were overcome by the strong tide, waves and freezing cold water and sadly drowned. A fourth officer, PC Pat Abram, was rescued by colleagues who were able to throw a rope around his neck, before he was given mouth-to-mouth

resuscitation on the prom. Assistant Chief Constable Tim Jacques said: "This was a tragic day for Lancashire Constabulary – one which we will never forget. “The officers carried out the ultimate act of bravery, trying to save a man that they did not know. It was a most selfless act, which resulted in them sacrificing their lives. “It is poignant that we remember them, and of course Alistair Anthony,

35 years on from this dark day. We are extremely proud of their brave actions and we will continue to remember them.” The families of the victims were joined by officers and staff from Lancashire Constabulary and the other emergency services on Friday 5 January at Gynn Square. Members of the public were also in attendance.


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Pendle schoolchildren in

Dragons’ Den to boost reading

Pendle businesses are being invited to a Pendle Reading Challenge Dragon’s Den sponsorship event in a bid to boost reading among schoolchildren. The event is at 10am on Friday 12th January 2018 at The ACE Centre, Cross Street, Nelson BB9 7NN. Eighteen primary and secondary schools have joined together to promote reading for children in Pendle. “We are striving to make Pendle The Reading Borough,” said organiser Cathy Bridges, who is Lead Practitioner for Literacy at Park High School, Colne. “The Pendle Reading Challenge is a new initiative designed to improve student attainment and enhance children’s life chances,” Cathy explained. “It’s vitally important because Pendle is an area where the average reading age is well below the national average. “And I’m happy to report that The Reading Challenge is starting to take off,” she added. Rolls Royce, Raymond Smith

Haulage, Textstyles, Lloyd BMW, Silentnight, Booths, Fort Vale (Foundation), A. Rollinson & Son Builders, Warburtons, Colne Noyna Rotary Club and Morrisons Manufacturing are amongst the ‘Dragons’ who’ll be at the event on 12th January. And Pennine Events and Blackoak Surfacing have already made donations to The Pendle Reading Challenge. “We thank all those who are supporting us for their community spirit!” She said. Anyone who can’t attend the event but who’d like to be involved can contact Cathy Bridges at Park High School on Tel: 01282 865200 or email her at: cbridges@park-high.co.uk Schoolchildren of Pendle will be pitching for support for the project on 12th January and there are many ways in which Pendle businesses and business people can pledge support including: • Author visits to school cost £300 £500 • A chromebook costs around £150

per pupil and over £4,500 for a class of 30 • £25 provides one child with 12 books a year It costs £20 to send a student to a Reading Ambassadors conference. Councillor Dorothy Lord, who is Pendle’s Every Child Matters champion said: “Our aim is to help all Pendle children read in line with their chronological age or above and this will impact positively on their education across all subject areas.” The Pendle Reading Challenge has endorsement from authors including bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah who said: “I think it’s vital to get children reading for pleasure. “The Pendle Reading Challenge is an inspired and important initiative,” she added. Anne Kenworthy, Secondary English Consultant for Lancashire is also supporting the Pendle Reading Challenge. She said: “Reading supports school success and opens minds and opportunities

for a bright future.” The new Reading Challenge is part of The Pendle Challenge which was launched this year and includes over 80 organisations, including local schools, Nelson and Colne College and Pendle Council. Paul Britton, Nelson and Colne College’s Vice Principal for Curriculum who chairs The Pendle Challenge said: “It is proving to be a powerful driving force to improve the future of thousands of Pendle’s children and young people.” The schools involved in The Pendle Reading Challenge are: Park High School Blacko Primary School Castercliff Primary Academy Hendon Brook School Walverden Primary School Colne Primet Academy Pendle Primary Academy Pendle Vale College St Michael and All Angels Primary School Lord Street Primary School Laneshaw Bridge Primary School West Street Community Primary and Nursery School Coates Lane Primary School Trawden Forest Primary School Primet Primary School Shuttleworth College Park Primary School Christ Church C of E Primary School

Decision on changes to refuse

and recycling collections

Recycling collections in Pendle will change to four weekly instead of fortnightly from 1st April 2018 as this week’s Full Council on Thursday 21st December has agreed to the proposals. The decision follows last week’s Executive meeting where councillors agreed to put forward this recommendation to Full Council in a bid to save around £190,000. Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader

of Pendle Council said: “Well over 2,200 people took part in our survey to give their views on which of the proposals would be most acceptable to them. “Over half – 56% - strongly agreed or agreed that keeping the two weekly grey bin refuse collections would be the best option for them. “And they accepted the proposal to change our brown bin and paper and card recycling collections to every

four weeks as being the best option to make the savings.” Councillor David Clegg who leads on refuse and recycling services said: “We’d like to thank everyone who’s shared their views to help us make these difficult decisions – we’ve had a huge response.” Councillor Iqbal set out the reasons for the coming changes, explaining: “We have to save money on services due to ongoing reductions in our

funding from the government which have totalled £7 million since 2010. “Coupled with the loss of Lancashire County Council’s annual subsidy of £760,000 towards our waste and recycling service from 1st April, we don’t have the option to do nothing,” he stated. Councillor Iqbal added: “Since 2010 we’ve had to reduce our spending by over £8 million and we have worked very hard to make savings which have the least impact on local people and local services. “But we’re now forced to make some significant savings on Pendle’s refuse and recycling collections,” he said.


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Blackburn waste offender prosecuted

A Director of a former Blackburn waste plastics recycling business has been handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work. David Holt (50) of Brockhall Village, Blackburn, was sentenced this week at Preston Crown Court after admitting three environmental offences relating to the operation of the former V10 Polymers Ltd waste plastics recycling business at Rockcliffe Works, Paterson Street, Blackburn. The Environment Agency brought the prosecution after his company breached its environmental permit, failed to comply with enforcement notices and continued to deposit waste despite suspension and subsequent revocation of its permit. Environment Agency Officer, Karl Hunter said, In this case, David Holt deliberately stored an excessive quantity of combustible waste for a number of years without taking the necessary fire prevention measures. He failed to implement a fire prevention plan and repeatedly failed to act on notices served by the Environment Agency to do so. Even when the

Environment Agency revoked the company’s permit, he continued to ride roughshod over our legislative requirements and accept waste into the site, illegally. The fire at the site on 21 August 2017, and three subsequent fires have had a significant impact on local residents and businesses and demonstrated that our concerns were well-founded. In September 2017 we used our emergency powers to create fire breaks within the waste, which significantly reduced the size and duration of subsequent fires. Had David Holt produced and complied with an adequate fire prevention plan, installing fire breaks within the waste, it would have greatly reduced the consequences of fires at the site. We hope the court’s sentencing decision demonstrates the importance of companies adhering to their environmental permits. Harry Catherall, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Chief Executive, said: We welcome the guilty plea and subsequent sentencing as this has been an extremely difficult and uncertain time for the local community and indeed has been a

huge drain on public resources. We are hopeful that this sentence will prevent any further incidents and will act as a warning to others operating

illegally that action will be taken. The Council looks forward to receiving plans for the site’s redevelopment in the near future. Neil Hardiman,

Lancashire Fire and Rescue’s Service Delivery Manager, said: We hope that this sentence is a deterrent for this individual and any others that

are involved in this industry who are operating unlawfully. We continue to work towards a positive resolution for the site with our partner agencies.

Green light for Northlight! Major plans get the go-ahead

“Our ambitious plans to create a new £32m learning, living, working, leisure and cultural destination for the North West entered an exciting new stage this week,” announced Councillor Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council. Planning permission has been granted for 52 apartments in the iconic Victorian mill and Northlight residents will also have hidden basement parking. Office spaces for businesses and organisations within the Grade II listed mill, which was built in 1838 alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, also got the go ahead. And plans to develop a range of eating and drinking businesses within the former Brierfield Mill complex were approved,too. Planning permission was granted at the Brierfield and Reedley Committee on Tuesday 5th December 2017. “This will make our Grade II listed mill a great place to work, live and visit and will create hundreds of jobs,” stated Councillor Iqbal who leads on economic development for Pendle. Councillor Naeem Ashraf, who chairs the Brierfield and Reedley Area Committee where planning permission for the exciting plans was approved, said:“We support the transformation of Brierfield Mill into Northlight – this redevelopment is vitally important for our area.” Pendle Enterprise And Regeneration

Ltd (PEARL) is the joint venture company of Pendle Council and Barnfield Investment Properties which owns Northlight. More information on Northlight is available on the new website www. pearlpendle.co.uk and photographs of the heritage mill and architects’ impressions of Northlight can be seen via http://www.pearlpendle.co.uk/ northlight/gallery/ “It’s fantastic for Pendle to get the green light for this important next stage in the transformation of Northlight said Councillor Iqbal who is the chairman of PEARL. Tim Webber is Managing Director of Barnfield and a PEARL board member. He said: “As Pendle developers with our HQ within sight of Northlight, working to transform this historic landmark has been a labour of love for us. “We’re immensely proud of the work we’ve done to sensitively convert the historic office buildings to create the new Lancashire Adult Learning. “And we’re working at full speed ahead to develop excellent sport facilities for Burnley FC in the Community which will open at Northlight in the spring. “Brierfield’s arts organisation In-Situ will open their innovative garage site in the spring as an arts and culture hub for Pendle,” he added. “These are

very exciting times for Northlight,” he stated. The development of Northlight has been made possible thanks to a range of funding including £4.2m from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal Funding, £2.15m from Lancashire County Council and £1.5m from Pendle Council. Councillor Iqbal added: “We’ve bought properties on Clitheroe Road adjoining Northlight, including the derelict Railway Tavern, a garage and car sales business through Compulsory Purchase. “All these properties will now be demolished to provide an attractive landscaped car park for Northlight,” he explained. “People have been asking why there’s been a delay, but we need to wait for the utility companies to disconnect the services. “Once that’s done PEARL can arrange to get the buildings safely demolished and we’ve lined up a demolition contractor to start work. “The demolition will really help to open up views of the mill from Railway Street and will be another exciting step forward!” History & background Brierfield Mill was one of the first steam powered cotton spinning mills in the area and in 1890, the mill clattered to the sound of 2,213 looms and 91,000 spindles. At its

prime in 1948 the company owned nearly 80,000 mule spindles in two spinning mills and had 2,800 looms in four weaving sheds. In 1957 Smith and nephew Textiles Ltd bought the mill for the manufacture of surgical bandages. In 2001 the company merged with the German company Beiersdorf AG trading under the name BSN Medical – the only one

of its kind in the UK, weaving for the medical industry with stringent regulations. Brierfield Mill closed in 2007 and this iconic landmark became one of English Heritage’s Listed Buildings at Risk. It lay empty for five years, having been sold to a private organisation for possible use as a school, but it was not put into use. Pendle Council

successfully negotiated to buy the historic mill for £1.5 million in March 2012 thanks to a 100% grant from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency. The mill complex was then transferred to PEARL – Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration (Brierfield Mill) Ltd under an agreement to secure funding and transform the complex.


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Art & Soul Tattoo Studio We want to hear your views on

Art & Soul Tattoo Studio, a Leyland based, well established studio Nick opened in 2001. Through all the changes Leyland has seen this particular shop has weathered every storm. With many, many regulars and more clients being added weekly this studio is very well settled. Nick Bleasdale found his passion in art at a young age, influenced by his \father, also a talented artist. He spent many years travelling most of the country, often requested for personally, he could be on a journey to the top of Scotland at the start of the week and in devon by the end ! He settled in Leyland and attended Preston University of Central Lancashire where he obtained his degree in fine art and illustration. By 1998 he and a friend were commissioned to paint a large 19ft mural in St. Georges shopping centre, Preston. Nick’s first passion may well be tattoos, he is also accomplished with various other mediums including - airbrush, paintbrush, pencil or charcoal and loves to do portraits, murals, recently completing a full wall in the local Unicorn pub, Preston. Nick’s studio is a friendly place, you are more than welcome to drop in for a chat, provided of course he’s not snowed under, as he often is, you can have a brew and get involved in some interesting discussions on many subjects ! In his spare time he enjoys playing numerous instruments, including guitar, mandolin, banjo, drums, penny whistle, flute and will often turn his hand to whatever instrument that has been passed to him. He also has being more than exemplary in the art. piece of art, you are more than a passion for magic and card tricks, So if you’re thinking of that special welcome to pop in for a chat.

crime and anti-social behaviour

Your experiences and perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour in Blackburn with Darwen are being sought by Pennine Lancashire Community Safety Partnership. This will help them to prioritise your concerns through the activity of their members to include Lancashire Constabulary, Blackburn

with Darwen Council, the National Probation service and Community Rehabilitation Company. You will be completing this questionnaire anonymously and your responses will be confidential with any information received being used in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act.

The survey should take around ten minutes to complete. We appreciate you taking the time to give us your views. You can take the survey here: https:// w w w. s n a p s u r v e y s . c o m / w h / s . asp?k=151275266058


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Adoption information evening – come along and find out more Anyone thinking about starting or growing their family through adoption is invited to an information evening in Preston to find out more. The event will be held on Tuesday 16 January 2018 at County Hall, on Fishergate Hill in Preston, from 6pm to 7.30pm. Following a short presentation, members of Lancashire County Council's adoption team, including social workers, will be available to answer questions, talk you through the process and offer confidential advice. County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: "We need people from all backgrounds to offer a permanent home and family to children who are not able to live with their birth family. You must be over 21, and live in Lancashire or close by, but whatever your race, gender, sexuality, living arrangements, age or employment status, we want to hear from you. "What matter to us are your personal qualities and that you are able to provide a loving home where you can support and look after a child throughout their childhood and beyond." Adoptive parents are needed for children from young babies up to eight years of age, and particularly people willing to keep families together by adopting siblings. Brothers and sisters are among the children who wait longest to be adopted, as there are not enough

people coming forward who are able evening and adoption in general are adoption team on 0300 123 6723. can just turn up. Hall, and the Pitt Street entrance is to give them a safe, permanent and available online at www.lancashire. There's no need to book for the Free parking is available on the accessible for disabled people. loving family. gov.uk/adoption or by calling the adoption information evening - you Arthur Street car park, next to County Among the 100 Lancashire children currently ready to be adopted, there are 13 two-sibling groups and five three-sibling groups. County Councillor Susie Charles added: "I'm hoping that we can encourage people to at least think about adopting two or more children. "We keep brothers and sisters together whenever we can. For children who cannot be brought up by their own parents, those sibling relationships take on extra importance. In the midst of the trauma and losses these children experience, being placed with a brother or sister can be an important source of comfort and support, and give them the opportunity to grow up together. "However, we know that adopting siblings might not be for everyone, and we still need adopters to come forward to look after children of all different ages and circumstances." Adoptive parents are also needed to come forward for children from young babies up to eight years of age, and particularly for the following groups: • Children aged over four, of either gender • Children with special needs, disabilities or unpredictable medical issues • Boys of all ages • Mixed-heritage children of all ages Further details about the information


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New interim chief executive and director of resources takes up her post A new interim chief executive and director of resources has taken up her post at Lancashire County Council. Angie Ridgwell has joined the organisation from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), where she was director general for Finance and Corporate Services. A qualified accountant by profession, Ms Ridgwell's work has focused on improving public services. She has worked in a wide range of public sector bodies and local authorities, principally as chief executive or director of finance. These posts include Bristol City Council, Thurrock Council, Coventry City Council and Bridgnorth District Council. Ms Ridgwell has also worked in consultancy and as an associate with KPMG. Assignments included Northamptonshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and as executive director at

the London Development Agency, advising the board and Mayor of London on regeneration and economic development strategies. In her latter career, Ms Ridgwell has focused on transformation situations, most recently overseeing the merger of two Government Departments to form BEIS. Ms Ridgwell said: "I am very proud to have joined Lancashire County Council. "Lancashire has so much potential. It has a really strong cultural heritage and was the home of the industrial revolution. "There are lots of innovations happening right now in the county and I am really enthusiastic about supporting these, in particular ensuring we are providing the best services possible to those most in need and encouraging business development." Speaking of her new role she said: "I bring to the council a wealth of experience in local government and central government.

"In particular I am a finance professional and have a track record in helping local authorities deliver financial savings and living within their means. "The council, like local authorities across the country, is facing some significant challenges. "But I am confident that county council members and staff, with their expertise, passion and commitment, will rise to this challenge, ensuring that we as a council are delivering the best possible service to the people of Lancashire at the best possible cost." Leader of the council, County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, said: "Angie is joining us at a crucial time for the county council when we face unprecedented service and financial challenges. "I am confident that Angie's skills as a visionary leader and her experience of managing the finances of major organisations will see us through these difficult times. I look forward to working with her."

'Good' rating for Fylde and Wyre Short Breaks Service Fylde and Wyre Short Breaks Service has been rated as 'good' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This service, based on Larkholme Lane in Fleetwood, provides support to adults with learning and physical disabilities. It gives their families and carers the opportunity to have a break from their caring role. A team of dedicated, caring and highly-trained staff can support up to six people at a time. The length of time people use the service varies from single overnight stays to more extended breaks. The building is a fully accessible bungalow with six bedrooms, two lounges, a dining area, a sitting room and a sun lounge. Lancashire County Council manages the short break service. County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult services, said: "Fylde and Wyre Short Breaks Service has a fantastic team of staff

who are very helpful and supportive. "It gives carers the opportunity to take a break from their role. With a good CQC rating, people using the service and their families can be safe in the knowledge there is excellent support in place. "The service utilises the latest technology to ensure people are safe and can live as independently as possible during their stay. "The team at Fylde and Wyre currently supports 50 people and the good rating shows they are providing a very high standard of care. "Well done to the staff who have put so much effort into ensuring the service is rated as good. They should all be very proud of their tremendous efforts." Inspectors praised the short breaks service for matching staff with suitable skills and personalities to those they care for, having good safeguarding and staff recruitment

procedures in place, and having well-trained staff. People using the service told inspectors they always enjoyed their stay, liked the staff who supported them and were encouraged to be independent and take part in activities of their choice. At the inspection, family members said their relatives using the service were well supported, safe and treated with dignity and respect. "It's also good to see they were given an outstanding rating for the way they respond to people's needs and this is reflected in the very positive comments from guests who use the service and their families. "The rating shows the team's hard work is paying off and we're very pleased with what they're achieving." To view copies of the inspection report for Fylde and Wyre Short Breaks Service, visit the CQC website

The Benefits of Performing

Arts for Children’s Wellbeing

According to the charity YoungMinds; “An average of three children in every classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder”. This is a staggering statistic and as a parent, not something you ever want your child to have to deal with. The world throws a lot of challenges at children and young people, especially in such a fast moving technological society. From body image, social media and peer pressure, there are so many obstacles that young people face which can really affect mental health. This is why combatting these mental health issues from a young age is key, or at least giving your children the tools to be best prepared for what challenges they may come across in their lives. The performing arts offer children a fantastic platform to be expressive and channel emotions, bravery and courage, whilst learning new skills, being active, having fun with other local children and ultimately growing in confidence. Stagecoach Performing Arts inspires every child to unlock their potential and develop their Creative Courage For Life. Through split into singing, dancing and acting classes, children the freedom to be creative within a structured and safe environment. Stagecoach has already made a difference to over one million students’ lives. Students learn more

than the Performing Arts; they learn skills to help them succeed on the stage of life. The performing arts teaches children to be brave, to speak up and have the courage to share their opinions. It teaches life skills such as resilience, selfesteem and is an outlet for children to be active and expressive within a creative setting. Using concentration, commitment and determination. The classes themselves enable children to be themselves whilst encouraging them to be social and collaborative with their peers. Stagecoach runs Early Stages classes for four-six year olds, encouraging young children to use their imagination and make new friends in 90 minute sessions. Main Stages for six-eighteen year olds are held for three hours each weekend, enabling children to work together to be creative and have fun in a nurturing and supportive setting. Stagecoach in Chorley, Preston and Blackburn is more than just performing arts classes; they are a community in which they take great pride in watching children grow into wonderful young adults. Children’s progress is monitored at Stagecoach through their unique Educational Framework, to offering transparency on what your child will learn and the skills they will develop. Your child can see what it’s all about in a Two-Week Trial during the Spring term this January!!


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New Year brings new look

to Preston city centre

Work begins next week on the latest stage of improvement work in Preston, to create a more welcoming and attractive city centre. This will include new pavements, lighting, benches, bins and a new road surface. Once finished, the improvements will run alongside some of the city's most well-known buildings including the Guild Hall, the Harris Museum and Library and the Town Hall. This latest stage of improvement work includes parts of Lancaster Road, Jacson Street, Lord Street and a section of Tithebarn Street. It links to the previous improvement work on Fishergate and Church Street, and will be done in a similar style. From Monday 8 January through to April, a temporary road layout will be in place in this area. Lord Street, at the side of the Guild Hall will be closed to vehicles and Tithebarn Street will close from Crooked Lane. The one-way restriction on Lancaster Road will be temporarily reversed during this work, with vehicles able to travel from Old Vicarage towards the Guild Hall. The bus and taxi-only section in front of the Guild Hall will also be temporarily removed during this work with all drivers able to travel towards Church Street. The Guild Hall and other local businesses have been consulted as part of these plans. Bus stops on Lancaster Road directly outside the town hall and at the top of the market will be closed as part of

this work. When they close, signs will advise people to access services at the bus station. Funding for this improvement work has come from the Growth Deal, and as part of Lancashire County Council's contribution to the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal. County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "It's important to provide a welcoming city centre that appeals to businesses and shoppers. "These latest improvements will bring a similar feel to work done elsewhere in the city centre, which we know have helped to attract new retailers and shoppers. "Our highways team planned this phase by taking on board comments and feedback on previous improvements and we've made some changes. We hope that this will help to improve the experience for everyone who visits this part of the city centre." The construction work will be carried out by Lancashire County Council's own in-house team. In order to reduce disruption to businesses and the public during this work, it will be carried out in several stages, running through to summer 2019. Following feedback on the earlier Fishergate and Church St improvements, changes have been made to some aspects of the design. The materials used for the road surface have been changed, to

distinguish it more clearly from the pavement, which will be made using similar materials to those used in other city centre improvements. There will continue to be a clear distinction between the road and a clearly defined pavement – as there is on Church Street and Fishergate. The kerb height will increase slightly compared to Fishergate - to help people to distinguish between the two. Specific taxi and delivery bays will be created with road surfaces, rather than on the pavement, to reduce the chance of damage or spills on the pavement. Councillor Peter Moss, cabinet member for planning and regulation at Preston City Council, said: “The next phase of improvement works are very welcome to complete the overall look of the main thoroughfares in Preston. “An attractive city centre is essential to bring in visitors and future investment, and will be yet one more successful element of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.” The stone flags outside the Town Hall and Harris Museum & Library will remain. The flags outside the Miller Arcade will be taken up and reused to repair damaged ones outside the other two buildings, to maintain the appearance of the civic quarter. People with questions about the work can find out more by calling 0300 123 6780 or email fishergate@lancashire. gov.uk

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Head teachers and educationalists have backed the creation of a Children’s University in Burnley. They met at Turf Moor, home of Burnley FC and one of the “learning destinations” used by the Children’s University, to celebrate the creation of the educational initiative to help more of the borough's young people achieve their potential. Burnley Council’s executive agreed a three-year commitment to the local Children’s University which encourages children from the age of five to try new experiences outside of normal school hours. The executive has recommended that the full council agrees to contribute £20,000 from the council’s reserves to help fund the Children’s University when the council sets its 2018/19 budget in February 2018. The commitment is included in a Making It In Burnley aspiration strategy drawn up by the council which also proposes a number of other measures to raise aspirations among young people. Mark Dixon, head of Padiham Green Primary School, said: “It’s wonderful how children’s activities and accomplishments outside school are rewarded through the Children’s University. I also love how the ‘Passport’ recognition (part of the CU) widens children experiences and

deepens their learning in school.” Janet Pay, head of Wellfield Methodist and Anglican Church School, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this project which helps to recognise how hard our children and parents work to support the curriculum, both in school and out. Children’s University really helps to broaden our children’s life experiences and learning.” Paul France, deputy chief executive of Burnley FC in the Community which is also supporting the Children’s University, said: “We’re supporting this initiative because we see the importance of raising the aspirations of our young people at an early age. The Children’s University builds on the work done inside the classroom by expanding children’s horizons and using experiences in the world outside of school to broaden their learning.” Children’s University is a national educational charity based in Manchester. It operates in 70 areas across the country. It works with partners to create a network of “learning destinations”, places outside the school classroom, where children can learn practical skills. A total of 15 schools in Burnley borough have already signed up to the Children's University scheme. A network of learning destinations are in place, including Turf Moor, the Mechanics Theatre, libraries

and leisure centres. Council leader Mark Townsend said: “I’d encourage other primary schools to sign up to the Children’s University and get on board with this exciting initiative. “There are loads of exciting and educational places to visit in our borough and I’d encourage everyone with young children to make full use of them. Raising aspiration and attainment is not just about what goes on in school. Children need many things to support their learning in the early years and, as a council, the opportunity is there to support our families and children to be school-ready through a community based approach. This means supporting families to take part in learning opportunities outside of formal educational settings in our communities.” Laura Grigsby, Lancashire Children’s University manager, said: “Children’s University’s innovative Passport to Learning encourages children from the age of 5 to try new learning experiences in and outside of school; at after school clubs, at home, in the local library, museum or further afield. “Culminating in an inspirational graduation ceremony, this adventure encourages children to see the joy of learning, giving a sense of wonder in the world around them and develops

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their confidence and aspirations for the brightest futures. “We are delighted to be working with Burnley Council and 15 local schools. The passion and enthusiasm from the schools has been amazing! “If you provide high quality learning opportunities, run a club or activity and would like to become a Learning Destination, stamping students Passport to Learning then please do not hesitate to get in touch at laurag@ seftonebp. co.uk .” Making It In Burnley sets out a number of objectives and how it will meet them: • To increase parental engagement, so that more families are encouraged to support their child’s learning at home and in the community • To support schools in

efforts to significantly increase the number of pupils making expected progress at school, with all our young people able to access a world class education. • To encourage a greater proportion of pupils to aspire towards degree level qualifications. • To engage with employers and local businesses to develop a clear understanding of how schools can effectively work with local industry

• To help Lancashire County Council to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training The council already supports work to raise standards, through the Primary Engineer scheme which encourages an interest in maths and the sciences to help create engineers of the future, and through the Burnley Learning Partnership, a collaboration of secondary schools working together.


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Better value beckons for family skiers as

prices slide downhill in European ski resorts

• Prices drop in two-thirds of European family ski resorts surveyed by Post Office Travel Money and Crystal Ski Holidays (www.postoffice.co.uk/ familyskiing) • Bansko has regained its position as the cheapest family ski resort • Bardonecchia is best value in Western Europe – almost half the cost in Wengen Falling prices in resorts across Europe mean families planning a ski holiday can expect their pounds to stretch further than a year ago. The annual Family Ski Resort Report¹ from Post Office Travel Money in partnership with leading tour operator Crystal Ski Holidays reveals that prices are lower this season in two-thirds of the ski resorts surveyed. The biggest fall has been in Switzerland where lower resort costs have combined with a strengthening of the pound against the Swiss franc to make top resort Saas Fee 10 per cent cheaper than last year². Featuring 16 European resorts recommended as suitable for family skiing, the Post Office Family Ski Resort Report compares the cost of six days’ ski and boot hire, lift passes and ski school together with a typical cost for lunch on the slopes and a range of drinks for two adults and two children. Although the biggest price falls of between five and 10 per cent were found in Switzerland and France, the Swiss resorts surveyed – Saas Fee (£2,065) and Wengen (£2,298) – were

still the most expensive in the report. And, while there were sizeable falls in all three French resorts surveyed – 8.4 per cent in Les Deux Alpes (£1,655), 7.1 per cent in Morzine (£1,474) and 5.6 per cent in Serre Chevalier (£1,652) – only Morzine made it into the top half of the table in seventh place. The best value available to family skiers is again in Eastern Europe where Bansko in Bulgaria (£1,086) has regained the top spot at the expense of Kranjska Gora (£1,120). The Slovenian resort has dropped to second place after registering a 4.2 per cent price rise. Although prices for ski school in Kranjska Gora have fallen by almost nine per cent, the increased cost of lift passes and equipment hire has made the resort more expensive for families than a year ago. By contrast, prices in Bansko are down over six per cent on last season’s levels – mostly because of more reasonably priced ski tuition and the cost of skiing in the Bulgarian resort is under half that in Wengen. The Italian resort of Bardonecchia, new to this year’s survey, emerges as best value in Western Europe and boasts the cheapest family ski pass (£392) of the 16 resorts.At £1,171 for the barometer basket, it too is almost half the price of the same items in Wengen. The other Italian resorts surveyed all registered price rises, although this is largely because the sterling exchange

rate against the euro is weaker than 12 months ago.Local prices remain roughly on par with a year ago and the price rises arise once euro prices are converted to sterling.In fifth place, Sestriere (£1,363) registered a 4.8 per cent price rise while Selva Val Gardena (£1,619) is 3.6 per cent more expensive and La Thuile (£1,640) is 2.7 per cent pricier.

In Austria Ellmau is one of the best bets for bargain-hunting families. At £1,334, the Tirolean resort has overtaken Sestriere and moved up one place to fourth in the Family Ski Resort Report table on the back of a marginal (-0.5 per cent) fall in prices. Prices are also fractionally lower in Kitzbühel (-0.2 per cent, £2,046) but have risen steeply by 8.7 per cent in Mayhofen (£1,658).The main reason for this is a sharp rise in the cost of ski and boot hire. Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money, which accounts for onein-four UK currency transactions, said: “Last year’s fall in the value of sterling resulted in far higher costs for families in many European resorts so it is good to be able to report that the position has now stabilised.Sterling may still be three per cent weaker than a year ago but competitive pricing for ski essentials and other living costs means families will get a better deal in most resorts. “Just how much better off families will be depends on the ski resort they

choose and the costs they expect to incur.When you are budgeting for children as well as yourself, price variations between resorts can be significant. Choosing a cheaper resort could save hundreds of pounds so we advise families to do some homework and book a resort to fit their budget.” It seems as though families may already be doing just that as Crystal Ski Holidays reports strong bookings for its Bulgarian ski resorts. Bardonecchia is proving another popular choice among families because of the wide range of facilities it offers for children. Chris Logan, Crystal Ski Holidays Managing Director, said: “Bardonecchia is particularly suitable for families with younger children because there are kindgartens, play areas and ski school classes for the very young.It also boasts asnow tubing track thathas been specially designed with families in mind.When you add these facilities to the great value for money revealed in this year’s Family Ski Resort Report, Bardonecchia looks a real winner. “Lower prices in Morzine make this another good option for bargain-hunters, especially as families can use

Free drinks or free tours in Fred. Olsen’s new ‘Cruise Sale’

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ biggest sale of the year has arrived, featuring over 100 sailings from its ocean and river programmes for 2018/19. Guests can explore the world on Fred. Olsen’s fleet of four smaller, friendlier ocean ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – as well as on its new river ship – Brabant – and take advantage of FREE benefits, either complimentary drinks or tours, simply by making a cruise booking by 1st March 2018. Discover the world for less with Fred. Olsen’s new ‘Cruise Sale’, and choose from a FREE all-inclusive drinks upgrade on a wide range of 2018/19 cruises; enjoy selected house wines by the glass, selected beers, spirits and soft drinks all day and evening, without having to pay a penny more! Or, opt for FREE shore tour credit of up to £200 per person in the destination of your choice. Example ocean and river itineraries in Fred. Olsen’s new ‘Cruise Sale’ include: - Boudicca’s 15-night D1806 ‘Floral Funchal & the Canary Islands’ cruise (adult-only), ex Dover on 13th April 2018. Prices start from £1,599 per

person. FREE all-inclusive drinks upgrade or £200 per person shore tour spend available*. For further information: See 'Floral Funchal & the Canary Islands' - Black Watch’s 16-night W1809 ‘Sun, Sea & Monaco Grand Prix’ cruise, ex Liverpool on 18th May 2018. Prices start from £1,999 per person. FREE all-inclusive drinks upgrade or £200 per person shore tour spend available*. For further information: See 'Sun, Sea & Monaco Grand Prix' - Balmoral’s seven-night L1816 ‘Scenic Fjords of Norway’ cruise, ex Edinburgh (Rosyth) on 23rd June 2018. Prices start from £949 per person. FREE all-inclusive drinks upgrade or £100 per person shore tour spend available*. For further information: See 'Scenic Fjords of Norway' - Brabant’s nine-night R1830 ‘Eastern European Danube Discovery’ river fly-cruise, ex London Heathrow on 25th October 2018, via Budapest, Hungary. Prices start from £1,699

per person (fly-cruise package) / from £1,399 per person (cruise-only). FREE all-inclusive dining drinks upgrade or £100 per person shore tour spend available*. For further information: See 'Eastern European Discovery' - Braemar’s 14-night M1902 ‘Amazon River Adventure’ fly-cruise, ex London Gatwick / Manchester on 17th January 2019, via Bridgetown, Barbados. Prices start from £2,299 per person (fly-cruise package) / from £1,499 per person (cruise-only). FREE all-inclusive drinks upgrade or £200 per person shore tour spend available*. For further information: See 'Amazon River Adventure' All prices shown are based on two adults sharing an Interior or Standard Room, and include accommodation and all meals on board, plus entertainment, port / airport taxes and transfers, as applicable. All of Fred. Olsen’s cruise holidays are underpinned by its industry-leading ‘Enjoyment Promise’. Simply book more than 12 weeks ahead on cruises of five nights or more and, if you find that it is not for you, just contact Guest Services within the first 48 hours of sailing (24 hours on Brabant river cruises) and Fred. Olsen will refund the cruise fare and pay to get you home. So, your relaxation starts the moment you choose Fred. Olsen! *Offers are not combinable. Terms and Conditions apply. For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at www.fredolsencruises.com Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm), or visit an ABTA travel agent.

the high-speed snow train, which links the UK with the French Alps. Not only does this offer easy access to top ski destinations but everything else is easy too.Checking in is a piece of cake, there's more space than on a plane, you can bring your own food and drink, and there’s a generous baggage allowance. You can even kiss long transfers goodbye, since the train takes you to the bottom of the mountain.” Skiers can purchase euros over the counter at more than 10,000

Post Office branches. They can also be ordered online at postoffice.co.uk for same day ‘click and collect’ at almost 3,000 branches as well as next day collection at any branch or for home delivery. Swiss francs and Bulgarian lev are available immediately at over 1,600 branches or for pre-order in over 11,500 Post Office branches or online. A range of travel insurance policies suitable for ski trips are also available at Post Office branches or online at postoffice.co.uk


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“One of the country’s most significant

collections of Modern British Art”

exhibited at award-winning Abbot Hall Art Gallery this Autumn

Friday 20 October 2017 - Saturday 17 February 2018 This Autumn, Abbot Hall Art Gallery stages one of its largest shows in the last ten years with over seventy works, by forty-eight artists. The gallery has gained a national reputation for showing work of the highest quality particularly focusing upon work from British artists working in the twentieth century. Building on this reputation the LAND | SEA | LIFE exhibition highlights the very best of twentieth century art from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art. Chris Ingram, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, began collecting in 2002, and quickly created one of this country’s most significant collections of Modern British Art. Ingram has been described as, “one of the most active and thoughtful collectors of Modern British Art today.” (Stephen Deuchar, Director, The Art Fund.) The exhibition will explore a broad range of themes, representing what the artists were engaging with in terms of subject and developments in artistic practice. Featuring paintings, sculptures and works on paper, visitors are taken on an individual journey of discovery from Henry Moore’s Reclining Figures to Laura Knight’s breath-taking Sea & Rocks. The diverse selection of subjects covered in the exhibition include Landscape featuring atmospheric scenes by Alan Reynolds and Edward Burra, and urban landscapes by Keith Vaughan, Frank Auerbach and Carel Weight. Works by Dame Laura Knight, John Piper, Terry

Frost and Patrick Heron focus upon Boats and the Sea. The final subject of Life brings together several sub themes including Still Life and the Figure displaying work by significant artists from the period such as Dame Barbara Hepworth, David Bomberg, Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi, Ben Nicholson, Bryan Winter, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Eric Gill and Christopher Wood. The exhibition will investigate the notion of collecting, comparing the personal motives of Chris Ingram with the Gallery Collection and exploring why we collect? Ingram himself has given advice on collecting, “The golden rule is only buy what you like and enjoy. Regardless of what people tell you and whatʼs fashionable. Always start with what you like. As in any walk of life you need to study and learn – practice makes perfect! So build up a bit of expertise. Of course you can have an eclectic collection, but if you focus in you become more of an expert, you learn the ins and outs more. It really becomes a collection then.” Abbot Hall Art Gallery will further explore this notion encouraging visitors to share their experiences of collecting, or to discover their own collections they never realised they had. Helen Watson, Director of Programming, Lakeland Arts said, “Abbot Hall Art Gallery is delighted to be working in partnership with The Ingram Collection, to present a unique opportunity to see work by leading artists from the twentieth century. With over seventy pieces and featuring work by artists never

shown at the gallery, there really is something for everyone.” Jo Baring, Director of the Ingram Collection said, “We are thrilled to bring the Ingram Collection to Cumbria this October and see the collection presented in an entirely new way. Last year we lent over 400 works from the collection to be shown publicly, and we are delighted to ensure that the collection remains as accessible as possible.” Events. Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of events. This includes a talk featuring Jo Baring, Director and Curator of the Ingram Collection, to learn about the collection’s founder Chris Ingram, how he started collecting and how it has evolved over the years. There will also be a talk from Kerri Offord, Curator at Abbot Hall Art Gallery to learn more about the gallery's impressive collections. More information about these events can be found on the Abbot Hall website. Abbot Hall Art Gallery is open Monday – Saturday. Entry for adults costs £7.70 (including Gift Aid) / £7, while ‘Friends’ of Abbot Hall, Under 16’s and full time students are free. For more information on Abbot Hall visit abbothall.org.uk. For further information or images, please contact: Jess Barrowclough at Abbot Hall Art Gallery on 01539 888053 or at jbarrowclough@ lakelandarts.org.uk Anya Harrison at Kallaway PR on +44 (0)20 7221 7883 or at anya.harrison@ kallaway.com | ingramcollection@ kallaway.com

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Want to own your own piece of tranquility?

Open all year round Penpont Park is offering you the opportunity to purchase your own holiday home in one of the most picturesque parts of the U.K Set in the beautiful Dumfriesshire countryside,Penpont has just 26 beautiful homes to offer which you can either buy or why not test the water by booking a holiday in one of the stunning lodges? It is just 2 hours 30 minutes from Preston so your tranquil holiday home is well within reaching distance and with prices from as little as £18,000 your dream of owning your own idyllic holiday home can soon be a reality, part exchange is even welcome! Owning your own holiday home at Penpont Holiday Park gives you and your family the perfect opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily living to enjoy a gentler pace of life whenever the mood takes you.

The park has Security gate access for added security as well as free Wi-Fi and laundry facilities. So weather your looking to invest or need a well deserved break from

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The Gin Society is in town this Summer

Uncover the glory of 120 gins at The Gin Society Festival as it ventures to Ulverston for the very first time. On arrival, the front of house staff will give guests a brief introduction to the event along with a The Gin

Society gin glass as well as a Gin Guide booklet which highlights the different gins on offer with recommended mixers and garnishes. You will be able to select from a variety of guest gins and experience

brand new concoctions made specifically for you by the bar staff at the Tasting Station, where their aim is to provide you with brand new flavours. Or, if you’d like to take a break from gin, why not wander over

to the prosecco cocktail bar where, again, the bar staff are on hand to create exciting new fruity flavours. Relaxing tunes will be projected from the DJ decks where the DJs are entrusted with the task of keeping

guests relaxed, yet merry. You can join The Gin Society Festival on Friday the 22nd of June from 6pm10.30pm, Saturday the 23rd of June with an afternoon session taking place from noon-4.30pm or the evening

session which runs from 6pm10.30pm. Tickets are essential. Venue: Coronation Hall, County Rd, Ulverston LA12 7LZ

The Department for Transport has today confirmed that Cumbria County Council has been successful in a bid to secure funding for the Whitehaven North Shore Access project. The £1.67m has been allocated

from the government’s National Infrastructure Productivity Fund (NPIF). NPIF is a £23bn source of central government investment for areas that are key to boosting productivity, including transport,

digital communications, research and development, and housing. The council submitted its bid for this latest round of funding in June. The funding for Whitehaven will help deliver highway improvements linked to redevelopment proposals at Whitehaven North, including junction and pedestrian improvements. They are also linked to the redevelopment of the Bransty area, so were aligned with the NPIF economic growth criteria. The full scheme is estimated to cost around £2.5m, with the outstanding £0.8m of funding coming from Britain’s Energy Coast. The funding is for the years 2018/19 and 2019/20. Cllr Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This is excellent news for Whitehaven and the county. The council is proactive in bidding to these government funding streams so it’s great to see the effort we put in to making our case paying off. This money is all about helping unlock economic growth and the plans we have will help make real improvements to an area in need of investment. I look forward to seeing work start on the ground in the future.” Michael Pemberton, CEO, Britain’s Energy Coast, said: "Successful physical regeneration is about so much more than bricks and buildings. Creating the supporting infrastructure is a critical component as we look to

develop North Shore into an area that the people of Whitehaven and beyond can be proud of. "This is a crucial early step forwards in the exciting regeneration of Whitehaven’s North Shore. Britain’s Energy Coast has worked hard with Cumbria County Council (CCC) to build a successful case to the NPIF and we are delighted to see this hard work

and collaborative approach pay off. It is particularly pleasing to see more central government funding making its way in to Cumbria to support these key schemes. "BEC is committed to working with partners including Cumbria County Council, Copeland Borough Council and the Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners to bring forth a

£300m+ connected development at North Shore including offices, hotel, leisure, residential and supporting car parking infrastructure. The works made possible by CCC’s successful bid will create a critical infrastructure gateway to support the development, ease congestion and improve pedestrian accessibility surrounding the scheme."

County council secures £1.67m for Whitehaven highways improvements

The Big Sleep 2018

Enjoy a night of entertainment and fundraising activities with the Cumbria Community Foundation in honour of supporting vulnerable older people living in Cumbria this winter. Cumbria has one of the highest winter related death rates in the whole of the UK and up to 300 people will die in a considerably cold winter period. Cumbria Community Foundation are aiming to raise money to those most in need by offering them warmth, health, and safety this winter period. The Big Sleep is a project which calls for the community to put themselves

in many other’s shoes and brave the cold night by sleeping outdoors in aid of their Winter Warmth Appeal. This fundraising event hopes to aim enough money to keep vulnerable older people in the warmth this winter. By sleeping under the stars at the Low Wood Bay Hotel in Windermere for just one night allows the possibility of one older person safe and warm this winter period. Participants are required to bring their tents, sleeping bags and any warm items of clothing. Overnight parking is also available, as are food and refreshments.


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Wedding Fair’s and Shows Wedding Fair’s are a perfect opportunity for brides and grooms to venture out and see what suppliers have to offer them for their big day. These fairs can allow couples to find a product or an experience they may not have even realised was out there, so, we have compiled a list of upcoming wedding fair’s and shows to help you pinpoint the best suited one’s for you. Shireburn Arms Wedding Fair 7 Jan 2018 Visit the Shireburn Arms and experience the charm of a rustic backyard wedding setting within the centre of Ribble Valley. If you would like to envelope your guests into the ideal country-style wedding, look no further than the opportunities that the Shireburn Arms’ wedding fair has to offer. Location: The Shireburn Arms, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, BB7 9QJ Stanley House Hotel & Spa Wedding Open Day - 7 Jan 2018 Stanley House is a popular choice for weddings due to the beautiful Barn and Stables suites which are beautifully decorated for a couple’s big day. Champagne and canapes are to be enjoyed upon arrival for the wedding open day giving you the opportunity to marvel at the picturesque interiors. Location: Stanley House Hotel, Mellor, Blackburn, BB2 7NP Beeston Manor Wedding Open Weekend - 13 Jan 2018 to 14 Jan 2018 The Beeston Manor is a family run, multi-award winning venue set within 140 acres of land encasing a truly enchanting venue, which will be dressed as an actual wedding during this weekend. The Beeston Manor is a beautiful converted 500-year-old barn, finished with sandstone walls and oak beams. It also has many en-suite bedrooms available as well as a licence to hold civil ceremonies. Location: Beeston Manor, Quaker Brook Lane, Hoghton, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0RA Eaves Hall Winter Wedding Weekend - 13 Jan 2018 to 14 Jan 2018 Eaves Hall have again joined with Little White Books for a wedding fair extravaganza. Set within four giant teepees over the two days in their beautiful grounds and gardens, whilst overlooking the stunning Georgian mansion. Eaves Hall have recruited over 30 suppliers from around the local region in order for a more successful wedding fair for bride and grooms to be. Location: Eaves Hall, Eaves Hall Lane, West Bradford, Clitheroe, BB7 3JG The Great Hall at Mains & Mains Hall Manor Open Day - 20 Jan 2018 The Management Team at Mains are on hand to escort bride and grooms to be around the Great Hall at Mains as well as the beautiful on site accommodation within the Mains Hall Manor. Enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival and chat with their recommended caterers and selected local suppliers throughout your visit. Location: The Great Hall at Mains, 86a Mains Lane, Little Singleton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 7LE

Wedding Fair at Samlesbury Hotel - 21 Jan 2018 Visit the Samlesbury Hotel and enjoy a catwalk of the latest fashion within bridal wear and many opportunities to win prizes! The wedding fair will also feature an array of quality suppliers; venue dressers, cars, cakes, flowers, stationery, chocolate fountains, photographers, photo booths, wedding dresses, wedding hair specialists. Location: Samlesbury Hotel, Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0UL Holmes Mill Vintage Circus Wedding Fair - 21 Jan 2018 Holmes Mill are showcasing their vintage circus wedding fair and events within it’s simple, industrial-like setting which allows future brides and grooms to be the opportunity to get creative at this unique venue. Expect many surprises at this wedding fair! Location: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 1EB The Mill at Conder Green Wedding Fayre - 28 Jan 2018 Visit the wedding fayre at the Mill and receive a free Bridal Gift bag, Wedding Magazines, alongside a complementary glass of fizz! With a range of quality suppliers in store – from venue dressers, cars, cakes, flowers, stationery, entertainers, wedding dresses to wedding ring experts – expect offers exclusively to this wedding fayre. There are also multiple chances to win competitions. Location: The Mill at Conder Green, Thurham Mill Lane, Thurham, Lancaster, Lancashire LA2 0BD Falcon Manor Wedding Fair - 28 Jan 2018 Falcon Manor’s wedding fair projects sophistication and elegance, love and romance, simplicity and effortlessness. Join their wedding fair to witness their beautiful grounds and see if it is where you, the bride or groom to be, could envisage yourself on your big day! Location: Falcon Manor, Skipton Road, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9BD Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park - 03 Feb 2018 The Tatton Park wedding show will be held within a grand marquee and will house more than 150 local bridal suppliers. The dedicated performance area will feature the most popular local musicians you may wish to consider for live entertainment at your wedding. Enjoy catwalk shows throughout the day, which display the latest bridal fashions, as well as a glass of fizz at the Champagne bar! Competitions and special offers are also available throughout the day. Location: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN Wedding Fayre at The Villa Wrea Green - 4 Feb 2018 Many local suppliers will be at the wedding fayre at The Villa Wrea Green within beautiful wedding stalls to exhibit their whimsical products and services as well as provide expert wedding knowledge. A bridal catwalk show will take place to display the latest bridal trends and a tour of the Country House Hotel, Pavilion, Hall, and Piano Lounge is available upon request. Location: The Villa, Moss Side Lane, Wrea Green, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2PE Wedding Fayre Shaw Hill Golf Resort & Spa Hotel - 11 Feb 2018 Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of

the Shaw Hill Golf Resort and Spa Hotel whilst also visiting the stands of quality suppliers, ranging from entertainment specialists, venue dressers, cars, cakes, flowers, stationery, chocolate fountain, photographers, magic mirror, wedding dresses and wedding hair specialists. A catwalk will take place, revealing the latest bridal fashions, as well as offers exclusive to this wedding fayre and opportunities to win competitions. Location: Shaw Hill Golf Resort & Spa Hotel, Whittle-Le-Woods, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 7PP Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa Wedding Fayre - 18 Feb 2018 Visit the Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa wedding fayre and enjoy the spectacular surroundings and services they provide! Catwalk shows displaying the latest bridal and grooms-wear trends will be showcased throughout the day, as well as live music and entertainment. Take part in exciting offers and competitions, or trial the free make-up and hair demonstrations. Drinks and canapes on arrival! Location: Southport Old Road, Liverpool, Southport, Lancashire, L37 0AB Wedding Fayre Preston Marriott Hotel - 25 Feb 2018 Preston Marriott Hotel have brought in a variety of suppliers offering services such as cars, cakes, flowers, stationary and photo boots for their wedding fayre. Enjoy the sensational catwalk showcasing the latest bridal fashions and be in with a chance of winning prizes! Many offers will be available exclusively to this wedding fayre. A free gift bag will be given upon arrival. Location: Preston Marriott Hotel, 418 Garstang Road, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 5JB Wedding Fayre Royal Kings Arms Lancaster - 4 Mar 2018 Quality suppliers have been handpicked to showcase their products and experiences at the Royal Kings Arms, ranging from venue stylists to stationary. Dream wedding dresses will be displayed around the fayre with the option to try these on, and wedding ring experts will also be available to talk to. Brides are given a free gift bag, also. Location: The Royal Kings Arms, 75 Market Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1JG Northwest World Bridal Event 2018 - 4 March 2018 The Bolton Whites Hotel at the Macron Stadium will be hosting the Nothwest World Bridal Event for the 4th year running with free parking and gift bags for all visitors. Many local and national exhibitors will be present and a catwalk promoting the latest bridal and grooms wear in both Asian and English styles will be taking place. Location: Macron Stadium, De Havilland Way, Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 6SF

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Kefalonia Weddings

Kefalonia Weddings offers a comprehensive wedding planning service covering all aspects of organising your event: from the initial planning stages of finding the perfect venue, to sourcing all suppliers, creating the design concept through to making sure every last detail is in place on the day. We offer this to our Kefalonia Weddings clients so they can experience the full support of a professional planner. This ensures that the special day far exceeds expectations without stress and distance constraints of organising an over-seas event entirely alone. Kefalonia Weddings approaches each wedding with a fresh, enthusiastic outlook, focusing on the individuality and uniqueness. A warm relationship is formed through the months of working together, developing trust and creating a special bond. We can schedule a convenient Skype appointment to discuss your plans in person as well as full email response. The warmth of the Greek sun, hospitality and ambience makes getting married abroad a simple solution - contact us now so we can start your wedding planning journey together.


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Fairytales Castles

for your dream wedding

Edinburgh Castle The jewel in the crown of the Edinburgh skyline. It’s difficult to imagine a more dramatic venue for your wedding. Tie the knot in one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks and have a magical wedding day. Choose from a variety of packages and suites; all of the function rooms are immaculately restored and offer sumptuous surroundings with breathtaking views over Princes Street and Frith of Forth. If you choose to exchange vows in The Gatehouse Suite you’ll also benefit from a private terrace which looks out onto the historic Royal Mile. Pendennis Castle

This enchanting Castle in Falmouth, Cornwall, commands panoramic views across the sea. Y our ceremony will take place in the Tudor Castle Keep surrounded by candles, ancient tapestries and flowers of your choice. Dinner can be served in the impressive Royal Artillery Barracks before which guests can take champagne and canapés on the grassy “chemise.” This magnificent building is at its most striking when it’s floodlit after dark. Warwick Castle Warwick Castle is a truly majestic venue. Framed by mature sweeping trees and an idyllic lake, you really couldn’t hope for a better backdrop

for your wedding photographs. The venue is also renowned for its high standard of hospitality and excellent catering facilities. Drinks can be taken in the Peacock Gardens surrounded by fountains. Your reception can take place in either The Great Hall or the State dining room. Leeds Castle Despite its name this Castle is actually in Kent. It enjoys a secluded location as it’s marooned on its very own private island in the middle of the River Len. The Castle is exquisitely decorated and also has an aviary, small golf course and even a maize to keep your guests amused.

Help With the Styles of Wedding Photography

You may have heard some terms of Photo Journalism, Reportage, Traditional and Candid wedding photography styles, though you may be absolutely puzzled as to what the differences are between each style. When it actually comes to the Wedding Photography, this is always good to realize that the differences you know what to anticipate from the different photographers out there. Some of the photographers will frequently provide the mixture of these styles and then capture several elements of your wedding day in numerous ways. Basically, the san diego wedding photography allows you to know the ultimate details about the gala wedding. Well, a huge section of people are there that actually provides the finest capture from your wedding, and that is why choosing only the right photographer is very important as

well. Try to discuss about the wedding photography styles along with your chosen photographer to establish the utmost style of photographs that you will like your special day to be captured in.Though ample of sites are available there that provides the contacts of wedding photographers, but once you deal with the dilanattas. com site, you will get the contacts of reliable and very convenient wedding photographers. Choosing the right wedding photographer A good wedding photographer or Best international wedding photographers must help to make your day go more smoothly. Aside from the dedicated wedding planner, the photographer is the only vendor who is actually going to be spending the entire day along with you. A good wedding photographer must make things quite easier for you. They are the ones

who solve problems. Your wedding photographer must be flexible. They also must be able to adapt as well as thrive in stressful situations. You also should find out more about their abilities and ask about the problematic lighting scenario, lousy weather, or even other catastrophe and find out how they dealt with it in the past. Along with that, you also have to make sure that the appointed photographer is entirely well-informed and skilled. But if you really do not have much idea on it, then just try to surf the website properly and take the help of an expert or professional as well. CONTACT US: Di-Lanatta's Photography 5439 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego ,CA 92037 +1 858-456-9303 contact@dilanattas.com http://dilanattas.com/


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Unusual Wedding Venues If you’ve never considered yourselves to be a conventional couple, check out our list of top alternative wedding venues in the U.K. Some are fun and quirky, some are downright odd. The Gherkin Boasting the best views over the city of London, The Gherkin is the capital’s most iconic modern building. The London landmark also offers a very high standard of hospitality with some the biggest companies choosing it as the venue for their lavish parties. The Gherkin can be seen for miles around so your guests certainly won’t have any difficulty finding your wedding venue. A Cave Wookey Hole in Somerset, who recently appointed a new resident witch, offer couples the opportunity to exchange their vows deep underground in one of their spooky

caves. There are a selection of caves to choose from, the largest can accommodate 120 guests, all of which are fully licensed for civil ceremonies. A lighthouse West Usk Lighthouse is situated halfway between Newport and Cardiff in South Wales. The lighthouse is privately owned and has been restored to a very high standard with a hot tub, four-poster beds, an exquisite spiral staircase and a beautiful roof garden with views across the Severn Estuary. Your ceremony can be conducted on top of the lighthouse in the open air. The building is steeped in history being over 180 years old and grade ll listed; keeps your eyes peeled as many of the local farmers have spotted UFO’s in the area. Editor’s Office

We’re not sure why, but the offer is there. Media enthusiasts (if there is such a thing) can choose to commit themselves to each other in the Editor of The Daily Mirror’s office in Canary Wharf, London. Aaah, the romance! If you’re a busy career couple, this maybe the perfect venue as you can tie the knot during your lunch break; even better if you happen to work at The Daily Mirror. Theatre It’s expected that the newlyweds are the centre of attention on their big day, however privately owned Clonter Opera Theatre in Cheshire offers couples the opportunity to wed live on stage. They have a selection of 5 separate reception rooms to choose for your reception. The theatre enjoys an idyllic setting surrounded by bluebells woods and lush parkland.

London Eye Climb aboard your own private capsule with your family and friends and hold tight. A full revolution takes half an hour and by the time you’ve reached the highest point of the wheel 135 metres above the city, you’ll be married. If you choose the Platinum Package you’ll also be treated to a complementary ride on the Eye to celebrate your fist wedding anniversary. Absolut Ice Bar Set in the heart of London this sub zero venue will certainly give your guests an occasion to remember. The aisle is constructed out of the purest ice harvested from a river in Sweden. This bar is far from being a novelty venue as they also offer a very high standard of catering courtesy of their award winning chefs.

Combining beautiful architecture with picturesque Cheshire surroundings, Inglewood Manor, nestled within 38 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens makes for the perfect venue to hold your wedding ceremony or reception. Situated between the historical cities of Liverpool and Chester, this delightful Grade 2 listed building retains all the charm and warmth of a lavish Edwardian family home, remaining almost unaltered since it was built in 1915.

Depending on the time of a year, a roaring log fire greets our guests in winter, and in summer elegant oakpanelled rooms lead out onto spacious sunlit terraces, creating a memorable backdrop for this most special of days. Wisteria clad walkways, formally planted gardens, pretty ponds and shimmering lakes all contribute to an unforgettable setting for photographs you’ll treasure for a lifetime. The beauty of the building is matched only by the quality of the food and service from your champagne

reception, to dancing long into the night. Our spaces include luxury dining rooms and a bar that can all be specially transformed for your wedding day. The team here at Inglewood Manor see every wedding as a unique opportunity to make your dreams come true. Offering a number of wedding packages, we simply could not try any harder to ensure that every single detail has been meticulously taken care of. Our award-winning chefs and experienced banqueting team ensure that every

meal is prepared with care, presented with pride and served with the friendliest of smiles. From start to finish, our aim at Inglewood Manor is to create from your ideas and dreams a magical ceremony day for you and your guests.

Love at First Sight…


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Booking A Church Wedding Ceremony:

Everything You Need to Know

Saying your vows in a church is a traditional part of planning a wedding, and a quarter of couples plan on getting married in a religious ceremony. www.hitched.co.uk have put together the ultimate beginner’s guide to church wedding ceremonies, so you know exactly what you need to do. What are the legal requirements for a church wedding? You can marry in a church wedding ceremony from the age of 18 onwards in a church wedding ceremony in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you’re aged 16 or 17, you will need your parents’ approval in England and Wales, but not in Scotland where it’s legal without consent providing there are two witnesses. Church wedding ceremonies must take place between 8am and 6pm and be witnessed by at least two people. You’ve probably heard about ‘having your banns read’ in connection to a church wedding – this is required before the marriage takes place as it signifies your intention to marry. Your banns will be read out in the parish where each of you lives as well as in the church where you’re planning on marrying for three Sundays during the three months leading up to the wedding. If you’re marrying in a hurry it is possible to skip having your banns read, but you will need to apply for a common licence for this. They cost from £200. You may also need a licence if one of you isn’t a British citizen or currently lives outside of

the UK. In Scotland you’re required to give 15 days’ notice with the local registrar. Do the rules differ depending on where in the UK the church is? Depending on where you are in the UK and what kind of church you want to marry in will impact what you need to do. Scotland has different rules relating to church weddings that England and Wales, as explained above, and there are stricter residency requirements for those planning a church wedding in Northern Ireland. A Catholic church ceremony is different to book compared to a Church of England wedding too – for example, you will need a dispensation to marry in a Catholic ceremony if one of you is not Catholic, but you don’t have to have the banns read out beforehand. Do I have to attend the church to get married there? The Church of England gives all British citizens with no former partner still living the right to get married in the parish church of the town where they live, or where either of the couple are on the church’s electoral roll. You can also get married in church to which you have a connection, such as: - Either of you lived in that church’s parish for six months or more - One of you regularly attended worship in that parish for six months or more - Either of you were baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish - One of your parents lived in the parish/regularly attended

worship there for six months or more in their child’s lifetime - Your parents or grandparents were married in the parish If you attend services at your chosen church for six months – even if you only attend a single service a month – that can help your case. Do I have to be religious to have a church wedding? You don’t have to be religious to have a Church of England wedding, however for a Catholic wedding at least one of you must follow the faith and you’re required to get a dispensation to marry there for the one that isn’t Catholic. Anyone is welcome to have a Church of England wedding, regardless of their beliefs as the vicars understand that 'spiritual beliefs are complex and varied'. How far in advance should I book my church wedding ceremony? It works the same way as booking a civil wedding ceremony in that places will get booked up months in advance. Talk to your vicar or the church office as soon as possible, particularly if you’re hoping to marry in peak wedding season. Bear in mind most Church of England churches won’t host ceremonies during Lent, although this isn’t usually the case for Catholic ceremonies. How much does a church wedding ceremony cost? It costs around £500 to get married in a church in England and Wales, so make sure you factor this into your wedding budget. This cost covers the expense of reading of the banns, the certificate, the

vicar and the use of the church itself. Extra details such as flowers, having the bells rung or making use of the organist or choir will incur additional costs. It’s worth noting in Scotland and Northern Ireland there is no fixed cost for a church wedding. Can we use our own vows in a church wedding ceremony? If you’re planning on writing your own wedding vows, a church ceremony might not be for you. In England and Wales you cannot change any part of the wedding vows, however in Scotland you can vary the traditional vows or write your own as long as the minister approves them.

You can include poems, readings or songs in your vows as long as your vicar is okay with it. Can I decorate the church with my own flowers? Most churches will be able to recommend someone from the parish who can decorate the church for you, but it shouldn’t be a problem to bring in your own floral displays. Just check with your vicar where you can have the flowers as you wouldn’t want a large arrangement to get in the way during the ceremony. What is a wedding rehearsal? Lots of churches offer the chance to have a wedding rehearsal – this allows you, your partner and your

bridal party to run through the service ahead of the big day so you know what to expect and when. Can we have confetti at our church wedding? This varies from church to church so check with your vicar and let your guests know in advance. If wedding confetti is not allowed, find out if they’ll allow you to use a natural or bio-degradable type of confetti instead. Can we have the reception in the church hall? Usually you can – check with the church office to find out. You can also have your reception at a different venue if you wish.


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ARK Contemporary Designs

Based in Ellesmere Port Angela embraces modern living and loves clean, simple elegant lines to inspire her contemporary jewellery designs. Angela uses traditional silversmithing techniques and hand fabrication methods to create her jewellery working in sterling silver, gold and precious gemstones. Jewellery ranges from simple items such as earrings to large statement pieces such as neck torques, hair combs, diamond rings. Angela can recycle your old jewellery too, gemstones can be removed and the

precious metal melted down. The metal can be remodelled and old or new gemstones added creating beautiful bespoke pieces. Many clients have used their old sentimental jewellery to make their wedding rings. As Angela runs group jewellery making workshops at a pottery in Sandbach and does one to one tuition at her home workshop in Ellesmere Port. It is here at her home workshop that Angela also runs 'Make Your Own Wedding Rings' workshops too. Couples can come along and make

their wedding rings in a day. They can be made from all colours and carats of gold or sterling silver. They can be fully hallmarked as Angela is registered with the Birmingham Assay Office. The whole day is photographed and couples get a copy of the photos to show loved ones how they made their wedding rings. Angela tries to make this a special and memorable day! For more information you can contact Angela on 01244 567012 or 07917330790 or email angela@ arkcontemporarydesigns.co.uk

Church Versus Registry Office Many women dream about their wedding day from childhood. Not only is it one of the biggest days of a person’s life, it is also likely to be the most romantic. Given the momentous nature of the all-important wedding, it should therefore come as no surprise that a lot of thought goes into the planning involved. And one of the most significant aspects of that is the wedding venue. While most people associate a wedding with a church and minister, tying the knot in registry offices has become increasingly popular over the years. Ultimately, however, the decision between church and registry office depends on the individuals in question. A bride and groom-to-be could think about whether they want a traditional

wedding versus modern. There is nothing more traditional than donning a lavish white wedding dress and walking down a long aisle flanked by scores of family and friends to the tune of Here Comes the Bride. The tradition of having the father of the bride accompany his daughter and give her away at the altar is one that many dads dream about. Having bridesmaids at the side of the wife-to-be is another comforting aspect of traditional weddings that is so engrained in our cultural identity. But such strict adherence to tradition is not everyone’s cup of tea — particularly those who are in no way religious. Ultimately, marriage is a legal contract and what better way to seal that than by having a more official and straightforward ceremony in a registry office? As opposed to having passages from the bible recited and old religious hymns sung by guests, registry office weddings can incorporate a more modern set up consisting of clear and concise vows - that are not necessarily devoid of romance — along with songs that again, are

not strictly religious. At the bones of the comparison between church and registry office is just how lavish you want your wedding to be. For example, at a church there will be room for more guests, in which case a big and extravagant ceremony is a possibility, but in an official office, only a handful of people can be present. Brides feel more comfortable wearing a fabulous traditional wedding gown in a church, but in a registry office, a smart dress and jacket seems more apt. A church wedding undoubtedly provides men and women — regardless of their religion - with the ultimate fairytale setting that is often considered more romantic and magical. But, on the plus side of the registry office, it can be an awful lot cheaper. There is also less wedding planning and stress involved, meaning that the bride and groom can focus solely on each other and the reasons why they are tying the knot, instead of being distracted by the drama surrounding the spectacle that is their big day. There is a lot to be said for couples who do not need to profess their love to the world by spending thousands of pounds on an over-the-top ceremony. Clearly all they need is each other.

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Universities have crucial role in

improving young people’s mental health

Responding to the children and young people's mental health green paper, Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England (Bristol) and Chair of the Mental Health In Higher

Education (MHHE) working group, commented:​ "Mental health matters to universities. Universities want our students and staff to thrive and succeed and, where they experience mental health

difficulties, to feel able to ask for help and to receive it. This challenge is difficult to answer alone. Universities must work in close partnership with the NHS and with parents, schools, colleges and employers.

"Universities UK (UUK) is pleased to be part of a new national strategic partnership with government, third sector, professional bodies, students, colleges and employers focused on improving the mental health of 16-

25 year olds by encouraging more coordinated action, experimentation and robust evaluation. "We need to play a leadership role in developing seamless approaches to young peoples' mental health support

that takes them from school, through university and into adulthood and the working world". Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the UUK Task Group looking at the design and delivery of mental health services for college and university students, commented: "Last year, more than 15,000 firstyear students at UK universities and colleges disclosed a mental health condition to NHS or university support services. There are wide variations in mental health provision available for students. "I look forward to working with the national strategic partnership to reduce these variations in care and to encourage local coalitions between tertiary education providers, health and care commissioners and providers and local authorities." Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair of the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition, commented: "I very much welcome the Green Paper and look forward to working together across government, health and education systems and employers to enable young people to achieve and sustain good mental health as they make the important life transitions from school, colleges and universities and into the workplace. "Our shared goal is sustainable mental health for the next generation. Nothing could be more important."​


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10 Things Golfers Hate

Golf can be a frustrating game at the best of times. It will test your patience and mental strength, and will do all it can to break you. When things go wrong, they tend to go terribly wrong, but for some reason we keep coming back? Here are 18 things golfers hate on and off the golf course. Wet weather Playing golf in the rain is not fun. No matter whether you have the latest waterproofs, the hassle of sorting your umbrella and swinging in several layers is a pain. Waking up on the morning of a competition that you’ve looked forward to all week and seeing it is raining is an awful feeling. This is made even worse when you ring up to see if the course is open…and it is! What is even worse than this, is heavy showers. Many golfers will risk it on the course and not take any waterproofs out with them. Big mistake. There’s nothing much worse than being caught in a heavy shower with nothing to protect you or your clubs. People saying it isn’t a sport/old man's sport This one is very frustrating as a young golfer. Having played golf for over 10 years now, I can honestly say the game is moving far away from being an “old man’s sport” and most definitely is sport. Just look at the top players on tour. The likes of Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler blow this “myth” out of the water. Slow play When it comes to competitions around your home course, it can often be frustrating because of the amount of players who think they are tour professionals and take what seems like an eternity eyeing up their shot. In my eyes, no one should be on the course for more than four hours, and even then, that is still far too long. Those who play during the week after work can get round 18 holes in three hours, in a fourball, from my experience any way. Then, when it comes to competition day, it can be hard for these faster players to keep rhythm as they are waiting over every shot. Now, I’m not saying everyone should run around the course, but the fact golf takes so long to play is currently damaging the sport and alternatives need to be found. Missing your buffer This one hurts to just think about it. You’re on the 18th tee and you know a par will save you getting that crucial

.1 back on your handicap. Having nailed a drive, played your approach into the green and lagged your putt 3ft from the hole, you then go and miss the par putt and your dreams of not getting .1 back are crushed, just like that. Three putting Putting is the key to scoring. As the saying goes: “Drives for show, putts for dough.” This saying couldn’t be more true. Countless times golfers, including myself, have come off the course and said, “I’d have scored well if I could putt.” If you look at the top pros on tour, they very rarely three putt, hence why they are right at the top of the professional game. Worse than three putting for bogey in my eyes, is three putting for par on a par 5. You’ve done the hard part reaching the par 5 in two, and then you go and three putt. Although you haven’t dropped a shot, it sure feels like you have.

Losing a brand new ball Having cracked open a new sleeve of balls and ripped your driver all week in the build up to competition day, you proceed to carve your first tee shot out of bounds, never to be seen again. It hurts, trust me. Bandits After battling the testing conditions and pushing yourself to the limit mentally, you post your best medal round of the year and think there is no way anybody is beating that. That is until Dave, who “hasn’t picked up a club in a fortnight” comes in with a nett 59. They are the talk of the club as they finish in the prizes for the next few weeks until they reach a suitable handicap. Scarified greens I always try to avoid competitions when the greens have been scarified because for me, it doesn’t always give a fair reflection of your putting. If you play at a course where they

don’t always scarify the greens at an appropriate time, you will understand the struggle. Just when you think you’ve sorted your putting out, you walk onto the course and the greens have holes and lines all over them. The term “hit and hope” comes to mind on these greens. Bad bounces There’s always one of your golfing group that gets every single good bounce. They can miss the green by a good 10 yards, but still somehow get a lucky bounce and see their ball end up just a few feet from the hole. This is even more frustrating when you seem to get every single bad bounce on the course. How many times have you played a career shot, all over the pin, only for it to somehow take a sharp kick right on what looks a perfectly flat putting surface? All I can say is try and laugh it off; otherwise you will most likely lose your mind. Ending up behind the only tree This one really does make you wonder if you really are the unluckiest golfer in the world. The chances of hitting your ball behind the one tree that stands alongside the green if you tried, must be well over 100/1, but somehow you will manage it. This is also a similar situation to when you somehow hit the one and only branch when playing out of the trees. It is no thicker than your little finger but because you are deadly accurate, you will hit it nine times out of 10. There are so many more things that get us golfers riled up, so let us know in the comments what gets you frustrated on the golf course.


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Clarets sign Tottenham wideman

on loan for rest of the season

Burnley have made Tottenham winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou their first signing of the January transfer window. Nkoudou, 22, has joined the Clarets on a loan deal running until the end of the season. The France under-21 international moved to Tottenham from Marseille in August, 2016, after scoring 10 goals in 41 games in a single season with the former Ligue 1 champions, having started his senior career career at Nantes. The Versaillesborn wideman has since made 22 appearances for Spurs, including six this season. Two of those came in the Champions League, including a goalscoring appearance against Apoel Nicosia at Wembley in December. Nkoudou, who likes to be known as ‘GK’, will wear number seven during his time at Turf Moor. And he revealed he had sought the advice of former Burnley favourite and Tottenham team-mate Kieran Trippier over his temporary move north, where he hopes to add to his Premier League experience – having appeared just once this season with a brief appearance from the bench in midOctober – and help the Clarets continue their progress for the remainder of the campaign. “When I spoke with Trippier he told me good things about this club, about the players and everything about Burnley. I am happy to be here, so thank-you Trippier,” Nkoudou told Clarets Player HD. “I think it’s a big opportunity to play my first minutes this season in the Premier League. “Everyone is shocked because Burnley is just after the big six. They have played very well. “I watched the last game against Liverpool when they played very well and were unlucky. “That’s why I have come here, to find football. “I knew he (Sean Dyche) is a big manager who likes young players and players who go forward, so it suits my character to come here and I am happy to work with him. “I hope to help the club. If I can, I will. But the last word is with the manager. If he puts me on the pitch I will do everything to help the team go forward. “I am ready to play and waiting on the starting blocks. If the manager puts me on the pitch I will to everything on the pitch.”

Big January signing for the Rovers Academy

The 100 Club have further strengthened their links with Rovers’ Academy by becoming shirt sponsors of the club’s youth teams. Formed in the 1970s, the 100 Club has been intrinsically linked to the football club for over 40 years, developing a close relationship with the Academy and supporting the club’s young stars of the future through a series of donations totalling over £250,000. The latest move sees the 100 Club’s newlook logo proudly emblazoned across the front of Rovers’ Under-18s and Under-16s shirts, which were worn for the first time in Saturday’s home games against Liverpool’s youth teams. Speaking about the new shirt sponsorship, 100 Club chairman Dave Hembrough said: “It’s all about promoting the 100 Club and hopefully getting some new members, as well as sponsoring the Academy, which is something we’ve done over many years.

Hopefully it enhances the relationship between the two parties going forward.” Academy Manager Stuart Jones added: “It’s fantastic in terms of the partnership and the relationship that we have with the 100 Club. It’s really important that the fans understand the work that the 100 Club do and the donations that they make, which are hugely important for us and have a major effect on our players and their development. It’s first class and it looks great too.” In November, members of the 100 Club presented a cheque for £11,000 to the Academy, which has been put towards a refurb of the Academy Lounge, new nets on two of the pitches and the purchase of equipment for the analysis department.

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