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Issue. 41 - March 2018 | |

Your chance to take part in Sport Relief

Sport Relief week happens later this month. Burnley Leisure are putting on a range of events so that you can take part, raise some funds which will go to good causes, and enjoy yourself keeping fit. The week runs from Sunday 18th March- Sunday 25th March. Local events taking place during the week are as follows, with all proceeds going to Sport Relief: Quid a swim- from Sunday 18thFriday 23rd March 2018, 3.305.30pm, £1 at St Peter’s and Padiham Leisure Centre Swimming Inflatable- Sunday 18th March 2018, 1.30pm-3.30pm, £2, at Padiham Leisure Centre Gym Challenge- Sunday 18th March 2018, between 10.30am2.30pm at Padiham Leisure Centre. There are two ways you can take part in the challenge. The first option costs £1 a go. This would get you 5 minutes on either the treadmill, bike or rower. Whoever gets the furthest distance on each of the 3 pieces of equipment in the 5 minutes wins a meal for 2 at Prairie Sports Village along with an allocation of 100 free golf balls for the Prairie Driving range.

Option two costs £3 per go. Again, this gives you 5 minutes on each of the treadmill, bike or rower, but this time the prize will be given for the furthest combined distance. The winner will get a free three month Burnley Leisure gym membership. Burnley Leisure will also be completing a variety of events within Burnley’s Sainsbury’s supermarket between Wednesday 21st and Friday 23rd March and pop down to see us and join in with the events and find out about how you can keep active with Burnley Leisure. As one of the UK's biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to support some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world. Support is given to over 2,000 projects in the UK and elsewhere. Malaria, maternal health and mental health are just three areas, out of many, where money raised through Sport Relief 2018 will make a huge difference.


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Construction begins on

£3 million Darwen investment

Top Row – Project Manager Greg Brett, Cllr Phil Riley, Operations Manager Gavin Hulme, Chair of the LEP’s Growth Deal Management Board Graham Crowley and Mike Cliffe Strategic Transport Manager. Work has begun on Ellison Fold Way, the new East Darwen link road, which will make it easier for residents and businesses to access the M65 and will also improve a number of local road junctions in the vicinity. The new road, which will lead from Marsh House Lane to Ivinson Road, is intended to allow for future high quality housing developments in Darwen and provide increased accessibility and travel options across Darwen. The road that will cut across the site known locally as Baileys Field, will also mean that residents of the new developments will have an alternative to the A666. It will be a single carriageway with a speed limit of 30 mph residential road including footways and cycling

paths, and will also be weight limited to 7.5 tonnes. There will also be junction tables to keep speeds down and associated landscaping and tree planting for noise reduction. The £3 million scheme, funded by Blackburn with Darwen Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership as part of Central Government’s Local Growth Deal, will also see safety improvements made to several junctions in South East Darwen. Work on the junction of Sough Lane and Grimshaw Street has already begun, which will see improvements for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The junction, identified through consultation as a road safety hotspot, will see a compact roundabout installed and vegetation removed to aid sight lines. Pedestrian crossing

points with tactile surfacing will also be constructed. Junctions at Watery Lane and Grimshaw Street as well as Ivinson Road and Moor Lane are also earmarked for work. The scheme is being constructed by Eric Wright Civil Engineering and is due to be fully complete by Spring 2019. Executive member for Regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council, Councillor Phil Riley, said: I’m delighted that work can finally begin on this important new investment in Darwen. This new route not only supports our priorities as a Council to provide high quality housing it will provide a boost to the local economy as both businesses and their staff will be better able to access the M65. In addition,

the improvements to the junctions will improve road safety and help address concerns people have about congestion. Diane Bourne, managing director of Eric Wright Civil Engineering, added: We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council to improve connectivity, provide better transport infrastructure and reduce congestion for those who live and work in the local area, as well as supporting wider economic growth. We’ve extensive experience in road schemes and are doing everything possible to plan and manage the programme of works to help keep traffic moving and minimise inconvenience and disruption for road users.

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Pendle businesses

showcase local careers Pendle businesses attended the latest Work Inspirations event which aims to inspire the next generation. Funded by Pendle Council, Pendle’s largest careers and Networking event took place at Nelson and Colne College on Wednesday (7 February). It attracted more than 900 Year 9 pupils from schools across the borough. Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for Pendle companies to showcase what’s on offer in the borough. “We find that many young people don’t realise the wealth of opportunities that are right here on their doorstep. “Hopefully these events inspire them and they can find out more about the skills they need to get into the careers and jobs which interest them.” Pendle companies which attended the event were: • Unique Clean, Hire and Facilities Ltd • Seafood Pub Company • Liberata • Stanley House Vets • • Tailor Made Sourcing Ltd • Silent Night • Concept4 Glenn Stock, Director of Unique Clean, Hire and Facilities Ltd, said: “I’m always keen to support these events to try and encourage young people to think about what they’d like to do and how they can achieve it. “Before setting up Unique Clean I had a number of careers - I was in the army, I was a firefighter and I was a paramedic so I had lots of advice for those who were interested in those kinds of roles.” Dennis Mendoros OBE, DL, Chairman of Pendle Vision and President of Mendor Enterprises, added: “Pendle’s Work Inspiration initiative offers a golden opportunity to encourage the younger generation and to motivate them to think about the next step towards a successful and fulfilling working life.”

Have Your Say on

Plans for Trawden Forest

Trawden Forest Parish Council is urging its community to have their say on how the area will develop in the years ahead. A public consultation is running from Friday 23 February to Friday 6 April to consider the final version of its Neighbourhood Plan, giving residents, businesses and other interested parties one last chance to have their say. In July 2016 Trawden Forest Parish Council asked Pendle Council to formally designate the parish as a neighbourhood area, so they could prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. Over the last 18 months a Steering Group has engaged with the local community and drafted new planning policies for their area to reflect the feedback they’ve received. Neil Watson, Pendle Council’s Planning, Building Control and Licensing Manager, explained: “The Parish Council has now submitted the final version of its Neighbourhood Plan. “The draft Plan has previously been consulted on in the local community and we have been grateful for the opportunity the Parish has given us to help them produce it. “Before we pass this on to an independent examiner, local residents, businesses and other interested parties have a final opportunity to comment on its proposals.” The public consultation runs for six weeks and all comments must be received by Pendle Council by 5pm on Friday

6th April 2018. Councillor Julie Henderson, who leads on Planning for Pendle, added: “The Trawden Forest Neighbourhood Plan is the first in Pendle to reach this stage. “It’s an exciting and ambitious document, which sets out a realistic vision for the future of the area.” Once the Plan is made* it will be taken into consideration when decisions are taken on planning applications. The nine policies within the Neighbourhood Plan address a wide range of issues. They also allocate five sites for new housing, and these have the potential to provide 50 new homes up to 2030. Whilst welcoming new development, in the right locations, above all the Plan has sought to preserve the local character of the

villages and hamlets in the parish and protect the open countryside from inappropriate development. Three Local Green Spaces, which are considered to have great significance for the local community, have been identified. Together with 30 open space sites these will be protected from development. Copies of the Plan and its supporting documents are available from: • Pendle Council’s website – www. • Number One Market Street in Nelson • Trawden Parish Council office • Colne Library. Barry Hodgson, Chair of Trawden Forest Parish Council, said: “This consultation provides residents in

Trawden, Cotton Tree, Winewall and Wycoller with a final opportunity to read the Plan and to tell us if they are happy with what it says.” Following the public consultation the Neighbourhood Plan, and all the comments received in response to this consultation, will be sent to the independent examiner appointed to conduct the formal Examination of the Trawden Forest Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner will normally recommend that the Plan proceeds to a public referendum, subject to certain amendments. Anyone registered to vote in the area covered by the Neighbourhood Plan will then be entitled to vote in a public referendum. If a simple majority of votes are in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan (i.e. over 50% of those voting) it will become a consideration in the determination of planning applications from that day onwards. *Made is the term used when the local planning authority (Pendle Council) formally adopts a Neighbourhood Plan.

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Services protected as council agrees budget

People in Chorley will see all their services protected and major investment schemes benefitting people right across the borough continue as Chorley Council continues to do its best for residents amidst huge cuts in its funding. ​Councillors described the budget as one of the most difficult it has set after agreeing a council tax increase of 2.99 per cent, only the second increase in eight years. The budget outlines a gloomy financial picture but shows Chorley is better placed than most to tackle the challenges ahead with continued investment in major projects to bring income in to the borough in return for residents paying an extra ten pence per week in council tax. Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We are continuing to see huge reductions in our grant funding and as you can

see across the country with services being cut this is government austerity hitting home. “Despite the challenges we face we are one of a small number of councils that is actually able to continue investing in what matters most to residents, without having to cut services, delivering more things for young people to do, looking after the elderly, creating more jobs and building neighbourhoods that people are able to thrive in. “Importantly with this budget it is part of a long term plan going forward that helps us to become resilient, despite all the financial challenges we face, and allows us to continue investing rather than having to manage public service decline.” The headlines from this year’s budget proposals include: • Delivery of major projects with significant capital investment totalling £49 million on projects including:

• Improving play areas and open spaces • Attracting more visitors to the town centre through schemes such as the Market Walk extension • Delivering the Primrose Gardens retirement village • Creating world class facilities for young people at the youth zone • No cuts in services • Continue to provide additional resources to help tackle crime and anti social behaviour • A budget gap of £3.3m by 2020 • A council tax increase of 2.99 per cent, which equates to ten pence per week. “We know it will be hard for people to find the extra money they will have to pay in council tax but the government is forcing local authorities to either cut services or increase taxation locally and leaving us to pass on

the bad news to residents,” said Councillor Wilson. “The feedback we got from the consultation was mainly positive and I think people do expect to pay a bit more now because they understand the financial pressure we are under but they do want to see value for their money. “I believe with the plan we’ve got in place we can deliver that for residents right across the borough and continue to make people proud of their communities. “This is one of the toughest budgets we’ve had to set and it’s going to get even more difficult over the next few years so we really appreciate the support we get from residents.”

Teens using fake driving licenses risk criminal record and ID theft

Lancashire Police and Lancashire County Council Trading Standards are warning teenagers who carry or use fake driving licenses that they are could face arrest and risk a criminal record. Pubs and clubs in Burnley and the Ribble Valley have recently confiscated a number of counterfeit cards. Underage youngsters buying false ID through online websites to obtain age restricted products are not only committing a serious offence but are leaving themselves open to having their identity stolen. PC Martin Midgley, who is investigating a number of offences: "Historically the sale of ID cards in the UK has been of the novelty variety which are easily spotted by staff when used by under 18s to try and buy alcohol and tobacco. At the moment we have a number of exact copies of UK driving licenses which have been counterfeited by adding photos and personal details of naïve under-18s. This information is often sold on to

those who will steal the identities of these people in the future." Inspector Andy Winter said: "We are disappointed that unscrupulous individuals have committed quite serious crimes in counterfeiting UK driving licenses to allow young people to buy alcohol. The pub and nightclub industry have handed over 20 of these to Police recently and we believe there are many more in circulation. If you have bought one of these items you need to contact police now. Telephone us on 101 to assist with our enquiries and avoid prosecution." County Councillor Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council with responsibility for Trading Standards, said: "Responsible traders in Lancashire who sell age restricted products, such as alcohol or cigarettes, are working with Trading Standards and local police to ensure that age restricted products do not get into the hands of young and

vulnerable people. "Unfortunately their efforts are being undermined by the use of counterfeit ID cards. Our close partnership between local traders, Trading Standards and police means that suspicions about counterfeit ID are reported promptly and wherever possible action taken against the individuals concerned." Trading Standards are reminding local traders that they should only accept a passport, driving licence or nationally accepted proof of age standards scheme (PASS) card. Trading Standards encourage traders to operate 'Check 25' and ask anyone who appears under the age of 25 for an approved form of ID before selling an age restricted product. More information on Lancashire's Check 25 county scheme can be found at lancan. Retailers who accept counterfeit ID cards or non-approved forms of ID could leave themselves open to

Recycling Centres

changes to opening times

On March 1st, Blackburn and Darwen Recycling centres will be operating under new opening times and days. The opening times for both centres are as follows: 1 April – 30 September – 8am to 7pm 1 October – 31 March – 8am to 5pm The Darwen centre will be closed every Tuesday and the Blackburn centre will be closed every Wednesday. Signs have been placed on display at the centres to advise visitors of these changes. Staff are also handing out notices to the people visiting the recycling centres. Councillor Jim Smith, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: We have looked at our opening hours in the wake of the current financial climate and these were the days these sites were used the least, to cause the least inconvenience to people. There will still be a recycling centre open in the borough every day of the week. We are still committed to improving recycling in the borough

and I am sure these small changes will not deter people from using our sites and helping us to meet these targets.” For more information on Recycling centres please visit: http://www.

prosecution if they sell age restricted products to minors. The counterfeit driving licenses at the centre of this police investigation can be easily identified as: • The hologram over the photograph is a sticker and not within the licence • The serial number on the reverse bottom right is the same (FB92831710) Lancashire Police have been passed a number of counterfeit driving licenses and their investigations are ongoing.

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Research project:

Bright light treatment

of patients with dementia

The study is conducted at the University of Bergen, and is called the DEM.LIGHT project. The project is led by Associate Professor Elisabeth Flo at the University’s department of clinical psychology. She explains the background of the study: “Symptoms of dementia are often treated with drugs that have little beneficial effects, and often cause substantial side effects. However, there is evidence for the effectiveness of non-pharmacological treatment. Among those, bright light therapy is one of the most promising.” she says. The project started out in October 2017 and will last till March 2018, a period when the days are short and little daylight comes through the windows. The study comprises eight nursing homes and about 70 patients with dementia as well as the employees in the nursing homes. Bright light treatment In traditional bright light therapy, the patient is repeatedly exposed to light with high intensity (e.g. 10 000 lux) from a table-mounted light source for a short interval, at a specific time of day. This requires behavioral compliance, and the methodology does not lend itself well to dementia patients. The light used in the DEM. LIGHT project allows patients to be treated using normal ceiling lighting where light exposure is increased. Therapy light rooms The Earth's natural light cycle has higher light intensity and cooler light in the middle of the day. The light in the DEM.LIGHT study will mimic daylight in this respect. The patients' living space at the nursing homes is turned into light therapy rooms, where participants with dementia and employees are exposed to light for long periods of the day. Comprehensive testing The patients participating undergo a series of tests during and after

treatment. "There are physical tests such as body temperature, blood pressure and pulse, but also observations and mapping of sleep, agitation, depression, quality of life, pain and other conditions," Flo says. The evaluations of nursing staff include alertness, sleep, fatigue, depression and anxiety. The research project is carried out by Flo and a team of senior researchers (Professor Ståle Pallesen and Professor Inger Hilde Nordhus), postdoctoral scholarship holders, doctoral candidates and assistants. Glamox has provided the lighting for the project. Multiple objectives The DEM.LIGHT project is based on the hypothesis that the use of light which compensates for lack of daylight will significantly decrease behavioural and psychological symptoms, and improve sleep and daily living functionality in nursing home patients with dementia. The study also has other objectives, including the effects on nursing home staff, and the possibility for commercialization and development of home-based treatment. Professor Flo has great goals for the outcome of the study: “Our vision is to improve the quality of the public-sector treatments with novel rehabilitating solutions for nursing home patients,” she says. “Hopefully these solutions can be transferred to a homecare setting, prolonging the time persons with dementia may stay at home. This will reduce the costs for the society and improve the lives of patients, relatives, and healthcare staff.” About dementia Dementia is a terminal condition affecting over 47 million people worldwide. As the world population is aging, the number of people affected is expected to rise. The progressive nature of dementia

results in cognitive decline, loss of function and independence. Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and sleep problems are common. BPSD include behaviours such as aggression, screaming, restlessness, and agitation, and psychological symptoms which include anxiety and depression, hallucinations and delusions. Noticeably, both sleep and BPSD are related to a disturbed circadian rhythm. Behavioural problems tend to intensify in the early evening, a phenomenon referred to as sundowning. BPSD and sleep problems are also distressing for the caregivers of people with dementia, both family and healthcare staff. The symptoms are often the “last straw” leading to institutionalization, which is reflected by the nursing home population. Dementia care has been linked to nursing home staff burnout, sick leave, turnover, and increased financial costs. Glamox is a Norwegian industrial group that develops, manufactures and distributes professional lighting solutions for the global market. The Glamox Group is a leading supplier to the world's marine and offshore markets, and a significant supplier to the professional building market in Europe. The Glamox Group is a global organization, with 1300 employees and sales and production in several European countries, as well as in Asia and North America. The annual turnover is MNOK 2.500 (2016). The Group owns a range of quality lighting brands including Glamox, Aqua Signal, Luxo, Høvik Lys, Norselight and LINKSrechts. Glamox is committed to meeting customer needs and expectations by providing quality products and solutions, service and support.

Pendle Council helps rough

sleepers in Nelson town centre

Pendle Council is working with a number of organisations to help two vulnerable people who are sleeping rough in Nelson town centre. Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, explained: “Together we’re doing all we can to make sure they have food and temporary shelter whilst we find accommodation locally.” He added: “We want to make sure that anyone sleeping rough can get the help and support they need to get off the streets.

“If anyone sees a rough sleeper in Pendle, contact the Council’s Community Protection Officer on (01282) 661280. “We’ll need to know where you’ve seen someone and a brief description of the person so that we can try and find them. “Not everyone will accept our support for reasons which may include drug and alcohol addiction or mental health issues.”

New early payment system

to boost local business

Lancashire County Council is bringing in a new cutting-edge system to ensure its suppliers are paid more quickly. The Early Supplier Payment System, agreed by the cabinet at its meeting last week, means that businesses can sign-up to be paid earlier than the time set out in their contract. Payments are usually made within 30 days. However, with the Early Supplier Payments system, businesses will be prioritised in the payment queue using specialised computer software. In return for

the county council making early payments, businesses will give a small rebate, which varies depending on how soon they receive the payment. However, they will have the money in their account which improves their cash flow. County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: "We deal with hundreds of businesses every single day, from companies who supply materials for roads, to agencies who deliver our social care services.

"Good cash flow is the life blood of these businesses and we need to do all we can to help. "In other councils where the system is in use, the average time until suppliers are paid has reduced to 14 days. "This system has been tried and tested and is making significant savings in other areas of the country and we hope to generate £500,000 over the next three years." The system will be free to use for small businesses, who will not have to give rebates.

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Extension gets go ahead

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Work progressing

at St Annes Library

Visitors to Chorley town centre will soon have a brand new shopping area with a cinema, restaurants and quality retailers after councillors gave the green light to press ahead with the Market Walk extension. The £16 million investment will also see major improvements to the appearance of the area and a new decked car park to accommodate an increase in shoppers. Shopping centre owner Chorley Council had been reviewing its multimillion pound development amid changes taking place in the wider retail market but strong interest from several businesses has set the plans back on track. Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It was important we took time to reflect on the progress that had been made

but by the very nature of projects like this it is going to change and we have to manage that by adapting and amending our approach just as residents would do in the course of their own interests. “It is brilliant news for the borough that we can now get on and deliver all the exciting elements that will give our town centre a long term future and broaden its appeal to visitors. “We’ve learnt lessons from what we’ve been doing over the last few months and we’ve responded to comments and suggestions from traders and shoppers, particularly around parking, to ensure the progress we make is in the best interests of the town centre. The updates to the plans over the last few weeks include: • Marks and Spencer has reapproached the council as it still

wants to come to Chorley and discussions are on-going • Firm interest from another three businesses to complement the already-secured Reel Cinemas • A decked car park will be built on Friday Street/Portland Street creating an additional 149 spaces • The Royal Oak building will be demolished in the coming weeks to create an extra 28 parking spaces • The proposals to create a civic square and relocate the United Reformed Church have been re-prioritised to allow delivery of the extension and associated improvements to the appearance of the town centre first • A commitment to undertake a consultation with market traders and visitors to the town to see how we can evolve the markets to make the most of the wider improvements

“I’d like to reassure the United Reformed Church and its congregation that we will involve them as things develop and having met with them last week we’re keen to support them to find a new home as part of our town centre plans that supports them to achieve their ambitions and continue with the important services they are providing to the community,” said Councillor Bradley. “We’re also aware that we need to look at how we develop our historic markets as how people use town centres changes and we’ll be speaking with traders and visitors to the town to see how we can best keep them and the unique independent traders at the heart of everything we do. “We will now start work on sorting the new parking arrangements so that is all in place before we start on the extension and I’d expect building work to start in the late summer. “If we can translate the interest we have now into lets we will not only have a much better offer in the town centre, particularly in the evening, but also a profitable scheme for the people of Chorley and the key to it is doing that.” It is expected the new development would be open in late 2019 in time for the Christmas shopping period.

Lancashire County Council is considering the results of a detailed survey to inform repairs needed to St Annes Library. The library had to be closed in August 2017 after some plaster fell from the ceiling. It had been due to be closed later that year for survey work, but the unexpected event meant the library had to be closed for safety and the survey work brought forward. As the library is over 110 years old and Grade 2 listed, specialist heritage surveyors have had to be brought in to support county surveyors to undertake the work. An initial survey has now been completed, with the results being considered by the council's design team to identify the work needed before the library can reopen. Areas under consideration include the masonry windows, foundations to the 1930s extension, weather sealing, roof trusses and the cupola. Due to the nature of the findings in the initial survey, it has been necessary to undertake a secondary survey of the building's foundations. County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We're sorry for the continued disruption caused by the unexpected closure of St Annes Library last year and I know that local residents are keen to learn how things are progressing. "It has taken some time to commission and carry out these specialist heritage surveys, which are necessary because of the age of the building and the fact that it is Grade 2 listed. I'm pleased we're now nearly at the point of fully identifying all the repairs that are needed. "So far we've had the results of the initial survey, but it has been found necessary to undertake a further investigation of the foundations. Our design team will continue to work closely with the surveyors, identify all the work needed, and propose a comprehensive scheme of repairs. "At this stage, we do not know exactly how long it will take to complete the repairs, but we will continue to keep people updated as soon as we know more." Opening hours have been extended at Ansdell Library and Kirkham Library to cover the hours St Annes would normally be open. You can find out more at libraries.

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Darwen Market

Square Plans Unveiled

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is investing £1.5 million in the future of Darwen Town Centre by creating a fantastic public space right in the heart of the town. The plans are for the area outside Darwen Market and on the site of the former 3 day Market; work will begin as early as spring this year. The Council has worked closely with Darwen Town

Centre Partnership Board and the Heart of Darwen Design Reference Group, amongst others, to gain invaluable input into the design process and ultimately the final layout plans released today. With a fresh, contemporary feel to the design, a great deal of care has been taken to make the most of historical features within the space such as the buildings under Railway Road, which will be revitalised as part of the scheme. There are historical references too, in the creation of a new staircase from Railway Road that echoes a staircase of yesteryear. The design shows three distinct areas; a large formal market square with capacity big enough for people to enjoy large scale outdoor events, an area with green landscaping for sitting, playing and relaxing and the potential for retail within the larger refurbished units. The views from Railway Road will be fantastic across Darwen to the West Pennine Moors and give a place for reflection. Work will continue to develop the plans in more detail; these will be shared in due course. Councillor Phil Riley said: The future of town centres such as Darwen, lies not just in retail, but in finding other ways to attract daytime visitors. We feel that by reclaiming this exceptional central location as a public space, by making it attractive

space that the people of Darwen can use, and where different groups can hold events; we are investing in Darwen for the future.” There will inevitably be some disruption whilst we create this vibrant new public space. We will work hard with businesses to minimise the impact of

the works and we would ask residents for your patience and to support local businesses, which will remain open, for the duration.” John Sturgess, Chair of Darwen Town Centre Partnership Board, said: This is the result of months and months of hard work and we think

this will be a great feature for the centre of Darwen. This is a fantastic space with some wonderful historic features and it will be used for so many different things that there really will be something for everyone. These are shaping up to be exciting times for Darwen and its future.” The Council and their partners are working to support local businesses by sourcing materials locally, where possible, for the scheme.

Blackburn to host

V&A textile treasures

Four textile panels by some of the 20th Century’s greatest textile designers have gone on show at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. On loan from the V&A Museum in London the four pieces are works by British design heavyweights Lucienne Day, Ashley Havinden, Tibor Reich and Marion Dorn. The loan is part of the V&A’s DesignLab Nation programme that aims to bring together secondary schools, local museums and local designers to inspire and preserve the essential role of Art, Design and Technology in education. The programme that seeks to extend the reach of the V&A’s Schools Programme beyond London, is working with a variety of cultural venues throughout the UK and in Blackburn it will explore the rich

legacy of the region’s cotton industry. The scheme will encourage young people to make their own contemporary responses to historical processes, and to gain an understanding of how collections from the past can inform new ideas. As part of the project students from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA) will work with local printmaker Sarah Hardacre to create their own fabric designs inspired by the pieces from the V&A. Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Young People, said: We’re delighted to be working with the V&A and to have been chosen to host such prestigious pieces. It is fantastic that young people are being encouraged to explore the rich manufacturing history of this area that continues

to this day, and is something that is celebrated by the wonderful National Festival of Making. This project gives them an opportunity to see how they can develop skills, which could potentially be used in the areas of design and making and contribute to the continuing success of our local creative and manufacturing industries. Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: As our creative economy grows, international competition accelerates, and the provision of creative subjects in schools is squeezed, art and design education is needed more than ever. By bringing together local industry, museums and schools, DesignLab Nation will ensure that the V&A works with communities across the country to educate and inspire the artists, innovators and designers of tomorrow.

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Free help to give up smoking as

hard-hitting new TV advert starts

Health bosses in Bury urge smokers to get free support to quit as a new hard-hitting TV advert highlights how poisons from tar in cigarettes enter the bloodstream and spread all over the body. In Bury, some 1,792 people were admitted to hospital in 2015/16 with a smoking related illness. Free personalised ‘stop smoking’ support is available locally via the Bury Lifestyle Service. For more information call 0161 253 7554 or email Public Health England (PHE) has released a new TV advert highlighting the dangers of tar in cigarettes, as England’s seven million smokers are urged to make a quit attempt with help from Smokefree this New Year. The latest campaign shows how poisons from tar in cigarettes enter the bloodstream, spreading around the body within seconds and causing damage to major organs. To help explain the ongoing internal harm being caused, a group of seven lifelong smokers - including TV presenter and entrepreneur Hilary Devey - declare their intention to quit in January after seeing the results of a lab demonstration. The test results show how their smoking has led to elevated levels of cadmium (a metal used in batteries), cancer-causing nitrosamines and carbon monoxide in their blood. These toxic substances are among more than 4,000 chemicals released into the body with each cigarette smoked, including more than

70 known cancer-causingcompounds. Elevated levels of these substances were seen in the participants’ blood and can lead to an increased risk of major damage to the body. Exposure to cadmium for a long period of time is associated with an increased risk of damage to the kidneys and bones and may lead to lung cancer. Research has demonstrated that if you regularly smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day, you are twice as likely to develop kidney cancer compared with a nonsmoker. Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines (TSNAs) are potent chemical compounds, many of which are carcinogenic (cancer-causing). They can cause DNA damage, cell death and are associated with cancers of the pancreas, mouth, respiratory and digestive tracts. Carbon monoxide decreases the ability of the blood to carry oxygen and consequently puts a strain on the heart. Carbon monoxide is also associated with an increased risk of blood clots and coronary heart disease. In the new film that supports the TV advert, Dr Dawn Harper, a GP from Gloucester, explains the results of the tests to the smokers and how the quality of their blood would start to improve when they quit – ridding them of harmful poisons which cause major damage to the body. Dr Dawn advises the smokers that there are many ways to quit, including free

proven support from NHS Smokefree. People can choose what works best for them: face-to-face help, stop smoking aids, a quitting app, email, social media, and SMS support. Find out more at Lesley Jones, director of public health in Bury, said: “Smoking is a deadly habit and each year it kills around 500 people in Bury and in 2014-16 the number of potential years of life lost due to smoking related illness in Bury was 4,727 years. The dangers of continuing to smoke are clear, with 35 people being admitted to hospital in Bury every week throughout 2015 due to smoking. “Our new TV ad shows how every cigarette sends a flood of poisonous chemicals through the bloodstream in seconds. We are urging every smoker in Bury to take advantage of the free Smokefree support and quit for good this New Year.” Dr Dawn Harper, GP and medical journalist, says: “I see the damaging effects of smoking in my surgery almost every day. Tar from cigarettes causes damage to major organs, the bones and increases your risk of a range of cancers and diseases. But, the good news is that no matter how long you’ve smoked, quitting can reduce your chances of developing cancer, heart and lung disease and other serious smoking-related illnesses. Some of the benefits are almost immediate, with improved energy and breathing within a matter of days.

“I know how difficult it is to stop but the important thing is to commit to trying again, no matter how many times you might have tried and failed in the past – it’s never too late.” Hilary Devey, TV presenter, entrepreneur and lifelong smoker, says: “I’ve smoked at least 20 a day for over 40 years. Like many, I’ve been hooked on cigarettes and ignoring the damage – even though I

know the harm I’m doing, I’ve found it extremely difficult to quit for good. Even a stroke three years ago only led me to stop temporarily. “Seeing the high levels of poisonous chemicals in my blood from these tests really hit home how dangerous continuing to smoke is – and for that reason, I’m done! “I’m absolutely determined to try again this New Year and I hope other smokers across

the country will join me making full use of all the free help available at Smokefree - this time next year we could be celebrating one year smokefree and feeling the benefits.” Smokefree provides motivation, information and support for smokers who want to stop. Just search ‘Smokefree’ for free support and advice to help you quit smoking.

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Lancashire events mark 100th

anniversary of women gaining the right to vote

A series of events are being held in Lancashire to commemorate 100 years since some women were first able to vote in UK national elections. The Vote 100 campaign celebrates the milestone of Parliament passing a law, the Representation of People Act 1918, which allowed women over 30, and all men, to vote for the first time. This year is also the centenary of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 which allowed women to become MPs. In December 2018 it will be 100 years since the first general election in which women voted in the UK. This campaign will launch at Nelson Library next month with the Venus Voices programme of events. This series will run in support of Vote

100, and will look at how women in 2018 can reflect on the actions of the suffragettes for inspiration. On Thursday 8 March at 12 noon, local writer and actress Yvonne Tennant will talk about Selina Cooper, the Nelson based women's suffrage campaigner. Yvonne will also perform extracts from her play about Selina, 'Hard Faced Woman'. Venus Voices will offer a programme of workshops, performances and creative experiences giving women the chance to openly discuss their health, relationships, family roles, working lives and what different life stages mean to them. Working with partners, including the Civic Arts Centre in Oswaldtwistle, the Venus Voices programme will be

based on four themes: • Mental wellbeing of pregnant women and new mums • Body Image 11 years - 80s • Work/life roles/career aspirations • Menopause & celebrating opportunities Lancashire museums will also host a programme of exhibitions and events about extraordinary women over the next few months. These include Lucy Adlington's Votes for Women History Wardrobe at Gawthorpe Hall on Thursday 21 June at 7pm. Lucy specialises in costume history, particularly from the early 20th Century. She collects 19th and 20th century costume. She also is an author of costume history books and historyinspired fiction. Lancashire Archives,

on Bow Lane, Preston, will host a talk on Tuesday 27 March by bestselling author Jane Robinson about suffragette, Selina Turner. Jane's book, Hearts and Minds, was written about the Suffragists great march on London in 1913 and was written with assistance from documents held in the Lancashire Archives, where Selina Turner's archive is stored. Lancashire County Council's Heritage Learning Team, in partnership with Horse and Bamboo Theatre and Chant, will present a performance of Suffrajitsu to pupils at junior schools in Rossendale. The enactment will include music, poetry, movement, and digital techniques allowing children to enjoy performances telling the story of female bodyguards protecting

suffragist leaders. County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "1918 was a major milestone for votes for women and I am delighted that we are recognising this by hosting a series of exhibitions and events. "Many Lancashire women were at the forefront of campaigning for the right to vote, especially Edith Rigby, and I feel that it is right to mark their groundbreaking work and honour the sacrifices they made, not only up to 1918 but also in the years afterwards. "It is strange to think that only 100 years ago women did not have the right to vote or stand for parliament. By celebrating this centenary we show our gratitude to those who fought so hard for all women to have the right

to vote and stand for public office. "I hope that people take the opportunity to go along and find out more." More information about the events to be held at Lancashire museums is available at museums. For more information, or to book a place on the talk to be held at Lancashire Archives, visit www., telephone 01772 533039 or email record. For more information, or to book a place for Lucy Adlington's Votes for Women History Wardrobe at Gawthorpe Hall on 21 June at 7pm, email gawthorpehall@lancashire., or telephone 01282 771004. Tickets for this can only be obtained from Gawthorpe Hall.

Play Factore For any child, their own birthday party is the highlight of the year and Play Factore provide the Ultimate Birthday parties. Launching this spring are Play Factore’s party bags which every

child will receive when attending a Foreman’s Favourite or VIP party. Exciting gifts each child can take home and have fun with. Remember Play Factore’s private party rooms are fully equipped with iPods providing individual party music, movement sensory LED lights and a selection of party menus. Each party room & party host will ensure the coolest environment for your child and guests for a party to remember! Call 0844 824 6030 and check www. for more details!

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Take the family for a trip to the Brecon Beacons National Park whilst in Scotland and enjoy a broad assembly of attractions and activities!

STARGAZING: The entire Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve and has some of the highest quality skies throughout the whole of the UK which makes it a first choice for many to enjoy stargazing as the contrast of the stars against the beautiful dark sky allows for a truly brilliant stargazing experience. There are also many nocturnal animals that venture out in the night that you will be able to spot with your binoculars! You may be able to spot some of the rarest creatures of the night such as barn owls, horseshoe bats, foxes, badgers, dormice, hedgehogs, moths and insects. MOUNTAIN BIKING: Enjoy beautiful views whilst cycling throughout the stunning scenery within the National Park and simultaneously participating in a healthy bout of exercise and spending plenty of time in the fresh air with family and friends. Bikes can be hired from the park where guests can enjoy a range of packages such as a modest one day bike ride to a complete set including equipment, accommodation, routes and guides. A range of different terrains are available for guests to discover such as lanes and hillside tracks. FISHING: Whether you’re an avid fisherman or a complete newbie, turn your hand to fishing at the National Park and experience fishing in rivers,

canals, lakes and reservoirs within The River Wye, The River Usk, Talybont Reservoir, Usk Reservoir, Llangorse Lake, or the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. All participants are required to hold a Rod Licence. HORSE RIDING: Horse lovers are also welcomed at the National Park as the stunning scenery spans over 600 miles of bridle paths and tracks. Guests can also enjoy a relaxing pub lunch whilst exploring as facilities also cater for the horses. Experience quality trekking, riding and hacking holidays, short rides and pony trekking. GROUP ACTIVITIES: Experienced coordinators can help to create a package of activities including mental exercises or physical challenges for an afternoon of fun with your family and friends. Take advantage of the group activities at the Brecon Beacons National Park where a variety of activity sessions can be booked such as: water activities, i.e. Canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, whitewater rafting, raft building, sailing, windsurfing; walking and riding, i.e. Hill walking, orienteering, geocaching, cycling, mountain biking, quad biking, horse riding, pony trekking; nature and skills building, i.e. Navigation, bushcraft, wildlife-watching, archery, clay pigeon shooting as well as exploration activities, i.e. Caving, rock climbing, abseiling, gorge walking, ropes and zip wires. It is important to note that before partaking in outdoor activities, a thorough visit to the Brecon Beacons National Park’s website is recommend ensuring that all essential equipment can be obtained. Also, check the weather forecast to allow for proper preparation for the course of nature. Ensure family and friends are aware of your location and always take local advice about any natural hazards you might encounter. Contact a local guide, instructor or organised group and follow the Countryside Code and the Waterways Code.

A new way to discover the wonders of Welsh wildlife

Wales is one of the world’s best places to watch wildlife, if you know where - and when - to look. So we’ve teamed up with Wildlife Trusts Wales to create an interactive guide to help you explore Wales’ wonderful wildlife, whether it’s amazing ospreys, a feeding frenzy of red kites, the world’s largest Manx shearwater colony, or the best place in Britain to see puffins and porpoises. Why not go for a relaxing stroll through an

enchanting Welsh rainforest carpeted in bluebells and daffodils? Or simply sit in a field full of orchids, or by a brilliant waterfall, and admire the view? The magic isn’t just restricted to spring and summer – there are amazing wildlife displays in autumn and winter with seal pups aplenty, the return of thousands of birds to our estuaries, and wonderful autumnal woodland colours with

golds, bronzes and foxy reds. Wales has an abundance of wildlife hotspots, including 216 Wildlife Trust nature reserves, 11 RSPB sanctuaries, over 2,485sq miles (4,000sq km) of National Park, and an 870-mile (1400 km) Wales Coast Path for wildlife to, well, go wild in. Wales has it all – but knowing where to go is the key to unlocking its secrets. Wildlife of Wales helps visitors to explore Wales’s wonderful natural world

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Take home treasures

from Wonderwool Wales

Thousands of fibre fans will leave Wonderwool Wales 2018 weighed down with their pick of wool and natural fibre products from more than 200 high quality stalls - and some of the really lucky ones will also go home wearing the results of their own handiwork. Returning with its trade mark vibrancy, the annual wool and natural fibres extravaganza, at the

Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells on April 28 and 29 features a fabulous selection of pre-bookable Woolschools. Each hands-on workshop gives participants the chance to learn or perfect their skills with help from an expert. Fibre fans can walk off in a beautiful new arm-knitted cowl, a brooch stitched from wool oddments or a charming needle-felted animal brooch all made with the help of Woolschool tutors. There’s also the chance to learn weaving; an invitation to get “hooked” on hooking with carpet yarn; a workshop on woven wet felting techniques and more. All these opportunities are presented alongside a wealth of stalls, special exhibitions, daily demonstrations and have-a-go sessions and the ever-

entertaining Sheepwalk (a woolly take on the catwalk). Find out more at Like Wonderwool Wales Ltd on Facebook or follow on Twitter @ wonderwoolwales

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The Lake District’s World Heritage Site Win

The Lake District achieved its World Heritage Site status last summer, making it the second World Heritage Site in Cumbria alongside Hadrian's Wall, joining iconic locations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal. This summer will be the first full summer season that visitors are able to enjoy the Lake District’s World Heritage Site win. As well as being the UK’s 31st UNESCO World Heritage site,

the Lake District is also now one of eight sites, and the UK’s largest, looked after by the National Trust. The beautiful Lake District has now become one of fifteen National Parks, alongside Brecon Beacons, the Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, the Yorkshire Dales, the Broads, the New Forest and

the South Downs. It is the only UK National Park which is entirely a World Heritage site joining the likes of Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, St Kilda. The stunning scenery of the Lake District results from the mixture of natural landscapes and combination of stone walled fields and local farm buildings, displaying the historical

Once known as the capital of Cumbria, the buzzing town of Penrith is now filled with traditional shops and arcades acting as a large regional centre for the eastern Lake District and those just outside of the National Park.

Cumbria, and therefore Penrith, was a semi-dependent state in the 9th and 10th century and formed part of the Kingdom of Scotland and Strathclyde until 1070AD. Penrith has a rich history and was later used as a strategic route to and from Scotland,

cementing its status as a military centre. The Penrith Museum and Tourist Information Centre are housed within an Elizabethan building, recently refurbished, which was being used as a school until the early 1970’s. The museum displays the history, geology and archaeology of Penrith. The Penrith Beacon, a monument built in 1719, sits at the top of Beacon Hill and reminds residents and visitors of the numerous times the beacons were lit in times of war since King Henry VIII. The view from Beacon Hill is spectacular as views across Eden Valley up to the hills of Lakeland are able to be enjoyed. The Penrith railway station is within close proximity to the centre of Penrith and opposite the ruins of Penrith Castle.


nature of the Lake District. The social aspects of Lake District farming are an important factor on the development of the area as it helps to develop the character and therefore influence the survival of local dialects, the continuum of family-run farms, and the allowance of communal shepherding without fences and walls. Attention was brought upon the Lake District by its picturesque nature and is said to have influenced the development of romantic works, specifically through the writings of William Wordsworth, who aided in the

production of significant relationships between people and landscapes. The key themes introduced the importance of the environment, how the landscapes influence humans and how a sustainable relationship between humans and nature can be achieved. These ideas also helped the nation to realise the vulnerability of landscapes due to industrialisation, therefore leading to the construction of important movements to help protect the landscapes. Because of its role in the development of the National Trust movement, the Lake District has acclaimed

international importance and is the basis for the implementation of the World Heritage cultural landscape category. The World Heritage Site status will benefit the Lake District in several ways as interest in the Lake District will peak internationally which, in turn, will boost the economy. The community spirit will be also boosted as the community are given the recognition that they deserve for the cultural role of farming. The World Heritage Site status allows for the opportunity of engaging more funding and investments into the Lake District.

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New and improved Lakeside

playground now open

A transformed adventure playground at Lake District attraction, Brockhole-on-Windermere, has opened its gates to the public after a significant redevelopment. All new apparatus has been unveiled at the Windermere

playground, which features equipment suitable for all children; from toddlers to teens, plus a new covered seating area for parents.

Brockhole welcomes more than 300,000 visitors each year with a range of activities and attractions on site, including a café and gardens, bike hire, mini golf and the free adventure playground, which is a longstanding feature on the grounds. Sam Mason, General Manager of Brockhole said: “The adventure playground is a very popular feature among our visitors and so it was important for us to update the site to provide a new experience for families, and to attract new visitors to Windermere. “We’re in a phase of major redevelopment at Brockhole and the new playground follows the successful launch of our brand new attraction Brave the Cave, an indoor caving experience, which opened in October last year.” Cumbria-based Playdale Playgrounds was appointed to carry out the redevelopment and was briefed to create an area which reflected

Brockhole’s position, set upon the shores of Windermere, and to complement its natural rural surroundings. Amy Mallinson, Area Sales Manager at Playdale said: “Our playground design for Brockhole really focuses on family fun. Due to its lakeside position we designed the toddler area to feature a ‘Play Galleon’ and for older children we have included a bespoke ‘Mountain Tower Plus’. “There is now seating for adults and children too, and we have incorporated canopies and shades as well as hard-wearing surfaces beneath the picnic benches so that it will be suitable for year-round use, whatever the weather!” The new development is now open and covers 3,724 square metres with a range of items for children to enjoy, including an aerial runway, nine play towers and a four floor hexagonal tower.

Photo shows Isla Vanheste, age 7, enjoying the new adventure playground at Brockhole-on-Windermere. Sam Mason added: “This is an exciting start to 2018 for us, and one of many new improvements currently underway. Our car park and restaurant are also being refurbished ready for spring, when visitors will be able experience a whole new Brockhole that is both brilliant for families but will also appeal beyond the family market.”

Lakes coastal village celebrates

unique double World Heritage Status

As 2018 begins, the Lake District’s only coastal village, is celebrating its place on the map as one of the only places in the world to have a double World Heritage Site status. Muncaster Parish sits at the start of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire and is also part of the English Lake District. Two more good reasons to visit. Following a bumper season for the village last year, the New Year is set to bring even more opportunities to make the most of the remote jewel in the Lakes’ crown. Already part of Hadrian Wall’s World Heritage inscription, July’s announcement that the Lake District had joined the elite line-up of international locations gave it exceptional dual status. Lake District National Park area ranger, Rec Cathey, said it was an exciting time and that a lot of work had been done to help worldwide visitors enjoy the stunning landscape and history. She explained: “We have already rolled out the compelling community-led archaeology project tracking Romans in Ravenglass and provided great walk options,

including an accessible route for all ages and abilities. “The England Coast Path, due to open in this area in 2018, will take people into the village and Ravenglass has a regular train service, as well as top attraction, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. “It’s fantastic that people can get to this remarkable place by public transport and see for themselves why UNESCO recognised it as a World Heritage Site.” Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway’s marketing manager, Lisa Braithwaite, said getting global recognition twice was a remarkable feat. She explained: “It amazes people that this small community on the national park’s western fringes should have the same status as the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef. “They often come here without realising the Hadrian’s Wall connections and rich Roman heritage, revealed in our new Ravenglass Railway Museum and nearby Muncaster Castle, The Roman Bathhouse, The Beacon Museum and Hardknott Fort in the Eskdale valley. “Since the Lake District became a WHS in summer, people have been flocking. In 2017 we saw a record 115,000 visitors.” For more detailed

history and information about the great tourism location that is the Western Lakes visit www.westernlakedistrict. Peter Frost-Pennington, of Muncaster Castle, added: “It’s onwards and upwards for us and I can’t wait to promote and push our double World Heritage Site status for years to come. “People need to know the scope and depth of what we’ve got here in the Western Lake District, the history, people, coast, mountains, scenery, industry, culture and heritage. “World Heritage is absolutely positive, it’s given confidence and pride and will help us attract people to this incredible place.

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Visit Cumbria Conservation Day at Foulney Island Nature Reserve 3rd March -10:00 am to 4:00 pm Bring your friends and family and help benefit the wildlife with the clearing of vegetation from bird nesting areas of the Foulney Island Nature Reserve on the 3rd of March. This work helps to assist the little terns that travel to nest in the Foulney Islands in the summer. Participants are encouraged to wear suitable outdoor clothing and bring snacks and refreshments along with them. Foulney Island, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, LA13 0QL. Houghton Village Farmers Market 10th March to 11th March – 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Visit the farmer’s market and purchase local produce from the stalls. Expect stalls selling items such

as meat, bread, fruit and veg, cakes, cheese, as well as crafts and in-season plants. Tea and coffee mornings are run every month in aid of a different charity. Houghton Village Hall, Houghton, Carlisle, CA3 0NY Mother’s Day Treat @ Kong Adventure 11th March - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Reward Mum to a free cake and hot drink at Kong Adventure this Mother’s Day with any play area entry. Kong Adventure, Heads Rd, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5EZ Dracula’s Ghost – The Beggar’s Theatre 15th March - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Visit The Beggar’s Theatre on the 15th of March to witness a truly spectacular performance of the

vampire king at war with Van Helsing. Ticket prices start at £8.00 per adult. To pre-book tickets contact The Beggar’s Theatre on 01229 775677 The Beggar’s Theatre, Market Square, Millom. LA18 4HZ Please note: Prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Film Night: North by Northwest 23rd of March - 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm NORTH by NORTHWEST Visit the Threlkeld Village Hall on the 23rd of March to witness the 1959 American thriller performed. Enjoy a tale of mistaken identity which has been deemed one of the greatest films of all time. With screenplay by Ernest Lehman, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. Tickets are required for this event, £2 under 18’s and £4 adults. Threlkeld Village Hall, Station Rd, Threlkeld, Keswick CA12 4RX Please note: Prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change.

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Report calls for

National Parks to get smart

A walk in a park could soon be an entirely different experience if National Parks act on urgent recommendations made in a report released today. Real-time information from environmental monitors and sensors could soon inform rangers of the conditions of footpaths and monitor the effects of climate change. Bins

could send alerts when they are full to reduce unnecessary emissions due to bin collections. Your phone could sense when you tire during a walk, notifying you of the nearest pub for a rest stop. It could even send you the menu, or make a reservation on your behalf. These are all examples of smart technologies in use across the world that are quickly changing the face of

cities and open spaces, shaping new types of experiences. Now, experts suggest innovation and the ‘Internet of Things’ could be the key to better protecting the world’s National Park landscape while reducing costs and enhancing visitors’ experience. Professor Edward Truch, a Director of the Connected Communities Research Lab at Lancaster University Management School, is the lead author of the Smart Parks: Bringing smart technologies to National Parks report, commissioned by the Lake District National Park Authority. He said: “National Parks are under increasing pressure to deliver more for less and with population booms, visitor numbers are increasing – putting greater strain on the natural environment. This report sets out business models and revenue streams for National Parks right across the

world to consider, that can help address the gaps in budgets caused by cuts in public sector spending. The Smart Park model demonstrates how a high degree of connectivity and exchange of information can benefit all - from nature conservationists, tourists, businesses and communities, through to park authorities and emergency services. A Smart Park could open up opportunities for new types of visitor attractions, which protect rather than spoil some of the world’s most treasured landscapes. “Visitors are already making use of intelligent connected devices through apps like Google, Ordinance Survey and for things like navigation and accommodation bookings. Some areas of the world are already drastically cutting traffic pollution by introducing ‘smart’ car parking systems, for example,

directing individual motorists to available car parking spaces. “Research suggests there will be exponential growth in the number of worldwide devices connected to the internet over coming years, growing from 4.9bn in 2015 to around 25bn in 2025. National Parks need to act now and seriously consider these innovative technologies to better protect the environment and keep pace with future visitor expectations.” The new vision of a ‘Smart Park’, or a national or urban park enhanced by the effective use of the Internet of Things, identifies potential solutions for the main challenge vast, rural national parks currently face - efficient and reliable internet connectivity. New and emerging networks are offered as solutions to the problem, such as cognitive radio technology which is considered to be the next frontier in wireless communications. The report suggests developing technology with built-in intelligence and agility to adapt to the environment it is operating in, can offer ‘greener’ more sustainable options for natural spaces - optimising transmissions to preserve power. Lake District National Park’s Head of Strategy and Partnerships, Liam McAleese, said: “This collaboration between the Lake District National Park Partnership and Lancaster University Connected Communities Research Lab creates

an opportunity for us to explore innovative technology that may one day benefit our communities and enhance the experience for the millions of visitors who enjoy the Park every year. Smart Parks is a fascinating piece of research and it has presented us with a broad range of options to consider for the future of the National Park.” Chris Mahon, Chief Executive of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Committee UK and Development Director of World Heritage UK said: “The report offers a very new look at how designated natural areas and other green spaces, and the people that visit them, can benefit from the latest innovations in modern technology. It's about new ways of delivering conservation as well as visitor convenience and experience enhancement. Commissioned by the same organisation responsible for the successful 2017 inscription of the UK's most recent UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 'English Lake District', this study will be of considerable interest to many people, including members of the UNESCO and IUCN networks, involved in land and people management.” To read the report, visit: www.

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One of Cumbria’s top

destinations gets £2m makeover

Ribbon cutting picture caption: Cllr John Bell, Chairman of Cumbria County Council (left) and Cllr Graham Vincent, South Lakeland District Council’s portfolio holder for economy and assets, cut a ribbon to mark completion of the Glebe improvements, watched by invited guests below. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Glebe, Bowness on Windermere, today to formally mark the completion of road and public realm improvements in this popular lakeside location. Approximately £2 million has been invested in a package of improvements, making it much easier and safer for people to access one of Cumbria’s most popular destinations. The project has upgraded the Glebe with a series of public realm and access improvements, enhancing the area as a top destination for visitors. Works have included: • Road and footway improvements on Glebe Road. • On-street parking bays rearranged to reduce the ‘barrier effect’ of parked cars and more crossing opportunities for pedestrians. • Public realm improvements to the foreshore area. Cumbria County Council led the project, with funding secured from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership through the Growth Deal and from South Lakeland District Council. Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “The Glebe Road scheme has significantly enhanced this key lakeside destination, with public realm improvements to the foreshore area, enhanced footways and surfacing, and improved parking provision. The project has made a big difference to the Glebe Road area and will benefit both local residents and visitors. This scheme is part of the wider Optimising Connectivity project, which has also brought improvements on the A591 at Town End, Grasmere.” South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) funded improvements to the promenade and the shingle beach area, including new surfacing for footways, new street furniture and planting along the highway. Councillor Graham Vincent, SLDC’s portfolio holder for economy and assets, said: “The work at the Glebe progressed well and the end result is very impressive. We are delighted to have helped fund the work as part of an overall investment in this world class waterfront destination.” Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership director Graham Haywood said: "It is good to see a key element of the Optimising Connectivity programme being completed. Better transport links and connectivity support business growth and a more diverse economy for the South Lakes area. Cumbria LEP has invested £2m in this project overall to increase the range of sustainable transport

options available in the Lake District, including highway improvement schemes in key tourist hotspots at Grasmere and this one for the Glebe in Windermere. The project has also included cycleway improvements on Dunmail Raise in the heart of the Lake District." James Daplyn, Project

Manager at Capita, which designed the improvements, said: “As one of five Local Enterprise Partnership projects which Capita are delivering for Cumbria County Council, we are extremely proud of the project at the Glebe. The works have transformed areas of the Glebe waterfront for locals and visitors alike.”

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exploring the great outdoors

For exploring the great outdoors The best places to stay in Cumbria to explore this rich landscape include: Sharrow Bay a luxury retreat with top notch cuisine and walking straight from the door. For something a little less extravagant check out the Howtown Hotel near Penrith. It's very old fashioned, down-to-earth and is hugely popular with walkers. Another great place to stay is the Wasdale Head Inn, famous with the climbing fraternity and spectacularly situated below Scafell Pike. For culture The legacy of the past is here in prehistoric and Roman remains. Stone circles and burial cairns dot the land. Old Roman roads and forts still command attention. Historic places of worship and ruined castles speak of Norman times. Country houses and gardens delight the visitor. If Norman history is your thing then a stay at the Tufton Arms should suit - Appleby castle is on your doorstep. For walkers Walkers call this county 'paradise'. Everywhere the grandeur of the scenery speaks to the glory of Cumbria. The best places to stay in Cumbria for walkers reflect its atmosphere and rugged surroundings.

A warm welcome, good food and a comfortable bed are at their heart. New House Farm is off the beaten track, but boasts fabulous views plus a 17 acre garden with hot tub. The Pheasant Inn is situated near Lake Bassenthwaite in the less touristy Northern Lakes and is staunchly traditional but in a good way - roaring log fires and oak panelled bar. For enjoying the lakes For those who simply want to visit Cumbria to lap up the beauty of the Lakes, then book a room at Linthwaite House Hotel. It's an Edwardian pile with glorious views over Windermere and a great restaurant. The Swan Hotel and Spa overlooks the river Leven on the southern shore of Lake Windermere. As well as luxury accommodation it offers top notch spa, plus swimming pool and gym - so plenty to do if the weather's not playing ball. For families Last but not least in our summary of the best places to stay in Cumbria is Augill Castle a family friendly treat for everyone. It's a quirky property with great atmosphere and more importantly all sorts of thing for the kids to get up to - including their very own children's cookery school.

FairBookingUK has been working with Lake District hotel, Borrowdale Gates to promote the scheme on social media over the past three months. Last week it was announced Shropshire resident, Sue Gwynne was the lucky winner of two nights in the Keswick based hotel. Sue said: “I was so pleased to win this fabulous prize; it came at just the right time as I was planning a weekend away and always love a holiday in the Lakes. The ruck-sacks are packed

ready for the hill walking, I can’t wait.” FairBookingUK, is an ethical booking initiative which aims to provide the best accommodation deal for customers, as well as a better deal for local businesses and the destination where visitors intend to stay. FairBooking does this by promoting direct booking to visitors, which makes it a fairer deal for local businesses as direct bookings reduce their dependence on high commission charged by Online Travel Agents (OTAs). In return visitors receive the best rates available online for the property they are booking with. Colin Harrison owner of The Borrowdale Gates Hotel said: “Hoteliers can often pay 15-30% commission of the value of each booking through OTA’s. This not only impacts their profits, but also their ability to

support local suppliers. By being a part of FairBooking UK, not only do we reduce the amount of commission we pay; we can better support our local economy and charities working hard within our own communities.” Sue Clarke, manager of the FairBookingUK helpdesk, said: “Accommodation providers who use OTA’s are very concerned about the high commission rates they are paying to these often oversees based companies. Unlike many OTAs, FairBookingUK has a strong ethical dimension.” FairBookingUK is a

partnership of Cumbria Tourism, New Forest Tourism Partnership, Show me Wales and Visit Cornwall, with backing from other destination management organisations and businesses across the UK. So far there are more than 200 accommodation providers signed up to FairBooking across the UK. To find out more about booking accommodation through FairBooking, or getting your own business involved in the scheme visit or call Sue Clarke on 01539 822222.

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Community room opens in iconic Keswick Moot Hall The completion of significant restoration work at The Moot Hall, in Keswick town centre, marks the reopening of an exclusive workspace for local businesses, community groups and artists. The eye-catching building, which in its current form dates back to 1813, required major construction work to its renowned clock tower in 2017, creating an opportunity to develop a new community room on the first floor. Based on the ground floor of the Grade II listed building is the hugely popular Lake District National Park visitor information centre which welcomes more than 300,000 visitors each year. Not only will local businesses using the space benefit from a central location and lots of passing customers, but all proceeds made through hiring the space will be put straight into caring for the Lake

District National Park. Andy McGirl, Retail and Commercial Development Manager at Lake District National Park, said: “We’re delighted that The Moot Hall is once again restored to its former glory. It’s an adored building that is so appreciated by local residents, and the huge number of visitors who pass through the doors every year. “The first floor space offers an exciting opportunity for locals to be based in the heart of the town. As well as being available for hire as a meeting room and exhibition space, we are also offering reduced rates for community groups so that it will continue to serve as a hub for local people to enjoy.” In particular, due to the popularity of the location and the layout of the space available, local artists are said to be keen to use the room as an exhibition space.

Local artist, Pat Cramer, said: “The community room is an excellent space for an exhibition of paintings or photographs with good lighting, and display screens and hanging equipment provided.” Find out more about hiring this space. Photo shows the iconic The Moot Hall which is home to the Lake District National Park visitor information centre and new working space in Keswick.

“Getting fit” can sometimes be dreaded words to hear, but if you find ways to focus on your health and wellbeing that suit you, then it can actually be really fun…we promise! Heading outdoors can give you great motivation to get healthy and happy. The beautiful views will keep you so distracted that you won’t even realise you’re getting fit! Plus, it can be a more sociable way to get in shape, suitable for all ages and not to mention cheap! You don’t need to hike Scafell Pike or swim across Lake Windermere to constitute fitness, there are many ways to feel great and get fit to suit you. If you’re looking for easy ways to get healthy in the Lake District

then try… Taking a walk around the gardens of Brockhole whilst your little ones burn off some energy in the many attractions on site, including Treetop Trek and Brave the Cave. Taking a brisk walk along Ullswater Shore. This is a short route but you’ll clock up 2,800 steps! Or, if you're feeling a little more adventurous, why not try the 20 miles of the circular Ullswater Way route to clock up a  mighty 42,240 steps.  Peddling around Coniston waters. If you don’t have bikes to hand then head to Coniston Boating Centre where you can hire adult and child bikes. Packing up your weights, skipping rope or even hula hoop and finding a spot with a view to do your very own bootcamp! If you’re looking for more of a challenge then

how about… Braving the cold and taking a dip. 30 minutes of swimming could burn more than 2,000 calories… don’t forget your wetsuit! Cycling along the Eskdale Trail. This is a great fitness challenge but isn’t likely to take more than 3 hours, leaving you the rest of your weekend to recover! Stretching your legs along Windermere’s Western Shore. This suitably scenic route will keep you distracted from the whopping 11,600 steps you will take. Taking to the peaks to tone up and burn even more calories! If you’re looking for a real challenge check out this Patterdale route. And, let’s not forget that by walking, running, cycling and swimming your way around the Lake District you’re doing your bit for the environment too! Find out more about being lowcarbon in the Lakes here. Here’s to a happy and healthy start to 2018!

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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

Lake District low-carbon initiative calls for support

The Lake District National Park Partnership has reassessed its carbon footprint and is encouraging residents, businesses and visitors to support its efforts to reduce the impact of climate change on the Lake District. An area-wide ‘low-carbon Lake District’ initiative, which seeks to tackle climate change, has reviewed the baseline carbon footprint in the Lake District, and for the first time has reviewed business emissions too. Sam Hagon Strategy and Partnership Adviser at the Lake District National Park said: “Our approach is to decide what actions will deliver the largest carbon savings. We have a focus on visitor travel as transport has become more important since the previous assessment. Accommodation, food and drink are also important as combined they make up the second largest area of greenhouse gas emissions.” Residents of the Lake District can join the initiative too by making lifestyle changes, no matter how small. For example, Drinking from the tap instead of buying bottled water can be up to 1000 times less carbon intensive. If you swapped your bottle of imported lager for a pint of locally brewed ale, the carbon saving would be equivalent to driving one mile. Cumbria has over thirty microbreweries so there’s no shortage! Tomatoes grown in artificially heated greenhouses in winter can be 100 times more carbon intensive than those grown locally and in season. Keep an eye out for locally produced food and embrace the UK seasons. Buy seasonal and local fruit and vegetables to keep yourself and your carbon footprint healthy. If you need an excuse to keep up your January diet then how about this, a cheese burger has a carbon footprint of about 2.5 kg CO2e, that’s four and a half miles in an average car or 15 miles by train! In fact, you can eat 250 locally grown apples for the same amount of carbon. The climate change subgroup of the Lake District National Park Partnership took a pioneering approach in 2010 by setting out

the first ‘carbon budget’ for a local area with the target of reducing the emission of carbon, and other greenhouse gases, by 1 percent per year. It has now taken a look back at the learning so far. Sam Hagon added: “It is good practice to review the methodology used in the carbon budget at regular intervals. This review, seven years since the scheme launched, allowed us to identify what may be required to achieve greater carbon savings so that we are clear which actions make the biggest difference. “Collectively we’ve saved over 340,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, from activities such as sustainable transport initiatives, installing hydroelectric schemes and planting new trees. We are now saving almost 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. That’s equivalent to the carbon footprint of 5,600 people in the Lake District – or six times the population of Coniston.” The Lake District National Park is encouraging people to be efficient in their use of travel as part of its Get Fit in the Lakes campaign, which is motivating people to walk, run, cycle and even swim around the Lake District in a bid to look after themselves and the environment. To read the full carbon budget report visit www. uk/carbonbudget

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

Council sets out plan

for Front Street, Alston

Plans for the refurbishment of Alston's iconic Front Street are moving forward, with a local steering group helping to represent the community and shape the vision for the works. The steep cobbled road with its iconic market cross is one of the most recognisable features of the town. To take forward plans for its refurbishment Cumbria County Council has established a dedicated project team. The team will work closely with a local steering group led by local county councillor Claire Driver and include representatives from the parish council, business, farming, bus operators and the Alston Moor Partnership. The first task for the new team will be a worldwide search for the right sort of material to use that reflects the heritage of Front Street, can deal with the gradient, the volume of traffic and provide a long term solution; a funding package then has to be put

together to deliver the scheme within the significant constraints of the site. A firm timescale for the plan has not yet been agreed and it is likely that temporary repairs will have to be made in the meantime as the condition of the road deteriorates. These will cause local disruption but every effort will be made to minimise this. Cllr Claire Driver, Local Member for Alston, said: “I can appreciate that people may think that nothing has been happening, but a huge amount of work has been going on behind the scenes. As well as being a major part of the road infrastructure of the county and a major route between the Lake District and the North East, Front Street with its cobbles is the centre of our community and a key part of what draws tourists here and makes those travelling through actually stop. “All parties recognise that this project is more than a simple engineering job, and are committed to preserving the heritage of the town and its ‘sense of place’. We are putting in the resources to get this right and it will take time. “When work does start, Alston town must stay open for business and the steering group is looking at ways of making this happen. We are also thinking about

how we can make use of what will be, in effect, a pedestrianised area - markets, street theatre, historical events, exhibitions, pop-up shops are all options. We will be working with

other bodies to promote and market the town while the work is going on. I’d welcome people sending me their ideas for events to me via the steering group.”

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New La Manga Club breaks put added spring in golfers' step

Recently confirmed as Spain’s number one golf destination, La Manga Club boasts a plethora of fivestar facilities on and off the fairways, and is offering some of the best-value golf anywhere in Europe with its new range of stay-and-play breaks this spring. Three award-winning 18-hole courses, an outstanding golf academy and numerous other sports and leisure facilities has made the resort a firm favourite with European golfers for more than four decades, and players can snap up a bargain when booking a three, five or seven-night package over the coming months. Named as ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’ at the 2017 World Golf Awards, La Manga Club received further recognition last month when all three of its courses – the North, South and West – were included in the top 35 of the respected Top 100 Golf Courses website’s latest Spanish rankings – the only venue in Spain to receive such an honour. Available until the

end of June, the attractive breaks include the opportunity to play each course, with golfers able to hone their swings beforehand at the resort’s impressive Golf Training Centre. Bed-and-breakfast accommodation is provided in either La Manga Club’s luxury Hotel Principe Felipe or fourstar Las Lomas Village while the packages – which are based on two people sharing a room - also feature complimentary use of the resort’s five-star Wellness Centre including fitness centre, indoor pool, saunas and steam rooms. Three times the size of Monaco and nestling in an exclusive corner of Murcia in south-east Spain, La Manga Club has set the benchmark for European golf resorts since opening in 1972. The resort – which is celebrating its 45th anniversary – was recently granted royal status and awarded the prestigious title of ‘Real Golf La Manga Club’ in recognition of its key role in promoting Spanish golf while, among its other accolades,

it was voted ‘Spain’s Best Golf Hotel’ by UK readers of Today’s Golfer magazine for an amazing seventh year in a row. The official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), La Manga Club’s unrivalled facilities also include a 28-court tennis centre, a new European Cricket Performance Centre and a 2,000sqm Wellness Centre. In addition, it features the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 15 bars and restaurants. Three, five and seven-night golf breaks are available to book at La Manga Club until June 30, 2018, with prices starting from only €285pp (approx £254). Packages include golf on any of the resort’s 18hole golf courses, bed-and-breakfast accommodation and use of La Manga Club Wellness Centre’s fitness centre, indoor pool, saunas and steam rooms. For more information on La Manga Club and to book, visit www.

UK takes top spots at St. Kitts & Nevis

Admirals Cup Pro Am Golf Tournament St. Kitts Tourism Authority hosted its eighth annual St. Kitts & Nevis Admirals Cup Pro-Am Tournament, with UK teams winning in both the Pro-Am and Am-Am divisions. UK team Mannings Heath Golf Club beat competing teams from the USA, Canada, UK and Caribbean regions. The team, made up of Host Professional Tom Hayward and amateurs Jack Hayward, Ed Massam, and Elliot Coy,

earnt a spot in the Admirals Cup ProAm after winning the TP Tour Grand Final previously in November. In St. Kitts, the Mannings Heath Pro-Am team dominated the field from the first day of the 54-hole team event winning by 18 shots over the East Bank Club from Chicago, Illinois. In the Am-Am Division, the team of Ed Massam and Elliot Coy were crowned inaugural champions. “We had a truly memorable trip. The golf courses were fantastic and the event was run brilliantly.” Said Tom Hayward and rising touring professional on the TP Tour, “We look forward to returning to St. Kitts and Nevis to defend our titles and

will spread the word about this great event. We’ll work hard to bring more teams from the UK along with us.” The tournament, which is the destination’s premier event for golfers, took place between 3 – 8 February. This prestigious five-day team tournament, now in its eighth year, pairs a PGA professional and three amateurs to form Pro-Am teams, and is jointly staged at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club and the Robert Trent Jones II course at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis. In the eight years the event has been running, more than 100 teams and 1,000 total attendees have

experienced all the elements St. Kitts and Nevis has to offer as a must-visit golf destination. Beyond the golf rounds, attendees enjoyed nightly dinner functions, including a private Super Bowl Viewing Party at the Carambola Beach Club, exhilarating speedboat transfers between St. Kitts and Nevis, guided island tours and adventure excursions like zip lining and snorkelling, authentic Kittitain cuisine, and several types of lodging accommodations to choose from. This year’s tournament hotel partners included the St. Kitts Marriott & The Royal Beach Casino, Four Seasons Resort Nevis, and the Silver Reef Condo Resort. This year also marked the introduction of the new ‘Am – Am’ division, where pairs of amateurs competed in a separate three-day best ball stableford. This new addition allows for more players to compete in the tournament without having to take part with a host professional. The St. Kitts & Nevis Admirals Cup is the only golf event of its kind with tournament rounds contested simultaneously on two different Caribbean islands. Minister Lindsay Grant said: “St. Kitts was thrilled to host the golf tournament on island for the eighth year and welcome teams from across the globe. Congratulations to the Mannings Heath team in the UK and to all the golfers for participating.” Racquel Brown, CEO of St. Kitts Tourism Authority, said: “St. Kitts is fast becoming a must play Caribbean golf destination. The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club is spectacularly positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and with a challenging stretch of oceanfront holes and spectacular views of the Southeast Peninsula. Congratulations to all this year’s participants and we hope to welcome them back next year.” For more information on the St. Kitts and Nevis Admirals Cup, visit www. or contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority’s preferred Golf Tour Operator in the UK, A Golfing Experience, on 01494 875164 or email steve@

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Visit Scotland

Retrace Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger’s footsteps and journey through Edinburgh to the Highlands, immersing yourself in the wizarding world of Harry Potter through a four day tour. DAY ONE: JK Rowling’s development of the wizarding world began in Edinburgh, so wander through the cobbled streets and winding alleys of the city’s Old Town to begin your adventure. Visit the birthplaces of Harry’s adventures, The Elephant House and the Edinburgh Castle, and encourage your very own creative voice. JK Rowling’s handprints are set in stone at the Edinburgh City Chambers on the Royal Mile. The Greyfriars Kirkyard is believed to be inspiration for the graveyard of Harry’s beloved and, as it’s only a short journey from The Elephant House, it has earned itself a spot on the whistle-stop tour. JK Rowling spent her time wisely whilst she penned the final chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by staying in The Balmoral Hotel. Why not do the same?! DAY TWO: Mimic the Hogwarts Express and witness beautiful views whilst on the train journey to Glasglow. However, be warned: Death Easters boarded the train on the Rannoch Moor within Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1. Trade your chocolate frogs on the train journey

to Fort William; the train should take just under four hours. Or, you could drive to the Bo'Ness Motor Museum where Ron Weasley's Ford Anglia can be seen, as well as many exotic owl species at the Scottish Owl Centre. Use the accommodation search to find the perfect place for you to stay the night in Fort William!

DAY THREE: Book a seat on the Jacobite Steam Train, which travels along the West Highland Line, and observe truly spectacular views. The steam train starred as the Hogwarts Express taking Harry from platform 9 ¾ all the way to Hogwarts. Take the very same journey as Harry and his friends

Scotland’s events portfolio continues

to thrive with funding awarded to 12 events

• Twelve events from across 10 local authorities are to benefit from nearly £100,000 of funding from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate • Among them are five events receiving funding for the first time, including Cream o’ the Croft in Comrie Croft, Perthshire, and The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival in Newburgh, Fife • The National Programme Fund plays an integral role in developing domestic tourism across Scotland by help grow the country’s diverse events portfolio Nearly £100,000 of funding has been awarded to 12 events and festivals across Scotland from the latest round of EventScotland’s National Programme Fund. Among them are Cream o’ the Croft and The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival, two of five events and festivals receiving funding for the first time from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. Taking place in June and August respectively, and organised by Muckmedden Ltd, the two familyfriendly mountain bike events offer more than just your average mountain bike festival. With something for everyone, including mountain bike racing, live music, gourmet food and drink, and wild camping, the two events are the perfect book ends to the summer. Both events have been awarded £5,000 each to enhance the PR and marketing support and activity around the event, including video production and online advertising. Aaron Gray, Events Director at

Muckmedden Ltd, said: “We would like to sincerely thank EventScotland for their invaluable support with Cream o’ the Croft and The Eliminator. The generous funding we have been awarded will allow us to promote both of our familyfriendly festivals to all of the UK. The investment also gives us the freedom to significantly improve the quality of infrastructure and entertainment at both venues as we seek to attract not only mountain bikers, but young families and music festival-goers to Highland Perthshire and Fife.” Also receiving funding is Bonfest, the three-day rock music festival that celebrates the life and music of the AC/DC legend Bon Scott. Held in his home town of Kirriemuir, and organised by Scottish charity DD8 Music, this is the third year the festival has received funding from EventScotland. Over that time the funding has helped the festival expand its offer and increase its attendance, with a record attendance of 6,000 from 27 countries turning out across the three days for last year’s festival. This year the festival has been awarded £9,332 towards increasing the capacity and quality of the campsite as well as for staging in Bellies Brae car park, next to the Bon Scott Statue, that will showcase young bands as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. Graham Galloway, DD8 Music Chairperson, said: "DD8 Music are delighted that Bonfest is being supported for the third year by the National Programme Fund. The fund has enabled the festival to

grow significantly over the past few years, and we would have found this very difficult to achieve without the help and support of EventScotland. As a youth music charity, we are very excited to be one of the many amazing Year of Young People events happening all over Scotland, which are celebrating the talent and ambition of our upcoming generation." The National Programme Fund supports the strategic development of events which occur outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow, with the aim of driving tourism, delivering economic impact for local communities and generating media profile for Scotland. Since 2008, EventScotland has invested more than £3.9m into 363 events across the country. Building on existing event activities, extending marketing reach and enhancing the on-site food and drink offer are just some of the ways funding is put to use by events and festivals. Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to be funding these 12 amazing events and festivals from the latest round of EventScotland’s National Programme Fund. Taking place across 10 local authorities between May and October, these events and festivals will bring real impact by attracting visitors and driving economic impact in their local area. “The National Programme Fund plays a vital role in maintaining Scotland’s reputation as the perfect stage for events and it is through events like these that we can ensure we continue to have a dynamic events portfolio that benefits everyone.”

over the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct. Explore the small, lively harbour village in Mallaig and treat yourself to lunch! DAY FOUR: Spend the final day wandering through some of the most beautiful scenic spots in the Highlands and feel the magical atmosphere. The

short walking route at Steall Falls is a popular choice as the waterfall is featured during the Triwizard Tournament within Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Clachaig Inn in Glen Coe was a filming location for Hagrid's Hut within Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The hut is no longer

erected, however the landscape remains the same! Take a welldeserved break and enjoy some food and refreshments. Finally, you can take a trip to Loch Etive in Glen Etive – the place that Harry was dropped after escaping Gringott’s Bank! The surrounding glen is a fan favourite and is stunning.

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Visit York

Combine a wonderful trip to York along with spending some quality time with Mum this Mother’s Day. Opt for a special afternoon tea cruise on board the River Palace where delicious food and an unforgettable journey are also catered to. A different perspective of York can be thoroughly enjoyed along the stunning River Ouse within the comfort of the heated saloon or open top deck. Along the route, you will discover fascinating facts about the history of York from a local, knowledgeable skipper as the cruise makes its way through the city, downstream in to Bishopthorpe Palace. Wander over to the bar and take in the beautiful buildings, bridges and historic sights whilst keeping your eyes peeled for any wildlife you may encounter along the way! Top of Form A charming 1 hour and 30 minute cruise from King’s Staith Landing is available to book on Mother’s Day providing a selection of delicate home-made sandwiches, fruit scones and scrumptious finger deserts, all of which are served with tea and coffee. The cruise will set sails at 12pm or 2:30pm on Sunday 11th March 2018. Please note: Afternoon Tea Cruises do sail on a wheelchair accessible

vessel although there is not a wheelchair accessible toilet on board. Baby changing facilities, highchair facilities or pushchair storage are also unavailable on this vessel. These Afternoon Tea Cruises do sail on one of our wheelchair accessible vessels although there is not a wheelchair accessible toilet on board. Please note there are also no baby changing facilities, highchair

Explore Hull’s city centre with two self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme with an aim to allow residents to discover Hull's "hidden treasures" as you wander through the traditional touristy spots as well as uncovering some unusual and more peculiar sights. The Curious About Hull tourist guide booklets encourage everybody in your group to keep focussed, ensuring no stone gets left unturned! Wander around the twisting lanes in the Old Town and hunt down the impressive churches, museums, and captivating architecture. Pass through the peaceful Queen’s Gardens through the Guildhall building as well as through the Land of Green Ginger and Bowlalley – capturing views of the River Hull. Observe the beauty that is the church of Holy Trinity and finish at the vibrant Trinity Square, where there are multiple options for a refreshment or two within Hull’s

modern and inviting bars before moving on to the second walk. The two walks have been specifically designed to allow the second walk to instantly flow from the first. You can choose to complete both on the same day, or take a break and have lunch, or even do them on separate weekends! There are no restrictions, it is entirely up to your party. Once you’ve made the most of those two-for-one offers on cocktails, you can begin your second walk from Trinity Square, where you’ll be taken into the contemporary City Square. Witness the inspiring halls, museums and galleries before you progress with your walk on to more bars and restaurants. Enjoy the stunning views of the mass of colourful boats before finishing your walk at the pier with a jaw-dropping view across the Humber. Most of the clues on the Curious About tour are specifically chosen

facilities or pushchair storage on this vessel. There is currently 10% off all tickets pre-booked online for the Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Cruise. City Cruises York’s T&C’s apply. For further information, please visit City Cruises York website: www. Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change.

Curious About… Hull

because of their historical roots, encouraging groups to not only spend time together and productively work together but also to discover the diverse culture that Hull is immersed in. Uncover the names of extraordinary people and events that influence the development of Hull becoming the City that it is today. The booklet encourages an outdoor, unsupervised activity which allows groups to move at a pace which suits them. Curious About tours are a fun way to get groups of family and friends working together to enjoy a day of entertainment. Follow the directions and clues on the map to discover your route. The tour is suitable from children from ages 6 and above. Each booklet can be used for up to four people. Visit the Curious About website for further information on how to obtain a booklet: www.

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Members of the County Council have seen for

themselves how their backing has helped a peer support group for parents in the Catterick area. Parents4Parents is run entirely by and for parents from military and civilian families. It offers free peer support to parents facing difficult circumstances when expecting or looking after their children. The County Council’s Stronger Communities programme, which helps communities to play a greater role in delivering services, gave the group financial support that enabled it to produce a business plan and apply for a Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant. The application was successful and in December the group secured £136,000 over three years to give it stability and enable it to expand its services. County Council chair Cllr Helen Swiers, Executive Member for Stronger Communities Cllr David Chance and Cllrs David Jeffels, Karin Sedgwick and Helen Grant joined members of Parents4Parents for a celebratory event at Colburn Village Hall this month. The celebration marked the conclusion of the Take Our Words for It! project funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund, in which parents worked with a creative writing tutor for eight months to produce powerful poetry and prose describing how hard becoming and being a parent can be. Parents4Parents project director and development officer Viv Schwartzberg said: “Our volunteer peer supporters use the written word to help parents to talk and think about what’s troubling them and we realised there was more to be gained from creative writing. Take Our Words for It! has brought parents from civilian and military families together and helped them to express and share with each other their most difficult feelings and experiences.” The event included a documentary video, a spoken word performance from the Take Our Words for It!

Writing Team and the launch of the book about the project. Cllr Swiers said: “This visit is one of several I and County Council colleagues are making to community groups around the county. These visits give us a chance to see first-hand a little of the great work being done by these projects and so many others in North Yorkshire. It’s also a chance to thank volunteers for their efforts and to see how Stronger Communities is supporting them.” Cllr Chance said: “Stronger Communities is a flagship initiative for the County Council, as we want to do all we can to help communities to help themselves by making the most of the skills, expertise and enthusiasm of the people who live in them. It is a pleasure and a privilege to see for ourselves how the support and funding provided by Stronger Communities is benefiting people and changing lives.” Parents4Parents was set up as a pilot in 2012 to offer confidential emotional support to parents facing adversity and stressful life events that affect their emotional and mental wellbeing. The charity provides one-to-one support and runs small groups where parents support each other. The charity recruits and trains volunteer peer supporters from local communities to deliver its services. The volunteers are all parents who have been through similar situations to those faced by the parents they support. The organisation does not offer support with parenting as such, but with a wide range of issues that can increase the pressure on parents, from financial hardship to relationship issues, isolation and the effects of past traumas. Some of the parents it supports go on to become peer supporters themselves. Viv said:

“Parents who are finding it difficult to cope because of what life has thrown at them can be quite nervous about approaching official agencies. “Parents4Parents gives them the opportunity to talk to somebody who can really understand what they are going through because of their own lived experience. They know that the person they are talking to gets it, that their peer supporter is a parent who has survived the toughest of times, who is feeling strong and positive now. They trust that person and knowing them gives them hope for the future. “Being a parent is one of the most demanding roles you can have. If life is throwing other things at you at the same time you worry about it much more. Parents can be afraid to tell anyone, because they fear people will think they are not a good parent. “We train parents who have had some of the most difficult experiences you can imagine to be peer supporters. They are skilled listeners. They don’t judge or try to persuade people what to think or do. People need the time and space that kind of support gives them to help them find their own solutions. The relationship that the peer supporters build with parents is professional, but at the same time very warm, caring and compassionate. “We are achieving amazing results. The parents who use our services have told us that it makes a huge difference to their wellbeing - that it literally transforms their lives. “The County Council has been very supportive and the Big Lottery grant will give longterm funding to enable us to build and strengthen the organisation.” Find out more about Parents4Parents, including the Take Our Words for It! project, at

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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.

Good Memorabilia of The Wedding Ceremony

Through Wedding Photographers

A wedding day cannot be replaced with any other day, and that is why people always opt for the best on that day. And what else can be special than the wedding photography? Well, this is something that remains forever in the heart of bride and groom. So, choosing the superior, finest and experienced wedding photographer, you can glams up that special day easily. Find the best one. Are you looking for the married relationship wedding photographer? Well, this is not an easy task to accomplish. Lots of Best international wedding photographers are available there who always provide their best. But you have to make sure, who will be suitable for your wedding day. Ample of websites are there that gives you the data and information on the

wedding photographers but dealing with any random site is not the right thing for you. But if you once open the link, you can easily get to see a huge section of wedding photographers over there, and the best part is they all are quite experienced and professional as well. Check out the previous work. Are you genuinely wondering for the experienced and excellent wedding photographers for your wedding day? But are you confused to select the best one? Well, wipe away all your worry and click on the link as mentioned above. From the array of the wedding photographer, you must choose the best one. But before choosing anyone just makes sure that you have checked their previous work positively. The photos and videos are already

provided over there, and that is why it will be easier for you to check out all this. Take help from the professional. The wedding is a special day, and that is why you cannot compromise a single thing on that day. It should be perfect every time. So, if you do not have any such idea, then make sure that you easily discuss with the professional photographers through their desire and take help from them. Ample of photographers are there who is always ready to assist their clients in every possible way, dealing with them will be your best choice. CONTACT US: Di-Lanatta's Photography 5439 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037 +1 858-456-9303

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Easter Activities

Toddler Easter Party at Thornton Hall Farm – 22nd March & 23rd March Thornton Hall Farm are throwing an Easter Party at their Toddler Session, providing an assortment of entertainment and games, treasure hunts, a picnic and a mass of farm fun! Thornton Hall Farm’s Easter Party takes place from 10am-3pm. Tickets are required for this event. Price per toddler £9.95 (includes picnic). 1 adult goes FREE with every Toddler. Additional adults £6. Adult platter available to book £4.95. Thornton Hall Country Park, Church Road, Thornton in Craven, nr. Skipton, Lancashire BD23 3TS. Tel - 01282 841148. Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Blackburn Easter Fair – 23rd March to 8th April The largest Easter fair is back again at Witton Country Park from Friday the 23rd March until Sunday the 8th April. Enjoy the activites and entertainment provided such as the Waltzers, Dodgems, Tagada, Twister, Rock Rage, Superstar, Bounce, Miami Trip, Fun House, Kids Caterpillar Coaster, Helter Skelter along with many more rides! Witton Country Park, Preston Old Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 2TP Betsy Bumblebee’s Easter Fun – 26th March to 12th April Enjoy a day of Easter Fun at Betsy Bumblebee’s with a variety of treasure hunts, story-telling and crafts from 10am-4pm with activities suitable for 3-11 year olds. Places need to be booked in advance. Price per child £6.

Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston,Lancashire, PR5 0UP. Tel – 01254812010. Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Fleetwood Market Easter Crafts – 27th March Get your creative juices flowing with the Easter Craft Fair at Fleetwood Market with artist, Linda Copeland. The whole family can enjoy creative play in the Art Unit within the Main Hall at Fleetwood Market. Admission to the market is free. Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6AB. Tel - 01253 887651. Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Pace Egging at Gawthorpe Hall – 28th March / 1st & 2nd March Bring your hard-boiled eggs to the Gawthorpe Hall on the 28th of March to decorate and participate in the egg-rolling extravaganza! The Pace Egging event takes place 1pm-4pm with a charge of £2.50 per child. You can also join the hunt for the Pendelfin bunnies at Gawthorpe Hall from 1pm-4pm on the 1st and 2nd of March. The Hunt for the Pendelfin bunnies event also charges £2.50 per child. Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 8UA. Tel - 01282 771 004. Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor – 28th March. Join the fun in the Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor event which includes a variety of activities and songs, such Old MacDonald, The Wheels On The Bus, The Grand Old Duke Of York, The Hokey Cokey, I

Am The Music Man and many more! Tickets are required for this event. Thornton Little Theatre, Victoria Road East, Thornton, Lancashire, FY5 3SZ. Tel - 01253 887693 Chocolate Factory Show/Peter Rabbit Visit at Thornton Hall Farm – 30th March / 1st April / 2nd April Join the farm on the 30th of March for the Chocolate Factory Show with help from 'Pop Up Entertainment!' providing fun performances, meet & greets with the characters and workshops with Charlie, Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompa. As always, fun on the farm is also available as children can feed the animals, pet the animals and also collect eggs. Performance times take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm, no advance tickets are required. Peter Rabbit™ visits Thornton Hall Farm on the 1st of April where, once again, farm fun is also available. Performance times are to be confirmed, ticket prices are £8.50 per person. Join the Easter egg hunts with Thornton Hall Farm's very own Easter Rabbit on the 2nd of April! Timings are to be confirmed, no advance tickets are required. Thornton Hall Country Park, Church Road, Thornton in Craven, nr. Skipton, Lancashire BD23 3TS. Tel 01282 841148 Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Dear Zoo Theatre Show – 30th March & 31st March The timeless children's book, Dear Zoo, makes it’s debut at the Preston Guild Hall on the 30th and 31st of

Missing Ducks at WWT

Martin Mere Wetland Centre Help us Find Them this Easter

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre has lost some rather special ducks. A number of our GIANT yellow ducks have gone missing and we need children to help us and Dusty Duck find them this Easter holidays as part of Dusty’s GIANT Duck Hunt. You’ll need to use all your special detective skills to track down these 25 cheeky birds and be in with a chance of winning a yummy treat and a certificate (It is 50p to enter) from Saturday 24 March to Sunday 8 April. Dusty Duck is WWT’s new children’s character, exclusively designed by the world-famous Aardman studios to help us get children closer to nature. Go to for more information about something a little bit different to take the family to this Easter. Nick Brooks from WWT said: “Our wardens are great at counting up all the baby ducklings, goslings and cygnets waddling around our

visitors’ feet at centres during the Easter holidays. But for some reason they keep missing these cheeky GIANT yellow rubber ducks – so come along to your local wetland centre and help us find them!” As well as the GIANT duck hunt, Martin Mere also have a range of other family activities during the Easter holidays, including boat tours, crafts, den building, pond dipping, otter talks and feeds and take to the water on our canoe safari. Normal admission charges apply to enter WWT Martin Mere.


Martin Mere is giving away 5 family passes (2 adults + 2 children) to visit Martin Mere over the Easter holidays and the prize will include entry to the centre and the GIANT duck hunt. To be in with a chance of winning please email the answer to the following question to info.martinmere@ by Friday 16 March. How many giant yellow ducks have gone missing at Martin Mere?

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March. The lift-the-flap book inspired generations of young readers and has sold millions of copies worldwide. The play is best suited for children aged 2 years plus. Tickets are required for this event, £15.50 per person. Preston Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 1HT. Tel 01772 80 44 44. Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Dino Eggsploration – 30th March to 2nd April Enjoy a dinosaur family adventure this Easter with awesome activities each day over the Easter weekend. Join the Dinosaur Egg Hunt where the hunt of five floors take place in an attempt to discover the dinosaur eggs and win a prize! Meet Rex the T-Rex and the Baby Dinosaurs or join in the Dino Dig to search for bones or dinosaur eggs. The Prehistoric Party is a chance to dance the night away at the Dino disco! Tickets are required for this event, £9.99 per child (4pm-

6pm). Botany Bay, Canal Mill, Botany Brow, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 9AF. Tel - 01257 261 220. Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Xplorer Orienteering – 30th March For only 50p per ticket, collect your map and answer sheet and begin your family exploration afternoon! Families can complete the navigational challenge from 1pm-3pm where surprises will be in store along the way. Memorial Park, Off Warrenhurst Road, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 7AN. Tel - 01253 891000. Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Easter Sunday Funday – 1st April Join in the Easter Sunday fun at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet with multiple events taking place from 12pm-5pm, such as: egg rolling, Guy's Easter Egg Hunt, decoration competitions, kiddies farm, Uncle Martin's Magic Punch &

Judy Show, children's Easter crafts, fairground rides and face painters. A bowling competition will be held at Guy’s from 10am. Admission is free, and the event is in support of Donna’s Dream House charity. Guy's Thatched Hamlet, Canalside, Bilsborrow, nr. Garstang, Lancashire, PR3 0RS. Tel - 01995 640010. Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Easter Egg Rolling at Avenham and Miller Park – 2nd April Bring your hard-boiled eggs to roll down the hill at Avenham and Miller Park as well as your fanciest Easter bonnets for the traditional competition! Expect a day full of varied workshops, street theatre and live music. Admission is free. Avenham & Miller Park, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8JP. Tel - 01772 253731 Please note: Above prices are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change.

Situated approximately half way between York and Scarborough, on the junction of the A64/A169, Eden Camp was originally built to house Italian and German Prisoners of War captured during World War Two. Re-opened as a museum in 1987, it now houses the most comprehensive public display of 20th Century British military and 1930’ and 40’s civilian and social history in the world. As visitors explore the historically unique site, the sounds, sights and even smells of life on both the Home Front and Front Line during WWII

are brought to life. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, and the museum also has an extensive exhibition about the Great War. The museum’s grounds are also home to an extensive collection of aircraft (Spitfire, Hurricane, V1 ‘Doodlebug’) tanks (Super Sherman, Churchill T34 and other military vehicles, artillery and equipment) The museum offers a unique family day out that is both exciting as well as educational. Free on-site parking, disabled and dog friendly, Café,

Shop, Junior Assault Course, Air Raid shelters to explore and Eden Camp Music Hall Puppet Show are all available. Admission prices : £10.00 per adult, £8.50 per Child/OAP/Concessions. Family tickets and pre-booked group discounts (10 or more) are also available. Easter Egg Hunt and Spy Trail for children to take part in over the Easter holidays. Living History Special event days : 31st March – 1st April. For more info : www.edencamp.,

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Enjoy the Lakes!

A predominantly rural county, and other rare animals can be seen. and Whinlatter cater for children, Beatrix Potter attraction are aimed three historic steam railways, with many museums in Cumbria will offer Cumbria is considered one of the Visitor centres, such as Brockhole and some attractions, such as the especially at children. Cumbria has children especially welcome. The plenty of interest to all the family. most beautiful regions of the UK and includes the whole of the Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, the Eden Valley, the North Pennines, the Furness Peninsula, and part of the Yorkshire Dales. A hideaway just for two for a special occasion in the Lakes; anniversary, birthday, Valentine’s Day, proposal, engagement or honeymoon, or just to spend quality time with the one you love on a romantic short break. It might be a secluded holiday cottage for two with a cosy woodburner or open fire, a swish town centre apartment with a deep roll top bath and luxury cottages with four poster beds that you're after. Accommodation in Cumbria are usually available by the week and also offer short breaks. From the national award-winning restaurants to gastro pubs and cafes, Cumbria offers the best in food and drink, day or night. From the clear Lakeland water in local beer to the renowned Lakeland lamb and beef, an abundance of excellent local food combines with global influences to provide for even the most discerning foodies. Cumbria has a good variety of places to cater for lovers of animals in Cumbria, from the specialist centres for birds of prey and fishes, to Lakeland’s only Zoo at Dalton-in-Furness where tigers

Based on the lovely Lancaster canal all-year round. Our fleet of steel in the Northwest of England. Water- hull narrow boats have full central babies provides holidays afloat heating, luxurious soft furnishings and everything you could want for a comfortable and cosy cruise even in the coldest times of the year. Operating from landscaped private moorings, Water-babies is ideally located to cruise north to the medieval City of Lancaster and beyond to where sea, canal, mountains and the forest form the perfect backdrop. The City of Lancaster offers culture in the historic castle and Cathedral. Lancaster offers an abundance of venues to enjoy a pub lunch or something a bit special.

There is an opportunity to see the wildlife from a different position, Kingfishers , Herons and many more can be seen along the canal as it meanders ,following the contours of this land. You can feel miles away from the hustle of modern life. For those whom enjoy fishing, there is the opportunity to relax on the quiet banks of this canal.

Working on the

Lancaster Canal

Keith commenced his talk by apologising to the extensive audience for having to cancel his last planned talk due to an unexpected hospital appointment. However, here he was, never one to let people down. He gave a full and frank talk on how life on the canal developed and how he rose in the importance of his jobs. With his farming background he found he soon became British Waterways expert hedge layer, drystone wall-er and such jobs. Slowly taking over the tug boat and later the dredger and the ice breaker in winter. He recounted many amusing stories, such as falling in, when his hat floated away, only to fall back on his head

when he surfaced. When dredging at Penny street Bridge in Lancaster he pulled out about ÂŁ160 in copper coins wrapped in cardboard tubes, the result of a robbery from Penny St Bank many years earlier. The robbers were chased by the police, no doubt keystone like, truncheons at the ready. They threw the loot over the bridge parapet into the canal. Handing them into the police, they were 'surprisingly' never claimed, so they eventually handed back to Keith and his mate. Having been in the canal so long, the cardboard was still intact. But Lancastrians made things that way in those days.

Talk by Keith Tassart Another occasion was at Hest Bank, when the banking had moved sideways towards the sea. Repairing with steel interlocking piles in a straight line left a gap that needed filling. So they dredged the canal to use as infill. Only to find best quality coal dropped over the years by the barges making a tight turn. Little old ladies soon arrived and removed with buckets and shovels almost as quick as they could dredge it out. One has to compliment them on their initiative. It was a very interesting talk and Keith was thanked to resounding applause from the audience. Ends Frank Sanderson. Friends of Lancaster canal. Tel 015395 66967

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History of the NGS

In 1859 William Rathbone, who was a prominent Liverpool merchant & philanthropist, paid a nurse named Mrs Robinson to care for his sick wife. He was greatly impressed by Mrs Robinson’s work & it struck him that while he was capable of hiring a nurse because he was a wealthy man, there must be thousands of poor people in Liverpool who could not afford this & yet still had that need. He therefore paid Mrs Robinson to go into the city to nurse the poor. Before long Mrs Robinson returned to tell Mr Rathbone that because conditions were so terrible there was no way she could make any impression on them on her own. William Rathbone set up a school of nursing & sent nurses into the city in groups. Later this resulted in the creation of district nursing. District nursing spread through the length & breadth of the land. Among those who were actively supportive of this were Florence Nightingale & Queen Victoria, who were both deeply interested in the work. It is extraordinary to us today to recall that the NHS did not come on the scene until 1948, so all this work had to be funded by charity. The organising body for district nursing was the Queen’s Nursing Institute. In 1927 Miss Elsie Wagg, who was a member of the QNI Council, had the idea of inviting people with fine gardens to open them to the public with a view to raising funds. The first gardens opened in 1927. A total of 609 gardens opened at a standard charge of one shilling per head & a total of £8,191 was raised – a considerable sum of money in

those days. It was considered a great success, undoubtedly assisted by the active support of his Majesty King George V, who opened the gardens at Sandringham in Norfolk, & these gardens have been open every year since. When the NGS was born in 1927, visiting private gardens was a well established pastime, but only for the privileged few. So asking owners of fine gardens to open them once a year to the general public was a radical, but

wonderful idea. The charity has gone from strength to strength ever since, with thousands of privately owned private gardens & suburban plots opening for the NGS, in addition to large gardens belonging to stately homes. Beneficiaries. Although many people associate the NGS with Open Gardens, surprisingly few people are aware of the the fact that it is the largest beneficiary of the nursing charities. Through the support of the garden owners & visitors, NGS

Cumbria raised £55k in 2015, & the NGS scheme donated £2.7m to the following charities last year (up from £2.6m in 2014): MacMillan Cancer Support £500,000 Marie Curie Cancer Care £500,000 Hospice UK £500,000 Carers Trust £375,000 Queen’s Nursing Institute £250,000 Parkinson’s UK £100,000 Perennial £150,000 The Multiple Schlerosis Society £100,000. Horatio’s Garden £130,000 Contact Details Website address Follow us on Twitter – CumbriaNGS Like us on Facebook – Cumbria NGS Buy the annual bestseller ‘Yellow Book’ at newsagents everywhere, which gives details of all gardens open across the country for the NGS. Pick up the County Leaflet free in ‘What’s On’ shelves across Cumbria. This gives details of all NGS gardens open across the county. County Organiser – Diane Hewitt 015394 46238, dhewitt.kinsman@ Publicity – Carole Berryman 0153954 443649, carole@ Open gardens. 65 gardens will be open across Cumbria this year, of all shapes, styles & sizes. In addition to seeing some wonderful gardens, many not normally open to the public, there are often teas & cakes, & plant sales – a wonderful day out for garden lovers in aid of good causes. Average price £3.50. 10 New gardens in 2016 including: Broom Cottage Long Marton, Appleby-in-Westmorland CA16 6JP

open Sun 3 July 6&8 Conyers Ave Barrow-in-Furness LA14 4JT Open Sun 24 July Eden Place Kirkby Stephen CA17 4AP Open 3 July Fern Bank High House Rd St Bees CA27 0BZ Open Sun 10 April Grange Fell Allotments Fell Rd Grange-over-Sands LA11 6HB Open Sun 3 July Grow West Allerby Aspatria Wigton

CA7 2NL Open Sun 22 May Highlands High Knott Rd Arnside Carnforth LA5 0AW Open Sat-Sun 11-12 June Mirefoot Burneside Kendal LA8 9AB Open Sun 5 June Sandhouse Burnhill Scaleby Carlisle CA6 4LU 39 Outbarrow Rd Ulverston – part of Ulverston Open Gardens Open Sun 26 June

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James Arthur announced as special guest to Paloma Faith at Stadiwm Zipworld, Colwyn Bay

Orchard Entertainment is proud to announce that UK #1 artist James Arthur will support Paloma Faith at Stadiwm Zip World, Colwyn Bay on Saturday 14 July 2018. Also announced to support is Llandudno’s

very own Nia Wyn. Tickets are on sale now through, in person from Venue Cymru, or by calling the Box Office on 01492 872000. James Arthur skyrocketed to fame in 2012 with his double platinum-

selling debut single Impossible, going straight to #1 and has sold over 1.4million copies; holding the record for the biggest selling debut single by an X Factor winner. Since then James has released 2 platinum selling albums including 2016’s Back from the Edge which featured the UK #1 single Say You Won’t Let Go which has been streamed over 750 million times on Spotify! To date the Middlesbrough-born singer has sold a mighty 8 million singles, 1.6 million albums and also received multiple award nominations including 2 Brit’s and an American Music Award. The platinum-selling artist is set to build on a busy 2017 which saw him tour with One Republic across America, complete a massive 11-date headline UK arena tour and even squeeze in time to collaborate with Rudimental - soundtracking the summer with their Top Ten hit Sun Comes Up. In 2018 James shows no signs of slowing down as he continues work on his new album with producers Ryan Tedder (One Republic), Justin Tranter (Justin Bieber’s Sorry, Julia Michaels’ Issues) and Max Martin (The Weekend’s I Can’t Feel my Face, Taylor Swift’s Style). Also supporting is Nia Wyn, who knows Colwyn Bay all too well having grown up in nearby Llandudno. Nia’s talent for raw and powerful storytelling, set within a kind of unorthodox, engrossing vocal with licks of blues and soul, immediately marks her out against

the backdrop of emerging young female artists coming out of the UK – conjuring up a very exciting, defiant charisma that’s both tough and warm. Nia has made a big impact in a short amount of time being played-listed on BBC Radio 2’s Blues Playlist, features with influential Fred Perry Subculture, won funding from BBC Horizons Launchpad and has recently tweeted that she’s been in the studio with the modfather Paul Weller! Nia’s homecoming is definitely not one you’ll want to miss out on. Both artists join Brit Award winner Paloma Faith at the annual summer show in at Colwyn Bay’s Stadiwm Zip World. The 3x double-platinum selling artist last year released her

4th studio album The Architect and became her first UK #1. The Architect follows the huge success of Paloma’s last album, A Perfect Contradiction, which spent 29 weeks in the Top 10 Albums Chart, 66 weeks in the Top 40, and 100 weeks in the Top 200. The epic lead single from the record, Only Love Can Hurt Like This, is Paloma’s biggest-seller to date, with over half a million copies sold and 55 million streams on Spotify. The July 14 concert is the first in newly named Stadiwm Zip World, and promoted by two-time UK Regional Promoter of the Year, Orchard Entertainment, who have brought an array of stars to Colwyn Bay over the past seven years. The concert is supported by

Conwy County Borough Council and Bay of Colwyn Town Council. Media Partners are Heart FM. Paloma Faith wth special guests James Arthur & Nia Wyn, Saturday 14th July 2018, Stadiwm Zip World. Tickets available through www.ticketmaster. | | 01492 872000 | | Venue Cymru (Llandudno) | Stadiwm Zip World (Colwyn Bay). *For Accessible Viewing Platform Access please call 01492 872000 *For Hospitality and VIP boxes Enquiries please call 02920 100920 Web: www.jamesarthurofficial. com I | | www.

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to own your own Caravan sites Want piece of tranquility?

and curfews

61% of caravanners believe that all caravan sites (touring and static home) should have curfews according to new research from Cover4Caravans. The caravan insurance specialists asked over 400 of their customers* what their views are on caravan site curfews and found that: • 45% of those who were in favour of a curfew said that 11.00pm was a

sensible curfew for a family site; • 25% said 10pm. When asked: What time do you think is a sensible curfew for an adults-only site? • 42% said 12pm; • 27% said 11pm; • 24% said there shouldn’t be a curfew. Commenting on the study, Richard Burgess, Director at Cover4Caravans,

says: “On the one hand, this could suggest that caravanners are a conservative bunch but when you consider that the government standards for noise at night is 11pm**, we can see that the majority of caravanners like to have fun whilst still showing consideration for other. This reflects our view that the caravanning community is a great community to be a part of.”

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

the every day world please contact 07512123321 or 01848330470 Penpont Holiday Park, Penport, Scaurside, Dumfries & Galloway DG3 4BH

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Cabinet to consider changes to library

opening hours in response to consultation Lancashire County Council has listened to the feedback received during the public consultation and changed a number of the recommendations on how local libraries' opening hours could be allocated across the week in future. The revised proposal, in response to the feedback received, will be considered by the county council's cabinet at its meeting on Thursday 8 March. An eight-week consultation ran from Monday 2 October until Sunday 26 November. Views on the proposal were sought from library users and partner organisations to inform the final recommendation. The consultation asked for comments on the way opening hours are allocated across the week. Responses were generally positive with suggestions from library users including that it would be better to close their local library on a different day. In these circumstances the day of closure has been changed wherever possible. Overall the proposal means that libraries across the county will be open for more hours in total than at present. A 24/7 virtual digital online service is also available providing a downloadable library of fiction and non-fiction in both eBook and eAudio format. A range of subscription reference resources are also available to all library members. These support homework, study and provide information including news, local history, business, music, government publications and general encyclopaedias and dictionaries. County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We ran a consultation on the opening hours following on from our decision in July to reopen

libraries which had previously closed. "We received some very useful feedback during this consultation. We are very aware that people in local areas have detailed knowledge about what would work best for them, and we've responded to this as much as we possibly can. "People have helpfully shared their views with us on their preferred days and times for their library to be open. We've amended a number of the proposals so that the hours that the libraries are open fit with when local library users want to be able to use them whenever possible. "We are very keen to make sure that the service provided to our customers is as streamlined and efficient as possible. The overall proposal means that libraries will be open for more hours in total across the county at a reduced overall cost. We designed the model according to when we know they're most used, in order to better meet the demand with the resources we have. There will be no difference in the quality of service between bands. "I would like to thank everyone who completed the questionnaires and

shared their views with us." Each library has been allocated to one of four different bands depending upon local need, so that the library opening hours are proportionate to the population that each library is serving: Band One – Open for 50 hours over six days every week Band Two – Open for 42 hours over six days every week Band Three – Open for 34 hours over five days every week Band Four – Open for 18 hours over four days every week The recommendations apply to the 47 libraries currently open. The recommendations should be implemented from 1 July 2018, following a period of staff consultation. More information about the recommended changes to library opening hours is available at www. l a n c a s h i r e . g o v. u k / c o u n c i l / g e t involved/consultations/libraryopening-hours. More information about the online digital library services is available at

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Art & Soul Tattoo Studio

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.

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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. and photographs of the heritage mill and architects’ impressions of Northlight can be seen via 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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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 1625 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 into the workplace. and to encourage local coalitions "Our shared goal is sustainable 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 The bid to improve reading amongst thousands of Pendle schoolchildren got a major boost for The Pendle Reading Challenge this month. Over 30 Pendle businesses and organisations supported a Dragons’ Den style sponsorship event on Friday 12th January at the ACE Centre in Nelson. Around 80 children took part in the event, representing 15 primary and secondary schools in Pendle, and helped to raise over £6000 in pledges. And characters emerged out of books including Roald Dahl’s The Twits and Alice in Wonderland, thanks to costumes from Burnley College and the Pendle Hippodrome Theatre, in Colne. The young people’s efforts were also supported by author Curtis Jobling, designer of Bob the Builder, creator of Frankenstein’s Cat and author of a new series of darkly comic fantasy novels for young adults – Wereworld. Author John Eames, who wrote The Magic Makers and Beastly Bites also took part in the day to get The Pendle Reading Challenge off to a fantastic start. “We are striving to make Pendle The Reading Borough,” said organiser Cathy Bridges, who is Lead Practitioner for Literacy at Park High School, Colne. Children pitched to local businesses and organisations to raise pledges for books and activities to boost reading including: • Author visits to school which cost £300 - £500 A chromebook costing around £150 per pupil and over £4,500 for a class of 30 • £25 which provides one child with 12 books a year • £20 to send a student to a Reading Ambassadors' Conference “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.” Local businesses which agreed to support the event, playing the part of the Dragons, included Wyndham Vacation Rentals ( from Earby, Lloyd BMW and Textstyles from Colne, Booths of Barrowford and Silentnight and Rolls Royce from Barnoldswick. Organisations which helped to make the Dragons’ Day event happen included 5 Little Boys Photography, Oddie’s Bakery from Nelson and Billy Bob's Ice Cream Parlour from Skipton. Anyone who wasn’t able to attend the event but who’d like to be involved in the three year initiative can contact Cathy Bridges at Park High School on Tel: 01282 865200 or email her at: cbridges@park-high. Councillor Dorothy Lord, who is Pendle’s Every Child Matters champion said: “Our aim is to help all Pendle children read in line with

mental health for the next generation. Nothing could be more important."​

Dragons, authors and

Alice in Wonderland for The

Pendle Reading Challenge

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: “The Pendle Reading Challenge is an inspired and important initiative.” And Anne Kenworthy, Secondary English Consultant for Lancashire 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 Dragons’ Den event on Friday 12 January were Castercliff Primary Academy Walverden Primary School Pendle Primary Academy Blacko 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 Park Primary School Park High School Primet Academy Pendle Vale College St Michael and All Angels Primary School Christ Church Primary School Businesses and Organisations who attended the Dragons Den event: Builders A Rollinson & Son MP for Pendle Andrew Stephenson Warburtons Morrisons Manufacturing Pendle’s Mayor & Mayoress, Councillor David Whalley & Barbara Whalley Booths Colne Rotary Club Textstyles Lloyd BMW Rolls Royce Silentnight Wyndham Vacation Rentals ( Lancashire Fire & Rescue Lancashire Constabulary Businesses and organisations that helped to make the event possible: Blackoak Surfacing Oddie’s Bakers Skipton Building Society Marsden Building Society Burnley College Billy-Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour Molygran 5 Little Boys Photography Pennine Events Pendle Hippodrome Theatre

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Lego® brick animals return to

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

The GIANT LEGO brick animal trail is returning to WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre this spring. GIANT LEGO brick sculptures will be at the attraction in Lancashire for 6 weeks this spring from 9 May to 24 June, alongside some of their living counterparts. Visitors will be able to enjoy the trail of fourteen individuallydesigned 4ft (1.5m) LEGO brick characters, inspired by real species at WWT Martin Mere. Included are a large North American River Otter, a Hawaiian Goose (Ne Ne), the world’s rarest goose, a giant Kingfisher and a flamingo, plus three surprise new models. Nick Brooks, Martin Mere General Manager, said: “We are very excited to welcome back these amazing sculptures to WWT Martin Mere for the spring. The characters look fantastic, especially the three new additions, our visitors were bowled over by them when we had in summer 2016 and I think they will be just as popular this year.” There is no extra cost to for kids (and big kids) to meet the giant LEGO brick animals, they are included in admission. For further information search for Martin Mere online.

Golf bookings up by 40 per cent in Italy, that's Amore!

A new survey has revealed that Italy is the number one destination for travellers in 2018 and things are looking just as promising for Italian golf, with latest figures showing that the number of international green fees booked has risen by 40 per cent in the last three years. Recent research for the 2017 World Travel Market has found that six out of ten UK people would prefer to visit Italy rather than the likes of the US, Greece and Spain, and the country’s golf courses are experiencing a boom with players eager to experience the new star of European golf tourism. With Italy Golf & More – the first pan-Italian international promotional golf project – leading the way, and momentum continuing to grow ahead of Italy hosting the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2022, the number of rounds played by international golfers rose by 200,000 between 2014 and 2017. The country has proved particularly popular with players from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, France and Scandinavia while the positive impact has also been felt by the European golf tourism industry during the same period, with an increased number of specialist tour operators switching to Italy as a golf destination. Next month, 26 exhibitors from 11 different regions will head to Cannes on the French Riviera to showcase Italy’s extensive golf offering to a global industry audience at the

International Golf Travel Market. Representatives from a combination of golf clubs, resorts, regional tourist boards and tour operators from the regions represented – Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Tuscany, Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto, Liguria, Lazio, Puglia and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia – will meet show delegates throughout the week to discuss opportunities to further promote Italy in the future. Bruno Bertero, project co-ordinator for Italy Golf & More, said: “Not only does the desire for travellers to visit our wonderful country remain as big as ever, but there is a real appetite for people to play golf in Italy, which is seen in the growing number of international golfers that we are continuing to attract. “The response that we have received since we made a concerted effort to promote Italian golf and its many delights to a wider market has been outstanding, and we’re optimistic that the numbers will continue to grow in 2018 and beyond.” With no fewer than 142 18hole courses, Italy is the ideal destination to combine a golfing break with the

chance to experience many of its other historic, cultural and gastronomic delights. With 20 airports in the UK operating regular flights to all over Italy, the country has never been so accessible, while its warm climate and mixture of mouth-watering cuisine, fine wines, spas, history, culture and beaches make it the perfect location for a golf break. For further information on Italy Golf & More, please email info@ or visit www.

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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.

The Best Golf Snacks to Get You Through a Round

Golf can take up a large part of your day. Whether it be an early start on a Saturday morning or a dash straight from work in the evening to the course, you may require sustenance to make it through the 18 holes. Golfshake writer Alex Picken has identified products that should be an essential part of your golf bag, which can help keep you nourished and hydrated, and could assist with concentration and stamina, helping your game and shooting lower scores. Water – What most of us tend to forget when we go out to play, but staying hydrated is crucial for any golfer when they’re out on the course, especially in the summer when the weather is hotter. Sandwiches – The majority of golfers on tour all seem to carry sandwiches for their 10th tee snack, the typical American PB&J sandwich is common with most

of the PGA tour golfers, while many other professional golfers will choose other sandwich fillings for their mid-round fix. Bacon/Sausage Cob – Finishing the 9th hole and arriving at a halfway house selling hot food is the highlight of most golfer’s round, and although it may not be the meal of an athlete, it certainly hits the spot on a cold, rainy day when the golf swing isn’t there. Variety of Dried Berries and Nuts – Probably the most common and effective snack for golfers as they provide a great source of protein and nutrients needed for a tiring walk around any golf course. Most tour players will have a mixture of nuts like almonds, pistachios, dried berries and other varieties for energy during the round. Fresh Fruit – The healthy option for a mid-round snack, providing any golfer with slow releasing energy for the rest of the round. Most commonly favoured by athletes is the banana

which is perfect for providing energy and nutrients needed for sport. Energy Bars – A variety of energy bars are currently on the market and all of them are great for providing you with a snack to help stave off your hunger during the round. Filled with nuts and oats, they are both healthy and perfect for providing energy to the tired golfer. Energy Drinks – Although not the healthiest drink available, energy drinks are great for giving you that added boost of energy you need for the next big tee shot on the lengthy par 5. Sweets – Just like energy drinks, they’re not the healthiest possible item to have on the golf course but certainly do help with giving you that added boost of energy or something to keep you occupied when no other snacks are available, they provide the perfect help to get up the steep hill on 14 or down the home stretch on 18.

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