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Issue. 45 - July 2018

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FOR MANSLAUGHTER OF FATHER

A Stockport woman who hit her father over the head with a spade and buried him in the garden has been jailed. Barbara Coombes (15/07/1954) of Matlock Road, Stockport, On Wednesday 11 July 2018, been jailed at Manchester Crown Square for nine years. The court heard how in January 2006, Barbara Coombes had been gardening at her father’s home on Matlock Road in Stockport. Coombes then went into the house and saw a box of photographs on the dining table, which she started looking through. When she realised these were explicit images of a child, Coombes took the spade she had been using from the garden and confronted her 87-yearold father Kenneth in the lounge. Coombes struck him in the back of the head first, then when he turned to face her, she struck him a second time with the spade. She then wrapped her father in a rug and dragged his body outside, where she buried him behind a tree. The following day Coombes ordered a tonne of soil which was used to bury Kenneth in their back garden. To explain her father’s sudden disappearance to

the rest of the family, Coombes said Kenneth had died and the hospital had arranged for his cremation. After the makeshift burial, Coombes cleared out Kenneth’s belongings from the house. She further concealed her father’s death from the council and other services, continuing to live in his home, claiming his benefits and using his money. Over the 12 years that Kenneth’s death was undisclosed, Coombes fraudulently profited from over £180,000 in benefits. On Saturday 7 January 2018, after a welfare officer insisted on seeing Kenneth at a scheduled meeting the next day, Coombes went to a police station and told officers what had happened. She was arrested and pleaded guilty to manslaughter, preventing a lawful burial and fraud at an earlier hearing. Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said: “This is a tragic case in which an elderly man has been killed by his own daughter, who then went on to fraudulently claim benefits of over £180,000. “She showed absolutely no concern for what she had done and denied everyone the chance to say goodbye, as Kenneth lay buried at the bottom of his own garden, just metres from her own bedroom window. “Despite having years to tell someone

what really happened, she only came of all concerned cannot be underestimated. As these tragic forward when she had no other events have come to an end I hope that the family can now choice. move forward with their lives.” “The impact on the family and friends

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHO'S REALLY CALLING

Greater Manchester Police has launched a fraud prevention campaign, following a spike in incidents of fraudsters contacting people by phone pretending to be police officers and trick them out of their money. Advice has been issued to the public telling them how to spot potential fraud scams and to protect themselves from falling victim. The recent scam involves offenders calling victims claiming to be a police officer investigating a fraud crime. They then ask for the victims help by getting them to either withdraw money from their bank account to be collected by a courier, transfer money into a different bank account or tricking them into giving them

their bank account details. Detective Superintendent Nicky Porter of GMP’s Economic and Cybercrime Service, said: “Fraud can have a devastating impact on people’s lives. “Our campaign aims to encourage people to stop and think about who is on the other end of the phone and not to give anyone their bank details or personal information. The more information we can give people about fraud and how to protect themselves, the easier it will be to stop it from taking place. “Fraudsters often target older and more vulnerable people, but I would urge anyone who suspects they have been a victim of fraud to report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.” GMP has issued advice for the

public on how to avoid being caught out by fraudsters and what to do if you feel suspicious: • Never give money or personal information to someone you do not know or trust. • Never disclose your bank details or PIN number. • A police officer will never ask you for bank details or to withdraw or transfer money to another account. • A police officer will never ask you to purchase goods for them using your card. • You can contact your local neighbourhood policing team to verify if someone is a police officer. Find your local contact number here: www.gmp.police.uk

• Fraudsters will pressure you into making unwise decisions. They might tell you not to speak about it to other people so they don’t get caught. • Be suspicious of phone calls, texts or emails which come out of the blue asking for personal and financial details or asking you to withdraw money regardless of who they claim to be. • If you receive a call that raises your suspicions hang up the phone and allow at least five minutes for the line to clear. • If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help. Contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud. police.uk.


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PLEASE USE PENDLE COUNCIL REVEALS ITS WINNERS FIREWORKS

RESPONSIBLY!

Pendle Community Safety Partnership is reminding residents to use fireworks in a responsible and considerate manner, respecting neighbours as well as pets and wildlife. It’s joined forces with Lancashire Fire and Rescue and the Police to highlight the dangers of fireworks and encourage people to be more thoughtful around the Asian wedding season. Councillor David Whipp, Chairman of Pendle Community Safety Partnership, said: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy their celebrations but fireworks are being used in neighbourhoods at all times of the day and night. “It’s not just about preventing people from sleeping; it can distress and frighten people and animals. “We have ex-service men and women and families from war zones and it can be extremely frightening for them.” It’s an offence to set off fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am, except on Bonfire Night, Diwali, New Year and Chinese New Year. And fireworks should not be used by individuals anywhere other than their own garden or yard. The penalty is a fine of up to £5,000 and a prison sentence of up to six months. Shabaz Shah, firefighter at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We’ll be visiting wedding shops, community halls and other related wedding venues to highlight the dangers as well as the impact using fireworks can have on communities.” The Police will be more visible in across Pendle to deter levels of anti-social behaviour. You can report problems with fireworks to the police on 101. To report illegal fireworks sales contact the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Three Pendle people have scooped a share of £1,000 off their council tax bill by switching to e-billing. More than 1,000 people switched to receive their bill by e-mail using the Council’s online Council Tax service which was launched in 2016. Everyone who signed up to e-billing by the end of April was entered into the draw and three people were picked at random. Naveed Rashid (pictured) from Colne has been awarded £500 off this year’s council tax bill. He said: “I was surprised when I found out I’d won. “I’m very supportive of the move by the Council to provide more services online so when I saw you could signup to receive your council tax bill by email, I immediately switched.” Anton Dreyer from Kelbrook and Christina Wellard from Earby both received £250 off their council tax bills. Anton said: “Doing things online is a way of life for me which is why I switched to e-billing. “I’m very environmentally conscious and I’m pleased to see that the Council is doing what it can to reduce the amount of paper it uses.” Christina added: “I’ve recently moved to Pendle for work. “I signed up for e-billing when I was setting up my council tax account - it was so easy!” Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who has switched to e-billing. “You’re helping us to save money, protect our services and it’s

much better for the environment. “Whenever you need to see or print a copy of your bill, simply log into your Council Tax online account where it’ll be stored safely. “You can do this on your mobile, tablet or computer.” Council Tax Online offers a quicker,

easier and more secure way to: • switch to Direct Debit and e-billing • check how much you owe • make payments • tell us of a change in your circumstances • apply for discounts

• tell us that you’ve moved. It’s available at www.pendle.gov.uk/counciltaxonline All you have to do is register with a username and password of your choice. Anyone who needs support accessing the Council’s online services can pop into Number One Market Street or their local library where staff will be happy to help.

PENDLE BUSINESS AWARDS 2018

WHO SCOOPED AN AWARD?

The winners of Pendle Business Awards 2018 were revealed at a glittering ceremony at the Fence Gate Inn. BBC North West Tonight’s Beccy Barr hosted the black-tie event organised jointly by Pendle Council and Pendle Vision Board. Shortlisted businesses were joined by the borough’s dignitaries, judges and sponsors at the Fence Gate Inn Pendle’s finest 18th century inn and hotel. Dennis Mendoros, OBE DL, Chairman of Pendle Vision Board and President of Mendor Enterprises, said: “Last night was absolutely fantastic. It was our best event yet! “We were joined by some of the borough’s greatest businesses and I was really proud to be among them. “There was a lot of excitement as the winners of each award were revealed, which made for a fantastic atmosphere. “We want to shout about everything that Pendle has to offer and show that you can make it in Pendle and that’s what the business awards are all about!” The evening started with a champagne reception followed by a three course gala dinner and the much anticipated ceremony. Winners once again took away a coveted Pendle trophy – an elegant glass and metal sculpture inspired by Pendle Hill, made by local company Merc Aerospace. And all of the shortlisted companies received a Highly Commended certificate. The Awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate those businesses which have great ambition and are highly skilled in their sectors. Some are trading locally and globally and many have strong specialisms, including precision engineering and logistics. Dean Langton, Chief Executive of Pendle Council added: “Congratulations to all our winners and those who made the shortlist.

“A big thank you to Pennine Events and our Business Support Team for making sure this year’s Pendle Business Awards was professionally organised and thank you to everyone who sponsored the evening – it really helped to make it a very memorable one!” The late Bill Oddie was recognised with a Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Presenting the Award, Dennis said: “Just days after celebrating 30 years at the helm of East Lancashire's bestknown bakeries, Mr Oddie, passed away at the age of 76. “He owned a baker's dozen of outlets across the region, including Blackburn, Nelson and Accrington, and steered the 113-year-old firm through recession. “Bill's passion for business is only matched for the love of his family – his daughter Lara Oddie played a pivotal role alongside her father.” Lara accepted the award on behalf of her dad. She said: “I’m honoured to accept this Award on behalf of my dad. “This would have been very special to him!” Amanda Melton, Principal and Chief Executive of Nelson and Colne College, also received a Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement. When announcing the Award, Dennis said: “Amanda’s role is pivotal in ensuring that we have the skills needed in Pendle to support the businesses based here. “As Chair of the Lancashire LEP Skills and Employment Board she identifies and addresses the skill needs of the county to support its growth plans. “And as Principal of Lancashire Adult Learning she provides community learning in more than 300 venues across Lancashire.” Amanda said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award – this was

completely unexpected and such a wonderful surprise on the night. "I am honoured and extremely proud to be considered for such an accolade at the Pendle Business Awards. “This achievement, however, is not just for me – it is also for the team of dedicated and professional staff that work tirelessly at Nelson and Colne College and Lancashire Adult Learning year after year to raise the aspirations and improve the lives of people living in and around Pendle.” Businesses helped to raise £2,000 on the night for this year’s nominated charity SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity which helps the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in Lancashire. Many local companies and organisations sponsored the event. These include Pendle Engineering Ltd, Merc Aerospace; Nelson and Colne College; Nelson Town Council; Barnfield Construction; BusinessWise Solutions; Protec Fire Detection Plc; Riggs Autopack; UCLan – Burnley Campus; Hippo Motor Group; Farmhouse Biscuits; Svenska Handelsbanken; Training 2000 and Unique Clean. Pendle Business Awards 2018 winners:

Business Person of the year - sponsored by Pendle Engineering Frazer Durris at Businesswise Solutions Employer of the year - sponsored by Protec XLCR Vehicle Management Business of the Year Award - med/large (51+ employees) – sponsored by UClan Marsden Building Society Business of the Year Award – small (1-50 employees) – sponsored by Pendle Vision Fence Gate Inn Rising Star of the Year – sponsored by Barnfield Construction Wise Owl Creative Technology and Innovation Business of the Year – sponsored by Riggs Autopack Pendle Engineering Ltd Manufacturer of the Year – sponsored by BusinessWise Solutions Riggs Autopack Ltd Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Nelson and Colne College Brad Ram – Blackoak Surfacing Making a Local Difference – sponsored by Nelson Town Council Pendleside Hospice Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement – sponsored by Pendle Vision In memory of Bill Oddie, Oddie’s Bakery Amanda Melton, Principal and Chief Executive of Nelson and Colne College


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DARWEN MARKET PRESENTS…

BRAMBLES EAST BAND SHOWCASE

Darwen Market is hosting the Brambles East Band Showcase on Thursday, July 19 at 11am. For the first time, students from Brambles East School in Darwen will be showcasing their talents with a live performance in Darwen Town Centre. They will be performing outside the Market Entrance for half an hour and are inviting people to come along to watch. Brambles East School provides support for boys with a variety of social, emotional and mental health challenges. The learning environment and facilities allow students to access a varied curriculum in a calm and nurturing environment. Headteacher Paul Carpenter said: The music lessons delivered by our music tutor Mr Bateson have had a very positive impact on our students who have shown real dedication to learning their instruments. The performances in which they have been involved at school have really helped to develop confidence and the fact that they feel keen to perform in the town centre is testament to how far they have come.” Music tutor Mark Bateson, of Darwen Music School said: The students have shown real commitment to learning and practising the songs and are looking forward to the performance. We welcome people coming along to enjoy the show on the day.” The students have been put together a set of their favourite songs including hits from Green Day, Muse, 21 Pilots and Ed Sheeran, among others.

HAVE A BUZZING DAY OUT AT MARTIN MERE THIS

SUMMER AS GIANT BIONIC BUGS INVADE THE CENTRE

Breaking news – GIANT Bionic Bugs are invading WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre this summer searching for the World’s Largest Bug Hotel. Have a bug-filled adventure this summer as Martin Mere is taken over by six giant Bionic Bugs from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 2 September. Meet a 6ft long dragonfly, 6ft wingspan butterfly, ant, grasshopper, 4ft buzzing bee, all brought to life with state of the art animatronics and sound effects. Centre Manager, Nick Brooks, said: “With the invasion taking place I guess I should tell you to remain calm and stay indoors - but actually I think it will be better to get outdoors and become very excited as we need families and children of all ages to visit Martin Mere and find these bionic bugs this summer. In 2017, Martin Mere received the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Bug Hotel, standing at a massive 18.36 cubic metres, it is no surprise

that giant bugs were going to attempt to move in – it’s going to be a buzzing day out for the whole family.” Grab your free bug book when you arrive, and start your bug-tastic adventure, collecting stickers for doing eight activities including spotting the GIANT bugs, having a go at bug hunts, glide along on the Canoe Safari or boat tour bug trail, delve into our Pond Zone, make bug crafts, learn about bugs in the food chain and take the your own bug picture. If you collect six or more stickers, you

can get a special bionic bug sticker at the daily award ceremony at 3.30pm. For further information and a full list of activities visit wwt.org.uk/ bionicbugs WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6. The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations.  Visit the web site http://www.wwt.org.uk/ martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.


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CONGESTION-BUSTING UPGRADES IN BURNLEY

Improvements to key junctions in the centre of Burnley mark the latest phase of an ongoing programme of investments to reduce congestion and boost economic growth. Four junctions along Active Way at Church Street, Bank Top, Royal Road and Westgate - have been

upgraded with high-tech traffic lights. Two pedestrian crossings on Active Way and one on Princess Way have also been modernised. One outside Burnley College is the first of its kind in Lancashire, featuring countdown timers telling people how long they have left to cross. The work is part of the Burnley Pendle Hyndburn Growth Corridor programme which aims to cut congestion on the M65 and at key access points for business, skills and housing sites which are earmarked for future growth. The £13m p a c k a g e extending from M65 Junction 7 at Accrington to Junction 13 at Barrowford is part of the £250m Growth Deal secured from government by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and i n c l u d e s

contributions from Lancashire County Council and Burnley, Pendle and Hyndburn councils. Graham Cowley, chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership's Growth Deal Management Board, said: "The Growth Deal is a once-ina-generation opportunity to invest in ensuring our transport infrastructure has the capacity to support future economic growth. "The aim of these schemes in Burnley is to improve access and reduce delay from the motorway through the Westgate and Active Way corridor to ensure that companies looking to invest in this area have the confidence

that their goods and employees will be able to move efficiently. County Councillor Aidy Riggott, Lancashire County Council lead member for economic development and cultural services, said: "These latest improvements to junctions in the centre of Burnley will aid movement around town centre in general, but with a particular focus on improving access to sites such as Burnley College, the UCLan campus, and the Heasondford Industrial Estate. "In and around Burnley earlier schemes have already resulted in improvements at M65 junction

10, Gannow Top and Barrack roundabouts, and the Trafalgar Street/ Westgate junction." Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend added: "I welcome this investment into improving Burnley's road system. The new traffic light systems will help ease the flow of traffic through the town centre, cutting journey times and reducing pollution. We're working hard to attract more people to come to Burnley and it's important that we continue to make sure our roads can cope with increasing traffic." The pedestrian crossing with the countdown timer aims to improve

safety by alerting students, who may be walking together in large groups and not giving their full attention to the road, when the lights are due to change. The growth corridor schemes have also included improvements to cycling and pedestrian facilities to support people in considering alternatives to using their car for shorter journeys. The improvements to traffic light junctions on Active Way marks the completion of 11 of the 16 pieces of work in the overall Growth Corridor programme which represent a £2.3m investment in Burnley.

IMPRESSIVE QUIT STATS FOR

BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN SMOKERS

Impressive new stats have put Blackburn with Darwen amongst some of the best performing areas in the country when it comes to people quitting smoking. Issued by Public Health England, the stats show that the rates of adults smoking in Blackburn with Darwen dropped from 27.1% in 2011 to 16.7% in 2017, putting the borough on a par with the North West average of 16.1%. Staff at Blackburn with Darwen’s Stop Smoking and Wellbeing Services have, over a number of years, worked hard to offer a range of personalised support to help people stop smoking for good. This includes one-to-one consultations, follow-up appointments, clinic times, quit kits and information and signposting support. Local partners including Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackburn with Darwen CCG have also worked together to deliver the local Tobacco Control Policy and worked on local initiatives around smokefree homes,

cars and outdoor spaces. They have also been vocal in their support for plain tobacco packaging, which came into force in 2016 and regularly backed national campaigns like Stoptober and No Smoking Day. Councillor Brian Taylor, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Health and Adults and local Tobacco Control Champion, said: Giving up smoking is the single most immediate and important action we can take to improve health and wellbeing, improve life expectancy and reduce hospital admissions so I’m delighted to see such positive stats. We want to help as many people quit as possible and our Stop Smoking Service is a great chance to get help to break away from this addiction and start to feel the health and financial benefits of becoming smokefree. Dr Penny Morris, Accountable Officer for Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: The number of smokers in Blackburn with Darwen has significantly reduced and that is fantastic for the

health prospects of our residents. The CCG has worked closely with our colleagues across the health system to tackle this issue as smoking is one of our top priorities. It is linked to so many serious and long term conditions including cancer, heart disease, COPD and other lung conditions. I think we should also congratulate people in Blackburn with Darwen as giving up smoking is difficult but the health benefits can be felt very quickly. For help to quit smoking or for more information contact the Wellbeing Service on: (01254) 682037.


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BLACKBURN HOPING FOR ART & SOUL TATTOO STUDIO

BLOOMING MARVELLOUS HAT-TRICK

Blackburn is hoping to win a North West in Bloom award for the third year on the trot. Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) visited the town on (Thursday July, 5) to see its stunning floral displays. The areas they visited included Cathedral Quarter, Church Street, Fleming Square, King William Street and the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage area where a new environmental improvement scheme is planned. The RHS North West in Bloom Awards honour the region’s greenest and most beautiful locations. Blackburn is competing in the Business Improvement District (BID) category and the Small City category . The entry is supported by funding from the Blackburn BID and will be assessed against three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

Councillor Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: The flower displays in the town centre are blooming once again and we would love to build on the brilliant achievements of the last two years and win a hat-trick gold award. We are very proud of our strong partnerships between the council, Blackburn BID and other local organisations that work together to help ensure our town centre is a beautiful space for our residents, visitors and workers to enjoy. I would really like to thank the work of the town centre gardeners and the street cleansing teams who every year go the extra mile to help make our town look so vibrant and attractive. Special thanks also go to all the volunteers including Blackburn Horticultural Society, Blackburn College and McDonalds who have

had volunteers litterpicking in the town, Shah! Bar on Northgate, all the Town Hall Street businesses and The Postal Order pub who have done a sterling job with their displays. Nicola Clayton, chairwoman of Blackburn BID, added: The council’s dedicated gardeners and all the volunteers have been working incredibly hard to prepare for the judges’ arrival. We have been busy litterpicking, watering and weeding so that our displays look their best for the big day. The additional support from the BID makes these incredible displays possible and shows what can be achieved when town centre businesses work in partnership with the teams from Blackburn with Darwen Council. The winners will be announced at the end of October at a ceremony in Southport.

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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RECORD TICKET SALES

FOR CHORLEY FLOWER SHOW

People wanting to snap up advance tickets for the award-winning Chorley Flower Show are being urged to buy now to avoid missing out on the cheaper tickets. Thousands of people have already ​ bought theirs with pre-sales at record levels and if tickets continue to fly off the shelves at the current rate the advance allocation will be sold out before the original deadline. Lancashire’s premier true flower show features the country’s top exhibitors with special guests Carol Klein and Adam Frost hosting talks in the grounds of Astley Park. Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said, “The show continues to grow in popularity and we want to make sure those who want to attend don’t miss out on the advance rate, which offers 20 per cent off the gate price. “Ticket sales are running at five times higher than this time last year so we could sell out our advance allocation in the next couple of weeks. “After three successful years behind us, which included winning event of the year at the Lancashire Tourism Awards, we’re now firmly on the horticultural map and we’re getting a reputation as the Northern Flowerhouse offering a cheaper alternative to the bigger shows but with top quality exhibitors in the

unique setting of Astley Park.” The show, which is on 28 and 29 July, includes all the traditional elements of a flower show but has a mix of entertainment making it a great day out for all generations of the family. As well as the celebrity guests the highlights of this year’s show include: • Displays from the country’s top exhibitors with many gold-medal winners from the top RHS shows • The unveiling of the ‘Garden of Reflection’, which will commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One • Trade stands offering the best in gardening products and furniture • A spectacular 100m amateur marquee creating a blaze of colour • The show hosts regional competitions for the North West Sweet Pea Society and the Rose Society UK • A chance to see the historic Astley Hall decked out in floral displays • A gardening theatre with expert talks and demonstrations • Plenty of family entertainment and a chance to walk on our floating bridge “If you enjoy gardening or like plants and flowers then it is definitely worth attending if you’ve not been before,” said Councillor Bradley. “We have lots of the elements of the parking too, which we know is really and we pride ourselves on giving available at chorleyflowershow.com People can also enter the amateur with advance tickets from £8 for competition with dozens of classes people a fantastic day out.” big RHS shows but the tickets are important to visitors. and a floral art section too. more affordable and we offer free “There is a real friendly atmosphere More information and tickets are adults and £1.50 for children.


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

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. Your 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 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.

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

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

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


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A PORTAL TO THE PAST

FOR PEOPLE LIVING

WITH DEMENTIA

People living with dementia in Oldham can now return to yesteryear in a nostalgic 1950s-inspired room which helps trigger old and new memories. Thought to be the first of its kind in Oldham, the memory room is decorated exactly as a home would be over sixty years ago. It is located at Trinity House on Godson Street – an Oldham Council Extra Care housing scheme which is independent living flats for people with some care and support needs. The room is full of 1950s memorabilia and decor; including a black and white television, newspapers and posters from yesteryear and a record player playing familiar music. The time-warp room helps people living with dementia relax and feel comfortable through triggering memories from their past. Cllr Jenny Harrison, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding, said: “Dementia is such a difficult condition for those who have it and it’s heart-breaking for their families and carers. We must do everything we can to help those with this cruel condition have the best quality of life they can. “That’s why I’m so impressed with this memory room. The amount of

time and effort that has gone into it is remarkable and if this gives someone just one precious memory back then it has been well worth it.” The room was made possible through donations of both money and old artefacts from staff, members of the public and Oldham Masonic Hall and Horton Lodge.

It is available to anyone affected by dementia locally and can be booked by contacting Jodie Ashton on 03701924286. For more information on dementia and the support available locally for those affected, email donna. atherton@ageukoldham.org.uk or call 0161 622 933.

'THE SOUNDS OF IDENTITY' PROJECT TO INSPIRE VALUES

Visitors to Lancashire Archives can take a look at some of the creative work produced by Lancashire pupils as part of the 'Sounds of Identity' project that is now on display. Pupils from nine Lancashire schools took part in the project, which aims to encourage young people to think about their values, and to create new ones for their school. The young people worked alongside staff from Lancashire County Council's heritage learning team, the award-winning Young Uns folk group, and in partnership with the Department for Education, to find new ways of teaching British values in primary schools. Their work so far has been compiled into a 'Sounds of Identity' collection and was recently presented to Lancashire Archives, on Bow Lane in Preston. County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "I think that engaging the young people to harness their own ideas is a very useful way of achieving greater understanding. "The project has also continued to develop both their literacy and creativity. "The pupils were able to choose someone from their community, or a historical figure, who they feel brought about change and cohesion, as the inspiration for their work. This made the project have even more personal relevance for each

pupil taking part." One teacher and three pupils from each of the schools became British Value Ambassadors, and they in turn identified a class or year group to take part in the project. Each pupil created a 'book of journeys' to record their work. The award-winning 'Young Uns' folk group worked with the pupils to showcase their work musically. Pupils were also encouraged to explore their values through prose and poetry, or by developing their own ideas. The schools that took part in this project are: Lancaster Lane Community Primary School, Clayton Le Woods, Chorley Carter's Charity Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Preesall, Poulton-leFylde, Fylde

Appley Bridge All Saints Church of England Primary School, Appley Bridge, West Lancashire St. Andrews Church of England Primary School, Preston Bretherton Endowed Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Leyland, South Ribble Cobbs Brow School, Skelmersdale, West Lancashire Pendle Primary Academy, Brierfield, Nelson, Pendle Springfield County Primary School, Burnley St. Leonard's Primary School, Balderstone The Young Uns are a British folk group who won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Group award in 2015 and 2016.


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WHAT ARE 3D AND 4D ULTRASOUND SCANS?

3D scans show still pictures of your baby in three dimensions. 4D scans show moving 3D images of your baby, with time being the fourth dimension. It's natural to be really excited by the prospect of your first scan. But some mums find the standard 2D scans disappointing when all they see is a grey, blurry outline. This is because the scan sees right through your baby, so the photos show her internal organs. With 3D and 4D scans, you see your baby's skin rather than her insides. You may see the shape of your baby's mouth and nose, or be able to spot her yawning or sticking her tongue out. 3D and 4D scans are considered as safe as 2D scans, because the images are made up of sections of two-dimensional images converted into a picture. However, experts do not recommend having 3D or 4D scans purely for a souvenir photo or recording, because it means that you are exposing your baby to more ultrasound than is medically necessary. Some private ultrasounds can be as long as 45 minutes to an hour, which may be longer than recommended safety limits.

provide more information about a known abnormality. Because these scans can show more detail from different angles, they can help in the diagnosis of cleft lip. This can help doctors to plan the repair after birth. 3D scanning can also be useful to look at the heart and other internal organs. As a result, some fetal medicine units do use 3D scans, but only when they're medically necessary. There’s no evidence to suggest that the scans aren’t safe, and most mumsto-be gain reassurance from them. Nonetheless, any type of ultrasound scan should only be performed by a trained professional, for as short a time and at the lowest intensity, as possible. If you’d like a 3D or 4D scan you’ll probably need to arrange it privately, and pay a fee. The clinic may also give you a recording of the scan on DVD, though this is likely to cost extra. The special transducers and software required to do 3D and 4D scans are expensive. There are few clear medical benefits, and experts say they should only be done if there's a medical need. So it's unlikely that these scans will replace normal 2D scans used for routine maternity care 3D and 4D scans may nonetheless in the NHS.

If you decide to have one, the best time to have a 3D or 4D scan is when you're between 26 weeks and 30 weeks pregnant. Before 26 weeks your baby has very little fat under her skin, so the bones of her face will show through. After 30 weeks, your baby's head may go deep down in your pelvis, so you may not be able to see her face. If the placenta is at the front of your womb (uterus), known as anterior placenta, you'll get the best images of your baby if you wait until 28 weeks. It's natural that you'd like to see your baby's face on the scan. But sometimes it's not possible, depending on how she's lying. If she's lying facing outwards, with

a good pool of amniotic fluid around her features, you should be able to see her face clearly. But if she's facing your back, her head's far down in your pelvis, or there's not much fluid around her, you won't see much. The same applies if you have a lot of

tummy fat. The sonographer may ask you to go for a walk, or to come back in a week, when your baby may have moved to a better position. If it's not possible to get good views of her face, you may be able to see her fingers and toes instead.

Some private providers may offer you a free repeat scan if you can’t see your baby’s face. However, others will advise you of the limits of ultrasound and may not offer to repeat the scan. Check the company's policy before parting with any money.


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PLANS FOR A BUSINESS

IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FOR BURNLEY CENTRE

Councillors are being asked to approve the next stages in a process to develop a Business Improvement District (BID) to support the drive for economic growth in Burnley town centre. BIDs are business-led partnerships which are created to deliver additional projects and services to benefit businesses in an area for a limited period, usually five years. A small levy is charged to all businesses in that area to fund the initiatives, typically between one to two per cent a business’s rateable value. A BID can only be set up following a successful ballot of businesses in that area. Consultation around a proposal for a BID in Burnley town centre has been carried out over the last few months by an independent consultant, and found that two out of every three businesses who responded were in favour of the idea, with the remaining third wanting more information. Only three businesses responding to the consultation were against the proposal. A feasibility study produced and based on this consultation has recommended that work be carried out to further develop a BID in Burnley town centre given the level of support shown by businesses. This work would include setting up a business-led BID Steering Group to drive the process and develop a business plan setting out what the BID could achieve to benefit businesses in

the town centre, as well as setting a proposed level of levy and who would be eligible to contribute. Councillor Sue Graham, the council's executive member for regeneration and business growth, said: "Burnley Council works closely with businesses across the borough to support economic growth. “This scheme will help further support Burnley town centre businesses by funding initiatives that will bring in more shoppers and support those businesses to grow. “This is about businesses, supported by the council, driving forward the town centre economy.” Brian Hobbs, chair of Burnley & District Chamber of Trade, added “Developing a Burnley town centre BID is an opportunity for businesses to work together to create a more vibrant and dymamic town centre and support the further economic growth and development of Burnley." A report to Burnley Council’s executive, which meets on 5th June, recommends that work be carried out to develop a Burnley town centre BID and that a consultant is appointed to support the process. Business Improvement Districts were first developed in the UK in 2004. There are now 300 established BIDs, including in Blackburn and Manchester.


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FARMERS MARKETS Want to take a taste of Lancashire home with you? Wander round a traditional Lancashire farmers’ market where the local characters will be only too happy to give you advice on how to cook your ostrich meat or to suggest what goes best with your chutney. Lancashire farmshops and markets have grown in popularity over the past few years, and are noted for the quality of their fine locally produced stock, cheeses and meat products. Some of the markets take place in the beautiful grounds of historic houses, like Hoghton Tower and Stonyhurst College. Visit Lancashire at any time of year and you’ll likely stumble upon one of the myriad food events that take place to celebrate our quality local produce,

not ‘just’ farmers’ markets! Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre A unique retail and leisure destination that will appeal to all the family. Set in the heart of the rural Lancashire, surrounded by rolling hills, Heskin offers visitors a wide range of unique retail shops. Unlike the high street, no two outlets are the same, offering an incredible range of products and services. Featuring over 40 unique shops and businesses which includes a leading art gallery; high class butchers; florist and plant centre; craft studios; food shops; ladies and gents clothing; gifts with a difference; handbags and Jewellery; children’s clothing and toys; hair and beauty; furniture; Fredericks Ice Cream; The Crafty

Potter Craft Cafe; Bridal Gallery and much more… Poulton Market Outdoor Monday Market in the heart of Poultonle-Fylde. The weekly street market is held every Monday in the historic Market Square (except Bank Holidays) 9am – 4.30pm. Stalls at the outdoor market sell a wide range of goods and local produce. From food to clothing and household products, there’s something for everyone. Other stalls offer jewellery, pet products, greetings cards, bags, leather goods, children’s toys and more……. Cedar Farm Farmer’s Market Farmers Market produces includes local beef, pork, lamb, Lancashire haggis, black puddings, cheeses, pies, flowers, fruit and veg, homemade chocolates, wine, cakes and much more. All undercover and free parking. Merchant of Hoghton Farmers Market Come and browse the wonderful stalls at our farmers’ market and get the finest locally sourced goods from local traders. Not only this but

you can also buy foods from around the world including Chinese and Mediterranean. Our farmers’ market doesn’t just sell food, but also hand crafted gifts and much more. Chorley Food and Craft Market The Market runs along Fazakerley Street, a tree-lined pedestrianised area in the heart of the town centre, from 9am until 4pm, on the second Saturday of each month. The stalls will consist of locally produced goods including cakes, preserves and meat. Poulton le Fylde Farmers Market Poulton Farmers Market is held on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9am – 1pm at St Chad’s church hall and is the perfect place to pick up some scrumptious local produce. You’ll find a great selection of fresh fruit and veg, bread and locally rea. Lytham Farmers Market A traditional farmers market where you can find locally and regionally produced food and drink. 3rd Thursday of every month. Nether Kellett Farmers Market Monthly market in the village hall with a variety of stalls to browse and buy from. 2nd Sunday of every month. Ashton on Ribble Farmers Market St Michael’s Church has been playing host to the monthly market since 2005 and it is home to fresh meats, vegetables, baked goods and dairy products. Mere Brow Farmers Market Local produce for sale each month

including fruit and veg, speciality meats, dairy product, pies and preserves. Indoor tearoom also open. 2nd Saturday fo the month. Penwortham Farmers’ Market Farmers’ Market organised and run by 8th Penwortham St Teresa’s Scout Group in Penwortham from their scout hut, located behind St Teresa’s Catholic Church. 1st Saturday of every month (not January). Helmshore Farmers Market Over twenty stalls of lcoally grown and sourced produce. You can expect produce to be fresh and great value for money. 1st Sunday of the month. Kirkham Lancashire Market Monthly local market selling cheese, fruit, meat, puddings, pies and crafts. Cuerden Valley Park - Farmers Market Come along and find some lovely locally produced foods and fine crafts at Cuerden Valley Park - Farmers Market, usually held every 4th Sunday of the month. There will be a variety of stalls including a tea shop for a well earned break! St Annes Farmers Market Monthly farmers market with locally and regionally produced food and drink on sale. Meet the people who grow, rear, make and bake your food. 1st Thursday of the month. Great Eccleston Farmers Market A monthly farmers market runs alongside the weekly traditional market in the centre of Great Eccleston. 3rd Wednesday of the

month. 9am-1pm Lancaster Charter Market A wonderful, traditional street market in the centre of town, held every Wednesday and Saturday. Thornton Farmers Market Around fifteen stalls of seasonal, local and regional produce at this friendly local farmers market. The market takes place on the second Saturday of the month (except Jan). Grimsargh Farmers Market Our regular stalls offer a range of meats, cheeses, fish, eggs, preserves, bakery, chocolates, vegetables, fish and also a selection of crafts. There are additional seasonal stalls selling plants and ice cream. Elswick Farmers Market The Elswick Artisan Food and Farmers Market is on the fourth Saturday of every month. It is a showcase for all thats best in Lancashire. Kirkham Lancashire Market Monthly local market selling cheese, fruit, meat, puddings, pies and crafts. Helmshore Farmers Market Over twenty stalls of lcoally grown and sourced produce. You can expect produce to be fresh and great value for money. 1st Sunday of the month. Great Harwood Farmers Market A lively market held on the first Sunday of each month between 8am2pm on the historic Towngate square in the centre of Great Harwood between Accrington and Blackburn. Lots of stalls selling all kinds of high quality fresh local produce.


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DUMFRIES SHOW HISTORY

First held in 1962, following the amalgamation of the Dumfries and Lockerbie agricultural shows, Dumfries Show is an old established agricultural society and is now considered to be the largest one day show in the country. It is a traditional agricultural show

held on the first Saturday in August each year. Dumfries, being primarily a livestock producing area, prides itself on the quality of the livestock on display, with the quality of dairy, beef and sheep sections second to none. There is a very large and growing horse section with an extensive array

of different classes. It has BSJA affiliation and is a qualifier for Blair Atholl. The show has an enthusiastic goat section, including milking trials. There are also sections for the home and garden industries, stick making, a large craft fair, a food festival with cookery theatre, a very popular and growing cheese competition which is

the only one in Scotland outside the Highland Show and a young farmers section as well as a huge array of stands throughout the showfield. We aim to put on an entertaining, educational show in a safe environment for all the family whether they be involved in farming or not. Come and enjoy a great day out.

YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE 2018

Lots of exciting things will be happening to celebrate the Year of Young People 2018 in Dumfries and Galloway. The Year of Young People (YOYP) aims to inspire Scotland through its young people by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating opportunities for them to shine. YOYP is something everyone aged 8 to 26 can support. Events under six YOYP themes will be held across the region during 2018: • Health and Well-being • Culture • Equality and Discrimination • Enterprise and Regeneration • Education • Participation Events are free to attend and aimed at a wide variety of interests and age groups. Signature events • Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) Event - Kirkcudbright, from Monday 17 to Friday 21 September Leadership and skills development residential for young people from across Scotland involved in DofE.

• Moving Forward Together - Newton Stewart Saturday 27 October Regional gathering of adults working or volunteering with young people to develop new collaborations and sharing of good practice • YOYP Closing Event - Dumfries, Thursday 6 December Final celebration of young people's achievements over 2018 and announcing the results of 10,000 voices 10,000 Voices consultation 10,000 Voices is an exercise which will collect the views of young people aged 10 to 25. We'll be looking for your views on the issues impacting you and your perceptions of the communities in which you live. The consultation will run throughout 2018 at YOYP events, at community based provision and in our local secondary, higher and further education centres. The findings will be announced at the YOYP closing event in December 2018. Further information Email YOYP2018@dumgal.gov.uk Call 01387 260243

SURFACE DRESSING WORKS

We've just started our annual surface dressing programme to improve stretches of the region's 4100 km of roads. The problem Roads become worn because of traffic movement which causes the surface to flex a few millimetres before recovering. The continuous flexing of a road causes surface cracking which can allow water to penetrate the road. The water in the surface cracks freezes and expands in cold weather so extensive damage of the road structure and foundations can occur if things are left unchecked. The solution Surface dressing is a quick, efficient and cost-effective process to maintain and protect roads. We can dress a mile of road in under 3 hours with minimum disruption to traffic for about one-fifth of the cost of alternative methods. The process is designed to: • form a waterproof flexible seal to prevent water penetration • arrest disintegration of the road surface • improve the skid resistance of the surface and so reduce the likelihood of accidents • improve surface texture to reduce spray and improve visibility during wet weather Surface dressing involves a thin film of hot bituminous "binder" being sprayed on the road before stone

chippings are spread and rolled in. This dressing can extend the life of a road by up to ten years. The alternative to surface dressing is replacing 40mm of asphalt but that's about five times more expensive, takes much longer and causes more disruptions to traffic. What we're doing We carry out a surface dressing programme between June and August each year. This year's programme has started in the West of the region and we'll be moving East with an expected completion date of Tuesday 14 August. The work requires dry conditions so is highly dependent on weather and means delays and changes to the schedule are possible. How you can help Traffic and motorists then play an important part in the success of the work. Surface dressing can be damaged by heavy rollers so a flow of traffic is an ideal way of pressing the chippings into the "binder", helping the surface to bond and creating an even, textured dressing. You can help by driving at slow speed over the new work until warning signs are removed. Driving at high speeds can result in issues which require remedial work with an additional cost and further disruption to road users. Further information Call 030 33 33 3000 if you have any questions about this work.


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THE HISTORY BEHIND CLARION

LODGE CAMPSITE, MENSTON 1908 – 2010

The clubhouse idea was eagerly adopted in other parts of of Bucklow Hill and Handforth. annual camp in Wharfedale in the late in a field between Otley and Burley, for a month or more in the Summer. By 1906 Bradford’s the country by Clarionettes who had sampled the delights Bradford CCC members started an 1890’s; five second-hand bell-tents where cycle runs went every Sunday annual camp had changed its site several times, but then the newly- formed Yorkshire Union of Clarion CCs began to look for a permanent ‘Countryhouse’. Early in 1907 the Yorkshire Clarion Clubhouse Ltd was registered as an Industrial and Provident Society offering supporters half-crown shares. The aim was to build a ‘Bungalow Clubhouse’ for £200.00 in some convenient centre in Wharfedale. The following year they took a three-year lease on one of their previous camp sites, a four acre field at Chevin End near the village of Menston. There was an option to purchase outright, but they needed to raise a total of £500.00 to make this possible. At first they made do with tents, and then they put up ramshackle sheds and lean-tos until they had gathered enough money from the half-crown shares to have a proper Clubhouse built in stone. Even then they had to proceed slowly, adding architect –designed wings as funds became available. Next to the Clubhouse, while leaving space for camping, volunteers levelled the ground for tennis courts and made a ‘Carriage-drive’ planted on both sides with forest trees. Soon, a separate two-storey timber building had to be erected to provide forty more beds. Sadly, the latter was later razed to the ground by fire, but the stone buildings remain to this day as the only providing-surviving Clarion Clubhouse, used still by Clarion Cyclists and other’s until its present owners bought and converted it in December 2010


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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT

THE LYTH VALLEY COUNTRY INN?

The Lyth Valley Country Inn is a charming inn which houses a magnificent restaurant and bar area within the stunning Lyth Valley. The inn is situated in the north west of England, treasured within the rugged, mountainous area of the English Lake District where picturesque views of the surrounding landscape can be enjoyed from every angle. If you endeavour to stay over in the Lake District, treat yourself to a luxurious, refreshing, and peaceful break with the Lyth Valley Country Inn where

you can witness panoramic views out towards Scout Scar or gaze in wonder at the woodland scenery. Each bedroom is individually decorated and can become the perfect start to an amazing trip in the Lake District. The inn is a family-run business as owner, Steve, works side by side with his two sons, Craig and Shaun, and his head-chef, Jamie. They pride themselves on their ability to provide a broad variety of hearty meals from locally sourced produce into their even broader variety of menus. The dining

experience at Lyth Valley Country Inn is renowned for brilliance; not only is the food exquisite, but the internal environment and surrounding areas allow for total satisfaction. Breakfast delivers the opportunity to devour the likes of fresh pastries and artisan coffee or, if you prefer to eat out during lunchtime, why not pop in to enjoy the highly recommended lunch or afternoon tea menus? Experience the delightful dinner menu during the evening with the highly sought-after succulent pork

belly, which is slowly cooked for seventy-two hours. You will not fail to find something that caters to every taste, diet, or requirement. This same level of greatness can also be found within the bar of Lyth Valley Country Inn, as they hold both the finest ales, due to the Winster Valley Brewery, and the best wines from all around the globe. Don't forget to check out their cocktail menu as they also provide expertly mixed concoctions which are a treat to the taste buds! Take a seat with family or friends within the

cosy booths or venture out on to the raised decking area to savour both the drink and the spectacular views. The greatness of Lyth Valley Country Inn spills over into their sister pub, the Brown Horse Inn, which is located just three and a half miles away. Contemporary takes on the traditional dishes has allowed them to form their classy and chic menu with a comprehensive range of wines and ales served alongside. Like Lyth Valley, the Brown Horse also offers on site accommodation as well as the added luxury of self-catering cottages scattered around the Winster Valley. So, why not indulge in yourself this Christmas and journey to the Lyth Valley Country Inn - or the Brown Horse Inn - to experience the fun

fuelled festivities with great company among beautiful surroundings. LYTH VALLEY COUNTRY INN: Lyth, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8DB. Tel: 015395 68295. Email: info@lythvalley.com Web: www.lythvalley.com BROWN HORSE INN: Winster, Nr Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3NR. Tel: 015394 43443. Web: www.thebrownhorseinn.co.uk


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THINGS TO DO IN PENRITH - YOUR 24 HOUR ITINERARY BY NORTH LAKES HOTEL & SPA

If you’re after a short break away or only have 24 hours to spend in Penrith, why not follow this great itinerary we’ve put together for you. It’ll keep you active from morning till evening as you explore and discover this stunning natural area of the Lake District.

Day one A hearty breakfast to start the day After a hearty breakfast at North Lakes Hotel and Spa, start your day by heading straight out on the 20 minute walk to the centre of Penrith. The first stop on your morning route will be the 14th century imposing remains of Penrith Castle. The castle is looked after by English Heritage and the condition of the remains allows you to appreciate its former grandeur. If you’re intrigued by historical facts and drama, this is the place for you with it once being occupied by Richard 3rd before he became King of England. Stellar pictures are guaranteed here so make

sure to get a couple of snaps before heading to the town centre. Penrith’s traditional town square is an excellent stop for any visitor; full of independent shops and boutique cafes. The Penrith Clocktower is the central piece of the square. With its gothic look, it’s a great opportunity for another photo. Don’t forget to visit St Andrew’s Church and the Penrith Museum as stop-offs on your morning of discovery. All these sights are nearby, making the town centre a great starting point. The start of March means the beginning of market season, and the start-up of the Penrith Farmers’ Market which is held on the third

LAKE DISTRICT SUMMER MUSIC

Celebrating its 34th year, Lake District Summer Music returns at the end of the month (28 July – 10 Aug) with 44 events in 11 venues spread across the South Lakes. With its heart in chamber music, there is something to suit everyone in the 2018 Festival: orchestral, choral, solo recitals, opera on film, masterclasses, early music, world music, popular favourites and new works, jazz and much more. There is a focus on Beethoven in the middle weekend, with talks, a screening of Fidelio, string quartets from the early, middle and late periods and the rarely-heard An die ferne Geliebte – plus solo piano; violin and cello sonatas; and string trios and more, across the fortnight. Our new Festival Début Concerts strand features the UK débuts of a

string trio from The Netherlands, Estonia and Spain and a string quintet from Flanders, and pianists from a Romania and Norway, as well as young musicians from across the UK. We mark the end of WW1 with a screening of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, to an improvised organ accompaniment. The film turned the then-little-known actor Rudolph Valentino into a superstar and as the first film featuring the tango, was responsible for a dance craze. This year sees a focus on 1918, the year of the creation of Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Romania, Latvia, Poland, Austria, Hungary and Finland as independent states, with music both renowned and rare. Artists-in-residence include soprano Ailish Tynan, the Eblana String

Trio, cellist Guy Johnston, pianist Patrick Hemmerlé and the Navarra String Quartet. England's greatest composer, Purcell, is brought to life in a compelling music theatre work featuring over 20 of his works performed by early music group Ceruleo and actor Simon Cole. The programme is bookended with concerts by the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the National Youth String Orchestra. Free copies of the Festival Diary are available by calling 01539 742620, online at www.ldsm.org.uk, or by post or personal visit to the Festival Office at Stricklandgate House, 92 Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4PU. Bookings can be made online, by post, phone (01539 742621) or on the door.

Thursday of every month until the end of December. If you’re looking for seasonal produce, local specialities or original Lake District crafts, this is the market for you. There’s a mixture of first time traders, local regulars and award winning producers all happy to discuss where they grow their produce or make their crafts. It’s a fantastic traditional market to experience, and with its location right in the heart of the town, it’s accessible for all. Walk to Penrith Beacon After all that exploring it’ll be time for a break, so feed your hunger with a sweet treat or warm savoury snack from one of the local cafes to get you ready for the next part of the itinerary, the walk to Penrith Beacon. This recognised AA route will provide you with stunning panoramic views at the top, making it the perfect way to end your morning. The straight walk up Fell Lane makes the route one of the most accessible and straightforward to follow with the entrance to the climb at the top on Beacon Edge. Along the way you’ll be able to spot the feature buildings such as Potter’s Lodge with its gorgeous Georgian architecture or Caroline Cottage and its gothic design. We’d recommend giving yourself 30 to 40 minutes to complete both the climb and descent. At the top of the 937 feet elevation, the Beacon

monument of 1719 awaits, but that’s not all, as you’ll have the added reward of spectacular views of the Lake District Fells. If you’re lucky

and look towards the Solway Firth, you might see the mountains of Scotland, which is an epic sight to behold on a clear day. Try and get to


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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

STEAM THROUGH MID WALES THIS SUMMER

Summer is a great time to take the family on a steam railway trip, according to the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. The wild flowers are blooming, the hills and fields are green, the brooks babbling and the birds singing! The original line engines, The Earl and The Countess are well over 100 years old. They were built to last and are now lovingly tended by skilled volunteers and railway staff. The carriages are covered, with viewing balconies to the rear. Come rain or shine there will be a great view. Llanfair station is also a great place for a light lunch or afternoon tea and cakes: a cosy tearoom, picnic area and children’s playground complete with their own train. There are trains nearly every day in July and every day in August. Full details and online discounts are on the website at www.wllr.org.uk or ring on 01938 810441.  The drive down from the Wirral or Merseyside is really worth it!


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SUMMER EVENT CELEBRATES FOOD FOR LIFE’S SUCCESS

Pupils from schools across North Yorkshire had a great time when they got together at Allerton Court Hotel to mark the end of the two-year Food for Life project in the county. Food for Life is a Soil Association national initiative and its aim is to encourage pupils to make good food a central part of the school day. Key elements of the programme include

providing healthy meals and good food education, as well as increasing pupil understanding of where their food comes from with farm visits and practical cooking and growing. At the celebration event at Allerton Court Hotel, pupils took part in four food and physical activity themed workshops delivered by project partners, helping to cook delicious recipes

from ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ chef Nigel Brown and getting active with North Yorkshire Sport. Applegarth Primary, Romanby Primary, and Trinity Academy in Richmond have all gained Bronze Food for Life Awards and were presented with their certificates by county councillor Caroline Dickinson, executive member for public health, prevention

and supported housing, and county councillor Janet Sanderson, executive member for the children and young people’s service - supported by HERBIE, the healthy-eating carrot. The latest schools to achieve their bronze award join another 11 from across the county who have already earned their awards during the first year of the project. Clapham primary

has gained a silver award through lots of growing and cooking in school and by developing a whole school food policy to ensure a consistent message about healthy eating is promoted. Cllr Dickinson said: “This is a fantastic achievement and the schools who have achieved their Bronze Award can be very proud of themselves. “They have all worked very hard to deliver the Food for Life programme, using the children’s ideas about how to improve their lunchtime experience at school, such as reducing queues and noise levels in the dining room. The schools are now growing and cooking more of their own produce. “Pupils have led assemblies on healthy eating and sustainable food sourcing such as Fairtrade, and taken part in after-school healthy cookery sessions with their parents and carers.” Cllr Sanderson said: “Helping pupils to lead a healthier lifestyle in North Yorkshire is one of the key aims in the Young and Yorkshire children and young people’s plan, ‘ensuring a healthy start to life, with more children and young people leading healthy lifestyles’. “Food for Life enables pupils to learn about the origin of their food and why eating good food, along with having an active lifestyle, really matters.” The North Yorkshire schools Food for Life project has been funded by the council through its public health grant. During the

2016-2018 academic years, North Yorkshire County Council’s energy and sustainability traded service has provided hands-on tailored support to 22 schools in the county to help them to achieve awards and increase cooking and growing in school. All schools in North Yorkshire have been able to access the Food for Life programme independently and attend local training to support them. More than 70 school staff have received free practical training in cooking, growing and taking pupils on farm visits. Another successful part of the programme has been to take 90 pupils to two farm days where they learn about food and farming through meeting the farm animals, herding geese and pigs, making butter and discovering the differences between alpaca and sheep wool. Funding the Food for Life initiative and encouraging North Yorkshire schools to take part in the programme is part of the county council’s commitment to tackle childhood obesity, one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. To find out more about the national Food for Life programme, go to www.foodforlife. org.uk/schools


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NEW WORLD-LEADING PRECISION

MEDICINE CAMPUS SET TO OPEN IN MANCHESTER

Proposals have been announced to create a world-leading precision medicine campus in the Corridor Manchester Enterprise Zone. Proposals have been announced to create a world-leading precision medicine campus in the Corridor Manchester Enterprise Zone, located within the UK’s largest clinical academic campus - Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Greater Manchester’s groundbreaking partnership between academia, industry and the NHS Health Innovation Manchester - has been working with global diagnostics firm QIAGEN on a joint project which will create and support up to 1,500 jobs – adding almost £150m to Manchester’s economy over a decade. The collaboration will also bring fast-tracked real health benefits to Manchester and Greater Manchester residents, and ultimately people nationally and internationally, through access to new tests and targeted treatments developed through pioneering research. The proposals have been welcomed by Manchester and Greater Manchester civic, academic and health leaders. Manchester City Council on, Wednesday 11 July, approved a one-off investment of up to £21 million, underwritten by life science enterprise zone business rates, as part of a public sector funding package to support a programme of research and

development. Greater Manchester Combined Authority have already agreed to provide £3 million of loan funding. This will confirm Manchester as a world leader in this vital emerging industry with enormous growth potential. The Life Sciences sector already contributes more than £10.8 billion a year to the UK economy and was identified in the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review as one of the North of England’s key strengths and opportunities and in the government’s industrial strategy as a huge opportunity. Manchester is already a UK flagship for life sciences, with major innovation hubs in the Corridor Manchester Campus and nearby Alderley Park. The benefits for Manchester and its people from this one-off investment will be twofold – delivering health benefits for residents by enabling strides to be taken in the prediction and prevention of disease through new diagnostic tests which enable earlier detection of disease and development of personalised treatments, and by supporting and creating jobs in the city’s economy. This investment will directly create around 250 jobs and safeguard an extra 215 while supporting more than 1,000 more indirectly across Corridor Manchester – adding an anticipated £140m to Manchester’s economy

over a decade. It will anchor the life sciences sector, acting as a market for related small and medium-sized enterprises as part of an Applied Health Innovation Campus and reinforcing the city’s reputation at the cutting edge of innovation. Greater Manchester’s unique health and social care devolution arrangements will enable patients to benefit more quickly from new tests and medicines and access to clinical trials. Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This will help confirm Manchester as a world leader in this vital emerging industry with enormous growth potential. This is an opportunity that as a city we cannot afford to miss. It’s a winwin – not just creating a raft of new highly skilled health science jobs and an economic boost but crucially also opening up revolutionary new health benefits for people here. Manchester’s future success depends on building on our distinctive strengths and life sciences definitely falls into that category.” Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “We’ve always led the way in Greater Manchester, whether it’s cutting edge science and technology, being at the forefront of social change, or pioneering partnerships across different sectors. The NHS was ‘born’ here in Greater

Manchester in the middle of the 20th century, 70 years ago and last week we celebrated this. This week we secure our position in 21st century health innovation with this global deal.” Peer M Schatz, Chief Executive Officer of QIAGEN, said: “These partnerships leverage QIAGEN’s rich expertise in Manchester to accelerate innovation as a basis for the development of valuable molecular tests. This is a true win-win situation, bringing together QIAGEN, the global leader in Sample to Insight solutions, with important intellectual assets in the U.K. to accelerate molecular biomarker research and subsequent development of new and promising diagnostic assays. We expect this collaborative initiative to serve as an innovation incubator to support translating genomic biomarkers into clinical use and ultimately to yield benefits for our customers and patients everywhere who need advanced diagnostic insights,” said Peer M. Schatz, Rowena Burns, Chair of Health Innovation Manchester and Chair of Manchester Science Partnerships, said: “This is a hugely important step change for Greater Manchester’s already strong life sciences sector. The new health innovation campus, with QIAGEN at its heart, will support the continued growth of businesses which are driving the future shape of

medicine and health care, and cement our position as a world-leader in precision medicine. This is precisely what Health Innovation Manchester was set up to do, and combined with our devolved health and social care system, places us in an incredibly strong position to address the health challenges of the population. “For MSP, this is a massive testimony to the existing strength of our partnership with QIAGEN, who have already added so much to the City’s life sciences community. QIAGEN will now become the flagship for the next phase of our Oxford Road Citylabs campus, being developed by MSP’s majority shareholder, Bruntwood, for MSP and our joint venture partner, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.” Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President & Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, said: “We are delighted by the announcement that Qiagen NV, a major and innovative diagnostic company will significantly increase their research and development activities in Manchester. This is excellent news for the city region and for The University of Manchester. This major inward investment demonstrates confidence in the city region and the University. At The University of Manchester, genomics, personalised medicine and early diagnosis of disease are major

research activities, notably in cancer, one of our five ‘research beacons’. Qiagen has great expertise that is highly relevant to each of these areas. “Attracting companies in the life sciences will add further to the attractiveness of Manchester and The University of Manchester as a hub of scientific discovery and medical expertise. Our research in life sciences and health is renowned world-wide and we are delighted to welcome expansion of such an exciting global business in healthcare to Manchester.” Sir Mike Deegan, Chief Executive at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said “Securing and expanding QIAGEN’s future on the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust site is a pivotal component of our vision to create an internationally-leading research and innovation campus focused on integrated diagnostics leading to better care for our patients. Modern healthcare requires us to handle massive arrays of data from a huge range of technologies in order to come up with the right answer for patients. This has never been clearer than with genomic medicine, QIAGEN’s immediate focus, which holds the power to deliver transformative clinical benefits at the level of individual patients--the heart of ‘precision medicine’.”


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WHAT IS FOOTGOLF? Footgolf is a precision sport where players kick a football into a hole in as few shots as possible. The name is a combination of Football and Golf, being more closely related to golf. The game is played the same way as golf, except players use a football instead of a golf ball, and the ball is kicked rather than struck with a club, working towards a 21-inch "hole" in place of the usual golf hole. The player who plays the 9 or 18 holes with the fewest shots wins. Footgolf as sport is played on golf courses. It also could be played on other special

footgolf built grass courses. The first shot has to be played from the tee box, and to reach the hole, bunkers, trees, water and hills have to be crossed or avoided. This means a powerful shot is useful, but not decisive. Reading the course, a smart approach and accurate putting are even more important The game is played a regulation No. 5 football Because the balls travel less distance than golf balls, footgolf is played on holes shorter than those used for golf. Paul Collinson of the UK Footgolf Association has observed that

compared to golf, footgolf is quicker to play, more accessible to players, and does not require expensive equipment. The origins of footgolf are unclear as they can be attributed to many countries at the same time, as early as 2006. The first nine-hole footgolf tournament on a golf course, and played as the sport is known today, was organized in the Netherlands in 2008 by Michael Jansen and Bas Korsten, and played by a mix of Dutch and Belgian professional footballers.

160 GOLF CLUBS

NOW OFFER FOOTGOLF

More than 150 UK golf clubs offer footgolf, the new sport that combines football and golf, even though it only came to the UK less than three years ago. Golf clubs have to offer giant holes because the balls are footballs and not golf balls, but beyond that the UK FootGolf Association says there

is minimal disruption to a venue. “The sport which combines two of the UK’s most popular pastimes is now available in more than 160 golf courses across the UK, and shows no signs of relenting, with more than 200 certified courses predicted to be offering the sport by the summer of 2016,” said Gareth May, head of UK development at the UK FootGolf Association. “Compared to golf, footgolf is far easier to play and with no player equipment needed, other than a football, it means that it is incredibly inclusive. Allowing mums and dads to play with the kids. Grandparents to play with grandchildren, truly anyone can play footgolf whether you are three years old or 93 years old “The setup cost from just £2,995 plus VAT, is small in comparison to the revenue returns available. Once setup, the footgolf course needs minimal maintenance and upkeep. Gareth May added that the main demographic of a person that plays footgolf is an adult male aged 18 to 45, “so offering footgolf will help to re-invigorate a market that is sorely missing from mainstream golf,” he said. “Footgolf is also proving a hit with under 16s, with huge numbers of

children playing the sport for leisure with family, with football clubs or for birthday parties. “This can only be good for golf, as footgolf cannot exist without the ability to be played on a golf course. The sport follows the exact same rules and principal as golf, but instead of using a golf club and golf ball, the objective is to kick a standard size football in to an oversized cup. The sport needs the hazards and features of golf courses to make it interesting and challenging. The hole locations are not placed on the golf greens, and players cannot wear football boots, so in fact it creates far less damage than seen in golf. “The type of person that would play footgolf is not your typical golfer, it is a new type of person entering the golf environment for the first time, and realising that golf clubs are an accessible environment without stigma, and that not all clubs have a strict dress code. “The 2015 European FootGolf Trophy Tour saw Team UK crowned as European champions for the first time – not bad considering the sport only came to the UK just three years ago. The number of footgolf courses in Scotland alone is set to double, from four to eight in the next few months.


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BETVICTOR WORLD WILLIAM HILL US DARTS MATCHPLAY SCHEDULE CONFIRMED

MASTERS GLORY FOR ANDERSON

GARY ANDERSON claimed his sixth World Series of Darts title with a superb 8-4 comeback win over Rob Cross in the William Hill US Darts Masters final on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort. Two-time World Champion Anderson showed his class with a series of gritty performances as he took the £20,000 title and continued his global success with a first win in Las Vegas. Anderson followed up his brilliant first round win over DJ Sayre by ending the hopes of Canadian youngster Dawson Murschell with an 8-5 quarter-final win, after trailing 3-2 early on. He was also made to work hard in the semi-finals, avoiding defeat by the width of a wire against James Wade before prevailing in a deciding leg. Wade led 6-2 before Anderson hit back to level, and the left-hander then moved 7-6 up only to miss double ten

for a 140 checkout and victory, before the Scot levelled and took out 75 to snatch the win. World Champion Cross made the early running in the final by taking a 3-0 lead, and also held a 4-1 advantage. Anderson, though, punished missed doubles from his rival as he levelled in a run of seven legs as he stormed to victory, sealing the title with a stunning 164 checkout. "I'm delighted," said Anderson. "I really had to work hard today but it's been a great event and the fans were fantastic. "I've had three or four weeks off since the World Cup but I've played well this week and there's lots to look forward to now. "James played well in the semi-finals and at the start of the game I missed loads of doubles that it was killing me, but I dug in and I got there. "It was the same against Rob in the final. Once I got level with him I wanted to do what I do - score well." Anderson added: "The players over here are getting better and better. I played DJ and hit one of those games where I played really well and he was still on my tail. "Dawson stuck in against me, and he's on the ProTour now, he's going to learn a lot. Every year it's getting better, which is good." Cross had won through to his first

World Series of Darts final with impressive wins over Michael Smith and Peter Wright during Saturday's final day of action. Smith played his part in an outstanding quarter-final, sharing the opening 12 legs before Cross pulled clear to win 8-6, with the pair landing seven maximums apiece. Cross then overcame Peter Wright 8-3 in the semi-finals, but was denied the title by Anderson's amazing fightback. "It was an amazing tournament," said Cross. "I felt great coming out this week and I played some good stuff. I missed a few shots in the final and I was my own enemy." Wade had produced one of his most dominant displays on the World Series stage as he ended Michael van Gerwen's title defeat with an outstanding 8-3 quarter-final victory. Wade led 5-0 before Van Gerwen hit back, but a crucial 161 stopped the world number one's fightback in its tracks as he moved into the last four. Wright overcame 2017 US Masters finalist Daryl Gurney 8-6 in their quarter-final tie, avenging a narrow loss to the Northern Irish ace at the same stage a year ago. The eight PDC stars, including Friday's first round victim Gerwyn Price, will now travel to China ahead of the next World Series of Darts event, the Shanghai Darts Masters, on July 13-14. William Hill US Darts Masters Saturday July 7 Quarter-Finals Rob Cross 8-6 Michael Smith Peter Wright 8-6 Daryl Gurney Gary Anderson 8-5 Dawson Murschell James Wade 8-3 Michael van Gerwen Semi-Finals Rob Cross 8-3 Peter Wright Gary Anderson 8-7 James Wade Final Gary Anderson 8-4 Rob Cross

THE schedule of play for the BetVictor World Matchplay has been confirmed, with the all-Dutch tie between Michael van Gerwen and Jeffrey de Zwaan to headline the opening night on Saturday July 21. Blackpool's famous Winter Gardens will host the 25th staging of the World Matchplay later this month, with 32 players competing live on Sky Sports for the newlytitled Phil Taylor Trophy. The first round is split across the opening three days, including a double session on Sunday July 22, with a mouthwatering opening night set to see the tournament begin in style. Former finalist Adrian Lewis will face James Wilson in the opening fixture, before four-time quarter-finalist Dave Chisnall takes on Keegan Brown. World number one Van Gerwen then meets Blackpool debutant De Zwaan, before 2018 Premier League finalist Michael Smith plays another World Matchplay debutant, Jonny Clayton. Sunday's afternoon session will see 2017 World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney take on Steve West, while Sunday evening's play features reigning World Champion Rob Cross and two-time World Champion Gary Anderson. Last year's runner-up Peter Wright begins his quest for a maiden Matchplay title on the final night of first round action as he meets

JORDAN PICKFORD’S P.E TEACHER CHOOSES PB SPORT

With England through to the quarter finals we are all starting to find out more about the dream team in the 2018 World Cup. Gareth Southgate has compiled what he believes is a “balanced” 23-man England squad for the World Cup in Russia, with a mix of “experience” and “character”. They now face Sweden in the quarter finals on Saturday and – if they progress – will meet either Russia or Croatia in the semis. The Lightning Seeds’ iconic song ‘Football’s coming home’ has been ringing out in pubs and homes across the country, and fans have also turned it into dozens of patriotic memes. There is also plenty of talk about the players, in particular Harry Kane who is the top scorer in the world cup so far. After the penalty shootout against Columbia, attention also has been on Jordan Pickford for his remarkable save and Eric Dyer who scored the final penalty to secure our place in the next round. Jordan Pickford’s school life The BBC interviewed Jordan Pickford’s former PE teacher, Alan Fisher. And the 46-year-old has shared his pride – and complete lack of surprise – at his pupil’s incredible journey. The 24-year-old honed his skills playing for his school team at St Robert of Newminster. Fisher said he still uses the Washington lad as an

example to other pupils of what hard work and dedication can achieve. Price & Buckland are proud to be supplying St Robert of Newminster with their school sports wear and hope that it contributes to their

ambition and future aspirations. We strongly believe if you look and feel good it enhances performance. Our PB Sport range is made from the latest innovative performance based fabrics: ActivDri, AquaDri

and MicroTech. Designed to keep you comfortable and focused – helping you perform to your best, time after time. Get in touch to find out how we can make your school stand out from the crowd and encourage more pupils to get involved in sport, we’d love to hear from you. https://www.pbsportswear.co.uk/contact/

Jelle Klaasen, with former champion James Wade also playing Jermaine Wattimena on Monday evening. The second round is split across Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Blackpool, with the players from the bottom half of the draw playing on Tuesday and those in the top half in action on Wednesday. The quarter-finals are then split across Thursday and Friday, with the semifinals on Saturday before the eagerly-awaited final on Sunday. The tournament features £500,000 prize money this year, including £115,000 to the eventual champion, with a £10,000 bonus on offer for a nine-dart finish. Van Gerwen is the red-hot favourite with BetVictor to lift a third World Matchplay title at 4/6, Anderson is the 7/1 joint second favourite alongside Cross, with Wright in at 10/1. The BetVictor World Matchplay will be broadcast on Sky Sports from July 21-29. For tickets, call the Winter Gardens Box Office on 0844 856 1111 or buy online at pdc.seetickets.com. Thomas Cook Sport Breaks and Hospitality Packages are also available. See www.pdc.tv/ tickets for full details and ticket information. 2018 BetVictor World Matchplay Schedule of Play Saturday July 21 (7pm) First Round Adrian Lewis v James Wilson Dave Chisnall v Keegan Brown Michael van Gerwen v Jeffrey de Zwaan Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton Sunday July 22 Afternoon Session (1pm) First Round Darren Webster v Steve Lennon Ian White v Max Hopp Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen Daryl Gurney v Steve West Evening Session (7.30pm) First Round Mensur Suljovic v Steve Beaton Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting Rob Cross v Mervyn King Raymond van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson Monday July 23 (7pm) First Round Kim Huybrechts v John Henderson Simon Whitlock v Richard North James Wade v Jermaine Wattimena Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen Tuesday July 24 (7pm) Second Round Chisnall/Brown v Smith/Clayton Gurney/West v Price/Cullen Van Gerwen/De Zwaan v Lewis/Wilson G Anderson/Bunting v Van Barneveld/K Anderson Wednesday July 25 (7pm) Second Round Whitlock/North v Wade/Wattimena Suljovic/Beaton v White/Hopp Cross/King v Webster/Lennon Wright/Klaasen v Huybrechts/Henderson Thursday July 26 (7pm) Quarter-Finals x2 Friday July 27 (7pm) Quarter-Finals x2 Saturday July 28 (7pm) Semi-Finals Sunday July 29 (7pm) Final Format: First Round - Best of 19 legs Second Round - Best of 25 legs Quarter-Finals - Best of 31 legs Semi-Finals - Best of 33 legs Final - Best of 35 legs Prize Fund: Winner - £115,000 Runner-Up - £55,000 Semi-Finalists - £30,000 Quarter-Finalists - £17,500 Second Round Losers - £11,000 First Round Losers - £7,000 Total - £500,000

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