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Issue. 46 - August 2018

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A motorcyclist

has sadly died

A motorcyclist involved in a collision in Altrincham last night has sadly died. Around 7.10pm on (Saturday 4 August), police received a report that a red Ducati Multistrada motorcycle had been involved in a collision with a red Volkswagen Touran on Regent Road, at the junction with Groby Road. The 50-year-old motorcyclist was taken to hospital with serious head and facial injuries. He has since sadly died. Police Constable Phil Shaw of GMP’s Serious Collision

Investigation Unit, said: “With his family by his bedside, the man has sadly died in hospital. “As we give them the space they need to deal with this horrific news, I’d urge witnesses or anyone with information that could help us, to get in contact.” Anyone with information should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number 1872 of 04/08/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Work begins to demolish

former cinema block

Work has begun to demolish a former cinema block in Burnley. Internal work is underway at the old Studio 123 cinema in the Charter Walk shopping centre. Burnley Market Hall, which is next to the site, will remain open for business as usual throughout the demolition work, as will the nearby Curzon Street car park. The demolition will remove an unsightly and underused building and is part of wider plans for the continued regeneration of Burnley town centre.

Initial work will generally be carried out internally and concentrate on preparing the building for demolition. General site clearance has been completed and controlled works are now underway to remove internal structures to facilitate the demolition/ dismantling. It is expected that this will take a further month or so and that the building will start to be pulled down in the autumn. Preparation work, including scaffolding and working platforms, are expected to start to be

put in place shortly. The vehicle bridge and pedestrian bridge over Bankfield will be the final two elements to be taken down and it is expected that these will be completed towards the end of this year. Given the size of the building and its town centre location there will be some disruption but the contractors will aim to keep it to a minimum. Surrounding businesses, including the market hall, will remain open throughout.

Reinstatement work will be carried out once demolition is completed to improve the look of the site. Councillor Asif Raja, Burnley Council’s executive member for economy and growth, said: “This essential work is part of wider, ongoing plans to redevelop Burnley town centre to attract more people to Burnley and boost the local economy. It will improve the appearance of that part of the shopping centre and pave the way for potential redevelopment in the future.”


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Cycle around the world

in Pendle – in 24 hours!

Anyone who can ride a bike is being urged to take part in an exciting cycle challenge to cover the world distance cycling around the Steven Burke cycle track in Pendle. Pendle Council has teamed up with Go Velo, a Pendle cycling organisation which offers cycle training and activities across Lancashire, for the unique fundraiser in aid of Pendleside Hospice. GLOBE VELO 24 - Around the World Challenge will take place from 6pm on Friday 21 September and 6pm on Saturday 22 September at the Steven Burke Sports Hub cycle circuit at Swinden Playing Fields in Nelson. Details are available on www.pendle. gov.uk/cycling including a link to Eventbrite to register to take part in the overnight challenge between 10.30pm and 10.30am. The rest of the time between 6pm to 10.30pm on Friday and 10.30am to 6pm on Saturday you just turn up, pay £5 towards the Hospice, get kitted up with a transponder, get on a bike and pedal as many laps as you like, no need to register. Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “It’s a unique way to raise funds for Pendleside Hospice and get more people into cycling,” “Cyclists of all levels of ability and ages, from beginners to veterans and professionals can choose how many circuits they do during the 24 hour

challenge for charity. “I will be taking part and clocking up some circuits in aid of Pendleside Hospice which is a cause close to all our hearts.” “Transponders fitted to every bike will count the miles,” he explained. Tricia Wilson who leads on cycling for Pendle Council said: “We’ve been inspired by longdistance British cyclist Mark Beaumont who cycled around the world in 78 days. “Pendle Council has organised the event with support from Cycle Development Pendle Partnership and people in our wider cycling community. “We all share a passion for cycling! “That’s why we want to jointly cycle a staggering the 18,000 miles distance in 24 hours! Kirsti Grayson, the Director of Go Velo who lives in Trawden in Pendle said: “I’m confident that together we really can cycle the world distance and clock up thousands of pounds for Pendleside Hospice. “We need you, your friends and family and anyone else you can persuade to take part with you to turn up with your bike and helmet and complete as many laps of the circuit as you can,” she urged. “It will all add up to that world distance and if you haven’t a bike or a helmet we can provide them,” she

said. The challenge event will also be a family fun event with live music from acclaimed Trawden band The Switch on the Friday evening from 6.30pm until 7.30pm and a Glow Group Disco from 8pm to 9pm to help keep people

pedalling and to entertain spectators. More bands are being signed up to play on Saturday afternoon and there’ll be a range of stalls including refreshments. Cyclists can also take up sponsorship to raise even more funds for the

hospice if you wish - just phone 01282 661051 if you would like a sponsorship form. To take part, cyclists must register on Eventbrite and find out more including health and safety information and information for business teams and

groups. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ globe-velo-24-around-the-worldchallenge-tickets-47989369496 Individual riders must pay a minimum contribution of £5 towards Pendleside Hospice on arrival at the event.

More success for digital

schools programme

An exciting digital programme for schools combining health apps with the national curriculum has found even more success in Blackburn with Darwen with a second school successfully taking part. Blackburn’s Witton Park Academy joins St Thomas’s Centre and seven other East

Lancashire schools participating in the Digital Healthy Schools scheme. The programme enables pupils to engage with mobile apps to help them manage their health. It has been designed in collaboration with teachers and students from across the country to join together national health and academic priorities, in an initiative where ‘safe’ health apps can be searched, compared, downloaded – and even recommended. Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, the Integrated Care System (ICS), and ORCHA (the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) have collaborated to bring the programme to the area. Since the start of the programme in February 2018, pupils have discovered and downloaded more than 88 different apps onto their phones and 50 per cent of pupils who participated now use a health app. Pupils have reported changing a range of behaviours, from swapping car journeys to walking, drinking more water and going to bed earlier. The most popular apps have included Lincus companion, which allows users to track a number of complex health conditions as well as tracking general day-to-day wellbeing, and Fitbit the well-known activity tracker. Steve Archer, a teacher at Witton Park Academy, said: Using apps is second nature to young people so they embraced the programme

immediately. It created conversations and enabled technology’s positive role to shine through. Pupils have actively used apps to adopt changes to their lifestyles, particularly around diet and exercise – although one pupil even found an app to better treat his mum’s eczema! It’s great to see them taking responsibility for their own health. Dr Amanda Thornton, Digital

Health and Activation Clinical Lead for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: It’s important to keep children safe online but also important to encourage them to keep well – and use digital tools to do so. ORCHA has prompted some great conversations in schools and helped enforce the message that we want to empower every person to feel confident and

capable of making informed decisions about their health. Councillor Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said: I’m delighted that more of our schools are taking part in this programme and seeing some great results. Healthcare apps are a valuable tool in taking care of health. Helping students engage with technology to manage their health is something that will be important for their future wellbeing. Visit the ORCHA website to learn more about how it’s helping people to find the best and safest health and care apps.


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Shoppers to get new crossing Activities in libraries in West

A new ‘super crossing’ will be created across the by-pass in Chorley town centre to make it easier for visitors to get to the shops from the new Friday Street car park. Work is underway to construct the ​ extra level on Friday Street and the next step will be to improve the route into the town centre for pedestrians. Work on the crossing will start on 20 August with it finished in time for the car park improvements ahead of the Christmas shopping period. Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’re making really good progress with all the car park work and we know it’s important that when we have all the extra spaces on Friday Street we make it as easy as possible for people to access the shops. “If you walk from the main shopping areas it is only a minute or two to walk to Friday Street but as you are crossing the by-pass and going under the railway line it seems a lot further. “The crossing will make it quicker for people to get across as they won’t have to wait as long at the lights and we’re also going to improve the route under the bridge to make it more attractive. “That coupled with the fact the new parking spaces will be wider than standard bays it will make Friday Street a popular place to park and when the extension is built the

shopping area will be even closer.” The work will mean people will cross the road in one go, rather than the current split crossing over the bypass, and the pavements will be wider and the carriageway a bit narrower to make it more pedestrian-friendly. “We appreciate people’s patience while all the work has been taking place but the good news the town centre has been really busy during this period and people can see Chorley town centre is open for business,” said Councillor Bradley. “We are looking to open some of the new spaces on Friday Street in October

with the car park fully re-opening and crossing works completed in November in time for the Christmas shopping period. “We are also on track to have the extended car park off Cleveland Street (adjacent to Gala Bingo) open in the coming weeks, which will all add much-needed spaces ahead of work starting on the extension.” The whole of Friday Street car park will be closed from today (Thursday 9 August) while more of the steelwork goes up with spaces re-opened as and when it is safe to do so over the coming weeks.

Lancashire over the summer

Libraries in West Lancashire are offering a wide variety of free activities over the summer that are suitable for families and adults alike. Visitors to Skelmersdale Library can enjoy a fortnightly Reading Cafe. Book lovers can drop in for a friendly chat about their favourite books and authors. A weekly Crafts and Chat session is also held at Skelmersdale Library. Craft lovers can pop along with their own unfinished craft items to complete them whilst sharing ideas and having a chat with others. A regular Family and Local History advice group is held at Ormskirk Library. Anyone needing advice with either family or local history can visit the library where members of the local Ormskirk and District Family History Society will help. Miles of Smiles is also held at Ormskirk Library for children up to the age of five years old. This is a stay and play session, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Ormskirk Library hosts a Creative Writing group on every third Wednesday of the month. Budding writers can join members of the Ormskirk Writers' Literary Society, to develop their writing skills. Burscough Library holds a Knit and Natter group every Friday. Your

level of skill doesn't matter, anyone interested can just come along to share tips and continue with their knitting. Lovers of board games could enjoy the weekly Saturday morning session at Burscough Library. Bring the family along and enjoy the board games available, or bring your own for others to enjoy as well. Libraries in the area also hold regular Toddler Rhyme Time and Storytime sessions. There are lots of Reading Groups which also meet regularly in our libraries. These groups are a great way to share a love of reading, and inspire others to read something different. County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We've got so many fun things to do during the holidays and beyond. There's much for families and adults to do, have fun or to learn something new. "Hopefully it is easy for people to take part in an activity that they enjoy on their doorstep whilst also getting the chance to socialise with others who enjoy doing the same activities. From crafts, knitting and creative writing to board games, there's so much to enjoy. "There's also many opportunities for adults to gain

support to learn new skills to help to apply for jobs, or to help them to use digital skills more in their life." Taking part in many of the activities will be free, to make them as easy and accessible as possible. Some could have a small charge to cover the costs of the materials to be used. There's no need to book many of the activities, you can just visit the library to join in. Booking a place will be essential for some of the activities, as ticket numbers are limited. For more information, to find out if costs apply and if booking is required phone 0300 123 6703, email library@lancashire. gov.uk or call in to a library in West Lancashire. All of the activities are offered in addition to the thousands of books that are available to borrow from each library. The titles are changed regularly, with new ones being added frequently. Books can also be ordered. A variety of audio books and CDs are also available. Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions. For more information, go to www. lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.

Darwen Market Presents…

Free Summer Fun programme

Bring the children on Monday’s, Wednesday’s & Friday’s 10am – 2pm to Darwen Market Annexe Darwen Market is offering free family friendly activities during the summer holidays, running every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The sessions run from 10am – 2pm during the summer holidays in Darwen Market Annexe. The programme, provided by Crafty Vintage, is varied and changes every day. On Magical Monday’s expect to see magic shows, to learn magic, to take part in circus workshops or to play giant games. Workshop Wednesday’s will be more craft based you might learn a craft, learn to draw or paint or attend a talk on how to declutter your wardrobe! Funky Fridays are a party day, attend DJ school, a silent disco or play retro games and even take part in a talent contest for local young people with prizes to be won! Cllr Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: We are pleased to be working with Crafty Vintage to bring the Free Summer Fun programme to Darwen Market. Everyone is welcome to

come along and join in with the activities that are on offer. Laura Johnson from Crafty Vintage has been delighted by the take up so far. She said: The number of families that came along this week was fantastic and the activities have gone down really well. We have had craft sessions to make trinket boxes that people could take home with them, as well as an impromptu ukulele

singalong. The children were thrilled! The mornings have been busiest so far, but we have more capacity, so I would encourage people to keep coming along! Why not meet friends for a browse round the fantastic market? Have a coffee or lunch and let the children be entertained with the activities on offer. The full programme can be found on www.darwentowncentre.co.uk.


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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 blacktie 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

Not too late for gardeners

to go green for Pendle!

“Over 8,000 gardeners have signed up for our garden waste collections,” said Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council. “And it’s not too late to renew or find out if you can join the recycling scheme,” he added.

Margaret Orrell from Brierfield is one of the thousands of gardeners who’s re-subscribed to the popular green bin collections. Margaret said: “We’ve been on the recycling scheme for garden waste since the beginning. “We think it’s good for the environment – that’s why we do it!” Carole Taylor, the Council’s Waste and Recycling Co-ordinator explained: “As the gardening season of long days and sunshine continues we’re reminding people who’ve forgotten to renew their subscription that it’s not too late!” The green bin can be used to recycle grass cuttings, hedge clippings, fallen fruit, small branches, twigs and even rabbit bedding! “Simply check on our website to find out what can and can’t go in the green bin,” said Carole. People can re-subscribe online via www.pendle.gov.uk/gardenwaste and pay just £30 which covers the

fortnightly service until 1 July 2019. “If you’ve not been on the green bin scheme but would like to see if you can join please visit our website and fill in a quick form to see if we can add your address to our garden waste rounds,” said Carole. Visit www.pendle.gov.uk/ gardenwaste for details or follow

this direct link https://www.pendle. gov.uk/forms/form/228/en/add_ your_street_to_the_garden_waste_ collection_rounds Subscribers can also pay using Pendle Council’s automated telephone payment system by calling 01282 661743 and pressing 1 to pay, using a credit or debit card.

Please use 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 antisocial 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.


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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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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 Poulton-le-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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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. 3D and 4D scans may nonetheless 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 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 Art & Soul Tattoo Studio

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.

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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The Gardens of North Wales Trees planted to mark royal romances hundreds of years ago, and landscaped lawns and exotic guests. North Wales is famous for its gardens. From the National Ivy Collection to listed estates, here are a few places worth a visit. Bodnant Garden Devotees of the Italianate vision will love Bodnant. Leading up to the Hall, the upper garden has five terraces, featuring brick paths, lily ponds, formal lawns and herbaceous plants. Below, trees and shrubs flank The Dell, passed by the River Hiraethlyn. Homegrown collections include Chinese, North American and Japanese plants. Plas Newydd, Isle of Anglesey A touch of Aussie lushness on the Menai Strait, where this 18th century house – already the place for pristine

views of Snowdonia – is home to an Australasian arboretum, no less. Elsewhere, there’s a spring garden, a summer terrace and colourful, massed hydrangeas to enjoy. The catkin garden is a highlight. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Gwynedd Acres of wonderful gardens fill this research epicentre of the Snowdonia National Park. They include a water garden, a Japanese garden, a fern nursery, an azalea walk and a wildlife garden, all teeming with unusual exotic specimens. Valleys and woodlands surround this former home of an 18th century mansion. The Great Orme, Llandudno This valley was dedicated to local residents by Lord Mostyn in 1887, and it offers splendid views of the town more than a century on. Take a sloping walk to the charming

landscaped gardens forming part of them, then lie back and relax under the ancient trees towering above. Bodelwyddan Castle, Denbighshire There are 260 acres of parkland surrounding Bodelwyddan, and the formal garden, which is part of a site including a maze and woodland areas, was designed in 1910. The walls were the idea of 19th century baronet Sir John Hay Williams, who originally introduced many of the exotic plants here Grade I listed Ivy Collection Erddig is the place to find the National Ivy Collection, but there are also some extremely rare fruit trees within the hallowed grounds of one of the most important gardens in Britain. Discover why William Eames’ late 18th century design has been deemed worthy of Grade I listing status.

What a beautiful day it was to be beside the seaside; a bucket and a spade for the creation of a sandcastle or two. These props were used by Chris Dearden BBC Wales reporter on Colwyn Bay beach at 8am yesterday morning. It was a radio broadcast, so

I guess the listeners had to take our word that two grown men really were building sandcastles on the beach, but at least it made the sound effects more authentic. The question: “Has the hot weather helped tourism in North Wales this summer?” We spend

so long moaning about the rain and the changeable weather and the lack of sunshine in Wales, and the UK generally, but is that really the only missing ingredient from our tourism offer? Here at North Wales Tourism we did a call out to our 1500+ members, all tourism businesses, to ask them what the impact of this glorious spell of hot weather had been. Deborah, our Head of Membership got an inbox full of responses and the answer… was surprisingly polarized. Many of our accommodation providers; hotels, B&B’s, camp sites and caravan parks were so busy they were full and having to turn people away. Their phones were ringing off the hooks with enquiries. It was the same for lots of cafes and bars. The sunshine was making people turn out, and stay out longer. It’s just what they needed after the poor start to the season. On the other side of the coin, however, our retail members, and those with indoor attractions, or attractions away from the coast are reporting that business is slower, and they were closing a lot earlier than normal. I guess with all this free sunshine, visitors are opting to enjoy the outdoors for as long as they can. Not surprisingly, North Wales has also seen a rise in the number of day visitors. Especially to places like Colwyn Bay beach. Personally I’m enjoying this spell of lovely sunshine as I think it shows off our beautiful environment even more than normal. But I also believe that North Wales has lots to offer, regardless of the weather. So when the rain and the cooler conditions return, no need to feel glum, simply go and explore more of our attractions and inland experiences – they are waiting for your visit!

Is too much sunshine good for business?


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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

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 afterschool 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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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 selfcatering 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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There’s more to

Lancashire than hotpot!

Discover the diversity of Lancashire's food and drink on a visit to this scenic county and you won't be disappointed. Dine on succulent seafood in Morecambe Bay, purchase awardwinning sausages in Clitheroe's famous sausage shop and find local produce at farmers markets and farm shops. Indulge in a gourmet feast of food and drink in Lancashire’s highly acclaimed restaurants, relax in cosy pubs. What could be more appealing than a piping hot pot of tea accompanied by a slab of chocolate cake in a café or tea room? You can always be confident in finding quality.

Food is now one of the nation's favourite pastimes and as the Ribble Valley has some of the finest producers and restaurateurs in the country. The recipe for traditional Lancashire cheese known as Creamy & Tasty is unique in Britain in that it blends the curds from different milkings which creates a cheese with depth of flavour, added complexity and a texture that gives an ideal melting consistency. Crumbly Lancashire is the most recent addition to the family of Lancashire cheeses. It was created in the 1960s as a lighter more acidic cheese and, unlike Creamy and Tasty, is made from the

curds of one day's milking. Farmers 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. Lancashire's farm shops sell local produce which often has been grown, picked, reared or made on the farm where the farm shop is located. Discover the delights of Lancashire's food at one of Lancashire's many exciting food festivals and events throughout the year. Coupled with visits to some of the most scenic countryside in the UK Lancashire has a fine feast to offer. Dine in our out, relax and enjoy!

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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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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN secured his first World

Series title of the year as he beat Raymond van Barneveld 11-4 to win the 2018 Auckland Darts

Masters, presented by TAB and Burger King.

In a scintillating display of darts at the Trusts Arena, Van Gerwen was at his imperious best as he beat Peter Wright and then compatriot Van Barneveld on the way to the title. Dropping just seven legs across the two games, and 13 in the tournament as a whole - Van Gerwen was back to his brilliant best after four televised tournaments without a win. In the final, the two-time World Champion began the game in style holding throw in ten-darts to set the tone for the remainder of the encounter. The world number one quickly raced in to a 6-1 lead, barely breaking a sweat as he edged closer to the title. Van Barneveld was then able to produce a comeback of sorts, breaking the throw to close the gap to two legs, giving the Dutch legend hope. This seemed to inspire Van Gerwen though, who went on to win five consecutive legs, which included a 156 finish on his way to the crown. “I’m delighted to win this title for the

first time,” said Van Gerwen after his impressive victory. “There have been a few tournaments since I have won and I know I don’t need to send any messages but sometimes it is nice to let everyone know who is boss. “The standard of darts is getting better and better on this side of the world and it is important for the sport that it keeps growing,” added the 29-year-old. “Now we head to Melbourne and it’s another chance for me to pick up a title, I feel good and ready to go.” Raymond van Barneveld was appearing in his second Auckland Darts Masters Final after losing out in the decider to Adrian Lewis in 2015. The five-time World Champion was aiming to win his first World Series of Darts event but ran in to an inspired MVG in the final. “He’s ruining everything for us, he keeps winning everything,” joked Van Barneveld after the match.

“I felt better in the final than I did in the semi but when Michael gets on a roll you can’t stop him” Earlier on in the evening Van Gerwen dispatched Peter Wright to book his place in the final, beating the Scot 10-3. The Premier League Champion hit back-to-back 170 and 164 finishes in the middle of the match with the Dutchman ending the clash with an average of 102.76. Van Barneveld secured his spot in the final with a convincing 10-5 win over Simon Whitlock. The 51-year-old produced an average of 102.79 in an impressive performance. The final was a step too far for Van Barneveld though as the world number one claimed the title and cemented his reputation as the world’s best player. The World Series returns on August 10-12 in Melbourne at the Hisense Arena before the tour Down Under concludes in Brisbane on August 1719. Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King Sunday August 5 (6pm) Semi-Finals Simon Whitlock 5-10 Raymond van Barneveld

Michael van Gerwen 10-3 Peter Wright Best of 19 legs Final Raymond van Barneveld 4-11 Michael van Gerwen Best of 21 legs

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