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Lancaster Music Festival 2014

Lancaster’s award-winning FREE Music Festival is famous for reflecting the city of Lancaster’s musical abundance, excellence and diversity and is driven by well over 150 acts performing a wide range of genres at over 30 venues within walking distance across the city as well as venues at Lancaster University. Now in its 6th year, Lancaster Music Festival is being extended by 2 days to take place from 9th to 13th October 2014. The festival will kick off with a launch party on the Thursday evening!

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Virtually all the shows are free. The ales are not free but are super. There will be a Festival Ale courtesy of Thwaites Brewery and brand new for this year an special blend of Festival Coffee, courtesy of Atkinsons Coffee Roasters.

Despite efforts in previous years to try to wrap up LMF on Sunday night we have found that it continues into the week, so we now officially give up and accept this city now has its own unofficial Bank Holiday weekend!

For more information about the festival, including details of how to apply to perform, visit our website or contact us via email, phone or social media using the details below.

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Divorcing couples must try mediation before court Divorcing couples will soon have to try mediation to resolve disagreements before they are allowed to take their case to court. The government says mediation is a cheaper, less stressful process than going through the courts, and also provides more long-term solutions that are acceptable to both parties. Official statistics say that separations involving court action take about four times longer than when mediation is used.

The Children and Families Bill, which is currently being considered by Parliament, will oblige couples to try mediation as a first step towards resolving differences. Cases involving extreme circumstances such as domestic violence or abuse will be exempt from the law and will continue to be settled in court.

Mediation involves couples holding discussions overseen by a trained mediator such as a solicitor. This helps them to resolve issues like financial settlements and contact arrangements for their children. The resulting agreements can then be made into a legally binding court order.

Mediation certainly works for some people, however it is not suitable for every case, for example where one (or both) of the parties is unwilling to approach Mediation with the intention of settling the dispute, or where one or both of the parties is unwilling to make a full and honest disclosure of his or her financial position.

In 2012, more than 17,000 people successfully separated from their partners using mediation. The Government’s view is, as Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes says ‘Mediation works and we are committed to making sure that more people make use of it, rather than go through the confrontational and stressful experience of going to court. When people separate we want them to do it in the least damaging way for everyone involved, especially children. That is why we want them to use the excellent mediation services available to agree a way forward, rather than have one forced upon them.’

In most cases, particularly those involving financial arrangements upon separation/divorce both parties will also need legal advice alongside Mediation to ensure that they understand the nature and effect of any proposals under discussion and whether these provide a fair outcome for them.


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Charles Wilson is a Director of JWK Solicitors and has a wealth of experience dealing with family cases and is a trained collaborative lawyer [collaborative lawyers work together with their clients to reach agreed solutions following a separation/divorce and commit to avoiding a drawn out and costly court dispute]. Charles is also a member of Resolution.

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Effective treatment remains a priority within the NHS but it is expensive and there is little left over for non-essential items and facilities that may make all the difference to a patient’s experience of the treatment process. The Rosemere Cancer Foundation, founded in 1997 when the cancer centre opened exists to provide those extras wherever possible. It is your local cancer charity. Rosemere supports the regional specialist cancer centre at Royal Preston Hospital, as well as all the local cancer units across this part of the North West. Cancer patients from the Lake District can all benefit from the services that Rosemere provides. Rosemere supports patients during treatment by providing additional facilities and services in a clinical setting wherever they are being treated. Rosemere’s target is to raise £800.000 in 2014 to help fund research, patient welfare projects, additional equipment and training right here on your door step, to help give these cancer patients the best possible care.

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Saturday 6th September 2014 – 3.15 p.m. start An unforgettable experience and a perfect activity for a summer’s day for all the family. This beautiful and exhilarating walk leads you from the shore at Arnside to Kents Bank accompanied at all times by a team of expert Bay Guides led by the Queen’s Guide Cedric Robinson. This walk is on average between 7/8 miles long. The walk is suitable for children and dogs are welcome. Support vehicles will be on hand should any walker feel too tired or unable to complete the walk.

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Put A Spring In Your Step and Enter Race For Life In Lancaster WITH warmer weather and lighter evenings on the horizon, women in Lancaster are being urged to put a spring in their step by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Taking part in Race for Life at Lancaster University is a great way for women of all shapes and sizes to enjoy the outdoors and get a little more active as they prepare for their 5k event. Committing to take part, and encouraging their mums, grans, daughters, sisters and friends to join them, gives participants a target to aim for, in terms of getting a bit fitter and raising money to beat cancer sooner. This year, Race for Life in Lancaster takes place on Sunday, July 20 with the 5k event. Jennifer Ward, Cancer Research UK’s Lancaster Event Manager, said: ‘Race for Life is not competitive and it’s not about being fit or fast. It’s about thousands of women coming together to show cancer who’s boss. You don’t need to pound the pavements or be decked out in lycra to do your bit. Participants can choose to walk, jog, run or even dance their way around the course. Whichever way they reach the finish line, they are united by their determination to beat cancer.’ Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k events which raises millions of pounds every year to fund research to help beat 200 types of cancer. Although the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is going up - largely due to the fact that people are living longer and cancer is predominantly a disease of old age - the


good news is that, thanks to research, survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years. More people across the North West are now beating the disease than ever before. Last year, 905 women took part in Race for Life in Lancaster and raised a fantastic £45,108. This year, organisers need 1000 women and girls to stride out to help raise £40,000. Jennifer added: ‘You don’t need to embark upon a tough training regime – unless you really want to! A gentle walk is a great form of exercise, and with lighter evenings on the way, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air, get fit and gear up for the Race for Life experience. The atmosphere and excitement on the day will get everyone’s blood pumping! Becoming more active has benefits that continue well after the event, as research shows that even regular, moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer. Not only does it help to maintain a healthy body weight but it also has a protective effect in itself.’

To enter Race for Life events in the North West, visit or call 0845 600 6050. Race for Life events in the North West Blackpool : 5k on Wednesday 9th July at 7.30pm at Blackpool Promenade Lancaster: 5k on Sunday 20th July at 11.00am at Lancaster University Preston: 5k on Sunday 15th June at 11.00am at Moor Park

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LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL How to contact us By phone (8am to 5pm Monday to Friday) Please note that our Customer Service phone lines are closed every Wednesday from 9am to 10am to allow for essential staff training. You can still contact us via email or in person during this time. • General Enquiries 01524 582000 • Out-of-hours Emergencies 01524 67099 • Domestic Waste and Street Cleaning 01524 582491 • Housing Standards and Homelessness 01524 582257 • Residents Parking 01524 582972 • Elections 01524 582905 • Ideal Choice Homes 01524 582005 • Tell Us Once 01524 582000 In person (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)Customer Service Centre (Lancaster) Town Hall Dalton Square Lancaster LA1 1PJ Customer Service Centre (Morecambe) Town Hall Marine Road East Morecambe LA4 5AF Email (24 hrs): LANCASTER LIBRARY Adult learning at Lancaster library ‘Learn my way’ computer courses, covering computer basics, email, internet and on-line shopping. Every Monday and Thursday 2.00-4.00 pm. No booking required. NEW Scrabble club for all abilities, scrabble boards provided. Every Monday afternoon from 2.00-4.00 pm. English Conversation group. Practise your English in a small friendly group. Every Tuesday 10.00-12.00 24

NEW Book Group. Come and talk about books you have enjoyed reading. Friendly informal group runs First Tuesday each month. Job club run by the adult college. Practical guidance and help for writing cv’s and applying for jobs. Every Wednesday 9.30-12.30. Coffee and craft sessions. All people and crafts welcome at this friendly group. 2nd and 4th Thursday’s each month. 10.00-12.00 Local and family history sessions. Run by staff and volunteers in the community history library. Learn about the local and family history resources collection and on-line resources. Every Thursday 10.00-12.00 Family Events; Storytime for pre-school children. Every Monday 10.0010.30 Toddler Rhyme Time. Singing, rhymes and stories followed by refreshments. Every Wednesday 11.0012.00 Baby Bounce and Rhyme. Fun songs with actions and rhymes followed by refreshments. Every Friday 11.0012.00 Saturday club. Open to all age children. Themed craft activities and stories. Every Saturday 11.30-12.30. NEW Saturday afternoon Junior Activity Sessions. Open to all ages, themed around literacy and story-telling 2.00-3.00 The one-off events: Painting Exhibition in the Sanctuary at Lancaster library by Barry Wearing -local artist 1st - 29th April. Chinese story-telling and crafts for families with the Confucius Institute at Lancaster University on Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th April 11.00-1.00 pm. Bunny Hop Family Fun Day - including stalls, refreshments, activities, Easter bonnet and boater competition and egg hunt on Saturday 12th April 11.00-2.00 pm. Author Austin Chambers will be in the library to talk about writing books and signing his latest novel ‘Oh Taste and See’ Saturday 26th April 10-3.00pm

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