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14 CHINESE NEW YEAR Jan Woolley talks to cookery writer and TV celebrity chef Ching-He Huang about her latest book Asian Green and her forthcoming visit to the Ribble Valley. 108 WONDERFUL WEDDINGS We take a look at the multitude of vibrant venues, gorgeous gowns and just about everything you need to celebrate your big day. 132 BUSINESS HOUR Dr Samantha Weld-Blundell, who was shortlisted at the recent Great British Entrepreneur Awards, is the founder of an innovative, new online service providing easy access to psychological support. 140 IN THE BLOOD David Fearnhead speaks to George Holden, a second-generation championship-winning sidecar racer from Clitheroe, who will be competing in the 2022 British Championships. 154 ARTIST ANTHONY PLATT A keen runner and fell walker, artist Anthony Platt has developed a distinctive style, finding inspiration in the rural landscapes of the Ribble Valley, Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.






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Magazines Editor As we head into 2022, we must stay positive and that’s what this New Year issue of Live Ribble Valley is all about. It’s about health, wellbeing and mindfulness and it’s also about the people who can guide us into living a life that is happy and fulfilled. We meet chef and cookery writer Ching-He Huang, world-renowned for her enthusiastic approach to healthy eating. She has unveiled her latest book Asian Green, which is full of delicious plant-based recipes. Ching, who is visiting the Ribble Valley during Chinese New Year, was inspired to write the book after her husband’s health vastly improved when he switched to a vegan diet. Her dynamic approach to healthy food is demonstrated in her recipes which feature fresh, organic and ethicallysourced ingredients. Travelling the world with her work, Ching has appeared in numerous US TV shows and in the UK she is a regular guest on Saturday Kitchen, This Morning and Sunday Brunch. This month we also talk to artist Anthony Platt who used lockdown to review and transform his style of painting. Taking a considered approach, he decided to follow his instincts – and the result has been remarkable. Since changing and developing his style he has won numerous awards and his paintings now feature in local galleries. Change often features in New Year’s resolutions too – this month we speak to the experts who can help us stick to them! Whether that’s joining a gym, taking up running, wild swimming, yoga, meditation or simply getting out in the great outdoors, they can advise on how you can achieve your personal goals in 2022. On behalf of the team here at Live Ribble Valley we wish everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year! Jan Woolley Editor












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CHING’S CHINESE NEW YEAR Chef Ching-He Huang shares recipes from her new plant-based cookery book and reveals details of her forthcoming visit to the Ribble Valley, writes Jan Woolley


ith the launch of her latest cookery book, Asian Green, world-renowned chef and cookery writer Ching-He Huang MBE is set to celebrate the Chinese New Year in the Ribble Valley. Ching, who has appeared on TV shows worldwide, wrote Asian Green, a plantbased, vegan cookery book during lockdown. Born in Taiwan, Ching’s philosophy is to use fresh, organic and ethically sourced ingredients to create modern dishes, fusing tradition with innovation, and it is with this ethos that she will be cooking with Victor Yu at Yu Copster Green on 3rd February 2022. “These days, I think we are all a bit more conscious of what we are eating, we are more aware of eating sustainably. “Asian Green is my tenth cookery book and it features healthy, everyday recipes using plant-based ingredients. It’s all about a flexible way of eating with different, exciting flavours,” explains Ching, whose husband


Jamie was the inspiration for the book. “I was inspired by how much his asthma and eczema improved after adopting a vegan diet. I started cooking plant-based meals for him and his health noticeably improved.” Ching, who was awarded the MBE in 2020 for services to the culinary arts, has always believed in the age-old Chinese maxim that ‘food is medicine’ and in the power of plants to heal, restore and nourish. The recipes in Asian Green are designed for optimal health, mindfulness and balance and Ching has a number of favourites: “Personally I love my sweet chilli tofu with water chestnuts. It’s a real celebratory dish – the cubes of tofu are like little gold nuggets – a symbol of prosperity. Chinese New Year is all about symbolism.”

I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MY COLLABORATION WITH VICTOR. IT’S ALWAYS A REALLY BUSY EVENING AND LOTS OF FUN! As a global ambassador of Chinese cooking, Ching’s style has been very much influenced by the culinary traditions of her grandparents, who lived in a farming community in Southern Taiwan: “I remember my grandmother cooking on the farm for my extended family,” recalls Ching, who moved to South Africa when she was five. “When we moved to South Africa my mum would still cook Chinese dishes to keep in touch with her heritage.” Aged 11, Ching moved to the recessionhit UK: “We lived in London and during my teenage years my mum was working away quite a lot so she taught me how to cook a few simple dishes that I could cook for myself and my dad.” Having gained a scholarship, Ching went on to study at university then set up her own food manufacturing business in 1999: “I started in a small kitchen in north London,” she recalls. “We ended up producing fresh food, seven days a week for 10 years.” She went on to become one of the UK’s best-known chefs appearing on TV with the

likes of Michel Roux Jr, Cyrus Todiwala and Ken Hom: “I adore Ken Hom and I love my TV work,” says Ching, whose shows are broadcast throughout the world. She has also fronted her own UK series including Ching’s Kitchen, Chinese Food Made Easy and Ching’s Amazing Asia as well as hosting episodes of the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen Live. Living with her husband in Surrey, Ching has a niece and three nephews, with whom she loves to cook: “It’s always a riot when I see them! I’ll always cook from scratch – maybe healthy plant-based burgers – and they help out, it’s very interactive.” Having visited the Ribble Valley before with her collaborations with Victor Yu, Ching is delighted to be returning in February when she will meet guests and adding her touches to Victor’s Chinese New Year menu. “For many years I have spent the Chinese New Year working but when I was younger it was always a big celebration with family and friends. It was a time when everyone came together to celebrate. “I am really looking forward to my collaboration with Victor. It’s always a really busy evening and lots of fun!” n

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Serves 4 Kcal: 559, Carbs: 54.4g, Protein: 11.9g, Fat: 32.7g This is a super delicious dish with lots of flavours and textures going on – it’s sweet, spicy, nutty and creamy. It’s comforting on so many levels, and I love the way it really makes the veg the star of the show. 200g (7oz) dried wheat-flour noodles 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 3 small shallots, roughly chopped 2 lemongrass stalks, roughly chopped 1 tbsp rapeseed oil 1 tbsp tamari or low-sodium light soy sauce 400ml (14fl oz) can coconut milk Small handful of chopped coriander to garnish For the roasted sweet chilli sprouts 200g (7oz) Brussels sprouts trimmed 1 tbsp rapeseed oil 1 tsp vegan Thai red curry paste 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 1 tbsp golden syrup 50g (3/4oz) raw unsalted cashew nuts Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ 350°F/Gas Mark 4.

THAI-STYLE ROASTED SWEET CHILLI SPROUTS WITH CREAMY COCONUT NOODLES Begin by making the sprouts. Heat a wok and fill it with water. Bring to the boil and add the Brussels sprouts. Cook for three minutes, until tender but still al dente. Drain and rinse the sprouts under the cold tap. Transfer the sprouts to a roasting tray. Add the rapeseed oil, Thai red curry paste, sweet chilli sauce and golden syrup and roast for 15 minutes. Add the cashew nuts and return the tray to the oven to roast for another five minutes until golden.

shallots and lemongrass to form a paste. Heat a wok over a high heat until smoking, then add the rapeseed oil. Once hot, add the garlic, shallot and lemongrass paste and fry for a few seconds, then add the Thai red curry paste and cook, stirring, for a few seconds more.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions and rinse in cold water. Drain and drizzle over the toasted sesame oil to prevent them from sticking together.

Stir in the tamari or light soy sauce followed by the coconut milk. Cook for 12 minutes until the liquid has turned a dark red colour. Add the drained noodles and toss to coat well. To serve, divide the creamy noodles between four bowls and top with the roasted sprouts. Garnish with coriander and serve immediately.

In a food processor, blitz together the garlic,

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Closer to home James likes to work collaboratively with other businesses – he works closely with local architects and the likes of smart home solutions specialist Bernard Dickinson: “There is a synergy for us in terms of lighting control systems. Working together, we find the right solutions for clients,” adds James, whose business also supplied lighting for the Northcote Park luxury housing development off Longsight Road.

WE HAVE RECENTLY BEEN WORKING WITH ARCHITECTS ON A CIRCULAR GLASS CEILING CUT-OUT, WHICH YOU CAN WALK OVER ON THE FLOOR ABOVE Despite fewer international trade shows, James continues to focus on upcoming trends in order to give clients the very latest in lighting design and technology: “LED lighting continues to be a trend as they are so flexible. We have recently been working with architects on a circular glass ceiling cut-out, which you can walk over on the floor above. It is surrounded by LED lights – it’s totally bespoke – a really special feature.” n




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As one of the Ribble Valley’s skilled craftsmen, Whalley Home Improvement founders prominent success stories, Emma Hodgkinson and Whalley Home Improvements is Graham Fielden have completed many going from strength to strength. prestigious projects throughout the region Photography: Andy Tighe since they began almost two years ago. Working alongside leading manufacturers, including Ultraframe’s globally renowned

roof system, as well as being a trusted installer for Rockdoor, Whalley Home Improvements offers the best in window and door fitting as well as building construction, with a full project management service. Being fully CORGI Fenestration registered also means that Whalley Home Improvements has a yearly inspection giving them a higher-level of accreditation.

homesinsideout Going into 2022 sees the business celebrate its second year, so it’s time to meet some key members of the team and see exactly what they do: EMMA HODGKINSON: Joint founder Emma has many years’ experience in the industry, having worked for worldleading manufacturer Ultraframe in Clitheroe: “We have been hugely successful since we launched so it’s nice to celebrate and put names to faces. These guys always go above and beyond for our clients. “Everyone who works at Whalley Home Improvements has been in the industry a long time and each and every one of them brings something special to the business – their experience is invaluable.” Since founding Whalley Home Improvements Emma has learned every aspect of the business and gets involved in each project. All customer data and requirements is captured on the company’s new CRM system, which means that all the information is in one place. Once a survey has been done, it is established what is required in terms of product. The order is then placed with one of Whalley Home Improvement leading suppliers. From initial consultations to delivering a warranty pack and a ‘thank-you’ to customers once the project is complete, Emma is at the forefront and happily pitches in with the rest of the team when lorries need to be unloaded and building rubble needs to be disposed of: “We all pull together. Working as a team positively impacts on the success of the business. Much of our work comes from recommendations – we talk to our customers and everyone says they would recommend us, which is great!” MARTIN BENTLEY: Working alongside Emma in sales, Martin deals predominantly with website and phone enquiries, processing them as leads and going to

discuss requirements with the customer: “We have a lot of freedom and flexibility with our products as we are not tied to any one manufacturer, so we can procure the very best quality. We are not restricted so this ensures every customer gets exactly what they want at the best possible price.” BEV LEA: Installation manager Bev started working with Whalley Home Improvements just a few months after the company launched in June 2020. It is her job to co-ordinate each project – from commissioning surveys to keeping clients constantly informed and up to date. If there are any unexpected problems on a project, Bev works alongside the rest of the team to resolve any issues: “We all have to be very agile and there is always a solution to a problem.” Bev explains: “On any given project we may need electricians, joiners, plasterers, scaffolders, builders and fitters. It is essential that all these are co-ordinated from start to finish to ensure the project operates smoothly and the client is 100 per cent happy. “It’s all about good customer service and keeping everyone informed. My job is to talk to people and liaise with all the craftsmen making sure everything is going to plan – our goal is to get a perfect end result.” JULIAN EDMUNDSON: Having been with Whalley Home Improvements since its inception, fitter Julian is a skilled carpenter with 40 years’ experience: “There’s no typical day at Whalley Home Improvements as the work is so varied and each project is different. I may be fitting bi-fold doors one day and installing steel lintels the next. We work as one big team.”


ANDY MITCHELL: Andy is a builder by trade. Like Emma, Andy previously worked for Ultraframe. A major part of his work for Whalley Home Improvements involves building and plastering: “We may be bricking windows up or doing ‘knockouts’ to make way for bi-fold doors so we have to be adaptable – at the end of the day we are doing home improvements and every property is different.” MICHAEL COLLINS: Experience fitter Mike, who works alongside fitter Tom Dempsey, installs windows, doors and conservatories: “When Emma asked me to come and work for Whalley Home Improvements, I didn’t take much persuading! I love this area and really enjoy working in the Ribble Valley. It’s good to be part of the team – it’s a really nice environment.” CATHERINE MASSEY: Working mainly in the office, Catherine is Emma’s mum: “I started my career 50 years ago as a ‘Girl Friday’ in an office doing just about everything – and here I am doing the same!” Cathy manages the accounts and wages but is not averse to unloading wagons, doing the school run or walking the dog! “No two days are the same,” she enthuses. n

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A TIMELESS CLASSIC… When Toni Pringle decided to replace her basic, oak effect kitchen, she chose Katie Green at Heart of your Home Kitchens to design a beautiful open living space that is perfect for cooking and entertaining. Photography: Vanessa Fry


imeless, classic and elegant, Toni Pringle’s dream kitchen has it all! Toni has lived in her large, stone-built detached home in Barnoldswick for more than two decades. Her old kitchen consisted of standard oak effect cabinets that she considered outdated so, last year, she decided to replace a conservatory that led off the kitchen with an extension creating a spacious U-shaped footprint: “The original kitchen was beginning to look outdated. The extension was something I had wanted to do for a long time, so we started building in January to create a lovely open plan space.” For the actual working kitchen Toni had

a good idea of what she wanted and Katie Green at Heart of your Home Kitchens was the designer who had been recommended to Toni: “I know Mick, one of Katie’s fitters, who has done work for me before and I trust him implicitly.



“I was so glad he recommended Katie as the layout and suggestions she came up with were amazing! I am very particular – I wanted to go slightly contemporary but not too much. I certainly didn’t want handleless cabinets, that would have been too modern. I wanted to achieve a classic elegance and that’s exactly what Katie designed.” Toni was unable to visit Katie’s beautiful showroom at Backridge in Waddington due to lockdown, so much of the initial stages of the planning was done via email: “It wasn’t ideal but Katie sent me samples and we discussed lots of space saving solutions. “The old kitchen featured standard units so any awkward spaces couldn’t really

be utilised but Katie came up with some fantastic solutions.” Among Katie’s suggestions were a number of pull-out shelves enabling Toni to access the back of each cupboard: “These were cleverly sized according to the space available,” adds Toni, who worked as a PA and is now retired. When she and Katie were allowed to meet in the showroom Toni opted for Shaker-style half pencil and scalloped cabinets from Heart of your Home Kitchens’ prestigious 1909 collection: “I had blue at the forefront of my mind but I was completely blown away by the Charcoal shade which, in a certain light, looks slightly blue. I also opted for Chalk wall units which isn’t normally what I would choose but it’s a lovely soft off white.” Experienced designer Katie drew up the plans, as Toni recalls: “It was a really smooth process. We ordered the kitchen in May and Katie took control of everything and kept in touch constantly.” Featuring a range cooker and an integrated larder fridge, Toni’s new kitchen also has a large living area and breakfast bar: “Mick knew exactly what I wanted when we discussed the breakfast bar. The attention to detail was second to none and everything really came together beautifully. “The result is a kitchen that we really love,” adds Toni, whose partner Richard is a keen cook.

“The space has been utilised really well. It’s exactly what I wanted and it’s now a great place for cooking and entertaining. Katie was so patient and always quick to respond. She made lots of recommendations,


which I really appreciated,” adds Toni, who opted for classic herringbone style Amtico flooring and beautiful pendant lighting above the breakfast bar. A dresser, designed by Katie, also has feature lighting and an integrated wine fridge, as Toni explains: “The fridge lights up at night – it’s a real show stopper! I think my sparkling new kitchen is fabulous!” Designer Katie at Heart of your Home Kitchens, adds: “I really enjoyed working alongside Toni and Richard and I am so pleased that they love their new dream 1909 Kitchen.” n

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homesinsideout what your wardrobe has to offer. If your guest room is smaller than you’d like, it could be transformed to house your clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. Multi-purpose furniture might be useful if you want to make the space work harder as a dual-purpose room – such as a dressing table with drawers, which could double as a desk. Not got a spare room? Get creative with your bedroom itself. Maybe the room has alcoves, which until now have remained redundant. They could, however, offer the ideal space for fixing clothes rails and shelving. If your bedroom is big enough, why not divide the space with an expertly designed run of wardrobes to achieve a sleek, contemporary bedroom which is practical too.



WITH A WALK-IN WARDROBE Many a homeowner will be setting their sights on a New Year’s resolution to de-clutter and streamline their home for a more organised, and less stressful, 2022


lever storage is often the solution to streamlining your home – particularly that of a built-in nature. Bespoke storage will automatically ensure that all available living space is maximised and that it exactly suits requirements. Wall to wall, floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes are ideal for bedrooms, whether you’re looking for a sleek and seamless appeal to the master bedroom, or a savvy spacesaving design for your guest bedroom. Take it a step further and why not create your very own walk-in wardrobe. Often viewed as a lavish and space-guzzling luxury, a dressing room is easier to achieve

than you may think, adding both functionality and value to your home. A dressing room allows a more organised approach to getting ready and avoids disturbing anyone else whilst you’re rummaging around in your sock drawer! Your clothes will be appropriately stored away to avoid creasing, and at a glance you can see exactly

As well as somewhere to hang your clothes, you’ll need a place to sit, put on shoes and simply relax. An ottoman can double up as a seat and storage. Mirrored furniture is functional and can also be used to make the room look bigger. Sliding wardrobes are a stylish and practical space-saver. Before making any design decisions, consider what type and how much storage you’ll need. Assess your belongings carefully. Do you want to hang your clothes or fold them? How much rail space will you require? Do you need extra space for shoes and accessories? Transforming your space can be a big task, so if you’re looking to enlist the help of fitted furniture specialists, Hartleys would love to hear from you. With a free design visit and 3D visualisation, we can bring your dreams to reality. n Contact us on 01756 700471, pop into our Skipton factory / showroom or visit our website at:

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This year green will be the colour to crave. In particular, sage green. Not only does this earthy tone mirror our natural environment, but it’s easy to decorate with. By simply choosing natural wooden furniture, you can complement green tones with sustainable, plant-based items – a 2021 trend that won’t be disappearing anytime soon! From vintage jungle designs to beautiful botanicals, the chosen designs not only showcase the much-desired sage tones, but also reflect nature too.


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for matching with neutral interiors and has a wool rich loop pile made from 50 per cent pure new wool and 50 per cent polyester, making it ideal for heavy domestic use. The carpets are manufactured at Cormar’s sites in Lancashire so fantastic for reducing the carbon footprint. Tracy was so impressed with the flooring she had purchased along with the service she had received that she contacted the Gainsborough team again when she wanted to install new flooring in her kitchen/dining room, utility area, hallway, lounge, bedrooms and en-suite.

WE WERE KEEN TO INVEST IN FLOORING THAT WAS DURABLE AND HARD WEARING BUT ALSO LOOKED SPECTACULAR. WE WERE TRULY SPOILT FOR CHOICE! After a comprehensive consultation with the expert team on what would be most suitable for each area of her home, Tracy opted for Amtico for her kitchen, utility, dining room, hallway and toilet/ensuite and Cormar for her lounge and bedrooms. Amtico Spacia Eden Oak, which was fitted by the Gainsborough team throughout large areas of the house, is a beautiful wood-effect luxury vinyl tile, which creates a truly authentic look and adds warmth to both contemporary and traditional interiors.

FLAWLESS SERVICE A proud homeowner was so impressed with the carpets fitted to her stairs and landing, she commissioned new flooring in several more rooms, writes Meena McDonald. Photography: Jack Pomfret


nitially contacting Gainsborough Flooring to discuss fitting a new carpet to her stairs and landing, following a recommendation by a friend based in Fulwood, Tracy Harrison has been thoroughly impressed with the flawless service she has received from the Gainsborough team. Tracy from Lytham selected Cormar Bouclé Neutrals Sloane Steel for her stairs with antique brass stair rods. This range is perfect

This flooring offers endless design possibilities to explore and luxury vinyl floor tiles offer something truly unique. The realistic look of wood, stone and ceramic in a hard-wearing and easy-to-care-for floor is perfect for bustling households. It also provides natural warmth under foot and is extremely tolerant of moisture and challenging environments such as kitchens and bathrooms. Tracy commented: “What appealed to us the most about the Amtico range was the exceptional choice of colours, styles, textures and laying patterns. We were keen to invest in flooring that was durable and hard wearing but also looked spectacular. We were truly spoilt for choice!” For busy areas such as the kitchen, which is often the hub of many homes, Amtico flooring is ideal as it is scratch resistant, waterproof and highly robust. Additionally,


the crowning feature of Amtico’s Multiple Performance System is their Quantum Guard urethane layer, which is the most durable urethane on the market. The low-gloss finish also enhances the realism of natural looking products whilst making them easier to clean and eliminating the need for polish.

OUR ETHOS IS TO WORK CLOSELY WITH ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS TO HELP THEM TRANSFORM THEIR HOMES Tracy continued: “We recently hosted my daughter’s 18th birthday party at home and the Amtico flooring was absolutely perfect. It was so robust and very easy to clean after a houseful of young people.” Other areas of the house such as the lounge and the bedrooms were fitted out with award winning Cormar carpets. For the lounge and the main bedroom, Tracy selected the Cormar Gemini range. Gemini is a collection of 100 per cent dura-polyester carpets with a deep ultra-soft pile which is suitable for heavy domestic use. With

a choice of 13 modern neutral colours to match any décor, Tracy had a superb selection from which to choose. For the top bedroom Tracy opted for Cormar Sensations Heathers Feather, which is a soft, deep pile heavyweight carpet made from 100 per cent Luxelle two-fold polypropylene yarn. It is dirt and stain resistant and bleach cleanable, plus includes a 10-year stain and wear warranty.

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Gainsborough Flooring utilised the skills of their expert fitters for each area of the home and Tracy was genuinely delighted with the care and attention to detail from each fitter as well as how completely brilliant the finished product looked. Vicky Brown, Managing Director of Gainsborough Flooring, commented: “Our ethos is to work closely with all of our customers to help them transform their homes by installing flooring that is not just fit for purpose, but also looks tremendous and complements the style of the house, making each customer feel content and proud of their home.” So, if like Tracy, you have a busy household with pets and children, talk to the team at Gainsborough Flooring about how you can best create a wonderful and comfortable space and transform your home into something you truly love. n

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homesinsideout biodegradable pots made using materials like coir, wood chips, bamboo and rice husks. You can also make your own pots using newspaper or toilet roll tubes. And now is a good time to make your own supplies of biodegradable pots so you have stock for the planting season. Taking good care of existing plastic is a good way to ensure you don’t have to keep buying it – so reuse any plant pots you have. The added bonus of recycling or reusing items in the garden is that it also reduces cost – as does growing from seed. Even in winter you can grow something from seed, you just need a seed tray and a window ledge, or small cold frame or greenhouse – whatever space and budgets allow.

A NEW YEAR FOR THE GARDEN It’s the start of a new year and the start of the gardening season


t’s time to plan your planting and how you want your garden to look over the coming months, stock up on seeds and service any essential equipment such as lawn mowers and tools. It’s also a time for New Year’s resolutions and here are 12 – one a month – that will make your garden super diverse and environmentally friendly: • Use less plastic • Plant a tree • Start sowing seeds

• Plant something for fun • Grow more veg • Go green and have a go at organic growing • Learn to relax and enjoy your garden • Be more water aware • Compost more of your garden waste • Welcome wildlife • Bring the outside in with houseplants • Look after your tools First on the list is using less plastic, something we are all trying to do so it makes sense that we try to make our gardens as plastic free as possible. The biggest ‘bad boy’ in any gardener’s life is the plastic pot. But there are non-plastic alternatives such as

For anyone growing their own veg, this month is great for sowing onions. If you sow onions now it saves the expense of buying onion sets (small bulbs) later and you can have a much larger crop of onions in the summer. Onions seeds do not have a long shelf life, so it’s best to buy new seeds each year. Seeds will germinate between 16-21˚C one or two weeks after sowing. When large enough to handle, transplant to individual small pots and keep in a bright, frost-free place until April when they can be planted out. Often the coldest month in the garden, there are still some things you can be doing to keep busy. As the RHS says, January might be the middle of winter but as the days lengthen the garden starts to grow. Now is a great time to plan for the coming gardening year and to order seeds and plants. Enjoy the fresh air on dry sunny days and check your winter protection, stakes, ties and supports are still working after any severe weather. Also put out food for birds and leave some garden areas uncut, a little longer, to provide shelter for wildlife in your garden. Top three jobs this month – clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring, dig over empty or unused plots and prune apple and pear trees. n

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nnovation and investment to benefit its customers is at the heart of everything The Spectacle Factory does. That’s why the team is so excited at the arrival of their new eye testing system, all the way from Germany. The equipment brings with it a whole new level of advancement, bringing

together three fundamental elements – your existing glasses prescription, your standard eye test result and your i.Scription – designed to give you better colour perception, contrast and night vision.Your optometrist can now show you the difference between the three all in an instant, thanks to this new technology. Robert Sands, who manages The Spectacle Factory, comments: “We want to empower our clients to make the best decision for their vision and eye health. Our aim is for each individual to understand any changes in their eyes, eliminating the mystery around the complexities of an eye test, and help them to see just how much better

their world could look.” Whilst most people might think that all eye tests are the same, nowadays that is not the case, with not all practices having access to the same technology. Indeed, The Spectacle Factory’s world class set-up puts them ahead of most stores in the country. Robert continues: “The technology streamlines the testing process, allowing us to spend even more time to get to know each customer better. Our tests are already double the industry average allocated for eye tests as we believe it’s important to build a relationship with each customer so we can give them the best advice tailored to them as a unique individual. We can also help them select beautiful eyewear that fits with their tastes and lifestyle.”

WE WANT TO EMPOWER OUR CLIENTS TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR THEIR VISION AND EYE HEALTH As well as the sophisticated new eye testing equipment, The Spectacle Factory has also introduced two new sensational ranges to their showroom.

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eyewear to suit the occasion,” says Robert. The team isn’t just committed to investing in innovative eye testing equipment and fascinating product ranges, it also supports the optical industry. Robert was recently invited to be a judge at the prestigious annual Opticians Awards alongside other industry experts. The event, hosted at Grosvenor House in Park Lane, London, recognised the UK’s top optometrists, dispensing opticians, contact lens practitioners and front of house teams. So, if you would like to understand your vision and eye health and have access to some of the most unique eyewear in the UK, contact the team at The Spectacle Factory, they’ll be delighted to welcome you to their futuristic store. n

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Lack of motivation and time is cited, however, if this is important enough to make the resolution list, it doesn’t make sense. From my experience in therapeutic coaching there will be some emotional challenge that you have, that isn’t being addressed and is holding you back and getting in the way of your dreams, aspirations and resolutions. It may be something current or something from the past.


Therapeutic coach Lynn Scholes advises on the one and only Others often can’t see we are suffering resolution you need to make or grappling with emotional challenges, this New Year stress or anxiety. We may not want to


t this time our thoughts turn to the New Year and how we can make it the best it can possibly be. Resolutions start to formulate and we start to make that list. A significant number will resolve to join the gym and get fit, which I wholeheartedly support. Each year thousands of people take out new gym memberships but only 33 per cent ever attend regularly after two months.

admit it to ourselves, or worse still, we may believe it cannot be resolved. If you have never been told about the success that people have in dealing with these things through a unique combination of coaching and counselling, you may not be aware what is possible. What you need to know, is it isn’t my skills or my having access to a magic wand that enables clients to make huge progress with their emotional health. It

is the decision they take for themselves to get the help and support needed to live a happy and fulfilled life. In the case of one client, for four years prior to our first session she had never been to the supermarket or walked down the street alone – she felt utter panic at the thought of it. In her words she was existing not living. Today she has a full social life, regularly does the family shop and doesn’t think twice about going for a walk. Why? Because she committed to herself and her future happiness. She took the step to face her demons and accept and file away things that had been challenging in her past. She learnt to understand and make peace with the past and not let it destroy her today and tomorrow. The great news is that the top of her list of resolutions for 2022 is ‘join the gym and get fit’. I have every confidence that she will do just that. All I do in this article is to shine a light on the often hidden cause of why, even joining a gym and getting fit, may not be quite enough. n For your complimentary 30 min discovery chat, where you can ask questions to find out if therapeutic coaching could help you, call Lynn at focus101 by calling 07753 579745 or visiting:




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ost of us take our skin for granted. We rely on it to keep us in one piece, watertight, our temperature right and to shield us from infection. Our skin is so good at its job we barely notice it most of the time until, that is, we spot something amiss. At this point, we might change our skincare routine, tweak our diet, ask Google, see our GP, or even hope it just goes away. Whatever our course of action, or inaction, if the problem isn’t resolved, we may decide the time has come to consult an expert. Luckily, the Discover Laser team love to talk to people about their skin health and facial rejuvenation, and their combined

knowledge goes way beyond the skin’s surface. They assess, diagnose and treat blemishes, skin cancers, rosacea, acne, scars, stretch marks, veins and excess hair, and employ state-of-art laser and light-based treatments to reduce the signs of ageing. “Everyone has a different skin story,” says Dr Montero. “Some patients come to us having never had a problem before, while others have struggled with their skin for years. Some come for a skin pick-me-up and we discover something more serious. Others have a serious issue resolved and go on to enjoy treatments for their overall skin health. “Our mission is restoring the health and vitality of people’s skin, and it’s a privilege

to see a patient’s happiness and newfound confidence when they have a problem corrected. Knowing we’ve enhanced their life, or even saved it, is our motivation to keep doing what we do.” SUZANNE’S STORY Suzanne is a regular patient of Dr Montero. She was attending a routine appointment for skin rejuvenation when Dr Montero noticed a suspicious skin lesion on her leg, which she explained was a mole that had changed really quickly. After using his dermascope to see the lesion in microscopic detail, he decided Suzanne would benefit from seeing his colleague, resident Consultant Dermatologist Dr Arif Aslam. He agreed the lesion needed closer examination - a quick biopsy turnaround resulted in Suzanne having the mole removed and an all-clear diagnosis given within two weeks. Suzanne commented: “Having someone you can trust to keep an eye on the health of your skin is wonderful. I may have ignored my mole until it was too late. Now, I know everything is okay.”

THE TREATMENT WITH DR MONTERO HAS IMPROVED THINGS WAY BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS, I CANNOT THANK HIM ENOUGH! PAUL’S STORY Paul had various treatments for rosacea over the years with little or no success. A blood disorder of the face, rosacea causes redness, flushing and broken veins and can be a distressing condition, and Paul had pretty much given up hope of seeing

any improvement. Using unique laser protocols and his own three-part treatment combination, Dr Montero was able to dramatically reduce the signs and symptoms of Paul’s rosacea. Paul commented: “The treatment with Dr Montero has improved things way beyond my expectations, I cannot thank him enough! He is extremely knowledgeable and takes the time to explain everything. All the staff at Discover Laser are extremely friendly and professional and go out of their way to make you feel at ease.” Suzanne and Paul are just two of thousands of people who have experienced Discover Laser’s excellence in customer service, patient care and safety. Every patient is individual and important to them, and everyone is treated with consideration, confidentiality and respect. Patients often comment on the positive, helpful and friendly environment, like Sophie, who said: “This must be the best clinical service I’ve ever had! From the initial phone call to the end result, the caring compassion for patients is outstanding.” “We love the work we do and where we do it,” says Clinical Director Gill Montero. “Being in the stunning setting of Crow Wood Leisure with views of Pendle Hill is a bonus for us as well as our patients. We’re in the countryside, just off the M65 with plenty of free parking and a private entrance. We’re rather spoiled, and it’s a pleasure to share it with our patients.” ■ Discover Laser offer Dermatology & General Skin Consultations call their friendly team on 01282 420886 to book an appointment. To find out more about treatment visit: PATIENT RATING 5/5


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Going in to 2022, do you want your skin to look totally stunning? Emma Pearce can help you achieve this with her revolutionary noninvasive skin treatments


mma Pearce is renowned for exceeding all client expectations in achieving transformative results using her advanced training, state-of-the-art and scientificallyproven, leading technology. Emma says: “We all want to look fabulous especially as we go into the New Year. With the technology available

today, invasive treatments are not required, as non-invasive treatments will give you the same results with the added bonus of lasting longer. You still look like you, just a lot more youthful and they are a lot safer.” After intense aesthetic and industry training in the UK, Emma flew to America to begin her career and 10 years later returned home. Back in England, Emma completed further skin aesthetics training and a Masters and in 2016 she opened EMA Skin Aesthetics Ltd offering the most advanced technologies and experience in the region. Five years on, she has achieved unbeatable client satisfaction and built a large loyal clientele base.

“Plasma Pen is phenomenal for tightening and erasing sagging jowls, turkey necks, marionette lines, smile and smokers’ lines around the lips, crow’s feet, puffy eyes, drooping eyelids and chest lines,” says Emma.

Emma’s go-to treatments Plasma Pen and HyapenTM are Emma’s ultimate treatments for clients wanting to turn back the clock. “They’re both non-invasive and work so well together – I have been achieving absolutely astounding anti-ageing results, restoring youthful skin and self-confidence,” says Emma.

After a very difficult time, my confidence was non-existent. On a friend’s recommendation, I booked Plasma Pen & Hyapen. Emma’s knowledge, professionalism and care was outstanding. My results are a lot more than I ever expected or believed could be achieved. I look younger, receive lovely compliments, and most importantly I feel confident.” Claire E

“HyapenTM is the ideal effective, natural non-invasive volumiser for lips and the mouth region, especially if you’re scared of needles,” says Emma. Book a consultation with Emma to see what she can do for you, so you can go in to 2022 with confidence. n

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SUPER-CHARGED SMILE The huge leaps in digital dentistry have been so significant that you can have your teeth straightened quickly and invisibly and see the results before treatment has even started!


sing Invisalign, which employs the latest, integrated ‘3D computer modelling’ software in conjunction with a custom-manufactured clear aligner system, senior cosmetic dentist Dr Usman Riaz of Renovo Dental, is able to outline a digital treatment plan for patients based on a sophisticated 3D image of their teeth. From a computerised model of the patient’s mouth, Usman uses the latest digital planning technology to design each clear aligner stage, which is then sent for manufacture. “This has the huge advantage that the fine movements required to achieve perfect alignment, are applied to the teeth from the very start of the treatment. It saves many months of return visits and also allows

patients to see an accurate picture of how their teeth are going to move and how they will eventually look,” explains Usman. Invisalign aligners are completely transparent and custom-made to predictably straighten teeth without using any metal or wire brackets. Advances in digital orthodontic technology has meant that this accelerated aligner system is taking up to 60 per cent off the normal treatment time. Following Renovo Dental’s protocols to create space to avoid any extractions, the


typical adult completion period for aligner therapy at Renovo Dental is just nine months. “Invisalign has a really different response time when compared to the classic train track braces and our patients get a real buzz when they realise how effective and simple it is – it can accomplish almost anything that the traditional orthodontic bracket and wires can accomplish. “Obviously, Invisalign is a compliancebased product, so this is not an issue for our patients as their commitment to wearing the aligners is always great!

THIS HAS TAKEN DENTISTRY TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL “This has taken dentistry to a whole new level,” says Usman of the latest advancements in digital dentistry. “Our ethos at Renovo Dental is to conserve original healthy teeth and straighten them in a natural way that is both gentle and effective. It is true, bespoke dentistry.” Demand for invisible braces has soared, especially for patients in their 40s, who have been concerned about crooked teeth for many years. Renovo Dental has also seen a significant rise in demand for Invisalign in male patients. The ‘Zoom effect’ has also had a huge impact on demand as Usman explains: “We are using technologies to communicate with each other more than we ever have. “Many people have continued video conferencing and conducting meetings via Zoom and Facetime chats with family and friends have also continued. We


Usman adds: “The 3D imaging allows micro-rotations for an improved, but still natural look. The teeth don’t have to be absolutely aligned. For example, in the United States, they want teeth that are symmetrical, characterless and artificial.

have become accustomed to this way of communicating. So, we are spending even more time looking at ourselves. A huge number of clients mention they had never really realised how noticeable and unsightly certain aspects of their smiles were until they saw the flaws up-close on a daily basis. “We get many people from referral and recommendation – we treat one member of a family and the results are so impressive other members of the family, and their friends, often follow.”

RED CARPET TREATMENT Invisalign clear aligner treatments, such as those offered at Ribble Valley-based Renovo Dental, have proved ultimately popular with globally recognised celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, Serena Williams, Khloe Kardashian, Zac Efron and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

THE TYPICAL ADULT COMPLETION PERIOD FOR ALIGNER THERAPY AT RENOVO DENTAL IS JUST NINE MONTHS “However, we believe these little micro-rotations that can be done with 3D imaging, gives a more natural, healthy smile. At Renovo Dental, the goal of every smile rejuvenation is to design a bespoke smile that truly complements the patient’s facial features and seamlessly blends in. “It is also crucial we don’t just look at the teeth in isolation, good orthodontics has the potential to not only straighten teeth but also to improve a person’s face symmetry, their profile and the health of their jaw joints. The smile must match the face.” Renovo Dental treats patients throughout the region, who have been referred by their general dentist as well as self-referrals. n

Renovo Dental Pendle House, Clitheroe Road Chatburn BB7 4JY 01200 441000 @renovodental



other laser hair removal treatments where it can feel like the flick of an elastic band,” explains Helen. “The number of sessions required vary from client to client and this will be discussed at your consultation. It is recommended to book a course of six, for each area being treated. Depending on the area, it can take from 10 minutes to up to an hour.”

HAIR-FREE: CAREFREE When the New Year celebrations are over, it will be time to start looking ahead to summer. Helen Coates, who is pioneering the latest IPL hair removal treatment, explains how you can get beach-body ready


elen Coates and her talented team have undergone extensive training with the world-leading Lynton Clinic and believe that hair-free, smooth skin is at the top of people’s wish-list before they head off on holiday – and this is the case for men and women. With more than 15 years’ experience in laser hair removal, Helen guarantees the best possible results. The procedure starts with a patch test and initial consultation, during which Helen will explain that after treatment, you need never use a razor again. Helen explains: “IPL laser is the most successful method of removing unsightly facial and body hair permanently with the most in-demand areas being ladies’ upper lip, chin and neck, bikini area, under arm and lower leg. For most gentlemen, it’s the back, chest and neck.”

WHAT THEY SAY… “When I first contacted Helen I was at my wits end with my facial hair. Most people dreaded wearing a mask during Covid but it really helped me face going out in public. Since having the IPL laser hair removal with Helen Coates, my facial hair has gone and my confidence is back!”

The treatment works on the hair follicles using heat, and while the hairs stay in the follicles they begin to shed within one to three weeks as the epidermis renews. During this time Helen advises not to be alarmed if the hair appears to grow as this is how they look as they are being ‘pushed out’ by the new epidermis. Anyone is suitable for the treatment subject to a consultation and a patch test. Please note grey or white hair contains no melanin so is not suitable for treatment. As summer holidays beckon, Helen is welcoming clients for consultations. n

Angela, Rawtenstall

Helen uses the Lynton Excelight IPL hair removal system which can be life changing for both male and female clients. A safe, effective and versatile treatment, it is a permanent answer to reducing body hair. “You will feel little or no sensation unlike

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GO WITH THE FLOW… Going into the New Year why not create more balance and freedom at Vanessa Flow Yoga. Photography: Kirsten Platt in 2022– it can also help with old or existing injuries, while Barre will most definitely give you a full work-out, strengthening glutes and thighs with a Pilates and balletbased programme. Traditional morning yoga classes can give you an energy boost. Along with pre


t Vanessa Flow Yoga there is a yoga class for everyone. “It very much depends on what you want to get out of your yoga class,” explains studio owner Vanessa Faye, a former dancer. If you welcome a challenge Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a dynamic and creative style, syncing movement to breath. If you want to deeply relax then a class teamed with Yoga Nidra, a yogic sleep, might be perfect for you. Floor-based Yin Yoga can help increase flexibility and encourage you to slow down

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and post-natal yoga classes, you will begin to understand the wide variety and style of yoga classes that are available at Vanessa Flow Yoga. “We offer welcoming and modern yoga classes that give you the opportunity to unplug and feel happier,” adds Vanessa, who works from a beautiful sandalwoodscented studio. “It can be your time, no pressure – a little bit of luxury each week.” n Vanessa Flow Yoga Link 59 Business Park Unit 5 Deanfield Drive Clitheroe BB7 1QJ @vanessaflowyoga vanessaflow_yoga



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A UNIQUE APPROACH… You cannot outsmart nature, you only have one body and you need to look after it! That’s Daniel Masters’ view. Photography: Andy Tighe


asters Fitness based in Brockhall Village in the Ribble Valley is run by Daniel Masters and a team of highly trained fitness professionals and is much more of a fitness family rather than a commercial gym.

The fitness centre has several personal trainers, who are all highly trained health and fitness experts, dedicated to delivering an exceptional service to each client. Masters Fitness takes a rather unique approach to supporting clients adopting a fitter and healthier lifestyle. It all starts with understanding each individual clients’ goals as well as their physical makeup, which is done through complex body composition analysis, utilising some of the most specialist equipment on the market.

HELPFUL INFORMATION ABOUT HOW MUCH FAT, PROTEIN, CARBS AND CALORIES ARE IN EACH DISH ALLOWS CLIENTS TO MAKE THE BEST CHOICE FOR THEIR HEALTHY EATING GOALS A personal trainer then collates all the data and works in collaboration with each client to develop a totally bespoke programme that will help each individual achieve their goals and maintain them long term through a balanced and consistent approach. The flexibility and welcoming approach of Masters Fitness means it really is for everyone. Each fitness suite is equipped with high grade, specialist machines, enabling clients to train their whole bodies or just concentrate on specific areas, which need toning or strengthening. Clients can choose from a range of membership packages or just pay as they go, the choice is theirs.

Personal training is a major focus for the inspirational fitness centre, and the fitness team deliver personal training sessions to a range of clients. Daniel explains: “The role of our team is to help motivate and support our clients, whether that’s improving their technique, setting a programme that works for each client or just ensuring accountability. We all need help every now and again, and that is a key part of our service.” Each member of the team is exceptionally skilled and holds many fitness qualifications, with Daniel holding additional wellness credentials from the elite CHEK institute.



complemented with a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, providing nutritional advice, motivation and coaching to clients. Masters Fitness also deliver a ‘meal prep’ service in conjunction with renowned chef Liam Cooper who has worked with the likes of Gordon Ramsay and numerous other distinguished chefs. The varied menu and helpful information about how much fat, protein, carbs and calories are in each dish allows clients to make the best choice for their healthy eating goals.

CHEK practitioners and exercise coaches specialise in wellness, diet, fitness, stress management and lifestyle coaching. They take a holistic approach to how you can feel better, have more energy and live the life you really want. This expertise helps the team deliver physical excellence and training, as well as the motivational and nutritional guidance to help each client achieve their individual objectives.

training sessions, comprising a mix of classes and one-to-one sessions for those keen to retain their health and fitness during the restrictions. Alongside the online sessions, Masters Fitness also lent equipment to clients so they could continue to train to their full potential.

PERSONAL TRAINING OR 1-2-1 COACHING ISN’T FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS IT’S FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP AND MOTIVATION Their strong client base varies considerably from youngsters in their late teens right through to older clients in their 70s who are keen to retain their health. The team offers guidance on understanding the mechanics of the body, taking a scientific approach to how the body works. This is

For Masters Fitness it’s all about developing a consistent long-term approach to help each client achieve and retain their set targets. This is what makes them so different. n So, if you’re looking for something a little more inspirational than your standard gym contact Masters Fitness on 01254 313322 to see how they can help you achieve your health and fitness goals

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Daniel continues: “Anyone can join a gym, it doesn’t mean you are going to go. I’ve lost track of the number of times a client has said ‘I wouldn’t have come today if it wasn’t for you’. Personal training or 1-2-1 coaching isn’t for the rich and famous it’s for anyone who needs help and motivation.” Masters Fitness has built up an extraordinary clientele over the years, who were incredibly loyal during lockdown. The team worked tirelessly online and then outside delivering

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health&beauty Dubai and even India – it’s amazing!” “We all know that many of us have got used to not going out so I really want to get across how friendly and welcoming we are,” says Tessa, whose eldest yoga student is 95!

HAPPY & HEALTHY Yoga teacher and studio owner Tessa Clemson has transformed people’s lives, empowering them to have confidence and strength in body and mind. Photography: Kirsten Platt


essa Clemson has an exciting programme of yoga classes and workshops at her studio in Great Harwood, to enhance mindfulness and relaxation as we head into 2022. Having first trained with Indian teachers in Dubai in 2016, Tessa now specialises in pre-natal and post-natal classes, alongside four other yoga experts who teach different styles of classes for all age groups and abilities from her studio. Tessa also offers yoga to nurseries, pre-schools and primary schools, as she was previously a primary school teacher working in both the UK and abroad.

WHAT THEY SAY… “Tessa was amazing and professional throughout. I really enjoyed my first yoga experience. She made me feel so welcome.” “Absolutely loved my first ever time doing yoga! Tessa is such a fab teacher. I was made to feel so comfortable!” “Tessa’s studio gave me the tools of breathing and meditation to feel empowered.” “Tessa is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet. She has an aura you’re instantly drawn to. Mummy and baby yoga is an excellent class.”

The studio hosts events in collaboration with local specialist practitioners, making it a real hub of the community, with a variety of yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing on offer. “Many people have an image of yoga – they think that you have to be super-flexible and fit but that’s not what it’s all about. “It’s about creating a community that’s very much focused on wellness. For me, yoga is being happy, healthy and feeling alive. It is being grateful, taking some time to step back and be away from outside distractions. How often do we have time away from our phones, the TV or laptops and just breathe and relax? That is what we offer,” explains Tessa, who hit the national headlines when she had a baby a few days before the first lockdown in 2020. “I taught free online yoga classes for pregnant mums during lockdown. It was really lovely taking them through their journey, especially as I had been pregnant with them all just a couple of weeks earlier,” adds Tessa. Re-opening her studio in Great Harwood after lockdown, Tessa and her teachers have displayed a remarkable agility to adapt and still take a number of classes via Zoom, with a worldwide reach: “We have had people join from Cumbria, London, Paris,

“It really does benefit all ages. It’s something different – peaceful and energising. We have a range of classes on offer at the studio and a really exciting line-up of events coming up, so do come along and see what we do!” n For a full timetable and to book onto a class, workshop, or event please visit:

COMING UP IN THE NEW YEAR … • • • • • • • • • •

Baby yoga Pregnancy yoga Baby massage Yoga for men Sound baths Guided meditation workshop Candlelit yoga Active birth workshop Infant feeding group Children’s yoga

Tessa Clemson Yoga Studio 1A Glebe Street, Great Harwood BB6 7AA 07496 581591 tessaclemsonyoga tessaclemsonyoga



Dr Natalie Clinics was selected to appear on the programme through Save Face, a national register of accredited practitioners, who provide non-surgical cosmetic treatments. After relocating to Whalley in April the clinic held a belated launch party with all proceeds going to East Lancashire Hospice. Well attended, the party was held at Whalley Wine Bar: “We wanted to say a big thank-you to all our patients who have supported us through a tough period, their loyalty and recommendations have been overwhelming,” says Dr Natalie, who offers a range of treatments with proven, outstanding results.

CAMERA READY… With a ‘natural but noticeable’ ethos, aesthetics practitioner Dr Natalie Walsh is set to appear in a new BBC documentary, to be aired in the New Year


BBC film crew has been recently filming in the Ribble Valley to show viewers exactly how a medical aesthetics clinic should be run. At the centre of the filming was cosmetic doctor Dr Natalie Walsh MbCHb, who has brought premium beauty aesthetics to her clinic in Whalley, where filming took place. The purpose of the documentary, which is to be aired in the New Year, was to emphasise the importance of having a qualified medical professional administer treatments – Dr Natalie is a GMC regulated doctor and an associate member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM).

In an interview with the presenter Lauren Layfield, Dr Natalie explained how correcting aesthetic work of non-medical professionals is becoming an ever-increasing problem. Dr Natalie was filmed administering a number of treatments and discussing the need for government regulation of these treatments.

THE TEAM WERE ALSO FILMED ADMINISTERING A WHOLE HOST OF SKIN BOOSTING TREATMENTS INCLUDING MORPHEUS8 – A NON-INVASIVE TREATMENT FAVOURED BY CELEBRITIES The team were also filmed administering a whole host of skin boosting treatments including Morpheus8, which uses radiofrequency to boost natural collagen levels – a non-invasive treatment favoured by celebrities.

She also offers her services at associate clinics across the UK including Harley Street in London. At her Whalley clinic in King Street, Dr Natalie has a diverse clientele treating every day, common skin concerns including ageing, profile balancing, sun damage, acne, rosacea, tired eyes, fine lines and wrinkles. n For more information on treatments offered by Dr Natalie Clinics go to: or call: 01200 871227

Dr Natalie Clinics Nymrod House 85 King Street Whalley BB7 9SW 01200 871227

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he pandemic has brought an unwelcome increase in weight for many of us. New Year is the best time to get yourself back into shape for those sunshine holidays that we’ve all been waiting for, and to improve your general health. At our specialist CQC registered medical weight loss centre we offer effective clinical weight loss solutions. The Allurion Elipse gastric balloon (pictured) is the only weight loss balloon which can be placed in the stomach without an anaesthetic or endoscopy. You just swallow a capsule, with the whole procedure taking just 20 minutes. Typical weight loss is 12-15 percent of body weight over the six-month programme, in which you have intensive support from a dietician, and technology such as smart scales that link to an app on your phone to track progress. A consultation with medical director Dr Grant McKeating is required to discuss medical weight loss options, which also include daily or weekly prescription medication, which suppresses appetite and assists with effective weight loss. Once you’re on the way to losing that excess weight then





We are offering an incredible 50 per cent discount on 3D-lipo treatment courses at our Clitheroe clinic, booked and paid for before the end of January. 3D-lipo is a fantastic noninvasive way to shift fat and to body sculpt. There are several different methods used by our medical grade 3D-lipo Ultimate

It’s ideal for those with stubborn pockets of fat, which diet and exercise alone are unable to shift. Alongside this we offer 3D Inch Loss (cavitation), which uses ultrasound to disrupt fat cells, which are then naturally processed via the liver, helping to further treat pockets of

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fat and cellulite, and 3D Skin Tightening (radio-frequency) to stimulate collagen and tighten loose skin. These three methods are best combined into a course of a minimum of six sessions for optimal results, and for courses of six treatments or more we are taking 50 per cent off our normal prices, which are already great value, saving hundreds of pounds! 3D-lipo treatments are noninvasive, pain free and there is minimal downtime, so our patients can achieve impressive results without the costs and risks involved with surgery. The before and after images shown are of one of our patients, who was delighted with her results. We offer a free consultation with one of our expert aestheticians to assess your needs, and to build an individual treatment package so you can be sure you will get the results you desire in time for spring and summer. n To take advantage of this offer or for more information on any of the treatments offered at RejuvaMed, call the clinic on 01200 538668 or visit:

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NEW YEAR – NEW HAIR Let Cass Preston of The Volume Clinic take you on a journey to find your perfect new colour and cut for 2022


or anyone considering a new look for the new year the perfect place to go is The Volume Clinic in Old Langho – and with 50 per cent off colour for the whole of January there is no better time to embrace the change! Colour specialist Cass Preston has a wealth of experience and is an expert in guiding clients to change their hair colour, and explore a whole new look: “At the salon we pride ourselves on the time and care we take with each client. We know a new look is exciting but can be daunting, and in the luxury and privacy of The Volume Clinic clients can take their time, chat and enjoy the whole experience,” explains Cass.

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COLOUR CUT & FINISH DURING FEBRUARY Whether it’s going from a box dye to blonde, or exploring the wide range of colours available to suit individual style and skin tone, Cass and her team ensure they put the integrity of the hair central to the whole process: “Using a specialist Olaplex product in the colour ensures the health and condition of the hair isn’t compromised in the treatment,” Cass says. Never standing still Cass is already looking to widen the range of hair care treatments offered at The Volume Clinic in 2022: “I will be training in the very latest hair integration system and I’m excited that this brand-new service will be available at the salon soon,” she says. n The Volume Clinic, 2 Eden Gardens, Brockhall Village, Old Langho BB6 8HW 01254 823333 • •

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or those of us who are unwilling to embrace wrinkle smoothing injections and fillers, it can be hard to know how best to help our skin to restore and improve that all elusive radiance as we age. There are many brilliant skin care regimes which have the added benefit of being organic and vegan (Dr. Hauschka and Nourish) and which do a fabulous job for the surface of your skin. A healthy diet is also a must – but what about the complex world of supplements? How do you navigate it and, do they really work? Thankfully, specialists have been researching exactly this area for many years, and believe they have the answer. INTRODUCING COLLAGEN Collagen supplements are being hailed as the new skin saviours. To better explain, let’s answer a few questions: WHAT IS COLLAGEN? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It gives structure to our skin (skin is made up of 75 per cent collagen and gives skin its strength and elasticity), bones, muscles and other connective tissue. Collagen production starts to slow down at around 25, and by the age of 45, levels have fallen by as much as 30 per cent – which is when you really start to notice.

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BONDING TIME Teacher Nikki Allen gave birth to her second son just before a month-long lockdown. Feeling isolated, she went on to set up a network of classes that help parents and babies bond and develop


ith two boys aged three-anda-half and one, primary school teacher Nikki Allen knows how difficult it can be to keep in touch with other mums and keep little ones entertained – especially during lockdown. “Lockdown was not a great time – I was expecting my second child at the time and had to go through everything on my own. My husband Ben couldn’t come to antenatal classes or scans with me in the run up to the birth. “As I was pregnant, I was classed as high risk and so had to work from home. I felt lucky that it wasn’t my first baby and that I had a network of friends from having my eldest son.” Luckily Ben was able to join Nikki for the actual birth but only during the final hours, as Nikki explains: “I was quite wary of going into hospital due to the Covid

situation but thankfully Ben was there at the birth. It was quite a scary time to be going through all that.” When Nikki returned home from hospital, just before Christmas during the month-long November lockdown she found herself with a newborn and toddler – unable to socialise and see family: “We wanted everyone to meet our new baby, but obviously couldn’t.

We were basically in a situation where all new mums with babies of a similar age to mine, were kept apart. I felt any support network I had from having my first child was disappearing during that first year. It was quite an eye-opener and really highlighted the benefits of groups for mums and babies. It was a case of, where do you meet people

who are going through the same experiences?” Once lockdown was over Nikki set about exploring new career options online – focusing on groups that centred around babies as well as new mums and she discovered Tots Play: “It was as much for the parents as the babies,” she recalls. “Tots Play has an ethos that really resonates with me.” With various classes aimed at varying age categories, Nikki set up classes at Langho Parish Centre and from January will do more classes in Great Harwood and eventually she hopes to run classes in Clitheroe. Classes include a Baby Development Course suitable from birth to six months: “All the classes are child-led and go at baby’s pace. They aim to empower parents and give them a toolkit of things to do with their newborn to help them bond and develop.” Other in-person classes include Discovery Tots and Social Tots – each designed to help development and give parents ideas for engaging activities to do at home with children. “The feedback I have had has been brilliant!” says Nikki. “It has been so worthwhile and I am really passionate Tots Play Ribble Valley and its future.” n

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NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution to get fitter, make more time for yourself or be more eco-friendly? And how many times have you kept to them? Roger Wolstenholme thinks e-bikes could be the small change that makes a big difference


e’re all guilty of making New Year’s resolutions we won’t keep – we vow to get healthier while full of Christmas dinner and festive chocolate, but it becomes far less appealing when we’re faced with the sad salads and crowded gyms of January. According to YouGov, nearly a quarter of Britons who made a resolution for 2020 failed to keep any of their promises. Mind you, who can blame them? 2020 was tough enough! The problem is that achieving the results you want is often an arduous and unappealing process. That’s where e-bikes come in. E-bikes are electric-assisted pedal bikes. You ride them like any conventional bike, but they have a battery-powered drive system to give you a boost when you need it. This means they make the hills and valleys of our beautiful area more accessible to more people. They also make commuting to work by bike far more realistic and achievable. In fact, we even have a ‘bike to work’ scheme where you could save up to 42 per cent on your dream e-bike.

E-bikes mean you can go twice as far, with half the effort.You still need to pedal, but you no longer need to avoid Waddington Fell, for example. There are models to suit everyone, from absolute beginners to seasoned cyclists and off-road enthusiasts. We also have all the kit and accessories to suit your lifestyle, including kids’ seats.

WE EVEN HAVE A ‘BIKE TO WORK’ SCHEME WHERE YOU COULD SAVE UP TO 42 PER CENT ON YOUR DREAM E-BIKE According to British Cycling, regular cyclists enjoy the general health of someone approximately 10 years younger. A low


impact exercise, it is much kinder on your joints than many other aerobic activities. And it’s not just physical health, outdoor exercise can contribute to better mental health too. And in the dark, cold depths of January we should focus on mental wellbeing more than ever. It may be cold, but there are still crisp days of winter sunshine to enjoy. Studies show that a little sun can contribute to being a healthier weight, enjoying improved sleep and lower blood pressure. Combine vitamin D and fresh air with the endorphins released during exercise and an e-bike ride is bound to put a spring in your step. Swapping some car journeys for e-bike rides will have a positive impact on the health of the environment too. And following COP26, we all know how crucial that is.

As well as our hire centre in Dunsop Bridge, we’ve now opened a new Clitheroe shop. The town’s becoming a great hub for cyclists with all the bike and accessory shops we have. All offer different brands, services and price points, so keen cyclists (or wary newbies) can come and do the rounds, make their own comparisons and enjoy Clitheroe’s other attractions and cafes while they’re here. The new shop, between Lidl and Howdens, stocks top brands like Haibike, Raleigh, LaPierre and Volt, including mountain bikes, road bikes and hybrid models, as well as beautifully engineered woom kids’ bikes. So, we look forward to seeing you in January – and beyond! n

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REWILD IN NATURE As we go into the New Year, it’s time to get outdoors, reconnect with nature and slow down


he past 20 months have forced many of us outside, enjoying the benefits of fresh air, exercise and experiencing our natural surroundings, but for some it has also brought increasing mental health issues. Having experienced the mind-altering benefits of being outdoors, Stacey McKenna-Seed has worked hard to bring together her experience as a person-centred counsellor with her deep connection to nature and her love of the outdoors to provide opportunities for others to do the same and enhance their wellbeing and mental health. Stacey originally worked in safeguarding for 15 years, as a specialist in child exploitation and it was during this time she trained as a counsellor. She felt inspired to combine her therapy and counselling skills

with everything she loves – the outdoors, adventure and creativity: “I love being outside in nature and have experienced how it can be therapeutic,” says Stacey who is a keen trail runner, walker and wild swimmer. “Those who come to me for counselling be it through walk and talk or running therapy, feel so much more connected, more alive and vital. Having therapy in the outdoors can alter their perspective – they realise they are a tiny part of something much larger.” Stacey loves being in the hills and mountains and has travelled extensively to gain experience: “I don’t give advice. It’s about people finding their own solutions and being in the outdoors helps to clarify things in an open space. “I give people the tools to help them find their balance and centre. There is proven scientific research that being outdoors in nature benefits the mind and body. Combined with movement, it can help build resilience and it has a massive physical impact too, stimulating the brain to release ‘happy chemicals’. It can also reduce blood pressure and wild swimming can even have an antiinflammatory effect on joints. “When we are outside we are at one with nature, it grounds you – we are not separate from nature we are part of it.” As co-founder of Women’s Vision Collective, a group of like-minded 300 plus women across the Ribble Valley and

further afield, Stacey facilitates meetings throughout the year for members: “We meet at various locations in the Ribble Valley to provide women with the opportunity to connect with themselves, each other and nature.” The most recent event was a ‘wintering’ event in October near Cromwell’s Bridge: “We explored the theme of hibernation and how we take care of ourselves over the winter. As part of this I led a forest bathing walk followed by a dip in the beautiful River Hodder.” Stacey, who lives in the Ribble Valley, advises that ‘rewilding’ and connecting with nature is not about fitness. Many people say they have no time to exercise but that’s not what it’s about. It’s elemental stuff – we are reconnecting with our body. In the world we live in we don’t give ourselves time. When we are outside in nature, we slow down, we breath, we listen, we open our eyes. “From a wellbeing point of view, after Christmas I think we are all ready to get out into the countryside and into the fresh air and just slow down.” n

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WONDERS OF WINTER CYCLING… Even in the depths of winter you can maintain fitness by cycling safely in all weathers. Ex-pro rider Jamie Burrow, Head of Product at Ribble Cycles advises on how to keep safe and enhance your riding experience, come rain or shine While it’s often accepted that this is the


f one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get fit and stay fit, or if you simply want to maintain a level of fitness that you’ve worked hard to achieve, cycling is the perfect sport to keep you motivated during the cold winter months.

the cold and dark aid my motivation. Just remember that starting in these conditions, things can only get better.You will notice your form increasing along with the longer brighter days, tempting you to go that bit further and faster.

season when cyclists keep warm and dry using home or gym trainers, getting outdoors in the fresh air is invaluable in terms of enjoyment and excitement. Here are some top tips to keep you safe and warm.


Although the long, dark and cold winter days can seem off-putting, finding motivation at this time of year is key to your coming season and sporting goals. Whether you are a full-blooded road racer or an occasional sportive rider, or simply to increase your general fitness and overall wellbeing, the foundations to your training and eventual fitness are built during the winter months. Personally, I prefer to be outside and find


Keeping dry in winter can simply mean staying comfortable, but also staying healthy. One of my biggest issues while racing as a professional was getting sick easily. The fitter we are often makes us more prone to illness as our immune system struggles to keep up. I would always recommend having a rain jacket in your back pocket even if the forecast looks good. With typical UK weather it is so easy to get caught in a

lifestyle shower even just for a few minutes. It’s not even the getting wet that’s the issue. It’s staying wet and subsequently getting cold that causes the problem. • Take a rain jacket or gilet on all rides. • If you stop mid-ride for a coffee break put on a dry jacket instead of sitting around in damp clothes. • Good gloves, hat and overshoes are relatively cheap items that can really save your day if the weather turns bad. Although your body usually keeps warm from the heat generated during exercise, hands and feet don’t receive the same amount of circulation and are directly in the path of cold wind and freezing hands can be one of the worst experiences on a bike.

across winter clothing with select panels or even entire garments made from 360 degree, fully reflective fabrics that are activated by car head lights. I’ve been using one of these for years now and wouldn’t ride without it during my winter commute. • Bicycle lights have come on a long way since I started riding with the now classic, but not so powerful, battery operated lamps. We are now looking at USB chargeable, super powerful lights that could easily take on any car headlight with the level of brightness they offer. The best lights available are now graded by lumens, with around 200 lumens an acceptable output for a front light, although some manufacturers offer way over 2000 lumens, which is ideal for off road riding. • Reflective handlebar tape – this is an often-overlooked accessory.




With many of us having to fit our winter riding into our daily commute or even after work or school, we are often forced to take on the traffic as well as darkness. Staying safe in these circumstances is crucial. Obviously, fitting lights to your bike is compulsory but there are a whole host of gadgets, gizmos and accessories to help keep you seen and safe in winter. • Reflective clothing – night vision technology is now a common theme

Winter is also the least favourite time of year for your beloved bicycle. Rain, snow, salty roads and hidden pot-holes are just a few of the elements your bike has to cope with during the dark season. Taking care of your machine will prolong its life span


and generally keep it in fit working order like yourself. • Check your tyres regularly for cuts and debris. Run slightly less pressure than you would in the summer for added grip in the wet. • Use 3-1 sprays on moving parts such as gears and chain after wet weather rides. (Ideally wash your bike with clean water after all wet rides and then apply 3-1 spray.)

WHETHER YOU ARE A FULL-BLOODED ROAD RACER OR AN OCCASIONAL SPORTIVE RIDER, OR TO INCREASE YOUR FITNESS AND OVERALL WELLBEING, THE FOUNDATIONS TO YOUR TRAINING AND EVENTUAL FITNESS ARE BUILT DURING THE WINTER MONTHS • Keep your chain well oiled. This will keep your gears running smoothly especially in wet conditions. • Keep an eye on brake pad consumption as wet gritty roads will wear your brakes down faster than dry conditions. • It’s worthwhile investing in a simple DIY maintenance kit. n




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happy and healthy New Year from us all at Gisburne Park Estate! We hope that 2022 isn’t quite the rollercoaster that 2021 was and that hospitality businesses are able to operate without too many obstacles. I’m glad to say that the new chefs have settled amazingly well into Hindelinis and I’m proud to say we have as strong a team in there as we have ever had. Therefore, we have a number of exciting things planned for

WHICH WILL BE SPECTACULAR! First off, this month we are launching our new seasonal afternoon tea which will be spectacular! It will change each season and will include a fun kids’ option and some activities around the estate. The menu has changed for the New Year and so has our specials board. Hindelini’s mission statement is to create a fun atmosphere and cook the classics using local, high quality, Lancashire produce while maintaining an

exciting, seasonal and varied specials board to keep everyone interested. All menus will be published on As far as lodge sales are concerned, sales are flying and we are really enjoying welcoming new owners to the estate. Our bespoke lodges start at around £200,000 and come from Lissett Lodges, probably the best manufacturer in the UK. We are excited to announce that we have ordered five more units all to come in the first half of 2022. If you are interested in a custom-built home on Gisburne Park Estate my brother-in-law, Charlie, will give you a private tour and answer any questions you may have: charlie@ Finally, if you got engaged over the New Year many congratulations! And if you are looking for the dream wedding

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Cachet was unbelievably calm amidst all the noise and bustle – trainer George Boughey was too. They were both completely unfazed throughout the preliminaries. We were delighted to have booked local jockey Luis Saez to take the ride as he was familiar with the course and accustomed to the hullabaloo! As the bell sounded and the gates opened, Cachet jumped well and was in the front rank as they went past us. At the first bend, Luis had her on the inside and she was in the lead. She took the bend smartly and the order stayed the same all the way down the back straight. The American commentator was now in full swing with his pronunciation: ‘Caassshhhaaay – every step of the way’ and as they came off the home bend, ‘It’s Cassshhhaaay to catch.’

RACING IN CALIFORNIA Highclere’s Jason Fildes was in San Diego to see Cachet run in a heart-stopping race at the Breeders’ Cup Festival


n extraordinary few days in California, and a warm welcome from our American hosts, was highlighted by an outstanding performance by Cachet in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade 1), part of the Breeders’ Cup Festival. Billed as the World Championship of Racing, this year’s event was held at Del Mar Racecourse, just outside San Diego – described famously by Bing Crosby as, ‘Where the turf meets the surf’. Del Mar is a tight two-bend oval track, typical of those in the USA and was thought certain to suit the home runners much more than those coming from Europe and the Far East. A small but enthusiastic group of owners – plus your correspondent – arrived on Wednesday night and the first time we saw Cachet on Thursday morning she was walking out of her barn, cool as anything. This was just before a Breeders’ Cup Opening Breakfast to which the world’s

racing press, owners, trainers and jockeys were invited. We were suddenly hit by the scale of the whole event – and the size of the pancakes for breakfast! After a wonderful, over-the-top Breeders’ Cup Launch Party the previous night, which bizarrely featured a performance by the USA synchronised swimming team, it was suddenly race day and there was a huge atmosphere at the track. Having been whisked to the front gate of the racecourse in our large SUV, full of nervous excitement, we found our outdoor lunch table high up in the stands, in the sunshine, with a perfect view over the finishing line.

Lunch and the early races were a blur of good luck messages from our American hosts and fellow owners until it was time to head down for our race. There were more people in that Del Mar paddock than we had ever seen at a UK racecourse – even at Aintree before the Grand National with 40 runners!

At this point Luis had kicked two lengths clear with a furlong to run. It was unbelievable. The dream was on. She was still in front with 75 yards to run but, with the commentator yelling ‘It’s a wild finish’, they came at her on both sides, the eventual winning filly somehow having found a way up the inside. Cachet battled on gamely to be a length down at the line in fourth. A gutsy run – and one appreciated by all those many people who congratulated us. George was rightly thrilled and marvelled at what a tough filly she is. She’d run with huge heart and so nearly completed the fairytale! I’m pleased to say that Cachet is now home, having a well-earned rest – and George has already started planning more overseas rides for next year. I’m sure that all those present wouldn’t miss them for anything! n

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from Anglesey and Peak in the west and as far north as Oxenholme. Again, several Chipping members took part with Lucy winning the 70cm and Sarah the 100cm. This is a test of jumping starting with show jumps and then carrying on to cross-country fences including a water jump and ditch. The final fence is always a show jump in Arena Eventing which is a true test for horse and rider, as gaining back the control required for this often proves tricky after several cross-country fences. The Mounted Games Winter League saw a delighted Chipping able to enter a brand new team for the Juniors Competition at Myerscough Arena. The young members have been committed and enthusiastic attending regular practice sessions to get them ready for a competition. Chipping’s first competition was eventful as they encountered the noise and excitement of so many ponies racing up and down. They all coped so well and learnt a lot so will be undoubtedly more confident at the next competition.

As the year drew to a close Chipping Pony Club members showed no signs of slowing down, writes Daphne Garment and Anne Williams. Photography: Dobbins Photography


hipping Pony Club members have been competing across the North West in many different disciplines, learning as ever, along the way. The show jumping Winter League series is held at Myerscough Equestrian Arena, organised by West Lancashire County Branch. Over the winter months it gives all abilities a chance to represent their club as a team or individual. Chipping has competed at the last three competitions with teams in the 10 years and under, 12 years and under and the 65cm competition. Having fun and being with their ponies is what it is all about for the Chipping members. Dressage competitions saw our members travel to Formby to take part in the Winter League Series, run by the Haydock Park Branch. There are several classes to enter

at varying levels. We were delighted to see our younger members having a go putting into action the skills they learnt at Junior Camp. Lucy, Temps and Poppy rode beautiful tests and Amy and Olivia both did very well with 5th and 6th placings! Carrying on with the club’s busy endof-year schedule the next competition was the Arena Eventing which took place at Kelsall Hill, Cheshire. This was a qualifier for the National Barrier Health Spring Festival 2022. Chipping organised this together with Haydock Park as a joint venture. Entries came from as far south as Crewe,

As 2021 drew to a close, Chipping Branch of the Pony Club held a fundraising event with not a pony in sight. Parents and friends enjoyed a Christmas wreath-making workshop where committee member, Sarah Fishwick, had gathered together a wonderful array of greenery, moss, dried flowers, seed heads, colourful ribbons and even beautiful pheasant feathers. Everyone went home proud of their handiwork after a very enjoyable afternoon. n

If you’d like to know more about Pony Club, and in particular Chipping Branch, please contact the District Commissioner Joanne Conlon 01200 445143 or email:

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“It is important to us that companies see and receive the benefits of being a sponsor, and we make sure it is a wonderful way to market their company and be part of a thrilling sport,” Emily adds. Recent sponsors, George and Michaela Whitaker from Dallamires Stables said: “We love supporting Northcote, we can’t thank the Whiteside’s enough for doing so much for the sport, young horses and creating a venue like Northcote.” The fabulous facilities at Northcote aren’t restricted to the three arenas and luxury stabling: “We have The Bridle Café, which supplies a wide range of meals with a focus on modern street food from Aindough & Co, plus our new Saddle Lounge Bar, which we launched in October 2021,” says Emily.

LEADING THE WAY Experienced equestrian Emily Whiteside had a vision of becoming the North West’s premier show jumping venue, and since taking over Northcote Stud in 2019 that dream has become a reality, writes Gail Bailey


ur ethos is simple,” explains Emily Whiteside of Northcote Stud. “We strive to provide top sport and a venue that everyone will enjoy visiting. No matter what the event, you will find the same attention to detail and a friendly welcome.” With over 16 multi-day shows per year, Northcote is becoming a leader in ‘stayaway’ events: “Riders come down from Scotland to compete and also travel from as far south as Devon,” says Emily. “Our stables regularly sell out within two days.” Events held at Northcote Stud are both regional and international and in January 2022 they will be the first event centre in the UK to combine a tour, hosting ‘Jump North’ with Aintree: “The event will be two weeks at Aintree and here at Northcote for two,” Emily explains. “This gives riders the benefit of being able to compete in more than one event, but not have to travel too far.” Corporate sponsors of events at Northcote Stud are reaping the benefits of live streaming from Clip My Horse, which is a global platform watched by thousands of people. Emily says: “Our current streaming

figures have been fantastic. For our event in May we had over 9,400 video views from 42 different countries and from our prestigious young horse event in June, we had an amazing 17,500 views! The average viewing time for each was 1hr 15 minutes and as Clip my Horse has an annual reach of 18 million, it’s a fantastic way for companies to get the enjoyment of sponsoring an event, along with a wide advertising reach.”

The stylish lounge is the perfect place to grab a drink, have a great view of the arena plus regular live entertainment. Tickets for the public to attend the regional events are free, making it the perfect day out spent with family and friends – and keep a look out in the New Year for the chance to purchase tickets for the International Show Jumping Event. Emily says: “The best way to make sure you don’t miss an event is by following our Facebook page (see the link below), click and like the page as tickets always sell out quickly!” n Please contact Northcote Stud for further information about corporate sponsorship or attending an event

As well as an advert on the live stream, sponsorship can be in a multitude of ways such as an arena board, preferential stabling and parking, hospitality for businesses to bring their clients with VIP seating, social media promotion and links on the website, branded merchandise, trade stand space and a chance to meet the winning athletes with presentation photographs.


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lifestyle Live Magazines’ Tedd Walmsley asks the council for clarity on behalf of Ribble Valley residents and businesses, urges everyone to get a booster and wishes readers a healthy and happy New Year


et me start by wishing everyone a happy healthy and prosperous New Year. I’m writing this article on print deadline – 14th December – I tell you this as I’m hoping and praying that we’ve all been able to enjoy our family Christmases and our local businesses continued to trade strongly in the run up to the big day. Scaremongering and fake news combined with pure speculation hadn’t helped the cause – have you had your booster? must start with an apology. I’d hoped to bring you a double page spread interview with the leader of RVBC Stephen Atkinson. Sadly, we had an email from the council’s Principal Communications Officer citing ‘governance reasons’ for their decision not to be involved. In my view, this is utter baloney. We deserve the insight and vision as to what lies ahead for Ribble Valley in 2022. We pay our taxes and rates and expect in return, honesty, clarity and a host of positivity in order for us to ‘build back better’. I can’t think of a better platform than an article in Live Ribble Valley to send out much-needed positivity to both the residents and businesses alike, who call the Ribble Valley home. am also told from a very tenacious business owner, that RVBC had awarded the consultancy contract for ‘Save the High Street’ to a Birmingham-based company. If this is correct, I would have asked our council leader: • Was this put out to tender and if so, which local companies pitched for the business? • What are the credentials of this consultancy and what local knowledge of the area do they have? • Did the work need to be outsourced at all – could the officers not partner up with other local stakeholders and have done a better job to save money? • What are the timeframes for this? • Is it correct that the initial funding was underspent by more than £30k?



s we go to print, I’ve just been told that all December council meetings have been cancelled due to Covid. If fear or governance prevent face-toface meetings, surely key decisions about 2022 can’t be put on hold or postponed until late January? What has happened to Team or Zoom meetings? Concrete decisions need to be made before it’s too late. ne such decision is the Clitheroe Food Festival (CFF). I’m currently working on a project with the Royal Lancashire Show and we are talking to potential sponsors and stall-holders, who are signing up as they are planning budgets for 2022. Imagine if the yet-to-be appointed CFF team don’t start conversations until spring. I believe the council intend to yet again outsource the organisation of this event. So here’s my scenario: contact made in March – budgets already spent – RVBC don’t want to underwrite the event = event cancelled. Blame Covid! Sounds farcical but probably true? ave you made any New Year’s resolutions? I have but I won’t bore you with my personal goals. However, on a professional footing, I intend to ask the questions of RVBC that you want answers to. et’s also be kinder to each other along the way as I fear there are some rocky times ahead for businesses so I implore you to support our local economy – it needs it! n



The views above are my own and I’d be delighted to get some replies to my questions and will report back on any progress and positive outcomes. @TeddWalmsley TM



something for themselves. It is important for children to maintain a link with either their paternal or maternal family and the court system does consider that. As with all breakdowns, taking legal advice is best. Whilst grandparents do not have an automatic right, opportunities to open up negotiations by letter or attempting family mediation are both options that are available for grandparents too. If neither of those options is successful, then an application can be made to the court. A grandparent does not have an automatic right to make an application, however permission can be sought. The court will carefully consider the connection to the child or children and based upon that, will decide whether the

GRANDPARENTS’ RIGHTS TO ACCESS TO CHILDREN While grandparents do not have automatic rights, there may be opportunities to open up negotiations in order to see their grandchildren, advises Rubina Vohra of Forbes Solicitors


t’s heartbreaking when a relationship breaks down and the heartbreak can span beyond the couple themselves. Where children are involved, there are often grandparents.When a couple have separated, unless there is an amicable arrangement in place, often extended members of the family, including grandparents, can find themselves very much on the outside of the grandchildren’s lives. Grandparents may believe that they have no rights, but this is, in fact, incorrect. It is usual for a parent to have arrangements for seeing children and within that time, they can spend time with the extended family. Where either time is restricted or objections are made, a grandparent can do

application can progress. Once that hurdle has been overcome, the application is a Child Arrangements Order application and will be dealt with by attempting to identify the issues and, where necessary, considering if there are welfare issues that need to be investigated. The initial application is made on a C100 application form, together with a supporting C2 form seeking permission to make the application. Once an order is in place, the order will have to be complied with. If you are experiencing difficulties with access and contact to your own grandchildren, we can provide you with advice and support to assist you with any contact arrangements. n

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A quiet enclave of western Bowland has a rich and varied history. Fell walker and local historian Andrew Stachulski discovers Bleasdale in all its glory


ying just north of the popular Beacon Fell Visitors’ Centre, guarded by the sweeping slopes of Fair Snape Fell to the east and Hazelhurst Fell further north, is the secluded valley of Bleasdale. Its peaceful, indeed unremarkable, aspect at first glance gives little indication of its fascinating past. Within these few square miles you may observe a Bronze Age site, find the location of a remarkable Victorian reformatory and see a church with a saint’s name unique in England, together with its associated

former parish school and parish hall. The name probably derives from the AngloSaxon ‘blaze’, meaning a streak of light colour, as you might describe a horse having a white blaze on its head. You may start from the visitors’ centre, incurring some extra walking, as parking on the estate itself is not encouraged. Alternatively, there is a small car park on the Oakenclough Road (Delph Lane) to the west of Bleasdale Tower, linked to the estate by a clear path. From the visitors’ centre, aim for Higher Brock Mill (573446) where there used to be a café. From here walk north up the estate road and soon you reach the old primary

school, which closed in 2019. As recently as 2015 the school received a good OFSTED rating, but when numbers declined to just two pupils, it was no longer viable. The former head teacher’s house was immediately adjacent, still occupied and recently refurbished. Across the road, the parish hall is still highly active, also recently modernised, and able to host many events. It also possesses a detailed local archive.

Return to the path junction by the school and head north west along an easy track. In about half a mile you cross the infant River Brock, and to your right is an ancient packhorse bridge – something of an enigma. It may simply have been an ornamental feature on the estate, nonfunctional, but is recorded as an antiquity. Continuing in the same direction, you soon reach a junction of paths in pleasant woodland, by a group of buildings, Clough Head cottages, which formed the North

lifestyle Lancashire Reformatory, a corrective school for boys active from 1857 to about 1905. It was recorded as a ‘reformatory’ as late as the Bartholomew’s map of 1946. A little further on is the imposing Bleasdale Tower, built in the 1830s, now constituting the estate offices and originally the country seat of Mr William Garnett. The fine gardens are sometimes open to the public in summer. Rather surprisingly Wainwright includes a drawing of the tower in his ‘Bowland Sketchbook’ but says nothing of its history. Garnett was a philanthropist who instituted the building of the reformatory on his land but was not directly involved in the running of the school, whose first head was Mr Grant King. On the whole, the reformatory seems to have achieved its objectives and gave many of the boys hope for a better future. Nevertheless, there are records of tragic attempts at escape and a drowning fatality in a local pond. Turn up north east past the old school buildings and you reach a fine bridge, constructed by the boys as a diversion from their usual agricultural tasks. Continue up the lane, climbing now and you soon pass Hazelhurst Farm. A little further on, the lane is joined by a path coming from the north. This originates in the Langden Valley and the Trough Road some miles further east and forms an excellent, vigorous walk from central to western Bowland. Descend south with the track, and soon pass Holme House Farm and begin to head for home.

A little further on, the track divides – keep right, on a permissive path, where the main branch continues towards Higher Snape Fell Farm. After passing Admarsh Barn Farm and just as you reach Vicarage Farm on your right, there is a decidedly understated notice which directs you to Bleasdale Circle a short distance to the east. This is in fact a notable Bronze Age antiquity, probably

dating from 1000-1500 BC, an example of a wood henge and described on the Historic England website as an urnfield.The antiquity was discovered in late Victorian times, when evidence of ancient cremations was found, further excavations were carried out in 1930. The original wooden palisade was replaced by concrete pillars, which mark out the original area but in truth have not enhanced the site. The site is now ringed by trees and is undoubtedly most atmospheric, especially when viewed in early or late natural light. The name Vicarage Farm points unmistakably to our next port of call, namely St Eadmer’s Church lying just a


few hundred yards north of the school and parish hall. Like so much in Bleasdale, it is truly one of its own, with a name shared by no other church in England and this is another of Bleasdale’s mysteries. The only well-recorded Eadmer was a historian and theologian (1060-1126), a monk at Canterbury but it is unclear how he could have had any link with these parts. Another Eadmer was apparently a monk in Northumberland, who was involved in moving the remains of St Cuthbert around 995 AD to Durham, where the cathedral was then built. This seems a more plausible link as an ancient Bleasdale family, the Parkinsons, had a Northumberland branch. The present building dates from 1835, with some later restoration – the original church, known as Admarsh Chapel, was recorded in Elizabethan times. Back we go down the lane, past the hall and the old school and soon returning to our starting point. But how thankful we should be for a visit to Bleasdale, which packs so much history and interest into its very modest area. n I am deeply grateful to Mrs Jean Fone, of the Chipping History Society, for her thorough knowledge of Bleasdale and her guided tour, which truly brought the story of Bleasdale to life for myself and a group of visitors earlier this year Andrew Stachulski is co-author with Helen Shelmerdine of ‘The Forest of Bowland’, published by Merlin Unwin @£14.99


TO IMPROVE ANXIETY situations or events causing it whilst for

After a year like no other, it’s other people it’s not as easy to switch no surprise that more Brits than off those feelings of irritability, anger or moodiness. ever are battling anxiety


o help with those battling anxieties sports therapist and former elite athlete Karen Mack, from Well Lab shares her top ten sporting activities to help us cope with anxious feelings and stop a stressed seasonal transition. “Everyone suffers from anxiety and stress during their life – from childhood right through to adulthood. For some people it’s a constant battle and for others it’s a ‘once in a while’ when life throws a few curve balls,” says Karen, who has nearly 30 years’ experience working with international elite athletes. “Firstly, it’s good to know that there are two different types of anxiety, acute anxiety and chronic anxiety. Acute anxiety is caused by an active stress response – something short lived, whereas chronic anxiety is caused by chronic stress (stress-response hyperstimulation) where the stress hormones stimulate the body over a longer period. “Some people are lucky enough to manage their stress and anxiety and deal with the

“Sadly, there isn’t a one-fix-all answer when it comes to anxiety – it’s a very personal problem. Advice, nutritional plans and the thousands of products on the market offering to help you cope better might not work for you. “However, exercise can be the key to unlocking some relief. There’s such a powerful link between your mental and physical health. I love the saying, ‘The body is the mind, and the mind is the body’.” Karen advises that anyone suffering with anxiety should always consult their doctor about treatment options and before you s tart an exercise programme of any kind. Inspired by her clients across her career, Karen shares her top sports to get those endorphins pumping.


“Dancing isn’t just for entertainment it can help control your emotions. You can literally dance your stress out,” continues Karen. “We all know around this time of year Strictly fever is on, where dancing spills throughout the UK and gives many the

inspiration to put on their own dancing shoes. When we dance, we don’t only improve our physical health, but our mental health too.

WHEN WE DANCE, WE DON’T ONLY IMPROVE OUR PHYSICAL HEALTH, BUT OUR MENTAL HEALTH TOO “We release endorphins and elevate dopamine the two neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of pleasure and happiness. It lifts mood, as well as improving posture, flexibility and increases aerobic power and strength. Dancing is also great for building social bonds – something that also helps reduce stress and anxiety. Many will quickly focus on the moves or routine as well as the beats


of the music rather than the causes or feelings of anxiousness.”


Karen continues: “The breathing and stretching involved in yoga, is an excellent stress-relief activity. It involves a series of moving and stationary poses, or postures, combined with deep breathing. These are all mind-body activities that strengthen your body’s natural relaxation response to anxiety or stress.” But be wary says Karen, some types of yoga are not ideal if the main goal is to ease anxiety: “For relief from anxiety or stress opt for gentle yoga, or yoga for beginners, I wouldn’t suggest power yoga – as this may be too intense.”

it disturbs the body’s sleep schedule,” explains Karen. “Cycling will therefore increase the level of serotonin, which will help improve your sleep. We all know that a peaceful night’s sleep can prevent certain mental troubles and help us deal with all matters of life in a much calmer manner. “Also don’t forget cycling outside brings a wealth of further benefits – even just soaking up any sun will help with your vitamin D intake, which can help prevent anxiety.”

If you’re more of a water baby at heart, then taking a dip might be more up your street to help break the cycle of anxiousness. Karen continues: “During swimming you require lengthy muscular movements and deep controlled breathing. This will help stimulate the brain to increase nerve cell development and help produce endorphins and other stress reducing chemicals.”


Cycling is one of the best forms of cardio that will not only keep you in shape and physically fit but will also improve your mental health. “During cycling the level of cortisol (the stress-causing hormone) reduces in the body and, when cortisol levels are high,

serotine and norepinephrine. If you are not usually the running type, then don’t panic! An easy way to start running is by jogging one minute and walking for two minutes over a 10-20 minute period. This is the structure in the very popular Couch to 5k, which is now supported by the NHS, so if you want further support or guidance this is a great go-to app. “Start slowly and get out in the fresh air, whatever the weather. Also, whilst you’re out and about take in your surroundings – use every one of your senses to absorb your route and breathe in the fresh air. This will all help you focus on the here and now and hopefully help shift some anxiety.”





According to research running for just five minutes a day might help you live longer. Karen explains: “Running will burn calories, reduce food cravings and lower risk of heart disease but more importantly it has shown to improve your mood in many ways. “It causes lasting changes during and after exercise in the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters


Finally, it might seem like the simplest of activities with many even sitting on the fence when it comes to calling it a sport, but walking is free and one of the easiest ways to start getting active, lose weight and become healthier. Karen says: “Regular walks can cause less occurrences of several stress related illnesses, including high blood pressure, cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Walking can promote deeper breathing, release tension in muscles and has calming effects on your neurological system. “Walking briskly (about two to three mph) for 10 minutes a day will help you burn excess calories, build stamina and help with a healthy heart.” n Find out more at:

lifestyle Richard Attenborough and director Bryan Forbes to co-star alongside Hayley Mills who was, at the time, the biggest child star in the world. Now pensioners, those children reflect on their unique experience and take the reader behind the scenes, as Neil explains: “Whistle Down the Wind has always been a favourite film of mine and I was curious as to what happened to the children who appeared in it.”

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ICONIC FILM The filming of Whistle Down the Wind, one of the most iconic films of the 20th century, has been documented in a book to mark its 60th anniversary


uthor Neil Brandwood has been praised for his ‘evocative account’ of the filming of Whistle Down the Wind, with world renowned actors and producers recalling the ground-breaking move to use local children from Downham, with no acting experience, in the movie. Meticulously researched and four years in the making, Whistle Down the Wind: A 60th Anniversary Celebration has been classed as the definitive account of the classic British film. It is a fascinating insight into a muchloved story – from its origins as a children’s novel, which went on to become a film starring Alan Bates in the lead role and then an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. At the heart of Neil’s book is what it was like to be a part of a magical film, which continues to charm audiences the world over. A small group of children from Downham were chosen by producer


THE ORIGINAL BARN WHERE WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND WAS FILMED IS STILL THERE “Neil Brandwood’s book is beautifully written and researched, a rare and absolutely captivating look behind the scenes into the making of Whistle Down the Wind. With admiration and gratitude.” Hayley Mills

​“Touching and frequently very funny, it’s a rich and beautifully detailed story, packed full of cinematic insights. I know my father would have hugely enjoyed it.” Michael Attenborough CBE

ALL THE OTHER CHILD ACTORS HAD NO EXPERIENCE AT ALL. THE AUTHENTICITY THIS BROUGHT TO THE FILM WAS TRULY GROUND-BREAKING When Neil discovered it had been filmed in the tiny Ribble Valley village of Downham, he visited the local ice-cream shop – only to discover that he had just missed Diane Poole one of the actors who played Hayley Mills’ sister, Nan, in the film. Diane recalls: “Whistle was very special to us. I’m delighted that Neil has been able to document our collective experience.” Through Diane, Neil tracked down other child actors who had appeared in the film: “The more I spoke to people the better the insight I got into the filming,” adds Neil, who was invited to Surrey to the home of Nanette Newman, the wife of the film’s director Bryan Forbes: “Through Nanette I got in touch with Michael Attenborough, the son of Richard Attenborough, the film’s producer, who gave me access to his father’s personal archives. “I was then able to contact Hayley Mills, whose mum had written the book in the 1950s. I learnt how they came to adapt the book to a film and how they went about finding local children to appear in the film. They told me all about their experiences – apart from Hayley Mills and Roy Holder all the other child actors had no experience at all. The authenticity it brought to the film was truly ground-breaking. “They didn’t have scripts. The director just had a quiet word with them before filming started and they often left the camera running,” adds Neil, who has received praise for his book from the likes of Judi Dench, Alan Bennett and Ben Kingsley. n With a foreword written by Hayley Mills, Whistle Down the Wind: A 60th Anniversary Celebration is available in paperback and ebook from Amazon All profits will go to Marie Curie

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STORE GIFTS £10K A Lancashire-based online store has helped raise £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of the founder’s mum. Ribchester-based Love My Gifts has raised £10k by simply asking its customers to make a donation at the online checkout when they make a purchase. The award-winning company, which was founded in 2015 and sells personalised gifts, has been working with the cancer charity for several years, after it previously supported founder Andrew Payne’s mum. Managing director Andrew, who lost his mum Mary to lung cancer 20 years ago, explains: “The support my mum and family received from Macmillan nurses was invaluable and something I’ll never forget. They were there when we needed them most and that’s why as a business, we wanted to try and help give something back and raise as much money as we can for such a fantastic cause.

CHARITY F O C U S Live Ribble Valley takes a look at a Ribchester-based company that has raised an amazing £10,000 for Macmillan If you have any charity news please contact:

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“Thanks to our generous customers we have managed to raise an incredible £10,000, which has exceeded all our expectations. We will continue to support Macmillan, and hopefully exceed this figure next year, so together we can help support as many other families affected by cancer as possible.” The £10,000 raised by Love My Gifts will help pay for a Macmillan nurse for around 312 hours or would provide a £300 Macmillan support grant for around 33 families to help them deal with the financial impact of a diagnosis.

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He considers the canvas to be a part of the artwork and not just the substrate, so often manipulates the canvas by stitching it together, cutting or ripping it, sanding the surface, spot varnishing elements, embedding or inserting objects through the surface – to create another dimension in his artworks. To purchase, or to commission an artwork call: 01279 861863 / 07909 850462 email: endartistuk @

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Fund funded the repair of half the ancient stone roof, with modifications to protect the bats. The works also allowed for the insulation of the building for the first time. The success of the hall’s commercial activities – including a selection of selfcontained pods in the grounds that provide accommodation for wedding guests – is crucial to funding the Parker’s sustainability efforts. Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses said: “When your family has passed on their house and contents intact for centuries, the idea of planning for future generations is ‘baked in’ to the management of Britain’s great independently and privately owned houses, most of which are family homes as well as tourist attractions, hospitality businesses, wedding venues, film locations and places for enjoyment and learning.

Browsholme Hall in the Ribble Valley is the first winner of a new award, recognising and celebrating the work done by independently owned historic houses in the field of sustainability


aving been nominated for the new Historic Houses Sustainability Award, Robert and Amanda Parker of Browsholme Hall, impressed the judges with their innovative projects at Browsholme, which Robert inherited from a distant relative aged just 19. A successful wedding venue in a repurposed tithe barn uses a ground source heat pump. By contrast, a different approach was needed at the hall, where the larger space and poorer thermal properties of the listed building, meant underfloor heating wasn’t an option. Instead, a woodchip boiler has made the

rooms habitable, fuelled on a sustainable basis by cropping the managed woodland behind the house on a perpetual 60-year cycle. Visitors to the café enjoy a Five Mile Menu on which most of the ingredients are sourced from local farms and suppliers – and some from the vegetable patch visible from the kitchen window. The café area doubles as an education space for parties of school children, who learn about the diversity of species that can be found. Adults too, enjoy the outdoors through forest bathing offered in the green glades of the mature woodland. A recent grant from the Culture Recovery

“The urgency of the present climate crisis and a growing awareness of the impact of all our activities has seen the owners of Britain’s historic houses taking new steps to ensure that the heritage they look after has a future, in a cleaner more sustainable world. “That’s why we’ve created this new award, with our sponsors Savills, and why we want to celebrate and reward those who are at the cutting edge of the contribution heritage can make to our future.” Amanda and Robert Parker, add: “We’re thrilled to be the first winners of this award. Sustainability has been really important to us throughout our time here. It’s a part of our lifestyle and ethos – we want Browsholme to be somewhere where the community matters and where the environment matters. It’s not all about reducing emissions – it’s about replacing and planting and growing for the future. “Every time we look outside, we appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us – our children have grown up loving it and wanting to protect it. Our aim is to leave them with a healthy sustainable business that they’ll pass in their turn, with their own passions, to the people who follow them.” n




NOT JUST FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS It is estimated that one in five couples married since 2000 may have a pre-nuptial agreement in place, confirming what legal professionals have been saying – that pre-nups are no longer reserved for the rich and famous, explains Nicola Rushton, family lawyer at Farleys Solicitors


ack in the 1970s, just 1.5 per cent of couples took the option to have a pre-nuptial agreement in place. This has now risen significantly to 20 per cent, with couples where the wife earns more or the same as their partner, being more likely to put a pre-nuptial agreement in place. The findings also showed that contrary to popular belief, rather than increasing the chance of divorce, pre-nups actually made splits less likely during the first decade of marriage. If, however, you do find yourself taking the difficult decision to divorce, while pre-nuptial agreements are not legally binding in court, they do hold some weight and are increasingly being upheld by the family court. In order for a pre-nuptial agreement to stand a chance of being upheld during court

proceedings, it must have been entered into freely and with a full understanding of the implications. This can be particularly proven where both parties took independent legal advice before signing the agreement and the agreement was entered into no less than 28 days before the wedding to avoid ‘undue duress’. So, if you are planning a spring 2022 wedding, now would be the best time to approach a family law specialist to discuss your requirements.

these options and their implications can be examined with a legal advisor prior to the drafting of the agreement. As your big day approaches, it can be easy to find yourself distracted by organising the day itself but, if you want to have the peace of mind that your future is secure, it would be savvy to add a discussion with your family lawyer to that wedding checklist! n


A pre-nuptial agreement is a bespoke document which is tailored to the individual couple. It may include provisions as to how their income, assets, and pensions would be divided on divorce or it could be written almost as a ‘living together agreement’ stipulating how assets and accounts will be managed during the marriage. All of

For further advice on pre-nuptial agreements and other marital agreements, speak to Farleys’ family team on 01254 368 040 or email:





e welcomed some of the bravest of the brave into Westminster last month with troops who played a vital role in helping to evacuate so many desperate people out of Kabul in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister thanked them for their service and Sir Lindsay Hoyle hosted a reception in Westminster Hall. I attended a funeral mass for my friend and fellow MP Sir David Amess. It was an incredibly moving service with Ann Widdecombe paying her own tribute. The cathedral was packed and a message from the Pope read out. We will never forget David’s warm charm and his selfless devotion to duty. The country is all the poorer for his tragic passing.

The recent storms have not been kind to many of my constituents with many experiencing awful, prolonged power cuts. It’s simply not good enough for so many people to be without electricity, particularly during winter. Ensuring we have a rigorous network that does not fail is the real solution, which will prevent this misery from happening again. I try and do something to raise a smile with my Christmas card and this year I got two Parliament teddy bears pictured with The Speaker, Jacob Rees Mogg and Joanna Lumley and in my visits to New York, London and Clitheroe. I finally presented the bears to the Evalina Children’s Hospital in London where over 100,000 children and families are cared for and supported. If you are able to support their work please look them up and donate. I attended and officiated at a wonderful evening celebrating the 80th birthday of Lord Jeffrey Archer. Jeffrey is a prolific author selling more than 125 million books – he is a literary superstar throughout the world. It was at Banqueting House opposite Downing Street. The celebration was almost three years late but we were royally entertained. I even met Sir Tim Rice and Don

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans welcomes troops from Afghanistan to Westminster, campaigns for more rigorous power networks and wishes all his constituents a happy New Year

Black at the event – two of our great musical geniuses. Jeffrey is in great health and we look forward to his 90th bash! I also attended an evening with Gyles Brandreth to celebrate the life of Oscar Wilde. The Duchess of Cornwall was present along with the Poet Laureate. Gyles informed us that the eclectic mix of guests would have been similar to the guests that Oscar would have had at a party. Guests included a former Archbishop of Canterbury, a former inmate and Michael Portillo. It is at this time of year we reflect on the year that has passed and what lies ahead. The mutations are worrying but I’m delighted at the rate of vaccinations being done. To those who have helped out with the vaccination programme may I say a big thank you for your amazing work. It has been incredible and has helped to save many lives. May I take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you the very best of British for the coming year. May every day bring something to you, which will make you smile. Let’s hope we finally defeat Covid and that our lives get back to normal. We have witnessed so many miracles recently would it be too much to ask for just one more? Happy 2022 to all my constituents and friends! n


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The most wonderful time of year? Elspeth Kinder, from JMW, explains how you can navigate your way through divorce – one of life’s most challenging experiences


hristmas and New Year really are rather special – a time when we put that little bit more effort into the small things. Lights adorn buildings and decorations are carefully placed as we try to brighten dark nights and dreary weather (something we’re sadly all too familiar with here). It’s a time when we spend more time with our loved ones, often making special efforts to get home to our nearest and dearest, taking time out of hectic lives and schedules to slow down for a day or two and enjoy the company of our families.

Yet – as much as we delight in the festive season, as Head of Family Law at JMW Solicitors, I know that the holidays can be a very difficult time, too. For some the thought of Christmas or New Year was accompanied by dread, rather than joy, knowing they were expected to put aside sometimes fundamental differences with their partner to make sure that the big day didn’t disappoint. They will have done everything they could to ensure this was one last, good Christmas or New Year’s Eve before they change their families’ lives for good. While it is a joyous time, for those who are unhappy in their marriage, it’s also an emotionally charged time that can, at times, feel incredibly lonely. There were also those that faced their first year alone – some will certainly have been looking forward to the holidays with glee, having navigated a very challenging period in their life and come out the other side, while others will have felt trepidation about their ‘new’ arrangements. Some parents will have had their first year without their children, agreed with their partner to ‘keep the peace’. They may wish they had arranged something more formal to ensure that they wouldn’t have had to spend New Year’s Eve alone. Not only have I lived these experiences, I deal with them every day as a family lawyer.

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One of the main reasons that people don’t reach out sooner is because they want to avoid conflict and find the idea of dealing with lots of different people daunting. But it doesn’t have to be that way. JMW is a full-service law firm, so we have all the legal expertise you need under one roof. We are also supported by trusted experts, including leading therapists and top financial minds. Our network of support and our close-knit, experienced team means that there aren’t the usual delays in getting external advice because we can take care of everything for you. Divorce is undoubtedly one of life’s most challenging experiences – we will do everything we can to remove the pressure and guide our clients carefully through the process. We’re not motivated by stoking flames of anger. Instead, I want my clients to walk away from a divorce with an arrangement that the whole family is happy and can live with. Divorce can be amenable, and in my opinion, that is the marker of a ‘successful’ divorce, particularly where children are involved. So, this New Year, don’t shoulder your feelings in silence – seek advice from a solicitor who will support you to carve the life you want and ensure that, next Christmas, you’ll approach the festive season feeling happy and positive. n

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PLAN A WEDDING IN EIGHT MONTHS For those lucky enough to have been proposed to over the festive period, what are the first things you need to do when planning your wedding?


ccording to James’ Places you can plan a wedding in just eight months. First book the venue. This is the most important thing and the deal breaker which will dictate the date of the big day. Then book the registrar or church service. Between six to eight months, choose your photographer, florist and cake maker. Reserve suits, if you are hiring and start shopping for your wedding dress. At four to five months, send out your invitations and make appointments for your hair and makeup. If you want a DJ and/or a band

for the evening reception, book it now. With two to three months to go, you should have done your final dress fitting and double checked your arrangements. One to two months left and time to confirm numbers, think about a seating plan and buy presents for bridesmaids and best man. With one week to go, delegate wedding day duties, check speeches and organise a run through or rehearsal with close family and friends.

And on the day, enjoy, knowing that everything has been taken care of. Congratulations!

ON THE DAY, ENJOY, KNOWING THAT EVERYTHING HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF Once your big day is over, you can then look forward to your honeymoon. If you are choosing a holiday abroad, consider any restrictions and think about what the weather will be like when you go. If your wedding is in the winter months and you are looking for winter sun, you may need to go long haul, which will add to the cost. For some countries it may also be the rainy season. Some companies organise honeymoon packages, where you can get added extras to make your holiday really special. Whatever you choose, your wedding and honeymoon will be one to remember. n



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ytton Fold Manager, Patryk Guzowski and his dedicated staff are proud to announce that Mytton Fold has been nominated for not one, but two Lancashire Tourism Awards! The Lancashire Tourism Awards celebrate excellence across a wide range of businesses in Lancashire and Mytton Fold has been nominated for Best Hotel Wedding Venue and Best Large Hotel. The awards will be announced at the Lancashire Tourism Awards in February 2022. Patryk says: “We are incredibly proud to have been nominated for these awards during our first year since reopening after the refurbishment. All the staff have worked tirelessly showing resilience during a difficult

time with the ever-changing rules and regulations of a global pandemic.” Mytton Fold has kept the character of the original stone buildings but incorporated a modern contemporary style within. The Abbey Suite is a stunning setting that features a dramatic beamed ceiling with views across the Valley. The neutral colour scheme allows couples the opportunity to incorporate their own style and bring their wedding design ideas to life. Wedding ceremonies can also take place in the Garden Gazebo. A truly romantic setting in the beautifully landscaped gardens. Over the little bridge close to the pretty pond with water fountains, this really does offer the perfect canvas for an abundance of stunning photo opportunities.

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Mytton Fold has already planned two Wedding Fairs for 2022. This will see the launch of their brand-new wedding menu offering, which has been designed by their Executive Chef. The first Wedding Fair will be held on Sunday 16th January 2022 followed by a second fair which is being hosted by Little White Books on Sunday

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Westholme was delighted to welcome comedian Michael McIntyre to the sold-out Croston Theatre at the school. In conjunction with Silverwood Events, he visited as part of the national tour for his new book A Funny Life. Michael undertook a riotously entertaining 40-minute interview with John ‘Gilly’ Gillmore from BBC Radio Lancashire. He then bravely embraced a rapid-fire Q&A from students and members of the 500 strong crowd. What a night!

Pupils, parents and staff recently celebrated Oakhill’s 43rd Annual Prize Giving. Owen Coyle Junior, owner and managing director of CO2 Sports Management presented the prizes to returning and current pupils, in front of parents past and present and their families. Invited guests included the Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Clitheroe Town Mayor and Mayoress and school governors. Following the proceedings there was an extensive buffet which provided an excellent opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to meet once more.

MOTOR VEHICLE PROJECT Blackburn College has been selected to lead a new £1.3m motor vehicle project created to bridge the skills gap in low-carbon vehicle mechanics. The Lancashire Automotive Skills Accelerator Project has been funded by the Department for Education as part of its Skills Accelerator Strategic Development Fund. The project also supports the government’s commitment to withdrawing the sale of new petrol or diesel cars in 2030 as part of the UK’s net-zero targets. Low-carbon skills centres housing cutting-edge technology will be established

across Lancashire and teachers will be trained to ensure that courses meet the needs of employers and the industry. The project will create five Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Skills Centres across Lancashire at Blackburn College, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Lancaster and Morecambe College, Myerscough College and Nelson and Colne College Group. A Lancashire Independent Garage Network will be established to support motor vehicle businesses across Lancashire.



It is an exciting time for Giggleswick as the school welcomes new Headmaster, Mr Sam Hart from Winchester College. He brings with him a wealth of experience having been a housemaster, head of the CCF, head of sport and a teacher of physics. He was previously an Army Air Corps pilot, and he was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding leadership. He is looking forward to moving to Yorkshire with his wife and two children.

Stonyhurst are delighted to announce it has won the 2021 Tennis Lancashire Schools Award, for a second year running at the Tennis Lancashire Awards in December. Stonyhurst’s nomination now goes forward to be considered for the LTA North Region 2022 Award in the New Year. The awards are presented each year, with coaches, volunteers, clubs and other tennis venues being nominated by individuals across the county and then decided by the awards committee of Tennis Lancashire.


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Oakhill’s Running Club was delighted to head to Blackpool last term for the welcome return of their annual Run the Lights trip. The group ran the full 9km length of the illuminations, keeping an excellent pace and enjoying the sights along the way. A well-earned chippy tea at the end rounded off a great evening. Well done everyone!

Schoolchildren across Lancashire have been encouraged to get outside in the fresh air by completing an Active Mile. Organised by Active Lancashire and the School Games Organiser network, primary and secondary aged schoolchildren were challenged to log a mile of physical exercise as part of the launch of the Lancashire School Games 2022. Complementing the Active Mile was an Active Journey initiative for parents, carers, grandparents and businesses to get involved. They were encouraged to support a school by replacing a car journey by walking, running or cycling. The initiative took place as SPAR renewed its sponsorship of the Lancashire School Games for a 15th consecutive year. The games will culminate in a celebration event in Blackpool’s Stanley Park on Tuesday 5th July 2022.

EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP Burnley College is taking the lead in the world of fitness training as it becomes the first college in the UK to secure an educational partnership with pioneering online fitness experts Les Mills. Combining the industry-leading expertise of Les Mills with the drive and passion of Burnley College’s Fitness Evolution will uniquely position the on-site sport and training facility at the £100 million campus to deliver career boosting qualifications to students. Using their trademark online choreographed group exercise programmes, the partnership will allow students to earn official Les Mills qualifications, ensuring they stand out from the crowds in the competitive sports and fitness careers market or for places on in-demand courses at universities across the country. Fitness Evolution Manager Ash Alderson said: “You really can’t get any better than Les Mills in the fitness world. To combine their skills, expertise and knowledge with ours means our students are getting industry-leading training which is miles ahead of anything else out there. To be the first college in the UK to be able to build Les Mills into our educational offer is outstanding. We’re so proud.”

LIT IN COLOUR Students and staff at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre celebrated after being awarded more than 130 books from an international publisher as part of a campaign to increase the number of authors from minority groups on the curriculum. The books included popular titles Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera, A Promised Land by Barack Obama and We Are All The Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan. All are penned by a diverse range of authors, including people of colour and LGBTQ+ writers and form part of the Lit In Colour campaign spearheaded by publisher Penguin. Representatives from more than 1,600 schools and colleges across the UK wrote essays on how their students would benefit. Jennifer Brown, A Level English Lecturer said: “We want to ensure we all speak about diversity, experience and under-represented voices as openly and honestly as possible, no matter how uncomfortable these issues may be. It’s about making sure that Burnley College is at the forefront of conversations about inclusion and diversity.”

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ith numbers for Westholme’s Senior School already increasing to capacity, the popularity of the Lancashire school continues to build. Parents in the region are realising what a truly exceptional education Westholme can deliver to their children. Alongside the academic excellence, authenticated by the fantastic results achieved by both GCSE and A Level students in the summer, the holistic excellence of the school is being increasingly recognised by prospective families. Dr Richard Robson, Principal at Westholme School commented: “The myriad of opportunities at Westholme set any child up with the necessary life skills to build their own character and develop their individual interests and abilities as they go through life and into the world of adulthood and work. This combined with the passion, guidance and encouragement the school delivers, helps shape your child into a confident, independent and balanced individual.”

As the new Westholme Prep School continues to come together, excitement is gathering momentum, writes Meena McDonald Aside from academic excellence, what else can parents expect for their children from this rather unique independent school? What will it provide for their child that is so exceptional that they can’t get anywhere else in the region?

The excitement is – diving in! With its superb swimming pool based at Wilmar Lodge, each child will be able to swim every week, not only learning essential life skills but also having fun with their friends and keeping fit. If they choose to, they can be part of the competitive school swimming team.

THE MYRIAD OF OPPORTUNITIES AT WESTHOLME SET ANY CHILD UP WITH THE NECESSARY LIFE SKILLS The excitement is – performing! Take a peep at just some of the exciting opportunities available to children joining the new Prep School.

With a professional theatre on-site, children from the age of four right through to 18 can explore their creativity and build their confidence and communication skills on



stage with the outstanding productions the school delivers.

The excitement is – competing! A multitude of opportunities exist with the Astroturf, tennis courts, outdoor space and pool. Choose from football, hockey, tennis, cricket, rounders, rugby, netball and cross country to develop team building and leadership skills, physical agility and, most importantly, having fun.

The excitement is – experimenting! Each science laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment and highly skilled teaching staff, who are accessible to all children from the age of four right through to GCSE and A Level. They support each child to develop their inquisitiveness, build their analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as having the space to carry out fascinating experiments.

The excitement is – recording! With a specialist, professional recording studio on site, the school provides the facilities to every child who has an interest in music and sound, experimenting with voiceovers, soundtracks, animation and a whole range of other stimulating possibilities.

The excitement is – exploring! The forest school allows children to explore nature and the woodlands, helping them to understand the environment and develop their independence, curiosity and creative skills.

The excitement is – communicating! The language facilities at Westholme are exceptional with each child taught by the most skilled staff right from the early years through to 18, should they choose to take a language up to A Level standard. Children can learn to communicate in Latin, Mandarin, Spanish, German and French, providing communication skills that will help guide them through life.

The excitement is – making it! Creative arts, food and design technology all allow children to explore their creative and technical skills, utilising the most advanced facilities on site to develop their

communication, confidence and problemsolving skills.

The excitement is – growing! The school continues to grow and develop as parents and children realise just how extraordinary it is and the opportunities it can provide to their children. Dr Robson concludes: “The most important aspect for Westholme is that it retains


its warm, caring and wholesome family culture, nurturing every child that attends the school to ensure they develop into exceptional individuals. With access to the most outstanding facilities from the minute they arrive at the school, combined with teaching staff who are skilled, empathetic and supportive, the unique and inspirational possibilities are limitless.” If you would like to find out more about how your child would benefit from such a well-rounded education, call 01254 506070 and the team will happily have a chat with you or arrange for you to pop in and have a look around the remarkable school. n

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education This brings in other clubs and societies, academic competitions, online learning and external commitments such as representing the county or region in sport or an orchestra. Anna added: “We want to show each student that they’re valued, no matter what their strengths. We want everyone to participate in all areas of CASE to ensure they have broad skills and to help develop their self-confidence. “Our diploma recognises that our pupils are developing all aspects of our Learner Profile and will leave us as skilled, proactive, creative and resilient individuals.” The diploma will be weighted at 70 per cent for academic effort and progress, and 30 per cent for CASE. Anna explained: “The majority of points will be achieved for

NEW DIPLOMA ‘Ambition, Respect and Participation,’ is at the heart of a new diploma launched by Giggleswick School to reward the all-round achievements of its students


iggleswick School will continue to offer GCSEs, A Levels and BTEC courses, but a new Giggleswick Diploma will go further – recognising each child’s efforts in the classroom, their academic progress and their participation and development in co-curriculum activities. Deputy head Anna Wood is overseeing the project. She said: “We really think it’s important to highlight the all-round nature of education and not lose sight of the whole child. “Academic progress is clearly very important to us, but we also know that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. We strongly believe education is more than just numbers and grades. “Traditionally there’s been an academic curriculum and an extended curriculum – such as all the sports, music and drama clubs – but in reality, we’ve always seen it as one curriculum designed to bring the best out of each child. “The Giggleswick Diploma ties it all together under one umbrella, with sufficient breadth and balance for each pupil to help them become a well-rounded individual.” The independent school offers a huge

range of more than 70 co-curricular activities with its Creative, Active and Service (CAS) programme. As well as several team and individual sports, students can take part in art, languages, music, media, maths and drama clubs, participate in outdoor pursuits (including the school’s own mountain bike track), or be part of the Combined Cadet Force or Duke of Edinburgh Award.


academic effort and developing a strong work ethic, which is key to future success. “We also want to develop a growth mindset that promotes acting on feedback to improve performance.” There are four levels for the diploma – Foundation for the junior school, Lower School (Years 7 and 8), Middle School (Years 9, 10 and 11) and Sixth Form. Within each diploma stage there will be three levels of achievement – Pass, Merit and Distinction. Anna said: “For the earlier years, we want the CASE participation to be wide across all areas, but if they have a particular talent for sport or music, in the advanced diploma pupils will be able to score double points in specialist areas.” She added: “We really hope the diploma will be warmly welcomed by students and parents. It will be a great way to show their all-round education to prospective employers or universities and give them something to show for everything else they do at school rather than just a piece of paper with their exam results.” n Giggleswick School Giggleswick, Settle North Yorkshire BD24 0DE 01729 893000

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Other notable speakers included activist Lindsey Cole, wildlife expert Russ Hedley, Paul Taylor MBE Operations Response Manager for RE-ACT Disaster Response, Guardian journalist Ash Bhardwaj, Jess Johnson from the Wyoming Fish and Wildlife Federation, Hannah Rutzen founder of the American Shark Conservancy and Dr Lydia Tiller from Save the Elephants. Ian Murphy, Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall

TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE Pupils at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall recently took part in an outreach education project led by a host of impressive climate experts, activists and authors


uring the final week of the COP26 climate change conference, pupils from Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall Prep School took part in an event designed to act against climate change. Children at the independent school were presented with a host of engaging workshops hosted by Creature, an outreach education project. Creature state that in the latest scientific report, there is currently a 50:50 chance of global climates rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next 20 years. Even with every pledge made from world leaders to date, temperatures are still on track for a 2.7 degrees Celsius rise in the next 80 years, unless there is swift action. Over the course of two days, 24 workshops were presented at the school

by distinguished experts from various industries, with multiple virtual lessons being held by experts and organisations from around the world.

OUR PUPILS ARE THE AGENTS OF POSITIVE CHANGE TODAY, AND IN MANY YEARS TO COME Notable speakers included Jack Randall, zoologist, filmmaker and National Geographic presenter. Jack presented real-life creatures during his talk with St Mary’s Hall pupils, including a snake, tarantula and cane toad and shared his adventures from around the world, speaking about the effects of climate change on wildlife. Stonyhurst pupils heard first-hand witness

Headmaster said: “Our pupils are the agents of positive change today, and in many years to come. They understand the urgency and can increasingly hear the ‘cry of the earth, and the cry of the poor’, acting immediately, both individually and collectively.” During the event St Mary’s Hall pupils were curious and engaged about the issues facing the earth. There was a particular emphasis upon the plight of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, and the exaggerated and disproportionate impact climate change is causing in many of the developing countries. Pupils are now keen to embrace their own lifestyle changes to help protect the planet and all its people for future generations, enabling them to become ‘men and women for others’. The outreach education project, Creature, was founded by author and eco journalist Sarah Roberts, whose first picture book was read out on CBeebies bedtime stories by Tom Hardy in March 2021. n

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Dr Samantha Weld-Blundell was one of just six out of 4,800 entrants to be shortlisted at the recent Great British Entrepreneur Awards. She is the founder of an innovative, new online service providing easy access to psychological support


ibble Valley-based educational psychologist Dr Samantha WeldBlundell is pioneering a new concept to support children and young people with mental health needs. Having worked in the field of educational psychology for a number of local authorities, mum-of-two Sam always had a vision to work independently. “The workload, level of need and pressure on local authorities is tremendous. I wanted to work in my own way,” explains Sam, who was working from her family’s home in Jersey, when the first lockdown hit. “Working remotely really crystalised my thinking. I began to question why child psychology is not as accessible as other health services.

FOR ANY CHILD WHO EXPERIENCED ANY SORT OF STRESS AND ANXIETY ASSOCIATED WITH SCHOOL, LOCKDOWN WAS POSSIBLY A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE “While educational psychologists in the public sector do a fantastic job, there are long waiting lists that average about six months, sometimes longer. “There are also barriers that prevent certain children, who don’t meet thresholds, from being seen as there are other children presenting with more severe needs. So, inevitably some children keep getting moved down the priority list.” Seeing a pressing need for accessible educational psychologists, Sam, who lives in Waddington, went on to set up the Little Psychology Co. The core online model of the Little Psychology Co works particularly well as parents can access a child psychologist

almost instantly by booking a virtual consultation, much like you would book a table at a restaurant. Sam then works via Teams with individuals including parents, teachers, schools and care-givers: “It gives everyone involved with the child or young person, including multi-disciplinary teams, direct access to a child psychologist. “Working virtually means a lot of potential barriers are lifted. Parents can choose a time to suit them,” says Sam, who graduated from Leeds University, where she originally trained in Forensic Psychology. Deciding to spend a year travelling, she moved to Australia and while in Melbourne Sam worked as an adult forensic psychologist in a mental health hospital: “It was a natural step, but it became clear from the offset that I wanted to change trajectory. When you learn about some of the traumatic experiences these adults have gone through in their childhood, I just knew my calling was to work with younger people.” Sam volunteered and worked in the burns unit of a Melbourne children’s hospital as well as working with a charity supporting families with very sick children. Applying to Kings College in London to study Child and Adolescent Mental Health, she and her husband relocated to the UK, where she completed a Masters degree. “I think it’s very important to eliminate the stigma of mental health,” adds Sam, who went on to complete a three-year educational psychologist Doctorate at the University of East London. She then worked with Lewisham Educational Psychology Services, during which time she was expecting her first child: “I was on maternity leave and we went to see my family in Jersey. We started to consider moving there as it’s


a fantastic island and we were ready for another adventure.” Moving to St John, Sam began working for Jersey Educational Psychology Services: “I was coming to the end of my year there and then that’s when the first lockdown happened. “I am seeing a lot of anxiety-based cases especially children in the early teens,” she explains. “We don’t know the full impact of Covid on children and young people, but I am wondering whether this is the start of the fallout. “During the various lockdowns children and teenagers only had the one, single environment to deal with and that was home, and for most of them that’s a secure, comfortable environment. “For any child who experienced any sort of stress and anxiety associated with school, lockdown was possibly a positive experience. “Returning to school meant they had to cope with masks and bubbles, which raises the level of anxiety. “I think the lasting impact of this has yet to be seen,” adds Sam

WHILE JERSEY WAS LOVELY, WE WERE SO LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING BACK TO THE RIBBLE VALLEY. WE LOVE THE COUNTRYSIDE, IT IS SUCH AN INSPIRING LANDSCAPE Returning recently from Jersey to their home in Waddington after the birth of their second son, Sam and husband Kim Weld-Blundell are delighted to be back: “While Jersey was lovely, we were so looking forward to coming back to the Ribble Valley. We love the countryside, it is such an inspiring landscape. “Working remotely is a new way of working, it gives you freedom. Over the past year or two I think priorities have changed – it is a special time and I feel very thankful that I can work and live in such a beautiful area.” n thelittlepsychologycompany


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The Red Rose Awards 2021 winners were named at a glittering awards ceremony held in Blackpool. Winners were as follows: Fox Group, Community and Business Partners, CUBE HR, Ascentis, Process Instruments, T Forrest, Silverwoods Waste Management, YOLO Wellbeing, Eric Wright Group, Sapphire Utility Solutions, Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses, Red-Fern Media, Connect 2 Cleanrooms, Carnforth Pharmacy, Blackburn Youth Zone, Spencer Hayes Group, The Fun Experts, Luxus Design, Sundown Solutions, Barcadia Media, Tourism and Thornton Hall Country Park.

The Derby Arms at Longridge is one of five Lancashire pubs which has joined forces with the not-for-profit organisation, Tree-Nation, to plant trees in nominated plantations across Madagascar and Tanzania for every hot drink sold across the Oakman Group’s 36 venues in England. Incredibly, in less than four months since launching the collaboration, 250,000 trees were planted by Christmas. Oakman Group CEO, Dermot King, said: “We aim to run a business that we, and our customers, can be proud of. It’s important that we try to leave things a little better than we found them.”


REVITALISED BRAND La Locanda has taken the opportunity to reinvigorate the restaurant’s brand identity with an elegant hand-crafted new logo, signage and interior styling that hints at an authentic simplicity. This is also reflected in a new website, which showcases the exceptional food and ethos at the heart of La Locanda. Owners Maurizio and Cinzia Bocchi are incredibly proud of their Italian roots and find their inspiration from the generations of culinary heritage and rich culture. Over the coming weeks, La Locanda will be hosting some very special events including an Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Week and a week dedicated to truffles.

SALE SHARKS LINK-UP In a collaboration with Premiership rugby side Sale Sharks, Ribble Valley-based LANX has delivered more than 100 pairs of bespoke shoes to Sale’s Carrington Training Complex. International stars including Tom Curry, Faf de Klerk and Lood de Jager are among those to receive a pair of Heywood brown brogues – featuring an embossed Sharks logo. The deal means LANX and Sale will work together for a fourth consecutive season, but this year LANX will also support Sale Sharks’ women’s side. Following the launch of LANX’s first-ever women’s range, Sale Sharks’ England World Cup winning captain Katy Daley-McLean was one of the first players to try on the new sneakers. “We’re very proud of our ongoing association with a brand like Sale Sharks,” said Marco Vaghetti, LANX founder. “Our roots and our heritage are very much in the north of England and as a massive rugby fan, Sale is a club that fits well with the ethos and values of the LANX brand.”

Marketing Lancashire has announced the finalists competing in the Lancashire Tourism Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at Stanley House Hotel & Spa on Wednesday 2nd February 2022. Among the Ribble Valley finalists are Mrs Dowsons Farm Park, Browsholme Hall, Goosnargh Gin, Crow Wood Hotel & Spa, Foxfields Country Hotel, Mytton Fold, Stanley House Hotel & Spa, the Coach & Horses, Three Millstones Inn, Inch Perfect Trials, Thornton Hall Country Park, Laythams Holiday Lets Retreat, La Locanda, Bashall Barn and The Out Barn.

MP HERo Speaking from Westminster, Nigel Evans MP announced that restaurateur Breda Murphy was his nomination as the Ribble Valley’s MP HERo. The MP HERo award scheme was created by Savvitas, a not-for-profit network established to positively impact the life-long development of women from all backgrounds. The nomination is intended to highlight grass roots women business-owners from a variety of sectors and backgrounds. Speaking of the nomination, Breda said: “I am truly honoured and it’s an even greater honour to be placed in such distinguished ranks as those who have also been championed by their local MPs.”



STRUGGLING TO RECRUIT NEW TALENT POST COVID-19? YOU’RE NOT ALONE If you ask any business in Lancashire about their current challenges, one key message emerges across all sectors


ll businesses are sharing the challenge of recruiting new talent to their business in the wake of Covid-19. The challenges are varied – there’s flexible working challenges, skills gaps and a lack of local talent in key industries – to name a few. At Blackburn College we are well aware of the challenges businesses face – it’s why our most recent Ofsted report comments: “Leaders have successfully fostered excellent relationships with local and regional partners and employers.” The report states these partnerships have resulted in: “A curriculum that meets local and regional needs and provides high-quality work experience for students and apprentices.”

Senior Business Development Manager Claire Shore says: “Blackburn College will work with businesses of any size across the Ribble Valley to help succession plan and


IF YOU’VE BEEN INVOLVED AND TAKEN ON AN EMPLOYEE AFTER 1ST OCTOBER 2021 BUT BEFORE 31ST JANUARY 2022, YOU COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR A £3,000 INCENTIVE PAYMENT Given the challenges recruiting, Blackburn College is now working with many businesses to look at their workforce to assess how to nurture their existing talent, to meet future business needs. Through these discussions, what many businesses don’t realise is how flexible apprenticeship schemes can be in developing a workforce. With apprenticeships available at different levels – and in disciplines as varied as Sewing and Textiles, to Customer Service/Team Leader and Digital Marketing roles, many businesses can use apprenticeships to retrain, retain and grow existing employees. Gone are the days of apprenticeships

being seen as an alternative, practical route to a job instead of university for 16-year-olds. These days a significant number of adults, who are in work use apprenticeships to upskill. For those that have recruited someone new, many businesses don’t realise Government incentives and grants are available. So, if you’ve been involved and taken on an employee after 1st October 2021 but before 31st January 2022, you could be eligible for a £3,000 incentive payment when your new starter signs up to an apprenticeship training programme with Blackburn College.

create a pipeline of future talent.We’ll listen to your needs and help grow your perfect workforce. We’ll help with the paperwork and try to make things as easy as possible for you to get an incentive payment.” n

If you want to find out more about how we can help and support your business, call the Apprenticeship Team on: 01254 292500 or email:

A PERFECT TIME TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE… Raymond James Investment Services’ Branch Principal, Wayne Hayhurst, talks about the importance of people taking stock of their financial objectives and life goals – and what better time to do it than as part of a New Year’s resolution


n the heart of Longridge, situated in the old NatWest bank building on the high street, Raymond James Investment Services offers a range of services and capabilities normally only found in big cities. Below are some ideas on what could be included in your 2022 financial plans, as well as how the Raymond James Ribble Valley branch could assist.

Make sure you’re on track to meet your financial goals

People often don’t know if they’re on track to meet their most important financial goals. In fact when asked, the answer to this question is typically ‘no’, or ‘I don’t know’. Financial goals are specific to each person and could be anything from making sure

you are on track to fund a three-decade retirement without financial worry, planning an exit from your business, funding a child’s education, or perhaps making sure your estate will end up with the people you want it to, for the reasons you choose.

To get your financial affairs under control

It is often the case that individuals amass a variety of pensions, investments and policies over their lifetime. This can result in a bombardment of confusing statements and updates, leaving people feeling overwhelmed and not in control of their finances. At Raymond James, we can advise on all types of pensions, plans and policies, as well as help simplify and consolidate all these accumulated assets. Why not have 2022 as the year to get all the miscellaneous plans and policies reviewed, refreshed, simplified and back under control.


Review your pensions and retirement plans

Pensions are often people’s second most valuable asset after their home, but are frequently neglected. It is important that they are serviced and looked after accordingly, just like you would a car. For instance, such a considerable asset being invested largely out of line with your risk tolerance or an inappropriate asset allocation, could have a detrimental impact on your retirement plans.

OUR TEAM OF 20 IN-HOUSE SPECIALISTS ENABLE US TO PROVIDE BESPOKE SOLUTIONS TO MATCH OUR CLIENTS’ INDIVIDUAL FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES AND CIRCUMSTANCES How much will your pension provide in retirement? How much should you be saving? How many years will your pension last at your desired standard of living before running out? We can help you answer these questions and devise a smart plan to ensure you achieve your retirement income goals.

Educate yourself financially

Many people do not feel like they have a good understanding of the stock market or personal finance. A good way to increase your knowledge is to listen to a financial podcast or read a personal finance book. The book I would recommend everyone to listen to or read is Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

Rebalance your investment portfolio

2020 was a year of extreme swings for virtually all asset classes. It is imperative

you make sure your portfolio is well balanced and well positioned for whatever happens next, especially in the continuing uncertain economic and political environments we are currently in. At Raymond James, we may be able to obtain better investment performance with less risk.

How do we help people with their financial affairs?

We provide a high quality, independent, full-service solution for individuals and businesses. Having a wide range of experts here in the Longridge branch, allows us to help our clients meet their financial objectives and life goals. We help clients grow their wealth, live off their wealth, and pass on their wealth to loved ones. Our key service areas are savings and investments, pensions and SIPPs, taxefficient retirement income, stockbroking and estate planning. Our team of 20 in-house specialists enable us to provide bespoke solutions to match our clients’ individual financial objectives and circumstances. The specialist roles include: • Chartered Financial Planners • Chartered Wealth Managers • Pension Specialists • Detailed Cashflow Planners • Trust, Estate and Later Life Planners • Investment Analysts • Stockbrokers • Discretionary Investment Managers

multinational financial powerhouse, with access to world class systems and research. But at the same time, we can provide the personable, quality service of an ownermanaged, local business.

WHY NOT HAVE 2022 AS THE YEAR TO GET ALL THE MISCELLANEOUS PLANS AND POLICIES REVIEWED, REFRESHED, SIMPLIFIED AND BACK UNDER CONTROL We don’t subcontract out to other service providers or companies – we have the capabilities, resources and expertise to do everything in-branch in a full-service solution. This allows our clients to deal face-to-face with specific specialists and strips out layers of costs as clients aren’t paying several different companies for the solution they receive. n Risk Warning: With investing your capital is at risk

How are we different to other financial advisers and financial services?

My vision has always been simple – to build the most trusted and prominent wealth management firm in the Ribble Valley. We are able to offer the financial strength, infrastructure and resources of a large


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ECO WARRIOR PAR EXCELLENCE… It’s one wow after another with the iX - BMW’s stunning new all-electric flagship vehicle, writes Paul Agnew. Photography: Andy Tighe


ar designers are driven by a desire to lead – to foresee and capture the motoring demands of tomorrow and deliver them today. With the new iX – an all-electric motor par excellence – BMW has raced to the front of the field, leaving the rest to form an orderly queue, somewhere deep in the distance.

If ever a car warranted a number plate ‘OMG 1’ this is surely it! BMW’s new technology flagship vehicle represents a fresh interpretation of design, emission-free driving pleasure, versatility and luxury.

IF YOU WANT TO FILL THE WINDSCREEN WASHERS, JUST PUSH DOWN ON THE FRONT BMW BADGE The global market has just unveiled two model variants – the iX M40 and iX M50, both displaying extraordinary commitment to sustainability through responsible use of resources and minimisation of the carbon

footprint at all stages of the car’s life cycle. You’ll find extensive use of secondary raw, natural and re-cycled materials, a high proportion of secondary aluminium and recycled plastic, almost no use of chrome, FSC-certified wood (Forest Management Certification), leather tanned with olive leaf extract, floor coverings and mats made from recovered fishing nets. But this is far more than an eco-warrior, designed to tick boxes. I was entrusted to test drive the iX40 which not only looks magnificent but handles superbly and can sprint from 0-62mph in a shade over six seconds – the iX50 knocks a second off.

motors Obviously no slouch and for those who still harbour ‘range anxiety’ with all-electric cars, just relax – the travel distance range is close on 250 miles (370 miles in the iX50). One electric motor at the front axle and another at the rear, gives both models electric all-wheel drive and outstandingly low energy consumption. State-of-the-art charging technology allows the battery to be charged from 10 per cent to 80 per cent of full capacity in 40 minutes, when using a three-phase charger. A 10-minute fast charge adds 56 miles (75 miles iX50).

This significant increase in efficiency and range is helped by intelligent, lightweight design and optimised aerodynamics. An aluminium spaceframe construction with carbon cage, minimises weight. The BMW iX refines the successful Sports Activity Vehicle concept. It’s an imposing, muscular beast with a nod to the proportions of models across the BMW portfolio – the exterior length and width of the X5, the height of the X6 and the wheel dimensions of the X7. There’s an eye-catching, vertical and (almost) enclosed BMW kidney grille serving as an intelligence panel with integrated sensors, camera and radar technology for advanced driver assistance systems.

YOU’LL FIND LEATHER TANNED WITH OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT, FLOOR COVERINGS AND MATS MADE FROM RECOVERED FISHING NETS The new technology toolkit enables further advances in the areas of automated driving and digital services with a very high level of computing power for data processing, extremely powerful sensors and 5G capability for optimised automated driving and parking functions. As a whole it’s been designed from the inside out and there is a luxurious feeling of wellbeing created by generous levels of space, a high-quality mix of materials, a slim instrument panel, newly developed seats with integral head restraints and an exceptionally large panoramic glass roof with electrochromic shading available as an option.


And the breathtaking style continues with a unique curved display, spanning a fully-digital screen grouping made up of 12.3-inch Information Display and 14.9-inch Control Display with singlepiece, frameless glass surface. The best yet? Very possibly. An Intelligent Personal Assistant offers extra skills – an extremely intuitive sumptuously designed centre console with an innovative new rocker switch for gear selection. It’s one ‘wow’ after another, not forgetting the hexagonal steering wheel with heating on a three-stage control. Come on, get a grip! Optional Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system takes the in-car audio experience into a new dimension. There’s concert hall ambience created by a fully active sound system, audio control that responds to dynamic performance and five individually selectable sound modes.

There are 30 speakers in total, eight of which are integrated into the head restraints of the front and rear seats. There’s innovative 4D audio function generated using magnetically controlled ‘shakers’ in the front seats. Oh, and don’t ever worry about opening the bonnet – unless you’re an authorised BMW technician that simply won’t be necessary. If you want to fill the windscreen washers, just push down on the front BMW badge and the opening will appear, as if by magic. Anything left to say? Probably not. n Bowker BMW Trident Park, Trident Way Blackburn BB1 3NU 01254 274444 @BowkerBMW @BowkerMotorGroup BowkerMotorGroup @BowkerBMW TM

IN THE BLOOD… David Fearnhead speaks to George Holden, a second-generation lined up alongside him. “It was a special moment for the both championship winning sidecar racer from Clitheroe, who will be of us,” 28-year-old George Holden recalls. competing in the 2022 British Championships “I knew I wouldn’t beat him – he was on


n a high plateau in Derbyshire, amongst the traditional patchwork of the English countryside, a mystical triangle cuts its large way through the landscape. Darley Moor is no ancient relic left by the druids. Fly a little closer to the ground and its features become more visible. The top of the triangle forms the loop of a hairpin and then are chicanes and ripple strips. The WWII airfield was converted into a racetrack in 1965, and it holds a special significance for one Ribble Valley racer.

George Holden is the son of double Isle of Man TT sidecar winner John Holden. Having spent a childhood following his

I’D LOVE TO FIND MORE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE INVOLVED AND JOIN THE TEAM father around the British racing calendar and then helping out as a mechanic, the moment finally came when Holden senior could look across the grid and see his son

for the win. Having supported him for so long, it was just a pleasure to be racing against him.” That was 2019. It would take another two years before he finally chalked his first win over the man who’d inspired him to race. At Cadwell Park the two Holdens had battled it out with the son claiming a narrow victory having caught and passed his father on a rain-soaked track. Touchingly, George reveals that although his father, must have been a bit gutted to lose such a tight race he didn’t show it: “He was happy for me and told me how



“Ian Barnes has helped me more than anyone. Also John Cable, David Johnson Builders, Simon Gill from Barrowbridge Construction and Bill Townson from Townson Tractors. I’d like to thank my dad and Fi, Sarah, Rick and all my team too. And I’d love to find more people who want to be involved and join the team.” Far from being a charitable endeavour, sponsoring a sidecar team is actually a clever bit of marketing. The British Championship George competes in is run alongside the

daft enough to do it. They are the ones who throw themselves over the bodywork in an effort to improve grip around the corners – hanging perilously, just inches above the tarmac. George’s passenger is Oscar Lawrence, whose father was also a British Champion. The two have formed a close bond having competed as a team for the past two years. Having won the prestigious Bemsee Club Championship in 2020, the duo now compete in the British F1 Sidecar Championships against the best teams in the country. “I was really lucky. We both started racing around the same time, though he was 17. He’s only 19 now, fit as anything, and really keen to do well. He’s also become a good friend.” Whilst Oscar goes half on the fuel and entry costs, the rest of the budget for running the bike falls on George. To be competitive it can cost around £32,000 a season and he’s reliant on local sponsors to help keep the team going.

British Superbikes, which can attract crowds of 50,000 and reaches a TV audience in the hundreds of thousands via Eurosport.

Photography: Nigel Franklin

Photography: Rick Lawrence

different sponsors, we work as a team as well.” George’s respect for his father is evident. When looking for heroes he didn’t have to look far. Now he’s on his own journey to succeed in the racing world and maintain the family’s association with sidecar racing. Even George’s girlfriend, Sarah Stokoe, competes. Predictably they met through racing. Both John and George are drivers. The other half of a sidecar team is known ironically as the ‘passenger’. They are anything but. Even George admits he’s not

proud he was. “It’s a fantastic benchmark to have. My dad’s always been there or thereabouts in races. So if I can get anywhere near to what he’s achieved then I’m happy. We don’t keep a tally against each other, but it’s only a small number of times that I’ve beaten him.” The sporting and literary world is full of father pitted against son drama. The young pretender to the crown, the belligerent father who feels threatened by his own blood. There is none of that with the Holden family. Here, the father/son dynamic remains unchanged. “He won’t hold anything back from me thinking we are the competition. He’ll do anything to help me and vice versa. Even though we are in different teams with

IT’S FORMULA ONE ON THREE WHEELS. UNLIKE THE BIKES WHERE IT’S HARD TO SEE SPONSORS, WE ARE MORE LIKE BILLBOARDS “It’s Formula One on three wheels,” says George. “Unlike the bikes where it’s hard to see sponsors we are more like billboards.” Though admittedly billboards that regularly reach speeds of 140mph. n Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor of Holden Racing or to learn more about the team can visit their social media pages @holdenracing93 @holden_racing93

LANCASHIRE T AMBASSADORS Fourth generation Ribble Valley-based cheesemakers Butlers are celebrating after being named winners of a new Made in Lancashire Award

he fourth-generation team at Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses recently won a top honour at the prestigious Red Rose Awards. Naming Butlers as winner of the new Made in Lancashire Award, at a glittering ceremony, the judges said: “Having made investments in new product development and technology, Butlers has been leading the great cheese awakening, winning new business with national supermarket chains and developing a direct-to-consumer offering. “They are Lancashire ambassadors for own product range and are the world’s only cheesemaker to boast 100 per cent recyclable packaging which they developed themselves. They are a great example of Lancashire manufacturing innovation and excellence.” Butlers is committed to sustainability using milk from the family herd, which travels just a few miles to the dairy, impacting farm to fork miles significantly and Butlers lead multiple initiatives every year to support the rural Lancashire community. Matthew Hall, fourth-generation owner of Butlers said: “Being recognised as Lancashire ambassadors who represent manufacturing, innovation and excellence makes us all very proud. “We’re passionate about helping to make



Lancashire famous for food and drink. Our products have purpose. We hand make all of our cheeses with love, using traditional methods just as we always have done. We continue to push the boundaries and deliver new and exciting experiences for our customers. Our people are the absolute best at what they do, they represent everything that Lancashire is about and this award win is entirely because of them.”

WE’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING TO MAKE LANCASHIRE FAMOUS FOR FOOD AND DRINK In March 2020 Butlers took a holistic approach to manufacturing investing in people, products, processes and technology to take their cheese making to the next level. Speaking about Butlers’ signature blue cheese, Blacksticks Blue, Matthew explains: “We are on the way to achieving our dream of making Blacksticks Blue the number one blue cheese brand in the world – and it’s all down to our Lancashire roots!” n

SIMPLE IDEAS TO ADD EXTRA OOMPH! It may seem strange to some, but in Lancashire combining cheese and apple pie is a tradition! Some suggest keeping the cheese on the side and taking things bite by bite, others add a cold piece of cheese to a warm pie slice while others suggest baking the cheese into the crust directly. Mrs Butler’s would be the perfect cheese – the creamy flavour will complement the acidity of the apple and the crunch of the crust. Butler’s journey into soft cheese making began over 15 years ago. Renowned for their Farmhouse Lancashire and soft

creamy Blacksticks Blue, the development of a soft, creamy white cheese, Button Mill, was a much-wanted addition – it is delicious spread over a cracker, but try dolloping on top of pancakes. Add some raspberries too and you’ll have something a bit special for breakfast.

partner. Why not make your toasties more remarkable by adding some lobster? Simply cook the lobster tails and cut into chunky pieces, crumble Sunday Best over the top and toast away!

Ravens Oak Goat’s Cheese is made from the milk sourced from Butler’s family farm, which is just down the road from the dairy at Throstle Nest Farm. The goats are so much fun to be around, they are intelligent, inquisitive and generally pretty cheeky. This cheese has a subtle nutty flavour reminiscent of almonds, which develops as the cheese naturally matures. The flavour pairs beautifully with dark chocolate – ideal for an unusual after-dinner treat. Triple graded for a strong and complex flavour, Sunday Best is the very best cheese from Lancashire. Steeped in tradition, this 50-year-old family recipe has been handed down from Jean Butler and is still made to the same recipe today. Sunday Best melts evenly and smoothly, without the oily separation that you get with cheddar, making it the ideal cooking

Blacksticks Blue is absolutely the perfect blue for any cheeseboard, its bright orange hue brings a bit of brightness. It is really creamy, providing a striking contract to the blue bite. As it is perfectly balanced, it has the power to convert many a blue cheese pessimist. For a sweet snack, try some on a ginger biscuit – delightful!



SUPPER C L U B During their most recent gettogethers Live Ribble Valley Singles Supper Club met for two events – a pre-Christmas celebration and an evening that took them on a culinary journey to the Middle East

show, producing an abundance of delicious Middle Eastern dishes that she had cooked on the day. Around two dozen Supper Club singles enjoyed a lively evening, forming friendships over interesting conversation.


ive Ribble Valley Supper Club held a Christmas dinner at Mitton Hall, which was beautifully decorated for the festive season. A mix of 17 established and new faces in all, it was particularly lovely to see two new gentlemen joining the group. After a welcome drink the group moved upstairs to the private dining room and enjoyed a superb meal. As always, the conversation flowed effortlessly. Host Lynn Scholes explains: “As the group becomes more established, new members are always made to feel instantly welcome. Two of the new members said they had been feeling quite nervous beforehand but both had a lovely evening and have already booked for our next event.” During a previous get-together the Supper Club was taken on a journey to the Middle East when they met at Browsholme Hall’s candlelit Cart Shed. Chef Maria Grieco was the star of the

CHRISTMAS DINNER WAS HELD AT MITTON HALL, WHICH WAS BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON Explaining each dish she presented, Maria told diners: “I love Middle Eastern food. Far more than just ‘the land of milk and honey’, the region is rich in oils, spices, fruits and flowers and tonight we are bringing you a treasure trove of ingredients.” n All information on future events is shared via a WhatsApp group, so if you would like to join please give Lynn a call on 07753 579745


TIGGIS RIBBLE VALLEY: 13th January Three-course meal – 7.15pm for 7.45pm Full details to follow on social media and WhatsApp. WALKING EVENT: 19th February The Ribble Valley Supper Club are holding their first walking event for singles that enjoy good food and great company. The first of these will be led by Jane one of the founder members and is a 5.5-mile walk starting and finishing at the Ram Inn in Holme Chapel near Cliviger taking in Thieveley Pike and the Singing Ringing Tree. If the weather looks terrible, we will abandon and just have the meeting in the pub with a late lunch. Numbers are limited. BONNY INN: 17th March Supper – 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Details via the WhatsApp group. Other venues for later in the year include: • Tom’s Table • The Inn at Whitewell • Lammy’s Bistro • The Cartford Inn If you are interested in any of the Live Ribble Valley Supper Club events above, they are shared on the WhatsApp group, you can email the address below or call Lynn on 07753 579745.

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wherever possible,” explains Kath Haworth, who collaborated with Martin on the interior design. “Martin and I worked as a team on the interior. There was so much to do but we had a clear vision. The important factor for us was to take the pub back to its roots as a traditional country inn.”

SEASONALITY, SIMPLICITY & SUSTAINABILITY most of the ingredients are organic, wild

At the Three Fishes, Mitton, or grown here. Seasonality, simplicity and there is a farm to fork ethos and sustainability is at the heart of what we do.” Inside the pub the interior is relaxed and a delicious, seasonal menu that elegant, reflecting the inn’s rural heritage. changes every few weeks “We very much wanted to be sustainable


hef Nigel Haworth is thoroughly enjoying his time at the beautifully refurbished Three Fishes, which he opened at the end of last year: “We have been working hard since we started this project and it’s going really well,” he says. “I’m delighted to be back!” The extensive re-modelling of the country pub has involved the interior and the surrounding grounds and gardens. Within the grounds, which have been transformed, is a one-acre permaculture plot and large polytunnel where fruit, vegetables, herbs and shoots will be grown for the restaurant. Over the coming months the soil will be prepared for the planting of heritage seeds, chosen purely for their flavour: “The menu is all about seasonality,” explains Nigel, who took on the pub in a collaboration with Martin Aspinall, a trustee of the Standen Estate. “The ethos is very much farm to fork –

as that is the whole ethos of the Three Fishes. So, much of the furniture is reclaimed and has been lovingly recycled and brought back to life – the chairs have been upholstered in beautiful fabrics. We also wanted to use local suppliers

Around the pub is an eclectic mix of artwork and memorabilia including some memorable moments from Nigel’s career as a chef – dining at Highgrove with the Prince of Wales and receiving the Prince Philip Medal – along with lunch at the Ritz with the Duke of Edinburgh.

THOSE WHO JUST WANT TO CALL IN FOR A DRINK ARE MOST WELCOME. WE ARE AFTER ALL A COUNTRY PUB The original bar, with its new custommade oak top and the main dining areas remain in the upper level of the pub while a stunning stone arch leads to two private dining areas that can seat 12 or 18 people – or the area can be opened up for up to 30. The space can be used for private celebrations or meetings, with one of the areas featuring a large flat-screen TV. Behind the scenes is a new state-ofthe-art kitchen, where chefs prepare dishes



from a five-course menu using the very best ingredients. “Because it is based around the seasons, the menu changes every two to three weeks,” adds Nigel, who is keen to point out: “While we have one menu, those who just want to call in for a drink are most welcome. We are after all, a country pub, it’s friendly and welcoming.” Outside a large terrace area at the rear has been landscaped with stone flags, railway sleepers and greenery – within the terrace, which seats 50, is an exclusive Chef’s Table seating 12 diners who will be served by chefs cooking on a Spanish Charcoa grill, bringing outdoors the sights, aromas and drama of the kitchen, creating the ultimate in theatre-style cooking. “We’re hoping the terrace will be used throughout the year as it will be heated and covered with an electronically operated retractable canopy,” explains Nigel, who is set to create an exclusive ‘outdoor’ menu of light bites and dishes from the grill. With the festive season behind them, Nigel and his team will be taking well-earned time off – the pub will close on 10th January re-opening on 26th January. He says: “We have all worked tremendously hard over 20210816

SEASONAL MENU Cheese rolls & sourdough, whey butter WILD MORCAMBE BAY SEA BASS shrimp mash, shellfish sauce CELERIAC shallot and shitake mushrooms, trompette mushroom puree WILD VENISON braised winter vegetables, pasta, pumpkin seed pesto CHEESE (optional) a selection of British and Irish cheeses from Courtyard Dairy (£15 supplement) LEMON MERINGUE PIE yuzu sherbet, buttermilk Eccles cake, chocolate truffles

the past few months to get up and running. At times it’s been relentless, but it feels great to be back – the Three Fishes is such a lovely place.” n


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THE BEST POSSIBLE PLACE… The Black Bull has firmly established itself as one of the best gastro pubs in the region and it is starting the New Year in the best possible place, writes Tedd Walmsley


t’s been quite a year at the Black Bull at Old Langho. They were forced to close in early 2021, then re-opened outside in late spring and finally the opportunity in the back half of the year to bolster their position as one of the best gastro pubs in the Ribble Valley. Throw into the mix the challenges affecting the hospitality industry around staff recruitment and the odd four-day power cut, you can imagine owners Jamie and Becky Govier to be at their wits end. The reality is, they’ve taken it in their stride and continued to invest and start 2022 in the very best possible place. Jamie and Becky have decided to give the team and the lovely old pub some time out to recover from an amazing yet exhausting last few months. The pub will be closed from Monday 10th January and re-open for a ‘Super Sunday’ on 16th January. I can imagine that Sunday to be amazing with the fully refreshed team eager to get back to what they do best – serving delicious food,

offering their stellar service in what’s becoming an unrivalled atmosphere. A positive, perfect storm and one so many of us now feel a part of. The break is further testimony to the care and wellbeing shown to the team and, of course, the opportunity for any maintenance work to be carried out. With the pub back up to full speed, attention will also move towards events in the first quarter of the year. Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away and I’ve no doubt romance will be firmly on the menu for a very special night on 14th February.

to enjoy this special occasion. I do think booking early will be essential as even normal Sundays are often a sell-out, let alone with Ribble Valley mums in tow! January often starts slowly for hospitality and if you are to go out can I ask you to consider the Black Bull? If ever a team of hard-working lovely individuals deserve your support, it’s the gang in Langho! n


14th February: Valentine’s Day – great music, food and romance

Entertainment will be provided by the great local singer Arthur Geldard and a lovingly prepared dinner served in the candlelit and intimate setting is there to be enjoyed. Please look out for the social media posts for the most up to date information on how to book, availability and pricing. March of course sees the opportunity to treat our mums with another special Sunday. Food, wine and gifts – I can’t imagine a more versatile setting for all the generations

DATES FOR THE DIARY 10th-15th January: Pub closed 16th January: ‘Super Sunday’

27th March: Mother’s Day – treat mum to a fantastic lunch or early supper

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Anna Souroullas takes a look at the latest blockbusters, ready-to-stream films, cinema releases and DVDs



Release Date: 14th January 2022 Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Marley Shelton, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette and Jack Quaid Certificate: TBC

Woodsboro, is a quiet town which was once subjected to a series of brutal murders. Twenty-five years later, a new killer has claimed the Ghostface mask. Targeting a group of teenagers, the secrets from the town’s deadly past risk being resurrected. Serving as the fifth instalment of the Scream series, the film is a direct sequel to 2011’s Scream 4, and the first in the series not to be directed by Wes Craven. David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and Roger L Jackson return to reprise their original roles, while Marley Shelton also reprises her role from the previous film. n



Release Date: 14th January 2022 Director: Jonathan Krisel Starring: Anne Hathaway, Bo Burnham and Chance the Rapper Certificate: TBC

Big Bird and his Sesame Street friends are ejected from their neighbourhood, leaving them puzzled in the middle of Manhattan. Sally Hawthorne, a history show host, is on a quest to save her show. Teaming up with Big Bird and his friends, Sally is determined to prove that Sesame Street exists. The ‘evil’ Mayor creates obstacles that the team must overcome, desperate to keep Sesame Street hidden from the world. n



Release Date: 4th January 2022 Director: Abel Ferrara Starring: Ethan Hawke, Valerio Mastandrea, Cristina Chiriac, Babak Karimi and Salvatore Ruocco Certificate:

In Zeros and Ones, we follow an American soldier summoned to Rome as he attempts to stop an impending terrorist attack. His imprisoned brother, a rebel with knowledge that could aid in preventing the attack, is in an unknown location. As this soldier desperately seeks any news of his brother, he races through the capital’s streets, facing a series of sinister encounters. Will he be successful in keeping the Vatican from being blown up, or will the entire world remain threatened? n



GOOD READ New Year resolutions often involve change. Lauren Molyneux reviews a book that helps the reader put change into practice and reinforces self-belief

The Happiness Recipe Rebecca C Morrison ‘We are born to be happy. Somewhere along the way, our lives get cluttered.’ Rebecca C Morrison’s view on happiness is quite simple on the face of things – spend more time doing the things you enjoy, the things that truly make you happy and bring you fulfilment, and less time on the rest. If your initial reaction is that that’s all well and good, but easier said than done, you’re exactly where I was when I first picked up this book. Having previously worked for a large litigation firm in the US, being forced to balance 20-hour days with being a mother and a wife, Rebecca C Morrison has plenty of experience with feeling overwhelmed. After recognising that the path she had taken in life had almost been decided for her, with her career choices dictated by the ‘shoulds’ and ‘have-tos’ of other people’s expectations, she decided to take action, addressing each aspect of her life to determine which was most important to her. And once she’d identified her core priority and the gaps which were preventing her from spending her valuable time, energy and resources on it, the initial ideas for The Happiness Recipe began to form. This book is for the overachiever, the worrier, the person who has reached a crossroads in their life and isn’t quite sure which way to go, or even which way is up. It’s for those on the brink of a new season in their life, for those who find themselves constantly wondering if they’re doing enough, for those who find themselves defined by what they do, for those who look to do more so that they can be more. It’s for those who let perfectionism take the driving seat in any project they’re working on and for those being pulled in several different directions. It’s for those needing to refocus their priorities in life, for those stuck in a cycle of overworking and burnouts, for those who feel true happiness has, for the most part, eluded them. Rebecca C Morrison offers a handy little toolkit for acknowledging and engaging with anxiety, guilt and any other tricky emotions you may have been facing, providing pragmatic solutions to help you regather, refocus, review and refine your outlook. Drawing upon her experience as a litigator, mother, daughter, wife, and life coach, Morrison provides practical advice, often linked with case studies involving her own clients, which are frighteningly relatable, to implement a process which can broadly be broken down into three core parts. Firstly, her guide focuses on helping you to identify the aspects of your life which matter most to you – not as straightforward a task as it first appears. Secondly, she aims to help with recognising the habits, people and responsibilities that have been preventing you from spending your time and energy on the things that matter. And thirdly, she provides practical tools to help with reinforcing the belief in yourself that your goal – whether that’s to achieve a promotion at work, find more time for creativity, get fitter, or be a more present parent – is achievable. The Happiness Recipe does not provide all of the answers, nor does it claim to, but I have found it to be a valuable read – one which provides the training wheels, helping you to put into practice new processes, which will lead to more priorityaligned living.



patterns, Scott Tetlow’s classical drawing themes with a contemporary twist, Michael Simpson’s versatile and technically excellent bronze sculptures and Anthony Platt’s stunning local scenes, have all added a new and interesting dimension to the collections.

NEW DIMENSION It is now over six months since Nick Smith took over Longridge Gallery. Live Ribble Valley caught up with him to look back on 2021 and discuss future plans


e would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and other local businesses for their support in 2021, the welcome we have received has been

phenomenal. This has underlined to us the relevance of the gallery to the community,” says Nick Smith of Longridge Gallery. “The most rewarding part of taking over Longridge Gallery has been the opportunity to meet local people, hear their stories, frame treasured memories and source the perfect piece of art that puts a smile on peoples’ faces. It is incredible to hear feedback from customers that we have been able to be part of making their house a home,” explains Nick. The gallery has enjoyed introducing a number of new artists over the past 12 months. Craig Foord’s mesmerising abstract work, Chuck’s distinctive way of incorporating metallic foils and traditional

OUR AIM OVER THE NEXT YEAR IS TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS WITH FAVOURITE ARTISTS IN ADDITION TO DIVERSIFYING OUR ART SELECTION The core of the gallery’s business has remained the same since Nick has taken over: “We still offer high quality bespoke framing, art restoration, needlework stretching as well as sourced and commissioned artwork that has kept the gallery a mainstay of Berry Lane for over 35 years. “Our aim over the next year is to continue to support our loyal customers with favourite artists in addition to diversifying our art selection to ensure that we really are a gallery that appeals to all. Keep an eye on our social media for updates of new artists and works that we will be bringing into the gallery,” concludes Nick. n

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I will start with a pink wash which sometimes I allow to come through into the final painting. “I think I have become much more confident in what I do and in my style of painting – it feels like I am not trying too hard. I’ve also learnt not to over-work a painting. It’s important to know when to stop, when a painting is finished or if it needs more. “I have realised paintings sometimes don’t need a high level of detail to capture a scene or emotion. It’s often better to keep it simple – I sometimes take a step back and leave a painting and return to it the next day.”

IT’S OFTEN BETTER TO KEEP IT SIMPLE – I SOMETIMES TAKE A STEP BACK AND LEAVE A PAINTING AND RETURN TO IT THE NEXT DAY A keen walker and a runner with Ribble Valley-based Running4CF, Anthony often takes photographs when he is out walking or running, to find inspiration. “I love the landscapes of the Ribble Valley, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Pendle Hill has also been a big influence on my work, along with the Forest of Bowland – the colours of the trees are stunning.”

TOTAL TRANSFORMATION A keen runner and fell walker, artist Anthony Platt has developed a distinctive style, finding inspiration in the rural landscapes of the Ribble Valley, Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales


or Anthony Platt the past 18 months has seen him evolve as an artist – he used his time during lockdown to develop a style that has gone on to win awards and seen him appear on TV as a ‘wildcard’ artist on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. While he has always loved to paint as a hobby, his new ‘painterly’ style of working is proving popular with art enthusiasts and he is now selling his vibrant landscapes at local galleries. “My style has evolved – it is much looser using the brush strokes to capture what I see. My main inspiration comes from the stunning landscapes of the Ribble Valley. I use broad brushstrokes and colour to capture a moment in time and the feelings

I have when inspired to paint a particular scene. It is quite an emotional experience,” explains Anthony, who uses oils on board. “I use a limited palette of vibrant colours.

After leaving St Augustine’s School in Billington, Anthony went on to complete a one-year foundation course in art and design and a degree in illustration at UCLan. Moving to Whalley, four years ago, Anthony, made a conscious decision to work on his style during lockdown: “I thought, ‘this is the time’. I no longer had the commute to Manchester every day with my work. By the time I got home, it didn’t leave me any time for painting. “Like everyone else, it was an anxious time, but it was also very productive. I started running every day and when I started to paint, there was no pressure. The timing was perfect.” Anthony began to paint prolifically, producing work that was totally different to his previous paintings. “Twenty years ago, I would paint what I would describe as industrial landscapes in acrylic and mixed medium. My style changed frequently,” adds Anthony, who has completed marathons and half marathons, as well as a



70-mile Hadrian’s Wall run. Gaining confidence in his painting, he applied to appear on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, hosted by Frank Skinner – he has since appeared on the programme, which is filmed at various locations and features both amateur and professional artists: “One was filmed at Fountains Abbey and the last time in Gateshead. We were expected to paint ‘en plein air’ so I was out of my comfort zone. The weather played a big part when filming – on one occasion it was windy and raining so it became quite a challenge.

THE WORK I PUT IN OVER LOCKDOWN HAS REALLY PAID OFF. I REALLY PUSHED MYSELF AND THINGS HAVE TAKEN OFF RECENTLY – PEOPLE REALLY SEEM TO LIKE WHAT I DO “When you’re competing you’re always tempted to see what other artists are doing – it really does put you under pressure and can be quite intimidating, but I learnt such a lot. It was good to see the way other artists work and their different styles.” After successfully appearing on the programme, Anthony felt he had the confidence to enter local competitions including Create Longridge, during which he produced a scene from Jeffrey Hill looking out over Parlick – his painting sold straight away. In June this year he entered Paint the Town Blackburn painting a scene near the Town Hall of an elderly lady wearing a mask, reflective of the times we are living in. His painting came second: “I was really surprised,” recalls Anthony, who went on to take Paint Padiham’s first prize in September with ‘A Glimpse of Gawthorpe’. Anthony, who volunteers as a Mencap mentor, now exhibits his work in Longridge Gallery. “The work I put in over lockdown has really paid off. I really pushed myself and things have taken off recently – people really seem to like what I do.” n anthonyplattart aplatt_art


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NOW YOU HAVE MOVED, LET’S IMPROVE! 2021 saw the property market rise to unprecedented levels, with a record number of people buying and selling their properties. Zara Moon Architects explain why


he average house price in England increased by 9.8 per cent in 2021 with a buoyant market of potential purchasers ready and waiting to move into their perfect property. As we start the new year, we all take some time out to analyse what works and does not work within our lives and make our personal and career goals for the next year. Your home is no different. It is literally the centre of your universe and has the ability to improve your day-to-day life, helping you achieve your goals. You may have recently embarked on a property move, or maybe you are currently

looking for your next home – you may have even experienced your home increase in value without lifting a finger and are happily living within your dream home already! Whatever your situation, most people want their home to be the best it can be and to work for their specific family requirements. Take some time to analyse if your home works for you and your family. Many of our homes have had to adapt over the last two years to many different scenarios – such as home working, home fitness regimes, intergenerational living and even new additions! You may want to improve the natural

light, maximise the surrounding views, improve the connection to the garden, create indoor/outdoor living, improve the internal flow, create a wow-factor and kerb appeal, create additional space or a home office or incorporate a hobby such as a swimming pool, home gym, games room or equestrian facility.You may even have additional out-buildings or land that we can assess the feasibility of utilising to create your required accommodation. Take some time out to analyse what works and does not work about your home – what do you love, and what could be improved? We ask our clients to create a wish-list of what they want and a list of what doesn’t currently work within their home. You don’t need to worry about what the solution would be as that is where we come in! n Contact a member of our team for your free consultation to discuss how you can begin your own home transformation project

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What a fantastic year it has been! From excellent GCSE results to exciting festivities, our students and staff have gone above and beyond this year. If you think your child would flourish here at Oakhill, please contact the school registrar Suzanne Spencer on 01254 823546 or email | | 01254 823546 | Wiswell Lane, Whalley, Lancashire, BB7 9AF

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