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Local entrepreneur Steve Procter helped construct Clitheroe’s skate park, founded 4Kids children’s play centre and has been involved in the running of a string of young people’s orientated businesses. Skoolz Magazine meet with him to delve into the history behind his youth work and to find out more about his newest venture – Battlestorm indoor laser attraction.

Steve: It was a two year project focusing on building a safe place for young people to socialise and have fun. Whilst I was doing this I also spent three years teaching PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) in high schools.

Skoolz Magazine: Hi Steve, thanks for taking the time to speak to Skoolz Magazine about your life as an entrepreneur. Why don’t you start by telling us about yourself? Steve: Well I left school at 16 and became a volunteer at a kid’s holiday club. I loved it so much I also volunteered at the local youth clubs in the evening. I formed a passion for being creative and working with young people, opening up opportunities for them to spend time safely and off the streets. From here I studied A-levels at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form before progressing to a professional degree in Youth and Community at St Mary’s in Lancaster. Skoolz Magazine: You then got involved in the formation of the skate park in Clitheroe. What was the idea behind it?

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Skoolz Magazine: Where did you go from there? Steve: After teaching in the high schools I went back to my roots and took on a managerial role at Longridge Youth Club. It allowed me to structure the centre, bring in new ideas and develop new opportunitites. In 1999 I won a Philip Lawrence award (an award given to celebrate groups of young people who are making a difference in their communities; breaking down barriers, tackling issues, strengthening communities and making lives better for themselves and others), after which helping the awards involve young people in the judging panel alongside the like of Trevor McDonald?

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Skoolz Magazine juice bar space wasn’t being used so I thought - why not open a laser venue? Battlestorm is a really fun way to get the kids and big kids (mums and dads) involved in mental and physical activities. It’s worked out really well, with Battlestorm complementing 4Kids in the way that Battlestorm caters to the older children and 4Kids to the younger. We’re seeing whole families getting an equal amount of enjoyment from their day out. Skoolz Magazine: So what’s next? Steve: All I can say is WATCH THIS SPACE! Skoolz Magazine: Where did the idea for 4kids come from?

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Steve: Well it started when a group of young people and I began renovating a run down building in Clitheroe into the juice bar in 2007. We took it on and turned it into a meeting point for teens calling it 4Youth. It was a safe place with big screens and a modern computer room where they could meet up all year round and enjoy refreshments. Although it was a success, the recession kicked in and it hit the funding side of the café hard. I stumbled upon a couple of women with an idea to open a centre for kids so I rented out the space to them. As time moved on I took it on myself and renamed it 4Kids.

Skoolz Magazine: What made you expand and open another centre in Colne? Steve: It was a pure moment of opportunity and a chance to make something good out of a disaster. Before it became 4Kids, the Colne centre was run by a competitor. One day I happened to be passing and I called in to see how business was going. By chance the place was closing down but I could see real potential. With a lot of attention and some assistance from my father, we managed to get 4Kids Colne up and running, giving local families a safe place for their children to play. Skoolz Magazine: Next Battlestorm. Tell us more…


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Steve: Actually Battlestorm was fuelled by the laser quest we have at the 4 kids @ Colne. The parties were fully booked so I was seeing just how popular it was becoming. The old

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Things to do Paint Pot is a ‘pottery painting paradise’ nestled amongst beautiful countryside just outside Waddington, Clitheroe. Our ‘Paint Your Own’ Pottery Studio is based at Backridge Farm and is the ideal place to express your imagination and to produce a piece of pottery that is truly individual. We strive to encourage creativity and help to capture your personality in your piece. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it is only children who can enjoy the fun that Paint Pot has to offer - adults can take advantage of the relaxing and therapeutic experience whilst enjoying the fantastic surroundings of Backridge Farm. We cater for pot painting birthday parties and when they have worked up on appetite, Plate offer excellent children’s packages for party tea. We also host regular ladies nights as well as offering a mobile service to schools and groups. Paint Pot is fun for all ages and don’t worry if you’re not an ‘artist’ as we are always on hand to help. Whether you are looking for a personalised gift, foot / handprints captured on pottery or a unique keepsake, you will find it all at Paint Pot. Open every day during school holidays, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

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The Best Birthday Party EVER! “A fantastic day! Jake had a great birthday and wouldn’t stop talking about it. All parents though it was the best party ever.”(Justine Britton). If this is the reaction you are looking for after your child’s next birthday party maybe you should take a look at an outdoor activity birthday party. At Outdoor Elements Activity Centre in Simonstone a typical three hour party combines two activities from: climbing trees, leap of faith, zip line, crate stack challenge, Jacob’s ladder, archery, survival skills, bush craft and team challenges. They have also now introduced a wider range of party packages starting from a 1 ½ hour party at just £13 per person. The centre is set in a beautiful woodland environment. A warm and relaxed greeting will welcome you as the children’s excitement builds. The qualified instructors will entertain the kids in complete safety so you can stand back and watch them enjoy the party! Additionally, there are free drink refreshments for all, free parking and party invites; plus Outdoor Elements can offer catering, including the cake, making the whole experience more relaxed for you. Parties are organised for a minimum of 10 but can be arranged for up to 30 and are suitable for ages 8+. Grown-ups can even have their party there too! “One of our most popular options is the Archery followed by Shelter Building and Fire Lighting and finishing with hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted over the fire. The kids love it.” Jim Bowden of Outdoor Elements explains. “One of the boys said it was the ‘best day of his life’” says Lisa McMurtie who held her son’s party at the activity centre near Burnley. With reviews like that it is definitely a good place to look for that special party to remember.

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What’s On

WHAT’S ON GUIDE Your family will never be at a loose end with Skoolz Magazine’s comprehensive guide to what’s on in and around Lancashire. Simply choose your event, pack some snacks and enjoy a day out to remember!

MARCH What: Basic Propagation Where: Live Well Eat Well, Hodge House Allotments, Reedyford Road, Nelson, BB9 8HD

Do you want to promote your business to 75,000 readers in the Ribble Valley, Hyndburn and Pendle areas? Skoolz Magazine offers advertising space at affordable rates! To find out how Skoolz Magazine can get results for your business, please call Trudy on 07875 411447 or email

When: Wednesday 6 March, 11.00pm - 1.00pm Who: Everyone More info: Want to get your garden in shape for the upcoming summer? Well come down to a basic propagation course to get your garden or backyard off to good start this year. What: Happy Faces Lancashire Cleft Lip and Palate Support Group Where: Mini Magee’s, 60-62 Lodge Street, Preston, PR1 8XE When: Thursday 7 March, 2pm Who: Everyone More info: Happy Faces is a little group that provide support for parents and carers with children who have cleft lips and palates. Contact: Website: groups/225779150870958/ What: There’s a MONSTER in my piano! Where: The Horse + Bamboo Theatre, Bacup Road, Rossendale, BB4 7HB



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When: Sunday 10 March, 3pm Who: The whole family How much: £6 tickets More info: A delightful and offbeat jazzy musical tale. Can the Piano Doctor help with his bag full of ears and his collection of weird and wonderful tools. Starring puppets, clowning, animation and a very highly strung monster indeed.

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What’s On What: American Wrestling Live Where: Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Road, BB11 1BH When: Saturday 16 March, Who: People of all ages

What: Charity Race Night, money to ‘Cash for Kids’ Family Event Where: Jubilee Club, St Mary’s Street North, Preston, PR1 5LG When: Sunday 31 March, 7pm

How much: Adults £12 Children £10 Family x 4 £36

Who: Everyone

More info: They’re Back! All Action! High Flying! World Championship Spectacular. Who’s the real champion? Come and cheer the good guys and boo the bad boys.

How much: £5 (or £7 on the night). Kids under 16 free. Includes supper.

Contact: 01282 664400 What: Easter Artisan Fine Food, Craft & Vintage Market Where: The Square, Bank Street, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, BB4 7QN When: Saturday 30 March - Monday 1 April Who: All the family

More info: Money raised will be donated to ‘Cash for Kids.’ £1 per horse betting plus music, magic, quiz and bingo.

APRIL What: Family Film Club Where: The Grand, 18 York St, Clitheroe, BB7 2DL When: Wednesday 3 April, 12.30 lunch, Screening 2pm Who: All the family

How much: Free More info: Specialist artisan fine food stalls all handmade and locally sourced. Craft and Vintage stalls made up of our amazingly creative artists, collectors & artisans from the North West of England. Accompanied with hot food stalls selling fresh artisan food with café and bar.

How much: Adults £6.50 U18s £3.50 (Film Only: £2/£1) More info: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Contact: 01200 421599

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What’s On What: Clitheroe Chic Vintique Fair Where: St. Mary’s Centre, Church Street, BB7 2DG


When: Saturday 6 April, 10am – 4pm

What: The Flowers of Spring

Who: Everyone

Where: Springwood Nr Whalley

How much: Adults £1

When: 4th May 2013

More info: Come and experience a glorious selection of arts, crafts, high quality gifts, home-wares, collectables, vintage, retro, antiques, and edible goodies.

Who: The whole Family

Contact: 07779342782 Website: What: The Chuckle Brothers - Meet The Phantom of the Theatre Where: Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Road, BB11 1BH When: Sunday 14 April, 2pm Who: All ages How much: £14 family of four £52 More info: Don’t miss this rip-roaring comedy starring the country’s favourites with full supporting cast. Songs, slap-stick, spectacular magic, u/v puppets and fun for all the family. Contact: 01282 664400 What: Sleeping Beauty Where: Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Road, BB11 1BH When: Thursday 18 April, 7.30pm Who: All the family How much: £16.50 tickets More info: A classic fairy tale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning choreography and beautiful costumes combine to portray the struggle between good and evil.

How Much: Free Admission More info: A walk around Spring Wood learning about the famous bluebells and other spring flowers.Just turn up. For more information contact 01254 825187. 2 ½ hours, terrain guide 3, 1 to 2 miles, family friendly, Tramper-friendly

JUNE What: Outdoor Theatre at Lytham Hall 2013 (variety of shows) Where: Lytham Hall, Ballam Road, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 4JX When: 14th June 2013 – 25th August 2013 Who: School Children , Adults and Senior Citizens. How Much: Adult Ticket £12.00 per ticket, School children £6.00 per ticket, Senior Citizens £9.50 per ticket More info: Friday 14 June Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Chapterhouse 7.30 pm Sunday 7 July Shakespeare’s As You Like It Illyria 6.00 pm Tuesday 16 July Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado Illyria 7.30 pm Sunday 25 August Dick King-Smith’s Babe the Sheep-Pig Illyria 4.00pm

Contact: 01282 664400 What: Morecambe Sand Festival What: Party on the Park

Where: Central Promenade, Morecambe, LA4 4DB,

Where: Edgeside Park, Off Park Road, Edgeside, Rossendale, BB4 9UE

When: Saturday 15th June & Sunday 16th June 2013

When: Saturday 27 April Who: All the family How much: Free More info: Try out a woodland treasure hunt trail and discover the wonders on our doorstep, lucky dip, chocolate tombola, local craft stalls and den building. With birthday games including giant pass the parcel, Inflatables including funtastic Waterwalkers. Try your hand at golf, basketball, giant Jenga, kite making, parachute games, hook a duck.

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Who: The Whole Family How Much: Free Admission More Info: Rediscover the simple pleasures of the seaside with Morecambe’s Sandcastle Festival. Contact Tel: 01524 582808 for more information.

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This year rediscover Eureka! Rediscover yourself!

Come and explore Eureka!’s new £2.9m All About Me gallery and discover just how amazing you are.

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Buy an annual pass and come back as many Find out what you might look like when you’re times as you like in a year. older. Discover the incredible journey of food through your digestive system. Visit our new Health Centre and play at being a doctor, dentist or nurse. With over 100 interactive exhibits in one amazing new gallery, including a new robot, come and discover the most incredible thing there is: you. Eureka! is an educational charity, No 292758

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Making Sure Your Child Comes Home Happy

Open Day

Thursday 7th March

10am - 7pm

Every Day is an Open Day


Heathland School offers a wonderful opportunity for your child to study in an environment where the teacher is allowed to teach without having to cope with behavioural problems. Maximum class sizes of 16 ensure that all pupils receive individual attention, providing a positive learning environment, where even the quietest child is not overlooked. Heathland School does not tolerate bullying and fosters a strong relationship with parents. Children throughout the school benefit from the feeling of being part of a large family.

Heathland School is centrally located in the heart of East Lancashire and is within easy access of the M65 and M66. Founded in 1994, it boasts an excellent reputation as a traditional, caring school, interested in the “whole” child. Situated in a large manor house with five acres of landscaped grounds, children from 3 months to 16 years receive a high standard of continuous education in a pleasant environment.

Strengths of Heathland School: • Small class sizes - maximum 16 students per class • Traditional teaching methods and values • Excellent OFSTED reports • Outstanding results at all Key Stages • Great emphasis is placed on homework • Extended school day • Holiday clubs • Transport available to collect children from around the area • Children wear a smart traditional uniform

Our Senior Department caters for children from 11 to 16 years, offering a supported transition from primary to senior level and continuing the individual educational plans for each child. We offer up to 12 GCSE’s, with subjects taken early if possible and access to obtaining more practical NVQ’s if appropriate. We also incorporate many of the newer strategies and have an excellent computer suite to facilitate the latest technological advances. As important as academic achievements are, we recognise that not all children will excel in those areas and so we regard personal development, self-confidence and tolerance as important qualities for children to be taught and so become pleasant, well-balanced people who will make a good contribution to society in the future.


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Helping with the pressure of exams It is around this time of year that as a child my knees would start to knock, my palms would become sweaty and I would develop an unhealthy anxiety towards attending school because of the exams that I was due to face. Some people are blessed with a natural self-confidence and show no fear when it comes to exams but for the rest of us mere mortals the stress of exam pressure is something for which we have to develop coping strategies. As parents, it is our responsibility to ensure that our children are in the best possible position to achieve to their full potential. Children are exposed to tests and exams from as young as six years old, when they complete the Key Stage One SATs tests, all the way to the age of 16 or 18, when sitting GCSEs or A Levels. This means that our children are exposed to the stress of exams that can lead to anxiety, sleeplessness, illness and absence. We do all want the best for our children, but through our well-meaning encouragement we can end up adding to the pressure. So how can we help our children deal with exam pressures and the stresses that they bring? Having trawled the internet there is advice in abundance from the NHS, BBC, NSPCC, and varying scholars, but they all agree on:

Organisation It is vital that the children are organised, so that they know what exam they will be sitting and what they need to be revising. Getting things ready the night before for the following day can also remove unnecessary stress. We also need to set realistic targets for our

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children as asking for the impossible can only result in disillusionment with the task at hand.

Rest Yes the children do need to work hard on revision to allow them to achieve their best, but becoming overtired can be counter-productive. This doesn’t only mean getting a good night’s sleep, although that is of paramount importance, it also means setting the alarm in plenty of time to avoid the stress of a rushed morning. A regular break from studies is advised and treats to look forward to can be a fantastic incentive for hard work. Fresh air and exercise are important as they focus the mind when they return to their work. Although energy drinks and supplements can “give you wings” a good night’s sleep will be of much more benefit for a test or exam!

Diet It seems obvious but a balanced and regular diet will result in your child being more likely to achieve to the best of their ability. Most schools will allow children to take drinks into tests and this will help to avoid dehydration. Try to avoid excessively sugary food and drink however as this can result in loss of concentration and sleep. The key is that as parents we are supportive. We need to show affection and support, to encourage them to achieve the best that they possibly can. Know and discuss with your child what they are capable of, have realistic expectations of what they can achieve and at the end of the day, the world will continue to turn, regardless of the results.

By Andrew Burcher

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