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Glen Duckett (centre)  with the team at The Stables

The Stables at Heaton Park - cafe creates opportunities for young people in Prestwich

Initiative based on the hugely successful Eagle and Child in Ramsbottom

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Carnforth Railway station by Peter Ainsworth

10 romantic things to do in Lancashire this Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day take a break from the supermarket roses and make a grand Lancastrian romantic gesture.

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Heather Crosby, Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy Jennifer Atkinson (Business Award Winner) and Louise Minchin

Nominations open for the 2015 Inspiring Women Awards

The courage, achievements and talents of exceptional women will be celebrated once again at the annual Inspiring Women Awards in Spring. Now is the time to make your nominations

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Alan Roberts in his beloved Lake District

Atherton’s Alan Roberts celebrates 50 years of guide dog ownership

Atherton’s Alan Roberts lost his sight when he was just 22. Fifty years later he is still enjoying life thanks to a succession of guide dogs. Emily Rothery reports

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Jake Hope

Meet Jake Hope - the man who judges the Costa Children’s Book Award

He reads up to 400 books a year and is helping to organise a major World Book Day event in Preston. Sue Riley meets Jake Hope

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Weddings

Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park  Fashion Show - photo Ian Southerin

10 things to do at Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park

The North’s biggest and best bridal show takes place on 31st January - 1st February

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Clegg and Ettridge - The wedding of Sarah Clegg to John Ettridge took place at St James Parish Church, Milnrow, followed by a reception at the Bellavista, Milnrow. The bride, a keen equestrian, is the daughter of John and Kath Clegg of Littleborough and the groom is the son of Ken Ettridge of Witherslack and Jane Pape of Cartmel. Following the church service, the newlyweds were given a surprise guard of honour from Pony Club members who had travelled down from the Lake District as a secret. Before making their home in Minthorpe, the newlyweds will honeymoon in Woolacombe.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - December 2014

If you married recently and would like your photograph published in Lancashire Life, why not send us a picture?

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Wales and Doran - Taking place at Clitheroe Castle, the pastel themed wedding of Lynsey Katherine Wales and Philip Edward Doran had everything from bunting, a dog and a vintage bus. The Bride is the daughter of Pamela and Bernard Wales of Salesbury, and the groom is the son of the late Florence and Hugh Doran of Accrington. Lynsey, who is a marketing coordinator, wore a traditional shoulder less dress with a vintage necklace and trainer boots. The groom, who is a textile engineer, also had his two sons Simon Sam and Leo Doran present at the wedding. The couple, who live in Clitheroe, enjoyed a reception at Whalley Golf Club before enjoying a honeymoon in Berlin.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - November 2014

If you married recently and would like your photograph published in Lancashire Life, why not send us a picture?

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Nuttall and Maskell - The wedding of Emma Nuttall, daughter of Terry and Beverley Nuttall, and Ricky Maskell, son of Philip and Valerie Maskell took place at Mitton Hall, Whalley, followed by a wedding breakfast at the same venue. The bride, a primary school teacher, and the groom, an aerospace project manager, took a mini-moon in Venice before heading off on their honeymoon in the summer to Tanzania and the Seychelles.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - October 2014

If you married recently and would like your photograph published in Lancashire Life, why not send us a picture?

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The brides new headgear

A rushcart wedding in Lancashire

When Vicky Kelly married Richard Sample their big day turned into a street party with a difference

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Discover People

Jump imaging

Jump Imaging C.I.C

Stunning Photography & Media services- Specialising in portraiture for children with complex needs - Whilst supporting JUMP Childrens Charity.

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Social Events

Bob Williams, William Sheldon (President of the Northern Guild of Toastmasters) and Alan Calow

The Northern Guild of Toastmasters annual lunch, Statham Lodge Country House Hotel, Lymm

The Northern Guild of Toastmasters held their Christmas lunch at Statham Lodge Country House Hotel, Lymm. Over 30 toastmasters and 150 guests gathered for a reception before enjoying a lunch which was followed by a talk from two key speakers, Eric Jones, the ex-chief superintendant of Greater Manchester Police, and Chris Kehoe, a barrister-at-law and Lancashire CPS. Entertainment consisted of a comedian, vocalist and a brass band.

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Anjali and Meena Pathak

Patak’s reveal the secrets from their Indian family kitchen in new cookbook

Anjali Pathak learned to cook in Bolton, now she’s hoping to teach what she knows in Mumbai

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Stephanie Downes, Karen Holgate, Claire Burgess, Joanne Thomas and Geraldine ORourke

Mortimers 80th anniversary dinner and dance, The Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn

More than 130 property professionals including solicitors, bankers, accountants, financial advisers and prominent business people from around the region enjoyed a special 80th anniversary dinner and dance at The Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn, as guests of the directors of Mortimers, one of East Lancashire’s largest established chartered surveyors and estate agents.

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Fernanda Nuneis and Tom Prestwich, of Red Bank Coffee Roasters

Lancashire Life and Belsfield Hotel black tie dinner party, Bowness

Lancashire Life and the Belsfield Hotel at Bowness staged a black tie dinner at the newly refurbished luxury venue to mark the media partnership between the two organisations.

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Belle, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a dog birthday cake

Arton and Bitler - delicious doggy treats from Higher Walton

Higher Walton’s Nichola Arton tells us why people have been going barking mad for her delicious doggy treats.

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James Milner and Amy Fletcher attending the 'What Happens In Vegas' Charity Ball

James Milner’s What Happens in Vegas charity ball raises £130,000

Manchester City footballers enjoyed Las Vegas style fun to raise a fabulous £130,000 for three major charities

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The Dinner Call played by Lance Bombardier Catherine Line

2014 St Barbara’s Dinner at the Brigadier Philip Toosey Army Reserve Centre, Aigburth, Liverpool

The Royal Artillery Officers’ Association and The Lancashire Artillery Volunteers [103 Regiment RA] held their traditional annual St Barbara’s Dinner at the Brigadier Philip Toosey Army Reserve Centre, Aigburth, Liverpool.

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Sophie Fox,  Beth Reay, Melissa Gardner and Rheanne Layburn

Legacy Rainbow House charity ball raises £14,000

More than £14,000 was raised for Lancashire-based Legacy Rainbow House charity at a ball staged at the Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard. Families and friends staged a raffle, auction and silent auction to swell the coffers.

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Celebrity Interviews

Elkie Brooks

Elkie Brooks - Manchester’s evergreen rock chick turns 70

Elkie Brooks marks her 70th birthday this month by returning to her Lancashire roots.She reveals to Paul Taylor a family split that may explain her musical talent

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Jo has now had 51 novels published

Best selling author Josephine Cox on growing up in Blackburn and her dreams of writing sci-fi

An author who has sold 20 million books talks about her new novel and the thrill of being described as a modern day Dickens. Roger Borrell reports

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Suranne Jones as DC Rachel Bailey. Photography by  Ben Blackall.

Oldham’s Suranne Jones on creating Scott and Bailey

Oldham-born Suranne Jones talks to Paul Taylor about her idea for Lancashire’s answer to Cagney and Lacey. It proved so popular, it’s back for a fourth series.

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Prof Brian Cox with a display from the Collider exhibition at MOSI

Professor Brian Cox on his northern life and his love of science

TV star talks about life, the universe and everything.

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Education

Caitlin Duckett (15) and Tomina Kirkman (16) working with a drill

The girls from Bolton School are bucking the national trend in science

Science is still seen as a subject for boys but we visit one school where girls are certainly making their mark

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LAN Jan15 Ballet school

Stonyhurst Ballerina students release 2015 calendar to raise funds for charity

A charity calendar featuring dance students at Stonyhurst College will help to provide local youngsters with much-needed holidays

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Holmeswood Methodist School Gardening comp winners with head teacher, Mr Relph Higson

Lancashire Life Garden of the Year 2014 competition - the winners revealed

With a number of gardening accolades already under their belts, Holmeswood Methodist Primary can now add the title of Lancashire Life School Garden of the Year

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The 2014 Land Rover Bursary Winners Urban Farm

The Urban Farm joins forces with the Prince’s Countryside Fund

Two young women with a passion for animals are taking their farm to schools and care homes to spread knowledge - and a little happiness

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Scarlett Prenticejess Tomlinson, Anna Threlkeld, Tia Barrea , Ashleigh Wild and Zoe Costigan

Hodgson Academy 2014 prom, Imperial Hotel, Blackpool.

Around 200 students and staff from Hodgson Academy in Poulton-le-Fylde attended the annual prom at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.

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People Showcase

Opus Wealth Management Ltd

Wow ! – lots more flexibility for Pensions

Retirement is often said to be ‘the longest holiday of your life’. I don’t know about you, but when I go on holiday I like it to be a bit more special than the usual daily grind – so I know that holiday time is going to be a bit more expensive than day-to-day living.

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Opus Wealth Management Ltd

Do You Need a Financial Health check?

Planning your finances and making the most of your money have never been more important. Whether you are about to start drawing on your pension benefits, have just inherited some money, or are selling your business; taking professional and impartial advice is crucial.

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