Code of conduct urged as number of parking tickets from private companies rises

The number of parking tickets handed out by private companies has soared, leading to support for proposed new laws to end the industry's self-regulation.

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Head Gardener Ian Chadwick at the Downham Open Garden Day.

Dowham open garden event is blooming success

Crowds of people were left spellbound when they descended into the picturesque village of Downham over the weekend for its annual open garden event.

Children enjoyed an action-packed day at Edisford Primary School.

Young entrepreneurs organise fun day

Children at a Clitheroe primary school enjoyed an action packed fun day with activities ranging from zorbs to a "Slip and Slide".
Headliners This Is The Kit praise Forest of Bowland’s Cloudspotting Festival

Headliners This Is The Kit praise Forest of Bowland’s Cloudspotting Festival

Tickets are still available for this year’s Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival which takes place in the Forest of Bowland next weekend.

Have a go at cricket

Have a cricket

Whether you just want to play for fun or be right up there challenging for honours, there’s a place for everyone.

The Halston Aparthotel in Carlisle


Historic northern cities are enjoying something of a renaissance of late, and Carlisle could be one such example of an emerging success story.

Youngsters can keep busy this summer

On your marks for Clitheroe summer activities

Youngsters in the Ribble Valley are invited to get on their marks for a host of summer activities.

Tom Bass Seabass

RECIPE: Tom Yam Sea Bass

Barry Farley, head banqueting chef at Stanley House Hotel and Spa, in Mellor, shares his recipe for the perfect Thai-style light summer dish – Tom Yam seabass.

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Donna is pictured on the left at the cafe.

Recognition for auction mart cafe

The cafe at Clitheroe Auction Mart has been named Cafe of the Fortnight in TractorMART magazine.

AuntBessies has added these delicious veg chips to its range, which count towards the recommended five-a-day. (s)

REVIEW: Crunch your way to five-a-day with these delicious veg chips

If you're in the same school of philosophy as me - that a balanced lifestyle is a jog to the sweet shop - then Aunt Bessie’s has the perfect solution for cramming in your five-a-day.
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The beautiful Grange Manor

Travel review: Falkirk and Grangemouth, Scotland

Landlubbers often forget how important water is. But visitors to Falkirk and Grangemouth are treated to a very special way of remembering.

Gardeners at the Abbey

Green-fingered volunteers spruce up Abbey

Whalley Abbey manager Christine Nelson had a problem; benches in the Abbey gardens were dilapidated; fencing in crisis.

The Jacksons at Haydock Park

Review: The Jacksons at Haydock Park

When you think of The Jacksons you can’t help but think of five energetic youngsters fronted by a beaming afro-sporting kid who went on to become the King of Pop.

Droma Mens Jacket by Sprayway

Gear review: Droma Men’s Jacket by Sprayway

Camping in the Lake District is still one of our favourite past times as a family.

The wonderful beach huts at De Panne. Photo courtesy of WESTTOER

Travel review: Belgium via Hull

As the saying goes – it is never dull in Hull – and lucky for our latest adventure it was also boiling in Belgium!

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Food critic Jay Rayner. (s)

Broadcaster is key note speaker for conference

Marketing Lancashire has announced plans for the county’s first ever Taste Lancashire food and drink conference.

Choir of children from St Barnabas Church of England Primary School, Darwen, Chatburn Church of England Primary School and SS Mary & Michael Catholic Primary School, Garstang at the Rotary Centenary Celebrations

Garstang and Over Wyre Rotary Club leads Centenary Celebrations of the Rotary Foundation

Rotarians across Lancashire joined together to mark 100 years of their charity - the Rotary Foundation.

Scientists in Europe and the US have uncovered the clearest evidence yet that drinking coffee reduces the risk of death. See PA story HEALTH Coffee. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Coffee ‘adds years to your life’ finds study

Coffee not only helps you feel full of beans - it might add years to your life as well, two major studies have shown.

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Families enjoy Chatburn's Picnic on the Park event.

Crowds flock to Ribble Valley village's Picnic on the Park event

Organisers have hailed a traditional picnic held on Chatburn village field on Sunday a great success.

Walking football is gaining popularity across the county

Have a walking football

With more than 800 walking football clubs across the UK, the FA has now drawn up a standardised rule book. Here’s what you need to know

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