Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Royal Mail is combating Scam Mail

Royal Mail is committed to doing all it can to protect its customers from scam mail.  In 2016 Royal Mail introduced a series of additional measures to reduce the impact on its customers.  To date it has proactively stopped over 4 million suspected pieces of scam mail at its distribution centres around the UK before they can be posted through the letterboxes of customers.  If you, or some-one you know receives scam mail, please contact Royal Mail by:  writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL enclosing any items that are suspected of being scam mail:  calling the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 466  or  Emailing

Tuesday, 18 September 2018


Greyhound Bridge is set to reopen with a new bus network for Lancaster.  From the 24th of September, Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire will revise their bus network within Lancaster, Heysham and Morecambe when the Greyhound Bridge reopens. The 555 Lancaster – Kendal – Keswick will see a revised timetable from 29 October 2018 adjusting a number of journeys for the winter period.  More details can be obtained from Carnforth Library or Morecambe Tourist Information.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Good Job We Can Laugh

This weekend saw Countryfile reporting on prime time TV a British farmer who specialises in old time crops such as Borage. He has also imported a crop from South America that the Aztecs used to eat to give them strength and energy. How this will develop is very interesting and perhaps we can look forward to developments in times ahead.

However, there is also a food source we have in abundance in Britain, the growing menace of Duck Weed, which is edible.  Unfortunately this blanket weed has side effects and stops oxygen getting into the water, which kills off the invertebrates and effects the fish and other food sources.

Due to lack of maintenance on our canals, and the policy of reducing the water levels to try and stop leaks and spills, although we still have major breaches, we have weed of all sorts and sizes, but particularly the dreaded Duck Weed.

So how long it will be before we are having it with our breakfast Weetabix or Golden crunches is anyone's guess?
Friends of Lancaster Canal.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Warning from United Utilities

United Utilities have received reports of bogus callers knocking on the doors of elderly customers in the North West, claiming to want to talk about poor water pressure. 
All United Utilities customer facing staff carry photo identification card. Best advice is to always check anyone claiming to be from United Utilities is genuine by calling 0345 6723 723.

Talk Talk Scam phone call

A Lancashire resident has been scammed into parting with £20,000 after a call from someone claiming to be fromTalk Talk. The scam began with the householder being told there was a security problem, a virus with their computer.
Microsoft, BT, or Talk Talk can be used in this longstanding scam and always begins with saying "your computer has a virus or a problem". Always be suspicious, none of these providers would contact you in this way.

Friday, 7 September 2018


Church Brow will be closed to all vehicles from 08.00hrs on Monday 10th September until 17.00hrs on Wednesday 12th September or until completion of the works within this period.  The temporary prohibition is necessary to allow utility works to be carried out.

Gardener's Question Time

Do you have a question about your garden you would like answered?  Just pop your question onto a pre-written form and post it in the box provided in the Library and Bowker's Butchers and the panel of the Horticultural Society will try to answer it on Friday 14th September between 7.00pm and 9.00pm in the United Reformed Church Hall.  Admission £1 - refreshments available.