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St John’s Hospice Wills Week 4th-8th February 2019

St John’s Hospice will be holding its very first Wills Week in February 2019.  This innovative scheme sees a host of local, reputable solicitors waive their Will-writing fee in return for a donation to our charity. In return for a professionally prepared Will your donation will help us fund our specialised care in your community.  Making a Will always seems to be on everyone’s ‘to do’ list, well here is your opportunity to finally tick it off that list.   If you’re interested in securing an appointment for Wills Week – which runs from 4th-8th February 2019 please call our office on 01524 382538 or email to register for a Wills information pack.  This will contain useful information as you start preparing to make a Will, a list of our partner solicitors, and details of how to book an appointment.

Keeping an up to date and professionally drafted Will is very important. It helps to secure the future for family and friends and is one of the most important things that everyone, at some point in their life, has to consider. Having a valid Will allows you to provide for your loved ones after you have gone and is a certain way to make sure your wishes will be carried out.  It will also ease the burden on those left behind who will handle your affairs.  After providing for their loved ones, many people choose to leave a small gift to their favourite charity. By remembering St John’s Hospice in your Will, you can support local families facing life shortening illnesses in your community. Whether it’s a sum of money, a specific item or a share of your property, any gift is very deeply appreciated.   There’s no obligation to include a gift to the Hospice and you don’t need to tell us your intentions. If you’d like to remember us, we will be very grateful.  Across our local community in North Lancashire, South Lakes and North Yorkshire we have solicitors firms working with us to promote our Wills Week for which we are very grateful.  With the St John’s Hospice Wills Week, you can put your mind at rest quickly and inexpensively.

Lancaster City Council – Christmas/New Year Refuse/Recycling working arrangements

All scheduled collections as normal 17.12.18-22.12.18.

Collections due Tuesday 25.12.18 will be carried out on Monday 24.12.18.

Collections due Tuesday 01.01.19 will be carried out Wednesday 02.01.19.

Scheduled collections back to normal from w/c 07.01.19.

Our Admin office will be manned 9am-5pm (unless otherwise indicated): 17.12.18-21.12.18; 24.12.18 until 3pm; 27.12.18-28.12.18; 31.12.18 until 3pm; 02.01.19-04.01.19.

Any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me. Kind Regards & Best Wishes for 2019.

Mrs Gillian Goodger Senior Administrator/PA Communities & The Environment Service Lancaster City Council Tel: 01524 582416

In The Know – Action Fraud – Advice For Winter

Increase in Fare for NoWcard holders who travel before 9.30am

Lancashire County Council undertook a consultation concerning the proposal to increase the fare from 50p to £1 for disabled NoWcard holders who travel before 9.30am. This consultation took place between 26 March and 21 May 2018.

Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet met and discussed the consultation findings on 9 August 2018. At this meeting Cabinet agreed to accept the proposal to increase the fare to £1. The minutes of this meeting are available at

NoWcard is run in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackpool Council. Blackburn with Darwen Council also consulted on this proposal and will increase their fare rate to £1 for travel before 9.30am. Blackpool Council will retain their current concession rate at 50p. For Blackpool Council pass holders who travel before 9.30am on journeys that start within the Blackpool Council boundary the fare will be 50p. Blackpool Council pass holders who travel before 9.30am on journeys that start in Lancashire, outside the Blackpool Council boundary, will be charged the new £1 fare.

The fare increase will take effect from Monday 3 December 2018.

In The Know – Action Fraud – Extortion Scam

Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter October 18

In The Know – Action Fraud – Scam Alert – Phone Call – There Is A Warrant Out For Your Arrest Due To Tax

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Scam Alert – Phone Call – There Is A Warrant Out For Your Arrest Due To Tax

*SCAM ALERT – PLEASE SHARE* We’ve had several reports which have all been from older people saying they have been receiving phone calls from number 0203 290 0016. These calls state ‘There is a warrant out for your arrest due to tax. You need to call this number back to pay’.

It looks like calls like this have been received in a number of areas. This is a scam. HMRC and all other genuine organisations will never contact people in this way to demand money and would never say there is a warrant out for someone’s arrest. Please make sure friends and relatives are aware of this and if you look after any older person, please encourage them to never give out personal or bank details over the phone and reassure them that if they ever get a call like this it’s OK to put the phone straight down and not call back.

A Trading Standards Approved solution to blocking unwanted phone calls is TrueCall – This can be purchased from 

Let’s help to look after each other across Lancashire and make sure scammers like this are wasting their time.