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Snowhill Studio's provide personalised hand penned calligraphy:-
Invitations, placecards, certificates, greeting cards, stationery etc.

If you are looking for a special gift, why not visit their website at snowhillstudio.com

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Snowhill Cleaning offer a full and comprehensive valeting & cleaning service, both domestic and commercial, covering Preston, Garstang, Wyre & Fylde extending to the whole of the North-West.

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Services range from window cleaning to patio, driveway & brickwork pressure washing. They also offer carpet, upholstery and leather suite cleaning as well as the valeting of cars, vans, caravans, motor homes and houses. 

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Snowhill Cleaning started in 1986. In 1990 its operations moved to Watery Lane and the company has been there ever since.

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Snowhill cleaning

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Check out their website at: www.snowhillcleaning.com

Ashtononribble.com welcomes the recent arrival of a new veterinary centre on Lane Ends.

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Lane Ends vets

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Myerscough Veterinary Group recently opened the new surgery, refurbishing a building that had been unused for some years.

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The new centre is on Blackpool Road, at the Lancaster canal end of Lane Ends. There is plenty of parking right in front of the building so you don’t have far to go if you’re transporting your pets by car.

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Myerscough Veterinary Group has a long track record for delivering quality pet care at affordable fees in comfortable surgeries throughout Lancashire.

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Well equipped

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The MyVet surgery is stocked with pet products and well equipped for a daily consultation service with the vet. An ambulance service takes pets to its surgical centres, including its 24 hour emergency centre in Clayton-Le-Dale, for routine and non-routine operations.

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MyVet Director Rosemary Duckworth said: “We are excited to be opening a new Preston surgery – to complement the one we recently launched in Lostock Hall - to provide pet owners in an around Ashton with a full range of vet products and services, in a friendly and caring environment.

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“We urge pet owners to call in to the branch to chat to the team, and introduce themselves.”

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For more information, visit www.myvets.co.uk

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Lane Ends vets

(The new centre, on Lane Ends)

Tennis continues at Tulketh with a comprehensive programme for all ages from 4 years to adults of all abilities.

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Tennis in Tulketh

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Where?

Tulketh Tennis Centre Is situated off Tag Lane adjacent to the football centre on the old Tulketh High School site.

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Monday
4.15-5.15pm: New Group tbc- places avail
5.15-6.15pm: New Group tbc- places avail
6.15-7.15pm: Individuals
7.15-8.15pm:* Beginners ladies,a new group for beginners and rusty rackets
8.15-9.15pm:* Beginners men

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Tuesday
4.30-5.30PM: New group (there will be a temporary change in time in June/July to 5pm start) Ages 5-8

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Wednesday
5-6pm: Ages 5-8 - Full court tennis for juniors keen to develop technique and match play
6-7.30pm:* Ages 8-12
7.30-8.30pm:* Teens - Stay and Play Players in the 6-7.30 group are invited to stay for a club session. Just £2
7.30-8.30pm:* Club Session

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Thursday
6.30-9.30pm: Senior Men's league
10-11am:* Ages 5 -7; 11-12*; 7 plus Junior League matches U12
1pm / team /invited players session

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Groups with a * have some availability though this may only be one space
On Saturday afternoons we will have some junior matches from 1pm
The men will also have matches on alternate Thursdays.
New groups and times are being added to the programme – all the time so if you cant see what you want – contact Angela

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Angela also offers tennis coaching at Barton Tennis Club every Friday Evening with various groups from 4.30-7.30. 

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Angela can be contacted on 07966 315241 and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - all enquiries very welcome. Please feel free to try out a group session at no obligation.

Anyone in Ashton who has driven through Lane Ends – which is probably everyone – will have passed the shop that once had the grand name of Ashtonia. The photos below show the shop in 1962.

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Lane Ends 1963

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Lane Ends 1963

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Ashtonia was a sweet shop and confectioner on the corner of Blackpool Road and Tulketh Brow. The shop also had an American-style milk bar, including a number of tables for serving hot and cold drinks..The owner of the shop, Mrs E Kirkham, is shown in Ashtonia in the following photo, taken in 1958. 

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Ashtonia

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Deryck Kirkham, whose family ran Ashtonia between 1952 and 1966, sent us these photos and told us a bit more about the shop:

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‘The shop comprised numbers 441 and 443 Blackpool Road from its corner with Tulketh Brow. Living accommodation was next door at No 445 and of course above all three properties. A big place for us kids at the time.’

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Wakes weeks

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At a time before the M55 had been built, Blackpool Road was the main route for anyone travelling from the east and south to Blackpool. The meant that Lane Ends, a bottle-neck even today, heaved with traffic during the summer holidays. What was a problem for drivers was a business opportunity for Ashtonia:

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‘The shop itself did excellent trade at the time and when wakes weeks and Blackpool illuminations traffic passed by - when it was a single carriageway road - even better. People would leap out of their vehicles, whilst stuck in traffic, to buy ice cream, sweets and cigarettes.’

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Deryck told us about other shops on Lane Ends at the time:

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Other shops

 

‘Of the other premises the Lane Ends Hotel (opposite) was a mecca for myself. I was friendly with the then landlord’s children and we used to play in the old stable block and function rooms.’

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Other memorable shops were Morely’s Café – which we think is today’s Spar – and Seeds little shop, where Deryck would buy a ‘penny’s worth’ of broken biscuits on his way to St Andrew’s Primary School.

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At ashtononribble.com, we’ve traced the Ashtonia name back to 1942. If anyone has any more information, or photos of any other shops on Lane Ends, please get in touch with us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Thanks!

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Many thanks to Deryck Kirkham for this information.

Tang Chinese restaurant is on Fylde Road, on the right as you drive towards the town centre.

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The restaurant offers its own dedicated Karaoke rooms so you can enjoy a Chinese meal whilst listening to your friends sing 'I will survive' without the fear of other people hearing your X Factor audition! According to the restaurant's website: “It doesn’t matter if you are a bad singer here because you are just in the room with your friends.”

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For more details, visit the restaurant's website.

St Walburge’s has always been an inspirational building, and a glance at the church will tell you why.

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It is one of Preston’s few grade 1 listed buildings. The tower is famed as one of the tallest in the country, yet where you might expect it to be pompous and bombastic, it is sleek and elegant. The building’s interior is also noteworthy thanks to the huge expanse created by a 160-foot-wide hammer beam roof(1).

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St Walburge’s is a Catholic church but its fame is not only religious. Train passengers for generations have known the church as one of the most prominent landmarks on a train ride to Blackpool: when you’ve spotted St Walburge’s tower, you know which tower is next, and it’s not the Tower of London.

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St Walburge's

On 23 of June, the Olympic torch reached Ashton.

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None of the signs were good. The weather had been terrible the day before when the torch passed through Blackpool. It was an early start for anyone wanting to see the torch - the Olympic flame beginning its route through Ashton at just before 8am.

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Nevertheless, at 7.45 the crowds emerged from nowhere, the rain held off, and the whole route was packed with people wanting to glimpse the torch.

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Olympic torch in Ashton

(Photo in front of St Andrew's church, where the route began)

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The route began at St Andrew's church, where huge crowds of Prestonians had gathered.

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One Ashton resident told us about their experience: 'As I came out of my house it was like a football match crowd as we all walked to Blackpool Road. So early in the morning it was a bit of a shock - I thought I'd be the only person going! When we arrived on Blackpool Road and looked towards the railway bridge it was packed - absolutely packed. We were bit confused for a few minutes. There must have been about five vehicles, one of which was playing loud music.'

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'There was a circular crowd in the road taking photos of a lady with an unlit torch. The lit torch just seemed to appear out of nowhere. As the lady's torch was lit there was a roar of approval and they set off.'

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'It was a delight to be in such a good natured crowd.'

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The torch, together with its entourage of Olympic volunteers, police, coaches and vans, set off towards a packed Lane Ends and then turned down Tulketh Brow.

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More crowds were gathered at the bottom of Tulketh Brow. A torch 'kiss' took place at the roundabout junction at Waterloo Road and then the torch was off on its journey into the centre of Preston.

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Rarely have such crowds been seen in Ashton, everyone with smiles on their faces. Although brief, it was a shared moment of excitement, with the thrill of the event surprising many - a taste of Olympics coming to Ashton.

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Next stop Preston Guild!

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