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BLACKBURN & BURNLEY EDITION 51

Tom Jones THE FAMOUS VOICE FROM THE VALLEYS!

James Martin's FRENCH ADVENTURE AS SEEN ON ITV

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Twittering on With Angela Kelly Celebrities? Get them out of here!

goes with it – even if they were only in Emmerdale for three episodes. Reality TV show “stars” – that’s just ordinary people who are basically show-offs – are now celebrities and have joined the acclaimed bunch we are supposed to look up to and copy. The sad thing, of course, is that many younger people in particular do look up to these people, they do emulate them, wear what they wear, act as they act.

Don’t you find the word “celebrity” extremely over-used these days? When I was younger, I’m sure that celebrity really meant something. It was someone with Sir or Lady in front of their name, a war hero like Douglas Bader or General Montgomery or an American film star who was so far away from our reality as to be living on another planet.

I really think we need to re-think our values on what we classify as a “celebrity” because we have definitely devalued the coinage. Personally, I don’t want to either look like or have the lifestyle of Kim Kardashian or even have the online followers of the so-called “social influencers” who also now qualify as celebrities.

People who appeared on TV were “entertainers”. Quite a different category. They were famous for being funny or being fine actors or for being an important presenter. Sports people were famous for what they did and we admired them for it. If they got a honour as a result, that just added to their fame and our admiration. I don’t remember hearing the word “celebrity” much at all.

And if we simply reject that standard, the genuine celebrities – the really worthwhile people who have earned their fame in some amazing way – will start to surface and make that category great again.

Fast-forward to 2017 and you can’t move for so-called celebrities. Every actor or actress in a TV soap qualifies for the name and the natural respect that

Ask the expert not the internet We Brits apparently live in fear of the doctor’s waiting room or the dentist’s chair. Nothing too surprising about that, I suppose, except that new research shows that we are definitely a fearful nation when it comes to our health and wellbeing. For example, almost a quarter of Brits questioned feared the doctor’s waiting room and 34% confessed to a fear of the dentist’s chair. Perhaps the most unlikely statistic is that 17% admitted that visiting the optician’s made them nervous.

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TWITTER The top fear-prompter was discovery of a previously unknown health problem; 69% felt frightened about that. Maybe that, along with 22% having had a previous bad experience, explains the statistic that 79% hesitate to seek medical advice. The daft thing is that we know that seeing an expert makes sense. We know that we should go to the doctor, dentist or optician if there’s a niggling health worry yet we prolong the agony by ignoring it. I’m always shocked, for example, by the number of women who miss their mammogram appointment when it’s just a simple procedure and it can pick up rogue cells so early. I know it’s not something you’d ever do for fun but it’s quick, uncomfortable rather than painful, and it can be a life-saver. It would be interesting to see how we compare in this area with other countries. Are the French as frightened of the dentist? Do Germans hate eye-tests? How many Italians refuse to see a doctor when they have symptoms? It’s probably just human nature to believe that if we don’t know the worst then it won’t happen. The crazy part of this is that, quite often, there’s nothing wrong and we’ve just been worrying needlessly. Me? I always look up my ailments on the internet first and think about the doctor later. Well, you can’t be too careful with suspected dengue fever, can you?

These hadn’t been particularly visible at interview but when she started teaching in the classroom, she wore sleeveless clothes and a skirt that revealed them all over her body. Interestingly, this divided the nation. Now, I’m not necessarily anti-tattoos. Many of my friends have discreet ones that actually look really nice - although I’m not thinking of having one any time soon. It’s also partly generational. Today, no-one under 30 thinks twice about getting a tattoo and if they want a full sleeve then they will. However, I’m not sure if they are always appropriate in a job situation. They don’t work well for the legal profession, for example, for doctors or surgeons. That may be rather unfair but I suppose it’s not what we expect to see. Covered flesh is the order of the day generally in these formal situations. I can’t think of many Government ministers sporting tattoos, either, although they may have huge roses tattooed all over their buttocks for all we know. There’s probably a BBC rule about presenters showing tattoos as well. I’m sure Sir Trevor McDonald hasn’t got a secret dragon all over his back and the odd heart or butterfly on his shoulder. Although tattoos are very much a personal choice and today we respect that, we still don’t expect to see them at work and that seems right to me. Of course, if you’re a pop star or one of those indeterminate “celebrities”, tattoos are usually compulsorily on view.

Hands off old TV favourites I don’t mind re-makes of films but I’ve started to get very shirty about the re-creating of some of my favourite TV shows. There is no way that modern producers should touch Dad’s Army or Porridge and yet they insist on fiddling with the format, bringing in a new cast and generally updating them. No-one can ever play Captain Mainwaring like Arthur Lowe, in spite of actor Toby Jones having a good stab at it in the new film. Nor can anyone ever play Fletch in Porridge like Ronnie Barker. They set the tone, create the right humour – they are the programme. The old American saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” definitely applies here. Hands off – just keep the re-runs going!

Tattoos may need covering up Not too long ago, a primary school teacher was dismissed for having a large number of tattoos.

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Jennie Bond visits South Africa with African Sky Former BBC Royal Correspondent, Jennie Bond visits South Africa with African Sky. Standing on Olifants Bay, a remote beach on the south west tip of the African continent, we were thrilled to see two ostriches strut by, just a few yards away. I’d spent most of the day telling my husband, Jim, how these huge birds run wild on the Cape, but was beginning to doubt my own word. And it was one of so many fabulous sights during our stay on the Cape. The first was actually our hotel. It’s called The Last Word -- there are three of them in the Western Cape-- and

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they really are the definition of a luxury boutique hotel. We started on Long Beach (the name says it all) and our suite was magnificent. There was a real wow factor as we walked in and saw the huge glass doors folded back so that you look straight out onto the blue ocean and feel you are practically on the sandy beach. On the other side of the bay, the dramatic Chapman’s Peak and its surrounding mountains look soft in the sea haze created from the cold Atlantic waters meeting the hot African sun. Every evening, as we watched the sun go down, glass in hand, we were treated to a royal fly-past by parades of squawking Sacred Ibis. Jim had never been to this part of the world before, and the last time I was


TRAVEL here was with the Queen in 1995 when I was reporting for the BBC.

champagne on ice awaiting us, along with two tiny teacups of exquisite creme brûlée.

But the years had blurred my memory of the sheer beauty and vastness of South Africa. We marvelled at the landscapes as we drove around the Cape in our hired 4x4. The mountain passes, across Chapman’s Peak for example, are breathtaking. And the constant possibility of a baboon crossing your path.....as they did from time to time... was an added thrill.

The final part of our trip was a real adventure. A three hour road trip took us to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo region.

After three blissful days at Long Beach, we headed to the wine country in the Franschhoek Valley. And suddenly it was Autumn in April. Not that the sun was any less searing, but the beautiful burnished colours of the vineyards and trees gave away the true season. And the mountains all around us made us feel we were in a Wild West movie. We were spoiled for choice when it came to wine tasting; vineyards tempt you every few hundred yards as you approach Franschhoek. When we arrived at The Last Word at Franschhoek, it felt like home. The same soft decor welcomed us into a spacious suite. And it proved to be equally indulgent. When we arrived back after a delicious dinner at Le Quartier Francais, our suite was romantically illuminated by candles, there was

This is a semi-desert reserve, the size of Singapore, where the big five roam free, but are not always easy to spot. We loved the thrill of the chase, bouncing over the rough terrain in our ranger’s big, open-sided truck. The game drives can take more than three hours and there are always wonderful surprises: a giraffe wandering along a track; a pale chanting goshawk perched on a post or the huge paw print of a white lion in the sand. On our second evening drive we had a bonanza: rhinos and elephants foraging in a thicket, giraffes taking a sunset stroll and --best of all -- a female cheetah enjoying her Springbok kill. Guarded by our ranger, Chris, rifle in hand, we were able to approach the cheetah on foot and get so close we could almost smell her. We had just one last treat in store: a brief visit to the third The Last Word, this one in Constantia. It was, once again, the last word in luxury, carefully perfected by our softly spoken host, Tess, who exuded the same tranquillity as our surroundings.

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Travels with Winston Churchill’s granddaughter – Celia Sandys By Jennie Carr from Silver Travel Advisor If you’re travelling to or through London with the escorting touring specialists Tauck, you may well have the pleasure of meeting Celia Sandys, one of their ambassadors, at a dinner or presentation where she tells tales of her grandfather that cannot be found in the history books. Celia is one of Winston Churchill’s grandchildren and she spent many holidays with him in the last five years of his life. She has also written five books about her grandfather, including one on his early life and one on his travels.

his grandchildren had little notion of the public figure he was, but rather saw him as a benign figure who they rather took for granted. Feeding the fish and visiting the animals were simple pleasures they all enjoyed together here. Celia also accompanied him on painting trips, where he enjoyed the

Her first trip with him was aged sixteen, as she was an available grandchild of the right age. They were guests of Aristotle Onassis and his wife on his incredible yacht sailing in the Mediterranean. Fellow guests were Maria Callas and her husband. And it was on this voyage that two marriages ended and a love affair began. What an extraordinary trip for the littletravelled young Celia to experience! She recalled her grandfather asking her to describe what she could see from the cabin windows each morning, particularly the colours. This was so very important to the artist that he was. Many of her memories of Winston Churchill are from his country home, Chartwell, in a domestic setting, where

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Courage is the quality that Celia said Winston Churchill would most want to be remembered for. It was this which allowed him to defy everyone during the Second World War and to convince the nation that they would win the war in the end. Meeting Celia Sandys is a fascinating experience; her insights into her remarkable grandfather are warm, amusing and give a rare opportunity to learn about the more private moments of this great statesman. Her recollections are a graciously fitting tribute to him. More about Tauck In 1882, Herman Tauck arrived in New York City from Germany in search of the American dream. His son, Arthur Tauck Sr., would realise that dream with ingenuity and an innovative spirit, starting Tauck Motor Tours – at age 27 with a first tour through the backroads of New England in 1925. It embodied the same successful formula used by Tauck today: do the right thing. Craft a life-enriching travel experience; provide it at a single all-inclusive price; ensure there is great value for money; and rely on recommendations of satisfied customers to build a following and grow the business. Over the next 90+ years – and three generations of Taucks – the scope of destinations served and the variety of modes of travel would grow dramatically. Today, with six brands and more than 140 trips across seven continents, Tauck delivers life-enriching travel experiences to every corner of the globe, incorporating small cruise ships, premium riverboats, trains, helicopters and more…

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REEVES COACH HOLIDAYS SHETLAND......calling at Glamis and Balmoral

This is one of those places that you wish to go to but never seem to have the chance - SHETLAND. Our programme takes us first to Perth for overnight, a visit to Glamis Castle, a short tour of Aberdeen then onto Northlink Ferries for our overnight crossing to Lerwick, where we are joined by a local guide for a tour of the island. Returning overnight, then to Perth with a visit to Balmoral. Don’t miss this!

Departure 18th June

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Southsea Special

We return to the Royal Beach at Southsea this year for another break in this very popular seaside resort. Our programme includes a visit to the Roman Palace followed by a Chichester Harbour Cruise, Lyndhurst in the New Forest and Beaulieu Palace and the National Motor Museum - and a free day in resort.

Departure 26th June

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CASTLES and GARDENS of the Scottish Lowlands

A new destination as we head for the Scottish Lowlands and the popular town of Dumfries. Our hotel, the Cairndale, offers good accommodation and fayre with leisure facilities. Excursions take us to Threave Castle and Gardens, Glenluce Gardens and the Withorn Peninsula and the magnificent Drumlanrig Castle.

Departure 2nd July

Days 5

Price per Person £389

Single Supplement £71

Norfolk’s Pride and Joy

Dunston Hall Hotel offers quality accommodation and fayre along with leisure facilities. Our programme is quite unique as we visit 3 National Trust properties: Peckover House and Gardens, Blickling Estate and Fellbrig Hall, gardens and estate. We also include a Norwich city tour and Broads Cruise.

Departure 9th July

Days 5

Price per Person £439

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ARRAN, MULL and IONA

Three nights at Blackwaterfoot and the tranquillity of Arran, quality accommodation and fayre, a tour of the island and visit to Brodick Castle Gardens. Off then to Lochranza for the ferry to Claonaig and Arduaine Gardens before arrival in Oban. Then it’s off to Mull and Iona.

Departure 18th July

Days 6

Price per Person £499

Single Supplement £30

Return of the Super Kentishman

This holiday has so much to offer: 5 nights half-board in quality accommodation at the Great Danes. Then included excursions and visits to : Royal Tumbridge Wells and a walking tour of the Pantiles, Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston, the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Rochester and Leeds Castle, the city of Canterbury. A holiday in Kent with quality accommodation and fayre and a host of super visits.......not to be missed.

Departure 6th August

Days 6

Price per Person £489

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Cheltenham and the Cotswolds

Another holiday packed with interesting excursions and visits. First stop on our outward journey is NT Packwood House and Gardens then on to the Cheltenham Chase for 4 nights’ half-board accommodation. A morning in Cheltenham and then the steam railway to Toddington and a visit to Sudeley Castle, plus visits to Hidcote Manor Garden and the very popular Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park.

Departure 14th August

Days 5

Price per Person £399

Single Supplement £88

Sidmouth Special

The Bedford is located on the seafront at Sidmouth and is a very popular hotel with groups, offering good accommodation and fayre. Whilst staying in Sidmouth we offer a scenic ride along the Jurassic coast via Lyme Regis, Bridport and Abbotsbury to the seaside resort of Weymouth. Another day takes us to Exmouth for an included river cruise with Stuart Line Cruises and an afternoon at Bicton Park Gardens.

Departure 31st October

Days 5

Price per Person £389

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Peebles, Floors Castle, The Kelpies, Rosslyn Chapel and the Royal Yacht

The Scottish Borders - a superbly scenic area - and what a holiday we have. Our hotel is located in the village of Eddleston, outside of Peebles by the “Great Polish Map of Scotland”. Our itinerary is quite unique; calling first at the World Heritage Village at New Lanark, then included visits to the Royal Yacht Brittania, a guided tour of Rosslyn Chapel, Newhailes House at Musselburgh, Priorwood Gardens, the magnificent Floors castle and Gardens, Duke and Baron (the Kelpies) and to round off a steam train journey on the Bo’ness and Kinnell Railway. Time also to browse the market town of Peebles before returning via the Grey Mare’s Tail to Moffatt and eventually Lancashire where our door to door service will see you home.

Departure 24th September

Days 5

Price per Person £399

Single Supplement £100

Old Ireland and Belfast

It is always a pleasure to return to the Trim Castle Hotel. Hospitality is just super with quality accommodation and fayre and located just a couple of minutes’ walk from the town centre, overlooked by the largest Norman Castle in Ireland. Whilst staying in Trim we include 2 super excursions accompanied by local guides. First to the Hill of Tara, where St. Patrick returned to Ireland, then even further back to the Neolithic times and the tomb at Newgrange. Our second excursion takes us to Malahide Castle for an included tour before returning to Trim in the midafternoon. Time to browse or maybe a visit to Trim Castle. Moving north we make a brief stop at Monasterboice to view the Great Crosses before heading to Newry, Lisburn and the Ards Peninsula for an afternoon visit to Mount Stuart House and Gardens, then on to our hotel for the next 2 nights, the Stormont. Located at the bottom of the park drive our hotel is ideal for that after dinner stroll to view this amazing building and parkland. Our last excursion takes us into Belfast for a city tour before free time to browse, maybe visit City Hall, then we include a visit to Titanic Belfast to round off a super holiday.

Departure 20th August

Days 6

Price per Person £498

Single Supplement £94

The Autumn Colours of Bonnie Scotland

The Crieff Hydro offers guests superior accommodation along with quality fayre and full leisure and spa facilities. We travel north, calling at Tebay and McKinnon Mill for lunch before a mid-afternoon arrival at the Hydro. Our itinerary is just stunning with included visits to the superb Drummond Castle Gardens, a morning visit to Glen Turret Distillery - the oldest distillery in Scotland and home to the ‘Famous Grouse’. To Pitlochry and Blair Castle, then a super moorland circular back to Crieff. our final visit is to the crowning place of the Scottish Kings - The Palace of Scone, with free time to browse Perth. Leaving Crieff we call at Moffat and Westmorland Services on our way back to Lancashire when our door to door service will operate.

Departure 23rd October

Days 5

Price per Person £389

Single Supplement £80

All-Inclusive Turkey and Tinsel at the Palace Hotel Inverness

We are pleased to return to the Palace Hotel this Autumn for an all-inclusive festive break and just look at the package that awaits you: on arrival at the hotel you will be able to settle into a comfortable bedroom or perhaps enjoy a relaxing swim and sauna before dinner is served. Your all-inclusive package is quite special with a free bar each evening from 7-10 p.m., wine with your evening dinner, a full Turkey and Tinsel entertainment programme. Just great breakfasts (54+ item choice), lunch each day (packed if on excursion), afternoon tea and of course tea/coffee all day long. It doesn’t come any better. We also include an excursion programme taking us to Elgin, a tour of the Black Isle and a full day circular trip taking in Garve, Dundonnell,Gruinard Bay, Loch Ewe and Gairloch and the beauty of Loch Marie. Leaving a couple of mornings to wander around the city of Inverness. Simply a stunning Autumn holiday.

Departure 19th November

Days 5

Price per Person £399

Single Supplement £86

Burns Weekend

Another super early break to start the year. Our Burns weekends have remained a popular choice with many travellers and this year is no exception as we offer 3 nights half-board at the superior Crieff Hydro, offering quality accommodation with full leisure and spa facilities. Light entertainment in the bar on friday followed by the Piping and Address to the Haggis with a 4 course Scottish themed Dinner and Ceilidh on Saturday. We also include excursions to Dunkeld and Pitlochry, entrance to the Famous Grouse Experience, Crieff Visitor Centre and Perth.

Departure 26th January 2018

Days 4

Price per Person £289

Single Supplement £60

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The Famous Voice From The Valleys IT’S not unusual for singer Tom Jones to attract almost as much female attention in 2017 as he did when he first burst onto the British music scene in 1964. The famous Voice from the Valleys, even at 76 and a grandfather, is still seen as the same Sex Bomb he ever was before, during and after his hit record of that name. He may have built his reputation on belting out iconic hits of the past five or six decades with his powerful, raspy baritone but he long ago left behind the clinging leather trousers, shirt split to the waist to reveal his hairy chest and gleaming medallion. Today, give or take the odd glint in the eye, he could be any well-preserved former bank manager or city gent – until he either speaks with that Welsh lilt in the background or, better, lets rip with a moving ballad that still has the power to shake the emotions.

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His singing career has been an important part of the British history of pop and he is still making the headlines, both as an entertainer and these days as a coach in BBC TV’s popular talent show The Voice. Even away from music, he can’t help the media taking note of everything he does, because the public still has a warm appetite for Tom Jones. It’s a safe bet none of what came later could have been guessed by Thomas Jones Woodward as he grew up in the small mining town of Pontypridd in South Wales. Like many Welshmen, he began singing at an early age in church and in the school choir. He left school at 16 and was married and having a son a year later. He brought in money for his family from an assortment of jobs including singing in pubs at night.

In 1963, he was singing with his own group in working men’s clubs when Gordon Mills, a performer who had branched out into songwriting and management, saw him perform. He became his manager, re-named him Tom Jones and got him a record contract. His first record Chills and Fever failed to make an impression, but his second, It’s Not Unusual written by Gordon Mills, was a sensation – on both sides of the Atlantic. The sexy singer with the swivelling hips and handsome looks could really sing – anything from pop and rock to R & B, show tunes, soul and gospel music. He followed up his first hit with a string of others and began a hugely successful career, selling more than 100 million records with 36 Top 40 hits in the UK and 19 in the United States.


CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Songs like What’s New Pussycat, Delilah, Green, Green Grass of Home, She’s a Lady and Kiss were what the public wanted to hear. Fans not only bought his records but flocked to his shows and mobbed him on a regular basis. He won a Grammy as Best New Artist in 1965 but didn’t win a Brit Award until he took the title of Best Male Artist in 2000, then after a music career of more than 30 years. He was always appreciated by his fans, however, and added many thousands more when, in 1967, he performed in Las Vegas for the first time. This began a relationship with America’s entertainment capital – and with the States itself which he later made his home - that has spanned the decades and brought him into contact with some of the most legendary names in showbiz.

continue singing to getting him through this dark time. This Summer, he’s on the road again pleasing new audiences, this time on a Forest Tour of open-air venues which include Cartmel Racecourse in Cumbria, Delamere Forest in Cheshire and Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire. His voice is as strong as ever and his shows are bound to not only impress with new songs but cover some of his best-known hits. There’s no doubt his many established fans, plus the new ones who have come to appreciate Jones the Voice more recently, will turn up to enjoy the feelgood music and shared love of entertaining that Tom Jones always offers. But then, that’s not unusual, either.

It was here Tom first met his own idol, Elvis Presley, and they became good friends right up until Elvis’s death in 1977. Tom also had an internationally successful TV variety show entitled This is Tom Jones which reportedly earned him millions during the three years it ran. At the same time, he toured regularly – a major attraction with his hit records dominating the charts. Over the years, he has changed his musical style as markedly as he has changed his sartorial trademark, in the last decade or so venturing again into gospel music. He has also recorded with various famous names including his good friend Robbie Williams. Tom was awarded the OBE in 1999 and in 2006 was knighted by the Queen for his services to music. After receiving the knighthood, he stated: “It is fantastic. It was lovely to see the Queen again. I love seeing the Queen and I have always been a royalist. “She has got a great smile and her whole face lights up when she smiles. I told her I have been in showbusiness 41 years successfully and she said to me that I had given a lot of people a lot of pleasure.” “I come from a coal-mining, working-class background. My father was a coalminer. Today is just tremendous.” While his reputation and undoubted talent have endured, his public profile was given a boost in 2012 when he became a coach on The Voice with will.i.am, Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue. He mentored the first winner and impressed everyone with his down-to-earth humour and self-deprecating approach. He returned to later series, apart from one season, and established himself there as a knowledgeable and much-loved real celebrity. When his wife Linda died last year after a short battle against cancer, Tom attributed his determination to

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HOME & GARDEN Most people love sitting out in their garden so take a look at your PATIO and see if it provides a sun-trap. If it doesn’t, think about creating another elsewhere in your garden. Make your own decked area but don’t forget to treat it with stain and preserve products to protect it from sunlight, water damage and mould.

Bringing The Outside Inside THIS is definitely the time of year that we throw off all our Winter worries and time spent indoors and start to appreciate the Great Outdoors that starts at our own back-door. We Brits do love our gardens – be they undulating acres of greenery or a small back garden with room for a few pots and a sunbed. And as soon as the temperatures start to rise even a little, we throw open our doors and windows and get plenty of good fresh air into our lungs. Now that more and more of us are investing in our homes to spend sparetime there relaxing, we are also investing more time and money in our gardens. Everyone has their own definition of the Perfect Garden – be it minimalist with gravel paths, large pots and the occasional seated area to lush lawns with borders with flowers and shrubs bursting into life. Certainly, this is the time to make the most of the garden you have to achieve just what you want from it – budget willing.

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Let’s start with that LAWN if you’ve got one, or want one. Improve the one you’ve already got by aerating it, punching holes throughout to help give your grass a proper medium to grown in. Water it deeply and less often, use natural lawn fertilizer and cut your grass correctly to the recommended cutting height, re-using grass clippings in “grass-cycling” that returns needed nutrients to the soil. And if you don’t want to maintain a lawn and want a pristine one all the time, consider investing in an ARTIFICIAL LAWN. This technology has come on in tremendously and they can be made to fit any sized garden and look remarkably natural - they’re also pet-proof and child-proof! PATHS can create the illusion of space and small areas of greater interest. A winding path creates a more fluid design than a straight one; use materials that complement those used on the house for a toning, overall look that’s always smart.

Use POTS and PLANTERS to make this area in particular somewhere really pleasant to spend time. Aim for a colour theme and use several shades of this one colour for a pleasing effect. Add large shrubs to pots to screen off areas, here and throughout your garden. If you’re looking to “bring the outside in”, ORANGERIES and CONSERVATORIES may be your dream choice for giving you more space and offering a vista of light. It’s always a good idea to look around at other homes first and perhaps go on recommendation when to find just the right supplier and installer. FRENCH WINDOWS are a popular choice these days to modernise any room and add light and space to your home. Many people are ditching old back-doors in favour of this modern addition to living that allows you easy access to the garden. There are all kinds of styles in durable materials that require minimum maintenance so it’s worth going to more than one company to compare styles, work and prices. Or, installing BIFOLD DOORS can also be really worthwhile, especially if you’ve got a small kitchen you want to open up or if you love being close to your garden. They immediately bring so much light into your kitchen or dining area, they can be bespoke to suit your needs and create brilliant entertaining areas. And allowing everyone – especially children and pets – to wander in and out easily really makes for an easygoing lifestyle while genuinely appreciating your garden more, too.


PERGOLAS, GAZEBOS and ARBOURS come in all shapes and sizes to suit your individual garden and offer an often unusual attraction. They also give places to sit and enjoy the outdoors and the fruits of your labour! GARDEN STUDIOS are particularly popular now as an extra room, an office or a playroom or gym. Prices are more competitive these days and there are more styles than ever. Work out what fits into your garden space and available budget – they can be very basic or quite luxurious but they all offer a lovely feeling of being nearer to Nature. Installing a garden studio gives you that extra room, without the big cost of an extension. There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of water, is there? So it’s definitely worthwhile considering a WATER FEATURE, POND or FOUNTAIN. Even quite a modest budget means you can install a pond

SAFETY & QUALITY NEVER COMPROMISED The Premier Garage Door range blends the convenience of power operation with smooth, vertical opening and the benefits of insulation to provide the perfect solution for any garage. Manufactured from foam filled aluminium lath, available in a full range of colours and four wood effect finishes. We are confident we can accommodate your requirements and enhance your property.

yourself with a pump and suitable plants, with fish, for a reasonable amount. Of course, if you’re thinking bigger, there’s nothing quite like your own SWIMMING POOL in the garden to enhance your lifestyle – and make the neighbours green with envy. Site it in the open air with its own cover for poorer weather or during the Winter, or give it its handsome, purpose-built home. It’s guaranteed to be a hit with the younger members of the family and offers readymade exercise and good health for all ages. Go to the British Swimming Pool Federation’s website on www.bspf.org. uk for useful help. You might prefer a HOT TUB – still very popular as a way of relaxing outdoors with many people - and the beauty of a tub is that you can use it all year round. Visit the British and Irish Spa Hot Tub

Association (BISHTA) at www.bishta. co.uk to get advice and ideas and to download a homeowners’ handbook. Don’t forget to add a BARBECUE area to your garden if you want to spend quality time out there. If you prefer a mobile barbecue there are plenty to choose from, even brazier-type barbecues that heat the area, too. In fact, as this is the British Summer that we’re talking about, treating yourself to some effective PATIO HEATERS could turn out to be the very best buy of all!

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HOME “It’s really important the people realise that retirement living isn’t about getting old; it’s about having the right amount of flexible comfort and support to allow people to be independent and do the things they want to do, but with reassurance that there’s someone there to support you if you need them.” One customer said: “I love my home and I know help is at hand if I need it. The staff are fantastic and let you get on with life, but make sure you feel safe, as you never know what I might need later on in life. Personally, I am glad I made the choice to move now and know all of that is taken care of.” For more information, visit calico.org.uk Whatever you do next, you may well be faced with having to sell a property that reflects years of a happy home life. And that can mean a mass of possessions that may not fit into your downsized new home.

Downsizing & Decluttering THERE comes a time for many of us when we look around at our previously muchloved home and decide the time has come to downsize to something smaller. This may be because your family has left to become independent and the property that once seemed to be bursting at the seams is just too big. It may be that you need to move to more convenient housing because health or financial necessities demand it, or because you would just prefer to look after and maintain a smaller place. There are more options than ever for retirement living these days and, while property can help fund your care home should you need it, another route is to rent a retirement property. Calico Homes’ Independent Living team provides homes for people with a range of needs, and helps them to live as independently as possible with the added peace of mind that comes with knowing help is at hand if you need it. Calico’s properties are geared around making sure people are in the best health, and are able to do as much as they want to do thanks to the more comfortable living environment.  

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With the available support, residents are still able to shop, socialise, and get out and about as often as they like. In many cases, Calico’s Independent Living properties aren’t any different from anyone else’s home – what they do have is additional support which is there to meet your requirements, and is totally flexible depending on how much you need it. A range of properties are available, including bungalows and apartments with or without a shared social space. Kate Heelas, Calico’s Independent Living Service Manager, says:

In order to sell a property, it needs to be as clear as possible of the life of the previous owner so that a potential-buyer can see where he or she might fit their lifestyle into it. Decluttering your home takes a particular mind-set and genuine determination. In fact, as professional declutterer Amanda Manson of Orderly Office and Home points out: “The thought of what you’re going to do with everything might fill you with utter dread!” She recommends a simple plan of action:

START NOW Beginning decluttering well in advance of putting your property on the market assists in a quick sale and spreads the load over time. “Try 10 minutes a day,” she advises, “little and often. Don’t try a whole room in one go – you’ll end up exhausted and disheartened. Keep in the forefront of your mind your goal of moving into a new home and you’ll be spurred on to continue each day.”

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Amanda Manson

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Keep track of where everything is. “If your new home has been agreed, assign a number to each room, and pack your belongings in a box numbered accordingly,” says Amanda. “If your new home hasn’t been decided yet, start grouping like items with like. Pack Winter/ Summer clothing together, pictures and ornaments, books and bedding (always spread books across several boxes – your


removal men will thank you!). Remember to label everything.”

REALITY CHECK Look at what’s in your home and ask yourself “Do I use it, love it or need it?” If the answer is “no”, is it time to say goodbye? Amanda suggests that clothing you haven’t worn in over a year you might never wear again so out it goes, along with gifts that you’ll never use. Give them to relatives or friends, a local charity, sell them in the local paper or on an auction site or list them online for free collection. Adds Amanda: “Recycle unwanted items where possible, but if unsuitable then it’s a trip to your local rubbish tip or a call to your local council for removal.”

SIZE MATTERS If you have no garden, garage or guest room in your new home be realistic about whether you’ll use certain items like, for example, a lawnmower if you’re going somewhere with a serviced garden or no garden. Is your furniture too big for your new property? Try to imagine the bare minimum you could manage living with, and take it from there. “Often the additional ‘stuff’ we keep with us becomes an emotional weight around our necks,” states Amanda.

A GIFT TO YOUR CHILDREN If your loft has been home to items belonging to children like their earliest artwork, toys and other memories, now is the time to give them back. Explain your reasons, keep what you really can’t bear to part with and ask them to collect what’s left, with a deadline.

VISIBLE SPACES All open surfaces and room space should be as clear as possible ready for estate agents’ photographs. “Buyers can be easily put off by what appears to be a cramped or cluttered space,” observes Amanda.

HIDDEN SPACES Don’t just wonder if prospective buyers will look inside your cupboards. They will. If you have fitted wardrobes and sleek kitchen cupboards, buyers will want to know what they can fit into them.

STORE UNTIL YOU MOVE If you have a move date, this makes deciding what to keep out and what to pack away and what can go much easier. Without one, you’ll have to get organised. Box up seasonal items and store them away in a loft, garage or in a storage

facility until you move and keep your cupboards, wardrobes and kitchen space for things you use often.

STOP BUYING MORE! If you’re really set on making the move, start paring down any consumables right now, insists Amanda. “Sort through kitchen cupboards and freezer to see what meals you can make with what you already have. Discard out of date items, meal plan and make amends to your shopping list so you’re only buying the item you really need each week. Repeat the process with your bathroom cupboards and toiletries – and avoid the BOGOF temptations as it’s just more stuff to move.”

PAPERWORK AND READING MATERIAL As the years go by, it’s easy to let papers build up. “Sort through your paperwork piles and discard or shred anything that you really don’t need like outdated bills, manuals for items you don’t now have and old magazines,” says Amanda. * For more information go to: www.orderlyofficeandhome.co.uk www.calico.org.uk

Your age shouldn’t limit your lifestyle. If you’re over the age of 55, or have additional support needs, a move to a Calico Home could help you continue to live independently. Our support is tailored to you, with as much or as little help as you may need to keep active and live life to the full.

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pots of around 5cm (2in) in diameter if you don’t have much room. The ideal container gives each plant at least 10cm (4in) of space on all sides, to allow for roots and over-ground growth. Put a layer of stones into the bottom before adding the soil, or make sure there are a couple of little holes in the bottom to allow for draining. Seeds and cuttings can be planted in containers outside unless otherwise stated. Planting seeds: Unless the specific guidelines tell you otherwise, all you need to do is sprinkle a row of seeds over the top of the container, covering with a light dusting of soil and giving them a good water. As they start to shoot, separate any that are too close together, leaving a gap of at least 2.5cm (1in) between each plantlet.

Plant l Grow l Eat There’s a real joy in growing your own herbs and flowers, in using the fat of your land to add flavour to your cooking. Having spent an entire childhood avoiding anything to do with my parent’s garden, I’ve discovered the pride involved in snipping off a sprig and popping it straight into your pot. And the best thing? It’s really pretty easy. This guide intends to show you how simple it is.

garden centres will work just fine. Fill your boxes almost to the top, plant your seeds or cuttings and give them a really good drenching with water. Once a week, in summer months, it’s worth giving them a capful or two of plant feed, available from the same places as the soil. Containers: The larger your containers, the better, though herbs can survive for shorter times in tiny

Then, after a couple of weeks, discard those that look a bit weedy and meek to leave room for the ones that are flourishing, this time with at least 5cm (2in) of space between each. cuttings: Flowers like lavender and honeysuckle grow best from cuttings rather than seeds. Snip a healthy, nonflowering shoot from an existing plant – you want it to be around 5–10cm (2–4in) long. Keep only one or two pairs of leaves at the tip, dip the bottom in root power and poke the cutting into your container, leaving space around it. Water well and watch it grow. Once it’s about 15cm (6in) high, you should pinch off the top two leaves to encourage it to grow outwards – repeat this every 10 days or so. Plants: The fastest way to success, of course, is to buy plants from the garden centre and replant them. Squeeze them out of the pots they come in and gingerly break up the clump of earth that clings to their roots, taking care not to damage the roots. Place them into your container and pat some soil in around them. Water them well and you’ve got a ready-made garden that you can cook from straight away.

a few notes before you get out your trowel Soil: For herb and window boxes, the multi-use potting soil you buy in massive bags at DIY warehouses and

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“How lovely is the silence of growing things.”


GARDEN

Chive

tarragon

BASIL

tastes: Strongly like onion.

tastes: Fragrant, like aniseed.

tastes: Peppery and sweet.

when to plant: Early spring to midsummer.

when to plant: Spring to late summer.

when to plant: Late spring, starting off inside.

when to pick: After a couple of months it will have grown enough for you to be able to slice off most of the chive, leaving just 2cm (3/4 in) to grow back. Chopping off the edible flower head will encourage more to grow.

when to pick: Late spring until late autumn. Snip off the stalks and pinch the leaves.

when to pick: Until late September, removing the leaves from growing stalks.

how to plant: Start growing the chives inside, sprinkling the seeds in a row and then barely covering with soil. Water them well and move them outside once they’re 5–6cm (2–2 ½ in) tall – you can carefully dig them up and transplant them to another container if you like, spacing them about 15cm (6in) apart. Although they might disappear in the winter, they are still alive – you can leave them outside and they will grow back again in the spring. plant it with: Chives tend to grow pretty tall, so plant them with squat, equally reedy herbs like dill and thyme. works particularly well with: Beetroot, chicken, haddock, goat’s cheese, parsnip, potatoes, sour cream. substitute it with: Basil, oregano, winter savory.

how to plant: Tarragon is one of the easiest herbs to look after – it is hardy and doesn’t need much care. It likes a bit of shade, so choose a spot that gets some light but also some respite from the sun. Plant the seeds in shallow dips in the soil, cover with a light dusting of earth and water frequently, making sure the seeds doesn’t dry out. Thin the plants out so that there is 10cm (4in) between each one. Either let it die off in the winter, or bring it indoors where it will live happily on a sunny windowsill. plant it with: Chervil, coriander and chive. works particularly well with: Chicken, lemon, green peppers, mushrooms, potatoes. substitute it with: Oregano, lemon balm, chervil. can be eaten: Raw, roasted or in sauces.

how to plant: Plant the seeds sparingly in small pots and cover with a very fine layer of soil; water well. Leave on a sunny windowsill. After about 5 weeks, move them outside, thinning the plants out until they are about 20cm (8in) apart. Basil needs sunshine and small amounts of water often, and will perk up quickly if it dries out a little. Pinch out the top leaves to stop it from growing too tall. plant it with: Mint, rosemary and thyme for a very fragrant box. works particularly well with: Chicken, pasta, Parmesan, salmon, peaches, tomatoes. substitute it with: Mint, lemon balm, oregano. can be eaten: Raw or steamed, although it can turn bitter if it is cooked for too long.

can be eaten: Raw, steamed or cooked in sauces.

Herbs & Flowers: Plant, Grow, Eat by Pip McCormac (Quadrille, £7.99) Illustrations Louise O’Reilly

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FOOD & DRINK

JAMES MARTIN’S FRENCH ADVENTURE

Whole John Dory with clams & courgettes

Also known as Saint Peter’s fish, after the patron saint of fishermen, John Dory is a beautiful fish. This was the first dish I cooked on the show, and no sooner had I finished and walked away to wash my hands than some eager French people huddled around the pan and started to dive in. A vote of confidence, if ever I saw one!

INGREDIENTS SERVES 2 2 courgettes, thickly sliced 2 heritage tomatoes, thickly sliced 2 shallots, thinly sliced 1 x 1kg John Dory, gutted and fins removed 50ml olive oil 375ml dry white wine 15 basil leaves 300g clams, washed handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Arrange the courgettes and tomatoes over the base of a roasting tin. Slot the shallot slices in between the courgettes and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Season the John Dory with salt and pepper, place on top of the vegetables and drizzle with half the olive oil. Pour the white wine over and scatter with the basil leaves. Cover tightly with foil and cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Carefully lift the foil and add the clams, then cover again and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes or until the clams open up (discard any that remain closed). Remove from the oven, scatter over the parsley leaves and add a final drizzle of olive oil.


Braised Chicken with Red Wine Vinegar and Tarragon We ate so many lovely braised dishes in France that it was diªcult to choose just a few to go in the book, but this one made the cut: tarragon is such a classic French herb and the red wine vinegar really lifts the sauce. INGREDIENTS SERVES 4 1–2 tablespoons olive oil 1 x 1.25–1.5kg chicken, jointed into 8 portions knob of butter 1 teaspoon tomato purée 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 50ml red wine vinegar 110ml white wine 500ml chicken stock 2 tomatoes, skinned 1 heaped teaspoon Dijon mustard 250ml whipping cream 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the mash 500g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 125ml double cream 125g unsalted butter, softened

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°C/gas mark 4. Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof frying pan or flameproof casserole over medium to high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and fry to a good golden crisp all over. Remove the chicken from the pan, then tip out the fat, wipe the pan clean, and add the butter. Stir in the tomato purée and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the vinegar and reduce until it has all but disappeared. Add the wine and reduce by a third. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer, then return the chicken to the pan, cover with a lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Meanwhile, quarter the tomatoes and scoop out the seeds. Cut the tomato flesh into small dice and set aside.

To make the mash, cook the potatoes in a saucepan of lightly salted water for 15 minutes until tender. Drain and pass through a potato ricer back into the saucepan and stir over low heat to dry out. Gently warm the cream in a small saucepan until just boiling, then remove from the heat. Gradually beat a little butter and then a little of the cream into the mash. Keep adding and beating until the potato is soft and creamy, then season with salt and pepper to taste Remove the pan from the oven, lift out the chicken pieces and keep warm while you finish the sauce. Strain the sauce through a sieve into a clean saucepan and bring back to the boil. Whisk in the mustard and cream, then simmer to reduce and thicken slightly. Check the seasoning, then add the diced tomato and tarragon. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve with the mash.

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Your perfect recipe needs top quality ingredients...

Crêpes Suzette I’ll never forget cooking this dish on location: it was 34 degrees in the shade, and we were under a beautiful tree by a swimming pool overlooking Saint-Tropez. The other thing I should mention is that the person I was cooking it for was my great friend and three-star Michelin chef, Michel Roux Snr… We were at his house. No pressure, then. INGREDIENTS SERVES 2 For the crêpes 250g plain flour 2 eggs 2 teaspoons melted butter, plus extra for cooking 600ml milk

For the sauce 50g butter 3 oranges, 1 zested and all juiced 1 lemon, zested and juiced 3 tablespoons caster sugar 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier 2 tablespoons Cognac

To make the crêpes, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl to form a smooth batter. Set aside for at least an hour in a cool place. Place a small frying pan over medium heat and add a little butter, then a ladleful of batter and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Cook for 1–2 minutes until just set, then flip and cook for a further minute until the underneath is lightly browned. Remove the cooked crêpe from the pan and repeat until all of the batter is used – you should end up with four crêpes. Place layers of baking parchment between the cooked crêpes to stop them sticking together.

Bury Market, winner of BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards (Best Food Market) really has it all. With over 350 stalls open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday you will find our friendly traders sell everything you need for making delicious home-cooked meals.

Great quality produce at great value prices, brought fresh to market every day!

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For the sauce, place all the ingredients in a large frying pan and bring to the boil, gently shaking the pan to ignite the alcohol. When the flame dies down, fold the crêpes into quarters and nestle them into the pan of sauce. Let them warm through for a few minutes, then dish out.

Web: www.burymarket.com

JAMES MARTIN’S FRENCH ADVENTURE (Quadrille, £20.00) Photography: Peter Cassidy.

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The Skills by Monica Galetti Clam and chorizo risotto INGREDIENTS 1kg fresh clams, rinsed in running water for 2–3 minutes to remove any sand, and drained 200ml dry white wine 2 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 spicy cooking chorizos, finely diced

1 fresh or dried bay leaf 300g carnaroli rice 1.5 litres chicken stock 50g Parmesan, grated 50g butter 2 tbsp chopped basil 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley Salt

Heat a large casserole dish on a high heat and add the clams to the hot dish. Add half the wine quickly, cover with a lid and cook for 2 minutes, until the clams open. Drain and set aside, reserving the cooking liquor. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan, add the onion and garlic and sweat for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the chorizo and bay leaf and cook for a few minutes. Add the rice and toast for 2 minutes, then add the remaining wine and turn up the heat to evaporate the liquid. Add the reserved clam cooking liquor, then the chicken stock a ladleful at a time, stirring occasionally, until the rice is almost cooked, about 15 minutes. Evaporate the remaining liquid, then remove from the heat and beat in the Parmesan, butter and fresh herbs. Add the clams just to heat through. Taste and add salt if needed, then serve immediately.

Pineapple meringue pie SERVES 10–12 SWEET PASTRY 250g butter, softened 150g icing sugar 4 large egg yolks, plus 1 extra, mixed with a little water 500g plain flour Pinch of salt FILLING 1 small pineapple, peeled, cored and diced 260g egg yolks (about 13 eggs) 150ml pineapple juice

60g caster sugar 600ml whipping cream 1 tsp rapeseed oil ITALIAN MERINGUE 40ml water 175g caster sugar for the syrup, plus 25g for the egg whites 100g egg whites (about 2. 1/2 eggs)

For the sweet pastry, beat the butter and icing sugar together until pale, then beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Gradually mix in the flour and salt, then rest in the fridge for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 1800C/3500F/Gas 4. Roll out the pastry and use to line a baking tin 21cm square and 6cm deep. Trim off the excess pastry and prick the base with a fork. Line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans or uncooked rice. Bake for 11–15 minutes, then remove the parchment and beans and continue to cook until golden, another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with the extra yolk and water mixture. Place back in the oven for 1 minute, then remove and leave to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 1500C/3000F/Gas 2. For the filling, put the pineapple dice into a non-stick frying pan and roast over a medium heat until golden. Spread evenly over the cooked pastry case. Whisk the egg yolks, pineapple juice and sugar together in a bowl. Heat the cream to just warmed, then pour into the yolk mixture, whisking. Pour the filling into the cooked base over the pineapple and return to the oven for 50–55 minutes, until set. Leave to cool completely. Meanwhile, make an Italian meringue with the water, sugar and egg whites and pipe on top of the pineapple filling. Glaze the meringue under a hot grill or with a blowtorch and serve cold or at room temperature The Skills by Monica Galetti (Quadrille, £20) Photography © Cristian Barnett For more recipes from Monica visit our website www.50plusmagazine.co.uk


OUT AND ABOUT

A guide to the amazing events around the region in 2017 Wednesday, 28th June 2017 from 7.30pm. 

Blackburn Cancer Research Race for Life The 2017 Blackburn Cancer Research Race for Life event will be held at Witton Country Park on Wednesday, 28th June 2017 from 7.30pm.  Cancer Research UK's Race for Life is a series of womenonly events raising money for research into all types of cancer. 5K is an achievable distance & Participants can walk, jog or charge their way around the course. The Blackburn route follows a scenic, circular route around the park and the terrain is mainly grass. This popular evening race offers an amazing atmosphere as spectators line the final section of the route, to cheer participants back in. Don’t forget to bring your family and friends along to support you.  There will be stalls providing entertainment and refreshments as well as onstage activity by our radio partner, Heart.  The showfield also has an exciting playground for the children. Adult entry (Women aged 16+): £14.99 Child entry (Girls aged 6-15 & boys aged 12 or under): £10.00

17th - 20th August

Southport Flower Show Under 6 entry (Girls and boys): free and no registration needed Witton Country Park, Preston Old Road Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 2TP. Tel: 0300 123 0770 7 Jul 2017 - 9 July 2017

Summer Diesel Spectacular Make the most of the summer and come along to take a ride on your favourite locomotive from the East Lancashire Railway's much vaunted diesel home fleet. Running an all diesel timetable, the event will also feature special guests from further afield. Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bolton Street Station, Bury BL9 0EY. Tel: 01617647790 8th July 2017

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On July 8th 2017 at 7pm, The Last Night of The Proms returns to Blackburn Cathedral in style with a programme including Handel's Coronation Anthems. Tickets from £5.00. http://www.blackburnbid.co.uk/ 22 - 23 July 2017 

Green Fayre The Green Fayre is a premier countryside event, celebrating the great outdoors and countryside life. Don't miss demonstrations in a variety of woodland crafts including, chainsaw carving, willow weaving, basket making and hooping. Free Admission Beacon Country Park, Beacon Lane, Upholland WN8 7RU. Tel: 01695 622794 29 Jul 2017 - 30 July 2017. 10am - 5pm.

Chorley Flower Show After the phenomenal success of the second ever Chorley Flower Show, the fantastically floral event is back on Saturday and Sunday 29-30 July 2017. The show is now an 'award-winning' show after scooping 'Tourism Event of the Year' at the prestigious Lancashire Tourism Awards. All of your favourite attractions will be returning with a wider variety of horticultural displays and trade stands. This year there will also be a number of exciting new additions and gardening celebrities will return. Ticket prices range between £1.50 and £12.00. Astley Park, Hallgate, Chorley, PR7 1XA. Tel: 01257 515151.


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OUT AND ABOUT 12th August 2017

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Bolton’s Award Winning Market Bolton market has over 200 stalls including a bustling food court serving food from all over the world, cafés complement our food offer, and we even have a licensed bar.

1940's Day in Darwen is back on 12th August 2017 in Darwen Market Square from 10am until 4pm. Why not drop in for a great day out,  there'll be lots going on throughout the day to keep the whole family entertained. 17th - 20th August

Southport Flower Show Southport Flower Show is the largest independent flower show in the country, attracting over 50,000 visitors across 4 days. Set to be bigger and better than ever before, we’re delighted to announce this year’s theme as: The Curious Garden. Inspired by a sense of mystery, wonder and curiosity - this year, you’re invited to something very peculiar… Find your way through the foliage to reveal the strange and delightful secrets of the British garden. Through a twist, a turn and a secret door - what will you discover? Tickets on sale now. Victoria Park, Southport www.southportflowershow.co.uk 26 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017. 11am - 5pm.

You can buy everything from fresh fish, meat and game, locally sourced and exotic fruit and vegetables with speciality stalls selling deli meats and a huge selection of cheeses, plus there is a whole host of traditional stalls selling everything from furniture to flowers, bedding to broomsticks and much more.

Well worth a visit!

Bolton Market has it all. Opening Times; Open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm. How To Find Us Bolton Market, Ashburner Street, Bolton BL1 1TQ. Contact: 01204 336825 Email: bolton.markets@bolton.gov.uk

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Burnley Canal Festival 2016 was the biggest Festival yet as 12,000 people took a Slow Boat to Burnley for an enlarged edition of the Festival celebrating the 200th anniversary of the canal. If you enjoyed all the fun, or even if you missed all the fun, you will be pleased to hear we are busy planning the 2017 Festival. Music, dance, performance and spectacle, fun fair, food, workshops, craft stalls and waterborne activities will all be back to take you on a trail of magic and discovery through Burnley’s unique canalside environment and heritage. Join us between 11am and 5pm each day and visit the Festival Hub at Sandygate Square, then head along the towpath to Burnley Wharf and then on to Finsley Gate.  You will find performances, music, art & crafts workshops for all the family, street food, craft stalls, face painting and canoeing taster sessions. Along the towpath you might meet the very secretive Towpath Explorers, and of course you can enjoy all the beautiful narrowboats.

There is no entrance charge and the majority of activities and entertainment will be FREE. Burnley Canal Festival is the perfect day out for all the family, with something for everyone. Visit our website to find out the latest details of the 2017 programme. Sandygate Square, Sandygate Burnley, Lancashire BB11 1RN Tel: 01282 421986 26th - 27th August 2.00pm

Dinosaur Invasion In an old abandoned laboratory setting Doctor Stone is awaiting the arrival of Professor Flint from the World renown Dinosaur Museum to see the findings in a part of the building which appear to be some remnants from the Jurassic age. Unbeknown to him Mr Ug Lee the caveman and cheeky chimpanzee by the name of Chip has overheard him and have told their not very nice boss Nick ‘O’ Saurus who decides to try to get hold of these dinosaurs and sell them for a big profit. Doctor Stone realises that the Dinosaurs are hatching and beginning to come alive, Nick sees this and after persuading Doctor Stone that he is Professor Flint he sets about to get the Dinosaurs for himself. As the Dinosaurs are brought out to show the audience and get to learn some of the incredible facts about each type they are getting bigger and bigger and taking more and more handling. Lots of audience participation and interaction is involved in the presentation of the Dinosaur Invasion and there are fun and games around every corner which will leave the audiences of all ages captivated. From tiny baby hatchlings to a gigantic T Rex and Triceratops watch your little ones faces light up as they get up close to these ferocious predators. Over 15 realistic Dinosaurs, puppets, animatronics and characters are involved in making this unique fun filled family show happen. The Empire Theatre, Aqueduct Road, Blackburn BB2 4HT Phone: 01254 685 500 Web: thwaitesempiretheatre.co.uk Friday 8th September. Start: 8.00pm

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WANNABE – The Spice Girls Show the market leaders and definitive Phil Collins & Genesis tribute show. Now, celebrating their ‘10th Anniversary’ year together, this truly amazing eleven piece band which includes the ‘And Finally Horns’ faithfully re-create all the classic hits from the Phil Collins and Genesis timeless back catalogue. In 2017 they present a brand-new show that is truly enhanced by new lighting, stage sets and world class musicians to get even closer to that immense Phil Collins production ensuring an exciting spectacle is totally guaranteed. As always the ‘two drummer’ line up remains an integral part of the act and once again the addition of a dedicated percussionist performing the Louis Conte role, has moved the ‘And Finally’ experience both musically and visually to a whole different league.

9 Sept 2017. 11am to 5pm

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9 Sept 2017 - 10 Sept 2017

Harry Potter Weekend Come to Thornton Hall Farm and enjoy a spell binding experience in the style of Harry Potter. See some amazing performances, meet & greets and join in special workshops with Harry and his friends.  Lots of farm fun to be had - including animal feeding, animal petting, egg collecting & much more!  Tickets required for this event. Please see our website for more details. Thornton Hall Farm Country Park Church Road, Thornton In Craven Lancashire BD23 3TS Tel: 01282 841148

Spice Fest Blackburn Market are holding their Spice Festival for a second year on Saturday 9th September 2017, outside the Market on Church Street from 11am to 5pm.

Bury Market has a well deserved reputation for friendly service, fantastic produce and great value. As one of our customers recently said ‘I love Bury Market because the atmosphere is lovely, it’s everything you need in one place, it’s a gorgeous traditional market, full of fun, food, and luxuries!’

Expect some surprises & lots of fun. Blackburn Market will also be open as usual from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Blackburn Market, Church Street Blackburn BB1 5AF Tel: 01254 669258 Sat 30th September. Start 7.00pm 

An Evening of Clairvoyance The three gifted mediums come with glowing reviews with their mind blowing evidence of the spirit world.

15 Sept 2017 - 17 Sept 2017 Friday 18:00 - 21:00 Saturday - Sunday 09:00 - 17:30

Southport Air Show Are you looking for a fun and exhilarating day out with the kids? Do you have a limited budget to entertain the family for the entire day? Or do you simply have a love of aviation and air shows? If the answer to the above questions is 'Yes' then look no further than the Southport Air Show. Southport Seafront, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RY

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WANNABE – The Spice Girls Show Introducing Wannabe, the Spice Girls Show. Spice Girls remain the biggest girl band of all time with 9 number 1 singles, 80 million record sales, World tours, movies & a musical to their name.

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Featuring your favourite Spice Girls hits, the Wannabe show recreates the era of Girl Power and gives you a night out to remember! From the chart stomping ‘Spice Up Your Life’ through to the hip shaking ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, they will take you on a Spice World journey that will make you Zig-A-Zig-Ahhhh. Wannabe are celebrating their 10th anniversary touring the World and performing to hundreds of thousands of Spice Girls fans. “The perfect girls night out!” – The Venue, London

Swing it, shake it, move it, make it down however you can. Costumes, groups & families all welcome for the biggest 90s party in town. Come and join Ginger, Scary, Posh, Sporty & Baby Spice on the smash hit touring sensation not to be missed! Hi, si, ja, hold tight! The Empire Theatre, Aqueduct Road, Blackburn BB2 4HT Phone: 01254 685 500 E-Mail: boxoffice@ thwaitesempiretheatre.co.uk Web: thwaitesempiretheatre.co.uk 18 Nov 2017 - 19 Nov 2017

Lancashire Weekend Celebrate the day Lancashire sent its first representatives to parliament, join us for a feast of folksy Lancastrian favourites including the Lancashire Day proclamation which will be read out by a traditional town crier! Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street Bury, Lancashire BL9 0EY. Tel: 0161 764 7790.

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Brass in the Park

some final painting needed to see it complete. On Sunday June 4th the Pendle Jazzmen play at the bandstand and on July 9th a free summer concert, featuring The Manchester School of Samba, local performers and headlined by Chantelle McGregor and her band, takes place from 1.30 - 7pm.

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relocated to the park. The Friends saw replacement of the bandstand as a fitting way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WW1. With help from Burnley Council, Padiham Town Council and volunteers from the community, the bandstand has been rebuilt and it now sits proudly in the park, with just

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Memorial Park in Padiham was laid out in the early 1920’s to commemorate the service men of Padiham who died in World War One. The centre piece of the park was a bandstand funded by the War Memorial Committee and opened in 1927. Band concerts were popular during the summer months but sadly this wooden bandstand was burnt down in the 1950s and was not rebuilt.

in the Come and enjoy the wonderful experience of live music in the beautiful surroundings of Memorial Park!

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Stacksteads Band

Sunday 11th June - Towneley Park

Burnley Alliance Silver Band Sunday 25th June - Scott Park

Championship Brass with The Freckleton Band

In the early 2000’s Burnley Council, in partnership with park friends groups, re-started a regular programme of brass band concerts across Burnley’s parks. In Memorial Park both brass band, other concerts and theatrical performances have been popular. However, without a bandstand performances took place on an open stone dias with a tent providing shelter! When the Friends of Memorial Park heard that the bandstand in Burnley town centre was to be removed as part of a major refurbishment of the pedestrianised area they immediately set about making plans for it to be

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Great Shows, Concerts & Events in 2017 and Beyond

EVITA 20 - 24 June 2017 THE WEDDING SINGER 4 - 8 July 2017 ROCK OF AGES 8 July 2017 JOE MCELDERRY: THE GLORIA TOUR 28 July 2017 DES O’CONNOR & JIMMY TARBUCK 29 July 2017 GIN JAMBOREE 19 August 2017 SISTER ACT 22 - 27 August 2017 DIRTY DANCING 29 August - 2 September 2017 SPAMALOT 8 - 16 September 2017 COAST TOWN 16 September 2017 HAIRSPRAY 18 - 23 September 2017 LA LA LAND: IN CONCERT 26 September 2017 CABARET 3 - 7 October 2017 OUR HOUSE 9 - 14 October 2017 JOHN BISHOP 15 October 2017

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HEALTH

Quality dentures mean a quality lifestyle The Importance of Dentures The eyes, nose and teeth are the focal points of every face; they give the first impressions of your personality. Natural teeth grow in proportion and in harmony with your facial features and your dentures should be made accordingly. Your teeth, or your dentures, have many important functions: to support your facial muscles, to help formulate your speech, and most importantly to chew your food and start the digestive process. It is very important to chew food properly, as poorly chewed food will take longer to digest, especially for the elderly who could risk problems in the digestive system.

Choice of Dentures There are four main quality standards in denture materials. The denture base (gum coloured on which the denture teeth sit).

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Standard Quality High Impact Acrylics (much stronger) Injection Pressure Formed (Premium Denture Base) Flexible (Partial Dentures) Metal Denture

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2 Layer Acrylic (economy) 3 Layer Acrylic (harder wearing) 4 Layer Reinforced (hard wearing, natural look) N.F.C. (Nano filled composite) premium teeth.

Of course, the materials alone will not make a good denture. In the hands of a skilful and experienced Clinical Dental Technician the best results are achieved.

Dentures Need Regular Servicing Dentures are in constant use almost 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are also in a pretty hostile environment in the mouth, being attacked by strong acid, bacteria, hot, cold and spicy food. Denture material absorbs liquids and food odour.

Daily cleaning is essential as well as professional ultrasonic cleaning in a dental laboratory at least once a year. Due to constant bone resorbtion dentures will become loose sooner or later. Loose dentures will increase damage to the gums and bone structure, and increase the risk of breakage. Have them re-lined as soon as possible to get a good fit. It only takes a day or two. Have your dentures inspected by a Clinical Dental Technician at least every two years, or more frequently if necessary.

Your Dentures need Attention 1. When they become loose. 2. When teeth or denture base discolours. 3. When tooth surfaces become flat. 4. When denture base does not fit around natural teeth (in partial dentures). 5. When you develop deep lines around your mouth.


6. When your chin sticks out, and the corners of your lips are constantly wet, developing sores. 7. When you stop smiling and feel embarrassed.

Should I have a spare set of Dentures made?

My Dentures have become loose!

Yes, it is very important to have a spare set of dentures for emergencies in case of breakage.

This is easily remedied by a procedure know as Re-lining. A new layer of Denture base is added to your existing Denture, improving the fit and restoring confidence.

Dentures with worn down teeth Teeth excessively worn, require a new set of dentures. Dentures on Implants This type of Denture is constructed in conjunction with the Dental Implant Surgeon. This is a very good procedure when the patient has limited control and retention of their Dentures. The finished Dentures ‘click’ into position offering the ultimate in Denture Retention.

Major improvements in Facial Features Padding dentures to reduce lines and fill up sunken cheeks will require a new set

At the same time we have to use our technical expertise in order to make the denture stable and functional. Denture construction is more art than science.

of dentures. It is advisable to have a new set of dentures made every 5 to 10 years.

What is a Clinical Dental Technician? Professional Clinical Dental Technicians are members of the Dental Health Care Team. They have undergone specific training and education in the skills and knowledge necessary to provide a removable appliance service directly to the community.

No Spare Set? “Denture in a day” Lost or misplaced your dentures? With planning, we can provide you with a new set in 24 hours!

Equipped with solid technical training as a Dental Technician - plus post-technician training in sciences, clinical skills, and interpersonal skills - the Clinical Dental Technician can design, create, construct and modify (repair and rebase) removable appliances to ensure optimal fit, maximum comfort and general wellbeing of patients.

Difficulties in Constructing a Good Set of Dentures Constructing a functional and aesthetically pleasing set of dentures is the most difficult task in dentistry. We are not only replacing lost teeth, but also lost tissue matter and bone. In other words, we have to re-create your facial features as they were before the loss of your natural teeth.

These skills enable the Clinical Dental Technician, whilst remaining a member of the Dental Health Care Team, to work independently of other Dental Health Care providers.

In most cases we do not know what your teeth looked like, what size they were or what position they were in originally. We have a few indications but mostly we have to rely on our visual and artistic judgement.

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