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Twittering on With Angela Kelly Just get on with life – don’t dissect it I’M not a major fan of New Year Resolutions – mostly because my track record means I hardly ever keep them beyond January 12.

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However, I’m going to make an exception this year, thanks to a rather game 90 year-old called Vera. She booked an 11-day P & O cruise with a 91 year-old man she had met just 45 minutes before. She was on a coach trip and when they stopped for lunch, this charmer called John – not with her group – got chatting to Vera over a glass of wine about holidays. The upshot was that he took her over the road to the travel agents and paid £3,700 for them to have an 11-day Mediterranean trip.


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It was all above board: they had separate beds and enjoyed a lovely time. But the really interesting bit of this rather sweet tale is Vera’s take on the whole thing. When asked why she had done it, she replied: “I would say to people ‘Seize the day’.” Coming from a feisty 90 year-old, that is good advice. In other words, don’t waste too much time pondering over everything – just get on with living. Now that will mean different things to different people. To the adventurous, it might mean going travelling for a year, sailing right around the British Isles, finally getting a tattoo or changing your hair colour – or your husband. It might be something much less dramatic like taking a new work qualification, starting a particular hobby you’ve always been interested in or booking that longed-for sunshine holiday. Whatever it is, the message is clear. Life is just too short to worry too much

about the small stuff. So why not grab it by the horns and simply enjoy it? And the interesting postscript to Vera’s story is that John asked her to go on holiday with him again – to the Caribbean. Our Vera, though, has other plans. “I just haven’t got the time to waste,” she stated. “I could pop off tomorrow – I’ve got things to do.” Just love it!

Old stations and routes could be back on track THE name “Dr Beeching” may not mean much these days but at one time it was synonymous with the destruction of the Great British Railway as we knew it. Richard Beeching was, for a short time, chairman of British Rail as it then was and an affiliate of the Labour Party who, in the early 1960s, became a household name for restructuring the national rail network. His “axe” fell on more than 4,000 route miles and dozens of small stations were closed on cost and efficiency grounds. His name has been back in the papers more recently because the current Government is suggesting re-opening some of these lost lines and stations in order to drive house-building nationally. Irrespective of any political motives, this seems like a fascinating move to me and, I would guess, to many other people who love train travel. It’s such a sensible way to move through this country of ours, seeing villages and towns in a relaxed way that driving can never offer. Of course, it won’t be like in Dr Beeching’s day. Trains and train travel have altered dramatically in the intervening years. Although trains are generally more comfortable, a lack of investment and rolling stock has also meant that some busy commuter routes

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The plan may mean, though, much better and easier journeys for many, and the opening up of areas which currently struggle for direct transport. I suppose we shall see exactly what it involves as 2018 unfolds.

WE’VE all heard plenty about “fake news” over the last year or two and how information can be manipulated especially via social media.

For me, though, the plan transports me back to the regular train journeys when I was young and each Summer we journeyed to my mother’s home town of Swansea in South Wales and the glorious Mumbles’ coast. As the miles clicked by and all the little stations took us nearer to our destination, my Mum’s Welsh accent got broader and broader and we all became more relaxed. Trains do that. They allow you to sit back and consider life. And if this new plan promotes easier, stress-free travel then it will definitely be a move in the right direction.

As a journalist, I’m always horrified that anyone will accept spurious stories on face-value because I’ve had a working life of checking and re-checking information before it goes out to the public. It’s just all too easy to see something online and take it as true because someone else has put it out there. Commonsense, really, dictates that we should question the source and try to verify it but sometimes I guess we just can’t be bothered. All of which is why it’s good news that, according to a report from Ofcom – the UK’s communications’ regulator - children are becoming increasingly savvy about fake news on social media.

More than half of youngsters aged 12 to 15 use Facebook and Twitter to access news online. Often, they click on stories that have been recommended by “friends” in their network or by users they “follow”. They like to access news in this way. Now, however, they are becoming more selective about trusting these articles. The majority are making an effort to check out these items for veracity, possibly with other news’ sources, and are also checking if it was published by an organisation they can trust. This is very heartening, especially as, if they do discover an item is fake, they will often alert parents or another family member and may post comments telling others that it’s false. All we need now is for adults to follow their lead and question news’ sources, relevance and accuracy and we’ll raise news’ reporting standards at a stroke.

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sponsored by everything that the Romans gave to the world. As we walked the history of these remarkable people, and as the rain began to soak into our DNA (and jeans!) POMPEII BEGAN TO WORK ITS MAGIC. This is archaeology at its most vivid and compelling. Walking around town showed how uneven the roads were and how uncomfortable a ride in a cart would have been. If you started with a full load of lemons as you entered Pompeii it was a fair bet that you wouldn't have many left as you exited fruit jumping up and down like balls in a bingo caller's number machine.

Up Pompeii - Roaming Around a Roman Treasure By Dave Harcombe from Silver Travel Advisor Off to Pompeii. We had obviously upset the Roman Gods, somehow, because as we set off on the train from Sorrento it began to rain in torrents. The great Vesuvius was hidden by mist and clouds. Water everywhere and people too. The roads, paved with Vesuvian stone, were underwater—it felt a bit like rock pooling on Bamburgh beach. Over 3 million visit Pompeii each year and it appeared that most were here today. Hordes of people splashing water everywhere. And, of course, Japanese coach parties running from one photographic site to another. Sightseeing at a pace. Very few with coats, never mind umbrellas. We had come prepared. If the Roman army could live for years along Hadrian's Wall wearing nothing more than flimsy Italian designer clothing then a good old British brolly should do the trick in Pompeii. And we were unlucky with the weather; it’s more often beautifully warm and sunny. Pompeii is amazing. The visual drama is intense. Rough and rugged, beautiful and so atmospheric. The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 flung a deep,



protective blanket of pumice over the whole town and its surrounding landscape. It lay completely buried for centuries and was only rediscovered in the 1700’s. Brought back to life from its ash-filled grave, it continues to reveal discoveries of unparalleled value and breathtaking detail. To many, Pompeii is just a load of ruins, but for others, me included, this UNESCO World heritage site represents

The preservation is staggering; loaves of bread in an oven, a bowl of eggs on a table. Even the people themselves have left us their body casts, entombed in ash. I began to imagine hooves on stone echoing through the narrow streets. Look carefully and you can make out the furrows left by heavy wagons that passed to and fro. Via dell' Abbondanza was the main street in the town. It was lively with open bars and takeaways facing the street. On every corner a Subway and Starbucks of the day. Like a moment frozen in time, it really captures the imagination and brings history to life. Wooden shades overhung the entrances providing relief from the blistering sun, and the rain today. A jumble of terracotta red roofs, this was a busy, thriving Roman town. Stepping stones enabled the good folk of

TRAVEL Above the five cubicles are painted images of sexual acts. Pictorial notice boards of the services on offer, perhaps? Or just ancient erotica, there to arouse prior to activities? An early Viagra maybe? A fascinating insight into Pompeii leisure time. We finally began to tire a little after seeing so many amazing and thought-provoking things. Time for a rest. In deference to Mars, the Roman God of War, we ate one of his chocolate bars. It did the trick. The sun began to shine and the crowds began to thin out. Grazie.

Factbox: The best way to visit Pompeii is with a company that doesn’t rush you around but gives you the whole day to take it all in, with an expert guide to bring it to life, and with several days to explore the magnificent archaeology and scenery of the whole Bay of Naples, including Herculaneum, the National Archaeological Museum, and other fabulous sites.

Pompeii to cross the roads with ease - ye olde Pedestrian crossings, with gaps to allow carts to pass unhindered along the road. It is a fallacy that the phallus was simply an erotic symbol. It is thought that in the Roman world it was also a symbol of good luck and happiness. No more erotic than hanging up a horseshoe. It was quite a common presence in the town, playfully carved or painted on the walls, or fashioned into oil lamps and objet d’art. The archaeological museum in Naples has a whole room full of such art. An attractive Italian lady had "L'ammore nun s'accate e nun se venne" emblazoned across the front of her t-shirt. It translates as “you can't buy or sell love”. Well maybe not love, but certainly in Pompeii you could buy sex. Plenty of it, in the Lupinare—the brothel. It is fascinating and the most popular attraction in the town.

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sponsored by where we moored, full of interest and information. I’m always humbled by in-depth knowledge – Hugo had it in spades! We hit the trail on day 3, having spent time in Venice on foot on the day before. The boat left Venice, in the mist, very evocative, with a parting glance at St Mark’s from the water. We headed to the island Litorale di Lido, playground of the rich and famous, glamourous and sophisticated, as could be seen from the fabulous houses.

Bspoke Tours – Bike and Boat By Jennie Carr from Silver Travel Advisor The best things in life are so often simple, and so it is with Bspoke Tours and their Bike and Boat trip in Italy, cycling from Venice to Mantua. Take a large converted barge, many bicycles (some electric), an international group of passengers of all ages, great Italian food, a hilarious and charming crew and two expert guides for a week of cycling along the mighty River Po. You cycle along the rivers during the day, meeting the boat late afternoon, for a short cruise to an evening destination, where you take a walk for cultural points of interest, have dinner onboard and then repeat again tomorrow! It’s a recipe that’s attractive to couples, single travellers and families – we had three generations on our trip, which was in total a small group of around 30. We travelled with Italians, Swiss, Brits, Germans, Canadians and Americans. What’s more the cycling is flat, a word I like in relation to bicycles. Distance I can do, hills I’m not keen on. Everyone is provided for – the ebikes a real bonus for older legs and clever tandems, where a child’s bike can couple (and de-couple) easily from an adult bike for younger legs. Our age range of 7 and a half (most important) to 82 worked beautifully!



Accommodation is in compact, en-suite cabins of varying configurations – again, all combinations happily satisfied. Breakfast of the hearty continental variety and a tasty 3 course dinner, using produce bought en route, was served onboard each day. We were introduced to the ‘packed’ lunch by our charming Italian crew: essentially cheese, cold meats, fruit, chocolate bars and rolls were provided each morning so you could create your own picnic to eat along the way. Although it must be said that we stopped each day near cafes, so there was always the chance to have a plate of pasta or pizza instead. This trip is a variation of the escorted tour (a self-guided option is available) and as always in this situation, much depends on your guides. Our Dutch, endlessly energetic and efficient Hugo, proficient in all languages needed (at least 5!) and a positive walking Wiki on this route was partnered by Italian, friendly Frederico – a European version of Little and Large, if I’m honest! We were delighted to leave the planning and logistics in their highly capable hands, we woke up and did as instructed – a holiday in itself. And I must highly commend the ‘extras’ which we were not expecting, walks around the destinations

Mornings started briskly at about 8am for breakfast and ‘packed’ lunch making, with seats in the saddle being taken by 9am at the latest! The 7.57am to Marylebone it was not. A pitstop at a beach café and then on to ferry for 5 minutes to Pellestrina, with an entirely different atmosphere: it is a working fisherman’s island with scores of trawlers along the promenade. You sense not much has changed here in generations. Just one bar was open for lunchtime drinks, the siesta is still an essential part of life here. The cycling was easy along well marked trails or almost empty roads. We picked up the boat and sailed to Chioggia, for an afternoon walk in the sunshine. The town has an impressive fishing fleet and is a combination of working port, with a charming town. Our evening routine then followed: shower and change, pre-dinner drinks on the sun deck, a hilarious explanation of the meal by our Italian chefs (a career in TV must surely be waiting!) and then we ate companionably at three long tables, a set menu with variations for any with ‘dietary requirements’. Good value local wines (including a very decent Amarone), beer and soft drinks were available and paid for at the end of the trip. We took a further evening stroll in Chioggia, although bed was calling after all the fresh air and exercise! No sluggards on this trip, and we were excited to enjoy what each day would bring. Hugo’s enthusiasm, the jolly exchanges with our companions and the sheer glory of Italy, fresh air and exercise made this week filled with pleasure and many happy memories, and remarkably free of any aches and pains. Silver Travel Advisor recommends BSpoke Bike & Boat Holidays. Visit or call 020 7471 7750 for more details.


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Easter Special

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A very special time of the year, so, we decided to keep things special - and go back to Crieff and the Hydro. It is perfect for an Easter break and we include visits to the Famous Grouse Experience, Scone Palace, Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld and the Kelpies.

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Dover - the final frontier - well it sounds good. We have a super hotel and super programme on and around the white cliffs. Visits to Dover Castle, Deal and Canterbury. A ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway to Dungeness and an optional day trip to Calais and Boulogne.

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Dorset Spectacular Based at the BEST WESTERN hotel royale

One of the most popular destinations on the south coast, Bournemouth. You like it, we like it and we have a nice hotel in the Best Western Royale on West Cliff. Excursions are the best as we include visits to the National Motor Museum and Beaulie Palace, Kingston Lacey House, Poole and a harbour cruise and little old Swanage.

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25th July - 6th August Seefeld in Tyrol and Lake Garda We are pleased to offer a 13 day super holiday to Austria and Italy.

Forty Shades of Green 8 Day Extravaganza Based in WESTPORT DONEGAL and TITANIC BELFAST (Half board throughout)

IRELAND: the Atlantic coast at Westport, the rolling landscape and coast of Donegal and the splendour of Belfast. We include excursions to Achill Island, Kylemore Abbey, Glenveagh National Park and the Titanic Belfast.

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First we head for Hull and overnight sea crossing to Zebrugge on North Sea Ferries (meals on-board aside by side berths are included). Next through the lowlands to Germany and half-board overnight accommodation at the superb Park Hotel, Mannheim. Day 3 takes us to Fussen and the Fernpass, then high into the mountains to our base for the next 4 nights, the Bergland Hotel, Seefeld. Here we have an all-inclusive stay, giving you lunches, afternoon coffee and cake and a drinks bar free from 11.00 hrs till 22.00 hrs on top of halfboard accommodation. Included excursions take us to Mayrhofen and Innsbruck where we include a horse and carriage ride. Leaving Seefeld we take the Brenner pass, calling first at Vipitino then to Riva del Garda and hotel


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Centrale in the piazza overlooking the lake. Whilst in Riva we include excursions to Verona and Sirmione and an optional sail to beautiful Limone, both accompanied by our local guide. Our return journey takes us first to Darmstadt for dinner and overnight accommodation, then back to Zebrugge for a return crossing with North Sea Ferriers to Hull (meals and side by side berths included).

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Debbie Harry

Delighting UK Audiences Since The 70’s DEBBIE Harry has been delighting UK audiences in the same way that she first did 50 years ago – with a mixture of talent and charisma. The Blondie star is unbelievably now 72 and still looks like the startling singer who first crashed into the public consciousness in the early 1970s. Her career is the stuff of films. In fact, glamorous Malin Akerman did play her in a film about seminal punk club CBGB. But any director would struggle to cover the broad spread of events, achievements and milestones in her life so far. She was born Angela Tremble in Miami, Florida but at three months was adopted by Catherine and Richard Smith Harry and raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey.


In the 1960s, she worked as a Playboy Bunny and hung out at Max’s Kansas City, a famous nightspot frequented by pop artist Andy Warhol. Her professional singing career began in 1968 as a backing singer with a folk band which later broke up but in 1973, she met Chris Stein who became her longtime boyfriend. They were both in a group called the Stilletoes. Then, together, they created punk rock/New Wave group Blondie in 1974. It was originally called Angel and the Snake but eventually took its name from the catcalls numerous truck-drivers would yell out to Debbie in the street. Her bleached blonde hair, sparkling green eyes, photogenic face and seductive voice teamed with a series of catchy songs - mostly co-writtten by her - quickly became a successful formula for the group. They swiftly transcended the cult elitism of punk to enjoy

mainstream hits in the US and UK, with Debbie taking on iconic status during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She had always wanted to be an underground artist and her new role satisfied her. As she later recalled: “That was what I always felt was the beauty of rock ‘n’ roll, it was entertainment and showbiz yet it had the idea of the voice of the people. It had an essence to it which was socially motivated. “Not that I want to change the world, you know? But it was sort of relevant to real life. It involved the real essence of poetry or the real essence of fine art. But it was also entertainment. That was the real vitality.” Whatever the formula, Blondie and Debbie Harry proved to be a major success with the record-buying public, sending hit singles like Heart of Glass, Picture This, Sunday Girl, Hanging on


Blondie in 1977

the Telephone, Call Me and the Tide is High soaring up the charts. Like many groups do, however, Blondie broke up in 1982. Debbie took a few years out to care for Chris Stein, who had been diagnosed with a rare auto-immune skin disease, then she moved onto a solo career. This allowed her not only to record solo albums but to take up a film and TV career which saw her become a highly visible star. She played a female wrestler in Teaneck Tanzi on Broadway and even dyed her hair red for her role as James Woods’ masochistic girlfriend in the film Videodrome.

The British public clearly still has an appetite for both Blondie and its music, and they are certainly still fascinated by Debbie Harry. She once said: “The only person I really believe in is me”. And perhaps it is that unique element of her that has so caught the attention of her fans over the years and is now bemusing a new generation. Well, she is unusual. After all, not everyone can be immortalised as a Barbie Doll as she was – and still be wowing the concert crowds in her 70s.

Blondie re-formed in 1997 and achieved renewed success and a No.1 single in the UK with Maria in 1999 – exactly 20 years after the group’s first UK No.1 single with Heart of Glass. They have sold more than 40 million albums over the years. The group has toured extensively and regularly throughout the world ever since and was inducted into the Rock ad Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Their 11th studio album, Pollinator, was released in May this year. The title is not a random choice. Debbie has long been associated with a variety of good causes and has put on many benefit shows for AIDS charities as well as being outspoken on various subjects. She is currently running Blondie’s BEE Connected Campaign to raise awareness of the decline in the bee population by promoting organisations dedicated to conserving and improving the health of pollinators through education, consumer empowerment and political activation.


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Planning for the future…

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

There are lots of things we can do to plan ahead for when we get older – one important legal procedure which will provide peace of mind for you and your family should anything happen is to create a Lasting Power of Attorney.

An LPA is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf. This give you control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and can’t make your own decisions. It allows you to decide who will make certain decisions regarding your finances, legal affairs and personal welfare and to set boundaries for such decisions – affording you greater control of your future, should accident or illness deprive you of the capacity to handle your affairs personally.

You might not want to think ‘what if’ something were to happen to you – but have you taken the time to consider who would manage your property and affairs should you lose the capacity to make decisions for yourself? Thinking about being affected by illness, mental health problems, old age or dementia isn’t something any of us want to plan for, but being prepared by creating a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a prudent step that could provide invaluable reassurance to you and your loved ones for the future.


Phil Taylor, Partner at Farleys Solicitors

Phil Taylor, Partner at Farleys Solicitors says: “Thinking about who would manage your finances and make decisions on your behalf is like any other type of insurance, in that if the unfortunate event arose, at least you and your family can be safe in the knowledge that matters have been organised in advance.

“A common misconception is that your spouse or close family member would automatically be able to access your finances for your benefit or would be able to ‘acquire’ an LPA on your behalf. This however is not the case. Where a person loses their capacity to make their own decisions assets in their sole name will effectively become frozen until a Deputyship Order is obtained from the Court of Protection, authorising a deputy to act in connection with that person’s property and affairs. This can take many months and can prove to be an expensive exercise. “For example, if money needs to be accessed for the care of an elderly parent suffering from dementia – without an LPA this can be a difficult and frustrating process for the family at an already trying time.”

Property and Affairs. This lets you choose a person or people to make decisions about money and property for you for example, collecting state benefits, paying bills and managing your savings and investments.

• Health and Welfare. This LPA allows you to choose one or more people to make decisions on your behalf about things such as your daily routine, medical care, moving into a care home or whether to administer life-sustaining treatment. This type of LPA can only be used when you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

Who to appoint?

Types of LPA Essentially, there are two types of LPA, one for financial decisions and the other for health and welfare decisions:

require them to act together. If you state that your attorneys must act together then the LPA will fail if either attorney dies or loses the ability to manage your affairs. To plan for this you should consider nominating a replacement attorney who could take over.

Who can help? The process of applying for an LPA can seem daunting, but Farleys’ expert Private Client team have extensive experience in this area of the law, and can guide you through the process of creating and registering a Lasting Power of Attorney. To discuss LPA’s in more detail, please get in touch with our team who are always happy to discuss individual cases with clients to provide you with initial advice.

When thinking who to appoint for your LPA, most people choose family members, however it doesn’t need to be family, it could be a close personal friend or family solicitor – the most important thing is that you have complete trust in them to act in accordance with your best interests. If you choose more than one attorney, you can allow them to act alone or

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The nights have drawn in and the temperatures have dropped but your home can be a cosy refuge during the Winter months.

Check that there are no leaks in your FRONT DOOR. Have you had the door for a long time and does it need replacing? You can lose a lot of heat through an ill-fitting front door so it’s worth considering investing in a new one. The Energy Saving Trust says there is a 20% heat loss through doors and WINDOWS so taking a look at both should be on your warmer home list. Double glazed windows and doors really help create a cosier home and cut heating bills at the same time. Choose a front door which allows plenty of light into your HALL. This offers a welcome to your home and if your hall is gloomy, chilly and unwelcoming, it’s not just visitors who won’t enjoy coming in through your door – you will feel the same.

However, are you making the most of it and what can you do to improve it for a season when you will probably spend more time than usual at home? And it’s not just all about getting the right energy tariff - although that is obviously important. The key to getting your home as cosy as possible is to start from the outside ad work in. Ensure that the fabric of your property is weather-proof and waterproof and that Nature can bring on its worst and your home will stand up to it. If you live in a house with solid WALLS, according to the Energy Saving Trust, you are losing 45% of your heat that way which costs you money. So insulating the walls dramatically prevents heat loss. Cavity wall insulation can also help prevent huge heat loss in homes. This stores the heat with the inner walls, bouncing it back into the room and holding it for longer.


Loft insulation is another important way to prevent heat loss - as much as a third of the heat you pay for in some cases. Go to to find out more about what you can do to improve the fabric of your home. There may also be schemes available to help you pay for insulation improvements; log on to to find out more.

Since “cosy” is as much about the atmosphere created in your home as keeping warm, take an objective look at your hallway and see if it could do with painting and decorating. A light colour, even in a small hallway, can brighten it – one colour works best in a smaller space. Having a small cupboard for shoes and a place to hang coats here – even if it’s only hooks – also helps your lifestyle. FLOORING is important to the warmth and look of your home and there are plenty of modern choices these days, including traditional carpets, so it’s definitely worth taking a look at what’s available. Getting new carpets can make all the difference to your home and you don’t necessarily have to pay a fortune if you shop around. Actually visiting carpet stores gives the opportunity to feel the quality and warmth of carpets and other flooring that online shopping doesn’t allow. Lined CURTAINS are a stylish way to stay cosy this Winter as they not only help to keep heat in but also look more homely than bare windows. Toned in with wallpaper and other décor in your

lounge or sitting room they provide a fashionable look guaranteed to give you a warm glow, especially matched with cosy CUSHIONS. There is simply no nicer way to feel cuddled up when it’s chilly outside than around an attractive FIRE. Contemporary fires and fireplaces come in all styles – you can even get fires with crackling fake flames although you may prefer the real thing with a gas fire or wood-burning stove. Whatever your choice, it creates a charming centrepiece for any room. Attractive THROWS also not only add colour and texture to plain suites but are also lovely to keep you warm while you’re watching TV. You can certainly cheer up an old sofa by adding a colourful fur fabric throw although Winter is often an ideal suite.

There are now TV’s of all sizes and types available. To helpful advice on finding the best type for you and your TV needs go to the Which? site reviews/televisions/article/how-to-buy-the-best-tv

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HOME cold,either. This might actually be just the right time to buy a new BED. Having a good night’s sleep is vital for Winter health and treating yourself to a really good bed now is a great investment in your wellbeing. As part of the selection process always lie on the mattress when testing it. he stressed. You wouldn’t buy a new car without taking it for a test drive first, would you? Always shop together if the bed is for two – to ensure you’re both happy with your choice. Size matters for beds. You should be able to lie side by side with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching, ideally, your bed should also be about 6 ins (15 cms) longer than the tallest user.” But if you’re tall, ask about extra long Wear comfortable, loose clothing, remove your coat and shoes and lie on the bed in your normal sleeping position for at least 10 minutes or more. It's just too important a decision to be embarrassed about. Lie on your side as well as your back.

Correct support depends on your weight, height, build and even preferred sleeping position. “Ideally, the mattress should mould to the shape of your body while remaining supportive. When you lie on your side, your spine should be horizontal. You should be able to turn fairly easily. As a general rule, the heavier you are, the firmer the tension you will need. As spring approaches and the days get longer property maintenance tends to be foremost in people’s minds, with lighter mornings and evenings any failed double glazed units (Misty Glass) become more obvious.

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JAMES MARTIN'S SLOW COOKING PORK AND ARMAGNAC TERRINE This dish is a must for me, as my family were pig farmers, and it’s from them that I got a real taste for pork. It’s just so simple, and uses all the best parts of the pig. The recipe comes from a château kitchen in the south of France, where I was inspired by its pure, simple flavours. There’s no need to be put off by making a terrine – it’s very simple, and it’s actually the dish it is cooked in (the terrine) that makes it easy for us. Serve it with pickles, chutney or gherkins and some crusty bread and butter. Serves 10–12 INGREDIENTS 300g pork liver 900g pork mince 120ml good white wine 6 tbsp Armagnac 16 thin back bacon rashers 2 eggs 100ml double cream 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper A good pinch of nutmeg 3 fresh thyme sprigs

First, the meat needs to marinate for 24 hours before cooking. Cut the pork liver into dice, place in a food processor and process to a purée. Combine with the pork mince in a large bowl, pour over the wine and Armagnac, mix well, cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge overnight. Preheat the oven to 140°C/275°F/Gas Mark 1. Line the sides and the base of a 30 x 11cm terrine with the bacon, allowing it to hang over the sides. To make the filling, whisk the eggs and the cream in a bowl and slowly pour onto the marinated pork meat mixture, then add the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pack the mixture into the


terrine and press it down as you do so, with either a spoon or a spatula. Once the terrine is full, place the thyme on the top and fold the bacon over it, then cover with a lid or a piece of foil. Place the terrine into a deep baking tray and half-fill the tray with hot water, then cook in the oven for 1½ hours, or, if you have a thermometer probe, until the centre reaches 70°C/160°F. Leave the terrine to cool completely before putting it in the fridge to chill and set. Turn it out to serve.


I’ve worked with many Indian chefs during my career, and I’ve managed to learn a lot about their food, but that’s just a drop in the ocean when you think of what’s out there. This was one of the soups we used to serve as a pre-starter for customers in the restaurant.

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Place the lentils in a large saucepan with 2 litres water, turmeric and salt. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat, break the dried chillies into pieces and add to the pan with the coriander, cumin and fenugreek seeds and black peppercorns. Toast for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove and place in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder, then grind to a powder.

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Roughly chop the tomatoes. Add the spice mixture, onions and tomatoes to the lentils and bring to a simmer. Skim off and discard any scum, then cook for 1 hour over a very low heat, stirring occasionally.

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Shortly before serving, slice the fresh chilli. Heat another frying pan until very hot and add the remaining vegetable oil. When the oil is smoking, add the mustard seeds, fresh chilli and curry leaves, then quickly remove from the heat. Finely chop the coriander. Remove any last residue of scum from the soup, then transfer it to a blender in batches and process until smooth. Return it to the pan to heat through and add the tempered spices and coriander. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into serving bowls and finish with a spoonful of yoghurt. Serve immediately.

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BRAISED HALIBUT WITH CHICKPEAS AND CHORIZO Spain has some of the best ingredients in the world. Of all the amazing produce you can find in the markets there, the pork products have to be the best of the bunch. Chorizo sausage is made from pork, salt and pimentón peppers, which give it a fantastic smoky flavour and rich colour. Look out for the picante (spicy) version, and try to buy soft cooking chorizo, rather than the dry-cured version, which is better for slicing.

Serves 4 ingredients 250g cooking chorizo 2 banana shallots 2 garlic cloves 2 fresh thyme sprigs 6 tomatoes 400g tinned chick peas, drained and rinsed

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Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Slice the chorizo, thinly slice the shallots and crush the garlic cloves. Heat a flameproof casserole dish until medium hot, then add the chorizo and fry for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oil is released. Meanwhile, roughly chop the tomatoes. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme and tomatoes cook for a further 3–4 minutes. Add the chick peas and stir well, then add the white wine and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Cover with the lid and bake in the oven for 1 hour, then remove and place the halibut on top of the chick peas. Cover again and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 5 minutes before removing the lid. Roughly chop the parsley. Carefully lift out the fish using a fish slice and place on a serving dish. Stir the parsley into the chick peas, season with salt and pepper, and serve them alongside the fish.

RUMP OF LAMB WITH PROVENÇAL VEGETABLES Lamb rump should be much more popular than it is. It’s the ideal cut of meat for 1 or 2 people, almost a mini-joint on its own. It can be simply roasted (it takes about 15 minutes), but I prefer it pot-roasted like this, as you get much more flavour. The cut comes from the top of the leg.

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 red onion 2 large courgettes 1 aubergine 2 red peppers 3 garlic cloves 50ml olive oil 2 x 300g lamb rumps off the bone 2 large fresh thyme sprigs 125ml white wine 16 Kalamata olives 300ml tomato juice 1 tsp sugar finely grated zest of 1 lemon 4 fresh basil leaves Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Cut the onions into 2.5cm dice, the courgettes into 4 large chunks, and the aubergine in half lengthways, then each half into 4. Cut the pepper in half, deseed it and then cut the pieces in quarters. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Place a deep, sturdy roasting pan over a medium heat until hot and add a drizzle of oil. Add the lamb and fry until golden brown on each side, then remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onions, courgettes, aubergines, peppers and garlic to the pan and fry for 2–3 minutes. Add the whole garlic cloves and thyme and the rest of the oil and stir well. Return the lamb to the pan on top of the

vegetables and cook in the oven for 1 hour. If it starts to dry out at all, add a splash of water. Once cooked, remove and allow to rest. Place the pan back over a high heat, add the white wine and bring to the boil, then add the olives and tomato juice. Return to the boil, add the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Grate the lemon zest and tear the basil leaves straight into the pan, then stir well. Remove from the heat, divide the vegetables between the plates, then slice each lamb rump and place the slices on top.

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Out & About A guide to the amazing events around the region for 2018 sponsored by Winter Gardens, Blackpool Saturday 17th February. 8pm.

Zoe Gilby Jazz Quartet ZOË GILBY IS A VOCALIST AND SONGWRITER, MAKING A STUNNING IMPRESSION ON THE MUSIC SCENE TODAY. Her compelling original compositions are written with double bassist husband Andy Champion. Her stockpile of music reaches a wide range of more contemporary material from composers such as Pink Floyd to Kate Bush, with influences from Sheila Jordan and Joni Mitchell. Touring the UK and internationally, she continues to perform at prominent jazz festivals and venues. Zoe’s combination of friendly chat, heart-warming vocals and compelling originals written with her bassist husband Andy Champion, make her the perfect mistress of ceremonies. Tickets are available at The Barlow office, Reading Room and online from the link below (booking fee 84p). Tickets are a bargain at £12 The Barlow, 216 Bolton Road Turton, BOLTON BL7 0AP Telephone 01204 852216 Friday 2nd March Doors 6.45 Start 7.30pm

Tongue Tied & Twisted Tongue Tied & Twisted blasts Indian storytelling into the 21st century combining the talents of UK music producer PKC the First on stage with international performer Peter Chand. Darwen Library Theatre Knott Street, Darwen BB3 3BU Email: Box Office: 0844 847 1664 Monday 5th, March to Friday 9th March.

Sing Together 2018 Blackburn Cathedral Music Outreach Project present Sing Together 2018 at King Georges Hall from Monday 5th, March to Friday, 9th March. All concert start at 6pm. Tickets: £6 Adults/ £1.50 Child under 16. Come and hear the fabulous children of Lancashire sing their hearts out at the


Sing Together concerts. Hard work and dedication is evident as the children inspire audiences with song. A treat not to be missed.  King Georges Hall Northgate, Blackburn BB2 1AA Tel: 0844 8471664 Saturday 10th March 10:00am

Blackburn Music Society Singing Day and Workshop

and Janette Manrara’s new theatre show ‘Remembering Fred’, the pair have confirmed an even bigger UK tour for 2018 due to popular demand. Winter Gardens 97 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HL For more information and tickets visit

Join BMS and conductor Tom Newall for a workshop on Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. Cost £15 (£12 to members of BMS) Salesbury Memorial Hall Clayton-le-Dale Tickets: Margaret McAllester          01254 201978 Friday 16th March Doors 6.30pm. Start 7.30pm

Steptoe and Son Relive Steptoe and Sons finest misadventures in this brand new adaptation of original episodes from the long-running smash hit BBC sitcom. Darwen Library Theatre Knott Street, Darwen BB3 3BU Email: Box Office: 0844 847 1664 Friday 23rd March until Sunday 8th April. 

The Blackburn Easter Fun Fair The Blackburn Easter Fun Fair is back at Witton Country Park for 2018. Enjoy the Waltzer, Dodgems, Tagada, Twister, Rock Rage, Superstar, Bounce, Miami Trip, Fun House, Kids Caterpillar Coaster, Helter Skelter and many more. Fun for all the family!  Lancashire's biggest bank holiday fun fair!

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CIRQUE DU HILARIOUS – THE MAGICAL MISCHIEF TOUR Clive Webb and Danny Adams. Back by popular demand, the “troublesome twosome” plan to amaze and delight you with their Magical Mischief Tour - a brand new exciting production for 2018 - a completely unique, fast paced, cirque style variety and comedy show, interspersed with magic, illusions, International circus acts and stunning professional dancers, starring the “Superstars of Slapstick” Clive Webb and Danny Adams and everyone’s favourite idiot, Michael Potts.

Witton Country Park Preston Old Road, Blackburn BB2 2TP

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Saturday 31st March

Thursday 5th April. 8.00pm


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A traditional market with over 200 stalls. A shopper’s paradise for gifts, clothing and household goods. Bag a bargain today! /FleetwoodMarket In RE:BIRTH, Russell Brand wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. Join one of comedy’s fiercest talents as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one. King George’s Hall Northgate, Blackburn BB2 1AA Bookings 0844 847 1664 Saturday 14th April. 7pm

Chip Shop Chips Box of Tricks Theatre Spot On Rural Touring present Chip Shop Chips Box of Tricks. It’s the grand reopening of Booth and Son’s Fish & Chip Shop. Eric has returned home, over forty years after he left, and it’s time for a fresh start. But old flame Christine has other ideas. Transported back to a time of chippy teas and Northern Soul, there’s unfinished business for these old lovers. Watching teenage love stumble as hapless Lee makes a pass at the beautiful Jasmine, is it all just history repeating? Focusing on love at different ages and celebrating the nation’s favourite food, brace yourself for an immersive love story set to a soundtrack of Northern Soul and served with a fish and chip supper. This is theatre, but not as you know it: dinner, quiz and a show all rolled into one! Suitable for ages 15+ (Contains swearing). Tockholes Village Hall Tockholes Road, Darwen BB3 0LR Tel: 07889 105969

Tuesday 17th April

SHERIDAN SMITH IN CONCERT BAFTA and Olivier Award winning performer Sheridan Smith embarks on her debut UK tour, following the release of her brand new self-titled album, Sheridan. Previously starring in Funny Girl and Legally Blonde, Sheridan is no stranger to the Stage. Winter Gardens, 97 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HL For more information and tickets visit Thursday 19th April

From Judy to Bette The Stars of Old Hollywood See Rebecca Perry in Edgworth before she goes to the Edinburgh Festival!Rebecca is an actor, singer and writer based in Toronto. She has worked with a variety of companies across North America in theatre, film, television and voice-over. Rebecca’s most recent solo show, From Judy to Bette: The Stars of Old Holly - wood premièred at the 2016 Next Stage Theatre Festival in Toronto, and began its professional touring life in March 2017. The show will be touring and travelling to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018. Recently, she starred in Brain Power Studios’Forest Fairies (alongside Simon Callow) and Best Friend from Heaven. She’s provided voices for the feature film The Fast and the Furriest, two characters in the forthcoming cartoon series Emojiville, and two main characters in forthcoming feature film Duck and Donk. The Barlow, 216 Bolton Road Turton, BOLTON BL7 0AP Telephone 01204 852216

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OUT AND ABOUT Monday 2nd of April

Easter Monday Peter Rabbit Visit Come and meet Peter Rabbit™ at Thornton Hall Farm at intervals on Easter Monday. Tickets required for farm entry (includes the Peter Rabbit™ appearance). Come and join in our special Easter Egg Hunt! Plus a FREE easter egg for every (paying) child! Lots of farm fun to be had - including animal feeding, animal petting, egg collecting & much more! Thornton Hall Farm, Church Road, Thornton In Craven, Nr Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BD23 3TS Tel: 01282 841148 Friday 20th April. Doors 7.00pm

Chantel McGregor Chantel McGregor returns to Darwen with an exclusive solo acoustic tour. Darwen Library Theatre Knott Street, Darwen BB3 3BU Email: Box Office: 0844 847 1664 Friday 27th April 2018 at 7.30pm.

Rossendale Male Voice Choir St Silas's have been holding musical events since 2014 to raise money to restore their Harrison Organ. Their annual programme has now become a flourishing part of their community outreach programme. Tickets £10.00 St Silas Parish Church Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS Tel: 01254 664722 Saturday 12th May. 7:30pm

Blackburn Music Society Belshazzar's Feast Blackburn Music Society joins forces with Bolton Catholic Music & Choral Society and Bolton Symphony Orchestra to perform Walton’s “Belshazzar’s Feast”. Louis Hurst is the soloist and Tom Newall the conductor. For further information, see Victoria Halls, Bolton Tickets: Margaret McAllester          01254 201978 Sunday 27th May. 10am- 3pm.

Pendle Powerfest Lancashire's Family Motorshow returns to Nelson & Colne College celebrating 50 years of the film Bullitt.


We are gathering together famous movie and television chase vehicles into a spectacular static display. On top of this we will have our ever popular range around 250 vehicles of all types from bikes and supercars to classic cars and commercials. The festival element is taken care of with live music and entertainment, food village, trade village, lots for the children to do and more. Nelson & Colne College, Nelson BB9 7YT Tel: 07850075796 Friday, 1st June, 2018 at 7:30 pm

CARPENTERS GOLD The iconic voice of Karen Carpenter is a magically soothing one, and few vocalists can attempt to emulate her accurately, but International West End vocalist Vikki Holland-Bowyer possesses the warm dulcet tones which sound uncannily similar to the 70s superstar. She undertakes the character of Karen superbly, paying meticulous attention to her mannerisms, 'brother–sister' relationship with 'Richard', and the playful interaction with her band and audience. In a feature for avid Carpenters fans Vikki performs as 'Karen' playing the drums. Thwaites Empire Theatre Aqueduct Rd, Blackburn BB2 4HT 01254 685500 Thursday 14th June. 7.30pm

Jason Manford He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion!   Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed. King George’s Hall Northgate, Blackburn BB2 1AA Bookings 0844 847 1664 Sunday 24th June . 2:30 PM

Blackburn Music Society Summer Concert 2018 Pleasington Priory Pleasington, Blackburn Tickets: Margaret McAllester          01254 201978

Blackburn Music Society Join Us What you need to become a member You do not need to have been in a choir before, or to sight read, but you do need to be able to follow and understand the music. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings between 7.15 pm and 9.15 pm in The Performing Arts Building, St Mary’s College, Shear Brow, Blackburn, BB1 8DX. What happens at your first rehearsal You are welcome to attend rehearsals for two or three weeks before deciding whether or not you want to join us. The cost of being a member Our annual subscription is £60, payable at the beginning of the season. If you are in a position to do so, signing a Gift Aid form will enable us to claim tax back on subscriptions.  If you are aged 25 or under on 1st September, your membership is free. In addition to the subscription, there is also a small charge for borrowing the music, for your choir folder for concerts (£5) and, if you are female, for the flower the women wear as part of their uniform (£3). For the annual Messiah concert, if you wish to use your own score, it needs to be the New Novello Choral Edition edited by Watkins Shaw. Our annual schedule Rehearsals for each season start at the beginning of September and end in June after our summer concert. We usually do four main concerts a year, one each in the autumn, spring and summer plus the Messiah in December. Venues vary, but we often use Blackburn cathedral. Smaller events during the year include The East Lancashire Hospice Light up a Life service, carol singing and the Royal Society of St George’s annual service in April. We also organise a day workshop each year, which focuses on preparing for one of our concerts.

Lets Swing into Spring at HESKIN FARMERS MARKET


Butchers, Food Shops, Gifts with a Difference, Craft Studios, Ladies, Gents & Baby Wear, Personalised Gifts, Handbags, Jewellery, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Woodburning Stoves, Guitar Shop, Bridal Gallery and much more ....

A GREAT DAY OUT WITH OVER 40 UNIQUE SHOPS, FREE PARKING & FREE ENTRY We look forward to seeing you! OPENING TIMES: Tues- Sat 10am - 5pm

Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm

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Bank Holidays 11am - 4pm

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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.

The Weight is Over! The hit TV show Fat Friends, from the award-winning Kay Mellor, is bursting on to the stage in a brand new musical. Packed full of warmth, love and weight loss, this eagerly anticipated show reunites our favourite foodie friends for a humorous and heartfelt performance - and it’s bigger and better than ever.

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:

Visit our website for a list of special events and activities that we are running at the Market.


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Kay Mellor OBE describes how she brought the popular TV series back to life as a musical.

what we’ve developed together and I can’t wait to share it with the world. “It’s going to be visually stunning, with larger than life characters and songs” I will be directing the show but I’ve never worked with a composer, a choreographer or a musical supervisor. Putting on a musical is something that is completely new to me so it is a huge challenge. But I love it.

“Fat Friends ran for four series on TV plus a Christmas Special and I felt at that time that it had run its course. But instead of wiping the characters from my brain like I usually do, it was always in the back of my mind and I remember thinking whether I could take it to America, or adapt it as a theatre piece. I never truly thought it could be a musical – because I didn’t think I could write musical lyrics and I know nothing about composing music.

It’s going to be visually stunning, with larger than life characters and songs – I think the music is great. It’s funny in parts but also sad in parts too.

A few years later, in between my other TV projects, I started to write the book (script) and then the lyrics seemed to come to me easily. I realised that knowing the characters is halfway through to writing the lyrics – it’s just like writing dialogue, but with a tune in your head. It was at that point when my producer, Josh Andrews, introduced me to Nick Lloyd Webber. He instantly understood the characters and my world - I found his music emotional and he understands what I’m writing. I’m immensely proud of

I think that people who haven’t seen the TV series will still relate to, and enjoy, the musical. We have done two workshops now in London and some people who came to them had never seen it on television – they loved the musical so much that they went out to buy the box set!”

The show looks at how we’re all obsessed with our body image and how everybody wants to lose weight, tone up. I think that’s something that’s only got worse since I wrote the TV series. I’ve brought it up to date though as it explores how things can go viral on the internet.

Fat Friends The Musical heads to the Winter Gardens Blackpool for one week only from Tuesday 29th May – Saturday 02nd June 2018. For more information and to buy tickets visit,





Two night bed and breakfast and a complimentary bottle of house wine for just £120 per couple Book online with code ‘50Plus’ to make the most of this offer Terms and condition apply, must order 2 courses each from the main menu to receive the free bottle of wine. Standard room only. Excludes Saturdays, 20% off and 14th February. Valid until 28th February 2018. Available at: The Alma Inn, Laneshawbridge • Barley Mow, Barley • Derby Arms, Longridge • The Fenwick, Claughton.


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).


• • • • •

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

The Denture Teeth • • • •

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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Douglas Heaysman is a Clinical Dental Technician with over 40 years of experience and study. Doug creates bespoke hand crafted dentures using state of the art materials and techniques for an optimum fit and maximum comfort. Visit us for a free of charge 20 minute consultation for new dentures, implants or any denture related problems to discuss your concerns and to find out how we can help you. We can also provide you with a new set of dentures within 24 hours!

We now offer Dental Implants in conjunction with an Implant Specialist. These stabilise troublesome dentures and can truly change lives. Home visits are available, where we come to you for all consultations and fittings. Quality, Convenience and Professionalism are our watchwords and our dedicated team will be with you every step of the way, with a personal, understanding and caring service.









Douglas Heaysman Dip CDT RCS (Eng) RDT Clinical Dental Technician, Denture Provider Registered with the General Dental Council (no 112441)

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Independent Living We all have concerns about getting older, least of all the thought of losing our independence. However, at Calico, they believe that your age shouldn’t limit your lifestyle, and a range of services to help you to live as independently as possible are made available. Whether you would prefer to stay in your current home, or you would rather move into one of their independent properties, the choice is entirely yours. Whatever your circumstances, they can provide as much or as little support as you may need to ensure complete peace of mind for you and your family. Independent living housing in East Lancashire is available for many people with a variety of housing needs and downsizing is quite often the reason to choose this type of housing. Kate Heelas, Calico's Independent Living Services Manager comments: "The old ideas of sheltered housing with a warden visiting daily is totally out of with the way our customers live their lives." "Residents celebrate really purposeful and happy lives often looking after grandchildren and joining in with a whole range of activities such as golf, bowling, tennis, walks and swimming."

Jack & Gladys love to take part in activities they can enjoy together. Gladys said: “There’s so much to do here. We both love the parties they throw here, as well as the gardening classes and the odd game of bingo. “The activities also provide us with a great opportunity to keep informed of all the latest goings-on at the scheme, and the range of support that we can both access as and when we need it.”

"Each year, we highlight some of our more active tenants. We call them our 'Living Legends'." Integration with local schools is also popular with multi age level music, arts and crafts featuring strongly. A further provision that Independent Living offers (whether living as a couple or single) is the social and safety confidence that help is available at a time when it is needed. Residents often compare this to an insurance policy, knowing help is at hand if needed. Brenda is a keen pool player. She said: “I enjoy taken part in a whole range of activities at out scheme, from games to social parties and coffee mornings. “Knowing that I have support from my Independent Living Officer when needed helps me to maintain my independence.”


Doreen enjoys socialising with her neighbours: “I love to meet up with friends at social gatherings, coffee mornings, and monthly communal lunches. “The security of being part of a communal scheme, as well as the support I receive from all the staff at the scheme, helps me to stay as independent as I possibly can be.”

A range of services to help you stay safe in your own home include the Calico Assure service and a smoke alarm that, when activated, alerts their monitoring centre directly. Calico Assure is an easy-to-use emergency alarm service which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It’s designed to help you live safely, securely and independently in your own home, whilst giving your family the reassurance that help is at hand should you need it.

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Finally Kate states "We have over 1000 properties with residents doing absolutely fantastic things".

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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Blackburn, burnley & ribble valley issue 53  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes leisure, lifestyle, holidays, finance

Blackburn, burnley & ribble valley issue 53  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes leisure, lifestyle, holidays, finance