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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?

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

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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.

Jennie travelled with African Sky who have been conducting private South African tours since 1998. They also specialize in safaris in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. For more details, www.africansky.com or call 0800 532 4615.

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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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TRAVEL Zell am See, bang in the mountains and right by Lake Zell. Russell delights in the great beauty of the dramatic scenery, the fresh, pure, cool air and the wonderful food; Wiener schnitzel with cranberry sauce being a favourite. He also takes huge pleasure in the efficiency, cleanliness and ordered style of Austrian and Swiss life. His love of history, particularly around World War I, the Hapsburgs and Franz Joseph and wife, Elizabeth, have led Russell to really explore this region. In the cities, he relishes café culture, the theatre and fine dining restaurants. Vienna is a particular favourite and I can certainly see that it ticks all those boxes, with exceptional 19th century interest too.

Russell Grant finds star quality in the lakes & mountains Jennie Carr interviewed Britain’s best-loved astrologer and discovered Russell’s chilly side! I do like surprises and Russell Grant certainly provided me with one. Having had him down for exotic islands and luxury lounging on the holiday front, nothing could be further from the truth. This show-biz, bubbly star-gazer has quite an unexpected passion.

schoolboy, Russell travelled to Annecy and explored the Haute-Savoie. He was hooked from then on. So hooked indeed that he very nearly moved to

And for holidays wherever you’re going, you might like to try your hand at colouring - Russell has produced The Art of Astrology: Discover your Inner Self Through Colour. It is taking airports, hotel terraces and sun loungers worldwide by storm as an alternative form of relaxation. That was another surprise: I really enjoyed the patterns, colours and gentle activity in this book. Chilled out without being cold!

Russell only ever takes his holidays in the mountains - he absolutely loves them. In fact, here is a man who enjoys cooler weather: too hot and he’s not happy. He adores the Tyrol in Austria, can’t get enough of Switzerland and has visited Salzburg at least eight times. Lederhosen and yodelling spring swiftly to mind, as do Maria and Captain von Trapp. For Russell the yearning for mountains started when he watched The Adventures of William Tell on TV in the late 1950s, filmed co-incidentally in Snowdonia, where Russell now lives. When he was a child, the Grants didn’t take holidays, however as a

I’m always fascinated by destinations people long to go to and this was no real surprise once I understood the mountains and chill theme. No one else has ever said Siberia, very cold for sure and a landscape unlike any other, unquestionably. Russell really wants to see it, along with Alaska, Northern Canada, Lapland and Tromsø in Norway, way up in the Arctic Circle. I’m scurrying for cashmere, thermals and goose down jackets just at the thought. What an interesting character Russell Grant is!

For lakes and mountains holidays, Silver Travel Advisor recommends Inghams – visit www.inghams.co.uk/silver or call 01483 345117 Russell Grant best-loved astrologer

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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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Things to think about when making your will

It’s an unfortunate truth, but let’s face it, money changes people. Fact. If you die intestate, the legalities and cost of obtaining a grant of probate can dwarf the cost of preparing your will. But, perhaps more importantly, a will helps prevent family disputes over your estate.

A number of high profile cases have put the need to make a will firmly back in the spotlight recently. Yet, despite the growing number of inheritance disputes, many of us still don’t bother until we absolutely have to.

It’s irrelevant whether you’ve promised certain possessions, property or money to specific people, if you have no will, the law decides who benefits from your legacy, not you. Put simply, dying without a will means you’ll have no control over who stands to inherit your assets so loved ones, who aren’t blood relatives, could inherit nothing.

A study carried by unbiased.co.uk found that nearly a fifth of people it surveyed didn’t think they needed a will because they believed they had nothing to leave. But, with the average homeowner having a property worth around £200,000, there’s a lot at stake. Around 70% of people in the UK fail to make a will. Reasons for it are varied, but generally it falls into two categories; the cost and finding the time to do it. Failing to make your will, however, can have serious consequences. Not just in terms of the expense of getting a grant of probate, but also in the sense of who gets what.

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Making your will is usually a fairly straightforward process, but if it’s not done properly it can have repercussions. Using an online website to do it yourself can backfire as they don’t take into account the complexities of the law, so your family could end up having to pay to rectify things retrospectively. Equally, will writers aren’t regulated. This means they can promote themselves as experts without actually having any qualifications or accreditations at all. Whilst it’s not always the case, it could potentially leave your loved ones dealing with a legal minefield after you’ve gone if things have been overlooked or the terms of your will aren’t set out according to the law.


Solicitors, on the other hand, are bound by the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s code of conduct and are legally obliged to maintain high levels of service. As well as being regulated, they’re required to have insurance to protect the public and can provide guidance on more complex financial issues, such as inheritance tax and trust planning. While writing a will is all too often seen as one of those jobs you’ll get round to ‘tomorrow’, the benefits of planning ahead can be invaluable. It helps to focus your mind on what you want to leave and who you want to leave it to, rather than letting the law decide. It’s also not as expensive as you might think, especially if you’re planning to draft a joint will (also known as a mirror will) as they’re often discounted. Once you’ve made your will, you need to make sure you keep it up to date. If you change your mind about who you want to inherit your estate, it will need updating, otherwise the arrangements and beneficiaries set out in your original will stand. Also, getting married automatically invalidates your existing will and if it’s not updated and you die, you’ll die intestate, leaving a painful, and potentially costly, legacy for your other half. The same caution goes for anyone separating. While divorce rates are generally falling, the number of over 50s splitting up is actually rising. There’s a variety of reasons behind the trend of so-called ‘silver splitters’ but what’s important to remember here is to make sure your will is up to date. If you’re estranged from your husband or wife and have entered into a new relationship with someone else, it doesn’t matter if you live together; if you’re not married or in a civil partnership, you’re new partner isn’t legally entitled to anything if you die. Even more worrying is that if you have split from your ex acrimoniously and you die without having changed your will, your ex stands to inherit everything as, technically, you’re still married. Another good reason to draw up your will is that dying without one can leave an estate liable for inheritance tax. It’s estimated Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will pocket nearly £6 billion from inheritance tax by 2018. Leaving money to charity in your will is just one of the ways to help reduce the amount of tax payable on your estate and this is something a solicitor can advise you on. Finally - and this may seem obvious, but it’s surprising just how many people neglect to do it - make sure you sign it. Without your signature at the bottom, your will isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. If you’re thinking about making, or changing, your will, Russell and Russell can help with all aspects of wills and probate. We offer a free consultation where we can talk through your circumstances and advise on what’s best for you. russellrussell.co.uk

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HOME & GARDEN 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. 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.

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 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!

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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. 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. New Team Leader at Heaton Fold, would like to invite you to visit their new look garden centre. Why not choose one of

their ready planted hanging baskets in a variety of styles from just £12 or you can take your own baskets and containers for bespoke planting. Don’t forget to think about using herbs too. Try planting a selection of tasty varieties like sage, thyme and rosemary which look great, give a great scent and will liven up your summer cooking. Heaton Fold’s staff create glorious summer displays to get you inspired so go along and create a garden to make your neighbours envious! 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!

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Installing a garden studio gives you that extra room, without the big cost of an extension.

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

Sanctum have been Trading since 2010, the business was founded by local builder and property developer Gary Cullen. Having spent over 20 years in the construction industry building houses and extensions, Gary knew that he could design and build a garden studio just as well as he could build a house and at the fraction of the cost of other garden room suppliers already out there. This was his driving force. Sanctum garden studios offer standard sizes, they are also happy to provide bespoke sizes for the ‘perfect fit’ studio.

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HOME & GARDEN budget means you can install a pond 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.

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Simple Showering Solutions No more struggling to get in or out of the bath when you install a modern, low-level, bath-replacement shower solution or wetroom. You can enjoy easy, comfortable showering; incorporating all the benefits needed to help navigate and access the shower area in safety. Showering specialists Impey, in conjunction with Plumb Factory, explain how to simply create an effective, attractive and safe showering space in your home, with minimum disruption.

Shower Tray or Wetroom Removal of a bath frees-up floor space, and offers greater ease of access, with no necessity to step up into a bath or shower. You can then choose either a bath-replacement tray or opt for a levelaccess wetroom.

Shower Tray Offering plenty of room to shower, a large-size, low-level shower tray, will ensure that you can enter and exit a showering area securely and easily.

wetroom can be installed anywhere within a property (not just on a ground floor), it enables effective use of floor space, which can be beneficial in smaller properties. Your installer will recommend the best type of wetroom products for your property. Impey offers a large range of floor-formers which enable the quick and easy creation of a leak-free shower space.

With a step-height of only 24mm, Impey’s Mantis is the lowest tray available on the market and comes in seven sizes, including two bath replacement sizes; meaning the bath area is quickly covered with minimal repair. The small step-height also means it can be accessed by a wheelchair user, with no ramps. Mantis can also be fitted above or below ground to suit your requirements in certain locations, so check with your installer if you’d prefer completely level-access entry.

Support Rails To enable best use of your new showering space, support rails are an essential addition. A combination of vertical, angled and horizontal rails will offer maximum safety and security. The Boston Comfort & Safety range is a design-led selection of bathroom accessories, which can be fitted with the optional anti-slip grip for increased peace of mind when standing or showering. When not in use as a safety feature, they make attractive, contemporary towel rails.

If you like to relax in the shower, a wall-mounted shower seat is an ideal addition. Showering when seated can diminish the risk of slipping or falling whilst in the shower. Impey’s Slimfold seat is easy to use, comfortable and available in a variety of attractive colours. It also has a contemporary look and folds neatly away when not in use.

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A wetroom is a level-access shower area with built-in drainage; combining modern luxury with easy access and easy clean functions; using up-todate technology to create leak-free showering.

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Screens which include a floor to ceiling support pole for added stability, like Impey’s Supreme glass shower panel, are contemporary, available with or without an etched effect modesty panel and provide support and ease of entry.

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Some installations require a glass screen, to minimise splash to other parts of the bathroom. From luxury, full-height glass screens to free-standing half-height options, a variety of shower doors and screens are available which are compatible with shower tray installations or wetrooms and can offer varying degrees of support.

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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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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.

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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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Croque monsieur INGREDIENTS SERVES 4 8 thick slices white bread 100g Cheddar cheese, grated 4 thick slices ham 100g butter sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

The ultimate cheese and ham toastie... Simple. I love it.

For the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the flour using a wooden spoon, then cook gently for 1 minute, still stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Return the pan to the heat and continue to cook, stirring constantly with the wooden spoon, until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper, then remove from the heat and leave until cold. To make the sandwiches, spread a layer of the béchamel sauce over one side of four slices of the bread, then top each one with cheese, ham and another slice of bread. Melt the butter in a large, non-stick frying pan until foaming, fry the sandwiches, two at a time, for 2–3 minutes on each side. Serve with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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 béchamel sauce 25g butter 25g plain flour 300ml 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. 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.

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“We have made continual improvements to the decor and furnishings of the establishment and continue to strive to make The Waggon and Horses the best pub restaurant in the Bolton/Wigan area.” If you haven’t visited the Waggon and Horses yet, you will be surprised by the beautiful bar and restaurant areas with their amazing stained-glass windows depicting the history of the region. Since taking over we have changed the style of food offering to delicious home cooked food, cooked to order from our comprehensive menu, using only the freshest of local produce.

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Check out our website to view our full menu www.waggonandhorseswesthoughton.co.uk Also on offer is a range of top quality cask ales from different brewers around the country and an exciting range of house wines from the Casillero Del Diablo vineyard in Chile, complemented by a selection of quality, specialist wines from around the world. Our staff are some of the best in the business who share our goals and work with smiles on their faces.

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FOOD & DRINK

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

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There are three main ingredients in an excellent meal ... delicious food, great service and beautiful surroundings. So sit back, close your eyes and imagine ... A cool breeze dancing through the trees, the evening sun tip toeing across open water, birds singing as they nestle for the night. This isn’t a dream, this is the idyllic setting for Curley’s, a little piece of heaven right in the heart of Horwich. Curley’s is located in a picturesque corner of the West Pennine Moors and set at the edge of an impressive 18th century reservoir.

Curley’s is owned by Steve and Helen Kershaw who along with their son Jon have nurtured the business into one of the most popular places to eat in Bolton. They are proud to introduce a new later dining experience with extended evening openings until 10.30pm. Day time dining will continue to serve the same selection of light lunches and delicious award winning Fish and Chips. The brand new evening hours from 5.00pm offers a whole new dining experience as Curley’s will transform into a restaurant serving exceptional, locally sourced food including delicious steaks and fish dishes.

The stunning stone building has a traditional edge that certainly gives the wow factor, yet compliments the area whilst respecting the landscape which is haven for local wildlife. Don’t forget to look out for the quirky rhino and elephant!

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A guide to the amazing events around the region in 2017

A cracking Easter’s in store at the Market

An exciting range of high Every Tuesday and Friday quality and locally sourced Walking Football food, drink and crafts from Join our Walking Football and Walking specialist producers Rugby sessions every Tuesday and and suppliers Join in all the family Friday! fun Are you over 50 and want to be

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more active doing the sport you love in a low impact, less strenuous way? The Phoenix Centre , St Mary’s Park Prestwich, Manchester

21st May Thursdays 18th June Walk and Talk at Heaton Sat23rd 28 March, 11am to 2pm Park July** Photos with Dave the Minion & Peppa Pig 20th August Come along to this weekly walking Tues 31 March, 11am to 2pm group at Heaton Park for people living 17th PhotosSeptember with Dave the Minion & Peppa Pig with dementia, and carers. Would &15th Easter October Egg Hunt (10am to 3pm) you like to meet and spend time with 19th Thurs 2November April, 11am to 2pm others affected by dementia? Take in Smithills Farm’s Petting Zoo (chickens, rabbits, goat, donkey & lamb). 17th December

some lovely scenery, get some gentle Photo’s with Dave the Minion & Peppa Pig 11am-2pm **Fourth Sunday due to exercise and make new friends. During Good Friday Ironman UK on 16th July Sorry we’re closed! the walk, you will have a sit down for a cuppa and a chat in the Boating Lake Sat 4 April, 11am to 2pm Overdale Drive, Heaton, Photos with Peppa Pig & Buzz Lightyear café. Bolton BL1 5BU All activities are located throughout the Heaton Park, Manchester

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WACO Its a Knockout Family Fun Day 2017 WACO's annual It's a Knockout Family Funday is back - with all the usual fun including: Fairground, Stalls, Donkey rides, Entertainment, Characters, Howfen Radio, Scooter rally, Vintage cars, Displays, Artisan food market and food court. Westhoughton, Bolton goo.gl/nQjzpL

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CHARITY CONCERT in aid of Parkinson's UK Thursday 25th May

Bolton Wanderers - Football Aid 2017 Bolton Wanderers have been onside with Football Aid from the beginning, with legends Peter Nicholson and John McGinlay leading the way as playing Managers in our first ever game with the club in 2001. Over the years they have been joined by the likes of Tony Kelly, Paul Jones, John McGinlay, Mike Whitlow, Keith Branagan, Scott Green, Gavin McCann, Nicky Spooner, Glenn Keeley and former wing wizard David

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The choir will sing classics from Les Miserables and a ‘wide variety of popular tunes’ including Toto’s Africa, True Colours by Cyndi Lauper and a Coldplay favourite or two. Also on the bill will be renowned classical guitarist Jon Gjylaci, Sing Bolton, Sing star Megan Rowe and barbershop chorus the Phoenix Knights of Harmony. The concert has been organised and funded by Marie Boardman, chairman of the choir, who herself was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease two and a half years ago. The Bridge Church & Centre, Bolton goo.gl/JrPvfP


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A great evening with a host of Top Comedians from across the UK and beyond, live on stage for the price of a cinema ticket! Past acts include Dave Spiky, Paul Sinha, Justin Moorhouse, Paul Foot, Jo Caulfield, Tom Stade, Jack Whitehall, Charlie Chuck, Sarah Millican, Gary Delaney, Jason Manford, Ellie Taylor and more plus rising stars from the Comedy Circuit. Check www.themet. biz/artform/comedy for current line-ups. Tickets just £10 from the Met 0161 761 2216 Ramsbottom Civic Hall, Market Place, Ramsbottom BL0 9AJ www.themet.biz/artform/comedy

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25th July - 27th July

Sport on the Square Get along to Victoria Square for the 3 day Family event! There will be lots of sporting activities to have a go at! Some of the activities include: 100m Running Track, Air Vault Trampolines, ZORBS, Boxing, Cricket, Handball, Football, Rugby and many, many more. This event FREE to attend! Victoria Square, Bolton goo.gl/4Qj7Ic

Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July

25th August - 28th August

Showcasing local talent our first Ramsbottom Summer Craft Fayre will be the perfect place to find individual gifts and crafts! Creating a unique visitor and shopper experience, Ramsbottom Civic Hall will be filled with the latest works in jewellery, paper, textiles, fashion, ceramics, glass, silver, wood, furniture and much much more! People will be able to buy and view independent gifts from the North West’s leading craft producers and designers.

Come along to the great food and drink festival 2017! Bolton Food and Drink Festival returns on August bank holiday weekend and my gosh have they got a fantastic event in store! With 180 stalls, celebrity chef demonstrations, fabulous special events, live street entertainment, brand new exciting family entertainment and live music stages, there is absolutely something for everyone.

Ramsbottom Summer Craft Fayre

If you would like to exhibit please contact Alwyn Thomas on 0161 253 5513 or email: ramsbottomcivchall@ bury.gov.uk Ramsbottom Civic Hall, Market Place, goo.gl/vZoN9Q

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

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OUT AND ABOUT 4th June - 7.30am

Touch The Rainbow 5K Colour Run 2017

BROOKLANDS HOTEL BLACKPOOL Fantastic accommodation for the over 50's

Touch the Rainbow Colour Run in Burrs Country Park on Sunday 4th June from 1pm (register & collect your race items from Burrs Activity Centre from 9.00am). We are looking for 500 Bury Hospice Rainbow Runners for the Touch the Rainbow 5k Run and Colour Festival! This is THE MOST FUN you can have in an afternoon! We have 200 Early Bird places on adult tickets available, thereafter registration fees £20 adults, £10 under 16’s. We are also looking for… Burrs Country Park, Bury buryhospice.org.uk/events/

The Brooklands Guesthouse over 50's retreat offers an impressive range of facilities that cater the needs of any visitor to Blackpool. It is our ability to accommodate the requirements of any guest that encourages them to return year after year. Good Breakfasts and evening meals have always been regarded as priority for us. You can be sure of a great choice of quality fresh home cooked food from our menus. Our licensed bar has a good selection of wines and spirits. k All rooms en-suite k Ground floor rooms k Wheelchair access to rear k Stairlifts to first floor k Car parking to rear k Freeview TV's k Fully licensed bar

All the comforts of home whilst on holiday Tel: 01253 351479 28-30 King Edward Avenue North Shore Blackpool FY2 9TA. www.brooklandshotelblackpool.co.uk

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14th July - 9.00am

Get Your Pink On Get Your Pink On For Bolton Hospice! Whether at work, school, or at home, we’ll all be wearing pink together on Friday 14th July to help make a difference to the patients and families that we care for. For your free fundraising pack or for more information & to register please contact us on 01204 663 065 or communityfundraiser@boltonhospice. org. Bolton boltonhospice.org.uk/event/hospiceevents/get-your-pink-2017/

14th July - 16th July

Foodies Festival

17th June - 10.00pm

Midnight Memories Walk 2017 The Midnight Memories Walk is an 8-mile sponsored walk to raise vital funds for Bolton Hospice. Now in its eleventh year, it is Bolton’s biggest fundraising event and over the years has raised over £1.2 MILLION for our patients and their families when they need it most. That’s the equivalent of 75,000 hours of specialist compassionate nursing care for local people! The Midnight Memories Walk is open to everyone - men, women and children are welcome! Victoria Square, Bolton boltonhospice.org.uk/event/ hospice-events/midnight-memorieswalk-2017/

Watch Great British Bake Off Winner Candice Brown in The Cake & Desserts Theatre as well as New Judge of The Big Family Showdown Rosemary Shrager cooking her signature recipes in the Stoves Chefs Theatre with MasterChef Winner 2016 Jane Devonshire & GBBO’s Luis Troyano. Feast in the Street Food Avenue; learn to bake in the Cake and Bake Theatre; enjoy afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent; taste wine, champagne and craft beer in the Drinks Theatre; buy from local producers in the Artisan Market; kids enjoy the Childrens Cookery Theatre; live music on the Unsigned Music Awards Stage; enter the Chilli Eating Competition; refreshing cocktails from the Bar Bus, Pimms Teapot & Appleton Estate Rum Bus, and have a fun day out in the VIP experience. Tatton Park, Cheshire foodiesfestival.com/tatton-parkfestival/


Theatre 8th June - 8th July

Talking Heads In these moving and affectionate pieces, Alan Bennett depicts the bittersweet tales of seemingly ordinary and uneventful lives. Poignant and wonderfully observant, this is a rare opportunity to see three of the original Talking Heads live on stage. The Octagon Theatre, Bolton www.manchestertheatres.com

8th July

A Strange New Space Did you know that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth? Amira does. She is obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an Astronaut. One night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality. In the darkness, Amira packs her bag for the intergalactic trip that she’s been waiting for… The Met, Bury themet.biz/event/ a+strange+new+space/2692/

15th July

Jo Harman Soul.Blues.Gospel.Beatles-worth pop. These are the core ingredients of Jo Harman’s People We Become, a modern album rooted in the classic timeless music of past generations. The Met, Bury themet.biz/event/jo+harman/2718/

18th July - 22nd July

Dirty Dancing Dirty Dancing is back! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring 35 hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life. Palace Theatre, Manchester atgtickets.com/shows/dirtydancing-2017/palace-theatremanchester/

Sawrey House Hotel offers you a very special combination of comfort and elegance set amidst the stunning beauty and tranquillity of the Lakeland fells.

Midweek Breaks Relax and unwind with Midweek Lake District break at Sawrey House Hotel. Enjoy a peaceful and comfy accommodation, a delicious 3 course evening meal each evening, our tasty Cumbrian breakfast each morning, as well as a complementary cream tea on arrival and tickets for a cruise on Lake Windermere. What’s included; • Cream Tea on arrival. • Complementary Windermere cruise tickets. • 3 Course dinner each evening. • Full Cumbrian Breakfast each morning. • Choice of rooms available

Prices from £150 per couple per night

7th August - 19th August

Funny Girl

Hot on the heels of a record breaking, critically acclaimed West End run, this ‘utterly irresistible’ (The Sunday Times) new production of Funny Girl returns to Manchester. Starring Olivier Awardwinning Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice and Darius Campbell who reprises his role as Nick Arnstein. Palace Theatre, Manchester atgtickets.com/shows/funny-girl/ palace-theatre-manchester/

Terms; Minimum 2 night stay required. Prices based on 2 adults sharing a double room. Discount based on our full price standard tariff. Excludes Bank Holiday weekends.

www.sawreyhouse.com Tel: 015394 36387 Sawrey House Country Hotel, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0LF

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OUT AND ABOUT the omens to avoid what may have turned out to be a bit of a mistake. As it turns out it wasn’t and now in 2017 he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his comedy career. The Lowry, The Quays, Salford thelowry.com/events/dave-spikey 23rd July - 24th July

John Bishop: Winging It Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming here to warm up his brand new show WINGING IT in autumn 2017! It will have been 3 years since his last tour and WINGING IT is gearing up to be his biggest and best yet. John is very much looking forward to this new adventure and can’t wait to be back on the road again.

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Dave Spikey Dave had been working in the NHS for 19 years as a Biomedical Scientist when in 1987 someone uttered the immortal words, “You’re really funny, you should be a comedian” and for some reason, he took them seriously! Only a few months later he won the national talent show “Stairway to the Stars” clinching the award with a routine about a juggler on a motorbike. 13 years later on Friday 13th October 2000 he switched off his microscope for good and the following Monday found himself sitting on rain swept car park dressed as a giant berry wondering if he should have taken more notice of

John has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including ‘John Bishop’s Australia’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Britain’ (BBC1); ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking’ (Sky1); ‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC1); ‘The John Bishop Christmas Show’ (BBC1) and ‘John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure’ (ITV1). More recently his new series ‘John Bishop: In Conversation With…’ sees him chatting, one to one with some of the UK’s biggest names. The Lowry, The Quays, Salford thelowry.com/events/john-bishop-winging-it

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1st August - 2nd August

Russell Brand: Re:Birth With special guests

Affetside Salford Choir Symphony Orchestra

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Following a series of sold-out preview shows in November and December 2016, Russell Brand announces a new stand-up tour of UK and Ireland. What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from? 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. The Lowry, The Quays, Salford thelowry.com/events/russell-brand-rebirth


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FINANCE 3 talk or write to HMRC and other organisations 3 go online to access your information question why something has happened understand the tax implications of decisions – like pension freedoms appeal or complain

The end of the tax year but was it right? As your letter box rattles with your end of year paperwork like P60’s and savings/investment information, it is a good time to check whether you have paid the correct amount of tax for that year and also to make sure that HMRC have up to date information regarding your current circumstances and income.

Tax Help for Older People is an independent charity, offering a free tax advice service for older people on low incomes. We specialise in giving Personal Tax advice to people over 60 (or their representatives) with an income under £20,000.  Our philosophy is to help clients help themselves as far as possible, which means we give guidance, assistance, advice and support depending on the client need. Our volunteers are available to provide free face to face tax advice for pensioners across the UK, although initial contact should be to our team of tax advisers in Dorset (01308 488066 or 0845 601 3321). We are also able to provide Talks; Training; and Attendance at exhibitions.  Unfortunately for these, we do have to ask for our expenses to be covered, or for a small donation. Volunteers meet clients at the offices of Age UK, CAB and local government or community organisations or, if they are less mobile, at home. Taking the time to explain, in jargon-free language, what has happened and how it can

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be resolved, they will, if necessary, take up their case with HMRC. Of course, all clients’ cases are completely confidential. Our aim is to help you understand your personal tax affairs and to help you work with HMRC so that you can resolve issues and pay the right amount of tax. If you are wondering; 3 if you’re due a refund 3 if the tax you have paid is correct 3 if your tax codes are correct 3 why HMRC have sent you an underpayment notice 3 what the letter from HMRC means 3 you are completing the correct forms Or need help to; 3 check your tax affairs during your retirement year/s or through bereavement

P60’s are certificates which provide pay and tax details for sources of Pay As You Earn (PAYE) income like pensions or employment. For those of us who only have one source of income this should be a relatively straight forward task but it is still worth checking that you have paid the correct amount of tax, mistakes can happen and you want to be sure that these mistakes are not happening to you.

So where do you start? First you need to work out what your taxable income was for the year and the allowances that you would be entitled to. There have been several changes in the past couple of years especially around savings and investments, so it may be worth checking that you have up to date information. You can visit www.gov.uk/income-tax-rates , phone HMRC on 0300 200 3300 or contact Tax Help for Older People for help. You will find information regarding your taxable income on P60s, P11Ds and P45s supplied by your employers and pension providers; also check coding notices and letters from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and any bank and building society statements or dividend vouchers that show payments and tax details.


Once you have your total taxable income you then remove your allowances from your total taxable income then apply the appropriate tax rate to see what tax was due. Beware of the married couples allowance (for those born before 6th April 1935) as that is a tax reducer rather than an allowance in the normal sense As mentioned it has become more confusing and these examples may better explain; A pensioner has a state pension of £9,000, a private pension of £5,000 and total taxable interest of £2,000. Their personal allowance in 2016/17 is £11,000 and they will pay tax on £3000 of their pension (£14,000 pensions less £11,000 personal allowance), which at 20% would be £600. They don’t have to pay tax on their savings interest because their non-savings income (ie pensions) is less than £17,000 so they qualify for the 0% savings rate. However, if we increased their non-

savings income to £18,000 and interest of £2,000, they will now be due to pay 20% tax on £7,000 of their pensions which would be £1,400. Their nonsavings income is now above £17,000, too high to qualify for the 0% savings rate band, but they will be able to use their £1,000 personal savings allowance instead, leaving taxable savings of £1,000 which taxed at 20%, will be £200. In both examples their income tax would be reduced by £220 if they were entitled to the new marriage allowance or if one of them was born before 6th April 1935 reduced further still by the original married couples allowance.

the rules are confusing and sometimes complex. We see many people with the wrong tax codes and paying the wrong amount of tax.

In the first example the pensioner simply needs to check that they have paid the right amount of tax on their pension and ensure their new tax code is correct. In the second example they should notify HMRC of their taxable interest and ensure that HMRC tax the interest correctly. If you are in any doubt please ask for help, for some

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The top 5 things you need to know about today’s Equity Release plans 1. How does a lifetime mortgage work?

It’s a mortgage that is not time sensitive, the loan plus any interest accrued is repayable on either upon going in to long term care or death. You can choose to pay interest monthly, roll it up and make no payments at all or a flexible arrangement that allows you to pay 10% per annum of the loan amount borrowed. It’s possible to take as little as £10,000 tax-free and leave more funds in reserve for when you need it. Your property remains your own; you have just borrowed against it.

2. Who are the main lenders?

The most well know lenders in this sector are Aviva (formally Norwich Union), Legal & General & Liverpool Victoria. All told there are 10 lenders that have funds predominantly built on large pension funds. Within this niche market each of the lenders offer features that benefit different types of customers from ages 55 – 90. Rate start as low as 3.97%

3. Can I protect my inheritance?

This is a popular question as lots of people have concerns in this area. Yes you can, It works as follows, if you were entitled to borrow £50,000 and you decided only to take £25,000 then 50% of your property would be protected for inheritance purposes. More if you decided to make monthly payments or use the 10% per annum facility which allows you to pay back interest plus capital.

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4. What are the safeguards?

The industry is protected by The Equity Release Council (formally Safe Home Income plans) The new plans come with a “no negative equity guarantee” which means you will never owe more than you borrow. The interest rates are fixed for the duration of the plan, you have the right to remain in your property for the rest of your life or until you move in to long-term care and you have the right to move your plan to another property subject to this being acceptable to the product provider.

5. Why use my services?

I am an experienced specialist in this area and advise on nothing other than these types of plans. As well as being involved in this sector for nearly 10 years my company is Award Winning at the 2016 Equity Release Awards. I’m local and help my clients throughout the life of the product as advice can be needed in the future. A lot of clients come to me after a bad experience of being pestered by phone calls of people trying to transact this type of business over the phone. My belief is that is should only be done face to face with family involvement if necessary via a company that is part of The Equity Release Council.


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Chatleys, Big Size Mens Clothing Superstore est 1974 “all your clothing needs under one roof ” Chatleys BIG SIZE Menswear is located on the corner of Angouleme Way (A58) and Market Parade directly opposite Bury Market Hall. The store has a free car park for its customers with disabled access to the rear. Once inside you will find an extensive range of high quality branded menswear for all occasions. Suits, jackets, trousers, shirts, holiday wear, underwear, shoes and accessories including Extra Long ties, cufflinks and belts.

you are looking for in the store we can source whatever items you require. You can also buy online on the Chatleys web site www.chatleys.co.uk where you will find their complete range. As well as

Sizes up to 8XL in casual wear, 72” Chest and waist, up to 23” Collar Shirts and up to size 16 in wide fitting shoes. Brands such as Ben Sherman, Meyer, Casa Moda, Bugatti, Olymp, Double Two, Weird Fish, Kam, Farah, Gabicci and many others fill the rails. Whether you need something formal for a wedding or casual for going on holiday Chatleys can dress you from head to toe. Experienced staff are on hand to help and advise you, Chatleys feel that when people ask their customers where they bought their clothes from it is important that they look right and are happy with what they have bought. Recommendation is the best form of advertising. Each manufacturers cut differs. Chatleys are able to measure each customer so they know what brands to offer in order for them to get the right fit as well as an alteration service which can turn round adjustments while you wait. Summer and Winter products are stocked all year round and are available on their shop floor. All Chatleys new customers receive a life time discount loyalty card which can be used in store or online in exchange for their email address so they can receive special offers and notifications when new stock arrives With over 43 years in the menswear trade Chatleys have access to many suppliers, so even if you don’t see what

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Justin comments: “Justin Kellett Opticians is built around an individual and custom service led experience based around how I would want to be treated, if I was to venture out for a new pair of spectacles. Everybody’s glasses are as unique as they are and I try to make the whole experience a memorable one.

Zegna, Chopard, Lanvin, Jimmy Choo and Bellinger Black, through to street fashion brands Ray-Ban, Versace, Michael Kors, Swarovski, Emporio Armani and Carrera, to name but a few. However all of this counts for nothing unless you care about what you are going to put inside that new designer frame. We ensure our customers get the optimum vision by giving them superbly designed optics to look through. All of our measurements use our VisuReal iPad based computerised measuring system ensuring pin point accuracy every time. As we all know the best prescription measured badly is never going to give good results. The number of patients who say that they have never experienced this level of attention to detail is very satisfying as it reinforces the courage of my convictions.

The range of products we offer is second to none, with high end designer fashion brands such as Tiffany & Co, Lindberg, Tom Ford, Ermenegildo

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Bolton Denture Centre

Are your Dentures causing you teething troubles? Many denture wearers suffer with poor fitting, worn out or artificial (false) looking dentures that cause the wearer to feel a lack of confidence in their dentures. This can present itself when chewing or even by just worrying about the denture dropping during a conversation. All these are issues that Bolton Denture Centre specialise in correcting. Bolton Denture Centre are the number one denture clinic in Bolton. Solely focusing on providing the highest quality dentures with the only qualified Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) in Bolton. Over recent years there have been many improvements in both the way we construct dentures and in the materials and denture teeth that we use. This means that the end result looks more natural than ever before. Why not call for a FREE Consultation to find out more about these new innovations in denture design and manufacture?

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

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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.

My Dentures have become loose! 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 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.

Should I have a spare set of Dentures made? Yes, it is very important to have a spare set of dentures for emergencies in case of breakage.

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. 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. 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.

What is a Clinical Dental Technician? A Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) is a qualified dental technician that has under gone further Education and Training in areas such as Medical Emergencies Cross Infection Control and Oral Pathology (cancers and anomalies) to name just a few sections that make up the Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology as Awarded by the Royal Collage of Surgeons (RCS). It is this qualification that allows the clinicians at Bolton Denture Centure to be able to be registered and regulated

with the General Dental Council (the official body for protecting the public with regards to dentistry) and carry indemnity insurance. It is this qualification, which means that only Dentists and Clinical Dental Technicians are the only Dental Professionals permitted to supply dentures direst to the public. A dental technician is not qualified to supply a denture directly to the public. However, despite this being an act of Mal practice many technicians will still practice illegally without informing the patient that they are not qualified. If you are unsure if your denture provider is qualified; ask them for their GDC registration number, then contact the GDC to see if they are registered not just as a dental technician but as a CDT.

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It is illegal for anyone who is not a GDC registered Dentist or Clinical Dental Technician to make a dental appliance directly to the public. This includes dentures or tooth whitening. Anyone providing these services should be reported to the General Dental Council or Trading Standards as they are practicing dentistry without the appropriate qualifications or indemnity insurance.

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The Cahill Dental Care Centre has provided Life Transformational Dentistry for 15 years Cahill Dental Care is a multi award winning dental practice. Our purpose is to provide you with ultimate dental care and ensure you receive the very best treatment that modern dentistry has to offer today. We are very fortunate to have the services of Dr Amit Mistry working alongside principal dentist Dr Michael Cahill as part of our award winning team.

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What are the advantages of implants compared to dentures? Even a well-fitting denture will never be the same as having natural teeth. Dentures move when you are eating, talking or laughing, and often adhesive is required to help to hold them in place. The palate covering the roof of the mouth can take away the enjoyment of eating and drinking, and can also be a place for food and bacteria to lodge, leading to bad breath or gum disease. Dental implants provide a solution as close as possible to your own teeth, giving a great appearance and the ability to eat any foods with complete confidence. There is no bulky plate, and the teeth are not taken out for cleaning or removed overnight.


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Benefits of Same Day Teeth • New teeth in one day

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• No time without any teeth • Confidence when smiling, laughing and talking

Treatment begins first thing in the morning when we very gently and carefully remove any failing teeth, and place your dental implants. We ensure your comfort at all times, and can offer sedation as an option to make the

• Your chewing ability is restored • Taste is not compromised, as the palate is not covered

procedure even easier for you.

• Only four implants are used, keeping costs to a minimum

Your custom made provisional bridge is then

• Suitable even in cases where bone loss has already occurred

constructed by our highly qualified technicians, and a few hours later your new smile is expertly fitted onto

• Further bone loss is prevented • No more loose dentures

your implants. You will then be ready to leave with a

Tuesday 30th May 2017 6pm - 9pm

JOIN US SAME DAY TREATMENT

Patient Open Evening FREE CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE ON THE EVENING PLEASE BOOK YOUR PLACE AS PLACES WILL BE STRICTLY LIMITED Find out more about the life changing treatment and speak to patients who have had the treatment done.

Call 01204 526968

Cahill Dental Care Centre

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cooked breakfasts which is served from 10 am to 12 noon. Lunch is served from 12 – 2pm and Afternoon Tea is served from 2 – 4pm with the last serving being at 3.30pm. We have a full afternoon tea but also serve sandwiches, cakes and toasted tea cakes in the afternoon. We have speciality hot chocolate served with marshmallows, cream and a flake, assorted milk shakes and a range of delicious ice cream. So if you are looking for a great place to meet and enjoy good food look no further than the Candle Cafe in Little Lever. Our new cooks Lyndsey and Debbie-Jo will be pleased to make your acquaintance. Parties of 4 or more are advised to book beforehand to ensure we can seat you together.

Technology at The Carers drop in, Little Lever The internet has opened up the world to a lot of elderly people who are living on their own or are caring for someone. Having the ability to speak to family members face to face from anywhere in the world can help to reduce social isolation and can be a strong source of support. Bolton Dementia Support are looking to make all carers particularly those caring for someone with dementia, computer literate. We have purchased a number of ipads and laptops for the community to use Anyone who is a carer in the community is welcome to come along and learn with us. Please ring to book to ensure enough time is allowed for everyone. One gentleman aged 90 was amazed at the amount of information available to him on the internet and it has allowed him hours of enjoyment seeking out old friends from his army days and from his previous employment. Another lady was in tears

Afternoon tea served from 2 - 3.30pm

Never too old to learn when she was able to speak to her son in Australia and for him to show her his new home via skype. “Older people have missed out a lot on new technology and we are anxious to show them how they can extend their world”, said a spokesperson for Bolton Dementia Support. Bolton College are working with us and are supplying a tutor to come to the Drop In centre at the cafe each Thursday afternoon from 2 – 4 starting on 11th May, so please give us a ring and book your place now. The Carers Drop In Centre is part of The Candle Cafe which has been open for just 12 months. The Cafe specialises in home

Hot chocolate. A Candle Cafe speciality

Bolton’s own Dementia Support

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Supporting people with dementia and those who care for them. Proud to serve the people of Bolton.

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Bolton Dementia Support Registered Charity No : 1123776

Carers Resource, Thicketford Road, Bolton BL2 2LW.

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