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Here at the Bolton Albert Halls we offer a wide range of shows and entertainment for all ages, and in the upcoming months we have some amazing shows not to be missed! From ‘Wildboyz’ – perfect for a ladies night out, to the Frankie Valli Tribute show ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ our shows will make you laugh, cry and will leave you wanting more! The two theatre venues at the Albert Halls have a majestic feel whether in the main Albert Hall or the more intimate venue of the Festival Hall. Located in the town centre, the theatre is easily accessible by car, bus and train. Both venues have full accessibility, with lift access to all floors. If you have any special requirements please contact the Box Office on 01204 334400 in advance of your visit.

Sequence Dancing - Every Tuesday at 2.00pm, £1.50, free hot beverage included.

Mama

4th May, 8.00pm, £13

Wildboyz

11th May, 8.00pm, £21.50

Broadway and Beyond The Magic Lives On 9th June, 8.00pm, Adult £14, concession £13

Rory Bremner and Friends 17th May, 7.30pm, £16

Big Girls Don’t Cry

22nd Sept, 7.30pm, Adult £18.50, concession £17.50

A Right Royal Knees Up 29th May, 2.30pm, Adult £14, concession £12.50

Richard Street, lead singer of the Temptations ‘71-’93 in concert 27th Oct, 8.00pm, £20

To book tickets visit www.alberthalls-bolton.co.uk or phone the Box Office on 01204 334400


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Graham Smith has a Twitter Life is just a tweet!

Waiting for a Princess!

Do you tweet? Twitter seems to have become all the rage but don’t some people make themselves look twits by what they say?

Joining a small crowd waiting to see the Princess Royal in Keighley I had to laugh at some of the comments as time ticked by and she did not emerge from the Civic Centre she was opening.

Even David Cameron is tweeting, and for once it’s not about Nick Clegg. As I write he’s just popped up to announce that Prime Minister’s Question Time is about to start. A sure cue for everyone to switch off their computers and phones and hide in a darkened corner before this adult version of Children’s Playtime starts.

“I suppose she’s had her dinner, I’m on the wrong side of mine,” growled one elderly lady. “Who does she think she is being so late, royalty?”, from one man. I was curious to see this much travelled, often criticised member of the Royal Family whose dog has a penchant for eating geese and who can be a bit nippy behind a steering wheel.

Does the Queen tweet? Well not officially but someone assuming her name, @Queen_UK, and claiming to be Elizabeth Windsor, gives me many a chuckle with irreverent comments and quips at various member of the Royal Family and the government. Her catchphrase is “gin o’clock” and he or she has an astonishing 646,553 followers and counting. The latest tweet,“ Camilla on the phone, worried that “the interweb has gone”. The DoE (Prince Philip) thinks she’s trying to find Ceefax”. Then there was this little gem, “Alvin and the Chipmunks (Mr Cameron and Co) are back from their Burma holiday. The poor Burmese still have no idea who they are”. Or “Bungle (Boris Johnson) on the phone. Not really sure what he’s saying, partly due to one having hung up”. She creases me! The “gin o’clock” bit comes in when our supposed monarch announces at 5pm each day that it’s home time and “gin o’clock”. And one of my favourites, “Just been out with the dogs. The DoE is trying to dry Linnet the corgi off with a hairdryer”. To me this is great humour and I am an avid follower. Others make me laugh for other reasons. They tweet before they’re out of bed and I even know the flavour of one southern lady’s toothpaste thanks to her being retweeted by one of my followers. Then there are the dodgy ones. I sat at my machine one morning and discovered I was being followed by three brothels in San Diego and a dispensing chemist for some very suspect stuff in India, duly deleted. Be very careful if you click any links to these kind of people or you will find your computer or mobile phone infected with something which spreads like mumps and ruins any social standing you ever had.

Security was tight for the only royal to have been close to being kidnapped some years ago. On the centre door were two local security people who collectively must have weighed 50 stone but when Anne’s exit was signalled they were dwarfed by her own security men, and women, one of whom could have been seven feet tall with a tell-tale bulge under his immaculately tailored suit jacket. Then there she was, initially wearing that so serious look she is known for but she kindly broke into a half grin and her eyes lit up as a lady beside me made a light hearted comment about how long she had been inside before leaping nimbly into the back of a Range Rover. She certainly has the “royal” look and for a woman slightly older than me, in her early 60s, she is still youthful. “I’ve immensely enjoyed my trip to Yorkshire,” she said to us all. We enjoyed having you Ma’am, but next time could you save us a sandwich if we have to wait so long?

Last word with the Queen after the budget, “Text from Nick Clegg: “I didn’t agree with the tax on fruit machines. People shouldn’t pay tax on their apples and bananas”. 4

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Abbey Lawn Hotel, Torquay AAHHH This elegant Georgian hotel, in the grounds of the former Torre Abbey, has recently been refurbished and now offers the discerning holidaymaker an exceptional standard of comfort throughout. Many of the bedrooms offer panoramic views of the bay. There are graceful and spacious comfortable lounges, a conservatory overlooking the bay and an in-house leisure centre.

Imperial Hotel, Eastbourne Robinsons HHH The Imperial is an impressive Victorian hotel situated at the seaward end of Devonshire Place, an imposing tree-lined boulevard, less than fifteen minutes walk from the facilities and amenities in the town centre and across the road from the promenade and the bandstand. The hotel offers the guest a good standard of accommodation, spacious lounge areas and a newly refurbished Majestic Restaurant all in a dignified and tranquil ambience for the discerning holidaymaker.

Ocean View Hotel, Shanklin Robinsons HHH The Ocean View is an elegant hotel commanding magnificent views across Sandown Bay, offering a number of spacious bedrooms with seaviews and balconies upon which one can sit and relax, enjoying the tranquil views of Shanklin beach. The hotel provides a good standard of comfort throughout including a large in-house leisure centre and a snooker room. The hotel is conveniently located for the facilities and amenities within the town centre and Old Shanklin Village.

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WELSH WONDERS The Gower

In 1956 The Gower (a peninsula in south Wales jutting from the coast into the Bristol Channel) was named the very first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in the UK by the Countryside Agency and it’s not hard to see why. Its rugged coastline boasts some of the cleanest water in Europe and with the Gulf Stream keeping the water warm the Gower is a tempting place to take a dip. The

spectacular landscape also makes the Gower perfect for rambling walks, country cycling or even horse riding along the golden sands. Despite all this, the Gower has remained one of Wales’ best-kept secrets and is all the better for it.

GORGEOUS GOWER

Rhossili Visitors to the area should head straight for Rhossili, which has been described on numerous occasions as one of the best beaches in the UK, and even the world! Rhossili is located at the most Western part of the Gower Peninsula. The most photographed part of Gower, The Worms Head, stretches out to sea and becomes an island when the tide comes in. History buffs can investigate the wreck of the Helvetica, which ran aground in 1887. For the best panoramic views, walkers should head for the top of the Downs where they will be able to see for miles in each direction.The breathtaking view is completed by the long sandy beach and the towering cliffs and this makes it a popular destination throughout the year with surfers, paragliders and ramblers. However, Rhossili still manages to maintain its tranquillity and unspoilt beauty.

Back To Nature For those wanting to get back to nature, there are a number of companies that can get you on the right track. Dryad Bushcraft offers a range of courses in the art of bushcraft (learning to live in a wilderness environment). Courses include Wilderness Gourmet, 8

Prehistoric Gower, Introduction to Bushcraft and Family Bushcraft. www.dryadbushcraft.co.uk

Village Life Amongst the Gower’s many other charms are its tiny fishing villages, from Llangennith to Horton. Perhaps the most well-known is The Mumbles, a delightful Victorian village with lovely views over Swansea Bay, boasting little boutique shops and a plethora of pubs and restaurants. Up on a hill overlooking the town is Oystermouth Castle, a picturesque and atmospheric 12th century castle that used to be the chief residence of the Lords of Gower and merges perfectly with the dramatic landscape. In fact, the area is so picturesque that Catherine Zeta Jones chose to build a house there not so long ago.

Bright Lights Nearby Swansea offers a vibrant nightlife, with the Wind Street area turning from a modern café quarter during the day to a party zone at night. The city is also home to Wales’s must see largest indoor market which is a huge and buzzing expanse selling cockles, lava bread and fresh Welsh cakes. Swansea city is also the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas, (for information about his house then visit www.5cwmdonkindrive.com). www.50plusmagazine.co.uk


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Eating and Drinking The Gower is spoilt for choice for quality when it comes to eating out locally but the Gower itself is limited to the number of establishments that it could viably sustain; however, Swansea certainly offers everything that you could hope for and all within driving distance.

Sleeping The rugged nature of the landscape is offset by The Gower’s many attractive places to stay ranging from one or two rooms in a family home to self-contained en-suite rooms with dining and sitting room facilities reserved especially for guests. The Gower may only be 70 square miles but it seems vast. With its huge deserted beaches, isolated landscapes and tiny, pretty villages, the peninsula will envelop you – and you won’t want it to let go.

Snowdonia Lakes, castles and waterfalls create a surreal experience which could be right out of Lord of the Rings as you enter Snowdonia National Park. Located in north-western Wales, the national park was established in 1951, which made it the first national park in Wales - it covers 840 square miles! www. snowdonia.org.uk Local signs are often both English and Welsh and many aspects of traditional Welsh life, including food, clothing, and crafts are still to be found. The region is very popular for hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, amongst other outdoor pursuits. It also features the magnificent Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at 1,085 m (3,560 ft).

narrow gauge railway designed for use with steam locomotives. It was built to serve the slate industry but also carried passengers almost from the outset. The quarry closed in 1946, but the railway’s owner pledged to keep the line open for as long as he lived. He died in 1950, but the line was saved from closure by a group of enthusiasts who formed a preservation society (the world’s first) dedicated to safeguarding its future.

Riding The Footplate Whilst on the Talyllyn Railway and if you are very lucky, you can ride part of the way on the locomotive footplate - a sensational experience! Not wanting to disappoint, the Railway also offers members of the public the opportunity to drive one of its historic steam locomotives. For information see either: www.talyllyn.co.uk or www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk

Picture Perfect The picturesque town of Barmouth rests just within the south west corner of Snowdonia National Park. Barmouth’s location lying between a mountain range and the sea on the mouth of the river Mawddach is arguably one of the most beautiful locations in Wales. The old town is well worth a visit with its steep steps and slate-roofed cottages set on the side of a mountain. The harbour is beautiful and you can walk across the spectacular Barmouth Bridge spanning the river which can be an ideal spot for an evening stroll. The beach is large and perfect for sunbathing; surfers can often be seen here depending on the swells and time of year. It also has a large range of shops, pubs, hotels and other accommodations including caravan parks. A funfair and amusement arcades are open from March to October.

Talyllyn Railway The Talyllyn Railway is one of The Great Little Trains of Wales, a group of Welsh narrow gauge railways which offers bargain travel through its Discount Card scheme. The Talyllyn operates over 7 miles of 2ft 3in gauge track along the Fathew Valley from Tywyn Wharf near the coast of Cardigan Bay, to Nant Gwernol, three miles from the lake which gives the railway its name. Much of the route is within the Snowdonia National Park, and leaflets are available detailing scenic walks from many of the stations. The line opened in 1865 and still uses two of the original locomotives and coaching stock, in fact three of the locomotives are over a century old! The Victorian train runs on Saturdays and offers the unique experience of travelling in the original coaches behind a Victorian locomotive. The line was the first www.50plusmagazine.co.uk

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Eating and Drinking

Sleeping

The foodie scene in this area has come a long way in the last 20 years or so. The Snowdonia mountains and coast are bursting with quality local produce, from Welsh lamb and black beef to farmhouse cheeses and Dyfi salmon, not to mention the sensational seafood from the rich waters of Cardigan Bay. This freshly sourced and home-grown produce has helped transform bistros and fine dining restaurants, cafés and country inns throughout the region.

Snowdonia has a wide-range of hotels, B&B’s traditional or fashionable boutique, country houses or even campsites to satisfy even the most discriminating visitor, whether you choose to stay in Llanberis, Betwsy-Coed, Beddgelert, Abersoch, Harlech, or any of the other pretty towns and villages.

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hangs all ten toes over the nose of the board – easier said than done! For people fortunate enough to have their own equipment popular surfing spots include: Sumpters near Overton, Boilers Reef near Port Eynon or Pete’s Reef not far from Pilton, but for those who don’t or would like a ‘taster’ session, there are a number of companies who can hire boards and wetsuits, or provide you with more information

Hanging Ten On The Gower! The Gower lends itself to a large range of water sports, such as surfing, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. Most of the beaches do NOT have a lifeguard, so don’t forget to stay safe and check the tides. Surfing is very popular in this area so whether you’re a novice or more advanced, try ‘hanging ten’ on the Gower - Hanging Ten is a difficult surfing maneuver when the surfer walks to the front of the board and

Try these websites:

www.samssurfshack.com or gowersurfing.com

GETTING AROUND...

By Rail As previously mentioned, there are a large number of local steam railways, rescued by railway enthusiasts during the Beeching era, known collectively as The Great Little Trains of Wales. Passport tickets are available, giving access to all the railways for the whole season (email addresses supplied above).

By Road Many of the smaller roads are slow, and in upland areas may become impassable during bad weather. The latest traffic information is available from Traffic Wales www.traffic-wales.com

Climate Wales has a temperate climate, which means, like the rest of the UK, it never really gets very hot and never gets really cold. The best times to visit is during the summer months. May, June, July and August are generally the sunniest and driest months. During the winter it can rain frequently, but temperatures rarely drop below zero. They’re normally between five and seven degrees. A raincoat and a thick jumper will usually cope with the worst that the Welsh weather has to offer!

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Door to Door Coach Holidays from

Why not join us this year on one of our Quality Door to Door Coach Tours? Our passenger numbers grow year on year because we offer a type holiday that takes away the stress and angst encountered on many other forms of holiday. Firstly, we pick you up at your front door at a prearranged time in a minibus or taxi. You are then transferred to a central meeting point where the coach is waiting for you. Within 15 to 30 minutes you’re on your way aboard our luxury coach travelling directly to your holiday destination, making suitable stops en-route. The hotels that we use are of a 3 or 4 star standard or occasionally a good quality family run 2 star hotel. However, if you prefer another type of holiday you could travel abroad by aeroplane but remember the taxi to the airport, the queue at check in, the queue at the security check, the removal of your shoes, belts etc., the wait in the departure lounge and the queue to board the plane. Then the cramped conditions on the plane, the queues at the destination airport, need I go on? Oh yes I will – the cost of living once you are there! Or perhaps a none Ellen Smith coach holiday. A taxi or bus to a local picking up point, a wait for the coach to arrive, then off to the interchange to swap coaches, and eventually you’re on your way, about 2 hours behind the Ellen Smith coach!

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Or why not go by car, but calculate the cost of fuel and parking charges. Also not forgetting the busy motorways, fractious driving and expensive hotels.

It makes sense to opt for an Ellen Smith door to door holiday! We pick- up at your door in most of the Greater Manchester area. We visit every part of the UK from the Shetland Islands to Cornwall. Our drivers are very experienced mature individuals with a wealth of knowledge about our wonderful country. We do city breaks, historic adventures, scenic tours, train rides, boat rides, canal trips, not forgetting our numerous costal resorts. We offer a price guarantee – everything noted in the brochure is included in the price. No surcharges, no charges for the use of credit or debit cards, we also guarantee that if we reduce the price of a holiday every customer gets the same reduction.

INTERESTED? Call our reservations office on 01706 648126 and request a copy of our 2012 brochure, you’ll be surprised at the variations of tours we operate. Or visit our website

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Bernie bounces back in true Chicago style

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ernie Nolan has taken on the pivotal role of Mama Morton in multi awardwinning musical ‘Chicago’ this year. In 2009, the singer and actress played the fairy godmother at Manchester Opera House, following on The Nolans’ reunion tour which proved a spectacular success and filled arenas around the UK. But between then and now, Bernie, aged 51, has fought a dramatic battle against breast cancer which saw her having to have a mastectomy and six months of chemotherapy. In true showbiz style, Bernie has bounced back from this traumatic time to entertain us once more. All of which is no surprise when you consider her strong family background, and the way she has lived much of her life in the spotlight. Bernadette Therese Nolan came from an Irish family, the second youngest of eight children, and was brought up in Blackpool. Showbiz was in her blood and her sisters, brothers and parents would often perform in clubs and pubs around the resort. It was when Bernie teamed up with four of her sisters, however, as The Nolans that fame and success finally came their way. The pretty, harmonious pop group sold millions of records worldwide in the ‘80s and ‘90s including more than nine million albums. They had chart hits like ‘I’m in the Mood for Dancing’ and were regular guests on some of the top TV shows of the time. Their appeal – apart from singable, danceable hits – was their wholesome niceness and visual charm, which proved a pleasant antidote to the extreme vagaries of the pop scene.

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Bernie had one of the strongest voices in the group, but when she first tried her hand at acting she showed that she also had talent in this direction. She became a presenter on BBC Saturday morning children’s show ‘On The Waterfront’ , and pleasantly surprised critics by her gift for comedy and the ability to laugh at herself. In 1993, she appeared in the stage play ‘The Devil Rides Out’, and left The Nolans in 1994 to pursue a solo career, scoring solo hits and an album ‘All By Myself.’ She also had noteable success in the Willy Russell musical ‘Blood Brothers’ which brought her to the attention of TV bosses, and in 2000 she joined the cast of popular Liverpool soap ‘Brookside’ as Diane Murray. Bernie played this role successfully for two years before leaving to play Sheelagh Murphy in ITV’s iconic police drama series ‘The Bill’ where she was given several strong storylines. Her character proved popular and, although she left in 2005, the door was left open for her character’s return. In 2006, she took part in the Channel 4 series ‘The Games, raising funds for Alzheimer’s and children’s charities, and the following year starred in the play ‘Mum’s The Word’. During the summer, she appeared at Blackpool’s North Pier Theatre in ‘Soap Queens’ , enhancing her reputation as a reliable stage star when she went on to play Hannah Owens in ‘Flashdance The Musical.’ The Nolan family had already been affected by cancer previously: sister Anne had breast cancer in 2000 and Linda suffered from the disease in 2006. However, little could really have prepared Bernie for her own breast cancer diagnosis in April, 2010. As she recalls: “The day I found out, I cried my eyes out for about two or three minutes with my husband, Steve. After that, I didn’t cry again the whole way through my treatment.

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“ At the very beginning, though, it’s important to let out every feeling you’ve got. Cry, scream, shout, do whatever you want because it’s one of the biggest things that will ever happen to you.”

As a strong woman, however, Bernie very quickly adopted a positive attitude. “I thought ‘ there’s no way I’m going to die from this’. Once you make that decision, you can get on with beating it. From the start, it’s a case of taking things PRESENTED PRESENTEDBY BYARLENE ARLENEPHILLIPS PHILLIPS DBERG one & day LDBERG & at a time. AND ANDADAM ADAMSPIEGEL SPIEGEL

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‘So we just sat her down and told her the truth. She knew about cancer because of Anne’s and Linda’s experience and she knew they were OK, which helped. Erin asked if I was going to die. I told her no and then she asked me if the lump was big. Again, I said no, and explained they’d found it early. One little tear ran down her cheek and she accepted it.’ Bernie had great support from her large family, and especially from her husband Steve in spite of the understandable initial shock and fears for the future. Much of the optimism surrounding Bernie, however, emanated from herself. When her hair fell out from the treatment, she didn’t hide but spoke out publicly about the problem and campaigned for early diagnosis and better understanding of the disease.

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She believes in check-ups and self-awareness in the battle against cancer, and has a practical approach to the disease itself. “You’ve got to take every bit of support you’re offered, whether that’s from the doctors, your family or friends,” she insists. “And, take it from me, none of it is as scary as it STARRING STARRING sounds. I wouldn’t lie.”

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Playing the Senior’s Favourite Game The advancing years, it used to be said, bring wisdom. Now they bring golf. If not already members extra disposable time is increasingly spent at their local golf club. Why? Well, what else can they do to fill the livelong day that used to be occupied by work? Furthermore, as pronounced in a once-popular lyric, the best things in life are illegal, immoral or they make you fat, and golf is the exception that proves this rule. Golf is good exercise, stimulating competitive sport and warm companionship, and it is inevitably staged in a wonderful scenic setting, be it undulating parkland, broken woodland, or water-fringed links with gorse and dunes and ups and downs. At the same time, big prize money has made the professional game a great spectator sport, too, commanding audiences of millions on TV and adding universal appeal to the game. During an average game of golf you are likely to walk five miles. Can you remember the last time you did that? It has all the right things to promote good health. Cardio vascular workout, exercising the limbs and promoting social mixing both on and off the course. If you haven’t undertaken regular exercise for some time you’d be well advised to have a medical check before starting to play golf. You don’t have to plunge in and play 18 holes immediately. Try a gentle stroll around a couple of holes and ease yourself into it is the experts’ advice. Being 50 plus you do need to be aware of the dangers of playing golf if they have an existing back problem. If you

have not exercised your lower and middle back muscles for some time the exertion of swinging a club could cause discomfort. It is important to seek medical advice and follow it. It may be that a gentle introduction, building up to full participation over an extended period is the answer for you. Build up your muscles by regular strength training, e.g. in a fitness centre. Golf is probably one of the most social sports where you will meet people from most walks of life on the same level. If you get the bug you can engage the services of a club professional to teach you the finer points but it is equally suited to the amateur who just enjoys the exercise and the company. We hear much of the degeneration of our mental health as we age. Golf is not only physically beneficial but has been proved to stimulate mental health by improving hand to eye co-ordination and mental agility through the scoring system. Coupled with club selection and observational exercise it is an all round game to keep seniors on the ball for many years to come. Like many thousands, I started on semi retirement, proceeding from rabbit to veteran without middle-aged mastery in-between, inspired by the late eminent Seve Ballesteros who gave me a demonstration on a Press trip to La Manga Club in Spain.

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generated a great amount of interest and enthusiasm for Mixed golf within the club.

My wife also started then. The number of women refusing to be golf widows and insisting on playing, too, is exploding, limited only by the discrimination against them at some clubs.

If you are looking for a hobby or pastime that you can enjoy for years to come, either as individuals or as partners, which introduces you to a diverse mix of people all with a common interest, then join Turton Golf Club. They have over a dozen Octogenarian members, many of whom are still playing, which must say something for the benefits to one’s health in taking a regular 4 mile walk around their beautiful scenic course and enjoying the panoramic views across 5 counties.

Variety is the spice of golf as it is of life, and the 2,000-odd clubs in Britain offer every kind of challenge, helped by the ingenious handicap system by which every player has a points rating which subtracts from the lesser player's score according to his or her established status, so that even a beginner can tackle a champion. Incidentally, the days when only golf club members could acquire an official handicap are over. There are now a number of ‘pay and play’ golf courses throughout the country making it more accessible for more people to acquire a handicap.

Turton Golf Club Membership benefits include:-

Those of you who have thought about taking up golf but hesitate at the prospect of joining a private members club that is filled with a bunch of stuffed shirts sitting around dispensing archaic and petty rules need not fear. Turton Golf Club are renowned as a most friendly and welcoming club which is run by a very forward thinking Board of Directors whose primary concern is to provide our customers (our members) with the best possible golf course and facilities attainable.

• Reduced green fees at over 200 courses in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the U.S.A. as members of the Association of James Braid courses.

• Courtesy or reduced green fees at over 25 courses as members of the 1908 Society.

• Free use of the function rooms for private parties (Christenings, Birthdays, Anniversaries etc)

Turton Golf Club have a very active Gents Senior Section where one qualifies as a senior aged 50, which to me seems a little young to be called senior, particularly when 50 is the new 40, but it opens the door to a great deal of golf for those of you who are fortunate enough to have retired in their 50’s. The Ladies Section is believed the largest in the Bolton Golf Association with over 70 playing members, many of whose husbands/partners play in the Gents section. This has also

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LADIES ONLY - NO LYCRA. Your not just a number on a swipe card at Motorcise. You have your own personal programme to suit your individual fitness level, regular assessments to track your progres and a weight loss plan to use along side your exercise. We also have a lovely coffee lounge were you can chill and make new friends or just read a magazine. Holiday photos from August 2011 were my final wake up call. Needing to loose weight and not sure where to go. General gyms and fitness centres don’t really cater for ladies like myself. One day in town I stood looking at billboards for Motorcise and Ann, on her way back from somewhere, invited me in for a free guest visit. I signed up there and then, had my induction and started my journey back to a slimmer fitter healthier me. It isn’t always easy but as I knew I was in for a long haul anyway I didn’t beat myself over the head about little set backs (not that there are many). I stick to the eating plan which I think is marvellous, no counting calories, it fits easily into my life as a working wife and mother and is flexible. I eat very well. Some weeks I only lose a few ounces but I don’t care because in the greater scheme it is still working to a goal.

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The Centre: Both staff and clients are both friendly and supportive, Ann and her staff are always easy to talk to and ask daft questions of!! You can never feel low for long once you get into the centre. So now 2 stone 8lbs lighter 11.3% less in body fat and a whopping 38 inches lost along with three dress sizes dropped. Joining Motorcise was the best thing I ever did, Ann, staff and members make each visit a pleasant one making my whole keep fit routine easy to maintain. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Joan Pritchard Jones goal was to get in a per una top, her goal achieved weight loss 2 stone 8lb 14oz, inch loss of 41 and a half body fat down 9.1% since May 2011. Joan said “I have never been able to lose weight but with the Motorcise Healthy Eating plan and exercise programme I reached one of my goals. I know I still have a fair way to go but with the help and encouragement from the friendly staff I will reach my goal.” Lynda Smith - weight loss 1stone 1lb 6oz, Body Fat 8.7%, inch loss 20 and a quarter. Angela Twemlow - weight loss 2 stone 8lb 10oz, inch loss 39 and three quarters and body fat down 9.2% since October 2010. Christine Greenhaulgh - weight loss 2 stone, inches 19 and a half body fat down 1.2% since October 2011. I am on track to reach my goal with the help given from staff and members at the centre. I stick to the eating plan get weighed every week and do my exercise programme 3 to 4 times per week. I would recommend Motorcise to anyone finding it difficult to reach their target. I feel great I have more energy and less aches and pains.

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Planning for your future

Whether you are already retired or are approaching retirement there are certain things you might want to consider as part of your retirement plan. With a plan in place and your financial affairs in order you can relax and enjoy your retirement years. After all you’ve earned it!

Wills If you don’t have a Will then now is the time to consider writing one as leaving a Will means you can be sure that everything will be dealt with in the way you would wish following your death. If you don’t make a Will, the “Intestacy Rules” will govern how your estate is divided up when you die. The government will determine which of your relatives receives how much, but beware, they don’t provide at all for your friends or even for a partner who you may have lived with for years. Under the Intestacy Rules, even your step-children are not counted as your children unless you have formally adopted them. If you do have a Will it is important to review it, say every five years. Family circumstances and relationships change with family members sometimes becoming estranged, so ask yourself, does your Will still provide for the people you want it to? If you do want to make a change we can do this for you even if your Will was not written by Russell and Russell Solicitors.

Inheritance Tax Planning You should also start to think about Inheritance Tax (IHT). IHT is a tax payable on death at the rate of 40% on the value of your net assets over £325,000. The first £325,000 is called the Nil Rate Band because although it attracts Inheritance Tax, it is taxed at 0%. If you are married, the best way to pay less inheritance tax (or even none at all) is by making a Tax efficient Will. Many people believe that giving away money or valuable assets whilst you are alive avoids IHT. This can be the case if the total of the gifts made in any one year does not exceed your annual exemption of £3000, but for gifts over that level you must survive the following 7 years otherwise you will be taxed as though you still owned the asset. There are ways to gift money that are free from Inheritance Tax. You can make a gift to your spouse (provided you both live in England and Wales) although you should seek legal advice before doing so as this


LEGAL & FINANCE could affect other tax planning possibilities, such as the gifting of agricultural assets or business property. You can also make a tax-free gift to your children or grandchildren of up to £5000 or £2,500 respectively on their marriage/civil partnership. If you decide to give a larger amount to your children now, you can reduce the tax they pay by insuring the Inheritance Tax liability which would arise if you were to die within 7 years of the gift and we would be happy to advise on the right policy for you.

Planning for Long Term Care As people live longer, more and more of us face the possibility of going into residential care. This currently costs around £450 per week which means that the money you worked so hard for all your life can soon be eaten away. There are however ways to preserve your assets and that’s where we can help. If your total assets (usually including the value of your home) exceed £23,250 then you will have to pay the care fees yourself, until your assets fall below that level (when the local authority will step in and contribute some of the cost). Certain assets are disregarded (such as jewellery or cars) but the best way to prevent all your assets being used up by long term care fees is to come and see us and take advice at an early stage. As the need to go into residential care approaches, many people are tempted to transfer their home into the names of their children, or to give away large amounts of money. If you do give assets away and one of your reasons for doing so is to avoid care fees, the “notional capital” rules mean that you will be assessed as still owning that asset even after you give it away. Please seek advice before giving away any assets.

As people live longer, more and more of us face the possibility of going into residential care. This currently costs around £450 per week which means that the money you worked so hard for all your life can soon be eaten away.

Looking After Someone Else’s Affairs Managing your own financial affairs is often difficult enough but sometimes as your parents get older they may also wish for you to help them with theirs. If this has been discussed, the key thing here is to act before your loved one loses mental capacity. If their mental capacity is still sound they can give you a “Power of Attorney” which allows you to look after things for up to a year for them or it might be more suitable to have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) which will last indefinitely. At Russell and Russell Solicitors we can tailor-make a Power of Attorney to suit their individual needs and circumstances and we can discuss their options with them at the initial appointment. If mental capacity is unfortunately lost before an LPA is put in place then we can apply to the Court for a Deputyship order. This would mean that you would be appointed by the Court to be their Deputy and be able to manage their affairs for them under Court guidance. We know that much of this might sound quite daunting but the key is to deal with it sooner rather than later. We’re here to guide you every step of the way and we’ll make sure that your retirement plan is tailor made and as individual as you are.

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Rick Stein's French Odyssey Rick Stein’s passion for fresh well-sourced food has taken him from continent to continent, across magnificent shorelines and to the very best produce the coast has to offer. Rick remarks “My greatest enthusiasm in life has been finding dishes that change my perception of cooking, that reveal a whole new vista of flavour combination. I think we all enjoy that. I’m just someone with an enthusiasm for food and a curiosity that’s sent me sniffing around all over the place looking for lovely dishes in all corners of the globe” Taken from his book ‘French Odyssey’ (BBC Books, £25) here are three of Rick’s favourite recipes inspired by flavours from France.

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French Onion Soup

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Heat the butter in a large, heavy-based pan. Add the onions, garlic and sugar and cook over a medium heat, stirring regularly, for 2530 minutes until the onions are really soft and well caramelized.

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Add the wine and leave to simmer rapidly until it has reduced by half. Add the beef stock and bouquet garni, cover and leave the soup to simmer for at least another 30 minutes. Then remove and discard the bouquet garni, and season the soup to taste with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, preheat the over to 150oC/Gas Mark 2. Place the slices of bread onto a baking tray and leave them for 30 minutes to dry out but not get at all brown. Then remove the tray and increase the oven temperature to 220oC/Gas Mark 7. To serve, place a slice of bread into the bottom of each of 4 deep ovenproof soup bowls and ladle the soup on top, making sure the onions and stock are distributed evenly. Cover the top of the soup thickly with the grated cheese, place the bowls onto a sturdy baking tray and bake for 30 minutes until golden and bubbling. You can also place them under a hot grill for 5 minutes if you prefer or are short of time. This soup should be served scalding hot.


SERVES 4 4 trout, each weighing about 300g 40g butter 60g rindless streaky bacon, chopped 175g fresh ceps, trimmed and cut into 4-mm-thick slices 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tablespoon roughly chopped parsley 25g plain flour 2 tablespoons sunflower oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper FOR THE BEURRE NOISETTE: 75g unsalted butter 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 heaped tablespoon chopped parsley

Fried trout stuffed with sliced ceps, garlic and diced bacon First you need to remove the bones from the fish. To do this, remove the head of each one, and then, working with one fish at a time, start to cut the top fillet away from the bones until you can get the whole blade underneath the fillet. Then rest a hand on top of the fish and cut the rest of the fillet away from the bones until you are about 2.5cm away from the tail. Turn the fish over and repeat on the other side. Then pull back the top fillet and snip out the backbone, close to the tail, with scissors. The fillets will still be attached at the tail. Repeat with the remaining fish. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and as soon as it is foaming, add the bacon and fry briefly until lightly coloured. Add the sliced ceps and the garlic and toss over a medium-high heat for 1 minute until lightly cooked. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat. Lay the prepared trout on a chopping board and pull back the top fillet of each one. Season the outside of each fish with a little more salt and pepper, then dredge with the flour and pat off the excess. Heat the sunflower oil in one very large or 2 slightly smaller frying pans over a moderate heat. Add the fish and fry for 21/2 minutes without moving them until nicely golden. Carefully turn the fish over and cook for another 21/2 minutes, until golden brown on the second side and cooked through. Lift the fish onto warmed plates. Discard the frying oil (from one of the pans if using two) and wipe the pan clean. Add the butter for the beurre noisette and allow it to melt over a moderate heat. As soon as the butter starts to smell nutty and turns light brown, add the lemon juice, parsley and some seasoning. Pour some of the butter over each fish and serve.

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SERVES 8-10 2 x 350-g packets ready-rolled puff pasty, and butter for greasing FOR THE ALMOND PASTE FILLING: 125g butter, softened 125g caster sugar 1 medium egg 2 medium egg yolks 125g ground almonds 15g plain flour 2 tablespoons kirsch 225g fresh cherries, stones removed 1 teaspoon icing sugar, for glazing. Serve with Vanilla Ice cream or pouring cream VANILLA ICECREAM SERVES 4 Slit open 2 vanilla pods and scrape out the seeds with the tip of a knife. Put 500 ml full-cream milk, the vanilla pods and seeds into a non-stick pan and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and set aside for 30 minutes to infuse the milk with the flavour of the vanilla. Put 6 egg yolks and 200g caster sugar into a large bowl and, using an electric handheld whisk, whisk for 3 minutes until pale and moussey.

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Bring the milk back to the boil, strain onto the egg yolk mixture and mix until well combined. Return to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring for 3-4 minutes until the mixture lightly coats the back of a wooden spoon, but do not let the mixture boil or it will curdle. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly, then stir in 500 ml single or double cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Chill until cold. Pour the chilled mixture into a shallow container and freeze until almost but not quite firm. Then scrape the mixture either into a bowl or a food processor and beat until smooth, then return it to the container and freeze once more.

Place the smaller disc of pastry onto a buttered baking sheet and mound the cherry and almond mixture into the centre, taking it to within 2.5cm of the edge. Beat the remaining egg yolk with 1 teaspoon of cold water and brush a little around the edge of the pastry. Lay the second disc over the top of the filling and press the edges together to seal, pressing out any trapped air as you do so. Crimp the edges between your thumb and forefinger to give the edge an attractive finish, then chill the pudding for 20 minutes.

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Unroll each sheet of puff pastry and cut a 25-cm disc from one piece and a 29-cm disc from the other, rolling them out a little more if necessary. Rest them in the fridge for 20 minutes. For the almond paste filling, cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and one of the egg yolks, then gently stir in the ground almonds, flour and kirsch. Stir in the pitted cherries.

Meanwhile, preheat the over to 220oC/Gas Mark 7. Brush the top of the pithiviers with the rest of the egg yolk glaze, then with the tip of a small, sharp knife, score radiating arcs from the centre out towards the edge, just into the surface of the pastry, taking care not to cut too deeply. Make a small hole in the centre to let the steam escape, and bake for 15-20 minutes until puffed up and richly golden. Lower the over temperature to 180oC/Mark 4 and continue to bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer pushed into the centre comes away clean. If it starts to get too brown, lay a sheet of foil loosely over the top. To give the pithiviers its classic glazed appearance, remove it from the oven and increase the temperature once more to 220oC/Gas Mark 7. Dust the pastry with the icing sugar and return to the over for 3-4 minutes until the sugar has caramelized and the tart has taken on a high gloss. Transfer to a cooling rack and leave to cool slightly, then serve warm, cut into wedges, with vanilla ice cream or pouring cream.


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Sample Menu Here is a selection from the menu.

Starters Mushrooms stuffed with Procters Lancashire Cheese (served with Bury Black Pudding and a creamed mustard sauce).

Sundays are special at the Yew Tree with the chefs choice of roast complimenting the A la Carte menu.

Jumbo King Prawns (served with fresh Clams and a rich garlic and herb butter).

The finest selection of cask ales are served together with a quality and extensive wine list.

Rack of lamb with a minted green pea purĂŠe, redcurrant and rosemary jus (served with seasonal market vegetables).

The Yew Tree offers the very best in traditional Lancashire pub and restaurant dining - a warm welcome in delightful surroundings with well presented home cooked food. This is a combination that’s hard to beat.

Main Meals Fillet of salmon with a horseradish crust (served with sauteed Asparagus and Creme Fresh). Green lasagne with ricotta, pesto and wild mushrooms (served with a Sunblush tomato salad, toasted pinenuts and basil dressing).

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When you choose Invisalign to straighten and reposition your teeth, you’ll receive a virtual 3D Clin Check plan, showing how your teeth will move into their new, correct position over the weeks. It can even show you your progress at a particular date in time if you are planning to look your best for a big occasion. Our experienced team will be on hand to guide you along every step of the journey to a new, winning smile. What are you waiting for? Call us now for more information.

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The vivid blue of cornfl owers goes well with marigolds for a later summer display.

What will you grow this year? The beginning of the gardener’s year is always a challenge. There are decisions to make. More vegetables or a new planting scheme? Minimum maintenance or a whole new layout? And what about the lawn?

Vegetables Even the smallest plot can provide a plentiful supply of salads. A newcomer on the scene includes Suttons multigreen lettuce, which has a short crown and no wastage. Sow seeds little and often at fortnightly intervals from March to July, and you’re guaranteed a regular supply, and while you’re sowing your lettuce, find a space for a succession of plantings of radishes from March to September. Sew these in a cool position, and thin early. Water well in dry weather.

The Lawn Nothing sets off a well tended garden as effectively as a lush green lawn, or detracts from the effect if it’s patchy and sparse. Particularly at the start of the year, the lawn needs a lot of attention and unfortunately, it’s not always enough to mow regularly and feed correctly. Shaggy edges should be kept neatly clipped. Worn areas lightly forked over and re-seeded, then covered with a fine layer of compost. Creeping buttercup and field daisies may need the use of a selective weed killer. Moss is another problem, and generally means the drainage is poor. Raking out the moss by hand, or with an electric scarifyer sometimes helps, as does spiking and incorporating sand, but if the moss persists, then you may need to get more professional advice.

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For variety in your salads, a welcome addition is spinach. Sow from March to mid April, thin early, and use these baby leaves in your mix. Rocket is another easily grown plant, to add that wonderful peppery taste to a green leaf mixture, spring onions give salad rolls an extra zing, and chives are a must with scrambled eggs. No salad is complete without the sharp refreshing taste of radishes

2011 was a bad year for tomatoes, so this year, take extra precautions by siting French marigolds in pots around them. Planting basil nearby also helps, as it’s natural repellent to flies.

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Soft Fruit in pots We all love soft fruit, and I’ve just discovered a new range which have a more upright habit, so gooseberries and blackcurrants can be potted up and sited on the patio. Try blackcurrant Noiroma, which is a very sweet, large fruited variety, and gooseberry Lady Sun, an almost thornless yellow variety, both available from Suttons Seeds.

The Flower Garden Dahlias are making a big comeback. Grown as part of the general planting scheme, the canny gardener knows that when perennials such as delphiniums and lupins are past their best, dahlias will be coming into their own, continuing to flower at full pitch until the first frost. The tall varieties can provide dramatic accents of colour at the back of the flower beds, and the smaller varieties add interest throughout the garden, and provide plenty of cut flowers for the house. Taller dahlias need to be staked, so position these before planting the tubers, to avoid any accidental damage. I’ve found that although the large flowered pompom varieties look sensational, in a wet summer the flower heads retain too much rain and become too heavy for the stems, which bend under the weight. I generally go for the single flowering varieties, which also look more at home in a mixed herbaceous planting.

Dahlias grow in almost any location, and on any soil, although, for best results, good drainage is essential. They can be obtained in almost any colour and any height, as singles, doubles, cactus or dwarf, and at the end of the year, the tubers can be lifted and stored for next year so they’re very economical to grow. And finally, don’t forget the pleasure of growing flowers from seed. As soon as the soil has warmed up, rake over odd bare patches and scatter a mixture of marigolds and cornflowers. Surround the sown area with a drizzle of sand, to remind yourself of where they were planted, and be rewarded with a wonderful splash of colour later in the summer. This works in pots as well. Love in the Mist seeds scattered amongst the geraniums, candytuft in troughs, and nasturtiums amongst the tomatoes. All you need is a packet of seeds and a little imagination, and sometimes, the results are spectacular. Gardening can be hard work, but consider the rewards. All those seeds producing food to eat, and beauty to enjoy. Is there anything that comes close?

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Bury Market Hall open everyday except Sunday “Winner BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards” Best Food Market “Winner NABMA’s” Best Market Attraction Full Markets Open Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays

An Award Winning Market Bury Market’s huge selection of fresh food and produce has been praised the world over…but the only compliments we really want are from our customers! At Bury Market you’ll discover over 350 stalls selling everything from fresh food to the latest fashions – and a whole lot more! Bury Market’s easy to find and even easier to enjoy. The world famous Bury Market located off junction 2 of the M66 – every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Why not visit our Food and Craft Market on the third Sunday of each month?

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Helen Webster, Head of Private Client Department at Clough & Willis Solicitors answers your questions on Wills and Estate Administration My Mum recently died naming me and my elder sister as executors in her Will. My sister wants to appoint her Bank to administer the estate and, being first-named executor, insists that she can control matters. Whoever is appointed in a Will as an executor has an equal right to act; there is no order of preference. Every executor is also entitled to take professional advice and be reimbursed from general estate funds for any advice sought, provided such costs are reasonable in the circumstances and also reasonably incurred. Your first step should be to ascertain the exact cost of the Banks’ administration service. Be wary of the headline charging rates (1.5% of the estate value, for example) as many financial institutions also charge additional fees, such as for valuing assets, which naturally increases their overall percentage charge. If you find that the estate can be administered at a lower cost elsewhere, remind your sister that she is under a duty to maximise the value of the estate for the beneficiaries, which means considering cheaper cost alternatives.

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You will find that most solicitors will charge by the hour for estate administration services. The Law Society has laid down guidelines about what is seen to be “fair and reasonable” and you should be aware of these. However, be warned that a lot of solicitors still do not offer flexible pricing structures to suit your circumstances. At Clough & Willis, for example, we offer a number of pricing options. For estate administration services, you have the choice of either the hourly-rate charge (which sticks to the Law Society guidelines) or a percentage fixed fee, however our fixed fees do not have any hidden extras . My Dad has just died following a short illness. His Will names me and my Mum as executors but my Mum is now 84 and she doesn’t really want to get involved. I haven’t done anything like this before and I’m confused about Probate and what it involves. My Dad’s Will seems simple as it passes everything to my Mum but I want to make sure everything is done correctly.


First of all, your Mum doesn’t have to act as an Executor even though she is named as an executor. She can take a backseat role but this must be accounted for when you apply to Court for the Grant of Probate. Secondly, don’t panic at this early stage about administering the estate. Deal with the practicalities first of all, such as the funeral arrangements and, above all, make sure your Mum is looked after. When all this has been taken care of, start to make enquiries to establish the value of your Dad’s assets and liabilities and, importantly, take steps to make sure that assets such as the property and your Dad’s valuables are secure and properly insured. Being an executor isn’t always a straightforward job and many people do not realise how time-consuming it can be, even in the simplest of estates. The role also carries personal liability, which means that you can be held personally responsible for any mistake you make that costs the estate money. It’s important that you know how to do the job right. When you have collected all the estate information you should be in a position to apply to Probate Court for the Grant of Probate. You’ll also need to submit the appropriate paperwork to H M Revenue and Customs at this point (even if no Inheritance Tax is due). The Grant of Probate is the legal document which will formally confirm you as an executor and it will then allow you to collect or sell the assets in your Dad’s name. However “simple” a Will may look, I always recommend that executors (even the experienced ones) take professional advice at the outset to make sure they are aware of any pitfalls and recent changes to the law. By doing this you should avoid making costly mistakes. My Dad died suddenly at the age of 62. He was a successful businessman but didn’t have a Will. My Step-mum is distraught and wants me and my Step-sister to sort everything out. I know that my Dad had a lot of valuable assets in his name but I assume my Step-mum inherits everything? If she does, I don’t think she has a Will so is there a chance that I wouldn’t get any of my Dad’s estate when she dies? When someone dies without a valid Will, they are said to die Intestate. This means that their estate will be distributed in accordance with the Intestacy Rules, which were laid down in the 1920’s. In most cases the Intestacy Rules are wholly inadequate to deal with modern-day families because they do not recognise step-children or even unmarried partners. One common assumption about the Intestacy Rules is that a surviving spouse gets the whole estate. This is not necessarily the case. Your Stepmum will only have an entitlement to a cash legacy from your Dad’s estate so it will be critical for you to know the exact value of your Dad’s estate as

well as whether he owned any assets jointly with your Stepmum. Depending on the values concerned, there may also be a nasty Inheritance Tax surprise in store. Your concerns about not inheriting from your Step-mum are well founded. If she were to die Intestate also, you would not stand to benefit from her estate, which would include anything she now inherits from your Dad. This is a complex area and you will need to find a specialist advisor to help you through this traumatic time.

For more information on any of the above issues, or to make an appointment for a free 20 minute interview at our clinic every Monday from 2pm until 5pm call Clough & Willis on 0161 764 5266.

Need expert advice at a difficult time? Then talk to Helen. We believe that support, empathy and expertise count when assisting clients who are elderly, caring for others or bereaved. For many years, our team of specialists have been helping clients deal with complex legal matters, making them clear and easy to understand. Helen is the Head of our Private Client department and offers a free 20 minute consultation on wills, lifetime and estate planning, powers of attorney and Court of Protection applications.

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Top tips on saving energy and money... Turn your thermostat down Reducing your room temperature by 1oC could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and save you around £50 per year. If you have a timer, set your heating and hot water to come on when you need it rather than all the time. Also, if you have radiators with valves you can control individually (thermostatic valves) it is worthwhile doing, as this helps you to direct warmth in the places you need it, can save money and be more energy efficient. Put thermal reflectors behind your radiators to reflect heat back into your room.

Using water wisely If you have a water cylinder you should turn it to 60oC. This is hot enough to kill any harmful bacteria, and heat your water sufficiently for household use.

Top tips on water Use less hot water with a lower temperature setting for the washing machine, dishwasher and shower. Don't overfill the kettle, boil only as much water as you need. If you boil your kettle with only a cupful of water it will cost you about 1/3p, but make sure you cover the element Over a full year this will cost you £5.61 If you boil a full kettle it will cost you 11/2p Over a full year this will cost you £29.08.

Turn off electronic equipment on stand by

If the temperature is any higher it is a waste of energy and there is an increased risk of scalding.

Don't leave appliances or equipment, such as televisions and DVD players on standby, and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily. This could save you £40 a year.

When you are cooking, always use the right size pan for the job, and the right sized hob ring for each pan. Remember to use a lid.

You can buy a remote control extension lead which will help you to turn off all of your electronic equipment with the minimum of fuss, before you go to bed, or leave the house.

Consider taking a shower instead of a bath.

Remember, it is a fire risk if you leave equipment plugged in on stand by.

Bolton Care and Repair Bolton Care and Repair aims to help residents, who are older or disabled, with the repair and maintenance of their home. We recognise that more and more people want to remain living in their own home, but occasionally may need a little help to do so. Our case workers will work with you to find out what services are available to tackle your home improvement issues. To find out more, or to make a referral for yourself or someone you know, please call 01204 335679 or email boltoncareandrepair@boltonathome.org.uk

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Top tips on appliances If you are buying new, always chose A rated or A+ rated equipment which use less energy and reduces emissions. Defrost your freezer regularly, an iced-up freezer costs more to run. Washing machines use a surprising amount of energy Always fill the drum with laundry to get the most value from the water and energy you're using. l Avoid using the extra rinse as this is a water waster. o o l Switch to a 30 C wash instead of 40 C which can save you around £9 a year. l

Switch to low energy or LED bulbs These are a great and easy way to save energy. They plug straight into any lighting unit and use less energy. Some are even brighter than standard light bulbs but consume a lot less energy. Low energy bulbs last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs and using one can save you around £45 over the lifetime of the bulb. If you have a garden, consider buying some solar lights which use the natural energy of the sun. As the lighting is mainly for decorative purposes, all the more reason to use this renewable source of energy.

Top tips on light bulbs Turn off any lights you don't need, but do make sure you have enough lighting on the stairs and hallway.

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Now’s the time to get your home insulated for FREE, saving you cash and keeping you snug and warm - but move fast before the offer runs out!   Insulation is the most cost effective way of saving energy in the home, and could cut your energy bills by up to £255 a year.   Bury Council,  with the Greater Manchester Energy Saving Advice Service, is promoting the ‘Get Me Toasty’ campaign. Cavity wall and loft insulation, which  usually costs up to £350 each, is now available for FREE for EVERYONE who owns or privately rents their property.   This offer is subject to a survey of your house, because not all properties are suitable, and is based on an average sized 3-bedroomed semi-detached house. If your property is larger than this, you will have to make a contribution towards the cost. If you require loft insulation, you need to have less than 60mm of insulation in place: if your loft has more than that, you will also need to make a contribution towards the cost to have it topped up to the recommended depth of 270mm.   If you rent your home, please ensure you ask your landlord’s permission to have insulation installed.  

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Avoid switching lights on and off regularly. The bulb will use more energy when first switched on. Leave your curtains open during the day to make the most of any natural light, but close them as soon as it goes dark, to keep the room warm.

Top tips on energy use Home energy monitoring meters measure energy as you use it. This way you can see quite clearly just how much any of your household appliances and equipment is costing you. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average household could save around £250 through energy efficiency measures, such as closing the curtains once it has gone dark, or closing windows if it's cold outside.

Using the sunshine to power your home If you are lucky enough to have a photo-volatic system fitted to your roof, you will be able to make the most of the green electricity generated. Things to remember:l The low cost energy is generated during daylight hours, and must be used during the same day, as it cannot be stored overnight l Use your washing machine and other fuel hungry appliances during the day l Think differently, using your washing-line, if you have one, instead of your tumble dryer.

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Bolton Denture Centre Bolton Denture Centre is an existing clinic focusing on providing dentures directly to the public. As a result they are able to concentrate on providing exceptional quality of private dentures to their patients. Their success is attributed to the investments that they have made in terms of latest technology laboratory equipment, using the best materials and the most natural, life like and realistic denture teeth that are available. Not to mention their biggest investment; in there own training and qualifications as Clinical Dental Technicians.

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. Dentures, like most things, have a limited lifespan; usually around 5-7 years. After this period of time the denture can start to offer inadequate facial support, which can leave cheeks looking sunken and withered as well as lips appearing excessively wrinkled. New dentures can reduce these age related features by supporting the facial tissues without making the teeth looking large and protruded.

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Meet the Clinicians: Jonathan and Colin Dean Bolton Denture Centre offer FREE consultation so that they can assess what services or treatment you might require as well as showing you the various standards of dentures that they can produce. After this free consultation you are under no obligation to go ahead and have new dentures made, the door is open for you to go away and reflect upon the information that you have been presented. They also offer an intensive denture cleaning service. This denture cleaning machine uses strong detergents and mild chemicals to breakdown the plaque and debris that builds up on a denture over prolonged periods of time. Despite the best efforts of a denture wearer to clean their dentures thoroughly, plaque can still build up and impair the functionality of the denture and produce an unpleasant taste or odour. One thing that many patients are amazed at is the amount of time that the clinician spends with the patient to ensure that the dentures are just how that patient wants them to look. As well as the after service, because as many dentures wearers know, getting used to new dentures can take a little bit of time and perseverance as well as having someone to help ease the little sore spots that comes with having new dentures. Advances in technology now means that there are new ways to hold a denture in place. The most significant one of these is though the use of implants. There any many different types of implants but on whole the main idea of implants is something that is able to offer the lower denture stability and support to stop it from moving around the mouth. Although these are not a cheap solution they are by far the most effective, offering total lower denture security in any environment. Bolton Denture Centre only offers Private denture treatment, however, they are able to construct a good quality private denture for less than most people would imagine but because of their position within the industry they have been able to source materials and teeth, as well as techniques that even some top London dentists are not familiar with and they are more than happy to show their patients example of the different qualities that they can offer to the public. Other services that are offer by Bolton Denture Centre are; denture naming service, denture refurbishment, relines and soft relines as well as advice and tips for cleaning and maintaining your dentures. Â

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OUT & ABOUT FUSE ON .... dance for the over 50s The Met, Market Street, Bury Thursdays, 5pm to 6.30pm (from 24 May to 26 July 2012). Contact name Ruth Tyson- Jones 07939 135759 FUSE ON is a free weekly dance class funded and supported by the Arts Unit, Bury MBC and The Met. The sessions will include exercise in general; various warm up techniques including stretching, some cardio vascular, work on posture and strengthening - and the classes will also include dance steps – influenced by many different styles - and creative movement. There will be some performance opportunities for those that are interested. The sessions promise to be good for you, fun and a social event in your weekly calendar too. The sessions will be led by experienced teacher and choreographer Ruth Tyson - Jones. To get a free place in the class, it is advisable to register by calling Ruth. Or just turn up on the 24 May ready to move in comfortable clothing.

Bolton Olympic torch route revealed

impromptu tap dancing on the platform, this year’s three-day event is set to be the biggest yet!

Street-by-street details of the Olympic torch relay route in Bolton and names of inspirational torchbearers have been announced.

We are proud to support the work of Bury Hospice and all proceeds raised over the weekend going towards their invaluable support for local people who live with life-threatening or terminal illness and their families and carers. www.buryhospice.co.uk

The torch comes to Bolton on Thursday, May 31, as part of its 70-day journey around the UK for the 2012 Olympic Games and will stay overnight before moving on to the next town. Crowds will be able to catch the first glimpse of the flame when it arrives in Westhoughton, Bolton on Castle Hill Road, at the border with Wigan, at 5.30pm. It will then travel down the A58 Cricketers Way and along Market Street, before going back on the A58 and in to Bolton via Wigan Road. The torch will then make its way down Deane Road, before entering Victoria Square via Howell Croft South. The Olympic flame will leave Victoria Square via Le Mans Crescent, on to Deansgate, Spa Road and in to Spa Road playing fields, in Queen’s Park at 6.50pm, where Bolton is hosting a free evening celebration event for all the community. The event is ticketed, local groups will feature and details of how to get tickets will be released soon. The torch will leave Bolton on June 1, just after 6am, from Victoria Square. It will travel on to Chorley New Road, go down Scholes Bank in Horwich before arriving in Chorley at approximately 7.20am.

East Lancs Railway 1940s Wartime Weekend Saturday 2nd June – Monday 4th June 2012 Afternoon Tea Dances, The Forces Sweethearts and a Spitfire fighter plane! Join the unique atmosphere and vintage glamour at our 1940’s Wartime Weekend which is being held in June this year to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. From dance sessions, live battle scenarios, a rare fly past of an original Spitfire fighter aircraft, hundreds of re-enactors dressed in authentic 1940s fashion, ENSA entertainers and

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How to Book? Day Rover Tickets are our best value tickets at: Adult: £17 | Concessionary: £14 | Child: £10 | Family: £44 Family tickets are valid for up to two adults and three children. Standard tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased on the day but pre-booking is recommended.

Bolton Hospice 20th Anniversary Midnight Memories Walk Saturday 30th June 2012 Welcoming Men for One Year Only! 2011’s Midnight Memories Walk was a wonderful success raising a fantastic £131,000 in sponsorship from some 1400 walkers which made a fantastic contribution to the hospice’s ongoing patient care costs. This year, not only are we celebrating our 6th annual walk but we are also commemorating Bolton Hospice’s 20th anniversary and to help us celebrate in style we are inviting men to take part in the walk for one year only so why not encourage your husbands, partners, brothers and male friends to walk with you and make this the best walk yet! This year our walk is taking place on Saturday 30th June from Victoria Square up along Chorley New Road to the Beehive roundabout and back again and we are inviting you all to take part and walk in memory of a loved one or for someone special in your lives.   Entry is just £10 for which you will receive a commemorative T-shirt, glow stick and joining pack.  All we ask in return is that you do your best to seek sponsorship money from all your friends, family and colleagues. Bolton Hospice thank you for your support and we very much look forward to seeing you at Midnight Memories Walk 2012!

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Be part of it - The Olympic Torch Relay As part of its 70-day journey around the UK for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Torch Relay is coming to Bury. It will pass through Bury, Whitefield and Prestwich on its way to Manchester for an overnight stop and evening celebration.

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Several local people will be among the Torchbearers carrying the precious torch, and the whole community is invited to share in the excitement, welcome the flame and celebrate the achievement of the torchbearers as they pass through the borough. The Torch will arrive on the afternoon of Saturday 23 June 2012. The Torch will travel the following route at the times shown. Olympic Torch Relay route - Saturday 23 June 2012 • 15:27 - Rochdale Road, Bury. • 15:30 - Derby Way. • 15:33 - The Rock. • 15:37 - Market Street. • 15:39 - Haymarket Street. • 15:40 - Knowsley Street (past Town Hall). • 16:04 - Manchester Road. • 16:09 - Manchester Road (past Bury FC). • 16:15 - Manchester Road, Whitefield. • 16:18 to 16:33 - Bury New Road, Whitefield. • 16:36 - Bury Old Road, Whitefield. • 16:41 to 17:08 - Bury Old Road, Prestwich.

Donations - We collect good quality, unwanted, re-usable furniture free of charge. Purchases - We sell low cost, furniture and white goods which can be viewed in our showrooms at Market Street, Farnworth and Lecturers Close, Bolton Monday – Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm New – We are now able to offer a large selection of new & ex-catalogue furniture & appliances.

On the afternoon of Saturday 23 June the Torch Relay will arrive in Bury from Rochdale. It will pass through Bury, Whitefield and Prestwich before going on to Manchester where an evening celebration will be held. The London 2012 Organising Committee will make a public announcement of the exact time and route of the Torch Relay approximately 2 weeks before its arrival. Be part of it - this is Bury’s moment to shine

Manchester Jazz festival Saturday 14th July Bugalu Foundation Festival Pavilion | 20.00 An evening for dancing feet and minds, heavily influenced by the music of Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri, and delivered by some of the music’s greatest champions from Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. With a special focus on the ’70s era as captured by the seminal documentary film ‘Our Latin Thing’, the band celebrates the musical traditions of New York’s east and west Harlem coming together in an irresistible fusion of jazz, funk and soul, with the beats of ’El Barrio’ – Spanish Harlem – and the Hispanic traditions of Latin America. £12 (adv) / £14 (door).

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FASHION

First, a few Do’s and Don’ts:

and style for women aged over 50 doesn’t necessarily come in a neat package labelled for each day of the week or each different occasion.

Do give today’s fashions a chance – you don’t have to follow trends slavishly but there might be a look or style worth trying, especially when the catwalk is translated into high street lines

Unfortunately, it can come with a big list of questions which start with “Will that suit me?” and go on to “Is that too young for me?”

Do factor in comfort – if you’re uncomfortable or uneasy in your clothes it shows

Most women do know pretty well about their general style by the time they hit middle-age. And what they don’t automatically want is a plethora of elasticated waistbands, dowdy long cardigans and unflattering brogues – nor are they likely to opt for figure-hugging leggings and bottomskimming mini-skirts. Dressing well these days is really all about developing a sense of your own style .... and having confidence in what you wear. That alone lets you lift your head up, walk taller and look better! It’s very easy to be put off by nubile young figures in the Topshop changing rooms when you’ve got an expanding waist, a less-than-pert bosom and thighs that you’ve studiously ignored for the past five years. But, the key really is not to rule out anything, new or vintage, because fashions can often be adapted to suit you as an individual. Again, we’re back to that confidence in yourself, and acknowledging what does and doesn’t flatter you.

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Do be realistic about your shape, height and colouring Do go for good-fitting clothes that flatter your shape Do look at your daily lifestyle and what sort of clothes suit it Do ensure that any “special occasion” buys are fairly versatile – why spend a large amount on something you can only wear once? Do look at multi-buys in the same range if you like them and they look flattering – this is cost-effective shopping and gives you a better “capsule wardrobe” of complementing outfits

Do de-clutter your wardrobe and see what you’ve got that you want to keep and will definitely wear – if you’ve not worn any item for 12 months, will you ever again? Don’t wear baggy clothes in the mistaken idea that they make you look thin – they don’t Don’t assume you can wear an outfit just because it looks good on a six-foot tall 17 year-old model – the mirror doesn’t lie! Don’t dismiss high street brands because you’re not a tiny size – many stores now stock 16-plus in their season’s ranges Don’t forget the value of accessories, especially the latest ideas that can make a plain outfit look sensational


There really has never been a better time to be an older woman wanting to look fashionably fabulous. Think Lulu, the Duchess of Cornwall, Jane Asher, Twiggy or Lynda Bellingham. In fact, the last two are actually fronting wellknown fashion labels. Twiggy who, after 40 years in the fashion business, now has her own Marks & Spencer range and has become a fashion icon for older women. And actress Lynda Bellingham long ago shrugged off her homely Oxo mum persona to emerge, chrysalis-like, as a Calendar Girl happy to strip down to just her pearls and her comely shape – all in the cause of theatre, of course! Lynda is now the public face of online fashion shopping range isme, with regular TV adverts keeping both her and them high-profile. Her chic looks are being copied by many women who previously might have thought particular styles were not for them. She believes that we shouldn’t dress “differently” as we age, but realistically. “Look for shape-enhancing details like cap sleeves, stretch in the right places, different trouser cuts, and built-in panels to make you look and feel great,” she states. Lynda suggests embracing colour rather than shying away from it. “Wear colours that compliment your skin tone and hair colour,” she says. And try substituting black for purple or deep berry tones for a welcome change. Control your wardrobe properly and have attractive, staple items that look good. These could include a classy mac, a pair of wide-legged trousers, a glamorous top or a classic shift dress which you can dress up or down with suitable accessories as the occasion demands. However, Lynda is a member of the “less is more” school of fashion when it comes to accessories and advises against overdoing it. Instead, it’s better to opt for one or two statement pieces of jewellery like a necklace or earrings that can look simply sophisticated and very stylish.

She knows that sometimes you need to try something new to develop your own personal style, “So don’t be scared to try different looks,” she advises. Do you ever wear prints, for example? There are plenty around to choose from this year, and if you’re still a little wary you could pair plain trousers or a tailored skirt with a printed top. In general, investing in, for example, a smart, well-cut jacket that can go anywhere makes sense. In a block colour, it can be teamed with a plain shift dress underneath or something printed. That kind of jacket can take you to a meeting or informal social occasion or can be worn with something more dressy for an evening out. Look at your accessories in the same way. Many older women seldom buy belts, but these can make a plain outfit look terrific and don’t need to emphasise waists not quite as trim as they used to be. View the outfit overall, perhaps employ that smart jacket with toning shoes and a bag plus a colourful scarf. It’s also worth keeping in mind the impact of neutralcoloured shoes like the fashionable Duchess of Cambridge often wears; teamed with flesh-coloured tight these are real leg-lengtheners. You don’t need to wear a very short hemline to pull off this kind of look or very high heels if you don’t want to. A knee-length or just-below-the-knee dress length with kitten or other low heels can be equally flattering. And pretty flatties like the current crop of ballerina pumps can also look exactly right with some outfits, especially the more informal and fluid. • www.alexon.co.uk www.pingush.com

As Twiggy insists, don’t forget, you’re meant to ENJOY fashion – just make it “stylish and fun”, and forget which birthday it is.


St Vincent’s Retirement Apartments Make the Most of Your Retirement Years With over 40 years experience of delivering independence, security and peace of mind – we can help you make the most of your retirement years.

All mod-cons All our retirement schemes have modern amenities.

St Vincent’s retirement schemes have so much more to offer than simply a roof over your head. We have won awards for our retirement schemes which are designed specifically to meet the needs of senior members of the community.

Who are our retirement apartments for? Anyone at all who is either over 60 or has a disability. If you feel lonely, isolated from your family, or find your present home is becoming too much to manage, then moving to a St Vincent’s retirement apartment could be the best move you will ever make. All our scheme managers are fully trained and live on site, on-hand to give help and advice if needed.

Company when you want it All our retirement schemes have a communal lounge where residents can come together, if they wish, and meet for coffee mornings and other social activities, such as bingo and Christmas parties. All our scheme managers organise regular day trips, for example trips to the theatre. At the end of a busy day socialising, however, you can return to your apartment, and close your own front door.

Independence with Security. Our retirement schemes are designed to give residents complete independence. You have your own apartment but residents’ security is a key concern for us. We have installed CCTV, a door entry system with intercom, boundary fencing, window locks and smoke alarms, and additionally we have installed spy holes and ID card slots at Swithun Wells Court.

Lovely surroundings for our residents to enjoy Residents at all our retirement schemes enjoy the peace and tranquillity of delightful landscaped gardens. The grounds are maintained regularly by a gardener and provide a relaxing meeting place for summer BBQ’s or just a lazy afternoon with a book.

Local amenities Swithun Wells Court, Thomas Garnet Court, Alexander Briant Court and Vincent Court are all located within a short bus journey of Walkden Centre, Farnworth Town Centre and Bolton City Centre. There are post-offices, local shops, libraries and doctors surgeries all within easy access.

And if you think a St Vincent’s Retirement Apartment is for you… We will do everything we can to make sure you settle into your new home. Our scheme managers will ensure you are put in touch with support agencies in the area, and help you find your feet. We even provide a Welcome Pack containing a lovely Hessian shopping bag, a pen, mug, t-bags and coffee, energy saving light bulbs, bin bags and a Homebase voucher.

Don’t just take our word for it “I’ve been living at my sheme for over 12 years now and I absolutely love it. Before, I lived alone in a house which was too big to manage, and I was very lonely. Now, I don’t need to worry about any of that, I’ve made lots of friends here and the scheme manager is always here to help, she’s golden” - St Vincents Resident


St Vincent's has sheltered schemes across the Bolton and Little Hulton area, get in touch to find out more We offer: 

Self contained apartments, but with an on-site warden

24 hour emergency call out

Secure door entry system

Communal gardens, and laundry

Free repairs and maintenance service

Links with health professionals

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A communal lounge to meet up with friends Full and varied social life if you want it, although some of our residents choose to enjoy a quieter life - it's entirely up to you!

Our Handyperson Service We offer a free handyperson service to all our customers who live in our sheltered housing schemes, get those little jobs, such as hanging a door, or fitting a grab rail, done for free.

St Vincent's has nearly 40 years experience in providing retirement schemes for senior members of the community

Give Jane a call on 0845 606 6565 if you would like more information or to discuss your circumstances. Visit our website at www.svha.co.uk

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ARE YOU ONE OF THE SANDWICH GENERATION? In 1957, Harold McMillan told the British public ‘we’d never had it so good’ and it was true we were enjoying better health and prosperity. Inevitably, this led to longer life spans, and the phenomena of the sandwich generation. At the beginning of the 20th century, around 6% of people in their sixties still had one parent living. Today the figure is around 50%. At the same time, in 2000, 52% of young adults were living with their parents, and this figure is still rising. This has led to a situation where couples coming up to retirement are caring for ageing parents, while still supporting their adult children. This is the sandwich generation, worrying about financing their own retirement, their parents and their children. While many 80 year olds are still hale and hearty, there are many who need constant care and attention, resulting in huge stress levels for those responsible for them. If you’re one of these, it’s time to take stock and explore all avenues. which could help.

PLAN AHEAD Difficult as it may be, you need to discuss issues with your parents. Discuss their assets, check with them where they want to live, and who should make legal and medical decisions if they are no longer capable of handling their affairs. The decision of where they wish to live may be taken out of your hands, if they reach a stage when they need full time care. At this stage, it’s important to find a nursing home with staff who treat their elderly residents with respect, and which provides a pleasant environment for your parents to live out their remaining years. This is easier said than done. First you need to research available government help to fund care, and ensure that your parents are correctly

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CARE IN THE HOME It may be that care in the home is the preferred option, and this is where you need to spend time making sure that all available help from your local council is fully explored, and a correct assessment of necessary care is arrived at.

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Check out the Care Quality Commission. This is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It registers care services that meet standards and make constant inspections to check that these standards are kept and take action if standards fall. Direct Payments are a Government initiative designed to give people the freedom to purchase their own care and support, so since 2002 all Social Services departments offer the option of a Direct Payment to people who receive a social care and support service. Following an assessment by their local Social Services the person receiving the direct payments can use the money for different types of services.


CARE These include: • Personal care and support • Day care (including domestic help) • ‘Mixed’ packages of support • Short-term residential care • Items of equipment

parents and your children - you first have to keep your own financial house in order. Try not to raid your own retirement savings to pay for your children’s college education or your parents’ long-term care. Students should take out student loans if necessary, and you should use your parents own assets to finance their care for as long as possible.

Direct Payments can also be used for employing a ‘personal assistant’ or arranging care from a private agency. Your local Social Services team will be able to advise you further. There are many benefits to Direct Payments – they allow a greater level of flexibility and freedom for the person who needs the care and support. By employing a care and support worker directly, there is greater choice as to whom the person has looking after them; what times they come and what tasks they perform. People who are eligible to receive a Direct Payment, instead of their ‘usual’ support include:

And finally, remember you’re all in this together. Don’t be a martyr. Take control and get the whole family on board to help. Getting stressed is counter productive, so make sure you get some time for yourself. Young adults still at home can occasionally take over household duties and visit their grandparents. They could accompany them on hospital visits or doctors’ appointments, and gain enormously from increased contact with an older generation.

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Older People who need social care services People with physical disability who are over 16 People with a learning disability who are over 16 Disabled Parents would receive payments for the needs of their children (non educational) Carers over 16

PRESERVE YOUR ASSETS The only person who can save for your retirement is you. To avoid many sandwich generation problems - and help your

From the 14th May the Dementia Support Group is able to offer two further services to complement its present range of activities and events for people living with dementia and those who care for them.

This is a time in your life when your parents and your children are dependent on you, so look after your health, take time out to keep up with your friends, and keep your sense of humour. Nothing lasts forever, and sooner or later, your children will find their independence and fly the nest. You’ll miss them when they go. Make the most of your time with them. Cherish your parents. They won’t be with you forever, so while you’re coping with their problems, remember how they once helped you with yours, and give them a hug from time to time.

The Dementia Support Group.

Thanks to the support of Bolton Steps and the Horwich RMI Club we are able to offer weekly Memory Cafés in Bolton town centre and in Horwich. A Memory Café is for people who have a diagnosis of dementia or who are concerned about their memory and consider that it is affecting their daily lives. Memory Cafés offer a friendly, relaxed and welcoming setting where people living with dementia and those who care for them can meet others in a similar situation share coping strategies and find out what support is available. Each Café provides a setting where people living with memory loss feel welcomed and valued. The Cafes are staffed by people who are, or have been carers, and who fully understand dementia and how it affects the person diagnosed with the illness and the rest of the family. In addition to the services we presently offer we will have: Monday 2.00 – 4.00pm at the Eden Café, Victoria Hall, Bolton Town Centre, (behind MacDonalds) Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00pm at The Horwich RMI Club, Chorley New Road, on the main bus route between Bolton and Horwich. So why not call in and see how we can help you, because

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Bury Adult Care Services

Support at Home

What is the Support at Home Service?

Our Support at Home service is a new service Bury Council’s Adult Care Services is providing, to enable people who may need a little help to continue living in their own home.

What could the service offer you?

A visit or daily telephone call from one of our highly trained support staff (Monday to Friday) to make surer you are ok, talk through any worries or problems you may have and be able to offer a ‘listening ear’. In addition to this help is at hand 24 hours a day, 365 days per year from our Carelink response service.

What is Carelink?

Carelink is an alarm service that works via a unit that connects to your telephone line. You will be given a pendant to wear around your neck and in an emergency all you need to do is push the button on the pendant. Carelink will find out what the problem is and take appropriate action.

Who can have this service? This service is available to anyone: •

Aged 60 or above or

People under 60 that have a disability or high support needs

Is there are charge for this service? This service is FREE if: •

You are in receipt of Housing.

The service may also be free or at a reduced rate if you are in receipt of other benefits but this would be dependent upon your circumstances. We will be happy to explain this in more detail you.

Would you like to know more?

If you think this service would be of benefit to you or someone you know please contact us on the number below and we will be happy to discuss this service and what it can offer to you in more detail and answer any questions you may have.

Taylor House, Brandlesholme Road, Bury BL8 1HS. Tel: 0161 253 6063 | email: shelteredhousing@bury.gov.uk


HELP IS AT HAND 24 hours a day 7 days a week Provides assistance if unwell Provides reassurance Reduces the feeling of isolation Gives families peace of mind

For further information contact CareLink on 0161 253 6222, visit www.bury.gov.uk/adults or email carelink@bury.gov.uk


Sheltered Housing “Independent Living” Bury Council has Sheltered Housing Schemes throughout the borough. All Schemes Offer: • A Support Service • 24 hour emergency alarm service • Safe secure environment • Full independence backed by the right amount of support from you • Close working with other support services e.g. Home Care, District Nurse

In Addition Some Schemes Offer: • Communal lounge • Communal laundry • Door entry system • CCTV security system • Guest room

We currently have vacancies at a number of schemes. For further information please contact us:-

0161 253 6063 shelteredhousing@bury.gov.uk


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