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

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However, I’m going to make an exception this year, thanks to a rather game 90 year-old called Vera. She booked an 11-day P & O cruise with a 91 year-old man she had met just 45 minutes before. She was on a coach trip and when they stopped for lunch, this charmer called John – not with her group – got chatting to Vera over a glass of wine about holidays. The upshot was that he took her over the road to the travel agents and paid £3,700 for them to have an 11-day Mediterranean trip. It was all above board: they had separate beds and enjoyed a lovely time. But the really interesting bit of this rather sweet tale is Vera’s take on the whole thing. When asked why she had done it, she replied: “I would say to people ‘Seize the day’.” Coming from a feisty 90 year-old, that is good advice. In other words, don’t waste too much time pondering over everything – just get on with living. Now that will mean different things to different people. To the adventurous, it might mean going travelling for a year, sailing right around the British Isles, finally getting a tattoo or changing your hair colour – or your husband. It might be something much less dramatic like taking a new work qualification, starting a particular hobby you’ve always been interested in or booking that longed-for sunshine holiday.

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Whatever it is, the message is clear. Life is just too short to worry too much

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Accommodation is in compact, en-suite cabins of varying configurations – again, all combinations happily satisfied. Breakfast of the hearty continental variety and a tasty 3 course dinner, using produce bought en route, was served onboard each day. We were introduced to the ‘packed’ lunch by our charming Italian crew: essentially cheese, cold meats, fruit, chocolate bars and rolls were provided each morning so you could create your own picnic to eat along the way. Although it must be said that we stopped each day near cafes, so there was always the chance to have a plate of pasta or pizza instead.

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



ebikes a real bonus for older legs and clever tandems, where a child’s bike can couple (and de-couple) easily from an adult bike for younger legs. Our age range of 7 and a half (most important) to 82 worked beautifully!

This trip is a variation of the escorted tour (a self-guided option is available) and as always in this situation, much depends on your guides. Our Dutch, endlessly energetic and efficient Hugo, proficient in all languages needed (at least 5!) and a positive walking Wiki on this route was partnered by Italian, friendly Frederico – a European version of Little and Large, if I’m honest! We were delighted to leave the planning and logistics in their highly capable hands, we woke up and did as instructed – a holiday in itself. And I


must highly commend the ‘extras’ which we were not expecting, walks around the destinations where we moored, full of interest and information. I’m always humbled by in-depth knowledge – Hugo had it in spades! We hit the trail on day 3, having spent time in Venice on foot on the day before. The boat left Venice, in the mist, very evocative, with a parting glance at St Mark’s from the water. We headed to the island Litorale di Lido, playground of the rich and famous, glamourous and sophisticated, as could be seen from the fabulous houses.

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Mornings started briskly at about 8am for breakfast and ‘packed’ lunch making, with seats in the saddle being taken by 9am at the latest! The 7.57am to Marylebone it was not. A pitstop at a beach café and then on to ferry for 5 minutes to Pellestrina, with an entirely different atmosphere: it is a working fisherman’s island with scores of trawlers along the promenade. You sense not much has changed here in generations. Just one bar was open for lunchtime drinks, the siesta is still an essential part of life here. The cycling was easy along well marked trails or almost empty roads. We picked up the boat and sailed to Chioggia, for an afternoon walk in the sunshine. The town has an impressive fishing fleet and is a combination of working port, with a charming town.

for any with ‘dietary requirements’. Good value local wines (including a very decent Amarone), beer and soft drinks were available and paid for at the end of the trip. We took a further evening stroll in Chioggia, although bed was calling after all the fresh air and exercise! No sluggards on this trip, and we were excited to enjoy what each day would bring. Hugo’s enthusiasm, the jolly exchanges with our companions and the sheer glory of Italy, fresh air and exercise made this week filled with pleasure and many happy memories, and remarkably free of any aches and pains.

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Our evening routine then followed: shower and change, pre-dinner drinks on the sun deck, a hilarious explanation of the meal by our Italian chefs (a career in TV must surely be waiting!) and then we ate companionably at three long tables, a set menu with variations





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A delightful mini cruise with an included visit to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens situated near the town of Lisse, southwest of Amsterdam. The gardens display the bulbs for which Holland is famous and are a must for any flower enthusiasts, its dazzling display of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are truly beautiful and from the end of March until the second week of May, the flowers in Keukenhof bloom. This tour includes: 3 2 nights on board P & O Ferries Hull/Rotterdam 3 Inside lower berth cabin (twin beds) 3 Dinner bed and breakfast on board 3 Coach and services of Robinsons driver/courier 3 Admission to Keukenhof Gardens.

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TOUR WBOD. Warner Leisure Hotels, Tribute Party Bodelwyddan Castle, DINNER, Bed & Breakfast

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TOUR BABB. Babbacombe and the Devon Coast Seabury Hotel - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast


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TOUR SCAR. Scarborough and the North Yorkshire Moors Esplanade Hotel, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast


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TOUR HERE. The Heart of England, Hereford Green Dragon Hotel, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

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TOUR IMAN. Isle of Man Discovery The Empress Hotel, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

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TOUR LOOE. Looe and the Cornish Coast Hannafore Point Hotel & Spa, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

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includes 09 Apr TOUR MORE. Lakes and Dales by Road, Rail and Boat 5 £319 2 excursions Auckland Hotel, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

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TOUR NORW. Norwich and the Norfolk Coast Links Park Country Hotel, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

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TOUR STAN. Lytham St Annes and the Lake District Clifton Park Hotel, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

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


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

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

TRAVEL Above the five cubicles are painted images of sexual acts. Pictorial notice boards of the services on offer, perhaps? Or just ancient erotica, there to arouse prior to activities? An early Viagra maybe? A fascinating insight into Pompeii leisure time. We finally began to tire a little after seeing so many amazing and thought-provoking things. Time for a rest. In deference to Mars, the Roman God of War, we ate one of his chocolate bars. It did the trick. The sun began to shine and the crowds began to thin out. Grazie. Factbox: The best way to visit Pompeii is with a company that doesn’t rush you around but gives you the whole day to take it all in, with an expert guide to bring it to life, and with several days to explore the magnificent archaeology and scenery of the whole Bay of Naples, including Herculaneum, the National Archaeological Museum, and other fabulous sites.

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

We recommend Hidden History Travel, who specialise in such tours and have a great itinerary with seven nights in a lovely hotel, daily excursions to all the main sites, and a knowledgeable tour director to help bring it all together. Their 2018 departures are on 28 April, 26 May and 07 September. And the price is from only £1195 per person. Visit for more details or call 0121 444 1854 to speak to an expert.

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Why not join one of our Quality Door to Door Coach Tours? 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 coastal resorts. On your first day of travel we pick you up at your front door at a pre-arranged time in a minibus or taxi. You are then transferred to a central meeting point, either Birch Services or Poplar Services dependant upon where you live, 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. Upon your return to either Birch Services or Poplar your taxi or minibus is waiting to whisk you home.

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St Annes On Sea~Value Weekend Lindum Hotel Experience the wide open sandy beaches of St Anne’s with its traditional pier, beach huts, mini links golf, or the pretty green and historic windmill on Lytham Green offering views across to Southport and even North Wales on a clear sunny day. We’re sure you’ll agree it can’t get much better than this?

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Torquay ~ Belgrave Sands Hotel Set at the very heart of the English Riviera on the South Devon Coast, Torquay is famous for its sandy beaches, family attractions and genteel Victorian appearance. Made famous by the legendary comedy series Fawlty Towers, Torbay is distinctly Mediterranean and is a family favourite with plenty of attractions and things to do.

5th Feb - 5 Days - £289

Harrogate ‘All Inclusive’ & ‘Fizz & Fayre~The Cairn Hotel

Mature Singles ~ Sidmouth Royal York & Faulkner Hotel

Set in the heart of Yorkshire, the Harrogate District is one of the most spectacular areas of England with attractive towns and villages, imposing historic houses, castles, abbeys, beautiful countryside and a host of other natural and man-made attractions.

‘A town caught still in a timeless charm’ That was the Sidmouth that captivated the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, and it will captivate you, too. Beautiful gardens and leisurely walks, Regency history and fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops.

19th Feb - 5 Days - £269

Eastbourne Haddon Hall Hotel Eastbourne is a town with grace that has something for everyone - a landscaped pedestrianised town centre, bordered by a large range of shops, a clean well managed beach and seafront renowned for its attractive three tier flower decked level promenade.

19th Feb - 5 Days - £239

Paignton ~ Palace Hotel

Welcome to Paignton, part of the stunning English Riviera, situated on the South Devon coastline in sheltered Torbay. Paignton is very popular if you are looking for a quiet break.

5th March - 5 Days - £269

20th Feb - 5 Days - £309

Looe - Cornwall The Portbyhan Hotel

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Delightful Corner of Wales with Pembrokeshire & The Gower Ivy Bush Royal Hotel

Situated on the south coast in Cornwall, Looe is a favourite holiday destination with a fine beach, shops, cafes, a working harbour and has a lovely riverside location. We stay at The Portbyhan Hotel which has recently undergone a £1.2 million refurbishment.

Babbacombe sits adjacent to Torquay, yet continues to enjoy its own independence. It boasts its very own promenade, theatre, shops & restaurants and of course the world famous Babbacombe Model Village. Stunning coastal views are abundant right around Lyme Bay’s Jurassic coast as far as Portland Bill.

The natural beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast and the Gower peninsula are famed all over the world. Glorious sandy beaches and seemingly endless rugged coastline give way to the Preseli Hills, historic towns and little villages.  For these tours we stay in Carmarthen, ideal for visiting this delightful corner of Wales.

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12 March - 5 Days - £279

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Debbie Harry

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


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

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


Blondie in 1977

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

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

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


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KIA ENTERS EUROPE'S FASTESTGROWING MARKET SECTOR WITH STONIC URBAN CROSSOVER, NOW AT BOLTON KIA Kia has entered Europe's fastestgrowing market sector with the all-new Kia Stonic, an exciting, sporty, confident and smart new model priced from £16,295, available from Bolton Kia in Middlebrook Retail Park, Bolton. The all-new Stonic is based on the latest Rio supermini and is powered by high-efficiency, high-technology petrol and diesel powertrains from the Rio and cee'd family. It was designed in Europe at the company's Frankfurt studios, with input from the main design centre at Namyang in Korea. Originally intended as a car solely for Europe, it will now also be sold in Korea, such was the reception it got when shown there. The all-new Stonic has entered the UK as a five-model line-up, based on grade ‘2’ and ‘First Edition’ trim levels. All versions offer an extensive package of connectivity features, including links to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via pre-downloaded smartphone apps, while advanced electronic driver assistance systems such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic switching between high and low headlight beams are available. Key signature design elements such as the 'tiger-nose' main front grille, the distinctive C-pillar and the straight lines and smooth surfaces ensure that Stonic is instantly recognisable as a member of the modern Kia family. The ‘First Edition’ version stands out even more thanks to its two-tone paintwork. The roof, wing mirror casings and rear spoiler are picked out in either black, lime green, red or orange,


depending on the choice of main body colour, with colour accents in the interior, on the seats and around the lower centre console and display screen areas. The horizontal theme evident in the exterior styling is repeated in the cabin, emphasising width and space while separating the upper information and lower control areas. The number of buttons and switches has been kept to a minimum to give a neater look and greater functionality. The ‘First Edition’ follows the Rio in offering USB ports front and rear so that mobile devices can be charged from any seat. All versions are generously equipped, with an extensive range of active safety features and up-to-the-minute connectivity in ‘First Edition’ versions. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) are standard. VSM is linked to Torque Vectoring, Straight Line Stability and Cornering Brake Control to help the driver maintain control in bad weather or on poorly surfaced roads. All versions also have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines. Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning are standard in the ‘First Edition’ and optional on grade ‘2’ as part of an Advanced Driving

Assistance Pack (ADAP). The Lane Departure Warning System is linked to Driver Attention Warning, which can alert a drowsy or distracted driver that it is time to take a break. High Beam Assist automatically switches the car between dipped and full beam according to the traffic around it and the local street lighting. The ‘First Edition’ also has Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to prevent the car from being driven into the path of a vehicle approaching from an angle out of the driver's eyeline, thus ensuring safety at all times. There is a 7.0-inch display with a DAB radio and MP3 compatibility in grade ‘2’, and in the First Edition this is upgraded to a 7.0-inch touchscreen navigation and infotainment system featuring Kia Connected Services with TomTom™. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration are standard across the range. Kevin Howard, Dealer Principle from Bolton Kia commented: “We are very excited to introduce residents in and around Bolton to the all-new Kia Stonic. The all-new Stonic is a fantastic urban crossover and the range of colours and technology make it a really strong offering for anyone looking for their next great car, so we look forward to welcoming people in for a test drive!” As with all Kia vehicles, the all-new Stonic comes with Kia’s pioneering seven year/100,000-mile warranty. Therefore ensuring the reliability and quality of the car, covering all labour and parts, except those subject to normal wear and tear. The warranty is even transferable if the car is sold before the time/mileage limit expires. The all-new Stonic is available with ‘Care-3’ and ‘Care-3 Plus’ servicing packages for retail customers. These cover the cost of all routine servicing work for three or five years respectively and, like the warranty, can be passed on if the car is sold before they expire.

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brighten your skin will help to give you an enviably youthful glow. Most importantly wearing the right coloured lipstick can dramatically change your look. “Ultimately there are two other factors to mention here. One is confidence. If you look and feel good about yourself then your confidence will make you ooze youthfulness and vitality. Secondly if you wear styles that suit your clothing personality then you will look more stylish and younger. This means understanding the character of your accessories, patterns and structure of your clothes. In other words, dressing who you are as well as the proportions of your body. This will of course affect things like the correct hemline on your skirt, or wearing the right length and fit trousers for your body shape. Age appropriate clothes are null and void in this day and age. Individual-centred style is what is important and knowing what really suits you.” We asked some of the top over forties personal stylists at House of Colour what their special secret is to looking younger than their years. Jenny Goldsmith (age 43) says: “Wearing the right colours definitely takes years off you. Your wow colours have an illuminating effect thereby giving you a youthful glow. Feeling comfortable with my personal style and being authentic by really embracing who I am means I don't have to work too hard to look good - I know what works for me. This leaves more time for the good stuff in life which means I smile and laugh a lot.”

LOOKING YOUNGER USING COLOUR & STYLE The demand for a flawless, youthful look shows no signs of decline with the anti-ageing sector accounting for 42 per cent of total skincare spend. A study by Groupon recently revealed that British women spend on average £70,294 on their appearance in their lifetime. With a seemingly infinite number of treatments and skincare available in the market, we asked Helen Venables, MD of House of Colour, if wearing the right colours alone can make us look younger. “Colour plays a huge part in creating a youthful and healthy appearance. Wearing both your wow colours (which are likely to be the colours which people always compliment you on) as well as your best neutrals, will help you look brighter and healthier, and feel more confident and be more memorable. “Make up is also important. By adding the right colour to your face, for example by adding a swish of bronzer or a good blusher colour for you across the cheeks to lift and


Stylist Annabel Czyba (67) adds: “Wearing the colours from the palette that suits us best instantly makes us look younger and more vibrant - our skin looks healthier and our eyes twinkle. Greyness disappears from around the eyes and the right lipsticks help us to look years younger. As for style, when we understand how our personality and body shape play such a large part in knowing what to wear to create the right image, our look becomes somewhat ageless. Gone are the days of wearing suitable clothes for our age!” TIPS ON HOW TO ANTI-AGE YOUR WARDROBE - By Helen Venables, MD of House of Colour Make sure you’re wearing the colours that really suit you, your WOW colours! Wearing the wrong colours will make you look tired, run-down and much older. Wearing colours that suit you will mean that your skin looks radiant, bright and therefore younger. Red is the hottest colour of the season and primary red is the only colour that suits everyone. Different seasons also have different reds that suit them in their colour palette such as summer palettes suit cherry and coral red, autumns glow in rust or brick reds, winters shine in scarlet and carmine, and springs look gorgeous in geranium and poppy

FASHION youthful and energised as you will look more authentic in your clothes. 5. Wear the right hemline – whether that is a maxi, midcalf, knee-length or for the lucky few, above the knee. It can surprisingly make or break an outfit as the wrong hemline can either be inappropriate and unattractive, or drab and frumpy. Different people suit different hemlines and this is not solely determined by your height but by the rebalancing of the natural proportions of your body. Patterns can add interest to an outfit and really flatter different body shapes regardless of your age. Just be sure you know if you are a floral or graphics person for example. Bootleg jeans will balance-curvy bodies and if you don’t like your mid-section so much then try slim leg jeans with a low-slung belt.

Red is the hottest colour of the season and primary red is the only colour that suits everyone.

red. Team red with a neutral such as grey, navy, black, cream, beige, tan or white dependent on your season to look effortlessly stylish, but remember to choose the right red and neutrals that suit you to really ensure your look makes you look years younger!

Use confidence to anti-age your wardrobe! Ooze confidence and focus on your best assets by drawing attention to them. If you have a lovely waist, then emphasise that with a beautiful, flattering statement belt. Or if you have lovely long legs then try some skinny jeans to elongate those great legs even more! Use accessories to make a statement in your outfit – try a scarf or a bright coloured clutch bag in this season’s ontrend bright red or one of your wow colours. This will make all the difference between a drab outfit and a sensational one. Buy jewellery that has several of your wow colours in the piece to add a really exciting focal point to your look. Unflattering trends won’t do you any favours. Aim for sensational and stylish instead. Look good to feel good. Revitalise and revalue yourself through colour and style.

Once you know your palette of colours, creating great colour combinations is simple e.g. summer and autumn palettes create younger looks with colours which blend and harmonise with each other e.g. try wearing different colours in the plum / amethyst family together for summers and for Autumns try moss, olive and lime greens together. Winter and Spring palettes look wonderful in high contrast looks from their palettes to create a more youthful appearance. Winters could try adding Chinese Blue to standard Navy and White and Springs could add a youthful splash to their look with this seasons on trend true red teamed with their Neutrals. You may love an outfit on someone else but it might not suit you. Know who you are. If you like a bit of drama think asymmetric patterns and statement dressing to ensure visibility. Classic dressers feel good in elegant, timeless clothes. Know your style personality and you will feel more

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

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


of the heat you pay for in some cases. Go to to find out more about what you can do to improve the fabric of your home. There may also be schemes available to help you pay for insulation improvements; log on to to find out more. Check that there are no leaks in your FRONT DOOR. Have you had the door for a long time and does it need replacing? You can lose a lot of heat through an ill-fitting front door so it’s worth considering investing in a new one. The Energy Saving Trust says there is a 20% heat loss through doors and

WINDOWS so taking a look at both should be on your warmer home list. Double glazed windows and doors really help create a cosier home and cut heating bills at the same time. Choose a front door which allows plenty of light into your HALL. This offers a welcome to your home and if your hall is gloomy, chilly and unwelcoming, it’s not just visitors who won’t enjoy coming in through your door – you will feel the same. Since “cosy” is as much about the atmosphere created in your home as keeping warm, take an objective look at your hallway and see if it could do with painting and decorating. A light colour, even in a small hallway, can brighten it – one colour works best in a smaller space. Having a small cupboard for shoes and a place to hang coats here – even if it’s only hooks – also helps your lifestyle. FLOORING is important to the warmth and look of your home and there are plenty of modern choices these

days, including traditional carpets, so it’s definitely worth taking a look at what’s available. Getting new carpets can make all the difference to your home and you don’t necessarily have to pay a fortune if you shop around. Actually visiting carpet stores gives the opportunity to feel the quality and warmth of carpets and other flooring that online shopping doesn’t allow.

Lined CURTAINS are a stylish way to stay cosy this Winter as they not only help to keep heat in but also look more homely than bare windows. Toned in with wallpaper and other décor in your lounge or sitting room they provide a fashionable look guaranteed to give you a warm glow, especially matched with cosy CUSHIONS.


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HOME There is simply no nicer way to feel cuddled up when it’s chilly outside than around an attractive FIRE. Contemporary fires and fireplaces come in all styles – you can even get fires with crackling fake flames although you may prefer the real thing with a gas fire or wood-burning stove. Whatever your choice, it creates a charming centrepiece for any room. Attractive THROWS also not only add colour and texture to plain suites but are also lovely to keep you warm while you’re watching TV. You can certainly cheer up an old sofa by adding a colourful fur fabric throw although Winter is often an ideal suite. As it’s also the time of year when you spend most hours at home, a new TV might also be on the agenda this year. There are now TV’s of all sizes and types available. To helpful advice on finding the best type for you and your TV needs go to the Which? site reviews/televisions/article/how-to-buy-the-best-tv If your bathroom or toilet are particularly chilly, consider a WALL HEATER, and ensure that your bedroom is not too cold,either. This might actually be just the right time to buy a new BED. Having a good night’s sleep is vital for Winter health and treating yourself to a really good bed now is a great investment in your wellbeing.

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Julian Holt from bed experts Premier Stores in Bolton works alongside sales consultant Julie Robinson to offer combined retail experience of 50 years. They offer some helpful advice for when you’re choosing a bed. “There is no substitute for lying on mattresses as part of the selection process,” he stressed. “You wouldn’t buy a new car without taking it for a test drive first, would you?” He advises that you “always shop together if the bed is for two – to ensure you’re both happy with your choice.” Size matters for beds. “You should be able to lie side by side with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching,” added Julian. “Ideally, your bed should also be about 6 ins (15 cms) longer than the tallest user.” But if you’re tall, ask about extra long options. Don’t bed shop when you’re tired or rushed because, as Julian pointed out: “They will all feel wonderful!”

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Wear comfortable, loose clothing, remove your coat and shoes and lie on the bed in your normal sleeping position for at least 10 minutes or more. “It just too important a decision to be embarrassed about,” he stated. “Lie on your side as well as your back.” Correct support depends on your weight, height, build and even preferred sleeping position. “Ideally, the mattress should mould to the shape of your body while remaining supportive,” stated Julian. “When you lie on your side, your spine should be horizontal. You should be able to turn fairly easily. As a general rule, the heavier you are, the firmer the tension you will need.”

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Hosting the Perfect Night in: How to Impress Your Guests Whether you’re hosting a movie night or a dinner, there’s a series of steps you can take to ensure your guests remember it for all the right reasons. If you’re a novice (or simply want some confirmation that you’re on the right track), here’s how to pull off the perfect night in…

you’re a pro at rustling up spaghetti and meatballs, don’t be afraid to serve steaming mountains of the meal. Make your meatballs and sauce ahead of time, ensure your water is hot and wellsalted, and just spent 10 minutes in the kitchen cooking your pasta and plating it up when it’s time to eat.

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Start by making a list of everything you need, and shopping for it the day ahead of your event. That will help to keep your stress levels to an absolute minimum, and will ensure you’ve left yourself a full day to run to the shops to get whatever it is you end up forgetting. Choose your menu carefully Whether you’re just having friends over for a movie night or are entertaining a crowd for dinner, you’re going to be serving food of some sort. If it’s the former, make sure you’ve stocked up on all the traditional movie night essentials such as popcorn and other tasty snacks. But if you’re hosting a dinner party? You’re going to need to do it properly. A dinner party is no time to try out a new recipe, so do yourself a favour by cooking your signature dish – if


Chill your wine There’s nothing more theatrical than swinging open the French doors on your fridge to reveal the stash of wine you’ve been chilling all day, so plan well ahead of time by cooling down your white wine and beer ahead of guests arriving. Don’t forget to chill some soft drinks too, as it’s likely someone will be drinking lemonade or Diet Coke.

Snacks are a great idea, as not only will they stave off hunger, they’ll also soak up the alcohol your guests are drinking. So, fill up your coffee table with crisps, nuts, olives and anything else that’s easy to pour into a bowl. Then, on a corner table, set out wine, beer, a corkscrew and some glasses: let your guests know they can help themselves in case you forget to top everyone up. Have a loosely structured plan Are you planning on serving dinner in your open plan kitchen diner? Will you be staying at the table for card games and wine afterwards? Or are you retiring to the living room for a movie? Have some idea of what’s happening next. But, don’t worry about making the night perfect: someone often ends up sharing YouTube videos if they come across a laptop, so just let it flow. Leave the tidying until tomorrow Finally, don’t let your guests lift a finger (unless they’re related to you). And try to leave the mess until the morning, or at least until your guests have gone – they won’t appreciate feeling like they’re cluttering up your home, and this kind of etiquette goes a long way in making a positive lasting impression.

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Extending your home into the Garden With space at a premium, our gardens have become an extension to the home, providing extra living space for dining, entertaining or simply to enjoy a morning coffee. The trend for open plan living and kitchens with large bi-fold doors into the garden further develops the outdoor room, with clients requiring a seamless transition between inside and outside space. When designing a garden, the hard landscaping creates the bones of the garden providing terraces, paths, walls, steps and other structures for both function and aesthetics. When selecting materials for these elements, budget is a key consideration as hard landscaping is a significant proportion of the overall cost. Which Material? Think about how much the area is going to be used, a terrace with a table and chairs needs a flat surface, a high footfall path will need a hard wearing, non-slip material, a path to an occasional bench could be constructed from a less expensive material such as bark or gravel.

When purchasing natural stone, be aware of the ethical trading policies of the supplier, there are several schemes which support the responsible quarrying and transportation of material.

Natural stone paving The range of paving available to the UK market these days is vast, from natural stone, reconstituted stone and now, porcelain.

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Natural stone is a popular choice due to it’s wide range of colour tones and textures, derived from the geological formation of the locality where the stone is quarried. Imported stone from India, Europe and further afield has made natural stone more affordable with sandstone, slate and granite being widely available. Finishes vary from the traditional riven or tumbled with raw edges and uneven surfaces, to sawn, polished stone creating sharp, uniform edges and smooth surfaces, suitable for a contemporary design.

Plan the size of your terrace based on the size of paving you are going to use. For example, if your paver size is 600mm x 900mm, work in increments of 600mm to ascertain the depth of the terrace; a 4.2m terrace equates to 7 rows of pavers.

Consider the size and pattern of your paving, random sized project packs are suitable for a traditional laying pattern whilst large format pavers, laid in a uniform stretcher bond pattern suit a clean, minimalist look. If budget is key, a more contemporary feel can be achieved by combining the cheaper

Curves are more expensive than straight lines requiring more cuts which increases wastage and labour charges.

Vitrified paving Porcelain and ceramic paving has increased in popularity over the last few years as advances in the technology have resulted in a paving range that is guaranteed even in our unpredictable climate. Porcelain paving offers the solution to the seamless transition between inside and outside space with the same tile being used internally and externally.


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GARDEN or bricks, or cobbles set in feature panels within a terrace.

budget, it is worth considering what to build these structures from.

Granite and sandstone setts are supplied as traditional rough setts or sawn for a sharper look and usually come in a range of sizes.

If budget is tight, we tend to build from oak sleepers either laid lengthways, or on end if a curve is required. Installation is simpler because foundations are not required. Oak is preferable to softwood as it doesn’t need treating, turning an attractive silver grey with age.

When using bricks in a path or in fact generally in the garden, make sure they are frost proof. Clay pavers are designed for landscaping and come in a rich range of reds and browns. They offer the opportunity to explore laying patterns such as herringbone and basket weave. Using brick in the design scheme can be a way of picking up the house detail and so linking the house design style to the garden.

The surface of the paver is produced by embossing a 3D texture during manufacture, using sophisticated technology to capture an actual image of the material the paver is mimicking whether stone, slate or wood. Good manufacturers will randomly rotate and scale these images to avoid repeat patterns. The vitrification process results in the paver being completely impermeable to liquids, the pattern should never fade, blister, crack or stain and the pavers are not affected by algae, moss or frost. No wonder then, that porcelain is the go to product for designers. However, it is pricey and more difficult to install, requiring special equipment to cut the porcelain. The cut edge exposes the core material which can be unsightly on steps and raised edges so most suppliers offer special pavers for such situations. Setts, bricks, cobbles and aggregates. The small size of setts and cobbles lend themselves to winding paths, intricate patterns and edging. A gravel path can be edged in setts, a stone circle extended with concentric rings of setts


Gravel is worth considering for covering large areas or low traffic areas. Don’t settle for standard pea gravel which can look utilitarian, investigate local aggregates as there are many different stones from flint and granite to limestone and slate. The softer stones such as limestone tend to break down quicker creating a fine dust, whereas flint is hard wearing but has sharp edges. Concrete Concrete technology has also moved on since the days of being considered as the poor relation to natural stone. Concrete lends itself to being moulded into interesting and unusual shapes and the manufacturing process guarantees consistency. Concrete pavers come in a range of sizes, shapes and finishes, but don’t be fooled into thinking these ranges are cheaper than natural stone, some are sophisticated products with in-built coatings and detailed surfaces, and a price tag to match. Retaining walls If your garden is sloping or has significant changes of level, more than likely the design will require a retaining structure and probably steps. Changes of level add interest in the garden and offer a wealth of opportunities in terms of design. In order to keep within your

Contemporary gardens often feature white rendered walls that are constructed from concrete blocks and then coated with a silicone based render. Constructing walls in this manner allows the designer to create bespoke features in the garden relatively simply, incorporating benches, lighting, water features, planters and screening into the design. Painting feature walls in a striking colour adds an accent to the garden in much the same way as a feature internal wall, the colour can then be picked up in the planting scheme. These walls look fabulous but they do need to be kept clean to maintain the impact over time. More traditional styled garden designs will probably use brick or stone for retaining structures, reflecting the stone or brickwork of the house or natural stone of the local area. Picking out the detail of the brick pattern or construction of local walls and incorporating this into the garden design gives the garden a sense of place, anchoring it in the wider landscape. Steel I’m a big fan of steel as it’s so versatile. Weathering steel turns a lovely rust tone with age, but steel is also supplied powder coated so is suitable in many different situations. All shapes and sizes can be fabricated for use as low edging to a gravel drive, bespoke sculptural shapes or retaining walls and even steps. It offers a cost-effective option for curves and can be shaped on site.

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LEGAL mean the most to rather than the relatives the law states should get them. Drafting a simple will is usually a fairly straightforward process, but sometimes even these can fall foul of the law if they’re not drawn up by properly. It can also get tricky if there are other factors involved, such as trust funds, deeds and tax planning, so it’s really important to use a professional.

Failing to make your will could be one of the biggest financial mistakes you’ll ever make In the UK, one in three people die without making a will. It seems to be one of those jobs that people always mean to do, Judith Bromley but never quite Russell & Russell get round to. Perhaps it’s because of the cost or simply finding the time to do it. Either way, failing to make your will can have serious consequences.

A will allows you to divide up your inheritance in whatever way you want, specifying exactly who your benefactors will be, rather than letting the law decide. This is especially true if you’re a parent or you have specific wishes about where you want your assets to go.

Dying without a will means you ‘die intestate’ so it makes no difference what promises you’ve made or who you want to receive your assets, it’s the law which decides who benefits from your estate.

You may also want to leave items or amounts of money to certain people who aren’t blood relatives. Without a will to specify this, your possessions will automatically pass to family members. A well written will also ensures that heirlooms are passed to those they


If you have children under 18, a will helps you to plan for their future by allowing you to nominate their guardians in the event of your death. Similarly, you can state who your executors will be so they can make sure your wishes are carried out.

There are plenty of unregulated, uninsured and untrained advisers out there because there’s no law surrounding will writing so anyone can promote themselves as an expert. Drafting your will online can also prove problematic as will writing sites don’t take into account the complexities of the law, so any errors could result in your family having to pay to rectify things retrospectively. This is why it’s always best to use a qualified solicitor. They’re bound by the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s code of conduct and are legally obliged to maintain high levels of service. Solicitors are also required to have insurance to protect the public and can provide guidance on more complex financial issues, such as inheritance tax and trusts planning. The cost of a will is minor when the worry and hassle of dying without one is taken into consideration. It could save thousands of pounds in the long run, so the sooner you plan ahead, the sooner you’ll have peace of mind. Here’s some things to think about: •

It’s an unfortunate truth; money changes people. Making a will helps prevent family disputes over your estate

It’s irrelevant whether you’ve promised certain possessions, property or money to specific people, if you have no will the law decides who benefits from your legacy, not you

Using an online website to do it yourself can backfire as they don’t take into account the complexities of the law, so your loved ones could end up having to pay to sort things out

Will writers aren’t regulated. This means they can promote themselves as experts without actually having any qualifications or accreditations at all

Keep it up to date. Getting married automatically invalidates your existing will

If you remarry or change your mind about who you want to inherit your estate and your will doesn’t reflect these changes in your life, your original will remains legally binding

If you’re estranged from your partner and have entered into a new relationship with someone else, it doesn’t matter if you live together; if you’re not married or in a civil partnership, you’re new partner isn’t legally entitled to anything if you die

• If you’ve split from your ex acrimoniously and you die without having changed your will, your ex stands to inherit everything as, technically, you’re still married •

Dying without a will can leave an estate liable for inheritance tax

Leaving money to charity in your will is just one of the ways to help reduce the amount of tax payable on your estate

It’s not as expensive as you might think, especially if you’re planning to draft a joint will (also known as a mirror will) as they’re often discounted. A joint will also aligns yours and your partner’s wishes

Make sure you sign it. Without your signature at the bottom, your will isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on

If you’re thinking about making or changing your will, Russell and Russell can help with all aspects of wills and probate. We offer a free consultation where we can talk through your circumstances and advise on what’s best for you.


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FINANCE further and opened its membership to include temperate members or those who enjoy alcohol in moderation. Trading since 2004 under the name Healthy Investment, today the Society is a modern, growing, financial services organisation committed to providing ethical savings and investment products for the sole benefit of its members. It remains true to its founder’s principles and avoids direct investment in companies in alcohol, arms and tobacco industries, as well as gambling and pornography providers.

How healthy are your investments? A Glorious History Whilst the industrial revolution of the late 1700s made Britain the workshop of the world it brought slums, poverty and illhealth to many of the North West’s factory workers. By 1833, despite average wages rising to around 46 pence per week, the lack of any welfare state or health care provision exacerbated problems for those who needed it most. From these appalling social conditions arose friendly societies, groups of individuals committed to supporting each other in times of sickness or death. Through small regular contributions, help could be offered to members in need. The poor social conditions of the day were not helped by the availability of cheap, poor quality alcohol from the public houses in which many of these new friendly societies held their meetings and conducted their business. On 25 August 1835 a small group of men, already committed to the total abstinence of alcohol, met in Mrs


Meadowcroft’s Temperance Hotel, Bolton Street, Salford in order to discuss a friendly society for those who had ‘signed the pledge’. The name Independent Order of Rechabites comes from the biblical story in Jeremiah 35verses 7 and 8 when the sons of Rechab are commanded to drink no wine. From its first procession on New Year’s Day in 1836 the organisation grew rapidly. In 1842 contributions of 2 shillings per year for the under 35s entitled you to £5 death benefit and a further penny a week provided you with a sickness benefit of half a crown (12½p). From these humble beginnings grew an organisation that would provide low cost funeral benefits, affordable sickness insurance and regular savings plans to many thousands of members throughout the country, for over 180 years. In 1999 the Society, by then known as The Rechabite Friendly Society, modernised and centralised its various local groups and regions into one Manchester based Head Office. In 2004 the Society developed

Healthy Investment has an consistent record of investment growth, a passion for customer service and as a friendly society, a real commitment to mutuality. There are no shareholders to benefit from your investment, everything it does is for the benefit of members. Outside the guarantee periods we can, in exceptional market conditions, reduce the surrender value of plans. Known as the market value reduction this ensures that these surrender values reflect market conditions as well as value of the funds’ assets, and that a fair share is left for the remaining policyholders.

With more than 115,000 members it looks after over £130 million of members’ money. INDIVIDUAL SAVINGS ACCOUNTS An ISA is a great way of legally reducing how much tax you pay, and with the limit increasing to £20,000 there are more opportunities for tax free investing. No ‘Introductory’ deals Healthy Investment does not offer any introductory rates, our regular bonus rates are the same regardless of how long the ISA has been held and regardless of if you’re a new or existing member. The level of bonus can change each year and is only guaranteed once declared at the end of the year. Regular bonuses The Healthy Investment ISA grows through the regular bonuses that are added every year. You start to earn a bonus from the day that the investment is made. When the ISA is cashed in, transferred away or when a withdrawal is made you may also receive a final terminal bonus to further increase the amount you receive.

A guaranteed return Healthy Investment guarantees, no matter what has happened to the stock market or the value of investment we have made, that you will receive back your initial investment plus all of the bonuses that have been added to the investment, less any withdrawals of course, if the investment is cashed in on the 10th anniversary of the investment or any subsequent 5th anniversary. If you do not cash in your ISA on one of these anniversary dates you may get back less than you have invested especially in first 3 years. An ethical investment Healthy Investment is an ethical provider of ethical savings and investment products. We do not knowingly invest directly in companies in the alcohol, arms or tobacco industries and gambling and pornography providers. An affordable investment The minimum initial investment in a Healthy Investment ISA is just £500. This makes it a real alternative to Bank or Building Society accounts if you are looking for a longer term investment with a little more risk and potentially a better return. If you are looking to invest on a regular basis in a Healthy Investment ISA you can contribute from as little as £25 per month. You can stop, restart or change this regular amount when you wish. Transfer your ISA Not all ISAs are the same and if you are not happy with the return you are receiving or the ups and downs of your stock market ISA investment, why not consider transferring your existing ISA to a Healthy Investment ISA. You can transfer cash ISAs and stocks and shares ISAs with other providers to Healthy Investment without affecting your ISA allowance. Junior ISAs If your child or grandchild missed out on a Child Trust Fund then they are eligible to have a Junior ISA, where they can benefit from all the tax and investment advantages of investing in a Junior ISA. These have different limits than adult ISAs.

of investment returns results in consistent returns without some of the risks and volatility of unit linked investments. The Guaranteed Anniversary Bonus Bond is available to all ages and can be opened in sole or joint names.

A Junior ISA is a great way of providing your child with a cash sum when they turn 18. Healthy Investment’s Junior ISA is a flexible investment which allows your childs’ investments to be made, up to the government’s limit, whenever you choose. The Healthy Investment Junior ISA allows transfers from both Junior ISAs and Child Trust Funds from other providers.

What Next? You can find out more about the Healthy Investment ISA and Junior ISA by contacting the membership team at Healthy Investment on 0161 762 5790, or visit:

Tax Exempt Savings Plan By saving a small amount each month members can build a useful cash sum for their own or their children’s future. The plans, which run for a minimum of 10 years, are popular with those who like the discipline of regular monthly saving for the future. A minimum contribution of just £10 per month makes them very affordable for all.

Healthy Investment is a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). In the unlikely event that Healthy Investment is not able to meet its liabilities and pay out claims then members may be entitled to compensation from the FSCS. At present the compensation limit set by the FSCS is 100% of your investment with no upper limit.

The tax advantages of these policies are only available from friendly societies and the contributions do not count towards your ISA allowance. Guaranteed Anniversary Bonus Bond This traditional With-profits bond provides members with an opportunity to invest in a mix of stocks and shares as well as government and corporate bonds, cash deposits and property. The ‘smoothing’

Healthy Investment 2 The Old Court House, Tenterden Street, Bury, BL9 0AL. Tel: 0161 762 5790 Fax: 0161 764 3557 Email:

Healthy Investment is the trading name of The Rechabite Friendly Society Limited, an incorporated friendly society (register no. 218f) and is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Financial Services Register no. 109994.


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Curley’s Lunchtime Favourites Served from 11am: Fresh Haddock served with Chips and Mushy Peas, gluten free batter (add 50p) ................................................................ £8.95 Prime Cod served with Chips and Mushy Peas, gluten free batter (add 50p) ......................................................................... £8.95 Breaded Scampi served with Chips and Mushy Peas or Salad Garnish ............................................................................................. £7.75 Fishcake served with Chips and Mushy Peas or Salad Garnish ............................................................................................ £8.95 1/4lb Beefburger Barm. Succulent mature beef, friend onions. Served with Chips and Salad Garnish.................. £8.95

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Evening Menu Examples: Prime Cod or Haddock, deep fried in our own batter. Served with handcut chips, homemade tarter sauce and your choice of mushy peas or garden peas .............................................. £9.95 Senior citizens deep fried cod. Served with handcut chips and your choice of mushy peas or garden peas and homemade tarter sauce ............................................................£7.95 Spiced chick pea and vegetable burger served on a brioche bun grilled haloumi cheese. Served with chips and chopped salad. (V) ........................................................................................ £9.95 Curley’s classic mixed grill ......................................................£15.95 Visit to see what’s on our appetizing evening menu and don’t forget to check our daily specials board for some more delicious offers!

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

SPICED RED LENTIL SOUP I’ve worked with many Indian chefs during my career, and I’ve managed to learn a lot about their food, but that’s just a drop in the ocean when you think of what’s out there. This was one of the soups we used to serve as a pre-starter for customers in the restaurant. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 200g red lentils 1 tsp ground turmeric 2 tsp salt 2 dried red chillies 1 tsp coriander seeds ½ tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp fenugreek seeds ½ tsp black peppercorns 4 tbsp vegetable oil

Place the lentils in a large saucepan with 2 litres water, turmeric and salt. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat, break the dried chillies into pieces and add to the pan with the coriander, cumin and fenugreek seeds and black peppercorns. Toast for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove and place in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder, then grind to a powder. Finely chop the onion and garlic. Return the pan to the heat, add 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil, the onion and garlic, and cook gently for 10 minutes, until softened. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Add the spice mixture, onions and tomatoes to the lentils and bring to a simmer. Skim off and discard any scum, then cook for 1 hour over a very low heat, stirring occasionally. Shortly before serving, slice the fresh chilli. Heat another frying pan until very hot and add the remaining vegetable oil. When the oil is smoking, add the mustard seeds, fresh chilli and curry leaves, then quickly remove from the heat. Finely chop the coriander. Remove any last residue of scum from the soup, then transfer it to a blender in batches and process until smooth.

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

Serves 4 ingredients 250g cooking chorizo 2 banana shallots 2 garlic cloves 2 fresh thyme sprigs 6 tomatoes 400g tinned chick peas, drained and rinsed 200ml white wine 500ml chicken stock 4 x 200g thick fillets halibut on the bone 2 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Slice the chorizo, thinly slice the shallots and crush the garlic cloves. Heat a flameproof casserole dish until medium hot, then add the chorizo and fry for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oil is released. Meanwhile, roughly chop the tomatoes. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme and tomatoes cook for a further 3–4 minutes.

halibut on top of the chick peas. Cover again and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 5 minutes before removing the lid. Roughly chop the parsley. Carefully lift out the fish using a fish slice and place on a serving dish. Stir the parsley into the chick peas, season with salt and pepper, and serve them alongside the fish.

Add the chick peas and stir well, then add the white wine and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Cover with the lid and bake in the oven for 1 hour, then remove and place the

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Cardamom Cream brings a Fine Dining experience to Ramsbottom, that is the talk of the town.

Excellent Gin and Cocktails selection, with classics as well as House Specials.

Enjoy a fine dining experience to remember, where you can appreciate the latest in contemporary surroundings that not only give a pleasant atmosphere but a relaxing experience to remember and cherish with friends.

Our New Extensive Menu consists of classics, Signature Dishes, from the faithful Chicken Tikka Masala or Goan Fish Curry. To a more daring New Menu consisting of the increasingly popular Cardamom Special (Butter Chicken with Almonds and Coconut, rich and creamy). Latest popular dishes consist of Monkfish Balti and King Prawn & Calamari Zaflong Special. There’s something delicious to cater for a variety of palates.

The management welcomes local residents as well as people from further afield to come and enjoy the latest in Indian cuisine in the region. Cardamom Cream boasts VIP booth seatings, with a full sensory food experience offering modern fusion and traditional dishes from all regions of India.


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Wednesday 31st January 2018 CROWN & THISTLE, DARWEN


A traditional English pub/restaurant set in the outskirts of Darwen countryside. The Crown & Thistle is steeped in history dating back to 1742. Offering good value meals and pleasant views.

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Out & About A guide to the amazing events around Bolton & Bury for 2017

The Smithills Hall Story exhibition This fantastic new exhibition will tell the story of Smithills Hall through the ages and the people who lived and worked there. Smithills Hall has been the centre of local life for over 700 years. The new exhibition spaces have been put together with the help of The Friends of Smithills Hall. The exhibition will introduce you to some of the powerful families who owned the house and estate over the centuries, but also the lives of the servants who worked behind the scenes. Smithills Hall, Bolton 01204 332211 for dates/times

Bolton Museum, Le Mans Crescent - Making Landscape 1778 - 2016 The museum’s art collection is represented in a new exhibition, on the lower ground floor. Entitled Making Landscape, the exhibition features a selection from 1778 – 2016, including stunning 18th century watercolours to contemporary photographs. The museum, which is situated on the top floor of the building, is now closed to the public for the duration of the Eternal Egypt gallery project. Bolton

Bolton Holiday Fellowship Walking Group

Bolton Museum, Le Mans Crescent - Animals and Us exhibition A new interactive, family exhibition is now open at Bolton Museum – with a tiny mouse as star of the show. Leopold, the inquisitive mouse, has been designed by Chorlton illustrator Anna Violet and is the mascot for Animals and Us. He will guide visitors through the exhibition, showing them how all animals – from insects to elephants – are an important part of our everyday lives. The Animals and Us exhibition is in the new exhibition space on the lower ground floor of the museum in Le Mans Crescent. Bolton

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Bolton CHA Rambling Club was founded in 1905 and celebrated its centenary year in 2005. The CHA itself was founded in 1891. We walk in a multitude of locations in the general, Bolton-area, such as; Chorley, Horwich, Rivington, Belmont, Ramsbottom and Darwen etc. Bolton CHA Rambling Club remains very active and we welcome and encourage new members to join us and enjoy the simple pleasure of walking in the beautiful Lancashire Countryside and beyond. We’ll introduce you to walks you may not know of and in turn you can offer us your favourites. Choose an easy-going walk to see how you like it and move up to greater challenges later if you wish. You can ring the Membership Secretary on 01204 394649 or just turn up at the meeting point, ready to set off at 10;30 am. Walks generally finish around 3pm. Alternatively, you can contact us via the

18th January - 10th February 2018

Jane Eyre

Penniless and alone, Jane emerges from a bleak childhood to make her way in life as a governess. At Thornfield Hall she falls in love with her mysterious employer Mr Rochester, however he is hiding a terrible secret that could ruin everything. Jane’s indomitable spirit, sharp wit and great courage drives her to fight for her independence and to follow her heart whatever the obstacles. This new stage adaption is a passionate and dramatic retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece.rectly here; Bolton theatre/jane-eyre/ 15th February - 10th March 2018


Trust, loyalty, revenge and one man’s struggle to control his destiny... Hamlet returns from his life studying abroad to find his home utterly changed and his place in the world uncertain. His father dead and his mother remarried to his uncle, who


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is now King. Torn apart with grief and suspicion, Hamlet must decide on what to do. Should he act upon what he suspects and take revenge or accept the way things are? As we find ourselves in an increasingly uncertain world, Shakespeare’s great tragedy resonates as never before in this startling new production. Bolton theatre/hamlet/

Tomboy Meenah prefers playing footie to wearing a sari, hippy Saleem pretends to be studying engineering when he’s really at art school, heartthrob Tariq has got a reputation as a local Casanova, and Sajid hasn’t even been circumcised yet! For George, life is an uphill battle to get his family to conform to traditional Pakistani values. When the Khan kids begin to oppose their father, their English mother is forced to make a choice between her love for her husband and the right of her children to make their own ways in the world. Bolton theatre/east-is-east/ 17th February 2018

Bury Choral Society Come And Sing Day

Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all year round from 9am - 4.30pm Also open all Bank Holidays and Tram Sunday Victoria Street / Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6AB Tel: 01253 887651


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Join us for the performance of a brand new play. Selected from hundreds of submissions from across the globe for the Octagon’s National Prize, these powerful new plays will be performed for the first time in our studio for our 50th anniversary season. Moss Side, Manchester, 1997 – 2015. Jade and Nathan are just kids, fighting against the odds to stay together forever. All they want is a normal life but, growing up in a world with no rules, it’s hard to tell right from wrong. A new play about childhood, responsibility and control.

If you have ever wanted to experience rehearsing and performing great choral music, come along to our Tuesday night rehearsals or, if you can’t get to those and want to meet us and to see what it is all about, join us on our Come & Sing Day. This will be a full day with lunch and performance. All levels of musical ability are welcome, and all voices (sopranos, altos, tenors and basses and not-sure-which voices). It will be a relaxed introduction to choral singing and also a good social event. Music is provided. Tottington Road, Bury 10th March 2018

Bury Choral Society A Batty Night At The Operetta Opera with attitude - a deviation from our normal choral evenings - in the company of Johann Strauss. A bit of this, a bit of that, and an intriguing tale of deception. Definitely different from what you may be expecting. Tottington Road, Bury

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Bury Choral Society STABAT MATER ( Rossini) and Messa di Gloria (Puccini) A classic choral evening surrounded by the music of the composers of these glorious works. Tottington Road, Bury 19th January 2018

All Night Long Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole is joined by his sensational guest dancers and band to wow audiences in his latest spectacular Latin and ballroom production, All Night Long. Live music, stunning special effects and Brendan’s own dazzling choreography and charm make this an unforgettable night; join us for the party! The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 1st February 2018

80th Birthday Celebration Tour One of the world’s most loved international singing stars, Jack Jones still stands head and shoulders above his musical peers. Jack Jones has sung all his life. He has 60 albums to his credit, two Grammies and another five nominations, an Emmy, and awards too numerous to mention. Perhaps best known for his hit renditions of The Impossible Dream, Lollipops and Roses, What I Did For Love, The Race Is On, Lady, Call Me Irresponsible and The Loveboat theme. Come join Jack and celebrate his 80th Birthday. A Show Not To Be missed!!! The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 2nd February 2018


Precision, complexity, dynamics, aesthetics, interplay and endurance: this is what makes drumming so unique and makes the Japanese cult formation Kodo so unique. Over 4000 performances in 47 countries in nearly 40 years made Kodo the most famous drum ensemble in the world.

Evolution is the new program of the Kodo One Earth Tour 2018, designed by the famous Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando, who has the status of a living legend in Japan. The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 12th February 2018

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Tonight’s programme reminds us that Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni received its first performance in Prague in 1787, while the American cellist, Alisa Weilerstein has recently recorded Dvorák’s ever-popular Cello Concerto with the Czech Phil to great acclaim. The concert ends with Dvorák’s last and possibly greatest symphony – the New World. Written while he was living in the USA, the music is filled with nostalgia for his distant homeland. The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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OUT & ABOUT group. When the group decide to go ahead without the involvement of any police officers, the previously quiet inhabitants of Bluebell Hill become vigilant and the play takes a darker turn. Farnworth Little Theatre Cross Street, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7AJ Box Office: 0845 643 0808 April 7 at 7:30pm

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Wrestling Family Spectacular American wrestling family spectacular with meet and greet. Featuring a Giant Rumble. The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU CALL / 0843 2080500  Email /

The World Famous Elvis Show starring CHRIS CONNOR! With his 12 piece band and orchestra. Endorsed by the Telegraph as THE Best Elvis Tribute Show in the WORLD! The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU CALL / 0843 2080500  Email /

17-24 March 2018

Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch is Alan Ayckbourn's 75th play and was commissioned by the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2010. Middle class Christian brother and sister, Martin and Hilda, have recently moved into their new home on the Bluebell Hill Development and have arranged a housewarming party for the residents. Martin Massie opens the play as a mild mannered, middle aged, harmless chap who has a habit of boring people with pointless stories about garden shrubbery. His prized possession is a garden gnome named Monty. Whilst looking out of the window at his gnome and Hilda's statue of Jesus in the garden, Martin sees a young boy he assumes to be trespassing. The neighbours arrive: former security guard Ron, the estate gossip Dorothy, unemployed engineer Gareth and music teach Magda. A decision is made to set up a Neighbourhood Watch


including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Remember, Summerlove Sensation and Give A Little Love plus many many more as well as introducing new songs from the upcoming new Bay City Rollers album. Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers bring a new energy to all the classic hits. Special promotions are available at events on: The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU CALL / 0843 2080500  Email / 19-26 May 2018

A View from the Bridge Set in the 1950s America in an Italian- American neighbourhood near Brooklyn Bridge, New York. It has been described as a modern tragedy of Shakespearian proportions. Central character longshoreman Eddie Carbone's overprotective obsessive emotions toward his niece, amid the arrival of 2 illegal immigrant cousins from Italy lead to family destruction and tragedy. Farnworth Little Theatre Cross Street, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7AJ Box Office: 0845 643 0808 Wednesday 11th April 2018


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Bay City Rollers Icon Les McKeown is back on tour, bringing his fantastic show to Albert Hall. Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers promises to be a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his Legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers. Les brings back the all the thrill and excitement of Rollermania, performing all the original hits

Audiences around the world will soon be able to witness a true music legend coming back to life before their eyes. In a first-of-its-kind event, a holographic Roy Orbison will once again perform his biggest hits in top venues across the UK backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. O2 Apollo Theatre, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester, M12 6AP Friday 13th April 2018


Described as an "elegant, seductive croon", Brian Ferry came to prominence as the lead vocalist and songwriter for Roxy Music. He'll be appearing at Manchester's O2 Apollo this April. O2 Apollo Theatre, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester, M12 6AP

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A NEW Year is an excellent time to reassess your life and think of ways to improve it. Cahill Dental Care have a fantastic team of dental professionals who are guaranteed to provide you with first class service and superb tooth whitening treatment. Anyone who’s considering having tooth whitening treatment is invited to an initial appointment to see if they are suitable. Tooth whitening can only be performed on healthy teeth and it is important to note that only natural teeth will whiten.

One element that always springs to mind is your HEALTH and FITNESS and going into 2018 you may decide that this is the year to improve both. For instance, you may decide that you will definitely stop smoking to aid your health. This is a great plan and it’s worth keeping in mind that your GP can help you quit. He or she can enrol you in a stop smoking clinic and prescribe nicotine replacement therapy like patches and gum or stop smoking medication like Champix. Most areas also have a dedicated stop smoking service to help you. Go to the NHS Smokefree website at or call the Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044 if you are tempted to have a cigarette and want help not lighting up. Or, try e-cigarettes as an alternative. They allow you to inhale nicotine through a vapour rather than smoke which gives you much lower levels of nicotine. You may want to cut down on your alcohol consumption in the New Year. We all know that regularly


drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week can be a risk to our health. This is the equivalent of six pints of averagestrength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine. There is now much better understanding of the link between too much alcohol and a range of cancers as well as liver disease, strokes and heart problems. Even cutting down – or cutting alcohol out completely – will make a really positive difference to your health, and you are also likely to lose weight so it could help a diet become more effective, too. If you think you, or someone you know well, has a real problem with alcohol, the GP is a good place to go for help. There are different types of assessment and support options available from the local community alcohol services and free local support groups and other alcohol counselling that may suit you. Go to Pages/Alcoholsupport.aspx to find out more. Your look often comes down to your smile, creating the perfect smile is on many people’s dream list.

If found suitable, the whole procedure takes between two and three weeks. Professional bleaching is the safest method of tooth whitening available and the team at Cahill are well experienced in the whole process. More than a third of adults worry that having their teeth whitened will cause long term damage to the enamel or gums; however, there is overwhelming evidence that when used as directed, bleaching will not cause permanent damage. For more information, please contact Cahill Dental Care on 01204 526968. And if you have vowed to lose at least a stone in weight next year, there is also plenty of help around to achieve this. The NHS has a simple weight-loss plan you can download from http:// It has already been downloaded four million times so it’s obviously working well! This promotes safe and sustainable weight-loss, helps you learn to make healthier food choices and offers support from an online community. There is also a weekly progress chart, exercise plans to help with weight-loss and advice on learning skills to prevent putting weight back on again. If you prefer to attend a weekly group in person, commercial groups like WeightWatchers UK and Slimming World have helped thousands of people in the UK to lose weight. Go to uk/ to find out more about local groups

or Both organisations also have online membership if you prefer it. And for tips on establishing a healthy diet even if you don’t want to lose weight, the NHS can help at http:// Pages/what-is-a-Mediterranean-diet. aspx Improving your fitness will also improve your health – and get you meeting more people socially. You can do this in several ways but joining a GYM is always a popular method to kickstart your fitness routine. Many local authorities have their own well-equipped gyms in health centres and there may be concessions on offer, especially for older people keen to keep fit. There is a wealth of private gyms and health organisations in every area and it’s worth examining their membership fees to get the right one for you. Some combine gym memberships with racquet sports’ memberships or may offer an all-in price.

You don’t have to invest in lots of costly new sports gear to start. A good, suitable pair of trainers is probably worth paying for, then a t-shirt and shorts or tracksuit bottoms are fine. You might prefer to take up a new SPORT like badminton, tennis or swimming – all of which offer excellent all-round fitness. You could play with friends at local authority badminton or tennis courts or join a club. Find one near you at http://www. and for tennis go to Swimming clubs tend to be based at local public pools so why not inquire there or about open sessions? You don’t have to spend money to get fit, either. The NHS has a very effective system called Couch to 5k which introduces anyone to running as a complete beginner. You can download all the details at LiveWell/Pages/Livewellhub.aspx Or you might prefer just walking. Many local authorities have organised

walks so take a look at what your local council is doing. National orgaisation the Ramblers – formerly known as The Ramblers Association - arranges walks so for your nearest walking group go to or generally try http://www.walking-uk. com/walkinggroups.htm You may want to change how or where you live in 2018. As we get older, we may find the property we live in is too big or that we need to adapt it or move to more supported accommodation. Think about your future needs as well as what you want now and talk through the possibilities with your family, although the ultimate decision on where to live must be yours. Consider the local facilities you need and the distance from your hobbies and interests as well as your friends and family. To help make informed decisions, go to Age UK’s website at http://www. for help and for a free downloadable guide on Housing Options.

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The Cahill Dental & Implant Clinic has provided Life Transformational Dentistry for 15 years Cahill Dental & Implant Clinic is a multi award winning dental practice Our purpose is to provide you with ultimate dental care and ensure you receive the very best treatment that modern dentistry has to offer today. We are very fortunate to have the services of Dr Amit Mistry working alongside principal dentist Dr Michael Cahill as part of our award winning team. We have over 15 years of experience with dental implants, and we know that everyday functions such as eating, smiling, laughing and talking are often severely affected by tooth loss and ill-fitting dentures. Dental implants are a way to permanently restore the spaces left by missing teeth with a fixed solution that avoids the need for removable dentures, whether they are partial or even full dentures.

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What are the advantages of implants compared to dentures? Even a well-fitting denture will never be the same as having natural teeth. Dentures move when you are eating, talking or laughing, and often adhesive is required to help to hold them in place. The palate covering the roof of the mouth can take away the enjoyment of eating and drinking, and can also be a place for food and bacteria to lodge, leading to bad breath or gum disease. Dental implants provide a solution as close as possible to your own teeth, giving a great appearance and the ability to eat any foods with complete confidence. There is no bulky plate, and the teeth are not taken out for cleaning or removed overnight. One of the biggest fears for people who have lost, or may be about to lose their remaining teeth is the thought of having to be without any teeth at all for some time. Our Same Day Teeth concept is the solution to this problem. This innovative and life changing system allows you to have your own new, beautiful, natural looking smile in just one day, by using just four implants to securely hold a new set of upper or lower teeth called a bridge. | | 01204


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Same day ... Treatment begins first thing in the morning when we very gently and carefully remove any failing teeth, and place your dental implants. We ensure your comfort at all times, and can offer sedation as an option to make the procedure even easier for you. Your custom made provisional bridge is then constructed by our highly qualified technicians, and a few hours later your new smile is expertly fitted onto your implants. You will then be ready to leave with a confident smile, and the improved quality of life associated with it. After a suitable healing period of a few months we will then construct your final, definitive smile. We promise that you will never have the worry or embarrassment of not having any teeth.

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HOW TO RETIRE HEALTHILY in sugary drinks and cutting down on alcohol reduces your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. Get your five-a-day fruit and vegetables to limit the impact dementia has.

At any stage of life, it is important to keep healthy and happy. Drinking water, eating well, regular exercise and getting plenty of rest is usually the key to sustaining the best possible lifestyle. This becomes more apparent as we age. Here are ways to help you retire healthily: Reduce stress to reduce the possible risk of Alzheimer’s. In the UK, one in 14 people over the age of 65 are estimated to be at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown those affected by chronic stress in mid-life are more likely to develop the illness, due to the degenerative effect stress has on the brain. It is believed to be a result of increased inflammatory processes. During retirement, have a financial plan to help stop money troubles and reduce stress. Budgeting for essentials and being careful with luxury and lifestyle purchases can ease the transition from working to retiring. Reduce your risk of retiring with Diabetes. It is estimated that five million people in the UK have diabetes, 85% of whom are recognised as obese. Start today by controlling what you eat and drink. There are hidden calories

Quit smoking to prevent having a stroke. It has been found that smoking single-handedly doubles your chances of having a stoke – 52% of those affected by stroke in the UK last year were active smokers. A happy retirement is a healthy one; consider quitting smoking to stop the thickening of blood and clogging of arteries. Speak to your GP for the safest way to quit. Safeguard your home to limit accidents. As we age, we tend to spend more time at home. Keep yourself safe from falls by maintaining flooring like worn carpet, avoiding leaving items in entrances, hallways or on the stairs, and if needed consider fitting support bars in bathrooms. Manage your weight to slim down the chance of developing cardiovascular disease. Heart failure is a common cause of death across Europe (and leads to irregular heart rhythms and heart attacks) and excess weight is a major risk factor, as the heart has to work harder. As we age, less calories are needed so try to cut back on foods high in saturated fats or sugars. See exercise as fun. Being physically active cuts your chances of cardiac

By Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa, Director and GP at Your Doctor arrest. Cardiac arrest happens when your heart stops pumping blood around the body. Try making exercise something you look forward to rather than a chore. Working out with a friend or with your favourite music can help motivate. Tackle loneliness and social isolation. Addressing the problem of isolation can be a big step towards a happy retirement. If you fear losing friends and lack social interaction – actively keep in touch with loved ones. Join local groups such as coffee mornings, voluntary work or even dance lessons! Learn a new skill to slow memory loss. Retiring brings the blessing of more free time so now could be the time to learn a new skill like cooking, starting a DIY project or learning how to play an instrument. Keeping your brain busy can help maintain and even improve memory. Include loved ones in your retirement plan. Be it your partners children, friends or family members – it is important to keep close ones in the loop. Set a retirement plan as a household, rather than an individual.


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Bolton Denture Centre

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

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


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

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

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

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

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This type of Denture is constructed in conjunction with the Dental Implant Surgeon. This is a very good procedure when the patient has limited control and retention of their Dentures. The finished Dentures ‘click’ into position offering the ultimate in Denture Retention.

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

Constructing a Good Set of Dentures Constructing a functional and aesthetically pleasing set of dentures is the most difficult task in dentistry. We are not only replacing lost teeth, but also lost tissue matter and bone. In other words, we have to re-create your facial features as they were before the loss of your natural teeth. In most cases we do not know what your teeth looked like, what size they were or what position they were in originally. We have a few indications but mostly we have to rely on our visual and artistic judgement. At the same time we have to use our technical expertise in order to make the

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).

Bolton Denture Centre can offer all aspects of denture care including;

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

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Bolton Dementia Support upset." Suggests Nataly Rubinstein, a social worker and certified geriatric care manager.

Birthday and Easter celebrations are when family and friends get together. But they can also add stress to our lives, particularly when we are balancing work and family responsibilities. This is even more true if we are caring for someone who has a form of dementia. And for that individual, it can be a confusing and overwhelming time of year. Some people react badly to noise and the exuberance of young children.

One of the few benefits of living with dementia is the ability to reminiscence about the past and to recall stories from celebrations gone by. Give them an opportunity to share their stories. You can prompt the story-telling by asking questions. Some good questions to start the trip down memory lane are: what is your … – best Birthday memory? funniest Birthday gift? Easter meal gone awry? Some of the best laughs are Christmas memories of disasters. Sharing these stories builds bonds between young and old and gives the person with dementia a sense of involvement.

Find a quiet spot Everyone enjoys a quiet time to read or recuperate from the craziness that can come with the holidays. Individuals with cognitive impairments can find the noise and bustle overwhelming. Make sure there is a quiet spot for them to sit and enjoy the activity without being over-stimulated by too much noise. You can also plan simpler activities just for them. Working with them to complete Birthday and Easter cards can be a special time together. They can share stories about the individual’s who will receive the cards. As well, it will give them a sense of accomplishment.

Remember no one has the idyllic celebration portrayed on TV ads or films so dont try to make them totally perfect you’ll just create more stress for yourself. Instead, try to keep it real, be kind to yourself and enjoy your time together. Bolton Dementia Support Charity Shop Bury Road Bolton

Be kind to yourself Carers often feel sad, confused, worried or frustrated by the upcoming holiday gatherings and this is perfectly normal and understandable. That's because we know on some level that things have changed forever. We are losing the holiday experience and beloved traditions as we've always known them, so of course our emotions are going to take a hit. It's very important to admit and articulate to yourself-as well as other family members-why you're feeling uncharacteristically stressed and

Our Charity shop is well stocked at this time of year. We are very grateful to all our customers for their support throughout the past year. Special thanks goes to all our volunteers who give up their time freely to help us provide a six day a week service. All the monies raised from the shop goes straight into supporting everyone affected by dementia and those who care for them, so a great big thank you to you all.

Staff at the Candle Cafe in Little Lever would also like to thank all patrons past and new for their continued support over the past year.

The Carers Drop In Centre is part of The Candle Cafe which has been open for just 12 months. The Cafe specialises in home cooked breakfasts which is served from 10 am to 12 noon. Lunch is served from 12 – 2pm and Afternoon Tea is served from 2 – 4pm with the last serving being at 3.30pm. We have a full afternoon tea but also serve sandwiches, cakes and toasted tea cakes in the afternoon. We have speciality hot chocolate served with marshmallows, cream and a flake, assorted milk shakes and a range of delicious ice cream. So if you are looking for a great place to meet and enjoy good food look no further than the Candle Cafe in Little Lever. Our new cooks Lyndsey and Debbie-Jo will be pleased to make your acquaintance. Parties of 4 or more are advised to book beforehand to ensure we can seat you together. If you require further information about any of our services please ring 01204 386696 or email:

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HEALTH as possible, making the most of what daylight there is.

Five top tips to help you wipe out winter weariness Many people feel more tired and lethargic during the winter months, which can also manifest itself in low moods, sometimes called the ‘winter blues’. When the temperature drops, the mornings are darker and the days shorter, it’s hardly surprising that so many of us find it harder to get out of bed and get on with the day ahead. Some people just want to hibernate through the winter and emerge when spring arrives!

a hormone called melatonin, which makes you feel sleepy. The antidote is to let as much natural daylight into your life as possible. If it isn’t icy underfoot, wrap up warm and get outside in the fresh air and natural daylight. Taking a little walk will also get your circulation and respiratory system going. Just remember to always stay within your limits and don’t overdo it. If you don’t want to go out, try to make your home environment as light and airy

Get a good night’s sleep: A little exercise and fresh air during the day will also help you sleep better at night. Try to resist the temptation to ‘hibernate’ through winter and instead stick to your normal bedtime and getting up routine. Also try to resist snoozing in the chair during the daytime, as this will also disrupt your sleep pattern. It’s not always easy, especially if you’re keeping your home warmer than you usually would, but if you can stay awake during the day you’ll reap the benefit of quality sleep at night. We don’t actually need any more sleep in winter than we do in summer. Everyone’s different, but most people do best on around eight hours’ sleep per night. Exercise when you can: It’s tempting in winter to ‘hole up’ indoors and do as little as possible, but exercising however you can and whenever you can will benefit both body and mind. A little and often is the key and it’s important not to overdo it or put yourself at any risk, but any exercise is better than none. Some people find it easier to join an exercise group (your local council or GP surgery should have details of what’s available in your area), while others prefer to work out their own exercise routine at home. It’s important to keep your body moving,

But keeping healthy through the winter months means keeping going, and there are many ways to combat and even wipe out winter tiredness and the apathy it can bring. Here, from the NHS Choices website, are five ways to do just that: Let some light into your life: The long hours of darkness in the winter months can disrupt your normal sleep pattern and leave you feeling drowsy even when you’re awake. The lack of sunlight means your brain produces more of


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especially in later life, and exercising regularly will increase your energy levels rather than make you more tired. It’s

also been proved that a little exercise can boost your mood and help combat depression. If you’re planning to begin an exercise regime, it’s a good idea to consult your GP or another medical professional first, especially if you have an underlying or long-term health condition.

moderation’ you can avoid winter weight gain which would be bad for your health generally. Also, try to eat at regular times and limit snacking inbetween meals – this will also help you sleep better by giving your body a routine. Drinking plenty of milk will also boost your energy levels.

Eat healthily: Very few people fancy a salad in the depths of winter, when a bowl of hot stew and some bread to dip in it are much more appealing. But it’s important to keep eating a healthy and balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Try to avoid too much starchy and stodgy food, or balance it out with healthy winter veg such as carrots, swedes, parsnips and turnips. There are lots of ways to prepare them for a little variety. Also, try to avoid too many sweet treats, especially around Christmas. There’s no need to deprive yourself, but by having ‘all things in

Make time to relax: When the days are shorter you might feel under more pressure to get everything done. This is especially true in the days and weeks running up to Christmas, but allowing yourself to become stressed is bad for your body and your mind. Try to make time in each day to relax and, as the young people say, “chill out”. Whether it’s reading a good book, watching your favourite TV programme, taking the dog for a walk or practising deep breathing techniques, everyone has their own way to calm down and ‘destress’.

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