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BOLTON & BURY EDITION 75

JULY - SEPTEMBER 2022

John Travolta

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Travel

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IDEAS TO TRANSFORM YOUR GARDEN

5 FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN NICE

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Mary Berry’s

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Food

John Travolta HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR

SUMMER RECIPES FROM MARY BERRY

IN THIS ISSUE

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TWITTERING ON By Angela Kelly

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TRAVEL Exploring India, Kerry Gallagher travels solo

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TRAVEL Five favourite things to do in Nice

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HOME Moving to a more suitable home

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GARDENING Make your garden more dog friendly

SUMMER RECIPES From Mary Berry

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breaking point. So expecting us all to do at least a small amount of regular exercise to keep our bodies in reasonable condition doesn’t seem very much to ask. It’s not like you have to be training for a marathon regularly, lifting massive weights or hitting the gym daily. The basic recommendations are really modest by anyone’s standards. What is also sad is that exercise can give you a real physical and mental boost. All those feelgood endorphins they prompt actually make you happy. So what’s not to like? It’s not really to do with age as everyone can do some exercises – even those with common conditions like arthritis. Taking responsibility for our health IF we’re not careful, we Brits could apparently become the fattest nation in Europe in the next decade.

What it is to do with is having respect for your body and your health and taking responsibility for the physical shape you’re in. If we don’t all do this, the health of the NHS will become drained to a standstill, quality of life will decline for many and thousands more people will die prematurely.

According to the World Health Organisation, we’ve become our own worst enemies where health and fitness is concerned. And the NHS added their weight to this debate with research showing a “startlingly small” five per cent of us do the recommended amount of exercise each week. Only one in 20 adults in England do two and a half hours of moderate-intensity physical exercise per week. This includes activities like brisk walking, cycling or pushing a lawmower. We should also do muscle-strengthening activities like carrying heavy shopping bags, lifting weights and heavy gardening at least two days a week. Researchers examined data on 249,614 Brits aged 18 to 65 who responded to the Active Lives Survey. They also quiz a representative group of people across England about their exercise routine twice a year. All this comes at a time when 65 per cent of adults in the UK are officially overweight or obese - with figures continuing to rise each year - and child obesity poses a huge healthcare challenge. What I don’t understand about these latest findings and predictions is that, surely, it makes genuine sense for all of us who can to take responsibility for our own health and fitness? I know there are many individuals with debilitating health problems and conditions who can’t but there are certainly enough of us basically healthy folk who can. What is currently happening to the NHS with its severely over-stretched resources will simply get worse – to the point of completely breaking down. The number of people with smoking-related and other selfinflicted illnesses and conditions is already helping bring it near 8

Is this the Countdown to Ann returning to TV? FORMER Tory MP and Cabinet minister Ann Widdecombe is definitely a Marmite sort of person – you love her or hate her. Whatever category you fall into, though, there’s no denying that she is a character it’s hard not to notice. So, the news that she has been talked about as a new host for Channel 4’s Countdown promises a potential welcome shot in the arm for the programme’s viewing figures. Just like acerbic Anne Robinson, who is bowing out of presenting Countdown this Summer, the other Anne has very definite views she is not frightened to air. She herself has a formidable vocabulary and brain to go with it (she studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University and was active in the Oxford Union) and has already had spells in Countdown’s Dictionary Corner.


Perhaps more importantly for viewers, she’s great fun and has a wicked sense of humour – as she proved in a mind-boggling stint on Strictly Come Dancing.

In fairness, Silent Witness has provided consistently entertaining storylines and well-written, first-class drama in the hands of a group of talented actors and actresses.

I interviewed her a few years ago for Fifty Plus magazine and she was very honest about this. She partnered the notoriously patient Anton du Beke, whom she really liked, and the pair hit it off well.

Viewing the series from the beginning with Amanda Burton in the central role as Dr Sam Ryan, it was fascinating to see how Emilia Fox, who succeeded her, not only grew as an actor as Dr Nikki Alexander but also grew up.

However, Ann admitted herself that she was not a natural dancer. “One of the earliest things he said to me,” she explained, “was ‘Ann, it will be much better if we do our best to keep your feet off the floor.’” What followed on Strictly was appearances where, indeed, Ann flew in or was somehow suspended off the floor, in spite of her fear of heights. The public vote kept the couple on the mega-popular series for nine weeks and placed Ann firmly in the public psyche as someone willing to tackle anything. Whatever happens with Countdown, she definitely needs to be back onscreen doing the thing she does best: being Ann Widdecombe. Silent Witness has proved an enduring hit ONE thing that lockdown did for many of us was to emphasise the joys of Netflix and b-sets and to reintroduce us to previously much-loved programmes.

Interestingly, what she wore through the series entranced some viewers as much as how skilful her alter ego proved to be in helping solve complex murder cases.

Line of Duty and The Crown were two of my favourites but, somehow, I’d always missed out on crime drama Silent Witness.

The series, which looked meticulously researched, helped us all to understand more about what forensic pathology is all about. It also encouraged many young people to study forensics at university and helped boost the profession’s image.

I’m squeamish about most things medically-related but who would have thought we would all be absolutely fascinated by autopsies?

The Silent Witness storylines have continued to reflect real-life, social problems and themes and still attracts a huge audience. Long may it continue.

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EXPLORING INDIA ON MY OWN, BUT NOT ALONE Kerry Gallagher travels solo Taj Mahal

India had been on my travel wish list for a number of years. We’ve all seen the iconic images of the Taj Mahal and the bustling streets of Delhi, and it’s hard not to want to see such sights for yourself. As I began planning where to go and what to see I thought long and hard about the best way to travel. You see, I’m a seasoned solo traveller, I have taken many a trip on my own from exploring Italy, to flashpacking (a tad more glamorous than backpacking!) across the USA, and even relaxing beach breaks in the sun. But when it came to India, I’ll be honest, I was a little apprehensive. Somehow the idea of trying to get from A to B on my own and navigating public transport in the world’s second most populated country made me nervous. After a lot of research and reading, I decided to join an organised small group tour. Knowing the itinerary was planned to perfection, all transport was ready and waiting, accommodation vetted, and that there would be an expert local guide on hand to share insight and information was a big draw. With the reassurance this afforded all I had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy every moment. And I certainly did! I joined the group of 12 in Delhi, India’s capital city. Nothing prepared me for the senseassaulting barrage of noise, smells and colour – Delhi is 10

crazy, bonkers and brilliant all at the same time. The sound of car horns will stay with you as you sleep, and don’t worry, it’s completely normal to see a cow in the middle of a motorway. Our stay in the capital included a city tour taking in Jama Masjid, one of Delhi’s most iconic mosques, and the ancient Sikh temple of Gurdwara Sis Ganji. The beauty of such holy buildings is evident everywhere you look. But the best was yet to come, as the next stop was Agra. I’m not normally a morning person, but a 4am wakeup call didn’t faze me at all when the agenda for the day was a sunrise visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal. Arriving really early and being one of the first into the complex provided a peaceful atmosphere to watch as the sunlight emerged behind the famous dome and reflected off the marble and precious stones giving a glorious glow. It really was a magical moment I won’t forget. And no matter how many photos I took (and I took a lot!) they just didn’t do justice to the sight before my eyes. You may know the original story of the Taj Mahal, but indulge me a moment. It was built in 1631 by the fifth Mughal emperor in memory of his third and most beloved wife who died during a campaign to end an uprising. So devastated was the emperor by his wife’s death he ordered

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Streets of Deli a resting place ‘designed by giants and finished by jewellers’. His own casket was added as an afterthought leading to the only asymmetrical feature of the Taj. After spending time exploring the complex and buildings it was time to leave and head to I’timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) and the Agra Fort, both of which are well worth a visit and brimming with history and tales of the past. The final destination to complete the ‘Golden Triangle’ was Jaipur – also known as the Pink City thanks to the hues and shades of the buildings – the most recognisable of which is surely Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). This beautiful, intricate building boasts 953 windows which, at the time of building in 1799, allowed royal ladies to observe purdah yet still enjoy watching the goings on in the streets below. Further sightseeing in Jaipur included the Amber Fort, perched high on a hill overlooking the waters of Maota Lake and the City Palace. I found myself mesmerised by the architecture and décor of the City Palace, ornate pavilions, temples and gardens weaved together with a splash of colour and sparkle. My favourite area within the palace was Sarvato Bhadra, a stunning open hall with a chess board style floor, intricate decoration on the walls and glistening chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Looking back on what really was the trip of a lifetime, I am so pleased I chose to experience India with a small group tour. Not only did I learn so much from our amazing guide about the stories and history of every place we visited, but I shared the experience with a great group of fellow travellers who made it all the more enjoyable. I will cherish our evenings spent eating the most amazing Indian food and enjoying a Tiger beer (or two) while we recounted the day’s adventures. I travelled to India on my own, but I was most certainly never alone.

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FIVE FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN NICE Gillian Thornton takes a short break on the Côte d’Azur Cours Saleya,Vieux Nice

Soak up the atmosphere of Vieux Nice Not just the narrow streets and hidden squares but the many fine buildings and historic sites that make up this three-sided section of the city. With the green corridor of the Promenade du Paillon on one side, the Mediterranean on another, and the rocky outcrop of Castle Hill along the third, this delicious quarter is packed with iconic photo moments. Wander inside the sumptuous Baroque interior of Saint-Reparate Cathedral; browse the market stalls beneath the colourful striped canopies on Cours Saleya; and watch the world go by from a café table on Place Garibaldi. See how the other half lived in the 17th century at Palais Lascaris with its opulent staircase and highly decorated rooms. And maybe sample traditional local dishes at Acchiardo on Rue Droite, one of 33 restaurants that proudly displays the Cuisine Nissarde label.

Nice makes a dramatic impact long before you set foot on its stylish seafront or wander the narrow streets of the historic Old Town. Arrive by plane and as your aircraft positions over the sparkling Mediterranean, you’re treated to a panoramic view beyond the coastal runway to the broad sweep of the Baie des Anges and on over the city rooftops to the distant peaks of the snow-capped Alpes-Maritimes. What’s more, Nice fulfils that early promise on every level. Hop on a tram for the 25-minute journey to the city centre and moments after stepping out into the streets, you’ll be enveloped in the physical and emotional warmth of France’s fifth city. First town on this stretch of coastline to develop its winter tourism in the late 18th century, Nice was last year awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO as ‘Winter Resort Town of the Riviera’. This glorious city has museums and art galleries, shops, restaurants and cultural events to suit all tastes, not to mention a mild climate, glorious promenade, and a wealth of grand architecture. And with a choice of beaches, mountain villages and outdoor activities all included within the Metropolitan area, it’s the perfect base for a city break at any time of year. So these are my five favourite things to do in Nice, whether you’re a first-time visitor or, like me, making a welcome return to this Riviera gem: 14

Take in the views from Castle Hill Site of Nikaia where ancient Greek traders first established a settlement, the Colline du Château divides the Bay of Angels from the yacht harbour, and offers great views of both from the wooded summit. Nice harbour is smaller than neighbouring Antibes, playground of the super-rich, but you’ll still see a selection of gleaming craft.

Nice Harbour, view from Castle Hill


Or hop on the little Tourist Train at sea level and jump off at the top to enjoy a cold drink and a snack at the shady café close to the archaeological remains. Stroll the sea front on a fine evening At the eastern end of the Baie des Anges, the coast road was known as the Quai du Midi until 1917 when it was renamed the Quai des Etats-Unis in honour of President Woodrow Wilson’s decision to enter the world war ‘against barbarianism’. Further west, America morphs seamlessly into England as the road becomes the Promenade des Anglais in honour of the Reverend Lewis Way, an Englishman who created a path along the shore here in 1823. Six years after the terrorist attack that killed 86 people during the Bastille Day fireworks in 2016, it’s hard to equate this beautiful boulevard with the horror of that night. Bollards now prevent

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Quiet street inVillefranche-sur-Mer It’s a steep climb from the seafront via slopes and steps to a succession of viewing terraces, the panorama broadening out at every new bend. So my tip would be to catch the free elevator up and then walk down.

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If time is limited, I’d recommend three of the unique municipal collections. Head to the Old Town for Palais Lascaris, a magnificent 17th century Baroque mansion whose opulent rooms are home to a collection of musical instruments and fine art. And catch a bus uphill to the Cimiez district for the Matisse Museum and adjacent Archaeological Museum with its Roman arena and extensive remains of a Roman bath complex. The same bus passes the Chagall Museum, the first National Museum in France dedicated to a sole artist during his lifetime.

traffic from mounting the broad seafront pavement that is popular with locals and visitors alike. Sit on the shingle to watch the waves; pop inside the legendary Negresco hotel for a cocktail; and watch the lights come on around the bay. Then turn inland to experience the floodlit statues and arcades of Place Masséna. Enjoy a culture fix in some of the city’s many museums Nice boasts 10 municipal museums covering a wide range of art and history, and a 3-day Museums Pass is good value at just 15 euros. Or invest in a French Riviera pass for a wide range of discounts that also includes sightseeing tours and the Grand Tour tourist bus – 26, 38 or 56 euros for 24, 48 or 72 hours www. frenchrivierapass.com .

A range of fantastic stalls selling quality Artisan products, gifts and food

Explore beyond the city centre The Nice Metropolitan area covers three very distinctive zones – the coastal strip, the foothills, and the high peaks of the AlpesMaritimes. So visitors can combine a seaside city break with excursions to perched mountain villages, sailing and watersports with skiing and hiking. Take the train or the Grand Tour sightseeing bus to neighbouring Villefranche-sur-Mer to wander its quaint streets or sit beside the sheltered harbour over an al fresco meal at Le Cosmo. Walk the pine-scented coastal trail around the peninsula in the chic resort of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and soak up some period glamour at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Or head up to the medieval village of Eze to visit the exotic hilltop gardens and browse the craft boutiques. I can also recommend the Train des Merveilles, a 2-hour journey that climbs steadily up to Tende in the high country at the gateway to the Mercantour National Park. For inspiration and information, visit www.nicetourisme.com

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All the excursions below operate via D OOR T O D O OR Ashton, Oldham, Royton and Rochdale.

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LIVERPOOL & THE FLOATING GRACE

HARROGATE www.ellensmith.co.uk This morning we travel to Harrogate, a Victorian

We travel to Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock for some free time to explore. Located on Liverpool’s incredible World Heritage Site waterfront, the Albert Dock structure features the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the whole country.

Spa town in the heart of Yorkshire. The reputation of the shopping streets for exquisite retail opportunities is well deserved and its spa heritage is evident to this day with spa treatments new and old available.

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Today is free to explore the popular seaside resort of Blackpool. Why not visit the world-famous Blackpool Tower, one of the most loved and recognised landmarks in the world, and home to the famous Tower Ballroom, the Tower Circus, Blackpool Tower Dungeons and the Blackpool Tower Eye.

After of final pick up we travel straight to Cadbury World where we spend the day. Explore the different zones of this fascinating attraction and learn the story of Cadbury Chocolate.

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24 July

SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW

TATTON PARK FLOWER SHOW

Our visit today is to the Southport Flower Show. 2019 celebrates 90 years of the show and this year’s theme is The Garden Party. This is the largest independent flower show in the country, renowned for its spectacular show gardens and grand floral marquee, it also features the largest amateur’ growers and floral art competitions.

A fabulous day out bursting with colourful gardening inspiration, fun family activities havea-go workshops and boutique shopping. There’s a host of gardens at Tatton Park, including our famous RHS Young Designer of the Year competition sees designers go head to head in a bid to be crowned this year’s winner.

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22 August

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Llandudno’s immaculate seafront, gracefully framed by two headlands, is a seaside classic. It’s a proper resort, with a pier, Punch & Judy and Donkey Man and even Alice in Wonderland. Plus arty and other modern attractions that add the perfect contemporary touch.

Today we travel to The Fylde area and the seaside towns of Lytham and St Annes-on-Sea. Experience the wide-open sandy beaches of St Annes with its traditional pier, beach huts, mini links golf or the pretty green and historic windmill on Lytham Green offering views across to Southport.

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27 July

31 August

TUDORS AT WALKERS ART GALLERY

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Following our final pick up we travel to Liverpool and Walkers Art Gallery for the Tudors Exhibition. This major exhibition at the Walker will explore the Tudors from a range of perspectives.

Price £29.50 | Book online £26.55

Our first stop today is Kendal. Today the town is home to a thriving retail sector, with no less than five shopping arcades.

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Following our pick-ups this morning we travel to Settle Station where we board our train for the single journey from Settle to Carlisle.

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NORTH DEVON & NORTH DEVONCOASTLINE & CORNWALL CORNWALL ANGUS SECRET & The Durrant House The Durrant House Hotel Hotel ~ ~3 3 Star Star GLAMIS CASTLE Based in the port of Bideford, this tour

Based in theMontrose port of Bideford, this tour Park Hotel, combines the best of Beautiful Cornwall and combines the best of Beautiful Cornwall and

A tour delving North into Scotland’s taking in some fine delightful Devon. past Bideford’s narrow delightful North13th Devon. Bideford’s narrow places including century Glamis the back streetsthe and alleyways link theCastle, quay and back streets and alleyways link the quay and newthe Victoria Museum andaa lovelybridge visit to see river,and andAlbert the old road has river, and the old world”. road has a lovelybridge “thethe finest regiment the that crosses theinriver linking Bidefordto other

that crosses the river linking Bidefordto other areas of Devon. areas of Devon.

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Tours for 2022. As ever with Ellen Smith’s you can pastel-coloured buildings, narrow streets, and bustling atmosphere. befortified sure thatwalls, we’ll choose a super hotel for you, (we fortified walls, and bustling atmosphere. Tenby oneclose of the resorts in before South wait until is toprettiest the departure date Tenby isfairly one of the prettiest resorts in South Whether a stroll through the weWales. book the hotel - you that take way we always get a super Wales. Whether you take a stroll through the town or along the beaches, or enjoy a ride bargain!)

town or along the beaches, or enjoy a ride along the Pembrokeshirecoast, Tenby is an along the Pembrokeshirecoast, Tenby is an ideal base. ideal base.

18th July || 65 Days Days || £379 3rd 3rd April April | 6 Days | £499 £499

PERTHSHIRE, ST. ANDREWS PERTHSHIRE, ANDREWS & & GARDENS OF ST. CORNWALL EDINBURGH EDINBURGH The Rosemundy House Hotel Salutation Hotel, Perth ~ Salutation Perth ~3 3 Star Star Cornwall is in the Hotel, far west of Great Britain on a

Perthshire is a region ofvast breath-taking variety, peninsula tumbling into the Atlantic Ocean, Perthshire is a region of breath-taking variety, fromcompletely its serene surrounded glens and endless expanse of almost by the sea. Cornwall from its serene glens and endless expanse of lush forest to its bleakly beautiful moors,fishing is loved for its dramatic coastline, captivating lush forest to its bleakly beautiful moors, rushingand rivers and tumbling waterfalls. harbours of course, its pasties and cream teas! rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls.

| £339 4th 5 Days 31stApril July ||| 6 4th April 5 Days Days| |£559 £339

BEAUTIFUL WYE BEAUTIFUL NORFOLK NORFOLK COAST COAST & WYE VALLEY VALLEY & & THE THE ROYAL ROYAL DEVON & SOMERSET STEAM && HEART OF ENGLAND CITY FOREST OF DEAN CITY FOREST OF DEAN The Abbey Hotel CRUISE Bells Hotel & Country Club ~ Best Western Brook Hotel, Norwich Bells Hotel &tour Country Club ~of3 3 Star Star Best Western Brook Hotel, Norwich A lovely sightseeing with many things Best Western Tiverton Hotel Experience this magical borderland on ainterest, ~ 3 Star Experience this magical borderland on a based in Great Malvern with the beautiful Malvern ~ 3 Star VisitThe twoEast of the mostcoast beautiful and scenic counties Anglia is starkly beautiful, within Thewhilst East Anglia coast is starkly with Britain, relaxing on cruises andbeautiful, aand steam train. picture postcard fishing villages, much

picture postcard fishing villages, and much more, creating an idyll of rural charm. As a more, creating an idyll of rural charm. As a contrast, we feature the lovely Cathedral City contrast, we feature the lovely Cathedral City of Norwich, and the Norfolk Broads. of Norwich, and the Norfolk Broads.

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scenic river cruise, a relaxing train ride and

Hills overlooking the town. We feature of the scenic river cruise, a relaxing train some ride and visits to historic This is a place where best places the areatowns. has to offer. visits to historic towns. This is a place where

you can recharge your batteries, get off the you can recharge your batteries, get off the beaten track and escape the everyday. beaten track and escape the everyday.

| 5Days 18th April 8th August Days ||| £419 £389 18th April | |5 5 Days £419

BOURNEMOUTH BOURNEMOUTH PICTURESQUE PEMBROKESHIRE & Mayfair Hotel~ 3 BEAUTIFUL GOWER Mayfair Hotel~ 3 Star Star WithBush seven miles of Hotel golden sands and Ivy With seven Royal miles of golden sands and

sparkling sea, the vibrant cosmopolitan town

sparkling theof vibrant cosmopolitan town The naturalsea, beauty Pembrokeshire coast of Bournemouth hasthe it all – a vast variety ofand of Bournemouth has it famed all – a all vast variety of the Gower peninsula are over the world. shops and restaurants, endless countryside Glorious sandy beaches and seemingly endless shops and restaurants, endless countryside offering peace and relaxation and beautiful, rugged give relaxation way to the and Preseli Hills, historic offeringcoastline peace and beautiful, award-winning gardens. towns and little villages. For these tours we stay in award-winning gardens. Carmarthen, ideal for visiting this delightful corner of Wales.

24th July|| 5| 5 Days| | £439 4th 4th April April 5 Days Days | £339 £339

SKEGNESS THE OF SKEGNESS & & RICHES THE BEST BEST RUTLAND’S & OF LINCOLNSHIRE LINCOLNSHIRE GRANDEUR ELIZABETHAN The Hotel, Skegness ~ The Royal Royal Hotel, Skegness Forest ~3 3 Star Star Best Western Rockingham Experience the best of Lincolnshire with

Experience the best of Lincolnshire with Hotel historic towns and villages, a thriving seaside historic towns and villages, a thriving seaside

Experience stunning attractions, including resort and ‘Bomber Country’ heritage. resort andgreatest ‘Bomber Country’ heritage. England’s Elizabethan House, an inspiring garden, beautiful Stamford and a Rutland Water Cruise.

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BLENHEIM, BLENHEIM, SEZINCOTE SEZINCOTE AND AND THE THE MATURE SINGLES – YORKSHIRE KENNET & AVON CANAL KENNET & AVON CANAL COASTER Best Western Blunsdon House Best Western Western Humber BlunsdonView House Best Hotel Hotel ~ ~4 4 Star Star

East Yorkshire – the that has it all. From A lovely tour for theplace summer as we enjoy a the A lovely tour 2017 for the as we enjoy cosmopolitan UKsummer City of Culture Hull toa the visit to unique Sezincote, a 200-year-old undulating hills and valleys a of200-year-old the Yorkshire Wolds, visit to unique Sezincote, Mogul Indian is Palace. Spendeclectic. a day exploring East Yorkshire wonderfully Mogul Indian Palace. Spend a day exploring

Blenheim Palace and relax with a horse-drawn Blenheim Palace and relax with a horse-drawn barge trip on the Kennet & Avon Canal. barge trip on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

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PICTURESQUE PEMBROKESHIRE PICTURESQUE PEMBROKESHIRE OXFORD IN THEGOWER BEST POSSIBLE & BEAUTIFUL & BEAUTIFUL GOWER MANOR The Bush Royal The Ivy Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Hotel, Crowne Plaza Reading Carmarthen ~ 3 Carmarthen 3 Star Star Our tour includes visit ~ to two fine manor houses,

25th April 5 Days £459

The natural beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast

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Known as the Garden of England, Kent boasts

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THE BLACKPOOL THE HISTORIC HISTORIC CITY CITY OF OF WORCESTER WORCESTERWESTON BLACKPOOL BLACKPOOL SUPER MARE & & STRATFORD-UPON-AVON The Doric Hotel ~ 3 Star & STRATFORD-UPON-AVON The Doric Hotel ~ 3 Star The Doric Hotel SOMERSET SPLENDOUR A holiday in Blackpool will leave you feeling Fownes Hotel 3 A holiday BlackpoolHotel will leave you feeling Fownes Hotelwill~ ~leave 3 Star Star A holiday in Blackpool you feeling The Grandinrelaxed Atlantic refreshed, and recharged – even if This is an area of literary greats, of culinary

refreshed, relaxed and recharged – even if refreshed, and - evenof if you’re This isrelaxed an area ofrecharged literary greats, culinary on the hoursseaside a day! Perhaps Ouryou tourare is based in go the 25 popular of it’s brilliance andaiconic heritage. the you are on the go 25 hours a day!resort Perhaps it’s on the go 25 hours day! Perhaps it’sWe theenjoy resort’s brilliance and iconic heritage. We enjoy the the resort’s infectious zesthas for lots life,oforsurprises maybe Weston-Super-Mare. Somerset birthplace oflife. William Shakespeare and a the resort’s infectious zest for life, or maybe infectious zest for Or maybe it’s just that, birthplace of William Shakespeare and a waiting to be discovered – stunning beaches, green it’s just that, uniquely, whatever your routine, relaxing river your cruise, the historic citycan of uniquely, whatever routine Blackpool it’s just that, uniquely, whatever your routine, woodlands & more. relaxing river cruise, the historic city of offer countryside, Blackpool can offerlakes a perfect break from it. Worcester, andit.the beautiful scenic Cotswolds. a perfect break from Blackpool can offer a perfect break from it. Worcester, and the beautiful scenic Cotswolds.

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SPRING, SHIELDS & SPRING, SOUTH SOUTH SHIELDS & & BEAUTIFUL BERKSHIRE THE DURHAM COAST THE DURHAM COAST SECRETS OF SURREY The Haven Hotel The Little Little HavenManor Hotel ~ ~3 3 Star Star Hilton St. Annes

A great Spring tour based in South Shields

A great Spring tour based in Tour South We are delighted repeat this forShields 2022. overlooking theto River Tyne and Little Haven With an excellent of and attractions featured, overlooking theselection River Tyne Little Haven Beach. We explore the scenic coastline before ranging a relaxing river cruise to a Royal Beach.from We explore the scenic coastline before enjoying time in the historic city of Durham as Borough and a stunning gardencity to aofstately home, enjoying time in the historic Durham as well as a visit to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. there is a treat in store for everyone. well really as a visit to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

25th August|| 5 | 5 Days|| |£439 £469 25th 25th April April 5 Days Days £439

KENT, THE GARDEN DEVONSHIRE & ILFRACOMBE KENT, THE BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL GARDEN DEVONSHIRE ILFRACOMBE SIDMOUTH IN & AUTUMN WYE VALLEY, POLDARK’S OF ENGLAND The Royal & Fortescue Hotel OF ENGLAND TheRoyal RoyalYork & Fortescue Hotel ~ ~ The & Faulkner TRENWITH 3 Star Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel 3 Star is probably the most unspoilt resort Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel Sidmouth Best Western Gloucester short breakand with excursionsone to interest ~ inA country undoubtedly of the most Athe short break with excursions to interest ~4 4 Star Star Hotel Robinswood everyone. We take in North Devon throughout

the moated and fortified Castle and the The natural beautyBroughton of the Pembrokeshire coast Known as the Garden ofseparated England,by Kent England meets Wales, theboasts and the Gower Peninsulachateau are famed all over Where beautiful beaches, stunning castles, exciting impressive French Renaissance inspired and the Gower Peninsula are famed all over meandering beautifulRiver beaches, stunning castles, exciting Wye, you’ll discover a place the world. Glorious beaches andArugged culture, and delicious food & drink. Ouroftour Waddesdon Manor, where sandy we tuck into lunch. beauty untamed nature. This Our is place the world. Glorious sandy beaches and ruggedtimeless culture, andand delicious food & drink. tour coastline give way to the Preseli Hills, historic is ideally based in Folkestone, and we include guided walking tour around the famous historic you canbased recharge tour batteries andwe escape coastline give way to the Preseli Hills, historic where is ideally in Folkestone, and include towns, and little visits to some lovely coastal and inland towns streets of Oxford and avillages. scenic Thames River cruise. the visits everyday. towns, and little villages. to some lovely coastal and inland towns

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beautiful. Quiet and unhurried, Sidmouth has everyone. We take in North Devon throughout with visitsthe to interesting attractions which, preserved beauty of the countryside with visits tonatural interesting attractions which, when combined with open our excellent hotel, with colourful gardens, spaces and tree when combined with our excellent hotel, covered makes hills. this an enjoyable break.

makes this an enjoyable break.

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BEAUTIFUL CORNWALL BEAUTIFUL CORNWALL NORTH DEVON & Hotel CORNWALL IN Rosemundy House AA ~ Rosemundy House Hotel AA ~ AUTUMN 4 4 Star Star The Durrant House Hotel Cornwall is in the far west of Great Britain on

Cornwall is port in the west ofthis Great Britain on Based in the of far Bideford, tourAtlantic combines a peninsula tumbling into the vast a peninsula tumbling into the vast AtlanticNorth the best of Beautiful Cornwall and delightful Ocean, almost completely surrounded by Ocean,Bideford almost completely surrounded byof Devon. canisbe found banks the sea. Cornwall loved foronitsthe dramatic theRiver sea.Torridge Cornwallwhere is loved itswidens dramatic the the for river into of the coastline, captivating fishing harbours and coastline, captivating fishing harbours and of Estuary. course, its pasties and cream teas! course, its pasties and cream teas!

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JOHN TRAVOLTA

HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR WHO would have thought that wide-boy Danny Zuko from Grease could ever metamorphose into a booze-loving angel or a sinister killer?

He enrolled in a drama school in New York where he studied voice dancing and acting and planned to combine all three as a musical comedy performer.

Yet actor John Travolta has fulfilled this promise and proved all the cynics wrong.

John landed his first professional job in a Summer stock musical and promptly quit school at 16 to move to New York full-time to further his ambitions.

At 68, he has had one of the most successfully enduring careers in Hollywood and his name is now synonymous with box-office hits – along with a fascinating variety of roles. And this year, he’s been delighting UK fans by appearing at various venues during filming of his next movie The Shepherd which is based on a Frederick Forsyth book that the star loves. John was plainly born with the right genes for showbiz as his mother was an actress and a dancer. So when he grew up in New Jersey as one of six children in an Italian/Irish household, it was no surprise when young John began acting in local drama productions.

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He worked regularly in Summer stock and TV commercials. When work became scarce in New York, he moved to Hollywood where he won minor roles in several TV series. His introduction to the 1950s hit musical Grease came with a role in a national touring company which took him back to New York and his first taste of Broadway at just 18. After Grease, he joined the Broadway show Over Here starring the Andrews Sisters and after 10 months there opted to try Hollywood again. Here, the handsome young guy with the twinkling blue eyes soon gained various roles in TV shows and then joined a new ABC situation comedy series in 1975.


This national exposure proved the ideal springboard for his film career. As an early indication of his promised versatility, he was in the Brian de Palma thriller Carrie in 1976 before starring in 1977 in Saturday Night Fever which played a pivotal part in the 70s’ disco phenomenon. As Italian American Tony Manero he impressed cinemagoers worldwide as the young man escaping the harsh reality of a bleak home by “starring” each week at his local disco. His amazing dancing also introduced disco moves that millions tried to emulate and continue on dancefloors today. John won his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for this role and went on to star in the big screen version of Grease in 1978 to basically cement his future. In spite of all the adulation, caused by Saturday Night Fever, John kept his feet firmly on the ground, stating : “I love being regarded as a sex symbol but I can’t take it too seriously.” He then went from all-singing, all-dancing to the mellower Urban Cowboy in 1980, starring with Debra Winger in a love-hate relationship, focused on country music. He was in Blow Out in 1981 but it was the hit comedy Look Who’s Talking in 1989, when he starred with Kirsty Alley and Bruce Willis (as the voice of baby Mikey), which showcased not only John’s light comedic touch but also his likeability. Writer Nora Ephron’s comic hit film Michael again took audience’s by surprise as John starred as an archangel with a taste for earthly pleasures. His laidback dance routine to Chains of Love created a magical movie moment – and showed how cool John Travolta still was! In 1994 - still super-cool but with a major move to the dark side - John took the role of a philosophical hit man in Quentin Tarentino’s iconic Pulp Fiction. He received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for this highly-acclaimed role and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association – one of many awards during his career. In 1996, he played Chili Palmer in hit American gangster comedy Get Shorty, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor award and later reprising the role in 2005’s Be Cool. But, in a complete switch from many of his previous films, in 1996 he played against type as the baddie in director John Woo’s topgrossing film Broken Arrow. He then continued this trend in action thriller Face/Off in 1997. His musical talents have always run alongside John’s successful film career with hits from Grease still international favourites. Some of them came from unpredictable places – like his role as Edna Turnblad in hit musical film Hairspray in 2007. His response to being offered the role was typically Travolta: “Gee, 32 years as a leading man – why me? What makes you think I’d be the perfect woman?” He was.

Other standout roles from his many films include action-thriller Ladder 49, The Punisher, The Forger and the stylish re-make of The Taking of Pelham 123 when he proved a standout villain. John was very happily married to film star Kelly Preston until her sad death from breast cancer in 2020. They had three children together: Benjamin, Ella Bleu and the late Jett who died at the age of 16 in 2009. John later described his death as “the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life. The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it. Life was no longer interesting to me so it took a lot to get me better.” John and Kelly were both very involved in charity The John Travolta Foundation which raises money for children with educational needs. He’s also a qualified pilot and a strong advocate of Scientology. John always takes his acting roles very seriously: he lost 20 pounds for his part in Saturday Night Fever and gained 30 pounds to star in Primary Colours. In spite of all the awards and accolades across the film industry, John remains modest about his achievements. He stated:

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ou could be forgiven for thinking that once a will has been written there are no other formalities to administer a person’s estate after they’ve passed away. After all, a will expresses who the deceased wanted to benefit from their estate and how much, or what, each beneficiary inherits. It’s a legal document that’s drawn up by a solicitor with an appointed executor – the person (or persons; you can have more than one) who administers the estate of someone who has passed away) – so you might wonder what probate has to do with it? Well, a will in itself doesn’t grant authority to distribute an estate. It merely tells the executor(s) who gets what. To actually administer the estate – allocate the assets of the deceased person – the executor needs to obtain a grant of probate. This is a legal document which confirms that the executor

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about how to do this on the internet, the process isn’t for the faint hearted and there are definite risks involved which could end up costing far more than instructing a solicitor in the first place. If this is something an executor insists on doing, here’s a list of the things they need to be sure of before proceeding: What exactly is in the will? A silly question you may think, but to ensure the wishes of the will are carried out, the executor needs to clearly understand who is getting what. While this may be obvious, the will may stipulate that a beneficiary receives their inheritance at a specific point in time rather than as soon as probate has been granted. Also, is there a trust in the will? If so, this will have its own set of legal instructions which will need attending to.


Is the will actually valid? You’d be surprised how many people forget to sign it. Not only that, would you be able to tell the difference between a valid and an invalid will? Responsibility Being an executor is a responsible job and not one to be taken lightly. It’s vital that the processes and protocols are followed so that the estate is administered correctly, otherwise the executor can become personally accountable for any mistakes. More worryingly, beneficiaries can hold executors liable for things they haven’t done if they cause a loss to the estate through poor administration. Legal speak The law is no stranger to mind boggling jargon and for those who are unfamiliar with legal terminology, it can be difficult waters to navigate. Misunderstanding the terms of a will could also lead to being sued by disappointed beneficiaries. Taxes As with death, the only other certainty in life is tax. Executors are responsible for paying any tax due to HMRC on behalf of the deceased. Inheritance tax is the obvious one that springs to mind, but there could be other taxes waiting to be paid before the remainder of the estate can be distributed. The executor may even need to check the deceased person’s historic records of transactions to ensure that they don’t need reporting to HMRC. A final word of caution on this: failing to settle any outstanding debts could render the executor personally liable. Paperwork Put simply, there could be a lot. While some organisations will release money below certain limits without a grant of probate, most do need authority. Getting hold of all the necessary paperwork from the banks, insurance policies, HMRC etc. can be a daunting task. In terms of properties to be transferred to beneficiaries, it’s the executor’s job to make sure the legal title is transferred correctly or, again, they can be sued for loss to a beneficiary. Seek Advice Probate is complicated and ignorance of the process is no defence in the eyes of the law. It may appear cheaper to ‘DIY’ but if there’s even the slightest doubt about the capability of obtaining and carrying out the duties associated with a grant of probate, it’s always far wiser to seek legal advice. At Russell & Russell, there is a team of specially trained probate solicitors who can provide advice and guidance through this complex area of the law. The firm offers a free consultation, so that you can understand what’s required and how to resolve any issues. Call 0800 103 2600 to book an appointment or fill in the contact form on the website and someone will call you back. www.russellrussell.co.uk 25



HOME | 50 PLUS MAGAZINE supplement a pension, pay off a mortgage or a loan and even enjoy a new car or holidays. It may simply be, though, that people are just unhappy with their current property and want the chance to have their dream home with everything that this involves. Whatever the reason, it’s not a decision to take lightly and involves real research - both to make that crucial move and to select just the right property for the next home.

MOVING TO A MORE SUITABLE HOME DOWNSIZING your home can prompt one or two emotions: relief at leaving an unsuitable property and joy that you can move to something much more life-enhancing. Since lockdown and the enforced time spent in our homes with the opportunity to scrutinise our way of living, many people have decided to move house. And downsizing is the logical choice for many. This may be because they want a property that’s easier to manage because their current one is no longer convenient due to poor health, mobility difficulties or isolation and loneliness following a bereavement. It may be that their current home is simply too big – or too small – and they need a property that better reflects how they are now living their lives. A large home may now also be a very expensive one in the light of huge energy hikes and they’re looking to cut regular bills like council ta which is generally lower in smaller properties. Retired home-owners may see themselves as asset-rich but cashpoor, owning a property but living off a small, regular income like a pension. Downsizing may mean being able to raise money to

However, as consumer champions Which? rightly point out, there are some possible drawbacks that are worth bearing in mind.

For a start, downsizers have to leave friends and neighbours behind which may mean leaving a strong support network. They also need to know if they can still enjoy their hobbies in a new area. A smaller home may mean less storage and entertaining space, which means a cull of furniture and other possessions. Lifestyle musts for the checklist for any new home and area include ensuring there’s good local transport nearby, whether family and friends can easily visit and if there are good shops, a library and cafes. Local amenities generally should be good and it’s worth checking for any major development plans or building work nearby which could impact your new lifestyle. Have the local council there got a good reputation for basic services like bin collections and are there reliable local GP surgeries and hospitals within a decent distance? Most downsizers choose to stay on the property ladder, although it may be that they are now considering buying a home in sheltered housing or in a retirement village. The latter provides a particularly popular solution for many people now, offering an independent lifestyle in a safe environment among 27


HOME | 50 PLUS MAGAZINE people of a similar age. There may also be planned outings and entertainment on-site, all of which help foster a genuine community atmosphere. Many residential properties generally meet easy-access criteria with improvements like step-free access and ground-level access to a toilet or bathroom. Bungalows are particularly popular with downsizers with specific mobility problems or other health concerns as life on one level is usually much easier. Downsizing can be a very exciting time for many people because it offers an opportunity to buy new furniture and furnishings to fulfil their view of a dream home. That comfortable monster of a sofa, for example, which seats four people but has definitely become a bit threadbare thanks to children’s and grandchildren’s ministrations, can now be replaced with something smaller, sleeker and more modern. Large sideboards and cupboards and even family-sized tables and chairs may not only now be unnecessary in a new, smaller property but can be replaced with pleasing contemporary lines. It’s possible to sell old furniture on ebay or other local sites or it may

be preferable to just give them away to Free to Good Homes, which is on Facebook, or to your local Freecycle. Some of the larger charities also run free collection services for donated furniture. Try local branches of the British Heart Foundation www.bhf.org.uk or homeless charity Emmaus at emmaus.org.uk. Smaller windows in a new home won’t need large, heavy drapes so downsizing may provide the opportunity to buy the latest

Magnificent care in a magnificent setting Belong Atherton provides high quality 24-hour support in a vibrant community and is a stunning example of how advanced design and very high standards of care can provide a new quality of life for older people. Specialist nursing and dementia care

Vibrant facilities including bistro and salon

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HOME | 50 PLUS MAGAZINE cherish the artwork they did as five year-olds, you can only take one or two items and perhaps they might like to keep the rest to show their children. And you’ll be shocked at the amount of paperwork you’ve retained over the years but be brutal – keep what’s important and ditch the rest. You’ve got a new life to lead! For more information go to Age UK at ageuk. org.uk and Which? at which.co.uk

lightweight curtains or blinds. The same applies to the newest types of flooring – all of which may help with that important energy-saving. Of course, downsizing can’t be achieved without a realistic look at your home possessions and this can feel daunting. Experts suggest doing small amounts of sifting and sorting on a daily basis well in advance of your moving date – rather than exhaust yourself by doing one room all in one go. Ask yourself “Do I use it, love it or need it?” about every home item and if the answer is “no” then consider saying goodbye to it. For example, if you’ve not worn any item of clothing for more than a year, you probably don’t need it. Make separate piles of Keep, Dump, Recycle and Give Away and try to be sensible. Giving away means a bumper day for local charity shops so people will be able to bag a bargain from your items and the charity benefits from much-needed cash. Take a hard look at your new planned lifestyle and see what you really need dayto-day. If you’ve no garden or grassy lawn, you won’t need that lawnmower. If you have children, ask them what items they would like to have as keepsakes from the items you don’t need to take with you. Let them understand that, although you

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DOG FRIENDLY GARDENING Has the patter of tiny paws taken its toll on your outdoor space? Garden writer and dog lover, Julia Heaton, has some top tips to rectify that. Man’s best friend has really proved its worth during the pandemic with more people than ever becoming dog owners. That’s because sharing your life with a dog is such a rewarding experience. Sadly, sharing your garden can be another matter entirely – one where it feels like you and your pooch are vying to be top dog. Fortunately this is easily rectified. Whether a new or long-time owner, all it takes is a little bit of thought to create a stylish, colourful and fun haven that you can both enjoy in harmony. Setting boundaries It goes without saying that safe, secure boundaries are vital in ensuring your dog can’t escape. The dream scenario is a brick wall but this can be expensive so wooden fence panels are the next best thing. A fence that’s high enough to prevent any canine thoughts of jumping it and is a solid construction is best. Those that still allow a view of what lies beyond are lovely but best avoided to deter the dog from hanging around the area in the hope of seeing something or someone. The same goes for any garden gate. If you already have a fence but your pet is trying to dig its way out then erect some chicken wire at the base, burying it at least 6in

Before laying a path consider the route your dog takes around the garden

(15cm) below the surface. Make sure the sharp edges are facing away from your garden. Think also about burying some large rocks along the base of the fence and adding another layer in front of that in the form of a dense hedge or shrub border that can withstand being trampled. This will also soften attention grabbing outside sounds too. Up the garden path Before laying a path consider the route your dog takes around the garden. Sadly, it’s a fact that dogs don’t keep to pathways.You can’t stop them from romping through borders but you can go with the flow just by sitting back and watching them create their own routes. These can then be turned into proper paths in a style of your choosing and even laid through borders if that’s where you pet likes to go. Use a low box hedge or willow hurdles as edging around borders to form more of a barrier. The latter can be simply pushed into the ground. All you need to do is choose a hurdle appropriate to the size of your pet. Lawn care Dogs are such energetic creatures and the lawn can also come in for its fair share of wear and tear, so it’s worth sowing hard wearing grass seed mix in areas that see a lot of activity. If needs be you could consider giving your pet a dedicated fenced area to let off steam in and pave it so its easily swept clean. Bitches urinating on the lawn can also leave brown circles behind and plants that come in for a regular dose of urine will suffer and eventually die. The easiest way to deal with this is to hose down the area to dilute the effects.You could also use Dog Rocks (www.dogrocks.co.uk) a natural product that’s added to drinking water to stop grass burn. Dog excrement is also a problem that needs to be addressed as it can carry worms (Toxocara canis) whose eggs can be passed in

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A tunnel can be a fun feature too. This needn’t be complicated to construct. Just a large plastic barrel with the base cut off, then laid on its side and covered in soil. Grasses and wildflowers can then be sown on top to create a natural looking feature that will soon look like it’s always been there.

Dog proof planting Choose plants that can withstand the rough and tumble of your four- footed friend. Annuals like nasturtiums and grasses such as miscanthus are just the job. Then shrubs that will see you through a few years like viburnums and escallonia. Where space and budget allow, go for the largest specimens you can find. Consider the following:

Heather – A low growing evergreen with a dense, bushy habit. The strong, twiggy base of the plant supports a soft green top featuring pink, white or purple flowers.

For pathways give them different textures to explore like patches of wood chippings, gravel and non-toxic sand. Avoid cocoa bean shell mulch though as this can be potentially harmful if eaten. Digging distraction

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If your pet is a digger then a sandpit digging box could be a great distraction. Lay a porous membrane and cover in roundgrained coarse garden sand that doesn’t form clumps when urinated on. Bury some dog toys or edible treats for them to discover. After all that running around and exploring your pet needs a place to retreat to for some much-needed time out. A kennel in a quiet spot where a dog can come and go as it pleases is ideal and will also offer some shade on a sunny day. Don’t forget to put a drinking bowl inside.

Shasta Daisy – This clump-forming perennial will bloom from early summer to early autumn despite any damage. Astilbe – Ideal for shady and damp areas, this perennial is relatively trouble free, comes in a variety of heights and can withstand being trampled on.


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Lavender – Thrives in full sun, is fragrant and looks great planted along pathways, where it can take the knocks of passing pets. Thyme – Great for ground cover, this low growing plant forms a dense mat with pretty flowers and fragrant foliage. Day Lily – A low maintenance perennial with trumpet shaped flowers. It has a deep root system that will ensure it recovers from any damage. Six plants that are toxic to dogs Azalea and Rhododendrons – Can cause vomiting and

Tulips – Many spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils are poisonous to dogs, causing skin allergy, vomiting and diarrhoea and can be fatal. These are best avoided if your pet likes digging. Larkspur – Can cause digestive problems and even be fatal if the dog eats young plants and seeds. Yew – Berries and particularly the foliage are highly poisonous. Always dispose of any pruned branches as these will still retain poison.

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Best fast-growing hedges for privacy around your home or garden Those looking to increase privacy around their homes or create a peaceful private oasis in their gardens might first look to fences or brick walls, but a lush green hedge will provide privacy and beauty. Experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk are providing a rundown of their top fast-growing hedges. Hedges are versatile to any front or back garden, providing a home for wildlife whilst blocking views. It is particularly popular with those who have large windows, homes on busy roads, or lots of other houses looking over their garden. Fast-growing hedges are particularly effective for homeowners to achieve their desired screening speedily. As efficient as hedges can be, if they are allowed to grow unpruned, they can cause issues. Homeowners should ensure hedges do not block views or light from any neighbour’s home, do not grow over into another garden and are not damaging the path or drive. Hedges can be planted year-round, as long as the ground is prepared correctly first. Ensure the ground is thoroughly weeded six weeks before planting and right before planting. A spokesman for GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “Many of us value privacy in our homes. When it comes to houses that look onto busy roads, high-level pedestrian areas or homes with gardens that look onto other people’s houses, hedges are the most viable and affordable option above fencing or installing walls. “It is essential to plant the hedges and plenty of plant food. Homeowners should look into the specific requirements of whichever hedge they choose to ensure maximum growth and density. 40

Honeysuckle The evergreen variety is a must for year-round privacy. In particular, the shrubby honeysuckle is loved for its dense leaves, which must be trimmed regularly due to its speedy growth. The leaves produce flowers in the spring and berries in the autumn. Privet With dense foliage and bright green colour, this formal looking hedge offers optimum privacy to those who require it. Privet is very fast-growing, mainly if plant food is used, and it will need pruning several times a year to look its best and is ideal for shaping. Cornus More commonly known as red twig dogwood, this shrub is sure to make an impact. These fast-growing hedges create a bank of bright red stems, which look just as good in winter as in spring. It is also easy to propagate and a very affordable way to build privacy around your home or garden. Bamboo Bamboo is surprisingly perfect for those looking for a plant to provide screening without inhabiting too much space. Variations called goldenly, or fountain bamboo, add the thick foliage needed for privacy whilst adding a lush and exciting texture to any garden landscaping. Lilacs Loved for their sweet smell and colourful flowers, lilacs are a beautiful addition to any garden. They can grow around two feet per year and require pruning to stop them from taking over the landscape. While providing privacy and comfort, they also brighten up and add life to homes.


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• Elsewhere, ferns are particularly popular for growing vertically up walls as they are humid resistant and adaptive to different environments. Vines, herbs and bromeliads (which have shallow roots and need little space) are other choices you can consider.

Mowing the grass Although this task may seem like a hay fever sufferer’s worst nightmare, keeping your grass mowed will help prevent grasses from flowering. This will help curb one of the biggest allergy triggers and helpless pollen to be released into the air. Whilst mowing, pop on a face covering or mask.

• Vertical pocket gardens are easier to maintain than a regular garden. Working at eye level is easier than having to bend down and they are at less risk of damage from pests and disease as the plants are spaced apart in containers or pouches. • Consider introducing matting or rubber flooring immediately beneath the vertical pocket garden to help prevent dripping water from damaging the space below.

Avoid caffeine Caffeine is naturally high in histamines, a chemical released by our immune systems when our body perceives something as being harmful, which can worsen hay fever symptoms. Prevent weeds Weeds such as creeping thistle, dandelions and ragwort have a bad reputation for causing hay fever symptoms. Because of this, it is best to stay on top of weeding and remove the sulpits before they can flower. Avoid the garden Keep an eye on the pollen count and avoid your garden on days where it is exceptionally high. If the temptation of the sunshine is too much to bear, even on high pollen count days, ensure any time outside is spent wearing gloves and change your clothes as soon as you enter your house to limit the spread of pollen.

Anti-allergy gardening: how to combat hay fever in the garden this summer With data showing hay fever affects 49% of people in the UK, experts urge sufferers to create an anti-allergy garden ahead of summer. Experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk provide top tips for combatting those pesky symptoms in the garden this summer.

Low allergy planting Sneeze-free blooms such as conifer, petunias, magnolias and hardy fuschias can all add beauty and colour to your gardens without causing lots of pollen in the air. When choosing plants for your garden, stick to insect-pollinated flowers where possible, as their pollen is heavy and falls to the ground, whereas wind-pollinated flowers cause much more pollen to float around in the air. Sprinkle your garden Some plants stop shedding pollen in wet conditions, so sprinkling your garden with a hose or sprinkler can help lay some of the pollen ahead of an afternoon of gardening or sunbathing. Timing is everything Pollen count tends to be at its lowest in the afternoon, so ensure you are only venturing out for more extended periods. Longer gardening days should also be limited to more relaxed, cloudier days.

Summer began on June 21, bringing BBQs, sunbathing and time spent gardening. For many, this means months of suffering the symptoms of hay fever. Tips including planting sneeze-free blooms, avoiding caffeine, getting rid of weeds and staying out of the garden in the morning are said to help those with the worst symptoms. A spokesman for GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “There is nothing better than spending time in the great outdoors in the summer months, with many of us running to our gardens when we get a little bit of sunshine! “But the warmer weather can bring dread to those who suffer badly with hay fever symptoms, which can develop at any age and cause very annoying symptoms. We are urging those who love their gardens to consider anti-allergy gardening ahead of the peak summer months.”

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“It can be really frustrating if this happens which is why it’s beneficial to know which bugs can be a nuisance and how to get them under control.” Bugs to keep out of the garden Aphids These pests tend to be attracted to most plants, flowers and vegetables and can be a very common problem. Aphids suck on plants, causing distortion which means leaves eventually weaken and fall off. When sucking on plants they also form honeydew which supports and encourages mould growth. There are a number of ways to keep them away from your garden including spraying with water daily, using garlic repellent spray and trying insecticidal soap. Cutworms Cutworms are fat, long insects which tend to eat away at stems underneath the soil which kills the plant. These pests are usually active at night which means you won’t be able to easily spot them in the day to see if they’re damaging your plants. However, you can check your garden for cutworms by turning over some soil and seeing if they’re underneath. Keep them away by applying a controlling product in the evening before they come out to feed on your plants and creating collars for the stems using cardboard to prevent the insect from accessing the plant.

Bugs to avoid this summer

Green fingered Brits are being warned of the bugs to keep away from the garden this summer. Experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have created a list of the most annoying insects you may find in your outside space along with some useful advice on how to get rid of them. Bugs love plants just as much as we do, and while there can be some that are good to have in the garden, others can ruin and even kill the crop. Among those to watch out for are aphids which can be found over flowers and vegetables and night loving cutworms. A spokesperson from GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “Some insects like bees and ladybirds are beneficial to the garden but there are some that unfortunately will just ruin your greenery.

“There’s nothing more annoying than giving our plants time, attention and care just for some pesky bugs to come and ruin them overnight. And unfortunately, once the damage is done, it’s pretty much irreversible which makes all the time spent on gardening feel as though it’s just gone to waste.

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Caterpillars Like aphids, these bugs like most vegetables and flowers and shady trees. They tend to feast and chew on leaves leaving them with big holes. It’s worth checking plants regularly for eggs to avoid further infestation and damage. Top tips for keeping then at bay include spraying plants with soap and water, using neem oil and making your own garlic and pepper spray. Slugs and Snails Slugs and snails are every gardener’s biggest nuisance and unfortunately they’re a very common issue. These insects tend to avoid any crops that are a bit rough in texture and instead they mainly go for fruits like strawberries and tomatoes. There are lots of ways to get rid of slugs and snails with two favourites including scattering broken egg shells around your crop and laying down coffee grounds. They dislike both. Wireworms Similar to cutworms, wireworms sit underneath the soil and eat the insides of seeds and the root of plants. This means plants may begin to grow poorly from the start of their journey and it’s likely that those that do seem to be growing okay will eventually die not long after. For keeping these at bay, try cutting a potato into pieces and placing a skewer into each piece. Bury them into the ground, around three inches deep and change the potato pieces every few days


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GARDENING | 50 PLUS MAGAZINE Here are tips on how to build a bug hotel: Materials There’s a long list of natural materials that can be suitable for a bug hotel and now is a great time to start collecting things like dead grass, dry leaves, pinecones and bark. Other materials which are great to use include wood, bamboo sticks, soil and sand. Wooden palettes are a great way to section off the hotel and they save time and labour when building. Different materials attract different insects so think about the layout of the bug hotel and try to section it off accordingly. The aim is to make a dry and warm area to attract the insects.

How to build a bug hotel Garden lovers are being encouraged to build a bug hotel to attract more insects into their outdoor space.

Here are some materials and the kinds of insects they attract: • Dry leaves, sticks and pinecones - ladybirds • Bark - spiders, woodlice and beetles • Twigs - lacewings • Bamboo tubes - bees

Experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have given their advice on how to build a bug hotel to help keep pests at bay.

Pick a location To make a stable hotel it’s important to ensure that the ground is level before you begin building.

During autumn months insects will look for a place to hibernate during the winter and building a bug hotel can provide them with the refuge they need.

Weather conditions will also determine which visitors you get but most bugs need a cool and moist environment so somewhere in the shade is ideal.

Some of the materials needed include things like dry leaves and pinecones which are very easy to collect during autumn.

If you’re building your hotel for bees then it’s best to place the hotel in the sun.

Attracting insects into the garden will also help keep pests like aphids at bay.

Start building Bug hotels don’t follow any specific structure and they can be as big or as small as you like, the aim is simply to create different pockets where different insects can stay.

A spokesperson said: “Bug hotels help provide shelter for insects like ladybirds and bees and it also gives them a safe space away from predators so they can lay their eggs. “And for gardeners, these kinds of insects can help to keep pests away and make the garden healthier. By the following spring plants will be free from aphids thanks to these bugs. “A massive bonus is that these bug hotels can be built using eco-friendly products so it’s a win-win situation and it’s a little project that’ll keep you busy.”

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BBQ Chicken Wings with Mary Berry’s Blue Cheese Dressing BBQ chicken wings are an awesome appetizer and can be enjoyed along with some creamy Mary Berry’s Blue Cheese Dressing. What a match!

Preparation time: 5 mins Cooking time: 55 mins Total time: 1hr Serves: 6

Ingredients: 1kg chicken wings 2 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp honey 1 cup BBQ sauce 4 tbsp sesame seeds to sprinkle 100 ml Mary Berry’s Blue Cheese Dressing to serve Finely chopped spring onions to serve

Method: In a mixing bowl mix together chicken wings, olive oil, BBQ sauce and honey. Preheat oven to 200˚C and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Line up the chicken wings on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake wings for 30-35 mins until sticky and cooked throughout. Remove from the oven, brush with extra BBQ sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve warm with some chopped spring onions and a bowl of Mary Berry’s Blue Cheese Dressing!

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Mango Eton Mess with Mary Berry’s Mango, Lime & Chilli Dressing This mango Eton mess is deliciously refreshing with a twist on a classic British dessert.

Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 10 mins Total time: 25 mins Serves: 4

Ingredients: 1 mango 200 ml double cream 3 tbsp icing sugar 2 tbsp Mary Berry’s Mango, Lime & Chilli Dressing 4 meringue nests 1 vanilla pod Mint leaves for garnish 1 lime zest

Method: Whisk cream with icing sugar to a soft peak. Scrape the seeds from the split vanilla pod and fold into the cream. Halve the mango either side of the flat stone. Cut away the skin and thinly slice into small chunks. Next, fold the crushed meringue and Mary Berry’s Mango, Lime & Chilli Dressing into the whipped cream. Mix through very gently. Spoon meringue mixture into the serving glass then add some chopped mango, followed by another spoonful of meringue cream. Finely sprinkle some mango on top and one grated lime zest to serve. Enjoy! *Best served chilled

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THE CHERRY TREE

IT is always a little worrying when you go back to a favourite restaurant that you have not visited for a few years (thanks in this case to pandemic restrictions) – will it still be as good, have there been any major changes, is it still as customer friendly and well run? That was my concern when Her Who Must be Obeyed and myself were invited to eat at The Cherry Tree in Blackrod recently… but I need not have worried. Yes it was still a great night out at the recently extended eatery with excellent food, a fantastic atmosphere and even, on the bank holiday Sunday we visited, live music. We were made to feel welcome from the start and it is always a good sign when a restaurant is pretty much full – which also adds to the atmosphere. Even with the substantial extension, which was completed in 2020, most tables were filled with happy customers – thanks to the large number of attentive staff on duty and that excellent classic British cooking (including gluten free options). This has a modern influence using only the freshest, local produce from throughout Lancashire. Whatever the season, their chefs have access to the very best ingredients from cuts of local meat, fresh fish from the county’s coast and delicious fruit and vegetables. Saving space for dessert we went straight into the main course, for me Slow Braised Angus Beef & Real Ale Pot Pie with chunky chips and battered English greens (£15.95) – which was so tempting I started to tuck in. 52

HRH had battered Haddock and Hand Cut Chips (£14.95) and reported that it too was delicious. To go with the great food this family-run, multi-award winning restaurant has an excellent wine list with prices to suit every pocket – from £21.95 up to £59.95 per bottle. For dessert we plumped for Classic Lemon Brulee Tart and Warm Cherry & Almond Bakewell both with cream and compote but it was a tough choice from the list on offer. Situated between Bolton, Wigan and Chorley this spotlessly clean and comfortable restaurant has a large catchment area for customers and some we spoke to had come from even further afield, such is The Cherry Tree’s reputation. Situated on the main A6 Chorley Road the restaurant is easy to find and has ample parking but, judging from our visit, make sure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment! Contact The Cherry Tree on 01257 481234 or go online at www.cherrytreeblackrod.com BY STEVE HOWARTH


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The true heart and soul of the The Cherry Tree. The dining room everyone is talking about. Our Garden room will leave you breathless with its stunning blossom tree decor, spacious booths, beautifully designed cocktail bar and clear views of the Garden. The Garden Room is perfect for all occasions.

Six beautiful floral decorated booths, boasting views of the garden room and our garden area. This dining terrace can be fully opened on those summer days making it the perfect spot to enjoy al fresco dining and cocktails in the sun.

The Conservatory With luscious foliage and jungle textures, this room will certainly not disappoint. Moon shaped booths alongside natural light from our garden area make this the perfect room to impress your guests and ‘enjoy it all.’

The Blossom Lounge The Public Bar and Nestled between our public bar and Cocktail Lounge conservatory dining room is the blossom lounge. Impressive blossom trees hug the walls and ceiling, making this area perfect for intimate dining and amazing for group reservations.

01257 481234 | www.cherrytreeblackrod.co.uk Chorley Road | Blackrod | Bolton | BL6 5LA

The Bar at the Cherry Tree is a destination in its own right. A perfect place to meet family, friends, go on a date, enjoy pre-dinner drinks or celebrate a special occasion. Our Bar Manager and his team have curated an exciting, contemporary cocktail menu, heavily influenced by their trips all over the world.

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MARIE WHITTAKER, PARTNER IN THE FAMILY LAW DEPARTMENT AT CLOUGH & WILLIS SOLICITORS ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS ON DIVORCE AND SEPARATION.

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acing the breakdown of a marriage or long term relationship is one of the most stressful life experiences with a whole range of emotional turmoil – from anger and distress to thoughts of loss and the worry of an uncertain future. So, it is crucial that you obtain expert legal advice at an early stage. Each family, marriage or relationship is unique and it is never a case of one size fits all. Obtaining advice face to face from a qualified professional is very important. At Clough and Willis, we

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pride ourselves on providing support, empathy and guidance at each and every step. We understand that trust is at the core of everything we do and so it is vital for you to feel comfortable with us. We are confident that at the end of the process you should feel that you have maintained your dignity and self respect and can move on with your life. The following are some examples of the questions that are put to us on a regular basis.

1. My wife and I have agreed to separate. We have been led to believe that it is possible to apply for a divorce based upon the fact that we have simply grown apart. Is this correct? No. The sole ground for divorce, is the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage. If you want to apply for a divorce immediately then there are two reasons available namely adultery or that one of you has behaved in such a way that the other cannot reasonably be expected to live with you. We will be able to


advise you whether the “behaviour” complained of is sufficient. The majority of people are often surprised that it is not necessary to go into too much detail or to exaggerate. Alternatively, if you and your wife agree, one of you could apply for a divorce after you have lived separately for over two years provided the other is prepared to provide their written agreement. 2. My husband and I would like to try and reach an amicable settlement regarding our financial position. However, at present I do not feel confident that I know enough about my husband’s circumstances to reach an informed decision. Are you able to suggest a way forward?

Yes, there certainly is. The paramount consideration is the welfare of the children. It is what is in their best interests, not for your wife in terms of the financial settlement. The arrangements for the children must be resolved before the financial settlement. It would be much better for your family as a whole if you and your wife were able to reach an agreement rather than the Court having to impose a decision upon you. You could try and resolve matters at Family Mediation.

We would be able to refer you to an appropriate service. If you are unable to agree then you could make an application to the Court for a Child Arrangements Order. These Orders are becoming more commonplace given that a lot of fathers like you have more flexible working arrangements and many women now work full time and require more help with childcare. The arrangements do not have to actually be an exact division of time on a 50\50 basis.

Loyal, resilient and trustworthy

Yes. It will be necessary for your husband to provide what is referred to as full and frank disclosure of his income, capital and pension provision and to provide documents in support. Once you are satisfied this has been done then negotiations can begin which will hopefully result in an amicable agreement which can be made binding by the Court by way of a Consent Order. 3. My wife and I have decided there is no future in our marriage. We have two young children whose upbringing I have been actively involved in given that I am quite fortunate to have very flexible working arrangements. I believe it would be good for the children for this to continue but I do not think my wife will agree because this may affect the amount she receives by way of a financial settlement and maintenance. Is there any point perusing shared care?

We believe that experience counts when it comes to matters of family and personal law. Our team of specialist solicitors provide free, 20 minute consultations on the following: • Employment Law • Personal Injury • Property Law

• Wills, Probate, Trusts & Tax Planning • Family Matters • Litigation/Dispute Resolution

Call us now on 0800 083 0815 to book your free appointment! Bury Head Office 2 Manchester Road, Bury Lancashire, BL9 0DT. T: 0161 764 5266

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STEVE HOWARTH’S TEST DRIVE Our all-wheel drive car’s rotary seven speed automatic gearbox selector sits behind a wireless phone charger with cup-holders and there are plenty of other clever features inside including USB sockets on the back of the front seats in an interior which has a quality feel. There is improved visibility and better handling too as the car grips well in bends with little body roll. The ride is firm but still comfy, especially on a long trip. With 148bhp the car will get from 0-60mph in a decent 9.4 seconds while fuel economy figures are up to 47mpg. Then there’s a choice of hybrid drivetrains and five trim levels ranging from 2 (£27,425) through 3 and 4, plus our GT-Line (£38,475) and a top-spec GT-Line S model, which gets all the kit while every model has Kia’s seven years’ warranty cover.

KIA SPORTAGE I THINK it is fair to say that when Kias first started to appear on our roads their styling was a little quirky to say the least. Not so now as the Korean brand’s latest Sportage model has taken the company from trailing the field to a front runner in the design stakes. The 2022 model is cutting edge inside and out and one of the best looking mid-range SUVs around. This fifth-generation Sportage is designed for Europe, built in Europe and shares much with Hyundai’s multi-awardwinning Tucson. It has bold boomerang-shaped LED running lights either side of a slimmer version of Kia’s signature front grille while the headlights blend neatly into a larger, lower grille. At the back, the car takes a clear lead from Kia’s all-electric EV6 with high full width tail-lights on the tailgate which gives access to a 587-litre boot. Inside there’s even more from the EV6 with twin 12.3- inch screens, one in front of the driver with clear, easy-to-use graphics and a central touchscreen for infotainment which appear to be joined to create a great-looking digital display covering two thirds of the dash area. Beneath the central touchscreen are touch climate controls which also function as fast keys for infotainment settings

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The long equipment list on our car included a panorama sunroof, auto lights and wipers, power heated door mirrors, suede leather seats (electric heated and cooled at the front and heated at the back), GT line trim inside and out, heated steering wheel, wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise, sat-nav, smart power tailgate plus much more including many active driving safety systems. So in addition to now being ahead on the design stakes this Kia is also right up there with the best for standard equipment, safety and quality of materials. It is simply amazing just how far Kia have come on their motoring journey and makes you wonder just what is yet to come? More info at www.kia.com


While the company say the car is ‘all new’ it still has the same EMP2 platform as the previous-generation model, plus many others in the Stellantis group, but that is by no means a bad thing as the layout is tried and tested. Peugeot’s lane positioning and adaptive cruise control along with lane assist and a 10-inch digital dash plus 10.1-inch central touchscreen are standard, although the latter is a little fiddly to use on the move.Then there is their trademark i-Cockpit set up with the main dials and display above a small squared off steering wheel keeping them more in your line of sight when driving. The standard eight speed auto box gives smooth shifts and that 128bhp 1.2 PureTech petrol engine is surprisingly quick in Sport mode with its turbocharged three cylinders giving a pleasingly sporty note with 0 to 60 in 9.7 seconds and a top speed of 130mph. I never fail to marvel at how much power engineers are now able to extract from diminutive power plants.

PEUGEOT 308 OF all the French car makers I have always thought Peugeot produced the best looking vehicles… and so it is with their latest offering the new 308. The car has loads of road presence with its dramatic slash front running lights and the latest corporate Peugeot front design plus plenty of angles and creases in the bodywork and distinctive ‘three claw’ rear lights - while inside the new 308 feels even more premium in line with the brand’s upmarket aspirations.

Peugeot has managed to achieve a sporty yet comfortable ride with plenty of grip and not much body roll while on those 17-inch ‘diamond cut’ alloy wheels the car copes well over rough roads. The 308 range starts from £24,635, but our Allure Premium trim model comes in at £28,000 plus £695 for that smart special pearlescent paint job. All in all a great package from Peugeot and I am sure we will see lots of 308s on our roads for many years to come. For more information go to www.peugeot.co.uk

There’s lots to challenge opposition from the likes of the VW Golf and Ford Focus in the very tough and competitive market for familysized hatchbacks. It is a car sector that has somewhat fallen out of favour with buyers wanting SUVs, but hatchbacks still account for lots of sales which is why Peugeot have reworked their best seller and our test version, the near range-topping Allure Premium 1.2L PureTech 130 auto is likely to be on buyers wish lists. That is because it has a great standard kit list including sat nav, adaptive cruise control and rear view cameras plus three driving modes - sport, normal and eco – and in the latter Peugeot claim up to a shade over 52 mpg, which I can well believe as after a busy week of very mixed driving I handed the car back with still around 250 miles left in the tank.

For all the latest car tests see the motoring section of our website at www.50plusmagazine.co.uk/motors/

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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 Aspire Denture Clinic specialise in correcting.

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ver 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

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constant bone resorption 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.

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


SHOULD I HAVE A SPARE SET OF DENTURES MADE? Yes, it is very important to have a spare set of dentures for emergencies in case of breakage.

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

further Education and Training in areas such as Medical Emergencies Cross Infection Control and Oral Pathology (cancers and anomalies) to name just a few sections that make up the Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology as Awarded by the Royal Collage of Surgeons (RCS). It is this qualification that allows the clinicians at Aspire Denture Clinic 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

WHAT IS A CLINICAL DENTAL TECHNICIAN? A Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) is a qualified dental technician that has under gone

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.

ASPIRE DENTURE CLINIC CAN OFFER ALL ASPECTS OF DENTURE CARE INCLUDING; • Free Consultations • Denture cleaning and polishing service • Repair of broken or cracked dentures • Relining existing dentures to improve fit • New full dentures • New partial dentures (following treatment plan from dentist) * • Sports mouth guards *Dentist treatment plan can be arranged

DID YOU KNOW?

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

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Testimonial; “I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael to anybody who needs advice and help with their dentures. You will not be disappointed. Having had my new dentures for several weeks I now feel like “a new person”. I just wish I had gone to Aspire many years earlier because it has made such a difference to my life.”


HEALTH | 50 PLUS MAGAZINE

Over 40s most at risk of Glaucoma nails). If this happens then the pressure rise can be very abrupt, high and painful - acute angle closure glaucoma. Are there any symptoms? It’s important to note that a lot of people who suffer from glaucoma don’t experience any symptoms early on, which is why regular eye checks are so important. The general recommendation is to visit your optician at least every two years for an examination for a full health check with prescription review, and at least yearly if there are added risk factors, for example a family history. In acute angle closure glaucoma the abrupt rise in eye pressure may cause pain, particularly in bright lights, headache, nausea and vomiting as well as vision loss. With two million people missing a routine eye test during lockdown, serious and irreversible eye conditions such as glaucoma have gone undetected. People who are over 40 years of age are most at risk of developing glaucoma (known as a silent killer of vision as patients have few symptoms as the disease progresses) and how to minimise the risks of developing it in later life. What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of irreversible blindness. It is where the optic nerve (the electrical cable that carries information from your eye to your brain) degenerates more quickly than it should, usually because the pressure within the eye is too high. Our brains are able to compensate for the natural degeneration so we have little awareness of disease progression however this means there are often no symptoms until the disease is very advanced, and we cannot (yet!) rejuvenate a human optic nerve. Why does it happen? There are different reasons why the eye pressure can increase, indeed we do need eye pressure otherwise our eyes would collapse like a balloon with no air in. There is therefore a continuous circulation of fluid inside the eye, and pressure rise is usually gradual and caused by increased resistance of drainage of fluid from the eye into the bloodstream. More rarely, the eye pressure can rise because the lens inside the eye runs out of space (the lens is one of the few things that continues growing throughout our life like our hair and

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What can influence your chances of getting glaucoma? Unfortunately, there is little that one can do to reduce the risk of developing glaucoma. Having a balanced diet, engaging in regular exercise, and not smoking will reduce the risk of other diseases of the optic nerve. However, you are more at risk of the disease if you have the following: • • • • • •

Have a family history of glaucoma Are over 40 years of age Are short-sighted or long-sighted Hypertension High blood pressure Diabetes

Prioritise your eye health Across most medical specialties, doctors have noted a sharp drop in care during the pandemic, as non essential visits and procedures were curbed and people feared a medical appointment could lead to coronavirus infection. But it wasn't just the more dramatic specialities where medical professionals witnessed the collateral damage from Covid. The field of eye health has been hit particularly hard because the decision to skip or delay tests/treatment rarely results in a lifeor-death type of scenario. But it can certainly lead to permanent vision damage or even blindness. So I am urging patients not to neglect their eye health. The key to avoiding glaucoma progression is to have regular eye checks which crucially include eye pressure measurement, optic nerve examination and a field test (the ability to see things out of the corner of your eye).


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EXPERT TIPS FOR TAKING CARE OF YOUR EYESIGHT Our eyesight is a precious thing. Deterioration in our vision is not always noticeable until the damage done is irreversible. Nor are eye strain and ageing the only factors in our sight getting worse. Medical conditions like diabetes and glaucoma pose some of the biggest threats to eyesight. That’s why experts advise that looking after your eyes should be part and parcel of your general health routines. Regular check ups, a healthy lifestyle, not ignoring it if you suspect something is wrong and avoiding known risk factors all play a part in protecting your eyesight long term.

with smoking is the fact that it can damage our eyesight. Research has shown that smoking doubles the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The macula is a specific part of your retina that controls your vision when you look directly at an object. AMD can make it difficult to focus or even lead to ‘blank’ patches in the centre of your vision. There are few treatment options for advanced AMD.

Here are some top tips from the professionals for boosting your eye health.

As well as AMD, smoking is linked to increased risk of cataracts and can also make retinal damage associated with diabetes worse.

Keep up with regular eye tests When it comes to looking after your eyes long term, there really is no substitute for regular eye tests. The recommendation is to take a test at least once every two years, although this may increase if you are older or you have a history of issues with your eyesight. Always follow your optician’s advice.

Drink plenty of water Another issue smoking or exposure to other people’s smoke can cause is dry eye syndrome. This is a condition where your eyes don’t produce enough fluids (tears, to you and me), leading to sore, irritable eyes that you are tempted to rub all the time. People who wear contact lenses also commonly complain of dry eye syndrome.

The reason eye tests are so important is because they don’t just look at things like short or long sightedness which might affect your need to wear glasses or contact lenses. During an eye test, you will also be screened for several conditions that affect your eyes, including glaucoma - one of the leading causes of blindness amongst the over60s which can irreversibly damage your optic nerve without any symptoms.

A very simple solution for avoiding the worst effects of dry eyes is to drink plenty. The better hydrated you are, the more fluids your body has available to produce tears. Remember, ‘wet’ eyes are actually a natural defence against foreign bodies getting into and damaging our eyes, so it makes sense to back up this important function by drinking plenty.

Stick to a healthy diet We’ve mentioned diabetes above. Diabetes is a major risk factor for sight loss because imbalances in blood sugar can lead to damage to the retina. Many diabetics first notice changes such as their vision becoming blurred. With prompt intervention, these symptoms can be controlled. But it is vital that measures taken to protect your eyes are part of a wider approach to managing diabetes. Diet is critical. A healthy, balanced diet low in processed carbohydrates plays a central role in helping to regulate blood sugar levels, therefore minimising the risk of retina damage. Obesity is also a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, so any action you can take to lose weight, such as altering your diet and increasing the amount of exercise you take, will also help to protect your eyes. Quit smoking These days we all know about the many negative effects smoking has on our health. But one of the lesser known health risks associated 62

If dry eyes are still an issue even though you are keeping well hydrated, eye drops can help to supplement your natural defences. People who wear contact lenses often turn to eye drops to help keep their eyes moist. Protect your eyes from the sun Finally, if you are out and about in bright sunshine for any length of time, it is important to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV radiation by wearing sunglasses. The risks of skin cancer from overexposure to sunlight have been the focus of decades of public health campaigns, and we all know about covering up and wearing plenty of high-factor sunscreen if we are spending time in the sun. But UV radiation from the sun can have an equally damaging impact on our eyes. If you have a prescription for glasses, speak to your optician about getting a sunglasses prescription to go with it. Or if you choose to buy a non-prescription pair off the shelf, check the label to make sure it conforms with British Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1 - the industry standard for certified UV protection.


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Fancy a career in care? Ian Spencer a Support Worker in our Mental Health Hub in Bolton said. “I feel very privileged to be working in the job I am in and the support I get from colleagues is priceless. I have been here over four years and I love it.”

At Bolton Cares we are on a mission to find our next fabulous 40 Support Workers. We are looking for people of all ages, abilities and from all walks of life. If you fancy a career change or have past or personal experience in a caring role, or you may not be on a career path but still want a rewarding job that supports people in your community. We can help you grow an incredible and rewarding career, join us.

industry recognised care qualifications with us. We pay the real living wage and we recognise that it is our colleagues that make Bolton Cares a great place to work. We are the biggest care provider in Bolton working across the communities of Bolton, Salford and Wigan. We support adults with a variety of care and support needs, including those with physical, sensory, or learning disabilities, mental health problems or dementia. Every day we help people to live the life they want, their way. We are passionate about providing person centred support and have an ethos of ‘doing with’ rather than ‘to’ to help the people we support live the best life possible, independently. If you would like to make a positive difference to someone’s life every day, we would love you to join us.Take a look at our website Careers – Bolton Cares or give us a ring for an informal chat on 01204 331111

Having the right values and a passion to support people to have great lives is enough, we can take care of the rest.You can gain

Fancy a career change? Have you ever thought about care? Working in care is a rewarding and exciting career and Bolton’s biggest care provider is on a mission to find 40 fabulous new support workers. Do it for you. Do it for Bolton.

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6th October The Crooners

25th - 27th October Twopence to cross the Mersey

12th November The world famous Elvis show

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