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Award-Winning Special Edition Caravans in Demand Sales of Glossop Caravans' sought-after Special Edition range are going so well that for the first time ever, customers are able to reserve a bespoke Elddis Chatsworth 2018 model in a money-saving deal based on current prices. "Sales of the Elddis Chatsworth 2017 have been so brisk that all the available models have now been sold," said Joint Managing Directors Stan and Brian Laing. "So we have struck a deal with Elddis to bring the 2018 range to our customers this September. By ordering now customers can 'price lock' the value of the caravan they plan to part exchange - protecting themselves from a fall in prices between now and the autumn." Glossop Caravans' high-specification Coachman Festival, Elddis Chatsworth and Swift Celebration caravans are much in demand with discerning caravanners looking for extra-special features and excellent value for money. The best-selling family range can now be seen at Glossop Caravans extensive site. Added Stan and Brian: "Each year we work closely with all three market-leading UK manufacturers to create our Special

Edition range, which offers our customers extra touches of luxury at very competitive prices. "For the past two years, the range has scored extremely well in The Caravan Club's prestigious Caravan Design Awards, and we're delighted that the 2017 range is proving extremely popular with customers." Independent judges representing The Caravan Club were so impressed by the high standard of the latest Special Edition models that they scored a near clean sweep in three Dealer Special categories highlighting the very best two berth, three to four berth and over four berth caravans - repeating the range's success in the 2016 Awards. To view the full range of Special Edition caravans visit Customers new to caravanning can also count on a warm welcome and expert advice. A free magazine produced exclusively by Glossop Caravans, guides the first-time buyer every step of the way. Copies can be picked up at Glossop Caravans or a digital copy can be found at




Twittering on With Tyler Grundy Starting this edition's ‘Twittering On' a rather sombre note. Remembering the vast amount of celebrities that we lost throughout 2016, the social media world has been typing in fear. Will this trend continue into 2017? (I mean it is likely, we are after all an ageing population).

Now I do not mean to boast but as I write this, I have just finished watching the series on my ultra-high definition TV and some of the scenes are truly breathtaking. I myself love the show and would recommend it to you readers today, if you have not watched it already although, I imagine many of you will have done. But I must admit, I had a second agenda other than for my viewing pleasure when I watched the show.

I shall regale you with one of my favorite tweets before moving swiftly on. I imagine you will be able to guess the famous figure to which the user was referring;

“He’s made it into 2017, Brucey! Wrap him up in cotton wool now!”

Attenborough Does It Again!

The internet following its initial airing was in uproar over a certain scene in the very first episode involving newborn iguanas and racer snakes. The scene unfolded into a deadly chase between the two. If you have seen it then I imagine the scene has stuck with you.

The original Planet Earth presented by David Attenborough is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV series’ ever produced. The series originally aired in 2006 and the follow up aptly titled Planet Earth II concluded this winter.


The epic scene has been widely compared to this decade's hit show Game of Thrones. Now if you are not familiar with that show it is filled to the brim with sex, incest, and head popping violence (literally). I saw many a viewer compare the intensity of the snakes swarming the baby iguana and the close ups of its final moments of its short life with the violence and gore ever present in Game of Thrones, many noting that Planet Earth had just raised the bar. In case you are one of those not familiar with Game of Thrones, I shall regale you with a story I heard going around about the show's latest season. It is renowned for its openness in showing full frontal female nudity and there was recently a rumor stating that if the showrunners did not even the score with full frontal male nudity then the show would risk being cancelled. Coincidently, they obliged. Anyway, that is just a taster of what kind of a show Thrones is. Admittedly, the scoring of the Planet Earth scene by world-renowned


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Understandably, the internet could not miss such an opportunity to create an account for the iguana that made it to safety. With its first post being a thank you to all its fans who wished him well, while also informing us he was “bricking it” running across those rocks.

Indeed, this is the popular term of endearment for Queen Elizabeth II within the Twitter universe. As I write this section, I must admit I was a little puzzled as to how long a ‘Sapphire Jubilee’ was a recognition of. Then to realize that it was the first of its kind as no other English monarch has celebrated 65 years on the throne.

30p For A Freddo?! Yes, you read that correctly. The famous frog chocolate bar, that back in my childhood days was an affordable 10p has been steadily rising in price over the last few years. Now at the risk of not making myself sound too old, 30p in my childhood would have bought me a 10p Freddo and two 10p mixes from my local corner shop. I have no doubt this little tale will have you musing what you could have purchased with that amount of money back in the day. Some are linking the sudden rise in price with Brexit. First, they say it was the Toblerone when the chocolate bar, just weeks after the Brexit vote, announced they would be changing the traditional triangle shape of the bar. Albeit a minute change to the size of the triangles. Those passionate Twitter users have remerged here as well once again relating the rise in Freddo’s price to Brexit. Light humor over, here comes the academics. Here comes the inevitable history lesson from a history graduate. Some of you may be familiar with my historical tangents by now. Freddos were first introduced to Britain in 1973 and enjoyed their first stint on our shelves up until 1979 before again reappearing 15 years later.

The evolution of the Freddo bar can be seen above. And don’t let the picture fool you, as in recent years the Freddo has actually decreased in size as the price has increased. There is also a rumour that at one stage in the life of Freddo it stood at an absolute bargain price of 5p.

This picture is the Coronation of a young Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd of June 1953 which took place more than a year after her reign began. I thought it was apt to take this opportunity to see what Twitter was saying about her reign as Britain’s longest reigning monarch. The most bizarre fact I have stumbled upon, although I am dubious about it, is that the Queen is the only person in the UK who does not require a driving license to drive. We really are in the realms of twittering on now.

Watch out Ticket Touts are about. In recent weeks, a string of high profile artists have announced tours of the UK. From Celine Dion, of Titantic fame and the young and hugely successful Ed Sheeran, the ginger haired bloke who started off as a busker and made it big. Both were sellouts in the multiple arenas they announced. For Sheeran the tickets ranged from a modest £44 to £77 for the better ones. Whereas for Dion officially the tickets stood at £49 to £163. Crazy right? I mean £163 for a one hit wonder, well in my eyes anyway. Now the shows are sold out, and this rather sadly is not because of committed fans but due to touts who buy tickets in bulk (in many cases you can buy up to 7 per person) and sell them on in some instances up to 10 times the normal asking price. Tickets that were originally priced at £44 are now going for the cheapest price of £152 right up to £220 and beyond. And this is on a website that is basically dedicated to the touting of tickets! We all know ticket touts to be shady men standing outside of arenas buying and selling tickets on the night. Now the game has changed.

I believe I can divide the rest of the tweets about her reign into three categories. We have the “65 years of doing nothing” brigade. We have, “Time to step down and let your son have a ago” posse and finally we have, “God save the Queen long may she reign” patriots who are the overwhelming majority in this case.

Rosie Returns! Consistent viewers of the nation’s favorite soap Coronation Street will have noticed a familiar face return to the cobbles in these past weeks. That is correct, Rosie Webster has returned! Online, fans of the show were quick to point out that although she may provide a bit of glamor and beauty for the show's male audience; it cannot make up for her lack of acting talent. One Twitter user wrote;

“Clearly Rosie Webster hasn’t spent the last few years away from Corrie at acting school”.

Fans these days will go to desperate measures to see their idols. One young Twitter user has already been forced to sell her house and car after spending £1,300 on tickets to see Ed Sheeran (pictured above) and is now moving back in with her parents. Of course, there is no guarantee the tickets will even come her way. I guess 30p for a Freddo does not sound so crazy after all. I shall leave you with some musings as I always do. How much would you be willing to pay to take you and your other half to see their favourite act? A few years ago I myself saw Sir Tom Jones who if the opportunity comes I would urge you to see. 50 quid I paid. So go on, treat yourself.





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Located on the south coast within the historic county of Sussex, lies the elegant seaside resort of Eastbourne. Renowned for its top sunshine records and award winning beaches, Eastbourne is understandably a popular holiday destination for all. With a sprinkling of high street shops, centrally located, a Victorian pier and a rich history boasting a variety of castles, museums and galleries, Eastbourne is sure to cater for your every need. Imperial Hotel Located just a stone’s throw away from the promenade and band stand, this grand Victorian hotel is full of character and home to a number of spacious, comfortable bedrooms, all accessible via lifts. Guests are able to unwind in the relaxing lounge area before an evening meal in the Majestic Restaurant, offering hearty, home cooked food. Hotel facilities l All rooms are en-suite with telephone, television and hairdryer l Free WiFi in Public areas l Premier rooms available* l Complimentary tea and coffee in all rooms l Waiter service l Traditional English breakfast l Lunch snacks available daily l Table d’hôte menu l Optional a la carte menu available l Live entertainment most evenings l Ballroom/Dance floor l Two lifts serving all floors l Porterage.

Take a short boat ride across the Solent and discover the Isle of Wight, an island of astounding natural beauty with a variety of attractions to suit all ages. Located on the south east coast of the island, the traditional seaside resort of Shanklin is home to golden sandy beaches and a quaint collection of shops housed in traditional thatched cottages. It is understandably one of the most popular resorts on the island with plenty to entertain. Ocean View Hotel Situated in a premier location with an idyllic seaside position, the charming, well-appointed Ocean View Hotel boasts uninterrupted panoramic views across Sandown Bay. The hotel also offers a large sprung dance floor and provides live entertainment most evenings. Hotel facilities l All rooms are en-suite with telephone, television and hairdryer l Free WiFi in Public areas l Premier and sea views rooms available* l Complimentary tea and coffee in all rooms l Waiter service l Traditional English breakfast l Lunch snacks available daily l Licensed bar l Table d’hôte menu l Optional a la carte menu available l Live entertainment most evenings l Ballroom/Dance floor l Heated indoor swimming pool l Indoor bowling green, table tennis and snooker room l Lift serving all floors l Porterage. Please note that on each floor of the hotel, some steps may need to be negotiated.

19/12/2014 Located in the heart of the English Riviera, Torquay is renowned for its mild climate, award winning sandy beaches and secluded coves and has been a popular holiday destination since the early 19th century. With its distinctive European atmosphere, sophisticated environment and beautifully varied scenery, Torquay remains a popular holiday destination. Abbey Lawn Hotel If you’re looking to unwind in style, this elegant Georgian hotel is the place to stay. Located in the grounds of the former Torre Abbey with stunning views of the bay, the Abbey Lawn hotel offers an exceptional standard of comfort throughout. The hotel comprises superb facilities, including a heated indoor swimming pool and a conservatory lounge overlooking the bay, where guests can relax and enjoy a drink. Hotel facilities l All rooms are en-suite with telephone, television and hairdryer l Free WiFi in Public areas l Premier and front facing rooms available* l Complimentary tea and coffee in all rooms l Waiter service l Traditional English breakfast l Lunch snacks available daily l Licensed bar l Table d’hôte menu l Optional a la carte menu available l Live entertainment most evenings l Ballroom/Dance floor l Heated indoor pool l Lift serving all floors l Porterage.


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a little pampering in the sun. The two of them had found the perfect solution to ensure marital harmony for their golden years. January is the perfect time of year to escape from the UK with a direct flight to Barbados and then a quick hop to join the Royal Clipper. And what a welcoming ship it is, by far the most elegant and photogenic in the port, a vision of beauty with comfort and charm in equal measures.

The Royal Clipper – The Windward Islands of the Caribbean “I absolutely must go on that ship….” Carolyn (a vibrant 65 year old Norwegian, now on her fourth Star Clippers cruise) explained over a sundowner rum punch that she had been in Barbados a few years earlier on board a large cruise liner, and her eyes were drawn across the marina. It was love at first sight, and she has never looked back.

many a small yacht in the past and still wanted to experience the buzz from travelling by sail power. His wife however, preferred luxury holidays with

Usually we would return to the ship for lunch which was also a buffet (including a fabulous beach barbecue in Antigua – what a way to lunch in style!), and any thought of hunger later in the afternoon was soon dispelled by tea served at 5pm in the tropical bar area where a soulful singer and keyboard player entertained.

The secret? The essence of a Star Clippers voyage is that it’s a genuine sailing experience on board the largest full-rigged ship in the world……with all of the comfort, superb dining and service of a 5 star cruise. “I still want to enjoy sailing but not with all that responsibility.” This time it was George’s turn to explain why he had the Star Clippers bug. He had captained



After just a day or two, life on board established a delightful and relaxed daily routine. Rising early to enjoy the sunrise with a dazzling display of oranges and pinks through the clouds and over the hills of the islands, accompanied by the water performance of the flying fish and the birds swooping to catch them. Then with my appetite likewise awakened, it was high time for a buffet breakfast (the bread choice and quality alone rivalled any top hotel), and the not too arduous task of deciding on the plan for the day ahead. The ship called in at a different island each day (St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, St Kitts, Iles des Saintes and Martinique), and a range of excursions were on offer.

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Then it was time to ascend to the upper deck, to savour the setting sun, cocktail of the day in hand, and enjoy the Sailaway. Dramatic and emotional music (Vangelis, `1492 Conquest of Paradise’) provides the atmosphere while the crew hoist the sails, the captain watches over and the guests step to the side of the

Let’s get moving! With dark nights and cold weather its no surprise that many of us end up a lot less active over the winter months.

Relaxing of the Jetty

incredible web of ropes and pulleys, as our elegant ship set sail for the next destination. Dinner is a la carte, where guests can choose to sit separately to eat if they choose, although it’s more interesting to be on a mixed table for 6 or 8. Evening entertainment is very informal, with a highlight being a steel band. Snorkelling equipment is available free of charge, and for those who prefer a little self-indulgence, there’s also an excellent spa with a range of treatments. And a gym should all that wonderful food be resulting in a couple of unwelcome extra inches around the waist. The seven days went by all too fast, with experiences to savour that will last a lifetime. New friendships made, stories told and a true sense of well-being shared.

Many of us fail to reach the recommended guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate exercise (such as walking, steady cycling) or 75 vigorous minutes (running, fast swimming). Whilst this may seem an intimidating target, it can be broken down into a 30-minute walk 5 times a week or 3 25-minute runs. The key to exercise is to make it something you enjoy. Exercising with others is a great way to keep motivated, so look into joining a local walking group or running club. Exercise classes such as Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi are also great ways to improve your strength and balance as well as your fitness. offers fully crewed tall ship sailing cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Indonesia, Cuba and Asia, and transatlantic crossings each spring and autumn. A 7 night Caribbean sailing around the Windward Islands (departing 13th January 2018) on board the magnificent flagship Royal Clipper costs from £1979 per person, including return UK flights, transfers, all meals on board and port charges. Or cruise only from £1227.

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If you’re someone who hasn’t done any exercise for a long time, start slowly and set yourself goals. Begin with a ten-minute walk every day and build up over a month to get to half an hour. Swimming and cycling are also great ways to get fit without putting too much strain on joints.

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TRAVEL it not for the sea walls and drainage ditches dating back to Roman times. This precarious platform of land is something of a world apart, a ‘Fifth Continent’, but it has been vital to the defence of England since Saxon times and always prized for its busy ancient ports and fertile sheep pastures.

Mermaid Inn, Rye

Travels in History: The Fifth Continent and the Making of England. Two regions of England have a fascinating story to tell. It is one that reaches back through centuries of interaction between the people, the land and the sea, and which is found within their particularly rich and striking natural and cultural heritage.

But the distinctiveness of this open, almost eerily strange landscape is more than physical. Life on ‘The Marsh’, as locals refer to it, has evolved a fascinating character and identity of its own. People have lived here since prehistoric times but most of the Marsh would now be flooded were

ROMNEY MARSH: THE FIFTH CONTINENT. “The world, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh” (The Ingoldsby Legends by Richard Harris Barham). Situated in the south-east corner of England, Romney Marsh is one of Britain’s most unique and intriguing regions, renowned for its rugged beauty and rich history. A flat tract of some 100 square miles, it projects bravely and calmly out to sea, distinct from the rolling hills and cliffs nearby. A 28 mile long canal hugs the Marsh’s landward edge, effectively cutting it off from the mainland.


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A tour of the Marsh will reveal evidence of Saxons, Vikings, Normans, notorious smugglers, Nazi spies, inspired authors and many more colourful characters. It is famous for its medieval churches, within the walls of which are clues to a forgotten past, a past that was once carried on the shoulders of Kings, Archbishops, murderous pirates and scheming politicians. The churches are sometimes the only surviving testament to whole communities that disappeared to become the eleven lost villages of the Marsh. The smuggler’s tales of Russell Thorndyke’s Dr Syn novels are perhaps the best known stories from the Marsh but many famous authors and artists have found inspiration in the hidden history and strange beauty. This summer, local resident and professional archaeologist Dr Christopher Cole, invites you to join him on a unique 5 day tour based in the historic Mermaid Inn in Rye. His passion for and knowledge of the Marsh, its people and its history, give the tour an especially intimate insight (for details see below).

Latest research and discoveries. Based in the 4-star St Giles House Hotel in Norwich, this unique six day tour includes a fascinating day on a live excavation seeing the latest discoveries being made and the field techniques used, coupled with a wider exploration of the region’s unrivalled Anglo-Saxon and medieval sites. Enjoy lectures and guided visits to Sutton Hoo, Castle Acre, Walsingham, West Stow, Burgh and Norwich. Romney Marsh: 19 June, 17 July and 14 August 2017. Only £625 per person including 4 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, a 3-course evening meal on the first night, all excursion transport, entrances and expert guiding. East Anglia: 23 July and 30 July 2017. Only £699 per person including 5 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, a 3-course evening meal on the first night, all excursion transport, entrances and expert guiding.


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EAST ANGLIA: ORIGINS OF ENGLAND. The rich lands of Norfolk and Suffolk are steeped in the tribal origins of England and brimming with an unmatched medieval heritage. Facing continental Europe, they have hosted wave after wave of settlers in England’s history, including Celts, Romans, Anglo Saxons, Danes and Normans. Much of the region is prone to flooding and, like Romney Marsh, the flat landscape has been reclaimed for settlement and agriculture over many centuries. It now offers both a classic and unique representation of the English countryside, and still retains its winding lanes, rolling fields, timbered villages and pebbled beaches in abundance. It could also be described as a quintessence of the history of England. It was the tribal land of the Celtic Iceni, whose fearless Queen Boudicca led an uprising against Roman rule. In Anglo-Saxon times it was the Kingdom of the East Angles, one of the most powerful of the time, and home to the warrior-kings whose burial treasures were famously unearthed at Sutton Hoo, still the richest burial ever found in northern Europe. During the Middle Ages East Anglia developed into a powerhouse of agriculture, trade and religious activity, with Norwich as England’s second city. A tour of East Anglia will reward you with some of the finest medieval architecture and pure historical interest from anywhere in England. This summer you are invited to join historian Dr Martin Locker and archaeologist Dr Neil Faulkner as they explore Anglo-Saxon villages, Norman manors and monasteries, Christian saints and pilgrims and the creation of medieval England.

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Rick Astley The Quiet Man of Pop You won’t see photos of him in celebrity magazines falling out of nightclubs at 4am or attending every premier in sight. Yet, in almost three decades in the limelight the shy lad from Warrington, Cheshire, has had a string of hits and possesses one of the most distinctive voices in the business. He has just finished a sell-out tour across the USA and the UK and the reaction from fans old and new underlines the long-lasting appeal of the clean-cut icon who, with his smart hairstyle and metrosexual wardrobe, looks years younger than 51. This timeless assurance may be down to his simple philosophy on life:

“I’m a person who tries not to have regrets.” Some of that down-to-earth approach could lie in his Northern upbringing. He was the youngest of three boys and a


girl and showed musical promise early, singing in the choir at his local church at 10. He learned to play the drums, piano/ keyboards, guitar and saxophone and in his teens was gigging in pubs and clubs with various bands like FBI. He commented: “I used to go to soul nights because I loved dancing, and so did my friends, and we loved the music. We used to go to listen to black American soul.” In 1985, Rick was performing with FBI, playing their own music, when he caught the attention of well-known record producer Pete Waterman. He persuaded the youngsters to come to London to work at his company, PWL recording studio, under what became the famous production team of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman. In ‘80s pop, Stock Aitken Waterman was THE leading force.

During this time of learning, the young singer also doubled as studio teaboy. As he recalled: “Working as a teaboy may have helped my confidence but not everyone else was so pleased. I could never remember who had milk or how many sugars, and I had an unusual talent for spilling tea on the recording console!” At just 21 in 1987, Rick released his debut single “Never Gonna Give You Up”, and it had a huge impact. It took instant residence in the charts and became the year’s best-selling single in the UK as well as making No.1 in 16 different countries. The song became the centrepiece of debut album “Whenever You Need Somebody” which sold a remarkable 15 million copies worldwide. He even cracked the US Top 10 – a notoriously difficult achievement for any British singer, especially with a debut single, earning him a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist.”

CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Suddenly, the shy Northern lad was catapulted into the international world of stardom, and the following years saw Rick released a string of further hits. The soulful songs with a mature depth of delivery from his rich voice made him a household name. “Whenever You Need Somebody”, “Hold Me In Your Arms, “She Wants To Dance With Me”, Take Me To Your Heart” and “Hopelessly” all propelled him into singles’ charts across the globe. During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Rick Astley was everywhere – on TV, radio and the music charts. By 1993, he was a wealthy man with little to prove to the world. Some might say his innate shyness made him a slightly uncomfortable fit with the often brash world of celebrity. By then, he had a baby daughter, Emilie, and a wife, and he wanted to spend more time with them. So he decided to retire - at the age of just 27.

material I was working on was pretty good. So I decided to go for it.” It proved to be a good decision. The album reached No.1 and the single from it, “Dance” with its official video proved to be a hit. Suddenly, Rick was everywhere in the media again – although this time, a more assured and confident performer, comfortable in his own skin. As he insisted: “My time away from the spotlight allowed me to rediscover my love for music, and I’m doing it for me now and no-one else.” The quiet man of pop has found his voice in more ways than one.

For much of the ‘90s and into the 2000s, he was out of the music business, out of the spotlight. Then, in 2001, Rick returned, signing a co-publishing deal with Polydor and releasing single “Keep It Turned On.” When his first compilation album “Greatest Hits” came out in 2000, it reached No.16 on the UK albums’ chart. In 2003, he reached No.10 in the UK as a songwriter with “Shakespeare’s (Way With) Words” performed by boyband One True Voice. In 2004, Rick toured for the first time in 14 years, which led to a record contract with Sony BMG. In 2005, he released the album “Portrait” covering classics like “Vincent” and “Close To You”. In 2008, the album “The Ultimate Collection: Rick Astley” burst into the public’s consciousness and again went into the UK Top 40 albums’ chart. Later that year, Rick was nominated for the “Best Act Ever” award at the MTV Europe Music Awards and fans went into over-drive to ensure their hero received it. On the back of this, “Never Gonna Give You Up” returned to the UK charts – more than 21 years after it was released. During the late 2000s, Rick continued extensive touring across the globe and in 2010 was a special guest on Peter Kay’s tour “The Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour … Now On Tour” and to mark the occasion, he released a new single, “Lights Out”, on his own label which was well-received. He became a DJ for London’s Magic FM with a popular weekly show, then co-hosted Chris Evens Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, again with Peter Kay. In 2016, Rick released “Keep Singing” from his forthcoming album “50” – prompted by his turning 50. He told Amanda Holden on the “Lorraine” show: “It was a big milestone. I got back in the studio and friends were telling me the

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HOME often comes in wider sizes than the average roll which means it will have fewer joins and look better overall. “The average wallpaper lasts around four years in most homes before you want to replace it but really good wallpaper is still there in 10 years time, and you will probably still like the way it looks.” Shop around for smaller items of furniture like bedside tables. “You can pick up cheaper copies in high street stores,” she says. The same applies to cut-glass drawer and door handles. “Often, just changing the handles on furniture or buying new window poles can update the room. “Clearance light

How to give your home that contemporary look

fittings can be painted or sprayed, and you can add diamantes or beads on lampshades. Also, if you have throws on furniture already, invest in some really smart cushion covers and trim the existing throws with the same material.”

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well be better off getting them made

glossy magazines showing upmarket

than buying them off the shelf,” adds

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homes and interiors or watch TV

Allyson. “They will fit better and last

bargains on the internet, Allyson

programmes featuring fabulous

much longer, and you will be getting

advises that it’s always best “to see and

houses most of us wonder “how can

exactly the design you want.”

feel” soft furnishing items in particular. “Colours and textures aren’t always

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right when items arrive in the post,” she

wallpaper. “You don’t need to invest a

concludes. “Shop local – you can see

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fortune to get wallpaper for a feature

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wall,” she says. “But good wallpaper

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on a realistic budget is not as impossible as it might first appear. And it’s completely possible to create a new look for your home to bring it completely up to date. As interior designer Allyson Houghton of Ideas Interior explains: “There are always alternative ways and tricks to get the style you want.” Unusually, though, sometimes buying bespoke rather than opting for readymade chain-store items can work out cheaper. “For example, if you want gorgeous pelmets and drapes for your home, you may


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HOME If you are updating your home interior, Allyson suggests one clever way –

“Add an oversized mirror – it creates a statement and enhances the light in your room.” And she points to one range, Gallery Direct’s, fresh and exciting new range of accent mirrors “that will transform any room into a 1920s dance hall.” Other bang on trend ideas that can be replicated at home include turning alcoves in your lounge or living room into stylish additions. While made-to-measure bookcases installed either side of a fireplace in a traditional lounge will really enhance it, you could instead group pictures on shelves for an elegant display. Tuck away the TV, music system and other media in an

Cover an existing headboard in fabric to match curtains to update the room.

alcove to add to available space and integrate them with modern cube units or fitted cabinets. And if you have an alcove space in your home-office, they’re a great place for built-in cupboards for your files and stationery. Kitchens are often the heart of the home so if you’re looking to update yours consider making it into a kitchen-diner. Providing the space to cook, eat and entertain together as a family or with friends makes for a more relaxing atmosphere. In some homes, taking out a downstairs wall frees up much-needed kitchen space to provide open-plan layouts and a place to socialise all year round. Go for a more streamlined look in the kitchen with handleless kitchen units and stainless steel worktops. Add clever lighting for a touch of drama and colourful chairs to soften a contemporary colours-scheme. Consider deep blues, white and grey in the kitchen and add low-hung pendant lighting over a central island. Bathrooms can be updated and improved with more efficient use of space. In a small bathroom, use neutral colours that run along the floor, up the walls and even continue onto the bath and toilet to give a feeling of neverending space. Add depth to a narrow bathroom by creating a feature wall with one block colour or exposed brick. Dark colours


can work well in a bathroom and can add an elegant and opulent touch. Consider adding a skylight to open up your bathroom and create a light and airy space. White furnishings may help to bounce light around this room, allowing you to inject more personality with the addition of interesting accessories. Lighting is particularly important here, too, especially next to mirrors. For a retro look in your bathroom, try hanging clever storage areas on walls and add pale pastel hues to bring the bathroom to life. If you prefer a hotel-style bathroom, try a black and white colour-scheme inter-mingled with soft grey for a fresh and modern style. Remember, too, that wet rooms are currently very popular and if you’ve got the space they can be a boon to easier living. The latest looks in bedrooms include large patterns on the walls, even if you have a small bedroom. Invest in good bed linen in the sales to make your bed look extra-special, and look out for headboards which can really tie a bedroom together. Cover an existing headboard in fabric to match curtains to update the room. * For more information go to:

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8 reasons you need hardwood floors in your home If you’re looking to replace an old carpet but are in need of modern, functional and aesthetically-pleasing ideas, why not consider hardwood flooring? With an array of styles to choose from including engineered wood floors and solid hardwood floors you’re sure to be able to find something to suit your needs – so here are eight reasons why you should make the change. 1. Hardwood floors look fantastic Hardwood floors have a classy, elegant and sophisticated appearance that can totally revive and revamp any room. Whether you opt for natural earthy shades of brown or prefer more neutral whites and greys, you can achieve the interior design of your dreams. 2. They can increase the value of your home Believe it or not, many appraisers take hardwood floors into account when valuing your property potentially adding value to the selling price. For this reason, hardwood flooring is often seen as a worthwhile investment, particularly if you want to relocate at some point down the line.


3. They can make your property easier to sell There are many things you can do to help your property sell such as increasing curb appeal but in terms of internal improvements, laying wooden floors will give your abode that sharp, fresh, buyme-now appearance it desperately needs for a quick sale. 4. They naturally complement existing décor The great thing about hardwood floors is that you won’t have to change the colour of your suite or soft furnishing as the hues and shades available tend to work perfectly with existing décor. 5. They’re easy to clean Hardwood floors are easy to clean. They can be swept, mopped, hoovered, polished and don’t hold onto dirt and dust like carpets do. 6. They’re great for allergy sufferers The fact hardwood floors can be kept so sparkling is great news for allergy sufferers as they provide a hostile environment for

dust mites and other allergens – unlike carpets which are not recommended for people with eczema, asthma and other skin and respiratory ailments. 7. Durable and easy to maintain While there are many styles of hardwood flooring available, they all have one thing in common: durability. Designed to stand the test of time, hardwood will be able to cope with the traffic of your house and is also easy to maintain. 8. Hardwood flooring gives you options Hardwood flooring is extremely versatile and suitable for use throughout your home, so whether you want to renovate the hallway or give your living room a facelift, this could be the right option for you. Similarly, laying hardwood in the kitchen, conservatory or other areas of the house where spillages are common can be a good idea seeing as hardwood is notoriously easy to clean. If your carpet or rug is looking a bit shabby, or you simply fancy a change, hardwood could be the right option for you. Flooring of this kind has many benefits as you can see above, but it’s also relatively inexpensive to buy and, as you can order what you need based on careful measurements, there shouldn’t be any waste.

addressed this problem, and a whirlpool bath, which gives healing massage from the whirlpool jets, is available. However, you must enter the bath, then wait for it to fill before you can bathe, and it must be emptied before you exit. Another option is the walk in shower with seat, and grab handles. Anyone planning a bathroom for the elderly or disabled should also remember to design the position of the sink to allow space beneath to pull a wheelchair up close, and to look for toilets which are higher than usual, with sturdy grab handles.

Accessories Towel rails can be conventional, or can be obtained resembling modern art. From circular to spiral, and various shapes between, there are also hot boxes for storing towels, and even one designed to look like a ladder, with heated shelves.

get the look ... How do you view your bathroom? A place to relax, dream, and recharge. Or as a purely functional place to shower and get set for the day. Either way, there are so many innovations now in bathroom design, that the avocado suite and those depressing shower curtains are as old hat as the tin bath by the kitchen fire. For the purely functional bathroom, but with a 2lst century look, there are the wet rooms. Wet rooms take up about the same space as a bath, but allow much more space than a shower. Going a stage further, you can now install a steam shower with bath, combined with chromotherapy lighting to match your mood, hydro massage jets and whirlpool bath combination. If you’re feeling sociable, you can go for a two person steam shower with folding seats and glass back panels. Features include body massage jets and an FM radio. Or how about a sauna and steam shower combination unit, with body jets, FM radio, hands free telephone and CD input. But maybe you’re one of those people who like to relax and dream in your bath, or watch your favourite TV programme as you lie back in your favourite scented bubbles, gently massaged by whirlpool jets. Whirlpool baths are available as:

Two person corner whirlpool baths with FM radio Two person corner bath with hand shower, FM radio and hydro massage jets. Built in television, with a heated glass screen which keeps the picture clear of condensation, built in digital tuner, stereo sound with waterproof flush mounted speakers. Hand basins have come a long way – basins are available which look like works of art, in clear glass, or bronze, in round or rectangular shapes and wall mounted, leaving floor space clear. Lavatory pans can also be obtained that are wall hung, making it easier to keep the floor area around it clean. For a wet room or shower, water tiles are an innovation. This new system of body sprays and showerheads can be fitted into a shower wall or ceiling to create a customised shower. The number of jets, the height and position can be fitted to the customers’ requirements.

For the less able The problems for those unable to climb into a conventional bath are huge. No one likes to have to ask for help in taking a bath unless they have to, and so they tend to put it off, with resultant hygiene problems. The walk-in bath has

Wall and floor tiles Available in a huge range of styles and materials. From marble to ceramic, the range is so vast, that you can be spoiled for choice. From pretty to functional, arty to natural, there’s a range out there to suit your design. The accessories Nothing personalises your bathroom more than the accessories. From a bathroom cabinet behind a picture, to towels, or a linen bin, which is also a seat. Wall cupboards can be streamlined white, or wood, and mirrors can be large, to give the feeling of more space in a small bathroom. Toothbrush holders, soap dishes, and towel hooks can all be chosen in a style to harmonise with the look you’ve chosen. A beautiful bathroom enhances your home and provides a bolthole to relax and unwind, so go for it, and enjoy it for years to come.

The windows To continue with the clear, uncluttered effect, there’s nothing as efficient in a bathroom as a screen. If you have jars and bottles on your window ledge, the screen can be fitted inside the window frame to leave the ledge clear, or outside the frame, so that the window ledge is covered when the blind is down. Either way, your cosmetics don’t have to be moved every time you want privacy. Blinds can be bought in a variety of styles and colours to suit your overall design.


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and use it to grow plants? A business evolution has led us to smaller and even smaller space gardening, and that’s the place we find ourselves now. Of course, if you have room for a

Building a raised bed or veggie patch • rake • tape measure • pencil • 8 x cypress pine lengths: 3.6 m x 200 mm/38 mm (11 ft 9. in x 8 in/1. in) • circular saw • 100 x 70 mm (2. in) bulge head screws • drill set • spirit level

The Good ol’ days

passionate travelling Frenchman by the name of Sylvain. He was my first veggie patch soulmate, and co-creator of the business, and I look back on those early, organic days with great fondness. We built a garden bed, had a cup of tea, and then we

raised garden bed, it’s still the perfect infrastructure for growing food. For us, it also gives us the chance to reminisce about the good ol’ days. Before starting the construction, it is important to make the site for your garden bed completely LEVEL. Use a rake to make a flat pad. This will make the entire process sooooo much easier. Make sure you spend a bit of time getting this part right, removing any weeds and grasses in the process.

moved on to the next. With the raised garden bed front and centre, life was so uncomplicated. Our

There was once a time when the world

style of edible gardening was more

of the Little Veggie Patch Co (LVPC)

broadly based on the themes of

only featured the raised garden bed –

permaculture back then.

and cups of tea in between. A typical day would entail a trip to the timber

Larger spaces, more interaction

yard for some 38 mm (1. in) cypress

between the elements, a more

pine beauties, a trip to Bunnings for

complete cyclical system. Along with a

some 75 mm (3 in) baton screws, and a

garden bed, there may be some fruit

return trip home because we had

trees, a composting system, and the

forgotten the drill.

notion that perhaps one day the owners would get off the grid. Since then

It was a world that in itself was quite

we have pulled away from traditional

worldly, because the early days of LVPC

permaculture because one of its basic

was a melting pot of cultures that came

ideas is to take what you have got, and

together and built raised garden beds.

then improve it. But how can you take

The first person to get involved was a

a slab of concrete on the 35th floor


Start measuring and marking up the timbers. We like to organise an OLDFASHIONED production line set-up – economies of scale and scope we say! – and measure and make the timbers first. Measure the lengths twice and cut once. Cut your timbers. For the bed we want to build, we need six 2.4 m (7 ft 101/2

in) lengths, six 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) widths and ten 600 mm (1 ft 111/2 in) uprights/braces. When cutting, it helps not to force the circular saw through too quickly. Give it time to cut and let it go at its own speed. You will get STRAIGHTER CUTS and everything will slot together more nicely. That will give us more reasons to celebrate with CUPS OF TEA. Start by affixing the two lengths of the garden bed in slabs of three 2.4 m (7 ft 101/2 in) lengths, braced together by three 600 mm (1 ft 111/2 in) uprights. Lie lengths down with an end brace underneath. The end brace should extend beyond the lengths by the exact thickness of the timber (38 mm/11/2 in). Size up using another timber length. It will make sense later. As well as the two end uprights that are overhanging the thickness of the timber, attach a centre upright for extra rigidity. Now it’s time to begin construction. Start by taking an entire length slab and nestle it into position. Use the spirit level to make sure it is completely level horizontally and vertically, and affix one 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) width piece at ground level to hold it in place. Build it up with two more pieces and you have half the unit complete. If we were cutting with robot precision and using

timber of the exact same grade and thickness, adding the remaining pieces would result in a perfect fit first time, but this is WOODWORK, and we consider ourselves IMPERFECT. Because it’s very difficult to achieve perfection first time round, you may need to TEST-BUILD before screwing in. You can then chock the bottom one up or slightly dig it in to make it fit. Once happy, screw together using two 70 mm (23/4 in) bulge head screws for each piece of timber. Next comes the opposing side. Muscle it into position and attach it, ensuring it is level all over. TEA TIME perhaps? Nope, attach the remaining widths first and then put on a brew. The remaining uprights help to cover any blemishes or fixes that you’ve made along the way. Attach them at the four corners of the bed. To hold these uprights in place, use a couple of 70 mm (23/4in) bulge head screws from the inside of the bed. That way your bed exterior will be screw-free, and you’ll have a PERFECTLY CRAFTED raised garden bed (with all blemishes classily hidden).

Now your bed is ready to be filled up and planted out. Ahh, the MEMORIES …

Credits are: The Little Veggie Patch Co. DIY Garden Projects: Easy Activities for Edible Gardening and Backyard Fun by Matt Pember and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon (Hardie Grant £20) Photography: John Laurie


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Easter Recipes Top 5 Dinner Party Dishes for Easter Easter is a time for creative cooks to show off their most impressive mini egg-hatching cakes and decadent chocolate desserts. With the annual holiday falling on the first bank holiday of the year, why not spend the long weekend cooking up an Easter feast for your friends and family? While the famous Lindt chocolate bunny rules the holiday season, savoury Easter dishes often get sidelined. Steve Smith from Bohemia in Jersey believes there’s much more to an Easter feast than over-indulging on chocolate eggs and hot cross buns!

Below, the Michelin-starred chef recommends his 5 top dishes for a show-stopping Easter dinner party.

Bohemia Bar & Restaurant provides unrivalled Michelin Star dining in the heart of Jersey. Head Chef Steve Smith, who has held a Michelin Star for over 15 years from the age of just 24, has created a truly outstanding dining experience with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus.

1. Easter eggs Devilled eggs are a great canapé or starter dish. After boiling your eggs, half them and spoon out the yolk. Mayonnaise and mustard always work well, but you can be as creative as you wish with the filling. You can also be playful with the garnish – thinly sliced olives make for great Easter bunny ears! 2. Seasonal Soup Jersey Royal Soup is a great starter dish for an Easter feast. Sweat the onion and leek in butter without colouring, and then add potatoes, stock and double cream. Simmer gently for 10 minutes, then finish by blending together the ingredients and finally add fromage blanc. 3. Hooked on Shellfish We feature fresh fish heavily on our menu and langoustine is in season during this time of year, so it’s always a popular choice with diners during the Easter period. The shellfish goes particular well with parsnip and sea herbs cobnuts, which is how we serve ours in the restaurant. 4. Load up on Lamb For the main event, roast lamb is the ideal spring dinner party main dish – providing your guests aren’t vegetarian! Consider purchasing a lovely lamb loin & braised neck, which is delicious with peas and roscoff onion (this is how we serve it at Bohemia). 5. Give in to the Greens Purple sprouting broccoli is a delicious side dish to serve your dinner party guests, as it goes well with most meats and is in season in April. Add roasted garlic and pickled walnuts, as they have a savoury-sour flavour which perfectly complements the greens.


Steve Smith’s Jersey Royal Soup Bohemia Bar & Restaurant provides unrivalled Michelin Star dining in the heart of Jersey. Head Chef Steve Smith, who has held a Michelin Star for over 10 years from the age of just 24, has created a truly outstanding dining experience with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus. Steve shares his recipe for a delicious Jersey Royal Soup. Ingredients 350g onion finely chopped 350g white leek finely chopped 100g unsalted butter 500g finely sliced jersey royals 1 ltr white chicken stock 300ml double cream 300ml fromage blanc Salt and pepper Sprig of thyme Method Sweat the onion and leek in the butter without colouring Add the potatoes, the stock and double cream. Bring to the boil then simmer gently for 10 minutes. Blend and pass and add the fromage blanc. Adjust the seasoning and consistency if required.

TOM KITCHIN - "KITCHIN SUPPERS" This is one of my favourite Sunday roasts. You can’t get much more British than a leg of lamb, but serving it in this way gives a certain Mediterranean feel and flavour, which makes the dish seem light and fresh. Infusing the lamb with flavourings like rosemary and fennel seeds makes it deliciously tasty. Most side dishes work with lamb, so choose your vegetables according to the season. You might also like to serve new potatoes alongside here, or a potato gratin.

ROASTED LEG OF LAMB WITH RATATOUILLE-STUFFED TOMATOES SERVES 4 1.2kg boned and rolled leg of lamb 5 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped handful of rosemary sprigs, leaves only, roughly chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon fennel seeds sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 250ml lamb stock or chicken stock 50g butter STUFFED TOMATOES 4 large tomatoes on the vine olive oil for cooking 1 onion, peeled and diced 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 tablespoon dried herbs de Provence 1 courgette, diced 1 aubergine, diced 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and diced

Place the lamb on a board. In a bowl, mix together the garlic, rosemary, cumin and fennel seeds. Using a sharp knife, pierce little slits all over the surface of the lamb. Using your fingers, push the rosemary and spice mixture into the cuts. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Put to one side. To prepare the tomatoes, snip them off the vine, but leave the stalks intact. Cut a slice off the top off the tomatoes, removing about a quarter, and reserve these lids. Using a teaspoon, carefully scoop out the juice and seeds from inside, leaving the shells intact; set aside, along with the tops. For the ratatouille stuffing, heat a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat and add a little olive oil. Add the onion and cook slowly for 3–4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and dried herbs. Now turn up the heat and add the courgette, aubergine and some salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for a further 3–4 minutes; you may need to add more olive oil as the aubergine

will absorb quite a lot. Add the red pepper and cook for a further 2–3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check the seasoning and take off the heat. To cook the lamb, heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Heat a heavy-based ovenproof pan over a medium-high heat and add a little olive oil. Add the lamb joint and colour on all sides, allowing 3–4 minutes. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, fill the tomatoes with the ratatouille and put the lids back on. Stand the stuffed tomatoes in a small roasting tray. Add the stock, butter and a drizzle of olive oil to the tray. When the meat has been roasting for 15 minutes, turn the setting down to 160°C/Gas 3 and put the stuffed tomatoes into the oven. Roast the meat for a further 20 minutes, along with the tomatoes, basting these with the pan juices from time to time. Rest the lamb in a warm place for 10 minutes. Slice the meat and serve with the stuffed tomatoes, spooning over all the pan juices.


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Strines Inn


espite being within Sheffield's border, the Strines Inn could be a world away. Nestled amongst breathtaking moorland scenery, it is one of the local landmarks in the Peak District National Park.

Originally a manor house, it was built in 1275 for the Worrall family, although most of the present day structure is 16th Century. After becoming an Inn in 1771 when John Morton leased the property from the Worrall's, it got its name from an Olde English word meaning the meeting of water, quite appropriate as nowadays it overlooks the Strines Reservoir. In the height of Summer the Inn attracts hundreds of visitors on a daily basis. The glorious sunshine and stunning views perfectly compliment the excellent food and drink available, with many dishes being homemade. The Strines Inn is also famous for its numerous peacocks, the previous Landlord having introduced several pairs twenty years ago, there are now over thirty of them. There is also accommodation available for those people looking to escape for a few days to relax. All rooms have Four poster beds and En-Suite facilities.


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SMOKED SALMON & SPINACH LASAGNE This comforting pasta bake is easy to prepare and always popular. The recipe is based on a Scandinavian dish that my wife Michaela has been making for years. It’s absolutely delicious and has the added advantage that it can be prepared in advance, ready to bake and serve when required.

Serves 4–6 Béchamel sauce 75g butter 75g plain flour 850ml milk sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Lasagne

25g butter 1 leek, trimmed, washed and cut into strips 400g baby spinach 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 400g smoked salmon 300g Cheddar, grated 8–10 lasagne sheets 4 dill sprigs, roughly chopped, to garnish

Heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. To make the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan, stir in the flour and cook for 1–2 minutes. Slowly stir in the milk and cook at a gentle simmer, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. For the lasagne, melt half the butter in a heavy-based pan over a medium-low heat. Add the leek strips, season with salt and pepper and sweat gently for 2–3 minutes. Add the spinach leaves, a handful at a time, along with the garlic and cook for another minute or two. Drain off the excess liquid. Use the rest of the butter to grease a large square or rectangular ovenproof dish. Cut the smoked salmon into small pieces, roughly 2cm square. Spoon a layer of the béchamel sauce over the bottom of the dish and layer a third of the lasagne sheets on top. Spoon half of the leek and spinach mixture over the lasagne, followed by a good third of the smoked salmon, then cover with a third of the remaining béchamel and sprinkle some cheese over the surface. Repeat the layers of lasagne, leek and spinach, smoked salmon, béchamel and cheese, then cover with a top layer of lasagne. Spoon the rest of the béchamel sauce on top and scatter over the remaining smoked salmon and grated cheese. Bake for about 45 minutes until the top is a deep golden colour. To check that the lasagne is cooked, insert a knife in the middle; it should meet with minimal resistance. Scatter the chopped dill on top of the lasagne and serve, with a crisp green salad on the side.

MUSHROOM BRIOCHES The idea for this savoury brioche came from one of the legendary chefs I once worked for in Paris, Guy Savoy. I love its earthy mushroom flavour, especially with pâté or alongside a soup. Served slightly warm or toasted, it is just heavenly. Makes 10–12 mini brioches 180ml lukewarm milk 1½ sachets active dried yeast (10g) 4 free-range medium eggs 560g plain flour 15g salt 50g sugar 340g unsalted butter, softened Mushroom duxelle 400g button mushrooms, cleaned 20g butter 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Eggwash 2 egg yolks beaten with 1 teaspoon water and a pinch of salt

mushrooms into small dices. Heat a heavy-based pan over a medium-low heat. Add the butter and, once melted and foaming, add the mushrooms, shallot, garlic, dried herbs and some seasoning. Cook for 3–4 minutes to soften and release all the liquid from the mushrooms. Then increase the heat to drive off the liquid; the pan should be quite dry. Set aside to cool. Lightly grease and flour 10–12 metal rings, 7.5cm in diameter, and stand on a baking sheet. Turn the risen dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a rectangle, about 40 x 20cm and 1cm thick. Spread the mushroom duxelle on top of the two sheets of dough, leaving a 1cm margin along the edges. Starting at a long edge, roll each rectangle of dough up like a Swiss roll, finishing with the seam underneath. Cut into 7.5cm lengths and place in the prepared rings. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and allow to prove until they have almost reached the top of the rings. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Brush the brioches with eggwash and bake for 15 minutes until deep golden. Leave in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve while still slightly warm.

Pour the milk into a jug, sprinkle on the dried yeast and leave for 10–15 minutes, until the yeast is fully dissolved and the liquid begins to froth. Add the eggs to the yeast liquid, beating lightly to break them down. Combine the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix briefly. Now, with the motor running, slowly pour in the yeast, milk and egg mix. Continue to work on a medium speed for 5–7 minutes. Once the dough appears smooth and elastic, begin adding the butter, little by little, until it is all incorporated. Continue mixing for a further 5 minutes. When ready, the dough should appear very smooth and shiny. Turn the dough out into a lightly oiled large bowl. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size; this should take about an hour. In the meantime, prepare the mushroom duxelle. Chop the

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MARCH Wednesday 8 March 7.30pm


£22–£28 (Discounts available) Thursday 9 March 7.30pm


£14-£18 (Discounts available) Friday 10 March 7.30pm


£18–£22 (Discounts available) Saturday 11 March 2.30pm & 7.30pm


£18–£22 (Discounts available) Saturday 11 March 7.30pm


Sunday 12 March 8pm


Friday 17 March 7.30pm


Saturday 18 March 7.30pm



Sunday 19 March 7.30pm

PATSY CLINE – THE CONCERT SHE NEVER GAVE £25.50 (Discounts available)

Monday 13 – Saturday 18 March 7.30pm (Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm)


£22–£32 (Discounts available) Tuesday 21 March 7.30pm

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED) £18.50 (Discounts available) Wednesday 22 March 7.30pm


£18–£22 (Discounts available) Wednesday 22 March 7.30pm


Thursday 23 March 7.30pm

AN EVENING OF DIRTY DANCING – THE TRIBUTE SHOW £20.50–£22.50 (Discounts available) Thursday 23 March 7.30pm

ASH DYKES – SURVIVING MADAGASCAR £14 (Discounts available)


Friday 24 March 7.30pm

THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN £25.50 (Discounts available) Friday 24 March 8pm

TONY LAW – A LAW UNDO HIS-ELF WHAT WELCOME £16 (Discounts available) Saturday 25 March 7.30pm


Sunday 26 March 7.30pm


£36.50–£40 (Discounts available) Sunday 26 March 7.30pm

SNAKE DAVIS – (MORE) CLASSIC SAX SOLOS £20.50 (Discounts available) Thursday 30 March 7.30pm

TRANSITIONS DANCE COMPANY – THE 2017 TRIPLE BILL £16 (Discounts available) Friday 31 March 7.30pm


£27.50 (Discounts available)

Friday 31 March 7.30pm


APRIL Saturday 1 April 7.30pm


£26.50–£28.50 (Discounts available) Saturday 1 April 7.30pm


Sunday 2 April 7.30pm


Sunday 2 April 7.30pm


£16 (Discounts available) Wednesday 5 April 7.30pm


£17.50 (Discounts available) Thursday 6 April 7.30pm


Saturday 8 April 7.30pm



Thursday 4 & Friday 5 May 7.30pm


Sunday 9 April 7.30pm


Wednesday 12 - Sunday 16 April Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 2pm & 7pm Saturday 10.30am & 2.30pm Sunday 11am


£28–£36.50 (Discounts available) Saturday 6 May 7.30pm


£28–£36.50 (Discounts available) Tuesday 30 May – Saturday 3 June 7.30pm (Thursday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm)


£24–£32 (Discounts available)


Monday 23 – Saturday 28 October 7.30pm (Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm)

Friday 21 April 8pm

£26–£42 (Discounts available)

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Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 April 7.30pm (Saturday matinee 2.30pm)


£16–£20 (Discounts available) Sunday 23 April 8pm


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

Buxton Events

3rd May

17th May

Coffee Morning Talk

Music And Supper

Simon Webb joins us to give a talk

We are delighted to have been

on the challenges and rewards of

invited to hold our first event at

running one of the country’s most

the David Mellor Design Museum.

respected orchestras – the BBC

The museum showcases the


work of David Mellor, one of the

Upstairs at 6 The Square, Buxton,

best known 20th century British



David Mellor Design Museum,

4th May

Opera Study Day

1st July

an established and popular part

Buxton Military Tattoo 2017

The regular market held on

of our event calendar of events

Once again, the UK’s finest military

Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout

among members wishing to widen

bands will give a spectacular

the year from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00

their knowledge of opera. The

performance inside the magnificent

p.m. provides a great choice for

day will be an opportunity to hear

Devonshire Dome. Performances in

a range of your needs from food,

three eminent speakers giving

the previous seven years have sold

household goods, clothes, gifts and

lectures on the forthcoming Festival

out and raised over £75,000 for

much more.


ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.


Old Hall Hotel, Buxton,

Devonshire Dome, Buxton,

Every Tuesday and Saturday

Buxton Markets

The Opera Study Day has become











A range of fantastic stalls selling quality artisan products, gifts and foods )+(.

First Market Sunday March 12th from 10am-4pm, and every second Sunday of the month thereafter Traders enquiries to:  Chatsworth Road, Rowsley, Derbyshire DE4 2JE Follow us:




Pavilion Gardens’ Events 2017 Seasonal Events

Farmers’ Market

Easter Extravaganza

(*Saturday not Thursday **Not first Thursday)

Apr 14/15/16/17 10am-5pm (Fri, Sat, Sun & B.Hol Mon)

Spring Spectacular May 27/28/29 10am-5pm (Sat, Sun & B.Hol Mon)

Buxton Night Food & Drink Festival July 7 (Fri) 4-11pm

Summer Fête

July 15/16 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun)

Night Food & Drink Festival Jul 28 (Fri) 4-11pm

Weekend Fun Food & Drink Festival

Thursdays 9.30am-2.30pm

Jul 29/30 (Sat & Sun) 11-5pm

• Feb 2 • Mar 2 • Apr 6

Bank Holiday Special


Aug 26/27/28 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun & B.Hol Mon)

Great Peak District Fair & Buxton Beer Festival Oct 14/15 (Sat & Sun)10am-5pm

• May 11** • Sept 7 • Jun 1 • Oct 5 • July 6 • Nov 2

• Dec 7 • Dec 23*

Artist & Designer FAIR

10am-4.30pm (*Weekend Bazaar, Sat/Sun) • Feb 18 (Sat) • June 4 (Sun) • Mar 12 (Sun) • July 8/9* • Apr 1 (Sat) • July 23 (Sun) • May 6 (Sat) • May 13 (Sat)

• Aug 12 (Sat) • Sept 23/24*

• Sept 30 (Sat) • Nov 4/5* • Nov 11 (Sat) • Nov 26 (Sun) • Dec 16 (Sat)

Christmas Fair & Pavilion Gardens

Special Summer Market

Christmas Lights’ Switch On

Aug 3 (Thurs) 9.30am-3pm

Dec 9 (Sat) 10 am- 7pm Christmas Lights switch on 6.30pm)

10am - 4.30pm (Sat and Sun) • Sept 2/3 • Feb 11/12 • Oct 21/22 • Aug 5/6

10am - 4.30pm (Sat and Sun) • Oct 7/8 • Mar 25/26 • Nov 18/19 • June 24/25 • Sept 9/10

Garden Plant& Craft Show 10am - 4.30pm (Sun) (*Bank Holiday Monday - Outdoors)

• Apr 2 • May 1*

• May 14 • June 11

Dec 10 (Sun) 10am-5pm Tel: 01298 23114 Find us: /Pavilion Gardens Follow us: @gardensbuxton Recommend us: Trip Advisor Pavilion Gardens, Buxton


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Goodman - to name a few.

14th March - 7.30pm

Enjoy classic numbers such as

Dance - Ballroom Dancing

Opus One, Boogie Woogie Bugle

Every Tuesday there will be dancing

Boy, String of Pearls and Take The

in the ballroom with Ken and

‘A’ Train and many, many more,

Hazel Shelton. The bar will be

inspired by the greatest Swing

open. Tickets for this event are not

bands of the 20th century.

available to purchase online. To

Derby Theatre

book, please buy on the door on

the night of the event, call 01246


345 222 or buy in person fom the

17rd March - 1st April

Chesterfield Theatres Box Office at

Drama - Betrayal

the Chesterfield Visitor Information

Emma and Jerry meet two years


on from the end of their adulterous

The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield,

affair. Emma has betrayed her

husband Robert. Jerry has betrayed his best friend Robert. But Robert has secrets of his own. As time peels backwards charting a seven-

22nd April

intricate web of lies and deceit is

Magic - Morgan & West Parlour Tricks

revealed, making us question who

Time travelling magic duo Morgan

is betraying whom.

& West present an evening chock

Derby Theatre

full of jaw dropping, brain bursting,

gasp eliciting feats of magic. The

year love affair, a complicated and

9th April

Talk - Oh Goody! Tim Brooke-Taylor In Conversation With Chris Serle

dashing chaps offer up a plateful

Event - Cilla and the Shades of the 60s

of illusion and impossibility, all

This stunning and elegant review of

served with wit, charm and no small

the life of Cilla Black soars its way

amount of panache.

through the 60s.

Derby Theatre

Starring Liverpool born singer Victoria Jones (BBC’s The One

An unforgettable evening in the company of one of the funniest and

19th March

& Only) as Cilla, singing songs 8th March - 7.30pm

including ‘You’re My World’ and

he discusses his long career, with

Talk - Slums to Homes Fit for Heroes

writer and broadcaster Chris Serle.

In the nineteenth century the

decade of hits by Cilla’s friends

Derby Theatre,

population of Chesterfield

and co-stars such as ‘I Only Want

increased rapidly. Much of the

to Be With You’ and ‘River Deep

expanding population was

Mountain High’.

housed in the poorer areas of

Pomegranate Theatre,

the town, where living conditions


deteriorated. In 1893 Chesterfield

best-loved comedy performers as

21st April

Music - BBC Big BandSwing Legends

‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ while the Shades trio swing through a

was described as having some of

Join the internationally acclaimed

the worst slums in England. By

BBC Big Band and conductor

1939 most of the slum housing

Barry Forgie for a celebration of

had disappeared. How was this

the music of the Swing Legends

achieved and what is special about

Show - The Hound of The Baskervilles

- including Duke Ellington,

the Boythorpe Estate?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The

Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Artie

The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield,

Hound of the Baskervilles. An

Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Benny

ancient family curse, a desolate


20th March - 25th March

moor, a spectral hound, and a

29th April - 29th May

deranged killer on the loose…the

Belper Arts Festival

game is afoot!

Incorporating theatre, art, music,

Pomegranate Theatre,

dance, comedy, literature,


photography and film. Highlights

include an arts trail from 30th April to 1st May and Belper Open


Houses from 27th to 29th May.

25th May - 28th May

Belper, Derbyshire,

Bearded Theory Festival

Performing and creative arts festival, recently voted Best Family

19th March

Festival at the 2016 UK Festival

Fabulous Places Spring Market


Over 100 hand-selected food, drink

Catton Park, Derbyshire

and gift stallholders, plus a tea room and Prosecco bar – all in a 26th May - 4th June

railway heritage venue. The Roundhouse, Derby,

5th May - 14th May

Derby Comedy Festival

Derbyshire Open Arts Festival

The positive effects of laughter

Your opportunity to visit artists and

and comedy are well known, so

artisans throughout our beautiful

whatever tickles your fancy, we

county, and maybe even buy a work

hope you'll join us for some of life’s

of art to take home!

29th April - 1st May

The Great British Food Festival

best medicine!

Chef demonstrations, Men vs Food

This is our eleventh year and, one in

challengers, food and drink stalls

For the 4th year running Derby

which we are building on previous

and children’s entertainment, all

Comedy Festival returns from

success by trying some new ideas.

against the beautiful backdrop of

Friday 5 May to Sunday 14 May at

As well as the usual Spring Bank

the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall,

venues across the city.

Holiday 3 day event, many artists

Doe Lea, near Chesterfield.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby,

will now open (on selected days)

Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield,

through a further 6 days.


hardwick-hall/ 6th May - 14th May

11th May - 14th May

German Bierfest

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival Enjoy the Chesterfield Area on

Now when days get longer and

foot, following a magical fairy trail

the sun comes out again it’s time

at Creswell Crags, combining a

for the German Village Festival. Sit

walk with a boat trip along the

outside in our Garden and get the

Chesterfield Canal, or discover

vipe together with friends or family

George Stephenson’s connection

and enjoy a bratwurst or maybe

with Chesterfield on a walk ending

Derby Book Festival

one of our 3 different special

with a talk from George himself at

Talks with internationally celebrated

brewed Bavarian beers.

Chesterfield Museum.

authors and local talent, plus book-

Market Square, Derby,

9th June - 17th June

related events and activities. Most walks are free so there’s no


excuse not to join us.

Chesterfield Area


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HEALTH also follow the paths that lead into our own interior world.” All in all then, walking is good news. So how can you make the most of your new healthy hobby? Here’s our top tips on walking technique, the best tools, and the most scenic routes to discover the best bits of Britain’s beautiful countryside.

Count your steps The first step is to get a pedometer (or download an app to your phone) to find out how many steps you take during a normal day. Track your steps for the week and work out a daily average. Even if you have a sedentary desk job, you might be surprised by how many steps you take walking to the water cooler!

GET MOVING & improve your life BEING fit and over 50 goes together far more these days than it once did and for all sorts of reasons. Our parents may not have gone to the gym as part of their weekly routine, played a sport or watched their diet, but tougher times in particular didn’t lend themselves to this kind of self-awareness.

Sarah Hanson, health practitioner and researcher at UEA’s Norwich Medical School. “What’s more, people find it relatively easy to stick with this type of exercise regime.”

Today, we are all expected to live far longer, thanks to a better diet, healthcare and improvements in technology and medical research. However, just how we live our lives is entirely up to us.

Walking can even increase creativity, as a study from Stanford University discovered in 2014.

It’s a fact that we have never before had sport and healthy activities more available and accessible to everyone. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to pay for these pastimes. One of the best exercises of all is entirely free: walking. Forget hydro-cycling and doga classes (that’s yoga with dogs) — one of the best types of exercise you can do comes completely for free, and you can do it absolutely anywhere. Researchers have found the simple act of walking to have a whole host of health benefits, from reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and decreasing the risk of diabetes to improving self-esteem. “The benefits are wide ranging — and they go above and beyond making people more physically active,” says

“Many people anecdotally claim they do their best thinking when walking. We finally may be taking a step, or two, toward discovering why,” wrote Stanford doctoral graduate Marily Oppezzo and Professor Daniel Schwartz in their study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. “We’re not saying walking can turn you into Michelangelo,” says Oppezzo. “But it could help you at the beginning stages of creativity.” As Peter Owen-Jones, Walking Correspondent at The Sunday Times and author of Pathlands: Tranquil Walks Through Britain, puts it: ”When we walk, we walk through two landscapes: an exterior land of trees, seas, cities, mountains and fields but we

The NHS recommends that you should aim to take 10,000 steps a day. There are plenty of ways to gently introduce more steps into your daily routine — getting off at an earlier bus stop, for example, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Why not try taking a stroll during your lunch break, or visiting a colleague at their desk instead of emailing them?

Perfect your posture Even though walking is something everyone can enjoy, there are still some guidelines you need to follow. You not only need to pay attention to how far and fast you walk, but the way in which you do it. Whether you’re trying to stay fit or just go out for a stroll, walking with the proper form can help you move more efficiently and prevent injuries and stress to the body. ‘Learning to use good walking posture will help you breathe deeper, relax your shoulders and neck, and avoid back and hip pain,’ says marathon coach Wendy Bumgardner. ‘Imagine a string attached to the top of your head. Feel it lift you up from your hips so you are tall and straight,’ explains Bumgardner. ‘Now engage your core muscles by slightly sucking in your stomach. This will help you maintain good posture while walking.’

Buy the proper shoes Walking shoes come in many varieties and it’s important to find a pair that will offer you support, flexibility and

HEALTH cushioning to keep your feet comfortable and protected. While there is no one best shoe for all walkers, there are certain things to look for in your shoes that will ensure your feet are happy wherever they roam. As you’ll be on your feet for a long period of time, shoes with ample cushioning are essential to prevent foot fatigue. If your walking shoes aren’t flexible enough, your ankle and shin muscles won’t be able to fulfil their natural movements, and you may set yourself up for an injury.

body is England Golf, which can tell you about clubs and courses around the country. Visit for more information. If you don’t want to take part in any specific sport but do want to improve your fitness, how about going to the gym? You don’t have to be a member of some gyms based in local sports centres, and private gyms may have special rates for senior citizens.

In contrast, too little flex can lead to injuries such as plantar fasciitis and heel and foot pain caused by over-stretching the foot’s tissue. This is especially true for older walkers, whose feet may be losing their natural flex.

Look in your local telephone directory or opt for an established gym in your own area. Staff are usually very helpful with advice – after all, everyone wants us to be fitter and healthier as we grow older!

Joining a gym


Working out at a gym can improve your health. In addition to helping you to burn fat and calories, cardiovascular exercise also helps to strengthen your heart and can even prevent against risky medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Cardio exercise can also help you sleep through the night more soundly, relieve stress, have a more positive attitude and increase energy levels. Gyms offer a wide variety of cardio choices through both machines, like the treadmill, elliptical trainer and stationary bike, and group exercise classes, such as cardio kickboxing, aerobic dance and group indoor cycling. At a gym, you can also enlist the help of a personal trainer, who can guide you on the best methods and techniques in order to reach your fitness goals.

Achy knees, exercise induced asthma or general mobility issues may have brought your cycling career to an early end. But now there’s way to get back out on the open road safely and effortlessly. Cycling has always been a popular way to enjoy the countryside whilst staying fit. However, the electric bike has opened it up to a new section of cyclists. Some people may argue that a conventional cycle will keep you fitter. What do you picture when you think of an electric bike? Up until recent years, the idea of a battery-powered bicycle

was much more appealing than the reality of using one. Primitive batteries, bulky metal frames, and even weightier price tags made them more of a novelty than something you could use every day. Technology has come a long way since then, and electric bikes are now more popular than ever. The only difference is, it’s harder to tell them apart from ordinary bikes!

Modern, smart and versatile Thanks to some very clever design and engineering, electric bikes have reached a stage where they look and feel just like ordinary bicycles. The idea is that you can cycle under your own steam as

Many people take up golf in their later years and it is certainly a sport with a strong social life attached as well as the opportunity to play at a variety of courses. It’s not necessarily a cheap sport if you join a club – although worthwhile if you play regularly – but it offers enjoyment in the fresh air in attractive rural surroundings. Comfortable, lightweight but waterproof clothes and suitable golf footwear are necessary, and if you can’t borrow clubs or hire them, you will need to invest in a decent set of golf clubs. However, it is possible to pick up clubs second-hand on ebay or elsewhere. The sports’ governing


Walking shoes come in many varieties and it’s important to find a pair that will offer you support, flexibility and cushioning to keep your feet comfortable and protected.

you’re used to, and when the going gets tough, flick the switch and let the electric motor do the work for you! A recent Australian study shows that on an electric bike a rider maintains a heart rate intensity that is mainly in the target range where cardio vascular benefit is gained, fats are burned in producing energy and no lactic acid build up occurs. Riding a conventional cycle provides the strongest cardio vascular and fitness workout. The intensity, however, is often so high that carbohydrates would be used for energy along with lactic acid build up. A study of 20 healthy but sedentary subjects (10 male and 10 female) showed improvement to general health condition, stating: “The conclusion remains that the electric assisted bike can help overcome the barrier to physical activity.”


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When looking at gyms there are a variety of options out there. If you are new to exercise, apprehensive or feel like you need regular support then make sure you choose an environment that offers support, guidance, a sense of community with a range wide of facilities at no extra cost than the monthly/annual subscription. This way you will get the most from your membership and have support on hand to guide you towards your goal.


S upport to stay in your own home Care in your own home

If you want to live as independently as possible, you may need support to stay in your own home. The health and social care trust in your area can provide services to help you.

Care in your own home is offered to people who require help with personal care like washing or dressing, or help with other daily domestic tasks such as cooking and cleaning, or help in managing finances.

Direct payments - arranging your own care and services

Health and social care assessments A range of support is available. For example, you might need help with cleaning, or you may find it useful if you had a bath rail fitted. You may be entitled to financial help to maintain your own home. To find out what sort of help you could get, your local trust will assess your health and social care needs. It is important to tell the health and social care trust what will make your everyday life easier. You may also be entitled to ‘direct payments’. These are trust payments available for anyone who has been assessed as needing social care, and who would like to buy services instead


Direct payments are local Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust payments for people who have been assessed as needing help from social services, and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services instead of receiving them directly from the local trust.

of receiving the trust’s services. For example, direct payments could be used to pay a home help.

A person must be able to give their consent to receiving direct payments and be able to manage them even if they need help to do this on a day-today basis.

Who is eligible? If you already receive social services Your local trust is obliged to offer you the option of direct payments in place of the services you currently receive. There are some limited circumstances where you are not given this choice and your local trust will be able to tell you about these. If you’re not receiving social services To get direct payments you’ll need to contact your local trust to ask them to assess your needs. Direct payments are normally available if you: l

have a disability and are aged 16 or over


are a carer aged 16 or over, including people with parental responsibility for a child with disabilities


are an older person

How much do you get? The amount you receive will depend on the assessment your local trust makes of your needs.

How it’s paid Direct payments are made directly into your bank, building society, Post Office or National Savings’ account. If you need someone who cares for you to collect your money, or you are registered blind, payment can be made by sending a cheque which can be cashed at the Post Office.

Independence at home If you have a disability that makes living alone difficult, making some adaptations to your home may help. You may also get extra support to help you live in your own home. If you need improvements and adaptations to your home so you can continue to live there independently, you may qualify for help. A health and social care assessment with the social services department is often the first step towards getting the help and support you need. Following an assessment your occupational therapist may recommend types of equipment and ideas about adapting your home. We realise that deciding that you or a family member needs help is never an easy decision to make.   Many people fear the loss of independence that illness, disability or advancing years can bring, and coming to terms with that loss can be difficult.   But with the right support and encouragement from our dedicated team of friendly, caring staff, Options Home Care can assist you with those parts of your life which you find difficult. Leaving you with more energy to enjoy the things that you can do for yourself.

Careline and Support Service The support service provides support specific to you in your home. We work with every individual to develop a personalised, flexible support and visiting plan which promotes safety and independence. As part of the full support package, you receive our careline pendant alarm monitoring and response service. This further supports independent living by connecting you to our trained operatives at the push of a button. They will ensure you receive the support you need. If immediate assistance is required, one of our responders will attend to aid you. If you think this might be suitable for you or a loved one, please call us on 0300 323 0076 or email on


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DEMENTIA EXPLAINED memory, perception, emotional behaviour such as anxiety or agitation, and cognitive skills such as abstract thinking, judgment and disorientation. Most types of dementia are nonreversible (degenerative) but some causes of dementia can be prevented if identified soon enough, including after brain injury or chronic alcohol abuse.

CARING FOR THOSE WITH DEMENTIA But who cares for those suffering with dementia? According to the Alzheimer’s Society:-

Dementia is an age-related syndrome that affects 850,000 people in the UK. It is estimated that there will be one million people with dementia in the UK by 2025 and that two thirds are women. Dementia is becoming increasingly important because we are living longer and it is now the most common disease in the elderly with one in six people aged 80 and over with dementia.

WHAT IS DEMENTIA? The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease and there is currently no cure but many believe we can help ourselves prevent or at least slow down a decline into dementia, so that we can enjoy those precious later years. Alzheimer’s Disease destroys brain cells and nerves disrupting the neuro transmitters which carry messages in the brain, particularly those responsible for storing memories affecting memory, understanding, judgment, emotions and even personality and can be both frightening and exhausting for those with Alzheimer’s Disease as well as their loved ones. Vascular Dementia affects men more than women and is due to cerebrovascular disease, which occurs where oxygen supply fails or is no longer efficient in the brain, brain cells die, leading to strokes. Dementia with Lewy bodies are abnormal collections of protein deposits, found in the nerve


cells of the brain. Fronto-temporal dementia is relatively rare and affects people at a younger age when damage to brain cells usually begins in the frontal lobe of the brain.

HOW DO WE DIAGNOSE DEMENTIA? Currently it’s difficult for doctors to make a clear diagnosis for dementia because in the early stages the clinical symptoms can be quite ambiguous as cognitive impairment needs to be distinguished from brain changes during normal ageing. Dementia usually first appears as forgetfulness. Other symptoms may include difficulty with many areas of mental function, including language,

Cognitive Psychologist and Neuroscientist, Dr Lynda Shaw

• There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK. • Family carers of people with dementia save the UK £11 billion a year. • 80 per cent of people living in care homes have a form of dementia or severe memory problems. • Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home.

PREVENTION Most causes of dementia are not preventable but there are many things you can do to best protect yourself or slow down the rate of dementia including:1. Regular physical exercise 2. Quitting smoking 3. Controlling high blood pressure and diabetes 4. Eating a low-fat balanced diet may reduce the risk of Vascular Dementia. 5. Sleeping well 6. Managing stress 7. There is also treatment with vitamin B which has had notable effects. Folic Acid, B6 and B12 seem to help reduce the rate of brain atrophy. 8. Early identification of dementia In recent years, however, treatments that can improve the symptoms of dementia are becoming available, as well as treatments that may slow down the progression of the disease.

HELPING THOSE WITH DEMENTIA • Understand and respect the person with dementia - help them feel valued – be tolerant; listen properly and slow down; be affectionate; address them with the name they prefer e.g. Mr or Mrs … be courteous, kind and nonjudgemental • Respect cultural values and privacy • Regardless of how bad the dementia is people still have feelings, so help the person feel good about themselves • Help them express their feelings. • Choice is confusing – so keep it simple and easy • Remember each person with dementia is still a person with unique and valuable experiences • Isolation as a direct result of dementia is rife. Help those with dementia still be sociable and connect with their loved ones and people of all ages.


HELPING CARERS & THE FAMILY • Understand that caring for a person with AD can have physical, emotional and financial costs. • The demands of day to day care, changing family roles, and difficult decisions about placement in a care facility can be hard to handle. Offer support, information and a listening ear. • Becoming well informed is really important. • Help them develop their own coping strategy with a strong network of family and friends When you need extra support for continuous care, you may not want the added stress of having to leave your home. Bluebird Care gives you the option of high quality care without moving to a care home. Our live-in care or care visits service offer the reassurance of care and support in the comfort of your own home. We never take a one-size-fits-all approach to care, our customers’ unique needs are considered every step of the way, meaning you stay in control of your care and support at all times. A member of our team will ask what is important to you so we can provide the care you want, the way you want it. Choosing Bluebird Care means: • No need to move to a care home • A personal service where your unique needs are considered every step of the way, available as and when you need it - day or night • Fully trained, compassionate staff who respect your home and your privacy • A flexible service, where every day can be different • A wide range of care and support– personal care, housework, social activities – you choose • A proper introduction to make sure we have found the right person for you • Regular follow up from a Bluebird Care manager to check you are happy with our service

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Derbyshire & high peak issue 45  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes lifestyle, travel, recipes

Derbyshire & high peak issue 45  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes lifestyle, travel, recipes