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Chris Wright Denture Clinics

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

Dentures Need Regular Servicing Dentures are in constant use almost 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are also in a pretty hostile environment in the mouth, being attacked by strong acid, bacteria, hot, cold and spicy food. Denture material absorbs liquids and food odour. Daily cleaning is essential as well as professional ultrasonic cleaning in a dental laboratory at least once a year. Due to constant bone resorption



dentures will become loose sooner or later. Loose dentures will increase damage to the gums and bone structure, and increase the risk of breakage. Have them re-lined as soon as possible to get a good fit. It only takes a day or two. Have your dentures inspected by a Clinical Dental Technician at least every two years, or more frequently if necessary.

Your Dentures need Attention 1. When they become loose. 2. When teeth or denture base discolours. 3. When tooth surfaces become flat. 4. When denture base does not fit around natural teeth (in partial dentures). 5. When you develop deep lines around your mouth.

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

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

Dentures on Implants

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

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

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

What is a Clinical Dental Technician? A Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) is a qualified dental technician that has under gone further Education and Training in areas such as Medical Emergencies Cross



registered not just as a dental technician but as a CDT.

Infection Control and Oral Pathology (cancers and anomalies) to name just a few sections that make up the Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology as Awarded by the Royal Collage of Surgeons (RCS). It is this qualification that allows the clinicians at Christ Wright Denture Clinics to be able to be registered and regulated with the General Dental Council (the official body for protecting the public with regards to dentistry) and carry indemnity insurance. It is this qualification, which means that only Dentists and Clinical Dental Technicians are the only Dental Professionals permitted to supply dentures direst to the public. A dental technician is not qualified to supply a denture directly to the public. However, despite this being an act of Mal practice many technicians will still practice illegally without informing the patient that they are not qualified. If you are unsure if your denture provider is qualified; ask them for their GDC registration number, then contact the GDC to see if they are

Chris Wright Denture Clinics can offer all aspects of denture care including; •

Free Consultations

Denture cleaning and polishing service

Repair of broken or cracked dentures

Relining existing dentures to improve fit

New full dentures

New partial dentures (following treatment plan from dentist) *

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

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Twittering on With Angela Kelly Commonsense on our NHS is long overdue WE appear to be a nation that is quite comfortable with not bothering to turn up for our hospital appointments. How else can you explain eight million missed outpatient appointments last year at an average cost of £120 each? That meant £1 billion lost to our underfire and under-funded NHS. And it’s the patients who have caused that loss!






It seems crackers to me. Like shooting yourself in the foot several times and then complaining that your foot’s a bit sore. According to NHS England, that money could have funded almost a million cataract operations or a quarter of a million hip replacements. At a time when people may have to wait ridiculously long times – often in pain and with a severely restricted lifestyle – for these procedures it seems a national scandal. Asking people to use our health services responsibly, though, seems like a cry in the wilderness. People with coughs and colds rock up at A & E, filling waiting rooms, using resources and generally clogging up a system plainly not meant for such trivial ailments when a quick trip to the local pharmacist could get them sorted in no time. We’ve also never had more medical help available to us at the end of a phone or online. Advice and guidance is there for all who ring the 111 services and GP surgeries are now far more streamlined to deal with the most serious cases first. Last year, more than nine million people were sent home from A & E with just guidance and advice. Even doing this takes up important working hours and means the message is still not getting across.



There are regular arguments in favour of charging people for appointments as incentive to turn up but equal counterarguments that this hits the worst off in

the population. And it still may not work. In this 70th year of the NHS, its Chief Nurse Professor Jane Cummings is urging everyone to use the NHS properly. This includes cancelling appointments in good time to free them up for others – and being realistic about our ailments and not going to A & E unless we really do have an accident or an emergency. Surely the time has come for genuine commonsense on this one?

Sorry but not loving Love Island at all AM I wrong or are reality TV programmes becoming increasingly trivial? I suppose it’s Love Island that has me all het up about the sort of viewing on our many channels. It may look wonderful – like a fantasy sunshine holiday for the under-30s consisting of beautiful young women and men - but its message of casual sex and ultra short-term relationships is an unhealthy one to send out to youngsters. Even if nine million viewers don’t agree. While Masterchef in all its forms is actually informative, Jersey Shore and The Only Way Is Essex are the dross end of entertainment. Motorway Cops, Police Interceptors, Inside The Ambulance, 24 Hours in A & E and Nothing to Declare can actually shine a light on life as it’s lived by the majority. But some of the house makeover programmes make you worry about the state of the British design industry today. Viewers are actually reduced to watching paint dry. Whatever next? Celebrity Colonscopy? My Life with Piles? Please ….. let’s get back to proper programmes.

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BY JENNIE BOND “Well, this looks interesting!” said my husband as we were driven from the cruise terminal in Singapore to the airport for the flight home.

“ Don’t even think about seeing them all in one day,” said our wonderful guide, Naseem. “Unless you have your hiking shoes on and are feeling really energetic”. In the heat and humidity, we certainly weren’t.

Jim and I had just disembarked from a Cunard voyage and were heading straight back to the UK. We were both struck by the lush greenery and exotic flowers along the route to the airport, a sharp contrast to the dismal trek along the M4 from central London to Heathrow. And the Singapore skyline was dominated by fascinating pieces of modern architecture. It seemed such a shame to see so little of this small island on the southern tip of Malaysia. All too often, Singapore is viewed as somewhere you pass through on the way to the Far East or Australia. So we resolved to return and explore. And that’s how, two years later, we ended up in the lap of luxury at the Shangri-La Hotel in central Singapore. After the long flight from London, we were greeted in the steamy, pre-dawn heat of a March morning, by a doorman dressed as a Tibetan warrior. It was slightly surreal, but then the Valley Wing of the Shangri La offers its guests a rather extraordinary experience all round. Even in all my travels with the Royal Family I’ve never come across a hotel offering complimentary champagne, fine wine, cocktails, afternoon tea, dainty sandwiches and canapés throughout your stay. It’s a place where wine lovers and foodies need to exercise a good deal of self control. We failed! “Whatever you do,” our friends in the UK had advised us, “you mustn’t miss the Botanical Gardens”. And so, after a lazy day, a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast of Nasi



With limited time, silly shoes and only pensioner- level energy, we focussed our attention on one specific area: the Orchid Garden. And it’s stunning.

Lemak (coconut rice, with hot chilli sauce, fried anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and a hard-boiled egg) we set off to see the gardens which are the crowning jewel of Singapore. The Botanical Gardens date back 150 years and have recently been recognised as an UNESCO world heritage site, and it’s easy to see why. First of all, they are enormous: more than 180 acres.

Jim is quite a dab hand at cultivating orchids. We still have one that was given to me 14 years ago after I was in “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.” But the Singapore gardens take orchid displays to quite another level. And we were treading in the footsteps of the many famous people who have been there- as the orchids named after them proved: The Queen, the Princess of Wales, Charles and Camilla and Barack Obama, to mention but a few. There are also two gigantic domes in this park. One is rather like a fantastic indoor Chelsea Flower Show, housed in the world’s largest greenhouse. The other creates the impression that you are walking high up in a cloud - and you are, indeed, extremely high on a cleverly designed skywalk which wends its way back down, giving you a bird’s eye view of the exhibits. However, if you have an aversion to heights, like my husband, this particular attraction is probably best avoided. Safer perhaps, to stay closer to the ground and visit Singapore’s National Museum. I must admit I’ve had a bit of an aversion to museums ever since those tedious school trips standing looking at bits of rock in glass cases. But, as I soon discovered, things have changed a great deal in this new world of clever technology. Singapore’s Museum is thoroughly absorbing. The nation’s history is graphically relayed through image and film.

TRAVEL And the Glass Rotunda houses an inspired reproduction of the wildlife pictures of William Farquhar, Sir Stamford Raffles’ right hand man, who became the first British Resident and Commandant of Singapore. As you walk in semi-darkness along a digitally animated mural, birds and antelopes, porcupines and tapirs come to life and seem to follow you. From that enchanting experience we moved on to a most eerie one: a park dedicated to Chinese mythology. Haw Par Villa is rather a tranquil oasis built for Singaporeans by two brothers who created the famous Tiger Balm herbal remedy. It’s a cross between Disney and the horror chamber at Madame Tussaud’s. Blood-thirsty statues depict the appalling mythological punishments meted out to robbers, villains and petty thieves. Throughout our stay, one theme dominated every day: what to eat next. Singaporeans are a nation of food lovers and standards are extremely high. Even at the many hawker stalls selling satays, noodles and other street food, the hygiene ratings are clearly displayed. And it’s fun to walk past their smoking barbecues in the warm night air and choose which offerings to sample.

Our most memorable meal was at Red House, a seafood restaurant established more than 40 years ago. There we shared a set menu for one, including Singapore’s famous chilli crab, and found we had more than enough food for us both. It was delicious. So, if you find yourself en route to somewhere that takes you via Singapore, don’t just pass through, take a few days to explore. Or simply make it your destination, because there really is a

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What would it take to make your life as fulfilling as possible? Do you believe that looking after a child in care could do that? You may feel you’ve done that already with your own children or there may have been a reason that you did not have a family. Derbyshire County Council needs foster carers. We’re looking for people who want to make a difference to a young person’s life, people who can offer time, patience and understanding, as well as a caring home to live and grow up. Many children are unable to live with their birth families for a variety of reasons. Some of them have had difficult early lives. Every one of them deserves the opportunity to grow and develop in an environment where they are truly cared about, respected and understood.

Case study Chrissy and her husband already had an adopted son when they decided to foster with Derbyshire County Council after hearing a radio advert. The first step was to make the phone call to ask the council’s fostering recruitment team the questions she had about taking such a big step. “We wanted a face-to-face meeting to talk about the process and whether we would be approved because we already had a son who has some additional needs,” said Chrissy. “That meeting was important for us too to show the service who we were and what we could offer.” Over the past three years Chrissy and her husband Chris have looked after four children, from newborn to five years old, on short-term placements. Each child has had a difficult start in life, but helping them to “heal” has been a “wonderful experience”, said Chrissy.


“The reward is seeing a once vulnerable and scared child grow in self-esteem and confidence because of the support and care you have given them,” she said.

“If you have got a room in your house, a place in your heart and a hand to hold their hand, that’s all it takes.”

Facts section There is no upper age limit to fostering. Provided you are over 21 you can begin the process of fostering a child in care. You can be single, married or in a civil partnership. It does not even require you to be in employment or to own your home. Fostering is not necessarily about looking after the same child forever. Many of our foster carers have looked after many, many children over the years, for differing periods of time. We need people to provide short-term emergency placements for children, as well as weekend respite care for other carers. Fostering is supported with training, weekly payments and other benefits, including free leisure and swimming passes for sports centres across the county and IT equipment grants. Additional payments are available for foster carers who complete training for caring for children with disabilities or additional needs. Foster care allowances do not affect benefit or pension payments.

Councillor Alex Dale, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People said: “It’s impossible to overstate just how vital the role of a foster carer is to a child in care. While experience of bringing up children is not a pre-requisite for fostering it can certainly help to ease the process for both the carer and the child. “Time is an important asset for everyone, and we’d all love to have more of it. But if you do have more time because your lifestyle or work has enabled you to do so, it can be a real benefit for a foster child. “Knowing that the people caring for them have the time to help them adjust to their new home and surroundings can be a real comfort for them at a very unsettling time. “We offer excellent support, training and benefits to our foster carers, but we continually need more people to come forward and offer a loving home for a child, for brothers and sisters, for young children and teenagers, and for children with disabilities or additional needs.” If you’d like to find out more about fostering for Derbyshire County Council please, email visit or call our fostering team on 0800 083 77 44.

Not every Derbyshire child has the chance to grow up in a stable, loving home. But you can change that by becoming a foster carer. We’re looking for new foster carers aged 21 or over across Derbyshire, who could give a child an opportunity that could transform their lives forever. If you’d like to know more about fostering or find out about our regular ‘Talk Fostering’ information events, telephone us on 0800 083 7744 or go online at

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Bring the Sunshine into

YOUR HOME Start using more FOLIAGE in the home. Fresh plants have very definite health benefits around the house and the humble houseplant is fast becoming a must-have buy. Pop down to the local garden centre and invest in plenty of lovely plants, placing them in every room to bring the garden indoors and freshen up every space. Yes, they need watering and care but the rewards are huge. Put indoor hanging baskets in your conservatory or orangerie for a very definite extension of the garden inside your property. Pick up the green theme in FURNITURE. You don’t necessarily need to invest in a new sofa or armchairs – just use a brightly coloured throw in Nature’s best shades to bring Winter rooms to life. Although our wonderful Summer has left us and Autumn is here You don’t always need hot sun and high temperatures to make your home welcoming. There are plenty of ways to improve your property that makes you FEEL like Summer every day. Start by taking a practical look at the OUTSIDE of your property. Is it looking tired? Could it do with a coat of fresh paint? Does plasterwork and woodwork need re-doing or replacing? If your home looks sunny on the outside, it’s a major step to it feeling sunny on the inside. One quick way is, if you have a garage, paint the garage door in a bright and cheerful colour to make you smile every time you see it. Your FRONT DOOR may be well past its prime, too, so consider buying a


new door, perhaps with more glass in to allow light into the hallway. And could your hallway do with redecorating and painting a bright colour?

They’re cosy as well for any slightly chillier evenings.

Redecorate a lounge or sitting room in the best shades, or opt for neutrals with splashes of colour. If you prefer stronger colours or just an antidote to pastel shades, go for inky blues to break up spaces. This may be in the form of an imposing vase or some coloured glass for your flowers. And vary floral displays to different heights and widths to create an interesting and eye-catching addition to any room. Take a fresh look at your WINDOWS as an easy way to let light and sunshine in any time. If the double-glazing is blown or misty or if they are just looking old-fashioned or don’t maximise available light, it may well be worth asking for a quote from a recommended company. One place to start is FENSA, a Government-authorised Competent Person Scheme for the replacement of windows, doors, roof windows and roof lights in England and Wales. They are also aware of the relevant Building Regulations and work with thousands of double-glazing contractors assessed for their abilities. So it may well be worth visiting their website at Opening up roofs with windows can turn a previously gloomy spot into a lovely bright area. ORANGERIES and CONSERVATORIES are also worth considering at this time of year when work can be done easily with fewer problems caused by the weather. Again, always try to see a company’s work elsewhere before you buy and go on recommendation. Another very effective way to bring fresh air and sunshine into your kitchen and living areas is with BI-FOLDING DOORS. These flexible glass doors offer a real opportunity to improve the amount of living space and bring in the outside. They’re also great for entertaining if you have your barbecue on the patio and the garden spread out before you! All that new light may, unfortunately, also make you take a fresh look at your KITCHEN and wish it, too, was much sunnier. Replacing unit doors is a good way to give a whole new look to this busy “heart of the home”. If you don’t want to spend that amount of money, begin by replacing utensils for any of the bright ranges currently on offer in supermarkets and homes’ stores. A co-ordinated look among your utensils – and the coffeemaker and microwave as well if you like – breathes new life into tired-looking kitchens and takes advantage of all that extra fresh air and light. BATHROOMS, too, can benefit from simple ideas like replacing items like tooth mugs, toilet roll holders and even shower curtains with something newer and more colourful.

Complement those with an unusual ornament in the same colour or more of those great, green plants and you freshen up the whole room to look pristine again. Furnishings in BEDROOMS for 2018 follow an unusual trend – ombre. More recently, this has meant shading colour in hairstyles but here it applies to shading in everything from cushions and rugs to bedding, curtains and lampshades. Just graduate different shades of the same colours. You can even do this with wallpapers by mixing and matching plain and print patterns in similar colours. The effects really are stunning. If you want to enjoy your garden more, it’s also worth making it as accessible, comfortable and as pleasing as possible. Installing a WATER FEATURE, for example, is always a relaxing and visually pleasing innovation. The Royal Horticultural Society’s website is well worth a visit for ideas on everything from hedges and paths to furniture and containers along with planting advice. Go to You might want a more Mediterranean garden with the sort of shrubby vegetation in big pots and gravel between to emulate the hotter conditions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Pots in lovely jewel colours will certainly make you think of sun-drenched Continental beaches and lush French countryside.

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Give Your Property KERB APPEAL

Are you looking to transform the front of your house with an attractive new driveway?


f so, then a resin drive is well-worth considering. Resin bound surfacing is a porous paving material made from a mixture of aggregate stones and resin. It combines the best attributes of other surfaces – the appearance of loose gravel, the strength of concrete and the flexibility of tarmac – whilst being easier to maintain than all three! It’s environmentally friendly too – unlike bonded systems, a resin bound surface allows water to drain through just as Mother Nature intended, so you can minimise the impact on the environment and avoid puddles at the same time. Resin bound surfacing comes in a choice of over 40 unique colours and is suitable for all types of properties and projects including driveways, patios, paths, terraces and roof gardens.

The benefits of a resin driveway

Slip resistant surface Adds value to your property No planning permission required Suitable for listed buildings, urban or rural properties ✔ Completely porous, so no puddles or floods ✔ Weed adverse materials ✔ Strong and durable so it will outlast other driveway options ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Sarah Beeny, property developer and TV presenter, is a big fan of resin drives. “Resin is definitely the perfect drive finish,” she says. “It’s so practical — being totally porous it drains brilliantly and doesn’t create puddles. It’s lovely to walk on, has a long-lasting durable finish and is available in an amazing range of colours.” “It’s a bit like a little black dress. You can dress it up glitzy glam if you want a real Hollywood look, or it can blend perfectly with a natural rural setting.” She recommends for their professional service and high-quality work on her driveway: “They arrived when they said they would, gave us a clear time schedule for the work and were finished early”, she says. “All the fitters were polite and charming and properly cleaned up after themselves. They did a beautiful job and were complete perfectionists.” have been installing resin driveways successfully since 2007. To find out more or get a free quote, call 0800 007 5733 or visit


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Don’t miss out - More and more people are discovering that equity release can offer life-changing benefits For many over-55s their home is their biggest financial asset, far outweighing any private savings or pension pots. Accessing some of your property wealth could fund your future plans.

What is equity release? A Lifetime Mortgage, the most popular type of equity release plan available today, allows you to access taxfree capital from the value of your property, whilst ensuring you retain full ownership of your home for life. What’s more, there are no required monthly payments, which may provide you with an additional boost to your budget.

Why has it become so popular? Increasing numbers of people, just like you, are already enjoying the benefits of having released funds from the value of their properties through a Lifetime Mortgage. The equity release market has grown significantly in recent years, with more and more over-55 homeowners welcoming the tax-free boost it provides, whilst enjoying the benefit of product innovation, low interest rates, and customer-focused safeguards.

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What are the benefits of an equity release plan? Plans from an Equity Release Council approved lender all feature a range of options for your convenience and security: Instant access to a tax-free cash lump sum. Make voluntary repayments. Add a cash reserve facility. Maintain 100% home ownership and live in your home. Spend the cash as you wish. Ability to move home in the future, subject to lending criteria. No-negative-equity guarantee. Fixed rates available for the duration of the plan.

Who could release equity? In general, you may be eligible to release funds from the value of your property if: You own your own home worth more than £70,000; and the youngest homeowner is aged 55 or over. The only condition is that you can pay off any existing mortgage debts on your property at completion, either using the proceeds of the Lifetime Mortgage or using other savings you may have. If you are a homeowner over 55, could equity release help you fund your future? The detailed and jargon-free brochure guides you through the process of applying for an equity release product, and will help you decide whether or not releasing equity is the right choice for your later life finances.

Request your FREE equity release guide today! Contact Paul Murphy, Your Local Adviser 07816 061 170 This is a Lifetime Mortgage which may impact the value of your estate and could affect your entitlement to means tested state benefits. By consolidating your debts into a mortgage you may be required to pay more over the entire term than you would with your existing debt. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. To understand the features and risks, ask for a personalised illustration. Responsible Equity Release is a trading style of Responsible Life Limited. Only if your case completes will Responsible Life Limited charge an advice fee, currently not exceeding £1,295.

E Q U I T Y RELEASE HOW EQUITY RELEASE HELPED THIS FAMILY HELP THEIR LOVED ONES As over-55 UK homeowners however, Mr and Mrs Burton realised that there was a way they could help. By releasing a portion of the equity in their property with a Drawdown Lifetime Mortgage, they could provide their daughter with a tax-free cash lumpsum to contribute towards her deposit, and they would also have future access to their equity as and when they needed it. “We heard about lifetime mortgages, and how they could be used to help your loved ones, from a colleague. We looked into it, and our advisor found us a plan that met our needs perfectly. We have been able to contribute to our daughter’s first steps on the property ladder, and we can take comfort in knowing that we have easy access to a significant cash reserve to face any problems in the future – or, if we want, the money to pay for that dream holiday!”

Many parents would dearly love to help their children onto the housing ladder, but many may be concerned as to how they could afford to make a telling contribution. This was the dilemma that faced the Burton family in Derbyshire. Their eldest daughter was desperate to make a move onto the property ladder. Having recently married, she was looking for a home of her own in which to settle down and start a family, but she simply couldn’t afford the deposit. “We hated knowing our daughter was stuck in a rental property with no real prospect of getting into a home of her own in the current market.”

With a lifetime mortgage, the Burtons are guaranteed to retain full ownership of their property until they both pass away, or both enter long-term care. By choosing a mortgage provided by an Equity Release Council approved provider, they can also take comfort in knowing that they will never owe more than the value of their home. One thing it’s worth bearing in mind is that accessing some of your property wealth today in the form of a lifetime mortgage may reduce the value of your estate and could affect your entitlement to means tested state benefits. “We are also pleased that our drawdown plan allows us to retain some control over our interest – we only pay it on the money we withdraw. This helps us remain in control of our finances.” With more than 80 bespoke plans available, why not see if your home could be the secret to helping your family achieve its dreams today?

Could equity release help you? For more information call now and speak to Paul Murphy - 07816 061 170 Paul Murphy My experience of dealing with Responsible Life has been first class. Paul Murphy especially has been exceptional with his commitment to delivering outstanding customer service, and I simply could not have asked for more support or guidance through the equity release process. Paul really did make the whole process painless and relaxing - no stress, no hassle. Paul Cawthorne, June 2018.


ENJOY RETIREMENT BY USING PART OF THE TAX-FREE WEALTH BUILT UP IN YOUR PROPERTY Thousands of homeowners across the UK are accessing the equity in their homes to achieve their later life goals. With the tax-free cash you release from your home, you could:


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Momentum Trading Works

By Douglas Chadwick, Chairman, Saltydog Investor Ltd well, and which are the best performing funds within these sectors. For those that might suffer from number blindness the information is also presented in graph form. The homework has been done and the findings are presented to you on a silver platter.

Although it has its critics, it`s generally accepted that momentum trading works. It is widely used by professional investors as well as legendary historic figures from the past. The theory of Momentum Trading, like all the best ideas, is simple - the greater the amount of money that is being invested into a fund, or asset class, the quicker its value will rise. This in turn will attract further investment, pushing the price even higher. Obviously, the opposite also applies. As a fund or asset class loses investors, the upward momentum ceases and it will reverse, gaining impetus in the opposite direction. Time to move your money and exit stage left!

Jesse Livermore In the summer of 1891 a fourteen-year-old farmer`s son ran away from home with five dollars in his pocket. Thirty-eight years later, having spent his entire adult life as an investor and trader, he was worth over $100million - equivalent to $1.3billion in today`s money. His name was Jesse Livermore, and his immense success was largely due to one investment strategy - momentum trading. This remains just as effective today as it was one hundred years ago.

Richard Dennis and the ‘turtles’ Another successful momentum investor was a man called Richard Dennis. He was born in Chicago in 1949 and in the early 1970s started to trade commodities with a small loan from his family. By 1973 this had risen to $100,000 and by 1975 he was a millionaire. By the early eighties he was said to be worth more than $100million. It was at this time that he and his long-term friend, the financial genius Bill Eckhardt made a bet – that any sensible person with training and a supply of relevant financial


To make the most of your investments you need to follow a few simple steps:

information could become a successful momentum trader. It goes without saying that Dennis won his bet. He selected twenty or so novices (‘Turtles’) gave them $1million each and let them loose. Three years later their combined value was $175million.

How to ‘Do it yourself’ The same momentum principles underpin the Saltydog philosophy and our approach to investing. At Saltydog Investor we do not believe that people should necessarily work longer, pay more into their pensions, or take out extra insurance in order to cover their living expenses during their twilight years. These are all the things that are currently being advocated by politicians and the financial industry and which well might be necessary for some; but why oh why doesn`t anyone suggest the obvious make your current savings work harder! To become a D.I.Y. investor with some of your money (whilst you learn) you will need a source of clear well presented fund and asset sector performance data. At Saltydog we analyse thousands of funds and present a summary on a weekly basis in a way designed to help private investors see which sectors are currently performing

• Take advantage of the low–cost fund supermarkets and discount brokers. You need access to their wide selection of funds and to be able to switch, buy and sell without it costing you an arm and a leg. • Use tax-efficient wrappers like ISAs, SIPPs and Investment Bonds. The government has set up various schemes to encourage us to save more and it is important to take advantage of these offerings. • Manage risk. By understanding how different funds are classified it is possible to tailor your portfolio to match your own appetite for adventure. • Monitor your progress and be prepared to change tack as conditions vary. We combine the Investment Association Asset sectors into our own proprietary Saltydog Groups which are: • Safe Haven. • Slow Ahead. • Steady as She Goes. • Full Steam Ahead-Developed Markets. • Full Steam Ahead- Emerging Markets. The nautical names of these groups give an easily recognisable indication of the volatility of the sectors and funds

which are allocated to the groups. Using the performance data it is easy to see whether the increased risk associated with the more volatile funds is then being rewarded.

The Saltydog Portfolios We also run a couple of demonstration portfolios to show how our data can be used and publish details every week. These are real portfolios and show what we’re doing with our own money. The ‘Tugboat’ is designed to be very cautious and avoiding losses when markets fall is as important as making gains when they rise. The ‘Ocean Liner’, shown on the right, is slightly more adventurous.

Take Control The recent growth in on-line trading has been astonishing. The way we shop, bank, arrange our insurance, book our

sa holidays and choose our utility providers has changed forever. Surely now is the time that our approach to our pensions and savings should follow suit? These are your

babies and nobody else should have a stronger desire to see them perform well than yourself

How to beat the market using trend investing Saltydog Investor provides you with all of the information that you need to develop a successful trend investing system. Each week we analyse thousands of funds, covering all market sectors, and identify which way they are trending. We group the sectors according to their historic volatility and then highlight the best performing funds in each Group. We also run a couple of demonstration portfolios so that you can see how we invest our own money. For a full explanation of how our trend investing system, using funds, could give you better and less volatile returns from the stock market, please take a look at our website:

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Homeward Bound PAUL SIMON SAYS FAREWELL PAUL Simon has a particularly soft spot for England – and England definitely has a soft spot for the veteran American singer. He is 76 now and in the middle of an extensive tour which takes in Europe and various cities in America but also includes England with gigs at the Manchester Arena and an appearance at the British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park. Early in his career – when he and Art Garfunkel had initially broken up as a duo – he came over to England and played the folk circuits. During this time, he made a solo album called Back in America and also wrote songs including the haunting Homeward Bound. In fact, he wrote it while sitting on the platform at Widnes railway station on Merseyside, waiting for a train to take him back to London and his girlfriend! Born in Newark, New Jersey, Paul Simon became one of the best known singer/ songwriters of his day. In 1957, he and his high school pal Art Garfunkel wrote and recorded their first single under the name Tom and Jerry. This wasn’t a hit but it was the start of a remarkably bright musical relationship that burned in a stellar light for several years before sputtering and then fizzling out as the two finally went their separate ways. Paul attended Queens College and got a BA in English and also studied law for a while but quit in 1964 when the pull of his music proved too great. He had minor hit singles under the name Jerry Landis and he and Art got back together as Simon & Garfunkel for a while, recording the album Wednesday Morning 3am. This was a failure, though, and the duo broke up which is when Paul came to England. When he returned to America, the producer of their first album, Tom Wilson, dubbed bass, electric guitar and drums to the all-acoustic song The Sound of Silence. This then propelled the duo up the folk-rock scene. In 1966, the album of the same name featured some of their most famous songs – I am A Rock, Richard Cory and Kathy’s Song. Their next album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme


again had seminal work still popular today including Scarborough Fair, Homeward Bound and The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy). In 1967, Mike Nichols asked Paul to write a song for his upcoming movie, The Graduate. The song, Mrs Robinson, formed part of their next album, Bookends, which is considered one of the greatest albums of the Sixties. Hits from this number Hazy Shade of Winter, America, At The Zoo, The Boxer and Cecilia. Simon & Garfunkel split up at the height of their fame in 1970. Garfunkel had been cast in the film Catch-22 and Simon’s character had been dropped. No real explanation has been given for their breakup but Paul immediately emerged as a solo singer, still writing wonderful songs. The success of his solo albums like Still Crazy After All These Years ultimately proved that he still had a huge musical connection with people all over the world. However, there were periods – especially in the early 1980s - when Paul’s magic touch seemed to be waning. He became, though, fascinated by the music of South Africa and visited the country. There, he recorded with South African musicians and the album Graceland followed which became a multi-million best-seller.

In 1987, he was the winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for International Solo Artist following the success of Graceland. In 2003, the duo received a Lifetime Achievement Award, they have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Paul into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was awarded the First Gershwin Prize for Popular Music by the Library of Congress and in 2011, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Of his many concert appearances, Paul is most proud of the two in Central Park in New York and the series of shows he did at the invitation of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. He was the first American artist to perform in post-apartheid South Africa. Paul’s philanthropic work includes the co-founding of The Children’s Health Fund with Dr Irwin Redlener. This donates and staffs mobile medical vans to bring healthcare to poor and indigent children in urban and rural locations around America. He has also raised millions of dollars for a large variety of worthy causes.

His fans realised that Paul was prepared to experiment with his music, and they loved it! As he later explained about Graceland: “I did not set out to make a political statement. I was making a cultural statement with political implications.

Paul has been married three times – including to the late actress Carrie Fisher – and has four children. Three of his children are with his current wife, the singersongwriter Edie Brickell.

“I started to build the album around rhythms in response to my frustration with the album that preceded Graceland which was Hearts and Bones.

Plainly a complex man, he once said: “I’m generally enthusiastic when I’m working and when I immediately finish I’m enthusiastic. Shortly after that, I don’t want to hear it.

“With Graceland, I thought I’ll just make tracks that I really like and then I’ll write the songs, the words, and if I don’t like what they sound like set to the music, I’d throw things out and start again. Which on a couple of occasions I did.” Paul’s career has been littered with awards – Grammys for individual songs and his work with Art Garfunkel and then for his solo albums including Graceland as Artist & Producer of the Record of the Year.

“It’s always been my way. It’s such an intense process for me and the process itself can take so long, and I get into it so completely, that by the time I’ve finished a piece of work I’m really finished with it. I’m done.” But for the many millions of his fans, the hope is that the huge talent that is Paul Simon will continue for a long time to come.

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Nathan Outlaw, the owner of the world's only 2 Michelin Stars Fish Restaurant shares his recipes Barbecued grey mullet with garlic, fennel and olives There is something about butterflied fish cooked on a barbecue – somehow it just seems right. Lightly marinating the fish brings out its qualities and adds even more. The charred skin is really there for protection but if you get the temperature of the barbecue just right it will be lovely and crispy – delicious with the fennel, anise and garlic flavours.

Ingredients Serves 4 2 grey mullet, about 1kg each, scaled, gutted, butterflied and pin-boned 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped Olive oil for marinating and cooking 2 medium fennel bulbs 2 red onions, peeled and quartered Cornish sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Black olive dressing Handful of black olives, pitted and finely chopped About 150ml olive oil 2 tbsp chopped dill A splash of pastis Salad cream 2 egg yolks 2 tsp English mustard 2 tsp caster sugar 2 tbsp lemon juice 300ml light olive oil 30ml double cream

To marinate the fish, lay the butterflied fillets on a tray, sprinkle over the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and carefully rub the flavourings into the fish. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.

a bowl, stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill in the fridge.

Half an hour or so before the fish is required, light the barbecue.

To prepare the fennel, remove any tough outer layer, then quarter the bulbs. Thread the fennel and red onion quarters onto skewers, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil.

For the salad cream, put the egg yolks, mustard, sugar and lemon juice into a blender and blitz briefly to combine. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow, steady stream. Once it is all incorporated and emulsified, transfer to

For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. When the barbecue coals are ready, cook the fennel and red onion skewers on a medium heat (rather than the hottest part of the


barbecue) until tender; this should take about 10 minutes. Once the vegetables are cooked, take them off the barbecue and keep warm. Now lay the butterflied fish skin side down on the hottest part of the barbecue and cook for about 4 minutes. Turn and cook for 2 minutes on the flesh side (the skin should have lifted, making it easy to turn the fish over). Lay the fish and vegetable skewers on warm plates and spoon on the olive dressing. Serve with the salad cream.

Plaice poached in butter with leeks, and parsley and mustard mash


Strines Inn

Poached on the bone, plaice is great. Poached in butter, it’s even better! This is a fish that is prone to drying, but the butter keeps the flesh deliciously moist. Lemon sole and brill similarly benefit from being cooked this way.

Ingredients Serves 4 2 plaice, about 1kg each, fins trimmed, head removed and split down the centre bone 500g salted butter 2 bay leaves 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 large thyme sprig 8 small leeks, outer leaves removed and cut across in half, or 12 baby leeks, trimmed Cornish sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Parsley and mustard mash 3 large baking potatoes 150ml whole milk 4 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley 1–2 tbsp English mustard, to taste To serve Lemon wedges 30ml double cream

Heat your oven to 220°C/Gas 7. For the mash, put the potatoes on an oven tray and bake for 1 hour or until tender. Put the butter, bay leaves, garlic and thyme in a pan and warm over a low heat until the butter has melted. Add the leeks and cook until the butter starts to turn golden, then remove from the heat and leave to cool. Once cooled, strain off most of the butter into a roasting tin large enough to hold the plaice. Transfer the leeks to a tray, ready to warm through to serve. Reserve the rest of the butter. When the potatoes are cooked, set aside until cool enough to handle. Lower the oven setting to 180°C/Gas 4. For the mash, bring the milk to a simmer in a pan and remove from the heat. Cut the potatoes in half, scoop out the flesh and pass through a potato ricer into a bowl, or mash with a potato masher. Fold in the milk and then add enough of the reserved poaching butter to give a soft mash. Add the chopped parsley and mustard and season with salt and pepper to taste. To cook the fish, bring the butter in the roasting tin to a simmer. Carefully add the fish and cook in the oven for about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, warm the mash and leeks. To check the fish is done, carefully lift a piece out of the butter and insert a small knife at the thickest point, hold it there for 5 seconds and then place it against the back of your wrist; it should feel warm, not cold or hot. Scoop the mash onto warm plates and add the leeks. Carefully lift the plaice onto the plates, spoon over some of the butter and season with a little salt. Serve at once, with lemon wedges.


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.

Christmas Bookings now being taken THE STRINES INN BRADFIELD DALE, SHEFFIELD S6 6JE TEL: 0114 285 1247


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Salmon poached in tarragon vinegar with carrots in brown butter There is something about butterflied fish cooked on a barbecue – somehow it just seems right. Lightly marinating the fish brings out its qualities and adds even more. The charred skin is really there for protection but if you get the temperature of the barbecue just right it will be lovely and crispy – delicious with the fennel, anise and garlic flavours.

Ingredients Serves 4 4 portions of salmon fillet, about 200g each, pin-boned 2 carrots, peeled 200ml white wine 200ml white wine vinegar 400ml water 50g caster sugar 10 tarragon sprigs Sea salt Carrots in brown butter 250g salted butter 8 small carrots, peeled and halved lengthways, or 24 baby carrots 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped 2 tsp chopped tarragon

Cut the carrots lengthways into fine ribbons, using a vegetable peeler or mandoline. Pour the wine, wine vinegar and water into a saucepan and add the sugar, a pinch of salt, the carrot ribbons and tarragon sprigs. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Take off the heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, for the brown butter, heat the butter in a pan over a medium-low heat until melted and starting to bubble. At this stage, lower the heat and continue to cook until the butter turns brown and has a nutty aroma; don’t let it burn. Immediately remove from the heat and strain through a muslin-lined sieve into a bowl.

Add the halved or whole baby carrots to a pan containing enough cold water to just cover them and add some salt. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the carrots are almost cooked. Drain and return them to the pan. Add 50ml of the brown butter with the chopped garlic and warm through over a low heat. Season with salt to taste and remove from the heat. Drain the carrot ribbons, reserving the liquor; set aside. To cook the salmon, bring the reserved liquor to a simmer in a fairly wide pan and add the fish fillets, making sure they are fully submerged.

Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen (Quadrille, £14.99) Photography © David Loftus


Remove the pan from the heat, cover and leave to stand for 10 minutes; the fish will cook in the residual heat. To check the fish is done, carefully lift out a portion and insert a small knife into the thickest point, hold it there for 5 seconds and then place it against the back of your wrist; it should feel warm, not cold or hot. Once the fish is ready, for the dressing, combine 75ml of the poaching liquor with 150ml brown butter, warm through and add the chopped tarragon. Place a portion of salmon on each warm plate. Divide the carrot ribbons and brown butter carrots between the plates and spoon the dressing over the fish and carrots to serve.

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Gather round the table this December to enjoy a fine festive lunch.

Soak up the Christmas spirit at The Old Hall Hotel’s spectacular Christmas Party Nights.

Available Monday-Saturday throughout December. Served 12pm - 2pm. From just £18.50 per person for two courses.

From £25.00 per person to include a three course meal and DJ until late.

Visit our website for more details or to book call the hotel on 01298 22841 The Old Hall Hotel, The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BD.


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Sunday 14 October 3pm

Thursday 4 October 7.30pm

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Friday 5 October 7.30pm


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Friday 19 – Saturday 20 October



Monday 8 October 7.30pm

Sunday 21 October 2pm

Sunday 7 October 7.30pm



£28.50 (Discounts available) Tuesday 9 October 7.30pm


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£15.50 (Students/Children £12.50) Monday 22 – Saturday 27 October


£22-£32 (Discounts available)

Thursday 11 October 7.30pm


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Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 November


Saturday 13 October 2.30pm & 7.30pm




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Thursday 1 November 7pm


£15.50 (Students/Children £12.50) Tuesday 6 November 7.30pm

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Wednesday 7 November 7.30pm


Friday 9 – Saturday 10 November

ENGLISH TOURING OPERA: RADAMISTO & TRIPLE BILL £28-£37 (Discounts available) Sunday 11 November 7.30pm

CHAPEL MALE VOICE CHOIR – A CENTURY OF SONG £28 (Discounts available) Tuesday 13 November 7.30pm


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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

ch Hall’s Hoedown

Ruby Wax

A Century of Song

A Christmas Spectacular of Brass and Comedy

Illustrations © Tony Ross, 2014. Lettering of author’s name © Quentin Blake, 2010

Wednesday 14 November 7pm

Tuesday 20 November 7pm

Monday 26 November 7.30pm

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ROY ORBISON & THE TRAVELING WILBURYS EXPERIENCE £20.50-£22.50 (Discounts available) Saturday 17 November 7.30pm


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Out & About

A GUIDE to some amazing events Silver Screenings at Buxton Cinema are a welcome addition to local filmgoers. While Buxton has always enjoyed a range of entertainment it had been missing films on the big screen. So last year High Peak Theatre Trust decided to do something about it. For almost a year now Buxton Cinema has been welcoming film goers once more. So far Audiences have been able to enjoy blockbuster hits such as Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Peter Rabbit and Edie. However, here at Buxton Cinema, we wanted to provide more than just blockbusters and make sure the cinema is accessible for all. With this in mind, we provide a range of screenings that appeal to our audience members looking for something different. Silver Screenings offer you the chance to see cinematic classics (old and new) on the big screen for a special rate of just £5 for seniors. Of course everyone is welcome, but only our seniors can enjoy this discount. You’ll also be treated to a cuppa after the screening in our cinema bar area, where you can have a can relax and have a chat. Our Silver Screenings are on most Mondays at 1.30pm. In September we are screening such classics as Pandora’s Box

starring Louise Brooks, Hitchcock’s Vertigo along with a more recent release of The Children Act with Emma Thompson. For any of our audience members who are Deaf or hard of hearing we also offer a range of screenings so you needn’t miss out on your favourite film. We have a number of films which are shown with descriptive subtitles (DS) which means you not only get the dialogue but any non-dialogue action as well. We also have Infra-red headsets which you can reserve at the Box Office in advance. Everyone is welcome at Buxton Cinema; to find out more on how you can make the most of your trip to the big screen, please head over to our website to take a look at full listings and information. You can also speak to our Box Office team on 01298 72190. To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit: 23rd November 2018

Christmas Lights Switch On

The Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road, Buxton SK17 6BE. Telephone: 01298 23114 Website: 5th to 7th December 2018 Various Opening Times

Christmas wreath making

Learn how to make a festive wreath from our own Chatsworth foliage, cones and berries. Price £50.00 Per Ticket Chatsworth, Bakewell DE45 1PP 01246 565300.

5th December 2018 Open 6.30pm

The Snowman - also including A Donkeys Tale

Experience the magic of The Snowman in a whole new way this Christmas The world’s most prolific performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra, Carrot Productions are delighted to be returning to Chesterfield this December with their enchanting Christmas show. Price £10.70 per child to £14.70 per adult.


The Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield S41 7SA TEL: 01246 345222. 6 Dec 2018 to 9 Dec 2018 Various Opening Times

Christmas Tree Festival

The local community is coming together again for the annual Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas Church. Groups, schools and businesses alike take part, by owning and decorating a Christmas tree. St Thomas Church, Chatsworth Road, Brampton, Chesterfield S40 3AW tel: 01246 558461. E:

Saturday 8 Dec 2018 & Wednesday 12 Dec 2018 @ 09:30am - 12:30 & 1:30 - 4:30pm

Christmas willow: angels, stars and wreaths

Weave your own willow angels, stars and wreaths to decorate your home or garden this Christmas, led by the basket maker Maggie Cooper. Price £40.00 Per Ticket Chatsworth, Bakewell DE45 1PP TEL: 01246 565300. 8th and 9th December 2018 Open 10am - 4pm

World of Wedgwood Christmas Market

Our December monthly market is a two day Christmas Market. With over 50 stalls of local food and handcrafted products, you're sure to find some festive treats and gift inspiration Wedgwood Drive, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9ER TEL: 01782 282986. 9th December 2018 Open 10:00am - 5:00pm

Makers Market

Makers, bakers, crafters, wood workers, jewellers and many more showcase unique and stunning work which make brilliant gifts and memories of Derbyshire for you to treasure at home. Chatsworth Road, Rowsley, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2JE 01629 735326. E: 13th December 2018 Open 19:30

The Billy Fury Years

OUT & ABOUT The Billy Fury Years is quite simply ‘The Ultimate Billy Fury show to ever hit the stage’. Hailed as "the best Fury since Fury”, Michael King and his fantastic collection of musicians take you on a journey through the musical career of Britain's best loved rock and roll legend. Price £24.70 Per Ticket Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield S41 7SA TEL: 01246 345222. 16th December 2018 Open 3pm.

Christmas Spectacular with Masson Mills Band Start your Christmas with the highly acclaimed Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills Band, joined by local schoolchildren and the outstanding choral group Perfect Pitch as seen on Britain's Got Talent 2017. Price £13.70 per adult to £39.80 per family Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield S41 7SA 01246 345222 21 Dec 2018 to 22 Dec 2018 Open 10:00 - 16:00 27 Dec 2018 to2 9 Dec 2018 Open 10:00 - 16:00

Traditional Games Day

Come and have a go at the traditional games children used to play. Some you'll know and some you won't. Bring the family along and challenge them to a game of quoits, shove ha’penny and many more traditional games. Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, St Mary's Gate, Chesterfield S41 7TD Tel: 01246 345727.

21st December 2018 Open 20:00

Spotlight Comedy Club - Christmas Special

Presented by compere Anthony J Brown. Archie Kelly ‘An inspired storyteller mixed with fantastic vocal mimicry’, Paul Sinha Rose D'Or prize winning comedy and Ruth E Cockburn ‘An intriguing personality’. Price £10.00 to £15.50 Per Ticket Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield S41 7SA TEL: 01246 345222. 23rd December 2018 Open 9:30am

Chesterfield Santa Fun Run and Walk

CBD Training Ltd Chesterfield Santa Fun Run and Walk is a sponsored event organised by the North Derbyshire Running Club to raise funds for Ashgate Hopsicecare, Weston Park Cancer Charity and the Mayor’s Appeal. Queen's Park, Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield S40 2ND TEL: 01246 864361 26th December 2018

Boxing Day Raft Event

Derbyshire Association of Sub-Aqua Clubs invite you to enter or watch the Boxing Day Raft Event from Matlock to Cromford Meadows on the River Derwent. Matlock DE4 3AT 07813207944

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Friday 30 November 2018 - Saturday 5 January 2019

Hansel and Gretel

Pantomime returns to Chesterfield with everybody’s Derby Theatre’s Christmas production team bring another magical and enchanting tale to the stage. With lashings of original music, heaps of colourful costumes and a super scrumptious talented team of actor-musicians, Hansel and Gretel cooks up a mouth-watering show. Family Tickets from £50 - £94 Group Tickets available from £11.50 School Tickets £10.50 with one teacher free with every ten tickets purchased Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk St Peter's Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF Box Office 01332 59 39 39 Sat 01 December 2018 to Sun 06 January 2019


Pantomime returns to Chesterfield with everybody’s favourite Christmas tale, the timeless, Cinderella. This classic ‘rags to riches’ tale, will enchant both young and old with magical effects and lavish sets and costumes. So get your invitation to the ball right away! Be ready to hiss and boo the Ugly Sisters, cheer Cinderella and her best friend  Buttons and find out if the slipper fits in this sparkling show which promises to be a hit with all the family! Pomegranate Theatre, Corporation Street, Chesterfield S41 7TX. Box 0ffice 01246 345 222 8th Dec 2018 to 5th Jan 2019

Jack and the Beanstalk

Poor young Jack has his head in the clouds, but when he sells his beloved cow Pat for just a handful of beans he begins a huge adventure which takes him to new heights. Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AH Box Offie 01332 255800. 8th Dec 2018 to 30th Dec 2018

Dick Whittington

Starring CBBC TV star Gabrielle Green. Hoping to find fame and fortune in London, our young hero Dick Whittington makes his way down Ye Olde M1 with nothing but a sandwich and a can-do attitude! Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XN To book Call 01298 72190


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A canalside catchup with Rob Wilson I caught up with artist Rob Wilson canalside as he sketches out the foundations of a new piece. Many of Rob’s mixed media paintings start this way. He enjoys visiting an area and absorbs the sounds, the atmosphere and the people passing by to conjour up a picture in his mind. These elements then enable Rob to interprete the final painting in his unique and entrancing style.

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Lockside Mill, Marple 3rd-4th November Open Studio Event Saturday & Sunday 10-5pm

Paintings are built up layer upon layer, often including printed items relevant to the area from which he is painting. With acrylics, watercolour, tissue and finally stitching, Rob’s paintings have a distinct style and the viewer gets absorbed into the final detail, finding something new with each viewing. I asked Rob whether the location of his new waterside studio had influenced his subject matter. “Yes, my canalside studio has become an important facter and Castlefield Bridges, Manchester the beautiful surroundings are inspirational. This certainly aids my creativity-I feel a relaxed freedom which helps with my work. Also, it’s nice to observe others enjoying their downtime as well as commuters rushing by! “This relaxed feeling has been echoed in the success of the Friday ‘open studio’ days, with visitors breaking a towpath walk to enjoy the paintings. I enjoy the interaction, there’s usually something new on the go. I’ve recently been experimenting in news ways of working - layering glass to give 3D effects. It’s great to try something new and not know the outcome. The open studio offers an opportunity for immediate feedback and conversations often lead to new ideas and subject matter.”

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What pieces are you currently working on? “I’m currently working on some new pieces of Manchester- it’s always been a great place to paint. It’s seen incredible changes in the last ten years. With the new growth and investment in the city comes exciting and changing vistas. It’s interesting to capture the changes, some whilst they happen! and see the new scenes evolving. Having spent a bit of time away now allows me to view it with new eyes. “I’m also dedicating a large part of Summer on various commissions. It’s a privilege to share this experience with my clients on a personal level, resulting in very treasured paintings. These can cover many experiences and aspects of people’s lives: Sports, hobbies, homes and gardens, retirement and even a very special doorknocker as an acknowledgment of a student graduating! Further afield, I’m planning a trip to Shanghai-so watch this space!” You can see Rob’s latest work at one of his upcoming shows and exhibitions or visit his studio between 10am-4pm on a Friday.

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Include high quality protein and fat such as such as nuts, avocados, Omega 3 fats (Mackerel, Wild salmon and tuna) virgin olive oil and eggs in every meal. This helps you to feel full and stabilise your blood sugars. Snacks – try olives, hummus with celery sticks but avoid the temptation of processed foods such as biscuits and crisps. Try to lose weight. Losing weight can help to increase your insulin sensitivity again and can reduce your diabetic medication requirements. In some cases, it is possible to get patients off all diabetic medications.

How to Manage Diabetes It is estimated that just under 4 million people have diabetes in the UK. 90% are type 2 diabetics. It is believed that up to a further 1 million people remain undiagnosed.

Diabetes increases your risk factors for other health issues so make sure you have regular check-ups with your GP. By keeping a blood-sugar diary and a food diary your GP can help you to manage your medications and encourage good lifestyle choices. Blood tests including an HBA1C (long-term blood sugar marker) should be conducted at least 2-3 times per year. Avoid sugary drinks (i.e. squashes, soft fizzy drinks) and stick to water, green tea and coffee/tea without sugar or sweetener. Try to exercise daily. This can be as little as 10 mins of moderate activity which can even be split in to two sessions of 5 mins.

At your-doctor, we offer a personalised, bespoke service to help support and plan a programme of diabetes management.

Type 2 diabetes is due to increasing insulin resistance to raised sugar levels. This means that your insulin hormones become less effective in storing and dealing with raised blood sugar levels. This is particularly relevant when consuming large amounts of refined carbohydrates or sugary food and drinks.

WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY In the UK, 435 people lose their lives to heart disease every single day. More than 110 of these people will be under the age of 75, a very small number might even be children. Heart disease is a condition, which can affect anyone so here are ways you can make your heart healthier:

Losing weight and exercising is shown to improve, and in some cases reverse, diabetes by making your insulin more sensitive again. So what can you do to help deal with your diabetes?

If you’re a smoker take drastic steps to quit to protect yourself from heart disease. Smoking is one of the main causes of coronary heart disease but if you do quit, your risk of having a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.

Try avoiding fruits that are higher in natural sugars like grapes and mangoes and stick to fruits which have a lower sugar content like apricots, raspberries and strawberries. Reduce your consumption of refined carbohydrates (rice, pasta and bread) which will help to stabilise your sugars.


It is also important for patients with diabetes to consider their cholesterol and blood pressure levels as this has an effect on their heart health. It would be recommended that fasting cholesterol blood tests be carried out at least once a year. A six-monthly review of medications would also be part of the GP process.

By Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa, Director and GP at Your Doctor

You should do about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise every week

Time to get in the Garden…Pull Weeds… not your back! to reduce your risk of heart disease. This is just 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week. This can be broken down into three episodes of 10 min activities. Stick to a diet low in fats and sugars. If you’re overweight, then you should take steps to lose weight in order to reduce your risk of developing heart disease. If you do this gradually, sugar cravings are minimised.

Gardening can be a wonderful workout as we have to bend and twist, reach and pull. Gardening can be enjoyable, but it is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. The back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when using your green thumb.

Drink less alcohol. Regular or high alcohol intake can lead to heart disease called cardiomyopathy. Binge drinking can cause irregular heart rhythms called arrhythmias. Alcohol contains a lot of calories that can have a big impact on how you manage your weight.

A warm-up and cool-down period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity. To make gardening as fun and enjoyable as possible, it is important to prepare your body for this type of physical activity.

Manage stress in your life. Excessive stress over a long period of time can cause heart attacks so it’s important that you do not overwork or overload yourself in order to protect yourself from developing heart disease.

If you feel muscle aches and pains after your day in the garden, there are ways to alleviate the discomfort. Apply a cold pack on the area of pain for

Manage your cholesterol. We need cholesterol to be healthy but an imbalance of cholesterol in your blood can lead to heart attack or stroke. In order to balance your cholesterol, you should eat healthy fats and reduce the amount of processed food, sugar and flour in your diet. Oily fish contains huge amounts of omega-3 fats, which is a mineral that helps protect against heart disease. Salmon, sardines and tuna are all great sources of omega-3. However, pregnant women should not eat more than two portions of oily fish a week. Start eating more fibre. Experts say that 30g of fibre a day can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. You can get fibre from foods like wholemeal bread, bran, oats, potato skins, fruit and vegetables. Cut down the salt in your diet (particularly sodium salts) as it can affect your blood pressure which increases your risk of heart disease. The salt we consume is usually already in the foods we buy so it’s important to check the labels of what you’re buying. Microwave meals are notorious for having a huge amount of salt in – it’s always better to cook from scratch so you’re more aware of what’s going into your food. Eat your 5-a-day (at least)! Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables every day will mean your body is absorbing a good amount of vitamins and minerals which in turn will help your body fight against heart disease. There is a push towards 7-10 portions a day but we would encourage you to build this into your diet gradually.

the first 48 hours or apply a heat pack after 48 hours, and consider seeking the services of a doctor of chiropractic in your area. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. While best known for their expertise in treating the musculoskeletal system and their use of spinal manipulation, DCs have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling. Consider visiting a doctor of chiropractic next time gardening activities leave you with aches and pain.

“I’m in pain” “Can Chiropractic help me?” Your initial visit will include: • A private consultation with chiropractor • X rays if necessary (normally £60) • Spinal examination, orthopaedic and neurological tests • A confidential report of our findings • An explanation of our treatments procedure if we determine Chiropractic cannot help you

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HEALTH HOW DIFFERENT EXERCISES CAN HELP FIGHT MEDICAL CONDITIONS Evidence of the benefits of exercising is overwhelming these days. With most medical conditions, it is still important that you continue to exercise but it is essential that you do exercises that are appropriate to you; remember even walking, stretching or housework helps. To follow are ten suggestions of how to use exercise to feel better, but make sure that you first get advice from your GP if you have any injuries or illnesses.

DEPRESSION - The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that people with mild to moderate depression do 45 minutes to one hour of exercise three times a week. Exercise helps release feel positive brain chemicals including neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids. Increases body temperature which may have a calming effect, helps us gain confidence, takes our mind off our worries and encourages social interaction and a way of coping healthily. DEMENTIA - To help reduce the symptoms of dementia, activity such gentle gardening helps to keep us strong

and gives sufferers some independence back which may have been lost. DIABETES - To lower your risk of diabetes, reducing weight by trying swimming or a water aerobics class can help to keep blood glucose well controlled and blood pressure on target and improve blood circulation. CANCER – One in every two people will be affected by cancer but the survival rate has doubled over the past 40 years. Exercising can help prevent cancer but can also reduce the side effects of treatment, decrease the risk of reoccurring cancer and can enhance quality of life during and after cancer treatments

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HEALTH Exercise Moderate exercise has been shown by research to help reduce frequency and attacks. Recent studies have shown that exercise changes the levels of a wide range of body chemicals. Exercise stimulates your body to release natural paincontrolling chemicals called endorphins and natural anti-depressant chemicals called enkephalins. A well-planned exercise program could help you to reduce your drug intake to prevent migraines.

MIGRAINES In the UK, The Migraine Trust has estimated that approximately 190k people a day suffer with a migraine attack. 25 million work or school days are believed to be lost a year and it is estimated that every three in a hundred GP consultations are related to migraines. Migraines are estimated to affect more than 14 % of the world’s population. It is more common than diabetes and asthma. THE CAUSES What causes an actual migraine is unknown but it is becoming widely accepted that there is a link to a gene which it is believed makes migraine sufferers more sensitive to attacks. It was hypothesized, in the past, that it was due to blood vessel spasms. However, it is now believed to be more complex and related to abnormal brain activity which interferes with nerve signals which affects the chemicals in the brain. Common symptoms include throbbing headaches, sensitivity to light and noise, nausea and vomiting and lethargy. There are many other triggers which contribute to a migraine and these include dietary, physical, emotional, stress and environmental to name a few. Migraines and stress are strongly connected. Anxiety, excitement and any form of tension can lead to a migraine attack. It is reported that some migraine attacks start when the stress reduces e.g. a weekend after busy week. Other possible causes are too much caffeine, particular foods, dehydration, skipping meals, eating high sugary foods or poor or very bright lighting.


TREATMENT Most people will respond to oral medication and some people prefer sublingual medications (under the tongue) as the absorption is reported to up to 10 times faster-acting than oral medications. Metoclopramide and anti-emetics can help to combat nausea and gastric stasis by helping to get the gut moving again. This can be of benefit to patients if they can see a GP promptly and have an IM injection. If patients have persistent symptoms, GP’s may try prophylactic medications to prevent acute attacks although but this means taking daily medications long term. There are a few true migraine specialists and most GP’s will refer if the symptoms are difficult to manage, there is no regular pattern or they want to rule out other causes such as a tumour. TIPS FOR AVOIDING MIGRAINES Sleep Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day, as sleeping during the correct phase of your circadian cycle is important. Understand your sleep needs, including both the timing and the duration of sleep (most adults need 8 hours a night). Do try and spend some time outdoors or in natural light during the daytime, as this helps your body clock accuracy. Sleeping environment needs to be peaceful which includes sufficient darkness and quiet, comfortable bedding and no mobiles, tablets, computers etc. around you. Stress Try to reduce your stress with exercise, having fun and counselling if you need more help. Focus on getting your work / life balance right.

If exercise triggers an attack it maybe that you may have started exercising suddenly with no prior planning which means that your body has a sudden demand for oxygen. Eat properly before exercising so that your blood sugar level doesn’t fall quickly and make sure you are well hydrated before and during exercising. Caffeine You should restrict your intake to having no more than 4/5 cups of tea or coffee a day. Some people find that suddenly stopping caffeine altogether can also be a trigger factor. If you suspect this, you may wish to cut down on caffeine more gradually. Caffeine can be found in many products including chocolate and some over the counter painkillers. Skipping meals/ dehydration Low consumption of food is probably one of the most important dietary triggers. You may find that regularly eating balanced meals can help to control your attacks. Mild dehydration can also trigger migraine. It is recommended that you should drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, as well as other drinks you may have. Fizzy drinks can contain the sweetener aspartame which should be avoided as these may trigger migraines for some people.

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Local magazine for the over 50s includes leisure, holidays, lifestyle