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DERBYSHIRE & HIGH PEAK EDITION 52

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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 ChrisWright Denture Clinics specialise in correcting.

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ver recent years there have been many improvements in both the way we construct dentures and in the materials and denture teeth that we use. This means that the end result looks more natural than ever before. Why not call for a FREE Consultation to find out more about these new innovations in denture design and manufacture?

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

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

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

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

MY DENTURES HAVE BECOME LOOSE! This is easily remedied by a procedure know as Re-lining. A new layer of Denture base is added to your existing Denture, improving the fit and restoring confidence.

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


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

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

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

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further Education and Training in areas such as Medical Emergencies Cross Infection Control and Oral Pathology (cancers and anomalies) to name just a few sections that make up the Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology as Awarded by the Royal Collage of Surgeons (RCS). It is this qualification that allows the clinicians at 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 registered not just as a dental technician but as a CDT.

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) * • Sports mouth guards *Dentist treatment plan can be arranged

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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 BY ANGELA KELLY Is Italy that long bit – or is that Brazil? WE live in an age when far-flung countries are now highly accessible to us all and holiday destinations get more and more exotic. There are now few places in the world where we do not travel. In fact, many people consider themselves very well-travelled indeed and they probably are. But, an interesting survey by travel experts Expedia reveal that adults asked to complete geography questions meant for 10 year-olds often proved to be bottom of the class in this subject. Of the 2,000-plus adults questioned, a third were unable to locate France on a map. More than half failed to recognise Japan and India. Four in 10 adults were able to spot Argentina but, unfortunately, one in 10 thought it was Brazil. The trickiest place to pinpoint proved to be mountainous Austria with 76 per cent getting that one wrong. And, although they are both favourite destinations with holidaymaking Brits, identifying where either Egypt or Turkey were drew a blank from 59 per cent. Naming capital cities also proved tricky. A quarter thought Sydney was the capital of Australia instead of Canberra while 71 per cent wrongly guessed Toronto as Canada’s capital and not the correct answer of Ottawa. So what does all this lack of geographical awareness prove?

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Personally, I think it backs up a theory I’ve had for some time that we don’t really think about where we’re actually going when we go on holiday.We have little awareness of our real destination in relation to other countries because we don’t really care: it’s just abroad. We step aboard the plane into a little world of cosseted isolation where nice staff bring drinks and food, a pilot announces the stats on a regular basis and we view the passing world through tiny windows that reveal very little. Often when we get to our chosen holiday destination, travellers hunker down in a hotel or resort, never venturing beyond the local beach or swimming pool and bar. The area, its culture and surrounding towns and villages are of little interest as we relax, overeat and drink and acquire a tan. We could be anywhere in the world. I know not everyone holidays this way and there are many people – especially older travellers – who take advantage of retirement or just more disposable income to visit places they’ve always dreamed of and really do appreciate them. But then, they probably do know where France is and have a good working geographical knowledge of the world, anyway. Scammers beware! Photos online tell the truth IT’S hear tening that the number of compensation claims for holiday sickness and car accident whiplash has fallen dramatically.

This is after the introduction of legal curbs as laws last Summer to prevent profiteering by claims companies along with bans on cold-calling. Anything that puts an end to bogus holiday injury and illness claims and phoney injuries from car crashes has got to help all our insurance premiums and ensure people stick to the truth. The holiday claims in particular reached ridiculous proportions with holidaymakers claiming they had been taken seriously ill – only for their sunshine snaps to pop up on Facebook revealing them having a brilliant time! But that’s one thing about those who try to cheat the system: they’re not very bright in thinking things through. Why else would those making false benefit claims happily boast online about their prowess in everything from running to wrestling when they’ve claimed they can scarcely walk to the front door? The truth will definitely out – usually with a useful video or graphic photos giving the lie to their claims.


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A Selection of our 2019 Coach Tours DOOR TO DOOR HOLIDAYS

Weymouth & Delightful Dorset

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Austria in a Nutshell (NEW)

Weymouth, on the Dorset Coast, lies in a bay surrounded by rolling hills and sandy beaches. The 17th Century harbour is a hive of activity, age-old inns nestle on the quay. The esplanade overlooks the beach with beautiful gardens and parks completing the picture.

Llandudno, the largest Welsh tourist resort, is a beautiful Victorian town set on a curving bay between the headlands of Great and Little Orme, with the mountains of Snowdonia in the background. The town has plenty to offer including an excellent shopping centre.

Includes a 4 Star family run hotel which offers a warm welcome and first class Austrian hospitality. The hotel is located high up in the Salzburg Mountains and features a restaurant, bar, and outdoor terrace. Relax and enjoy the lesiure facilities.

27th May - 5 Days - £439

31st May - 5 Days - £509

2nd June - 9 Days - £949

Tenby

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Criccieth

Tenby is situated in the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire in South Wales and has been described as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Welsh Riviera. It’s quaint narrow streets, full of interesting little shops, shelter behind the ancient town walls and eventually lead to the picturesque harbour.

Jersey, a fascinating island, within sight of the French coast, has a mixture of home and abroad. Jersey is a shopper’s paradise and St Helier’s shops are full of bargains. If you move away from the town you can appreciate sleepy granite villages linked by winding country lanes and 20 miles of glorious beaches.

A wonderful tour based at the popular, friendly Lion Hotel in the unspoilt resort of Criccieth on the lovely Llyn Peninsula. The town faces due south and has two beaches which are divided by the headland where you find the historic 700 year old castle.

2nd June - 6 Days - £635

8th June - 8 Days - £695

10th June - 5 Days - £458

London Weekend

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Sidmouth

Situated in the heart of a carefully restored area of London. The splendour of The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, River Thames and St. Katherine’s Dock provide a fascinating backdrop to this 4 Star Hotel.

Whether you are a history buff, enjoy a good period drama or like nothing better than exploring the narrow streets of our cathedral cities then this is the tour for you. We include visits to Chatham Docks, Hever Castle and Down House.

Sidmouth is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt resorts in the country, set in lush pastures and craggy cliffs. It is ideal for an unhurried lifestyle; the shops have retained the personal and friendly service of a country town.

18th June - 3 Days - £289

20th June - 5 Days - £519

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The Isle of Man, midway between Britain and Ireland, is only 13 miles wide and 33 miles long yet offers a wide variety of town and country. The island is steeped in history and life is leisurely, unhurried, warm and friendly.

The Isle of Wight is just 23 miles long and 13 miles wide yet full of interesting features including miles of sandy beaches and a stunning coastline. This is a special place with the most diverse countryside in Britain.

Jersey, a fascinating island, within sight of the French coast, has a mixture of home and abroad. Jersey is a shopper’s paradise and St Helier’s shops are full of bargains. If you move away from the town you can appreciate sleepy granite villages linked by winding country lanes and 20 miles of glorious beaches.

24th June - 6 Days - £649

2nd July - 7 Days - £649

6th July - 8 Days - £695

Llandudno Llandudno, the largest Welsh tourist resort, is a beautiful Victorian town set on a curving bay between the headlands of Great and Little Orme, with the mountains of Snowdonia in the background. The town has plenty to offer including an excellent shopping centre.

16th July - 5 Days - £509

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Lap up the luxury at one of Scotland’s most well known hotels. Crieff Hydro is set in the midst of a 900 acre Perthshire estate.

This tour covers a splendid variety of magnificent scenery and contrasting countryside, with quaint Yorkshire towns and villages. We also feature a ride on the Wensleydale Railway, as well as a boat trip on the Tees to Yarm.

21st July - 5 Days - £545

22nd July - 5 Days - £495

London Weekend

Great Yarmouth (NEW)

Situated in the heart of a carefully restored area of London. The splendour of The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, River Thames and St. Katherine’s Dock provide a fascinating backdrop to this 4 Star Hotel.

Staying at a family owned and run hotel in a quiet location on Great Yarmouth seafront. Pleasant restaurant and bar. All bedrooms are en-suite with TV, hairdryer, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.

2nd August- 4 Days - £358

4th August - 7 Days - £729

Blackpool, Southport & Lancashire For those of you who wish to get away to a Seaside resort - why not join us for a holiday at the famous and historic Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.

5th August - 5 Days - £479

Enquiries and reservations should be made at our office at: Andrew’s of Tideswell ltd. Anchor Garage, Tideswell, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 8RB.

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sponsored by your safari vehicle. It’s one thing if it’s your grandkids who shout and frighten off the big cat you’ve just caught sight of. It can be frustrating if they are someone else’s. Many companies make special arrangements for family groups.   Enjoy the jungle sounds at night The croaking frogs, the giggling geckos, the territorial roar of a lion if you’re lucky – the soundtrack of an African night will remind you of just how far from city life you have travelled. Bring ear-plugs if you really can’t sleep through it, but you’ll miss one of nature’s most glorious dawn choruses too! Dress for the bush

Top Ten Tips for taking your first Safari By Gill Haynes for Silver Travel Advisor Go at the right time of year for you

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At the end of Namibia’s dry season (October) water is scarce so animals cluster around the waterholes. In May/June, the grasses are dying back in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, making the game easier to see. In February, the wildebeest calves are born and come August, the Great Migration across Kenya’s Mara river takes place.

If you are travelling as an older couple, check whether any under 12s will be sharing

You will feel much more part of the scene and at one with the animals if you wear colours found in nature – khaki, subdued shades of green, brown and beige. Do not wear red (unless you are a Masai warrior), pink, white, black or jazzy patterns. And don’t wear armystyle camouflage – in some countries, such as Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is banned. Your ranger guides will dress in beige or dark green; you’ll fit in just right – and look like an old hand at this - if you dress similarly. Don’t be tempted to take too many clothes either; the lodges and camps offer overnight laundry and it provides extra jobs for the local people.

Check your vehicle If you can, it’s worth paying a little more to have fewer people in the safari vehicle with you. As a minimum, check whether everyone can have a ‘window’ seat – no-one wants to be stuck in the middle. If your hearing is not so good, turn up early and sit as near the safari guide in the front as you can. They not only spot the animals first but have a fund of fascinating stories and info to relate.

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Impala, Estosha National Park, Namibia


For a chance to win an 8 NIGHT CRUISE FOR 2 PEOPLE from Silver Travel visit our website www.50plusmagazine.co.uk Don’t get bitten You’ll have mosquito nets provided and most places also supply bug sprays but to be absolutely sure, bring your own 50% deet mosquito repellent and use it religiously. And cover up, especially after sundown. Wear socks, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts in light colours. And remember to take the malaria pills a few days before you enter a malarial region and for a week after you leave – it’s not worth taking chances. Take the Game drives

Kenyan landscape

Most places will include – or offer – early morning and late afternoon game drives.You may think getting up at 4am to go on a drive is a bit much, but you don’t want to be the one who missed seeing the baby elephants or the rhino. Rest instead in the heat of the day, like the animals do, so you’re ready (once you’ve had afternoon tea, of course) for the later game drive, when animals will be up and about again. The safari vehicle will shake, rattle and roll - which is part of the fun - but they usually also come equipped with blankets and those all-important sundowners in the cool-box. Listen to the people who live there The ranger guides, the camp managers, the waiters – the people who live and work in the properties all have stories to tell that will amaze, amuse and sometime appal you. Keep asking and keep listening – it’s how you’ll gain a real understanding of the people, the wildlife and the special places you are visiting. Do not run In almost every situation in the bush, this is the wrong thing to do. The only exception in my experience was when we were surprised on a walking safari by two rhinos that had doubled back on us. All of us, the silver travellers included, found that we could quickly climb trees when necessary. 

Elephant lollipop land, Etosha National Park

Sisterly affection, Lionesses, South Africa

Relax Follow the instructions, and you are safe on safari. Always listen to and take your guide’s advice – they are total professionals. A pride of lions once came into our camp in the early morning; the male roared right outside our tent and I could hear its intake of breath. Two of our guides came rushing out and scared them off simply by shouting and shooing them away. There was no fuss and they didn’t need their guns – they knew exactly what they were doing. Factbox Silver Travel Advisor recommends Africa Sky whose passionate experts specialise in luxury tailor-made safaris in this diverse continent. Having deeply explored its magnificent wealth of landscapes, camps under the stars, lavish lodges and incredible wildlife, rest assured your African adventure will be a once-in-alifetime holiday, personally tailored to your wishes. Visit www.africaskysafari.com or call 01342 889413.

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When it comes to inviting, relaxing breaks, we have the ideal holiday for you.. Whether you’re after family-friendly holidays, a romantic getaway or a group break with like-minded people, our seven hotels cover the south’s finest locations. From the popular beaches of Cornwall to the cosy Isle of Wight, there’s something for everyone. Our coach inclusive option allows guests across the UK to travel in comfort, while our self-drive holidays offer the freedom of having your own car. Request your new 2019 brochure now!

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sponsored by have good taste – it’s an incredibly pretty port with a castle backdrop, cobbled backstreets, expansive squares and clear blue seas. Hvar is more than just the port though - we actually docked in Starigard, another delightful and much quieter harbour and only 30 minutes’ drive away. Driving back along the country roads we got to see Hvar’s other claim to fame: the beautiful rural landscape, heady with the scent of lavender, pine and rosemary.

The old town of Dubrovnick

10 Top Things to Do and See in Croatia By Cathy Bartrop for Silver Travel Advisor Back in the days of the former Yugoslavia, President Tito made one of his better decisions when he decreed that no multistorey construction could happen with 100 metres of the coastline. The Croatian government subsequently continued the policy and, as a result, the country can now boast what must be the most unspoilt and scenic coastline in Europe.

Church of St Donat, Zadar

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packed especially when up to 5 mega ships can be docked at once, spewing out up to 20,000 passengers. When we were there, late afternoon in early June, it wasn't too bad, we got to see all the main sites with relative ease but, for me, the most enjoyable bit by far was the cable car ride up Srd hill for the view back down on the Old Town. There are a couple of restaurants at the top but head for the Panorama Bar & Restaurant, next to the cable car station for unforgettable drinks with a view.

1. Dubrovnik Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the medieval Old Town of Dubrovnik has long been a magnet for tourists. It’s also tiny, which means it gets

2. The 'Lavender Island' of Hvar Hvar has gained a reputation as party central in recent years, especially with students and backpackers. I must say they

One of the best ways to explore it is to take a cruise as I did on a filming trip with Noble Caledonia. Our ship was the Princess Eleganza, a gem of a small ship, carrying just 36 passengers and nimble enough to slip in to the smallest of ports. What a joy is was to berth overnight in peaceful harbours and spend at least half of every day cruising.

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3. Captivating Korcula Neat alliteration but also very true Korcula is just lovely. It’s a tiny port, reputed to be the birthplace of explorer Marco Polo. They certainly milk the connection but it seems plausible enough as you wander the crooked streets and elegant squares flanked with palaces of old nobility. Another Marco, Marco Andijic, a 15th century stonemason played a part in creating the bell tower of the cathedral which gave us our 360 view of Korcula. It’s a steep old climb but well worth the effort. NB Korcula now restricts cruise ships docking before 5pm. 4. Cocktails and sunset dining Still in Korcula, it was also memorable for its bars and restaurants. Massimo's must be one of the more unusual locations for a cocktail bar - atop a medieval tower. Access is via a steep staircase and then a ladder up through a tiny hole - I very nearly got stuck on it with my back pack! Fortunately the drinks are delivered more easily, via a winch and pulley system on the side of the tower. Along the waterfront there is a great selection of restaurants - by recommendation we plumped for Nonno's where the antipasti and homemade pasta dishes, even if a little pricey, were as good as anything I've eaten in Italy.  5. Churches, castles and palaces Croatia is awash with historic buildings. Among the most memorable for me was a tour of Diocletian's Palace in Split - the approach to Split from the sea didn't look all that promising but then, just steps from the waterfront, you enter the complex


that the Roman Emperor Dioclea had built as his retirement Palace in AD 305. Facing the sea on one side, it was built like a Roman military fortress with walls up to 700 feet long and 20 feet high, enclosing an area of 9.5 acres. Split's enchanting old town is within its walls. Zadar is equally as mesmerising - by the 1st century it too was a Roman Municipality. Over the centuries the city has been the subject of numerous assaults, not least more recently during the Yugoslav wars in the 90s. 6. Culture and tradition You come across so many examples of this in Croatia, from its citizens who are clearly proud of their musical traditions, crafts and heritage. The Dalmation ‘Klapa’ or ‘a capella’ singers perform daily in Split's vestibule within the palace walls. The acoustics are unbelievable - needless to say they do a fine trade in CD's. 7. Zadar Sea Organs Back to Zadar for more music - slightly less harmonious but nonetheless appealing - this time from the famous Sea Organ running the length of the peninsula. Completed in 2005, wave action pushes air through a series of underwater pipes and up through niches cut into the steps, producing random melodic notes. The

stronger the waves, the louder the music. It’s a wonderful spot to watch the sun set. At the end of the promenade there is also another installation 'Greeting to the sun', basically a huge round solar panel which radiates a random sequence of coloured lights at night. If the organ is the music, the sun is the disco dance floor! 8. Krka National Park Declared a National Park in 1985, Krka is an absolute stunner. Covering 109 square kilometres the park follows the River Krka about 2kms down river from Knin to Skradin. The most impressive and most visited waterfall is Skradinski Buk, considered one of the most beautiful cliff waterfalls in Europe. I can't argue with that. 650m of river create 12 waterfalls with a total height of 27m. The falls themselves are stunning but walking through the shady woodland that surrounds them is also a delight especially on a hot day.  9. Zrmanja Gorge 43 miles long, the Zrmanja is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe and a boat trip is a delightful way to witness the dramatically changing scenery. Starting off in lush green waterways, gradually the river widens and the banks brown,

eventually turning into sheer rock cliffs split by the blue sparkling water. And just as you begin to tire of looking at rock, suddenly you round a bend and the river opens up into a stunning lake. 10. Water, water everywhere The ever changing colour of the water is a constant delight on a tour of coastal Croatia. Beaches may be small and often shingle but to jump from a boat or a platform in to the crystal clear water is always delightful.  Factbox Cathy experienced the Croatian coast with Noble Caledonia on board the Princess Eleganza. For details visit  www.noble-caledonia.co.uk.  Her video - 10 great things to see in Coastal Croatia - reflects that voyage and also reflects the beauty of the scenery, the ports, the National Parks, the culinary scene, the sunsets and everything else that makes Croatia such a popular tourist destination. Watch the video at www. travelguru.tv For general information about holidays in Croatia see www.visit-croatia.co.uk 

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KATHERINE JENKINS POPSTAR TO OPERA STAR – operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns. As she recalled: “I’ve only ever wanted to be a singer. I never wanted to be famous.”

The mezzo soprano from Neath in South Wales has become a firm national favourite over the past 18 years

Katherine and her sister Laura were raised in a loving home. Bright and hard-working, she received A grades in her GCSEs and A levels and took part in college musical productions. She passed her Grade 8 exams in both singing and playing the piano with distinction.

Just by way of starting her professional career, in 2004, she was given a rare six-album deal by Universal. This was the most lucrative in the UK’s classical recording history and reportedly worth £1 million. Six out of seven of these albums have reached No.1 in the UK classical charts. She also became the first female artist to win two consecutive Classical Brit Awards. Blessed with a beautiful voice, Katherine has always impressed because she moves effortlessly between all kinds of music 18

Katherine was a member of the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Singers and gained its highest award for female choristers. She was also a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales and won the BBC Radio 2 Choirgirl of the Year contest twice.

I have such happy memories of performing in a choir and I don’t think I’d have got where I am today without all that experience

BRIDGING the gap between classical and mainstream music is especially difficult – but Katherine Jenkins has managed it beautifully.

“So my advice to young singers is to either join your school or church’s choir or find one in your local area. Choral music at any level teaches you so much about musicianship and blending your voice.” Katherine was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with honours and receiving a music teacher’s diploma. She worked as a freelance voice coach, a tour guide on the London Eye and as a model. In fact, she


entered a modelling competition in 2000 and became The Face of Wales.

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Her pure tones were first properly heard when she sang in Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II’s silver jubilee in 2003. Then followed that amazing album deal. On the advice of the original Forces’ Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, in December, 2005 and 2006, she travelled to Iraq to sing to the soldiers for Christmas On her first visit, when travelling to Shaibah, the largest British base in Southern Iraq, the helicopter she was travelling in was targeted by missiles. Anti-missile flares were deployed and the group landed safely – with true professional Katherine going on to perform for her appreciative audience. Since those early appearances, she has toured extensively and successfully, becoming an all-round entertainer and appearing in prime-time TV hits like Strictly Come Dancing. She has sung at major sporting events, on TV shows and in support of many charities – and even appeared in “Dr Who”. She plainly doesn’t limit herself and is always up for a challenge. While chatting with TV presenter and magician Stephen Mulhern at a post-awards party in 2010, she happened to mention that she had always wanted to be sawn in half by a magician. The result was that Mulhern invited her to appear on his Saturday Night phone-in game show Magic Numbers. Here, she acted as his assistant and Mulhern and singer Olly Murs sawed her in half inside a see-through box! That same year, she was a mentor to the celebrity contestants as well as a judge on ITV’s “Popstar to Operastar”. In 2012, she competed on the American TV show “Dancing with the Stars” and finished second. Katherine seems unaffected by fame. “I really see myself as a homegirl,” she stated. “Wales is my first home. London is my second home. I love coming back to Neath – this is home and always will be.” Far from being a diva, she has a down-to-earth niceness that appeals to audiences. “Although I’m not shy when I’m singing,” she explained. “I am whenever I hear applause. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I giggle a lot on-stage. That’s shyness. And the stage manager is always telling me to take a longer bow whenever I come off-stage. I still haven’t learnt to do that

properly. I see other artistes milking the applause but I can’t quite do it.” Katherine has always said she wanted to get married and have a family and in September, 2014, she married New York artist Andrew Levitas. Their first child, daughter Aaliyah Reign, was born in September, 2015, and their son Xander arrived in April this year. Now, when Katherine performs, she has the tough challenge of balancing work and motherhood. She told Fabulous Magazine recently that she breastfed Xander while backstage at the Classical Brit Awards. Last year, she turned her talents to acting when she starred in the English National Opera’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s wonderful musical “Carousel.” Next year, she undertakes a 22-venue tour across the UK through April and May, finishing in Belfast. which will no doubt please her many fans. Katherine has always been interested in charity work – in 2014, she was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her charity work and services to music. Whatever the future brings for Katherine Jenkins, it will be decided very much by her. As she once explained: “I have to believe that I know what’s best for me. For instance, I choose all my songs. I never record anything I don’t want to record. No-one tells me what concerts to do.” And, as long as Katherine Jenkins keeps singing and keeps pleasing her many fans, that will be good enough for them.

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portray? Is it light enough or would new lighting help to improve it? Strategically placed spotlights can work well in halls, especially when combined with large, unusual mirrors.You don’t have to spend a fortune on either and you might even pick up a really eyecatching mirror in a charity shop, saleroom or online.

THIS is often the time of year when you look around and consider the whole thorny process of moving house. It may be that you have outgrown your present property, or your family is now independent and living in their own home or just that you’re fed up with where you live and need a change. Moving house is always a reasonable choice but can be stressful. Instead, what you might well consider is CHANGING your current property to make it very different to suit your changing lifestyle. For example, when your family is young, your home needs to be practical and easy to run. Life is lived largely in the kitchen for many families and rooms allocated to suit the basic needs of all members of the household. It may be that your home has – by its geographical position and the type of property – been ideally suited to the regular juggling of job, school and interests. Remove at least some of these areas - like when you retire - and a fresh assessment of your home is required. So, it’s time to cast a fresh eye on your home and see if you can alter it to become the property of your dreams. Assess the ROOM SPACE you have and see if you want more or just want to reconfigure space. Would you prefer a dining kitchen or maybe the addition of extra rooms to suit hobbies or current lifestyle? Do you want to open up rooms for a more contemporary look? An EXTENSION to your property not only changes the space proportions but also adds to your property’s value. Consider where this might go to be the most use and look the best.

Do you use your garage regularly or could you convert it into living space? GARAGE CONVERSIONS are very popular, especially with the increasing number of people who work from home or who are looking for an extra lounge or to create a gym. Finding a builder on recommendation is one positive way forward, especially when you can see examples of their work. Another is to go to influential websites like the Federation of Master Builders at www.fmb.org.uk or the Guild of Master Craftsmen on www.guildmc.com or try checkatrade.com It’s always best to go to accredited and experienced companies rather than just pick a name from a directory or online. The same criteria applies if you want to have a CONSERVATORY or ORANGERIE built. Ask friends and relatives for recommendations and then go to their showrooms if possible and certainly see some of the work they’ve already done. Having NEW WINDOWS installed makes a huge difference to both the look and the insulation of your home. Take advice on the right style for the age and type of property you have. The installer’s experience here is invaluable. It’s also worth having the outside of your home PAINTED and areas like fascias and soffits addressed. At the same time, look at the garden or area in front of your house. Would gravel rather than grass look better and be more practical? Does your garden want a re-think and overhauling? Call the experts in for a quote. While PAINTING and DECORATING internal walls will always make a difference to the smartness and lightness of rooms, it can be crucial in areas like the hallway. Is this the welcoming place you want to

Re-think your ROOMS. It may be that you want to knock through a kitchen and dining room to create one big dining area or even create a new lounge in an upstairs bedroom. Homestyle magazines and websites can offer plenty of ideas on modern, alternative living. This is not always expensive but does requires a willingness to expand your ideas about dayto-day life at home. If your LOUNGE SUITE is looking rather shabby and you can’t afford a new threepiece suite, take a look at the price of having new covers made as these can bring an old suite to life. Select a signature colour if you’re thinking of having new WALLPAPER or painting your walls. Take a sample of colour with you to look at new CURTAINS or BLINDS so that you can mix and match for a smart new co-ordinated look. There are many kinds of blinds available now and they can really open up a room. Take a look at the latest types of FLOORING and choose the right one for the right area.You need something durable and easy to clean for an entrance hall. Porcelain, ceramic and stone tiles are all good choices as is solid or engineered timber. Natural fibre flooring is also suitable for hallways and stairs. In open-plan kitchen diners, having two different flooring types for each area can work well, both visually and practically. Stain-resistant flooring that’s easy to clean is best. There are also many types of vinyl flooring on offer now so ask your local retailer. Wooden floors of all kinds can enhance a lounge area, interspersed with cosy rugs or you may prefer a good-quality carpet. Porcelain or ceramic tiles are useful in bathrooms but don’t rule out vinyl here, either. 21


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SWEET CHILLI CRISPY WINGS Double-fried, super-crunchy, spicy and juicy wings… This recipe does take a little longer to cook, but to get the crispy coating on the wing you have to double-fry. I guarantee that once you try this dish, it will become the one you pull out of the bag to wow your friends and family – it really is that good!

INGREDIENTS Serves 4 people 1.6kg (3lb 8oz) chicken wings ½ tsp salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 125g (1 cup) cornflour (cornstarch) vegetable oil for frying 4 garlic cloves, crushed 3 large, dried red chillies, deseeded and cut into quarters 60ml (¼ cup) light soy sauce 120ml (½ cup) runny honey 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp palm sugar 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

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Pat the chicken wings with kitchen paper to make sure they are absolutely dry. Cut the tips off each wing and then cut each wing in half. Put the chicken into a large bowl and mix with the salt, pepper and ginger. Add the cornflour to a separate large bowl, then thoroughly coat each chicken wing, gently squeezing to make sure the flour is sticking. Put the coated wings on a plate and set aside. Heat a large non-stick wok over a medium to high heat. Add 1–2 tablespoons of oil, then fry the garlic and chillies for 30 seconds, taking care not to burn the garlic. Add the soy sauce, honey and vinegar, mix well and simmer for a couple of minutes. Add the palm sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Put enough vegetable oil in a large saucepan to be deep enough to deep-fry the wings, and heat to 170°C (340°F). Gently fry the wings in batches of five, cooking for 8–10 minutes depending on the thickness of each wing piece. Turn the wings frequently to ensure even cooking. Remove wings and drain on a wire rack. Continue until all the wings are fried. Once all the wings are cooked and slightly cooled, reheat the oil (to the same temperature) and fry the wings again for another 12 minutes, until golden brown and crispy, remembering to turn the wings frequently. Remove and drain on a wire rack and repeat with the rest of the wings. When all the chicken has been doublefried, reheat the sauce in the wok, add the wings and mix well to coat. Transfer to a serving plate, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve straightaway.


CRISPY AROMATIC DUCK WITH HOISIN SAUCE AND PANCAKES the

Strines Inn

D Everyone, and I do mean everyone, LOVES this dish; it’s the perfect sharing plate to be enjoyed with friends and family. INGREDIENTS Serves 4-6 people 4 spring onions (scallions), halved a thumb-sized piece of fresh unpeeled ginger, sliced 1 litre (4¼ cups) chicken stock 120ml (½ cup) rice wine 120ml (½ cup) dark soy sauce 100g (½ cup) demerara sugar 1½ tbsp Chinese five spice 2 star anise 1 tsp cloves 3 cinnamon sticks

Put the spring onions, ginger, stock, rice wine, soy sauce, sugar, spices and salt into a large, lidded saucepan and stir well to combine. Add the duck legs and massage the marinade into the skin. Pop the lid on, put the pan in the fridge and leave to marinate for at least 2 hours or ideally overnight. At the end of the marinating time, take the lid off the pan and set it over a high heat, bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1–2 hours, keeping an eye on the liquid to ensure it doesn’t boil dry – add water if needed. Remove the duck legs from the liquid and place on

½ tbsp salt 4 duck legs (or you can use a whole duck cut into quarters) To assemble 1 pack of Chinese pancakes (average 10 pancakes per pack) 2 spring onions (scallions), cut into matchsticks 1 cucumber, cut into matchsticks 60ml (¼ cup) hoisin sauce

a wire rack to cool. Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F). Arrange the duck legs on a baking tray and cook in the oven for around 15–20 minutes, or until the skin has turned lovely and crispy. Towards the end of the duck’s cooking time, steam the pancakes for 6 minutes (or according to the packet instructions). Remove the duck from the oven and shred the meat from the bones using two forks. Serve straight away with the warm pancakes, spring onions, cucumber and hoisin sauce and let everyone fill and roll their own pancakes.

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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This dish was always served on a sizzling platter in the restaurant.We had ox-shaped, heavy cast-iron platters that we’d heat until they nearly glowed red.They were then placed onto their wooden serving boards and billows of smoke would fill the kitchen.We’d pour the beef covered with its rich sauce onto the platter and it would sizzle and spit, filling the air with an aromatic cloud of smoke that smelled simply amazing. Coarsely grind the peppercorns in a pestle and mortar – not too fine but you don’t want any whole corns. Put the beef strips, threequarters of the ground pepper, the oyster sauce, rice wine, soy sauce, sesame oil and the 2 teaspoons of cornflour into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly to coat the meat and leave to tenderise and marinate for 2 hours or overnight. (This isn’t essential but it does make a huge difference). When you’re ready to cook, heat your wok over a high heat. As soon as the wok starts to

smoke add the oil and the marinated beef, leaving any marinade in the bowl for later. Stir-fry until the outside of the beef has browned, then add the garlic, green pepper and onion and continue stir-frying for 2 minutes. Add the remaining marinade and the stock. Once boiling, drizzle the cornflour mixed with water into the sauce, stirring continuously, until the sauce thickens. Transfer immediately to a plate, sprinkle over the remaining ground black pepper and serve.

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INGREDIENTS Serves 4 people 2 tsp whole black peppercorns 450g (1lb) beef fillet, sliced into bite-sized pieces 2 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp Chinese rice wine 2 tsp light soy sauce a splash of sesame oil 2 tsp cornflour (cornstarch), plus 1 tbsp mixed with 2 tbsp water 1½ tbsp groundnut oil 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 small green (bell) pepper, de-seeded and diced 1 small onion, diced 120ml (½ cup) chicken or vegetable stock


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Bookstore and Café Events

10 May: My Music. David McPhie plays music from his record collection. A wide range from early jazz to British rock music. (7.30pm, £3) 15 May: Victoria Price (daughter of Vincent Price) - The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip To My Truest Self. (7pm for 7.30pm. £5 - Call to book) 1 June: Chapter and Curse - a murder mystery evening. (£20 pp) 14 June: An Evening with Stephen Middleton - his botanical explorations in Derbyshire and further afield, with excellent photos. (7.30pm, £5) 12 July: A railway-related evening with Bob Gratton & Glynn Waite (7.30pm, £5) 9 August: An evening with Keith Hinchcliffe: an acoustic guitarist with a widely-diverse repertoire. (7.30pm, £7.50) 13 September: An evening with Les Bradd (former Notts County player and prolific goal-scorer, with his biographer Terry Bowles. (7.30pm, £5) First Friday of each month: Family Quiz Night (7pm £3 pp) Last Friday of each month: Board Games (7pm £3 pp)

Fringe Events 6 July: Accomplished Ladies - Work in Progress 13 July: Spoken Word - Storytelling with Ian Gregory (2-3pm) 13 July: Flute Cocktail - Northern Flute Quartet (6.30 for 7pm)

Please contact the Bookstore for full details of events.

A Place for Everyone • Locally-roasted coffee and award-winning teas • Delicious home-cooked food • An extensive and eclectic range of fiction and non-fiction titles, most at less than half-price • Themed children’s room with books galore! • Wide selection of greeting cards • Bird food and feeders for our feathered friends • Large, free car park • Dogs welcome throughout the bookstore and café • Helpful and friendly staff • Regular events and attractions

Open daily: 9.30am-5.30pm Sundays: 10.30am-5.00pm

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Roll Up Roll Up tickets now on sale for the annual New Mills Duck Race!

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A Guide to what's happening in your region ... 8 - 9 June 2019 Matlock Food & Drink Festival

22 - 23 June 2019 The Big Derbyshire Food & Drink Festival

Welcome to the new Summer Matlock Food & Drink Festival at Hall Leys Park. With a wide range of locally sourced food and drink there will be something for everyone, with thirst quenching Gin cocktails, Pimm's & Prosecco, Real Ale and Cider why not stay all day and soak up the fabulous atmosphere.

2019 and the Big Derbyshire Food & Drink Festival at Shipley Country Park is in its fourth year. Again, this year the festival will be over two days in June so hopefully we can take advantage of the good Weather and as always, this event is free to enter for all visitors.

Then take a stroll around the handpicked Artisan Food Stalls with cheese, pastries, pickles and sauces. For those with a sweet tooth there will be fudge, cakes laden with chocolate and the sugary delight that are Churros. Take a peek into our Craft marquee with delights from local craftsmen and women selling their not on the high street trinkets. There will be lots to see and do, with fabulous live music throughout the day, live performances and lots to keep the little ones amused whilst you are shopping. Hall Leys Park has wonderful facilities on offer, there is a fantastic children's play area, a boating lake, a miniature train line, skate park, and lots of room for picnicking on the greens or by the river. Causeway Lane, Matlock DE4 3AR 07503362964

With a wide range of locally sourced food and drink there will be something for everyone and with some great Gin cocktails, Cider and Real Ale why not stay all day and soak up the fabulous atmosphere. Then stroll round the handpicked Artisan Food Stalls with gorgeous cakes, cheese, pastries and much more and take some home for later or even as gifts. There will be lots to see and do, Bouncy castle and rides for the children, live music through the day and the annual Man V Food Challenge. And of course, not to forget the furry members of the family there will be lots of stalls and treats for them too.

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New Mills Festival, along with the PTAs from local primary school’s and nurseries have again joined forces to organise this year's Duck Race to raise funds for the co-promoters. The event, which features a race specially for local businesses and a schools race as well as the public competition has cash prizes and trophies for the winning ducks. The event will be held on Sunday June 23rd from 12.00pm. The route will be along the River Goyt, starting near the viaduct and Goytside Farm. Please note access is by foot only, please use the town carparks if travelling by car. 13 Hall Street, High Peak, England, SK22 3BR www.newmillsfestival.co.uk

7 - 20 July 2019 Georgiana

A Buxton International Festival production, with the Northern Chamber Orchestra. The World Premiere of a specially commissioned 40th Anniversary opera pasticcio, celebrating the life and times of Georgiana Cavendish, the 5th Duchess of Devonshire. While her husband was building Buxton’s magnificent Crescent, Georgiana Cavendish was setting London society alight with a mixture of dangerous liaisons, political activism and reckless gambling. Her life (1757-1806) inspired a best-selling biography by Amanda Foreman and the Keira Knightley Hollywood film, The Duchess. Buxton Opera House buxtonfestival.co.uk/whats-on

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9 - 18 July 2019 Lucio Papirio Dittatore

11 July 2019 Dr Gillian Williamson

A Buxton International Festival production in collaboration with La Serenissima. The story of family strife in pre-Imperial Rome, this forgotten gem by the Italian composer Antonio Caldara, featuring jubilant choral writing and dazzling virtuoso arias, is a perfect vehicle for the dynamic, Gramophone Award-winning baroque ensemble La Serenissima.

The English comic postcard tradition of the fearsome seaside landlady has its roots well before the 20th century. Lodging was a widespread practice in Georgian towns and cities, and lodgers spanning the social spectrum formed an important part of the seasonally-shifting population and economy of university and resort towns such as Buxton. Social and cultural historian Dr Gillian Williamson uses diaries, court cases and other records to look at the role and reputation of the landlady in the 18th century.

Lucio Papirio Dittatore was composed by Caldara in 1719, by which time he was serving as vice-kapellmeister to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. Being composed for the imperial court, there are a number of characteristics rarely found elsewhere in opera seria, such as the use of the aria madrigale, a large amount of ballet music and a significant number of choral movements. This is a work composed on a grand scale, glorifying both the genre of opera seria and the name of the emperor.

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A Buxton International Festival production, with schools from the High Peak and Derbyshire. Oppression, uprising, euphoria and a new world order. In such uncertain times, never has it been more important to listen to the next generation and encourage them to raise their voices to be heard. Based on The Secret Song written by award-winning author Michael Williams, this African chamber opera features singers from the Festival Company and 200 young people from seven different secondary schools in Derbyshire and the High Peak. First performed by Cape Town Opera to communities throughout South Africa, The Orphans of Koombu combines opera, musical theatre and African harmonies in a work about oppression and freedom. Three travellers, Sticks, Sophia and Silas set out on journey to the mysterious town of Koombu. They meet a group of young people digging holes, who run from them in terror. Sticks discovers that the townsfolk are hiding a dark secret which threatens to destroy the town. The land responds to this betrayal of its youth by drying the rivers and springs. Can the three travellers inspire the orphans and bring harmony and healing to an artificially fractured society? Buxton Opera House buxtonfestival.co.uk/whats-on

9 July 2019 Kabantu

11 July 2019 BBC Philharmonic

Reinventing global sounds, throwing away the rulebook – Kabantu is a quintet from Manchester who unravel new marriages of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures collaborate. ‘Kabantu’ means ‘of the people’ – stemming from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu – ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. This is autonomous music bridging countries and cultures, an egalitarian creative process to defy genre and embrace sheer joy in music from all over the globe. One of the triumphs of last year’s Spiegeltent season, Kabantu bring their joyful music to the Pavilion Café in 2019.

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra visits Buxton for the first time in its history, presenting a programme which celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Festival. It is conducted by Joshua Weilerstein, Artistic Director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Macclesfield-born soloist Jennifer Pike played The Lark Ascending at the service of commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the First World War at Westminster Abbey. The programme opens with Patrick Hadley’s early tone-poem Kinder Scout. Its first performance took place at the Pavilion Gardens on 14 September 1922.

Manchester, August 1819: 60,000 people had gathered in the cause of parliamentary reform. To those defending the status quo, the vote was not a universal right, but a privilege of wealth and land-ownership. To radical reformers the fundamental overhaul of a corrupt system was long overdue. What happened next has arguably been lost to British history. Jacqueline Riding is an author, museums consultant and historical advisor on feature films including Mike Leigh’s Peterloo. Join Jacqueline just a month ahead of this important bicentenary of British Democracy..

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14 July 2019 Disability Awareness Day

The world’s largest not-for-profit, voluntary-led, free, pan-disability exhibition, hosted by Warrington Disability Partnership. A huge tented village will house over 220 exhibitors - equipment suppliers; transport; holidays; leisure and employment providers; and support groups and services. Performing Arts Marquee, Sports Zone with have-a-go events, a Main Arena and children’s entertainment. Visit www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk or call 01925 240064

2 - 4 August 2019 Dog Lovers Festival

18 August 2019 Chesterfield Motor Fest

Dog Lovers Festival 2019 is going to be bigger and better than ever. After a very successful 2018 we have made a few tweaks, added lots more entertainment and ordered lots more have a go activities for you and your dog.

Chesterfield Motor Fest rolls back into town!

K9 Aqua Sports will be there with their giant outdoor swimming pool, the fabulous fun Dog Show is being run by Notts and Yorkshire Boxer Rescue, there is going to be Lure Chasing with the Yorkshire Hoopers and there will be demos throughout the day and much more. The live music will start at around 6pm on Friday evening and finish at 9pm, on Saturday and Sunday.

With stalls in the Market Place selling a range of autojumble goods including engines, machinery, parts, tools, accessories and much much more! With lots of vehicles already planning to visit there will be something for every car enthusiast to take a look at including vehicles from every decade, American classics, super cars, buses, minis, MX5s, 4 wheel drives along with a range of scooters and bikes. Market Place, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 07493 687099

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20 - 21 July 2019 Elvaston Castle Food & Drink Festival

In 2019 Elvaston Castle Food & Drink Festival returns and promises to be a cracking day out. We welcome everyone to come along and enjoy this Fabulous FREE to enter Food Festival. There will be fantastic locally produced food and drink on offer over the weekend so you can choose between hog roast or Pan Asian cuisine, wood fired pizza or Caribbean food and churros or artisan cakes and bakes. For those of you who are not driving why not indulge in a Gin cocktail, Cider, Pimm's or Real Ale, and relax while listening to the live music. There will be lots of stalls with great Artisan produce, fantastic pies, gorgeous cakes, amazing cheese and beautiful fudge to take home too. Elvaston Castle Country Park DE72 3EP, 07503362964

3 August 2019 Cromford Steam Rally

Cromford Steam Rally has something for all the family. The tractor section gives you a unique insight into life on the farm in days gone by. We have a rural crafts section with demonstrations each day as well as traditional steamers, vintage vehicles, stationary engines, a model marquee and miniature steam. Amble around the stalls and took at our old time fair rides, and don’t miss the motorbikes, commercial vehicles, military displays and our wonderful old time organs. Highacres Farm, Dewey Lane DE55 6DB, 01629 582272

25 - 26 August 2019 Legendary Joust

Experience the exhilarating spectacle of speed and skill as four legendary knights compete for honour and glory in the Legendary Joust. See lances shatter, feel the thunder of hooves and hear the roar of the crowd as reputations are won and lost. Our fearless fighters and their magnificent horses will charge at each other at full speed in and unforgettable display of chivalry and sheer courage. Choose your champion and cheer them on to victory – or console them in defeat. Bolsover Castle, Castle Street, 01246 822844

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A secure future with EQUITY RELEASE? THESE days we have to look at a variety of ways to raise cash and ensure that our future will be secure and one popular way for anyone over 55 to do just that is via equity release, which offers the chance to access the cash – the equity – tied up in your home. It can be as a lump sum or in several small amounts, or a combination of both. There are two equity release options: lifetime mortgage and home reversion. The Money Advice Service explains that a LIFETIME MORTGAGE means that you take out a mortgage secured on your property, provided it is your main residence, while retaining ownership. You can choose to ring-fence some of the value of your property as an inheritance for your family or you can choose to make repayments or let the interest roll-up. The

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loan amount and any accrued interest is paid back when you die or when you move into long-term care. Most people who take out equity release use a lifetime mortgage. Usually you don’t have to make any repayments while you’re alive and interest “rolls up” (unpaid interest is added to the loan), meaning the debt can increase quite quickly over a period of time. However, some lifetime mortgages do now offer the option to pay all or some of the interest. Some will let you pay off the interest and the capital. In the same way ordinary mortgages vary from lender to lender, so do lifetime mortgages, and if you’re looking at this option it’s worth knowing that the minimum age for this is usually 55. As we’re now all living longer, the earlier you start the more this is likely to cost in the long run.

The average borrower in their late 60s can usually borrow around 35% of the value of their home, but how much can be released is dependent on your age and the value of your property. The percentage typically increases according to your age when you take out the lifetime mortgage, while some providers might offer larger sums to those with certain past or present medical conditions. Many lenders offer interest rates which are fixed or, if they are variable, have a “cap” or upper limit which is fixed for the loan’s duration. Check whether the product has a “no negative equity guarantee” This means that, when your property is sold and agents’ and solicitors’ fees have been paid, even if the amount left is not enough to repay the outstanding loan to your provider neither you nor your estate will be liable to pay any more.


It’s also worth finding out if you have the right to move to another property, subject to the new property being acceptable to your product provider as continuing security for your equity release loan, as different lifetime mortgage providers might have slightly different thresholds. Consider whether you can pay none, some or all of the interest. If you can make repayments, the mortgage will be less costly. However, with a lifetime mortgage where you can make monthly payments, the amount you can repay might be based on your income. Providers will have to check you can afford these regular payments. Look at whether you can withdraw the equity you’re releasing in small amounts, as and when you need it, or whether you have to take it as one lump sum. The advantage of being able to take money out in smaller amounts is you only pay the interest on the amount you’ve withdrawn. If you can take smaller lump sums, check if there is a minimum amount. A HOME REVERSION involves you selling part or all of your home to a home reversion provider in return for a lump sum or regular payments.You have the right to continue

living in the property until you die, rentfree, but you have to agree to maintain and insure it. You can ring-fence a percentage of your property for later use, possibly for inheritance - the percentage you retain will always remain the same, regardless of the change in property values, unless you decide to take further cash releases. At the end of the plan, your property is sold and the sale proceeds are shared according to the remaining proportions of ownership.You will get a lump sum or regular payments – normally between 20 per cent and 60 per cent of the market value of your home, or the part you sell. With home reversions, it’s worth checking whether or not you can release equity in several payments or in one lump sum and the minimum age at which you can take out a home reversion plan. Some providers insist you’re at least 60 or 65 before you can apply. Keep in mind the percentage of the market value you will receive. This will increase the older you are when you take out the plan but might vary from provider to provider. Also check whether you have the right to remain in your property for life or until you

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need to move to long-term care, provided the property remains your main residence and you abide by the terms and conditions of your contract. Again, check whether you have the right to move to another property, subject to the new property being acceptable to your product provider as continuing security for your equity release loan and whether the product has a “no negative equity guarantee”.You will also need to know what level of maintenance you’ll be expected to carry out and how often your property will be inspected – this could be every few years. Overall, equity release might seem like a good option if you want some extra money and don’t want to move house, but it’s worth bearing in mind that equity release can be more expensive in comparison to an ordinary mortgage. It’s also worth considering any additional changes taking out equity release could make to existing arrangements, with the potential to lose means-tested benefits being key among them. It’s also worth considering involving your family throughout the process, as any equity taken out of the home will impact their inheritance later down the line.

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STEVE HOWARTH'S TESTDRIVE

An indepth look at the new KIA OPTIMA 2.0-litre petrol engine alongside an electric motor. There are three trim levels for the saloon and sportswagon while the PHEV gets its own look. Entry-level cars have 17in alloys, electric windows, heated and folding door mirrors, hill start assist and parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, Bluetooth, DAB radio, cruise control and USB ports front and rear.

Kia Optima Sportwagon KIA is a car company which seems to have travelled a very long way in a relatively short time.

Most noticeable about the new Optima is the reduction of noise inside the car and improved refinement due to those engine changes, improved suspension and extra soundproofing.

Not long ago there were mainly known for motors at the value for money end of the market, but our latest Kia test car is proof that the Korean car maker has gone up in the world. New for 2019 is the latest version of their large saloon and estate car the Optima – and our test version was the range-topping Sportswagon 1.6 CRDi GT-Line S DCT7. With us since the year 2000, the optima is competing in a very close fought sector against the likes of the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and VW Passat – all of which it undercuts on price (starting from a shade under £21,000) and has the added advantage of Kia’s famous 7-year warranty. The changes for 2019 are subtle on the outside - the trademark Kia corporate grille has a little more chrome, headlights and bumpers are redesigned and at the back the tail-lights are wider and now boast LEDs. Out are the old car’s ‘robust’ interior plastics and confusing collection of buttons and the refinement and driving dynamics are also greatly improved. 32

The next grade up brings 18in alloys, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel and Kia’s safety technology (such as lane-keeping assist, an around-view monitor, active cruise control, auto braking, a rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring) while our range-topping GT-Line S gets the car a sports body kit, dual exhaust, rear diffuser and adaptive LED headlights on the outside and luxuries like rear sun blinds, power ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, a 360-degree camera and wireless phone charger on the inside.

This is partly down to the fact Kia has slightly increased the wheelbase, width and height and also because the body shell is made with more high-strength steel with torsional rigidity up by 50 percent – which also helps safety, refinement and handling. The rear suspension too has been re-worked and more soundproofing fitted throughout. Under the bonnet, both the saloon and sportswagon have that familiar 1.7 CRDi turbodiesel, but with an additional 5bhp and more torque further down the rev range than before. Also there is now a hybrid version of the saloon powered by a

Facts and figures wise our Sportswagon GT-Line S can hit 60mph in 11.4 seconds (although in sport mode it feels quicker that that) and will go on to 120mph – Comfort Eco and individual modes are also available. Kia say the car will return up to a shade under 60mpg – but that figure is dwarfed by the PHEV which is claimed to be capable of 176mpg! So the new Optima is cheaper than its main rivals, better equipped and drives just as well with old issues over the quality of interior materials and noise levels now resolved. Our test Optima Sportswagon is priced at £31,755 on the road Kia have made all the right changes to keep their car competitive and, unlike some of their earlier models, it looks great as well so I am sure we will be seeing many on our roads in the years to come.


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LIFETIME MORTGAGE NEWS By Chris Morgan, The Lifetime Mortgage Expert Recently, I met a financial adviser who was very keen to share how much he wasn’t a fan of Lifetime Mortgages for over 55’s and how he saw them as “a product of last resort for his clients”. The fact that most of his clients were very wealthy with large pension funds and investment portfolio’s meant that he rarely considered Lifetime Mortgages for his clients. Not all financial advisers are the same of course and I see this very differently, as millions of hard-working people in the UK spend their life repaying their mortgages and investing into their properties. For that group of people Lifetime Mortgages are a very welcome way of releasing Equity from their property in later life and enjoying the fruits of their labour from during their working life. Lifetime Mortgage products are now so much better than they been in the past and interest rates are so much more competitive. They provide an ideal way for people to access their property wealth, without paying any tax, without moving home, still owning their own property and not having to make any monthly payments to any lender.

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CASE EXAMPLE … FRED AGED 65 AND IRENE AGED 67 ARE RETIRING With one recent case, we released a £50,000 lump from their property which was valued at £200,000. This enabled them to pay off all their unsecured debts and bills as they are retiring. They also wanted to book a special holiday, they had promised themselves when they finally retired, which is a Mediterranean cruise and to visit Venice in Italy. Their kids have now all grown up and it now seems the right time to travel, while they are still in reasonably good health. We arranged a Lifetime Mortgage against their property which allowed them to access their Equity, without them needing to move home. They had considered moving to a smaller property, but couldn’t find one local to them that they liked at the right price. All of their friends and family live near their current home which made moving out of the area a non-starter, because they did not wish to lose contact with them at this stage of their life. The whole process took less than three months to complete and Fred and Irene were left in a far better financial situation than before we met.

When we say Free, we do actually mean FREE, without you needing to give all of your personal details and without any “Hard Sell”. We also offer a free 15 minute consultation without any further commitment if you wish to ask us any questions. All of this is followed by our “Qualified Advice, Zero Broker Fee” service, where for loans of £50,000 or more we do not charge a broker fee for our advice. For a limited time we are extending that offer for 50 Plus Magazine readers so that people borrowing £30,000 or more can take advantage of this offer until end of 2019. The average broker fee charged for arranging a Lifetime Mortgage in the UK is £1210, some brokers charge up to £2395. HERE’S THE LIFETIME MORTGAGE EXPERTS TOP 10 USES FOR LIFETIME EQUITY RELEASE … Whether you are 55 or 75 there are many different reasons that people take out a Lifetime Mortgage 1) Repay Existing Mortgage or Personal Debts 2) Fund Holidays or Vacations 3) Home Improvements or Alterations 4) Landscape Gardening or Conservatory 5) Replace Car or Buy Second Car 6) Buy Caravan or Motorhome 7) Move Home or Buy a Bungalow 8) Help a Family Member Buy Property 9) Supplement Pension Income 10) Private Healthcare or Medical Bills

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Momentum Trading Works By Douglas Chadwick, Chairman, Saltydog Investor Ltd

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lthough 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

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

a supply of relevant financial 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 well, and

• 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.

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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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What to do if someone you are with is having a stroke:

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Time is essential when having a stroke, therefore it is essential to act fact. The quicker the stroke victim gets to the hospital, the faster the doctors can try to reduce the effects of the stroke. Call 999 as soon as possible if someone you are with is experiencing any stroke symptoms. Never wait to see if it is going to get better independently. Never leave a stroke victim - additional harm could be done if they were to fall over and injure themselves therefore it is essential that you are there for guidance and help. Don’t offer them any food or medicine. Take note of any medication they are taking, the time the stroke took place and tell the medical team as they will need all the information they can get.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HAVING A STROKE Strokes are a serious medical emergency and occur when the blood supply is cut off to part of the brain and the brain cells begin to die. The blood supply is usually cut off either because of a blood clot, which accounts for 85% of all cases (ischaemic) or because of a weakened blood vessel to the brain bursts (haemorrhagic). How often does it happen? A stroke changes someone’s life approximately every three and a half minutes in the UK. Strokes can occur at any age, however the risk doubles each decade after the age of 55. Risk of reoccurrence of a stroke is most in the first 30 days. Symptoms The way to tell if you are having a stroke is to remember the word F.A.S.T which stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time. Symptoms to look for may be your face drooping to one side, your arms may become weak or numb, your speech could be slurred, or you may be unable to speak. Time refers to you needing to dial 999 as soon as possible. A stroke sufferer may experience confusion, a lack of attention and have a painful headache. A stroke can vary in severity and can result in brain injury, disability or even death.

Consequences The consequence of a stroke is dependent on what side of the brain is damaged and how much damage the brain tissue has received. Usually if the left side of the brain is damaged then the right side of the body will have neurological complications and vice versa. If the right side of the brain is affected, then you may experience vision problems whilst if the left side of the brain is affected speech problems may be apparent. Common side effects after a stroke are extreme fatigue and depression.

HOW TO AVOID HAVING A STROKE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Quit smoking. Make sure you have a healthy blood pressure. Have a healthy weight and balanced diet. Exercise regularly – at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic ctivity a week. Drink alcohol in moderation Treat atrial fibrillation. Treat diabetes.

TIPS ON HOW TO LIVE LONGER Take control of your health and live longer by stopping the acceleration of ageing and disease processes with these top health tips. Your diet can have a key influence on your life expectancy. Try and eat foods high in antioxidants and vitamins - perhaps follow the Mediterranean diet which contains a lot of fruit and vegetables, nuts, oily fish and healthy fats which can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and memory loss and protect cells from damage.

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A small amount of stress is known to actually be good for you, but research continues to pour in suggesting that excessive stress or handling stress badly is linked to countless serious diseases. Mindfulness and meditations techniques are extremely effective at reducing stress. Love the job that you do. Heart attacks are 20% more likely to occur on a Monday

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with some researchers suggesting that it could be linked to the stress of another working week.

THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT UNHEALTHY EATING Junk food may be addictive in the same way drugs are. Eating junk food regularly has been said to alter brain activity in a similar way to addictive drugs such as heroine and cocaine. A recent study performed on rats showed that a high-calorie, fatty diet in rats caused them to additionally overeat.

Try and be as active as possible. Exercise gets your blood flowing and your heart pumping. Muscle tissue is three times more efficient at burning calories than fat. To maintain good fitness levels, adults aged 20-65 should do 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity like cycling, fast walking or swimming a week. Try and exercise your mind too. As you grow older your mind can deteriorate, so change your weekly routine and try to visit somewhere new, read challenging books or learn a new language to help keep your mind sharp. The most obvious way to increase your life expectancy is to stop smoking. Smoking is the largest single preventable cause of cancer each year in the UK yet some 9.4 million people in the UK smoke every day. Spend time with loved ones and friends and enjoy making new friends. Feeling lonely and isolated can affect your mental and physical health. Having a social life can reduce stress levels and relieve anxiety and depression. Try to have a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep a night, as any less can decrease the effectiveness of your immune system. Getting enough sleep gives you more energy for rich cognitive function and prevents mental issues, such as depression. Think positively, it can increase your lifespan. Having a positive outlook even during times of stress can help turn negatives into positives and really aid recovery. Recent studies have found that spending time in the sun can actually reduce the risk of liver cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer by providing us with Vitamin D which maintains calcium levels in the body which keeps bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Simply exposing our hands and faces to sun for up to 15 minutes a day in the sun is enough. However, continue to take care in the sun as burning can be harmful to your skin. Coffee can be good for you in moderation. A daily cup of coffee can fight against type-2 diabetes and can reduce the risk of heart disease. Coffee is said to stimulate the nervous system, raise metabolism and increase the oxidation of fatty acids which can aid in weight loss. Avoid sugar in your coffee though! 38

Unhealthy eating has the same impact on the liver as hepatitis if consumed regularly enough. A continuous diet high in fats and sugars can be highly toxic to our vital organ, the liver. Luckily, this damage can be reversed so if you think your diet might need improving then there’s no time like the present to start eating healthily. Brits consume half a billion crisps a day! That is around 17 million potatoes, but crisps are also high in both saturated fats and salt. The UK consumes more crisps than anywhere else in Europe, with Walkers producing 10 million packets of crisps a day to satisfy our needs. It has been said that eating one pack of crisps a day each year is the same as drinking five litres of cooking oil a year. There are so many healthy snacks in the market now, try something new. Eating ice cream actually warms up the body rather than cooling it down. Whilst we may think that ice cream is the perfect cooling summer snack, the high fat content in this treat can cause the body to warm up. Furthermore, ice cream also contains lots of sugar which can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, tooth cavities and high blood pressure if eaten too regularly. Although toast is a favoured breakfast choices, it is often very unhealthy. Toast covered in sugary spread can nearly exceed the recommended daily amount of sugar in one swoop. Consuming too much sugar will in turn increase your blood sugar levels and triglycerides which increases your risk of heart disease. Try porridge, eggs or green juicing as healthy breakfast alternatives. By the way... did you know you could cover the Great Wall of China eight times with the number of jars of Nutella sold in a year? White carbs significantly increase the risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Wholegrains on the other hand help control blood sugar, contain lots of fibre and lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. Try to eat brown rice, pasta and wholemeal bread. That extra sausage could be one bite too far. Fatty meats such as sausages are high in ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol. Bad cholesterol can cause clogged arteries which can lead to heart disease, angina and even puts you at a higher risk of a stroke. Healthy fats such as avocados, eggs and nuts help reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase ‘good’ cholesterol.


foot – and suggested a course of IDD treatment. The Buxton clinic is the only centre in Derbyshire to offer the therapy, which applies computer-controlled forces at precise angles to gently draw targeted spinal segments apart, relieving pressure on discs and trapped nerves and easing muscles and ligaments. This treatment is ideal for trapped nerves, degenerative disc issues (so often the cause of sciatica) and chronic spinal pain in the lower back and neck. The treatment is very gentle and specific. As an alternative to invasive surgery, it avoids associated risks such as post-operative infections and bleeding. And after seven sessions, Jonathan had recovered and was able to resume planning his Alaskan trip.

New Technology offers Solution for Painful Lower Back and Neck Issues A local Buxton mountain climber, Jonathan Wakefield, had planned to conquer unclimbed peaks in Alaska. However, his plans were seriously left in question when an accident left him in debilitating pain. A heavy fall on a railway station platform left him with a prolapsed disc in his lower back and a torn calf muscle – this was just couple of months before he was due to set off for the Yukon with climbing partner Ben Wilkes.

“It was like an electric shock that came from nowhere – and it just wasn’t easing. I didn’t know what I was going to do,” says outdoor pursuits instructor. “There’s a huge waiting list for physio at the Devonshire Hospital and I really wanted to get fit in time to go away, because it was going to be our last time.”

The two friends had both been to the Yukon before, trekking across remote glaciers to find peaks that had never been climbed. At the ages of 56 and 61 respectively, they were due to return for what they were planning as both their swansong and final expedition.

However, a meeting with Phil Heler at Buxton Osteopathy Clinic brought a solution in the form of IDD - Intervertebral Differential Dynamics – therapy: “It was so reassuring to hear someone say with confidence: ‘I know what’s wrong with you’,” he says.

Their plans were now in doubt as Jonathan’s tumble left him in excruciating pain –there appeared to be very little chance of an immediate return to the sport he has loved since his days as a teenager in the Lake District.

Phil diagnosed a slipped disc in Jonathan’s lower back - which was in turn trapping a nerve and weakening his

“IDD made an enormous difference,” he says. “I had an open mind about it, but now I would certainly recommend it, particularly to sports people. It has delivered everything it promised and allowed me to carry on climbing.” Jonathan and Ben were flown into a completely untouched glacier and then skied into the mountains, dragging their equipment on sledges to the peaks they wanted to ascend before returning to be picked up. And despite the original plan, Jonathan isn’t ruling out another return to claim more of the Yukon’s virgin climbs…

www.buxtonosteopathy.co.uk T: (01298) 214994 Buxton Osteopathy Clinic, 7 Bridge Street, Buxton, SK17 6BS 39


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