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Jason Donovan THE COUNTRY’S FAVOURITE ANTIPODEAN

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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

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8-9 TRAVEL The delights of holiday cottages in Cornwall 12-13

JASON DONOVAN The country's favourite Antipodean

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DO WE NEED A RADICAL APPROACH TO COMBAT ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR?

Certainly, victims of crime and communities blighted by anti-social behaviour would argue that ANYTHING that makes teens think twice about what they’re doing is worth trying.

cope well and viewers took to social media in a mixture of praise and concern. There are many people (and I’m one of them) who are enthusiastic advocates of the short, sharp shock treatment and it’s plain that it can work. I always admire the former drug addicts, reformed gang members and all-round bad boys and girls who go into schools to relate their own lives to youngsters in the hope of discouraging them from making such lifestyle mistakes.

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HERE have been several programmes about how to tame rebellious teens over the years.

Let’s face it, this is not a new problem and, much as the older generation would like to think they would never behave like that, it’s a fair bet that some of us did once. But what really works? We’ve seen the army bootcamp idea which certainly had some amazing results but a recent Channel 4 series, Banged Up: Teens Behind Bars had a novel if radical approach.

Their stories can resonate with younger people in a way that a dozen timely warnings or cautionary tales from parents just can’t. Parents and grandparents sometimes find communication with teens difficult, anyway. There is often a natural antipathy on the part of teens for older generations, mainly because they sincerely believe they “couldn’t possibly understand” their lives even though they were teens once themselves. By having more and different systems and methods in place to tackle the problem of anti-social behaviour, we offer hope to families and whole communities.

This put eight British teens between 15 and 17 - who had got into trouble with the law in the UK for anti-social behaviour - to one of Florida’s toughest prisons. As well as being alongside some very hardened criminals, they were given tasks and had to endure a variety of physical education “punishments”.

Prisons and young offender institutions today don’t always have the necessary capacity or cash to cope with a possible influx of young prisoners. In any event, youngsters may come out with more criminal “skills” than when they went in.

In the final episode, they were taken to the morgue to be shown the bodies of murdered gang members. Unsurprisingly, they did not

I know that TV programmes like the Banged Up series look at an extreme way of dealing with wayward youngsters but perhaps we need extreme answers today.

Success story makes anything seem possible RAGS to riches type success stories always stir the blood but, quite often, you just can’t see yourself emulating this. Sally Fielding’s route to an extremely successful company is the exception, however. She started her holiday homes’ company in Keswick, Cumbria, more than 15 years ago with just £1,000 and it has since become a multi-million pound company. Her business, Sally’s Cottages, is the only independent holiday lettings company for more than 100 cottages in the Lake District as others have been bought out by larger firms. Sally started the company in her spare bedroom and the first year earned £6,000. This was in a little village called Eskdale but it wasn’t long before a neighbour, having seen how Sally had got so many bookings for her own cottage, asked Sally to take on hers. By the end of that year, she was looking after three cottages, all in Eskdale, and now has 500 throughout Cumbria. Her story is not only inspiring but actually seems still achievable by the determined today. Sally not only built up her company in a solid and consistent way but she works in one of the most beautiful areas of the country every day. What’s not to love?!

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A Selection of our 2019 Coach Tours DOOR TO DOOR HOLIDAYS

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Majorcan Pearl

Based in the beautiful Bantry Bay. This delightful tour visits the beautiful southwest of Ireland an area of outstanding natural beauty.

A beautiful stay at the Crowne Plaza Five Lakes Hotel, Colchester and trips to Beth Chatto Gardens, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Lavenham & River Cruise.

This luxury holiday takes in Troyes, Spanish resort of Roses, Cala Millor North East Mallorca & Santa Susanna. With amazing days out to enjoy the area and its attractions.

14th Sept - 8 Days - £899

Bowood Bowood House & Gardens, Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village and The Cotswolds.

27th Sept - 3 Days - £289

15th Sept - 5 Days - £499

Stonehenge, Salisbury & Winchester Royal Green Jackets & Regimental and Gurkha Museums. This tour takes in some of England’s true tourist gems. The new visitor centre at Stonehenge has transformed the visitor experience with excursions to Winchester and Salisbury.

3rd Oct - 5 Days - £489

22nd Sept - 13 Days - £1,499

Dundee RRS Discovery, V&A Dundee, Broughty Castle & Jute Museum. This short break is held just 1 mile from the seaside town of Broughty. You will get to see the great city of Dundee with its fascinating history and a fresh, modern look. The city has arts and culture in abundance and is steeped in maritime heritage.

11th Oct - 4 Days - £419

Autumn Gold & It’s Enchanted Forest

Thursford Christmas Spectacular & Norfolk Coast

Enchanted Forest, Glamis Castle & Gardens, Dundee & St Andrews. Perthshire in the Autumn Gold is arguably the best time to visit with its arboreal displays of deep reds, gold, purple and copper.

Thursford, the largest Christmas spectacular in England, provides the ultimate Christmas musical experience, staging a blend of Christmas entertainment, songs, carols, dazzling dancers and beautiful costumes.

A modern hotel is situated on the outskirts of Swindon and has all the facilities expected from a 4 star hotel. There are pleasant lounges, bar and restaurant. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, gym and fitness centre.

28th Oct - 5 Days - £499

22nd Nov - 3 Days - £325

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The Warners name has become synonymous with holidays of distinction just for adults. The quality of their hotels, together with the variety of sport and leisure facilities and professional entertainment have made Warners the market leaders in the prestige short break sector.

On this fantastic short break, we visit Edinburgh & Glasgow Christmas Markets, held in the picturesque settings of East Princes Street Gardens, George Street & George Square in the heart of the city.

Enjoy the magic of Christmas, the images of times past on a trip to a unique advent atmosphere where numerous wooden chalets and stalls are decorated with their traditional festive trimmings. Taste the Gluhein (mulled wine), eat roast chestnuts and listen to the live music.

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28th Oct - 5 Days - £447

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Harrogate Autumn Flower Show*

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Duxford – Battle of Britain

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here is no doubt that Cornwall gets in your blood, and more specifically, North Cornwall down to Land’s End. What happens as you drive along the A30, traffic jams abounding in the summer, is a change of pace, a return to a simpler life and the reality of nature. It seems that when you arrive at Indian Queen’s, the turnoff for Newquay, you really do enter a different country. The black and white flag of the county is in abundance, as a sign of tourist affection but also on occasion as a result of the strong sense of identity and separateness of a place so far away from London. We’re off to stay in a rented cottage, a treat we’ve enjoyed over the years, starting when the children were small and continuing now as we embrace our empty nester status. That said, we’ve still had some jolly times, hosting our adult brood and their partners in a larger house, with space for us all! We’ve stayed in some quirky places, houses so different to our own, and choosing a

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different one each year has become a pleasant evening’s pastime, adding to our anticipation of time in Cornwall. Just mentioning the name makes me think of barbeques on the beach, superb fresh fish dinners in humblelooking pubs and a sense of freedom. Suburbia it is not! A visit to the Eden Project at St Austell takes you to other worlds. Here under space age biomes, plants from across the globe flourish. The largest rainforest in captivity is remarkable, remember to take water, it’s really hot. The gardens are wonderful, however this is just the beginning – the food is good, the education centre for youngsters exceptional and the calendar of events reaches all ages. If ecology and sustainability is your bag, the Eden project will inform and delight. I always leave feeling amazed by the planet we live on and keen to grow the most unsuitable plants in my Home Counties garden.

Another serious favourite is the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno. If you like a view, you’ll find it here! It is the astonishing result of human inspiration and intervention on a cliff face. The seats are not quite, but almost, vertically hanging above the stage, looking out to sea. When I saw Kneehigh Theatre’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’, swarms of pirates (all actors) climbed the cliff face to appear at the edge of the stage, terrifying us all. Every production utilises the dramatic setting to tremendous effect. We have celebrated birthdays there, wrapped in rugs and fleeces (the show must go on), marvelling at the actors’ ability to withstand the elements. For summer performances, book as soon as possible. And so to the beaches, glorious, varied and wild.You cannot tame the sea! The surfing is excellent, my knees and stamina now sadly lacking, so graceful body boarding has taken its place. All ages, all shapes and all abilities

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plunge into the waves in wetsuits, tee shirts and the hardy in swimsuits. The water on the north shore is, after all, the Atlantic. Polzeath is a real pull for families of tourists, you park on the beach, with shops close by providing everything you could ever want. And, years of experience tell me, you are bound to bump in to someone you know! Other favourites are Watergate Bay, famous for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant (good food, book early), excellent walking along the cliff tops, and the chance of spotting a basking shark too. Fistral Bay in Newquay hosts many world famous surfing competitions, being a spectator now satisfies the daredevil in me. Try Sennen too, just before Land’s End, for wild waves and a great beachside restaurant. My ultimate favourite is Gwenver, we sat on the cliff top, drinking wine (you do need to bring your own), watching the sunset as dolphins played in the bay. It was nature for real, magical and unforgettable. Art lovers are in for a treat too. Galleries in Newlyn, St Ives and Mousehole offer a huge range from the frankly tacky to the excellent, much of it homegrown. The Penlee Museum in Penzance contains unexpected joys, more

traditional but equally worthy of merit to those in the Tate and the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden in St Ives. St Just, a place time nearly forgot, surprised me with a couple of quality artist owned galleries. Once you start to look and poke about off the immediate tourist track, little treasures emerge, the Essex Tyler gallery in Mousehole and Badcocks in Newlyn being fine examples. Everywhere you go, proud chimneys of decaying tin mines litter the countryside, testament to the importance the industry once played. To really get under the skin of this county, a visit to Geevor tin mine at Pendeen is a must.You can go into the mine and visit the works, guided by a retired Cornish miner. It’s eerie, poignant and a further reminder of the importance of the physical world in Cornwall. What hit me most was that this mine only closed in 1990, and yet the conditions seem Victorian, if not earlier. Cornish miners were famous and travelled worldwide, in fact more Cornish pasties are sold in Bolivia than in Cornwall, or so I’m told.

Each evening, having had our fill of sea, sand, village wanderings and, if our luck’s been in, a fabulous sunset, we return to our cottage, delighted to be staying, once again, in our favourite county! Take your National Trust card and walking boots, visit Tintagel, eat in Padstow – the list is endless. Cornwall is an exceptional county (country maybe), with mystery, history and awe-inspiring natural beauty. Original Cottages brings together a super range of holiday homes within its family of local agencies. From Cornwall to the Lake District, they have over 4,000 unique properties to choose from, including renovated fisherman’s cottages, barn conversions, seaside apartments and grand family townhouses as well as a good selection of dog-friendly cottages. To find out more about holiday cottages in Cornwall (and other parts of England and Wales) go to www.originalcottages.co.uk or call 0333 2020 899

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ASON Donovan was having an extremely busy time when we spoke but looking forward to a well-earned break with his family. Well, not content with undergoing a hectic schedule of “an evening with…” type show dates right across the UK, the popular Aussie was also in the middle of co-producing a forthcoming tour of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. As this was his first time as a producer rather than starring in the quirky iconic hit musical (based on the comedy drama film) chronicling the adventures of three friends travelling across Australia – he was meeting new challenges. But then, possibly the country’s favourite antipodean has always been keen to take on new challenges when it comes to his career. The youngster with the squeaky clean image and the then fashionable mullet hair-do first came into Brits’ consciousness on our TV screens in Aussie soap Neighbours in the 1980s as Scott Robinson. He had been born in Melbourne, the son of actor Terence Donovan (who was Doug Willis in Neighbours). After his parents separated, Jason lived with his father and made his first TV appearance at 11 in a guest role in a series called Skyways in 1980. He went into Neighbours in 1986 and his character quickly became a favourite, not least because of his burgeoning onscreen teen romance with pretty Charlene Mitchell, alias Kylie Minogue. Jason won a Logie Award – the first of many – as Best New Talent in 1987 and also appeared in a World War II mini-series The Heroes which broadened his acting credentials. Scott and Charlene’s romance and subsequent wedding on Neighbours had, by then, firmly established the couple in the public’s mind. So, when Kylie decamped to the UK to a recording contract and an association with Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman’s hits’ stable, it was inevitable that Jason would follow. 12

As a result, Jason and Kylie singing together created a monster hit for “Especially For You” before Jason’s own single “Too Many Broken Hearts”, reached No.1. His debut album “Ten Good Reasons” also topped the album charts and his next single - a cover of Brian Hyland’s “Sealed With A Kiss” - leapt to the top of the singles’ charts. Jason was here to stay. More hit singles and albums followed. In tandem with his musical career, though, Jason branched out into a theatrical career. He accepted the lead role in the re-staged London Palladium version of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” and had

a UK No.1 hit single with “Any Dream Will Do” from the show. Now, the lad from Neighbours was not only a pop star but also a bankable box-office musical star. The ‘90s proved more challenging for Jason with a damaging libel action against The Face magazine and a struggle with his own drugs’ demons. But, a determination that has been the trademark of his career and his undoubted talent won through and in 1998, he took the lead role of Dr Frank N Further in the UK to9uring production of “The Rocky Horror Show”.


During this time, he met stage manager Angela Malloch who became his partner; the couple have since had three children and live happily in London. Other roles in stage musicals, successful tours, numerous TV shows then and since and taking part in jungle reality show “I’m A Celebrity ….. Get Me Out Of Here!” have all helped cement the likeable Aussie into the UK entertainment scene. In 2008, he released his first album for 15 years Let It Be Me and the following year appeared for the first time in the London stage musical production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. At home, the film had “already been part of my life for many years,” he explained during a break from touring at his London home. His main role as Tick, a drag queen, showed not only Jason’s versatility but also his sense of fun and willingness to challenge himself. His love of the show has lasted 10 years and taken him on many tours. “So when I was asked if I wanted to try co-producing, I decided straight away,” he stated. “I already loved the product and to be successful as a producer you have to believe in it first.” This new “role” has proved fascinating. ”It’s very different from being in a show,” he added. “For a start, you have to find the money which is another challenge.You have to flex other muscles.” However, he managed to maintain his original links with the show by reading through with the actors “which I really enjoyed”. The new show, which starts a comprehensive tour at venues from Milton Keynes to Manchester, promises to be “quite different”. Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden is taking over the role that Jason made his own and Jason is completely complimentary about Joe’s skills. “He’s doing a fantastic job,” he commented. They were just about to go into the rehearsal stage and the whole venture was providing an interesting juggling act for Jason, also mid-tour with his “Amazing Mid-Life Crisis” show. This had definitely meant stepping out of his comfort zone but Jason was loving the

different format of a conversation show, sharing moments from the last four decades. “I’m quite an honest person,” insisted Jason, now 50, “so I try to tell people quite honestly about my life. It’s a format that seems to work and audiences have been very warm. In fact it’s all about the audience.” Jason described the show as a “cross between Parkinson and Baz Luhrmann” and it is certainly going well: the tour includes a large number of sell-out dates with more added from the original schedule.

Is it not draining, though, talking about yourself on such an intense tour? “Not when you’ve had to get used to giving eight stage performances a week for months and not being home for six months at a time,” laughed Jason. And with that, it was back to his clutch of current exciting roles and yet another chapter in the fascinating life of Jason Donovan.

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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, with research carried out by the Equity Release Council showing that 72% of homeowners over 45 questioned wanted to stay in their property for as long as possible, with 41% also looking to invest in home improvements. Equity release offers the chance to access the cash – the equity – tied up in your home, which can be released either as a lump sum or in several small amounts, or a combination of both. There are two equity release options: a home reversion and a lifetime mortgage. 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, rent-free,

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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 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. It’s worth checking 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. 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 may be able 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 loan amount and any accrued interest is paid back when you die or when you move into long-term care.

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.

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.

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.

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

Again, 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.

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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. 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. In addition, it’s 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. Speak to an independent financial adviser to find out if equity release is right for you, and whether it could help in supporting your financial future.

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for a local company where you can actually see examples of their work in a property. The same applies to ORANGERIES and CONSERVATORIES. These are rather bigger projects but not only modernise and add welcome light and air to homes but also create valuable extra space. They may make the back of a house, for example, where you have available but redundant land into a contemporary addition that can transform daily living. By creating a PATIO immediately outside your home, you offer another useful living space for whatever you want to do outdoors. This is ideal for eating or entertaining al fresco or just sitting quietly reading a book when you want five minutes in the sunshine.

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HE brighter days of Summer offer a chance to celebrate the best that Nature offers throughout our homes.

And whether you’ve got a gorgeous garden or a perfect patch for a little sunbathing, there are plenty of ideas that can soon bring the outdoors inside to enjoy fresh air, light and space - whatever the weather. This is the time of year when we just want to throw open our doors and windows and let the sun shine in. So why not do just that? BIFOLD DOORS are a brilliant addition to any home and can help everyone really make the most of garden greenery. They make a small kitchen seem much larger, pushing light through the house, and can create a wonderful entertaining area for those balmy Summer evenings when you have friends round for a barbecue and a few drinks. The same applies to FRENCH WINDOWS which can quickly open up a room but allow you to keep those rooms cosy during chillier months.

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Take a good look at your WINDOWS, too. Do they seem old-fashioned and gloomy? It may be worth investing in the latest new frames and double-glazing to let light in and keep in warmth when you need it? Try to choose suppliers via a positive reference from someone you know or opt

Creating PERGOLAS, GAZEBOS and ARBOURS also offer unusual areas in your garden to wander through or a quiet place to sit away from the house. DECKING or paving slabs can make an equally useful patio but you might want to consider the ease of maintaining this area and how it fits in with the overall look of your garden.


whole outdoor experience. Opt for flexible and hard-wearing – although stylish – items. These days, garden furniture has really come of age with handsome and comfortable easychairs and sofas to encourage you to lounge about for hours! A special BARBECUE area in your garden is always handy whether you’ve got a built-in barbecue or one on wheels to roll out when you need it. The beauty of having a dedicated barbecue area is that you can keep fuel, equipment and utensils in one handy place. Unfortunately, even Summer days can be a bit chilly – especially evenings – so it’s well worth considering one or two PATIO HEATERS to ensure that everyone can enjoy being outside without getting cold.

Treat it with stain or preservation products initially to protect it from sunlight, water damage and mould and liven it up with large POTS and PLANTERS. Hanging baskets can also enhance this lovely sunny spot and the proximity to growing things can add to that image of bringing the outside inside. A patio is also a natural route into your garden. And if you want to create the illusion of more garden, even if you haven’t got much land, PATHS can give this clever impression. A winding path creates a fluid design that leads the eye onwards and you can also make a few smaller seating areas dotted around your garden which add to the idea of size. Of course, if you’re after a separate place completely away from your property, GARDEN STUDIOS are especially popular currently.

If you’re thinking bigger and fancy your own SWIMMING POOL, this an ideal way towards a healthier lifestyle and hours of fun for youngsters. It can be installed with its own cover to keep out leaves during Autumn and Winter or even its own purpose-built “home” which doesn’t bother about the British weather. The British Swimming Pool Federation offers plenty of ideas and advice on contractors on its website www.bspf. org.uk HOT TUBS have also become very popular in the UK in recent years – to be used all year round. Go to the British and Irish Spa Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) at www.bishta.co.uk for ideas, advice and to download a useful sheet with information on installation, maintenance and plenty more. Investing in some new GARDEN FURNITURE can really brighten up your

Before you finalise any schemes for building in the garden, though, it’s worth planning out the actual garden itself to ensure you’re making the most of it. After all, if you want to spend plenty of time there – and “invite” plenty of the outdoors inside – it should really be the garden that you want. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) offers plenty of tips and ideas on its website https://www.rhs.org.uk including garden designs, what plants to use and even how to start a garden from scratch. They have advice on growing your own vegetables and fruits to ensure that everyone can get the most from their garden – whether it’s just admiring the view or enjoying what it produces. Caption: Invest in the latest garden furniture to help make the most of your garden. This clever arrangement from Moda offers plenty of flexibility.

The rise in people working from home has fuelled this interesting trend but this can equally be a gym or hobby area – or just somewhere to get away on your own. There are garden studios in all shapes and sizes these days, offering a wealth of choice depending on your needs and your budget. Nothing makes you feel relaxed, though, like the sound of running water so installing a WATER FEATURE, POND or FOUNTAIN can add a calming and attractive element to your garden. This can be as big or as small as you want it to be. Garden centres usually offer a wide choice, for example. 17


Sheelagh is proof that age is no barrier to fostering a child Former teaching assistant Sheelagh Hanson is proof that you’re never too old for a new challenge. Five years ago, at a time when most people are thinking about retirement and putting their feet up, Sheelagh (64) started fostering for Derbyshire County Council. Over that time she’s provided a loving foster home for more than 30 children aged from five to 16 and has never looked back. “The sound of a child laughing or singing is one of the most beautiful things to hear in your home,” says Sheelagh.

“I was widowed aged 50 – a life-changing event – and at a time when I needed a new direction a chance remark from my brother started me thinking about fostering. That’s where my story begins.” Within a month Sheelagh had filled in the council’s online application form and started the six-month assessment process. Just a few weeks after finishing that she welcomed her first foster placement, a little boy aged eight, into her home and looked after him for a year. “Children can be fostered for all kinds of reasons and I just felt I could help them,” she explained. “It can be the start of a

long journey for them and I hope they’ll remember the happy times they had with me.” As Sheelagh relaxed in her cosy home in Chesterfield with a cup of tea and cats Willow, Mia and Lucy she’d recently finished a two-week placement with an eight-yearold girl. “I taught her how to climb a tree which she’d never done before – then that was all she wanted to do,” laughed Sheelagh. “If they’re happy then I’ve done my job.” Sheelagh acknowledges her friends were surprised at her starting to foster later in life

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE: Sheelagh Hanson (64) has provided a loving home for more than 30 children since she started fostering for Derbyshire County Council in her late fifties.

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but says they now think it’s a wonderful thing to do. “I would say to anyone my age thinking about fostering just put age out of your mind and don’t let it stop you. Just think what you can bring to enhance a child’s life and never think you can’t do it. “There are all kinds of fostering – some you can do as a career or others which fit around your life.You get great training and the council’s fostering team is very supportive with all of it. I now do respite care for a few days or a few weeks which also allows me to do my university work, meet friends and go out and about.” Sheelagh has completed numerous training courses during her time in the fostering team and now helps Derbyshire County Council recruit new foster carers. “Fostering has given me a real purpose in life and made me feel valued even at my age. Don’t let your age be a barrier to fostering a child.”

Could you change lives and foster for Derbyshire? If you’ve been inspired by Sheelagh’s story Derbyshire County Council’s fostering team would love to hear from you.

checks when you contact the council to make sure fostering’s right for you before you’re assessed.

The council is looking for foster carers from across Derbyshire who could give children of all ages and abilities an opportunity that could transform their lives forever.

There are many kinds of fostering including specialist schemes paid at a higher rate equivalent to a wage to reflect the skills and experience required.

You don’t need any special qualifications. You just need to be aged 21 or over, have a spare room and go through some

You get all the training and support you need from the council’s fostering team plus a wide range of benefits and a competitive package of financial support.

There are all kinds of fostering including full and part-time which can fit around your lifestyle, family and hobbies. To find out more call Derbyshire County Council on 0800 083 77 44 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/fostering

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 foster carers from across Derbyshire who could give children of all ages and abilities an opportunity that could transform their lives forever. You don’t need any special qualifications. You just need to be aged 21 or over, have a spare room and go through a few simple checks to make sure fostering is right for you before you’re assessed. We’ll give you all the training you need as well as a wide range of benefits and a competitive package of financial support. If you’d like to know more about fostering for Derbyshire or come along to one of our regular ‘Talk Fostering’ events call us on 0800 083 7744 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/fostering

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JAMES MARTIN'S GREAT BRITISH ADVENTURE

CRAB CAKES WITH HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE Brown crabs are extremely commercially important and the crab fishery in British waters is one of the largest in the world, although the bulk of crabs are still exported to Spain and France. Brown crabs are found all over the British Isles where the rocks and weeds provide cover and, of course, the cold water. I’ve never eaten crab as good as the ones I tasted in Cromer and in the Orkney Islands on this trip.These cakes showcase the delicious flavour of fresh crab. Start by making the mayonnaise. Whisk the egg yolks, mustard and vinegar together in a medium bowl until smooth. Slowly pour the vegetable oil into the bowl, starting with a little drizzle and whisking well. This is easiest to do with an electric hand whisk. Continue to drizzle in the remaining oil, 20

whisking all the time, until the mixture has thickened. Season to taste. Put the crab into a large bowl with the potatoes, spring onions, chives, lemon juice and egg yolk. Season and mix everything together well. Divide the mixture into 8 portions. Dust your hands with flour and form each into a round fish-cake shape roughly measuring 8–10cm in diameter and 2cm thick. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat until hot. Drizzle with a little oil and pop the fish cakes in. Cook for 2–3 minutes on each side until golden and heated through.You may need to do this in batches, depending on how big your pan is. To serve, pop 2 crab cakes onto each plate, garnish each with watercress and a lemon wedge and serve with a dollop or a little pot of mayonnaise.

S E RVES 4 400g white crab meat 400g cooked potato, pushed through a ricer 6 spring onions, sliced small bunch of chives, chopped juice of 1/2 lemon 1 egg yolk sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 25g plain flour, for dusting olive oil, for frying For the mayonnaise 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 200ml vegetable oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper To serve small bunch of watercress 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges


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THE STRINES INN Despite 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.

WHISKY CHICKEN WITH WILD MUSHROOM & MUSTARD SAUCE Heat a large, wide, non-stick sauté pan over a medium heat until hot. Add the butter and heat until melted, then add the chicken pieces, skin-side down. Season them all, then fry for about 10 minutes, until deep golden. Stir in the shallots and garlic and cook for 3–4 minutes, until starting to soften. Turn the chicken over so it’s skin-side up. Pour the whisky into the pan and bring to a bubble to burn off the alcohol. Stir in both types of mustard, then add the potatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes. Season well then stir in the stock, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Cut through the thickest piece of meat and check there are no pink juices. When the chicken is cooked, pour over the double cream and stir in the parsley. Add the wild garlic to the pan and cook for around 1 minute until it’s wilted, then remove from the heat, sprinkle the flowers over the top and serve.

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.

S E RVES 6 25g butter 1 x 2-kg chicken, jointed into 8 portions sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 shallots, diced 1 garlic clove, chopped 50ml whisky 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon grainy mustard 200g new potatoes, halved 100g wild mushrooms 4 medium tomatoes, quartered 750ml chicken stock 75ml double cream small bunch of flatleaf parsley, chopped small bunch of wild garlic, plus wild garlic flowers to serve

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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The keys to a great bread and butter pudding have to be the egg and egg yolk combo, the cooking time and temperature of the oven.Too many eggs and it tastes eggy, too hot an oven and the mix will soufflé and split, too long in the oven and it will be too firm. When made right, it’s a great dessert and one that should be on menus around the country. By the way, Paul Ainsworth doesn’t make a bad one at Number 6 in Padstow. METHOD Preheat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan)/300°F/gas 2. Butter each slice of bread on one side only, then cut off the crusts. Slice each piece in half diagonally to make 2 triangles. Lay them in a 30 x 20cm ovenproof dish, overlapping each slice as you go. To make the custard, put the eggs and egg yolks into a large bowl and add the sugar and vanilla bean paste. Whisk together to break down the eggs then pour in the milk and cream and continue to whisk until smooth. Pour as much of the mixture over the bread as possible to cover and set aside to soak for about 20 minutes – you won’t use all the custard at this stage. Keep topping up with more custard until all of it has been poured into the dish. Transfer to the oven and bake for 35–40 minutes. The pudding should be bubbling hot but not necessarily golden brown. To make the compote, put the cherries and sugar into a saucepan. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar then bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and pour into a bowl. 22

100g butter, at room temperature 1 loaf medium-sliced white bread 4 eggs 8 egg yolks 200g caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 300ml milk 300ml double cream 2 tablespoons icing sugar For the compote 200g cherries, pitted 50g caster sugar

Dust the bread and butter pudding with the icing sugar and use a blow torch to caramelise the sugar or place it under a hot grill for a couple of minutes. Spoon into bowls and serve with the compote alongside.

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WHAT'S ON A GUIDE TO WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR REGION ... 21 - 22 SEPTEMBER 2019 DERBYSHIRE WOODLAND FESTIVAL 10AM TO 5PM

A brilliant family day out with lots of opportunities to see and have a go at contemporary and traditional woodland crafts. Wood carving, turning, willow weaving and sculpture to bushcraft, bespoke furniture, arts, textiles and much more to buy.

13 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2019 NEW MILLS FESTIVAL 2019

NEW MILLS FESTIVAL 2019 - “THE ELEMENTS - EARTH, AIR, FIRE AND WATER” AND YES THE LANTERN PROCESSION AND ART TRAIL ARE BACK! Two fabulous weeks of creativity and community involvement with more than 20,000 visitors to over 100 events and happenings ending with a magical lantern procession through the Torrs Gorge in the centre of the town. New Mills, Derbyshire, SK22 3BW

21 - 22 SEPTEMBER 2019 PUMP ROOM LIVE

Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust are delighted to announce that Pump Room Live will return with a weekend of free daytime music performed on the Pump Room roof on the 21 and 22 September. The weekend has been made possible thanks to funding from Arts Council England who are funding a programme of arts events and workshops inspired by the town’s water from September to January 2020.

Vikings and Arbor the giant tree puppet are back!! Arbor,18 foot tall, part man part tree will perform a magical show and go walkabout amongst the festival audience. Vikings of Middle England will recreate a Viking village and don’t miss their amazing combat. Get to handle some of the weapons and try your hand at bygone crafts. Stalls at the festival will be selling hand crafted items, bespoke gifts, textiles and timber products and hungry visitors will have a wide variety of food and drink to choose from – including vegetarian and vegan options. There are many more things to see including working shire horses, traditional fairground rides, wild food, campfire cooking and Green Man songs and storytelling. The Festival is set within the beautiful woodland at Elvaston Castle Country Park, which adds to the unique feel of this special event. With the opportunity to explore the formal gardens, lakes and parkland that surround the Castle. For more information and to download the voucher visit the Website. Follow the facebook event at  Derbyshire Countryside. We hope you can join us… Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby DE72 3EP Tel 01629 533870

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4 - 6 OCTOBER 2019 DERBY FOLK FESTIVAL

With 2019 presenting some challenges with venues and available space, we’ve had to look at a different offering this year. The Guildhall Theatre has been undergoing some work above the ceiling, and the full Market Place may not be available due to ongoing plans with the Assembly Rooms. Whilst we can’t present the full festival that has grown over the years, we’ve put together what we think is a fantastic range of concerts; all as part of the Derby Folk Weekender. There are individual concerts in Derby Cathedral on Friday evening, and Saturday and concerts in The Old Bell Hotel on Friday evening, and through Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the concerts in these two venues will be available individually, as well as some multi-buy deals to allow you to make your own “mini-festival”! Market Place, Old Bell Hotel, Derby Catherdral,  Derby DE1 3AS. Tel 01332 255800


18 - 20 OCTOBER 2019 THE BIG BIF WEEKEND

Free entry. Save the date for our autumn edition of glorious opera, gorgeous music and great authors. Experience Poulenc’s La Voix humaine, an intimate 50-minute tour de force for solo soprano by a composer going through his own heartbreak. Join the experts to discuss Ruskin’s legacy celebrating 200 years of his ideas and influences. Laugh with national treasure Pam Ayres, once known as an accessible and much loved poet, but now a pithy social commentator. Hear Amelia Gentleman, the Guardian journalist who broke the Windrush scandal speaking to Colin Grant author of Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation. Round off the weekend with lunch at the Old Hall Hotel accompanied by a 50’s inspired jazz ensemble. 

2 - 3 NOVEMBER 2019 BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS AT CHATSWORTH

Chatsworth are delighted to welcome back our bonfire and fireworks to the garden in 2019. With a blazing bonfire and two glittering firework displays, including an early display for little ones, there's exhilarating entertainment for visitors of all ages. Wrap up warm and join us for a range of live entertainment plus a selection of delicious food from hog roasts and jacket potatoes to churros and sweet treats. Treat yourself with a glass of mulled wine or cider - the ultimate winter warmers. Tickets available from www.chatsworth.org/events Chatsworth, Bakewell DE45 1PP Tel 01246 56530

3 NOVEMBER 2019 DOVEDALE DASH

* RACE STARTS AT 11 AM, SIGN ON FROM 9 AM ON THE DAY ONLY The Dovedale Dash is a cross country race of 4 3/4 mile, run by 1200 to 1400 people of all abilities. The venue is the picturesque area around the village of  Thorpe near Ashbourne and Dovedale in the south of the Derbyshire Peak District. The course is mainly along field paths and open ground in the valleys of the river Dove and Manifold. One of the excitements is the crossing of the rivers Dove at the well known Stepping Stones. Thorpe, Thorpe DE6 2AW www.dovedaledash.co.uk

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See Crich Tramway Village illuminated and ride the trams in the dark! An exciting programme of activities for all the family each day. Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP Tel: 01773 854321

THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER 2019 CHESTERFIELD 1940S MARKET 10AM TO 4PM

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Rummage through the stalls at one of the biggest flea markets in the country. Who knows, you might even find a hidden treasure or a priceless antique. Enjoy 40s music, entertainment and exhibits and meet the stall holders in period dress. Why not dress up as well – the more the merrier! Live music from Kalamazoo dance band in Rykneld Square. 40s singers outside the Market Hall Classic cars, military vehicles and displays in Market Place. Market Place, Chesterfield,  Derbyshire, S40 1PB Tel: 01246 345777

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cholesterol. Remember diversity is as important as volume. Legumes - Pulses, lentils and the like are a rich source of fibre, and vitamins such as magnesium, folate and iron. They are also a great supplier of bacteria such as Bifidobacteria, a disease fighter. Polyphenols – Surprisingly, some foods which have often been deemed ‘unhealthy’ can in fact benefit our guts. Foods such as dark chocolate and drinks like tea, coffee and red wine all include a group of flavonoids called polyphenols which provide gut bacteria with a vital energy source. This isn’t a green light to consume large volumes of any of them though! Moderation is still key.

THE IMPORTANCE OF GUT HEALTH The gut - that long windy tube that is housed within your abdominal walls, runs a good nine metres (30 feet) and harbours tens of trillions of gut microbiota. The gut is a hot house for a huge network of highly functioning cells and bacteria which work symbiotically to help our bodies digest food, produce particular vitamins, send our brain important messages and keep our immune systems and general health in check. Each individual’s composition of the gut microbiota is unique and can weigh up to two kg! We now know that a healthy and balanced gut is absolutely key to ensuring good health and protection against many diseases, so here are some tips to help you look after your gut as well as possible:Fermented foods – Possibly not everyone’s first choice, but these foods are rich in good, healthy bacteria. Natural live yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut and miso all contain bacteria which improve mineral absorption within the gut, thus boosting its overall health. For instance, yoghurt contains Lactobacilli bacteria, which is believed to inhibit the development of inflammatory conditions such as IBS, joint pains and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Some studies have even suggested

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that eating moderate daily amounts of yoghurt can reduce lactose intolerance by altering gut flora.

Wholegrains – Unrefined carbohydrates such as quinoa, bulgar wheat and rye contain high fibre content which helps maintain gut health and the growth of good bacteria such as Bifidobacteria, Lactobacilli and Bacteroidetes, which in turn aid weight management by creating a sense of fullness, reducing inflammation and risk of heart disease.

Fruit and veg – You may be eating 5 to preferably10 portions of fruit and veg a day, but are you eating a broad enough range? Eating a rainbow of vegetables, and to a lesser extent fruit, will mean delicious, healthy and high fibre meals that will restore and maintain harmony within your gut’s ecosystem and will help balance sugar levels out and prevent elevated bad Avoid sugar –The food that we eat can be broken down to feed either the good or the bad bacteria. Sugar feeds the bad bacteria which when eaten excessively can cause an imbalance within the gut which are likely to create health problems. Avoid fried and processed foods – These foods also break down to feed the bad gut bacteria and reduces the variety of species of good bacteria within the gut which puts a decline on your overall health.

By Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa, Director and GP at Your Doctor www.your-doctor.co.uk

Antioxidants – Roughage such as jerusalem artichokes, jicama and flaxseed can be tremendous for your gut as they are rich in fibre and antioxidants and fill your gut with lots of good bacteria, helping


to ease the digestive process. Garlic is known to boost the creation of good gut microbes and recent research suggests that garlic might also help to prevent some gastrointestinal diseases.

foods. The more natural prebiotic food that probiotic bacteria have to eat, the more efficiently these live bacteria work and the healthier your gut will be. Probiotics can have health benefits after a period of illness, particularly after using antibiotics and some other medications which alter gut bacteria. However, taking probiotic supplements on a daily basis may cause some minor health problems so talk to your GP first.

Lack of sleep – Sleep allows your gut to eliminate toxins which have accumulated throughout the day, returning inflammatory markers to normal levels and rejuvenating the gut for the next day’s nutritional onslaught. Recent research suggests that fragmented sleep may trigger gut inflammation, leading to disruption of the metabolism whilst better quality sleep helps to reduce the risk of weight gain and diabetes and improves your general metabolic health. Avoid the overuse of antibiotics – Antibiotics are indeed useful and often necessary when treating infections and other illnesses, however, whilst antibiotics attempt to kill off the infection, they also often kill off the friendly gut bacteria needed within the body. Avoid the overuse of antibiotics to keep your gut balanced and happy.

Fasting - Late night snacking and drinking prevents your gut from regenerating, contributing to bloating, gas, and food intolerance, whilst fasting gives your gut a break and kills unwanted bad gut bacteria and helps natural regeneration needed for healing digestive problems such as inflammatory bowel diseases and leaky gut. Probiotics and prebiotics – Prebiotics such as those found in garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus and artichoke, apples, and bananas are forms of important dietary fibre that acts as a fertiliser for the good bacteria in your gut. Probiotics are live bacteria that can be found in yogurt and other fermented

Overall a primarily plant-based diet, rich in pulses, legumes and whole grains will provide our gut with the perfect playground to help protect the rest of our bodies from chronic disease, cancers and unwanted inflammation.

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The home provides: • Nursing & Complex Health Care Needs • Palliative Care • Brain Injury Care • Adult Disability Care • Day Care • In House Physiotherapist Assistant Why not pop to Bowerfield Court to find out more.

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BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (BHRT): ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW WHY MIGHT YOU NEED BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY?

HOW LONG BEFORE BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES START WORKING?

The hormones within your body control most of your body’s basic functions, and work as an internal communication system between your body’s cells. Everything from your daily mood, energy, digestion, appetite, immune system and libido is controlled by hormones, which is why when these hormones are out-of-sync or unbalanced, it can have a huge impact on your physical and mental health and well-being. If you suffer with any of the following, BHRT could be a really great solution for you:

You will see improvement within the first 2 to 3 weeks of therapy, but it will take up to 8 weeks to feel the full effect. An experienced medical practitioner will try to achieve the best outcomes and results with the lowest possible dosage of bio-identical hormones.

Hot flushes ● Night sweats ● Vaginal dryness ● Loss of interest in sex ● Pain during sex ● Problems sleeping ● Loss of energy ● Fatigue ● Loss of muscle mass ● Weight gain ● Foggy thinking ● Mood changes ● Memory loss ●

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BHRT? For more information about BHRT, contact The Menopause Clinic in Heywood today. The Menopause Clinic is based within the beautiful Face Medical Clinic, and is run by Deborah Vines, who is also the Owner and Founder of both clinics, and has specialised in both BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Aesthetics for over 15 years.

Deborah Vines is a Registered General Nurse, Independent Nurse Prescriber and the Medical Director of The Menopause Clinic based in Heywood. She has been involved with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for eight years and owns one of the longest established Medical Aesthetics Clinics in the North West.

WHAT ARE BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES? Bio-identical hormones are different from those used in traditional HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), as they are chemically identical to those that our bodies produce naturally. Bio-identical hormones are made from plant estrogens and based on a substance known as “Diosgenin”, whereas in HRT, hormones are often created synthetically. BHRT FOR THE MENOPAUSE BHRT is effective in treating both men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. BHRT is most frequently used to ease the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause in women.

Bio-identical Bio-identical hormone hormone replacement replacement therapy therapy (inclding male andropause)

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WHEN SHOULD YOU GET A HORMONE HEALTH CHECK? Recent research has shown that women are experiencing perimenopause and menopause at much earlier ages than is predicted. Sometimes, by the age of 40, a woman can be totally depleted of normal levels of estrogen, have lost almost all of their progesterone, and have lost more than half of their testosterone. These fluctuating levels and hormone imbalances can cause serious health issues in some cases, and it’s for this reason that it is encouraged to get your hormone levels assessed sooner rather than later - don’t wait until symptoms are strong and affecting your daily life! 30

T. 01706 691 683 info@themenopauseclinic.com www.themenopauseclinic.com Face Medical Clinic, 15 Hornby St, Heywood, Manchester, OL10 1AA


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