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Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch

E.A.R.S Elderly Animal Rehoming Scheme

• Emergency cover if an owner is hospitalised • Access to our Animal Centre vet during routine clinic times at £5.00 per consultation

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch have developed the EARS Scheme to assist with the re homing of elderly dogs and cats (10 years +.) These animals enter our centre often due to their owner’s ill health or death, but few prospective adopters want to take on such an animal, mainly because of the possible financial implications.

• 24 hour emergency phone in case the adopter has a personal emergency

The Scheme

All dogs and cats will be fully vaccinated, de flea, wormed, microchip, neutered, vet checked and fully temperament assessed before re homing.

Adopters will pay £5.00 per month to the Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch which will entitle them to the following benefits:

• Euthanasia free at RSPCA Animal Centre • Discount cremation service • 20% discount for surgical procedures and emergencies(at participating vets) • Immediate return for re homing via the scheme should an owner be unable to continue looking after an animal.

• A free booster vaccination and health check once a year • Free routine worming tablets and discounted flea treatment • All current and future medication will be offered at a discounted price • Prescription diets will be offered at a discounted price • Discount grooming from Lara at Warilda Grooming Salon • Transport to our clinic where necessary • Grants for emergency treatment/elective surgery dependant on the buoyancy of the Scheme

WINNER OF THE MARINA ARNSBY AWARD Presented to the branch for the most innovative re homing scheme

If you are interested in this Scheme and would like to know more please contact: JULIE COCKROFT or ALEX DARWELL at the Animal Centre on Tel: 01422 365628

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Wade Street, Halifax HX1 1SN.

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Foster Homes

Urgently Needed Would you like to become one of our fantastic fostering team? A large amount of animals come through our Centre doors each year which require fostering. From a single puppy to pregnant cats, we often call on our fosterers to help out with the temporary care of animals. Fosterers are provided with everything they need including medical treatment. All we ask in return is for you to love and care for your foster animal until they are able to come back to the Centre for re homing. EARS animals stay in foster care until they are adopted. If you would like to find out more about fostering or would like to become part of our team please contact Alex Darwell on 01422 365628 or

Upcoming RSPCA events... Sunday July 14th

Sunday September 8th

July 15th – 21st

Sunday September 15th

Thursday July 25th

Sept 27th – 29th

Saturday August 17th

Sunday October 6th

Sunday August 18th

Friday October 25th

Sunday September 1st

Saturday November 9th

Education Event at Eureka! Children’s Museum

Farm Animal Welfare Week

RSPCA Dog Day Afternoon - Shibden Park, Halifax

E.A.R.S Open Day – RSPCA Animal Centre

Walk for All – Yorkshire Dales

Doggy Dash – Greenhead Park, Huddersfield (in partnership with Cancer Research)

Saturday September 7th

Walk for All – Lake District

RSPCA K9 Party

Pets at Home Collection – Huddersfield and Halifax

Animal Blessing Service, Halifax Minster

Huddersfield Town Hall Coffee Morning

Christmas Fair - Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax

Sunday December 8th

RSPCA Animal Centre Christmas Family Fair

RSPCA Horse Show, Hopton Horse Centre, Huddersfield

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Whether you plan to go abroad or to take a “staycation” in the UK this year, taking care of the basics – like travel insurance – can remove the financial worry should something go wrong.

booking a holiday and leave the “boring” bits like insurance until the last minute. Taking the time to check and compare prices can stop you paying over the odds for your cover. Comparison sites can be a good starting point, but it’s always best to do a full quote from the insurer’s website, as the questions they ask may be slightly different.

Get the right cover: While it can be tempting to pick a policy based on price it might not necessarily be the best cover for your needs. Make sure that your policy covers your trip and any activities that you plan to do. Remember that the cheapest policy isn’t necessarily the best one for you.

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insurer’s questions the best that you can. The ombudsman regularly receives complaints from consumers who have had their claims rejected by insurers as they did not disclose important information – for example about a previous illness or injury. If you are not sure exactly what a question is asking you – ring the insurer and double check.

Pricey package: If you’re going to be carrying valuable items such as jewellery or electronic items, make sure you keep them secure. Check the limits that apply under your policy as they can vary and may not be covered. If you have separate insurance for a mobile phone check that the policy covers you while you are away – and remember to factor in any additional call charges for making or receiving calls or texts while abroad.

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Graham Smith... TWITTERING ON Twittering Pope I could of course make some very irreverent remark about the fact that the Pope has opened a Twitter account. But he’s got something going for him for he picked up over 300,000 followers in the first 24 hours of tweeting putting Stephen Fry and others in the shade. I have a sneaking admiration for any 85-year-old who takes up social media but note that he has a new media department who will doubtless be handling his tweets before publication. It remains to be seen if congregations dwindle in the light of this innovation or whether many turn over in bed on Sunday morning and reach for their lap top!

The self-titled “bacontrepreneur” has also come up with other pork inspired products such as bacon roses, bacon lip balm and bacon baby formula. And, for those “who love bacon to death”, he has created a £2,000 bacon-wrapped coffin. Mr Esch added: “Bacon is delicious, people get excited when they smell it. When you walk into a room don’t you want people to be excited to see you?” I told you they weren’t all locked up.

Coffin therapy Next time you fancy a lie down try a little coffin therapy! A Ukrainian man is encouraging people to lie down for 15 minutes in one of his coffins to “prepare for the afterlife”. Now why would I want to do that? The coffin maker has been in business for ten years and says the feeling is just like being in a bed. It’s the same sheets and pillows with its own special aura. You can choose from one of ten coffins in a special room with birdsong, falling water and he says you go home in a completely different mood. Err, no thanks

Little lit up donkey! Hundreds of donkeys are to be fitted with glow-in-the-dark ear tags in Botswana to stop accidents on rural roads at night. About 500 of the animals will be fitted with the reflective tags in the north of the country where one in ten crashes is donkey-related. I think it’s a wonderful idea and also recommend the tags for those barmy joggers who tear around in pitch blackness. The UK-based Society For The Protection Of Animals Abroad is paying for the Maun Animal Welfare Society, in Botswana, to carry out the project.

Is your man a pig? A US company has created a gift for the man who has everything - bacon flavoured shaving scream. J&D’s new product is described as “high end, luxurious bacon-scented shaving cream” and is on sale for about £9. Inventor Justin Esch said: “There is nothing more powerful than the smell of bacon, nothing. Bacon is the smell of champions. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and bacon is the best part of breakfast. Why not smell like it and be the best?”

Laura Higham, outreach veterinary advisor for SPANA, said: “The people that own working donkeys are some of the very poorest in Botswana’s society and often have no choice other than to let their animals roam freely in search of food in the sparse desert environment. “This practice is essential, but obviously makes the donkeys vulnerable to accidents and we hope that this simple solution will help reduce the number of collisions caused by the animals every year.” The charities hope the project will be adopted in other parts of the country, and will be the first step towards making reflective tags a legal requirement for freely roaming livestock. Isn’t science wonderful?


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Kauai © (HTA/Tor Johnson)

Palm trees swaying in the gentle trade winds of the Pacific Ocean, endless stretches of sandy coastline, volcanoes, rainforests and more – the Hawaiian Islands are the ultimate dream destination. The journey to Hawaii is not to be underestimated – it is a long way. So when you finally get there you need to make the most of this incredible group of diverse and beautiful islands strung out like pearls in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There are countless itineraries and combinations with each island offering a different holiday experience and its own individual charm. Arriving into Honolulu on the island of Oahu immediately gives you a sense of anticipation. The warm air greets you as it wafts through the mainly open buildings and the atmosphere is laid back and relaxed. Honolulu is the centre of business and culture and the capital of Hawaii. It is a bustling city with a strong Polynesian influence and is home to museums, galleries and elegant public gardens all steeped in the history of the islands.


The world famous resort of Waikiki Beach is just a few miles along the coast. At first glance not quite the tranquil tropical resort you would expect but this is a town that welcomes a huge number of tourists each day. Modern skyscraper hotels front the pristine beach set against the magnificent backdrop of Diamond Head volcanic crater. At night Waikiki comes alive with Sunset Hula shows, street performers, lively bars and restaurants. A velvet breeze wafts in from the ocean, mixes with the soft sound of the Hawaiian guitar and beckons the crowds to linger amongst designer boutiques and street markets. As soon as dawn breaks the surfers take to the water to catch the waves that roll in throughout the year. Sit on the beach and be amazed by their prowess or take a lesson and have a go yourself, there are plenty of beach boys happy to give surfing classes and surfboards can be easily rented. When it is time to move on to another island, a great contrast to Oahu is Maui, known as the Magic Isle. Although it appears at first glance to be flat and uninteresting, travel away from the airport and you will find the dormant volcano of Haleakala Crater with its lunar landscape, or take the scenic road to the town of Hana through rainforest and waterfalls. The picturesque town of Lahaina was once the heart of the Hawaiian Islands where the whaling ships docked. Today the town attracts the tourists with quaint shops, galleries and restaurants housed in the old wooden shop fronts that were once the

saloons and brothels of times gone by. Set along a pretty coastline with a dramatic mountainous backdrop and with spectacular sunsets over the small offshore island of Lana’i - the town is picture postcard perfect. If it is adventure you are after then the island of Kuau’i beckons visitors with a host of exciting activities, watersports, 4x4 land tours, mountain tubing and zip line tours to name just a few. Take a helicopter tour to appreciate the awesome interior of Kaua’i. The imposing Waimea Canyon is more than 3,000 feet deep and known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’. The Waimea River flows through the canyon and is fed by cascading waterfalls swollen by the almost daily rainfall. When the sun shines through shimmering rainbows appear giving the area a truly magical feel. Hold onto your seat because the experienced pilots know how to get really up close and personal to some of the highest waterfalls and deepest valleys.

Hawaii Island © (HTA/Tor Johnson)

Maui © (HTA/Tor Johnson)

In common with the other islands, Kauai has its fair share of stunning beaches. Holiday makers flock to the eastern and western shores but only intrepid hikers or sailors can access the secluded hidden coves, nestling beneath the dramatic cliffs along the Na Pali Coast on the western side. With its lush, rainforest interior and above average rainfall Kaua’i is aptly named the Garden Isle and has been the setting for many famous movie locations over the years. The largest island is confusingly named Hawaii – or Big Island. You could easily spend your entire holiday here as it has an amazing diversity in geography and climate. Take a drive around the island and you will pass through tropical rain forests, lava fields, volcanic mountains and rolling hills. At Kona on the west coast and you will be amazed by huge expanses of black lava stretching into the sea.

The area is famed for diving and snorkelling and a visit to Kealakekua State Park is a must. Further along the coast the land is dotted with coffee plantations, each producing the world famous Kona Coffee and most are happy to give tours to visitors and sell the freshly roasted beans. The active volcanoes for which the island is so well known can be explored at fairly close quarters from the Volcanoes National Park. Check current conditions with the park rangers at the Kilauea Visitor Centre where you can also pick up maps and guides to the area. The island capital is Hilo, situated along the crescent shaped Hilo Bay on the East Coast where frequent and heavy rainfall has created a tropical environment of lush valleys and gushing waterfalls. Hilo is a commercial centre but does have an attractive ‘old town’ area full of shops, galleries and restaurants as well as museums, parks a cultural centre and a great programme of seasonal festivals and events. It makes a great base for exploring the Volcanoes National Park and the beaches along the coast.

So pick one or pick ‘em all, whichever islands you choose to visit, I guarantee you will want to return to see the rest. For more information on the Hawaiian Islands contact Hawaii Tourism Europe website or call 44 (0)207 6446 127.

© (HTA/Tor Johnson)

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Space is always at a premium. When the family is young we seem to accumulate cupboards full of toys and games, when they’re teens – if you can get them to put anything in a wardrobe – hangers and drawers are crammed with clothes and the latest fad. Even as we get older, the space problems don’t seem to diminish as we hoard a lifetime of happy memories and items we just can’t bear to throw away.

He also suggests high-level shelving for narrow hallways which don’t encroach on floor space. And these sentiments are echoed by chartered architectural technologist Gary Willis. “When lack of storage becomes an issue, the automatic response is to box up the items and attempt to hide them away, but let’s think out of the box for a moment. Most people will consider what is directly in front of them on a horizontal plane; look upwards for your storage needs.”

So before you start taking an objective look at potential new storage space around your home, take a long, hard look at your current cupboards, shelves and wardrobes and de-clutter. It’s quite cathartic to free up space, and local charity shops will definitely benefit from items you no longer use. To house the rest, and as a temporary solution, there are plenty of clever storage systems around - from clear plastic boxes and wicker baskets to racking and wooden chests. There are even mobile baskets that can house items you may need in the kitchen. But for longer term ideas, examine all those corners, walls and open areas in your home for possibilities involving new shelves or permanent storage units. Interior designer Arvin Rodrigues says: “Most houses have under-stair cupboards and these provide useful 12

Gary also says that garages and sheds often provide ample storage already “but just require some organisation. Very cheap, heavy duty racking or spur shelving in a garage or shed can generate substantial storage space. Just ensure that brackets and racking are securely fixed to the walls first.” In the kitchen, why not free up space by putting your microwave on a glass shelf above the work surface? Hang sharp knives inside a high cabinet to save drawer space and keep them out of children’s reach, or store wooden spoons and other utensils bouquet-style in a handsome pitcher or canister. “Kitchens are typically built to a fixed height,” states Gary, “leaving at least 300mm (12”) of space above wall cupboards that could be used for

storage. Exploit this space by placing charming storage boxes to hide away items like old cook books, sewing kits etc.” Take a fresh look at living room furniture. “Coffee tables that have storage for magazines and bric a brac are useful, as are sofas with storage in the armrest,” suggests Arvin. Consider furniture you can buy relatively cheaply that you can improve. Arvin’s own home boasts cost-effective but beautifully restored second-hand chests of drawers which add to storage space and also create much-admired pieces of furniture. He states: “Shelves around doors and windows and even beside radiators, if safe, could provide storage and look nice, too. A coat cupboard in the entrance is really handy and doesn’t need to be very big or deep. It could also function as a shoe cupboard at the lower level, and the sides employed to hang keys, scarves and hats.” Gary looks to unusual areas for help with storage: “The bay window area in a living room is another great place that often has under-used space. Rather than use loose furniture that is often set into the room, consider a bay window seat with integral storage.” Bathrooms again offer more storage potential. “Consider shelves over the toilet water tank, cupboards under the wash basin and even a shelf over the bathtub,” advises Arvin. “Bigger cabinets could be hung from the wall above mirrors or even over the entrance door.”

And an added bonus is that floor boarding helps insulate the house, preventing heat loss and reducing your heating bills. So you get much more storage space and kinder heating bills as well!

Utilise under-bed storage in bedrooms or consider buying a bed with built-in storage space. A bed headboard can be built for additional bedding storage, plus somewhere to put books, lamps or a radio on top. An ottoman or upholstered cube can double as a dressing table chair and offers extra space, and an artistic pile of pretty, unusual hat-boxes can complement the bedroom décor and provide further storage solutions. Lofts are often under-used areas in our homes but can be altered at reasonable cost to become an effective storage room by boarding out. “Floorboards also help to insulate the house, preventing heat loss and reducing your heating bills,” explains loft expert Chris Waldron. “We’re not looking at making the loft habitable and so needing Building Regulations’ approval,” he adds. “Just comfortable enough to sit in for an hour now and again with plenty of light and an absence of spiders hanging from the rafters!” Aluminium loft ladders or a folding wooden ladder make access easy and fitting a light in the loft – “a pendant light with an energy saving bulb and pull switch is ideal” – makes this an easy, accessible area that can add substantially to your house storage space.

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Summer’s finally here! Why not visit the new & improved Totties Garden Centre? During the Summer months, your garden can look it’s most beautiful - and, in the hills above Holmfirth, Totties is certainly blooming. It’s the perfect time to drop by and see the newly refurbished nursery, enquire about the popular garden maintenance service and have a spot of lunch al fresco in the onsite bistro - The Olive Tree. Totties Garden Centre boasts spectacular views and its fully stocked nursery and team of trained horticuituralists, Totties is a real must visit for those of you with green-fingers. Following extensive renovations, its raised beds are more accessible than ever. Customers can browse with ease and choose from an unrivalled selection of trees, plants, flowers and shrubs. The experts at Totties recommend investing in summerflowering bedding plants and perennials this season. Their plant of the month, Primula Vialii, would make a wonderfully sweet-smelling addition to your garden and how better to revive a tired plot, than with colourful geraniums, peonies and delphiniums? Elegant and dramatic, Wisteria certainly has the wow-factor - but English lavender is equally fragrant (and perfect for borders).

The Olive Tree’s homemade cakes and cream scones are the stuff of local legend - as, too, are its delicious Lavazza coffees (don’t leave without sampling a Cappuccino). On warm summer days, you can even treat yourself to a generous scoop of Yee Kwan artisan ice-cream which is available in a range of Easterninspired flavours; it’s uniquely delicious - and great in a milkshake! And it’s not just fresh, locally-sourced fare on offer. The Olive Tree (which offers free WIFI) can also cater for business meetings and small funeral teas. Its monthly bistro evenings are always a big success; and if you’re looking for a truly individual gift, there are handmade cards, candles, and stylish accessories to choose from. So there’s every reason to visit Totties today.

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And why should your garden be the only area to undergo a makeover this summer? Transform your home’s exterior with colourful, custom-made hanging baskets; or, brighten up the patio with a herb planter and new pots (Totties boasts a huge selection). The centre even stocks Westland garden products, including compost, weed killer and lawn feed.

Need extra help with your garden? When it comes to tending your plot, Totties’ dedicated and experienced team can help. They offer a comprehensive maintenance service, covering everything from garden tidies, to complete redesigns and you can find everything you need right here at the nursery including plants, trees and shrubs when necessary. So after a good look around at Totties you might find yourself in need of a leisurely lunch - and where better to enjoy one, than The Olive Tree? Totties’ bistro boasts an innovative seasonal menu, a large, outdoor seating area, and a full drinks licence - not to mention breathtaking views across the valley. Diners can sample its delicious, locally-sourced fare al fresco; including salads, homemade sandwiches, gluten free meals, and fresh fish specials (including Whitby crab, salmon, cod and scallops). The cafe even stocks a selection of beers, wines and lagers or maybe a spot of afternoon tea may take your fancy?

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You can have anything from a bath to a shower in just 48 hours - this is the quick reliable service we offer. For the less mobile, elderly and disabled, we supply anti-slip strips, grab bars, fold down shower seats, comfort height toilets and more. We are here simply to make your life easier. We also offer and supply all the bathroom products you could wish to choose from, ceilings to tiles, pottery to accessories and even wet wall panelling. Every bathroom is designed to suit each individual requirement by Andrew Ward with over 18 years expert knowledge and experience. We can offer home appointments Monday - Friday up to 8pm and through the daytime on Saturdays. Choose everything you need from the comfort of your own home.

Our fitters are all aged between 4060 meaning they have a wealth of experience and you’re in safe hands. We also operate a cleaning service and remove all rubbish for extra peace of mind. Our products are second to none like our comfort height toilets with dual flush and soft close seats. You will find brands such as Mira to Ideal Standard and Armitage Shanks. We cover Halifax and the surrounding area and you can see our displays by visiting our showroom in Halifax. You can also see more displays at Brook Miller Mobility in Elland

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We provide nursing, residential and community based care services in the North of England and currently have five care homes and home care services based in the following locations: •

The Croft Residential Home – Normanton, West Yorkshire

Laughton Croft Care Home with Nursing – Nr Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

Croft House Residential Home – Shotton Colliery, County Durham

Croftlands Care Home with Nursing – Nr Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Holme House Care Home with Nursing – Nr Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire

The company has been providing nursing, residential and community based care since 1991. The company is owned by Matthew Creegan, Managing Director and is run in conjunction with his two sons: James Creegan MA STB, Director of Care Martin Creegan NEBS, Director of Finance



In our care homes we specialise in providing quality care for people in need of:

Our domiciliary care services specialise in providing quality care for people in their own homes, which includes:

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Residential and Nursing Care EMI Care Dementia Care Social Care Intermediate and Respite Care Palliative and End of Life Care

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Personal Care Medication Calls Shopping Services Laundry/Cleaning Services Social Support Carer Support

Jobs Available... We are looking to recruit quality people to the position of:


Flexible hours to include days / evenings / weekends

Full and part time posts available

Previous experience not essential

Full training and QCF training provided

Free uniforms and identification badges

Excellent rates of pay including payment per visit and bonus scheme

Car driver essential

If you are interested, please get in touch...

Wakefield 01924 220163

Covering Castleford, Normanton, Pontefract, Featherstone, Wakefield and all surrounding areas.

Kirklees 01484 502390

Covering Dalton, Denby Dale & Holme Valley areas.


Holme House Care Home with Nursing

Oxford Road, Gomersal, Cleckheaton BD19 4LA Holme House is a modernised care home in a stunning stone building which will be home to 68 residents both residential, nursing and EMI. All bedrooms are single rooms with en-suite shower facilities. Each room has beautiful fitted furniture with an integrated fridge and a television/dvd with freeview as standard. Sky Television is also available if required by the resident. Each bedroom has its own telephone and residents can make and receive outside calls from the privacy of their own room. Each nursing bedroom has a ceiling hoist for safe and easy moving of residents and also has a profiling nursing bed as standard as well as all the above facilities. Our premium ground floor bedrooms have their own front door access for more independent residents to live in.

The home offers a hairdressing salon and lots of activities space with a dedicated computer room with internet access for use by residents. Each floor has a beautifully decorated and furnished lounge and dining room. All the communal bathrooms have tracking hoists which adds to the ease and comfort of the people who live in the care home. The superb kitchen has the most up to date equipment and is managed by a head chef and his team. An extensive menu of the highest quality food is offered to our residents. Choice is available at every meal. In addition to the main kitchen, each floor of the home has its own dedicated kitchen area with drinks and light snacks available all day and night if required. All in all this is a attractively designed care home which offers the highest quality accommodation which is matched by high quality nursing and residential care for a dedicated and well trained staff team. Treat yourself or your loved one to a five star care experience, you deserve it and we want to help you enjoy it.

For information, to view our beautiful home, please contact the Manager or her team on 01274 862021. 18

Croftlands Care Home with Nursing Kirkburton, Huddersfield HD8 0TH Croftlands is a care home just over 2 years old, in a stunning stone building which will be home to 55 residents both residential, nursing and people with dementia related needs. All bedrooms are single rooms with en-suite shower facilities. Each room has beautiful fitted furniture with an integrated fridge and a television/dvd with freeview as standard. Sky Television is also available if required by the resident. Each bedroom has its own telephone and residents can make and receive outside calls from the privacy of their own room. Each nursing bedroom has a ceiling hoist for safe and easy moving of residents and also has a profiling nursing bed as standard as well as all the above facilities.

All the communal bathrooms have tracking hoists which adds to the ease and comfort of the people who live in the care home. An extensive menu of the highest quality food is offered to our residents. Choice is available at every meal. In addition to the main kitchen, each floor of the home has its own dedicated kitchen area with drinks and light snacks available all day and night if required. All in all this is an attractively designed care home which offers the highest quality accommodation which is matched by high quality nursing and residential care for a dedicated and well trained staff team. Treat yourself or your loved one to a five star care experience, you deserve it and we want to help you enjoy it.

The home offers a hairdressing salon and lots of activities space. Each floor has a beautifully decorated and furnished lounge and dining room. There are also a number of quiet lounges. For people with EMI needs there is a reminiscence room and a sensory room. Couple with extensive grounds and well maintained gardens this is a wonderful environment to live in.

For information, to view our beautiful home, please contact the Manager or any of the team on 01484 604864.


Croft Care Services (Kirklees) We have been providing domiciliary care to people in their own homes since 1999 in the Wakefield area and recently we have begun to provide care in the Huddersfield and surrounding areas. We are an approved provider for Kirklees Council and provided over 1200 hours of care per week under contract with the council. We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission.


A Career in Care... Making a difference

Contact Tracy Aston on 01484 502390 to discuss joining our expanding team of carers and make a difference to the life of a person in need.









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hen you have missing teeth or wear dentures you can feel self-conscious when you talk, smile and eat.. You can feel as if everyone you meet is looking at your teeth. The result? Your self-confidence gets knocked and you don’t smile so often. But, here’s some good news for you. Thanks to a breakthrough, it’s now possible to have new permanent teeth to replace any missing teeth you might have. They’re called tooth implants. They look like natural teeth. And they fill the gaps between your teeth whether they are at the front or the back of your mouth. You can now have a tooth implant, even if your dentist has told you in the past you weren’t suitable. That’s because tooth implant techniques have dramatically improved the last few years. What’s more, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve had missing teeth. People who have had missing teeth for years can still have successful tooth implants. Uses Keyhole Technique This newer procedure uses a “keyhole” technique which is ideal for nervous patients.. So there’s no major gum surgery involved. And patients report that it’s not painful to have an implant. And having teeth implants means you no longer need to wear dentures. No need to worry about your dentures breaking. No embarrassment or feeling self conscious when you’re with other people. No need to worry when biting into an apple, eating nuts or chewing a steak. Now Affordable For Everyone The cost of tooth implants has dramatically fallen. A typical tooth implant costs around £935 plus the cost of a crown. And you don’t need a separate implant to replace every missing tooth. For example 4 missing teeth can be replaced with only

2 implants. Just imagine not being self-conscious when you smile and laugh when you’re in the company of other people. A FREE Consultation – Save £42 Now you can have your mouth checked to see if these new tooth implants are suitable for you. Normally such an consultation costs £42. However The Fresh Smile Clinic is offering a FREE 15 minute consultation for 10 readers of 50 Plus Magazine who respond before 30th September 2013. During your consultation you will NOT be sold to and there is no future obligation. So phone 01484 714640 (24 hours) or email and reserve your free consultation today by quoting CODE: 50KCFS “My new implants have transformed my smile and made me more confident. My friends tell me how good they look.” Gwen Rika, Bradford “I’m delighted with my new teeth and feel much more confident!” Carol Armitage, Halifax “The procedure is easy and the results are fantastic.” Yolanda Gallagher, Huddersfield PS. The Fresh Smile Clinic has completed over 1000 successful tooth implants with a 95% success rate. And they offer a money back guarantee with any tooth implant they perform. So if you have a tooth implant and it’s not successful you receive a full refund.

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delicious summer dishes

MUSHROOM, FETA AND TOMATO BAKED PEPPERS It’s always important for food to look good, whether you’re dieting or not, and these peppers are a delight to the eye as well as the tastebuds. A great vegetarian recipe, this has lots of strong flavours that come together in a beautifully colouful and well-balanced dish.

SERVES 2 4 sun-dried tomato pieces in oil, drained well 2 tsp sunflower oil 175g chestnut mushrooms, wiped and diced 20g blanched hazelnuts, roughly chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 50g dry white breadcrumbs 1/2 small bunch of parsley, leaves finely chopped 1 tsp dried chilli flakes 100g feta or soft goat’s cheese, drained 2 smallish peppers, red or yellow freshly ground black pepper 401 calories per portion Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas 7. Roughly chop the sun-dried tomatoes. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and stir-fry the mushrooms over a high heat for 4 minutes. Add the roughly chopped hazelnuts and fry for a further minute until the nuts are lightly toasted. Season with a good grind of black pepper and remove from the heat. Stir in the tomatoes, garlic, breadcrumbs, parsley and chilli flakes until thoroughly combined. Break the cheese into small chunks and toss them through the stuffing lightly. Cut the peppers in half from top to bottom and carefully remove the seeds and membrane. Place the peppers in a small foil-lined roasting tin, cut side up, and fill each half with the mushroom and feta stuffing. Cover the surface of the stuffing with a small piece of foil. Bake for 35 minutes until tender, removing the foil for the last 10 minutes of the cooking time. Serve warm with a lightly dressed mixed salad. 22

MAKES 8 KEBABS 700g lean lamb leg (or leg steaks) 2 small yellow peppers 2 small red peppers 2 small red onions 150m1 low-fat natural yoghurt 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint or 1 tsp mint sauce 6 pitta breads 1 romaine lettuce heart, shredded 1 medium carrot, finely grated 3 ripe vine tomatoes, sliced 15cm piece of cucumber, thinly sliced flaked sea salt freshly ground black pepper lemon wedges and hot chilli sauce, to serve Marinade 2 tsp cumin seeds 203 calories per portion 381 calories per portion (with pitta)

LEMONY LAMB KEBABS There’s nothing better than the scent of lemony, herby lamb cooking on the barbecue. It’s a healthy way of cooking too, as much of the fat drips away. We like to eat these kebabs tucked into warm pitta bread, but you can also enjoy them with just a side salad or some vegetables.

2 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves finely grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp fine sea salt freshly ground black pepper

To make the marinade, put the cumin, coriander and fennel seeds in a pestle and mortar and pound to a coarse powder. You can use 11/2 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander if you prefer, but the flavour won’t be quite as good as freshly ground spices. Add the thyme leaves and crush them into the spices for a few seconds. Tip the spices and thyme into a large non-metallic bowl and stir in the lemon zest and juice, garlic, oil, salt and lots of black pepper. Trim as much fat as possible off the lamb, then cut the meat into rough 3cm chunks — you should have about 40 chunks. Add the lamb to the marinade and toss until well coated. Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before cooking. While the lamb is marinating, prepare the vegetables for the kebabs. Deseed the peppers and cut them into 3cm chunks. Cut each onion into 8 wedges with the root intact. Remove the lamb from the fridge and thread the meat on to 8 metal skewers — these should be about 25cm long — alternating with the pieces of pepper and onion. Season with a little more salt and pepper. Cook over a hot barbecue or under a preheated hot grill (close to the element) for 6-8 minutes. Turn once or twice until the lamb and vegetables are lightly charred — the meat should be pink in the middle. Mix the yoghurt, garlic and chopped mint or mint sauce together in a small bowl to make the yoghurt sauce. Warm the pitta bread on the barbecue, in the toaster or under a grill and carefully cut down one side with a sharp knife. Pull the bread open and stuff with shredded lettuce leaves, grated carrot, tomatoes and cucumber. Slide the meat and vegetables off the skewers and into the pittas using a fork. Drizzle a little of the minty yoghurt sauce and serve with some chilli sauce and lemon wedges too if you fancy.


Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 August 2013 at St George’s Square Free cookery demonstrations including the annual sporting chef of the year competition with Huddersfield Giants and ‘Ready Steady Cook’ challenge with presenters from Real Radio, as well as demonstrations from top local chefs and restaurants. Free children’s entertainment. Cookery workshops supported by NHS Kirklees, Public Health Food Programme. Learn how to make butter Tudor style with Kirklees Museums.

For more information please call 01484 487933 or visit



If you are around Holmfirth and looking for a fantastic dining experience, call in to The Olive Tree Bistro Café at Totties Garden Centre. On a Summer’s day you can eat Al Fresco on the terrace enjoying the beautiful views around the restaurant and inside the contemporary conservatory structure. The Bistro is now serving a special Summer menu and lunch is served all day from 12 noon, not forgetting light bites for those of us counting the calories. Diners can sample delicious food including salads, homemade sandwiches, gluten free meals, and fresh fish specials (including Whitby crab, salmon, cod and scallops). There is also a monthly Bistro Evening on the last Saturday of each month which proves very popular so booking is advisable. The Bistro serves Lavazza coffee and has a comprehensive wine list and choice of bottled beers and Italian lagers. You can enjoy cream teas and delicious home baked cakes as well. All produce served is fresh daily and locally sourced. For those of you who are vegetarian, a selection of meals are available and also gluten free food (approved by The Coeliac Society). If you are looking for a treat, The Olive Tree also serves Yee Kwan Oriental Ice Creams in allsorts of wonderful flavours, completely gluten free. An ideal location for small functions, business meetings (free WiFi) and after school treats for the young ones. Make a date in your diary and we’re sure you’ll be impressed with the food, location and first rate service at The Olive Tree Bistro Cafe.

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315 Bar & Restaurant - Nothing Short of Stunning The popular 315 Bar and Restaurant in Lepton is bucking the national trend by going from strength-to-strength at a time when other dining venues are struggling to survive.

“Terry had kept his eye on the White Horse, which had been empty for quite some time. We agreed it would be an ideal venue for what we had in mind.

Where once stood the tired White Horse pub on Wakefield Road there is now a unique venue for eating and drinking, complete with function room and high class accommodation. Its stylish decor and high quality modern British cuisine is creating a real buzz in the West Yorkshire village, attracting diners from both near and far. Co-owner and head chef Jason Neilson is delighted to report that business has never been better and there are further expansion plans in the pipeline for 315. Former head chef at Cawthorne’s Spencer Arms, Jason, first gave the building its new lease of life in 2011 when he seized the opportunity to purchase the property with business partner Terry Dryden. Jason said: “I first met Terry when my wife Ruth and I were running Thorpe Grange Manor in Almondbury. Some time later when I was working as head chef at the Spencer Arms, Terry suggested we go into partnership on a new venture. It was perfect timing as I felt ready for a new challenge.

“What amazed me was when Terry gave me a blank piece of paper and said ‘Write down what you want’. We drew up a wish-list and spent 18 months realising it. We took over the pub and demolished everything except the frontage. Everything else, we built from scratch.” No expense was spared on the creation of 315 which houses a bar area, three restaurant settings, a function room, ten luxurious bedrooms and an open kitchen seating area where diners can watch the talented chefs at work. Jason and Terry called upon local interior designer Joan Webb to work her magic on the decor and the results are nothing short of stunning. The restaurant can cater for up to 90 diners, but unlike other large venues Jason and the team did not create just one space for this purpose. Instead the restaurant has been thoughtfully split into different areas offering diners a choice of setting depending on the experience they desire. The Emley Room, a cosy lounge adjacent to the bar, features hard wood flooring, leather bucket seats and an eye-catching wood burning stove, making it an ideal for casual dining.

Meanwhile the fine dining Forest Room restaurant oozes luxury in sumptuous silver, grey and plum decor with soft carpets, pristine white table linen and sparkling glassware. There is also the Garden Room at the rear of the building which boasts breathtaking views of the rolling countryside that surrounds 315. And the style doesn’t stop there. Below the restaurant is the Ingram Suite, a perfect venue for business events as well as special occasions such as birthdays, christenings and weddings, with the option of an adjoining marquee to allow events to be held outdoors. Meanwhile upstairs there are ten boutique-style ensuite bedrooms, including a bridal suite. Each is named after a nearby area and has its own unique colour scheme achieved through bold patterned wallpaper and plush bedding. With over 15 year’s experience, Jason has had a successful career, having been trained by Raymond Blanc and worked in a number of Michelin Star restaurants both in the UK and Paris. Having built up a thriving business in 315, Jason, who lives in Penistone with Ruth and children Zachary and Jessica, says the aim is to “maximise the assets” by providing facilities for all occasions.

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A unique Experience at 315 Bar & Restaurant

Why not come and stay at our AA 5 Star rated accomodation and enjoy a lovely lunch in our restaurant, where the menu incorporates the best of modern British dishes with European influences.

For more information about booking your function or wedding at 315 Bar & Restaurant call Emma on 01484 602 613 315 Wakefield Road, Lepton, Huddersfield HD8 0LX

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The World according to Joan

Joan Collins returned to the UK in April with her her sell-out show “One Night With Joan” and this stroll through the highlights of her life brings a touch of genuine glamour into our humdrum lives writes Angela Kelly. The British actress, writer and columnist who famously turned down Richard Burton and bested Joan Crawford may unbelievably now be 79 but - being Joan - she never misses an opportunity to show real Hollywood glitz at its best and most enduring. As she insists in her down-toearth way: “I’ve often been accused of over-egging the pudding in the costume and make-up department, but that’s one of the illusions that form a part of what this person called Joan Collins is all about.” To discover the real Joan Collins, though, it’s necessary to go back to her roots and trace her rise to fame and fortune. She was born in May, 1933 in London, to a former 26

nightclub hostess and a successful talent agent. She was one of three children – her sister Jackie is a successful novelist whose books have sold more than 400 million copies. Joan was a very pretty child and grew up into an attractive dark-haired beauty. She had her first theatre appearance at the age of nine and obviously developed a taste for acting through her teenage years. She became a Rank starlet and appeared in a host of relatively forgettable films, occasional TV appearances and pin-up shoots but, to improve her budding career, she moved to Hollywood in the 1950s. Her first film role was in 1951 in B-movie “Lady Godiva Rides Again.” For the next three decades, she became a Hollywood fixture, driving her signature pink Thunderbird and keeping the gossip columnists happy with a reported succession of high-profile liaisons with famous men including Dennis Hopper and Warren Beatty. She impressed, however, in the films “The Stud” and “The Bitch” which were both adapted from sister Jackie’s

best-selling novels. In 1978 she published her first memoir, “Past Imperfect” about her life – unsurprisingly, also a best-seller. In 1981, she went for an audition for struggling primetime drama “Dynasty”, for a part that Sophia Loren had already turned down. Alexis Carrington Colby was the vicious, vengeful ex-wife of family patriarch Blake Carrington, played by John Forsythe. Joan got the part, and was absolutely brilliant in the role. Ratings immediately started to rise. As the show’s creator Aaron Spelling insisted: “We didn’t write Joan Collins. She played Joan Collins. We wrote a character, but the character could have been played by 50 people and 49 of them would have failed. She made it work.” In fact, she made it work so well that Alexis - with her seductive glamour, gorgeous clothes and make-up and great storylines - became the character with whom Joan has become enduringly associated. She was nominated six times for a Golden Globe before finally winning one in 1983. “Dynasty” ended its run in 1989 but Joan appeared as Alexis in the 1991 mini-series “Dynasty: The Reunion.” The original series, though, remains warm and familiar in the minds of the public and there are regularly calls for its revival. Speaking on TV’s “Loose Women” programme just recently, British actress Stephanie Beacham - who also went into the series - said she and Joan had been talking about just such a revival, and regular TV watchers know it’s “never say never” when it comes to bringing back successful soaps.

research, and remains a true celebrity in a sea of passing wannabes. She has always looked after her figure and continues to be as glamorous as ever, taking her own advice on everything from eating meals from a smaller plate to keep her weight down to avoiding sunshine on her face to protect her looks. Her outspoken and witty pronouncements on various subjects have helped keep her in the public eye and she has had a variety of regular opinion columns in newspapers and magazines. In her 2011 book “The World According to Joan”, she admits that she has “always been extremely frank, perhaps too much so. Often friends say to me sarcastically ‘Oh why don’t you say what you mean, Joanie!’ Well, I’m afraid I usually do which is why I have been called opinionated, stubborn, obdurate, headstrong, prejudiced and politically incorrect. “Perhaps I am, but I have now reached an age and a stage when I basically do what I like as much as I can, without trying to hurt anyone.” While being Joan Collins is much about a life lived in the spotlight, it’s plain that not only is she a clever actress and a genuine icon but that she’s discovered the secret of longevity when it comes to engaging with the public.

And audiences from Manchester’s Lowry to London’s Leicester Square Theatre discovered that “One Night With Joan” is also a unique and memorable experience.

Of course, much of Joan Collins’ fame has come from her life away from the film and TV cameras. She married her first husband, Irish actor Maxwell Reed, in 1952 and divorced him three years later. She married British actor Anthony Newley in 1963 and they had two children before she divorced him in 1970. Joan was married for 11 years to Apple Records’ president Ron Kass, with whom she had daughter Katy. Her fourth marriage was to Swedish pop singer Peter Holm, which ended after just 13 months with a messy divorce. Then in 2003 she married her fifth husband, theatre company manager Percy Gibson, who is 32 years her junior. Here, finally, Joan seems to have found her soul-mate and the couple renewed their marriage vows in 2009. She says that today’s “metrosexual-looking” actors don’t compare with the stars of yesteryear although she believes that Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jude Law are “wonderful actors.” Joan makes the exception “on the macho front” for George Clooney and she also likes Bradley Cooper and Robert Downey Jr. Her all-time sexiest star, though, is Marlon Brando – “unforgettable” is her verdict. After “Dynasty” helped give Joan the highest profile of her career, she continued to act and write both romance novels and self-help beauty and lifestyle books. She’s become involved in a variety of charity work, mostly linked to children with disabilities and aiding breast cancer

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As a major redevelopment of the Kirkwood Hospice In-patient unit moves toward completion and their Capital Appeal approaches its £3m target, clinical staff at the Hospice’s temporary home are looking forward to a new era for patient care. During the re-development of the In-patient unit at Kirkwood Hospice, specialist end of life care continues to be provided, free of charge, to In-patients with life limiting illnesses. The service was relocated to Ward 11 at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in June 2012 and is expected to return to the Hospice this summer. The complications arising from caring for patients away from the main site during the re-development work have been tackled head on by the Kirkwood Hospice nursing staff. ‘The main challenge of being based at HRI has been ensuring that it still feels like Kirkwood Hospice, even though we are on a hospital ward. The nurses and staff working at Ward 11 have really pulled together’ said Practice Development Sister, Sarah Shaw. ‘Although the environment has changed, the Hospice ethos remains constant. The whole team have had to be versatile and flexible to meet the challenges they have faced. They are outstanding.’ Whilst everyone connected to the Hospice works tirelessly to ensure that patients receive the same outstanding care at the HRI, Sarah Shaw and the nursing team are understandably looking forward to the summer when patients will return to the In-patient Unit. ‘We’re incredibly excited and filled with pride that we’ll be going back to work in a facility built with patients and their families at the forefront of its design. The patients are at the heart of everything we do and it is a great privilege to work for Kirkwood Hospice, especially at such an exciting time.’ As the re-opening of the In-patient unit moves closer, Kirkwood Hospice will be offering supporters and professional colleagues the unique opportunity to take a tour around the new unit to see first-hand how


the redeveloped facility will benefit patients and their families. Tours will take place between Saturday 6th and Sunday 21st of July. Whether you are a family, group, company or individual, the Hospice would be delighted to show you the difference that your support will make. The Capital Appeal has now reached £2.75m and the Hospice is closing in on its goal. This amazing figure could not have been achieved without the generous and continued support of the Kirklees community. They still need your help to raise the final £250,000 and there are a number of ways you can get involved and help to make a difference. They would be delighted to hear your ideas and can support you in your efforts. To book a tour, please call Marie Peacock on 01484 557911, or email If you would like to find out more about how you can help Kirkwood Hospice reach its £3m Capital Appeal target, visit or contact Marie Peacock on 01484 557911.

BRICK APPEAL Vital building work to refurbish and extend the In-patient unit at Kirkwood Hospice is now reaching its final stages. To date the Capital Appeal has raised a staggering £2.75m, but the Hospice still needs your help to raise the final £250,000 to ensure that the essential work can be completed. As Kirkwood build a future of care for people in Kirklees, you can help them take the first steps by sponsoring a brick in a new path that will be laid in the grounds of the Hospice.

company name. You might want to use your brick to send a special message of support to families that use the Hospice such as “every best wish”. The footpath is intended to be a happy place, at the heart of the hospice, so all messages need to be positive and uplifting. There are three choices of brick: a single paver for £50 with two lines of wording, a double brick for £100 with four lines of wording or a large granite stone which includes the Hospice logo and 2 lines of wording for £1000. If you would like to receive a form to sponsor a brick please contact Marie on: 01484 557911 or visit: to download a copy.

Your brick will form part of our second phase, and will be laid once the redeveloped unit is up and running. Once your brick has been laid, Kirkwood will invite you to walk along the footpath to see the inscription for yourself. By sponsoring a brick you are helping Kirkwood to pave the way for a future of care in Kirklees.

To coincide with the opening of the refurbished In-patient unit in July, a specially designed labyrinth will enhance the gardens at Kirkwood, sitting in harmony with the new building. The new path will lead to this labyrinth feature and you have the opportunity to support the Kirkwood Hospice Capital Appeal by sponsoring a brick. You can have your very own inscription on a brick. This could be your name, the name of someone special to you, song lyrics, something fun or your group/

For more information contact Marie Peacock, Capital Appeal Manager Tel: 01484 557911 Email: Web: Facebook: Twitter: @KirkwoodHospice

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Tel: 01924 440600

It Isn't Just The Prescription Unlike other shops, pharmacies have something quite unique, a pharmacist. A pharmacist is a specialist, a university graduate who has completed a degree course, followed by a further year of postgraduate education, to become a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Only then is he or she allowed to practice. A pharmacist is an expert on medicines, and is probably the only professional person you can freely access without making an appointment. Only when a pharmacist is present may prescriptions be dispensed or the sale of many medicines take place. There have been many changes since the start of the National Health Service, but one thing has never changed, the professional service offered by pharmacists. Gone are the handmade preparations, no longer is the pharmacist tied to the dispensary bench compounding exotic potions. More time is now available to advise patients and doctors about the new and increasingly potent medicines of today, and to check for potential drug interactions and side effects. If you regularly use the same pharmacy for your prescriptions, their patient medication record system will be building up a profile of your medicines to highlight any potential problems. There is much more to dispensing than just counting the tablets and handing out the bottle. In addition to dosage directions the label on your medicine will bear cautionary warnings about avoiding

alcohol or not taking the medicine at the same time as certain other medicines, or foods. Your pharmacist is available to advise if you have any queries, and will make a point of clarifying instructions to ensure that you use your medication effectively. For minor ailments, your pharmacist may advise on the purchase of a suitable medicine; pharmacies have a wide range of potent medicines that are restricted to sale under a pharmacist's supervision. Alternatively, you may be advised to seek further medical advice. We are here in the community to offer a service for patients using ostomy and incontinence equipment. It is not necessary to send away to mail order companies to receive these goods. Only pharmacy can offer the flexibility and personal service that health care demands.

Remember, make full use of your local pharmacy, it is an invaluable resource, working with the National Health Service, to provide health care in the community.

Repeat Prescriptions Repeat Repeat Branches:


Marsh...................... Tel: 533731 Salendine Nook ...... Tel: 657633 Holmfirth.................. Tel: 683945 Elmwood H.C.......... Tel: 681069 Lockwood................ Tel: 532169 Honley..................... Tel: 661818 Bradley ................... Tel: 428646 Head Office ............ Tel: 300444


0800 019 0700

Medicare House, 1 Meltham Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield HD1 3TJ.


Emley Show Saturday 3rd August 2013 Factory Farm, Factory Lane, Emley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD8 9TE Emley Show is one of the best attended and respected agricultural days out in Yorkshire - and a great day out for all the family. 2012 was another wonderful and successful event. The show team look forward to seeing everyone again for 2013. Emley Show has for many years brought you some of the most entertaining showground and main ring attraction you will probably see – and 2013 will be just as spectacular. Past years attractions have included jousting knights, dog displays, llama agility, falconry displays, duck herding, racing terriers, dancers, children’s rides, climbing walls, silver bands, jazz bands, puppet shows, plus many more – and this doesn’t include the hundreds of classes and competitions.

For more information please visit

Oriental Cooking at The Cooking School Wed 14th August & Wed 21st August 2013 from 6pm to 9pm Wednesday Evening Chefs at The Cooking School offers you 2 evenings of expert tuition for just £75. Every month, there will be a focus on a new cuisine or skill. Put yourself at the heart of Asian cuisine. Make delicious and complex flavoured dishes from across the Orient. The course will include refreshments and take home containers for your prepared dishes. Typical dishes:

Week 1

Char Sui Pork, Nasi Goreng and Tom Yum Soup

My Bronte Book Your autobiography captured in a beautiful, illustrated volume for your family to treasure. Complete with a web site of your pictures and recordings of your stories. Written in Haworth, home of the Brontes. Haworth gave birth to the historic novels of the Bronte sisters and it can become the birthplace of your personal story. Makes a wonderful gift for loved ones. Bronte Book will publish your personal autobiography, written and published in Haworth, to pass on as a living legacy after making detailed recordings. Within the four month long process comes your own web site (also available separately) containing recordings, pictures and special stories. Your own living legacy which we know you will enjoy compiling. You may choose a book and/or a web site and an e-book within the package which starts from £300 ranging to £2,750 for the full process, which can include up to 20 books. A deposit with instalment payments plan is available.

Details from or Bronte Media, Tel: 01535 959002, Mobile: 07866 626090

Week 2

Crispy Duck and Thai Spring Roll with sweet chilli sauce followed by a demonstration of Egg Fried Rice

For more information please visit

Yorkshire Day Tea Party at Halifax Visitor Centre and Art Gallery

Thursday 1st August 2013 from 12pm to 3pm Join the Yorkshire Day Tea Party at Halifax Visitor Centre & Art Gallery and help rasie money to support the children and families cared for by the Forget Me Not Children’s hospice. There’ll be tasty cakes and home baking, a raffle, Children’s Trail, Bran Tub , 10% off all Yorkshire Souvenirs and a right Yorkshire Welcome. Halifax Visitor Centre and Art Gallery The Piece Hall, Halifax, HX1 1RE

For more information call 01422 368725 32

Get your confidence back with Dental Implants For many people loss of teeth can equate to a loss of confidence and enjoyment of life. Tooth loss can affect the way you look, eat and speak. Removable dentures (partial or full) often only serve to exacerbate the issue! However, recent advances in dental technology have led to a more acceptable solution to replace lost teeth - the dental implant. Dental implants are small titanium screws that fuse effortlessly with the bone to act as an anchor for the replacement tooth or teeth. For many patients teeth restored with dental implants are a vast improvement on denture teeth as they look and function just like natural teeth. They are comfortable, don’t negatively impact on your oral hygiene or overall appearance, and can help improve your enjoyment of life once again! Dental implants are a life changing decision. After treatment patients’ quality of life is dramatically improved. Your teeth lend structure to the face and dental implants can give you back a renewed confidence that will make you smile. When a tooth is removed, the surrounding

bone diminishes. Dental implants, however, stimulate bone growth and help maintain a similar facial structure. Whilst dentures are difficult if not impossible to eat with, teeth retained with dental implants function in a similar way to normal teeth. Rediscover life’s simple pleasures such as biting into a crisp apple, as food that was once off-limits can be enjoyed again. Implants will help you to once again eat comfortably. Dental Implants may be used to replace anything from one missing tooth to a full arch of missing teeth. Treatment could not be simpler and can be completed within a couple of months, or in some circumstances in just one day (same day teeth). Dental implants are the treatment option of choice for the vast majority of patients with missing teeth. There are actually very few people who are unsuitable for the treatment because there are so many different types of treatment available. A free consultation with Dr Hussain at Huddersfield Dental Care will put your mind at ease and offer you all the help and advice for you to make a decision about dental implants, so give them a call today...

Now taking new private patients FREE Tooth Whitening for new patients joining Denplan* First private consultation FREE plus...

*terms and conditions apply

4 Dental Implants 4 ‘Six Month Smiles’ 4 Cosmetic Dentistry 4 Evening appointments by arrangement 4 Dental Hygienist appointments & so much more

Call in or phone for more information Huddersfield Dental Care, 25 Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 2RD

Telephone: 01484 530539


DO YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR TRANSPORT? ARE YOU ISOLATED IN YOUR OWN HOME? Community Transport Calderdale (CTC) is an independent local charity operating in the Calderdale area. We aim to provide transport to those residents of Calderdale who cannot access existing forms of transport provision for reasons of ill health, disability, isolation, poverty or social exclusion. To use our services you must be a member which costs £2 per year for an individual and £20 per year for a group.

CTC operates a fleet of fully accessible minibuses and people carriers and moves over 300 people a week to shopping centres, health appointments, schools and on community activities and even to the airport too! All drivers are qualified, trained and security checked. Community groups or individuals may hire these vehicles with or without a driver.

CTC also operates a Community Car Service (CCS) with a large group of volunteers all across Calderdale who drive their own cars to help people get to health appointments and social activities. Your driver will wait for you during your appointment and return you home again. You just pay the driver’s travel expenses from their home and back there again at 45p per mile. If you go to the supermarket with this service, the volunteer will help you with loading and unloading your shopping and even help you carry it to your door. This service operates in the following communities:


Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Walsden, Mytholmroyd, Wadsworth, Cornholme, Portsmouth, Blackshawhead, Heptonstall, Cragg Vale, Luddenden, Pecket Well, Colden, Shade



Brighouse, Rastrick, Elland, Shelf, Greetland, Stainland, Northowram, Lightcliffe, Illingworth, Mixenden, Ovenden, Mount Tabor, Pellon, Bradshaw, Savile Park, Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden, Rishworth, Barkisland



West Calderdale

East Calderdale

01422 881154

01706 813366

01484 768094

There are many great VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES with CTC – see below for several roles available.

Volunteering is a rewarding way to stay active or add diversity to your CV ready for your next job.

CTC is funded by:

We commit to support our volunteers in the great work they do, making a difference to our community. If you would like more information, please contact CTC on:

01422 881154 VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES WITH COMMUNITY TRANSPORT CALDERDALE POSITION: CAR DRIVER OVERVIEW: To collect client in own car to take to health or social appointments in or beyond Calderdale. You must have your own car and some spare time with a willingness to help people. TRAINING: PATS course available to all car drivers. LOCATION: All Calderdale. CONTACT: 01422 881154

POSITION: MINIBUS DRIVER OVERVIEW: To drive minibuses or people carriers for individuals and groups in or beyond Calderdale. Great opportunity for career change. TRAINING: MIDAS & PATS courses must be completed for all minibus and people carrier drivers. LOCATION: All Calderdale. CONTACT: 01422 881154

POSITION: MINIBUS PASSENGER ASSISTANT OVERVIEW: To assist the driver and clients on board minibuses during trips and with shopping and wheelchairs. TRAINING: Passenger Assistant Training course must be completed. LOCATION: All Calderdale. CONTACT: 01422 881154

POSITION: OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR OVERVIEW: To assist staff in one of three offices with general office duties – great opportunity for someone training for career change. TRAINING: On the job training in specific duties. LOCATION: Luddendenfoot and Brighouse. CONTACT: 01422 881154

Community Transport Calderdale Ltd is registered in England and limited by guarantee. Company registration number 4392505. Charity registration number 1093919.

They supply everything from large mobility vehicles to specialist footwear and smaller daily living aids such as kettle tippers and grab rails to help make later life that bit easier. There are stores across Yorkshire and the Midlands with the Huddersfield store, located on Bradley Mills Road Industrial Estate opposite John Smith’s Stadium. The Huddersfield store is one of the largest shops of its kind in the area. It has an extensive product range and excellent parking facilities so it’s convenient and easy for visiting customers. Store Team Leader, Ray Crehan said plans are underway for a series of free coffee mornings in store

Specialists are available to advise with regards to access solutions, bathing, wheelchairs, powerchairs and vehicle conversions. For those with more complex needs, expert teams can help with larger projects such as wet rooms, lifts and ceiling track hoists. A full range of repair and maintenance services are also available.

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Local mobility specialists Clark & Partners Ltd have been established for over 50 years, and as a result, are a well-known and trusted name in mobility.

where you can find out more about products and services in a nonpressured environment. Friendly staff will demonstrate products from stairlifts, scooters and wheelchairs. Look out for details instore and on the website (see opposite).

Clark & Partners Huddersfield are open Monday to Friday, 9am5pm and from 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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Mobility Made Easy

Odeon Cinema John Smith’s Stadium

Make Clark & Partners Ltd your local one stop mobility shop and call 01484 420082 today.

Comfort, performance, reliability & style

The Scout Boot Scooter

499 £ only

ex VAT

Compact in size, big on features: • Easy to store and transport. • Comfortable Swivel Seat. • Delta Handlebars as standard. • Tool free height adjustable seat. • 10 miles range / top speed mph.

For more details call your local store:


01484 420082 7 Bradley Mills Road Industrial Estate, HD1 6PQ.

Find us opposite John Smith’s Stadium. Free Parking.


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