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Twittering on With Angela Kelly Just get on with life – don’t dissect it I’M not a major fan of New Year Resolutions – mostly because my track record means I hardly ever keep them beyond January 12.

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However, I’m going to make an exception this year, thanks to a rather game 90 year-old called Vera. She booked an 11-day P & O cruise with a 91 year-old man she had met just 45 minutes before. She was on a coach trip and when they stopped for lunch, this charmer called John – not with her group – got chatting to Vera over a glass of wine about holidays. The upshot was that he took her over the road to the travel agents and paid £3,700 for them to have an 11-day Mediterranean trip.


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It was all above board: they had separate beds and enjoyed a lovely time. But the really interesting bit of this rather sweet tale is Vera’s take on the whole thing. When asked why she had done it, she replied: “I would say to people ‘Seize the day’.” Coming from a feisty 90 year-old, that is good advice. In other words, don’t waste too much time pondering over everything – just get on with living. Now that will mean different things to different people. To the adventurous, it might mean going travelling for a year, sailing right around the British Isles, finally getting a tattoo or changing your hair colour – or your husband. It might be something much less dramatic like taking a new work qualification, starting a particular hobby you’ve always been interested in or booking that longed-for sunshine holiday. Whatever it is, the message is clear. Life is just too short to worry too much

about the small stuff. So why not grab it by the horns and simply enjoy it? And the interesting postscript to Vera’s story is that John asked her to go on holiday with him again – to the Caribbean. Our Vera, though, has other plans. “I just haven’t got the time to waste,” she stated. “I could pop off tomorrow – I’ve got things to do.” Just love it!

Old stations and routes could be back on track THE name “Dr Beeching” may not mean much these days but at one time it was synonymous with the destruction of the Great British Railway as we knew it. Richard Beeching was, for a short time, chairman of British Rail as it then was and an affiliate of the Labour Party who, in the early 1960s, became a household name for restructuring the national rail network. His “axe” fell on more than 4,000 route miles and dozens of small stations were closed on cost and efficiency grounds. His name has been back in the papers more recently because the current Government is suggesting re-opening some of these lost lines and stations in order to drive house-building nationally. Irrespective of any political motives, this seems like a fascinating move to me and, I would guess, to many other people who love train travel. It’s such a sensible way to move through this country of ours, seeing villages and towns in a relaxed way that driving can never offer. Of course, it won’t be like in Dr Beeching’s day. Trains and train travel have altered dramatically in the intervening years. Although trains are generally more comfortable, a lack of investment and rolling stock has also meant that some busy commuter routes

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The plan may mean, though, much better and easier journeys for many, and the opening up of areas which currently struggle for direct transport. I suppose we shall see exactly what it involves as 2018 unfolds.

WE’VE all heard plenty about “fake news” over the last year or two and how information can be manipulated especially via social media.

For me, though, the plan transports me back to the regular train journeys when I was young and each Summer we journeyed to my mother’s home town of Swansea in South Wales and the glorious Mumbles’ coast. As the miles clicked by and all the little stations took us nearer to our destination, my Mum’s Welsh accent got broader and broader and we all became more relaxed. Trains do that. They allow you to sit back and consider life. And if this new plan promotes easier, stress-free travel then it will definitely be a move in the right direction.

As a journalist, I’m always horrified that anyone will accept spurious stories on face-value because I’ve had a working life of checking and re-checking information before it goes out to the public. It’s just all too easy to see something online and take it as true because someone else has put it out there. Commonsense, really, dictates that we should question the source and try to verify it but sometimes I guess we just can’t be bothered. All of which is why it’s good news that, according to a report from Ofcom – the UK’s communications’ regulator - children are becoming increasingly savvy about fake news on social media.

More than half of youngsters aged 12 to 15 use Facebook and Twitter to access news online. Often, they click on stories that have been recommended by “friends” in their network or by users they “follow”. They like to access news in this way. Now, however, they are becoming more selective about trusting these articles. The majority are making an effort to check out these items for veracity, possibly with other news’ sources, and are also checking if it was published by an organisation they can trust. This is very heartening, especially as, if they do discover an item is fake, they will often alert parents or another family member and may post comments telling others that it’s false. All we need now is for adults to follow their lead and question news’ sources, relevance and accuracy and we’ll raise news’ reporting standards at a stroke.

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Bspoke Tours – Bike and Boat By Jennie Carr from Silver Travel Advisor The best things in life are so often simple, and so it is with Bspoke Tours and their Bike and Boat trip in Italy, cycling from Venice to Mantua. Take a large converted barge, many bicycles (some electric), an international group of passengers of all ages, great Italian food, a hilarious and charming crew and two expert guides for a week of cycling along the mighty River Po. You cycle along the rivers during the day, meeting the boat late afternoon, for a short cruise to an evening destination, where you take a walk for cultural points of interest, have dinner onboard and then repeat again tomorrow! It’s a recipe that’s attractive to couples, single travellers and families – we had three generations on our trip, which was in total a small group of around 30. We travelled with Italians, Swiss, Brits, Germans, Canadians and Americans. What’s more the cycling is flat, a word I like in relation to bicycles. Distance I can do, hills I’m not keen on. Everyone is provided for – the ebikes a real bonus for older legs and clever tandems, where a child’s bike can



couple (and de-couple) easily from an adult bike for younger legs. Our age range of 7 and a half (most important) to 82 worked beautifully! Accommodation is in compact, en-suite cabins of varying configurations – again, all combinations happily satisfied.

This trip is a variation of the escorted tour (a self-guided option is available) and as always in this situation, much depends on your guides. Our Dutch, endlessly energetic and efficient Hugo, proficient in all languages needed (at least 5!) and a positive walking Wiki on this route was partnered by Italian, friendly Frederico – a European version of Little and Large, if I’m honest! We were delighted to leave the planning and logistics in their highly capable hands, we woke up and did as instructed – a holiday in itself. And I must highly commend the ‘extras’ which we were not expecting, walks around the destinations where we moored, full of interest and information. I’m always humbled by in-depth knowledge – Hugo had it in spades!


We hit the trail on day 3, having spent time in Venice on foot on the day before. The boat left Venice, in the mist, very evocative, with a parting glance at St Mark’s from the water. We headed to the island Litorale di Lido, playground of the rich and famous, glamourous and sophisticated, as could be seen from the fabulous houses. Mornings started briskly at about 8am for breakfast and ‘packed’ lunch making, with seats in the saddle being taken by 9am at the latest! The 7.57am to Marylebone it was not. A pitstop at a beach café and then on to ferry

for 5 minutes to Pellestrina, with an entirely different atmosphere: it is a working fisherman’s island with scores of trawlers along the promenade. You sense not much has changed here in generations. Just one bar was open for lunchtime drinks, the siesta is still an essential part of life here. The cycling was easy along well marked trails or almost empty roads. We picked up the boat and sailed to Chioggia, for an afternoon walk in the sunshine. The town has an impressive fishing fleet and is a combination of working port, with a charming town. Our evening routine then followed: shower and change, pre-dinner drinks on the sun deck, a hilarious explanation of the meal by our Italian chefs (a career in TV must surely be waiting!) and then we ate companionably at three long tables, a set menu with variations for any with ‘dietary requirements’. Good value local wines (including a very decent Amarone), beer and soft drinks were available and paid for at the end

of the trip. We took a further evening stroll in Chioggia, although bed was calling after all the fresh air and exercise! No sluggards on this trip, and we were excited to enjoy what each day would bring. Hugo’s enthusiasm, the jolly exchanges with our companions and the sheer glory of Italy, fresh air and exercise made this week filled with pleasure and many happy memories, and remarkably free of any aches and pains.

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Up Pompeii - Roaming Around a Roman Treasure By Dave Harcombe from Silver Travel Advisor Off to Pompeii. We had obviously upset the Roman Gods, somehow, because as we set off on the train from Sorrento it began to rain in torrents. The great Vesuvius was hidden by mist and clouds. Water everywhere and people too. The roads, paved with Vesuvian stone, were underwater—it felt a bit like rock pooling on Bamburgh beach. Over 3 million visit Pompeii each year and it appeared that most were here today. Hordes of people splashing water everywhere. And, of course, Japanese coach parties running from one photographic site to another. Sightseeing at a pace. Very few with coats, never mind umbrellas. We had come prepared. If the Roman army could live for years along Hadrian's Wall wearing nothing more than flimsy Italian designer clothing then a good old British brolly should do the trick in Pompeii. And we were unlucky with the weather; it’s more often beautifully warm and sunny. Pompeii is amazing. The visual drama is intense. Rough and rugged, beautiful and so atmospheric. The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 flung a deep,


protective blanket of pumice over the whole town and its surrounding landscape. It lay completely buried for centuries and was only rediscovered in the 1700’s. Brought back to life from its ash-filled grave, it continues to reveal discoveries of unparalleled value and breathtaking detail. To many, Pompeii is just a load of ruins, but for others, me included, this UNESCO World heritage site represents

The preservation is staggering; loaves of bread in an oven, a bowl of eggs on a table. Even the people themselves have left us their body casts, entombed in ash. I began to imagine hooves on stone echoing through the narrow streets. Look carefully and you can make out the furrows left by heavy wagons that passed to and fro. Via dell' Abbondanza was the main street in the town. It was lively with open bars and takeaways facing the street. On every corner a Subway and Starbucks of the day. Like a moment frozen in time, it really captures the imagination and brings history to life. Wooden shades overhung the entrances providing relief from the blistering sun, and the rain today. A jumble of terracotta red roofs, this was a busy, thriving Roman town. Stepping stones enabled the good folk of

TRAVEL Above the five cubicles are painted images of sexual acts. Pictorial notice boards of the services on offer, perhaps? Or just ancient erotica, there to arouse prior to activities? An early Viagra maybe? A fascinating insight into Pompeii leisure time. We finally began to tire a little after seeing so many amazing and thought-provoking things. Time for a rest. In deference to Mars, the Roman God of War, we ate one of his chocolate bars. It did the trick. The sun began to shine and the crowds began to thin out. Grazie.

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Pompeii to cross the roads with ease - ye olde Pedestrian crossings, with gaps to allow carts to pass unhindered along the road. It is a fallacy that the phallus was simply an erotic symbol. It is thought that in the Roman world it was also a symbol of good luck and happiness. No more erotic than hanging up a horseshoe. It was quite a common presence in the town, playfully carved or painted on the walls, or fashioned into oil lamps and objet d’art. The archaeological museum in Naples has a whole room full of such art. An attractive Italian lady had "L'ammore nun s'accate e nun se venne" emblazoned across the front of her t-shirt. It translates as “you can't buy or sell love”. Well maybe not love, but certainly in Pompeii you could buy sex. Plenty of it, in the Lupinare—the brothel. It is fascinating and the most popular attraction in the town.

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Debbie Harry

Delighting UK Audiences Since The 70’s DEBBIE Harry has been delighting UK audiences in the same way that she first did 50 years ago – with a mixture of talent and charisma. The Blondie star is unbelievably now 72 and still looks like the startling singer who first crashed into the public consciousness in the early 1970s. Her career is the stuff of films. In fact, glamorous Malin Akerman did play her in a film about seminal punk club CBGB. But any director would struggle to cover the broad spread of events, achievements and milestones in her life so far. She was born Angela Tremble in Miami, Florida but at three months was adopted by Catherine and Richard Smith Harry and raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey.


In the 1960s, she worked as a Playboy Bunny and hung out at Max’s Kansas City, a famous nightspot frequented by pop artist Andy Warhol. Her professional singing career began in 1968 as a backing singer with a folk band which later broke up but in 1973, she met Chris Stein who became her longtime boyfriend. They were both in a group called the Stilletoes. Then, together, they created punk rock/New Wave group Blondie in 1974. It was originally called Angel and the Snake but eventually took its name from the catcalls numerous truck-drivers would yell out to Debbie in the street. Her bleached blonde hair, sparkling green eyes, photogenic face and seductive voice teamed with a series of catchy songs - mostly co-writtten by her - quickly became a successful formula for the group. They swiftly transcended the cult elitism of punk to enjoy

mainstream hits in the US and UK, with Debbie taking on iconic status during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She had always wanted to be an underground artist and her new role satisfied her. As she later recalled: “That was what I always felt was the beauty of rock ‘n’ roll, it was entertainment and showbiz yet it had the idea of the voice of the people. It had an essence to it which was socially motivated. “Not that I want to change the world, you know? But it was sort of relevant to real life. It involved the real essence of poetry or the real essence of fine art. But it was also entertainment. That was the real vitality.” Whatever the formula, Blondie and Debbie Harry proved to be a major success with the record-buying public, sending hit singles like Heart of Glass, Picture This, Sunday Girl, Hanging on


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the Telephone, Call Me and the Tide is High soaring up the charts. Like many groups do, however, Blondie broke up in 1982. Debbie took a few years out to care for Chris Stein, who had been diagnosed with a rare auto-immune skin disease, then she moved onto a solo career. This allowed her not only to record solo albums but to take up a film and TV career which saw her become a highly visible star. She played a female wrestler in Teaneck Tanzi on Broadway and even dyed her hair red for her role as James Woods’ masochistic girlfriend in the film Videodrome.

The British public clearly still has an appetite for both Blondie and its music, and they are certainly still fascinated by Debbie Harry. She once said: “The only person I really believe in is me”. And perhaps it is that unique element of her that has so caught the attention of her fans over the years and is now bemusing a new generation. Well, she is unusual. After all, not everyone can be immortalised as a Barbie Doll as she was – and still be wowing the concert crowds in her 70s.

Blondie re-formed in 1997 and achieved renewed success and a No.1 single in the UK with Maria in 1999 – exactly 20 years after the group’s first UK No.1 single with Heart of Glass. They have sold more than 40 million albums over the years. The group has toured extensively and regularly throughout the world ever since and was inducted into the Rock ad Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Their 11th studio album, Pollinator, was released in May this year. The title is not a random choice. Debbie has long been associated with a variety of good causes and has put on many benefit shows for AIDS charities as well as being outspoken on various subjects. She is currently running Blondie’s BEE Connected Campaign to raise awareness of the decline in the bee population by promoting organisations dedicated to conserving and improving the health of pollinators through education, consumer empowerment and political activation.


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Natural stone can become slippery, particularly in shady areas where algae can flourish. Most stone is porous and therefore prone to staining, a sealant can be applied to help reduce long term maintenance and protect the stone. Unlike reconstituted stone, the colour and texture run right the way through the paver so jet-washing can clean the paving, removing algae, without damaging the appearance of the surface. When purchasing natural stone, be aware of the ethical trading policies of the supplier, there are several schemes which support the responsible quarrying and transportation of material. Design tip Curves are more expensive than straight lines requiring more cuts which increases wastage and labour charges.

Plan the size of your terrace based on the size of paving you are going to use. For example, if your paver size is 600mm x 900mm, work in increments of 600mm to ascertain the depth of the terrace; a 4.2m terrace equates to 7 rows of pavers. Vitrified paving Porcelain and ceramic paving has increased in popularity over the last few years as advances in the technology have resulted in a paving range that is guaranteed even in our unpredictable climate. Porcelain paving offers the solution to the seamless transition between inside and outside space with the same tile being used internally and externally. The surface of the paver is produced by embossing a 3D texture during manufacture, using sophisticated technology to capture an actual image of the material the paver is mimicking whether stone, slate or wood. Good manufacturers will randomly rotate and scale these images to avoid repeat patterns. The vitrification process results in the paver being completely impermeable to liquids, the pattern should never fade, blister, crack or stain and the pavers are not affected by algae, moss or frost. No wonder then, that porcelain is the go to product for designers. However, it is pricey and more difficult to install, requiring special equipment to cut the porcelain. The cut edge exposes the core material which can be unsightly on steps and raised edges so most suppliers offer special pavers for such situations. Setts, bricks, cobbles and aggregates The small size of setts and cobbles lend themselves to winding paths, intricate patterns and edging. A gravel path can be edged in setts, a stone circle extended with concentric rings of setts or bricks, or cobbles set in feature panels within a terrace. Granite and sandstone setts are supplied as traditional rough setts or sawn for a sharper look and usually come in a couple of sizes. When using bricks in a path or in fact generally in the garden, make sure they are frost proof. Clay pavers are designed for landscaping and come in a rich range of reds and browns. They offer the opportunity to explore laying patterns such as herringbone and basket weave. Using brick in the design scheme can be a way of picking up the house detail and

so linking the house design style to the garden. Gravel is worth considering for covering large areas or low traffic areas. Don’t settle for standard pea gravel which can look utilitarian, investigate local aggregates as there are many different stones from flint and granite to limestone and slate. The softer stones such as limestone tend to break down quicker creating a fine dust, whereas flint is hard wearing but has sharp edges. Concrete Concrete technology has also moved on since the days of being considered as the poor relation to natural stone. Concrete lends itself to being moulded into interesting and unusual shapes and the manufacturing process guarantees consistency. Concrete pavers come in a range of sizes, shapes and finishes, but don’t be fooled into thinking these ranges are cheaper than natural stone, some are sophisticated products with inbuilt coatings and detailed surfaces, and a price tag to match. Retaining walls If your garden is sloping or has significant changes of level, more than likely the design will require a retaining structure and probably steps. Changes of level add interest in the garden and offer a wealth of opportunities in terms of design. In order to keep within your budget, it is worth considering what to build these structures from. If budget is tight, we tend to build from oak sleepers either laid lengthways, or on end if a curve is required. Installation

is simpler because foundations are not required. Oak is preferable to softwood as it doesn’t need treating, turning an attractive silver grey with age. Contemporary gardens often feature white rendered walls that are constructed from concrete blocks and then coated with a silicone based render. Constructing walls in this manner allows the designer to create bespoke features in the garden relatively simply, incorporating benches, lighting, water features, planters and screening into the design. Painting feature walls in a striking colour adds an accent to the garden in much the same way as a feature internal wall, the colour can then be picked up in the planting scheme. These walls look fabulous but they do need to be kept clean to maintain the impact over time. More traditional styled garden designs will probably use brick or stone for retaining structures, reflecting the stone or brickwork of the house or natural stone of the local area. Picking out the detail of the brick pattern or construction of local walls and incorporating this into the garden design gives the garden a sense of place, anchoring it in the wider landscape. Steel I’m a big fan of steel as it’s so versatile. Weathering steel turns a lovely rust tone with age, but steel is also supplied powder coated so is suitable in many different situations. All shapes and sizes can be fabricated for use as low edging to a gravel drive, bespoke sculptural shapes or retaining walls and even steps. It offers a cost-effective option for curves and can be shaped on site.


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The nights have drawn in and the temperatures have dropped but your home can be a cosy refuge during the Winter months.

However, are you making the most of it and what can you do to improve it for a season when you will probably spend more time than usual at home? And it’s not just all about getting the right energy tariff - although that is obviously important. The key to getting your home as cosy as possible is to start from the outside ad work in. Ensure that the fabric of your property is weather-proof and waterproof and that Nature can bring on its worst and your home will stand up to it. If you live in a house with solid WALLS, according to the Energy Saving Trust, you are losing 45% of your heat that way which costs you money. So insulating the walls dramatically prevents heat loss. Cavity wall insulation can also help prevent huge heat loss in homes. This stores the heat with the inner walls, bouncing it back into the room and holding it for longer. Loft insulation is another important way to prevent heat loss - as much as a third

of the heat you pay for in some cases. Go to to find out more about what you can do to improve the fabric of your home. There may also be schemes available to help you pay for insulation improvements; log on to to find out more. Check that there are no leaks in your FRONT DOOR. Have you had the door for a long time and does it need replacing? You can lose a lot of heat through an ill-fitting front door so it’s worth considering investing in a new one. The Energy Saving Trust says there is a 20% heat loss through doors and WINDOWS so taking a look at both should be on your warmer home list. Double glazed windows and doors really help create a cosier home and cut heating bills at the same time. Choose a front door which allows plenty of light into your HALL. This offers a welcome to your home and if your hall is gloomy, chilly and unwelcoming, it’s not just visitors who won’t enjoy coming

in through your door – you will feel the same. Since “cosy” is as much about the atmosphere created in your home as keeping warm, take an objective look at your hallway and see if it could do with painting and decorating. A light colour, even in a small hallway, can brighten

it – one colour works best in a smaller space. Having a small cupboard for shoes and a place to hang coats here – even if it’s only hooks – also helps your lifestyle. FLOORING is important to the warmth and look of your home and there are plenty of modern choices these days, including traditional carpets, so it’s definitely worth taking a look at what’s available. Getting new carpets can make all the difference to your home and you don’t necessarily have to pay a fortune if you shop around. Actually visiting carpet stores gives the opportunity to feel the quality and warmth of carpets and other flooring that online shopping doesn’t allow. Lined CURTAINS are a stylish way to stay cosy this Winter as they not only help to keep heat in but also look more homely than bare windows. Toned in with wallpaper and other décor in your lounge or sitting room they provide a


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“There is no substitute for lying on mattresses as part of the selection process,” he stressed. “You wouldn’t buy a new car without taking it for a test drive first, would you?” He advises that you “always shop together if the bed is for two – to ensure you’re both happy with your choice.” Size matters for beds. “You should be able to lie side by side with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching,” added Julian. “Ideally, your bed should also be about 6 ins (15 cms) longer than the tallest user.” But if you’re tall, ask about extra long options.

fashionable look guaranteed to give you a warm glow, especially matched with cosy CUSHIONS. There is simply no nicer way to feel cuddled up when it’s chilly outside than around an attractive FIRE. Contemporary fires and fireplaces come in all styles – you can even get fires with crackling fake flames although you may prefer the real thing with a gas fire or woodburning stove. Whatever your choice, it creates a charming centrepiece for any room. Attractive THROWS also not only add colour and texture to plain suites but are also lovely to keep you warm while you’re watching TV. You can certainly cheer up an old sofa by adding a colourful fur fabric throw although Winter is often an ideal suite. As it’s also the time of year when you spend most hours at home, a new TV might also be on the agenda this year. There are now TV’s of all sizes and types available. To helpful advice on finding the best type for you and your TV needs go to the Which? site reviews/televisions/article/how-to-buy-the-best-tv If your bathroom or toilet are particularly chilly, consider a WALL HEATER, and ensure that your bedroom is not too cold,either. This might actually be just the right time to buy a new BED. Having a good night’s sleep is vital for Winter health and treating yourself to a really good bed now is a great investment in your wellbeing. Julian Holt from bed experts Premier Stores in Bolton works alongside sales consultant Julie Robinson to offer combined retail experience of 50 years. They offer some helpful advice for when you’re choosing a bed.


Don’t bed shop when you’re tired or rushed because, as Julian pointed out: “They will all feel wonderful!” Wear comfortable, loose clothing, remove your coat and shoes and lie on the bed in your normal sleeping position for at least 10 minutes or more. “It just too important a decision to be embarrassed about,” he stated. “Lie on your side as well as your back.” Correct support depends on your weight, height, build and even preferred sleeping position. “Ideally, the mattress should mould to the shape of your body while remaining supportive,” stated Julian. “When you lie on your side, your spine should be horizontal. You should be able to turn fairly easily. As a general rule, the heavier you are, the firmer the tension you will need.”

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JAMES MARTIN'S SLOW COOKING PORK AND ARMAGNAC TERRINE This dish is a must for me, as my family were pig farmers, and it’s from them that I got a real taste for pork. It’s just so simple, and uses all the best parts of the pig. The recipe comes from a château kitchen in the south of France, where I was inspired by its pure, simple flavours. There’s no need to be put off by making a terrine – it’s very simple, and it’s actually the dish it is cooked in (the terrine) that makes it easy for us. Serve it with pickles, chutney or gherkins and some crusty bread and butter. Serves 10–12 INGREDIENTS 300g pork liver 900g pork mince 120ml good white wine 6 tbsp Armagnac 16 thin back bacon rashers 2 eggs 100ml double cream 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper A good pinch of nutmeg 3 fresh thyme sprigs

First, the meat needs to marinate for 24 hours before cooking. Cut the pork liver into dice, place in a food processor and process to a purée. Combine with the pork mince in a large bowl, pour over the wine and Armagnac, mix well, cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge overnight. Preheat the oven to 140°C/275°F/Gas Mark 1. Line the sides and the base of a 30 x 11cm terrine with the bacon, allowing it to hang over the sides. To make the filling, whisk the eggs and the cream in a bowl and slowly pour onto the marinated pork meat mixture, then add the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pack the mixture into the


terrine and press it down as you do so, with either a spoon or a spatula. Once the terrine is full, place the thyme on the top and fold the bacon over it, then cover with a lid or a piece of foil. Place the terrine into a deep baking tray and half-fill the tray with hot water, then cook in the oven for 1½ hours, or, if you have a thermometer probe, until the centre reaches 70°C/160°F. Leave the terrine to cool completely before putting it in the fridge to chill and set. Turn it out to serve.

RUMP OF LAMB WITH PROVENÇAL VEGETABLES Lamb rump should be much more popular than it is. It’s the ideal cut of meat for 1 or 2 people, almost a mini-joint on its own. It can be simply roasted (it takes about 15 minutes), but I prefer it pot-roasted like this, as you get much more flavour. The cut comes from the top of the leg.

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 red onion 2 large courgettes 1 aubergine 2 red peppers 3 garlic cloves 50ml olive oil 2 x 300g lamb rumps off the bone 2 large fresh thyme sprigs 125ml white wine 16 Kalamata olives 300ml tomato juice 1 tsp sugar finely grated zest of 1 lemon 4 fresh basil leaves Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Cut the onions into 2.5cm dice, the courgettes into 4 large chunks, and the aubergine in half lengthways, then each half into 4. Cut the pepper in half, deseed it and then cut the pieces in quarters. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Place a deep, sturdy roasting pan over a medium heat until hot and add a drizzle of oil. Add the lamb and fry until golden brown on each side, then remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onions, courgettes, aubergines, peppers and garlic to the pan and fry for 2–3 minutes. Add the whole garlic cloves and thyme and the rest of the oil

and stir well. Return the lamb to the pan on top of the vegetables and cook in the oven for 1 hour. If it starts to dry out at all, add a splash of water. Once cooked, remove and allow to rest. Place the pan back over a high heat, add the white wine and bring to the boil, then add the olives and tomato juice. Return to the boil, add the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Grate the lemon zest and tear the basil leaves straight into the pan, then stir well. Remove from the heat, divide the vegetables between the plates, then slice each lamb rump and place the slices on top.


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SPICED RED LENTIL SOUP I’ve worked with many Indian chefs during my career, and I’ve managed to learn a lot about their food, but that’s just a drop in the ocean when you think of what’s out there. This was one of the soups we used to serve as a pre-starter for customers in the restaurant. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 200g red lentils 1 tsp ground turmeric 2 tsp salt 2 dried red chillies 1 tsp coriander seeds ½ tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp fenugreek seeds ½ tsp black peppercorns 4 tbsp vegetable oil

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Place the lentils in a large saucepan with 2 litres water, turmeric and salt. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat, break the dried chillies into pieces and add to the pan with the coriander, cumin and fenugreek seeds and black peppercorns. Toast for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove and place in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder, then grind to a powder. Finely chop the onion and garlic. Return the pan to the heat, add 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil, the onion and garlic, and cook gently for 10 minutes, until softened.

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Roughly chop the tomatoes. Add the spice mixture, onions and tomatoes to the lentils and bring to a simmer. Skim off and discard any scum, then cook for 1 hour over a very low heat, stirring occasionally.

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Shortly before serving, slice the fresh chilli. Heat another frying pan until very hot and add the remaining vegetable oil. When the oil is smoking, add the mustard seeds, fresh chilli and curry leaves, then quickly remove from the heat. Finely chop the coriander. Remove any last residue of scum from the soup, then transfer it to a blender in batches and process until smooth.

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Return it to the pan to heat through and add the tempered spices and coriander. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into serving bowls and finish with a spoonful of yoghurt. Serve immediately.

BRAISED HALIBUT WITH CHICKPEAS AND CHORIZO Spain has some of the best ingredients in the world. Of all the amazing produce you can find in the markets there, the pork products have to be the best of the bunch. Chorizo sausage is made from pork, salt and pimentón peppers, which give it a fantastic smoky flavour and rich colour. Look out for the picante (spicy) version, and try to buy soft cooking chorizo, rather than the drycured version, which is better for slicing.

Serves 4 ingredients 250g cooking chorizo 2 banana shallots 2 garlic cloves 2 fresh thyme sprigs 6 tomatoes 400g tinned chick peas, drained and rinsed 200ml white wine 500ml chicken stock 4 x 200g thick fillets halibut on the bone 2 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Slice the chorizo, thinly slice the shallots and crush the garlic cloves. Heat a flameproof casserole dish until medium hot, then add the chorizo and fry for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oil is released. Meanwhile, roughly chop the tomatoes. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme and tomatoes cook for a further 3–4 minutes.

halibut on top of the chick peas. Cover again and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 5 minutes before removing the lid. Roughly chop the parsley. Carefully lift out the fish using a fish slice and place on a serving dish. Stir the parsley into the chick peas, season with salt and pepper, and serve them alongside the fish.

Add the chick peas and stir well, then add the white wine and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Cover with the lid and bake in the oven for 1 hour, then remove and place the

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have continued to take animals rescued in the Bradford area by the inspectorate into care and those animals have received veterinary treatment and rehabilitation before being found new homes. Since this time, RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch trustees have been in discussions with regional staff with a view to a merger of the two branch areas: Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford.

Merger of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch (charity no: 225575 with the RSPCA Bradford & District Branch (charity no: 232211)

On 1st January the RSPCA Bradford & District Branch merged with the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch. To facilitate such a merger under RSPCA rules required one branch to dissolve and the other to extend its boundaries. The new branch is RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch (Registered Charity No. 225575). In 2016 the RSPCA Bradford branch animal centre closed because of lack of funds needed to refurbish the facilities to the standard required. It was a sad day, but the branch has continued to operate under temporary trusteeship with the help of RSPCA Regional staff. Neighbouring branches, including RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch

On 12th September 2017, an AGM was held in Bradford and those members present voted in favour of a merger of the two branch areas. In October it received approval at RSPCA National Society Council Meeting. Liz Lindsay, RSPCA Branch Chairperson said “We are committed to giving the same level of service to animals and their owners in Bradford as we give in Halifax and Huddersfield. In addition, the Bradford Retail and Finance employees will become employees of the new branch and the current Bradford shops (5 at present) will be retained. During the first few months of 2018 changes will be made to our website and social media pages and we are planning to hold roadshows and events around the new branch area, so watch out for us and come and say hello. We are also upping our search for a new site for a larger and more rural animal centre which hopefully will be located more centrally within the Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch area.” Kath Airey, Branch Treasurer said, “It is important to remember that although we are proud to be part of the National RSPCA, the newly merged branch is a separately registered charity in its own right and as such we have to ensure that we raise sufficient funding to maintain the overheads and operational cost of running the branch, which is no mean feat. Anyone who chooses to fundraise or donate to us direct can be assured that the money will be used directly to care for the animals in our animal centre.” The RSPCA Halifax Animal Centre is currently caring for over 100 animals, and to date has rehomed 147 dogs, 351 cats, 25 rabbits and 96 small animals in 2017, all of which have welfare needs, many having been neglected, ill-treated or abused in the hands of their cruel owners. They all receive the veterinary treatment and rehabilitation they need until they are ready for rehoming, some are in care for just a few weeks but others many months, especially if their owners are subject to prosecution. Bella, a young adult dog, is amongst


those in care having been found tied up to the door of the RSPCA Animal Centre on December 1st, along with her bed and bowl, CCTV showed a man leaving her there. Bella was not micro-chipped so no owner could be traced, therefore she has been held for 28 days as required under the stray dog legislation and is now up for adoption and hoping a new home can be found in 2018.

This female rabbit was found in the playing fields just off Clare Hill, Huddersfield. She is tan, brown and white and microchipped but the details are not up to date, she will be kept in RSPCA care until she is claimed or if no owner comes forward she will be put up for adoption. The Branch always welcomes enquiries about becoming a trustee or volunteer and anyone interested should contact the Branch Office on 01422 341160 or enquire via the Branch website www. Individuals or businesses who may like to raise funds for the Branch should contact Community & Development Fundraiser Lauren Moore on 07538114079 or email Donations of clothing, Bric-A-Brac, Household items and Furniture are very welcome and can be dropped off at any of the Branch shops, larger items can be collected by calling 01422 362461. If you need to contact the RSPCA to report an act of cruelty, neglect or concern about the welfare of an animal, call the RSPCA’s 24-hour national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.

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A NEW Year is an excellent time to reassess your life and think of ways to improve it. this. The NHS has a simple weight-loss plan you can download from http:// It has already been downloaded four million times so it’s obviously working well! This promotes safe and sustainable weight-loss, helps you learn to make healthier food choices and offers support from an online community. There is also a weekly progress chart, exercise plans to help with weight-loss and advice on learning skills to prevent putting weight back on again.

One element that always springs to mind is your HEALTH and FITNESS and going into 2018 you may decide that this is the year to improve both. For instance, you may decide that you will definitely stop smoking to aid your health. This is a great plan and it’s worth keeping in mind that your GP can help you quit. He or she can enrol you in a stop smoking clinic and prescribe nicotine replacement therapy like patches and gum or stop smoking medication like Champix. Most areas also have a dedicated stop smoking service to help you. Go to the NHS Smokefree website at or call the Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044 if you are tempted to have a cigarette and want help not lighting up. Or, try e-cigarettes as an alternative. They allow you to inhale nicotine through a vapour rather than smoke which gives you much lower levels of nicotine. You may want to cut down on your alcohol consumption in the New Year. We all know that regularly


drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week can be a risk to our health. This is the equivalent of six pints of averagestrength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine. There is now much better understanding of the link between too much alcohol and a range of cancers as well as liver disease, strokes and heart problems. Even cutting down – or cutting alcohol out completely – will make a really positive difference to your health, and you are also likely to lose weight so it could help a diet become more effective, too. If you think you, or someone you know well, has a real problem with alcohol, the GP is a good place to go for help. There are different types of assessment and support options available from the local community alcohol services and free local support groups and other alcohol counselling that may suit you. Go to Pages/Alcoholsupport.aspx to find out more. And if you have vowed to lose at least a stone in weight next year, there is also plenty of help around to achieve

If you prefer to attend a weekly group in person, commercial groups like WeightWatchers UK and Slimming World have helped thousands of people in the UK to lose weight. Go to uk/ to find out more about local groups or Both organisations also have online membership if you prefer it. And for tips on establishing a healthy diet even if you don’t want to lose weight, the NHS can help at http:// Pages/what-is-a-Mediterranean-diet. aspx Improving your fitness will also improve your health – and get you meeting more people socially. You can do this in several ways but joining a GYM is always a popular method to kickstart your fitness routine. Many local authorities have their own well-equipped gyms in health centres and there may be concessions on offer, especially for older people keen to keep fit. There is a wealth of private gyms and health organisations in every area and it’s worth examining their membership fees to get the right one for you. Some combine gym memberships with racquet sports’ memberships or may offer an all-in price. You don’t have to invest in lots of costly new sports gear to start. A good, suitable pair of trainers is probably

Or you might prefer just walking. Many local authorities have organised walks so take a look at what your local council is doing. National orgaisation the Ramblers – formerly known as The Ramblers Association - arranges walks so for your nearest walking group go to or generally try http://www.walking-uk. com/walkinggroups.htm You may want to change how or where you live in 2018. As we get older, we may find the property we live in is too big or that we need to adapt it or move to more supported accommodation.

worth paying for, then a t-shirt and shorts or tracksuit bottoms are fine. You might prefer to take up a new SPORT like badminton, tennis or swimming – all of which offer excellent all-round fitness. You could play with friends at local authority badminton or tennis courts or join a club. Find one near you at http://www. and for tennis go to

Swimming clubs tend to be based at local public pools so why not inquire there or about open sessions? You don’t have to spend money to get fit, either. The NHS has a very effective system called Couch to 5k which introduces anyone to running as a complete beginner. You can download all the details at LiveWell/Pages/Livewellhub.aspx

Think about your future needs as well as what you want now and talk through the possibilities with your family, although the ultimate decision on where to live must be yours. Consider the local facilities you need and the distance from your hobbies and interests as well as your friends and family. To help make informed decisions, go to Age UK’s website at http://www. for help and for a free downloadable guide on Housing Options.

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The Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax, HX1 1BP Box office 01422 351158 Thursday 01 March 2018 Start time: 7:30 pm

10th February and 10th March 2018

Cromwell Bottom Practical Day Join Countryside and Woodlands Service staff and members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group to help manage this unique and diverse Local nature reserve with a variety of practical activities. Meet at 9.30am. Contact Robin Dalton on 07712 867619 for further information. 10th February and 10th March 2018

Cromwell Bottom Practical Day Join Countryside and Woodlands Service staff and members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group to help manage this unique and diverse Local nature reserve with a variety of practical activities. Meet at 9.30am. Contact Robin Dalton on 07712 867619 for further information. 11th Feb 2018

Calderdale Heritage Walk: Theatreland 2-3 hour guided walks exploring the heritage of this rather special area with our experienced guides. The normal charge is £3 for all ages unless shown otherwise. For virtually all our walks there's no need to book, just turn up and pay on the day. We'll see many aspects of the Victoria Theatre (inside and out) plus the story of some earlier local theatres. Meet David Nortcliffe at 2pm outside the Victoria Theatre. Sunday 25th February

Calderdale Heritage Walk: Todmorden in the 1800sTheatreland

The town was transformed in the 1800s by developments in transport and industry. Meet Anne Mealia at 2pm by the entrance to Todmorden railway station. 25th Mar 2018

Calderdale Heritage Walk: When Panic Seized the Town A major outbreak of smallpox hit the Brighouse area in 1892. We'll visit key sites in Clifton. Meet John Brooke at 2pm by the War Memorial in the centre of Clifton. Wednesday 28 February 2018 Start time: 7:30 pm

Swing with Laughter Variety is back as legendary British entertainers Bobby Davro and Kenny Lynch OBE swap their gold clubs for a unique night of comedy and music in the company of talented friends. Swing with Laughter recreates classic variety shows and adds a modern flavour for audiences today. Also featuring 'Carry On' star Anita Harris, impressionist Jessica Martin and The Rat Pack is Back tribute band. The whole show will be supported by The Buddy Greco All-Stars Band, and the sensational L.A Showgirls. Robin's first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe. Robin will have just finished a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concludes at Wembley Arena. Robin's new book, I'm a Joke...and So Are You (Atlantic books) is also available at all good book stores Robin is the winner of a Sony Gold and Rose d'Or for the Infinite Monkey Cage and the Time Out Outstanding Contribution to Comedy, as well as The Francis Crick Science Journalism Award and 3 Chortle awards.

The Rolling Stones Story The Rolling Stones have dominated Rock 'n' Roll music since the 1960s and were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that conquered the US in 1964. They ran neck and neck with The Beatles in the popularity stakes with the late sixties and early seventies considered by many as their Golden Age. Their live shows are legendary and The Stones musical legacy is up there with the very best. They've recorded some of the most phenomenal Rock `n' Rolll songs of all time - Satisfaction, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Not Fade Away, Honky Tonk Woman, Brown Sugar, Start Me name just a few. The Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax, HX1 1BP Box office 01422 351158

Saturday 03 March 2018 Start time: 7:30 pm

Brendan Cole - All Night Long Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole takes to the stage to wow audiences with his latest spectacular production, All Night Long. "One of the most enjoyable shows I have ever seen! Creative, unique... You will be missing out if you do not see this show."


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OUT AND ABOUT hastily hides her work. Mr Darcy is left dangling. Left to his own devices he embroiders his own storyline while his creator stitches her quilt.

Tuesday, 6 March and Wednesday, 7 March 2018. 7:30pm

Mr Darcy Loses the Plot

When she returns she finds Darcy is diving into a lake in a clinging white shirt, dancing the Berzerka (a more extreme version of the Masurka) and wrestling carp. ′Britain’s favourite literary lunatics′, LipService, celebrate the work of Jane Austen with their own affectionately irreverent tribute; MR DARCY LOSES THE PLOT.

Callum O'Brien, Norwich EyeBrendan is joined by his sensational cast of guest dancers, his captivating leading lady and superbly talented 14-piece band and singers, to whip up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic. From tantalising Tango to fiery Paso Doble, elegant Foxtrot to breath-taking Waltz - and with a few surprises in store - this is no ordinary dance show. Live music, stunning special effects and Brendan's own dazzling choreography and charm make this an unforgettable night; join us for the party!

The Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax, HX1 1BP Box office 01422 351158 Tuesday, 6 March and Wednesday, 7 March 2018. 7:30pm

Mr Darcy Loses the Plot Lipservice Jane Austen is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip-curling handsome creation in very tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane

The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen's Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP Box Office 01484 430528 Saturday 10 March 2018 Start time: 7:30 pm

ABBA Reunion The ABBA REUNION tribute show is the creation of an Award Winning West End Director, Producer and Choreographer and starring the original 'Frida' from the London West End cast! ABBA REUNION gives Abba fans, old and new, the opportunity to

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once again get together and re-live the addictive Abba phenomena that swept the airwaves and discos during the 70’s and 80’s in a truly authentic, feel good, party style tribute concert. From Mamma Mia to Dancing Queen, all of the greatest hits are performed with unrivalled authenticity from both an audio and visual perspective with an amazing jaw dropping finale recreation taking you back to where it all began in 1974! Superbly accurate vocals, harmonies, guitar, keyboards plus back line musicians combined with stunning iconic replica costumes ,choreography and set produce the most authentic and requested Abba tribute show in the world today. This concert continues to entertain and enthral throughout the globe and leaves you with just one question... “DID WE JUST WITNESS THE REAL ABBA REUNION?”!

with her brand new show – “Kisses from Heaven”

The Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax, HX1 1BP Box office 01422 351158

Sauturday 17th March 2018. 19:30.

8 - 18th March 2018

Huddersfield Literature Festival Join us for an annual celebration of books and authors, poetry and performance. Major authors and multi-arts events, comedy and creative writing, performance poetry and a Free Family Day – whatever you enjoy, you’ll find it here at the Huddersfield Literature Festival. Our award-winning Festival takes place over 10 days in venues across Huddersfield, with community, accessibility and inclusivity at its heart. We welcome performers and audiences from all sectors of society and many events are free or low-cost. There are events with live subtitling by Stagetext for those who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing, and DisabledGo Access Guides to key venues. Meet your favourite authors, discover new talent, hone your own skills or simply come along and enjoy the entertainment on offer. Tel 01484 943 093 08th March 2018. 19:30.

Psychic Sally - Kisses to Heaven Tour The nation’s favourite psychic, Sally Morgan is back and better than ever

Funny, entertaining, sometimes heart breaking, often controversial; the show celebrates her 9th year on the road. Sally says “Every night when I’m on stage amazing things happen and it’s a privilege to be able to pass on messages of love and comfort to the people I share my gift with”. This is a fantastic and unique evening out not to be missed. Book your tickets now to see this phenomenal psychic in action! The show is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment. Huddersfield Town Hall Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA. Tel: 01484 223200.

love is rocky when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Join them on their hilarious and heartfelt journey, as they reconcile the past, debate the present and worry about the future. Whether they’re saddle sore in Southampton, blistered in Bordeaux or frazzled in Florence, one thing is for sure – it takes two to tandem!   The double BAFTA and Olivier Awardwinning partnership of John Godber and his wife Jane Thornton return to perform on the LBT stage, for the first time since Shafted, in this new play.The Scary Bikers The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen's Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP Box Office 01484 430528

The World Famous Elvis Show Starring and produced by world renowed Elvis performer Chris Connor. With his 12 piece live band 'The Steels' & backing vocal by The Sweet Harmonies. Tickets £23.50. Huddersfield Town Hall Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA. Tel: 01484 223200. Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 7:45pm

April Comedy Cellar Laughs Intimate, atmospheric and relaxed, our perennially popular monthly Comedy Cellars are the perfect way to experience stand-up in all its spontaneous, electrifying glory. The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen's Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP Box Office 01484 430528 Friday, 13 April 2018 - 7:30pm Saturday, 14 April 2018 - 7:30pm

The Scary Bikers A new comedy about life, love and staying on your bike! When retired miner Don and former private school teacher Carol meet at a bereavement group, they thought they’d found a new beginning. But a bike ride through Europe would test their budding romance, and the road to

5th to 12th April

Easter Bunny Fun at Shibden Hall Join the Shibden Bunny in search of eggs and friends hidden in Cunnery Wood and the grounds, then make a felt Easter-themed craft. (Please note this activity includes a woodland walk which is unsuitable for prams and buggies.) Admission: Included in admission price to the hall. Booking: Please call Shibden Hall on 01422 352246 to book your place. 7th May 2018 10am - 4pm

Shibden Hall May Day Craft Fair Demonstrations of traditional crafts including pole lathing, blacksmithing


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OUT AND ABOUT and rag-rugging as well as local celtic traditions such as building a green man. Take part in May Day dancing and listen to traditional folk tales. Admission: Included in entry price to Hall Want more information? Call 01422 352246 or visit museums. Sat 12th May 7.30pm

Whitney Queen of the Night A stunning celebration of the music and life ofone of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production featuresa stellar line-up with rising West End star Rebecca Freckleton delivering apowerhouse and breathtaking performance as Whitney Back Add to Basket A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a stellar line-up with rising West End star Rebecca Freckleton delivering a powerhouse and

breathtaking performance as Whitney. Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, Greatest Love of All, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, I will Always Love You, That’s What Friends Are For, and many more, the show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever! Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives. Get ready for the Queen of the Night.

Our May Coffee House Night features: Henry Raby Laura Taylor

Cleckheaton Town Hall Telephone sales T: 01274 335030

Sat 26th May 7.30pm

If you would like to take part in our open mic please email marketing@ Tickets are on a pay what you decide basis. All monies go directly to the artists performing. Advance booking is recommended. The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen's Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP Box Office 01484 430528

The Tina Turner Experience

Monday, 21 May 2018 7:00pm

Queenie's Coffee Shop Join us for an evening of spoken word, music and theatre in the cosy warmth of Queenie’s Coffee Shop. Each night features special guests and a chance to take part in our open mic.

This fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the world’s most iconic performers. Full of hits like Private Dancer, Proud Mary, River Deep Mountain High and Let’s Stay Together to name but a few, this show is the ultimate night out. Tickets £20 Cleckheaton Town Hall Telephone sales T: 01274 335030

Giving in Celebration

Giving in Celebration is a rewarding and inspirational way for people to mark their special day whilst helping Overgate Hospice to provide specialist care to those living with life-limiting illnesses. Be it a birthday, wedding, anniversary or any other special event, why not ask your loved ones to make a donation in lieu of, or as well as, a gift to you? To learn more about how we can help, contact our friendly team today... Call: 01422 387121 Email: Registered Charity No: 511619


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• changes to your income or capital • someone moving into, or out of your household • changes to income or capital belonging to anyone in your household • moving home, or into a different room if you live in a shared property • changes to the amount of rent you pay

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HEALTH as possible, making the most of what daylight there is.

Five top tips to help you wipe out winter weariness Many people feel more tired and lethargic during the winter months, which can also manifest itself in low moods, sometimes called the ‘winter blues’. When the temperature drops, the mornings are darker and the days shorter, it’s hardly surprising that so many of us find it harder to get out of bed and get on with the day ahead. Some people just want to hibernate through the winter and emerge when spring arrives! But keeping healthy through the winter months means keeping going, and there are many ways to combat and even wipe out winter tiredness and the apathy it can bring. Here, from the NHS Choices website, are five ways to do just that: Let some light into your life: The long hours of darkness in the winter months can disrupt your normal sleep pattern and leave you feeling drowsy even when you’re awake. The lack of sunlight means your brain produces more of


a hormone called melatonin, which makes you feel sleepy. The antidote is to let as much natural daylight into your life as possible. If it isn’t icy underfoot, wrap up warm and get outside in the fresh air and natural daylight. Taking a little walk will also get your circulation and respiratory system going. Just remember to always stay within your limits and don’t overdo it. If you don’t want to go out, try to make your home environment as light and airy

Get a good night’s sleep: A little exercise and fresh air during the day will also help you sleep better at night. Try to resist the temptation to ‘hibernate’ through winter and instead stick to your normal bedtime and getting up routine. Also try to resist snoozing in the chair during the daytime, as this will also disrupt your sleep pattern. It’s not always easy, especially if you’re keeping your home warmer than you usually would, but if you can stay awake during the day you’ll reap the benefit of quality sleep at night. We don’t actually need any more sleep in winter than we do in summer. Everyone’s different, but most people do best on around eight hours’ sleep per night. Exercise when you can: It’s tempting in winter to ‘hole up’ indoors and do as little as possible, but exercising however you can and whenever you can will benefit both body and mind. A little and often is the key and it’s important not to overdo it or put yourself at any risk, but any exercise is better than none. Some people find it easier to join an exercise group (your local council or GP surgery should have details of what’s available in your area), while others prefer to work out their own exercise routine at home. It’s important to keep your body moving,

especially in later life, and exercising regularly will increase your energy levels rather than make you more tired. It’s

also been proved that a little exercise can boost your mood and help combat depression. If you’re planning to begin an exercise regime, it’s a good idea to consult your GP or another medical professional first, especially if you have an underlying or long-term health condition.

moderation’ you can avoid winter weight gain which would be bad for your health generally. Also, try to eat at regular times and limit snacking inbetween meals – this will also help you sleep better by giving your body a routine. Drinking plenty of milk will also boost your energy levels.

Eat healthily: Very few people fancy a salad in the depths of winter, when a bowl of hot stew and some bread to dip in it are much more appealing. But it’s important to keep eating a healthy and balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Try to avoid too much starchy and stodgy food, or balance it out with healthy winter veg such as carrots, swedes, parsnips and turnips. There are lots of ways to prepare them for a little variety. Also, try to avoid too many sweet treats, especially around Christmas. There’s no need to deprive yourself, but by having ‘all things in

Make time to relax: When the days are shorter you might feel under more pressure to get everything done. This is especially true in the days and weeks running up to Christmas, but allowing yourself to become stressed is bad for your body and your mind. Try to make time in each day to relax and, as the young people say, “chill out”. Whether it’s reading a good book, watching your favourite TV programme, taking the dog for a walk or practising deep breathing techniques, everyone has their own way to calm down and ‘destress’.

Memory Tree Situated next to the Hospice main entrance, this unique sculpture offers a meaningful and special way for you to remember your loved ones whilst helping to raise funds for Overgate. The tree has 500 elegant leaves and seven stone shaped plaques which can all be engraved with the name of your loved one as a lasting tribute. Your donation for a leaf or plaque enables Overgate Hospice to continue to provide care and support to adults with life limiting illnesses and their loved ones.

For further information on how to engrave your leaf or plaque please get in touch with our friendly team today. Tel: 01422 387121 Email:

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Kirklees issue 55  

Local magazine for the over 50s

Kirklees issue 55  

Local magazine for the over 50s