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MARCH APRIL - JUNE - MAY2018 2018

KIRKLEES BOLTON & CALDERDALE BURY EDITION 56 58

Joanna Lumley

IT'S ALL ABOUT ME

James Martin

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Twittering on With Angela Kelly Help -The English Language is being murdered! AS a fan of the English language I get positively bad-tempered when I hear it being mangled and manipulated. It’s not just people who pronounce “th” as “f” or fail to sound the “g” in words ending in “ing” or “endin’” in “in’” as it comes out.

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What really gets my linguistic goat is the current obsession with creating your own words. For example, why put “ness” on the end of a word just because you fancy doing so when a perfectly good word covering that meaning already exists? It’s enough to make you break out in a bout of angriness! And, when one of Radio 4’s presenters told A Point of View that he hated the expression “going forward”, it heralded a flow of listeners’ pet word hates. These included “cheeky” as in “I’m just having a cheeky beer” (why have an insubordinate beer at all then?) and using “so” to start a question (so what has “so” to do with anything?). I’m sure there are plenty of words that irritate people today but among my annoying choices are “meet with” when “meet” is enough on its own, “go figure” (an Americanism that strings two pointless words together).

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It would be easy to blame social media but I actually think that TV and laziness are mostly at fault here. I mean, why bother thinking about the best way to express anything when you can probably construct whole sentences just using trendy modern phrases that mean nothing at all? It’s a no-brainer!

Irritating over-used phrases include “car-crash interview” (upsetting for anyone who has ever been in a car crash and a bit over-the-top for any kind of interview), “going forward” (as opposed to going backwards? What’s wrong with “in the future”?) and “Listen up, people” (more Americanisms used as a means of getting attention: try “Hello, everyone” as an opening gambit). Anyone who tries to qualify “unique” as in “completely unique” is on a loser as “unique” means one of a kind so needs nothing else with it. “Fit for purpose” has become wildly over-used as a “onesize fits all” phrase (another couple of words we hear far too much about and in every kind of situation). “For free” is also one word too many as “free” also stands alone in this context.

Harry and Meghan’s modern fairytale WE do love a Royal Wedding – especially when it involves such a likeable lad as Prince Harry. The comparisons between Meghan and Princess Diana have already been made quite favourably, although time will tell if the former comes close to the latter in the hearts of ordinary people. She’s probably got a long way to go in the charity and personality stakes currently but it is early days. Meghan is already proving to be an effective style icon, especially for the British fashion industry. Every coat and dress she wears to a public occasion tends to sell out immediately. One tiny denim firm now has back orders for three months after the brideto-be wore a pair of £230 black Hiut jeans on a visit to Cardiff. The small company, based in Cardigan in West Wales, has already had to move to a bigger factory to meet demand as

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orders flood in from Paris and New York – all thanks to the Meghan effect.

work colleagues for banter and approval, being your own boss can actually be better for you.

Interestingly, Meghan does seem to be a universally-approved choice of partner for the popular young prince. Even the Queen, who must be hard to impress, has sanctioned the match (both officially and unofficially). It’s probably no real surprise that the public seem to like her as well. In 2018, we are obsessed with celebrities of all kinds and particularly entertainers so to have an actress marrying our prince seems like the right kind of modern fairytale. You just hope, don’t you, that the two of them find their place in society and that they’re happy. Harry needs to have the kind of fulfilling work that a young man with so much energy demands and his new bride will want to step into some kind of meaningful role in public life that allows everyone to get to know her better. In the meantime, let’s just wish them a very happy married life.

Coffee and crème eggs on tap for home-workers WORKING from home – or remote working as it’s known – is a modern trend that has been happily embraced by thousands. An office is now almost an essential home area for the many who have chosen to work either independently or just away from head-office. Now, perhaps not too surprisingly, a study has shown that people who work for themselves are happier, too. In spite of the long hours, the possible stress of finding and keeping work and the lack of

The study, by experts from the universities of Sheffield and Exeter, looked at 5,000 people from various fields around the world. It found that the self-employed felt more engaged with their work, mostly because they enjoyed more freedom around their working environment, took on bigger challenges and met higher standards. There are more than four million people in Britain who spend at least half their time working at home. I’ve been a home-worker for the past 12 years and never regretted the move. Networking provides plenty of opportunities for meeting people and is a genuine source of work offers. And I can wear my PJs until 11am if I want to – provided I don’t Skype anyone. I can have a coffee when I want, stick on a wash load or even binge on Cadbury’s crème eggs between jobs if that’s my choice. No wonder we’re a happier lot!

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Trans Canadian Rail Odyssey

with Titan Tours Toronto to Jasper Our cabin had private facilities, and a shared shower at the end of the carriage. Bijou is definitely the first impression! One of you has to climb the stepladder to top bunk - not as bad as it sounds as the beds are comfy and a good width. The sink and separate WC are tiny, and storage is extremely limited. While at breakfast, your room steward puts the beds away, so two armchairs create a cosy private space to relax (short for ‘nod off’).

This is a wonderful way to experience Canada, travelling across the Canadian Rockies over 14 nights from Toronto to Vancouver, three nights aboard The Canadian sleeper train plus two days on the prestigious Rocky Mountaineer. Toronto is a fascinating mix of modern high-rise buildings and occasional traditional buildings in the old part of town. It is beautifully lit up after dark, especially the central square opposite Hudson’s Bay Store. After an overnight stay, the full-day trip to Niagara Falls was wonderful! Words such as stunning, amazing, aweinspiring are unavoidable. It was even more spectacular than we expected.

Snow Capped Mountains

We had pre-booked the Hornblower Cruise (optional), and donning red ponchos, chose a spot on the deck for the best views. It was a brilliant experience, under the Falls with a real feel for the power of this tremendous flow of water. After visiting Niagara on the Lake, a pretty village nearby, the day ended at Toronto rail station to catch VIA Rail’s sleeper train, “The Canadian”.

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Toronto Skyline

An Activity Coach includes beer-tasting, bingo or a movie, plus free tea, coffee and cakes all day. Three sittings for lunch and dinner, the food is excellent and beautifully presented - amazing they can produce such high quality in this environment. From Toronto through industrial areas, vast lakes and dense pine forest then on through Ontario towards Manitoba, where the scenery is more diverse. After a break to explore the city of Winnipeg, there is a definite change in scenery as you travel towards Saskatchewan. Vast plains, yellow wheat fields and a strange ‘singing’ sound of the train along this stretch of the railway, different from before.


TRAVEL Overnight is at The Coast hotel in Kamloops, then back onboard in the morning.

Along the Icefield Parkway is the included excursion onto the Athabasca Glacier. Board the Ice Explorer truck which trundles slowly onto the designated walkways for visitors. Wrap up warm and enjoy the spectacle of this ancient glacier which is shrinking by the day.

We were all sorry to say goodbye to the Rocky Mountaineer. If only you could travel the whole way across Canada in such style!

Two nights in Banff at the excellent Fox Hotel and Suites. Phone rates were reasonable, all rooms had free WiFi, and there is also a free public transport pass which is “not really free, we just paid for you”!

Winnipeg Bridge Jasper and Banff to the Rocky Mountaineer After brunch, we said good-bye to The Canadian and on to Jasper by coach. This is a fabulous area, rich with lakes and waterfalls and strange rock formations. We stopped at several places to photograph pale-turquoise lakes and rivers coloured by minerals seeping from the hills. Maligne Lake is a great place to stop, eat at the Chilli Bar, hire a canoe or just enjoy the backdrop of snow-topped mountains.

Vancouver Our last 3 nights were spent in central Vancouver. We loved the city, especially Stanley Park, enjoyed an evening Harbour Cruise dinner, (meeting a racoon in the street on the way home), and a cable-car trip up Grouse Mountain the next day.

Banff has a variety of shops and restaurants, and you might even see a moose or bear wandering around. The first day includes an excursion to Lake Louise and optional Gondola (cable car) ride plus lunch with an early start next morning to join the Rocky Mountaineer for two days. A delicious breakfast awaited us on board, and we were constantly fed or provided with drinks startin at 9.30am!

September was a perfect time to visit and in hindsight, an extension of a few days in Vancouver at the end of the trip would be ideal.

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Time and tide wait for no man (or woman) Our wedding in Tobago – Valentine’s Day 2018 By Carole Tidball from Silver Travel

tide and then beneath the tide itself! Our

Advisor

back-up venue was the hotel jetty and our wedding coordinator Jeannette gamely

We’d planned to exchange our vows whilst

battled against the wind to decorate the area

standing barefoot on a warm sandy beach,

with balloons and chiffon drapes. However,

and had chosen the beautiful Caribbean

as the pounding from huge waves started

island of Tobago for our wedding as it is

lifting the jetty’s wooden planks, Jeannette

one of the few countries that allows on-the-

declared it unsafe and we relocated to our

beach ceremonies. The island also offers

third choice – a wooden arch on the hotel

great birdwatching, deep-sea fishing and

lawn. Fortunately, our preacher was delayed,

snorkelling opportunities, all of which we

allowing time to move the decorations and

love.

repair my makeup – I had been howling with tears of laughter.

After delving into the complexities of overseas weddings, I decided to hand over

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the planning to the experts and spoke with the lovely Paula at Tropical Sky Weddings.

At last, the sun came out and the service itself was magical. I suppressed my surprise at being asked to “obey” my husband

We agreed that the “Classic Wedding Package” at the

(he knows better than to test this). We were not whisked

Blue Waters Inn on the northeast of Tobago promised all

away on our romantic boat trip, but we enjoyed lobster and

we needed and more, including the services of a minister/

champagne for our wedding breakfast followed by sumptuous

registrar, witnesses, decorated venue, bouquet and button

red velvet wedding cake.

hole, wedding cake, sparkling wine for a toast, and a champagne boat trip around the bay. We chose February as it’s Tobago’s “dry” season and were delighted to snag Valentine’s Day for our wedding day. As an added bonus, the days preceding our wedding were the Carnival season. Tropical Sky arranged flights, booked the hotel and wedding package, and checked that our paperwork complied with local regulations. All I had to worry about was ordering our handmade gold Irish warrior/ soulmate rings and finding a dress. Sourcing a suitable outfit for a 60-something tropical bride in the middle of a British winter proved too challenging, so I recycled a much-loved slinky red number. A jewelled hairband from Debenhams completed the look.

Our Caribbean beach wedding was certainly an adventure. If you’re happy to go with the flow, expect the unexpected and

We arrived the week before our wedding to fit in the

accept that you can’t control the weather, then it’s a great way

required residency days prior to travelling to the Ministry

for a pair of sloppy silver romantics to tie the knot.

in Scarborough at the opposite end of the island to buy a marriage licence. The carnival celebrations caused road and public building closures on several days immediately before our wedding leaving us very tight on time, although we managed to get all the paperwork completed correctly. All we needed to do was to look forward to the big day itself. Our wedding day dawned and we watched in growing disbelief as our wedding venue disappeared, first beneath mountains of seaweed thrown up by an exceptionally high

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Joanna Lumley

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME NOT many people can go from championing the Ghurkas to starring as a crazy fashion guru to presenting the BAFTAs and still remain absolutely fabulous but Joanna Lumley can. Now, the 71 year-old is embarking on her first ever live tour, All About Me, later this year when she hits the road for a 30date itinerary all over the UK and Ireland, finishing in Boston, USA. “The thought of this tour, travelling across the British Isles and Ireland, has completely taken over my waking hours,” she admitted. “It’s utterly thrilling to start planning the stories I can tell and the rapture (and gratitude, to be fair) with which I shall greet the audiences. Nothing like this has come my way before, and I may have to be dragged off with a hook at the end of each show.” The tour should prove a fascinating one as Joanna’s life so far has certainly been full and interesting and began in the same out-of-the-ordinary way it has continued. She was born in Kashmir, India, to British parents. Her father was a major in the Ghurka Rifles and she spent most of her early childhood in the Far East where he was posted. Although she was an aspiring actress, it was as a model in the Swinging Sixties in London that she first found success. Statuesque and with striking good looks, she caught the attention of famous-name photographers including the late Lord Patrick Lichfield. She was designer Jean Muir’s muse and house model for several years before going freelance to become one of the top 10 most-booked models of this exciting decade. Her acting career included appearances in On the Buses, Dracula and Coronation Street (where she was Ken Barlow’s early love interest) and she was a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Her acting breakthrough, though, came as Purdey in The New Avengers’ TV series in 1976. More than 800 girls auditioned for this role to appear alongside actor Patrick McNee but producers obviously saw something special in Joanna and her subsequent success in the series – along with her trademark Purdey haircut which became a musthave style – made her a hit with the public as an all-action heroine.

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Roles which followed included Sapphire in Sapphire & Steel in 1979, opposite David McCallum, in a cult sci-fi series which gained many fans. During the 1980s, Joanna honed her theatrical skills in Hedda Gabler and as Elvira in Blythe Spirit. Joanna also made appearances in several films including the 1982 hit Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther the following year. She also had a screen-stealing role in iconic hit film Shirley Valentine in 1989. While the public had long ago accepted her versatile acting talents, the role that really shot her to international acclaim came along in 1992 when she joined Jennifer Saunders in the TV comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. She played fun-loving fashionista Patsy Stone to Saunders’ PR guru Edina “Eddy” Monsoon and this re-invention as a comic actress caught the public’s enduring attention. It also won Joanna a string of awards including BAFTAs and cemented her status as a muchloved and admired entertainer. She has always been quick to attribute Ab Fab’s success to the writing of Jennifer Saunders, commenting: “You cannot get better than the writing. The writing has to be the best you can get, then you can build on it. You can’t make bricks without straw “Jennifer’s writing for Ab Fab was absolutely stunning and unbeatable and individual and hysterically funny.” The public, however, long ago embraced both Patsy and Joanna as their own and she has been a regular fixture on national TV screens ever since. She has also built up a successful film career as a character and voice-over actress. Her silky, upper-class English tones are immediately identifiable and her enduring beauty and charm have made her a natural for presenting programmes of all kinds. In 2009, she became a strident spokeswoman for the Gurkhas in the UK and helped persuade the British Government to allow those who had served in the Army the right to settle here. Not too surprisingly, when she visited Nepal she was feted by crowds and thanked by Nepal’s President and


CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Prime Minister for her work in championing the Ghurkas’ cause. She does have strong views about standing up to be counted and once stated: “You have to feel more involved than just writing out a cheque. Charity is almost the wrong word – I think people are beginning to feel more responsible for the world.”

And, however unlikely another Ab Fab series might currently seem, what is certain is that thousands of fans are about to be fascinated by a glimpse into the world of Joanna Lumley on her tour. As for Joanna, she is both excited and grateful for this, insisting:

“Oh people! This is especially for you from me, with masses of love. I think it will be fabulous!”

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BACK TO LIFE THIS is definitely the time of year we take a fresh look at our home and think about change. Spring is not just a time for Spring-cleaning but also altering and improving our lifestyle and streamlining the way we live with less clutter. As the brighter days come along, the fresh light on often tired furnishings and décor can galvanize us to action. But where to start? Although it may be your rooms that look like they need some immediate rejuvenating, it’s worth first checking the OUTSIDE of your property and seeing if work needs doing there. The fascia board and soffits – the wooden bits around the outside of your home – may be looking tired and in need of some work. You may just need a new coat of paint on the outside or even new WINDOWS. Today, windows are not only very effective in keeping out the bad weather and ensuring your home is well-insulated but also look good and can modernise the most tired-looking property. And now spring is here and the days get longer property maintenance tends to be foremost in people’s minds, with lighter mornings and evenings any failed double glazed units (Misty Glass) become more obvious. STEAMY WINDOWS offers a unique service with no salesmen and no pressure to buy. Simply measure the approximate size of each unit that has failed and contact STEAMY WINDOWS

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HOME They can all add both value and quality to your home and daily living but it’s worth choosing your builder carefully. An approved official body like the Federation of Master Builders is a good place to start; go to www.fmb.org.uk for information about a suitable local builder. Your builder should be able to show you previous work which is why having one recommended to you often helps. Check all your rooms carefully before you start any work as, once you’ve got one room much improved, it can make the others look rather dull! Keep your HALLWAY bright with good lighting and possibly new wallpaper and paint. Mirrors are also a great way to maximise space and light. Decorating might be the answer around the house, especially in areas like the lounge and kitchen where you spend a large amount of time. The paint experts at Valspar advise that “light colours will always uplift a small room and make it appear bigger. In larger rooms, you can use dark colours to make the room feel cosier or create a more dramatic effect.” If you don’t want to invest in a new SOFA or CHAIRS, having new covers made or even buying attractive throws will definitely brighten them up. The same applies in the KITCHEN where new unit doors, for example, can create the illusion of a completely new kitchen. Or, splash out on a large, freestanding fridge if you’ve got the room to stylishly add to storage and drinks’ capacity. Even new pots and pans, displayed attractively, can improve the look of you kitchen or new, brightly-coloured utensils. You can buy complete ranges of coffee-makers, kettles and containers now in lively colours. The same applies in the BATHROOM where a new suite will do wonders for the look here and make it much more contemporary. Bright shower curtains and accessories can complete your makeover. BEDROOMS definitely benefit from decoration in soft, relaxing colours, complemented by new bedding in similar shades and new flooring.

Nothing will work well in the way of home improvements, though, if you don’t seriously address the matter of clutter. Professional de-clutterer Amanda Manson from Orderly Office and Home suggests some simple, tried and tested tips to help you tackle those niggling areas and create a feeling of calm. 1. Decide on your goal – Getting started requires a mindset that is open to letting things go, a sense of acceptance and the ability to move forward. I speak to many people who say they have too much stuff in the spare room or that their loft is ful of “goodness knows what” and they just can’t seem to make a start tackling it. So first I’d suggest setting yourself a goal and a timeframe in which to achieve it. Clearing the overflowing sideboard or dining table before you have guests

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over for lunch or going through a pile of newspapers and magazines that have been stacking up over the weeks in time for paper recycling day, for instance, are both great motivators. 2. Pick a time and a place – Whilst in certain circumstances it makes sense to sort all of a particular “type” of thing in one hit – books, clothes, photographs etc – if you’re simply trying to give yourself a sensible clear-out and freshen up your home, I’d suggest working either room-byroom or space-by-space. So, find yourself a free morning or afternoon when you can get stuck into a room, or just 30 minutes to work on a set of drawers or a shelf, put the radio on and get to work! 3. Bags, boxes and all that jazz – You don’t need to go overboard here by any means but it’s good to have at hand some suitable containers for sorting your items. There are things to keep, to donate to charity, to pass on to friends or where, needs must, to put into the bin. Cardboard boxes, bin bags plastic tubs or simple marked-up spaces on the floor (use a post-it note) or table are a good starting point. Simply moving things around and not into a specific category means it’s easier to mix up and get into a muddle again. 4. Need it? Use it? Love it? – These are the questions you need to ask yourself when going through your possessions. If you can’t answer “yes” to any of these, you’ll then need to ask yourself why you still have it! Easier for some items than others, granted, but for the purpose of a Springclean it’s likely you’ll be tackling things that you’re less emotionally attached to. 5. Sort, group and purge – When going through your possessions, start by gathering together things from one place. For instance in your kitchen just empty out that utensil drawer onto the countertop and try to group all of the same kinds of items together. Lay out all the knives, whisks, measuring spoons and so on. Then it’s time to assess what you have and decide if you have enough, too many or need more. A simple trick here is, over the course of a week, to only put back into that drawer the items that you have used. Look at what’s left at the end of the week and decide if you really need what’s left in the box. 6. Sort first, store second – Don’t be tempted to buy new storage items on a whim. Go through the simple steps in whichever area of your home needs a tickle then you can enjoy finding something suitable to fit in your space. Try to re-purpose storage items that don’t work in other rooms. You’ll often find they work wonders when given a new job. 7. Clean and be cleaned – Of course, you’ll want to give the area you’re sorting a good Springclean whilst you’re at it. Just think how much easier a bookshelf will be to dust when there are fewer items cluttering up the surface space. Likewise for your laundry cupboard. Three fewer duvets and a new way of storing them (duvet cover and bottom sheets stored inside the matching pillowcase) will make life much easier going forwards. • For more information on Amanda Manson go to www.orderlyofficeandhome.co.uk and on Valspare paint www.valsparpaint.co.uk


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Gardening is a fun, rewarding hobby that’s enjoyed by many of us. And with spring here already, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about getting out in the garden. There are some surprising health benefits too. So we recently spoke with Eleanor Atkins, a doctor from Bupa UK, who shared these unexpected benefits with us:

keep fit because it can involve using your whole body, depending on the type of gardening you do. Activities like raking and carrying leaves can help tone your upper arms and increase your strength and flexibility.

It can be good for your heart Being physically active is important in maintaining a good heart health. Regular, moderate exercise that lasts for around 30 minutes can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Try some gardening activities that raises your heart rate like mowing the lawn, raking the leaves or trimming a tree. Activities that raise your heart rate are great for your cardiovascular health.

It’s a fun way to exercise Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy and energetic as you get older. Gardening is a great way to

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Enjoying the company of others who have similar interests can be good for our emotional wellbeing. Gardening is a great way of meeting new people and there are plenty of local gardening groups out there, so get involved! It’s also a fun way to socialise with your family too, as you can plant seeds, flowers and other kinds of greenery together.

Studies show that gardening can lower your levels of cortisol (your stress hormone) and can make you feel more relaxed. When compared to reading a book inside, gardening had a much greater effect of reducing stress levels. It can also feel therapeutic and distract you from thinking about stressful situations.

You can grow your own nutritious fruit and vegetables Having a diet high in fruit and vegetables may help to reduce your blood pressure, lower your risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. A good diet can also help to protect oral and dental health, and bone and joint health in later life. So growing your own fruit and vegetables is a great way you can include them more in your diet.

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With spring here already, many of us will be taking advantage of the nicer weather and gardening over the next few months. Our bodies need vitamin D to help build strong and healthy bones and we can get this naturally from our diet (oily fish like salmon and mackerel) and the sun. So gardening is a great way of spending some time out in the sunshine! But as always, make sure you protect yourself from getting burnt in the sun. Cover up, wear good sunglasses, use sunscreen and check the UV index.


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The Smell of Spring Garden Designer, Sarah Plested celebrates the Spring Garden Is it the longer days, the sun beginning to warm the earth or buds beginning to break that I can smell in the air? Even on cold days that are more akin to midwinter, something’s changed. For me, spring brings with it anticipation, renewed enthusiasm and a determination to savour every minute of the new season. Spring flowers follow a familiar and comforting rhythm, snowdrops and winter aconites are the first signs of life, closely followed by the bright blues and purples of iris reticulata, cheery yellows of Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ and blankets of crocus opening in the sunshine. An explosion of daffodils, tulips, primroses and cowslips confirm we are officially in Spring and the annual visit to the fritillary fields and the bluebell woods beckon.

Bluebells in the grounds of Ashe Park, Overton, Hampshire Other scented spring plants for your garden include, Lily of the Valley, Wallflowers, early flowering clematis such as Clematis ‘Apple Blossom’ and a wide range of shrubs and trees such as Choisya ternata, Magnolia stellata, Lilacs and Cherries. Position highly scented plants near entrances, windows and paths so that even if you are not out in the garden, the scent can lift your spirits on a dreary day.

Whilst large areas planted with bulbs create an impressive display, the same impact can be achieved in a much smaller space. The trick is to keep your selection limited to a couple of varieties and plant plenty of them together; 10 crocus bulbs will be lost in a border, but 50 planted together will provide a bold splash of colour. Choose bulbs that flower at different times through the Spring and as one display dies back the next will be blooming. In a small garden pots crammed full of bulbs can be brought out into the limelight when they are in full bloom and then swapped for the next display, providing continuous pleasure from early February right through to May. The bulbs can be lifted as they die back and replaced with summer bedding, perennials or grasses for colour right through the summer.

Spring gardens can be designed under trees where the leaves shade the area later in the year, keeping the ground cool during the summer months. Try Anemone nemorosa planted en masse combined with bluebells, as their flowering time overlaps. Other bulbs suitable for a woodland garden include Scilla siberica, Muscari armeniacum and Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ and perennials such as Pulmonaria ‘Opal’, Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ and Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’ are ‘go to’ choices when I’m designing a woodland planting scheme. Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ Spring is accompanied by a bouquet of fragrance to attract pollinators, fresh and lighter than the heady months of summer. The scent of Narcissus poeticus on the breeze, bluebells disturbed whilst walking the dog and spotting the tiny sweet violet (Viola odorata), take me through the months of Spring.

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Swathes of bulbs can be planted in grass creating a mass of colour; crocus tommasinianus, naturalising narcissus, Camassia leichtlinii subsp. suksdorfii (amazing display at RHS Wisley) and snowdrops create a striking effect for a few short weeks. Allow the leaves to die back naturally and leave at least six weeks after flowering before mowing, ideally leaving the foliage to go yellow and straw-like.

Iris reticulata ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ Finally, bring a few cut stems of Spring flowering shrubs indoors to brighten up the kitchen. Favourites are the twisted stems of Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ dripping with catkins, the scented flowers of Viburnum-bodnantense ‘Dawn’ or the cheerful yellow of Forsythia-intermedia ‘Lynwood Variety’.


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AMERICAN ADVENTURE Chicken ‘Bonne Femme’ Bonne femme translates as ‘good woman’ or ‘good wife’, and refers to the simplicity of this tasty dish. In culinary terms, it has come to refer to a dish with a mushroom-based sauce. There are lots of versions of Bonne Femme, made using oysters or sole as well as chicken. This is my version of a Louisiana Creole classic. The Worcestershire sauce adds a great depth of flavour. 4 tablespoons olive oil 100g (31/2 oz) lardons or chopped streaky bacon 100g (3/4 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1.5kg (3lb) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces 1 green pepper (bell pepper), deseeded and diced 3 large Spanish onions, sliced

2 celery sticks, diced 125g (41/2 oz) white button mushrooms, sliced 300g (101/2 oz) new potatoes 5 garlic cloves, chopped 150g (51/4 oz) chorizo sausage, diced 4 tablespoons white wine 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 15 drops of Tabasco a few sprigs of tarrago

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Place a large roasting tray over a medium heat. Drizzle half the oil into the tray, then add the lardons or bacon. Stir into the hot oil and fry until crispy, tossing every now and then. Once the bacon is cooked, lift out with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl.

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Spread the flour on to a plate and season well. Dip each piece of chicken into it to coat completely. Fry the pieces in the tray, in batches and over a medium heat, adding the remaining oil, as you need to. When each piece is golden on one side, flip over and brown the other side, then place in the bowl with the bacon. With the tray still over a medium heat, add the vegetables, potatoes, garlic and chorizo, stir in, then pour in the wine. Deglaze, stirring in the sticky bits and juices from the base of the pan, then add the Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Return the cooked bacon and chicken to the tray and season. Transfer to the preheated oven and cook for 35–40 minutes. Sprinkle with tarragon before serving.


Bow Pasta with Clams, Crayfish & Cajun Spices

SERVES 6 1 tablespoon salt 500g (1lb 2oz) bow pasta 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon ground white pepper 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon celery salt 4 tablespoons butter 5 garlic cloves, chopped 4 tablespoons white wine 500g (lb 2oz) clams 300ml (1/4 cup) double (heavy) cream large handful of cavolo nero, chopped 500g (1lb 2 oz) crayfish tails sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 10 drops of Tabasco 25g (oz) Parmesan cheese

We definitely need to eat more of these little fellas, as American crayfish have taken over from the UK crayfish in our rivers and streams. It’s easy to find containers of the cooked tails in the supermarket. This pasta dish is so simple to make and uses American kale, also called ‘black cabbage’ or cavolo nero. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add the salt and the pasta, stir in and simmer for 10 minutes until al dente. Mix the paprika, white pepper, thyme, oregano and celery salt together in a bowl. Melt the butter in a large pan over a low to medium heat. Once the butter has stopped foaming, add the garlic, herbs and spices and cook for a minute or two. Pour in the white wine, then add the clams and

cream and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and cook for 2 minutes. As the clams start to open, add the cavolo nero followed by the crayfish. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain the pasta, keeping a little of the water, and tip into the pan with the sauce. Season and keep cooking for another 2 minutes. Add the Tabasco and grate half the Parmesan into the sauce. Spoon onto a large serving bowl and grate over the rest of the cheese.

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Philly Cheesesteak Invented by a hot dog guy for a taxi diver who wanted to grab something quick to eat, the Philly cheesesteak has become massive in its home city of Philadelphia. Its fame has come at a price, however, and unfortunately it is now easier to find a bad one than a tasty one. This has to be made with great beef, normally rib-eye, cooked quickly then sliced up. Provolone cheese is another must. Other than the hoagie – the type of bread it sits in – the rest is up to you.

SERVES 3 4 tablespoons olive oil 3 x 20cm (8 in) hoagies or baguettes, cut in half lengthways 6 large spring onions (scallions), cut in half lengthways 2 little gem lettuces, leaves pulled apart

50g (3/4oz) cherry tomatoes 500g (1lb 2oz) rib-eye steak, thinly sliced 3 pickled onions, sliced 2 mozzarella balls, torn 300g (3 cups) grated provolone cheese

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ gas mark 6. Heat a griddle pan to hot.

Place the baguettes in a parcel of foil or baking parchment, top with the lettuce and tomatoes.

Drizzle the oil over the cut sides of the baguettes and place cut-side down onto the griddle. Toast until charred. Brush a little oil over the spring onions (scallions) and griddle them for 2–3 minutes, again until charred.

Oil the griddle and place the steak on the griddle to cook for 1 minute on each side. Then cut up in to strips while on the griddle. Place the strips of steak into the baguettes. Add the slices of pickled

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Bourbon Pecan Tart Another classic American dessert, this moreish tart is packed with crunchy pecans, smothered in bourbonflavoured sticky goodness. If you’d like to glaze the cake, warm 2 tablespoons golden syrup (light corn syrup) in a pan and brush all over the tart after baking.

SERVES 8 For the pastry 250g (I3/4cups plus 2 tablespoons) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra for rolling out 125g (1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon) butter, diced, at room temperature 1 medium egg, beaten For the filling 4 tablespoons butter 100g (3oz) treacle 4 medium eggs 175g (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) caster (superfine) sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 6 tablespoons bourbon whiskey 500g (1lb 2oz) pecans To serve double (heavy) cream or vanilla ice cream

To make the pastry, put the flour into a large bowl, add the butter and rub in using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pour the egg into the middle of the mixture and stir in well, then lightly knead the mixture to bring it together. Add 1 tablespoon of water if the mixture feels a bit dry and doesn’t come together into a smooth dough. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap in clingfilm (plastic wrap) and rest in the fridge for 20 minutes. Lightly flour a clean work surface then roll out the pastry into a large circle, around 2mm (1/8in) thick. Keep turning the pastry every time you roll it to keep the shape even. Use to line

a 26cm (10 in) fluted loose-bottomed tart tin, 3cm (1.in) deep. Line the tin with the pastry. Press into the flutes and edge of the base of the tin, then leave the remainder hanging over the edge. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Make the filling. Put the butter and treacle into a small pan and heat gently to melt the butter. Stir together. Take the pan off the heat and cool a little.

Put the tart tin on a baking sheet. Spread the pecans all over the tart case, then pour the filling over the top. Bake for 35–45 minutes until the filling is firm. Once cooked, cut all the overhanging edges off the tart using a sharp serrated knife. Cool the tart until warm, then lift the tart out of the tin and transfer to a plate. Cut the tart into slices and serve with cream or ice cream.

Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until mixed well then pour in the cooled butter mixture, cinnamon and bourbon and stir everything together.

James Martin’s American Adventure by James Martin (Quadrille, £25) Photography © Peter Cassidy

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Have you reported your changes? Council tax reduction or housing benefit Report a change of circumstances If you receive council tax reduction and/ or housing benefit you must tell us straight away if your circumstances change. If you do not tell us within 21 days depending on the circumstances you may be fined £70, or your benefit amount could be affected. Changes we need to know about include:

• 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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OUT & ABOUT

Out & About

A GUIDE to the amazing events around PRESTON & FYLDE for 2018 2nd May

12th - 13th May

Friends of Greenhead Park History Hour - Washday at Grandma's

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival 2018

The first talk in the 2018 Friends of Greenhead Park History Hour programme is a trip down memory lane with Howard Robinson - complete with visual aids recalling those happy days before the advent of automatic washing machines and tumble driers!

A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival is one-of-a-kind featuring ukuleles and so much more – there is truly something for everyone! Don’t miss out on the fun at this extraordinary event. There’s world-class live music, inspiring workshops, chances to sing & play along and more than a few surprises. 12th May

The free monthly talks are held in the Greenhead Park Community Room, in the cafe building by the tennis courts and are open to all. Greenhead Park Community Room, Greenhead Park 7th May

Classic Car Rally The Yorkshire Thoroughbred Classic Car Rally is a favourite with both owners and visitors alike. Last year nearly 200 vehicles including cars, buses,vans, HGVs and motor cycles took part. Crow Nest Park, Heckmondwike Road, Dewsbury

GNUF showcases some of the best talent on four strings from around the world and across the country. Past festivals have featured Yorkshire’s own Hope & Social, America’s uke sweethearts Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee and this year is no different. Featuring the UK’s very own Andy Eastwood, rising Hawaiian star Andrew Molina and BBC Young Folk Award Nominee Amelia Coburn, along with dozens of other performers, this year’s festival is unparalleled in it scale, innovation and engaging surprises. The festival takes place at and around the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. We do, however, use one or two other venues in the immediate town centre area. Holmfirth northernuke.com

Kirklees 10k Challenge Kirklees 10k Challenge is a 10km race for people of all abilities to enjoy the challenge of completing a 10km run for the first time, or to get a new personal best time. The route starts and finishes at Cathedral House, St. Thomas Road, Huddersfield HD1 3LG, and is mostly on a scenic canal towpath from Huddersfield to Linthwaite and back. It's taking place on Saturday 12th May 2018, starting at 10.00am. It costs £14 to enter and all proceeds go towards the children's work at Cathedral House. NEW FOR 2018 CHIP TIMING! If you sign up before 14th April you will receive a free T-shirt Cathedral House, Huddersfield www.kirklees10k.com

14th - 17th June

Holmfirth Arts Festival 2018

11th - 13th May

Holmfirth Festival of Folk 2018 A great line up of musicians and dance teams, and also workshops and children's festival. For latest details please see our website by clicking on the link under Further Information. Holmfirth www.holmfirthfestivaloffolk.co.uk

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Join us for a sparkling programme of music, theatre, comedy, exhibitions, workshops and new commissions, preceded by an extensive community engagement programmePlease click on the link under Further Information to for latest details and full programme nearer the event. Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk

17th May

Boogie Nights The 70s Musical Cleckheaton and Spenborough AODS present Boogie Nights - The 70s Musical featuring the best disco sounds of the 1970s Cleckheaton Town Hall goo.gl/46tbXN


19th May

1st May, 5th June, 3rd July

Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story

Bluebell Garden Club

Barry Steele is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading vocalists playing homage to legend Roy Orbison. He has stunned audiences across the globe with his uncanny ability to authentically revive the exquisite toe-tapping sound of this musical legend. Barry Steele and Friends are proud to present their new show for 2018, as they not only celebrate the 30th anniversary of the conception of the Traveling Wilburys, but commemorate the 30 years since The Big O passed away. Huddersfield Town Hall goo.gl/FgKBAM

A friendly club for anyone interested in gardening. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Membership £15 for the year or guests £2.50 per evening.Guests are welcome to join us for any meeting. Each evening we have a speaker, a plant table offering the opportunity to buy well priced plants, a raffle and time for a piece of home made cake and a chance to chat with other members and pick up some gardening tips. St Johns Church Hall, Green Balk Lane, Lepton www.bluebellgardenclub.co.uk

4th - 6th May

Todmorden Folk Festival The annual Todmorden Folk Festival brings you three days packed with live music, dancing, singing, mirth & merriment at several fantastic venues across Todmorden Town Centre.

9th June

Honley Show 2018

7th - 8th July

Honley Show is one of the most prestigious, well attended and well respected rural shows in the county. Traditional but always surprising there’s something new every year to help make it a great day out for kids and adults alike. The Show’s Farnley Tyas showground remains one of the region’s best venues to showcase a stunning range of activities, agricultural events, stands and displays. Holmfirth, West Yorkshire www.honleyshow.co.uk

Emley & Flockton Open Gardens A quality selection of gardens from large to small, all having a different feel to appeal to all tastes. There are cottage gardens, formal bedding displays, vegetable plots, wild-life friendly gardens and ponds, spectacular herbaceous borders, plus an NGS show-stopper. Our gardens are hidden gems! Upper Lane, Emley, Huddersfield www.opengardens.co.uk/open_gardens. php?id=1439

You can enjoy concerts, workshops, the Ceilidh, dancers, free acts in a cafe, free kid's activities or joining in a chorus in a pub. we really do have something for everyone! Get your full weekend ticket, or pick and choose the tickets you want, and enjoy lots of FREE events all weekend! Todmorden todfolkfest.co.uk

Would you be interested in joining our team? We are currently looking for volunteers to help at our Charity Shops and Events in the Huddersfield area. The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch is a self funded, local charity and part of the independent branch network of the National RSPCA Our mission is to rehabilitate and find loving, permanent homes for the animals that come into our care. We currently have 3 shops in Huddersfield – Byram Street (Town Centre), Trinity Street and our new shop in Marsh and we are looking for dedicated individuals to join our team! Our shops are a vital source of income to our Animal Centre and as we are a self funded RSPCA branch this means every penny counts towards our work and care of local animals in need. We are also looking to create more awareness and fundraising events in the Huddersfield area but need enthusiastic volunteers to help us achieve this! We have a wonderful ‘Fundraising Family’ but most live in Calderdale and we would really like to extend our fundraising activities into Kirklees. This would not only raise more funds for the vital work we do in the local area, but also help us reach out to the community to advise on welfare and pet problems!

So are you interested in making a difference with your local RSPCA? Get in touch today! Contact branchoffice@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or 01422 341160 to find out more about the roles available and how to apply

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OUT & ABOUT 7th May

Shibden Hall May Day Craft Fair

16th June

Todmorden Agricultural Show The Todmorden Agricultural Show is a fantastic day out for all the family, with animals, rare breeds, displays, a fun fair, trade stands, vintage vehicles, special events and more. The Todmorden Agricultural show takes place on land next to the Ram Inn, Burnley Road, Cliviger, Burnley. The timetable of events and ticket prices will be confirmed closer to the date. Burnley Road, Cliviger todshow.org.uk

Demonstrations of traditional crafts including pole lathing, blacksmithing 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. Shibden Hall, Halifax goo.gl/jVmt79 28th June - 8th July

Halifax Minster Summer Festival Halifax Minster's Summer Festival 2018 will once again bring you eleven days of exciting performances. Causeway, Halifax goo.gl/n3SvVv

10th June

Calderdale Heritage Walk: Walking with Women's Suffrage An afternoon walk with Jill Liddington in the Hebden Bridge area following the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall to visit the homes of local suffragettes, the clothing factories where they worked and George Square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed the crowds. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. It will not be possible to just turn up on the day! Booking opens 1st May at the Visitor Centre desk in Halifax Central Library. You can book in person, by phone on 01422 368725 or by post to Visitor Centre, Halifax Central Library, HX1 1QG with full payment and a reply paid envelope. The charge for this walk is £4.50. Cheques payable to 'Calderdale MBC'. Hebden Bridge goo.gl/7fcLYA

30th June - 1st July

Halifax Food & Drink Festival 7th July

Todmorden Country Fair Todmorden Country Fair is sure to entertain the whole family with a wide selection of Trade Stalls, Food & Drink Stands, Entertainment Shows, Animal Events and Children Attractions. Centre Vale Park, Todmorden todmordencountryfair.co.uk 1st September

Todmorden Food Festival The 4th Annual Todmorden Food Festival takes place on Saturday 1st September 2018 from 11am. All the exhibitors are local producers aiming at quality and reaffirm Todmorden as a ‘foodie destination. We aim to have something for everyone; food, fun, glamour, and people watching – come along and enjoy yourselves. Pollination Square todmordenfoodfestival.co.uk

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The Halifax Food & Drink Festival returns for another two days packed with live cookery demonstrations, workshops and of course, stalls and stalls of fabulous food and drink! Halifax goo.gl/JYDRMb 11th - 13th May

Hebden Folk Roots Festival Hebden Folk Roots Festival 2018 is a weekend of Folk, Americana and a celebration of World Music. This festival involves lots of the community, who will be showcasing their talents in areas of dance, spoken word, storytelling, and of course music. Artists locally, nationally and international are performing on stages in our beautiful town of Hebden Bridge. This is a festival of the people for the people, with street performances, workshops, ceilidh, music events throughout the weekend. Hebden Bridge www.hebdenfolkroots.org

22nd June - 1st July

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is one of Yorkshire’s longest running festivals with a reputation for delivering a lively and diverse programme of street entertainment, visual arts, music and theatre in surprising locations. Quirky and distinctive, we bring together community and visitors to celebrate our town’s creativity and unique landscape, culminating in an annual 9 day celebration each summer. Hebden Bridge hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk


24th June

Handmade Parade From our base in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England, we connect professional carnival artists, giant puppet makers, street bands and performers with communities to create stunning events. The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is an annual celebration of funkiness, the art of the handmade and is just a lot of fun! The magic happens in three weeks of workshops, open to anyone who wants to make costumes, carryable art or help create giant puppets. Open public workshops start on the 2nd June, at our workshop space in Hebden Bridge. If you want to get involved, get in touch! We’re always looking for volunteers either on the day, or to help in workshops. Or if there’s something you want to do or make for we can help you realise it… the more the merrier! Hebden Bridge handmadeparade.co.uk

4th - 5th August

28th May - 2nd June

Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend

Pennine Spring Music Festival

A great value, family day out on Calder Holmes Park in Hebden Bridge.

If you enjoy singing, playing an orchestral instrument to a high standard or just love to hear live music performed in a fabulous setting, you are in the right place...

Enjoy a huge display of cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, craft and produce stalls, autojumble, live music, vintage children's rides and much more. Different vehicles can be seen on each of the two days.

The Pennine Spring Music festival takes place in the beautiful village of Heptonstall during the May bank holiday week each year.

This will be the 35th year for the event which is now well established as a premier attraction for the display of some 800 veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, military & commercial vehicles. Last year’s event was our best ever, breaking all records in entrants, spectators and funds raised. With your help we can make this year’s event even bigger. Burnley Road, Cliviger www.hebdenbridge-vintageweekend. org.uk

You will find a friendly group of passionate musicians who strive to perform at their best in three concerts over the course of the week. It's not just about the music though - there are social events and local attractions to enjoy, and the sheer beauty of your surroundings in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales Heptonstall www.penninespringmusic.co.uk

The Great North Swim Friday 8thSunday 10th June 2018 Join us at Lake Windermere this Summer and take on the Great North Swim for Overgate Hospice! Help us care for those suffering from life-limiting illnesses in Calderdale Contact us on 01422 387121, email fundraising@overgatehospice.nhs.uk or visit www.overgatehospice.org.uk Registered Charity No: 511619

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SATURDAY 23RD JUNE UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD

Kirkwood Hospice’s flagship event is back for 2018 and you can help us to make it their biggest and best yet on Saturday 23rd June. Join Kirkwood at the University of Huddersfield for a walk to remember as they lace up in memory of loved ones. Last year, in a record-breaking event, over 1,200 people took to the streets of Kirklees, and this year’s Midnight Memory Walk is set to be bigger and better than ever! Starting and finishing at the University of Huddersfield’s Oastler Building, the Midnight Memory Walk will pass Kirkwood Hospice in Dalton, where participants can write a personal message to their loved ones on a special Memory Wall. There will be even more fun on offer in 2018, with live

performances and family entertainment from 9.30pm at the University - all provided by Rosie Madison from Pulse Radio! Upon crossing the finishing line, each walker will be presented with a well-earned breakfast butty and medal, which you can wear with pride knowing that you are supporting your local Hospice to care for people affected by a life limiting illness. Whether you walk the 6 or 10 mile course in memory of a loved one, to get fit or to raise funds for Kirkwood Hospice, you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of friends at this truly unique event. So what are you waiting for? Dust off your boots and join Kirkwood this June as they walk through the night to raise vital funds!

Registration for the Midnight Memory Walk closes at Midnight on Sunday 17th June. Prices: Adults £17 Children (16 and under) £10 Dogs £5

The Midnight Memory Walk is kindly supported by:

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University of Huddersfield for their support.

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Online at: www.kirkwoodhospice.co.uk/mmw

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557911or pick up a registration form from our shops.

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Can I get help towards my rent or Council Tax ? If you are of pension age you may be able to receive help towards your rent or Council Tax, even if you’re on a low income, you work, have savings or claim other benefits.

For advice and support go to www.calderdale.gov.uk/advice or visit any of our Customer First Offices, Local Libraries or Age UK at the Choices Centre, Woolshops, Halifax.

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