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Graham Smith... TWITTERING ON Talk your way out of a jam! It is a source of great concern to me that the Germans are already working on the next generation of cars which are going to “talk” to each other, see round corners and see through lorries. For someone who can remember starting a Morris 1000 with a crank handle this is a worry. I remember headlight dip switches on the floor, adhesive heated rear windows, trafficators which popped out to say which way you were going and tyre chains. If you could read a number plate at the prescribed distance, avoid ploughing into too many pedestrians, do a three point turn in a space the size of a football pitch and recite the Highway Code you passed your test. Now the blasted car is going to talk to me? I don’t want one! I have enough problems with a sat nav trying to chuck me in the river somewhere off the M6 without the car talking to me as well, I normally have sufficient coping with my wife. Vehicles equipped with “car-to-x” technology, should warn of hazards far beyond the vision of the driver including traffic jams further along a motorway or a vehicle making an emergency stop up ahead. The organisation behind the technology is Frankfurt-based Safe Intelligent Mobility Testfield (Sim TD), a consortium of vehicle manufacturers with factories in Germany. Mercedes Benz-maker Daimler is leading the project and BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Ford and Opel are also involved. They have already held the world’s largest field test of car-to-car communication around Sim TD’s home city: 500 drivers signed up to test the tech and clocked up a total of 1.7 million km (1.1 million miles). Sim TD says you can expect to see the first talking cars on the road in 2015. That’s it for me. The first time any vehicle speaks to me I’m hanging up the keys and buying a bike. It’s ridiculous. Imagine you’re tootling down the High Street and suddenly the car announces that someone has done an emergency stop three miles away so be careful. Too much information. And how are the ladies going to cope? It’s not so many years since the fairer sex were hanging their handbags on the choke handle, so what’s going to happen when the flipping dashboard starts talking? I see trouble and consternation, and there’s worse to come. Audi is testing other mechanisms, including a vibrating steering wheel and force feedback pedals - a pedal which pushes back or vibrates when the driver tries to accelerate.
“That will get the driver’s attention,” says Robert Manz, an Audi developer. Oh it will Robert, I guarantee it. Why do we need a vibrating steering wheel? I have a picture of obeying my sat nav by taking the next left and suddenly the steering wheel vibrates and as I press the brake it presses back at me. I’m not going to be pleased and neither is the bus driver coming towards me as I career onto the other side of the road. Interactive traffic signs and traffic lights equipped with sensors will also talk to each other and swap information with cars in the area. Oh will they? That’ll be fun, you’ve just pulled away on green and the traffic light leans forward and announces 3p a litre off at the local supermarket and, in fear, you lurch into the path of another oncoming vehicle which will now be able to shout pre-programmed obscenities at you, flash its own headlights and take a picture at the same time! There will be tears before bedtime. I have arranged for machine guns to be fitted under my front bumper, an ejector seat and a wide screen TV where the windscreen used to be because it is obvious I will no longer have to look where I am going, the blasted car will do it for me.
Bollards And while we’re on the subject I had a chuckle at this story. A man had to be rescued by a policeman after his head became wedged inside a traffic bollard for two hours. The unfortunate chap was unable to free himself after putting the cone on his head while joking with friends in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. John Waterman, who captured the incident on his mobile phone, said: “I came out of Burger King and this man had the bollard stuck on his head. “I had seen him walking with it on top of his head five minutes earlier, but now it was pulled right down.” “No one was helping him because they thought he was just messing around.” Eventually, a police officer and passer-by managed to free the man, who was applauded by a crowd of onlookers. Did anyone think to ask him how his head got there in the first place?
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If you go walking in France it is only a matter of time before you happen across a vineyard. And while the New World upstarts may well have flooded your local supermarket with gallons of very drinkable – and well-priced – wines, nothing quite matches up to sipping your beverage of choice in the very vineyards where the grapes were grown. And that is exactly what you can do in numerous locations in France, from Champagne to Provence, Bordeaux to Alsace, you will be very well catered for irrespective of your preferred tipple.
Two of the most fascinating and rewarding wine regions to visit when exploring France on foot are the Loire and Burgundy. The regions sit side by side in the middle of the country, and while both are best renowned for their world-famous white wines (Chablis in Burgundy, Sancerre in the Loire) there are some excellent reds and rosés produced in both areas. When going on a walking holiday to Burgundy you will be able to visit some of the many smallholder vineyards that are easy to miss if driving. Passed down through the generations, some of the vineyards in the region date back almost two thousand years. The vineyards of Burgundy cover an area exceeding 25,000 hectares and there are 99 appellations d’origine controlee split between the five main areas of production
in the region: Chablis/ Auxerrois in Yonne, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune in Côte-d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais in Saône et Loire. But aside from the wine itself there are numerous walking routes that allow visitors to enjoy some of the most enchanting countryside France has to offer. Poppies carpet the landscape and gently rolling fields of wheat and wooded hills separate the quaint riverside villages and the numerous gastronomic and grape-related delights that reside within.
compared to some of the more prestigious – but prohibitively expensive – options from the top end of the Bordeaux wine spectrum. Like in Burgundy, there are very many vineyards of the Loire Valley which you can visit, often to stroll around the grounds and get in amongst the vines themselves, but always to sample – and perhaps purchase – the wines produced there.
Of course, there is plenty more to the Loire Valley than just the wine. While you can’t go far in France without finding a vineyard, For real aficionados of you can’t hang around two-footed travel, taking the Loire region for long Villandry Castle, Loire Valley in a section of the famous without finding one of the – and very well-trodden – many châteaux for which pilgrims’ path to Santiago the region is famous. From di Compostella, the purported resting place of the mortal the refined architecture of the Château de Cheverny to the remains of the apostle St James, is worth the effort. The magnificence of the Château de Serrant, there are literally UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vézelay, meanwhile, hundreds of the castles, stately homes and palaces which marks the starting points of journeys in the other direction: reside under the umbrella of châteaux. Many also have the 12th Century basilica was used as the launching point their architectural splendour mirrored in the gardens in for two Crusades. With the beauty and charm of the which they are set, with plenty of scope to amble away the mediaeval city of Auxerre offering an excellent starting afternoons in some of the grandest and most intriguing point for a trip to the region, it makes a great contrast from botanical collections in the whole of France, if not Europe. the rusticity of the surrounding area, with some top-class restaurants, all of which serve many of the region’s most So with walks that will stretch the legs rather than break drinkable and satisfying wines. the bones, undulating countryside pockmarked with pretty villages and dissected by meandering rivers, the Loire So switching attention to the neighbouring Loire Valley Valley is another great place to enjoy a walking holiday region, and some things are very similar: beautiful rolling where relaxation is the order of the day. As for the night? hills awash with flora and supporting a good variety of Well, that’s when the wine really comes into its own. birds and mammals; many small but intriguing towns and villages built aside picturesque rivers; and, almost going Silver Travel Advisor recommends without saying, a vast array of wines, many full of subtle Headwater Holidays for independent complexity. The high mineral content in the soil of the Loire region gives a sharp freshness to the famous whites of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, both of which use the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety. The crisp and surprisingly complex wines also offer excellent value for money when
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Cliff’s still Reelin’ and a-Rockin’ Cliff usually spends Winter at his six bedroom villa in Barbados, surrounded by manicured gardens around an azure swimming pool. When the Caribbean gets too hot it’s over to his vineyard retreat in Portugal. An enviable lifestyle that he can enjoy every day of the year, but he chose June 2013 to embark on a Summer tour unlike any other, performing his best loved songs against a backdrop of England’s most beautiful castles and stately homes before flying off to continue his tour in Israel.
Just prior to the tour we decided to ask Cliff some questions about his lifestyle as the Peter Pan of Pop... Looking forward to your new tour – Midsummer Nights – Still Reelin’ and A-Rockin’ -great title, how many nights are you performing? Me too. Having performed the “Reelin’ and A-Rockin’” show “down under” I can’t wait to get started again. Fingers crossed, that we have a great Summer, we certainly deserve one!!l. I will be performing eight nights from Saturday June 1st and I will be singing at some of the most stunning sites in England on this tour including, Harewood House, Blickling Estate, Warwick Castle and Powderham Castle and finishing up at Hampton Court Palace. I know it is going to be great fun and hope you can join me and my ‘gang’.
Although you are enviably fit and slim are you worried about the toll this show will take on your body? (Probably not you are the most enthusiastic of performers and always seem to be enjoying yourself and giving your best). When you get older, performing does take more of a toll on your body. However, I make sure I train before I tour so my body is ready for any physical excursion. I tend to keep fit all year round so it’s not so much of a shock to my body when I do go on tour. I try to play tennis around three times a week. However, I do leave bigger gaps between my tours these days.
How would you spend your time if you were free from commitments for a full day?
Have you ever wanted to do something else to earn your living?
If I was free from commitments for a full day, I would definitely play some tennis, watch a movie and then get with some friends and have a curry dinner.
No, never. Ever since that day I first heard Elvis, I wanted to sing, and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I’m sure that if I hadn’t become a performer, I would have got myself into the industry somehow, be it producing or song writing.
What are your top 5 desert island discs? I would have to take “Heart break hotel “by Elvis, “You got my letter” by Boz Scaggs . Any track from Hank Marvin’s “Django’s Castle”CD. “I honestly love you” by Olivia Newton-John and “Johnny B Goode” by Chuck Berry.
Who do you think are the best acts today who will stand the test of time? There are some very successful singers out there. Adele, Rhianna & One Direction. I’ve heard some impressive stuff on the radio but too often nobody tells you who they are, so I don’t know their names. Our business has changed so much that in terms of “who will stand the test of time” well, I guess only time will tell !!!
What words of wisdom would you give to a young singer? I would give them the same advice that my father gave me. When I was getting serious about singing, my father told me that if I didn’t make it, there was still a life to be lived. Then, when I recorded Move It, he asked me: “Do you really want this? If you do then give it your all and give it all the time.” This is true for any career that you want to pursue, if you want to do it then give it your all.
How often do you get together with your family? I try to get together with family as often as I can. When I’m on the road performing, I don’t really have much time to myself to get to see family or friends. So whenever I have a break I try to see family and close friends. As I have homes in Barbados and Portugal they love to come out and visit and of course it’s a holiday for them.
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THE CROFT CARE GROUP IS A FAMILY OWNED GROUP OF COMPANIES, ESTABLISHED IN 1991 AND SPEICALISING IN THE CARE OF ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
We provide nursing, residential and community based care services in the North of England and currently have five care homes and home care services based in the following locations: •
The Croft Residential Home – Normanton, West Yorkshire
Laughton Croft Care Home with Nursing – Nr Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Croft House Residential Home – Shotton Colliery, County Durham
Croftlands Care Home with Nursing – Nr Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Holme House Care Home with Nursing – Nr Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire
The company has been providing nursing, residential and community based care since 1991. The company is owned by Matthew Creegan, Managing Director and is run in conjunction with his two sons: James Creegan MA STB, Director of Care Martin Creegan NEBS, Director of Finance
OUR CARE HOMES
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In our care homes we specialise in providing quality care for people in need of:
Our domiciliary care services specialise in providing quality care for people in their own homes, which includes:
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Residential and Nursing Care EMI Care Dementia Care Social Care Intermediate and Respite Care Palliative and End of Life Care
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Jobs Available... We are looking to recruit quality people to the position of:
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Car driver essential
If you are interested, please get in touch...
Wakefield 01924 220163
Covering Castleford, Normanton, Pontefract, Featherstone, Wakefield and all surrounding areas.
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Holme House Care Home with Nursing
Oxford Road, Gomersal, Cleckheaton BD19 4LA Holme House is a modernised care home in a stunning stone building which will be home to 68 residents both residential, nursing and EMI. All bedrooms are single rooms with en-suite shower facilities. Each room has beautiful fitted furniture with an integrated fridge and a television/dvd with freeview as standard. Sky Television is also available if required by the resident. Each bedroom has its own telephone and residents can make and receive outside calls from the privacy of their own room. Each nursing bedroom has a ceiling hoist for safe and easy moving of residents and also has a profiling nursing bed as standard as well as all the above facilities. Our premium ground floor bedrooms have their own front door access for more independent residents to live in.
The home offers a hairdressing salon and lots of activities space with a dedicated computer room with internet access for use by residents. Each floor has a beautifully decorated and furnished lounge and dining room. All the communal bathrooms have tracking hoists which adds to the ease and comfort of the people who live in the care home. The superb kitchen has the most up to date equipment and is managed by a head chef and his team. An extensive menu of the highest quality food is offered to our residents. Choice is available at every meal. In addition to the main kitchen, each floor of the home has its own dedicated kitchen area with drinks and light snacks available all day and night if required. All in all this is a attractively designed care home which offers the highest quality accommodation which is matched by high quality nursing and residential care for a dedicated and well trained staff team. Treat yourself or your loved one to a five star care experience, you deserve it and we want to help you enjoy it.
For information, to view our beautiful home, please contact the Manager or her team on 01274 862021.
Croftlands Care Home with Nursing Kirkburton, Huddersfield HD8 0TH Croftlands is a care home just over 2 years old, in a stunning stone building which will be home to 55 residents both residential, nursing and people with dementia related needs. All bedrooms are single rooms with en-suite shower facilities. Each room has beautiful fitted furniture with an integrated fridge and a television/dvd with freeview as standard. Sky Television is also available if required by the resident. Each bedroom has its own telephone and residents can make and receive outside calls from the privacy of their own room. Each nursing bedroom has a ceiling hoist for safe and easy moving of residents and also has a profiling nursing bed as standard as well as all the above facilities.
All the communal bathrooms have tracking hoists which adds to the ease and comfort of the people who live in the care home. An extensive menu of the highest quality food is offered to our residents. Choice is available at every meal. In addition to the main kitchen, each floor of the home has its own dedicated kitchen area with drinks and light snacks available all day and night if required. All in all this is an attractively designed care home which offers the highest quality accommodation which is matched by high quality nursing and residential care for a dedicated and well trained staff team. Treat yourself or your loved one to a five star care experience, you deserve it and we want to help you enjoy it.
The home offers a hairdressing salon and lots of activities space. Each floor has a beautifully decorated and furnished lounge and dining room. There are also a number of quiet lounges. For people with EMI needs there is a reminiscence room and a sensory room. Couple with extensive grounds and well maintained gardens this is a wonderful environment to live in.
For information, to view our beautiful home, please contact the Manager or any of the team on 01484 604864.
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The Manor House is a fine period property which has just been carefully restored and adapted into 11 luxury apartments exclusively for those aged 55 and over. Enjoying a majestic setting in its own grounds extending to over 5 acres with a mixture of private woodland, a meadow as well as a landscaped garden area allowing outdoors to be enjoyed without any maintenance. The highly regarded village centre of Kirkburton is only a short walk away with a great variety of amenities. Appointed to a high standard each self contained apartment benefits from spacious rooms and modern fittings throughout with the option of picking from a choice of 5 kitchens for most apartments. Each floor benefits from a newly installed lift and on site numerous care and domestic services will be made available to the residents of the Manor House. The charming semi rural village of Kirkburton is located in a conservation area which enjoys varied amenities including butchers, bakers and a mini supermarket. Surrounded by rolling countryside providing access to a network of public footpaths to explore the great outdoors.
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A loving companion FOR many people a pet is a muchloved and constant friend to share daily life with and to provide a comforting presence. Of course, individual pets can mean far more to us. They are often a life-line to socialising with others, someone to make observations to and another live presence in the home when children have flown the nest. Even in a recession, we are still a nation of animal lovers with around 67 million pets in the UK. There are about 8 million dogs – about 23 per cent of all UK households owns at least one dog – and around the same number of cats. We keep about 20 to 25 million fish in tanks and the same number outdoors in ponds, 1 million rabbits, 1 million caged birds, 1 million guinea pigs and half a million hamsters. And that’s not to mention the assorted snakes, lizards, gerbils, horses, ponies, rats and even pigeons people in this country keep as pets today. Dogs, in particular, make wonderful companions for many older people. First, there needs to be a realistic assessment of their situation by anyone wanting to own a dog. If you’re not able to take a dog out for daily walks then it may be worth considering a breed that doesn’t need that kind of exercise. If you live in a tiny apartment then, plainly, taking on a huge dog is not sensible. The same applies if you haven’t got a lot of time for grooming a long-haired dog that may require regular attention when a short-haired breed might be far more suitable. A frail person might find a large, boisterous dog hard to control. So breed, size, temperament and level of care all play a part in that choice. Dogs are also not cheap pets to keep. As well as the right food, a dog needs certain vaccinations as they could be at risk from distemper, parvo virus, viral hepatitis, leptospirosis, para influenza and kennel cough. Neutering also needs to be
considered and it’s sensible to get your dog micro-chipped. This is a one-off fee that means he or she is then on a national database and can be returned if found wandering or lost, so this offers real peace of mind. There has been much publicity recently about puppy farming and the dangers of not buying a dog from a registered breeder. Seeing the conditions where the dog currently lives and, preferably, one or both of its parents is a good idea. This also gives an idea of how big the dog is likely to grow and its temperament. Rehoming centres, as run by charities like the Dogs Trust and the Border Collie Trust GB, are also good places to choose your pet. In common with most animal charities a rehoming fee is charged (in their case, between £80 and £150 depending on the dog’s age) as these groups tend not to receive any funding from central or local government or the National Lottery and have to raise funds for their vital ongoing work. All their dogs will be micro-chipped and vaccinated. In the same way, there are many abandoned cats of all ages that need a loving home. Cats also need vaccinations against a variety of feline diseases including cat flu. Vets’ fees can prove expensive so it’s worth shopping around, but it’s also well worth investing in pet insurance. For a relatively small monthly premium, you can cover a variety of treatments – often, in the case of something traumatic like an accident, when you are upset about your pet and glad of having this kind of practical cover. Many older people find that caged birds are very good companions and, again, it’s worth considering your lifestyle before you invest in your bird and the equipment it needs. For example, a vividly coloured Macaw may well catch your attention in a pet store and prove entrancing. But prospective owners need to realise that long-living Macaws have special dietary requirements and should be handled and let out daily. Finches, canaries and budgerigars may not need as much daily care and are wonderfully rewarding birds. It’s certainly worth looking at the daily time commitment you can give to a pet, and your genuine willingness to make a pet part of your household.
Whatever you decide, looking at all the options first – and taking out the necessary insurance – will ensure that you and your pet exist happily together for many years to come. 23
Room for a little one? Cat fosterers needed urgently Cats like this little chap are regularly abandoned on the streets of Leeds. They need our help. We are looking for people who have a spare room and some time each day to feed and care for cats while we get them ready to find a new permanent, loving home. One or two cats are placed with foster carers at any one time and food, litter and vet bills are paid for by the charity. Other volunteer roles are also available for our new homing centre, opening shortly in Gildersome. For more information contact:
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Building a future for cats Cats Protection is proud to be the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. We rehome and reunite an impressive 47,000 cats every year and we want to do even more to help cats. To achieve our aims, we have launched our Building a Future for Cats programme, which will identify parts of the country that most need our help. As part of this scheme, we have started building work on a new homing centre in Gildersome, Leeds, which is scheduled to open later this year. The centre will address a huge need in the Leeds area where sadly there are many cat welfare issues. Tracey Wilson, Cats Protection’s Appeal Manager, says: “We’ve noticed that a considerable number of cat owners are struggling to take care of their pet’s welfare. “Understandably, changes in financial circumstances and living arrangements are some of the most common reasons we’ve been approached by cat owners in Leeds to offer support and help rehome their much loved pets. However, one of our main concerns is the number of cats who are being abandoned or neglected, which is why this new homing centre is so important.” At our Gildersome Homing Centre, potential adopters will meet cats that are ready to home, speeding up the cat adoption process.
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help to rehome as many as 500 cats each year enable us to help 68% more cats in the local area give vital information and advice on cat welfare and ownership to the local community
We currently have five volunteer-led branches operating in the Leeds and Yorkshire area, and the new homing centre will be able to extend the charity’s reach further. While we have now achieved our fundraising target to open the centre, we would be grateful for any support towards the centre’s running costs. All money is guaranteed to help cats in Leeds, where it is desperately needed. We are also looking for volunteer Fosterers for the centre. As a Cats Protection Fosterer you will be directly helping cats and kittens in need, giving them hands-on care and working with others to rehome them and provide them with a second chance of a happy and healthy life. To find out more, just contact email@example.com.
For more information on Cats Protection’s Gildersome Homing Centre, and to support our work, just visit www.cats.org.uk/future-for-cats.
Help our care go further... We were contacted by someone who was worried about the welfare of some cats in the Leeds area as their owner was unwell. On arrival at the house, our volunteer found it was filthy and the eight cats in bad condition. The cats were taken for a check-up and the vet confirmed they had cat flu and were covered in sores. With veterinary treatment and help from Cats Protection, the cats started to regain their health. They were taught to use a litter tray and also to eat cat food as they had previously lived by foraging for scraps. As their stained coats grew out it became clear they were beautiful white cats with ginger patches. Thanks to the hard work of their carers, the cats became more socialised. They have all now been rehomed as indoor cats with the four most damaged ones staying together in their new home. While their flu means that they cannot play outside or mix with other cats, it doesn’t stop them from having a great new life. They thoroughly enjoy meal times, and like nothing better than to lie near the window and soak up the sun. While we were able to help these cats, there are many more that we can’t currently assist. Please support us as we build our Gildersome Homing Centre. Just visit www.cats.org.uk/future-for-cats
Grandparents Rights In Family Law, there are a lot of myths and halftruths floating about. One issue which seems more misunderstood than most is the ‘inevitable’ impact on contact between grandparents and their grandchildren after parents separate, or more accurately, that if it happens, there is nothing that can be done. In the current financial climate, more grandparents than ever before are providing regular childcare for their grandchild whilst parents work; in effect they become secondary carers. It is estimated that between one third and half of working families need to rely on grandparents for support with childcare. As a result, many children are able to enjoy and benefit from a close relationship with their grandparents. I was lucky enough to have a very close relationship with my own grandparents and am consequently a firm believer in the positive effects such a relationship offers a child. It is therefore with deep sadness that so often I see the time grandparents and their grandchildren share together being reduced when a relationship breaks down. Even more heart-breaking are figures that suggest that as many as 42% of grandparents are missing out on this special relationship altogether following a family breakup. As a legal specialist in children, it is difficult to hear stories of estranged grandparents reluctantly accepting their ‘fate’, seemingly helpless as their own grandchildren grow up as strangers to them. Many grandparents are unsure of their rights and confused about available remedies. While it may appear that the prospect of contact is bleak, the loss of the relationship is not inevitable. As many people are aware, grandparents do not have an automatic right in law to make an application for contact. However it is wrong to believe this is an insurmountable hurdle, or one which is indicative of the prospects of overall success, even if passed. An application for permission to submit an application is a straightforward process, which is aimed at weeding out malicious, poorly motivated or frivolous applications which have no real prospects of success. It is sad that instead, it scares many grandparents with very genuine motives. Any grandparent who can demonstrate a genuine attachment to the child, and desire to continue contact will almost certainly be allowed to make an application for a contact order. Although there is no legal presumption that grandparents should have contact with their grandparents following the separation of a family, it is important to realise that nor is there such a presumption in favour of parents in the relevant statute. Instead, the law recognises that it is in a child’s best interests to maintain a relationship with all members of their close family. Most courts will assume that each of the parents will facilitate contact with extended family, at least on their own side, even if not that of their ex-partner, but of course sadly, family politics often mean this is not the case. Grandparents need to be confident in realising that their relationship has inherent benefit to a child, and that they are not beholden to their own children to allow it to happen if they do not or cannot recognize that themselves. 26
I am not encouraging litigation and recourse to the courts as anything as a last resort. Despite being a lawyer, I believe that court is, in so many cases, not the answer. The problems suffered by grandparents often stem from the fractured trust which arises when a relationship breaks down. A court application is unlikely to re-build that particular rift. Instead, messages of reassurance and support often go a long way. If direct discussions are fruitless, or impossible, mediation can also offer a less confrontational platform for issues to be aired. There is also ‘child consultation’ mediation, which allows the child’s views to be taken into account if they are of an age where this is appropriate. Many parents’ opposition to contact stems from insecurities that somehow their own relationship with the children will be undermined. Agreeing to conditions, especially in the early stages, even if they seem unreasonable, can often help. It is not unusual for progress to then follow, even if slowly. If progress cannot be made through any more gentle means, then grandparents should not be scared of going to court if this is the only way to safeguard an ongoing role in their grandchild’s life. Far from being “selfish” (an allegation I have seen used on many an occasion), it is important to realize that the role of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren, especially during the breakdown of a parental relationship, can offer the stability, security and continuity that children need. The range of orders a court can make is wide, and can include creative solutions to staying in touch, even across significant distances and international borders. They can include anything from direct contact, to telephone calls, emails and letters, and also make provision for things such as guaranteed acceptance of birthday and Christmas gifts. My own parents separated during my childhood. However I was fortunate enough that they both understood that despite their own differences, it was right for me to continue to see each of their respective parents. I know for a fact that their continued presence in my life helped me to adjust to that change in our family structure, and gave comfort and reassurance when everything else was ‘different.’ It is sad that so many children, already suffering the effects of a parental separation do not have that support and further, then have a second relationship to grieve. There are increasingly loud calls for the law to change, so as to afford a stronger emphasis on the survival of extended family relationships post-divorce. Whilst change seems a long way off, I sincerely hope it will come eventually. In the meantime, neither grandparents nor their grandchildren need suffer the loss of each other in silence.
Tahira Rahman is a solicitor based at Ison Harrison Solicitors and specialises in all aspects of Family Law, including grandparents rights. Contact Tahira on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 284 5052. www.50plusmagazine.co.uk
DON’T LEAVE YOUR PARTNER WITHOUT A HOME ...MAKE A WILL! If you die without leaving a will, your husband or wife will inherit the first £250,000 but this still leaves the surviving spouse in danger of losing the family home. Many people believe that everything they own will automatically
As many people’s family circumstances become more
pass to their partner when they die so there is no need to make
complicated due to second marriages, it is possible that this may
a will. This is a complete misconception, unfortunately, and one
become more of a problem in future.
that has led to much hardship and heartache as well as causing lifelong rifts in families. The reality is that if a person dies intestate – without having made a will – then their estate is divided between surviving relatives in a manner laid down by the law. As the law has no way of knowing exactly what the deceased person would have wanted, it tries to be as fair as possible to the close relatives. The first £250,000 passes to your spouse. The balance is split into two halves with the spouse receiving the income from one half and the children receiving the other half outright. This may lead to adverse Inheritance tax problems for the family as a whole. If you are married without children then the spouse receives the first £450,000 and the balance is again split into two halves with the spouse receiving one half and typically the parents or siblings of the person who has died receiving the other half. This is a key factor because most people’s main asset is their house. If the value of the house is above the £250,000 threshold, the surviving spouse may have to sell up so the deceased’s children can receive their share of the inheritance. This may seem harsh but there have been several occasions where this
Our message to people is don’t leave it to chance. Make sure your loved ones are properly provided for by leaving a will. Wills should typically cost £150 plus Vat for mirror wills and £100 plus Vat for single wills. Having made a will it is important to ensure that it is up to date and still meets your requirements, which can change considerably over the years. Things like getting married, having children, or buying property mean your will should be amended to reflect your new circumstances. The current recession has also become another factor because of the fall in property prices and share values. If you want to provide for someone after your death, you may find that the assets you are leaving them are no longer adequate. If this is the case, then you may want to change your will to compensate for the fall in the value of the assets. Irrespective of the Intestacy Provisions making a will can prevent all sorts of problems for your loved ones and remove the risk of unseemly family squabbles after you die. Remember, it’s your money, you worked hard for it all your life, so make sure that you choose who gets it rather than leaving it to Government and the courts to decide.
has happened and it can cause great hardship. Couples in second marriages are most at risk. For example, most children would probably not force their own mother out of the family home so they could inherit their share but they might
For a no obligation fixed fee quote, feel free to call Dominic Mackenzie, Head of Wills and Probate at Ison Harrison Solicitors in Leeds.
have no reservations about making dad’s second wife sell up.
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HOW TO LOVE FOOD AND LOSE WEIGHT
Grills & Roasts Concluding our Hairy Bikers series
MEDITERRANEAN BEEF BURGERS Everyone loves a burger and you can still eat these when on a diet. Bulking the meat out with some grated onion and courgette makes the burger feel more generous with few extra calories, and you’ll find no one will notice the difference. They’ll be too busy enjoying the succulent combination of beef, basil and mozzarella, all packed into crusty ciabatta. SERVES 4 1 small courgette 1 medium onion 400g lean beef steak mince 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried basil 1 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste or tomato purée 1 tsp sunflower oil 4 ciabatta rolls 100g reduced-fat (light) mozzarella, well drained and cut into 4 slices 2 large ripe vine tomatoes, sliced fresh basil leaves balsamic vinegar, for drizzling fine sea salt freshly ground black pepper
413 calories per portion
Trim the courgette and grate it coarsely on to a board, then tip it into a large mixing bolw. Peel the onion and grate it coarsely, then add this to the bowl with the courgette. Put the minced beef, garlic, oregano, basil and tomato paste or purée into the same bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Mix with clean hands until everything is thoroughly combined. Divide the mince mixture into 4 evenly sized balls and flatten each into a patty shape about 2cm thick. Brush the oil over a large non- stick frying pan and place over a low heat. Fry the burgers gently for about 10 minutes or until nicely browned and cooked through, turning them halfway through the cooking time. Preheat the grill to its hottest setting. While the burgers are cooking, cut the ciabatta rolls in half horizontally and place them on a grill pan, cut side up. Cook under the preheated grill until lightly toasted. Remove from the heat and take the bread off the tray and put it on to one side. Place the hot burgers on the tray and top each one with a slice of mozzarella. Put the tray back under the grill from another 1-2 minutes or until the mozzarella has melted. Put the bottom half of each roll on a plate and top with sliced tomatoes and basil leaves. Add a dribble of balsamic vinegar and some black pepper. Add a sizzling hot burger, top with the remaining bread and serve right away. Fantastic!
SERVES 4 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 tsp sunflower oil, for greasing lime wedges, to serve CAJUN SPICE MIX 5 tsp ground cumin 4 tsp smoke paprika 2 tsp dried thyme 2 tsp dried oregano 2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp flaked sea salt potato wedges 3 medium potatoes (about 475g) 1 tsp sunflower oil 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp flaked sea salt freshly ground black pepper chive dip 203 calories per portion 381 calories per portion (with pitta)
100g low-fat natural yoghurt 2 tbsp finely chopped chive
284 calories per portion
CAJUN SPICED CHICKEN WITH POTATO WEDGES AND CHIVE DIP This recipe, with its raging Cajun spicy flavours, was inspired by the fab food we ate when we made our trip down the Mississippi. Itâ€™s a real treat but surprisingly low in fat, so you can enjoy a few - and we mean a few - potato wedges alongside. Preheat the oven to 220oC/Fan 200oC/Gas 7. To make the Cajun spice mix, put the spices and salt in a jar and seal tightly with a screw-top lid. Give the jar a really good shake so that all the spices are mixed together - you can do a bit of a samba at the same time! This spice can now be stored in a cool, dark place for several weeks. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 8-10 long wedges, depending on how big they are, and put them in a bowl. Add the oil and toss lightly to coat all the wedges. Sprinkle with the paprika, salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper, then scatter them on to a baking tray. Cook in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. Whilst the potatoes are cooking, place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of cling film and beat with a rolling pin until the meat is about 1.5cm thick. You need to make the chicken breasts all the same thickness so they cook evenly. Brush the griddle pan or non-stick frying pan with a little oil and place over a medium-high heat until hot. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the spice mix over each chicken to dust it lightly. Griddle or pan-fry the chicken breasts for 2 minutes, then turn them over with tongs and cook on the other side for a further 1 minute. Finish by cooking the chicken for 1 more minute on each side or until cooked through. They should be no pink remaining. Put the chicken breasts on a plate and leave them to rest for 3-4 minutes. To make the chive dip, mix the yoghurt and chives together. Spoon into small pots and put 1 on each plate. Divide the potato wedges between the plates and add the cooked chicken breasts. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over the chicken and a large mixed salad. www.50plusmagazine.co.uk
RHUBARB TRIANGLE FA RM SHOP Quality, Local Produce
Simon Dobson is the fifth generation of the Dobson family to farm in Carlton with records going back to 1815 when his great-greatgrandfather began working the land. The farm is in the famous Rhubarb Triangle and in the very early days the forced rhubarb was grown in the upper storey of the cowshed, utilising the heat produced by the animals. Over the generations the farm has grown from supplying the local community with vegetables to supplying national wholesale markets and supermarkets in the north of England. Last year the Rhubarb Triangle Farm Shop was opened to sell ‘all things rhubarb’ to food lovers in the local area. This is proving very popular, particularly now that the Butchery has been added. A whole range of quality Yorkshire meats are sold, butchered in the traditional way. Homemade burgers and sausages are produced including Chilli and Rhubarb, and Rhubarb and Garlic recipes.
The Rhubarb Triangle sources produce from only the finest suppliers.
PUMPKINS... As we move quickly towards Halloween, the Farm is growing their own Pumpkins from which you can produce soups, pies or just a ‘ghastly’ lantern. BEERS, CIDERS & WINES Due to popular demand the Rhubarb Triangle will shortly be stocking locally produced beers and ciders and a choice of fine wines at reasonable prices to suit your palate. FRESH LOCAL MEATS & TURKEYS Everyone loves locally sourced, fresh produce. The Farm is now rearing its own cattle, and you can see them for yourselves in the field at the side of the farm shop. However, the majority of beef is supplied by Mr & Mrs France from Scholes near Cleckheaton. Their animals are looked after in the traditional way and the taste is unrivalled.
Don’t forget to order your Christmas Turkey, our Hostingley Farm birds are free Range and simply the best.
You can rest assured that quality of produce is high on the agenda with this family run business. The Rhubarb Triangle have more plans for the future and the business will be going from strength to strength over the next year. Come on in and sample some of the tasty delights this gem of a farm shop has to offer.
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YOUR HOME FROM HOME...
See the very latest and best in stunning holiday accommodation that the British caravan industry has to offer...
THE ANNUAL CARAVAN EXTRAVAGANZA WEEKEND
The Lawns, Cottingham, East Yorks. HU16 5SQ Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th September from 9am to 5pm each day On show will be the latest touring caravans, caravan holiday-homes, lodges and park homes, plus awnings and everything else you and your family will need for brilliant holidays all-the-year round. Entry costs £3 per person, £7 per family; parking and showguides free
HOLIDAY CARAVAN 2013
at Beaulieu in the New Forest, Hants. SO42 7ZN Friday to Sunday 27th to 29th September from 10am to 5pm each day On show will be a wide selection of the latest caravan holiday-homes, lodges and park homes, with sundecks, etc., and other equipment plus details of many great holiday parks. Entry is just £4 per car, with a free showguide
HOTLINE FOR BOTH SHOWS: 07885 911 113
for details see the website:
Lawns and Beaulieu Shows 2013
For full details, including location maps and exhibitor lists, go to www.lawnsandbeaulieushows.com.
The Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Caravan Manufacturers’ Association runs two events every September, to introduce the new season’s caravans, holiday homes, lodges and residential park homes.
The first show, at The Lawns on 7th & 8th September (The Lawns, Harland Way, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 5SQ.) featured more than 120 new touring caravans and about 160 caravan holiday-homes, lodges and park homes from most of the major British manufacturers. The annual Caravan Extravaganza gave enthusiasts from all over the UK their first opportunity to see the new season’s models. A massive accessory shop was set up within The Lawns Centre; there was a small funfair for children, food stalls and all sorts of other entertainment which made this a fun day out for the family.
The second HERCMA event is on the Beaulieu estate in the New Forest, Hampshire, (Hides Field, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hants. SO42 7ZN.) It takes place two weeks after The Lawns, from 27th to 29th September. This is the main caravan holidayhome show for the south of England and features many of the “static” models already seen at The Lawns – well over 130, including holiday lodges and park homes – but no touring caravans or motor caravans are displayed. Holiday Caravan and Park Home 2013 will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, giving visitors three days to peruse the models and also a chance to see the various other attractions that Beaulieu has to offer – a separate admission charge applies – such as the National Motor Museum, the old Beaulieu Abbey, and Palace House,
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Patricia with community matron, Anne Williams ‘Anne visited me with Jason, a social worker. They were both marvellous. Jason referred me to the community falls service and I’ve since had physiotherapy, which was very helpful too. They’ve arranged for alarms to be fitted in case I fall, and a pendant alarm which I wear all day when I’m in the house. ‘I feel more confident now about getting out with my stick; I’m able to go shopping, taking the bus down and a taxi back. Before, I wasn’t going out at all. It’s sparked an interest in seeing people and making friends. Obviously I feel frustrated at times because I can’t do as much as I used to. But I’m in a much better position than when I wasn’t going out at all.’ At the time of writing, Patricia has needed no further hospital admissions and had far less contact with her GP.
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Why choose Dentures from a Clinical Dental Technician? What is a Clinical Dental Technician? A Clinical Dental Technician or CDT is a registered Dental Care Professional who is trained and qualified to offer a range of Denture Services – services that were previously only available through your Dentist.
What qualifies a CDT to work on my Dentures?
• Feel more secure about eating the food you want • Countering sagging facial muscles and sunken features that can make you appear older (especially around your mouth, lips and cheeks)
Partial Dentures If one or several of your teeth are lost or missing, a CDT can help you restore your smile with a Partial Denture. By replacing your individual missing teeth,
With many years experience working as Dental Technicians, CDTs have the advanced technical and clinical skills needed to carefully design and handcraft every denture to the individual requirements of the patient. Every Clinical Dental Technician has following credentials: • Graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons • Holds a Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology • Is registered with the General Dental Council as a Dental Technician and CDT • Has appropriate insurance to work with patients Never seek Denture advice or treatment from someone who is not trained or qualified to practice as a Clinical Dental Technician or Dentist in the UK.
Complete Dentures If you are experiencing the total loss of all your natural teeth, a Clinical Dental Technician can help you. As well as taking its toll on daily activities like eating, talking and even laughing, total tooth loss can impact heavily on self-esteem and quality of life. A CDT will create and fit the Complete Denture that replaces your missing teeth and adjacent tissue in your lower and upper jaws. A CDT can help you find the Complete Dentures that will: • Help you to form sounds and bring new clarity to your speech 36
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Personal Family Touches We strongly believe that a funeral service for a loved one should be as personal and unique as they were and we will do everything possible to ensure that all wishes are carried out to make things easier on the day. Be it that family members would like to carry the coffin or perhaps certain members would like to speak within the funeral service. We encourage family involvement and are more than happy to discuss all options possible.
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Enjoy high-class comfort and care in Ilkley, with panoramic views across the scenic valley and surrounding countryside. When you walk into Abbeydale you enter a stylish and luxurious home that feels more like a hotel. The recently refurbished rooms provide bright and positive accommodation, and encourage a happy and satisfying life for residents. The spacious en-suite bedrooms with adjoining sitting room, are furnished to the highest standards and come with colour television, smoke detectors and 24 hour nurse call system. There are various elegant reception rooms and lounges, where residents may convene for a chat or smaller more intimate rooms for a quiet place to read. A full programmes of entertainment and activities are organised daily, and outings take place regularly. Abbeydale's own vehicle can take up to six residents out into the beautiful countryside, shopping trips into Ilkley and afternoons at tea rooms. We also promote the continuation of personal hobbies and interests. The personal needs of each individual is carefully identified and care programmes are created to ensure that the best care is provided. In order to do this all staff receive in house training and follow Abbeydale's philosophy of care which is designed to give residents privacy and control over their daily lives.
Our care staff provide for special bathing, dressing and changing needs, serving meals and tending to laundry, as well as medication, supervision and co-ordination of any appointments for the GP, Dentist and Optician. So, if you are a retired person or couple seeking a comfortable life in Ilkley, Abbeydale could prove to be the perfect solution. Please call us now for a brochure or call in to visit us.
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Published on Sep 26, 2013
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