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inside... TRAVEL & LEISURE 6-7 Malta A touch of England in the Med.

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11 Ellen Smith Door to door coach holidays. 14-15 Tameside & Ashton-under-Lyne Markets People you know, selling things you want. 16 Arcades Shopping Centre... ...has it all!

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26-27 The Hairy Bikers... Take a scientific approach to food.

FOOD & DRINK 30-31 Joseph Cristophe Novelli... Shares some Port Salut recipes with us.

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We have at least 250 winners a day, with at least four chances a day to win £5,000.00, and another four chances to win up to £2,000.00 as well as the smaller prizes. In the evenings there’s also a chance of £20,000.00 or more on the National bingo game. But it’s not just the chance of a win, the fun friendly atmosphere keeps people coming back for more. Membership is free, and you can sign up in the club or online at www. cosmobingo.com. New members are given £10 discount vouchers to use in their first few visits.


GRAHAM SMITH HAS A TWITTER LIFE IS JUST A TWEET! Do you tweet? Twitter seems to have become all the rage but don’t some people make themselves look twits by what they say? Even David Cameron is tweeting, and for once it’s not about Nick Clegg. As I write he’s just popped up to announce that Prime Minister’s Question Time is about to start. A sure cue for everyone to switch off their computers and phones and hide in a darkened corner before this adult version of Children’s Playtime starts. Does the Queen tweet? Well not officially but someone assuming her name, @Queen_UK, and claiming to be Elizabeth Windsor, gives me many a chuckle with irreverent comments and quips at various member of the Royal Family and the government.

WAITING FOR A PRINCESS! Joining a small crowd waiting to see the Princess Royal in Keighley I had to laugh at some of the comments as time ticked by and she did not emerge from the Civic Centre she was opening. “I suppose she’s had her dinner, I’m on the wrong side of mine,” growled one elderly lady. “Who does she think she is being so late, royalty?”, from one man. I was curious to see this much travelled, often criticised member of the Royal Family whose dog has a penchant for eating geese and who can be a bit nippy behind a steering wheel.

Her catchphrase is “gin o’clock” and he or she has an astonishing 646,553 followers and counting. The latest tweet,“ Camilla on the phone, worried that “the interweb has gone”. The DoE (Prince Philip) thinks she’s trying to find Ceefax”. Then there was this little gem, “Alvin and the Chipmunks (Mr Cameron and Co) are back from their Burma holiday. The poor Burmese still have no idea who they are”. Or “Bungle (Boris Johnson) on the phone. Not really sure what he’s saying, partly due to one having hung up”. She creases me! The “gin o’clock” bit comes in when our supposed monarch announces at 5pm each day that it’s home time and “gin o’clock”. And one of my favourites, “Just been out with the dogs. The DoE is trying to dry Linnet the corgi off with a hairdryer”. To me this is great humour and I am an avid follower. Others make me laugh for other reasons. They tweet before they’re out of bed and I even know the flavour of one southern lady’s toothpaste thanks to her being retweeted by one of my followers. Then there are the dodgy ones. I sat at my machine one morning and discovered I was being followed by three brothels in San Diego and a dispensing chemist for some very suspect stuff in India, duly deleted. Be very careful if you click any links to these kind of people or you will find your computer or mobile phone infected with something which spreads like mumps and ruins any social standing you ever had. Last word with the Queen after the budget, “Text from Nick Clegg: “I didn’t agree with the tax on fruit machines. People shouldn’t pay tax on their apples and bananas”.

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Security was tight for the only royal to have been close to being kidnapped some years ago. On the centre door were two local security people who collectively must have weighed 50 stone but when Anne’s exit was signalled they were dwarfed by her own security men, and women, one of whom could have been seven feet tall with a tell-tale bulge under his immaculately tailored suit jacket. Then there she was, initially wearing that so serious look she is known for but she kindly broke into a half grin and her eyes lit up as a lady beside me made a light hearted comment about how long she had been inside before leaping nimbly into the back of a Range Rover. She certainly has the “royal” look and for a woman slightly older than me, in her early 60s, she is still youthful. “I’ve immensely enjoyed my trip to Yorkshire,” she said to us all. We enjoyed having you Ma’am, but next time could you save us a sandwich if we have to wait so long?

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By Peter Lynch Journalist, rail and wildlife specialist, contributor to Great Train Journeys of the World and Silver Travel Advisor

Malta is a fabulous Mediterranean destination especially if you dislike the hassle of foreign languages. Everyone speaks good to perfect English yet Malta retains all the charm of the Mediterranean.

bureaucrats have forced the withdrawal of the famous orange vintage Leyland and Bedford buses.

The universality of English is down to Malta being part of the British Empire from 1814 until 1964 but strangely it was not one of the Empires conquests. In the Napoleonic era Malta was between a rock and a hard place - at risk of being invaded by the French and the Russians. It opted for the protection of the British Empire and subsequently played a crucial role in defeating Rommel’s Afrika Korps in North Africa during WWII.

The Upper Barrakka Gardens provide a must-see harbour and city view and the Grand Master’s palace and armoury is a must. Don’t be put off by the plain exterior of St John cathedral; it belies a fabulous Baroque interior and a famous painting by Caravaggio.

It’s a tiny place, significantly smaller than the Isle of Wight, with a familiar yet foreign ambience. They have the highest density of catholic priests outside the Vatican City, produce and explode more fireworks per head than anywhere else on earth and eat an unbelievable number of rabbits. Of course, they drive on the left and something I love is how it’s kept some of the classic images from my childhood – old red telephone boxes, red post boxes and blue lights outside police stations. Sadly EU

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The World Heritage listed capital of Valletta is Europe’s first planned city, laid out in a grid system of streets and alleyways. The Knights of St John built it on a peninsula as a defence against the Turks during the sixteenth century.

Valletta’s real charm is its ambience, so it’s important to sit in an outdoor cafe and soak up the palpable sense of history rather than just rushing around the sites –the perfect excuse for loafing. But all this is just recent history; Malta’s prehistoric megalithic temples are older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids. It’s a dream destination for historians and reads like a textbook of western civilisation, probably with more human history packed into its122 sq miles than anywhere else on earth. There are 23 prehistoric sites dating back 6,000 years including the impressive megalithic temples of Taraxien and Hagar Qim but the subterranean

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Valletta’s real charm is its ambience, so it’s important to sit in an outdoor cafe and soak up the palpable sense of history... on Malta en-route to Rome and his indelible legacy of Christianity is still evident in the islands 360 churches. The marks of Norman and Arab conflicts are everywhere on the island, culminating with the spectacular city of Valletta built by the Knights of St John in 1566. Malta’s history rolls on involving the Spanish Empire; Napoleon predictably turned up and of course the British. But its not history that makes Malta one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations - it’s the glorious weather, the friendly people, the Mediterranean lifestyle and the convenience of English speakers. When Malta’s history, shopping and nightlife pall the 20-minute ferry across to Gozo is like moving to another country. It is Malta’s exclusive hideaway island with a pastoral ambience compared to Malta’s brasher tourist developments. Everything runs at a slower pace on Gozo.

hypogeum of Hal Saflieni is perhaps the most breathtaking. It is the only known underground prehistoric temple. Not much is known about these ancient temple builders or their mysterious parallel ‘cart tracts’ gouged into the limestone. They’ve been likened to a complex railway junction (Clapham Junction) because they criss-cross the landscape and some even disappear off the edge of the cliff - creating an endless source of myths and legends. Homer’s Odyssey tells of Ulysses being shipwrecked on the nearby island of Gozo where Calypso captivated him on his journey back from Troy to Ithaca in Greece. Then there are the Phoenicians from the Biblical cities of Tyre and Sidon who traded and settled Malta until ousted by the Roman’s. St Paul was also shipwrecked

The islands capital of Rabat was renamed Victoria in 1897 to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond jubilee but its still the beautiful quant town of alleyways, cafes and little shops it always was. The imposing walled citadel sheltered people from the marauding corsairs who plagued island communities throughout the Mediterranean. Gozo has its share of prehistoric monuments such as the Ggantija temple - supposedly built by giantesses and more mysterious ‘cart ruts’. The impressive Romanesque Basilica of Ta Pinu dominates the Gozitan skyline and has become a local shrine with a Lourdes-like status for miracle cures. Inside the walls are adorned with artificial limbs and other relics left by grateful pilgrims.

So don’t bother with a history book in Malta, just stroll around and let it all seep in, and between momentous historical events you’ll be able to find a perfect pasta and a decent pint of beer.

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All Robinsons own hotels to Torquay, Shanklin and Eastbourne include the following itinerary with ‘Christmas Day’ and ‘New Years Eve’ style celebrations. Christmas Day l Sherry and canapé reception served 15 minutes prior to your dinner sitting l Traditional 5 course dinner l Evening of music and dancing with our resident entertainer l Bingo and hot mince pies, served during the evening. New Years Eve New Years Eve dinner l Evening of music and dancing with our resident entertainer l Party games with spot prizes to be won l Bingo and hot sausage rolls, served during the evening.

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23rd and 29th December tours include 1 excursion. Your stay will also include: l Guess the Weight of the Cake l Big Prize Crossword (Terms and Conditions apply) l One afternoon Cream Tea with background music, served in the Ballroom between 3 and 4pm l Two Movie Matinee’s at 2pm, see the hotel information board for more details

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22 December Spain................. Evenia Olympic ( 7days)....................£509 23 December Hereford............ Green Dragon Hotel (5 days)............ £450 23 December Llandudno......... Kensington Hotel (5 days).................£449 23 December Ribble Valley...... Mercure Foxfields Hotel (5 days) .....£329

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THE AZOREAN GARDEN AT THE HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW This July, The Royal Horticultural Society introduced a new idea - the World of Gardens - for the first time at its Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. There were four gardens entered, from very diverse destinations: Switzerland, Jordan, St. Petersburg and The Azores. It is very difficult to explain, to those who do not understand the British passion for gardens and gardening, that each day some 30,000 people visit the show - which is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday inclusive and that the Hampton Court Flower Show is the largest gardening event in the world. It covers a huge area of some 30 acres or so. It took me six months to persuade the Azoreans to enter a garden. Understandably, they found it hard to comprehend the concept and the fact that Photo courtesy of www.hamptoncourtvillage.co.uk

the show garden created would have to be world class because the RHS is the leading horticultural organisation in the world and it sets the highest of standards. However, once they understood what a perfect opportunity this was to raise awareness of their islands to an audience whose main interest was, after all, gardens, then there was no stopping the flow of ideas. The islands of the Azores are, effectively, one big garden. This is a lush landscape of fertile volcanic soil, set in a temperate climate within the Gulf Stream, where seemingly anything grows in profusion. Flowers abound and, in June, hedgerows of hydrangeas twist like ribbons through the hills and valleys where half a million contented cows produce what I think is the best cheese in Portugal. Though the plants typically found in the Azores were sourced in the UK for The Azorean Garden at Hampton Court, the volcanic rocks, scree and basalt were shipped from the various islands and formed a stunning backdrop to the plants. The Azores, being volcanic, are blessed in being able to derive most of their energy from geothermal sources. Fumaroles abound, especially on the main island of Sao Miguel, and the garden designer and the builders were tasked to reproduce a smoking, bubbling pool, 10

fringed with, white, volcanic rocks, so typical of the village of Furnas, which is built in the crater of an extinct volcano. Nothing was going to put gardeners off from visiting Hampton Court, let alone a little rain! Such was the interest in the garden and in the islands themselves, that we had 15 staff there daily - from Sunvil, from other specialist operators and from the Azorean tourist board manning the garden and the information tent. Three and a half thousand visitors entered the Sunvil prize draw for a week’s free holiday. Cheese from the island of Sao Jorge was on offer, plus a fortified wine from the island of Pico. Many thousands of information leaflets and brochures were handed out. What were the most frequently asked questions? Probably “Where are the Azores?” was number one. I lost count of the times I said, in response: “One third of the way across the Atlantic from Lisbon to New York”. Another regular query was: “What is the best time of the year to go?”. Most people were surprised to learn that there’s a direct flight from Gatwick operating between April and October and that summer temperatures range between 18 and 24 degrees Centigrade, while winter temperatures do not fall below 14 degrees Centigrade. The islands of the Azores offer an unsophisticated and unspoilt destination with spectacular scenery, very reminiscent of New Zealand in its variety, and wonderful for walking, cycling, whale watching and island hopping by air – perfect for garden lovers and those who enjoy the great outdoors. The garden was awarded a Silver Gilt medal at the show, and in the region of 180,000 visitors walked past – what more could one ask for in terms of creating awareness about this unique destination? Monty Don and Rachel de Thame recorded the opening shots of the Hampton Court Special for Gardeners’ World on BBC 2 from the Azorean Garden, pulling in a huge number of people along with the TV cameras, and Jo Swift, also of Gardeners’ Word, talked animatedly from the Azorean Garden about the vast array of plants that could be found on the Azores and about the fumaroles, used by the islanders as nature’s own slow cooker for their national dish, Cozido. My favourite plants from the Azores are probably the tree ferns (Dicksonia Antarctica) and agapanthus, both of which self-seed on the islands. I confess that I bought a couple of tree ferns from the Azorean Garden. I can’t wait for them to be planted in my small Twickenham garden – they will be a wonderful reminder of the exotic flora to be found in the Azores every time I look out of the window.

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Why not join us this year or next year on one of our Quality Door to Door Coach Tours? Our passenger numbers grow year on year because we offer a type holiday that takes away the stress and angst encountered on many other forms of holiday. Firstly, we pick you up at your front door at a prearranged time in a minibus or taxi. You are then transferred to a central meeting point where the coach is waiting for you. Within 15 to 30 minutes you’re on your way aboard our luxury coach travelling directly to your holiday destination, making suitable stops en-route. The hotels that we use are of a 3 or 4 star standard or occasionally a good quality family run 2 star hotel. However, if you prefer another type of holiday you could travel abroad by aeroplane but remember the taxi to the airport, the queue at check in, the queue at the security check, the removal of your shoes, belts etc., the wait in the departure lounge and the queue to board the plane. Then the cramped conditions on the plane, the queues at the destination airport, need I go on? Oh yes I will – the cost of living once you are there! Or perhaps a none Ellen Smith coach holiday. A taxi or bus to a local picking up point, a wait for the coach to arrive, then off to the interchange to swap coaches, and eventually you’re on your way, about 2 hours behind the Ellen Smith coach!

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It makes sense to opt for an Ellen Smith door to door holiday! We pick- up at your door in most of the Greater Manchester area. We visit every part of the UK from the Shetland Islands to Cornwall. Our drivers are very experienced mature individuals with a wealth of knowledge about our wonderful country. We do city breaks, historic adventures, scenic tours, train rides, boat rides, canal trips, not forgetting our numerous costal resorts. We offer a price guarantee – everything noted in the brochure is included in the price. No surcharges, we also guarantee that if we reduce the price of a holiday every customer gets the same reduction.

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RUSSELL GRANT: THE COMEBACK KID When Russell Grant first danced into the hearts of the viewing millions on “Strictly Come Dancing” last year his stars might well have predicted great success and a comeback of cosmic proportions. For arguably Britain’s favourite astrologer may not have won the series – well, let’s face it, his dancing was more entertainment than excellence – but the live audiences and those at home loved him. And for Russell this TV appearance provided a passport back to fame.

Blackpool, Russell met his partner Doug Beaumont and the two have been together for almost 40 years. Although Russell first came to prominence in 1978 after he held an astrological reading for the Queen Mother which led to him being dubbed “Astrologer Royal”, his theatre, TV and film career was surprisingly comprehensive and successful. It spanned more than 30 musicals and comedies, including work as varied as touring with “The King and I” to TV’s “On The Buses”, “Please Sir!” and “The Fenn Street Gang”. He’s been in “Tom Brown’s Schooldays” in the West End and was an effective panto dame in shows all over the country.

Born in Middlesex, Russell was brought up in a council house by his set designer father Frank and secretary mother Joan who both worked at Pinewood Studios. His parents separated when he was 11 and he moved in with his maternal grandmother but, in spite of the upheaval, Russell has always said he had a happy childhood.

However, TV beckoned and it was Russell’s fascination with astrology and his exuberant personality that brought him before the nation, first on Yorkshire TV and then on Granada TV where he was a regular onscreen explaining the daily horoscopes. From there he moved to breakfast TV with BBC’s “Breakfast Time” and later to TV-am as resident astrologer on “Good Morning.”

He worked as a Butlins’ Redcoat and trained as an actor, appearing in a variety of shows. While working in

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celebrity quiz “Star Choice”. He later had his own six-episode series “Russell Grant’s All Star Show.” He worked for Channel 5 just after it was launched and directed and starred in “Russell Grant’s Postcards”, a collection of more than 100 five-minute travelogues produced by his own company Russell Grant World Productions. Russell worked solidly on a number of TV projects, with his astrology skills ever present, and he wrote a number of popular newspaper columns and horoscopes in regional newspapers throughout the country as well as in various magazines. Like many TV personalities, however, his star waned for a while. In 2006, he took part in the fourth series of “Celebrity Fit Club” and lost over three stone, but he later suffered from depression and his weight rocketed, this time to 26 stone. He became something of a recluse at the 30-acre Snowdonia estate that he shares with Doug but, being Russell Grant and a trouper, determined that the show must go on, he began losing weight – around 10 stone in two and a half years by disco dancing each day for half an hour! In 2011, an online group called “Get Russell on Strictly” finally persuaded TV executives to have him as a contestant on the show. In September last year, he burst onto our screens with his lovely professional dancing partner Flavia Cacace. Surprisingly light on his feet and with genuine rhythm, Russell sported a number of colourful and outrageous costumes and certainly won the day with viewers. In fact, they kept him in the knock-out programme until late November – in spite of much criticism from the judges, in particular the often acerbic Craig Revel Horwood. The abiding memory of Russell from the series, however, is of him being shot from a cannon as part of one particularly fun number!

and revived Russell’s theatrical reputation once more. The production also brought him under the dancing wing of choreographer and dance teacher Arlene Phillips – “She even had me dancing the Charleston”, said Russell. Following his memorable appearance in the hit musical, Russell has been brought in as a guest star for a new tour of the show “Grease”, taking the role of Teen Angel at various venues including Newcastle, Llandudno, Southseas, Wimbledon, Dartford and for a one-week run in Manchester in October. He’s back working with Arlene Phillips, whom Russell insists is his “dance sister.” “Arlene brought out the very best in me working on ‘The Wizard of Oz’,” he stated. “So when she said I was right for Teen Angel and, if I took the part, she’d create the choreography, how could I resist!” The sparkly suit and no doubt mesmerising performances are bound to leave the audience hopelessly devoted to Mr Grant’s special charms again. And it’s one more dancing role which he now loves, as he explained: “Teen Angel has a Strictly twist and shimmy which captures the joy of dance I’ve been lucky enough to have discovered.”

As for the future, who knows? Russell hasn’t set himself any special showbiz boundaries and his fans are never surprised – just happy to see their favourite star once more ascending.

This great revival by the “comeback kid” caught the attention of the famous musical writer and producer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. He invited Russell to return to the West End stage – and the Palladium Theatre where he’d last performed 34 years before – and take part in a three-month stint replacing Michael Crawford as the “Wizard of Oz” in a new production. “I was worried as I was due to have an operation on my knee,” commented Russell. “I’m 61 now. At this age you know your limitations. But you also sense your mortality. So there was a two-way thing going on. I was trying to talk myself out of it, thinking ‘Can’t I just go back to Wales?’” Fortunately, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Russell’s close friend Lulu convinced him the part was right for him, and a highly successful run followed which enhanced www.50plusmagazine.co.uk

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Ashton under Lyne is a bustling town full of character and personality, not to mention, history. There was a settlement of some kind at Ashton long before the Norman Conquest of 1066. A small hillock on the north bank of the River Tame, overlooking a good crossing-point on the river, became a fortified position guarding the boundary between the ancient kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia. Over the centuries Ashton developed into a small market town. Wool spinning was a traditional cottage industry in the surrounding hilly areas, which were particularly suitable for rearing sheep. A small amount of coal mining took place nearby.

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A major turning-point in the history of the town was the coming of the canals (and later the railways). Ashton became the junction of three canals, the Manchester and Ashton canal, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Peak Forest Canal. Now, Ashton is a blend of old fashioned values with modern amenities. Arcades Shopping Centre is right at the heart of the town and offers a wide range of shops to suit all tastes and budgets. High street giants such as Argos, Superdrug and WH Smith nestle alongside smaller, independent boutiques and food stores to create the perfect ‘everyday’ shopping destination. Fashion lovers will adore the range of clothes on offer too – Next, New Look, Bank, Quiz, VC3 and more.

There are 40 shops in total which are entirely covered – perfect for our typical British weather! Plus! Adjacent to the centre is Ashton’s historic market which offers a fine selection of goods at fabulous prices on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This is in addition to the Tuesday flea market, and monthly Farmers and Produce market (last Sunday of every month except December.) The centre is easily accessed by rail or bus, and the on-site multi storey car park offers safe parking at reasonable prices.

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IS IT TIME TO DOWNSIZE?

THE children have all left home for lives of their own or you suddenly realise one day that the house you’re in is simply too big for your needs. Whatever the reason, it’s time to DOWNSIZE! Once, downsizing carried a bit of a stigma, almost as if you couldn’t afford the home you had so you had to go for something less. But, in today’s cost-conscious, energy-efficient and finance-orientated world, many more people are downsizing for all the right reasons. Along with finding a smaller property to live in, however, comes some unusual dilemmas – along with the usual dilemmas of how to furnish the new home and what is surplus to requirements. Interior designer Chrissy Halton from Innerspace offers some simple advice: “When downsizing, don’t try and replicate the house you had – go for a new look. “And only take with you items that really mean something to you. Off-white walls look great with more antique furniture items, for example. Less is more!” The advantages of moving to a smaller property can be that your bills are likely to be smaller and there will be less housework needed. The first big minus, though, is that you’ve probably got far too many possessions to fit into your new home. “You can’t take everything with you,” says Chrissy, “so start by having a really good de-clutter so that you can really see what you have that you love. That way you can more easily make the decision about what to take – and you don’t have to pay the removal company too much!” 18

Interior Designer Chrissy Halton Ask your relatives and friends if they would like to have particular items that you don’t want to take with you. There’s a growing trend for mixing old and new furniture currently so they may be glad to be offered a piece they’ve coveted or that may fit in their home. Or look to sell items on ebay and start afresh in your new home with some new furniture. The National Association of Estate Agents says that downsizing offers a chance to have “a thorough springclean and focus on exactly what you want in your new home, and what you don’t.” “You may have furniture which isn’t suitable for your new home, or that could do with replacing. So think ahead and make sure you have taken proper measurements of your new property so you don’t struggle on moving day with items that you probably shouldn’t have brought with you.” For many of us, the pull of our old home is all about the memories that we’ve shared as a family within those bricks and mortar. Our children may have grown up here, and every room can be associated with personal milestones or events that matter to our own family history. “If you’re worried about losing all the history behind your old home, think about using photos to show your life,” adds Chrissy. “It’s easy to make them into beautiful collages, and that way you can ‘take’ the items with you without having the real thing.” When it actually comes to chucking out much-loved – and possibly worn – furniture or other items, contact a local charity which might be glad of household goods and especially furniture in good condition. The national www.50plusmagazine.co.uk


homeless charity Emmaus, for example, may have a local collection service for unwanted furniture, or another charitable organisation may be willing to pick up your item to sell for funds or to give it a good home with someone else who really needs it. It’s important to plan ahead with your new space. “Think about how you’re going to use the space you are moving to,” says Chrissy. “What is the purpose of each room? How many people will you need to fit in to sit? Will you really need a dining room specifically?” LOVELY LOUNGE – Relaxing toning, muted shades, a lack of clutter and plenty of light can be the hallmark of your new lounge when you downsize.

“Situations change and what you once needed you may no longer require. If you actually look at how much time you spend in each room of your current home now, you may be very surprised at how little space you actually use on a regular basis. Take this – and what items you use – as a gauge for what you need to take with you.” For example, she points out, if your new bathroom is smaller than you’ve been used to, is it worth removing the bath and having a larger shower? This may not only make more sense for your daily living but can help with any current or future mobility issues. Whatever style of décor you choose for your new home, it’s worth trying to avoid clutter and opt for today’s cleaner lines and minimalist approach – if only to cut down on housework!

BEDROOM BEAUTY – Go for pretty fabrics in blinds and warm shades that can be picked up in bedding to create this attractive smaller bedroom.

BATHROOM BRIGHT – Ensure your new bathroom has plenty of light with the help of a clever skylight window

Take a look at current interior styles and how these can be easily achieved. Open up a dark room or small bathroom with a roof window or skylight, for example. Take advantage of the wealth of modern flooring including natural woods that can make a room warm and homely in Winter and cool and calming in Summer. You might like to team this type of flooring with a handsome rug in a shade or pattern that tones with your room’s chosen colour scheme. Plain walls matched with attractive fabrics in curtains or blinds give a room a modern look and allow smart furniture and impressive pictures or photographs to really come into their own. If the downsizing also applies to your pocket, then you don’t have to spend a fortune on your new place. In fact, there’s often an enjoyable challenge in keeping within a tight budget yet coming up with something fresh, new and comfortable even if the items are cut-price or second-hand. Again, ebay can be a boon here.

The key to successfully moving at this crucial stage is to take a fresh look at your lifestyle, and decide to make a new start. That way you can downsize the costs – but upsize your enjoyment of your new home! For more information on Innerspace Interior Design go to www.innerspaceinteriordesign.co.uk


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Our 6,000 sq ft Manchester showroom is split over two floors, the ground floor offering a wide range of tiles, tiling materials and tools. The upper floor displays a broad range of bathroom suites, showers, wetrooms, mirrors, bathroom accessories and lighting within individual room settings.

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Byles celebrate their 80th Anniversary For eighty years Byles have been ‘Making Houses into Homes’. Yes Byles began trading in 1932 - exactly twenty years before Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne. So, like the Queen, they have something to celebrate. And you are welcome to join in! With a high street presence in Hyde and Bramhall, and known to thousands in Cheshire and beyond, Byles are one of the South Manchester’s leading design houses for fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. The business was founded in Hyde by grand-father Ernest Byle and Marion. Son, John, later took over the business and with his wife Judith built up the business until he retired some nine years ago. Today, Byles are in the very competent hands of grand-children, Chris and Penny. They have both lived with the business since childhood - some

35 years, Penny observed, with not a little alarm! The main showroom is still in Hyde. Managed by Chris, this 10,000 sq. ft area showcases Keller, Sheraton and Charles Rennie Mackintosh kitchens (to name just a few), along with Neff Appliances, Blanco sinks and taps, Amtico flooring, Ambiance bain and Utopia bathroom furniture and Hepplewhite bedrooms. They are proud to have been selling the Neff brand for 40 years and Keller for 25 years. In fact, the Bramhall showroom which opened four years ago, specialises in Keller kitchens and Neff appliances and is managed by Penny. Both showrooms show the latest in door styles, colours and finished with state-of-the-art appliances and work-surfaces, including Corian, granite and quartz.

you, the customer, just how your room will look. From discussing your initial ideas through to completion, Byles’ experienced staff project-manage the complete installation and co-ordinate all the craftsmen involved. If you are looking to enhance your home with a new kitchen, bathroom or bedroom and value that ‘personal touch’, then look no further than this independent family firm that has been ‘making houses homes’ since 1932. Call in during June-September to see the special offers that are available in this year of celebration.

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Cut down on your fuel bills THE soaring price of energy means that the cost of running a home is at its highest level for three years and makes Winter an even chillier prospect.

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year when prices will definitely go up. Fortunately, most councils around the country will currently have schemes in place to help.

However, there are plenty of ways we can help ourselves – from simply blocking draughts and lining curtains to ensuring you have the right benefits and payments. You might also take advantage of available grants and help with home insulation.

You may be entitled to Cold Weather Payments if you are receiving benefits while Winter Fuel Payments provide help with fuel bills for most pensioner households, irrespective of income or savings and they’re not taxable. Find out more from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Winter Fuel Payments helpline on 0845 915 1515.

carcely a month seems to go by without bad news from gas and electricity suppliers and the reality for many of us – especially older people on a fixed income – is colder homes and a poorer quality of life.

First of all, it’s worth looking at the areas around your home where heat is lost, and walls account for around a third of this. An uninsulated loft can be blamed for a quarter of lost heat, and insulating hot water tanks and pipes keeps water hot for longer. Draught-proofing is a cheap and costeffective way to reduce your heating bills; double glazing can significantly cut heat loss through windows. You can also save on heating costs by installing heating controls, and if your boiler is over 15 years old you might want to consider changing it to make it more energy efficient. Since April, 2005, if you’ve installed a new boiler or replaced an existing one, it’s very likely you will have had to have a condensing boiler. These not only meet higher standards for energy efficiency but also help you save on your annual heating bills. There may be financial help available if you want to improve heating in your home. The Warm Front grants’ programme is currently fully allocated, but householders aged 60 or over may still receive a grant of up to £300 (the heating rebate) for the provision or replacement of certain heating systems. Find out more from Warm Front at www.warmfront.co.uk or tel 0800 316 2805. Your local council may also have a home improvement scheme giving grants, loans, materials or other help. But it’s important to get this sorted now before Winter sets in, and before next 22

Energy providers have to offer social tariffs to consumers who are struggling to pay their bills. Eligibility criteria changes with different suppliers so contact yours if you’re having difficulty here. Electricity and gas companies may also help you to improve home energy efficiency. If you are 70 or over and receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get free cavity wall and/or loft insulation. Contact The Energy Saving Trust to find out more on www.energysavingtrust. org.uk or call 0800 512 012. And there is advice for vulnerable customers on keeping warm and reducing energy costs from Home Heat on www. homeheathelpline.org.uk or by phone at 0800 33 6699.

Installing loft insulation blankets or “quilts” can be a straightforward job but does need to be carried out to a high standard to avoid unnecessary wastage, so consider hiring a professional. Again, The Energy Saving Trust can give you free, impartial advice and put you in touch with a local installer. CAVITY WALL INSULATION is very effective in homes built from 1920 onwards because the chances are their external walls are made of two layers with a small gap, or cavity, between them which is where the insulating material goes. It’s so cost effective that it pays for itself over and over again – you cut heating costs, save energy and your household produces less CO2. Newer technologies mean that the Government is offering Renewable Heat Premium Payments to help people afford them. These systems include solar panels, heat pumps and biomass boilers. SOLAR PANELS can be installed no matter how you currently heat your home, but if you rely on oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity then you could also apply for air, ground or water source heat pumps and biomass boilers. The Energy Saving Trust has full details. Solar panels involve two technologies – one goes directly to heating your hot water (solar thermal) and the other generates electricity (solar photovoltaic or solar PV).

LOFT INSULATION helps save energy and money, keeping warmth inside the home. It’s ideal if you have an accessible loft with no damp or condensation problems, although blown insulation (with loose, fire-retardant material and carried out by a professional installer) can be used for lofts with difficult access.

The benefits of solar water heating are enormous as the system works all year round, although you will need the help of a boiler or immersion heater during Winter months. Sunlight is free, however, so you immediately cut your bills and, once you’ve paid for the initial panel installation, hot water costs are reduced. As solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system, it can also reduce home carbon dioxide emissions.

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Toasty Tameside – Keeping you warm for free! Now’s the time to get your home insulated for FREE, saving you cash and keeping you snug and warm – but move fast before the offer runs out! Tameside Council is working with the Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service to offer you free cavity wall and loft insulation to make your home warm and Toasty. It’s just like wrapping your home in a big woolly blanket and because of the extra warmth you are keeping in the house, this will save you money on your energy bills. Insulation is one of the most cost effective ways of saving energy in the home and could cut your energy bills by up to £250 a year. Cavity wall and loft insulation usually costs up to £350 each and is set to increase next year so make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to get

it installed for FREE. The unique aspect of this scheme is that it is FREE for EVERYONE who owns or privately rents their property and better yet the offer has recently improved because you can now get free loft insulation top-ups as well. The offer is subject to a survey of your house because not all properties are suitable and this is based on an average sized 3-bedroomed, semidetached house. If your property is larger than this, you may have to make a contribution towards the cost. This offer is not restricted to Tameside, it is available all over Greater Manchester. If you rent your home, please ensure you ask your landlord’s permission to have insulation installed.

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50 PLUS MAGAZINE FASHION DO’S & DONT’S Do give today’s fashions a chance – you don’t have to follow trends slavishly but there might be a look or style worth trying, especially when the catwalk is translated into high street lines Do be realistic about your shape, height and colouring Do go for good-fitting clothes that flatter your shape Do look at your daily lifestyle and what sort of clothes suit it Do look at multi-buys in the same range if you like them and they look flattering – this is cost-effective shopping and gives you a better “capsule wardrobe” of complementing outfits Do factor in comfort – if you’re uncomfortable or uneasy in your clothes it shows Do de-clutter your wardrobe and see what you’ve got that you want to keep and will definitely wear – if you’ve not worn any item for 12 months, will you ever again? Don’t wear baggy clothes in the mistaken idea that they make you look thin – they don’t Don’t assume you can wear an outfit just because it looks good on a six-foot tall 17 year-old model – the mirror doesn’t lie! Don’t dismiss high street brands because you’re not a tiny size – many stores now stock 16-plus in their season’s ranges Don’t forget the value of accessories, especially the latest ideas that can make a plain outfit look sensational

CONTEMPORARY & CLASSICAL STYLES TO SUIT ALL TASTES First Impressions by Gail opened it’s doors for business in 1989 and has been successfully managed and run by owner Gail Cox ever since. First Impressions by Gail offers everything for special occasion wear, Mother of the bride and groom to a contemporary casual wear collection. “Fit is so important” Gail advises “We have an alteration service available to complete the perfect fit so you look and feel fabulous on such a special day. ” Customers travel from all over the country to shop at First Impressions and the personal service that they offer keeps people coming back time and time again. Gail puts great importance on customers having a relaxing and enjoyable experience when choosing outfits. Customers also have the luxury of 2 hours free parking outside the shop so they can take their time when browsing. Please visit our site and join our mailing list through Facebook!


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Dave Myers and Simon King alias The Hairy Bikers were in the middle of a regime of diet and exercise when we chatted, recalls Angela Kelly. Yes, sorry, I know you’ll probably have to read that sentence again. Those two well-covered foodies? Diet? Exercise? Fear not. It’s all in the cause of a new cookery book about dieting and Dave and Simon had thrown themselves into both food and exercise regimes with the kind of enthusiasm they normally reserve for a piece of garlic-dripping Italian foccaccia bread or a couple of their favourite beers. “Yes, I know,” explains Simon, the blonde Geordie member of the famous chef duo. “It doesn’t sound like us, but obesity is a real problem in this country at the moment, hen, and we’re just trying to help.” As a result, Simon, aged 45, had been hitting the gym regularly – “and it’s working. I’m not sure how much weight I’ve lost because I’ve got some dodgy scales that say 20 stone 5lb one minute and 14 stone 8lb the next, but I know I can get into some jeans I couldn’t before. Mind you, I’m still a fat lad!” he roars familiarly.

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Dave, at 55, sounds like he’s taken a more scientific approach to the subject. He’s lost a stone and a half, has taken up boxing but still manages to sound incredulous when he says :”Do y’know, I’m actually enjoying the sessions.” You might be forgiven for not putting “weight-loss” and “The Hairy Bikers” in the same sentence because the likeable lads have spent the past eight years showing us what fun food can be – both making it and eating it. They’ve travelled around the UK and across the globe gathering culinary experiences and footage for their TV series, astride some seriously large motorbikes. Their trademark has been making new friends via food, cooking in people’s homes and generally acting as brilliant ambassadors for the best dishes that people can make for themselves. “The new cookery book will still be about food, though,” states Dave, the darker, bespectacled one. “It’s just that we’ll be showing good food that you can easily make with fewer calories in it so it won’t put too much weight on.” The two are speaking ahead of their new country-wide tour that starts in September and takes in 41 venues over the next three months, from Barrow in Furness to Bolton and Lowestoft to Liverpool. It’s their first live tour since their last sell-out tour two years ago, and it sounds like their usual eclectic mix of fun, socialising and, er, some cooking.

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INTERVIEW “It’s definitely not going to be two blokes on a sofa talking about food,” laughs Dave. “There’s loads going on. We’re having strip tombola and an escapologist – oh, and we’ll be doing the tango. We’ll also have a couple of people from the audience having a meal with wine and beer on the stage with us. We love that, and so do they!”

They’ve also sold millions of cookery books linked to the series, and now earned themselves a BAFTA nomination for their Meals on Wheels programmes. These highlighted the vital visiting service to the elderly, and they also tried – successfully - to put the emphasis back on regular freshly-cooked meals for them.

In fact, Dave and Simon love most things about their lives currently, although it wasn’t always as easy or straightforward. Both grew up with ailing parents: Dave’s mum had Multiple Sclerosis and Simon’s Dad was on kidney dialysis.

They’re both delighted about the nomination and, Simon insists, they hope the subject will continue to catch the public imagination because it’s an important one. “In the series, it wasn’t Dave and I who were the stars of the show but all these marvellous older people,” he insists.

For Dave, who was born when his father was 55, his earliest memory of cooking is when he was around eight helping his mum bake bread, simple fruit scones and a Victoria sponge. As an older dad, his father was able to spend plenty of time with Dave, although from around the age of 13 it was Dave who did the bulk of the cooking at home. He later went to art school “but I was a better cook than an artist,” he recalls. It was when he became a make-up artist specialising in prosthetics and was working on the set of a Catherine Cookson TV drama that he met Simon, then a first assistant director and locations’ manager. The two shared a love of bikes and food, began cooking together – and a legend was born. Simon’s first foodie memory is of making sandwiches, strangely enough “with the crusts taken off and cut into little triangles”, when he was about six and helping in the kitchen. “But most of the time I was just off out scrambling about, no time to cook!” he says, with that gentle rumbling roar of laughter bubbling up. Their first programmes for the BBC eight years ago were more travelogue than cookery show, but the emphasis gradually changed to the enjoyable format that has attracted so many viewers today.

“They’ve got the most wonderful cookery knowledge themselves. It’s so important for older people to keep on cooking good food like they always did, and share their skills with their grandchildren to keep these going and become a real legacy.” The two Northerners and their easygoing style has already been credited with tickling taste-buds at home and abroad, whether that’s sampling breads in Poland or guzzling nougat in the French town of Montelimar. But it’s plain they are genuinely passionate about all that’s best in food and sharing the enthusiasm to create it. Although the new cookery book has a dietary theme, food enjoyment as always comes first. “We’ll be doing dishes like a really tasty cassoulet and a great Masala Spatchcock Chicken,” states Dave.

As for the problematic weight-loss, they’re both confident they can lead this new campaign trimly from the front. “Well,” adds Simon, “If God is good and he keeps me off the brown ale!”

For details of tour dates and venues go to www.hairybikers.com


Bury Market Hall open everyday except Sunday “Winner BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards” Best Food Market “Winner UK Coach Awards” Most Coach Friendly Shopping Attraction “Winner NABMA’s” Best Market Attraction Full Markets Open Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays

An Award Winning Market Bury Market’s huge selection of fresh food and produce has been praised the world over…but the only compliments we really want are from our customers! At Bury Market you’ll discover over 350 stalls selling everything from fresh food to the latest fashions – and a whole lot more! Bury Market’s traders are here every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for fantastic products, friendly service and always for great value.

For something different why not visit our Food and Craft Market on the third Sunday of each month?


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THE NATION’S FAVOURITE FRENCH CHEF Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning chef and he has been dubbed the “the nation’s favourite French chef ”. Exclusively for Port Salut, Jean-Christophe has created two French themed recipes and a series of tips for creating the perfect cheeseboard. “Port Salut is a classic French cheese which I have always enjoyed, so I was delighted to be asked to work with the brand. For the recipes I have used Port Salut to give traditional French dishes a new twist and I hope my cheeseboard tips will give your cheese course a whole new lease of life.”

CHAR GRILLED CHICKEN, LEEK, PORT SALUT AND BUTTON MUSHROOM FRICASSEE, WHOLE MEAL CROUTON INGREDIENTS 4 x skinned and boneless chicken supreme’s (cut into thin strips) 2 leeks, trimmed, washed and cut into thin slices 2 x spring onions (trimmed and chopped into thin roundels) 1 clove of garlic (peeled and crushed) 100g chestnut or button mushrooms (sliced) 100g grated Port Salut 50g breadcrumbs 50g grated Port Salut 75ml double cream 25g butter 1 bunch of chives (chopped) 4 slices of wholemeal bread (cut into fingers) 25ml olive oil 1/2 tsp dried herbs 1/2 glass white wine

METHOD 1. Heat a char grill skillet until very hot, brush the chicken strips with some of the oil and season with salt and pepper and your favourite spice, paprika is good as is cumin or garam marsala. 2. Quickly char grill the chicken pieces until well coloured and cooked through. Remove from the skillet and keep warm. 3. In a large saucepan melt the butter over a low heat. 4. Add the leek and spring onion and sweat until tender. 5. Add the garlic and the mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms are tender and softened. 6. Add the white wine and the cream and allow to boil 7. Add the 100g of Port Salut and continue to simmer until the cheese is melted and the sauce is thick. Add the chives. 8. Add the strips of chicken and stir in to coat with the sauce. 9. Place in an oven proof serving dish. 10. In a small mixing bowl combine the 50g of Port Salut with the breadcrumbs and scatter this over the top. 11. Bake in a pre heated oven until the crumbs are crisp and golden and the cheese has melted.

FOR THE WHOLEMEAL CROUTONS METHOD 1. Place the bread fingers on a baking tray. 2. Brush with olive oil & dried herbs and season with cracked pepper 3. Bake in a hot oven until crisp and golden brown. Serve on a side plate with the chicken and leek fricassee.

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CRISPY GRANARY BRUSCHETTA, POACHED EGG, SPINACH AND A PORT SALUT GLAZE. INGREDIENTS 4 eggs (free range, large) 2-3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar 4 thick slices of ciabattas bread 25ml olive oil 1/2 tsp dried herbs 400g washed baby spinach leaves 100ml double cream 4 egg yolks 100g Port Salut (grated) 50g butter (optional) Sprinkle of ground nutmeg

METHOD 1. Place the slices of ciabattas on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil and season with dried herbs, salt and pepper. 2. Place in a hot oven and bake until crisp and golden brown. 3. Place on four plates or a serving dish. 4. In a large sauce pan heat plenty of water to boiling point. 5. Add a couple of tablespoons of white wine vinegar and season to taste with salt. 6. Once boiling stir with a whisk to start a circular motion in the water and crack in the eggs one at a time, bring to the boil and immediately turn down to a simmer. Cook for 3-4 minutes if a soft egg is required, a little longer for a firmer egg and 5-7 minutes for a hard poached egg. 7. Keep the eggs warm in the water until needed. 8. In a sauce pan bring the cheese to the boil, reduce for a few minutes to thicken. Remove from the heat. 9. Stir in the Port Salut and the eggs, allow the cheese to melt 10. In a frying pan add half the butter if used and add the spinach cover with a tight fitting lid and bring to the boil allow the water from the spinach to cook the leaves and when soft and wilted strain to remove any excess water remaining. 11. Season with salt and pepper and spoon an equal amount onto each ciabatta bruschetta. 12. Top with an egg and mask with the cheese and cream mix. 13. Place under a hot grill until bubbling and golden brown. 14. Garnish with some snipped chives and serve.

CHEESEBOARD THEATRE TIPS 1. Add some flavoured texture to your cheeseboard by dropping plain bread in favour of a fruit & nut bread such as apricot & walnut or prune & hazelnut and serve it slightly stale, cut into thin wafer slices 2. Fruit and cheese are a classic combination but give your grapes some extra character by serving them frozen – simply wash a bunch of grapes and shake off any excess water, place on a plate and pop in the freezer, serve directly once frozen onto the cheeseboard giving a more interesting texture with extra bite 3. Add a simple twist on the traditional by pairing your cheese with fruit that has a sharp acidity such as: cherries, raspberries, gooseberries, redcurrants, nectarines and tangy plums – these work well frozen too 4. Turn your cheeseboard into a visual feast by serving long celery stems in a vase of ice water. Team with a small bowl of rock salt too for dipping 5. Radishes are a tasty substitute to celery providing a peppery bite, leave a little stem on each on to hold on to and these can also be dipped in the rock salt 6. A fashionable alternative to the classic chutney is quince jelly – its sweet flavour will add a different dimension to your cheeseboard 7. Spice up your cheeseboard with a handful of sliced chillies or jalapenos, to give a flavoursome punch. This works particularly well with hard cheeses – these will complement the quince jelly too 8. Tantalise tastebuds with a rollercoaster ride of textures and flavours by adding olives and nuts to your cheeseboard 9. For an unexpected flavour, add some ground coffee beans to your board. A little sprinkle will give your cheeseboard a delicious edge 10. Use dried vine leaves, herb sprigs and edible flowers to add more drama, aroma and taste to your cheeseboard


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Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney Q. If I make a Will, does this make things easier because probate will not be needed when I pass away? A. Wills and Probate are not the same thing: A common misconception is that if you make a Will, your executors “will not need to take out probate” on your death. This is not usually the case. Your Will is the legal document that states how you would like your estate to be dealt with on your death: who is to deal with your affairs (your executors) and who is to inherit your assets (your beneficiaries). Probate is the court’s authority, given to a person or persons to administer a deceased person’s estate and the document issued by the Probate Service is called a Grant of Representation. This document is usually required by the asset holders as proof to show that the correct person or persons have the Probate Service’s authority to administer the estate. If you have left a Will appointing executors, it is these people who will administer your estate and the document will be called a Grant of Probate. Any other person who may end up dealing with your estate would be called an administrator, and the document issued by the court would be called a Grant of Letters of Administration, which may or may not have your Will annexed to it. Whether or not a Grant of Representation will be required on your death depends entirely on your individual circumstances. You do not need a grant for jointly owned property that will pass to the surviving owner or owners, nor may you need a grant if the value of the estate is particularly small. Each bank and building society has their own different procedure and each one has a different limit to the funds they will release without a grant being required. If however your estate falls below a certain level, sometimes the accounts can be closed and paid to your executors or your beneficiaries, without a grant needing to be obtained. If a deceased person owns a house on their own, or ISAs or shareholdings, by way of examples, then it is more than likely that the a Grant of Representation will be required to deal with those assets. So why make a Will if you will need to get a grant anyway? If you do not make a Will, then the way your estate must be distributed is governed by law, known as the Intestacy Rules. You do not get a say in who inherits what. Also those same people will usually be the ones who administer your estate. Because there is no Will to refer to, more caution is taken in dealing with administrators as there may be other people with higher priority in inheriting and dealing with the estate. It is therefore best to incorporate all your wishes within a Will, naming specific executors to deal with matters on your behalf. By confirming this in a legal document, rather than leaving it to chance, your affairs will be able to be dealt with more quickly and in a more orderly way, making life much easier for those you have left behind. 36

Q. I have a power of attorney in place, so does this mean I do not need a Will A. People can sometimes get confused with the arrangements they have in place, with a common mix up being between Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Clients may think that because they have one document or the other in place, that their affairs will always be dealt with and taken care of as they would like, no matter what, however this is not the case. A Lasting Power of Attorney (in its previous form called an Enduring Power of Attorney) is a document that you (known as the donor) can put in place to appoint a person or persons to act on your behalf (known as the attorney or attorneys). The document usually relates to your property and financial affairs, although there is a separate Lasting Power of Attorney to deal with your health and personal welfare issues. The powers allow your attorney or attorneys to make decisions relating to the matters covered by the specific document on your behalf, in particular when you no longer have the mental capacity to make those decisions on your own. Those decisions however must be made in your best interests and, with the exception of small seasonal gifts or similar transactions, your assets are still yours and to be used for your benefit. The Lasting Power of Attorney, if not brought to an end beforehand, will end on your death. A Will on the other hand, speaks from death, so your executors are the people you appoint to deal with your affairs and the beneficiaries are the people you have chosen to inherit either particular items, cash gifts, or receiving the whole of or a share of the residue of your estate. Your executors may well be the same people as you have appointed as your attorneys, but this does not have to be the case. Therefore on the date of your death, the attorneys should stop acting, and your executors should start. All the people you appoint, as either attorneys or executors, should be your choice, and must be people that you trust. Both Lasting Powers of Attorney and Wills are important documents and are worth having in place, to ensure that your affairs, during your lifetime and after your death, can be dealt with properly and in the way that you want. Not having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place may mean that your family or another person may have to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as your deputy. They will then take over dealing with your affairs if you have lost mental capacity without putting alternative arrangements in place. Not having a Will means that your estate will need to be dealt with under “the Rules of Intestacy” which is the law set down by statute as to who is able to administer your affairs and who will inherit your estate. Depending on your family circumstances, this may be distant or estranged family members, or ultimately may be the Crown.

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He may be able to offer informed comments upon global warming and world peace and possibly even put up the odd shelf, if you can drag him away from the television, but can you rely upon him to ensure that you and your family enjoy a secure and trouble free retirement. Probably not! You have now reached an age when you should both be able to enjoy your retirement but eventually we all have to take responsibility for ensuring that we have done as much as we can to make life as easy as possible both for our spouse, partner and children. It is hard enough getting him to write a birthday card or a christmas card what chance is there that he will ever get round to making or revising his Will! In order to ensure as trouble free retirement as possible every person, and particularly every person over the retirement age should consider the following:

MAKING A WILL.

If you do not have a Will why not? If you do have a Will did you make it years ago when family and financial circumstances were totally different and is it still relevant to your circumstances today?

• do either or both of you have children from a previous marriage or relationship? If you do and you wish to ensure that both families ultimately receive a fair share of your joint assets then a properly and professionally drawn Will should be able to achieve this. • do either of you suffer from a disability or chronic health condition that may mean at some time in the future there is a real possibility of one of you having to go into long term retirement care. If so, a properly drawn Will should enable you to ensure that a significant part of your assets go to your children or other family members and are not tied up funding retirement home fees indefinitely. • do you have a son/daughter who is presently undergoing a divorce or is thinking of getting a divorce. If they are presently named as a beneficiary under your Will would you wish to take the risk of you dying and your childs inheritance from you being taken into account in any matrimonial financial settlement - again steps can be taken to avoid this in your Will.

wish to move house without first applying to the Court of Protection to be appointed as your spouse’s Deputy. This process can be both expensive and time consuming and it is highly advisable that every person considers making a Power of Attorney and you may wish to consider appointing your spouse/partner and/ or one or more of your children to act jointly as your Attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney rather than relying on the Court to make such an appointment.

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ARE YOU ONE OF THE SANDWICH GENERATION? In 1957, Harold McMillan told the British public ‘we’d never had it so good’ and it was true we were enjoying better health and prosperity. Inevitably, this led to longer life spans, and the phenomena of the sandwich generation. At the beginning of the 20th century, around 6% of people in their sixties still had one parent living. Today the figure is around 50%. At the same time, in 2000, 52% of young adults were living with their parents, and this figure is still rising. This has led to a situation where couples coming up to retirement are caring for ageing parents, while still supporting their adult children. This is the sandwich generation, worrying about financing their own retirement, their parents and their children. While many 80 year olds are still hale and hearty, there are many who need constant care and attention, resulting in huge stress levels for those responsible for them. If you’re one of these, it’s time to take stock and explore all avenues. which could help.

Plan Ahead Difficult as it may be, you need to discuss issues with your parents. Discuss their assets, check with them where they want to live, and who should make legal and medical decisions if they are no longer capable of handling their affairs. The decision of where they wish to live may be taken out of your hands, if they reach a stage when they need full time care. At this stage, it’s important to find a nursing home with staff who treat their elderly residents with respect, and which provides a pleasant environment for your parents to live out their remaining years. This is easier said than done. First you need to research available government help to fund care, and ensure that your parents are correctly assessed to ensure they’re getting all the funding they are entitled to. Age Concern provides a number of detailed booklets on this issue. Take full advantage of your computer. Search websites for ratings, send for brochures, and most importantly of all, pay several visits to possible nursing homes. In an effort to help families looking for nursing homes, a new online system is planned, to be published on a website which will also disclose official inspection reports. Nursing homes will be graded according to star ratings, Trip Advisor style.

Care In The Home

Check out the Care Quality Commission. This is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It registers care services that meet standards and make constant inspections to check that these standards are kept and take action if standards fall. Direct Payments are a Government initiative designed to give people the freedom to purchase their own care and support, so since 2002 all Social Services departments offer the option of a Direct Payment to people who receive a social care and support service. Following an assessment by their local Social Services the person receiving the direct payments can use the money for different types of services.

These include: • • • • •

Personal care and support Day care (including domestic help) ‘Mixed’ packages of support Short-term residential care Items of equipment

Preserve Your Assets The only person who can save for your retirement is you. To avoid many sandwich generation problems - and help your parents and your children - you first have to keep your own financial house in order. Try not to raid your own retirement savings to pay for your children’s college education or your parents’ long-term care. Students should take out student loans if necessary, and you should use your parents own assets to finance their care for as long as possible. And finally, remember you’re all in this together. Don’t be a martyr. Take control and get the whole family on board to help. Getting stressed is counter productive, so make sure you get some time for yourself. Young adults still at home can occasionally take over household duties and visit their grandparents. They could accompany them on hospital visits or doctors’ appointments, and gain enormously from increased contact with an older generation. This is a time in your life when your parents and your children are dependent on you, so look after your health, take time out to keep up with your friends, and keep your sense of humour. Nothing lasts forever, and sooner or later, your children will find their independence and fly the nest. You’ll miss them when they go. Make the most of your time with them. Cherish your parents. They won’t be with you forever, so while you’re coping with their problems, remember how they once helped you with yours, and give them a hug from time to time.

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Caremark on the move Caremark Oldham & Tameside, providers of care and support in the home and community, have recently moved to larger premises in Lees, Oldham. This is to accommodate their recent business expansion – after winning ‘Oldham’s Business Start Up Award 2012’. Caremark, the first home care company to sign up to the ‘Daisy Mark’ challenge across Oldham and Tameside, are proud that their care and support workers are accredited Dignity Champions. This accreditation, awarded by the NHS and previously only awarded to care homes, means Caremark will be able to evidence through the Dignity Challenge that their Staff are keeping customers safe and nourished, delivering personalised care, protecting from infection, recognising the importance of skin matters, and supporting customers with important choices which impact upon their health and safety. An example of this is life-story work with dementia patients and promoting personalised end of life care for everyone. The Daisy Accreditation is about demonstrating to the public that care is delivered to our most vulnerable, frail and elderly population in the community with Dignity and Respect. All services are available to all members of the local community and include children, young people and adults.

Caremark (Oldham & Tameside) believes that all individuals in receipt of home care should receive high quality care and support that promotes their independence, dignity and protects their human rights. Caremark conducts a detailed initial assessment with every customer to establish their needs, preferences, likes and dislikes and ensures that customers develop a professional and supportive relationship with their Care and Support Workers. Our Field Care Supervisor personally introduces the customers to their Care and Support Workers to ensure that independence and dignity can be promoted. Our homecare services can also extend to supporting you in the community, assisting in your sense of inclusion and well-being. This support can be with travel to work or to the shops, or supporting you during a leisure activity, for example you may like some help to go swimming or to the cinema.

What to do now? If you would like to speak to Caremark about any one of our services, please contact our new Care Manager, Andrea Charlesworth who will be delighted to discuss your needs or the needs of a loved one. Contact the Caremark office on: 0161 627 0891 or email: oldham@caremark.co.uk

Caremark provides care, support and personal assistance to adults, children and young people within their home and community • • • • • • • • • • •

Habito - Live in Care (24/7 as an alternative to residential care) All aspects of personal care Respite care and support General Companionship Preparation of drinks and light meals Various domestic duties Overnight Care & Support Assistance with shopping and various errands Accompanying to appointments Assistance with reablement services Emergency out of hours service

Tel: 0161 627 0891

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OUT & ABOUT

DUNWOOD PARK THE BIG 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY On Saturday 15th September 2012, you are invited to celebrate the parks 100th Birthday. Come along for the afternoon and join the party. The park will be open from midday onwards. There will be puppet shows, shows, Story Tellers and other suprising things to discover in the woods, bands to listen to and lots of activites, try delicious cakes and cream teas to eat. A scarecrow trail and more. Milnrow, Shaw, Oldham OL16 4JD For more information call 07817 324858

Lasagne

Making the Bolognese sauce 1 Small onion (diced) I Carrot (diced small) 2 Celery sticks (diced small) Cook off the above ingredients for 5-10 mins 250g Minced beef 250g Minced pork Add the meat and cook until brown 1 Garlic clove 5 Basil leaves 1 Stick of Rosemary Small amount of Thyme 3 Tablespoons of tomato puree Glass of Red wine (250ml) 2 Fresh Tomatoes (Chopped) Cook for 2 hours and season to taste

Making the cheese sauce

Melt ½ a block of butter and then add plain floor and make a roux. Add 2pts of warm milk slowly and whisk constantly to make a smooth sauce. Add your choice of gratted cheese to your taste, season and add ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg

Making the lasagne

Layer the base of an oven dish with cheese sauce then pasta sheets. Follow with layers of cheese sauce, bolognese, pasta sheet and so on. Finishing the off with cheese sauce on top and a sprinkling of grated cheese.

THE OLDHAM HALF MARATHON “MILL TOWN TO MOORS” On October 21st 2012 the Oldham Half Marathon will be returning to the streets of Oldham thanks to the good people at Oldham Citizens Advice Bureau and Oldham Community Leisure. Starting & Finishing in the busy Town Centre of Oldham and with a challenging 1000ft of ascent the course provideds spectacular views of the Saddleworth Villages and the beautiful Moorland Landscap of the Peak District National Park that lies beyond. The route will largely be the same as years gone by and be as HILLY as ever!!! • Joe Ashcroft Memorial Shield • Fantastic Individual & team voucher prices • Spot Prizes • T Shirts to all finishers • Chip Timing • 3 drink stations • UKA licensed race with 13.1 accurately measured miles • Shower, cafe & facilities at Oldham Sports Centre (Race Head Quarters) • Race Starts at 9.30am For more information please call 07980716910

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a woman's touch...

offering a caring, compassionate & personal service Knowing you can turn to someone you can trust can be a tremendous relief. Karen explained to me that a good Funeral Director needs to be strong, yet sensitive; they need to have excellent organisational skills, be genuinely interested in This comes through time and time people and be willing to go that again from the array of "Thank You" extra mile. She is the perfect front cards displayed in her office and the person; with her leadership skills she large volume of recommendations she discreetly takes control of a situation, receives. relieving the pressure that inevitably accompanies death. I know this Karen Revell is the Funeral Director personally, as I used Karen's at H. Revell & Sons, a familycompany only weeks ago to bury my owned and run company based late father. in Stalybridge. The company was formed in 1888 and although She gets the details right, giving funerals have changed considerably careful consideration to the best ways since Victorian times, she believes to commemorate the occasion. "We their traditional values still hold can advise on cremations and burials, true. "I was taught to be honest in help you to order flowers, suggest my dealings with the public and a suitable venue for afterwards, to help them as much as possible guide you in your choice of music in their hour of need. Integrity is and organise announcements in the everything. The funeral profession is newspaper. We have a wide range very honourable. We are bound by a of contacts and resources to hand, strict code of conduct, as stipulated by enabling us to cater for most tastes our trades association, The National and budgets. These days funerals Association of Funeral Directors." can be much more individualised than they used to be. We have done The company ethos is to provide a funerals with marching bands, horse dignified and caring service. Losing drawn hearses, Landrover hearses a loved one can be one of the most and Harley Davidson motorbike difficult things we will go through.

"It’s a great comfort to my clients to know that four generations of my family have preceeded me"

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hearses. Whilst most people want a relatively simple funeral, there is a wide choice of services available to accommodate people's wishes." The company was founded by Karen's great, great grandfather, Edward Hepworth Revell ( the photo gallery shows the family line dating back to Victorian times ). Whilst Karen still walks in front of the hearse and wears her great grandfather's top hat, she is aware that she reflects the changing nature of the funeral profession. "More and more women are choosing to go into our profession. I'm fortunate that I am able to do this whilst still having the benefit and experience of my father and grandfathers behind me. It's a great asset for me to have and I know it is a comfort to my clients to know that four generations of my family have preceded me."

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Why not come and visit Uppermill, Saddleworth where we can offer you a different day out? Have a lovely stroll along the canal or for more experienced walkers, there is plenty of choice around the area for more challenging walks. The High Street has many traditional businesses offering a wealth of merchandise and much more.

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