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SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 2019

OLDHAM, ROCHDALE & TAMESIDE EDITION 59

Jason Donovan THE COUNTRY’S FAVOURITE ANTIPODEAN

James Martin's GREAT BRITISH ADVENTURE

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TWITTERING ON By Angela Kelly

8-9 TRAVEL The delights of holiday cottages in Cornwall 10-11

JASON DONOVAN The country's favourite Antipodean

15-16 HOME Don't move house, change it

Travel THE DELIGHTS OF HOLIDAY COTTAGES IN CORNWALL BY JENNIE CARR FROM SILVER TRAVEL ADVISOR

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WHAT'S ON A guide to what's happening in your region

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JAMES MARTIN'S Great British Adventure

30 HEALTH Things you shouldn't hide from your GP and why, from 'your-doctor'

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DON'T MOVE HOUSE CHANGE IT

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DO WE NEED A RADICAL APPROACH TO COMBAT ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR?

Certainly, victims of crime and communities blighted by anti-social behaviour would argue that ANYTHING that makes teens think twice about what they’re doing is worth trying.

cope well and viewers took to social media in a mixture of praise and concern. There are many people (and I’m one of them) who are enthusiastic advocates of the short, sharp shock treatment and it’s plain that it can work. I always admire the former drug addicts, reformed gang members and all-round bad boys and girls who go into schools to relate their own lives to youngsters in the hope of discouraging them from making such lifestyle mistakes.

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HERE have been several programmes about how to tame rebellious teens over the years.

Let’s face it, this is not a new problem and, much as the older generation would like to think they would never behave like that, it’s a fair bet that some of us did once. But what really works? We’ve seen the army bootcamp idea which certainly had some amazing results but a recent Channel 4 series, Banged Up: Teens Behind Bars had a novel if radical approach.

Their stories can resonate with younger people in a way that a dozen timely warnings or cautionary tales from parents just can’t. Parents and grandparents sometimes find communication with teens difficult, anyway. There is often a natural antipathy on the part of teens for older generations, mainly because they sincerely believe they “couldn’t possibly understand” their lives even though they were teens once themselves. By having more and different systems and methods in place to tackle the problem of anti-social behaviour, we offer hope to families and whole communities.

This put eight British teens between 15 and 17 - who had got into trouble with the law in the UK for anti-social behaviour - to one of Florida’s toughest prisons. As well as being alongside some very hardened criminals, they were given tasks and had to endure a variety of physical education “punishments”.

Prisons and young offender institutions today don’t always have the necessary capacity or cash to cope with a possible influx of young prisoners. In any event, youngsters may come out with more criminal “skills” than when they went in.

In the final episode, they were taken to the morgue to be shown the bodies of murdered gang members. Unsurprisingly, they did not

I know that TV programmes like the Banged Up series look at an extreme way of dealing with wayward youngsters but perhaps we need extreme answers today.

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Success story makes anything seem possible RAGS to riches type success stories always stir the blood but, quite often, you just can’t see yourself emulating this. Sally Fielding’s route to an extremely successful company is the exception, however. She started her holiday homes’ company in Keswick, Cumbria, more than 15 years ago with just £1,000 and it has since become a multi-million pound company. Her business, Sally’s Cottages, is the only independent holiday lettings company for more than 100 cottages in the Lake District as others have been bought out by larger firms. Sally started the company in her spare bedroom and the first year earned £6,000. This was in a little village called Eskdale but it wasn’t long before a neighbour, having seen how Sally had got so many bookings for her own cottage, asked Sally to take on hers. By the end of that year, she was looking after three cottages, all in Eskdale, and now has 500 throughout Cumbria. Her story is not only inspiring but actually seems still achievable by the determined today. Sally not only built up her company in a solid and consistent way but she works in one of the most beautiful areas of the country every day. What’s not to love?!


THERE REALLY IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT BROADSTONE MILL SHOPPING OUTLET Enjoy a short break from your shopping and call into Cafe Moda the downstairs coffee shop or visit The Mill Tearoom on the Upper Ground Floor, whether it’s Breakfast,

Are you looking to get everything for Christmas all under one roof this year ? Visit Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet in Stockport in the run up to this year’s festive season: With thousands of products all under one roof, relaxed shopping environment and free parking it’s the perfect place to go! There is 'Something for Everyone' this Christmas, with 100’s of brands and massive reductions of up to 75% OFF the RRP, in store. You’ll find a great selection of festive goodies, including Gifts for the whole family, Partywear & Accessories, Christmas Wrapping & Cards, Stocking Fillers and so much more! Get ahead of the game this year and avoid the Christmas shopping crowds.

Morning Coffee, Lunch or Afternoon Tea you won’t be disappointed. There’s lots more going on too … here’s a date for your festive diary, Saturday 16th November is the in-store fashion show at 2pm which will be showcasing festive clothing, shoes and accessories and on the same day it’s the popular Festive Family Funday, running 12-3pm, which will include an outdoor artisan market and lots for the children.

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If you’ve not tried coach holidays before why not let Ellen Smith’s take you on your first coach experience. We’ve been established for over 120 years – so we know a bit about coaching holidays!

We do things a bit differently than our rivals All our tours include our ‘Door to Door’ service. That means that you are picked up by a taxi or small minibus right from your front door. No feeders, no interchanges, no changing coaches, no changing drivers and definitely no hassle! Within 30 minutes We normally have everyone on board and we’re on our way. We often have a second pickup at Stockport, but again this is timed for minimal delay. We are fully Financially Bonded And use some excellent privately-owned hotels. All visits and excursions are included in the price. We use modern coaches and mature friendly drivers.

How does it work? On the morning of travel we pick you up at a prearranged time and take you to our waiting coach at Birch Services. We’re off on holiday then! The same happens on the way back too, taxi back to your front door! We never discount We charge the correct price in the first place – therefore everybody on board pays the same price. Finally If you can find the same or similar holiday for sale cheaper in the UK we’ll refund the difference to the whole coach! 120

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BOURNEMOUTH - Mayfair Hotel

‘MATURE SINGLES’ KENT -

Overview: With seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all – a vast variety of shops and restaurants, buzzing nightlife, endless countryside offering peace and relaxation and beautiful award-winning gardens. Explore the New Forest & Winchester as well as the seaside resort of Weymouth. There is also a free day in Bournemouth.

Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel

21st October | 5 Days | £309

3rd November | 5 Days | £319

Overview: Kent is a haven of breath-taking English landscape, hence the name ‘The Garden of England’. From sleepy villages and bustling seaside resorts to historic castles and towering cathedrals, it is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year.

CORNISH MISTLETOE & WINE - Rosemundy House Hotel Overview: An elegant 3-star standard hotel set in over 4 acres of secluded gardens and woodlands and yet only 100 yards from the main street in the quaint village of St. Agnes. Mistletoe & Wine theme with Sherry Reception, visit from Santa & Mince Pies on the last evening.

8th November | 5 Days | £309

TORQUAY ‘Turkey & Tinsel’

HARROGATE ‘Fizz & Fayre’

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET

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Overview: For a great value out of season break why not join us on this ‘Fizz & Fayre’ break staying in Harrogate in the heart of Yorkshire. We enjoy a visit to the annual Christmas Fayre, St. Nicholas Festival in York as well as a day in Knaresborough for Market Day. The ‘Fizz & Fayre’ package provided by the hotel includes: Mulled Wine Drinks Reception; Festive Themed mini-afternoon tea and a glass of Festive Fizz; Live Entertainment each Evening.

Overview: More than 170 quaint wooden chalets line the squares & streets surrounding the impressive Bath Abbey, selling everything you could possibly need for your festive celebrations. As well as spending the full day at the Christmas Market we also enjoy an excursion which takes us to the pretty village of Lacock, the medieval market town of Devizes and a half day excursion to the beautiful cathedral city of Wells.

18th November | 5 Days | £299

2nd December | 5 Days | £259

Overview: An award-winning resort where elegant Victorian Villas, a bustling harbour and palm-fringed beaches give The Riviera its well-earned name. Renowned for being at the heart of the English Riviera, Torquay is a sophisticated and stylish resort with real continental flair.

11th November | 5 Days | £279

LLANDUDNO ‘Turkey & Tinsel’ The Marlborough Hotel Overview: Staying at the fabulous 3-star, family run hotel located on South Parade in Llandudno our tour has a Festive ‘Turkey & Tinsel’ programme provided, with entertainment. Excursions include a visit to the beautiful Isle of Anglesey and a scenic Snowdonia day & Conwy.

16th December | 5 Days | £299

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CHRISTMAS IN DURHAM & CLEVELAND HILLS

NEW YEAR IN BLACKPOOL The Doric Hotel

Overview: Join us for a lovely Christmas Break based on the outskirts of Darlington. Included are two contrasting excursions – Durham, which is a delight to visit at this festive time and a visit to North Yorkshire across the scenic Cleveland Hills visiting the market town of Helmsley and Thirsk. A Festive Christmas Programme is provided by the hotel.

Overview: The Doric Hotel have not yet finalised their 2019 New Year Programme and therefore the one below is a sample programme, although they should be very similar. Sample of inclusions: Bingo on the afternoon of arrival; New Year’s Eve Drinks Reception; New Year’s Eve Gala Banquet; Live Entertainment; Horse Racing & Games; Bingo; New Year’s Day Drinks Reception. Please Note: Our coach & driver DO NOT stay at the hotel during this Christmas break.

23rd December | 5 Days | £499

30th December | 4 Days | £399

The Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington

Call our reservations office on 01706 648126 and request a copy of our 2019 or 2020 brochure. You’ll be surprised at the variations of tours we operate. Visit our website at www.ellensmith.co.uk

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THE DELIGHTS OF HOLIDAY COTTAGES IN CORNWALL BY JENNIE CARR FROM SILVER TRAVEL ADVISOR Land’s End

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here is no doubt that Cornwall gets in your blood, and more specifically, North Cornwall down to Land’s End. What happens as you drive along the A30, traffic jams abounding in the summer, is a change of pace, a return to a simpler life and the reality of nature. It seems that when you arrive at Indian Queen’s, the turnoff for Newquay, you really do enter a different country. The black and white flag of the county is in abundance, as a sign of tourist affection but also on occasion as a result of the strong sense of identity and separateness of a place so far away from London. We’re off to stay in a rented cottage, a treat we’ve enjoyed over the years, starting when the children were small and continuing now as we embrace our empty nester status. That said, we’ve still had some jolly times, hosting our adult brood and their partners in a larger house, with space for us all! We’ve stayed in some quirky places, houses so different

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to our own, and choosing a different one each year has become a pleasant evening’s pastime, adding to our anticipation of time in Cornwall. Just mentioning the name makes me think of barbeques on the beach, superb fresh fish dinners in humble-looking pubs and a sense of freedom. Suburbia it is not! A visit to the Eden Project at St Austell takes you to other worlds. Here under space age biomes, plants from across the globe flourish. The largest rainforest in captivity is remarkable, remember to take water, it’s really hot. The gardens are wonderful, however this is just the beginning – the food is good, the education centre for youngsters exceptional and the calendar of events reaches all ages. If ecology and sustainability is your bag, the Eden project will inform and delight. I always leave feeling amazed by the planet we live on and keen to grow the most unsuitable plants in my Home Counties garden.

Another serious favourite is the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno. If you like a view, you’ll find it here! It is the astonishing result of human inspiration and intervention on a cliff face. The seats are not quite, but almost, vertically hanging above the stage, looking out to sea. When I saw Kneehigh Theatre’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’, swarms of pirates (all actors) climbed the cliff face to appear at the edge of the stage, terrifying us all. Every production utilises the dramatic setting to tremendous effect. We have celebrated birthdays there, wrapped in rugs and fleeces (the show must go on), marvelling at the actors’ ability to withstand the elements. For summer performances, book as soon as possible. And so to the beaches, glorious, varied and wild.You cannot tame the sea! The surfing is excellent, my knees and stamina now sadly lacking, so graceful body boarding has

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The Eden Project taken its place. All ages, all shapes and all abilities plunge into the waves in wetsuits, tee shirts and the hardy in swimsuits. The water on the north shore is, after all, the Atlantic. Polzeath is a real pull for families of tourists, you park on the beach, with shops close by providing everything you could ever want. And, years of experience tell me, you are bound to bump in to someone you know! Other favourites are Watergate Bay, famous for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant (good food, book early), excellent walking along the cliff tops, and the chance of spotting a basking shark too. Fistral Bay in Newquay hosts many world famous surfing competitions, being a spectator now satisfies the daredevil in me. Try Sennen too, just before Land’s End, for wild waves and a great beachside restaurant. My ultimate favourite is Gwenver, we sat on the cliff top,

drinking wine (you do need to bring your own), watching the sunset as dolphins played in the bay. It was nature for real, magical and unforgettable.

earlier. Cornish miners were famous and travelled worldwide, in fact more Cornish pasties are sold in Bolivia than in Cornwall, or so I’m told.

Art lovers are in for a treat too. Galleries in Newlyn, St Ives and Mousehole offer a huge range from the frankly tacky to the excellent, much of it homegrown. The Penlee Museum in Penzance contains unexpected joys, more traditional but equally worthy of merit to those in the Tate and the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden in St Ives. St Just, a place time nearly forgot, surprised me with a couple of quality artist owned galleries. Once you start to look and poke about off the immediate tourist track, little treasures emerge, the Essex Tyler gallery in Mousehole and Badcocks in Newlyn being fine examples.

Each evening, having had our fill of sea, sand, village wanderings and, if our luck’s been in, a fabulous sunset, we return to our cottage, delighted to be staying, once again, in our favourite county!

Everywhere you go, proud chimneys of decaying tin mines litter the countryside, testament to the importance the industry once played. To really get under the skin of this county, a visit to Geevor tin mine at Pendeen is a must.You can go into the mine and visit the works, guided by a retired Cornish miner. It’s eerie, poignant and a further reminder of the importance of the physical world in Cornwall. What hit me most was that this mine only closed in 1990, and yet the conditions seem Victorian, if not

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THE COUNTRY’S FAVOURITE ANTIPODEAN

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ASON Donovan was having an extremely busy time when we spoke but looking forward to a well-earned break with his family. Well, not content with undergoing a hectic schedule of “an evening with…” type show dates right across the UK, the popular Aussie was also in the middle of co-producing a forthcoming tour of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. As this was his first time as a producer rather than starring in the quirky iconic hit musical (based on the comedy drama film) chronicling the adventures of three friends travelling across Australia – he was meeting new challenges. But then, possibly the country’s favourite antipodean has always been keen to take on new challenges when it comes to his career. The youngster with the squeaky clean image and the then fashionable mullet hair-do first came into Brits’ consciousness on our TV screens in Aussie soap Neighbours in the 1980s as Scott Robinson. He had been born in Melbourne, the son of actor Terence Donovan (who was Doug Willis in Neighbours). After his parents separated, Jason lived with his father and made his first TV appearance at 11 in a guest role in a series called Skyways in 1980. He went into Neighbours in 1986 and his character quickly became a favourite, not least because of his burgeoning onscreen teen romance with pretty Charlene Mitchell, alias Kylie Minogue. Jason won a Logie Award – the first of many – as Best New Talent in 1987 and also appeared in a World War II mini-series The Heroes which broadened his acting credentials. Scott and Charlene’s romance and subsequent wedding on Neighbours had, by then, firmly established the couple in the public’s mind. So, when Kylie decamped to the UK to a recording contract and an association with Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman’s hits’ stable, it was inevitable that Jason would follow. 10

As a result, Jason and Kylie singing together created a monster hit for “Especially For You” before Jason’s own single “Too Many Broken Hearts”, reached No.1. His debut album “Ten Good Reasons” also topped the album charts and his next single - a cover of Brian Hyland’s “Sealed With A Kiss” - leapt to the top of the singles’ charts. Jason was here to stay. More hit singles and albums followed. In tandem with his musical career, though, Jason branched out into a theatrical career. He accepted the lead role in the re-staged London Palladium version of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” and had

a UK No.1 hit single with “Any Dream Will Do” from the show. Now, the lad from Neighbours was not only a pop star but also a bankable box-office musical star. The ‘90s proved more challenging for Jason with a damaging libel action against The Face magazine and a struggle with his own drugs’ demons. But, a determination that has been the trademark of his career and his undoubted talent won through and in 1998, he took the lead role of Dr Frank N Further in the UK to9uring production of “The Rocky Horror Show”.


During this time, he met stage manager Angela Malloch who became his partner; the couple have since had three children and live happily in London. Other roles in stage musicals, successful tours, numerous TV shows then and since and taking part in jungle reality show “I’m A Celebrity ….. Get Me Out Of Here!” have all helped cement the likeable Aussie into the UK entertainment scene. In 2008, he released his first album for 15 years Let It Be Me and the following year appeared for the first time in the London stage musical production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. At home, the film had “already been part of my life for many years,” he explained during a break from touring at his London home. His main role as Tick, a drag queen, showed not only Jason’s versatility but also his sense of fun and willingness to challenge himself. His love of the show has lasted 10 years and taken him on many tours. “So when I was asked if I wanted to try co-producing, I decided straight away,” he stated. “I already loved the product and to be successful as a producer you have to believe in it first.” This new “role” has proved fascinating. ”It’s very different from being in a show,” he added. “For a start, you have to find the money which is another challenge.You have to flex other muscles.” However, he managed to maintain his original links with the show by reading through with the actors “which I really enjoyed”. The new show, which starts a comprehensive tour at venues from Milton Keynes to Manchester, promises to be “quite different”. Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden is taking over the role that Jason made his own and Jason is completely complimentary about Joe’s skills. “He’s doing a fantastic job,” he commented. They were just about to go into the rehearsal stage and the whole venture was providing an interesting juggling act for Jason, also mid-tour with his “Amazing Mid-Life Crisis” show. This had definitely meant stepping out of his comfort zone but Jason was loving the

different format of a conversation show, sharing moments from the last four decades. “I’m quite an honest person,” insisted Jason, now 50, “so I try to tell people quite honestly about my life. It’s a format that seems to work and audiences have been very warm. In fact it’s all about the audience.” Jason described the show as a “cross between Parkinson and Baz Luhrmann” and it is certainly going well: the tour includes a large number of sell-out dates with more added from the original schedule.

Is it not draining, though, talking about yourself on such an intense tour? “Not when you’ve had to get used to giving eight stage performances a week for months and not being home for six months at a time,” laughed Jason. And with that, it was back to his clutch of current exciting roles and yet another chapter in the fascinating life of Jason Donovan.

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A SECURE FUTURE WITH EQUITY RELEASE? THESE days we have to look at a variety of ways to raise cash and ensure that our future will be secure and one popular way for anyone over 55 to do just that is via equity release, with research carried out by the Equity Release Council showing that 72% of homeowners over 45 questioned wanted to stay in their property for as long as possible, with 41% also looking to invest in home improvements. Equity release offers the chance to access the cash – the equity – tied up in your home, which can be released either as a lump sum or in several small amounts, or a combination of both. There are two equity release options: a home reversion and a lifetime mortgage. A HOME REVERSION involves you selling part or all of your home to a home reversion provider in return for a lump sum or regular payments.You have the right to continue living in the property until you die, rent-free,

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but you have to agree to maintain and insure it. You can ring-fence a percentage of your property for later use, possibly for inheritance - the percentage you retain will always remain the same, regardless of the change in property values, unless you decide to take further cash releases. At the end of the plan, your property is sold and the sale proceeds are shared according to the remaining proportions of ownership.You will get a lump sum or regular payments – normally between 20 per cent and 60 per cent of the market value of your home, or the part you sell. With home reversions, it’s worth checking whether or not you can release equity in several payments or in one lump sum and the minimum age at which you can take out a home reversion plan. Some providers insist you’re at least 60 or 65 before you can apply. Keep in mind the percentage of the market value you will receive. This will increase the

older you are when you take out the plan but might vary from provider to provider. Also check whether you have the right to remain in your property for life or until you need to move to long-term care, provided the property remains your main residence and you abide by the terms and conditions of your contract. It’s worth checking whether you have the right to move to another property, subject to the new property being acceptable to your product provider as continuing security for your equity release loan and whether the product has a “no negative equity guarantee”. You will also need to know what level of maintenance you’ll be expected to carry out and how often your property will be inspected – this could be every few years. The Money Advice Service explains that a LIFETIME MORTGAGE means that you take out a mortgage secured on your property, provided it is your main residence, while retaining ownership.


You may be able to ring-fence some of the value of your property as an inheritance for your family or you can choose to make repayments or let the interest roll-up. The loan amount and any accrued interest is paid back when you die or when you move into long-term care.

according to your age when you take out the lifetime mortgage, while some providers might offer larger sums to those with certain past or present medical conditions. Many lenders offer interest rates which are fixed or, if they are variable, have a “cap” or upper limit which is fixed for the loan’s duration.

Most people who take out equity release use a lifetime mortgage. Usually you don’t have to make any repayments while you’re alive and interest “rolls up” (unpaid interest is added to the loan), meaning the debt can increase quite quickly over a period of time. However, some lifetime mortgages do now offer the option to pay all or some of the interest. Some will let you pay off the interest and the capital.

Check whether the product has a “no negative equity guarantee” This means that, when your property is sold and agents’ and solicitors’ fees have been paid, even if the amount left is not enough to repay the outstanding loan to your provider neither you nor your estate will be liable to pay any more.

In the same way ordinary mortgages vary from lender to lender, so do lifetime mortgages, and if you’re looking at this option it’s worth knowing that the minimum age for this is usually 55. As we’re now all living longer, the earlier you start the more this is likely to cost in the long run. The average borrower in their late 60s can usually borrow around 35% of the value of their home, but how much can be released is dependent on your age and the value of your property. The percentage typically increases

Again, it’s also worth finding out if you have the right to move to another property, subject to the new property being acceptable to your product provider as continuing security for your equity release loan, as different lifetime mortgage providers might have slightly different thresholds. Consider whether you can pay none, some or all of the interest. If you can make repayments, the mortgage will be less costly. However, with a lifetime mortgage where you can make monthly payments, the amount you can repay might be based on your income. Providers will have to check you can afford these regular payments.

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Look at whether you can withdraw the equity you’re releasing in small amounts, as and when you need it, or whether you have to take it as one lump sum. The advantage of being able to take money out in smaller amounts is you only pay the interest on the amount you’ve withdrawn. If you can take smaller lump sums, check if there is a minimum amount. Overall, equity release might seem like a good option if you want some extra money and don’t want to move house, but it’s worth bearing in mind that equity release can be more expensive in comparison to an ordinary mortgage. In addition, it’s worth considering any additional changes taking out equity release could make to existing arrangements, with the potential to lose means-tested benefits being key among them. It’s also worth considering involving your family throughout the process, as any equity taken out of the home will impact their inheritance later down the line. Speak to an independent financial adviser to find out if equity release is right for you, and whether it could help in supporting your financial future.

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Caption: Resin Drives new Brighouse showroom also features fencing, garden rooms, garage doors and even a putting green.

ResinDrives.co.uk Ltd recently celebrated record-breaking figures over the last two months, proving not even Brexit can hold back the Yorkshire-based home improvement firm. The timing could not be better, as they opened their doors to customers with a brandnew flagship showroom in West Yorkshire, Brighouse. The showroom happens to be the biggest internal resin showroom in the UK. As well as resin driveways, it also includes their new line of outdoor products; such as state of the art garden rooms, garage doors, fencing, decking and artificial lawns. There is also a mini putting green for customers to try out their golfing ability or to keep the kids entertained while parents can peruse the many resin samples on display. “It was important to us to have an impressive flagship showroom for customers to see the quality and variety on offer for themselves. Despite being a national company, we’re proud of our Yorkshire roots so Brighouse was an ideal location for our flagship showroom. Plus, it’s just a stone’s throw away from the M62, making it easily accessible for people further afield too. We invite customers to come in at

their leisure, where they can expect a warm Yorkshire welcome, and wide range of outdoor products on display - from resin driveways to garage doors and more.”, explains Managing Director, Carwyn Richards. The showroom is their second showroom in the UK, with another based in South Wales. They also have their resin driveways on display in Express Bi-folding Doors showrooms, in Leeds and Romford. Resin Drives.co.uk Ltd have over 10 years’ experience and uses all their own installation teams to ensure consistent quality control across the board. Resin is becoming increasingly popular with more home owners than ever recognising its superior benefits over other surfacing options on the market: it’s porous, environmentally-friendly, weed adverse, slip-resistant, wheelchair-friendly and has excellent tyre traction. Aside from all the practical benefits, resin driveway gives customer’s many different aesthetic styles to add exceptional kerb appeal. With over 40 stone colours to choose from a trip to the showroom is definitely worthwhile.

Pop into Resin Drives new showroom today: Unit 4D Armytage Road, Brighouse, off Junction 25 from the M62. (Just next door to the British Car Auction). HD6 1QF. Alternatively, for more information call: 0800 007 5733 or visit: www.resindrives.co.uk

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DON'T MOVE HOUSE CHANGE IT THIS is often the time of year when you look around and consider the whole thorny process of moving house. It may be that you have outgrown your present property, or your family is now independent and living in their own home or just that you’re fed up with where you live and need a change. Moving house is always a reasonable choice but can be stressful. Instead, what you might well consider is CHANGING your current property to make it very different to suit your changing lifestyle. For example, when your family is young, your home needs to be practical and easy to run. Life is lived largely in the kitchen for many families and rooms allocated to suit the basic needs of all members of the household. It may be that your home has – by its geographical position and the type of property – been ideally suited to the regular juggling of job, school and interests. Remove at least some of these areas - like when you retire - and a fresh assessment of your home is required. So, it’s time to cast a fresh eye on your home and see if you can alter it to become the property of your dreams.

Assess the ROOM SPACE you have and see if you want more or just want to reconfigure space. Would you prefer a dining kitchen or maybe the addition of extra rooms to suit hobbies or current lifestyle? Do you want to open up rooms for a more contemporary look? An EXTENSION to your property not only changes the space proportions but also adds to your property’s value. Consider where this might go to be the most use and look the best. Do you use your garage regularly or could you convert it into living space? GARAGE CONVERSIONS are very popular, especially with the increasing number of people who work from home or who are looking for an extra lounge or to create a gym.

The same criteria applies if you want to have a CONSERVATORY or ORANGERIE built. Ask friends and relatives for recommendations and then go to their showrooms if possible and certainly see some of the work they’ve already done. Having NEW WINDOWS installed makes a huge difference to both the look and the insulation of your home. Take advice on the right style for the age and type of property you have. The installer’s experience here is invaluable. It’s also worth having the outside of your home PAINTED and areas like fascias and soffits addressed. At the same time, look at the garden or area in front of your house. Would gravel rather than grass look better and be more practical? Does your garden want a re-think and overhauling? Call the experts in for a quote.

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Select a signature colour if you’re thinking of having new WALLPAPER or painting your walls. Take a sample of colour with you to look at new CURTAINS or BLINDS so that you can mix and match for a smart new co-ordinated look. There are many kinds of blinds available now and they can really open up a room. Take a look at the latest types of FLOORING and choose the right one for the right area.You need something durable and easy to clean for an entrance hall. Porcelain, ceramic and stone tiles are all good choices as is solid or engineered timber. Natural fibre flooring is also suitable for hallways and stairs.

While PAINTING and DECORATING internal walls will always make a difference to the smartness and lightness of rooms, it can. be crucial in areas like the hallway. Is this the welcoming place you want to portray? Is it light enough or would new lighting help to improve it? Strategically placed SPOTLIGHTS can work well in halls, especially when combined with large, unusual mirrors.You don’t have to spend a fortune on either and you might even pick up a really eye-catching mirror in a charity shop, saleroom or online. Re-think your ROOMS. It may be that you want to knock through a kitchen and dining room to create one big dining area or even create a new lounge in an upstairs bedroom. Homestyle magazines and websites can offer plenty of ideas on modern, alternative living. This is not always expensive but does requires a willingness to expand your ideas about day-to-day life at home.

In open-plan kitchen diners, having two different flooring types for each area can work well, both visually and practically. Stain-resistant flooring that’s easy to clean is best. There are also many types of vinyl flooring on offer now so ask your local retailer. Wooden floors of all kinds can enhance a lounge area, interspersed with cosy rugs or you may prefer a good-quality carpet. Porcelain or ceramic tiles are useful in bathrooms but don’t rule out vinyl here, either. Many people prefer carpets in bedrooms for their warmth and feeling of relaxation but look at your décor before you decide. New KITCHENS are always a welcome change and make a terrific difference to the look of your home and lifestyle. But, if funds don’t allow for new units, changing your unit doors or just having the old ones painted makes a difference. A change in colour scheme in kitchen furniture, utensils and appliances can also give this vital room a real facelift. The same is true of BATHROOMS where even a new shower curtain and different coloured towels and accessories can brighten up the whole place. Add new LIGHTING around the house and you’ll feel like this is a new property – but still right where you want to live.

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YOUR HOUSE - IS IT YOUR BEST ASSET? Two in three complaints to the Financial Ombudsman about equity release come from relatives of people who have died or gone into care. It can save a lot of upset later on to be open about releasing cash from a property when you do it, rather than further down the line.

Equity release is no longer the niche lending area it once was. More and more homeowners over 55 are choosing to release cash tied up in their homes and there are few signs of this trend subsiding. Lending in 2018 increased by 27% compared to the previous year and is now nearly double what it was in 2016.

The bottom line is that equity release can play a crucial role in supporting a full retirement, alongside pensions, savings and other assets, for the right homeowner. Since homes are most people’s largest asset, it makes sense to at least consider how this asset can be used to fund retirement. “Downsizing in later life is another way of releasing money from your home and at Pearson we have experienced conveyancers

“The growing variety of equity release products on the market could also be a factor. Newer products mean that homeowners are able to gradually release money from their property, rather than taking it as a lump sum,” she added.

Equity release doesn’t exactly have a squeaky clean reputation with mistrust, past accusations of mis-selling and occasions where relatives find themselves receiving less inheritance than they might have expected. Because of the way interest accumulates over the years, people can end up owing a large amount of money that is paid back from the value of the property when a person dies or goes into care. Whether equity release is a suitable solution really depends on a person’s individual financial and personal circumstances. “As well as getting sound financial advice beforehand, it’s always best to be open with loved ones about releasing equity from your property,” said Gillian.

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• A potential way to raise money by moving to a less expensive property, perhaps also with lower energy bills and maintenance costs. “With the buy to let landlord now hit with a double whammy of more tax and increased stamp duty, many are selling up so there could be a surge of smaller 2 bed properties on the market, these are the type favoured by landlords and retirees alike,” said property executive Gillian Hawley. “Of almost 2,500 landlords who responded to the latest RLA survey, just over 25% said that they were planning to sell at least one property over the next year, so that’s good news for downsizers. “We have worked with generations of local families, dealing with their every property move and from the minute an offer is accepted right through to completion we minimise the pressure by taking care of every single legal detail, liaising efficiently with all the parties and keeping our clients informed every step of the way. Our service also includes a free quotation by telephone, email or post, whatever is best for the client and for added peace of mind, Pearson Solicitors is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS),” she added.

“It’s likely that the UK’s growing elderly population, where many don’t have the pension security of generations past, is partly behind this expansion,” said conveyancing executive, Gillian Hawley.

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• A chance to move to a more favourable location, perhaps nearer to your family and friends.

working alongside independent in-house financial advisers so we can advise on ways to increase your financial security in later life,” added Gillian.

DOWNSIZING – THE MOVE AND THE MEMORIES There are many reasons why people choose to move home in later life. It may be a need to sell the large family home, or move closer to family. Or perhaps a recent change in circumstance, such as a health issue or bereavement, causes a need to reconsider living arrangements. If you’re in any of these situations, it may be time to consider the three main benefits of property downsizing. • An opportunity to move into a property that is easier to manage, making it easier to maintain independent living.

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Join us for three hands-on silkscreen printing sessions. This versatile art form has endless possibilities of creating line, shape and texture on both paper and fabric. £40 for all three sessions – suitable for beginners and the more experienced. Price includes light refreshments and all materials. Booking essential via Eventbrite. Greaves Street, Oldham 0161 770 4653

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20 SEPTEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER THE OLDHAM OPEN 2019

A chance to show your work as part of an exciting exhibition at Gallery Oldham The Oldham Open 2019 - Pick up your paintbrush, fire up the kiln and get snapping with that camera! The Oldham Open exhibition is back at Gallery Oldham for another year and is open to artists of all ages who live, work or study in Oldham. The exhibition opens in September and Gallery Oldham are asking for your entries. The exhibition will open: Friday 20 September – Saturday 30 November 2019 at Gallery Oldham. Gallery Oldham, Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL

21ST SEPTEMBER 2019 PARTY IN THE PARK 2019

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The Wake Up Delph Team present the 14th Party in the Park hosted by BBC GMR presenter Mike Sweeney. Featuring great acts including Rule the Worls (UK no 1 Take That tribute), Fiona Shaw Blondie tribute, Stax of Soul, Forever Jackson and the last night of the proms finale with firework display. 28TH SEPTEMBER MILLGATE ARTS CENTRE - MY COUSIN RACHEL

Bring your family, friends and workmates to the event that put their colour into your day and raises vital funds to look after patients from your community in our care at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Race starts at 1pm. At your own pace, join hundreds of other Colour Blasters, to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Alexandra Park.

Philip Ashley travels to Italy to find his cousin Ambrose has died suddenly and Rachel, Ambrose’s wife, has gone. Philip returns to England convinced Rachel was responsible for Ambrose’s death, hoping to inherit his possessions. When Rachel arrives in England Philip falls in love with her. One small event after another causes a kind of see-saw of belief and disbelief. Is Rachel a scheming murderess or a grossly maligned woman?

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A Harvest Festival to celebrate 5 years of Get Oldham Growing, with lots of entertainment and stalls, including car boot sale. Also come and have your say about the Northern Roots Project.

Join our storytellers as they take you on an atmospheric journey through our historic chapel.You will not only tour the building and listen to our costumed storytellers you will also become part of the stories in the very places they happened. On your journey back in time to 1851 you visit the inhabitants of the cellar dwellings and those who worshipped and preached at the Independent Methodist George Street Chapel.

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9TH OCTOBER SADDLEWORTH LIVE: REDCOATS

Billy Butlin used Shakespeare himself to sell a seaside dream to the great British public. Join the Mikron Theatre Company as they delve into holiday huts, bonny babies and knobbly knees with guest appearances from Marlene Dietrich, Gracie Fields and Laurel and Hardy. Mikron’s radiant Redcoats will guide you through 80 years of Butlins splendour with their trademark mix of fun, pathos and songs. Starring: Christopher Arkeston, Elizabeth Robin, Joshua Cosidine and Rachel Benson.

2ND OCTOBER HOW TO BE AMAZINGLY HAPPY! AT OLDHAM COLISEUM THEATRE

Millgate Arts Centre, Stoneswood Road, Delph, Oldham OL3 5DY

How do you find a new ‘once upon a time’ after the ‘happy ever after’ never turned up? Victoria is on a quest to discover how you make a new life when you can’t have the one you imagined. In this big-hearted, big-thinking show of storytelling and physical comedy, our heroine’s mid-life search for joy, identity and belonging features public displays of playfulness, private truths and sheer bloody mindedness. Join Victoria as she asks - is it possible to be happy without kids? Fairbottom Street, Oldham 0161 624 2829

11TH OCTOBER SADDLEWORTH LIVE: DILLIE KEANE - LOVE AND OTHER BAD IDEAS

After some gardening leave, Fascinating Aïda’s Dillie Keane is back where she belongs – on a cabaret stage, accompanied by the marvellous Michael Roulston. Her take on life and love is cheerfully sour, gently savage and peculiarly mordant – but the beautiful music softens the effect. She freely admits she has a voice like a dying crow being crushed beneath an angry sheep, but that’s never stopped her. In fact, she will be singing some perfectly wonderful songs by other songwriters which she recently discovered in New York. As well as a raft of her own songs too, of course. A delightful evening. Millgate Arts Centre, Stoneswood Road

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The hottest 80s club night with TV personality and star of Spandau Ballet, Martin Kemp spinning the biggest and best hits of that decade! This event is for over 14s only - No refunds will be issued for under 14s. From the incredible global success of Spandau Ballet, to hitting the headlines on BBC1's EastEnders, Channel 4`s Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls, Martin Kemp has had a truly illustrious career. Now, with a return to his favourite musical decade, the Spandau Ballet star will be taking to the decks and spinning all the best '80s Gold'. Its the authentic blast from the past you've been waiting for!Currently selling-out venues across the UK, early booking is essential for what is promised to be a pure ‘Gold’ night! Uppermill Civic Hall, Lee Street Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6AE

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Grace Petrie has been described as 'Britain's voice-of-a-generation protest singer'. A folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester, she is fearless in tackling tough issues and winning over tough crowds.

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18TH OCTOBER PATTI BOULAYE: ARETHA & ME

In this fascinating show, Patti Boulaye compares and contrasts her life with the 'Queen of Soul', Aretha Franklin, who had a celebrated career including 17 Top 10 pop singles and 20 number 1 R&B hits during her 5 decades of recording. Patti will be singing some of her favourite numbers including Respect, I'd Rather Go Blind, Say A Little Prayer, Chain of Fools and Think, as well as many more lesser known Aretha songs. Patti recently published her remarkable and moving autobiography, The Faith of a Child, that charts her riveting life story through wealth, poverty and civil war, to show-business stardom and success in Britain and her birth country, Nigeria. Millgate Arts Centre, Stoneswood Road 01457874644

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30TH OCTOBER GEORGE STREET CHAPEL EXPERIENCE TOUR

Join our storytellers as they take you on an atmospheric journey through our historic chapel.You will not only tour the building and listen to our costumed storytellers you will also become part of the stories in the very places they happened. On your journey back in time to 1851 you visit the inhabitants of the cellar dwellings and those who worshipped and preached at the Independent Methodist George Street Chapel. To book this unique local tour call 0161 633 0213. George Street, Oldham OL1 1LS Tel: 0161 633 0213


31ST OCTOBER HALLOWEEN FUN IN THE PARK

Charity fundraising event involving pumpkin making, fancy dress competition, raffle, trick or treat amd family games organised by Shaw & Crompton Parish Council in aid of Pennine Pen Animal Rescue and the Royal British Legion, Shaw. High Crompton Park, Rochdale Road Shaw, OLDHAM

1ST NOVEMBER SADDLEWORTH LIVE: THE SILENCE OF SNOW: THE LIFE OF PATRICK HAMILTON

Following his much-acclaimed performance of Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope at the Millgate Arts Centre last year, Mark Farrelly returns with his riveting, kinetic solo show portraying one of the great English writers of the inter-war years. Patrick Hamilton was a dazzling success in his twenties, producing hit plays Rope (filmed by Hitchcock) and Gaslight, and classic novelsTwenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, Hangover Squareand The Slaves of Solitude.

10TH NOVEMBER UPPERMILL FARMERS MARKET

Farmers Markets organised by the “Friends” of the Museum. Currently every second Sunday in the month. Free entry. One stall/gazebo sometimes outside the museum entrance with other stalls inside the community gallery. Products can change but there are usually breads, cheeses, olives, teas, coffees and chocolates often of high “artisan” quality. Well worth a visit!

Bury Market has a well deserved reputation for friendly service, fantastic produce and great value. As one of our customers recently said ‘This market continues to thrive and you can see why. Great stalls with everything you could ever need at good prices, plus the superb meat and fish covered market. Friendly service and great people - definitely recommend. The hub of a great little town!’

Saddleworth Museum and Gallery High Street, Uppermill, OLDHAM

But Hamilton was also an alcoholic, whose wit darkened as his inner and outer worlds collapsed. Covering the entire sweep of Hamilton’s thrilling life and writing, The Silence of Snow entertains and challenges in equal measure, asking audiences: why do so many of us get through life without feeling we ever truly knew another person? Millgate Arts Centre, Stoneswood Road. Delph, OLDHAM

9TH NOVEMBER CREATIVE COLLAGE AT GALLERY OLDHAM

Inspired by the ‘On Paper’ touring exhibition from the Arts Council collection try your hand at practising some of the techniques displayed in this fascinating exhibition. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced alike, book yourself a place on our artist-led workshops and find out more about this fascinating craft. Experiment with colour and texture to create themed studies using a range of paper and card. Greaves Street, OLDHAM T: 0161 770 4653

16TH NOVEMBER OLDHAM REINDEER PARADE 2019

Oldham's Annual Reindeer Parade returns on Saturday 16th November to celebrate the arrival of Santa and his eight reindeer to the town. The parade will begin at 12 noon and will include artists, musicians, performers and community groups. The parade will loop around the town and last approximately 30 minutes. There will be street theatre and other entertainment from 11am-4pm.

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CRAB CAKES WITH HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE Brown crabs are extremely commercially important and the crab fishery in British waters is one of the largest in the world, although the bulk of crabs are still exported to Spain and France. Brown crabs are found all over the British Isles where the rocks and weeds provide cover and, of course, the cold water. I’ve never eaten crab as good as the ones I tasted in Cromer and in the Orkney Islands on this trip. These cakes showcase the delicious flavour of fresh crab. Start by making the mayonnaise. Whisk the egg yolks, mustard and vinegar together in a medium bowl until smooth. Slowly pour the vegetable oil into the bowl, starting with a little drizzle and whisking well. This is easiest to do with an electric hand whisk. Continue to drizzle in the remaining oil, whisking all the time, until the mixture has thickened. Season to taste. Put the crab into a large bowl with the potatoes, spring onions, chives, lemon juice 24

and egg yolk. Season and mix everything together well. Divide the mixture into 8 portions. Dust your hands with flour and form each into a round fish-cake shape roughly measuring 8–10cm in diameter and 2cm thick. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat until hot. Drizzle with a little oil and pop the fish cakes in. Cook for 2–3 minutes on each side until golden and heated through.You may need to do this in batches, depending on how big your pan is. To serve, pop 2 crab cakes onto each plate, garnish each with watercress and a lemon wedge and serve with a dollop or a little pot of mayonnaise.

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Bolton’s Award Winning Market Bolton market has over 200 stalls including a bustling food court serving food from all over the world, cafés complement our food offer, and we even have a licensed bar.

WHISKY CHICKEN WITH WILD MUSHROOM & MUSTARD SAUCE Heat a large, wide, non-stick sauté pan over a medium heat until hot. Add the butter and heat until melted, then add the chicken pieces, skin-side down. Season them all, then fry for about 10 minutes, until deep golden. Stir in the shallots and garlic and cook for 3–4 minutes, until starting to soften. Turn the chicken over so it’s skin-side up. Pour the whisky into the pan and bring to a bubble to burn off the alcohol. Stir in both types of mustard, then add the potatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes. Season well then stir in the stock, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Cut through the thickest piece of meat and check there are no pink juices. When the chicken is cooked, pour over the double cream and stir in the parsley. Add the wild garlic to the pan and cook for around 1 minute until it’s wilted, then remove from the heat, sprinkle the flowers over the top and serve.

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You can buy everything from fresh fish, meat and game, locally sourced and exotic fruit and vegetables with speciality stalls selling deli meats and a huge selection of cheeses, plus there is a whole host of traditional stalls selling everything from furniture to flowers, bedding to broomsticks and much more.

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Bolton Market has it all. Opening Times; Open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm. How To Find Us Bolton Market, Ashburner Street, Bolton BL1 1TQ. Contact: 01204 336825 Email: bolton.markets@bolton.gov.uk

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BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING WITH CHERRY COMPOTE The keys to a great bread and butter pudding have to be the egg and egg yolk combo, the cooking time and temperature of the oven.Too many eggs and it tastes eggy, too hot an oven and the mix will soufflé and split, too long in the oven and it will be too firm. When made right, it’s a great dessert and one that should be on menus around the country. By the way, Paul Ainsworth doesn’t make a bad one at Number 6 in Padstow. Preheat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan)/300°F/gas 2. Butter each slice of bread on one side only, then cut off the crusts. Slice each piece in half diagonally to make 2 triangles. Lay them in a 30 x 20cm ovenproof dish, overlapping each slice as you go. To make the custard, put the eggs and egg yolks into a large bowl and add the sugar and vanilla bean paste. Whisk together to break down the eggs then pour in the milk and cream and continue to whisk until smooth. Pour as much of the mixture over the bread as possible to cover and set aside to soak for about 20 minutes – you won’t use all the custard at this stage. Keep topping up with more custard until all of it has been poured into the dish. 26

Transfer to the oven and bake for 35–40 minutes. The pudding should be bubbling hot but not necessarily golden brown. To make the compote, put the cherries and sugar into a saucepan. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar then bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and pour into a bowl. Dust the bread and butter pudding with the icing sugar and use a blow torch to caramelise the sugar or place it under a hot grill for a couple of minutes. Spoon into bowls and serve with the compote alongside.

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'Let us put a smile on your face' THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTURES The eyes, nose and teeth are the focal points of every face; they give the first impressions of your personality. Natural teeth grow in proportion and in harmony with your facial features and your dentures should be made accordingly. Your teeth, or your dentures, have many important functions: to support your facial muscles, to help formulate your speech, and most importantly to chew your food and start the digestive process. It is very important to chew food properly, as poorly chewed food will take longer to digest, especially for the elderly who could risk problems in the digestive system.

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DIFFICULTIES IN CONSTRUCTING A GOOD SET OF DENTURES Constructing a functional and aesthetically pleasing set of dentures is the most difficult task in dentistry. We are not only replacing lost teeth, but also lost tissue matter and bone. In other words, we have to re-create your facial features as they were before the loss of your natural teeth. In most cases we do not know what your teeth looked like, what size they were or what position they were in originally. We have a few indications but mostly we have to rely on our visual and artistic judgement. At the same time we have to use our technical expertise in order to make the denture stable and functional. Denture construction is more art than science.

CHOICE OF DENTURES There are three main quality standards in denture materials: Denture Base Acrylics: standard quality, high impact much stronger non brittle and the latest thermoplastic. Denture Teeth: 2-layer acrylic very basic and cheap, 3-layer acrylic re-enforced much harder, 4-layer composite extra hard and natural looking. However, good materials on their own will not make good dentures. A skilful and experienced clinician and technician are required. The best results are achieved when the whole job is done by the same person.


Losing teeth can mean you are unable to chew food properly, your face and cheeks may look different due to the loss of support and structure your natural teeth provided and you may feel unhappy about your appearance. Manchester Dental Lab can help you. We offer a bespoke service to provide you with dentures which fit well, are comfortable and will look natural. Whilst we cannot replace your own teeth, you will feel confident and happy wearing our dentures. No-one but you should know you are wearing dentures. If you still have some of your own teeth, we will need a prescription from a dentist, which you can bring with you when you come for your first consultation. Alternatively, we can provide a check up and prescription for you using our dedicated referral dentist who will also be able to provide you with any treatment you may need. We also offer home visits. OUR DENTURES Each denture made by Manchester Dental Lab uses quality materials and we take our time time to ensure the most comfortable fit possible. We will consult with you carefully at each appointment selecting tooth shades,

type of denture and trying the fit. Only when you are completely satisfied will we finish your denture.

2) Clear palate 3) Gum and tooth staining for a natural look 4) Various tooth sizes and shades Prices from only £550

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COSMETIC DENTURES These dentures are probably the next best thing to having your own teeth. They are extremely technical, use superior craftsmanship and will provide: 1) Facial and lip support to re-establish a natural facial appearance 2) Tooth characterisation such as anatomical irregularities to produce an enhanced natural look 3) Gum contouring to provide ‘plumpness’ in appropriate areas

Prices from only £250 SUCTION DENTURES This is a a relatively new product. Please contact us for more information. EMERGENCY DENTURES We can provide dentures within 24 hours should you have a mishap with yours. We also work with local hospitals to provide replacement dentures quickly when these have been lost on a ward. In these cases we usually liaise with the hospital for payment.

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10 THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T HIDE FROM YOUR GP AND WHY By Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa, Director and GP at Your Doctor www.your-doctor.co.uk

1. Unexplained weight loss. It is important for everyone to monitor their weight, and noticing an unexpected change in weight should not be overlooked. Unexplained weight loss for example is a symptom associated with type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that 1 in 17 people in the UK have diabetes – diagnosed and undiagnosed. If type 2 diabetes goes untreated it can lead to various health problems such as kidney damage, eye damage and increases the risk of heart disease. So, if you feel you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, we encourage you to contact your GP talk about these problems as soon as possible.

dehydration. However, there are some more serious conditions which may trigger you to faint or feel faint such as neurological conditions or diabetes. For this reason, a fainting episode is always best discussed with your GP. 3. Sharp pain in head or eyes. A sharp pain in the eyes or head is usually nothing to be too concerned over and may be linked to medical problems such as sinusitis or a migraine. Still seek medical advice if you find yourself experiencing these symptoms because in rare cases you could be at risk for seizures, blood clots and brain damage.

2. Feeling faint or fainting.

4. If you are overly stressed.

Feeling faint or fainting is relatively common, and most people have experienced this feeling at least once in their lifetime. Fainting or syncope is caused by a temporary reduction of blood flow and/ or oxygen to the brain. It is often caused by a trigger which may be something like an unpleasant sight, heat, shock, standing up suddenly or

Although we all experience stress throughout our lives and a little stress is good for us, sometimes things can feel overwhelming. Too much stress is a major health issue that can put you at risk of heart attack, stroke and mental health issues, as well as affect your relationships and work. It is important to share this with your doctor because they be able to find ways to help you cope.

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5. Lumps, bumps and moles. Although most lumps and bumps are normal, it is important to always get them checked by your GP especially if they grow in shape or size, become painful or red and if they are found in specific areas such as the breasts or testicles. 6. Blood in stool or urine. Although finding blood in your stool is relatively common, it is always something you should flag with your GP. Rectal bleeding can be a sign of bowel cancer, and therefore should always be checked.

Similarly, blood in urine is also something you must discuss with your GP, even if it has only happened once and you have no other symptoms. Also if you find you are passing stools or urinating very frequently, straining whilst you urinate or have a feeling that you haven’t completely emptied your bladder, visit your GP to get things checked out. 7. Taking herbal supplements. Although herbal supplements may seem harmless, they can cause adverse side effects and there is little evidence to show that many of them actually work. Supplements can also worryingly interfere with other medicines such as chemotherapy and warfarin to name just two and aren’t always as holistic as they seem. Always check with your GP if the supplements you wish to take are ok for you. 8. Whether you smoke or not. Those that deny to health professionals that they smoke typically tend to be the occasional or ‘social smoker’. By only smoking here and there you are still putting your health at severe risk. If you smoke at all then you are a smoker no matter how few cigarettes you smoke. By letting your GP know they can provide you with the necessary advice if you wish to give up and you are far more likely to be able to get rid of the habit entirely. Smoking causes 84% of lung cancer related deaths in the UK. 9. You take sleeping pills. These days we are often not sleeping enough and in order to function and feel our best, some of us turn to sleeping pills. Never take them without medical guidance or buy them off the internet. It is important to also understand that they can cause constipation, diarrhoea, daytime drowsiness and dizziness and there are risks associated with sleeping tablets including addiction and long term health issues. There are alternative ways to help with sleep, so seek advice from a GP before taking sleeping pills or let your GP prescribe the right ones. 10. How much alcohol you drink. Both men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week. It is important to note that these units should be spread over the course of the week rather than being consumed at once on the weekend! Drinking in moderation is ok but drinking too much can cause damaging effects to your heart and liver disease and is associated with cancer. If you’re worried you drink too much, try having dry days; dry January may be something you should try. Tell your GP so they can help support you.


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