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Joanna Lumley

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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trans Canadian Rail Odyssey

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

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

Snow Capped Mountains

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



Toronto Skyline

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

TRAVEL which is “not really free, we just paid for you”! Banff has a variety of shops and restaurants, and you might even see a moose or bear wandering around. The first day includes an excursion to Lake Louise and optional Gondola (cable car) ride plus lunch with an early start next morning to join the Rocky Mountaineer for two days. A delicious breakfast awaited us on board, and we were constantly fed or provided with drinks startin at 9.30am!

Winnipeg Bridge Jasper and Banff to the Rocky Mountaineer After brunch, we said good-bye to The Canadian and on to Jasper by coach. This is a fabulous area, rich with lakes and waterfalls and strange rock formations. We stopped at several places to photograph pale-turquoise lakes and rivers coloured by minerals seeping from the hills. Maligne Lake is a great place to stop, eat at the Chilli Bar, hire a canoe or just enjoy the backdrop of snow-topped mountains. Along the Icefield Parkway is the included excursion onto the Athabasca Glacier. Board the Ice Explorer truck which trundles slowly onto the designated walkways for visitors. Wrap up warm and enjoy the spectacle of this ancient glacier which is shrinking by the day. Two nights in Banff at the excellent Fox Hotel and Suites. Phone rates were reasonable, all rooms had free WiFi, and there is also a free public transport pass

We enjoyed the luxury of the Gold Leaf service, comfortable seats on the top deck of the sightseeing carriage and a restaurant downstairs. Standard Silver Leaf service is also in comfortable, allocated seating with meals served at your table and plenty of viewing opportunities. Overnight is at The Coast hotel in Kamloops, then back onboard in the morning. We were all sorry to say goodbye to the Rocky Mountaineer. If only you could travel the whole way across Canada in such style! Vancouver Our last 3 nights were spent in central Vancouver. We loved the city, especially Stanley Park, enjoyed an evening Harbour Cruise dinner, (meeting a racoon in the street on the way home), and a cable-car trip up Grouse Mountain the next day. September was a perfect time to visit and in hindsight, an extension of a few days in Vancouver at the end of the trip would be ideal.

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

tide and then beneath the tide itself! Our


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

We’d planned to exchange our vows whilst

battled against the wind to decorate the area

standing barefoot on a warm sandy beach,

with balloons and chiffon drapes. However,

and had chosen the beautiful Caribbean

as the pounding from huge waves started

island of Tobago for our wedding as it is

lifting the jetty’s wooden planks, Jeannette

one of the few countries that allows on-the-

declared it unsafe and we relocated to our

beach ceremonies. The island also offers

third choice – a wooden arch on the hotel

great birdwatching, deep-sea fishing and

lawn. Fortunately, our preacher was delayed,

snorkelling opportunities, all of which we

allowing time to move the decorations and


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

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

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

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

We agreed that the “Classic Wedding Package” at the

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

Blue Waters Inn on the northeast of Tobago promised all

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

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

champagne for our wedding breakfast followed by sumptuous

registrar, witnesses, decorated venue, bouquet and button

red velvet wedding cake.

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

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

We arrived the week before our wedding to fit in the

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

required residency days prior to travelling to the Ministry

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

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



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Based at: Glenburn hotel, rothesay. An included visit to Mount Stuart House and Gardens at Rothesay, A trip across the Kyles of Bute and along Loch Fyne to Inveraray with included admission to Inveraray Castle then back to the mainland over the Clyde to Loch Lomond where we include a cruise on the Loch. Finishing with visits to the pretty village of Luss and Loch Lomond shores. 16-20 July


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auStrIa and LaKe Garda

Based at: hotel Bergland, Seefeld - Centrale hotel, riva-del-Garda. 13 day super holiday to Austria and Italy. First we head for Hull and overnight sea crossings to Zebrugge on North Sea Ferries (meals on-board and side by side berths are included). Next through the lowlands to Germany and half-board overnight accommodation at the superb Park Hotel, Mannheim. Day 3 takes us to Fussen and the Fernpass, then high into the mountains to our base for the next 4 nights, the Bergland Hotel, Seefeld. Day excursions included. 25 July-6 august £1339

KonIGSWInter and the rhIneLand

Based at: maritim hotel, Konigswinter. We return this year to Germany’s Rhineland and the superior Maritim hotel at Konigswinter. Travelling first to the market town of Beverley then on to Hull for overnight sea crossing on North Sea Ferries. We then make our way across Holland calling first at Valkenberg, before crossing the border into Germany and a mid-afternoon arrival at Konigswinter. Three day excursion package included. Then Back to Hull after a lunch time arrival in the little Dutch town of Sluis 13-20 august


Single Supplement : £189

WInCheSter and the hamPShIre hIGhLIGhtS

Based at: norton Park hotel, Sutton Scotney. The Norton Park offers quality accommodation and fayre, with an included excursion package, taking us first to the city of Winchester, then on to Bombay Sapphire Distillery for a tour and tasting. A steam train journey to Alton and a visit to Jane Austen’s House. And finally head first to Lyndhurst in the New Forest, then to Beaulieu with included admission to the National Motor Museum and Beaulieu Palace.

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arran, Bute and LoCh Lomond

Based at: marine hotel, troon. A favourite of many, with superior hotel accommodation. We take the ferry to Arran then a scenic drive around the top coast visiting the Arran distillery with an included light lunch. Next up the Isle of Bute where we include a visit to the splendid Mount Stuart House and Gardens. Finally we follow the Clyde coastal route crossing the Erskine bridge to Loch Lomond where we include a cruise on the Loch. 7-11 october


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Joanna Lumley

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


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

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

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

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

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At Saltydog Investor we don’t believe that people should necessarily work longer, pay more into their pensions, or take out insurance for their twilight years. Yes, these things would help, but why doesn’t anyone suggest the obvious – make your current savings work harder. If you’re frustrated by the lacklustre performance of your pension, ISAs and other savings then why not do something about it? Many years ago, I was blissfully unaware of how poorly my investments were performing, assuming that my IFA was actively managing them to maximise my profits. I had sold my first business in 1985 and invested some of the proceeds in two Skandia Investment Bonds. I was withdrawing 5% per year, but was astonished when 15 years later I had seen no capital growth. I challenged my IFA and to my amazement found that I was still invested in the same property and balanced managed funds that they had recommended when the bonds were first taken out. The world had moved on, but my investments hadn’t. I’d learnt the hard way that the financial industry generally promotes passive investing. You are put in a fund and are then expected to stick with it through thick and thin, while the fund managers and advisers sit back and count their commission. This is why it’s frequently reported that many tens of billions of pounds are left floundering in underperforming funds offered by some of the world’s largest financial institutions.


Tracking 40 funds by hand was laborious, but possible; keeping tabs on the thousands of Unit Trusts, OEICs, Investment Trusts and ETFs that are readily available to the private investor is a completely different proposition. At Saltydog Investor we analyse all these funds and present a summary on a weekly basis in a way designed to help private investors see which sectors are currently performing well, and which are the best performing funds within those sectors. We combine the Investment Association sectors into our own proprietary Saltydog Groups which are: • • • • •

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These groups help indicate the potential risk associated with each fund within them. Combine this with our up-to-date performance data and it’s easy to see whether the increased risk associated with the more volatile funds is currently being rewarded.

Skin in the Game We also run a couple of demonstration portfolios to show how our data can be used and publish details every week. These are real portfolios and show what we’re doing with our own money. The ‘Tugboat’ is designed to be very cautious and avoiding losses when markets fall is as important as making gains when they rise. The ‘Ocean Liner’, shown on page 17, is slightly more adventurous.

Take Control For too long the financial institutions have had it all their own way. They have taken their charges, regardless of performance, and grown fat on the apathy and inactivity of the private investor. The politicians are just as bad. To punish us for living longer, and to make up for their incompetent management of public finances, we are now being told that we will have to work longer, and then survive on smaller pensions. Fortunately things are changing. Advisors are no longer able to take trail commission every year from your investments, and the investment houses have been forced to introduce funds where the hidden costs that used to go to the middle men now stay within your investments. The recent growth of on-line trading has been astonishing. The way we shop, bank, arrange our insurance, book our holidays, and choose our utilities providers has changed forever. Surely our approach to investing will follow suit. If you use one of the many fund supermarkets, switching between funds only takes a few minutes and the costs are minimal. The Saltydog data makes shortlisting the funds that are

performing well straight-forward, and free on-line tools mean you can monitor performance whenever you choose. I am not particularly computer literate, I don’t come from the financial industry, and I have had no formal financial training - yet my investments have consistently out-performed the market. The time has come for the DIY investor, and if I can do it anyone can.

How to beat the market using trend investing Saltydog Investor is a trend investing system, helping you ride uptrends and then get out when the market starts heading down. Each week we analyse all of the markets sectors, looking for the ones showing upward trends, and sift through thousands of funds to find which ones are doing the best at the moment. The charts and numbers we provide every week give you all the information you need to become a successful trend investor. For a full explanation of how our trend investing system, using funds, could give you better – and less volatile – returns from the stock market, please take a look at our website:

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


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

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Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ Other scented spring plants for your garden include, Lily of the Valley, Wallflowers, early flowering clematis such as Clematis ‘Apple Blossom’ and a wide range of shrubs and trees such as Choisya ternata, Magnolia stellata, Lilacs and Cherries. Position highly scented plants near entrances, windows and paths so that even if you are not out in the garden, the scent can lift your spirits on a dreary day. Spring gardens can be designed under trees where the leaves shade the area later in the year, keeping the ground cool during the summer months. Try Anemone

In a small garden pots crammed full of bulbs can be brought out into the limelight when they are in full bloom and then swapped for the next display, providing continuous pleasure from early February right through to May. The bulbs can be lifted as they die back and replaced with summer bedding, perennials or grasses for colour right through the summer. Finally, bring a few cut stems of Spring flowering shrubs indoors to brighten up the kitchen. Favourites are the twisted stems of Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ dripping with catkins, the scented flowers of Viburnum-bodnantense ‘Dawn’ or the cheerful yellow of Forsythia-intermedia ‘Lynwood Variety’.


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

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

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

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

Bow Pasta with Clams, Crayfish & Cajun Spices

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

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

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


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

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

To make the pastry, put the flour into a large bowl, add the butter and rub in using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pour the egg into the middle of the mixture and stir in well, then lightly knead the mixture to bring it together. Add 1 tablespoon of water if the mixture feels a bit dry and doesn’t come together into a smooth dough. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap in clingfilm (plastic wrap) and rest in the fridge for 20 minutes. Lightly flour a clean work surface

then roll out the pastry into a large circle, around 2mm (1/8in) thick. Keep turning the pastry every time you roll it to keep the shape even. Use to line a 26cm (10 in) fluted loose-bottomed tart tin, 3cm ( deep.

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

Line the tin with the pastry. Press into the flutes and edge of the base of the tin, then leave the remainder hanging over the edge.

Put the tart tin on a baking sheet. Spread the pecans all over the tart case, then pour the filling over the top. Bake for 35–45 minutes until the filling is firm.

Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Make the filling. Put the butter and treacle into a small pan and heat gently to melt the butter. Stir together. Take the pan off the heat and cool a little.

Once cooked, cut all the overhanging edges off the tart using a sharp serrated knife. Cool the tart until warm, then lift the tart out of the tin and transfer to a plate. Cut the tart into slices and serve with cream or ice cream.

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Tomato Lycopene and Prostate Health By Prof T G Truscott (Keele University) and Prof Fritz Boehm (Medical Consultant, Berlin)

As men get older the risk of prostate diseases, from prostate enlargement to aggressive prostate cancer, increases. While enlargement is common in men aged over 50, the risk of getting prostate cancer is no more for such men than it is without this problem. The main prostate disease, which DOES concern older men, is prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with near 1000 new cases diagnosed every week – it can develop slowly. If you have a close male relative, such as your father or brother, with prostate cancer you are at a higher risk. This means if you have this disease your son(s) are also at a higher risk, especially so if another male relative has the disease. One of the most common tests for prostate cancer is a blood PSA test (Protein-Specific Antigen) - while this test can sometimes be unreliable (a high PSA level may not be due to cancer) it can be useful in detecting early prostate cancer.

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Another trial comes from America - Omer Kucuk (Oncology Professor, Detroit) studied men with existing prostate cancer who were to have radical prostatectomy. The trial results, (published in The American Institute of Cancer Research) led Professor Kucuk to report: “Lycopene from tomato extract may not only prevent prostate cancer but may also be useful to treat prostate cancer”. As well as these and other promising results for men with established prostate disease, what about those currently free of the disease but possibly at higher risk? Here, we believe the results of a large trial from the USA are important. Professor Edward Giovannucci, (Harvard Medical School), has followed 50,000 men, investigating the relationship between the incidence of prostate cancer and lycopene intake. In a recent paper (published in ‘The Journal of National Cancer Institute’ - Oxford University Press), he concluded: “Dietary intake of lycopene was associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer, especially lethal prostate cancer”.

Lycopene is the red colour in tomatoes - it is known to accumulate in the prostate and there is evidence that lycopene can help those with established disease as well as those at a higher risk. A trial at Kings College Hospital, London, used Lycoplus (10mg Lycopene per day). All the men on this 1 year trial had established prostate cancer, an average age of 70, average PSA 23ng/ml and they were monitored during and at the end of the trial. The trial results (published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases) showed that 70% of those on the trial had a significant reduction in the PSA rate or a PSA reduction. The urologists running the trial reported ‘‘Our clinical study lends weight to the probability that dietary supplementation from Lycopene [from Lycoplus] slows disease progression in men with prostate cancer”. The reason why only 7 out of 10 men showed an improvement and 3 showed no improvement is not explained in this work. We believe some men are unable to take up sufficient lycopene and so a higher dose may have increased the number who would have benefited. This is why we have increased to dose of bio-available lycopene in Lycoplus capsules, since this trial, from 10mg to 15mg/capsule.

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Out & About

A GUIDE to the amazing events around PRESTON & FYLDE for 2018 10th June

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Preston Caribbean Carnival

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Preston Peoples Festival

The Caribbean Carnival has been a part of Preston for over 40 years now, and every year people have had a great time enjoying all the entertainment on offer. Caribbean Entertainers and local Carnival troupes will perform on the main stage throughout the afternoon, along with steel pans & DJ. There will be stalls, Caribbean food & drink, concessions and other family entertainment too. There'll also be a parade, where you'll be able to see all the vibrant costumes and props people have made for the event as they dance through the streets of Preston. Moor Park, Preston events/details/6732

This monthly farmers' market supports local producers and aims to help save the environment by reducing food miles. With a bustling and friendly atmosphere, you'll find a Fairtrade stall and a collection point for Preston food bank. There will also be a surgery for Ashton councillors 11am to 12noon. St Michael's Church Hall, Tulketh Road, Preston details/6522

Preston Peoples Festival is taking over the city centre, inviting as many people as possible to dress in costume from the turn of the 20th century. Dress up and join the walk of fame that will guide people around the streets of Preston to where some of its ancestors lived and worked. To make the occasion a living historical experience, there will be theatre performances in various locations, a march with banners, a brass band, live music & entertainment. Flag Market , Cheapside details/6309

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A shopper’s delight for clothing, household goods and gifts all at great prices there are currently over 200 stalls to explore

Take a Fresh new look at Fleetwood Market!

20th June

Dan Walsh Trio at Willows Folk Club After a mammoth solo world tour promoting the release of the critically acclaimed 'Verging On The Perpendicular' album, BBC Folk Award nominee Dan Walsh's annual UK tour offers an exciting change for 2018 seeing the launch of the all-new Dan Walsh Trio. Willows catholic club, Bryning fern lane, Kirkham

20th June

Leyland Festival 2018

Fleetwood Market is one of the oldest in Lancashire. Dating back to the 1800’s in a coastal setting at the heart of the seaside town which is popular with visitors and locals, but don’t be fooled by its age this Market has ever changing stalls and is a shopper’s delight for clothing, household goods and gifts all at great prices – there are currently over 200 stalls to explore. It’s open four days a week all year round we're easy to get to by car, coach bus or tram and we're fully accessible for wheelchair users including a free cash machine on site. The new Digital Help Centre at Fleetwood Market was officially opened in February 2018 and is already helping local people to get online. The centre, run in partnership by Citizens Advice and Wyre Council, will help people to learn new IT skills and even work their way towards qualifications. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, all bank holidays and Tram Sunday 9am – 4.30pm. Find us online at or call the market office on 01253 887651 Adelaide/Victoria Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6AB.

Painting demonstrations by members of the Leyland Artists Group - Don't miss the family fun spectacular this summer for a wide choice of activities for all the family. Including competitions, craft stalls, Paws in the Park Show, food stalls and demos, childrens activities, rides plus much more! Each year the event begins with the traditional vehicle parade through Leyland ending at Worden Park. The popular parade features businesses and local community floats, marching bands, dance troupes and heritage vehicles. Follow the festival facebook page for regular updates Town centre & worden park, Leyland


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24th June

St Catherine's Hospice Sponsored Firewalk Can you take the heat for St Catherine's Hospice? Dare to join in for their exciting sponsored Firewalk and conquer the hot coals whilst raising vital funds to support their work. St Catherine's Hospice Lostock lane, Lostock hall Victoria Street / Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6AB Tel: 01253 887651 Proud winners of Market Innovation of the Year Award 2017


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2nd June

21st July

Fleetwood Carnival

Preston Strong Man Competition 2018

16 Jun - Starts 11:30am with the judging of Fancy Dress and Floats, 1pm Parade around Fleetwood Town and back for a fun packed day in the Marine Gardens. If you would like to join the committee or help out on the day, please phone 01253 850080. The Esplanade, Fleetwood 24th June

Picnic in the Park

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.

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.

Well worth a visit!

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:

Visit our website for a list of special events and activities that we are running at the Market.


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Pack up your picnics, gather family and friends and check out Chorley's Astley Park for an afternoon of free fun and entertainment as a popular children's celebrity heads to the town's annual Picnic in the Park event. Chorley Council will bring a fantastic family stage show to Astley Park between 12 noon and 4pm with performances from various acts including a 'celebrity', children's entertainers, top local bands and singers, as well as face painters, balloon modellers and more. This event is suitable for all the family. On the day there will be lots of free fun including interactive activities for children like circus workshops, sports, games, orienteering challenges, arts and crafts, creature cuddles with the animals of Pets Corner and not forgetting the opportunity to explore Astley Hall and the exhibitions in Astley Farmhouse. Astley Park off Hallgate, Chorley

So you’ve seen it on TV now you can get a chance to have a close up view of Preston's Strong Men on Preston's Flag Market. Strong men will pit themselves against each other with a series of strength and stamina tests from the Log Lift, to the visually impressive (and impossible to take your eyes off) Truck Pull event which is gruelling for even the most accomplished Strong man. Flag Market, Preston details/4969 11th August

Vikings on the Flag Market Head down to Preston Flag Market and stroll through a Viking encampment depicting everyday life as it may have been over a 1000 years ago. The Vikings are the UK’s oldest and largest Vikingage society, with branches across Britain, Europe, the US and Canada. The society's mission is to educate and entertain whilst brining the Dark Ages to life using wellresearched equipment and lifestyles. Flag Market, Preston details/6751

14th July

Preston Mela A vibrant celebration of South Asian culture that will see the Flag Market filled with the sounds of modern and traditional music. Dance and entertainment from around the world will take place alongside a strong community element featuring performances from local musicians and dance groups.There will be plenty of opportunities for you to sample well known aromatic South Asian cuisine. Flag Market, Preston details/4918

25th August

Feast for Peace Plenty of opportunities to eat, listen to music and dance together. This year, in addition to showcasing Preston's diverse food and music culture, The Larder and Preston Food Partnership are teaming up with the Harris to celebrate the amazing food heroes of World War I. Flag Market, Preston events/details/5867

29th April - 3rd June

17th June - 26th August

Brass In The Grass

Outdoor Theatre …. 5 performances as below

Brass in the grass, Blackpool Brass Band will be performing a number of Sunday concerts in Ashton Gardens. Ashton Gardens, St Annes On Sea

10th June

Cleveleys Classic Car Show The Cleveleys Car Show is a town centre display of sports, classics, American and interesting cars which is free to enter. There will also be cars on the New Promenade as well as a display of model aircraft. A programme of live music and entertainment is planned for the Plaza meaning that the Show should provide something for everyone. Victoria road west, Cleveleys

25th June - 1st July

Blackpool Armed Forces Week Clebrating Britain's Armed Forces; past, present and future. Armed Forces Week is Blackpool's opportunity to say thank you to our heroes. From 25 June-1st July the whole resort comes together welcoming serving military personnel, veterans and cadets, with a wide range of activities targeted at them and their families as well as the many thousands of people visiting Blackpool. Blackpool and various locations across lancashire

LITTLE WOMEN (17th June) Chapterhouse Theatre Company open the five play Lytham Hall open air season with their production of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, adapted for the stage by Laura Turner. The beautiful parklands of the Hall are an ideal venue for outdoor performance. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (8th July) Illyria, the country's leading open air touring company bring Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice to the beautiful parkland setting of Lytham Hall. Gates open for picnics at 4pm, with free car parking close to the area. Bring your seating and suitable clothing. Licensed bar and refreshments. THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (18th August) Arthur Conan Doyle's spine-chilling detective story receives the full treatment from Illyria, the country's leading outdoor touring company, with a spectacular finale as darkness falls. Bring your own seating and suitable clothing. Gates open for picnics at 17:30. Free parking close to the arena. Licensed bar and refreshments. THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (19th August) Illyria's cast of six bring The Pirates of Penzance to the beautiful parkland of Lytham in a high energy and accessible show. It's Gilbert and Sullivan for the 21st century. Gates open at 1600 for picnics. Free parking close to arena. Bring your own seating and suitable clothing. Licensed bar and refreshments.

THE ADVENTURES OF DR. DOLITTLE (26th August) An eye-opening spectacular as the finale of the open air season at Lytham Hall. Illyria bring their family show featuring the eccentric Dr. Dolittle and his talking animal friends, to the beautiful parklands of Lytham Hall. Gates open 2pm for picnics. Bring your own seating and suitable clothing. Free parking close to arena. Licensed bar and refreshments. Show finishes 6pm. Lytham hall, Ballam road Lytham st. annes 2nd June

Alfie Boe: Homecoming International singing star Alfie Boe is to return to his hometown for a special one-off concert. Homecoming will be the biggest concert Fleetwood has ever hosted and will take place at Fleetwood Town FC’s Highbury Stadium on Saturday 2 June 2018. Fleetwood town football club, Highbury stadium

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Quality dentures mean a quality lifestyle The Importance of Dentures

The Denture Teeth

The eyes, nose and teeth are the focal points of every face; they give the first impressions of your personality.

A range of quality teeth are available.

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.

Choice of Dentures There are four main quality standards in denture materials. The denture base (gum coloured on which the denture teeth sit). • • • •

Standard Quality High Impact Acrylics (much stronger) Injection Pressure Formed (Premium Denture Base) Metal Denture


every two years, or more frequently if necessary.

Your Dentures need Attention

Of course, the materials alone will not make a good denture. In the hands of a skilful and experienced Clinical Dental Technician the best results are achieved.

1. When they become loose.

Dentures Need Regular Servicing

4. When denture base does not fit around natural teeth (in partial dentures).

Dentures are in constant use almost 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are also in a pretty hostile environment in the mouth, being attacked by strong acid, bacteria, hot, cold and spicy food. Denture material absorbs liquids and food odour.

5. When you develop deep lines around your mouth.

Daily cleaning is essential. Due to constant bone resorbtion dentures will become loose sooner or later. Loose dentures will increase damage to the gums and bone structure, and increase the risk of breakage. Have them re-lined as soon as possible to get a good fit. It only takes a day or two. Have your dentures inspected by a Clinical Dental Technician at least

2. When teeth or denture base discolours. 3. When tooth surfaces become flat.

6. When your chin sticks out, and the corners of your lips are constantly wet, developing sores. 7. When you stop smiling and feel embarrassed.

If your Dentures Break Don’t try to repair them with glue. It may mean they then couldn’t be repaired correctly by a Dental Technician.

My Dentures have become loose! This is easily remedied by a procedure know as Re-lining. A new layer of

Should I have a spare set of Dentures made?

Denture base is added to your existing Denture, improving the fit and restoring confidence.

Yes, it is very important to have a spare set of dentures for emergencies in case of breakage. Remember to take your spare set on holiday with you, just in case you have a problem whilst away. Keep them in your toiletry bag.

Dentures with worn down teeth Teeth excessively worn, require a new set of dentures.

Difficulties in Constructing a Good Set of Dentures

Dentures on Implants This type of Denture is constructed in conjunction with the Dental Implant Surgeon. This is a very good procedure when the patient has limited control and retention of their Dentures. The finished Dentures ‘click’ into position offering the ultimate in Denture Retention.

Constructing a functional and aesthetically pleasing set of dentures is one of 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.

Major improvements in Facial Features

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.

Padding dentures to reduce lines and fill up sunken cheeks will require a new set of dentures. It is advisable to have a new set of dentures made every 5 to 10 years.

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.

What is a Clinical Dental Technician? Professional Clinical Dental Technicians are members of the Dental Health Care Team. They have undergone specific training and education in the skills and knowledge necessary to provide a removable appliance service directly to the community. Equipped with solid technical training as a Dental Technician - plus posttechnician training in sciences, clinical skills, and interpersonal skills - the Clinical Dental Technician can design, create, construct and modify (repair and rebase) removable appliances to ensure optimal fit, maximum comfort and general well-being of patients. These skills enable the Clinical Dental Technician, whilst remaining a member of the Dental Health Care Team, to work independently of other Dental Health Care providers. If you have any natural teeth or implants we will work in conjunction with a dentist.

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What will be? What will youryour legacylegacy be? Leaving a gift in your Will ensures we can continue our work giving shelter to over 1,000 animals each year. We depend totally on the generosity of our supporters. ANIMAL CARE has a long history in the Lancaster & Morecambe area so by remembering us in your Will you are supporting a local charity in a lasting way.

About Simba...

Simba has come to us via the dog pound so we have little history on her. She has settled in well and is a very people friendly girl. She loves cuddles and is very affectionate. Simba is ok with some dogs but can be picky for this reason we feel she would be best as the only dog in her new home. We feel she would be Staffordshir e Bull Terrie ok with children over 10 years as long as they r, Female, 8 years 4 mo nths old understand she can not be trusted with all dogs she meets. Animal Care is dedicated to finding each dog the right home. Your circumstances might not be right for every dog but the trained staff are more than happy to help you find a perfect match. Our dog behaviourist Kathryn is here to help any new adopters and a free session with her is encouraged. This is part of our adoption package and is well worth the time. Since Kathryn joined the team the amount of dogs needing further help once in their new homes has gone down to 5%.Â

ANIMAL CARE is a small rehoming centre helping stray, unwanted and ill treated animals until caring new homes can be found for them. Registered Charity No. 508819

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Preston & fylde issue 51  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes leisure, holidays, lifestyle

Preston & fylde issue 51  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes leisure, holidays, lifestyle