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TWITTERING ON BY ANGELA KELLY “mockumentary” which will take what they see as gospel. They will, wrongly, assume that this is true history being played out by actors and definitely happened. In fact, as in The Crown, there are some scenes “imagined” – in other words, they made it up. Although accepting that it can be used by those with an agenda to shape public opinion, it’s not necessarily always a damaging ploy. In the hit 2017 film Darkest Hour set in May, 1940, and about Winston Churchill winning the hearts and minds of both Parliament and the public during World War Two, there is a scene on the London underground which is pivotal.

Do film and TV dramas really tell the truth? VETERAN broadcaster John Sergeant raised an interesting point about how fictionalised versions of history may fool people into believing this is actually what happened. He was concerned about the Netflix hit series The Crown. He felt the way it depicted the Royal Family might not be “appropriate” and that timelines and events were “massaged and altered” to assist the drama. This comes after the Queen’s ex-press secretary called imagined scenes “distasteful.” However accurate or otherwise such dramatised versions of real-life are, there is definitely a concern there about how near the truth such versions may be. They are, after all, created for entertainment and perhaps some periods of history, some lives, are just not that interesting for quite a large part of them. When there are occurrences (and, goodness me, the Royal Family had a year packed with them in 2019) then they tend to be the ones on which, quite naturally, dramatists focus. More worrying – which I think is John Sergeant’s point – is that there will be a large portion of any audience of this kind of 4

Churchill meets and chats to Londoners who give their opinion about the war which alters, or possibly cements, his own views. As a result, he makes an inspirational speech to Parliament.

However, researchers who observed people meeting in local government, public organisations, the police and health bodies found decision-making is actually very limited. These findings will be balm to all those harassed souls forced to attend endless meetings with their job. Furthermore, the researchers say that these meetings are often more like “therapy”, allowing people to air complaints, justify their job or clarify their own status. Brilliant! Some decisions are best taken by a very small number of purpose-driven individuals who will get on with what’s important. Ready for my 10 o’clock meeting? Sorry, it’s just not productive enough.

Apparently, there is no evidence that this ever happened. We don’t mind, though, because it is artistic licence and adds to the points being made about Churchill which were historically accurate. I suppose the problem is that most of us have either forgotten what we’ve learned of some specific period or event in history or are simply too lazy to find out the truth. We go with the version that entertains us, happily accepting that this “seems right” so it must be true, which is possibly dangerous naivety.

When meetings really take us nowhere I LOVE the latest findings about business meetings: that they may be more about status and showing off than actually getting anything done. According to academics from Malmo University and Lund University in Sweden, some managers spend more than half their working week in meetings.

YouTube is the go-to place for practical skills ARE you a Bake Off fan? I watch it sometimes but it always leaves me feeling hungry. I do love, though, Junior Bake Off because it’s not only inspirational but fascinating to witness the skills that these youngsters display with so much confidence. The latest winner was 13 year-old Finley Woodward. Far from having to be prised off his X-box, Finley plainly loved to cook and was absolutely amazing at it.

He learned his skills from his grandmother and from watching YouTube videos and, while the former seems so logical, us older types have had to come to terms with how people pick up new talents these days. In fact,YouTube is a fantastic tool. I’ve learned how to put my hair up in quite an enviable style, can now re-wire a plug and regularly watch “how to massage” videos purely for the relaxation. OK, it’s not Bake Off, but what other clip can make your eyelids shut and you feel totally relaxed. Oh, sorry, forgot Newsnight.

Cheers to the wine tasters – and good luck! I DON’T know about you but I’ve always been in awe of those wine buffs who really understand their subject. You know the type: they study the bottle before it’s even opened, pronounce on the year or the region in some knowledgeable way, swill the first mouthful lovingly around before swallowing and then talk about its nose or undertones.

Walliams’ wicked humour makes him top author DAVID Walliams may be a comedian but he is definitely laughing all the way to the bank as the writer of children’s books. The creator of Mr Stink, The Boy in the Dress and Gangsta Granny has notched up sales of £100 million. This puts the Britain’s Got Talent judge into an exclusive bracket of children’s authors. Since he first started writing children’s literature in 2008, the former Little Britain star has written 25 books including seven picture books and four short story collections. Perhaps what helps the talented Walliams is that he now has a six year-old son but I’m sure what is equally important is his own quirky personality and lack of fear when it comes to performing in public. He’s worth a book in himself.

Now, research suggests that many so-called wine connoisseurs cannot tell one bottle from another. Food scientists at Oxford University had experienced tasters convinced they were sampling a delicious rose when they actually drinking a white wine – made from an entirely different grape but dyed pink with food colouring. Now, there is concern that wine snobs may not actually be able to distinguish one tipple from another by taste and aroma but are primarily driven by colour. In that case, minesh a red!

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WEEKENDS AWAY BILLESLEY MANOR, STRATFORD IF history is your thing here is a weekend retreat that has it in spades‌ Billesley Manor at Alcester, just outside Stratfordupon-Avon. We were invited to spend an overnight stay at this magnificent Elizabethan Manor house which boasts a spa with indoor pool, tennis courts and an amazing 120 year old Topiary garden in the shape of a giant chess set. Billesley Manor has 71 elegantly styled bedrooms within the original Manor House and its restored Cedar Barns from traditional to contemporary styles including feature suites with four-poster beds and Tudor panelling. All bedrooms have flat-screen televisions, free high-speed WiFi, and 24-hour room service plus guests enjoy free use of the extensive leisure facilities. Set in 11 acres of manicured Warwickshire gardens, Billesley Manor Hotel is the ideal base for exploring Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Its greatest historic claim to fame is that the manor’s library was where Shakespeare wrote his comedy As You Like it in 1599. 6

From the time of the Norman Conquest the manor is mentioned in local historic records. In 1327 Sir William Trussell was among those who deposed King Edward II then served his son, the warrior King Edward III, as soldier and diplomat. Billesley at that time was a wooden manor house with a nearby village, but in the middle of the fourteenth

century the Black Death decimated the village, leaving just the manor occupied. Foundations of the medieval village can still be seen in the fields to the east of the hotel. The Trussells fell on hard times and the estate was forfeited to Queen Elizabeth I before ending up in the hands of a wealthy London merchant whose son rebuilt it in stone, a considerable statement of wealth in the early seventeenth century. The manor then went through the hands of several high profile owners and by 1906 had fallen into some disrepair before fashionable architect Detmar Jellings Blow (who oversaw the repair of Stonehenge in 1900) was called in to create what we see today.

on the historic barn bedrooms and spa areas, including a new reception. It is also an ideal wedding venue, especially as the hotel is now licensed for ceremonies in the garden and has that amazing historic church in its grounds.

The church attached to Billesley Manor dates back to the eleventh century and rumour has it William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway there in 1582, although the present structure dates from 1692 when it was rebuilt it in a faux-Norman style. The church was closed down in 1978 but is still used for weddings hosted by the manor, which is nearing the completion of a £4.5m refurb to create a terrific four star country hotel with superb rooms and facilities including £1m on refurbishing its Topiary wedding suite and a further £1.5m

We enjoyed a stay in one of the immaculate and comfortable large barn rooms and dined at the hotel’s restaurant - housed in the former historic great hall which boasts original Tudor panelling, a gallery and huge stone fireplace.

Deceptively unremarkable from the outside the Shakespeare Distillery was a must visit venue where we were given an informative hour-long tour before visiting the distillery’s ‘gin school’. Here we were given samples to try of the wide range of flavoured gins they produce with a small takeaway bottle for designated drivers.

The food was as impressive as our surroundings, very reasonably priced and the place was full – always a good sign of popularity. Tickets to local attractions can be arranged and we took part in a visit to a local gin distillery just a five minute drive from the hotel in the rolling Warwickshire countryside.

The tour costs just £15 per adult and is well worth a visit – but try to make sure you are not the one who has to drive home!

So Billesley Manor is an ideal spot for that short break getaway with room prices from £65 per person for bed and breakfast and even more so as we have a great special offer for 50 Plus readers, dinner bed and breakfast for a double room with a welcome drink package for just £129 (subject to availability, Sunday to Friday). Mention you are a 50 Plus reader when booking to get the special deal. For more information see www.billesleymanor.com and for the gin tours go to www.shakespearedistillery.com


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SIR CLIFF RICHARD CELEBRATING HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY FEW artists can lay claim to the kind of stellar career that Sir Cliff Richard has enjoyed – and even fewer can say they are still touring successfully.

been there for him for several decades. But the reality is that Sir Cliff has managed to keep in tune with the times very astutely throughout his long career.

He is, though, amazingly celebrating his 80th birthday this year (2020). And it’s probably no surprise that this celebration involves a new tour.

He is the only singer in the history of music to have a No.1 hit in the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and 1990s. He is the third artist, after Elvis Presley and The Beatles, with the highest number of No.1 hits in the UK and more Top Ten hits than any other artist.

It is certainly a tribute to the man and his music that demand for The Great 80 Tour means that two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall have already been added and ticket demand is likely to be extremely high. It would be very easy to dismiss the bulk of those fans as being older – and he certainly has a great many loyal followers who have


In 1989, he became the first British recording artist to release 100 singles with The Best of Me. Behind all the statistics, however, lies a genuine home-grown music legend who helped to build the UK’s music reputation over all those decades and since. The man

has musicality running right through his veins. That was all obvious to fans even when the young Cliff burst onto the rock ‘n roll world of the 1950s. Music was just moving away from the Sinatra crooning years and offered exciting possibilities to young fans across the world who were, finally, getting music that belonged just to them. Cliff Richard was young, good-looking and considered the UK’s answer to America’s Elvis. His first hit single Move It in 1958 appeared to confirm that and Cliff - with his quiffed hair, moody looks and sexy moves - soon became a screamable star at home and abroad.

He had a good voice and savvy management as he quickly moved into films in 1959 with Serious Charge in which he played a young tearaway, adding to his then “bad boy” image. He also sang Living Doll in this film, creating just one of his popular classics. The same year, he appeared in another film, Expresso Bongo, in which he prosaically, played a young singer at the start of his career. The Young Ones followed in 1961 and then in 1963 he and his backing group, The Shadows, made Summer Holiday. The wealth of hits from this feelgood film really helped cement his reputation in the home market and across the world. He made three more films – Finders Keepers in 1966, Two a Penny in 1967 and Take Me High in 1973 – which also pleased fans but by then Cliff was box-office gold wherever he went. Interestingly, Cliff was a great admirer of Elvis. “He was my idol from the beginning,” he has said. “Even today, when I’m alone, I’ll often put on the King Creole album. He’s produced the most exciting pop music sounds of all time.” For Cliff, We Don’t Talk Anymore in 1979 proved to be his best-selling single, notching up more than five million sales worldwide. Private Collection in 1988 was his best-selling album with almost two million copies sold. His reputation now settled into being a wholesome entertainer with fans across the age divide. Cliff was chosen to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968 with Congratulations and in 1973 with Power To All Our Friends. With the former, Cliff was beaten to the title by just one point when the Spanish entry – long forgotten – won. Ironically, Congratulations has endured to enjoy the same international popularity as Happy Birthday as a celebratory song. His long popularity has been underlined by a whole clutch of awards over the years. He won the British Record Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist n 1977,

the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1982 and a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1989. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to British music and as an integral part of British music culture. He is still recording and in October, 2019, collaborated on a duet, Samstag Nacht, with Howard Carpendale, and the album Symphonie Meines Lebens was released physically and digitally worldwide. Cliff Richard and the Shadows: The Best of the Rock ‘n Roll Pioneers was also released in November last year, focusing solely on Cliff’s output with The Shadows and featuring many of his top hits. Born in Lucknow, India, as Harry Rodger Webb, Sir Cliff always had a strong family with three sisters. He has never made a secret of the fact that he is a Christian and has been perceived by all, not just his fans, to have lived a wholesome life. This may explain the outcry in 2014 when his home was very publicly searched by

police following an historic allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. Sir Cliff was questioned by police but not arrested and the allegation was subsequently dropped. His many fans were never in doubt of his innocence and his popularity remains undimmed. Although he has always been generous in praise of his pop peers throughout the decades, Sir Cliff’s own remarkable, record-breaking success has not always been acknowledged. As he stated himself: “My only gripe is when critics writing the history of rock ‘n roll leave me out altogether.

“I don’t subscribe to the view that if you’re not No.1 , it’s a failure. Maybe that’s why people disappear so quickly these days, because they have that attitude.” For Sir Cliff, entering his eighth decade still on-song and still entertaining the fans, longevity in the notoriously fickle world of pop is obviously just not an issue.

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HOME décor is very much about personal taste but we all like to feel we are keeping up with contemporary trends, don’t we?

These are available online or in the shops and show how various shades complement and enhance each other.

So, our homes tend to be a blend of what we’ve always liked and what is currently available in the shops, stores and online. If something is promoted well as “this year’s trend” then we probably evaluate it.

Before you start any changes – even to buying major new items of furniture – it’s worth taking a holistic look at your home.

In other words, we look at whether it’s right for us and whether or not we feel we can comfortably live with it.

Start where a visitor would with the ENTRANCE. This should be a focal point

Opt for CLASSIC interiors that don’t just pander to the latest fads but offer a minimalist palette that gives a high-end feel. Abstracts are going to be major force in the interior design world this season. Work with bold geometrics, hand-drawn sketches and blocks of colour around the home in décor that expresses your personality. If you don’t think that this trend will fit entirely with your decor, try a taster with cushion covers in one room or a sketch you

However, style is very subjective and it’s always useful to know what is a New Year will bring to the market. For 2020, there are plenty of new ideas to appeal – and if you haven’t the finances for expensive items or makeovers, there are always ways to adapt them to your budget. The good news in 2020 is that there are plenty of styles to choose from, and plenty of shortcuts to take to achieve them. Devising a completely new COLOUR CODE for any room – or for your whole home – can be costly and may be hit and miss if you are simply trying to match up shades. Investing in a colour wheel can help.


Have statement walls in contrasting colours to more neutral areas to make them stand out. And take a proper look at all your flooring. Does it enhance the room? Is it in a matching style or completely at odds? Does it offer flow from one room to the next? Is it comfortable? There are lots of reasonably priced floorings to be had, especially in natural woods, that provide a complete change for any room. Invest in cosy rugs if you feel this is too cold a look but make sure they are the right size and don’t upset the proportions of the room. Bear in mind though, that wood’s warm tones can easily provide an impressive backdrop for furniture and fittings.

like in a quirky frame you might pick up in a charity shop. Stripped back style will continue from 2019 as a popular trend this year to give a happy, chilled-out space for relaxing and regenerating. The new neutral colours are warming and calm to offer understated style with unfussy pieces. So take a serious look at that shelf of knick-knacks and decide whether you really want to look at them for another year! There is a shift away from cool grey with warmer neutrals like oatmeal and natural buff and beige to the fore. Natural pigments are also likely to be popular this year. Layer up comforting CUSHIONS, throws, knits and faux furs to ensure any space is more inviting and cosy. The Winter is the ideal time for this look as you feel instant warmth here, however cold outside, and then this space is still fashionable for Spring. TEXTURES are big in 2020 – whether that’s a rich velvet, handsome leather or a warm wood. Go for furniture with rounded curves and fluid shapes to ensure a pleasant flow and use them centre-stage as a feature. Or go for a plush statement sofa to anchor your interior design theme around. Accessories need to be tactile, whether in natural wood, weaves or sculptured forms. Oriental prints are still popular for walls and echoed in soft furnishings. Keep the colour palettes soft though with that feeling of wellbeing and mindfulness coming through. After all, your home is a place where you want to feel good. 14

Keep NATURAL LIGHT in mind wherever you are around the home but especially in the living room and kitchen. Look where it falls and see how the sun moves around your home. This will affect how the colours you use are perceived and can help you divide up your space for the various activities you want – watching TV, reading, socialising and relaxing. Create SOCIABLE SPACES where people can actually talk to each other happily. Two sofas facing each other, for example, offer a sociable space but keep the room scale in mind.You don’t want this to dominate or to look lost in a room.

CURTAINS can bring a fresh design feel to any room but you may feel in need of a change to BLINDS. The latest looks are created to complement the contemporary home interior styles and well worth investigating. Updating INTERIOR DOORS is a simple way to give a modern look to the whole property. Dated BATHROOM accessories do the same here and don’t cost a fortune; new soft white towels and a few imaginative accessories will brighten the look here. The same applies to BEDROOMS. The latest calming colours and rich textures work well in here and promote deep sleep. So get rid of any clashing colours, buy a dimmer switch and prepare to enjoy your home for another year.


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I was so surprised when ColourFence contacted me to say I had won the prize; I was really happy. They came along, did the work, and now I’ve got a fence that’s guaranteed for 25 years! Steve and his team thoroughly enjoyed transforming Joanne’s garden and helping her achieve the clean, stylish, yet secure look she had been waiting for. Steve commented: “It is such a pleasure to work with our wonderful customers in the Bolton, Bury and Preston areas. We thrive on putting a smile on customer’s faces when they can finally enjoy their garden, rather than maintaining it. Joanne has a border of lovely, low maintenance shrubs and pots and the new cream fence really shows them at their best. In addition, ColourFence is such an aesthetically pleasing product with benefits that wooden fences simply don’t have – not only is it able to stand up to gusts of 130mph, but it is guaranteed for 25 years*. With zero repairs and painting required, we can see why ColourFence is loved by gardeners all over the UK!”



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GETTING YOUR POTS IN ORDER Growing plants in good old-fashioned pots offers many exciting opportunities, even in the smallest of gardens says gardening writer Julia Heaton. Pots brimming with plants are a wonderful way of adding colour, vibrancy and scent to your garden. Plus, they really come into their own in the smallest of outdoor spaces. One of the great advantages of planted containers is that they can be easily moved around, allowing you to alter the appearance of your garden in minutes. They also enable you to grow tender plants that can be easily shifted to a sheltered position come winter where they’ll be protected from the elements. Adding pots to your outdoor space opens up a world of opportunity as your choice of plant doesn’t have to be dictated by the quality of your soil. So, even if it’s alkaline, you can still enjoy acid-loving types like camellias by potting them up in ericaceous compost.

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The first thing to do when choosing a pot is to get the size right. Plants with deep roots like perennials, large bulbs, shrubs and trees need a deep base for roots to spread out in. The pot also needs to balance visually with the size of the plant. Try to go for a ratio of around two thirds plant to one third pot. The material a pot is made from is an important choice too. A broad heavy base to anchor taller plants will stop them from blowing over in high winds. Terracotta or earthenware is ideal here but may be heavy to manoeuvre so standing it on a wheeled pot caddy will help. Look for a frost resistant label and be prepared to water more 17




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CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMPOST FOR YOUR POTTED PLANTS Annuals: Grow in a lightweight peat-based multi-purpose compost or a peat substitute type. Improve with water retaining granules and slow release fertiliser. Shrubs and trees: These long-term plantings are better off with a soil based compost like John Innes No3, which is heavier and gives a pot more stability. Improve it with a slow release fertiliser. frequently as terracotta can suck moisture from compost. Plastic is lightweight, so ideal for moving around. Style-wise it’s come a long way in recent years and can look quite attractive. It retains moisture better than terracotta and is naturally frost proof. The same goes for metal containers, which are ideal for modern garden styles. However, they heat up quickly in summer and are very cold in winter offering little insulation to plant roots. They also need to be treated against rust. The best way to use a metal container is as an ornamental cover for a plant in a plain plastic pot, which can be removed in the winter. Wooden designs by comparison offer plenty of insulation from the cold but will eventually rot, even if treated. A plastic liner with holes punched in the bottom will help extend life.

PLANT CHOICE Most plants can be grown in a pot. The traditional choice for summer containers is summer bedding such as petunias, pelargoniums, salvia, marigolds and lobelia, verbena, pansies and violas. These can be grown from seed, bought as seedlings or pot grown ready for planting out. Just remember not to put outside until all risk of frost has passed, usually late May or early June. 18

Summer containers are also ideal for displaying more tender and exotic plants, which can be moved to protect them from the first frosts. Exotics like cannas, with their stunning foliage and late summer flowers in orange and red. Tender palms like Chamaerops humilis and fig leaved fatsias look great too. For an effective display choose plants and containers that complement each other. For example different sized containers, made from natural materials like wood and terracotta, will work well together, especially when filled with a range of similar Mediterranean sun-loving plants like rosemary, lavender and verbena. Use a pair of containers to strike a more formal note. Two large glazed urns containing standard bay trees or a square wooden planter with an obelisk of evergreen box (Buxus sempervirens) make a real statement and a welcoming touch either side of a front door. Identical pots, this time running in a row down one side of a series of steps, will soften the look, add interest and lead the eye when filled with the same seasonal blooms. Don’t forget wide shallow bowls either. As long as they are at least 4in deep they are

ideal for succulents like sempervivum, it’s spreading rosettes providing year-round interest. Exotic echeveria, with its pink and orange flowers and succulent leaves, looks good in bowls too. Sometimes it can be a pot rather than a plant you want to be the focus. If you have a large ornate container that you wish to highlight choose planting that’s simple and unfussy like marguerite daisies. Another good trick with container growing is to have a taller base plant with interesting foliage like cordyline, phormium or canna to add structure and height. Then change the planting around it with annuals or tender perennials that also have exciting foliage like heuchera, iresine or sage. Height can also be added to a display by using a taller container. In this case trailing plants are essential. For a lush green backdrop go for ivy trailed over a small frame to give height or grey leaved Heliochrysum petiolare, then add colour in the form of nasturtiums, lobelia and verbenas. Once you’ve been bitten by the bug of container growing you’ll discover a whole new dimension to gardening – one that will bring you pleasure time and again, whatever size area you’re looking to add interest to.

Bill Pender’s short term rental became his long term home

Bill Pender, 84, has been renting his home in Townfoot Court in Brampton, Cumbria for twenty years. The move was originally supposed to be temporary. Bill and his wife, Margaret were living in a small rural village between Penrith and Carlisle when Bill was told he needed a triple heart bypass. Margaret didn’t drive so the couple decided to move somewhere with easy access to shops and local amenities to make life easier following the operation. They chose Brampton because Bill’s brother and sister-in-law lived nearby and they liked the area. They went to view a bungalow they were considering buying but it needed a lot of work and Bill wasn’t well enough to tackle such a big renovation

job. However, the estate agent told them she had another property on her books which might be suitable although it was a rental and not for sale. They decided to take a look. Townfoot Court is an old farmstead which was converted into twenty-eight individual properties in the early 1990s. The property Bill and his wife viewed was a small two bedroom cottage with a garden which was essential as the couple had a pet dog at the time. They liked the cottage and its location a few minutes walk from the town centre so decided to rent it for the short term while Bill recovered from his operation. Thankfully the operation went well and within six months Bill was fully recovered, but the couple decided to stay put. Bill explains, “Although we hadn’t planned to stay long term we enjoyed living in the cottage. We had everything we needed, no responsibility for the maintenance or upkeep and we could rent on an assured (lifetime) tenancy with Girlings Retirement Rentals giving us security of tenure, so we thought, why move again? “Twenty years down the line and I still enjoy living here. There’s a nice community which is important, especially since I sadly lost my wife a few years ago. Many of us have lived here a long time and we all get on well. We don’t live in each other’s pockets, but we look out for each other and that suits us all.” Bill has thrown himself into Brampton life. He volunteers for Brampton’s Visitor Centre which he enjoys immensely. The centre is completely manned by volunteers and the team have a lot of fun together while advising over ten thousand visitors a year about the local area. Bill still gets out dog walking too, he no longer has a dog of his own but walks his neighbour’s West Highland Terrier several times a week which suits them both as his neighbour can no longer walk

very far and Bill enjoys getting out and about. He says, “I’d certainly recommend renting, it takes all my worries away - if anything needs fixing I just have to pick up the phone and it’s put right. As you get older you don’t want to be worrying about maintaining a home and garden. “Some people are concerned that renting is dead money but I think I’m better off financially. When my wife and I sold our previous home we were able to use some of the capital from the house sale to enjoy ourselves and do things we’d been looking forward to in retirement like taking holidays abroad.”

Twenty years down the line and I still enjoy living here. Bill Pender

Bill’s children asked if he would consider moving nearer them as he got older but he is very happy and settled in his life at Townfoot Court. Renting on an assured tenancy gives him the reassurance he can stay in his home for as long as he wishes, and Bill has absolutely no intention of moving anywhere else.

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Gennaro Contaldo

Italian chef and restauranteur known for his association with his British protégé Jamie Oliver and his partnership with fellow Italian chef Antonio Carluccio and their television series 'Two Greedy Italians'. Here we present recipes from his new book 'Gennaro's Pasta Perfecto'.

RIGATONI ALLA ZOZZANA This robust Roman recipe takes its name from zozza, which in Roman dialect usually means ‘dirty’, but in the case of this recipe means ‘rich’, because all sorts of ingredients are added. It’s a cross between the other classic Roman pasta dishes cacio e pepe and carbonara, and uses up all the typical leftovers, making it a substantial but extremely delicious dish. Serves 4 300 g/101/2 oz rigatoni pasta 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 100 g/31/2 oz pancetta, finely chopped 100 g/31/2 oz Italian pork sausage, skinned and crumbled 1 egg yolk 30 g/1 oz/scant 1/2 cup grated Pecorino, plus extra for sprinkling 2 tbsp single (light) cream sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente (check the instructions on your packet for cooking time). Heat the olive oil in a frying pan (skillet) set over a medium heat, add the onion and sweat for 1 minute. Add the pancetta and sausage meat, and sauté for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolk, grated Pecorino and cream, along with some salt and pepper, in a small bowl. Drain the cooked pasta, add to the pan with the pancetta and sausage meat, mix well and cook for 1 minute over a high heat. Remove from the heat and mix in the creamy mixture. Serve immediately, with an extra sprinkling of black pepper and Pecorino. 22


PEPERONI RIPIENI DI PASTA Filled vegetables are very common throughout Italy and started off as a cucina povera dish to make the veggies go further, adding whatever ingredients were available. Commonly, (bell) peppers are baked and then filled and the addition of pasta makes this dish a very different and enjoyable way to eat our favourite Italian staple.When you first roast the peppers, make sure you do not overcook them – they need to be sturdy to be filled with the pasta mixture. I have used red and yellow peppers as they are sweeter, but you could use the green variety too, if you prefer.

Serves 4-6 6 mixed (bell) peppers (yellow and red) 300 g/10 ½oz sedanini pasta or pennette (small penne) 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 1 garlic clove, left whole and squashed 4 anchovy fillets 20 black pitted olives 2 tsp capers 300 g/101/2oz baby plum tomatoes, halved 10 basil leaves, roughly torn 125 g/41/2oz mozzarella, cut into small cubes sea salt Preheat the oven to 200oC fan/220oC/425oF/gas mark 7.

Slice the tops off the peppers and scoop out the seeds inside with a spoon. Replace the tops on the peppers to resemble little hats. Put them into a baking dish or onto a baking sheet and roast for about 15 minutes, until the peppers soften but are not mushy. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente (check the instructions on your packet for cooking time). Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat, add the garlic and anchovies, and sweat until the anchovies have melted. Add the olives, capers, tomatoes and basil, cover with a lid and cook over a medium–low heat for about 7 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft. Discard the garlic. Drain the pasta and add to the tomato sauce, mixing well to combine over a high heat for a minute or so. Remove from the heat, then stir in the mozzarella. Reduce the oven temperature to 180oC fan/200oC/400oF/gas mark 6. Drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil into a baking dish. Place the peppers in the dish and fill them with the pasta mixture, covering them with their little ‘hats’. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, leave to rest for a couple of minutes, then serve. 23

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LINGUINE AL CARTOCCIO CON GAMBERI E PESTO This light pasta, steam-baked with king prawns (jumbo shrimp), will surely delight your guests as they open their parcels of delicious goodness! Steam-baking is not only a feast for the eyes, but a lovely light way of cooking that locks all the flavours in. I have used ready-foiled parchment paper, but if you can’t find it, use a sheet of parchment paper inside a sheet of foil and make sure you wrap tightly so that none of the juices can escape during cooking.

Serves 4 150 ml/5 fl oz/ 2/3 cup Basil Pesto (see page 168 or use a readymade variety) extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 8 raw king prawns (jumbo shrimp), cleaned 125 ml/4 fl oz/½ cup white wine

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sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 slices of lemon and a few basil leaves, to garnish Preheat the oven to 180oC fan/200oC/400oF/gas mark 6.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta for half of the cooking time stated on the packet. Drain well, mix with half of the pesto sauce and set aside. Spread 4 x foil-lined parchment paper sheets out on your work surface (foil-side down) and drizzle each with a little extra-virgin olive oil. Divide the linguine into 4 portions and place a portion on each sheet, top each with 2 king prawns, followed by the remaining pesto and a little salt and pepper. Drizzle white wine over each portion and a little extra-virgin olive oil. Wrap the parcels well, place on a baking sheet and bake in the hot oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve each parcel on an individual plate with a slice of lemon each and a few basil leaves to garnish.

Extracted from Gennaro’s Pasta Perfecto by Gennaro Contaldo. Photography Adriana Contaldo.

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IT MAY NOT FEEL LIKE IT BUT CHANGE IS AN OPPORTUNITY Take your time. Demands for change can trigger our fight or flight instincts, cause stress and debilitate our decision making. Follow your gut feel is not just a metaphor; our brain and gut are connected by an extensive network of neurons and are in constant communication. It’s harder though to make good decisions when stressed as we are less reflective and more impulsive. Try to take a little time to make hard decisions so allow yourself time to reflect before you respond and to summon your strength in case it is needed.

By Dr Lynda Shaw, neuroscientist, business psychologist and change specialist. Changes like a relationship breakdown, redundancy or serious illness can generate stress, fear and seriously impact your well-being. Your first feelings may be of shock, anger, or anxiety, or it may trigger ‘flight or fight’ reactions, but change is an opportunity to embrace and grow beyond what feels comfortable, build resilience and experience new things that we might otherwise never have done. Change is going to happen whether you like it or not, so it is not enough to just survive change, we need to use it to thrive. Here are some tips on how to embrace big changes in your life: Challenge yourself. Are you approaching it with a ‘can’t do’ fixed mindset? We are inclined to choose options with a familiar and known outcome. Push yourself to consider other options and do your research. Avoid having a narrowing or shrinking fixed mindset, aim for a growth mindset. The brain is fantastically adaptable, and the chances are you can do it. It’s an opportunity to move into your learning zone. Be nimble. Control your emotions, so they don’t control you. It is completely fine 28

to feel emotions like anger, anxiety, fear or sadness and it is important to sometimes just sit with those emotions. But your mood can influence your decisions and interactions so there is also a point when you should acknowledge them and try to move past them. A positive mindset can be the deal breaker between you doing something or not. The outcomes are predictably in favour of someone who is often positive rather than someone who is usually negative. Being positive and facing change is the best way to learn and move on. Be your own friend and praise yourself. Whilst it is important to enjoy non-toxic, supportive relationships with your partner, friends, colleagues and family, having your own strong inner support system is important during times of change. Talk to yourself in the same way you would speak to and coach a friend. Dismiss constant negative internal chatter and replace it with gratitude and an occasional self-pat on the back for trying your best. Fail well. Some say reach for the stars and push yourself over and beyond. Others advise you to have reasonable, achievable expectations to avoid deep disappointment. Either way learn that its ok to fail and learn how to fail well by picking yourself up and trying again using different tactics.

Are you stuck in making familiar, habitual choices? Doing something unfamiliar and unhabitual can be harder and time consuming but helps you to make new important neural connections. Taking a leap of faith can feel scary so we often delay starting or we convince ourselves that we don’t have the knowledge, money, etc. to pull it off. Try to just take a first step and choose your most productive time of day to do it. A first step may just lead to a lifechanging path for the better. Schedule in creative/ innovative time. This way you have the space to think, and reassess what is your calling, what are your passions, what you need and what is important to you. We need time and space to create lightbulb moments. Good health is crucial to giving you strength. Make sure you are sleeping enough and eating well. Obstacles can seem insurmountable when you are overtired and you will feel less motivated, have trouble concentrating and be less productive. Watch out for feeling overwhelmed by stress during times of change. Stress alters practically every part of our body including brain functions such as memory and cognitive ability. In times of change and stress, allocate time for stress combating exercise such as yoga, meditation, walking, or going to the gym. There is also nothing better than some down time in a nice bath, listening to your favourite soothing music or just having a cuddle with someone you love. www.drlyndashaw.com

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| 50 PLUS MAGAZINE to the neckline to belted or not, from cosy shearing to wool capes to tailored belted coatigans, we have never had more choice. Check which length and style suit your body shape. Consider changing buttons as this kind of detail can make all the difference in showing our style and character. Explore the huge variety of textures and materials to choose from this season from features to faux fur to cashmere and velvet. Retro Fair Isle and Argyle patterns are in and look cosy and chic paired with a sleek skirt and boots or perfectly proportioned trousers if they suit your style personality. Exaggerated sleeves are, excuse the pun, huge this season. Curved and billowy, feathered and textured, or chunky knit; they make a big statement, but are best for those with Natural or Dramatic in their style. Have fun standing out. Jumper or cardigan - which suits you best? Belted cardigans are flattering for hourglass figures because they show off the small waist. Pear-shapes suit shorter jumpers, rather than longer ones finishing across the hips.

THE SWEATER By Helen Venables, MD of House of Colour In the winter we are greeted by mother nature with ice-grey skies and frosty HELEN VENABLES Managing Director mornings, which www.houseofcolour.co.uk means snuggling up in cosy knitwear is a must, so here are our ten top style tips for this season’s knitwear. Look out for strong, distinctive colours in your seasonal palette and be colour confident. Jumpers and cardigans are a great way to give your look a colour boost and if you


get it right, because the colours are close to your face, they will give you a radiant complexion and brightness to your eyes. Choose colours that don’t suit you and you will look drained. Make sure you know if you suit rich, earthy colours; warm, clear hues; cool bright colours; or cool, subtle tones. Mélange knitwear is in all the shops, many with a twist of two or more colours. Look out for knitwear in one of your favourite wow colours with neutral harmonising colours, great for Autumns and summers or a bold contrasting colour from your colour palette, fantastic for Springs and Winters to really stand out. Alternatively let a scarf in your colours lift your knitwear look. Know what style suits you from the length

A coatigan is lovely for those milder, inbetween days or to pop on in the office if you feel chilly. Snug yet stylish coatigans on the right body architecture are extremely flattering. They can be worn oversized for the tall and pulled in at the waist to flatter an hourglass figure. Invest in sumptuous cashmere because it is now the modern autumn and winter musthaves; sustainable, wearable and durable, and an excellent investment with longevity in mind. Cashmere is around eight times warmer than sheep’s wool. Cashmere comes in a much wider choice of styles, sizes, patterns and beautiful colour selections than ever before. Look out for cashmere blends for smaller budgets. Buy a blanket scarf or wrap to update your winter wardrobe – Update a classic or neutral jumper with a chunky wrap with a fur collar or soft blanket scarf in a striking wow colour. There is something for everyone from tiger orange, sleek pistachio green to burgundy or vibrant pinks. Capes are a big style trend this season for a bourgeois French look. Perfect, if you are tall, with a rectangle frame, plus capes are so comfortable.

Swing into Spring ...


Celebrating 10 years of success this Spring Come and celebrate with us on the 2nd & 3rd of May at our traditional Country Fair

Crafts, Gifts, Clothing, Prom & Occasion Wear, Food, Butchers, as well as Bathroom Showroom, Aquastyle Waterbeds, Stove Shop, Pottery Cafe, Babywear, Personalised Gifts, Music Shop, Bespoke Jewellery and much more.

Plus much more, including the nationally acclaimed Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery.


We look forward to seeing you!

OPENING TIMES Mon - Closed Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm Bank Holidays 11am - 4pm Wood Lane








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Join us on 23 May 2020 for this year's Whitsuntide Festival. Fun and games on the field all afternoon. Processions with live bands and our new festival queen begins at 1pm. It is all free to enjoy. Kirkland and Catterall Memorial Hall, Nr. Garstang


An historic festival that dates back to 1871, involving schools, nurseries and local youth groups from around the district. With entertainment throughout the day and activities for all ages. Market Cross, Garstang


Join for family fun in Marsh Mill Windmill (Grade II* Listed Building) and Craft Village. Children’s games, craft stalls and arts and crafts on both days, enjoy tours of the Mill. The sails will turn on both days (weather dependant). There is a small entrance fee to the Mill which includes a tour. Marsh Mill Village, Thornton, Lancashire Tel: 01253 887445


Craft and Gift Fairs - FREE ENTRY Topstitch presents:wool, crafts, handmade fabric, gifts, sweets, woodwork, candles, cakes, jewellery, glassware, cards and much more. Open from 10am to 4pm North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6BN


Visit Fleetwood`s main shopping streets with historian Dick Gillingham looking back to the shops in the 50`s. Check with Fleetwood Museum nearer the time for more details. No need to book. Fleetwood Museum, 6-7 Queens Terrace, Fleetwood FY7 6BT



The evening session of Homegrown Art & Music for Huntington's fundraising event presents 3 core bands: The Flying Scot Skiffle Train (Skiffle & 1950s Rock 'n' Roll); Old Rope (Blues) and Hooked Up (Rock) - each band will feature a number of local guest 'legends'. The Fylde Coast has been privileged to have more than its fair share of great performers and musicians over the years and this night will bring many of them back together to play once more with old colleagues within the genre of music in which they excelled (locally, nationally and internationally). Wallow in nostalgia and expect surprises – this promises to be a night you won’t forget! Prices: £8.00 Marine Hall, The Esplanade,  Fleetwood FY7 6HF Tel: 01253 887693


Join us from Sunday the 22nd of March as our Steam Sundays return! Your ticket includes unlimited train rides, access to the museum and workshop, rides on the miniature railway and access to Mr Ribble's Playground. Ribble Steam Railway and Museum, Chain Caul Way, Preston PR2 2PD Tel: 01772 728800


Pride Blackpool is heading back to the most iconic outdoor arena in the land – directly beneath the world-famous Blackpool Tower! Celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community in the UK's most loved seaside resort.You don't want to miss it. The festival will open on the night of Friday 5 June on the Tower Festival Headland with performances by two of the UK’s most enduring music acts - Right Said Fred and Marc Almond. Then, on the Saturday night, June 6, America’s Jake Shears, lead singer of the award-winning Scissor Sisters, will take to the stage for his Blackpool debut.  Blackpool

SAT 6 JUN 2020 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM PRESTFEST 2020

Preston's Outdoor Music Gig of the Year Returns for it's fifth Anniversary  PERFORMING LIVE ROUTE 94 TODD TERRY STONEBRIDGE SWEET FEMALE ATTITUDE  Flag Market, Preston City Centre, Preston, PR1 2PP




Come along to the Myerscough College Open Day and Country Fair for an actionpacked fun filled day out for all the family. The annual event takes place this year on 7 June 2020 from 10am-5pm. As one of the biggest days out in Lancashire's outdoor events calendar attracting over 10,000 visitors, you are sure to find plenty to see and do across the whole College site. There will be a wide array of demonstrations, shows and interactive activities from the College's many diverse land-based and sports subject areas as well as numerous exhibitors, food and drink producers, trade stalls and entertainment. With hundreds of activities on offer, there really is something for the whole family.

Hadaway Harry is a true story about Harry Clasper, the man the song 'The Blaydon Races' was written for, and the greatest sporting superstar the North has ever seen. Adults: £15. Concessions: £13.50

There is something for everyone in the biggest two day show in the North West. Some of the best livestock in the country will be in the main ring, along with horses, sheep, pigs, goats and rare breeds. The tractor pull will take place on both days and the show field will be packed with stalls, produce marquee’s and much, much more!

St Michael's Rd, Preston PR3 0RY T: 01995 642222

Lowther Pavilion, Lowther Terrace,  Lytham St Annes FY8 5QQ Tel: 01253 794221


Hundreds of classic cars, vintage vehicles and motorcycles, with an auto jumble and trade stands.… Adult £7.50 Child £2.50 Hoghton Tower, Hoghton PR5 0SH Tel: 01524734474

The Showground, Great Eccleston, Lancashire


A Festival following a theme of ice cream is the first of its kind in the area. We’re fortunate to have many wonderful ice cream parlours, many of which will be attending our Festival. Garstang Town Centre


Experience the Power and Noise of the Rolls Royce Merlin Engine at today's Open Day. See the timings that we will run the famous Spitfire Merlin V12 Engine at Hangar 42, prepare to be moved! Part of our D-Day themed Open Day to commemorate the 6th June landings. Visit our Facebook pages for more information.

Tel: 01253341902 Hangar 42, Blackpool Airport, Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool FY42QY Tel: 01253341902


Turn back time to the 80's this summer and get ready for a night of nostalgia with the incredible chart toppers,Tony Hadley,T'Pau, Doctor and the Medics and Pat Sharp (DJ Set). A Brand new event for South Ribble this summer - Leyland Music in the Park will take place in Worden Park, Leyland. Tickets are on sale now priced at £25 for General Admission with Premium tickets available at £35. Tony Hadley, the ex-Spandau Ballet frontman, currently on a tour of Australia will headline the festival entertaining the crowd with a full set including the classic hits True, Gold, and Through the Barricades. T'Pau, regulars onthe arena and festival circuit made China in Your Hand one of the biggest hits of the 80’s.

Tel: 01253341902 Town Centre & Worden Park,  Leyland PR25 3DH


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he 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.

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)

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• Injection Pressure Formed (Premium Denture Base) • Metal Denture

THE dENTuRE TEETH A range of quality teeth are available. 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.

dENTuRES NEEd REGuLAR SERVICING 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. 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 every two years, or more frequently if necessary.

yOuR dENTuRES NEEd ATTENTION 1. When they become loose. 2. When teeth or denture base discolours. 3. When tooth surfaces become flat. 4. When denture base does not fit around natural teeth (in partial dentures). 5. When you develop deep lines around your mouth. 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 Denture base is


added to your existing Denture, improving the fit and restoring confidence. Relines can be carried out within the same day by prior arrangement.

dENTuRES WITH WORN dOWN TEETH Teeth excessively worn, require a new 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.

MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN fACIAL fEATuRES 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.


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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.

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.


dIffICuLTIES IN CONSTRuCTING A GOOd SET Of dENTuRES 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. 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.

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 post-technician 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.

LEYLAND DENTURE CENTRE for your next quality denture • • • •

Qualified Clinical Dental Technicians New Dentures and Relines Dental Repairs Free Consultations



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01772 623 623

Independence House | Golden Hill Lane | Leyland | PR25 3NP Registered with the GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL Stephen Taylor (Clinical Dental Technician)

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For my amazing hydrangeas For always being in my greenhouse For leaving a gift to St Catherine’s Hospice in my will

Gardener Pauline knows the power of plants, flowers and the great outdoors in boosting mental health and well-being. She’s using the St Catherine’s Wills Service to leave a gift to the charity in her will, so that patients, families, visitors, staff and volunteers can continue to benefit emotionally and physically from the beautiful, relaxing grounds of St Catherine’s Park.




What happens then? We handpick the perfect carer for you by considering your overall needs, your lifestyle, and personality. Live-in care is very much a bespoke service., so we make sure that your carer is not only compatible with you as a carer but also someone who will enrich your life on a personal level.

WHAT IS 24/7 LIVE-IN CARE AT HOME? A carer lives with you at your home, providing full support across all aspects of your life, from companionship through to cooking, cleaning, and other household chores as well as taking care of all your care and personal needs.

It can help with the long-term requirements of the elderly and vulnerable adults, including people living with dementia, disability or more short-term needs recovering from injury

Our unique version of care provides a highquality service at a cost less than that of a good care home.

If you live in Lancashire, we are perfectly positioned to provide a carer for you. You can call us on 01254 375023 to arrange a free personalised care consultation. This involves assessing your physical, mental, and personal needs.Then, once we understand your needs in more detail, we will be able to make our recommendations.

What can live-in carers do for me? You may require assistance with things, like physical tasks or your personal needs if you’re struggling with the day to day.

What is the process?

Care can be two weeks to a much longer term, depending on your requirements. At Promedica24, we pride ourselves on the continuity of care that we offer. Your primary carer will stay with you for several weeks before they take time off, we will then diligently select an interim carer for you until your primary carer returns. Regardless of your needs or how long your carer stays with you, we will carry out regular checks to make sure everything is running well and that all your needs are being met. Live-in care allows you to continue doing just that. Living your life, exactly as you want to do.

24/7 Live-in Care & Companionship at home

An affordable alternative to a Residential Care Home Weekly rates from £695 Continue to live well and Independently in your own home Affordable, high quality, 1-2-1 care and 24/7 support Specialist support - dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, respite

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Established over 35 years

Your Local Mobility Store OPENING TIMES: Monday till Friday 9.00am till 5.00pm Saturday - 10.00am till 4.00pm Sunday - CLOSED

BLACKPOL BRANCH 269 TALBOT ROAD, BLACKPOOL, FY3 7AZ Tel: 01253 394853 sales@llgwheelchairs.co.uk www.llgwheelchairs.co.uk


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LLG WHEELCHAIRS LLG Wheelchairs Ltd have been in the mobility business since 1983, offering a high quality service to our customers throughout the UK. We carry one of the largest stocks of new and used mobility scooters, powered wheelchairs and mobility accessories in the North West. We don’t just sell wheelchairs and mobility scooters in Leigh – we can also supply small household mobility aids to stair lifts and everything in-between throughout the North West and the UK. Our after-sales customer care is second to none. If you have a disability or mobility problem our aim is to help you to find the best solution, so why not contact us or call into our showroom. Our experienced staff are always happy to offer friendly and useful advice on the best mobility solution for your needs.

We now have showrooms in Leigh & Blackpool We can also offer FINANCE from 0% along with free HOME DEMONSTRATION on request.






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Can you benefit from Motability? If you receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or P.I.P. supplement you can benefit from this worry-free package. The choice is yours With over 200 products to choose from, ranging from small, boot scooters to large, road legal (Class 3) scooters and powered wheelchairs, you can be sure to find the right one for you. Your allowance will then be paid directly to Motability Operations every four weeks, in exchange for your scooter or powered wheelchair. And most of the models available cost less than your four weekly higher rate mobility allowance, which means you get some money back! It’s the perfect package With Motability, not only do you get the scooter or powered wheelchair of your choice, you get all the support and help you need.

All this is included for your peace of mind: 3 A New scooter or powered wheelchair every three years 3 Standard pricing nationwide 3 Insurance for RSA Motability 3 Breakdown assistance from Motability Assist 3 Service, maintenance and repairs 3 Tyre and battery replacement 3 A dedicated UK Based Customer Service team


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