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It seems as though we are in luck. While surfing the realms of Twitter compiling this article for you lucky readers today, I came across some telling statistics. Now it is not my intention to bore you with mindless numbers and figures, although I have been called a ‘Statto’ numerous times over the years. Just this one will do;

nation’s favorite grandma, as she has been coined, announced her leave as well, Twitter and the nation went into meltdown. Just a note, if my Gran was known to party the night away on the isle of Ibiza, as Mary is known to do, I must admit I am not too sure how I would feel. As one Twitter user put it and many seemed to agree;

Literally no one is going to watch ‘Paul Hollywood’s Great British Bake Off’.

51% of adults aged between 5564 regularly use social media. This is according to the Office of National Statistics. So, at the conclusion of this article do not hold back your desire to post a Tweet on a topic of your choosing. Let your voice be heard, after all that is what Twitter is all about. Anyway, let us get into it.

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shows. However, viewers have recently been handed a pie to the face. I imagine it failed to pass the majority of you by, that the BBC had sold the show to Channel 4. The uproar soon followed. And it soon became clear that Channel 4 had purchased a tent and a bread maker. By that, I mean the silver fox Paul Hollywood.

“Breadxit” Undoubtedly, many of you will recognize the two figures above. Indeed, for many a Brit they have become synonymous with Wednesday evenings. The Great British Bake Off or GBBO as commonly abbreviated (and hash tagged on Twitter) is one of the BBC’s most popular and well-watched

Co-Hosts, the commonly known Mel and Sue, soon after announced they would be departing from the show. I guess you could say the dough was failing to rise for Channel 4. When the

I for one will certainly view with interest the Channel 4 version of the show to see what they can squander together. If the show does become a dead loss, I will certainly miss 9pm in our house on a Wednesday evening when the cake goes in the oven, having spent the previous hour drooling over bake off wonders.

How to spot a Brit? It came to my attention that while writing this piece for you, Britain was celebrating the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Now, due to my historical background I feel obliged to bring this up. So please do bear with me. In case you did not know, the battle

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TWITTER was fought between William of Normandy (the invader) against the English King Harold. Admittedly, I am not here to give you a history lesson, no doubt you already know this. And I am certain, even if I had not told you it was the 950th anniversary then you would know the year. Here lies the essence of how to spot a Brit. Twitter seems to be in unanimous agreement about this. Hastings Direct has long been advertising on our television screens with the catchy jingle and memorable phone number. If you are struggling to recall, it is the one with the seagull if I am not mistaken. The jingle goes, 0800… wait for it…1066. The point being calling out 0800, if one would reply with 1066 then you most certainly have found yourself a fellow Brit.

Together Again. I am sure, all of you will be familiar with the comedic and indeed, genius double act that was Morecambe and Wise. Now for the first time, they stand together again in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. The statue that has been unveiled just this month is the first of the two together while the two men, have their own individual statues respectably in Morecambe and Leeds. Blackpool is really the spiritual home of the pair. They performed numerous times at the seaside resort before their real shoot to fame. Myself being a massive fan of the pair, I feel I should take this opportunity to regale you with my own personal favorite sketch. I think it was the first clip I

saw of the two and hence why it has stuck with me and I still find it hilarious to this day. ‘The Banana Boat song’, I would recommend a quick search on YouTube if you are failing to recall the sketch. A smile and a laugh I can guarantee.

Get yo’ Wellies Out. Glastonbury, the famous British festival has sold out…again. Now do not get me wrong I understand the buzz of seeing your favorite music act up close and personal…but with Glastonbury it just is not that simple. Standard tickets for the festival, which holds 135,000 amongst its vast grassy plains, have all been snapped up. Although, many of them will now find their way upon the Internet black market selling for ludicrous amounts of money. So let us say, you were one of the lucky ones who managed to get tickets. Well currently, not one act has been announced. Oh, I do love a risk taker. Come that faithful weekend in June that band you have always wanted to see and quite possibly just sold half your material belongings for, just to get that Glastonbury golden ticket might not even be there. Here is the real risk though, relying on the Great British weather to provide the sort of sun and warmth of the likes of Costa Brava over a bunch of fields in Somerset. It very rarely happens. The festival campsite soon becomes a bog. You can keep the bikini and speedos in the draw for this weekend more often than not, a rain mac and a pair of wellies is usually the safest attire.

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WHEN our children are younger, family holidays fall into very distinct categories – usually at some seaside venue or busy resort with enough to keep young minds and bodies occupied.

As we grow older, though, and our children become independent adults, possibly with families of their own – or as we simply opt to be a little more experimental in our choice of destinations – we start to look further afield at more adventurous and unusual holiday choices.

Exotic India For an exotic adventure, why not consider India by rail? Packed with beautiful landscapes, diverse architecture and amazing people – India truly offers something for everyone. The “Palace on Wheels” starts and ends its journey in Delhi and takes in Jaipur, Rathambore National Park, Udaipur ad Jodhpur, allowing passengers to experience the sights of India in a relaxed atmosphere. Or, you can climb aboard the Trans Siberian Express, the Eastern and Oriental Express, the Rocky Mountaineer or, closer to home, enjoy a short journey on the luxurious Venice Simplon Orient Express. If the train is not for you, though, and you would rather spend time on the high seas, there are several cruise lines that offer an all-inclusive luxury experience. And if you want to go somewhere different than the Mediterranean on your cruise,



experience the splendour of Alaska or the South Pacific. If you’re wanting to escape the often dreary UK Winter, where better to head than “Down Under” and experience the vibrant cities, beautiful beaches and awesome mountain vistas of Australia and New Zealand? Accommodation ranges from good-value motels and campgrounds to luxurious fivestar hotels or lodges.

The Orient or USA? Experience the Orient in Singapore, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur, kick back on a South Pacific island or visit San Francisco or LA. All these are possible these days and great destinations, with a great range of first-class airlines available. Looking for somewhere quite different? Many people favour the Green Season (May/June and November) when the seasons are changing. The land is verdant and the National Parks are quieter, giving you the opportunity to experience the forests, beaches and volcanoes without the crowds.

Far, Far Away? The Far East has also become a greater attraction to Western travellers with amazing tours available. Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are popular for temples, beaches and the inspiring stories of human resilience. Experience the splendour of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, the World Heritage site of Luang Prabang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. Vietnam has some gorgeous beaches, too. Winters can be cold in Hanoi but further south the climate is kind throughout the year, although tropical downpours are common. The most popular time to visit is between November and April, with the heaviest rains between June and September. For a completely different culture, how about a private tour of China? Travel from Beijing and visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall before heading to Datong, Taiyan to marvel at the sandstone statues in the Yungang Caves. At Pingyao visit the walled Ming and Qing dynasty town before heading on to the Shaloin Temple and Xian to see the famous

TRAVEL Terracotta Warriors. Spring and Autumn are generally the favourites times for tours of China, avoiding the harsh Winter and searing Summer heat experienced in some of its regions.

Archaelogical Adventures Closer To Home It is said that travel broadens the mind, and especially when we explore the history and archaeology of the places we visit. The past, like a foreign country, is full of difference and interest. It underlies the character and identity of every destination, and yet it is also the wider story of humankind, and so holds familiarity and relevance for us all. This is why archaeological travel is so fascinating. It unites culture with adventure and adds value and meaning to our travels.

ARCHAEOLOGY & TRAVEL Perfect Combinations of Leisure and Interest • Minoan Crete & Santorini • Cyprus: North & South • Pompeii & Campania • Malta's Millennia • Ancient Greece

Hidden History Travel provide the opportunity for a richer travelling experience where history comes to life. The world’s historic and ancient sites are a ‘wonderbox’ of interesting things, and a veritable ark of profound insights, unsolved mysteries and great discoveries. They are often in beautiful locations too, and visiting them can get us off the beaten track to see more of the country. A useful starting point and source of inspiration are the country profiles by Hidden History Travel who describe the archaeological and historical interest of various travel destinations.

Ancient Greece Ancient Greece, for example, may seem like a distant, unfamiliar place but a tour of the ancient sites can be a profoundly satisfying experience. It’s not just the warm weather and good food; it’s an intellectual and emotional connection, a return to the cradle of our modern European world. A Greek temple, with marble columns rising into a clear blue sky, is an abiding symbol of western civilisation, and it is more than just the architecture that feels familiar; it’s the thoughts and actions of its creators, the people whose philosophy, science, art and politics laid the foundations of European culture. Well-conducted tours, offered by Hidden History Travel bring out these wider contexts for us all. It isn’t necessary to be a history buff; holidays are available which bring it all together for you, so you don’t have to do all the planning and research yourself. The best tours have a balance of leisure and interest, and knowledgeable guides who bring the sites to life. As someone once said; “a tour without a guide is like a movie without a soundtrack”. Everywhere has a story to tell, and the breadth of interest is endless; from simple everyday life to cultural beliefs, and the rise and fall of great civilisations.

Prehistoric Malta On the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, there are Stone Age temples that predate the pyramids and which were expressions of prehistoric beliefs similar to those held by the builders of England’s famous Stonehenge. Whatever strange rituals were practised at such places, they still fascinate us today as reminders of the bigger picture; the human journey and our continuing attempts to understand life, death and the cosmos. Recent archaeological research has made fascinating inroads into our understanding of the prehistoric world of our ancestors.

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The Real Atlantis The physical remains of the past create landscapes of memory that still resonate in our modern minds. Everyone has heard of the myth of Atlantis but how many people have actually visited the most likely site of the original city? Many scholars agree that the Aegean island of Santorini is the very place. This volcanic island erupted around 3500 years ago with devastating effects on the Bronze Age civilisation of the region, including the palaces of Minoan Crete. It is simply amazing to stand today on the rim of that volcanic crater and realise the scale of the event, and marvel at the antiquity of the island’s ancient city, incredibly preserved in ash like a prehistoric Pompeii. Then sail across to Knossos on Crete, home of King Minos and the Minotaur, to discover Europe’s earliest civilisation. Turn your next holiday into a worthwhile experience, and part of your personal journey through life. Take a tour with a specialist company like Hidden History Travel. Their expertise creates wonderful holidays that are surprisingly affordable. They have the right balance of leisure and interest, and the interest never ends when the tour ends.

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sponsored by just like you. There’s an extra bonus too – a tour manager who ensures that all the logistical hassles are taken care of and that the group ‘gels’ together. And then there are local guides, who share their inside knowledge and help bring destinations alive. On sporting trips, coaches are on hand to match up players, so you enjoy your games and improve too. Some of the major coach tour companies organise singles only trips around the UK and Europe too, which provides yet another option!

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If you’d like to flop and drop, with company when you choose, there is a wide range of places to go, around Europe or beyond. Singles’ specialists, Solos Holidays have an extensive range of places to get away to where the sun shines, the beach is glorious and the pool all yours. Quite often, the hotels they use are exclusively theirs, so everyone is a fellow solo traveller. And if activities are on offer, you’re free to join in or not. Sometimes a day on the sun lounger is just too tempting. In the UK, Solos Holidays, Warner Leisure Hotels offer hotel breaks with zero or limited supplements. Go on, why not spoil yourself?

Top Tips Singles travelling on holiday can celebrate! You are a fast-growing group of people and the options are getting more plentiful by the month. Tour operators and cruise lines are now vying to bring you the perfect trip. What could be better? We know it seems daunting when you think about taking your first trip alone – we’ve been in the same shoes. However, from all reports, once you’ve taken the first brave step, there is no looking back. You might even wonder what took you so long!

Cruises I recently spoke to a single lady in her 60s who told me she loved cruising because it is safe, she knows that the ship is secure and that should anything happen, she’ll be missed. More and more cruise lines are re-fitting or building with single cabins, all just as comfortable as doubles! And what’s more, coffee mornings and activities are organised for those travelling alone, so you can meet others in the same



situation. At dinner, singles’ dining tables are allocated, so if you’d like to be sociable, you can be. Excursion companions and dancing partners are often available too. So you can cruise around the UK coast, voyage to Antarctica or visit sites around the Mediterranean, comfortable in the certainty that you’ll be included in all the activities and well looked after. Saga Holidays have now started offering river cruises just for singles too!

Escorted tours and activities holidays These are a real joy for the solo traveller. You’re joining a friendly group, all who have a similar interest, whether it be going to historic British houses and gardens, playing tennis, walking on islands, visiting ancient Greek ruins or meeting pandas in China. There really is a holiday for everyone. And interestingly, many tour companies tell us that between a third and a half of everyone travelling this way are holidaying on their own, which means that you’ll meet others

We are frequently asked about single supplements, which can be a barrier to those travelling alone. Several cruise lines, escorted touring companies and activities holiday specialists offer same sex sharing to avoid the supplement. Just ask when booking, and if no else wants to share, you then have the room to yourself. However, many companies have great offers with no or low supplements, it’s just a question of enquiring. Always be willing to request the best price or the latest deals – you may be surprised at what’s available. These are sometimes missing from websites and brochures. Ask and you just may receive!

Fact Box: Silver Travel Advisor has produced a useful mini guide for the Solo Silver Traveller, with advice, recommended companies and contact details. To receive your free copy, go to and type ‘Guide solo’ into the search box, top right hand side. We’ll post a one out to you, or it can be downloaded electronically.


Travelling through airports by Jennie Carr from Silver Travel Advisor Airports can be heaven or can be hell, so Silver Travel Advisor have teamed up with Your Service Centre Gatwick in partnership with Sky Break, to make life just that little bit easier. You can receive a printed copy of The Silver Travellers’ Guide to Gatwick Airport, free of charge through the post or electronically, by going to www. and typing Gatwick guide into the search box, top right hand side. If you are flying from another UK airport and wish to familiarise yourself with the lie of the land, you can find real maps and terminal diagrams at www. or by visiting the airport’s own website. From Aberdeen to Southend, with many in between, this information can really help you plan your airport experience. And this is particularly helpful if you prefer to use a lift instead of the escalators, or

require an accessible toilet. Many special features of the airports are clearly marked so when you do arrive, you can confidently get to where you need to go. And should you be spending time in transit, it’s a good idea to take a look at the facilities at this airport too. It’s always worth remembering that you are entitled to special assistance, should you need it, from the door of the airport to the foot of the aircraft steps, and this should be provided by the airport. You can call well in advance to advise of your mobility requirements, talk to the airline or travel agent if you can’t find the airport number on line. You might also decide to take advantage of a ‘Meet and Assist’ service which will make certain you are well looked after, on arrival and departure.

hold, so you have extra in case of an emergency. And remember not to exceed the maximum of 100ml for any liquids otherwise they will be confiscated as you pass through security, which would not be a good start to your journey. And our absolute top tip, is to leave yourself plenty of time to clear security and the find the departure gate. Having an extra 20 minutes for a cup of tea is so much better than getting stressed whilst you rush through the terminal.

Should you need to take medication in your hand luggage, it’s worth having a doctor’s letter explaining what this is and what it is for so there is no misunderstanding in a foreign country. It is also worth packing spare medication in your suitcase for the

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RETIREMENT – WHAT IS THE NEW NORMAL? Two things happened in 1988. Firstly, I started my career in financial services with the Prudential; secondly, I bought my first car. 1988 also heralded the arrival of Personal Pensions. Looking back, my car and personal pensions had certain similarities, they both promised greater freedom, as well as being functional and uncomplicated. You put petrol in one and contributions in the other and off they went. Fastforward to the present and picking the wrong fuel pump by accident could lead to serious implications for your car and wallet. With the introduction of pension freedoms in April 2015, making the wrong decision could have similar implications on your income in retirement. There was a time when retirement seemed to take care of itself. It was normal to work, retire and then receive a state pension and possibly company or private pension as well. There is now a ‘new’ normal emerging and retirement is no longer a singular event at a set date. There is much less


certainty on what retirement looks like and no two experiences are the same. These days very few people will work for the same employer for their whole working life. This will often leave people with multiple pension arrangements, with various providers. This can create a confusing picture when it comes to understanding your retirement funding position. It is my role as a financial planner to bring all this information together and create an action for your future. New clients often ask me “Can I afford to retire?” To which I reply “What do you want to do in retirement?” Their answer will determine what the income needs are and whether this desired lifestyle is affordable? A focussed retirement planning report will help you to understand what you have, what your goals are, what you need to do and, with regular reviews, will make sure you are on track to achieve them. The first part of this process is understanding what you already have

in place. Unfortunately, not all your existing pension arrangements will offer the flexible choices you might need. Reviewing what is available under each plan against what you want is vital. Having established that, we turn to your current income requirements and ask how these may change as you reach retirement? Using Cash-Flow modelling, I can show how your current spending could affect your future income; whether you are planning for retirement in 5, 10 or 15 years.

Cash-Flow modelling will give you a detailed picture of your assets, investments, debts, income and expenditure. We can project forward, year by year, using assumed rates of growth, income, inflation, interest rates and wage rises. This is particularly useful to show how decisions made can affect your future. Armed with this information we can create a financial plan; this is a roadmap to your future. Over the years this will be regularly reviewed and any necessary adjustments made, as your circumstances change. Of course, your future income is not determined by your pensions alone. There are many other sources of wealth that can play a part. Savings, ISA’s, shares, equity release or downsizing your property, to name just some. Whatever the make-up of that future income, you should draw the income in the most tax efficient way. Ironically, pensions might be one of the last places to draw an income from, such are the Inheritance Tax advantages. The rules around passing on pension savings have changed and understanding how pensions could be used to provide a legacy is important. Through clever planning you can make sure that your assets are pass on to future generations in the most tax efficient way possible. Most importantly, once you have a plan in place you should have it regularly reviewed. In a recent survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Old Mutual Wealth; found that retirees who stated that they had a target income in mind and who saw a financial adviser regularly to review their plans, received on average 41% more income in retirement than those who had not. Seeking financial planning advice can bring peace of mind knowing that, should something happen to you, your loved ones will have my support in helping them deal with your financial affairs. If you wish to discuss this article or have any questions regarding your pensions or investments, please feel free to get in touch. Contact Robin Yeadon DipPFS at Benedict Charles Financial Planning.

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Rod Stewart

THAT rich raspy voice, the little red rooster haircut and the cheeky grin – you immediately know it’s Rod Stewart. The enduringly popular singer at 71 is still pulling in the crowds, the hits and the accolades.

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CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Sir Rod is in the middle of of a major sell-out world tour that started at the Liverpool Echo Arena and takes in major venues from Belfast to Birmingham, including London’s O2 Arena and ends in Israel. And if you thought that decades of touring had made him jaded, you’d be wrong. “What a great line-up of venues!” he stated. “These are some of my favourite buildings in my favourite cities. “I give you fair warning – fasten your seat belts. I’ma pulling out all the stops!” It’s fair to say, though, that the singer’s career has always involved pulling out all the stops. He was born in Highgate, London, the youngest of five children of a Scottish father. Young Rod had a happy childhood; there was a household interest in football and it spawned a love of the game, and a love of Scottish football specifically, that has been a hallmark of Rod’s life.

The following year was pivotal in his career. The Faces released their second album, Long Player, which did better than the first, and Rod released his third solo album, Every Picture Tells A Story, which made him a household name. The track Reason to Believe was taken from the album and became a minor hit in both counties but when DJs started playing the B side, Maggie May, the fun really started. It became No.1 in both the UK and the US. By the time Rod released his fourth solo album, it looked like his time with the Faces was coming to a close and he later moved to America. In the intervening years since those early heady years, his music has evolved much like the man himself and his hits are equally legends.

As fate would have it, along came the Small Faces and at the same time, Rod signed a solo record contract. The Faces, as they became, built a solid fan base in the UK and America, releasing an album in 1970. In the meantime, Rod released his second solo album, Gasoline Alley, and supported it with an American tour.

His love life has been almost as famous as his music, and certainly as flamboyant as his appearance. He has been married three times, previously to Alana Stewart and Rachel Hunter, and is currently married to Penny Lancaster. He has eight children.

“I think it’s absolutely marvellous being famous. I love it. I like walking down the street and being recognised. I don’t go out of my way to be recognised.”

Fortunately, music was another love in his life and he was influenced by top soul singers then like Otis Redding and Sam Cook. This was the early ‘60s and pop music was sweeping the nation. Rod joined Birmingham-based rhythm and blues group Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions and toured the UK.

Early in 1966, the group disbanded and Rod joined Shotgun Express, before becoming a member of better known the Jeff Back Group. This heralded a rise to stardom and where he honed his style as a dynamic, sexy lead singer. Hit records followed but, sadly, the group began to fall apart.

Rod recognises that people have certain sartorial expectations of him. As he commented: “I don’t think people expect Bruce Springsteen to come out in a pink satin jacket but Rod Stewart they do. And I like doing it, I don’t wear it just because I think I have to. I’m a very flamboyant person.”

He has never shrunk from publicity, but never particularly courted it, either. His philosophy on this is simple: “I don’t know anybody that doesn’t like being famous in the first place.

He was talented in the sport, too, and had trials at Brentford FC, in the Third Division at the time, but he was never signed.

Back in London again, he then joined Long John Baldry’s band, the Hoochie Coochie Men, which later became Steampacket and toured as support for The Rolling Stones and the Walker Brothers.

Mod clothes to the tight tartan trousers and often eye-popping fashions that helped establish his sense of style.

That Scottish heritage also makes him canny about cash. “I don’t mind buying one round of drinks,” he stated, “but I am b****y well not going to buy another.

“I’m a very flamboyant person.” The days of raw rock like Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? gave way to a smoother, very different repertoire and in the early 2000s he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook. In spite of changes in musical fashion, Rod has always had his fans and been a major star, probably because he has been able to adapt. And it’s worked - he’s sold more than 200 million records worldwide and is viewed as being able to sing virtually any type of song. He has always been a snazzy and contemporary dresser, from his early trademark upright hairdo - kept in place by hairspray and determination - and his

“I don’t miss a penny. I get a daily statement about where every penny is going and every investment. I wouldn’t say I worry about money, but you never know what’s around the corner. “I worry more about my children’s views on money sometimes. They’ve grown up privileged and it’s an ongoing battle they know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” His great, deserved success might have meant a lessening of his enthusiasm for getting onstage. But, as the tickets leap from the box-office for this latest tour, From Gasoline Alley to Another Country – the title of his latest album - Rod is as enthusiastic as ever about performing for the fans, who can expect plenty of his chart-toppers. Generously, though, while he is always honest about his talent, he insists that he is not the main man. “Elvis was the king,” he stated. “No doubt about it. People like myself, Mick Jagger and all the others only followed in his footsteps.”

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5 TOP TIPS f rom M o v e it or L ose it ! Winter time – a time of resolutions and diets – which comes precisely at the time of year we have no desire to eat salads or motivation to go jogging in the dark! Here’s 5 top tips that fit into a busy day and are exactly what we need to focus on at 50+. Think of the word FABS – which stands for Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength – and you’ll have it covered. First the Aerobics, simply climb the stairs. You won’t believe what a great all round exercise this is, not only does it work your thighs, it gets your heart pumping too. By generating heat (usually after 5 flights of stairs you’ll start to notice your breathing rate go up) you are also burning calories. And here’s the best bit, research shows the more stairs a person climbs the ‘younger’ their brain so make sure you go up and down stairs 10 times a day at home or work.


Next, Strength. After 50 our muscles start to decline unless we do something to make them work against a resistance. No time or inclination to go to the gym? No problem! A simple resistance band is a fantastic bit of kit which you can use anywhere. To tone up your arms and target bra bulge, do this using a band that makes your muscles feel tired after 10 repetitions. • • •

Sit towards the front of an upright chair, lay the band on your lap and scoop it up with palms facing upwards about hip distance apart. Draw the hands apart but keep your elbows tucked in to your waist. Now draw the band towards your hips taking the elbows behind you and pull your shoulder blades inwards as if you’re squeezing a grapefruit between them.

• Hold for 3 seconds then take hands back to the starting position and release the tension in the band. Balance is not something we incorporate into our life unless we do yoga and often declines without us noticing. So test yourself out. Make sure you have a chair to hold onto for support, then lift one knee up so you stand on one leg. Can you hold this for 30 seconds without wobbling? If you can, that’s great, now challenge yourself to do it with your eyes closed! It’s tricky so take care. With practice you will improve so do this every day when you’re brushing your teeth or waiting for the kettle to boil. Flexibility. Have you ever struggled to put on your hold-ups gracefully? Our ligaments and tendons tend to get stiffer after menopause so here’s a simple stretch for your hamstrings so you’ll be able to try on those thigh-high boots with ease. • Stand with one foot just in front of the other – heel on level with toes. • Now bend the back knee and push your bottom back, place your hands on the thigh of the bent leg.

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You should notice that as the front leg straightens out you will feel a big stretch along the hamstrings. Keep your chest lifted and abdominal muscles pulled in slightly. Hold for up to 20 seconds then repeat on the other leg.

Now put all of these together and Dance. Either join a class or simply put on your favourite music and get moving. By turning, stepping and getting your whole body moving you will get your endorphins going to lift your winter mood and help you feel FABS all year round.

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LEGAL Contentious probate cases are rising fast and you could end up spending far more on fees if a case goes to court than you ever would on professional fees to make a will.

Appointing an executor

If you’ve chosen an executor, make sure they understand what this role entails. An executor can be held personally liable if things go wrong, so they shouldn’t regard the role lightly. It can help to work alongside a lawyer as a co-executor. But be wary of the charges which vary for estate administration.

Set up a trust

MAKE YOUR LEGACY LAST WITH B P COLLINS It’s never too late to get your affairs in order to protect yourself against future conflict and expense. Lucy Fisher from B P Collins offers some options to consider: Take out a Power of Attorney (PoA) If you become incapacitated and can no longer make your own decisions, without a PoA in place the Court of Protection will appoint someone to look after your financial affairs and welfare needs. This may not be a person you would choose to make decisions on your behalf so it’s worth choosing a person that you trust to take on this vital role.

Make a will

Making a will is something everyone should do - yet only 35% of people say they have one. If you die without a will, your assets will be divided by the rules of intestacy rather than going to the people you wanted to inherit. We have found those who plan ahead are


comforted that their family will have one less thing to worry about during their time of grief. Our advice would be to talk to your family about your wishes. After the initial awkwardness, families usually relax and talk frankly. A will allows you to choose your own executors and is an opportunity to set out other information, such as detailing your funeral wishes.  

Avoid potential disputes

The rise of online will packages is well documented but if you think that’s a cheaper option - think again.

Setting up a tax efficient trust is a good move for both parents and grandparents as it can take care of costs such as school or university fees, but specialist advice is required to ensure it is right for your circumstances. As with executors, you must think carefully about whom you appoint as a trustee, as it may be expensive to try to alter it in the future.

Loan agreements

Given the high cost of housing today, it’s not unusual for the bank of Mum and Dad (or grandparents) to lend or give money to adult children to help them get on the property ladder. It’s essential to have a legal loan agreement drawn up and ensure the property title is appropriately held, or Mum and Dad could lose out in the future if relationships falter or circumstances change. There is no substitute for seeking professional advice from lawyers who are experts in their field. B P Collins has advised people for over 50 years on wills, trusts, probate and estate planning.     

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HOME average roll which means it will have fewer joins and look better overall. “The average wallpaper lasts around four years in most homes before you want to replace it but really good wallpaper is still there in 10 years time, and you will probably still like the way it looks.”

How to give your home that contemporary look WHENEVER we see those posh glossy magazines showing upmarket homes and interiors or watch TV programmes featuring fabulous houses most of us wonder “how can I give my home that contemporary look?” Actually adapting the latest home interior ideas when you’re working on a realistic budget is not as impossible as it might first appear. And it’s completely possible to create a new look for your home to bring it completely up to date.

than buying them off the shelf,” adds Allyson. “They will fit better and last much longer, and you will be getting exactly the design you want.” The same principle applies to wallpaper. “You don’t need to invest a fortune to get wallpaper for a feature wall,” she says. “But good wallpaper often comes in wider sizes than the

As interior designer Allyson Houghton of Ideas Interior explains: “There are always alternative ways and tricks to get the style you want.” Unusually, though, sometimes buying bespoke rather than opting for readymade chain-store items can work out cheaper. “For example, if you want gorgeous pelmets and drapes for your home, you may well be better off getting them made


Shop around for smaller items of furniture like bedside tables. “You can pick up cheaper copies in high street stores,” she says. The same applies to cut-glass drawer and door handles. “Often, just changing the handles on furniture or buying new window poles can update the room. “Clearance light fittings can be painted or sprayed, and you can add diamantes or beads on lampshades. Also, if you have throws on furniture already, invest in some really smart cushion covers and trim the existing throws with the same material.” While it’s always possible to get bargains on the internet, Allyson advises that it’s always best “to see and feel” soft furnishing items in particular. “Colours and textures aren’t always right when items arrive in the post,” she concludes. “Shop local – you can see everything yourself and still get plenty of bargains.” If you are updating your home interior, Allyson suggests one clever way –

“Add an oversized mirror – it creates a statement and enhances the light in your room.” And she points to one range, Gallery Direct’s, fresh and exciting new range of accent mirrors “that will transform any room into a 1920s dance hall.” Other bang on trend ideas that can be replicated at home include turning alcoves in your lounge or living room into stylish additions. While made-to-measure bookcases installed either side of a fireplace in a traditional lounge will really enhance it, you could instead group pictures on shelves for an elegant display.

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Transform your conservatory from a unusable space to a beautiful room in just one day.... Conservatories are usually constructed to add extra living space to a home, often in the hope that they will become an extra lounge, a dining room or area to relax. It’s a common complaint through from conservatory owners that their room is often unbearably cold in the winter and stiflingly hot in the summer. So what’s the answer? In 2010 the planning laws were relaxed and in the majority of cases, you can now fit a solid roof to your conservatory without planning permission. This means better insulation, keeping the room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, and a room that you can use all year round. There are a few different options to fitting a solid roof on your conservatory, most of which require major upheaval and disruption however a Thermotec roof will transform your conservatory to a beautiful room in less than one day! Supplied by Green Space, Thermotec panels are lightweight and offer eight times better insulation than a polycarbonate roof. With U-values of 0.29, they will keep your conservatory at a comfortable temperature all year round. What’s

Kitchens are often the heart of the home so if you’re looking to update yours consider making it into a kitchen-diner. Providing the space to cook, eat and entertain together as a family or with friends makes for a more relaxing atmosphere. In some homes, taking out a downstairs wall frees up much-needed kitchen space to provide open-plan layouts and a place to socialise all year round. Go for a more streamlined look in the kitchen with handleless kitchen units and stainless steel worktops. Add clever lighting for a touch of drama and colourful chairs to soften a contemporary colours-scheme. Consider deep blues, white and grey in the kitchen and add low-hung pendant lighting over a central island. Bathrooms can be updated and improved with more efficient use of space. In a small bathroom, use neutral colours that run along the floor, up the walls and even continue onto the bath and toilet to give a feeling of never-ending space. Add depth to a narrow bathroom by creating a feature wall with one block colour or exposed brick. Dark colours can work well in a bathroom and can add an elegant and opulent touch. Consider adding a skylight to open up your bathroom and create a light and airy space. White furnishings may help to bounce light around this room, allowing you to inject more personality with the addition of interesting accessories. Lighting is particularly important here, too, especially next to mirrors. For a retro look in your bathroom, try hanging clever storage areas on walls and add pale pastel hues to bring the bathroom to life. If you prefer a hotel-style bathroom, try a black and white colour-scheme inter-mingled with soft grey for a fresh and modern style. Remember, too, that wet rooms are currently very popular and if you’ve got the space they can be a boon to easier living. The latest looks in bedrooms include large patterns on the walls, even if you have a small bedroom. Invest in good bed linen in the sales to make your bed look extra-special, and look out for headboards which can really tie a bedroom together. Cover an existing headboard in fabric to match curtains to update the room. * For more information go to:


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Club - Board Games Club Free event, just drop in. Bored? Looking for some fun and games? Come and join our new Board Games Club. Groups and individuals welcome. Games provided. Reading Central Library, Reading

Join a member of the house team for a 45 minute tour behind the scenes. See our conservation work in action and get a sneak peep into some of our store rooms. Booking Essential. Phone: 01494 755573. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Hughenden Park, Hughenden, Tel: 01494 755573

14th March, 10am - 11am

Family - Tree Tales and Trails at South Hill Park

Come and learn about the fabulous trees at South Hill Park; pick up some handy tips on identifying trees in winter and learn about their myths, history and folklore. South Hill Park Grounds

Last Wednesday of the month 3pm - 4pm

Crafts - Craft and Chat Free event, just drop in. Bring along your own knitting, sewing and craft. Relax, meet people and share ideas. Reading Central Library, Reading 27th Jan - 31st March (every Friday) 2pm - 3pm

Course - Checkmates

Checkmates is a new free 10-week chess course for people aged 50+, run on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council. Beginners are very welcome and free refreshments will be provided. Bracknell Library, Bracknell, librariesevents 27th Jan - 25th May

Tour - Hughenden Behind the Scenes Tour

8th March - 11th March

Performance - Annie

Annie is based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie and with her friends, runs the manager of the orphanage, Miss Hannighan, ragged. She is chosen to stay with Oliver Warbucks, the millionaire, in his mansion and things change for the better, for both of them. With wonderful show stoppers like Tomorrow, Hard Knock Life and many others, this is a real family show and Starmaker will do its best to continue the quality productions it has staged at The Wilde Theatre for the last 29 years. Wild Theatre, South Hill Park

15th March - 21st June

Art - Decorative and Fine Arts Society Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Architecture, Music, Film, Poetry, Culture, Heritage, Antiques Interested in the Arts? The Windsor and Maidenhead Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society meets for interesting talks at 7:45pm on 3rd Wednesday September – June at the Memorial Hall, Old Windsor, for group visits to Stately Houses and current Exhibitions, and Study Days. Windsor & Maidenhead

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OUT & ABOUT 19th March - 7.30pm

Event - Mane Chance Charity Gala Windsor’s favourite variety show is back! We are delighted and so grateful in equal amounts to announce that the 3rd Mane Chance Charity Gala will take place at the Royal Theatre, Windsor on March 19th 2017. The wonderful Paul Ferris has been working hard rounding up the stars and already has a fabulous line up and continues to harangue and harass the stars. Tickets are now available online. Theatre Royal Windsor

When Catherine accepts an invitation to the Tilney’s country seat at Northanger Abbey, lurid images from her favourite gothic novel Mysteries of Udolpho threaten to overwhelm her. However, all misunderstandings are eventually resolved and, as in all the best Jane Austen novels, the young heroine finally gets her man… Adapted by acclaimed Austen specialist Tim Luscombe, this production portrays Jane Austen at her most heartfelt… Theatre Royal Windsor, Windsor,

29th March - 7.30pm

Play - Holmes and Watson The Farewell Tour by Stuart Fortey. An explosive blend of murder, mystery and irresistible comedy. Alongside his faithful sidekick Dr Watson and with the able aid of trusted compatriots Mrs Hudson and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland yard, Sherlock Holmes will attempt to re-enact one of his most baffling unsolved cases… Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park

19th March, 15th April

Activity - Windsor Fun Run Now in its 10th year, this is the premier Winter Run Series to take part in. These events are perfect for anyone looking to get fit or take part in their first event. Dorney Lake is the perfect venue for Running Events. 100% accurate course and 100% traffic free. A fast and fun race. Perfect winter conditioning. This fun and exciting Run Series will put you on good form for the coming season. Eton College, Windsor,

20th March - 25th March

Theatre - Northanger Abbey

Catherine Morland loves a good novel and the more horrid it is the better. At 17, she is taken by her aunt to Bath where she encounters the social whirl denied her at home.

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Feast in the Street Food Avenue; learn to bake in the Cake and Bake Theatre; enjoy afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent; taste wine, champagne and craft beer in the Drinks Theatre; buy from local producers in the Artisan Market; kids enjoy the Childrens Cookery Theatre; live music on the Unsigned Music Awards Stage; enter the Chilli Eating Competition; refreshing cocktails from the Bar Bus and Pimms Teapot, and have a fun day out in the Deco Noir VIP experience. Syon Park, London,

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TOM KITCHIN - "KITCHIN SUPPERS" This is one of my favourite Sunday roasts. You can’t get much more British than a leg of lamb, but serving it in this way gives a certain Mediterranean feel and flavour, which makes the dish seem light and fresh. Infusing the lamb with flavourings like rosemary and fennel seeds makes it deliciously tasty. Most side dishes work with lamb, so choose your vegetables according to the season. You might also like to serve new potatoes alongside here, or a potato gratin.

ROASTED LEG OF LAMB WITH RATATOUILLE-STUFFED TOMATOES SERVES 4 1.2kg boned and rolled leg of lamb 5 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped handful of rosemary sprigs, leaves only, roughly chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon fennel seeds sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 250ml lamb stock or chicken stock 50g butter STUFFED TOMATOES 4 large tomatoes on the vine olive oil for cooking 1 onion, peeled and diced 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 tablespoon dried herbs de Provence 1 courgette, diced 1 aubergine, diced 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and diced

Place the lamb on a board. In a bowl, mix together the garlic, rosemary, cumin and fennel seeds. Using a sharp knife, pierce little slits all over the surface of the lamb. Using your fingers, push the rosemary and spice mixture into the cuts. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Put to one side. To prepare the tomatoes, snip them off the vine, but leave the stalks intact. Cut a slice off the top off the tomatoes, removing about a quarter, and reserve these lids. Using a teaspoon, carefully scoop out the juice and seeds from inside, leaving the shells intact; set aside, along with the tops.

will absorb quite a lot. Add the red pepper and cook for a further 2–3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check the seasoning and take off the heat. To cook the lamb, heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Heat a heavy-based ovenproof pan over a medium-high heat and add a little olive oil. Add the lamb joint and colour on all sides, allowing 3–4 minutes. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, fill the tomatoes with the ratatouille and put the lids back on. Stand the stuffed tomatoes in a small roasting tray. Add the stock, butter and a drizzle of olive oil to the tray.

For the ratatouille stuffing, heat a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat and add a little olive oil. Add the onion and cook slowly for 3–4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and dried herbs.

When the meat has been roasting for 15 minutes, turn the setting down to 160°C/Gas 3 and put the stuffed tomatoes into the oven. Roast the meat for a further 20 minutes, along with the tomatoes, basting these with the pan juices from time to time.

Now turn up the heat and add the courgette, aubergine and some salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for a further 3–4 minutes; you may need to add more olive oil as the aubergine

Rest the lamb in a warm place for 10 minutes. Slice the meat and serve with the stuffed tomatoes, spooning over all the pan juices.


SMOKED SALMON & SPINACH LASAGNE This comforting pasta bake is easy to prepare and always popular. The recipe is based on a Scandinavian dish that my wife Michaela has been making for years. It’s absolutely delicious and has the added advantage that it can be prepared in advance, ready to bake and serve when required.

Heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. To make the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan, stir in the flour and cook for 1–2 minutes. Slowly stir in the milk and cook at a gentle simmer, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. For the lasagne, melt half the butter in a heavy-based pan over a medium-low heat. Add the leek strips, season with salt and pepper and sweat gently for 2–3 minutes. Add the spinach leaves, a handful at a time, along with the garlic and cook for another minute or two. Drain off the excess liquid. Use the rest of the butter to grease a large square or rectangular ovenproof dish. Cut the smoked salmon into small pieces, roughly 2cm square.

Serves 4–6 Béchamel sauce 75g butter 75g plain flour 850ml milk sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Lasagne 25g butter

1 leek, trimmed, washed and cut into strips 400g baby spinach 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 400g smoked salmon 300g Cheddar, grated 8–10 lasagne sheets 4 dill sprigs, roughly chopped, to garnish

Spoon a layer of the béchamel sauce over the bottom of the dish and layer a third of the lasagne sheets on top. Spoon half of the leek and spinach mixture over the lasagne, followed by a good third of the smoked salmon, then cover with a third of the remaining béchamel and sprinkle some cheese over the surface. Repeat the layers of lasagne, leek and spinach, smoked salmon, béchamel and cheese, then cover with a top layer of lasagne. Spoon the rest of the béchamel sauce on top and scatter over the remaining smoked salmon and grated cheese. Bake for about 45 minutes until the top is a deep golden colour. To check that the lasagne is cooked, insert a knife in the middle; it should meet with minimal resistance. Scatter the chopped dill on top of the lasagne and serve, with a crisp green salad on the side.

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MUSHROOM BRIOCHES The idea for this savoury brioche came from one of the legendary chefs I once worked for in Paris, Guy Savoy. I love its earthy mushroom flavour, especially with pâté or alongside a soup. Served slightly warm or toasted, it is just heavenly.

Makes 10–12 mini brioches 180ml lukewarm milk 1½ sachets active dried yeast (10g) 4 free-range medium eggs 560g plain flour 15g salt 50g sugar 340g unsalted butter, softened Mushroom duxelle 400g button mushrooms, cleaned 20g butter 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Eggwash 2 egg yolks beaten with 1 teaspoon water and a pinch of salt

Pour the milk into a jug, sprinkle on the dried yeast and leave for 10–15 minutes, until the yeast is fully dissolved and the liquid begins to froth. Add the eggs to the yeast liquid, beating lightly to break them down.

some seasoning. Cook for 3–4 minutes to soften and release all the liquid from the mushrooms. Then increase the heat to drive off the liquid; the pan should be quite dry. Set aside to cool.

Combine the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix briefly. Now, with the motor running, slowly pour in the yeast, milk and egg mix. Continue to work on a medium speed for 5–7 minutes.

Lightly grease and flour 10–12 metal rings, 7.5cm in diameter, and stand on a baking sheet. Turn the risen dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a rectangle, about 40 x 20cm and 1cm thick. Spread the mushroom duxelle on top of the two sheets of dough, leaving a 1cm margin along the edges.

Once the dough appears smooth and elastic, begin adding the butter, little by little, until it is all incorporated. Continue mixing for a further 5 minutes. When ready, the dough should appear very smooth and shiny. Turn the dough out into a lightly oiled large bowl. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size; this should take about an hour. In the meantime, prepare the mushroom duxelle. Chop the mushrooms into small dices. Heat a heavy-based pan over a medium-low heat. Add the butter and, once melted and foaming, add the mushrooms, shallot, garlic, dried herbs and

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Starting at a long edge, roll each rectangle of dough up like a Swiss roll, finishing with the seam underneath. Cut into 7.5cm lengths and place in the prepared rings. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and allow to prove until they have almost reached the top of the rings. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Brush the brioches with eggwash and bake for 15 minutes until deep golden. Leave in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve while still slightly warm.

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At The Berkshire Dental Laboratory in Winnersh we have many years of experience and expertise when it comes to new dentures and provide an excellent after care service. Should I take my teeth out at night? It is advisable to take your teeth out at night as this gives your gums a chance to recover and rest. Your denture is basically plastic and has absorbent properties so it will soak up the bacteria in your mouth. Whilst you may be advised to wear your new denture almost constantly during the first two weeks it is considered best practice to remove it at night. Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during a 24 hour period allows the gum tissue to rest and the roof of your mouth to breathe and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. This helps maintain healthy gums. I have experienced a client who required an emergency repair after his lower set came out whilst sleeping and he rolled over it so there is a another reason not to wear them at night! I do have some patients who say they can’t sleep without their teeth in because it feels strange or they snore or they just feel too self conscious not to leave them in. If this is the case I usually suggest they remove their teeth for as long as is possible every day, perhaps when in the shower or getting dressed. Your dentures should be carefully cleaned each day so this could be an opportunity to give them a brush and put them in a cleaning solution. Taking them out for periods of time each day, in conjunction with good oral hygiene, helps reduce the risk of getting infections.

What is the best way to clean my dentures? When you clean your original teeth you are advised to start at the same point and work your way round, cleaning all the surfaces of each tooth, twice a day. Well a denture is no


different! Get a good brush, the ones specially designed for dentures are best. To be effective your toothbrush needs to be changed every 3-6 months or when the bristles become splayed out. Brush the polished side and the area that fits against your gums, paying particular attention to all those spaces between the teeth and other hard to reach parts. For brushing, a good liquid soap or washing up liquid is very effective, it cleans your dishes so why not your denture! Denture cream and toothpaste are also good. Toothpaste can be a little abrasive but, in my experience, with dentures made from modern acrylics and brushed gently with a soft brush, it does little damage. Denture soak tablets can work well, but they do have a tendency to bleach the colour from the acrylic, so please ensure you read the instructions carefully. There are ultra sonic cleaners on the market that will help with cleaning your denture. They work by causing little shock waves that disturb and remove any debris and you can use your usual denture cleaner with them. Using a disclosing tablet is a good way of telling if you are cleaning the whole surface and not missing any areas. After you have cleaned your denture just pop it in a cup with a disclosing tablet then any areas you have missed will be highlighted. This will help you to ensure the whole denture is thoroughly clean. For a deep clean that you can do at home fill a container with half cool tap water and half white vinegar or baking soda. Give the combination a mix and leave the dental appliances in the container for 20 – 30 minutes, finally brush as usual. The tartar that builds up on your dentures is a lot like limescale so this will help soften it up before brushing.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Remember to rinse your dentures before placing them back into your mouth or you will be left with an unpleasant taste in your mouth! Of course you can visit us at the Laboratory for a polish. A high gloss surface prevents food sticking to them and keeps them in tip top shape.

How will I know when I need new dentures? Over time our facial features change which makes the fit of the denture change and it can become uncomfortable or unnatural looking. Dentures are used every day so they get worn. This is particularly noticeable on the back teeth as they become flat and smooth. As a rule of thumb if your dentures are over 8 years old it could be time to consider a new set. Most denture wearers require a reline every 2-3 years as the fit deteriorates. Relining means the fitted surface of the denture is resurfaced. It is always better to get a new set before the old set becomes completely worn and unwearable as you then have a good spare.

effect on the plastic. I would advise you give your spare set a really good clean, pat them dry and put them in a plastic tub so they don’t get broken. Always keep your dentures in a good storage box out of the way when not in use. I have a steady stream of patients with dentures that need repairing or replacing as the family dog has taken an interest in them! And finally… I would like to draw your attention to something interesting I often see. When looking at a set of dentures that have a very worn tooth surface and, when looking at them in the mouth and being unable to repeat a position that would cause this wear, I ask the patient if they eat mints. They invariably say yes and ask how I know, I say mint abuse! Eucalyptus oil is used in a lot of mints and it will act as an acrylic solvent so you often get the contact between the teeth worn away in an unusual manner. To find out more about our range of services contact BDL on 0118 979 7555 or

How should I store my spare pair of dentures? I often hear that you should leave your dentures in water to prevent warpage but in my experience they don’t warp it is more that the mouth changes slightly. We have had study dentures in the Lab for years out of water with little or no

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Supporting people with dementia and their families 1.

When dealing with dementia, it’s often easy to focus on the illness and lose sight of the individual. Treat the person with dementia with respect and dignity to help them feel confident and valued, however advanced their dementia may be.


It is important to communicate in a clear and reassuring way to help the person with dementia feel at ease. Even if the person doesn’t understand what you’re saying they may pick up on non-verbal communication, so ensure your tone is warm and that your body language is open and friendly.

3. Be a good listener – those supporting the person with dementia often need someone to talk to. 4. Offer practical support to the person and their family by helping with their weekly shop, or offering to do the school run. 5. Organise a treat or outing to include the person with dementia, a walk in the park or trip to the seaside. 6.

Offer practical tips to make life easier for the person with dementia. Small suggestions like placing useful telephone numbers by the phone or labelling cupboards and drawers can make a huge difference to daily life.


Give the carer or family member a break – suggest a treat such as a spa weekend or theatre trip, or even just take them out for dinner or coffee as a welcome break from their everyday routine.

8. Appreciate that supporting a relative with dementia will be hard for the whole family, and will mean changes and disruptions to everyday life. Children in particular may be


more affected emotionally, so offer them a chance to express their feelings and talk things through, and don’t be surprised by small changes in behaviour, such as them becoming frustrated or anxious.

‘Dementia Friendly’ Bluebird Care

Bluebird Care specialise in working with customers and their families who need professional care in their own homes – including dementia care. They recognise that people with dementia need tailored care and many of their carers have successfully completed BTECs in Dementia Care or training in Parkinson’s disease. As an organisation, Bluebird Care were extremely proud to recently win an employer Achiever Award from Bracknell and Wokingham College. In 2015, they pledged their commitment to playing a central role in establishing a ‘Dementia Friendly’ community in Burnham where they are based. This involves offering their services and supporting local businesses on how best to be ‘dementia friendly’. As part of this, they became members of the Dementia Action Alliance, which brings together organisations to work locally to enable community initiatives. They are working in partnership with Burnham Opportunities Centre to ensure dementia awareness raising, promotion of initiatives like Dementia Friends and to encourage joint working. Bluebird Care offer a free dementia advice and response service to organisations and businesses in the village and have committed to signing up all staff as ‘Dementia Friends’. They also encourage their carers to attend any additional local training which is available.

One initiative in 2016 saw their carers experiencing first-hand what it is like to have dementia, when they stepped aboard the ‘Virtual Dementia Bus’. The Mobile Virtual Dementia Tour is a unique experience which enables participants to see the world from the perspective of someone living with dementia. Whilst initially people experience fear and anxiety, the tour seeks to build empathy in staff and families so that they can change their practice and approaches to dementia care. Care manager for Bluebird Care, Nicky Beadle, said: “The mobile tour offered our carers the chance to walk in the shoes of people with dementia by mimicking their everyday experiences, which was invaluable. They had a taste of what life is like for people with dementia and means we can

provide even better care for people, because we understand first-hand what challenges they face.” Bluebird Care, in Summers Road, Burnham, provides tailored homecare – from respite one-off support to 30 minute visits to 24-hour live-in support across Slough, Beaconsfield, Burnham, Denham, Dorney, Farnham Royal, Fulmer, Gerrards Cross, Hedgerley, Iver, Langley, Stoke Poges, Taplow, Wexham, Bourne End, Flackwell Heath, Marlow, Tylers Green, Hazelmere, High Wycombe, West Wycombe, Stokenchurch, Totteridge and the surrounding areas.

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Local magazine for the over 50s includes travel, lifestyle, health, home

Reading issue 41  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes travel, lifestyle, health, home