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HAVING A TWITTER with Graham Smith Things ain’t what they used to be

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The size of Waggon Wheels says a lot about the state of this country in my opinion. I was chatting, tweeting even, to a friend the other day and he set me thinking because he was dreadfully upset about his Penguin bar, almost in tears he was.

What passes for humour today often leaves me cold. Winner of the top joke at the Edinburgh Fringe was Stewart Francis with the offering, “Know who gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”

They’re just not the same any more, and when I mentioned Waggon Wheels he almost had apoplexy. “They’re like tiddlywinks compared to when I was a lad,” he sobbed. I had to agree. I don’t have a sweet tooth often but I have noticed that since we joined the Common Market, or whatever we’re supposed to call it now, things have not been the same. Jelly babies have become positively embryonic, wine gums have become a third of the size they were when I was at school and when did you last see a whopping great tomato in a supermarket? You won’t, because the supermarkets now employ people to make sure all fruit and veg is of virtual uniformity and colour. The tomatoes have to stand to attention every morning while some sergeant major of an attendant inspects them and anything over a centimetre bigger than its neighbour is probably splatted with a swagger stick. If a banana curves at more than the prescribed EU definition it is fed to the local zoo, gooseberries have been ordered to the barbers if they are too hairy, the list is endless.

Oh come on you can do better than that! What happened to the golden age which produced real comics such as Morecambe and Wise, Les Dawson and Dave Allen? They could not only deliver the stuff with immaculate timing but write it as well. Their actions and expressions were funny and they didn’t have to resort to the vernacular vulgarity so often seen at televised fringe events where the laughter is canned and the comic probably should be.

Stewart Francis by the way is Canadian, which, if you’ve had a drink or two, sounds like comedian.


I recall that Rileys toffee rolls were twice their size in my youth. We bought them in loose “quarters” then, that was sensible measurement, but now they’re shrunk wrapped in at least three layers of cellophane which is more designed to keep the flavour out than in. Mars bars are in serious danger of extinction if they get any smaller and gobstoppers simply can’t compete. So why are we a nation of increasingly obese people if everything is getting smaller? That’s easy. Every café now seems to be serving “mega all day breakfasts” with enormous helpings of greasy spoon material, pizzas are getting bigger and it seems to be the norm now to walk down the street eating large pastries, spitting crumbs everywhere and heeding no one because there is a piece of electrical equipment plugged into every bodily orifice. Give it five years and some of these kids won’t know what birdsong and traffic sound like.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Buses”, “Please Sir!” and “The Fenn Street Gang”. He’s been in “Tom Brown’s Schooldays” in the West End and was an effective panto dame in shows all over the country. However, TV beckoned and it was Russell’s fascination with astrology and his exuberant personality that brought him before the nation, first on Yorkshire TV and then on Granada TV where he was a regular onscreen explaining the daily horoscopes. From there he moved to breakfast TV with BBC’s “Breakfast Time” and later to TV-am as resident astrologer on “Good Morning.” A broadcasting natural and popular presenter, this role soon broadened to presenting other shows including celebrity quiz “Star Choice”. He later had his own six-episode series “Russell Grant’s All Star Show.” He worked for Channel 5 just after it was launched and directed and starred in “Russell Grant’s Postcards”, a collection of more than 100 five-minute travelogues produced by his own company Russell Grant World Productions. Russell worked solidly on a number of TV projects, with his astrology skills ever present, and he wrote a number of popular newspaper columns and horoscopes in regional newspapers throughout the country as well as in various magazines. Like many TV personalities, however, his star waned for a while. In 2006, he took part in the fourth series of “Celebrity Fit Club” and lost over three stone, but he later suffered from depression and his weight rocketed, this time to 26 stone. He became something of a recluse at the 30-acre Snowdonia estate that he shares with Doug but, being Russell Grant and

INTERVIEW a trouper, determined that the show must go on, he began losing weight – around 10 stone in two and a half years by disco dancing each day for half an hour! In 2011, an online group called “Get Russell on Strictly” finally persuaded TV executives to have him as a contestant on the show. In September last year, he burst onto our screens with his lovely professional dancing partner Flavia Cacace. Surprisingly light on his feet and with genuine rhythm, Russell sported a number of colourful and outrageous costumes and certainly won the day with viewers.

highly successful run followed which enhanced and revived Russell’s theatrical reputation once more. The production also brought him under the dancing wing of choreographer and dance teacher Arlene Phillips – “She even had me dancing the Charleston”, said Russell. Following his memorable appearance in the hit musical, Russell has been brought in as a guest star for a new tour of the show “Grease”, taking the role of Teen Angel at various venues including Newcastle, Llandudno, Southseas, Wimbledon, Dartford and for a one-week run in Manchester in October.

In fact, they kept him in the knock-out programme until late November – in spite of much criticism from the judges, in particular the often acerbic Craig Revel Horwood. The abiding memory of Russell from the series, however, is of him being shot from a cannon as part of one particularly fun number!

He’s back working with Arlene Phillips, whom Russell insists is his “dance sister.” “Arlene brought out the very best in me working on ‘The Wizard of Oz’,” he stated. “So when she said I was right for Teen Angel and, if I took the part, she’d create the choreography, how could I resist!”

This great revival by the “comeback kid” caught the attention of the famous musical writer and producer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. He invited Russell to return to the West End stage – and the Palladium Theatre where he’d last performed 34 years before – and take part in a three-month stint replacing Michael Crawford as the “Wizard of Oz” in a new production.

The sparkly suit and no doubt mesmerising performances are bound to leave the audience hopelessly devoted to Mr Grant’s special charms again. And it’s one more dancing role which he now loves, as he explained: “Teen Angel has a Strictly twist and shimmy which captures the joy of dance I’ve been lucky enough to have discovered.”

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

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...IN THE HOME IS SOMETHING MANY OF US LONG TO DO BUT ARE HAMPERED BY THOSE TWIN PROBLEMS: LACK OF MONEY AND LACK OF KNOWLEDGE.” Writes Angela Kelly We may know what we DON’T want around us, but probably have only a vague idea of what we do. The way we proceed next tends to relate either to the structure of the house – knocking through to give bigger rooms, adding a conservatory or building an extension – or the interior décor which includes everything from light fittings and wallpaper to furniture and paintings. For the first, often more sweeping, approach, architectural consultant Gary Willis from Novensus says always remember the importance of light. “Daylight directly affects our wellbeing and living in dark conditions can add to our lethargy,” he states.

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Meet the experts GARY WILLIS Architectural Consultant from Novensus JILL BRIMLEY Home Stylist - Changing Spaces For bigger projects, consider a garage or loft conversion. “Only around half of us really utilise our garage,” insists Gary. “Put this space to good use. Rather than just turning the garage into a room, how about thinking more laterally? Could you use part of the garage to extend an adjacent room to create a larger kitchen, whilst still reserving part of the garage for garden storage, a utility area or a study?” A conservatory can add both light and space to a home, “but a sun room or orangery is a much better option. It will be insulated to current standards that will provide a usable room in all seasons and ultimately add more value to your home. “Another alternative is a pre-built garden room which can be brought onto site in one piece, or built quickly in a modular format with limited disturbance.” Maximise garden views “and minimise rubbish ones!” advises Gary. “Create a cosy oasis of space with a smaller patio. Dress it up with flower boxes and a beautiful chair or swing to provide visual interest throughout all seasons.” Indoors, bring in the light with brighter, lighter colours on walls, floors and ceilings to maximise available light. Gloss and satin finishes will reflect more light than dull, dark colours and mirrors can be used imaginatively to bring much-needed light into a room or brighten a dark hallway also giving the illusion of space. When cash is short, home stylist and project manager Jill Brimley from Changing Spaces advises looking carefully at what you’ve already got and adapting where you can. “Dark walls can be painted a light, neutral shade like Dulux Natural Calico,” she says. Take a close look at doors as these can give a dated feel to a room, and invest in new, white ones to add to light. For the Living Room makeover (pictured), Jill also had new panelled cupboard doors made for the meter cupboard. The electrical socket was removed and re-sited to get rid of ugly trailing wires and storage added within the cupboard. A “gorgeous little chair” was bought from TK Maxx, the dark legs painted in white satin wood. The original curtains were dry cleaned and a new complimentary 16

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ANY EXISTING KITCHEN ARE: • declutter work surfaces, tops of cupboards and walls • Steam clean kitchen area • Update white electrical sockets with chrome • Replace worktops with new, more modern items and/or change cupboard doors • Inexpensive plain tiles can make the look fresher and more modern • Chrome tile trims give a more upmarket look • Emulsion the walls to compliment the décor • Invest in new floor covering • Change the colour of your kettle, toaster etc for instant impact

BEFORE In the Bedroom, use relaxing light neutral colours. If space is limited, go for sliding wardrobe mirror doors to reflect light back into the room. Shop carefully for complementary bargain soft furnishings – go online, visit mill and clearance shops or use sale curtains to make Roman blinds or a bed throw. “For a contemporary look, change the door handle and light switch to chrome,” adds Jill. “Inset halogen lights in the front and inside of the wardrobe, and upgrade the radiator and radiator cabinet.” Use old pillows that have flattened as cushion pads or cut up old duvets, and plump up curtains with crumpled tissue paper. The Bathroom can improve if you knock through an old bathroom and separate toilet into one modern area. Add a heated towel radiator to save on space and for a more stylish look.

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New obscure glass windows were installed along with new ceiling down lights. Grand Designs took care of the plastering, tiling and fitted Karndean Wooden Planks vinyl which is ideal for bathrooms. “Their designer Kevin came around, listened to what we wanted and then we went to the showroom and looked at the designs on the computer and it looked fantastic!!, Grand Designs are always in our area so I asked them to call and see me. We contacted Grand Designs and the fact that they do everything even down to the painting and decorating really appealed to us. We are so happy with their attitude, work, pleasantness — and they did all the work within 3 weeks! I would certainly recommend them to anyone.” - Emma G

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and installation of RSJ’s along with relevant building regulations and planning permission if required. All this will be done by Grand Designs with a complete hassle free service. Grand Designs even do the painting and decoration leaving you with a complete concept to conclusion facility.

Grand Designs specialise in making ordinary rooms extraordinary. Your kitchen, bathroom, wetroom or bedroom will be project managed from design to installation, including all tiling, flooring, electrical work, plumbing, plastering and decorating...

C A S E S T U DY For this particular client, Grand Designs installed their bathroom in 2010; they were obviously happy enough that they wanted Grand Designs to install their new kitchen along with all the building work that was required. Their previous kitchen was dark,

new ceiling and fitted down lights

was located so Grand Designs re-

cramped, had very little preparation

in the new large, lighter kitchen /

sited the boiler into a cupboard so

space and the dining room was

dining room and also installed a

therefore it was hidden from view.

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chandelier above the dining room

The washing machine and dryer

table. A T.V was fitted in front of

were fitted into the cellar, but

Grand Designs removed their

the snacking area that faces the

Grand Designs tanked it out and

kitchen, dividing room wall and

garden so they can watch T.V or

waterproofed it and then fitted

fitted an RSJ. They then removed

listen to music while preparing and

an electric heater in there so now

the rear of the house and then

cooking or just having a snack.

even the redundant cold cellar is now a warm, dry utility room!.

installed folding doors in order to get as much light into both of the

The kitchen is fitted with two tone

rooms as possible and to make

High Gloss Black and White units

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them more practical and user

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Designs, from ‘Concept to

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Splashback fitted behind the range

decoration was done. Everything

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cooker. Incidentally, where the

was efficiently project managed and

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extractor fan is, is where the boiler

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GRAND DESIGNS 180-182 Crookesmoor Road, Sheffield S6 3FS

Tel: 0114 268 3900 Open Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm. Sat 9am - 4.30pm.


HOW TO LOVE FOOD AND LOSE WEIGHT by Dave Myers and Si King Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 2 August 2012 in trade paperback at £14.99, eBook £7.99 The Hairy Bikers are back this summer with a new book to accompany an exciting new 4 x 60 minute food odyssey on BBC Two starting on Thursday 2 August. Si King and Dave Myers have made their names cooking real food for real people, creating mouth-watering dishes big on flavour and calories - and it’s taken its toll on their bodies. Now all of that has to stop, as they return to our screens with The Hairy Dieters: How To Love Food And Lose Weight. The problem is they’re not prepared to live on salads and compromise on taste. Loving the food they eat is a cornerstone of Si and Dave’s lives and they know they won’t succeed in shedding the pounds if the food they eat is dull and repetitive. The Hairy plan: to create some delicious healthy recipes to help them on their way and so persuade Britain to lose weight with them. On their journey the boys join forces with the men and women of Britain to find ways of creating food that satisfies their lust for tasty cooking and answers the demands of the doctors and nutritionists who want them to make less of themselves. The boys hope that what starts with a mighty weigh-in will end in triumph, lessons learned and trousers taken in.

The Bikers set out to discover how to enjoy the best great British food at home, creating new dishes and adapting some culinary treasures to make them and us fitter for life. THE HAIRY DIETERS: How to Love Food and Lose Weight includes a healthy eating plan with mouth-watering recipes for eating at home, eating out, and of course, entertaining. It is filled with all of the dishes that have made Si King and Dave Myers two of the nation’s favourite cooks. From perfect pies, curries, roast dinners and delicious desserts, the Hairy Dieters prove that cooking without the calories doesn’t have to compromise on taste.

Now for an excerpt from their best selling book.

FOOD ISN’T JUST FUEL FOR US — IT’S OUR LIFE. WE SPEND MOST OF EVERY DAY COOKING, THINKING ABOUT FOOD AND COMING UP WITH RECIPE IDEAS, NOT TO MENTION EATING! GREAT-TASTING FOOD IS OUR PASSION AND WE’RE NOT ABOUT TO GIVE THAT UP. But we have to admit that we’ve overdone it a bit. Years of enjoying endless gorgeous meals has taken its toll and we’ve piled on the pounds. Like many middle-aged blokes — and ladies — we found that we’d got too hefty and our health was suffering. It was time to face facts and take a good hard look at ourselves so we took a deep breath and got on the scales. Ouch! It was a long time since we’d weighed anything except

THE HAIRY BIKERS’ BIG BOOK OF BAKING, published in March 2012 is currently this year’s biggest selling hardback non-fiction book. Other cookery books by the Hairy Bikers include: THE HAIRY BIKERS’ FOOD TOUR OF BRITAIN, MUMS KNOW BEST, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, MUMS STILL KNOW BEST, 20 THE HAIRY BIKERS’ PERFECT PIES

ingredients and it was a shock. We were both a couple of stone or more overweight and over 40% of our body mass was fat. It was time to diet. Now we have to be honest, we’re never going to be skinny minnies and we don’t want to be. It’s just not us. But we’ve made the effort to lose weight to stay healthy and enjoy life to the full. We want to be walking up hills and down dales without getting out of breath, and to be riding our big bikes when we’re 70 so we need to keep mobile and trim. And that means every now and again watching what we eat and reining it in a bit. Okay, we’re not going to diet for ever — we’re still greedy and we’ll always love our pies and curries — but our weighin was a wake-up call to act before we got dangerously big. Losing weight has been quite a journey for us but we’ve done it and we’re proud of ourselves. Now we know we can drop the pounds when we need to and this will help us keep a check on things in the future. If we can do it so can you. Look at losing weight as an investment in yourself and the people you love. The benefits far outweigh the sacrifices.

SO THIS IS WHAT WE DID... We didn’t want to sacrifice the pleasure of cooking and feel deprived or hungry so we knew we had to come up with meals that we would enjoy making and eating if we were to stick with the diet. With the advice of healthy eating experts, we discovered that by making small changes in our cooking habits we could still enjoy big flavours and the food we loved while dropping the pounds. And it’s true. We’ve shed weight and we feel the better for it. Our blood pressure and cholesterol levels are down, our waistlines have shrunk, we have more energy and we look HOT — but not as sweaty as we used to! And even more importantly, we’ve done all this while still eating some of our favourite, great-tasting dishes that we now cook with less fat and sugar, but bags of flavour. We think our recipes are fantastic. Yes, they’re lower in fat and sugar but they still taste amazing and we’re still just as enthusiastic and creative about our cooking as ever.


IT’S WORKED FOR US AND IT CAN WORK FOR YOU We’ve found a way of eating ourselves slimmer and we want to share our discoveries with you. The secret is to make better choices and use little tricks to reduce your daily calorie count. Calorie counting might have fallen out of favour somewhat over recent years, replaced by all sorts of wacky dieting ideas, but it does work. We’re the living proof. We’ve lost pounds and inches! We’ve made all the recipes in this book as low in calories as possible while not compromising on the taste. And we’ve had a nutritionist check them out and do calorie counts for each one so you know exactly where you are. If you eat these, without cheating, you will lose weight — and you’ll love us for it. We have to confess we’ve never really thought too much about calories and the amount of food we were taking in but we know a lot more now. As many as a quarter of us Brits are obese and it’s not good for us, so it seems that many of us are taking in much more than we’re putting out. Our experts explained to us that in order to lose weight, you have to take in fewer calories so the body has to use its stores — makes sense so far doesn’t it?

Spanish-style chicken bake This is a brilliant recipe and you’ll notice that there’s no additional fat needed – all the fat comes from the chorizo, and the tomatoes make it lovely and juicy. A low-fat fiesta of a dish. Serves 4 1 medium onion, cut into 8 wedges 1 medium red onion, cut into 8 wedges 500g new potatoes, quartered lengthways 8 whole garlic cloves, unpeeled 8 medium tomatoes, quartered 75g chorizo (preferably picante) 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika ½ tsp dried oregano 1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into strips flaked sea salt freshly ground black pepper

ONLY 370 calories per portion

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Put the onions, potatoes, garlic and tomatoes in a large roasting tin and season with sea salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Toss everything together lightly and roast for 20 minutes. While the vegetables are roasting, skin the chorizo and cut the meat into thin slices – 5mm is about right. Put the chicken thighs on a board and carefully slash each one 2 or 3 times with a knife. Season all over with black pepper. Mix the paprika and oregano together and set aside. Take the roasting tin out of the oven, scatter the chorizo over the veg and turn everything a couple of times. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and chorizo and sprinkle with the paprika and oregano. Season with a little salt and return to the oven for 20 minutes. Take the tin out of the oven. Holding one corner carefully with an oven cloth, lift the tin a little so all the juices run to the opposite end, then spoon and drizzle the juices back over the chicken. Tuck the pepper strips loosely around the chicken and vegetables. Turn the oven up to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas 7. Put the tin back in the oven for another 20 minutes or until the peppers are just softened and the chicken is golden and crisp. As you eat, squeeze the garlic out of the skins and enjoy the deliciously soft and fragrant flesh. Just don’t kiss anyone afterwards!


Strines Inn


espite being within Sheffield's border, the Strines Inn could be a world away. Nestled amongst breathtaking moorland scenery, it is one of the local landmarks in the Peak District National Park.

Originally a manor house, it was built in 1275 for the Worrall family, although most of the present day structure is 16th Century. After becoming an Inn in 1771 when John Morton leased the property from the Worrall's, it got its name from an Olde English



word meaning the meeting of water, quite appropriate as nowadays it overlooks the Strines Reservoir. In the height of Summer the Inn attracts hundreds of visitors on a daily basis. The glorious sunshine and stunning views perfectly compliment the excellent food and drink available, with many dishes being homemade. The Strines Inn is also famous for its numerous peacocks, the previous Landlord having introduced several pairs twenty years ago, there are now over thirty of them.



There is also accommodation available for those people looking to escape for a few days to relax. All rooms have Four poster beds and En-Suite facilities.


TEL: 0114 285 1247

Ingredients for two people



2 duck breasts 250g(8oz) cranberries 100g(3.5oz) caster sugar Zested rind of 1 orange, plus 4 tbsp juice 6 tbsp port


Pan fried duck with port and cranberry sauce Courtesy of The Strines Inn, Bradfield Dale, Sheffield S6 6JE


Use a knife to score the duck breasts 5 to 6 times through the skin and fat but not all the way through to the meat.


Heat a frying pan on medium heat, and add the duck breasts skin side down for about 10 minutes or until the skin is brown. Remove the breasts from the pan and drain any excess fat, return to the pan and fry for a further 10 mins skin side up.


When the duck is cooking skin side up, put the cranberries, sugar, orange rind and juice into a saucepan, stir over a gently heat until the sugar dissolves.


Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently for about 8 mins or until the cranberries are soft and the sauce has thicken slightly


Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the port.


Remove the duck breasts from the pan and where you scored them earlier cut all the way through. Arrange in a fan shape on a plate and pour over the sauce. Serve with vegetables of your choice and a fruity Merlot.

Tel: 0114 285 1247 22

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Elliott Lane, Sheffield, S35 8NR | 0114 245 4444 | |

Escape into your own 16th Century ivy-clad mansion where peacocks roam the gardens and your dreams can become a reality in this tranquil world. Nestled in the rolling South Yorkshire countryside,Whitley Hall is a haven where century chic meetvs historical romance. As you drive down a windy country lane your breath is taken away as you turn into the main driveway. It's like going back in time, the 16th Century mansion is located upon the banks of a river with beautiful terraces, private gardens and opulent woodlands surrounding it.

The perfect place for a romantic break, wedding, civil ceremony, renewal of vows, anniversaries, birthdays and funerals etc.

the special price of £20.00 per person bed and breakfast (based on 2 people sharing).

Guests have commented that the 'jewel in the crown' of a stay at Whitley Hall is the quality of their cuisine.Whether a simple bar snack, a la carte or table d'hôte, the meals served and the variety of changing seasonal menus are justifiably appreciated by those who recognise superbly cooked, exquisitely presented dishes delivering both taste and flavour as well as value for money.

Ladies if you are looking for the perfect venue to lunch,Whitley Hall's "Lets do Lunch" menu is served Monday to Friday from 12-2pm.You can indulge with a one course table d'hôte meal plus a glass of bubbly or elderflower cordial at £10.95 or a 3 course table d'hôte meal plus a glass of bubbly or elderflower cordial for £15.95 (Menus change fortnightly).

Talking of value for money,Whitley Hall offer a special Sunday Supplement. If 2 people have a 3 course dinner in the restaurant you can stay over for

It's one of those places you love to recommend, but really you want to keep it all to yourself! Don't miss out on this beautiful exquisite venue, you will never forget your time here.

LET”S DO LUNCH Indulge yourself with our ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ Offer which includes one course meal with a glass of bubbly or a glass of elderflower cordial for £10.95 or a three course lunch with a glass of bubbly or elderflower cordial for £15.95.


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

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

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

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

Jean-Christophe Novelli has produced these tips exclusively for Port Salut. Visit for more info.

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

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

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

Over 50s Divorce And Separation The thought of separation can be a traumatic experience. For those over 50 who have built up considerable matrimonial property or savings they must decide how to divide the assets between them. It is crucial that they are split in such a way that your needs are met for the rest of your life. This article considers the ways in which financial issues can be resolved and considers the importance of ensuring that legal documentation is in place

MEDIATION Mediation is an opportunity for both parties to come together in a joint session facilitated by a Mediator with a view to resolving financial matters. Mediation can be a successful and cost effective alternative to litigation and avoids the unnecessary stress and costs of lengthy Court proceedings.

JOINTLY AND SOLELY OWNED PROPERTY If your property is in joint names this means that each party own half share of the property. If one dies the property automatically passes to the surviving person known as a Right of Survivorship. If you are of ill health or your marriage is in the process of breaking down or you are thinking about entering into a second 26

marriage, you may wish to ensure that your half share of the property passes to your loved ones rather than your spouse or partner. This can be achieved by signing a legal document known as Severing of the Joint Tenancy. Once this document is signed you will own the property in specific shares known as Tenants in Common. Should you die your share of the property will pass to the loved ones designated in your Will. Failing to have a Will would mean that the Rules of Intestacy would apply and dictate how your estate is distributed. There are advantages and disadvantages of severing the tenancy and that will depend on your individual needs and circumstances. If the former matrimonial home or property is in one of the names of the parties, usually it is that one individual who has all the legal rights. However, you may be entitled to a share of the property if any of the below applies:1. You are married to the person, meaning that you would be able to lodge a Restriction with the Land Registry to prevent that person from disposing of the property without your knowledge. 2. If you contributed financially towards the deposit, the mortgage payments or building works.

LEGAL 3. You both had a “common intention� to share the property even though it was only legally owned by one of you. This can be a complex area and you would need independent legal advice about this.

CONSENT ORDERS Parties that are involved in divorce proceedings would obtain an Order from the Court to reflect the financial agreement between them known as a Consent Order. The document is legally binding upon you both and usually prior to the Court Order being drafted it is expected that both parties provide full and frank disclosure to one another in relation to their assets, liabilities and income. Both parties would sign the document which is approved by the Court and should one party not comply the other party may apply to the Court for enforcement and/ or implementation of the Order.

SEPARATION AGREEMENTS Usually when parties do not wish to issue divorce proceedings it may be the case that the parties wish to regulate and set out their intentions as to how the assets will be split. This of course will be pending any potential divorce application in the future. The advantages of this legal documentation is that it gives the parties a clear indication of their intentions at the time and it is helpful should a Consent Order be drafted at a later date once the divorce application is issued.

PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS If you are starting a new life with a fresh partner you may wish to enter into a Pre-Nuptial Agreement. The advantages of this particular legal document is that it can make clear from the outset what is and what is not matrimonial property hence, eradicating problems in the future and thus reducing conflicts. The Agreement can clarify the arrangements between you both and should you separate, the document will deal with how finances should be divided should that separation take place in future. Please note however, not all such agreements are legally enforceable in the event of a change in circumstances such as the birth of a child during the marriage.

POST-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS Even after you are married it is never too late to enter into Agreements. A Post-Nuptial Agreement after marriage is just as enforceable as a Pre-Nuptial Agreement signed before a wedding. Post-Nuptial Agreements are beneficial for individuals that are thinking about separation or divorce but wish to sort out matters on an amicable basis. Post-Nuptial Agreements should also be considered if a party starts a business or becomes involved in any family business so as to minimise disruption.



CO-HABITATION AGREEMENTS If you are not re-marrying but are simply moving in with someone or that individual is moving into your home you may wish to protect yourself by entering into a Co-Habitation Agreement. The Co-Habitation legal document will attach full and frank disclosure including your assets and liabilities and will set out in detail your intentions as to who will be responsible for what costs during the length of the relationship. The document will also set out how matters and finances will be divided upon the date of separation. This of course will avoid future litigation and involvement of the Courts.

TRUST DEEDS If you are entering into a second marriage and are putting the majority of the deposit down on a property you can protect those funds by asking a solicitor to draw up a Trust Deed setting out your respective shares in the property. That way, from the outset everyone has a clear understanding as to what the percentage split would be in the event of a future separation. Each situation is different and unique hence the importance of obtaining specialist legal matrimonial advice from a lawyer who is experienced in matrimonial law.

Planning for your future Whether you are already retired or are approaching retirement there are certain things you might want to consider as part of your retirement plan. With a plan in place and your financial affairs in order you can relax and enjoy your retirement years. After all you’ve earned it!


Inheritance Tax Planning

If you don’t have a Will then now is the time to consider writing one as leaving a Will means you can be sure that everything will be dealt with in the way you would wish following your death.

You should also start to think about Inheritance Tax (IHT). IHT is a tax payable on death at the rate of 40% on the value of your net assets over £325,000. The first £325,000 is called the Nil Rate Band because although it attracts Inheritance Tax, it is taxed at 0%. If you are married, the best way to pay less inheritance tax (or even none at all) is by making a Tax efficient Will.

If you don’t make a Will, the “Intestacy Rules” will govern how your estate is divided up when you die. The government will determine which of your relatives receives how much, but beware, they don’t provide at all for your friends or even for a partner who you may have lived with for years. Under the Intestacy Rules, even your step-children are not counted as your children unless you have formally adopted them. If you do have a Will it is important to review it, say every five years. Family circumstances and relationships change with family members sometimes becoming estranged, so ask yourself, does your Will still provide for the people you want it to? If you do want to make a change we can do this for you even if your Will was not written by Banner Jones.

Many people believe that giving away money or valuable assets whilst you are alive avoids IHT. This can be the case if the total of the gifts made in any one year does not exceed your annual exemption of £3000, but for gifts over that level you must survive the following 7 years otherwise you will be taxed as though you still owned the asset. There are ways to gift money that are free from Inheritance Tax. You can make a gift to your spouse (provided you both live in England and Wales) although you should seek legal advice before doing so as this could affect other tax planning possibilities, such as the gifting of agricultural assets or business property. You can also make a tax-free gift

to your children or grandchildren of up to £5000 or £2,500 respectively on their marriage/civil partnership. If you decide to give a larger amount to your children now, you can reduce the tax they pay by insuring the Inheritance Tax liability which would arise if you were to die within 7 years of the gift and we would be happy to advise on the right policy for you.

Planning for Long Term Care As people live longer, more and more of us face the possibility of going into residential care. This currently costs around £575 per week which means that the money you worked so hard for all your life can soon be eaten away. There are however ways to preserve your assets and that’s where we can help. If your total assets (usually including the value of your home) exceed £23,250 then you will have to pay the care fees yourself, until your assets fall below that level (when the local authority will step in and contribute some of the cost). Certain assets are disregarded (such as jewellery or cars) but the best way to prevent all your assets being used up by long term care fees is to come and see us and take advice at an early stage. As the need to go into residential care approaches, many people are tempted to transfer their home into the names of their children, or to give away large amounts of money. If you do give assets away and one of your reasons for doing so is to avoid care fees, the “notional capital” rules mean that you will be assessed as still owning that asset even after you give it away. Please seek advice before giving away any assets.

As people live longer, more and more of us face the possibility of going into residential care. This currently costs around £575 per week which means that the money you worked so hard for all your life can soon be eaten away.

Looking After Someone Else’s Affairs Managing your own financial affairs is often difficult enough but sometimes as your parents get older they may also wish for you to help them with theirs. If this has been discussed, the key thing here is to act before your loved one loses mental capacity. If their mental capacity is still sound they can give you a “Power of Attorney” which allows you to look after things for up to a year for them or it might be more suitable to have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) which will last indefinitely. At Banner Jones we can tailor-make a Power of Attorney to suit their individual needs and circumstances and we can discuss their options with them at the initial appointment. If mental capacity is unfortunately lost before an LPA is put in place then we can apply to the Court for a Deputyship order. This would mean that you would be appointed by the Court to be their Deputy and be able to manage their affairs for them under Court guidance. We know that much of this might sound quite daunting but the key is to deal with it sooner rather than later. We’re here to guide you every step of the way and we’ll make sure that your retirement plan is tailor made and as individual as you are.

Later Life Planning Consultation Let us help you get prepared with our new fixed fee later life planning consultation. The consultation is tailored around your own personal circumstances, giving you a thorough understanding of the best way forward for you and your family. The consultation includes bespoke advice on: • Wills & Trusts - what to include • Inheritance Tax guidance • Care fees planning - how to protect your assets from care fees • Lasting Powers of Attorney - will you need one • We’ll even talk to you about funeral plans if required

For a fixed fee you will get a one hour private meeting with an experienced solicitor, as well as a comprehensive advice letter to make sure you know exactly how you should proceed to protect your future.

To book your personal later life planning consultation please call 0333 200 2307 or call into one of our offices in Chesterfield, Sheffield, Bolsover, Dronfield and Clay Cross. 03 numbers cost the same as calling a land line and are included in your mobile minutes.


CAROLS BY CANDLE LIGHT: BREAST CANCER CARE AT SHEFFIELD CATHEDRAL ST PETER& ST PAUL Thursday 13th December Following on from the great success of last years service Breast Cancer Care are very excited to announce the return of Carols by Candlelight for 2012. The choirs of Westways School and Sheffield High School will be joined by renowned opera singer Emma Dennis to help fill the Cathedral with the magical sounds of Christmas spirit. Once the service is complete you invite you to enjoy mince pies and warmed mulled wine with us by candle light. The Service will be taking place on Thursday, December 13th 2012 at 7:30pm at the Cathedral of St Peter & St Paul ;tickets cost £10 (£4 concession). We look forward to seeing all of you there in the giving spirit of Christmas. If you would like to book a ticket please call us on 0114 263 6471. 100% of proceeds go to Breast Cancer Care.

MAGICAL REINDEER EXPERIENCE WITH CHRISTMAS GIFT MARKET Saturday 15th December Santa and his Reindeer will be taking time out of their busy schedule to stop off in Rotherham Town Centre for this fantastic event! The parade starts at 12.45pm through the Town Centre before entering the ‘viewing area’ in the Outdoor Covered Market where the reindeer will remain until 3pm. You can also browse round the Christmas Gift Market on Effingham Street 9.30am - 4.30pm. Look out for our Magical VIP Reindeer Competition in the press! This magical event starts at 12.45pm and finishes at 3pm. For more information please call Rotherham Visitor Centre on 01709 835904. Rotherham Town Centre South Yorkshire S60 1PQ


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What to look out for: If you experience any of the following symptoms make an appointment for an eye examination:Blurry Sight: This is very common. You may notice that your sight has become blurred or misty, or that your glasses seem dirty or appear scratched. Dazzled By Light: You may be dazzled by lights, such as a car headlamps, and sunlight. Change of Colour Vision: Your colours may become washed out or faded. If your doctor or optician has told you that you have a cataract, don’t be alarmed. Cataracts are very common with one in three people over 65 being diagnosed in the UK. Many people over 60 have some cataract and the vast majority can be treated successfully. Cataract surgery, where the cloudy lens is removed during

an operation, is one of the most successful eye operations. If you or someone you know has a sight problem, RNIB can help. Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit Optimax is one of the UK’s leading Laser Eye Surgery specialists. Founded in 1991, it has carried out more than 350, 000 treatments. We offer a range of treatments suitable for those over 40, which can restore natural vision and give you freedom from glasses. These include Intra - Ocular Lens procedures. These Intra-Ocular Lenses replace the natural lens, which may eliminate the need for glasses and restore natural vision at the same time. What all Optimax treatments have in common is helping people to see the world more clearly. Choose Optimax for unbeatable results, affordable prices and outstanding patient care.

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Dr. Richard J. Anderson

BDS LDS RCS (Eng) MMedSci Richard qualified from the University of Sheffield in 1987, since when he has undertaken extensive postgraduate education, mainly in restorative dentistry. In 2005 he completed the Certificate in Implant Dentistry on the world renowned, eighteen-month, one-to-one Implant Course at the University of Sheffield . In 2011 Richard completed his Master of Medical Science in Dental Implantology. Richard has undergone training from Europe’s top clinicians in hard and soft tissue manipulation, involving bone grafting and aesthetics. To date, he has successfully placed and restored over 750 implants and is an active member of the Association of Dental Implantology. Richard has also been a trainer dentist for the last twelve years, and in recognition of his experience and abilities, he has been made a mentor for Nobel Biocare. Outside dentistry, when time allows, he enjoys going to the gym, playing golf and since hanging up his boots, likes to watch Rugby!

Implants A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root, and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Once in place, a crown, bridge or whole tooth replacement can be fixed to the implant or implants to feel and function like natural teeth. Implants are made from biocompatible materials, which means they are readily accepted by your body, and with

Dr. Richard J. Anderson BDS LDS RCS (Eng) MMedSci


proper oral hygiene, can actually last a lifetime. Importantly, implants counteract the bone loss which can lead to wrinkled lips and a sunken mouth and chin. Dental implants actually stimulate bone growth, helping you to maintain a youthful appearance. Using implants as a foundation for a bridge or crown is minimally invasive because there is no need to grind down other healthy adjacent teeth. Employing the very latest All-on-4™ technology, you can even have your brand new smile in just one day! Dental implants have been used successfully for over 40 years. They provide stability and comfort with no need for adjustment after placement.

Smiles while you sleep For particularly anxious patients we also offer a unique, leading-edge cosmetic dental solution. We provide dental implant treatment under general anaesthetic, allowing you to ‘go to sleep’ and wake up with a brand new smile. Based at leading cosmetic hospital, the Claremont, in Sheffield, the Dream Implant Clinic delivers a truly worldclass experience at every step of the patient journey.

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Did you know that Yorkshire Water offers a range of free services for consumers with additional needs? Consumers with sight or hearing difficulties, illness or disability can find out more and register for free. Just call freephone 0800 1 38 78 78 or go to and search for ‘Helping Hands’ to email us.

How can we help you? If you are blind, partially sighted or have difficulty reading your bill:

• We can provide bills and other information in large print, Braille, on audio cassette/CD or we can call you and read your bill to you • We can visit you in advance if we plan to interrupt your water supply • We can send bills to a nominated person on your behalf • If you have a meter, we can arrange for more frequent readings if it’s difficult for you to get a reading yourself

If you are deaf or hard of hearing:

• We can put a card through your door to warn you in advance if we plan to interrupt your water supply • We can visit you in advance if we plan to interrupt your water supply • If we need to get in touch, we can contact you using text telephone/minicom

If you have mobility problems:

• We can visit you in advance if we plan interrupt your water supply • If you have a meter, we can arrange for more frequent readings if it’s difficult for you to get a reading yourself

If you’re a dialysis patient:

• We can visit you in advance if we plan to interrupt your water supply • We can provide bottled water if we do have to interrupt your water supply

If you have a serious illness:

• We can visit you in advance if we plan to interrupt your water supply • We can provide bottled water if we do have to interrupt your water supply A simple free call is all that is needed for you to register for any of these free services. Call freephone 0800 1 38 78 78 and ask about Yorkshire Water’s Helping Hands.

Unexpected visitor? Thieves and conmen sometimes trick their way into customers’ homes to steal money or valuables by claiming to be from Yorkshire Water or one of its contractors. Every customer is entitled to register a password of their choice, free of charge with Yorkshire Water. This password will be used by our staff so you can identify a genuine caller. Call freephone 0800 1 38 78 78 and register your chosen password today. When our staff visit customers, they all show identity cards displaying their photograph. If you’re in any doubt about the identity of a caller, please call us on 0800 1 38 78 78.


• It’s very unusual for Yorkshire Water or its contractors to visit your home without a previously agreed appointment. • Genuine Yorkshire Water representatives won’t mind if you check their identity before allowing them into your home. • Yorkshire Water and its contractors representatives will NOT request access to an upper floor of your home to check the water supply. • Yorkshire Water doesn’t sell any products or services on the doorstep. Don’t let anyone into your home until you’re satisfied with who they are and why they’re visiting.

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Sensitive Teeth...

At Churchfield Dental Centre Our caring team offers both you and your family modern dental care in a relaxed environment.

Your questions answered by Dr David Hilton

It is our aim to promote Dental Health for all. We invite you to work with our skilled Dentists, Hygienists and Nurse Counsellors to cure and prevent Dental Disease in your mouth, which can in turn stop sensitivity. Through regular Dental Health Reviews and advice, we offer to work with you to achieve Dental Health for life.

My teeth are only sensitive sometimes. Is this common? Yes. Many adults have occasional sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet beverages and food. Others suffer from constant pain. Regardless of the frequency of your pain, let your dentist or hygienist know. They can recommend proper treatment for tooth sensitivity.

What Causes sensitivity? One of the most common causes of sensitive teeth is enamel loss, this condition is when enamel covering the crown of the tooth is worn away and the root surface of the teeth are exposed. This is called enamel erosion another common cause of sensitivity is abrasion from incorrect tooth brushing, excess pressure when brushing teeth cause the gum margin around the teeth to recede exposing the necks of the teeth making the teeth more venerable to temperature changes, this is sometimes known as being “long in the tooth”

What is enamel? Tooth enamel is the hardest and most highly mineralized substance of the body, and is one of the four major tissues which make up the tooth. It is

Above all, our aim will be to show you how you can maintain a healthy mouth for the rest of your life, preventing dental disease before it has the chance to cause any damage. To do this, our dentists will formulate a treatment plan based on what is clinically necessary to get you healthy.

the normally visible dental tissue of a tooth and is supported by underlying dentine.

Our practice is about people – not just teeth.

What causes enamel erosion? The main cause of enamel erosion is exposure of the teeth to acids. Sources of acid exposure can be intrinsic (from within your body) or extrinsic (from outside your body). People at risk from intrinsic acid exposure include those who experience gastric reflux or recurrent vomiting. Extrinsic acid can be found in some of our most popular everyday foods and drinks. Examples include citrus fruits, apples, pickles, vinegar, fizzy drinks (both sweetened and diet), wine and orange juice.

How can I stop Sensitivity? There are several ways you can reduce sensitivity depending on the cause:• • • •

Reduced the amount of acid intake in your diet Use a toothpaste designed to help with sensitive teeth Use a soft-bristle toothbrush, and brush gently but thoroughly Chew Sugar free chewing gum after a meal to increase your saliva flow.

properly diagnose problems with teeth, so if you are not certain your pain is just sensitivity see a dentist.

People with an increased risk of dental erosion include those who have a high intake of foods or drinks such as: • • • • • • •

Citrus fruits Green apples Pickles Wine Fruit juice Sports drinks Fizzy drinks (including sweetened and diet fizzy drinks and carbonated water)

All of the above are a great start to reduce sensitivity, but only a dentist can

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Recently the Department of Health published a White Paper setting out plans to reform care in England. However, it has failed to address the vital issue of how to pay for long term care in the future. It stated: “This White Paper is not intended to set out a funding settlement for care and support in future years”. Ministers have refused to set a cap on fees and there was almost nothing in the plans to help people already in care. Some of the proposals are positive in that at present the local authorities each have there own criteria for care assessment, but from April 2015 there will be a set of national standards. This is a very welcome move as at present if someone needing care wanted to relocate to be near their family it caused many problems. The Government wants to introduce deferred payments throughout England from 2015. This means that if you don’t want to sell a home straight away to pay for care the local authority would put a charge on the property, pay for the care, and when the home is finally sold the local authority would reclaim the money owing. The Government wants the scheme to be cost effective, so the councils will charge interest on the fees which are likely to be added to the final bill. This does nothing to preserve assets and most people wouldn’t want a house standing empty for what could be many years. Even if the house was rented out it would be likely that some remedial work would need to be done first and do families really want the worry of tenants.


Nothing is likely to be implemented regarding these proposals, or the possibility of a funding cap proposed by the Dilnot report, until 2015. Many people are finding themselves plunged into the confusing world of financial assessments, benefits, how to pay the care fees and choosing the right care home. On top of all this is the worry and guilt often felt when placing a loved one in care, which in itself can be very distressing and stressful. So what can you do to get the right help and impartial advice? In a recent survey by Partnership, the largest care annuity provider in the UK, found that just 7% of consumers would think to turn to financial advisers for advice on paying for care fees. However, not all financial advisers have the expertise or are qualified to give this advice. At Whittington Goddard Associates ltd we believe it is imperative that you seek out a Care Fees Planning Specialist. The local authorities are providing help for self funders living in care homes and have published leaflets recommending you only contact a member of the Society of Later Life Advisors (SOLLA) for specialist advice. Angela Guylee has been approached and had meetings with Sheffield local authority to help them with this initiative. The reasoning behind this is to get every self funder to speak to a specialist adviser with the purpose of them having enough income and capital to pay for their own care, without having to fall back on the local authority for funding if their money runs out. Angela Guylee recently joined Whittington Goddard Associates as our specialist adviser in Care Fees Planning and matters relating to the older client. In 2010 Angela gained the Later Life Adviser Accreditation and became a member of the Society of Later Life

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Advisers (SOLLA). She is the only adviser in the Sheffield area to achieve this prestigious accreditation, and therefore has the expertise needed to assist clients and their families during what can be an extremely difficult and trying time.


Angela is also a member of Symponia and the Retirement and Care Faculty. Symponia was formed to bring together a national professional body to ensure families had access to a qualified adviser with a caring approach. She is a Master Practitioner with them having been a member for more than two years and shown extra commitment and dedication by becoming a member of SOLLA.

Whittington Goddard Associates Ltd provide independent financial advice from our offices in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Whittington Goddard Associates Ltd’s services are tailored to meet a clients current circumstances, aims and objectives.

She has over 20 years experience in advising clients, the last 15 years as a Specialist Elderly Client Adviser. The main areas in which she gives advice are, Care Fees Planning, Inheritance Tax Planning, Equity Release & Home Reversion plans.

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Angela will also advise you on claiming state benefits to ensure that all relevant benefits are claimed. Even if someone is paying their own care fees they will still be entitled to receive certain non-means tested benefits such as Attendance Allowance. This benefit may also be claimed whilst a person is still at home if they require some care and support. Lasting Powers of Attorney are also discussed as it is important that someone has the power to handle the affairs of the person in care and in a large majority of cases she would involve the family solicitor.

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26 Causeway Head Road, Dore, Sheffield S17 3DT Telephone: 0114 235 1623 Fax: 0114 262 0438 Email: Office hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm Monday - Friday

Angela says,

“The older client needs a lot more time and care as they are often very nervous and worried, and their requirements are very different than that of someone younger. I am passionate about the care and consideration of the older person and I pride myself in offering a personal service to all my clients. In particular I realise that when dealing with families who need to place a relative in care this is a sensitive area, and therefore I approach my work with understanding and empathy.”

WHO CARES? I DO! Angela Guylee has an excellent Care Fees Planning Handbook which explains the many issues surrounding care fees including legislation and benefits. For your free copy please contact Whittington Goddard on 0114 2351623. To understand the features and risks of Equity release, ask for a personal illustration. There may be a fee for Equity Release advice. The precise amount will depend upon your circumstances but we estimate that it will be £995.

Bereavement Services are continually monitoring and improving the facilities and the services offered to the public. The staff are committed to ensuring that each funeral is carried out in a caring and dignified manner and each funeral service is attended by a Bereavement Officer. The grounds of the cemeteries and crematoria are open every day, including Sundays and Bank Holidays and the opening times are displayed in prominent positions at the entrances to our facilities.

City Road Crematorium City Road, Sheffield, S2 1GD

Please contact either your chosen Funeral Director or Bereavement Services for further advice. If required, a recording of the funeral service can be provided for an additional charge. All crematoria chapels contain either pipe or electronic organs if a more traditional ceremony is required.

Sheffield’s older more traditional Crematorium opened in 1905 and is situated within the grounds of City Road Cemetery which opened in 1881. There are two chapels for cremation services and facilities include induction loop for the hearing impaired, braille and large print service booklets, wheelchair availability and disabled toilets and access.

Gardens of Remembrance adjoining Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium

The Gardens are attractive and peaceful and extend for 9 acres. Whilst the majority of the area is structured and formal there are a variety of trees, flowers and a more informal perimeter which attracts wildlife.

Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium Memorialisation after Periwood Lane, Sheffield, S8 0HN Cremation

Following a funeral, relatives often find great comfort in being able to remember their loved one in some way. Choosing the most appropriate memorial can be difficult. Bereavement Services offer a wide choice of commemorative memorials.

This crematorium opened in 1974 and has one chapel available for cremation services. Facilities include induction loop for hearing impaired, braille and large print service booklets, wheelchair availability, disabled toilets and stairlift to the exit of the chapel.

Musical Arrangements for Cremation Services

An extensive range of recorded music is available at both crematoria to accompany services.


Books of Remembrance

Books of Remembrance are displayed at both Hutcliffe Wood Hall of Remembrance and the Remembrance Room at City Road Cemetery. The books are handcrafted and inscribed by a professional calligrapher with an appropriate inscription of your choice.

Leather Memorial Panels

The panels are covered in dark blue leather and contained within a decorative oak frame. The chosen inscription is in gold leaf.

Memorial Wall Niches The niches are contained within a granite memorial wall situated within the formal areas of the gardens. The niches are large enough to accept two caskets of cremated remains. The covering plate can be inscribed with your chosen inscription, along with an emblem or photograph if required.

Bronze Memorial Plaques

For a more traditional memorial to a loved one, a wall or kerb plaque may be more appropriate. The plaques are cast in bronze to a high standard.

Memorial Mushroom Plaques

Memorial plaques which are placed on a granite memorial mushroom. The mushrooms have been sited under trees and are surrounded by bark wood chippings to create a more natural area.

Memorial Vase Block

Granite vase blocks surrounding an ornamental tree are available in the Gardens of Remembrance. The granite tablet is inscribed and can include an emblem or photograph. The vase block includes a flower posy vase for floral tributes.

Arboria Plaques

The plaques are made from natural timber and placed within a metal frame. Plaques are available within the Room of Remembrance at City Road Cemetery.

Bereavement Services Helping our Birds and Wildlife

You can help the wildlife at the Gardens of Remembrance by sponsoring a bird or bat box in memory of a loved one. For further information and advice on the memorials available, please contact the staff on the telephone number below.


Cremated Remains Graves

These are smaller graves for the purpose of burying cremated remains only. The graves are available at the majority of cemeteries with the exception of Burngreave, Darnall and Norton.

Grave Leases

The Exclusive Right of Burial on all new graves can be leased for 30, 50 or 90 years if required. Leases can be renewed at the expiry date.

Woodland Burial Ground. A further area has also been allocated for the strewing of cremated remains.

Memorial Safety

Creating a safer environment within our Cemeteries Sheffield City Council are committed to providing a safe environment for those visiting and working in our cemeteries.

To comply with current guidelines issued by Health & Safety Executive (HSE) we are required to survey Expired Grave Leases every headstone in all our sixteen Abbey Lane, Beighton, Burncross, From February 1959, the Exclusive cemeteries (see list on this page) to Burngreave, City Road, Crookes, Right of Burial on all new graves were ensure that these remain in a safe and Darnall, Ecclesfield, Handsworth, leased for 40 years. Since February stable condition and do not pose any Intake, Norton, Shiregreen, 1999, these leases have been expiring. immediate danger to visitors and staff Stocksbridge, Tinsley Park, Wisewood If you are the registered owner to the working in the cemeteries. and Woodhouse. Rights of a grave which the lease has expired, please contact Bereavement The guidelines from the HSE have There are 5 cemetery chapels Services for advice. been issued to all burial authorities available for services prior to interment. following a number of deaths and Chapels are available at City Road, serious injuries in the United Kingdom Crookes, Abbey Lane, Shiregreen and over the last 5 years in cemeteries Tinsley Park cemeteries. caused by falling headstones. The following cemeteries are managed by Bereavement Services:

An extensive range of recorded music is available and arrangements can be made for personal tapes and CDs to be played at the service.

New Graves

New graves are available at the majority of cemeteries with the exception of Burngreave, Darnall and Norton.

Existing Family Graves

Existing graves can be re-opened to allow further interments providing the written authority of the present owner of the rights to the grave is obtained.

Wisewood Woodland Burial Ground An area has been set aside within Wisewood Cemetery for woodland burials. Instead of a traditional headstone, a native species tree is planted on the grave which will eventually create a woodland and encourage wildlife into the area. It is possible to purchase full graves and cremated remains plots within the

From January 2002, a team of Memorial Safety Operatives have been surveying headstones in the sixteen cemeteries. Approximately 350,000 memorials are contained within the 350 acres of cemetery grounds. Please ensure that we always have current contact details on record should we need to get in touch.

For further advice, please feel free to contact a member of the Memorial Safety Operative team on the number below.

Staff are available to offer confidential advice and assistance on any of the services mentioned in this article by contacting:

Bereavement Services, City Road Cemetery, City Road, Sheffield S2 1GD Telephone: 0114 239 6068 | Fax: 0114 239 3757 Email: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

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Sheffield issue 37  

The local magazine for the over 50s

Sheffield issue 37  

The local magazine for the over 50s