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Located on the south coast within the historic county of Sussex, lies the elegant seaside resort of Eastbourne. Renowned for its top sunshine records and award winning beaches, Eastbourne is understandably a popular holiday destination for all. With a sprinkling of high street shops, centrally located, a Victorian pier and a rich history boasting a variety of castles, museums and galleries, Eastbourne is sure to cater for your every need. Imperial Hotel Located just a stone’s throw away from the promenade and band stand, this grand Victorian hotel is full of character and home to a number of spacious, comfortable bedrooms, all accessible via lifts. Guests are able to unwind in the relaxing lounge area before an evening meal in the Majestic Restaurant, offering hearty, home cooked food. Hotel facilities l All rooms are en-suite with telephone, television and hairdryer l Free WiFi in Public areas l Premier rooms available* l Complimentary tea and coffee in all rooms l Waiter service l Traditional English breakfast l Lunch snacks available daily l Table d’hôte menu l Optional a la carte menu available l Live entertainment most evenings l Ballroom/Dance floor l Two lifts serving all floors l Porterage.

Take a short boat ride across the Solent and discover the Isle of Wight, an island of astounding natural beauty with a variety of attractions to suit all ages. Located on the south east coast of the island, the traditional seaside resort of Shanklin is home to golden sandy beaches and a quaint collection of shops housed in traditional thatched cottages. It is understandably one of the most popular resorts on the island with plenty to entertain. Ocean View Hotel Situated in a premier location with an idyllic seaside position, the charming, well-appointed Ocean View Hotel boasts uninterrupted panoramic views across Sandown Bay. The hotel also offers a large sprung dance floor and provides live entertainment most evenings. Hotel facilities l All rooms are en-suite with telephone, television and hairdryer l Free WiFi in Public areas l Premier and sea views rooms available* l Complimentary tea and coffee in all rooms l Waiter service l Traditional English breakfast l Lunch snacks available daily l Licensed bar l Table d’hôte menu l Optional a la carte menu available l Live entertainment most evenings l Ballroom/Dance floor l Heated indoor swimming pool l Indoor bowling green, table tennis and snooker room l Lift serving all floors l Porterage. Please note that on each floor of the hotel, some steps may need to be negotiated.

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19/12/2014 Located in the heart of the English Riviera, Torquay is renowned for its mild climate, award winning sandy beaches and secluded coves and has been a popular holiday destination since the early 19th century. With its distinctive European atmosphere, sophisticated environment and beautifully varied scenery, Torquay remains a popular holiday destination. Abbey Lawn Hotel If you’re looking to unwind in style, this elegant Georgian hotel is the place to stay. Located in the grounds of the former Torre Abbey with stunning views of the bay, the Abbey Lawn hotel offers an exceptional standard of comfort throughout. The hotel comprises superb facilities, including a heated indoor swimming pool and a conservatory lounge overlooking the bay, where guests can relax and enjoy a drink. Hotel facilities l All rooms are en-suite with telephone, television and hairdryer l Free WiFi in Public areas l Premier and front facing rooms available* l Complimentary tea and coffee in all rooms l Waiter service l Traditional English breakfast l Lunch snacks available daily l Licensed bar l Table d’hôte menu l Optional a la carte menu available l Live entertainment most evenings l Ballroom/Dance floor l Heated indoor pool l Lift serving all floors l Porterage.

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Your Groups’ Specialist for coach holidays in the UK and Europe

We can tailor make tours to your specific requirements, if you want more information then contact our groups department on 0800 7851025 or email groups@robinsons-holidays.co.uk

With over 90 years of experience in tailor making holidays, we at Robinsons offer a personal service. Whether you need help with part or all of your groups holidays we can lend a hand in organising, booking and everything in-between. We are flexible in our approach and can offer destinations found in this brochure or we can tailor make to your specification, whether in the UK or Europe. We offer all of our group’s excellent benefits: • 1 FREE place for every 10 paying passengers • Special interest and activity groups catered for • Complete financial security-BCH Bonded

Imperial Hotel Supplements per person: Premier Room - £35 Abbey Lawn Hotel Supplements per person: Premier Room - £50 Front Facing Room - £15 Ocean View Hotel Supplements per person: Premier Room - £50 Sea View Room - £15

The Robinsons Difference Local joining points l No single supplements* l High standard of accommodation l Great choice of menus l Executive coaches with extra legroom l Includes excursions l Friendly staff l Own hotels in great locations l Peace of mind security l Payment in instalments * Robinsons own hotels l

We offer you ... 3 4/6/7/8 nights dinner, bed & breakfast 3 2 included excursions 3 Local pick-up points 3 Service of driver courier

Robinsons Holidays, Park Garage, Great Harwood, Blackburn BB6 7SP

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Twittering On WITH TYLER GRUNDY

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.

Paul Hollywood & Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off

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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HOLIDAYS...

WITH A DIFFERENCE

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.

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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.

To find out more about how Hidden History Travel can bring your next holiday to life with an archaeological adventure visit www.hiddenhistory.co.uk call them for a brochure on 0121 444 1854.

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When it comes to inviting, relaxing breaks in the south, we have the ideal holiday for you. Whether you’re after family-friendly holidays, a romantic getaway or a group break with like-minded people, our eight hotels cover the nation’s finest locations. From the popular beaches of Cornwall to the cosy Isle of Wight, there’s something for everyone.

have our own fleet of executive Our coach inclusive option allows guests across the UK to travel in ches that usoffer totheoffer comfort, while enables our self-drive holidays freedom of having your own car. el from a selection of pick up Every break includes: nts across the UK. • Return coach travel (self-drive option available) • Comfy en suite accommodation

vehicle features air conditioning and on board • Breakfast & 3-course evening meal o make your journey as comfortable as possible. • Live nightly entertainment also boast friendly drivers who will warmly greet elp you settle into your pre-allotted seat and let Certificate of Excellence Awards now of any planned comfort breaks. We aim to We are proud to announce that five of our group – The Barrowfield, Devonshire,depending Daish’s, Bournemouth ou to your hotel between 3-5pm, on Sands and Claremont Hotels – have been awarded the coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016. ngth of the journey. DHoalidisayhs’s

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Daish’s Hotel – Isle of Wight

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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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Planning For The Future Everyone should consider some basic legal planning to make sure that their families and loved ones are protected in case of future events which can affect anyone. Here we consider the “essentials” of making a Will, Lasting Power of Attorney and Gift of Property into Trust. REASONS TO MAKE A WILL Making a Will is important, particularly when you realise that without a Will, the Government will decide who will receive your money and possessions after you die. Unfortunately this can cause many difficulties for your surviving family and relatives at an already distressing time. By making a Will you can help alleviate additional pressures on your family. The myth that ‘my wife will receive everything anyway’ is not true. Your estate would be shared out in accordance with the ‘Statutory Legacy’ rules and your wife may not receive the whole estate or even enough to enable her to keep the matrimonial home. When it comes to ‘common law husband or wife’, there is no such thing. Only people who are legally married or have formed a civil partnership will be classed as husband, wife or civil partner and only they can enjoy the benefits of automatically inheriting part of their spouse’s estate. If you are not married you would have to go to Court to claim part of the estate which will come with the usual costs and expenses. Children are another reason why it is important to make a Will. If something was to happen to you and your children were still minors or disabled, you can appoint Guardians to look after them. It is also important if you are married for a second time and have children from a previous relationship. If you were to die first and your estate was below the ‘Statutory Legacy’ your whole estate would pass to your second spouse and your children would have no absolute right to anything.

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If you are legally separated the ‘Statutory Legacy’ will still apply until the divorce is finalised so if you want your estate to pass to someone else then you must make a Will. You should have your Will prepared by an experienced Lawyer who will make sure all the relevant points are covered especially if your Will is complicated and Tax Planning Advice may be required.

LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY Most people know they should have a Will, but have you considered what would happen if you were to become unable to manage your own affairs during your lifetime? Who would make difficult financial and personal decisions on your behalf? You can protect yourself by making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). The LPA is a legal document in which you can appoint another person or persons as Attorney(s) to act on your behalf in relation to your financial affairs and/or personal welfare if you become unable to do so for yourself. The LPA was introduced under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and must be registered with the Court of Protection before it can be used. It is useful if you are ill or in hospital or residential care when it is difficult for you to look after your personal finances or welfare. The LPA comes in two parts - one deals with your financial affairs i.e. managing your Bank Accounts and Investments and also selling your property if required. The other part deals with your personal welfare i.e. issues relating to your personal care and where you should live and also giving or refusing consent to certain medical treatment. It is important to note that you can only make an LPA if you have sufficient mental capacity and this has to be confirmed by a Certificate Provider. In some cases it may be necessary to obtain a Doctor’s opinion if there is any doubt. It is also important to note that it does not take away your independence as one of the main principles of the Act is that capacity is decision specific and Attorneys should assist people to make their own decisions wherever possible. If you should lose capacity without having an LPA in place then it will be necessary for someone to apply to the Court of Protection for authority to deal with your affairs which


FINANCE can be a very slow and expensive process. An LPA is an important legal document which should be properly prepared and explained to you by an experienced Lawyer.

GIFT OF PROPERTY INTO TRUST Most people are concerned about the costs of long term residential care. Currently if your assets exceed £23,250 including the value of your property then you will be self funding and have to pay for the cost of your care yourself. The biggest concern for most people is that you may have to sell your house to pay for the care. However it is possible to avoid this by giving your property away during your lifetime, usually to your children. The gift however must be made in good time and not simply with the intention of avoiding future care fees otherwise it may be caught by the Local Authority’s anti-avoidance measures. You could simply make an outright gift to your children but as you will probably wish to continue to live in your property this could cause problems if you were to fall out with them or they were to experience matrimonial problems or bankruptcy. It could lead to someone else making a claim against their share of your property. Additionally, it could also cause problems for your children as owning a share of a second property could

give rise to possible Capital Gains Tax implications on the eventual sale of the property. We would therefore always recommend that a gift of property should be a gift into Trust which would protect you and your children from most of these potential difficulties. The Trust would provide for you to remain living in the property for as long as you wish on the basis that you continue to be responsible for all the outgoings as at present. The Trust can also provide for the property to be sold and a replacement property purchased for you to live in if you so wished. When you no longer live in the property for whatever reason, the Trust would come to an end and the property could be sold with the proceeds divided between your children. In this way you would no longer be treated as the legal owner of the property if you were to be assessed for long-term care fees and also as you are occupying the property which is held in trust this usually means that main residence exemption from Capital Gains Tax can be claimed although this is decided by the Revenue on a case to case basis.

Obviously giving away your property is a major decision and is irrevocable which requires specialist legal advice.

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HOME A key trend developing this season is an uplift in retro styles. These are from periods like the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘70s, Choosing a statement piece from one of these eras can totally change the look of a room. If you are updating your home interior, why not?

Add an oversized mirror – it creates a statement and enhances the light in your room. Gallery Direct’s, fresh and exciting new range of accent mirrors will transform any room into a 1920s dance hall.

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. 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 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

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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.” 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.”

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-tomeasure 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. Tuck away the TV, music system and other media in an alcove to add to available space and integrate them with modern cube units or fitted cabinets. And if you have an alcove space in your home-office, they’re a great place for built-in cupboards for your files and stationery. Kitchens are often the heart of the home so if you’re looking to update yours consider making it into a kitchendiner. 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 muchneeded kitchen space to provide openplan layouts and a place to socialise all year round. Go for a more streamlined look in the kitchen with handle-less 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 intermingled 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 extraspecial, 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.

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CREATING BEAUTIFUL SMILES Introducing...

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 1000 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.

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

I M P L A N T

Implants are made from biocompatible materials, which means they are readily accepted by your body, and with 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.

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OUT AND ABOUT

THEATRE LISTINGS A guide to the amazing events around South Yorkshire for 2017

Lyceum

13th Feb - 18th Feb

28th March - 1st April

Play - The Play That Goes Wrong

Ballet - Casanova

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama

lived every minute in a whirlwind

Society are putting on a 1920s

of scandal and excess. But there’s

murder mystery, but as the title

more to the man. This original

Bringing the very best of national

suggests, everything that can go

ballet will expose a story so

and international jazz artists to

wrong… does! As the accident

sensational you won’t believe it’s

the city for more than 35 years.

prone thesps battle on against all

real.

Multiple Locations,

the odds to reach their final curtain

Lyceum Theatre,

sheffieldjazz.org.uk

call, hilarious results ensue!

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/

Lyceum Theatre,

casanova

20th Jan - 19th May

Music - Sheffield Jazz Spring 2017

Consumed by his desires, Casanova

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/ the-play-that-goes-wrong

14th March - 18th March

Musical - Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Stone the flamin’ crows! Your favourite, fabulous, flirty, feel good musical is heading to Sheffield and 6th Feb - 11th Feb

Musical - Ghost The Musical

bringing with it all the heat and warmth of the Australian sun. Lyceum Theatre,

3rd April - 15th April

Walking back to their apartment

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/

Drama - The Full Monty

late one night a tragic encounter

priscilla-queen-of-the-desert-the-

Based on his smash hit film and

sees Sam murdered and his

musical

adapted for the stage by Oscar-

beloved wife Molly alone, in despair

winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this

and utterly lost. But with the help

hilarious and heartfelt production

of a phony storefront psychic Sam,

22nd March - 25th March

stars Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn,

trapped between this world and

Family - Cirque Berserk

the next, tries to communicate with

Showcasing the finest in traditional

Anthony Lewis, Kai Owen and a

Molly in the hope of saving her

circus thrills and skills, Cirque

cast of fourteen and is directed by

from grave danger…

Berserk! brings this treasured form

Jack Ryder.

Lyceum Theatre,

of live entertainment bang up-to-

Lyceum Theatre,

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/

date in a jaw-dropping spectacular

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/

ghost

– created especially for the theatre.

full-monty

Lyceum Theatre, sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/ cirque-berserk

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Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain,


SHEFFIELD THEATRES Crucible 9th Feb - 25th Feb

Musical - Everybody’s Talking About Jamie A coming-of-age story with a twist, with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling

15th March - 18th March

Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom

Drama - Dr Frankenstein

MacRae (Doctor Who), this brand

Victoria Frankenstein is a brilliant,

new musical will have everybody

visionary young woman born into

Following a critically acclaimed

talking about Jamie for years to

a world not ready for her. The

season at the National Theatre,

come.

industrial revolution is dawning,

Jane Eyre will be coming to

Crucible Theatre,

it’s a time when old orders begin

Sheffield in 2017. This innovative

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/

to crumble and everything seems

re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë’s

everybodystalking-jamie

possible.

18th April - 22nd April

Drama - Jane Eyre

masterpiece is a collaboration

Crucible Theatre,

between the National Theatre and

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/

Bristol Old Vic and is directed by

dr-frankenstein

Sally Cookson. Lyceum Theatre, sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/

5th April

jane-eyre

Sport - Snooker Legends Snooker Legends is back for its eighth year with former World

24th April - 29th April

Drama - Shirley Valentine

Champions Stephen Hendry and 18th Feb

Steve Davis.

comedy premiered in 1986 and

Kids - Music Box Workshops For Ages 2 - 4

took the world by storm, before

Hands-on folk-inspired musical fun

it was adapted into an Oscar

led by Music in the Round’s Polly

nominated film. Now, on its 30th

Ives, with fiddle and guitar duo

anniversary, Jodie Prenger stars in

Head Over Reels. Children can

the first major revival of this national

enjoy percussion and action songs,

Sport - World Snooker Championship 2017

treasure.

listen and dance to rhythmic reels

The most prestigious snooker

Lyceum Theatre,

and jolly jigs, and even have a go

event in the world showing the final

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/

on a mini violin!

sessions of the 2017 World Snooker

shirley-valentine

Crucible Theatre, Adelphi room,

Championship

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/

Crucible Theatre,

music-box-ages-2-4

cruciblesnooker.com

Willy Russell’s heart-warming

Crucible Theatre, sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/ snooker-legends-2016 15th April - 1st May

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FOOD & DRINK

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. 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. 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

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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. 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. 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.

the

Strines Inn

D 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

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. 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.

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.

THE STRINES INN BRADFIELD DALE, SHEFFIELD S6 6JE

TEL: 0114 285 1247

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.

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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. 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 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. 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. 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.


5 TOP TIPS from Move it or Lose it! The start of a New Year is 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. • 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. Article written and accredited to fitness expert Julie Robinson, Move it or Lose it. Tel: 0800 612 0450 www.moveitorloseit.co.uk

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CELEBRATING COLOUR IN ACTIVE AGEING Have you ever considered the impact of colour as we age? Helen Venables, Managing Director of House of Colour does; every day with her clients and 100-person team in fact.

COLOUR - THE POWER OF BEING POSITIVE “Colour is key to every part of our lives and we see every day how what you wear can affect how you feel. For example, the right colours make us feel positive and full of vitality whilst the wrong ones drain us and can alter our moods negatively. This becomes increasingly obvious in how we dress as we age and in my view the more we embrace our true colours, the more we can influence how we feel and how others feel about us. “Given that, whether we like it or not, we make decisions about someone and the way they look within seconds of meeting them, we need to consider what message we want to give others - perhaps that we are stylish, fun or professional? Many clients come to us because they are on emotional journeys, perhaps they are having a milestone birthday, have lost their style confidence or something significant has happened in their lives such as divorce or retirement. “Whilst most of us know being active is important to combat heart disease, diabetes, and dementia, how many of us think about the link between positive emotional stimulation and good ageing? Our levels of dopamine and serotonin naturally increase when we are happy and energised, and cortisol is suppressed. In fact, a positive outlook in life is thought to be able to add up to eight years to a life, so if we know colour affects our moods and outlook, then we know that colour is important as we age.” So how else do we know colour is important in ageing? Psychologists have documented that colour does more than appeal to the senses. It also boosts memory by helping us to process and store images more efficiently than black and white would. People suffering from dementia may have visuo-perceptual difficulties, for example they may mistake a blue coloured floor as water or may

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have problems telling the difference between blue and purple.

AGEING STYLISHLY Venables argues every decade or so, we change the way we dress because the psychological drivers to keep us feeling attractive and healthy change with age. “For women in their 50’s in particular, there is often a stark realisation that weight, skin and physical appearance are changing. For those in their 60’s, many will be coming to the end of a career. In our 70’s plus we may feel most positive through the gift of grandchildren.” Our skin also changes, intrinsically because it may become more dry and atrophied, with loss of elasticity and new fine wrinkling because of hormonal changes and a decline in tissue function; and extrinsically because of exposure to ultraviolet light including altering pigmentation and collagen degeneration. Whilst we don’t change so much as we age that our colour seasons alter, we can apparently shift within our season. “We suggest that clients get re-rated every five to seven years to check that their wow colours haven’t shifted slightly because, as we age, we lose some of the contrast in our natural colouring which fade with time. The right coloured make-up is a good way of adding the contrast back into natural colouring. “Essentially wearing the right colours, feeling great about ourselves, and shining rather than becoming increasingly invisible is a vital part of active and positive ageing.”

THE PROCESS OF COLOUR ANALYSIS House of Colour personal stylists use a selection of either yellow or blue based colours to test what suits each client. Fabric drapes are held against the face to determine the most appropriate range of colours, aptly labelled: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Accessories and make-up are also discussed as part of the programme to assess what really suits the client and what makes them look healthy. The process consists of wearing a white cloak, facing the mirror with hair tied

back in natural daylight to stop any distractions. Colours are compared with the pigments that sit underneath someone’s skin to determine which colours of clothing and accessories lift the face, and which ones are more unflattering. HISTORY OF COLOUR ANALYSIS In the 20th century the Swiss artist Johannes Itten, who worked and taught at the Bauhaus School of Art in Germany, is attributed with being the first person to associate colours with four types of people and the twelve point colour wheel which is widely used today on paint charts for home decorators, in dyeing kits and in hairdressers' colour charts. Itten and others, through their involvement with colour, established that each individual has a basic skin pigment which falls into one of four groupings which are defined by the unique combination of depth, hue and tone; in colour analysis these have become known as Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter because of the pattern of colours found in each group. Two of these groups reflect warm-based colours which complement Spring and Autumn; the other two reflect cool-based colours which enhance Summer and Winter. Robert Dorr, an artist who knew of Itten's theories of colour groupings, questioned his medical friends who confirmed that the make-up of the skin's layers can be tinged slightly blue or yellow. The base colour or undertone gives the hue while the surface colour is known as the overtone hence someone can be blue-based with yellowish overtones or yellow-based with a bluish look. The 'Image Consultant' was born.


FASHION KNOW YOUR NEUTRALS It is always sensible to ground most of your core investment pieces (suit, skirt, trousers, jacket) in a darker neutral and add your best colours for impact through your tops, jewellery, bags, lipstick, shoes or other accessories. Don’t be shy. Neutrals are a wonderful foundation for work but colour is likely to make you more memorable than if you were in just black and white. Psychologists reckon you are up to 10 per cent more memorable if you pick a colour, even in its neutral tone. If you’re a winter palette, consider silver, charcoal, indigo, navy, mole and stone. They are a simple but a fun variation to the typical black, white and grey. If you’re a summer colour theme, pink beige, mushroom, rose brown, winter white, french navy, dark blue grey, light blue grey, airforce blue and burgundy. Burgundy also works wonders as a bold lipstick or can be blended into a smokyeye for a change to typically bare-faced, work make-up look. For those with an autumnal palette, pick dark brown, tan, oyster, coffee, camel, beige, khaki, lizard grey, dark olive, bronze and a marine navy. Particularly for accessories like shoes, belts and coats. This will add diversity to a classic work wardrobe and help to make you stand out and increase your confidence at work. Spring colour themes can be made neutral with choices like chocolate, beige, dove grey, light dove grey, bright navy, oxford blue, tan, honey, oatmeal and cream. Blues work well as flattering skirts or trousers and creams look lovely on top as a blouse, jumper or cardigan. Don’t be afraid to mix in current colour and fabric trends with traditional business wear as long as they fit within your style. It’s all about adding your own twist to your outfit. Be confident and comfortable and be visible for all the right reasons. When you want to add colour and make your outfit more memorable, a bright scarf or tie can add a pop of colour to a predominantly neutral outfit. A great way to inject colour and add impact is to wear your neutral seasonal colours but carry a statement colour tote handbag or bag. See what reaction you get. At work, perhaps wear a bold colour or pattern in just one item of your outfit. For example, without being over-the-top or flashy, you could pair a red dress with a neutral cardigan, tights and shoes.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WINTER COAT 1. See a coat as an investment rather than a typical clothing purchase; you will be wearing it more than any other item during the cooler months. Take your time to find exactly the right one. 2. A classic coat in your seasonal neutral colour never goes out of style and you can create different looks with scarves, boots, or an amazing hat and of course a fabulous handbag! Accessorising is an easy way to change the look of your coat in an instant. If you are a warm coloured person for example, try a pop of the right shade of orange as a scarf with a dark brown coat or lift a grey coat with a splash of red if you are a cool palette! 3. Choose a colour that lights up or adds warmth to your face and do not be afraid of patterned fabrics that include more than one colour. Winter coats do not need necessarily need to be dark. If you can afford it, I recommend having one classic neutral coloured coat from your seasonal palette, perhaps chocolate, camel, grey or dark blue, depending on your season and a second coat in red or another of your brighter wow colours. Match the coat to your mood, outfit and where you are going. 4. Be practical rather than being overly concerned with trends when buying a coat. The weather at this time of year is why you need a coat in the first place so

you need one that can put up with most varied conditions. Will you be swishing around elegantly at Christmas parties or doing the school run and supermarket sweep? 5. What shape suits you? If you have a tall, narrow frame you are likely to be able to pull off a long, tailored coat with button detail. If you’re smaller than average, a knee-length coat will suit you perfectly and is great for showing off your legs too. 6. There are no set rules of course, but if you have a larger frame, opt for smooth, less bulky fabrics that offer lots of movement and hang well. 7. If you find the perfect coat but you don’t like the buttons, simply change them to something that better suits your style. 8. Don’t forget, you could be wearing layers and chunky knitted jumpers under your coat so make sure there is enough room – especially in the sleeves. 9. Colourful winter wear can lift your mood and energise you when its dull and dark outside. To help you find the right colour, do an online search for your favourite coloured coat but make sure you go in to the shop to try it on. 10. Think about how it makes you feel. If you look fabulous and feel a million dollars when it’s wrapped around your body, then it’s the right coat. Now for a matching handbag…! www.houseofcolour.co.uk

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We have one and two bedroom homely apartments; you can live here, make friends and our apartments allow couples to stay together. We cater for those who require no care in our independent living apartments to those who need on site assistance around the clock. The dedication and commitment of our care team has ensured once again that Loxley Park has achieved an excellent report and is fully compliant when inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

The services we include are:

• 24hr on-site emergency call system • 24hr reception and staff • Three meals a day • Activities 7 days a week • Laundry and housekeeping • All utilities bills • Variety of communal areas • Fully maintained apartments, including external window cleaning • Loxley Park also offer respite stays and day care


I am writing to say how impressed we are by Loxley Park and how lucky we feel to have found this very special home. Her flat is really lovely and she is surrounded by so much of her own furniture. My mother has had a new lease of life since she moved in. My mother was first attracted to Loxley Park by the range and number of activities and the quality of the food. She has much enjoyed both! I Moore I have lived at Loxley Park for 7 months and moved here because I wanted to be somewhere that could meet my future care needs. I think all the staff are excellent and enjoy the choice and quality of the food served in the restaurant Dennis Gillott

I moved to Loxley Park 18 months ago. It is a lovely setting with very friendly and supportive staff. We have a lovely restaurant serving 3 meals a day with a varied activity programme 24/7. There is a lot of space with a number of community areas, a conservatory and a library. I moved to Loxley Park following the death of my dear wife after 3 years of living alone. I searched for a place that provided me with some assistance whilst maintaining my independence. Someone recommended that I took a look at Loxley Park, it felt right so I sold my property and moved in. Barry Jackson

We have a limited number of apartments available, call Carolyn or Nina today to arrange a personal visit and to find out more.


CARE

Dr Hilary Jones

Q & A: Choosing the right care specialist care and support. With this in mind how could The Care Quality Commission (CQC) ensure that care home residents are receiving the care they require?

If you have ever had to consider care home provision for yourself, or a loved one, you will no doubt understand that it can be a difficult time. There are a myriad of questions to consider in order to ensure you select the care home that is right for you, meeting your individual requirements, and most of all, placing your well-being at its heart. So whether you, or a loved one, are considering entering sheltered living accommodation, residential care, or a care home environment, it is important to research thoroughly beforehand to ensure the care environment you select is right for you. Resident Doctor, and Expert Healthcare Advisor with Repose Furniture, Dr Hilary Jones recently took part in a question and answer session to uncover how The Care Quality Commission together with healthcare professionals, care home providers, and specialist furniture manufacturers, can work together to ensure an integrated, person centred approach to care, keeping best practice at the forefront for care home residents. During the discussion, Dr Hilary explained that by offering existing, and future, care home residents an integrated approach to care which focuses on their individual needs and requirements, healthcare professionals and care home managers can really engage with their residents, creating meaningful relationships which can really work towards offering a best practice model of care. Q: Elderly people in care homes often suffer from a variety of long term healthcare problems, which require

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A: Today all care providers have a responsibility to care for and support all older people including those living in residential, nursing, respite and rehabilitation care homes. This includes a commitment to treat everyone with dignity and respect and to provide them with choice and control over their own care. Specific individual requirements should be provided as far as possible in wellequipped facilities with specially trained, caring staff on duty 24 hours a day. The CQC can oversee this. They can ensure that people retain as much independence as possible in comfort and privacy. They can encourage providers to provide personalised accommodation for individual taste together with pleasant communal dining and lounge areas. Specialist furniture designed specifically for the needs of the elderly, such as comfortable bespoke armchairs and seating makes a huge difference. Specialised seating, such as that manufactured by Repose Furniture, can correctly support residents who may spend a large proportion of their day seated; such seats can also form the basis of a number of exercise routines for those residents with limited mobility. Care home residents should be encouraged to engage in varied activity programmes to keep their minds busy and prevent isolation. By employing an activities co-ordinator to engage residents in the things they are most interested, care homes can actively promote physical and mental wellbeing. Q: Who needs to be involved in order to effectively achieve a person-centred, integrated approach to patient care? A: One important aspect of this kind of integrated approach is liaison between care home managers, GPs, and other healthcare professionals who should be working together to co-ordinate patients’ needs in a singular approach. The CQC clearly have a responsibility to make sure that all medications for example are handled in the safest way but these high

standards should reach out into other areas and this holds true for specialist dementia and end-of-life care providers also. Care Home Managers are in an excellent position to co-ordinate these approaches and to ensure that residents obtain the very best care tailored to their personal needs. Q: Can you outline some of the benefits as a result of offering a person-centred, integrated care plan as opposed to a more generalised approach? A: The traditional generalised approach to care for the elderly left people feeling disempowered and rather helpless. Benefits of offering residents a personcentred, integrated approach to care would include putting residents and their families at the heart of all decisions. The collaborative team philosophy should ensure that the residents enjoy as much independence as possible with as little conflict and as much compassion, dignity, and respect as possible. This personalised approach is seen to be beneficial to everyone and its incorporation into health and social care is now being adopted as a priority in the UK and part of the Government’s Putting People First programme for social care.  Q: Would an integrated approach to care home healthcare give rise to better understanding of a patient’s healthcare needs? A: All patients and residents of care homes come from different backgrounds and upbringings and maintain their own beliefs and interests. Each in turn will have their own particular set of social circumstances and medical care needs. With integrated care, patients and residents are seen as equal parties in planning, developing, and assessing their care to ensure that it is appropriate to their needs. It relies on the personal qualities of each person in care and the staff to build non-judgemental and empathetic relationships.  Q: Do you believe that there are steps managers at care homes can take to facilitate an integrated approach to patient care? A: Managers at care homes can take many steps to facilitate an integrated approach to patient care. By speaking to the patients themselves and to their families


they can build a picture of that person’s past and present, and of their medical and social care needs and preferences. The resident themselves can help decide which activities they wish to be involved in and to what extent. Their medical and nursing requirements can be tailored to their individual needs and each

healthcare professional informed in turn as to what role is expected of them in the context of which other services are being delivered. Depersonalisation, lack of control, and the removal of all individuality was

once the greatest fear for somebody entering residential care. With an integrated approach to person centred care there is no reason why these fears and apprehensions should not become a thing of the past. 

NEW ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ LUXURY CARE HOME OPENS IN SHEFFIELD A new private luxury residential care home which includes a spa, gym and cinema has opened in Sheffield that offers first-rate accommodation and superb facilities on an ‘all inclusive’ basis. The multi-million pound development at The Porterbrook, which is situated in the quiet, leafy suburb of Crosspool, has been created to provide exceptional levels of care and a home-from-home for residents in a comfortable setting. The Porterbrook has been built to an exceptionally high standard, with elegant design, across two floors with 44 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. The home is registered to provide residential care with the ability to cater for EMI (Elderly Mentally Infirm) residents. But unlike many other care homes in the UK, residents at The Porterbrook in Crosspool which is on Tapton Crescent Road, are able to access all the care home has to offer without any additional charges.

The Porterbrook General Manager Daphney Nobelle said: “Our ethos is to provide a luxury lifestyle and the highest possible quality of life to each and every one of our residents. “From the moment you walk into The Porterbrook, you’ll experience a real difference from more traditional care homes. We have invested heavily in a range of superb facilities, with no detail left to chance. Our accommodation has been carefully designed to meet both the healthcare and privacy needs of our residents.

“At The Porterbrook, the team is highly-focussed on delivering the finest care and ensuring that each resident feels at home and has everything they could wish for. “The team and I are very excited to be able to open the doors to the public. We’ve all worked really hard to reach this stage. “The Porterbrook is a fantastic home with some amazing facilities. We’re looking forward to meeting our first residents and welcoming visitors who would like to take a tour and chat with our team about their care requirements.”

Facilities include a home cinema, piano bar, hair salon, luxury spa and therapy rooms, gym, on-site chef and fine dining, accessible beautiful landscaped gardens, a celebrations room which can used for private family occasions, and a stunning rooftop terrace. The Porterbrook has its own dedicated activities co-ordinator who provides a varied programme of entertainment and activities on a daily basis. There is even a chauffeur-driven Mercedes-Benz to take residents into town and all is covered by the weekly fees.

For more information call Daphney on 0114 266 0808, email info@theporterbrookcare.com or visit www.theporterbrook.com

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The chosen services. decorative oak frame. inscription is in gold leaf.The chosen pany services. accompany services. inscription is in gold leaf.is in gold leaf. inscription

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Bereavement BereavementServices Services Helping our Birds and Helping our Birds and Helping our Birds and Wildlife Wildlife Wildlife

Cremated Remains Graves Cremated Remains Graves Cremated Remains Graves

These are smaller graves for the These are smaller graves for the These are smaller graves for the purpose of burying cremated remains purpose of burying cremated remains purpose of burying cremated remains You can help the wildlife at the Gardens Youcan canhelp helpthe thewildlife wildlifeatatthe theGardens Gardens You only. The graves are available atatat only. The graves are available only. The graves are available ofofof Remembrance by sponsoring a bird Remembrancebybysponsoring sponsoringa abird bird Remembrance the majority ofofof cemeteries with the the majority cemeteries with the the majority cemeteries with the ororor bat box ininmemory ofofof aaloved one. bat box inmemory memory aloved loved one. bat box one. exception of Burngreave, Darnall and exceptionofofBurngreave, Burngreave,Darnall Darnall and exception and Norton. For further information and advice Norton. For further information and advice Norton. For further information and advice on the memorials available, please on the memorials available, please on the memorials available, please contact the staff on the telephone Grave Leases contact the staff on the telephone Grave Leases contact the staff on the telephone Grave Leases number below. The Exclusive Right ofofof Burial on all number below. The Exclusive Right Burial on number below. The Exclusive Right Burial on allall new graves can be leased for 30, new graves can be leased for 5050 or new graves can be leased for 30, 50 or 90 years if required. Leases can be Cemeteries 90 years if required. Leases can be Cemeteries or 90 years if required. Leases can be Cemeteries renewed at the expiry date. The following cemeteries are managed renewed at the expiry date. The following cemeteries are managed renewed at the expiry date. The following cemeteries are managed by Bereavement Services: Bereavement Services: byby Bereavement Services:

Woodland Burial further memorials are Ground. permitted Woodland Burial Ground.AAwithin further area has also been allocated this area. area has also been allocatedfor forthe the strewing of cremated remains. strewing of cremated remains. A further area has been allocated for the strewingSafety of cremated remains. Memorial Memorial Safety

Creating aasafer environment Creating safer environment Memorial Safety within our Cemeteries within our aCemeteries Creating safer environment

Sheffield Council are Sheffield City Council arecommitted committedtoto withinCity our Cemeteries providing a safe environment providing a safe environmentfor forthose those Sheffield City Council are committed visiting and working in our cemeteries. visiting and working in our cemeteries. to providing a safe environment for those To comply with current guidelines and working our cemeteries. Tovisiting comply with currentin guidelines issued by Health & Safety issued by Health & SafetyExecutive Executive To comply with current (HSE) we are required totoguidelines survey (HSE) we are required survey Expired Grave Leases Expired Grave Leases Expired Grave Leases issued by Health Safety Executive every headstone inin& all our every headstone all oursixteen sixteen Abbey Lane, Beighton, Burncross, From February 1959, the Exclusive Abbey Lane, Beighton, Burncross, From February 1959, the Exclusive Abbey Lane, Beighton, Burncross, From February 1959, the Exclusive (HSE) we are required to survey cemeteries (see list on this page) cemeteries (see list on this page)toto Burngreave, City Right ofofof Burial on all new graves were Burngreave, CityRoad, Road,Crookes, Crookes, Right Burial on new graves were ensure Burngreave, City Road, Crookes, Right Burial on allall new graves were everythat headstone in all our ininasixteen ensure thatthese theseremain remain asafe safeand and Darnall, Ecclesfield, for 40 years. Since February Darnall, Ecclesfield,Handsworth, Handsworth, Intake, leased leased for 40 years. Since February stable Darnall, Ecclesfield, Handsworth, leased for 40 years. Since February cemeteries (see list on this page) to condition and do not pose any stable condition and do not pose any Intake, Norton, Shiregreen, 1999, these leases have been expiring. Norton, Shiregreen, Stocksbridge, 1999, these leases have been expiring.immediate Intake, Norton, Shiregreen, 1999, these leases have been expiring. ensure that these remain in a safe and danger to visitors and staff immediate danger to visitors and staff Stocksbridge, Park, Wisewood are the registered owner tototo the Tinsley Park,Tinsley Wisewood and Ifyou you are the registered owner the working Stocksbridge, Tinsley Park, Wisewood IfIfyou are the registered owner the stable condition and do not pose any in the cemeteries. working in the cemeteries. and Woodhouse. Rights ofofof aagrave which the lease has Woodhouse. Rights agrave grave which the lease has and Woodhouse. Rights which the lease has immediate danger to visitors and staff expired, please contact Bereavement expired, please contact Bereavement The guidelines the expired, please contact Bereavement working in thefrom cemeteries. The guidelines from theHSE HSEhave have There are 55cemetery chapels There are 4cemetery cemetery chapels There are chapels Services for advice. Services for advice. been issued to all burial authorities Services for advice. been issued to all burial authorities available for services prior tototo interment. available for services prior interment. available for services prior interment. The guidelines from the HSE have following aanumber ofofdeaths and following number deaths and Chapels are available at City Road, Chapelsare areavailable availableatatCity CityRoad, Road, Chapels been issued to all burial authorities serious injuries in the United Kingdom serious injuries in the United Kingdom Crookes, Abbey Lane, and Abbey Lane, Shiregreen and Tinsley Crookes, Abbey Lane,Shiregreen Shiregreen and following a5number deaths and over the over thelast last 5years yearsinof incemeteries cemeteries Tinsley Park Park cemeteries. Tinsley Parkcemeteries. cemeteries. serious injuries in the United caused by falling headstones. caused by falling headstones. Kingdom over the last 5 years in cemeteries An extensive range ofofof recorded music An extensive range recorded music An extensive range recorded music From January 2002, aateam caused by falling headstones. From January 2002, teamofof isisavailable and arrangements can be and arrangements can be isavailable available and arrangements can be Memorial Safety Operatives have Memorial Safety Operatives havebeen been made for personal tapes and CDs tototo made for personal tapes and CDs From January 2002, in ainthe team of made for personal tapes and CDs surveying headstones sixteen surveying headstones the sixteen be played atatat the service. be played the service. Memorial Approximately Safety Operatives have been be played the service. cemeteries. 350,000 cemeteries. Approximately 350,000 surveying headstones in the memorials the memorialsare arecontained containedwithin withinsixteen the New Graves New Graves cemeteries. Approximately 350,000 350 acres of cemetery grounds. New Graves Wisewood Woodland Burial 350 acres of cemetery grounds. WisewoodWoodland WoodlandBurial Burial memorials are contained within the Wisewood New graves are available atatat the New graves are available the New graves are available the Ground majority of cemeteries with the Ground Please ensure have Ground majority 350 acres of that cemetery grounds. Please ensure thatwe wealways always have majorityofofcemeteries cemeterieswith withthe the An area has been set aside within exception of Burngreave, Darnall and An area has been set aside within current contact details on record An area has been set aside within exception of Burngreave, Darnall and current contact details on record exception of Burngreave, Darnall and Wisewood Cemetery for woodland Please ensure we always Wisewood Cemetery for woodland Norton. should we need inintouch. Wisewood Cemetery for woodland Norton. should we needtothat toget get touch. have Norton. burials. Instead of a traditional current contact details on record burials.Instead Insteadofofa atraditional traditional burials. headstone, aanative species tree For further advice, please feel should we need to get in touch. headstone, anative native species tree Existing Family Graves headstone, species tree For further advice, please feel Existing Family Graves Existing Family Graves is planted on the grave which will is planted on the grave to eventually free to contact a member of the Existing graves can be re-opened to is planted on the grave which will free to contact a member of the Existing Existinggraves gravescan canbe bere-opened re-openedtoto eventually create a woodland and For further advice, pleaseteam feel create a woodland and encourage allow further interments providing the eventually create a woodland and Memorial Safety Operative allow Memorial Safety Operative team allowfurther furtherinterments intermentsproviding providingthe the encourage wildlife into the area. It is free to contact a member of the wildlife intowildlife the area. marker written authority ofofof the present owner encourage into Athe area. is It is on written authority the present owner onthe thenumber numberbelow. below. written authority the present owner possible to purchase full graves and placed on the grave full andgraves no other Memorial Safety Operative team ofofof the rights tototo the grave isisobtained. possible to purchase and the rights the grave the rights the grave isobtained. obtained. cremated crematedremains remainsplots plotswithin withinthe the on the number below.

Staff Staffare areavailable availableto tooffer offerconfidential confidentialadvice adviceand andassistance assistanceon onany anyof ofthe theservices services mentioned in this article by contacting: mentioned in this article by contacting:

Bereavement BereavementServices, Services,City CityRoad RoadCemetery, Cemetery,City CityRoad, Road,Sheffield SheffieldS2 S21GD 1GD Telephone: 0114 239 6068 | Fax: 0114 239 3757 Telephone: 0114 239 6068 | Fax: 0114 239 3757 Email: Email:bereavement.services@sheffield.gov.uk bereavement.services@sheffield.gov.uk www.sheffield.gov.uk www.sheffield.gov.uk Monday Mondayto toFriday Friday9.00am 9.00amto to5.00pm 5.00pm


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