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STOCKPORT, TRAFFORD & EAST CHESHIRE FEBRUARY - APRIL 2014 EDITION 40

Gloria Hunniford Talks of the early days, health & more...

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Winter Spa Break £125pp per night This special rate applies for stays from Sunday to Thursday to include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast with use of the pool, sauna and hot tub and £60 per person towards your Spa Treatments during your spa break (max 55 mins per person). The Spa facilities at Losehill House offer; a tranquil indoor heated pool with panoramic views over Winhill and the Hope Valley. Dedicated changing rooms and showers, along side our peaceful sauna and the fantastic outdoor hot tub on the terrace - a real joy in all seasons!. These wet facilities are complemented by a suite of three Spa Treatment rooms where you can enjoy an extensive range of spa treatments using luxurious Thalgo products. Thalgo is a truly exclusive product range which you will not find in many retail outlets, it is used by some of the top hotels and spa’s around the world and we are privileged  to offer our guests this truly exceptional range of products. All of our spa therapists are employed by the hotel and trained by Thalgo directly. We have been awarded the Thalgo gold Spa Platinum award in 2012 for excellence in beauty. The Spa is open for residents and non-residents 7 days a week (subject to availability). 

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6-7 The Great British Holiday ... Discover wonders of the World on your doorstep 10-11 Ancient Turkey... Discover the Great Empires of Caria and Lycia 14-15 Fashion & Style... Do and Dont's on How to Dress 22-23 Gloria Hunniford ... talks of the early days, health & more

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Mobile moments of madness

There have been moments recently when I have been sorely tempted to launch my mobile telephone into orbit, pre-programmed to crash to earth on Richard Branson’s head. Since the beginning of the year my signal from the Virgin network had been gradually worsening often to the point where using a carrier pigeon would have been more effective. Of course the first line of defence for all mobile phone companies are the foreign call centres where everyone is called Godfrey or Marion and you know they’ve never been called that in their life. They’re irritatingly polite and heavily scripted on how to deal with awkward customers going ballistic down the phone and threatening to do all manner of unspeakable things. “Oh we’re very sorry for the inconvenience Mr Graham,” trilled

one after 45 minutes on the helpline which was the cut off, probably because a passing pigeon had blocked the one bar of signal which I was using. They want you to give in and go away don’t they? “Oh we’ll be giving you another 3,000 texts as compensation Mr Graham, isn’t that wonderful?” No! I want to speak to someone not write everything in text, I replied, quietly steaming and thinking of what I’d like to do with the operator’s headset. Many calls later I was allowed permission to speak to the technical department and, amazingly, I actually understood what he was saying. Virgin had decommissioned a mast close to our area and the signal was weakened because of it and there were no plans to recommission it in the future. Oh

Spreading the news A North Shields man loves Marmite so much that he’s changed his surname by deed poll to match the yeast spread.

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I was in a quandary about who to go to for service, or should I revert back to the two syrup tins and a length of string which had been so effective in my youth? And cheaper. I settled for Talk Talk but for three days that was precisely what I couldn’t do, talk, until numbers had been ported, sims transferred and I had to threaten to separate at least three help line operators from their important bits. My wife opted for a package with one of those tablet come Kindly wotsit gadgets. It’s amazing the stuff they have now, even a phone that reacts when you look at it. I’m hanging on until they have one which soothes you when you can’t make a phone call, brews tea and makes a bacon sandwich. Sorry, just having another moment of mobile madness!

Tyred of wasted money It seems to me that an incredible amount of money is wasted on rather useless items, many in the name of education.

Saire May - now Marmite - made the leap to show his ‘devotion and passion’ to the dark brown paste. “I’m not exactly sure how old I was when I first tried Marmite, but I just remember eating it as far back as I can remember,” he said. “I like the smell, the taste, the texture. I think I pretty much like everything about it.”

nice, I live high on the Yorkshire moors and Graham Smith would have thought there Twitter Column was plenty of room for a new mast, but no, said the technical man. I was put through to the public relations department and a very polite chap confirmed that my signal would not improve and I was free to leave Virgin without penalty!

Our local school has just unveiled a “tyre park” which has cost a staggering £10,000. Now how many swimming lessons or creative activities could that money have bought instead of dumping a pile of old painted tyres for pupils to clamber across? “My family think I’m mad. However my mum just shrugged her shoulders, she expects this kind of thing from me,” he added. It’s the sort of silly idea which could spread.

In my schooldays we were quite happy with a playground area where we fashioned wickets from a dustbin, chalked goalposts on the wall and if anyone had dumped a load of old tyres there we’d have thrown them out. Progress?

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TRAVEL AND LEISURE And there is just so much to see and do in this country! You can sample local ales in Devizes in Wiltshire, enjoy international arts in Salisbury and explore stone circles and Iron Age forts in the countryside. Consider an escape to the country’s largest oak forest in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, see Dover’s stunning white cliffs or visit the beautiful cathedrals of Rochester and Canterbury. Then there’s the glorious ancient woodland of the New Forest where William the Conqueror once hunted.

The Great British Holiday When it comes to choosing a break away many of us automatically go online or get brochures from the travel agent to look beyond our own shores to possibly sunnier climes in other parts of the world. That blinkered approach to homegrown charms means we may not appreciate the best of what this country has to offer. But, for the discerning, The Great British Holiday has become THE way to enjoy time away from home. Look at the basic reality: you don’t have to worry about changing money to a different currency or learning a foreign language, agonise over flight delays, spend long hours at the airport doing nothing or deal with the often baffling laws and customs of another country. By discovering the genuine wonders of the world on your own doorstep, you plug into a much more relaxed

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holiday that can quickly awaken all of us to just why so many visitors from other countries converge on the UK each year as their destination of choice. For a start, there are all kinds of holidays we can take in this country – ranging from active adventure holidays to tailor-made tourism around fascinating towns and villages, to ultra-relaxing breaks to allow mind and body to rest and recharge to face the rest of life. There are few countries in the world where so many holiday choices are available. You can hire a cottage in a remote rural spot, take over a country lodge for a family break, stay in a piece of English history, or just put your trust in a reliable travel company and let a coach whisk you away on a scenic route to a super hotel homefrom-home. When you’ve got past the family holiday style of seaside breaks or activity holiday parks, you may just love the luxury and sheer lack of responsibility of being taken on a coach tour holiday.

Our first National Park in the Peak District is the scenery which inspired the Brontes, or you can view Creswell Crag’s stunning Ice Age legacy. Little around the world is as beautiful as our own Lake District and Cumbria, while the Yorkshire Dales offer mile upon mile of unspoiled landscape as a feast for the eyes and the senses. Explore the historic streets of Salisbury and Stonehenge and tuck into tasty local farmers’ produce, or wander the banks of the River Wear in Durham. Spare some time, too, to visit its iconic cathedral there before appreciating the wild and lovely countryside of the Durham Dales. Our cities have much to fascinate – from stunning landmarks in Norwich spanning the Norman, Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and modern eras to Windsor Castle, bursting with a thousand years of history. Soak up the atmosphere in Bath and visit the fascinating Roman baths or wonder at York’s remarkable old buildings

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and visit the Shambles, voted the country’s most picturesque street.

Today’s narrowboats come fullyequipped, some with central heating, full-size shower and TV, appealing to all.

You might be one of the thousands of people who love caravan holidays, taking your accommodation with you to the hundreds of well-organised camp sites and their useful facilities to structure your own days. You might prefer to try out well-appointed static caravans at holiday parks which also offer entertainment on your independent holiday.

Make a pilgrimage to Canterbury and discover the bloody history behind Chaucer’s tales. Or travel to our historic seats of learning and culture to stimulate the intellect and the imagination. Stratford upon Avon is home to all things Shakespeare; see works by Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, or study Charles Darwin’s specimens at the Zoology Museum in Cambridge.

As Robert Foulkes of Crabtree Narrowboat Hire explained: “Last year we had people in their early 20s, grandparents with their grandkids and 50-somethings whose children had left home and this was their first holiday on their own for 20 years.”

Boating holidays are more popular than ever, with the country’s wonderful network of canals and rivers introduced to new fans every year.

Of course, holidays don’t all have to be about sitting around or simply strolling about looking at tourist spots. You might prefer your walks brisk, exploring the Cornish coast, or hiking over the many English hills and dales.

The Great British Holiday – in all its forms, price-ranges and activities or lack of them - offers the freedom to choose exactly how YOU want to spend your break. And the bonus is that it’s often a brand new voyage of discovery of the fabulous place that is our country.

The Lancaster Canal, for example, is one of our most scenic and gentle waterways, running for 42 lock-free miles through pleasant pasturelands, overlooked for most of the way by the foothills of the Pennines.

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fascinating funeral monuments, it is these on the Dalyan Delta that are considered the most imposing and awe-inspiring tombs of the ancient region. At night time the tombs are lit up creating a dramatic, atmospheric backdrop to the delta which can be seen for miles.   Caunos itself is another fascinating attraction. The largest ancient city in the Carian era, it was constructed, according to Greek mythology, by Apollo’s grandson. Those who visit these iconic ruins can discover remains of many different parts of the old city which were uncovered during an excavation, from the ancient amphitheatre to the traditional Hellenistic and Roman temples, to name a few.   Further eastwards, Kalkan lies at the heart of some of the most impressive Lycian sites. Xanthos was a site of exceptional importance in antiquity as it is thought to have been a main centre for culture and commerce. Extensive excavations and research of the area have led to the discovery of a selection of texts in the Lycian

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language and Greek, as well as a considerable amount of artefacts.

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The British Museum now houses two tombs, the Nereid monument and the Tomb of Payava, both of which were discovered at the ruins. Another tomb, known as the Harpy Tomb, is still located at the remains of the city. Only 4kms south of Xanthos, positioned on the banks of the Xanthos River, is one of the most important religious centres in the region – Letoon – where the foundations of temples can be seen. A further remain – the ancient city of Patara – can also be found in this historically rich region. Excavated in the 1980s, a magnificent Roman arch can be admired, as well as an impressive theatre. Once a prosperous

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commercial city, the ruins are positioned just a short distance from Patara Beach – one of the most photographed beaches in the Mediterranean.   There are also a number of other smaller sites and one of the more interesting and unusual ones is nearby Kekova which is home to the semi-sunken city of Simena. Originally a fishing village, a 2nd century earthquake had devastating effects on Simena – however it left behind an exceptional historical site. Half of the ancient houses have become submerged, with staircases leading down underwater, where the foundations of the buildings and an old harbour can be found. In 1990, this region was declared a protected area, prohibiting swimming and diving.   Further north and on its own peninsula lies the unspoilt rural region of Bozburun, yet another area which is home to other interesting historical settlements located in ancient Caria. From here, you can explore the ancient Greek settlement of Knidos, located just a short drive away on the nearby Datça Peninsula, a ruin that is built partly on the mainland and partly on the Island of Triopion which, in antiquity, was connected to the mainland by a bridge.

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FASHION

FIRST, A FEW DO'S AND DONT'S Do give today’s fashions a chance – you don’t have to follow trends slavishly but there might be a look or style worth trying, especially when the catwalk is translated into high street lines Do be realistic about your shape, height and colouring Do go for good-fitting clothes that flatter your shape Do look at your daily lifestyle and what sort of clothes suit it Do ensure that any “special occasion” buys are fairly versatile – why spend a large amount on something you can only wear once?

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for women aged over 50 doesn’t necessarily come in a neat package labelled for each day of the week or each different occasion.

Unfortunately, it can come with a big list of questions which start with “Will that suit me?” and go on to “Is that too young for me?”

Don’t wear baggy clothes in the mistaken idea that they make you look thin – they don’t Don’t assume you can wear an outfit just because it looks good on a six-foot tall 17 year-old model – the mirror doesn’t lie! Don’t dismiss high street brands because you’re not a tiny size – many stores now stock 16-plus in their season’s ranges

Dressing well these days is really all about developing a sense of your own style .... and having confidence in what you wear. That alone lets you lift your head up, walk taller and look better!

Don’t forget the value of accessories, especially the latest ideas that can make a plain outfit look sensational

But, the key really is not to rule out anything, new or vintage, because fashions can often be adapted to suit you as an individual. Again, we’re back to that confidence in yourself, and acknowledging what does and doesn’t flatter you. There really has never been a better time to be an older woman wanting

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Do factor in comfort – if you’re uncomfortable or uneasy in your clothes it shows Do de-clutter your wardrobe and see what you’ve got that you want to keep and will definitely wear – if you’ve not worn any item for 12 months, will you ever again?

Most women do know pretty well about their general style by the time they hit middle-age. And what they don’t automatically want is a plethora of elasticated waistbands, dowdy long cardigans and unflattering brogues – nor are they likely to opt for figure-hugging leggings and bottom-skimming mini-skirts.

It’s very easy to be put off by nubile young figures in the Topshop changing rooms when you’ve got an expanding waist, a less-thanpert bosom and thighs that you’ve studiously ignored for the past five years.

Do look at multi-buys in the same range if you like them and they look flattering – this is costeffective shopping and gives you a better “capsule wardrobe” of complementing outfits

to look fashionably fabulous. Think Lulu, the Duchess of Cornwall, Jane Asher, Twiggy or Lynda Bellingham. In fact, the last two are actually fronting well-known fashion labels. Twiggy who, after over 40 years in the fashion business, had her own

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Marks & Spencer range and has become a fashion icon for older women. And actress Lynda Bellingham long ago shrugged off her homely Oxo mum persona to emerge, chrysalis-like, as a Calendar Girl happy to strip down to just her pearls and her comely shape – all in the cause of theatre, of course!

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Lynda was also the public face of online fashion shopping range isme, with regular TV adverts keeping both her and them high-profile. Her chic looks are being copied by many women who previously might have thought particular styles were not for them. She believes that we shouldn’t dress “differently” as we age, but realistically. “Look for shape-enhancing details like cap sleeves, stretch in the right places, different trouser cuts, and built-in panels to make you look and feel great,” she states. Lynda suggests embracing colour rather than shying away from it. “Wear colours that compliment your skin tone and hair colour,” she says. And try substituting black for purple or deep berry tones for a welcome change. Control your wardrobe properly and have attractive, staple items that look good. These could include a classy mac, a pair of wide-legged trousers, a glamorous top or a classic shift dress which you can dress up or down with suitable accessories as the occasion demands. However, Lynda is a member of the “less is more” school of fashion when it comes to accessories and advises against overdoing it. Instead, it’s better to opt for one or two statement pieces of jewellery like a necklace or earrings that can look simply sophisticated and very stylish. She knows that sometimes you need to try something new to develop your own personal style, “So don’t be scared to try different looks,” she advises. Do you ever wear prints, for example? There are plenty around to choose from this year, and if you’re still a little wary you could pair plain trousers or a tailored skirt with a printed top. In general, investing in, for example, a smart, well-cut jacket that can go anywhere makes sense. In a block colour, it can be teamed with a plain shift dress underneath or something printed. That kind of jacket can take you to a meeting or informal social occasion or can be worn with something more dressy for an evening out. Look at your accessories in the same way. Many older women seldom buy belts, but these can make a plain outfit look terrific and don’t need to emphasise waists not quite as trim as they used to be. View the outfit overall, perhaps employ that smart jacket with toning shoes and a bag plus a colourful scarf. It’s also worth keeping in mind the impact of neutralcoloured shoes like the fashionable Duchess of Cambridge often wears; teamed with flesh-coloured tight these are real leg-lengtheners. You don’t need to wear a very short hemline to pull off this kind of look or very high heels if you don’t want to. A knee-length or just-below-the-knee dress length with kitten or other low heels can be equally flattering. And pretty flatties like the current crop of ballerina pumps can also look exactly right with some outfits, especially the more informal and fluid.

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OUT & ABOUT

25 February 2014 10:30am Walking to Health - Historic Drive Walk Lyme Park, House and Garden Keep active and improve your health by joining an experienced Lyme Park volunteer on a guided walk. Explore beautiful scenery and lesser known areas of the park. • Please wear suitable outdoor footwear and clothing • Please meet outside the Information Centre in the main car park Little Moreton Hall

More Information: Marsden Moor Estate Office, 01484 847016, marsdenmoor@nationaltrust.org.uk

A Merry March Daily from 26 March to 30 March 2014 Come and join us as we celebrate Tudor New Year. Plan a seed to grow at home and make something special for mother’s day More Information: Little Moreton Hall, 01260 272018, littlemoretonhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk

22 March 2014 7:30pm Night Sky Discovery

Free event (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

Marsden Moor Estate Price: All Tickets £2

Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival 2014 19 - 21 April

Explore the dark skies above Marsden Moor with Huddersfield Astronomical Society. Please note: this event is weather dependent.

The Racecourse, Watergate Square, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2LY

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If you have never been to this event before than you really don’t know what you are missing.

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Music and entertainment • Craft zone • Seminars & information • Financial tips & advice • Health checks • Gardening Q&A time Park & holidays homes • Keep fit sessions • Dance floor • Prize quiz • Fashion show • Cookery demonstrations • Holidays & travel Have-a-go dancing and a wide range of exhibition stands!

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racecourse where you are met by some of the counties finest Cheese makers, the regions great cider makers, game sellers from Cumbria, dry cured meats from North wales – and you are only in the first part of this extravaganza. Making your way outside you see purveyors of fine coffees, stone baked pizzas, children cooking with the Academy of Culinary Arts. Moving on you come to the restaurant village where some of Cheshire’s finest provide you with foods from right across the world, Thai, Japanese, Italian, even Mongolian food, as well as some home cooked treats. Next it’s through the Taste Cheshire village and then on to the lifestyle section featuring the Grosvenor Art society, or key cooking demonstrations and more great food and drink exhibitors. The whole experience takes about 4-5 hours and all for less than £20. Now that’s a great family day out this Easter Tel: 01244 405 615.

Sandbach Transport Festival The 2014 Festival Weekend will be held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April. Sandbach Town Centre, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1AH In addition to our traditional Sunday gathering and parade we are pleased to announce that we will host a static display of classic and interesting cars on the Common, the day before, on Saturday 26th April. Tel: 07957 545 908

7 June 2014 Red Shoe Walk - Peak District Edale Village Hall, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 7ZA Experience the beauty of the Peak District on this family adventure through the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. Join us on this scenic walk that offers views over the Vale of Edale. With a few hills along the way, this fun family walk really will get the fresh air flowing into your lungs as you help us celebrate Red Cross Week. Get your friends and family together, dress in red and join us on what promises to be a great day out. Why join Team Red Cross? By joining Team Red Cross, you will be fundraising to help people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. You will receive: • a fundraising pack full of tips and advice to help you raise as much as you can • maps and directions for your challenge along a safe and supported route • a Red Cross t-shirt if you raise £100  • a free pair of red shoe covers. REGISTER NOW Telephone: 0844 412 2877 Email:challenges@redcross.org.uk

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FRI 24 JANUARY

THE JOHNNY CASH ROADSHOW

JANUARY to MARCH 2014 Buxton's exquisitely beautiful Opera House was designed and built by Frank Matcham, one of Britain's finest architects in 1903. One of Britain’s leading receiving theatres, it presents around 700 performances each year including comedy, children’s events, drama, musical shows, pantomime, dance and opera. Lovingly restored to its former glory in 2001 after major refurbishment, the theatre is well worth a visit. Expect a spectacular auditorium complete with cherubim, exquisite ceiling paintings and gold leaf decoration. Don’t forget – visit Buxton Opera House for:•

The stunningly beautiful and historic Opera House auditorium

A packed programme of events for everyone to enjoy

Easy parking and a friendly welcome

An excellent range of discounts for senior citizens and groups of 8+ on most performances

A delightful spa town with terrific restaurants and B&Bs – why not stay a few days?

To book tickets or request a brochure, call the Box Office on

0845 127 2190 (local rate from anywhere in the UK. Call charges from a mobile vary).

10am to 8pm Mon to Saturday (or 6pm if no evening show) 4pm to 8pm Sunday if there is an evening performance.

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Prepare for a musical adventure that truly celebrates the career of the music legend with the UK’s No1 tribute. SAT 25 JANUARY

ABBA REUNION

Re-live the addictive ABBA phenomenon that swept the airwaves and discos of the 70s and 80s in a truly feel-good party-style tribute concert. FRI 31 JANUARY

THE KING OF POP - THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Incredible tribute show to Michael Jackson featuring Navi. SUN 2 FEBRUARY Mid Wales Opera presents

ACIS & GALATEA

Handel’s masterpiece tells an enchanting story from ancient mythology with music from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. SAT 8 FEBRUARY

NIGHTS ON BROADWAY – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEE GEES Fantastic live concert, featuring the Gibb brothers’ incredible songs from over four decades.

WED 12 FEBRUARY Michael Friend Productions presents

THE MAN OF DESTINY

George Bernard Shaw’s witty attack on empty heroism is revived for a short Spring 2014 tour.

THURS 13 FEBRUARY Russian State Ballet & Opera House

LA TRAVIATA

A love story shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

BOX OFFICE: 0845 127 2190


FRI 14 FEBRUARY

PUNT & DENNIS – PLOUGHING ON REGARDLESS

SUN 9 MARCH Opera & Ballet International presents

NABUCCO

The ‘kings of satirical comedy’ return with a brand new show for 2014.

Verdi’s powerful tale laced with revenge, destruction and jealousy. Directed by Ellen Kent.

SAT 15 To SAT 22 FEBRUARY

SAT 15 MARCH

FOUR FOUR TIME 2014

The annual Buxton Festival of Live Music returns with top acts Toploader, Brian May and Toyah Wilcox all making an appearance.

JOE LONGTHORNE

With an endless repertoire of voices including hundreds of the world’s top singers, this is a show that will leave its audience thrilled. THURS 20 MARCH

SUN 23 FEBRUARY

LAUREL & HARDY

THE MEAT LOAF STORY

The heartwarming story of the legendary partnership told through film and live action.

Steve Steinman returns with his epic adventure delivering the best of the best from Meat Loaf’s incredible catalogue of albums.

THURS 27 FEBRUARY

TUES 25 MARCH

BLAKE

BARRY CRYER – TWITTER TITTERS

FRI 28 FEBRUARY TO SUN 2 MARCH

SUN 30 MARCH

Featuring spectacular video projections, the boys combine classical, pop, rock and musicals in a show that amazes with its variety and class.

MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS – PARK GORKOGO

Set in the mystical centre of Moscow’s cultural & artistic quarter, ‘Gorky Park’ is the perfect back drop for the greatest circus on earth.

Baz returns with Colin Sell, as he seeks to bring a ray of sunshine amid the dark clouds of life.

DOWN TO EARTH – AN EVENING WITH MONTY DON

BBC television presenter and the nation’s favourite gardener speaks about his life and travels visiting gardens all over the world.

WED 5 MARCH

DIRTY DUSTING

Crissy Rock, Leah Bell and Pat Dunn star in a heart-warming laugh out loud comedy that will have you smiling every time you answer the phone! THURS 6 TO SAT 8 MARCH Russian State Ballet of Siberia presents

DON QUIXOTE, GISELLE & SWAN LAKE A programme of three full ballets over three days.

Buxton Opera House Water Street Buxton Derbyshire SK17 6XN

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• One of the biggest outdoor markets in the region (140 stalls), operating seven days each week and Ashton’s famous Indoor Market Hall for fantastic fresh produce. Call 0161 342 3268

• Flat, pedestrianised, compact town centre ideal for young families and people with mobility problems

• Arcades Shopping Centre featuring top high street names like: The Body Shop, Next, Argos, Superdrug and WH Smith

• Ashton Moss Leisure Park offering Hollywood Bowl and a 12 screen Cineworld as well as great restaurant facilities including Frankie & Benny’s, Nando’s, KFC, Chiquitos, Harvester Chiquitos, Harvester Ashton Moss ,and Eat Inn Chinese Buffet Moss and Eat Inn Chinese Ashton

• Ladysmith Shopping Centre for even more great names like: Bon Marché, Boots, Dorothy Perkins, JD Sports, Peacocks and Costa Coffee

• Wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly

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• Great public transport facilities with one of the busiest bus stations in the north west plus adjacent railway station receiving regular half hourly trains from Manchester City Centre. New tram route linking Manchester and Ashton • The ‘Old Town’ area where over 150 quality independent retailers still offer service with a smile • Free Summer and festive town centre Day & entertainment including Vintage Classic Car Show, Sci-Fi Day plus much more.

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INTERVIEW: GLORIA HUNNIFORD

Gloria’s early days, health & more... By Angela Kelly

Gloria Hunniford was just enjoying a few weeks near Nice in France with her husband when we chatted. It marked a particularly busy time when she had been filming more programmes for the TV hit series Ripoff Britain, which had been extended

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to cover rip-offs on holidays and on food. And Ms Hunniford, now a lovely 73 year-old with the beautiful skin and enduring looks typical of Irish people, always tries to look after herself. “You need to keep balance, avoid being thrown off kilter,” she explains. “It’s very easy when you’re busy but I do try to take holidays and eat and sleep properly.” She’s also a great fan of vitamins, which she takes each day, and admits

to “a certain amount of exercise”, usually walking the dogs or using her exercise bike in front of the TV. “I’ve just lost two stone, though,” she states. “It wasn’t a vanity thing – my sister was diagnosed with diabetes and I asked the doctor what I should do to avoid it. Losing weight seemed a sensible idea so I cut out both sugar and carbohydrates and the weight just dropped off.” It feels like the popular broadcaster has always been with us. Radio and TV audiences love her, and Gloria has the enduring charm that people of all ages and both sexes find attractive and easygoing. I once stood next to her in an aiport queue as she took a flight to her native Ireland and her fellow travellers were plainly fascinated by the VIP in their

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midst, but also very warm to her. She was named after the actress Gloria Swanson but early on she became a singer, entertaining at her dad’s concerts. He was a newspaper man by day and a magician by night. She spent time in Canada, singing on TV and performing listeners’ Irish song requests on the radio, then returned home where she joined ITV’s new Ulster Television as a production assistant. She continued her singing, though, and got a record in the Ulster charts in 1969. After she was interviewed on BBC radio, the producer asked her to audition as an interviewer, then hired her for Northern Ireland’s equivalent of the Today programme. She cut her teeth on news and current affairs, moved on to a nightly news programme and finally ended up invited to work in London. Here, her friendly Irish accident and warm manner quickly won over fans. She filled in for Jimmy Young while he was on holiday, and the banter between her and Terry Wogan – whom she already knew – at the end of the programme swiftly enhanced her reputation. People felt she was a familiar friend on the air. She was given her own show, Gloria Hunniford’s Open House, and was a daily TV fixture for five years. She still makes appearances on The One Show and became a regular once more on our screens with another very popular series Cash in the Attic, which she loves. “They’ve got about 20 programmes already made but they’ve also now launched an interactive website and an app which is all very exciting because you can go onto the site anytime you want to, anywhere,” she says enthusiastically. “I love that programme – I’m a great fan of antiques and I’ve collected them myself for years. I collected so many angels and cherubs one of my sons forbade me to bring any more home!

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And I’ve also collected teapots and jewellery crosses.” She loves the surprises that people get when items they discover go to auction, and thoroughly enjoys the celebrity version. “I’m always amazed at how generous the celebrities are in donating items that can be sold for charity,” she adds. The Rip-off Britain series is another favourite with her. “I think we came along at just the right time with that brand,” she states. “The recession was just beginning and people felt even more aggrieved if they were being ripped off.” She is proud of the fact that the evening version draws a regular audience of 5.5 million viewers “and the daytime programme has very respectable figures, too,” she asserts. Work is plainly far from drying up for the evergreen presenter but she’s quick to state that she actually wants to work. “I enjoy work, and I’d hope to keep on working for as long as people want me to,” she adds. She and her second husband, Stephen Way, live in Sevenoaks, Kent, and family life is obviously very important to her. Her presenter daughter, Caron Keating, died from breast cancer after a brave fight in 2004 and any parent can start to imagine the personal devastation that brought. “I’ve had loss before, but nothing prepares you for the terrible darkness that descends when a child dies,” says Gloria. “It’s like trying to climb out of a big hole by your fingertips and, just when you think you’re at the top, something drags you back. “I felt like that for a long time, and many of the people who contacted us when Caron died – we had more than 8,000 letters – said it never really goes away.” But one person’s letter did strike a chord with Gloria, and showed the way ahead for her. It was someone who

“ I enjoy work, and I’d hope to keep on working for as long as people want me to” pointed out the importance of carrying Caron’s spirit forward, “I just felt then that I knew what I wanted to do,” she recalls. Gloria founded the Caron Keating Foundation, administered by the family and with all the funds raised being used to help charities concerned with all kinds of cancer. The result is that, over the past years, the foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds which have gone to projects at 47 different cancer charities all around the country. This is obviously a source of some consolation to Gloria and her family, although you suspect that Caron is in her thoughts every day. “Someone said that people never die if they remain on the lips of the living,” she states, “and I believe that.”

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LEGAL

Increase in Divorce for the over 50s Divorce can be a stressful enough process without the worry for newly single people of how they are going to cope financially after the split is finalised. A rising number of couples are divorcing almost at the point of retirement – where many wives have had no major financial responsibility for the whole of their married lives. Joan Goss is the Head of the Family department at QualitySolicitors Abney Garsden in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport. She specialises in all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, children, financial disputes connected with divorce and cohabitation. Joan offers considerable experience, knowledge and expertise. For an initial free chat she can be contacted on 0161 482 8822. According to the ONS, more than 50,000 over-50s were divorced last year – a rise of 10 per cent on 1999. A new study by Tesco Bank has revealed that only a quarter (26 per cent) of the women surveyed who divorced in their fifties were involved in big financial decisions whilst they were married. The study also showed that one in four

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never considered saving, a third had never applied for a mortgage and 10 per cent have never had any financial products or accounts in their name. And yet, post-divorce, most of these women have to set up a home, open bank and savings accounts and seriously consider their financial future for the very first time. That said, nearly two thirds (64 per cent) stated that divorce gave them a sense of financial freedom, and a similar number (63 per cent) said that sorting out their finances was quite empowering, helping them to focus through the trauma. Interestingly, this contrasts sharply with the men surveyed, of whom only a third agreed with this sentiment. Man or woman, divorce can be emotionally draining for all. As well as the usual issues couples going through divorce have to face, such as how to decide who keeps the house and how to divide possessions and savings, over 50s are also faced with the dilemma of who has the right to whose pension. In fact, for people over 50 who have had time to accrue a substantial retirement fund, this can be the biggest financial issue to resolve in a divorce case. Women in particular often opt to keep the family home as part of the divorce settlement rather than claiming their entitlement to their partners pension fund. However, the benefits of funding retirement may outweigh those of

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retaining the property, particularly in the current climate which has seen house prices fall in the past four years.

If you are contemplating Divorce you should consider the following:RETIREMENT – PENSION RIGHTS A pension can often be one of the largest matrimonial assets of a long marriage. If a husband has been the main breadwinner in the family and is a member of an occupational pension scheme, or even been contributing to a private scheme, or both, he is likely to have built up a considerable fund. The spouse with the smaller pension can consider obtaining a share of the larger pension or alternatively taking a bigger share of other assets. A spouse who has little or no National insurance contributions of their own can have their state pension entitlement based upon their former spouse’s contributions if that would give them a larger pension. The State Second Pension is an additional resource that can be shared on divorce.

THE FAMILY HOME The matrimonial home is likely to be mortgagefree and in the present housing market another large matrimonial asset. This means that there is more to divide but it is often the case that there are insufficient funds to purchase properties for both husband and wife. It can be difficult at this stage in their lives for either party to obtain a mortgage and if either the husband or wife is not working then it is important that he/ she is able to purchase a property mortgage-free. Where the parties are younger and there are dependent children, the needs of those children have to be given first priority in any divorce settlement whereas once the children have flown the nest, the usual division of property is on an equal basis. It is important that legal advice is sought at this stage in case there are specific issues which need to be taken into account when considering a divorce settlement. These issues can be such things as earning capacity and any special needs either party may have.

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YEARS Can be unexpected. But we can make it easier. More and more married people over 50 are now choosing to divorce and go their separate ways, instead of facing retirement together. The family law team at QualitySolicitors Abney Garsden can help explain and support you throughout the process.

Our Cheadle Hulme office is now open Saturdays 9am to 12.30pm and is conveniently located opposite Waitrose and just two minutes from the Cheadle Hulme train station. What you can expect Direct lawyer contact Same-day response No hidden costs Free First Advice Saturday openings

MAINTENANCE For older couples there may be a large difference in the earning capacity of husband and wife. On separation or divorce, therefore, the lowest earner may have difficulties in making ends meet and the question of maintenance may have to be addressed. Even in the higher income group the standard of living enjoyed whilst a couple are together has a bearing on how much maintenance they should receive. This can be a very complex area and it is important that legal advice is obtained by both parties.

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Changing the way you see lawyers. 0161 482 8822 reception@abneys.co.uk www.qualitysolicitors.com/abneygarsden 37 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, SK8 5AF

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FEATURE them a quick examination every week. If rain doesn’t clear from the windscreen properly or there are smears when the blades wipe from side to side, then it is time to consider changing them. The blades become worn with time and if they are used frequently, debris can eat away at the edge of the wiper. Winter weather can also make the rubber on the wipers brittle, which means they are more prone to cracks and splits.

Keep your car WARM this winter with the help of a local trusted garage As motorists prepare for chilly early morning starts and freezing weather conditions, nationwide independent garage scheme Trust My Garage is advising drivers in Bristol to keep their cars WARM this winter.

it should be when you take to the road over the next few months.

We all know that we should carry out weekly checks on our cars to make sure they are roadworthy – but few of us actually do.

WARM is a very simple, easyto-remember acronym that can act as a checklist for the parts of your car you should check regularly to ensure that, together with regular servicing, you are keeping your vehicle safe and fit for winter weather conditions.

In fact, a survey carried out earlier this year by Trust My Garage found that 84% of motorists do not carry out basic, regular checks on their vehicles. By neglecting simple tasks, such as checking oil levels and engine coolant, motorists are in danger of causing engine damage which is always a costly problem and can result in the inconvenience of having no car at all. However, by pledging to keep your car WARM this winter, you can be sure that everything is working as

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What does WARM mean?

W is for WIPERS... Windscreens must be kept clear of dirt and debris for obvious reasons. Check wipers and the windscreen are in good condition by giving

Reduced visibility due to badly performing windscreen wipers can jeopardise your safety – and for just a few pounds blades can easily and quickly be replaced.

A is for ANTIFREEZE... Antifreeze is a component of most but not all engine coolants. Having the right concentration of coolant in the engine is essential if it is to work efficiently. Check the water coolant reservoir every week to ensure the liquid inside is at maximum level. If it begins to drop there could be a leak in the system, so it is crucial you get it checked out. If you need to top up your antifreeze, make sure you use the type that is right for your vehicle by checking in the handbook or consulting your local Trust My Garage member.

R is for RUBBER... Are your types correctly inflated? Do they have the right amount of tread? Both are important to keep you safe on the roads. Over-inflation or under-inflation can affect steering and braking, while tyres that do not have at least 1.6mm tread – the

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minimum legal requirement for cars and light vans – might struggle on wet or slippery road conditions, especially when braking sharply. Having tyres with sufficient tread will also help to prevent skidding and aquaplaning, which happens in the wet when traction is lost and the car is lifted by water on the road.

M is for MAINTENANCE... Cars are expensive pieces of equipment that most of us rely on daily, so it doesn’t make sense to neglect their maintenance. A few basic checks every week and a regular service at your trusted dealer means that your car, whether an old banger or a top-of-therange sports car, can serve you for a good few miles yet.

How else can I keep my car WARM? A simple service from a local Trust My Garage (TMG) member can ensure that your vehicle is safe and fit for driving. TMG members have access to technical information and expertise to ensure that your vehicle remains roadworthy. These garages are experts and can make sure vital components of your car are operating correctly to keep you safe on the road in winter weather conditions.

Where is my local Trust My Garage member? To locate your nearest Trust My Garage member and take advantage of quality service at an affordable price, simply log on to www.trustmygarage.co.uk and type in your postcode to see a list of Trust My Garage members in your area. Members of Trust My Garage are true professionals – local independent businesses which are part of the community. Trust My Garage is the truly independent scheme for independent garages.

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Top ten tips for 2014 As the New Year gets underway you might be turning your thoughts to making resolutions. Whether you’re giving something up or making a few lifestyle changes, New Year is the time to get into goods habits with your money matters too. To help keep you motivated, the Financial Ombudsman Service gives us their top tips for 2014:

Set a spending budget: If you’re taking up an activity or

joining a new class it will inevitably cost you some money. Set yourself a weekly or monthly budget and stick to it to make sure you’re not overstretching yourself. If you need equipment – like swimming gear – look online for discount vouchers as it could save you a fortune.

Set a savings budget: If you’re giving up a bad habit why not

use the spare funds to boost your savings. Small changes like quitting smoking or ditching that weekly takeaway could add over £1,000 a year to your savings pot. Shop around for the best savings plan or ISA to store your new found funds in but don’t be drawn in by high introductory interest rates – you may find you lose out if the rate decreases after a few months.

Clear out the clutter: Taking stock of your accounts can make

managing your money much easier. Ask your bank for a list of your existing direct debits and standing orders. If you’re paying for things you don’t recognise or use, consider cancelling them – but tell the business involved first. Having separate savings and spending accounts can be helpful if you’re trying to avoid the temptation of dipping into your rainy day funds.

Out with the old: You wouldn’t pay more than is necessary

for an item in a shop so why do we pay more than we need for our insurance? A lot of policies will automatically renew after 12 months – but they may not always offer you the best price. Taking the time to shop around for the best deals before you decide whether or not to renew can save you a fortune in the long-run.

Pursue an interest: Interest rates on credit cards can change, so it’s worth reviewing your current rate – you might find that there is a better offer available. These can range from shortterm zero interest deals to fixed interest rates for the life of the balance. Compare offers on accounts and you might find a better rate for your savings. Face your fears: If you think that you’re going to go overdrawn, have an insurance claim or are struggling to meet your repayments talk to your bank or insurer as soon as possible. Burying your head in the sand can only make things worse. Tell them about the situation – they might be able to help you sort things out. If you’ve made a complaint and are still unhappy, the ombudsman service might be able to help on www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk or find us on twitter @financialombuds.

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Grandparents Rights It is often the case where a couple get divorced or separate that contact between grandparents and their grandchildren is significantly reduced or, in some cases denied completely. In these current times more grandparents than ever are providing regular childcare and often financial support for their children and grandchildren. Some statistics indicate that more than 40% of grandparents are missing out on the special relationship with their grandchildren following a family break up. Many grandparents are unsure of their rights and confused about the remedies available at law to them. Many people are aware that grandparents do not have an automatic right in law to make application for contact with their grandchildren. However this is not an insurmountable hurdle. A grandparent can make an application for permission to issue proceedings for an Order to see their grandchildren. However any grandparent who can demonstrate a genuine attachment to the child and desire to continue contact will almost certainly be allowed to make an application for a Contact Order. There is no legal presumption that grandparents should have contact with their grandchildren following the separation of a family. However applications are decided on what is considered to be what is in the best interests of a child’s welfare, which are paramount. The law recognises that it is in a child’s best interests to maintain the relationship with all members of their close family. Most Courts will assume that each of the parents will allow contact with extended family, at least on their own side, even if not that of their ex partner or spouse, but sadly family politics often means that this is not the case. Grandparents need to be confident in realising that their relationship with their grandchild is of benefit to that child even if the parents of the grandchildren do not or cannot recognise it for themselves. The problems suffered by grandparents often arise as a result of the breakdown of trust between the parties when a relationship breaks down. A Court Application for contact is unlikely to re-build that particular trust but if direct discussions are unsuccessful then mediation an also offer a less confrontational platform for the parties to negotiate. There is “child focused” 28

mediation which allows the child’s views to be taken into account if they are of an age where this is appropriate. If progress cannot be made other than making an Application for a Contact Order through the Court, the Court’s discretion is wide and can include creative solutions to enable grandparents and their grandchildren to remain in touch even across significant distances and international borders. They can include anything from direct contact, to telephone calls, emails and letters and can also make provision for such things as guaranteed acceptance of birthday and Christmas gifts.

Should you wish further advice or information regarding contact proceedings for your grandchildren then please contact : Iain Jones, Chronnell Hibbert Solicitors, 11 Hyde Road, Woodley, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1QG.

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FOOD & DRINK - LOW FAT WINTER WARMERS

Si King and Dave Myers are self-confessed food lovers. Food isn’t just fuel to them, it’s their life. But like many of us they’ve found that the weight has crept on over the years. Si and Dave have come up with tasty recipes that are low in calories and big in flavour, and many we have featured in 50 Plus Magazine.

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This is real food for real people, not skinny minnies. They are ideas for family meals.

The cider and bacon add a touch of sweetness and extra flavour to the chicken and veg, making this a lovely supper dish. Keep it low-fat by removing the skin from the chicken legs before cooking and using as little oil as possible for browning the meat and vegetables. SERVES 4 3 tbsp plain flour 2 tsp dried thyme 4 chicken leg quarters 2 tbsp sunflower oil 4 rashers of rindless smoked back bacon, cut into 1cm-wide strips 2 medium onions, chopped 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced 150g small chestnut mushrooms, wiped and sliced or quartered if large 500ml bottle of dry cider 300ml chicken stock, (made with 1 chicken stock cube) 2 bay leaves 400g Chantenay or other small fat carrots, trimmed and peeled 2 slender leeks, trimmed and cut into 2cm slices flaked sea salt freshly ground black pepper. METHOD Mix the flour and thyme with a good pinch of salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper in a large strong 30

freezer bag. Strip the skin off the chicken legs and put them on a board. Break the joint of each leg by bending it in the opposite direction. You may hear a small crack. Cut each leg quarter in half with a sturdy knife to give 8 chicken portions. Using a good set of kitchen scissors, trim off any visible fat. Put the chicken portions in the freezer bag, a few at a time, and shake well until they are evenly coated in the flour. Heat the oil in a large non-stick fying pan over a medium heat and fry the chicken, a few pieces at a time, until golden brown all over. As they are browned, transfer the chicken pieces to a large flameproof casserole dish. Preheat the oven to 1800C/Fan 1600C/ Gas 4. Put the bacon, onions and celery in the pan used for browning the chicken and fry for 4-5 minutes over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring often.

Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes more, then tip everything into the casserole dish with the chicken pieces. Sprinkle in any flour remaining in the freezer bag and stir well. Pour about half the cider into the frying pan and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to lift any sediment from the bottom. Simmer for a few seconds, then pour into the casserole. Add the rest of the cider and the stock, then stir in the carrots and bay leaves and bring to a simmer on the hob. Cover with a lid and cook in the centre of the over for 1 hour, then remove the casserole from the oven and stir in the leeks. Pop the dish back into the oven for a further 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the sauce thickened. Serve with some green beans or spring onions. 435 Calories per portion.

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LAMB, SPINACH AND POTATO CURRY This is a low-cal version of Dave’s favourite curry - saag gosht - becuase he couldn’t bear to it give it up. If you are running short of time, cut out the fresh garlic, ginger and chilli - the curry will still taste great. The recipe contains potatoes so there is no need to serve it with extra rice.

SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH SMOKED SALMON SERVES 6 600g lamb leg steaks (about 4 steaks) 1 tbsp sunflower oil 2 large onions, roughly chopped 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped 25g chunk of fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped 1 plump fresh chilli, (deseeded if you like) 75g medium or mild curry paste (depending on your taste) 400g can of chopped tomatoes 350g potatoes, preferably Maris Pipers, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks 450ml water 2 bay leaves 1 tsp flaked sea salt, plus extra for seasoning the meat 1 tsp caster sugar 3 ripe medium tomatoes, quartered 100g young spinach leaves freshly ground black pepper METHOD Trim the lamb of any hard fat and cut the meat into rough chunks of about 3cm. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a teaspoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the lamb in 2 batches until lightly coloured on all sides. Transfer the lamb to a plate as soon as each batch is browned. Heat the remaining oil in a large flameproof casserole dish and add the onions. Cook over a medium heat for

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6-8 minutes until they’re softened and lightly browned, stirring regularly. Turn down the heat, add the garlic, ginger, chilli and curry paste and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and blitz the onion mixture with a stick blender until blended to a purée. Or you can let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then blend it in a food processor before tipping it back into the casserole. Return the casserole to the hob over a medium heat. Preheat the oven to 1900C/Fan 1700C/Gas 5. Add the browned lamb to the spiced onion purée in the dish and cook over a gentle heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring. Add the chopped tomatoes, potatoes, water, bay leaves, teaspoon of salt and sugar. Bring everything to a gentle simmer, then cover with a lid and place the casserole in the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the lamb is tender and the sauce has thickened. Check after 1 hour and give the contents of the casserole dish a good stir. Take the dish out of the oven and remove the lid. Stir in the quartered tomatoes and spinach leaves. Cover once more and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and the spinach has wilted. Serve hot with some spoonfuls of fatfree yoghurt if you fancy.

This is a treat - light but tasty and packed with protein. It takes next to no time to prepare and makes a really special weekend breakfast or brunch. Shows that you can breakfast like a king and still keep the calories under control. SERVES 2 4 medium eggs 1 tbsp freshly snipped chives, plus a few extra to garnish(optional) 15g butter 4 slices of smoked salmon (about 75g) 1 English muffin, cut in half flaked sea salt freshly ground black pepper METHOD Beat the eggs with a pinch of flaked sea salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Use a metal whisk and make sure you beat the eggs really well. Stir in the chives if you’re using them. Melt the butter in a medium non-stick saucepan over a low heat. Pour the beaten eggs into the pan and cook very gently for 2 minutes, stirring slowly until the eggs are softly scrambled. Remove from the heat and stir for a few seconds more - the eggs will continue to cook for a while. While the eggs are cooking, toast the muffin and put 1 half on each plate, cut side up. Spoon the scrambled eggs over the muffins, add the slices of smoked salmon and season with a little more black pepper. Garnish with extra chives if you wish. Serve immediately.

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TOP TIPS: ART DECO Niki Schäfer shares her tips on creating an Art Deco look: 1. The incredibly glamorous Art Deco period spans from 1920 – 1939 and epitomises the opulence of inter-war Britain. The period was characterised by modern, sleek designs with a luxurious use of materials. The New York’s Chrysler building, The Savoy and Sybil Colefax were icons of this era, look to them for inspiration on a smaller scale! 2. The luxury and decadence was increasingly noticeable in contrast to the austerity of the First World War. The use of rare and exotic woods and materials such as ivory, shagreen (imitation shark skin) and

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mother of pearl was familiar to this era. Decorate using an excess of mirrors, satins and pale leathers. 3. The Art Deco period was heavily influenced by international style, so perhaps use lacquer as a finish on furniture, a design style developed from China. The period also admired enormously style icons of the era such as Eileen Gray. 4. The era was nicknamed the ‘Cocktail Age’ so for true Art Deco style track down walnut cocktail cabinets in a stepped shape, symbolic of the Aztec pyramids that were also hugely popular at the time. 5. Advances in technology moved towards a more ‘streamlined’ look. Every day objects such as radios became streamlined, swayed by

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HOME - INTERIORS the aerodynamic shapes cut from ocean liners and Zeppelins. 6. Choose fringed lighting and fitted furniture to incorporate an Art Deco look into your home without creating an overwhelming look. Try Tiger Moth Lighting for some wonderful fringed metal lamps and pendants. 7. Search for cantilevered chairs made popular by Marcel Breuer and Miles van Der Rohhe, who made the most of technology advances fashioning original and modern styles from new materials. The Barcelona Chair is another popular design choice, still contemporary today and found in many modern homes and offices. 8. To truly emulate the ‘elite’ style you need to find the original

pieces. The technology advances spurred the creation of imitation products made from cheap materials, which led to the eventual end of the era. 9. Rugs were hugely popular throughout this period. Search for wild geometrical shapes in a spectrum of bold colours to liven up any room. Imitation zebra and other wild animal skins are widely available as fabrics nowadays, and if you’re feeling extra brave use some flocked wallpaper in the same design. 10. If you live and breathe for Art Deco inspired design then take a visit to La Maison de Verre in Paris, or slightly closer to home stay at The Park Lane Hotel and dine in Claridges.

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Make 2014 Your Year! By Angela Kelly

Most of us treat a New Year in the same way – we mentally list all the things we want to change in the next 12 months …. but then do little about it until the next new year! Well, here’s the chance to make 2014 YOUR year and change all those areas of your life with which you’re unhappy. And that doesn’t necessarily just apply to your home and your job but also the shape you’re in and many of the things you might like to change about yourself if you just could. For a start, are you happy with the shape you’re in? Even the most gorgeous celebrities or top models complain about some element of their bodies, so the rest of us are bound to have a list of “improvements”! Weight is an obvious one. So, if you’ve been promising yourself to drop a few pounds – or a stone or two – join a slimming club now, or put yourself on a good WEIGHT-LOSS programme. Start this journey with a quick visit to your GP, of course, to check that there’s no medical stumbling blocks involved but after that – ready, steady, slim! Complement your shape as the pounds disappear, too, with a new approach to your FITNESS regime. 36

Gym membership these days is generally very economical, especially if you attend regularly, and you’ve got the added bonus of having expert help on hand and being surrounded by likeminded people. Make a gym visit part of your regular routine as a way of ensuring you keep happy and healthy – and trimmer – and you’ll keep that hard-won weightloss off for good. For those with limited mobility, the risk of falling in a bathroom is high. As we get older, falls can become a major health problem so maintaining a safe home environment is essential. Everyday tasks that most people take for granted can become an actual danger for those with limited mobility.

Laser surgery has come on remarkably in the last few years, so shop around for the best and most trusted treatment Certainly, for many of us, our wishlist contains COSMETIC SURGERY for a crooked nose, saggy chin or to get rid of those frown lines. Choose a reputable clinic or salon and give yourself the face or other identified body part you’ve always wanted.

Perhaps you want to try out a NEW HAIRSTYLE – a fresh, shorter look or a change of colour. Consult your hairdresser and take his or her advice on cut, condition and just what suits you. Consider finally getting your dental work sorted out or having your TEETH WHITENED if you’re unhappy with your smile. It is, after all, often the first thing that people notice about you and there are plenty of excellent treatments around. Your dentist can advise here.

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energy levels. It involves a carefully balanced release of specific hormones which aid in your health, repair and regenerate tissues and appears to strengthen the immune system. Chiropractic may help individuals who suffer with sleep difficulties. Our bodies’ inability to cope with stress can disrupt our natural hormone cycles. Lack of sleep can be caused by an overproduction of the hormone adrenaline, which places our body into the “fight or flight” response. This natural protective response used to be a survival mechanism which saved us from short term threats such as the sabre tooth tiger thousands of years ago. Long term it can have detrimental effects on our health such as an increase in blood pressure and digestive problems. At our Chiropractic Wellness Clinics we analyse our patients stress levels using NASA technology. This fantastic equipment literally allows us to see why the patient is not sleeping well and help restore them to a peaceful night’s sleep This may be the year that you decide to MOVE HOUSE. The housing market is definitely much more buoyant and all the signs are good for getting the home of your dreams. Local estate agents and mortgage advisors are always happy to help you with your personal home possibilities. Or, it could be that you like your current address but want to put in an EXTENSION or CONSERVATORY. A local builder can give you a quote without charge for an extension, and it’s certainly worth talking to an architect about making the most of this planned space first. They’re the experts on coming up with clever plans and utilising extensions in the most practical way to suit your family’s lifestyle.

It may be that you’ve got a close relative or friend in a farflung spot that you’d love to visit but never thought you could. Now is just the time to see if this is a possibility, and how it could be achieved. Perhaps you’re determined to finally go to a special SPORTING OCCASION, like the Winter Olympics in Russia in February, the World Twenty20 cricket in Bangladesh in April or the Masters’ golf in Augusta that month. Again, your travel can create a personal travel itinerary that will ensure you realise your dream trip, and enjoy the experience every bit as much as you thought you would. Your New Year Resolutions may be far more modest than any of these, although they may well enhance your life just as much. You may decide that in 2014 you will definitely QUIT SMOKING so take a good look at all the products around to actively help you with this – there’s everything from patches to e-cigarettes these days, hypnotherapists and local health expert support on offer so there’s really no excuse. Or you may have decided to LEARN a musical instrument or a foreign language. All it takes is that initial decision that you’re not going to leave things for another year. You’re not simply going to say “I wish I could ….” You’re actually going to do it!

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Your property may just need the kind of brightening up that a good DECORATOR can provide. Sometimes, changing the colourscheme and furnishings really cheers up rooms and transforms the home. It may be that you’re at that stage of life when you want to DOWNSIZE, perhaps realise some of the capital in your property. If you’re in those golden years and want tailor-made accommodation, it’s definitely worth considering a retirement village or sheltered accommodation. You may decide that a New Year is just the time to change from struggling along with a large and expensive property to something more suitable and economical. There is a wealth of suitable places these days, including comfortable modern apartments needing the minimum of maintenance, and with staff on-site to support you daily. And the bonus is that you’re in a community of older people also determined to enjoy life! Of course, it may be that you’ve been promising yourself that special HOLIDAY for several years. So, this could well be the time to consider going to Australia or New Zealand, Macau or Malibu. Consult a reliable travel agent for the kind of personal service you’ll need for the trip of a lifetime.

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HEALTH a vital part known as the cochlea. This is a coiled tube with two fluid filled chambers. Here there are 17,000 hair cells, each with a structure known as stereocilla. The sound waves passed along the ear cause these to move which sends an electrical sign down the auditory nerve to our brain, where it is recognised as sound.

Vastly improve your quality of life for years to come Hearing loss is a common problem and many of us will experience some hearing difficulty as we get older. But this isn’t something we have to suffer with and there are many ways in which to seek help if you feel you need it. Action on Hearing Loss estimate that in the UK around 10 million people have some degree of hearing impairment or deafness and 6.3 million of this total are of retirement age. This problem usually develops gradually over time, due to age or repeated exposure to loud noise, although, a small group of people may experience sudden hearing loss.

The outer ear is the external part which we see on the side of our heads. This section is attached to the ear canal, which is the passage in which sound travels. The middle ear is a small cavity filled with air and contains three important bones called ossicles. When sound hits the ear drum, it vibrates and these vibrations are passed onto these bones Finally, the inner ear contains

Hearing loss is the result of sound signals not being able to reach the brain. There are two types of hearing loss. The first is where there is damage to the sensitive hair cells in the inner ear caused by either age or injury, known as sensorineural hearing loss. The second is where sound can’t pass through the ear due to a blockage, usually caused by a build up of earwax or an ear infection. This is called conductive hearing loss. Some people may experience both of these types and this is known as mixed signal hearing loss. The main symptoms of hearing difficulty are not hearing people clearly or misunderstanding what someone says, having to ask someone to repeat themselves several times and finding yourself needing music or the television on a high volume to be able to hear.

Our hearing is a complicated process and the ear is made up of three different parts which help us do this; the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear.

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Experts say that age is the most common cause of hearing loss. Everyone will experience some form of this as they get older and by age 80, most people will have significant hearing problems. However, noise induced hearing damage is very common. People who find themselves regularly exposed to very loud noises, usually at work, are most at risk, such as construction workers using pneumatic drills, or those who are employed in bars and nightclubs. Those regularly attending loud music concerts and events can also be at risk. This can also be a cause of tinnitus, which is where a person experiences a constant ringing or buzzing inside their ears. If you think you are experiencing hearing loss, you should see a specialist hearing aid dispenser as soon as possible as there are many

options out there to help. They will give you a simple hearing test and examine the inside of your ear to look for any problems and are qualified to identify any medical contra-indications for onward referral to an ENT consultant etc. In most cases, people who are experiencing hearing problems will be fitted with a hearing aid. There are many types available depending on the person and the problem. Prentice Professional Partners provide help and advice to those who are experiencing difficulties with hearing loss, as well as access to try out the technologies that may be of help – completely free of charge. Their latest technology includes an invisible hearing aid, which will help those who do have hearing issues and need a device to help them in their everyday lives, but do not want it to be visible.

Figures show that around four million people in the UK could benefit from a hearing aid but do not wear one. Action on Hearing Loss audiology specialist, Crystal Rolfe, told NHS Choices: “Many people are put off by the idea of wearing hearing aids because they think they are unsightly,” “We need a new attitude to hearing aids. Wearing them should be as unremarkable as wearing glasses.” It is important that if you are experiencing any issues with hearing loss that you get the necessary help you need. There are many options out there to make your hearing better and vastly improve your quality of life for years to come. Written by Kelly Spencer 50 Plus Magazine.

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Quality dentures mean a quality lifestyle The Importance of Dentures The eyes, nose and teeth are the focal points of every face; they give the first impressions of your personality. Natural teeth grow in proportion and in harmony with your facial features and your dentures should be made accordingly. Your teeth, or your dentures, have many important functions: to support your facial muscles, to help formulate your speech, and most importantly to chew your food and start the digestive process. It is very important to chew food properly, as poorly chewed food will take longer to digest, especially for the elderly who could risk problems in the digestive system.

Difficulties in Constructing a Good Set of Dentures Constructing a functional and aesthetically pleasing set of dentures is the most difficult task in dentistry. We are not only replacing lost teeth, but also lost tissue matter and bone. In other words, we have to re-create your facial features as they were before the loss of your natural teeth. In most cases we do not know what your teeth looked like, what size they were or what position they were in originally. We have a few indications but mostly we have to rely on our visual and artistic judgement. 40

At the same time we have to use our technical expertise in order to make the denture stable and functional. Denture construction is more art than science.

Choice of Dentures There are three main quality standards in denture materials: Denture Base Acrylics: standard quality, high impact much stronger non brittle and the latest thermoplastic. Denture Teeth: 2-layer acrylic very basic and cheap, 3-layer acrylic re-enforced much harder, 4-layer composite extra hard and natural looking. However, good materials on their own will not make good dentures. A skilful and experienced clinician and technician are required. The best results are achieved when the whole job is done by the same person.

How Long Should Dentures Last? The question we should ask is, how long will my dentures be functional for? Dentures can last twenty or more years, but will lose their function (chewing ability, proper fit etc.) probably after two years. This will depend on many factors:

1. Quality of dentures. 2. Age of Patient. 3. General health of patient. 4. Any drastic change in weight.

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Dentures Need Regular Servicing

Dentures with worn down teeth

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

Teeth can be replaced with a new set.

Daily cleaning is essential as well as professional ultrasonic cleaning in a dental laboratory at least once a year. Due to constant bone resorbtion dentures will become loose sooner or later. Loose dentures will increase damage to the gums and bone structure, and increase the risk of breakage. Have them re-lined as soon as possible to get a good fit. It only takes a day or two. Have your dentures inspected by a dentist or denturist at least every two years, or more frequently if necessary.

Your Dentures need Attention 1. 2. 3. 4.

When they become loose. When teeth or denture base discolours. When tooth surfaces become flat. When denture base does not fit around natural teeth (in partial dentures). 5. When you develop deep lines around your mouth. 6. When your chin sticks out, and the corners of your lips are constantly wet, developing sores. 7. When you stop smiling and feel embarrassed.

Loose Dentures Can be re-lined by adding a thin layer of the new acrylic to fit the surface of the dentures, making them fit better (takes one or two days).

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

Should I have a spare set of Dentures made? Yes, it is very important to have a spare set of dentures for emergencies in case of breakage.

Where do I go to have a good set of Dentures made? Every dentist can make dentures, but not all of them will specialise in denture making. Denturists will take the greatest care to make your dentures look natural and fit properly. They can give you and your dentures the time and attention you deserve.

Summary 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Clean your dentures daily with a denture brush and denture cream. Have your dentures inspected every two years, and relined or ultra-sonically cleaned. Have a new set made every 5 years if possible. Keep a spare set for emergencies. Remember, dentures do not have to hurt and do not need to be uncomfortable. With a new set of dentures, you should receive a written guarantee, a detailed prescription of the materials used in your dentures, cleaning and servicing instructions, and a cleaning kit. Dentures so life-like you'd think they were real.

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INTERVIEW: ANN Widdecombe a fifth underway. This latest one, unlike her other books, is a detective novel – “it’s not full of sex, it’s a straightforward detective story,” she states. However, it was politics which has claimed much of her life, starting with an election trail that began as a candidate in Burnley in 1979. She moved on to try in Plymouth Devonport against Dr David Owen in 1983 before she successfully became MP for Maidstone in 1987. She had a hard-working and stellar rise up the Conservative Parliamentary ranks to become Minister of State for the Department of Employment in 1994, then for the Home Office in 1995. In opposition, she was Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary. In 2007 she announced her intention of retiring from politics at the next General Election, and in 2010 her considerable and often controversial presence left the House of Commons for good. Ask her, however, what was one of the most memorable achievements of her political tenure and she won’t point to a major Bill or campaign. “It was getting one of my constituents out of jail in Morocco,” she says simply. “They really didn’t think it could be done.”

STRICTLY ANN ANN Widdecombe tucked surprisingly dainty feet under her and sat happily recounting highlights from a career that has taken her from Parliament to “Strictly Come Dancing.” The former Tory minister was partway through a hectic book tour to publicise her very entertaining autobiography, “Strictly Ann,” and was taking time out for a quick chat and a welcome cuppa. She is 66 now,

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with a big personality belied by her petite stature, but with the same feisty nature that turned her into a scourge of the Opposition and a staunch defender of Catholic values. It also complemented a formidable intellect honed at Oxford University where she was active in the Oxford Union. “Before I got into politics I always thought I’d be a writer,” she explains. “I’d always loved reading and when I was nine or 10 had written two books – if you could call three exercise books bound together a book.” Unsurprisingly, when she quit politics she turned to writing and has four successful novels under her belt with

Her trenchant views, no-nonsense approach and – as it transpired – sheer likeability meant that she quickly swapped political status for celebrity status. She already had a strong TV curriculum vitae from fronting various documentaries and from discussion programmes, but the public suddenly got to see her in a new light when she agreed to take part in “Strictly Come Dancing.” “Several of my friends said ‘what do you want to do Strictly for?’ because they still saw me as a politician,” she recalls. “I knew that I was no longer a politician. “I’d turned down Big Brother because I hate that kind of intrusive programme, and I could never go on ‘I’m A Celebrity ….. Get Me Out Of Here!’ because I couldn’t eat any of those disgusting things they make you eat.

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“But I liked the idea of Strictly. Of course , I was very glad to get Anton du Beke as a partner. One of the earliest things he said to me was ‘Ann, it will be much better if we do our best to keep your feet off the floor.’” Ann, who threw herself into the gruelling daily rehearsals as she does everything else in life, worked hard. “I’m lucky enough to enjoy pretty good health so I was flung about and didn’t come out with more than the odd bruise,” she says, laughing at the memory. While the judges were unimpressed with Ann’s efforts, however cleverly choreographed by her partner, the public loved her. Game as always, Ann even agreed to “fly” in on a high-wire – “which I absolutely hated as I’ve got height phobia. I kept my eyes closed during rehearsals, but I had to open them for the broadcast.” The public vote kept the duo in the hit programme for nine weeks before they left. What did Anton have in mind if they’d reached the final? “Well, he was going to fly in from one side and I was going to fly in from the other, and we were going to dance in the air!” Ann laughs again. “Yes, the public were denied that.” Her Strictly appearance did, however, not only lead to an enjoyable live national tour of the show but also to panto. This was in tandem with Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood who had proved to be the biggest critic of Ann’s dancing declaring her a “dis-ah-ster.” While she has been involved in a variety of other TV programmes – including an excellent documentary

series “Ann Widdecombe Versus” tackling a variety of contemporary problems – she really enjoyed her most recent, quiz show “Cleverdicks” for Sky Atlantic. “And I really regret that they didn’t re-commission that series because it was great,” comments Ann. There have been, however, some discussions about Ann and Anton du Beke teaming up for a TV sitcom – “it still seems to be out there although nothing has been decided.” And she readily admits that she would love to have one of her books made into a film – “who wouldn’t?” is her honest comment. There are many who believe she should have gone into the House of Lords when her career in the House of Commons ended, but perhaps her opposition to both fox hunting and gay marriage has not made her a special favourite of David Cameron’s. However, Ann refuses to publicly comment on this one and believes the country should give the Coalition a chance to work properly. As for future plans, she is open to ideas. “I never plan in detail,” she states. “I just see what comes along.” What is certain, however, is that the word “retirement” means very little about slowing down for this indefatigable lady. “I’m from a long-lived family, and I don’t understand people who complain about being retired,” she asserts. “I don’t think I could ever do absolutely nothing.”

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What equipment is required?

The unit is simply connected to a standard BT socket and power point in your home. The unit has an in-built microphone and a powerful loud speaker so you can be heard at a distance.

Other sensors available Smoke detectors – that alert our Telecare Centre when smoke is detected.

What is Carecall is a 24 hour telecare and mobile warden response service in the Stockport area for those who are: • at risk of falling • at risk of admission / re-admission to hospital • returning home from hospital or immediate care, and • any vulnerable people needing support and reassurance. At the touch of a button, emergencies are responded to within minutes.

What do mobile wardens do? Mobile wardens visit vulnerable customers in an emergency, in the first six months of the year they attended 1250 callouts. The wardens also carry specialist lifting equipment which helps to lift customers who have fallen and are unhurt. The wardens are available 24 hours a day, seven days a year and can attend a property at short notice. Carecall are the only telecare provider offering a mobile warden response service in the Stockport area.

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Fall detector – a sensor worn around the waist which indicates when someone has fallen. Wandering client sensors – infra red door sensors are fitted to door exits to alert the Telemonitoring Centre when the client is leaving the property. Police Approved Key safes – provide reliable access for carers, home helps, nurses, paramedics and the emergency services.

How much does it cost?

Carecall is available from just £5.35 per week and provides peace of mind to over 4000 vulnerable adults in the Stockport area. There is a one off installation charge of £25.60.

How do I apply for the Carecall service? Contact our Telecare Centre: Freephone: 0500 130 585 Write to: Carecall, Unit 9, Southside, Bredbury Industrial Estate, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2SP Email: carecall@stockporthomes.org

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Choosing the right care In 1957, Harold McMillan told the British public ‘we’d never had it so good’ and it was true we were enjoying better health and prosperity. Inevitably, this led to longer life spans, and the phenomena of the sandwich generation. At the beginning of the 20th century, around 6% of people in their sixties still had one parent living. Today the figure is around 50%. At the same time, in 2000, 52% of young adults were living with their parents, and this figure is still rising. This has led to a situation where couples coming up to retirement are caring for ageing parents, while still supporting their adult children. This is the sandwich generation, worrying about financing their own retirement, their parents and their children. While many 80 year olds are still hale and hearty, there are many who need constant care and attention, resulting in huge stress levels for those responsible for them. If you’re one of these, it’s time to take stock and explore all avenues which could help. PLAN AHEAD Difficult as it may be, you need to discuss issues with your parents. Discuss their

assets, check with them where they want to live, and who should make legal and medical decisions if they are no longer capable of handling their affairs. It may be that care in the home is the preferred option, and this is where you need to spend time making sure that all available help from your local council is fully explored, and a correct assessment of necessary care is arrived at. Check out the Care Quality Commission. This is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It registers care services that meet standards and make constant inspections to check that these standards are kept and take action if standards fall. Direct Payments are a Government initiative designed to give people the freedom to purchase their own care and support, so since 2002 all Social Services departments offer the option of a Direct Payment to people who receive a social care and support service. Following an assessment by their local Social Services the person receiving the direct payments can use the money for different types of services.

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Direct Payments can also be used for employing a ‘personal assistant’ or arranging care from a private agency. Your local Social Services team will be able to advise you further. There are many benefits to Direct Payments – they allow a greater level of flexibility and freedom for the person who needs the care and support. By employing a care and support worker directly, there is greater choice as to whom the person has looking after them; what times they come and what tasks they perform. People who are eligible to receive a Direct Payment, instead of their ‘usual’ support include: • Older People who need social care services • People with physical disability who are over 16 • People with a learning disability who are over 16 • Carers over 16 • Disabled Parents would receive payments for the needs of their children (non educational)

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