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OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2017

WIGAN, WARINGTON & ST HELENS EDITION 49

John Bishop THE CHEERY SCOUSER GOES ON TOUR

Indian Cooking

Simple Ways TO UPDATE YOUR HOME

ANJUM ANAND'S DELICIOUS RECIPES

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Each energy efficient spacious apartment features: • Full gas central heating and double glazing throughout. • Monitored secure entry system with 24/7 Emergency Care line. • Fully fitted eye catching kitchens with a range of integrated Hoover appliances that include fridge/freezer, induction hob, grill and oven. Washer/dryer Dishwasher, Combination microwave.

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At Melrose Living, we understand the need to find the perfect property is never easy, especially in later life. That is why, at Park Lodge, we have redefined retirement living. The need to retain independence is crucial, whilst also offering additional assistance if required. It truly is the epitome of the independence you desire for today but opening the door to a lifestyle that you never thought was possible.


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A separate twin-bedded Guest Suite can be found on the 2nd floor of the development. It features a luxury en-suite bathroom, built-in wardrobe, sitting area, TV and coffee/tea making facility. A solution (subject to availability and a small charge) for an overnight guest or visiting member of the family who may want to stay for a few days. Our landscaped gardens and sitting out area add the finishing touch to this remarkable development.

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Twittering on With Angela Kelly The battle of the sexes 2017 I THOUGHT we’d moved on in the battle of the sexes into an uneasy peace but these days it doesn’t feel like it.

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It only seems like a short time ago that the whole issue was so debated that we never thought we would have to go to war again to get female equality. Yet, here we are, in 2017, and still some men are paid more than women in broadly similar jobs and there are still skirmishes around everything from shoes to toilets relating to gender equality. Tesco is the latest organisation to be accused of sexism for selling girls’ school shoes with “sensitive soles” while boasting about its boys’ shoes being tough enough to last in the playground. We do seem to have become sensitive souls ourselves over this, though. All right – it isn’t in the spirit of equality to create different types of shoes. What about boisterous girls and shy, retiring boys? But is it really worth a fuss? Tesco have taken the diplomatic route and promised to update the wording on their website about the properties of the school shoes. No word yet from the children. Probably more sensible is Marks & Spencer being forced to change its toilet signs because the pink female signs show a woman with a baby (denoting baby changing facilities) while the men’s toilets’ signs just show a man with a tie. The great thing is that they do have baby changing facilities in some men’s toilets. Now, the giant store has bowed to social media pressure over the subject

when it was criticised for implying that women are the only parents looking after children. The signs on both toilets will now also show a child. Interestingly, before the turnaround, M & S said that some people “walk around wondering what to get offended at”, and you do wonder sometimes if they don’t have a point with this. These days, we are much more open to the equal nature of boys and girls in particular and try to treat them flexibly. Girls don’t have to play with dolls and boys don’t have to play with fire engines. Fortunately, children have a way of finding the middle ground themselves and don’t need to rely on over-sensitive parents.

Buckingham Palace – a saga of royal folk Soaps may come and go but there is one enduring “soap” saga that keeps on giving: the Royal Family. The 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana this year has prompted plenty of articles and photos across the media, especially information culled from her diaries. This shows the depth of her despair over Prince Charles’ continuing relationship with the then Camilla Parker Bowles and the rest of the family’s response, or otherwise, to it. It comes as the Queen, now 91, appears to be making plans for Charles to succeed her with Camilla, now his wife, by his side. It can’t be an easy time all round, especially for Prince William and Prince Harry. Over the years, there have been plenty of widely-publicised scandals concerning the Royal Family and, whatever your individual views on the

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monarchy, it’s hard not to be fascinated. The huge leaps in communication technology now mean that little stays secret for long and that photos of any indiscretion of any kind are swiftly passed around the world. This is the key, of course. The scandal with American socialite Wallis Simpson and King Edward VII led to his abdication in 1936 but, if we’d had the internet then, we’d have known about her rather eventful life in full detail. As it is, we can now watch footage of the royals in action and scrutinise it carefully and hear about every dalliance or utterance more or less just after it’s happened. Fortunately, the Royal Family is full of interesting characters who continue to provide us with total fascination. In fact, we can’t wait for the next episode!

Living beyond my mildest expectations Have you got a bucket list? You know, things you plan to do before you die? Increasingly these days, people have a bucket list like visiting all seven continents, sky-diving from 12,000 feet up, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef or going to all the Harry Potter locations. Me? No chance. Why on earth would I want to do terrifying things like running with bulls or swimming with sharks? I get vertigo on a high pavement and at times of stress I yearn for the quiet solace of the frozen vegs section at Asda.My idea of a heart-pounding experience is when Pinot Grigio is on BOGOF. But I am completely in awe of those who take trapeze classes or enjoy bungee jumping in New Zealand. Just the idea of flinging myself from a high platform secured by nothing more confidence-boosting than a large rubber band and a pair of incontinence knickers makes me want to leap onto the sofa with a mug of tea and a large bar of Cadbury’s Wholenut and hide from the world. There are a few things I’d vaguely like to do before I shuffle off into the after-life. I’d quite like to make a successful meringue or go for a tour around a film studio. I might enjoy being in the audience for The Jeremy Kyle Show although I wouldn’t want to be too close to anyone who’d failed their lie detector test unexpectedly in case they turned a bit nasty. My husband once described me as “timid” to which I took some exception. Not great exception, of course, because that would be a bit extreme. I’m not an extreme person. I don’t hanker after mad rushes of adrenalin from life or want to suddenly jet off abroad on an adventure.

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As for ultimately “kicking the bucket”. Well, that sounds a bit violent to me, too. I suspect that when the final call comes, I’ll just push over that particular bucket until the life runs out of it. Then on my gravestone they might inscribe the words “Born To Be Mild”. That seems about right.

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2017 Day Excursions 11 Nov

Leeds Early Christmas Shopper Leeds rated as one of the best shopping cities in the North, we travel direct to our set down point in the city and our return starts at 1630

Departing 9.00am - £17.00

15 Nov

The HOUGHTON WEAVERS In Concert Christmas Special The Weavers return to Rivington Barn for their afternoon concert, we include a Three course Christmas lunch and local pick ups.

Departing 9.30am - £30.00

18 Nov

Llandudno for shopping & Christmas Fayre Llandudno the ever popular excursion and today with the Fayre in full swing it’s a great visit, we travel direct to the town via the pretty coastal route and depart for home at 4.30

Departing 8.30am - £17.90

19 Nov

Harrogate for its Christmas Market We head to North Yorkshire and Harrogate for its Christmas Market. Located in the town centre, there will be over 20 chalets, marquees, traditional market stalls, regional and local food and drink, all selling merchandise with a Christmas theme we leave for home at 5.00

Departing 8.30am - £17.90

21 Nov

Knutsford & Bridgemere Garden Centre Our day starts with a stop in Knutsford for its array shops and small market hall, departing here at 1200, we travel on to the famous Bridgemere Garden Centre arriving in time for you to find some lunch and then in the afternoon time browse and find the bargains we leave for home at 4.00pm.

Departing 8.30am - £17.00

23 Nov

Ryecroft Hall Party afternoon, Christmas Party Time This super party afternoon is always popular with all our passengers, we have a pleasant drive through the countryside to arrive at Hambleton around 1130/45 time to settle in and maybe get a drink from the bar before an excellent 3 course lunch is served, After lunch there is dancing music and bingo , all finish around 4.45 when we journey home.

Departing 9.30am - £33.75

25 Nov

Bakewells Quintessential English Christmas Market Departing 9.00am - £17.90 80 plus stalls of seasonal food wine gifts crafts etc. many of which are from our beautiful Peak District will see the start of this popular weekend on the Market Place and around town, We have family entertainment during the weekend, at dusk our Saturday Christmas Tree Light Switch on in Bath Gardens and a wonderful selection of independent shops, cafes, delis, pubs etc. So come along and join in the festivities of the Bakewell Christmas Weekend and see what other surprises Santa has in store! We depart 1715

26 Nov

Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival This is the seventeenth year for our Dickensian Christmas Festival, one of the most popular Dickensian Festival events in the country. It attracts thousands of people but it’s not too packed for visitors and local people to wander around and have a fabulous time and savour the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional market town in the Dickensian era, we depart for home at 4,45pm

Departing 8.30am - £19.75

30 Nov

York for St Nicholas Fayre York is beautiful at any time of year but is only enhanced by the St Nicholas Fayre. This traditional Fayre and Market is held in the cobbled streets as a Christmas celebration and should include Morris dancers, street theatre, carols, music, buskers and craft fairs

Departing 8.30am - £17.95

02 Dec

Grassington’s Dickensian Festival and Skipton We travel to Grassington for its Dickensian Festival. Listen to the hand-bell ringers and bands, watch the jugglers and stilt-walkers go by, follow Father Christmas to his grotto. Enjoy a cup of hot toddy as the children play on the old fashioned fairground and enjoy the festive, yuletide atmosphere before we continue to Skipton for a visit to this quaint and interesting town return starts 4,30

Departing 8.30am - £17.50

03 Dec

Skipton for Christmas shopping and entertainment Skipton is our destination today. The Christmas Market runs the full length of the High Street and includes entertainment, charity and gift stalls. There is quite simply an array of festive attractions so don’t miss this great day out!

Departing 8.30am - £17.50

08 Dec

Bury Market or East Lancs Steam Railway (your choice) This award winning market is always favourite of our clients, don’t forget your shopping trolley, if markets are not thing then you can spend time at the East Lancs Steam Railway no fare is included return at 3.45

Departing 9.00am - £10.00

09 Dec Nantwich & Bridgemere Garden centre Today we start with a visit to the famous market town of Nantwich for shopping & Sightseeing, we depart at 12 noon and head to Bridgemere garden centre to see everything to do with Christmas we leave for Home at 4.30

Departing 8.30am - £16.00

10 Dec Beverley Festival of Christmas This attractive town holds its annual festival of Christmas today, with everywhere will have the festive flavour, so join us today for a great day out, return start 4pm

Departing 8.00am - £18.20

17 Dec

Departing 9.00am - £12.50

Macclesfield for Treacle Market A bustling monthly market in Macclesfields cobbled market place streets around 100 stalls of unique crafts exceptional Food and Drink and vintage finds, if it’s the unusual or different you may find it here we depart for home at 3.30

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Preview of our early 2018 tours We are a fully bonded coach operator operating modern low emission executive coaches with full facilities. All holidays are door to door (if you are outside our free pick up area there will be a small Extra charge) All day excursions are included All hotels are named (except on any Mystery Tours) SPECIAL OFFER • FOR ALL 2018 HOLIDAYS BOOKED WITH DEPOSITS PAID BY 31st December 2017 we will include free TRAVEL INSURANCE • FOR ALL 2018 HOLIDAYS BOOKED WITH DEPOSITS PAID between 1st January and 30th April we will provide TRAVEL INSURANCE AT HALF THE NORMAL PREMIUM Both offers are subject to you meeting our insurers terms and conditions

HEREFORD WARNERS HOLME LACY HOTEL MONDAY 8th January 2018 5 days 4 nights dinner Bed and Breakfast This beautiful 4 star property set in the Herefordshire Countryside offers us a super early package and includes two day excursion and a day at leisure to enjoy the hotels facilities, price £219, no single supplements on our allocation LLANDUDNO QUEENS HOTEL FRIDAY 12th January 2018 4 days 3 nights 12th January 2018, Hotels theme is SUNSHINE BY THE SEA The Queens has a prime position on the sea front and is popular with all Memory Lane clients, on our outward journey we call at The Tweed Mill at St Asaph, and include excursions on Saturday and Sunday, on Monday we have the morning free before departing for home at 1.30.. Great value at just £219 TORQUAY BELGRAVE SANDS HOTEL MONDAY 22nd January 2018 5 days 4 nights dinner Bed & Breakfast This family managed hotel has recently finished a total renovation costing millions including a new swimming pool, and has a great location at the bottom of Belgrave Road opposite Torre Abby Gardens and just 150 yards from the Sea front, also offers us nightly entertainment, We include two day excursion to local beauty spots and a free day in the town. Super Value at £279

BURNS SUPPER with all inclusive drinks package THE WINNOCK HOTEL near Loch Lomond MONDAY 22nd January 2018 5 days 4 nights dinner Bed and Breakfast with all inclusive bar. This old coaching inn overlooks the village green in Drymen and our stay here includes the actual BURNS NIGHT (Thursday) with all the traditional entertainment, other nights there is a full package of entertainment, (Local law limits the free bar to £15 per person per night) we also include three day excursions to complete this excellent package at £289 NORTH WALES WARNERS BODELWYDDAN CASTLE MONDAY 29th January 2018 5 days 4 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast A real castle with excellent rooms set in modern buildings within its walls, the hotel has all the modern facilities you would wish for, and entertainment program each evening. Our tour includes visits on the outward and return days and two local excursions and a day to enjoy the hotels grounds and facilities £275 BLACKPOOL WEEKEND & SUNDAY LUNCH PARK HOUSE HOTEL FRIDAY 2nd February 2018 3 days 2 Nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast Morning departure on Friday calling at Cleveleys for shopping and with time to find a little lunch, Saturday a day at leisure in Blackpool, as is Sunday morning, We then have Sunday lunch before departing for home. Nightly entertainment great deal at £129 GLASGOW INDOOR TATTOO at the HYDRO and Two nights All INCLUSIVE BAR WINNOCK HOTEL DRYMEN FRIDAY 9th February 2018 4 days 3 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast (dinner on Tattoo day will be served as a Late Lunch And two nights all inclusive at the hotel local excursions complete this excellent break price £274 including tattoo ticket LINE DANCE WEEKEND GILSLAND SPA HOTEL Cumbria FRIDAY 9th February 2018 3 days 2 nights Full board with lots of instruction and dancing every day in the morning then a tea dance before dinner and afterwards, with a great cabaret on Saturday night Sunday morning more instruction and dancing and Sunday lunch before we return home all this for just £219 PARIS MONDAY 12th March 2018, 6 days 3 full board £499 Our floating hotel Seine Princess part of the Croisi Europe fleet, and P & O North Sea ferries 2 nights dinner B & B.in low berth cabins This fabulous tour includes visits to York & Beverley in UK plus Bruges in Belgium & Arras in France and 3 nights Full board in the Centre of Paris just 10 minutes walk from the Effiel Tower during our stay in Paris there are 2 half day excursions with a local guide and two afternoons with free time. Subject the tides in Paris there will be and evening cruise under the bridges of Paris a super excursion while dinner is served. This is a super package at very reasonable prices .

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Christmas. Music oozes from every street and over the centuries the city has become the most important music capital in the world. Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Haydn and Schubert all called Vienna home.  Bohemian Rhapsody. If you are hungry then head for Hungary. Not that we were, but the food is superb. Budapest has the best ice cream this side of Italy. The capital and the powerhouse that drives this great country. And if the daily papers are to be believed the dental capital of Europe too!

Prague, Vienna and Budapest with Trafalgar By Dave Harcombe from Silver Travel Advisor A delighted throng below. The skeleton rings a bell and inverts an hour glass. Life is short, life is finite. Be happy and sprinkle your life with humour. On the Vltava river swans glide by with panache. The famous skyline reflects in the still waters stunningly beautiful and magical.

A five star road trip right in the heart of Europe. With a cast of forty eight, a pot pourri of nationalities and the best driver and tour director in the world. Ten days. Three perfectly preserved cities of romance, rich in history and diverse in culture. Five star hotels in perfect locations - three nights in each. Prague never fails to impress. An attractive city with picture book moments. Brimming with charm. Turrets and spires reach high into the sky. Closer to God, almost touching heaven. Crowds gather at the famous 600 year old astronomical clock. On the hour robotic figures traipse out, do their business and traipse back in. Job done.

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Vienna is much bigger than Prague. 27 palaces, 20 markets and 850 parks. Streets so clean and litter free. Does a powerful Dyson emerge at night to remove the daily detritus? Presumably the sewers are immaculate too with rats wearing bow ties and expensive leather shoes. Vienna has 160 plus museums too. Cherry pick the best and you will not be disappointed. The Uhrenmuseum - the clock museum - is tick tock perfect. A timeless delight. The Snow Globe museum is wacky and offbeat and not just for

The old cobbled streets are a delight beckoning to be discovered. Once again there are museums aplenty including “ The House of Terror”, “The Hospital in the Rock” and “The House of Houdini “- we had difficulty founding our way out! There are 120 geothermal baths to choose from. Arrive jaded, depart refreshed. And the most exquisite building in the world is here too- The Hungarian Parliament is jaw-dropping perfect. Extraordinary castles, wonderful palaces, amazing cathedrals. The crown jewels. A madcap restaurant. Gorgeous cakes. A dancing house. Gothic Charles bridge. Bratislava was a revelation, Gyor even more so. A sensational Strauss concert in Vienna. An almost private classical recital in a candlelit monastery too. The Blue Room. Esztergom Basilica. The Fisherman’s Bastion. The Spanish Riding School. Heroes Square. The Millennium underground- the first European metro line.

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TRAVEL Street theatre. Tram rides, boat trips, river cruises, walks with witty and knowledgeable guides. Stunning gardens. Wine tasting, a brewery visit. Fabulous art. Steamy hot coffee. Big skies and an ever-present sun. Oh did I mention the cakes? Tour director Paul Wormsbacher and driver Gabor Imre worked incredibly hard to ensure a superb holiday experience for all. Gabor is Hungary’s answer to George Clooney or maybe George Clooney is America’s answer to Gabor. Both Paul and Gabor have big hearts, big personalities, incredible local knowledge and always big smiles. Everything planned to perfection. Gabor’s driving was excellent and from the start we knew we in safe hands. If all travel companies had reps as good as Paul then the world of travel would be more enjoyable and the world so much smaller and friendlier. No wonder Trafalgar have been awarded more accolades than any other company globally. Trafalgar are consistently setting new standards in world travel. Simply the best. Just turn up sit back and they do the rest.

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Robinsons Own Hotels Festive Breaks Ocean View, Isle of Wight The management and staff welcome you to our ‘pre-Christmas’ festivities at our own hotels. Your break will include both ‘Christmas Day’ and ‘New Year’s Eve’ style celebrations.

Tour 08M - 4 Nights DBB

Tour 08C - 6 Nights DBB

1st November

£189

5th November

£259

5th November

£189

19th November

£259

11th November

£185

Enjoy our themed nightly entertainment from our resident entertainers after dinner; be sure to bring your dancing shoes, as there will be plenty of music to get you in the festive spirit.

15th November

£185

19th November

£179

25th November

£179

4th December

£169*

Supplements:

Each hotel puts on multiple games and competitions, such as:

11th December

£165*

(08M) Premier Room £30 Sea View Room £10

23rd December

£399

(18D) Premier Room £50 Sea View Room £17

29th December

£349

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Guess the weight of the Christmas cake, with the chance to win a prize and all proceeds going to charity Big prize word search - all correctly completed entry forms will be entered into our draw on 12 January 2018, for a chance to win a Robinsons Holidays 8 day holiday or a Holdsworth Hotels 8 day self-drive holiday (terms and conditions apply) Movie matinee with tea, coffee and biscuits General knowledge quiz with a prize to be won

Other activities available throughout your stay: • • •

Photo with Santa Best Christmas Jumper Competition - prize to be won Games and fun to be enjoyed

‘Christmas Day’ celebrations • • •

Sherry and Canapé reception, served 15 minutes prior to your dinner sitting Traditional table d’hote dinner Bingo and hot mince pies during the evening

‘New Year’s Eve’ celebrations • • • •

Bucks Fizz reception, served 15 minutes prior to your dinner sitting New Year’s Eve dinner Party games with spot prizes to be won in the evening’s entertainment Bingo and hot sausage rolls in the evening

Tour 18D - 8 Nights DBB 11th November

£309

25th November

-

(08C) Premier Room £45 Sea View Room £13

Imperial, Eastbourne Tour 05M - 4 Nights DBB

Tour 05C - 6 Nights DBB

1st November

£189

5th November

£259

5th November

-

19th November

£259

11th November

£185

15th November

£185

19th November

£179

25th November

£179

4th December

£169*

Supplements:

11th December

£165*

(05M) Premier Room £20

23rd December

£399

(15D) Premier Room £35

29th December

-

Tour 15D - 8 Nights DBB 11th November

£309

25th November

£309

(05C) Premier Room £30

Abbey Lawn, Torquay Tour 01M - 4 Nights DBB

Tour 01C - 6 Nights DBB

1st November

£189

5th November

-

5th November

-

19th November

£259

11th November

£185

15th November

£185

19th November

-

25th November

£179

4th December

£169*

11th December

£165*

23rd December

£399

29th December

£349

Supplements: (01M) Premier Room £30 Front Facing Room £10 (01C) Premier Room £45 Front Facing Room £13 (11A/11B) Premier Room £50 Front Facing Room £15

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UK Festive Breaks Babbacombe Seabury Hotel

Bournemouth Mayfair Hotel

North Yorkshire Warners Nidd Hall

The Seabury Hotel welcomes you with festive cheer. Tea and coffee will be served daily throughout the whole stay. There will be mince pies/ sausage rolls on return from excursions. Christmas Day breakfast, lunch and dinner will be buffet style. Entertainment will be offered each night. Guests will be greeted on arrival by a snow machine, stockings on door handles on Christmas Eve, and Santa will be handing out presents on Christmas Day. A real festive treat!

The Turkey and Tinsel tour on 27th November features nightly entertainment including bingo and a live entertainer, as well as a ‘Christmas Day’ style celebration featuring a festive dinner complete with crackers. Santa will also be handing out presents. The Christmas tour on 23rd December 2017 at the charming Mayfair includes daily lunch, competitions and quizzes, with entertainment each night. On Christmas Day Santa will be round to hand out gifts to the guests. There will also be carol singing.

Sit back, relax and enjoy Christmas and New Year rolled into one on a Festive break at Warners Nidd Hall hotel in North Yorkshire. Set within an imposing building with its ivy clad façade, stained glass

Tour BABB 4 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast + 1 Excursion Christmas Tour

23 December

Single Supplement

£549 £NIL

Tour BOUR 4 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast + 2 Excursions Festive Break

27 November

Single Supplement

Llandudno Kensington Hotel

Tour LLAN 4 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast + 2 Excursions 4 December

Single Supplement

£309 £NIL

Tour BOUR 4 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast + 1 Excursion Christmas Tour

23 December

Single Supplement

£NIL

Tour WNID 4 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast + 2 Excursions

Tour BOUR 4 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast + 1 Excursion

This fantastic festive break includes daily afternoon tea and coffee with biscuits and cake. On the third night there will be a ‘Christmas’ dinner, complete with a visit from Santa. There will also be nightly entertainment, with a festive theme. Enjoy the festive cheer whilst taking in the spectacular views of the Great Orme and Llandudno Bay.

Festive Break

£269

£499 £NIL

Cheshire Shrigley Hall Enjoy a festive package at this elegant Victorian country house, complete with nightly entertainment with a Christmas theme, daily tea and coffee and traditional Christmas dinner. The hotel will be decked with holly and festive tunes will help get you in the seasonal spirit. Why not pull a cracker or two while partaking in one of the many activities and entertainment on offer?

Christmas Tour

23 December

Single Supplement

Nidd Hall is the ideal place to re-charge your batteries before the real Christmas onslaught. Enjoy a Christmas Day themed meal with all the trimmings, including a visit from Santa; follow this with a Boxing Day and New Year themed celebration. Entertainment includes a festive show, traditional panto and fun and games. From Nidd Hall’s terrace, the view is as dramatic as any in the Dales. Built for a wool merchant, the hall was renowned for its fun parties; something we maintain with our nightly entertainment.

£538 £NIL

Festive Break Single Supplement Signature Room

27 November

£393 £NIL £25

Thursford Christmas Spectacular Links Park Country Hotel The Links Park Country Hotel invites you with a warm welcome to enjoy a pre-Christmas package, complete with a ticket to the fantastic Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Set in the magical surrounds of mechanical organs, fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians - many of whom are West End performers! After the show enjoy mulled wine and mince pies, before settling down to the night’s entertainment.

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SARDINIA : an Island to Discover Silver Travel Advisor writer, Andrew Morris, takes a trip to Sardinia to find out more. Felice Soru, founder of Sardatur Holidays, told me before I went that a trip to Sardinia is a discovery. The island is like a separate continent, with different landscapes and cultures - even languages - and with a wild, ungovernable centre. I went to the central west coast, to the province of Oristano, an area of Sardinia that is relatively unspoiled, rich in history, with nature, activities, food and wine to enjoy, whilst remaining accessible.

History Go to the Sinis peninsula, a marine protected area, to see the remains of the ancient settlement of Tharros founded by the Phoenicians in the late 8th century BC. But there is evidence suggesting that Tharros was occupied even earlier, by the Nuraghic civilisation. There are an estimated 7,000 examples of nuraghe, stonebuilt tower-fortresses from this ancient civilisation, dotted around Sardinia. And one of the most important historic finds recently are the Giants of Mont’e Prama. Farmers working near Cabras in the 1970s uncovered remains from the late Nuraghic period. Painstaking work has since pieced together Sardinia’s version of China’s terracotta warriors. As of today, 25

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statues of large stone men – including warriors, archers and boxers – have been reconstructed, some of which are exhibited in Cabras Museum. Visit San Giovanni di Sinis, one of Sardinia’s oldest and most important churches. Built with blocks of sandstone, probably brought from nearby Tharros, it is Byzantine, with distinctly Arabesque features.

Nature Wildlife abounds around Oristano. Flamingos inhabit the marshy lagoons, as do several rare aquatic bird species.


TRAVEL For breathtaking beaches, head to Putzu Idu or the quartz-laden “rice sand” of Is Arutas and Maria Erma. But my favourite was probably S’Archittu, taking its name from the photogenic rock arch, one of Sardinia’s largest natural bridges, and through which you can swim or kayak. If you’re adventurous, drive further south to explore the largest sand dunes in Europe, at Piscinas on the remote Costa Verde, and formed by the natural forces of the Mistral. Go inland to discover the special environment of the Giara di Gesturi, a high volcanic plateau now rich in flora and fauna, and inhabited by the island’s cherished wild horses.

Activities Swim from the many beaches. Play golf at Is Arenas. Hike, cycle or twitch in the nature reserves. Take a boat out to the tiny island of Mal di Ventre (Italian for tummy ache!) for a snorkelling or diving expedition. It was near here that a shipwreck was discovered as recently as 1989, uncovering a scarcely believable cargo of almost 1,000 trapezoidal lead ingots, each weighing 33 kg and inscribed by their Roman owners from the 1st century BC.

Towns Oristano is the provincial capital but take the coast road north to enchanting Bosa. Explore the narrow, cobbled streets of the centro storico, head upwards amongst the crumbling pastelcoloured houses towards Malaspina Castle, for a dazzling view over the red-roofed town, down towards the river Temo, snaking back towards Bosa beach and marina. And enjoy the even more scintillating drive north along the coast – just into

Sassari province - to Alghero, a vibrant Catalan fortified town, with towers, trebuchets and cannons a reminder of its more violent past.

a gnocchi style pasta cooked with saffron and a tomato sauce. Porcheddu – roast suckling pig – is a prized dish but not one for vegetarians.

Food and wine

But even in a trattoria in a small village, you’ll enjoy simple food, from wellprepared local ingredients and served with a Sardo smile. Try the local dry white Vernaccia di Oristano, or the red Cannonau, little known outside the island, both excellent.

Spaghetti con bottarga is a local food speciality, a simple but exceptional dish of pasta and mullet roe. Do NOT add cheese! Fregula is the Sardinian equivalent of couscous, typically toasted semolina dough balls and often served with clams. Or try Malloreddus,

Silver Facts: Silver Travel Advisor recommends Sardatur Holidays for holidays to Sardinia and Italy. For more details, www.sardatur-holidays.co.uk or call 020 8973 2293.

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Llandudno Value Weekend The Marlborough Hotel In 2017, we introduced our Value Weekends staying at The Marlborough Hotel in Llandudno. . These included half-board accommodation, one night of entertainment, a visit to a town/area by coach & a three course Sunday lunch which proved very popular with our clients.

10th Nov - 3 Days - £179

Newquay ‘Turkey & Tinsel’ The Esplanade Hotel

Blackpool - The Doric Hotel A holiday in Blackpool will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and recharged - even if you’re on the go 25 hours a day! Perhaps it’s the resort’s infectious zest for life. Or maybe it’s just that, uniquely, whatever your routine Blackpool can offer a perfect break from it.

13th Nov - 5 Days - £239

Babbacombe - De La Mer Hotel

This Turkey & Tinsel tour which includes halfboard accommodation, a Sherry Reception with Mince Pies, Live Entertainment, a Traditional Christmas Dinner on one evening, a visit from Santa with treats for everyone, Bingo, Quiz and a New Year’s Eve party.

20th Nov - 5 Days - £275

26th Nov - 5 Days - £279

Christmas In & Around Colchester - Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

Mature Singles, Christmas in the West Country - Holiday Inn Hotel Plymouth

Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, is where the Romans set up their base in England. The town boasts a wide ‘boulevard’ as a main street. At one end of the street is Castle Park, complete with the largest Norman keep ever constructed and riverside walks.

The City of Plymouth has a great naval history, stretching back to the time of Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada to today’s ultra modern navy dockyards. We feature two half day excursions, one taking us into Cornwall and the other to rugged Dartmoor.

23rd Dec - 5 Days - £479

23rd Dec - 5 Days - £489

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This pretty resort once played host to Royalty and visitors when Torquay was only a small fishing village. With a superb view over Torbay from the Downs, Babbacombe boasts the highest promenade in England. Here you will find probably the best model village there is, and the Bygones Museum is also worth a visit.

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Bournemouth - The Mayfair Hotel With seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all - a vast variety of shops and restaurants, buzzing nightlife, endless countryside offering peace and relaxation and beautiful award winning gardens.

20th Nov - 5 Days - £259

Wiltshire & Bath Christmas Market - Wessex Hotel, Street We enjoy an out of season break to the county of Wiltshire where we take time to visit the beautiful city of Salisbury as it is surrounded by a landscape that is so quintessentially English. We also enjoy a full day visit to Bath where we have free time to enjoy the Christmas Market.

3rd Dec - 5 Days - £199

New Year in St Agnes Rosemundy House Hotel Join us at The Rosemundy House Hotel, St. Agnes for New Year. The Rosemundy House is a popular hotel with our clients who always receive a very warm welcome. An elegant 3 star hotel set in over 4 acres of secluded gardens and woodlands.

29th Dec - 5 Days - £399

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John Bishop The Cheery Scouser IF you ever needed an example of a cheery Scouser it’s a pretty safe bet that comedian John Bishop would come to mind. He is 50 now but with the boyish looks and toothy grin that he’s probably always had and, judging by his three sons, has passed this particular gene pool on to the next generation.

He still enjoys playing when he can and is an avid fan of Liverpool FC.

Analysing what makes so many people from Liverpool good comedians, it’s been said that it’s a defence against the wind whistling through the Mersey Tunnel or off the Irish Sea. Whatever the reason, it’s certainly all around this bustling city – in the pubs and clubs, the streets and football grounds.

He didn’t start performing stand-up comedy in clubs around the North-west, though, until he was 34. In front of the tough club audiences, he honed his act and people began to enjoy colourful tales about his life and family told in his engaging conversational way.

And the latter could well be where John Bishop’s humour was honed. He was always a keen footballer and played for non-league teams Hyde and Southport.

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Brought up in Huyton on Merseyside and in Winsford and Runcorn in Cheshire, John worked as a pharmaceutical rep. Plainly, however, he always had that dry Scouse humour.

His first appearance was in Manchester and the following year he made it to the final of major new act competitions including So You Think You’re Funny, the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards,

the BBC New Comedy Awards and the City Life North West Comedian of the Year Award – which he won. His first TV appearance was on RTE topical comedy show The Panel and he went on to the popular Channel 4 show 8 Out of 10 Cats. What really elevated him in the public consciousness and boosted his career, though, was an appearance on BBC’s Live at the Apollo comedy series when national audiences really began to warm to the likely lad from Liverpool. Unlike many comedians, John Bishop is also a talented writer, presenter and actor. In 2009, he started his own TV show on LFC TV called John Bishop Meets …. where he interviewed former Liverpool footballers.


CELEBRITY INTERVIEW In 2010, he was a celebrity team captain on What Do Kids Know? on Watch TV and also appeared on BBC’s Mock the Week and Radio 4’s Act Your Age. Revealing his acting talents for the first time, he appeared in two series of Skins and in 2010 was in Ken Loach’s film Route Irish, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Quick-witted John has appeared as a regular panellist on Sky 1’s A League of Their Own and been a panellist on BBC’s Have I Got News For You. He also wrote and presented the BBC One series John Bishop’s Britain. Since he first broke through into the professional comedy field, John has seldom been off TV screens or radio prorammes. He’s been on Desert Island Discs, appeared in genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? and has been the presenter of choice for various one-off programmes.

Although he has notched up plenty of major successes and showcased his talents in a variety of ways, John Bishop remains grounded. And he is keen to keep his family grounded, too. He recently revealed to The Mirror his advice to his sons: “When you grow up, try to be a good man. “I don’t want them thinking money is more important than people. I hate the idea that ambition needs to be more important than reality. You can end up at the top of the tree and be on your own. I don’t think that’s worth it.” And with that philosophy, it’s clear that John Bishop, his warm personality and his pleasantly cheesy grin, will be around for a very long time.

His easily identifiable thick Scouse accent lends itself to voiceovers but he is actually a multi-talented man with a modest streak and had his own autobiography How Did All This Happen? published in 2013. He hosted the Royal Variety Performance that same year and in 2014 appeared in A Night In with Olly Murs. In 2015, he presented his own variety show on BBC One called The John Bishop Show. Early last year, he took part in the BBC series Stargazing Live, from the European Astronaut Centre, following Tim Peake’s astronaut training programme – right down to a simulated spacewalk underwater. Last year, he also started the notoriously difficult task of presenting his own chat show on W, formerly Watch TV, John Bishop: In Conversation With …. Here, he showed his likeability and easygoing chatty style with James Corden, Charlotte Church and Lenny Henry. The second series, which started in March this year, featured Lindsay Lohan, Russell Brand, Louise Redknapp and Jason Manford among the guests. This year, he also surprised TV viewers by appearing in the suspense drama Fearless where he offered an absorbing professional acting performance. He is currently on a warm-up tour for his Winging It tour which takes place later in the year and which has shows from Brighton to Belfast and many places in between - no doubt pleasing his many fans around the country.

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Simple Ways To Update Your Home WHEN it comes to updating your home and changing the décor and furnishings we tend to view it as stepping into a major minefield. How can we alter our rooms without spending a fortune? What are the latest design trends and will they be suitable for our house or apartment? How can I really bring a fresh look to rooms easily and without major disruption? At this point, it’s worth taking a deep breath and doing some research. It’s also important to ensure that any new look to your home is something that you’re going to be happy with every single day. “Don’t panic!” is the advice from interior design consultant Vicky Callan. She regularly deals with people revamping rooms – and sometimes fixing mistakes they have made – and suggests a cool head when it comes to making changes at home. First of all, Vicky points to mistakes that people often make when they upgrade rooms and change furniture, furnishings and décor. “One of the most common is not measuring items of furniture, TVs, beds and especially sofas,” she states. “People also buy for how these items

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look and if they’re on trend and don’t think about whether they will suit their purpose and fit in with their lifestyle." “You wouldn’t buy a cream carpet if you had four children, two dogs and lived on a farm, or a large corner sofa and lived in a tiny high-rise apartment, would you?” Another mistake is painting a wall in a colour you have seen in a magazine or on TV “and realising it looks totally different in your own home and doesn’t work with the lighting or wall texture.” Vicky also warns against taking on complex DIY projects, thinking that you’re an expert. “If you see something like creating shelves on TV, Facebook or Pinterest and then just go ahead and try it, it may well not work out,” she states. “Leave it to the professionals.” However, there are many areas in the home you can tackle for yourself that will transform your rooms and enhance daily living. A new FRONT DOOR can make a major difference to your home. It’s not only an important part of the outside look of your property but is also the welcoming gateway to your home. A fresh coat of

paint might suffice to fresh up your door but it may be worth investing in a new one, especially one with glass to allow in more light. Consult a local supplier with a good reputation and get advice on what will work in your home. HALLWAYS can soon become dark places unless you work to maximise every bit of light. So, opt for very light wallpaper or paint and use mirrors to open up even the most cramped hall. In a small hall, try to avoid cluttering it up with too much furniture. Go for wall hooks rather than a hallstand and a built-in cupboard for shoes and wellies rather than a freestanding one. Ditch old carpets and choose something fresh and practical like a wood or smart vinyl flooring. You’ll be surprised at the designs and colours available in the latest floor coverings so it’s worth consulting a local flooring expert. Be objective about your LOUNGE or living-room. This is somewhere you will probably use a large part of the time so you want it to look and be comfortable and inviting.You may want to upgrade furniture or invest in a new suite. Vicky suggests keeping colours light and airy “but add a contrast colour to occasional furniture with pictures and cushions.”


HOME Texture is important in fabrics for sofas and also textured rugs. Made-to-order furniture and lighting are also now much more accessible through independent businesses for homeowners to find and commission. KITCHENS can gain a brighter look with painted walls or by investing in new items like a kettle or storage jars. Continue a new colour scheme with a piece of suitable artwork on the wall and new floor covering in something durable but attractive. If you can’t afford a new kitchen currently, why not change doors on your units or opt for new work surfaces? It’s surprising what a big difference that can make to a kitchen. Treat yourself to professionally measured and made curtains or blinds here, and make the window into a real feature.

Use the room’s features to their best advantage. “If you have a bay window, for example, make the most of it and use it as a feature, moving curtains back into the wall, letting more light in. Floor to ceiling curtains will give the room height,” adds Vicky. Cushions and throws in different textures “keep things interesting,” she says, “and mirrors will reflect light into the room and give the illusion of space.” If you want to be bang up-to-date with your décor, Vicky states that a bright, refreshing green called Greenery is the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year. The industrial look is also still on trend.

The current trend for BATHROOMS is still to go for pristine white suites. But you can add your signature touches through tiles or painting doors or walls in a clean, sharp shade. Take this new colour through into towels and even clever ornaments, strategically placed. Investing in a new mirror will also give your bathroom a fresh and appealing look. We spend a large part of our lives in our BEDROOMS so it’s definitely worth getting everything just right here. Vicky advises buying new sheets as “what you use to cover your bed will set the room. Keep it simple – go for fresh white or cream sheets and up-to-date cushions or even change your headboard. “One of my favourite modern additions to any bedroom is an upholstered headboard,” insists Vicky. “It’s just the go-to piece.” Change bedside lamps and add a feature light – “a chandelier is perfect,” she add. “And re-position your bed if you can and make a new feature wall with wallpaper.”

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'I Love India' Steamed Nepalese meat momos Momos are a Nepalese dumpling similar to a Chinese one, but made with Nepalese/Indian ingredients. Calcutta is full of momo houses and, whenever I go, I have to eat in them at least once. You are given a menu full of options, steamed and pan-fried and stuffed with as many fillings as the chef can imagine, everything from mutton to vegetables – even paneer. The traditional dipping sauce is fiery and tomato-ey, but I often mix some finely chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies into soy sauce and that normally hits the spot without much fuss. Momos are easy to make, fun and really satisfying. The dough can be made in advance, but will soften as it sits. You can form the momos just before your friends arrive and have the steamer ready and the kettle boiling so, when your friends are settling in, all you need to do is light the fl­ame. Makes 24 Mix together all the ingredients for the filling. (You can fry a little of it to test the seasoning, if you like.) Cover and leave this one to rest for 1 hour in the fridge. For the dough, mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl and add the water slowly, mixing well to create a medium-stiff dough. Knead well and add a little more water if the dough splits. Cover with a damp dish towel, or wrap in cling film (plastic wrap), and leave to rest for 20 minutes. Take out the dough and knead well again. Roll it into 2 long sausage shapes about 2cm in diameter. Mark the halfway point with a knife and then further mark each half into 6 sections, giving you 24 equal pieces. Cut one sausage of dough at a time, covering the remainder each time to prevent the rest drying out. Roll each piece out thinly, on a lightly floured surface, into a 7.5cm circle about 1mm thick. Place 1½–2 tsp of the filling into the centre of each skin. I hold the momo in my left hand with my thumb on the stuffing. With my right hand I seal the tops together, folding a little as I go. My thumb from the left hand presses the filling down to make sure there is none in the sealed edges. Basically, you need to enclose the filling in the dough without any tears; you can do it any way which feels easy. Oil the surface of a steamer basket, or line with greaseproof paper. Arrange the momos on the oiled surface as you make them, leaving some space between them as they expand a little. Cover and steam on a rolling boil for 11–13 minutes. Serve immediately.

Ingredients: For the filling 250g (9oz) minced (ground) pork, lamb or chicken thigh 10g (1⁄2 packed cup) coriander (cilantro) stalks and leaves, finely chopped handful of green peas, defrosted (optional) 1⁄4 small red onion, finely chopped 20g (1⁄6 cup) spring onions (scallions), finely chopped 1⁄2–1 tsp green chillies (chiles), finely chopped 3 large garlic cloves, finely grated or finely chopped 15g (1 tbsp) finely chopped root ginger (peeled weight) 3⁄4 tsp garam masala (fresh if possible). 2 tsp dark soy sauce 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 good pinches of salt vegetable oil, for the steamer basket (optional) For the dough 100g (3⁄4 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus more to dust good pinch of salt 5 tbsp cold water, plus more to seal

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FOOD & DRINK 400g (11⁄2 cups) Greek yogurt salt and freshly ground black pepper 8g (11⁄2 tsp) shredded mint leaves small splash of milk and/or a pinch of sugar (optional) A lovely, refreshing raita that is really versatile, lovely with Indian food, great with grilled meals and very refreshing just with some naan or pitta bread. Serves 4: Place the cumin seeds in a small dry frying pan over a medium heat and stir just until they turn a shade darker and smell aromatic. Remove and grind to a powder in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Grate the cucumber on the coarse side of a box grater. Squeeze out all the excess water and place the cucumber in a large bowl. Add three-quarters of the cumin and all the remaining ingredients except the milk or sugar and stir well to mix. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding the milk or sugar if the raita tastes too sour for you. Sprinkle over the remaining cumin and serve chilled.

Fragrant pea and carrot pilaf A colourful, lovely rice pilaf that goes with everything and smart enough to cook when you have friends over. You can also make it just with peas, just with carrots, or even add some chopped green beans. Serves 4–6

Spinach and garlic raita 75g (21⁄2 packed cups) baby spinach 450g (11⁄2 cups) Greek yogurt salt lots of freshly ground black pepper 1⁄2–1 garlic clove, to taste, finely grated 1⁄2–3⁄4 tsp roast and ground cumin seeds I have been eating garlic flavoured Greek yogurt with my food ever since I visited Greece years ago. Add as much or as little garlic as you like, or to suit what you are eating it with (spiced meats can take more than vegetables). Serves 4: Place the spinach in a saucepan with 2–3 tablespoons of water and cook until soft, 1–2 minutes. Drain and squeeze out the excess water. Stir the spinach into the yogurt with the salt, pepper, garlic and cumin. Serve chilled.

Classic cucumber and mint raita 1 tsp cumin seeds 200g (1⁄2 large) cucumber

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350g (2 cups) basmati rice, well washed 4 tbsp vegetable oil 13⁄4 rounded tsp cumin seeds 10cm (4in) cinnamon stick 4 cloves 2 black cardamom pods 2 bay leaves 1 onion, sliced 1 small carrot, cut into 1cm (1⁄2in) cubes 120g (3⁄4 cup) frozen peas, defrosted salt 3⁄4 tsp garam masala Place the rice in a saucepan and pour in at least 8cm (3in) of water to cover. Bring to the boil and simmer for 6–8 minutes. Try a grain at 6 minutes: it should be nearly soft. If not, cook for another minute and taste again. Drain the rice in a sieve, then pour it back into the pan. Cook for another 40 seconds over the heat to dry off any excess water and then turn off the heat, cover the pot and let the rice steam for 8–10 minutes. It should now be fully cooked through. Heat the oil in a wide frying pan and add the spices and bay leaves. Cook until the cumin is aromatic, around 20 seconds. Add the onion and fry until just soft. Add the carrot, peas and salt, stir and cook for 2 minutes. Finally, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover the rice pan: there should be no water left (if there is, cook it off over a high heat). Add the rice and garam masala to the frying pan and stir well. Taste, adjust the seasoning and serve.


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time or – if you can’t do that in your oven – preheat your oven to as high as it will go. Pulse-blend together the onion, garlic, ginger, spices, yogurt and three- quarters of the tomatoes to a very coarse paste. Stir in the coriander, chilli and remaining tomatoes. Season well with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Season the flesh side of the fish. Once hot, add the fish, flesh side down: it will spit. Cook for 1–2 minutes or until lightly golden. Take off the heat and flip on to a baking sheet or some foil, flesh side up.

Ingredients: 1⁄2 onion, chopped 2 large garlic cloves, finely grated 7g (1⁄2 tbsp) finely grated root ginger (peeled weight) 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin 1⁄3 tsp garam masala (fresh if possible) 1⁄4 tsp ground turmeric 1 rounded tbsp Greek yogurt 1 tomato, chopped small handful of coriander (cilantro), to serve small Indian green finger chilli (chile), finely chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 medium gurnard, sea bream or other whole fish, butterflied by the fishmonger, or a fish steak, or even a thick fish fillet

Meanwhile, in the same pan, add the blended ingredients and stir-fry over a high heat for 3–5 minutes or until the paste releases oil back into the pan. It should taste harmonious. Adjust the seasoning and heat to your own liking. Top the fish evenly with the paste. Place on the upper shelf of the oven, under the grill if possible, and cook for 6–7 minutes or until the topping is dried and has lightly browned in places. After about 6 minutes, l like to sprinkle with the optional breadcrumbs (see below). Serve hot. Optional crispy topping

I like to tear up some white bread (one-quarter of a slice for 1 fish) into 5mm (1⁄4in) pieces, add a little olive oil (if you want to be more fancy, you can make a coriander oil by whizzing coriander in it) and toss. Add this to the top of the fish 30–40 seconds before taking the fish out.

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The Services we offer - All our staff are fully Police and checked. Introducing ICare Meals onDBSWheels OUR TE WEBSI NOW E OBILneeded VISITservice, OUR WEBSITE TO ORDER YOUR MEALS ONLINE upISMif Hot Lunchtime meal where the meal can be plated . DLY FRIEN A Tea time Treat, which is a sandwich pack delivered with your hot meal ready for A Tea time Treat, which is a sandwich pack delivered with your hot meal ready for tea time. tea time. Introducing ICare Meals on Wheels l A Frozen Meal delivery Service. VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO ORDER YOUR MEALS ONLINE A Tea time Treat, which is a sandwich pack delivered with your hot meal ready for tea time. l A WELL BEING CHECK, if there is any cause of concern we contact your next of kin. If there is no answer on delivery, we have a no-reply policy to follow which ensures we find the whereabouts of the customer. A Tea time Treat, which is a sandwich pack delivered with your hot meal ready for tea time. Our Peace of Mind Service which is a 15 minute stay, where we encourage you to eat the meal we have delivered, do small household chores, medication prompting if needed and update your next of kin on our visit. Delivery times Hot Meals are delivered between 11am and 2pm Frozen Meals are delivered between 9am and 4pm How often do I have to order? Our service runs 365 days a year. Customers can order as and when needed. There is no contract. l

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“Sindhi” refers to a group of people who had to leave their home town of Sindh in Pakistan upon the partition of India. Growing up, many of my Indian friends were Sindhi, so I had many occasions to eat their food. Like all Indians, they love good food but they also love to entertain – and do so very well. Their tables are always laden with more than a handful of dishes, all a little different from other regional food. Yet this koak palla dish is one I have missed and only just learned about recently.

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The Sindhi people use palla fish, an oily, meaty river fish with thick flesh. I like butterflied whole fish and have tried it with gurnard and sea bream, but also with halibut steaks. I have written the recipe for one fish so you can scale it up for however many you want to cook. Here I have used fillets of fish which are a good option for guests who might feel a little squeamish with whole fish and fish bones. Serves 1–2

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Sticky saffron dumplings INGREDIENTS Makes 18 (serves 1–2 per person) For the dumplings: 400ml (12⁄3 cups) whole milk powder (measure it in a measuring cup), plus more if needed 100g (1⁄2 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour 2⁄3 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp ghee, plus more to form the dumplings 5 tbsp plain yogurt 5 tbsp whole milk vegetable oil, to deep-fry sliced pistachios, to serve (optional) For the syrup: 450g (scant 2 cups) granulated sugar 650ml (22⁄3 cups) water 2 good pinches of saffron threads 1⁄2–1 tsp rose water, depending on strength

India has a whole genre of sweet desserts which were once made in the home, but are now mostly made by specialized halvaies – Indian pâtissiers. Gulab jamun are one of India’s favourites: little syrupy doughnuts made from thickened milk instead of flour and soaked in sugar syrup rather than stuffed with jam or sweetened in the batter. I use dry milk powder which I rehydrate, not the traditional thickened, solidified milk, as that takes too long and needs too much attention to make. There are only two tricks to getting these doughnuts right: the right consistency of dough (not too soft, not too hard); and frying them over a very low heat so they cook all the way to the centre, stirring the oil almost continuously so they brown evenly. I like them warm as they will be softer, and you can reheat them in their syrup, but you can equally eat them cold. Serve as they are, or with a little ice cream. Mix together the dry ingredients for the dumplings. Spoon in the ghee, yogurt and milk. Mix well with your hands to bring the dough together; it will be moist. Set aside. For the syrup, heat the sugar, water and saffron together in a saucepan, stirring to help the sugar dissolve. Once boiling, simmer for around 3–4 minutes, then turn off the heat. Add the rose water, using the smaller amount first and tasting until you have a strength you prefer.

Meanwhile, pour 8–10cm (3–4in) of oil into a medium-large karahi, wok or wide saucepan. Heat gently. Divide the dough in half. Wet some kitchen paper and place on top of the dough you aren’t working with. Grease your palms well with ghee, take half the dough and form it into 9 small balls; I like to make them slightly oval rather than round, but you can shape them as you like. The surfaces should be smooth and crack-free. (If the dough is too soft to shape, add a little milk powder.) Repeat to make and shape the remaining dumplings. To check if the oil is ready, put a tiny pinch of the dough into the oil. It should only sizzle very slightly. When it is ready, add the balls in batches so as not to crowd the pan, stirring the oil as you put them in. Cook over a gentle heat, stirring and turning them very often for even browning, they should take 15–17 minutes per batch to reach a lovely golden brown. Once done, take them out with a slotted spoon and place straight into the syrup. Repeat with the next batch. Cover and leave to soak for 2 hours, or overnight, in the fridge. They should last 10 days or more. Serve as they are, or sprinkle them with sliced pistachios.

I Love India by Anjum Anand (Quadrille, £20) Photography © Martin Poole

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The Waggon and Horses 170 Chorley Road, Westhoughton Bolton BL5 3PN T: 01942 812273

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Come and dine with us ... Food is served all day from 12 noon to 9pm. Sunday until 8.00pm

A traditional pub well known for delicious, home made food & friendly atmosphere with a wide range of wines, cocktails and cask beers. Situated at 170 Chorley Road, Westhoughton on the A6 at Windgates, the Waggon & Horses has been under the ownership of Peter Cavanagh since June 2014. “We have made continual improvements to the decor and furnishings of the establishment and continue to strive to make The Waggon and Horses the best pub restaurant in the Bolton/Wigan area.” If you haven’t visited the Waggon and Horses yet, you will be surprised by the beautiful bar and restaurant areas with their amazing stained-glass windows depicting the history of the region. We have an expansive beer garden complete with modern and safe children’s play equipment and a beautiful patio decked with flowers overlooking the stunning, surrounding countryside. Since taking over we have changed the style of food offering to delicious home cooked food, cooked to order from our comprehensive menu, using only the freshest of local produce.

Our staff are some of the best in the business who share our goals and work with smiles on their faces.

You can choose from a range of dishes from our menu including grills, salads, pasta and light bites, or choose 2 courses from our special menu for just £13.95 available at all times except Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm. Children’s menu also available. Sunday lunch menu is 2 course for £13.95 or 1 course for £10.95. Also on offer is a range of top quality cask ales from different brewers around the country and an exciting range of house wines from the Casillero Del Diablo vineyard in Chile, complemented by a selection of quality, specialist wines from around the world.

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available 5pm onwards Carrot & Coriander (V) served with a crusty bread roll Chicken Liver Pâté served with a fruit chutney & toasted bread Creamy Garlic Mushrooms (V) served with a crusty dipping bread Sliced Smoked Salmon accompanied with a light lemon and dill salad and served with soft brown bread ***** Mango Sorbet (V) ***** Traditional Roast Turkey served with all the trimmings Breast of Goosnargh Chicken stuffed with black pudding, wrapped in a crisp parma ham sat on a bed of crushed new potatoes. Served with sugar snap peas and a whiskey sauce Pan Fried Fillet of Salmon served on a bed of creamy mashed potato, garnished with sugar snap peas and a creamy lemon and dill sauce Tofu Turkey (V) served with all the trimmings 8oz Rump Steak served with home-made chips, roasted vine tomatoes, flat field mushroom, onion rings and a peppercorn sauce ***** Christmas Pudding served with a delicious brandy sauce, garnished with winter berries Apple & Cranberry Crumble (V) served with a choice of custard, cream or vanilla ice cream After Eight Chocolate Brownie (V) served with a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream and garnished with winter berries Cheese & Biscuits with a delicious homemade chutney ***** Warm Mince Pie (V) ***** Choice Of Tea Or Coffee

All for £22 or a main course with choice of either a starter and main, or main and dessert for £20. (Sorbet, Tea or

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free bottle of our house wine On presentation of this voucher when 2 people eat from the main menu between October & January 18.

Why not join our loyalty club and enjoy an additional 5% discount plus other offers? Conditions: Offer subject to the purchase of at least 2 main courses from the Mains, Grill or Salad & Pasta sections of our menu. Offer limited to 1 voucher per person throughout offer period until end of January 2018 (not including 13th to 26th Dec and 31st Dec).


LOOKING YOUNGER USING COLOUR & STYLE centred style is what is important and knowing what really suits you.”

The demand for a flawless, youthful look shows no signs of decline with the anti-ageing sector accounting for 42 per cent of total skincare spend. A study by Groupon recently revealed that British women spend on average £70,294 on their appearance in their lifetime. With a seemingly infinite number of treatments and skincare available in the market, we asked Helen Venables, MD of House of Colour, if wearing the right colours alone can make us look younger. “Colour plays a huge part in creating a youthful and healthy appearance. Wearing both your wow colours (which are likely to be the colours which people always compliment you on) as well as your best neutrals, will help you look brighter and healthier, and feel more confident and be more memorable. “Make up is also important. By adding the right colour to your face, for example by adding a swish of bronzer or a good blusher colour for you across the cheeks to lift and brighten your skin will help to give you an enviably youthful glow. Most importantly wearing the right coloured lipstick can dramatically change your look. “Ultimately there are two other factors to mention here. One is confidence. If you look and feel good about yourself then your confidence will make you ooze youthfulness and vitality. Secondly if you wear styles that suit your clothing personality then you will look more stylish and younger. This means understanding the character of your accessories, patterns and structure of your clothes. In other words, dressing who you are as well as the proportions of your body. This will of course affect things like the correct hemline on your skirt, or wearing the right length and fit trousers for your body shape. Age appropriate clothes are null and void in this day and age. Individual-

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We asked some of the top over forties personal stylists at House of Colour what their special secret is to looking younger than their years. Jenny Goldsmith (age 43) says: “Wearing the right colours definitely takes years off you. Your wow colours have an illuminating effect thereby giving you a youthful glow. Feeling comfortable with my personal style and being authentic by really embracing who I am means I don't have to work too hard to look good - I know what works for me. This leaves more time for the good stuff in life which means I smile and laugh a lot.” Stylist Annabel Czyba (67) adds: “Wearing the colours from the palette that suits us best instantly makes us look younger and more vibrant - our skin looks healthier and our eyes twinkle. Greyness disappears from around the eyes and the right lipsticks help us to look years younger. As for style, when we understand how our personality and body shape play such a large part in knowing what to wear to create the right image, our look becomes somewhat ageless. Gone are the days of wearing suitable clothes for our age!” TIPS ON HOW TO ANTI-AGE YOUR WARDROBE - By Helen Venables, MD of House of Colour Make sure you’re wearing the colours that really suit you, your WOW colours! Wearing the wrong colours will make you look tired, run-down and much older. Wearing colours that suit you will mean that your skin looks radiant, bright and therefore younger. Red is the hottest colour of the season and primary red is the only colour that suits everyone. Different seasons also have different reds that suit them in their colour palette such as summer palettes suit cherry and coral red, autumns glow in rust or brick reds, winters shine in scarlet and carmine, and springs look gorgeous in geranium and poppy red. Team red with a neutral such as grey, navy, black, cream, beige, tan or white dependent on your season to look effortlessly stylish, but remember to choose the right red and neutrals that suit you to really ensure your look makes you look years younger! Once you know your palette of colours, creating great colour combinations is simple e.g. summer and autumn palettes create younger looks with colours which blend and harmonise with each other e.g.

try wearing different colours in the plum / amethyst family together for summers and for Autumns try moss, olive and lime greens together. Winter and Spring palettes look wonderful in high contrast looks from their palettes to create a more youthful appearance. Winters could try adding Chinese Blue to standard Navy and White and Springs could add a youthful splash to their look with this seasons on trend true red teamed with their Neutrals. You may love an outfit on someone else but it might not suit you. Know who you are. If you like a bit of drama think asymmetric patterns and statement dressing to ensure visibility. Classic dressers feel good in elegant, timeless clothes. Know your style personality and you will feel more youthful and energised as you will look more authentic in your clothes. 5. Wear the right hemline – whether that is a maxi, mid-calf, knee-length or for the lucky few, above the knee. It can surprisingly make or break an outfit as the wrong hemline can either be inappropriate and unattractive, or drab and frumpy. Different people suit different hemlines and this is not solely determined by your height but by the rebalancing of the natural proportions of your body. Patterns can add interest to an outfit and really flatter different body shapes regardless of your age. Just be sure you know if you are a floral or graphics person for example. Bootleg jeans will balance-curvy bodies and if you don’t like your mid-section so much then try slim leg jeans with a lowslung belt. Use confidence to anti-age your wardrobe! Ooze confidence and focus on your best assets by drawing attention to them. If you have a lovely waist, then emphasise that with a beautiful, flattering statement belt. Or if you have lovely long legs then try some skinny jeans to elongate those great legs even more! Use accessories to make a statement in your outfit – try a scarf or a bright coloured clutch bag in this season’s on-trend bright red or one of your wow colours. This will make all the difference between a drab outfit and a sensational one. Buy jewellery that has several of your wow colours in the piece to add a really exciting focal point to your look. Unflattering trends won’t do you any favours. Aim for sensational and stylish instead. Look good to feel good. Revitalise and revalue yourself through colour and style.


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OUT AND ABOUT

A guide to the amazing events around the region in 2017/18 Sunday 5th November

‘BOOMIN’ FAMILY FIREWORK SPECTACULAR! Featuring live music from Wigan’s own brilliant and popular Boomin! Plus, children’s show and DJ. • Finishing with a fantastic firework finale from National Firework Champions – SM ART Pyro • Lots of food and drink stalls • Gates open (via Kitchen Courtyard Stables car park entrance) 4.00pm • DJ/Compere on stage from 4.30pm • Other site attractions open from 4.00pm including Kitchen Courtyard • Children’s Entertainment/Show 5.00pm – 5.45pm • Boomin' Main Set 6.10pm – 7.00pm • SM ART Pyro firework display 7.00pm

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• End of display 7.20pm. • Boomin' finale numbers 7.20 – 7.30pm • Event finish 7.30pm • Tickets in advance • Adults £9 • Children – aged 5-15 years old £7.00 (4 and under go free) • Family – 2 adults, 2 children £28.00 • On the Night • Adults - £10.00 • Children – aged 5-15 years old £8.00 (4 and under go free) • Family – 2 adults and 2 children £32.00 • £1.50 car parking after 6pm Haigh Hall, Haigh Woodland Park, Haigh, Wigan, WN2 1PE. Call 01942 828508 Saturday 18 Nov 2017, 8:00pm

Magic Of Motown Prepare yourself for classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship. £27/£25/10th Ticket Free (£28.75/£26.75 inc online booking fee) Pyramid Arts Centre, Palmyra Square Warrington WA1 1BL www.pyramidparrhall.com 24th November 7.30pm

THE ROY ORBISON STORY - BARRY STEELE & FRIENDS Barry Steele is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading vocalists playing homage to legend Roy Orbison. He has stunned audiences across the globe with his uncanny similarity and ability to authentically revive the exquisite toe-tapping sound of this music giant. Barry Steele is quite simply unmissable, as he takes you on this specially produced musical journey in time, in which he celebrate the musical legacy of The Big O and The Traveling Wilburys. The show also features chart busting hits originally performed made famous by Jerry lee Lewis, Del Shannon & The Spencer Davies Group all backed by a big screen and phenomenally talented musicians culminating in an incredible fusion of ‘60s solid gold classics and ‘80s contemporary musical genius all on one stage. "True Identikit Brilliance" The Stage The Brindley Theatre, High Street, Runcorn Cheshire WA7 1BG. Phone: 0151 907 8360


Saturday 25 Nov 2017, 8:00pm

The Looking Glass Burlesque & Cabaret The Looking Glass Burlesque is back with a brand new show. Feast your eyes upon dazzling showgirls, spell-binding magicians, sultry singers, fabulous burlesque, amazing dancers and a whole host more. £14/£11 (15.75/£12.75 inc online booking fee) Pyramid Arts Centre, Palmyra Square Warrington WA1 1BL www.pyramidparrhall.com Wednesday 29 November 2017 Saturday 9 December 2017, 7.30pm

The Hound of the Baskervilles Holmes’ most spine chilling mystery is placed in a modern setting in this version with suspense, humour and terror. Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse of death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts. Is Sir Henry’s romance with the lovely Cecille doomed? Is the supernatural at work? This amateur production is presented by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books • TICKET INFORMATION: Standard tickets from £10 • please note: First Wednesday & Thursday £10 Monday £10 Other nights £12 (Full) /£10 (Concessions) No concessions on the last Saturday or during musicals. Online bookings subject to 60p per ticket Wigan Little Theatre Crompton Street, Wigan, WN1 3SL Box Office 01942 242561 Friday 1 Dec 2017, 7:30pm

Peter Price

Warrington born and bred, Peter Price has a brilliant international reputation, having played festivals and concerts across the UK, Europe, and North America. A gifted performer, his concerts and performances take the listener on strange and exotic journeys from the folk and country blues style of Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, and Leadbelly, and then into Jazz, Latin, and World Music . Peter’s performances demonstrate a mind-boggling mastery of the acoustic guitar, a rich singing voice, and a relaxed yet compelling stage presence. He will also be joined on stage by some very special guests. His performances have delighted audiences worldwide, and guarantee an evening not to be missed. Ticket Price: £15 (£16.75 inc online booking fee)

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Bolton’s Award Winning Market Bolton market has over 200 stalls including a bustling food court serving food from all over the world, cafés complement our food offer, and we even have a licensed bar.

Pyramid Arts Centre Palmyra Square, Warrington WA1 1BL Box Office: 01925 442345 www.pyramidparrhall.com Saturday, 2nd December 2017 – Sunday, 7th January 2018

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ST HELENS PANTO THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL AS JOHNNY VEGAS ANNOUNCED AS MAGIC MIRROR FULL CAST OF REGAL ENTERTAINMENTS’ SNOW WHITE REVEALED

Bolton Regal Entertainments are excited Council

to announce the all-star cast of its Christmas pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,which includes homegrown comedy legend Johnny Vegas. A whole host of new names will be joining Johnny and the recently announced, Lucy-Jo Hudson at St Helens Theatre Royal this festive season. St Helens Theatre Royal Corporation Street St Helens WA10 1LQ Box Office: 01744 756 000

You can buy everything from fresh fish, meat and game, locally sourced and exotic fruit and vegetables with speciality stalls selling deli meats and a huge selection of cheeses, plus there is a whole host of traditional stalls selling everything from furniture to flowers, bedding to broomsticks and much more.

Well worth a visit!

Bolton Market has it all. Opening Times; Open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm. How To Find Us Bolton Market, Ashburner Street, Bolton BL1 1TQ. Contact: 01204 336825 Email: bolton.markets@bolton.gov.uk

Visit our website for a list of special events and activities that we are running at the Market.

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OUT AND ABOUT So come along and cheer her on!

Friday 15 Dec 2017, 7:30pm

The Houghton Weavers THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS have been entertaining folk for over 40 years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation. In their time together, the group – comprising Tony Berry, David Littler and Steve Millington – have performed thousands of concerts, recorded over 30 albums, starred in several of their own highly successful BBC radio and TV series, and made countless appearances on other programmes.   The Houghton Weavers guarantee a wonderful evening of entertainment suitable for all the family. Their experience in the business together with their style and professionalism ensures that, as their motto says, they always `Keep Folk Smiling`.

• PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.15pm and Evenings, 7.30pm View all dates and times • TICKET INFORMATION: Standard ticket price £12 (Full) /£10 • Concessions) No concessions on the last Saturday or during musicals. Online bookings subject to 60p per ticket. Wigan Little Theatre Crompton Street Wigan, WN1 3SL Box Office 01942 242561 Saturday 27 Jan 2018, 7:00pm

The Ken Dodd Happiness Show Ken Dodd is an icon and national treasure who has been entertaining audiences for a lifetime of happiness and laughter. £22.50 (£24.25 inc online booking fee) Parr Hall, Palmyra Square Warrington WA1 1BL Box Office: 01925 442345 www.pyramidparrhall.com

Ticket Price: £14 (£15.75 inc online booking fee) Pyramid Arts Centre Palmyra Square, Warrington Box Office: 01925 442345 www.pyramidparrhall.com Thursday 11 January 2018 Saturday 27 January 2018

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was loved by everyone, most of all by her grandmother, who gave her a little riding hood of red velvet. It suited her so well that she would never wear anything else. BUT, there is a creature in the woods that has evil intentions and Little Red Riding Hood will need all your support and encouragement to win the day.

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Wednesday 11 Apr 2018 - Wednesday 25 Apr 2018, 7:30pm

Jason Manford Muddle Class The show promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit. £27.50 (£29.25 inc online booking fee) Parr Hall, Palmyra Square Warrington WA1 1BL Box Office: 01925 442345 www.pyramidparrhall.com

Warrington’s Market moves to temporary home 2 September 2017 On Saturday 2 September 2017 Warrington’s 1970’s Market moved into its temporary home, the first completed building in the Time Square project.   Celebrations commenced with a ribbon cutting by Warrington’s Mayor Cllr Les Morgan accompanied by former Market Trader Mrs Josie Butterworth who had recently retired having worked at the market for 65 years.   An estimated 10,000 customers visited the market on the opening day.   A programme of entertainment took place throughout the morning  by Pete Pinnington Presents which will included face painting, music and entertainment.   The ambitious Time Square regeneration project will open in full in 2019 and will incorporate a brand new bespoke market that will front onto Bridge Street and incorporate the historic Grade II listed façade of the former Boots Building. Other elements of the £130 million scheme will include a 1160 space multi storey car park which is nearing completion and will be open before Christmas this year, a 13 screen Cineworld cinema with Superscreen, family friendly restaurants, new Council Offices and a new public square.    The 750 year old multi-award winning market is a vibrant mix of traders old and new ranging from Chinese, Indian and Thai takeaways to more traditional butchers, fishmongers and delis. Some businesses have traded in the market for over a century.   Leader of Warrington Borough Council Cllr Terry O’Neill, said   ‘This is a fabulous and historic day in Warrington’s history as our Time Square development takes a leap forward. Warrington Market has been an integral part of Warrington’s trade for the past 750 years and the temporary home for the market is vibrant and exciting. If you haven’t been down to the market come down it’s a superb shopping experience’.


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HEALTH

HOW TO RETIRE HEALTHILY in sugary drinks and cutting down on alcohol reduces your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. Get your five-a-day fruit and vegetables to limit the impact dementia has.

At any stage of life, it is important to keep healthy and happy. Drinking water, eating well, regular exercise and getting plenty of rest is usually the key to sustaining the best possible lifestyle. This becomes more apparent as we age. Here are ways to help you retire healthily: Reduce stress to reduce the possible risk of Alzheimer’s. In the UK, one in 14 people over the age of 65 are estimated to be at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown those affected by chronic stress in mid-life are more likely to develop the illness, due to the degenerative effect stress has on the brain. It is believed to be a result of increased inflammatory processes. During retirement, have a financial plan to help stop money troubles and reduce stress. Budgeting for essentials and being careful with luxury and lifestyle purchases can ease the transition from working to retiring. Reduce your risk of retiring with Diabetes. It is estimated that five million people in the UK have diabetes, 85% of whom are recognised as obese. Start today by controlling what you eat and drink. There are hidden calories

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Quit smoking to prevent having a stroke. It has been found that smoking single-handedly doubles your chances of having a stoke – 52% of those affected by stroke in the UK last year were active smokers. A happy retirement is a healthy one; consider quitting smoking to stop the thickening of blood and clogging of arteries. Speak to your GP for the safest way to quit. Safeguard your home to limit accidents. As we age, we tend to spend more time at home. Keep yourself safe from falls by maintaining flooring like worn carpet, avoiding leaving items in entrances, hallways or on the stairs, and if needed consider fitting support bars in bathrooms. Manage your weight to slim down the chance of developing cardiovascular disease. Heart failure is a common cause of death across Europe (and leads to irregular heart rhythms and heart attacks) and excess weight is a major risk factor, as the heart has to work harder. As we age, less calories are needed so try to cut back on foods high in saturated fats or sugars.

By Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa, Director and GP at Your Doctor www.your-doctor.co.uk See exercise as fun. Being physically active cuts your chances of cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest happens when your heart stops pumping blood around the body. Try making exercise something you look forward to rather than a chore. Working out with a friend or with your favourite music can help motivate. Tackle loneliness and social isolation. Addressing the problem of isolation can be a big step towards a happy retirement. If you fear losing friends and lack social interaction – actively keep in touch with loved ones. Join local groups such as coffee mornings, voluntary work or even dance lessons! Learn a new skill to slow memory loss. Retiring brings the blessing of more free time so now could be the time to learn a new skill like cooking, starting a DIY project or learning how to play an instrument. Keeping your brain busy can help maintain and even improve memory. Include loved ones in your retirement plan. Be it your partners children, friends or family members – it is important to keep close ones in the loop. Set a retirement plan as a household, rather than an individual.


Complete Denture Service

Summary 1. Clean your dentures daily with a denture brush and denture cream. 2. Have your dentures inspected every two years, and re-lined or ultrasonically cleaned. 3. Have a new set made every 5 years if possible.

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.

4. Keep a spare set for emergencies. 5. Remember, dentures do not have to hurt and do not need to be uncomfortable. This article was written by 50 Plus journalist Sheila Alcock.

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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. 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, ultra impact much stronger non brittle and the latest thermoplastic. Denture Teeth: 2-layer acrylic very basic and inexpensive, 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.

Your Dentures need Attention 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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). When you develop deep lines around your mouth. When your chin sticks out, and the corners of your lips are constantly wet, developing sores.

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Wigan issue 49  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes leisure, lifestyle and holidays

Wigan issue 49  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes leisure, lifestyle and holidays

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