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Mansfield & Ashfield Express, October 2013

From the Editor’s Desk

This month the Express team have been busy putting together another excellent edition of our monthly newspaper. Inside this month we have Sally Higgins from MDC giving us the short & skinny on the council past and present, we have also been delving into the issue of pay day loan lenders with friend and Councillor Sonya Ward. The build-up to Mansfield’s number one event of the year the Oxjam Takeover festival is also inside, make sure you pick up next month’s edition to see how the event went, or better yet make sure you attend the festival and support the great work the team do to bring you the best in live music from Mansfield & Ashfield and even further afield. With music in mind the Express has interviewed Mansfield’s very own metal legends Coraya, from idealistic beginnings with the bands frontman Adam Firman starting his career with the well know SABBAT to his bands back to earth image with Coraya, a very interesting read for those who are musically inclined. We also have the usual from community news, health, beauty and fashion to bring you the latest trends and developments from these subjects. So please remember to attend next month’s Oxjam Takeover Festival (October 19th) details to how where and when within.

The countdown to Christmas begins in Mansfield With less than eight weeks to go until Mansfield switches on its Christmas lights, planning is well underway to make this year’s event as special as ever!

Following the success of a Sunday event last year, the 2013 Big Switch On will take place on Sunday 17 November from 12noon until 5pm. Visitors to the town centre can expect to see a festive extravaganza including seasonal films, music to get you in the Christmas spirit, a magical parade, fireworks and of course, the big man himself – Santa!

Work is well underway to install lights around the town centre to ensure that everyone who visits Mansfield experiences the joy of a fantastic light display.

The big switch on night marks the start of late night shopping in the town centre with shops open late on Thursdays from 21 November.

The event is organised by the Mansfield Christmas Lights Committee, which includes Mansfield District Council, Mansfield BID, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield 103.2 and the Chad, and our supporting partners 6 five 2s Taxis. Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: “The big switch on is a major event in the town centre calendar with everyone coming together to enjoy some festive cheer. Put the date in your diary because you won’t want to miss what will be a great day out for all the family.” Keep up-to-date with details of the event as they are announced by visiting www.mansfield.gov.uk/switchon

Fundraising by Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Sunday 22nd September saw a group from the Notts and Borders Region of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club gathering at Tollerton Airport to hand over a cheque to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Service. Events are held throughout the year to raise funds for this very important service. Our main Event was a Regional Day held on May 27th 2013 at Rufford Abbey Country Park on a superb sunny day. Over 100 cars turned up on the day, not just Jaguars but some members from the Rolls Royce and Bentley Owners Club turned up as well with their lovely cars. In addition to the cars we had stalls and other attractions including a fly past by the BBMF Spitfire. Our main Sponsor for this Event was H A Fox Jaguar Dealer of Nottingham and we were supported by many other businesses from Newark and the surrounding area.

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At Tollerton Airport the weather was again very kind to us but the Air Ambulance was only able to do a fly past, as they were having a very busy day and the calls kept coming in which is the main reason that they need support as they do a fantastic job never knowing where they may next be required. Jim Vicarage from the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Service was on hand to accept a cheque from the Notts & Borders Region Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club for £4,250 being the amount raised during the year. Best of luck to all the team at the Air Ambulance and all of us at the Notts and Borders Region wish them well.


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Council and college team up on beauty treatment guidelines Beauty treatments in Mansfield have been given a makeover after Mansfield District Council and Vision West Nottinghamshire College teamed up to agree new practice guidelines.

The agreement between the Council and Revive beauty salon at Vision West Nottinghamshire College covers waxing and nail service procedures. The college already follows the code of practice set by Habia, which is the Government appointed Sector Skills Council (SSC) and industry authority for hair and beauty. The guidelines for waxing prohibit the use of double dipping, which is when the spatula used on a client is reinserted into the wax pot. This can contaminate the wax with hairs and skin cells, which could then be applied on to another client.

To reduce the risk of fungal nail infections, it has been agreed that every client having a nail treatment will have a new nail file and buffer, or one that has been soaked in sanitising solution. The college currently uses a new disposable cardboard file on each client.

The Council also discourages the use of electric nail files, especially for use on the natural nail as it can cause significant damage to the nail. The use of electric nail files is not a practice which is taught at the college.

The college has on average 100 beauty students who graduate from eight beauty related courses each year, with many going on to work in salons within the area. By signing up to the agreement, teaching staff at the college will ensure student beauty therapists follow the procedures whilst they are studying.

The updated practices are also being rolled out to beauty businesses operating across the District. Any business which carries out massage and special beauty treatments is required to apply for an annual licence from the District Council. As part of the application process, the Council’s Environmental Health team will carry out an inspection of the business and its practices. The new procedure guidelines will be enforced and regulated under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Cllr Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council, said: “The Council has a responsibility to ensure businesses who provide beauty treatments do so safely and don’t risk the health of their customers through ill-practice. By working with Vision West Nottinghamshire College, we can ensure that aspiring beauticians have the skills and knowledge to work safely when they go into employment, or become selfemployed.”

Head of the college’s Lifestyle Academy Amanda Jogela said: “Staying up-to-date with current health and safety procedures is a vital part of any beauty therapy business and by working in conjunction with the Council’s Environmental Health team we’re confident that we’ll be helping to instil good ethics with newly-trained therapists in the area and ensuring they are entering the world of work as knowledgeable as possible with regards to waxing and nail treatment hygiene.”

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PARTY Back in 1984 four lads from Nottingham had just left school with dreams of making it big in the music business. Vocalist Martin Walkyier, bassist Frazer Craske, guitarist Adam Firman and drummer Mark Daley formed a rock band and named themselves Hydra. Throughout the summer of ’84 Adam spent his time penning melodies and writing the tunes for the band to rehearse. This was a serious business for these guys and it became apparent that they were putting everything they had in to this project to make things happen. They managed to get a few live shows under their belts to experience what it actually felt like to perform in front of an audience. “It was a fantastic experience for us all” states Adam whilst reflecting on those first few live shows. “We were basically naive kids. In those days there was no internet or social media so we just wrote and rehearsed to develop our sound”. By 1985 Hydra was becoming well known on the live circuit around Nottingham and the band realised there was a chance of gaining recognition from record labels and that their dream could actually become a reality. “For a self-taught little upstart, I wrote some great songs” adds Adam, “but with little cash it was difficult to upgrade our gear for the live show and the quality of the songs failed to transmit to the crowd. I have a few extremely rare tapes that back this up, offers over £1000 considered” he laughs. By 1985, thrash metal was on full assault. “My roots are in classic heavy rock with influences such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, UFO, Judas Priest and the like. Although I had a soft spot for the likes of Venom, probably for their blatant originality and attitude more than anything, thrash metal wasn’t really my bag” says Adam. ”But the rest of the band wanted to incorporate more thrash into our music and it led to me becoming a little detached from the rest of the guys. Whilst I carried on writing all the music, the quality was suffering a little as I was trying to give them what they wanted but it just wasn’t right for me. The others were having band meetings and cutting out cardboard headstones for the stage set while I was down the pub with my mates and pulling birds. The end was nigh.” The nail in the coffin was when second guitar player Andy Sneap was brought in to fill out the sound and take the band in the musical direction that the others wanted to go in. “It’s a myth that he replaced me. He was needed, no doubt about it, and he offered technical ability and equipment that I didn’t have. The only issue I had was that it was all done behind my back. That was my only gripe. Martin and Frazer were school mates and I thought we were close, so yes I was bit upset by the way they went about it. In hindsight though, Andy was brought in as an addition and the guys did not plan on me quitting. We lasted roughly two weeks as a five piece before I ended up walking out of my own band” laughs Adam. Hydra decided to change their name to Sabbat, found their image and went on to sign a record deal with an up and coming label Noise Records who dealt with lots of thrash bands at that time. Their story can be found on the internet including several line-up changes, internal fall outs and bickering which still

continues to this day even though the band no longer exists, apart from the rare reunion gig. “I don’t regret walking out when I did – it was the right choice for me personally“ Adam tells us. “But they were my mates and I was so happy when they signed the record deal and remember phoning Martin Walkyier in tears telling him how proud I was when the first album came out and that I had rushed out to buy it.” Adam kept things going in other bands such as Slugfest during the 90’s which helped him greatly as far as his song writing skills were concerned. Then came another band called Deadfall, where Adam first teamed up with Matt Rhodes, lead guitarist in Adam’s latest project, Mansfield rockers Coraya. “It’s quite a coincidence that, in addition to Adam’s history as the main man behind the band that became Sabbat, I was actually taught to play by their guitarist Neil Watson” says Matt. Deadfall managed to break from the Nottingham gig circuit and secure live shows in London. “We were a fairly unknown commodity playing original songs to strangers in the capital” explains Matt “but I will always remember how proud we were when we got our first ever encore in Covent Garden in front of a record crowd. To have total strangers who have only just heard your music for the first time shouting for you to come back on stage to perform for them was a magical feeling and one I wanted to experience again”. As Deadfall gathered momentum, with Earth Tone 9 one of many acts to open for them, internal disagreements started to fester. “I was a bit too rock and roll for a couple of the guys” laughs Adam. ”But joking aside, although we tried to keep it going with a new line up, it wasn’t to be.” So on to the present day. “It is strange how life has so many twists and turns and sometimes you can be thrown an opportunity that you have to grab when it comes along“ says Adam. “Roughly two years ago I received a phone call from Matt. He needed a vocalist for a gig in Sheffield as a one-off with some guys he had been jamming with. I rehearsed twice, had a blast at the show and alongside Matt, Rich Moore on bass and Stuart Carter on drums, we carried on jamming occasionally.” Unfortunately, Stuart could not offer the necessary commitment so auditions took place and local lad Nathan Wilson jumped on the vacant drum stool. “The experience and ability of these guys hit me straight in the face” explains Nathan. “And they were so easy going. Just a great bunch of guys who wanted to rock out”. Coraya’s first gigs in early 2012 were mainly local affairs. The aim of the band was to gradually get noticed in the region as a very dynamic heavy rock band, serious about their music and the quality of it, but without the egos. “Just four regular guys rocking it up on stage, grinding out monster riffs to hum in your sleep” enthuses Adam, and rightly so, as despite the roots of the band being mainly in the heavy rock vein, whilst the songs are packed with melody and some softer moments too, the band cleverly manages to avoid

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Appin Green’ Preservation Society Shows Community How to Take Back Community Green Spaces and Win Awards in the Process When they heard that their local green space was being zoned for a housing development the residents of Appin Road decided to take action. The community led organisation known as the Appin Green’ preservation society took action immediately once they had learned of the development of their (then) rugged but peaceful green space, located in front of their houses. The green space back then, before 2010, was not as quite well maintained as it is today. The green faced the same fate as what we are still seeing today, reduced council budgets and overstretched council workers struggled and still do, to maintain our public areas to a standard that our residents demand. Taking appropriate action to save their green space, the society petitioned MDC and the Mayor to allow the area the ‘Small Parks Status’, and the residents undertook a legally binding trust for maintenance of the green. This trust has been proven by the society and its involvement with their cherished green, they maintain it to a standard rarely seen throughout the county never mind just the town and not only do the residents know this, they are most proud of it. With new projects happening all the time such as the addition of a fence to keep small children from running into the road chasing balls and new benches for a seating area keeps the society busy and the community involved & active together. With no help from local retail chains for supplies, the society started their alteration of the green space. Gaining a few donations and a little influence, the team managed to gather some tools and with two petrol mowers they diligently upheld their part of the deal, keeping the green well-kept and usable!

The area is most pleasant even boasting great golf practice potential for those needing help with their putting skills, the team has bought, built, planted and maintained rockeries, flowerbeds and an impressive message board promoting the greens history. The green has not just become an area for passing through for shortcuts or taking the dog for a walk, it has become a focal point of the community with summer days filled with children playing games in a safe environment, local hospital staff taking their lunches & breaks there and used regularly by the local residents.

On Thursday 19th September the society was presented the It’s Your Neighbourhood Award to Trevor Bagley and Eric Curzon, an achievement they will be very pleased about as it will conclude a chapter in a long story. The society should be proud of the award as it proves how a strong group of citizens working smarter not harder can claim their green spaces back from the threat of zoning for easy housing and then to renovate it to suit their likes and needs in regards to open space recreation. They have even confronted local ‘trouble makers’ in defence of the green just showing the conviction of the street now in keeping it smart, I think this shows an excellent community spirit and more people around the county should get together in making societies like this to ensure the survival of our open spaces in already developed areas. These areas were put there in the first place for the wellbeing of residents and should have never been considered for development in the first place, it’s a shame that people like Eric Curzon and other local residents who were all very welcoming and pleasant when I met them have to use their time and effort like this (especially legally) when it is self-evident that green space adjacent to your house should be maintained to a standard that makes you happy. I commend the society on both their past and present victories; they really do prove how locals can if they come together take their power back over the issues that concern them whether that be; green space, road safety, events, anti-social behaviour, area regeneration or development really is showing that society movements throughout the region are empowering our communities to stay

together and strong in defiance of those issues that affect them and to act (responsibly and legally) upon it.

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Dear Penny Send Penny yourproblems to: dear-penny@live.co.uk &Follow her on Twitter @twitter@ask_penny

Dear Penny, I think my granddaughter who’s 16 is gay? She has no interest in boy’s at all. She and a girl she went to school with spend all their time together and seen very close. I have wondered for while if my granddaughter in a full blown kiss with a girl. I don’t know how to bring this up with her.

Dear Penny says, If your granddaughter is gay are you prepared for that answer. The teenage years are often scary, insecure, anxious, risky and dangerous time of life. Your granddaughter is also attempting to figure out who she is, how she wants to be in the world and how others percieve her. In some ways, the teen years are like the terrible twos. You could drop some hints and see what she says or ask her directly when the time is right. Tell her you’re there for her and that if she needs to talk, you’re there to listen.

Dear Penny, I am a 18 year old boy who loves to dance and I attended dance class after school. But my dad doesn’t approve of the attitudes some of the girls have and some of the girls bully me too. But I want to stay in dancing because it’s one subject I love to do and be myself. But my parents are taking me out of dance class. How can I convince them to let me stay in?

Dear Penny says, Explain to your parents that you love this subject and don’t want to be taken out of it. Give them suitable reasons why those girls who bully won’t stop you from loving dance. But if the bullying from these girls gets too much, tell your parents that you’ll talk to a teacher. Bullying is never ok, and it hurts especially when you’re doing a subject you love. Try not to let these girls bother you, you can contact Bullying UK free on 08088002222.

Got a problem? Is something local really getting on your wick? Then why not let off some steam by writing us a strictly worded letter, or email to be more precise. Send us your aggravations, irritations and infuriations to: mansfieldmoan@gmail.com

I was down from Glasgow visiting my parents in Forest Town last weekend and I was shocked at the grass, never seen it like that before. I went to the paper shop and parked by the community garden in FT (Forest Town) it was full of litter so I picked it all up and put it in the bin. People came past and looked at me like I was mad, did I care? No. I drive; I pay council tax and run my own business. People can find time to ‘pay it forwards’. I am not writing this in a rude or cheeky way, I used to work as a gardener and it makes me sad to see the untidiness of it all.

Lisa Cambell

Why hasnt Mansfield District Council seen the opportunity to turn the town centre into a car park? This way we can get more people visiting Mansfield to visit our other carparks?

Stephen Bettridge

Why hasnt Mansfield District Council seen the opportunity to turn the town centre into a car park? This way we can get more people visiting Mansfield to visit our other carparks?

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Being an Entrepreneur

Q. What makes a good idea? A. The simple answer is: one that fills a desperate need in enough people’s lives so that you can make an acceptable living from it! To fulfill this criterion, we have to test… Often, in town, you see people with clipboards asking questions about what soap powder you use, are you a smoker, or some other trivia. What these people are doing is gaining information from you on how you spend your time – this can be from what you buy, what you like to do, or which organizations you feel an affinity with. Some want your money, all want your personal details so you can be classified and categorized in order for statistics to be found on how companies can satisfy a need in the local community. We can look at this information to give us an idea of what a desperate need may be… one of the easiest places to see this type of info is through the Facebook community. If you are a member, you can promote your posts via their Ads Manager page. Here, you can test ideas by filtering your audience. For example, I am just creating an ad for my Home Tuition service and find there are between 80,000 and 88,000 people within 10 miles of Mansfield over 18 who may be interested in this. Tailoring the search further, I find that if I tick “Parents”

on “Family Status” in “Broad Categories” this drops to between 23,000 and 25,000 people. Within this, I can expect to get around 1% who may be interested in my service, which is between 230 and 250 potential clients… quite good for a local niche product! Once you have decided that you have a market, you need to test your idea. You can’t get better than interacting with people on the street, asking your potential customers whether they may use your service or product, what they would expect from you, and what price they would be willing to pay. Most people are honest if you ask their advice. They will tell you straight if they think you have a good idea. If you don’t like the idea of stopping people in the street, you could open a market stall as a test to showcase your ideas, taking enquiries from passers by. This way, they come to you and you get to practise your marketing skills in being able to attract them. It will cost around £20 for a stall for the day and you will get a lot of feedback from people as any that stop are willing to talk to you.

The top and bottom of it is, without a market, the best idea will fail as a business and you do need to go out there and test your idea in the real world. I have had many ideas in my mind that didn’t pan out under public scrutiny… I have had even more painful experiences in the past when I have gone head long into the “Build it, and they will come!” mindset, only to find an unsustainable customer base. What you need is the cold, hard truth. Next month, I will be talking about how to provide great customer service.

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This month’s Council in Focus is highlighting the veteran councilwoman Sally Higgins, 62, District councillor for Ladybrook ward & chairperson for the planning committee. Her wealth of experience is a brilliant insight into how the council works and how it has changed over the course of her career in local politics. The straight forward down to earth, no-nonsense council member had this to say to the Express.

What is your roll within the Council? I am district councillor for the Ladybrook ward and I am also the chair of the planning committee. How did you first get involved with local politics? I have always been politically aware but I think mainly it was after the miners’ strikes. I was quite active with that and then there was an opportunity afterwards within the Labour Party. Shortly after, I was elected as a councillor for the first time. My husband was at Rufford Colliery and was on strike all year during those difficult times especially concerning the issues of the UDM (Union of Democratic Mineworkers), and like I have said, I have always been politically aware but that was the real starting point for me. Are there any policies that you have personally implemented, what were they and were they successful? The policy decisions are a bit difficult at this time because of the system we have in place over the cabinet. However, previously I have implemented the anti-poverty forum for the District Council and that has been rather successful, and until things obviously change, it remains so and that was one of my biggest things just putting poverty on a relative policy or agenda. I have served two terms at the council and have been there for nineteen years as a councillor. I got first elected in 1991 but then I lost my seat in 2003 when we had the independent restructure. However, I regained my seat in 2007. Since then, there has been a different set-up at the council. In 1998 I was chair of council, the person who wears the chains of office, and I am sure we are all well aware of that issue. Whilst I was chair of the council I got to meet a lot of people and I would like to think that I was quite successful then in the creation of the Nottingham Community Foundation, which was a local organisation which granted out millions of pounds to aid local communities for projects of all kinds. I tried to implement lots of these kinds of schemes during my first run as a councillor, but when I eventually returned to politics the council had changed dramatically in its procedures under the independent administration. In my opinion, under the cabinet changes implemented by

the independents there is far too much power in the hands of too few people. Back benchers really do struggle to get their opinions heard or to have decisive actions made due to the delegated system. The good point to this system is the fast tracked route to making decisions; however larger issues require more input and consultation not just from councillors but from outside influence not the quick signature of just one person. The credit union is one such issue; we put forward a motion to acquire £45,000 of funding to set up the union in Mansfield in which the council had voted on unanimously to try and find the funds to do this. A week later we found out that the Mayor had overturned the decision and I ask where the Democracy in that is?! Party politics aside, how has the council been working together to better our communities? Well, I think we always work together to better the community. We have obviously got political differences but we do all come together to try and empower the community to do things for themselves. There are grants and schemes available that perhaps we can facilitate and address to help things move along that way. What has been your proudest moment so far with regards to helping the local community? I think for the Ladybrook ward one of the biggest things that helped changed the community, and I am again going back a few years, is when I helped my ward gain a grant from the neighbourhood renewal funding as Ladybrook at the time was on the cusp of decline. Neighbourhood funding was issued and Ladybrook was given some of that funding, the community and I got together and we decided on rejuvenating the ward centre, creating a social centre with a gym and cleaning up and developed the area around the shops at the centre of Ladybrook. Another proud moment for me was getting involved with the upper Ladybrook neighbourhood watch and they are one of the longest running organisations of that kind and thanks to the hard work of people like Iris Goodhall they turned that whole area around just by people coming together as a community. About the same time as the neighbourhood funding came along there was some drug activity causing a lot of trouble to residents who had lived there for years. A lot of work was done from both sides, meaning we consulted the users and the residents, and through this mediation we again helped a small community take back its own power to solve an issue that directly affected those people. So I like to think that was one of my proudest moments in helping the community by being a part of that neighbourhood renewal team. How can the council improve its public opinion? I think some better publicity and to make people understand how it can affect your life by being a part of the council making decisions and educating residents on what the council can and cannot do.

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There are a lot of issues concerning what the County Council can do and does; and what District does. It’s things like that, that people perhaps have ‘a go’ at District Council when it is a County Council problem and vice versa. it’s easy for me to get a grasp on these issues as I work at the MP’s office and so I can often tell people this is that issue and that is another. So I think just letting people know what our responsibilities are and what we are actually responsible for. How can the public help improve council services? By telling us more about what they want. Voters have issues that sometimes they cannot see a way out of or a way to make them better. I think sometimes they feel like all they can see is that issue and that’s all there is. Often people have council tax problems, especially now with the bedroom tax issue. So all people see is their debt building up. I do think that maybe once they have resolved an issue like that they could perhaps get back to us and say “Is there any way we can make this better?”. I believe that’s why I got involved in the first place with council work, because if you are in there you can make at least a little bit of a difference. We have this ‘citizens’ panel’ now - I don’t know how it works, but my daughterin-law was a part of it for a while and even she couldn’t explain to me how it worked. Rather than a survey, what about a public forum or meeting? What about having a Q&A session with the councillors in an open setting. I know constituents can raise questions at council meetings, but I have to admit it is a farce. Nobody goes and nobody will as things are the way that they are. The questions asked at these meetings are getting political as we have 2015 elections approaching so we have the usual suspects coming in to ask questions and what is so frustrating about it is that they’ll ask the Mayor or one of the cabinet members a question, very staged, and afterwards they can have a supplementary question so they can come up with what they really want to discuss. A lot of these times the Mayor will have a six page answer which he will reel off, and, let’s be honest,no-one is going to listen to that. I definitely believe in the idea of a public forum; something done twice a year in which constituents get their concerns heard in open forum, a real bloodletting session which would turn the temperature down on many issues of contention. Final comments to the residents of Mansfield If you are of age please take the opportunity to vote because it is the only thing at the moment where the public gets a say. So please vote.

Personal Questions: Three words to describe yourself? Helpful, social, conscientious. How do you spend your time to relax? Oh gosh, what spare time! I have six grandchildren and the council to deal with. However, I do enjoy swimming. That’s where I do my thinking. I also enjoy reading and going out for meals. Where is your favourite place to eat in Mansfield? It depends how me and my husband feel, sometimes we like cheap and cheerful and other times we’ll splash out on a nice restaurant but me and my husband try to sample everywhere the best we can. What is your favourite drink? – Vodka and orange. With ice! What is your favourite meal? Chicken in some flavoured sauce. Do you have a favourite sports team? Obviously Mansfield town however we do have a Celtic following going off at our house. Sum up Mansfield in just one word? Disappointing. Putting that into context, I mean from its perception from the outside, especially in regards to its night culture. We are regarded as being a ‘fighting’ town, which is just not so. Now I know local officials are trying hard to alter this, with more cultural events in the town and more development for the centre but, again, it’s disappointing that we have lost our market which once thrived and our town’s perception is disappointing. But only we can change that, as a community. Let’s change this.


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REVIVE AND REFINED OPEN DAY MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER

To celebrate the launch of our partnership with Francesco Hair, we are inviting you to our Revive and Refined open day. • Take a look around our new facilities and meet the team • Try our range of beauty treatments • Sample a few tasty treats from our menu • Watch our hair and beauty models take to the catwalk • Buy exclusive discounted gifts for Christmas There’s no charge to attend. We’ll even send you away with a goodie bag full of treats and samples to thank you for coming along.

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Nottingham castle is host again to the Nottingham CAMRA Beer Festival. From Wednesday 9th of October till Saturday the 12th the hop filled event is back again bringing the latest and greatest from the world of real ales. This year the CAMRA team’s festival is attempting to break its own record for having over one thousand one hundred different real ales and not forgetting to mention over two hundred and twenty different real ciders! So there is something for every palette to try and appreciate, the festival is not only just about the ale though, it really is just a great day out. With something for everyone to see and taste the event is a huge undertaking that surprises every year, not only is the castle a great site to have a ‘sup’ but the view of Nottingham from the castles ramparts is even better after a tipple. The event is always popular & it is advised via the CAMRA team to get your tickets as soon as possible however the advance tickets for the Friday & Saturday sold out mid-September proving just how noted the event is to its regular attendees. The site has been granted more space for patrons this year however this is subject to change due to weather conditions (if the site is wet, less space is available due to health & safety issues) The team politely asks that on the Saturday because this is the busiest part of the event that those wishing to purchase entry on the door should arrive early. It is usually so busy on the Saturday that the gates have a one in one out policy but don’t let this put you off as the event is on from Wednesday the 9th to Saturday the 12th so there is plenty of time to give the festival a visit. Apart from sampling the widest range of real ales ever seen in the UK the event is host to a multitude of food stalls and musical interludes prepared by the organisers very own impresario Ray Kirby who works tirelessly to bring you the best entertainment accompaniment with your drink. With such artists as; Shank’s Pony, The Non-Standards, No Fixed Abode, Pesky Alligators, UK Chicago Blues, The Score, Steve Pike, Booba Dust, Death to the Traitors, Broken Mandarins, Bluejaks Soul band, Verbal Warning, Dave Mitchell, Liquidbrass, Crazy Diamond, Leggomen and Dr Comfort & the Lurid Revelations. So there’s plenty to see, drink, eat and do, but also full of likeminded real ale, cider, golden ale, fruit beer, stout, bitter, mild, porter and barely wine drinkers who are always brilliant for drink related banter. Or better yet if you aren’t a savant of beer like myself get chatting to the team at the main CAMRA stall for an in-depth pop quiz on the world of drinks as I did at last year’s event. Afterwards I was thoroughly informed about the majority of the ales I tried and was given a true education on not just what I am drinking but why and how it should be drank in the first place, it’s not about getting drunk, it’s about appreciating real tastes. The Express spoke with Steve Westby chairman of Nottingham CAMRA and had this to say on the festivals proceedings “It offers (the festival) the largest choice of real ales of any beer festival in the world. Last year we broke the world record for having over a thousand beers at the event, in actual fact it was one thousand and forty six, this year we are attempting to break that record by having over one thousand one hundred different real ales” He went on to discuss the issue of space and tickets due to the popularity of this event “Whilst it is going to be very busy Friday evening and Saturday afternoon there will be plenty of spaces on Saturday evening when you can pay at the gate as well as plenty of spaces for the Wednesday & Thursday in which patrons may be able to pay on the gate again.For more information regarding ticket sales and pricing please follow this URL http://www.beerfestival.nottinghamcamra. org/ to find out more about this excellent event.

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Mansfield Sports Recognition Awards 2013 - nominate now! The hunt is on to find Mansfield District’s unsung sporting heroes to give them the recognition they deserve.

Mansfield District Council, in association with the Armchair Club and the Chad, is seeking nominations for the Mansfield Sports Recognition Awards 2013.

Ten awards are up for grabs at this year’s presentation evening, which will take place on Monday 9 December at John Fretwell Sporting Complex, Sookholme, Mansfield, from 7pm9pm. Nominations are sought for achievements between 1 November 2012 and 31 October 2013 in the following categories: Junior team of the year Junior sportsperson of the year Junior sports leader of the year Junior disabled sportsperson of the year Club of the year Disabled sportsperson of the year Sportsperson of the year Coach of the year Team of the year Volunteer of the year (this also includes referees, officials, administrators etc)

The Executive Mayor of Mansfield Tony Egginton said: “The awards are a great opportunity to recognise the many hardworking and dedicated sportspeople, coaches, volunteers and teams within sports clubs across the district. It would be fantastic to receive lots of nominations showcasing the excellent local sporting achievements in 2012/13.”

Entry forms are available from sports clubs and leisure centres across the District, or by calling Sports Facilitator Martin Cook at the District Council on 01623 463 026. Alternatively, you can fill in a nomination form online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/nominate Nominees must either live or pursue their sport within the Mansfield District. A photograph of the nominee/s should be sent via email to mcook@mansfield.gov.uk for use at the awards presentation event. The deadline for nominations is Friday 15 November 2013.

Tickets for the awards ceremony are £5 for adults and £2.50 for juniors and are available by contacting Martin Cook.

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Credit Union

On a busy market day morning, I met up with Sonya Ward and a few other councillors and community leaders (Martin Lee to name one) to see what they were petitioning for. The Credit Union for Mansfield was given the go ahead (according to MDC’s website) back in April when on the 24th at a meeting of the full council, they pledged their support for the scheme. We all know how payday lenders work; we have also either heard of or been subject to their loans and APR which, in some cases, can be over four thousand percent! Some people are drawn in through convenience, using such centres as a go between to cover the bills and rent each month via a quick loan; others, however, do not appreciate the intricacies of these companies’ loan schemes and fall into severe amounts of debt. Others even believe they will never have to pay back the lenders, but, as one good friend of mine who works for a major payday lender, said at their headquarters, ‘It doesn’t matter how far you go, we will find you. It’s only time, not effort, that will give you away’. So trying to scam these lenders is not wise because it does not work. With up to six payday loan centres in Mansfield, it is obvious that our town, like many others, is subject to a strategy that is implemented on a national or even global scale. We must have something here for them to justify the amount of these shops opening in our town. In response to these places, Councillor Martin Lee put forward a motion: Support Nottinghamshire Credit Union (NCU) by ensuring that all council workers have the option of their pay or a proportion of their pay going into an NCU account, to encourage the fifty biggest businesses in Mansfield to set up payroll deduction facilities to NCU and finally have a strategy to tackle legal loan sharks in the Mansfield district. This scheme would be a massive benefit to our community, allowing reduced interest rates for borrowing. Additionally, the union would be locally supported by the community itself, making it far more ethical than a bank or payday loan centre. The scheme has many branches of benefit, but mainly that it allows the community to take back the power of borrowing by helping each other. I see so many small businesses trying to make a start; good, honest, hard-working people who can’t get a loan from a bank or who refuse to deal with the horrendous APR of other lenders, so a credit union would be an amazing thing for the community. So why the petition? Surely something as wholesome as this idea should be an easy sell. But for some reason, even after what seemed like a successful council meeting, the scheme has suddenly hit rocky waters. With the Mayor’s refusal - or shall we say ‘delay’ on the payment - to the creation of the scheme, this seems a far cry from his quote on the MDC website in which he stated “The rise in living costs and the pressure on family finances mean some are turning to high interest loans and loan sharks to make ends meet. Credit Unions offer fair and affordable financial services, which are regulated. I am therefore pleased the Council has supported this motion and has come together to help protect the financial interests of the people who live and work within our district.” The petitioners themselves were Martin Lee, Mark Fretwell, Staurt Richardson, Agnieszka Drozdz, Rev Keith Hebden, Steve Yemm and, of course, the spearhead of the campaign, Sonya Ward, and they were well away getting folk to sign up even before I turned up. Eventually I managed to get some comments from the group of compassionate and committed community minded fellows.

Steve Yemm had this to say on the issue: “Earlier in the year, the council voted in its budget to sustain the Credit Union in Mansfield and we are down here today in the town centre, coming back to this issue again and forcing the Mayor to discuss his proposal to implement the budget that he voted for. My view on the issue is that there is a need for payday lenders for short term loans, but the problem we have in Mansfield is we have six or seven outlets now in the town centre that are asking people to pay interest rates of over one thousand percent and often into the thousands of percents, whereas the Credit Union is able to make loans for forty-two percent APR, which is a big difference. My view is also that there should be a cap on interest rates. I think it should be illegal for the payday lenders to operate in the way they do and I also believe Parliament should legislate for a cap on interest as soon as possible. That works in many other parts of the world and I don’t see why it should not work in the UK as well. I think the more people that use the Credit Union, the more stable it will become. I would say to those people who need a payday loan: please consider using the Credit Union but, equally, if you want to save, also consider the credit union. If you have long term savings you can think about putting your money there rather than in the banks you are using today. After all, it is a form of ethical lending, borrowing and saving and I would ask the people of Mansfield to consider using its many functions.” I asked Steve about the Mayor’s refusal. He went on to say: “I am surprised that the Mayor has continued to refuse to do this and I am sad he has done this. I hope he will be a bigger person and that he will change his mind over something as important as this and which effects some of our most vulnerable people of the town. In regards to this petition, I think it will be successful in getting the debate going. I think it is important that we do debate it again and I hope it will be successful in getting Tony to change his mind on the subject.” Reverend Dr Keith Hebden, priest of St Marks & St Peters in Mansfield, had his excellent rebel cap on stating that “I am here today to let people know that the credit union is in risk of closing and to ask if they will support us in asking the Mayor to give to the credit union and the CAB the money that the council promised. In regards to the payday lenders, recently, the archbishop of Canterbury stated that he would like to put them all out of business, and I think that would certainly be the best thing for everyone here. Those amounts of interest, up to six thousand percent APR exploit people at their most vulnerable and we must do something to offer an alternative to that. I don’t believe the credit union to be the silver bullet to this answer but it is one answer among many. The churches around Mansfield (Anglican) have got together to offer debt advice at various centres and we are just beginning to roll that out and that’s one way of helping. The credit union is another very important way.” I asked the passionate priest about the Mayor’s change of heart. Keith had this to say: “It’s baffling. I and a group of ministers have been to see him privately twice and we have tried to help him in finding a way to do what he should do by unanimous vote at the Council. Refusing to do so is unconstitutional. I have checked the constitution and legally he has to do it, and yet he insists that he can do what he wants. He says that ‘he’s a fair bear’ but we haven’t seen much fairness, more bare faced doing what you want to do. Everybody who has stopped to speak to me today has signed because everybody who’s taken the time to look at

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it and talk it through has realised that this is important; the public response has been excellent. We had a prayer day/walk for debt sufferers in the town centre recently. On four days’ notice we had thirty-six people from all surrounding churches, different traditions and denominations, and this is a live issue for local people.” Sonya Ward, who has spearheaded the petition expertly and compassionately, explained it this way: “Today we are here trying to get some signatures for the petition which is asking the Mayor as a matter of urgency move forty thousand pounds of funds to the credit union and the citizens advice in Mansfield. We have at least six payday loan centres in Mansfield as well as lots of other lenders who are targeting people in the area in which potential clients can receive loans via text or online. This means there are many ways for people to approach payday lenders but there are far fewer ways in which people can find alternatives to payday lenders. I hope the people of Mansfield will get involved with the Credit Union as a real alternative to these shops and individuals. However, it needs time and promotion to establish itself, but most of all it needs customers and really it needs people to borrow money from them instead of from a bank. The Credit Union does have some quite substantial loan capabilities, loans of up to ten thousand pounds, which is very competitive, and has the bonus of borrowing from an institution which is local, ethical and where there’s no profit being ‘creamed up by the bankers’ who, as we know, have inflicted massive damage on the country, and the Union allows people to bank in a far more ethical way. We need people who are from all sections of the community to join up with the Credit Union for either small or larger term loans for jam jar accounts which enable you to pay your rent and your bills before anything else goes out for savings accounts and all manner of things we want people to use the credit union for.” On asking Sonya about the Mayor’s refusal, the astute councillor had this to say: “I am flabbergasted by it; I fail to understand why. We met with him (Mayor Tony Egginton) on the 23rd of July and we asked him to come to a select commission. He did, and at that meeting he couldn’t put across any good arguments as to why he would not support the Credit Union. He also failed to commit one way or the other. However, he did make a promise to make a decision within the next seven days of the commission. He actual said in that meeting: “I will make my decision within the next week”, and he did not do that and I cannot understand why he is being so evasive. He received an open letter signed by forty members of the community, including many community leaders from lots of churches, the Mansfield & Ashfield Bangladeshi association, some members of the Labour group and the chair of the Conservatives. There is very much a broad spectrum of support on this issue. Mr Egginton talks about us all working together; it strikes me on this issue that everyone is working together except for him.” In closing, Sonya added: “ I am absolutely amazed by the support of people here today. Everyone who has stopped to talk have been so keen to sign this petition. People are really incensed about this idea and everybody thinks these payday lenders charging APR’s of four thousand percent is wrong; everybody wants this to be challenged, most people want to know how they can help getting the petition further along and help gain more signatures. Overall, I must say the support has been overwhelming and really encouraging actually. It makes you appreciate that there are a lot of people in Mansfield who understand these issues and

have a massive amount of compassion and wish to help others and make a difference with this petition today.” So why the refusal to exchange/open up the funds? Well, hopefully Sonya will be able to push the agenda into the open for some clarity by gaining the one thousand signatures needed to open the debate - a target they were well on the way to setting by the time I left. I wish there was a way the Express could have helped out more on this issue, but sadly, by the time this article has gone to print, the signatures will have already been counted and the debate either quashed or reopened. I wish them the best of luck in saving something which could potentially be a great community institution of our town and rightfully one that should be benefiting those who require it the most. If you want to know more about the Credit Union scheme, go to www. nottinghamcu.co.uk or e-mail them at info@nottinghamcu.co.uk.


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World Environmental Health Day Mansfield District Council is celebrating World Environmental Health Day tomorrow (Thursday 26 September) by holding a public information stall on Mansfield Market. The international event is organised by the International Federation of Environmental Health and this year’s theme is Emerging Environmental Health Risks and Challenges for Tomorrow. Members of the District Council’s Environmental Health team will be at Mansfield Market between 10am and 3pm to speak to shoppers about the work of the team and hand out information packs.

The Environmental Health team deals with monitoring and controlling different activities like food hygiene, health and safety and environmental protection issues including noise, land and air pollution. For information about the Council’s environmental health service visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/envirohealth call 01623 463189 or email environmentaladministration@mansfield.gov.uk


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REACHING NEW HEIGHTS AS LANCASTER GRANGE OPENS!

Lancaster Grange, our 60-bed care home in Fernwood, Newark on Trent, was officially opened recently by three local heroes. Situated on the edge of Newark, and built on the site of an old airfield, the children of Claypole Primary School named the care home in honour of the brave airmen who flew Lancaster Bombers from Newark in the Second World War.

grounds of the home for residents to enjoy for years to come. Sue Lowe was the winner of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Citizen of the Year Competition in 2012 in the Over 60s category for her local community work. Sue is involved with the Barnbygate Strollers and leads some of their walks. Sue cut our impressive celebratory Lancaster Bomber themed cake. The home was lucky enough to be presented with a painting by local artist Ron Freeman. L to R: members of Balderton RAFA including Secretary Mick Scratherd (c); Jim Weale, Leon Creese MOD, Caren Billingsley.

Our local heroes Cllr Jim Weale from Fernwood Parish Council, Howard Heeley trustee and local historian from Newark Air Museum and Sue Lowe, a leader from Barnbygate Strollers and a 2012 winner of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Citizen of the Year Competition 2012 in the Over 60s category Tutor Steve Pask along with several of his Sue Lowe cuts our amazing celebratory cake! students from Newark College also joined The three local heroes nominated to take part guests at the event as they designed and in the special day were: Jim Weale, Chairman produced the Lancaster Bomber inspired of Fernwood Parish Council, who opened weather vane that you may well have spotted our information suite earlier in the year and as you drive past! Our links with Newark has become a strong advocate of the home in College will be strengthened over the coming the local area over the last few months. Jim months with several projects planned. unveiled the plaque and presented a painting With our Open Weekend closely following to the home from local artist Ron Freeman. our VIP opening on Saturday 21st and Sunday Howard Keeling, Secretary to the Trustees of 22nd September, stalls, entertainment and the Newark Air Museum, is a local historian F_BAR_5903 Lancaster Grange - Mansfield/Ashfield Gazette 265x170mm 1 30/09/2013 09:28 refreshments for all_Layout the family with a flypast with strong links in the local community and by two aircraft, including a spitfire, was a hekindly planted a memorial tree in the perfect climax to our busy week.

Feel right at home

Saturday was an emotive experience for many of us.” The home was designed by Tangram Architects, built by Bullocks and Barchester is the care provider with the team at Lancaster Grange already providing 24The home’s memorial tree hour residential was planted with the help of and nursing care Howard Heeley of Newark Air for older people, Museum and a local Historian including those pictured with Manager Caren that live with and Mike Parsons founder of dementia. Barchester Healthcare.

Members of the local RAFA Balderton opened proceedings by marching in their Standard in spite of the weather! Caren Billingsley, General Manager at the home, said: “What a fantastic week! We are lucky to have such a supportive community ready to engage with us with a whole host of future events in the planning stage. It has been very special to share these days with Page 1 residents and their families, too. There is plenty more excitement to be had and our flypast to mark the home’s opening on

Mike Parsons the founder of Barchester Healthcare and Councillor Jim Weale Chairman of Fernwood Parish Council.

with Lancaster Grange Care Home

People always tell me they feel right at home as soon as they step through the door at Lancaster Grange, and that's music to my ears. After all, we pride ourselves on our genuine warmth and friendliness – it's all part of the first-class care and support that we provide to the people of Newark and beyond.

We have a range of services to suit all care needs, however specialist. More importantly, all our care is tailored to the individual:

• Nursing care • Residential care

• Dementia care • Respite care

• Daycare • Full activities programme

If you fancy a look around our home – or just need a bit of friendly advice – please give me a call on

01636 594 300.

Caren Billingsley Home Manager

Cross Lane, Fernwood, Newark-on-Trent, NG24 3NH

www.barchester.com

Why not call or drop in and take a tour around our new purpose-built home?


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Sherwood Court Care Home Annette Reid, a nursing home manager of seventeen years, has been watching the development of her care home carefully since April of this year. The newly refurbished home is immaculately clean and spacious with lots of natural lighting throughout and, with fortyseven bedrooms, it is ready to start receiving new guests. In overseeing the project, Annette has ensured with insight and foresight from her experience that the home is not only safe and secure, but a place you can trust to care for your nearest. The home can care for any adult over the age of eighteen, and, because the home is laid out in such a logical manner despite its size, people can be cared for in much smaller groups. There are forty-seven bedrooms, four lounges, four living rooms and four dining rooms to accommodate this manner of group-based care. This enables the home to offer a variety of services. For example, on the first floor the themes that have been developed are aimed at looking after people who suffer from dementia, with corridors filled with beach scenes and other uplifting displays. The home even allows its residents to keep their animal companions at the home and obviously this is a massive boon to their mood and mental wellbeing. The home has a full complement of staff from professional and trainee carers (learning from some of the best). They have a full catering team that works proudly with Chesterfield College, who have some catering production staff on apprenticeships to the home. The care home is an open visit site and always has drinks within making distance in any of the social rooms. Visitors are welcome at any time and the home does have a small visitor’s room as well for overnight stays if a patient is ill and the visitor wants to stay close.

Annette says that she has been very lucky with the team she has recruited and there is a broad range of experiences within the team. They have some very experienced nurses and senior care staff along with offering job opportunities to those who have been made recently redundant or have long-term unemployment histories, and also a healthy mixture of apprentices. This shows Annette’s focus on providing employment for the local community and proving their social responsibility towards the local area. Annette summed up the intracacies of care work like this: “I think, ultimately, what anybody is looking for when they are moving a relative into a care home is kind care. A place where everyone is thoughtful about one another and the residents. It produces a happy environment and the residents do well from that kind of environment. Care homes are not islands of the old, they are just as much a part of the community as the people residing within it have been a part of it their whole lives. We are not just waiting for the local community to come in to visit our residents; we will be supporting them to go out into the community as they would do at home”. Not only is the care home clean and efficient, it is also geared towards visitor participation, which is novel considering the tendency for more conservative homes to be stricter in these matters. The staff are most kind and caring, which was reflected with their eagerness to recieve their first resident. There is lots of natural lighting, care within reach, fresh food prepared on site and a very welcoming atmosphere. I would suggest to anybody who lives in the Mansfield & Ashfield area who has loved ones that require care that Sherwood Court Care Home is a sensible choice for those requiring either a quick break

or extended care. I wish I could convey just how professional, caring and understanding Anette and her staff are, but the only way you can truly find out for yourself is by giving the team and the home a visitm in which the staff will be most accomodating and proud to show you around their new establishement.

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Orthopaedics and Spince Specialist Hospital

“It was a real pleasure to be treated at this hospital. Its level of care and treatment has far surpassed other hospital experiences I have had in the past. Thanks to all.” This is just one of many comments patients write back to the Orthopaedics and Spine Specialist Hospital (OSSH). This small, select Private Hospital sits tucked away behind rows of tall trees in the North West of Peterborough. The Hospital is well signposted and is located on a dual carriageway easily accessible by car, train or bus. OSSH specialises exclusively in the treatment of joint disease, arthritis, back pain and sporting injuries. Operations like hip replacement, knee replacement, correction of foot deformities and ‘keyhole’ operations to knee sporting injuries, are regular treatments that the surgeons at OSSH carry out on a weekly basis. Also surgical treatment of back pain and other spinal conditions like slipped discs and sciatica are routine procedures. The staff of the Hospital are hand picked for their compassion, specialist expertise and attention to detail. They are all given the autonomy and empowered to deliver the highest standard of care possible. They have the time and the desire to treat patients as individuals. They believe that being entrusted with the care of their patients is a privilege and for that they give it all they have to see that their patients are cared for in a safe, efficient and personalised manner. Patients would often write in their feedback, comments like: ‘The staff are fantastic and nothing is too

much trouble”. Kate Strohman, Operational Manager, says, “most of my time is spent ensuring that the Hospital is a safe and pleasant environment for patients to receive treatment”. This requires carrying out regular audits to check on how we are performing in areas such as Infection Control, Safety of the Environment, measuring the Clinical Performance and governing its delivery. The Hospital’s Catering Department prides itself on having achieved a 5 star rating in food quality and hygiene for 6 years running. All food is prepared on the premises from fresh high quality ingredients. We cater for special cultural diets and for patients with dietary intolerances. Mr Ahmed Shair, the Hospital’s Medical Director, says “It is a real privilege for me to work in a hospital whose staff have been able to keep their patients infection free for 8 years running, since its inception. Mortality rate has been 0 since the hospital opened its doors in 2004 and none of its patients has contracted MRSA or other nasty bugs. The Surgical and Anaesthetic team focus on applying modern, innovative, less invasive methods of treatment. This makes the patients recover quicker than national averages and complication rates are extremely low. The Operating Suite enjoys the benefit of clean air technology, one of the factors that promotes a ‘no infection environment’.” Kate Strohman highlighted the hospital Mission Statement. She says, “The Hospital has three integrated missions. Service Mission to deliver innovative, compassionate and cost

efficient care. Social Mission to make our services available to everyone who needs them whether insured, self-funded or referred from the NHS. Business Mission to run our service on sound principles that sustain our success and promote the professional and personal development of our staff”. Since 2011 the Hospital has been added to the list of providers that are recognised to treat NHS patients for bone and joint conditions from anywhere in the country, as long as their need for treatment has been established by their General Practitioner. Those patients can be referred via the Choose and Book NHS System. NHS patients will enjoy the same beautiful and clean environment and individual rooms, with en-suite facilities and a large free car park, usually only available to private patients. Mr P Burlington from North Lincs says “the best stay in hospital I have ever had. A very clean and pleasant place in which to undergo surgery. Everyone was very kind. It made the experience so much easier.” If you would like further information please contact OSSH on 01733 373057 or visit the Hospital website at www.orthospine.co.uk Information including patient feedback is also available on the NHS Choices website. Patients to OSSH must obtain a referral from their General Practitioner.

Being pregnant is an exciting time, but can also be daunting. You may feel that that there is so much to learn, or that there is now an expectation placed upon you to know what you are doing, and that includes knowing what to eat! But don’t worry; if you are pregnant, your nutritional needs haven’t changed that much since not being pregnant. If you eat a healthy balanced diet normally then you’re on the right track. Firstly let’s abolish the myth of “eating for two”. You are eating for two so this means you have to think about the foods you’re ingesting, but you don’t need to eat twice as much! So when someone tries to give you another serving of dinner because the baby needs it, if you’re not hungry then it’s fine to decline. During the first trimester, very few pregnant women require any further calories than what they would normally eat. During the second and third trimester you will need an extra 200 calories per day which is approximately an increase of 10%. What is important is that your balanced diet includes the protein, vitamins and minerals needed to help the baby grow healthily. Proteins are the building blocks of life, so it is no surprise that there is an increased need for it when pregnant. An extra 6g is needed per day (from 45g up to 51g). So have low-fat protein rich foods for lunch and tea, lean red meats, poultry, cooked fish, eggs and pulses. Soya is a great source of protein if you’re vegetarian/vegan, as it contains full proteins unlike other plant based foods. There is also a slight increased need for vitamin A, so plenty of carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes or mango, but not liver. This has very high levels of vitamin A and can be harmful to the baby.

There is an increased need for some of the B Vitamins, including Folate (B9). Most people start taking a supplement for Folic Acid as soon as they know that they are pregnant, or even beforehand. It is also found in your green vegetables and oranges, and beans and lentils. Surprisingly, being pregnant doesn’t require an increased intake of Calcium or Iron, even though your body is making new blood and bones! However it is very important that you do intake the normal recommended daily amounts, as it is obviously needed more than ever. Many people who don’t normally suffer from low iron problems such as anaemia begin to once they are pregnant because of the drain on their supplies, so eat plenty of iron rich food. Make sure that you remember the Vitamin C along with the iron to aid absorption. There is actually a required increase from 40mg to 50mg of Vitamin C when pregnant. Advice on foods to avoid change every year, along with quantities of alcohol you are allowed when pregnant. My advice is the same as always. If it isn’t nutritious, then you’re body doesn’t need it. If there is any chance of harming an unborn baby, then don’t eat or drink it. Be careful to avoid caffeine in the first trimester as this can cause a miscarriage. Avoid unpasteurised dairy products. Make sure food is cooked properly, especially poultry and eggs. Don’t eat too much mercuryheavy fish such as swordfish and shark, and to a lesser extent tuna. But do eat plenty of oily fish! Salmon and trout, sardines and mackerel contain fatty acids called docosahexanoic and arachidonic acid, and they are important for the development of the baby’s brain and vision.

Drink plenty of water! You need to keep hydrated, and this will also help with any constipation problems, especially if you have to have iron tablets. Eating plenty of green vegetables and whole grains for increased fibre intake will help with this too. So you can see that really, nutrition during pregnancy isn’t that scary. Just eat healthily and sensibly. It is normal to gain between 11-16kg when pregnant (24-35lb). If you are concerned that you are gaining too much or not enough weight then make sure you talk to your GP or midwife about it. My one bit of advice would be not to stress too much about your nutrition during the first couple of months of pregnancy if you are suffering from morning sickness and fatigue. Just eat what you can when you can until it passes. It’s quite normal to feel repulsed at the sight of vegetables and strong smelling foods like garlic, and just want a diet of potato and bread! Ginger helps with morning sickness. Keep some ginger biscuits in your bag for nibbling or try making a cup of ginger tea. Use one teaspoon of ground or grated ginger in a cup of boiling water. Leave for a few minutes, then strain and add a teaspoon of honey. Once you feel like yourself again, you will be more inclined to eat a little more sensibly!

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DiPSU

Direct Payment Services Users Ltd (DiPSU) is a Disabled Persons User Led Organisation founded in 2003 which enables persons with disabilities over the age of sixteen to live fully independent and integrated lives within their own communities. The company has been aiding the community by supporting persons less able than ourselves to support those on Direct Payments since the introduction of the scheme by the government back in 2003. Direct Payment Services Users Ltd helps Service Users to live independently within their own community such as service users who are receiving Direct Payments from the government, they help through accounting matters with an expert accounts department which manages the bank accounts of service users, this team ensures that the money received by the government is being spent according to the users care plan. This enables the service user to hire their own preferred care staff, or to contact an agency of their choosing to provide their care. And because some of the users have no capacity to manage their own funds DiPSU will open a bank account in the users name to manage their funding, promoting the users independence so that they may live in their own community rather than live in care. DiPSU’s recruitment team helps service users employ their own personal assistants, and their excellent support system enables the company to work closely with service users to help those that need care to recruit personal carers legally. As when a person recruits their own support team they then become employers in the eyes of the law, the government then legally sees that person as a company and Direct Payment Services Users Ltd helps aid in setting up and maintaining a payroll system. The company already oversees over eight hundred payroll services for existing users, proving their commitment and expertise in these matters, managing and

processing payrolls for over eight thousand five hundred personal assistants. The company is basically an empowering service allowing users to live as independent life as they can within their own community by supporting them with their payroll, with managing their funds as well, with their recruitment and with supporting them in legal matters regarding redundancies. DiPSU’s many services are maintained by a professional team which even includes a member of CIPD (The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) who is better qualified to handle employment law issues, CIPD is the world’s largest chartered HR and development professional body an excellent boon to any company wishing to help aid their clientele become better employers. For the ten years the company has been trading it has never had any legal battles in regards to employment law showing clearly their conviction to the service they provide in this regard and the company is also a non-profit charity organisation. Though they are not the only company offering these types of services the company maintains that because they remain local to Nottinghamshire they can provide a better service to the local communities than a national service provider. As the company is a non-profit charity they state that those using other private providers may be getting less care for the same amount of money they could attain from using DiPSU’s services. The company is also a service user led organisation, meaning that on the board of the company over fifty per cent of its members are actually disabled people, so this is a company providing a service for the disabled people of our community with the board having a likeminded approach to disability and the constant improvement of the services provided. As a company they aim to work towards the aims of the user led board which means they get involved with all aspects of community work in context of what the company provides, they work closely with

22 Portland Training College and grant placements for those students within the company so that they may gain experience and confidence in a working environment. DiPSU also works closely with the Job Centre as well to help the young unemployed to work at the company for six week placements to help those people also gain the relevant experience to gain entry into the working world of the office environment. They also work with MDC (Mansfield District Council) to help graduates who have completed their courses to come and help with some of the projects DiPSU has begun to help those graduates stay in the county, otherwise they will move away and we will be losing another important component in maintaining and improving our local community. It’s not just the user led board who have a section of disabled persons involved around forty per cent of the staff at DiPSU are also disabled, truly showing that this company only has the best intentions for its users for why would persons who understand the daily aspects of disability have any interest in making profit from others like themselves. For the past two years DiPSU has also been promoting charity events such as the Disco parties for disabled people and the local community, what the aim is through these events is to help the community come together and to recognise one another in an attempt to gain some kind of social cohesion and commitment. This year also for the first two weeks of November DiPSU along with both Mansfield & Ashfield District Councils have come together to create a group through which they can promote these types of events, this year the group is meeting at a Disco event to both relax and discuss how the group can advance its ideals within the district. Within a year DiPSU aims to get this group putting on at least eighty events which could be anything from school group discussions or other community events in regards to hate crimes and how we can eliminate this kind of behaviour within our community showing

youngsters that disability is a part of the community not something to be shunned or laughed at and approaching this issue from a grass roots or school setting will enable youngsters to appreciate this. DiPSU ensures that its design is not to enrich the board members or give out massive payouts to directors or company executives, their services are designed for disabled people within Nottinghamshire and its communities. As the company is a user led organisation they understand the difficulties disabled people are facing today, so they are not just businessmen who enter stating that they can offer this or that, these are disabled persons making decisions on behalf of others who know and understand their lives and the difficulties they face within it. The main aim is to enable users to maintain and improve upon their current lifestyles whether that aim is achieved through financial management, care support or legal aid DiPSU work hard to ensure this goal is achieved and that the community at whole is its main benefactor. In conclusion Direct Payment Services Users Ltd offers full support from management aspects to personal advice on a number of issues such as; being an employer, employment law, payroll & PAYE Matters, recruitment, health & safety, disclosure and barring service checks (formerly CRB), independent living insurance and staff training, basically anything required to help aid disabled persons throughout the region. The company is located at the Mansfield iCentre, Oakham Business Park, Hamilton Way Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5BR. If you are interested in seeing how DiPSU can help you call the friendly & professional team at the office on 08454 634 778. If you do use DiPSU for their excellent services please quote where you saw the advert: The Mansfield & Ashfield Express.


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Top Ten Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion

Autumn is hot on our heels, so as you put away your bikinis and reach for your tights here is a guide for the best fashion trends for the upcoming season

1. Metallics London fashion week AW13 were full of metallic pieces. Be it simply accessorising with shoes & bags or full blown shine with skirts & shirts.

2. Shimmering Talons Gone are the colour - pop & neon bright nails of the summer, replaced by the usual taupes & plums od the autumn but expect shimmering, pearlescent colours to be what we will be wearing.

3. Motif Jumpers This season knits have got a whole lot cuter! Cutesy prints & animal motifs are what will be keeping us warm in the winter.

4. Backpacks With the 90’s trend already around earlier in the year, backpacks are a more laid back luxe to the trend. Chooses faux or real leather for a grown up look.

5. Animal Prints Does this ever really go out of fashion?!? From ballet pumps to killer heels to all out in dresses, this teend is her again.

6. Autmnal Hues Ditch the brights this season & opt for deeper hues as you wrap up. This doesn’t mean reaching straight for the black & grey expect pastels & rich plums to be in your must haves. 7. Prints Prints don’t just come in the animal form. Spots, plaids stripes & hearts will be big news too. Embrace the patterns & if you’re bold, try some print clashing! 8. Embellishment Expect your favourite tees to be blinged up with some super glam embellishments. Perfect for glamming up your wardrobe.

9.Classic Tailoring A chic, white shirt is always a wardrobe staple but come autumn, this trend will be in full force. Crisp white shirts & blouses will work perfectly with your leather midi & will take you from work to party effortlessly.

10. Leather Leather will be big news this season. Don’t just stick with the biker jacket, work the look with midi skirts, flared minis, skinny trousers or even leggins!

Women brought to heel on fashion faux pas It’s the fashion faux pas that is rarely talked about and remains one of the hidden secrets at the bottom of many women’s wardrobes. Most of us girls have parted with our hardearned cash for a pair of must-have shoes, only to find these treasures are transformed into a toe torture contraption halfway through the night. Once or twice is forgivable and perhaps even understandable, but now new research has revealed that women keep making the same mistake when it comes to fashionable footwear - and are frittering away £2.5 billion a year on uncomfortable shoes they rarely wear. The average woman in the UK spends £136.52 on five new pairs of shoes every year, at a cost of £27.40 per pair. But instead of investing wisely in shoes they can wear more than once, three out of the five pairs of these “must-have” heels end up at the bottom of the wardrobe having only had one or two outings because they hurt their new owner’s feet. The research, commissioned by shoe specialist Hotter Comfort Concept, also revealed that 40% of the 1,000 women questioned admit choosing their shoes purely because of how they look - and not how they feel. But incredibly, almost a third who have tried on shoes and know they’ll be sore still buy them because they just can’t resist the look, and often kid themselves into believing their feet will adjust. This determination to persevere with their purchases means 62% of women spend at least one day a week wearing uncomfortable shoes, with 48% hoping to wear them in until their feet get used to them. But still we refuse to give up! More than half of women say they hang on to their hellish heels for up to a year before admitting defeat and throwing them away, despite only wearing

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them once. They also revealed that they own at least four pairs of shoes just to be worn when sitting down or Dinner Shoes that look amazing but are excruciating to actually walk in. Regionally, women in Chelmsford buy the most shoes, treating themselves to an average of seven pairs every year whereas women in Leicester buy the least, getting by on just four pairs a year. Worcestershire is revealed as the worst county for footwear faux pas as women there admit that 70% of their shoe collection has only been worn once because they are too painful, whereas Cambridge females are the most comfort-savvy with just 20% of their collection having been worn only once. Lisa McCarten from Hotter, said: “Shoes really can change your life: they have an impact on the health of your feet, can influence how you feel and play a significant part in how much you enjoy your day. “Not only do uncomfortable shoes make for a bad day today, squeezing your toes into ill-fitting footwear can also damage your feet causing pain and discomfort in later life. “We all want to look our best, keep up with our busy lives and have fun; stylish comfy shoes are an essential part of the modern woman’s wardrobe to help her tackle all three.”


Mansfield & Ashfield Express, October 2013 Statement Scarves Stripe, print or plain, a scarf can make an outfit. Wear knotted tight or big & bold.

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Something For The Men

Plaid This will be seen everywhere - on hats, scarves, shirts, ties, bags, coats, jackets and even socks!

Burgundy Embrace the shade in subtle ways with shoes & accessories or be bold in statement pieces such as a coat or trousers.

Black Leather Not really back in fashion as it never went away but black leather was big news on catwalks in the AW13 shows, showing outerwear pieces in sharp cuts & strong lines.

Camo Traditional green & olive tones or deconstruction interpretations of the print, camo is a big hit this season.


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Concept Interiors Andy Milns is a partner in the company Concept Interiors, located in Newark but the reach of their professional companies is felt throughout Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire. The company specialises in refurbishments to aid those less physically able to maintain their home lifestyles. Concept Interiors are specialists in bathroom adaptations, meaning they create safe and secure washrooms that have non-slip floors or create complete wet rooms or enclosed shower units that are perfect for those with physical impairments, allowing the users plenty of space to clean thoroughly and safely. The company prides itself on helping those that require an extra bit of support. Further than bathrooms, they do all kinds of adaptations throughout a household, whatever it takes to aid the client. From kitchen refurbishments, bedroom solutions and stair lifts - everything needed to maintain a dignified home lifestyle. The company of course advocates the introduction to the home all of its products, which are tested thoroughly to determine their efficiency and safety. However, Andy does state that the non-slip shower trays and antiscolding shower units are a recommended addition to any home - even if the occupants are able bodied - due to the improvement in safety whilst washing. Andy promotes his company as a friendly, reliable and professional service with no ‘pushy’ sales techniques; the team will come down to the property for a free no obligation survey, free quotation and no invasive followup calls. Andy even stated to the Express “I don’t like people coming into my home trying to force my hand into a sale so I ensure that we do not operate in that way, and once the work is completed, we consult with the client

to make sure that all works undertaken are correct. We don’t cut and run on our clients and we are proud of this fact�. Andy and his team have taken fifteen years’ worth of experience from working in the adaptation industry within other companies. Concept Interiors may be a new company on the scene, but with their combined wealth of experience and an excellent fitting team, they are proud to be able to help ease their customer’s lives. Andy sums up his services this way: “We can cater for all budgets and we are a locally company and we offer a friendly competitive service with no ‘gimmicks’ or ‘pushy’ sales�. If you need help in recreating your home to aid your lifestyle, then call Concept Interiors today and let our professional team help change your house to suit your lifestyle�.

  

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Top Tips to Making Your Home Winter-Proof The UK has been experiencing some of its coldest and longest winters for decades and, with many of us having been taken by surprise, next time around it may be a good idea to be slightly better prepared. Although there may be a certain romance associated with snuggling up in front of a blistering fire, the truth is, cold homes can be costly, both on our pockets and our health. There are some simple ways to make your home winter proof and, as well as making your nights more comfortable, they could also save you some much-needed extra pennies for the Christmas festivities. Check Your Boiler’s Efficiency Although not the most interesting part of the process, the efficiency of your boiler makes a huge difference to the warmth of your home. Older boilers were built with poor efficiency, and wear and tear can mean that they are costing the earth, whilst being largely ineffective. New condensing boilers are designed to maximise efficiency by limiting the energy lost through evaporation. If your boiler is more than ten years old, there are even some subsidies and grants available to help you with the purchase of a new one. Simply by getting in a top-quality plumber, you will be able to discover the efficiency of your current boiler and receive advice on which boiler is the most suited to your household. This varies depending on a number of factors, including size, number of people and budget. If you have been stuck with an old boiler for a long time, you will be amazed at the difference a new one can bring.

Have Winter Curtains By having seasonal curtains, you can ensure that it’s not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter. As well as helping to insulate against heat loss and keeping the cold air out, winter curtains also play a large part in giving your home a warm and cosy feel. Special heavy-duty curtains with an added insulation layer are the most effective. Regardless of how much warmer they make the house, however, they will certainly make you feel more protected from the harsh winter chill outside. As an extra to this, laying down thick rugs can also boost the warmth and cosiness of your winter retreat. Not only do they act as an extra layer of insulation on the floor, but also they prevent you from having to walk across cold floors, at once making you feel more cosy.

Check Your Insulation Although, once again, not the most exciting of jobs, how well you home is insulated is a crucial component of how efficient the heating is. One key place to start, in this respect, is the loft. As we all know, warm air rises and thus a lot of the heat in our homes escapes through the roof. By making sure the loft is adequately insulated, you prevent too much heat from escaping. Create an Emergency Kit Although for some this may seem like a step too far, it will only take a minimal effort and you will be thankful if you end up having to rely on it. How extensive you decide to make your emergency kit rather depends upon your location, and the related threats. Making sure that you have an alternative heat source, torches and batteries, tools and equipment and a well-stocked pantry would certainly be a good starting point. Straying away from your home for a second, it is also important to ensure that you have a winter survival kit in your vehicle. This can be life saving if you ever get stuck somewhere in the cold.

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Increase in household goods being flytipped across Mansfield Mansfield District Council has seen a dramatic rise in the number of household goods such as fridges, cookers, ironing boards and even a toaster being left on the highway. Residents who are eager to dispose of their unwanted goods are leaving items on the highway for scrap metal merchants to collect, in order to save them having to make a visit to the local tip or pay to have them collected. However items such as fridges are either not being taken, or are being illegally dumped across the District once they have been stripped of their metal parts, due to the regulations on disposal.

So far this year 31 white goods, most of which are fridges or freezers, have been illegally flytipped, compared to four during 2012/13.

It is illegal for householders to dump these items on the highway, as this constitutes as flytipping and could result in prosecution and a maximum fine of £50,000. It is also unsightly and poses a risk to wildlife or small children who could get trapped inside them. Residents are urged to remove the doors for any unwanted fridges or freezers prior to scrapping them and to leave them on their property whilst awaiting collection, not the highway.

The Council’s bulky waste collection service will take white goods for a charge of £11.70, or residents can take their items to the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Kestral Road, off Hermitage Lane, Mansfield and Oakfield Lane, Warsop and it will be disposed of free of charge.

Cllr Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “Flytipping is a real eyesore and makes our District look a real mess. We would like to issue a warning to anyone who is thinking of flytiping - we have a zero tolerance approach and if you are caught you will be taken to court and prosecuted. “The court fines can be thousands of pounds so it really isn’t worth the risk because if you get caught it will cost you lots of money.

“We would urge people to take their unwanted fridges and freezers to the local tip for free or to use our bulky waste collection service for a minimal fee.”

Residents should always carry out all necessary checks regarding the scrap collector, as they must have a valid Waste Carriers License and should issue a waste transfer note (for waste collected) to the householder. Households could be liable for not carrying out these checks and prosecuted if their waste is flytipped. To check if a waste carrier is licenced to collect your waste visit http:// epr.environment-agency.gov.uk/ePRInternet/ SearchRegisters.aspx and search under Waste Carriers and Dealers. You can book and pay for a bulky collection online using your credit/debit card or by telephone on 01623 463 463.


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Model Chip Shop John Mead has been established at his chip shop in the Model Village Shirebrook for over two years now. He has over twenty years of experience within the trade, beginning his career in Poole at the Halfway chip shop and learning well from the manager whose establishments won Chip Shop of the Year award three years in a row. As John himself puts it: “In respect of the business, I come from good stock.” The proud owner displays a variety of success clippings and certificates of hygiene to prove his depth of experience and cleanliness, reflected evidently in the shops shining counters and fryers, and also not forgetting to mention their excellent food. Not only does the family team do great traditional ‘chippy’ meals, they also deliver! This means you can get their famous pea fritters straight to your door or, better still, go down to the Model Village and meet the banter-full characters yourselves. John and his family’s kind and approachable manner is great and John’s passion for his shop goes well to show the effort he has put in over the years, dreaming of ownership whilst peeling potatoes to actually achieving his goal of owning his own chippy. Proud of his very fresh and large fish battered with no gimmicks, John is proud to claim an excellent meal for a reasonable price.

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Veggie Chilli Bake

2 whole white potatoes, fairly large, peeled and par boiled for 10 mins. Grated cheese 1 tsp of coconut oil or a good drizzle of olive oil 1 onion chopped 1 clove of garlic chopped 1 courgette chopped 1 red pepper and 1 green pepper chopped 1 carrot 1 can of your favourite beans in water, drained and rinsed. I used Berlotti in this recipe. 1 can of chopped tomatoes 1 vegetable stock cube Tomato puree Ground cumin Crushed chillies or chilli powder Coriander leaf Ground black pepper

Peel the potatoes and place them whole into the pan, cover with boiling water from the kettle and allow to simmer for 10 mins. Then drain and leave them to cool. In the meantime, heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic for a few minutes. Then add a generous sprinkle of cumin and coriander leaf and mix together. Now add the courgette and peppers and pour in the can of tomatoes and drained beans. Squeeze in a spoonful of tomato puree and stir together. Crumble in the stock cube and add your desired amount of chilli. I use crushed chillies and you only need a small sprinkle for a reasonable amount of heat. With the carrot, either grate this into the dish or using a peeler (peel the skin off first), peel the carrot into the pan. This makes for nice stringy pieces of carrot which thickens the sauce nicely. Add black pepper.

Leave to simmer for 10 mins whilst you preheat the oven to approx. 200c/400f/gas6, slice the cooling potatoes and grate enough cheddar cheese to cover the top of the bake. Pour the contents of the pan into an ovenproof baking dish and then arrange the sliced potatoes over the top to cover. Sprinkle the grated cheese to cover the potato. If you have a favourite herb, you could chop this place on the top, such as basil. Place on a tray and into the oven for 20 mins. This should be long enough for the potato to cook if the slices were not made too thick. You can test the potato with a sharp knife before you serve if you are unsure as to whether it is fully cooked or not.

Make Your Own Fruity Granola

Granola is easy to make, and you can adjust the recipe to fill it with your favourite fruits and nuts. Make as much as you like, there are no measurements here. Make plenty, it’s much cheaper than buying it in the supermarket, and then store it in an airtight container. Basic ingredients – rolled oats and honey. Mix the oats with a good drizzle of honey in abowl, and then empty out onto a baking sheet.Place in a preheated oven (180C/350F/Gas mark 4) for 10-15 minutes. The oats should be lightly browned. Take out the baking sheet and leave oats to cool. Now add the exciting bits; Chopped walnuts, desiccated coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried fruits such as apricots or fresh berries, anything goes! Serve with semi skimmed milk or natural yoghurt and enjoy!

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This month I will be reviewing two very different books. One is the newest paperback Martina Cole offering called The Life and the second is the 1960 American classic, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. THE LIFE BY MARTINA COLE Peter and Daniel Bailey, gangland brothers, are chalk and cheese in many ways. Peter is calm but ruthless and Daniel is impulsive with a mean streak but together they are at the top of their game in London’s East End. This story follows the Bailey brothers from the 1970’s to the present day with the next generation of the Bailey clan being prepared to take over the family business. Daniel’s wife Lena finally gives birth to a long awaited daughter called Tania and she is determined that Tania will not be involved in The Life. However, a terrible accident occurs and Tania and her father realise that their lives will never be the same. Martina Cole’s gritty writing seems to have had its day. This book is basically the same as the last three or four. Several phrases are overused throughout and the repetition of previous information is very annoying. Once again, this is a tale of loyalty and family bonds, underhanded deals and revenge but, unfortunately, we’ve read it all before. Maybe it’s time Ms Cole tried to write something different or maybe she should read a book by one of her contemporaries, Mandasue Heller, which is exactly what I will be doing!

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE ‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ This is a lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930’s is told with a child’s innocence and humour. This is a story of a community’s injustice in small-town America. The subtext is of a widower father, Atticus Finch, struggling to raise his children with the correct values in a deeply prejudiced society. Atticus Finch is probably one of the most heroic characters in fiction, and a role model for fathers everywhere. He stands for justice and fairness and never giving up on what you believe in. Scout’s blind love for her father is touching and understandable. Although the story is a very serious one and the trial is a very intense part of the book, the dynamics of the Finch family is equally important and also provides the humour and warmth needed to counteract the serious subject of the book. The first part of the book when the children are younger and still innocent in their thinking provides the most enjoyable reading.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel and a historical drama of the Great Depression. I read this book at school when I was 14 and have read it countless times since and every time I find something new, a new saying, a new feeling, a new insight.

Both of these book are available to buy or order from Pageturners.


Mansfield & Ashfield Express, October 2013 At the begining of September Andrew Payne opened the doors to his latest business, inside his shop Sign City on Kirkby Road in Sutton In Ashfield. With the rise in numbers of people that are giving up smoking traditional tobacco products due to health reasons, the shop could not have come at a better time. As this month is STOPTOBER , there couldn’t be a better reason to visit the shop to test out the products to find out what would work best for you. The socialites e-cigarette bar does stock the basic cigarette type product in which you just need to replace the filter and also comes with rechargeable battery. There is the juice type equivalent model available that you can purchase, offering up to thirty different flavours such as Blackberry, Menthol, Orange, Strawberry and Apple to name just a few along with five different flavours of tobacco. These quality goods are all UK tested by ECITA (Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association) and Socialites itself is a Chesterfield based company with over forty outlets already in less than a year. Andrew stated in a question related to new customers “The main thing is we have a tasting station so you can taste before you buy, and the fact that these are water based products and not oil based ensures for a smoother inhale and more flavour. I have noticed over time that we have people visit us regularly due to the money they have saved compared to smoking traditional cigarettes and these electric cigs are fast becoming a fashion accessory.” So if you are fed up with traditional Tobacco smoking, the taste or the smell or just want to change your habits, head on down to the Socialites e-cigarette bar in Sutton In Ashfield to try out the variety of flavours that are being offered. Trust and loyalty, the two main ingredients for a healthy relationship.

We gain your trust and your loyalty will follow. Socialites Zero is a brand formed under the umbrella of SLAM Trading LTD. Headed by five partners, each with our own individual skill set and qualifications. This melting pot of knowledge and expertise has created a formidable partnership. Collectively, we have the same vision. Our goal is to produce the finest “alternative smoking experience” and to share it with you. Individually, we understand the perils of smoking tobacco cigarettes. Each of us has suffered our own ordeals with Zero success. I will highlight later our theory to why smoking has such a hold on all of us. After sampling electric cigarettes already available, we all met with the following conclusions. 1. Non - realistic flavours 2. Bad after taste 3. Almost satisfying 4. Still wanted a tobacco cigarette 5. Handy for indoors 6. Helps cut down from tobacco cigarettes. 7. Saves money

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became our driving force very early on when forming the Socialites Zero brand. We are unique within the industry and are fully committed in providing cutting edge technology paired with the very best pharmaceutical grade nicotine liquids and flavours.

Now we have reached our goals, it’s time for you to reach yours!


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Oxjam Takeover Festival Eight venues, fifty artists and one wristband. Yes its back, Mansfield’s largest charity festival Oxjam is back on the 19th of October. The team as always has been working hard booking bands, preparing venues and greasing the wheels of which is a huge undertaking the young team is preparing for the second year. After last year’s huge success of generating £4,300 (a huge £1,300 over target!) Anna Kerr and the guys are hoping to raise £5000 or more this year, the official sponsors for the Takeover event this year are; GMB, Certsure, Martin Lee & Co Solicitors, Unite, J&S developments & the main sponsor being the G.I. Group with a generous amount of help supplied by the Mansfield Bid Team. Also not forgetting a special thanks to two most supportive county councillors; Dianna Gilhespy and Darren Langton. And last but certainly not least our dear district council member and friend Sonya Ward who is always available to help where she can and always makes a point of call towards community events such as this. The event is an excellent opportunity to see local bands you may have missed before or even artists from out of town who have peeked the curiosity of the Takeover Team who have an excellent ear for new music. Once again the festival requires you to attain a wristband either by pre-ordering them via the Oxjam Mansfield Takeover Festival website; wristbands can also be purchase before the 19th from Music Scene, the Credit Union and Forever Young. Alternatively you can acquire them on the day either at the door to each venue or better yet from 10am onwards on the 19th of October the town centre will be full of fun stalls with live music, buskers, gorillas in suits, children’s workshops, the Pleasley Colliery Brass Band and Madame Zucchini a famous vegetable entertainer who will be teaching patrons how to create your very own vegetable creatures and puts on a whacky vegetable theatre show! However the main stall on the market will be where the Oxjam team will be preparing their battle plans for the afternoon, not only should you go down and wish them luck and thanks for putting on such a brilliant event for live music in Mansfield but you can also get your wristband there which are £6.00 for those who are 18+ for those lucky enough to be younger the wristbands are only £3.00. What an excellent offer as well, eight venues full of different types of music with fifty artists for only one wristband at the cost of £6.00 per person! (18+) Each venue is dedicated to a different style of music so nobody should be stuck for choice from classic rock and cover bands to more traditional styles such as choral and as Anna so humorously puts it organ plonking. The main stage is the same locale as last year, the Intake club will be host to the evening’s festivities and will be open from 7pm till 1am and should be an excellent opportunity to hear all your favourites and like myself hear some totally new and exciting bands. The majority of the venues will all start at 1pm and last till around 6pm except for the New Inn which will be open in the evening, events and musical style following: •The Ram – Mansfield’s very own rock/ mod bar has again taken on hosting the rock & alternative bands, so if neck ache is your agenda head on down to the Ram to throw some horns and head bang along to bands like Fresh eyes for the dead guy. •The Bowl in Hand – Again the ‘Bowl’ is host to the acoustic and folk sets which last year were a real standout set for me, surprising to see really how much local musical talent there is in Mansfield & Ashfield.

•The Bowl in Hand – Again the ‘Bowl’ is host to the acoustic and folk sets which last year were a real standout set for me, surprising to see really how much local musical talent there is in Mansfield & Ashfield. •After Dark- A new venue to the festivals lineup, After Dark has decided to help the team on their charitable endeavours by playing hosts to the cover bands, anyone unsure about which venues to see I recommend this one to those folks because there literally is something for everyone. •The Old Library – The Library will be hosting a multi-sensory music and art space, hosting some great local musicians. Take a step inside to for a great audio-visual experience! This event is being exhibited by Plug Promotions a youth team who run their own gig nights and media outlets. •St Marks Church – Hosting the more traditional styles St Marks will be full of the sounds of the Latvian choir, harps and organs for those soulful and uplifting classics, not necessarily hymns either. Failing that everyone should go down just to meet Mansfield’s very own protesting preacher who back in June of this year was arrested for planting a peace garden in RAF Waddington, the UK’s top security drone control base! A top bloke and a real activist and in my eyes a true local hero who stands his convictions well. •The Red- Another newcomer to the festivals venue line-up The Red will be witness to the Indie bands and a general mix of bands & artists, again something for everyone. •The New Inn – Open from the evening this event is hosting covers, Indies & originals. With such bands & artists as; Roger the Mascot, The Future Boys, Funkasaw, Kill Chaos, Baby Rhino (Nottingham based popular band) The Lunadogs, Fresh eyes for the dead guy and The Jar Family (London based popular bad) you are bound to find something to your liking with which to tap your feet to. Hopefully James Dalby (our local Youtube legend) will also be opening the main stage at the Intake Club around 7pm. As previously mentioned the Intake Club will be hosting the evening part to the festival where the fun really kicks off! I won’t go through why this event is so important as not only is it obvious but I already covered it last year (yes the Express has been here for over a year now, making sure you get the facts on community news & events) but the Oxjam team did an amazing display last year showing how Oxfam uses the festivals charitable revenue to aid others around the world and in the UK who really do benefit from these kinds of events. I hope they do something similar again this year as it was a really powerful & enlightening display. Oxfam has been promoting cities and towns up and down the country for over six years encouraging locals to create these types of events; this will be Mansfield’s second year to be host to the Oxjam Takeover Festival and I wish the team the best of luck and let’s hope it is as exciting and vibrant as last year’s which culminated in an excellent day enjoyed by all in the name of charity and great music!

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Dividing up your assets for a clean break

what you need to know about divorce and consent orders When it comes to divorce, there are very few couples who won’t have something that is jointly owned and needs dividing up, whether that is property, a car, savings, shares or claims on a pension. Alexandra Kolak, a family lawyer at Tallents Solicitors in Mansfield, explains how consent orders can offer divorcing couples a clean break and a fresh start. Says Alexandra: “Cuts to legal aid in divorce proceedings during 2013 have meant many divorcing couples try to ‘DIY divorce’ in order to save money but if specific financial matters are not legally settled at the time of divorce, then it is possible for either spouse to make a claim on the other in the future. “Anything of value should be protected, be that property, savings or a pension and a courtapproved consent order will ensure that both parties have agreed to the contents. “But a consent order cannot be appealed or set aside, so it’s vitally important for couples to seek legal advice, even in seemingly simple divorce cases, to ensure that they don’t end up agreeing to a consent order that they did not fully understand but which may have farreaching consequences.” A consent order can relate to one specific area or include a combination of the following: Clean break only – this order dismisses both spouses’ rights to make any future claims against each other arising out of the marriage. For example, future claims for maintenance or a share of an eventual pension. This order does not contain any other provisions, such as property transfer, maintenance or pension splitting. This order also requires the complete and fully cooperation of both parties.

Standard consent order – this order will include specific details about property. For example, whether it is to be sold and how the proceeds from the sale will be split. Pension sharing order – this order will focus on how any accrued pensions will be split between spouses. It can be difficult to find a fair way to divide a pension, especially if one partner has always worked and the other has stayed at home to bring up a family. In these complicated situations, experienced legal advice is vital to ensure a fair and even division of the pension. To ensure peace of mind, is it wise to have a consent order written by a solicitor, or barrister, authorised to give family law advice in England and Wales. The order also has to be approved in court by a judge and if the judge is not satisfied with the correct completion of the order they will reject it, thereby delaying the divorce. It is possible to divorce without any consent orders or financial agreements in place but couples are strongly advised against this. Rights against a property or to claim maintenance do not diminish over time so a former spouse can still bring a claim for financial provision years after the divorce has been granted. Claims can also be made against a former spouse’s estate if there are no financial orders in place. Although money may be tight in a divorce situation, divorcing couples are warned about seeking cheap options, especially those offered on the internet by so-called ‘DIY Divorce’ companies. Alexandra comments: “A genuine solicitor will be listed on the Law Society website, will be fully regulated by the

Solicitors Regulation Authority and have full professional indemnity insurance. “Tallents Solicitors offer all these assurances giving our clients complete peace of mind and protection. Given the far-reaching consequences, financial and otherwise, of a badly executed divorce, this is one time when paying for expert legal advice makes good money sense.” By choosing a local solicitor you will be able to discuss your issues face-to-face with a legal expert who can fully understand your personal circumstances. They can also offer alterative ways to settle divorce issues through mediation or collaborative family law, both of which are offered by Tallents Solicitors. Tallents also offers a free family law drop-in clinic at their Southwell offices on Tuesday evenings from 5-7pm. No appointment is necessary. Says Alexandra: “Anyone seeking a divorce should consult a solicitor to fully understand their legal and financial situation, both now and in the future. At an emotional time, it can be hard to think beyond the present and into the future but a solicitor will help you do this. A consent order will give both couples the certainty that the divorce and everything else has been dealt with on a full and final basis.”

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Oh Boy!! This month we’re talking about men; as these days it’s not just the ladies that are looking after their skin and looking for something anti-ageing. The market for male skincare products was worth £25million in the UK in 2012, which indicates a 4% rise year on year. Still, for some men, stepping into a salon may prove to be a much more daunting task than you first think. However, there are a lot of salons now days that offer a whole selection of treatments dedicated just for the male species! Because men have unique properties in their skin such as larger sebaceous glands, higher levels of testosterone, oily thicker skin and obviously regular shaving, any product on the market has to take into account conditions such as dryness (caused by shaving and alcohol-based aftershave lotions) excess oil, shine, ingrown hairs and hypersensitivity. So choosing a suitable brand can be tricky – a great tip would be to look out for organic ingredients such as calendula, Dead Sea salts, green coffee, kaolin, red clay, tea tree, aloe vera etc. Ingredients that will help to soften bristles, soothe sore skin, hydrate dryness, purify, cleanse, and reduce puffiness and irritation. One of the most common problems men experience, is shaving.... If you suffer from ingrown hairs, razor burn and bumps, rashes, dryness or if you try to avoid shaving because it is too painful for you, id firstly recommend avoiding classic soap and water, as soap will strip the skins natural moisture barrier and leave the skin feeling dry, cracked and sore.

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