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Join us for our Open Morning Saturday 21 January 10am–1pm At Red House we are very proud of our: + Small class sizes + Unique family atmosphere + Extensive co-curricular activities + Focus on teaching and learning, not testing + Bespoke education, tailored to the needs of the

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Why choose Red House? Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision and not one to be made lightly. Academic excellence Academic excellence is the foundation to an exceptional education. Red House has academic excellence in abundance. We pride ourselves in offering an education that not only results in academic excellence but prepares pupils with life skills and confidence to excel ensuring they shine at every opportunity. Red House offers a well-rounded and balanced education, academic results are certainly important, but an essential part of the education children receive is formed through the sporting, co-curricular activities, school trips and excursions they experience. The wider opportunity available to our pupils to be part of sports tours, ski trips, choirs, public speaking and musical performances is an education in its own right. Why choose Red House? What makes Red House truly unique is the renowned ethos and spirit of the school. This nurturing environment allows us to capture and develop the curiosity and love of learning of each child right across the school. Our positive and supportive environment creates a unique family atmosphere, which is apparent from the moment you are welcomed into the school. We are not restricted by the National Curriculum allowing us to provide a broad and dynamic bespoke education. We believe this is vital in developing children’s interests and talents, whilst ultimately preparing them for their GCSE’s. This also allows us to build a personalised curriculum for each and every pupil to truly target each child’s strength and potential weakness. Independent v State Schooling

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There are great opportunities and life experiences offered by both state and independent schooling and the best schools from both sectors are providing an outstanding education to their pupils. However, the truth is there are not enough outstanding state schools in the region to offer these opportunities. Recent research has demonstrated that attending an independent school in England is associated with the equivalent of two additional years of schooling by the age of 16*. With this in mind it’s easy to understand why more and more parents are choosing an independent education for their children.

To ensure Red House is accessible and affordable our fees remain lower than any other independent school in the area for children aged 3 – 16. We always ensure our pupils receive the best education and the parents receive value for money throughout all aspects of school life. There is often a misconception that only the very wealthy can afford independent schooling, this isn’t the case. There is a diverse range of families attending Red House, many of whom make lifestyle sacrifices to fund their child’s education.

We appreciate the difficulty in choosing the right school for your child. Every parent wants the best in all aspects of life for their child that is why so many are attracted to Red House. Don’t just take our word for it, the best way to appreciate the welcoming and friendly ethos of the school is to experience it first hand. You will receive a very warm welcome from our wonderful pupils and talented teachers at our Open Morning. Our Headmaster, Ken James, will also be on hand to talk to you individually about Red House and its exciting future. This is very relaxed event which will give you a true flavour of life here. However, if you cannot make the Open Morning, please don’t worry: just call Claire on 01642 558119 to arrange an individual visit at any time.

*Based on new research by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University, commissioned by the Independent Schools Council (ISC).


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elcome to the first edition of 2017. I hope you all had a wonderful festive break and are fully recharged for the year ahead. We would like to thank all our advertisers and readers for making 2016 such a special year for us and we look forward to what 2017 brings! We start off with our new Timeout Teesside, a guide to what’s on in our area and beyond, all within easy driving distance see p12.  If you are planning an event, please let us know by emailing events@aspirelifestylemagazine.co.uk Freshen up your look with Call me Pretty in Norton, they have their full winter collection in stock now p15 Want to win big? We have the most amazing competition courtesy of SkinPharma, the prize is an amazing £274 worth of S5 beauty products, all for one lucky reader to win! See p7

All of us at Aspire lifestyle are crackers over our dogs, so we have teamed up with the RSPCA in Great Ayton to help find a home for Jess, read all about her on p23. Could you offer her the forever home she so desperately needs? Our front cover features Oakstone design, who specialise in the design, construction and installation of stunning high quality kitchens, read more about them on p9. Their beautiful showroom is well worth a visit too! As always I hope you enjoy this edition, if you want to share any news with us please do get in touch. To advertise your business in either Teesside’s monthly edition or Darlington’s quarterly edition of Aspire lifestyle magazine simply call 07961 138871 or email sales@aspirelifestylemagazine. co.uk

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The Heart of the home Introducing Oakstone Designs, a local firm who specialises in the design, construction and installation of stunning high quality kitchens.

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akstone Designs is an award winning company, based in Darlington, that specialises in the design, construction and installation of luxurious hand-crafted kitchens and furniture for discerning customers. We are very much a design focussed company and place the client at the centre of the design process, ensuring that we deliver exactly the right kitchen for each individual client. All of our furniture is built to order in our state of the art workshops in Darlington by our dedicated team of talented cabinet makers.

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Phone: +44 (0) 1325 366 948 Mob: +44 (0) 7713 248 534 We offer a complete service from concept through to completion and also regularly work alongside self-builders and architects etc. to assist them in realising their grand designs. Being completely and truly bespoke we can tailor our furniture exactly to each client’s requirements, not being restricted by set ranges or styles, shape, material or finish. Each of our designs is completely unique and built to the highest standards in the North East.

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Silver Swan to visit London! The much loved Silver Swan automaton - the emblem of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle - is to migrate to the Science Museum in London.

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he much loved Silver Swan automaton - the emblem of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle - is to migrate to the Science Museum in London. The unique, life-size musical automaton will make the journey south in the New Year, where it will take its place as one of the star attractions in the Science Museum’s 2017 blockbuster exhibition, Robots. It will be the first time this culturally important artifact has left The Bowes Museum since its purchase in 1872 by the Museum founders, John and Joséphine Bowes, who paid 5,000 francs (£200) for it. They had earlier seen it at the Paris Exhibition of 1867, where it was also viewed by American author Mark Twain, who later described it in his novel The Innocents Abroad. Dating from around 1773, the Swan is the only one of its kind in the world, its performances having enchanted audiences through a span of four different centuries. 10 | Aspire Lifestyle Magazine

It was first recorded in 1774 as a crowd puller in the Mechanical Museum of James Cox, a London showman and dealer. Its internal workings – controlled by three separate clockwork mechanisms – are attributed to John-Joseph Merlin, the Belgian horologist and famous inventor of the time who, amongst other things, gave the world the rollerskate.  Ben Russell, Lead Curator of the Science Museum’s Robots exhibition said: “We are thrilled that the Silver Swan - one of the greatest 18th-century automatons - will be part of our Robots exhibition. The Swan is an amazing evocation of life, and makes us reflect on our endless fascination with replicating living things in mechanical form.” Robots opens at the Science Museum from 8 February to 3 September 2017, before touring the UK and internationally until 2022. The Silver Swan will be on public display in the Robots exhibition for six weeks, from 8 February until 23 March 2017. The Swan will go back on show at The Bowes Museum in time for Easter and the commencement of the Museum’s 125th anniversary celebrations which begin in June 2017. Teesside Edition


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Timeout...Teesside

Teesside and the surrounding area is brimming with amazing things to do. Here is our handy guide to some of our favourite events happening across the region!

Mark Clarke – Shelf Life: The Ornaments are Talking to Me 3rd January – 12th February 2017

Belfast born artist Mark Clarke ponders the themes of life, love and loss. His poetic interpretations of the homemade shrine explore ideas about dementia, obsession, good and bad taste, collecting and fine art versus outsider art. The Bowes Museum 01833 690606 info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk.

The Circus of Horrors The Never Ending Nightmare Thursday 26th January 2017

The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation “The Never-ending Nightmare” The Billingham Forum 01642 552663 All seats £25 Conc £22 Show time 7.30pm

Ultimate Bowie Middlesbrough Theatre Saturday 21st January 2017

Not called “Ultimate Bowie” for nothing, this show captures the essence and authenticity of David Bowie in concert! Middlesbrough Theatre 01642 815181 boxoffice@middlresbrough.gov.uk Tickets £17.50 Conc £16 12 | Aspire Lifestyle Magazine

Dear Mrs Pennyman Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough Monday 30th January 2017

Pennyman received many letters from women who had lost loved ones during the First World War. These women lost husbands, sons and much more during the conflict and their emotional pain can be felt in their letters. Booking Essential Free Event. 01642 324188 16:30 - 18:30 Teesside Edition


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Nathan Carter & His Band Billingham Forum Monday 30th January 2017

Nathan Carter is one of the biggest names on the Irish music scene and is fast becoming a big name all over the UK with his fine performances that include the mega hit song ‘Wagon Wheel’. The Billingham Forum 01642 552663 All seats £26 Conc £24 Show time 7.30pm

Stargazing for all at Saltholme RSPB Saltholme Tuesday 31st January 2017

Blow away the cobwebs this January and join RSPB Saltholme on a walk with a difference - kick off 2017 with a dusk-time stroll, stopping off to sip soup and spot stars on the way. This fun, night-time event has been designed to

Il Trovatore (Opera) Directed by David Bösch Tuesday 31st January 2017

Il Trovatore is one of the great operas of the Romantic period, a story of passion and blood,

be accessible for all, and will be held on 31 January, from 4.15 pm-6.30 pm. Booking in advance is essential. Call the reception team on 01642 546625 to secure your place. Prices are £8.00 for RSPB members or £10.00 for non members.

love and vengeance, disaster and murder. New in the 2015/16 Season, this atmospheric and poetic staging by director David Bösch puts the story of passion against the backdrop of war. 

Harry Potter Book Night Stockton Central Library Thursday 2nd February 2017

Attention Witches, Wizards and Muggles! We’re ARC 60 Stockton

celebrating Harry Potter Book Night!

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Introducing Jodie McGregor J

GB rider, cook book writer, personal trainer – and still just 21…

odie McGregor says she’ll never forget how she got started on her extraordinary career – at Middlesbrough College. Jodie, who now lives in Rosedale near Pickering, was a talented equestrian in her teenage years and a successful member of GB’s junior eventing team. But realising she would never be in the top rank she set her sights on a new career. “It was a big decision to give up riding, but I decided to go to Middlesbrough College to do a sports studies course,” she said.“Outside of the course I also did my qualification as a personal trainer. I always knew I wanted to run my own business, so I got advice at the college about doing that.” Jodie’s ambitions soon came to fruition, and she launched her successful business Jodie’s Fitness Formula over a year ago, combining her love of healthy eating with keeping fit. She says her ethos is ‘nourish, not punish’ and believes staying healthy should be a maintainable lifestyle, not too tough to sustain. Her customers like the idea, and their requests encouraged her to write down her healthy recipes and self-publish a cookery book – she’s also written one on exercise. But Jodie’s not resting on her laurels – this month she’s taking her first party of customers on a fitness retreat to a beach in Portugal, and plans more if it’s a success. She says she would encourage other young people to take a look at Middlesbrough College courses to kick-start their career. College principal and chief executive Zoe Lewis said she was delighted to hear of Jodie’s success and plans.“Middlesbrough College is a great place for young entrepreneurs to get a good start,” she said. “Jodie did an Access to Higher Education (Sports Studies) with us, which is one of many excellent introductions to different careers that we offer – and it’s certainly paid off for her. We wish her luck as she grows her business.” 14 | Aspire Lifestyle Magazine

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Your very own Red Carpet Invite..

Start your hair journey with us at our red carpet launch on Saturday 11th February 2pm till 7pm. You’ll be welcomed with Champagne and canapés and each guest will receive a Special gift by Davines. ur Services include an in-depth O personal consultation, covering hair, face shape and lifestyle analysis in order to create your unique hair design.

You will be in “hair heaven” after receiving a shiatsu head massage using Davines products and we don’t stop there! We will be guiding you on how to maintain your hair at home so you have fabulous looking hair 365 days a year, this includes hands on advice on blow drying, styling, tools and products to maintain your beautiful new style at home. For further information about this event or to book your style consultation contact the salon today on 01642 554807. We look forward to seeing you!

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Grass Roots... at Red House School John Harris, an international hockey player returned to his former North East school to open its brand new, multi-purpose sports facility.

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ohn Harris, who has represented Scotland on the international hockey stage, officially opened the all-weather Astroturf pitch at Red House School by captaining a team of alumni in a 7-a-side hockey match against current staff and pupils.   The game, which ended in a diplomatic draw, was cheered on by pupils’ family members and friends and complemented masterclasses for aspiring athletes given by John throughout the afternoon. John also took time to talk to pupils about his time at Red House and how best to make the most of their time at the Norton-based school.   Commenting about the day, John said: “I was delighted to be asked to return to my school to open the pitch. I loved my time as a Red House pupil and it was where I discovered my passion for hockey. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it were not for the school.” Red House, one of the region’s highest performing independent schools, believes the physical well-being of its pupils is as important as 18 | Aspire Lifestyle Magazine

academic study and success, which is one of the main reasons it has invested in a state-of-the-art facility. Investment in the Astroturf pitch, which can accommodate several of the school’s sports including football, athletics and hockey, will not only enhance pupils’ experiences by encouraging them to take part in the school’s renowned sports games, it is also a visible statement to the local community that the school is staying in Norton and planning for an exciting future.   “Sport is a very important aspect of life at Red House and we believe it is highly beneficial to the physical and emotional well-being of the pupils,” said newly appointed headmaster of the school, Ken James. “It was fantastic to see John inspire the students and show them how pupils from a small school can achieve great things. We hope to see more of our pupils develop their skills on the pitch and go on to succeed internationally in the future.”   To find out more about Red House School, please visit: http://www.redhouseschool.co.uk/ Teesside Edition


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nterior trends are fantastic to grab inspiration and ideas from but like all trends, they come and go. At Brass & Rose Interiors, creating a finish that is timeless is an essential part of our vision, especially when it comes to a big investment such as a kitchen. This doesn’t mean that you must stick with a traditional look but just be mindful and ask the question, ‘Am I still going to love this in 10 years?’ Being able to offer our clients a range of over 50 beautiful classic and contemporary door styles, an extensive range of worktops and superior finishing touches enables us to not only provide a bespoke design service but strive to meet our client’s family and lifestyle requirements. With a skilled and experienced team, we are proud to deliver the full installation ensuring that the same high quality is achieved from concept to completion and all the important details in between. We would love to hear from you and discuss how we can help in your next kitchen, bathroom or any other interiors project. Call or email our design team to request a brochure or find out if our services could help you create your next beautiful space.

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A touch of frost Gardening tips 1

Harvest leeks, brussels sprouts (from the bottom upwards), carrots, parsnips and winter cabbages.

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Start chitting seed potatoes - early varieties will be planted in March, so now is the time to start. Put them in a light and cool place with the end showing the most ‘buds’ uppermost - old egg boxes are ideal. Once the shoots start to sprout, pinch out all but two or three and just imagine the flavour of freshly dug new potatoes!

Keep off the lawn as much as possible when there is a frost or if it is wet - damage to waterlogged lawns is easily done.

Weeds - sadly many will survive the cold weather so once the soil is workable, hoe away before they leap into action in the spring.

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Sow early crops (beetroot, spinach, lettuce, radishes) in seed trays or modules in a greenhouse or tunnel, or on a windowsill inside in light and airy conditions.

Do remember to put out fresh supplies of water and food for the birds; extended periods of harsh weather are a real threat to our feathered friends. Feed them with good quality high energy bird food and fat/suet balls and break ice on water bowls. If you can’t find any bird food, scraps of bacon fat, mild cheese, fruit, breakfast cereal and uncooked oats are all fine.

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Shred your Christmas tree and add it to compost bins or strip down the branches as they make great pea sticks.

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Forking over not only helps prepare the soil for next year, it helps reduce pests by exposing them to hungry birds.

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Start to force rhubarb; clear away all dead foliage and cover the crown with a forcer if you have one or a large pot if you don’t. To encourage faster growth, pack horse manure around the forcer; the heat will produce even more dramatic results as it rots down!

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Sow sweet peas under cover to give you a head start in the spring.

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Young Carers’ voices are heard A group of young people from across Stockton-on-Tees were handpicked by government to share first-hand their experiences of caring for a family member.  

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he four young people, aged from 14 to 17 years, travelled to London after being invited to meet with the office of the Children’s Commissioner, whose role it is to promote and protect children’s rights in England. Staff working for the Children’s Commissioner asked the young people from Eastern Ravens Trust in Stockton what services and support is available for young carers locally and what parts of their lives are affected by their caring role. They were also asked to give examples of some of the positives of being a young carer.   The group agreed it was a great opportunity to have their say and were pleased that children and young people from across the country had been invited to express their views.   One of those who took part was Bailey Shaw, 16, from Norton, who said: “It’s so important for young people, and especially young carers, from the north of England to be given the opportunity to have their voices heard. 24 | Aspire Lifestyle Magazine

It’s easy to feel like we are ignored by the Government but talking to the commissioner’s team made us feel like we can influence national policies, and make a difference.”   Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: “I can think of no better people than the young carers from Eastern Ravens Trust to help the Children’s Commissioner get a taste of what matters to young people who look after a family member.  Their passion and commitment to help raise the profile of young carers, share their experiences and help others in the same position is second to none.”

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Antique Furniture gets modern storefront at Allinson Duke Amanda has recently been featured on BBC’s “Money For Nothing” as a new trade buyer.

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llinson Duke, an established Modern Day Antique Dealer, has leaped into the world of online with their very own e-commerce website, opening their range of antiques, furniture and interiors to the entire UK. Founder, Amanda Allinson, had this to say: “I’ve always been interested in antiques from being a child. I’ve always been a collector and I wanted to turn this hobby into a living. I started selling online through ebay & auction houses. This eventually lead to the opening of a shop as well as selling at vintage, antique & salvage fairs.” Amanda has recently been featured on BBC’s “Money For Nothing” as a new trade buyer. “As a collector myself, I’m able to put myself in the shoes of a customer, so when I’m looking to source furniture I know what to look out for in order to ensure I’m buying and selling only quality antique furniture” The website, stocks a wide range of antique furniture, accessories and a wide range of taxidermy products. 26 | Aspire Lifestyle Magazine

If visitors can’t find the piece they’re looking for – Allinson Duke are able to source pieces to a brief. “With the growth of the business and a growing presence on social through Instagram, Twitter & Facebook, a website was the next logical step to expand the company’s reach to more people across the UK and abroad. The website features all my stock including antique furniture, interior decorations such as mirrors, porcelain, soft furnishings and a wide range of taxidermy products” Amanda has recently upped the company’s headquarters to a distinguished Georgian property in Darlington. This has allowed her to store products in a setting that the furniture has been intended to be kept in a home - not a warehouse or lock up unit. You can head over to the Allinson Duke website at http://www.allinsonduke.com to view their entire range.

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A day in the life of an 1895 pawnbroker

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Before the world of modern unsecured loans a pawnbroker would have been a feature of a Victorian street, on some streets they outnumbered pubs!

he process for many was as follows, you took something precious, a trinket or even your Sunday best clothes and pledged (passed) them onto a Pawnbroker for money. They were not necessarily gone for good, you were hopefully paid enough later so you could purchase the items back on the ‘redemption day’ (often the Saturday before Church), not forgetting the added interest. This was an incredibly common occurrence, which often ensured poorly paid individuals could eat and cover rents. Pawnbrokers could also be utilised by the middle and upper classes for readily available cash. This might be due to hard times or needed to cover an investment that could often turn out too good to be true and the pawnbrokers would proceed to auction anything not redeemed. As you walked down the street you would recognise the premises by three golden balls suspended from a sign and on entering you would confront a counter. Behind this counter and in the Pawnbrokers windows were various items either held waiting for redemption or on sale due to the failure to redeem, usually after a year of holding them. 27 | Aspire Lifestyle Magazine

These items could be everything from pocket watches, violins, to bed clothes, so the Pawnbrokers always had an eclectic stock. Pawnbrokers were often an essential facet of a family economy living on or near the breadline; this family purse was usually managed by the wife. Related to this quite often in towns and villages was a local credit network comprising of several industrious ladies using what money they had to create an informal system of pawnbrokering. Authors such as Charles Dickens are credited for writing vivid descriptions of the heart breaking moments of passing over a loved possession just to eat or survive. It is worth noting his father had spent time in debtors’ prison like a great many individuals who took direct loans they could not return.Thankfully our Pawnbrokers are simply a façade on the street at Preston Park Museum. For further details and opening times please visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk Teesside Edition


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Old Cars... are like old bones! Old cars, like old bones, don’t much like winter. It’s cold, wet, icy and generally not that pleasant. Classic cars like to be off the road and in a garage, preferably heated, and, to be honest, their owners are probably quite happy with that too. Here are some cheap, simple and effective ways to maintain the condition of your classic car over the winter season. • • • • • • • • • •

Keep your classic car dry. Maintain your car’s battery. Use your car! Underseal your car. Keep it clean. Get the antifreeze mixture right. Pump up the tyres. Release the handbrake. Fill the fuel tank – helps reduce the rusting. Grease the chrome on your car.

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Cooper Teesside

xDRIVE.

DELIVERING SO MUCH GRIP, IT’S ALMOST MAGNETIC. BMW xDrive is an all-wheel drive system like no other. Capable of switching up to 100 percent of power between rear and front wheels in just one-tenth of a second, it delivers optimum grip, ensuring confidence on any road surface. xDrive is available on selected models throught the BMW range, including Sports Hatch, Saloon, CoupÊ and Touring models.

To find out more or to book a test drive*, please call 01642 693 523 or visit www.cooperteessidebmw.co.uk

Cooper Teesside

Concorde Way, Preston Farm Industrial Estate, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland TS18 3RB *Test drive subject to applicant status and availability.

The Ultimate Driving Machine


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PEUGEOT 108 HATCHBACK 1.0 ACTIVE 5DR MPG (KM/L): Urban 56.5 (5), Extra Urban 78.5 (3.6), Combined 68.9 (4.1), CO2 95 g/km

£97.00

SEAT IBIZA HATCHBACK 1.0 SE 5DR £119.00 MPG (KM/L): Urban 43.5 (6.5), Extra Urban 62.8 (4.5), Combined 54.3 (5.2), CO2 118 g/km FORD FIESTA HATCHBACK 1.0 ZETEC 5DR £124.00 MPG (KM/L): Urban 55.4 (5.1), Extra Urban 74.3 (3.8), Combined 65.7 (4.3), CO2 99 g/km FORD FOCUS DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.5 £169.00 TDCI 120 ZETEC 5DR MPG (KM/L): Urban 65.7 (4.3), Extra Urban 83.1 (3.4), Combined 74.3 (3.8), CO2 98 g/km

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS DIESEL £216.00 HATCHBACK A180D AMG LINE 5DR MPG (KM/L): Urban 62.8 (4.5), Extra Urban 78.5 (3.6), Combined 72.4 (3.9), CO2 102 g/km MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS DIESEL £275.00 SALOON C220D SPORT 4DR MPG (KM/L): Urban 58.9 (4.8), Extra Urban 83.1(3.4), Combined 70.6 (4.0), CO2 103 g/km LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQUE £298.00 DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 ED4 SE TECH 5DR 2WD MPG (KM/L): Urban 56.5 (5.0), Extra Urban 72.4 (3.9), Combined 65.7 (4.3), CO2 113 g/km

FORD KUGA DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDCI £179.00 150 ZETEC 5DR 2WD MPG (KM/L): Urban 52.3 (5.4), Extra Urban 65.7 (4.3), Combined 60.1 (4.7), CO2 122 g/km

BMW 4 SERIES DIESEL COUPE 420D £312.00 [190] M SPORT 2DR MPG (KM/L): Urban 51.4 (5.5), Extra Urban 72.4 (3.0), Combined 62.8 (4.5), CO2 119 g/km

MERCEDES-BENZ VITO LONG DIESEL £214.00 114CDI BLUETEC VAN MPG (KM/L): Urban 34.0 (8.3), Extra Urban 53.3 (5.3), Combined 44.1 (6.4), CO2 169 g/km

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT £599.00 DIESEL ESTATE 3.0 SDV6 [306] HSE 5DR AUTO MPG (KM/L): Urban 35.8 (7.9), Extra Urban 44.1 (6.4), Combined 40.4 (7.0), CO2 185 g/km

CITROEN BERLINGO L1 DIESEL 1.6 HDI £149.00 625KG ENTERPRISE 75PS MPG (KM/L): Urban 48.7 (5.8), Extra Urban 61.4 (4.6), Combined 56.5 (5.0), CO2 131 g/km

FORD TRANSIT 290 L2 DIESEL FWD £186.08 2.0 TDCi 105ps H2 Van MPG (KM/L): Urban 40.4 (7.0), Extra Urban 42.8 (6.4), Combined 42.2 (6.7), CO2 174 g/km

Contract Hire I Personal Lease I Hire Purchase I Cash Purchases Finance Lease I Ex-Lease Sales I National Coverage

All prices exclude VAT. All the above are based on 6 payments in advance - we can do lower deposits. Official fuel consumption figures in MPG and (Litres per 100km)

AVL- Advanced Vehicle Leasing, Unit 10, Easter Park, Barton Road, Riverside Park, Middlesborough TS2 1RY

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Creating dream gardens across the North East

Wilkinsons

Landscapes

from concept to completion...

www.wilkinsonslandscapes.co.uk

Block Paved Drives

We are a leading provider of landscape services to the region with many satisfied customers and a reputation for first class quality work

Patios Walls & Fencing Timber Decking Trellis & Pergolas Ponds & Water Features Planting Schemes Lawns and Borders

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Tel 01642 790409 or 01325 369777 The very best plants, at the very best prices

Wilkinsons Plant Centre

Visit our Plant Centre, to see inspirational show gardens and the largest selection of plants in the North East Opening Times Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4.30pm Closed on a Sunday from the end of October until the first Sunday in March.

www.wilkinsonsplantcentre.co.uk

Wilkinsons Plant Centre, East Brocks Farm, Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees, TS16 0QH Find us on the A67 midway between Yarm & Teesside Airport


Aspire Lifestyle Magazine - Teesside UK - January 2017