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Hi everyone Welcome to the September edition of Chadderton Life. It’s back to school time so maybe a bit of peace at home for some.There has been some really good feedback from readers concerning many of the advertisers over the past months, including C Collins, Mr Hygenic and many others. I used Archer Blinds myself and am really pleased with the products and very impressed with the fitting. Our website is getting a lot of views now and we are in the process of adding even more improvements so take time to have a look. Don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything or any idea you think may improve the magazine as we are always looking for extra articles of interest. See you all next month. Thanks and best wishes Trevor

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By Shelagh Stewart September Hedges play a key role in the structure and style of a garden, but they also have practical uses by providing shelter, shade and a secure boundary, they can be an effective noise barrier and of course a hedge is a busy habitat for birds and insects. If you look down one street alone you’ll see that most houses have at least one and yet hedges are the poor relation of the garden, you won’t read much about them in the horticultural magazines and they rarely get a mention in the TV gardening programmes, it’s no wonder we all but ignore these vital screens. There are two types of hedge, formal and informal. A formal hedge is usually made up of one variety of plant: privet, conifer, yew and holly are common choices. They’re closely clipped to maintain a clearly defined shape and provide a solid looking barrier. An informal hedge is much looser in style and more naturalistic. Informal hedges contain a variety of trees and shrubs: berberis, cotoneaster, escallonia, forsythia, fuchsia and roses to name a few. Flowers and fruits give the informal hedge more colour and interest. Whatever type of hedge you’ve got the soil is always important, especially if you’re trying to establish a new hedge. The soil should be improved before any planting and a good general fertiliser forked in every spring thereafter. Applying a mulch will help to conserve moisture and supress weeds. An occasional weeding and litter picking will keep it tidy and prevent anything undesirable taking hold, especially young tree seedlings. Once a young tree makes itself at home in the middle of your hedge, it will be almost impossible to remove without causing damage. The biggest issue with hedges is the clipping and pruning, it seems almost a tradition to have an annual fight with and overgrown hedge, preferably using a borrowed trimmer and some rickety step ladders! Formal hedges need to be closely clipped regularly to maintain the shape and encourage dense growth, as a minimum this should be done twice per year, once in spring and again in late summer (now). Informal hedges will also need some pruning, how and when depends on the variety of trees and shrubs. It makes the job a lot easier if you use the right equipment:

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*Secateurs for pruning stems up to 1cm (1/2”) thick. Cuts should be made cleanly and at an angle to allow rain to run off. *Loppers, for stems 1-2.5cm (1/2”-1”) thick. The long handled variety make reaching easier. *Pruning saws are used on branches more than 2.5cm (1”) thick. *Garden shears for small hedges e.g. Lavender and box. Keeping the blades parallel with the line of the hedge as you cut will help keep it level. *Electric/petrol hedge trimmers are best for larger hedges. You’ll need to wear some protective gear and, if it’s a high hedge a decent pair of step ladders is essential. Use with a wide sweeping action and resist the temptation to overstretch. A simple line made of sticks and string will help to keep your cutting straight and level. If you’ve got a badly neglected and overgrown hedge it may respond well to renovation. Beech, holly, hawthorn, yew and lonicera can all withstand hard pruning. Deciduous hedges are best renovated in midwinter and evergreen hedges in mid spring. Unfortunately, if it’s a conifer hedge a harsh pruning will only expose the bald areas underneath and new growth is highly unlikely. Hedges can cause a lot of problems between neighbours, but since 2005 there has been legislation that can help. The best way forward is through cooperation, but if you do need help the council will assist you (for a sizeable fee) if the hedge concerned is over 2m tall and it affects the reasonable enjoyment of home and garden and/or it’s affecting domestic property. Alternatively, free advice is provided by Hedgeline, Tel: 01455890649 If you want to see some whopping hedges visit Levens Hall in Cumbria and see the enormous beech hedges and topiary ( www.levenshall.co.uk or telephone 01539560321). Or see the huge columns of clipped holly at Arley Hall in Cheshire (www.arleyhallandgardens.com or telephone 01565777353). If you’d like to entertain/lose the kids, visit the world’s largest garden hedge maze at the Conwy Valley Garden Maze which is made entirely of yew, to find out more visit www.gardenartdirect.co.uk or telephone 01492660900 And talking of yew, the clippings from yew hedges are very valuable in the production of some cancer drugs, to find out more go to www.cancerresearchuk.org or contact Friendship Estates who collect clippings from all over the country by email at: yew@friendshipestates.co.uk or by telephone on: 01302700220.

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Bill Keeth fails to finish a French best-seller about genocide in WWII I recall reading in the press some years ago about a young churchman who proposed to study pornography. Were his church elders mad, I remember wondering, in not preventing him from doing so. Because the least they might have done is warn him that pornography is the devil‟s handiwork and, wherever this is to be found, there is the devil, too, quite unable to conceal his pride in it. The churchman‟s subsequent affair with a parishioner, a mother of three, caused major problems for two families and cast a long shadow over his future career and vocation. So beware of the book title listed here. Because I had a similar feeling of apprehension upon turning to it. This absolute tome of a novel (it is just short of 1,000 pages long) has been a bestseller in France, where it was awarded two of the most prestigious French literary awards: the Prix Goncourt and the Grand Prix du Roman de l’Académie Française. Come December 2009, it had been translated into seventeen languages, and according to Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad and Berlin, The Downfall, 1945, it is “A great work of literary fiction to which readers will turn for decades to come.” Well, maybe so – though I won‟t be one of them. Because The Kindly Ones tells the story of Dr Max Aue, an industrialist and family man living in post-war France, who is reminiscing in the first person singular about his life as an SS intelligence officer and de facto cold-blooded serial killer on the Eastern Front during WWII. At least that‟s where I left him. Because I adjudge the length of Dr Aue‟s personal history to be self-serving and quite unnecessary. True, the author goes on to visit Stalingrad under siege, the death camps and Berlin itself, his nightmarish world populated by Eichmann, Himmler and Hitler himself. But around page 200 I‟d had quite enough of it. Because the story Max has to tell is sickening in the extreme. In a sense this is the author‟s intention, of course, with page after page describing the heartless manner in which the German land forces (not only the SS) perpetrated genocide village by village and town by town, as they advanced through Poland, Russia and the Ukraine to the outskirts of Moscow itself.

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Meanwhile, the concerns of the German soldiery appear to have been banal in the extreme, displaying their gentlemanly discontent with slithering about in mud and blood; worrying about getting the stuff on their uniforms; baulking at having to struggle to stand upright whilst walking upon literally thousands upon thousands of corpses of those whom they have done to death – a mind-blowing 1.5 million of them simply gunned down before ever the use of the gas chambers was authorised. Despite such horrors, I readily accept the author‟s thesis that the perpetrators of genocide during WWII were not monsters; rather were they human beings like ourselves. But what I cannot accept is his further suggestion to the effect that, since we are all human beings, every last one of us is capable of genocide. Not so, Mr Littell – or, rather, not necessarily so. Because William Blake, to name but one, was of a different complexion, as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks recently reminded us in his column in the London Times. That is to say, „Where Mercy, Love and Pity dwell/There God is dwelling too.‟ Not at Westminster, then; and not at a school I know where a kid I know was Public Enemy No. 1, aged 8. But somewhere out there in this Green & Pleasant Land, I‟d like to think, in This Year of Our Lord 2012. In less pretentious surroundings, perhaps, where ever Those Feet hath been inclined to tread. Besides, to my way of thinking, an additional ingredient needs to be added to the emotional mix before ever genocide can be a possibility. I refer to that lie to which the citizens of the Third Reich subscribed to a man, namely the lie that would have it that a race of people, the inhabitants of a particular country, the adherents to a specific religious creed, say, are less than human, sub-human, or (according to Nazi ideology, long discredited) untermenschen. Here‟s how Byron Marlfield, the more articulate of the two narrators of my debut novel, Every Street in Manchester dismisses such nonsense: „Blow an attitude like that up to national level and you can bank on genocide before too long: the Sioux nation, the aborigines in Tasmania, 6 million Jews in WWII, 4.7 million babies aborted in the UK since 1967.‟ It is seven years since Every Street was published, so that final statistic needs nowadays to be extrapolated to 5.6 million plus. Come the next Olympics, it will rank alongside the generally accepted number of victims of the Holocaust. Every Street in Manchester by Bill Keeth is for sale on Amazon

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Roasted tomato, basil & parmesan quiche Ingredients 300 g cherry tomatoes drizzle of olive oil 50 g parmesan, grated 2 eggs 285ml pot of double cream Handful of basil leaves, shredded, plus a few small whole ones for scattering For the pastry 280 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 140 g cold butter, cut into pieces

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