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dec12contents Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Readers

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breeze what’s on Christmas is always a time to come together and celebrate the festive season... We’ve some suggestions to keep you in the mood and also help others along the way...



On Friday 14th December the Village Singers invite you to join them at their Christmas Concert, when they hope, with your help, to bring some cheer into the lives of our local homeless. Performing a wide range of their Christmas favourites, the evening promises to be a wonderful curtain raiser to the Christmas Season. The Christmas Concert takes place in the Oasis Church, commencing at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 donation. All the proceeds from the evening will go to support the Canaan Trust, the local independent charity which provides accommodation and 24-7 support to the homeless of our local communities. Michelle Cassidy, Musical Director of the Village Singers commented, Toton Churches Christmas Services “Every member of the choir wanted to help raise awareness of the 9th December existence of homelessness in our Family Worship Gift Service area. No-one chooses to be St Peter’s Church 10.30am homeless, and this is especially true at Christmas. Sadly, for many, it will 16th December be the harsh reality which will greet Joint Nativity Service them on Christmas morning. With no Methodist Church 10.30am family to bring cheer to their day, no Carol Services presents, no turkey – it’s just another Methodist Church 6.00pm day, with little or no hope. The choir, St Peter’s Church 8.00pm together with those who join us in concert on the 14th December, hope 24th December to at least provide some cheer to the Christingle Services homeless. We plan to have a lung St Peter’s Church bursting and joyous evening.” 3.00pm & 5.00pm Tickets for the Christmas Concert Methodist Church 4.00pm can be obtained from the Canaan Communion Trust Office on Main Street. St Peter’s Church 11.30pm Please ring 0115 946 4903 if you need tickets posting out. 25th December If for any reason you are not able to Joint All Age Christmas Day Service join the choir on the night then you Methodist Church 10.00am can still support their efforts. Make a donation via your mobile phone. Text the words, ABED14 £ (state amount donation) send it to telephone number 70070

  

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT BEESTON FREE CHURCH Saturday 15th December         10.30 -12.30   Join them in Beeston Square, Beeston. Carol singing and an opportunity to hear more about what Beeston Free Church do. 3.15pm  Children’s Christmas Celebration A short service for young children and their families, followed by a party tea. Sunday 16th December 4pm   Traditional carol service With crèche 7pm  Carols by candlelight Sunday 23rd December 10.30am  Christmas service for all ages Tuesday 25th December 10.30am   Christmas Day service

 

Christmas Services at Christ Church Chilwell You are warmly invited to hear the Christmas story at any of the following services: Sunday 9 December Christingle Service 4:30 pm





Sunday 16 December Carol Services 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm

The 4:30pm service is a family friendly service.  Tim Bevington, their Children and Families Worker, is the speaker, Canon Alan Howe, their vicar, is the speaker at the 7:00pm service  Christmas Eve Crib Service 4:30 pm Midnight Communion 11:00 pm Christmas Day Holy Communion 9:00 am Christmas Worship 10:45 am

Village Singers – Christmas Concert

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH 14th – 17th December Christmas Tree Festival Friday and Saturday 10:00am – 4:45pm Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm Monday 10:00am – 4:00pm 23 December 6:30pm Carol Service Christmas Eve 4:30pm Christingle, Nativity and Crib Blessing – Children welcome 11:15pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10:00am Parish Family Celebration All Welcome





St. John the Baptist Parish Church, Beeston, invite you to visit our Christmas Tree Festival. This is being held Friday 14th December until Monday 17th December. Light refreshments will be available. A Christmas Tree Festival is a display of Christmas Trees, decorations and lights etc, making the Church look truly beautiful; these are sponsored by various Church Groups, Local Schools and Organisations. “We look forward to seeing you and your family and friends”.


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ur fish counter has never been so attractive, especially since we have sourced a family fishery in St Martin, Cornwall. They are sending us a much larger range of sustainable fish and specialise in products such as white spider crab meat, which is phenomenal and available throughout Christmas. We have also travelled to Brancaster, Norfolk , where we met a local family who now supply us with the cleanest, tastiest wild mussels. Our self service luxury olive counter continues to please, with kilo tubs now available for ÂŁ8.99 with a free bag for life! Now is the time for hearty winter veg, which we buy directly from Nottingham farmers. Bursting with flavour and goodness, no-one else can beat us on freshness and quality, along with a vast choice to keep testing your culinary skills. Why not try celeriac, jerusalem artichokes, brussel tops or kale? Our Xmas trees are now also in full flowScottish Nordmanns as well as English cut or potted spruces and firs. Tree-mendous! Fred Hallam Ltd, 23 High Road, Beeston Tel: 0115 925 4766

 

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With Christmas just around the corner we’ve a few ideas to help you get your loved ones that something special... At Mish Mash they source and stock a constantly changing blend of artwork, jewellery, furniture, ceramics and glass to suit today's interiors. Mish Mash Gallery, 178 High Road, on the corner of Cator Lane, Chilwell NG9 5BB. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm. Late night opening in December: Wednesday 15th, 12th and 19th till 8pm. Also open on Christmas Eve. Brooks Computer Solutions Amazing Christmas Deal: Fantastic and Quick HP Windows 8 Laptop. • Intel Dual CORE Processor • 4GB Memory • 500GB Hard Drive • Wifi • DVDRW • Camera Card Reader • Webcam • HDMI • Bluetooth • Clear 15.6" LED Backlit Screen • Amazing price of £299 inc vat!!! • Trade in your old laptop for cash back or money off! Is your PC or Laptop not working as you would like? Have you considered an upgrade to Windows 8 for only £79? Ideal for Windows XP or Windows Vista! Call Brooks Computer Solutions (BCS) on 0115 946 8333 or call in to their showroom on Woodstock Road, Toton, How about a unique gift for Christmas that will be truly appreciated? Give a gift voucher, which will provide an hour long treatment ending with an enjoyable massage, from Marion Mortimer, for further enquiries or to book an appointment, call Marion on 0115 939 3662

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Need some ideas this Christmas? Problem Solved! Calm Beauty has amazing offers on Gift Sets and Vouchers from Teenagers to Grandparents. Gift wrap delivery service available free to local area, so you don’t even have to leave home. Orders can be taken over the phone. All major cards accepted. Late night shopping – See main advert for details. To Book just call 01158542059 Calm Beauty www.calmbeauty.co.uk

Give the gift of beautiful sound from the area’s specialist in audio visual equipment. Accessories for the hi-fi hobbyist also available with expert advice to guide you. Available from John Kirk Hi-Fi, 70 Chilwell Road, Beeston Tel: 0115 925 2986

Beeston Bed Centre has been trading for twenty seven years. They pride themselves on offering unrivalled choice at unbeatable prices. Call in and meet Paul and Steve who will not only give you a warm welcome, they will save you money as well. Paul and Steve would like to wish all their customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013. Beeston Bed Centre, 57-59 Chilwell Road, Beeston Tel: 0115 922 4633


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BubbleIT provides IT Support, Website Design, Computer Repair and Sales services to businesses and home users throughout the East Midlands. With their strategically located stores they are able to delivery fast, efficient services to all customers, whether that’s a Christmas present for the kids or an urgent computer repair in time for Christmas. Furthermore offering a whole host of laptops and desktop computers built to specification please don’t miss the chance to pop in and take a look at the selection. Visit one of their stores today and see how they can assist your business with a fresh new website, optimisation of your existing website or alternatively take a look at BubbleIT’s range of laptops and computers. BubbleIT would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! BubbleIT. Web: www.bubbleit.com 69 Station Rd, Beeston Tel 0115 922 4749 and 2 Derby Rd, Wollaton, Tel: 0115 849 3554 and 126 Melton Rd, West Bridgford, Tel: 0115 878 1958

Stunning and creatively crafted gifts along with clothing with a difference - go on - try something different this year from Happy Daze 10 Wollaton Road Beeston Tel: 07830 253 841

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If you’re looking for a present that is a little more special, then Cachepot is the right place to visit. They stock jewellery from costume to designer, toiletries from The Bath House, soft toys from Jellycat, Blondie Mania leather bags and wallets, a good selection of scented candles, home fragrance and much much more. If you want to give your loved one the choice they have Cachepot gift vouchers starting from just £5. Cachepot, 6 Main Street, Breaston, Derbyshire. DE72 3DX

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From "Fun", "Country", "Vintage" or "Stylish Christmas" whatever your taste in decorations for the festive  season, Cachepot have them all! Gift Ideas from Handbags, Jewellery, Photo frames,Toiletries and Christmas Cards, Cachepot make it easy to tick those items off your list! In the Vintage Tearoom enjoy a mince pie or take home their gorgeous "pudini truffles!





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breeze competitions Enter any of our Special Christmas Competitions this month and you could be enjoying a great night out!

WIN! WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE DONNY & MARIE OSMOND ON 27TH JANUARY 2013 Award winning performers Donny and Marie Osmond will perform at Capital FM Arena as part of their Donny & Marie Live UK tour. Following the sell-out success of their shows in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, the legendary brother and sister duo will celebrate their five decades in entertainment with this fabulous tour of the UK. Donny and Marie are unique in their success as a duet and as solo performers. The tour will take fans on a journey through their many unforgettable hits - from classics such as "Puppy Love" and “Paper Roses” to "Love Me For A Reason" and "Crazy Horses". Donny & Marie have collectively recorded more than 70 albums, topping the charts with multiple Gold and Platinum recordings. They have starred in their own television series, specials, documentaries and numerous programmes throughout the world. Collectively and individually, they have sold out venues worldwide, breaking box office records and received countless awards; most notably in 2003 when they were honoured by the industry, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tickets are on sale, priced at £40, £50 and £70 (plus booking fee). Maximum of six tickets per person. You can buy tickets via the ticket hotline on 08444 124 624, online www.capitalfmarena.com, or in person at the Box Office, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham. ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUESTION: WHERE WAS THEIR SELL-OUT SUCCESS SHOWS?

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WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE ABIGAIL’S PARTY ON MONDAY 21 JANUARY AT 7.30PM Direct from the West End Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Chocolate Factory Productions present Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh, Directed by Lindsay Posner. Donna Summer is playing on the stereo. Dishes of cheese and pineapple are on the coffee table…the social get-together from hell is about to begin. Beverly, and estate agent husband Laurence, have invited round new neighbours, Tony and Ange and nervous divorcee Sue. As Beverly plies the guests with alcohol, cigarettes, Demis Roussos and nibbles, this horribly compelling evening descends into drunkenness and debauchery. Mike Leigh’s comedy became an instant classic when it first appeared as a BBC ‘Play For Today’ in 1977. It is a ruthlessly accurate observation of the pretensions of suburbia, a world obsessed with class and taste and ruled over by the monstrous Beverly. Mike Leigh is one of Britain’s most influential theatre and film directors. His numerous awards include Best Comedy Award for the stage play Goose Pimples, a BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema, Film Critics Award for Best Film Life is Sweet, the Palme d’Or at Cannes for Secrets and Lies, and an Oscar for Topsy Turvy. Monday 21 – Saturday 26 January Performance Times: Evenings 7.30pm, Weds matinee 2pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm Ticket Prices: £27.50 - £14 plus concessions available Website and online booking: www.trch.co.uk Box Office: 0115 989 5555 ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUESTION: WHAT YEAR DID THE PLAY FIRST APPEAR ON THE BBC? Send your answer(s) to any or all of the competitions on a postcard with your name, address and daytime tel number to: Breeze Competitions, 156 High Road, Beeston NG9 2LN Closing Date: 17th December 2012. T&C’s apply

WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO SEE ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD AT THE NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE ON TUESDAY 15TH JANUARY AT 7.30PM

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He’s back! Kenneth Alan Taylor returns to the stage as Nurse Nellie Noggins in the ultimate Nottingham pantomime. John Elkington is the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, who has hatched a cunning plan to dispose of his niece and nephew in Sherwood Forest so that he can inherit their fortune. Can our favourite outlaw Robin Hood save the day and win the heart of Maid Marian? Together with hundreds, yes hundreds of Merry Men, Robin sets out on his biggest adventure so far! Filled with crazy slapstick jokes, song-and-dance routines, stunning costumes and spectacular sparkly sets, it’s the perfect winter treat for all the family. Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF Monday – Saturday performances Most performances are at 2.30pm and 7.30pm Please check with the box office for a full schedule Tickets £19 to £26.50 Date: 30 Nov 2012 to 19 Jan 2013 Box Office 0115 941 9419 Online Booking (24-hour) www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUESTION: WHO PLAYS THE SHERIFF? A family ticket is for 4 people, minimum 1 adult.  No cash alternatives, accommodation or travel are provided in this competition. The tickets are non-transferable. T&C’s Apply.

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Happy 40th birthday to a wonderful wife and mummy. Love you loads, from Paul and Carissa x xxx







 Happy 60th Birthday to a great sister, mum and wife Love form all the family x x



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Happy 18th Birthday Lucie! Hope you have a great day!  Lots of love Mum, John & Adam xxxxx Happy 16th Birthday Matthew! Head Boy, we're so proud! Lots of love,Mum, Dad, Alice Amelia and Phoebe xxx

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Happy 40th birthday Matthew on Christmas day, love from Tanya, Ryan, Leah, Mum, Dad, Rebecca, Kyle and Cerys xxx










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Solicitors offer local housing market ‘Conveyancing Quality Scheme’ service Choosing a conveyancer or solicitor when buying or selling your home is difficult. We know that some are good, and some are not so good, but the question is how to know which is which? Robert Meredith, Head of Conveyancing

To help in this, the Law Society launched its Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). Law Society President John Wotton said “CQS improves efficiency with common, consistent standards and service levels and enables consumers to recognise practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service. "Buying a home is one of the largest purchases anyone will make in their lifetime, so it is essential that it is done to the highest standard by a solicitor.” Mortgage lenders have recognised the benefits of the CQS, with Santander and HSBC being just two which now require new solicitors on their panels to be CQS accredited. Also, the popular consumer finance website, moneysupermarket.com, has urged first time buyers to seek out a CQS solicitor. As such, it is understandable why Ellis-Fermor & Negus solicitors (with offices in Ripley, Belper, Long Eaton and Beeston) are pleased to announce they are one of only a handful of local firms to have been admitted to the CQS. Robert Meredith, Head of Conveyancing, stated: "This is recognition of the excellent service level we provide. It is a tribute to our staff and to the procedures that we already had in place that Ellis-Fermor & Negus was able to gain accreditation. “Our membership of the Scheme ensures that clients can have total confidence in our ability to handle their conveyancing transactions. Our experienced and friendly team can handle their sale or purchase smoothly and efficiently, dealing with any hiccups on the way.” On the Scheme in general, Robert commented “This is an excellent development for the house buying process. In what is already a crowded conveyancing market, the scheme will ensure that the public, lenders and insurers will be able to easily identify CQS practices with the knowledge that the service offered will be of a truly excellent standard.” Contact your local Branch of Ellis-Fermor & Negus on: Beeston: 0115 922 1591 email: beeston@ellis-fermor.co.uk Long Eaton: 0115 972 5222 email: longeaton@ellis-fermor.co.uk Ellis-Fermor & Negus has other branches at Ripley and in Belper. The firm has developed strong links within the local communities in each of these locations and offers a comprehensive range of legal services. breezemagazine 14


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Ducks Away 2013! As usual the Mayor of Broxtowe, will start the race by releasing 1500 plastic ducks into the River Erewash. They will float down the river and be caught at the bridge approximately 600 yards down stream. The owners of the first 10 ducks to cross the winning line will receive a prize. The Duck race is always a fun day for all the family. “We will be serving Mulled wine and mince pies and we will be playing festive music For just £1.50 people can have the opportunity to sponsor a duck and win a prize”. Angela Barnes, Committees Co-ordinator for AgeUK said “The Duck Race has become a great local event

The 22nd Annual Duck race will take place on Tuesday 1st January 2013 at Manor Park Toton. Starting at 2.00pm.

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and people start ringing as soon as Christmas is over to make sure that they can reserve a duck for the race. We usually attract hundreds of local people and many family pets. It is one of the few events that all of the family can enjoy together. And there is always a great atmosphere. The people in the Toton/Beeston/Long Eaton/Sandiacre, Stapleford, Nottingham and Derby area now attend as a matter of course. After all what else can you do on New Years day? All of the money raised will be used to benefit older people.” To reserve a duck call Angela Barnes on 077400 39802


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Local Care

Home Instead Senior Care in Nottingham, who provide care to older people, to allow them to remain independent in their own homes, invited members of the local community to join them as part of Macmillan’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’.

The Home Instead team, along with support from attendees, managed to raise over £110 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The coffee morning was held at the Methodist Church in Beeston, where a selection of fun activities were planned including, a ‘Guess how many Jelly Babies in the jar’ competition and a raffle, all prizes were donated by caregivers and other generous businesses. Disability Direct also attended on the day, giving older people and their families advice on services, such as personal budgeting and benefits. Owner of Home Instead, Primo Sule commented, “As a company who specialise in providing care to people in their own homes, Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity which is very close to our hearts. It is an illness that affects many of our older clients and we deeply appreciate the work that Macmillan does in support specifically of older people. The coffee morning was a fantastic way to inform the community about the local services available to them in their area, as well as bringing everyone together to raise money for such a deserving charity.” If you would like more information on Home Instead in Nottingham and the services that it provides, call 0115 922 6116 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/nottingham

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As is the case with many Home Instead Senior Care franchise owners, Primo Sule has personal experience of the problems that arise when dealing with ageing family members. Finding the right help to support his 85 year old mother at home proved to be a major challenge and when the help was found, the service was poor and inconsistent. Following a similar experience when trying to obtain help for his mother in law Primo decided to look in some detail at domiciliary care provision, and after considering a number of options he discovered Home Instead Senior Care. "Once I looked at their approach to care and the quality of Caregivers I knew I had found the right organisation". Home Instead Nottingham was established in 2010 and now delivers care to clients across Nottinghamshire. Sarah Gell, a state registered nurse with 25 years experience in managing the provision of care within the private and independent sectors, joined the team during June 2010 and following an initial period as Community Liaison Manager took the role of Care Manager. “Our aim is to provide care that meets the requirements of people who come to us for help and to ensure that Caregivers are successfully matched with clients in order to go beyond basic needs and enhance the quality of life of those who use our services”. The Nottingham Home Instead Senior Care Office is part of a global network of more than 900 locally owned and operated offices.


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Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the Beeston & District Round Table Christmas Float Collection 2012. Look out for them in your area... “Thanks to the kind generosity of all those people who made donations to the 2011 Christmas Float street collections, Beeston & District Round Table were able to support a range of local good causes, individuals, groups and organizations as part of the Beeston Challenge”. This year we list the routes and dates so you know where you can catch them and help raise much needed funds. Remember 100% of the money collected goes directly to good causes in and around the Beeston area as part of the Beeston Challenge! Sat 1st Dec , Beeston Santa and his Sleigh will be in Beeston Ten Bell nr. Sainsburys from 4.00pm Mon 3rd Dec, Beeston Rylands Trafalgar Rd, Meadow Rd, Longland Rd, Canal Side, Suffolk, Cornwall Ave, Beech Ave, Leyton, Lilac Cres and Grove, lavender & Rose Grove Wed 5th Dec, Stapleford Darkey Ln, Clarehaven Westerlands, PritchardDr, Judson Ave, Tilford Gdn, Sisley Ave, Rossell Dr, Archer Rd, Wellspring Dale, New Eaton Rd. Thu 6th Dec, Chilwell Meadows Newall Dr, Cursley Way, Frith Dr, Ayton Gds, Sandhurst Dr, Mountbatten Way, Montgomery Cl, Cohen Cl Kirkland Dr, Walsham Cl. Sat 8th Dec, Beeston Sainsburys Sainsbury’s in Beeston

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Sun 11th Dec, Bramcote/Stapleford St Michael’s Sq, Handley Av, Russley Rd, Valmont Rd, Marshall Dr, Lyndale, Ewe Lamb La, Washington, Braddon Av, Sherwin Rd, Central Av, Ryecroft St. Mon 10th Dec, Toton – New Estate Banks Rd, Goodwood Dr, Laneside Av, Raeburn Dr, Lonsdale Dr, Erdington, Bridgenorth Way, Seaburn, Woodstock, Bispham, Sandown Rd Tue 11th Dec, Chilwell Clarkes La, Bye Pass Rd, Farm Rd, Blenheim Dr, Holkham, Longleat, Eskdale, Field La, Penryn, Beaumaris Dr, Hurts Croft, The Close. Wed 12th Dec, Attenborough Leamington Dr, Charles Ave, Attenbro La, Haddon Cres, Clarence Rd, Crofton Rd, Riverdale Rd, Barrett Cres, Long La, Tennyson Dr, Milton Cres. Thu 13th Dec, Bramcote Hills Arundle Dr, Sevenoaks, Thoresby Rd, Sandringham, Burnside, Bankfield Dr Rivergreen Cres, Deddington La, Danewood Av. Sat 15th Dec, Tesco in Beeston Santa & his Sleigh will be in Beeston Sunday 16th, Bramcote and Stapleford St Michael’s Sq, Handley Av, Russley Rd, Valmont Rd, Marshall Dr, Lyndale, Ewe Lamb La, Washington, Braddon Av, Sherwin Rd, Central Av, Ryecroft St


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 Twinkle Little Star  This Christmas, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People is launching a Twinkle Little Star appeal to raise much needed funds and spread the word about the work of the charity and the children it supports.

On their Twinkle Little Star appeal webpage, www.rainbows.co.uk/twinkle, beautiful singing from a child at Rainbows, who was never expected to speak, is topping the bill; it is guaranteed to warm the hearts of everyone who listens to it. “For all the children who use Rainbows, we cannot be sure of Christmas times to come. The charity is hoping that people will spare a thought for those children whilst they are still with us and make a donation to make Christmas really special. They said that the video’s little star, Charlotte Blissett, would never talk, but she has overcome all the odds and is singing an emotional version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to support Rainbows. Charlotte will not have an easy life and there will be many frustrations and heartaches along the way, but for her parents, Alison and Michael Blissett, Rainbows is one of the few places they can come to for support. Charlotte’s mother, Alison comments: “Rainbows is absolutely fantastic. When I need someone to talk to, Rainbows is there. They care for Charlotte, but they also do so much more than that for our family and all the other families they look after. Christmas is a special time for children and I really hope people will be kind and donate to Rainbows at this time of festive giving.” As a special thank you, Rainbows are giving everyone who donates more than £6 online a special Twinkle Wish Star product. To listen to Charlotte sing and to donate and to children like Charlotte this Christmas, visit www.rainbows.co.uk/twinkle, call Rainbows on 01509 638000 or post cheques to Rainbows Hospice, Freepost NAT 13561, Loughborough, LE11 2BR.







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Wollaton Village Day Nurseries were established in 1994. The buildings have been specifically designed with children in mind. The four Nurseries in the group are located in Wollaton Village centre, Bramcote village on Chapel Street, Eastwood on Church Street and in Heanor on Wilmot Street behind the health centre. They all have a friendly atmosphere of home with an educational environment. They take children aged between 6 weeks and 5 years and some of their Nurseries run a holiday and after school club. The four Nurseries follow the group policies regarding childcare but each unit operates its own opening times and price structure, general opening times are from 8am to 6pm, but longer hours can be accommodated for. “We have adopted this system to try and give the parents at each Nursery a more flexible service to fit into everyday working life. For instance the Bramcote Village nursery operates a pay as you go system to accommodate shift workers, and the other sites have similar options available”. The buildings provide the highest standard of safety and security. The access to each building is controlled by an electronic latch and closed circuit security cameras are installed throughout. All the nurseries are set in a well established secure grounds with play areas, consisting of lawns and large play grounds. “Our aims are to give the children a good foundation and prepare them for the future, to achieve this we have a team of committed Nursery Nurses to provide a wide range of activities and experiences for all our children to enjoy. We recognise that our staffs are the most valuable resource in the provision of high quality child care; we are therefore committed to a policy of staff development and continued improvement of the quality of care given. In addition to the Nursery staff, we also have a qualified teacher who will spend time with small groups of children from the pre-school unit”. The Nursery operates a Key carer system whereby every child will have a member of staff who will get to know your child well and to whom you can go to with any concerns. Call 0115 922 2454

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Our core business is trying to lower our customers energy bills at a time when the price of fuel is going up, all of these products are long lasting so a small investment will reap rewards over the coming years.

We are committed to saving energy and the environment. We can put together measures that will either produce electricity or save electricity. Reset Renewables are a local company dedicated to the low carbon environment and also saving our customers money on their ever increasing energy bills. By simply changing energy providers you will not save very much in the long term, but by saving on the amount of energy you buy you can save large amounts. SOLAR PV (photo voltaic) panels You are paid to produce electricity you are paid to export electricity and you save on the electricity you have to buy. Systems start from as little as £3,995 and can be financed 4Kwp system from as little as £5,995 inc a coating that will help keep the panels clean and you can receive up to an extra 10% yield from the panels. We only use panels with the top ten performance and quality mounting kit from Germany. They come in many sized systems to suit most properties call and discuss. This can save/make over £30,000 over 20 year period

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based on 4.8% rise in rpi and a 9% rise in electricity south facing system. East and West systems 10-15% less yield. Systems start from 1.2kwp ideal for a terrace house the 4kwp will fit a large semi or a detached house. Fully monitored solar systems available and if you have shading from trees or houses this can also be worked with. Solar pv can also heat water via your immersion heater, instead of exporting your unused solar electricity when out at work have it diverted to your immersion heater free hot water. LED LIGHTING We will replace existing lighting with LED lighting this can bring a 92% saving. Less heat output and last many times longer, changing to LED lighting can have a payback as little as 1 year. VOLTAGE OPTIMISATION The science tells us that this reduces the incoming voltage to the optimum voltage of the appliances in your house which will reduce on average your electricity usage by 10% pay back can be as little as 2 years . ELECTRICAL As electricians we work on all domestic and commercial projects from a simple new light or socket to rewires and maintenance and installation works.

PRE-CHRISTMAS OFFER safety inspection report on your house £99 usually £144 giving you piece of mind and alerting you to any dangers you may have in your house wiring. Full report given and advise by our fully qualified electricians.

You are paid 15.4p per kwh (feed-in tariff): 3434 x 15.4p=£528.84 For good advie on any savings or electrical works give us a call or look at You are paid 4.5p per kwh for 50% of the total (export tariff): 3434/2 x 4.5p=£77.27 our website with many of our testimonials. You will save by using 50% of the total @14pper kwh: 3434/2 x 14p=£240.38 Call Reset Renewables for a no obligation quotation and take a positive step to cut your electricity costs and your carbon footprint. Total year 1 saving/earnings: £846.49

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Bringing NET to Beeston and Chilwell NET is very proud to be supporting Broxtowe Borough Council and the Beeston Business Improvement District, which represents businesses in the area, with this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beeston Town Centre Christmas festivities, which include fun, free festive entertainment and opportunities for free parking too. For more information visit: www.broxtowe.gov.uk/christmasentertainment. Where possible, tram works taking place on the main routes into Beeston Town Centre and Nottingham City Centre will be removed during December to assist shoppers and retailers at this busy time of year. In the New Year works will take place on Middle Street in Beeston Town Centre and at the junction of Queens Road and Station Road to improve road capacity along the A6005, so that tram works can begin on Chilwell Road in the spring. If you would like to find out more about tram project and the works involved in bringing the tram to this area, there are evening drop-in information sessions being held in Chilwell, at Eskdale Junior School, on Tuesday 4th December, and in Beeston, at the Town Hall, on Thursday 13th December. Elsewhere on the project, the first tram track foundations have now been laid at a new 1,300 space tram Park & Ride site which is being created near to the Bardills Island on the A52. Some 120m of tram track foundations were laid using an innovative machine, which not only speeds up the process of laying tram tracks, but also reduces the amount of noise and dust created in comparison to using traditional track-laying methods. One of only four machines in the world will be used to lay approximately half of the track needed for the tram extension, which will also serve Wilford and Clifton in the south of the city. Foundations for tram tracks will start to be laid next year, once utility services have been moved out of the way of the tram routes. For more information visit: www.thetram.net/phasetwo or call: 0115 924 24 54.

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breeze memory lane Image Left Courtesy of Burton Joyce and Bulcote Local History Society and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a couple of images of Christmas Past to remind you of times gone by... Image Above Courtesy of Nottingham Evening Post and www.picturethepast.org.uk

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Enjoy these festive recipes courtesy of Š The Vegetarian Society. Courgette Christmas Candles

Wild Mushroom Stroganoff with herb Crumb Topping The original version of this impressive dish was created in honour of Count Stroganoff by a Czarist chef for a cookery competition in the 1890s. Since then Stroganoff has been served at celebratory banquets the world over, and this stunning gourmet vegetarian version will give any occasion a little Imperial magic.

Method Boil or steam the potatoes until tender. Drain and return to the pan.

Serves 4

Heat the milk, pour over the potatoes and mash well.

Ingredients Serves 4 - Prep and Cooking Time 20 minutes Makes 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 14 canapes Ingredients 1 large courgette (approx 200g), straight if possible 45g vegan cream cheese (eg Swedish Soft or Tofutti) 2 artichoke hearts (in brine) drained & chopped 2 sun dried tomatoes, drained of oil and chopped 1 tsp lemon juice 2 tsp chives, finely chopped Method Peel 12 or 14 vertical strips of courgette using a potato peeler (preferably a swivel type one). Bring a large pan of water to the boil, blanch the courgette for 30 seconds and then refresh under cold water. Put the cream cheese, artichokes, tomatoes and lemon juice into a food processor and blend until smooth, then add the chives. Lay the courgette strips flat and spread a tsp of the pate on top. Then roll up gently and stand upright. Garnish with extra chives and thin strips of sun dried tomatoes.

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675g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 150ml milk or soya milk 1 tbsp mixed fresh herbs, finely chopped 40g butter or margarine 450g assorted white mushrooms, roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 150ml double cream 50g fresh white breadcrumbs 2 tbsp fresh herbs, finely chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Stir in the herbs and season to taste. Melt 15g butter or margarine in a pan. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook gently for 5 minutes. Stir in the cream, season to taste then heat gently - cover and keep warm Melt the remaining 25g of butter or margarine in a pan and stir in the breadcrumbs, herbs and season to taste To assemble, serve individually by placing equal portions of the mashed potato on each plate. Spoon the mushroom sauce over the top, and finish with the topping. Toast under a hot grill until golden brown.


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WELCOME TO THE NEW BUSINESSES IN OUR AREA.... If you have a new business and would like to be featured call our team on 0115 967 8663 Let the readers of Breeze know you are here! Breeze has been established, serving the community since 2002. Ten years of providing homes in our area with information on new and established businesses.

BE A PART OF OUR SUCCESS AND LET OUR 23,000 READERS KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS! Yessensis are opening a sensational new ‘standalone’ salon on Chilwell Road in Nottingham. The delightful new premise has several treatment rooms, all custom designed to create an ambience of relaxation, harmony and serenity for new and existing clients. Carol Edwards, C&G,Cert Ed,ISOH,BABTAC, owner, beauty therapist, electrologist and skincare specialist has over thirty years experience said, “The opening of the new salon is like a dream come true for me. I am extremely proud of the impeccably high standard of service we already provide for our client’s and the fantastic new premises will further enhance the all-round Yessensis experience” At Yessensis, the team provide a discrete and tranquil service that will leave you looking and feeling totally revitalised. Every client is given personalised attention and all treatments are tailored to suit each individual client’s requirements. Yessensis are specialists in clinically proven facial technology from leading brands Elemis, Crystal Clear and Dermalogica. The latest addition is the Yessensis Laser and Cosmetic Clinic. Their beauty services include over thirty years’ experience in skincare with professional highly trained therapists. These treatments include: Traditional Massage; La Stone Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage. Manicures, Pedicures and Waxing. Men’s skincare and waxing and we are also Black skincare specialists. Yessensis offer a Loyalty card scheme on all beauty treatments and products. Gift vouchers are also available. If you are looking to book a group or party booking, these are always welcome. Yessensis opens in December - Call Carol on 07973 527 907 192a High Road, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5BB www.yessensisskincaresalon.co.uk

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Ben Strange started an apprenticeship with Reg Vardy Vauxhall at Chilwell soon after leaving school aged sixteen. He gained all his certificates there and is a fully qualified Vauxhall Technician. After seven years in the business working at several different garages he has gained a lot of experience and is now happy to work on any make of vehicle. Ben is so passionate about cars it is all he ever wanted to do. During a spell this year when he was out of work he was still busy every day helping his friends rebuild engines etc, much to the dismay of his Mum and the neighbours as this took place on the home driveway! It was during this time he decided he wanted to run his own garage. He found premises at Bessell Lane, Stapleford, it was a good size and only a few minutes from his home in Chilwell so he decided to take it on. It took a while to get the equipment and all the paperwork sorted but he has been up and running for about eight weeks now. Ben has had a steady stream of customers including Funeral Director Julie Wesson who has asked him to maintain all of their vehicles - very important! Ben’s garage has computer diagnostic equipment and he can help with a basic service to a full engine rebuild or tuning for better performance. Usual hours are 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday but he is happy to arrange earlier/later or weekends if required. Call in or Phone Ben 0115 837 4179 or 07852 825 257 2A Bessell Lane, Stapleford, NG9 7BX


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A taste of Italy... Vivo’s of Stapleford are a true taste of Italy with a friendly, contemporary feel, which gives them an individuality that must be experienced to be believed. The authentic flavours of their exquisitely prepared food combined with the banter and laughter of friendly chefs in their open kitchen, instantly transports you to one of those warm friendly towns on the Amalfi coast. This family run business was opened in December 2007 and has carved its self a well established reputation for good food and wine in a warm, comfortable environment. They pride themselves on combining good quality, fresh ingredients and the skill of their chefs to make authentic Italian dishes and aim is to bring a little bit of Italy into your lives! With friendly, attentive staff your every need is catered for with a full on Italian smile! So a perfect place for your Christmas celebration. Being child friendly and with generous portion sizes they are bound to have a winning formula locally as people look for quality and value. Special offers from the lunchtime and evening menu are available from Monday to Saturday from 12.00 – 2.30pm and Monday to Wednesday 5.30 – 7.00pm when you can have two courses for £7.95 or £8.95 during December. So whether you’re looking for somewhere friendly to pop in and eat alone or an extended family get together they can meet your needs. Also another good venue for a night out with the girls! 164 Derby Road, Stapleford, Nottingham. NG9 7AY Tel: 0115 949 1000 info@vivorestaurant.co.uk www.vivorestaurant.co.uk

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Still time to give a child a magical Christmas with the NSPCC’s Letter from Santa The NSPCC is reminding people in Nottinghamshire, there is still time to add some extra magic to a child’s Christmas this year by ordering a Letter from Santa, before 17 December. The charity is helping to give a truly memorable Christmas by arranging for a personalised letter from Santa to be sent to children throughout Nottinghamshire for a suggested donation of £5. There are five magical styles of NSPCC Letter from Santa for children of all ages, making them the ideal gift for families with more than one child as each child can receive a truly unique letter. Santa can even write a special letter to celebrate Baby’s First Christmas – a keepsake to treasure for years to come. Already the charity has processed 110,000 letters, with more orders coming in every day. Sharon King, NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager for Nottinghamshire, said: “Christmas is such an exciting time of year for children, so why not bring even more magic and excitement by ordering your letter for a child, friend or relative, before 17 December and support the NSPCC and ChildLine during this festive season. “Every £5 raised by Letter from Santa could help ChildLine be there whenever a child seeks help either online or by phone. And every £25 raised could enable a trained practitioner to deliver one hour of support through the NSPCC’s helpline for adults who are concerned about a child.” Each letter is uniquely personalised with the child’s name, age, address, gender and best friend’s name, and there’s also the chance to include a final ‘P.S.’ thought from Santa when you order online. The letters are beautifully illustrated and arrive via reindeer mail to make the experience truly unforgettable. Children will be amazed that Santa knows them so well! By sending a Letter from Santa, supported by Heart FM, you can make a child’s Christmas and help the NSPCC to protect children all year round through its projects and services including ChildLine – the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people in distress or danger. The reindeer mailroom will be open until 17 December 2012, and all those who request a Letter from Santa this year will be entered into a free prize draw to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Lapland for a family of four. For online orders please visit www.nspcc.org.uk/santa or alternatively you can call 0845 839 9304 to place your order.

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self care...

Geof Willer ’s story - Bac k in Contro l When I was di death senten agnosed with my lung was no long ce and I ended up wan disease, it was like rece doctors, nu er in control of my lif ting to die to get it ov iving a er ”Wrong!” rses and family mem e, I had to rely on ot with. I he bers for th e rest of m rs, i.e. I was invited y life… Patient Prog to join a self managem and under prramme (EPP). I attend ent program called th e attending essure from a fellow fr ed the first session relu Expert af listening to ter that first session iend and thought I wou ctantly ot ld The program hers talk about their prbecause I couldn’t si n’t be The Expert Patient Programme is a six week self management programme, delivered in the I know it m , which runs for six wee oblems…”Wrong!” t there ay community by trained volunteers. Over the six sessions patients with long term conditions learn knew that m be difficult to believe ks became very enjoya techniques which they can use to help them cope with their condition. It is positive, friendly exercises, so y life was about to ch , but even after my fir ble and and fun. shown how me were physical butange. We were shown st day I to Looking After Me is similar to the Expert Patient Programme but is adapted for carers. The No matter w exercise our minds. more impor tantly, w simple e were ha sa me symp t our long term cond Trust work in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council in order to offer care for the breathlessne tom cycle where w ition is, we all go thro looked after person whilst the carer attends the course. Courses can be arranged in any area of ways of brea ss and depression. Th e suffer from fatigu ugh the the County depending on numbers of carers interested in attending. e programm e, ki e provides yo pain, When you ha ng this cycle. Regaining Confidence After Stroke is a ten week programme for stroke survivors and their u with know how to ve a long term cond carers. It encourages participants to set goals and builds confidence. This is delivered in the iti able to do, self manage, i.e. think on, all we need in our th community at local venues and consists of small groups of up to sixteen. Participants benefit that simple. en change it for som of something we are nolife is to ething we ar lo from meeting weekly with other stroke survivors to share experiences and solutions. Attending e able to do nger - it is Health Peer Mentor Programme is a one to one service for people who are isolated and completely, the Exper t Patient Pr og unable to attend group sessions but would benefit from talking to someone who has of the progrso much so it is difficu ramme has changed lt experienced the same condition. The Health Peer Mentor visits the patient in their own become a tu am, I jumped at the to put into words. At my life start the fir tor. It would have beeninvitation of being tr the end home for one hour per week for six weeks and goals are agreed and worked through each ai st how I felt pr day of the rest of my so easy to have gone ned to week. The following conditions are supported: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Irritable home to ior to attend new life; ho w w as in ever, beca g the pr in, that al Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Lung Disease, Cancer of from being one made me want to ogramme and the blac use of the lungs, Stroke, Epilepsy, Sacroiliac back pain, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Diabetes there. go out and k ho he I developed lp prevent ot le I and Atrial Fibrillation. hers • Being positiv three tools whilst on Dawn Anderson, Self Care Manager at Nottinghamshire Healthcare comments: “The self the Program • Having the e : management tools that we offer are patient centred and provide an ideal opportunity for • Having a puright attitude people to meet others going through the same challenges. to get out of rpose in life, something to encourag bed in a mor People who have attended courses have found them so valuable, and some have even e me ning gone on to run their own courses. They are trained to national accredited standards and a I would not ha ve m is sed this prog valuable part of our workforce.” amount of ra m Because I am oney!), because I am mme for anything (eve Interested? na now back in cont rol of my ow living a brilliant life. large Please contact Dawn Anderson on 01623 673302 or email Why? n life. dawn.anderson@nottshc-chp.nhs.uk

Within Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, there are a number of self care programmes available free of charge for people with long term conditions and their carers. Are you aware of what services are available to you?

Visit the website at www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk

Geof Willers

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breezegardening Reflections on what December brings as the cold starts to bite: as meteorologists keep warning us of a hard winter this year let’s be on our guard and also continue to enjoy our hobby in the darkest days of the year. It seems strangely contradictory but according to some experts the record loss of Arctic sea ice this summer may mean a cold winter for the UK. This region has been subjected to bad winters before after summers with very low sea ice, such as 2011 and 2007. Wild extremes this winter seem to be a strong possibility if we base it on past records. Gardening always poses more challenges as a hobby in winter, not least because it is simply harder to get things done on the whole: harder ground, adverse and therefore uncomfortable weather, low light levels. It is not all doom and gloom though - after all it’s not as if we shouldn’t be used to it by now! Indoors We have covered the use of artificial light before and it is a very good way to ‘keep things going’ if you miss simply growing something - whether to eat or just display. Obviously, we don’t want to use expensive electricity profligately so we look at the light source first and for most hobbyists that means plain ordinary fluorescent tube lights. These types of bulb are the coolest burning and most energy efficient source. They also provide enough light to be a primary light source - literally replacing nearly all or entirely the natural daylight we get so plentifully during spring & summer. Grow indoor plants under these lights and you will see results providing you keep them undercover and reasonably warm certainly not exposed to frost. It’s possible to set up such lighting hung above the plants - about one foot away for a twenty five watt tube, slightly ore if higher wattage is used. Lightweight chains & hooks can be purchased from most diy stores. Make sure you follow any safety advice in this regard and do consult an electrician on matters such as installation of electrical sockets if needed and the use of safety rcd/circuit breakers. Time the artificial lights for twelve to sixteen hours per day and coincide the time the artificial light is on with the time of day the plant would get natural light. Most indoor plants also need ten to twelve hours of darkness each day as well to balance their daily cycle. Do the usual tasks of watering, fertilising and repotting indoor

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plants exactly as you would if they were growing in natural light which is the whole point of it, keeping your hobby going in some form. Once you have set up a small growing frame (not unlike a cold frame with sides to keep everything together and offer some shelter if in a cooler place such as the garage or a potting shed) you can have the lights arranged on chains so you adjust the height to the growth of your plants. A timer and some experimentation will lead you to better results each crop (whichever plant type you decide on e.g Basil, or other herbs). It really is about learning and having fun at the same time and need not be on a large scale - just one tube is a good starting point and you can grow from seed to add to the sense of accomplishment. Imagine - your own fresh Winter Basil or Chives! Harvest If you have already been busy planting some food crops in time for a winter harvest then now is the time to reap what yo have sown! Usually December means hard frosts and it's time to get those cabbages and cauliflowers out of the ground. Sticking with the brassicas, the Brussels sprouts should be starting - you are allowed to eat them on other days as well as Christmas day! Task list for December As things start to get a bit battered it’s well worth keeping a check on the things that can really cause you problems: • Sheds: check damage to roofing • Fence posts: any starting to wobble and weaken in the winds? • Lawn: try not to walk on frosty lawns as it can damage the blades • Spray fruit trees: Once the leaves have totally fallen, spray with a winter tree wash, (vegetable oil based). This cleans the branches and kills fungal spores and over-wintering insects and their eggs. • Ponds: Stop feeding fish. Clean and service pond pumps. • Our feathered friends: Put out feeders for the birds, as well as fresh water. Put up a natural bird box - shelter in winter and a home to a young avian family in the spring! • Outside taps: watch for freezing and switch them off at the isolator when not needed. (continues...)


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breezegardening (...continued from previous page) • Watch out for frost: Keep an eye on plunging night temperatures and cover shrubs that are

likely to be damaged by frost with garden fleece or perhaps sacking. • Have a garden reshuffle: moving pots and planters closer to the house so you can enjoy the

colours and textures of the plants as you keep warm on the inside!. • Clean up ready for next year: once herbaceous perennials have finished flowering and die

back, remove and clean plant supports. Back indoors With the nights now well and truly ‘drawn in’ houseplants require less feeding and watering. Of course, as the temperature drops outside on goes the central heating and the temperature in the house gets nice and toasty for you but a little too stuffy for your plants so make sure they don't dry out. Try to create an indoor garden - situate a moderate sized lined basket near a patio window and get something growing in there. A good example are tomatoes, choose the ‘indeterminate’ varieties which continue growing and producing indefinitely. Cherry and plum types work better than large slicing types. Limit the number of plants - it is a temptation, especially if you are growing plants from seed, and you get a lot of high quality seedlings, to make your ‘mini garden’ overcrowded. Keep enough space, with good lighting for every plant. Get rid of the weakest ones and trim the excessive growth when needed. Why not try your hand at growing your own Avocado plant? If you save the pit from a very ripe avocado, wash it well of any traces of fruit and then dry it off for a few days. After drying, the pit can be suspended in a glass of water and you should see root growth of about two inches. This can now be planted in a pot of soil and tended to as a houseplant. It all adds a little spice to your hobby! So come on let’s try these simple indoor tips and see if we can’t beat the winter blues with our hobby! A Merry Christmas to all you learning gardeners out there - Enjoy!

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KNOW YOUR PET FACTS? TRY THE CHURCHCROFT QUIZ AND WIN PREZZIES!

breeze promotion

Churchcroft Vets are holding a fun, animal based quiz to see who is the cleverest of clever clogs. To help massage those brain cells into action there will be mince pies and mulled wine served. There are pet themed prizes for the highest scores. All funds raised will be used for caring for injured, stray pets. The timing may be particularly apt since, unfortunately, there is always a rise in these cases just after Christmas as puppies and kittens given as inappropriate gifts are abandoned. All the staff will be providing homemade mince pies so you can judge their in-house bake off at the same time. Mulled wine, mince pies, a Pet Quiz with prizes and all to raise money for a good cause. What could be better? Sample quiz question: Q. Which breed of dog has webbed feet, has historically been used to help tow fishing nets to shore and can be 75kg without being overweight?

Head down to Churchcroft Vets after work (7pm-8.30pm) on Thursday Dec 20th and join the fun.

at a glance

Welcome to Trowell Park Flooring Carpets & Vinyls. A family run business with over thirty years experience in supplying and fitting different types of flooring within the Nottinghamshire area, the company prides itself on service. Locally based, they specialise in fitting a wide range of carpets, vinyls and underlays with an extensive range available to choose from in the comfort of your own home. Using large samples for convenience, Melvyn of Trowell Park Carpets can bring the textures and colours to your home to directly compare and match to your existing decor. They have floorcovering products to suit any price range. Screeding and hardboarding are available to ensure a perfect base. They can also fit or re-fit your own carpets - no job is too small. Trowell Park Carpets can also clean your existing carpets. Give them a call to get your next fitting or cleaning quote.

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YOUR MONTH AHEAD

ARIES [March 21st-April 20th] Turning your life around to suit you ruffles a few feathers, not for long you soon get things back on track. Misunderstandings take place with those you love but when the truth emerges all is well. Getting important paperwork out takes valuable time but saves a lot of hassle and money. You give certain days for family and close friends.

CANCER [June 22nd-July 23rd] Mixed emotions early in the month give you plenty to think about. Not for long as your soon back on form spreading your charismatic energy around. With genuine friends not far away social events take a turn for the better. Organisation from others meets with your approval hastening communication and tying matters up quickly.

TAURUS [April 21st-May 20th] Expectations run high when demands are made unexpectedly. You tolerate no nonsense putting the ball in their court. Curiosity gets the better of you when overhearing some gossip, bringing a smile to your face. Finances get a boost when least expected helping out at the right time. A change in direction likely end of month.

LEO [July 24th-August 23rd] Quick thinking not only saves the day but you come up with new and bright ideas regarding future prospects. One solution gets the go ahead putting closure to an unresolved problem. Careful not to overspend you keep an eye on finances, proving worthwhile. Your diplomatic skills become handy when others fail to see sense.

GEMINI [May 21st-June 21st] With plenty of energy and new ideas you get cracking making plans for future events with those you love. Ideas for the home may have to be put on hold until a more suitable date. With time and effort achievements are made outside the home to your satisfaction. Building bridges takes time but well worth the effort on both sides.

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VIRGO [August 24th-Sept23rd] Decisions made by you recently were made with long term in mind. Dealing with matters of the heart has its rewards. Completed jobs around the home bring a smile to your face. Working life takes a new direction with travelling in mind. Younger members of the family are full of surprises. Time out you please someone close.


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By ANNE HARBOUR Registered Hypnotherapist. HPD. MNSHP. Member of The National Society of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. Telephone: 07845 405835 LIBRA [Sept 24th-Oct 22nd] Keeping life on an even keel may prove difficult until all areas have been dealt with suitably. Taking no nonsense you find the balance needed to function with a clear mind. Mid month you fire on all four cylinders with experiencing some success as well as achieving long awaited goals. Rewards come in sooner rather than later. SCORPIO [Oct 23rd-Nov 22nd] December may be challenging but certainly not boring. Travelling more than you wish may be halted so that feet up as well as a good old knees up likely during the festivities. Rekindling old friendships brings plenty of laughter. Days out with those you love are full of surprises. Giving advice as well as spare time is much appreciated. SAGITTARIUS [Nov 23rd-Dec 22nd] Busy as ever and kept on your toes is how the month begins. Any spare time you think you may have is taken on helping others. Discussions with loved ones regarding taking on new projects for the coming year, ends on a positive note. Realising your true potential comes when meeting up with old friends or colleagues from afar.

CAPRICORN [Dec 23rdJan 20th] With your new found confidence you cant go wrong when it comes to winning people over to your way of thinking. Taking control over those who dither makes decisions easier to make bringing an end to some uncertainty. News from afar brings an air of anticipation. With plenty of social invitations coming your way life becomes hectic. AQUARIUS [Jan 21st-Feb 19th] Confidant and full of enthusiasm for the future you get things moving in the right direction. Any insecurities fade when taking control of your life and seeing how positive results can work. Learning new skills highlighted for the next year with a view of making necessary changes. You keep an eye on those you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust. PISCES [Feb 20th-March 20th] Challenges are met head on making you stronger and wiser. Not wasting time you make plans for early in the New Year. Checking and signing of papers likely before end of month. Difference of opinions is left to lie until a more suitable time for discussions between family and friends. Changing items in the home brings pleasure.

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The Nottingham Centre (National Trust) Winter PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO VOLUME WE ONLY ACCEPT ENTRIES VIA EMAIL Entriees must be supplied with your text either as part of a word document or typed in to the email itself. All images Update 2012 should be 300dpi and in jpg format with copyright approved for use. We do not accept adverts in this section. The Nottingham Centre’s winter meetings have got off to Please include any photographs a good start. Topics so far have included a talk by Pam Deadline for JANUARY 2013 Issue is 2nd January 2013 Littlewood, a local author, about the inspiration for her work: National Trust Gardens: and Stories of the It’s Decembeard! Workhouse, by the Southwell Storytellers. During December how about you Sport a Beard and join the Beardys The last meeting for 2012, on December 13th at the raising money to beat bowel cancer together. “We’re calling on everyone Mechanics, 7.30pm, will offer an insight into the activities to take part by getting sponsored to grow your own beard or make or fake of the various sub-groups throughout the year (Garden a beard during the month of Decembeard. Group, Walking Group, Local History Group), followed by As a Beardy you will be helping to raise awareness of bowel cancer which a Dramatic Entertainment entitled, ‘The Christmas Excursion,’ which will be presented by members of the claims a life every half an hour and is the UK's second biggest cancer killer. committee. Don’t miss it! By sporting a beard you will be helping to support the work of Beating The New Year opens on January 10th, 2013, with a talk Bowel Cancer and get the message out that if diagnosed early, more than by Kevin Topham – The Secret of Sherwood Forest. This 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully. intriguing talk will reveal the history of Dukes Wood at Last year, our Beardys raised a staggering £20,000 for Beating Bowel Eakring, and Winston Churchill’s instruction to drill and Cancer and this year we're being even more ambitious. Will you support us produce crude oil. (Mechanics, 2.15pm.) again by getting involved and helping us double our target to £40,000? On Wednesday, 24th January, at 7.30pm, Marion Why not recruit a beard buddy? Get your friends involved and start the Wallwork (Nottingham Centre Chairman) will give a talk race for a prickly face! Or simply have a ‘Sport a Beard’ day at work/school entitled ‘From Waddesden to Workhouse’ about National where everybody makes or fakes a beard”? Trust and non- National Properties that fall between these two extremes. To find out more details of how to get involved and to download your 14th February, at 2.15pm Colin Hobday will talk about own ‘Fake Beard’ go to www.beatingbowelcancer.org.decembeard North Yorkshire – a look at the moors, minsters, and coastline of this fascinating region. 28th February, at 7.30pm – Dr. Donald The Grand Central Chorus Are Toronto bound. Hawthorne will talk about ‘Antiques of The Chorus have now Tomorrow,’ a look at the design and had the official invite to manufacturing processes of jewellery etc. represent the British that will provide collectable items in the future. Barbershop Association All meetings take place at in the International The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Competition in Toronto Nottingham. Admission: £2.00 next July, increasing the members, £3.00 visitors. flurry of activity in trying For information about joining the to organise money Nottingham Centre (which is affiliated raising events. Watch to National Trust), contact this space! Mrs.Heather Brooks, 0115 943 6272. Sponsorship is being email:heatherbro@aol.com sought. The Chorus are successful, perform publicly on a regular basis, often for charitable organisations and will be appearing in Canada in the above International competition. Any organisation interested in supporting this registered Charity please contact Nelson on or Mitch on 07866519837 or e-mail as above. 07967091202 ‘Cancer Journey’ support group meets Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening at 7.15pm in Harrington School, Derby Road, at the Village Hotel, Chilwell at 7pm on Long Eaton, NG10 4BJ. You are welcome to visit whether you are a prospective singer, the first Monday in the month (unless agent, audience, sponsor or just looking for free entertainment. bank holidays)  See the website www.grandcentralchorus.com for further information. Further information Trish 0115 946 8902 Just come along!

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Maggie’s First Birthday Brings in 100 people! Last month, Maggie’s in Nottingham celebrated their first year open! It took nearly four years to fundraise to get the money to build the centre, and now it has been open for a full year. “So how did we celebrate? We had lots going on in the centre with taster classes of some of the sessions we hold throughout the week. Lots of people dropped in for the Creative Writing, Tai Chi, Yoga and Relaxation classes. Over 100 people came to the centre in total for the birthday celebration and it was great to see the centre so busy and everyone so happy. With mushy peas and mint sauce available it was a true Nottingham party! With bunting out, people were writing lovely birthday messages to Maggie’s Amongst the guests were Sophie Doughty, the ten year old girl who organised the children’s sponsored bike ride. She enjoyed a cup of mushy peas and cake. The Saturday after Maggie’s birthday Sophie, and lots of other children rode on their bikes, scooters and in pushchairs 3 miles round Calverton Village to raise money for our birthday. To date the money is still coming in and being counted, and currently stands at just over £3000! Elsewhere on our birthday was another party for us, at Jenny Davidson’s house. She hosted a coffee morning with her friends, with 30 people showing up and raised over £260 for Maggie’s! At the end of the day, Kate, the Centre Head cut the Maggie’s birthday cake as we sung happy birthday! Maggie’s wants to say thank you to everyone that came to our birthday party and for all the people who fundraised for us”. If you would like to know more about Maggie’s, go to one of their Maggie’s Welcome Experiences, every Wednesday at 4.00pm for one hour to find out more about what they do. Go along, have a cup of tea and experience your Maggie’s Centre. “See for yourself how we can make a difference for people with cancer in Nottingham”.

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ion t o m o r p e z e e br Funeral Service chooses Children's Air Ambulance for annual appeal... The Eastwood Funeral Partnership have chosen the Children's Air Ambulance as the nominated charity for their Christmas Remembrance Trees appeal. The appeal by the independent family partnership, which comprises four Funeral Homes in Stapleford, Eastwood, Heanor and Kimberley, is in its 6th year. "The appeal is always well received by clients and members of the public alike" explained partner Joanne Hutsby. "Christmas is a difficult time for those who have lost a loved one, and writing their tribute, and knowing that it will be on our trees throughout December can bring great comfort to people." "It is also a good opportunity for us to help those who help others - the Children's Air Ambulance, which is based here in the Midlands to provide a nationwide transfer service for seriously ill children needs our support to continue saving lives, and we are delighted to be able to help." For more information please visit www.eastwoodfuneralservice.co.uk and follow the remembrance tree link.

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