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Step in to the culinary world of Greek cuisine, with its tasteful appetizers, delicious dishes and comfortable surroundings. Breeze visits Yiannis Greek Restaurant, a real treat of delights.
Meet Yianni the owner and restaurateur of this fabulous Greek retreat. Yianni and his staff have built up a tight knit successful business over the last eight years. The atmosphere of the restaurant really reflects this commitment to bringing the real taste of Greece to our palettes. Yianni, originally from Rhodes oversees his talented team of chefs and waiters. His dedication throughout the years has enabled him to now enjoy a reputation that goes before him. Having spent most of his time in Greece, moving to England to be with his wife was an opportunity to develop his skills. In the beginning Yianni, a self taught chef used the expertise of his own mother to make sure he was being true to the traditional cooking of the Greek dishes - often calling her to get the dishes just right! Now this tradition continues and as you make your way through the dishes you can really taste the home cooked results and the use of fresh ingredients. “Everything is cooked from fresh, using marinades, olive oil, vegetables and herbs to bring out the flavour of every dish. Nothing is bought in, I make sure that what you are tasting could come straight from that of my Mommas table!” For those of you who have experienced Greek cuisine on holiday you won’t be disappointed. Not only is the food authentic the atmosphere itself will remind you of a happy time. Yianni has really put in extra effort to give you the full charm of Greece. At the rear of his restaurant is the newly refurbished annex, created to give you the alfresco dining experience. Sitting in this part of the restaurant definitely makes you think you could be away from everything and enjoying a relaxed meal as you would on holiday. For those of you who have never been to Greece then this is the exact place to give you a taster! Delicious selections of ‘Mezes’ are available. A taster of small dishes for you to try, usually served with pita bread, olives, yogurts, salad and if you wish, washed down with Ouzo!
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Choices of dishes can also been seen on the ‘Specials Board’ a massive chalkboard with carefully selected menus at excellent prices. The mussels come highly recommended along with a selection of fish dishes. Traditionally Greek cuisine features the dominant use of nuts and honey, a reflection of the tastes that can be experienced. Looking through the menu you can see how Yianni is determined to offer you a full authentic Greek family affair with dishes such as Tirokeftedes, Yiannis aunt's special recipe cheese balls, served with a red roasted pepper coulis and olive pate. Or Kolokithokeftedes, Yiannis sister Filia's recipe. Three tasty courgette fritters on a bed of mint feta sauce. Whichever part of the family Yianni’s dishes have come from you won’t be disappointed. The steady stream of people visiting the restaurant shows that it has really developed a reputation second to none. A host of regulars and newcomers embrace the delights of the friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere. With diners returning from far and wide to experience Yiannis. The team are really proud of their success. Open from 10.30am Tuesday to Saturday til 3pm in the daytime. Booking is recommended in the Evenings, Monday to Saturday 6pm til late. Yianni is offering Breeze readers a fantastic offer of 10% off on all food Mon - Fri when you mention ‘Breeze’. So what are you waiting for pick up the phone, book a table and enjoy a meal like no other! Yiannis, 67 Haydn Road, (approx 15 mins drive from Beeston) Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 2LA Tel: 0115 985 6648 / 0115 969 1335 www.yianniscaterer.co.uk Email: email@example.com
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It’s creepy crawly month at Churchcroft!
As the weather warms, our family pets start to become home to more and more unwanted visitors. It can be confusing working out the best means of control for your pet. To help you find your way to the best method of controlling these bugs in your dog or cat, the experts at Churchcroft are having a “Purge the Parasites” month during June. There are pictures and information up about all the common parasites and lists of which products can be effectively used to treat them. For those with a desire to see the critters in the flesh or who’d like to take the time to discuss these bugs and their treatment in more detail, senior vet George will be hosting a FREE open afternoon on Saturday June 18th from 2-5pm. They will have on display fleas, ticks and mites retrieved from their own patients in the last month or two. Why not go along and have a look at these pests in the flesh and under the microscope? Alternatively, if you’re unsure whether your pet might currently have fleas then give them a call on 0115 922 4855 and book a FREE flea check. To support their “Purge the Parasites” month Churchcroft have got great discounts on all their (very effective and easy to use) flea and worm products so you can get your little friend cleared of bugs affordably - and don’t forget this protects you and your family too!
NOMINATE LOCAL HEARING DOGS To celebrate Hearing Dogs Week 2011, national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is for the first-time inviting people from Nottinghamshire to nominate local hearing dogs that are transforming the lives of local people with hearing loss for an inspirational Hearing Dog of the Year Award 2011. Lucy Nalton Community Fundraising Manager for Hearing Dogs in Nottinghamshire says “We are encouraging members of the public from Nottinghamshire to nominate local hearing dogs that they know perhaps through family, friends or work colleagues, for a national Hearing Dog of the Year Award, which recognise the profoundly life-changing difference hearing dogs make to the lives of their recipients from all over the UK.” Local people can nominate hearing dogs they know for one of three Hearing Dog of the Year Awards; Life-changing,
Heroic or Team/Dual-purpose Hearing Dog of the Year. Nominations can be made via the Charity’s website www.hearingdogs.org.uk. Supported by celebrities such as Ben Fogle, Matt Baker, Kate Humble, Tim Vincent and Pam St Clement, the Charity currently has over 750 working hearing dogs in the UK transforming lives of isolation and loneliness into lives of independence, confidence and security by training dogs to alert deaf people to important household sounds and danger signals such as the alarm clock, doorbell and smoke alarm in the home, at work and in public buildings. The closing date for nominations is Friday 22 July 2011. A panel of celebrity judges will decide upon the winners and runnersup from each category ahead of a star-studded national awards presentation night in London in October, sponsored by Specsavers Hearing Centres and Royal Canin.
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As Summer fast approaches, our thoughts turn to barbeques, picnics and soirees alike! Thereâ€™s a great range of pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Gorgeous dresses with floral patterns and cut-out detailing will see you through to the soiree with a lick of mascara and pop of colour on the lips. Alternatively, they can be dressed down for a daytime picnic with denim. A tencel blazer or a denim waistcoat is ideal â€“ and perfect when the evenings get a little chilly! Whatever you wear this season ....Wear it well!
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Catherines have now been trading in Wollaton for four years offering exclusive fashions for the discerning shopper. The relaxed shopping experience along with the friendly and professional staff make a visit to Catherines a pleasure. They offer a fabulous selection of established brands, some of which can only found at Catherines, such as Blue Willis, Lebek, Gardeur, Olsen, Oscar B, Betty Barclay and younger houses such as YaYa, NTS and Bandolera plus many more. Catherines also offer out of hours appointments for customers who may have difficulty coming in during normal working hours. Additionally Catherines can cater for small shopping parties for birthdays and celebrations, so friends can get together and try out the lastest looks and styles. Join them throughout June at the Wollaton shop to enjoy champagne and nibbles. 10% off all purchases when you quote Breeze Magazine, visit them today at 197 Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2QJ Tel: 0115 928 5110
With Summer well under way we all know that feeling of wanting to freshen up our appearance for the summer season. Now the style conscious can really treat themselves to a new makeover from major brands but at much lower prices thanks to Labels For Less who are able to source top quality stock and bring it to the High Road in Beeston. With fresh outfits, garments and accessories arriving every week, Labels For Less have many happy customers who return whenever they need a fresh look. A visit to the shop is a real treat for the discerning shopper who is on a budget as they can afford the styles they really want, making the whole experience pleasurable. Janet or Gloria will assist if required or you can simply browse and try on a few styles to freshen up your look. All age groups are catered for as the store has access to a wide variety of brand names. Because of their loyal customers Labels For Less has been one of the successes in Beeston. Janet, Gloria and the team who work hard to bring in new stock all year round wish to thank all those who have supported the shop for over five years and look forward to seeing them over the summer. Regular visitors to the Beeston store have already enjoyed saving whilst being able to buy what they really want - why donâ€™t you pop in and take a look for yourself? Labels For Less, 60 High Road, Beeston, Nottingham Tel 0115 922 2312
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Wickes is a major supplier of building materials and tools to both trade and DIY market in the UK and offers value with quality. Your next project can be accomplished in the safe knowledge that your materials list is probably waiting for you at your nearest store. As with many Wickes timber products this Arbour is made form long lasting Tanalised Timber which means it is con- structed from wood which ahs been specially treated at high pressure to force long lasting preservative deep into the wood grain All you have to do is answer the following question and send your reply on a postcard to: Breeze Magazine/Wickes Competition to: 156C High Road, Beeston Nottingham NG9 2LN Include your full name, address and a daytime tel no.
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Are we really heading for a new period of ‘visual austerity’? Or is this the age of the ‘artist as designer’ to which we will all have access? Some experts believe the big design trends of this year will originate from consumers reassessing what they need to live comfortably, seeking innovation, searching for more local products and seeking out more personalised items. The consumer market has been changed by recent economic adjustments and this means suppliers have to now match to their customer’s revised requirements and expectations. So where does that leave us as we enter the second half of 2011? The return of ash greys and blacks are set to make their mark, enlivened with splashes of yellows or orange this time rather than the red/grey combo of the eighties. The boundaries between art and design is being challenged by interior designers, which in turn may lead to everyday products at sensible prices being reflected in this; radical new designs that play with natural and even archeological forms . Already we have a fascinating array of surface textures in the home, from designer kitchen knives with integral moulded synthetic rubber grips to cookware made from the latest materials in ceramic technology. What is changing is the way in which these products will surface as solutions to home living more widely, being both stylish and practical. Soft natural materials such as wool and the prominent use of real wood also look set to become part of the forthcoming ‘visual vocabulary’ over the next year and beyond as the home is seen as a refuge against a perceived over-globalisation. But what does this mean in everyday terms for those who will be going out to purchase items to decorate and furnish their homes on the high street?
What to watch out for this year when you revamp your home: BRIGHT COLOURS: Colour is one of the biggest thing for 2011 Not just brights, but really bright brights - flashes of cerise pinks, fresh springy greens and fruity oranges in layers, textures and patterns. NOSTALGIA: Cosy and cute with a folksy trend. Things that conjure up a feeling of security amidst change. NATURAL MATERIALS: Beach style wood, surfaces that appeal to the senses when touched and create a certain sense of reassurance. ART OR INTERIOR? With a greater in interest in value, will we be looking for more when we buy our household items? This is where the ‘designer as artist’ fits in and the results filter down to ‘ordinary’ outlets at realistic prices.
Freshen up your home on a budget But what about that budget you’ve just set yourself? Well just about any home can be improved on a budget. Kitchens are often considered to be the ‘most expensive room’ to refurbish but that need not be so. Consider the service of a kitchen supplier who will re-fit your kitchen with new doors and handles - a great way to revitalise that lost sparkle in the chefs room! Get your appliances looking virtually as new with a specialist cleaner who can get in all the nooks and crannies that you never seem to be able to. A new window blind - with a design that will really make the difference when are in during the evening and is effectively what you see out of your window. Bathrooms are instantly transformed by quite simple measures as replacing the flooring. This can be with one the latest designs using toughened vinyl which is both durable and warm to stand on. It doesn’t cost the earth either for a new pedestal and toilet seat - check out your local plumber’s merchant for an end of line bargain. This can give a sense of newness back to your bathroom, along with replacing bath seals and grout, or re-painting the ceiling. Don’t forget the walls - paint has never been so good having enjoyed decades of technological improvement and innovation. There are paint surfaces that once would have seemed like science fiction with effects that are apparent only on drying. Rooms that have been repainted can immediately feel like a different room, a nice way to cast off that ‘old room’ gloom! In the bedroom and struggling to fit all your clothes (and all the other things that somehow manage to find their way into our lives) into your double wardrobe?
A neat solution is a fitted bedroom. With keen prices from fitters and suppliers it is possible to get that swish look and the storage spaced needed to declutter this room, leaving it looking calmer and much more inviting. Lighting in all rooms has been revolutionised in recent years by the steady influx of new high power leds. These devices allow for novel new designs which are trendy and practical - poseable housings which allow for light to be re-directed at will, changing the mood of the room. The extra benefit of these is the fact they use a very small fraction of a normal light - being even more efficient than the standard ‘energy saver’ bulb we have all got used to these days. The living room is the most obvious candidate for a makeover as it
is the one most used in everyday life. Here the opportunities abound to create a very different feel one that reflects how you feel now rather than when you last decorated it. Perhaps it is time to consider making life easier for yourself and moving to painted surfaces rather than patterned wallpaper. There are vast ranges of superb textured wall coverings which, when they become dulled over time, can be simply painted and repainted. If you need smoother walls to achieve this neater solution then consider having a plasterer neaten things up with a re-skim, this is a quick and cost effective way to modernise your room and when done will mean that even wallpaper will look much better, without those conspicuous bumps and lumps! Carpet cleaning - not a romantic subject but quite simply one of those things that can bring a real feeling of ‘newness’ back to the floor covering. Cleaning services often provide deals covering more than one room so why not take the opportunity to ‘Summer Clean’ if you didn’t bother back in the spring? More generally: Create a focal point. Each room should have a focal point which the rest of the room is centred around. It can be anything you like – a fireplace, a bed, a window. If a fireplace sounds too expensive, a simple piece of art can work just as well. co-ordinate. Make sure the accessories, fabric and colour scheme work together throughout the room. Consider what wallpaper can do - by wallpapering a single wall and painting the rest you can completely alter a room’s look.
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Don’t be boring! Try a variety of textures – smooth, rough, shiny, matte a variety helps stop a room looking dull and boring. Rugs, glass tables and leather sofas with a mixture of cushions all go well together, and if you fancy a change of colour on your sofa why not use a throw? Another great idea is to buy some material you like and get a seamstress to make a custom fit cover - a much less expensive way to get a new look into your room than buying a brand new sofa or suite. Simplicity can be best - so avoid overcrowding a room with bits and bobs – it will only make it look smaller. Why not select a few key items and arrange them carefully – don’t place furniture where you risk wasting space. If it means you can only have one layout in the room because of a chimney breast, alcove etc then so be it - that will set the best use of space - let colour and accessories do the rest. So take a look at your home and if it doesn’t quite have that feeling you once had when you walked in after a hard day at work then maybe it’s time to get a bit of fresh colour and design into your life! BAGGING A BARGAIN Shoestring style conjures images of a home filled with other people's junk and a 'make do and mend' approach - in other words, worthy but dull. So it's a revelation to visit Alexandra Campbell's home which is not only elegant but oozes charm. "Nowadays there's real street cred in boasting about finding a bargain - the whole credit crunch has turned us off spending for the sake of it," she laughs.
"But I've been a fan for years because, limited by a tiny budget, I discovered it's actually not necessary to spend a fortune to have a stylish home." It features a host of desirable homes where reusing, revamping and recycling rule. "This approach isn't just great for saving cash, but you also end up with pieces which are unique to you, have a history and are redolent with personality," she points out. "I think too that's in tune with what people want for their homes today. A style bought 'off the peg' from one or two stores is boring and bland, but thrifty chic is so far from that." True to her word, a local carpenter constructed her kitchen table from discarded Victorian church pews, and kitchen utensils are hung from a piece of painted garden trellis. Instead of expensively refitting the kitchen, she's successfully revamped it by painting units in a trendy, chalky heritage colour to bring it fashionably up to date. She's even turned her grandmother's chintz curtains into a set of vintage cushions. Her only regret is allowing many of her mother's possessions to be sold in a house clearance sale. "Now I would have hung on to them, as I realise renovation and professional dry cleaning can work wonders." Alexandra believes people are beginning to revel in the freedom of expressing their individual style. "Not being able to furnish your home the way you want because of your budget forces you to look at things with a fresh eye. "Really, the only limit is your imagination, rather than your pocket!" Be inspired with a step-by-step guide to a style that makes being a home spendthrift look plain foolish.
THRIFTY WISDOM • Spend time scouting around, checking out prices and brands, so you're sure what you really want. "An empty living space often looks smarter than one that is over-crowded, so if you can't afford exactly what you want, leave a space for it for later," advises Alexandra. • Opt for simplicity and neutral colours when buying high priced items, because pieces will be more versatile and won't date. Also it will be easier to change or adapt their look with accessories. • Small details make rooms special, whether antique handles on cupboards, or individual flower blooms simply displayed in a collection of milk bottles. LIVING IN STYLE "Thrifty style is not a narrowly defined look," Alexandra says. "It can appeal as much to those who want a sharp contemporary edge to their home as to more traditionalist types. "It works brilliantly across a wide range of looks, classic, retro, country, modern and eclectic." THRIFTY TIPS: Remember that an old sofa can be transformed by new upholstery, although do make sure it's a traditionally made, fully sprung one that's worth the investment. Don't neglect the chain stores' affordable basics, just tailor them to your taste by painting or embellishing them.
Use books as decoration by arranging them by colour. Turn shelves into a statement by painting them a slightly darker shade than walls.
CHIC COLLECTIONS Think outside of the box - they don't have to consist of valuable antiques or ornaments but can be as simple as a set of pebbles collected on holidays, which are then hand painted with an appealing design. "Think carefully about how you arrange objects. One technique is to 'crowd it up' a well-tried antique dealer's trick to make things appear more valuable. So a collection of bottles will look better than one or two," suggests Alexandra. "Alternatively, take the 'less is more' approach and give objects space so that they look special and precious no matter what their price." THRIFTY TIPS: Turn old jewellery into a room accessory - hang necklaces on cupboard handles for a 'hippy chic' look. Look for the 'oddities' - a quirky collection of glass vases and different sized candlesticks will work well especially if you focus on one material, such as glass, wood, silver or china.
TURN ON THE DETAIL The most charming homes have interesting details that catch the eye, and give visual clues about their owner's personality. "A pretty window blind, distinctive cushions on the sofa or bed, or decorative items lining a windowsill add a dash of zest to rooms." THRIFTY TIPS: Transform a chest: Look for unusual knobs in homeware stores or when on your travels, and mix and match for even more effect. Chandeliers needn't break the bank. Buy a cheap one and paint it with metal paint to give it a fashionable, visual lift. Don't put up with a bad view from a window, instead use a pretty transfer and get more privacy as well. Save a fortune on art by using clip frames for children's masterpieces, and ring the changes regularly. Painting stairs to mimic a stair runner can be cheaper than carpet, but use hardwearing floor paint, or give the finished look a coat of varnish. Also, bear in mind it will be noisier.
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TRACKING DOWN BARGAINS Turn home detective and check out auctions, car boot sales, and markets for buys that won't dent the bank balance. "The trick with eBay is knowing which brand names you want and to keep putting them into the search engine until you find them," Alexandra says. House clearances are sometimes advertised in newspapers or visit sites such as antiques-atlas.com, an online directory listing shops, fairs and auction houses. For up to date news on fairs and the UK antiques trade, visit antiquesnews.co.uk THRIFTY TIPS: Vintage blankets or traditional plaids used as they are or lined with a pretty fabric make great throws for beds and chairs. Collect vintage photos or maps of your local area and framing them for a wall. Museum shops often have well-priced replicas of art objects or iconic designs.
Consider the balance in your house with the use of colours and light. Dark or north facing rooms need warmer, lighter colours to add more vibrancy to a room, which may feel dreary or stagnant. Use up-lighters in dark corners to open the space and large mirrors to reflect light into the room. In brighter or more vibrant rooms, tone down the intensity with cool colours or grounding earth colours like terracotta. Ensure that furniture is the appropriate size for the room and that surfaces have smooth lines and are free from clutter or too many objects. Pay attention to your artwork. Consider what the picture is saying and that it is of a positive nature. In many cases we have artwork that is linked to subconscious issues that are negative rather than positive. Creative artwork is good in a creative area like a study or art studio. Landscapes are better for calming and relaxing our mind and increasing our feeling of well-being. Plants are good for de-stressing and also cleaning our homes and fresh cut flowers lift our spirits.
Listed below are colours and how they may help achieve different moods. Green - Good for calming and de-stressing. A colour we naturally seek when down or anxious. Be careful of too much lime or too muddy-ish green and stick to definites. Cream and terracotta - Good for grounding and keeping our feet on the ground. Good in areas where we need to be stable, or calm down a busy energy. Lavender and light blue - Inspirational and spiritual. Help your mind reach a higher level. Yellow - Sunny and cheerful. Good in dark areas. Aids conversation. All in all ensure that your rooms are balanced and create an atmosphere that is positive to the people living there. If you feel positive, relaxed and happy in your home, then you will go out into the world feeling the same way and attract more positive things.
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Many people are familiar with that sense of satisfaction of getting everything in your garden just as you want it, sitting back and then enjoying what you have created. But what if you wish to improve your ‘little bit of England’ but don’t have the the budget to indulge in some of the more exotic designs we see - sometimes on television shows - and which may not apply to you? Don’t worry - this is a realistic guide as to what you can achieve and some starting ideas to get you motivated to try!
There are, of course, many themes to create your garden around but the point is to stop and think before you rush out and buy anything! Consider using part of what you already have - even moving plants around can really change how you feel about the garden. Also, if you are having any hard landscaping done then you will be better served by having looked at some ideas and how they might fit in with your wishes when you start to plant out your trees, shrubs and flowers. The shape of your garden can greatly influence how you plan it - by using optical illusions to change the perceived appearance of a garden you can make a space seem either larger or more intimate, depending on your requirements. Scale is an important aspect of the garden design - use proportions which match your garden. Keep in mind the relationships between pot sizes if using large planters and garden furniture. By selecting cleverly you can really transform the way you perceive your garden space. Sometimes it can be counter intuitive, with a very small number of larger items in a small garden looking very comfortable within the setting rather than lots of small fiddly elements. The forms you choose create different effects in the garden along with texture, which can be used to put emphases on certain aspects of your layout. Rectilinear forms create a sense of order and proportion - useful in designs where a very contemporary feel is desired. Curved forms soften the appearance of the elements within the space, which is useful in creating a restful and emotionally soothing design. Don’t forget to balance your scheme, with one part of the composition having an equivalent mass to another part. This means not having a small part of the garden fighting for attention (and losing!). Also avoid a perfectly symmetrical approach to your design - unless you are aiming for a very formal garden.
Create unity by repeating patterns and plant materials. If you look around at garden ornaments try to bear in mind the shapes of the plants you have and the textures they create already in your garden. You can very often enhance an ornament you have already by ‘echoing’ it in an other item - sometimes of a different size. An example of this would be with spheres which you may then add to and set up an arrangement in your garden or patio area. Perhaps you have some nice large square pots but somehow they don’t ‘gel’ - again look at other square or even round elements you can introduce which may get them forming a visual rythmn. Colour can be used to subtly alter moods. Create an interesting and visually pleasing garden by using contrasting
colour ways such as blue/orange - they need not be ‘full on’ colours but muted versions of these. An easy way to try out what you like is to buy some inexpensive childrens poster paints and place various colour combinations together on a cheap artists pad to see how they look to your eyes. Then search for the nearest equivalent in either outdoor paints or in the items you add to your garden.
Themes to explore • PEACE AND UPLIFTMENT Stress relieving, elegant and low maintenance (e.g Japanese style gardens). Plants: Chamomile, Marjoram, Globe artichoke, Violet, Eucalyptus, Jasmine Colours: blues, whites/creams, Orange • MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN Beautiful colours and hints of a favourite holiday! Plants: Caper, Samphire, Redondo Creeper, Barberry, Palms (choose the hardy variety - not Canary palms), Thyme, Colours: terracotta, blues, white
• CACTUS GARDEN msaves on water use and is low maintenance Plants: hardy cactus; Yucca, Aloe, Basilicans, Missouri Pincushion, Beehive, Mountain Cactus. Colours: sandstones, yellows, blues • ENCHANTED GARDEN perfect for those who like to collect unusual items to adorn their garden! Plants: Ferns, Azaleas, Ivy, Rose bushes, Dahlia, Camellia, Lavender Colours: rich browns, deep orange, blues, reds, deep greens, purple. • NATURAL GARDEN The easy way to get nature into view Plants: Foxglove, Honeysuckle, Bugle, Ferns, Rosebay Willow Herb, Daisy, Cat tails, Harestail grass.
JOB DONE! So whatever you choose to have done around the house and under whatever financial circumstances, make sure you get the right person for the job. Using specialised trades will help you to enjoy the results you want. Whether the job is big or small, there are certain steps to take to make sure you get the right person for you. • Compare quotes, don’t just go for the cheapest. Ask exactly what you are getting for your money. If you have an idea of the materials you would like them to use - make sure that they are not cutting corners, buying cheaper materials that won’t last, will only cost you more money in the long run. • Ask for testimonials or recommendations. Speak to previous customers. • Find out the call-out charge, and how the firm's services will be charged • Ask about the firm's technical expertise • Be specific and set out a detailed, clear brief.
• Look for accreditations that are relevant to the job in hand. Most of all enjoy the process. It’s an exciting time having anything done on your home or garden and if it does get stressful, focus on the end result. There are plenty of experts locally that can help you turn your dreams into reality no matter how large or small.
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Jo Jingles is celebrating fifteen years of fun music and movement classes! Gaynor Smith, a local mum of two has had great success with the Nottinghamshire franchise for the past six years. Passionate about sharing her love of music with babies and young children, she has picked up three awards for her classes and most recently won ‘Franchisee of the year’ at the annual Jo Jingles business conference! “We offer quality, fun musical sessions with an educational slant for children aged from 3 months to 5 years. The classes are age specific with a maximum number of 16 children per class. The classes are well structured with carefully developed programmes incorporating pre-school learning themes.” During the 45 minute sessions, Jo Jingles has great fun with singing, dancing, playing percussion instruments and making friends! New classes are now available at Denz Play Centre, Beeston! Other class locations include Long Eaton, Wollaton, Hucknall, Giltbrook, West Bridgford, Gamston and Bingham. For further info on classes and parties contact Gaynor on 0870 900 4567. Email email@example.com or visit www.jojingles.com/nottingham Lynsey Lowe is a fully qualified counsellor who trained at Nottingham University in Humanistic Counselling. She has four years experience of working with individuals of all ages from a range of different backgrounds with a wide variety of concerns and difficulties. She has now set up a private practice in Wollaton offering personal counselling to adults and young people. Lynsey enjoys working with people to find out how best to help them, which may be for either short or long term therapy. “I can work within whatever time-frame you decide. It might be over months, or it could be just 6 or 7 sessions.” “I am passionate about the work I do and how it can help people. Often the hardest part is making the decision to take the first step – to pick up the phone or make the email contact. But doing that is the first step on the road to taking control and making something change. I have experience of working with many different problems and life difficulties which can and do affect all of us.” If life is getting you down, take the first step, call on 07862 724569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit lynseylowecounselling.co.uk
Meet Vanessa Taylor “I am really excited about bringing MamaBabyBliss Baby Massage and Baby Yoga Classes to Nottingham for the first time. My ‘babies’?! are now teenagers, but I still remember special times practicing Baby Massage and Baby Yoga with them. So I feel privileged to share in the precious memories being forged by parents and their babies in my classes. Being a mum of two, I appreciate the joys and challenges that parenthood presents and am really keen to share in those joys with my classes which provide so much fun, whilst also providing parents with well earned relaxation time. I was drawn to MamaBabyBliss because of its philosophy of pampering and nurturing both parents and babies. So, our classes are set in the luxury of The Village Hotel Nottingham with leisure club day passes included. Having been a primary school teacher for twenty years, and having practised yoga myself for years, I was also drawn to this job because I am passionate about the long term benefits that Baby Massage and Baby Yoga provide, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Being the first MamaBabyBliss Associate teacher for Nottingham, I have undergone the highest quality, in depth training in the country from founder, Justina Perry, the Baby Yoga expert for Pampers. We are committed to small groups to provide ultimate attention for parent and baby. m mWe also continue to run through the summer holidays. Please come along and feel the benefits for the whole family. I look forward to meeting you with your babies”. Contact Vanessa Taylor on 07561 303780
Meet Natalie Johnson the proud owner of The Pearly Whites Studio in the Japanese Water Gardens. “I’ve grown up locally in Sandiacre and from a young age always wanted to do something exciting and challenging. At 18, I decided to go to university and complete a degree in criminal law. As exciting as this was, I wanted more life experience and so applied to be a Special Constable for Nottinghamshire Police. This gave me some of the challenges and demands I strived for. On completion of my degree, I moved into drug rehabilitation and have been in this field for the past eighteen months. During this time I found myself exploring other interests in the area of cosmetics and beauty. I soon became a fully qualified and competent nail technician and teeth whitening technician. My inspiration for setting up a professional studio came from my partner Tom. He gave me the encouragement I needed to take on such a challenge. Tom’s skills fitting kitchens meant he could design and re-fit the contemporary studio we both have today. I feel so proud to have something to call ours. The time and effort that family and friends have put in has been invaluable and I can’t thank them enough. I’d especially like to thank Tom for all his help and support, because of him, I’ve never felt happier. I hope The Pearly Whites Studio reflects the love and effort we’ve put into it” The Pearly Whites Studio at 251 Toton Lane, Toton, Nottingham NG9 7JA or to book an appointment call 0115 9395765
For those of you familiar with ‘Sheilas Hat Shop’ on Broadgate in Beeston you will be amazed at the transformation that local family, the Masons have created. The team of six have spent six months bringing the premises back to life and renovating the interior to its high standard. “Our aim was to bring to Beeston a relaxed place where you can sit in the sun or sit inside and relax and enjoy the finest coffees and loose leaf teas for the discerning connoisseur. We offer quality fresh local produce created using local suppliers. From a selection of sandwiches and snacks to milk shakes. Including an array of cakes and desserts. The location is fantastic as it gives shoppers and passes by the chance to relax and enjoy a break. Our tables and chairs have been really popular. We also offer a takeaway service for a snack in the park or to enjoy elsewhere” Mason & Mason are an independent coffee house that offer a high quality service and high quality produce at a price you can afford. Why not visit them today at Mason & Mason 140 High Road, Beeston NG9 2LN. See their advert on page 11
YOUR MONTH AHEAD
ARIES [Marc 21st-April 20th] You spark some interest when going your own way. You get cracking putting things in order for you to achieve for this month one long awaited goal. Organisation with paperwork may go by the wayside until you have completed what you feel needs to be done elsewhere. Feeling stronger and more positive you aim high in what you want.
CANCER [June 22nd-July 23rd] Romantic and self- assured you treat and please those you love. Any feelings of being left out soon goes when there is a family get together. The giving and receiving of a gift comes as a surprise to one but not the other. Respected for your honesty when approached for advice, you cautiously give your point of view with reservations to a friend. Days out are enjoyed.
TAURUS [April 21st-May 20th] Putting the lid on emotions helps when overloaded. Dealing with matters of the heart is overcome when in doubt. Pleased with the result of effort put into some work, you make plans to complete another job soon after. With a change of lifestyle you quickly put into place a routine with those close. Ideas are taken up regarding the home.
LEO [July 24th-August 23rd] Finding a way of making important changes regarding one present situation solves any tension within the home environment. Making allowances outside the home is welcomed. After putting others first you find time for yourself. Whether itâ€™s setting up business for yourself or loved ones you give assistance and its full steam ahead.
GEMINI [May 21st-June 21st] With a busy time ahead you plan accordingly with what needs to be achieved for this particular month. Sharp and quick-witted you give support to someone in need. For many, getting your hands mucky makes money and helps with one situation. Being taken out to places unfamiliar brightens the day. Spending money when least expected could salvage a dispute of kind.
VIRGO [August 24th-Sept 23rd] With new and bright ideas for the home it is of no surprise when you begin work on sorting cupboards and drawers out. Celebrations go down well with those you love. Looking toward making plans in the foreseeable future, you are careful not to disclose too much information. Moments shared with an older person are well remembered.
By ANNE HARBOUR Dip.Hyp. HPD. MNCH - Clinical Hypnotherapist HPD. Affiliate member of The National College Student & Alumni Guild. Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (MNCH) Telephone: 07845 405835 LIBRA [Sep 24th-Oct 22nd] As you cant be in two places at one time you make sure all necessary arrangements are to your satisfaction. Time spent with loved ones pays dividends. You put an end to some concern regarding a commitment. Holidays may be put back till a later date. Being the centre of attention boosts your confidence as well as making new friends.
CAPRICORN [Dec 23rd-Jan 20th] Pulling all the stops out you manage to get a break in promoting yourself regarding your working life. Home life settles down second week when the pressure is off. Unable to get to grips with routine you make changes with pleasing results. Careful not to upset the apple cart with friends you keep some news to yourself for a while.
SCORPIO [Oct 23rd-Nov22nd] Romance enters your life unexpectedly taking you by surprise. New ideas to boost finances get underway with the help of those you trust. Loyal friends seek help and understanding until such time they are on their feet. Recent upsets are soon put right; afterwards you begin as you mean to go on. Solving one mystery ends speculation.
AQUARIUS [Jan 21st-Feb 19th] Busy as ever you find little time to relax and put your feet up. For a while all your planning seems to go out of the window when arrangements fall apart giving you little time to think straight. Catching up with the paperwork becomes a strain but you soon have that under your control. After then, a much calmer existence and a happier you.
SAGITTARIUS [Nov 23rd-Dec 22nd] The month of June provides you with some special moments. Meeting up with those you haven’t seen for some time is fully enjoyed, with plenty of laughter. You keep your word in helping someone out. Overspending likely when under pressure midmonth. Putting yourself first pays off when expecting a busy weekend or two.
PISCES [Feb 20th-Mar 20th] Stronger and more confident than of late you take June in your stride. Looking for ward to a break of some kind you speed up the process by giving dates for loved ones to go by. A suggestion for learning new skills providing you with a more secure future could well be taken up. Splashing out on new clothes for special occasions is likely.
n o i t o m o r p e z e bre Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to attend a free meeting where you can learn about a ground-breaking procedure that has the potential to help towards a healthier life. As seen on ITV News and reported in the Daily Mail Marion Mortimer has some exciting news that she wishes to share with you ...”Hear it here first and help to change your life! We are offering you a unique opportunity to attend a special meeting to hear about a new method of monitoring what's going on inside your body”. • Scientists have developed a non-invasive scanner to test and assess the relative 'age' of your arteries Be among the first in the country to hear more about the process and how you can take immediate steps to help protect your future well-being. How much to attend? It's Free! The Maycliffe Hall, Toton Lane, Stapleford 6pm on Thursday 30th June 2011 Be sure of a place by calling Marion Mortimer to book 0115 939 3662
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VOLUNTEERS PITCH IN AS THOUSANDS Please include any photographs PREPARE NOTICEBOARD, Breeze Magazine, Deadline for July 2011 Issue is FOR HEMLOCK 156C High Road, Beeston, 24th June 2011 HAPPENING Nottingham, NG9 2LN Pupils from or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Bramcote Park School have been putting the final touches to one of the Broxtowe Borough’s biggest, most anticipated and completely free events ahead of next month’s Hemlock Happening. Pupils aged 11 to 18 have volunteered their services to ensure the ever-popular Hemlock Happening runs smoothly when Bramcote Hills Park welcomes thousands of visitors on Saturday 11th June from 1.00pm. The ever-popular annual event will be divided into two main aspects with a live music stage and a field full of free, fun-filled activiSt Michael’s Church, Bramcote is celebrating ties for all ages and abilities. it’s 150th aniversary this year. Visitors to Bramcote Hills Park will get creative with a host of St Michael’s ‘Summer Prom’, 7pm on June 25th 2011. participatory arts activities, including ‘have a go’ silk paintJoin Nottingham Symphonic Winds Orchestra in the lovely ing, ‘make and take’ activities for children and the opThe grounds of Bramcote Church School (Cow Lane). portunity to make your own Erewash Valley Trail Long Eaton & District Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Bramcote Church. dragonfly. Horticultural Society are Tickets £15 including Champagne and Nibbles. The event also offers a range of more active having their summer workshops and challenges, including Lindy Hop, Available from: Church 0115 9430137, flower show and Plant Sale on Zumba and South Asian Dance in School 0115 9258548 or Saturday, July 9th, at the United the dance arena,have a go archery, Windblowers Derby Road 0115 9410543 Reformed Church, a climbing wall and fun challenges with Seating will be provided or take your rugs and Broxtowe Sport. The Green, Long Eaton. picnic hampers, (they’ll be undercover if wet!). Other attractions include community performOpen approx 10.am-4.00pm. Black Tie is optional. ances, cake stands, strawberries and cream, fair Plant Stalls,Refreshments, rides, performances and the much-loved ‘Dogs Tombola, raffle Admission free Day Out’ for dog lovers. Further details The evening programme will include musical theTel 0115 9735318 atre with local band Crisis, Beeston Musical Theatre Group and jazz from Don Morrell’s Gin Mill SyncopaLocal Football tors. The evening will then come to a close with a floorteam Riverside filling performance from The Feds from 9.30pm and the Royals U10s in Long spectacular finale firework display in the Walled Garden at Eaton are ran by 10.35pm. Darren Tabbott. The annual Hemlock Happening is organised by the Bramcote and “We have had a fantastic Stapleford Golden Jubilee Group, a thriving committee made up of local people who plan and promote the event in partnership with season, winning the cup Broxtowe Borough Council. and also being champions For more information about the Hemlock Happening, please of the league. We are contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3695, email looking for players in the email@example.com or visit www.hemlockhappening.org local areas that are looking to join a Football team playing in Division 1 INSTITUTE ATTENBOROUGH WOMEN'S Next Season in the YEL league on a Invite you to Garden's Question Time Sunday Morning 11 a side football. Society Horticultural with Long Eaton & District So if you are a keen mfootballer in year 5 now going into year 6 in On Wednesday 15th June 2011 at 8.00pm September then please get in touch with Darren on 07968 729678 Hall at Attenborough Village Email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop down to their training sessions on a Admission £2.50 Tuesday evening 7pm till 8pm West Park Long Eaton Nottingham. Stalls and Raffle Sale, for Refreshments will be served. Plants
VOLUNTARY ACTION BROXTOWE Could you be a mentor to a carer? A carer is someone who provides emotional, practical or personal care....often all three.... for a family member. Carers can become isolated and may be affected by the stress and pressure of their caring roles. The Carers Federation is looking for open-minded and caring volunteers who can be trained as mentors to support carers. Being able to listen and communicate effectively, help to build confidence and motivate others are important parts of the mentor role. Could you spare a few hours each week or so to support a carer? The role of a mentor is to provide emotional and practical support and advice for carers. The one-to-one relationship with a mentor will enable a carer to have a safe and confidential space to talk about their feelings and concerns, develop self esteem and help them to become involved in new things such as education and training, employment or simply leisure and social activities. Volunteer mentors do not need any specific experience or qualifications. There is a comprehensive training programme, on going support, and the opportunity for personal and professional development. If you are interested please contact Richard or Colleen at Voluntary Action Broxtowe on 9178080.
BROXTOWE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION - A DAY TO CELEBRATE DIFFERENT CULTURES IN BROXTOWE. This free event for all ages will take place on Saturday 2 July, 11am – 4pm at Roundhill Primary School, Foster Avenue, Beeston. The event starts with the Chinese Lion dance in Beeston Square which will then accompany the crowd to the event. Throughout the day, there will be performances from local schools and community groups, a kwik cricket tournament, interactive information stalls from local organisations, crafts, music and dance workshops from around the world. There is also free food tasting with an international flavour. This year’s activities will include kite-making, African drumming, henna tattoos, well dressing, Thai floating flowers, hair braiding, Pulp Friction smoothie bike, climbing wall and a lot more … The event is organised by Broxtowe Community Celebration Group. If you would like further information or want to get involved in the Broxtowe Are you entering the Robin Hood Half or Community Celebration Group please contact Voluntary Full Marathon this year? Action Broxtowe on “We would love you to 0115 917 8080. join us in the fight Tuktuk fundraiser against Tuktuks are part of everydementia by running day life in India with an estithe mated 1 million plus rickshaws on Experian Robin Hood the roads of India. Festival of Running as a Three men from Wollaton in Nottingham part of the Alzheimer's are about to show the world how durable and Society running team. strong these vehicles are by driving from NotWith your help we can tingham to India in July. continue to support Sanjay Sharma, Kelham Osborne and Mukesh those with dementia Kashyap will start their epic journey from outand their carers. If side their house. On the 14th July 2011 they are you're up for the Robin setting off on a momentous voyage across two Hood running continents, 14 countries, travelling 6000 miles challenge, we would in a tuktuk auto rickshaw. love you to join us”. “We aim is to raise as much money as possible Entries are now open, for our chosen charities” says Sanjay. Sanjay, so you can sign up to Kelham and Mukesh are going to embark on a secure your place and journey that will not only be a trip of a life time then sign up to be part full of fun and enjoyment but will also be of Alzheimer’s Society gruelling as well. They will be travelling though team. You will be sent a some of the roughest, toughest, hottest and Runner's Pack to help yet most picturesque terrains in the world, with your training and hoping to complete in around four to six weeks. All this in temperatures in excess of 43C+! fundraising. This is not their first adventure in a tuktuk. In 2009 Sanjay and Kelham travelled from Land's End to John O' Alzheimer's Society is the Groats to raise money for the City Hospital Oncology Unit after Kelhams had died of cancer. They raised £2400 UK's leading care and refor a journey that took them three days to travel just over 1000 miles. This time they are driving 6000 miles and search charity for people hope to raise £20,000. with dementia and those The money raised will go to four charities. Cancer Research Uk, City Hospital Oncology, Apnalaya (Mumbai) who care for them. and Ganga Prem Hospice (Northern India). Here in the East Midlands “We all know what a great job Cancer Research UK are doing and also the City Hospital Oncology but here is there are approximately 64,826 a little info about our Indian based charities” adds Sanjay: people living with Apnalaya a charity based in Mumbai founded in 1972 to help children living in slums towards a better life. dementia with this figure Ganga Prem Hospice based in Rishikesh, is a spiritually orientated, non-profit hospice for terminally ill predicted to rise by around cancer patients. Some of the other services they offer is a monthly cancer clinic, home care programme 38% to around 78091 by 2021. and bereavement support service. To be a part of the team call Cathy Some tuktuk facts: The max speed of a tuktuk is 45 mph, the fuel tank has a 8 litre capacity with a range Lowe on 01636 642813 of approx 150 miles. The tuktuk will do approx. 65mpg and expect to use 360 litres of fuel during the or email journey. email@example.com For more information visit www.slowtraintoindia.co.uk
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JB Tennis is offering two new tennis coaching sessions starting in June. These will run weekly at the Queen Elizabeth Park Courts, Stapleford Lane, next to Fairfield Junior School. The first session will be on Saturdays from 10am to 11am, for 8 -10 year old beginners, followed by a group for 13-15 year olds who can already play and may have had some coaching. There are also places for 6 and 7 year olds in a Mini Tennis Red group on Tuesdays at 3.50pm. JB Tennis was established in 2002 by Licensed LTA Professional Jan Burnett. Jan has successfully provided tennis coaching to players in the area for over seventeen years through links with Broxtowe Borough Council and other local venues. “This new enterprise at QEP brings tennis directly to youngsters in this area. If it becomes successful, I hope to continue through this year.”
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With the summer holidays approaching, some couples with problems are already dreading the added stress and pressure that the school holidays entail. They may be fearful of getting drawn into bitter and hostile separation proceedings if they involve solicitors for advice over the separation. However it is possible to separate or divorce in a more civilised way. Ellis-Fermor & Negus have trained Collaborative solicitors who assist couples with separation in a more amicable way. Separation and/or divorce can have a huge effect on children involved. Studies show that if children are exposed to parental conflict, through divorce or separation they are exposed to future risks of suffering depression themselves, difficulty forming their own relationships, self blame and even drug and alcohol experimentation. However divorcing or separating parents who co-operate in the process do better for themselves and their children, in financial, legal and emotional terms. In the â€œnormalâ€? adversarial system a couple would both have separate solicitors and if agreement on issues cannot be reached by negotiations through letter and telephone, court proceedings may be started. However this approach is ill- suited to help families reduce conflict. A minority of cases need help from the family courts, but most family cases are better handled with co-operation, and consideration of the needs of the family. A couple may opt for mediation or Collaborative Law. Collaborative Law was first developed in the 1990s in the USA, but has now become an international approach and one that leaves the couple in control of the process, rather than to the mercy of the court system. One crucial aspect of Collaborative Law is that the parties agree from the outset that they will not drag each other through the courts. Such an approach leads to better relationships between ex-spouses, is better for the children involved and is usually a faster and cheaper way of resolving issues. It can be used for any family related issues, including financial matters and arrangements for the children. Usually 3-4 meetings are held to resolve all the issues. The couple will work through all issues in these meetings, with both their solicitors present, guiding and advising them. Many people feel that it is a way to divorce or separate with dignity and integrity. Ellis-Fermor & Negus have two fully trained Collaborative lawyers. Feedback from many couples who have chosen this approach is that it takes the acrimony out of difficult situations and enables people to deal with issues in a more civilised and dignified way. Divorcing or separating couples are often not aware of all their options. Whether your assets are large or small, and where the divorce or separation involves children so that future co-parenting is important, the Collaborative Law approach is one that should be considered first of all.
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